Results from games played Thursday, September 1st
Memphis (63-75) dropped the decisive third game of their series at Oklahoma City (77-60), 5-3.
Mike Mayers (L, 4-8) yielded a three-run second plus one more in his sixth and final inning of work. The righty allowed eight hits and four walks, one intentional, over 5 2/3.
Ronnie Shaban retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners. Corey Littrell walked one in the seventh before Thomas Lee permitted a Dodgers insurance run on three hits and an intentional free pass in the eighth.
Carson Kelly and Nick Martini each had two of the team’s eight hits, Kelly going 2-for-4 with an RBI and Martini singling twice in three at bats. Jose Martinez launched a pinch hit home run with the bases clear. Defensively, Kelly picked off a runner at third.
Friday’s game: at Round Rock (69-70), 7:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (2-4, 5.75)
A comfortable four-run lead vanished in a late offensive barrage against the Springfield pen, resulting in 9-5 loss to the Travelers. Each team has won one of the first two games with one remaining.
Springfield (30-36) held a 5-1 lead with six outs to go, thanks to an impressive effort by starter J.C. Sulbaran, our Player of the Day. The 26-year-old struck out nine through seven, giving up just one run on three hits and three walks.
That all changed in a nightmarish eighth when Robby Rowland and Justin Wright (BS, 1) (L, 0-4) combined for eight runs on five hits, three walks, Rowland’s throwing error and a catcher’s interference. Oh, and a wild pitch.
The S-Cards managed eight hits with Harrison Bader and Blake Drake garnering two each. Bader went 2-for-5 with a solo shot and two strikeouts. Drake singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one.
Friday’s game: at Arkansas (34-32), 7:10 pm CT, Ian McKinney (0-0, 8.10)
Palm Beach at Charlotte - cancelled
The first of four scheduled games between Palm Beach (23-43) and Charlotte was cancelled due to inclement weather. Since both teams have been eliminated from postseason contention, the game was not rescheduled.
Friday’s game: vs. Charlotte (31-32), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 5.87)
Offense was at a premium in the Chiefs’ 2-1 loss to the Snappers. The defeat evens the series at one game apiece with one on tap.
Peoria (32-33) struck first with a first-inning tally but generated just six hits without a free pass for the game. Magneuris Sierra singled twice in four at bats, scoring his team’s only run.
Starter Jake Woodford tossed just two innings, allowing a run on two doubles and one of his three walks. John Kilichowski (L, 1-3) struck out six over five but was charged with an unearned tally. The decisive run resulted from a Leobaldo Pina throwing error to begin the fifth plus all three hits Kilichowski permitted.
Tyler Bray struck out the side in the eighth, giving up one hit. Josh Wirsu tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning two.
Friday’s game: vs. Beloit (26-40), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (9-2, 1.83)
State College (47-25) overcame a late rally to claim the series opener at Mahoning Valley, 8-6.
The Spikes built an 8-2 advantage only to watch the Scrappers score four times in their final inning. Brady Bowen gave up five runs in 1 1/3 on four hits –including a two-run long ball – and a walk. Eric Carter let both inherited runners score before recording two outs but did get his eighth save.
Starter Bryan Dobzanski struck out six over four, yielding a run on five hits and three free passes. Max Almonte was credited with his third win in four decisions, blanking the opposition on two hits and a walk through three. He fanned four. Dobzanski, Bowen and Carter each hit a batter.
Tommy Edman and Anthony Ray led State College’s 10-hit effort, each with three hits. Edman went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two driven in (one on a sac fly) while Ray finished a home run shy of the cycle in five at bats, scoring three times.
Friday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (35-36), 7:05 pm ET, Jordan Hicks (4-1, 1.95)
Johnson City (39-29) flew past Pulaski (29-37), 5-1, salvaging the third and final game of the series.
The Appy Birds posted two tallies in the third and fourth plus a final score in the fifth, flipping a 1-0 deficit into a 5-1 lead. Allen Cordoba, Joshua Lopez and Shane Billings each had two hits, Cordoba and Billings both going 2-for-4 with a run scored. In his return to action after missing a week, Cordoba added a walk and RBI while Billings drove in two. Lopez doubled twice in three at bats, knocking in one. Four other JC-Cards had one hit each.
Anthony Shew, making his first start after 14 appearances out of the pen, tossed the first 3 2/3, yielding a solo bomb that was one of his three hits allowed. Julio Mateo faced the minimum over 1 1/3.
Daniel Castano (W, 2-5) struck out three in two innings, permitting a hit. Estarlin Arias and Yeison Medina each tossed one frame of one-hit ball.
Friday’s game: Off
GCL Astros at GCL Cardinals - cancelled
The regular season finale between the GCL Astros (22-31) and GCL Cardinals (33-21) was cancelled due to wet grounds. The Gulf Birds now wait to find out which team they will face in the play-offs that begin on Saturday, September 3rd – either the Red Sox or the Twins of the South Division.
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