Jordan Hicks’ solid first start was not enough as Surprise (12-17) fell to Mesa, 5-2. The defeat eliminated the Saguaros from the Arizona Fall League Championship game and clinched the East division title for their opponents.
Making his first start after eight relief appearances, Hicks went three frames. The right-hander sent the Solar Sox down in order on two ground outs sandwiched around a swinging K the first time around.
The Texan wiped out a lead-off single the next frame with a force at second but yielded an unearned tally when Surprise’s left fielder could not handle what was scored a single and fielding error that allowed the runner on first to cross the plate. Hicks retired his last five batters faced on two groundball outs, two fly ball outs and a caught looking.
According to TrackMan data reported by MLB.com, Hicks’ fastball velocity topped out at an eye-popping 102.6 mph. 29 of his 43 pitches went for strikes.
The St. Louis pitching prospect left the contest with his team up, 2-1, thanks to single scores in the first and third. Oscar Mercado’s fifth double of the fall campaign and second in two days drove in lead-off batter Nicky Lopez (KC), who opened the first with a single. Little did they realize that the Surprise offense would get just one more hit the rest of the game.
Surprise’s second and final tally was generated after Mercado worked a free pass with two gone in the third. A single advanced the number two hitter one base and the center fielder scored when John Nogowski reached via a fielding error by Mesa’s shortstop.
That slim advantage held up until the Solar Sox’ two-run sixth. Mesa added single tallies in the eighth and ninth to cement their victory. Tampa Bay righty Roel Ramirez suffered his first blown save and first loss, recording just two outs while yielding two hits and a base-on-balls.
As previously mentioned, Mercado was one of three Saguaros garnering one hit. The center fielder singled once in three at bats while recording his 11th RBI and 14th walk. Nogowski was hitless in four at bats including two strikeouts as the clean-up hitter and first baseman. The two and Hicks were the only Cardinals to participate in Surprise’s second to last contest of the 2017 AFL campaign.
A quartet of Saguaros hurlers combined for a two-hitter but Surprise still lost to the Scorpions, 2-0 on Monday. The defeat, combined with a win by first-place Peoria, leaves the Saguaros (11-16) a game away from post-season elimination.
Both Scottsdale tallies occurred in the second via a walk, RBI triple and sac fly. Those were the only two base runners allowed by the Rays’ Burch Smith (L, 1-2) over four frames. The righty fanned nine with 37 of his 55 pitches going for strikes. A trio of relievers limited the opposition to just one more base runner the rest of the way, none of the three with the Cardinals’ organization.
Andrew Knizner paced Surprise’s offense, going 3-for-4 and accounting for almost half of his team’s seven hits. The Saguaros’ number three batter smashed a sharp single to center with two gone in the first, and followed that up with a line drive single to right two innings later. The latter hit might have produced something had Michael O’Neill (TX) not been picked off first after leading off with a single. O’Neill ended up getting tossed by the first base umpire.
But back to Knizner’s strong performance. The first baseman opened the sixth with a 5-3 ground out but finished the day by lining another single up the middle in the eighth. This moves the 22-year-old’s Arizona Fall League slash line to .358/.403/.537/.940 in 67 at bats over 17 games. Knizner is fourth in the league in batting average, seventh in on-base, slugging and OPS percentage.
St. Louis’ other representative was outfielder John Nogowski, who began Monday in left but moved over to right after O’Neill’s ejection. The Florida native was hitless in four at bats. Overall, Surprise stranded seven on the base paths but only two even reached scoring position.
A ninth-inning bullpen failure resulted in a 2-1 walk-off defeat by Surprise at the hands of Salt River (10-11). The Saguaros (9-13) remain tied with Glendale for second, four games behind Peoria.
The Rangers’ Tyler Ferguson (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) began the ninth seeking his first save in his first attempt. But a one-out free pass followed by three consecutive singles with two gone left saddled the right-hander with his first loss in in 8 1/3 frames over seven appearances.
The visitors matched the Rafters’ seven hits but their sole tally came off the bat of LaMonte Wade (MIN), when the right fielder launched his second home run of the fall campaign. It came with two gone in the fourth, setting starter Tyler Davis (TEX) up for his second win.
Davis faced just one over the minimum during his four-inning stint. His sole runner was his own responsibility, reaching on a throwing error by the righty. Five other Saguaros’ hurlers followed Davis to the mound, none from the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
In the starting lineup, the Cardinals were represented by Oscar Mercado and Andrew Knizner, who batted second and clean-up, respectively. Mercado singled twice in four at-bats and added his fifth stolen base in five tries. Knizner was hitless in three at-bats as the designated hitter, including grounding into a double play. He reached base once with a walk in the first after Mercado had singled and swiped his bag.
Surprise’s bullpen allowed seven late tallies, sending the Saguaros (8-11) to an 8-5 Wednesday home defeat at the hands of the Solar Sox. Surprise has an identical record to Glendale, with both teams sitting three games behind Peoria in the AFL West.
Six scores were accrued via the long ball, upending the slim 2-1 advantage the Saguaros had clung to through seven innings. Texas’ Adam Choplick (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) served up a home run ball to his first batter, knotting the game at two all. A free pass and double resulted in an out at home plate, finishing Choplick’s day.
His replacement, righty Roel Ramirez (TB), could not hold the tie score. The native Texan permitted back-to-back singles, plating Choplick’s last runner, before giving up a two-run home run with two away. Ramirez finally got out of the inning after issuing a base-on-balls.
Surprise got one of those runs back in the home half of the eighth but St. Louis’ Josh Lucas gave up two more tallies in the ninth. Lucas recorded a line out to right but yielded a soft grounder back to him from which he was unable to convert into the second out. Lucas coughed up a two-run bomb to right-center by his next batter before notching two swinging K’s.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals’ other two representatives in the game produced little as well. Oscar Mercado went 1-for-5 out of the lead-off slot, giving him a line of .222/.378/.306/.683 in 36 at bats over his 10 most recent games. His hit came in his first at bat, a line drive single to left. Mercado advanced to second to second via a fly out to center and was joined on the bases when fellow stable hand Andrew Knizner worked a walk with two gone. Both runners were left on as the Saguaros failed to score.
Mercado came to the plate the next frame with a run across and runners at the corners with one away. But the center fielder grounded into a 1-6-3 double play. He grounded out, 4-3, with runners at the corners, to end the fourth and popped out to second for the last out in the seventh. Mercado finished a lackluster day by striking out swinging with two across and a runner on third for the ninth’s second out, though he did contribute a highlight defensive play on a running, diving catch in shallow center in the first inning.
Knizner followed up his free pass by grounding out, 4-3, to end the third. The clean-up hitter K’d swinging to finish the fifth. Knizner hit into a 6-4-3 double play while a runner scored from third in the eighth. Defensively, the first baseman took part in two double plays.
The Saguaros scored in four straight frames to top the Javelinas, 6-3, and snap a three-game losing skid. Surprise (8-9) is tied with Glendale for second, two games behind Peoria in the West Division.
The home team struck first, scoring two runs against Surprise’s starter, Benton Moss (TB), in his second and final inning of work. The righty yielded three hits that frame after working around a two-out fielding error in the first.
But St. Louis’ Jordan Hicks quieted the Javelinas’ bats during his two-inning stint. The Houston native plunked his first batter but erased the runner via a 6-4-3 double play. A fly out to fellow Cardinals farmhand Oscar Mercado in center finished the frame.
Hicks worked a clean fourth, sandwiching two strikeouts – one looking – around a free pass for the first two outs. A 6-3 ground out ended his outing. Hicks’ scoreless effort snapped a string of four consecutive appearances in which he surrendered at least one run and lowered his ERA to 9.28.
Surprise’s rally from a 2-0 hole was triggered by the Cardinals’ Andrew Knizner, who opened the fifth by lining a single to left. It was the first of his three hits in three at bats for the day after taking one for the team with two gone in the second, his first plate appearance. Knizner advanced to third on a one-out single then raced home when Peoria’s starter, Max Povse (SEA), uncorked a wild pitch. An RBI single subsequently knotted the game at two all.
Knizner beat out a soft grounder back to the pitcher the next inning, moving the eventual go-ahead run to third. The catcher made it all the way to third on a single and throwing error but was left there.
After his squad padded their 3-2 lead with a two-run seventh, Knizner kicked off the eighth with a sharp line drive to center, his second double of the AFL campaign. The number six batter touched home for the second time when designated hitter Nick Dini (KC) garnered his second RBI single of the contest. Defensively, Knizner was charged with his third passed ball.
In contrast to Knizner’s excellent 3-for-3 line that included a double and two runs scored, Mercado was hitless in five at bats for the second straight game. The center fielder popped out to end the first and opened the fourth by grounding out to short. The number three batter then hit into a force to end the fifth before grounding out to short with none gone and a runner on third in the seventh. Mercado’s day at the plate ended with a fly out to center in the ninth.
Right-hander Ryan Eades (MIN) tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, acquiring his second win against no losses. Royals’ righty Jacob Bodner pitched around pitched around a two-out base-on-balls for his second save. Toronto southpaw Danny Young (L, 0-1) was charged with the loss after giving up a run on three hits in his only inning of work.
Trio of Fall Stars
In additional news, three Cardinals were named to the West Division roster for the AFL Fall Stars Game on Monday. They are Hicks, Knizner and Sandy Alcantara.
The game will be played at Salt River Fields and televised by MLB Network starting at 5:00 p.m. MT this coming Saturday, November 4.
A four-run eighth by Surprise was enough to hold off Glendale’s late surge as the Saguaros topped the Desert Dogs, 6-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The third consecutive win by Surprise (7-6) moves them into a first-place tie with Peoria and a game up on Glendale.
The visitors held a slim 2-1 advantage through the first seven but that ballooned to a 6-1 lead before the next three outs were recorded. Oscar Mercado opened with a line-drive double to left, his third two-bagger of the AFL campaign. The next batter blooped what was scored a double to short with a deflection by the Desert Dogs’ third baseman, advancing Mercado to third. A sac fly brought the center fielder across. Three singles and a wild pitch resulted in three more tallies, all of the hits coming with two away.
Mercado, hitting in the two hole, managed a seeing-eye single off the shortstop’s glove in his first at bat. He swiped his fourth bag before advancing to third with only one gone but was stranded there.
St. Louis’ only representative in the contest was unable to convert in his next at bat, striking out swinging with a runner on second for the first out in the third. Mercado worked a base-on-balls in the fifth, putting two on with no outs but Surprise was unable to cash in either runner.
After his eighth-inning effort, the 22-year-old fanned swinging to open the ninth. Mercado was one of three Saguaros to go 2-for-4 with at least one run scored. The three hit one-two-three in their squad’s order.
Each team’s starter received a decision with Texas’ Tyler Davis notching his first win after a two-inning effort in which he allowed a run on two hits, including the dreaded long ball. Righty Dylan Covey (CWS) took the loss, permitting two runs on three hits and four walks. Royals’ right-hander Jacob Bodner garnered his first save by getting his only batter, who represented the tying run, to fly out to center. That bailed out Texas lefty Adam Choplick, who gave up three runs in the ninth.
Sandy Alcantara opened and Josh Lucas closed Surprise’s 4-3 victory over Salt River on Monday. The Sagueros upped their record to 5-6 with the win, placing them in a second-place tie with Glendale, two games behind Peoria.
Alcantara tossed a rather mediocre effort, needing 52 pitches, 27 strikes, to traverse just two innings. The righty allowed two hits and three walks, yielding a solo shot to open his final frame. Alcantara struck out two while coaxing three groundball outs.
The run gave the Rafters a brief 1-0 lead, but left fielder Yanio Perez (TX) answered with a home run of his own to begin the home half of the frame. An unearned tally put the visitors up 2-1 the next frame before first baseman Chris Paul (MN) re-tied the game with his first AFL long ball in the fourth.
Surprise took advantage of a pitching change in the fifth, pushing across a tally for their first and final lead off righty Ben Meyer (L, 0-2) (MIA). Shortstop Nicky Lopez (KC) atoned for his fielding error resulting in the third’s unearned run, leading off with a single that was the first of his two hits in four at bats. Lopez advanced to third on back-to-back singles by right fielder Lamonte Wade (MN) and St. Louis’ Oscar Mercado then scored via a groundout.
Mercado’s single was his only hit in three at bats. The center fielder worked a free pass in his first plate appearance and promptly stole second, his third swiped bag of the Fall campaign, but was stranded there. Mercado was a rally killer in the third when he hit into a 6-4-3 double play that negated a two-on-and-none-out situation. He grounded out softly to the pitcher in his final at bat to end the seventh.
The home team added a key insurance run in the home half of the eighth after Kevin Padlo (TB) singled to open the frame, stole second and came home on an RBI single by Perez.
Lopez’ tally made a winner out of right-hander Jared Ruxer (KC), who pitched around two hits and a base-on-balls for a scoreless fifth and sixth. But that was after Lucas made things a bit too interesting in the ninth. The Florida native recorded two ground outs before surrendering three consecutive singles that brought Salt River within one. Lucas ended the threat by getting the Rafters’ clean-up hitter to fly out to left for his first save.
The Saguaros fell to the Javelinas, 6-4, on Wednesday, dropping Surprise’s record to 4-4.
