Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 30, 2018

photo: Ryan Helsley (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a 2-2 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Ryan Helsley’s 2018 Memphis debut was memorable. Other standouts include Rangel Ravelo, Chris Chinea and Evan Kruczynski.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, April 29.

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Memphis Redbirds 6, Round Rock Express 1

Supported by a great outing from their starting pitcher and an offense that flowed, the 17-7 Redbirds enjoyed a 6-1 home victory over the Express on Sunday.

Ryan Helsley, our Player of the Day, twirled seven innings in his first Triple-A start of 2018, holding Round Rock to one run with nine punchouts. Ryan Sherriff pitched a clean eighth inning in his second rehab outing, and Preston Guilmet logged a scoreless ninth.

Memphis scored one run in the third inning, four in the sixth, and one in the eighth. First baseman Rangel Ravelo’s three-run homer highlighted the day for the batting order. Right fielder Oscar Mercado went 3-for-4 and scored a run, and third baseman Alex Mejia hit his first home run of the season.

Monday’s game: Kevin Herget (1-1, 2.61) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers at 6:35 PM Central time.

Arkansas Travelers 12 at Springfield Cardinals 4

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

With nine runs scored from the seventh inning on, the Travelers handed the 12-9 Cardinals a 12-4 loss in Springfield.

Cardinals starter Chris Ellis turned in a quality start of six innings with three runs allowed. The right-hander fanned seven Arkansas batters and limited the club to four hits. Ronnie Williams pitched the seventh and was tagged for five runs – four on a grand slam and the other on a solo shot. Landon Beck tossed a scoreless eighth before allowing four runs in the top of the ninth.

Springfield first baseman Chris Chinea had two hits in four trips to the plate, including a two-run homer. Third baseman Edmundo Sosa had two hits, and shortstop Tommy Edman drew two walks. The team combined to go just 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine base runners.

Monday’s game: Ramon Santos (0-1, 5.59) vs. Arkansas Travelers at 11:30 AM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals 8 at St. Lucie Mets 6

Evan Kruczynski (Peoria Chiefs)

With a five-run seventh, the 13-11 Cardinals put away the Mets by an 8-6 final score in Sunday’s road contest.

Evan Kruczynski improved to 3-0 on the year after turning in 5 1/3 innings with one run allowed. The Mets scored three runs (one earned) charged to Jacob Patterson and another against Jason Zgardowski before Austin Sexton picked up a two-inning save. Sexton allowed one hit in two otherwise-perfect frames.

Cardinals third baseman Evan Mendoza was 2-for-4 at the dish with two RBI and as many runs scored. Right fielder Dylan Carlson scored twice, and left fielder Chase Pinder knocked in a pair of runs with a double.

Next game: TBA at Florida Fire Frogs, Tuesday at 5:30 PM Central time.

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 9, Peoria Chiefs 5

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs could not overcome an early deficit and fell to the Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin, 9-5. The 10-11 Chiefs dropped the series finale as well as the set, concluding a 2-5 road trip.

The Timber Rattlers got to starter Winston Nicacio for seven runs – all earned – on as many hits and two walks in his 2 1/3 innings of work. Cory Malcom followed with two runs across his 2 2/3 frames before Bryan Dobzanski and Fabian Blanco combined to fire three scoreless frames at the back end of the game.

Peoria backstop Julio Rodriguez and right fielder Scott Hurst were both 3-for-5 with a pair of runs batted in, and third baseman Elehuris Montero and designated hitter Juan Yepez each had a pair of hits. The latter raised his average to .438 and extended his on-base streak to 14 games.

Next game: Jake Walsh (1-0, 1.61) at West Michigan Whitecaps, Tuesday at 6:30 PM Central time.

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