The Cardinals farm system split on Tuesday. Springfield and Palm Beach fell, Memphis returned to the win column, and Peoria got an extra inning walk-off win.
Memphis Redbirds 5, Oklahoma City Dodgers 4
John Gant (SP): 6 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, BB, R
Yairo Munoz (SS): 2-4, 2 RBI’s, R
Sam Tuivailala (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 0 BB, 1 K
Oklahoma City made a run for it, but Memphis used an early 3-0 cushion to help hold off the Dodgers.
The Redbirds scored first in the bottom of the third on a Randy Arozarena RBI single. They tacked on two more in the bottom of the fourth on a two-RBI single by Yairo Munoz.
Oklahoma City scored a run in the fifth and sixth but Memphis put on two more in the bottom of the sixth thanks to a two-run bomb by Patrick Wisdom. OKC cut the deficit to one run in the top of the seventh but failed to get any closer.
John Gant (4-0) put up another nice start and gave up two runs over six innings. Ryan Sherriff made another rehab appearance and got roughed up a little bit giving up two runs and four hits in an inning of work.
Sam Tuivailala also had another rehab appearance and did much better. He pitched two innings and only gave up one hit to receive the save.
Memphis continues their series with Oklahoma City tonight at 6:35.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4, Springfield Cardinals 2
Blake Drake (CF): 2-4, 2 2B
Luke Dykstra (2B): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Victor Roache (RF): 2-4, R
Tommy Edman (SS): 0-1, 4 BB, R
Conner Green (SP): 5.2 IP, 4 R, 8 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
One bad inning is all Northwest Arkansas needed to capitalize on to defeat Springfield.
They scored three runs in the bottom of the third to take a 4-1 lead and Springfield was never able to recover.
NW Arkansas got on the board first with a run in the bottom of the first. Springfield took advantage of a mistake to tie it in the top of the third. With two outs, NW Arkansas’ third baseman committed a fielding error to extend the inning and Andrew Knizner made him pay with an RBI single one batter later.
Following the three run inning for NW Arkansas, Springfield scored one in the top of fourth when Victor Roache scored on a Luke Dykstra groundout. That’s all the scoring either team could do the rest of the game.
Conner Greene (2-2) had a deceiving stat line as he didn’t pitch bad aside from that third inning. He finished giving up four runs over 5 2⁄3 innings. It would’ve been six innings but Knizner dropped a pop up in foul territory that would’ve been the third out.
Jacob Evans pitched 1 1/3 innings with one walk being the only blemish on his appearance. Yeison Medina, fresh off a call-up on Monday, picked up right where he left off in Palm Beach, pitching a scoreless eighth inning.
Springfield’s series with Northwest Arkansas continues this morning with first pitch set for 11:05.
Florida Fire Frogs 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 2
Kramer Robertson (SS): 3-4, 2B, RBI
Casey Meisner (SP): 6 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Palm Beach gave up two late runs in a loss to the Florida Fire Frogs.
They held a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the eighth, but Florida scored two in the inning and held Palm Beach scoreless in the top of the ninth to win the game.
The scoring didn’t begin until the top of the seventh when Palm Beach scored two on RBI singles from Kramer Robertson and Stefan Trosclair. Florida trimmed the lead to one in the bottom of the seventh, then took it home in the eighth.
Casey Meisner was money on the mound. He pitched six scoreless innings and only gave up three hits. Paul Balestrieri gave up the one run in the seventh, although it was unearned. Will Latcham (1-2) gave up the two runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a blown save and the loss.
The series with Florida continues tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 5, West Michigan Whitecaps 4 (10)
Irving Lopez (2B): 3-5, 2B, RBI, R
Juan Yepez (1B): 2-4, 2B, R
Yariel Gonzalez (3B): 2-5, RBI
Jake Walsh (SP): 0.2 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 K
Peoria overcame an early deficit and turned it into a walk-off win in extra innings.
West Michigan put up three runs in the top of the first and chased Jake Walsh from the game early. Walsh gave up all three runs and only pitched 2/3 of an inning.
Scott Hurst homered and Bryce Denton hit an RBI single to cut the lead to one in the bottom of the fourth. Peoria took advantage of a West Michigan wild pitch to score the tying run in the bottom of the sixth.
In extras, West Michigan scored first with a run in the top of the 10th. In the bottom half, Irving Lopez tied it with an RBI double and Yariel Gonzalez followed that with an RBI single to send the fans home happy.
After Walsh, Levi MaVorhis pitched 3 2⁄3 scoreless innings. Noel Gonzalez pitched 1 1⁄3 innings without allowing a hit, although he gave up three walks. Kodi Whitley (2-0) took the win while emphasizing his role as an extended reliever. He pitched 4 1/3 innings giving up one run on four hits and had three strikeouts.
Peoria, like Springfield, has an early one today. First pitch with West Michigan is set for 11.
MEM: Daniel Poncedeleon
SPR: Mike O’Reilly
PMB: Austin Warner
PEO: Johan Oviedo