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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 22, 2019

photo: Genesis Cabrera (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Across the St. Louis Cardinals system, it was a rough 1-4 Tuesday evening, including three ninth-inning losses. However, Memphis’ pen came through, protecting the best start of the season for Player of the Day Genesis Cabrera, who allowed two runs over six innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 21st.


Memphis 4 at Nashville 2    

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Genesis Cabrera tossed six solid frames as Memphis (22-23) downed Nashville in the road series opener, 4-2.

Cabrera (W, 2-3) limited the Sounds to single tallies in the third and fifth and permitted just four hits and a walk, including a solo shot.  The lefty struck out six with four ground- to seven fly- ball outs.

The pen, shaky in recent games, came through Tuesday. Dominic Leone faced the minimum in the seventh, fanning two, followed by Jesus Cruz who matched his effort the next frame.  Chris Beck tossed a one-two-three ninth, striking out one, for his fourth save.

The Redbirds trailed 2-1 going into the seventh when they pushed across three runs on four of the team’s nine hits.  Rangel Ravelo and John Nogowski each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Ravelo doubling and walking once with a run scored.  The Redbirds were busy on the base paths as Drew Robinson stole two bases while Max Schrock and Lane Thomas each swiped one.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville (17-27) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (3-2, 3.96)


Tulsa 3 at Springfield 2      

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a ninth-inning lead as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Tulsa at Hammons Field.  The home team has lost both of the three-game series’ first two contests.

Springfield (18-27) led 2-1 with three outs to go but Kodi Whitley issued two free passes followed by a two-run double for his second loss in as many decisions and first blown save.  It was the right-hander’s only inning of work.

Johan Oviedo used six strikeouts to minimize the damage caused by three hits and four walks resulting in one tally allowed in five innings.  Junior Fernandez fanned five in two innings before Roel Ramirez tossed a clean eighth.

The home team was held to just five hits, one each by five Springfield players.  Both scores were generated when Dylan Carlson went yard with Irving Lopez (single) aboard in the sixth.  It was the centerfielder’s eighth long ball of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (23-21) (LAD), 11:10 am CT, Williams Perez (4-2, 5.70)


Palm Beach 1 at Lakeland 3    

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

The Beach Birds fell prey to the long ball in their 3-1 walk-off loss at Lakeland.  Palm Beach (27-17) will try to prevent a three-game sweep by the Flying Tigers when the two teams meet on Wednesday.

C.J. Saylor (L, 2-2) worked around a single for a clean eighth but gave up another single plus a home run to his first two batters faced the next frame.  That spoiled a fine start by Perry DellaValle, who held Lakeland to an unearned run on four hits and three walks over seven.  DellaValle fanned seven and threw 61 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

The PB-Cards’ sole tally came in the seventh on three of their four total hits plus one of their two walks.  Scott Hurst and Dennis Ortega generated back-to-back singles with one gone before a free pass issued to Lars Nootbar jammed the sacks full for Rayder Ascanio.  Ascanio came through with a single up the middle to score Hurst but neither Jose Martinez nor Justin Toerner could come through for more runs.

Wednesday’s game:  at Lakeland (19-25) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (2-0, 3.38)


Peoria 8 at Wisconsin 12 (7) – Game 1        
Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 2 (8) – Game 2        

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a twin bill at Wisconsin on Tuesday, with one a slugfest and the other a pitchers’ duel.  Peoria (19-24) has won one of the series’ first three games with two to play.

Coming in with a 1.66 ERA, Diego Cordero had his worst outing of 2019 to date in the opener. The 21-year old took his third loss in five decisions after permitting six runs on nine hits and three walks over five innings.  One of the nine hits was a two-run home run.  The righty threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk.

Thomas St. Clair was charged with six tallies on six hits and a base-on-balls in just 2/3 of an inning.  With Fabian Blanco on the mound, three of the runs scored via a two-run single and wild pitch.

Catcher Alexis Wilson swung the big bat, generating a perfect 4-for-4 output while crossing home once.  The only other Chief with more than one of the team’s 10 hits was Brady Whalen who singled and doubled in four at bats, scored once and knocked in four.

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

Pitching took center stage in the finale as the two squads combined for just six hits.  Michael Brettell tossed 5 1/3 strong frames in his second start of seven appearances to date.  The Canadian limited the Timber Rattlers to a run on two hits and a free pass with five K’s.

The game-tying run charged to Brettell scored under Freddy Pacheco’s watch after the latter allowed a two-single in the sixth.  Pacheco (L, 0-1) (BS,2) issued four free passes  in 1 2/3, one intentional, and was charged with the unearned score when Franyel Casadilla yielded an run-scoring single to his first batter for the walk-off loss.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (19-23) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (1-0, 0.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 20, 2019

photo: Alex Fagalde (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Player of the Day Alex Fagalde’s stellar pitching effort led Palm Beach to the St. Louis Cardinals system’s only win on a 1-3 Sunday.  Brady Whalen’s career effort at the plate wasn’t enough to avert a Peoria loss.

Results from games played Sunday, May 19th.


Memphis 3 at San Antonio 9   

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds absorbed their fourth straight road defeat at San Antonio, 9-3, and will try to prevent a series sweep when they take on the Missions on Monday morning.  Second-place Memphis (21-22) is 4 ½ games in back of Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern standings.

Jake Woodford (L, 3-1) permitted five runs on seven hits, including a solo bomb, and three walks in five innings.  Three of the four tallies allowed by Tommy Layne in two frames resulted from a home run comprising one of the six hits and one walk given up.  Chris Beck worked around two hits and a base-on-balls for a scoreless eighth.

Andrew Knizner was the only Memphis player with more than one of the team’s six hits.  The catcher went 2-for-4 with a bases-empty home run.  Ramon Urias reach baseed twice, doubling once in two at bats with a free pass and RBI.

Monday’s game:  at San Antonio (26-17) (MIL), 11:05 am CT, Ryan Meisinger (0-3, 3.70)


Springfield 3 at Northwest Arkansas 4       

Elehuris Montero (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards fell prey to the long ball in their 4-3 road defeat at Northwest Arkansas (19-23) (KC).  Springfield (18-25) dropped the final three games of their four-game set vs. the Naturals and the skid put them sole possession of last place in the North Division, nine games behind Arkansas (SEA).

Three of the four tallies surrendered by Austin Warner (L, 2-3) in 7 1/3 frames resulted from two home runs.  The bombs were two of the six hits and three walks he yielded.  The lefty struck out nine and picked off a runner at first.  Roel Ramirez worked around a single to strand Warner’s last base runner.

It was a frustrating day for the visitors’ offense which outhit their hosts, 10 to six, but went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.  No. eight hitter Irving Lopez led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored.

Elehuris Montero displayed life in his bat in his return to action after three weeks off.  The third baseman went 2-for-4 with a solo shot that gave his team a very brief 1-0 lead midway through four.  The final Springfield player with more than one hit was Evan Mendoza, who singled and doubled in four at bats. Dylan Carlson added a solo home run, his seventh of the season.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (21-21) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Harold Arauz (0-4, 9.67)


Palm Beach 2 vs. Bradenton 0    

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A trio of Beach Birds pitchers combined on a two-hit shutout as the PB-Cards edged the Marauders, 2-0, in the decisive third game of the series.  Palm Beach (27-15) holds a two game advantage over second-place Fort Myers (MIN) in the South Division standings.

Player of the Day Alex Fagalde (W, 5-2) held third-place Bradenton (23-19) (PIT) to two hits and a walk over seven impressive innings.  The California native struck out six and threw 64 of his 97 pitches for strikes.

Ramon Santos faced the minimum in the eighth before Bryan Dobzanski pitched around a one-out walk for his fourth save.  Each reliever fanned one.

The Beach Cards’ bats were held to just five hits themselves but two of the three free passes issued to them by Bradenton hurlers proved crucial.  Justin Toerner walked to lead off the home half of the first, advanced on Luken Baker’s two-out single and put his team on the scoreboard via a single to right by Yariel Gonzalez.

Baker was the one doing the walking in the bottom of the third.  The designated hitter worked a free pass after Scott Hurst reached on a fielding error by the Marauders’ shortstop.  His base-on-balls put Hurst into position to score on Gonzalez’ line-drive up the middle.  Gonzalez was the only player with a multi-hit performance.

Monday’s game:  at Lakeland (17-25) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (3-5, 3.20)


Quad Cities 11 at Peoria 9       

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs could not hold a slim lead at the game’s mid-point, falling to Quad Cities, 11-9.  Seventh-place Peoria (18-23) lost three of the four-game home series to the first-place River Bandits (26-13) (HOU), a club they trail by nine games in the Western Division standings.

The home team led 5-4 after five only to watch their visitors score seven times over the final four frames.  Starter Cole Aker battled severe control problems, issuing eight free passes in 4 2/3, hitting a batter, throwing a wild pitch and getting called for a balk.  Aker was tagged for four runs, three earned, and gave up two hits.

Evan Sisk (L, 1-2) allowed one of two inherited runners to score plus two of his own, one earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls with six outs recorded.  Fabian Blanco served up a three-run long ball that scored Sisk’s final runner and broke a 6-6 tie after six.  The righty gave up five hits and two walks in total, exiting with two gone and the bases jammed in the ninth.  Thomas St. Clair allowed two hits that cleared the bases before recording the ninth’s last out.

Peoria banged out 12 hits, led by first baseman Brady Whalen who went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a sac fly and a career-high six driven in.  Eight of nine starters garnered at least one hit as Leandro Cedeño and Nolan Gorman had two hits apiece.  Both went 2-for-4 with a walk and RBI. Cedeño doubled twice with two runs scored plus a stolen base and Gorman had one two-bagger and touched home three times.  Defensively, the Chiefs committed three miscues, two by catcher Alexis Wilson and one by second baseman Brendan Donovan.

Monday’s game: at sixth-place Wisconsin (18-22) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Alvaro Seijas (2-4, 2.19)

Note: The Peoria starter is updated from Diego Cordero, who will pitch Tuesday instead.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 17, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Aaron Doster/Imagn)

The 2-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system had varying results. Springfield won big behind Player of the Day Dylan Carlson, but Peoria lost bigger. Memphis suffered a ninth-inning letdown while streaking Palm Beach delivered a shutout.

Results from games played Thursday, May 16th.


Memphis 3 at San Antonio 4   

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds began a nine-game road trip by absorbing a 4-3 walk-off loss at San Antonio.  Memphis (21-19) remains in second place in the American Northern Division, 3 ½ games in back of Iowa (CHC).

The visitors took a 3-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth but Tommy Layne (L, 1-1) (BS, 2) was tagged for two walks and two runs driven in on a two-out double.  Genesis Cabrera’s strong start was wasted, as the lefty scattered eight hits and a base-on-balls over the first six innings, resulting in two runs. Two of the five outs recorded by Ryan Helsley were strikeouts and Ryan Meisinger fanned his only batter.

Memphis generated seven hits, two of them by Tyler O’Neill who went 2-for-4 with a solo shot.  Adolis Garcia added a home run with the bases clean, his 10th long ball of 2019 and only hit in four at bats.  Rangel Ravelo led the hitting effort by singling three times in four at bats.

Friday’s game:  at San Antonio (23-17) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Ponce De Leon (3-1, 3.03)


Springfield 10 at Northwest Arkansas 4      

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Six late runs broke open a tight contest as the S-Cards flew past Northwest Arkansas in the road series opener, 10-4.  Springfield (18-22) solidified its hold on third place over the Naturals with the victory and sit six games behind Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.

Springfield held a tenuous 3-2 lead until the visitors exploded for a four-run eighth, and following that up with two more in the ninth.  Player of the Day Dylan Carlson was a single shy of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple and solo home run comprising one of his four RBI.  The center fielder added his sixth stolen base to his hitting effort.

Jose Godoy went 3-for-5 as well, doubling once with a run scored and driving in three.  One of Johan Mieses’ two hits in four at bats was his third home run of the season, a three-run blast that put his team up 3-0 through four.  Springfield’s designated hitter added a double to his bomb and crossed home twice.  Irving Lopez was the final Springfield player with a multi-hit performance, as the second baseman singled twice in five at bats with a run scored.

Johan Oviedo tossed six solid frames in picking up his first Double-A win in his third start.  The 21-year-old allowed seven hits and a free pass, resulting in three runs, which all scored in the fifth frame.

Hector Mendoza tossed a clean seventh but Seth Elledge was touched for a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.  Elledge hit a batter as well.  That batter scored with Merendy Gonzalez on the mound after the righty inherited a bases-loaded jam then uncorked a run-scoring wild pitch.  Gonzalez used a 6-4-3 double play to negate a single and two ninth-inning walks, picking up his second save.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (23-15) (KC), 7:15 pm CT, Williams Perez (4-1, 4.30)


Palm Beach 5 vs. Tampa 0    

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

A trio of Beach Birds hurlers combined on a three-hitter in their 5-0 win over Tampa (17-22) (NYY) and a four-game home series sweep.  Palm Beach (25-14) is riding a six-game winning streak that has vaulted them into a tie atop of the South Division standings with Fort Myers (MIN).

Perry DellaValle (W, 2-2) pitched the initial five frames, limiting the opposition to two hits while not issuing a free pass.  The Seton Hill product struck out three, hit one and threw 51 of his 79 pitches for strikes.

Mitchell Osnowitz gave up a two-out single in his first inning of work but retired his final three batters.  Ramon Santos recorded the last seven outs and allowed one base-on-balls.

