Results from games played Sunday, August 14th.
Tallies in three straight frames erased an early deficit, lifting the Redbirds over the Rainiers, 6-2. Memphis (59-62) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one to go.
Jeremy Hefner (W, 3-5) surrendered a two-run home run before recording three outs, the only tallies he yielded in 6 2/3. Hefner gave up six hits, struck out five and did not issue a free pass in his first victory since April 20 (13 starts plus six weeks on the DL).
David Washington responded with a three-run shot of his own, part of a four-run fifth making the score 5-2. The home team finished their scoring with another tally the next inning.
First baseman Efren Navarro went 3-for-4, crossing home twice and driving in one. Washington was one of five Redbirds with one hit each.
Corey Littrell made things interesting after taking over from Hefner. The lefty loaded the bases on a hit plus two walks before wiggling out of the jam with a 6-1 ground out. John Brebbia worked around a lead-off single and wild pitch for a scoreless ninth.
Monday’s game: vs. Tacoma (70-51), 6:35 pm CT, Mike Mayers (3-5, 3.06)
A little long ball and timely relief helped Springfield (24-25) fly past the RockHounds, 6-3, salvaging the last of three games versus Midland (34-16).
Luke Voit and Paul DeJong each launched solo shots, their 18th and 20th home runs of 2016, respectively. Voit went 3-for-3 with a walk, with his blast making the score 3-1 through five. The designated hitter touched home twice and was the only Springfield player with more than one of the team’s six hits.
DeJong had one of the three remaining hits, a bomb leading off the five-run seventh. Three more singles, including one by Voit, combined with a sac bunt, intentional free pass and fielder’s choice/throwing error combo resulted in four more scores, three earned.
Reliever Ronnie Shaban improved his record to 7-3 by tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames but he needed help from Josh Lucas. Lucas entered the eighth with two gone and the sacks jammed, thanks to two inherited from Shaban plus one from Chandler Hawkins, who walked his only batter faced. Lucas notched a called strike three to quash the threat before tossing a one-two-three ninth for his 14th save.
Monday’s game: Off
Michael Pritchard and Dylan Tice combined for the winning tally, giving Palm Beach (17-32) a 4-3 walk-off win over Charlotte in the home series opener.
Pritchard doubled to open the 11th and eventually scored on Tice’s one-out single. The hits were each player’s third hit of the game in six at bats. Thomas Spitz accumulated three hits as well, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored. The Beach Birds garnered 16 hits in all, although Pritchard’s double was the only one to go for extra bases.
Pritchard and Tice negated a shaky bullpen performance after Jack Flaherty tossed seven noteworthy frames. Flaherty, our Player of the Day, held the opposition scoreless on five hits without a walk, striking out four.
Flaherty departed in line for the win with Palm Beach holding a 2-0 advantage, but that lead evaporated under Landon Beck. Beck gave up two runs on three hits, retiring only one batter. The tying run scored under Cody Schumacher’s watch, Schumacher (BS, 2) finishing the inning but allowed a hit.
Palm Beach went back up 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth but a run on two hits and a walk against Dakota Hudson (BS, 2) sent the game into extras. Kyle Grana kept the Stone Crabs off the board in the 10th and 11th for his fourth win against one loss.
Monday’s game: vs. Charlotte (25-23), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (1-2, 11.78)
Peoria (24-24) was blanked by Quad Cities (26-23), 4-0, for a split of the four-game set.
In his return from the disabled list, Ryan Helsley took his second loss in 10 decisions, allowing two hits – one of them a solo shot – in three frames. Helsley last pitched on June 25th.
Harley Holt fanned five through four frames but permitted a run on four hits and a walk. Tyler Bray went the final two innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a free pass.
The Chiefs managed seven hits, two each by Jose Godoy and Leobaldo Pina.
Monday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (28-21), 7:00 pm CT, Ronnie Williams (1-0, 3.09)
Three Spikes’ miscues contributed to a lop-sided 11-3 loss to the Yankees in the decisive third game of the home series.
Seven of Staten Island’s 11 tallies were unearned, with Carson Cross and Gerwuins Velazco bearing the brunt of the damage. Cross (L, 4-4) gave up six runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks through five innings. He struck out six.
All four of the runs charged to Velazco in 1 2/3 were unearned. Velazco yielded four hits and a free pass. Brady Bowen permitted a hit and base-on-balls in 1 2/3 before Greg Tomchick allowed a run on two hits in the ninth.
Six Spikes had seven hits among them. Elier Rodriguez singled twice in four at bats, driving in one and fanning twice. Tommy Edman and Mick Fennell each went 1-for-4 with a run scored.
Monday’s game: Off for the New York-Penn League All-Star break
Appy Birds’ pitching dug an early hole from which the offense could not recover, leading to an 11-8 loss to the Rays. Johnson City (29-22) has won one of the first two of the road series with one on tap.
Ramon Santos (L, 2-2) and Ross Vance combined for a six-run first, Santos coughing up a three-run bomb comprising three of the four tallies charged to him in just 2/3 of an inning. Santos permitted two hits and a walk. Vance surrendered a two-run home run that frame, allowing four runs in all on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.
Anthony Shew was touched for two unearned scores on one of three Johnson City errors. Shew yielded two hits and a walk in two. Julio Mateo gave up two hits over the final two frames.
Johnson City outhit Princeton, 16 to 14, led by four players with three hits apiece: Matt Fiedler, Hunter Newman, Bryce Denton and Erik Garcia – all in five at bats. Fielder and Garcia each doubled once and scored twice while Denton’s second home run of the season generated three of his four RBI. Newman scored on Denton’s long ball and drove one in.
Monday’s game: at Princeton (25-24), 7:00 pm ET, Daniel Castano (0-4, 5.91)
GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Mets - postponed
Sunday’s contest between the Gulf Cardinals (27-15) and GCL Mets (18-23) was postponed due to rain. It has been re-scheduled as part of a twin bill on Friday, August 19th.
Monday’s game: Off
DSL Cardinals - off
Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (39-21) vs. DSL Angels (33-26), 10:30 am ET, TBA
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