Michael Wacha fanned seven while allowing just two hits as the Redbirds (53-58) shut out Tucson 3-0 at home in the series opener.
Wacha, our Player of the Day, yielded a first-inning single and a double in the third then retired the final 10 batters faced. He threw 82 pitches, 54 for strikes, with four ground outs and three fly outs. Jorge Rondon gave up two hits in 1 2/3 while Sam Freeman worked around two hits and two free passes in 1 1/3 for his second save.
Memphis scored one in the sixth plus two in the eighth. Adron Chambers went 4-for-4 with a run scored and a stolen base, batting fifth. Greg Garcia singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, touched home once and drove in one. One of the two eighth-inning tallies came on Brock Peterson's league-leading 23rd home run of the season, his only hit in three at bats.
Wednesday's game: vs. Tucson (58-53), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (7-6, 4.40)
Springfield (19-20) could not sustain a slim one-run lead, falling to Tulsa 4-2 on the road. Each squad has won one of the first two games.
The S-Cards led 2-1 through four but three more tallies over the next two frames against Seth Blair flipped the lead to a deficit. Blair gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over six for his ninth loss against just three wins. He struck out six. Danny Miranda scattered three hits over the final two frames.
Both of the visitors' tallies came on James Ramsey's 14th long ball of 2013 that plated Adam Melker (single). Ramsey added a single for a two-hit night, one-third of his squad's total hits. He swiped a bag as well.
Wednesday's game: at Tulsa (17-22), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-6, 4.24)
Due to a one hour, 40 minute rain delay, starter Hector Hernandez went only two innings in Palm Beach's 5-2 loss at Clearwater. The PB-Cards (18-17) have matched St. Louis' six-game losing streak, including the first two of four versus the Threshers.
Hernandez faced only seven batters, yielding a hit with a strikeout. Corey Baker (L, 0-1) took over for the third after the rains subsided, allowing three runs on five hits and two walks with three strikeouts in two.
Tyler Melling permitted an unearned tally on a walk, ground out and fielding error in the fifth. Logan Billbrough struck out four in the sixth and seventh, giving up two hits. Robert Stock allowed a solo bomb in the ninth along with a free pass.
Wednesday's game: at Clearwater (18-18), Joey Cuda (0-0, 1.50)
Peoria's series opener at Quad Cities was postponed due to rain. The game has been re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Thursday, August 1st.
Wednesday's game: at Quad Cities (20-15) (HOU), 7:00 pm, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 2.97)
A four-run third propelled the Spikes (22-19) to a 6-2 victory over Tri-City in the home series opener.
Steven Ramos had three of his team's 11 hits, all singles, and touched home once. Matthew Young went 2-for-3 with two runs scored while Carson Kelly singled with a two-run triple in four at bats. Kelly has gone .333/.350/.436/.786 in 39 at bats over his last 10 games.
The tandem pair of Jimmy Reed and Andrew Pierce each gave up one run during their respective stints. Reed's run came on a long ball with none on in the third, one of five hits permitted to go with a base-on-balls and three strikeouts in five. Pierce fanned six over four innings, giving up three hits while not walking a batter.
Wednesday's game: vs. Tri-City (26-17), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.45)
The JC-Cards (17-20) found themselves in an early 7-1 hole from which they could not recover as they fell 8-7 to Princeton at home. The series is even at one win apiece.
Although Luis Perdomo gave up seven runs on five hits and a walk in 3 2/3, only one was earned due to two defensive miscues. Perdomo contributed by throwing two wild pitches and hitting one batter. Stalyn Lopez kept the Rays off the board on two hits and a base-on-balls over 3 1/3 while striking out six. Lopez also plunked a batter and threw one wild pitch. In the ninth, Leandro Mateo's second error led to an unearned run with Michael Holback on the mound. That tally proved decisive. Holback yielded two hits with two strikeouts in two innings.
Ronnierd Garcia produced at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two-run bomb, three runs scored and three RBI. Jhohan Acevedo singled four times in five at bats, knocking in one. Steve Bean singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and an RBI.
Wednesday's game: vs. Princeton (8-30), 7:00 pm ET, Will Anderson (0-1, 5.24)
A double and two hit batsmen led to a run in the bottom of the ninth as the GCL Cardinals (17-16) fell 2-1 to the GCL Mets.
Dylan Hawkins (L, 1-1) faced the minimum in the eighth but gave up a double to begin the ninth. A plunked batter and sac bunt led the 20-year-old to issue an intentional free pass that loaded the bases. Hawkins got the second out on a force at home but hit the next batter to force in a run.
2013 first-round selection Rob Kaminsky tossed the first three innings, the longest of his four appearances to date. The lefty allowed a hit and walk with two strikeouts, four ground outs and two fly outs. Dewin Perez yielded two hits and a base-on-balls that resulted in an unearned tally over four while fanning six.
The Gulf Birds finally got onto the scoreboard in the eighth when Elier Rodriguez doubled to lead off the frame, advanced to third on a single by DeAndre Asbury and came home on a balk. Malik Collymore was the only Cardinal with more than one hit, going 2-for-3.
Wednesday's game: at GCL Nationals (27-6), 11:00 am ET, Hector Salazar (0-2, 4.94)
The Dominican Birds' shaky defense was key in their 5-3 home loss to the Rojos.
The Cardinals (27-21) committed six errors in the game, four of which led to three unearned runs over two frames that was the difference in the score. Starter David Oca was saddled with his second loss against two wins. The southpaw gave up three hits and three base-on-balls in four with six strikeouts and a wild pitch thrown.
Shortstop Edmundo Sosa and second baseman Robelys Reyes each had two hits. Sosa went 2-for-3 with a solo home run, two walks and two RBI. Reyes singled and tripled in five at bats while touching home once.
Wednesday's game: at DSL Mets1 (18-31), 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (2-3, 2.89)
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