Game 1: Memphis Redbirds 3 at New Orleans Baby Cakes 2
John Nogowski: 2-2, RBI, BB
Ramon Urias: 2-3, 2B
Justin Williams: 1-3, HR, BB
Jake Woodford: 5 IP, 1 R, 2 H, 2 BB, 1 K
Game 2: New Orleans Baby Cakes 5, Memphis Redbirds 4
Edmundo Sosa: 2-3, 2B, RBI
Joe Hudson: 2-3
Randy Arozarena: 1-3, HR, 3 RBI, BB
Seth Elledge: 4 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 2 Ks
Justin Williams was the hero in Game 1 and Randy Arozarena was (almost) the hero in Game 2. Williams’ home run in the sixth inning in Game 1 broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Redbirds the lead for good. Pitching served well in the first game with Jake Woodford delivering five innings of one-run ball, Kodi Whitley a scoreless inning and Mike Mayers surrendering one run in the seventh.
Randy Arozarena was all for the drama in Game 2 by bashing a three-run home run in the top of the seventh with a full count, two outs and the team trailing 4-1. It didn’t end up going Memphis’ way, as a familiar name, Magneuris Sierra, won the game with an RBI single in the bottom half.
Frisco RoughRiders 5 at Springfield Cardinals 2
Tyler O’Neill: 2-4, HR
Elehuris Montero: 2-4, RBI
Jose Martinez: 1-2, 2 BB
Angel Rondon: 6 IP, 2 R, 4 H, 2 BB, 7 Ks
Tyler O’Neill’s solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning was far from enough for Springfield to come away with a win.
The Cardinals lost a potentially big opportunity in the sixth. Trailing 2-0, O’Neill led off the inning with a single followed by a Jose Martinez walk. Johan Mieses grounded into a double play before Elehuris Montero drove in O’Neill.
Springfield escaped a bases loaded jam in the ninth but couldn’t cash in for any runs beyond that.
Bradenton Marauders 9, Palm Beach Cardinals 0
Ivan Herrera: 2-3
From the get-go it was apparent that it wasn’t going to be a good night for Palm Beach.
Bradenton scored five runs in the bottom of the first and held Palm Beach scoreless all game. The Cardinals combined for just three hits and pitching was clearly abysmal.
Kyle Leahy gave up six runs, five earned, in six innings. Patrick Dayton pitched 2⁄3 inning and gave up three runs.
Cedar Rapids Kernels 4, Peoria Chiefs 3
Delvin Perez: 3-5, 2B
Brady Whalen: 2-5
Logan Gragg: 4 IP, 1 R, 4 H, 1 BB, 6 Ks
Like Memphis, Peoria lost in walkoff fashion. Also like Memphis, Peoria put together a small rally to get back in the game.
Leandro Cedeno and Wayde Ynfante both drove in runs in the eighth to erase a 3-1 deficit.
Sebastian Tabata pitched the ninth and gave up two hits, a walk and recorded one out.
West Virginia Black Bears 6 at State College Spikes 3 (10)
Luis Flores: 2-4
Adrian Mardueno: 5 IP, 3 R, 6 H, 2 BB, 4 Ks
Johnson City Cardinals 9 at Kingsport Mets 4
Liam Sabino: 3-5, 2B, 2 RBI
Diomedes Del Rio: 3-4, 2B
Hector Soto: 5 IP, 0 R, 2 H, 0 BB, 5 Ks