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MBL news: Preseason predictions on opening day

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Walkers news: St. Louis makes deal before opener

Although some of the team's in the Midwest Baseball League had already opened their season, the St. Louis River Walkers were among those who waited a day and they took advantage by making one last deal in hopes of bolstering their roster.
St. Louis sent right-handed pitcher Brandon "Spags" Spagnuolo along with left-hander Ernesto Rios to the Evansville Big Bossemen in exchange for corner outfielder Carlos Vidal.
Spagnuolo, 29, was part of a numbers crunch, out of options and unlikely to pass through waivers.
He had his best season for St. Louis in 2023 when has a part of the starting rotation he pitched in 29 games going 9-10 with a 3.96 ERA.
Spagnuolo was injured to start the 2024 season and never found any traction pitching all but the final month of the season at AAA Memphis.
Rios, 25, was part of a highly-touted trade with Milwaukee in 2023.
He made three late-season starts with the Walkers in both 2023 and 2024, going 2-0 with a 3.19 ERA but when it came down to battle it out for a spot in the rotation for 2025, he was outshined by others after going 1-3 with a 7.13 ERA.
In the 29-year-old Vidal, St. Louis gets a corner outfielder who seems to have some talent but has been blocked during his time in Evansville.
In 2024, Vidal hit .268 in 64 games in the majors (34 starts) with seven homers and 20 RBIs.
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It’s been five seasons since the St. Louis River Walkers sniffed the postseason on the heels of an 84-78 campaign which saw them finish in a tie for third-place in a tightly packed National League Central Division.
The Walkers entered the season’s final day actually still in the race, but a 5-4 loss to Kansas City, coupled with Des Moines’ 7-5 win over Cedar Rapids, left in a third-place tie with Quad City.
The Harvesters won the division for the fourth consecutive season, finishing a game ahead of Springfield and two ahead of the Walkers and Quad City.
Des Moines would fail to reach the World Series falling to Chicago in the National League championship series.
Again, it was a lack of offense which helped doom St. Louis. It ranked at or near the bottom in most major categories and trailed first-place Des Moines by nine games going into the All-Star break.
A change in hitting coaches to Andy Tracy seemed to light a slight spark under the Walkers’ bats. The team went 55-39 after he replaced Shane Andrews. But it wasn’t enough to carry them to top of the division, and the still ranked in the bottom third of most categories at season’s end.
The pitching, meanwhile, may have been the best in the National League from top to bottom with a rotation led by Alex Faedo and Argenis Batista to a bullpen topped by National League Reliever of the Year Jake Brentz.
There will be some changes, one of which already has fallen flat.
Free-agent starting pitcher Brent Honeywell has already been lost for the season to Tommy John surgery after being injured in his first outing of the spring.
Honeywell was brought in to replace long-time ace Aaron Nola, who left the team via free agency.
Also gone are highly-touted outfielder Michael Toglia and Alex Bregman, another off-season signing, who were packaged to Detroit for starting pitcher Adonis Medina.
Medina fills the role expected to be filled by Honeywell.
Added to the bullpen will be a pair of free agents in right-handed flamer-thrower Danny Grigg, coming off a 29-save season for Cedar Rapids, and left-hander Danny Jennings, who also recorded 29 saves while helping Detroit win the World Series.
On the field, outfielder Carlos Vidal was acquired via trade from Evansville and will be given the first shot to earn the right-field job.
Utility infielder Johan Camargo is a switch-hitter who plays plus defense at second, shortstop and third base.
Veteran Austin Barnes replaces J.T. Realmuto as the backup catcher to starter Jared Thomas.
The rest of the opening day roster features players who were with the Walkers in 2024 or at least part of their farm system.
The preseason prognosticators don’t seem sure what to think of the Walkers, having them pegged to go 86-76 and finish third, two games in back of once-again favored Des Moines.
Departures
SP – Aaron Nola 31, B-R, T-R, 9-10, 4.01 ERA, 33 Gs, 188.1 IP; signed as free-agent with Detroit
The leader of the River Walkers pitching staff since the formation of the MBL in 2018, Nola departed for a five-year deal worth $207 million with Detroit. While Nola pitched well in 2024 for St. Louis, he was probably the fourth-best pitcher in the team’s rotation and when he started asking for $25 million plus for at least five seasons it was time to cut ties. He only got four seasons from the Wheelmen, who are coming off a World Series title, but still exceeded the $20 million per season barrier. Still, he will be tough to replace going 104-80 with a 3.44 ERA in his seven seasons in St. Louis.
RP – Kenley Jansen, 37, B-R, T-R, 4-4, 5 Svs., 3.72 ERA, 60 Gs 55.2 IP; Signed as free agent with Madison
Jansen didn’t have a bad season, but I would have liked to seen better. At his age, 37, there are better pitchers out there for the role he was expected to fill. Got a one-year deal worth $2,880,000 with the Muskies.
RP – Phil Maton, 32, B-R, T-R, 3-0, 3.49 ERA, 3 Svs., 73 Gs, 56.2 IP; Signed as free agent with Chicago
Like Jansen Maton didn’t have a bad season, in fact he had a great first half but struggling through the final two months of the season. At 32, he’s still viable reliever but there’s others out there like him including some already in the team’s farm system. His one-year deal with the G-Men will earn him 1.94 million.
RP – Sean Doolittle, 38, B-R, T-R, 5-0, 3.19 ERA, 1 Sv., 40 Gs, 31.0 IP; Signed as free agent with Springfield
Acquired in a June 26 trade with Cleveland, Doolittle was a long-down lefty until September when he hit a major speedbump during the stretch run. He still has great stuff but at age 38 there are other options who should do it just as well. His deal with the Prairie Fighters is worth $2.6 million.
RP – Brad Hand, 35, B-L, ,T-L, 3-0, 2.60 ERA, Svs., 21 Gs, 17.1 IP; Signed with Toledo
Hand was lost for the season with an elbow injury on May 21. He had pitched quite well to the that time, and his injury led to the acquisition of Doolittle His age and injury were the primary factors in the decision to not bring him back. Inked a one-year deal worth $1.74 million with the Mud Hens.
SP – Brendan Spagnuolo, 29, B-R, T,-R, 0-0, 15.00 ERA, 3 Gs, 3 IP; Traded to Evansville
After doing a respectable job as the Walkers No. 5 starter in 2023, Spagnuolo’s 2024 season was derailed in spring training by a hamstring injury and never got on track. Jimmy Lambert ran with the No. 5 starter’s role while Spagnuolo healed. He pitched in the minors but never really looked good. Out of options, he was traded along with fellow starter Ernesto Rios to the Big Bossemen for outfielder Carlos Vidal.
SP – Ernesto Rios, 25, B-L, T-L, 0-0, 2.40 ERA, 3 Gs, 15 IP; Traded to Evansville
Rios spent all but September in the minors before pitching respectable in three starts with the big club. Spent spring training fighting it out with Jackson Smeltz and Jimmy Lambert for the No. 5 position in the rotation. Lambert won the job. He was the big chip for Evansville in the deal which landed the Walkers’ Vidal.
OF – Michael Toglia, 26, B-S, T-L, 71 Gs, .257 BA, 13 HRs, 41 RBIs, .768 OPS; Traded to Detroit
Coming out of his rookie season in 2024, Toglia seemed destined to be a budding star for the River Walkers. However, the start of his season was pushed back by a broken finger in spring training and once he got onto the field he didn’t seem to be the same player who had won a Silver Slugger the previous year. Sent to the minors, it took him a while to get on track at AAA Memphis. He played well in a September call-up. But there was another issue. His defense. Average at best, his ratings as an outfielder had dropped over the past two seasons. And while asked to play quite a bit at first base for the Redbirds, he failed to gain any traction there ranking well below average. So when the glaring need for another starting pitcher arose following the injury to Honeywell, Toglia became an option as he could well be a player who needs to be a designated hitter in a league that does not feature one.
3B – Alex Bregman, 31, B-R, T-R, 154 Gs, .262 BA, 9 Hrs., 50 RBIs, .713 OPS (playing for Cedar Rapids); Traded to Detroit
Brought in to provide competition at third base for Tanner Kohlhepp, Bregman became a major trade chip after Detroit lost 2024 American League MVP Darren Miller for at least three months to a shoulder injury in spring training. Bregman only played in a handful of spring training games for the Walkers before the trade.
C – J.T. Realmuto, 34, B-R, T-R, 44 Gs, .214 BA, 2 HRs, 14 RBIs, .562 OPS; Released in September, no team
Realmuto was the veteran backup to J.T. Realmuto until being released in early September to provide room for young catcher Keegan Fish on the roster.

