Results from games played Thursday, September 3rd.
Memphis’ final home game of 2015 resulted in a 3-2 win, giving the Redbirds (70-70) a three-games-to-one series’ victory over New Orleans (56-84) (MIA).
The home team built a 3-0 lead with single tallies in the second, seventh and eighth before their bullpen allowed the potential tying runner into scoring position. Ed Easley had two of Memphis’ six hits, singling twice in four at bats and crossing once.
Five Redbirds’ hurlers cobbled together the win despite permitting 10 hits. Kurt Heyer tossed the initial four frames, yielding two hits and three base-on-balls. Chris Thomas was credited with his second win versus no losses, allowing two hits in 2 1/3.
Two of the four outs recorded by Justin Wright were strikeouts, the lefty permitting a hit. Tyler Waldron’s off night produced two runs on three hits, including a home run that kicked off the ninth. The latter of two singles yielded by Dean Kiekhefer allowed Waldron’s last runner to score. Waldron and Kiekhefer both retired two.
Friday’s game: at Oklahoma City (85-35) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood
David Washington’s grand slam lifted the S-Cards past the Travelers, 7-3, giving the home team a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one remaining. Springfield (32-34) moves to just a game behind first-place Arkansas (LAA) in the standings with four games to play.
Washington’s bomb capped a five-run first, plating Nick Martini (double), Jonathan Rodriguez (single) and Mike Ohlman (walk). Charlie Tilson opened the game with his 17th double and was driven in by Martini.
Tilson and Mike O’Neill, the two batter, each went 3-for-4, Tilson adding a triple to his double and touching home three times while O’Neill knocked in once. Martini and Bruce Caldwell both went 2-for-4, Caldwell doubling twice. Rodriguez and Washington had the final two of 12 team hits.
Alex Reyes (W, 3-2) shut out the opposition on two hits and two base-on-balls through five before giving up a free pass and double that put two in scoring position with one out the next inning. He fanned five.
The initial runner scored on a groundout by Chris Perry who limited the damage to a hit and walk through two. He was one of five S-Cards’ relievers taking part with varying results. Tyler Melling and Robby Rowland both recorded one out, the former issuing two free passes and hitting a batter – all of whom were stranded by the latter.
Jhonny Polanco walked more batters (three) than he retired (two), giving up a hit and permitting two runs. Ronnie Shaban (S, 10) walked one before recording the final out, forcing across an inherited runner.
Friday’s game: Arkansas (33-33), 7:10 pm CT, Thomas Lee
The Beach Birds dug out of a 4-0 hole only to lose 8-6 in the series’ opener. It was the fifth straight loss for Palm Beach (41-24) who are now just a game ahead of the streaking Marauders (PIT), winners of four in a row. Three games remain in the season.
Luis Perdomo (L, 1-3) was awful, surrendering seven runs on 11 hits and a base-on-balls in 4 1/3. Chandler Hawkins was touched for a run on three hits and let one of two inherited runners touch home. Harley Holt permitted two hits in 2 1/3 scoreless frames, leaving Hawkins’ final runner on.
Down 4-0 midway through two the PB-Cards battled back, scoring three in the bottom of the frame plus single tallies in the third and fourth for a 5-4 lead. That advantage evaporated the next inning although the home team put the potential tying run on base in the ninth.
Mason Katz led his squad’s 10-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and one knocked in. Luke Voit singled twice in five at bats, crossing once with an RBI while Robelys Reyes went 2-for-4 with a double.
Friday’s game: at Jupiter (31-36) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (8-5, 1.74)
Jack Flaherty’s solid effort aided Peoria in their 5-3 win over Burlington (LAA), evening the series at one game each.
Flaherty finished an out shy of seven innings, permitting three runs on seven hits and a base-on-balls. The 19-year-old struck out seven, picking up his ninth win in 12 decisions. 69 of his 96 pitches went for strikes.
Nick Lomascolo issued two free passes over 1 1/3, fanning three. Kyle Grana worked around a hit in the ninth for his 23rd save.
The offense received a lift in the first when Harrison Bader blasted his eighth long ball, coming with Darren Seferina (single) aboard. It was each player’s only hit in three at bats although Bader scored the team’s last run after being hit by a pitch in the fifth and stole his 15th base.
Steve Bean was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits, singling and doubling in four at bats. The catcher scored one and drove in another.
Friday’s game: vs Burlington (24-42), 7:00 pm CT, Landon Beck (0-2, 7.71)
Tallies in three straight frames lifted State College (38-34) over Batavia (MIA), 5-2. Each team has won one of the first two games of the series with one to play. The Spikes remain a game behind West Virginia (PIT) in the Wild Card standings, the Black Bears having one three in a row.
State College struck first, scoring one in the third but the Muckdogs answered the next frame with two off Josh Wirsu (W, 1-1) although only one was earned. The Spikes’ response was a two-run fourth and fifth, giving them a lead they never relinquished.
Third baseman Ronnierd Garcia spearheaded the 10-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. Thomas Spitz singled twice in five at bats, crossing once and knocking in one. Spitz was the only other Spike with a multi-hit performance.
Wirsu pitched the initial five plus, yielding five hits and a base-on-balls. The right-hander hit one batter. Steven De La Cruz went 2 2/3, allowing two hits and working out of a two on and none out jam inherited from Wirsu in the sixth. Pedro Echemendia recorded the final four outs for his 11th save.
Friday’s game: vs Batavia (30-41), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Evans (3-3, 3.09)
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