(photo: Ramon Santos/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The 7-1 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system included two wins for the Memphis steamroller. Ramon Santos and Evan Guillory each tossed seven innings of two-hit scoreless baseball, leading Palm Beach and Johnson City to victories.
Results from games played Tuesday, August 8th.
Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 1 (7) – Game 1
Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 2 (7) – Game 2
The Redbirds took two from the Storm Chasers on Tuesday, 3-1 and 4-2, for a two-games-to-one series lead with two to go. Memphis (76-40) lowered the magic number to clinch the American Southern Division to seven.
In both seven-inning contests, Omaha struck first, but the home team answered each time. The Redbirds led off the opener’s fifth with three straight singles, tying the game at one all and driving the Storm Chasers’ starter from the game. Former St. Louis Cardinal Seth Maness was greeted by another RBI single and a line out knocking in the final score.
Wilfredo Tovar singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home for his squad’s second tally. He was driven in by Tyler O’Neill, who went 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI. Rangel Ravelo singled in Alberto Rosario while Diaz’ line out brought Ravelo across. Memphis collected seven hits in all.
Kevin Herget (W, 4-1) gave a solid six-inning effort, fanning five with a run yielded on four hits and two walks. Josh Lucas faced the minimum in the seventh for his 12th save.
It was déjà vu all over again in the nightcap. The visitors scored twice against Matt Pearce in the third, one unearned, but Memphis halved that deficit in the fifth before a three-run sixth put them over the top.
The Redbirds capitalized on six walks for the runs, all four tallies produced by a double driving in baserunners who worked free passes. Nick Martini doubled in Breyvic Valera to get the scoring started and Gabriel Lino’s bases-loaded double brought home O’Neill, Diaz and Valera the next frame. Martini added a single to his double in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s five hits.
On the mound, Pearce (W, 2-1) scattered seven hits and a base-on-balls over six two-run innings, striking out four. Ryan Sherriff earned his sixth save with a one-two-three seventh.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Omaha (54-61) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, John Gant (4-5, 4.33)
Bruce Caldwell’s pinch-hit two-run bomb flipped a loss to a win as the S-Cards slipped past the Missions, 3-2, in the first of three games. Springfield (29-16) has won five straight and remains tied with Tulsa (LAD) atop the North Division.
The eighth-inning blast made a winner out of starter Chris Ellis (W, 4-6) who limited the South Division leaders to two runs over seven innings on five hits, including a solo shot. Landon Beck matched Ellis’ four K’s but did it in two innings for his fourth save.
Oscar Mercado led Springfield’s eight-hit offense, singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI. Jacob Wilson and Tommy Edman went 1-for-3 with a run scored, Edman doubling once and Wilson’s single coming before Caldwell’s long ball.
Wednesday’s game: at first-place (South Division) San Antonio (26-18) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Gomber (6-7, 4.00)
The pitching was strong and the bats were hot in the Beach Birds’ 6-0 shutout of Fort Myers. Palm Beach (22-22) clinched the series win with one game on tap.
A trio of PB-Card pitchers limited the league leaders to just four hits and did not issue a free pass. Ramon Santos (W, 3-2) tossed a gem, facing just one over the minimum in seven innings. The righty struck out seven, yielding two hits but one of those base runners was erased after Santos picked him off first. Dailyn Martinez and Ian McKinney each permitted a hit in their one inning of relief, with Martinez fanning two.
The home team generated 11 hits, with all nine starters garnering at least one. Casey Turgeon and Luke Dykstra had two hits apiece, in four and three at bats, respectively. Chris Chinea’s only hit in three at bats was a two-run home run, his fifth long ball of 2017.
Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place Fort Myers (27-18) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (7-5, 4.06)
Peoria (26-19) erupted for 20 hits in their 12-4 pasting of Clinton (18-27) (SEA). The victory gave the second-place Chiefs a split of the four-game set and kept them four behind Quad Cities, who won their eighth straight.
All nine starters got into the act, with six producing a multi-hit effort. Brian O’Keefe went yard twice with the bases clean, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three driven in.
Juan Yepez and Vince Jackson had four hits apiece, Yepez doubling in six at bats with five RBI while Jackson tripled once in five at bats, crossed home twice and knocked in one.
Anthony Shew was the fortunate recipient of his squad’s offensive largess, and the righty picked up his first full-season win as a result. Shew was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk through six. Two of the three tallies were generated by a home run. He fanned five.
Austin Sexton and Ronnie Williams each tossed a scoreless frame. Leland Tilley permitted an unearned score on two hits and shortstop Kramer Robertson’s throwing error.
Wednesday’s game: Off
A seven-run first launched the Spikes (27-21) to a 10-5 victory over the Renegades in the series opener. Perhaps State College was celebrating their franchise-best six New York-Penn League All-Stars announced Tuesday afternoon – full details here.
State College produced 14 hits in total, paced by Bryce Denton and Tyler Lancaster with three each. The two, who bat fifth and sixth in the lineup, went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI, Denton doubling once. Zach Kirtley and Evan Mendoza had two hits, Kirtley singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in. Mendoza touched home once with two RBI.
Paul Balestrieri (W, 3-1) tossed the first 5 2/3, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks. His final two runners crossed with Alex Fagalde on the mound, as Fagalde allowed a run on four hits in 1 2/3. Robbie Gordon stranded one inherited runner, and permitted a hit and free pass over 1 2/3.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Hudson Valley (23-25) (TB), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.54)
Johnson City (24-22) flew past the Mets, 8-4, for a three-game sweep of Kingsport (18-27).
The Appy Birds utilized 11 hits to score in four of eight innings. The balanced attack included eight of nine starters with at least one hit, and three having two each: Irving Lopez, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Talavera. All three went 2-for-4, as Lopez and Rodriguez doubled with Lopez also working a free pass and scoring one time. Rodriguez knocked in one. Chase Pinder launched a solo bomb, one of his two driven in.
Evan Guillory (W, 2-1) was impressive over seven scoreless, striking out eight while yielding just two hits and a base-on-balls. Jake Walsh faced the minimum in the eighth, fanning two but Fabian Blanco was touched for four unearned scores on three hits, a walk and two miscues – one by him. Thomas St. Clair recorded the final out, stranding two inherited, for his fourth save.
Wednesday’s game: at Bristol (10-36) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Edwar Ramirez (2-5, 6.64)
The Cardinals (17-18) rallied for a tie after eight only to yield two to the Nationals (23-12) in the ninth for the defeat.
Reliever Patrick Dayton was charged with his second loss against one win, yielding two tallies on two hits, a passed ball, missed catch error and walk. One run scored via a fielder’s choice and another on a sac bunt in which the batter reached first.
Memphis’ Sean Gilmartin tossed a one-two-three first in his second rehab start. Regular starter Winston Nicacio went the next six, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman.
Six Gulf Birds had one hit each, with Elehuris Montero and Carlos Soto both 1-for-3 with a run scored. Montero doubled once and Soto worked a free pass plus an RBI. The team committed three errors.
Wednesday’s game: at GCL Marlins (17-19), 12:00 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 5.35)
DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Angels – postponed
Tuesday’s twin bill between the DSL Cardinals (23-32) and DSL Angels (25-27) was rained out. The games have been rescheduled as part of two doubleheaders: one on August 23rd and the other on August 24th.
Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (22-34), 10:30 am ET, Enmanuel Solano (3-1, 3.11)
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