Pitching was the name of the game in the Cardinals farm system Tuesday. Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria all picked up wins while giving up one run in a combined 23 innings.
Springfield Cardinals 4, Midland RockHounds 1
Irving Lopez: 2-2, HR, 3B
Chris Chinea: 2-4, HR
Yariel Gonzalez: 2-4, 2B
Austin Warner: 6 IP, 1 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 10 Ks
Two runs in the bottom of the fifth broke a 1-1 tie, and Austin Warner led to a brilliant three innings out of the bullpen for a Springfield win.
Irving Lopez tied things with a solo home run in the third after Midland gained a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning. The two runs in the fifth came on RBI singles by Dylan Carlson and Randy Arozarena. Chris Chinea tagged on a fourth run with a solo home run in the sixth.
Following Warner’s stellar outing, Kodi Whitley struck out four in two perfect innings, followed by two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for Junior Fernandez.
Springfield moves to 25-39. Game 2 with Midland is Wednesday at 11:10.
Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter Hammerheads 0 (6)
Alex Fagalde: 3 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 1 BB 2 Ks
While nobody stood out offensively, the pitching staff was in shutdown mode in a rain shortened Palm Beach victory.
The difference offensively came in the top of the fourth, when Chase Pinder scored on a fielders choice and Scott Hurst drove in another with a single. Both teams recorded three hits.
After Fagalde was removed after three innings, Ramon Santos and Edgar Gonzalez delivered perfect innings.
Palm Beach moves to 35-28 and have split the first two games with the Hammerheads. Game 3 of 4 is Wednesday at 5:30.
Peoria Chiefs 1 at Clinton LumberKings 0
Kyle Leahy: 8 IP, 0 R, 5 H, 0 BB, 7 Ks
Much like Palm Beach, nobody stood out offensively for Peoria, but the pitching staff made up for it.
The only run of the game came on a Brady Whalen RBI double in the sixth. Peoria, like Palm Beach, also only totaled three hits on the night.
Kyle Leahy was easily the best pitcher in the farm system for the night. Cole Aker followed with two strikeouts in a perfect ninth for his second save of the season.
Peoria moves to 28-36. Game 2 with Clinton is Wednesday at 6:30.
MEM: Evan Kruczynski
PMB: Griffin Roberts
PEO: Alvaro Seijas