Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 1, 2019

photo: Johan Oviedo/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation

St. Louis’ minors went 1-1 on Tuesday, with first-place Palm Beach winning behind the duo of Player of the Day, starter Johan Oviedo, and outfielder Justin Toerner. Memphis dropped a road game as the offense was quiet.

Results from games played Tuesday, April 30th.

Memphis 1 at New Orleans 3   

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds lacked timely hitting in their 3-1 defeat at New Orleans.  Second-place Memphis (13-12) has dropped the first two games of the four-game set and are 1 ½ games behind Iowa (CHC) in the division.

The visitors outhit their hosts, eight to five, but could not come through when needed, going 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.  Their sole tally came against New Orleans’ bullpen after Ramon Urias worked a free pass with one gone in the seventh and raced home on Francisco Peña’s pinch-hit double to center.

Rangel Ravelo was one of two Memphis players with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats but also with two of his team’s 11 strikeouts.  Right fielder Adolis Garcia also went 2-for-4 and was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Daniel Ponce de Leon (L, 2-1) held his opponents to one hit and two walks through his initial five frames but surrendered back-to-back singles followed by a home run in his final inning of work.  The righty struck out five.  In his Triple-A return, working in relief, Ryan Helsley allowed a hit over the last two innings.

Wednesday’s game:  at New Orleans (15-10) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Anthony Shew (league debut)

Springfield – off       

The S-Cards (8-17) head out on a seven-game road trip looking for their first victory of the season away from Hammons Field and riding a three-game losing streak.  The fourth-place team trails Arkansas (SEA) by 8 ½ games in the North Division.

Wednesday’s game:  at Amarillo (10-15) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (1-1, 5.76)

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach 9 at St. Lucie 1    

The Beach Birds’ offense and pitching were both on display in their 9-1 trouncing of the Mets in the road series opener.  Palm Beach (17-8) is tied for first with Bradenton (PIT), winners of four straight.

Nick Plummer led the PB-Cards’ 16-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a run scored out of the eight hole.  The left fielder was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

Four Palm Beach players had two hits each – Justin Toerner, Jose Martinez, Yariel Gonzalez and Nick Dunn.  Toerner and Martinez both went 2-for-4 and walked twice and once, respectively, but Toerner provided a big blow with a three-run long ball comprising three of his four RBI.  Gonzalez and Dunn each singled twice in five at bats with one driven in. Gonzalez touched home once.

Johan Oviedo (W, 5-0) fanned seven over six innings, scattering six hits and three walks, resulting in a single tally.  Patrick Dayton, Bryan Dobzanski and Ben Yokley each tossed a scoreless frame.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fourth-place St. Lucie (13-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Jorge Rondon (3-0, 2.08)

Peoria vs. Dayton – postponed        

Tuesday’s contest between the Chiefs and Dragons was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, May 1st.  Peoria (8-13), which has not played since April 26th due to inclement weather, remains in eighth and last place in the Western Division, five games in back of Kane County (ARI).

Wednesday’s games: vs. Dayton (8-15) (CIN).  Game 1 – 5:05 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30)/TBA

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