The Cardinals farm system reached a split on Thursday. Memphis continued to sputter while Springfield and Palm Beach picked up victories. Peoria’s winning streak was snapped.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 10, Memphis Redbirds 5
Oscar Mercado (CF): 2-3, 2B, 2 BB, 2 R
Kevin Herget (SP): 5.1 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 9 H, 2 BB, 2 K’s
Memphis stayed in the game throughout until Colorado emerged for six runs in the bottom of the seventh.
They took the first lead when Oscar Mercado led off the game with a double then scored on a wild pitch. Colorado scored a run in the first, third, and fourth.
Memphis regained the lead in the top of the fifth with a Max Schrock groundout plating a run and using Colorado’s bad defense as help to score two more. Both teams traded runs in the bottom of the sixth and top of the seventh, Patrick Wisdom hit an RBI double.
The six runs in the bottom of the seventh capped the scoring and put the game out of reach.
Andrew Knizner made his Memphis debut and hit a double.
Kevin Herget made the start and gave up four runs, three earned, over 5 1⁄3 innings. Ryan Sherriff entered the game and pitched to one batter who he walked.
Edward Mujica (2-1) got clobbered giving up six runs, four earned, five hits, a walk, and had two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings. Andrew Morales pitched a perfect eighth with one strikeout.
Springfield Cardinals 8 at Tulsa Drillers 5
Ramon Urias (3B): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
Victor Roache (LF): 1-4, 2B, 4 RBI’s, BB
Conner Greene (SP): 6.2 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 7 K’s
Springfield used an early lead to assist them in victory.
They hopped out to a quick 3-0 lead after two. Victor Roache drew a bases loaded walk and Randy Arozarena scored on a throwing error in the top of the first. Ramon Urias hit an RBI double in the second.
Tulsa got a run in the third but Springfield responded with five in the top of fourth. Urias hit a sac fly, Lane Thomas walked with the bases loaded, and Victor Roache unloaded the bases with a three-RBI double.
Springfield’s offense sputtered from there and didn’t score another run. Tulsa scored three in the bottom of the seventh and one in the eighth.
Conner Greene (4-2) wasn’t great, but still pitched pretty well. He allowed four runs over 6 2⁄3 innings. Estarlin Arias took care of business out of the bullpen. He pitched the final 2 1⁄3 and a run, a hit, no walks, and had a strikeout.
Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at Clearwater Threshers 3
Juan Yepez (1B): 2-4, HR, 2B, 4 RBI’s, 2 R
Shane Billings (CF): 3-5, R
Ryan McCarvel (C): 2-4, RBI, R
Jose Martinez (2B): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
Anthony Shew (SP): 5 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Palm Beach used a five-run inning to help lead them to victory.
It came in the top of the fourth when J.B. Woodman and Ryan McCarvel hit RBI singles and Juan Yepez hit a three-run homer. Clearwater got one in the bottom of the fourth and two in the fifth.
Yepez and Jose Martinez hit RBI doubles in the top of the sixth, Evan Mendoza hit an RBI single in the ninth.
Anthony Shew pitched well giving up three runs over five innings. John Kilichowski pitched two innings and gave up a hit with two strikeouts. Jacob Patterson pitched perfect final two innings.
Clinton LumberKings 7 at Peoria Chiefs 2
Elehuris Montero (3B): 2-4, 2B, R
Zach Kirtley (1B): 2-4, RBI
Dennis Ortega (C): 2-4, R
Zach Prendergast (SP): 6 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Peoria’s offense generated hits, but couldn’t generate any runs.
They trimmed a 3-0 deficit down to two with an RBI single by Zach Kirtley in the bottom of the fourth. Clinton scored two more runs each in the sixth and eighth.
The only other run for Peoria came in the bottom of the ninth on a Matt Fielder groundout scoring Dennis Ortega.
They totaled 11 hits on the night.
Zach Prendergast (4-2) made the start and gave up five runs, three earned, in six innings. Levi MaVorhis gave up two runs in two innings and Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless inning.
MEM: Daniel Poncedeleon
SPR: Jake Woodford
PMB: Evan Kruczynski
PEO: Jake Walsh