Cardinals Minor League Notebook: April 7, 2018

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-1 on Friday.  Peoria’s game was cancelled due to cold weather. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Tyler O’Neill, who was 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI, and three runs scored in the Redbirds win at Round Rock.

Results for games played Friday, April 6.

Memphis 17 at Round Rock 4

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds gave Round Rock a drubbing on Friday night with a 12-run seventh inning that put the game out of reach.  Dakota Hudson was the winning pitcher after throwing 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out one and walking two.  Kevin Herget and Sean Gilmartin followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Andrew Morales pitched the ninth, surrendering an additional run on two hits.

Memphis got on the board with two runs in the third inning on Tyler O’Neill’s two run shot over the left center field fence.  An RBI single by Randy Arozarena added a third run in the fourth.  O’Neill then blasted his second two run home run in the fifth inning.  In the huge seventh, Wilfredo Tovar began the scoring for Memphis with an RBI single.  Two scored on two consecutive wild pitches.  An Arozarena ground out and a Max Schrock single plated two more scores.  O’Neill then doubled home a run, and Patrick Wisdom doubled home two more. Adolis Garcia added an RBI single, and Wisdom scored on a throwing error.  The final run of the inning came home on Arozarena’s single.

Arozarena went 2-for-6 with three RBI.  Schrock was 4-for-6 with one driven in and three runs scored.  O’Neill was 3-for-6 with two home runs, five RBI and three runs scored.  Wisdom was 2-for-5 with two driven in and two runs scored, while Adolis Garcia was 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 2-0 on the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Round Rock, Austin Gomber (0-0,0.00) 6:05 CT.

Springfield 3 at Midland 6

Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals fell to the RockHounds in Midland on Friday night.  Springfield put two on the board in the third inning and one more in the fourth, but that was all the scoring by the Cardinals.  The fourth inning run came on a solo home run by Lane Thomas, his first at Double-A.  Tommy Edman’s ground out and John Nogowski’s single plated the first two runs in the third.  Edman went 2-for-4, as did Thomas Spitz.

Starter Ryan Helsley pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on six hits. TCN’s #9 prospect fanned five and walked two.  Hector Mendoza and Ramon Santos pitched the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Helsley took the loss, his first of the season.

Shortstop Edmundo Sosa committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 0-2 on the young season.

Saturday’s game:  at Midland, Conner Greene (0-0, 0.00) 7:00 CT.

Palm Beach 7, Jupiter 3

Johan Mieses (Rick Scutieri/USA TODAY Sports)

In the second game of the young season, the Cardinals defeated the Hammerheads at Roger Dean.  In his Palm Beach debut, starter Evan Kruczynski pitched four innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on four hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked two.  Ronnie Williams followed with two scoreless innings of relief and Jason Zgardowski added 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Jacob Patterson was the winning pitcher, with 2/3 inning of scoreless relief.  Will Latcham allowed two baserunners, but escaped the ninth without any runs scored.

At the plate, new acquisition Johan Mieses blasted a first inning two run home run.  Mieses was 2-for-4 overall.  In the third, Evan Mendoza’s RBI single plated the third Palm Beach run.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the eighth inning.  After Mendoza led off with a double, a ground rule double by Brian O’Keefe brought Mendoza home.  J.B. Woodman plated three with a triple to right field.  Woodman went 2-for-4, as did Chase Pinder, Mendoza, and Stefan Trosclair.

Woodman had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 1-1 on the early season.

Saturday’s game:  at Jupiter, Mike O’Reilly (0-0, 0.00) 4:30 CT.

Peoria at Burlington

This game was postponed due to cold weather.  It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader at Dozer Park on Wednesday, May 30.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Johan Oveido (0-0, 0.00) 6:30 CT.

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