Results from games played Friday, May 22nd.
Three late tallies lifted the Redbirds over the River Kings 8-6 for a two-games-to-none lead in their four-game series. The 7-3 surge by Memphis (19-23) in their last 10 games places them third in the American Southern, seven behind Round Rock (TEX).
Knotted at five-all after eight, the visitors strung together two walks, a single, sac fly and double that provided the margin of victory. The Redbirds mustered 10 hits with four players having two each: Dan Johnson, Jacob Wilson, Stephen Piscotty and Xavier Scruggs.
Johnson and Wilson both singled twice in four at-bats with two RBI while Piscotty went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and one driven in. Johnson and Piscotty each had a sac fly. Scruggs went 2-for-5 with a double and home run, touched home twice and knocked in one.
Tim Cooney began the parade of six Memphis pitchers, fanning seven in five but surrendering two long balls that accounted for three of the four runs charged to the lefty. Cooney allowed four hits and two bases-on-balls in all.
Dean Kiekhefer recorded two outs, exiting with the bases loaded via two hits and a walk. Tyler Waldron was able to help Kiekhefer by getting the last out in the sixth but got the hook after permitting a two-out single the next inning. Nick Greenwood allowed that runner to score on two singles before he managed the seventh’s final out.
Saturday’s game: at Sacramento (21-21) (SF), 7:05 pm MDT, John Gast (1-3, 4.63)
The S-Cards took the first of four versus second-place Arkansas 6-1. Fourth-place Springfield (14-27) trails leader Northwest Arkansas, which is in the midst of a seven-game winning streak, by 15 games.
The home team struck first with a three-run home run in the bottom of the second off the bat of catcher Alberto Rosario. It was his only hit in four at-bats. Springfield added another score in the sixth before finishing the day with a two-run seventh.
Alex Mejia led the nine-hit effort, going 3-for-5 but Jeremy Hazelbaker’s 2-for-4 performance did more damage. Hazelbaker drove in two. Anthony Garcia (walk) and Aledmys Diaz (single) scored ahead of Rosario in the second.
Arturo Reyes kept the Travelers off the board on three hits and two free passes over 5 2/3 for his first Double-A win against one loss. He struck out four. Iden Nazario notched the sixth’s final out, leaving Reyes’ last two runners on.
Saturday’s game: vs. Arkansas (21-19) (LAA), 6:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (3-2, 3.57)
Palm Beach manufactured a 1-0 win over Clearwater by playing a bit of Whiteyball on Friday, evening the series at a game apiece with two to go. Combined with a loss by Bradenton (PIT), the victory moves Palm Beach (21-21) into a tie for second, seven in back of Charlotte (TB).
Scoreless through five, the home team created a run in the sixth without either a hit or walk. C.J. McElroy was hit by a pitch to open the frame, forcing matters by swiping his 15th bag of the season. That ties him atop the Florida State League in that category. Jimmy Bosco’s groundout put the centerfielder on third and another groundout by Luke Voit (RBI) brought him across. McElroy singled twice in three at bats, representing half of his team’s four hits.
On the mound, Player of the Day Jimmy Reed (W, 3-2) hurled a beauty, limiting the Threshers (PHI) to four hits without issuing a free pass. The lefty struck out five with 11 ground- and six fly-ball outs.
Saturday’s game: vs. Clearwater (20-22), 5:35 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-3, 1.78)
The Chiefs’ domination by the first-place River Bandits continued with a series- opening 8-1 loss. Fourth-place Peoria (21-21) has won only one of seven contests against Quad Cities, a team they trail by 11.
Four of the seven runs charged to Fernando Baez over 4 1/3 resulted from three long balls. Baez (L, 2-3) gave up 10 hits and two walks in all, striking out four. Nick Frey went 3 1/3 in his full-season debut, yielding an unearned tally on five hits and two bases-on-balls. Jhonny Polanco left Frey’s last two runners aboard, recording the final out in the eighth.
Five different Chiefs each had one hit, their sole run coming when Magneuris Sierra worked his team’s only free pass to open the third. Sierra swiped his fourth bag of 2015, advancing to third on Andrew Sohn’s single. In his 2015 0-for-4 debut, leadoff man Vaughn Bryan still collected an RBI as his comebacker to the pitcher brought Sierra across.
Saturday’s game: at Quad Cities (32-10) (HOU), 6:00 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (1-3, 1.87)
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