The home team pushed two runs across in the ninth with the potential tying run at the plate but that is as far as they got. Starter Benton Moss (TB) took the loss after giving up two runs, including a solo bomb, on five hits in three frames. The righty was the first of five Saguaros’ hurlers taking the mound, none from the Cardinals’ organization.
St. Louis’ sole representative on Wednesday was center fielder Oscar Mercado, who generated one of his team’s 11 hits in all. Mercado flied out to left in his first at bat, leaving runners on first and second as Surprise squandered a two on/none out opportunity. The number three hitter struck out swinging in a one-two-three third against lefty Henry Owens (W, 2-0) (BOS), who held the Saguaros to a run on four hits and two walks through four.
Mercado came to the plate in the sixth with a runner on first and none out but did not come through again, popping out to second. Another wasted opportunity for Mercado occurred in the eighth when he grounded out, 5-3, leaving the lead-off batter in scoring position at second.
But the Florida native finally delivered in the final inning. After Texas’ Josh Morgan launched a bomb to left center, shortstop Nicky Lopez (KC) singled. Mercado’s two-out double scored Lopez from first, bringing Surprise within two. However, the next batter was caught looking at strike three, ending the contest.
Mercado also committed his second AFL miscue, a throwing error, but it did not affect the game’s outcome.
Oscar Mercado’s big bottom of the ninth rallied Surprise (3-3) past Scottsdale, 9-8. The third-place Saguaros trail Glendale by 1 ½ games in the West Division, pending the outcome of the Desert Dogs’ evening contest against East Division-leading Mesa.
The home team faced their last three outs while trailing the Scorpions 8-6. A fly out to left whittled the outs down to two before shortstop Nicky Lopez (KC) worked a free pass. St. Louis’ own Edmundo Sosa took one for the team, as his hit by pitch put two on with Mercado up next. The center fielder cracked a sharp line drive double to left, bringing across both runners to tie the score at eight all. Clean-up hitter Chris Paul (MIN) ended the game by lining a single up the middle, scoring Mercado for the walk-off.
The ninth was the second straight inning in which Mercado was productive. He opened the eighth with a base-on-balls, advancing to second via a single by Paul and scoring ahead of Paul on a triple by designated hitter Kevin Padlo (TB). Mercado’s double was his sole hit in three at bats plus the walk and he touched home twice with the aforementioned two RBI.
Fellow Cardinals farmhand Sosa’s struggles at the plate continue, as the second baseman went hitless in four at bats with two strikeouts to lower his average to .214. However, as noted above, the 21-year old was hit by a pitch and scored the tying run. Defensively, Sosa took part in a seventh-inning double play, erasing a baserunner who would have subsequently scored.
Andrew Knizner was the third and final Cardinals’ player in the Saguaros’ line-up, batting fifth and manning first base. Knizner singled once in four at bats. In his first at bat, Knizner lined a single to right but was erased as Padlo hit into an inning-ending double play. Defensively, he joined Sosa and Lopez in turning a vital double play.
Starter Sandy Alcantara rebounded from a sub-par Arizona Fall League debut on October 10th, tossing three strong frames. The righty faced just one over the minimum, via a free pass. Alcantara retired his first five batters via ground outs before the walk and then induced three more outs on the ground. The 22-year-old finished his successful stint with a swinging K.
Southpaw Andrew Choplick (TX) picked up his first win with a one-two-three ninth, notching two strikeouts. Yankees’ right-hander Andrew Schwaab (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) was unable to navigate the home half of the ninth successfully.
The Saguaros notched their first victory of the Arizona Fall League season, downing the Rafters, 3-1, on the road Wednesday evening.
The game was scoreless until the visitors broke through for a two-run fifth but the home squad answered in the bottom of the frame. A seventh-inning tally iced the game for Surprise (1-1).
Right-hander Ryan Eades (MIN) was credited with the win, tossing a scoreless fourth. He was one of six Saguaros hurlers on the game, none from St. Louis’ organization. Miami’s Ben Meyer pitched the fifth, absorbing his first loss.
The Cardinals were represented in the Surprise lineup by Andrew Knizner and Edmundo Sosa.
Knizner hit in the five spot, and singled once in four at bats with two strikeouts. The first baseman was caught looking for the second out in his first time up, following that up by grounding out, 5-3, to end the fourth. He singled up the middle with two gone and the bases clean in the sixth but was stranded there. Knizner struck out on a foul tip in his final at bat, the front end of a strike-em-out/throw-em-out double play by Salt River (1-1).
Sosa’s day was a bit more productive despite him going hitless in three at bats from the nine hole. He reached via a hit-by-pitch in his first plate appearance but his teammates were unable to bring him across. That was not the case in the fifth when the shortstop reached on a fielder’s choice, driving in his team’s first run. Sosa eventually came around to score on center fielder Michael O’Neill’s (TEX) liner to center. The 21-year-old was unable to plate his teammate on second in the seventh, instead lining out to first. Sosa struck out swinging to end the eighth in his last at bat. Defensively, Sosa and Knizner completed a classic 6-4-3 double play, erasing the lead runner in the seventh.
The Pacific Coast League Champion Memphis Redbirds came up short in their one-game quest for the Triple-A National Championship, falling to the International League-winning Durham Bulls (TB), 5-3, at Scranton, PA Tuesday evening.
The Redbirds built a 3-1 lead midway through four, but the lead unraveled in the bottom of the frame. Reliever Josh Zeid, who took the mound after starter Dakota Hudson was given a quick hook by manager Stubby Clapp, proceeded to jam the sacks full on a hit by pitch, single and walk before surrendering a two-out grand slam to Bulls’ second baseman, Kean Wong, brother of the Cardinals’ Kolten. During the regular season, Zeid led the Redbirds in long balls allowed with 18.
Hudson’s three-inning stint consisted of one run yielded on four hits, two walks and a sac fly. He fanned five. Rowan Wick, Mark Montgomery, Miguel Socolovich and Mike Mayers each tossed a scoreless frame, but the offense did not score again.
Memphis’ offense was held to six hits with Tyler O’Neill and Wilfredo Tovar garnering two apiece. O’Neill singled twice in five at bats, touching home once out of the two hole while Tovar went 2-for-4 in the eight spot. The only hit to go for extra bases was Jacob Wilson’s two-run double in the first that scored O’Neill and Adolis Garcia (hit-by-pitch). Right fielder Garcia also threw out Wong at third base.
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The Memphis Redbirds utilized strong pitching and timely hitting to top the El Paso Chihuahuas, 3-1, bringing home the 2017 Pacific Coast League Championship. It is their third, following titles in 2000 and 2009.
Memphis now travels to Scranton, PA to play the Durham Bulls (TB), the International League Champions, on Tuesday in a winner-takes-all contest for the Triple-A Championship.
Matt Pearce (W, 1-0) tossed a strong effort, striking out eight over six innings while yielding just one solo shot. The home run was one of five hits and one walk allowed. Pearce threw 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes.
Mike Mayers tossed a one-two-three seventh before running into trouble. The righty retired his first two batters in the eighth but gave up a double and single to put runners at the corners for Sean Gilmartin. Gilmartin got his only batter to line out to first, ending the threat.
But the game was far from over. Josh Lucas took the mound to begin the ninth and promptly allowed back-to-back singles that put the tying run on base. But the Florida native bore down, recording two swinging K’s and a pop out to short for his second save of the series.
At the plate, the visitors were outhit eight to nine but exemplified the old adage – ‘Timing is Everything’. Aledmys Diaz singled to left to open the fifth. The third baseman scored after Patrick Wisdom launched one over the left field wall, putting Memphis up 2-0 midway through five.
El Paso answered with a long ball of its own in the bottom of the fifith. But the Redbirds reclaimed a two-run lead the very next inning. Tyler O’Neill singled to right, advancing to second when Nick Martini worked a free pass. It appeared to be all for naught when Diaz hit into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but a missed catch error at first by the pitcher allowed Diaz to reach and O’Neill to score the unearned tally. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar singled twice in four at bats with a stolen base, the only Redbird with a multi-hit effort.
Continuing the timing theme, despite going just 3-for-17 (.176) in the finals, Wisdom was named the Series MVP – thanks to two key RBI in both Games 1 and 5.
Next game: Tuesday vs. Durham at Scranton, PA, 6:07 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.
Adolis Garcia’s home run gave the Redbirds a 2-0 walk-off victory over Chihuahuas in 11. Memphis (2-0) needs to win just one of its next three games at El Paso to clinch the Pacific Coast League Championship.
Garcia’s bomb came with Aledmys Diaz aboard, after the latter reached on a line drive single to right with one away. One out later, Garcia came to the plate and launched one into the seats in left center for the win.
The home run was Garcia’s second hit in five at bats. The right fielder was joined in the multi-hit club by Breyvic Valera, who singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and strikeout. Diaz was one of four Memphis players with a hit each.
Rowan Wick picked up the win by fanning his only batter to finish the visitor half of the 11th. Sean Gilmartin began the frame by inducing two fly outs to left before giving up a single to right. That brought Wick in to face Hunter Renfroe, El Paso’s cleanup hitter.
Starter Kevin Herget was outstanding, striking out 15 over eight shutout frames while permitting five hits and a walk. Herget picked off one of his base runners when the latter strayed too far from second base.
Mike Mayers pitched the ninth and 10th innings, issuing a free pass with one gone in the ninth and a one-out single the next frame. Mayers fanned the side in the 10th, when collecting three of his four strikeouts.
The Memphis train keeps rolling with a victory in the must-win series’ finale, clinching the American Conference championship. That train was powered by their offense, with 10 of 18 hits going for extra bases, including four home runs.
The Redbirds’ historic 2017 season was kept alive with a 13-10 victory at Colorado Springs (MIL), in the fifth and deciding game of the American Conference Championship.
The visitors pounced on Sky Sox pitching immediately, their five-run first generated via two-run bombs by Tyler O’Neill and Patrick Wisdom sandwiched around Adolis Garcia’s solo shot. Wilfredo Tovar went yard with a runner aboard in the seventh, the final Redbird to go deep.
Colorado Springs crept to within three after four but Memphis erupted for eight runs over the next four frames. The 18-hit attack featured four Redbirds with three hits apiece: O’Neill, Wisdom, Tovar and Aledmys Diaz. The four accounted for five of the team’s six doubles and scored eight runs. Garcia provided the sixth double and joined Jacob Wilson by going 2-for-4 and touching home twice. Wisdom drove in four runs and scored two more, and O’Neill crossed the plate three times.
It was all hands on deck for Memphis’ pitchers and it took a substantial part of the pitching roster to secure the win. Matt Pearce, the first of seven Redbirds hurlers to see action, gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3, his final run scoring under Josh Zeid’s watch.
Zeid allowed one of two inherited runners to score via a wild pitch. Zeid recorded the fifth’s final two outs, issuing one free pass, and was one of only two Memphis pitchers to not end up with a run on their stat sheet.
Sean Gilmartin retired two the next frame but permitted three runs on three hits and a base-on-balls. Mike Mayers (W, 1-0) left Gilmartin’s last runner aboard and went on to toss 2 1/3 frames of scoreless ball.
Just when the victory seemed assured, the ninth inning reared its ugly head. Miguel Socolovich seemed to have the game well in hand despite giving up a lead-off single. The righty recorded two straight outs, leaving him with just one out to get and a runner on second.
But that out proved elusive. Socolovich allowed a single and triple that plated two runs. Mark Montgomery took the mound and served up a gopher ball that cut his team’s lead to 13-10. After another double, Montgomery exited without attaining that final out. Finally, Josh Lucas retired his only batter for the save.
Next game: Memphis (3-2) (91-50) will face El Paso (3-0) (73-59) (SD) in the Pacific Coast League Championship with the Redbirds hosting the first two games of the best-of-five series. The series begins at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, September 12th.
photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
Thursday was the “Night of Little Offense” in St. Louis’ minors as the three teams seeing action managed a total of nine hits generating two tallies in all and three losses. Stefan Trosclair reached base three times and generated Peoria’s only score.
Results from games played Thursday, September 7th.
The Redbirds (1-1) were blanked on two hits, falling to the Sky Sox, 5-0, evening their best-of-five series at one game apiece.
Memphis’ entire offense consisted of a single by Magneuris Sierra, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts. The center fielder was credited with an assist at home plate.
Patrick Wisdom had the other hit, singling once in three at bats. Defensively, Wisdom committed his second error of the postseason, a fielding miscue while playing third which led to two unearned tallies in Colorado Springs’ three-run fifth. Wisdom switched to first base in the top of the sixth.
Kevin Herget took the loss, permitting three runs, one earned, on six hits, two walks and Wisdom’s bobble through five. Miguel Socolovich and Arturo Reyes each went two frames, giving up a tally.
Friday’s game: at Colorado Springs (1-1) (MIL), 7:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (0-0, –)
The Chiefs (1-1) were downed by the River Bandits, 4-1, on Thursday at Modern Woodman Stadium. Each team has won one of the first two games with the decisive third contest to go.
Neither Peoria’s offense nor pitching got the job done. A home run by Stefan Trosclair was the only thing preventing the visitors from being shut out and was one of only three Chiefs’ hits for the game. Trosclair, our Player of the Day, reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a long ball and two free passes. The second baseman swiped a bag but committed one of two Peoria miscues.
