RoughRiders VS Springfield Cardinals Cinco De Mayo: Game Recap

RoughRiders VS Springfield Cardinals (St Louis Cardinals)

This is my 4th game to cover in person as a credentialed media member. I am definitely grateful and blessed with this opportunity.

On this Cinco De Mayo the RoughRiders celebrated Girl Power day and there was a nice crowd of 6,408 on hand on this perfect Sunday for baseball.

Pedro Payano warming up
Pedro Payano warming up

Right-handed pitcher, Pedro Payano got the start for the RoughRiders. Prior to this game he has an earned run average of 2.49 with a record of 3-0.

First pitch was at 4:06 PM CST

Starting Pitcher – Pedro Payano

The 1st inning was definitely the best for Payano. He struck out the first 2 batters. One swinging and the other looking. He got Dylan Carlson to ground out and got out of the 1st in 12 pitches.

Payano allowed a home run to Conner Capel, his 5th of the year, in between strikeouts in the 2nd.

The trouble came in the 5th for Payano. He allowed 4 runs to cross the plate and didn’t get out of the inning.

He pitched 4.2 innings and allowed 6 runs on 5 hits, 3 walks and 7 strikeouts. His earned run average is now 4.10.

Relief Pitching – James Jones, Locke St John, Emmanuel Clase

James Jones pitches 1.1 innings and struck out 2 bringing his earned run average to 4.97.

Locke St John is all business and did what he does best. He pitched 2 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit and striking out 2. His earned run average is 0.59

Emmanuel Clase had en error on a throw. He pitched 1 inning and allowed 1 unearned run and one earned run. This guys throws the heat. Take a look at just some of his pitches showing the MPH and spin rate.

100 MPH- didn’t catch a he spin rate

99.9 MPH 2,706

99.9 MPH 2,650

98.6 MPH 2,648

100.6 MPH 2,608

90.7 MPH 2,735

100.7 MPH 2,693

100 MPH 2,614

100.1 MPH 2,648

90.7 MPH 2,619

99.9 MPH 2,552

100.6 MPH 2,582

100.5 MPH 2,519

100.3 MPH 2,478

98.8 MPH 2,662

99.0 MPH 2,582

This wasn’t everyone of his pitches. The error he had really cost him but his stuff is electric. Nonetheless, he got his 2nd loss of the season and his earned run average is 11.12.

The Riders Offense: 6 runs on 11 hits.

Four Riders had multi hit games. Charles Leblanc and Andretty Cordero each had 3 hits.

Dallas native Preston Beck and Tony Sanchez each had 2 hits.

Also it was cool to see Ronald Guzm?n up close. He went 1-5 and is hitting and even .300 with the Riders.

Ronald Guzm?n at 1st with the RoughRiders
Ronald Guzm?n at 1st with the RoughRiders

RoughRiders player of the game

Charles Leblanc, photo credit: Heath Criswell
Charles Leblanc, photo credit: Heath Criswell

Even with his throwing error, I give the player of the game honor to Charles Leblanc. He remained hot, going 3-4, with 2 runs and a sac-fly that just happened to tie the game. Plus, he leads the RoughRiders in batting average at .374 for the year.

There were 7 wild pitches in this game between both teams and the game took 3 hours and 14 minutes.

The RoughRiders vs Springfield Cardinals ended with a Riders loss by a final of 8-6. They move to 18-12 on the year.

Until next time, #LetsRide