Four of the home team’s five tallies occurred in the sixth, which featured Zach Kirtley’s lead-off single plus RBI doubles by Julio Rodriguez and Bryce Denton.  In a move the Tampa manager may now regret, the Yankees’ starter was removed after 5 1/3 having yielded only one run.  His replacement threw two wild pitches, the latter one scoring Rodriguez, and plunked two batters – both of whom came around to score.

Kirtley was the only PB-Card with more than one of the team’s six hits.  The first baseman singled twice in four at bats and touched home via Rodriguez’ double.  Denton reached base three times, doubling once in two at bats with two walks and two knocked in.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place Bradenton (22-17) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 4.91)


Quad Cities 21 at Peoria 1       

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The sixth-place Chiefs’ home series opener against the Western Division’s top team resulted in a 21-1 shellacking by the River Bandits.

15 of the visitors’ 21 runs were generated in either the fourth or ninth frame.  Jacob Schlesener (L, 0-4) could not retire any of his five batters faced in the fourth, the result being six runs allowed, five earned, on four hits, a whopping seven walks and a hit batsman in three plus innings.

Fabian Blanco outdid Schlesener by plunking three batters, including one batter twice, and yielding six runs on four hits and two bases-on-balls with six outs recorded.  Blanco allowed both inherited runners to touch home.

Sebastian Tabata, the third of five Peoria hurlers to be scored upon, tossed two frames while permitting three tallies on two hits, three free passes and a hit batsman.  (The same guy Schlesener plunked, if you are keeping track.)

Thomas St. Clair worked around a lead-off walk for a scoreless eighth but got the hook after issuing three more free passes amidst two outs the next inning.  All three runners scored under Josh Shaw’s watch, as the infielder pressed into pitching duties was pounded for a double and back-to-back home runs before recording the third out.

The Chiefs offense managed just five hits. Their only score came on Brady Whalen’s first-inning long ball.  Whalen went 2-for-4 as the only Peoria player with more than one hit.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Quad Cities (24-12) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 15, 2019

photo: Jake Woodford (Memphis Redbirds)

A trio of superb starts led the St. Louis Cardinals system to a 3-1 record on Tuesday. Player of the Day Jake Woodford (Memphis), Austin Warner (Springfield) and Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach) each tossed noteworthy efforts in their team’s victories but Peoria went down to defeat in 11 innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 14th.


Memphis 9 vs. Nashville 3   

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Jake Woodford was impressive over seven innings, backed by his teammates’ long ball prowess, as the Redbirds flew past the Sounds, 9-3, and claimed the four-game home series, three games to one.  Second-place Memphis (21-18) gained a game on the division leaders with the victory and is nnow three games behind Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division.

Woodford (W, 3-0) blanked fourth-place Nashville (13-25) (TEX) on five hits and two walks while striking out six.  The 22-year-old is holding opponents to a .176 batting average over 46 2/3 innings in eight Triple-A starts.

Woodford departed with a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run bomb by Rangel Ravelo in the fourth plus Tyler O’Neill’s sixth-inning solo shot.  But the home team was not finished either scoring or going yard, pouring on back-to-back three-run frames in the seventh and eighth.  Drew Robinson left the park with Tommy Edman (single) aboard after the latter drove in Edmundo Sosa (double) in the seventh before John Nogowski launched his fourth home run of 2019 with O’Neill (walk) and Adolis Garcia (single) on base the following inning.  The Redbirds banged out nine hits with Robinson the only player with a multi-hit effort.

Memphis’ bullpen was unable to match Woodford’s stellar performance.  Jesus Cruz yielded a run on two hits and Chris Beck was tagged for two tallies on two hits and a free pass in his inning of work.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 1      

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Austin Warner was a strikeout machine and Justin Williams’ first Springfield home run proved the difference in the S-Cards’ 3-1 home win over the Travelers.  Third-place Springfield (17-21) has won four straight, including the first two of the three-game series against division-leading Arkansas.  This is the third consecutive series’ victory for the S-Cards.

Williams went yard with Irving Lopez (single) on in the fifth, an inning in which the home team generated four of their eight hits on the night.  It was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats.  Dylan Carlson and Evan Mendoza both singled twice in four at bats, the only two S-Cards with more than one hit.

The long ball gave Warner (W, 2-2) a 3-0 cushion which the lefty maintained only until surrendering a solo bomb the next inning.  The home run was one of seven hits and a base-on-balls permitted over seven frames.  Warner struck out 10 with six ground- to no fly- ball outs.  Junior Fernandez retired all six batters faced, four via the K, for his first Double-A save of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. first-place Arkansas (22-14) (SEA), 11:10 am CT, Harold Arauz (0-3, 7.65)


Palm Beach 5 vs. Tampa 3    

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

Alex Fagalde tossed seven strong frames in the PB-Cards’ 5-3 victory over the Tarpons, their fourth win in a row.  Palm Beach (23-14) has taken the first two games of four versus Tampa and is in second-place in the South Division, a game behind Fort Myers (MIN).

Fagalde (W, 4-2) limited the opposition to just three hits over seven frames and did not issue a free pass, with the only mark against him a solo home run in the first.  The righty struck out five and threw 55 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

It took a trio of Beach Bird hurlers to complete the final two frames.  Michael Osnowitz pitched a one-two-three eighth but got the hook after walking his first two batters the next inning.  Both runners came around to score after Ramon Santos gave up a double to his first batter.  However, the batter was erased by catcher Julio Rodriguez trying to take third on the play, leaving the bases clean when Santos recorded a fly out to right.  Patrick Dayton came in and caught his only batter looking to end the game.

Palm Beach utilized eight hits and three Tampa miscues to score their five tallies, three earned.  The only player with more than one hit was Zach Kirtley, who singled and doubled in four at bats with two RBI.  Rodriguez and Lars Nootbar each went 1-for-3, Rodriguez scoring one and driving in another while Nootbar knocked in two in his Beach Birds debut.  Defensively, left fielder Nootbar was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tampa (17-20) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (2-5, 3.78)


Beloit 6 at Peoria 5 (11 innings)       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a slim lead, as Peoria eventually fell to the last-place Snappers 6-5 in 11 innings at Dozer Park.  Sixth-place Peoria (16-19) trails in the five-game set, one-game-to-two and is 7 ½ in back of Quad Cities (HOU) in the Western Division standings.

The bullpen was called upon early after starter Cole Aker lasted just 2 2/3 innings.  Aker permitted three runs on a hit, three walks and a hit batsman.

His final runner scored under Franyel Casadilla’s watch, but over the next 3 1/3 innings, Casadilla went on to limit Beloit to a solo home run that was one of three hits and two walks yielded.  Freddy Pacheco (BS, 1) tossed a clean seventh but allowed the visitors to knot the game at 5-5 the next frame.  Evan Sisk (L, 1-1) recorded nine outs but was tagged for an unearned score with a runner placed on second, a single and run-scoring double-play ball.  Fabian Blanco struck out his only batter.

Two Chiefs shared five of the team’s seven hits:  Delvin Perez and Nolan Gorman.  Perez went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and three runs scored while leading off and one of Gorman’s two hits in three at bats was his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot comprising two of his three RBI.  The third baseman tripled as well, his second of 2019.  Perez and Gorman each swiped a bag.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. eighth-place Beloit (12-22) (OAK).  Game 1 – 11:05 am CT, Alvaro Seijas (1-4, 2.70)/Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.45)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 10, 2019

photo: Rangel Ravelo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-2 on Thursday. Despite Player of the Day Rangel Ravelo’s three hits and three RBI, Memphis bullpen failed in extra innings. Peoria’s offense was lacking and Palm Beach’s contest was suspended. Springfield won its fourth straight to pull out of last place.

Results from games played Thursday, May 9th.


Iowa 9 at Memphis 8 (11)

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis’ bullpen could not prevent five extra-inning tallies in their 9-8 defeat to Iowa in 11.  The second-place Redbirds (18-16) have lost two of their initial three games to the first-place Cubs whom they trail by five games in the standings.

Jesus Cruz (L, 1-3) yielded five runs, three earned, on two hits, two walks and a balk in one plus.  Chasen Shreve recorded the final three outs but not before allowing all three inherited runners to score.

All four runs charged to Jake Woodford in his five-inning stint resulted from a pair of two-run home runs comprising two of the three hits and two walks allowed.  The righty hit one batter.

Hunter Cervenka and Ryan Helsley combined to hold the opposition scoreless over the next three frames, with Helsley working around a hit and two free passes over two innings.  Ryan Meisinger retired one batter and allowed a hit and walk before giving way to Tommy Layne, who struck out his only two batters.

Half of Memphis’ eight runs were generated by two-run bombs off the bats of Rangel Ravelo and Joe Hudson.  Player of the Day Ravelo’s blast was one of his three hits in five at bats, along with a double, two runs scored and three RBI.  Hudson generated a pinch hit home run that brought his team within one in the 11th.  The home team produced six hits in all with five of their eight runs unearned.

Friday’s game: vs. Iowa (23-11) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (1-2, 7.06)


Springfield 7 vs. Northwest Arkansas 4

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The S-Cards opened a six-game home stand with a 7-4 victory over Northwest Arkansas.  The win, the team’s fourth in a row, lifts Springfield (13-20) into third place in the North Division, 8 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).

Springfield had a balanced offensive attack as three players each had two of the team’s 10 hits:  Brian O’Keefe, Justin Williams and Jose Martinez.  O’Keefe went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored out of the eight hole while the others went 2-for-4 with a double. Williams touched home once with an RBI.  Chris Chinea added his fifth home run of 2019, a solo shot that was part of the S-Cards’ four-run sixth. Johan Mieses plated two.

Austin Warner (W, 1-2) delivered a quality start, allowing just two runs through seven before serving up a two-run bomb with none gone in the eighth. Warner went seven plus frames giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits, including two long balls. The southpaw did not issue a free pass.

Jacob Patterson recorded two outs but jammed the sacks full via a hit, walk and hit batsman before handing the ball to Seth Elledge.  Elledge ended the threat with a force at third then tossed a clean ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (12-20) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Harold Arauz (0-2, 8.44)


Palm Beach at Bradenton – suspended

The road series opener for Palm Beach at Bradenton was suspended due to rain in the middle of the third inning with the Marauders leading 1-0.  The remainder of the nine-inning game will be completed as part of a double-header on Friday, May 10th, with the nightcap shortened to seven innings.

Friday’s games:  at second-place Bradenton (20-12) (PIT).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.25)/TBA


South Bend 4, Peoria 1

Freddy Pacheco (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cubs took down the visiting Chiefs in the series opener while ending 15-16 Peoria’s modest two-game win streak. South Bend plated two in the second (earned) and another in the third (unearned) against Chiefs starter Alvaro Seijas (L, 1-4). The right-hander allowed eight hits, no walks, hit two batters and fanned two over five innings.

Down 3-0 in the sixth, Peoria got some offense going as Ivan Herrera doubled and Brady Whalen singled him home. However, the Chiefs defense gave the run back on an unearned score in the seventh with Freddy Pacheco on the mound. The 21-year old right-hander yielded three hits, a walk and struck out four over the final three frames with just the unearned run on his record.

With two hits each, Herrera and Whalen had four of Peoria’s six hits on the night. The man batting between them in the no. 3 spot, Nolan Gorman, went 0-for-4 including two strikeouts as his slump continues.

Right fielder Lars Nootbaar (fielding) and second baseman Edwin Figuera (throwing) committed the miscues that led to the pair of unearned runs.

Friday’s game:  at Sound Bend (18-15) (ChC), 6:35 pm CT, Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 14.40).


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 8, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Tuesday with Springfield and Peoria each putting one in the win column. Memphis fell despite starter Anthony Shew’s fine mound effort and Palm Beach lost a close road decision as bullpens faltered.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 7th.


Iowa 6 at Memphis 5   

Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The second-place Redbirds’ big four-game home set versus the division-leading Cubs opened with a thud, a 6-5 defeat.  It was the third straight loss for Memphis (17-15) and Iowa’s eight consecutive victory as the Cubs have opened up a five-game division lead over the Redbirds.

Unable to hold a 4-0 lead through six innings, the Memphis bullpen wears the horns for the defeat.  Chasen Shreve began the skid, yielding two tallies on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz (L, 1-2) (BS, 2) recorded just one out, surrendering four runs on two walks, a hit batsman and a bases-clearing triple.

Cruz’ final runner scored via a sac bunt with Tommy Layne on the mound.  Layne walked one and hit another with two retired.  Ryan Meisinger struck out the side in the ninth, but the offense could not rally.

The bullpen’s results spoiled a truly stellar outing by Player of the Day Anthony Shew.  The 25-year old fanned eight over the initial six frames, holding Iowa scoreless on a hit and four walks.  55 of his 92 pitches went for strikes with five ground- and three fly-ball outs. Shew has yet to be scored upon through his first two Memphis starts.

Memphis’ 10 hits were spread among eight players.  Tyler O’Neill went 3-for-4 with a run scored, as the only Redbird with more than one hit.  Right fielder Adolis Garcia launched a grand slam that put his team up 4-0 after three and catcher Joe Hudson added a solo bomb in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Iowa (22-10) (CHC), 11:05 am CT, Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.97)


Springfield 9 at Frisco 2

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Dylan Carlson and Conner Capel led the S-Cards to a 9-2 victory at Frisco, as Springfield took three of four from the RoughRiders (18-14) (TEX).  Despite their first road series win of the season, the Cards (12-20) remain mired in last place in the North Division, 8 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).

Carlson and Capel garnered three hits each in five at bats with two runs scored with one of Capel’s hits a three-run knock comprising three of his four driven in.  Carlson added his fifth stolen base of the season.  Three of their teammates had one hit each.

