Results from games played Saturday, July 5th.
Boone Whiting finally broke the seal and picked up his first win of the season. The right-hander allowed a run while striking out seven in six innings of work. Eric Fornataro earned his fifth save with two strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.
Randal Grichuk hit his 14th home run, a two-run shot, in the first. Xavier Scruggs singled twice and finished as the only Redbird with multiple hits. Luis Mateo reached base three times with a single and two walks. Stephen Piscotty contributed an RBI single.
Sunday's Game: Memphis (41-46) vs. New Orleans (44-45), 6:05 CT, Joe Kelly (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Matt Williams reached base four times with two hits and a pair of walks. Williams drove in a run along as did Starlin Rodriguez, who collected a pair of singles, as well. David Popkins singled twice and drew a walk.
Leadoff man Mike O'Neill singled, walked, scored a run, and stole two bases.
Sunday's Game: Springfield (40-46) at San Antonio (46-40), 2:10 CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-9, 5.36 ERA)
The Cardinals plated three runs in the second inning and behind strong pitching held on for the win. Starter Tyrell Jenkins was tremendous, giving the team seven strong innings, allowing only an unearned run on five hits and two walks. He had no strikeouts. Reliever Sam Tuivailala picked up his third save with three strikeouts in two shutout innings. According to the Palm Beach Twitter feed, Tuivailala hit 100 mph on the radar gun.
Sunday's Game: Palm Beach (48-38) vs. Bradenton (44-41), 1:05 ET, Joe Cuda (5-6, 6.06 ERA)
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Chiefs plated two runs to take the win over the Bees. Down to his final strike, Steve Bean plated the first run with a single. Michael Schulze then singled in Juan Herrera for the victory.
Sunday's Game: Peoria (48-37) vs. Burlington (46-39), 2:00 CT, Rob Kaminsky (4-1, 1.26 ERA)
The Spikes got the go ahead run on two walks, a wild pitch, and an error in the bottom of the eighth. Rowan Wick singled, doubled, and scored two runs including the game winner. Jake Stone doubled for the Spikes only other hit.
Sunday's Game: State College (15-7) vs. Jamestown (8-14), 5:05 ET, Will Anderson (1-1, 1.06 ERA)
Blake Drake led the offensive charge with two hits including his first professional home run, a two-run blast. Oscar Mercado and Casey Grayson both chipped in a pair of hits. Mercado also stole a base, his eighth of the season.
Sunday's Game: Johnson City (10-5) vs. Elizabethton (9-7), 4:00 ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-0, 5.19 ERA)
The Cardinals' 2014 first-round picks made their professional debuts on Saturday morning. Right-hander Luke Weaver spun a scoreless inning and struck out a batter. Jack Flaherty, didn't have as good of a first outing, however. The 34th overall pick was tagged for two runs in his only inning of work.
Malik Collymore led the offensive surge with three hits and two runs scored. Ricardo Bautista and Derek Gibson both collected two hits and a pair of RBI. Leadoff man Michael Massi reached base four times with two hits and two walks.
Sunday's Game: No games scheduled.
The Mets jumped out to an early lead and hung on for the win. Hector Linares and Carlos Talavera both had a pair of singles and an RBI. Allen Cordoba and Dionenrys Pena chipped in two singles and a run scored.
In his first professional game, July 2nd signee and starter Junior Fernandez was charged with the loss after being tagged with five runs, four earned, in four innings of work.
Sunday's Game: No game scheduled.
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