photo: Gordon Graceffo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Friday, with Palm Beach postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Peoria pitcher Gordon Graceffo, who pitched a six-inning scoreless gem, with five punchouts and one walk. Other standouts include Connor Thomas, Todd Lott and Masyn Winn.
Results from games played Friday, May 20.
The Memphis Redbirds were topped by the Gwinnett Stripers in a 3-2 contest at Coolray Field on Friday. Connor Thomas took the mound for Memphis. The left hander pitched six innings, gave up one run on six hits, and fanned five.
Kyle Ryan relieved and threw a scoreless seventh. Junior Fernandez surrendered two runs, one earned, in the eighth and took the loss. He was also tagged with a blown save.
The game was scoreless for the first 3 ½ innings until Gwinnett put up the first run of the game. Memphis quickly tied it a 1-1 in the fifth. Ben DeLuzio doubled, stole third and scored on a throwing error.
The Redbirds took the lead 2-1 in the sixth on an RBI single by Ali Sanchez. In the eighth, the Stripers scored two runs to retake the lead 3-2. Memphis was unable to respond.
Alec Burleson went 3-for-4. The offense scored two runs on eight hits and was 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.
On the base paths, DeLuzio stole his sixth base of the season. Evan Mendoza swiped two bases.
In the field, DeLuzio made a fielding error.
Memphis has a record of 21-19 on the season and is in sixth place in the International League West, six games back of first place Nashville.
Saturday’s game: at Gwinnett, Aaron Brooks RHP (0-1, 4.91) vs. Touki Touissant RHP (1-1, 5.16) 5:05 CT.
The Springfield Cardinals beat the first place Wind Surge in a 5-3 contest in Wichita on Friday night. Tyler Pike started for Springfield. The left hander pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits, struck out five and issued one free pass.
Michael Brettell surrendered two runs in 3 2/3 innings of relief. Brettell got the win, his second. Grant Black earned his first save with two scoreless innings pitched.
Wichita put the first run of the game on the board in the second inning. Springfield answered in the third on a two-run long ball by Matt Koperniak.
The scored remained 2-1 until seventh inning, when the Wind Surge went ahead 3-2. The Cardinals responded by scoring three runs in the eight to regain the lead. Jonah Davis drew a walk. Jordan Walker doubled to left to plate Davis. Todd Lott then thumped a two-run home run to right field to give Springfield a 5-3 lead that they would not relinquish.
The Cardinals scored five runs on six hits. Koperniak drove in two. Lott also plated two runs. Walker had one RBI.
In the field, Irving Lopez made a throwing error.
Springfield is 15-22 on the year and stands in last place in the Texas League North, eight games back of first place Wichita.
Saturday’s game: at Wichita, Kyle Leahy RHP (1-4, 6.56) vs. Chris Vallimont RHP (0-2, 9.95) 6:05 CT.
The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Sky Carp on Wednesday night at Beloit’s ABC Supply Stadium. Gordon Graceffo got the start for Peoria. The right hander pitched six scoreless innings, allowed five runs, struck out five and walked one to earn his third win of the season.
Nick Trogrlic-Iverson surrendered two runs in the seventh. Leonardo Taveras tossed the final two scoreless innings and earned his first save of the season.
The Chiefs put up four runs out of the gate in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Masyn Winn singled on a line drive to left field. Mike Antico drew a walk. Winn then stole third base. Aaron Antonini walked to load the bases. Jacob Buchberger grounded into a force out and Winn scored. Antonini was out at second. Matt Chamberlain singled to right and Antico scored. Francisco Hernandez followed with a double to center, plating Buchberger and Chamberlain.
The score held at 4-0 until the sixth inning when Peoria added a fifth run to make it 5-0. Carlos Soto doubled and Thomas Francisco doubled to score Soto.
Beloit rallied with two runs in seventh but those were the only runs scored for either team in the final innings.
The Chiefs offense was led by Winn who had a 3-for-5 night with a run scored. Chamberlain went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Hernandez drove in two.
On the base paths, Winn stole two bases to increase his tally to 15 on the season. Antico purloined his 18th base.
In the field, Winn made a throwing error.
Peoria is 16-21 on the season and sits in fourth place in the Midwest League West, nine games back of first place Cedar Rapids.
Saturday’s game: at Beloit, Dionys Rodriguez RHP (0-3, 4.06) vs. LHP Zach King 6:35 CT.
Palm Beach vs. Bradenton (postponed)
The game between Palm Beach and Bradenton on Friday was postponed due to rain. The game will made up on Saturday, May 21 as the first game of a doubleheader.
Saturday’s games: vs. Bradenton, LHP Chris Gerard (1-2, 3.94) and RHP Inohan Paniagua (1-3, 2.09) vs. TBA 3:00 CT (Game 1 with Game 2 to follow)
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