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Results from games played Monday, June 26.
Zac Gallen allowed three runs in his Triple-A debut but the offense could score just two in support, as the Redbirds fell to Oklahoma City at AutoZone Park on Monday evening.
Promoted from Springfield after pitching most of the first two months at Palm Beach, Gallen gave up three runs over five innings to the Dodgers, who struck out eight times and drew zero walks against the 21-year-old right-hander. Gallen’s outing – which ultimately ended with a loss – was followed by four combined scoreless innings from Josh Zeid, Ryan Sherriff, and Miguel Socolovich.
The Redbirds’ bats couldn’t do their part, however. Left fielder Nick Martini went 3-for-4 and drove in both Memphis’ runs. As a team, the Redbirds left seven runners on base and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.
Tuesday’s game: Luke Weaver (6-1, 2.16) vs. Oklahoma City Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM Central time.
The Springfield Cardinals will not play until Thursday, as Tuesday is the Texas League All-Star Game. Oscar Mercado, Anthony Garcia, Corey Baker, Matt Pearce, and Dakota Hudson will represent the Cardinals.
Palm Beach Cardinals off
The Palm Beach Cardinals were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday. Connor Jones (4-4, 4.56) will take the mound in Port St. Lucie, Florida, against the Mets and their newest arrival, outfielder Tim Tebow.
Beloit Snappers 3 at Peoria Chiefs 2 (12 innings)
It took 12 innings, but the Snappers were finally able to sneak by the Chiefs on Monday with a 3-2 victory.
Jordan Hicks pitched a strong start – 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, whiffing seven along the way. He left the game tied at two, destined for a no-decision. Yeison Medina followed out of the bullpen and pitched scoreless ball through the ninth inning. With the score still knotted, Ronnie Williams was called upon for long relief and performed well, but finally yielded a run in his third inning of work. The Chiefs’ bats could not bail him out though, and Williams dropped to 2-4 on the season.
Chiefs left fielder Vince Jackson led his team offensively, going 2-for-6 with a home run. Shortstop Jose Martinez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run batted in, and center fielder Nick Plummer went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Over the 12 innings, 23 of the Chiefs’ 36 outs occurred via the strikeout with all nine starters having at least two Ks each. The team managed just five hits on the evening.
Tuesday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 0.00) vs. Beloit Snappers, 11:00 AM Central time.
The Spikes failed to get much of anything going offensively and fell to the Scrappers, 5-1, in Monday night’s home matchup.
Jonathon Mulford started for the Spikes and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over four innings, dropping to 0-2 on the season. Anthony Ciavarella followed out of the bullpen and gave up three runs between the fifth and sixth frames, accounting for the Scrappers’ handful of runs on the night.
Third baseman Evan Mendoza drove in the only run of the night for the Spikes, who stranded eight men on the bases. Going just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the Spikes failed to take advantage of four bases on balls surrendered by the Scrappers’ staff.
The Spikes are off Tuesday and will host the Auburn Doubledays on Wednesday. The State College starter has not been announced.
In his season debut, Johan Oviedo tossed six scoreless innings as the Cardinals defeated the Mets on Monday by a 2-1 final score.
Oviedo, our Player of the Day, whiffed seven over his six shutout frames, picking up his first professional win. Fabian Blanco followed Oviedo’s six scoreless with three innings of one-run ball, preserving Oviedo’s win and generating his first save.
Johnson City got both of their runs in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly from third baseman Brady Whalen and an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Carlos Rodriguez. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante doubled to account for the Cardinals’ lone extra-base hit of the contest.
Tuesday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (0-0, 0.00) at Kingsport Mets, 10:00 AM Central time.
The defending champion Cardinals dropped their season opener at home to the Astros on Monday afternoon. Over 4 2/3 innings, starter Winston Nicacio allowed six runs, four earned. Three errors were committed by the Cards, including a throwing error by Nicacio. Relievers Enrique Perez and Brian Pirela yielded two more runs each in the seventh and eighth, respectively, as the score got out of hand.
The Cards offense established a brief 2-1 lead in the second on Sanel Rosendo’s two-run homer, his first of two long balls. The right fielder plated three on the day. Third baseman Elehuris Montero contributed two doubles, a walk and an RBI. The Cards had chances, but could not get the key hits, as the team went a collective 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.
Tuesday’s game: off
The Cardinals pounded out 21 hits and took advantage of four errors to pummel the Yankees on Monday, 18-3.
Starter Jose Moreno allowed one run and struck out four over four innings. Hector Soto followed with three scoreless innings to pick up his second win on the young season.
The Cardinals’ pitchers received plenty of run support. Center fielder Carlos Soler hit for the cycle, driving in six runs and scoring four. Second baseman Franklin Soto went 5-for-7 with a double and two runs batted in, and first baseman Cristhian Longa doubled, homered, scored three times, and drove in three as well. Right fielder William Jimenez drew four walks.
Tuesday’s game: TBA at DSL Mets, 9:30 AM Central time.
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