(photo: Patrick Wisdom/USA TODAY Sports Images)
Results from games played Monday, July 17.
Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom launched a timely, two-run homer late in the game to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-3.
Wisdom, our Player of the Day, hit his 20th long ball of the season in the top of the ninth inning, erasing a 3-3 tie. Wisdom’s homer was one of three by the Redbirds on Monday, as big flies accounted for all five runs. Outfielder Harrison Bader launched a solo homer in the fifth, and shortstop Alex Mejia blasted a two-run bomb later in the same frame.
Matt Pearce toed the rubber for the Redbirds, in just his third career Triple-A start and first of 2017. Pearce turned in a quality start – six innings with three runs allowed – but did not factor in the decision. With two scoreless innings, Kevin Herget picked up the win. Josh Lucas secured his seventh save.
Tuesday’s game: Marco Gonzales (6-3, 2.60) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.
Backed by another strong outing from Dakota Hudson, the Cardinals defeated the Naturals by a 4-1 final score.
Hudson allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, improving to 8-4 and lowering his earned run average to 2.69 across 16 games and starts this season. Andrew Morales and Rowan Wick followed Hudson out of the Cardinals’ bullpen with 2 2/3 scoreless frames between them.
Second baseman Darren Seferina helped lead the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Shortstop Tommy Edman went 3-for-4 with a run driven in, and first baseman John Nogowski doubled in a run as well. The Cardinals had a dozen hits and drew five walks, ultimately leaving 10 runners on base.
Tuesday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (4-5, 5.46) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 6:30 PM Central time.
Palm Beach Cardinals cancelled
Due to wet grounds, the Lakeland Flying Tigers cancelled their Monday contest against the visiting Palm Beach Cardinals. Because it was the final meeting between the two, the game will not be rescheduled.
The Cardinals will be back in action Tuesday at 5:30 PM Central time at Roger Dean Stadium, with Jordan Hicks (0-1, 5.40) taking the mound versus the Daytona Tortugas.
Peoria Chiefs 2, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (12 innings)
It took a dozen innings, but the Chiefs pulled out a 2-1 win over the TinCaps in Monday’s matchup in Peoria.
Chiefs starter Ian Oxnevad certainly did his part, holding the TinCaps to one run on two hits over seven innings. Peoria’s bullpen maintained Oxnevad’s sharpness, as Bryan Dobzanski and Keaton Siomkin each pitched two scoreless innings. Dewin Perez, who twirled a scoreless 12th, was the pitcher of record when the Chiefs scored the game-winning run, and he picked up his second win.
Peoria outfielder Vince Jackson hit his sixth homer of the season in the seventh inning to knot the score at one run, but from there, the scoreboard remained empty for five innings. Outfielder Mick Fennell was the hero, as he lined a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 12th to push across the winning tally.
The Chiefs are off Tuesday and will pick back up Wednesday on the road with the Dayton Dragons at 6:00 PM Central time.
State College Spikes postponed
With rain in the area, the Spikes game at the Williamsport Crosscutters was postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Spikes have not announced their starting pitcher for either seven-inning contest.
Kingsport Mets 9, Johnson City Cardinals 2
The Mets took advantage of a shaky night for Cardinals hurlers, as Kingsport pummeled Johnson City, 9-2, on Monday.
Cardinals starter Edwar Ramirez was charged with his fourth loss, allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jake Dahlberg yielded four more runs while recording five outs. Paul Salazar and Juan Alvarez kept the Mets off the board the rest of the way, but the damage was far too much for Johnson City to overcome.
Johnson City second baseman J.D. Murders drove in their lone earned run of the night, as the Cardinals were aided by four Mets errors. The Cardinals failed to manufacture many runs though, as third baseman Brady Whalen and outfielder Walker Robbins scored the only two runs.
Tuesday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 6.75) vs. Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.
GCL Cardinals off
The GCL Cardinals were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday on the road against the GCL Mets. The game will start at 11:00 AM Central time.
The Phillies’ five-run eighth paired with two earlier runs was enough to withstand five unanswered runs from the Cardinals, who fell by a 7-5 final.
Cardinals starter Jose Moreno suffered the loss, his third loss in as many decisions. Moreno allowed two runs over 4 2/3 frames, and the Phillies piled on to their lead after Moreno exited. Reliever Oneiver Diaz was charged four runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Cristoffer Zapata yielded a run on three hits and a walk without recording an out.
Cardinals all-star catcher Ivan Herrera doubled and plated a trio of runs, accounting for the only extra-base hit of the day for the team. Outfielder William Jimenez and second baseman Franklin Soto each drove in a run, but they proved to not be enough.
Tuesday’s game: TBA at DSL Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time.
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