The big league club had the day off on Wednesday and so did the Springfield club. Memphis and Peoria both picked up wins, but Palm Beach fell to Jupiter in extra innings.
Memphis Redbirds 7 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 2
Jack Flaherty (SP): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 13 K’s
Luke Voit (1B): 4-5, 3 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Yairo Munoz (SS): 2-5, 3B, RBI
Oscar Mercado (CF): 1-4, 2B, BB, R
Wilfredo Tovar (2B): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
Jack Flaherty continues to prove that he’s just too good for the minor leagues. The Dodger’s only runs came courtesy of Donovan Solano, who belted a left field homer in the first and drive in one with an single in the third. Between the third and sixth innings, Flaherty retired ten straight batters. Across 31.2 minor league innings, Flaherty is running a 2.27 ERA with 11.83 K/9 and 2.02 BB/9.
Wilfredo Tovar homered in the third to tie the game 1-1. Tyler O’Neill sac flied later in the inning and Luke Voit promptly piled on an RBI single to make it 3-1. The Redbirds would expand the lead later in the game with an Adolis Garcia homer and Yairo Munoz RBI triple. Andrew Morales and Edward Mujica combined for 2.1 innings of relief work, striking out none but also allowing no runs. The win moves Memphis to 22-12 on the season. They take on Oklahoma City again tonight at 7:05 CST.
Jupiter Hammerheads 10 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Alex Reyes (SP): 3.1 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Jose Godoy (C): 2-4, 2B
Shane Billings (LF): 2-3, RBI, BB
Evan Mendoza (3B): 1-5, 2B
Palm Beach dropped the game to Jupiter in extra innings. Alex Reyes highlighted the day, making a promising rehab start on his way back from Tommy John. The workload is encouraging, as was his ability to miss bats and limit walks Ian Oxnevad relieved Reyes and tossed six innings. Oxnevad was effective until the floodgates opened in the top of the tenth. He was pulled mid inning in favor of Austin Sexton, but the Hammerheads ended up piling on nine runs.
The Palm Beach offense combined for eight hits but could only muster two runs in the contest. Evan Mendoza’s double makes two straight games with an extra base hit for the third baseman, not all that exciting until you consider that power is the determining tool in his profile. The hit tool is there, but he’s still slashing just .314/.362/.388. Jose Godoy has had limited work so far this season, only racking up 56 at bats, but he’s hitting .357/.446/.482 out of the gate.
Peoria Chiefs 5 at Bowling Green Hot Rods 4
Alvaro Seijas (SP): 5 IP, 9 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K’s
Nick Plummer (CF): 1-4, 2B, BB, R, SB
Dennis Ortega (C): 3-5, 2 RBI
Zach Kirtley (1B): 2-5, RBI
Peoria also required extra innings in Wednesday’s action. Starter Alvaro Seijas struggled to miss bats and ended up getting tagged for three runs. Bryan Dobzanski threw two innings of relief work, giving up one run while striking out two. Reliever Kodi Whitley took over for Dobzanski. Whitley worked three innings of scoreless ball to pick up the win.
The Peoria offense jumped out to early lead with two runs in the top of the first. Nick Plummer was moved into the leadoff spot instead of batting 7/8th as he has most of the year. Plummer worked well in the role, reaching base twice and swiping a bag. Obligatory “Can Nick Plummer Actually Hit?” update: he’s slashing .225/.374/.438. So....maybe? The overall profile is still bizarre. Peoria forced extra innings with an Irving Lopez RBI single in the ninth. In the tenth, Bryce Denton grounded into a fielders choice to drive in the go ahead run.
MEM: Austin Gomber
PMB: Anthony Shew
PEO: Zach Prendergast