After two mediocre outings, Juan Carlos Sulbaran pitched a stellar performance last night for the Memphis Redbirds. In the first inning he had a bit of a rigid start as he gave up a lead off single to Tyler Ladendorf of the Nashville Sounds, who advanced to second on a 5-6-3 attempt for a double play, but Ladendorf was safe at second. Then Sulbaran balked and thus Ladendorf advanced to third, but Juan Carlos got out of the inning without any damage.
In the next two innings, Juan Carlos retired the side before he gave up the only run in his outing. In the fourth inning, he got two quick outs before he gave up a walk to Jake Smolinski before he gave up a double to Andrew Lambo that drove in Smolinski all the way from first.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Juan Carlos got two quick outs again before he gave up two singles. At that point, after having thrown 88 pitches of which 54 for strikes, Sulbaran was pulled in favor of Justin Wright. Wright got out of the inning so Sulbaran would not be accredited for more runs.
Wright gave up a run in the next inning that appeared to be the game winner for Nashville.
Thanks to this stellar outing, Juan Carlos lowered his ERA to 3.68. In the 5.2 innings he gave up four hits, walked three and struck out one. His record stands now at 2-2 with two no-decisions.
After Juan Carlos never managed to keep his ERA below 4.00 but once, back in 2014 when he posted a 3.25 ERA with the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, he is doing quite well in his first year in the Cardinals organization.