Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 2, 2019

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria’s Alvaro Seijas, who pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings on only three hits. Memphis and Springfield were pummeled, with the former losing its 11th straight. Palm Beach’s contest was suspended by rain.

Results for games played Saturday, June 1.

Memphis 1, Oklahoma City 8

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell to the Dodgers at Auto Zone Park on Saturday by an 8-1 score, their 11th straight loss.

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon suffered his fourth loss of the season.  The right hander pitched six innings and gave up six runs on four hits, which included two long balls.  Ponce de Leon struck out five and walked three.  Chris Ellis followed and surrendered two runs on three hits over two frames.  Chasen Shreve tossed a scoreless ninth.

The only score for Memphis came on a solo home run by Edmundo Sosa in the third inning.  Sosa was the only Redbird with multiple hits, with two and has gone deep in consecutive games.  The offense in total managed only five hits, including singles by Lane Thomas, Tommy Edman, and Joe Hudson, and struck out a total of 16 times.

Thomas stole his eighth base of the season.

Memphis is 23-34 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, 10 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Oklahoma City, TBA 2:05 CT.

Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 12

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were pummeled by the Naturals on Saturday, before a sellout crowd at Hammons Field.  The game was delayed by rain for 48 minutes in the eighth inning.

Springfield immediately fell behind 4-0, but cut the lead to 4-2 in the home first.  Dylan Carlson was hit by a pitch and scored on a double play started by Randy Arozarena.  Brian O’Keefe drove in a second run on a single to right.

By the fourth inning, Springfield was behind 7-2, but the offense chipped away with two runs on a two run home by Carlson.  In the seventh, Carlson doubled and scored on a single by Kramer Robertson.

Carlson, O’Keefe, and Chris Chinea each had two hits.  Carlson has five multi-hit games in his last eight starts.

Starter Johan Oviedo hurled five innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Junior Fernandez followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Jones walked the only batter he faced in the eighth inning and was replaced by Merandy Gonzalez, who allowed three runs on two singles, two walks, and a hit by pitch.  Gonzalez returned to pitch the ninth and gave up a run on a single and a triple.  Oveido took the loss.

Conner Capel and Evan Mendoza each stole their fifth base of the season.

The game featured an ejection of Springfield manager Joe Kruzel in the eighth inning.

The Cardinals are 22-33 and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Williams Perez (5-2, 5.22) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach at Florida suspended

The game against Florida was suspended after the first inning due to rain.  Florida was ahead 2-0, having got to starter Perry DellaValle.  The game will be resumed on Sunday.

Sunday’s games:  at Florida, TBA 11:00 am CT (completion of suspended game and regularly scheduled game).

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 2

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

On Saturday, the Chiefs won their second straight game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  Starter and Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas pitched well, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits while striking out three and walking two.  Seijas earned his fourth win of the season.  Sebastian Tabata surrendered both Wisconsin runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Brady Whalen drove in the first Chiefs run on a single to right.  Two more scores for Peoria came in the seventh on Josh Shaw’s single and a sac fly by Jhon Torres.

The Chiefs added three runs of insurance in the ninth via a single by Wadye Ynfante and a throwing error by the Wisconsin catcher.

Nolan Gorman had the only multi-hit performance with two hits, both singles. Ivan Herrera had the only extra base hit, a double.

Brandon Riley had a night on the base paths, as he stole three bases to double his season total.  Brady Whalen was not so fortunate, as he was picked off and caught stealing.  Torres had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 24-30 on the season and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Diego Cordero (2-4, 2.98) 1:05 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Brewers 2

Diowill Burgos

In the first game of the season, the Cardinals Red defeated the Brewers 5-2 on the road.  17-year old starter Angel Cuenca pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five.  Luis Garcia and Benjamin Arias each surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Cuenca earned the win.

The Red offense put up two runs in the first inning, as both scored on wild pitches.  In the sixth, Diowill Burgos plated two on a double to center.  The offense added a final score in the seventh on an RBI single by Smith Vargas.

No Red hitter had multiple hits.  Burgos’ double was the only extra base hit.

Burgos was caught stealing for the first time.  Jesus Orrechia and Albert Inoa each committed fielding errors.

Sunday’s games:  No games scheduled

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