Boone Whiting made his 2nd start since returning from the DL. He was able to stay out of trouble for the most part, until 2 doubles in the bottom of the 6th ended his night.
Randal Grichuk hit a 2 run double in the bottom of the 11th to break a 5-5 tie.
Dean Kiekhefer came on in the bottom of the 11th and threw a perfect inning to notch his 1st save for the Redbirds. Kiekhefer has not blown batters away at any level of the Cards system, but his BB% in the high minors has been below 2. He has struck out 22 and walked just 1 in 25.2 innings since being called up to Memphis.
Springfield trailed most of the game, but made things interesting with a 3 run rally in the 8th. Aledmys Diaz's 2 out double put him in scoring position representing the tying run, but DH Cody Stanley struck out looking to end the inning.
In 4 starts since being sent back down from Memphis Kurt Heyer has struck out 21 and walked only 5 in 23 innings.
S-Cards reliever Chris Thomas opened the season in Peoria was bumped to Palm Beach and now finds himself in Springfield after striking more than 36% of the batters he faced at his previous two stops.
10 games into the New York-Penn League season State College paces the circuit in runs and have more than twice as many homers (18) as the next team on the list Jamestown (8). Rowan Wick has more homers (7) than every team in the league save for Jamestown. 10 games is a very small sample, but State College games have been very fun to watch so far.
Alex De Leon's 3 homers set a State College franchise record for most individual homers in a game, and the 6 homers the Spikes hit as a team were a franchise record as well.
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