(photo: Austin Gomber/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
It was a 4-3 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Our Player of the Day, Austin Gomber, tossed seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball for first-place Springfield.
Results from games played Wednesday, August 9.
Memphis Redbirds 3, Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (10 innings)
It took 10 innings, but the Redbirds improved to 77-40 with a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Storm Chasers on Wednesday night.
Center fielder Harrison Bader went 2-for-5 and drove in the game-winning run with a one-out, bases-loaded single. Second baseman Alex Mejia went 4-for-5 with a double and a run batted in, and right fielder Tyler O’Neill drove in his 75th tally of the season. Left fielder Breyvic Valera’s double and Mejia’s two-baggers were the only extra-base hits of the night for the Redbirds. They left 11 runners on base, but the three runs ended up doing the job.
John Gant made a quality start, with two runs and seven punchouts over six innings. Mike Mayers followed with two scoreless innings before Mark Montgomery did the same, as his two frames of zeroes resulted in his fourth win of the year for Memphis.
Thursday’s game: Dakota Hudson (0-0, 6.30) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM Central time.
Behind another superb start from Austin Gomber, the Cardinals knocked off the Missions on Wednesday, 2-0.
Gomber, our Player of the Day, twirled seven scoreless innings, allowing just three base hits with five strikeouts. For Gomber, it was third straight start of seven innings and his seventh win of the year, evening his record at 7-7. Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick followed out of Springfield’s bullpen with scoreless outings, with Bray earning his eighth hold and Wick sealing his fifth save.
Left fielder Anthony Garcia led the Cardinals in the batter’s box, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the sixth inning. Center fielder Oscar Mercado failed to record a hit in four at-bats, but he reached on error, stole his 35th base, and scored. First baseman John Nogowski drew a pair of walks and scored on Garcia’s two-run hit.
Thursday’s game: Zac Gallen (4-3, 3.38) at San Antonio Missions, 7:05 PM Central time.
Fort Myers put up five unanswered runs from the sixth inning on to take down the Cardinals, 3-2, in Jupiter.
Connor Jones turned in six quality innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits. Hector Mendoza followed and allowed three runs in the seventh inning, sticking him with his fifth loss of the year.
At the plate, designated hitter Casey Grayson went 3-for-3 and scored a run, and center fielder Blake Drake had two hits in four at-bats, including a double, with a run batted in.
Thursday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (2-0, 4.00) at Daytona Beach Tortugas, 6:05 PM Central time.
Peoria Chiefs off
The Peoria Chiefs were off Wednesday and will continue play Thursday at home against the Burlington Bees. Evan Kruczynski (2-2, 4.50) will take the mound at 7:00 PM Central time.
With two runs in the top of the ninth, the Renegades snapped a 1-1 tie to take down the Spikes, 3-1.
Starter Daniel Castano did not factor in the game’s final decision, yet his pitching performance is deserving of post-game acknowledgement. Castano pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits and one walk. Reliever Will Latcham surrendered the Renegades’ two runs in the ninth, resulting in his first loss as a professional.
It was a quiet night on the offensive side, with first baseman Yariel Gonzalez driving in the only Spikes’ run. Scott Hurst went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored.
Thursday’s game: Johan Oviedo (1-0, 7.84) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades, 7:05 PM Central time.
Scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, the Cardinals defeated the Pirates on Wednesday, 8-7.
Center fielder Chase Pinder drove in Johnson City’s game-winning run, as well as two runs earlier on his third home run of the season. Designated hitter Luis Bandes went 2-for-5 with a double and his eighth long ball, plating three.
Johnson City starter Edwar Ramirez had a rocky start, allowing five runs (all earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. Will Changarotty added 3 2/3 frames of one-run ball with six strikeouts, picking up the win. Changarotty is now 3-1 this season. Brett Seeburger closed out the game with two scoreless innings, for his first save.
Thursday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (4-1, 5.31) at Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.
With significant help from the Marlins’ pitching staff, the Cardinals took Wednesday’s contest with ease, 12-3.
Nine bases on balls combined with 10 hits resulted in a dozen Cardinals runs. Third baseman Taylor Bryant’s two hits drove in five, and second baseman Luis Flores went 3-for-5 with a double and batted in three. Shortstop Moises Castillo went 0-for-1 but managed to reach base to score four times. Flores’ double and a two-bagger from designated hitter Andrew Luna were the only extra-base hits for the Cardinals, who went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
Memphis rehabber Sean Gilmartin started and went one inning, allowing a run, before Junior Gonzalez took over. Gonzalez improved to 2-1 with six innings of two run-ball. Relievers Wilberto Rivera and Cory Malcom followed with a scoreless inning apiece to close out the win.
Thursday’s game: TBA at GCL Astros, 10:00 AM Central time.
The Cardinals made it interesting in the later innings, but the Nationals’ lead stood tall for a 9-8 win.
Two Cardinals errors helped open the gate for the Nationals to score seven runs between the second and fifth innings, including three runs (one earned) against Cardinals starter Enmanuel Solano, who was pulled after three innings. Allinson Benitez allowed three runs over his 1 2/3 innings, resulting in his third loss in as many decisions.
Although their work ultimately came up short, the Cardinals scored eight runs on Wednesday. Shortstop Raffy Ozuna went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in. First baseman Freddy De Jesus drove in two, and catcher Ivan Herrera had three hits and scored as many runs. The Cardinals scored three over the eighth and ninth frames, but they couldn’t get the game-tying run in.
Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Nationals, 9:30 AM Central time.
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