The Redbirds dropped the final game of four at the home of the Express 7-4, giving Round Rock a three-games-to-one series victory. That finishes an eight-game home-and-away set between the two teams in which the Redbirds went 3-5. Despite a losing record, Memphis (52-58) is just a game behind division leader Iowa (CHC).
Both of Adron Chambers' two hits in four at bats went for extra bases. The centerfielder tripled and scored on Kolten Wong's ground out in the first to give the Redbirds an early 1-0 advantage then blasted a two-run shot in the fifth that put his team back up 3-2. Jaime Romak went 3-for-4 with a double.
Tuesday's game: vs. Tucson (58-52) (SD), TBA
Mike O'Neill was responsible for four tallies and Jonathan Cornelius tossed six solid frames as the S-Cards flew over the Drillers 7-3 in the road series opener. Springfield (19-19) is two back of Arkansas (LAA) and Northwest Arkansas (KC).
O'Neill crossed three times with an RBI on a 3-for-4 performance that included a base-on-balls. He was the only Cardinal with a multi-hit game. Xavier Scruggs singled once in two at bats with three free passes, touched home once and drove in two.
Cornelius (W, 3-5) fanned six through six, yielding five hits, including a solo blast, for two runs. He induced nine ground outs to two fly outs and threw 68 pitches, 53 for strikes. Kevin Thomas gave up a run on three hits and a free pass in 2 1/3. Lee Stoppelman allowed one of three inherited runners to cross on a hit in 2/3 of a frame.
Tuesday's game: at Tulsa (16-22), 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-8, 4.73)
Dean Kiekhefer coughed up five tallies in the bottom of the ninth as the Beach Birds were stunned 6-5 at Clearwater. Palm Beach (18-16) continues its plummet, dropping its fifth straight and is now in fourth, although only two games off the lead.
Kiekhefer (L, 2-2) began his stint with a 5-1 lead but yielded a double and three singles in addition to a hit batter that plated two in just 2/3 of an inning. Ronnie Shaban's performance just added gasoline to the fire. Shaban entered with the sacks jammed and promptly gave up a single that brought in two and tied the game. A walk and a wild pitch later the game was over.
Co-Player of the Day Kyle Hald turned in an excellent performance, holding Clearwater to a single tally through eight with just three hits and three walks allowed. Hald struck out four with five ground outs and six fly outs.
Starlin Rodriguez spearheaded his team's scoring attack, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. David Popkins singled twice in four at bats while touching home once and knocking in two. Jonathan Rodriguez' only hit in four at bats was his 11th home run of 2013 that plated Rodriguez and Popkins.
Tuesday's game: at Clearwater (17-18), 7:00 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (3-0, 2.65)
The Chiefs scored five in the first and never looked back in a 14-1 drubbing of visiting Kane County. Fourth-place Peoria (19-17) took the series two-games-to-one and trail Cedar Rapids (MIN) by six.
Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera each went 4-for-5 with two runs scored. Valera added two RBI and a stolen base. Patrick Wisdom singled once and doubled twice in five at bats while crossing twice and driving in three. Gerwuins Velazco went 2-for-3 with a three-run bomb and a walk plus another run scored.
Thomas Lee and Dixon Llorens split the pitching duties. Lee (W, 4-1) gave up just three hits in 5 2/3 with the only damage against him being a solo shot in the sixth. Llorens got his seventh save of 2013 by holding the Cougars to a single hit over 3 1/3 while fanning four. Neither hurler issued a free pass.
Tuesday's game: at second-place Quad Cities (20-15) (HOU), 7:00 pm, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 2.97)
Luis Perez' bases-loaded sac fly brought Bruce Caldwell across in the top of the 13th as the Spikes slipped past the Muckdogs 2-1. The win broke a nine-game road skid for second-place State College (21-19), trailing Jamestown (PIT) by five games.
