Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 14, 2018

photo: Mike O’Reilly (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-0 on Friday as Springfield’s home game was postponed. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starting pitcher Mike O’Reilly, who pitched seven scoreless innings of three hit ball, striking out nine and walking none.

Results for games played Friday, April 13.

Memphis 9, Iowa 3

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in Memphis on Friday night. Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six innings, giving up three runs on five hits while fanning five and walking two.  Sean Gilmartin pitched a scoreless inning of relief, and Andrew Morales followed with two more. Flaherty earned his second win of the season.

The prolific Redbirds offense scored nine runs on 13 hits.  After immediately falling behind 2-0, Memphis put one run on the board in the home first on Tyler O’Neill’s sac fly.  The Redbirds tied the score with a two run third inning on back to back doubles by Rangel Ravelo and Adolis Garcia.  Memphis added a run in the fourth on Randy Arozarena’s sac fly, then added three in the fifth on a Ravelo ground out and a two run home run off the bat of Patrick Wisdom.  In the sixth, Max Schrock’s single and an O’Neill sac fly plated two.  Arozarena was 3-for-4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. Schrock was 2-for-5 with an RBI, O’Neill was 2-for-2 with a triple, walk, two driven in and two runs scored, and Garcia was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

On the basepaths, Garcia stole his fourth base of the season. In the field, Wisdom made a throwing error and Carson Kelly had a passed ball.

The Redbirds are 8-1 on the season and in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Iowa, Daniel Poncedeleon (0-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.

Springfield vs. Midland – Postponed

Friday’s game against Midland was postponed due to rain in Springfield.  It will be made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Midland, Conner Greene (0-1, 16.20) 11:10 am CT. (Game 1), Sam Tewes (0-1, 9.82) (Game 2)

Palm Beach 1, Florida 0 (10 innings)

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the visiting Fire Frogs in extra innings on Friday night, on the strength of excellent pitching.  Starter Mike O’Reilly tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits while fanning nine and walking none.  Pitching in consecutive games, a condition to return to St. Louis, was reliever Luke Gregerson. Rehabbing a hamstring injury, the right-hander added a scoreless eighth inning on two hits and two strikeouts.  Jason Zgardowski and Ian McKinney each contributed a scoreless frame, with McKinney earning the win, his first.

Per minor league rules, extra innings begin with a runner on second base, and the Cardinals runner on second for the home 10th was Andy Young.  J.B. Woodman bunted Young to second base and Woodman was safe at first.  Jose Godoy was intentionally walked to load the bases.   Kramer Robertson grounded into a force out and Young was thrown out at home, but a subsequent throwing error by the Florida catcher while attempting a double play at first allowed Woodman to score the walk off run.  The Cardinals offense had just five hits, all singles.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-4.

On the basepaths, Shane Billings was caught stealing for the first time in his first attempt.  Ryan McCarvel was picked off first base.  Johan Mieses had two outfield assists, one at third base, and one at home.

The Cardinals are 6-3 on the season and sit in third place in the FSL South, one game back of first place.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Florida, Ian Oxnevad (1-0, 1.80) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 6, Wisconsin 5

Juan Yepez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs broke their five-game losing skid by topping the Timber Rattlers with a one run win on Friday night.  Six runs in three innings by Peoria’s offense helped the team secure the edge.  In the second inning, consecutive singles from Juan Yepez, Dylan Carlson, and Bryce Denton got the Chiefs on the board, with Denton getting the RBI.  In the third, Yepez’ grand slam gave Peoria the one run lead.  An insurance run came in the fourth on a bases loaded hit by pitch of Elehuris Montero.  The run was very much needed, as Wisconsin brought the lead back down to one run with a score in the top of the ninth.  Montero went 2-for-3.  Yepez, Carlson, Denton, and Edwin Figuera were each 2-for-4.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two. Zach Prendergast added two scoreless innings of relief.  Cory Malcom tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run, but earning the save, his first.  Prendergast was the winning pitcher.

Carlson stole his first base of the season in his first attempt.  Figuera was caught stealing for the first time.  Montero made a throwing error, and catcher Dennis Ortega picked a runner off second base.

The Chiefs are 2-5 on the season and in last place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Evan Guillory (0-1, 3.18) 6:30 CT.

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