Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 9, 2019

photo: Nolan Gorman (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-3 on Monday with the trio of losing squads allowing double-digit runs and Palm Beach providing the only solace with an Angel Rondon-led shutout. Player of the Day Nolan Gorman had a pair of homers and five RBI.

Results for games played Monday, April 8th.

Omaha 14 at Memphis 3

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Omaha Storm Chasers plated 12 in the second on the way to a 14-3 blowout Monday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Primary victim was Mike Hauschild, who surrendered nine tallies and got the hook during the second frame. Tommy Layne was charged with three more, including two inherited on a grand slam plus a solo shot in that horrendous second.

You know it’s a bad day for your twirlers when the organization’s #1 prospect arm has the same pitching line as your first baseman. (Alex Reyes and John Nogowski each walked two batters, fanned none, and threw 21 pitches, but at least Nogowski completed an entire inning.)

Memphis hitters were led by Tommy Edman and Adolis Garcia, with two singles apiece. Edman also drew a free pass. Drew Robinson and Joe Hudson collected RBI and the Redbirds infield turned three double plays.

Tuesday’s game: at San Antonio, Austin Gomber (1-0, 1.80) 7:05 CT.

Tulsa 10, Springfield 1

Alberto Triunfel (Salt Lake Bees)

Tulsa tallied in every inning but one, while pasting the Double-A Cardinals 10-1 to complete the sweep on Monday afternoon. Springfield starter Austin Warner allowed 11 baserunners and five earned runs in four innings, Casey Meisner yielded two and Will Latcham three more runs as no Cards pitcher escaped unscathed. As a result, the S-Cards remain without a victory on the young season at 0-5.

At the plate, shortstop Alberto Triunfel and first baseman Chris Chinea each went 3-for-4, lifting their averages to .400 and .385, respectively. Triunfel’s day included his second and third doubles. Dylan Carlson (.368) also contributed a double, giving him five extra base hits on the season, which leads all Texas League batters.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Anthony Shew (0-1, 2.25) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 3, Daytona 0

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach salvaged the day for the Cardinals farm, lifting their record to 4-1 with a 3-0 whitewashing of Daytona. Angel Rondon fairly dazzled in his season debut, permitting just two singles and two walks while fanning half a dozen Tortugas. Rondon required 76 pitches on the night, and the shutout was finished off by C.J Saylor, Kodi Whitley, and Ronnie Williams, who combined to strike out seven and allow only four baserunners over the final four frames.

Justin Toerner’s torrid start continued with a 3-for-4 night, raising the right fielder’s average to an otherworldly .600. Contributing their first longballs of 2019 were Nick Plummer and Chase Pinder.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.

Wisconsin 10 at Peoria 6

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria entered the eighth inning trailing 10-0. Then 18-year-old Nolan Gorman smacked a three-run home run in the eighth and a two-run tater in the ninth. Gorman now leads all minor league ballplayers with his six extra base hits — and maybe best of all, it has been three extra base hits to the opposite field, one to center, and two to the pull side. Gorman’s 2-for-5 evening actually lowered his batting average to .476, now second on the team to Brendan Donovan’s .500. Donovan went 2-for-4 Monday with a walk, increasing the infielder’s OBP to .625 thanks to six free passes.

The Chiefs (now 1-4) had one mild pitching highlight, as reliever Jim Voyles went 3 1/3 innings and allowed a single run. Starter Dionis Zamora fanned seven in 4 1/3 innings, but yielded four scores, followed by Chris Hunt, who was charged with five tallies against just four outs secured.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 0.00), 6:35 CT.

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