After the third of three errors, Memphis (6-4) gave the visitors two unearned runs in the ninth, putting the game out of reach. In reality, a lack of hitting throughout the contest was the primary culprit as the Redbirds managed just five hits while striking out 12 times. That included four whiffs by leadoff hitter Greg Garcia and three more by number two man Randal Grichuk.
After a two-out walk in the fifth, Memphis starter Scott McGregor was pulled at 78 pitches. The right-hander allowed no runs on two hits and four walks. Reliever Nick Greenwood took the loss after yielding single Iowa runs in the sixth and seventh. Sam Freeman pitched a rough final inning, in which three total tallies crossed home. The frame included two wild pitches and a hit batter to go with Freeman's throwing error.
Sunday's game: vs. Iowa (5-5), 1:35 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, 1.13).
Unable to hold a two-run lead Saturday night, the S-Cards (3-6) could not execute a three-game sweep at San Antonio.
Springfield starter Sam Gaviglio was cruising until the fourth inning. Then he fell apart, walking two, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and yielding a single and a triple as three Missions came home. Gaviglio stayed in through the fifth, striking out seven in total.
The Cardinals managed just seven hits and two walks while fanning eight times. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom doubled, knocking in his first run of the season. The only Springfield batter with multiple hits, right-fielder Rafael Ortega, singled and doubled in four at-bats.
Saturday's game: at Corpus Christi, 1:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 9.00).
Palm Beach (6-3) pulled even at one game each at Charlotte behind a strong pitching performance by Kyle Hald. The 24-year-old left-hander scattered seven hits and two walks over seven one-run innings. He struck out five.
In the fourth-inning, outfielder Anthony Garcia broke a 1-1 tie with a two-run blast. Garcia has just eight hits to date this season (.222 average), but half of them are home runs.
Palm Beach extended the lead in the fifth via a Breyvic Valera double that plated two. In a 2-for-3 day that also included a walk, the second baseman increased his batting average to .368.
First baseman David Washington, the designated hitter for the day, fanned three times in an 0-for-4 day that dropped his season average to .152. Fill-in first baseman Ildemaro Vargas walked, doubled and scored twice in four plate appearances. Leadoff man Nick Martini singled twice and drove in a run.
Sunday's game: at Charlotte (2-7), 1:30 pm ET, Cory Jones (0-0, 0.00).
For the second consecutive game, the Chiefs (6-4) pounded out 12 hits. Peoria outfielder Ronald Castillo followed up his 420-foot Friday home run that put his team ahead for good with an even better performance Saturday. The cleanup hitter went 4-for-5, including two home runs, and five RBI.
With the Chiefs already down after just two pitches and in a 5-0 hole by the third inning against starter Chase Brookshire, things did not look promising in the early going. Then, in the home third, Carson Kelly put Peoria in the scoring column with a two-run blast.
Next up, Castillo added a long ball of his own. On the fly, the home run hit the base of the Born Paint building across the alley from the stadium. It was said by the club to be one of the longest blasts in Dozer Park's 12-year history.
The Chiefs pulled even in the fifth on a two-run double from outfielder Kenny Peoples-Walls. The next frame, Peoria not only pulled away, they put it away. On another pair of back-to-back homers, second baseman Mason Katz' solo blast followed Castillo's lead-grabbing grand slam.
Continuing to be tested by Midwest League base runners, catcher Kelly was busy. The 19-year-old threw out two of five attempted base-stealers and also was charged with a passed ball. Brookshire and reliever Chris Perry (three earned in 2 1/3 innings) helped out by picking off one runner each.
Sunday's game: vs. Bowling Green (2-7), 1:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00).
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