Memphis (14-12) pounded out 18 hits in an 8-4 road victory over Albuquerque that halted a three-game losing skid. The win allowed the Redbirds to salvage the final of four games against the Isotopes.
Ryan Jackson led the hit parade with four singles and a run scored in five at bats but centerfielder Oscar Taveras, our Player of the Day, was the most productive Redbird. Taveras went 2-for-3 with a double and a two-run long ball and three knocked in. He was hit by a pitch as well. Kolten Wong singled and doubled in five at bats with two runs scored and an RBI. Adron Chambers singled and doubled in four at bats while touching home once. Both Rob Johnson and Justin Christian singled twice in four at bats while driving in two.
It was a bullpen start for the visitors. Maikel Cleto held the Isotopes hitless and scoreless over the first three although he issued five free passes. He struck out four. Nick Greenwood tossed the next three and picked up his first win of 2013 against one loss with two runs given up, earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls.
Keith Butler, who had a shaky outing versus Albuquerque in which he yielded four tallies in one inning on the 30th, fared only a bit better on Thursday. The right-hander faced the Isotopes for the third time in the four-game series and gave up a single, walk plus a two-run double in 2/3 of an inning. Marc Rzepczynski wild-pitched the runner to third before issuing a free pass to the lefty-hitting batter. A right-handed pinch hitter lined out to first in foul ground to end the threat. The southpaw kept the opposition off the board in the eighth despite a lead-off walk. Victor Marte worked around a hit and a walk in the ninth by fanning two.
Friday's game: at first-place Omaha (15-11) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-0, 0.00)
Springfield's (13-13) contest at Northwest Arkansas was postponed due to rain. It has been re-scheduled as part of a June 13th double-header at Arvest Ballpark in Arkansas. First baseman Matt Adams is expected to begin a rehab assignment with the S-Cards Friday night.
Friday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (9-17), 7:30 pm CT, Richard Castillo (1-3, 3.67)
The first game of a seven-game home stand was postponed on Thursday due to inclement weather. Palm Beach (13-13) and Bradenton (9-17) will play a double-header Friday, weather permitting.
Friday's games: vs. Bradenton. 5:05 pm ET, Travis Miller (0-3, 3.38), Kyle Hald (1-0, 3.62)
Peoria's (11-12) home game with Lake County (8-18) was suspended with Lake County up 3-2 in the bottom of the eighth and the tying run on first. It will be resumed today at 11:00 am CT, prior to the start of the regularly scheduled game. A complete game write-up will appear upon the contest's completion.
Friday's games: vs. Lake County. 11:00 am CT, TBA
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