Midland RockHounds 3 at Springfield Cardinals 0
Mike O’Reilly (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 3 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Luke Gregorson (RP): 1 IP
Ramon Urjas (2B): 2-4,2 2B
Andrew Knizner (C): 1-4
Springfield had a tough draw on Monday, having to square off against A’s pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo. Luzardo, since coming over from Washington and recovering from TJ earlier in his career, has become one of the best pitching prospects in the game. The young lefty features a mid 90’s fastball, a breaker and a changeup that both flash plus at times and mature pitchability that hints towards future above-average command. The pure stuff has translated into results this season. Across 72.1 innings of work entering Monday’s contest, Luzardo was striking out 11.07 batters per nine over two different levels of the minors.
That skinny on Luzardo is a long way of saying the Springfield bats were dead quiet on Monday. The Cardinals only recorded five hits in the game, with Ramon Urias being the only batter to hit for extra bases.
The RockHounds opened the game with a run in the first after an Eli White leadoff triple. White got things moving again in third inning, when he doubled to move runners to second and third with no one out. J.P. Sportman drove in the second Midland run with a single to center. Springfield starter Mike O’Reilly was able to escape the frame relatively unscathed after a flyout in foul territory and a double-play ball.
Monday’s two-double effort raises Ramon Urias’s slash line at AA this year to .319/.367/.569. He struggled in his taste of the PCL, but a promotion back to AAA in the near future might not be out of the question.
The loss drops Springfield to 38-50 on the season.
Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Fort Myers Miracle 2
Jake Walsh (SP): 6 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Kramer Robertson (SS): 3-5, 2 2B, RBI
Dylan Carlson (LF): 1-4, 2 RBI, BB
Shane Billings (CF): 2-4, RBI, R
Palm Beach picked up the win on Monday on the back of another strong outing by starter Jake Walsh. Walsh has been nothing but effective across two levels of the minors this year. The former 16th rounder has now recorded a 2.59 ERA over 90.1 innings at Peoria and Palm Beach.
The Cardinals got in all the scoring they would need in the second inning. Outfielder J.B. Woodman opened the frame with a single to left and was followed up by a Brian O’Keefe groundball single. Catcher Jose Godoy added a single of his own to load the bases. A Stefan Trosclair single and Danny Hudzina walk would score the first two runs of the game. The final three runs of the frame would all be scored via a combination of groundouts and Fort Myer’s errors.
The win moves Palm Beach to 47-35 on the season.
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 19, Peoria Chiefs 5
Paul Balestrieri (SP): 3.2 IP, 9 H, 8 R, 4 BB, 3 K’s
Irving Lopez (2B): 3-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Bryce Denton (RF): 2-4, 2 RBI
Wood Myers (DH): 1-4, 2B, R
There isn’t too much to go on about from the Peoria contest. Things went bad, and went bad fast. Starter Paul Balestrieri was beat up and knocked out of the game before finishing four frames of work. The bulk of the damage came in the second inning, when Balestrieri lost his command a bit. A collection of free passes, wild pitches, and singles resulted in four runs for Wisconsin.
The Chiefs tried to piece together a bullpen game after that, but it was impossible to stop the bleeding. C.J. Saylor, Bryan Dobzanski, and Levi Mahorvis worked the fifth through seventh innings. Over those frames, the bullpen allowed eleven earned runs. Fabian Blanco worked a scoreless eighth inning. The loss moves Peoria to 49-38 on the year.
State College Spikes 3 at Batavia Muckdogs 0
Jim Voyles (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 5 K’s
Justin Toerner (RF): 2-4, R
Brady Whalen (1B): 0-1, 3 BB, R
Matt Duce (C): 1-4, 2B, R
2017 38th rounder Jim Voyles worked five solid frames, holding the Batavia squad to no runs. The Spikes offense was able to back up Voyles’s effort. The scoring started in the top of the second when Matt Duce opened the inning with a double. Then with two outs, Andres Luna singled to center to score Duce. `1-0 Spikes.
The runs kept coming in the sixth inning. Justin Toerner started the inning with a leadoff single. Brady Whalen then walked, and both baserunners subsequently advanced on a wild pitch. Stanley Espinal then singled home both Whalen and Duce. 3-0 Spikes.
The win moves State College to 10-14 on the young season.
Johnson City Cardinals 4, Pulaski Yankees 3
Dionis Zamora (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Kevin Woodall (RF): 2-4, 2B, HR, 2 RBI
Jonatan Machado (CF): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Nolan Gorman (3B): 1-3, BB, R
GCL Astros 4, GCL Cardinals 3
Derian Gonzalez (SP): 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Mateo Gil (SS): 1-4, RBI, R
Victor Garcia (RF): 1-3, RBI, BB
DSL Phillies White 10 at DSL Cardinals Red 7
Adanson Cruz (CF): 3-5, 2B, RBI, R
Luis Montano (RF): 2-3, 2B, BB, R
Franklin Soto (SS): 2-5, 2B, 2 R
DSL Phillies Red 4, DSL Cardinals Blue 3
Malcom Nunez (3B): 2-4, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI
Luis Rodriguez (C): 3-4
Carlos Soler (CF): 1-4, 3B, BB, 2 R
PMB: Evan Kruczynski