Results for games played Wednesday, April 27th.
Memphis Redbirds (8-10) had Wednesday off.
Thursday’s game: at New Orleans, Arturo Reyes (0-2, 6.75 ERA) 7:00 CT
Springfield (10-8, first place in the Texas League North) had Andrew Morales on the bump Wednesday afternoon and he did not disappoint. Morales (2.16 ERA) pitched six innings of shutout baseball, striking out four. He was relieved by Kurt Heyer in the seventh inning, who kept the Naturals scoreless in two innings of work.
Center fielder Harrison Bader (.338 BA) did all the offensive damage the Cardinals would need. The 2015 third-round draft pick and our Player of the Day went 4-for-5 with a home run (3) and a double. DH Luke Voit continued his hot hitting, going 2-for-4 including a home run in the third inning, his third of the season. First baseman Chris Jacobs, the 6’5, 260 pound former White Sox farmhand, also went deep in the fourth inning. Left fielder Collin Radack didn’t want to miss out on all the fun, going 2-for-4 with two RBI.
Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Corey Baker (1-0, 1.76 ERA) 7:10 CT
Palm Beach dropped to 11-9 by the loss Wednesday. Pitching for the Cardinals was Blake McKnight, who was facing the Marauders for the second time in as many starts. Just like last Thursday, McKnight took the loss after pitching 6 2/3 innings and striking out just one. McKnight gave up five runs, four earned, two of which came in the seventh inning after he was relieved by right-hander Kyle Grana. Grana served up a bases-clearing double, but retired the final batter of the inning.
The Palm Beach offense was a team effort in the loss as six Cardinals contributed a hit including doubles by center fielder Blake Drake and right fielder Nick Thompson. Third baseman Danny Diekroeger (.303 BA) led the way with a 1-for-2 effort with two walks. Shortstop Oscar Mercado was caught stealing for the fifth time.
Thursday’s game: at Bradenton, Jacob Evans (2-0, 1.86 ERA) 5:30 CT
The Chiefs (8-11) had a day game Wednesday in the middle of a three-game set with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, which they lost 1-0 despite a very good performance by young prospect, Jake Woodford. Woodford (3.80 ERA) pitched seven innings, giving up just the one run, and striking out four. Woodford was a bit wild, walking five on the day. Luke Harrison entered the game to relieve Woodford and pitched a scoreless eighth inning.
The Peoria offense managed just four hits. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra (.286 BA) had a solid day at the plate though, going 2-for-3 with a base on balls and a stolen base (2). Catcher Jose Godoy (.333 BA) had the other two hits, also in three at-bats.
Thursday’s game: at Fort Wayne, Sandy Alcantara (2-0, 3.18 ERA) 6:05 CT
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