Results from games played Thursday, May 15th.
A five-run eighth against Eric Fornataro turned a 6-5 advantage into a 10-6 Redbirds' loss in the series opener.
Fornataro (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) yielded two hits, three walks, a wild pitch and plunked a batter, all while recording just two outs in his return to the Redbirds' bullpen. Three of the five tallies against him were unearned because of a fielding error by first baseman Xavier Scruggs. David Aardsma notched the inning's final out, tossing a scoreless ninth.
Fornataro and Aardsma pitched in relief of Scott McGregor whose outing was nothing to write home about. The righty allowed five runs on six hits, three bases-on-balls and three hit batsmen through four.
The only batter to reach versus Jason Motte in the fifth and sixth was on a single to the first batter faced. Motte struck out two, one looking, with one groundball and three fly-ball outs. He threw 31 pitches, 18 for strikes. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a scoreless seventh.
Fornataro's outing spoiled a fine offensive display by Randal Grichuk who was responsible for four of Memphis' tallies. The left fielder went yard twice, once with Greg Garcia aboard, and was on base via one of his two free passes when centerfielder Oscar Taveras hit his sixth home run of 2014. Audry Perez garnered the only other multi-hit game for the Redbirds (19-21), singling twice in four at bats.
Friday's game: vs. Omaha (18-20), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-5, 5.15)
Player of the Day Cornelius (W, 3-4), facing Tulsa for the second time in three starts, was superb, striking out six in 6 1/3. The southpaw allowed just two hits and two free passes, recording eight groundball to four fly-ball outs and threw 95 pitches, 63 for strikes.
Donofrio skirted around two walks in the seventh, fanning two in 1 2/3. Stoppelman faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out one.
James Ramsey got the S-Cards on the scoreboard in the first, smashing his league-leading 10th long ball for a 1-0 lead. The centerfielder went-2-for-4 with a double, home run, run scored and RBI. Six of his teammates had one hit each, including Jonathan Rodriguez and Rafael Ortega, who both had solo bombs.
Friday's game: vs. Arkansas (19-20) (LAA), 6:10 pm CT, TBA
Palm Beach (18-22) fell to Dunedin 4-1 in a rain-shortened contest on Thursday that featured two rain delays. The two squads split their four-game series.
Joe Cuda (L, 0-5) held the Blue Jays to a run through the first four, at one point retiring 14 in a row. The righty yielded one in the fifth plus two more in the sixth, all three tallies occurring with two outs. Cuda allowed six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 with six strikeouts.
The Beach Birds' only score came in the second, knotting the game at one all. Casey Rasmus drew a base-on-balls with one out, advanced to second on David Washington's single and sped home on an RBI single by Alex Mejia. Breyvic Valera had two of his team's six hits, both singles.
Friday's game: at Tampa (18-20), (NYY), 7:00 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-2, 2.76)
The opener of the Chiefs' seven-game home stand did not end in their favor as Peoria (23-16) was edged by Wisconsin 4-3.
Blake McKnight (L, 1-3) yielded four hits and three free passes in 5 2/3, resulting in four runs, three earned. The sixth-inning solo shot permitted by the righty in the sixth was the eventual difference in the game. McKnight struck out three and hit one batter.
Brandon Lee was effective in his full-season debut, holding the Timber Rattlers to a hit over 3 1/3 while fanning three and stranding one of McKnight's runners.
Ronald Castillo had three of his team's seven hits, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Mason Katz' two-run blast, his fifth home run of the season, came with Castillo on in the sixth and made the score 4-2.
Friday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-20), 11:00 am CT, Rob Kaminsky (0-1, 2.16)
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