Memphis had the day off.
- Cody Stanley (C), 1 for 3, K
- Patrick Wisdom (3B), 1 for 5, HR, 2 Ks, R, 2 RBI
- Starlin Rodriguez (CF), 0 for 3, BB
- Kyle Hald, 6 2/3 IP, 4 Ks, 3 BBs, 4 Hits, 0 ER
- Lee Stoppelman, 1 1/3 IP, 2 Ks, H, 0 ER
- Justin Wright, 1.0 IP, K, H, 0 ER
This was Rodriguez's first AA appearance after being sent down to Palm Beach last year following his .254/.309/.391 line as a second baseman in Springfield. He has always been able to hit at the High-A level, with wRC+'s of 123, 133, 114, 128 in each stop there, but having been moved off second base and now age 24, it's just not that impressive. He's really going to have to hit to get back on anyone's prospect radar, particularly in a system flush with outfielders.
Stoppelman's walk rate at AA so far, in a very small sample size, still hasn't been great at 8.9%, but that would be a career low for him in any full season stop and at least his K:BB ratio is back in order at 16:4. Still, until he finds the plate (especially against righties), he's going to have a hard time against he advanced approaches in AAA and the majors.
Justin Wright is a guy who could push to be a LOOGY going forward. Like Stoppelman, his walk rate has not been great, but he has posted good K-rates (north of 20% in 142 IP at AA across three years to date). His walk rate is down to 5.3% this season, which would be pretty good if he can sustain it and move up a level.
- Charlie Tilson (CF), 2 for 5, RBI
- Breyvic Valera (2B), 0 for 2, 2 BBs
- Casey Rasmus (C), 1 for 3, BB, R, 2 RBI
- Kyle Halisek, 5.0 IP, 6 Ks, 0 BBs, 7 Hits, 2 ER
Rasmus threw out one of two attempting base stealers, but had a throwing error on the other.
Rasmus and Tilson played key parts in a three-run rally to win it in the bottom of the ninth. With two outs, Rasmus had an RBI single to start it off, before scoring the game-tying run himself. Tilson had the game-winning RBI on a single as well. The Cardinals were also helped along by a passed ball and a wild pitch that allowed Rasmus to advance from first to second, and third to home respectively.
- C.J. McElroy (CF), 2 for 4, RBI
- Vaughn Bryan (LF), 1 for 3, 2B, Outfield Assist
- Juan Herrera (SS), 0 for 4, Fielding error (13)
- Carson Kelly (C), 0 for 3
- Kenneth Peoples-Walls (DH), 0 for 3
- Chase Brookshire, 3.0 IP, 2 Ks, BB, H, 0 ER
- Kevin Herget, 3.0 IP, 3 Ks, 2 BBs, H, 0 ER
This was a rough game for the Chiefs. Despite putting the ball in play in nearly all of their plate appearances (just 2 Ks for the team, and 0 walks), they only managed 5 hits in 29 ABs. Up 1 - 0 in the bottom of the 8th, their bullpen coughed up two runs. Unable to muster any offense in the ninth, they lost 1 - 2.
Memphis: Zach Petrick
Springfield: Kyle Hald (This is definitely not accurate though, since he pitched last night.)
Palm Beach: Silfredo Garcia
Peoria: Alex Reyes