A big eighth by the Redbirds unraveled a tie game as they bounced the Sounds 7-1 on the road. Memphis (8-5) has taken the first two of four in Nashville and is tied with Round Rock (TEX) atop the American Southern Division.
Held to three hits through seven, the Redbirds' five singles and three free passes off three Sounds' hurlers pecked Nashville for six runs in the eighth. The scoring started on a bases-loaded walk by Randal Grichuk that brought across Audry Perez (single) and broke a 1-1 tie. Oscar Taveras followed with a two-run single to right, his only hit in five at bats, scoring Joey Butler (pinch hit walk) and Pete Kozma (single).
Three batters later, Xavier Scruggs duplicated Taveras' results, singling in Taveras and Stephen Piscotty (fielder's choice). Perez capped the scoring with another single to right that brought across Scott Moore (walk).
Grichuk and Perez had Memphis' only multi-hit performances with two hits each. Grichuk, who also worked two base-on-balls, had his squad's only extra base hit, a third-inning triple that knocked in starter Tyler Lyons (walk) and put Memphis up 1-0.
Co-Player of the Day Lyons (W, 2-0) held the opposition to a run on five hits and two walks through seven. The native Texan tossed 99 pitches, 67 for strikes, fanning six with seven ground outs and seven fly-ball outs.
Both David Aardsma and Nick Greenwood retired the side in order with the latter striking out two. The losing pitcher was former Redbird Michael Blazek who faced the minimum in the seventh but was yanked after putting on the first two in the eighth.
Thursday's game: at Nashville (5-8), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-1, 3.24)
Just off a successful 4-2 six-game swing through Texas and a day off, third-place Springfield (5-7) hosts first-place Arkansas, a team they trail by a game, for a brief four-game home stand starting Thursday evening.
Thursday's game: vs. Arkansas (6-6) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Seth Blair (1-0, 4.22)
Palm Beach (6-7) was shut out by Bradenton for the second straight game, dropping their fourth in a row as a result. Their four-game skid includes a sweep by the first-place Marauders (8-5) whom they trail by two games.
Mike Mayers yielded two in the first plus single tallies in the fourth and fifth, absorbing his second loss in three decisions. The 22-year-old gave up eight hits and a free pass through six, fanning three. Corey Baker held Bradenton to a base-on-balls over the next two frames before Sam Tuivailala worked around a ninth-inning walk by fanning the side.
Thursday's game: vs. last-place Charlotte (4-9) (TB), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-1, 9.00)
Peoria 4 at Lake County 0 (7) – game two
Second-place Peoria (8-4) swept a pair from Lake County (4-9) by identical 4-0 scores. Their fifth consecutive win includes a sweep of the Captains, leaving the Chiefs 1 ½ behind first-place Kane County (CHC) which has won seven straight.
In game one, Peoria clustered three of their five total hits into the third, resulting in three runs. Michael Schulze opened with a single, coming around to score on Juan Herrera's double. After Carson Kelly worked a free pass and was the trail end of a double steal, Herrera raced home on a wild pitch. The first of Ronald Castillo's two singles drove in Kelly.
Peoria added an unearned run in the sixth when Schulze reached on a throwing error, advanced via a passed ball and sped in on another throwing error. Lake County committed five errors in all.
Nick Petree tossed six strong frames of four-hit ball to pick up his first win of 2014. The Missouri State product struck out five, gave up two walks and threw a wild pitch. Kyle Barraclough pitched around a hit and free pass in the seventh to preserve the shutout.
In the second contest, the visitors pushed across two in the fourth and fifth with right fielder Jimmy Bosco accounting for three of the four tallies. Bosco's first triple of the season kicked off the fourth, putting him in position to score on a single by Ronald Castillo. Castillo was singled home by Steve Bean.
Bosco's second hit of the night came with Schulze and C.J. McElroy aboard via free passes in the fifth and it plated both. Bean went 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI, the only other Chief with more than one of their seven hits in all.
Co-Player of the Day Arturo Reyes (W, 2-1) had a stellar outing, striking out eight over six, yielding just two hits and a base-on-balls. The 22-year-old faced one over the minimum, courtesy of two double plays. Chris Thomas worked around two walks in the seventh.
Thursday's game: at Fort Wayne (4-8) (SD), 6:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (0-1, 3.27)
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