Boone Whiting gave up six runs in five and the Redbirds (11-14) were held to five hits, dropping their sixth of the last seven contests, including the first two of four versus the Sky Sox. Memphis had dropped from first to last (fourth) due to the skid, two games behind Round Rock (TEX).
Five of the six tallies charged to Whiting were earned, the result of three walks and five hits, including two home runs. He struck out five. Jorge Rondon permitted an unearned run on two hits in two. Heath Wyatt and David Aardsma both allowed a hit in their respective innings of work.
Kolten Wong singled and doubled in five at bats, the only Redbird with more than one hit. Wong's throwing error in the seventh, however, led to an unearned tally. Shane Robinson doubled and scored in the first on Oscar Taveras' single. Taveras drew two of Memphis' five free passes.
Wednesday's game: vs. Colorado Springs (11-13), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (2-2, 5.50)
Dean Kiekhefer coughed up seven runs in the ninth, turning a 4-2 advantage into what became a 9-7 loss in the series' opener. Springfield (13-12) remains a game in front of second-place Tulsa (COL) in the standings.
Kiekhefer (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) allowed seven hits, including a two-run long ball, while recording just two outs. He was called for a balk. Anthony Ferrara fanned his only batter faced in the ninth.
Jonathan Cornelius had a strong outing, striking out eight through six plus and yielding two runs on four hits and three walks. Joe Donofrio continues to produce, shutting down the opposition on two hits in two innings, fanning three and stranding one of Cornelius' runners.
The S-Cards pushed across two in the fourth that tied the game and went up in the sixth via David Popkins' first home run, a two-run shot. Popkins added a double in three at bats with a base-on-balls and four RBI. The home team's attempted rally in the ninth fell short.
Matt Williams went 2-for-4 while crossing home once in his return to Double-A. James Ramsey singled twice in five at bats, touching home two times, the final Springfield player with more than one of the team's 11 hits. Designated hitter Jonathan Rodriguez doubled in his only at bat before being replaced by Mike O'Neill in the fourth.
Wednesday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (9-16), 11:10 am CT, Kurt Heyer (2-1, 2.93)
Palm Beach (10-15) could not hold two early leads, falling to Jupiter 5-3 in 13. The Beach Birds' seventh loss in their last nine games leaves them last (sixth) in their division, five games off the pace set by Fort Myers (MIN).
Up 1-0 after one and 2-1 through four, starter Mike Mayers gave up the lead with two in the fifth. Mayers was charged with three runs on eight hits and two bases-on-balls in six. Robert Stock worked around two hits and two walks through the eighth when his team re-tied the game, sending it into extras.
Cory Baker was charged with his first loss in three decisions when he permitted two runs in his fifth inning on the bump. Baker allowed six hits in five.
Seven PB-Cards had at least one of the team's nine hits. Lead-off batter Charlie Tilson scored two of his team's three runs, singling and doubling in five at bats with a free pass. Nick Martini touched home once with an RBI, doubling once in five at bats. Jesus Montero went 2-for-5 with a double, the only other player with more than one hit.
Wednesday's game: at Jupiter (11-14), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (0-3, 13.85)
Peoria 6 at Beloit 3
The Chiefs (15-8) swept a pair at Beloit, 11-6 and 6-3, the latter in nine innings. Peoria's seventh win in its last eight games has allowed them to climb into second place, two games behind the torrid pace set by Kane County (CHC).
The first game featured a standout performance by Player of the Day Alex Reyes who took a no-hitter into fifth. Reyes issued a free pass before giving up his first long ball of 2014 that frame, ‘settling' for two runs on a hit and walk with eight strikeouts.
Kevin Herget tossed a scoreless sixth before becoming unglued in the seventh, permitting four tallies on five hits and two base-on-balls while notching two outs. New arrival Jhonny Polanco struck out his only batter faced to end the threat and strand two of Herget's runners.
The Chiefs' offense was in high gear with 13 hits and six free passes. Shortstop Juan Herrera led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and two driven in. Ronald Castillo and Kenny Peoples-Walls both had two hits and touched home twice with an RBI. Carson Kelly and Cesar Valera each went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Kelly knocked in one and Valera three.
In game two, a three-run ninth gave the visitors an extra-inning victory, the result of three doubles and a single. C.J. McElroy accounted for three runs, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and a ninth-inning RBI. Cesar Valera singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring once and knocking in one. Peoples-Walls and Castillo both had two of Peoria's 12 hits.
Chris Thomas picked up his first win, fanning two in two innings with a hit. Kyle Barraclough was credited with his second save, working around a walk in the ninth.
Thomas and Barraclough pitched in relief of Nick Petree, who allowed three runs on six hits and a base-on-balls over four. Two of the three tallies charged to Petree came on two home runs. He struck out five. Zach Lorraine kept the opposition off the board on three hits in two frames.
Wednesday's game: at Beloit (8-16), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 4.29)
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