Memphis Redbirds 8, San Antonio Missions 7
Johan Mieses: 1-3, HR, 4 RBI
Andrew Knizner: 3-3, BB
Max Schrock: 2-2, 2 BB
Adolis Garcia: 1-4, HR, 3 RBI
Scoring four runs in the bottom of the eighth to push their lead to 8-3 proved to be crucial for the Redbirds. The Missions responded with four runs of their own in the top of the ninth but Memphis stopped them before they could achieve a complete comeback.
Adolis Garcia hit a 3-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to give Memphis a 4-3 lead after entering the frame trailing 3-0. The big hit in the eighth came on a Johan Mieses grand slam.
Genesis Cabrera got the start and pitched 3 2⁄3 innings and gave up three runs, five hits, two walks, and struck out five.
Tommy Layne (1-0), Hunter Cervenka, Jesus Cruz, and John Fasola all turned in scoreless relief appearances.
Chasen Shreve was tagged for four runs on three hits. He didn’t record an out.
Memphis moves to 6-7. Game 2 with San Antonio is tonight at 6:35.
Tulsa Drillers 11 at Springfield Cardinals 0
Brian O’Keefe: 1-4, 2B
Luke Gregerson: 1 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 K
Things started to come around for Springfield during the course of five straight victories. The Cardinals looked like the team that lost seven straight to begin the season Tuesday.
Six different Cardinals recorded a hit but none of them had more than one. Brian O’Keefe had the only extra base hit, a double in the eighth.
Evan Kruczynski (0-1) had a very rough go around giving up seven runs, seven hits, three walks, and he struck out five in 3 2⁄3 innings. Will Latcham gave up an additional two runs in 1⁄3 of an inning.
Luke Gregerson pitched a perfect relief inning with one strikeout and Connor Jones pitched two scoreless innings. Jacob Patterson pitched two innings and gave up two runs.
Springfield has split the first two games with Tulsa. The series finale is today at 11:10.
Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at Lakeland Flying Tigers 1
Chase Pinder: 3-5, 3 RBI
Justin Toerner: 2-4, BB
Nick Dunn: 1-4, HR, 2 RBI
Alex Fagalde: 6 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 1 BB, 8 K
Palm Beach put an end to an offensive drought with four runs in the seventh, and it was more than enough to guide them to victory.
A big 3-RBI double by Chase Pinder served as the hit of the game. Pinder has been struggling early this season but had three hits on the night.
Alex Fagalde (2-0) was sensational on the mound in six scoreless innings and only giving up two hits and one walk while striking out eight. He has a 1.13 ERA through three starts.
Ronnie Williams didn’t give up any runs in 2⁄3 of an inning but he did issue three walks. Patrick Dayton gave up the only Lakeland run in 1 1⁄3 innings of work. Junior Fernandez pitched the ninth and gave up one walk.
Palm Beach and Lakeland have split the first two games. Series finale is tonight at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 2, Clinton LumberKings 1
Leandro Cedeno: 2-4, HR, 2 RBI
Brandon Riley: 2-4
Tommy Parsons: 8 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 0 BB, 8 K
An RBI single by Leandro Cedeno in the bottom of the ninth sent the majority of the 1,309 fans in attendance home happy.
Cedeno also hit a solo home run to tie things for Peoria in the fifth.
While the offense struggled, Tommy Parsons ensured the Chiefs wouldn’t need much.
Parsons pitched through eight innings and gave up one run, four hits, and struck out eight while not walking any. Through 21 innings, Parsons has only allowed one run and nine hits. He’s also only walked two while recording 17 strikeouts.
Sebastian Tabata (1-0) pitched a perfect ninth inning and took home the win.
Peoria moves to 5-7 and has split the first two games with Clinton. Game 3 is today at 12:05.
MEM: Daniel Ponce de Leon
SPR: Casey Meisner
PMB: Perry DellaValle
PEO: Alvaro Seijas