Memphis (60-67) fell 5-2 in the series opener versus first-place Omaha, a team they trail by three games. It was the Redbirds' fourth loss in a row.
Boone Whiting (L, 4-5) allowed four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks in six. Whiting fanned four and threw a wild pitch. Victor Marte went the rest of the way, yielding a tally on four hits over three.
Four Redbirds each had two of Memphis' nine singles: Mike O'Neill, Ryan Jackson, Jermaine Curtis and Justin Christian. O'Neill added a base-on-balls and run scored. Brock Peterson had a sac fly and Travis Tartamella singled in Greg Garcia.
Saturday's game: vs. Omaha (63-64), 6:05 pm CT, TBA
A four-run seventh cemented the S-Cards' (28-26) 7-2 defeat at Midland in their series opener.
Zach Petrick (L, 2-2) gave up four hits and four base-on-balls in five, resulting in three tallies. The RockHounds broke a close 3-2 game open with four in the seventh off the Cardinals' bullpen. Both runs charged to Danny Miranda on three hits over 1 1/3 crossed with Zack Russell on the mound. Russell issued three free passes with a hit while not retiring a batter and was charged with two runs, one earned. Justin Wright allowed one of Russell's three batters to touch home on a fly out. Wright sent down all five batters faced.
Saturday's game: at Midland, 7:00 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (7-4, 5.21)
Third-place Palm Beach (28-24) rallied from a 2-0 hole to top second-place Charlotte 3-2 in game one of an unusual home-and-home series. The next two contests will be hosted by the Stone Crabs.
David Popkins went 3-for-4, including a game-tying two-run single in the fifth that drove in Nick Longmire (single) and Matt Williams (walk). Jesus Montero doubled with two out in the seventh and came home on a single by Ronny Gil for the difference.
Robert Stock picked up his first Florida State League win, tossing 1 1/3 frames of scoreless ball with a hit and two strikeouts. Stock pitched in relief of Ryan Sherriff who held the Stone Crabs to two runs on seven hits and a base-on-balls over 5 2/3. Sherriff fanned five.
Iden Nazario bridged the gap from Sherriff to Stock, giving up two hits in one inning and left one of Sherriff's runners on Nazario, in turn, watched Stock strand two of his own runners. Ronnie Shaban earned his 16th save with a perfect ninth.
Saturday's game: at Charlotte (28-22), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
Peoria (27-26) scored seven runs over the last five innings to top host Wisconsin 7-2 and take the series two-games-to-one. ,p> It was a team-wide effort as all nine Chiefs had at least one of the team's 15 hits. Charlie Tilson singled twice in five at bats with two runs scored while Ildemaro Vargas drove in two with one of his two hits being his third triple of the season. Trevor Martin split the difference, going 2-for-5 with his first triple of 2013, touching home once with an RBI.
Breyvic Valera went 2-for-4 with a double and a walk, crossed once and knocked in another. Jeremy Schaffer and Jordan Walton each scored one with an RBI and Schaffer added a free pass. Nick Martini and Jonathan Keener both had two hits with one of Martini's a double. Martini added a base-on-balls and knocked in one and Keener crossed once.
Brad Watson (W, 3-5) had a strong outing for Peoria, yielding two runs on six hits while not issuing a free pass in six plus. Watson struck out seven. Brady Adamek held the Timber Rattlers to a single walk over the last three innings, stranding two and picking up his first save of 2013.
Saturday's game: vs. first-place Cedar Rapids (35-18), 6:30 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-0, 0.84)
The showdown between the top two teams in the Pinckney Division resulted in second-place State College edging first-place Jamestown 2-0 to close to within one of the Jammers. These two squads face off seven times over the Spikes' last 20 games with four on the road and three at home.
The starters dueled each other to a draw, neither gaining the advantage. Willy Paulino held Jamestown to two hits and three free passes in five with five strikeouts. Mitch Harris gave up a hit and walk with a bit batsman in 1 1/3 Jacob Booden left one inherited runner on, working around three hits over 2 2/3 to up his record to 4-0. Booden fanned five. The three Spikes hurlers share our Player of the Day nod.
State College finally broke through with two in the top of the ninth. Steven Ramos opened with a single, raced to third via an errant throw on a pickoff attempt then came home on Brett Wiley's sac fly. Cesar Valera took one for the team and eventually scored as the front end of a double steal that may also have been a failed hit-and-run since Ronald Castillo fanned swinging on the play.
Saturday's game: at Jamestown (33-22), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (1-1, 0.97)
Ismael Brito and Kyle Grana combined to help give Elizabethton an extra-innings walk-off win over Johnson City (28-27). It was the host's seventh consecutive victory, including the most recent two over the Appy Birds.
Brito jammed the sacks full in the 14th and Grana promptly allowed his first batter faced to reach as neither recorded an out. They were the final two of six JC-Cards hurlers. Michael Holback fanned nine over the first six, giving up a run on four hits and two walks.
The tally yielded by Zach Loraine in the eighth tied the contest at two-all. It was Loraine's second inning of work as he permitted three hits and a base-on-balls in two. Norge Paredes kept the Twins off the board on four hits and two walks through four with five strikeouts.
Johnson City's tallies came in the third on Richy Pedroza's two-run double that brought in Steve Bean (walk) and J.J. Altobelli (single). Pedroza added a single to account for two of his team's five hits.
Saturday's game: at Elizabethton (29-26), 6:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (4-3, 3.14)
The Gulf Birds (21-28) banged out 11 hits in their 6-3 triumph over the Marlins.
Rafael Medina went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored to lead the parade. Oscar Mercado and Anthony Ray added two hits each with Mercado scoring one and knocking in one and Ray touching home twice. Medina, Mercado and Ray all swiped a bag as well.
Dylan Hawkins (W, 2-1) took over for starter Dewin Perez in the third, yielding an unearned tally on a single and hit batter in 3 1/3 with six strikeouts. Perez gave up two tallies, one earned, on a hit, three walks and a hit batsman in 2 2/3 while fanning four. Hector Salazar faced the minimum in two and Kender Villegas was credited with his second save when he gave up just a hit in the ninth.
Saturday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (20-29), 10:00 am ET, TBA
Two five-run frames buried the Cardinals (32-33) as they lost 10-3 at home.
Derian Gonzalez (L, 1-2) could not finish the second, giving up five runs on three hits, three bases-on-balls, two wild pitches and a hit batsman in 1 2/3. Tandem mate Will Changarotty fanned 10 over the next 4 1/3, holding the Yankees scoreless on four hits and an intentional walk while allowing one of two inherited runners to cross.
Andy De La Cruz and Ronald Sanchez combined to allow five more to score in the eighth. De La Cruz walked three with a hit that produced four tallies in 2/3 of an inning, the last two of which came in under Sanchez' watch. Sanchez yielded a tally of his own on a hit and two walks while not recording an out. Alirio Negrette stranded two to end the threat.
Saturday's game: at DSL Yankees1 (37-26), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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