Here’s a look back at Thursday’s farm action:
Marco Gonzales (SP): 7 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 6 Ks; 1-2, 2B
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs, 2 R
Nick Martini (LF): 2-5, 2 RBIs, R
Behind seven quality innings from Marco Gonzales and a big day at the plate for Patrick Wisdom, the Redbirds took Thursday’s series finale from the Dodgers, 8-2.
Gonzales’s seven innings of two-run ball improved him to 4-3 on the season, lowering his earned run average through eight Triple-A starts this season to 2.68.
The Redbirds went 4-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Thursday, but no one had a better individual night than Patrick Wisdom. The Memphis third baseman crushed his fourteenth and fifteenth homers of the season, plating four runs. Left fielder Nick Martini drove in two, while center fielder Harrison Bader and right fielder Todd Cunningham each pushed across a tally.
Austin Gomber (SP): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 9 Ks
Ian McKinney (RP): 0.0 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BBs, 0 K
Landon Beck (RP): 0.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BBs, 0 K
Oscar Mercado (CF): 2-5, HR, RBI, R
John Nogowski (1B): 1-4, HR, RBI, R
Bruce Caldwell (2B): 1-5, 2 RBIs, K
Anthony Garcia (LF): 1-5, 4 Ks
Despite throwing seven scoreless innings, Cardinals starter Austin Gomber did not factor in Thursday’s final decision; the RockHounds scored five unanswered runs - including four in the eighth to force extra innings - before winning the game on a run in the tenth inning, 5-4.
Center fielder Oscar Mercado’s eighth homer and first baseman John Nogowski’s first accounted for two of the runs, and second baseman Bruce Caldwell drove in the other two. For Springfield, the four runs proved to be just short.
Gomber allowed five hits over the seven innings and whiffed nine before being pulled in favor of Ian McKinney. McKinney faced three batters in the eighth and all three of them managed to reach, by way of a hit and two walks. All of McKinney’s runners scored, and Andrew Morales allowed another run - the tying run - as he recorded the last two outs of the frame.
The tie lasted until the tenth inning, when Landon Beck walked in the winning run with the bases loaded.
Ryan Helsley (SP): 6.2 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Brennan Leitao (RP): 2.1, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K
Andy Young (SS): 2-5, HR, RBI, R
Blake Drake (CF): 1-5, 3B, RBI, R
Chris Chinea (1B): 1-5, HR, RBI, R
Darren Seferina (3B): 2-4, 2B, BB, R
It was first baseman Chris Chinea’s third homer as a Cardinal in the top of the eleventh inning that won Thursday’s ballgame in St. Lucie, 4-3.
Shortstop Andy Young hammered his second long ball with Palm Beach in the second, and center fielder Blake Drake tripled in and scored a run in the sixth, tying the game at three.
Starter Ryan Hesley allowed three runs in his 6 2⁄3 innings, and the Palm Beach ‘pen followed with 4 1⁄3 scoreless frames, including 2 1/3 from winning pitcher Brennan Leitao.
Chinea’s go-ahead homer in the eleventh helped draw attention away from the Cardinals’ eleven strikeouts and collective 0-for-5 effort.
Juan Perez (SP): 8 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks
Ronnie Williams (RP): 0.1 IP, 1 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BBs
Danny Hudzina (3B): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Juan Yepez (1B): 2-4, 2B, R
Despite having more hits (eight) than the Snappers (seven), the Chiefs lost Thursday’s game, 8-2, in the run column.
Starter Juan Perez (1-1) took the loss, responsible for five runs over his eight-inning outing. Reliever Ronnie Williams walked four in the ninth to allow the Snappers to score three more runs, further putting the game out of reach for the Chiefs.
In an unorthodox night the plate, the Chiefs went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position, despite having four doubles on the night - left fielder Vince Jackson, third baseman Danny Hudzina, first baseman Juan Yepez, and designated hitter Matt Fiedler. Hudzina and catcher Brian O’Keefe were each credited with an RBI.
Levi MaVorhis (SP): 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks
Mick Fennell (CF): 2-4, 2 RBIs, R
Tyler Lancaster (1B): 1-4, 2 RBIs, R
With four runs in the fifth to knock out Doubledays starter Jhonatan German and seven on the night overall, the Spikes took Thursday’s matchup from the Doubledays by a 7-4 final.
Spikes center fielder Mick Fennell plated two runs in the game, as did first baseman Tyler Lancaster. Right fielder Bryce Denton and catcher Dennis Ortega each drove in a run.
State College starter Levi MaVorhis lasted three innings in his start; it was Leland Tilley’s two scoreless frames through the fifth that earned him his first win.
Edwar Ramirez (SP): 6 IP, 10 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks
Julio Rodriguez (C): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
Walker Robbins (LF): 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI, K
Cardinals starter Edwar Ramirez got knocked around through his six innings as Johnson City fell on Thursday by a 5-3 final to the Astros.
Greenville knocked Ramirez around for five runs (four earned) on ten hits in six innings. Ramirez didn’t allow any bases on balls, which is notable considering how offset he was on the command front.
At the plate, Cardinals catcher Julio Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double, run batted in, and run scored. Left fielder Walker Robbins also doubled and batted in a run.
Diego Cordero (SP): 8 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks
Ivan Herrera (C): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Pablo Gomez (3B): 2-4, 2B, RBI, SB
Cristhian Longa (1B): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
Three runs on eleven hits were just enough for the Cardinals to edge by the Phillies on Thursday, 3-2.
Diego Cordero was dominant on the mound, allowing just one run on five hits over eight superb innings. Cordero improved to 1-2 and lowered his earned run average to 2.63.
On the offensive side, the Cardinals went 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left twelve runners on base. The Cardinals did manage to push three runs across, as catcher Ivan Herrera, third baseman Pablo Gomez, and first baseman Cristhian Longa each doubled and plate one of the team’s three runs.
Angel Rondon (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Dariel Gomez (LF): 0-3, RBI, BB, K
Andrew Brodbeck (SS): 0-1, BB, SB
Elehuris Montero (DH): 0-3, HBP, R
Despite a quality start from Angel Rondon keeping them in the game, the Cardinals’ bats couldn’t power by the Nationals, who took Thursday’s game by a 3-1 score.
Rondon took the loss, as the Cardinals mustered only four base hits in the game and just one run - on a ground out by left fielder Dariel Gomez. On the day, the Cardinals struck out seven times and failed to make much out of five base on balls surrendered by the Nationals’ pitching staff.
MEM: Josh Zeid
SPR: Matt Pearce
PMB: Jake Woodford
PEO: Mike O’Reilly
SC: Sam Tewes
JNC: Alvaro Seijas