photo: Kyle Leahy (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)
The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starter Kyle Leahy, who pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits, no walks and four strikeouts in the Chiefs’ victory. Memphis dropped its 10th straight, Springfield had a pen failure and Palm Beach was shut out on two hits.
Results for games played Friday, May 31.
The Redbirds were defeated by the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Auto Zone Park on Friday. This loss was Memphis’ 10th straight.
Starter Ryan Helsley pitched 2 2/3 innings and was not sharp, yielding three runs on four hits. The right-hander fanned six and walked one. Ryan Meisinger and Dominic Leone tossed 2 1/3 and two scoreless innings of relief, respectively. Tommy Layne surrendered two runs in his 1 2/3 innings and Jesus Cruz allowed one run in the ninth. Helsley took the loss.
The Redbirds brought their first of two runs home when Tommy Edman tripled to lead off the home first and scored on a ground out by Lane Thomas. Memphis didn’t score again until the eighth with Edmundo Sosa’s solo home run to right field.
Edman’s triple and Sosa’s long ball were the only extra base hits in the game. Edman singled for his second of two hits, and also stole his seventh base of the season.
Memphis is 23-33 on the season and has dropped to third place in the PCL American North, 10 games behind the Iowa Cubs.
Saturday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-3, 3.50) 6:35 CT.
A ninth inning three-run home run by the Naturals spelled heartbreak for the Cardinals in the first of a three-game home series vs. Northwest Arkansas.
Springfield took a 3-1 lead in the second inning. Randy Arozarena led off with a double, stole third base, and scored on a single by Johan Mieses. Conner Capel then launched a two-run home run to right field.
NW Arkansas tied it up with two in the top of the fifth, and took the 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh. The Cardinals responded with the tying run in the bottom frame when Dylan Carlson hit a leadoff double and scored as Arozarena reached on a throwing error.
The score stood at 4-4 until the top of the ninth when the three-run home by the Naturals off Jacob Patterson swung the outcome. Springfield was unable to rally in the home the ninth.
Starter Austin Warner hurled six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and issuing two free passes. Will Latcham followed with two scoreless innings of relief. Patterson pitched the ninth and took the loss.
The Cardinals are 22-32 and in last place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Johan Oveido (1-1, 5.67) 6:10 CT.
The Cardinals were blanked by the Fire Frogs at Osceola County Stadium on Friday. Edgar Gonzalez had a tough night on the mound, surrendering six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in six innings. The right hander fanned seven and walked one. C. J. Saylor tossed two innings of relief and allowed the final Florida score in the eighth. Gonzalez took the loss.
The Beach Birds offense managed just two hits, singles by Yariel Gonzalez and Chase Pinder.
Catcher Julio Rodriguez made two errors, one missed catch and one throwing. Justin Toerner had two outfield assists, one at home plate and another at third base.
Palm Beach is 32-21 on the season and is tied for first place with Fort Myers in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: at Florida, Perry DellaValle (2-2, 2.05) 5:00 CT.
The Chiefs blanked the Timber Rattlers behind a career-high seven scoreless innings by starter Kyle Leahy. Leahy allowed only three hits, struck out four and walked none. Thomas St. Clair and Evan Sisk each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Leahy was the winner, his third win of the season.
The Chiefs offense put up two of its three runs in the first inning. Delvin Perez singled to center, Nolan Gorman singled to right, and Ivan Herrera singled to right to plate Perez and Gorman. Peoria added its final run in the eighth when Brady Whalen singled to right, then scored on Leandro Cedeño’s triple to center.
Perez had three hits, and Whalen two. Wadye Ynfante stole his fifth base of the season.
The Chiefs are 23-30 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of Quad Cities.
Saturday’s game: at Wisconsin, Alvaro Seijas (3-4, 3.42) 7:05 CT.
Short-season baseball 2019 begins on Saturday morning as the DSL Cardinals Red team travels to face the Brewers. The DSL Blue team does not play on Opening Day.
Saturday’s game: Red at Brewers, TBA, 10:30 ET.
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