Caldwell scored both of the Spikes runs on a 1-for-5 with a base-on-balls performance. Carson Kelly's ninth double plated Caldwell in the fourth, one of two hits in four at bats for the third baseman. He also reached once when he was hit by a pitch. Perez also singled and doubled in five at bats. Caldwell and Perez each swiped a base, two of four stolen bases by the Spikes.
Jacob Booden picked up his second win in as many decisions, yielding a hit and two walks, one intentional, with a strikeout in two innings. Jhonny Polanco fanned two of three faced in the bottom of the 13th to earn his first save.
Nick Petree permitted an unearned tally in the bottom of the fourth on two throwing errors and a wild pitch. The latter error and the wild pitch as well as the score came under Mike Aldrete's watch. Petree gave up five hits and two walks in 3 1/3 with four strikeouts. He was called for a balk. Aldrete issued one free pass with no hits allowed in 2 2/3 while fanning four.
Tuesday's game: vs. Tri-City (26-16) (HOU), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Pierce (0-2, 3.48)
Designated hitter Justin Ringo's first home run of his professional career led off the eighth, providing the difference in Johnson City's 2-1 victory over Princeton at home. The JC-Cards (17-19) have gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and are now in fourth, seven back of Greeneville (HOU).
Co-Player of the Day Ringo's long ball was one of only five hits for the Appy Birds. Vaughn Bryan doubled and scored on a single by Ronnierd Garcia in the first to put his team up 1-0. Princeton pushed across one in the sixth off starter Alex Reyes who held the Rays to six hits and two free passes issued over seven. Reyes struck out eight, induced five ground outs to five fly outs and threw a wild pitch. Zach Lorraine fanned three over the final two frames with one hit given up for his first win.
Tuesday's game: vs. Princeton (7-30), 7:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-3, 4.74)
Seven Gulf Birds contributed to their team's 5-2 victory over the GCL Mets. The Cardinals (17-15) are in second, nine games behind the GCL Nationals.
Designated hitter Luis Cruz went 2-for-3 with a walk while touching home once as the only player with more than one hit. First baseman Rafael Medina knocked in two and shortstop Oscar Mercado singled once in four at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once with an RBI.
Both of the Mets' tallies came in the second against Mike Mayers, although only one was earned. That was the only hit yielded by Mayers in his three-inning stint to go with a free pass and four strikeouts. Marco Gonzales fanned five over 1 2/3 while giving up a hit and two walks.
Juan Caballero (W, 2-1) notched the final out in the fifth to strand two runners inherited from Gonzales before allowing a hit and a free pass in a scoreless sixth. Jonathan Escudero permitted a hit and two bases-on-balls in 1 1/3 and Kyle Grana struck out three in 1 2/3 while yielding two hits and a walk for his third save. Both Escudero and Grana stranded two inherited runners.
The Dominican Birds scored in seven of nine frames in their 12-1 pounding of the DSL Rojos on the road. The second-place Cardinals (27-20) trail the Cubs by five games.
The combination of 10 hits by the Cardinals and four errors by their opponents resulted in the lop-sided victory, with six of the visitors' runs being unearned. The onslaught featured eight of nine starters contributing at least one hit and either scoring or driving in at least one run.
Right fielder Bladimil Franco went 1-for-4 with a double, two bases-on-balls, two runs scored and two RBI. Left fielder Henry Alvarado's sole hit in three at bats was his third long ball of 2013. Alvarado drew two free passes and touched home three times. Centerfielder Ramon Luna singled twice in five at bats while crossing twice and swiping two bags. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa went 2-for-5 with a walk, scored once and knocked in another.
Jorge Rodriguez evened his record to 2-2 by limiting the Rojos to a single tally on three hits and a base-on-balls in six. Rodriguez fanned six with eight ground outs and three fly outs. Andy De La Cruz handled the seventh and eighth, yielding a hit and walk with two strikeouts. Ronald Sanchez gave up a hit in the ninth.
Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Rojos (11-38), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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