I was concerned that the Cardinals would embarrass themselves on Sunday Night baseball. That didn’t happen as the offense and bullpen came through. Nice long blast from Grichuk and a few key hits produced a win. Now, next Sunday it is on national TV with the Nationals.
Memphis Redbirds (AAA) lost 5-3 to Omaha. Alex Mejia was 2-for-4 and Breyvic Valera had three hits including his 1st home run since 2015. Jack Flaherty (1-1) suffered the loss with three innings of work and allowing eight hits and five earned runs in the game. He walked three and struck out five in the game. Kevin Herget, Trey Nielsen and Miguel Socolovich each had scoreless work.
If you are heading to see the Memphis Redbirds play this week, here are some promotions that may interest you.
The upcoming homestand (June 26-July 3) features:
Tuesday, June 27 (7:05 p.m.): King Cotton $1 Hot Dog Night
Thursday, June 29 (7:05 p.m.): All-You-Can-Eat Thursday, featuring breakfast foods, Thirsty Thursday with select $2 beers, College Night with $5 Left Field TruGreen Bluff tickets available for college students with a valid college ID
Friday, June 30 (7:05 p.m.): Memphis Chicks Night, featuring 2017 Hall of Fame inductee and former Memphis Chick Tim Raines (private meet-and-greet specialty ticket available), Friday Night Block Party featuring a band and $2 beers in the Plaza before the game
Saturday, July 1 (6:35 p.m.): postgame fireworks, Carlos Martinez/Matt Carpenter Dual Bobblehead specialty ticket, Saturday Night Party in the Plaza with a band and $2 beers before the game
Sunday, July 2 (2:05 p.m.): Prairie Farms Ice Cream Sunday with free ice cream to the first 2,500 kids ages 12 and under upon entering, Kids Run the Bases after the game, pregame player autographs inside the main gates (subject to change or cancellation)
Monday, July 3 (6:35 p.m.): Independence Day Celebration, presented by AutoZone, featuring postgame fireworks, specialty ticket option with hot dog/hamburger buffet.
The Springfield Cardinals (AA) lost 7-0 to Arkansas. The team managed five singles as Jesse Jenner had two of them. For the most part, the offense was stagnant. Chris Ellis (0-3) took the loss by allowing four runs in 2.2 innings of work. Ian McKinney and Blake McKnight each came in and gave up more runs in the game. Pedro Echemendia finished with 3.1 innings on the mound and allowed no runs and two hits to finish the game.
The Palm Beach (High-A) team also had trouble hitting as they lost 5-2 to the Jupiter Hammerheads. Blake Drake had a double and one run batting in and Danny Diekroeger drove in a run. Derian Gonzalez started and gave up one run in five innings and was relieved by Chandler Hawkins (2-1) who got the loss by surrendering six hits and three runs in the game. Ramon Santos blew the save in the game.
Peoria Chiefs won 8-2 over the Burlington Bees asStefan Trosclair had two hits including a triple, Ryan McCarvel had two doubles and two runs batted in and Jose Martinez produced two RBI’s in the win. Ian Oxnevad (2-7) picked up the win. Frederis Parra and Max Almonte each were unscored upon in the game.
State College Spikes shutout Mahoning Valley 9-0 as starter Daniel Castano pitched eight strong innings by giving up four hits and no runs while fanning nine batters. Paul Balestreiri pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
Johnson City Cardinals lost 7-6 to Williamsport. Delvin Perez was 2-for-4, Carlos Rodriguez was 2-for-5 and Irving Lopez had two hits in three plate appearance. Alvaro Seijas started and allowed four runs, Will Changrotty allowed one run and Robert Calvano (0-1) took the loss.
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