photo: Randy Arozarena (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
On a 3-1 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Players of the Day Randy Arozarena, Johan Mieses and Zach Kirtley powered Springfield to a road win. Memphis won and Peoria split a twin bill.
Results from games played Sunday, June 9th.
The Redbirds flew past the Aces on Sunday, 7-4, for a two-games-to-one lead in the four-game series. Despite going 4-6 over their last 10 games, Memphis (27-37) has gained two games on first-place Iowa (CHC). The Cubs have a seven-game lead while in the midst of a six-game losing streak.
The visitors produced a balanced offensive attack with seven Redbirds having at least one of the team’s 14 hits and five players generating a multi-hit performance. Rangel Ravelo and Adolis Garcia both went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI. Ravelo doubled once. Edmundo Sosa, Drew Robinson and Kramer Robertson had two hits apiece.
Genesis Cabrera’s (W, 3-3) return to the Memphis rotation was a successful one. The 22-year-old struck out eight in five frames, scattering six hits and three free passes resulting in a single tally. But it did take Cabrera 96 pitches to navigate the five innings and he threw 56 of his pitches for strikes.
Anthony Shew retired eight batters (2 2/3 innings) while permitting two tallies on three hits and two walks. Chris Beck minimized the damage to Shew by stranding two of three inherited runners but allowed a run on two hits and two base-on-balls over 1 1/3 frames.
Monday’s game: at Reno (27-36) (ARI), 9:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (4-2, 3.06)
The S-Cards trounced the Naturals, 10-2, to salvage the fourth and final game of the series. Springfield (24-39) has been eliminated from play-off contention for the first half of the season.
The visitors translated 13 hits and two miscues by the Naturals into 10 tallies, six earned. Three Springfield players each generated three-hit performances thus earning all of them the Player of the Day nod: Randy Arozarena, Johan Mieses and Zach Kirtley. Arozarena maximized his results with five runs accounted for by going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and three driven in. Mieses also went 3-for-4 with a double but added a solo shot that was one of his three RBI and Kirtley doubled three times in five at bats, crossed home twice and knocked in one.
Angel Rondon (W, 1-0) tossed a strong five-inning effort, striking out seven with a tally allowed on four hits and two walks. Connor Jones faced the minimum in the sixth, fanning two before handing the ball off to Bryan Dobzanski. In his Springfield debut, Dobzanski was tagged for a run on two hits and a free pass over 1 2/3 frames and Junior Fernandez, who entered the contest with his team up 5-2, recorded the last four outs for his third save.
Monday’s game: Off
Palm Beach vs. Charlotte – cancelled
The third and final game of the series between third-place Palm Beach (34-27) and fourth-place Charlotte (32-30) (TB) was cancelled due to inclement weather, leaving the series split at one game each. Since the two teams do not meet again in the first half, the game will not be rescheduled.
Just ahead, the PB-Cards will finish the first-half of the season with a four-game set versus facility mate Jupiter while the two teams ahead of them both play on the road. First-place Fort Myers (36-26) (MIN) travels to Tampa ((27-35) (NYY) to take on the Tarpons in a five-game series while Bradenton (35-27) (PIT) plays four games at Charlotte. Only 1 ½ games separate the three squads with just one team qualifying for the playoffs.
Monday’s game: ‘at’ sixth-place Jupiter (19-41) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 3.90)
The Chiefs split a home double-header with the Kernels, dropping Game, 7-2, but claiming the second game, 2-1. Peoria (27-35) trails in the five-game set, one game to three and the loss in the opener combined with a win by first-place Quad Cities (HOU) eliminated the Chiefs from first-half post-season contention.
The opening contest was tight until the Kernels’ four-run sixth busted it wide open. Starter Colin Schmid took the loss, his second in five decisions, by giving up two runs on six hits and four free passes in 4 1/3. The lefty struck out five.
Freddy Pacheco retired both batters faced to end the fifth but not before allowing one of three inherited runners to score. Cedar Rapids’ offensive explosion occurred with Sebastian Tabata on the bump, as the righty surrendered four tallies on two hits, three walks and a hit batsman in 1/3 of an inning. Evan Sisk recorded five outs and allowed a run on a hit, base-on-balls and plunked batter (the same player Tabata hit).
The Chiefs’ offense consisted of six hits, only one of which went for extra bases. Delvin Perez went 2-for-4 out of the two hole, the only Peoria player with more than one hit. Alexis Wilson singled and scored his team’s initial run which was unearned due to a throwing error and wild pitch. Brendan Donovan worked a base-on-balls to kick off the seventh and eventually scored on Brady Whalen’s RBI single to right.
The finale was a low-scoring affair in which Franyel Casadilla (W, 2-1) held Cedar Rapids to solo shot over six plus innings. The right-hander gave up five hits in all and did not issue a free pass while throwing 48 of his 70 pitches for strikes. Cole Aker came into a two-on-and-none out jam then issued a one-out free pass to jam the sacks full. But the Tennessee native escaped on a force at home and swinging K that ended the game.
Peoria made the most of their four hits. Ivan Herrera beat out a grounder to third to begin the fifth, his second hit of the game, then raced to third on a double by Bryce Denton. Juan Yepez drove one deep enough to left to score Herrera to put the Chiefs up 1-0 after five.
But the Kernels tied the game up at 1-1 at the sixth’s midpoint, leaving the game up to Delvin Perez and Brady Whalen in the bottom of the frame. Perez worked a one-out walk, stole second and scored the winning tally on Whalen’s single up the middle.
Monday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (33-30) (MIN), 11:05 am CT, Michael Brettell (2-2, 3.90)
DSL Cardinals Blue – off
The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.
Monday’s game: First-place DSL Cardinals Blue (4-1) vs. DSL Rockies (5-2), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (0-0, 4.50)
DSL Cardinals Red – off
Monday’s game: Third-place DSL Cardinals Red (4-3) at first-place DSL Phillies White (6-1), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-0, 7.36)
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