While the major league club battled Colorado, the minor league affiliates saw action of the first time since seeing roster shake ups after the trade deadline.
Sacramento River Cats 6 at Memphis Redbirds 3
Chris Ellis (SP): 5 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Adolis Garcia (RF): 2-4, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Randy Arozarena (LF): 1-4, 2B
Dominic Leone (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Sacramento struck first, tagging Redbirds starter Chris Ellis for two runs in the top of the second. The first run of the game scored on a balk. With one out and runners on the corners, the River Cats’ Gregor Blanco doubled to score Orlando Calixte. 2-0 Sacramento.
Memphis matched with a two-run home run by Adolis Garcia in the bottom of the third. Sacramento would go on to score two runs in both the top of the fifth and the top of the sixth. Garcia continued his tear, raising his season line to .269/.296/.537 with a 107 wRC+. He’s still not walking, but he’s hitting for plenty of power. After an abysmal start to the year, Garcia is slashing .328/.339/.706 over the last two months.
The Redbirds are now 68-41 on the season.
Springfield Cardinals 5, Tulsa Drillers 4
Anthony Shew (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 10 K’s
Andy Young (2B): 3-5, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Evan Mendoza (3B): 2-5, RBI
Jeremy Martinez (C): 1-3, BB
Springfield was able to pick up the win, but it took extra innings to do so. John Nogowski walked off the Drillers with an RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Things looked dicy in the top of the tenth, when after pushing the game to extras, Tulsa scored and threatened to add on more with two runners on and two outs. Springfield rallied in the bottom of the frame, starting with Andy Young pushing Chris Chinea to second on a line drive single. With two runners on and two outs, Evan Mendoza singled to tie the game. In the next at bat, John Nogowski singled to walk off the game.
Springfield is now 51-59.
Daytona Tortugas 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3
Evan Guillory (SP): 4.1 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 4 BB, 2 K’s
Ryan McCarvel (DH): 2-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, 2 R
Kramer Robertson (SS): 3-5, 2B
Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-4, BB, R
Palm Beach opened the scoring in the bottom of first. With two outs, Dylan Carlson reached base on a ground ball single. In the next at bat, Ryan McCarvel put one over the left field wall. 2-0 Palm Beach.
Daytona would tie the game by the fourth inning. The Tortugas struck the fatal blow in the top of the eighth on a Tyler Stephenson two-RBI double. Palm Beach responded by scoring one on a bases loaded walk in the bottom of the frame, but the rally ended there.
Palm Beach’s record is now 56-46 on the year.
Peoria Chiefs 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3
Alvaro Seijas (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s
Dennis Ortega (C): 1-2, 2 BB, 2 R
Elehuris Montero (DH): 1-4, 2B, RBI
J.R. Davis (CF): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, BB
Peoria left the gates hot in the bottom of the first. Nick Plummer and Dennis Ortega each walked to lead off the inning and advanced on a wild pitch in the next at bat. After an Elehuris Montero strike out, Yariel Gonzalez scored Plummer with a sac fly. Ortega advanced to third on a another wild pitch before Zach Kirtley plated two with an double.
Cedar Rapids tagged Seijas for two runs of their own in the top of the second. Leading by one run, Peoria added another with an Elehuris Montero double in the fifth inning.
Montero has kept up the pace as the season has dragged on. Heading into August, the young third baseman is batting .326/.385/.536 for a 158 wRC+. That’s good for 4th in the Midwest League.
Peoria is now 62-45 on the season.
Batavia Muckdogs 5 at State College Spikes 4
Humberto Mejia (SP): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Nick Dunn (2B): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, R
Brady Whalen (1B): 2-3, HR, RBI, BB, 2 R
Will Changarotty (RP): 3.2 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
The Spikes rallied with two runs in the bottom of the ninth but ultimately came up short. The rally began with two outs, when Alexis Wilson reached on a ground ball single. Nick Dunn, in the next at bat, put one over the right field fence to cut the lead to one. Delvin Perez grounded out in the next at bat to end the threat.
Brady Whalen posted another nice day at the plate, raising his overall line to .223/.358/.372. The plate discipline numbers are fantastic and the ISO is respectable for such a young, projectable player.
State College is now 19-25 on the year.
GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Mets 2
Connor Coward (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Victor Garcia (RF): 2-3, 2 R
Brandon Purcell (C): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, R
Mateo Gil (SS): 1-3, BB
DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Mets 3
Julio Puello (SP): 4 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Adanson Cruz (CF): 1-2, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Jean Selmo (DH): 1-4, 2B, RBI
Malcom Nunez (3B): 1-3, RBI
DSL Mets 5, DSL Cardinals Blue 1
Hector Soto (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Elvin De Jesus (2B): 1-2, 2B, BB, R
Jean Selmo (LF): 1-3, RBI
DSL Tigers 6 at DSL Cardinals 1
Jose Moreno (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 3 K’s
Luis Andujar (3B): 1-4, RBI
Nelson Prada (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
MEM: Jake Woodford
PMB: Alex Fagalde
SC (GM 1): TBD
SC (GM 2): Jake Dahlberg
JC (GM 1): Tommy Parsons
JC (GM 2): Cole Aker