Results from games played Sunday, May 31st.
The third of Memphis’ four-game series versus Salt Lake (LAA) was rained out and has been re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Monday, June 1st. Each team has won one of the first two contests.
Tallies in three straight frames lifted Springfield (17-33) past Midland 7-2 in the decisive third and final game of the series.
The S-Cards banged out 12 hits, all nine starters mustering at least one. The most productive ones came off Jeremy Hazelbaker’s bat, as the designated hitter went 2-for-5 with a triple and two-run bomb, scored two and knocked in three, accounting for four of his squad’s runs. He is our Player of the Day.
Nick Martini and David Washington matched Hazelbaker’s hit total if not his overall production. Martini, the lead-off batter, doubled twice with two bases-on-balls, touched home twice with an RBI while Washington had two singles, two walks, a run scored and one driven in.
Although the visitors were up 7-0 after four, their starter did not last that long. Spot starter Corey Baker departed after 72 pitches in just 3 2/3, giving up four hits and three free passes. Lee Stoppelman stranded two inherited runners but allowed two of his own to score via a hit and two walks with three outs recorded.
Back from Memphis, Kurt Heyer was credited with his first win against no losses, blanking the RockHounds (OAK) by working around two hits and two bases-on-balls in two. He left Stoppelman’s last runner on.
Monday’s game: Off. After facing Frisco (TEX) and Midland on the road, Springfield will host both teams during a six-game home stand next.
Late scores against the bullpen sent Palm Beach (24-26) to a 2-0 loss to Charlotte (TB), evening the series at one game apiece with one to go.
Rob Kaminsky shut down the Stone Crabs on four hits and two walks through six but the visitors pounced for a run off each of the Beach Birds’ relievers. Kevin Herget (L, 1-1) tossed a scoreless seventh but did not retire any of the three faced the next frame, giving up a run three hits and a walk.
Chris Perry did an admirable job of limiting the damage, allowing only one of three inherited runners to score but was not as effective in the ninth. Perry permitted a hit and three walks over the last two frames, resulting in one run.
Meanwhile, Palm Beach was held to just four hits, all singles, and C.J. McElroy had two of them. The centerfielder and lead-off hitter added his 18th stolen base of 2015.
Monday’s game: vs. Charlotte (33-17), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (4-3, 2.53)
Chiefs’ hurlers allowed runs in five innings, resulting in a 7-1 loss to the Cougars (ARI). Peoria (25-26) will try for a split of the four-game set at noon on Monday.
Coming off the disabled list to make just his second start of 2015, Jack Flaherty (L, 0-1) lasted four frames, giving up two runs, one earned, on give hits and two free passes. He fanned four.
Julio Mateo was charged with three scores, two via a two-run bomb that was one of four hits and three base-on-balls the righty surrendered over two innings in his 2015 debut. It was the 19-year-old’s full-season premiere.
Kyle Grana allowed a run on a hit and two walks, one intentional, while retiring two batters. That runner crossed with Robby Rowland on the mound but Rowland left another two of Grana’s runners on. Rowland recorded four outs, giving up a hit. Jhonny Polanco struck out the side in the ninth but that was interspersed with two hits and yet another walk that brought in a run.
Three Peoria players garnered two each of the team’s eight hits: Darren Seferina, Danny Diekroeger and Vaughn Bryan, all in four at bats. Seferina and Bryan both doubled once but the Chiefs’ lone run scored after Blake Drake doubled in the third and eventually came home via a balk.
Monday’s game: vs. Kane County (26-25), 12:00 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (5-0, 1.77)
The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays. The club finishes its first away-home series with its initial game in its new Boca Chica academy on Monday morning.
Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (0-1) vs. DSL Rangers1 (1-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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