J.C. Sulbaran was the starter and winning pitcher for the Redbirds. Sulbaran pitched five innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out four and walking two. Relievers Ryan Sheriff, Dean Kiekhefer, John Church, and Juan Gonzalez followed Sulbaran on the mound, each tossing a scoreless inning of relief. Gonzalez earned the save.
Offensively, Jacob Wilson was 2-for-4. Jonathan Rodriguez and Charlie Tilson each went 1-for-3 and each plated one of the two Memphis runs. Alex Mejia had the only extra base hit, a double. Wilson and Anthony Garcia each scored a run.
Wilson stole his first base of the season in his only attempt. Garcia was caught stealing in his first attempt of the season.
Saturday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs, Jeremy Hefner (0-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT
Trey Nielsen started for the Cardinals on the road and had a rough outing. He went only 3 1/3 innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits, including two home runs. Nielsen was the losing pitcher. Corey Littrell took over and pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Next was Joey Donofrio and Josh Lucas, who tossed the final three scoreless frames.
The offense did its part, amassing 12 hits for four runs. Harrison Bader was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-5. Also having multi-hit games were Bruce Caldwell, 2-for-3 with one driven in, and C.J. McElroy, 2-for-4. Carson Kelly plated a run on a ground out in the second inning. David Washington tripled in the second inning but was stranded.
On defense, Valera committed a fielding error. McElroy had an outfield assist.
Saturday’s game: at San Antonio, Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT
Cardinals pitching failed in this blowout vs. Charlotte. Austin Gomber was the starter, but he wasn’t the real problem, as he pitched six innings and only gave up two runs on five hits. The relief corps was the culprit. First, Kyle Grana pitched 1 1/3 and gave up three runs, and then Michael Heesch allowed five runs, three earned, without recording an out, and that put the game out of reach. Pedro Echemendia pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings in garbage time.
Shortstop Oscar Mercado made the throwing error that led to the two unearned runs.
The Cardinals offense didn’t show up either, managing only three hits, all singles, and striking out eight times. Danny Diekroeger, Steve Bean and Nick Thompson had the only hits.
Saturday’s game: at Charlotte, Blake McKnight (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CT
Peoria at Burlington
This game was postponed due to inclement weather (wind) and will be made up when the Chiefs return to Burlington during the second week of June.
Saturday’s game: vs. Burlington, Sandy Alcantara (0-0, 0.00) 6:00 CT
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