Evan Kruczynski built upon his previously season-best May 2nd start with his first quality performance of 2019.  The lefty limited the South Division leaders to two runs on five hits and a walk in six frames, earning his first win in four decisions.  Kruczynski fanned five with 58 of his 92 pitches going for strikes.  Junior Gonzalez struck out three over the next two innings before Merandy Gonzalez tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 4    

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Beach Birds dropped the second game of three at Daytona, 4-3, evening the road series at one game apiece.  Third-place Palm Beach (18-13) trails Fort Myers (MIN) by 3 ½ games in the South Division.

Angel Rondon tossed a strong effort, limiting the Tortugas to two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings.  The righty plunked one batter.

Rondon departed with the game knotted at 2-2, but Mitchel Osnowitz (L, 0-1) was not impressive in his 2019 debut.  Osnowitz permitted two runs, one earned, on three hits and a free pass in his only inning of work.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed a clean eighth.

Palm Beach’s offense centered around catcher Julio Rodriguez, who went 3-for 4 with a two-run home run from the clean-up spot.  The long ball was Rodriguez’ fourth of the season.  The only other PB-Card with more than one of the team’s nine hits was Luken Baker, who singled twice in five at bats and scored when Rodriguez went yard.  Defensively, Rodriguez committed a throwing error and second baseman Nick Dunn bobbled a fielding opportunity.

Wednesday’s game:  at Daytona (15-16) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-5, 4.33)


Peoria 9 at West Michigan 6       

Edwin Figuera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs rallied past the Whitecaps, 9-6, evening the road series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Peoria (14-15) is in fifth place in the Western Division, 5 ½ games in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

A day after almost being no hit by West Michigan, the visitors’ offense banged out nine runs on 11 hits, including a six tallies over the final four innings that flipped a 6-3 deficit into the final margin of victory.  Delvin Perez and Edwin Figuera led the way. Both went 3-for-5 with Perez crossing home twice and Figuera once, and the latter drove in three.

The only Peoria players to get an extra-base hit were Nolan Gorman and Brady Whalen.  Gorman doubled once in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored while Whalen went 1-for-2 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s.  Both players reached once via a hit-by-pitch. Lars Nootbaar singled, walked and plated three.

On the mound it was a relatively short night for Cole Aker, who could not finish the fourth.  The Tennessee native yielded five runs on five hits and four base-on-balls in just 3 1/3.

Michael Brettell’s fourth appearance since being activated was a dandy.  The 21-year-old retired the fourth’s final two batters, stranding the bases full of Aker’s runners before holding the Whitecaps to a single score on two hits and a walk over three more frames.  Thomas St. Clair worked around two walks for two clean innings, picking up his first save of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  at West Michigan (14-16) (DET), 10:00 am CT, Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.15)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 6, 2019

photo: Leandro Cedeño (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 3-2 on Sunday, with Memphis splitting. Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño had three hits, including a grand slam, in Peoria’s win. Springfield came back late but Palm Beach was almost no-hit.

Results from games played Sunday, May 5th.


Memphis 11 at Nashville 2 (7) – Game 1    
Memphis 5 at Nashville 7 (7) – Game 2   

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Following Saturday’s rainout, the Redbirds (17-12) split their series-opening double-header at Nashville, claiming Game 1, 11-2, but falling in the finale, 7-5.

John Nogowski and Tyler O’Neill paced the 12-hit effort in the opener. The first baseman went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in and the outfielder homered twice and plated four.  Two other Memphis players had two hits each:  Edmundo Sosa and Andrew Knizner.  Knizner added a double to his solo bomb and knocked in two.  Sosa doubled twice and crossed home once.

Genesis Cabrera (W, 1-2) yielded four hits and three walks over five innings, with both tallies charged to him coming on solo shots.  The lefty struck out five.  Ryan Meisinger fanned two over the final two frames, allowing one hit.

Reliever Chris Ellis took the loss in the nightcap, his first in as many decisions.  Ellis gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 while allowing both inherited runners to cross in the Sounds’ four-run third.  Ryan Helsley recorded the first seven outs and was charged with four tallies on four hits and two walks.  Hunter Cervenka was tagged with an unearned run on three hits, a free pass and second baseman Sosa’s fielding error.

Redbirds with a multi-hit performance were shortstop Drew Robinson and center fielder Lane Thomas.  Robinson singled twice in four at bats with an RBI and caught stealing at the top of the order.  Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and stolen base out of the six hole.

Monday’s game:  at Nashville (9-21) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-1, 3.57)


Springfield 8 at Frisco 6      

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A four-run fifth and a late comeback propelled Springfield (10-20) over Frisco, 8-6.  Each team has won one of the road series initial two games with two to play.

Evan Mendoza’s opposite field two-run triple into the right field corner capped the scoring in the fifth. It knocked in Kramer Robertston (single) and Dylan Carlson (walk).  Johan Mieses worked a free pass with one gone before advancing to second on a single by Scott Hurst.  Mieses raced home on Robertson’s single and Hurst scored on a wild pitch, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The visitors generated eight hits in all with Mendoza and Irving Lopez both going 2-for-5.  Robertson, Mieses and Hurst each touched home twice, the latter two providing the margin of victory in the ninth.

Johan Oviedo finished an out shy of a quality start in his Double-A debut, yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two base-on-balls in 5 2/3 and 100 pitches.  The righty plunked one batter.

Junior Fernandez recorded two outs, permitting a run on two hits and a walk while stranding Oviedo’s last runner.  Merandy Gonzalez retired both batters faced, leaving two inherited runners aboard.

The tally allowed by Seth Elledge (W, 2-2) (BS,3) in the eighth re-tied the game at six all, putting the 22-year-old in line for the win after the Redbirds scored two runs, one earned, in the home half of the ninth, with the final run scoring on Irving Lopez’ single.  John Fasola worked around a two-out single for his second save.

Monday’s game:  at Frisco (18-12) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (2-1, 5.81)


Fort Myers 4 at Palm Beach 0   

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

An eighth inning double by Chase Pinder was all that stood between the Beach Birds and a Miracle no-hitter in their 4-0 home loss to Fort Myers (20-10) (MIN).  The four-game losing skid by Palm Beach (17-12) includes a three-game sweep by the first-place Miracle.

The Beach Birds managed just two base runners – Pinder’s double plus a walk by Rayder Ascanio.  Ascanio committed a fielding error at third, resulting in two unearned tallies.

Perry DellaValle took the tough loss, his second in three decisions, permitting three runs, one earned, on seven hits in 6 2/3.  He did not issue a free pass and struck out five.

Ramon Santos recorded six outs while yielding a tally on four hits and two walks.  Bryan Dobzanski retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners on.

Monday’s game:  at Daytona (14-15) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (league debut)


Peoria 11 vs. Bowling Green 3       

Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño’s grand slam launched Peoria (13-14) past Bowling Green (17-13) (TB), 11-3, in the rubber game of the three-game series at Dozer Park.

The long ball capped a five-run first that drove the Hot Rods’ starter from the game before he recorded an out. The bomb was the first of Cedeño’s three hits in five at bats and one of three Peoria home runs on the night.  Brendan Donovan also went yard with a three-run eighth-inning blast.  Donovan added a single to his home run in four at bats, touching home twice with three RBI.

The final Peoria player to go long was right fielder Wadye Infante, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored due to his solo shot.  Defensively, Infante was credited with an outfield assist at home.

The offense masked a rather unusual mound effort in which five Chiefs hurlers combined for 10 free passes issued against just three hits allowed.  Starter Jacob Schlesinger was the main culprit, walking seven and plunking two in 2 2/3 innings.  The right-hander escaped with only one run charged to him, on a hit-by-pitch.

Franyel Casadilla (W, 1-0) limited the damage to Schlesinger by stranding the bases full in the third.  Casadilla retired all four batters faced.

But the pitching highlight for the 2,500 plus attendees was likely an appearance by Carlos Martinez who began his rehab.  Martinez tossed a one-two-three fifth, recording three infield groundball outs on six pitches, five strikes.

Freddy Pacheco struck out four in two frames but gave up two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Fabian Blanco maneuvered around a hit and two walks during his two-inning stint.

Monday’s game:  at West Michigan (13-15) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (1-1, 4.35)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 3, 2019

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In a 2-1 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, catchers excelled. Joe Hudson’s bat spearheaded Memphis’ victory and Ivan Herrera accounted for 75% of Peoria’s offense, including the winning run. Springfield’s bats were shut out and Palm Beach was rained out.

Results from games played Thursday, May 2nd.


Memphis 8 at New Orleans 4

Joe Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds banged out 14 hits on their way to an 8-4 win at New Orleans (15-12) (MIA).  Second-place Memphis (15-12) salvaged a split of the four-game series and remain two behind first-place Iowa (CHC) in the standings.

Right fielder Adolis Garcia and catcher Joe Hudson led the onslaught with three hits apiece.  Both players launched a solo shot with Garcia doubling once in five at bats and touching home twice.  Hudson, our co-Player of the Day, was even more productive with a double in four at bats plus four knocked in.

Lane Thomas and Rangel Ravelo each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, with Thomas scoring twice and Ravelo doubling.  Thomas added his third stolen base of 2019 while Garcia was one-for-two in steal attempts and was picked off once.

Austin Gomber (W, 4-0) fanned seven in five frames, with two of the three runs charged to him coming on a two-run home run.  The lefty scattered seven hits and three walks.

Ryan Meisinger, the first of four Memphis relievers, worked around a hit and two free passes for a clean sixth.  Hunter Cervenka permitted a run on a hit and two walks the next inning.  Chris Beck and Chris Ellis each retired all three batters faced.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Nashville (8-19) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (2-0, 1.20)


Springfield 0 at Amarillo 1      

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards (9-18) were on the wrong end of a pitching duel, dropping a 1-0 decision at Amarillo.  Each team has won one of the series’ first two games with one yet to play.

The difference in the game pivoted on one of Springfield’s miscues. A throwing error by shortstop Kramer Robertson led to an unearned tally charged to Evan Kruczynski (L, 0-3) in the first of his five innings on the mound.  The outing was the southpaw’s best effort in six starts to date, as Kruczynski limited the home team to three hits while not walking a batter.

Connor Jones, John Fasola and Seth Elledge each tossed an inning. Jones worked around two free passes before Fasola faced the minimum.  Elledge walked one.

The visitors were held to just three hits as well but Robertson worked three free passes.  A double by Chris Chinea was the game’s only hit to go for extra bases.

Friday’s game:  at Amarillo (11-16) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (0-2, 6.63)


Palm Beach at St. Lucie – cancelled   

The series finale for Palm Beach (17-9) at St. Lucie (14-12) (NYM) was cancelled due to inclement weather.  The game will not be made up since the two teams do not meet again during the first half of the season. The PB-Cards are tied with Bradenton (PIT) for first place, a half of a game ahead of Fort Myers.

Friday’s game: vs. second-place Fort Myers (17-10) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-4, 3.32)


Peoria 4 vs. Dayton 3 (10)       

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Single tallies in the ninth and 10th rallied the Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over the Dragons (8-18) (CIN).  Peoria (11-13) has won five straight, including a three-game sweep of Dayton.

Down 3-2 with an out to go, consecutive singles by Wadye Infante, Brandon Riley and Delvin Perez knotted the game at three-all, sending the contest into extra innings.  Co-Player of the Day Ivan Herrera’s 10th-inning single drove in pinch runner Edwin Figuera, who ran for Nolan Gorman after the latter began the frame at second.

Herrera’s hit was his third single of the day in five at bats, as the catcher and clean-up hitter drove in three of his team’s four runs.  Perez and Riley each had two hits, with Perez knocking in one and Riley working a base-on-balls.

Cole Aker tossed his best start of the season, a strong six-inning outing in which the righty limited his opponents to a lone run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.  Michael Brettell (BS, 1) was tagged for an unearned score in his second inning of work due to a throwing error by shortstop Perez.  Fabian Blanco yielded a ninth-inning run on two hits but pitched a one-two-three 10th for his first win in two decisions.

Friday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green (16-11) (TB), 6:35 pm CT, Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.46)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 1, 2019

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St. Louis’ minors went 1-1 on Tuesday, with first-place Palm Beach winning behind the duo of Player of the Day, starter Johan Oviedo, and outfielder Justin Toerner. Memphis dropped a road game as the offense was quiet.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 30th.


Memphis 1 at New Orleans 3   

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds lacked timely hitting in their 3-1 defeat at New Orleans.  Second-place Memphis (13-12) has dropped the first two games of the four-game set and are 1 ½ games behind Iowa (CHC) in the division.

The visitors outhit their hosts, eight to five, but could not come through when needed, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Their sole tally came against New Orleans’ bullpen after Ramon Urias worked a free pass with one gone in the seventh and raced home on Francisco Peña’s pinch-hit double to center.

Rangel Ravelo was one of two Memphis players with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats but also with two of his team’s 11 strikeouts.  Right fielder Adolis Garcia also went 2-for-4 and was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Daniel Ponce de Leon (L, 2-1) held his opponents to one hit and two walks through his initial five frames but surrendered back-to-back singles followed by a home run in his final inning of work.  The righty struck out five.  In his Triple-A return, working in relief, Ryan Helsley allowed a hit over the last two innings.

Wednesday’s game:  at New Orleans (15-10) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Anthony Shew (league debut)


Springfield – off       

The S-Cards (8-17) head out on a seven-game road trip looking for their first victory of the season away from Hammons Field and riding a three-game losing streak.  The fourth-place team trails Arkansas (SEA) by 8 ½ games in the North Division.

