Batavia Muckdogs (A-short season): Won 5-3 over the Oneonta Tigers last night.
Miguel Tapia recorded the win, now 4-2 with a 2.76 ERSA. Adam Riefer secured his tenth save.
Tapia allowed only two hits in five full innings while striking out two.
Riefer closed with one inning, but earning a hold for his three innings of one-hit work was Scott Gorgen, who struck out four.
Beau Riportella went 2-for-3 with a double and scoring two runs.
Blake Murphy went 2-for-4 with two doubles.
Shane Peterson went 1-for-3 with a double.
Johnson City Cardinals (R): Won 4-2 at Howard Johnson Field over the Bristol Sox last night.
Scott McGregor notched the win, his first (1-0, 1.29) after taking over for Deryk Hooker after the third inning. Randy Santos and Jose Mateo each kicked in an inning in relief, each earning holds, respectively. Jorge Rondon earned the save, his third of the season.
Osvaldo Morales hit a two-run homer, his sixth home run of the season, going 2-for-4.
Edgar Lara hit a solo home run on a 2-for-4 game in which he also doubled.
Paul Cruz went 2-for-3 with a double.
Alex Castellano had a double, his only hit out of four at-bats.
Curt Smith went 2-for-3.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
Memphis, Autozone Park, July 12
Tyler Norrick (0-1, 2.25) struck out eight Royals in his first loss, but walked six, committing the pitching sin of walking in a run.
Four out of the six walks Norrick handed out came in the first inning, when the Royals accepted free passes until they scored, never recording a basehit in the inning.
The Royals scored again in the second, Norrick giving the leadoff hitter a free pass. Redbirds’ catcher Gave Johnson complicated matters with a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, by the end of which the Royals had base runners on second and third. The Royals loaded the bases on a ground ball fielded by Norrick. The next batter whiffed. But a sacrifice fly to Nick Stavihoha in right field permitted the Royals to score their second run, going up 2-0. Norrick then managed to strike out the next hitter.
After a scoreless third, and Norrick settling down enough to start mounting up the strikeouts, the Redbirds would recoup one run in the bottom of the fourth. After Rico Washington singled sharply to center, David Freese drew a walk. An infield fly rule on a D’Angelo Jimenez moved no one, but a Cody Haerther single up the middle enabled Washington to score, cutting the Royals’ lead in half at 2-1.
The Redbirds brought on John Wasdin to relieve Norrick in the fifth. The first Royals batter promptly doubled to left field, advanced to third on a ground ball to the right side, then scored on a wild pitch.
Down 3-1, the Redbirds would make up one run in the sixth. Washington reached on a walk to lead off the inning, advancing to second on a David Freese single through the middle. Jimenez laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving up both runners. Haerther then executed a move ’em in, move ’em over with a ground ball to the right side, Washington moving home and Freese moving over to third. Freese died there, however, the Redbirds still short a run at 3-2.
Wasdin would go on to strike out five, pitching four complete innings.
Mark Worrell worked the ninth inning, striking out two.
With the exception of a rough first inning, the combined Redbirds pitching was pretty solid.
The Redbirds did have a shot at the Royals in the eighth when Josh Phelps doubled to lead off the inning. Representing the tying run, Phelps advanced to third on a wild pitch, a good chance to score with no one out. Back to back strikeouts, however, by Washington and Freese, failed to move Phelps home, and after a Jimenez walk, Haerther fell short on a ground out to short.
In the 3-2 defeat, Redbirds’ pitchers combined for 15 strikeouts, walking six (all Norrick’s), and allowing only three hits.
The attendance at Autozone park was reported at 9,304.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA): D’Angelo Jimenez went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs to the Redbirds to a 3-1 victory over the Omaha Royals at Autozone Park last night.
Starting pitcher P.J. Walters threw deep into the game, eight full innings, allowing only three hits and two walks while striking out eight. Walters was nicked for one earned run, a homer in the fifth inning that had put the Royals up 1-0.
The Redbirds would tie the game in the sixth when Nick Stavinoha scored from third base on a sacrifice fly by Rico Washington.
The go-ahead runs were tallied in the eighth when D. Jimenez singled home both Jarrett Hoffpauir and Josh Phelps.
Kelvin Jimenez came on in relief for the ninth, allowing one Royals’ base runner on a walk. His defense picked up the tab, however, eliminating the base runner and wrapping up the game on an inning-ending double play.
Springfield Cardinals (AA): Every run in the 4-2 game was a result of a round-tripper, but the Cards’ homers yielded more runs than the one Northwest Arkansas Naturals’ home run.
The Naturals scored two in the top of the first on one dinger. It wasn’t until the second inning that the Cards’ Matt Pagnozzi (3-for-4) hit a solo shot to cut the Naturals’ lead in half. Another solo blast by Tyler Greene in the fifth tied it up a 2-all.
In the bottom of the ninth, Allen Craig hit a two-run, walkoff homer to double the Cards’ score and snag the 4-2 victory.
Luke Gregerson picked up the win (5-5), having worked one inning, pitching in the ninth while the scored was yet tied.
Quad-Cities River Bandits (A): The River Bandits tallied a dozen hits in a 4-2 over the South Bend Silver Hawks in Indiana last night.
Chuckie Fick (2-2, 2.74) earned a victory, working five full innings. Fick struck out five, walked only one, and gave up six hits. He gave up two runs, both earned.
Wayne Daman and Matt Spade got credit for a hold. Pete Parise got the save, his eighth.
Ross Oeder went 3-for-4, scoring a run. Teammate D’Marcus Ingram hit a solo home run.
Palm Beach Cardinals (A): Luke Gorsett hit a grand slam in a five-run first inning, but the Lakeland Flying Tigers tied it up by the eighth. Still tied at 5-apiece after nine, Matthew Arburr hit a walkoff two-run homer to give the Cards a 7-5 victory.
Batavia Muckdogs (A): Domnit Bolivar went 2-for-4 with a home run, leading the Muckdogs to a 5-2 win over the Lowell Threshers yesterday. Scott Gorgen (1-0, 1.50) earned his first victory with three innings of work. Jason Buursma recorded his first save.
Johnson City Cardinals (R): The Cardinals came out on top, 4-3, edging the Elizabethton Twins in an extra inning game at Howard Johnson Field last night. A combined 11 pitchers took the hill, six of them from the JC squad.
In order of appearance for the hometown Cards and (IP): Reynier Gonzalez (5.0); Kevin Thomas (2.0); Jose Mateo (1.0); Jorge Rondon (2.0); Joel Pichardo (3.0); Santo Maertz (2.0).
Maertz (2-0) picked up the win.
Of the JC Cards’ eight hits, none were for extra bases.