Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 21, 2018

photo: Yariel Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day, Peoria second baseman Yariel Gonzalez, was 3-for-4 including a two-run home run and three RBI, and teamed up with starting pitcher Johan Oviedo to lead the Chiefs to a home win.

Results for games played Friday, April 14.

Memphis 0 at Omaha 5

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Triple-A Redbirds were shut out in Omaha on Friday.  The Memphis offense managed only three hits, all singles, from Carson Kelly, Patrick Wisdom, and Wilfredo Tovar.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon pitched well, but was left unsupported by his offense.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits while fanning four and walking one.  Poncedeleon suffered his first loss of the season.  Arturo Reyes followed and surrendered three runs on five hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched. Preston Guilmet got the last out of the eighth inning.

In the field, Yairo Munoz committed a throwing error.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 12-4 on the season and in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:   at Iowa, John Gant (2-0, 1.42) 7:08 CT.

Springfield 7 at Arkansas 10

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Double-A Cardinals were edged by the Travelers in Little Rock on Friday.  Starting pitcher Sam Tewes lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Estarlin Arias followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Ramon Santos allowed four runs, three earned, in his 1 2/3 innings of work, and was tagged with the loss.  Andrew Morales pitched 1 1/3 innings and relinquished three additional runs.  Tyler Bray added a scoreless eighth.

The offense plated seven runs, but it was not enough.  Andrew Knizner was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Tommy Edman was 3 for-4 with an RBI single, a triple and two runs scored.  John Nogowski was 2-for-4 and plated a run on a first inning double. Luke Dykstra hit a second inning sac fly for an RBI, and Lane Thomas drew a bases loaded walk in the eighth.

The Cardinals are 7-7 on the season and tied for second place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Jake Woodford (1-1, 5.79), 6:10 CT

Palm Beach 3 at Charlotte 4

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Beach Birds lost a narrow one in Charlotte on Friday.  Palm Beach fell behind early by four runs and had to play catch up, falling short with two runs in the third and one in the seventh.  Stefan Trosclair’s two-run home run in the third inning put Palm Beach on the board.  Trosclair was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  An RBI single by Johan Mieses in the seventh plated the final Cardinal run.    Evan Mendoza was 2-for-5.  Shane Billings and J.B. Woodman were both 2-for-4.

Starter Austin Warner lost his first game of the season.  Warner pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while fanning three and walking none.  Jesus Cruz and Colton Thomson combined for the final three scoreless innings of relief.

On the base paths, Jose Godoy stole his first base of the season in one attempt.  In the field, Woodman made a fielding error and Thomson picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 9–6 on the season and are tied for third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Charlotte, Ian Oxnevad (1-1, 2.53) 5:05 CT.

Peoria 6, Wisconsin 2

Yariel Gonzalez (State College Spikes)

The Class-A Chiefs topped the Timber Rattlers at home on Friday.  Starter Johan Oveido won his first game of the season, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing only three hits.  The righty fanned eight and walked five.  Kodi Whitley followed with 1 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Cory Malcom and Bryan Dobzanski combined for the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The long ball featured prominently in the win.  Yariel Gonzalez had a first inning two-run blast.  In the second, Dylan Carlson (solo) and Edwin Figuera (two-run) also went deep. Gonzalez contributed an RBI single in the second to round out the four-run inning.  Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Nick Plummer stole his first base of the season in three attempts, while Jonatan Machado stole his first base in two attempts.  Third baseman Elehuris Montero was charged with a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 6-6 on the season and in fifth 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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