Memphis (3-0) turned a 1-1 tie into a six-run cushion in the fourth as they again pounded the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday night. The final score was 11-1 as the last nails were pounded into the coffin via an Audry Perez grand slam in the seventh. Earlier the catcher, our co-Player of the Day, had an RBI double.
Oscar Taveras plated two via a double and Greg Garcia tripled and scored twice as the Redbirds made the most out of their nine hits. The Redbirds struck out 12 times, including three by Joey Butler as part of an 0-for-5 night.
Co-Player of the Day Tim Cooney shined in his Triple-A debut. In six innings, the lefty yielded just one unearned run on four hits and one walk. Cooney fanned nine Cubs. Jose Almarante added two scoreless frames and David Aardsma secured the final three outs. Both relievers allowed one hit and struck out two.
Sunday's game: at Iowa (0-3), 1:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (season debut)
The visiting Missions edged Springfield (1-2) 6-3 to take game three and their opening three-game series. S-Cards' starter Seth Blair settled down a bit after yielding a two-run home run before all the fans were in their seats, but ran out of gas before he could complete five innings on 86 pitches.
Springfield's early scoring was unexciting. The first run scored on a wild relay by the visiting second baseman and the second came home on a ground out. Yet after three the game was tied.
The wheels came off for the Cards' bullpen in the top of the sixth, however. Losing pitcher Logan Billbrough missed a potential inning-ending pickoff. He and Danny Miranda contributed to a four-run frame that required a third reliever, Ryan Sherriff, to secure the third out.
Pinch-hitting to end the eighth, Aledmys Diaz fanned on three pitches, including a swinging strike three. Travis Tartamella threw out former teammate Jake Lemmerman trying to steal, but went 0-for-4 at the plate, grounding into three double plays and stranding six runners.
Sunday's game: vs. Corpus Christi, 3:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (league debut)
Palm Beach (2-1) scored three in the first and never looked back in an 8-3 victory over St. Lucie in their home opener. David Washington's home run provided that edge as the first baseman was on his way to a 3-for-4 day with four runs driven in. The big man even stole a base!
Including cleanup hitter Washington, the top four in the Cardinals order had nine of the team's 13 hits and scored six of their eight runs. Second baseman Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4, but committed a pair of fielding errors. Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera also had two hits and an RBI each.
Starter Kyle Hald took the win, allowing three runs, two earned on four hits in 5 2/3 innings.
Sunday's game: vs. St. Lucie (1-2), 1:05 pm ET, Cory Jones (league debut)
After Peoria's Friday contest versus the Timber Rattlers was postponed due to wintry weather conditions, the two were able to get their Saturday game in. Perhaps the Chiefs wish they hadn't.
A 1-0 lead for the visitors after three turned into a 6-2 deficit two innings later. Only one of the three plated against starter and loser Silfredo Garcia in the fourth was earned due to a fielding error by left-fielder Kenny Peoples-Walls. Reliever Blake McKnight was charged with three more in the fifth on a pair of doubles, a single and a sac fly.
Seven of the nine Peoria starters had one hit, including doubles from Jake Stone and Ronald Castillo and a triple by Carson Kelly, but they could not string enough of them together. Shortstop Juan Herrera collected a pair of singles, stole a base, scored once and drove in one. Mason Katz went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
Sunday's game: doubleheader at Wisconsin (1-1), 1:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes and Chase Brookshire (league debuts)
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