Results from games played Sunday, June 18th.
Randal Grichuk had a multi-homer performance as Memphis (42-27) defeated Round Rock, 7-3, evening the series at one game apiece with two to go. The first-place Redbirds lead Nashville (OAK) by 5 1/2.
Both of Grichuk’s bombs were solo shots, comprising two of his three runs scored in four at bats. He worked one free pass. Harrison Bader launched a home run of his own, his only hit in four at bats, and it too was with the bases empty.
Patrick Wisdom and Alberto Rosario joined Grichuk with two hits apiece, Wisdom doubling twice and Rosario once with an RBI and run scored, respectively.
Marco Gonzales (W, 2-3) turned in a solid effort, tossing five frames of five hit ball while walking two. The only damage against the lefty was a solo home run. Mark Montgomery allowed a hit over two scoreless while Ryan Sherriff was touched for two tallies on four hits in the ninth.
Monday’s game: at third-place Round Rock (34-36) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (1-0, 2.50)
Three consecutive frames of crooked numbers produced an 11-4 Springfield (35-34) victory over Tulsa, the first of the two teams’ four-game set to close the first half. The Cardinals, winners of their last four after an eight-game losing skid, have already been eliminated in that race, won by NW Arkansas (KC).
Down 3-1 after three, the S-Cards pushed across three runs each in the fourth and fifth before adding two more in the sixth and eighth. Co-Players of the Day Magneuris Sierra and Adolis Garcia spearheaded their squad’s 14-hit attack, both with three hits each in five at bats with a run scored.
Anthony Garcia, Jacob Wilson and Dickie Joe Thon each had two hits, Garcia accounting for all three fifth-inning scores on his ninth home run of 2017. Garcia and Wilson both touched home twice with three RBI while Thon scored three times. Wilson swiped a bag, his second of the year.
All that scoring made a winner out of Matt Pearce (W, 6-5), who went the initial six, yielding four runs on six hits. Three of the four tallies were produced by two long balls.
Landon Beck retired all six batters faced, fanning four. Pedro Echemendia gave up a hit in the ninth.
Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (32-37) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Gomber (2-5, 5.32)
Palm Beach - off
First-place Palm Beach (38-25) is idle for the Florida State League All-Star break. The Beach Birds’ magic number to clinch the first-half South Division crown is two.
Monday’s games: at sixth-place Charlotte (29-35) (TB). Game one – 4:05 pm ET, Jake Woodford (4-3, 3.06)/Derian Gonzalez (3-6, 4.31)
Peoria (30-39) finished a tough first half on an up note, topping Burlington, 4-3. The Chiefs won the final two of the three-game set, for the series’ win over the Bees (31-38) (LAA).
All four tallies were courtesy of home runs by Dylan Carlson and Andy Young. Carlson’s bomb came with two aboard, putting his team up 3-1 after two, while Young’s fifth-inning blast capped Peoria’s scoring.
The balanced offensive effort featured seven Chiefs sharing the team’s eight hits. Stefan Trosclair, the only one with multiple hits, singled twice in four at bats with a run scored. He was one of three Chiefs to swipe a base.
With the mid-season break coming up, six Peoria hurlers took the mound. Bryan Dobzanski went the first three, permitting a run on four hits and three walks. Dewin Perez (W, 1-2) struck out two in two one-two-three frames. Eric Carter tossed a scoreless sixth, walking one. Ronnie Williams gave up a hit over 1 1/3, with that runner stranded by Brady Bowen. Yeison Medina picked up his fourth save although he allowed two runs on a hit and two walks.
Monday’s game: Off
The State College Spikes begin defense of their 2016 New York-Penn League Championship with a two-game home-and-away series versus Williamsport (PHI).
Right-hander Sam Tewes, the Cardinals’ eighth-round selection in the 2016 June First-Year Player Draft, makes his first professional start after four relief appearances for Palm Beach this season.
Monday’s game: vs. Williamsport (0-0), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (---)
DSL Cardinals - off
The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.
Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (5-7) vs. DSL Angels (7-6), 10:30 am ET, Allinson Benitez (0-0, 7.50)
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