photo: Perry DellaValle (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-3 on Wednesday as Peoria and Springfield combined to surrender 18 runs, Palm Beach lost a classic pitchers’ duel despite eight shutout innings from Player of the Day Perry DellaValle, and Memphis salvaged a nail-biting home win over San Antonio.
Results for games played Wednesday, April 17th.
Memphis outlasted the Missions 7-6 and leveled their record at 7-7 as the offense was spearheaded by a pair of 23-year-old middle infielders. Edmundo Sosa and Tommy Edman had three hits apiece for the Redbirds, lifting their averages to .333 and .370, respectively, while first baseman John Nogowski drilled a two-run homer in the fourth to give the club a lead they would never cough up.
Daniel Ponce de Leon (105 pitches) was the starter and winner, allowing four runs over six innings, and permitting a pair of longballs among seven base knocks. Ryan Meisinger pitched around third baseman Ramon Urias’ first error of the season, delivering two hitless and walkless innings with two strikeouts. John Fasola got the shaky save after giving up two ninth-inning tallies.
Thursday’s game: vs. San Antonio, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.
Springfield fell to 5-9 as the staff was cuffed around for six homers in a 10-7 slugfest home loss to Tulsa. Righty starter Casey Meisner was the primary victim, as he was bludgeoned for five home runs in five innings. Roel Ramirez was shelled as well, allowing eight baserunners in just three stanzas, and four earned runs.
Among the S-Card batters, the leader was outfielder Shane Billings in his season debut. The Wingate University product doubled, homered, and drew a walk in his four plate appearances. Scott Hurst nearly matched him, as he also popped his first homer of 2019, and added a walk and a single on the afternoon.
Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, LHP Austin Warner (0-1, 5.00), 7:05 CT.
Player of the Day Perry DellaValle dazzled the Lakeland batters but he couldn’t pitch forever, and bullpenner Ben Yokley gave up a two-out solo walkoff homer in the ninth as Palm Beach fell 1-0, dropping their season record to 10-4. (They nevertheless maintained their one-game lead in the Florida State League South, as their nearest pursuers went winless as well.) DellaValle matched last year’s #1 overall draft pick Casey Mize pitch-for-pitch, even though the Cardinal was drafted 812 picks lower. DellaValle whiffed eight Flying Tigers, seven swinging, while conceding just three singles and a walk.
The only two Palm Beach hits were provided by shortstop Rayder Ascanio, who doubled, and center fielder Chase Pinder, who had an infield hit to open the game. (Justin Toerner did not play. Other than his spectacular season line of .462/.614/.641, I have no reason to believe he’s been promoted.)
Thursday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, Angel Rondon (2-0, 0.90) 5:30 CT.
Outfielder Lars Nootbaar and 18-year old Panamanian catcher Ivan Herrera each went deep and Nootbaar added a three-bagger, but it wasn’t enough, as the Chiefs fell 8-4 to the LumberKings. Last year’s eighth round pick out of Southern Cal, Nootbaar is now slugging over .600 despite striking out only 10% of the time. Herrera meanwhile is making a run at Nolan Gorman for best 18-year-old hitter on the team (and on the planet) trailing the top prospect in OPS just 1.146 to 1.034.
Peoria (now 5-8) was led on the bump by 20-year-old righty Alvaro Seijas, who equaled his career high with nine punchouts and lowered his season ERA to 2.51 by permitting one run on four hits and a walk across six stellar frames. Fellow lefty Jacob Schlesener’s (loss, 0-1) severe control struggles continued as the Rogersville native walked all four men he faced, all of whom scored, with Noel De Jesus (blown save) charged with three more (two earned) in his inning of work. Southpaw reliever Evan Sisk made his 2019 debut, fanning four men in two innings, with one hit and walk each, but the offense could not close the gap.
Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Cole Aker (0-1, 11.25), 6:30 CT.
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