Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 23, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a 3-1 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinal farm system. Memphis suffered the lone defeat despite two home runs by co-Player of the Day, outfielder Johan Mieses, who shared the award with Peoria starter Tommy Parsons and his complete game two-hit shutout. Springfield and Palm Beach needed no such pitching gems as they combined for 19 runs on 25 hits in their triumphs.

Results for games played Monday, April 22nd.

Round Rock 9 at Memphis 4

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Genesis Cabrera started and struggled again, allowing four runs in four innings, including a pair of home runs to Taylor Jones as Memphis slipped to 9-9 on the year. Relievers Ryan Meisinger and Chris Beck also permitted multiple runs in the 9-4 loss, while Tommy Layne was the bullpen bright spot, fanning two in his 1 1/3 shutout innings.

The Redbirds managed just six hits on the afternoon, as co-Player of the Day Johan Mieses went 2-for-3 with dual longballs, and first baseman John Nogowski registered the only other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double and raising his average to .313 and OPS to .976. Tommy Edman and Edmundo Sosa combined to go 0-for-7, dropping their outstanding averages to .323 and .333, respectively.

Tuesday’s game: off

Springfield 13, Amarillo 7

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield scored three in the first on Dylan Carlson’s third home run of 2019 and were never headed as they cruised to 13-7 win over the Sod Poodles. In the process, the S-Cards snapped a five-game losing skein and lifting their ledger to 6-12. Carlson had three hits and a walk on the night, while Irving Lopez mashed his team-leading sixth longball among his own trio of safeties. Evan Mendoza had two singles plus a double, and Elehuris Montero homered and singled, as the S-Cards pounded out 16 hits.

Lefty starter Evan Kruczynski was supported by nine runs in the first four innings but couldn’t stick around for the win, needing 99 pitches to navigate 4 1/3 innings. He allowed nine baserunners and five runs, four earned, as he fanned three and walked the same. Righty bullpenner Roel Ramirez went 1 2/3 for the win, allowing only a solo homer. Lefty Jacob Patterson whiffed one in a spotless ninth, and now has ten strikeouts and no free passes on the year (7 1/3 IP).

Tuesday’s game: vs. Amarillo, Casey Meisner (0-1, 8.76) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 6, Jupiter 3

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Led by 21-year-olds Julio Rodriguez and Bryce Denton with three hits apiece, Palm Beach improved to 13-5 as they subdued the Jupiter Hammerheads 6-3 Monday night at Roger Dean Stadium. Rodriguez and Denton each doubled and singled twice, and each was also thrown out on the bases. Backstop Rodriguez (now batting .359) achieved the slightly better overall night, however, by gunning a base stealer.

Starter and winning pitcher Alex Fagalde dazzled for much of the evening, but in his final inning fell victim to a homer immediately following an infield hit, creating a rather misleadingly mediocre line of three runs in seven frames. Fagalde fanned seven, walked no one, and required just 84 pitches as he raised his record to 3-0 with a 1.96 ERA. Righties Bryan Dobzanski and Junior Fernandez tied a bow on the win, with a shutout inning each, including two whiffs apiece.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Perry DellaValle (1-0, 2.60) 5:30 CT.

Peoria 7, Quad Cities 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs skunked the visiting River Bandits 7-0, raising their record to 6-11 on the young season. Righty starter Tommy Parsons earned co-Player of the Day with a dominant shutout, fanning six and allowing just two hits and a trio of walks. Parsons even helped himself by picking a runner off first, as he took just 102 pitches to complete the nine stanzas. (Moreover, if not for a wild pitch on what would’ve been a game-ending strikeout, he’d have used ten fewer tosses and easily accomplished the rare “Maddux.”)

Peoria received hitting contributions up and down the lineup, as leadoff man and right fielder Lars Nootbaar drew four free passes, first baseman Brady Whalen provided the lone longball, and Nolan Gorman (.333), Brandon Riley, and Brendan Donovan delivered two base hits each. Defensively, Nootbaar had an outfield assist and Gorman committed his second error at the hot corner.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 2.51) 12:05 CT.

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