Clean sweep! Every Cardinals affiliate in play on Thursday came home with a victory. Peoria, meanwhile, had their game rained out. They’ll play a double header tomorrow.
Memphis Redbirds 6 @ Omaha Storm Chasers 4
(SP) Alex Reyes - 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, K
(RP) Chasen Shreve - 2 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
(2B) Tommy Edman - 3-5, 2B, HR, 2 RBI, K
(CF) Adolis Garcia - 1-4, 3B, RBI, 2 K
Alex Reyes’ stint in Memphis continues to be a one step forward, one step backwards affair. He struggled to find the strike zone on Thursday night, tossing only 22 of his 46 pitches for strikes. This comes on the heels of a solid outing last Saturday, in which Reyes threw three scoreless innings with four strikeouts versus only one walk. He’s thrown 10.1 innings in Memphis, striking out as many batters as he’s walking.
In spit of the tough start, Memphis found a way to pull out the win. They headed into the top of the ninth trailing Omaha 4-2. Rangel Ravelo led off the inning by reaching first on an error. Adolis Garcia then ripped a triple to straightaway center, allowing Ravelo to score. Andrew Knizner immediately brought Garcia in with a single, tying the game at 4-4. A walk and two strikeouts later, Tommy Edman stepped into the box against Josh Staumont. Edman singled to center, which scored Knizner and moved Francisco Pena to third. Pena would eventually come around to score on a walk, sealing the 6-4 lead.
After the win, Memphis is 11-9 on the year. They take on Omaha again tonight at 7:05pm CDT.
Springfield Cardinals 8, Amarillo Sod Poodles 0
(SP) Anthony Shew - 6 IP, 5 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
(RF) Conner Capel - 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, BB, K
(3B) Elehuris Montero - 2-3, RBI, BB
(2B) Irving Lopez - 3-5, K
It was a dominant performance all around for Springfield on Thursday. They jumped out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the bottom of the first. The Amarillo starter didn’t escape the first, getting the hook after just two outs.
The game was Tyler O’Neill’s third in Springfield as he works his way back from injury. He launched an home run in the bottom of the fifth inning, increasing the Springfield lead to 5-0.
Three more runs came Springfield’s way in the bottom of the seventh. The production came on the back of a Chris Chinea triple and a Conner Capel homer. The home run was Capel’s second on the year.
The win improves Springfield’s record to 7-14. They open a series against Frisco tonight at 7:10pm CDT.
Palm Beach Cardinals 7 @ Fort Myers Miracle 1
(SP) Johan Oviedo - 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K
(2B) Nick Dunn - 3-4, 2B, RBI
(DH) Yariel Gonzalez - 2-4, 2 RBI
(1B) Luken Baker - 1-4, RBI, BB, K
Palm Beach rebounded from a quiet offensive performance on Wednesday by racking up seven runs on eleven hits. There wasn’t much thunder, with only one hit going for extra bases, but it was more than enough to put away Fort Myers.
Starter Johan Oviedo didn’t make the offense’s job too hard, surrendering only one run in nearly seven frames of work. Oviedo is off to a blistering start, throwing to the tune of a 1.63 ERA in his first five games. That shiny ERA comes with promising peripherals: 9.11 K/9, 2.93 BB/9, 50.0% ground ball rate, and a 2.86 FIP. His stuff has waxed and waned since signing, and I’ll try to gather up some reports on his current stuff for the next write up.
Palm Beach is now 16-5. They play Fort Myers again tonight at 5:30pm CDT.
MEM: Austin Gomber
SPR: Williams Perez
PMB: Edgar Gonzalez
PEO (GM 1): Diego Cordero
PEO (GM 2): Kyle Leahy