Results from games played Sunday, April 10th.
The Redbirds (2-2) dropped the finale of their four-game set with the Sky Sox (COL), giving them a series’ split.
Thomas Lee (L, 0-1) was torched for 12 hits and two free passes through five, resulting in five runs, four earned. Ryan Sherriff struck out two in two innings, yielding a hit. John Church worked around two walks for a scoreless eighth but Heath Wyatt was touched for an unearned tally on two hits and his own throwing error in the ninth, one of four miscues by the home team. Wyatt fanned the side.
Memphis collected eight hits, led by Dean Anna who went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI. Right fielder Carlos Peguero singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home once and knocking in one. Anna and Peguero were the only Redbirds with more than one hit.
Monday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (3-1) (LAD), 6:35 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-0, ---)
The S-Cards (3-1) took the series opener at Corpus Christi by a 6-4 score.
Andrew Morales picked up his first win in his first start, yielding three runs on three hits and two walks over five. All three tallies were produced by two home runs, a two-run shot in the first and a solo bomb the next frame. Morales fanned four.
Chris Perry headed a quartet of relievers sharing pitching duties through the final four innings. The righty tossed two clean frames, giving up a hit and base-on-balls before Corey Littrell faced the minimum in the eighth. Kurt Heyer recorded two outs but permitted an unearned tally and put the potential tying run on base on a hit and free pass. Josh Lucas earned his first save, fanning his only batter and stranding two.
Lead-off man Harrison Bader continued to swing a hot bat, recording his fourth multi-hit effort in as many games by going 2-for-5 with a stolen base, two RBI and a strikeout. Luke Voit and C.J. McElroy garnered two hits apiece, McElroy doubling once in four at bats with a run scored, one knocked in and a stolen base. Right fielder Collin Radack went 1-for-2 with two walks, one run scored, drove in one and recorded an outfield assist by nailing a runner at home plate.
Monday’s game: at Corpus Christi (2-2) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Corey Baker (0-0, ---)
The Beach Birds’ (3-1) 12-hit attack generated a 4-1 win over the Stone Crabs (TB), clinching a win of their home-and-home four-game series.
Second baseman Andrew Brodbeck and third baseman Allen Staton each had three hits and scored once, Brodbeck going a perfect 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls and an RBI. Staton went 3-for-4 out of the four hole. Left fielder Michael Pritchard singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once. Defensively, Brodbeck took part on two double plays while Staton committed his first error.
Southpaw Jacob Evans (W, 1-0) scattered six hits and two hit batsmen over seven frames in his league debut, earning him the Player of the Day nod. The only mark against the 22-year-old, who skipped a level after pitching for short-season A State College last season, was a home run to his first batter faced. Evans fanned four and 54 of his 82 pitches went for strikes. Rowan Wick and Kyle Grana each tossed a scoreless frame, Grana permitting a hit and walk.
Monday’s game: vs. Daytona (3-1) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Matt Pearce (league debut)
Thomas Spitz’ only hit of the game was a key one as Peoria (2-1) walked off with a 4-3 win over Burlington (1-2) (LAA). The Chiefs took the series, two games to one.
Spitz’ ninth-inning single drove in Leobaldo Pina after the latter doubled to center with one out. A single by Craig Aikin put runners at the corners for Spitz, who came through with the game winner.
Peoria banged out 10 hits with R.J. Dennard and Aikin each garnering two. Dennard doubled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls while Aikin added a double to his single in four at bats, scoring once. Lead-off hitter Eliezer Alvarez launched his first bomb of 2016, a first-inning solo shot giving the home team a lead they held through three. Alvarez went 1-for-2 with a walk and stolen base but committed an error.
Spitz’ hit made a winner out of Luke Harrison, who retired all six batters faced, three on strikeouts, in his full-season debut. Starter Ryan Helsley pitched well in his maiden effort for Peoria, allowing just two hits and three walks in 5 2/3. Unfortunately, one of his two hits was a three-run bomb in the fourth but all three tallies were unearned due to an error by shortstop Edmundo Sosa. Chandler Hawkins pitched 1 1/3, giving up two hits while fanning two and leaving Hawkins’ last runner aboard.
Monday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (0-4) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Junior Fernandez (league debut)
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