It was a disappointing day for the Cardinals farm system. Peoria was the only day team that picked up a victory while Memphis and Springfield suffered blowout losses.
Oklahoma City Dodgers 10 at Memphis Redbirds 3 (10)
Oscar Mercado (CF): 2-5, 2 2B, RBI, R
Ramon Urias (2B): 2-3, R
Ryan Helsley (SP): 7 IP, 2 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 9 K’s
Memphis suffered an uncharacteristic blowout loss in that it came in extra innings.
Oklahoma City scored first with two runs in the top of the first. Ryan Helsley helped his own cause by hitting an RBI single in the bottom of the second to trim the gap. Oscar Mercado tied the game with a double in the bottom of the seventh.
In the 10th inning, with the game tied at 2, OKC exploded for eight runs in the top half of the frame. Memphis at least scored one in the bottom half on a Patrick Wisdom double but came nowhere near a comeback.
It’s a shame Helsley didn’t get more run support because he pitched another solid game. He gave up a pair of hits and runs in seven innings of work. It’s the fifth time in the last six games that Helsley has allowed two runs or less.
Andrew Morales pitched two hitless innings out of the pen with two walks and three strikeouts. Edward Mujica (2-2) started the downfall in the 10th. He gave up seven runs, five earned, and five hits in just 1⁄3 of an inning.
Mike O’Reilly finished out the last 2⁄3 and gave up two hits and a run.
Memphis and Oklahoma City have split the first two games of the series. Game 3 is tonight at 6:35.
Corpus Christi Hooks 9, Springfield Cardinals 3
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
Blake Drake (LF): 2-4, 2B
Chris Chinea (1B): 1-4, HR
Anthony Shew (SP): 4 IP, 7 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Corpus Christi scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth and it was more than enough to beat Springfield.
Corpus Christi took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Springfield responded by taking the lead in the top of the third behind RBI doubles from Edmundo Sosa and Lane Thomas. They added a run in the fourth on a Chris Chinea homer.
From there, the offense fell flat. Corpus Christi scored six in the fifth and two more in the eighth.
Anthony Shew (0-1) made his first career start for Springfield and it certainly could’ve been better. He gave up seven runs and nine hits in four innings.
Colton Thomson had his first extended relief appearance for Springfield in his career and it went much better. He pitched three scoreless innings with a walk and three strikeouts. Yeison Medina gave up two runs, two hits, and two walks in an inning.
Game 2 of the series starts tonight at 7:05.
Lakeland Flying Tigers 7, Palm Beach Cardinals 6
Chase Pinder (CF): 3-4, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Shane Billings (LF): 2-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Dylan Carlson (DH): 2-4, RBI, R
Johan Mieses (RF): 2-4
Ian Oxnevad (SP): 5 IP, 7 R, 7 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Palm Beach found themselves in an early 7-0 hole and fell just short in making the comeback.
They first chipped at the deficit in the top of the fifth. Chase Pinder hit an RBI triple and he was driven in by a Taylor Bryant sac fly. Danny Hudzina hit an RBI single in the top of the sixth.
Shane Billings hit a two-RBI double in the top of the seventh and Dylan Carlson scored him on a single. Palm Beach wasn’t able to ever take the lead or tie it.
Ian Oxnevad (3-4) pitched five innings and gave up seven runs. Jesus Cruz pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings with two walks and three strikeouts.
Jacob Patterson pitched 1⁄3 and Will Latcham pitched the last 1 1⁄3 without allowing a hit and had a walk and two strikeouts.
Game 3 starts tonight at 5:30. The teams have split the first two games.
Peoria Chiefs 1 at Beloit Snappers 0
Julio Rodriguez (C): 1-3, 2B
Alvaro Seijas (SP): 6.1 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Peoria and Beloit scored the bare minimum in a showdown of pitchers.
Peoria’s only run didn’t come until the top of the ninth when Yariel Gonzalez hit a sac fly to Jose Martinez.
Alvaro Seijas did very well going 6 1/3 and not giving up a run. It’s the first time since August 2016 that he pitched a scoreless start.
Thomas St. Clair (1-2) pitched 2 2⁄3 perfect innings with three strikeouts. It’s his sixth straight scoreless relief appearance and brings his ERA down to 2.29
Beloit and Peoria have also split their first two games. Game 3 starts tonight at 6:30.
MEM: Kevin Herget
PMB: Casey Meisner
PEO: Zach Prendergast