Starting rotation
No. 1 – Alex Faedo, 29, B-R, T-R, 13-11, 2.91 ERA, 34 GS, 207.0 IP
Over the past two seasons, Faedo has established himself as the de-facto ace of the River Walkers’ rotation and one of the best starters in the National League.
No. 2 – Argenis Batista, 24, B-L, T-L, 10-9, 3.41 ERA, 33 Gs, 206 IP
Still pretty much a youngster, when Batista is on his game there are few better pitchers out there.
His 199 strikeouts led the team as did his 3.4 WAR.
No. 3 – Adonis Medina, 28, B-R, T-R, 10-6, 3.15 ERA, 27 Gs, 151.1 IP; Acquired from Detroit
Medina played a key role in helping Detroit claim its first Mississippi Baseball League championship with his 10-6 regular season and 2-0 mark in the playoffs. His 1.10 WHIP and 3.9 WAR were better than any in the St. Louis rotation in 2024.
No. 4 – Steven Brault, 32, B-L, T-L, 8-9, 3.13 ERA, 33 G, 32 GS, 195.1 IP
A 2024 free-agent signing, Brault proved well worth the cost probably pitching better than his record shows. He seemed to get better as the season went along. Also probably the best hitting pitcher in the National League not-name Ohtani or McKay.
No. 5 – Jimmy Lambert, 30, 9-10, 4.25 ERA, 29 G, 28 GS, 156.2 IP
Lambert earned the No. 5 spot in the rotation in spring training and ran with it. He did so again this spring, outlasting Jackson Smeltz and the since traded Ernesto Rios. He isn’t dazzling, but more than often kept the team in games.

