- Shane Robinson (CF), 2 for 4, 2B
- Randal Grichuk (LF), 3 for 4, SB, K
- Stephen Piscotty (RF), 0 for 4
- Greg Garcia (2B), 1 for 3, K
- Pete Kozma (SS), 0 for 3
- Zach Petrick, 7.0 IP, 6 Ks, 0 BBs, 6 Hits, 1 ER
- Eric Fornataro, 2.0 IP, 3 Ks, 2 BBs, H
The Redbirds won this one in an eventful ninth inning that featured Greg Garcia reaching based when the first baseman misplayed his sac bunt, as well as Garcia being thrown out trying to score the game-winning run. Luis Mateo then got the walkoff single to score Jermaine Curties, who had pinch hit for Fornataro earlier in the inning.
Petrick has been pretty middling lately, with a K:BB ratio a bit shy of two this season, so it's nice to see him have a great start like this.
- Mike O'Neill (LF), 1 for 5, 2B, RBI
- Rafael Ortega (CF), 0 for 5, K
- Cody Stanley (C), 2 for 5, 2B, R, SB, Picked Off
- Breyvic Valera (2B), 2 for 4, CS, K
- Mike Mayers, 7.0 IP, 5 Ks, 0 BBs, 5 Hits, 2 ER
- Lee Stoppelman, 1 2/3 IP, 2 Ks, H
- Mitch Harris, 1 1/3 IP, 3 Ks
- Justin Wright, 1.0 IP, K
Springfield continued the late inning heroics, winning this one in the 11th. Alex Mejia scored the go ahead run in the top of the inning when Mike O'Neill dropped a "soft fly ball" into LF.
I've been a bit busy lately, so I don't know if anyone else has highlighted Mike Mayers, but he was a 3rd round pick just last season from Ole Miss. This was his 4th AA start, after striking out 61 against 13 walks in the FSL. As a college draftee, dominating the A-level leagues is not unexpected, so moving to the higher levels will be an important step for him.
This was really just an excellent performance by the Springfield pitching staff in general, as they struck out 11 batters and walked none. I especially want to highlight Harris retiring all four batters he faced, and three by strikeout. The Cardinals have advanced him fairly aggressively since he finally joined the organization last season after serving in the US Navy -- he had been drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 draft out of the Naval Academy. He hasn't been dominant yet: his K:BB ratio for Palm Beach was 9:6 this year, and it's 15:6 for Springfield after this performance. Still, it's hard not to root for the guy to make it after he waited so long to start his career.
Palm Beach was off.
Peoria was off.
- Darren Seferina (2B), 2 for 4, K, R
- Nick Thompson (RF), 1 for 3, HR, BB, K, R, 3 RBI
Seferina and Thompson were selected in the draft this year in the 5th and 8th rounds respectively. Notably, perhaps, Seferina was drafted out of the same CC as Eric Fornataro (Miami Dade CC).
- Casey Turgeon (2B), 3 for 4, SB, 3 Runs
- Blake Drake (RF), 2 for 3, 2B, BB, 2 Runs, RBI, SB
- Chris Rivera (SS), 1 for 4, 2 Ks, RBI
Interesting to see Rivera at SS for game, given that the Cardinals are focusing on moving him to another position (probably 2B, but maybe 3B given his great arm).
- Edmundo Sosa (SS), 0 for 4
- Malik Collymore (2B), 0 for 4, 2 Ks
- Elier Rodriguez (1B), 1 for 4, R
- Ronnie Williams, 3.0 IP, 3 Ks, 0 BBs, 3 Hits, HR, 2 ER
To date, 6 Ks and 1 BB for Williams, the 2nd round pick this year (just nine innings so far, in the three starts).
Memphis: John Gast
Palm Beach: Silfredo Garcia
Peoria: Arturo Reyes
State College: Fernando Baez
Johnson City: TBD