photo: Griffin Roberts (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Four St. Louis Cardinals appeared in Glendale’s Friday extra-inning win – one position player and four pitchers. Shortstop Kramer Robertson went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and an RBI. Starter Griffin Roberts went four scoreless innings, striking out five. Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley each tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Seth Elledge pitched the final inning and gave up an unearned run but received his first AFL save.
Results for the game played on Friday, October 4.
One St. Louis Cardinal position player and four pitchers saw action in Friday’s extra inning contest between Glendale and Surprise.
Kramer Robertson hit leadoff for Glendale. He went 1-for-4 with a walk, a triple and an RBI. The triple came on his first at bat of the game. The shortstop also grounded out, flied out and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice. Robertson has a slash line of .182/.357/.364 in three AFL starts.
Griffin Roberts was the starting pitcher for Glendale. Roberts pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, fanned five and walked one. The right-hander threw 60 pitches, 36 for strikes, and has an ERA of 3.38 in three AFL starts.
With the score tied 4-4, Roel Ramirez added a scoreless eighth, allowed no hits, and struck out one. He threw 17 pitches, 13 for strikes. The reliever has an ERA of 1.42 in five AFL appearances.
To send the game into extra innings, Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning an struck out one. The right hander threw 13 pitches, 10 for strikes. Whitley has not yet given up a run in five AFL appearances.
In the top of the 11th, Jonathan India (CIN) drove in the eventual
game-winning run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Tyler Stephenson (CIN).
Given a two-run lead to protect, Seth Elledge pitched the bottom of the 11th and surrendered one unearned run (batter placed on second base) on two hits. The right-hander struck out one to collect his first AFL save in support of winning pitcher Clayton Andrews (MIL). Elledge threw 18 pitches, 11 for strikes and has an ERA of 0.00 in five AFL appearances.
No other Cardinals saw action in the first extra-innings game of the 2019 AFL season.
Glendale is 4-9 and in last place in the AFL West, five games back.
Saturday’s game: at Surprise, RHP Victor Castaneda (MIL), 2:30 CT.
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