Relief pitchers
CL – Edwin Diaz, 31, B-R, T-R, 3-5, 4.91 ERA, 19 Svs., 49 G, 44.0 IP, 7 BS
Brought in to be a lock-down closer, Diaz had a lost season in 2024. His ERA was well above 6.50 for much of the season and he eventually lost his closer’s job to lefty Jake Brentz. He had a good spring and again will open the season as the team’s 9th-inning guy. But Brentz is there in the wings as well as off-season acquisition Danny Grigg.
RP – Jake Brentz, 30, B-L, T-L, 8-6, 2.27 ERA, 6 Svs., 68 G, 67.1 IP
A 2024 free-agent signing, Brent proved worth the payout as he earned honors as the National League’s top reliever. Averaging 11.4 strikeouts per nine innings, Brentz biggest strength is his ability to handle hitters from both sides of the plate.
RP – Danny Grigg, 32, B-R, T-R, 1-6, 4.50 ERA, 29 Svs., 63 G, 54.0 IP; Signed as free agent from Cedar Rapids
Looking for an insurance policy in case Diaz falls out of form again, the River Walkers went out and signed a reliever who tops 100 mph and recorded 29 saves in 2024. If Diaz gets it done, Grigg’s fast ball will be featured against the top right-handed hitters in the seventh and eighth innings.
RP – Dan Jennings, 37, B-L, T-L, 4-5, 2.91 ERA, 28 Svs., 59 G, 53.1 IP; Signed as free-agent from Columbus
Looking to replace Sean Doolittle as a No. 2 lefty out of the pen, the Walkers went with Jennings who had a strong year as the closer at Columbus with 28 saves.
RP – John Curtiss, 32, B-R, T-R, 7-3, 1.91 ERA, 2 Svs., 75 G, 70.2 IP
A member of the Walkers since their inaugural season, Curtiss eclipsed the 70-game mark for the fourth straight season in 2024 in what might be his best campaign so far. His ability to handle batters from both sides of the plate is his strength.
RP – Nick Lodolo, 27, 2-4, 3.36 ERA, 4 Svs., 60 G, 56.1 IP
Acquired via trade in the 2023-24 offseason, Lodolo struggled out of the gate but seemed to find himself after a stint at Memphis.
RP – Luis Polomo, 24, B-R, T-R, 1-0, 2.04 ERA, 0 Svs., 12 G, 17.2 IP
Acquired in an offseason trade with Quad City, Polomo spent much of 2024 in the Thunder’s minor league system. He’s young and seems to harbor a lot of potential. Could fill the role of long man if a starter has to make an early exit.
RP – Caleb Ferguson, 28, B-R, T-L, 3-2, 2.63 ERA, 0 Svs., 48 G, 37.2 IP
A pitcher who was just given a shot when the Walkers were running shy on lefty relievers, Ferguson flourished as a specialist against left-handed hitters.
Starting lineup (opening day)
CF – Alek Thomas, 26, B-L, T-L, .270 BA, 3 HRs, 36 RBIs, 156 G, .672 OPS, 17 SBs
Acquired from Green Bay in the 2023-24 offseason, Thomas was expected to play a reserve role but with Toglia’s struggles and some issues in finding an everyday center fielder Thomas ended up making 119 starts and playing in a team-high 156 games. He doesn’t have any power to speak of, but as a former NL batting champ, and still at the young age of 26, he could do some big things at the top of the order.
2B – Bo Bichette, 27, B-R, T-R, .233 BA, 11 HRs, 57 RBIs, 155 G, .680 OPS, 8 SBs
After making consecutive All-Star appearances, 2024 was the worst campaign of Bichette’s career as he saw a major drop off in his numbers across the board. This will probably be a make or break season for Bichette if he wants to remain in St. Louis.
LF – Andrew Benintendi, 30, B-L, T-L, .269 BA, 30 HRs, 99 RBIs, 154 G, .822 OPS, 6 SBs
Although its been a few seasons since Benintendi has put up MVP like numbers, he remains the player to be feared in the River Walkers batting order. Like the rest of his teammates, he struggled out of the game but from the All-Star break forward was among the best producers in the league.
1B – Rhys Hoskins, 32, B-R, T-R, .234 BA, 21 HRs, 61 RBIs, 133 G, .754 OPS, 0 SBs
A few seasons ago, Benintendi and Hoskins were among the most-feared duos in the league, now Hoskins might be a player whose future in the league will be spelled out in how he performs in 2025. His home runs dropped from 38 in 2023 to 21 in 2024. His RBIs as well plummeted from 92 to 61. If Toglia could have made strides as a first baseman, Hoskins may have been the one sent packing.
RF – Carlos Vidal, 29, B-L, T-L, .268 BA, 6 HRs, 20 RBIs, 64 G, .740 OPS, 5 SBs; Acquired from Evansville
For a while, Vidal has been considered who could contribute in a big way in the majors but never got the chance. Well the River Walker are going to give it to him planting him in right field for their season opener. He’s displayed some pop in the minors, hitting more than 15 homers in three occasions in AAA. He also seems to have a decent eye for the strike zone.
SS – Jean Carmona, 25, B-S, T-R, .254 BA, 9 HRs, 45 RBIs, 150 G, .715 OPS, 13 SBs
The 2024 season was a breakout with the glove for Carmona as he won his first National League Gold Glove at shortstop. This season, the River Walkers hopes Carmona can turn it around at the plate. He had a strong second half with the bat and that carried over into spring training.
C – Jared Thomas, 24, B-L, T-R, .226 BA, 12 HRs, 41 RBIs, 123 G, .666 OPS, 0 SB
Thomas earned the starting job out of spring training in 2024 and while his season was a bit of a roller-coaster at the plate, he did enough to keep his starting job into 2025. His ability to handle pitcher shad to play a big role with the Walkers being among the best staffs in the league.
3B – Tanner Kohlhepp, 25, B-R, T-R, .250 BA, 9 HRs, 31 RBIs, 47 G, .750 OPS, 2 SBs
Kohlhepp split time between St. Louis and AAA Memphis, but of the players who manned the hot corner for the Walker the now 25-year-old performed the best of them. Expected to battle Alex Bregman for the starting job in spring training, St. Louis opted to deal Bregman to Detroit when the need for another starting pitcher arose following the loss to Brent Honeywell to Tommy John surgery.

