(photo: Daniel Castano/State College Spikes)
Results for games played Friday, July 7.
Starter Zac Gallen pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning four and walking two. Miguel Socolovich secured the final out of the fifth. Zach Duke, now rehabbing in Memphis, pitched a scoreless sixth. Kevin Herget tossed the final two innings and gave up the game-ending single.
Carson Kelly drove in the first Redbirds run, extending his hitting streak to seven games. The catcher singled to right to plate Harrison Bader, who had walked and stole second base. Bader’s run-scoring streak is up to 11 games. The other Memphis run crossed the plate in the seventh, as Breyvic Valera doubled and Todd Cunningham singled him home. Cunningham was 2-for-3; Valera was 2-for-4.
The Redbirds are 54-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 12.5 games.
Saturday’s game: at Nashville, John Gant (1-4, 3.46) 7:05 CT.
In a rain-delayed game at Hammons Field, the Cardinals were topped by one run by Midland. Randy Arozarena had a big night, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Arozarena had the only double, and newcomer Darren Seferina tripled. Springfield scored one run in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings. The third inning run scored on a sac fly by Tommy Edman after Arozarena doubled and advanced to third on a groundout. Seferina led off with the triple in the fourth and Jacob Wilson singled him home. In the fifth, Arozarena hit a leadoff single and eventually crossed the plate on groundout by Magneuris Sierra. Arozarena returned Wilson’s favor in the sixth by singling Wilson home after he drew a leadoff walk. Arozarena was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.
Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while fanning five and walking three. Pedro Echemendia got the final out of the fourth. Following the Memphis bullpen formula, the rehabbing St. Louis lefty, Kevin Siegrist, pitched a scoreless fifth. Dailyn Martinez went the next two innings, surrendering one run on three hits, taking the loss. Correy Littrell and Landon Beck combined for the final two scoreless frames.
Littrell picked a runner off at first base. Sierra had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals are 43-42 overall, and 8-7 in the second half to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: vs. Frisco, Chris Ellis (0-4, 5.06) 6:10 CT.
The Cardinals were edged by Fort Myers in a game in which the multi-run inning was key. Palm Beach had their outburst in the fifth, when four runs crossed the plate. A single, a double play, a wild pitch, and a triple all sent runners home. The triple came from Danny Diekroeger in his only hit of the game. Thomas Spitz singled in the first run of the inning, as part of his 2-for-5 showing. Chris Chinea lined into a double play that brought in a run, and later scored on the triple by Diekroeger. Diekroeger came home on the wild pitch. Blake Drake was 3-for-5; Jose Godoy and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-4.
Starter Derian Gonzalez pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one and walking one. Winston Nicacio tossed 1 2/3 frames in relief and surrendered the other three Miracle runs to take the loss. To keep the Cards close, Brady Bowen pitched the final 3 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings.
Drake stole his third base in six attempts with Palm Beach. Luke Dykstra was caught stealing for the third time in six tries. Godoy made a throwing error, his second of the season.
The Cardinals are 50-32 overall and 10-5 in the second half, which puts them a half-game back of first place in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: at Fort Myers, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.31) 5:05 CT.
The Chiefs fell behind Cedar Rapids on a costly error that led to four unearned runs for the Kernels. Peoria scored in the first inning when Ryan McCarvel led off with a triple and scored on Vince Jackson’s single. However, Cedar Rapids came back to tie it up in the bottom of the frame. The Chiefs remained scoreless for the next six innings until Dylan Carlson’s solo home run in the eighth. The only Chief with multiple hits was J.R. Davis, who was 2-for-3.
A costly throwing error by third baseman Danny Hudzina in the third inning resulted in the four unearned Cedar Rapids runs.
Starter Frederis Parra was the hard luck loser in his second loss of the season. The right hander pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, one earned, on seven hits. Parra struck out one and walked two. Ronnie Williams followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Bryan Dobzanski tossed two scoreless innings, and Keaton Siomkin added a scoreless eighth.
The Chiefs are 40-45 overall and 10-6 in the second half to put them 1.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.
Saturday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 4.70) 6:35 CT.
A big six run sixth inning put the Spikes on top, a position they would not relinquish. The inning began with Edwin Figuera reaching on an error which sent him to second base. Yariel Gonzalez doubled to score Figuera. Evan Mendoza reached on another error. A sac bunt by Dennis Ortega advanced Mendoza and Gonzalez to second and third. Brandon Benson’s sac fly plated Gonzalez. Zach Kirtley was hit by a pitch, then consecutive singles by Ricardo Bautista, Matt Davis, and Imeldo Diaz plated Mendoza, Kirtley, and Bautista. Figuera then came to bat again and doubled to score Davis. Only Ortega had multiple hits, going 2-for-2.
Our Player of the Day, starter Daniel Castano, pitched eight innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits while fanning three and walking one. Spencer Traynor pitched a scoreless ninth. Castano earned his fourth win in four starts.
The Spikes are 11-7 and a half game back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Saturday’s game: vs. Auburn, Jonathon Mulford (0-2, 7.50) 11:00 a.m. CT.
It was a rough night for all aspects of play by the Cardinals at Elizabethton. They were not only shut out, they were held to only one hit, a single by catcher Cameron Knight. The hitters struck out 14 times. On the way to this thrashing, shortstop Wood Myers committed three errors, one fielding and two throwing. On a positive note, left fielder Walker Robbins had an outfield assist and drew one of three Johnson City walks, but also fanned three times.
Starter Johan Oviedo pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on three hits. Oveido fanned seven and walked three. Juan Alvarez pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, followed by 1 1/3 scoreless frames from Evan Guillory.
The Cardinals are 7-9 and are 4.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.
Saturday’s game: at Elizabethton, Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 5.87) 5:00 CT.
GCL Cardinals – No game scheduled
Saturday’s game: at GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.
The Cardinals edged the Nationals in extra innings on Friday. The Birds put four runs on the board in the first inning, scoring on a walk, a stolen base, a single and a fielding error. The next batter, Freddy De Jesus, blasted a three run home run to plate three more. De Jesus was 2-for-4, with a double in addition to the home run. Erik Pena’s RBI single in the fourth plated one, before Ivan Herrera doubled in a run in the seventh. Herrera had two doubles in five at-bats. Pablo Gomez was 2-for-4. William Jimenez doubled in the 10th to drive in the winning run.
Starting pitcher Francis Ventura went five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits. The right hander struck out two and walked two. Oneiver Diaz hurled three scoreless innings in relief. Leonardo Taveras started the ninth and was responsible for the four Nationals runs that tied the game. Taveras was relieved with one out in the ninth by Hector Soto, who was charged with the blown save for allowing inherited runs to score, but got the final two outs to end the inning and then returning to pitch a scoreless 10th. Soto was the winning pitcher.
The Cardinals are 12-17 on the season and 12.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.
Saturday’s game: at DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.
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