Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 28, 2019

photo: Brian O’Keefe (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-2 on Saturday, with Memphis and Peoria postponed by weather. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Brian O’Keefe, who went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a tough loss to Frisco.

Results for games played Saturday, April 27.

Memphis at Omaha (postponed)

Saturday’s game in Omaha against the Storm Chasers was postponed due to cold weather.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Sunday’s games:  at Omaha, Jake Woodford (1-0, 1.16) 2:05 CT (Game 1 doubleheader), Ryan Meisinger (0-3, 6.59) (Game 2)

Springfield 7, Frisco 10

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were unable to catch up to the Frisco RoughRiders in a 10-7 loss at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Springfield got off to a lead in the second inning on a three-run home run by Brian O’Keefe, but Frisco added two in the third and five in the fifth to go ahead 7-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, O’Keefe and Scott Hurst singled and advanced on a fielding error.  Irving Lopez then doubled to plate both runners.

Frisco went ahead 10-5 with three runs in the seventh.  Springfield added a run in the bottom of the inning.  Dylan Carlson and Johan Mieses singled. Chris Chinea drove in Carlson on a sac fly.

The Cardinals attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth as Mieses, Mendoza and Carlson hit consecutive singles.  Mieses scored on Carlson’s single to center.  That was the only run the Cardinals would manage, as Connor Capel grounded out to end the rally and the game.

Starter Evan Kruczynski had another tough night, as his season ERA is up to 10.97.  The left-hander pitched four-plus innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits while fanning five and walking five.  Luke Gregerson allowed Kruczynski’s final pair of runners to score and surrendered a run of his own in the fifth.  Mike O’Reilly allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.  Kodi Whitley got the last out of the seventh and returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Seth Elledge pitched a run-free ninth.  Kruczynski took the loss, his second of the season.

Kramer Robertson stole his fourth base of 2019.  Hurst made a throwing error, but had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 8-15 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Casey Meisner (0-1, 9.37) 4:10 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Fort Myers 8

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were defeated in Fort Myers on Saturday by a score of 8-4.  Starter Alex Fagalde gave up seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits in five innings of work.  Fagalde struck out three and walked two in the loss.  Zach Prendergast tossed the final three innings, surrendering one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

Palm Beach didn’t score until the eighth inning when four runs came home.  Jose Martinez drew a leadoff walk, Zach Kirtley singled and Nick Dunn walked to load the bases.  Luken Baker’s walk brought in Martinez.  Yariel Gonzalez singled to right and Kirtley scored.  Bryce Denton grounded into a force out, as Dunn came home.  Dennis Ortega singled to plate Baker.

No Cardinal had more than one of the team’s seven hits, though both Baker and Martinez walked twice in addition to singling. Dunn’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Beach Birds. Cardinals batters whiffed 12 times, led by Justin Toerner and Nick Plummer with three each, and stranded eight runners.

Kirtley made a fielding error.  Fagalde picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach moves to 16-7, in first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria at Beloit (postponed)

The Chiefs’ Saturday’s game in Beloit was postponed due to snow.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, weather permitting.

Sunday’s games:   at Beloit, Kyle Leahy (0-1, 5.06) 2:00 CT (Game 1 doubleheader), Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30) (Game 2).

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