While the big league club was off on Monday, three of the four minor league affiliates were in action. Palm Beach was slated to play, but had the game postponed due to rain. Here’s what happened.
Memphis Redbirds 2 Nashville Sounds 1
Dakota Hudson (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 6 BB, 4 K’s
Preston Guilmet (RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s, SV
Tyler O’Neill (RF): 2-3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Wilfredo Tovar (SS): 1-3, 2B
Starter Dakota Hudson turned in a fine start, limiting the damage to one run while struggling with his command and walking six. Nashville’s only run came in the top of the fourth, when former Cardinals farmhand Anthony Garcia lifted a home run off of Hudson. Trouble sprang up early in the sixth inning when Hudson walked the first three batters. He was relieved by Edward Mujica, who struck out two and induced a fly out to escape the jam. Preston Guilmet picked up the two inning save, his seventh on the season.
Nashville starter Frankie Montas turned in a complete game, but had his hopes for a win ruined by muscle-bound Canadian Tyler O’Neill. O’Neill powered the Redbird offense on the day, homering off of Montas in the second and fourth innings. The home runs were O’Neills 12th and 13th on the season. His slash line at Triple-A is currently .333/.342/.752. Absolutely ridiculous power but, you know...only two walks. A Wilfredo Tover double and singles from Luke Voit, Alex Mejia, and Patrick Wisdom made up the rest of the Memphis offensive effort. The Redbirds are now 23-16 on the season and will take on Nashville today at 11:05 CST.
Tulsa Drillers 9 Springfield Cardinals 8
Connor Jones (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Estarlin Arias (RP): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Randy Arozarena (RF): 3-5, 2B, 3 RBI, R
Chris Chinea (1B): 1-4, RBI
Springfield took a commanding lead early but let the game slip away in the later innings. The contest was tied 1-1 heading into the fifth before the Cardinals’ offense blew things wide open. Randy Arozarena started things off with a two-run, one-out double. A hit batter and a walk loaded the bases for outfielder Victor Roache, who plated Arozarena with a fielder’s choice. Lane Thomas scored on a wild pitch before first basemen Chris Chinea drove in another on a single. Starter Connor Jones would turn the ball over to Ian McKinney with a 7-1 lead.
McKinney would allow three runs and tally only one out before being relieved by Estarlin Arias. Arias worked solid sixth and seventh innings before Ramon Santos took over in the eighth. Santos allowed all four of his runs on a Peter O’Brien go-ahead grand slam. Springfield couldn’t mount a rally in the top of the ninth. The win moves Springfield to 19-17 on the year. They will take on Tulsa again tonight at 7:05 CST.
Peoria Chiefs 5 Clinton LumberKings 2
Alex Reyes (SP): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 12 K’s
Johan Oviedo (RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Julio Rodriguez (C): 3-4, 2 HR, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Bryce Denton (RF): 1-4, 3B
Elehuris Montero (DH): 1-4, 2 RBI
Unfortunately for the Low-A LumberKings lineup, Alex Reyes made his second rehab start on Monday. Reyes threw 80 pitches in the outing, up from the 67 he threw in Palm Beach on May 9. He worked up and down the Clinton lineup with near impunity, axing twelve batters while only walking two. It’s reported that he touched 100 mph during the outing. Johan Oviedo came in to complete the second half of the tandem start. Oviedo worked one of his more efficient outings of the year, limiting baserunners while striking out six. His two runs allowed were solo homers in the sixth and eighth innings.
Catcher Julio Rodriguez opened the scoring with a solo home run in the second inning. The Chiefs would add to the advantage in the third, when Elehuris Montero laced a two out, bases loaded, two-RBI single up the middle. Rodriguez added another solo home run in the fourth inning, his sixth on the season. The 20-year old catcher is now batting .282/.296/.564 through 19 games. Peoria is now 18-16 on the season after the win. They play Clinton again today at 11:00 CST.
MEM: Austin Gomber
PMB (GM 1): Austin Warner
PMB (GM 2): Jesus Cruz
PEO: Evan Guillory