All three Redbirds hurlers were scored upon as Memphis (10-9) dropped an 8-3 decision at home, settling for a split of its four-game series. The Redbirds remain tied with Round Rock (TEX) atop the division, a game in front of Nashville (MIL).
Scott McGregor, Heath Wyatt and Nick Greenwood each yielded at least one tally, with McGregor absorbing his third loss in as many decisions. The right-hander allowed four runs, three earned, in five innings on three walks and five hits, including two solo bombs.
Wyatt and Greenwood each tossed two frames with Wyatt touched for three runs on two hits, a hit batsman, wild pitch and sac fly. Greenwood permitted a run on three hits, a free pass and wild pitch.
Right fielder Stephen Piscotty led the Redbirds, going 3-for-4 with a double and two knocked in. Left fielder Joey Butler continues to swing a hot bat, singling and doubling in three at bats to raise his average to .426, good for second in the league. Butler worked a base-on-balls, touched home twice with an RBI. Audry Perez singled twice in four at bats with two other Redbirds having one hit.
Wednesday's game: off. Memphis travels to Round Rock (TEX) to take on the Express for four starting Thursday.
The S-Cards rallied for a late-innings' tie only to fall to the Naturals 3-2 in walk-off fashion to even the series at one game each. Springfield (9-9) drops into a tie for first with Tulsa (COL), two ahead of Arkansas (LAA).
Despite banging out 10 hits, the visitors went a meager 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Springfield struck first on Aledmys Diaz' only hit in five at bats, a third-inning double that plated Rafael Ortega (walk).
Northwest Arkansas responded with a run of their own in the third off Seth Blair. Blair, who permitted single tallies in the third and seventh, gave up five hits and four bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 6 2/3. He struck out three and threw a wild pitch.
Springfield tied it back up in the eighth via a lead-off home run by Jonathan Rodriguez, his fourth of 2014. The first baseman added a single and walk to his bomb. Greg Miclat went 2-for-4 as the only other S-Card with more than one hit.
Wednesday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (5-13), 11:05 am CT, Sam Gaviglio (1-2, 6.14)
The Beach Birds' bullpen could not hold another late lead, this time a 5-1 lead in the ninth, resulting in a 6-5 loss at St. Lucie in 12 innings. Palm Beach (8-10) dropped into a fourth-place tie with Jupiter (MIA) as a result, four in back of Bradenton (PIT).
Corey Baker and Sam Tuivailala combined to allow the Mets to tie the game. Baker worked around a single, walk and wild pitch that put two in scoring position in the eighth but served up another single, two-run home run and single in the ninth. Tuivailala poured gas on the fire by loading the bases via a single and free pass then giving up a two-run single to send the contest into extras.
Mitch Harris (L, 0-1) escaped a single plus steals of second and third in the 11th but yielded a single, stolen base and game-winning single in the 12th.
That debacle spoiled an impressive outing by Marco Gonzales who fanned seven through the first six. The lefty limited St. Lucie to a single long ball, one of three hits given up to go with a base-on-balls. Dixon Llorens struck out two with a hit in the seventh.
Nick Martini and Casey Rasmus each had three of their squad's 11 hits. The right fielder tripled and crossed home once with an RBI while the catcher went 3-for-5 with a double, walk and one driven in. However, both failed to come through in the 11th when Rasmus was nailed at the plate and Martini finished the frame by grounding out with the sacks jammed. Jacob Wilson doubled twice in six at bats, scoring one and knocking in two.
Wednesday's game: vs. St. Lucie (11-7), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (1-2, 5.06)
Nick Petree was unscored upon for his third consecutive start as the Chiefs triumphed over the Kernels 4-1 to go up in their three-game set 2-0. With the win, third-place Peoria (10-7) keeps pace with both Kane County (CHC) and Burlington (LAA), which they trail by 1 ½ and ½ respectively.
Player of the Day Petree ran his scoreless innings streak to 17 by fanning eight in six frames. At one point the 23-year-old retired nine straight, permitting a first-inning double plus a single in the fourth and sixth. Petree did not walk a batter, inducing six groundball outs and three fly-ball outs.
Chase Brookshire pitched a clean seventh, giving up a hit, but Peoria's bid for a shutout ended when the Kernels scored a run on two singles and a wild pitch off Zach Loraine in the ninth, his second inning of work.
The Chiefs built their lead with single tallies in the first, third, sixth and seventh. Lead-off batter C.J. McElroy singled twice in four at bats with two runs scored and his fourth stolen base. Shortstop Juan Herrera and left fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls went 2-for-4 as well, with Herrera scoring once and Peoples-Walls driving in two. Peoples-Walls added his third and fourth swiped bag of the season.
Wednesday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (9-9), 11:00 am CT, Arturo Reyes (2-1, 3.38)
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