(photo: Evan Kruczynski/East Carolina University)
Results from games played Tuesday, June 27th.
Memphis lost a low-scoring affair to Oklahoma City, 3-2. Although the Redbirds (46-31) have dropped the first two of their four-game home set, they still hold a commanding nine game lead over Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern.
John Gant (L, 1-3) tossed eight strong frames, the difference in the game being a two-run home run allowed in the fourth. Gant gave up five hits and a walk, striking out five. Mark Montgomery faced the minimum in the ninth.
The home team outhit its guests, seven to five, but went a dismal 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Nick Martini and Adolis Garcia both went 2-for-4, Martini tripling once and Garcia touching home one time in his Triple-A debut. Harrison Bader doubled once in four at bats, scoring his squad’s other run.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (44-32) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Luke Weaver (6-1, 2.16)
The 2017 Texas League All-Star Game was played on Tuesday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders, with the South team prevailing over the North, 10-3.
It was a rough night for several of the five Springfield Cardinals selected as part of the North Division team. Holding a 2-0 lead in the second, Matt Pearce allowed three runs as the South pulled ahead. In the fourth, Corey Baker yielded more runs than outs secured, three to two, on five hits.
Anthony Garcia struck out in his only plate appearance and starting left fielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-4 with a first-inning single.
On the positive side, Dakota Hudson was given the starting honors for the North and issued a walk along with securing three outs, two on ground balls.
Wednesday’s game: Off
Palm Beach at St. Lucie – postponed
The first of a three-game road series between Palm Beach (2-2) and St, Lucie was postponed due to inclement weather. The two teams are now scheduled for a Wednesday double header.
Wednesday’s games: at St. Lucie (1-3) (NYM). Game one – 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (4-4, 4.56)/Junior Fernandez (3-3, 4.23)
The Chiefs came out on top of a see-saw battle, walking off with a 10-8 win over the Snappers to even the series at one game each with two on tap. The victory snaps a tie for first between Peoria (5-1) and their guests.
The home team used three two-run frames to build a 6-0 lead, but that evaporated in Beloit’s six-run sixth. All six scores came against reliever Bryan Dobzanski and all six were unearned because of a two-out throwing error by third baseman Danny Hudzina. (The error occurred before any Snapper had crossed the plate.)
The visitors took their only lead of the contest with two in the eighth against Dewin Perez. Perez had already absorbed his first blown save when he allowed Dobzanski’s final two runners to score.
But Hudzina opened the home half of the inning with his fourth home run, halving the deficit to a single tally. Vince Jackson’s RBI double brought across Dylan Carlson (single), knotting the game at eight all. Ryan McCarvel sent the spectators home happy with his eighth long ball. It came with Matt Fiedler aboard.
The Chiefs banged out 16 hits, paced by Hudzina and Jose Martinez, who each had three hits. All three of Hudzina’s hits in four at bats went for extra bases, two doubles and a home run. He touched home twice with two RBI. Martinez went a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored.
Stefan Trosclair, Shane Billings and Carlson had two hits apiece. Trosclair added a base-on-balls to two runs scored, three driven in and two stolen bases while Billings tripled once in five at bats, crossing home twice. Carlson went 2-for-4, scored the tying run and joined Billings with a stolen base.
Southpaw Evan Kruczynski, our Player of the Day, was impressive in his professional debut, retiring all 12 batters faced on 39 pitches, 29 for strikes. Dobzanski tossed a clean fifth but could not get the final out the next inning, giving up three hits and two free passes.
Perez allowed three hits, two walks and a hit batsman in 1 2/3, both of his tallies scoring with Eric Carter on the mound. Carter (W, 3-1) fanned three in 1 2/3, as did Perez, giving up one hit.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Beloit (4-2) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Sexton (3-1, 2.65)
State College – off
Fresh off their first road series of 2017, one they lost – two games to one, fourth-place State College (4-4) heads home to take on fifth-place Auburn (WSH) in a three-game series.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Auburn (3-5), 7:05 pm ET, TBA
Three runs in the first proved decisive as the Appy Birds claimed the rubber game of their three-game series at Kingsport, 4-2. The win moves Johnson City (4-2) into a first-place tie with Greeneville (HOU), a half game in front of Kingsport.
The visitors’ 11-hit attack was led by Wadye Infante and Julio Rodriguez, who both had three hits. Infante went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored at the top of the order while catcher Rodriguez singled three times in four at bats, scored one and knocked in another. Shortstop Wood Myers went 2-for-4 with his first stolen base. Defensively, Myers committed his first miscue.
Starter Jacob Schlesener finished an out shy of qualifying for the win, permitting four hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3 scoreless. Brett Seeburger (W, 1-0) went the next 2 1/3 run-free frames, allowing two hits and a walk, stranding two inherited runners. Evan Guillory was touched for a two-run bomb in the eighth before Thomas St. Clair worked around a lead-off single and wild pitch for his first professional save.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Greeneville (4-2) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 3.00)
GCL Cardinals – off
The GCL Cardinals (0-1) look for their first victory of 2017 when they face the GCL Mets.
Wednesday’s game: at GCL Mets (0-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA
The seventh-place Dominican Birds (8-12) fell to the DSL Mets1, 3-1, and now trail the division-leading DSL Twins by seven games.
All three scores charged to Roy Garcia (L, 0-2) came in the sixth, the first of his two-inning stint. The righty yielded two hits and three free passes in all.
Garcia pitched in relief of Enmanuel Solano, who tossed five strong frames in his first start after three relief appearances. The 18-year-old righty scattered five hits and did not issue a free pass. Solano fanned four. Leonardo Taveras tossed a clean eighth.
The visitors’ sole run occurred in the ninth and came in typical Dominican Summer League fashion. Shortstop Raffy Ozuna begin the frame by striking out swinging on a pitch scored a wild pitch and scampered to first. He advanced to second via a ground out, moved to third on another wild pitch and scored on a single by catcher Ivan Herrera, one of only four hits by the Cardinals on the day.
Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Mets1 (11-10), 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (0-3, 4.09)
Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation: Peoria Chiefs Notebook: 2017 Week 12
Not yet a member?
Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.
© 2017 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.