Results from games played Tuesday, April 19th.
Memphis 0 at Oklahoma City 4 (5 innings)
Memphis (5-6) dropped the series opener at Oklahoma City, 4-0, a game that was called after five due to rain.
J.C. Sulbaran was charged with his second loss in three decisions after allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks in 4 2/3 innings. Sulbaran fanned five. Ryan Sherriff struck out his only batter, leaving Sulbaran’s last runner aboard.
The Redbirds’ woeful offense managed just two hits and one walk with one of the hits coming from their starting pitcher.
Wednesday’s game: at Oklahoma City (7-5) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Jeremy Hefner (1-0, 1.86)
One big inning produced Springfield’s 6-3 win over Corpus Christi (8-4) (HOU), salvaging the third and final game of the series.
All six runs by the S-Cards (7-5) scored with two outs. Breyvic Valera doubled in Paul DeJong (hit-by-pitch), Jesse Jenner (single) and C.J. McElroy (walk) before Valera crossed home on a single by Bruce Caldwell. Luke Voit greeted the new Hooks hurler with his first long ball of 2016, scoring Caldwell. Caldwell and Jenner had two hits apiece with five other Springfield players acquiring a hit each.
That timely offense made a winner out of Trey Nielsen (W, 1-2), who shut down the opposition through five despite giving up five hits and four bases-on-balls. Joey Donofrio faced the minimum in the sixth but got the hook after walking the first two batters the next frame.
John Brebbia allowed both runners to score plus one of his own on a free pass, hit batsman, sac fly and single. Player of the Day Ronnie Shaban pitched two scoreless frames, yielding two hits and picking up his third save.
Wednesday’s game: Off
Jack Flaherty’s all-too-brief outing doomed Palm Beach (8-5) to an 11-5 series’ opening loss to Bradenton (PIT). It was the PB-Cards’ fourth loss in their last five games.
Flaherty (L, 0-1) recorded just one out, surrendering seven runs on five hits and two walks. Cody Schumacher wasn’t much better, yielding seven hits in 3 2/3, resulting in four tallies and allowing Flaherty’s last two runners to cross. Kevin Herget (three frames), Silfredo Garcia (one) and infielder Allen Staton (one) all held the opposition scoreless – Herget and Staton each issuing a free pass.
Down 9-1 after two, Palm Beach’s offense never stood a chance despite accumulating nine hits. Oscar Mercado and Danny Diekroeger both went 2-for-5, driving in two and one, respectively. Mercado scored once. Blake Drake hit a solo shot, his first of the season.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Bradenton (6-7), 6:30 pm ET, Austin Gomber (1-1, 1.67)
The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a four-run ninth-inning advantage, falling to the LumberKings (7-5). The loss evens the series at one game apiece with one on tap.
Steven De La Cruz and Tyler Bray combined to serve up seven scores in two frames, Bray (BS, 2) (L, 0-2) being the principal culprit. De La Cruz maneuvered around an inherited baserunner plus two base-on-balls for a scoreless eighth but was removed after permitting a lead-off single and two-out walk in the ninth.
Bray poured gasoline on the fire, coughing up a two-run double and two-run single that sent the game into extras. The 24-year-old gave up five hits and a free pass in 1 1/3.
Starter Derian Gonzalez was touched for three tallies on eight hits and two walks in five plus. Sasha Kuebel permitted two hits in two scoreless frames, leaving an inherited runner on.
Peoria (6-6) generated a 10-hit attack, led by three players with two hits each: Magneuris Sierra, Craig Aikin and R.J. Dennard. Sierra and Dennard both singled and doubled with an RBI, in four and five at bats. Dennard crossed home once. Aikin went 2-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Clinton (SEA), 11:00 am CT, Jake Woodford (0-1, 4.63)
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