Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 22, 2018

photo: Evan Guillory (Johnson City Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Saturday, as Springfield’s game was postponed. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starter Evan Guillory, who pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run while striking out seven and walking none. Bryce Denton added a grand slam for the Chiefs.

Results for games played Saturday, April 21.

Memphis 8 at Iowa 4

Mike Mayers (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday night.   Starter John Gant earned his third win of the season, tossing five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Kevin Herget followed with one inning of relief, surrendering one run on four hits.  Edward Mujica pitched a scoreless seventh, while Mike Mayers tossed the final two scoreless innings.  Mayers earned his first save of the season.

The Memphis offense began strong, putting up four runs in the first inning.  Randy Arozarena was hit by a pitch, then Max Schrock smacked an RBI double to left field.  After Luke Voit drew a walk, Schrock scored the second run on Adolis Garcia’s double.  Carson Kelly drove in both Voit and Garcia on a single to right.  In the second inning, Voit’s RBI single scored the fifth Redbirds run. There was no scoring again until the eighth, when Patrick Wisdom drove in a run on a single, then later scored on a fielding error.  Voit plated the final run in the ninth on a single to center field.  Schrock, Garcia, and Wisdom were each 2-for-5.  Voit was 2-for-4. In the balanced attack lacking the home run, all eight Memphis position players had at least one hit and six of them scored.

The Redbirds were also busy on the base paths, with four steals. Yairo Munoz stole his first base of the season in his first attempt, Wisdom took his second in two tries, Oscar Mercado swiped his seventh bag in 11 attempts, and Wilfredo Tovar stole his first in two tries.

The Redbirds are 13-4 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Dakota Hudson (3-0, 3.86) 1:08 CT.

Springfield at Arkansas – postponed

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain in Little Rock.  The game is scheduled to be made up on Friday, May 11 during the Double-A Cards’ next visit.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Jake Woodford (1-1, 5.79) 2:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at Charlotte 5

Andy Young (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Stone Crabs in Charlotte on Saturday.  Palm Beach got on the board first with a run in the first inning that came home on a throwing error.  There was no further scoring until the eighth, when J. B Woodman drew a bases loaded walk following singles by Johan Mieses, Andy Young, and Shane Billings.  Young went 3-for-4, while Billings was 2-for-4.

Starter Ian Oxnevad was tagged with his second loss of the season.  The left hander pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking two.  Ian McKinney relieved and got the final two outs in the sixth.  Will Latcham and Yeison Medina each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

On the base paths, Chase Pinder was caught stealing for the first time in one attempt.  In the field, Oxnevad picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 9-7 on the season and in third place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, Anthony Shew (1-0, 0.51) 11;35 am CT.

Evan Guillory (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria 7, Wisconsin 1

Peoria solidly defeated the Timber Rattlers at home on Saturday.  Starter Evan Guillory pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on five hits.  The righty fanned seven and issued no free passes.  Zach Prendergast followed with three scoreless innings of relief.

The Chiefs got on the board in the third on back to back RBI singles by Yariel Gonzalez and Elehuris Montero. In the sixth, Montero led off with a solo home run.  Peoria added four more runs in the eighth on a grand slam by Bryce Denton.  Montero went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Edwin Figuera was 2-for-4.

Figuera stole his first base in two attempts.  Dylan Carlson stole his second base in two attempts.  Jonatan Machado was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  Montero and Figuera each committed a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 7-6 on the season and are in fourth place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Alvaro Seijas (0-1, 3.60) 5:00 CT.

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