Ryan McCarvel and Nick Plummer garnered the other two hits. McCarvel doubled once in three at bats with two K’s as the designated hitter while Plummer singled once in two at bats out of the nine hole. Plummer was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt and was hit by a pitch.
Austin Warner (L, 0-1) went the first six innings, yielding scores in three of those six frames. The lefty allowed eight hits, including a solo shot, resulting in four runs.
Ronnie Williams and Max Almonte each tossed an inning. Williams yielded a hit and two bases-on-balls while Almonte worked around right fielder Dylan Carlson’s fielding error that put a runner at second with one gone in the eighth.
Friday’s game: at Quad Cities (1-1) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Anthony Shew (0-0, —)
The State College Spikes (40-35) finished their 2017 campaign on a down note, losing to Williamsport at home, 6-1.
Paul Balestrieri (L, 3-4) tossed just four innings, giving up four hits and two walks that produced three runs. He fanned four.
A quintet of Spikes’ pitchers each went a frame. Jason Zgardowski, Noel Gonzalez and Steven Farinaro tossed a scoreless fifth, seventh, and ninth but Will Latcham and Jesus Cruz were not as fortunate. Latcham served up a two-run bomb in the sixth and Cruz was touched for a tally on two hits in the eighth.
State College’s only score was generated by a walk, wild pitch and RBI double in the seventh. Alexis Wilson worked a free pass with two gone, advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored after Irving Lopez doubled to right. Lopez’ hit was one of only four by the Spikes. Two came off Bryce Denton’s bat, as he singled twice in three at bats with a walk. Lopez went 1-for-4 with a free pass from the top of the order and stole a base.
photo: Thomas Spitz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Thomas Spitz’ three hits and two RBI and Jake Woodford’s six one-run innings lifted Palm Beach to victory in their post-season opener. State College had a walk-off win as their season nears its end.
Results from games played Tuesday, September 5th.
Memphis – off
The Memphis Redbirds begin their quest for the Pacific Coast League Championship, following a historic season in which they set a franchise-best 91-50 mark. The Redbirds host the first two games of the best-of-five series versus Colorado Springs (80-57) (MIL).
With Hurricane Irma triggering a revamping of the post-season schedule, Thomas Spitz carried his team to a 3-2 victory over Fort Myers. The best-of-three series concludes with a Wednesday twin bill at Palm Beach (1-0). The series winner will be declared co-Florida State League Champions along with either Tampa (NYY) or Dunedin (TB) as the league finals have been cancelled.
Spitz, our Player of the Day, accounted for all three tallies, ending up a home run shy of the cycle in four at bats. The right fielder tripled to right in the third, scoring on Chris Chinea’s two-out single and knotting the game at one all. That remained the score until the sixth when Spitz came to the plate with Shane Billings (force) and Luke Dykstra (single) on first and second. The Pennsylvania native doubled to center, plating both runners. Chinea singled twice in five at bats, the only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s nine hits.
That was sufficient offense for Jake Woodford and a quartet of Cardinals relievers. Woodford (W, 1-0) held the Miracle to a first-inning run in his six-inning stint. The Florida native yielded four hits and a walk with three strikeouts, 11 ground- and two fly-ball outs.
Derian Gonzalez struck out the side in the seventh, issuing a free pass. But Estarlin Arias ran into trouble the next frame, giving up consecutive singles to his only two batters, putting runners at the corners for Ian McKinney. McKinney and Eric Carter limited the damage, the former sandwiching a walk to Fort Myers’ clean-up hitter between a sac fly and caught looking K. Carter left the tying run at second when he struck out his first batter looking. Carter worked around a two-out double in the ninth for his first post-season save.
Wednesday’s games: vs. Fort Myers (0-1) (MIN). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA
Peoria – off
The best-of-three Midwest League semifinal begins with Wild Card Peoria hosting Quad Cities, the Western Division champions. Games 2 and 3, the latter if necessary, will be played at Modern Woodman Park, home of the River Bandits. Peoria finished the regular season by winning eight of their last nine games while Quad Cities won the season finale to snap a six-game losing skid.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (0-0) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad
Ricardo Bautista’s fourth home run of 2017 gave the Spikes (40-33) an 8-6 walk-off victory over the Doubledays (28-45) in the rubber game of the three-game series.
Bautista’s bomb came with J.D. Crowe (force) aboard and was his only hit in five at bats. It made a winner out of Jesus Cruz, who fanned the side in the ninth in only his fourth appearance since being promoted from the GCL club.
State College banged out 12 hits with four Spikes garnering two apiece: Bryce Denton, Zach Kirtley, Caleb Lopes and Edwin Figuera. Denton did the most damage, singling and doubling in five at bats, crossing home twice and knocking in two. Kirtley went 2-for-4 with a walk and double, scored one and drove in another. Lopes doubled once in four at bats with two RBI.
Johan Oviedo went the first five innings, permitting six runs, four earned, on nine hits and two bases-on-balls. But the bullpen proved solid, tossing four frames of scoreless ball. Levi MaVorhis pitched two one-two-three innings, followed by Spencer Trayner, who worked around a walk and his own two-base throwing error on a pick-off attempt.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Williamsport (35-37) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.01)
photo: Daniel Castano (Christopher Shannon/State College Spikes)
Daniel Castano’s impressive mound effort helped State College stay in the play-off hunt, one of three wins in the St. Louis Cardinals system on Sunday. Memphis banged its way to victory while Peoria rolled toward the postseason with another win.
The Redbirds used 15 hits to overcome the Sky Sox, 15-7. It was the first win in three tries for Memphis (90-50) with one game remaining in both the series and regular season. But Monday will not be the last time Memphis and Colorado Springs meet this season as the ywill face off in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League Semifinals, beginning at AutoZone Park on Wednesday, September 6th.
The balanced offense featured all nine starters with at least one hit and either touching home or driving in a run. Tyler O’Neill spearheaded the effort, going 3-for-6 with a three-run bomb, his 31st home run of 2017, comprising three of his five RBI.
Four Redbirds had two hits: Nick Martini, Jordan Schafer, Wilfredo Tovar and Aledmys Diaz. Martini accounted for five runs, launching a solo shot, scoring twice and knocking in four. Tovar also crossed home twice after a walk, double and solo blast and three driven in. Schafer touched home twice while Diaz knocked in one.
Matt Pearce (W, 5-3) got the win despite a mediocre outing, yielding six runs on eight hits in five plus. Mike Mayers could not escape from a bases-loaded jam with none gone, allowing all three of Pearce’s runners to score plus one of his own on four hits in 2 2/3. Sean Gilmartin retired all four batters faced.
An errant S-Cards’ defense led to an 8-6 loss, their second defeat in as many games versus Tulsa. Springfield (41-28) finishes up its 2017 campaign on Monday.
Half of Tulsa’s eight tallies were unearned due to two throwing errors by shortstop Darren Seferina. Chris Ellis went the first five, permitting five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks. Ellis struck out nine.
Jacob Evans was saddled with his third loss in four decisions, yielding three unearned tallies on a hit and two bases-on-balls while recording two outs. Brady Bowen retired all seven faced, stranding one inherited runner.
Springfield banged out 11 hits, paced by Oscar Mercado, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI and his 38th stolen base of the season. Magneuris Sierra and Brian O’Keefe had two hits each in five at bats, both players singling and doubling with a run scored. Sierra knocked in one and swiped his 17th base.
Monday’s game: at Tulsa (44-25) (LAD), 1:05 pm CT, TBA
St. Lucie 4 at Palm Beach 3
Palm Beach (34-33) ended the second half by dropping a 4-3 decision to St. Lucie (30-40) (NYM). The Beach Birds, winners of the first half, face Fort Myers (MIN) in a best-of-three semifinal series. The Miracle hosts game one on Tuesday, September 5th with the PB-Cards hosting games two and three, the latter if necessary, on September 6th and 7th.
Making his Florida State debut, Evan Guillory (L, 0-1) limited the Mets to a single score through six before giving up three more in his final inning of work. Guillory struck out seven with seven hits and two bases-on-balls allowed. Estarlin Arias tossed a clean eighth before Derian Gonzalez fanned the side in the ninth.
All three Palm Beach runs crossed home in the third. Singles by Shane Billings and Edmundo Sosa were followed by RBI doubles by Leobaldo Pina and Thomas Spitz. The team managed just two more hits in the other eight frames. Left fielder Vince Jackson was credited with an outfield assist at home and center fielder Billings was credited with the same at third base.
A balanced offensive effort resulted in the Chiefs’ 8-6 victory over Cougars. Peoria (38-31) evened the series at one win apiece with the regular season finale on tap for Monday.
Seven of nine Chiefs starters garnered at least one of the team’s 11 hits and either scored or drove in a run. J.R. Davis, Evan Mendoza, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson had two hits apiece, with Davis and Mendoza doubling as the only hits to go for extra bases. Carlson accounted for four tallies, singling twice in four at bats with two runs scored and two driven in. The right fielder stole a base too.
Anthony Shew (W, 5-0) tossed five frames, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks, including a solo bomb. Leland Tilley also surrendered a solo long ball during his two innings on the bump.
Max Almonte used three strikeouts to work around two hits and a walk in his scoreless eighth. Yeison Medina picked up his 11th save despite giving up a run on two hits and a hit batsman.
Monday’s game: at Kane County (33-36) (ARI), 1:00 pm CT, Ronnie Williams (4-6, 6.64)
Daniel Castano tossed eight dominant frames in the Spikes’ 8-0 pasting of the Doubledays in the series opener. State College (39-32) is two games back of both division-leading Mahoning Valley (CLE) and Hudson Valley (TB), the Wild Card leaders with four games remaining. Aberdeen (BAL) is also in the hunt for the Wild Card berth, 1 ½ games behind the Renegades.
Castano, our Player of the Day, faced just four over the minimum through eight frames, striking out seven with three hits and two walks allowed. One base runner was erased when he attempted to steal second. The lefty’s nine wins against three losses ties a franchise mark for victories set by Steven Farinaro in 2016. Ironically, Farinaro followed Castano to the mound on Sunday, yielding a hit.
The contest was scoreless until the home team broke out for a three-run fifth and sixth followed by two in the seventh. Eight of nine Spikes starters acquired at least one of the team’s 13 hits with four players having two each: Wood Myers, Joshua Lopez, J.D. Crowe and Matt Davis. Myers, Crowe and Davis each doubled once, three of four doubles in the night, while the latter two touched home twice. Myers scored once, driving in two with both Lopez and Davis knocking in one.
Monday’s game: vs. Auburn (27-44) (WSH), 12:00 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.62)
On a 2-3 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Peoria reached the playoffs but Johnson City fell just short. Springfield and State College are still fighting. Austin Gomber fanned 11 in six innings, but the Double-A Cards’ bullpen couldn’t hold on.
Results from games played Thursday, August 31st.
Memphis vs. Iowa – cancelled
The season finale between Memphis (89-48) and Iowa (65-70) (CHC) was rained out and will not be rescheduled. The Redbirds won all three games of the abbreviated series and are in the midst of a five-game winning streak.
Friday’s game: at first-place (American Northern) Colorado Springs (MIL), 8:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (league debut)
Austin Gomber fanned 11 in six innings but it was not enough as the S-Cards fell to the Travelers, 4-3. Springfield (40-26) has lost the first three of the four-game series and now sit a game behind first-place Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.
Gomber allowed just five hits and two walks, resulting in one tally. The southpaw departed with a 2-1 lead but Arkansas scored immediately off Corey Littrell (BS, 4) who permitted a hit and two walks. The S-Cards scored an unearned tally in the home half of the seventh to go back up 3-2. But Landon Beck (BS, 2) (L, 1-2) served up a two-run gopher ball in his second inning of work.
Springfield maximized their five hits, scoring twice in the second via a triple by Anthony Garcia plus Andrew Knizner’s sac fly and Bruce Caldwell’s 14th home run of 2017. Garcia singled to open the seventh, the only Springfield player with more than one hit. Pinch runner Eliezer Alvarez advanced to second when a pickoff throw went awry, racing home on John Nogowski’s two-out single.
Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas (31-35) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Connor Jones (league debut)
Ross Vance took the loss in his first start since July 1st, his sixth against two wins. The lefty yielded single scores in the first and second, going 3 2/3 innings in all after coming straight out of the bullpen. Vance allowed five hits and a base-on-balls. He picked off two batters, both at first.
Hector Mendoza tossed the next three frames, permitting a run on two hits with four strikeouts. Derian Gonzalez retired all four batters faced, fanning three.
The Beach Birds’ only score occurred in the second when Leobaldo Pina singled, was wild pitched to second and scored on a double by Shane Billings. Pina went 2-for-4 with three Cards having one hit each.
Friday’s game: at St. Lucie (28-39) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (3-1, 3.20)
The Chiefs punched their wild card ticket to the postseason with a 6-2 victory over the River Bandits. Their third consecutive playoff appearance is a first for the franchise. Peoria (36-30) has won the first two of the three-game series.
The home team’s balanced offensive effort featured seven players with one hit each and a different combination of six each touching home once. Stefan Trosclair’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases, with the first baseman working two of the team’s seven free passes and scoring once. That score came in the fourth when Trosclair stole home as part of a double steal. Defensively, centerfielder Mick Fennell was credited with an assist at third.