Wednesday’s game:  at Amarillo (10-15) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (1-1, 5.76)


Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach 9 at St. Lucie 1    

The Beach Birds’ offense and pitching were both on display in their 9-1 trouncing of the Mets in the road series opener.  Palm Beach (17-8) is tied for first with Bradenton (PIT), winners of four straight.

Nick Plummer led the PB-Cards’ 16-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a run scored out of the eight hole.  The left fielder was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

Four Palm Beach players had two hits each – Justin Toerner, Jose Martinez, Yariel Gonzalez and Nick Dunn.  Toerner and Martinez both went 2-for-4 and walked twice and once, respectively, but Toerner provided a big blow with a three-run long ball comprising three of his four RBI.  Gonzalez and Dunn each singled twice in five at bats with one driven in. Gonzalez touched home once.

Johan Oviedo (W, 5-0) fanned seven over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks, resulting in a single tally.  Patrick Dayton, Bryan Dobzanski and Ben Yokley each tossed a scoreless frame.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fourth-place St. Lucie (13-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Jorge Rondon (3-0, 2.08)


Peoria vs. Dayton – postponed        

Tuesday’s contest between the Chiefs and Dragons was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, May 1st.  Peoria (8-13), which has not played since April 26th due to inclement weather, remains in eighth and last place in the Western Division, five games in back of Kane County (ARI).

Wednesday’s games: vs. Dayton (8-15) (CIN).  Game 1 – 5:05 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30)/TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 29, 2019

photo: Jake Woodford (Memphis Redbirds)

St. Louis’ minors went 1-3 on Sunday with Peoria again postponed. Player of the Day Jake Woodford’s mound performance keyed Memphis’ double-header split. Palm Beach dropped a low-scoring affair and Springfield couldn’t recover from a rough start.

Results from games played Sunday, April 28th


Memphis 5 at Omaha 1 (7) – Game 1
Memphis 10 at Omaha 11 (7) – Game 2   

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds split their double-header road series finale at the Storm Chasers, claiming Game 1, 5-1, but coughing up a seven-run lead to lose the finale in walk-off fashion, 11-10.  Memphis (13-9) claimed the five-game set, four games to one.

A four-run fifth provided the opener’s difference, with the inning propelled by a pair of back-to-back long balls.  Adolis Garcia’s seventh home run plated Max Schrock (double), breaking a 1-1 tie, right ahead of Lane Thomas’ first Memphis bomb of 2019.

Thomas and Andrew Knizner each had two hits. The center fielder went 2-for-3 with his solo shot that was one of his two RBI.  Knizner singled twice in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in one.  Memphis had seven hits in all.

Player of the Day Jake Woodford (W, 2-0) mastered Omaha (9-13) over 6 2/3 innings, limiting his opponent to a run on four hits and three walks.  The 22-year-old fanned six with three ground- to six fly- ball outs.  Chris Beck retired his only batter thus stranding Woodford’s final runner.

Offense was on display in the nightcap as Memphis’ bullpen faltered.  The seven-inning affair featured a combined 25 hits generating 21 tallies.  All nine Redbirds’ starters garnered at least one of their 12 hits, led by Francisco Peña.  The catcher went 3-for-4 with a double and two-run bomb comprising two of his three RBI.  Right fielder Drew Robinson also went yard with Tommy Edman (walk) aboard, as this two-run blast opened his team’s scoring in the first.  Robinson added a single and two walks in three at bats.  Knizner launched a home run with John Nogowski (double) aboard, his only hit in four at bats.

Ryan Meisinger (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Ryan Meisinger’s start was the highlight of the Redbirds’ pitching effort.  The Radford product faced just one over the minimum while striking out five in three scoreless frames.  It was Meisinger’s first start in nine appearances.

But the four hurlers following Meisinger to the mound did not fare well.  Tommy Layne’s four-run fourth included four hits, a base-on-balls and four runs, three via a home run.  Chris Ellis recorded four outs but yielded five tallies on seven hits and a walk.

Yet the visitors went into the home half of the seventh up 10-9 and tasked John Fasola with acquiring three outs for the victory.  Fasola (L, 0-2) had recorded the sixth’s final two outs, leaving one of two inherited runners aboard, but departed after sandwiching two free passes between two outs.  Hunter Cervenka (BS, 2) loaded the bases via a free pass then yielded an RBI single to end the game.

Monday’s game:  at New Orleans (13-10) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (0-1, 10.22)


Frisco 6 at Springfield 4      

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

One big inning sent the S-Cards to a 6-4 home loss to Frisco on Sunday.  Springfield (8-16) has won one of the series’ first three contests with one yet to play.

Casey Meisner (L, 0-2) was scored upon in each of his three frames on the bump, with the scoring capped by four runs in his third and final inning of work.  The righty gave up six runs, four earned, in all, on seven hits, including two home runs, and a base-on-balls.

A trio of Springfield relievers kept the RoughRiders off the board the rest of the way.  Jacob Patterson struck out four in three innings, yielding a hit and walk.  Luke Gregerson continued his seemingly endless rehab assignment with a one-two-three seventh before Roel Ramirez notched two K’s to go with one free pass over the last two frames.

Two S-Cards produced multi-hit efforts:  Dylan Carlson and Johan Mieses.  Carlson singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and run scored while right fielder Mieses went 2-for-5 with a run scored.  Defensively, Mieses committed both of his team’s miscues but he was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Monday’s game: vs. Frisco (15-9) (TEX), 11:10 am CT, Harold Arauz (0-0, 4.05)


Palm Beach 1 at Fort Myers 2    

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

On Sunday, Palm Beach (16-8) dropped another close decision to the Miracle, 2-1, and lost the four-game road set, one-game-to-three.

Perry DellaValle (L, 1-1) limited Fort Myers (15-9) (MIN) to just four hits over six frames.  Unfortunately, two of those hits occurred back-to-back in consecutive innings, resulting in two runs.

Ronnie Williams loaded the bases on three consecutive singles to open the seventh but escaped the jam on two force plays at home plus a ground out.  Patrick Dayton tossed a clean eighth.

The visitors’ only score came on an RBI single by Justin Toerner that drove in Julio Rodriguez (single).  Toerner went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and RBI and was the only PB-Card with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Monday’s game:  Off


Peoria at Beloit – postponed        

The Chiefs and the Snappers were unable to get in their scheduled twin bill on Sunday due to the effects of a recent snowstorm that created unplayable field conditions in Wisconsin.  Since Peoria (8-13) does not return to Beloit (8-12) (OAK) during the season’s first half, the contests will take place at Dozer Field in Peoria during the May 13-15 series with details to be announced.

Monday’s game:  off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 26, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals system had a clean 3-0 Thursday, with Peoria rained out. Tommy Edman drove in the comeback winner for Memphis, Johan Oviedo and Nick Dunn paced Palm Beach and Player of the Day Anthony Shew tossed six scoreless innings for Springfield.

Results from games played Thursday, April 25th.


Memphis 6 at Omaha 4   

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The road Redbirds capitalized on a ninth-inning Omaha miscue to rally past the Storm Chasers, 6-4, and claim a 2-0 series lead with three contests remaining.  The victory keeps second place Memphis (11-9) two games behind Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division standings.

Trailing 4-2 with three outs to go, Rangel Ravelo reached on a fielding error by Omaha’s first sacker.  Adolis Garcia’s triple and an RBI single by Andrew Knizner knotted it up at four all.  Francisco Pena worked a free pass but it was Tommy Edman’s line drive single up the middle off a new Omaha hurler that gave the visitors the lead and advanced runners to second and third.  Drew Robinson was handed an intentional base-on-balls, leaving the pitcher nowhere to put John Nogowski after he walked him as well.

The Redbirds banged out 10 hits, paced by Edman and Robinson with three apiece.  Two of Edman’s three hits in five at bats went for extra bases, a double and solo shot that was part of his two runs scored and two knocked in.  Robinson singled three times in four at bats with the aforementioned walk.  The only other Memphis player with more than one hit was Ramon Urias, who went 2-for-4.

The win was claimed by reliever Hunter Cervenka who struck out two in two innings for his first organizational victory in two decisions.  The southpaw permitted a two-out single in the eighth.

Alex Reyes struggled with control during his 2 2/3-inning start, allowing three runs on three hits, two walks and two wild pitches.  The righty left with only one in, but with the sacks jammed. John Fasola allowed two of three runners inherited from Reyes to score plus one of his own during his 2 1/3 frames on the bump.  Fasola yielded two hits and three walks while hitting one batter.

Chasen Shreve quieted Omaha’s bats while providing a two-inning bridge to Cervenka.  The Nevada native fanned four.

Friday’s game:  at third-place Omaha (9-11) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Gomber (2-0, 3.22)


Springfield 8 vs. Amarillo 0      

Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Anthony Shew tossed six strong frames supported by his team’s 12-hit attack as the S-Cards trounced Amarillo (9-12) (SD), 8-0, at Hammons Field for a split of the four-game set.  Fourth-place Springfield (7-14) is 6 ½ in back of Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.

Player of the Day Shew (W, 1-2) used seven strikeouts to neutralize five hits and a walk with eight ground- and two fly- ball outs.  Roel Ramirez worked around four hits and a free pass for two clean frames before Kodi Whitley tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Lead-off batter Irving Lopez spearheaded the offensive effort, going 3-for-5 and touching home twice.  The only other S-Card with a multi-hit performance was Elehuris Montero, who singled twice in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Tyler O’Neill’s only hit in four at bats was a solo long ball. It was the outfielder’s first safety in three rehab contests.  Conner Capel followed in the seventh with a two-run bomb scoring Chris Chinea (triple).  Capel went 1-for-3 with a free pass, crossed home twice and drove in two.

Friday’s game:  vs. Frisco (13-8) (TEX), 7:10 pm CT, Williams Perez (1-1, 7.50)


Palm Beach 7 at Fort Myers 1   

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Beach Birds kicked off their seven-game road trip with a 7-1 win at Fort Myers.  Palm Beach (16-5) holds a three-game margin over second-place Bradenton (PIT) in the South Division and their .762 winning percentage is easily the best in the Florida State League.

The visitors generated 11 hits with Nick Dunn leading the charge.  The second baseman went 3-for-4 with a double, came home once and knocked in one.  Two PB-Cards had two hits apiece in four at bats:  Chase Pinder and Yariel Gonzalez.  Pinder scored once and drove in another while Gonzalez garnered two RBI.

Shortstop Jose Martinez reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.  Nick Plummer touched home both times he reached base, singling once in three at bats with a walk.

Johan Oviedo (W, 4-0) continued a string of noteworthy Florida State League performances, yielding a lone tally on three hits and three walks in 6 2/3.  Three of the right-hander’s six baserunners came in his last inning of work.

Ben Yokley retired all four batters faced, leaving Oviedo’s final two runners on base.  Bryan Dobzanski faced the minimum.

Friday’s game:  at third-place Fort Myers (12-9) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-3, 2.41)


Peoria at Beloit – postponed       

Game 1 of four between the Chiefs and Snappers at Beloit was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a Friday double-header.  Peoria (6-13) remains in last place in the Western Division and trails first-place Burlington (LAA) by 6 ½ games.

Friday’s games: at sixth-place Beloit (8-10) (OAK).  Game 1 – 5:05 pm CT, Diego Cordero (1-1, 1.96)/Kyle Leahy (0-1, 5.06)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 24, 2019

photo: C.J. Saylor (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 1-2 on Tuesday behind a ninth-inning rally by red-hot Palm Beach. Our Player of the Day is Beach Birds’ reliever C.J. Saylor, who picked up the win by fanning all six batters faced. In their losses, the beleaguered Springfield and Peoria staffs yielded a total of 17 runs.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 23rd.


Memphis – off    

The Redbirds were idle on Tuesday before heading out on a 13-game road excursion, their longest road trip of the 2019 season.  First up for Memphis (9-9) is a five-game set against Omaha with whom the Redbirds are tied for second place in the American Northern Division, two games behind Iowa (CHC).

Wednesday’s game:  at Omaha (9-9) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, Harold Arauz (1-0, 9.00)


Amarillo 9 at Springfield 6      

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards could not overcome the Sod Poodles’ steady offensive attack, falling to Amarillo at Hammons Field, 9-6.  Each team has claimed one of the series’ first two games with two on tap.  Springfield (6-13) remains firmly in fourth and last place in the North Division, 6 ½ in back of Arkansas (SEA).

The visitors scored in five of nine innings, including the contest’s first and last frames.  Starter Casey Meisner went just four innings, permitting five runs on eight hits and two walks.  One of those eight hits was a two-run bomb.

Still, Meisner left the game with his team up 6-5, thanks to a five-run fourth, but Mike O’Reilly (L, 0-1) handed the lead right back to Amarillo.  O’Reilly was charged with three runs on three hits and two walks in two innings.

Connor Jones holds the distinction of being the only Springfield pitcher to keep the Sod Poodles off the board, limiting them to a hit and walk while retiring six.  Kodi Whitley gave up an unearned tally due to a lead-off walk, hit batsman, sac bunt and fielding error by second baseman Irving Lopez.

Eighth-place hitter Scott Hurst had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls, double, run scored and two driven in.  Kramer Robertson, the number seven batter, also reached base four times, singling and doubling in two at bats, working two free passes, touching home once and knocking in one.  The shortstop also swiped his second bag of 2019.

