The Redbirds (57-61) won 5-3 at home to salvage a split of their series versus the 51s and move within two games of first-place Omaha (KC).
Nick Additon, our Player of the Day, had another strong start, going six innings with two hits and a base-on-balls while fanning five. Sam Freeman gave up three runs in the seventh, the first of his two-inning stint, on a three-run bomb that was the most damaging of three hits allowed. Fernando Salas faced the minimum in the ninth for his seventh save.
Wednesday's game: Off. Memphis heads out on an eight-game road trip, beginning with four at Reno (ARI).
Starlin Rodriguez' bases-loaded walk in the ninth forced across the winning tally as the S-Cards edged the Rough Riders 4-3 at home in the series opener. Springfield (22-23) is in a three-way tie for second, three behind Arkansas (LAA).
Xavier Scruggs scored the winning run after he singled to open the ninth. It was his only hit in two at bats to go with two free passes. Luis Mateo had one-third of his squad's hits, going 2-for-3 hitting out of the nine hole. James Ramsey and Stephen Piscotty each worked a base-on-balls and crossed home once while Colin Walsh scored as well.
Seth Blair shut down Frisco through six only to let the first two batters faced in the seventh reach. Both runners were allowed to cross by Kevin Thomas. Blair fanned seven in six plus, yielding two runs on six hits and a walk.
Thomas permitted two hits in the seventh while Danny Miranda allowed the Rough Riders to tie up the game at three all with a tally on two hits and a hit batsman in the eighth. Heath Wyatt notched two outs before giving up a single that brought Lee Stoppelman into the game. Stoppelman (W, 3-1) got a fly out to left for the final out.
Wednesday's game: vs. Frisco (18-27), 7:09 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-7, 4.25)
Palm Beach (24-17) is tied for first with Charlotte (TB), one-half game up on St. Lucie (NYM).
Wednesday's game: vs. Jupiter (21-23) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
Despite their 4-1 Tuesday loss, the Chiefs (22-22) took three of the four-game series against the Bees. Peoria is tied for third with Beloit (OAK), 5 ½ behind Quad Cities (HOU).
Ben O'Shea's Midwest League record dropped to 1-2 when he allowed three runs on seven hits and three free passes while striking out three over 5 2/3. Sam Tuivailala stranded one inherited runner in the sixth, walking two in two frames with three strikeouts. Both of Tuivailala's runners were left on base by Joe Scanio in the eighth but the right-hander allowed a tally on three hits in the ninth.
Wednesday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-25), 7:00 pm CT, Chris Perry (1-1, 3.04)
Four home runs launched the Spikes (28-19) to their eighth consecutive win. State College remains in second, two games in back of Jamestown (PIT).
All seven tallies were the result of a power surge. Luke Voit's solo shot in the third gave his team am early lead and Carson Kelly's blast in the seventh plated Luis Perez (fielding error) and David Washington (walk) to regain the lead, 4-3. Steven Ramos began the eighth with his first home run and second hit of the game. Washington finished things off with a two-run blast that brought in Perez (walk).
Jacob Booden went to 3-0 with two innings of one-hit, one-walk ball with two strikeouts. Starter Jimmy Reed allowed three runs on three hits and three base-on-balls through four while fanning four. Mitch Harris struck out four over the seventh and eighth while yielding a hit and issuing one free pass. Jeff Rauh gave up a hit in the ninth.
Wednesday's game: at Staten Island (19-28), Andrew Pierce (0-2, 3.28)
Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 1 (7) – game two
The JC-Cards kicked off a four-game road series by sweeping a pair from Elizabethton, 4-2 and 4-1. Johnson City (22-22) has now won five straight and sits in third, seven in back of Greeneville (HOU).
Four second-inning tallies were enough for the JC-Cards to fly over the Twins 4-2 in game one. The runs came on three of the Appy Birds' five total hits plus two base-on-balls and a plunked batter. The big blow was J.J. Altobelli's two-run double that plated Rowan Wick (walk) and Kenny Peoples-Walls (single). Altobelli was driven in on Justin Ringo's ground out after Steve Bean (single) walked home on a free pass issued to Vaughn Bryan.
Zach Lorraine upped his record to 3-0 by facing the minimum over 2 1/3 while fanning three. That performance left two of Luis Perdomo's runners on base in the fifth. Perdomo gave up two runs that inning with four hits and two walks yielded in total. He struck out three.
Michael Holback was given his first start in 10 appearances in the second game and fanned six in three innings with a hit and base-on-balls given up. Steve Sabatino (W, 3-2) struck out three in 2 1/3, yielding a tally on two hits, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Fernando Baez faced the minimum over the final 1 2/3, earning his second save in the process.
Half of Johnson City's runs came on solo bombs by Rowan Wick and Justin Ringo. Wick added a single for two of his team's four hits in all. The other two tallies scored due to errors by the Twins' defense.
Wednesday's game: at Elizabethton (19-25), Dailyn Martinez (2-2, 3.03)
Hector Salazar coughed up six runs in 1 1/3 as the Gulf Birds were owned by the host Nationals 9-0. The Cardinals (17-23) have lost eight straight and their elimination number stands at four.
Salazar (L, 0-4) yielded three in the fifth plus three more in the sixth on six total hits and a base-on-balls. Juan Caballero allowed both inherited runners to cross in addition to one of his own, unearned, on a throwing error, double and sac fly in just 2/3 of an inning. Dylan Hawkins gave up two runs on three hits and a walk in the seventh while Kyle Grana fanned two of three faced in the eighth.
Ian McKinney shut down the GCL's best team on one hit, a free pass and one plunked batter through the first four. McKinney induced five ground outs, two fly outs with one strikeout.
The visitors were held to just four hits and two walks. Third baseman Rafael Medina singled and doubled in four at bats while Oscar Mercado went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and his 10th steal of 2013.
Wednesday's game: at GCL Mets (13-27), 7:00 pm ET, TBA
Five miscues by the Dominican Birds had a role in their 9-2 thumping at the hands of the DSL Yankees1 on the road. The Cardinals (31-23) fell into third place with the loss, six behind the Cubs.
David Oca was charged with his third defeat in five decisions when he yielded two tallies in the first and one in the third, all unearned. The southpaw's hits, walks and strikeouts matched at four apiece in five innings. Frendy Gavin allowed two runs on three hits in one plus innings. Both runners crossed on Jose Lara's watch. Lara permitted four runs, two earned, on four hits and a free pass over two frames.
Left fielder Henry Alvarado had two of his team's eight hits with six other players having one hit each. Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra and catcher Joshua Lopez both singled and touched home once while Sierra swiped his ninth bag of the season.
Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Blue Jays (30-22), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (4-1, 2.08) or Ronald Medrano (2-2, 2.80)
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