Results for games played Wednesday, May 18th.
The Memphis Redbirds (15-21) had the day off.
Thursday’s game: vs. Fresno, Jeremy Hefner (2-1, 3.32 ERA) 7:05 CT
The Cardinals split a double-header Wednesday, reversing the scores from one game to the other. Springfield is now 22-17 and remains in first place in the Texas League North Division.
In the first game, the Springfield offense managed just two singles, from Bruce Caldwell and Carson Kelly. It was a shame because Trey Nielsen (3.09 ERA) had an excellent outing of six strong innings, giving up just one run and striking out four. Ronnie Shaban allowed two runs in the seventh and final inning.
In the second game, Springfield got on the board quickly with a pair of doubles in the first inning off the bats of Alex Mejia and Paul DeJong. It was the only hits of the night for both players. The top half of the lineup, provided the rest of the thunder with Harrison Bader and Bruce Caldwell going 1-for-3, while fifth hitter Collin Radack went 2-for-3.
Kurt Heyer (2.82 ERA) pitched five innings of no-hit baseball, striking out three. It was the second start of the season for Heyer, the other also being a doubleheader makeup game. Chris Perry (0.61 ERA) continued his exceptional season, throwing an inning of relief, but losing the no-hitter in the sixth. Josh Lucas earned his third save by collecting the final three outs.
Thursday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Andrew Morales (3-3, 3.26 ERA) 7:10 CT
The Cardinals (17-24) picked up their second win in a row with a 5-1 drumming of the Flying Tigers. Again, a strong starting performance set the pace.
Player of the Day Ian McKinney (2.94 ERA) went seven innings, giving up one run and striking out six. Kyle Grana pitched a scoreless eighth. Rowan Wick (1.10 ERA) finished the game with an effective one-two-three inning.
The offense was paced by leadoff hitter Casey Turgeon, who went 3-for-4. Casey Grayson singled, walked and hit a solo home run. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-4 including a solo shot, along with a stolen base, and a walk. Shortstop Oscar Mercado picked up his 14th stolen base while singling and doubling in four at-bats.
Thursday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Jack Flaherty (0-4, 5.97 ERA) 5:30 CT
The Chiefs (20-18) came into the Wednesday afternoon contest on a four-game win streak and won with a barrage of hits.
The offense was led by four standouts: Edmundo Sosa, 2-for-5, R.J. Dennard, 2-for-4 with a double, Leobaldo Pina, 2-for-4, and Chris Chinea, a double in two at-bats plus two walks. Dennard’s double drove in a third inning run, before Chinea did the same in the seventh inning. Magneuris Sierra also had a nice two-run line drive single in the second inning.
Jake Woodford started and pitched quite effectively to pick up his second win in as many starts. Woodford lowered his ERA to 2.66 after pitching six innings of one-run ball while striking out three. The lone run was unearned. Tyler Bray gave up two unearned runs in the seventh inning, after errors by Pina and Chinea. Brady Bowen, in his Peoria debut, pitched the eighth in relative ease, giving up a single. Steven De La Cruz was awarded his first save as a Chief with a scoreless ninth.
Thursday’s game: at Kane County, Junior Fernandez (3-2, 2.76 ERA) 6:30 CT
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