photo: Nolan Gorman (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-4 on Friday, with one of two Palm Beach games rained out. Our Player of the Day is Peoria third baseman and no. 1 prospect Nolan Gorman, who hit his league leading eighth home run of the season on his 19th birthday in Peoria’s loss at South Bend.
Results for games played Friday, May 10.
The Redbirds fell behind early and could not come all the way back in their home defeat to the division rival Iowa Cubs on Friday. The Cubs have won 10 of their last 11 games and are six games up on Memphis.
By the end of the third inning the Redbirds and Genesis Cabrera were behind 7-0. The Redbirds, playing catch up, added three runs in the sixth. Drew Robinson drove in Joe Hudson, who had doubled to begin the inning, on a single to center. Tyler O’Neill plated Robinson and Tommy Edman, who had reached on a single, to cut the lead to 7-3.
In the eighth, Adolis Garcia drew a walk and Ramon Urias singled. Lane Thomas reached on a fielding error and Garcia scored. That made the score 7-4, but the Redbirds would add no more runs. No Memphis hitter had more than one hit, but O’Neill drove in two runs. Hudson had the only extra base hit.
Cabrera tossed six innings and struck out nine, but he gave up those seven early runs. Eight of the nine strikeouts came in Cabrera’s final three innings of work and he held the Cubs scoreless after the third.
Carlos Martinez made another rehab appearance. Martinez pitched a scoreless seventh, fanning two and allowing an infield single and a stolen base. Chris Ellis and Chris Beck hurled the final two scoreless innings.
Memphis is 18-17 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, si games behind the Iowa Cubs.
Saturday’s game: vs. Nashville, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-1, 3.25) 6:35 CT.
The Cardinals fell to the Naturals at Hammons Field on Friday. The win by the Naturals is the first this season by either team at the opponent’s home ballpark.
The Cardinals were kept scoreless for the first eight innings. In the ninth, with Justin Williams and Johan Mieses on base, Chris Chinea was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Pinch hitter Brian O’Keefe singled and Williams scored. This concluded the Springfield scoring.
Jose Godoy had two hits and was the only Cardinal with more than one.
Starter Harold Arauz lasted four innings, during which he gave up two runs on six hits. The scoring came via a two run home run in the second inning. Arauz struck out three and walked three. Reliever Roel Ramirez surrendered two runs in his two innings of work. Junior Fernandez tossed two scoreless innings, and Merandy Gonzalez added a scoreless ninth.
Both Irving Lopez and Godoy were picked off first base.
The Cardinals are 13-21 and in last place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 4.76) 6:10 CT.
The Cardinals lost on Friday to Bradenton in the completion of the suspended game from Thursday. It was the first game of a three game series.
Starter Alex Fagalde suffered his second loss of the season, giving up one run in two innings pitched. He allowed two hits and fanned four. Zach Prendergast took over on Friday and tossed three innings, surrendering three more runs on four hits. Right hander Ramon Santos allowed one unearned run in the final three innings.
The Cardinals were kept off the board until the eighth inning, when Nick Plummer hit a solo home run to left center field. The long ball was Plummer’s only hit. Luken Baker had two hits, including a double.
Palm Beach made four errors. Zach Kirtley and Michael Perri each committed fielding errors. Rayder Ascanio missed a catch and Nick Dunn had a throwing miscue. Plummer had an outfield assist. Catcher Julio Rodriguez picked a runner off second base.
Palm Beach is 19-14 on the season and is in third place in the FSL South, three games back of Fort Myers.
Palm Beach at Bradenton (Game 2 postponed)
This seven-inning game was postponed due to rain and will be played on Saturday as part of a doubleheader.
Saturday’s games: at Bradenton, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.25) 4:00 CT (Game 1), Tommy Parsons (0-0, 11.25) (Game 2)
The Chiefs suffered their 17th loss of the season on Friday against the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field. Despite the defeat, the contest was highlighted by Nolan Gorman’s league leading eighth home run of the season, hit on his 19th birthday. The long ball was a two run shot, the only runs scored by the Chiefs. The home run was Gorman’s lone hit, but teammates Lars Nootbaar and Leandro Cedeno each had two hits.
Starter Jacob Schlesener went 3 2/3 innings as the Chiefs’ starter. He gave up two runs on two hits, struck out three, but walked seven. He also hit a batter, uncorked a wild pitch and committed an error on an errant pickoff attempt.
Franyel Casadilla followed with 2 1/3 innings, in which he surrendered one run on two hits. Fabian Blanco walked four of the five hitters he faced and allowed two runs on wild pitches while recording only one out in the sixth inning. Left hander Evan Sisk was the only pitcher left unscathed, as he pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Nootbaar stole his second base of the season. Catcher Ivan Herrera picked a runner off third base.
The Chiefs are 15-17 and are in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 games back of Quad Cities.
Saturday’s game: at South Bend, Kyle Leahy (1-2, 3.86) 6:05 CT.
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