The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day for Thursday are pitchers Jaime Garcia, Steve Sabatino, and Cody Schumacher, who combined to pitch a nine strikeout, no walk, no-hitter in Peoria’s win over Clinton. (Photo credit: Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
Results for games played Thursday, July 23.
Pitching did the Redbirds in on Thursday night. Starter John Gast was out after 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up two runs on four hits, but walked a whopping seven batters. Joey Donofrio got out of the inning, but walked the bases loaded in the fifth. Heath Wyatt allowed two runs to score on a single, which tied the game. Mitch Harris gave up a run in the eighth to put the Zephyrs in the lead. In the ninth, Keith Butler surrendered three more runs.
The Redbirds offense tried to rally in the bottom half of the ninth. Nick Martini hit a solo home run, but the rally ended on a ground out by Rafael Ortega. On the night, Jacob Wilson was 2-for-4, both doubles. Dean Anna and Nick Martini each had two hits, with Martini adding a triple to the home run. Anna and Martini drove in four of the five runs; the other run scored on a Xavier Scruggs single.
Friday’s game: vs. Iowa, Tyler Lyons (6-5, 3.33), 7:05 CDT
The Cardinals won via a walk off in the ninth. The Cardinals were behind 2-1 coming in to their final at-bat. The tying run scored on a fielding error. The winning run was driven in on a single off the bat of Anthony Garcia. No Cardinals hitter had more than one hit and there were no extra base hits. Michael Ohlman had the other RBI, a sixth-inning single.
Charlie Tilson stole his 32nd base in 45 attempts.
Starter Mike Mayers pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up both of the Naturals’ runs. Kurt Heyer, Jordan Walden (on a rehab assignment from St. Louis), Ryan Sherriff and Chris Thomas combined for 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Thomas was the winning pitcher.
Friday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, TBA, 7:10 CDT
Both games of the doubleheader were postponed due to a second straight day of rain. The teams will try to play another doubleheader on Friday. No new date has been set for the other postponed game.
This game was a triumph of pitching. The Chiefs pitched a combined no hitter. Jaime Garcia, on a rehab assignment from St. Louis, threw five no hit innings, followed by four more from Steve Sabatino and Cody Schumacher. The three combined for nine strikeouts and no walks. Schumacher was the winning pitcher.
Offensively not much went on, two runs on six hits, but it was all that was needed. Oscar Mercado had the lone RBI, an eighth inning single. The other run scored on a wild pitch. There were two extra base hits, doubles by Brian O’Keefe and Andrew Sohn.
Paul DeJong stole his third base in as many attempts.
Friday’s game: vs. Kane County, Austin Gomber (9-3, 3.10), 7:00 CDT
It was a disappointing end to a long evening when the Iron Birds won it in a walk off in the 14th inning.
The Spikes were ahead 4-0 going into the bottom half of the fifth inning. The Iron Birds tied it up with a four run bottom frame. They scored an additional run in the sixth to take the lead, but the Spikes rallied to tie it in the ninth.
Starter Dailyn Martinez pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits. Tyler Bray, Kender Villegas, Pedro Echemendia and Luke Harrison pitched in relief. Harrison gave up the winning run (unearned) on a missed tag at first base and was tagged with the loss.
The Spikes offense scored five runs on 11 hits. Thomas Spitz was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Michael Pritchard and Leobaldo Pina were both 2-for-7 and each drove in a run, Pina on a first inning ground out, and Pritchard on a ninth inning single. Cole Lankford had the other RBI on a first inning double.
Friday’s game: at Hudson Valley, Juan Perez (3-1, 2.70), 6:05 CDT
This was a case of the pitching staff not having a good night, and the offense not being able to make up for it. Starter Ramon Santos, who took the loss, pitched 4 1/3 innings, yielding five runs on eight hits, including a three-run home run. Chandler Hawkins gave up an additional two runs in his 2 2/3 innings. Ben Yokley finished with two scoreless frames.
The Cardinals scored three runs on nine hits. A solo home run off the bat of Ryan McCarvel provided one. McCarvel was 2-for-3 on the night and scored two runs. Allen Staton drove in a run on a third inning single. A Ricardo Bautista ground out in the fourth provided the final score. Joey Hawkins went 2-for-5 and Hunter Newman was 2-for-4. A double from Luke Doyle was the only other extra base hit in addition to the home run.
Bautista had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.
Friday’s game: at Princeton, Juan Bautista (1-1, 2.75), 6:00 CDT
This was a hard-fought victory for the Cardinals. They took the lead early, but the Nationals tied it up in the fifth inning. The Cardinals scored the go-ahead run in the seventh and then held on.
A solo home run by Carlos Torres in the second inning got the Cardinals on the board. Luis Bandes drove in two runs, the first on a third inning ground out, the second on a fifth inning single. DH Bladimil Franco also plated two, both on ground outs. The solo home run by Torres was the only extra base hit. Allen Cordoba was 2-for-4.
Five pitchers went to the mound for the Cardinals. Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched three scoreless innings, giving up two hits while striking out one and walking one. Paul Salazar, Steven Farinaro, Jordan DeLorenzo and outfielder Torres pitched in relief. Farinaro got the win, Torres the save.
Friday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals, TBA, 11:00 a.m. CDT
This was another close one for the Cardinals. They had the lead going into the bottom half of the eighth but the Angels tied it up in the next frame. The Angels won it in walk off fashion in the 12th.
Starter Franyel Casadilla tossed six innings, giving up only one run on five hits while striking out four and walking one. Diego Cordero was charged with the tying three runs in his one inning of work. He left with no outs in the eighth, and with two of those three runs on the board for the Angels. Estarlin Tejada came in and walked in a Cordero runner, tying the game and tagging Tejada with a blown save. Cristhian Lugo took the loss, surrendering the winning run in the bottom of the 12th.
The Cardinals offense scored four runs on 11 hits. Sanel Rosendo was 3-for-5, with a solo home run in the eighth. Rosendo also tripled in the fourth and was driven in by a Leandro Cedeno single. Cedeno and Hector Linares were 2-for-5. Luis Flores drove in a run on a fifth inning single. Dariel Gomez was 2-for-4.
Friday’s game: vs. DSL Astros-Orange, TBA, 9:30 CDT
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