(photo: Adolis Garcia/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
Results from games played Tuesday, July 4th.
The Redbirds banged out 19 hits, romping past the Express, 10-1, in the first of their three-game series. Memphis (52-32) has increased its American Southern Division lead to 12 games over Nashville (OAK).
The offensive onslaught, in which all nine starters garnered at least one hit, was spearheaded by Player of the Day Adolis Garcia, who reached base five times, going 4-for-4 with a run scored. He was also hit by a pitch once. Harrison Bader went 3-for-5, with a two-run long ball, his 15th home run of the season.
Breyvic Valera went 3-for-5 as well, touching home once and knocking in two. Three Redbirds had two hits apiece: Nick Martini, Aledmys Diaz and Rangel Ravelo.
Starter Jack Flaherty surrendered a solo shot, one of four hits allowed and reached his 65-pitch limit after 3 2/3 innings. The top prospect fanned four.
Working well in long relief, Josh Zeid (W, 5-2) struck out five over 4 1/3, permitting four hits. Ryan Sherriff faced the minimum in the ninth.
Wednesday’s game: at third-place Round Rock (39-46) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (4-3, 2.68)
Anthony Garcia’s grand slam set the tone in the S-Cards’ 11-4 drubbing of Frisco (7-5) (TEX), salvaging the third and final series game. Springfield (6-6) sits one game behind co-leaders Northwest Arkansas (KC) and Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.
Garcia’s 11th bomb of 2017 gave his team a 5-0 lead after four before Springfield poured on a five-run fifth and Bruce Caldwell’s solo shot capped the scoring the next frame – all before their hosts ever got on the scoreboard. Garcia and Caldwell each went 3-for-4 with a walk, Garcia scoring twice and Caldwell four times. Garcia swiped his third bag of the season.
Catcher Gabriel Lino added a double to two singles in five at bats, touching home once with an RBI.
The visitors’ mound effort consisted of a trio of hurlers. Austin Gomber tossed a quality start over seven, permitting three runs on six hits and a base-on-balls. All three tallies were generated by two home runs. Ian McKinney yielded a hit and walk in the eighth, resulting in a score before Landon Beck pitched a one-two-three ninth.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Midland (3-9) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Matt Pearce (8-5, 2.98)
Beach Birds’ bats were held to just four hits in their 3-1 loss to Bradenton in the home series opener. The loss puts Palm Beach (8-4) and the Marauders into a tie atop the South Division, a half game in front of Fort Myers (MIN).
Brennan Leitao (L, 3-1) gave up two runs on seven hits and an intentional walk in three, his first start in 21 appearances for Palm Beach this season. Hector Mendoza tossed three scoreless frames in his second relief effort since being promoted from the DSL.
Zach Duke’s rehab assignment moved from one side of the Jupiter complex to another, going from the GCL team to the PB-Cards. But for the first time in three appearances, Duke was inserted into the middle of game action, allowing a hit and hit batsman in the seventh. Jacob Evans struck out four over the final two frames with a run on two hits.
The home team’s sole score came in the fifth after Andy Young singled. Luke Dykstra sacrificed him to second and FSL Player of the Week Darren Seferina’s two-out single drove him in.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Bradenton (8-4) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (7-2, 3.01)
The Chiefs began their three-game home series versus the Snappers with a 5-1 victory. The win allows second-place Peoria (8-5) to keep pace with division-leading Quad Cities (HOU), which holds a slim one-game margin over Peoria and Beloit.
A trio of Chiefs’ pitchers joined forces to hold their opponents to just four hits: Juan Perez, Keaton Siomkin and Eric Carter. Facing the Snappers for the second consecutive start, Perez kept them to a run on two hits and three free passes over six. Those results are much improved from his June 29th start, when he permitted five tallies in eight innings. Siomkin gave up two hits in his two-inning stint and Carter struck out two in his one-two-three ninth.
Seven Peoria starters accumulated nine hits, with Stefan Trosclair and Ryan McCarvel garnering two apiece. Both players hit home runs. McCarvel’s was with a runner aboard, and he touched home twice on the evening.
