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Thursday's game: Memphis (10-9) at Round Rock (10-9) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-1, 1.93)
Springfield (9-10) dropped game three at Northwest Arkansas 6-5 and will try to salvage a series split against the last-place Naturals Thursday evening.
Sam Gaviglio (L, 1-3) was not aided by the three defensive miscues by his fielders, two of which produced four unearned runs in the fifth. The righty yielded five hits and three walks resulting in six tallies, two earned in five. He fanned four.
The S-Cards maximized their offense, transforming five hits and five free passes into five tallies. Unfortunately, those five hits were split between Jonathan Rodriguez and Aledmys Diaz. Rodriguez fell a home run shy of the cycle, with a walk, run scored and RBI. Diaz added a solo shot, his third long ball, to a single in five at bats, crossed twice, drove in two and stole his third base.
Thursday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (6-13), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (1-2, 5.94)
Facing the Mets for the second time in four starts, Mayers (W, 2-2) held the opposition to a tally on four hits without issuing a free pass. Iden Nazario earned his second save by shutting down St. Lucie on a hit over the final three frames.
Tied at one entering the home half of the fourth, Washington's RBI triple to right drove in Anthony Garcia (single), one of two hits by the first baseman in three at bats. A 4-3 groundout by Matt Williams plated Washington.
Starlin Rodriguez compiled the other multi-hit game for Palm Beach (9-10). Rodriguez singled and scored in the first, subsequently adding another single for two of his team's eight hits.
Thursday's game: vs. St. Lucie (11-8), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-2, 9.26)
Four Chiefs' hurlers, led by Arturo Reyes, combined to shut out Cedar Rapids 2-0 Wednesday afternoon, taking a 3-0 series lead with one game remaining.
Player of the Day Reyes held the Kernels to three hits and two free passes in five plus. The righty, who turned 22 earlier this month, recorded seven groundball outs, four fly-ball outs and two strikeouts, throwing 69 pitches, 44 for strikes.
Reyes did not figure in the decision because Peoria's offense was unable to generate a single hit against Reyes' counterpart, right-hander Ethan Mildren. The Chiefs finally broke through with an unearned tally in the seventh. Ronald Castillo led off with his third double of 2014, advanced to third on a throwing error that allowed Mason Katz to reach and raced in when Steve Bean hit into a 6-4 force out that was hit slowly enough to elude the double play.
That score made a winner out of Blake McKnight (1-0) who escaped a two-on/none-out jam of Reyes' in the sixth with a sac bunt, fly out to shallow right and swinging K. McKnight worked around a single, wild pitch and base-on-balls in the seventh by inducing a double play to end the inning.
Peoria tacked on an insurance run in the eighth on Cesar Valera's double, a passed ball and wild pitch. Valera reached base in all three plate appearances, working two base-on-balls in addition to two stolen bases. Castillo had two of the Chiefs' three hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.
Missouri native Chris Thomas retired Cedar Rapids' four, five and six batters in order for his third save. The Chiefs became the first team in the Midwest League to toss four shutouts this season.
Thursday's game: at Cedar Rapids (9-10), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (0-1, 4.50)
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