Reserves (Note: Rosters have expanded to 26 players this season)
OF – Larry Ernesto, 24, B-S, T-R, .256 BA, 7 HRs, 30 RBIs, 77 G, .717 OPS, 13 SBs
Ernesto was the River Walkers starting center fielder to open the 2024season, but his inconsistency resulted in him eventually getting sent back to Memphis. He’s young, 24, so there still is hope he can develop into a bonafide major-league hitter.
OF – Edmond Americaan, 28, B-L, T-L, .277 BA, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 28 G, .719 OPS, 2 SBs
Americaan has gotten a number of chances in the big leagues over the past three seasons and he’ll get another one this year. He had a huge spring training, and if he can build on that the more playing time he’ll get.
IF – Christian Arroyo, 29, B-R, T-R, .278 BA, 5 HRs, 20 RBIs, 110 G, .717 OPS, 0 SB
For the seventh consecutive season, Arroyo is back with the River Walkers as their primary backup infielder. He’s hit better than .261 each of the past three seasons and is a solid defender at second, third and shortstop.
IF – Johan Camargo, 31, B-S, T-R, .326 BA, 14 HRs, 72 RBIs, 128 G, .864 OPS, 7 SBs; Free-agent signing from AAA Albuquerque
It’s been three seasons since Camargo last played in the majors, but a strong showing at AAA last season made him hard to pass on when he became available as a free agent. He’s a strong defender at second, short and third and bats from both side of the plate.
C – Austin Barnes, 35, B-R, T-R, .258 BA, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 41 G, .723 OPS, 2 SBs
The veteran catcher’s job description is simple, provide a strong game-calliing experience from behind the plate once every fourth day when Jared Thomas takes a day off.
Minor-leaguers to watch
OF – Alan Dondero, 28, B-R, T-R, 277 BA, 12 HRs, 38 RBIs, 60 G, .868 OPS, 12 SBs
An August callup, Dondero proceeded to tear the cover off the ball before coming back down to Earth over the season’s final weeks. Given a chance to win the center field job in spring training, Dondero barely batted above .150 forcing him to head back to Memphis. If he can find his swing again, he’ll get another shot. Doesn’t hurt he’s Gold-Glove caliber defender.
IF – Marcos Junior Gonzalez, 25, B-R, T-R, .279 BA, 25 HRs, 357 RBIs, 798 G, .744 OPS, 103 SBs (career)
Acquired in a July trade with Grand Rapids, Gonzalez is a plus-plus middle-infield defender who has shown some potential at the plate. Although, he has yet to do it in his short time in the Walkers farm system.
C – Keegan Fish, 25, B-S, T-R, .571 BA, 1 HR, 1 RBIs, 4 G, .1768 OPS, 0 SB
If things don’t workout with Hedges as the backup or Thomas as the starter Fish should get the call up. The only reason he is in AAA is to insure he gets consistent playing time.
SP – Cal Quantrill, 30, B-L, T-R, 9-12, 3.92 ERA, 28 G, 153.2 IP; Signed as free agent
Inked as a free agent, Quantrill put up some decent numbers for AAA El Paso. His stuff is average but he features good control. He’s been waiting a while for his shot, and if something happens to the Walkers starters he is likely to get it.
RP – Adam Wenger, 25, B-R, T-R, 1-5, 3.79 ERA, 25 Svs., 53 G, 54.2 IP
The hard-throwing Wenger is making the leap from high-A to AAA Memphis and if he can throw strikes will likely land in the big leagues this season.
RP – Ryan Sherriff, 34, B-L, T-L, 5-1, 2.89 ERA, 1 Sv., 27 G, 28 IP; Signed as free agent
The veteran left-hander was signed as insurance if any one of the southpaws in the majors struggle or is injured. He had an impressive 2024 season for Indianapolis, so it may not take much for him to be called up.
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Walkers news: April 8 -- St. Louis 3, Quad City 2

