The Cardinals farm system earned an even split Tuesday. Palm Beach, Johnson City, GCL, and DSL Blue picked up wins. Memphis fell in extras, Springfield and DSL Red were shut out, and Peoria also lost.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 4 at Memphis Redbirds 3 (10)
Rangel Ravelo (1B): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI’s, 1 BB
Austin Warner (SP): 6.0 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Memphis got back into things with a three-run fifth, but ultimately fell in extra innings.
New Orleans took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second and extended it to 3-0 in the top of the fifth. Wilfredo Tovar scored on a Tommy Edman sac fly and Rangel Ravelo hit a two-run jack to tie things up in the bottom of the fifth.
New Orleans scored a run in the top of the 10th and despite advancing the runner on second to third with one out in the bottom of the 10th, Memphis couldn’t bring him in.
Austin Warner went six innings and gave up three runs, six hits, no walks, and struck out five. Dominic Leone pitched a hitless seventh. Tommy Layne started the eighth and pitched 1 1⁄3 scoreless innings.
Andrew Morales (1-3) threw 1 2⁄3 innings and surrendered one unearned run, two hits, one walk, and struck one out.
Memphis falls to 74-47 and is 8.0 games ahead of second place Nashville in the American Southern. They’ve lost the first two games of this series and continue tonight at 6:35.
San Antonio Missions 3 at Springfield Cardinals 0
Andy Young (2B): 2-4, 3B
Evan Mendoza (3B): 2-4
Matt Pearce (SP): 7.0 IP, 2 R, 8 H, 2 BB, 6 K’s
The bats never could produce any runs in a shutout loss for Springfield.
San Antonio’s offensive attack was minimal, but it was consistent. They scored a single run in the first, fifth, and eighth.
Matt Pearce (0-5) turned in seven innings and gave up two runs, eight hits, two walks, and struck out six. Hector Mendoza pitched an inning and gave up a run. Roel Ramirez pitched a perfect inning with three K’s.
Springfield falls to 54-67, 21-30 in the second half, and is 8.0 games behind first place Tulsa in the North. Game 2 of 3 with San Antonio is tonight at 6:30.
Palm Beach Cardinals 6, Tampa Tarpons 1
Ryan McCarvel (1B): 2-3, 2 RBI’s, BB
Justin Toerner (RF): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Jesus Cruz (SP): 6.0 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 9 K’s
It took a bit for the bats to come alive, but it was more than enough once they did.
The scoring didn’t begin until the bottom of the fifth when Stefan Trosclair and Justin Toerner both drove in runs with doubles. The lead was cut in half with a run by Tampa in the top of the sixth, but Palm Beach responded.
Conner Capel hit an RBI double, Dylan Carlson scored on a wild pitch, and Ryan McCarvel hit an RBI single to give Palm Beach a 5-1 lead. Another RBI single by McCarvel added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth.
Jesus Cruz (5-0) turned in another quality start going six innings and giving up one run, four hits, no walks, and struck out nine. Ramon Santos pitched two hitless innings and John Kilichowski threw a perfect ninth.
Palm Beach moves to 65-50, 26-25 in the second half, and is 5.5 games behind first place Charlotte in the South. They’ve won the first two of four over Tampa. Game 3 is tonight at 5:30.
Clinton LumberKings 5 at Peoria Chiefs 3
Luken Baker (1B): 3-4, HR
Rayder Ascanio (SS): 2-4, 2B, RBI
Zach Kirtley (DH): 2-4
Johan Oviedo (SP): 5.0 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 K’s
Clinton responded to early Peoria runs with more than enough to pull out the victory.
Peoria was first out of the gate with a solo home run by Dennis Ortega to lead off the bottom of the first. Two more runs came in the bottom of the second on a solo shot by Luken Baker and an RBI double from Rayder Ascanio. Then the bats went silent.
Clinton scored four runs in the top of the third to take the lead for good. They tagged on an additional run in the top of the seventh.
Johan Oviedo (9-8) pitched five innings for his seventh consecutive start, but gave up more than three runs for the first time since July 3. He gave up four in total, three hits, two walks, and struck out a season high nine batters, which also matches his career high.
C.J. Saylor gave up one unearned run in two innings of relief work. Fabian Blanco and Ben Yokley each pitched a scoreless inning.
Peoria falls to 69-50, 30-19 in the second half, and is tied with Cedar Rapids atop the Western. Fittingly, they begin a three-game series at Cedar Rapids tonight at 6:35.
Johnson City Cardinals 15, Bristol Pirates 5
Benito Santiago (C): 2-4, 2 HR, 5 RBI’s, BB, 2 R
Dariel Gomez (DH): 2-5, HR, 4 RBI’s, 2 R
Leandro Cedeno (1B): 2-3, 3B, 2 RBI’s, 2 R
Tommy Parsons (SP): 6.0 IP, 3 R, 1 ER, 5 H, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Johnson City scored early and scored often in a blowout victory.
The worst bit of the game for Johnson City came in the top of the first when Bristol’s leadoff man hit a home run to start the game. That’s about all the momentum Bristol had.
Leandro Cedeno drove in two with a triple in the bottom of the first and later scored on a double play ball.
Michael Perri hit an RBI double in the bottom of the third, Dariel Gomez hit a three-run homer, and Benito Santiago a solo home run.
Another five-run inning came in the bottom of the fifth and the biggest source was Santiago’s second home run of the night, a grand slam. Johnson City scored a single run in the seventh and eighth.
Tommy Parsons (4-1) turned in a quality start with six innings, three runs, one earned, five hits, no walks, and struck out six. Enrique Perez pitched a scoreless inning. Micheal Brettell and Jacob Sylvester both pitched an inning and both gave up one run.
Johnson City moves to 23-27 and is 6.0 games behind first place Elizabethton in the West. They enjoy an off day today before returning to action tomorrow to start a three-game series at Princeton.
GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 5 (11)
Zack Gahagan (1B): 2-2, 2B, RBI, BB
Jhon Torres (RF): 2-4, 2B, RBI, R
William Jimenez (LF): 2-5, 2B, 2 R
Diomedes Del Rio (CF): 1-4, 3B, 2 RBI’s, R
Connor Coward (SP): 5.0 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 3 BB, 4 K’s
DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Angels 7
Darlyn Del Villar (SS): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI’s, R
Darlin Moquete (CF): 2-3, 3B, RBI, BB, 2 R
Julio Puello (SP): 5.0 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 8 K’s
DSL Mets2 1, DSL Cardinals Red 0
Claudio Ramirez (DH): 1-3, 2B
Jose Moreno (SP): 5 IP, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
MEM: Connor Jones
PMB: Evan Guillory
SC: Diego Cordero