Results from games played Wednesday, June 18th.
Memphis' road trip opener had been scheduled on Tuesday night but was postponed due to rain. When the game got underway Wednesday, a future Cardinal in Zack Petrick faced off against an ex-Cardinal in Salt Lake's Joel Pineiro.
Heading into the seventh and final frame, Pineiro held a 2-0 lead, but that evaporated on a trio of extra-base hits. Xavier Scruggs' solo home run put the Redbirds on the board. Pineiro departed after Ed Easley doubled. Easley scored on Pete Kozma's two-run blast against Bees' reliever Yoslan Herrera.
Petrick took the win after allowing two runs on four hits and no walks over six innings. He fanned five. Both Salt Lake runs scored on solo homers. Eric Fornataro picked up his third save after a 1-2-3 seventh.
In the regularly scheduled contest, starter John Gast was scratched, turning it into a bullpen game. Memphis fought back from a 7-1 deficit after two to take it into extra innings before losing on a walk off in the bottom of the ninth. Jorge Rondon took the defeat.
The offense plated five in the fourth and two more in the sixth. Every Memphis starter except for Randal Grichuk (0-for-4) had at least one hit. Oscar Taveras and Jermaine Curtis plated two each. Scott Moore hit a solo home run, his seventh of the season.
Thursday's games: Memphis (35-38) at Salt Lake (30-44), 8:05 CT, Angel Castro (6-4, 3.53 ERA)
The Cardinals scratched back to the .500 mark for the year with their second win in two tries in the second half. Springfield has eight wins in their last 10 games.
Marco Gonzales and Player of the Day Cody Stanley led the way. The catcher finished with three hits, including a home run, and drove in five. He even stole his seventh base of the season. Jonathan Rodriguez plated the first two runs with a first-inning double. Leadoff man Mike O'Neill doubled twice and scored both times. James Ramsey walked twice and came home twice.
In his first game playing in the field since mid-April, Aledmys Diaz started at shortstop, but only played four innings.
Winning pitcher Gonzales went the first 5 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on six hits and two walks. Ryan Sherriff picked up his second save of the season, throwing the final 1 1/3 innings. In between, the Cards pen struggled. Ronnie Shaban yielded a run in 1 2/3 and Mitch Harris was charged with two tallies in just 2/3 of an inning.
Thursday's game: Springfield (36-36) at Arkansas (34-38), 7:10 CT, Kyle Hald (6-1, 2.48)
There was no Fins versus Feathers match between the Jupiter cohabitants on Wednesday night due to rain at Roger Dean Stadium. As the final game of the series and the half between the two clubs, it will not be made up.
Thursday's game: Palm Beach (36-33) at Charlotte (31-36), 6:30 ET, Joe Cuda (4-5, 6.58 ERA)
The Midwest League played its All-Star Game on Tuesday night with Wednesday being the final day of the three-day all-star break.
Thursday's game: Peoria (37-32) at Quad Cities (35-34), 7:00 CT, Chase Brookshire (1-3, 5.70)
Jake Stone's two-run blast gave the home Spikes the early lead, but the State College defense gave it back and more and the offense went 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position.
The fielders committed three of their four errors in the third inning, contributing to five Batavia runs. Starter Will Anderson made one miscue while second baseman Robelys Reyes had two. Although only one of the six runs he allowed over five innings was earned, Anderson took the loss. He yielded a total of seven hits and struck out four.
Third baseman Danny Diekroeger went 2-for-5 with a run scored in his professional debut. Catcher Brian O'Keefe had the Spikes' other RBI.
Thursday's game: State College (4-2) vs. Batavia (4-2), 7:05 ET, Dewin Perez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
New manager Johnny Rodriguez leads his Johnson City Cardinals into action at the Bluefield Blue Jays as the 2014 Appalachian League season gets underway Thursday evening.
Johnson City's 29-man opening day roster is accurate and up to date here.
Thursday's game: Johnson City (0-0) at Bluefield (0-0), 7:05 ET, Landon Beck (professional debut)
The Cardinals finally plated two in the eighth to make it closer, but that was all the scoring they could muster.
Jonathan Rivera had two hits and an RBI. Dionenrys Pena and Joaquin De La Cruz doubled. Third baseman De La Cruz made his fifth error in 13 games.
Thursday's game: DSL Cardinals (8-8) at Mariners (6-10), 10:30 ET
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