Record: 1-0, 2nd (Tied/w. Springfield Kansas City), 0.5 GB Cedar Rapids
Tanner Knolhopp's two-out single off Quad City's Nick Wood in the top of the eighth inning scored Rhys Hoskins to help give St. Louis a 3-2 win in both team's season opener at Fenway Park (1970).
Andrew Benintendi had led off the inning with his third hit of the game, a single, and moved to second when Hoskins drew a walk.
Carlos Vidal was hit by a pitch to load the bases.
Wood, however, struck out Jean Carmona for the first out and got Jared Thomas to ground out with Benintendi being thrown out at the plate.
That brought Knolhepp to the plate and he lined the first pitch he saw into right center to bring Hoskins home with the tie-breaking run.
A two-run double from Benintendi in the top of the third inning off Thunder starting pitcher Matt Ruppenthal had staked the River Walkers to a 2-0 lead.
Quad City got its first run of the season in the third inning when St. Louis starter Alex Faedo balked with a runner on third.
The Thunder tied it in the seventh when Andrew Bethea looped a two-out homer off reliever Dan Jennings around Pesky's Pole in right field.
Faedo allowed just one run on four hits in six innings. He struck out six and walked none.
Jennings followed him to the mound and recorded two outs before allowing Bethea's run.
John Curtiss (1-0) retired the only batter he faced to complete the seventh, and also ended up putting himself in line for the win.
Jake Brentz (0.2 IP) and Danny Grigg (0.1) combined on a scoreless eighth.
Edwin Diaz sent Q-C down in order in the ninth to earn a save.
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Walkers news: April 9 -- Quad City 4, St. Louis 1

Record: 1-1, 3rd (Tied/with Quad City). 0.5 GB Cedar Rapids and Springfield
Daniel Ritcheson limited St. Louis to one run over the opening five innings and four relievers combined to shutout the River Walkers the rest of the way, as Quad City won 4-1 at Fenway Park (1970).
Down 1-0, the Thunder tied it with an unearned run in the third inning and took the lead with the help of another error in the fifth.

In the bottom of the third, Daniel Johnson Jr. had reached on an error by right fielder Carlos Vidal to lead off the inning.
A sacrifice bunt by Ritcheson m,oved him to second.
A Shane Shifflett ground out plated Johnson at third, and he scored when Adam Haseley followed with a triple.
The fifth featured an error by River Walkers starting pitcher Argenis Batista who botched a throw from first baseman Rhys Hoskins while covering first on a ball hit again by Johnson.
Johnson scored when pinch-hitter Carter Kieboom followed with a double.
The Thunder added two more runs in the sixth, spoiling Luis Palomo debut for St. Louis.
Nick Gonzalez led off with a double and Randolph Thorne followed it by smacking a ball 378 feet over the Green Monster in left.
Ritcheson (1-0) handled the first five innings, allowing the one run on five hits.
Sarkis Ohanian, Thad Ward, Jake Diekman and Nick Goody all worked an inning apiece to close it out.
Goody got his first save.
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Walkers news: April 10 -- St. Louis 7, Quad City 0

Record: 2-1, 1st (Tied/w. Cedar Rapids and Springfield), 1 GA Kansas City
St. Louis smashed five home runs including a team-record four in the top of the ninth inning to power its way to a 7-0 win over Quad City at Fenwau Park (1970).
The victory gave the River Walkers two wins in its opening three-game series with the Thunder.
A Bo Bichette solo homer off Thunder starting pitcher Izzy San Juan with one out in the sixth inning was the game's lone scoring going into the ninth.
That's when the Walkers unleashed the thunder.
The first three homers came from the first three batters.
Jared Thomas led off with a long ball off Adam Haseley, whose primary job is that of an outfielder but occasionally moonlights on the mound.
Larry Ernesto hit the first Hasley offering he saw 397 feet over the Green Monster.
Making his first at-bat of the season, Johan Camargo joined in on he fun with an almost identical blast, a 397 foot ball hit to left field.
That spelled the end of Haseley.
But the Walkers were not done putting two runners aboard against Sarkin Ohanian to set the stage for a three-run bomb from Rhys Hoskins.
That power showing overshadowed an impressive St. Louis debut for Adonis Medina (1-0) who worked 6.1 scoreless innings. He allowed three hits while striking out one and walking none.
Danny Jennings (1.1 IP), Danny Grigg (0.1) and Caleb Ferguson (1.0) combined to complete the win.
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Walkers news: April 11 -- St. Louis 7, Kansas City 1

