Six early tallies dug a hole too deep for the Redbirds (11-13) to escape from as they fell 7-4 to visiting Colorado Springs in the series' opener.
Six of the seven runs given up by Scott McGregor (L, 0-4) in 5 2/3 crossed in the first two frames, coming on 11 hits, two walks, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch. Three of the scores were generated by two home runs. McGregor struck out five.
Centerfielder Oscar Taveras accounted for three of his team's four runs, going 2-for-4 with a double, two-run long ball and two runs scored. It was Taveras' fifth home run of 2014 and second in as many games. Catcher Audry Perez singled twice in three at bats while touching home once for Memphis' other multi-hit game. Perez was knocked in by Kolten Wong, who went 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI in his 2014 Memphis debut.
Tuesday's game: vs. Colorado Springs (10-14), 7:02 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-2, 3.57)
Sam Gaviglio (L, 1-4) yielded seven runs on nine hits and three free passes in just four frames, preventing a four-game sweep of Arkansas.
Springfield (13-11) outhit its foes 13 to 11 but went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Player of the Day Cody Stanley had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double, run scored and one driven in out of the seven hole. Number nine batter Greg Miclat reached base in all four plate appearances, singling and doubling in two at bats with two bases-on-balls and two RBI. Curt Smith blasted a two-run bomb, one of two hits by the designated hitter in five at bats.
Tuesday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (8-16) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (2-2, 4.76)
A three-run eighth sent Palm Beach (10-14) to its sixth loss in the last eight games.
Mitch Harris (L, 0-2) worked around a single in the seventh but departed after a double, fly out and walk to begin the eighth. Both runners crossed on Dixon Llorens' watch, who yielded a tally of his own on a double, wild pitch and groundout in 2/3 of an inning.
That spoiled a solid outing by Marco Gonzales who held the Hammerheads to a run on seven hits and two free passes through six. He struck out four. Sam Tuivailala retired the side in order in the ninth, two via strikeout.
The Beach Birds' offense was stymied on just four hits and a walk. David Washington's fifth home run of the season tied the score at one all in the fifth. Charlie Tilson went 1-for-3 with a free pass and his third stolen base.
Tuesday's game: vs. Jupiter (10-14), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (2-2, 4.09)
The Chiefs' (13-8) game at the home of the Snappers was postponed due to rain. The teams will try to get in two seven-inning games on Tuesday.
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