Three of the four affiliates in action Monday won, with all three wins decided by one run and two coming down to the final at-bat.
In Memphis, Zack Petrick rebounded from a miserable outing his last time out (1.1 IP, 8 ER) to throw one of his best games of the year. Last year's organizational Minor League Pitcher of the Year is 4-4 with a 5.06 ERA in his first year with the Redbirds.
Springfield won in extra innings, State College provided just enough power, and Johnson City got shelled.
Class AAA Memphis 2, Nashville 1
Luis Mateo drove in the walk-off run as the Redbirds scored two in the ninth to earn a comeback win.
The Memphis were perplexed all night by Jimmy Nelson, who tossed seven shutout innings. Petrick almost matched Nelson over seven innings of work, striking out six and allowing just six hits. But Petrick allowed a run in the sixth, and the Redbirds entered the ninth down by one.
Xavier Scruggs led off the ninth with a single to right, and moved up on a sacrifice bunt and an error. Jermaine Curtis’s RBI single drove in Scruggs with the tying run.
Memphis won its fifth straight game after enduring a seven-game losing streak between the end of June and beginning of July. Randal Grichuk collected three singles to give him five hits over the last two games.
Class AA Springfield 3, San Antonio 2
Mike O’Neill’s 11thinning double scored Alex Mejia with the go-ahead run and Justin Wright slammed the door for his sixth save as Springfield took the rubber game from San Antonio.
Mike Mayers and San Antonio (San Diego Padres) starter Josh Geer locked themselves in a true pitcher’s duel, with both hurlers posting identical pitching lines. Both Mayers and Geer tossed seven innings of five-hit, two-run ball, and both struck out five without surrendering a walk.
Lee Stoppelman and Mitch Harris (win) used scoreless appearances to keep the game tied for Springfield until extra innings.
The Cardinals managed eight hits, two each from Cody Stanley and Breyvic Valera. Patrick Wisdom and David Popkins drove in runs off Geer. O’Neill’s double came off Matt Branham.
Springfield sits in last place in the Texas League’s north division with a 6-11 second half record and is 40-47 overall.
High-A Palm Beach: OFF
The Cardinals had an off day Monday but here are some notes from the weekend:
- Infielder Mason Katz has hit two homers in his first four games with Palm Beach after being promoted from Low-A Peoria. Katz smacked 14 homers for the Chiefs before his promotion, and led the Southeastern Conference in long balls as a senior at LSU in 2013. That said, the former fourth round pick’s two homers are his only hits in 15 at bats with Palm Beach. He hit .212 for Peoria.
- Former first-round pick Tyrell Jenkins earned his third win Saturday since returning from a torn latimuss muscle behind his right shoulder. Jenkins allowed five hits and one unearned run over seven innings. He missed 10 months.
Low-A Peoria: OFF
Same as above, let’s consider Peoria’s off day as a chance to reflect on a busy weekend. The Chiefs took two of three from Burlington (Los Angeles Angels)
- Zach Lorraine allowed the winning run to score in the ninth and the Chiefs’ offense sputtered, wasting another strong outing by Rob Kaminsky on Sunday. Kaminsky. The former first-round pick allowed three hits and one run over 6.1 innings. He owns a 1.28 ERA over 10 starts.
- Shortstop Juan Herrara continued to rake, going 5-for-8 over the weekend to improve his average to .484 thru the past 10 games. Acquired for Marc Rzepcysnki last summer, Herrera is hitting .304 in his first full season with the Chiefs.
- Peoria will continue this week with 24 players on the roster after infielder Robeleys Reyes was demoted to State College. Reyes was hitting .182 in 22 at bats. No corresponding move has yet been made.
Short Season State College 3, Auburn 2
Nick Thompson blasted a three-run homer in the third, and that’s all the Spikes needed behind Dewin Perez and Trey Nielsen. Perez struck out five and allowed two runs over 6.1 innings, and Nielsen earned his first save with 2.2 scoreless innings.
For those wondering, outfielder Rowan Wick, who leads the New York Penn League in all three Triple Crown categories, enjoyed an off day.
Elizabethtown 15, Rookie Johnson City 7
The Cardinals allowed 15 hits and committed four errors in an ugly one. Starter Jordan DeLorenzo allowed eight hits and even runs (four earned) in four innings. Jonathan Escudero allowed three earned runs in one inning of relief before being replaced by Anderson Gerdel, who allowed two more in two innings of his own.
The offensive showed to be the brighter side, as the Cardinals pounded nine hits. Three came from Casey Turgeon at the top of the order, and Blake Drake added two more. Casey Grayson drove in two runs.
The Cardinals allowed 15 runs a day after scoring 16 themselves.