Evan Kruczynski (W, 4-3) tossed five plus solid frames, and permitted two runs on six hits and two walks. One of the six hits was a solo long ball.
A trio of Chiefs relievers kept the division champions off the board the rest of the way, each leaving two inherited runners aboard. Leland Tilley allowed a hit and free pass in 1 1/3, Austin Sexton gave up three hits and a base-on-balls over 1 2/3 and Yeison Medina faced the minimum in the ninth for his ninth save. Medina matched Sexton’s two strikeouts.
Friday’s game: vs. Quad Cities (41-25) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Frederis Parra (4-6, 3.95)
Fresh off a three-game sweep of third-place West Virginia, the Spikes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 triumph over the division-leading Scrappers. State College (38-31) climbs to within 1 ½ games of Mahoning Valley with seven games remaining.
The Scrappers struck first with three against Johan Oviedo to go up 3-0 after three. But the Spikes evened the score in the fifth on three consecutive singles before Scott Hurst’s sac fly scored Matt Davis and Yariel Gonzalez’ 10th double that brought across Brandon Benson and Caleb Lopes.
Levi MaVorhis (W, 1-1) kept the score 3-3 with six strikeouts in the sixth through eighth, the righty allowing just two hits and a walk. Benson kicked off the ninth with a single, moving to second on a throwing error by Mahoning Valley’s shortstop. Gonzalez’ two-out single brought the unearned run across.
One of the three tallies charged to Oviedo through five was unearned as well, the product of a fielding error by right fielder Benson. Oviedo gave up seven hits and four bases-on-balls, fanning four. Jason Zgardowski struck out the side for his second save.
State College generated 11 hits, led by Gonzalez who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI. Benson singled twice in four at bats, and scored two times.
Friday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (39-29) (CLE), 7:30 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.16)
The Appy Birds’ playoff hopes died in the last game of the regular season as they were decimated by Bluefield, 12-1. Johnson City (33-34) finished the season by losing seven straight, which cost them the Wild Card slot.
All five JC-Cards pitchers were scored upon, beginning with Will Changarotty who started for the first time in 18 appearances this season. Changarotty (L, 3-2) gave up three runs on two home runs in the first of his two innings on the mound. Franyel Casadilla went 2 2/3, yielding two runs on five hits. Neither pitcher issued a free pass.
Juan Alvarez recorded the fifth’s final out, leaving one aboard, but exited after putting on his first two runners the next inning. Brett Seeburger let both score plus one of his own during his two-inning stint. Edwar Ramirez surrendered four runs on six hits over two.
Johnson City prevented the shutout by pushing across an eighth-inning tally. Carlos Talavera worked a free pass, eventually crossing on a sac fly by Alexis Wilson. The home team managed seven hits, including Imeldo Diaz going 2-for-3 with a double and walk.
GCL Cardinals – off
Friday’s game: GCL Cardinals (24-29) vs. GCL Mets (19-35), 10:00 am ET, TBA
Matt Pearce tossed seven strong frames as the Redbirds edged the Cubs, 3-2. Memphis (88-48) has won the first two of the four-game series.
The third was only inning in which Pearce (W, 4-3) was scored upon, when he yielded three of his nine hits plus a sac fly. The righty issued one free pass and was called for a balk. Arturo Reyes went the final two frames for his first professional save.
Harrison Bader led the Redbirds’ offense, going 3-for-4 out of the two hole. The center fielder was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.
But all of the run production came as a result of the long ball. Tyler O’Neill launched a two-run rocket with Breyvic Valera (single) to get his team on the board in the first. Gabriel Lino’s first home run as a Redbird broke a two-all tie in the fifth. Lino went 2-for-3, the only other Memphis player to have more than one of the team’s eight hits.
Arkansas 5 at Springfield 1
Five runs over the last four innings resulted in the S-Cards’ 5-1 loss to the Travelers in the series opener. Springfield (40-24) drops back into a first-place tie with Tulsa (40-24) with six games remaining in the regular season.
Chris Ellis (L, 5-9) tossed five clean frames but recorded just one out in the sixth, before allowing two runs. Ellis fanned seven with two hits and two walks given up.
Both runners scored with Jacob Evans (BS, 4) on the mound, and Evans allowed an additional tally of his own later that inning. Tyler Bray went the next two frames, permitting a score on three hits and a base-on-balls. Sandy Alcantara, just named to St Louis’ Arizona Fall League roster, was touched for a run on two hits in the ninth.
Springfield mustered just four hits, including two singles in three at-bats by Tommy Edman. The shortstop scored his team’s only run, driven in by Oscar Mercado.
The Beach Birds (32-30) rallied in the ninth only to fall to the Tortugas, 5-2, in 10. Each team has won one of the first two games of the series with one to play.
Dailyn Martinez took the loss, his first against three wins, yielding three runs on three hits and a sac fly in his only inning of work. Two of the three tallies were unearned due to a fielding error by catcher Jose Godoy on a bunt.
The game started with Kevin Siegrist on the mound in his third rehab appearance at Palm Beach. The lefty interspersed two swinging K’s around a single and walk before inducing a 6-4 ground out.
Regular starter Jake Woodford took the next six innings, allowing just two unearned tallies in the fifth on a throwing error by third baseman Leobaldo Pina. Woodford struck out seven while permitting just four hits and a base-on-balls. Ian McKinney tossed two scoreless.
Palm Beach generated seven hits with Chris Chinea the only player garnering more than one. Chinea singled and doubled in four at bats with an intentional walk and scored the first run. Andy Young worked a free pass in the ninth, tying the contest up on Vince Jackson’s single.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Daytona (16-47) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones 8-5, 3.97)
Peoria – off
With just six games left in the season, the Chiefs’ magic number to capture the Western Division wild-card spot is three.
Wednesday’s game: Peoria (34-30) vs. Quad Cities (41-34) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-10, 4.10)
The Spikes came out on top of a slugfest, topping the Black Bears, 13-11, in 10. State College (36-31), which has won the first two of three at West Virginia, moves into sole possession of second place with the win, 3 ½ behind Mahoning Valley (CLE).
The visitors scored nine times in the first five innings, building a 9-3 advantage through five. But third-place West Virginia answered with back-to-back four-run frames to go up 11-9. The Spikes sent the game into extras with two in the eighth, finishing the Black Bears off in 10.
The contest featured a combined 29 hits and each team committed two miscues. Eight of nine starters acquired at least one of the Spikes’ 17 hits, seven of eight accumulated more than one hit and the sole Spike not to get a hit scored once.
Two of the 17 hits were doubles with the only long ball was a solo shot by Joshua Lopez, his only hit in four at bats. Edwin Figuera and Wood Myers led the attack, both going 3-for-6 with two runs scored, Myers knocking in one. Scott Hurst singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, crossed home three times and drove in one. Yariel Gonzalez, Zach Kirtley, Ricardo Bautista and J.D. Crowe each had two hits. All but Crowe scored once, while it was Crowe’s two-run single in the 10th that provided the difference in the game. Gonzalez led the team with three RBI.
State College sent five hurlers to the mound, three of whom were scored upon. Starter Paul Balestrieri did not finish the fourth, issuing five free passes and allowing three hits, resulting in three runs over 3 2/3.
Steven Farinaro left three inherited runners aboard before tossing a clean fifth. But Farinaro did not retire any of the five faced the next inning, surrendering four runs, two via a home run that was one of five hits and a walk permitted.
Robbie Gordon (BS, 2) went 1 2/3, giving up four runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. Gordon left one of Farinaro’s last two runners aboard.
Will Latcham (W, 3-1) finally stopped the bleeding with 2 1/3 scoreless frames and stranded one inherited runner. Jesus Cruz tossed a one-two-three 10th for his first save.
Wednesday’s game: vs. West Virginia (35-32) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.63)
The Appy Birds were stymied on just one hit, losing to the Blue Jays, 5-0, in the series opener. It was the fifth loss in a row for Johnson City (33-32), tied with Greeneville (HOU) for the West Division’s Wild Card slot with two games remaining in the regular season.
Alvaro Seijas (L, 4-3) had a poor showing, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in six. Seijas fanned eight, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Jake Dahlberg held the opposition to a hit over the last three innings.
First baseman Julio Rodriguez was the only reason a trio of Bluefield hurlers did not combine on a no hitter. Rodriguez doubled in the seventh inning and drew the only base-on-balls his team recorded.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Bluefield (44-22), 7:00 pm ET, Zach Prendergast (3-0, 2.77)
The Gulf Birds did not score in either of their games versus the Gulf Marlins, losing 3-0 and 5-0, extending the GCL Cardinals’ (23-28) losing streak to 10. The offense managed just four hits across the 14 innings.
In the opener, Winston Nicacio (L, 4-3) finished an out shy of five innings, the only mark against him being a solo bomb. The righty permitted five hits but walked four. Patrick Dayton struck out three in 1 1/3 but yielded two runs on a hit and two walks.
Catchers Cameron Knight and Carlos Soto each singled.
The Cardinals managed just two hits in the finale as well. Taylor Bryant and Robbie Coleman singled. The Cards matched their hit production by committing two errors.
Two of the three runs given up by Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-2) in three were produced by a home run. Diaz allowed four hits and did not walk a batter. Chris Hunt was charged with an unearned tally during his three-inning stint before Cory Malcom yielded a run in the seventh.
Wednesday’s games: DH at GCL Astros (25-25). Game one – 10:00 am ET, TBA
photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
Stefan Trosclair’s extra-inning hit gave Peoria one of only two wins in seven games across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Sunday. Aledmys Diaz was responsible for all four runs in Memphis’ victory while Brian Pirela was impressive in his Gulf Coast League Cardinals start.
Co-Player of the Day Aledmys Diaz accounted for all four scores as the Redbirds (86-48) edged the Cubs, 4-3, gaining a split of the four-game series. The contest was the fourth of eight straight between the two clubs.
Diaz came to the plate in the first with the sacks jammed and laced a bases-clearing double to center. That brought across Alex Mejia (double), Tyler O’Neill (walk) and Rangel Ravelo (walk). Seven innings later the second baseman worked an eighth-inning walk, then scoring on Gabriel Lino’s double to snap a 3-3 tie.
Memphis claimed eight hits in all, three by Mejia, who went 3-for-5 with the aforementioned double and run scored. Wilfredo Tovar, the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and was 1-for-4 in stolen base attempts.
All three tallies yielded by John Gant over 6 2/3 crossed home in the third, the result of six of his eight hits allowed and one of his two free passes issued. Gant fanned eight.
Josh Zeid (W, 9-3) retired his only batter, leaving Gant’s final runner aboard. Sean Gilmartin recorded four consecutive outs before giving way to Josh Lucas, who recorded his 16th save.
Monday’s game: vs. Iowa (65-67) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Kevin Herget (4-2, 4.25)
The S-Cards scored first and last but it was all for naught as they were clipped by the Drillers, 6-5, evening the series at one game each with one to play. Springfield (39-23) and Tulsa are tied atop the North Division and play each other four more times in the regular season’s last eight games.
Ryan Helsley took his first loss in three Double-A decisions, yielding five runs, four earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3. Helsley struck out six.
Jacob Evans permitted two hits and a walk in 1 1/3, allowing his only inherited runner to score. Rowan Wick gave up a tally on a hit, walk and balk over two frames.
Randy Arozarena reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a double, two bases-on-balls, touched home once and knocked one in. Both of Magneuris Sierra’s hits went for extra bases, as the center fielder doubled and tripled in four at bats with a run scored.
Adolis Garcia doubled for two RBI. Oscar Mercado made the most of his pinch-hit appearance, singling in a run and scoring another.
Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (38-23) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Pedro Echemendia (1-4, 4.72)
Palm Beach (31-29) came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel, losing 2-1 to St. Lucie (26-37) (NYM) in the rubber game of the series.
Mike O’Reilly took a tough loss, his first against three wins. The Flagler College product permitted single scores in the second and fourth frames of his seven innings on the mound, one of them a solo shot. O’Reilly allowed seven hits and two walks in total. Brady Bowen fanned three over two scoreless.
The Beach Birds’ sole score occurred when Blake Drake launched his seventh home run of 2017, temporarily evening the score at one all. It was Drake’s only hit in five at bats. The only PB-Card with a multi-hit effort was Edmundo Sosa, who singled twice in three at bats with a free pass.
Monday’s games: at Daytona (15-46) (CIN). Game one – 4:30 pm ET, TBA/TBA
Co-Player of the Day Stefan Trosclair’s bases-loaded RBI single gave the Chiefs a 7-6 walk-off victory over Kane County in 10. The win gives Peoria (33-30) both a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining and a one-game advantage over Cedar Rapids (MIN) in the Wild Card standings.
Playing in extra innings required the home team to battle back from a 6-3 deficit at the seventh’s midpoint. The squad responded with a run in each of the next three frames, setting the stage for Trosclair’s decisive hit.
The offense was a team-wide affair, all nine starters garnering at least one of 13 hits. Trosclair was one of four Chiefs had two hits apiece, joining Dennis Ortega, Evan Mendoza and Dylan Carlson. Trosclair’s 14th bomb put Peoria up 1-0 after one. He went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt and sac fly that was one of his three RBI.
Ortega touched home twice as did Mendoza, who tripled for the first time as a Chief. Carlson took part in three scores, going 2-for-3 with a sac fly, run scored and two knocked in.
