A four-run sixth proved the Redbirds' undoing as they went down to defeat against the Isotopes 7-5 at home. Memphis (27-25) trails in the series one game to two.
A grand slam off reliever Ramon Delgado in the sixth saddled starter Boone Whiting with his first loss in three decisions. Whiting began the frame with a 2-0 lead but loaded the bases on one of his three total hits and two of three base-on-balls. The right-hander fanned seven over 5 1/3 with one ground out and five fly outs.
Delgado coaxed a pop out for the second out but served up the granny to give Albuquerque a lead they would not relinquish. Delgado was charged with two tallies on four hits in 1 2/3. Jorge Rondon gave up two more in the ninth for a line of three hits and two walks over 1 1/3. Both runners crossed on a two-run double allowed by Sam Freeman.
Memphis put up straight numbers in the second, fourth and sixth plus two in the ninth. Brock Peterson, our Player of the Day, had a two home run night with one in the second and another in the sixth. That gives him 10 on the year. He singled as well. Rob Johnson singled and doubled in four at bats with a run scored and another driven in. Kolten Wong and Jaime Romak each crossed home once.
Friday's game: vs. Albuquerque (28-26), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (0-0, 1.80)
Springfield 6 at Frisco 0 (7) – game two
Springfield split a pair at Frisco on Thursday, dropping the opener 1-0 but taking game two 6-0. The S-Cards (25-26) lost the series one game to two.
The Double-A Birds were held to just one hit in game one, a two-out single by Audry Perez in the third. Seth Blair saw his record fall to 2-5 when he gave up a long ball in the fourth. Blair permitted seven hits and two base-on-balls in 5 2/3 with four strikeouts. Lee Stoppelman fanned the only batter faced to strand two inherited runners.
The visitors turned the tables in game two, shutting out the Rough Riders on four hits. Nick Greenwood gave up four hits and two walks over the first five for his first Texas League win of the season against two losses. Deryk Hooker struck out the side in the sixth before Keith Butler faced the minimum in the seventh.
Half of Springfield's runs were the result of two home runs, a two-run blast by Xavier Scruggs in the third plus a solo shot by Luis Mateo in the fourth. The team's six hits were evenly spread among six players with Scruggs and Ruben Gotay each working a free pass and touching home twice. Both players swiped a bag as well. Jake Lemmerman doubled in two at bats with a base-on-balls and two RBI.
Friday's game: at Midland (27-26) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 9.00)
The PB-Cards' home game with the Stone Crabs was rained out. It will be played as part of a June 7th double-header at Port Charlotte.
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Friday's game: Palm Beach (20-31) vs. Fort Myers (38-14) (MIN), 6:35 pm ET, Juan Bautista (0-0, 18.00)
Peoria's contest at Burlington was cancelled due to inclement weather and will not be made up since the teams do not meet again in the first half. It was the Chiefs' third game lost against a last-place team this season.
Friday's game: at Wisconsin, 7:05 PM CT, Joey Cuda (2-3, 5.80)
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