Christian's single was one of eight hits for the home team. Mike O'Neill and Kolten Wong both went 2-for-4. O'Neill began the sixth with a soft liner to center, advanced on a single by Jermaine Curtis then tied the game on Wong's single.
Boone Whiting yielded a tally in the first on two of his five hits to go with a wild pitch that frame plus two subsequent free passes issued. Victor Marte walked one over two innings and Eric Fornataro gave up one hit in the eighth. Sam Freeman (W, 6-2) issued a base-on-balls in two and did not permit a hit.
Friday's game: vs. Tucson (59-54), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (3-2, 1.76)
A five-run second sent the S-Cards to a loss in the series opener at Arkansas.
Four of the five tallies charged to Zach Petrick (L, 2-1) in 3 1/3 were on a grand slam that was one of six hits the righty permitted. Petrick walked two. Heath Wyatt did not allow a hit or walk over the next 3 2/3, stranding one of Petrick's runners in the fourth, although he did hit a batter. Kevin Thomas fanned two of three faced in the eighth.
Springfield (19-22) pushed across two in the first and one in the sixth on Ruben Gotay's 13th long ball of 2013. Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled in four at bats while driving in Xavier Scruggs. Scruggs singled and brought Luis Mateo (walk) in.
Friday's game: at Arkansas (24-17), 7:10 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-6, 4.03)
Kurt Heyer tossed six strong frames as the Beach Birds (20-17) edged host Clearwater 3-2 to salvage a split of their four-game series.
Heyer, our Player of the Day, gave up a tally in the first on two singles and a force out before shutting down the Threshers over the next five frames. The 22-year-old yielded just three hits and two base-on-balls in six while striking out two. He hit two batters. Dean Kiekhefer went the last three innings, permitting four hits and a ninth-inning run, for his fifth save.
Nick Longmire's 20th double of the season brought across Jacob Wilson (walk) and Jonathan Rodriguez (walk) to put Palm Beach up 2-0 in the first. Jesus Montero's single in the fourth brought across Anthony Garcia (single) for the squad's final score. Ronny Gil singled and doubled in four at bats for the only multi-hit performance.
Friday's game: at Dunedin (16-22, (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
Quad Cities 5 vs. Peoria 3 (7) – game two
The Chiefs (19-20) were swept in a double-header at Quad Cities, 2-1 and 5-3.
Brady Adamek was charged with his first Midwest League loss when he yielded a run on two hits in the sixth, his only inning on the mound. Adamek pitched in relief of Chris Perry, who struck out eight in five frames, allowing a tally on four hits and a free pass.
The right fielder continued his hot hitting in the second contest, singling twice in three at bats. Martini was the only Chief with more than one hit. C.J. McElroy knocked in Trevor Martin (HBP) and Ildemaro Vargas (single) in the second on a single, his only hit in three at bats. Charlie Tilson picked up an RBI when his fifth-inning ground out plated Jonathan Keener (walk) to put Peoria up 3-1.
Ben O'Shea (L, 1-1) held the River Bandits to one tally through the first four but could not finish the fifth. O'Shea yielded four runs on five hits and two walks in 4 1/3. He fanned three.
His final score occurred on Sam Tuivailala's watch. Tuivailala permitted one of his own runners to touch home in the sixth and gave up two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3 with three strikeouts.
Friday's game: at Quad Cities (24-16), 7:00 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (3-3, 4.57)
Second baseman Brett Wiley drove in three in his Spikes debut as State College (24-19) downed visiting Tri-City 4-1 for a three-game sweep.
Wiley delivered a two-run triple in the fifth that plated Mason Katz (HBP) and Luis Perez (single). The 2012 13th-round draft choice's second hit of the game knocked in Perez (single) in the seventh for State College's final score.
Perez also had a big game for the Spikes, going 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Carson Kelly walked and scored his team's first tally in the fifth that knotted the game at one all.
Kevin Herget's record rose to a perfect 5-0 with 5 2/3 innings of four-hit ball. Herget yielded a tally with four strikeouts and a hit batsman. He did not issue a free pass. Mike Aldrete's 1 1/3 scoreless frames with one hit and walk provided the bridge to Jacob Booden. Booden allowed a hit over the final two innings with two strikeouts to pick up his first save. Both Aldrete and Booden stranded two inherited runners.
Friday's game: vs. Vermont (23-22) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 2.19)
Johnson City (17-22) fell for the seventh time in its last 10 games, this time 6-3 in the series opener at Kingsport.
Dailyn Martinez (L, 2-2) allowed seven hits and three free passes in five that produced three runs. Steve Sabatino permitted three more runners to cross on two hits and two walks in two. Brandon Lee faced the minimum in the eighth.
First baseman Ronnierd Garcia singled twice in five at bats with an RBI with six other Appy Birds having one hit apiece. Although second baseman Leandro Mateo was hitless in four at bats, he touched home once and drove in another on a sac fly.
Friday's game: at Kingsport (25-15), 7:00 pm ET, Nick Lomascolo (1=2, 4.97)
The Gulf Birds (17-19) got it handed to them on Thursday by the first-place Nationals, losing 10-3 at home.
The visitors led 4-0 before the Cardinals finally got on the board with a tally in the seventh. The Nationals responded with a five-run eighth before adding a final run in the ninth. The home team brought in two in the bottom of the eighth.
Steven Farinaro (L, 1-2) allowed just one run on four hits over the first three while striking out two with six ground outs and one fly out. Rehabber Kyle Barraclough gave up three tallies on three hits in just 2/3 of an inning with the final two runners crossing with Fidencio Flores on the mound.
Flores, who has been paired with Farinaro in both of the former's starts, yielded four runs on four hits and a walk in four. Juan Caballero permitted a tally on two hits in 1/3 of an inning while Jonathan Escudero gave up a solo shot in the ninth with three strikeouts.
Friday's game: at GCL Marlins (14-22), 12:00 pm ET, Isaac Silva (1-3, 4.76)
Friday's game: at DSL Braves, 10:30 am ET, TBA
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