Results for games played Monday, May 2nd.
With their fifth consecutive loss, the Redbirds (8-13) have moved into last place in the Pacific Coast League Southern Division with the worst record in the entire 16-team PCL.
Memphis sent J.C. Sulbaran to the mound Monday night and he pitched okay other than a three-run fourth inning. Sulbaran went six innings, giving up four runs with four strikeouts. Heath Wyatt, Juan Gonzalez and Sam Tuivailala combined for three scoreless innings of relief.
The deficit was too much to overcome for the Memphis offense. Carlos Peguero (.303 BA) went 2-for-3 with a double and a base-on-balls, while Jonathan Rodriguez (.254) went 2-for-4. In the bottom of the ninth, the game got interesting with Peguero’s leadoff single. Michael Ohlman walked before pinch-hitter Patrick Wisdom doubled, scoring both and putting the tying run on second base. Unfortunately, leadoff hitter Charlie Tilson grounded out to end the game. Tilson (.294 BA) did double earlier, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Omaha, Jeremy Hefner (2-0, 2.95 ERA) 6:35 CT
Springfield (13-11, first place in the Texas League North Division) took the win Monday night over the Naturals in the final game of a four-game set.
Springfield’s offense was led by who else but the electric Harrison Bader (.352), who popped off a 2-for-4 night with a double and a walk. Bader, TCN’s April Player of the Month, is 11-for-22 in his last five games.
David Washington (.290) provided the thunder as well cracking his fifth home run of the year on a three-run line drive to right in the eighth inning. Bruce Caldwell went 2-for-4 and Paul DeJong was 1-for-2 with three walks and a stolen base.
Springfield starter Trey Nielsen (4.56 ERA) seems to have fully righted the ship, pitching six shutout innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts. This is our Player of the Day’s third straight good start after two bad outings to begin the year. Relievers Chris Thomas and Corey Littrell kept the visitors off the board until Ronnie Shaban gave up the lone Travelers score in the ninth.
Tuesday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Andrew Morales 7:05 CT
With the loss Monday, Palm Beach dropped to 14-11 on the season and into a three-way tie for first place in the Florida State North.
Austin Gomber had his worst start on the season, but still pitched six innings, giving up six runs, four earned. The lefty struck out four. Pedro Echemendia and Michael Heesch came on in relief, allowing no runs and two runs respectively, over the final three innings.
The Palm Beach offense was paced by leadoff man Mikey Reynolds. Reynolds had a 2-for-4 night that included a triple. Another standout was Oscar Mercado (.224) who also went 2-for-4. Springfield transplant Andrew Sohn, playing third base, went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers, Blake McKnight (0-2, 3.86 ERA) 5:30 CT
Peoria won a close one Monday night, bringing their record on the season to 10-14. The Chiefs sent their surprising star starter, Derian Gonzalez to the mound and he delivered a five inning, four run, two earned, performance, striking out just one and walking four. Nick Frey and Landon Beck each pitched two scoreless innings of relief. Beck dominated the Hot Rods, striking out four.
The Peoria extra base-hitting offense was led by catcher Chris Chinea, who went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk. Vaughn Bryan singled and tripled. Magneuris Sierra (.289) also contributed a triple, while Edmundo Sosa (.247) and Eliezer Alvarez (.238) doubled.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Bowling Green, Jake Woodford (0-3, 3.80 ERA) 6:30 CT
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