The Cardinals farm system received mixed results Thursday. Memphis, Palm Beach, and State College picked up victories while Springfield, Peoria, and Johnson City lost. The GCL and both DSL teams also picked up victories.
Memphis Redbirds 6 at Omaha Storm Chasers 3
Luke Voit (1B): 3-5, HR
Oscar Mercado (CF): 2-5, RBI
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-4, 2 2B, BB, R
Carson Kelly (C): 2-4, RBI, R
Adolis Garcia (RF): 2-4, HR, 2 RBI’s, 2 R
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 2-4, RBI
Austin Gomber (SP): 5.1 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Memphis gained a big lead early and never let Omaha bring the game back.
It started in the top of the second when Memphis tagged Omaha for three runs. Patrick Wisdom scored on a Carson Kelly groundout and Edmundo Sosa hit an RBI single. Oscar Mercado also hit an RBI single and Sosa was thrown out at the plate on the same play.
Adolis Garcia hit a two-run homer in the top of the fourth and Luke Voit hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth. Omaha got back into it with three runs in the bottom of the sixth but failed to get any closer.
Austin Gomber (6-3) started the game and went 5 1⁄3 giving up three runs, six hits, and one walk with three strikeouts. Tyler Webb pitched 2 2⁄3 scoreless out of the pen. Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless ninth with three strikeouts.
Memphis has won four in a row, all against Omaha. Next game is tonight at 7:05.
Arkansas Travelers 6, Springfield Cardinals 5
Evan Mendoza (3B): 3-4, 2 RBI’s
John Nogowski (1B): 3-4, BB, R
Johan Mieses (RF): 2-3, BB
Jeremy Martinez (C): 1-5, HR, 2 RBI’s
Austin Warner (SP): 6 IP, 4 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Springfield made a late run but it wasn’t enough to overcome a four run Arkansas fifth inning.
Springfield grabbed the lead in the top of the fourth with a Jeremy Martinez two-run home run. They extended it to 3-0 with an RBI single by Evan Mendoza in the top of the fifth, but then came the four run bottom half for Arkansas.
Arkansas made it 6-3 in the bottom of the seventh. Ramon Urias hit an RBI double and Mendoza another RBI single in the top of the eighth to bring it within one, but that’s as close as they could get.
Austin Warner (0-3) pitched six innings and gave up four runs, six hits, and one walk with three strikeouts. Ramon Santos pitched an inning and gave up two runs, one earned. Hector Mendoza threw a perfect inning with a strikeout.
Springfield has lost the first two games against Arkansas. Game 3 is tonight at 7:10.
Palm Beach Cardinals 4 at Fort Myers Miracle 2
Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-3, HR, 2 BB, 2 R
Brian O’Keefe (C): 1-4, HR, 3 RBI’s
Jesus Cruz (SP): 5.1 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Palm Beach scored three runs in the first inning and it was ultimately all they needed.
The three runs came as a result of a three-run shot by Brian O’Keefe. Fort Myers scored a run in the bottom of the second. Palm Beach brought the lead back to three with a solo home run by Dylan Carlson in the top of the third. Fort Myers managed one more run in the bottom of the ninth.
Jesus Cruz (2-0) pitched 5 1⁄3 and gave up one run, two hits, and one walk with five strikeouts. Jacob Patterson pitched a scoreless 1 2⁄3 and Jason Zgardowski pitched an inning and gave up a run. Colton Thomson and Eric Carter split duties for the remainder of the ninth inning.
Palm Beach wins three of four over Fort Myers and starts a three-game weekend series with St. Lucie tonight at 5:30.
Lake County Captains 6 at Peoria Chiefs 1
Yariel Gonzalez (1B): 2-4
Wood Myers (DH): 2-4, R
Alex Fagalde (SP): 5 IP, 4 R, 2 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 5 K’s
Peoria failed to get many runners in scoring position and shot themselves in the foot almost any time they did.
Lake County grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first, added two runs in the fourth, and two more runs in the seventh. Peoria’s run came in a J.R. Davis RBI double in the bottom of the seventh.
Alex Fagalde (4-3) went five innings and gave up four runs, two earned, four hits, and three walks with five strikeouts. It’s the first time since June 9 that he gave up more than one run in a start.
Kodi Whitley gave up two runs, one earned, in two innings of relief. C.J. Saylor pitched the final two innings without allowing a run.
Peoria looks to avoid the sweep tonight at 7.
State College Spikes 10, Vermont Lake Monsters 9
Delvin Perez (SS): 4-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s, BB, R
Edwin Figuera (3B): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBI’s
Joe Gomez (C): 2-3, 2 RBI’s, R
Stanley Espinal (DH): 2-3, 2 BB, 3 R
Brandon Benson (LF): 2-4, BB, 2 R
Nick Dunn (2B): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s, 2 R
Diego Cordero (SP): 4.1 IP, 8 R, 9 H, 1 BB, 1 K
A back and forth, high scoring affair ended in State College’s favor.
Vermont took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second. State College quickly responded by taking a 4-2 lead in the bottom of the second. Nick Dunn hit a 2-RBI double and Edwin Figuera a 2-RBI single.
The Spikes added two more in the bottom of the third when Wadye Ynfante was hit with the bases loaded and Joe Gomez hit a sac fly. It went Vermont’s way for a couple innings after that. They scored a run in the top of the fourth and five in the top of the fifth.
Both teams traded runs in the bottom of the fifth and both halves of the sixth. State College regained the lead in the bottom of the eighth when Delvin Perez drove in two on a ground rule double. This time, the lead was for good.
Diego Cordero got roughed up going 4 1⁄3 and giving up eight runs, nine hits, and one walk with one strikeout. Troy Montemayor pitched 1 2⁄3 and gave up a run, Cory Malcom threw two scoreless innings to take home the win, and Kevin Hamann pitched a scoreless ninth for his fourth save of the season.
State College and Vermont have split the first two games. Game 3 is tonight at 6:05.
Elizabethton Twins 7 at Johnson City Cardinals 2
Kevin Woodall (DH): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
Brandon Riley (LF): 2-4
Colin Schmid (SP): 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H
Elizabethton scored four runs in the fifth and it was the start of a long night for Johnson City.
The Twins scored first with a run in the top of the first. Johnson City tied it on a Kevin Woodall RBI double in the bottom of the fourth. Elizabethton opened it up with the four-run fifth and added a run in the sixth and eighth. The Cardinals put one more run on the board in the bottom of the ninth.
Colin Schmid started and went four innings giving up one run and four hits. Mike Brettell gave up five runs in two innings. Juan Alvarez pitched two innings and gave up a run. Edwar Ramirez threw a scoreless inning.
Johnson City looks to avoid a four game sweep tonight at 7.
GCL Cardinals 12 at GCL Mets 2
Brandon Purcell (C): 2-2, HR, 5 RBI’s, BB, R
Victor Garcia (DH): 2-3, HR, 3 RBI’s, 3 R
Luken Baker (1B): 1-3, HR
William Jimenez (RF): 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI’s, R
Brian Pirela (RP): 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 4 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s
DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Nationals 4
Ramon Mendoza (2B): 2-4, RBI
Pablo Gomez (SS): 2-3, 2B, BB
Diowill Burgos (LF): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL D-backs2 6 (10)
Luis Montano (RF): 2-5, RBI, BB
Jose Moreno (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 5 K’s
MEM: Kevin Herget
SPR: Sam Tewes
PEO: Angel Rondon
SC: Chris Holba
DSL Blue: Hector Soto
DSL Red: Miguel Maiz