Results from games played Friday, August 28th.
Memphis (66-68) lost for the seventh time in their most recent 10 games, 6-2 on Friday. They trail in the series two games to none with two to go.
Zach Petrick pitched well enough for the win, yielding two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls over five. Chris Thomas was charged with three runs on three hits and a walk, recording just two outs.
The Redbirds matched the Aces’ 11 hits but they were spread too far apart to do much good and none were for extra bases. Lead-off hitter Rafael Ortega went 4-for-5 with an RBI but the next three in the order went a cumulative 1-for-11. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled twice in four at bats, touching home once, batting fifth. Ortega and Hazelbaker each swiped a base.
Saturday’s game: at Reno (65-68) (ARI), 7:05 pm PT, John Gast (7-9, 4.85)
An eight-run first buried Springfield (27-33), which lost for the sixth time in a row, including a four-game sweep by Northwest Arkansas (25-34) (KC).
Starter Andrew Morales retired only one batter, surrendering six tallies on five hits and a free pass. Joey Donofrio let all three inherited runners score plus three of his own over three innings, allowing three hits and three walks. Ryan Sherriff scattered four hits over 3 1/3 while Chris Perry walked one in 1 1/3.
The S-Cards finally broke through for an unearned run in the eighth to prevent the shutout. Mike O’Neill singled twice in four at bats for half of his team’s hits. He drove in Breyvic Valera after the latter reached on a fielding error.
Saturday’s game: at Tulsa (27-33) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-2, 3.70)
Palm Beach (41-19) scored two in the first and never looked back, downing the Mets 5-2. The Beach Birds reduced their magic number to four and go for a three-game sweep on Saturday.
The visitors used eight hits, seven bases-on-balls and two errors to their advantage, two runs scoring due to walks and two others being unearned. Luke Voit and Mason Katz both went 2-for-4 with a free pass, Voit crossing home once and driving in one. Casey Turgeon and Collin Radack each touched home twice, the latter after two walks.
Player of the Day Luis Perdomo (W, 1-2) was impressive through eight, holding the opposition to a run on five hits and three bases-on-balls. Trey Nielsen permitted a run on a walk, two wild pitches and a ground out.
Saturday’s game: at St. Lucie (30-30), 6:30 pm ET, Luke Weaver (8-5, 1.66)
Another day, another loss to Quad Cities, the Chiefs’ 12th in 16 tries this season. Thank goodness there is only one more game remaining in the regular season against the Houston affiliate.
Jack Flaherty (L, 8-3) took the tough loss, permitting three runs, one earned, on five hits and a free pass through seven. Flaherty struck out six. Kyle Grana fanned two in the eighth, walking one. Each team committed two errors.
Four Chiefs (37-23) had one hit each, all singles.
Saturday’s game: at Quad Cities (38-22) (HOU), 6:00 pm CT, Austin Gomber (14-3, 2.79)
State College (34-31) rallied for a 5-4 victory over Auburn (WSH), evening the series at one game each.
Juan Perez gave up single scores in the first and second plus two more the next inning, putting his team in a 4-0 hole after three. But the Spikes chipped away, scoring two in the fifth, one in the sixth and going up in the eighth to get Perez off the hook for the loss. The right-hander went 6 1/3, yielding eight hits, two free passes and hitting one batter.
Kevin Alexander, the pitcher of record when his team pushed across two in the eighth, picked up his second win in three decisions. Alexander fanned three in 1 2/3, allowed two hits and stranded two of Perez’ runners. Pedro Echemendia faced the minimum in the ninth for his 10th save.
The Spikes’ offense generated 10 hits, led by Orlando Olivera who went 3-for-4 with a triple and run scored. Leobaldo Pina was the only other Spike with a multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in three at bats, walking once with two RBI.
Saturday’s game: vs. Auburn (29-35), 7:05 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (0-1, 3.60)
Johnson City (27-34) lost for the second straight night to Princeton (TB) and have officially been eliminated from postseason play.
Juan Bautista (L, 2-2) lasted just four innings, allowing five runs, four earned, on eight hits, including two solo shots. Ismael Brito provided a respite from the scoring, striking out three in two while giving up a hit and two bases-on-balls. Julio Mateo was touched for two runs on three hits, including a solo shot, and a walk over three.
Ryan McCarvel pretty much provided his team’s offense, going 3-for-4 with a single, triple, and solo bomb, scoring both runs. Eliezer Alvarez singled twice in four at bats, knocking in McCarvel once. Anthony Ray had the JC-Cards’ other hit.
Saturday’s game: vs. Princeton (35-29), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (1-5, 7.59)
The GCL Cardinals (33-25) dropped a rain-shortened 9-5 decision to the GCL Marlins, bringing the season down to a winner-take-all season finale on Saturday. The winner clinches the East Division title and moves on to the postseason while the loser goes home.
Estarlin Arias was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits and a free pass in 1 2/3, the final two scoring under Gerwuins Velazco’s watch. Velazco gave up a hit while recording two outs. Medrano and Arias both stranded two inherited runners.
The Gulf Birds mustered nine hits, paced by shortstop Allen Cordoba who went 3-for-3 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Bladimil Franco singled and doubled in three at bats, crossing home once and driving in two – the only other Gulf Cardinal with more than one hit.
Saturday’s game: at GCL Marlins (33-26), 9:00 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (3-4, 3.55)
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