Memphis scored six in the first and never looked back in a 17-6 thumping of host Salt Lake City. The win snapped a four-game skid and allowed the Redbirds (23-21) to regain sole possession of first place, a game up on Omaha (KC).
Although Kolten Wong, one of our three Players of the Day, did not have one of his team's four long balls, the second baseman did about everything else, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, a triple, a base-on-balls, four runs scored and one driven in. On the down side, Wong's throwing error in the ninth led to two unearned tallies.
Two of Brock Peterson's three hits in six at bats were bombs that encompassed four of his six RBI's and earned him a Player of the Day nod. Jaime Romak added a double and a solo shot while crossing twice. J.R. Towles had the first home run, a two-run shot that capped the first inning.
Ryan Jackson, Justin Christian, Chad Huffman and Vance Albitz had two hits apiece while scoring at least one. Jackson touched twice with three knocked in while Christian tripled and scored three times in the lead-off slot.
Scott McGregor, our third Player of the Day, earned his first win in his Triple-A debut, holding the Bees (23-24) to two runs on four hits and two free passes over six. The righty struck out four with seven ground outs and fly outs. He tossed 81 pitches, 53 for strikes.
The only batter to reach against Jorge Rondon in two frames was via a base-on-balls. Rondon fanned one. Marc Rzepczynski yielded four runs in the ninth, two earned, on a walk, Wong's throwing error, single, two-run triple and sac fly.
Thursday's game: at Salt Lake City, 7:35 pm CT, Nick Additon (2-1, 4.07)
The S-Cards pushed across three each in the first and second then put the game away with four in the seventh as they easily handled Frisco 10-4 at home. Springfield (24-19) moved back into first, a half-game ahead of Arkansas (LAA).
Seven Cardinals' starters had at least one hit and either scored one or drove in a run. No player had more than two of their squad's 12 hits. Ruben Gotay went 2-for-3 with a double and a three-run blast in the second, his second long ball of 2013. Gotay touched home three times and knocked in four while walking once.
Mike O'Neill singled and doubled in five at bats while scoring twice. Starlin Rodriguez doubled twice with three RBI and Adam Melker drove in one with two singles in three at bats. Luis Mateo went 2-for-4 with a run scored. James Ramsey drew two free passes and crossed home plate twice.
All four tallies charged to starter Anthony Ferrara (W, 4-3) came in his sixth and final inning of work. The lefty gave up seven hits and a base-on-balls in 5 2/3 while throwing a wild pitch and hitting a batter.
Two of the four runs went on the scoreboard when Ramon Delgado yielded a single to the first batter faced that brought across the runners on second and third. Delgado finished the frame with a 5-3 force at second.
Thursday's game: vs. Frisco (24-21), 7:09 pm CT, Tim Cooney (2-0, 2.45)
The Beach Birds dropped their sixth straight contest, this one 4-2 at Brevard County. Palm Beach (17-28) fell into the cellar of the South Division with the loss, putting them 15 games behind Fort Myers (MIN).
Scott Gorgen yielded three in the first plus one in the fifth for his second loss in five decisions. Two of the six hits given up by the right-hander were long balls that accounted for three of the four tallies. Gorgen issued two free passes over five while striking out three.
The PB-Cards matched the Manatees' seven hits but went one for eight with runners in scoring position while stranding eight. Danny Stienstra singled twice in four at bats while knocking in one.
Colin Walsh and Juan Castillo each had a hit and a base-on-balls while touching home once. Walsh swiped his fifth bag of the season. Although Jonathan Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with two walks, he was caught stealing once and picked off first another time.
Thursday's game: at Brevard County (25-20), 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 2.70)
A three-run first plus a two-run second led Peoria to a 9-2 victory over visiting Kane County. The Chiefs (22-21) moved into fourth with the win, 7 ½ behind Cedar Rapids (MIN) and one-half game ahead of Clinton (SEA).
Seven of Peoria's ten hits were singles with Ildemaro Vargas collecting three of them. Vargas crossed twice with two RBI. Jacob Wilson singled and doubled in five at bats while touching home two times and knocking in one.
Michael Swinson's only hit in four at bats was a bases-clearing double in the first that plated Vargas, Wilson and Patrick Wisdom. Casey Rasmus singled once in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.
Kurt Heyer scattered 10 hits and a walk over seven frames to up his record to three wins versus two losses. The only damage was two runs in the third. Sam Tuivailala issued a free pass in the eighth while Chris Thomas' full season debut saw him fan two of the three faced in the ninth.
Thursday's game: vs. Kane County (20-23), 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (1-0, 3.00)
© 2013 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com and stlcardinals.scout.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.