photo: Masyn Winn (Palm Beach Cardinals)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-1 on Friday. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day, Masyn Winn, was 5-for-6, plus a walk, a steal and two RBI. Starters Michael McGreevy and Gordon Graceffo also starred in Peoria’s doubleheader sweep. Palm Beach logged its third straight walkoff win.
Results from games played Friday, April 15.
The Memphis Redbirds beat the Knights at Truist Field in Charlotte on Friday night. Connor Thomas made the start for Memphis. The left hander pitched four innings and gave up one unearned run, allowed three hits and struck out two.
Packy Naughton tossed three innings of relief and surrendered one run to earn the win. Blake Parker allowed one run in the eighth and Jake Walsh threw a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.
Charlotte got on the board first with one run in the first inning. In the fifth the Knights added one score to make it 2-0. The Redbirds responded with their first run in the sixth when Kramer Robertson singled and came home on a pair of Charlotte defensive errors.
Memphis took the lead in the seventh with three runs. Alec Burleson led off with a single and Ivan Herrera walked. Conner Capel singled to load the bases and Burleson scored on a force out by Ben DeLuzio. Pinch hitter Juan Yepez hit into a fielder’s choice to plate Herrera. Evan Mendoza followed with a sac fly to score DeLuzio.
The Knights scored their third run in the eighth on a solo home run. Memphis answered with a solo home run by Capel and an RBI single by Cory Spangenberg. Burleson and Capel each had two hits.
Spangenberg made a throwing error.
Saturday’s game: at Charlotte, T.J. Zeuch RHP (0-1, 6.75) vs. Kade McClure RHP, 6:04 CT
The Springfield Cardinals were edged by the Travelers in a one-run contest at windy Dickey Stephens Field on Friday night. Despite the loss, prospect Jordan Walker had good night at the plate.
Springfield came to bat in the second behind 1-0. Moises Gomez walked, and Chandler Redmond plated him on a double. Todd Lott and Nick Dunn each drew a walk. With the bases juiced, Redmond scored on a wild pitch. Matt Koperniak grounded out and Lott scored to increase Springfield’s lead to 3-1.
Arkansas quickly tied it with two runs in the bottom of the second. The game remained knotted at 3-3 until the sixth inning when the Travelers took a 5-3 lead. Arkansas added their sixth run in the seventh.
Springfield rallied in the eighth when Walker singled and Gomez hit a two-run home run to decrease the lead to 6-5. The Cardinals could not add on in the ninth. Walker was 3-for-5 in the game with three singles.
Kyle Leahy took the mound for the Cardinals. The right hander pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on four hits, fanned eight and walked two. Leahy suffered his first loss of the season. Michael Brettell relieved Leahy and surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings. Sean Kealey tossed a scoreless eighth.
In the field, Nick Dunn and Gomez each made a fielding error. Catcher Julio Rodriguez had a passed ball.
Saturday’s game: at Arkansas, Domingo Robles LHP (0-0, 2.25) vs. Taylor Dollard RHP (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.
The Peoria Chiefs edged the Loons in a 2-1 win the first game of a twin bill at Dozer Park on Friday night. Starter Michael McGreevy pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings with two hits allowed and four strikeouts.
John Beller relieved and surrendered one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings to close out the game. Beller was awarded the win, his first of the season.
The game was scoreless until the ninth, when Great Lakes pushed across a run, but the Chiefs answered with one run in the bottom frame to re-tie the score. Noah Mendlinger began the inning on second base. Mendlinger advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a sac fly by Masyn Winn.
Peoria scored the winning run in the 10th. Aaron Antonini began the inning on second base. Tommy Jew and Carlos Soto each drew a walk. With the bases loaded, Antonini came home on a wild pitch for the walk off victory. Winn was 3-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.
On the base paths, Winn stole his fourth base of the season. Jew stole his second base and pinch runner Francisco Hernandez swiped his first.
Winn and Jacob Buchberger each committed a throwing error.
The Chiefs defeated the Loons in the second game of the twin bill on Friday night at Dozer Park. Gordon Graceffo started for Peoria and pitched six innings. The right hander gave up one run on two hits and fanned seven to earn his second win. Enmanuel Solano surrendered one unearned run in the seventh.
Great Lakes scored first with one run in the second. Peoria answered in the third with three runs to take the lead on RBI singles by Mack Chambers, Masyn Winn, and Jacob Buchberger.
Buchberger drove in the fourth run on a ground out in the fourth. In the sixth, a sac fly by Winn plated a fifth run for the Chiefs. The Loons added a second run in the seventh, but the rally fell short.
Winn and Buchberger each had two hits.
On the base paths, Tommy Jew and Mike Antico each stole their third base of the season. In the field, Chambers made a throwing error.
Saturday’s game: vs. Great Lakes, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (0-0, 0.00) vs. Nick Nastin RHP, 6:35 CT.
The Cardinals topped the Tortugas in a 4-3 win at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night. It was the Beach Birds’ third consecutive walkoff victory. Alex Cornwell took the mound to start for Palm Beach. The left hander pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits, struck out two and walked one.
Ludwin Jimenez threw 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Hayes Heinecke surrendered one run in two innings pitched. Nelfri Contreras tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the win.
Daytona got on the board first with two runs in the top of the first. The Cardinals answered with one run in the bottom half of the first on a sac fly by Osvaldo Tovalin.
The score stayed at 2-1 until the sixth. Jeremy Rivas led off with a single. Wade Stauss singled and Hansel Otamendi followed with a ground out. Rivas scored on a fielding error on the ground out to tie the game at 2-2.
The Tortugas regained the lead with one run in the top of the eighth. The Beach Birds quickly tied it again in the bottom frame of the eighth on two singles by Tovalin and Stauss and a wild pitch.
The Cardinals won the game in a walk off in the ninth. Franklin Soto singled, Rivas singled, and Tovalin walked. A wild pitch sent Soto home for the win. Rivas and Stauss each had two hits.
In the field, Soto made a throwing error. Outfielder Adanson Cruz had an assist at first base.
Saturday’s game: vs. Daytona, Trent Baker RHP (0-1, 6.75) vs. Arij Fransen RHP (0-0, 7.71) 5:00 CT.
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