Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 8, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 2-3 on Sunday. Memphis managed a split thanks to Player of Day Adolis Garcia’s three-run home run. Palm Beach mounted a late comeback, but Springfield remains winless and Peoria dropped a short home series.

Results from games played Sunday, April 7th.

Omaha 5 at Memphis 3 (Game 1, completion of April 6th suspended contest)   
Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2 (Game 2)   

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (2-2) split a home pair with Omaha, dropping the opener, 5-3, but claiming the finale, 3-2.  Each team has won two of the series first four games with the rubber game scheduled for Monday.

The day began with the completion of Saturday’s contest suspended due to rain after seven with the score tied at three all.  The Redbirds led 3-0 through six but a three-run seventh against relievers Genesis Cabrera and Tommy Layne (BS, 1) knotted the game up.

Ryan Helsley was impressive in his 2019 debut, tossing four frames of shutout ball while facing just one over the minimum.  The Oklahoma native fanned three and walked one with two ground- to six fly-ball outs.

Cabrera retired six of eight faced over the next two frames before running into trouble by sandwiching two walks around two singles, resulting in a score.  Layne took over with the sacks jammed and one gone but allowed two runners to touch home on a ground out and single.  When play resumed on Sunday, Ryan Meisinger (L, 0-1) served up a two-run bomb in the first of his two innings of work.

Memphis managed just four hits, two of them by center fielder Drew Robinson, who singled twice in four at bats with a run scored on Adolis Garcia’s first-inning triple.  The team’s final hit belonged to Ramon Urias, who doubled in Evan Mendoza and Tommy Edman, who each worked a free pass.

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The nightcap’s entire offense occurred in the third frame.  Redbirds’ starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (W, 1-0) recorded two quick ground outs but a base-on-balls followed by back-to-back singles and a ground-rule double plated two Storm Chasers.  Ponce de Leon yielded just two more hits during his five-inning stint.

The home team responded with three runs of their own via Adolis Garcia’s first home run of the season.  The bomb scored catcher Joe Hudson (walk) and Urias (double), the latter one of five Redbirds with one hit each.

A trio of Memphis hurlers followed Ponce de Leon to the mound:  Hunter Cervenka, Chasen Shreve and Chris Beck.  Cervenka fanned two in two frames, permitting a hit, while Shreve struck out two of three faced in the eighth.  Beck tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first organizational save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Omaha (2-2) (KC), 11:05 am CT, Mike Hauschild (organizational debut)

Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 6      

Harold Arauz (Reading Fightin’ Phils)

A blown save left Springfield (0-4) with a 6-5 walk-off loss at Northwest Arkansas (4-0) (KC), who swept the four-game series.  The S-Cards are in the midst of a seven-game road trip to open the 2019 season.

Clinging to a 5-4 lead, the visitors were three outs away from their first win of 2019, but John Fasola was unable to deliver.  Fasola (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) did not retire a batter in the ninth, serving up a double and long ball that sealed the loss instead.

Right-hander Harold Arauz was strong in his first start in the St. Louis system, permitting three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls over 6 2/3.  Two of the three runs scored under Connor Jones’ watch as the right-hander allowed both inherited runners to score plus one of his own via a hit and two walks in 1 1/3.

Springfield generated seven hits with Dylan Carlson and Johan Mieses garnering two apiece.  Carlson continued his torrid attack on Double-A pitching, doubling twice in three at bats with a free pass, two runs scored and a sac fly RBI for a .400 batting average over the series.  Mieses went 2-for-4 with a walk, two-run long ball, touched home twice and knocked in two.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (1-3) (LAD), 11:05 am CT, Austin Warner (season debut)

Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3   

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Beach Birds (3-1) rallied for a 4-3 victory over Jupiter and claimed the series, three-games to one.

Palm Beach got on the board first with single tallies in the third and fourth, but the Hammerheads (1-3) (MIA) went on top in the home half of the fourth with three off Beach Birds’ starter Perry DellaValle, who did not finish the inning.  Making his first Florida State League start after spending 2018 with the Rookie level GCL Cardinals, DelleValle gave up five hits and a walk over 3 1/3, with four of the hits and the free pass occurring in the fourth.

Patrick Dayton quieted Jupiter’s bats with 1 2/3 scoreless frames that stranded two inherited runners.  Luke Gregerson faced the minimum in the sixth, striking out one with one ground- and one fly-ball out in his second rehab appearance.  Merandy Gonzalez picked up his first win for the organization with a clean seventh before Junior Fernandez used two strikeouts to minimize two hits in two innings for his second save.

With the Cards down 3-2 going into the seventh, Luken Baker’s single drove in Nick Dunn (double), knotting the score at three all.  The PB-Cards went up for good on catcher Alexis Wilson’s solo shot, his first A-Advanced long ball.  Six Beach Birds each had one of the team’s six hits.

Monday’s game:  vs. Daytona (2-2) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Beloit 5 at Peoria 3       

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

A 5-3 Sunday loss to Beloit left the Chiefs still looking for their first home win of 2019.  Peoria (1-3) dropped both games of the brief series to the Snappers (3-1) (OAK).

Starter Diego Cordero (L, 0-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on six hits and three free passes.  Three of the four tallies resulted from two home runs.

Freddy Pacheco struck out five in 2 1/3, yielding a score on a hit, walk and hit batsman.  Fabian Blanco tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Chiefs’ six hits were split evenly among six players.  Catcher Ivan Herrera went yard for the second time this season but no one was aboard.  Designated hitter Nolan Gorman reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a run scored and was plunked once.  Shortstop Edwin Figuera scored his team’s final run, going 1-for-3 with a walk out of the nine hole.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (3-1) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Dionis Zamora (full season debut)

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