The Cardinals farm system brought the bats out Tuesday night. Palm Beach scored six runs, Johnson City scored nine, Memphis scored 14 and Springfield led them all with 16 runs.
Memphis Redbirds 14 at Salt Lake Bees 4
Rangel Ravelo (DH): 3-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI’s, BB, 3 R
Tyler O’Neil (LF): 3-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI’s, 2 R
Max Schrock (2B): 3-5, 2 2B, BB, 2 R
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 3-5, R
Luke Voit (1B): 2-5, 3B, HR, 5 RBI’s, BB, 2 R
Kevin Herget (SP): 5 IP, 3 R, 9 H, 3 BB, 2 K’s
It seemed like the game was over as soon as it began as Memphis led wire-to-wire.
Oscar Mercado doubled, Luke Voit hit a home run, and Tyler O’Neil went back-to-back before Salt Lake recorded their first out. Rangel Ravelo led off the top of the second with a home run for an early 4-0 lead.
Salt Lake trimmed the deficit down to 4-2 in the bottom of the fourth before Memphis really blew the game open. Adolis Garcia homered in the top of the fifth and Ravelo later hit a three-run bomb for his second of the game.
Kevin Herget ran into some trouble in the fifth but ultimately made it through the inning and only gave up one run. Through five innings he gave up three runs, nine hits, three walks, and struck out two.
Ravelo drove in another run in the top of the seventh, Luke Voit tripled to drive in three and O’Neil knocked his second one over the fence to give Memphis a 14-3 lead.
Matt Bowman pitched the sixth and seventh innings and gave up two hits, one walk, and struck out four. Landon Beck pitched the final two innings and gave up one run, two hits, walked one, and struck out one.
Memphis moves to 65-37, 14.5 games ahead of second place Nashville. This series continues tonight at 8:05.
Springfield Cardinals 16 at Tulsa Drillers 5
Andy Young (2B): 4-5, 2 HR, 6 RBI’s, 2 R
Lane Thomas (RF): 3-6, 3B, 2 HR, 3 RBI’s, 3 R
John Nogowski (1B): 2-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI’s, 2 BB, 2 R
Evan Mendoza (SS): 2-4, HR, 2 BB, 2 R
Elniery Garcia (SP): 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 H, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Unlike Memphis, Springfield faced an early deficit, but it was very short lived and Springfield put the game away very early.
A throwing error and balk helped Tulsa take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first. It didn’t last long as Andy Young hit a three-run homer in the top of the second to give Springfield a lead they would hold the rest of the game.
Lane Thomas and Evan Mendoza each had a solo home run in the top of the third to add two to the tally.
Elniery Garcia started the game and pitched three innings, gave up two runs, one earned, two hits, no walks, and struck out three.
Andy Young led off the top of the fourth with his second home run of the game and Lane Thomas later drove in a run with a triple. The next batter, Blake Drake, hit an RBI single to give Springfield an 8-2 lead.
Johan Mieses doubled to lead off the top of the fifth and Andrew Knizner walked. Both advanced a base on a wild pitch which allowed Andy Young to drive both of them in to make it 10-2. Tulsa held Springfield scoreless in the sixth, the first time they did that since the first inning.
Austin Sexton (2-0) was replaced after allowing a run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. He pitched 2 2⁄3 and gave up one run, two hits, one walk, and struck out two.
Andrew Knizner scored on a Luke Dykstra groundout in the top of the seventh. They delivered one final blow in the top of the eighth. Lane Thomas hit a solo home run, Nogowski a three-run home run, and Knizner drove in one with a double.
Hector Mendoza gave up a pair of home runs in the bottom of the eighth. He finished the night at 2 1⁄3 innings giving up two runs, two hits, no walks, and struck out two. One batter reached base on Will Latcham in the bottom of the ninth thanks to a throwing error but was quickly eliminated on a double play ball. The next batter grounded out to end the game.
Springfield moves to 46-56, 13-19 in the second half, and is 7.5 games behind first place Tulsa in the North. They’ll look to continue chipping away at that deficit and go for the sweep of Tulsa tonight at 7:05.
Palm Beach Cardinals 6 at Daytona Tortugas 3
Shane Billings (LF): 3-5, R
Jose Godoy (C): 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, R
Jesus Cruz (SP): 5 IP, 2 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 7 K’s
It’s nice when you get to this point and your first thought is, “Six runs? Is that it?” Regardless, Palm Beach also faced an early deficit and responded well, just not to the extent Springfield did.
