Results from games played Tuesday, April 18th.
Starter Chris Ellis finished just three innings as Memphis (7-6) was pounded by Colorado Springs 14-4 in the series’ opener. The Redbirds’ loss dropped them into a first-place tie with Round Rock (TEX).
Ellis (L, 0-2) was torched for ten runs on eight hits, including a three-run bomb, and four walks. Mark Montgomery (two innings) and Josh Lucas (three innings) each gave up two runs.
Tommy Pham and Harrison Bader each went 2-for-4 with an extra-base hit and run scored. Pham’s solo shot accounted for one of his two RBI to go with a stolen base while Bader doubled. Six Redbirds had one hit apiece.
Wednesday’s game: at Colorado Springs (8-3) (MIL), 12:00 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-1, 5.59)
A balanced offensive attack led Springfield (7-5) to a 5-3 victory over Midland (5-7) (OAK) in the rubber match of the three-game series at Hammons Field. The win, combined with a loss by Tulsa (LAD), moves the S-Cards into first place, a half-game ahead of the Drillers.
Eight S-Cards starters compiled 11 hits in total, paced by three with two hits apiece: Jacob Wilson, Oscar Mercado and Casey Grayson. Wilson, our co-Player of the Day, reached base in all four plate appearances and accounted for three tallies, going 2-for-2 with a double and two walks, two runs scored and an RBI. Mercado and Grayson both went 2-for-4, the former doubling once with a run scored while Grayson knocked in one.
Sandy Alcantara (W, 2-1) finished an out shy of six full frames, yielding three runs on eight hits and two walks. Two of the three tallies were produced by a home run.
Chandler Hawkins left Alcantara’s last runner aboard, working around a hit and two bases-on-balls over 1 1/3. Daniel Bard’s clean eighth included two free passes but Blake McKnight retired the side in order for his first save of 2017.
Wednesday’s game: Off
A late tally against Ian McKinney resulted in a 1-0 defeat to Tampa (NYY), evening the series at one game each with two on tap. Palm Beach (7-6) falls into a tie for second with St. Lucie (NYM), two games in back of Bradenton (PIT).
McKinney (L, 1-1) issued a free pass to his second batter faced. The runner swiped second as the southpaw notched his second K. But all of that was negated when a grounder deflected off shortstop Edmundo Sosa’s glove and into center, scoring the game’s only run. Sosa then exited the game due to injury in a three-position defensive switch.
Co-Player of the Day Connor Jones tossed six strong frames, giving up just two hits and three free passes. Juan Perez allowed a hit and two walks in his two-inning stint.
The Beach Birds managed just three hits: doubles by Sosa and Thomas Spitz and Jeremy Martinez’ single. Defensively, Sosa committed his fourth error of the season.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Tampa (8-5), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (0-0, 5.59)
Peoria pitching yielded five tallies over the final four frames as the Chiefs lost their second straight home game to Cedar Rapids, 5-0. Peoria (5-6) sits in a tie for fifth with Burlington (LAA), 2 1/2 games behind Kane County (ARI).
Starter Bryan Dobzanski was charged with the loss in his first decision of 2017, the result of two sixth-inning tallies. Dobzanski went seven frames in all, permitting six hits and two walks. Brady Bowen and Ramon Santos both went an inning, allowing one and two runs respectively.
Lead-off batter JR Davis singled twice in four at bats, the only Chief with more than one of the team’s five hits. The second baseman added two steals to his evening’s achievements.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (7-5) (MIN), 11:00 am CT, Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00)
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