With Cardinals second-rated pitching prospect Luke Weaver earning a call-up to the Show this week, the Triple-A rotation subsequently had an opening. To fill the vacated spot, the organization promoted ninth-overall prospect Dakota Hudson to the Redbirds.
Hudson was having an excellent campaign with Springfield, maintaining a 3.68 FIP in 18 starts - 114 innings. Hudson was in line to start for Springfield on Thursday when he was scratched and sent to Memphis. Weaver’s former spot in the Redbirds’ rotation is due up on Sunday.
Thursday’s game between the Salt Lake Bees and Redbirds in Memphis was suspended in the bottom of the second inning, with the Redbirds up by a 3-1 score. The game will be resumed on Friday, before the clubs play their regularly scheduled, 7:05 PM Central time game.
Trey Nielsen (SP): 3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 K, 2 BBs
Randy Arozarena (LF): 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Jacob Wilson (3B): 3-4, 2 RBIs
Tommy Edman (SS): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 Ks
Anthony Garcia (DH): 2-3, BB, 2 R
It took a joint effort from the pitching staff, but with a pair of three-run innings, the Cardinals beat the Naturals, 6-2, on Thursday evening.
Trey Nielsen started for the Cardinals, allowing one run in three innings. From there, three relievers - Tyler Bray, Corey Littrell, and Landon Beck - followed with two-inning performances. Bray improved to 6-0 with a win, while Littrell earned his fourth hold and Beck secured his second save.
Springfield left fielder Randy Arozarena hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning as part of his 2-for-3 day. Third baseman Jacob Wilson had three singles in the game, driving in two. Shortstop Tommy Edman hit his fourth two-bagger of the year and plated a pair of runs. Designated hitter Anthony Garcia reached base three times in the game and scored twice.
Jake Woodford (SP): 5 2⁄3 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 3 BBs
Ross Vance (RP): 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 K, 2 BBs
Leobaldo Pina (1B-RP): 3-4, R, K; 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 Ks, 1 BB
Jeremy Martinez (C): 0-4, 2 RBIs
Blake Drake (CF): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs
Highlighted by their seven-run seventh, the Yankees enjoyed a 10-4 rout of the Cardinals in Tampa on Thursday.
Cardinals starter Jake Woodford allowed two runs on nine hits over 5 2⁄3 innings before Ross Vance took over in relief. Vance was smacked around for seven runs - all earned - recording just two outs despite facing 10 Yankees batters.
To avoid further taxation of their pitching staff, Palm Beach turned to infielder Leobaldo Pina to help mop up the ballgame on the mound. Pina allowed a solo home run in his inning of work.
In the batter’s box, Pina, the starting first baseman, notched three base hits. Center fielder Blake Drake drove in a pair of runs, while catcher Jeremy Martinez plated the other two tallies.
Frederis Parra (SP): 7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 Ks, 1 BB
Stephen Piscotty (RF): 0-3
Brian O’Keefe (C): 1-3, 2 RBIs
Vince Jackson (DH): 2-3, 2 2Bs, R
Danny Hudzina (3B): 1-2, HR, R, RBI
Starter Frederis Parra went the distance in the first game of Thursday’s seven-inning doubleheader for the Chiefs, knocking off the Kernels by a 3-1 final.
Parra twirled seven innings of one-run ball, holding the Kernels to just five hits, including three doubles. Parra picked up his second win in five decisions this year.
Two of the Chiefs’ runs came off the bat of backstop Brian O’Keefe, who notched RBIs 31 and 32 of the year. Designated hitter Vince Jackson hit his 15th and 16th doubles of the season, and third baseman Danny Hudzina launched his seventh home run.
Appearing in his first rehab game, outfielder Stephen Piscotty went 0-for-3 with two fly outs to center field and a groundout to third. Piscotty recorded two putouts.
Ronnie Williams (SP): 4 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 Ks, 1 BB
Colton Thomson (RP): 1 1⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 Ks, 0 BB
Yeison Medina (RP): 1 2⁄3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 3 Ks, 1 BB
Juan Yepez (1B): 1-2, 2B, BB, 3 RBIs
Fueled by four hitless innings from starter Ronnie Williams and a big day at the dish for Juan Yepez, the Chiefs took the second game of Thursday’s double-dip with the Kernels, 4-0, to complete the sweep.
Williams was pulled after no-hitting the Kernels through four frames. Relievers Colton Thomson and Yeison Medina followed Williams out of the ‘pen for Peoria, keeping the Kernels out of the run column for the remainder of the seven-inning affair.
Chiefs first baseman Juan Yepez brought most of the thunder for Peoria in the second game, lining a bases-clearing double in the fifth to pad his club’s lead.
Jonathan Mulford (SP): 5 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 5 Ks, 3 BBs
Bryce Denton (LF): 3-6, 3B, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Yariel Gonzalez (1B): 3-6, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, R
Edwin Figuera (SS): 3-5, RBI, R
Evan Mendoza (3B): 4-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs, R
Zach Kirtley (2B): 3-6, 2B, RBI, 3 R
With 17 hits on the night and dependable pitching, the Spikes rolled over the Muckdogs by an 11-1 score on Thursday.
Third baseman Evan Mendoza led the way with four hits and three RBIs, including two doubles. The Spikes had four players with three hits: left fielder Bryce Denton, first baseman Yariel Gonzalez, shortstop Edwin Figuera, and second baseman Zach Kirtley. Denton finished a home run shy of the cycle, Gonzalez doubled twice, Figuera drove in and scored a run, and Kirtley scored three runs.
Jonathan Mulford started for the Spikes, allowing one run and striking out five batters over 5 1⁄3 innings. With a win, Mulford improved to 2-3 on the year. Spencer Trayner followed Mulford out of the bullpen with 2 2⁄3 scoreless frames, and Robbie Gordon put up a zero in the ninth inning to wrap up the night.
Edwar Ramirez (SP): 5 1⁄3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 5 Ks, 2 BBs
Wadye Ynfante (CF): 1-4, R, 2 Ks
Delvin Perez (SS): 1-4, RBI
Chase Pinder (LF): 1-3, BB, SB
The Cardinals got a run in the top of the ninth, but it was ultimately to no avail, as the Braves’ sturdy lead held up to defeat Johnson City, 4-1.
Edwar Ramirez started for the Cardinals and pitched respectably, allowing three runs on five hits in 5 1⁄3 innings. The Cardinals couldn’t muster much run support, however, and Ramirez took his fifth loss in sixth decisions this season with Johnson City.
With center fielder Wadye Ynfante on third after a base hit and two wild pitches, Delvin Perez drove in the Cardinals’ lone run of the ballgame with a two-out, RBI single up the middle.
Diego Cordero (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 5 Ks, 2 BBs
Francisco Hernandez (3B): 2-4, 2 HRs, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Raffy Ozuna (DH): 0-2, 2 BBs
The Cardinals couldn’t overcome a four-run fifth inning by the Rockies and dropped Thursday’s contest, 4-2.
Cardinals starter Diego Cordero went five innings and was solid - up until his final frame, when the Rockies pushed across four runs. Cordero suffered the loss, dropping to 1-4 on the campaign.
The Cardinals’ pair of runs in the ballgame came from third baseman Francisco Hernandez, who crushed two solo homers - his first home runs of the season - in the fifth and eighth innings.
MEM: Kevin Herget
SPR: Sandy Alcantara
PMB: Ryan Helsley
PEO: Austin Warner
SC: Andrew Summerville
JNC: Alvaro Seijas
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