photo: Rangel Ravelo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Thursday. Despite Player of the Day Rangel Ravelo’s three hits and three RBI, Memphis bullpen failed in extra innings. Peoria’s offense was lacking and Palm Beach’s contest was suspended. Springfield won its fourth straight to pull out of last place.
Results from games played Thursday, May 9th.
Memphis’ bullpen could not prevent five extra-inning tallies in their 9-8 defeat to Iowa in 11. The second-place Redbirds (18-16) have lost two of their initial three games to the first-place Cubs whom they trail by five games in the standings.
Jesus Cruz (L, 1-3) yielded five runs, three earned, on two hits, two walks and a balk in one plus. Chasen Shreve recorded the final three outs but not before allowing all three inherited runners to score.
All four runs charged to Jake Woodford in his five-inning stint resulted from a pair of two-run home runs comprising two of the three hits and two walks allowed. The righty hit one batter.
Hunter Cervenka and Ryan Helsley combined to hold the opposition scoreless over the next three frames, with Helsley working around a hit and two free passes over two innings. Ryan Meisinger retired one batter and allowed a hit and walk before giving way to Tommy Layne, who struck out his only two batters.
Half of Memphis’ eight runs were generated by two-run bombs off the bats of Rangel Ravelo and Joe Hudson. Player of the Day Ravelo’s blast was one of his three hits in five at bats, along with a double, two runs scored and three RBI. Hudson generated a pinch hit home run that brought his team within one in the 11th. The home team produced six hits in all with five of their eight runs unearned.
Friday’s game: vs. Iowa (23-11) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (1-2, 7.06)
The S-Cards opened a six-game home stand with a 7-4 victory over Northwest Arkansas. The win, the team’s fourth in a row, lifts Springfield (13-20) into third place in the North Division, 8 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).
Springfield had a balanced offensive attack as three players each had two of the team’s 10 hits: Brian O’Keefe, Justin Williams and Jose Martinez. O’Keefe went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored out of the eight hole while the others went 2-for-4 with a double. Williams touched home once with an RBI. Chris Chinea added his fifth home run of 2019, a solo shot that was part of the S-Cards’ four-run sixth. Johan Mieses plated two.
Austin Warner (W, 1-2) delivered a quality start, allowing just two runs through seven before serving up a two-run bomb with none gone in the eighth. Warner went seven plus frames giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits, including two long balls. The southpaw did not issue a free pass.
Jacob Patterson recorded two outs but jammed the sacks full via a hit, walk and hit batsman before handing the ball to Seth Elledge. Elledge ended the threat with a force at third then tossed a clean ninth.
Friday’s game: vs. fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (12-20) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Harold Arauz (0-2, 8.44)
The road series opener for Palm Beach at Bradenton was suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning with the Marauders leading 1-0. The remainder of the nine-inning game will be completed as part of a double-header on Friday, May 10th, with the nightcap shortened to seven innings.
Friday’s games: at second-place Bradenton (20-12) (PIT). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.25)/TBA
The Cubs took down the visiting Chiefs in the series opener while ending 15-16 Peoria’s modest two-game win streak. South Bend plated two in the second (earned) and another in the third (unearned) against Chiefs starter Alvaro Seijas (L, 1-4). The right-hander allowed eight hits, no walks, hit two batters and fanned two over five innings.
Down 3-0 in the sixth, Peoria got some offense going as Ivan Herrera doubled and Brady Whalen singled him home. However, the Chiefs defense gave the run back on an unearned score in the seventh with Freddy Pacheco on the mound. The 21-year old right-hander yielded three hits, a walk and struck out four over the final three frames with just the unearned run on his record.
With two hits each, Herrera and Whalen had four of Peoria’s six hits on the night. The man batting between them in the no. 3 spot, Nolan Gorman, went 0-for-4 including two strikeouts as his slump continues.
Right fielder Lars Nootbaar (fielding) and second baseman Edwin Figuera (throwing) committed the miscues that led to the pair of unearned runs.
Friday’s game: at Sound Bend (18-15) (ChC), 6:35 pm CT, Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 14.40).
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