St. Louis outfielder Tyler O’Neill began his rehab assignment by going 0-for-3 with two strikeouts before being replaced in the field at the visitors half of the sixth.  Defensively, Lopez’ bobble was one of three Springfield miscues along with a fielding error by Hurst and Meisner’s throwing error.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (8-11) (SD), 11:10 am CT, Austin Warner (0-2, 7.11)


Palm Beach 3 vs. Jupiter 2   

C.J. Saylor (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Beach Birds rallied for two in the ninth to walk off with a 3-2 victory over the Hammerheads.  Palm Beach (14-5) has claimed both of the initial two of the three-game series and sit atop the South Division, two ahead of Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

Michael Perri’s first double of the season scored Rayder Ascanio from second after the latter reached on a single and advanced to second via a fielding error by Jupiter’s right fielder.  Perri’s hit, his second of the game in four at bats, knotted the game at two all.  The shortstop raced home with the winning margin after Nick Plummer lined a single to right.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez led his squad’s 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 while batting second.  Ascanio, Perri and Plummer – the seven through nine batters – each had two hits. Ascanio singled twice in three at bats with two runs scored while Plummer joined Perri by going 2-for-4.

Reliever C.J. Saylor (W, 1-0) picked up the win by striking out all six batters faced.  The victory is the 25-year-old’s first since 2017, his rookie season.  With Palm Beach, Saylor is unscored upon in five appearances covering nine innings while allowing just three hits and three free passes.

Perry DellaValle went the first six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk.  Ronnie Williams worked around a hit in the seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Jupiter (7-11) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Angel Rondon (3-0, 2.30)


Quad Cities 8 at Peoria 0       

Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs (6-12) were held to one hit in their 8-0 home defeat to the River Bandits.  The loss evens the three-game series at one game apiece.

Leandro Cedeño lined a single to left to open the seventh, halting a Quad Cities pitching duo in their no-hit bid.  Peoria managed just six base runners the entire game with two reaching scoring position.  Defensively, left fielder Cedeño committed his second miscue of 2019, leading to an unearned tally.

Alvaro Seijas (L, 1-2) fanned seven in five innings but fell prey to two solo long balls accounting for both earned runs he allowed.  The righty permitted five hits and two walks, resulting in three runs, two earned.

Four Chiefs hurlers tossed one inning apiece:  Evan Sisk, Fabian Blanco, Freddy Pacheco and Edgar Escobar.  Sisk was touched for a run on two hits and a walk while striking out two and picking off one.  Blanco and Pacheco each pitched a clean frame but Escobar yielded four runs on five hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (9-8) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Cole Aker (0-1, 11.42)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 22, 2019

photo: Jake Woodford (Memphis Redbirds)

In the only game on Sunday’s very light holiday schedule across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Memphis came out on top behind Player of the Day Jake Woodford’s strong mound effort and Edmundo Sosa’s timely hitting.

Results from games played Sunday, April 21st.


Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 3 (10)   

Edmundo Sosa’s home run handed the Redbirds a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Express in 10 innings.  Memphis (9-8) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining.  The Redbirds are tied for second with Omaha (KC), two games behind Iowa (CHC).

Sosa’s second long ball of 2019 came with Max Schrock aboard after the latter began the frame at second and was his second hit in four at bats to go with three RBI.  The only other Memphis player with more than one of the team’s six hits was Andrew Knizner, who also went 2-for-4.  The catcher touched home once and knocked in one.

Sosa’s bomb made a winner out of Jesus Cruz (W, 1-0) who faced the minimum in the top of the 10th.  The Mexico native recorded a pop out and caught looking K before taking a comebacker off his back.  But Cruz recovered in time to record the out.

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Player of the Day Jake Woodford tossed a gem during his seven innings on the bump, holding the Southern Division’s top team to just one run on three hits and three walks.  The solo tally charged to the righty resulted from a solo shot.  Woodford fanned four with two ground- to nine fly- ball outs.

But the 3-1 lead he handed over to the bullpen did not survive the next frame.  Chris Ellis (BS, 1) served up a solo bomb of his own, one of three hits and two runs given up in just 2/3 of an inning.

Hunter Cervenka retired his only batter on a pop up in foul ground, stranding the potential go ahead run at second.  Luke Gregerson worked around a lead-off single for a clean ninth, his eighth appearance during his current rehab stint, and he has not been scored upon since his initial outing on April 4th.

Monday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (10-7)(HOU), 11:05 am CT, Genesis Cabrera (0-0, 10.80)


Springfield – off      

The S-Cards (5-12) kick off an eight-game home stand looking to snap a five-game losing skid.  The last-place team, which trails Arkansas (SEA) by 7 ½, is 5-2 at home but remains winless in 10 tries on the road.

Monday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (7-10) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 11.77)


Palm Beach – off    

Palm Beach (12-5) begins the week tied with Bradenton (PIT) for the South Division lead.  The PB-Cards have won four of their initial five series to start the season.

Monday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Jupiter (7-9) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria – off       

The Chiefs are trying to get on a winning track having lost seven of their last nine contests, including the most recent four.  Peoria (5-11) is last place in the eight-team Western Division, 6 ½ in back of Burlington (LAA).

Monday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Quad Cities (8-7) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (0-2, 0.43)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 19, 2019

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Angel Rondon was a strikeout machine in Palm Beach’s win, the only victory in three tries for St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Rondon was supported by Luken Baker’s three-hit performance but Springfield and Peoria both fell in close contests. Peoria lost despite outstanding relief efforts by Freddy Pacheco and Player of the Day Edgar Escobar. Memphis (and Alex Reyes) was rained out.

Results from games played Thursday, April 18th.


Memphis vs. San Antonio – postponed     

The series finale between the Redbirds and Missions was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Monday, May 27th at AutoZone Park.   Memphis (7-7) claimed the abbreviated series, two-games-to-none, and sits a game behind American Northern co-leaders Iowa (CHC) and Omaha (KC).

Friday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (9-5) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00)


Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 6      

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards could not overcome a big fourth inning, falling to the Naturals, 6-5, in the series opener.  Springfield (5-10) is yet to win in eight tries on the road this season, which lands them in last place in the North Division, 6 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).

Austin Warner (L, 0-2) could not record the fourth’s final out, yielding five runs in that frame on five hits and two walks.  Mike O’Reilly left Warner’s final runner aboard but allowed a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 1/3.  Merandy Gonzalez worked around three hits and a free pass for two clean innings.

The visitors generated just six hits, needing four Northwest Arkansas miscues to score four of their five runs.  The only S-Card with more than one hit was Shane Billings, who singled twice in four at bats and touched home once out of the nine hole.  Dylan Carlson took part in three scores, going 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two RBI.

Friday’s game:  at third-place Northwest Arkansas (6-9) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (0-1, 3.00)


Palm Beach 8 vs. St. Lucie 4    

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds exploded for 13 hits in their 8-4 victory over the Mets, the first of three games between the two squads.  Palm Beach (11-4) remains atop the South Division, a game in front of Bradenton (PIT).

The PB-Cards, who put numbers on the board in four consecutive innings, were led by Luken Baker, who went 3-for-4 with a double, crossed home once and drove in one.  Four Palm Beach players had two hits each:  Julio Rodriguez, Justin Toerner, Zach Kirtley and Yariel Gonzalez.  Catcher Rodriguez launched a three-run bomb capping his team’s four-run fifth and breaking a 3-3 tie.

Angel Rondon picked up his third win against no losses, with all three tallies charged to the righty in 5 2/3 generated by one long ball. Rondon fanned nine while giving up just two hits and two walks.

Two of the four outs recorded by Bryan Dobzanski were K’s, and the right-hander stranded an inherited runner.  Ronnie Williams was touched for a run on two hits while retiring two before giving way to C.J. Saylor.  Saylor tossed the final 1 1/3, issuing one free pass and leaving Williams’ last runner on.

Friday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (8-7) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (2-0, 2.25)


Peoria 3 at Burlington 4       

Edgar Escobar (Peoria Chiefs)

A game-tying run in the ninth went for naught as the Chiefs suffered a 4-3 walk-off loss at Burlington in the series opener.  Peoria (5-9) is last in the eight-team Western Division, 4 ½ games back of the Bees.

The Chiefs clung to a meager 2-1 lead through the contest’s initial seven innings, thanks to a two-run first.  Lars Nootbaar doubled to open the game, eventually scoring on a one-out single by Nolan Gorman.  Brady Whalen’s single to right advanced Gorman to third, putting the latter in position to score via Brendan Donovan’s sac fly to center.

Three Peoria hurlers made that lead stand up, although it was a shaky start after Cole Aker was given the hook with just two gone in the first.  Aker issued five free passes, pushing across one run and leaving Edgar Escobar to strand the bases loaded.

Freddy Pacheco (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Escobar only allowed one runner to reach during his three-inning stint with four strikeouts.  Freddy Pacheco continued the strong pitching by retiring all nine faced, fanning seven. (Escobar is unscored upon in eight innings this season, making him a very bright spot on the struggling Peoria staff.)

But the combination of Thomas St. Clair and Fabian Blanco (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) ended Peoria’s unusual no-hit bid and turned over the lead in the home half of the eighth.  St. Clair let his first two batters reach via a walk and double before notching a K.  Blanco was unable quash the threat, permitting three straight singles that brought two across and resulted in an out at home for the inning’s second out.  A swinging K finished the frame with Burlington up 3-2.

Peoria tied the game at three-all after Leandro Cedeño opened the ninth with his first double of 2019.  Delvin Perez manufactured a bunt single, advancing pinch-runner Edwin Figuera to third whereupon he scored on a wild pitch.

Blanco was allowed to take the mound in bottom of the frame and loaded the bases by sandwiching a single around two walks.  A sac fly ended the game.

The Chiefs outhit their hosts, nine to five, with three players each garnering two hits:  Nootbaar, Whalen and Cedeno.  Nootbaar and Cedeno both went 2-for-4 with a double, the former walking once with a run scored.  Whalen singled twice in three at bats.

Friday’s game:  at first-place Burlington (10-5) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Diego Cordero (1-1, 3.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 17, 2019

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St. Louis’ minors went 3-1 on Tuesday behind stand-out pitching performances by Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach) and Tommy Parsons (Peoria).  Andrew Knizner and Johan Mieses (Memphis), Chase Pinder (Palm Beach) and Leandro Cedeño (Peoria) were hitting leaders, with the latter our Player of the Day.


Results from games played Tuesday, April 16th.

Memphis 8 vs. San Antonio 7    

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds withstood a four-run ninth to edge the Missions, 8-7 in the first of Memphis’ seven-game home stand.  The Redbirds (6-7) sit in third in the tight American Northern Division, two games in back of Iowa (CHC).

Offense was the story with the two squads combining for 15 tallies on 20 hits.  The home team’s 11-hit effort was paced by Andrew Knizner, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with walk and run scored.  The only other Redbird with more than one hit was second baseman Max Schrock, who singled twice in two at bats, worked two free passes and touched home once.  But Schrock committed two throwing miscues leading to an unearned tally.

But the key blow was Johan Mieses’ eighth-inning grand slam providing what the much needed margin of victory.  In his first game back at Triple-A, it was the right fielder’s first home run at the level.  Earlier, Adolis Garcia launched a three-run bomb capping Memphis’ four-run sixth, his third long ball of the season, which put his team up 4-3.

Starter Genesis Cabrera’s effort included five strikeouts but was marred by three solo home runs over 3 2/3.  Tommy Layne (W, 1-0) went 2 1/3 scoreless frames and stranded two inherited runners.

Hunter Cervenka and Jesus Cruz each tossed a clean inning but the same cannot be said of Chasen Shreve.  Shreve was unable to record an out, allowing four runs, three earned, on three hits and two walks.  John Fasola picked up his first save after permitting one of Shreve’s final two runners to score.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. San Antonio (7-6) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 1.69)


Tulsa 11 at Springfield 0      

The S-Cards were drubbed by the Drillers, 11-0, at Hammons Field on Tuesday, snapping a five-game winning streak and evening the three-game series at one game each.  Third-place Springfield (5-8) trails Arkansas (SEA) by 5 ½ games in the Texas League’s North Division.

The pasting began with starter Evan Kruczynski (L, 0-1), who tossed just 3 2/3 innings, permitting seven runs on seven hits and three walks.  It is the third straight poor showing in as many starts for the prospect left-hander.

Kruczynski’s final two runners scored with Will Latcham on the bump after the righty surrendered a two-run double followed by a two-run long ball.  Rehabbing Luke Gregerson faced the minimum on eight pitches in the fifth before Connor Jones worked around two hits and two walks for two clean frames.  But Jacob Patterson served up two solo shots during his two-inning stint.

Springfield’s offense was held to five singles and a double with no one garnering more than one hit.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (6-6) (LAD), 11:10 am CT, Casey Meisner (0-0, 8.59)


Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 1   

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

Alex Fagalde fanned eight in six scoreless frames as the Beach Birds downed the Flying Tigers, 5-1, tying the series at one game each with one on tap.  Palm Beach (10-3) sits atop the South Division, 1 ½ games ahead of both Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

Fagalde (W, 2-0) faced just three batters over the minimum, yielding two hits and one free pass.  The 24-year-old tossed 64 of his 88 pitches for strikes and recorded four ground- to five fly-ball outs.

After stranding eight base runners through the first six frames, the Beach Birds put up a four-run seventh, leaving Fagalde in line for the victory.  Center fielder Chase Pinder spearheaded his team’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and three knocked in.

The only other PB-Card with a multi-hit performance was reigning Florida State League Player of the Week Justin Toerner, who singled twice in four at bats with a free pass and touched home once.  The right fielder was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.  Nick Dunn’s only hit in four at bats was a solo shot although the second baseman did record a sac fly.

Ronnie Williams relieved Fagalde and battled control problems during his brief two-out stint, issuing three free passes that left the sacks jammed for Patrick Dayton.  Dayton retired his first batter to end the threat but allowed a run on two hits the next inning.  Junior Fernandez walked one in his inning of work.

