Joe Kelly's Triple-A debut did not go as hoped from the very start. The right-hander (0-1) was victimized by a miscue by first baseman Chris Swauger and his own throwing error that led to one earned run and two more unearned runs in the first inning. Jess Todd allowed two more runs in the fifth.
The Redbirds (1-2) were shut out for eight innings but made a game of it late. They loaded the bases in the eighth, but could not score. In the ninth, they plated all four of their runs on a solo home run by Steven Hill and a three-run blast by pinch-hitter Matt Adams.
It was the third long ball in three games for our Player of the Day, the first time I can ever recall giving this honor to a pinch-hitter. Adams already has six RBI on the season. Amaury Cazana went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Sunday's game: At Oklahoma City, 2:05 PM CT – Shelby Miller (0-0) starting.
After a two and a half hour rain delay, Springfield dropped the last game of the home opener series to fall to 1-2 on the season.
Trevor Rosenthal pitched four innings, striking out four and walking one. His one earned run came on a second inning home run from former major leaguer Brad Hawpe. An unearned run scored on Rosenthal's throwing error in the top of the fourth. Frisco broke out with a three-run sixth against Scott Schneider and Justin Wright.
Despite outhitting the RoughRiders 12-9, the Cardinals were almost shut out. Their lone run came on a Jake Shaffer RBI double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Overall, the S-Cards were just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Adam Melker went 3-for-4.
Sunday's game: At home vs. Midland, 4:08 PM CT – Michael Blazek (0-0) starting.
The Cardinals' and Marlins' Florida State League clubs, Roger Dean Stadium co-habitants, had a unique home-and-home, split day-night doubleheader on Saturday. They call the series "Fins and Feathers".
Second baseman Starlin Rodriguez, batting third, got the Cards on top with an RBI single in the first. Jupiter contributed with two wild pitches and an error that allowed Rodriguez to score. After doubling in the third, Starlin scored again, this time on a Jonathan Rodriguez RBI single.
Top prospect Carlos Martinez left after four innings with a 3-2 lead, but it was the bullpen that was the story with five hitless, walk-free innings. The winner on the day was Zack Russell. In his first outing as a reliever, Russell spun three scoreless frames. Ricky Martinez added six more outs to earn the save.
The game remained 3-2 until the ninth, when Mike O'Neill contributed an RBI double. Ronny Gil is experiencing some growing pains in his Florida State League introduction. The shortstop committed his third error in just two games and fanned three times. Nick Longmire also had a trio of strikeouts.
In game two, the Cardinals' bats went silent as the club managed just four hits, all singles, and were shut out. Alan Ahmady had two while Vance Albitz had a hit, walk and stolen base, but also committed an error. Geoff Klein had a night to forget as he struck out in all four plate appearances.
Richard Castillo allowed one run on just one hit and three walks over 5 2/3 innings but still took the loss. Chris Corrigan was charged with the other tally as he yielded three hits, a walk and two wild pitches in two innings. He also fanned four.
Sunday's game: The 1-2 Cardinals are off.
The River Bandits dropped to 1-2 on the season as their bullpen failed them in the home series rubber match Saturday night.
Todd McInnis started and yielded two runs over five innings, but was not involved in the decision. Willy Paulino was charged with three runs in the sixth and took the blown save and loss. He made an error, gave up an RBI triple and a two-run home run.
Sunday's game: The River Bandits are off.
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