Dakota Hudson simply did Dakota Hudson things as Memphis split a doubleheader with Iowa Thursday. Springfield lost its four-game win streak and superb pitching helped lead Palm Beach and Peoria to wins.
Game 1: Memphis Redbirds 4, Iowa Cubs 1
Adolis Garcia (RF): 2-3, 2B, RBI
Tyler O’Neil (LF): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI’s
Dakota Hudson (SP): 6.1 IP, 1 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 8 K’s
Dakota Hudson dominated on the mound, again, and I’m sure the front office will ignore it, again.
Patrick Wisdom singled in the bottom of the second, stole second, and Carson Kelly reached on a fielding error by Iowa’s shortstop, which scored Wisdom. Adolis Garcia then drove in Kelly with a double.
Hudson cruised through the third and fourth innings before running into his first bit of trouble in the fifth. He committed the sin of a leadoff walk and that runner eventually made it to third thanks to a wild pitch. He later scored on a sac fly to make it 2-1.
Memphis got some key insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth when Max Schrock led off with a double and Tyler O’Neil hit one over the left field wall to give the Redbirds a 4-1 advantage. It’s O’Neil’s 23rd home run of the season and 20th in Memphis.
Hudson (13-2) struck out the leadoff batter in the top of the seventh but was pulled after giving up a single to the next batter. He finished with eight strikeouts to only one walk. Edward Mujica entered and got the final two outs for his 11th save of the season.
Game 2: Iowa Cubs 3 at Memphis Redbirds 0
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-3, 2B
Kevin Herget (SP): 7.0 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 11 K’s
Kevin Herget pitched a complete abbreviated game and had an impressive number of strikeouts, but the offense couldn’t give him any help.
Memphis only managed four hits on the night and never had a runner advance past second. They also ended the game with four strikeouts in the seventh inning (Wilfredo Tovar made it to first thanks to a wild pitch).
Herget (6-7) only gave up three runs and four hits in seven innings. Perhaps the most impressive stat is 11 strikeouts and zero walks.
Memphis is now 62-36 and 14.0 games ahead of Nashville in the American South. They begin a three-game weekend series with Colorado Springs tonight at 7:05.
Arkansas Travelers 10, Springfield Cardinals 4
Ramon Urias (2B): 4-5, 2 2B
Evan Mendoza (3B): 3-4, 2B, BB
Randy Arozarena (RF): 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 R
Johan Mieses (DH): 2-5, R
John Nogowski (1B): 1-3, 3 RBI’s
Sam Tewes (SP): 4 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s
The bullpen imploded after Sam Tewes put together a fair, but short, outing as Springfield’s four-game winning streak was snapped.
Tewes pitched four innings and gave up two runs, six hits, and struck out two without allowing a walk. He was removed after giving up three singles and a run in the fourth inning.
Landon Beck (2-3) first relieved Tewes and gave up a leadoff double in the bottom of the fifth, but looked like he was going to work his way out of it retiring the next two. Arkansas’ next batter hit one over the center field wall, which broke a 2-2 tie, and gave Arkansas a lead they’d hold for the rest of the game.
The bullpen kept sputtering the rest of the game. Austin Sexton gave up three runs in 1⁄3 of an inning, Junior Fernandez gave up a run and four walks in a 1⁄3 of an inning, and Hector Mendoza finally provided some extended relief, pitching the final 2 1⁄3 and giving up two runs.
Springfield had a lead early in the game with Tommy Edman and John Nogowski hitting RBI singles in the top of the third to give them a 2-1 lead. Nogo also hit two sac fly’s in the game to finish with 3 RBI’s.
Springfield falls to 42-55 and is 10.5 back of first place Tulsa in the North. Game 2 of the series with Tulsa is tonight at 7:05.
Palm Beach Cardinals 3, St. Lucie Mets 1
Brian O’Keefe (C): 2-3, RBI, BB, R
Chase Pinder (DH): 2-3, BB
Stefan Trosclair (2B-1B): 2-4
Andy Young (SS-2B): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI’s
Jake Walsh (SP): 5.1 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 3 BB, 1 K
The pitching staff did its job and an Andy Young two-run homer in the eighth inning provided the difference in a Palm Beach win.
Palm Beach grabbed a 1-0 lead thanks to a Brian O’Keefe RBI single in the bottom of the third. St. Lucie tied it in the top of the fifth and it remained knotted until Young’s difference maker in the eighth.
Jake Walsh pitched 5 1⁄3 scoreless innings and surrendered four hits and three walks with one strikeout. A 16th round pick last year, Walsh is 5-2 with a 2.16 ERA in nine starts with Palm Beach this season after being called up on May 24.
