Results from games played Thursday, May 8th.
Scott McGregor had one of the earliest exits in his pro career, leading to an 8-3 defeat at Oklahoma City. Memphis (16-18) trails in the series two games to one.
McGregor (L, 0-5) retired just five batters, yielding five tallies, four earned, on four hits and three walks. He threw 49 pitches, 22 for strikes and hit a batter with a wild pitch. Jose Almarante gave up three hits over 2 1/3, the biggest being a two-run bomb and issued two free passes.
Stephen Piscotty and Ed Easley both had two of the Redbirds' eight hits. Piscotty singled twice with an RBI and stolen base while Easley doubled once. Centerfielder Oscar Taveras' only hit in three at bats was an RBI triple that plated Shane Robinson (walk). Taveras scored subsequently on a wild pitch. Third baseman Pete Kozma went 1-for-3 with a double and base-on-balls.
Friday's game: at Oklahoma City (19-16), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-4, 5.06)
Springfield (17-16) pounded out 13 hits and Seth Blair was solid through six, producing an 11-2 trouncing in the first of four at Northwest Arkansas.
Co-Players of the Day Cody Stanley and Jacob Wilson led the attack with three hits in four at bats. Stanley added a walk, touched home three times and swiped his fifth bag. Wilson doubled once with a base-on-balls, scored one and drove in two.
Blair fanned six through six to up his record to 3-1. The righty gave up six hits and a walk, resulting in two tallies. He was called for a balk and plunked a batter.
Friday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (11-22), 7:35 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-4, 6.37)
Palm Beach (16-18) managed just six hits in their 4-2 defeat at St. Lucie. The series is even at one game each with two more to be played at Palm Beach.
Three of the six hits came in the fifth, the big blow being Nick Martini's eighth double of the season that pushed across Charlie Tilson and Bruce Caldwell (both singles). No Beach Bird had more than one hit while Martini worked two of the three free passes issued by the Mets' pitching staff.
Those runs gave the visitors a brief 2-0 lead which vanished in the bottom of the frame when Joe Cuda yielded loaded the bases on consecutive singles. He would have escaped except for third baseman Caldwell's throwing error that allowed two unearned runs to cross. Cuda allowed five hits in five, striking out six and did not issue a base-on-balls.
Iden Nazario worked around three hits and a walk over the next two frames to hold the opposition scoreless. Sam Tuivailala (L, 0-1) simply did not have it in the eighth, allowing two runs on three hits and two free passes.
Friday's game: vs. St. Lucie (19-15), 5:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-1, 1.88)
Peoria (18-15) generated even less offense than did their Palm Beach counterparts as they were shut out 4-0 in the series' opener at Clinton. It is the Chiefs' fifth loss in their last six games.
Silfredo Garcia (L, 2-3) gave up single runs in the fourth and fifth plus two in the sixth on nine hits overall and a walk. He threw two wild pitches and struck out one. Chris Thomas retired four of five batters via strikeout.
Friday's game: at Clinton (17-15), 6:30 pm CT, Blake McKnight (1-1, 6.63)
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