The Redbirds banged out 10 hits as they flew over the Padres 4-2 at home. Memphis (55-59) won three of four in the series and trail first-place Omaha (KC) by two games.
Audry Perez, Justin Christian and Mike O'Neill had two hits apiece, all singles. Perez touched home once with an RBI, Christian scored once and O'Neill drove one in. Chris Swauger added his first Triple-A home run after entering the game in a double-switch in the sixth that saw him take starter Carlos Martinez' slot in the batting order.
Martinez, the first of four Redbirds hurlers, yielded a tally on two hits and four base-on-balls through five for his fourth win in six decisions. The right-hander struck out three with five ground outs and seven fly outs. Jorge Rondon gave up another run on a double and single in the seventh, his second inning on the mound. Deryk Hooker and Fernando Salas each tossed a scoreless frame with Hooker fanning two of three faced while Salas worked around a hit for his fifth save.
Saturday's game: vs. Las Vegas (60-52) (NYM), 6:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (4-7, 5.10)
Eight Arkansas tallies in the third left the S-Cards in a hole from which they could not escape as they fell to the Travelers 11-7 on the road. Third-place Springfield (19-23) has lost the first two of four versus first-place Arkansas whom they trail by six games.
Tim Cooney (L, 6-7) could not finish the third, allowing eight runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk in 2 2/3. Justin Wright permitted the last of Cooney's runners to score plus two of his own on five hits in 2 1/3. Zack Russell tossed two scoreless frames with two strikeouts before Danny Miranda yielded a run on three hits in the eighth.
Springfield had 16 hits but four errors proved costly. Luis Mateo, Starlin Rodriguez and James Ramsey each had three hits. Mateo doubled once, crossed three times with an RBI and his ninth stolen base, Rodriguez scored one and drove in five while Ramsey knocked in one. Adam Melker went 2-for-3 with his team's only free pass and touched home twice.
Saturday's game: at Arkansas (25-17), 6:10 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (5-4, 6.04)
Marco Gonzales' full-season debut went well as the PB-Cards clipped the Blue Jays 5-1 at home. Palm Beach (21-17) sits a game out of first, currently held by Charlotte (TB) and St. Lucie (NYM).
Gonzales tossed the first three innings, starting the game with a base-on-balls but watched the base-runner wiped out when he was nailed trying to steal second. The southpaw yielded a single to the next batter before retiring eight of the next nine. The only blemish was when he issued another free pass to open the third. Gonzales struck out two with two ground outs and three fly outs.
Tyler Melling (W, 3-3) kept Dunedin off the boards over the next four innings, allowing just one walk while fanning two. He was charged with a wild pitch. Palm Beach's shut-out bid ended when Logan Billbrough gave up a run on a hit and three bases-on-balls in the ninth.
The scoreboard showed zeros until Jonathan Rodriguez, St. Louis' Minor League Player of the Month for July, sent his 12th long ball over the left field wall in the sixth, plating Jacob Wilson (single). Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a walk and added another run scored and an RBI in his team's three-run eighth.
Saturday's game: at Dunedin (16-23), 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (3-3, 2.64)
The Chiefs could not hold an early 2-0 lead on the road, falling to the River Bandits for the fourth straight game, this time by a score of 5-2. Peoria (19-21) is tied with Clinton (SEA) for fourth, seven behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).
Silfredo Garcia gave up one in the fourth plus three in the fifth as his record dropped to 3-4. Garcia yielded seven hits, including a solo shot, and two walks with two hit batsmen. Joe Scanio allowed a run on three hits and a hit batter over two while Dixon Llorens permitted a hit and a base-on-balls in the eighth.
Peoria out-hit Quad Cities 12 to 11 but went a dismal 3-for-16 with runners in scoring position. C.J. McElroy opened the game with a single and touched home on a sac fly by Jordan Walton. Bruce Caldwell's single advanced McElroy to third and Caldwell came home on a single by Breyvic Valera. McElroy, Caldwell, Walton and Valera had two hits apiece, all singles.
Saturday's game: vs. Burlington (17-23), (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-4, 4.15)
A duel between the Spikes' and Lake Monsters' pitching staffs ended when the former eked out an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth to walk off with a 1-0 triumph in the series opener. Second-place State College (25-19) has won seven of its last eight, including five in a row, to climb to within three games of Jamestown (PIT).
