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Warner Ks 10 in Cardinals 4-1 win over RockHounds
Palm BeachAustin Warner struck out 10 over six one-run innings to help the Springfield Cardinals (25-39) cruise to a series-opening 4-1 win over the Midland RockHounds (31-32) on Tuesday night in front of 5,666 fans at Hammons Field.
W: LHP Austin Warner (3-5)
L: RHP Brian Howard (5-3)
S: RHP Junior Fernandez (4)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
- A two-run fifth inning for Springfield was the difference on the scoreboard as back-to-back RBI singles by CF Dylan Carlson and DH Randy Arozarena turned a 1-1 tie into a 3-1 lead.
- It was 2B Irving Lopez that scored the go-ahead run in the fifth after a leadoff triple. It was also Lopez that tied the game 1-1 with a solo homer (8) to right field in the bottom of the third.
- Four of Warner's 10 strikeouts came in the second inning after RockHounds DH Chase Calabuig struck out but reached on a wild pitch to leadoff the inning.
- Warner allowed one run on six hits and a walk over his 6.0 innings of work, exiting with 10 strikeouts for the second time this season (5/14 vs. ARK). Warner has struck out seven or more batters in five of his last six starts and has allowed two earned runs or less in three of his last four.
- Cardinals 3B Yariel Gonzalez had a strong Hammons Field debut, batting 2-for-4 with a double.
- Cardinals 1B Chris Chinea continued to swing a hot bat, mashing his eighth home run of the season in the sixth inning and giving Springfield a 4-1 lead.
- RHP Kodi Whitley struck out four over 2.0 perfect relief innings. Fernandez followed suit with a perfect ninth (2 Ks) and his fourth save of the season.
Fagalde, Santos and Gonzalez shut out Jupiter, Palm Beach wins 2-0
PeoriaAlex Fagalde, Ramon Santos and Edgar Gonzalez combined for a shutout as the Palm Beach Cardinals defeated the Jupiter Hammerheads 2-0 on Tuesday.
Santos (1-0) picked up the win after he pitched one scoreless inning. Edward Cabrera (5-3) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing two runs and three hits while striking out five in the Florida State League game.
Both runs for Palm Beach came in the fourth inning when Chase Pinder scored on a groundout and Scott Hurst hit an RBI single.
The Hammerheads were held scoreless for the ninth time this season, while the Cardinals' staff recorded their seventh shutout of the year.
With the win, Palm Beach improved to 7-2 against Jupiter this season.
Chiefs Win 1-0 Tuesday
The Peoria Chiefs got a timely hit and great pitching all night long to beat the Clinton LumberKings 1-0 on Tuesday night. The win moves the Chiefs to 28-36 with two games left in the series and five games left before the All-Star break.
The game was scoreless into the sixth as neither team had a runner past second base in the first five innings. Brendan Donovan drew a leadoff walk in the sixth from All-Star Humberto Mejia and moved to third on a throwing error by Mejia on a bunt by Delvin Perez. Perez was caught stealing before Nolan Gorman walked to put runners on the corners. Brady Whalen put the Chiefs on top 1-0 with a double off the right field wall but Alexis Wilson popped up and Bryce Denton walked to load the bases. Clinton changed pitchers and Alex Vesia struck out Juan Yepez to end the inning.
Kyle Leahy cruised through the first seven innings on just 86 pitches as he struck out seven and allowed four singles. Clinton didn't have a runner past first base in the first six frames as they hit into one double play and stranded three.
Clinton started the eighth inning with a single and a sac bunt to get their first runner to second base. A groundout to second moved the runner to third but Donovan made a diving play at second base and threw out Chris Torres at first base to end the inning.
Leahy (4-4) picked up the win as he allowed five hits, all singles, over a career-high eight shutout innings. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk. Cole Aker earned his second save as he struck out two in a perfect ninth inning.