photo: Austin Gomber (Memphis Redbirds)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Saturday as Palm Beach and Memphis split doubleheaders. Our Player of the Day is Redbirds left-hander Austin Gomber, who pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout on three hits and with six strikeouts.
Results for games played Saturday, April 20.
In the first of a twin bill required by Friday’s rainout, the Redbirds were overcome late by the Express, who feasted on Memphis pitching with four home runs. Alex Reyes started but was limited to a pitch count of 40 pitches. Reyes tossed three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one. In his Memphis rehab debut, Luke Gregerson added a scoreless fourth. From there, the good pitching went sour.
Harold Arauz gave up two solo home runs in the fifth, then pitched a scoreless sixth. In the seventh, the right hander allowed a leadoff walk and a double. John Fasola coughed up a double to his first hitter as the two inherited runners scored. Fasola allowed two runs of his own before recording an out on a sac fly. Chasen Shreve came in with one out and two runners on. One runner was eliminated on a force out on the first hitter Shreve faced. Shreve then gave up a double that plated the last of Fasola’s runners and one of his. Three more runs scored on back to back home runs. A total of nine runs came in during the seventh. Two were charged to Arauz, four to Fasola, and three to Shreve. Fasola received the blown save and the loss.
The Redbirds put up the first run in the first inning on a double by Rangel Ravelo. Ravelo singled in the second run in the third inning and drove in the third run on a single in the fifth. Adolis Garcia followed with a three-run home run to take the short-lived 6-2 lead. Ravelo had three hits and three RBI.
Reyes committed an error on a pickoff attempt.
In the second game of the doubleheader, the Redbirds blanked the Express 3-0. Memphis got on the board with one run in the second inning via a bases loaded walk by Drew Robinson. Adolis Garcia’s solo home run in the third put the Redbirds up 2-0. In the fifth, Rangel Ravelo walked and later scored on a ground rule double off the bat of Edmundo Sosa. Andrew Knizner had two hits.
Starter Austin Gomber tossed seven scoreless innings. Our Player of the Day allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one to earn his second win of the season.
Johan Mieses had an outfield assist.
The 8-8 Redbirds are in third place, two games out of a share of the division lead.
Sunday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Jake Woodford (1-0, 1.10) 2:05 CT.
The Cardinals lost a hard fought extra innings road contest to the Naturals on Saturday. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Naturals took a 2-0 lead. The Cardinals responded with a run in the top of the sixth. Back to back singles by Kramer Robertson and Dylan Carlson put a runner on first and second. Evan Mendoza grounded into a force out, and a throwing error led to Robertson scoring on the play.
A second Cardinals run in the top of the seventh tied the game at 2-2. Conner Capel walked and stole second base. Capel advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Shane Billings.
The Naturals answered with a run in the bottom half of the seventh. Springfield tied the game for the second time in the top of the ninth. Capel again got on base with a leadoff single. Brian O’Keefe was hit by a pitch, moving Capel to second. A double play ball by Scott Hurst on third, and he scored on a passed ball.
Starter Williams Perez hurled six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning nine and walking two. Connor Jones surrendered the go-ahead run in the seventh. Seth Elledge pitched two scoreless innings following Jones. Kodi Whitley pitched the 10th, and gave up the winning walk off home run, a two run shot.
Capel stole his first base of the season. Robertson was caught stealing for the first time. Mendoza made a throwing error, and Capel had an outfield assist.
Hampered by a leaky bullpen, the 5-12 Cardinals are still looking for their first road win of the season after 10 defeats. They are 7 1/2 games out of the division lead.
Sunday’s game: Off
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Cardinals blanked the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday. Starter Johan Oviedo tossed five scoreless innings, scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked one. Zach Prendergast finished with two scoreless innings of relief.
Palm Beach got on the board in the first inning. Justin Toerner drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second and third on a single and a ground out, and scored on Chase Pinder’s ground out.
In the fourth, Alexis Wilson singled to center and scored on an inside the park home run by Michael Perri. The Cardinals were up 3-0.
Zach Kirtley led off the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a single by Luken Baker. Kirtley scored on a Wilson single, and Baker scored on a sac fly by Rayder Ascanio
Bryce Denton singled in the sixth, advanced to third on a double by Kirtley and scored on a wild pitch. Kirtley had three hits in the contest; Wilson and Perri each had two.
Kirtley committed a throwing error. Toerner had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals were unable to sweep the doubleheader, as they fell to the Mets by a score of 5-1 in the nightcap. Starter Edgar Gonzalez had a tough outing that wasn’t helped by two errors from his defense. Gonzalez pitched five innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits. The right hander struck out six and walked two. Patrick Dayton tossed a scoreless sixth. Junior Fernandez began the seventh and gave up a run on a walk and a double before Ben Yokley retired the final batter. Gonzalez took the loss, his third of the season.
The Cardinals posted their only run of the game on Julio Rodriguez’ solo home run in the second inning. Rodriguez and Bryce Denton went 2-for-3.
Both Cardinals errors were fielding miscues by second baseman Kirtley. Gonzalez picked off a runner at first base.
The 12-5 Beach Birds share first place with Bradenton (PIT).
Sunday’s game: Off
The Chiefs fell to the Bees at Community Field in Burlington on Saturday. Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, including a home run. The right hander fanned six and walked one. Michael Brettell secured the final two outs of the sixth, and returned for the seventh but surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits. Jacob Schlesener pitched the eighth and allowed the final Burlington score.
The Chiefs only run scored in the third. Delvin Perez reached on a fielding error but was forced out by Edwin Figuera. Figuera stole second then advanced to third on a throwing error. He scored on a single off the bat of Josh Shaw. Shaw was 2-for-4.
Figuera stole his second base of the season. The Chiefs committed two errors, a missed catch by Figuera, and a pickoff error by catcher Ivan Herrera. Wadye Ynfante made an outfield assist at home plate.
The loss took the Chiefs to 5-11 on the season. They are in last place, 6 1/2 games back in the division.
Sunday’s game: Off
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