Mason Katz reached base on a throwing error by Vermont's third baseman to begin the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Brett Wiley after Luis Perez sacrificed him to second. Steven Ramos' only hit in four at bats was a game-winning single with two outs that plated Wiley. Perez singled twice in three at bats while five other Spikes each had one hit.
Mitch Harris picked up his second win against one loss when he worked around two walks in the top of the ninth. Harris fanned two. Starter Arturo Reyes, our Player of the Day, struck out five over the first five scoreless innings with just two hits and a base-on-balls given up. Victor De Leon continued the shutout with two hits permitted in the next three with two strikeouts.
Saturday's game: vs. Vermont (23-23), 7:05 pm ET, Willy Paulino (2-1, 3.10)
The Appy Birds scored in six of nine frames as they took game two of the series 11-3 at Kingsport. Johnson City (18-22) is in fourth, 8 1/2 games in back of Greeneville (HOU).
The JC-Cards' 12-hit attack was led by four players with two hits apiece: Vaughn Bryan, Jhohan Acevedo, Justin Ringo and J.J. Altobelli. The first three are the top of the Cardinals' order and did the most damage, collectively. Bryan touched home three times with a triple and his third slam of 2013 that accounted for his RBI. He worked two base-on-balls. Acevedo crossed twice while knocking in three and Ringo duplicated those results although all of his RBI came on a three-run long ball in the sixth. Altobelli singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, run scored and one driven in.
Anderson Gerdel was credited with his second win in three decisions, pitching in relief of Nick Lomascolo. Gerdel struck out six in three frames, allowing a tally on three hits while not walking a batter. Lomascolo gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two free passes through the first four. He was charged with a wild pitch. Michael Holback struck out four over the last two frames with a hit and a balk.
Saturday's game: at second-place Kingsport (25-16), 6:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (2-0, 1.73)
It was a long day for the Cardinals' pitching staff as they were pounded by the Marlins 10-1.
Isaac Silva took his fourth loss in five decisions when he yielded four tallies on three hits and four free passes in 3 1/3. Silva fanned two and hit a batter. Dylan Hawkins allowed both inherited runners to cross in the fourth plus two of his own on a three-run home run and RBI double. Hawkins then retired seven straight.
Kender Villegas struck out two in seventh, giving up a hit and was the only Cardinals pitcher to not be scored upon. Kyle Grana yielded four unearned tallies in the eighth on three hits, one base-on-balls and an error.
The visitors finally ended the Marlins' shutout bid in the ninth when pinch hitter Jacoby Almaraz reached on a fielding error, advanced on a passed ball and raced home on pinch hitter Jose Gomez' line drive single to right. Catcher Elier Rodriguez had three of his team's seven hits, doubling once and singling twice in four at bats.
Saturday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, TBA
DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Braves 3 (Friday's game)
On Friday, the Dominican Birds won their third straight and fifth of their last six with a 7-3 victory over the DSL Braves. The DSL Cardinals (30-21) remain in second, 4 ½ games behind the Cubs.
On Thursday, the Dominican Birds scored five runs in the final two frames as they came from behind to down the Mets1 5-4 at home. Luis Bandes, Robelys Reyes and Jeffry Cerda each had two hits with Bandes doubling once with a run scored and an RBI. Reyes doubled once with a walk while touching home once and Cerda singled twice.
Alirio Negrette (W, 1-1) picked up the win, yielding two runs, one earned on four hits in the last three innings with three strikeouts. Julio Mateo started and gave up two tallies, one earned, on two hits through six while fanning seven.
The Cardinals went up with three in the top of the first on Friday but the Braves tied it with single tallies in the second, third and fourth. The visitors re-took the lead with two in the fifth plus two more in the seventh. They capitalized on defensive miscues by the home team as four of their seven runs were unearned and the Cardinals managed just four hits.
Bradimil Franco went 1-for-3 with a run scored and two RBI while Robelys Reyes walked twice, touched home once and drove in one. While Yunior Sanchez went hitless in four at bats, he scored twice.
Tandem starter Will Changarotty earned his fourth win against two losses by holding the Braves to a tally on three hits over four with two strikeouts. Derian Gonzalez started and gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits and three free passes in three. He struck out three. Virgilio Encarnacion kept the opposition off the board twice retired the side in order with two strikeouts.
Saturday's game: vs. DSL Braves (22-29), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (4-1, 2.08)
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