Wednesday’s game:  at Lakeland (6-6) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (1-0, 4.82)


Peoria 2 vs. Clinton 1       

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño’s bases-loaded single delivered a 2-1 walk-off victory for the Chiefs over the LumberKings, knotting the series at one game apiece with one to go.  Peoria (5-7) is tied for sixth with Beloit (OAK), 3 ½ behind Burlington (LAA).

Cedeño’s liner up the middle scored Lars Nootbaar and Brandon Riley, who opened the inning with back-to-back singles.  (Though the latter did not count since the moment Nootbaar scored, the game was officially over. ) Earlier, Cedeño got Peoria on the board with his first home run of 2019, which tied the score in the fifth at one run apiece.  Riley had a multi-hit performance as well, singling and doubling in four at bats.  A double by Nolan Gorman accounted for the Chiefs’ other hit.

Tommy Parsons painted yet another impressive effort, fanning eight in eight scoreless innings with four hits allowed.  A second-inning long ball is the only run the right-hander has yielded in 21 innings over three starts.  Parsons has allowed just nine hits and two walks in that span.  Sebastian Tabata (W, 1-0) pitched a one-two-three ninth for the win.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Clinton (5-6) (MIA), 12:05 pm CT, Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 3.24)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 15, 2019

photo: Irving Lopez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

St. Louis’ minors went 2-1 on Sunday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Irving Lopez, whose second walk-off home run of the weekend closed the Double-A club’s sweep. Palm Beach won its minor league best ninth game behind starting pitcher Johan Oviedo and a prolific offense.

Results from games played Sunday, April 14th.


Memphis 6 at Round Rock 7   

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Austin Gomber could not complete the fifth in the Redbirds’ 7-6 defeat at Round Rock.  Third-place Memphis (4-7) trails in the series, one game to two, with one contest remaining.

Gomber tossed 4 1/3 frames, giving up four runs on five hits and a base-on-balls.  The southpaw left a runner on, who scored with Ryan Meisinger on the mound.

Meisinger (L, 0-3) retired four batters but not before allowing three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks.  Both Gomber and Meisinger served up a solo shot.  Tommy Layne minimized the damage to Meisinger by retiring his only batter faced, leaving the sacks jammed.  Alex Reyes worked around three free passes over two scoreless innings.

The Redbirds banged out eight hits with Adolis Garcia and Edmundo Sosa having two hits each.  Both of Garcia’s hits went for extra bases, a double and solo bomb in three at bats to go with three RBI.  Sosa went 2-for-4 with a double and one driven in.

Defensively, the visitors committed three miscues.  Third baseman Max Schrock committed a fielding error as did left fielder Rangel Ravelo while catcher Andrew Knizner was charged with a bobble on an attempted pick off.

Monday’s game:  at Round Rock (7-4) (HOU), 11:35 am CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00)


Springfield 8 vs. Northwest Arkansas 6 (10)      

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

Irving Lopez’ second walk-off home run of the series led the S-Cards to a four-game home sweep over Northwest Arkansas (4-7).  The sweep pulls Springfield (4-7) into a third-place tie with the Naturals.

Lopez, our Player of the Day, went yard with Scott Hurst aboard after the latter began the 10th at second.  The long ball was one of three walk-off victories for the home team in four days.  The second baseman joined left fielder Conner Capel with two hits apiece with two other Springfield players having one hit each.

The bomb made a winner out of Merandy Gonzalez (W, 1-1), who allowed one of two inherited runners touch home for his third blown save.  Gonzalez fanned four over 2 2/3 while yielding a hit and walk.

Anthony Shew tossed the initial five innings, permitting three tallies on six hits and two walks.  The righty struck out six.

Luke Gregerson faced the minimum in the sixth, fanning two, and Connor Jones pitched a clean seventh.  But Will Latcham allowed Northwest Arkansas to knot the game at six all when he was touched for three scores on three hits and a base-on-balls with one out recorded.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (5-5) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Williams Perez (0-1, 12.86 ERA)


Palm Beach 5 at Charlotte 3   

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Johan Oviedo tossed six strong frames as the Beach Birds (9-2) flew past the Stone Crabs, 5-3.  First-place Palm Beach’s fourth straight win includes a three-game road sweep of sixth-place Charlotte (3-8) (TB).

Oviedo (W, 2-0) scattered seven hits and two walks, resulting in single tallies in the first and third innings.  The righty struck out six and threw 58 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

C.J. Saylor yielded a hit during his two scoreless innings while Junior Fernandez picked up his third save despite allowing a run on a lead-off walk, wild pitch, single and RBI ground out.  It was the first run permitted by the 22-year-old in five appearances covering seven frames.

The visitors capitalized on nine free passes issued by Stone Crab hurlers, generating three runs from them.  Zach Kirtley and Alexis Wilson each had two of their squad’s seven hits, the former going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls and two-run bomb that was one of two runs scored.  Wilson reached base three times, singling twice in four at-bats with a walk.   Wilson’s on-base exploits were topped by Justin Toerner, who reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with a double, three free passes and scored twice.

Monday’s game:  at Lakeland (5-5) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria – off       

Sunday’s road contest between Peoria (4-6) and first-place Kane County (7-4) (ARI) was moved up to Saturday, April 13th, in anticipation of inclement weather on Sunday.  The Chiefs are in a three-way tie for sixth with Beloit (OAK) and Cedar Rapids (MIN) and trail the Cougars by 2 ½ games.

Monday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Clinton (4-5) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Dionis Zamora (0-1, 8.31)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 12, 2019

photo: Kramer Robertson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system had a perfect 3-0 Thursday, though only Palm Beach won decisively. Springfield won a heavyweight battle on Irving Lopez’ walkoff two-run home run, and Kramer Robertson reached base and scored four times plus drove in three. The middle infielders share our Player of the Day honors. Peoria was rained out.

Results from games played Thursday, April 11th.


Memphis 6 at San Antonio 3   

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis downed San Antonio, 6-3, preventing a three-game home sweep by the Missions (5-3) (MIL).  The third-place Redbirds (3-5) trail Iowa (CHC) by 2 ½ games in the American Northern Division.

Working the fourth and fifth innings, Alex Reyes (W, 1-0) tossed two clean frames for his first win of 2019.  The righty retired his first five batters before issuing a free pass but bounced back with his second strikeout.

Reyes pitched in relief of Ryan Helsley, who needed 57 pitches, 35 strikes, to navigate three innings.  The Oklahoma native was tagged for a three-run second, allowing six hits and a walk in all.

Tommy Layne fanned the side in the fourth before handing the ball to Reyes before John Fasola struck out three over two frames.  Chasen Shreve faced the minimum in the ninth, earning his first minor league save since 2017, with the bullpen in total tossing six scoreless innings on just one hit.

The visitors’ 10-hit attack was paced by Tommy Edman, who went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored at the top of the order.  The only other Redbird with more than one hit was Edmundo Sosa, who went 2-for-4 with a solo shot.

Friday’s game:  at Round Rock (5-3) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0, 3.60)


Springfield 12 vs. Northwest Arkansas 11      

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

Irving Lopez’ two-run ninth-inning bomb gave Springfield their first win of the season as they rallied for a 12-11 victory over Northwest Arkansas in their home opener.  The S-Cards (1-7) are in fourth and last place in the North Division, six games behind Arkansas (SEA).

The slugfest featured four lead changes, a tie and 15 hits by each team.  While all nine S-Card starters either had a hit or scored a run, Lopez was one of six Springfield players with multi-hit performances. However, the hit leader was left fielder Conner Capel who went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored.  Lopez, our co-Player of the Day, added a double to his second home run in as many games, and knocked in three in six at bats.

But the best production came from co-Player of the Day Kramer Robertson who homered for the third time in his last three games and accounted for six tallies.  The shortstop went 2-for-3 with two free passes, a two-run long ball comprising one of the four times he touched home and two of his three RBI.  The number eight batter also swiped his first bag of 2019.  Defensively, Capel and right fielder Johan Mieses were each credited with an outfield assist, at third and home respectively.

Evan Kruczynski’s second start of the season was a mixed bag with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3 but six runs yielded on nine hits and three walks.  Three of the six scores were generated by two home runs.  Kruczynski picked off a runner at first.

Will Latcham recorded six outs but gave up two hits and a base-on-balls, both of the runs charged to him but scored under Merandy Gonzalez’ watch.  In a rocky evening, Gonzalez (BS, 2) had as many hits allowed as outs recorded, four each, issued three free passes and permitted three runs.  Jacob Patterson struck out his only batter, stranding two inherited and putting him in line for his first victory against one loss.

Friday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (4-4) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Harold Arauz (0-0, 4.05)


Palm Beach 6 vs. Daytona 0   

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

The Beach Birds translated a big sixth inning and stellar pitching into a 6-0 victory over Daytona (3-5) (CIN).  Palm Beach claimed three of the four-game set with the Tortugas and their 6-2 mark ties them with Bradenton (PIT) for first in the South Division, a game ahead of St Lucie (NYM).

Clinging to a slim 1-0 lead through five, the home team broke through for five more tallies the next inning.  Second baseman Nick Dunn had three of his team’s 11 hits, scoring once and driving in two in four at bats. Luken Baker and Alexis Wilson both went 2-for-4, with Baker doubling twice and plating a pair.

Starter Alex Fagalde led a quartet of Palm Beach hurlers who combined on a four-hit shutout.  Fagalde (W, 1-0) worked around two hits and three walks in five innings while fanning three.

In C.J. Saylor’s two-inning stint, the right-hander permitted two hits and a walk while Kodi Whitley’s one-two-three eighth featured two K’s.  Junior Fernandez issued a free pass in the ninth.  Saylor, Whitley and Fernandez have yet to be scored upon in the season’s early going.

Friday’s game:  at Charlotte (3-5) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (0-0, 8.10)


Peoria vs. Wisconsin – postponed         

The fourth and final game between Peoria (3-4) and Wisconsin (4-3) (MIL) was rained out on Thursday.  Since the Timber Rattlers do not return to Dozer Park during the season’s first half, the contest will be rescheduled when the two teams meet in Appleton May 20th through 23rd.  The Chiefs took two of the three completed games.

Friday’s game:  at Kane County (5-3) (ARI), 6:30 pm CT, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 32.40)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 10, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 2-2 on Tuesday behind two offensive outbursts and two walk-off defeats. Behind Peoria’s Delvin Perez’ 4-for-4 leading a 15-hit attack, Player of the Day Tommy Parsons spun eight shutout innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 9th.


Memphis 5 at San Antonio 6   

Yairo Munoz (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (2-4) began a seven-game road trip by absorbing a 6-5 walk-off loss at San Antonio.

Up 5-4 with three outs to go, Hunter Cervenka (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) blew the save on a base-on-balls plus two singles sandwiched around a wild pitch.  Austin Gomber was solid through six, permitting three hits and three free passes. One hit was a two-run bomb, accounting for two of the three runs the southpaw allowed.  Gomber fanned six.  Ryan Meisinger surrendered a solo long ball during his two innings on the bump.

The Redbirds’ 12-hit attack was spearheaded by Yairo Muñoz, who went 3-for-5 with a solo shot that was one of his two RBI.  Four Memphis players had two hits each: Tommy Edman, Drew Robinson, Max Schrock and Andrew Knizner.

Wednesday’s game:  at San Antonio (4-2) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00)


Springfield 2 at Tulsa 3      

Anthony Shew (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Another blown save left the S-Cards swallowing another walk-off loss, this time 3-2 to the Drillers.  Springfield (0-6) has yet to find the win column this season.

Through six, the visitors held a 2-1 advantage, a lead made more impressive considering the Drillers’ starter was rehabbing Clayton Kershaw.  The perennial Cy Young Award candidate shut down Springfield on two hits over five but surrendered solo bombs to Kramer Robertson and Dylan Carlson the next inning.

S-Cards’ starter Anthony Shew was impressive during his six-inning stint, matching Kershaw’s six strikeouts while limiting Tulsa to a run on five hits and two free passes.  Jesus Cruz battled control issues, with his four walks matching his four strikeouts.

In his Springfield debut, Merandy Gonzalez recorded the eighth’s final out after Cruz walked the bases full but could not escape his own jam the next frame.  Gonzalez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) yielded three straight singles to begin the ninth, the final hit knotting the game at two all.  After an intentional free pass, Seth Elledge took the mound and served up an RBI single to his first batter, and that was the game.

Six Springfield players each had one of their squad’s six hits.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (3-3) (LAD), 12:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (0-0, 9.64)


Palm Beach 10 vs. Daytona 5   

Bryce Denton (Peoria Chiefs)

A balanced offense delivered a 10-5 victory for the Beach Birds’ 10-5 over the visiting Tortugas.  Palm Beach (5-1) has won each of the first two of four scheduled contests between the two clubs.

All nine starters had at least one of the team’s 12 total hits with Luken Baker, Zach Kirtley and Bryce Denton obtaining two hits each.  Baker and Kirtley both went 2-for-3 with two walks while Baker and Denton both doubled for the first time this season.  Denton added his first 2019 home run, a solo shot, to his 2-for-4 effort. The outfielder did the most damage with two runs scored and three driven in.

Luke Gregerson’s rehab continued with his first ‘start’ in which the veteran worked around shortstop Jose Martinez’ fielding error at the game’s onset on the way to a scoreless inning.  Martinez had three miscues on the evening, two fielding and one throwing.

