Results from games played Friday, April 17th.
The series’ opener between the Redbirds and Express (TEX) was suspended due to rain with Memphis down 3-1 with one out in the home half of the second. The game will resume on Sunday, April 19th at 1:05 pm CT. Sunday’s previously scheduled affair has been shortened to seven innings and will take place after the nine-inning contest is finished. Both squads sport identical 3-4 records that place them in a tie for second in the American Southern division, a game behind Nashville (OAK).
The visitors took an early 1-0 lead on Ed Easley’s RBI single that plated Dean Anna (double) in the first. But three straight hits off Zach Petrick culminated in a three-run bomb, lifting Round Rock into the lead.
Saturday’s game: at Round Rock (3-4), 6:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-0, 9.00)
Rain impacted Springfield’s game at Corpus Christi as well, the S-Cards enduring a 46-minute rain delay midway through the seventh only to have the game called. Springfield’s 8-5 defeat was their eighth in nine games this season, leaving them easily in last place in the North Division, five games off the pace set by Arkansas (LAA).
Down 8-1 thanks to a five-run sixth by the Hooks, Springfield mounted a four-run rally in the top of the seventh. The rain delay ensued that eventually led to a called game. The S-Cards outhit their hosts 12 to 11 but went 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10.
Centerfielder Charlie Tilson, our Player of the Day, did his part at the top of the order, singling three times in four at bats, and touching home twice. Jonathan Rodriguez, Aledmys Diaz and Alex Mejia had two hits apiece, Rodriguez doubled once in four at bats with a run scored while Diaz and Mejia both worked a base-on-balls. Rodriguez and Mejia each drove in two.
Thomas Lee was charged with his second loss in as many decisions. The righty was touched for six runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 1/3. Justin Wright finished the sixth, yielding two hits and a free pass that scored Lee’s final runner plus two of his own.
Saturday’s game: at Corpus Christi (7-1), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-0, 3.00)
The PB-Cards’ pitching staff dug a hole their bats could not fill, producing a 10-4 loss to the Stone Crabs (TB) in the first game of three. Despite the loss, Palm Beach (6-3) sits atop the South Division, a game ahead of Charlotte and St. Lucie (NYM).
Trey Nielsen (L, 1-1) did not record an out in the fourth, allowing eight runs, five earned, on eight hits and three bases-on-balls in three plus. The 23-year-old was touched for three in the first then five more in what turned out to be a seven-run fourth. All five Stone Crabs facing Nielsen in the fourth eventually scored. He struck out five.
Steve Sabatino did little to stem the fourth-inning tide, issuing a free pass plus a double and two singles to his first four batters that scored all three inherited runners plus two of his own. Sabatino finally settled down, giving up only one more hit in three innings but the damage was done. Josh Lucas yielded a hit over two frames while Chris Perry worked around two hits in the ninth.
The Beach Birds’ offense was led once again by third baseman Bruce Caldwell who singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring one and knocking in another. Five of his teammates had one hit each, the best overall showing of the latter group coming from Carson Kelly, who went 1-for-2 with two walks.
Saturday’s game: vs. Charlotte (5-4), 5:35 pm ET, Corey Littrell (0-1, 4.50)
Four late tallies broke open a tight contest, sending the Chiefs to a 5-1 loss at Cedar Rapids and preventing a three-game sweep of the first-place Kernels. An excellent 5-1 just concluded road trip leaves Peoria (6-3) in second, a game behind Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Quad Cities (HOU).
Neither squad did much against the starters, leaving the game knotted at one all through seven. Daniel Poncedeleon kept the ball down, inducing 10 groundball outs in 6 1/3. The righty permitted a run on four hits and a walk, struck one batter and threw a wild pitch.
Zach Loraine came into the seventh with the bases clear, recording two outs but could not duplicate that feat the next inning. Loraine (L, 0-1) surrendered four runs on three hits and two free passes.
The biggest number Peoria’s offense generated was unfortunately in the strikeout column. Stephen Gonsalves, the Kernels’ 20-year-old southpaw starter, notched 10 of the staff’s 11 K’s over seven innings. Magneuris Sierra and Nick Thompson each had two of their squad’s six hits but were not anywhere near each other in the batting order. Sierra’s 2-for-4 effort at the top of the order was his second multi-hit performance in as many games while six hole bat Thompson singled and doubled in three at bats, scoring his team’s only run.
Saturday’s game: Peoria opens a six-game home stretch with three each against last-place Wisconsin (MIL) and Quad Cities. Game one vs. Wisconsin (2-7), 6:00 pm CT, Fernando Baez (0-0, 0.00)
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