Results for games played Monday, July 18th.
The Redbirds fell to 45-49 and back into last place in the PCL American Southern Division with a trouncing at the hands of the Chihuahuas of El Paso.
Starter Mike Mayers allowed four runs in five innings, striking out seven, walking three and hitting a batter. Thomas Lee followed in his first appearance since mid-May and yielded two runs in an inning of work. In the seventh, Juan Gonzalez gave up two runs, one earned. Corey Littrell then let things get out of hand allowing three runs in 1/3 of an inning, before Dean Kiekhefer closed the door on El Paso over the rest of the eighth.
Jacob Wilson provided the core of the Redbirds offense, going 3-for-4, with a home run, two doubles, and two RBI. Carson Kelly walked and doubled. Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Tuesday’s game: at El Paso, Corey Baker (1-1, 7.71 ERA) 8:05 PM CT
The Springfield Cardinals (50-44 overall, 9-15 in the second half standings) dropped both games of their doubleheader Monday, falling into last place in the Texas League North.
In the first game, Luke Weaver pitched well, going 6 1/3 innings, striking out eight to just one walk. Weaver also had 70 strikes in his 102 pitches. Two unearned runs scored while Weaver (1.31 ERA) was pitching. Rowan Wick relieved in the seventh and pitched 2/3 of an inning, yielding one run.
Paul DeJong provided two of the Cardinals’ four hits, including his 17th home run.
In Game 2, Nick Martini went 2-for-4 with a double. Blake Drake went 1-for-3 with a home run, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lackluster bullpen start.
Back from Memphis, Pedro Echemendia (3.38 ERA overall) led things off and lasted 2 2/3 innings, allowing three runs, one earned, and striking out two. Also recently sent down, John Brebbia followed with 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs. Kevin Herget finished with 1 2/3 innings, yielding an unearned run and striking out two.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Daniel Poncedeleon (5-5, 3.24 ERA) 6:30 PM CT
Palm Beach continued their poor second half with another loss Monday at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, pushing their second half record to 8-17.
Matt Pearce (2.40 ERA) was on the mound which meant it was going to be a relaxing evening for the bullpen. True to form, Pearce went 8 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, including two in the ninth to allow Brevard County to take the game to extras. One of Pearce’s runs was allowed by Landon Beck, who pitched the final out of the ninth and 1/3 of the tenth before Blake McKnight was brought in to end the inning. McKnight, however, gave up the winning run in the 11th inning, going 1 2/3 innings overall.
Chris Rivera homered, driving in two. Cole Lankford and Oscar Mercado had two hits each.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Brevard County, Ian McKinney (6-6, 4.54 ERA) 6:30 PM ET
Peoria Chiefs 4 at Great Lake Loons 3, 11 innings
Peoria won an extra-inning thriller in Midland, MI, improving to 14-11 in the second half standings.
Brennan Leitao pitched five innings, yielding three earned runs, striking out four to two walks. Steven Gallardo relieved in the sixth inning without allowing any runs, before Josh Wirsu pitched a scoreless seventh and Steven De La Cruz added a scoreless eighth. Nick Frey was called on in the ninth through the 11th innings and pitched admirably, not allowing a run.
Magneuris Sierra (.291 BA) went 3-for-5 with two RBI singles batting leadoff. Sierra scored the winning run on a Brian O’Keefe hit in the 11th inning. Dylan Tice went 2-for-4 while R.J. Dennard went 1-for-3 with a walk.
Tuesday’s game: Off day for Peoria as they head to West Michigan to take on the Whitecaps.
The State College Spikes fell to 20-11 on the season with a loss in Lowell, MA. Their NY-Penn League Pinckney Division lead dropped to two games over second-place Williamsport.
Number one and two hitters, Tommy Edman and Jose Martinez, were the offense on Monday as Edman went 3-for-5 with a home run and Martinez went 4-for-5, his second straight four-hit outing. Anthony Ray, batting ninth, went 2-for-4 with a double.
Bryan Dobzanski fell to 2-3 on the year and his ERA rose to 3.57 after going 3 1/3 innings giving up eight runs, six earned, on nine hits. Max Almonte followed with three innings allowing a single tally. Greg Tomchick finished by pitching 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball. Tomchick did allow an inherited runner of Almonte’s to score.
Tuesday’s game: at Lowell, John Kilichowski (1-1, 0.60 ERA) 7:05 PM ET
The first-place Johnson City Cardinals (13-10) fended off the Yankees of Pulaski for the win Monday night, pushing their winning percentage slightly above second-place Greeneville at .565 to .560.
The Cardinals received standout performances from Yariel Gonzalez and Luis Bandes. Gonzalez went 2-for-5 with a home run and a double, while Bandes went 3-for-4 with a homer, and double, and four RBI. Bryce Denton went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base. Allen Cordoba also came out swinging, hitting 2-for-4 with a walk.
Ian Oxnevad (2.90 ERA) had a heck of a game, going 6 1/3 innings allowing two runs and striking out nine to just one walk and one hit-by-pitch. Anthony Shew relieved with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball and Noel Gonzalez finished with a scoreless inning.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Greeneville, David Oca (1-1, 5.09 ERA) 7:00 PM ET
The GCL Cardinals (10-11) had rehabbing Redbird Arturo Reyes start the game Monday. Reyes was effective through the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth, allowing four runs. His final line was 3 1/3 innings pitched, four runs, two strike outs, and one walk. Robbie Gordon relieved Reyes in the fourth, bailing him out with a fly out and a strike out. After a rain delay, first round pick Dakota Hudson made his Cardinal debut in dramatic fashion, striking out three, although he did hit a batter and another reached on an error. Franyel Casadilla finished with three scoreless innings of relief, striking out two.
The Cardinals managed just three hits, drew no walks and struck out 17 times. Delvin Perez (.342 BA) tripled and scored the lone run. Luis Flores committed two errors.
Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 12:00 PM ET
The Dominican Summer League Cardinals (25-11) picked up a win Monday against the Yankees in a slugfest.
The Cardinals were led by DSL All-Star outfielder Brian Sanchez, who went 3-for-5 with a double and a triple, improving his BA to .366. Julio Rodriguez hit his second home run and Carlos Luis went 2-for-4.
Winston Nicacio was very wild, going three innings giving up three runs, two earned, walked six and hit a batter. Enmanuel Solano picked up the slack with 2 2/3 innings in relief. Enrique Perez also did well with 1 1/3 innings of scoreless ball.
Tuesday’s game: at DSL Angels, TBA 10:30 AM ET
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