Austin Warner tossed a strong six-frame effort for Peoria, with the only damage back-to-back solo bombs to open the third. The lefty gave up just five hits and two walks, fanning five.
Warner left in line for his third win with his team up 3-2. But that all changed with Ronnie Williams (BS, 3), who allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning. Yeison Medina blanked the Cougars over 2 1/3, leaving Williams’ final runner aboard. Austin Sexton (W, 4-2) struck out two in the 10th.
Monday’s game: vs. Kane County (30-33) (ARI), 12:00 pm CT, Anthony Shew (3-0, 3.20)
Single tallies in the sixth through eighth by the Crosscutters resulted in the Spikes’ 3-2 loss, preventing a three-game series sweep. Third-place State College (34-31) drops to four off the pace set by Mahoning Valley and a game behind West Virginia.
Jonathon Mulford kept fourth-place Williamsport (30-32) (PHI) off the board over five but yielded two runs over the next 1 1/3 frames. The last of his five hits permitted was a solo bomb to lead off the seventh. Mulford struck out seven and issued two free passes.
Alex Fagalde (L, 0-1) was touched for a run on three hits in 1 1/3. Newcomer Jesus Cruz retired all four batters faced, three on strikeouts.
State College maximized their five hits, with three in the two-run fourth. Scott Hurst opened with a walk, and advanced to third via Bryce Denton’s single, one of Denton’s two singles in four at bats. A ground-rule double by Yariel Gonzalez scored Hurst while Denton crossed home on a single to right by Joshua Lopez.
Monday’s game: at second-place West Virginia (35-30) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-3, 2.45)
Johnson City 3 at Princeton 10
Jacob Schlesener did not finish the first as the JC-Cards were pounded by the Rays, 10-3. Johnson City (33-30) has lost the first two of their three-game series versus Princeton by a combined score of 22-5, but remain a game up on Greeneville (HOU), which also lost, for the Wild Card slot.
Schlesener (L, 2-3) and reliever Brett Seeburger dug their team a deep hole, putting the Appy Birds down 9-2 after three. Schlesener recorded just two outs, yielding four runs on four walks and three hits. Seeburger stranded an inherited runner but allowed five more runs on six hits and two hit batsmen over the next 2 1/3.
Fabian Blanco scattered six hits over the next three, permitting one run. Jacob Patterson and Jake Walsh each tossed a scoreless frame.
Brady Whalen and Stanley Espinal accumulated two hits each. Whalen singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored. Espinal went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.
Monday’s game: at Princeton (27-36) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.82)
Brian Pirela made a first-inning tally hold up during his six-inning stint but the bullpen could not finish the job as the GCL Cardinals (23-25) fell to the GCL Mets, 3-1. The Gulf Birds have been eliminated from post-season contention.
Pirela held the Mets (18-32) to just five hits and did not issue a free pass. The 19-year-old struck out four with seven ground- to five fly- ball outs.
Chris Hunt (BS, 1) (L, 2-2) was tagged for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh. Kodi Whitley allowed three hits in the eighth, resulting in another score.
Brian Sanchez singled in Elehuris Montero for his team’s only score, after Montero reached on a fielder’s choice. Shortstop Moises Castillo doubled once in four at bats, the only one of the squad’s six hits to go for extra bases.
Monday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (31-19), 10:00 am ET, TBA
The 2-6 Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals system included road losses by all four full-season clubs, but Johnson City earned a walk-off win behind the bat of Imeldo Diaz and pitching of Zach Prendergast. In his first rehab inning, Kevin Siegrist allowed a run.
The S-Cards fell prey to a third-inning three-run home run, falling to the Naturals, 4-2, and now trail in the series, two games to one, with one remaining. Springfield (38-21) remains tied atop the North Division with Tulsa (LAD), whose eight-game winning streak come to an end. Springfield has 11 games remaining in the regular season, including six versus Tulsa.
Chris Ellis (L, 5-8) permitted all four scores over his six innings on the mound. Ellis fanned eight and gave up eight hits. Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick kept the opposition off the board for an inning each.
The Beach Birds got taken out behind the woodshed by the Hammerheads (31-29) (MIA), resulting in an 11-0 annihilation. The loss prevented a three-game series sweep by Palm Beach (30-27).
Jupiter scored in four of the first five innings, capping it off with a six-run seventh. Kevin Siegrist took the loss in his first rehab appearance, allowing a run in his only inning of work.
Regular starter Jake Woodford followed Siegrist and permitted four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk over four. Hector Mendoza was hammered for five runs on three hits in 1 1/3, three of them crossing the plate with Ross Vance on the mound. Vance recorded two outs after allowing a tally of his own. Jordan Hicks struck out the side in the eighth, working around two hits.
The visitors managed just five hits, all singles, and one base-on-balls with no Beach Bird garnering more than one.
Friday’s game: vs. St. Lucie (24-36) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Ramon Santos (4-3, 3.20)
The Chiefs could not hold a ninth-inning lead, suffering a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Timber Rattlers in the rubber game of the series. Peoria (31-29) is now tied for the Wild Card slot with Cedar Rapids (MIN), both teams eight games off the pace set by Quad Cities (HOU).
The bullpen twice failed to hold the lead, beginning with Max Almonte (BS, 1) who held the 1-0 advantage by recording the sixth’s final out, stranding two inherited, but served up a two-run bomb that left Peoria behind 2-1 after seven.
Brian O’Keefe answered with a two-run long ball in the visitor’s half of the eighth, putting his squad back up 3-2. Austin Sexton (BS, 1) (L, 3-2) faced the minimum in the home half but yielded a double and home run to his first two batters in the ninth.
That spoiled a fine effort by Ian Oxnevad, who blanked Wisconsin (27-33) (MIL) on two hits through five. Colton Thomson struck out his first two batters but gave way to Almonte after permitting back-to-back singles.
Juan Yepez was the only Chief with a multi-hit outing, singling twice in four at bats with an RBI.
Friday’s game: vs. third-place Kane County (29-31) (ARI), 7:00 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (3-3, 3.79)
The Spikes scored big early then hung on, slipping past the Black Bears, 6-5, in the decisive third game of the series. State College (32-30) is three behind co-leaders West Virginia (35-27) (PIT) and Mahoning Valley (CLE).
All six of the home team’s runs scored in the first as the Spikes batted around. State College generated seven hits in total, six of them in their initial frame. First baseman Matt Davis was the only Spike with more than one hit, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored and two RBI. Scott Hurst banged out his fifth triple of the season while J.D. Crowe and Dennis Ortega each doubled once.
Starter Paul Balestrieri let West Virginia cut the lead to 6-4 after four, yielding runs in three of his four frames. Steven Farinaro (W, 2-1) was credited with the win, yielding a run on three hits and a walk in four. Farinaro matched Balestrieri’s two hit batsmen. Jason Zgardowski worked around a two-out single for his first save.
Friday’s game: vs. Williamsport (29-30) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (3-0, 1.90)
The JC-Cards walked off with a 3-2 win over the Astros, evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap. Second-place Johnson City (33-27) gained ground on Elizabethton (MIN) with the win, narrowing the gap to 2 ½ games while solidifying their Wild Card slot hold over Greeneville.
Co-Player of the Day Imeldo Diaz launched his fifth home run of 2017 with Luis Bandes (double) aboard and two gone in the ninth. It was the shortstop’s second hit in three at bats to go with a walk, two runs scored and two driven in. Bandes was one of four Appy Birds with one hit each.
The first seven frames were a pitching duel between Johnson City starter Zach Prendergast, our co-Player of the Day, and two Greeneville hurlers. Prendergast shut down his opponents over seven, striking out an eye-popping 12 and giving up just four hits.
Prendergast left with his team holding a newly minted 1-0 lead but Fabian Blanco (BS, 2) gave it back and more by allowing single scores, one earned, in each of the next two frames. Jacob Patterson (W, 1-1) inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and the only runner to cross home did so via a sac fly before a runner was nailed trying to take second.
Friday’s game: vs. third-place Greeneville (31-29) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-5, 7.87)
GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Marlins – postponed
Thursday’s contest between the GCL Cardinals (23-23) and GCL Marlins (26-22) was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled as part of a double header on August 29th.
Friday’s games: at/vs. GCL Astros. Game one – 12:00 pm ET, TBA
The DSL Cardinals (29-38) came up on the short end of a twin-bill sweep by the DSL Angels (33-34), 6-3 and 3-1.
Enmanuel Solano took the loss in the opener, his second against four wins, after yielding six runs, three earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3. The righty also plunked one batter, was called for a balk, threw a wild pitch and committed a throwing error. Leonardo Taveras blanked the opposition the rest of the way, stranding two inherited runners.
Catcher Joyser Garcia swung a hot bat, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored. The only other Dominican Bird with more than one hit was Yowelfy Rosario who singled twice in three at bats. Defensively, Solano’s miscue was one of four charged to the team.
The second contest was scoreless through three but Wilfredo Pereira (L, 1-7) yielded three tallies over the next two frames. Pereira gave up seven hits and two free passes over five. Jose Geronimo tossed a clean sixth.
The Dominican Cards were stymied on two hits by the Angels’ starter who tossed all seven innings. The visitors’ only run scored after Raffy Ozuna led off the seventh with a double, his 13th of the season. A fly out to center advanced shortstop to third whereupon he scored on Freddy De Jesus’ sac fly.
Friday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (27-42), 10:30 am ET, Dionis Zamora (2-3, 1.77)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3 on Tuesday. Shortstop Imeldo Diaz’ eighth-inning two-run homer flipped a potential loss into a Johnson City game and series win over the first-place club.
Results from games played Tuesday, August 22nd.
New Orleans 8 at Memphis 3
Kevin Herget could not finish the fifth, resulting in the Redbirds’ 8-3 loss to the BabyCakes (52-75) (MIA). Memphis (84-46) split the four-game home set.
Herget (L, 4-2) yielded six runs on seven hits, including a solo home run, and three walks through 4 1/3. The righty plunked one batter.
Josh Zeid let both inherited runners score plus an unearned tally of his own on six hits in 2 2/3. Zeid fanned five. Miguel Socolovich and Mark Montgomery each went an inning, Socolovich permitting a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.
Two of the Redbirds’ three tallies were generated by home runs sans base runners. Breyvic Valera gave his team a brief 1-1 tie after one and Rangel Ravelo’s long ball capped Memphis’ scoring.
Ravelo was one of two Redbirds with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and strikeout. Alberto Rosario singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring the team’s other run.
The S-Cards scored five times in the first two frames, coasting to a 7-3 victory over the Naturals in the series opener. Springfield (38-19) kept one game up on second-place Tulsa (LAD) with the win, despite the Drillers having won seven straight.
Like their Memphis counterparts, Springfield collected nine hits but with very different results. Darren Seferina, Adolis Garcia and Anthony Garcia had two hits apiece. Third baseman Seferina added a single to a two-run blast with a walk and two runs scored.
Adolis Garcia singled twice in five at bats, crossed home two times and drove in one. Anthony Garcia went 2-for-3, knocking in two. Seferina and Adolis Garcia each swiped a base. Seferina committed one of four Springfield miscues.
Ryan Helsley (W, 3-0) tossed a strong mound effort, fanning seven in 5 1/3. The only damage against the Oklahoma native was a solo bomb, one of three hits and two walks yielded.
Corey Littrell left Helsley’s final two runners aboard but was touched for a run on three hits the next frame. Landon Beck faced the minimum in the eighth but Tyler Bray was charged with an unearned score in his inning of work.
A big fourth inning gave the Beach Birds a 5-2 victory over the Hammerheads in the first of three games between the two teams. Third-place Palm Beach (29-26), winners of the South Division’s first half, has now won four in a row but trails the league-leading Fort Myers (MIN) by seven with 12 games remaining.
The PB-Cards batted around in the five-run fourth. Thomas Spitz opened the frame with a single and closed it with a swinging K. In between, an RBI single by Chris Chinea drove in Spitz, back-to-back walks that brought Casey Grayson (plunked) across, a two-run single by Shane Billings scoring Chinea and Blake Drake (walk) and a missed catch error by Jupiter’s pitcher, allowing Andy Young (walk) to touch home.
Chinea swung the hottest bat, going 4-for-5, collecting four of his team’s 10 singles. The only other Beach Bird with more than one hit was Billings, who singled twice in four at bats and plated two.
Mike O’Reilly tossed six strong frames, holding the opposition to two runs on nine hits to improve his record to three wins against no losses. The 22-year-old struck out seven.
A quartet of relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way. Ross Vance retired two and gave up one hit before giving way to Ian McKinney, who recorded three straight outs. Dailyn Martinez got his only batter, turning the ball over to Connor Jones, who picked up his first save in only his second relief effort this season.
Wednesday’s game: at Jupiter (30-28) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Sam Tewes (1-1, 3.46)
Six Wisconsin tallies in the first doomed the Chiefs to an 8-4 loss in the road series opener. While second-place Peoria (30-28) drops to eight back of Quad Cities (HOU), they are a game up on both Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Kane County (ARI) in the Wild Card standings.
Austin Warner took the loss, his third in five decisions, permitting seven runs, six earned, on five hits and three free passes over four. Ronnie Williams served up a home run during his three-inning stint but Austin Sexton tossed a clean eighth.
