John Nagel writes as the Prospect Preacher and is the owner of CardinalsFarm.com where he covers the Cardinals minor league system on a daily basis.
The Baby Birds went 2-1 on Monday as Springfield had the night off, traveling back from Midland, Texas. The big story of the night was the play of Anthony Garcia. Garcia was a single away from a cycle. Garcia, whose average had dipped below .180, hit his first home run since late April. The Palm Beach offense needs Garcia to get back on track. Danny Miranda is quietly having a very solid season out of the Palm Beach bullpen. Miranda has missed about a month of the season but has put together a 16 inning scoreless streak to start the season. Mitchell Boggs started for Memphis – not sure what the deal is there- and pitched very effectively, only allowing 2 hits over 2 innings.
Here are the results from Monday’s action:
Memphis (30-27) 7, Omaha 1
The Memphis Redbirds have won their third in a row over Omaha. The top of the Redbirds’ order was rolling on Monday. Ryan Jackson finished the night going 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored, his 3rd home run, and an RBI. Justin Christian, out of the 2 spot, went 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored. The 3 hitter, Brock Peterson add 2 hits, a run, and 2 RBI. Greg Garcia also made his first real contribution in a while going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles. The Redbirds’ catcher, Rob Johnson, also added 2 hits and 2 RBI.
Mitchell Boggs made the start and pitched 2 scoreless innings while allowing 2 hits and striking out 2. Sam Freeman picked up his 4th win with 3 scoreless innings. The Cardinals Pitcher of the Month in May, Kevin Siegrist, allowed a run over 2 innings with 1 strikeout. Marc Rzepczynski closed it out with 2 scoreless innings.
Player of the Game: Ryan Jackson
Palm Beach (21-34) 4, Tampa 6
The Palm Beach Cardinals had a big game from Anthony Garcia. Garcia, who has been in a deep deep slump, went 3-for-4 with a single shy of the cycle. Garcia’s home run was his 5th and his first since late April. Lead-off hitter, Colin Walsh was on base 3 times with a hit and 2 walks. Nick Longmire had a hit, run scored, and RBI.
Kyle Hald allowed 6 runs (2 earned) over 5 innings on 7 hits and 2 walks. Danny Miranda pitched 2 scoreless innings and has run his season long scoreless streak to 16 innings. Ronnie Shaban pitched another scoreless inning to lower his ERA to. 0.83
Player of the Game: Anthony Garcia
Peoria (30-25) 11, Wisconsin 7
The Chiefs, who had won 4 in a row prior to yesterday, returned to the W column on Monday. Breyvic Valera continues to be a hitting machine as he picks up 3 more hits and extends his hit streak to 10 games. In his last 10 games, Valera is hitting .426 with 7 runs and 9 RBI and had a 3-for-5 day with 3 runs, a double, and a RBI. He also has a 6-game RBI streak. Jordan Walton produced nicely from the clean up spot. Walton finished the day 3-for-5 with a double and 4 RBI’s. Ildemaro Vargas went 2-for-3 with a run, double, triple, and 2 RBI. Jeremy Schaffer went 0-for-5 in his 2013 debut.
Silfredo Garcia started and picked up his 2nd win going 7 innings and allowing 3 runs on 6 hits while striking out 6. Joe Donofrio allowed a run in 1 inning and Michael Aldrete allowed 3 runs on 4 hits in the 9th inning.
Player of the Game: Jordan Walton
Tuesday Probable Pitchers
Memphis – Boone Whiting 2-1, 2.95
Springfield – TBA
Palm Beach – TBA