photo: Irving Lopez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
St. Louis’ minors went 2-1 on Sunday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Irving Lopez, whose second walk-off home run of the weekend closed the Double-A club’s sweep. Palm Beach won its minor league best ninth game behind starting pitcher Johan Oviedo and a prolific offense.
Results from games played Sunday, April 14th.
Austin Gomber could not complete the fifth in the Redbirds’ 7-6 defeat at Round Rock. Third-place Memphis (4-7) trails in the series, one game to two, with one contest remaining.
Gomber tossed 4 1/3 frames, giving up four runs on five hits and a base-on-balls. The southpaw left a runner on, who scored with Ryan Meisinger on the mound.
Meisinger (L, 0-3) retired four batters but not before allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks. Both Gomber and Meisinger served up a solo shot. Tommy Layne minimized the damage to Meisinger by retiring his only batter faced, leaving the sacks jammed. Alex Reyes worked around three free passes over two scoreless innings.
The Redbirds banged out eight hits with Adolis Garcia and Edmundo Sosa having two hits each. Both of Garcia’s hits went for extra bases, a double and solo bomb in three at bats to go with three RBI. Sosa went 2-for-4 with a double and one driven in.
Defensively, the visitors committed three miscues. Third baseman Max Schrock committed a fielding error as did left fielder Rangel Ravelo while catcher Andrew Knizner was charged with a bobble on an attempted pick off.
Monday’s game: at Round Rock (7-4) (HOU), 11:35 am CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00)
Irving Lopez’ second walk-off home run of the series led the S-Cards to a four-game home sweep over Northwest Arkansas (4-7). The sweep pulls Springfield (4-7) into a third-place tie with the Naturals.
Lopez, our Player of the Day, went yard with Scott Hurst aboard after the latter began the 10th at second. The long ball was one of three walk-off victories for the home team in four days. The second baseman joined left fielder Conner Capel with two hits apiece with two other Springfield players having one hit each.
The bomb made a winner out of Merandy Gonzalez (W, 1-1), who allowed one of two inherited runners touch home for his third blown save. Gonzalez fanned four over 2 2/3 while yielding a hit and walk.
Anthony Shew tossed the initial five innings, permitting three tallies on six hits and two walks. The righty struck out six.
Luke Gregerson faced the minimum in the sixth, fanning two, and Connor Jones pitched a clean seventh. But Will Latcham allowed Northwest Arkansas to knot the game at six all when he was touched for three scores on three hits and a base-on-balls with one out recorded.
Monday’s game: vs. second-place Tulsa (5-5) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Williams Perez (0-1, 12.86 ERA)
Johan Oviedo tossed six strong frames as the Beach Birds (9-2) flew past the Stone Crabs, 5-3. First-place Palm Beach’s fourth straight win includes a three-game road sweep of sixth-place Charlotte (3-8) (TB).
Oviedo (W, 2-0) scattered seven hits and two walks, resulting in single tallies in the first and third innings. The righty struck out six and threw 58 of his 92 pitches for strikes.
C.J. Saylor yielded a hit during his two scoreless innings while Junior Fernandez picked up his third save despite allowing a run on a lead-off walk, wild pitch, single and RBI ground out. It was the first run permitted by the 22-year-old in five appearances covering seven frames.
The visitors capitalized on nine free passes issued by Stone Crab hurlers, generating three runs from them. Zach Kirtley and Alexis Wilson each had two of their squad’s seven hits, the former going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls and two-run bomb that was one of two runs scored. Wilson reached base three times, singling twice in four at-bats with a walk. Wilson’s on-base exploits were topped by Justin Toerner, who reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a double, three free passes and scored twice.
Monday’s game: at Lakeland (5-5) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, TBA
Sunday’s road contest between Peoria (4-6) and first-place Kane County (7-4) (ARI) was moved up to Saturday, April 13th, in anticipation of inclement weather on Sunday. The Chiefs are in a three-way tie for sixth with Beloit (OAK) and Cedar Rapids (MIN) and trail the Cougars by 2 ½ games.
Monday’s game: vs. fifth-place Clinton (4-5) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Dionis Zamora (0-1, 8.31)
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