photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
It was two up, two down for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system on Wednesday, as Springfield was walloped by first place Arkansas, Peoria split a doubleheader behind a seven-inning complete game from Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas, and Palm Beach blanked Tampa in a classic pitcher’s duel. (Please note the early morning start for the Beach Birds on Thursday.)
Results for games played Wednesday, May 15th.
Memphis (21-18) was off.
Thursday’s game: at San Antonio, Genesis Cabrera (1-3, 7.81) 7:05 CT.
Starter Harold Arauz’ struggles continued as Springfield fell to 17-22 on the year with an 8-2 home loss to the Arkansas Travelers. The 23-year-old Panamanian allowed seven runs, all earned, on seven hits, five walks and a pair of wild pitches before being pulled with one out in the third inning.
Roel Ramirez relieved, and thanks to a double play, recorded eight outs while facing only seven batters. Carlos Martinez also pitched, yielding his first rehab run while permitting four hits in two shaky innings. Martinez fanned none of his nine opposition batters.
Conner Capel hit his seventh homer for both of his team’s RBI, to lead the S-Cards attack. The 21-year-old right fielder also stole his third base of the year and raised his average to .227. Second baseman Irving Lopez had the club’s only multi-hit game, with two singles.
Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 6.75) 7:05 CT.
Palm Beach (24-14) got a sixth-inning RBI single from right fielder Justin Toerner and the Beach Birds staff made it stand up in a 1-0 nail-biter over the visiting Tampa Tarpons. For good measure, in the eighth inning Toerner also nabbed a line drive and doubled the tying run off second base to help preserve the winning margin. Catcher Dennis Ortega went 1-for-3 and gunned down a runner, eradicating Tampa’s only would-be base stealer of the contest and effectively erasing first baseman Luken Baker’s sixth error of the year.
Starter Edgar Gonzalez improved his record to 3-5 and his ERA to 3.20 with six outstanding innings. The righty conceded just two singles and two walks, and fanned six men. Zach Prendergast and C.J. Saylor each pitched a shutout inning and received credit for a hold, while Bryan Dobzanski (third save) reduced his ERA to a microscopic 0.77 with a spotless ninth.
Thursday’s game: vs. Tampa, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.43) 9:30 CT.
Slender southpaw Diego Cordero pitched well once again, but it wasn’t enough as Peoria fell to 16-20 with a narrow 2-1 loss at home to Beloit in Game 1 of the Wednesday afternoon twin bill at Dozer Park. The durable lefty starter — he leads the Midwest League with 43 1/3 innings pitched — took the loss despite permitting just two runs over six stanzas. The 21-year-old is averaging over six innings per start but only 90 pitches, and sports a sparkling 1.66 ERA on the season.
Malcom Nuñez drove in the only run for the Chiefs with a seventh-inning single, his first hit above the Dominican Summer League level. The 18-year-old third baseman also committed a throwing error for Peoria, which was held to five safeties for the game. Left fielder Leandro Cedeño doubled for his team’s only extra base hit, while catcher Alexis Wilson went hitless in three trips but warrants special mention for successfully gunning the only base stealer and picking a runner off second base.
Peoria (17-20) received a seven-inning complete game shutout from Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas and rolled to a 6-0 win in the nightcap against the visiting Snappers, splitting the doubleheader. The 20-year-old Venezuelan whiffed seven and walked a pair while scattering five harmless hits, lowering his ERA to 2.19. Seijas tied a career high with 100 pitches, and for the sixth time in seven starts he held his opponent without a longball.
Left fielder and leadoff hitter Brandon Riley singled three times and drew a walk as the tip of the spear for the Chiefs. Riley’s two-run single was the icing on a five-run second inning for Peoria, putting the game well out of reach. Leandro Cedeño (.351 over his last ten games) and Malcom Nuñez each singled and doubled, with Cedeño also reaching via a hit by pitch, and Nuñez scoring twice and plating a run with the aforementioned two-bagger.
Thursday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 11.85) 6:35 CT.
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