While Memphis and Springfield lost tough ones, Palm Beach and Peoria picked up victories on Thursday.
Oklahoma City Dodgers 8, Memphis Redbirds 4
Yairo Munoz (LF): 2-4, HR, 4 RBI’s, R
Luke Voit (1B): 2-4, R
Austin Gomber (SP): 5 IP, 6 R, 9 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s
Memphis and OKC both benefited from four run innings, but OKC produced in additional innings to help lead them to victory.
All four Memphis runs came in the top of the third on a Yairo Munoz grand slam. At the time, it gave Memphis a three run lead.
OKC chipped away and made it a 4-2 game in the bottom of the fifth. The sixth saw them have a four run inning of their own and that was all they needed. They tacked on an additional two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Austin Gomber got roughed up giving six runs and nine hits over five innings of work. One positive is he did have eight strikeouts compared to only two walks.
Brett Cecil pitched another scoreless rehab inning. Arturo Reyes pitched the final two innings and gave up two runs, two hits, and had a strikeout.
Memphis has won two of three against OKC and the series finale starts tonight at 7:05.
Arkansas Travelers 9, Springfield Cardinals 6
Ramon Urias (2B): 3-4, HR, 3 RBI’s, BB, R
Randy Arozarena (RF): 2-4, HR, RBI, R
Tommy Edman (3B): 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Chris Ellis (SP): 4.1 IP, 5 R, 4 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s
Springfield again fell victim to late runs in a losing effort against Arkansas.
Springfield took the lead two batters into the game when Ramon Urias hit a two-run homer. Urias has been making hard contact with the ball since being sent down after a dreadful start in Memphis. He’s batting .450 with three home runs in 10 games.
Arkansas scored in the bottom of the third but RBI singles from Thomas Spitz & Urias and an RBI double by Tommy Edman in the top of the 4th gave them a four run lead. A Randy Arozarena long ball made it a five run lead in the top of the fifth.
This is where Springfield met its downfall. They gave up four runs in the bottom of the fifth and allowed Arkansas to tie it in the bottom of the eighth. Hector Mendoza allowed two walks and Arkansas sent one over the wall to walk it off in the ninth.
Chris Ellis had his first bad outing since being converted to a starter. He gave up five runs, four earned, over 4 1/3. Ramon Santos pitched the next 1 2/3 and gave up three hits without allowing a run.
Yeison Medina pitched 1 2/3 and gave up one run, four hits, a walk, and two strikeouts. Hector Mendoza (1-1) pitched the final inning and gave up three runs, two hits, two walks, and had a strikeout. It’s the first runs Mendoza has given up this season in his 11th appearance.
Springfield will play two against Arkansas today with the first game starting at 5:10.
Palm Beach 7 at Bradenton Marauders 5
Evan Mendoza (3B): 3-5, 2 HR, 3 RBI’s, 2 R
Matt Fielder (LF): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, R
Johan Mieses (RF): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
Anthony Shew (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 0 ER, 6 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s
Palm Beach used a balanced scoring attack to help them beat Bradenton.
An Evan Mendoza solo shot in the top of the first gave them an early 1-0 lead. Bradenton scored three in the bottom of the second but Palm Beach tied it on RBI singles from Johan Mieses and Brian O’Keefe in the top of the third.
Palm Beach scored two more in the fifth and eithth on two-run homers, Menoza hit it in the fifth and Matt Fielder in the eighth. Bradenton cut the lead to two in the bottom of the eighth but that’s as close as they could get.
Juan Yepez went 0-for-3 in the game. He’s now 0-for-12 in three games since being called up from Peoria.
Anthony Shew got the start and pitched another good one. He gave up three runs, although none were earned, in six innings. Aside from his bad outing where he gave up six runs on April 22, he’s allowed one earned run total in six other starts this season. His ERA is currently 1.67.
Jason Zgardowski pitched two innings and gave up two runs and two hits with four strikeouts. Colton Thomson pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts to pick up his first save of the season.
Game two with Bradenton is tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 5 at Dayton Dragons 2
Zach Prendergast (SP): 7 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 3 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Elehuris Montero (3B): 2-4, HR, 2B, RBI, R
Jonatan Machado (CF): 2-4, 2 R
A three run inning and some late insurance helped Peoria defeat Dayton.
Peoria found themselves in an early 1-0 hole in the bottom of the second. They busted out for three runs in the top of the fifth behind a three-RBI double by Yariel Gonzalez.
Dayton responded with a run in the bottom half but insurance runs in the eighth and ninth put the game away. Peoria escaped a jam in the bottom of the eighth when they turned a double play with the bases loaded.
Zach Prendergast pitched sevin solid innings giving up two runs, one earned. Thomas St. Clair and Fabian Blanco each pitched scoreless innings.
Game two of the series starts tonight at 6:00.
MEM: Kevin Herget
SPR: Game 1: Ryan Helsley, Game 2: Connor Jones
PMB: Evan Kruczynski