A wild pitch on strike three by Eric Fornataro in the 11th opened the gates for New Orleans, who pushed across two to down the Redbirds 5-3 at home. Memphis (2-4) is currently in third place, a game behind Nashville (MIL).
Fornataro (L, 0-1) had the third out of the frame but the batter took first when catcher Rob Johnson was unable to corral the offering. Another wild pitch sandwiched around two singles broke a tie that had held since the top of the ninth when the Zephyrs pushed across a tally against Victor Marte. Marte yielded two hits, a sac bunt and a sac fly in the ninth, the first of his two innings of work.
Starter Nick Additon fanned six in five innings with the only mark against him coming in the third when he yielded two runs on two of his five hits plus one of his two base-on-balls. Maikel Cleto issued one free pass over the sixth and seventh while Jorge Rondon was perfect in the eighth.
Trailing 2-0, Memphis finally broke through with three in the eighth. Brock Peterson doubled in Chad Huffman after Huffman worked a walk. A walk to Jaime Romak and single by Johnson jammed the sacks full for Jermaine Curtis who singled in Peterson and Romak while Johnson was nailed at the plate.
Wednesday's game: vs. New Orleans (3-3), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (1-0, 0.00)
Springfield managed just two hits as they were pasted by host San Antonio 11-2. The S-Cards (2-4) dropped the series 1-2 and are in second, a game behind Arkansas (LAA),
One of those hits was a double by Ruben Gotay that knocked in Jake Lemmerman who got aboard via a free pass to open the fourth. Gotay capitalized on the Missions' sloppy fielding, advancing to third on one error and touching home on another.
That closed the gap to 5-2, but the visitors could get no closer as San Antonio poured on six more in the eighth – first against Deryk Hooker and then Michael Blazek. Hooker coughed up five on five hits, including two doubles and a wild pitch while retiring just one. Two of those runs came across on a double on Michael Blazek's watch. Blazek permitted a single that brought in the final score of the frame.
Starter Richard Castillo (L, 0-2) went just three innings, allowing five runs, earned, on five hits and three base-on-balls. He threw two wild pitches. Dean Kiekhefer struck out three while giving up two hits in three and Kevin Thomas fanned two with one hit in the seventh.
Wednesday's game: off. Springfield's home opener is Thursday when they face first-place Corpus Christi (HOU).
Palm Beach matched St. Lucie's nine hits but not their results as they were shut out at home 4-0. The Beach Birds (3-2) sit two games behind both St. Lucie and Fort Myers, who both sport a perfect 5-0 record.
Our Player of the Day Travis Miller took the hard-luck loss in his first professional start, allowing an unearned run on just one hit in five. The right-hander walked three, struck out two, hit a batter and threw one wild pitch. Jonathan Cornelius did not retire any of the five he faced in the sixth, yielding three tallies on five hits. Jose Almarante struck out two of the three he faced that frame, stranding both runners inherited from Cornelius to stop the bleeding. Almarante picked off a runner in the seventh to erase a lead-off single. Brandon Creath struck out three in two innings.
The Cardinals were a dismal 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight in the shutout. James Ramsey, Colin Walsh and Stephen Piscotty had two hits apiece, batting in the top of the order, but they were unable to coordinate their attack.
Wednesday's game: vs. St. Lucie (NYM), 6:35 pm ET, Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Peoria was held to just three hits, falling to visiting Beloit 4-1 to even the series at one game each. The Chiefs (3-3) are tied for third, two games behind Quad Cities (HOU).
Lead-off batter Michael Swinson had two of the Chiefs' three hits, including a triple in the ninth that produced his team's only tally. Breyvic Valera ground out to the right side of the plate, bringing across Swinson. First baseman Jordan Walton had the only other hit as no Chief drew a base-on-balls.
Starter Hector Hernandez (L, 0-1) served up back-to-back long balls in the fourth that resulted in three tallies. The southpaw allowed four hits in all, walked one and struck out three in six. Both of the hits and one of the two walks permitted by Joey Donofrio came in the eighth, his second inning on the mound, and produced another tally. Dixon Llorens retired the side in order in the ninth.
Wednesday's game: vs. Beloit (OAK) (2-4), 6:30 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (0-0, 6.00 ERA)
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