It was a 2-5 night for the Baby Birds as State College and Johnson City won, while Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach, Peoria, and the GCL Cards all lost. Young pitching prospects Alex Reyes (pictured) and Rob Kaminsky were solid in their starts.
Here are quick game summaries followed by the official box score:
Memphis lost to Omaha 5-4 on Saturday. Jermaine Curtis has two of the Redbirds’ 4 hits on the night. Brock Peterson and Greg Garcia had the other two hits. Eric Fornataro go the spot start for the Redbirds and allowed 2 runs on 5 hits in 2 innings. Keith Butler followed Fornataro and threw 3 scoreless innings. Michael Blazek picked up his second loss while allowing 2 earned runs over 1 2/3 innings. Fernando Salas finished out the game with 2 scoreless innings.
Player of the Game: Keith Butler
Springfield lost to Midland 11-10 on Saturday. The Cardinals trailed 10-5 heading to the top of the 9th. The Cards batted around and scored 5 to tie it only to give it up in the bottom of the 9th. The Cards pounded out 15 hits and were led by Xavier Scruggs who had 2 hits and drove in 3 and Ruben Gotay who had 4 hits and drove in 2. James Ramsey had 2 hits, 2 RBI, and 2 runs scored out of the lead-off spot. Anthony Ferrara started and allowed 5 earned runs on 6 hits and 5 walks over 3 innings. Kevin Thomas took the loss, his 4th of the season.
Player of the Game: Ruben Gotay
Palm Beach lost to Charlotte 1-0 on Saturday. The Cards only managed 6 hits as Alex Mejia had two of them. Kyle Hald was very impressive in the loss. In 7 innings, Hald allowed a run on 7 hits while striking out 3. He picked up his 8th loss. Corey Baker closed it out with a perfect 8th inning.
Player of the Game: Kyle Hald
Peoria lost 6-1 to Cedar Rapids on Saturday. C.J. McElroy and Juan Herrera each had two hits for the Chiefs with Herrera recording the only RBI. Mike Mayers picks up his first loss for Peoria allowing 3 runs on 6 hits over 4 innings. Thomas Lee allowed 2 runs on 2 hits in 3 innings on relief.
Player of the Game: Juan Herrera
State College beat Jamestown 5-3 on Saturday. The bottom of the Spikes’ order provided the power on Saturday. Alex De Leon blasted his third home run in the ninth inning. Celebrating his 23rd birthday, Matthew Young hit his first home run of the season for State College. Cesar Valera and Brett Wiley each had two hits as well. Nick Petree was outstanding again in his start going 6 innings and allowing 6 hits, 1 run, no walks, and 4 strikeouts. Andrew Pierce picked up his second save with a scoreless ninth
Player of the Game: Matthew Young
Johnson City beat Elizabethton 9-6 on Saturday. Justin Ringo was the star of the night, going 5-for-5 with 4 RBI’s. Richy Pedroza also had a big night, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles, a triple, 3 RBI’s and 3 runs. Alexander Reyes had another solid start for the Cards. In 5 1/3 innings, Reyes allowed 3 runs on 4 hits while walking 2 and striking out 5. Reyes allowed all 3 runs in the 6th inning.
Player of the Game: Justin Ringo
The GCL Marlins beat the GCL Cards 3-2 on Saturday. Jacoby Almaraz was pretty much it for the Cards offense as he collected 2 hits and 2 RBI’s. Elier Rodriguez had the only other Cards hit. Sam Gaviglio, who is on a rehab assignment from Palm Beach, allowed just 2 hits and a walk over 5 innings while striking out 6. Rob Kaminsky finished the game and allowed 3 earned runs on only 1 hit with 2 walks over 4 innings. Kaminsky struck out 5.
Player of the Game: Sam Gaviglio
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