The Baby Bids split the games on Monday as Springfield and Peoria won, while Memphis and Palm Beach lost. Kolten Wong returned to the lineup for the first time since Thursday and provided an immediate boost to the Memphis lineup. Wong, the second batter of the game, hit a 2-run home run in the first inning. Another bright spot has been Xavier Scruggs, who had Springfield’s only 2 RBI’s in a 2-1 win. Scruggs has an RBI in four straight games for a total of 9 in that span. Ryan Jackson ended an 0-for-8 stretch with 2 hits Monday.
Here are the results of Monday’s action:
Memphis (22-20) 4, Salt Lake 5
The Memphis Redbirds have now lost three in a row, all by one run. The Redbirds got 2 runs in the first inning when Kolten Wong hit his third home run of the year that scored Adron Chambers. The Redbirds added 2 more in the fifth when Brock Peterson singled home Wong and Chad Huffman walked which forced home Ryan Jackson. The Redbirds got multi-hit games from Wong, Jackson, Peterson, Huffman, and Justin Christian. Huffman and Peterson also drew 2 walks each.
Boone Whiting started and allowed 3 run on 6 hits over 5 innings. Whiting also walked and struck out 4. Barret Browning pitched 2 scoreless innings in relief of Whiting.Marc Rzepczynski took his first Triple-A loss allowing 2 runs (1 earned) in the 8th.
Player of the Game: Kolten Wong
Springfield (23-19) 2, Arkansas 1
The Springfield Cardinals scored twice in the first and those runs held up behind some very quality pitching. In the first, Xavier Scruggs drove home James Ramsey and Chris Swauger on a single. Scruggs has recorded a RBI in four straight games. Swauger led the way with 2 hits and a walk and Scruggs had the 2 RBI’s.
Richard Castillo allowed 1 run on 6 hits in 5 and 2/3 innings, he also walked 2 and struck out 3. Kevin Siegrist and Deryk Hooker combined for 2 and 1/3 scoreless innings. Keith Butler picked up his 7th save with a scoreless inning.
Player of the Game: Xavier Scruggs
Palm Beach (17-26) 1, Brevard County 4
For the fourth straight game, the Palm Beach offense failed to score more than 2 runs. Their lone run was scored in the third inning when Colin Walsh singled home Juan Castillo. The Cardinals collected 6 singles on the night and Danny Stienstra and Castillo led the way with 2 of them. Nick Longmire and Walsh had the others.
Travis Miller started and took the loss, falling to 0-7 on the season. In 4 and 1/3 innings, Miller allowed 4 runs on 8 hits and walked 4. Jose Almarante, Lee Stoppelman, and Ronnie Shaban combined to throw 3 and 2/3 scoreless innings.
Player of the Game: Juan Castillo
Clinton 8, Peoria (21-21) 11
The LumberKings and the Chiefs combined for 19 runs and 30 hits on Monday as the Chiefs out-dueled Clinton. The Chiefs got a first inning grand slam from Patrick Wisdom scoring Breyvic Valera, Jacob Wilson, and Jordan Walton. In the second, Valera led off the inning with a double and later scored on a Wilson single. The Chiefs put up another 4 spot in the third when Charlie Tilson doubled home Wisdom, Nick Martini doubled home Casey Rasmus and Alex Mejia, and Ildemaro Vargas singled home Martini. The Chiefs recorded an insurance run in the 8th when Vargas scored on a Rasmus single. Ildemaro Vargas was the offensive leader going 3-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBI’s. Wilson, Walton, Rasmus, and Tilson each had 2 hits. To go with his grand slam, Wisdom walked 3 times.
Joe Cuda got the start and allowed 2 runs on 4 hits in 2 and 1/3 innings. Joe Scanio was roughed up for 5 runs in the same amount of innings. Zach Petrick continued to shine pitching 2 scoreless innings to record his 6th save and lowering his ERA to 0.99.
Player of the Game: Ildemaro Vargas