Memphis (1-1) and its pitching staff took one on the chin as the Redbirds lost on the road, 12-3.
Starter Brian Broderick (0-1) gave up six runs, all earned, on eight hits and a walk in just four plus innings. Adam Reifer inherited former Cardinals farmhand Brett Wallace on second with none out and a run already across in the fifth and managed to escape unscathed. He worked around two one-out walks for a scoreless sixth as well. Maikel Cleto was not as fortunate as he did not retire a batter in the seventh, allowing six runs, five earned, on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman.
First baseman Matt Adams swung the Redbirds' big bat. He got Memphis on the scoreboard with a two-run blast to dead center in the third and added a double later on as well that almost left the park. The Redbirds' final run came in the fifth when centerfielder Adron Chambers reached base on a strike out/wild pitch combo that led off the inning. Shortstop Ryan Jackson's single advanced Chambers to second and a walk to catcher Bryan Anderson loaded the bases. Left fielder Amaury Cazana sacrificed Chambers home. Chambers, Jackson, Cazana and Adams all had two hits for Memphis as the Redbirds notched 11 hits, one less than Oklahoma City, but only scored three runs. They struck out 13 times.
Saturday's game: at Oklahoma City, 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (0-0) starts.
Springfield (1-1) won its first game of the season, topping Frisco 4-1.
Lefty John Gast (1-0) limited the RoughRiders to three hits over seven innings while striking out seven and walking just one. The only tally against him came on a seventh-inning home run. Keith Butler pitched a scoreless eighth while Jorge Rondon (S,1) worked around back-to-back singles that lead off the ninth to pick up his first save of the year.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when our Player of the Day, second baseman Kolten Wong, hit a two-out triple to right that scored catcher Nick Derba and shortstop Jose Garcia. Derba got aboard on a double to right after third baseman Niko Vasquez walked to open the inning and Garcia hit into a fielder's choice, a comeback to the pitcher, whose throw eliminated Vasquez at home. Wong's second triple to right of the night came in the eighth drove in Garcia who had singled to open the frame. Wong then scored Springfield's final run of the evening when centerfielder Oscar Taveras' first Double-A hit resulted in a double to center. Overall, Wong went 3-for-5 with two triples, three runs driven in and a strikeout.
Saturday's game: at Springfield, 2:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (0-0) starts.
Palm Beach (0-1) allowed a 3-2 eighth-inning lead to slip away as Jupiter prevailed by a 7-3 score in 10 innings.
Starter Seth Maness' five-hit, no-walk performance over seven innings resulted in two runs but only one was earned. Maness struck out four before giving way to Aiden Lucas who retired his first batter on a liner to right. That, unfortunately, was the only batter he retired as he proceeded to load the bases for Chase Reid on a single and back-to-back walks. Reid (BS, 1) (0-1) gave up a sac fly to left that tied the game before striking out the final batter of the inning. He worked a perfect ninth but got no one out in the tenth as he loaded the bases on two singles and a free pass. Lefty Dean Kiekhefer followed and induced a double play ball that scored the runner from third. The game subsequently slipped away on two singles, a double and a throwing error by shortstop Ronny Gil that plated another three runs.
The Cardinals plated a run in each of the fifth, sixth and seventh innings. The first run scored without a hit bas both left fielder Michael Swinson and centerfielder Nick Longmire reached on fielding errors to open the frame. They advanced on a sacrifice bunt by catcher Luis De La Cruz who hit eighth. Third baseman Packy Elkins' sacrifice fly to center scored Swinson from third to knot the game at 1-1. Palm Beach went ahead in the sixth when second baseman Starlin Rodriguez singled to right, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error and came home on a double play.
A hit batsman to lead off the seventh resulted in the Cardinals' final run as Packy Elkins took one for the team and promptly stole second. He advanced to third on a balk and came on on Starlin Rodriguez' line-drive single up the middle. Rodriguez had two of Palm Beach's six hits and was the only Cardinals player with more than one safety.
The River Bandits (1-1) won their first game of the season as they shut out the Cougars 8-0.
Although each pitching staff allowed nine hits, Quad Cities group did not allow a free pass while Kane County walked six. The River Bandits also notched 12 strikeouts, led by southpaw starter Hector Hernandez. Hernandez (1-0) struck out six against five hits in five innings. Brandon Creath, Logan Billbrough and Heath Wyatt scattered four hits in the final four frames while striking out six.
Quad Cities blew the game open in the fourth inning when they added to their 1-0 lead with another six tallies. Pitching inaccuracy combined with defensive miscues by the Cougars were key as the inning included two wild pitches, a passed ball and three fielding errors that resulted in additional runners and six runs. The inning may have been capped by centerfielder Nick Martini's steal of home that coincided with right fielder David Medina's steal of second. The only runs that scored on a hit that inning were by Medina and designated hitter Colin Walsh who crossed the plate on a double to left by left fielder Anthony Garcia.
The River Bandits' final run of the night came in the eighth when a bases-loaded double-play ball by David Medina scored lead-off batter Matt Williams. Catcher Juan Castillo went 3-for-4 with a run scored and first baseman Roberto De La Cruz went 2-for-5 with a run scored. They were the only River Bandits with multi-hit games and Anthony Garcia's aforementioned double was the only extra base hit.
Saturday's game: at Quad Cities, 7:00 pm CT, Todd McInnis (0-0) starts.
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