photo: Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)
In an abbreviated Mother’s Day schedule, the upper levels of St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-0 while the A-ball teams took a holiday. Player of the Day Tyler O’Neill continued to mash for Memphis, clubbing his fifth home run in nine Triple-A tilts.
Results for games played Sunday, May 12th.
Four relievers combined for 6 2/3 shutout innings as Memphis (20-17) defeated Nashville by a score of 7-2 on Sunday afternoon at AutoZone Park. Righty Anthony Shew lasted just 53 pitches before leaving in the third after taking a comebacker on the arm. He coughed up six hits and two earned runs over 2 1/3 innings.
In stepped winning pitcher Ryan Helsley, who twirled 2 2/3 one-hit innings with three strikeouts to lead the bullpen, and Carlos Martinez — yet to yield a rehab run — also fanned a trio of Sounds while navigating around two free passes and a hit batter in 1 2/3 innings.
Player of the Day Tyler O’Neill homered, singled, drove in two runs, and scored two to lead the Redbirds offense. Rangel Ravelo added a trio of singles and two RBI as Memphis scored twice in the first inning and was never headed. Lane Thomas and Drew Robinson each had a pair of hits, while the 23-year-old O’Neill raised his Memphis batting average to .324 and OPS to 1.105.
Monday’s game: vs. Nashville, Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.82) 11:05 CT.
Springfield lifted its ledger to 15-21 as outfielder Johan Mieses reached safely three times and stole a base, while shortstop Jose Martinez contributed a fifth-inning go-ahead homer and a sac fly, in a 5-2 home win over the Naturals. Second baseman Alberto Triunfel and third sacker Evan Mendoza each also had a pair of base knocks for the streaky S-Cards, who won for the sixth time in seven games.
Williams Perez had his second strong start in a row, logging seven innings on 98 pitches and improving his season record to 4-1. Perez fanned six while permitting just one run on two hits. Righty reliever Kodi Whitley got his first save of 2019 with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, and lowered his season ERA to 0.61 (0.87 for Springfield) across 13 appearances.
Monday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (1-3, 7.79) 6:30 CT.
Palm Beach was off Sunday and open a home series against the Tampa Yankees on Monday.
Monday’s game: vs. Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.
Peoria was off Sunday and play a double header against Beloit at Dozer Park on Monday.
Monday’s first game: vs. Beloit, Kyle Leahy (1-2, 3.86) 5:05 CT.
Second game: pitcher TBA
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