Regular rotation starter Johan Oviedo took over the next frame and went the next 5 2/3.  Oviedo allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and three bases-on-balls but came away with his first win after the PB-Cards exploded for a six-run sixth.  The righty struck out five.

Ben Yokley retired four batters, giving up two hits and a walk with an unearned tally.  Bryan Dobzanski was tagged for a run on two hits in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona (2-4) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-0, 0.00)


Peoria 9 vs. Wisconsin 0       

Tommy Parsons (Bret Jacomet photo)

Player of the Day Tommy Parsons retired his first 16 batters as the Chiefs (2-4) shellacked the Timber Rattlers, 9-0, evening the home series at one game apiece with two on tap.

Parsons (W, 2-0) tossed eight outstanding frames, yielding just four hits against no walks with four strikeouts.  Edgar Escobar faced the minimum in the ninth.

Peoria’s offense banged out 15 hits, led by Delvin Perez, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.  The shortstop was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Three other Chiefs also garnered multi-hit performances:  center fielder Brandon Riley, first baseman Brady Whalen and designated hitter Leandro Cedeño.  Riley and Whalen both had three hits in five at bats with two doubles, Riley touching home twice and knocking in four while Whalen drove in one.  Cedeño went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (4-2) (MIL), Alvaro Seijas (0-1, 11.57)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 8, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 2-3 on Sunday. Memphis managed a split thanks to Player of Day Adolis Garcia’s three-run home run. Palm Beach mounted a late comeback, but Springfield remains winless and Peoria dropped a short home series.

Results from games played Sunday, April 7th.


Omaha 5 at Memphis 3 (Game 1, completion of April 6th suspended contest)   
Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2 (Game 2)   

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (2-2) split a home pair with Omaha, dropping the opener, 5-3, but claiming the finale, 3-2.  Each team has won two of the series first four games with the rubber game scheduled for Monday.

The day began with the completion of Saturday’s contest suspended due to rain after seven with the score tied at three all.  The Redbirds led 3-0 through six but a three-run seventh against relievers Genesis Cabrera and Tommy Layne (BS, 1) knotted the game up.

Ryan Helsley was impressive in his 2019 debut, tossing four frames of shutout ball while facing just one over the minimum.  The Oklahoma native fanned three and walked one with two ground- to six fly-ball outs.

Cabrera retired six of eight faced over the next two frames before running into trouble by sandwiching two walks around two singles, resulting in a score.  Layne took over with the sacks jammed and one gone but allowed two runners to touch home on a ground out and single.  When play resumed on Sunday, Ryan Meisinger (L, 0-1) served up a two-run bomb in the first of his two innings of work.

Memphis managed just four hits, two of them by center fielder Drew Robinson, who singled twice in four at bats with a run scored on Adolis Garcia’s first-inning triple.  The team’s final hit belonged to Ramon Urias, who doubled in Evan Mendoza and Tommy Edman, who each worked a free pass.

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The nightcap’s entire offense occurred in the third frame.  Redbirds’ starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (W, 1-0) recorded two quick ground outs but a base-on-balls followed by back-to-back singles and a ground-rule double plated two Storm Chasers.  Ponce de Leon yielded just two more hits during his five-inning stint.

The home team responded with three runs of their own via Adolis Garcia’s first home run of the season.  The bomb scored catcher Joe Hudson (walk) and Urias (double), the latter one of five Redbirds with one hit each.

A trio of Memphis hurlers followed Ponce de Leon to the mound:  Hunter Cervenka, Chasen Shreve and Chris Beck.  Cervenka fanned two in two frames, permitting a hit, while Shreve struck out two of three faced in the eighth.  Beck tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first organizational save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Omaha (2-2) (KC), 11:05 am CT, Mike Hauschild (organizational debut)


Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 6      

Harold Arauz (Reading Fightin’ Phils)

A blown save left Springfield (0-4) with a 6-5 walk-off loss at Northwest Arkansas (4-0) (KC), who swept the four-game series.  The S-Cards are in the midst of a seven-game road trip to open the 2019 season.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead, the visitors were three outs away from their first win of 2019, but John Fasola was unable to deliver.  Fasola (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) did not retire a batter in the ninth, serving up a double and long ball that sealed the loss instead.

Right-hander Harold Arauz was strong in his first start in the St. Louis system, permitting three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls over 6 2/3.  Two of the three runs scored under Connor Jones’ watch as the right-hander allowed both inherited runners to score plus one of his own via a hit and two walks in 1 1/3.

Springfield generated seven hits with Dylan Carlson and Johan Mieses garnering two apiece.  Carlson continued his torrid attack on Double-A pitching, doubling twice in three at bats with a free pass, two runs scored and a sac fly RBI for a .400 batting average over the series.  Mieses went 2-for-4 with a walk, two-run long ball, touched home twice and knocked in two.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (1-3) (LAD), 11:05 am CT, Austin Warner (season debut)


Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3   

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Beach Birds (3-1) rallied for a 4-3 victory over Jupiter and claimed the series, three-games to one.

Palm Beach got on the board first with single tallies in the third and fourth, but the Hammerheads (1-3) (MIA) went on top in the home half of the fourth with three off Beach Birds’ starter Perry DellaValle, who did not finish the inning.  Making his first Florida State League start after spending 2018 with the Rookie level GCL Cardinals, DelleValle gave up five hits and a walk over 3 1/3, with four of the hits and the free pass occurring in the fourth.

Patrick Dayton quieted Jupiter’s bats with 1 2/3 scoreless frames that stranded two inherited runners.  Luke Gregerson faced the minimum in the sixth, striking out one with one ground- and one fly-ball out in his second rehab appearance.  Merandy Gonzalez picked up his first win for the organization with a clean seventh before Junior Fernandez used two strikeouts to minimize two hits in two innings for his second save.

With the Cards down 3-2 going into the seventh, Luken Baker’s single drove in Nick Dunn (double), knotting the score at three all.  The PB-Cards went up for good on catcher Alexis Wilson’s solo shot, his first A-Advanced long ball.  Six Beach Birds each had one of the team’s six hits.

Monday’s game:  vs. Daytona (2-2) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Beloit 5 at Peoria 3       

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

A 5-3 Sunday loss to Beloit left the Chiefs still looking for their first home win of 2019.  Peoria (1-3) dropped both games of the brief series to the Snappers (3-1) (OAK).

Starter Diego Cordero (L, 0-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three free passes.  Three of the four tallies resulted from two home runs.

Freddy Pacheco struck out five in 2 1/3, yielding a score on a hit, walk and hit batsman.  Fabian Blanco tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Chiefs’ six hits were split evenly among six players.  Catcher Ivan Herrera went yard for the second time this season but no one was aboard.  Designated hitter Nolan Gorman reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a run scored and was plunked once.  Shortstop Edwin Figuera scored his team’s final run, going 1-for-3 with a walk out of the nine hole.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (3-1) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Dionis Zamora (full season debut)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 5, 2019

photo: Johan Mieses (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors opened the 2019 season by winning three of four games. Player of the Day Johan Mieses’ bat and Austin Gomber’s arm led Memphis to victory while Justin Toerner’s and Nick Plummer’s efforts were key in Palm Beach’s win. Peoria dominated in its 17-hit triumph but Springfield went down to defeat.


Results from the games played Thursday, April 4th.

Memphis 9 vs. Omaha 2   

Johan Mieses (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Redbirds (1-0) rode Austin Gomber’s five strong frames and Johan Mieses’ three-hit performance to a 9-2 romp over the visiting Storm Chasers.  The season-opening victory is the first of the two squads’ five-game set.

Gomber (W, 1-0) balanced six strikeouts against six hits, yielded one run and did not issue a free pass.  Two off-season acquisitions, righty Ryan Meisinger and southpaw Hunter Cervenka, followed Gomber to the mound with differing results.  Meisinger tossed two clean frames, fanning two while permitting a hit and walk, but Cervenka was tagged for Omaha’s final score via a lead-off base-on-balls, wild pitch and two fly balls that were caught in the outfield.  Giovanny Gallegos faced the minimum in the ninth.

Player of the Day Mieses’ Memphis debut was a stellar one, as the left fielder went 3-for-5 with a double and triple, scored twice and knocked in two out of the nine slot.  The only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s nine hits was lead-off batter, Tommy Edman who singled and doubled in four at bats with two RBI.  Designated hitter Ramon Urias’ first home run of 2019 was a two-run bomb, his only hit in four at bats.

Friday’s game:  vs. Omaha (0-1) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (season debut)


Springfield 1 at Northwest Arkansas 5        

The S-Cards’ bats sputtered in their Opening Day 5-1 loss at Northwest Arkansas.  Springfield (0-1) trails the series, 0-1, with three to play.

Stymied by former Cardinals pitching prospect Conner Greene, the visitors’ offense was held to just three hits, one of them generating their only tally.  Second baseman Irving Lopez lined a double to right to begin the sixth, advanced on a 6-3 ground out and scored via Dylan Carlson’s sac fly to right.  Carlson also singled and shortstop Kramer Robertson doubled, all three players garnering three at bats in their Double-A debuts.

All three runs charged to Anthony Shew (L, 0-1) came in the third when the right-hander permitted three hits and issued one free pass.  Only one of the three tallies was earned due to a fielding error by Lopez.  Shew allowed seven total hits in four innings and struck out three.

Casey Meisner was tagged for two runs during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump, both runners crossing under John Fasola’s watch.  After hurling two scoreless frames, Meisner jammed the sacks full on two walks, one intentional, and his only hit allowed.

Fasola was unable to cleanly navigate a tough situation, walking in one run and permitting another score on a hit batsman before recording the final two outs.  The righty sandwiched two more outs around two free passes and a single before giving way to Will Latcham, who retired his only batter.

Friday’s game:
  at Northwest Arkansas (1-0) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (organizational debut)


Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 1    

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

The Beach Birds (1-0) kicked off their 2019 campaign with a 4-1 triumph over the Hammerheads.  The four-game series consists of a two home/two away split between the Roger Dean Stadium stable mates.

Each team’s offense generated five hits but two of Palm Beach’s hits were doubles leading to tallies.  Right fielder Justin Toerner had one of them, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, run scored and a sac fly. He also stole second and third base, made a nice running catch if foul territory in right field and threw out fleet-footed Tristan Pompey at second base trying to stretch a single into a double. Left fielder Nick Plummer smashed the other double in his maiden Palm Beach effort, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored out of the seven slot.  Plummer reached once when he was plunked.

Johan Oviedo struck out six in 4 1/3 innings, his maiden Palm Beach effort.  The righty limited Jupiter to one hit and did not walk a batter, an encouraging sight.  Ronnie Williams (W, 1-0) recorded the fifth’s final two outs, handing the ball off to St. Louis reliever Luke Gregerson, who began his rehab assignment by yielding two two-out hits resulting in one run.

Merandy Gonzalez’ first outing for the organization was a clean eighth although the righty was very familiar with his surroundings as he came from Miami’s organization.  Junior Fernandez tossed the final two innings for his first save of the season.

Friday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (0-1) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (Palm Beach debut)


Peoria 10 at Cedar Rapids 2        

Tommy Parsons (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs’ offense ignited for 17 hits as Peoria (1-0) pummeled Cedar Rapids, 10-2, in their season opener in the Iowa town.  The brief two-game series concludes on Saturday before the Chiefs head to Dozer Park for their home opener on Sunday.

All nine starters gathered at least one hit, led by three players with three hits apiece:  second baseman Brendan Donovan, designated hitter Leandro Cedeño and catcher Ivan Herrera.  Donovan generated the most results in his full-season debut, going 3-for-5 with a walk, double, run scored and two RBI but committed his first defensive bobble.  Cedeño reached base five times, singling three times, working two free passes and driving in one.  One of Herrera’s three hits was a solo blast, his first full-season bomb that was one of his two runs scored.

Two other Chiefs generated multi-hit performances:  first baseman Brady Whalen and right fielder Wadye Ynfante.  Whalen accounted for five tallies, singling and doubling in six at bats, touching home twice and knocking in three while Ynfante went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Backed by all of this offense, starting pitcher Tommy Parsons cruised in his maiden full-season effort.  Parsons (W, 1-0) blanked the Kernels on a hit and two base-on-balls over five innings, fanning five with six ground- and three fly-ball outs.

On the other hand, 20-year-old Freddy Pacheco’s initial taste of full-season ball was sour.  The Venezuelan native, who split 2018 between the DSL and GCL Cardinals, yielded three hits and two walks resulting in two scores in just 2/3 of an inning.  Chris Hunt limited the damage by recording the sixth’s last out before tossing two more clean frames.  Hunt was joined in his jump from Rookie League Johnson City in 2018 to class A Peoria by righty Noel De Jesus, who walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (0-1) (MIN), Alvaro Seijas (season debut)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 15, 2018

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Conner Greene (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Surprise’s final game of the Arizona Fall League season ended in a narrow walk-off loss. Conner Greene, Andy Young, Lane Thomas and Jeremy Martinez contributed to the Saguaros’ Thursday efforts.

Results from the game played Thursday, November 15th.

Surprise 10 at Mesa 11

The Saguaros’ (11-19) late offense was not quite enough to overcome yet another poor pitching performance as Surprise was edged by the Mesa Solar Sox, 11-10, in the season finale.

Andy Young (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Lefty starter Shawn Morimando (TOR), the first of five Surprise hurlers, was tagged for five runs on seven hits and a base-on-balls over three frames. One of the seven hits was a two-run long ball.

