Here’s a look back at yesterday’s farm, featuring stats and a few game notes:
Matt Pearce (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 Ks
Arturo Reyes (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Alex Mejia (2B): 2-4, R, RBI
Tyler O’Neill (RF): 2-4, RBI
Backed by a four-run fifth, the Cubs won the first of eight straight games with the Redbirds by a 5-3 final score.
For Memphis starter Matt Pearce, the fifth inning was his only blemish of the night, as he allowed just the four runs in his outing. After Pearce exited, Arturo Reyes turned in two innings of one-run (not earned) ball, and Mike Mayers finished the game with a scoreless eighth.
The Redbirds combined to strike out 13 times at the plate on Thursday, although they did go 4-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Second baseman Alex Mejia with 2-for-4 with a run batted in and a run scored, and right fielder Tyler O’Neill had two hits and drove in a run.
Chris Ellis (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 8 Ks
Jacob Wilson (3B): 3-4, HR, RBI, R
Andrew Knizner (C): 2-2, BB, R
The Naturals built an early lead off Cardinals starter Chris Ellis and held on for a 4-2 win over Springfield.
Ellis, who dropped to 5-8 with the loss, lasted six innings, allowing four runs - all earned - in the third inning. Ellis did not issue a walk and fanned eight Naturals batters. Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick followed with scoreless innings out of the bullpen.
Third baseman Jacob Wilson had a solid day at the plate with three hits, including his 15th home run of the season. Catcher Andrew Knizner went 2-for-2 with a walk and scored a run.
Kevin Siegrist (SP): 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Jake Woodford (RP): 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Hector Mendoza (RP): 1 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 BB, 3 Ks
Leobaldo Pina (3B): 1-3, BB
Jupiter routed the Cardinals on Thursday, blanking Palm Beach by an 11-0 final.
The Hammerheads faced lefty Kevin Siegrist in the first inning and scored one run off the rehabbing hurler. From there, Jake Woodford took over and surrendered four runs over as many frames before Hector Mendoza was rocked for five runs in 1 1⁄3 innings.
The Cardinals had no extra base hits on Thursday and drew just one walk. Third baseman Leobaldo Pina had one of the five singles and reached via the walk. The Cardinals went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position.
Ian Oxnevad (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 Ks
Max Almonte (RP): 1 1⁄3 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Austin Sexton (RP): 1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Brian O’Keefe (C): 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, R
Juan Yepez (1B): 2-4, RBI
With two runs in the bottom of the ninth, the Timber Rattlers came back to knock off the Chiefs, 4-3.
Chiefs starter Ian Oxnevad logged five scoreless innings, allowing just two baserunners. The bullpen didn’t follow suit, however, as relievers Max Almonte and Austin Sexton each allowed a two-run homer to let Wisconsin grab the victory.
Peoria catcher Brian O’Keefe had a two-run homer of his own, his 15th long ball of the year. First baseman Juan Yepez went 2-for-4 and drove in the Chiefs’ other run of the day.
Paul Balestrieri (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Steven Farinaro (RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 Ks
Matt Davis (1B): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, R
J.D. Crowe (DH): 1-3, 2B, RBI, R
The Spikes put up a six spot in the first and held on just enough for a 6-5 win over the Black Bears.
First baseman Matt Davis had two runs batted in in the inning, while designated hitter J.D. Crowe, catcher Dennis Ortega, center fielder Scott Hurst, and third baseman Yariel Gonzalez batted in a run apiece.
Spikes starter Paul Balestrieri allowed four runs over as many innings before Steven Farinaro turned in four frames of one-run ball en route to his second win in three decisions this year.
Zach Prendergast (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 12 Ks
Imeldo Diaz (SS): 2-3, HR, BB, 2 RBIs, R
Luis Bandes (DH): 1-4, 2B, R
Zach Prendergast was outstanding as the Cardinals walked off the Astros, 3-2.
The Astros were glad to face anyone except Prendergast, as the 22-year-old surrendered a mere four hits and punched out 12 in seven shutout innings, lowering his season ERA to 2.77 in 26 innings. The Astros scored two runs off Cardinals reliever Fabian Blanco, but Jacob Patterson came in and was able to prevent further damage.
With the Astros up 2-1 in the bottom of the ninth, Johnson City shortstop Imeldo Diaz launched a two-out, two-run, game-winning homer to cap off a Cardinals win.
DSL Cardinals - Game One
Enmanuel Solano (SP): 3 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Leonardo Taveras (RP): 3 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 Ks
Joyser Garcia (C): 3-3, 2B, 2 RBIs
DSL Cardinals - Game Two
Wilfredo Pereira (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BBs, 1 K
Raffy Ozuna (SS): 1-3, 2B, R
Freddy De Jesus (1B): 0-2, SF, K, RBI
MEM: Dakota Hudson
SPR: Zac Gallen
PMB: Ramon Santos
PEO: Evan Kruczynski
SC: Andrew Summerville
JNC: Franyel Casadilla