Results from games played Tuesday, August 30th.
Memphis (63-74) tied it up late but the bullpen could not get over the hump, suffering a 5-4 walk-off loss to Oklahoma City and evening the series at one game apiece with two to go.
John Brebbia (L, 2-3) recorded fewer outs (two) than hits (three), resulting in the game difference. Starter Jeremy Hefner was not very good, giving up four runs – three earned, on six hits and three walks over 5 2/3.
Josh Lucas retired four and walked one, limiting Hefner’s damage by leaving his last two runners aboard. Ryan Sherriff worked around two hits for a scoreless eighth.
The Redbirds held a very brief lead after Player of the Day David Washington launched a two-run bomb, his 24th, to put his team up 3-2 midway through six. But the Dodgers came right back with two in the bottom of the frame, reclaiming their advantage.
Washington and Nick Martini each garnered two of the team’s 10 hits, the former adding a base-on-balls. Martini singled twice in four at bats, touching home to tie the game up at four all after eight.
Wednesday’s game: at Oklahoma City (76-60), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (4-7, 3.55)
Springfield (29-34) was shut out by Arkansas, 5-0, in the road series opener.
Corey Baker took the loss, his eighth against three wins, yielding five runs – four earned – on nine hits and three free passes through seven. He fanned seven. Rowan Wick walked one in the eighth.
The visitors managed just five hits – two each by Harrison Bader and Jonathan Rodriguez. Unfortunately, Bader went 2-for-4 at the top of the order and Rodriguez went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls out of the five hole, so the two could not team up to generate any scoring.
Wednesday’s games: at Arkansas (32-31). Game one – 5:30 pm CT, Daniel Poncedeleon (9-7, 3.41)/TBA
Fort Myers at Palm Beach – postponed
The first of three games between Palm Beach (22-42) and Fort Myers was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, August 31st.
Wednesday’s games: vs Fort Myers (33-31). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (0-3, 4.26)/TBA
Peoria - off
Wednesday’s game: Peoria (31-32) vs. Beloit (25-39), 6:30 pm CT, Jorge Rodriguez (3-1, 2.04)
Starter Dewin Perez could not finish the fourth as the Spikes were downed by the IronBirds, 6-1, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.
Perez (L, 3-5) threw three frames of shutout ball before allowing five runs, four earned, in his final inning of work. The righty permitted six hits, a walk and a plunked batter in 3 2/3.
Jonathan Escudero let Perez’ last runner score, giving up a hit over 1 1/3. Jordan DeLorenzo surrendered a solo shot in his two-inning stint and Gerwuins Velazco allowed two hits in two frames.
State College (46-24) mustered just four hits, two by left fielder Anthony Ray. Ray singled twice in four at bats out of the nine hole and swiped a base. Catcher Jeremy Martinez doubled in three at bats with a walk and scored his team’s only run.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Aberdeen (28-41), 7:05 pm ET, Greg Tomchick (0-0, 6.38)
Between them, Ian Oxnevad and Julio Mateo allowed tallies in four consecutive innings as Johnson City (38-28) fell to Pulaski, 7-2, in the final series’ opener of the regular season. The JC-Cards magic number for clinching the West Division title is down to one since second-place Elizabethton (MIN) also lost. Either way, the two are destined to meet in the first round of the playoffs.
Oxnevad (L, 5-3) yielded a three-run third plus single scores the next two frames before giving way to Mateo, who allowed single runs in the fifth and sixth. Oxnevad struck out five over 3 2/3, allowing five hits, including a solo bomb, and two bases-on-balls.
Mateo surrendered a solo long ball too, one of two hits and a walk permitted in 1 1/3. That resulted in two runs, one earned, along with allowing Oxenvad’s last runner to come home. Levi MaVorhis (two) and Leland Tilley (one) pitched the final three frames, each pitcher fanning two.
Both of the Appy Birds’ tallies came off the bat of left fielder Matt Fiedler, who launched his third home run of 2016. It came with Caleb Lopes aboard after the latter worked one of his three walks. Fiedler added a single to his home run in four at bats.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Pulaski (28-36), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.53)
GCL Cardinals - off
Wednesday’s game: GCL Cardinals (33-21) at GCL Nationals (30-23), 10:30 am ET, Mike O’Reilly (3-1, 2.48)
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