Despite a shaky start from Scott McGregor Memphis took a 6-5 lead into the 8th, but a meltdown ensued. 3 walks, a hit batsman, a fielding error and a wild pitch allowed the Storm Chasers to score 5 runs on only 2 hits.
Grichuk's home runs were his 6th and 7th of the season, Taveras' was his 6th.
Dean Kiekhefer threw a perfect inning in his AAA debut.
Jason Motte threw 31 (18 strikes) pitches over 2 innings. It was his first multi inning outing of his minor league rehab assignment. His pitch count tonight was almost double his previous high (16) this year. The lone hit Motte allowed was a broken bat single.
Jonathan Cornelius (SP): 6.1 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Lee Stoppelman (RP): 1 IP, K
Jonathan Cornelius' Jekyll and Hyde act continues; he has give 5 or more runs or 2 or fewer in every one of his 8 starts.
James Ramsey's homer was his 10th of the year, he has added over 90 points to his ISO this year and shaved about 7 points from his strike out percentage compared to his first go around in Springfield last year. Although you expect a player to perform better when he repeats a level, it is still encouraging to see Ramsey making more contact and hitting for more power so far.
This game was called in the top of the 8th due to rain.
Joe Cuda cruised through much of his start, at one point retiring 14 in a row after giving up a run in the 1st. He had a chance to get out of both the 5th and 6th unscathed, but allowed a run(s) with 2 outs in each frame.
Even though he only faced one batter, it is still weird to see that Sam Tuivailala didn't strike anybody out. This is only his second appearance of the year without a strikeout.
Not much in the way of offensive highlights, Palm Beach was unable to come up with an extra base hit.
After falling behind 4-0 in the top of the 6th Peoria answered with a 2 run homer from Mason Katz in the bottom of the inning. A rally in the 8th fell just short of tying the game.
Mason Katz's homer was his team high 5th of the season.
Carson Kelly threw out Wisconsin center fielder Omar Garcia twice on stolen base attempts last night. Garcia was tied for second in the Midwest League with 21 steals headed into last night's game.
Brandon Lee had a nice Peoria debut, striking out 3 batters and closing out the game after taking over from McKnight in the 6th. Lee, who was signed as an undrafted free agent last June, was also making his 1st appearance in a full season league.