A night after being on the receiving end of a lop-sided score, the Redbirds (5-3) drubbed host Omaha 10-1, splitting the four-game set.
Memphis translated 19 hits and four walks into the 10 tallies, plating runners in five of the nine innings. Four Redbirds had three hits apiece: Randal Grichuk, Oscar Taveras, Stephen Piscotty and Joey Butler. The first three each doubled once with a walk while Butler got the scoring started with his second home run of the season, a solo shot in the second.
Grichuk touched home three times, Taveras twice and Piscotty once with the latter knocking in three. Butler drew a free pass, crossed twice with three RBI. One of Xavier Scruggs' two hits was a two-run bomb in the fourth.
That was more than enough offense for Tim Cooney (W, 2-0), who did not face a serious challenge until yielding singles to two of the first three faced in the seventh. One of those runners crossed after his departure, giving Cooney a final line of five hits and one walk permitted in 6 1/3 with three strikeouts, six groundball outs and seven fly-ball outs. He threw 94 pitches, 65 for strikes.
Friday's game: Memphis' home opener vs. Iowa (4-4) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-0, 1.50)
A see-saw battle that saw four lead changes and three ties finally ended with a Springfield win in the 14th inning of the opener of their road series in San Antonio.
The S-Cards struck the first blow in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Aledmys Diaz and Jonathan Rodriguez. San Antonio capitalized on consecutive errors by Patrick Wisdom and Greg Miclat put two in scoring position with none out. A fielder's choice tied the game at one all.
The Missions went up 3-1 in the sixth after a walk, fielding error by Mike O'Neill, sac fly and single led to two more unearned tallies. Zach Petrick exited after 5 2/3, having allowed two hits and three base-on-balls, one intentional, with three K's.
Justin Wright retired all four batters he faced before Springfield re-took the lead 4-3 in the eighth on James Ramsey's second bomb of 2014. It plated David Popkins (single) and O'Neill (single). That lead was short-lived as Wright's replacement, Joe Donofrio, gave up a tally on two hits in the bottom of the frame.
The score remained knotted at 4-4 throughout Dean Kiekhefer's two-inning stint. Kiekhefer permitted a hit and base-on-balls while fanning one. Anthony Ferrara worked around a single and walk to hold the Missions scoreless in the 11th prior to the S-Cards taking their third lead in the top of the 12th on a free pass by O'Neill and RBI double by Diaz.
Ferrara's night was finished after a single and ground out in the bottom half of the 12th. Ronnie Shaban entered and allowed the inherited runner to cross via a single and groundout.
In the 14th, the S-Cards finally put the Missions away. O'Neill was again the instigator as he singled and came home on a Ramsey triple. Diaz put the icing on the cake with a two-run home run. Logan Billbrough pitched a clean 13th and 14th for his first Double-A win.
Diaz finished with a single, two doubles, a home run, two runs scored and three RBI. He also committed two fielding errors and muffed a double play that almost cost the Cards the game.
Friday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Seth Blair (0-0, 3.86)
One inning of offense plus superb pitching was all it took for Palm Beach (5-2) to down Bradenton 6-0 and take the series two games to one.
All six of the Beach Birds' tallies occurred in the second. Casey Rasmus opened with an infield single to short, took second on an errant pickoff attempt and advanced to third via Ildemaro Vargas' single. Consecutive singles by Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera plated Rasmus and Vargas before Jacob Wilson doubled in Tilson and Valera. Anthony Garcia greeted a new Marauder hurler with a shot over the left field wall that scored Wilson. Vargas, Valera and Wilson each had two of their team's 11 hits.
Meanwhile, on the pitching side, Mike Mayers and Robert Stock combined for a three-hit shutout. Player of the Day Mayers fanned six with three hits, a base-on-balls and one hit batsman through six while the only runners to reach against Stock were via three walks. Mayers threw 80 pitches, 54 for strikes and induced six groundball outs to two fly-ball outs.
Friday's game: at Charlotte (1-6) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-0, 2.25)
The Chiefs' bats remained cold for the fourth straight game, resulting in a 4-0 loss to visiting Dayton. Peoria (3-4) dropped the series two games to one.
The home squad, which generated just three runs in the last four contests, mustered seven hits but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position. Designated hitter Matthew Young had the only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 out of the six hole.
All three runs charged to Jimmy Reed in six frames happened in the first when the lefty gave up four of his eight hits plus the first of the three free passes issued. Often in trouble but not knocked out, Reed struck out four with seven groundball outs and four fly-ball outs.
Friday's game: vs. Bowling Green (2-5) (TB), 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (0-1, 2.25)
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