Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 29, 2018

photo: Irving Lopez (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria second baseman Irving Lopez, who went 4-for-4 including a home run, two doubles, and two RBI in the Chiefs’ victory.

Results for games played Saturday, April 28.

Memphis 5, Round Rock 7

Wilfredo Tovar (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds lost to the Express for the second consecutive night, this time after yielding a four-run lead. In a bullpen game, spot starter Sean Gilmartin pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits, including a solo home run in the fourth inning.   Derian Gonzalez allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Arturo Reyes surrendered three unearned runs in the sixth inning and was charged with a blown save and the loss.  In the seventh, rehabber Sam Tuivailala relinquished an unearned run.  John Brebbia pitched the final two scoreless innings, but the offense could not come back.

Shortstop and number nine hitter Wilfredo Tovar doubled in the first Redbirds run in the second inning.  Memphis put up four runs in the fourth, beginning with a leadoff solo home run from Patrick Wisdom.  Tovar added a two-run blast to left center field.  The Redbirds’ final run of the inning and the game scored on a bases loaded walk by Rangel Ravelo.  At 3-for-4, Tovar was the only Redbird with multiple hits.

Tovar and Max Schrock committed fielding errors.

The Redbirds are 16-7 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, TBA, 2:05 CT. (Scheduled starter Austin Gomber (2-0, 2.45) has been promoted to St. Louis.)

Springfield 6, Arkansas 1

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals topped the Travelers at Hammons Field on Saturday night.  Springfield got on the board in the first inning on a solo home run by Edmundo Sosa.  A fourth-inning score gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.  Back to back singles by Andrew Knizner and John Nogowski put runners on first and third.  Darren Seferina’s sac fly plated Knizner.   The offense scored four more in the seventh to pull away, with the big blow a three-run blast by Lane Thomas, following a run-scoring wild pitch.   Thomas went 2-for-4 and Knizner was 2-for-3.

Starter Jake Woodford earned his second win of the season.  The right-hander pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits while fanning four and walking two. Estarlin Arias tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Andrew Morales and Hector Mendoza combined for the final 2 2/3 run-free frames.

Tommy Edman made a fielding miscue, his fifth error of the season.

The Cardinals are 12-8 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Chris Ellis (1-0, 1.15) 2:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 0

Colton Thomson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the Mets in a Saturday shutout shared by four pitchers.  Starter Anthony Shew pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit while fanning three and walking one.  After the game was delayed for an hour due to a power outage, Colton Thomson followed with 2 1/3 scoreless frames with six strikeouts and earned the win.  Yeison Medina pitched 2 1/3 more run-free innings and Will Latcham ended with a clean ninth and his first save of the season.

The offense scored first in the second inning.  A double by Chase Pinder, a single from Jose Godoy and a walk by Ryan McCarvel loaded the bases.  Jose Martinez flied into a sacrifice double play as Pinder came home.  In the eighth, Kramer Robertson reached on an error.  Later, the shortstop scored on a wild pitch.   No Cardinal had multiple hits.

The Cardinals are 12-11 on the season and in third place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at St. Lucie, Evan Kruczynski (2-0, 3.00) 11:00 a.m CT.

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 2

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the Timber Rattlers at Fox Cities Stadium on Saturday afternoon.  Irving Lopez provided the day’s offensive highlight reel, as the second baseman went 4-for-4 including a home run, two doubles, and two RBI.

The Chiefs put up a four-run second inning to take a commanding lead early.  Dennis Ortega doubled to right to plate Juan Yepez, who had drawn a leadoff walk.  Nick Plummer tripled to score Ortega and came home on a fielding error.  Lopez doubled to right to drive in the fourth run of the inning.    Jonatan Machado’s sac fly in the fourth scored a run, then a solo shot by Lopez in the fifth put the final score on the board.  Plummer went 2-for-4 and Ortega was 2-for-2 plus two walks.

Zach Prendergast tossed five innings, giving up one run on five hits.  In his first start, Prendergast earned his third win of the season.  Levi MaVorhis followed with 1 1/3 innings, surrendering one run.  Thomas St. Clair pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless frames.

Edwin Figuera stole a base and was also caught stealing for the second time in four attempts.  Bryce Denton made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 10-10 on the season and in fourth place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Winston Nicacio (0-0, 4.91) 1:05 CT.

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