Record: 3-1, 1st (Tied/w. Cedar Rapids), 1 GA Springfield and Des Moines
Steven Brault took a shutout into the bottom of the seven inning by which time St. Louis had built a 7-0 lead, and the River Walkers would go on to a 7-1 win over Kansas City at Kansas City Municipal Stadium (1969).
Brault allowed just two hits over his first six innings before Grant Witherspoon doubled with one out in the seventh and scored on an Addison Barger single.
Brault (1-0) would complete the inning without any further damage.

He would end up allowing the one run on four hits. He struck out two but walked four.


The Walkers jumped in front 1-0 in the top of the second against Pit Masters starter Pablo Lopez.

Jean Carmona drew a lead-off walk and went to third on a Tanner Kohlhepp single.
Austin Barnes scored Carmona with a sacrifice fly.
St. Louis broke the game open with a four-run sixth.
Carlos Vidal had the big hit with a bases-loaded double which cleared the bags.
Carmona hit his second double of the game, scoring a pair of runs and giving him three RBIs for the game.
Nick Lodolo worked a scoreless eighth inning for St. Louis. John Curtiss did the same in the ninth to end it.
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Walkers news: April 12 -- St. Louis at Kansas City, ppd., by rain

The game between the St. Louis River Walkers and the Kansas City Pit Masters scheduled for Saturday, April 12 at Municipal Stadium has been postponed by bad weather.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on April 13.
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Walkers news: April 13 -- St. Louis 4, Kansas City 2, Game 1

Record:4-1, 1st, 0.5 GA Cedar Rapids
Jimmy Lambert allowed one run over seven innings and St. Louis rode a four-run second inning to defeat Kansas City 4-2 in the first game of a doubleheader at Kansas City Municipal Stadium (1969).
Lambert (1-0) tossed a shutout for five innings before allowing a run to the Pit Masters in the sixth.
He worked one more inning, finishing have allowed the one run on four hits. Lambert struck out five and walked one.
Caleb Ferguson worked a scoreless eighth inning.
The River Walkers bullpen had to work harder than it would have hoped ti close out the game.
St. Louis used four pitchers in the inning,Nick Lodolo, John Curtiss and Jake Brentz, as the Pit Masters loaded the bases with no outs.
Tim Anderson singled off Brentz , who had walked Grant Witherspoon to fill the sacks, to make it 4-2.
But Brentz collected himself and got both Yasmani Grandal and pinch-hitter Logan Tanner to both fly out and earn himself his first save.
The Walkers did all of their scoring in the top of the second against Kansas City starting pitcher Kyle Wright.

Carlos VIdal drove in the first run with a single.
Walks to Austin Barnes and Lambert then loaded the bases.
Alek Thomas followed with a single, making it 2-0.
Bo Bichette doubled that advantage with another single.
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Walkers news: April 13 -- Kansas City 3, St. Louis 1, Game 2

Record: 4-2, 1st (Tied/w. Cedar Rapids),1 GA Des Moines and Springfield
Johnny Kuhn Jr. tossed six shutout innings and the Kansas City bullpen held on as the Pit Masters downed St. Louis 3-1 in the second game of a doubleheader at Kansas City Municipal Stadium (1969).
Kuhn (1-0) stymied the RIver Walkers allowing just three hits in his six innings. He struck out six and walked one.
Andrew Ryan and Ryan Stanek both worked a scoreless inning apiece to maintain a 3-0 Kansas City lead.
The River Walkers put something together against Masters closer David Berg in the ninth.
Andrew Benintendi reached with a one-out double and moved to third on a Rhys Hoskins single.
Benintendi scored when Carlos Vidal hit into a fielder's choice.
Berg then got Jean Carmona to ground out to end it, earning him his first save.
The Masters grabbed a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the third against St. Louis starter Alex Faedo.
Faedo opened the inning by walking two of the last three batters.
Jayson Gonzalez then chased home the game's first run with a single.
Another single, this one from Yordan Alvarez, made it 2-0.
Kansas City got its third run in the seventh.
Logan Tanner scored the run after reaching on a one-out single off Faedo.
Dan Jennings took over and his first pitch eluded catcher Jared Thomas, moving Tanner to second.
A walk to Greg Jones loaded the bases.
Another off-the-mark offering, this one ruled a passed ball, brought Tanner across the plate and made it 3-0.
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Walkers news: April 14 -- St. Louis 6, Cedar Rapids 2

Record: 5-2, 1st, 1 GA Springfield and Cedar Rapids
Argenis Batista allowed one run over six innings to help lead St. Louis to a 6-2 win over Cedar Rapids at Busch Stadium (1997).
Batista allowed one run on four hits in his six innigs. He struck out nine and walked one.
The River Walkers led 3-1 when Batista exited the game.
Jared Thomas hit a two-run homer off Golden Grapplers starting pitcher Rick Atkinson in the second inning, giving the Walkers a 2-0 lead.
A Jose Leyva homer in the fourth off Batista made it 2-1.
St. Louis got that run back in the sixth against reliever Jared Carkuff.
Rhys Hoskins reached on a one-out error by Grapplers right fielder Domingo Santana.

