photo: Matt Fiedler (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria right fielder Matt Fiedler, who doubled to drive in the winning two runs in the ninth and take the Chiefs’ first-half playoff hopes into the final day.
Results for games played Saturday, June 16.
The Redbirds were pummeled in El Paso on Saturday night. Starter Daniel Poncedeleon was rocked for eight runs, though just two were earned, on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched. The right-hander struck out six and walked two. Hector Mendoza allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Landon Beck surrendered four runs in his two innings pitched. Poncedeleon took the loss.
The lone Redbirds run came in the sixth on Carson Kelly’s RBI single. Kelly went 2-for-4, as did Max Schrock, Adolis Garcia, and Randy Arozarena.
Rangel Ravelo made a throwing error that opened the disastrous second inning.
The Redbirds are 41-28 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.
Sunday’s game: at El Paso, Chris Ellis (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.
The Cardinals were edged by the Travelers at Hammons Field on Saturday. The offense put up two runs in the first inning to take the early lead, but could not hold the advantage. Tommy Edman’s leadoff single began the inning. Lane Thomas singled and Edman scored on a groundout by Andrew Knizner. Chris Chinea singled to plate Thomas. Springfield added another run in the third on Edmundo Sosa’s single. The Cardinals didn’t score again until the ninth, when Granden Goetzman drove in a run on a double to left. Goetzman went 2-for-4. Chinea and Edman were also 2-for-4. Sosa was 3-for-4.
Starter Mike O’Reilly suffered his second loss with Springfield, pitching only 1 2/3 innings and giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits. The right hander walked three and struck out none. Ramon Santos added 2 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs. Greg Holland pitched a scoreless fourth and Tommy Layne debuted with a clean fifth. Colton Thomson tossed two scoreless innings and Yeison Medina finished with a run-free ninth.
Edman stole his 12th base in 14 attempts. Thomas was caught stealing for the fourth time in 16 attempts. Sosa committed a fielding error, his 10th miscue of the season.
The Cardinals are 32-36 on the season and are formally eliminated from the first-half race in the Texas League North.
Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, Connor Jones (4-2, 3.80) 1:05 CT.
The Florida State League All-Star Game was played at Daytona on Saturday. Palm Beach players who appeared for the South included Andy Young, the starter at second base, Jose Godoy, starter at catcher, Johan Mieses, replacement in right field, and starting pitcher Austin Warner. None of the position players had hits, going a combined 0-for-5. Warner pitched one scoreless inning, giving up two hits and striking out one. The South was defeated by the North 5-0.
In other news, the High-A league announced its 2019 All-Star Game will be held at Roger Dean.
Sunday’s game: No game
The Chiefs mounted a major comeback to edge the Kernels in Cedar Rapids on Saturday. Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits. Seijas struck out two, walked one and earned his second win of the season. Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his fifth save.
Peoria was held scoreless until the ninth inning. With the club down 3-0 in the ninth, Rayder Ascanio singled, J.R. Davis was hit by a pitch and Nick Plummer walked. Irving Lopez’ sac fly plated one. Elehuris Montero was hit by a pitch, and Davis scored on a wild pitch. Yariel Gonzalez singled to bring in Plummer. Matt Fiedler doubled to drive in the deciding two. Fielder went 2-for 4 with a double and triple and Lopez was 2-for-3.
In the field, Seijas made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.
The Chiefs are 38-31 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division. Peoria’s magic number for a first half playoff spot is one. The Chiefs will clinch a wild card playoff berth in Sunday’s first half finale by either beating Cedar Rapids or if Clinton loses.
Sunday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, Paul Balestrieri (2-3, 5.00) 2:05 CT.
In their 2018 home opener on Saturday, the Spikes edged Crosscutters in extra innings. Starter Winston Nicacio pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. The right hander fanned four and walked one. Patrick Dayton surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings pitched. Kevin Hamman allowed one run in his one inning of work. Brett Seeburger relinquished two runs, one earned, in 1 2/3 innings, and Will Changarotty pitched a scoreless 11th to earn the win, his first.
The Spikes got on the board first in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Delvin Perez. In the fourth, Wadye Ynfante’s sac fly added a second. A third run scored in the sixth on a missed catch error. The Spikes tied it up in the ninth on Brendan Donovan’s sac fly.
With Seeburger on the bump and the extra-innings rule in place in the 10th, the Crosscutters took a two-run lead, but the Spikes answered with two to tie it up again. Joe Gomez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Nick Dunn added a sac fly. Finally, in the 11th, Donovan’s single on a bunt ground ball brought the winning run home in a walk-off. Only one Spike had multiple hits, as Justin Toerner was 2-for-5.
Edwin Figuera and Nick Dunn stole their first base for the Spikes in their initial attempts. Toerner swiped his first bag in two tries as he was also caught stealing. Nicacio made an error on a pickoff attempt, and Brady Whalen committed a throwing error.
The Spikes are 1-1 on the season.
Sunday’s game: at Williamsport, Angel Rondon (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.
In a huge offensive game for both teams, the Cardinal Blue team came out the victor. The Blue team got on the board with two in the first inning on back to back doubles by Jean Selmo and Freddy De Jesus. In the second, a sac fly by Pablo Gomez and an RBI groundout by Diomedes Del Rio plated two more runs. A Del Rio single scored a run in the fourth and a second run in the inning came home on a wild pitch. In the sixth, back to back sac flies by Darlyn Del Villar and Selmo added two. The big inning was the seventh. Leudy Pena hit a two run home run to right field. Selmo tripled to clear the bases for three more. Diowill Burgos also tripled and plated one. In the eighth, three final runs crossed the plate on a Del Villar triple. Pena went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Del Rio was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and Selmo was 2-for-4. De Jesus went 2-for-5 and Pablo Gomez went 2-for-3.
Starter Enmanuel Solano pitched four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits. The right hander struck out four and walked one. Anthony Trompiz surrendered six runs, five earned, in 2/3 innings. Miguel Yadis tossed the next 2 1/3 innings, allowed one run and was the winning pitcher. Saniel Santana and Leonardo Taveras pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.
On the base paths, Del Rio stole his third base in three attempts. Burgos was picked off first base. In the field, Gomez made a throwing error. Yowelfy Rosario committed three errors, two throwing and one fielding. Catcher Jose Zapata had a passed ball. Starter Solano picked a runner off second base.
The Cardinals Blue are 10-3 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.
Sunday’s game: No game scheduled
The Red team went down to the Brewers on Saturday in a laugher as the pitching struggled. Starter Wilman Madera pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits while fanning three and walking one. Roy Garcia followed with 1 2/3 innings in which he surrendered five runs on three hits. Miguel Maiz allowed four runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Rodard Avelino pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two additional runs. Garcia took the loss.
The Red offense scored five runs on five hits, with four scores in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Joerlin De Lo Santos drew a walk. Franklin Soto reached on a fielding error and stole second base. Francisco Hernandez’ sac fly scored De Los Santos. Cristhian Longa singled Soto home. Alexander Samuel drew a walk and Luis Andujar doubled to plate Longa and Samuel. In the second inning, De Los Santos’ RBI single scored the Red team’s fifth and final run.
On the base paths, Soto stole his fifth base in nine attempts. In the field, De Jesus, Soto and Samuel each committed fielding errors. Hernandez made a throwing and a fielding error. Adanson Cruz had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals Red are 4-9 on the season and are tied for last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Sunday’s game: No game scheduled
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