The Cardinals system went 1-for-4 on Saturday, with only Peoria managing to win its game. The Chiefs beat Burlington 3-1. Memphis went down to New Orleans, 5-2, Springfield lost to Tulsa, 5 -1, and Palm Beach suffered a defeat at the hands of Bradenton, 5-3.
Our Player of the Day is Peoria starting pitcher Fernando Baez, who pitched six scoreless, two-hit innings in the Chiefs win over Burlington.
Results from games played on Saturday, May 10th.
In his return from the disabled list, Marco Gonzales started the game for Memphis. The left-hander was on a pitch limit, and reached it in the third inning. Gonzales pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits, one of them a home run, no strikeouts and one walk. It was not a good outing for Gonzales, but there will be more to come as he comes back from injury.
New Orleans scored four of its five total runs in the top of first inning against Gonzales. The first Zephyr hitter doubled to left field. Two singles followed to score the first run. One out later, he gave up a three-run home run to make the score 4-0.
Memphis was able to put one run on the board in the bottom of the first when Ed Easley homered to left center field.
Gonzales had a 1-2-3 top of the second inning. In the top of the third, after walking the first batter, getting the second one out on a ground out, and then giving up a single to the third, Gonzales was replaced by reliever Nick Greenwood.
The Redbirds scored another run in the bottom of the fourth when Xavier Scruggs walked, and then went first to third on a single to right field off the bat of Greg Garcia. A one out ground out by Ty Kelly plated Scruggs.
In the top of the ninth, reliever Keith Butler, who came in the game in relief of Greenwood in the eighth, surrendered the final run to New Orleans on a walk, a wild pitch, a sac bunt, and a sac fly.
Sunday’s game: vs. New Orleans, Jaime Garcia (rehab debut), 1:35 CDT
Arturo Reyes started and took the loss for Springfield. He pitched five innings, surrendering four runs, two of them earned, on five hits, three strikeouts and two walks.
The game was scoreless until the fourth inning, when Springfield got on the board on a Jacob Wilson solo homer to left field. Tulsa answered in the bottom of the fourth, scoring the tying run on three straight singles.
In the bottom of the fifth, the Drillers scored three more runs against starter Reyes to bring the score to 4-1. Reyes walked the first Tulsa batter, then struck out the second. A fielding error by Cardinals’ first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez put the second Driller on base. Reyes then gave up a double to score two. A walk, a stolen base, a wild pitch and a sac fly brought home the third run.
Corey Baker relieved Reyes in the bottom of the sixth and retired all three runners he faced. Jordan Swagerty relieved Baker in the seventh and immediately surrendered a home run to left, the fifth and final run for Tulsa.
Justin Wright relieved Swagerty in the eighth and yielded only a harmless single, struck out two and finished the final batter on a ground out.
The Cardinals were unable to get any offense going after the home run by Wilson and finished with just four hits on the evening.
Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, Andrew Morales (1-2 3.42), 2:05 CDT
Jimmy Reed (2-2 2.57) started for Palm Beach and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits, three strikeouts and a walk.
Reed pitched two scoreless innings before allowing a run in the top of the third. Two line drive singles followed by a bunt single loaded the bases. A strikeout then a ground out force out at home kept a run from scoring. With two outs and the bases still loaded, a wild pitch by Reed on a third strike brought a run home for Bradenton.
Palm Beach answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own. C.J. McElroy led off with a double to left field. Robelys Reyes bunted McElroy over to third and Bruce Caldwell singled him home.
In the top of the sixth, with two outs, a fielding error by Cardinals right fielder Ronald Castillo put the first runner on base. Reed then yielded an RBI triple to right field.
However, starter Reed fell apart in the top of the seventh, giving up three consecutive hits to open the inning. A single and two doubles scored two more Bradenton runs, giving them the lead again, 4-3. Reed was relieved by Josh Lucas who got the final two outs in the inning.
The Marauders tacked on another run in the ninth against Lucas, on a single, a ground out, and another single. The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going offensively after the sixth inning, ending the night with just five hits.
Sunday’s game: Palm Beach is off on Sunday.
Fernando Baez started for the Chiefs, and went six strong innings, yielding no runs on two hits, seven strikeouts and two walks.
The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Peoria got on the board with a solo homer off the bat of Collin Radack.
In the top of the seventh, the Chiefs scored two more. Alex De Leon was hit by a pitch and Magneuris Sierra bunted him to second. Steve Bean followed with a single to right field, advancing De Leon to third. Darren Seferina reached on a force attempt, fielding error by the Bees’ first baseman that scored De Leon and sent Bean to second. A wild pitch advanced Bean and Seferina to second and third, and then Bean scored on a sac fly from Oscar Mercado.
Burlington was able to score one run in the bottom of the ninth to ruin the shutout. A fielding error by Seferina put a runner on base and that runner scored on a double to left field.
Sunday’s game: Peoria is off on Sunday.
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