Joey Butler's two-run single capped a three-run eighth, giving Memphis a 7-5 win over Colorado Springs in the series' finale. After dropping the initial two, the Redbirds (13-14) took games three and four, salvaging a split.
Trailing 5-4 going into the home half of the eighth, hot-hitting Audry Perez opened the frame with his second home run of 2014 for a 5-5 tie. Perez' mark over his last 10 games is .350/.350/.475/.825, 14-for-40. Like Perez, Butler's only hit of the game was a big one, a line drive single to right that plated Jermaine Curtis (walk) and Kolten Wong (single), giving Memphis its second lead.
Curtis and Wong joined Stephen Piscotty with two hits apiece while four other Redbirds had a hit. Piscotty's double was one of two extra-base hits, allowing him to score one and drive in two. Curtis and Wong both worked a free pass and touched home twice, the latter from the lead-off slot. All three stole a base. With a first-inning RBI single, Oscar Taveras extended his hitting streak to 15 games.
Starter Tim Cooney's outing was the shakiest of his six starts to date. The southpaw gave up 11 hits and a base-on-balls, resulting in five tallies. Despite the high hit total, three of those five runs were produced by two long balls. Lee Stoppelman tossed two scoreless frames, walking two and hitting one.
Memphis heads out on an eight-game road trip at Colorado Springs and Oklahoma City.
Friday's game: at Colorado Springs (11-15) (COL), 7:35 pm CT, Zach Petrick (0-1, 5.73)
Patrick Wisdom's first home run of the season was the finishing touch in Springfield's 7-3 victory over Northwest Arkansas. Springfield (14-13) trails in the series one game to two.
Wisdom's second hit of the night went over the right field wall, driving in Curt Smith (single) and Cody Stanley (single). Stanley's single earlier that frame broke a 3-3 tie, bringing across James Ramsey (single). Wisdom crossed home twice, accounting for four of his team's tallies.
Stanley was the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats. Mike O'Neill went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two RBI.
Joe Donofrio picked up his first win - although he needed a big boost from Justin Wright to do it. Donofrio entered the sixth with two runs already across and the go-ahead runner at first. A double advanced the runner to third but the right-hander coaxed a pop out to third for the last out. Donofrio sandwiched a single between two free passes and two outs in the seventh, retiring in favor of Wright, who quashed the threat with a fly out to left. Wright allowed just one hit over the last two innings, recording his first save since 2011.
Kyle Hald was impressive through the first five, holding the opposition to a tally on three hits and a walk while striking out six. In his third Double-A start, the lefty retired the first two in the sixth before permitting a single, home run and single that ended his night.
Friday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (10-17), 7:10 pm CT, Seth Blair (2-0, 2.54)
Breyvic Valera's three-hit night led Palm Beach (11-16) to an 8-2 win over Fort Myers in the series' opener.
Player of the Day Valera was responsible for half of his squad's runs, going 3-for-5 with two triples, three runs scored and one knocked in. Ildemaro Vargas had three hits as well, tripling and crossing home once.
Both of Casey Rasmus' hits in four at bats were doubles, as the catcher touched home once with two RBI. Rasmus' line over his last 10 games is .324/.368/.471/.839, 11-for-34 with five doubles. Charlie Tilson also drove in two with a run scored, going 1-for-5. David Washington's only hit in five at bats was his sixth home run.
Thomas Lee picked up the win, evening his record at 2-2. Lee scattered nine hits that produced two runs and did not walk a batter. He struck out three. The only batter to reach against Aidan Lucas over the next two frames was via a base-on-balls. Dixon Llorens walked one in the ninth, joining Lucas with two strikeouts.
Friday's game: vs. Fort Myers (16-11), 6:35 pm ET, Cory Jones (1-0, 7.80)
Offense was the word of the day in Beloit on Thursday in a contest featuring a combined 19 walks, 23 hits and 24 runs. Peoria (16-9) took both the game and series, three games to one.
Trailing 2-0 entering the third, the Chiefs put up a six spot, half of which were produced by Matthew Young's blast that plated Steve Bean (walk) and Cesar Valera (error). It was Young's only hit in five at bats and one of 11 hits by Peoria.
The visitors piled on, adding a single tally in the fifth and seventh plus three each in the sixth and ninth. The Chiefs needed almost all the 14-5 cushion when the Snappers pushed across five in the home half of the ninth.
C.J. McElroy went 3-for-6 with three runs scored and an RBI. Juan Herrera and Ronald Castillo both had two hits for Peoria's other two multi-hit performances. One of Herrera's hits was a double and he was hit by a pitch twice. Both players scored once with two driven in.
Mason Katz had the interesting line of 0-for-2 with three bases-on-balls and three runs scored. Bean drew four free passes in addition to a single in his only at bat, knocking in one.
Reliever Chase Brookshire was credited with his first win against three losses as the most effective of four Chiefs hurlers. Brookshire struck out three in 2 2/3, walking two and stranding an inherited runner.
Starter Jimmy Reed could not finish the fifth, allowing five runs on eight hits and three bases-on-balls with six strikeouts. He was charged with two wild pitches. Jhonny Polanco yielded three hits and four walks in 1 1/3, resulting in five tallies. Two of those runs came across on Kyle Barraclough's watch via the only hit given up by the right-hander in the final 2/3 of an inning.
Friday's game: at Cedar Rapids (15-11) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (1-2, 4.42)
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