photo: Andrew Knizner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
In an abbreviated and winless 0-2 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, the A-ball squads took a vacation, Springfield was blasted by Frisco, and a great all-around game by Player of the Day Andrew Knizner wasn’t enough to lift Memphis above New Orleans in a shutout defeat.
Results for games played Monday, April 29th.
Memphis slipped to 13-11 and failed to plate a run in the 3-0 Baby Cakes home win. Hard-throwing lefty Genesis Cabrera started and allowed just one tally over 4 1/3 frames in his most effective performance of the young season. The 22-year-old Dominican gave up four hits, three walks, a balk, and a hit batter, while fanning two.
Jesus Cruz followed Cabrera to the hill, inheriting a one-out bases-loaded jam. One pitch later the inning was over, as Cruz induced a 5-4-3 twin killing from the bat of hard-hitting cleanup batter Harold Ramirez. The Redbird righty then threw a perfect additional inning with a pair of strikeouts. (Cruz has now fanned 12 of 23 batters in Memphis, and 22 of 40 overall, while allowing only one run on four hits.)
Player of the Day Andrew Knizner singled, doubled, drew a walk, and gunned the only base thief, but his batting exploits were in vain as the team never scratched the scorebook. The backstop raised his average to .348 and is now 16 for his last 36 with just three strikeouts. Tommy Edman and Lane Thomas doubled, and Edmundo Sosa singled, for the only non-Knizner base knocks. First baseman John Nogowski did draw two free passes; he and Sosa now share the team OPS lead at .885.
Tuesday’s game: at New Orleans, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-0, 3.24) 6:30 CT.
Evan Mendoza reached safely three times and stole a pair of bases, and left fielder Conner Capel doubled, homered, and gunned a runner at the plate, but it wasn’t nearly enough as Springfield (8-17) was thumped by the RoughRiders 9-2 on Monday afternoon. Slumping slugger Irving Lopez wore the silver sombrero on an 0-for-5 day, Scott Hurst fanned three times, and third baseman Alberto Triunfel went 0-for-4 and committed a throwing error.
Starting pitcher Harold Arauz permitted six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk, while whiffing none of the 26 men he faced. Arauz allowed a pair of homers over his 5 1/3 innings as his ERA rose to an even 6.00 on the season. Righty relievers Seth Elledge and Merandy Gonzalez provided the pitching highlights, posting identical 1-2-3 innings out of the bullpen, each man fanning a batter.
Tuesday’s game: Off
At 16-8, the Beach Birds are locked in a tie for the lead in the Florida State League South Division with Bradenton (PIT). Losers of three straight, their road trip continues closer to home at St. Lucie with the opener of a set against the 13-11 Mets, three games back in the division.
Tuesday’s game: at St. Lucie, Johan Oviedo (4-0, 1.63) 5:30 CT.
After a cold weather-interrupted weekend at Beloit claimed both Saturday and Sunday contests, the well-rested Chiefs return home to Dozer Park to face Dayton (CIN). The series will be a battle of last-place clubs, as the 8-15 Dragons are eighth in the Eastern Division and the 8-13 Chiefs are in the cellar of the Western Division.
Tuesday’s game: vs. Dayton, Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30) 6:35 CT.
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