Here’s a look back at Thursday’s farm action:
Kevin Herget (SP): 4 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 Ks, 2 BB
Aledmys Diaz (SS): 3-4, HR, 3 RBIs, 2 R
Breyvic Valera (DH): 3-5, HR, 2B, BB, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Wilfredo Tovar (2B): 3-5, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, R
With 10 runs at the plate, Memphis enjoyed win number 72, a 10-4 victory over the Rainiers.
Redbirds shortstop Aledmys Diaz helped lead the way, going 3-for-4 with a home run and three runs batted in. Designated hitter finished with two RBIs and a triple shy of the cycle, and second baseman Wilfredo Tovar did his job, ripping two doubles and plating a pair. The lineup combined to go 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position.
Kevin Herget turned in 4 1⁄3 innings of three-run ball in his start. It was Josh Zeid who picked up the win, with 2 2/3 scoreless frames following Herget out of the bullpen. Zeid is now 7-2 this season.
Chris Ellis (SP): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 5 Ks, 1 BB
Pedro Echemendia (RP): 1 1⁄3 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 Ks, 1 BB
Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 2-4, 2 2Bs, 2 RBIs, R
Oscar Mercado (CF): 1-3, HR, HBP, SB, 2 R
Although the Naturals put up a three spot in the ninth, the Cardinals hung on for a 5-3 win.
Springfield starter Chris Ellis was awesome, holding the Naturals to five hits over seven scoreless innings. Ellis struck out five batters along the way, improving to 3-6 this year. Reliever Pedro Echemendia allowed the three runs in the ninth inning, but Andrew Morales bailed him out of trouble to notch his first save.
Cardinals center fielder Oscar Mercado hit his 11th long ball of the season and stole his 34th base. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez hit two doubles and drove in as many runs.
Palm Beach Cardinals
Jordan Hicks (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 3 Ks, 1 BB
Ross Vance (RP): 1 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 Ks, 0 BB
Luke Dykstra (2B): 1-4, RBI, K
Leobaldo Pina (1B): 1-4, 2B, R
The Cardinals couldn’t add on to their early run and fell to the Threshers, 3-1.
Jordan Hicks was solid in his start for Palm Beach, twirling five scoreless innings. He was in line for a victory, but the Threshers put up three off reliever Ross Vance over the sixth and seventh innings.
Cardinals second baseman Luke Dykstra drove in the team’s lone run of the day, while first baseman Leobaldo Pina doubled and scored on Dykstra’s RBI knock.
Anthony Shew (SP): 5 2⁄3 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 7 Ks, 2 BB
Juan Yepez (1B): 1-4, HR, BB, 2 RBIs, R
Stefan Trosclair (2B): 1-3, 3 RBIs
Kramer Robertson (SS): 4-5, 2B, 2 R
The Snappers walked off the Chiefs, 7-6, in Thursday’s 10-inning affair.
Anthony Shew started for the Chiefs, allowing four runs in 5 2⁄3 innings pitched. Shew whiffed seven Snappers in the outing. Unfortunately for Shew and the Peoria faithful, the Chiefs failed to score beyond the fifth inning, and the Threshers’ scored seven unanswered runs for the win.
Peoria first baseman Juan Yepez drove in two with a home run, and second baseman Stefan Trosclair had three RBIs. Shortstop Kramer Robertson had four hits, including a double, and scored twice.
State College Spikes
Paul Balestrieri (SP): 5 2⁄3 IP, 8 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 5 Ks, 1 BB
Levi MaVorhis (RP): 3 1⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 K, 1 BB
Brandon Benson (RF): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs
Scott Hurst (CF): 2-4, 2B, 2 R
Tyler Lancaster (C): 1-4, 2 RBIs, R
Fueled by a six-run sixth, the Spikes cruised by the Black Bears with a 7-2 win.
Paul Balestrieri had a dependable start for the Spikes, allowing two runs over 5 2⁄3 innings. Balestrieri improved to 2-1 on the year, as the Spikes’ six-run top of the sixth took him off the hook.
Spikes right fielder Brandon Benson and catcher Tyler Lancaster each had two runs batted in, while center fielder Scott Hurst went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored.
Johnson City Cardinals
Edwar Ramirez (SP): 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 Ks, 2 BB
Wadye Ynfante (LF): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBIs
Luis Bandes (1B): 2-4, 2 HRs, 3 RBIs, 2 R
With a solid start and a couple of stellar offensive performances, Johnson City knocked off the Rays by an 8-3 score.
Edwar Ramirez turned in five innings of one-run ball for the Cardinals, striking out four along the way. Ramirez picked up the win, just his second in seven decisions.
Cardinals first baseman Luis Bandes ripped two homers, his fourth and fifth of the year. Left fielder Wadye Ynfante went 2-for-4 with his ninth double and three runs batted in.
Junior Gonzalez (SP): 3 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
Chris Hunt (RP): 2 2⁄3 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
Elehuris Montero (3B): 3-5, 2 HRs, 2B, 5 RBIs, 2 R
Casey Grayson (1B): 2-3, 2 2Bs, 2 BB, 3 R
Jonathan Machado (CF): 3-6, 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Taylor Bryant (SS): 3-6, 2 RBIs, R
Hector Soto (SP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 2 Ks, 0 BB
Jose Geronimo (RP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 Ks, 1 BB
Larimel Soriano (RP): 1 2⁄3 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 Ks, 0 BB
Carlos Soler (CF): 3-5, 3B, 2 RBIs, R
Ivan Herrera (C): 1-3, 2 BB, 2 RBIs, R
Franklin Soto (DH): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Raffy Ozuna (SS): 1-4, HR, BB, RBI, R
MEM: John Gant
SPR: Austin Gomber
PMB: Connor Jones
PEO: Ian Oxnevad
SC: Daniel Castano
JNC: Alvaro Seijas