Saturday wasn't exactly the high water mark of the season for the Cardinals' top farm club.
The Memphis Redbirds lost 13-10 to the Albuquerque Isotopes in a game that was marred by horrible pitching, poor fielding and a bench clearing brawl.
Memphis walked 14 Isotopes hitters. A club record matching eight of the free passes were issued by recently demoted right hander Maikel Cleto who allowed seven runs in three innings of work.
Cleto loaded the bases with no outs in the fourth thanks to two walks and a single. Manager Pop Warner had seen enough and Cleto was pulled from the game. Jorge Rondon came in to relieve and promptly allowed a grand slam to put the Isotopes up 8-2...
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Rondon did what comes naturally (Because it was Albuquerque's fault Cleto allowed seven runs on eight walks and three hits) and he plunked the next hitter in the middle of the back which cleared the benches.
When the dust settled Rondon, Warner, catcher Rob Johnson and exiled St. Louis reliever Mitchell Boggs -- who didn't even appear in the game -- were ejected.
After all the excitement, Memphis did manage to get back into the game.
The Redbirds scored five runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to tie the game at eight. But Marc Rzepczynski allowed the Isotopes to bat around in the eighth inning thanks in part to his three errors -- two fielding and one throwing -- in the frame. Oscar Tavares, Chad Huffman and Kolten Wong also made errors in the game.
The highlight of the night for Memphis was the play of first baseman Brock Peterson who was 2-for-3 with a pair of home runs, a pair of walks and four RBIs. Peterson is hitting .315 for the season.
Ryan Jackson, playing third base, was 2-for-4 to improve his season batting average to .317 while back-up catcher Travis Tartamella, who came in when Johnson was ejected, was 2-for-2 with two walks.