It was "double, double, toil and trouble" for visiting Sacramento at AutoZone Park on Wednesday morning as five of Memphis' seven hits were doubles that led to a 6-2 victory by the home squad. The Redbirds (18-13) have won three in a row, including the first two of four with the River Cats.
Consecutive ground-rule doubles by co-Players of the Day Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras in the first generated their squad's initial tally after Adron Chambers led off the game with a base-on-balls and was brought home by Taveras. Greg Garcia worked a free pass with the sacks jammed full, due to Brock Peterson being hit by a pitch on his left hand, which pushed Wong across. Peterson took the field for the second but was pinch hit for in the bottom of the frame.
Chambers doubled in the second and eventually crossed on a single by Taveras. Memphis added two more in the fifth when Jermaine Curtis singled in Wong (double) and Jaime Romak (walk). Garcia doubled to begin the eighth and touched home on a sac fly by Chambers. Wong scored twice and Taveras drove in two to account for four of their squad's six tallies.
Maikel Cleto (W, 1-1) made his second straight start after seven relief appearances this season and held Sacramento scoreless on one hit and five base-on-balls over five. Three of the five free passes were issued in the second when he loaded ‘em up before inducing a 4-6-3 double play to end the frame. The righty, who celebrated his 24th birthday on May 1st, struck out six with five ground outs and one fly out while throwing 89 pitches, 49 for strikes.
Barret Browning yielded three hits and fanned two in 1 2/3 and saw Eric Fornataro ride to his rescue when the latter stranded two of Browning's runners in the seventh. Fornataro gave up a two-out double plus a long ball in the eighth. Eduardo Sanchez hit one of the three batters faced in the ninth but wiped him out on a 3-6-3 double play.
Thursday's game: vs. Sacramento (17-16), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-0, 0.26)
The first-place S-Cards (16-14) host fourth-place Northwest Arkansas for four starting on Thursday.
Thursday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (KC), 7:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (1-3, 8.10)
Palm Beach fell behind 3-0 after one and could not recover as they were edged by Clearwater 5-4 at home. It is the second four-game sweep of the Beach Birds (14-19) in three series and their third consecutive series loss.
All three tallies charged to Travis Miller (L, 0-5) over five innings came in the first on two doubles, a single and a hit batsman. The 23-year-old yielded four hits and two free passes with a strikeout, four ground outs and six fly outs. Dean Kiekhefer's return to A-Advanced ball was an inauspicious one. Kiekhefer gave up two runs on three hits in two frames with no walks while fanning two. Ronnie Shaban fanned three of the seven batters faced, allowing a hit.
The PB-Cards pushed across one in the second and fifth plus two in the eighth. Jonathan Rodriguez, Anthony Garcia and Matt Williams had two hits apiece. Rodriguez doubled twice in four at bats and joined Williams by touching home once. Danny Stienstra went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, run scored and another knocked in.
Thursday's game: at St. Lucie (21-11) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-1, 4.99)
Peoria (14-13) could not overcome the Night of the Long Ball at Beloit (16-13) as they were dropped by the Snappers 6-1 in the opener of their 12-game road trip.
Five of the six tallies credited to Beloit came on three home runs. Josh Lucas (L, 0-2) gave up a two-run shot that was part of a three-run second while Jhonny Polanco coughed up two more in the Snappers' three-run fifth. Lucas allowed nine hits and a free pass over four with a strikeout. Polanco permitted four hits and two walks while fanning seven in three frames. Joey Donofrio struck out two of three faced in the eighth.
Although the Chiefs had nine hits, their sole tally came in the sixth on a sac fly by Michael Swinson with the bases loaded that brought Jordan Walton (single) in from third. Peoria could not capitalize on runners at the corners with one out that inning and Patrick Wisdom (walk) and Carson Kelly (single) were two of 11 Chiefs stranded in the game. Kelly doubled once and singled twice in four at bats while Walton and Casey Rasmus each singled twice in four at bats. It was Kelly's fourth multi-hit performance in his last six games and Walton's return to the line-up after being sidelined with an ankle injury.
Thursday's games: at Beloit (OAK). Game one – 4:00 pm CT, Joey Cuda (1-1, 9.00), Hector Hernandez (1-1, 3.38)
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