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 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)
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)
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)
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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