Wednesday’s game: vs. co-second place Beloit (8-5) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Mike O’Reilly (6-2, 1.95)
Four late Crosscutters tallies produced a 4-2 loss by the Spikes in the first of three games at Williamsport. With the defeat, State College (9-6) fell into a two-way tie for second with Mahoning Valley (CLE), a game behind West Virginia (PIT).
Starter Anthony Shew (L, 2-1) held his opponents to just two hits and a walk over the first six but gave up two singles and a two-run double the next frame. He struck out eight and hit a batter.
Steven Farinaro let Shew’s last runner score before recording the seventh’s final out. Farinaro was charged with a run on three hits and three bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 1 1/3.
Timely hitting was key in the Spikes’ two scores since they were held to just three singles. All three hits occurred in the third, combined with a fielding error and wild pitch, generating two runs.
Wednesday’s game: at fourth-place Williamsport (7-8) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Levi MaVorhis (0-0, 7.11)
The Appy Birds could not recover from an early deficit, falling to Greeneville, 4-1, in the road series opener. Third-place Johnson City (7-6) trails the first-place Astros by 1 1/2 games in the standings.
Three of the four tallies charged to Franyel Casadilla (L, 0-2) in just 2/3 of an inning were generated by a home run, one of the three hits and three walks given up. The Cards had strong efforts in long relief as Will Changarotty and Fabian Blanco both pitched 2 2/3-inning efforts, with Changarotty working around four hits and a walk. Juan Alvarez retired all six batters faced.
The JC-Cards translated five hits into just one score, a home run by right fielder Carlos Talavera. Second baseman Wood Myers singled twice in four at bats.
Wednesday’s game: at Greeneville (8-4), 7:00 pm ET, Edwar Ramirez (1-1, 4.09)
Single scores in three straight innings rallied the Gulf Birds to a 3-2 win over the first-place GCL Nationals (5-2). Winners of three straight, the GCL Cardinals (3-4) are tied for third with the GCL Astros, two behind the Nationals.
Down 2-0 through five, the visitors pushed across a run each in the sixth and seventh before Terry Fuller’s first professional home run snapped a 2-2 tie in the eighth. Fuller led his team’s 11-hit effort, going 3-for-4 out of the five hole.
Elehuris Montero and rehabber Andrew Brodbeck added two hits each, with Montero going 2-for-4 with a run scored and sac fly. Brodbeck singled twice in five at bats and was one-for-two in stolen base attempts.
Angel Rondon pitched a strong game, yielding two runs on five hits and a walk through six. Rondon surrendered a solo home run and struck out six.
Right-hander Alex Fagalde limited the opposition to a hit over 1 2/3 for his first professional win. Patrick Dayton stranded Fagalde’s runner, working around two hits in 1 1/3, for his first save as a pro.
Wednesday’s game: vs. second-place GCL Marlins (4-3), 12:00 pm ET, Brian Pirela (0-1, 6.00)
The Dominican Cards rallied late to tie but could not break through, suffering a 6-5 walk-off loss to the DSL Angels. The DSL Cardinals (10-16) are in sixth, 11 behind a red-hot Twins club which holds the best record in the Dominican Summer League.
Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-1) gave up the tie-breaking run on a hit and three walks, one intentional, while recording three outs. Enmanuel Solano went the first five plus, permitting three runs on five hits and a hit batsman.
Wilman Madera pitched the sixth, allowing a run on three hits and a free pass. Roy Garcia was charged with a tally on two hits and two walks, one intentional, in 1 2/3.
The visiting Cards struck early with a run in the first, that slim lead holding up until Solano tired in the sixth. Down 5-1 after seven, the Cardinals tied it up after eight but would score no more.
Six Dominican Birds split eight hits, with catcher Ivan Herrera reaching base four times. Herrera singled twice in two at bats, worked two free passes, scored one and knocked in another. First baseman Freddy De Jesus went 2-for-5 with a run scored, striking out twice.
Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Angels (13-13), 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (0-3, 2.81)
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