Three teams were in action for the Cardinals farm system last night. Springfield and Peoria fell while the Memphis Redbirds did Memphis Redbirds things.
Omaha Storm Chasers 0 at Memphis Redbirds 7
John Gant (SP): 7 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 Ks
Alex Mejia (DH): 2-4, 2 RBIs, R
Randy Arozarena (LF): 1-2, 2B, RBI, BB, R
Edward Mujica (RP): 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H
The Memphis Redbirds used a monstrous second inning and a stellar outing from John Gant to open its season at AutoZone Park with a 7-0 win.
All seven Redbird runs came in that second inning. Memphis saw 12 at-bats in the inning with Alex Mejia having two RBI singles. Randy Arozarena had an RBI double and Wilfredo Tovar, Oscar Mercado, Max Schrock, and Rangel Ravelo all had RBI singles.
John Gant (2-0) followed up his Opening Day start with another solid outing. Through two starts, he’s at a 0.69 ERA this season. Kevin Herget pitched the eighth and gave up one hit and walk with one strikeout. Mujica pitched the ninth.
Frisco Roughriders 11, Springfield Cardinals 4
Lane Thomas (CF): 2-4, 2B, R
Tommy Edman (SS): 2-4
Victor Roache (RF): 1-4, HR, RBI, R
Jake Woodford (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 2 Ks
Springfield’s pitching struggled mightily in an 11-4 loss to the Frisco Roughriders.
Jake Woodford had another upsetting start as the 21-year-old is still trying to acclimate to AA ball. Tyler Bray pitched the sixth and Jacob Evans pitched the seventh. Both pitchers gave up three hits and two runs. Brady Bowen gave up one hit and two runs while pitching the eighth.
The Cardinals took the first lead of the game in the top of the second on Roache’s home run. The Roughriders tied it in the third and hung a four-spot in the fourth. Lane Thomas scored on a Darren Seferina sac fly in the sixth. In the seventh, Thomas Spitz tripled in a run and then scored on a wild pitch. Despite the effort, two runs from the Roughriders in the sixth, seventh, and eight prevented the Cardinals from ever getting back into the game.
With their two hit games, Thomas and Tommy Edman are now hitting .435 on the young season.
Dunedin Blue Jays at Palm Beach Cardinals was postponed
Cedar Rapids Kernels 8 at Peoria Chiefs 6
Juan Yepez (DH): 3-5, 2 3B, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Bryce Denton (RF): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs,
Taylor Bryant (2B): 2-5, R
Alvaro Seijas (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, BB, 2 Ks
The Peoria Chiefs nearly made a massive comeback, but ultimately fell 8-6.
Facing an 8-2 deficit heading into the bottom of the eighth, the Chiefs scored one in the eighth and three in the ninth before Bryce Denton struck out to end the game while representing the tying run.
Juan Yepez had three hits, two of them triples, to continue his superhuman start to the season. Yepez, who was the return in the Matt Adams to Atlanta trade, has multi-hit games in three of the first four games of the season and is batting .533
Alvaro Seijas’ stat line is marred but it’s mostly due to one bad inning. He gave up four hits and all three of his runs in the second inning. Aside from that, he only gave up three hits and no runs in the other four.
Kodi Whitley, on the other hand, was bad. He gave up seven hits and five runs over three innings. He currently sits with a 14.73 ERA. Thomas St. Clair pitched the ninth and gave up a hit, no runs, one walk, and had a strikeout.
MEM: Dakota Hudson
SPR: Off; Next game on Thursday 4/12
PMB (DH): Anthony Shew & Evan Kruczynski
PEO: Winston Nicacio