Results from games played Monday, May 15.
A pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh lifted the Redbirds over the Isotopes at AutoZone Park on Monday by a 6-4 score.
After he joined Luke Voit, Jhonny Peralta, and Patrick Wisdom with an RBI over the first four innings, Alberto Rosario plated his second and third runs of the night. His two-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning put Memphis ahead for good.
Tyler Lyons started for the Redbirds before being relieved with two outs in the fourth inning after allowing three earned runs - two scoring via the long ball. Lyons was replaced with Josh Zeid, who effectively bridged the game until Ryan Sherriff, Monday’s winning pitcher, entered with two down in the seventh and flawlessly recorded four key outs. John Brebbia followed with his second save.
After a so-so rehab stint at Palm Beach, Peralta is off to a nice start in his workout with the Redbirds, going 3-for-7 with a double but zero walks.
Tuesday’s game: Arturo Reyes (5-0, 2.12) vs. Isotopes, 11:05 AM Central time.
Four eighth-inning runs sealed Springfield’s 7-2 win over the Drillers in Monday’s series-opening contest at Hammons Field.
Leading by a narrow 3-2 margin, the Cardinals tacked on four tallies in the bottom of the eighth, with a run batted in off the bat of Alex Mejia and three on an Anthony Garcia double to cap off his four RBI day.
Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson was sharp, holding the Drillers to two runs over his six innings en route to a quality start and a win, his second victory in four decisions in 2017.
The Cardinals made their six hits count. At the bottom of the batting order, backstop Jesse Jenner picked his first double of the season and came home. From the leadoff spot, outfielder Oscar Mercado went 2-for-3 with a walk and a pair of runs scored.
Tuesday’s game: Matt Pearce (2-2, 3.03) vs. Drillers, 6:30 PM Central time.
An RBI single in the ninth from third baseman Leobaldo Pina gave the Cardinals a 3-2, walk-off win over the Hammerheads.
Riding an 0-for-3 on the evening, Pina lined a single to right field to plate the game-winning run, making Brennan Leitao the winning pitcher. Leitao worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings, pitching in relief of Jake Woodford’s five innings of one-run ball.
Randy Arozarena drove in Palm Beach’s first two runs on Monday on a home run, going 2-for-3 overall. First baseman Chris Chinea collected two hits in four at-bats and scored twice.
Tuesday’s game: Junior Fernandez (2-1, 3.46) vs. Hammerheads, 5:30 PM Central time.
Game 1: Peoria Chiefs 12 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 8 (seven innings)
The Chiefs pounded out a dozen runs - the first inning was their only scoreless frame - in a 12-8 victory over the Kernels in the first game of Monday’s road doubleheader.
Peoria relied on the long ball, with five homers lifting them over the Kernels. Andy Young went yard in the second, Nick Plummer in the fourth, Andrew Knizner in the fifth, and two - one in the sixth and another in the seventh - from left-handed slugger Vince Jackson. Only two spots in Peoria’s starting nine failed to drive in at least one run as Jackson plated for and Plummer added three.
On the pitching front, Jordan Hicks was rocked for five runs (all earned) in his 2 2/3 innings. Brady Bowen pitched 2 1/3 frames of one run (unearned) ball before Eric Carter, the winning pitcher, shut the Kernels out on two hits across the final two innings.
Game 2: Cedar Rapids Kernels 2, Peoria Chiefs 0 (seven innings)
After scoring 12 runs in the opener, the Chiefs could not muster a single run in their 2-0 loss in Game 2 to split the doubleheader with the Kernels.
The Chiefs were shut out on five hits and failed to build any kind of support for starter Mike O’Reilly, who logged five innings of two-run ball and punched out seven in his eventual loss.
All of Peoria’s hits were singles; two belonged to catcher Brian O’Keefe (along with a stolen base), with one each from Andrew Knizner, Ryan McCarvel, and Nick Plummer.
Tuesday’s game: Ian Oxnevad (0-2, 4.11) vs. Kernels, 6:35 PM Central time.
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