But the Rangers’ Joe Kuzia matched that runs yielded number in just 2/3 of an inning. The right-hander gave up four hits and two walks while also throwing a wild pitch. Geoff Hartlieb (PIT) stranded Kuzia’s last base runner before tossing a clean

Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

At the end of Greene’s tenure on the bump, Surprise was in a 10-3 hole. But a mighty rally ensued that was triggered by the Solar Sox hurler’s fielding error. Five unearned runs later, the Saguaros had cut the deficit to 10-8, the scoring capped by Will Craig’s (PIT) three-run bomb. A two-run single in the eighth knotted the game at 10-10 headed into the bottom half of the frame.

Eight of Surprise’s nine starters garnered at least one of the team’s 10 hits with all three of the Cardinals’ representatives having one hit each. Andy Young finished a fine Fall campaign by going 1-for-4 with a walk, double and two runs scored out of the clean-up spot. The second baseman finished with a slash line of .301/.416/.521/.936, (22-for-73) in 20 games.

Jeremy Martinez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Lane Thomas also reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once and knocked in two. Young and Thomas were both aboard when Craig went yard in the eighth. The Saguaros’ right fielder’s final line was .262/.385/.328/.712, (16-for-61) in 20 games.

Catcher Jeremy Martinez saw action in 12 games, including the season finale, in which he went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Defensively, the soon-to-be 24-year-old was charged with a fielding error, his second miscue overall, and nailed only one of the four base runners attempting to steal. Martinez put up an offensive mark of .231/.388/.256/.644, (9-for-39) and drew more walks (eight) than he struck out (six).

But the rally went for naught after Joe Barlow (L, 0-2) (TEX) did not retire any of the three ninth-inning batters he faced after pitching a clean eighth. Barlow walked his first batter then yielded back-to-back singles for the walk-off loss.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 14, 2018

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In Surprise’s Wednesday loss, Cardinals lefty pitching prospect Evan Kruczynski allowed three runs, though only two were earned due to a Tommy Edman error. The second baseman singled, doubled, scored and drove in two.

Results from the game played Wednesday, November 14th.

Mesa 10 at Surprise 6

Evan Kruczynski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Evan Kruczynski fell prey to a poor first inning as the Saguaros (11-18) fell to the Solar Sox, 10-6 on Wednesday afternoon.

All three tallies yielded by Kruczynski (L, 2-2) during his three-inning stint occurred in his initial inning of work. Three singles jammed the sacks full without an out being recorded, leaving the southpaw nowhere to put the next batter when he issued a free pass. A pop out to short invoked the infield fly rule for the first out.

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It looked like Kruczynski might escape with minimal damage after he induced a grounder to short but second baseman Tommy Edman’s errant throw to first resulted in only one out recorded while two runs scored. The Wisconsin native notched the first of his three strikeouts to end the frame. Kruczynski allowed six hits and two walks in all and finished his AFL stint with a 1.99 ERA.

Connor Jones followed Kruczynski to the mound, pitching the fourth and fifth. Jones was tagged for an unearned run due to a passed ball while permitting a single and two walks with three K’s. St. Louis’ final hurler on the day was Will Latcham, who surrendered an eighth-inning home run and struck out the other two of his three batters faced. Runs were scored against all five Surprise pitchers on the day.

Surprise banged out 13 hits, led by Pittsburgh’s Cole Tucker, who went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and run scored. Edman was one of three Saguaros with two hits each, singling and doubling in five at bats, touching home once and driving in two. Eight of nine Surprise starters garnered at least one hit, the sole exception being designated hitter Andy Young, who was hitless in five at bats out of the five hole. Young did contribute, however, by knocking in a tally.

Thursday’s game: at Mesa (14-14), 12:35 pm MST, Shawn Morimando (0-2, 6.27) (TOR) (season finale)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 13, 2018

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Surprise ended its three-game losing skid with a convincing Tuesday win over Glendale. Lane Thomas reached base four times via a single, double and two walks. The right fielder and no. 2 hitter scored twice and plated one.

Results from the game played Tuesday, November 13th.


Surprise 9 vs. Glendale 2

Surprise (11-17) utilized 12 hits and eight walks to waltz past Glendale, 9-2, ending a three-game losing skid. The Saguaros have already been eliminated from the division race.

The Pirates’ Will Craig led a parade of five Saguaros with a multi-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a walk. The first baseman and clean-up hitter’s three-run home run capped a four-run first for the home team. Surprise added single scores in the third and fourth then finished their scoring with three more in the eighth.

Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ Lane Thomas was part of that parade and reached base four times. The Saguaros’ number two batter singled and doubled in three at bats, worked two free passes, touched home twice and drove in one. Thomas’ first free pass came in the first, putting him aboard when Craig went yard. The right fielder walked again the next inning but was caught stealing, the second time that frame a Saguaro was nabbed trying to swipe second.

In Thomas’ next at bat, he flied out to right with a runner on second but he reached in the sixth via a two-out single. The Tennessee native finished his day with his double, a line drive to center driving in Cavan Biggio (TOR) who reached via a base-on-balls. Thomas subsequently scored his team’s third and final tally of the frame when Bryan Reynolds (PIT) singled to right.

Tommy Edman, the Cardinals’ only other player in Tuesday’s game, was on the other end of the productivity scale. The third baseman went hitless in five at bats, including grounding into a double play and being caught looking at strike three once. Defensively, he took part in one of Surprise’s two double plays.

Toronto’s Nate Pearson scattered four hits and two walks over five scoreless frames, picking up his second win in four decisions.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Mesa (13-14), 12:35 pm MST, Evan Kruczynski (2-1, 1.37)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 12, 2018

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Surprise lost a late lead, falling again on Monday, but second baseman Andy Young went 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI.

Results from the game played Monday, November 12th.

Surprise 4 at Scottsdale 5

Surprise (10-17) could not hold a late three-run lead, resulting in a 5-4 walk-off loss at Scottsdale (12-14).

A fielding error by first baseman Will Craig (PIT) opened the scoring floodgates to start the ninth by allowing the lead runner to reach. Reliever Jackson McClelland (L, 0-1) (PIT) continued his second inning of work by issuing back-to-back free passes to jam the sacks full, resulting in his departure. The Rangers’ Joe Barlow (BS, 2) then yielded an RBI single and two-run double for the loss.

Andy Young (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Saguaros’ seven-hit offense was lead by the Cardinals’ Andy Young, the organization’s sole representative in the game. The second baseman reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and RBI, thus extending his hitting streak to four consecutive games and five in the last six contests.

The Indiana State product came to the plate in the first with two on and two out but was unable to deliver. His 6-4 force ended the frame. After his team put up a two spot the next inning, aided by two wild pitches by the Desert Dogs’ starter, Young worked a two-out base-on-balls in the third.

The 24-year-old was in the thick of Surprise’s two-run fifth. Young’s line drive single up the middle knocked in Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (walk) from second for the first tally. A 4-3 ground out scored Craig (single) and moved Young to second where he was stranded. He finished his day with a lead-off single to center to kick off the eighth. Young advanced to second via a passed ball but could get no further.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Glendale (11-16), 12:35 pm MST, Nate Pearson (TOR) (1-2, 8.22)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 7, 2018

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Fueled by a two-run home run by Andy Young in the ninth, Surprise went on to secure a comeback win over Scottsdale on Wednesday. Lane Thomas, Connor Jones and Will Latcham also contributed.

Results from the game played Wednesday, November 7th.

Surprise 5 vs. Scottsdale 4

Andy Young (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A two-run home run by Andy Young ignited a ninth-inning rally as the Saguaros (10-14) edged the Scorpions, 5-4.  The contest was the sole afternoon game scheduled while both of Surprise’s division rivals, Peoria and Glendale, play evening affairs.

Down 4-1 with three outs remaining, the home team pounced on Reds’ right-hander Alex Powers (BS, 2) (L, 0-1), who had just entered the game.   Cavan Biggio (TOR) led off with a walk, which brought Young to the dish.  The Saguaros’ number six batter launched one over the center field wall, trimming his squad’s deficit to one.

First baseman Will Craig (PIT) followed Young’s third bomb of the season with a long ball of his own, knotting the game at 4-4.  A one-out triple by Nick Heath (KC) and RBI single by Cole Tucker (PIT) gave Surprise the walk-off victory.

Young’s blast was the third time he reached base, as the second baseman went 1-for-2 with two walks and the previously mentioned home run.

Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Fellow St. Louis farmhand Lane Thomas also reached base three times while batting clean-up for the Saguaros.  Thomas singled once in two official at-bats with a strikeout plus two walks.  The right fielder swiped his eighth bag but was also one of three Surprise players to be caught stealing, along with Heath and Biggio.

The Cardinals were represented on the mound by Connor Jones and Will Latcham, two of the six Saguaros’ hurlers sent to the bump.  Jones tossed a clean sixth to keep the game tied at one all.  The righty retired his first batter on a 4-3 ground out before catching Scottsdale’s lead-off batter looking at strike three.  A walk and stolen base put a runner in scoring position but Jones closed the frame with a soft 6-3 ground out.

Latcham pitched the eighth, replacing Joe Kuzia (TEX) after the latter served up a three-run home run the prior inning.  Latcham faced the top of the order, notching a swinging strikeout and fly out to left for the first two outs.  A single to right was negated when the 22-year-old recorded a force at second.

Right-hander Demarcus Evans (TEX) kept the opposition off the board in the ninth for his first win against one loss.

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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 6, 2018

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Cardinals second base prospect Andy Young reached base three times, drove in two and scored twice in Surprise’s lopsided Tuesday win at Glendale.

Results from the game played Tuesday, November 6th.

Surprise 10 at Glendale 1

Andy Young (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

St. Louis Cardinals second base prospect Andy Young accounted for four tallies as the visiting Surprise Saguaros pummeled the Glendale Desert Dogs, 10-1.  The Tuesday victory moves Surprise (9-14) into a second-place tie with Glendale in the East Division.  Both squads trail Peoria by six games and have an elimination number of two.

The visitors banged out 14 hits with Young one of four Saguaros generating a multi-hit effort.  St. Louis’ sole representative in the game acted as the designated hitter while batting fifth.  Young flied out to right for the second inning’s second out but came through in his team’s six-run explosion two frames later.

The 24-year-old came to the plate with runners at the corners with none out and slashed his fourth double of the AFL season.  The sharp grounder to left cleared the bases, scoring Bryan Reynolds (PIT) (single) and Cavan Biggio (TOR) (double) to give Surprise a 2-0 lead.  Two walks sandwiched around a fly out to right advanced Young to third, putting him in position to score on Santiago Espinal’s (TOR) sac fly to center and driving Glendale’s starting pitcher from the game.

With Surprise leading 6-0 after four, Young ignited a three-run fifth with a lead-off single to left.  Pittsburgh shortstop Cole Tucker’s single up the middle moved the North Dakota native to second and triggered another pitching change by the Desert Dogs.  Catcher Renae Martinez (ARI) greeted the new hurler with a three-run bomb to left center, his first long ball of the Fall campaign.

Young finished his day by reaching base once more in his final two plate appearances.  He grounded into 5-4-3 double play to bring the top of the sixth to a close but worked the second of three consecutive walks to kick off the ninth.  Surprise’s final tally scored on a 4-6-3 double play that moved Young to third, where he was stranded.

Meanwhile on the mound, six Saguaros pitchers combined to hold their opponent to a single score on six hits.  Starter Scott Blewett (W, 4-0) (KC) tossed the first four innings, permitting a run on four hits.  The remaining five hurlers pitched one frame each.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Scottsdale (10-11), 12:35 pm MST, RHP Nate Pearson (TOR)


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – November 5, 2018

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In Monday’s St. Louis Cardinals Arizona Fall League action, Conner Greene took the hard-luck loss for Surprise in the 10th inning. Tommy Edman doubled and walked.

Results from the game played Monday, November 5th.

Surprise 3 at Salt River 4 (10)

Conner Greene (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Saguaros could not hold an early lead at Salt River (14-8), eventually falling 4-3 in 10.  Surprise (8-14) has gone 3-7 over their last 10 games and now dwells in the basement of the West Division, seven games behind Peoria.

St. Louis’ Conner Greene absorbed his second loss in as many decisions, yielding an unearned tally in his only inning on the bump, the 10th.  The righty began with a runner at second due to the Robinson Rule and proceeded to retire his first two batters on a 4-3 groundout that advanced the runner to third and a pop out to fellow Cardinals farmhand Andy Young at second.  But a ground ball single to second resulted in a run scored and the hard-luck loss.

Young was joined in the Saguaros’ starting lineup by three other St. Louis prospects:  Lane Thomas, Tommy Edman and Jeremy Martinez.  The second baseman went hitless in four at-bats with a strikeout but did score after reaching base in the first via a hit-by-pitch.  That put two on for Bryan Reynolds (PIT) who drove in them both via his first triple.  A sac fly brought Reynolds home and gave Surprise a 3-0 lead they maintained until the fourth.

Center fielder Thomas garnered one of his team’s six hits overall, a two-out single in the first.  The number six batter swiped his seventh base of the AFL campaign before advancing to third on a throwing error by the Rafters’ catcher.  The Saguaros mounted another threat when Martinez worked a free pass, putting two on for designated hitter Nick Heath (KC), but a fly out to left ended the frame.

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Martinez’ base-on-balls was the first of his two times reaching base despite going hitless in three at bats.  The catcher was the runner put at second to begin the top of the 10th but was replaced with a pinch runner.

Surprise’s ninth-place batter was Edman, who doubled once in three at bats with a walk.  His free pass came in the 10th, resulting in a bases-loaded opportunity with none out.  But the visitors squandered it on a fly out to left, force out at home and fly out to center, the last out made by Young.

Tuesday’s game:  at Glendale (9-13), 12:35 pm MST, RHP Scott Blewitt (KC)


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