- Breyvic Valera (2B): 0-4
- Jonathan Rodriguez (1B): 0-3, BB, SB, K
- Jacob Wilson (LF): 1-4, 2B, RBI, 2 K
- Patrick Wisdom (3B): 0-4, K
- Kurt Heyer (RP): 1.2 IP, H, K
The Springfield pitching staff (Andrew Morales, Jonathan Cornelius, Heyer, Ronnie Shaban, and Justin Wright) gave up 14 hits on then night but just one for extra bases. Unfortunately, that came in a close game in the 6th inning and drove in a pair that ended up being the difference in the contest.
Jacob Wilson has now started games at 2B, 3B, and LF so far this season, attempting to steal the title of "most utilized player" from the hotel room mantle of Breyvic Valera, the current cup-holder from a season ago.
Tuesday Probables: San Antonio (Hancock) v. Springfield (Petree)
- Juan Herrera (SS): 0-4
- Luke Voit (1B): 2-3, R 2B, BB
- Rowan Wick (RF): 1-4, R, 2B, RBI
- Carson Kelly (C): 2-4, R, HR, 2 RBI
- Mason Katz (DH): 0-4, K
- Arturo Reyes (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K
- Kyle Barraclough (RP): 2 IP, H, BB, 4 K
- Chris Perry (RP): 1 IP, K
Carson Kelly and Rowan Wick broke the game open in the third inning with back-to-back hits for extra bases: Wick doubled home the first run of the game after a Luke Voit walk and a wild pitch, and Kelly followed that up with a two run blast to LF that made it 3-0 Cardinals.
Barraclough and Perry were top notch in relief of the "other" Reyes on the Palm Beach roster, who continues to fly a bit under the radar due to fringy stuff and small stature. The results speak for themselves however: 122.2 innings with Peoria a year ago with a 3.28 FIP a 3.06 K/BB for the 23 year old former Gonzaga teammate of Marco Gonzales.
Tuesday Probables: Palm Beach (TBD) @ Lakeland (Ziomek)
- Darren Seferina (2B): 2-4, R, 3B, 2 RBI, K, CS
- Oscar Mercado (SS): 1-3, RBI, K, CS
- Nick Thompson (LF): 0-4, 3 K
- Collin Radack (RF): 0-4, 2 K
- Andrew Sohn (3B): 0-2, 2 R, BB
- Matt Pearce (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 K
- Nick Lomascolo (RP): 2.2 IP, 2 H, 6 K
- Kyle Grana (RP): 0.1 IP, K
The middle infield of the Chiefs is off to a really nice start to the season. Mercado and Seferina are getting on base regularly and putting pressure on the defense when they reach. Unfortunately, you just don't run on Wisconsin catcher Carlos Leal, a pitcher who is converting behind the plate this season and has an absolute cannon for an arm.
Matt Pearce tossed 6 shutout innings coming off of a solid but unspectacular year with Johnson City in 2014. He's another command and control type with mostly fringe offerings and a good sinker, but can paint the corners and change speeds enough to keep lower minors hitters off balance. He's only 21, so there's some development time yet, but he's probably not more than a 6th starter type, much like Seth Maness, if he turns into anything useful for the big league club.
Lomascolo, however, has some promise, particularly because he throws left handed, throws pretty hard, and gets a lot of swings and misses. As you know if you listened to the minor league roundtable podcast, there just aren't very many left handed relievers in the high minors for the Cardinals, so a pitcher who can miss bats could move up fairly quickly, as Lee Stoppelman did in 2013 before having a subpar 2014. Lomascolo is 24 and could follow much the same career path as current Cardinal Kevin Siegrist if he continues to strike hitters out at his current rate.
Tuesday Probables: Peoria (W. Anderson) @ Wisconsin (O. Torrez)
Memphis Tuesday Probables: Omaha (Mortenson) @ Memphis (Gast)