Results from games played Sunday, May 29th.
Memphis (19-28) fell at Las Vegas, 11-5, on Sunday, the Redbirds’ third straight loss to the 51s.
Jeremy Hefner (L, 2-4) did not complete the second inning, surrendering back-to-back three-run frames on five hits and four walks. One of the five hits was a three-run bomb.
Justin Wright, first in a sextet of Redbirds’ relievers, was unscored upon but only thanks to Corey Littrell’s efforts. Wright recorded the final out in the second plus two more the next frame but loaded the bases on a hit and two bases-on-balls. Littrell quenched that fire via one of his three strikeouts but gave up a run on two hits in 1 1/3. It was the lefty’s first run allowed in seven Memphis appearances.
Miguel Socolovich and Juan Gonzalez were both unscored upon, Socolovich fanning three over two and Gonzalez facing the minimum in the seventh. But any thoughts of a Redbirds’ rally were squelched after Sam Tuivailala coughed up a four-run eighth, three of the tallies on one long ball. The righty issued three free passes. Catcher Alberto Rosario notched the final out in the eighth but not before allowing two hits, one of which scored one of Tuivailala’s runners.
Alex Mejia celebrated his return to Triple-A by singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI, the only Memphis player with more than one of seven team hits. David Washington and Michael Ohlman each went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored, Washington blasting a solo shot, his system-leading 13th long ball this season between Springfield and Memphis.
Monday’s game: at Las Vegas (27-22), 1:05 pm MT, Arturo Reyes (4-2, 4.57)
Andrew Morales, our Player of the Day, pitched his second consecutive strong effort as the S-Cards flew past the RoughRiders (30-19), 4-1, giving Springfield (28-22) a three-game home sweep.
Fresh off a seven-inning, six-hit, two-run/one-earned effort against Midland (OAK), Morales did even better against the South Division’s top team. The California native permitted just three hits and a walk over seven, one of them a long ball with no one on. He fanned six with eight ground- and five fly-ball outs. John Brebbia and Josh Lucas each tossed a scoreless frame, Brebbia giving up a hit and Lucas notching his fifth save.
One swing of Luke Voit’s bat generated half of his squad’s runs, a first-inning blast with Harrison Bader aboard. Voit and Bader each went 1-for-3, Voit adding a base-on-balls and Bader being plunked once. Anthony Garcia singled twice in four at bats, the only S-Card with a multi-hit game.
Monday’s game: Off
A late rally fell just short as the Beach Birds were clipped by the Hammerheads, 8-7, in the Fins and Feathers series’ finale. Palm Beach (24-27) took the set over Jupiter (26-25), two games to one.
Down 8-0 through seven, the PB-Cards pushed across three in the eighth plus four more in the final frame, leaving what represented the winning run at second. The home team’s 12-hit attack featured five players with two hits each: Darren Seferina, Cole Lankford, Allen Staton, Oscar Mercado and Casey Grayson. Seferina, Lankford and Staton all went 2-for-4 with Seferina’s triple being one of only two hits to go for extras. Both players touched home twice and Staton drove in three, one on a sac fly.
Mercado had a mixed day. The plus side came from his bat, the shortstop singling twice in three at bats, crossing home once. The down side came from both his glove and arm after he was charged with two errors leading to six unearned runs, his 17th and 18th miscues of the season. Casey Grayson went 2-for-5 with a base-on-balls.
Jacob Evans (L, 2-5) was unable to negate Mercado’s miscues, yielding eight runs, two earned, on eight hits and two free passes in 6 2/3. Both earned runs scored under Michael Heesch’s watch after the lefty was touched for four hits in 2 1/3.
Monday’s game: Off
Peoria (25-24) dropped a 7-3 loss at Quad Cities, their second loss in the four-game set with one remaining.
Neither Sandy Alcantara nor Luke Harrison pitched particularly well, both surrendering a home run. Starter Alcantara (L, 4-3) was charged with four runs on six hits, including a two-run blast, and two bases-on-balls in five. Harrison’s long ball came with no one aboard, one of two hits and three walks he allowed, resulting in three tallies.
The Chiefs took an early lead on Chris Chinea’s first home run of 2016, coming with Brian O’Keefe (double) on. O’Keefe doubled twice in four at bats, the only Peoria player with a multi-hit performance. Chinea was among five players having one hit each.
Monday’s game: at Quad Cities (22-27), 5:15 pm CT, Jake Woodford (3-3, 2.22)
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