Results from games played Wednesday, August 6th.
Just off a lengthy road trip in which they went 10-5, the second-place Redbirds (61-57) open a brief five-game home set versus fourth-place New Orleans (MIA).
Thursday’s game: vs. New Orleans (59-59), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (10-6, 3.73)
Spotlight on – Tim Cooney. Cooney is looking to rebound from his August 1st outing at Omaha, a team he faced for the second time in three starts, in which he gave up four runs in 5 2/3. The lefty is holding lefty bats to a .210 average (34 innings) but righties are hitting .290 against him (94 innings).
Three straight early innings of crooked numbers by the S-Cards’ offense gave Springfield (18-27) a 12-7 triumph over Frisco (TEX). The win snapped a five-game losing streak and evened their series at one game each.
Held to two or fewer runs in four of their last five contests, Springfield topped that in the third inning alone, pushing across three runs each in the third and fifth plus five in the fourth before adding a single tally in the seventh. Breyvic Valera led a six-man contingent posting multi-hit performances, going 4-for-6 with three runs scored.
Alex Mejia, Matt Williams, Cody Stanley, Jonathan Rodriguez and Charlie Tilson all had two hits. Mejia’s triple and Stanley’s double accounted for two of the team’s three extra-base hits, Mejia going 2-for-2 with three RBI and a run scored before being pinch run for in the fourth. He was plunked once. Williams and Stanley both touched home twice, Williams knocking in two while Rodriguez did one of each and Tilson crossed once and drove in three. All nine starters had at least one of 17 team hits.
Jonathan Cornelius (W, 10-8) got the win despite giving up six runs, five earned, in five. Five of his six runs allowed were produced by three long balls, half of his six hits yielded along with two walks. Cornelius struck out 11.
Thursday’s game: at Frisco (27-19), 7:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (3-10, 4.82)
Spotlight on – Kurt Heyer. The 23-year-old is coming off back-to-back quality starts versus Northwest Arkansas and Arkansas in which he gave up three or fewer runs and went at least six innings. To this point in the season, the right-hander has a 2.6:1 K/BB ratio, and is fanning an average of just over six batters every nine innings while walking 2.4. His middle name is Wolfgang. Mozart, anyone?
Corey Littrell’s Palm Beach debut was a mixed bag, resulting in a 6-1 loss to Charlotte (TB) in the series’ opener. It is the Stone Crabs’ ninth win in a row.
Making his first start since coming over from Boston as part of the Allen Craig/Joe Kelly trade, Littrell (L, 0-1) was touched for five runs on eight hits and a free pass in seven. Two of the five tallies were unearned and two of five came via a home run. Littrell fanned six, inducing seven ground- and four fly-ball outs.
Ronnie Shaban yielded a hit and walk in 2/3 of an inning, the runner crossing with Iden Nazario on the mound. Nazario stranded one of Shaban’s two runners during his 1 1/3 frames, striking out three with a hit and two bases-on-balls allowed.
The Palm Beach (27-18) bats generated only one run on seven hits, all singles. Greg Miclat singled twice in four at bats with two stolen bases. Luke Voit went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, when Jimmy Bosco knocked him in.
Thursday’s game: vs. Charlotte (22-21), 6:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (4-3, 3.73)
Spotlight on – Tyrell Jenkins. Beach Bird watchers are still waiting for the 22-year-old to put it all together on the mound. The right-hander has not retired a sixth-inning batter in any of his last three starts.
Blake McKnight suffered through his second straight sub-par outing in the Chiefs’ 4-2 loss to the Cougars, giving each Kane County the three-game series’ win.
McKnight (L, 5-9) has been unable to build on a July 25th start versus Lansing in which he held the opposition to a hit and two walks through seven. On Wednesday, the righty gave up single scores in the second and fifth plus a two-run fourth, yielding six hits and two free passes through five.
A trio of Peoria hurlers tossed the last four frames. Kyle Barraclough and Kyle Helisek each notched three outs, Barraclough fanning the side with one hit allowed. Steve Sabatino struck out four of six retired in his two innings on the mound.
The Chiefs (23-21) managed just six hits, with C.J. McElroy and Ronald Castillo garnering two each. McElroy went 2-for-3, scoring once while Castillo singled and doubled in four at bats. Carson Kelly touched home once with an RBI despite going 0-for-3 with a walk. McElroy was hit once.
