Following a short two game skid, the Springfield Cardinals have won two straight a week after having a four game winning streak. Peoria lost a tight one and Palm Beach split a double header. Memphis had an off day.
Springfield Cardinals 3, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 1
Ryan Helsley (SP): 6 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 8 K’s, 1 BB
John Nogowski (1B): 1-2, 2 RBIs, BB, R
Victor Roache (RF): 1-4, 3B, RBI
Springfield used a stellar outing by Ryan Helsley to help guide them to victory.
Helsley (1-1) pitched six innings and had the strikeout pitch working with eight. He also commanded the strike zone well only allowing one walk. One run is all NW Arkansas could muster off him.
NW Arkansas got their only run in the top of the second to give them the early lead. Springfield benefited from poor defense to tie the game up in the bottom of the fourth. Ramon Urias led off with a single and advanced to third after the first baseman missed a catch. He was then driven in on a sac fly by John Nogowski.
Springfield extended the lead in the bottom of the sixth with an RBI single by Nogowski followed by an RBI triple from Victor Roache.
Ramon Santos pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth with two strikeouts and Landon Beck pitched a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.
Game 3 of 4 with Northwest Arkansas starts this morning at 11:10.
Game 1: Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Jupiter Hammerheads 4
Evan Kruczynski (SP): 5 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 5 K’s, 2 BB
Evan Mendoza (3B): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, 2 R
Andy Young (DH): 1-1, 2B, RBI, BB, R
Rain prevented these two teams from playing Monday night so they played two yesterday and Palm Beach won the first.
Jupiter scored an early run in the top of the first but Palm Beach responded with three in the bottom of the fourth. Evan Mendoza put one over the wall for two runs and J.B. Woodman drove in another on a single.
Palm Beach put two more on the board in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single from Johan Mieses and a sac fly from Andy Young.
Jupiter made it interesting, though. They scored three runs in the top of the seventh before Yeison Medina was able to close the door for his first save of the season.
Evan Kruczynski had a good outing only giving up one run in five innings. Jesus Cruz pitched 1 1⁄3 and was credited for all three Jupiter runs. Medina pitched the last 2/3.
Game 2: Jupiter Hammerheads 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Ian McKinney (SP): 1.2 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 2 K’s, 2 BB
Colton Thomson (RP): 4 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 4 K’s, BB
The offense didn’t carry over and there was little to take away in a game 2 shutout.
Jupiter roughed up Ian McKinney (2-1). McKinney only pitched 1 2⁄3 innings and gave up all three runs. Colton Thomson did a nice job in relief not allowing a run in four innings of work. Paul Balestrieri pitched the final 1 1⁄3 innings while only allowing one hit.
The Cardinals offense had five hits in the game.
The series finale begins tonight at 5:30. It’s the last Palm Beach home game before a seven game road trip.
Beloit Snappers 3, Peoria Chiefs 2
Jake Walsh (SP): 6 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 7 K’s, 2 BB
Juan Yepez (DH): 2-4, RBI
Elehuris Montero (3B): 1-3, 3B, BB, R
The Peoria Chiefs did their best St. Louis Cardinals impersonation by having their bullpen give up a late lead following a fantastic start by Jake Walsh.
After Jake Walsh pitched six innings of scoreless baseball, Cory Malcom entered the game and gave up three runs on three hits and two walks. He didn’t record an out. Kodi Whitley relieved him and finished the game without allowing a run but the offense couldn’t come back.
The two Peoria runs came on an RBI single by Taylor Bryant in the top of the sixth and an RBI single by Juan Yepez in the top of the seventh. Dylan Carlson represented the winning run at the plate in the top of the ninth but grounded into a double play to end the game.
Peoria has dropped the first two to Beloit and looks to get a win tonight at 6:30.
MEM: Daniel Poncedeleon
SPR: Conner Greene
PEO: Johan Oviedo