Three Redbirds long balls paved the way for a successful road opener at Nashville Tuesday night. Outfielder and co-Player of the Day Joey Butler had a huge night, going 3-for-4, including a home run, three RBI, two runs scored and a walk. It was his second straight three-hit game and fourth in his past six starts. His two-run shot in the first put Memphis ahead for good. Butler's .500 batting average leads the Pacific Coast League.
Starter Tim Cooney (3-0) was good, but not great, allowing three runs on seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. The left-hander walked three and struck out five on his 93 pitches, of which 61 went for strikes.
Wednesday's game: Memphis (7-5) at Nashville (5-7) (MIL), 11:05 am CT, Tyler Lyons (1-0, 4.50)
For the second consecutive game, the Cardinals enjoyed solid pitching and found just enough offense to down the host Corpus Christi Hooks by a 2-1 score. Springfield finished its Texas road trip with a solid 4-2 record.
Co-Player of the Day Zach Petrick was the story Tuesday night. The system's reigning Pitcher of the Year threw eight one-run innings on just five hits and a walk. Petrick fanned four. 73 of his 100 pitches were strikes. Ronnie Shaban tossed a perfect ninth for his second save.
The Cards scored one in the first and broke the tie with their final tally in the fifth. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-3 with a sacrifice and RBI. James Ramsey went 2-for-4 to raise his season batting average to .404. Curt Smith plated the other Springfield tally.
Wednesday's game: The Cardinals are off, returning home to begin a four-game set against Arkansas (LAA) starting Thursday night.
The Beach Birds (6-6) dropped the second of two home games to visiting Bradenton. For the second consecutive night, the Marauders (PIT) plated five, but this time, the home club's bats were silenced.
2013 first-rounder Marco Gonzales ran into trouble in the second inning, allowing three runs, but hung in there for 6 2/3 innings. The left-hander was charged with five runs, of which just three were earned as the Cards committed three errors, including one by Gonzales. Marco fanned five, walked three and gave up nine hits.
Aidan Lucas finished up with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball on just one hit, but the Palm Beach offense was nowhere to be found.
The Cards had three singles, three doubles and two walks, but could not put them together. Leadoff man and centerfielder Charlie Tilson had two singles but fanned twice while extending his hitting streak to 11 games. After a Tuesday night single, Breyvic Valera's current streak is now 12. Overall, Palm Beach hitters struck out nine times, including three by Nick Martini.
In his first game off the disabled list, catcher Adam Ehrlich showed the rust, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. In addition, the Gonzales-Ehrlich battery allowed four Bradenton stolen bases in four attempts and Ehrlich was charged with a passed ball.
Wednesday's game: vs. Bradenton (7-5), 6:35 pm ET, Mike Mayers (1-1, 4.50)
As weather in the Cleveland area was not conducive to playing baseball outside, Peoria's (6-4) road contest at Lake County (CLE) was snowed out Tuesday night. The two clubs will try to squeeze in two games starting late Wednesday afternoon.
Wednesday's games: two at Lake County (4-7), 4:30 pm CT, Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00), Arturo Reyes (1-1, 6.14)
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