Results for games played Monday, April 25th.
Round Rock Express 6 at Memphis Redbirds 5 (12 innings)
With the loss Monday night, the Redbirds (8-9) have fallen into third place in the Pacific Coast League Southern Division. Memphis is still just two games behind first-place Round Rock (10-7) with the rubber match of the three-game series between the two teams taking place Tuesday evening.
Monday’s game was a nail-biter of an affair. The game went 12 innings, culminating with a home run from Rangers’ super-prospect Joey Gallo, his seventh of the season and second of the game, off Memphis pitcher Heath Wyatt.
The game began with Memphis pitcher Jeremy Hefner (2.95 ERA) spotting Round Rock three first-inning runs. To his credit, the runs were scored via two home run blasts by top prospects Jurickson Profar and the aforementioned Gallo. Hefner settled in after that, lasting 5 2/3 innings, striking out four hitters. In the sixth inning, John Church relieved and pitched a spotless 1 1/3 innings.
In the eighth, Justin Wright entered and did not fare well. He retired Gallo, but former major leaguers Justin Ruggiano and Ike Davis both got base hits against the young lefty, tying the game for Round Rock. Miguel Socolovich answered the bell in relief of Wright and shut down the Express offense for 1 2/3 innings.
In the 10th inning, The Cardinal Nation’s #11th rated prospect, Sam Tuivailala (5.19 ERA), entered and did not allow the Express offense to get anything going, striking out three in his two innings of work. By the 12th inning though, Tuivailala was removed in favor of Wyatt, who took the loss.
The Memphis offense was led by leadoff hitter Charlie Tilson (.302 BA). Tilson went 2-for-4 with a walk, an RBI, and two stolen bases (5). Carlos Peguero and Patrick Wisdom both hit home runs. Round Rock shut down Memphis scoring after the fifth inning to take the win.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Thomas Lee (1-1, 6.91 ERA) 6:35 CT
Springfield (10-7, first place in the Texas League North) took the win Monday night over the Naturals in the first of a four-game set.
The Cardinals offense was led by first baseman Luke Voit, who went 3-for-4, including his second home run of the season. Harrison Bader (.323 BA) also hit a long-ball, in the first inning. Bader was hit by a pitch in his next at-bat, but came out of the game after crashing into the outfield wall on a NW Arkansas double in the sixth inning. He walked off on his own after the collision. Paul DeJong’s walk-off double in the bottom of the ninth plated two Cardinals. Hopefully the game-winning double will be a sign of things to come for the struggling third baseman (.197 BA).
The Cardinals started right hander Trey Nielsen (5.95 ERA) Monday night, who pitched 5 2/3 innings, striking out four, walking two, and giving up three earned runs. Right-handed relievers Chris Thomas and John Lucas did not allow any runs, striking out two Naturals hitters apiece. The final pitcher, Lucas, picked up the win.
Tuesday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-1, 1.69 ERA) 6:30 CT
Palm Beach Cardinals (10-8) had Monday off
Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton, Austin Gomber (2-1, 1.02 ERA) 5:30 CT
Peoria Chiefs (8-9) had Monday off
Tuesday’s game: at Fort Wayne, Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60 ERA) 6:05 CT
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