Memphis (67-73) moved into a first-place tie with Omaha (KC) on Thursday with a 2-1 victory at New Orleans. The Redbirds and Zephyrs split the four-game set.
Jaime Romak doubled to right with one out in the ninth and was replaced by pinch runner Adron Chambers. A free pass issued to Greg Garcia moved Chambers into scoring position before a wild pitch advanced both runners. Justin Christian was intentionally put aboard but Jermaine Curtis lofted one deep enough to right for Chambers to race in via a sac fly for the go-ahead run.
New Orleans plated their only tally on a solo bomb in the second off Carlos Martinez, one of three Players of the Day. The 21-year-old was stellar in his return to Triple-A, striking out nine in seven innings with five hits and a base-on-balls given up. Martinez induced nine ground outs to one fly out and threw 91 pitches, 65 for strikes.
The Zephyrs' lead was brief, lasting just until the top of the third when Ryan Jackson singled up the middle to drive in Audry Perez, who began the frame with a base-on-balls. Each squad had six hits with Romak the only Redbird having a multi-hit game. The right fielder went 2-for-4 with the aforementioned double.
Friday's game: at first-place (American Southern) Oklahoma City (80-60) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, TBA
The S-Cards (31-35) were eliminated on Thursday when they could not hold a 4-1 lead, falling 6-4 at Arkansas. It was Springfield's fifth loss in a row.
Anthony Ferrara (L, 7-6) yielded five tallies on four hits and five free passes in five. Three of the four runs allowed in the fifth were due to a three-run home run. The southpaw struck out five and threw a wild pitch.
Three players had two hits apiece for the S-Cards. Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled in five at bats while knocking in two. Luis Mateo went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored, RBI and his 14th steal. One of Cody Stanley's two hits was his ninth double of the year.
Friday's game: at Arkansas (36-30), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (6-6, 4.66)
An unearned run in the sixth was the margin in the game as the Beach Birds were edged by host Charlotte 1-0. Palm Beach (34-30) slips to three games behind the Stone Crabs with three games remaining. Because Charlotte holds the tie-breaker, Palm Beach cannot advance to the post-season.
Ryan Sherriff (L, 4-4) took the very tough loss as the game's only score reached due to a throwing error by Alex Mejia. The errant toss resulted in a runner at second and he touched home on a two-out single, one of only five hits given up by Sherriff over 7 2/3. The lefty fanned two and did not issue a free pass. Robert Stock notched the final out in the eighth to strand an inherited runner.
One of Charlie Tilson's two hits in four at bats was a one-out triple in the eighth but Tilson just became one of six PB-Cards left in scoring position by his teammates.
Friday's game: at Charlotte (36-26), 6:30 pm ET, Sam Gaviglio (3-1, 3.03)
A three-run second was all it took for the Chiefs (29-37) to fall to the LumberKings 3-2 and even the series at one game each.
Mike Mayers (L, 0-3) could not finish the fourth, permitting seven hits, a base-on-balls, one while pitch and a hit batsman over 3 2/3. Joe Scanio allowed a hit and walk in 4 1/3, stranding one of Mayers' runners. Dixon Llorens struck out the side in the ninth.
Peoria pushed across tallies in the first and seventh. Nick Martini doubled twice in five at bats with an RBI, joining Jordan Walton as the only Chiefs with more than one hit. Martini is finishing his season strong, with a line of .324/.405/.486/.891 in 37 at bats over his last 10 games. Walton went 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Friday's game: vs. Clinton (32-34), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (7-6, 3.16)
State College 8 vs. Jamestown 2 (7) - game two
The Spikes padded their division lead by taking a pair from the second-place Jammers, 9-8 and 8-2. State College (44-25) now leads Jamestown by three with a magic number of four.
Game one was truly worthy of a play-off race game as momentum see-sawed between the two contenders. The contest completed a June 25th game that was suspended after two innings.
The Spikes had struck first with two in the first but the Jammers tied it up in the fourth. State College went back on top 3-2 in the fifth but Jamestown scored two in the eighth to snatch the advantage away.
The home squad responded with a tally in the bottom of the eighth to send the game into the ninth all tied up. Jamestown pounced for four in the top of the frame for a seemingly insurmountable 8-4 lead but State College answered with five runs for a dramatic walk-off win.
Kevin Herget made the June 25th start, giving up four hits through two. Nick Petree took the ball when play resumed but neither he nor Jeff Rauh was effective. Petree permitted four runs on eight hits and two base-on-balls over 5 2/3 with three strikeouts. Rauh (W, 2-0) was even worse, yielding four tallies on five hits and an intentional walk in 1 1/3. Rauh plunked one batter.
The Spikes pounded out 16 hits, led by Jimmy Bosco, Brett Wiley and Cesar Valera with three hits apiece. Co-Player of the Day Bosco's fourth double of 2013 drove in Mason Katz (single) for the tying run in the ninth and Valera's third single of the game drove in Bosco for the game winner. Back-to-back jacks by Ronald Castillo (two-run) and Carson Kelly (solo) closed the ninth-inning gap to within one.
The Spikes pushed across three in the third plus five in the fourth to easily handle to Jammers in the second bout. Steven Ramos, Alex De Leon and Bosco all had two hits and touched home twice. Ramos knocked in two with his 20th stolen base while De Leon's solo shot was his fourth of 2013. Both of Bosco's hits were doubles to give him a combined line of 5-for-8 with three doubles, a free pass and three runs scored.
Co-Player of the Day Andrew Pierce (W, 2-2) was outstanding for State College, tossing a one-hitter through six while fanning five. The only mark against him was an unearned tally in the third via a single, fielding error and sac fly. Kyle Webb gave up a run on two hits in the seventh.
Friday's game: vs. Jamestown (41-28), 7:7:05 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (3-2, 2.06)
Johnson City (35-31) was downed by Burlington 6-3 in game two of three versus the Royals. The Appy Birds trail in the series two-games-to-nine.
The JC-Cards had five hits with Kenny Peoples-Walls having the only multi-hit game. Peoples-Walls drove in two, singling twice in three at bats and reached base once when he was plunked. The shortstop committed two fielding errors as well to bring his season total to 20.
Friday's game: vs. Burlington (29-37), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-3, 2.78)
The Gulf Birds' contest against the Nationals was cancelled. It was the Cardinals' final game of the season. They finished 24-35, in third place, 25.5 games behind the Nats.
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