The minor league slate was packed with excitement on Monday. Peoria walked off, while Palm Beach and State College completed late, top of the inning rallies. Ryan Helsley also turned in a solid rehab start in the Gulf Coast League.
Fresno Grizzlies 12 at Memphis Redbirds 3
Chris Ellis (SP): 5 IP, 7 H, 8 R, 1 BB, 7 K’s
Lane Thomas (CF): 1-4, 2B, R
Edmundo Sosa (2B): 1-4, 2B, R
Rangel Ravelo (1B): 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
Memphis never got things going on Monday. Fresno opened the game hot, putting up twelve runs before the Redbirds could respond in the sixth inning. In total, the Grizzlies slugged four home runs in the game. One was a grand slam, two went for three-runs and the last was a two-run dinger.
The box score was rough but some good did come from the game. Outfielder Lane Thomas and infielder Rangel Ravelo extended their hit streaks, making it twelve games for Ravelo and eight for Thomas. Those eight games include every game Thomas has played at AAA, mind you. The hot start has come on the heels of a .260/.337/.487 performance at Springfield, good for a 119 wRC+.
Memphis is now 71-43. They’ll finish the series against the Grizzlies tonight at 6:35 CST.
Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Florida Fire Frogs 2
Evan Guillory (SP): 6 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 6 K’s
Scott Hurst (RF): 3-4, 2 2B, R
Irving Lopez (2B): 2-4, RBI, R
Conner Capel (CF): 1-4, 2B
Palm Beach completed a late comeback to overcome the Fire Frogs 3-2.
Florida opened the scoring in the bottom of the first. With Evan Guillory on the mound, outfielder Drew Waters opened things up with a leadoff single. In the next at bat, Israel Wilson singled, moving Waters to third, Wilson attempted to advance to second but was thrown out. Guillory then recorded a groundout, but with two away catcher William Contreras singled in Waters. 1-0 Fire Frogs.
The Fire Frogs extended their lead in the bottom of the third. Waters led off with a single, again, and advanced to second on a Wilson sac bunt. With one out, Jared James singled to right and scored Waters. 2-0 Fire Frogs.
The ninth inning rally began with a Brian O’Keefe HBP. Chase Pinder was promptly subbed in to pinch run. Scott Hurst then singled to put runners on first and second with no one out. After a Ryan McCarvel groundout to advance the runners, Irving Lopez singled to score Pinder. In the next at bat, Juan Yepez doubled to center, scoring Hurst and advancing Lopez to third. The go ahead run was scored with a Jose Martinez sac fly to left. Bryan Dobzanski took over in the ninth, walking one but allowing no damage.
Palm Beach is now 59-48.
Peoria Chiefs 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 2
Alvaro Seijas (SP): 5.1 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Nick Plummer (LF): 2-3
J.R. Davis (CF): 2-4, RBI, R
Brandon Benson (RF): 2-4, RBI
While Palm Beach completed a rally in the top of the ninth, Peoria waked off Quad Cities in dramatic fashion.
Quad Cities opened the game quickly, with Colton Shaver tagging start Alvaro Seijas for a leadoff home run. The River Bandits added another in the second with a Scott Schreiber solo homer. 2-0 Quad Cities.
Alvaro Seijas would settle in after the two home runs. Over his next 3.1 innings of work, Seijas struck out three and allowed no runs.
Peoria entered the bottom of the ninth trailing 2-1. Zach Kirtley started the inning off with a single to left field. Julio Rodriguez then singled and Bryce Denton struck out. With one out, J.R. Davis singled to score Zach Kirtley from second. After a Quad Cities pitching change, Brandon Benson grounded into a force out that got Rodriguez but put runners on first and second with two away. Rayder Ascanio completed the comeback by singling to right field and scoring Davis.
Peoria is now 66-46.
State College Spikes 4 at Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3
Franyel Casadilla (SP): 4.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
Kevin Woodall (RF): 1-3, RBI, 2 BB
Brady Whalen (1B): 1-4, RBI, BB
Wadye Ynfante (CF): 2-4, BB, SB, R
Not wanting to be outdone, State College staged a comeback of their own on Monday.
The Spikes trailed the Scrappers 3-1 heading into the seventh inning. With one out and runners on second and third, Brady Whalen grounded into a force out to score Alexis Wilson. Edwin Figuera advanced to third. In the next at bat, Kevin Woodall singled to right to score Figuera. All tied up, 3-3.
The game went all the way to the eleventh inning before either team broke through. Delvin Perez started at second, per MiLB extra inning rules, and advanced on a sac bunt. After a strikeout and a walk, Delvin Perez scored on a passed ball. Kevin Hamann entered the game and struck out the side, recording his fifth save of the year.
State College is now 21-29.
Bristol Pirates 2, Johnson City Cardinals 1
Dionis Zamora (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Nolan Gorman (3B): 1-3, BB
Luis Flores (LF): 1-3, 2B, RBI
Bristol Pirates 8, Johnson City Cardinals 7
Michael Brettell (SP): 2 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K
Brandon Riley (LF-RF): 2-3, RBI, BB, 2 R
Andrew Warner (DH): 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, R
Leandro Cedeno (1B): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Johnson City played two abbreviated, seven inning games on Monday. Bristol did their best impersonation of a Cardinals’ affiliate, walking off Johnson City in both games.
The first walk-off came with the score tied 1-1. With two outs, Sherten Apostel singled to center field to score Victor Ngoepe.
The second walkoff came after Johnson City mounted a three-run rally in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7. With one away, Mikell Cranberry homered off of Junior Gonzalez to end the game.
The pair of losses put Johnson City at 20-24.
GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 3
Ryan Helsley (SP): 2.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 3 BB, 4 K’s
Mateo Gil (SS): 2-5, 3B, RBI, 2 R
Zack Gahagan (1B): 1-3, 2B, 2 RBI, R
Diomedes Del Rio (LF): 1-2, RBI, BB, R
DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Rockies 2
Enmanuel Solano (SP): 5.1 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Malcom Nunez (3B): 2-4, 2B, 3 RBI, BB
Adanson Cruz (CF): 1-4, BB, 2 R
Elvin De Jesus (DH): 2-3, BB, R
MEM: Jake Woodford
SPR: Anthony Shew
SC: Michael Baird