(photo: Luke Weaver / Memphis Redbirds)
Results from games played Wednesday, June 28.
Behind another great start from Luke Weaver, the Redbirds easily defeated the Dodgers on Wednesday by a 7-2 score.
Weaver, our Player of the Day, struck out six over six scoreless innings, lowering his earned run average in 11 starts to 1.93. Weaver was followed out of the bullpen by Trey Nielsen’s scoreless seventh, while Josh Lucas – despite allowing a pair of runs in the eighth – preserved Weaver’s seventh win in eight decisions and his save.
First baseman Chad Huffman and center fielder Harrison Bader both hit two-run homers, their fifth and eighth of the season, respectively. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in, and pinch-hitter Rangel Ravelo came through with a run-scoring single.
Thursday’s game: Marco Gonzales (3-3, 2.70) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.
Springfield Cardinals off
With the Texas League All-Star Game on Tuesday, the Springfield Cardinals were off Wednesday. They’ll pick back up Thursday on the road against the Midland RockHounds at 7:00 PM Central time. Austin Gomber (2-6, 4.57) will toe the rubber for the Cardinals.
Four runs in the opening frame loomed large at game’s end, as the Cardinals took the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader versus the Mets by a 5-2 final score.
Starter Connor Jones allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings, picking up his fifth win of the season. Dailyn Martinez recorded the final four outs to pick up his second save.
The Cardinals were aided by three defensive miscues from the Mets, as they needed just five hits to produce as many runs. Third baseman Darren Seferina went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, and two runs scored. Left fielder Randy Arozarena was credited with two runs batted in.
Cardinals center fielder Blake Drake’s defense deserves a mention. Although he did commit his first error of the season, Drake had two outfield assists, doubling a runner off second base and gunning one down at the plate.
The Mets jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but the Cardinals scored four unanswered runs to sweep Wednesday’s doubleheader in Port St. Lucie, 5-3.
Starter Junior Fernandez allowed three runs over five innings, picking up his fourth win in seven decisions this season. Fernandez got the win because he was the pitcher of record in the sixth, when the Cardinals broke out with their four runs.
The Cardinals left eight runners on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Almost needless to say, their four-run sixth happened a little unconventionally: Danny Diekroeger scored on a passed ball, Darren Seferina walked with the bases loaded, Blake Drake was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Randy Arozarena walked with the bases still loaded. If you’re keeping track, that’s four runs scored on no hits.
It was a rough night for St. Lucie’s hurlers to say the least.
Thursday’s game: Ryan Helsley (7-2, 2.91) at St. Lucie Mets, 5:30 PM Central time.
It was a quiet Wednesday night for the Chiefs, as they managed just three hits against Snappers pitching in the 3-0 loss.
Starter Austin Sexton left in the second inning with forearm tightness that is not considered serious. Frederis Parra entered and pitched four innings of two-run ball. Parra took the loss, but certainly came up big for the Chiefs’ relief staff, which unexpectedly needed to cover eight innings. Max Almonte and Yeison Medina followed Parra, combining for one run over the game’s final four frames.
In the batter’s box, seemingly nothing went positively for Peoria. Though they had just six baserunners in the game – three base hits, two walks, and one hit by pitch – chances to make hay in those opportunities were squandered by hitting into two, inning-ending double plays.
Thursday’s game: Juan Perez (1-0, 0.00) vs. Beloit Scrappers, 7:00 PM Central time.
Fueled by four runs in the third inning, the Spikes and Anthony Shew’s near-quality start, the Spikes took Wednesday’s matchup with the Doubledays, 7-1.
Third baseman Evan Mendoza and right fielder Ricardo Bautista both drove in two runs, with the production coming in different ways. For Bautista, who took an 0-for-4 final line in the box score, it was two well-placed RBI ground outs; for Mendoza, it was his three-hit performance that plated two.
As for Shew, he allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings, improving to 2-0 with a 0.84 earned run average in two outings for the Spikes in the early going. From the Spikes’ bullpen came scoreless ball from Colton Thomson, Will Latcham, and Spencer Trayner.
Thursday’s game: TBA at Auburn Doubledays, 6:05 PM Central time.
The Astros pushed across three runs from the sixth inning on, but the Cardinals managed to hold on for a 6-3 win.
Franyel Casadilla twirled four scoreless innings in his start but did not factor in the game’s final decision. Reliever Jake Walsh picked up his first victory with a scoreless fifth inning. The Cardinals finished with Jake Dahlberg, Champ Rowland, and Jacob Patterson handling the final four innings of relief.
Six of Johnson City’s 10 hits were doubles, including two off the bat of designated hitter Wood Myers. Right fielder Wadye Ynfante hit his third double of the season, while left fielder Carlos Talavera, shortstop Starlin Balbuena, and catcher Cameron Knight each lined their first two-baggers of the young campaign. Ynfante, Balbuena, Myers, Knight, and second baseman Irving Lopez were all credited win a run batted in, with the other scored by Ynfante on the back end of a double steal. Ynfante has three steals in four chances this season.
Thursday’s game: Edwar Ramirez vs. Greenville Astros, 6:00 PM Central time.
After getting out of the gates quickly, with three runs in the top of the first inning, the Cardinals’ bats remained rather dormant through the rest of the game. The Mets took advantage, knocking off the Cardinals, 5-4.
Leandro Cedeno delivered the damage on offense. The first baseman smashed a three-run home run in first inning and hit his second of the day in the sixth, driving in all four Cardinals runs.
Starter Junior Gonzalez surrendered three runs over four innings. Austin Warner allowed a run in his 2 2/3 innings, and C.J. Saylor allowed the go-ahead score in the seventh inning.
Thursday’s game: TBA vs. GCL Nationals, 11:00 AM Central time.
The Cardinals failed to get much going in Wednesday’s pitching duel with the Mets, dropping the close game by a 2-1 final score.
Cardinals starter Wilfredo Pereira did his part in the pitching-rich affair, tossing five scoreless innings with just three hits and one base on balls allowed. The Mets mustered two runs against reliever Jose Geronimo, and they proved to be just enough to sneak a victory and stick Geronimo with his first loss of the year.
In an overall quiet day at the plate for the Cardinals, right fielder Luis Montano went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio tripled in three at-bats and drove in Montano to account for the lone Cardinals run.
Thursday’s game: TBA at Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time.
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