Here’s a look back at Thursday’s farm:
Austin Gomber (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 11 Ks
Landon Beck (RP): 2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Anthony Garcia (DH): 2-3, 3B, R
Bruce Caldwell (2B): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
John Nogowski (1B): 1-3, RBI
With two runs in the ninth, the Travelers came back to defeat the Cardinals, 4-3, on Thursday.
Arkansas couldn’t do much of anything off Cardinals starter Austin Gomber, who finished his glimmering August on a high note. The lefty allowed one run over six innings while punching out 11 batters. The Travelers did their late damage off Springfield’s bullpen, particularly Landon Beck; Beck surrendered a two-out, two-run, go-ahead home run in the top of the ninth.
Second baseman Bruce Caldwell hit his 14th home run of the season, and designated hitter Anthony Garcia plated a run with his second triple of the year. Backstop Andrew Knizner drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Palm Beach Cardinals
Ross Vance (SP): 3 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 1 BB, 3 Ks
Shane Billings (CF): 1-3, 2B, RBI
Leobaldo Pina (3B): 2-4, R
The Cardinals mustered just one run in Thursday’s game and fell in St. Lucie to the Mets, 3-1.
Palm Beach starter Ross Vance allowed two runs over his 3 2⁄3 innings and possibly saved additional Mets damage with his two pickoffs. The Cardinals’ bats couldn’t do their part, however.
Cardinals third baseman Leobaldo Pina scored the only run of the day on an RBI double from Shane Billings in the top of the second.
Evan Kruczynski (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 3 Ks
Stefan Trosclair (1B): 1-2, 2B, 2 BBs, SB, R
Dylan Carlson (RF): 1-3, 2 RBIs, R
Danny Hudzina (2B): 1-4, 2 RBIs
With their 6-2 victory on Thursday over the River Bandits, the Chiefs earned their third straight trip to the playoffs.
Evan Kruczynski turned in a respectable outing of two runs over five innings, resulting in his fourth win of the year.
The Chiefs put Quad Cities away with six runs over two frames, including four in the fifth. Right fielder Dylan Carlson and second baseman Danny Hudzina each batted in two runs, and first baseman Stefan Trosclair doubled, walked twice, and scored as he stole home.
State College Spikes
Johan Oviedo (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 Ks
Levi MaVorhis (RP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 Ks
Yariel Gonzalez (3B): 3-5, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs
Brandon Benson (RF): 2-4, 2 R
Although they left nine runners on base, the Spikes scored just enough to edge the Scrappers, 4-3, on Thursday.
Spikes third baseman Yariel Gonzalez had a great day at the dish, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and three runs batted in. Right fielder Brandon Benson reached on two singles and scored as many runs.
Johan Oviedo started for State College and logged five innings of three-run (two earned) ball. In relief of Oviedo, Levi MaVorhis was dazzling over three scoreless innings. MaVorhis picked up the win, his first as a Spike.
Johnson City Cardinals
Will Changarotty (SP): 2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Franyel Casadilla (RP): 2 2⁄3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 Ks
Juan Alvarez (RP): 1⁄3 IP, 0 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Edwar Ramirez (RP): 2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Alexis Wilson (C): 1-3, RBI
Imeldo Diaz (SS): 2-3, 2B
With a tough, 12-1 loss to the Blue Jays, the Cardinals were eliminated from postseason contention on Thursday.
The Blue Jays scored often on Thursday, with three runs in the first off Cardinals starter Will Changrotty. Bluefield put up two more against Franyel Casadilla, two off Juan Alvarez, and four while facing Edwar Ramirez. Johnson City’s bats couldn’t counter the Blue Jays’ big day.
Cardinals catcher Alexis Wilson drove in shortstop Imeldo Diaz in the bottom of the eighth to account for the club’s only run of the day. With seven hits and five walks resulting in only run, the Cardinals left 11 runners on base, going a mere 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
MEM: Ryan Helsley
SPR: Connor Jones
PMB: Mike O’Reilly
PEO: Frederis Parra