Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 11, 2019

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a 1-3 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, with Memphis losing another heartbreaker in the ninth, and Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas leading Peoria to the lone organizational triumph with his six shutout innings.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 10th.

San Antonio 6, Memphis 5

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

As with his first start, 22-year-old Jake Woodford permitted no earned runs over five innings. The Missions could marshal just one hit and four walks against the Redbird righty, but Genesis Cabrera allowed four tallies in just 2 1/3 IP, and Chris Beck surrendered the losing run in the final frame of the 6-5 defeat, dropping the club to 2-5.

John Nogowski had a pinch-hit solo homer in the seventh, Tommy Edman knocked in a pair of runs, and Lane Thomas continued his Two True Outcomes season with a pair of free passes. Thomas has now walked or whiffed in 18 of 25 trips to the dish.

Thursday’s game: at San Antonio, Ryan Helsley (0-0,  0.00), 7:05 CT.

Tulsa 12, Springfield 6

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield sunk to 0-7 as the Tulsa Drillers put a dozen runs on the scoreboard. Journeyman starter Williams Perez permitted six runs, five earned, in 2 1/3 innings, and Roel Ramirez was torched for four scores in one inning of work. Connor Jones walked five in 2 2/3 IP, but held the Drillers hitless and off the board.

Kramer Robertson provided the pop, homering for the second day in row — and thus matching his entire 2018 tater total, with two. Shortstop Robertson went 3-for-4 overall and scored a pair of runs, while Dylan Carlson went just 1-for-4, but also contributed a sac fly and his first stolen base of the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 9.00), 7:10 CT.

Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 3

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach fell to 5-2 on the year, as Daytona took a 5-0 lead halfway through the game and made it stand up for a 5-3 final. Yariel Gonzalez was the hitting star with two singles and a double in five trips to the plate, as well as his first steal of the year. Justin Toerner went 0-for-3 but drew two walks, and Luken Baker had a single, a run, an RBI, and a free pass, lifting his average to .318 and OPS to a robust .880.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez struggled after a dazzling nine-strikeout opener five days before, surrendering three runs in 2 2/3 innings while fanning just 1 of 13 batters faced. Southpaw Patrick Dayton fared well for the third straight time however, twirling two shutout innings with three strikeouts. (The 23-year-old lefty posted a 0.78 ERA in 35 innings for Peoria last year, with a 51/11 K/BB ratio and no home runs.)

Thursday’s game: vs. Daytona, Alex Fagalde (0-0, 3.60) 5:30 CT.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 2

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

Righty Alvaro Seijas bounced back from a poor first performance, spinning six shutout innings in the Chiefs’ 4-2 home victory over the Timber Rattlers. The 20-year-old starter fanned six while walking one and plunking a batter, in addition to allowing a trio of singles and a double. He needed a mere 81 pitches, and posted an 8-to-2 groundout/flyout tally. Registering the save was Edgar Escobar, who retired a pair of batters to finish off the win.

Left fielder Leandro Cedeño went 3-for-4 with two first-inning RBI, giving Peoria (now 3-4) a lead they would never relinquish. Corner infielders Josh Shaw and Brady Whalen had two base knocks apiece, the latter lifting his average to an even .400. Designated hitter Nolan Gorman had his first hitless game, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 32.40) 6:35 CT.

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