The Redbirds evened their series at 1-1 with Nashville following a 6-2 victory on Friday night at AutoZone Park.
Carlos Martinez yielded six hits and four walks while striking out one in 5 1/3 innings, with the only damage a solo home run in the third inning.
Marc Rzepczynski pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings while stranding his only inherited runner. Mitchell Boggs allowed three hits including a solo home run. Nick Greenwood closed out the contest with a scoreless ninth.
Saturday's game: Memphis (42-47) vs. Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (5-4, 4.36)
The Cardinals fell far behind early, but down 10-3, they fought back in the ninth with five runs to make it close.
Starter Anthony Ferrara could not get out of the first, yielding five runs before many fans were probably settled into their seats. Corey Baker allowed the next five in the third and fifth innings, though only three tallies were earned due to shortstop Jake Lemmerman's 17th error of the season.
James Ramsey hit a solo home run in the fifth. Third baseman Vance Albitz launched a three-run blast in the ninth on top of an earlier RBI single. The Cardinals were patient at the plate, drawing 10 walks, including three by Ruben Gotay.
Saturday's game: Springfield (40-43) vs. San Antonio, 7:09 pm CT, Tim Cooney (3-5, 4.56)
Zach Petrick had his best outing of the year as the 23-year-old tossed six shutout innings against the first-place Charlotte Stone Crabs. The right-hander fanned eight, walked none and allowed just five hits.
The Cardinals offense scored early and often, putting seven runs on the board after the first four innings of play. Leadoff man Colin Walsh spearheaded the Palm Beach offense going 3-for-5 , including a double and two runs scored. Centerfielder Starlin Rodriguez had two hits for the second game in a row. Jonathan Rodriguez and Casey Rasmus plated two each.
Saturday's game: Palm Beach (37-45) vs. Jupiter, 6:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (0-0, 4.50)
The Chiefs recorded their first shutout since June 13 in a 2-0 victory over the Beloit Snappers on Friday night. Peoria jumped on top in the first inning as Jeremy Schaffer doubled, and after Patrick Wisdom walked, Jordan Walton singled up the middle to plate Schaffer. Peoria scored another run in the bottom of the third. Nick Martini was hit by a pitch and moved to third on a Breyvic Valera hit-and-run single. A sacrifice fly to left field by Schaffer scored Martini.
The Snappers only threat from that point on came in the sixth inning when they put runners on the corners, but Joe Scanio got of the inning with a strikeout.
Starter Hector Hernandez (5-3) gave up no runs on one hit and no walks while striking out two over five innings. Scanio tossed three scoreless innings surrendering three hits while fanning two. Zack Russell pitched a perfect ninth while striking out two to earn his first save with the Chiefs.
Saturday's game: Peoria (44-38) vs. Beloit, 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 5.23)
State College battled back from down three runs to tie the game in the eighth inning, but a ninth-inning home run off Jeff Rauh was the difference as the Batavia Muckdogs took a 4-3 decision on Friday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.
State College was already down 3-0 in bottom of the third inning against Juan Bautista, who went five innings. David Washington keyed the Spikes' comeback with an RBI single in the fourth that plated Bruce Caldwell. Washington then doubled and scored on a Muckdogs error in the sixth to bring the Spikes to within a run.
After the home run against Rauh put Batavia up, the Spikes threatened. Matthew Young hustled to extend a single into a double, but was stranded there to end the game.
Saturday's game: State College (10-8) vs. Batavia, 7:05 pm ET, Chris Perry (1-0, 1.65)
Four runs in the fifth inning was the undoing of the home Cardinals as Kingsport came away with a Friday night win at Howard Johnson Field.
With Johnson City clinging to a 2-1 lead, starter Luis Perdomo ran into trouble in the fifth. The right-hander exited the game on the heels of a three-run home run. Perdomo allowed eight hits, three walks and all five runs.
The Cardinals banged out 12 hits, but had trouble stringing them together, going 4-for-15 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10. Kenny Peoples-Walls doubled and plated one while Brett Wiley singled, tripled, scored one and drove in one.
Saturday's game: Johnson City (7-7) vs. Kingsport, 6:00 pm ET, Jacob Booden (0-0, 1.13)
Afternoon rain at the Roger Dean Stadium complex led to a Friday afternoon washout of the Cardinals at Marlins Gulf Coast League contest. The two will attempt to play a "home and away" pair on Saturday.
Saturday's game: Cardinals (5-6) vs. Marlins, 9:00 am ET; at Marlins, noon ET, both TBA
The Cardinals came back from a 2-1 deficit to score two in the sixth and finished with another pair in the ninth to turn away the home Nationals on Friday.
The Cards made the most of just three hits and no walks with the help of a couple of Nationals errors. The number three and four hitters, catcher Joshua Lopez and right-fielder Luis Bandes, each homered and drove in two, with Bandes' a two-run shot. Lopez added a stolen base.
Starter Derian Gonzalez went four innings on five hits and two walks. Both runs against him were unearned as the Cards committed a trio of errors. Julio Mateo (three innings, win) and Virglio Encarnacion (two innings, save) combined for five scoreless frames to close out the victory.
Saturday's game:Cardinals (15-13) at Cubs, 10:30 a.m. ET, TBA
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