The minor league clubs went 2-3 on Monday, with the upper level squads picking up losses. Peoria and the DSL Blue squad both came out victorious. Meanwhile, Greg Holland and Matt Bowman continued their journey back from the disabled list.
Reno Aces 7 at Memphis Redbirds 6
Chris Ellis (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Rangel Ravelo (1B): 2-5, HR, 4 RBI, R
Ramon Urias (2B): 1-3, 2B, BB, R
Greg Holland (RP): 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 1 K
The Redbirds jumped out to an early lead but saw their lead evaporate in the late innings. Memphis exploded for six runs in the second inning, on the back of a Rangel Ravelo grand-slam and a Steven Baron double. Reno would hold Memphis to no runs for the remainder of the game.
Things came unraveled when the bullpen took over the game. Starter Chris Ellis was solid through four, but was relieved by Hector Mendoza who gave up three runs and only tallied one out. Connor Greene closed out the fifth for Mendoza, allowing no additional runs. Matt Bowman pitched the seventh and eighth innings for his third rehab appearance. Bowman allowed three hits, giving up one run while striking out two. Greg Holland came in for the ninth, making his second rehab appearance. Command issues persisted for Holland, who gave up three runs and recorded a blown save.
Tulsa Drillers 6 at Springfield Cardinals 3
Mike O’Reilly (SP): 6.1 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 4-5, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Evan Mendoza (3B): 1-4, RBI
Lane Thomas (CF): 1-4, R
Tulsa opened the game with a one spot in the first before Springfield responded in the bottom of the frame. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa launched a solo homer to right before Lane Thomas reached base, stole second and was driven in by Evan Mendoza. The single extended Thomas’s hit streak to ten games. Tulsa later tied the game up in the fourth inning. Edmundo Sosa responded again in the with a solo home run to left. The home run was Sosa’s seventh of the season and would be the Cardinal’s final run of the game. As of Monday, Sosas is slashing .283/.321/.452 through 219 AB’s.
Tulsa powered ahead in the late innings with a pair of homers. The loss moves Springfield to 30-33 on the season and 2.5 games back of Arkansas. They play Tulsa again tonight at 6:30 CST.
Fort Myers Miracle 4 Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Ian Oxnevad (SP): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Andy Young (2B): 2-4, HR, RBI, 2 R
J.B. Woodman (DH): 1-4, RBI
Johan Mieses (RF): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Palm Beach Cardinals 5 Fort Myers Miracle 4
Jake Walsh (SP): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Shane Billings (LF): 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI
Kramer Robertson (SS): 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI, 2 R
Palm Beach split the double header with Fort Myers on Monday. The first game was dropped in extra innings, as the Miracle put up a run in the 10th on the back of a Luis Arraez single to center field. Shane Billings made an error on the play and Fort Myers walked away with the win.
The Cardinals were victorious in the second half of the double header, but it took two separate comebacks to get the job done. Fort Myers jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Shane Billings plated two with a double. Billings struck again in the seventh to tie the game 3-3. The Miracle scored in the eight, but Kramer Robertson hit a go-ahead double two score two in the bottom of the frame. Will Latcham came in to close out the game and picked up his ninth save of the season.
Peoria Chiefs 1 Quad Cities Bandits 0
Jesus Cruz (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Alvaro Seijas (RP): 4 IP, 5 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s
Elehuris Montero (3B): 2-4, 3B, RBI
Nick Plummer (CF): 2-3
Jesus Cruz and Alvaro Seijas worked their second tandem start in a row on Monday. This time around is was a resounding success, blanking the Quad Cities lineup over nine frames. Three Chiefs tallied multi-hit games, including third basemen Elehuris Montero. Montero has cooled off recently following a hot start to the season. He’s batting .243 across the last ten games, but Monday’s effort raised his overall line to .315/.361/.486 on the season.
The win improved Peoria’s record to 36-28 on the year. They open a series with the Beloit Snappers later today at 7:00 CST.
DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Nationals 2
Enmanuel Solano (SP): 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Diomedes Del Rio (DH): 1-5, 3B, R
SPR: Connor Jones
DSL Blue: TBD