Missed opportunities at the plate doomed Memphis (6-5) to a 6-3 loss to visiting Iowa. The Redbirds look for a split of their four-game series on Monday.
The home squad outhit its opposition 11 to eight but went a paltry 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Memphis struck first when the first of Scott Moore's two singles brought across Mark Ellis (single) in the home half of the first. Ellis began his rehab assignment by going 1-for-3 with a run scored and strikeout before being replaced in the sixth.
That slim lead held up until the sixth when Boone Whiting (L, 0-1) yielded two runs on three of the four hits he allowed plus a sac fly. The righty fanned nine in 5 2/3 while issuing two free passes, one intentional.
In the seventh, Lee Stoppelman stranded two inherited runners but gave up four tallies on four hits, including a two-run shot, and a walk to pretty much put the game out of reach. Jorge Rondon and David Aardsma tossed a clean frame each.
The score remained 6-1 until Oscar Taveras worked a base-on-balls ahead of Greg Garcia's blast in the ninth, Garcia's third of 2014. Eight different Redbirds had at least one hit with Joey Butler (three) and Moore compiling the only multi-hit games.
Monday's game: vs. Iowa (6-5), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (1-1, 7.88)
The S-Cards were easily handled by host Corpus Christi 9-1 in the opener of their three-game series.
Hooks hurlers held the visitors to just four hits, one of them being James Ramsey's fourth long ball of the season. Ramsey's knock in the ninth foiled Corpus Christi's shutout bid.
The way Springfield (3-7) was hitting it would have taken superb pitching to keep them in the game and that did not happen. Jonathan Cornelius (L, 0-2) allowed eight runs, five earned, on 11 hits and a free pass in just 4 2/3. Three of the eight tallies were the result of two home runs served up by the Florida native.
The only run yielded by Anthony Ferrara over the final 3 1/3 was a solo shot, one of three hits permitted. The lefty did not issue a free pass.
Monday's game: at Corpus Christi (8-2), 7:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (0-1, 5.40)
The Beach Birds (6-4) fought back from a 6-1 hole only to fall to host Charlotte in extras in the rubber match of their three-game set.
Five of the six runs scored off Cory Jones in one plus were in the first frame. The 22-year-old gave up six hits plus two walks and two wild pitches in all and was not aided by a throwing error and passed ball charged to catcher Casey Rasmus in the first. Rasmus was replaced at catcher by Jesus Montero in the third.
Palm Beach answered with one in the second plus five in the fourth, three of which came on Charlie Tilson's first bomb of 2014. The score remained 6-6 until the PB-Cards pushed across a tally in the 11th - only to watch their hosts tie it back up.
Player of the Day Starlin Rodriguez' three hits in six at bats paced his team's 11-hit attack. Nick Martini, Alex Mejia and Breyvic Valera had two hits each with Rodriguez, Martini and Mejia all touching home once and Rodriguez driving in one.
Thomas Lee followed Jones to the mound, fanning four in 4 1/3 while giving up three hits and a walk. The only Stone Crabs to reach base against Sam Tuivailala in 1 2/3 was via two free passes issued. Iden Nazario allowed a hit and walk during his two-inning stint.
Robert Stock took over in the 10th and kept the opposition off the board on a hit and base-on-balls for three of his four frames but yielded a run in the 11th on a walk, passed ball and two wild pitches. With the bullpen depleted, Palm Beach called on infielder Ildemaro Vargas to pitch the 14th. Vargas (L, 0-1) allowed the winning score via a lead-off walk, sac bunt, fielder's choice and single.
Monday's game: vs. Bradenton (5-5) (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, TBA
The Sunday afternoon contest between Peoria and Bowling Green was cancelled due to inclement weather. Since the two teams do not meet again in 2014, the game will not be rescheduled. The Chiefs' rotation remains the same, with Sunday's starter slipping to Monday.
Monday's game: Peoria (5-4) at Lake County (4-6) (CLE), 5:30 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00)
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