Results from games played Thursday, June 26th.
John Gast could not finish the fourth as the Redbirds (38-42) were pounded by the Express 9-1 in the series opener.
Gast (L, 1-2) yielded all nine tallies on 10 hits, including a two-run home run, and four walks in just 3 1/3. He was scored upon in each of his four frames. The lefty plunked one and did not record a strikeout.
Memphis outhit their guests 13 to 10 but were a feeble 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding 13 in all. Their only tally was the result of singles by Xavier Scruggs, Audry Perez and Greg Garcia in the second with Garcia driving in Scruggs.
Friday's game: vs. Round Rock (40-40) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (first rehab start)
Jonathan Rodriguez' multi-homer night paced Springfield (4-4) to a 6-5 triumph over Corpus Christi, evening the series at one game each.
Rodriguez' first bomb capped a three-run third that snapped a 2-2 tie and plated Aledmys Diaz (double) after the latter knocked in Mike O'Neill. The first baseman added a solo shot in the sixth, his team's final score of the game.
Patrick Wisdom got into the fun in the second, smashing his ninth home run of 2014 that brought in Curt Smith (single) and knotted the game up. Starlin Rodriguez went 2-for-3, the only other S-Card with more than one of the team's nine hits.
Mike Mayers (W, 1-1) served up a gopher ball that gave the Hooks (HOU) a 2-0 lead in the first. The 23-year-old recovered, permitting just three more hits and two base-on-balls over seven with two strikeouts. Mayers threw 86 pitches, 53 for strikes.
Chris Thomas faced the minimum in the eighth, fanning one, but Lee Stoppelman made the game a bit more interesting than the hometown fans may have wanted by allowing three runs on three hits in the ninth, two of them via the game's fourth long ball. Stoppelman retired his final batter on a swinging strikeout, stranding the tying run at third.
Friday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (3-5), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (6-5, 3.84)
Palm Beach (7-1) continued their torrid pace, downing Charlotte (TB) 7-3. The victory ensures the PB-Cards of a series' win with one game remaining.
The Cardinals grouped all seven tallies in the third and fourth with seven of nine Beach Birds mustering at least one hit. Charlie Tilson and Dante Rosenberg each had two, Tilson doubling and touching home once while Rosenberg scored twice, knocking in one. Ildemaro Vargas maximized his production on just one hit in four at bats, garnering three RBI.
Jimmy Reed (W, 1-0) allowed seven hits and a free pass in 6 2/3, resulting in single tallies in the fifth and sixth in his A-Advanced debut. The lefty struck out four.
Friday's game: vs. Charlotte (0-8), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (4-2, 2.45)
Alex Reyes tossed six strong frames in the Chiefs' 6-3 win over the Kernels (MIN). Peoria (5-1) has won five straight including a three-game sweep of Cedar Rapids.
Reyes (W, 5-5) held the opposition to four hits and a walk through six, resulting in single scores in the third and fourth. The righty struck out five and threw three wild pitches.
Jhonny Polanco walked one over the next two innings but Zach Loraine was not effective, giving up two hits and two bases-on-balls that produced a run in just 2/3 of an inning. Chris Perry struck out his only batter faced, notching his third save and stranding two.
The Chiefs' balanced scoring attack featured eight players either touching home or driving runners in. Richy Pedroza, Vaughn Bryan and C.J. McElroy, the team's nine, one and two batters, all had two hits. Pedroza doubled once with an RBI while Bryan generated his fourth triple. Bryan and McElroy each crossed home once and the latter knocked in one to go with his 16th stolen base of the season. Right fielder Luis Perez drove in three, tripling once in four at bats.
Friday's game: vs. Quad Cities (3-3) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (2-3, 5.06)
The Spikes (9-5) pushed across single scores in the first, fifth and seventh, downing the Crosscutters (PHI) 3-2.
Shortstop Andrew Sohn generated his first multi-hit performance of his young career, going 2-for-3 with a double and two runs scored out of the nine hole. Catcher Luis Cruz, the only other Spike with more than one of the team's seven hits, singled and doubled in four at bats. Danny Diekroeger knocked in two despite going hitless in three at bats.
Fernando Baez held Williamsport to two hits and a free pass over four in his first start after four relief appearances. The 22-year-old struck out two.
Trey Nielsen was credited with his second win in as many decisions despite giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman in 2 2/3. He fanned three.
The unearned run scored after Kyle Grana (S, 1) entered a bases-loaded jam and induced a grounder to third that should have ended the threat. A fielding error altered that outcome, requiring Grana to coax a pop out to short. Grana struck out two, allowing one hit over the final 2 1/3.
Friday's game: vs. Williamsport (6-7), 7:05 pm ET, Cody Schumacher (0-0, 3.00)
The Appy Birds built a 7-0 lead through four, holding on to defeat the Pirates 7-5 and secure a series' win.
Five of the seven tallies crossed the plate in the second when Johnson City (5-3) mustered seven of their 13 hits. Centerfielder Carlos Torres, our co-Player of the Day, accounted for four of the seven runs, garnering three hits in four at bats, touching home twice with two RBI. Torres ended the evening a home run shy of the cycle.
Second baseman Casey Turgeon, left fielder Cole Lankford and right fielder Blake Drake each added two hits. Co-Player of the Day Turgeon was also responsible for four scores, going 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two driven in. Lankford singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing once while Drake went 2-for-5 with a double and RBI.
Steven Farinaro (W, 1-1) allowed five hits in 5 2/3, resulting in an unearned tally in the fifth plus two more unearned runs in the sixth. Farinaro struck out five.
Friday's game: at Bristol (2-6), 7:00 pm ET, Ian McKinney (1-0, 0.00)
The Gulf Birds scored three times in the fifth as they shut out the Mets 3-0, their fifth win in six decisions.
The visitors banged out 12 hits, Malik Collymore and Edmundo Sosa both having three in four at bats. Collymore touched home once, lacking a home run from a cycle while Sosa swiped his first base of 2014. Derek Gibson and Joshua Lopez each went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, Lopez tripling once.
Co-Player of the Day Jorge Rodriguez dominated the opposition, allowing just three hits and two bases-on-balls through seven. He struck out three with eight ground- and three fly-ball outs.
Friday's game: vs. GCL Mets (3-3), 12:00 pm ET, TBA
The Dominican Birds (10-13) fought off six Red Sox runs over the last five innings, slipping past the home club, 7-6.
Derian Gonzalez (W, 1-1) struck out nine through five, giving up a run on two hits and three walks. He threw four wild pitches. Oneiver Diaz allowed two unearned tallies on a hit and two free passes, recording two outs.
Left fielder Jonathan Rivera led his team's 11-hit attack, going 3-for-5 while crossing home once and knocking in one. First baseman Carlos Rodriguez and third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz added two hits each. Rodriguez doubled with a walk, run scored and two RBI.
Friday's game: vs. DSL Red Sox (14-9), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 4.50)
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