Walkoffs are really fun but not so much when they’re against you. Memphis and Springfield found that out Tuesday, as both continued a disappointing start to the season with losses in walkoff fashion. Palm Beach used a big inning to cruise to victory and Peoria won a blowout.
San Antonio Missions 6, Memphis Redbirds 5
Yairo Munoz: 3-5, HR, 2 RBI
Tommy Edman: 2-5, 3B, RBI
Andrew Knizner: 2-4, 2B
Max Schrock: 2-4
Drew Robinson: 2-5, RBI
Austin Gomber: 6 IP, 3 R, 3 H, 3 BB, 6 K
Memphis slowly began chipping away.
After scoring three runs in the top of the seventh, the game was tied. San Antonio grabbed the lead back in the bottom half, but a Yairo Munoz home run tied things back up in the eighth.
Yairo came through again with an RBI single in the ninth to give Memphis a 5-4 lead heading to the bottom of the ninth.
The first mistake for Memphis was a leadoff walk. The second, and worst, mistake was a wild pitch with two outs and runners on first and second. Both runners advanced, and both runners scored on a single to give San Antonio the win.
Hunter Cervenka was responsible for the mess in the ninth and took the loss. Austin Gomber started the game and went six innings and gave up three runs, three hits, three walks, and struck out six. Ryan Meisinger pitched two innings and gave up one run.
Memphis falls to 2-4, Game 2 of 3 with San Antonio is tonight at 7:05.
Tulsa Drillers 3, Springfield Cardinals 2
Dylan Carlson: 1-3, HR, BB
Kramer Robertson: 1-3, HR, BB
Anthony Shew: 6 IP, 1 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 6 K
If consolation prizes were a thing, Springfield definitely would’ve won it in a losing effort.
Clayton Kershaw, making a rehab start for Tulsa, cruised through five innings. In the sixth, Kramer Robertson and Dylan Carlson both made good contact and took him deep. He exited after six innings trailing 2-1.
Until the ninth inning, Kershaw was set to take the loss.
Merandy Gonzalez gave up three straight singles to load the bases with nobody out before anybody even had time to panic. Gonzalez was removed in favor of Seth Elledge after a run scored to tie the game, but it only took one batter to knock an RBI single for the game winner.
Anthony Shew turned in a great start going six innings and giving up one run, five hits, two walks, and he struck out six.
Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless 1 2⁄3 innings. He also gave up four walks and had four strikeouts.
Springfield is still looking for its first win and falls to 0-6. The series finale with Tulsa is today at 12:05.
Palm Beach Cardinals 10, Daytona Tortugas 5
Bryce Denton: 2-4, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Luken Baker: 2-3, 2B, RBI, 2 BB
Zach Kirtley: 2-3, 2 BB
Johan Oviedo: 5.2 IP, 3 R, 2 ER, 6 H, 3 BB, 5 K
Luke Gregerson: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 0 BB, 1 K
There’s a high chance that good things will happen to a baseball team that scores six runs in one inning; Palm Beach can now attest to that.
A six-run sixth inning, sparked by a 2-RBI double by Bryce Denton, erased a 2-1 deficit and gave the Cardinals the lead for good.
Denton also opened the game’s scoring with a solo home run in the second.
Daytona scored a run in each of the final three innings, but the true knockout blow came in the bottom of the eighth when Luken Baker hit an RBI double and Nick Plummer drove in two with a triple to put Palm Beach up by six.
Palm Beach experimented with the opener role and Luke Gregerson took said role. He pitched a perfect inning with one strikeout.
Johan Oviedo took over from there and earned his first win of the season behind 5 2⁄3 innings with three runs, two earned, six hits, three walks, and five strikeouts. Ben Yokley and Bryan Dobzanski also appeared in relief.
Palm Beach moves to 5-1, Game 3 of 4 with Daytona is tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 9, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 0
Delvin Perez: 4-4, RBI
Brandon Riley: 3-5, 2 2B, 4 RBI
Brady Whalen: 3-5, RBI
Leandro Cedeno: 2-4, 2 2B, RBI
Tommy Parsons: 8 IP, 0 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 4 K
If you can’t score six runs in one inning like Palm Beach, scoring four runs in two different innings like Peoria will do even better.
The offense proved to be potent once again. The Chiefs have scored eight runs or more in three of their first six games.
Delvin Perez had a perfect night at the plate and Brandon Riley delivered two 2-RBI doubles. Nolan Gorman drove in a run with a single and also had a sac fly on the night.
Tommy Parsons (2-0) outdid his first start, when he pitched five scoreless innings, by pitching eight scoreless innings. He also didn’t walk a single batter and had four strikeouts. Through his first two starts, he’s pitched 13 innings and surrendered five hits and two walks.
Edgar Escobar pitched a perfect ninth inning.
Peoria moves to 2-4 and have split the first two games of the series. Game 3 of 4 with Wisconsin is today at 11:05 a.m.
MEM: Jake Woodford
SPR: Williams Perez
PMB: Edgar Gonzalez
PEO: Alvaro Seijas