Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 12, 2018

photo: Dylan Carlson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach outfielder Dylan Carlson, who went 2-for-4, including a three-run home run, a double, and four RBI in the high-A Cardinals victory. Peoria’s Taylor Bryant launched a three-run shot of his own in the other win.

Results for games played Friday, May 11.


Memphis 0 at Oklahoma City 2

Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds were held scoreless as they fell to the Dodgers in Oklahoma City on Friday.   The Memphis offense managed only four hits, including a double by the starting pitcher.  Max Schrock also doubled and Oscar Mercado and Patrick Wisdom singled.

Starter Kevin Herget pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on seven hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked none, and took the loss, let down by his offense.  Preston Guilmet pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered one run.

The Redbirds are 22-14 on the season and in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Nashville, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-2, 2.23) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 2 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In the first game of a twin bill against the Travelers in Little Rock, Springfield suffered a one run loss in seven innings. The lone Cardinals run scored in the second inning on a sac fly by Edmundo Sosa. Andrew Knizner went 3-for-3 with a double, the only extra base hit by Springfield.

Starter Ryan Helsley suffered his second loss of the season. Helsley pitched all six innings for the Cardinals, giving up two runs on five hits while striking out four and walking three.

Lane Thomas stole his fifth base in five tries. Randy Arozarena was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts for Springfield.


Springfield 3 at Arkansas 4 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals again fell short by one run to the Travelers.  This game was a makeup of the April 21 rainout. Springfield got on the board first in the first inning on Victor Roache’s RBI single. The Cardinals didn’t score again until the sixth, when Jeremy Martinez’ sac fly and Chris Chinea’s double plated two runs. Blake Drake was the only Cardinal with multiple hits as the outfielder went 2-for-3.

Starter Connor Jones went only one inning, but It was scoreless. The right-hander struck out one and walked one  Ian McKinney gave up one run in 1 2/3 innings. Estarlin Arias added 2 1/3 scoreless. Jacob Evans surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings. Landon Beck and Hector Mendoza followed. Beck gave up a run on three consecutive walks, to reduce Springfield’s lead to 3-2 and then was ejected without recording an out. The run was charged to Evans. Mendoza walked in one of Beck’s inherited runners to tie the game, then gave up a single to score a second inherited runner for the walk off Traveler’s win.  Beck took the loss; Mendoza was charged with a blown save.

Randy Arozarena stole his third and fourth bases for Springfield in five attempts.  Ramon Urias swiped his first bag in his initial attempt.

The 18-15 Cardinals are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Conner Greene (2-2, 4.08), 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Bradenton 4

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Marauders in Bradenton on Friday.  Starter Evan Kruczynski won his fourth game of the season, pitching 7 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on six hits.  The left hander fanned 10 and walked none.   The six hits allowed included two solo home runs.  Paul Balestrieri faced two batters in the eighth and got the final out of the inning.  Will Latcham tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

Player of the Day Dylan Carlson launched a fifth inning three run home run and was 2-for-4 on the night with four RBI.   The Cardinals got on the board in the second inning to tie the game.  Back to back singles by Jose Godoy and Shane Billings and put a man on first and third.  A wild pitch sent Billings to second.  A ground out by Carlson plated Godoy from third.  Juan Yepez singled to score Billings.   In the fifth, an RBI single by Billings plated one before Carlson’s home run.    Billings was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.

Kramer Robertson committed a throwing error.  Johan Mieses had an outfield assist, and Kruczynski picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 20-14 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 7 at Dayton 4

Taylor Bryant (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs edged the Dragons in Dayton on Friday.  In his return to the rotation, Winston Nicacio won his first game of the season, pitching six innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander stuck out four and walked three.  C.J. Saylor followed with one inning of relief, surrendering one run on two hits.  Levi MaVorhis finished with two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

The Chiefs didn’t get on the board until the fourth inning, when they took a 4-3 lead.   Three of the four runs came on a three run blast by Taylor Bryant.  Bryce Denton’s double plated the additional run.  One run each came in in each of the last three innings.  In the seventh, it was on a wild pitch.  In the eighth, Dennis Ortega doubled in a run.  The seventh and final run again scored on a wild pitch.  Scott Hurst went 2-for-5.  Ortega was 2-for-4.

Hurst stole his third base in four attempts.  Catcher Ortega swiped his fifth bag in five attempts, and Edwin Figuera stole his fourth base in six attempts.  Jonatan Machado made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 16-16 on the season and are in fourth place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Dayton, Jake Walsh (1-1, 3.60) 6:00 CT.


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