Memphis (65-72) came out on the wrong side of a pitching duel in the series' opener at New Orleans on Monday, falling 1-0. The Redbirds remain two back of the division lead.
A solo bomb in the second off Scott McGregor (L, 5-10) was one of only three hits yielded by the right-hander through six. McGregor, our co-Player of the Day, fanned nine and did not issue a free pass. Kevin Thomas retired all six batters faced in his first appearance since being recalled from Double-A Springfield. Thomas struck out three.
Tuesday's game: at New Orleans (69-68), 7:00 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-5, 4.42)
The S-Cards could not hold a sixth-inning lead as they were downed by the Drillers 8-4 in the deciding game three. Springfield (31-32) is tied with Northwest Arkansas (KC) for second, two games behind Arkansas (LAA).
Seth Blair held the Drillers to three tallies on seven hits through six but got the hook when he began the seventh by issuing his third free pass. Jose Almarante (BS, 2) (L, 2-2) was totally ineffective, giving up three hits and an intentional walk while retiring one batter. That resulted in the final tally charged to Blair plus two of his own.
Dean Kiekhefer issued a free pass to the first batter faced, jamming the sacks full, before ending the threat with a strikeout looking and ground out. Heath Wyatt allowed two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls in the eighth.
James Ramsey accounted for three of his team's runs, singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk, run scored and two RBI. Ruben Gotay doubled twice in five at bats while driving in one. Stephen Piscotty and Starlin Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 with Piscotty touching home once and Rodriguez doubling once and knocking in one.
Tuesday's game: at first-place Arkansas (33-30), 7:10 pm CT, Tim Cooney (7-8, 3.62)
The Beach Birds' contest at Fort Myers was postponed due to rain. The teams will try to get in two on Tuesday. Second-place Palm Beach (32-28) remains 3 ½ back of Charlotte (TB) with an elimination number of four.
Tuesday's games: at Fort Myers (30-30). Game one – 5:05 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (3-2, 3.68)/TBA
The Chiefs dropped their fifth straight on Tuesday, 3-1 at Cedar Rapids. That skid includes the first three of four versus the Kernels.
The game's scoring was over by the end of the third. Chris Perry (L, 2-3) permitted two unearned tallies in the second then an earned run in the third for the loss. Perry gave up eight hits and three base-on-balls over six with three strikeouts. Steve Sabatino allowed a hit in the seventh and Dixon Llorens faced the minimum in the eighth.
Each team had nine hits but the Chiefs placed only four players in scoring position versus the Kernels' 14. Breyvic Valera and Ildemaro Vargas both singled twice in four at bats. Vargas' ground out in the second allowed Jordan Walton to cross after the latter got aboard on the first of three consecutive singles.
Tuesday's game: at Cedar Rapids (43-20), 6:35 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (4-4, 4.09)
The Spikes' 10-game winning string was snipped by host Williamsport 13-5 as State College (41-24) drops to 1 ½ in front of Jamestown (PIT), whose contest was rained out.
Seven of the 10 runs, seven earned, charged to Juan Bautista (L, 1-4) in 1 2/3 frames crossed in the first as the right-hander dug a big hole for his squad. Bautista allowed nine hits and a free pass.
Chase Brookshire gave up five hits in 3 1/3, resulting in one of two inherited runners crossing plus two of his own. Brookshire fanned four and did not walk a batter. Kyle Webb permitted a tally on three hits and a balk in the sixth before Mitch Harris struck out three of six faced in the final two innings.
The Spikes kept fighting until the end, pushing across three in the second plus one each in the sixth and ninth. Jimmy Bosco was perfect at the plate, going 2-for-2 with a double, two base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI. Matthew Young singled and doubled in four at bats, touching once while driving in two.
Tuesday's game: at Williamsport (31-34), 7:05 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (1-2, 1.95)
The JC-Cards took the second straight at Danville 5-2 to clinch the series win. Despite the victory, Johnson City's (34-29) elimination number dropped to four since they only kept pace with both squads ahead of them.
Norge Paredes (one) and Zach Loraine (1 2/3) went the rest of the way with each permitting a hit and Paredes issuing the only free pass given up by the Appy Birds' pitching staff. Both hurlers fanned two while Loraine picked up his third save.
Johnson City struck first with two in the fifth when co-Player of the Day Ronnierd Garcia went yard with Jhohan Acevedo aboard. Acevedo reached when Danville was unable to complete the 3-6-1 double play, a call that led to the first base umpire tossing the Braves' manager from the game.
After the Braves answered with a tally in the bottom of the fifth, each team scored one in the seventh. Garcia came through again when his two-out single brought in Vaughn Bryan (single) in the top of the frame. The JC-Cards iced the game on Garcia's third hit of the game that doubled home Leandro Mateo (hit-by-pitch) and Bryan (walk) in the ninth. It was the fourth and fifth RBI of the contest for the third baseman, our co-Player of the Day.
Tuesday's game: at Danville (26-35), 11:00 am ET, Nick Lomascolo (1-3, 3.60)
It was an ugly day for the Gulf Birds' pitching staff as they coughed up 19 hits in an 18-3 loss to the GCL Mets. The GCL Cardinals (23-34) have three games to go in their season with the final two against the dominant GCL Nationals' squad.
The first three pitchers for the Gulf Cardinals each served up at least five tallies, beginning with Steven Farinaro (L, 1-3). Farinaro permitted six runs on nine hits and a hit batsman in 1 2/3. The highlight of Stalyn Lopez' day came when he retired the first batter faced to end the second and stranded two inherited runners.
Lopez did not allow a hit during his second appearance since being re-assigned fro Johnson City, but issued a whopping six free passes that produced six tallies. Lopez' final out recorded was via a sac fly. Juan Caballero allowed all three of Lopez' runners to touch home in the third before yielding five runs of his own on six hits and a walk in 2 1.3.
Jonathan Escudero gave up four hits and a base-on-balls in 2 1/3, resulting in one of two inherited runners scoring plus one of his own. Hector Salazar walked one in a scoreless eighth and catcher Jose Gomez, the most effective pitcher of the day for the Cardinals, retired the side in order in the ninth.
Third baseman Rafael Medina reached base in each of his four plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with a double and two base-on-balls. Centerfielder Anthony Ray singled and doubled in five at bats with a run scored. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina touched home once with an RBI, going 1-for-4.
Tuesday's game: at GCL Mets (19-38), 12:00 pm ET, TBA
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