After Jeremy Moore hit a Jorge Rondon pitch over the wall in the fourth, the Redbird pitcher got payback with a ball to the back of Justin Sellers. This excited the Isotopes and a bench clearing brawl was on. After tempers calmed, eight players were ejected including Rondon and his battery mate Rob Johnson, Redbird skipper Pop Warner, and Mitchell Boggs.
Memphis pitchers really struggled with command and walked 14 batters on the night tying a franchise record. Starter Maikel Cleto tied an individual franchise record with eight free passes in only three innings. Trying to make his way back to St. Louis, reliever Mark Rzepczynski allowed five runs, none earned, on three walks and three hits in two innings of relief. Of the Redbirds' six errors, "Scrabble" was charged with three of them.
Sunday's game: Memphis (35-35) at Albuquerque (37-32), 7:05 CST, TBD
Though he has struggled this season, Nick Greenwood was superb in the first game of the doubleheader. The southpaw took a no-hitter into the fifth and would complete the seven-inning game for his second win of the season.
James Ramsey and Chris Swauger led the offense with two hits including a home run. It was Ramsey's second home run in four games. Speaking of home runs, Xavier Scruggs hit his system leading 17th of the season.
After a strong offensive showing in game one, the Cardinals struggled with the lumber and only managed four hits in game two. Four different players had a hit while Audry Perez had the only extra base hit, a double.
On the mound, Corey Baker allowed four runs on five hits in 4.1 in his Texas League debut.
This was the makeup of a game that was postponed on May 3.
Sunday's game: Springfield (33-35) vs. Tulsa (34-34), 6:09 CST, TBD
There was no Cardinals game Saturday night because of the Florida State League All-Star Game.
In the contest at Dunedin, the Palm Beach represented the South, which beat the North, 8-1.
Sunday's game: All-Star break continues
Jimmy Parque led the offense with three hits including his first home run of the season for the Chiefs, a three-run shot. Patrick Wisdom contributed two hits including his 11th long ball. Wisdom is slugging close to .600 over his last 10 games. Joining the long ball action was catcher Jesus Montero who added his second of the season.
Hector Hernandez went seven innings to pick up his fourth victory of the season. The lefty allowed three runs, two home runs, while striking out nine. Sam Tuivailala and Thomas Lee each contributed a shutout inning of relief.
Sunday's game: Peoria (37-29) at Cedar Rapids (40-27), 2:05 CST, Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 4.83 ERA)
Sunday's game: No game scheduled.
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