He would scored on a two-out double from Johan Camargo.
Hoskins broke the game open in the bottom of the eighth with a three-run homer off reliever Jose Alvardo.
Nick Lodolo worked a scoreless seventh inning for the Walkers
Dan Jennings recorded the first out of the eighth.
Danny Grigg hanled the rest, being on the mound for five outs.
The effort earned Grigg his first save of the season.
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Walkers news: April 15 -- St. Louis 3, Cedar Rapids 2

Record: 6-2, 1st, 1 GA Springfield
A pinch-hit double with one out in the bottom of the ninth from Carlos Vidal scored Larry Ernesto to give St. Louis a 3-2 win over Cedar Rapids at Busch Stadium (1997).
Ernesto had drawn a walk from reliever Kyle Barraclough to open the inning.
Jared Carkuff replaced Barraclough and saw Alek Thomas get down a bunt which moved Ernesto to third.
Jose Leclerc then took the mound and Vidal smacked the second pitch he saw down the left-field line for a game-winning double.
Cedar Rapids scored a pair of runs off River Walkers starter Adonis Medina in the first inning to grab an early lead.
St. Louis tied it in the bottom of the third.
Johan Camargo singled with one out off Golden Grapplers starting pitcher Carlos Martinez.
Camargo scored when Rhys Hoskins followed with a triple.

Andrew Benintendi chased Hoskins home when he grounded out.
After the rough start, Medina settled down and tossed five scoreless innings, giving him six for the game, having allowed five hits. He struck out six and walked two.
Caleb Ferguson pitched a scoreless seventh inning and got the first two outs of the eighth.
Jake Brentz (1-0) handled the rest of the game without allowing any runs, setting himself up to earn his first win of the season.
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Walkers news: April 16 -- Cedar Rapids at St. Louis, ppd. by weather

The game between Cedar Rapids and St. Louis scheduled for April 16 at Busch Stadium has been postponed because of bad weather.
The game has been rescheduled for later in the season.
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Walkers news: April 17 -- St. Louis 6, Rockford 4

Record: 7-2, 1st, 1 GB Springfield
Tied 4-4, St. Louis scored runs in the seventh and eighth inning to grabn a 6-4 win from Rockford at RFK Stadium (1962).
Rockford jumped out to a 2-0 lead, only to the River Walkers go in front after four-run fifth inning, highlighted by a two-run double from Bo Bichette.
Rockford scored single runs in the bottom of the fifth and sixth to tie it.
The River Walkers, however, scored once in both the seventh and eighth to go in front for good.
In the seventh, Alek Thomas opened the inning after he reached on an error by Lightning third baseman Drew Ellis with Gabriel Moya on the mound.
Taylor Widener took over the pitching duties for Rockford.
Thomas stole second base and moved to third when Austin Barnes grounded out.
Shawn Semple was called into pitch.
He struck out Larry Ernesto.
But Bichette broke the tie with his second double of the game.
St. Louis added an insurance run in the eighth.
Rhys Hoskins drew a one-out walk from Travis Krogman and scored on a two-out double from Tanner Kohlhep.
Walkers starter Steven Brault took some lumps, getting battered for 12 hits over 5.1 innings but allowing just four runs.
Dan Jennings (1-0) completed the sixth inning and ended up earning the win.
Nick Lodolo didn't allow a base runner in the seventh inning.
Edwin Diaz carried a heavy load, pitching both the eighth and ninth to earn his second save.
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Walkers news: April 18 -- Rockford 15, St. Louis 7

Record: 7-3, 1st, 1 GA, Springfield
Ahmed Rosario hit for the cycle and Gage Canning homered twice as Rockford slugged past St. Louis 15-7 at RFK Stadium (1962).
The game featured eight home runs, four by each team. The River Walkers' Carlos Vidal matched Canning with a pair of long balls.
The game was tied five when the Lightning broke the contest open with five runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Rosario led off the inning with a double off St. Louis starting pitcher Jimmy Lambert.
Caleb Lambert took over on the mound for the Walkers, and was gritted by a Mike Courtney double, which scored Rosario.
After getting the inning's first out, Lambert surrendered the inning's third double, this one to Drew Ellis.
Estevan Florial kept the line going with a single, putting runners at the corner.
And with two outs, Canning unleashed his second homer of the game -- a three-run blast which made it 10-5.
Rosario notched the home run version of his cycle with a solo shot off Luis Palomo in the seventh.
Rockford made it ugly by scoring four times in the eighth.
Rosario chased home three of the runs with a bases-loaded triple off Palomo.
Lightning starting pitcher Luis Severino lasted just four innings, allowing five runs on nine hits.
Five relievers worked an inning apiece to close it out - -Gabriel Moya, Tyler Glasnow, Taylor Widener, Jason Fleming and Shawn Semple -- with Glasnow (1-0) collecting his first victory of the season.
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Walkers news: April 19 -- St. Louis 5, Rockford 4

