Results for games played Monday, June 20th.
After winning eight of their last nine, including four straight, the Redbirds (32-36) lost Monday in the finale of their four-game series against the Triple-A Cubs at AutoZone Park.
Starter Arturo Reyes (5.35 ERA) lasted just two innings, giving up one run on four hits and a walk while striking out two. Corey Littrell struggled in his 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs and striking out none. Fresh from St. Louis, Dean Kiekhefer came on in the fifth and lasted 1 2/3 innings, giving up a run. Justin Wright was called upon in the seventh to stop the bleeding and pitched around a two-out double to retire the side. Wright also pitched a scoreless eighth. Miguel Socolovich had a clean ninth.
Offensively, Memphis centerfielder Randal Grichuk went 1-for-4 with an RBI single, but three strikeouts. Brayan Pena (.200 BA), playing first base, went 0-for-5 in his continuing rehab effort. Recently called up Breyvic Valera went a solid 2-for-3 and catcher Alberto Rosario went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice fly. Leadoff hitter Matt Williams had a 2-for-4 game, adding a sacrifice bunt.
Tuesday’s game: at Colorado Springs, Jerome Williams (2-1, 1.80 ERA) 7:05 PM CT
Springfield Cardinals 5 at Tulsa Drillers 4 (11 innings)
The first-place Springfield Cardinals (41-29) ended the first half of the regular season on a positive note with an extra-innings win over the Drillers in downtown Tulsa Monday night.
Starter Corey Baker went five innings, striking out four, but allowing three runs in on seven hits and three walks. Heath Wyatt followed with a productive two scoreless innings. Chris Perry worked around a bases loaded jam in the eighth. In the ninth, manager Dana Bilardello stuck with Perry but the decision backfired as Perry gave up a run, sending the game into extra innings. Chris Thomas and Pedro Echemendia each threw a scoreless inning, picking up the win and the save respectively.
The Springfield offense was led by left fielder Luke Voit, who went 2-for-5 with his 10th home run of the year. Mason Katz, playing second base, went 1-for-3 with a two walks, while Nick Martini had three bases-on-balls. Harrison Bader added a triple as his only hit of the night.
Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Luke Weaver (3-0, 0.89 ERA) 7:05 PM CT
Palm Beach (31-35) returned from the FSL All-Star break with a loss against the Mets of St. Lucie on Monday at Roger Dean Stadium.
John Walter had an excellent start in his second game for Palm Beach, going seven innings and allowing two runs, scattering 10 hits. Cody Schumacher and Chandler Hawkins teamed up to secure the eighth and ninth innings without allowing a run.
Collin Radack was the star of the offense, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Not to be outdone, Blake Drake also went 3-for-4 and included two assists from centerfield for good measure. Unfortunately, the rest of the team managed just two hits among them.
Tuesday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, Matt Pearce (6-3, 2.55 ERA) 6:30 PM ET
The Peoria Chiefs had the day off on Monday due to the Midwest All-Star Game being played on Tuesday in Cedar Rapids, IA.
Tuesday’s game: Midwest All-Star Game, 7:05 PM CT
The State College Spikes moved to 2-2 on the season with a home loss against the Renegades of Hudson Valley.
Ronnie Williams made his State College debut with five innings pitched, allowing all five runs. Williams struck out four. Bob Wheatley followed with two scoreless innings, striking out one. Max Almonte finished with two more scoreless frames.
The Spikes offense was nearly no-hit with the lone single off the bat of Vincent Jackson in the seventh inning. Catcher Jeremy Martinez and outfielder Mick Fennell both drew a walk.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Hudson Valley, Brian Dobzanski (0-0, 0.00 ERA) 7:05 PM ET
The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (11-2) extended their win streak to seven games on Monday, jumping all over the DSL Braves, while playing at their recently finished academy in Boca Chica.
19-year-old Noel De Jesus pitched six innings of one run (unearned) ball, striking out four. Francisco Ventura was summoned for the last three innings, allowing two walks and three hits, but keeping the Braves scoreless for his second save.
The Cardinals relied on the end of the lineup for most of the fire power with the six-through-nine hitters coming through. Carlos Luis went 2-for-3 including a home run, Oscar Cotes was 2-for-4 including a triple, Moises Castillo went 2-for-4 including a double, and Esequeil Delgado was 1-for-2 with 2 walks. The four scored all eight runs with Luis and Cotes crossing home three times each.
Tuesday’s game: at DSL Rockies, TBA 10:30 AM ET
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