The Cardinals farm system was nearly perfect yesterday. They saw wins from Springfield, Palm Beach, Peoria, and the DSL Blue team. The only loss went to Memphis, who got shut out.
Tacoma Rainiers 5 at Memphis Redbirds 0
Tyler O’Neil (RF): 1-4, 2B
Oscar Mercado (CF): 1-4, 2B
John Gant (SP): 6 IP, 4 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K’s
A lack of offense and poor defense doomed Memphis.
Tacoma scored four runs in the top of the third and all four were unearned runs. They added an additional run in the eighth. Memphis mustered three hits on the night.
John Gant (4-1) pitched well but lacked any support behind him. He went six innings and gave up the four unearned runs. He also had five strikeouts and two walks.
Arturo Reyes pitched two innings out of the pen and gave up one run, two hits, and a walk. Conner Greene pitched a perfect ninth with a strikeout.
Springfield Cardinals 12 at Northwest Arkansas Naturals 5
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 4-6, 2 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
Blake Drake (RF): 4-5, HR, 5 RBI’s, 2 R
Lane Thomas (CF): 3-6, 2 HR, 4 RBI’s, 2 R
Chris Chinea (1B): 2-4, 2B, BB, 3 R
Jake Woodford (SP): 5 IP, 5 R, 7 H, 3 BB, 2 K’
A six-run sixth inning paid huge dividends in helping Springfield pull off the victory.
It all started in the first inning, Lane Thomas hit a solo home run and NW Arkansas responded with two runs. Springfield took the lead back in the second on a two-RBI single by Blake Drake. NW Arkansas responded once more and tied it in the bottom half.
NW Arkansas regained the lead with a run in the third, then Springfield’s six-run sixth blew the game wide open.
Blake Drake hit a three-run shot, Edmundo Sosa hit an RBI double, and Thomas went yard again to drive in two. NW Arkansas scored a run in the sixth and Springfield brought in two more in the seventh behind a Tommy Edman sac fly and a Sosa single.
For good measure, Springfield scored one more run in the ninth on an RBI single from Thomas.
Jake Woodford (3-6) could’ve been better giving up five runs and seven hits with three walks over five innings. Landon Beck pitched two hitless innings out of the pen.
Colton Thomson pitched a hitless inning of his own in the eighth. Yeison Medina pitched a scoreless ninth and gave up two hits. All three relievers had one strikeout.
Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Fort Myers Miracle 4
Shane Billings (LF): 3-5, HR, 2B, RBI, R
Johan Mieses (CF): 2-5, HR, RBI, 2 R
J.B. Woodman (RF): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI’s, BB, R
Dylan Carlson (DH): 2-5
Sam Tewes (SP): 4 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Consistent offense, power hitting, and run prevention pitching are what led Palm Beach to victory.
Both teams recorded 12 hits but Palm Beach only allowed four runs out of it and never a run in back-to-back innings. Fort Myers didn’t knock any over the wall while Palm Beach hit four.
Fort Myers took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first but Palm Beach tied it on a Johan Mieses solo homer in the top of the second. Palm Beach went ahead 2-1 in the top of the third when Shane Billings hit a solo shot.
The fourth inning saw two runs plated for Palm Beach on a two-run homer from J.B. Woodman. Fort Myers came back within two with a run in the bottom of the fourth. Palm Beach tagged another run with an RBI single from Woodman in the top of the fifth.
Fort Myers brought it back within two again with a run in the bottom of the sixth. Palm Beach extended it back to three on an Andy Young solo shot in the top of the seventh. Fort Myers scored one more run in the bottom of the ninth.
Sam Tewes started the game and pitched four innings giving up two runs, five hits, a walk, and had two strikeouts. Jake Walsh (2-1) took the rest of the game to himself pitching five innings and giving up two runs, seven hits, and a walk with five strikeouts.
Peoria Chiefs 7 at Kane County Cougars 4
Zack Kirtley (1B): 3-5, 3 2B, 3 R
Yariel Gonzalez (3B): 2-5, RBI
Matt Fielder (DH): 2-4
Jose Martinez (SS): 2-3, BB, R
Evan Guillory (SP): 6 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Runs came early, they came often, and Evan Guillory owned the mound again in a fun Peoria victory.
Peoria got on the board first with three runs in the top of the third behind bad defense from Kane County. Bryce Denton, Jose Martinez, and Zack Kirtley all scored on back-to-back fielding errors on KC’s first baseman.
Peoria added on in the top of the fifth on a Yariel Gonzalez RBI single and two more runs in the top of the sixth from a Dennis Ortega homer and Scott Hurst RBI single. Zack Kirtley scored on an Ortega double play in the top of the seventh to round out Peoria’s scoring.
Kane County put together four runs in the bottom of the seventh but that’s all they could muster.
Evan Guillory (6-3), to no one’s surprise, pitched well. He pitched six scoreless innings and gave up five hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He’s now pitched 13 straight scoreless innings and hasn’t given up a run since May 25.
Levi MaVorhis had a night he’d like to forget. He gave up all four Kane County runs on four hits and a walk. He didn’t record an out.
Bryan Dobzanski pitched two perfect innings and Kodi Whitley pitched a perfect ninth for his first save of the season.
DSL Cardinals Blue 16, DSL Phillies Red 7
The Blue DSL Cardinals exploded out of the gate and never looked back. The team has now won two of their first three games.
Jean Selmo had three hits in the game and Diomedes Del Rio, Darlyn Del Villar, Carlos Soler, Diowill Burgos, and Pablo Gomez all had two.
Despite scoring 16 runs, they didn’t hit a single one over the wall.
Emmanuel Solano pitched six innings and gave up five runs, three earned, and no walks with three strikeouts. Miguel Yedis, Larimel Soriano, and Freddy Pacheco all pitched an inning.
MEM: Daniel Poncedeleon
PMB: Austin Warner
DSL Blue: Inohan Paniagua