photo: Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)
On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2, led by Johnson City’s first-round playoff victory. Player of the Day Chandler Redmond plated four for the finals-bound Appy Birds.
Results from games played Sunday, September 1st.
The Redbirds’ ninth-inning rally fell short as they were clipped by the Cubs, 6-5. Memphis (69-70) will try for a split of the four-game series and end 2019 at .500 in their 2019 finale on Monday.
Third baseman Max Schrock had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls while Randy Arozarena, Edmundo Sosa and Adolis Garcia each had two of the team’s 11 hits. Garcia and John Nogowski both went yard, generating a solo shot and two-run home run accounting for all of their squad’s tallies through eight. The long ball was Garcia’s 32nd of the season which places the outfielder seventh in the Pacific Coast League.
Jake Woodford’s (L, 9-8) 2019 campaign ended on a sour note with the right-hander yielding six runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings. The Florida native struck out eight. Connor Jones retired all six batters faced in his first Triple-A appearance in 2019.
Monday’s game: at Iowa (74-65) (CHC), 12:08 pm CT, Chris Ellis (5-5, 6.87)
The S-Cards managed just three hits in their 4-0 home shutout loss to Midland. Springfield (30-39) has lost the first three of the four-game series, which concludes with the season finale on Monday.
Angel Rondon (L, 6-6) finished an impressive 2019 season by striking out six over three innings. The only mark against the righty was one tally resulting from four hits and two walks yielded.
In his last rehab appearance, and apparently last outing of 2019, Austin Gomber tossed a clean fourth. The southpaw recorded a 5-3 ground out before issuing a free pass. After the runner stole second Gomber answered by picking him off for the inning’s second out. A swinging K ended the inning.
All three runs charged to Patrick Dayton in his Springfield debut came in one frame, as the lefty gave up four hits. Mitchell Osnowitz allowed two hits in the ninth.
The team’s three hits were divided between two players: Chris Chinea and Juan Yepez. Chinea singled twice in four at bats as the clean-up hitter while Yepez went 1-for-3.
Monday’s game: vs. Midland (38-31) (OAK), 12:15 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (7-7, 5.30)
Delvin Perez tripled and scored the winning tally in the ninth as the Chiefs edged the LumberKings, 2-1, evening the road series at one game apiece with the finale to go. The victory by Peoria (24-45) halted Clinton’s seven-game winning streak and dropped them a game behind first-place Kane County (ARI) with whom they are battling for home field advantage in the play-offs.
Perez was Peoria’s offensive star, garnering half of his team’s four hits and scoring both runs. The shortstop singled in the first, stole his 22nd base of 2019 and scored when Brendan Donovan lined a single up the middle. The offense was somnambulant until the ninth, when the 20-year-old tripled to right with one gone. After an intentional free pass to Donovan, Leandro Cedeno lifted one deep enough to right to sacrifice Perez across home.
A trio of Chiefs hurlers combined to hold Clinton to an unearned tally. Logan Gragg shut out his opponents on four hits through the first five innings, followed by Franyel Casadilla (W, 6-4) (BS, 2). Casadilla allowed a run on two hits and a walk over three frames, with the score unearned due to a fielding error by second baseman Donovan. Evan Sisk used three groundball outs to tiptoe around a lead-off double for his fifth save.
Monday’s game: at Clinton (44-25) (MIA), 2:00 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-5, 3.97)
The Spikes used six eighth-inning scores to put away the Crosscutters, 11-1, evening the away-home-away series at one game each. It was the final home game of the season for State College (39-36).
The home team banged out 11 hits, led by two Spikes with three hits apiece: David Vinsky and Stanley Espinal. Vinsky went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two driven in while Espinal went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.
Terry Fuller blasted his fourth home run, a two-run shot that was his only hit in three at bats. The right fielder reached base three times, working two walks and touching home twice. Dariel Gomez doubled twice in five at bats, crossing home once.
Adrian Mardueno navigated around four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 frames, holding Williamsport to a run. Hector Villalobos (W, 4-1) scattered three hits and two free passes over 2 2/3 innings, stranding two inherited runners. Jack Ralston allowed a hit and two walks during his two-inning stint.
Monday’s game: at Williamsport (32-42) (PHI), 1:05 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-6, 7.13)
Chandler Redmond drove in four as the JC-Cards topped the Pirates, 7-5, in the decisive third game of the semi-final series. Johnson City hosts Burlington (KC), the East Division wild card, in Game 1 of the best-of-three Appalachian League Championship series, which has been moved up to Monday from Tuesday due to inclement weather concerns. The Royals will host games two and three, the latter if needed, because they hold the better regular season record.
The game was a back-and-forth affair with Johnson City getting on the board first with a three-run fourth. But Bristol answered with four the next inning, with the first two tallies coming off starter Jose Moreno, who did not finish the frame.
The Appy Birds claimed their second lead on a two-run long ball by Redmond but the Pirates tied it up at 5-5 by the seventh’s midpoint. A two-run double by Malcom Nunez in the home half of the inning put Johnson City up for good.
Player of the Day Redmond was one of seven Appy Birds to either score or drive in at least one run, making the victory truly a team affair. The first baseman reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two-run long ball comprising his run scored and two of his four knocked in.
Three of his teammates also garnered two of the team’s nine hits: Nunez, Mateo Gil and Aaron Antonini. Nunez’ double plated Gil (double) and Jhon Torres (hit-by-pitch), giving the third baseman two RBIs to go with a run scored in four at bats. Gil went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored while Antonini singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home twice.
Moreno held the Pirates scoreless on four hits and a walk through his first four frames but got the hook after permitting a single and walk along with two wild pitches. The Appy Birds turned the ball over to their ace, Hector Soto, pitching on three days rest, but the gamble did not pay off.
Soto was tagged for a double, scoring Moreno’s two runners, a two-run bomb, then a single and walk. The righty escaped when the trailing runner of an attempted double steal was nailed at second.
Dylan Pearce (W, 1-0) quieted things down a bit over the next three innings, permitting an unearned run along with three hits and a walk. But Walker Robbins undoubtedly gave the home crowd agita after giving up a one-out single before putting the potential tying run on via a hit batsman. Tyler Peck ended the game quickly by inducing a 5-3 double play for his first post-season save.
Monday’s game: vs. Burlington, 6:30 p.m. ET, Julio Puello
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