Results from games played Monday, May 11th.
The Redbirds (12-19) walked off with a 2-1 win, preventing a four-game sweep by the Zephyrs.
Ed Easley’s pinch-hit single in the 10th scored Rafael Ortega, providing the winning margin. Ortega got aboard after his attempted sac bunt ended up forcing Mike O’Neill instead. A wild pitch advanced him to second, putting him in position to capitalize on Easley’s line drive single to right.
Dean Anna kicked off the scoring when he opened the home half of the first by beating out a grounder to second. The shortstop swiped second, his first steal of 2015, then raced home on Scott Moore’s RBI single up the middle. Greg Garcia went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, the only Redbird with more than one of six team hits.
Sam Tuivailala picked up his second win against no losses, pitching out of a two-on/one-out jam by inducing a 5-3 double-play ball. That bailed out Marcus Hatley, who retired six straight before yielding a single, sac bunt and intentional free pass. Hatley fanned two.
Hatley and Tuivailala pitched in relief of Tim Cooney, who went the first seven, surrendering a solo bomb that was one of six hits and a walk allowed. Cooney struck out four.
Tuesday’s game: at Colorado Springs (11-20) (MIL), 7:35 pm CT, John Gast (1-2, 5.79)
Nick Petree and a trio of S-Cards relievers made a single tally hold up as Springfield edged Tulsa 1-0. The S-Cards lead the series 2-1 with one on tap.
Petree (W, 1-1) blanked the opposition on six hits and two walks, one intentional, over six. Chris Thomas turned back five consecutive Drillers but a single and back-to-back free passes loaded the bases and finished his day.
The visitors’ most successful offensive outburst came in the fifth when Nick Martini doubled with one out and scored on a line drive single to left by Anthony Garcia. Martini worked two free passes, going 1-for-2 out of the three slot. Garcia singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and the lone RBI.
Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa (14-16) (LAD), 4:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-3) (5.97)
The Beach Birds survived two blown leads, slipping past the Tortugas 7-6 in extras, the first of four at Daytona (CIN).
Palm Beach (17-14) pounced for two in the second, but the Tortugas answered with two off Alex Reyes in the fourth, knotting the game at 2-2. The runs were generated by two hits, wild pitch and a walk, the only baserunners the 20-year-old allowed over six. Reyes, our Player of the Day, retired 11 straight before issuing a free pass, triple and wild pitch that plated two. After giving up a double that put the go-ahead run in scoring position, the righty sent back seven in a row. Reyes struck out 11, four looking, with four ground-ball and one fly-ball out.
He departed in line for his second win thanks to a two-run seventh by his teammates but Kevin Herget (BS, 1) was not able to pitch around two errors in the bottom of the frame, including one of his own, surrendering three unearned on a hit and two bases-on-balls.
The visitors sent the game into extras with an eighth-inning tally before breaking on top in the 10th. The 15-hit attack was a team-wide affair with all nine starting Beach Birds garnering at least one hit and eight of nine either scoring or driving in a run or both.
Jimmy Bosco led the way, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, scoring twice and knocking in two. Juan Herrera also went 3-for-5, scoring one. Bruce Caldwell singled and doubled in three at bats, drawing three free passes, crossed home once with an RBI. But it was Luke Voit’s only hit in six at bats that provided the difference, driving in Bosco and C.J. McElroy (hit-by-pitch) in the 10th.
That made a winner of Kyle Barraclough, who tossed a clean ninth before surrendering a run on two walks, two wild pitches and an RBI single the next frame. Barraclough (W, 1-0) gave way to Chris Perry after allowing another single that advanced the potential tying run to third. Perry wild-pitched the trailing runner to second before recording the final two outs, earning his third save.
Tuesday’s game: at Daytona (18-13), 7:05 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (3-0, 1.44)
Peoria dropped the series’ opener at Cedar Rapids 3-1.
Luis Perdomo went five frames, yielding single scores in the first and fourth on seven hits and three walks for his second loss in three decisions. Kevin Alexander was charged with a run on two hits and a base-on-balls over two. Blake McKnight walked one in the eighth.
The Chiefs (16-15) ended the shutout bid when three consecutive singles resulting in Steve Bean bringing home Magneuris Sierra in the sixth. Seven Peoria players had one hit apiece, with Darren Seferina’s triple the only one good for extra bases. Sierra swiped a bag as well, his second of 2015.
Tuesday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (20-11) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Austin Gomber (2-3, 3.52) (Newly-named Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the period May 4-10)
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