The Baby Birds went 3-2 on Tuesday as Memphis swept a double-header from New Orleans and Palm Beach keeps winning. Oscar Taveras is getting back into the groove with 2 more hits and 2 RBI’s. Boone Whiting continues his solid pitching for Memphis throwing a 7 inning complete game in game 1. Anthony Garcia has missed his third straight game for Palm Beach. Not a good sign for someone who was on fire, and needed it. Ryan Sherriff and Silfredo Garcia had solid starts washed away by bullpen failures. Both Springfield and Peoria couldn’t hold the lead late.
Here are the results from Tuesday’s action:
New Orleans 2, Memphis (33-32) 9 – Game 1
The Redbirds’ schedule has been busy lately. On Monday they finished a suspended game and then played a regular game and on Tuesday, 2 7-inning games. In game 1, Rob Johnson and Chad Huffman each hit home runs. Huffman’s 6th was a solo shot and Johnson’s 7th was a 3-run shot. Oscar Taveras had 2 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 RBI’s. Greg Garcia also added 2 hits and 2 RBI’s.
Boone Whiting went the distance for the Redbirds allowing 2 runs on 8 hits and 1 walk while striking out 6.
Player of the Game: Boone Whiting
New Orleans 4, Memphis (34-32) 5 – Game 2
The Redbirds finished off the sweep of the Zephyrs in walk off fashion. Travis Tartamella singled home Brock Peterson in the 7th to win it for Memphis. Jamie Romak hit his team leading 12th home run, a 2-run shot in the third. Justin Christian and Brock Peterson added 2 hits each as well.
Richard Castillo was the game 2 starter and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits and 2 walks over 5 and 1/3 innings. Castillo also struck out 4. Michael Blazek hit a rough patch allowing 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Victor Marte picked up his second win with a scoreless 7th prior to the walk-off.
Player of the Game: Jamie Romak
Springfield (30-32) 3, Tulsa 4
The Cardinals had the lead until the Drillers scored 3 times in the 8th to take the lead 4-3. The Cardinals had 10 hits and they were spread out as Audry Perez was the only regular not to get a hit. Mike O’Neill and Starlin Rodriguez each had 2 hits. Vance Albitz, Ruben Gotay, and pitcher Ryan Sherriff each had RBI’s.
Sherriff was solid and should have been the winner. In 7 innings, Sherriff allowed 2 runs on 10 hits and 1 walk while striking out 3. Kevin Thomas took the loss allowing 2 runs in 2/3 of an inning. Deryk Hooker allowed a Thomas run to score so Hooker is credited with a blown save.
Player of the Game: Ryan Sherriff
Dunedin 4, Palm Beach (27-36) 5
The Palm Beach Cardinals have now won 5 of 6 games. The top of the order led the way for Palm Beach as Colin Walsh was 3-for-5 with a run and RBI out of the lead-off spot. Alex Mejia was 2-for-4 with a run in the 2 hole and Stephen Piscotty went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, and RBI in the 3rd spot. Nick Longmire also had a solid day going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Kyle Hald went 5 innings and allowed 2 runs on 6 hits and issued 1 walk, while striking out 4. Brad Watson allowed a run over 3 innings and Danny Miranda pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Player of the Game: Colin Walsh
Peoria (34-28) 4, Clinton 6
The Chiefs, like Springfield, allowed a big number in the 8th. The Chiefs allowed 4 runs in the 8th to blow the lead and the game. Jeremy Schaffer had a huge game for Peoria. He went 3-for-4 with a home run, his 3rd already, and 2 runs and 2 RBI’s. Ildemaro Vargas, Jacob Wilson, and Jesus Montero had the other hits. Wilson and Nick Martini had the other RBI’s.
Silfredo Garcia was outstanding over 7 innings. Garcia allowed 5 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk, and struck out 7. Sam Tuivailala allowed 3 runs in just 2/3 of an inning to take his second loss. Robert Stock also allowed a run in 1/3 of an inning. A tough loss, no doubt, for Peoria.
Player of the Game: Jeremy Schaffer