The Cardinals farm system nearly went perfect on Thursday with Peoria recording the only loss. Memphis continued its winning ways, Springfield picked up their second win of the season, and Palm Beach quickly returned to the win column.
Memphis Redbirds 5, Omaha Storm Chasers 4
Austin Gomber (SP): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 4 Ks
Tyler O’Neill (LF): 2-4, R
Rangel Ravelo (1B): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBIs, R
Memphis used a big third inning to help propel them to a 7-1 record.
Memphis started the scoring in the first. Tyler O’Neill reached first on a throwing error by Omaha’s third baseman which allowed Max Schrock to score. Omaha took the lead after scoring a run in the second and third. A Rangel Ravelo double in the bottom of the third drove in Schrock and Tyler O’Neill. He scored on a Patrick Wisdom single.
Adolis Garcia used his aggressiveness to help seal the win. In the eighth, he reached base on a walk, stole second, took third on a groundout, then scored on a groundout. Omaha was able to put up a run in the top of the ninth but couldn’t get any closer.
Austin Gomber pitched well, allowing three runs over 6 2⁄3 frames.
Derian Gonzalez was effective out of the pen for a second straight game. He pitched 1.1 and didn’t allow a hit. Edward Mujica held on in the ninth for his first save of the season.
Memphis completes the sweep of Omaha and starts a four game set with the Iowa Cubs tonight.
Springfield Cardinals 10, Midland RockHounds 5
Lane Thomas (CF): 2-5, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Victor Roache (RF): 2-3, HR, 2 RBIs, 2 R
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBIs, R
Ryan Helsley (SP): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 3 Ks
Like the Redbirds, Springfield also had a big third inning that helped lead them to victory.
Also like Memphis, Springfield started the scoring in the first with two runs. Tommy Edman scored on a groundout and Edmundo Sosa scored on a wild pitch.
Omaha trimmed the gap with a run in the top of the third but Springfield put up six runs in response. Darren Seferina started it with a two-run double. Victor Roache and Thomas Spitz had RBI singles. Sosa drove in two with a single.
Midland combined for three runs in the fourth and fifth but solo bombs from Roache in the fifth and Lane Thomas in the sixth never allowed them to get back in it.
Estarlin Arias picked up the win out of the bullpen. He pitched 1.2 innings giving up two hits and no runs. Ramon Santos pitched two innings and gave up three hits and a run with three strikeouts. Chris Ellis pitched the ninth and gave up a hit.
Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Dunedin Blue Jays 3
Evan Kruczynski (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 8 Ks
Evan Mendoza (3B): 2-4, 2B, R
Jose Godoy (C): 2-3, 3B, RBI, BB
Luke Gregerson (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R
Palm Beach nearly let one slip away but a run in the bottom of the eighth helped them win it by a 4-3 final score.
Scoring started in the first inning in this game as well, but it wasn’t for the Cardinals. Dunedin put up two quick ones but Palm Beach responded with two in the second.
Shane Billings scored on a Brian O’Keefe groundout. Jose Godoy followed that up with an RBI triple. An RBI double by Johan Mieses in the bottom of the third put the Cardinals on top.
Dunedin tied the game in the top of the eighth but an RBI double by O’Keefe in the bottom half put them up for good.
Evan Mendoza’s 2-4 game brings his batting average up to .393 this season.
Luke Gregerson appeared for the third time this season and pitched another scoreless frame in the seventh. Yeison Medina pitched the eighth and gave up two hits and one unearned run. He was credited with both a blown save and the win. Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth for his first save of the season.
Palm Beach wins three of four against Dunedin and starts a three game set at home against the Florida Fire Frogs tonight.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 9 at Peoria Chiefs 5
Elehuris Montero (3B): 3-3, 2 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 2 R
Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-3, 2 2B, 2 RBIs, 2 BB, R
Julio Rodriguez (C): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBIs
Jake Walsh (SP): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 Ks
Peoria’s bullpen let a lead slip away late to fall to 1-5 on the season.
Dylan Carlson put the Chiefs on the board first with an RBI double in the bottom of the second. Elehuris Monetero hit an RBI single and Julio Rodriguez a two-RBI single in the bottom of the 4th to give Peoria an early 4-0 lead. Carlson drove in another run in the 7th but three, two, and four run innings from Cedar Rapids put the game out of reach.
Fabian Blanco was charged a blown save while pitching 1.1 innings and giving up three hits, two runs, and two walks. Thomas St. Clair picked up the loss in an inning with two hits, four runs, two walks, and two strikeouts. Levi MaVorhis was the only productive pitcher out of the bullpen, pitching 1.1 innings giving up a hit and having a strikeout.
Peoria has lost five straight after an opening day win. They start three games with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tonight.
MEM: Jack Flaherty
SPR: Conner Greene
PMB: Austin Warner
PEO: Johan Oviedo