Our Player of the Day is Memphis infielder Greg Garcia, who went 2-for-3 with three RBI in the Redbirds win over Sacramento.
Results for games played Saturday, May 23.
John Gast started for Memphis, going 4 2/3 innings, and giving up all four Sacramento runs on nine hits, four strikeouts and a walk. Four relievers followed, with Keith Butler getting the win, and Sam Tuivailala earning the save, his fifth.
Memphis was on the board in the top of the first inning. Dean Anna and Stephen Piscotty walked. A fly out off the bat of Xavier Scruggs advanced Anna to third, and a single by Greg Garcia brought him home.
The Redbirds scored three more runs in the top of the fifth. Cody Stanley singled to center field. Stanley then stole second and Rafael Ortega walked. Pitcher Gast bunted Stanley to third and Ortega to second. Anna then singled to center, scoring Stanley. Dan Johnson followed up with a single to center to score Ortega. Scruggs walked to load the bases, and Garcia walked to score Anna. Jacob Wilson struck out to end the inning, with Memphis in the lead 4-0.
In the bottom of the fifth, the wheels came off the bus for Gast. A walk, a single and a sac fly brought home the first Sacramento run. Three consecutive singles scored two more runs for the Bees. With two outs and two on, Butler came in to relieve Gast. Another single followed, scoring the fourth run of the inning. The score stood tied 4-4.
In the top of the seventh, leadoff batter Anna drew a walk. Piscotty grounded into a force out, Anna out at second. Johnson singled to right, advancing Piscotty to second. Garcia singled to right, Piscotty and Johnson scored and Garcia advanced to third on a fielding error by the Sacramento right fielder. The inning ended on a Mike O’Neill ground out.
Dean Kiekhefer replaced Butler in the seventh and pitched a scoreless inning. Marcus Hatley relieved Kiekhefer in the eighth. In the ninth, Kiekhefer gave up a single and walk and was replaced by Tuivailala, who finished the inning, walking one and inducing a ground out to the final batter.
Memphis prevailed, 6-4.
Sunday’s game: at Sacramento, Zach Petrick (2-3, 4.54) 3:05 CDT
Andrew Morales started for the Cardinals, but only managed three innings. He yielded four runs, three earned, on five hits, including a home run. Morales walked two and struck out none.
In the top of the second, Morales walked the first batter, then allowed a two-run home run to the second. A fielding error by shortstop Aledmys Diaz put another runner on base. A sac bunt followed by a single plated the third Travelers’ run.
In the top of the third, a single, a hit by pitch, and a walk loaded the bases for Arkansas. Two successive ground out force outs failed to score a runner, but another single did the deed and the Travelers were leading 4-1.
In the top of the fifth, reliever Joe Donofrio, who had replaced Morales in the fourth, yielded the fifth and final run to Arkansas. A single, a stolen base, a passed ball, and another single plated the run.
After going six straight innings without scoring another run, the Cardinals tried to rally in the bottom of the ninth. David Washington singled to left field. After a fly out by Anthony Garcia, Jeremy Hazelbaker singled to center, moving Washington to second. Diaz grounded into a force out, Washington to third base. Michael Ohlman then singled to center, scoring Washington. With two outs in the ninth, pinch hitter Jonathan Rodriguez struck out to end the rally and the game.
Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Nick Petree (1-3, 3.86) 6:10 CDT
Palm Beach starter Alex Reyes pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on six hits, four strikeouts and two walks.
Clearwater scored two of their three runs in the top of the first inning against Reyes. Two singles, a hit by pitch, and a ground rule double brought the runs home.
The Cardinals got on the board in the bottom of the second. Luke Voit singled before Collin Radack and Jake Gronsky were the victims of successive hit by pitches. With the bases loaded, Robelys Reyes singled to center, scoring Voit. That was the only run the Cardinals would manage in the game.
Reyes pitched four scoreless innings after the first inning. In the top of the sixth, three singles scored the third and final run for the Threshers. Reliever Corey Littrell came in the game with two outs in the sixth and retired the final batter.
Reliever Kevin Herget replaced Littrell in the top of the ninth and retired all three batters he faced. Palm Beach was unable to rally despite a leadoff walk by Voit in the bottom of the ninth. The final was 3-1 in favor of Clearwater.
Sunday’s game: vs. Clearwater, Rob Kaminsky (3-2 3.19) 12:05 CDT
Peoria starter Luis Perdomo pitched seven innings, yielding only one run on seven hits, seven strikeouts and two walks.
Perdomo tossed five scoreless frames before surrendering his only run in the bottom of the sixth. Three singles to River Bandits’ hitters loaded the bases. A sacrifice fly double play plated the run.
Blake McKnight came in in the eighth in relief of Perdomo. He gave up the second and final run to Quad Cities on a single, a stolen base, a throwing error, and a double to center field.
The Chiefs’ offense was only able to manage four hits in nine scoreless innings. An Oscar Mercado single in the first inning, a Justin Ringo double in the second, a Magneuris Sierra single in the fifth, and a Vaughn Bryan triple in the seventh were the Chiefs’ only offerings.
Sunday’s game: at Quad Cities, Austin Gomber (3-3 2.93) 1:15 CDT
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