Results from games played Thursday, August 11th.
Memphis - off
Friday’s game: Memphis (57-61) vs. Tacoma (69-49), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (8-4, 4.75)
The hitting of Paul DeJong and Luis Cruz led the S-Cards to a 5-1 triumph over Frisco (18-29) in the rubber game of the three-game series. Springfield (23-23) is tied for second with Arkansas (LAA), 1 ½ in back of Northwest Arkansas (KC).
DeJong and Cruz produced nearly all of Springfield’s seven hits, each going 3-for-4 with a run scored. DeJong, the two hitter, doubled once (his 20th of 2016) while six hole bat Cruz knocked in one. DeJong also reached base on via a hit-by-pitch.
Player of the Day J.C. Sulbaran was outstanding over eight innings, facing just three over the minimum. One of the two hits yielded by Sulbaran (W, 3-2) was a long ball. Ronnie Shaban hurled a one-two-three ninth.
Friday’s game: vs. first-place (North) Midland (32-15), 7:10 pm CT, TBA
Palm Beach 2 vs. Jupiter 1 (7) – Game 1
Jupiter 5 at Palm Beach 3 (7) – Game 2
Palm Beach (16-30) split a twin bill versus Jupiter, claiming the opener, 2-1, but dropping the finale, 5-3. Each team has won one of the four-game set.
Matt Davis’ walk opening the seventh proved decisive, as the third baseman advanced on a sac bunt and ground out before a wild pitch allowed him to dash home. It was the 21-year-old’s Florida State League debut. Dylan Tice and Orlando Olivera both had two of the squad’s seven hits, each going 2-for-3 and Tice launching his first bomb of 2016 in the fourth.
In his own FSL debut, Brennan Leitao shut down his opponents through five before tiring and leaving with two out in the sixth. Coming off 10 days rest, Leitao allowed seven hits and two walks, yielding one tally. That runner crossed under Dakota Hudson’s watch, one of two inherited by the right-hander in just his second game with Palm Beach. Hudson (BS, 1)(W, 1-0) permitted a hit and base-on-balls over the last 1 1/3.
Ian McKinney took the loss in Game 2, dropping his record to 7-8. The lefty gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3. Landon Beck allowed one of two inherited runners to score plus one of his own on four hits over 1 2/3 frames.
Eight Beach Birds had one hit apiece, including catcher Stephen Zavala who singled once in three at bats in his Beach Birds debut. Juan Herrera, Michael Pritchard and Thomas Spitz all crossed home once, driven in by Spitz, Tice and Olivera.
Friday’s game: vs. Jupiter (25-22), 6:30 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 5.40)
Peoria (23-22) built a 7-0 advantage through five on the way to a 7-4 win over Quad Cities in the home series opener. The fifth-place Chiefs, winners of the first half, trail Clinton (SEA) by 8 ½.
The scoring was capped by Brian O’Keefe’s grand slam in the fifth, his only hit in three at bats. Magneuris Sierra (single), Jose Martinez (double) and Eliezer Alvarez (walk) scored ahead of O’Keefe. Sierra went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, an RBI and his 28th stolen base of 2016. He was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s 10 hits.
Dailyn Martinez (W, 4-4) went the first six, yielding two runs on five hits and a free pass. Martinez struck out seven. Nick Frey tossed two frames, permitting a run on three hits and a hit batter. Tyler Bray was charged with a tally on a hit and walk in the ninth.
Friday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (24-22), 7:00 pm CT, Jorge Rodriguez (2-1, 2.74)
West Virginia 8 at State College 4 – Game 1
State College 7 vs. West Virginia 4 (7) – Game 2
The Spikes split a double header with the Black Bears, losing Game 1, 8-4, but winning the nightcap, 7-4, in seven. The victory prevented a four-game series sweep of first-place State College (36-17), which leads Williamsport (PHI) by 5 ½.
The opener completed Wednesday night’s game that was suspended after just three outs with West Virginia up 1-0. Bryan Dobzanski (L, 4-5) served up a long ball during his brief time on the bump but most of the damage inflicted by the visitors came during Dewin Perez’ stint after the game resumed. Perez was charged with a five-run second, allowing four hits and four walks in two.
