Results from games played Thursday, May 11th.
The Redbirds (22-12) opened an eight-game home stand with a 6-4 win over El Paso, increasing their American Southern Division lead to seven games over Nashville (OAK).
Player of the Day Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong both went yard, with both of Bader’s hits long balls accounting for three runs batted in. DeJong’s bomb generated three RBI with one swing. Bader, DeJong and Luke Voit all went 2-for-4 while Breyvic Valera singled and tripled in three at bats.
Arturo Reyes remained undefeated, upping his record to 7-0. The right-hander permitted two runs each in the first and fourth, tossing seven frames in all with six hits and two walks. He fanned five. John Brebbia pitched the final two innings, walking one, for his first save of 2017.
Friday’s game: vs. El Paso (16-18) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (2-3, 4.85) vs. former St. Louis prospect Tyrell Jenkins (2-2, 5.34)
Springfield at Arkansas – postponed
Thursday’s series’ opener for second-place Springfield (16-14) at fourth-place Arkansas was rained out. The two squads will try to play two today, May 12th, beginning at 5:10 pm CT. The S-Cards picked up a half game on Northwest Arkansas (KC) despite being idle and now trail the Naturals by 1 1/2.
Friday’s games: at Arkansas (12-19) (SEA). Game one – 5:10 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (5-0, 0.69)/Trey Nielsen (1-0, 6.23)
The Beach Birds could not get out of an early hole, falling to first-place Bradenton, 5-1, the first of three games against the Marauders. Palm Beach (17-17) is tied for second with Charlotte (TB), 4 1/2 behind.
Derian Gonzalez (L, 0-5) gave up four runs by the end of the third, permitting five hits and four walks. He threw two wild pitches during his three-inning stint.
Reliever Dailyn Martinez was much better during his three frames on the bump, blanking Bradenton on two hits and a walk. Ross Vance tossed a clean seventh before running into trouble, with a double and free pass to his first two batters, and exiting after a swinging K. Juan Perez loaded the bases via a walk, the lead runner crossing home on a sac fly.
The Palm Beach offense managed just three hits and two walks. Darren Seferina had the lone RBI, plating Shane Billings, who tripled in the sixth.
Friday’s game: at Bradenton (22-13) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (2-1, 3.86)
The Class A version of Cardinals vs. Cubs rivalry resulted in a home loss for the Chiefs, opening the set in the only time the two squads will meet this season. Sixth-place Peoria (12-19) trails both Kane County (ARI) and Cedar Rapids (MIN) by five.
Steven Farinaro (L, 1-2) put his team at an early disadvantage by allowing three runs over the first three frames. But the Chiefs battled back to tie it after four only to watch Farinaro yield single scores in each of the next two innings. The California native gave up 10 hits over seven, resulting in five runs, four earned. Bryce Denton threw out another South Bend runner at the plate in the fourth. Eric Carter and Estarlin Arias each went an inning, issuing one free pass apiece.
Seven Chiefs had one hit each, the biggest being Nick Plummer’s two-run bomb, his first since 2015. It came with Brian O’Keefe (walk) aboard and knotted the game at three all.
Friday’s game: vs. South Bend (21-12) (CHC), 6:30 pm CT, John Kilichowski (0-4, 4.91)
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