Sierra Leaps Cardinals over Fire Frogs
Jupiter, FL - The St. Louis Cardinals' number seven prospect, Magneuris Sierra, put on a show at Roger Dean on Monday evening against the Florida Fire Frogs. Sierra went 4-4 and was a home run shy of the cycle as he hit two stand-up triples, a double and a single, plus showed off his arm in the outfield as he had two outfield assists as well.
Sierra got the game started for the Cardinals as he took the first pitch he saw into the right-centerfield gap and got to third standing up. He came in to score two pitches later as Blake Drake hit a sacrifice fly to right to bring Sierra across and give the Cardinals a 1-0 lead.
Florida grabbed a run back in the top of the second as Alex Jackson and Austin Riley started the inning with singles. Jake Woodford got a double play ball that got Jackson to third. Woodford threw a wild pitch that allowed Jackson to score.
Palm Beach took the lead once again in the bottom of the second. Danny Diekroeger led the inning off with a base on balls and got to second on a sacrifice bunt from Edmundo Sosa. Jose Godoy hit a two-out single up the middle to allow Diekroeger to come around and make it 2-1.
Alejandro Salazar looked like he was going to get things going for the Fire Frogs again as he hit a double with one out in the third. Ray-Patrick Didder hit a single to center and Salazar tried to score, but Sierra showed off his arm as he got Salazar at home to keep the lead at 2-1 for Palm Beach.
The Cardinals grabbed a 4-1 lead after four as Diekroeger hit a ball to center and came around to score on the second triple of the game, this time by Edmundo Sosa. The Beach Birds grabbed another two in the fifth when Sierra got his double and Casey Turgeon got hit by a pitch making that the end of the night for Touki Toussaint. Taylor Lewis came in to pitch for Florida and Chinea hit a single to bring Sierra around to score and putting Turgeon on third. Diekroeger hit a fly ball to deep centerfield for the sacrifice fly and making it a 6-1 game in favor of the Cardinals.
The top of the sixth saw the Cardinals almost fall apart. The inning started with an error by Sosa and then a single by Morales and an error by Sierra allowed Didder to come around and score. Woodford gave up a two-out single to Austin Riley that scored Didder and made it a 6-3 game. Braxton Davidson made it a one run game by sending an 0-0 pitch over the right field wall. Steven De La Cruz came in to relieve Woodford. He walked the first batter he faced and gave up a single to Didder to allow the Fire Frogs to tie it a six apiece.
The tie did not last long as the Cardinals grabbed two more runs in the bottom of the sixth. Jose Godoy hit a double with one out and Thomas Spitz reached on a walk. Sierra came up being a home run shy of the cycle and hit his second stand-up triple of the game to give the Cardinals the 8-6 lead.
Ian McKinney pitch two scoreless innings to preserve the 8-6 victory and keep Palm Beach in first place in the Florida State League South Division.
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