Jason Zgardowski and Colton Thomson each pitched scoreless frames. Yeison Medina (2-1) cruised for the third straight game since being brought back down to Palm Beach, pitching a hitless final 1 2⁄3 innings.
Palm Beach moves to 52-40 and is 2.0 games back of first place Charlotte in the South. Game 2 of the series with St. Lucie is tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 7 at Lansing Lugnuts 3
Elehuris Montero (3B): 3-5, 2 HR, 4 RBI’s, 2 R
Bryce Denton (RF): 3-4, HR
Yariel Gonzalez (1B): 2-4, 2B, R
J.R. Davis (CF): 2-4, 3B, R
Angel Rondon (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Elehuris Montero knocked two over the wall, Angel Rondon overcame a shaky second inning, and Peoria came away with a pretty easy victory.
Rondon (2-0) gave up three runs in that second inning, the only runs that he gave up in the game. He went six innings and also gave up eight hits and two walks while striking out five.
It gave Lansing a 3-2 lead, Julio Rodriguez had an RBI and Jose Martinez an RBI double in the top of the second, but it was all Peoria from there.
Bryce Denton had three hits including a home run in the fourth. Yariel Gonzalez and J.R. Davis each had two hits.
Kodi Whitley pitched two scoreless innings in relief of Rondon. New Chief Ben Yokley pitched a hitless ninth.
Peoria moves to 54-41 and is 3.0 games behind first place Cedar Rapids in the West. They look for the sweep of Lansing tonight at 6:05.
West Virginia Black Bears 7, State College Spikes 4
Cameron Knight (C): 2-4, R
Brady Whalen (1B): 1-4, 3B, 3 RBI’s, BB
Jacob Schlesener (SP): 3 IP, 4 R, 3 ER, 4 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s
Pitching struggled early on and it was too much for State College to come back on.
West Virginia scored two runs in the second and third before State College got on the board with a Stanley Espinal home run in the fourth. However, West Virginia also scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Jacob Schlesener (0-3) was tagged for four of those six runs, three of them earned. He pitched through three innings and also gave up four hits and three walks while striking out two.
Franyel Casadilla gave up the other two runs and pitched 2 2⁄3 innings of relief. Edgar Gonzalez gave up a run in 1 1⁄3 and Troy Montemayor pitched a hitless eighth.
As pitching settled in, State College started making things interesting. Brady Whalen hit a 2-RBI triple in the top of the fifth and drove in another with a groundout in the seventh to bring State College within two. West Virginia scored another run in the bottom of the seventh and that concluded the scoring.
State College falls to 13-20 and is 7.0 games behind first place Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney. They took two of three in the series and start a three game weekend series with Auburn tonight at 6:05.
Johnson City Cardinals 7, Bluefield Blue Jays 6
Carlos Soto (DH): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
Zach Jackson (C): 2-4, 2 2B
Donivan Williams (2B): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, BB
Kevin Woodall (RF): 1-2, HR, BB, 2 R
It looked like it was going to be a wild night to start, but both pitching staffs locked in and Johnson City closed out the win.
Bluefield took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first and Johnson City responded with four in the bottom half. The first score came on a wild pitch, Carlos Soto hit an RBI double, and Donivan Williams hit a two-run home run.
Soto and Brandon Riley had RBI singles in the bottom of the second to push the lead to 6-2. The momentum didn’t last long as four runs by Bluefield tied the game in the top of the fourth.
Kevin Woodall served an encore to his three home runs Wednesday by hitting another one in the bottom of the fourth to give Johnson City the lead once again. All of a sudden, the runs stopped, and Johnson City won the game.
Noel De Jesus gave up six runs, eight hits, three walks, and struck out one in 3 2⁄3 innings. Mike Brettell (1-1) did well in relief going 3 1⁄3 scoreless while allowing two hits and having five strikeouts. Enrique Perez and Evan Sisk pitched perfect frames to end the game.
Johnson City moves to 12-15 and is 5.0 games behind first place Elizabethton in the West. They look for the sweep tonight at 7.
GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Astros 0
Josh Shaw (2B): 2-4, RBI
Andrew Warner (LF): 1-4, HR
Brian Pirela (SP): 7 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Yankees 2 (7) - early finish due to rain
Freddy De Jesus (1B): 3-4, 2 2B, 3 RBI’s, R
Carlos Soler (CF): 2-3, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI’s, BB, 3 R
Ramon Mendoza (2B): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI’s
Darlin Moquete (RF): 2-3, 2 R
Emmanuel Solano (SP): 5 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 1 K
DSL Rangers2 8, DSL Cardinals Red 0
5 total hits
Luis Ortiz (SP): 4 IP, 2 R, 7 H, 4 BB, 3 K’s
MEM: Chris Ellis
SPR: Connor Jones
PEO: Johan Oviedo
SC: Jim Voyles