Record: 8-3, 1st, 1 GA Springfield
St. Louis scored five runs over the course of the first three innings and held on for a 5-4 win over Rockford at RFK Stadium (1962).
Bo Bichette tallied the game's first run after he was hit by Alex Reyes pitch to lead off the game.
He later scored when Andrew Benintendi hit into a doubleheader. T
Tanner Kohlhepp drove in Carlos Vidal, who had walked, with a single.
Jean Carmona opened the second for St. Louis with a single off Reyes and scored on a Bichette sacrifice fly.
In the third, Benintendi hit a one-out homer off Reyes.
Kohlhepp followed that with a walk ,
He stole second and made it to third when catcher Evan Skoug's throw went into the outfielder.
Jared Thomas chased Kohlhepp home with a sacrifice fly.
The Lightning got all three of their runs in the sixth, ending a shutout bid by Walkers starting pitcher Alex Faedo.
Drew Mendoza and Drew Ellis both reached on one-out single.
Gage Canning, who had hit two homers the previous day, then launched another one to make it 5-3.
Rockford sliced that deficit to 5-4 in the eight, when Mike Courtney led off with a single against Jake Brentz and scored on a double by Ellis.
Brentz, however, struck out Carlos Correa and Canning to end the inning
In the ninth, closer Edwin Diaz struck out the first two batters before allowing a single to Willi Castro.
But Diaz whiffed Rosario to end it.
Faedo (1-1) pitched six innings, allowing three runs on seven hits. He struck out six and walked none.
Dan Jennings worked through a scoreless seventh inning, before giving way to Brentz and than Diaz.
It was Diaz' third save of the season.
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Walkers news: April 20 -- Rockford 8, St. Louis 1

Record: 8-4, 1st (Tied/w. Springfield), 1 GA Cedar Rapids
Konnor Pilkington took a shutout into deep the top of the eighth inning and Rockford hit home runs off St. Louis starter Argenis Batista in each of the first three innings as the Lightning rolled to an 8-1 win at RFK Stadium (1962).
With the victory, Rockford split the four-game series with St. Louis.

Pilkington (2-1) never gave up a run during his 7.2 innings, allowing just two hits before retiring after throwing 149 pitches.

Pilkington struck out 11 River Walkers and walked three.
For Batista, things did not go well for him from the get-go.
The third pitch he threw to Ezquiel Pagan traveled 415 feet over the fence in right-center field to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead.
In the second, Jake Holland mashed him for a 417 foot solo blast, making it 2-0.
The honors in the third went to Bobby Gulden, who plated three with his 407 footer.
Rockford chased Batista in the fourth, but it did not need a omer.
Gage Canning led off with a single and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Pilkington.
A wild pitch with Pagan at the plate planted Canning at third.
Pagan then singled, making it 6-0 and sending Batista to the shower.
The Lightning added two more runs that inning against reliever Luis Palomo.
Drew Mendoza did the honors for both with a two-out double.
Trevor Groce got the final out of the eighth inning and the first two of the ninth for Rockford.
He also allowed an RBI single to Jared Thomas for the lone St. Louis run.
Shawn Semple retired the only batter he faced to end matters.
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Walkers news: St. Louis makes a pair of roster moves

The St. Louis River Walkers have made two roster moves as they head into a three-game series against the Twin Cities Snow Cats in Minneapolis.
First, left-handed relief pitcher Tim Hill has been claimed after he was placed on waivers by Columbus.
Hill, 37, had appeared in two games for the Golden Bears this season posting an 9.00 ERA not figuring into a decision.
Going to AAA Memphis will be left-handed reliever Caleb Ferguson.
The 28-year-old Ferguson spent much of the 2024 season with the River Walkers, but struggled down the stretch.
Those issues seem to have extended into this season, as in five games he owns a 7.20 ERA.
For his career, Ferguson has worked in 53 games, owning a 3-2 record and a 3.16 ERA.
Hill has pitched 28 big league contests, going 10-13 with a 4.48 ERA and 10 saves.
Also, the Walkers announced infielder Johan Camargo has been placed on the 10-day disabled list after having to leave April 20 loss to Rockford with back spasms.
Camargo had played well in limited time for St. Louis, batting .308 with one homer and five RBIs win five games.

Coming up from AAA will be third baseman/first baseman J.T. Schwartz, who has yet to play in the majors.
In eight games with the Redbirds this season, Schwartz is batting .265 with no homers and five RBIs.
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