While the big league club enjoyed the day off, the farm system was hard at work. The system went 3-5 on the day, with full season affiliates carrying most of the weight.
Memphis Redbirds 2, Nashville Sounds 0
Adam Wainwright (SP): 4 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Tyler Lyons (RP): 5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s
Alex Mejia (DH): 2-4, RBI
Rangel Ravelo (1B): 1-3, RBI, BB
Memphis picked up the win on the backs of two former big leaguers. Adam Wainwright and Tyler Lyons both continued their rehab journey on Monday, combining for a four-hit shutout.
The start was Wainwright’s fifth appearance since beginning rehab work on August 13th. So far the big righty has tossed 12 innings of zero run ball. Over that span he’s struck out 16 while only allowing 2 walks and 7 hits.
Lyons, meanwhile, made his fourth appearance since August 11th. He’s hasn’t been as lights out as Waino, throwing 15.2 innings and allowing 5 runs. That span includes 6 walks and 8 hits.
The framework of a return for either pitcher remains murky. Lyons is likely a man without a spot, given the acquisition of lefty Chasen Shreve and the recent run of success for the bullpen. Wainwright probably isn’t suited for a rotation spot anymore, and faces a similarly crowded bullpen situation.
As for the game, Memphis scored the only runs of the game in the bottom of the third inning. Randy Arozarena led off the inning with a single then stole second with one out. Lane Thomas then walked to put two runners on. Rangel Ravelo and Alex Mejia each added singles to score Arozarena and Lane.
The Redbirds are now 80-53.
Springfield Cardinals 5 at Tulsa Drillers 3
Casey Meisner (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K
Johan Mieses (RF): 3-5, 2 2B, 3 RBI, R
Victor Roache (LF): 2-5, 2B
Evan Mendoza (3B): 1-5, RBI
Springfield held off a bottom of the ninth Tulsa rally to secure the win.
The Cardinals trailed 2-1 until the top of the fifth. After Tommy Edman flew out to start the inning, Ramon Urias and Andy Young both singled to put two runners on. Johan Mieses capitalized with a double that scored both runners. Mieses later scored on an Evan Mendoza single. 4-2 Springfield.
After adding one more run in the sixth, the Cardinals entered the bottom of the ninth leading 5-2. Seth Elledge came in for the save opportunity. He struck out the first batter he faced, but then allowed a solo home run. Despite the ding, Elledge got the next two batters to end the game.
Springfield is now 59-73.
Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Alex Fagalde (SP): 5.1 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K’s
Shane Billings (CF): 1-3
Irving Lopez (2B): 1-3
This is a tough one to recap. Palm Beach struggled mightily on Monday, only tallying three hits and scoring no runs against the Dunedin Blue Jays.
Dunedin jumped out to an early lead with a pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the first. Palm Beach never did much of anything to dig themselves out of the early hole. The Blue Jays piled on in the sixth inning, tallying three more runs to increase their lead to 5-0.
The loss moves Palm Beach to 71-56.
Peoria Chiefs 9, Beloit Snappers 4
Angel Rondon (SP): 3 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 4 K’s
Zach Kirtley (1B): 3-4, 2B, RBI, 3 R
Dennis Ortega (C): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R
Luken Baker (DH): 2-4, RBI, R
Peoria gained the early lead in the first when Wood Myers doubled and was brought in by outfielder Justin Toerner. The lead was short lived, however. The Snappers took starter Angel Rondon deep twice with a pair of solo homers in the top of the third.
Dennis Ortega put Peoria back on top in the fourth with a two-run shot. The Chiefs surrendered the lead this time around as well, this time on a Snappers RBI single with runners on second and third.
The Chiefs regained the lead for good in the sixth with three runs of their own. They piled on another three runs in the seventh to extend their lead 9-4.
Peoria is now 76-57.
Batavia Muckdogs 11, State College Spikes 6
Franyel Casadilla (SP): 4.2 IP, 8 H, 10 R, 2 BB, 2 K’s
Lars Nootbaar (RF): 2-5, HR, 3 RBI, R
Edwin Figura (3B): 2-5, RBI, 2 R
Cameron Knight (C): 3-4, 2B, R
State College had nothing going early before a late inning surge that ultimately came up short.
Through seven innings, the Spikes trailed Batavia 11-1. State College led off the eighth inning with three straight singles and a run scored. Espinal and Whalen flew out in the next two at bats before Wadye Ynfante singled to score Edwin Figuera.
After showing signs of life in the eighth, State College attempted a monstrous comeback I the ninth. Cameron Knight led off the inning with a double to right. The next two batters struck out and grounded out before Figuera put runners on the corners with a two-out single. With two men on and two outs, Lars Nootbaar launched a ball over the right field fence. Brady Whalen flew out in the next at bat to end the game.
State College is now 34-35.
Kingsport Mets 8, Johnson City Cardinals 6
David Oca (SP): 4.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 4 K’s
Leandro Cedeno (RF): 3-4, 2B, HR, 3 RBI, BB, 2 R
Andrew Warner (LF): 1-4, HR, RBI, R
Donivan Williams (2B): 2-5, 2 R
Johnson City dropped this one to Kingsport in extra innings.
Heading into the bottom of the seventh, the Cardinals trailed the Mets 6-3. Donivan Williams singled to lead off the inning. With one out, outfielder Leandro Cedeno hit his 14th home run of the year to cut the Mets lead to one. Andrew Warner homered later in the inning to knot the score up 6-6.
Kingsport struck first in extra innings. The Mets started the top of the 10th with Raul Beracierta on second. Johnson City reliever Jacob Sylvester recorded the first two outs in short order via strikeout and fly out. Sylvester couldn’t finish the job. Kingsport’s Ranfy Adon tripled to score Beracierta, and then came around to score on an RBI single. The Mets would go on to win.
Johnson City is now 29-37.
GCL Tigers West 1, GCL Cardinals 0
Connor Coward (SP): 7 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K’s
Carlos Soto (DH): 2-4
Josh Shaw (3B): 1-4
DSL Rangers 3 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2
Francis Ventura (SP): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 3 BB, 3 K’s
Malcom Nunez (1B): 1-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Darlin Moquete (RF): 1-4, 2B, BB, R
Darlin Del Villar (SS): 1-4