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Daily Farm Report: Mendoza Keeps Hitting

Recapping Wednesday’s action down on the farm.

Memphis had the night off of Wednesday, as did Palm Beach. The Peoria Chiefs are still enjoying their all-star break and will pick up play later tonight.

Tulsa Drillers 7, Springfield Cardinals 1

Jake Woodford (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s

Evan Mendoza (3B): 3-4, 2B, RBI

Tommy Edman (2B): 1-4, 2B

Austin Sexton (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 2 K’s

When relievers start to be highlighted in the top performers, you know things didn’t go well. Springfield put up a one spot in the top of the first with an Evan Mendoza RBI, but the bats went silent after that. Starter Jake Woodford, normally a groundball heavy pitcher, was lifted for two home runs in the contest. The first came in the second inning from Drillers outfielder Jacob Scavuzzo. The second was courtesy of shortstop Drew Jackson in the fourth.

Evan Mendoza’s 3-4 day at the plate raises his overall season line at Springfield to .296/.372/.400. That adds up to a wRC+ of 111 at AA. The plate discipline has held up, and the power has started to come a bit more lately after he sprayed on singles following his promotion.

The loss moves Springfield to 33-39 on the season. They take on Arkansas tonight at 7:10 CST.

State College Spikes 4, Mahooning Valley Scrappers 1

Franyel Casadilla (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K’s

Justin Toerner (RF): 3-4, 2B, 2 R

Wood Myers (2B): 3-4, 2B, RBI, R

Brendan Donovan (3B): 1-4, 2B

Starter Franyel Casadilla turned in a solid start for the Spikes on Wednesday. Casadilla worked six innings and limited the Scrappers to one run with only seven baserunners. The offense opened the game hot to make Casadilla’s job easier. Third Baseman Brendan Donovan scored the first run of the game on a balk. Second baseman Wood Myers added another run with an RBI double.

The Scrappers attempted to close the gap with a run in the seventh inning. Brady Whalen provided the Spikes with cushion in the following frame by driving in outfielder Justin Toerner. Some of the bigger prospect names were not in the Spikes lineup on Wednesday. Both outfielder Wadye Ynfante and infielder Delvin Perez had the night off.

The win puts State College at an even 3-3 to start the season. They will play West Virginia tonight at 6:05 CST.

Johnson City Cardinals 2 at Bluefield Blue Jays 0

Noel De Jesus (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s

Dariel Gomez (1B): 1-3, HR, RBI, R

Donivan Williams (2B): 1-4, RBI

Sanel Rosendo (RF): 1-2, 2 BB, R

Johnson City pulled away with the win despite only tallying three hits in the contest. Starter Noel De Jesus was strong over seven frames, holding the Blue Jays to no runs. Only five Bluefield batters got on base against De Jesus. Kyle Leahy relieved De Jesus and put up two scoreless innings of relief work.

The Cardinals opened the scoring in the second inning. With Rosendo on second, Nolan Gorman advanced the runner with a ground ball. In the following at bat, Donivan Williams singled to the pitcher and scored Rosendo. Interestingly, Williams is listed as an outfielder on the Johnson City roster after being drafted as an infielder last year. He has worked in the outfield and at second base thus far. First baseman Dariel Gomez added the only other insurance run in the sixth inning with a home run to left field.

The win puts Johnson City at an even 1-1 on the season. They play Bluefield again tonight at 6:05 CST.

DSL Twins 13 at DSL Cardinals Blue 4

Hector Soto (SP): 5 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 SO

Diomedes Del Rio (CF): 2-5, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI

Jean Selmo (1B): 1-4, 3B

Yowelfy Rosario (3B): 1-4, 3B, R

GCL Cardinals 9, GCL Marlins 6

Brian Pirela (SP): 4 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 0 K’s

Mateo Gil (DH): 2-3, BB, R

Raffy Ozuna (SS): 4-5, 2B, RBI, R

Josh Shaw (2B): 2-4, 3B, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R

William Jimenez (CF): 3-4. 3B, 2 RBI, R


Thursday’s Probables

MEM: John Gant

SPR: Mike O’Reilly

PMB: Austin Warner

PEO: Johan Oviedo

SC: Winston Nicacio