(photo: Ryan Helsley/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are the Springfield Cardinals pitchers. Starting pitcher Ryan Helsley and relievers Pedro Echemendia and Rowan Wick combined for a one-hit shutout of the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Results for games played Friday, August 11.
The Redbirds lost Friday in the first of eight straight games against the Nashville Sounds. Two controversial home run calls led to the defeat. In the first inning, Stephen Piscotty hit what was originally ruled a two run home run. Instead, the umpires conferred and ruled the hit was a double instead, and only one run scored. That turned out to be the only Redbird run of the game. The call led to the ejection of the Memphis first base coach. A second controversial call came in the eighth, again on a home run call. A ball hit to right field by a Nashville hitter was ruled a home run. Right fielder Piscotty and the Redbirds bullpen in right field, immediately insisted it was a foul ball. The umpires got together for a second time, but did not overturn the original call, as they had with the Piscotty hit. Thus, Memphis came out on the short end of both calls.
Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. The right hander struck out five and walked two. Mike Mayers tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, surrendering the controversial home run in the eighth. Flaherty took the loss, his second.
The Piscotty double was his only hit. Only one Redbird had multiple hits, as Nick Martini was 2-for-3.
On the base paths, Aledmys Diaz was caught stealing for the third time in five attempts, and Wifredo Tovar was caught stealing for the fourth time in 18 attempts. In the field, Nick Martini had an outfield assist.
The Redbirds are 78-41 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 20.5 games.
Saturday’s game: at Nashville, Luke Weaver (9-2, 2.64) 7:05 CT.
The Cardinals almost no-hit the Hooks in Corpus Christi on Friday night. It was all Springfield all the time, as Cardinals pitching kept the Hooks off the board. Starter Ryan Helsey pitched six scoreless, hitless innings. The outing was likely shortened due to his five walks. Helsley fanned six. Pedro Echemendia followed with two scoreless, hitless innings. Rowan Wick lost the no-no in the ninth, but secured the final three outs.
Adolis Garcia, in his second game back with Springfield to make room on the Memphis roster for Stephen Piscotty, hit two home runs – a solo shot in the third, and a two run blast in the seventh. Garcia was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored. Jacob Wilson drove in a run in the fourth on a single. Eliezer Alvarez had an RBI single in the fifth. Two runs in the ninth came home on a Garcia RBI single and a fielding error.
Randy Arozarena stole his seventh base of the season in eighth attempts.
The Cardinals are 66-52 overall, and 30-17 in the second half and are in first place in the Texas League North by 1 game.
Saturday’s game: at Corpus Christi, Sandy Alcantara (6-5, 4.55) 7:05 CT.
The Cardinals were defeated by the Tortugas in a high scoring contest in Daytona. The offense took the lead in the second with a four run outburst. Leobaldo Pina led off with a double, and Blake Drake followed with a single. A double play ground out by Shane Billings plated the first run. Andy Young was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Jeremy Martinez’ RBI single scored Young. Jose Martinez followed with a two run home run to left field. Casey Grayson double in a run in the fourth, and scored in the seventh on a Billings ground out. In the ninth, Pina hit a two run home run. Pina was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and two runs scored. Drake was 4-for-4. Jose Martinez was 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Starter Sam Tewes pitched five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on nine hits. The right hander struck out two and walked one. Ross Vance went two innings and was bombed, surrendering six runs on eight hits. Vance took the loss. Estarlin Arias tossed the eighth and was charged with a run.
On the base paths, Billings was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts for Palm Beach. In the field, both Billings and Grayson made throwing errors, leading to the pair of unearned runs.
The Cardinals are 63-51 overall and 23-24 in the second half, which puts them 6.5 games back of first place in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: at Daytona, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.43) 6:05 CT.
The Chiefs were topped by the Bees at home on Friday night. The Chiefs scored one in the fourth and the other in the seventh. Stefan Trosclair’s triple plated the first run. In the seventh, Trosclair, who led off the inning with a single, eventually scored on a wild pitch. Trosclair was 3-for-4 including a triple and a double and one RBI. J.R. Davis was 2-for-3.
Starter Frederis Parra pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while fanning two and walking one. Dewin Perez surrendered a run in the seventh. Leland Tilley added a scoreless eighth, and Austin Sexton allowed a run in the ninth. Parra took the loss, his fourth.
In the field, Brian O’Keefe committed a throwing error, Trosclair made a fielding error, and Kramer Robertson had a throwing error. O’Keefe also had a passed ball. But all six Bees runs were earned.
The Chiefs are 56-60 overall and 26-21 in the second half to put them five games back of first place in the Midwest League West for the second half.
Saturday’s game: vs. Burlington, Austin Warner (2-2, 3.52) 6:30 CT.
The Spikes battled with the Lake Monsters and finally pulled out the win in the 11th inning at home on Friday. State College took the early lead with a three run third inning. Singles by J.D. Crowe and Zach Kirtley were followed by an RBI single by Brandon Benson and then a throwing error to plate a second run. Wood Myers singled in the third run of the inning. The Spikes didn’t score again until the 10th inning, when Myers’ RBI single again tied the score. In the 11th, Yariel Gonzalez’ walk off single ended it. Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Benson was also 2-for-3. Myers was 2-for-4 and Crowe was 3-for-5.
Starter Jonathan Mulford pitched five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits. Mulford fanned three and walked four. Steven Farinaro went two innings, allowing one run to tie the game. Farinaro was charged with the blown save. Noel Gonzalez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Spencer Traynor hurled the final 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run but gaining the win, his fourth of the season.
Gonzalez stole his first base in two attempts. Myers was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts for the Spikes. Mulford made an error on a pickoff attempt and Myers made a throwing error.
The Spikes are 28-23, three games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Saturday’s game: vs. Vermont, Andrew Summerville (3-0, 1.84) 6:05 CT.
Johnson City at Bristol – Cancelled
This game was cancelled due to rain. No makeup date has yet been scheduled.
Saturday’s game: at Elizabethton, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.45) 6:00 CT.
GCL Cardinals – Off
Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.
DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Rockies 4
The Cardinals were edged by the Rockies on Friday. The Cardinals scored in the first three innings to take a three run lead, but fell behind late. Starter Francis Ventura pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, three walks and struck out one. But the bullpen let the team down. Cristoffer Zapata surrendered one run in the fifth, and began the sixth, but gave up two singles and was replaced with no outs. Wilman Madera allowed both inherited runners to score, charged to Zapata. Madera took the blown save. Madera pitched a scoreless seventh. Anthony Trompiz pitched the eighth, relinquished the winning run, and was tagged with the loss.
The Cardinals scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Victor Garcia. The double was Garcia’s only hit. Joyser Garcia’s single in the second plated a run. In the third, Carlos Soler scored on a wild pitch. Soler was 2-for-3. Raffy Ozuna was 3-for-4.
Soler stole his seventh base, and was caught stealing for the eighth time in 15 attempts. Soler also had an outfield assist, and Joyser Garcia had a passed ball.
The Cardinals are 24-34 on the season and are 18 games back of first place in the DSL South
Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.
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