Daytona also opened the game with two runs in the bottom of the first. Jose Godoy singled to lead off the top of the second, advanced to third on an Irving Lopez double, and scored on a wild pitch. Chase Pinder later drove Lopez in with a sac fly to tie the game 2-2.
Palm Beach took the lead for good in the top of the fifth when Godoy hit an RBI double followed by an RBI single for Danny Hudzina that gave Palm Beach a 4-2 lead.
Jesus Cruz’s (3-0) night ended after five innings. He gave up two runs, five hits, two walks, and struck out seven. Colton Thomson put in two innings of relief and gave up three hits and stuck out one.
Palm Beach got some insurance thanks to shady fielding by Daytona in the top of the eighth. Two runners, Lopez and Juan Yepez, scored on errant throws by the defense.
Yeison Medina started the eighth and was pulled with two outs after allowing a run and the bases loaded. Jacob Patterson came in and immediately got out of the jam. Patterson was pulled with two outs in the ninth in favor of Thomas St. Clair, who gave up a double before striking out the final batter of the game.
Palm Beach moves to 53-42, 14-17 in the second half, and is 3.5 games behind first place Charlotte in the South. They look for the series win tonight at 6:05.
Connecticut Tigers 4, State College Spikes 1
Delvin Perez (SS): 2-4
Diego Cordero (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 2 K’s
State College was the atypical team in the Cardinals system last night. For them, offense was pretty nonexistent.
Connecticut, as the previous two opposing teams covered did, took a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first.
State College failed to get on the board until the top of the seventh when Brandon Benson doubled in Lars Nootbaar.
Diego Cordero’s (1-1) night ended after giving up a leadoff double in the bottom of the seventh, the runner eventually scored. He pitched six innings and was tagged for three runs, six hits, one walk, and struck out two.
His relief, Winston Nicacio, pitched the final two innings and gave up one unearned run, one hit, and struck out one.
State College falls to 14-22 and is 9.5 games behind first place Mahoning Valley in the Pinckney. Game 2 of the series began this morning at 10:05.
Johnson City Cardinals 9 at Pulaski Yankees 3
Leandro Cedeno (1B): 3-5, HR, 3 RBI’s, 2 R
Donivan Williams (2B): 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 R
Kevin Woodall (RF): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI’s, 2 BB, R
Moises Castillo (3B): 2-5, RBI
Michael Perri (SS): 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI’s, R
Colin Schmid (SP): 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Johnson City returns back to the farm system trend with nine runs in a victory.
Donivan Williams had an RBI single in the top of the first to give Johnson City an early 1-0 lead. Pulaski, it seems routine now, scored two runs in the bottom of the first.
The Cardinals opened things up in the top of the third with two-run home runs from Kevin Woodall and Leandro Cedeno. Pulaski brought it to 5-3 in the bottom of the fourth.
Colin Schmid (1-0) pitched six innings and loved the number three giving up three runs, three hits, three walks, and struck out three.
Cedeno hit an RBI single in the top of the seventh to extend the lead to 6-3.
Enrique Perez pitched the seventh and his only blunder was hitting a batter. He struck out two. Evan Sisk gave up two singles and a walk in 2⁄3 of an inning, Parker Kelly finished out the eighth.
A 2-RBI double by Michael Perri and RBI single by Moises Castillo provided some insurance in the top of the ninth.
Kelly remained in the game to pitch the ninth, making the first batter fly out and striking out the final two.
Johnson City moves to 15-17 and is 5.0 games behind first place Elizabethton in the West. Game 2 of the series is tonight at 7.
GCL Astros at GCL Cardinals was suspended in the top of the fifth due to rain, tied at 0
DSL Twins 5, DSL Cardinals Blue 3
Jean Selmo (1B): 1-3, 3B, 2 RBI’s, BB
Inohan Paniagua (SP): 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s
DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL Cubs2 5
Cristhian Longa (1B): 2-3, 2B, 3B, 2 RBI’s, BB, R
Franklin Soto (2B): 2-4, 2 2B, 2 RBI’s, 2 R
MEM: Dakota Hudson
SPR: Connor Jones
PMB: Jake Walsh
SC: Michael Baird
JC: Dionis Zamora
GCL: Brian Pirela
DSL Blue: Emmanuel Solano
DSL Red: Luis Ortiz