Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 28, 2018

photo: Mike O’Reilly (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day, Springfield pitcher Mike O’Reilly, pitched 6 1/3 innings in his Double-A debut and gave up only one unearned run to lead the Cardinals to victory over the Arkansas Travelers.

Results for games played Friday, April 27.

Memphis 4, Round Rock 5

Oscar Mercado (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

A four-run fifth inning by the Redbirds was enough to tie the score, but not enough to hold off Round Rock on Friday night in Memphis.  That burst was highlighted by a three-run home run to left center field by Oscar Mercado.    Carson Kelly added a solo home run in that inning to cap the Redbirds scoring.  Max Schrock went 2-for-4, as did Wilfredo Tovar.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on eight hits while fanning five and walking two.  Ryan Sherriff gave up the winning score on a solo home run in the seventh.  Edward Mujica followed with two innings of scoreless relief.

On the base paths, Schrock was picked off and caught stealing second base.  The caught stealing was Schrock’s first in five attempts.  In the field, Yairo Munoz made a fielding error and Luke Voit made a throwing error, leading to Hudson’s two unearned runs and the potential difference in the loss.

The Redbirds are 16-6 on the season and in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Round Rock, Sean Gilmartin (0-1, 10.80) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 6, Arkansas 2

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals topped the Travelers at Hammons Field on Friday night.  Starter Mike O’Reilly tossed 6 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits.  The right-hander fanned two and walked two to earn the win in his Springfield debut.  Jacob Evans added 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.  Landon Beck pitched the ninth and surrendered one run.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Lane Thomas.  In the third, Thomas Spitz launched a solo home run to left center field, and one batter later, Darren Seferina did the same to right center field.    Three more runs were added in the sixth. Andrew Knizner led off with a solo shot to left, John Nogowski singled, Victor Roache doubled, and Edmundo Sosa drove in Nogowski on a single.  Roache scored on a fielder’s choice RBI by Blake Drake.  Nogowski went 3-for-4.  Knizner, Sosa, and Spitz were each 2-for-4. Tommy Edman was 2-for-5.

On the base paths, Roache was caught stealing for the first time in one attempt.  In the field, Knizner made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 11-8 on the season and tied for second place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Jake Woodford (1-2, 7.36) 4:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 3

Ian Oxnevad (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were edged by the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Friday night.  Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched well, tossing five innings and giving up one run on five hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked one.  Reliever Paul Balestrieri was charged with a blown save and the loss as he gave up the winning run in the sixth inning.  Jesus Cruz finished the game with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Palm Beach scored both of its runs in the fourth on a two-run home run by Ryan McCarvel.  McCarvel went 2-for-4, as did Dylan Carlson.

On the base paths, Carlson was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts.  In the field, Oxnevad picked two runners off first base.

The Cardinals are 11-11 on the season and tied for third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Anthony Shew (1-1, 2.95) 5:30 CT.

Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 15

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

Peoria took a walloping from the Timber Rattlers on Friday night.  The Chiefs were never really in the game, though they put five runs on the board.  The Chiefs scored two in the fourth inning on Julio Rodriguez’ single and a ground out by Jonatan Machado.  In the sixth, Rodriguez blasted a two run home run to left center field.  A triple by Yariel Gonzalez and an RBI single by Juan Yepez in the eighth brought the fifth and final Peoria run home.   Yepez was 3-for-4 with two runs scored; Rodriguez and Edwin Figuera were each 2-for-4.

No Chiefs pitcher went unscathed. Starter Alvaro Seijas lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on five hits while striking out one and walking four.   Kodi Whitley followed with 3 1/3 innings of relief, during which he was charged with two runs on five hits.  Fabian Blanco surrendered five runs in one inning, and Kevin Hamman tossed the final two innings, allowing two runs on three hits.  Seijas was tagged with the loss.

In the field, Scott Hurst had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 9-10 on the season and in fifth place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Zach Prendergast (2-0, 0.00) 1:05 CT.

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