In game two of the crucial five-game home series against first-place Omaha, Memphis (60-68) lost another close contest.
Memphis took the lead in the sixth with a four-spot, but in the next frame, Omaha responded with two runs and went on to win. Mike O'Neill did his thing by walking three times. Adron Chambers had a sac fly. Jermaine Curtis had two hits and one RBI.
Fill in starter Eric Fornataro gave up three runs (two earned) on five hits, walked two and struck out two in two innings. Keith Butler tossed three scoreless in relief. Michael Blazek gave up the lead with two earned charged to him in 1 2/3 innings.
Sunday's game: Memphis (60-68) vs. Omaha (64-64), 6:05 pm CT, TBA
In game two of their series, the S-Cards' (28-26) fell at Midland. Springfield made an amazing comeback in the ninth inning, tying it up with five runs by taking advantage of errors by the Midland defense. However, the comeback was blown in the bottom on the frame as Midland walked off on an RBI single.
After dealing in his last two outings, Anthony Ferrara stepped backward with six runs allowed (five earned) on six hits and five walks in only three innings. Lee Stoppelman retired four batters while walking one and striking out one. Kevin Thomas gave up the walk-off hit.
Sunday's game: Springfield (61-62) at Midland (55-70), 6:00 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (4-6, 5.37)
Palm Beach (28-25, second half) was shut out and held to only six hits as an offensive unit. David Popkins tripled in four at bats, the only extra base hit for the Palm Beach batters.
Kyle Hald was stellar in tossing seven quality innings. He gave up one earned run on seven hits, walked one and struck out three, taking the loss because of no run support.
Sunday's game: Palm Beach (57-64) at Charlotte (58-60), 5:30 pm ET, TBA
Peoria (27-26) opened the home stand with a loss. Cedar Rapids, the Class-A affiliation of the Twins organization, maintained its hot streak with another win. The Kernels are now thirty games above .500 - the absolute class of the Midwest League for the 2013 campaign.
Newly-acquired middle infielder Juan Herrera singled twice with an RBI.
Mike Mayers gave up three earned runs on six hits in four innings. Thomas Lee coughed up two earned on two hits in three frames. Steve Sabatino yielded one earned on two hits in the final two innings.
Sunday's game: Peoria (65-56) vs. Cedar Rapids (76-46), 5:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 3.31)
The Spikes moved into a first-place tie. State College scored an important run in the ninth that would prove decisive, for in the bottom of the ninth, Jamestown put up two that wasn't quite enough.
Nick Petree pitched six solid innings, giving up one earned on six hits. The former Missouri State ace struck out four and walked none. Victor De Leon fanned two in two scoreless innings. Andrew Pierce converted the second save of his professional career with a scoreless ninth inning.
Sunday's game: State College (33-23) vs. Batavia (29-25), 6:05 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 2.75)
Fomrer Cal State Fullerton standout Richy Pedroza had a big night offensively with three hits - all for extra bases - which gave him three RBI total. Player of the Day Justin Ringo had an even bigger night with a perfect showing at the plate - five hits and four RBI.
Alex Reyes had another dazzling outing, going 5 1/3 innings and giving up three earned on four hits. The rising pitching prospect walked two and struck out five. Zach Loraine converted his second save of the season with a scoreless ninth inning.
Sunday's game: Johnson City (29-27) vs. Bristol (15-39), 6:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-5, 5.65)
The Gulf Birds (21-29) lost to their Roger Dean Stadium neighbors. The Marlins rallied late with three runs in the eighth to win. Jacoby Almaraz had two hits, both for RBI, that were the only supply of offense for the Cardinals.
On his rehab assignment from Palm Beach, Sam Gaviglio pitched five shutout innings with six strikeouts. 2013 first-rounder Rob Kaminsky followed with four innings of three-run ball, walking two and striking out five.
Sunday's game: The Gulf Coast League takes Sundays off.
The Cardinals (32-34) dropped their second consecutive game to the Yankees, this one on the road. The Yanks scored two in the ninth to walk-off with the win.
Sunday's game: The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off.
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