There were two Triple-A pitching debuts for the Redbirds on Friday. Only one went well. Trevor Rosenthal started and allowed one run on three hits and a walk over five. He fanned eight and left with the game tied.
The pen was awful. Losing pitcher Jorge Rondon, just up from Springfield, gave up a two-run home run in the sixth that unknotted the score. That was nothing compared to the seven runs allowed by John Gaub and Maikel Cleto in the seventh.
The offense managed just one run in the sixth and another in the eighth on a total of seven hits. Matt Adams, who raised his batting average to .340, was on base three times with a pair of walks and a double and scored both of Memphis' runs. Mark Hamilton went 2-for-4 with an RBI and Steven Hill's single drove in Adams the other time.
Saturday's game: at Sacramento (OAK), 7:05 pm PT, Shelby Miller (6-9, 5.44)
The Double-A Cardinals began their homestand right by defeating Tulsa on Jamie Romak's two-out, bases-loaded bloop single into left field in the 10th inning. Extra innings were made possible due to Jose Garcia's solo home run in the seventh that tied the game at three.
Normally a middle infielder but stuck behind Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia, Jose Garcia played in left field Friday night. He led the offense with two hits and three runs scored. Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-4 to take over the Texas League batting average lead at .323 from teammate Oscar Taveras, who did not start.
Starter Carlos Martinez did not have his best outing, allowing three runs over five innings on eight hits and a walk. Kevin Thomas and Deryk Hooker each logged two scoreless frames with Keith Butler getting the win after keeping Tulsa quiet in the top of the 10th.
Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa (COL), 7:08 pm CT, Jaime Garcia (rehab start)
The Cardinals scored seven runs in the first five innings and seemed in control behind Ryan Sherriff. The lefty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits. He struck out four and issued three free passes.
It got hairy in the ninth, though. After a power outage caused a delay, Zack Russell gave up a walk and four hits for three runs, two earned, before departing with the potential tying run on second base and one out. Newcomer Jose Almarante induced a game-ending double play to earn his first save.
Mike O'Neill (two) and James Ramsey (three) scored five of the Cardinals seven runs between them. Our Player of the Day, Chris Edmondson, was 4-for-4 including a double and two RBI. Cody Stanley and Rainel Rosario also plated two each.
The Cardinals now have first place all to themselves for the first time this season.
Saturday's game: at Bradenton (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (2-5, 4.21)
Left-hander Dail Villanueva gave up just two runs over six innings, and in the home sixth, designated hitter Anthony Garcia hit a two-run, go-ahead home run for the second straight night. The Bandits won the series two games to one.
Villanueva scattered six hits and a walk and fanned eight in the win, his seventh of the season. Dixon Llorens spun two shutout frames and Danny Miranda chipped in with a scoreless ninth for his second save.
Batting .357 since his demotion from Palm Beach, Nick Longmire walked, singled and doubled. He stole his third base in four games and drove in one. Shortstop Matt Williams singled, stole his 16th bag of the season and scored.
Saturday's game: at Burlington, 6:30 pm CT, Willy Paulino (2-9, 5.97)
The Muckdogs were behind from the first inning on and managed just five hits in the road loss.
Starter Joey Cuda took the defeat after being charged with six runs in 4 1/3 innings on eight hits and a walk. Lee Stoppelman allowed the final Tri-City tally. Yunier Castillo fanned the side in the ninth and has quietly logged a 1.57 ERA this season.
Saturday's game: at Vermont, 6:05 pm ET, TBA
The Cardinals' bad luck with the weather this season continues with yet another game lost. Because it is on getaway night and the two teams are not scheduled to play again this season, the game will not be made up.
Saturday's game: vs. Greeneville, 6:00 pm ET, Zach Petrick (2-0, 3.10)
The game was rained out, to be rescheduled on Saturday as part of a unique "home" and "away" doubleheader on the back fields of Jupiter - weather permitting, of course.
Saturday's games: doubleheader vs. Marlins, 10:00 am ET, TBA
The Cardinals came back from a two-run deficit in the eighth to force extra innings on doubles by Luis Cruz and Carlos Torres and an RBI single by Bladimil Franco to tie. In the 12th, the offense broke free, more than doubling their previous 11 innings of output.
Starter Isaac Silva allowed two runs in five innings, but Jose Lara was roughed up for three runs against only one out in the sixth for a blown save. Ramon Santos had a strong outing, with just two baserunners over 4 2/3 scoreless with four strikeouts. Jose Pena got the win with the final two scoreless frames.
Franco had two singles, a double, a runs scored and three RBI. Torres had a single, a double, two runs scored and three RBI of his own. Catcher Cruz scored three times to go with a single, double and a walk, but also made three throwing errors, his 12th, 13th and 14th of the season..
Saturday's game: vs. Royals, 10:30 am ET, TBA
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