photo: Scott Hurst (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday with Springfield splitting two and Palm Beach postponed. The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day are CF Scott Hurst, who was 2-for-4 with two RBI and DH Ben DeLuzio, who hit a grand slam in Memphis’ win over Iowa.
Results from games played Friday, May 27.
The Memphis Redbirds blanked the Iowa Cubs 7-0 at AutoZone Park on Friday night. Aaron Brooks made his best start of the season to date for Memphis. The right hander retired his first 11 batters on the way to five scoreless innings. Brooks allowed just two hits and struck out four to earn his first win.
Tommy Parsons relieved and threw a scoreless sixth. James Naile followed with two scoreless innings. Junior Fernandez tossed a scoreless ninth.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning. With two outs, Luken Baker drew a walk, Scott Hurst singled, and Evan Mendoza walked to load the bases. Ben Deluzio then blasted a grand slam to left center field. It was the designated hitter’s second grand slam of the series and seventh long ball in 2022.
Benny The … Slugger
2nd @IntlPaperCo Grand Slam of the series for DeLuzio!
— Memphis Redbirds (@memphisredbirds) May 28, 2022
The Redbirds increased their lead to 7-0 in the fifth. Alec Burleson and Ivan Herrera began with walks. Hurst followed with a triple that scored both. Mendoza, DeLuzio and Kramer Robertson walked. Hurst scored.
Hurst went 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored. DeLuzio drove in four.
On the base paths, Robertson stole his eighth base of the season.
Memphis has a record of 25-21 on the season and stands in fourth place in the International League West, 5.5 games back of first place Nashville.
Saturday’s game: vs. Iowa, RHP Johan Oviedo (4-2, 5.24) vs. Matt Swarmer RHP (3-1, 2.08) 6:35 CT.
The Springfield Cardinals topped the Drillers by a 3-2 score in the first game of a twin bill in Tulsa behind a complete game pitched and just enough offense. Gordan Graceffo, in his first Double-A start, pitched all seven innings, gave up two runs on six hits and struck out four. Graceffo received the win.
Springfield got on the board first in the second inning on a solo home run by Nick Dunn. The score held at 1-0 until the final inning. In the top of the seventh, Moises Gomez drew a walk and stole second base. Chandler Redmond followed with a two-run home run to right center field.
In the home half of the seventh, Tulsa put up two runs to cut the lead to 3-2 but Graceffo held them from scoring further.
The Cardinals offense scored its three runs on just three hits. In addition to the long balls from Dunn and Redmond, Justin Toerner singled.
On the base paths, Gomez stole his third base of the season.
The Cardinals were blanked by the Drillers in the second game of the Friday twin bill in Tulsa. Domingo Robles started for Springfield. The left hander pitched five innings, gave up two runs on two hits, struck out two and walked one. Robles took the loss.
Ryan Loutos tossed a scoreless sixth.
The Drillers scored one run in the first inning and one in the second. The Springfield offense was again held to three hits, but this time none left the park and they weren’t strung together. They were a double by Jordan Walker and singles by Nick Dunn and Matt Koperniak. The team was 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position.
Robles made a fielding error and picked a runner off first base.
Springfield is 18-25 on the season and is in last place in the Texas League North, 8.5 games back of first place Tulsa.
Saturday’s game: at Tulsa, RHP Dalton Roach (2-2, 5.79) vs. Bobby Miller RHP (1-1, 4.97) 7:05 CT.
The Peoria Chiefs were edged by the Lake County Captains in a one run loss on Friday at Dozer Park. Dionys Rodriguez took the mound for Peoria. The right hander pitched five innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits and walked two.
Levi Prater threw three scoreless innings of relief on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. Enmanuel Solano surrendered two runs in the ninth. Rodriguez took the hard-luck loss, his fifth of the season.
Lake County got on the board first with one run in the second inning. The game remained at 1-0 until the ninth, when the Captains extended their lead to 3-0.
The Chiefs rallied in the home half of the ninth to put up two runs but fell just short in the end. Todd Lott singled and scored on a triple by Jacob Buchberger. Aaron Antonini grounded out to second to plate Buchberger.
Peoria scored two runs on seven hits. Thomas Francisco went 2-for-4. Buchberger’s triple was the only extra base hit.
In the field, Rodriguez, Mack Chambers, and Buchberger each made throwing errors.
Peoria has lost all four in the current series. Overall, the Chiefs are 17-26 and are in fourth place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of first place Cedar Rapids.
Saturday’s game: vs. Lake County, RHP Austin Love (2-4, 6.75) vs. Doug Nikhazy LHP (0-2, 5.06) 6:35 CT.
Palm Beach at Daytona (postponed)
Friday’s Palm Beach at Daytona contest was postponed due to weather. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.
Saturday’s games: at Daytona, Inohan Paniagua RHP (1-3, 2.06) vs. Chase Petty RHP (0-2, 4.05) 4:05 CT (Game 1), RHP Bryan Pope (0-0, 0.79) vs. Reynardo Cruz RHP (0-1, 5.40) (Game 2).
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