Results for games played Friday, May 13.
The Redbirds finished their eight-game road trip at 3-5 with a Friday night loss at Omaha. Starter Jeremy Hefner went 4 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on six hits, and took the loss, his first of the season. Reliever Ryan Sheriff was let down by as defense, as three errors in the fifth led to five unearned runs. John Church pitched innings seven and eight and allowed no base runners while striking out two.
Greg Garcia went 2-for-4, and drove in the lone Redbird run in the fifth. David Washington had the only extra base hit, a ground rule double that extended a hitting streak to six games.
Patrick Wisdom, Jonathan Rodriguez and Washington committed the defensive miscues that led to the five-run inning for Omaha.
Last-place Memphis’ record fell to 13-19 with the loss.
Saturday’s game: vs. Sacramento, Arturo Reyes (2-2, 4.40) 6:35 CT.
Cardinals starter Trey Nielsen pitched very well, well enough for the first complete game this season by a Springfield pitcher. The only blemish on Nielsen’s gem was a solo home run in the fifth inning for the Naturals’ only score. Our Player of the Day earned his fourth win of the season.
The Cardinals put their first of six runs on the board in the fourth and then added to the score in the next three innings, ending with three runs in the seventh. Rehabbing outfielder Tommy Pham was 2-for-3, including a two-run home run in the seventh. Catcher Carson Kelly also provided a long ball, a solo shot in the sixth, and he plated two. Breyvic Valera was 3-for-4 with a double. Chris Jacobs went 2-for-4. Harrison Bader extended his 15-game hitting streak with a double in the fifth.
The Cardinals have a record of 19-15 and increased their lead in the North Division to 2.5 games.
Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Andrew Morales (3-2, 2.76) 6:10 CT
Starter Jack Flaherty earned his fourth loss of the season in this home laugher with Bradenton. Flaherty pitched five innings, giving up seven runs, three earned, on ten hits. The bullpen wasn’t any better. Michael Heesch and Kyle Grana combined for three innings, allowing six more runs; two were charged to Heesch, and Grana was tagged with four. Only Cody Schumacher pitched a clean inning.
The Cardinals offense scored only one run on four hits, with three off the bat of Casey Grayson, in his first three-hit game of the season. Grayson drove in the only Palm Beach run.
The defense was much like the pitching, in that they helped the other team score. Errors were committed by Andrew Brodbeck (throwing), Danny Diekroeger (fielding), Chris Rivera (throwing) and Vaugh Bryan (throwing). This was the Beach Birds’ second consecutive game with four errors.
This loss, their 12th in the last 13 games, puts the cellar-dwelling Cardinals at 15-21 on the season.
Saturday’s game: vs. Bradenton, Austin Gomber (3-2, 3.12) 4:30 CT.
Peoria at Clinton
Friday’s game was postponed due to rain in the area. The game will be played as part of a double header consisting of two seven-inning contests on Saturday, May 14.
Saturday’s games: at Clinton, Junior Fernandez (3-2, 2.25) 5:00 CT, Game 1; Game 2, Brennan Leitao (2-2, 2.16) following Game 1.
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