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.
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 Guzmán up close. He went 1-5 and is hitting and even .300 with the Riders.
RoughRiders player of the game
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