Monday featured an odd slate of minor league action. All of the upper level affiliates (Palm Beach thru Memphis) had the night off, while State College and Johnson City both played double headers.
Quad Cities River Bandits 6, Peoria Chiefs 5
Paul Balestrieri (SP): 4 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Nolan Gorman (3B): 2-3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 R
Nick Dunn (2B): 1-4, RBI
Robbie Gordon (RP): 3 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 7 K’s
Peoria took an early lead in Monday’s contest. In the top of the third, Brandon Benson led off with a single before advancing on a Rayder Ascanio ground out. After Nick Plummer was called out on strikes, Nolan Gorman launched his 3rd Midwest League homer over the wall in right center. 2-0 Chiefs.
The Chiefs got into trouble soon after. In the bottom of the fourth, a combination of fielding errors and singles allowed Quad Cities to score two runs of their own. Problems compounded in the bottom of the fifth. A lead off single and a hit by pitch put two men on with no outs. Chandler Taylor then put a ball over the right field fence to put the River Bandits ahead 5-2.
Not to be outdone, Peoria put up three runs of their own in the top of the sixth. The offensive surge came via another Nolan Gorman home run, a Nick Dunn RBI single, and a passed ball.
The 5-5 tie didn’t last long. In the bottom of the sixth, Scott Schreiber homered to put Quad Cities ahead 6-5. Schreiber’s long ball ended up being the deciding run.
Peoria is now 71-54.
State College Spikes 3, Williamsport Crosscutters 0
Jacob Schlesener (SP): 4 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K’s
Kevin Woodall (RF): 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
Nick Dunn (2B): 1-2, HR, RBI, R
Michael Baird (RP): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
State College Spikes 5, Williamsport Crosscutters 4
Diego Cordero (SP): 5.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 0 BB, 5 K’s
Edwin Figura (2B): 2-3, 2B, 3B, RBI, BB
Wadye Ynfante (CF): 1-3, 2B, BB, R
Delvin Perez (SS): 2-3, RBI, R
State College and Williamsport made up for earlier postponements with a double header on Monday. The Spikes picked up both wins on the day.
The 3-0 win in game one completed a rained out from Thursday. The win came on the back of a stellar four inning effort by starter Jacob Schlesener. Schlesener allowed no runs over four frames while striking out ten.
The second win of the day didn’t come as easily. The Spikes entered the bottom of the eighth tied 4-4 with the Crosscutters. Brady Whalen was the pinch-hit hero, plating designated runner Stanley Espinal with a broken bat single. The walk-off was State College’s fifth of the season.
The Spikes are now an even 31-31 on the year.
Elizabethton Twins 3, Johnson City Cardinals 2
Michael Brettell (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Liam Sabino (3B): 2-3, 2B, BB, R
Leandro Cedeno (LF): 2-4, RBI, BB
Benito Santiago (C): 1-4, 2B
Elizabethton Twins 8, Johnson City Cardinals 6
Chris Hunt (SP): 3.2 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Zach Jackson (C): 2-3, HR, RBI, BB, R
Sanel Rosendo (RF): 3-4, 2B, 2 R
Leandro Cedeno (LF): 2-3, RBI, BB
Johnson City dropped both games to Elizabethton, coming up short in the makeup of a June rainout as well as the nightcap.
The makeup game was lost late, with the Twins walking off in the bottom of the ninth. The walkout run was scored on a single to center off of reliever David Oca.
The 8-6 loss in the other half was never very close, however. Starter Chris Hunt ran into trouble in the bottom of the second. The Twins tagged Hunt for three doubles and four singles in the frame, ultimately scoring six runs. The Cardinals would put up our runs between the third and fourth innings and two more in the top of the sixth. Johnson City pulled the game as close as 7-6, but couldn’t dig theirselves out of the second inning hole.
First base/left field prospect Leandro Cedeno himself a nice day at the plate, start to finish. The 4-7 effort with a pair of walks raised his overall line to .335/.415/.564. The 19-year old slugger has acquitted himself well in the Appy League this season after playing only sparingly in the 2017 season. Cedeno should be ready for a Midwest League assignment at the very least next year.
The Cardinals are now 26-33.
GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Nationals 0
Connor Coward (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 6 K’s
Carlos Soto (C): 1-4, 2B, 2 RBI
Ivan Herrera (DH): 2-4, 3B, RBI, BB, 3 R
Mateo Gil (SS): 2-4, RBI
DSL Cardinals Blue 14 at DSL Yankees 3
Julio Puello (SP): 6 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 12 K’s
Malcom Nunez (1B): 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R
Adanson Cruz (CF): 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 BB, 3 R
Ramon Mendoza (3B): 3-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI, BB, 2 R
DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Rangers 3
Jose Moreno (SP): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 11 K’s
Joerlin De Los Santos (CF): 2-4, 2 2B, R
Francisco Hernandez (3B): 2-4, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Franklin Soto (SS): 1-4, RBI, R
MEM: Tyler Lyons
SC: Jacob Schlesener