Wednesday was a rough day for the farm system. Everyone in the upper strata of the system, all the way from Peoria to Memphis, picked up a loss. The only non-complex team to record a victory was State College.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, Memphis Redbirds 2
Jake Woodford (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 BB, 2 K’s
Edmundo Sosa (3B): 2-4, 2 2B
Justin Williams (LF): 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, R
Ramon Urias (1B): 2-4, R
The Redbirds lost their second game of series on Wednesday.
Things started out hot, with outfielder Justin Williams launching a two-run homer in the top of the first. The long ball was Williams’s third since joining the system.
New Orleans cut into the lead immediately. Starter Jake Woodford (4-4) handed the Baby Cakes a pair of walks to start the bottom of the first. With two on and no one out, Christopher Bostick capitalized with an RBI double. Woodford would escape the jam with a fly out and a pair of ground outs.
Woodford ran into more trouble in the bottom of the third. A groundout, a double, a fly out and two walks set the table for a two-out rally. The Baby Cakes capitalized with a pair of RBI singles. New Orleans took the lead 4-2, and carried that cushion to the end.
Memphis is now 76-52.
NW Arkansas Naturals 3, Springfield Cardinals 2
Adam Wainwright (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K’s
Andy Young (2B): 2-5, HR, RBI, R
Chase Pinder (CF): 3-3, BB
Blake Drake (RF): 2-4
Adam Wainwright continued his rehab assignment as well as his domination of Texas League hitters on Wednesday. In four August appearances, he’s thrown 8 innings of scoreless baseball while striking out 12 and walking none. The framework of a Waino return remains unclear and a bit messy, but the early rehab returns are promising.
Despite Waino’s effort, the Cardinals fell to the Naturals. A combination of singles, walks and a wild pitch allowed Springfield to tie the game 2-2 in the top of the sixth.
The tie held through the seventh inning, and Connor Jones replaced Casey Meisner to start the eighth. Jones quickly got into trouble, allowing a leadoff double and then a single to put runners on the corner. Jones induced a double play, but the go-ahead run scored. It would end up being the deciding run.
Springfield is now 56-71.
Fort Myers Miracle 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Alex Fagalda (SP): 5 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Irving Lopez (2B): 2-4, HR, RBI, R
Ryan McCarvel (DH): 1-3, 2B, BB
Stefan Trosclair (1B): 1-4, 2B
While Springfield fell late, Palm Beach dug themselves an early hole.
Starter Alex Fagalde (3-1) tossed three scoreless frames before the wheels came off in the fourth. The Fort Myers lineup combined for four singles and two doubles off of Fagalde in the inning, resulting in four runs. They would add one more in the sixth inning with Ramon Santos on the mound.
Palm Beach scored a single run in the contest, coming in the seventh inning via an Irving Lopez solo homer. The rest of the offense struggled to produce.
The Cardinals are now 68-54.
Kane County Cougars 9, Peoria Chiefs 6
Angel Rondon (SP): 4 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Julio Rodriguez (DH): 2-4, 2 2B, 4 RBI, R
Wood Myers (SS): 1-3, 2B, BB, 2 R
Brandon Riley (CF): 2-5, 2B, RBI, R
As with Palm Beach, Peoria was also undone early by a crooked inning.
The Chiefs only trailed 1-0 before everything hit the fan in the bottom of the third. Angel Rondon did himself no favors, hitting the leadoff batter and walking the next two to load the bases. Catcher Dennis Ortega then made a throwing error that allowed a run to score and advanced the runners. To make matters worse, Kane County then launched a three run homer over the right-center wall. Rondon would get the next two batters, before allowing another base runner and setting the stage for a two-run homer by Jose Caballero. 7-0 Cougars.
Peoria rallied in the fourth and fifth innings, plating four runs of their own. Kane County maintained the lead and held off a two-run effort bu the Chiefs in the ninth.
Peoria is now 71-56.
State College Spikes 6 at Williamsport Crosscutters 1
Franyel Casadilla (SP): 7 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K’s
Brady Whalen (1B): 1-4, 2B, RBI, BB, R
Edwin Figuera (3B): 3-5, 2 R
Stanley Espinal (DH): 2-4, RBI, BB, 2 R
Finally! A win!
Franyel Casadilla took control of this game early and the offense backed him up late. The score was knotted at 0-0 until the top of the sixth. With one out, the Spikes recorded two singles and a walk to load the bases. A sac fly and a fielding error allowed two of the runners to score. 2-0 Spikes.
The Crosscutter plated one in the bottom of the eight, only to be buried further by a four run ninth inning by State College.
The Spikes are now an even 32-32.
Burlington Royals 18 at Johnson City Cardinals 8
Kyle Leahy (SP): 4.1 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Andrew Warner (DH): 3-4, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 R
Leandro Cedeno (LF): 1-3, HR, RBI, R
Liam Sabino (3B): 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2 R
....nothing to see here, folks.
But I guess we can talk about Leandro Cedeno for a bit. The home run on Wednesday was Cedeno’s 12th of the season. His overall slash line now sits at .337/.413/.587 through 225 PA’s. For peripherals, his walk rate is hovering at 7.6% while he’s striking out at a 26.7% clip. It all adds up to a 155 wRC+. He’s hitting and will need to keep doing so, as he’s defensively limited and will probably end up at first base.
Johnson City is now 26-35.
DSL Cardinals Blue 3, DSL Rockies 2
Inohan Paniagua (SP): 4.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 6 K’s
Freddy De Jesus (1B): 1-3, 2B, RBI
Sander Mora (2B): 2-3, 2B, 2 R
Malcom Nunez (DH): 1-4, RBI
DSL Cardinals Red 10, DSL Brewers 7
Allinson Benitez (SP): 5 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Francisco Hernandez (3B): 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 R
Luis Montano (RF): 1-3, 2B, RBI, BB, 2 R
Erik Pena (LF): 2-3, 3B, 3 RBI, 2 R
DSL Brewers 9, DSL Cardinals Red 0
Ludwin Jimenez (SP): 4 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 BB, 5 K’s
Luis Montano (RF): 1-2, 2B, BB
Erik Pena (2B): 2-2
MEM: Chris Ellis
SPR: Evan Kruczynski
SC: Eli Kraus
JC: Colin Schmid