Peoria accumulated nine hits with three players having two each: Brian O’Keefe, Ryan McCarvel and Nick Plummer. O’Keefe singled twice in four at bats, scoring twice, while one of McCarvel’s two hits was a three-run home run, his second long ball in as many games.
Wednesday’s game: at Wisconsin (26-32) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (2-0, 3.69)
The Spikes rallied for a dramatic walk-off victory in the series opener against the Black Bears, the co-division leaders. It is only the third win in their last eight games for second-place State College (31-29), which is three games out of first.
Down 4-2 with three outs to give, the home team put their first three players aboard, sandwiching a single between two walks. A 4-6 force brought State College within one which may have helped bring about the fielding error allowing the next Spike to reach, knotting the game at four all. Zach Kirtley singled home pinch-runner Edwin Figuera, in his only hit in five at bats, for the win.
Three Spikes each had two of the team’s 10 hits: J.D. Crowe, Brandon Benson and Wood Myers. All three singled twice in four at bats, Crowe scoring once and Benson twice. Figuera pinch ran for Crowe in the ninth.
Only one of three runs charged to starter Jonathon Mulford over 5 2/3 innings was earned, due to a Yariel Gonzalez fielding error at third. After Levi MaVorhis yielded a run in 2 1/3, Spencer Trayner picked up the win thanks a scoreless ninth and his teammates’ walkoff.
Wednesday’s game: vs. West Virginia (34-26) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.28)
Two eighth-inning tallies lifted the Appy Birds past the Twins in the decisive third game of the series. Nine games remain in the regular season with second-place Johnson City (32-26) 2 ½ games behind Elizabethton (35-24) but two games ahead of Greeneville in the Wild Card standings.
Both eighth-inning scores came off Imeldo Diaz’ bat, as the shortstop launched his fourth long ball of 2017 with Luis Bandes (error) aboard. Diaz went 2-for-4, as did Irving Lopez, who added a base-on-balls, run scored and stolen base.
Reliever Thomas St. Clair picked up the win, his second in three decisions, striking out three in 1 2/3. Brett Seeburger fanned three in 1 1/3, stranding one inherited runner, for his second save.
Evan Guillory went the first five, permitting just a single tally on five hits and a walk. Jake Dahlberg (BS, 1) gave two runs on four hits in the sixth.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Greeneville (30-28) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (4-1, 4.80)
The Gulf Birds lost their fourth straight game, this time 7-5 to the bottom-dwelling Mets (16-31). The Cardinals (23-22) are tied for third with the Astros, four behind the Nationals with 11 games to go in the regular season.
Derian Gonzalez, making his second rehab start, gave up an unearned tally via a lead-off double, fielding error and sac fly. The righty, out since July 7th, allowed two hits in two frames with four strikeouts.
Regular starter Junior Gonzalez took over in the third, permitting three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks over five. In his first Gulf Coast League appearance, Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-1) could not hold the 4-4 tie he inherited, yielding three tallies on two hits and two bases-on-balls.
The home team mustered nine hits, including three by Andres Luna. The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI and a stolen base. Second baseman Moises Castillo had two hits in four at bats, including a solo long ball that was one of his two driven in.
Defensively, the Gulf Birds committed three miscues that, as previously mentioned, led to two unearned scores: left fielder Terry Fuller (fielding), third baseman Elehuris Montero (throwing) and center fielder Luis Flores (throwing).
Wednesday’s game: at first-place GCL Nationals (28-19), 12:00 pm ET, Angel Rondon (2-2, 2.87)
Four late scores lifted the Dominican Birds over the first-place Twins, 6-2. The seventh-place Cardinals (28-37) may have only four days left in their season but they will be busy with six games, including two double headers, on tap.
The Twins (46-20) struck first with two runs against Francis Ventura in the contest’s initial frame on three free passes and a two-run single. Ventura tossed four more scoreless innings, yielding only two more hits during that span.
Roy Garcia (W, 2-4) struck out three over the next two frames and picked up the win when his squad put up a three-spot in the eighth. 17-year-old lefty Nelson Prado issued a base-on-balls to his first batter but retired the next six in a row for his first professional save.
Down 2-0 through four, the visitors tied it up the next inning before pushing across four runs, two earned, over the last two frames. Four Cards each had two of the team’s 12 hits: Freddy De Jesus, Victor Garcia, Diomedes Del Rio and Joyser Garcia. All but Garcia touched home once and Del Rio knocked in one.
Wednesday’s games: at/vs. third-place DSL Angels (32-33). Game one – 10:30 am ET, TBA
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2 on Sunday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder Adolis Garcia, who went 4-for-4, including three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.
Results from games played Sunday, August 20th.
New Orleans 6 at Memphis 5
The Redbirds (83-44) dropped a 6-5 decision to the BabyCakes, evening the series at one game apiece with two on tap.
Dakota Hudson had blanked New Orleans on four hits over 3 1/3 when the game went into an almost two hour rain delay. Arturo Reyes (L, 5-4) took the mound when play resumed, giving up four runs, three on a long ball. That turned a 3-0 lead into a deficit from which Memphis would not recover. Mike Mayers and Ryan Sherriff each went two frames, with Mayers allowing a two-run home run.
The home team managed seven hits, with Wilfredo Tovar the only Redbird with more than one. Tovar singled and doubled in four at bats, driving in one. Aledmys Diaz and Harrison Bader each went 1-for-3 with a run scored and stolen base, Bader knocking in one.
Monday’s game: vs. New Orleans (50-74) (MIA), 11:52 am CT, Jack Flaherty (5-2, 2.82)
A five-run third easily lifted the S-Cards over the Hooks, 8-2, in the decisive third game of the series. Springfield (37-19) holds a 1 ½ game advantage over second-place Tulsa in the North Division, pending the outcome of the Drillers’ Sunday evening contest.
Springfield came to the plate in the home half of the third trailing 2-1, but four singles and two doubles later, they finished the frame up 6-2. Single runs in the seventh and eighth capped their scoring.
Player of the Day Adolis Garcia accounted for five tallies with a 4-for-4 performance that included three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Jacob Wilson acquired three more of the team’s 14 hits, including a solo shot that was one of his two runs scored and two knocked in.
The only inning Corpus Christi was able to damage starter Austin Gomber (W, 9-7) was the second when the southpaw gave up a single followed by a home run. Gomber permitted five hits and two bases-on-balls through 6 2/3, striking out seven.
Jacob Evans recorded four outs, two via the K, working around a hit and walk. Rowan Wick tossed a clean ninth, his eighth straight outing without giving up a run. That span encompasses 11 innings.
Monday’s game: Off
Palm Beach vs. Bradenton – cancelled
The finale between Palm Beach (28-26) and Bradenton (28-27) was cancelled due to inclement weather. The Beach Birds won both games of the abbreviated series.
The Chiefs made two runs hold up, blanking the LumberKings, 2-0. Peoria (30-26) leads the series, two games to one, with one to go.
Peoria matched Clinton’s seven hits but capitalized on the only free pass issued by LumberKings’ hurlers to take a 1-0 lead after one. Dylan Carlson worked a two-out walk, racing home on Danny Hudzina’s double to center.
The second score occurred in the fifth the Chiefs jamming the sacks full on singles by Kramer Robertson, Mick Fennell and Nick Plummer. Carlson came to the plate with two gone and lined a single into right, bringing Robertson across.
Evan Kruczynski (W, 3-3) survived three Peoria miscues and his own two wild pitches, holding the opposition scoreless on six hits and a walk over six. Ronnie Williams survived issuing three free passes in the seventh and Yeison Medina struck out four over the last two innings for his seventh save.
Monday’s game: vs. Clinton (24-32) (SEA), 12:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-5, 4.06)
Three late tallies transformed a slim Spikes lead into a 5-3 loss at Auburn. State College (30-28) has dropped the first two of their three-game series versus the Doubledays.
Jason Zgardowski (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) could not navigate the eighth cleanly, as the 23-year-old surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks. Alex Fagalde recorded the eighth’s last out when the single to right he allowed resulted in an out at home.
Andrew Summerville tossed a strong effort for State College, with both tallies permitted by the lefty in 6 1/3 being generated by one long ball. Summerville fanned five with four hits and a base-on-balls yielded.
The offense was fueled by center fielder Scott Hurst, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, his second straight four-hit outing. But a sign of the offense’s misfiring can be found in the fact that the number two hitter neither scored nor drove in a run.
State College generated 11 hits in all but only one of the three scores was earned, thanks to four Auburn errors. Wood Myers had the most effective bat despite going 1-for-4. The designated hitter doubled in one run and scored another.
Monday’s game: at Auburn (23-33) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-1, 5.32)
Second-place Johnson City (31-25) rallied for an 8-2 victory over first-place Elizabethton, the first of three games between the two squads.
Irving Lopez’ grand slam ignited the surge, changing a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead. It was the second baseman’s only hit in five at bats. Shortstop Imeldo Diaz took part in three runs, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home twice and knocking in one.
Edwar Ramirez (W, 3-6) yielded five hits and two bases-on-balls over six, resulting in two runs. He struck out four. Fabian Blanco fanned three in 1 2/3 before Jacob Patterson matched that strikeout total in 1 1/3.
Monday’s game: at Elizabethton (34-23) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (2-1, 3.23)
GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – suspended and postponed
Sunday’s schedule included a twin bill between the GCL Cardinals (23-21) and GCL Astros (23-21) but Game 1 was suspended with no score and two out in the visitor’s half of the second and Game 2 was postponed entirely.
Since both teams are tied with the GCL Marlins for second, 3 ½ games behind the GCL Nationals, both games have been rescheduled to take place at the Cardinals’ field. The first contest is now slated to be completed as part of an August 25th double header while game two is now part of an August 30th twin bill.
Monday’s game: Off
DSL Cardinals – off
The Dominican Summer League is off Sundays.
Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (27-36) vs. DSL Twins (45-19), 10:30 am ET, TBA
Wilfredo Tovar’s late grand slam was not enough as the American Southern champion Redbirds (82-43) dropped an 11-8 home decision to Nashville. Memphis trails in the series, one game to two, with one contest remaining.
The offense banged out 15 hits, led by three players with three apiece: Tovar, Stephen Piscotty and Rangel Ravelo. Tovar and Piscotty both went 3-for-5. Piscotty doubled and scored twice while Tovar swiped his 16th bag of 2017 in addition to his home run. Ravelo went 3-for 4 with a walk, triple, run scored and RBI. Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom each went 2-for-5. Valera joined Tyler O’Neill with a solo bomb while Wisdom doubled once with a run scored.
The only flaw in Kevin Herget’s start was it didn’t last long enough – though it was a strong effort. The fill-in starter for Luke Weaver struck out five through four innings, yielding a run on two hits and a walk.
Arturo Reyes was pasted for five tallies on eight hits and two bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 1 2/3. Miguel Socolovich limited the damage by leaving the sacks jammed in the sixth but gave up three scores the next inning. Nor was Mark Montgomery immune from the scoring infection, as the righty allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over the final two frames.
Friday’s game: vs. Nashville (59-65) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-1, 4.80)
Single Hooks tallies in the eighth and ninth sent the S-Cards to a 4-2 defeat by first-place (South) San Antonio (30-22). The loss prevented a three-game sweep by the home team and ended their five-game winning streak. Springfield (35-18) holds a two-game lead over Tulsa (LAD) with both Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas virtually out of the running for the second-half title.
Reliever Pedro Echemendia (L, 1-2) worked two scoreless frames before surrendering a long ball to his first batter in the eighth. Jacob Evans recorded the eighth’s final two outs but loaded the bases on two singles and a walk without retiring a batter the next inning. A wild pitch by Tyler Bray allowed the insurance run to score.
Sandy Alcantara tossed a solid effort, yielding a two-run long ball that was one of only two hits permitted through five. The righty fanned seven and issued one free pass.
The offense was held to just five hits, with two from Andrew Knizner. Knizner singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home once. That raised his batting average to .406 over his last 10 games.
Friday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi (22-30) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Chris Ellis (5-6, 3.86)
The Beach Birds’ offense simply unloaded on the Blue Jays, translating 24 hits into a 19-4 win and salvaging a split of their four-game set with Dunedin (30-24). Fifth-place Palm Beach (26-26) remains 8 ½ behind Fort Myers (MIN).
The 24 hits included three doubles and home runs by Jose Martinez, Chris Chinea and Jose Godoy. Eight of the 10 PB-Cards who came to the plate on Thursday had multiple hits. While all eight gave noteworthy efforts, the numbers Martinez produced stood out just a bit. The shortstop went 4-for-6 with a double, sac fly and a two-run home run that comprised one of his three runs scored and two of his four RBI. Martinez accounted for six runs.
Thomas Spitz also went 4-for-6 with a double, as the right fielder scored three and knocked in one. Chinea, Godoy and Leobaldo Pina each had three hits and scored twice.
Sam Tewes (W, 1-1) was the fortuitous recipient of his team’s offensive largess. The right-hander served up a two-run long ball before settling down to hold his opponents to just four more hits and a walk resulting in two more tallies over eight total innings. Brady Bowen pitched the ninth.
