The Double-A Springfield Cardinals set a team record on Friday night by hitting seven home runs in their 14-5 rout of the Hooks.
Also on Friday, the Cardinals sold the contract of Carlos Peguero to the Tohoku Golden Eagles in Japan. Peguero was slashing .283/.355/.435 for the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds this season with five homers and 27 RBIs.
The All-Star Futures Game was held on Sunday, July 10, at Petco Park in San Diego, California. Alex Reyes started the game for the World team and pitched 1.2 innings, recording four of his five outs via the strikeout. Catcher Carson Kelly played for the USA team and was robbed of a home run by Padres prospect Manuel Margot.
Friday, July 8
Memphis 3, Express 2
- Jerome Williams (SP): 7.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
- Harrison Bader (CF): 2-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R
Jerome Williams turned in 7.1 innings of two-run ball, and Harrison Bader did his thing at the plate for the Redbirds, who won Friday by a 3-2 score. Bader accounted for all three of the Redbirds’ runs, including a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth that tied the game at the time.
Springfield 14, Hooks 5
- Daniel Poncedeleon (SP): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
- Luke Voit (1B): 4-5, 2 HRs, 5 RBIs, 3 R
- Luis Cruz (C): 3-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIS, 2 R
Nine runs in the opening couple of frames and seven home runs on the night led Springfield to a 14-5 victory over the Hooks on Friday. Daniel Poncedeleon turned in 6.2 innings, but the real story of the night for Springfield was the offense. Luke Voit contributed five of Springfield’s fourteen tallies, and Luis Cruz plated four.
Flying Tigers 10, Palm Beach 5
- Ian McKinney (SP): 5.1 IP, 9 H, 10 R, 9 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- Darren Seferina (2B): 2-4, R, RBI, SB
The Flying Tigers hammered Palm Beach starter Ian McKinney for five home runs, putting up ten runs in six innings, as Wisconsin beat the Cardinals by a 10-5 score.
Timber Rattlers 4, Peoria 2
- Sandy Alcantara (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 9 K
- Chris Chinea (1B): 4-4, 2B, RBI
Despite a six-inning, nine-strikeout performance from Sandy Alcantara, Peoria dropped Friday’s game, 4-2. Mitch Gelfi drove in three of the Timber Rattlers’ four runs, including two off of Alcantara and one off of reliever Harley Holt.
Saturday, July 9
Memphis 4, Express 1
- Trey Nielsen (SP): 5.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 4 K
- Harrison Bader (CF): 1-4, 2B, R
In a rain-shortened affair, the Redbirds won Saturday’s game, 4-1. Though he walked four, one of the few mistakes Redbirds starter Trey Nielsen made that stuck with him throughout the game was allowing a home run to Express catcher Brett Nicholas in the fourth. Aside from that, Nielsen pitched well enough to earn the win, with thanks to Jose Martinez, who drove in two runs for Nielsen and the Memphis gang.
Springfield 2, Missions 1
- Austin Gomber (SP): 6 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
- Blake Drake (CF): 2-3, 2B, 3B, R
- Paul DeJong (3B): 2-3, HR, R, RBI
Paul DeJong tied the ballgame at one with his fifteenth homer of the season in the fifth inning, and the score would hold until the bottom of the eighth. With the bases full, Missions reliever Yimmi Brasoban threw a wild pitch, allowing Blake Drake -- who tripled -- to score the game’s go-ahead run.
Palm Beach 6, Flying Tigers 3
- Blake McKnight (SP):4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 3 K
- Orlando Olivera (RF): 2-4, 2 RBIs, HR, 2 R, BB
Palm Beach hit three home runs in Saturday’s contest, propelling them to a 6-3 win. Center fielder Vaughn Bryan, right fielder Orlando Olivera, and third baseman Andrew Brodbeck all went yard. Blake McKnight pitched four shutout innings, preceding five combined innings from Cody Schumacher, Michael Heesch, and Landon Beck.
Peoria 3, Timber Rattlers 2
- Juan Perez (SP): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
- Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 2-3, R, BB, SB
In a two-on, one-out jam in the top of the eighth with a one-run lead, Timber Rattlers reliever Zack Brown unleashed a wild pitch to allow Peoria to score the game’s tying run. Following that, Peoria’s designated hitter, Bladimil Franco promptly lined a base hit up the middle to plate R. J. Dennard, whose scoring proved to be the difference in the game for Chiefs, who took the matchup by a 3-2 score.
Sunday, July 10
Memphis 6, Express 5
- Deck McGuire (SP): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
- Breyvic Valera (2B): 3-4, 2 2Bs, RBI, R
A four-run bottom of the eighth gave Memphis a boost to win Sunday’s game over the Express, 6-5, extending the Redbirds’ winning streak to five games. Starter Deck McGuire was lifted after allowing four runs in the top of the first. His offense bailed him off the hook, however, as outfielders Charlie Tilson and Nick Martini each finished with two-RBI days.
Missions 6, Springfield 4
- J.C. Sulbaran (SP): 8 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 7 K; 2-3, 2B, 2 RBIs
- Blake Drake (CF): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
The game was tied at four heading into the ninth inning. Justin Wright entered the game for Springfield in relief of J.C. Sulbaran. Wright allowed two singles and recorded an out before being lifted for Kevin Herget, who -- with very little margin for fault -- surrendered a two-run double to pinch-hitter Felipe Blanco, plating the runs that won Sunday’s contest for the Missions.
Flying Tigers 9, Palm Beach 1
- Jack Flaherty (SP): 3.1 IP, 2 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 0 K
- Darren Seferina (2B): 2-4, 2B, R, SB
- Casey Grayson (1B): 1-1, RBI, 3 BB
The Flying Tigers score twice in the first, three times in the fourth, and four times in the seventh to pull off a 9-1 defeat over Palm Beach on Sunday. Jack Flaherty allowed three runs in his 3.1-inning outing; Davis, Josh Wirsu, and Kyle Grana followed Flaherty out of the ‘pen; they each allowed two runs, all earned.
Timber Rattlers 16, Peoria 6
- Brennan Leitao (SP): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
- Gerwuins Velazco (RP): 1.1 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
- Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 2-5, 2B, 2 R
The Timber Rattlers erupted for sixteen runs off Peoria’s pitching staff on Sunday, cruising to a 16-6 victory over the Chiefs. For the Timber Rattlers, left fielder David Denson had a huge day, going 4-for-5 with two homers, three RBIs, and three runs scored.