photo: Evan Mendoza (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield first baseman Evan Mendoza, who drove in three during his 2-for-4 night. Palm Beach also won to improve to 7-2.
Results for games played Friday, April 12.
The Redbirds battled with the Express but came up short on Friday night. Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on seven hits. The right hander fanned three and walked three. Hunter Cervenka followed with a scoreless inning. Ryan Meisinger surrendered two runs in the eighth and took the loss. Tommy Layne gave up a two-run home run (one inherited) before getting a popout to end the inning.
The offense went into the sixth inning behind 1-0. Rangel Ravelo doubled to center to plate Drew Robinson, who reached base with a walk. With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, Joe Hudson thumped a solo home run to left center. Hudson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.
Robinson committed two fielding errors. Adolis Garcia gunned down a runner at home for an outfield assist.
The Redbirds are 3-6 in the young season.
Saturday’s game: at Round Rock, Harold Arauz (0-0, 0.00) 6:06 CT.
The Cardinals defeated the Naturals in a slugfest at Hammons Field on Friday. Springfield offense scored 11 runs on 11 hits. The Naturals took a 3-0 lead in the third, but the Cardinals answered with four runs in the fourth. Elehuris Montero blasted a two-run home run after Brian O’Keefe led off with a walk. Two batters later Jose Godoy added two runs with his own long ball to right field. Springfield increased their lead to 6-3 with two runs in the seventh on a sac fly by Evan Mendoza and a solo home run off the bat of O’Keefe.
NW Arkansas took the lead back with four runs in the top of the eighth. The Cardinals responded with five runs in the bottom frame. A single by Montero followed by a double from Scott Hurst led to Godoy driving in Montero on a single. Irving Lopez was intentionally walked, and Dylan Carlson reached on a fielder’s choice with a fielding error that scored Hurst and Godoy. Mendoza then singled to bring Lopez and Carlson home.
Mendoza, O’Keefe, Montero, and Godoy each contributed two hits to the winning effort. Mendoza drove in three, Montero and Godoy plated two.
Starter Casey Meisner lasted only three innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, though he did strike out six Naturals. Luke Gregerson, on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless fourth. Mike O’Reilly surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Seth Elledge hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs. Elledge was tagged with a blown save but got the win.
Conner Capel made his first error of the season, a throwing miscue.
The Cardinals went to 2-7 on the season with the win.
Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Austin Warner (0-1, 11.25) 12:10 pm CT.
The Cardinals were the victors in Charlotte on Friday behind the pitching efforts of starter Perry DellaValle and relievers Ronnie Williams and Bryan Dobzanski. DellaValle tossed a quality start with two runs allowed in his six-inning outing. The right hander gave up seven hits but struck out six without walking a batter. Williams pitched two scoreless innings followed a scoreless frame from Dobzanski. DellaValle earned his first win of the season.
The Palm Beach offense put up one run in the first on a passed ball. Justin Toerner scored from third after he led off with a single and advanced on a sac bunt and a ground out. Charlotte tied it up in the second then took the 2-1 lead in the fifth. In the sixth the Cardinals added three runs. The inning began with a Nick Dunn single, followed by walk by Luken Baker. Yariel Gonzalez doubled to score Dunn and Baker scored on Nick Plummer’s sac fly. Julio Rodriguez plated Gonzalez on a single.
The Cardinals added to their lead with two runs in the seventh. Toerner singled and Zach Kirtley doubled him home. Dunn then plated Kirtley on a bloop single to right.
Toerner had a 3-for-4 night and scored twice. Dunn, Gonzalez and Rodriguez collected two hits apiece.
Dunn was caught stealing for the first time in the season. Kirtley made a fielding error.
Palm Beach is 7-2 to begin the season.
Saturday’s game: at Charlotte, Angel Rondon (1-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT
The Chiefs took a pounding from the Kane County Cougars on Friday. The bright spot in the drubbing was top prospect Nolan Gorman blasting a two-run home to right field for his third blast in eight games. Gorman provided the only scoring for Peoria and contributed two hits. Delvin Perez also had two hits.
Jacob Schlesener took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits. The lefty did not survive the first inning, after hitting his first batter and giving up a home run, a single and two walks. Franyel Casadilla came in with one out in the inning and limited the damage by retiring the next two batters. Casadilla went 4 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits. Freddy Pacheco started the sixth inning and exited after only securing one out. Three walks, a wild pitch, a hit by pitch, a single and a double resulted in five runs crossing the plate. Chris Hunt got the final two outs. Hunt finished the game and surrendered two runs, one earned in 2 2/3 innings pitched.
Perez was picked off and caught stealing for the third time season. The Chiefs committed five errors in the field. Leandro Cedeno and Zach Jackson made throwing miscues. Fielding errors were made by Gorman, Perez and Wadye Ynfante.
The loss dropped the Chiefs to 3-5 on the season. Peoria will play a doubleheader on Saturday in an attempt to avoid impending bad weather.
Saturday’s games: Game 1 at Kane County, Cole Aker (0-0, 1.93) 1:00 CT, Game 2 Diego Cordero (0-1, 6.75) following Game 1.
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