photo: Edgar Escobar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
Angel Rondon was a strikeout machine in Palm Beach’s win, the only victory in three tries for St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Rondon was supported by Luken Baker’s three-hit performance but Springfield and Peoria both fell in close contests. Peoria lost despite outstanding relief efforts by Freddy Pacheco and Player of the Day Edgar Escobar. Memphis (and Alex Reyes) was rained out.
Results from games played Thursday, April 18th.
The series finale between the Redbirds and Missions was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday, May 27th at AutoZone Park. Memphis (7-7) claimed the abbreviated series, two-games-to-none, and sits a game behind American Northern co-leaders Iowa (CHC) and Omaha (KC).
Friday’s game: vs. Round Rock (9-5) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00)
The S-Cards could not overcome a big fourth inning, falling to the Naturals, 6-5, in the series opener. Springfield (5-10) is yet to win in eight tries on the road this season, which lands them in last place in the North Division, 6 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).
Austin Warner (L, 0-2) could not record the fourth’s final out, yielding five runs in that frame on five hits and two walks. Mike O’Reilly left Warner’s final runner aboard but allowed a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 1/3. Merandy Gonzalez worked around three hits and a free pass for two clean innings.
The visitors generated just six hits, needing four Northwest Arkansas miscues to score four of their five runs. The only S-Card with more than one hit was Shane Billings, who singled twice in four at bats and touched home once out of the nine hole. Dylan Carlson took part in three scores, going 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two RBI.
Friday’s game: at third-place Northwest Arkansas (6-9) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (0-1, 3.00)
The Beach Birds exploded for 13 hits in their 8-4 victory over the Mets, the first of three games between the two squads. Palm Beach (11-4) remains atop the South Division, a game in front of Bradenton (PIT).
The PB-Cards, who put numbers on the board in four consecutive innings, were led by Luken Baker, who went 3-for-4 with a double, crossed home once and drove in one. Four Palm Beach players had two hits each: Julio Rodriguez, Justin Toerner, Zach Kirtley and Yariel Gonzalez. Catcher Rodriguez launched a three-run bomb capping his team’s four-run fifth and breaking a 3-3 tie.
Angel Rondon picked up his third win against no losses, with all three tallies charged to the righty in 5 2/3 generated by one long ball. Rondon fanned nine while giving up just two hits and two walks.
Two of the four outs recorded by Bryan Dobzanski were K’s, and the right-hander stranded an inherited runner. Ronnie Williams was touched for a run on two hits while retiring two before giving way to C.J. Saylor. Saylor tossed the final 1 1/3, issuing one free pass and leaving Williams’ last runner on.
Friday’s game: vs. St. Lucie (8-7) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (2-0, 2.25)
A game-tying run in the ninth went for naught as the Chiefs suffered a 4-3 walk-off loss at Burlington in the series opener. Peoria (5-9) is last in the eight-team Western Division, 4 ½ games back of the Bees.
The Chiefs clung to a meager 2-1 lead through the contest’s initial seven innings, thanks to a two-run first. Lars Nootbaar doubled to open the game, eventually scoring on a one-out single by Nolan Gorman. Brady Whalen’s single to right advanced Gorman to third, putting the latter in position to score via Brendan Donovan’s sac fly to center.
Three Peoria hurlers made that lead stand up, although it was a shaky start after Cole Aker was given the hook with just two gone in the first. Aker issued five free passes, pushing across one run and leaving Edgar Escobar to strand the bases loaded.
Player of the Day Escobar only allowed one runner to reach during his three-inning stint with four strikeouts. Freddy Pacheco continued the strong pitching by retiring all nine faced, fanning seven. (Escobar is unscored upon in eight innings this season, making him a very bright spot on the struggling Peoria staff.)
But the combination of Thomas St. Clair and Fabian Blanco (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) ended Peoria’s unusual no-hit bid and turned over the lead in the home half of the eighth. St. Clair let his first two batters reach via a walk and double before notching a K. Blanco was unable quash the threat, permitting three straight singles that brought two across and resulted in an out at home for the inning’s second out. A swinging K finished the frame with Burlington up 3-2.
Peoria tied the game at three-all after Leandro Cedeño opened the ninth with his first double of 2019. Delvin Perez manufactured a bunt single, advancing pinch-runner Edwin Figuera to third whereupon he scored on a wild pitch.
Blanco was allowed to take the mound in bottom of the frame and loaded the bases by sandwiching a single around two walks. A sac fly ended the game.
The Chiefs outhit their hosts, nine to five, with three players each garnering two hits: Nootbaar, Whalen and Cedeno. Nootbaar and Cedeno both went 2-for-4 with a double, the former walking once with a run scored. Whalen singled twice in three at bats.
Friday’s game: at first-place Burlington (10-5) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Diego Cordero (1-1, 3.00)
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