Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 5, 2019

photo: Johan Mieses (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors opened the 2019 season by winning three of four games. Player of the Day Johan Mieses’ bat and Austin Gomber’s arm led Memphis to victory while Justin Toerner’s and Nick Plummer’s efforts were key in Palm Beach’s win. Peoria dominated in its 17-hit triumph but Springfield went down to defeat.

Results from the games played Thursday, April 4th.

Memphis 9 vs. Omaha 2   

Johan Mieses (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Redbirds (1-0) rode Austin Gomber’s five strong frames and Johan Mieses’ three-hit performance to a 9-2 romp over the visiting Storm Chasers.  The season-opening victory is the first of the two squads’ five-game set.

Gomber (W, 1-0) balanced six strikeouts against six hits, yielded one run and did not issue a free pass.  Two off-season acquisitions, righty Ryan Meisinger and southpaw Hunter Cervenka, followed Gomber to the mound with differing results.  Meisinger tossed two clean frames, fanning two while permitting a hit and walk, but Cervenka was tagged for Omaha’s final score via a lead-off base-on-balls, wild pitch and two fly balls that were caught in the outfield.  Giovanny Gallegos faced the minimum in the ninth.

Player of the Day Mieses’ Memphis debut was a stellar one, as the left fielder went 3-for-5 with a double and triple, scored twice and knocked in two out of the nine slot.  The only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s nine hits was lead-off batter, Tommy Edman who singled and doubled in four at bats with two RBI.  Designated hitter Ramon Urias’ first home run of 2019 was a two-run bomb, his only hit in four at bats.

Friday’s game:  vs. Omaha (0-1) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (season debut)

Springfield 1 at Northwest Arkansas 5        

The S-Cards’ bats sputtered in their Opening Day 5-1 loss at Northwest Arkansas.  Springfield (0-1) trails the series, 0-1, with three to play.

Stymied by former Cardinals pitching prospect Conner Greene, the visitors’ offense was held to just three hits, one of them generating their only tally.  Second baseman Irving Lopez lined a double to right to begin the sixth, advanced on a 6-3 ground out and scored via Dylan Carlson’s sac fly to right.  Carlson also singled and shortstop Kramer Robertson doubled, all three players garnering three at bats in their Double-A debuts.

All three runs charged to Anthony Shew (L, 0-1) came in the third when the right-hander permitted three hits and issued one free pass.  Only one of the three tallies was earned due to a fielding error by Lopez.  Shew allowed seven total hits in four innings and struck out three.

Casey Meisner was tagged for two runs during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump, both runners crossing under John Fasola’s watch.  After hurling two scoreless frames, Meisner jammed the sacks full on two walks, one intentional, and his only hit allowed.

Fasola was unable to cleanly navigate a tough situation, walking in one run and permitting another score on a hit batsman before recording the final two outs.  The righty sandwiched two more outs around two free passes and a single before giving way to Will Latcham, who retired his only batter.

Friday’s game:
  at Northwest Arkansas (1-0) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (organizational debut)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 1    

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

The Beach Birds (1-0) kicked off their 2019 campaign with a 4-1 triumph over the Hammerheads.  The four-game series consists of a two home/two away split between the Roger Dean Stadium stable mates.

Each team’s offense generated five hits but two of Palm Beach’s hits were doubles leading to tallies.  Right fielder Justin Toerner had one of them, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a double, run scored and a sac fly. He also stole second and third base, made a nice running catch if foul territory in right field and threw out fleet-footed Tristan Pompey at second base trying to stretch a single into a double. Left fielder Nick Plummer smashed the other double in his maiden Palm Beach effort, going 1-for-3 with two runs scored out of the seven slot.  Plummer reached once when he was plunked.

Johan Oviedo struck out six in 4 1/3 innings, his maiden Palm Beach effort.  The righty limited Jupiter to one hit and did not walk a batter, an encouraging sight.  Ronnie Williams (W, 1-0) recorded the fifth’s final two outs, handing the ball off to St. Louis reliever Luke Gregerson, who began his rehab assignment by yielding two two-out hits resulting in one run.

Merandy Gonzalez’ first outing for the organization was a clean eighth although the righty was very familiar with his surroundings as he came from Miami’s organization.  Junior Fernandez tossed the final two innings for his first save of the season.

Friday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (0-1) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (Palm Beach debut)

Peoria 10 at Cedar Rapids 2        

Tommy Parsons (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs’ offense ignited for 17 hits as Peoria (1-0) pummeled Cedar Rapids, 10-2, in their season opener in the Iowa town.  The brief two-game series concludes on Saturday before the Chiefs head to Dozer Park for their home opener on Sunday.

All nine starters gathered at least one hit, led by three players with three hits apiece:  second baseman Brendan Donovan, designated hitter Leandro Cedeño and catcher Ivan Herrera.  Donovan generated the most results in his full-season debut, going 3-for-5 with a walk, double, run scored and two RBI but committed his first defensive bobble.  Cedeño reached base five times, singling three times, working two free passes and driving in one.  One of Herrera’s three hits was a solo blast, his first full-season bomb that was one of his two runs scored.

Two other Chiefs generated multi-hit performances:  first baseman Brady Whalen and right fielder Wadye Ynfante.  Whalen accounted for five tallies, singling and doubling in six at bats, touching home twice and knocking in three while Ynfante went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Backed by all of this offense, starting pitcher Tommy Parsons cruised in his maiden full-season effort.  Parsons (W, 1-0) blanked the Kernels on a hit and two base-on-balls over five innings, fanning five with six ground- and three fly-ball outs.

On the other hand, 20-year-old Freddy Pacheco’s initial taste of full-season ball was sour.  The Venezuelan native, who split 2018 between the DSL and GCL Cardinals, yielded three hits and two walks resulting in two scores in just 2/3 of an inning.  Chris Hunt limited the damage by recording the sixth’s last out before tossing two more clean frames.  Hunt was joined in his jump from Rookie League Johnson City in 2018 to class A Peoria by righty Noel De Jesus, who walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (0-1) (MIN), Alvaro Seijas (season debut)

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