photo: Dylan Carlson (Aaron Doster/Imagn)
The 2-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system had varying results. Springfield won big behind Player of the Day Dylan Carlson, but Peoria lost bigger. Memphis suffered a ninth-inning letdown while streaking Palm Beach delivered a shutout.
Results from games played Thursday, May 16th.
The Redbirds began a nine-game road trip by absorbing a 4-3 walk-off loss at San Antonio. Memphis (21-19) remains in second place in the American Northern Division, 3 ½ games in back of Iowa (CHC).
The visitors took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Tommy Layne (L, 1-1) (BS, 2) was tagged for two walks and two runs driven in on a two-out double. Genesis Cabrera’s strong start was wasted, as the lefty scattered eight hits and a base-on-balls over the first six innings, resulting in two runs. Two of the five outs recorded by Ryan Helsley were strikeouts and Ryan Meisinger fanned his only batter.
Memphis generated seven hits, two of them by Tyler O’Neill who went 2-for-4 with a solo shot. Adolis Garcia added a home run with the bases clean, his 10th long ball of 2019 and only hit in four at bats. Rangel Ravelo led the hitting effort by singling three times in four at bats.
Friday’s game: at San Antonio (23-17) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Ponce De Leon (3-1, 3.03)
Six late runs broke open a tight contest as the S-Cards flew past Northwest Arkansas in the road series opener, 10-4. Springfield (18-22) solidified its hold on third place over the Naturals with the victory and sit six games behind Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.
Springfield held a tenuous 3-2 lead until the visitors exploded for a four-run eighth, and following that up with two more in the ninth. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple and solo home run comprising one of his four RBI. The center fielder added his sixth stolen base to his hitting effort.
Jose Godoy went 3-for-5 as well, doubling once with a run scored and driving in three. One of Johan Mieses’ two hits in four at bats was his third home run of the season, a three-run blast that put his team up 3-0 through four. Springfield’s designated hitter added a double to his bomb and crossed home twice. Irving Lopez was the final Springfield player with a multi-hit performance, as the second baseman singled twice in five at bats with a run scored.
Johan Oviedo tossed six solid frames in picking up his first Double-A win in his third start. The 21-year-old allowed seven hits and a free pass, resulting in three runs, which all scored in the fifth frame.
Hector Mendoza tossed a clean seventh but Seth Elledge was touched for a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Elledge hit a batter as well. That batter scored with Merendy Gonzalez on the mound after the righty inherited a bases-loaded jam then uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch. Gonzalez used a 6-4-3 double play to negate a single and two ninth-inning walks, picking up his second save.
Friday’s game: at fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (23-15) (KC), 7:15 pm CT, Williams Perez (4-1, 4.30)
A trio of Beach Birds hurlers combined on a three-hitter in their 5-0 win over Tampa (17-22) (NYY) and a four-game home series sweep. Palm Beach (25-14) is riding a six-game winning streak that has vaulted them into a tie atop of the South Division standings with Fort Myers (MIN).
Perry DellaValle (W, 2-2) pitched the initial five frames, limiting the opposition to two hits while not issuing a free pass. The Seton Hill product struck out three, hit one and threw 51 of his 79 pitches for strikes.
Mitchell Osnowitz gave up a two-out single in his first inning of work but retired his final three batters. Ramon Santos recorded the last seven outs and allowed one base-on-balls.
Four of the home team’s five tallies occurred in the sixth, which featured Zach Kirtley’s lead-off single plus RBI doubles by Julio Rodriguez and Bryce Denton. In a move the Tampa manager may now regret, the Yankees’ starter was removed after 5 1/3 having yielded only one run. His replacement threw two wild pitches, the latter one scoring Rodriguez, and plunked two batters – both of whom came around to score.
Kirtley was the only PB-Card with more than one of the team’s six hits. The first baseman singled twice in four at bats and touched home via Rodriguez’ double. Denton reached base three times, doubling once in two at bats with two walks and two knocked in.
Friday’s game: vs. third-place Bradenton (22-17) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 4.91)
The sixth-place Chiefs’ home series opener against the Western Division’s top team resulted in a 21-1 shellacking by the River Bandits.
15 of the visitors’ 21 runs were generated in either the fourth or ninth frame. Jacob Schlesener (L, 0-4) could not retire any of his five batters faced in the fourth, the result being six runs allowed, five earned, on four hits, a whopping seven walks and a hit batsman in three plus innings.
Fabian Blanco outdid Schlesener by plunking three batters, including one batter twice, and yielding six runs on four hits and two bases-on-balls with six outs recorded. Blanco allowed both inherited runners to touch home.
Sebastian Tabata, the third of five Peoria hurlers to be scored upon, tossed two frames while permitting three tallies on two hits, three free passes and a hit batsman. (The same guy Schlesener plunked, if you are keeping track.)
Thomas St. Clair worked around a lead-off walk for a scoreless eighth but got the hook after issuing three more free passes amidst two outs the next inning. All three runners scored under Josh Shaw’s watch, as the infielder pressed into pitching duties was pounded for a double and back-to-back home runs before recording the third out.
The Chiefs offense managed just five hits. Their only score came on Brady Whalen’s first-inning long ball. Whalen went 2-for-4 as the only Peoria player with more than one hit.
Friday’s game: vs. first-place Quad Cities (24-12) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, TBA
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