The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day is Tommy Pham, who hit two home runs for five RBI in Memphis’ blowout win over the Iowa Cubs.
Results for games played Tuesday, June 9th.
Memphis starter Nick Greenwood pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits, four strikeouts and a walk.
The Cubs got on the board first in the bottom of the second on a double, a walk, and a groundout.
Memphis came back in the top of the third to score three runs. Tommy Pham drew a walk, then Stephen Piscotty singled to left field, advancing Pham to second. With Greg Garcia batting, Pham stole third base, then continued home on a throwing error. Piscotty also stole second base and advanced to third on the error. Garcia then drew a walk, before Xavier Scruggs hit a sac fly to score Piscotty. Jacob Wilson followed with a line drive double to left which brought Garcia home.
The Redbirds added two more runs in the top of the fourth. After Alberto Rosario singled to center, Pham hit a two-run home run to right center field.
Greenwood yielded two more runs to the Cubs in the bottom of the fifth on a single to left and a pair of RBI doubles.
Memphis increased its lead in the top of the sixth by three more runs. Ortega walked, and Alex Mejia singled to left. Two batters later, Pham again hit a home run to right center field.
The Redbirds added another run in the top of the seventh on a Scruggs walk and an Ortega double to left. In the top of the eighth, Memphis plated its final two runs. Rosario doubled to center, Tyler Waldron bunted Rosario to third, Piscotty drew a walk, and Garcia singled to right to score Rosario. Scruggs then followed with a single to center to plate Piscotty.
Wednesday’s game: No scheduled game on Wednesday.
Springfield starter Arturo Reyes pitched seven scoreless innings on four hits, seven strikeouts and a walk.
The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the first. Charlie Tilson walked and Mike O”Neill singled to right field, advancing Tilson to third. Jeremy Hazelbaker lined into a force out, but Tilson came home.
Springfield scored its second run in the top of the third on a Bruce Caldwell home run to right center field.
Reliever Iden Nazario entered in the top of the eighth. After retiring the first batter, but walking the second, he was relieved by Kyle Barraclough. Barraclough yielded a single, a stolen base, and a walk, but managed to end the inning without a run scoring.
Barraclough began the ninth inning, but was relieved with two outs and two runners on by Chris Thomas, who retired the final hitter for his first save.
Wednesday’s game: at Arkansas, Andrew Morales (5-1, 5.51), 7:10 CDT
On the mound for Palm Beach, Luke Weaver had a very bad day, only pitching 1 1/3 innings. Weaver gave up seven hits, one of them a home run, which resulted in eight runs, only one of which was earned due to three Palm Beach errors. Weaver struck out one and walked none.
Weaver pitched a scoreless first inning, but in the second, the wheels came off the bus. Weaver gave up a solo home run to the first batter, the only earned run of the inning. The next batter reached on a throwing error by shortstop Robelys Reyes. The fourth batter singled on a bunt ground ball, the fifth batter attempted a sac bunt, and a throwing error by first baseman Luke Voit allowed the second run to score. A subsequent single scored two more runs and a throwing error by Weaver on a stolen base attempt advanced a runner to third and a single following brought in another run. Doubles to the next two batters scored an additional two runs, making it seven runs home with only one out. Weaver came out of the game at that point and was replaced by Cody Schumacher. Schumacher gave up a single and a wild pitch as the eighth run came home. It was charged to Weaver, though it was unearned.
The Cardinals managed only one run, which they scored in the bottom of the third. Reyes singled to center. C.J. McElroy doubled to right, advancing Reyes to third, and Brett Wiley brought him home on a sacrifice fly.
The Manatees added a run in the fourth on a single and a double off reliever Steve Sabatino, and another run in the fifth in the same manner off Sabatino.
Wednesday’s game: vs. Brevard County, Alex Reyes (1-2, 2.17) 5.35 CDT
The 27-31 Chiefs open up a home series against the 29-29 West Michigan Whitecaps (DET) Wednesday evening.
Wednesday’s game: vs. West Michigan, Luis Perdomo (2-5, 2.33), 7:00 p.m. CT
Starter Juan Alvarez went six scoreless innings on three hits, five strikeouts and no walks.
The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the third. Wadye Ynfante singled on a ground ball to the second baseman. Elehuris Montero singled to right field, advancing Ynfante to second. Brian Sanchez tripled to center, scoring Ynfante and Montero. Carlos Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice out, Sanchez out at home, Rodriguez to third on the throw. Dylan Menendez then singled on a ground ball to the shortstop and Rodriguez scored.
The score remained 3-0 until the top of the seventh. Luis Flores singled to right field. Montero reached on a throwing error, advancing Flores to third. Sanchez grounded into a force out, and Flores scored.
In the top of the eighth, the Cardinals added two more runs. Menendez doubled to left, Sanel Rosendo singled to center and Leandro Cedeno singled to left, scoring Menendez. A wild pitch sent Rosendo to third and Cedeno to second. Ynfante reached on a fielding error and Rosendo scored.
Sanchez was the hitting star, going 2-for-5, including a triple, and three RBI.
Reliever Junior Gonzalez, who replaced Alvarez in the seventh, yielded the Nationals’ only run in the bottom of the ninth on a single and a double.
Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals, TBA, 9:30 a.m. CDT
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