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Cardinals Farm Report: Starting Pitchers Highlight the Weekend

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Recapping the recent happenings from the Memphis Redbirds, Springfield Cardinals, Palm Beach Cardinals, and Peoria Chiefs, who combined to win just four of twelve games over the weekend.

Austin Gomber fanned eight in his six-inning outing for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday.
Austin Gomber fanned eight in his six-inning outing for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Friday.
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On Friday, the Cardinals activated left-hander Kevin Siegrist off the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Sam Tuivailala to the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds. Also on Friday, the Redbirds activated outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker off the DL; he returned to action the same day.

Friday, July 15

Isotopes 10, Memphis 5

  • Jerome Williams (SP): 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF): 1-5, HR, RBI, R
  • Dean Anna (2B): 1-2, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, R

The Isotopes scored five times in the fourth inning off Memphis starter Jerome Williams, as the Isotopes took Friday’s matchup over the Redbirds, 10-5. Isotopes left fielder David Dahl highlighted the five-run fourth with a grand slam, accounting for four of the seven earned runs that Williams was charged with in his five-inning outing.

Naturals 10, Springfield 4

  • Trey Nielsen (SP): 4 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Paul DeJong (3B): 2-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R
  • Anthony Garcia (RF): 3-4

Springfield plated four runs -- three on a home run by Paul DeJong -- in the first three innings of the game, but that would not be enough to hold off the Naturals, who put up three crooked-number innings en route to a 10-4 rout of the Cardinals on Friday.

Threshers 5, Palm Beach 3 (F/13)

  • Austin Gomber (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 8 K
  • Cody Schumacher (RP): 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Oscar Mercado (SS): 2-4, RBI, BB, SB

It was a game that remained tied at one until the top of the thirteenth, when the Threshers scored four times off relief pitcher Cody Schumacher. Two of the Threshers’ runs in the frame came on a two-run triple off the bat of catcher Chase Numata, who went 4-for-6 with two RBIs in the Threshers’ win.

Lugnuts 3, Peoria 0

  • Juan Perez (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
  • Carlos Torres (RF): 2-4

Backed by a three-run seventh, the Lugnuts took Friday’s game from Peoria, 3-0. Two of the Lugnuts’ tallies came on a two-run homer off the bat of designated hitter Carl Wise, his third home run of the season.

Saturday, July 16

Isotopes 9, Memphis 8

  • Alex Reyes (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
  • Jeremy Hazelbaker (CF): 2-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBIs

After plating five against Memphis starter Alex Reyes in five innings, the Isotopes scored two runs off Ryan Sheriff and a couple more off Sam Tuivailala across the game’s final four innings to take Saturday’s matchup, 9-8. Rafael Ynoa and Stephen Cardullo each drove in a pair for the Isotopes.

Springfield 2, Naturals 0

  • J.C. Sulburan (SP): 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Allen Staton (2B): 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, R

A two-run homer from Allen Staton and a lights-out pitching staff was what Springfield needed to take Saturday’s game from the Naturals, 2-0. Starter J.C. Sulburan allowed two hits in 6.2 innings and gave way to Rowan Wick and Josh Lucas, who combined to not allow a baserunner in the final 2.1 innings of the game.

Threshers 6, Palm Beach 4

  • Jack Flaherty (SP): 6.2 IP, 12 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
  • Oscar Mercado (SS): 2-4, 2B, BB, SB, R

Trailing 4-3, the Threshers scored three times off Blake McKnight in the top of the ninth to win Saturday’s contest, 6-4. In the ninth, McKnight allowed the go-ahead run to score on a wild pitch; the Threshers’ sixth run scored as a result of a fielding error.

Peoria 4, Loons 3

  • Derian Gonzalez (SP):3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
  • Edmundo Sosa (SS): 3-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
  • Leonardo Pina (3B): 2-3, BB, 2 RBIs, R

The Loons were shut out until they put together a three-run ninth inning, one that came up a bit short, however, as Peoria held on to win Saturday’s game, 4-3

Sunday, July 17

Isotopes 7, Memphis 6

  • Deck McGuire (SP): 4 IP, 7 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 1 K
  • Mike Ohlman (C): 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R

After allowing seven runs through two innings, the Redbirds’ four-run sixth ultimately fell short, as the Isotopes held on to win Sunday’s game by a 7-6 score. The highlight of the Redbirds’ sixth inning was a three-run home run off the bat of Mike Ohlman, his fourth long ball of the season.

Travelers 7, Springfield 4

  • Johnny Walter (SP): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (DH): 1-4, 2 RBIs

The Travelers rocked Springfield starter Johnny Walter for six runs through 4.2 innings and cruised to a 7-4 win in the first game of the teams’ five-game set. The Travelers scored six times in the fifth, including one on a bases-loaded walk.

Palm Beach 10, Manatees 6

  • Jacob Evans (SP): 2.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Junior Fernandez (RP): 3.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
  • Cole Lankford (1B): 3-3, 2B, BB, RBI, 3 R
  • Orlando Olivera (RF): 1-4, HR, 3 RBIs, R

With a five-run outburst in the first inning, Palm Beach piled on to that take Sunday’s contest over the Manatees, 10-6. Palm Beach pounded out thirteen hits, including three from Cole Lankford and Casey Grayson, and received multiple RBIs from Grayson, Oscar Mercado, and Orlando Olivera.

Peoria 5, Loons 2

  • Dailyn Martinez (SP): 6.2 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 8 K
  • Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBIs, 2 SB, R

A strong outing from Dailyn Martinez and a thirteen-hit, five-run day from the offense gave the Chiefs what they needed to win Sunday’s ballgame by a 5-2 score. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez was responsible for three of Peoria’s runs, including one on his 23 double of the season.