Results from games played Monday, April 24th.
Former St. Louis Cardinals hurler and current Dodgers farmhand Justin Masterson shut down his past organization with seven innings of one-run ball on Monday, as Oklahoma City knocked off the Redbirds, 3-0, in the third game of the teams’ four-game series.
Masterson stifled Redbirds hitters throughout his seven innings, punching out eight and allowing just two baserunners, including Chad Huffman, who reached on his sixth double of the season. Aside from that knock and a walk to Tommy Pham, little can be said of the Memphis offense on Monday evening.
On the Redbirds pitching front, Chris Ellis had a solid night. The right-hander went 6 2/3 frames before being lifted with nearly 100 pitches, good enough for his first quality start of the season. Ellis was tagged for three runs - two earned - on six hits while whiffing eight.
Tuesday’s game: Mike Mayers (1-2, 7.36) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 11:05 AM Central time
Although Sandy Alcantara did not flash his typical ace-like dominance, the Cardinals were able to build upon what he did give them to take Monday’s road series opener at the Naturals by a 6-4 score.
Catcher Gabriel Lino, our Player of the Day, had the first of his three hits, a three-run homer, in the top of the first. Adolis Garcia plated a run with his fourth two-bagger of the season in the fifth for the remainder of the offense during Alcantara’s night, which wasn’t overly sharp.
Alcantara was rattled for four runs on 12 hits in six innings and ultimately took a no decision, as the Naturals tied the game at four just before his night ended. With the game still tied, Springfield scored twice in the ninth on RBI hits from Oscar Mercado and Nick Martini. Pedro Echemendia secured his second save by closing out the Naturals in the bottom of the final frame.
Tuesday’s game: Austin Gomber (1-1, 4.91) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:05 PM Central Time.
Palm Beach Cardinals off
The Palm Beach Cardinals had Monday off as they embark on a three-game road trip to Kissimmee.
Tuesday’s game: Jake Woodford (1-0, 0.84) at Florida Fire Frogs, 6:05 PM Central time
The River Bandits’ early and often scoring proved to be the winning recipe, as Quad Cities took Monday night’s game against the visiting Chiefs with ease, 14-4.
River Bandits catcher Jake Rogers and second baseman Ray Henderson-Lozano each went deep against Chiefs hurler Steven Dobzanski, as part of his clunker of a start: 2 1/3 IP, 6 H, 8 R, 8 ER. Two more runs scored against Greg Tomchick and four came home on Spencer Trayner’s watch. Infielder Matt Davis pitched the final (scoreless) inning.
Although the run column was lopsided by game’s end, the Chiefs slowly chipped away at the lead, with two runs coming on first baseman Stefan Trosclair’s third long ball of the season. Shane Billings had two hits and a run scored and Tommy Edman added a solo home run.
Tuesday’s game: Jordan Hicks (2-0, 1.37) at Quad Cities River Bandits, 11:00 AM Central Time.
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