Redbirds Finish Series with Las Vegas
SpringfieldThe Las Vegas Aviators (Athletics) won the series finale with the Memphis Redbirds (29-43) Tuesday afternoon at AutoZone Park, 12-1, to sweep the four-game series.
John Nogowski continued his run-producing success for Memphis, as he drove in Randy Arozarena with a single in the eighth inning and now has an RBI in five-straight games. Arozarena was on base four times for Memphis with two singles and two walks.
Conner Capel was 2-for-4 with his fourth double in five games with Memphis, and Chris Chinea got his first Triple-A hit with a ninth-inning single.
Alex Reyes started for Memphis and worked 5.0 innings, battling through a tough start to finish strong. He retired nine of the last 12 Aviators he faced and ended the day with nine strikeouts. Chris Ellis, Chasen Shreve, and Chris Beck finished the game for the Redbirds.
Las Vegas (40-32) was led by Dustin Fowler's five RBI. He had a grand slam in the ninth inning.
'Hounds nip Cards, 4-2, in 2nd Half Opener
Palm BeachOne night after the Springfield Cardinals (0-1, 30-41) spoiled the Midland RockHounds (1-0, 35-35) chances at clinching the 1st Half Title, the 'Hounds got even with a 4-2 win to open the 2nd Half of the season on Tuesday night.
W: RHP Grant Holmes (2-1)
L: RHP Johan Oviedo (1-4)
S: RHP Angel Duno (1)
MOMENTS THAT MATTERED:
-The Cardinals took a quick lead in the top of the first when LF Justin Toerner brought home CF Dylan Carlson with an RBI single. RHP Daulton Jefferies, though, worked out of it with just the one run in, stranding two runners on base.
-Midland responded right away in the bottom of the first with an RBI single from 1B Chase Calabuig and a two-run double by 3B Edwin Diaz, opening a 3-1 advantage through one frame.
-Springfield pulled within one run with an RBI fielder's choice by Toerner in the top of the fifth, bringing home Carlson to make it 3-2.
-The RockHounds got the run right back in the bottom of the fifth with an RBI single by Diaz, his third RBI of the night to pad it back to two runs, 4-2.
-CF Dylan Carlson went 2x5 with a double and two runs, increasing his Double-A leading total of runs scored this season to 50.
-LF Justin Toerner went 1x3 with both of Springfield's RBIs and a walk.
-RHP Johan Oviedo struck out nine batters for the second straight start, tossing 5.0 frames with four runs on nine hits.
-RHP Bryan Dobzanski (2.0 IP, 1 H, 3 K) and RHP Roel Ramirez (1.0 IP, 1 K) combined to deal 3.0 innings of scoreless relief.
Palm Beach still seeking first victory of second half
PeoriaAfter rain pushed back the Cardinals' second half opener to Tuesday night, the extra day preparation had no effect as Palm Beach dropped both games of a doubleheader against Jupiter at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
After a 30-minute rain delay prior to the game's first pitch, the Hammerheads wasted no time getting on the board in the very first inning, putting up a two spot after a Riley Mahan RBI double and sacrifice fly off the bat of Nick Fortes.
The Cardinals tied the game at two in the bottom half of the second inning on back-to-back RBI doubles from Francisco Hernandez and Luis Montano. It was both teenagers' first base hit stateside after spending the last two years on the Cardinals Dominican Summer League squad.
Griffin Roberts settled in over his final four innings on the hill, sending down 12 of the final 16 hitters he faced. In total, the Wake Forest grad struck out three and allowed just one walk after surrendering seven free passes over his previous 14 1/3 innings.
Palm Beach pulled ahead in the home half of the fifth after a Lars Nootbaar RBI single made it a 3-2 ballgame.
In the sixth, a two-run homer off the bat of Jhonny Santos put Jupiter in front for good and after a seventh inning insurance run, Palm Beach would fall 5-3 in the first game.
In the second game of the twin-billing, Jupiter again got out to a 2-0 lead after a second inning rally. Riley Mahan doomed the Cardinals once again with a solo home run to make it a 3-0 heading into the bottom of the third.
Palm Beach got one run back after a bases loaded, two-out walk from Nick Plummer, however that's all the Cardinals would get. In all, the Beach Birds left nine runners on base in seven innings.
After Jupiter put another run on the board to make it a 4-1 game, Palm Beach put together a small two-out rally when down to its last hope.
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