Oklahoma City Dodgers 10 @ Memphis Redbirds 8
Anthony Shew (SP) - 5 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 4 BB, 5 K
Adolis Garcia (RF) - 2-5, 2B, HR, RBI, 3 K
Rangel Ravelo (1B) - 3-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, K
Lane Thomas (CF) - 1-4, 2 RBI, BB, K
Autozone Park experienced a flurry of offensive activity on Thursday.
Memphis broke the game open in the bottom of the fourth, combining two walks, a triple and a home run to plate four runs. Tulsa responded immediately, however, capitalizing on two walks and a hit by pitch by dropping in a two-out double. The two clubs traded blows like heavyweight boxers in the fifth and sixth innings, leading to an 8-8 tie that eventually called for extra innings.
Chris Beck received the call to open the tenth for Memphis. With a runner starting on second, Beck was tagged immediately for an RBI double to break the stalemate. To make matters worse, Kyle Garlick singled in the next at bat to extend the lead 10-8. Beck escaped without allowing any additional runs, but the damage was done. Memphis went down in order quietly in the bottom of the tenth.
The Redbirds drop to 23-32 with the loss. The Dodgers series continues tonight at 7:05pm CDT.
Springfield Cardinals 5, Tulsa Drillers 1
Angel Rondon (SP) - 4 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
Randy Arozarena (CF) - 3-4, K
Dylan Carlson (LF) - 1-3, 2 RBI, BB
Chris Chinea (1B) - 2-3, RBI
Springfield Cardinals 6, Tulsa Drillers 3
Roel Ramirez (SP) - 3 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Jose Godoy (C) - 2-3, 2B
Rayder Ascanio (SS) - 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, K
Chris Chinea (1B) - 1-3, HR, 2 RBI, K
Springfield and Tulsa played a double-header after Wednesday’s game was postponed due to inclement weather.
Angel Rondon toed the rubber in the top half of the card. Rondon required 67 pitches to get through four innings of work, limiting hits but occasionally struggling with fastball command. The slider was sharp, however, especially off the plate to his glove side. He flashed the ability to throw it with more vertical tilt to backfoot left handers, twice tying up Dodgers prospect Keibert Ruiz. Rondon has now made ten starts between Palm Beach and Springfield. In all, he’s struckout 28.6% of batters but also walked a shaky 10.2%.
On the offensive side of the prospect ledger, Randy Arozarena is enjoying a strong week after getting a late start to the season. In his last six games, Arozarena has hit .316/.381/.421 with a 124 wRC+.
Springfield is now 22-31 after the wins. A series against NW Arkansas begins tonight at 7:10pm CDT.
Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Daytona Tortugas 1
Alex Fagalde (SP) - 6 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Bryan Dobzanski (RP) - 1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Scott Hurst (CF) - 2-4, 2 RBI, K
Yariel Gonzalez (3B) - 2-3, BB
It was a low power affair in Palm Beach on Thursday. The Cardinals combined for eight hits, none of which garnered extra bases.
Scoring began in the bottom of the third, with Scott Hurst stepping into the box with two on and two out. Hurst singled through the right side of the infield, scoring Michael Perri. Hurst advanced to second on the throw home, and after an intentional walk of Julio Rodriguez the bases were loaded for Luken Baker. Baker lined out to center on a 1-0 count to end the scoring threat.
The sole run scored against starter Alex Fagalde came in the fifth inning. Daytona catcher Hendrik Clementia lined a home run over the left field wall, tying the contest 1-1. Palm Beach wouldn’t respond until the seventh inning, once again with Hurst at the plate. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but Hurst laced a single with two on and two out. Jose Martinez came around to score what proved to be the deciding run.
The win improves Palm Beach to a tasty 32-20. The Cardinals open up a series against the Florida Fire Frogs tonight at 5:00pm CDT.
Kane County Cougars 6 @ Peoria Chiefs 2
Michael Brettell (SP) - 5 IP, 5 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
Freddy Pacheco (RP) - 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Nolan Gorman (DH) - 1-3, 2B, BB, K
You know it’s been a bad day for the offense when I have to include a reliever just to stretch out three highlighted performances. The only non-Gorman hit came from Brendan Donovan, who laced a single up the first base line in the fourth. Peoria did scratch together two runs, however, largely thanks to three errors by Kane County.
Without much game action to recap, let’s delve into some individuals. Gorman, Whalen and Herrera have been recapped plenty to this point, and are running respective wRC+’s of 152, 130, and 142. On the other end of the spectrum, Malcom Nunez and Jhon Torres have struggled to find footing since receiving surprisingly aggressive promotions. Both are hitting well below .200 and have combined for just three extra base hits. The jump from complex ball to the Midwest League is a huge one, so expect them to be shuttled down to Johnson City post-draft. It’s likely they had nothing left to prove on the back fields, so testing the waters at Single-A to see if one caught fire was at least worth a look.
After the loss, Peoria sits at 22-30. They open a series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tonight at 6:35pm CDT.
MEM: Ryan Helsley
PEO: Alvaro Seijas