Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 13, 2018

photo: Johan Mieses (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Saturday. TCN’s Player of the Day is Palm Beach outfielder Johan Mieses, who went 3-for-4 with a three run home run and four RBI. Springfield’s Conner Greene and Peoria’s Jake Walsh pitched their clubs to wins. Memphis opened its homestand with its seventh loss in the last 10 games.

Results for games played Saturday, May 12.

Memphis 4, Nashville 8

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds opened their homestand on Saturday with a loss to the Nashville Sounds, their seventh defeat in the last 10 games.  Tyler O’Neill hit his 10th home run of the season, a two run shot in the first inning to put the Redbirds on the board.  Memphis lost the lead in the sixth and tried to catch up with one run in the seventh and another in ninth but fell short.  The seventh inning run came home on a Max Schrock RBI single.  In the ninth, Oscar Mercado’s sac fly plated the final run.  Schrock went 2-for-5.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon tossed five innings and gave up two runs on just one hit.  The right-hander fanned six and walked two.   Andrew Morales followed and surrendered four runs in 2 2/3 innings, tagged with a blown save and with the loss.  Edward Mujica relinquished two more runs in is 1 1/3 innings.

Adolis Garcia stole his fifth base of the season in five attempts.  Garcia also had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 22-15 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Sean Gilmartin (2-1, 4.82) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 2

Conner Greene (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals shut down the Travelers in Little Rock on Saturday as starter Conner Greene pitched six strong innings to earn his third win.  Greene gave up one run two hits, striking out five and walking three.  Yeison Medina tossed the final three innings, surrendering an additional Arkansas run.  Medina earned his first save since joining Springfield and second of the season.

Andrew Knizner singled Tommy Edman home in the first inning for the first Cardinals score.  Victor Roache led off the second inning with a solo home run.  A three run fourth extended the lead.  Chris Chinea hit a sac fly, then Tommy Edman then doubled home Roache and Edmundo Sosa.  The Cardinals put the final nail in the coffin in the seventh on Sosa’s RBI single.  Knizner and Roache were 2-for-5, Sosa was 2-for-3 with a walk.

Lane Thomas stole his sixth base of the season in six attempts.

The Cardinals are 19-15 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Jake Woodford (2-3, 5.67), 2:10 CT.

Palm Beach 5 at Bradenton 3

Johan Mieses (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Marauders in Bradenton on Saturday.  The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning on an RBI single by Johan Mieses.  A four run fifth inning sealed the deal for Palm Beach, with all four runs coming via the long ball.  Mieses blasted a three run homer, and one batter later, Brian O’Keefe added a solo shot.  Player of the Day Mieses went 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Starter Casey Meisner won his second game of the season, tossing five innings and giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Jesus Cruz followed with two scoreless innings.  Jacob Patterson tossed a scoreless eighth, and Will Latcham pitched the ninth, surrendering two Marauders runs.

Shane Billings was caught stealing for the third time in five attempts.

The Cardinals are 21- 14 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled as the Cards move to Clearwater for four against the Threshers (Phi) starting Monday night.

Peoria 4 at Dayton 3

Jake Walsh (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs edged the Dragons at Dayton on Saturday night.  Chiefs starter Jake Walsh went 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits while fanning five and walking three.  Noel Gonzalez secured the final two outs of the eighth inning and picked up the win, his first.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The Chiefs didn’t get on the board until the sixth.  Taylor Bryant led off with a double and advanced to third on a ground out.   Scott Hurst’s sac fly scored Bryant.  In the seventh, Bryant drew a bases loaded walk for another run.  Edwin Figuera’s single drove in the second run of the inning.  The fourth and winning run for Peoria came home on a wild pitch.  Bryce Denton went 2-for-4.  Figuera was 2-for-3.

Nick Plummer stole his fourth base of the season in six attempts.  Figuera was picked off first base.  In the field, Dennis Ortega made a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 17-16 on the season and are in third place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled. The Chiefs head home for a seven-game homestand that begins with Alex Reyes facing Clinton (Sea) Monday night.

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