The Memphis Redbirds had a double header yesterday and won both games while Springfield extended their winning streak to four. Palm Beach and Peoria both suffered tight losses.
Game 1: Memphis Redbirds 6 at Omaha Storm Chasers 2
Jack Flaherty (SP): 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks
Wilfredo Tovar (2B): 2-3, HR, 5 RBIs, R
Yairo Munoz (SS): 2-4, 2 R
Max Schrock (DH): 2-4
The Redbirds took game one behind a dominant performance from Jack Flaherty and an equally impressive five-RBI game for Wilfredo Tovar.
Memphis took the lead early and never looked back. Oscar Mercado drove in Carson Kelly with an RBI single in the top of the second. Tovar followed that up with a three run bomb.
Omaha scored two in the bottom of the fourth, but one was thanks to a fielding error by Adolis Garcia. Tovar delivered again in the top of the sixth with a two-RBI double.
Jack Flaherty (3-0) pitched the complete seven innings only giving up one earned run. He had six strikeouts compared to just one walk. He made his first start in Memphis 12 days ago and leads the PCL in wins and strikeouts (22).
Game 2: Memphis Redbirds 2 at Omaha Storm Chasers 1
Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-2, HR, 2 RBI’s, BB, R
Sean Gilmartin (SP): 2 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 1 BB
Edward Mujica (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Memphis used both a balanced hitting and pitching attack to take game two.
Omaha scored a run in the bottom of the second but Memphis responded with all they would need in the top of the fourth on an Adolis Garcia two-run home run.
Randy Arozarena had a stolen base in the game, separating himself from Oscar Mercado as the sole leader in the PCL with seven.
The Redbirds used four pitchers over the seven inning game starting with Sean Gilmartin who gave up a run over two innings. Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless two innings and picked up the win. Derian Gonzalez pitched 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings. John Brebbia finished out the last 1 2⁄3 for his first save of the season.
Springfield Cardinals 6 at Arkansas Travelers 4
John Nogowski (1B): 2-4, HR, 4 RBI’s, BB, R
Conner Green (SP): 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 3 K’s
Andrew Knizner (C): 2-4, RBI, BB, R
Victor Roache (RF): 2-4, 2B
Thomas Spitz (LF): 2-3, BB, R
Tommy Edman (3B): 2-5, 2 R
Springfield held off a ninth inning rally and used a five-run seventh to help propel them to their fourth straight win.
The scoring started in the top of the third when Tommy Edman scored on a Lane Thomas groundout. Arkansas tied the game in the bottom of the fifth.
In the top of the seventh, Andrew Knizner walked with the bases loaded and John Nogowski sent them all home with a grand slam.
Arkansas was able to rally for three runs in the bottom of the ninth but Jacob Evans came out of the pen and shut the door.
Conner Greene (2-1) had a good start, giving up a run over six innings. He did struggle with command a little bit with four walks. Hector Mendoza and Brady Bowen each pitched perfect innings.
Landon Beck struggled in the ninth giving up three runs, three hits, and a walk in 1⁄3 of an inning. Jacob Evans came in with one out and the winning run at the plate and got two straight outs to seal the win and attain his first save of the season.
Bradenton Marauders 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Shane Billings (LF): 3-4
Ryan McCarvel (C): 2-4, HR, RBI, R
Mike O’Reilly (SP): 5.1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 7 K’s
Palm Beach couldn’t capitalize on two early runs and fell 4-2.
They scored a run in the first and second inning. In the first, Evan Mendoza scored on an error by Bradenton’s third baseman that should’ve been the third out. In the second, Ryan McCarvel sent one over the wall.
That’s all Palm Beach could muster as three Bradenton runs in the bottom of the sixth and one in the bottom of the eighth is all they needed.
Mike O’Reilly was responsible for the three sixth inning runs. He had seven strikeouts and only a single walk. Jacob Patterson pitched 1 2⁄3 innings and didn’t give up a run. Ronnie Williams gave up the eighth inning run and struggled to find the zone with three walks.
Quad Cities River Bandits 2, Peoria Chiefs 1 (10)
Jake Walsh (SP): 6 IP, 1 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 K’s
Peoria’s offense was completely absent in an extra inning loss.
They mustered one hit the entire night and it was a bunt single by Edwin Figuera who would then score the only run. Quad Cities gave Peoria that run too. Figuera advanced to second after the right fielder missed a catch, advanced to third on a throwing error by the pitcher, and scored on a passed ball.
Pitching was stellar. Jake Walsh gave up one run over six innings and had nine strikeouts in the outing. Levi MaVorhis pitched a scoreless seventh, Fabian Blanco pitched to three batters in the eighth, and Thomas St. Clair (0-2) pitched the rest of the way.
The game, fitting for the way Peoria performed, ended on a wild pitch.
MEM: Daniel Poncedeleon
SPR: Sam Tewes
PMB: Austin Warner
PEO: Johan Oviedo