It was the A ball show in the Cardinals farm system Thursday night. Palm Beach picked up a close win and Peoria won big. On the other hand, Memphis was shut out and Springfield did even worse.
Oklahoma City Dodgers 1 at Memphis Redbirds 0
Dakota Hudson (SP): 8 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Max Schrock (2B): 3-4, 2 2B
Yairo Munoz (3B): 2-4, 2B
Steven Baron (C): 2-4, 2B
The Redbirds made contact and got into scoring position, but failed to ever capitalize in a shutout loss.
Memphis couldn’t capitalize on a runner on second with one out in the first inning. One inning later, they loaded the bases with no outs. A double play and strikeout later, they had nothing. It was an early sign of a disappointing night to come.
Dakota Hudson (3-1) did about as good as you can do in a losing effort. He gave up OKC’s one run in eight innings of work. He only walked one in those eight innings.
Preston Guilmet got himself into a little bit of trouble in the top of the ninth but escaped unscathed. He committed a throwing error on what would’ve been the third out of the inning then let the runner advance on a wild pitch. A strikeout sent OKC down.
Memphis split the four-game series with OKC. They start an eight-game road trip tonight against the Nashville Sounds at 6:35.
Northwest Arkansas Naturals 9, Springfield Cardinals 2
John Nogowski (1B): 2-4, RBI
Victor Roache (LF): 2-3, BB, R
Jake Woodford (SP): 5 IP, 5 R, 3 ER, 8 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Springfield probably would’ve rather suffered a 1-0 loss.
They got on the board first in the top of the second on an RBI double by Blake Drake. It was all ugly from there.
They gave up four runs in the fourth, a single run in the fifth, and four more in the eighth. Their only other run came in the top of the sixth when John Nogowski hit an RBI single.
Jake Woodford (2-3) had good command, but NW Arkansas got a lot of solid contact. He gave up five runs, three of them earned, and eight hits in five innings. Estarlin Arias gave up two hits, a walk, and had two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
After a good first appearance, AA ball gave Yeison Medina a rude awakening. He gave up four runs, three hits, and two walks in 2⁄3 of an inning. It was the first time in his last 10 appearances that Medina gave up a run.
Jacob Evans pitched the final 2⁄3 inning giving up a walk.
Springfield looks for a series split with NW Arkansas tonight at 7:05.
Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Florida Fire Frogs 2
Evan Mendoza (3B): 2-4
Andy Young (2B): 1-4, 2B, R
Ian Oxnevad (SP): 5.2 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 7 H, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Runs were scored early, but quickly died down with Palm Beach on top.
Palm Beach took the lead in the top of the second when Florida committed a throwing error that allowed Andy Young to score. Florida tied it in the bottom half but Palm Beach quickly responded in the top of the third.
Florida’s poor fielding got to them again when another throwing error allowed Matt Fielder to score to tie the game. Two batters later, they look the lead for good on a Johan Mieses sac fly.
Ian Oxnevad (2-2) went 5 2⁄3 innings and gave up Florida’s two runs, only one of them was earned. Jacob Patterson, Colton Thomson, and Austin Sexton finished out the game from the bullpen. Sexton picked up his second save of the season.
Palm Beach wins the series 2-1 and starts a three game set with the St. Lucie Mets tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 10, West Michigan Whitecaps 5
Elehuris Montero (DH): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI’s, 3 R
Bryce Denton (RF): 2-4, HR, RBI 2 R
Juan Yepez (1B): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
Evan Guillory (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Peoria got on the board early and never looked back in an easy victory.
A Juan Yepez RBI double and Julio Rodriguez sac fly spotted them an early 2-0 lead in the the bottom of the first. They scored three more in the second behind a Bryce Denton home run and RBI singles from Scott Hurst and Elehuris Montero.
West Michigan chipped away with three runs in the top of the fourth but Peoria responded with four.
Irving Lopez and Montero took advantage of a fielding error by West Michigan’s third baseman to score on one play. The next two batters, Nick Plummer and Edwin Figuera, hit RBI singles.
Montero hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to tack on an additional run. West Michigan scored two runs in the top of the ninth but that’s all they could get.
Evan Guillory (3-1) had a quality start giving up three runs over six innings. Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth. Bryan Dobzanski pitched the ninth and gave up two runs.
Peoria wins the series 2-1 and starts a three game series with the South Bend Cubs tonight at 6:30.
MEM: Jack Flaherty
SPR: Chris Ellis
PMB: Anthony Shew
PEO: Alvaro Seijas