Friday’s game: vs. third-place Bradenton (28-25) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.30)
A manufactured ninth-inning tally gave the Chiefs a 5-4 victory over the River Bandits, preventing a four-game sweep by first-place Quad Cities (34-19). Peoria (28-25) is tied for second (and the wild card spot) with Kane County (ARI), six games out.
The tie-breaking score came without a hit. Mick Fennell was plunked, moving to third via an errant pick-off throw. The pitcher then hit Kramer Robertson, who promptly stole second. The steal set up an intentional free pass to Ryan McCarvel, jamming the sacks full. A patient Danny Hudzina worked a base-on-balls, bringing Fennell across.
Peoria struck first with single tallies in three straight frames. Stefan Trosclair went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run, touching home twice. Dylan Carlson singled twice in two at bats with two walks and two runs scored. He was driven in by Brian O’Keefe, who doubled twice in two at bats with two RBI.
Austin Warner made those three runs hold up during his six innings on the mound, blanking Quad Cities on two hits and two walks. Warner struck out five with eight ground- and five fly-ball outs.
The Chiefs’ bullpen was not as effective. Bryan Dobzanski let the River Bandits get on the board with a run in the seventh. Yeison Medina (BS, 3) (W, 5-0) stranded two inherited runners but gave up the lead with a three-run eighth. Austin Sexton retired the side in order for his first professional save.
Friday’s game: vs. seventh-place Clinton (23-30) (SEA), 7:00 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-0, 4.26)
State College 0 at West Virginia 3
The third-place Spikes failed to gain ground on the first-place Black Bears for the second game in a row, this time falling 3-0. State College (29-26), four games out of the lead, will try to salvage the series’ finale on Friday.
Jonathon Mulford (L, 2-5) did not finish the fifth, giving up two runs on eight hits in 4 2/3. Will Latcham was tagged with an unearned tally over 2 1/3 before Jason Zgardowski faced the minimum in the eighth.
About the most exciting thing in the Spikes’ box score is that shortstop Wood Myers was tossed by the home plate umpire in the eighth after lining out to short. Myers was hitless in two at bats with a walk. State College managed six hits, two by Caleb Lopes, who singled twice in four at bats.
Friday’s game: at first-place West Virginia (33-22) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.25)
Luis Bandes’ ninth-inning double gave the Appy Birds a series opening 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays. Second-place Johnson City (29-24) is tied with Greeneville (HOU), both team 2 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).
Bandes’ double, his second hit in four at bats, drove in Brady Whalen, who opened with a single. Julio Rodriguez singled right after Whalen but was nailed at the plate. Earlier Rodriguez worked a free pass, scoring his team’s first run on a double play. The Appy Birds had eight hits in all. Defensively, the visitors committed three miscues, two leading to an unearned tally in the fifth.
Both of the runs against Alvaro Seijas through six crossed the plate in the fifth. The righty allowed four of his five hits that frame. He hit two batters.
The bullpen kept Bluefield off the board the rest of the way. Jake Walsh (W, 5-0) fanned four over two. Thomas St. Clair walked the bases full but Jacob Patterson induced his only batter to hit into a game-ending double play for his ninth save.
Friday’s game: at Bluefield (36-18) (TOR), 7:05 pm ET, Zach Prendergast (2-0, 3.21)
Thursday was a L-O-N-G day for Gulf Birds’ hurlers as the visitors fell 10-5 to the fifth-place GCL Mets (15-28). The loss kept the second-place GCL Cardinals (23-19) from gaining ground on the Nationals, which also lost.
All four Gulf Cards’ hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Jorge Rondon. The starter fell an out shy of finishing the third, yielding a run on two hits. Chris Hunt (L, 2-1) was touched for three tallies on seven hits over 3 1/3.
But Hunt’s results pale in comparison to Enrique Perez, who surrendered five runs, four earned, on two hits and three walks in the seventh. Gabriel Gentner allowed a home run with the bases empty in the eighth.
Taylor Bryant and Moises Castillo both went 2-for-4, with Bryant driving in two and stealing a base. Rehabbers Edmundo Sosa and Jordan Schafer each singled once in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.
Friday’s game: vs. first-place GCL Nationals (25-18), 12:00 pm ET, Brian Pirela (3-3, 5.08)
DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Mets1 – ‘postponed’
Thursday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals (27-35) and DSL Mets1 (38-23) was rained out. While the game is officially listed as ‘postponed’, the two teams are not scheduled to meet again during the nine remaining regularly scheduled contests.
Austin Gomber’s arm and John Nogowski’s bat boosted Springfield to one of the system’s five wins in seven tries on Tuesday. Thomas Spitz was a key late-innings addition in Palm Beach’s victory while Julio Rodriguez was an offensive force for Johnson City. State College’s all-stars were also victorious.
Late runs doomed the Redbirds (81-42) to a 6-5 defeat to the Sounds. While the game was the series opener with Memphis as the host, the two squads just finished a four-game set at Nashville, so met for the fifth straight game.
The home team led 3-0 after one but the Sounds eventually tied it a three all at the fourth’s midpoint. Memphis went back up 4-3 after four with both teams adding a tally each in the seventh. But Nashville struck last with two in the eighth off Josh Zeid (BS, 2) (L, 8-3), who allowed two hits and two walks in two innings.
Dakota Hudson tossed the first seven, yielding four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks. Half of his tallies given up were generated by one long ball.
The Redbirds outhit the Sounds, eight to seven, but left eight on base. Alex Mejia and Alberto Rosario each had two hits, with Mejia singling and doubling in five at bats while touching home once. Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI and strikeout.
Stephen Piscotty was an on-base machine, reaching base four times in five plate appearances. The right fielder’s only hit in two at bats was a solo bomb, his third as a Redbird, giving Memphis its last lead of 5-4 through seven. Piscotty worked three free passes and crossed home twice.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Nashville (58-64) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (4-2, 2.86)
The S-Cards translated 18 hits into a 7-2 victory over the Missions in the first of three games. Springfield (34-17) is the hottest club in the Texas League right now, having won 10 of their last 11, giving them a 3 ½-game lead over second-place Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.
Springfield’s three through seven hitters generated 13 hits collectively, led by number seven hitter John Nogowski, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. Catcher Andrew Knizner, the six batter, singled three times in five at bats, touching home twice while Darren Seferina, Adolis Garcia and Eliezer Alvarez all went 2-for-5, the latter two doubling. Oscar Mercado, the final S-Card with more than one hit, went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored before being replaced by a pinch runner after being hit by a pitch to begin the eighth.
Facing San Antonio for the second straight start, Austin Gomber pitched another gem. The southpaw did not allow an earned run over six, both runs charged to him being unearned thanks to a fielding error by Seferina. Gomber’s only hit allowed was a home run to the next batter.
The Florida native retired his next 10 batters before plunking a batter to open the fifth. A 5-4-3 double play erased that base runner. Gomber issued a two-out walk in the sixth but the inning finished when Knizner prevented an attempted steal of second.
Tyler Bray faced the minimum in the seventh before handing the ball off to Rowan Wick. Wick worked around two hits and a walk over the last two frames.
Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place (South) San Antonio (29-21) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (2-0, 1.62)
The PB-Cards (25-25) rallied for a 9-8 victory over Dunedin, evening the series at one game apiece with two to play.
Trailing 8-4 after seven, Palm Beach manufactured a four-run eighth, taking their only lead of the game with a ninth-inning tally. Half of the eighth’s tallies were generated by Thomas Spitz’ fifth home run of 2017. The right fielder, who entered the game as part of a three defensive moves to begin the seventh, drove in Casey Grayson who got aboard via a free pass. Spitz then reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth, scoring the winning run on a single by Andy Young.
Grayson and Young both singled twice as did Leobaldo Pina. Grayson did the most damage, scoring two times and knocking in one.
Five Beach Birds’ pitchers took the mound, beginning with Connor Jones, who had a dreadful outing. Jones was touched for six runs, five earned, on eight hits and three walks through four. Five of the six tallies scored in the second.
Hector Mendoza tossed a one-two-three fifth but the same cannot be said for Brady Bowen and Dailyn Martinez. Both hurlers yielded a run in their inning of work. Eric Carter worked two scoreless for his first A-Advanced win.
Wednesday’s game: at Dunedin (29-22) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (2-0, 3.31)
Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 3
The Chiefs tied it late but could not get over the hump, falling to the River Bandits, 3-2, in a walk off. Third-place Peoria (27-24) has lost the first two of four games versus first-place Quad Cities and now trail them by six games.
Max Almonte (L, 2-4) gave up the run in his second inning of work, permitting two hits and a walk in 1 2/3. Evan Kruczynski went the first 5 2/3, yielding two runs on six hits and a base-on-balls with six strikeouts. Both tallies came in his last inning of work.
Kruczynski’s final score crossed with Austin Sexton on the mound. Sexton gave up two hits in 1 1/3, stranding one of two inherited runners.
Kept off the board through seven, Peoria finally broke through with a two-run eighth. Mick Fennell opened with a double, eventually scoring on a ground out by Evan Mendoza. Ryan McCarvel knotted the game at 2-2 with one swing of the bat, his 14th long ball of 2017. McCarvel had two of his team’s six hits, adding a single to his home run in four at bats.
Wednesday’s game: at Quad Cities (33-18) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-4, 3.03)
While third-place State College (29-24) as a team was idle on Tuesday, five Spikes participated in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Troy, NY. Manager Joe Kruzel and his State College coaching staff led the South to the win.
With the score tied at 2-2 in the ninth, Spikes catcher Joshua Lopez knocked in the game-winning runs with a two-run single and later came around the score the fifth South tally. Andrew Summerville entered with two outs in the ninth and struck out the final North batter.
State College left-hander Daniel Castano, the NYPL’s current wins leader, started the game for the South and yielded two hits and a walk during a scoreless inning. Castano threw 20 pitches, 10 for strikes.
Scott Hurst and Yariel Gonzalez completed the Spikes’ complement of All-Stars, and both started the game for the South. Hurst played center field and went hitless in three at-bats, while Gonzalez played third base and went 0-for-2.
Wednesday’s game: at first-place West Virginia (31-22) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-0, 5.40)
Julio Rodriguez’ hot bat helped Johnson City (28-24) to an 11-4 win over Elizabethton (31-22) (MIN), salvaging a split of the four-game series.
Rodriguez accounted for four tallies, going 2-for-4 with a walk, double and solo bomb that was one of his two runs scored and four RBI. Tuesday’s performance merely continues a torrid streak for the 20-year-old catcher, who has a .375 batting average in his last 10 games.
The only other Appy Bird with a multi-hit effort was Luis Bandes, who singled twice in five at bats, knocking in two. Five JC-Cards had one hit apiece, including Brady Whalen, who launched his sixth home run with the bases clear in the third. The third baseman went 1-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBI.
Jacob Schlesener picked up his second win in three decisions despite a rather rocky effort. The righty allowed five hits, three walks and hit two batters through 5 1/3, resulting in four runs. Schlesener fanned six.
Fabian Blanco went 2 2/3 frames, giving up two hits and a free pass. He allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Jacob Patterson worked a clean ninth.
The Gulf Birds claimed a twin bill from the GCL Astros (22-19), 5-0 and 6-3, advancing their winning streak to six. The sweep moves the Cardinals (23-18) into second place ahead of the Astros and a game behind the Nationals.
Winston Nicacio (W, 4-1) was outstanding, limiting the Astros to four hits over six innings while striking out five. It was the third straight quality start for the 20-year-old righty. Memphis’ Sean Gilmartin continued his rehab with a one-two-three first, fanning one.
Four players in the opening contest garnered two hits each: Rehabbing Jordan Schafer, Elehuris Montero, Taylor Bryant and Luis Flores. A double by Schaefer was one of two extra-base hits, the designated hitter adding a single in three at bats with a walk and three runs scored. Montero did some damage with his 2-for-3 effort, driving in three, one of his RBI via a sac fly.
Montero did damage in the finale as well, going 2-for-4 with a two-run long ball. Second baseman Michael Brdar also had two hits, singling twice in three at bats and scoring twice.
Catcher Cameron Knight led the 10-hit attack, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double that drove in one and led to pinch runner Brian Sanchez in the seventh. Sanchez subsequently scored.
A third rehabber, Springfield shortstop Edmundo Sosa, made his first game appearance in two months and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter.
Junior Gonzalez looked in control, yielding a run on three hits and a base-on-balls over four, but ran into trouble in the fifth. The 20-year-old jammed the sacks full on a single and back-to-back free passes before forcing across a tally when he plunked a batter.
Kevin Hamann (W, 1-1) stranded the bases full by recording the fifth’s final out. Hamann tossed a clean sixth but allowed a run on consecutive doubles in the seventh.
Wednesday’s game: Off
DSL Cardinals – off
Wednesday’s game: DSL Cardinals (27-34) at DSL Mets1 (37-22), 10:30 am ET, TBA
The Redbirds scored in seven of nine innings, flying past the Sounds, 12-7, to clinch the American Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League. Memphis (80-41) leads the four-game set, two games to one, with one on tap.
Alex Mejia paced the 17-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI out of the two hole. Patrick Wisdom and Rangel Ravelo were right behind him with three hits apiece: Wisdom doubling three times in four at bats with a walk, touched home three times and knocked in two while Ravelo went 3-for-5 with a double and solo long ball that was one of his two runs scored and two knocked in.
