Results from games played Monday, May 8.
Trailing by two in the top of the ninth and with their historic 10-game winning streak hanging in the balance, the Redbirds pushed across nine runs to knock off the Cubs, 15-9, in Des Moines Monday night.
Starter Josh Zeid was roughed up, more specifically in just two of his five-plus innings. The Cubs scored four times in the third and four more in the sixth to end Zeid’s outing.
In the ninth, a leadoff walk and two hit batsmen gave Patrick Wisdom a chance, and he capitalized, crushing a grand slam to deep right field against Iowa hurler David Rollins to put the Redbirds ahead by two. Rollins allowed two more hits before being replaced by Juan Paniagua, who surrendered a two-run double to Carson Kelly and a two-run homer to Todd Cunningham.
That made reliever Josh Lucas the winner despite allowing one run over the final two innings. Wisdom (two home runs) and Harrison Bader (two doubles and a single) scored three times each. Wisdom (five) and Kelly (four) combined for nine runs batted in.
Tuesday’s game: Daniel Poncedeleon (2-0, 2.25) at Iowa Cubs, 12:08 Central time
A mammoth, eight-run eighth inning against the leaky Springfield bullpen, fueled by walks, two errors, and a grand slam lifted the Drillers over the Cardinals on Monday night by a 9-3 score.
Springfield entered the bottom of the eighth with a 3-1 lead, held intact by six shutout innings on three hits and a walk from starter Dakota Hudson. Casey Grayson and Gabriel Lino each plated a run in the fourth, and Oscar Mercado homered in the sixth to account for the third Cardinal run.
Following the seventh inning from reliever Chandler Hawkins (allowing one run), Daniel Bard managed just one out around three walks and three Tulsa runs in the eighth. Blake McKnight tried to mop up the mess, but had little success as the Drillers scored five more runs, all unearned. Mercado and Alex Mejia made fielding errors which allowed Drillers first baseman Wynston Sawyer to cap off the eighth with a grand slam.
Bard took the loss as his ERA swelled to 9.39. The Springfield offense collectively had just six hits and drew three walks, and whiffed 15 times.
Tuesday’s game: Matt Pearce (1-2, 3.64) at Tulsa Drillers, 7:05 PM Central time
Four runs in the sixth inning doomed the Cardinals in Monday’s 5-2 Fort Myers home victory.
Starter Jake Woodford was given early run support from Blake Drake and Randy Arozarena, the latter on his second homer of the season. Following a Miracle run in the first that resulted from a throwing error by Edmundo Sosa, Woodford settled and cruised through the middle innings until he reached the sixth.
Four Miracle hits - including a two-run triple, a hit batsman, and a sacrifice fly - was the formula for four runs - enough to end Woodford’s night after just over 80 pitches.
Juan Perez spun the final two innings of hitless relief, but the Beach Birds’ offense could not recover. Collectively, they managed just six hits, with seven of the nine starters striking out once. Sosa went 2-for-4.
Tuesday’s game: Junior Fernandez (1-1, 4.20 ERA) at Fort Myers Miracle, 5:35 PM Central time
Four early runs against Chiefs pitching held up, as the Whitecaps were 7-2 winners on Monday night in Peoria.
Starter and losing pitcher Jordan Hicks was charged for two runs before exiting in the first after throwing 34 pitches. Ronnie Williams pitched Peoria through the fourth, allowing three runs on five hits and a pair of walks in his 3 1/3 innings.
The offense was mostly quiet, amassing just five hits and two walks and striking out 13 times. Andrew Knizner did the most damage with his fourth homer of the season, a solo shot. Andrew Trosclair chipped in with his 14th run batted in.
Tuesday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (0-0, 2.35 ERA) vs. West Michigan Whitecaps, 6:30 Central time
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