The game got ugly early for the Redbirds as they were demolished by host Omaha 20-3. The Storm Chasers lead the four-game series two games to one.
Angel Castro (L, 1-1) made the first of three abysmal pitching performances by Memphis (4-3). The 31-year-old coughed up 10 tallies in all, eight in the first inning alone, on 11 hits and two walks in just three frames. Castro gave up two home runs – a three-run bomb and solo shot – with three of the four runs being unearned.
Next up was Heath Wyatt who relied on two double plays to keep Omaha off the board in the next two innings despite allowing five hits. He was not so fortunate in the sixth, yielding five runs on five more hits, including a three-run blast while retiring just one.
Sam Freeman got his home run out of the way early, serving it up to the first batter faced. The lefty permitted four runs on five hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3. The single tally allowed by Jose Almarante on three hits in the eighth looked effective in comparison.
Two of the Redbirds' three runs crossed in the first when Ed Easley worked a one-out free pass and Oscar Taveras sent his second home run of 2014 over the right field wall. Easley doubled in the fifth, touching home via Stephen Piscotty's single. Piscotty went 2-for-4 and was the only Redbird with more than one hit.
Thursday's game: at Omaha (4-3), 6:35 pm CT, Tim Cooney (1-0, 0.00)
Springfield - off
Thursday's game: Springfield (1-5) at San Antonio (4-2), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (1-0, 0.00)
Marco Gonzales fanned seven over five frames in the Beach Birds 3-1 victory at Bradenton that evened the series at 1-1.
Gonzales (W, 1-0) held the opposition to three singles without issuing a free pass in a battle of the southpaw starters. The lefty threw 70 pitches, 53 for strikes, with six groundball outs and one flyball out.
Aidan Lucas continued the shutout bid, yielding a single. That base runner was erased via a double-play ball and Lucas faced the minimum with two K's over the next two innings. Dixon Llorens worked around a base-on-balls in the eighth before loading the bases on a walk and consecutive singles in the ninth. Llorens gave way to Iden Nazario who limited the damage inflicted by the Marauders to a sac fly.
Palm Beach (4-2) pushed across single scores in the second, sixth and seventh, beginning with David Washington's second long ball of the early season. Jacob Wilson doubled home Breyvic Valera (single) in the sixth before Casey Rasmus singled to open the seventh. Rasmus swiped his third bag, scoring all of way from second on a subsequent fielding error by Bradenton's first baseman. Wilson and Rasmus both went 2-for-4 for half of their team's eight hits.
Thursday's game: at Bradenton (4-2), 6:30 pm ET, Mike Mayers (0-1, 11.25)
The Chiefs' bats went 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position, dropping a 3-1 decision to Dayton at home. The series is even at one win apiece.
Neither Dayton nor Peoria (3-3) mustered many hits, six versus five respectively, but the Dragons' opportunities were inflated by the five free passes issued by the Chiefs' pitching staff. A walk plus two second-inning singles off Arturo Reyes (L, 1-1) plated two Dayton runners.
Peoria cobbled together a tally in the third when C.J. McElroy put down a bunt single to third with one out, stole second and advanced to third on the resulting throwing error. McElroy touched home on a 4-3 ground out by Mason Katz.
Reyes' day was done after he issued a third base-on-balls to open the sixth, wild pitched the runner to second then gave up an RBI single. Reyes allowed four hits and three walks over 5 1/3 while fanning four.
Carson Kelly swung the hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a double.
Thursday's game: vs. Dayton (3-3), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (0-0, 1.80)
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