Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 24, 2018

photo: Austin Gomber (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

Austin Gomber’s dominant eight-inning mound performance sent Memphis on its way to a road win, one of two victories in three games played across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Monday.

Results from the games played Monday, April 23rd.

Memphis 3 at Iowa 0

Austin Gomber (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Left-hander Austin Gomber threw eight dominant frames as Memphis blanked Iowa, 3-0, for a three-game series’ sweep. The Redbirds have won fifteen of their first 19 games for the best record in the Pacific Coast League.

Player of the Day Gomber (W, 2-0) fanned 16 Cubs during his stint, tying the franchise single-game record for K’s. The Cardinal Nation’s 14th-ranked prospect allowed just six hits and one hit batsman, throwing 85 of his 112 pitches for strikes. Defensively, Gomber participated in a 1-2-3 double play. Mike Mayers faced the minimum in the ninth for his second save.

The visitors pounced on the Iowa starter, scoring all three of their tallies in the first. Oscar Mercado led off with a double, coming home via Max Schrock’s RBI single. Two outs later, Yairo Muñoz launched his first home run of 2018, scoring Rangel Ravelo, who reached on a force that wiped out Schrock.

Schrock and Muñoz each had two of the team’s seven hits. Schrock singled twice in three at bats with a walk and the aforementioned RBI while Munoz went 2-for-4 with the long ball driving in two.

Tuesday’s game: Off

Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 5

John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards opened an eight-game home stand by surviving a late rally, edging the Naturals, 6-5. Springfield (8-8) sits a game behind co-leaders Arkansas (SEA) and Tulsa (LAD) and two ahead of Northwest Arkansas in the North Division.

The home team built a 6-1 lead through seven only to watch their guests cross home plate four times in the final two frames.

John Nogowski paced the offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run bomb comprising two of his three knocked in. Second baseman Ramon Urias and right fielder Victor Roache each went yard, one of their two hits in four at bats.

Andrew Knizner continued his torrid hitting, singling twice in four at bats for his sixth straight multi-hit effort. The 23-year-old catcher‘s .435 batting average leads the Texas League by almost 30 points.

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Not to be outshone by the offense, spot starter Chris Ellis turned in a noteworthy performance. The righty held the opposition to a run on four hits without a walk over six. The only blemish against the Alabama native was a long ball in his initial inning of work.

The bullpen, on the other hand, made things a tad more interesting than the home crowd might have liked. Estarlin Arias successfully navigated the seventh before surrendering three the next frame, capped by a two-run home run.

Andrew Morales recorded the final two outs of the eighth, but after returning for the ninth, could not get the game’s final out before yielding a run. Hector Mendoza entered with runners at the corners and induced the Naturals’ number two batter to ground out, 6-3, for his first professional save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (6-10) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (0-1, 7.47)

Palm Beach vs. Jupiter – postponed

The first of three games between third-place Palm Beach (9-8) and the division-leading Hammerheads was rained out. The contest has been re-scheduled as part of a twi-night double-header at Roger Dean on Tuesday, April 24th.

Tuesday’s games: vs. Jupiter (14-3) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Evan Kruczynski (1-0, 3.38), TBA

Peoria 1 at Beloit 2 (10 innings)

Dylan Carlson (The Cardinal Nation)

An unearned walk-off tally resulted in the Chiefs going down to the Snappers, 2-1, in 10 innings. The first of four games between the two squads kicks off a seven-game road excursion for Peoria (8-7) through the bottom half of the Western Division.

The Chiefs could not score in the top of the 10th, as Taylor Bryant was thrown out at the plate. That put the pressure on reliever Bryan Dobzanski (L, 1-1). The right-hander began his second frame on the bump by issuing an intentional free pass to the number two hitter to set up a force with the runner beginning the inning on second rule. But the walk-off defeat ensued as Dobzanski gave up an RBI single.

Starter Winston Nicacio tiptoed around five hits and four walks over 5 2/3 scoreless, aided by Thomas St. Clair, who stranded Nicacio’s last runner. St. Clair tossed a one-two-three seventh but gave way to Fabian Blanco after issuing a one-out base-on-balls the next inning. Back-to-back singles against Blanco knotted the game at one all, handing Blanco his second blown save.

Peoria’s sole score occurred in the sixth, generated by four straight two-out singles. Elehuris Montero ignited the singles parade, followed by Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson’s RBI liner to right. Bryce Denton’s hit jammed the sacks full for Nick Plummer, who got caught looking at strike three to squash the scoring opportunity.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit (6-6) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Jake Walsh (1-0, 2.20)

Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation: Cardinals Short-Season Schedules Come Into Focus

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase our new 193-page 2018 Prospect Guide for less than half price. Our limited edition printed edition is sold out.

© 2018 The Cardinal Nation, All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.