Redbirds pitching was not particularly impressive, as three of the four hurlers gave up at least one run. Matt Pearce (W, 3-1) yielded five tallies, four earned, on seven hits, including a solo shot through five. He struck out six.
Arturo Reyes was charged with a run on four hits in the sixth before giving way to Mike Mayers. Mayers allowed two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3 but was not scored upon thanks to Josh Lucas. Lucas (S, 13) stranded two inherited runners but permitted a run on three hits over 1 1/3.
Monday’s game: at Nashville (57-63) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (4-5, 4.24)
The S-Cards rallied for a 7-5 victory over Corpus Christi (22-27) (HOU), completing a three-game sweep of the Hooks. The sweep has positioned first-place Springfield (33-17) three games up on Tulsa (LAD), which have dropped their its two contests.
With the Cards down 3-0 through four, Jesse Jenner tied the score with one swing, launching his fourth home run of 2017. It came with Jacob Wilson (single) and Tommy Edman (error) aboard and was Jenner’s only hit in four at bats.
Corpus Christi went with a new pitcher in the sixth with even worse results (for them). Singles by Anthony Garcia and Oscar Mercado were sandwiched around a hit batsman, two walks and a missed catch error, generating four scores, two earned.
Garcia and Mercado were the only S-Cards with a multi-hit performance, Garcia going 3-for-5 with a run scored and Mercado singling twice in four at bats with two RBI. He was plunked once.
Chris Ellis (W, 5-6) allowed all five of his opponents’ runs during his seven frames on the bump. One of his four hits permitted was a two-run bomb to go with three free passes issued and nine strikeouts. Ellis hit one batter. Landon Beck retired the side in order twice, fanning four, for his fifth save.
Monday’s game: Off
Palm Beach at Daytona – cancelled
The series’ finale between Palm Beach (24-24) and Daytona (11-38) was cancelled due to wet grounds. The fifth-place Beach Birds, which took the abbreviated series, two games to one, trail Fort Myers (MIN) by seven in the South Division.
Monday’s game: at Dunedin (28-22) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.08)
Evan Mendoza’s first full-season double gave the Chiefs a 2-1 walk-off win over Burlington (19-30) (LAA), salvaging the fourth and final game of the series. Peoria (27-22), tied for second with Kane County (ARI), now heads into a huge four-game set with first-place Quad Cities, a team they trail by four.
Kramer Robertson opened the 11th by working a base-on-balls. The shortstop was fleet of foot enough to score from first after Mendoza’s double into center.
The Chiefs’ first tally was also the product of a walk, this time by Nick Plummer. Plummer worked a free pass with one gone in the third, promptly stole second which put him in position to score on Mick Fennell’s single to right. Fennell went 2-for-5.
Peoria’s quarter of hurlers matched the Bees’ six hits allowed. Anthony Shew gave up four of them over 5 1/3, resulting in one run. Colton Thomson left Shew’s last two runners on, recording five outs. Leland Tilley and Yeison Medina each went two frames, Medina working around two hits for his fourth win against no losses.
Monday’s game: at Quad Cities (31-18) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-9, 4.21)
Vermont 9 at State College 4
A five-run third doomed the Spikes to a 9-4 loss to the Lake Monsters (28-25) (OAK), preventing a three-game sweep of the Stedler Division leaders. State College (29-24) is in third place in the Pinckney Division, two behind West Virginia (PIT).
Paul Balestrieri (L, 3-2) could not finish the third, surrendering six runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3. His final run scored with Alex Fagalde on the mound, who stranded one of two inherited runners. Fagalde permitted two hits and two walks over 2 1/3, striking out three.
Jason Zgardowski left Fagalde’s last two runners aboard but gave up a run on three hits in 1 1/3. Noel Gonzalez and Levi MaVorhis were both touched for a tally during their inning of work but Steven Farinaro tossed a clean ninth.
State College generated nine hits with seven of nine starters acquiring at least one. Scott Hurst and Wood Myers had two hits apiece, Hurst doubling once in four at bats with a walk and RBI while Myers singled twice in five at bats, knocking in one.
Monday’s game: Off for the New York-Penn League All-Star break, with the game taking place on Tuesday, July 15th at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY, home of the Tri-City ValleyCats.
Second-place Johnson City’s six game winning streak (27-23) was stomped by first-place Elizabethton, 12-1, evening the series at one game each with two on tap.
Franyel Casadilla (L, 1-4) was charged with six runs on five hits and four walks in five plus. Brett Seeburger allowed all three inherited runners score, giving up two hits in two innings. Will Changarotty (two innings) and Jake Walsh (one inning) permitted three runs each but only one of the six scores was earned due to two miscues.
Johnson City mustered eight hits but their only run scored after Irving Lopez opened the first with a walk, advanced to third on Wadye Ynfante’s double and crossed on Julio Rodriguez’ 5-3 groundout. Ynfante went 3-for-4 with the aforementioned double.
Monday’s game: vs. Elizabethton (30-21) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.87)
A balanced offensive effort resulted in the Gulf Cards’ 10-4 win over the Nationals (23-17), co-leaders of the East Division. The second-place Cardinals (20-18) trail both the Nationals and Astros by two games.
All nine starters accumulated at least one of the team’s 12 hits, eight of nine either scoring or driving in a tally. Jonatan Machado, Elehuris Montero and Carlos Soto each had two hits, Machado scoring one with two RBI while Montero crossed home once, driving in one and Soto touched home twice, knocking in one. Doubles by Taylor Bryant and Dariel Gomez were the only hits to go for extra bases.
Brian Pirela (W, 3-3) tossed a quality effort, yielding three runs on nine hits and two walks through six. Gabriel Gentner was charged with an unearned tally during his two-inning stint while Keven Hamann faced the minimum in the ninth.
Monday’s game: vs. third-place GCL Marlins (19-21), 12:00 pm ET, Noel De Jesus (1-1, 3.09)
DSL Cardinals – off
The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.
Monday’s games: DSL Cardinals (25-34) at/vs. DSL Yankees (24-34). Game one – 10:30 am ET, TBA
Breyvic Valera’s RBI single in the 13th gave the Redbirds a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Storm Chasers (54-63) (KC). First-place Memphis (78-40) took four of the five games in the series, reducing their magic number to clinch the American Southern to four.
Valera’s second hit in six at bats followed back-to-back singles by Wilfredo Tovar and Alberto Rosario, and drove in Tovar for the game winner, with former Cardinal Seth Maness taking the loss. Rosario’s three-hit performance spearheaded the squad’s 11-hit attack with Valera the only other Redbird with more than one hit. In his 2017 Redbirds debut, Stephen Piscotty opened the second with a home run to left center, knotting the game at one all. A double by Tyler O’Neill was the only other hit to go for extra bases.
Dakota Hudson permitted a second-inning score plus one more in his seventh and final inning of work. The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk over 6 2/3, his final run scoring under Arturo Reyes’ watch. One of the two hits allowed by Reyes (BS, 2) in two frames was an RBI double to his first batter faced.
Ryan Sherriff left Reyes’ other base runner on, recording the ninth’s final out on a swinging K. Miguel Socolovich held down the fort on three hits over three innings before Josh Zeid (W, 8-2) worked around a one-out single in the 13th.
Friday’s game: at second-place Nashville (56-21) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (4-1, 2.83)
A five-run eighth doomed the S-Cards to an 8-5 defeat at the hands of San Antonio (27-19) (SD). The loss snapped a six-game winning streak and prevented a three-game sweep of the first-place (South) Missions. Springfield (30-17) remains atop the North Division, a game in front of Tulsa (LAD).
The slide towards defeat began in the seventh after Andrew Morales (L, 1-1) inherited a two-on-and-two-gone situation from Jacob Evans. Morales allowed an RBI single before recording the final out, narrowing Springfield’s lead to 4-3.
The visitors answered with a tally of their own in the eighth but the combination of Morales and Landon Beck could not hold the 5-3 advantage. Morales surrendered three more hits while recording one out, departing with a run across and runners at the corners. Beck (BS, 1) proceeded with the following sequence: RBI single-wild pitch-intentional walk and bases-clearing double.
Zac Gallen went the first five, giving up two runs on six hits and two bases-on-balls. Evans tossed a clean sixth before running into trouble the next inning.
Adolis Garcia answered his re-assignment from Memphis by going 2-for-3 with a walk, solo bomb, two runs scored and three RBI in his return to the Springfield line-up. Five S-Cards had one hit each.
Friday’s game: at Corpus Christi (22-24) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 2.53)
The PB-Cards opened their four-game road series at Daytona with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings. Palm Beach (23-23) remains in fifth, five in back of Fort Myers (MIN).
The winning run scored sans benefit of a hit. Jose Martinez worked a base-on-balls to begin the 10th, advancing to second via Jose Godoy’s sac bunt. After an intentional free pass to Casey Grayson, Martinez scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by the Tortugas’ catcher.
The Beach Birds’ other tally, also unearned, occurred in the fourth. Grayson kicked off the inning with a single, was wild pitched to second and later scored on a throwing error by Daytona’s third baseman. Grayson’s single was one of only four hits for the visitors.
In a game of ‘go figure,’ Palm Beach’s pitching staff gave up 11 hits in all but held the opposition to just one run. Mike O’Reilly used six strikeouts to mitigate the eight hits he allowed in 5 2/3. Dailyn Martinez retired all four batters faced, leaving O’Reilly’s last runner aboard.
The run against Brady Bowen (BS, 1) (W, 1-1) in the first of his two-inning stint sent the game into extras. Eric Carter used three strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded with only one gone mess, earning his third save.
Friday’s game: at Daytona (10-37) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (0-1, 2.08)
The Chiefs lost to the Bees, 4-1, in the series opener. Second-place Peoria (26-20) falls to five games behind Quad Cities (HOU), winners of nine straight.
The home team never led, leaving starter Evan Kruczynski with his third loss in five decisions. Kruczynski struck out five through three but gave up a run on four hits and a base-on-balls. He also hit a batter.
Bryan Dobzanski tossed three scoreless frames, fanning four but Colton Thomson surrendered two long balls accounting for three scores during his two innings on the mound. Yeison Medina struck out two in the ninth.
Peoria generated seven hits, as Ryan McCarvel and J.R. Davis accumulated two each. Both singled and doubled in three at bats, Davis driving in McCarvel for the team’s sole tally.
Friday’s game: vs. eighth-place Burlington (17-29) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-3, 2.74)
The Spikes tied it late only to drop a 4-3 decision to Hudson Valley (25-25) (TB) in the decisive third game of the series. Third-place State College (27-23) trails West Virginia (PIT) by three games.
Reliever Jason Zgardowski was saddled with his first loss in as many decisions, charged with an unearned tally. He gave up one hit.
Johan Oviedo’s 4 2/3-inning start was a mixed bag with only one of his three tallies yielded earned. But the righty allowed nine hits, walked one and plunked another. Levi MaVorhis struck out three in 3 1/3, giving up four hits and stranding two inherited runners. Shortstop Edwin Figuera committed two throwing errors.
State College managed just four hits and two free passes. Yariel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Figuera singled once in three at bats, touching home one time. Joshua Lopez’ only hit in four at bats was a two-run double, giving his team a 2-0 lead after three.
Friday’s game: vs. first-place (Stedler) Vermont (27-23) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-4, 5.05)
The JC-Cards extended their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Pirates. Johnson City (26-22) clinched the three-game series with one game yet to come and is now tied for second with Greeneville (HOU), three games behind Elizabethton (MIN).
Three Appy Birds had two hits apiece: Irving Lopez, Imeldo Diaz and Wadye Ynfante. Lopez and Diaz singled and doubled in four and three at bats, respectively with a run scored. Lopez drove in one and Ynfante swiped his team-leading 11th bag.
The difference in the game turned on three miscues by Bristol, resulting in two unearned tallies, enough cushion for Alvaro Seijas and a trio of JC-Cards’ relievers. Seijas turned in a rather disappointing four-inning effort, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks. It took the right-hander 89 pitches to get through four frames.
Juan Alvarez (W, 2-2) and Jake Dahlberg each went two frames, with Dahlberg fanning four. Jacob Patterson worked around a one-out single for his eighth save.
Friday’s game: at fifth-place Bristol (10-38) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.67)
GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – postponed
A double dip between the third-place Cardinals (18-18) and second-place Astros (20-16) was postponed due to rain. The contests have been rescheduled as part of twin bills on August 15th and 20th. The Gulf Cards trail division-leading Nationals by five games.
A balanced offensive effort led the sixth-place Dominican Birds past the eighth-place Nationals, 5-2. However, the Cardinals (24-33) have officially been eliminated from post-season play.
Seven of nine Cards starters garnered at least one of the team’s 12 hits, with six of the seven either scoring or driving in a run. Center fielder Carlos Soler led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two stolen bases. Freddy De Jesus, Luis Montero and Erik Pena each had two hits, with De Jesus slamming a home run with Ivan Herrera (walk) aboard.
Diego Cordero was strong through five, holding the Nationals (23-35) to a run on four hits. The southpaw fanned five and did not issue a free pass. Wilfredo Pereira yielded an unearned tally through three, giving up two hits. Jesus Cruz picked up his first save.
Friday’s game: at third-place DSL Rockies (28-28), 10:30 am ET, Hector Soto (3-2, 2.08)