Jonathan Escudero struck out six over four frames, yielding two hits, a walk and an unearned tally. Greg Tomchick permitted three hits over the two, resulting in one run.
State College managed just four hits and two bases-on-balls but translated those into four runs over three innings. Ryan McCarvel hit his sixth bomb of the season, coming with Vince Jackson (walk) on. He also committed his fifth miscue.
The second stanza sounded sweeter to Spikes’ fans as the team produced seven scores on 10 hits and a walk. Second baseman Andy Young was in the thick of the scoring, going 3-for-4 with two triples, touching home once and knocking in two.
Tommy Edman and Elier Rodriguez both went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Edman adding a base-on-balls plus an RBI and Rodriguez knocking in two. Rodriguez also swiped his first bag of 2016.
Reliever Gerwuins Velazco picked up the win, his second against no losses, tossing a one-two-three fifth. He pitched in relief of Spencer Trayner, who held West Virginia to three hits over four. Eric Carter was banged around for four tallies in the sixth, the first of his two innings on the mound. Carter allowed five hits.
Friday’s game: vs. Staten Island (30-22), 7:05 pm ET, Jordan DeLorenzo (1-0, 3.21)
First-place Johnson City (27-21) scored 10 times in the initial two innings and never looked back, thumping third-place Greeneville, 14-3. The victory sealed a series win for the Appy Birds with one game remaining and helped them maintain their 1 ½-game lead over Elizabethton in the West Division.
The visitors banged out 16 hits, paced by four players with three hits each in five at bats - Andrew Knizner, Joshua Lopez, Erik Garcia and DeAndre Asbury-Heath. Knizner and Lopez both touched home three times, the former doubling once and the latter adding a two-run blast comprising two of his three RBI. Garcia doubled once with a run scored, driving in four, while Asbury-Heath finished a home run shy of the cycle, knocking in three.
Meanwhile, on the bump, Levi MaVorhis held the Astros to a run on two hits and two walks over four. Julio Mateo issued two free passes in two innings and was credited with his first win in three decisions. Yeison Medina picked up a three-inning save, his third, yielding two tallies on three hits and a base-on-balls.
Friday’s game: at Greeneville (25-23), 7:00 pm ET, Ian Oxnevad (4-2, 2.79)
The first-place GCL Cardinals fell to the second-place GCL Nationals (23-17), 6-1, closing the gap between them to 1 ½ games.
Anthony Ciavarella (L, 2-3) struck out six over four but could not work around single miscues in the third and fourth resulting in two unearned runs. The righty allowed six hits and a walk. Champ Rowland surrendered a solo shot that was one of three hits yielded in the fifth. Robert Calvano permitted as many scores as he recorded outs before handing the ball off to Colton Thomson.
Thomson was the sole bright staff among Gulf Birds hurlers, retiring all four faced and leaving two aboard. Will Changarotty gave up a run on two hits.
The GCL Cardinals (24-15) generated just six hits, a third of them by third baseman Starlin Balbuena, who singled and doubled in three at bats and scored his team’s only run. Delvin Perez went 1-for-3 with a strikeout in his second game since missing time due to a hamstring injury.
Friday’s game: vs. last-place GCL Astros (17-24), 12:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (2-1, 2.72)
A two-run eighth launched the second-place Dominican Birds (38-20) over the division-leading DSL Rockies (41-17), their fourth consecutive win. That win streak helped the DSL Cardinals close the standings’ gap from six to three games with 14 games remaining.
With the game knotted at one all through seven, three singles pushed across the two tallies the next frame. The biggest hit was by third baseman Elehuris Montero, driving in Julio Rodriguez and Carlos Soto. Soto was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate while Montero added a double to his single in four at bats, driving in three. Four players garnered at least one of the team’s 11 hits.
Making his fifth start, Johan Oviedo limited the opposition to a run through four innings and that was unearned. Oviedo, who has been taking a turn in the rotation every sixth to seventh game, fanned three, giving up four hits.
Junior Gonzalez, the regular starter, shut down the home team the rest of the way. Gonzalez (W, 4-3) permitted just two hits, striking out four.
Friday’s game: at fourth-place DSL Tigers (27-30), 10:30 am ET, Edwar Ramirez (4-2, 5.31) or Angel Rondon (2-2, 2.68)
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