The affiliates managed collectively didn’t fare well on Thursday evening (just one win), but there was plenty of action from all four contests that we’ll touch on today.
Triple-A: Colorado Sky Sox 8 - Memphis Redbirds 2
Chris Ellis (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Sam Tuivailala (RP): 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Carson Kelly (C): 1-3, HR, 2 RBIs, R, K
Breyvic Valeria (2B): 1-3, 2B, K
Thursday’s loss for the Redbirds was only their second in eight games thus far, but there were still a few takeaways from the 8-2 defeat. Chris Ellis turned in a solid outing to hold the ‘Birds in the game through four innings before the Sky Sox awoke on Memphis’s bullpen, excluding Sam Tuivailala, who worked a scoreless ninth.
Catching prospect Carson Kelly cranked his third home runs of the young season, accounting for his third and fourth RBIs of the year — and the lone pair of Redbird tallies on the evening.
Double-A: Frisco RoughRiders 7 - Springfield Cardinals 1
Sandy Alcantara (SP): 3 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Corey Baker (RP): 3 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 0 K
Jose Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-3, HR, RBI, R, K
Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 1-2, BB
Two runs in each of the first two innings before a three-run fourth built the RoughRiders a sturdy mount of run support to beat the Cardinals by a 7-1 final.
Sandy Alcantara pitched a shorter outing on Thursday evening, charting just shy of four innings and surrendering seven runs. Corey Baker came in clutch for Springfield’s pitching staff, nonetheless, and bridged the game to the seventh inning, logging 3 1⁄3 scoreless frames that ultimately proved to be too late to surpass the RoughRiders’ big lead.
High-A: Clearwater Threshers 1 - Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Zac Gallen (SP): 6 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K
Magneuris Sierra (CF): 1-4, 3B, K
Luke Dykstra (2B): 2-3
Complete game losses like the one Palm Beach starter Zac Gallen took on Thursday are a prime example of why judging pitchers (especially those in the minors) by their individual wins and losses can be a moot practice.
Gallen twirled seven innings of one-run ball for Palm Beach but was outdueled by Threshers’ pitchers Jose Taveras and Luke Leftwich, who paired up to allow just six hits throughout the affair that spanned across seven innings. Of the half-dozen Palm Beach knocks, one of those resides next to Magneuris Sierra’s name in the box score, as he picked up his second three-bagger of 2017.
Class-A: Peoria Chiefs 7 - Beloit Snappers 3
Ronnie Williams (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Brian O’Keefe (C): 2-4, BB, R
Danny Hudzina (3B): 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 RBIs, R, K
The lone winner in the organization on Thursday, the Chiefs knocked off the Snappers by a 7-3 final score.
Ronnie Williams was great for the Chiefs in their win, cashing in his first quality start of the season. Williams required just 70 pitches to take command of Beloit through six innings, during which Williams whiffed five and walked none of the 22 batters he faced.
Memphis Redbirds: Mike Mayers
Springfield Cardinals: Austin Gomber
Palm Beach Cardinals: Derian Gonzalez
Peoria Chiefs: Ian Oxnevad