Here’s a look back at Thursday’s farm action:
Jack Flaherty (SP): 6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 8 K
Luke Voit (1B); 1-4, 2B, R
Todd Cunningham (RF): 1-3, RBI, SF, R
Behind six innings of scoreless ball from Jack Flaherty and a timely sacrifice fly in the eighth, the Redbirds squeaked by the Baby Cakes on Thursday with a 3-2 win.
Flaherty, in his second Triple-A start, was dominant, allowing just two hits and walking one to go with eight punchouts over his six-inning outing. Flaherty did not factor in the decision, however, as the Baby Cakes got to reliever Mark Montgomery for a couple of runs, tying the game.
In the eighth with the score tied at 2, Todd Cunningham flew out to deep centerfield to plate Breyvic Valera, the go-ahead run for Memphis. Sam Tuivailala nailed things down in the ninth, his fifth save with the Redbirds.
Matt Pearce (SP): 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Magneuris Sierra (RF): 1-4, 2B
A four-run first inning for the Naturals killed Matt Pearce and the Cardinals on Thursday, as they fell by a 5-1 final score.
Pearce, suffering his fourth loss, glided through the game after the rough opening frame. Pearce ended up completing seven innings on the night, the final six of them scoreless.
On the offensive side, the Cardinals collected only four hits. Magneuris Sierra, who went 1-for-4, doubled to account for the only extra-base hit of the night for Springfield.
Derian Gonzalez (SP): 5 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Chris Chinea (1B): 2-5, 2 2Bs, RBI
Blake Drake (CF): 2-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
After Blake Drake tied the game in the ninth, it would take until the twelfth inning for the Cardinals to push across the game-winning run, as Palm Beach took down the Tortugas, 4-3, in extras on Thursday.
Drake’s first homer of the season with the Cardinals came at a favorable time, tying the game at 3. Derian Gonzalez started for the Cardinals and allowed two runs over 5 2⁄3 frames, while the bullpen was able to bridge the game through the rest of the twelve-inning game with just one run allowed.
In the top of the twelfth, Cardinals outfielder Thomas Spitz was able to score the game-winning run by way of the third Tortugas error of the night.
Jordan Hicks (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Kolten Wong (2B): 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Andy Young (SS): 2-3, 2B, R
Dylan Carlson (OF): 0-3, BB, RBI
A bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the eighth forced in the go-ahead run for the Chiefs, who knocked off the Cougars, 3-2, on Thursday.
Starter Jordan Hicks struck out five batters over his quality start but ultimately didn’t factor in the decision, as he left the game in a 2-2 tie.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth, Dylan Carlson drew a walk to force in the third and final run of the night for Peoria.
Wilfredo Pereira (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Jose Moreno (RP): 2 2⁄3 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
Franklin Soto (SS): 1-4, 2B, K
The DSL Cardinals took one of the chin yesterday, falling to the Yankees, 8-0.
Starter Wilfredo Pereira gave up two runs over his four innings to start the game before Jose Moreno was rocked for four runs in his eight outs in relief.
The Cardinals mustered just three hits on the day, with shortstop Franklin Soto’s double being the only knock for extra bases.
MEM: Mike Mayers
SPR: To be announced.
PMB: Ryan Helsley
PEO: Ian Oxnevad