The Cardinals farm system fell victim to two walkoff losses yesterday, one to Springfield and the other to Palm Beach. Memphis continued their struggles while Peoria got their sixth straight win.
Nashville Sounds 7 at Memphis Redbirds 4
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 3-4, R
Luke Voit (1B): 1-3, 2B, BB
Austin Gomber (SP): 5 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Memphis tried to make a late run but fell short for their fifth loss in six games.
Nashville grabbed the lead in the top of the third with two runs. They added two more each in the fourth and sixth. Memphis made it interesting in the bottom of the seventh.
Adolis Garcia, Wilfredo Tovar, and Max Schrock had RBI singles and Steven Baron brought in a run on a fielder’s choice. That’s all Memphis was able to get. Nashville tacked on one more run in the top of the ninth.
Austin Gomber (2-3) had a bad start for the third straight game giving up four runs and eight hits over five innings. It’s his third straight start giving up four runs or more in less than six innings.
Arturo Reyes gave up two runs, two hits, two walks, and had three strikeouts in two innings of work. Andrew Morales pitched the final two innings and gave up an unearned run, two hits, a walk, and had three strikeouts.
Memphis enjoys an off day today and starts a four-game series in Colorado Springs tomorrow at 7:40.
Tulsa Drillers 8, Springfield Cardinals 7
Chris Chinea (1B): 2-4, R
Granden Goetzman (RF): 2-4, 2 HR, 4 RBI’s, 2 R
Chris Ellis (SP): 4.1 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s
Springfield started out slow, made a late push, but ultimately fell to a walk off.
They took the first lead with a solo home run from Granden Goetzman in the top of the third. Tulsa blew things open with five runs in the bottom half of the inning. They added two more in the bottom of the fifth.
Springfield got back into it with a three-run homer from Randy Arozarena in the top of the sixth. They tied the game in the top of the ninth when Goetzman sent one over the wall for a second time for three runs. Unfortunately, Tulsa won it on a walkoff single.
Chris Ellis had his second straight bad outing giving up seven runs in 4 1⁄3 innings. Landon Beck finished the fifth and gave up a hit. Jacob Evans pitched three solid, hitless innings. Yeison Medina (0-1) pitched the ninth and allowed the walkoff.
Springfield has lost the first two games of the series to Tulsa. Game 3 starts this morning at 11:05.
Game 1: Palm Beach Cardinals 2 at Clearwater Threshers 1
Shane Billings (LF): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Austin Warner (SP): 6.1 IP, 1 R, 7 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Palm Beach won a low-scoring affair in a makeup of the postponement on Monday.
The scoring happened in a back-to-back-to-back sequence. Palm Beach got on the board first with a solo homer from Juan Yepez. His time in Palm Beach has still been disappointing, however. He’s batting .087.
Clearwater tied it in the bottom of the third but Palm Beach took the lead for good on an RBI double by Shane Billings in the top of the fourth.
Austin Warner (2-1) had yet another impressive outing. 6 1⁄3 innings allowing only one run and no walks to six strikeouts. He hasn’t allowed over two runs in a start since April 20 and his K:BB ratio is just over 10:1.
Austin Sexton faced the last two batters of the game and struck them both out for his third save of the season.
Game 2: Clearwater Threshers 11, Palm Beach Cardinals 10
Evan Mendoza (3B): 4-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Johan Mieses (CF): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI’s, R
Brian O’Keefe (C): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
Jose Martinez (2B): 2-3, RBI, BB, R
Jesus Cruz (SP): 2.2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K’sR
Palm Beach suffered from an absolute meltdown in a bad loss in Game 2.
They held an early 8-0 lead and were up four heading into the bottom of the seventh and completely lost it.
Brian O’Keefe had a three-RBI double in the top of the first. In the second, Evan Mendoza hit an RBI single, Johan Mieses hit an RBI double, and J.B. Woodman sent them all home with a three-run shot.
Clearwater got three back over the next two innings but Palm Beach capitalized on an RBI single from Mieses in the top of the 4th and a Jose Martinez RBI single in the fifth to hold a seven run lead.
Palm Beach proceeded to give up eight runs over the next three innings, five in the seventh, to lose the game.
Everyone that pitched for Palm Beach gave up at least one run. Jesus Cruz started and gave up three runs in 2 2⁄3 innings, Jason Zgardowski gave up a run in 2 1/3, Colton Thomson gave up two in 2/3, Will Latcham gave up four in 2/3, and Jacob Patterson (2-1) gave up one in 1/3.
Palm Beach continues the series with Clearwater in an early game today. First pitch is set for 9:30.
Peoria Chiefs 13, Clinton Lumberkings 1
Yariel Gonzalez (1B): 3-5, 2 RBI’s, 3 R
J.R. Davis (DH): 3-4, 4 RBI’s, R
Dennis Ortega (C): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI’s, 3 R
Evan Guillory (SP): 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Peoria had two five-run innings and blew Clinton away.
Clinton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and it was all downhill for them from there. J.R. Davis tied it with an RBI single in the bottom of the second.
Davis drove in two more in the bottom of the fourth to give Peoria the lead. A two-RBI single by Yariel Gonzalez, sac fly by Elehuris Montero, and two-run homer from Dennis Ortega plated five in the bottom of the fifth.
Peoria put together five more in the bottom of the seventh. Matt Fielder hit a sac fly, Davis drove in yet another on a single, and Taylor Bryant hit a three-RBI double.
Evan Guillory (4-2) pitched well after a rough start last time out. He gave up one run over six innings, the fifth time he’s given up two runs or less this season.
Kodi Whitley pitched a perfect seventh and Fabian Blanco and Thomas St. Clair each pitched scoreless innings, both giving up a hit and having a strikeout.
Peoria has now won six straight and a win today would move them into first place in the Midwest League West. Game starts at 11.
MEM: Off, next game 5/17
SPR: Ryan Helsley
PMB: Ian Oxnevad
PEO: Alvaro Seijas