The big league club wasn’t the only squad taking a rest day on Monday. Both Palm Beach and Peoria didn't play and will pick things up later today. Here’s what happened with Memphis and Springfield.
Oklahoma City Dodgers 6 at Memphis Redbirds 0
Kevin Hergret (SP): 3 IP, 5 H, 2 R, BB, 2 K’s
Andrew Morales (RP): 3 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 6 K’s
Edward Mujica (RP): 1 IP, 0 R, K
Yairo Munoz (SS): 1-3
A little nugget of happiness before we get into what happened on the field: Memphis finished April with the most wins in franchise history. The Redbirds win tally for the month was 17, besting the 2000 club by one game. That’s the good news. Things between the foul lines weren’t so pretty.
Memphis was never able to get rolling against Oklahoma City on Monday. The Dodgers outhit the Redbirds 11 to 4, with all of the Redbirds hits coming as singles. Meanwhile, Oklahoma City put two balls over the fence. Kevin Hergret was the starter, but only made it through three innings of work before being relieved by Andrew Morales. Morales wasn’t any more effective, and the Memphis offense couldn’t close the gap.
The loss puts the Redbirds at 17-8. They play the Dodgers again tonight at 6:35 CST. Here’s to another 17 wins in May.
Springfield Cardinals 8 Arkansas Travelers 4
Ramon Santos (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, K
Tommy Edman (3B): 3-4, R, BB
John Nogowski (1B): 1-3, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB
Victor Roache (LF): 2-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI, 2 R
While Memphis never got going, Springfield pulled out the win with some late heroics. Starter Ramon Santos tossed three solid innings before being replaced by Ian McKinney, who gave up four runs through four innings of work. Estarlin Arias and Hector Mendoza combined for two scoreless innings of relief work.
Springfield entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 4-2. Infielders Luke Dykstra and Tommy Edman led off with a pair of singles. Edmundo Sosa advanced the runners on a bunt before Lane Thomas scored Dykstra with a groundout. First basemen John Nogowski then tied the game with an RBI-single, extending his hit streak to 11 games. Outfielder Victor Roache took Spencer Hermann deep for a two-run blast, his second of the day and sixth of the season. Springfield ended the seventh with a 6-4 lead that they wouldn’t surrender.
The win moves Springfield to 13-9 on the season. They’ll play again later today, taking on the Northwest Arkansas Naturals at 7:05 CST.
MEM: John Gant
PMB: Evan Kruczynski
PEO: Jake Walsh