Thursday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (25-19) (MIL). Game one – 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Luis Perdomo (2-2, 3.97)
Spotlight on – Luis Perdomo. Perdomo will make his seventh start for the Chiefs after his team completes an August 3rd game that was suspended at Wisconsin with the score tied 1-1 in the top of the 10th. Perdomo faced the TimberRattlers in his most recent start, yielding five unearned runs on three hits and five bases-on-balls in six.
State College (33-19) won its version of the Cardinals-Red Sox matchup, blanking Lowell 7-0 in the first of three.
The Spikes banged out 12 hits, led by Darren Seferina, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in. One of two hits for both Chase Raffield and Brian O’Keefe was a solo shot, Raffield going 2-for-4 with a walk while O’Keefe went 2-for-3 while scoring twice. Danny Diekroeger and Robelys Reyes both had two hits, Diekroeger doubling once while driving in two and Reyes adding a walk, run scored and an RBI. Seferina and Reyes each swiped a bag.
Thursday’s game: at Lowell (23-28), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (4-1, 3.38)
Spotlight on – Dewin Perez. The Columbian native, who turns 20 in late September, has compiled a 1.24 WHIP in 42 2/3 frames for the Spikes this season. The southpaw is holding righties to a .205 average in 36 innings but his limited numbers against lefties are not nearly as impressive, a .310 batting average in 6 2/3 frames.
Johnson City’s 4-2 record in their recent six-game road trip includes an impressive three-game sweep of the powerful Elizabethton (MIN) squad.
The Twins’ affiliate is always a contender in the Appalachian League. Since they do not have a short-season A club, players that would normally be assigned to that higher level compete at this level instead.
The Appy Birds (22-22) begin six at home, starting with Burlington (KC).
Thursday’s game: vs. Burlington (20-24), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-2, 4.71)
Spotlight on – Dailyn Martinez. Martinez is in his second season with Johnson City, the 21-year-old having made one start for State College. Recently, the righty held the Twins to two runs in 7 2/3 on July 25th but the Astros touched him for four runs, three earned, in three his last time out.
Four Gulf Birds pitchers joined forces to no-hit the Nationals on Wednesday, resulting in a 6-1 win. That performance garners the quartet Player of the Day honors. Frederis Parra made the start, Silas Bohannan got the win, Andrew Reidt earned a hold and Kevin Alexander took the save.
GCL reporter Paul Ivice’s eyewitness report can be found here.
Thursday’s game: GCL Cardinals (26-14) at GCL Mets (22-19), 10:00 am ET, Dylan Hawkins (2-1, 4.50)
Spotlight on – Dylan Hawkins. While the GCL club’s rotation is rather flexible, Hawkins is the most likely starter for Thursday’s contest. This despite Hawkins being the winning pitcher on the 5th with one inning of relief pitched. The Florida native has tossed 16 innings over 12 appearances with one start.
The DSL Cardinals’ (18-39) battle to escape the cellar of the 10-team Boca Chica South Division received a boost when they downed the DSL Rojos 10-2. That win moved the Dominican Birds into a tie for ninth with the Rojos.
The Dominican Cards translated 15 hits and five free passes into 10 runs, nine of them earned. A trio of DSL Cards mustered three hits each: third baseman Oscar Cotes, right fielder Jonathan Rivera and designated hitter Dennis Ortega. Cotes touched home twice in five at bats while Rivera and Ortega posted nearly identical lines of 3-for-4 with a run scored and two knocked in – Rivera adding one free pass.
Franyel Casadilla, making his first start after 16 relief appearances, went the first four. The 17-year-old yielded an unearned run on three hits while fanning four. Angel Estevez (W, 4-2) pitched in his regular tandem spot, holding the opposition to a run on four hits in four. Kerrion Bennett gave up a hit in the ninth, none of the three hurlers issuing a free pass.
Thursday’s game: at DSL Rojos (18-39), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-6, 3.21)
Spotlight on – Sandy Alcantara. If Alcantara starts on Thursday, he will face the Reds’ affiliate for the first time since June 25th when he held them to an unearned run on three hits through six. The righty, who turns 19 on September 7th, is coming off a July 31st outing versus the Nationals in which he gave up four runs on five hits and three walks in five.
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