The Redbirds' play-off hopes are rapidly dwindling with their third straight loss to first-place Omaha, 5-2 at home. Second-place Memphis (60-69) has lost six in a row and sits five behind Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate.
Carlos Martinez could not record an out in the fifth, an inning in which he yielded five tallies on three of his four hits allowed plus one of his three base-on-balls and one of three hit batsmen. Martinez (L, 5-3) fanned six and was called for a balk.
Jorge Rondon and Deryk Hooker compiled identical lines of two hits and a walk given up over two frames with two strikeouts. Rondon allowed his one inherited runner to cross. In his first return outing, Sam Freeman retired the side in order in the ninth.
The home team managed just five hits with Brock Peterson accounting for two of them. The first baseman singled and tripled in four at bats while driving in Chris Swauger (single) and Mike O'Neill (walk) in the third.
Monday's game: vs. Omaha (65-64), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (2-6, 5.66)
The S-Cards edged host Midland 3-2 on Sunday to salvage game three of their series. The win, combined with Arkansas's loss, gives Springfield (29-27) a slim one game lead in the Texas League North, a division that has only two games separating the four teams.
Jonathan Cornelius tossed six frames of four-hit, three-walk ball, resulting in one run with five strikeouts to even his record at 5-5. Danny Miranda worked around a hit in the seventh before handing off to Kevin Thomas.
Thomas was perfect over 1 1/3 but Lee Stoppelman made things a bit exciting for the home crowd when he served up a long ball to bring the RockHounds to within one. Stoppelman got Midland's number nine batter to hit a come-backer for the final out and his fourth save.
The visitors pushed across single tallies in the first, sixth and eighth with Ruben Gotay scoring twice. Gotay had two singles in four at bats and swiped his 15th bag. Xavier Scruggs and Stephen Piscotty each went 1-for-2 with a stolen base while reaching base once via a base-on-balls and another time when they were plunked. Scruggs touched home once and knocked in Gotay in the first and Piscotty doubled in Scruggs in the eighth. Starlin Rodriguez, who joined Gotay as the only S-Cards with more than one hit, went 2-for-4 with a double.
Monday's game: Off. Springfield heads home for a big four-game series against third-place Northwest Arkansas.
The Beach Birds fell 2-0 at Charlotte on Sunday in a rain-shortened contest that was called at the midpoint of the seventh. Third-place Palm Beach (28-26) lost two of three versus the division leaders, a team they trail by three games.
Hector Hernandez (L, 3-2) was saddled with the tough loss when he was charged with two unearned runs in the fifth on two hits, a walk, wild pitch and two fielding miscues, all with two outs. The lefty fanned eight over 5 1/3 with seven hits and a free pass allowed. Dean Kiekhefer recorded the final two outs in the sixth.
Monday's game: Off. Palm Beach hosts second-place St. Lucie for three, beginning on Tuesday.
The Chiefs lost for the second time in as many games against the first-place Kernels, this one by a 3-1 score. Peoria (27-28) is in fourth, 10 behind Cedar Rapids.
Kyle Helisek (L, 7-5) pitched more than well enough to win, permitting three tallies, two earned, on seven hits while not issuing a free pass in 6 2/3. Helisek struck out eight. Joey Donofrio fanned two in 1 1/3, leaving Helisek's runner on. Joe Scanio tossed a scoreless ninth.
The Chiefs managed seven hits but were a dismal 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Charlie Tilson and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece with Tilson scoring his team's only tally on a sac fly by Jeremy Schaffer in the eighth.
Monday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (37-18), 6:30 pm CT, Ben O'Shea (1-3, 6.75)
The Spikes shut down St. Louis' former affiliate on three hits in the first of two versus the Muckdogs. State College (34-23) remains deadlocked with Jamestown (PIT) atop the standings in the Pinckney division.
Jimmy Reed yielded two hits and three base-on-balls through six for his third win versus two losses. The southpaw notched two strikeouts, six ground outs and six fly outs. Tandem mate Chase Brookshire fanned four over the final three frames with one hit given up.
Steven Ramos was nearly a one-man wrecking crew as he was responsible for three of his team's four tallies. The lead-off batter went 2-for-4 with a triple, crossed twice and drove in one. Six other Spikes had one hit with Mason Katz singling in Ramos and Brett Wiley (single) to put his squad on top in the first.
Monday's game: vs. second-place Batavia (29-26), 7:05 pm ET, Kevin Herget (5-0, 3.00)
Seven runs in the first set the JC-Cards up to cruise to a rain-shortened 9-2 victory over Bristol in the series' opener. Johnson City (30-27) is tied with Elizabethton (MIN) for third, four games behind Greeneville (HOU).
All 11 runs came across in the first two frames. Luis Perdomo permitted single tallies in the first and second on two hits and a wild pitch before giving way to Stalyn Lopez. Lopez earned his first win against no losses by scattering three hits and a free pass over three while fanning five. He threw a wild pitch and hit a batter.
The Appy Birds jumped on the White Sox' starter, who did not retire a batter. Co-Player of the Day Kenny Peoples-Walls was a perfect 3-for-3 with a two-run bomb, one run scored and three driven in. Justin Ringo, our other co-Player of the Day, matched Peoples-Walls with three hits in four at bats while touching home twice with two RBI. Ronnierd Garcia went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in. J.J. Altobelli singled and doubled in three at bats while scoring once.
Monday's game: vs. Bristol (17-40), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-3, 3.11)
GCL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: at GCL Mets, 12:00 pm ET, Ian McKinney (0-0, 0.42)
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday's game: at DSL Orioles2, 10:30 am ET, Jorge Rodriguez (2-4. 2.42)
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