Results for games played Wednesday, April 12.
Though it was the Tyler Lyons Show at AutoZone Park Wednesday night, solo home runs from two MLB veteran outfielders signed in the off-season ultimately powered the Redbirds over the Sky Sox for their fourth consecutive win.
Former Los Angeles Angel Todd Cunningham led off the home first with a long fly off rehabbing MLB pitcher Matt Garza. Lyons dominated the Sky Sox hitters through six scoreless innings on two hits, no walks and eight strikeouts.
Regular starter Arturo Reyes, in piggyback duty, allowed a run on three singles in the top of the eighth. That took the win away from Lyons and saddled Reyes with a blown save. In the bottom of the frame, however, former Oriole Chad Huffman went deep to provide the winning margin. Reyes finished off the Sky Sox in the ninth and claimed his second victory of the young season.
The Redbirds are off to a 6-1 start and remain in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.
Thursday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox (MIL), Chris Ellis (0-0, 3.65), 7:05 p.m.
The Double-A Cardinals are returning to Hammons Field after a successful season-opening 4-2 Texas road trip. The first opponent will be Frisco (TEX), a club that just lost two of three to Springfield at its home.
Springfield is 4-2 in the Texas League North and remains in first place by one game.
Thursday’s game: vs. Frisco, Sandy Alcantara (1-0, 0.00), 7:10 p.m.
In a back-and-forth contest Wednesday morning, Luke Dykstra’s two-run home run in the 10th broke the 6-6 tie and gave the Cardinals the road series sweep against the winless Stone Crabs.
Starter Junior Fernandez was not at his best, lasting one batter into the sixth, but yielding five runs on eight hits and two walks. The right-hander fanned three.
Palm Beach scored first with two unearned runs in the second, but Charlotte tied it back up in the bottom half of the frame. The Beach Birds took a one-run lead in the third, but three Stone Crabs runs in the fourth gave them a two-run edge. The Cards scratched back to take a 6-5 lead in the seventh, but an Edmundo Sosa error enabled Charlotte to tie the game in the eighth. Jacob Evans was on the hook for the blown save, but ended up with the win, his second in three decisions already this season.
Following Dykstra’s home run, just his third in 714 career at-bats, Charlotte scored a run against Landon Beck in the 10th to make it 8-7. However, Beck held on for his league-leading third save of 2017.
The offense pounded out 15 hits - 14 singles and Dykstra’s long ball. Leadoff man Magneuris Sierra was on base four times with three singles and a walk and scored three runs. Darren Seferina and Danny Diekroeger each had three hits and crossed home once. Chris Chinea plated two.
Palm Beach improved its record to 5-2 to begin the season and is two games back of undefeated Bradenton in the Florida State League South.
Thursday’s games: double-header at Clearwater (PHI), Zac Gallen (0-0, 1.69) and Ian McKinney (0-0, 8.10), 4:00 p.m. CT
10 innings was the length of the matinee contests in the Cardinals system on Wednesday afternoon. In this case, the Chiefs were the home club and the fans at Dozer Park enjoyed the club’s second consecutive walk-off victory on JR Davis’ RBI single.
Speaking of second days in a row, Ryan McCarvel blasted his second long ball in two games to give starter Jordan Hicks a 1-0 second-inning lead. After tossing six scoreless frames in the opener, Hicks went 6 2/3 scoreless innings this time, but took an undeserved no-decision. The impressive right-hander allowed just six hits and a walk with five strikeouts.
Dailyn Martinez allowed two runs in the eighth and took a blown save. Eric Carter picked up the win with two scoreless frames to finish the contest.
With the Chiefs down by a run for the first time in the eighth, Tuesday’s walk-off hero Tommy Edman tripled into the right field corner and ran home on a wild pitch to re-knot the score. Nick Plummer led off the 10th with a walk and eventually scored on Davis’ game-ending single.
Second-baseman Davis had two of Peoria’s five hits, including a double, and also reached via a walk. Plummer drew two of the Chiefs’ five free passes and scored the game-winner for – of course - the second day in a row.
The Chiefs are 4-2 on the season, a half-game out of first in the Midwest League Western Division.
Thursday’s game: at Beloit (OAK), Ronnie Williams (0-0, 5.40), 6:30 p.m.
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