Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 14, 2019

photo: Tommy Edman (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-2 Monday, with Player of the Day Tommy Edman hammering three hits including his fourth homer of the season — but in a Memphis loss. In other action, Springfield topped first-place Arkansas with Dylan Carlson leading the way, Angel Rondon pitched Palm Beach past Tampa, and Peoria split a pair of pitcher’s duels.

Results for games played Monday, May 13th.

Nashville 5 at Memphis 3

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 20-18 on the season as Nashville scored single runs in the eighth and ninth innings to pull away for the 5-3 win at AutoZone Park. Lefty Austin Gomber pitched seven solid frames, yielding three runs and striking out eight on the afternoon while walking just two. Journeyman southpaw Hunter Cervenka took the loss despite allowing no hits, as he issued a pair of passes and one eventually came around to score on a sac fly.

Lane Thomas tripled and singled, backstop Andrew Knizner doubled twice, and Player of the Day Tommy Edman had a homer and two singles, lifting his average to .339 and OPS to a robust .945. The hot-hitting Knizner, who gunned one of three base stealers, raised his slugging percentage to an even .700 for the month of May.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Nashville, Jake Woodford (2-0, 2.04) 11:05 CT.

Springfield 4, Arkansas 1

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Center fielder Dylan Carlson broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple in the fifth inning as the S-Cards (16-21) upended the division-leading Travelers by a 4-1 tally at Hammons Field. Carlson also singled, while catcher Brian O’Keefe and first baseman Chris Chinea each contributed two singles.

Starter and winning pitcher Evan Kruczynski fanned nine over seven stellar innings. The lefty permitted just two hits and one run, and after a nightmarish April (10.97 ERA, 2.39 WHIP) he has now allowed three earned runs total over his trio of May starts (18 innings). Reliever Seth Elledge needed just 13 pitches to whiff all three men he faced, and Merandy Gonzalez was even more efficient, picking up the save with an 11-pitch ninth inning.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Austin Warner (1-2, 4.94) 6:30 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Tampa 3

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

Angel Rondon required just 84 pitches to twirl seven sparkling innings and lead Palm Beach to a rain-delayed 4-3 victory over Tampa at Roger Dean Stadium. The 21-year-old righty (now 4-1, 2.04) conceded just two hits — the fifth time in his seven 2019 starts permitting two or fewer hits — and fanned seven Tarpons, while walking no one for the first time since last July. Righty Ben Yokley got his second save for the 22-14 Beach Birds, surrendering just a harmless single over 1 1/3 innings.

Newly-demoted outfielder Scott Hurst shined in his return to High-A with a homer, a single, and an outfield assist on the night. Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez had the only other multi-hit game for Palm Beach, singling and doubling. Justin Toerner went 1-for-3 and stole his fourth base, and Toerner’s .964 OPS ranks second in the Florida State League, behind only his teammate Julio Rodriguez and his .969. They are the only FSL hitters over .900.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tampa, Alex Fagalde (3-2, 3.06) 5:30 CT.

Beloit 2 at Peoria 1 (Game 1 – seven innings)

Kyle Leahy (Bret Jacomet photo)

Starter Kyle Leahy and reliever Thomas St. Clair both pitched well in Game 1 of the doubleheader, but it wasn’t enough as Peoria (15-18) could only muster three hits in a 2-1 home defeat to the Snappers. Leahy gave the club 5 1/3 solid frames, allowing two runs on eight hits, including seven singles. The righty fanned five and walked one while absorbing the loss. St. Clair was better still, striking out four of the five men he faced and permitting no one to reach safely.

Catcher Alexis Wilson went 1-for-2 and gunned Beloit’s only would-be base stealer, while Brendan Donovan had the Chiefs’ sole extra base hit, doubling in Nolan Gorman with the team’s only run after the teen was plunked by a pitch for the third time in his last six games.

Peoria 2, Beloit 0 (Game 2 – seven innings)

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Catcher Ivan Herrera scored one run and drove in the other as host Peoria (16-18) salvaged a home doubleheader split with Beloit Monday night, shutting down the Snappers 2-0. The Chiefs managed just three singles and three walks, but bunched all of their hits plus two walks in the third inning, accounting for the game’s only tallies.

In the doubleheader, debuting teenage prospects Jhon Torres and Malcom Nunez combined to go 0-for-12 with six strikeouts. Welcome to the Midwest League, kids. (Right fielder Torres did gun down a baserunner in Game 1.)

Canadian righty Michael Brettell (1.42 ERA) started and went 3 1/3 innings, yielding three singles and two walks. The 21-year-old struck out three men before handing off to eventual winning pitcher Edgar Escobar, who fanned four over 2 1/3 hitless stanzas. Righty Sebastian Tabata got the save, also whiffing four in just 1 1/3 innings while working around a hit, walk, and wild pitch.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Beloit, Cole Aker (0-2, 7.83) 6:35 CT.

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