photo: Adolis Garcia (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Saturday, with Memphis and Palm Beach claiming victories. Our Player of the Day is Redbirds outfielder Adolis Garcia, who was 3-for-4, including two doubles, two RBI and two runs scored in the Pacific Coast League victory over Round Rock.
Results for games played Saturday, April 7.
With their third-straight high-scoring outburst, the Redbirds again defeated the Express on Saturday, this time, 11-6. In taking their initial series, the offense has plated 36 runs in their three games to date.
For the second consecutive night, outfielder Tyler O’Neill provided the long ball. O’Neill hit a two run shot in the fourth for his third home run of the season. Carson Kelly’s single plated the first Memphis run in the third inning before the second came home on Alex Mejia’s ground out. Mejia later scored the final run of the inning on a balk. In the sixth, two runs came home on a double by Adolis Garcia. The final two innings featured an RBI single by Patrick Wisdom that plated two in the eighth, and in the ninth, Mejia scored on a wild pitch and Wilfredo Tovar drove in a run on a single. Garcia was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. O’Neill was 2-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Wisdom was 2-for-5 with two RBI. Mejia and Tovar were each 2-for-4 with an RBI. Oscar Mercado was 2-for-5.
Max Schrock stole his first base of the season in his first attempt. Garcia and Tovar both made fielding errors.
Starter Austin Gomber pitched four innings, giving up two runs on four hits. The left hander fanned two and walked two. Arturo Reyes followed with two innings of relief, surrendering two runs on three hits and picking up the win. Edward Mujica allowed two unearned runs in his 1 2/3 innings. Preston Guilmet tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless frames to earn the save.
The Redbirds are 3-0 on the season.
Sunday’s game: at Round Rock, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 0.00) 1:05 CT.
The Cardinals were soundly defeated in Midland on Saturday night for their third loss in three outings. Springfield managed only one run, a second inning solo home run by Chris Chinea. There were only four Cardinals hits, with the only other extra base hit a double by Lane Thomas. Luke Dykstra and Jeremy Martinez singled.
Starter Conner Greene lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his Cardinals debut, giving up three runs on three hits. Greene struck out two and walked two. Tyler Bray followed with 1 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs, two earned, on three hits. Jacob Evans allowed three unearned runs in his 1 2/3 innings pitched. Estarlin Arias added two scoreless innings, and Brady Bowen pitched a scoreless eighth. Greene took the loss.
Dykstra made a throwing error. Darren Seferina committed two fielding miscues at third base and is still looking for his first hit of the season after 13 at-bats.
The Cardinals are 0-3 to start their 2018 Texas League campaign.
Sunday’s game: at Frisco, Sam Tewes (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT
In this Roger Dean matchup, the Cardinals defeated the Hammerheads by the same score as the night before. Recently signed St. Louis relief pitcher Greg Holland took the mound in the first. Holland is preparing to make his debut on the St. Louis roster on Monday. The right hander pitched an inning, giving up one run on two hits, while striking out one and walking none. Luke Gregerson, rehabbing a hamstring injury, pitched the second inning in scoreless fashion. Following was regular starter Mike O’Reilly, who tossed 4 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits. O’Reilly was the winning pitcher. Yeison Medina tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed the third and final Jupiter score. Jesus Cruz and Jason Zgardowski combined for a scoreless ninth, with Zgardowski earning the save.
Offense was provided in part by home runs from Chase Pinder and Stefan Trosclair. Pinder blasted a two run shot in the sixth inning, while Trosclair added a solo blast in the ninth. Shane Billings’ single brought the first run home in the second inning. In the eighth, Evan Mendoza plated a run on a double. In the ninth, following the solo home run, Jose Godoy’s single brought in the final Cardinals score. Kramer Robertson was 3-for-5 and Billings was 3-for-4.
The Cardinals are 2-1 on the early season.
Sunday’s game: at Jupiter, Austin Warner (0-0, 0.00) 12:00 CT.
In Peoria’s Saturday home opener, the Burlington Bees played spoiler, defeating the Chiefs 9-3. The game got out of hand before all the fans were even in their seats.
Johan Oveido made an early exit, replaced by Kevin Hamann with only one out and having given up five runs. Oveido walked the first five hitters for two runs, then Hamann walked in the third run, which was charged to the starter. A single plated the final two of Oveido’s five runs. Hamann allowed two more scores of his own before getting the final two outs of the inning. Hamann returned to pitch a scoreless second inning, but surrendered two additional runs in the third before being replaced with two outs in the inning by Bryan Dobzanski, who got the final out of the inning. Dobzanski tossed two additional scoreless innings. John Kilichowski followed with three scoreless frames, and Cory Malcolm tossed a scoreless ninth. Oveido took the loss.
The home team got on the board in the second inning on leadoff man Nick Plummer’s RBI double. The Chiefs didn’t score again until the eighth, when a run came home on a passed ball with Plummer at the plate. In the ninth, the third and final run scored on a wild pitch. The Chiefs had eight hits, two of the extra base variety, doubles by Plummer and Juan Yepez. Yepez went 2-for-3 and stole his first base of the season. Taylor Bryant was 2-for-5.
Shortstop Rayder Ascanio committed a throwing error.
The Chiefs are 1-1 on the season.
Sunday’s game: vs. Burlington, Evan Guillory (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.
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