Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 25, 2019

photo: Rayder Ascanio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Wednesday, with Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio reaching base four times and plating the 10th inning walkoff winner in Palm Beach’s victory. Peoria and Springfield combined for just three runs in their setbacks, and Memphis pushed above .500 with a win.

Results for games played Wednesday, April 24th.

Memphis 7 at Omaha 5

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Andrew Knizner, Edmundo Sosa, and John Nogowski had two hits apiece as the Memphis Redbirds opened their road trip by stopping the Storm Chasers 7-5 and boosted their record over the break-even mark for the first time since Opening Day, at 10 up, 9 down. Nogowski hit the Redbirds’ only homer, Sosa and Knizner lifted their team-leading averages to .345 and .340 respectively, and Tommy Edman stole his fourth base of the year and 32nd in 35 tries dating to mid-May of last season.

Starter and winner Harold Arauz went six innings, surrendering three earned runs on seven hits and fanning four. Lefty Tommy Layne followed Arauz and needed just 11 pitches to induce three straight groundouts, while Chris Ellis finished with a two-inning save, striking out four and allowing a lone, harmless run.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.

Amarillo 4 at Springfield 2

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dylan Carlson crushed a two-run homer for his team’s only tallies as the S-Cards (6-14) lost to the Sod Poodles by a final of 4-2 in the Hammons Field afternoon tilt. Shortstop Kramer Robertson provided the only other offensive spark with a pair of walks, improving his exceptional BB/K ratio to 16/12 on the year. (The 24-year-old sports a so-so .271 average, but a nearly .900 OPS thanks to patience and power unlike he’s ever shown before.)

Southpaw starter Austin Warner gave the club six strong innings, fanning five against zero walks while permitting just two runs on solo homers. But Seth Elledge gave up the telling blow in the ninth, a two-run shot to 20-year-old Hudson Potts, who entered the final inning batting .160 on the season. Prior to that, rehabbing righty Luke Gregerson had a sparkling appearance, fanning a pair of Poodles and needing only nine pitches to traverse the seventh inning and temporarily keep the score knotted at two.

Thursday’s game: vs. Amarillo, Anthony Shew (0-2, 2.45) 7:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 1

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Angel Rondon logged another sturdy performance on the bump, lowering his ERA to 2.08 by allowing just a solo homer over six efficient stanzas in Palm Beach’s dramatic 2-1 win. The righty required 92 pitches, whiffed seven, walked two, and permitted four hits. (He has now conceded a mere nine hits in 21 2/3 innings, and fanned 25 men.)

The Palm Beach bullpen excelled as well, holding the Hammerheads to one base knock in four scoreless frames. Zach Prendergast allowed two runners and fanned four across two innings, and lefty Patrick Dayton (0.87 ERA) whiffed two and walked two.

Second baseman-right fielder Rayder Ascanio (3-for-3) had a walk and a trio of singles, including the game-winner in the initial extra frame, as first place Palm Beach upped its record to 15-5. Justin Toerner (.390) was the only other batter to reach base more than once, as he singled and was hit by a pitch. Catcher Julio Rodriguez went 1-for-5, snapping his string of four straight multi-hit games. The 21-year-old’s OPS is now .965 on the year.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Johan Oviedo (3-0, 1.71) 5:30 CT.

Quad Cities 4 at Peoria 1

Cole Aker (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria fell to 6-13 on the season despite out-hitting the visiting River Bandits nine to four, as the Chiefs managed nary an extra base hit or free pass in the 4-1 loss. Righty starter Cole Aker was charged with the defeat, though he fanned a career-best nine batters. The 22-year-old allowed five walks but only two hits — unfortunately both homers. 21-year-old Canadian Michael Brettell pitched a pair of hitless innings in relief.

Outfielders Wadye Ynfante and Brandon Riley singled three times apiece to lead the Chiefs batters, and fellow flycatcher Lars Nootbaar had the sole RBI, as the team went 0-for-6 with men in scoring position. Nolan Gorman was 1-for-4, lowering his average to .315 and OPS to .967. Second baseman Edwin Figuera scored his club’s only run, but also grounded into a game-ending triple play.

Thursday’s game: at Beloit, Diego Cordero (1-1, 1.96) 6:30 CT.

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