There were some fine starting pitching performances in the Cardinals system on Saturday, with both Springfield’s Mike Mayers and Palm Beach starter Will Anderson pitching gems in their respective wins. Memphis lost to New Orleans, and Peoria fell in an extra inning slugfest against Burlington.
Our Player of the Day is Mayers, who tossed a shutout for Springfield.
Results from games played Saturday, May 2nd.
Starter Zack Petrick pitched six innings, giving up one run on seven hits, three strikeouts and one walk. Petrick had to take a no decision, as reliever Kurt Heyer absorbed the loss.
The first run by New Orleans came in the bottom of the second, via three singles allowed by Petrick. Memphis tied it up in the top of the fourth when Scott Moore doubled to left and scored on a single by Cody Stanley.
The contest remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. Reliever Heyer came in to replace Petrick and allowed two singles. Heyer was then replaced by Dean Kiekhefer with one out and two men on. Kiekhefer immediately yielded a single and a double to score the two base runners allowed by Heyer. Two more singles brought the Kiekhefer base runners home, bringing the score to 5-1 in favor of New Orleans.
A home run off the bat of Stephen Piscotty in the eighth brought the Redbirds one run closer. Kiekhefer closed out the bottom of the eighth, but Memphis was unable to rally in the ninth. A total of 15 hits were given up by Memphis pitching.
Sunday’s game: at New Orleans, TBA, 1:00 CDT (likely Kyle Hald)
In an impressive performance, starter Mike Mayers went the distance on no runs, four hits, five strikeouts and three walks.
The Springfield offense got it started in the top of the second. Starlin Rodriguez reached on an error, advancing to second on a throwing error by the Arkansas shortstop. Aledmys Diaz then singled, moving Rodriguez to third. Albert Rosario singled to right, scoring Rodriquez, followed by a Patrick Wisdom single to bring Diaz home.
In the top of the third, Rodriguez drew a walk and Jacob Wilson doubled to center, scoring Rodriguez for the third run of the game.
Springfield plated two more in the top of the fifth. A Charlie Tilson single was followed by a steal of second. Breyvic Valera then singled to center, advancing Tilson to third. Nick Martini singled to bring home Tilson and a throwing error by the Arkansas second baseman advanced Valera to third and Martini to second. Rodriguez reached on an error, scoring Valera.
Springfield scored the sixth and final run in the top of the ninth. Diaz doubled to right, and came home on a single by Rosario.
Sunday’s game: at Arkansas, Thomas Lee (1-2, 7.66), 2:10 CDT
In his Florida State League debut, Palm Beach starter Will Anderson went eight strong innings and earned the win at Jupiter. After giving up a run in the first inning on three straight singles, Anderson was lights out for the next seven innings, allowing only one more hit in the bottom of the seventh, striking out five and walking only one.
Palm Beach got on the board in the third inning. Mason Katz drew a walk, then Bruce Caldwell singled to center field, advancing Katz to second. Katz then stole third. A wild pitch sent Caldwell to second base and a Carson Kelly single to right drove in Katz and Caldwell.
In the fourth, a double by Robelys Reyes, followed by a Katz RBI double, put the third run on the board for Palm Beach.
In the sixth inning, C.J. McElroy legged out an infield single and stole second. Caldwell singled to right field, scoring McElroy for the final Palm Beach run.
Reliever Kyle Barraclough closed out the ninth for the Cardinals for his second save.
Sunday’s game: at Jupiter, Jimmy Reed (2-0, 2.49), 12:00 CDT
Starter Matt Pearce went five innings, giving up five runs on nine hits, four strikeouts and two walks. Four relievers followed in the 12 inning game at Peoria.
In the top of the second, four singles and a double against Pearce plated three runs for Burlington. Peoria responded with two tallies in the bottom of the second. It started with Justin Ringo drawing a walk, followed by a two-run home run from catcher Steve Bean.
In the top of the fourth, a single, a double and a sacrifice fly put two more runs on the board for Burlington. In the bottom of the fourth, Ringo homered for Peoria, bringing the score to 5-3 in favor of the visitors.
The next three innings were scoreless for both sides. In the bottom of the eighth, Peoria tied the game. Oscar Mercado was hit by a pitch, and Danny Diekroeger singled to left, moving Mercado to second. A double steal by Mercado and Diekroeger followed. After Ringo struck out, Collin Radack singled to center, scoring both baserunners.
With neither team able to score again in regulation, the game went to extra innings. In the 11th inning, reliever Tyler Bray gave up a walk after striking out the first two batters. Bray was replaced by Kyle Grana, who gave up a single, then intentionally walked the next batter. Another single followed, scoring a run for Burlington and bringing the score to 6-5. Peoria came back in the bottom of the 11th to again tie the game, on a solo home run by center fielder Magneuris Sierra.
Blake McKnight came in to relieve Grana in the top of the 12th. McKnight walked the first batter, then allowed a single, followed by a bunt pop up, followed by another single to score a run for the Bees. Peoria was unable to rally again in the bottom of the inning, as Mercado popped out, Diekroeger struck out, and Nick Thompson grounded out to third.
Sunday’s game: vs. Burlington, Fernando Baez (1-2, 4.26), 5:00 CDT
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