(photo: Ryan McCarvel/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Results for games played Saturday, July 15.
The Redbirds scored early and often to take a commanding win over Round Rock on Saturday, their fifth in a row. Carson Kelly’s two run home run in the first inning started the scoring. Singles by Alex Mejia and Aledmys Diaz in the second plated two more. In the third, Harrison Bader doubled in a run, and Breyvic Valera singled to score two. Patrick Wisdom blasted a two run home run in the seventh.
Diaz was 2-for-3. Kelly was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Bader and Mejia were each 2-for-4. Wisdom was 2-for-3 with two run scored.
On the base paths, Diaz stole his first base for Memphis in two attempts. Bader swiped his seventh bag in 13 attempts.
Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits. The righty fanned six and walked none. Trey Nielsen tossed a scoreless sixth. Zach Duke, Josh Zeid and Miguel Socolobvich each pitched a scoreless inning. Weaver earned his eighth win.
The Redbirds are 59-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 16 games.
Sunday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Jack Flaherty (1-1, 4.11) 2:05 CT.
A rally in the final three innings put Springfield in the win column against Arkansas on Saturday. The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but added six runs over the last three innings. In the seventh, a Jacob Wilson RBI single put them on the board. In the eighth, Oscar Mercado, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, led off with a double. Bruce Caldwell followed with a single to score Mercado. Caldwell repeated in the ninth with another RBI single to plate Mercado. Caldwell went 3-for-5. Gabriel Lino drove in two on an eighth inning ground rule double and was 2-for-4. Mercado doubled in a run in the ninth. Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4.
Starter Austin Gomber pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits while fanning six and walking one. Tyler Bray pitched two scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher. The win was Bray’s fourth. Corey Littrell added a scoreless ninth.
On the base paths, Mercado stole his 28th base in 39 attempts. Darren Seferina was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts for Springfield.
The Cardinals are 48-44 overall, and 13-9 in the second half, to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.
Sunday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.04) 6:10 CT.
The visiting Cardinals took the lead in the second inning and never looked back, as they defeated Lakeland on Saturday. After giving up one run in the first inning, starter Junior Fernandez went on to pitch five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking four. Fernandez earned his fifth win of the season. Ian McKinney added two run-free innings of relief. Hector Mendoza pitched a scoreless ninth.
Jose Godoy hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Chris Chinea was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Leobaldo Pina doubled in a run in the second inning. A second run scored in the second inning on a Luke Dykstra groundout. Shane Billings was 2-for-5,
The Cardinals are 51-38 overall and 11-11 in the second half. They are 5.5 games back of first in the FSL South.
Sunday’s game: at Lakeland, Ryan Helsley (7-2, 2.79) 12:00 p.m. CT.
The Chiefs topped the TinCaps in a close one on Saturday night. Ryan McCarvel got the Chiefs on the board in the second inning with a leadoff solo home run. McCarvel followed that up with a two run double in the third for a 2-for-4, three RBI night. Nick Plummer hit a RBI single in the fourth and went 2-for-3.
Starting pitcher Mike O’Reilly gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings pitched. The right hander struck out 10 and walked one to earn his ninth win of the season. Max Almonte and Eric Carter pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth. Carter got the save, his ninth.
On the base paths, Plummer stole his fifth base of the season in 10 attempts. In the field, Carter was charged with a missed catch error.
The Chiefs are 44-48 overall on the season, 14-9 in the second half, to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.
Sunday’s game: vs. Fort Wayne, Anthony Shew (0-0, 0.00) 2:00 CT.
The Spikes clobbered the Cyclones on Saturday night, behind excellent pitching by the Spikes’ pitching staff. Starter Andrew Summerville pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first professional win. Summerville allowed four hits, struck out two and walked two. Levi MaVorhis tossed three scoreless innings of relief. Robert Calvano pitched the ninth and allowed one run on three hits.
The State College offense scored 12 runs on 12 hits. Yariel Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with three RBI. Evan Mendoza was 2-for-3 with one run driven in and three runs scored. Ricardo Bautista plated two, and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Also driving in runs were Scott Hurst, pinch hitter Joe Gomez, Caleb Lopes, and J.D. Crowe.
On the base paths, Lopes was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts. In the field, Edwin Figuera made a throwing error, Gomez had a passed ball, and Bautista had an outfield assist.
The Spikes are 15-10 on the season and are tied for first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Sunday’s game: at Brooklyn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 5.40) 3:00 CT.
In a slugfest in Kingsport, the Cardinals came out on the short end. Johnson City put five runs on the board in the first, with Luis Bandes contributing a three run home run. Bandes hit a solo shot in the fifth for his fourth RBI of the game, on the way to a 3-for-5 performance. Two more runs in the first came home on a fielding error and a Walker Robbins double. Whalen drove in two runs on a fifth inning single and an eighth inning sac fly. Robbins was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Also contributing with the bat was Irving Lopez (2-for-5 with one run driven in), Wadye Infante (2-for-6), and Carlos Rodriguez (2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored).
Starter Franyel Casadilla went four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits. Will Changarotty followed with three innings of relief, surrendering three runs on four hits. Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing four more runs and was charged with the blown save and the loss.
On the basepaths, Lopez stole his second base of the season in three attempts. J.D. Murders was picked off first base. In the field, Rodriguez had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals are 9-14 on the season and are six games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.
Sunday’s game: at Kingsport, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 4.61) 3:00 CT.
A pair of multi run innings helped the Cardinals to an opening victory over the Marlins. In the second inning, four runs were plated on four singles, a double, and a throwing error. Sanel Rosendo singled and stole second base. Robbie Coman singled, followed by a single by Donivan Williams to bring in Rosendo. Coman then scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Moises Castillo doubled to plate Williams. A Delvin Perez single brought Castillo home on a single.
In the fifth inning, Carlos Soto and Elehuris Montero singled and Coman doubled to score both. Coman was 2-for-3 with two RBI.
Starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits. The right hander struck out five and walked three. Enrique Perez pitched the final three scoreless innings to earn his first win.
In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals squeaked by the Marlins to sweep the doubleheader. The Cardinals fell behind in the top of the first inning, but came back in the bottom frame to tie. Two runs scored in the third, followed by one run in the fifth and sixth to gain the edge despite a ninth innings rally by the Marlins.
Elehuris Montero hit a solo home run in the fifth, doubled in a run in the third, and earned a third RBI in the first when a run scored on a passed ball while he was at the plate. Montero was 2-for-3. Carlos Soto was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh.
Starting pitcher Kevin Hamann pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while fanning three and walking one. Alex Fagalde tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win. Kodi Whitley pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on four hits, but earned his first save.
The Cardinals are 9-8 on the season are 2.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.
Sunday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.
DSL Cardinals – No game scheduled
Sunday’s game: DSL All-Star Game at the Giants complex. Representing the Cardinals will be catcher Ivan Herrera and infielder Pablo Gomez.
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