Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 15, 2019

photo: Jake Woodford (Memphis Redbirds)

A trio of superb starts led the St. Louis Cardinals system to a 3-1 record on Tuesday. Player of the Day Jake Woodford (Memphis), Austin Warner (Springfield) and Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach) each tossed noteworthy efforts in their team’s victories but Peoria went down to defeat in 11 innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 14th.

Memphis 9 vs. Nashville 3   

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Jake Woodford was impressive over seven innings, backed by his teammates’ long ball prowess, as the Redbirds flew past the Sounds, 9-3, and claimed the four-game home series, three games to one.  Second-place Memphis (21-18) gained a game on the division leaders with the victory and is nnow three games behind Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division.

Woodford (W, 3-0) blanked fourth-place Nashville (13-25) (TEX) on five hits and two walks while striking out six.  The 22-year-old is holding opponents to a .176 batting average over 46 2/3 innings in eight Triple-A starts.

Woodford departed with a 3-0 lead thanks to a two-run bomb by Rangel Ravelo in the fourth plus Tyler O’Neill’s sixth-inning solo shot.  But the home team was not finished either scoring or going yard, pouring on back-to-back three-run frames in the seventh and eighth.  Drew Robinson left the park with Tommy Edman (single) aboard after the latter drove in Edmundo Sosa (double) in the seventh before John Nogowski launched his fourth home run of 2019 with O’Neill (walk) and Adolis Garcia (single) on base the following inning.  The Redbirds banged out nine hits with Robinson the only player with a multi-hit effort.

Memphis’ bullpen was unable to match Woodford’s stellar performance.  Jesus Cruz yielded a run on two hits and Chris Beck was tagged for two tallies on two hits and a free pass in his inning of work.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 1      

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Austin Warner was a strikeout machine and Justin Williams’ first Springfield home run proved the difference in the S-Cards’ 3-1 home win over the Travelers.  Third-place Springfield (17-21) has won four straight, including the first two of the three-game series against division-leading Arkansas.  This is the third consecutive series’ victory for the S-Cards.

Williams went yard with Irving Lopez (single) on in the fifth, an inning in which the home team generated four of their eight hits on the night.  It was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats.  Dylan Carlson and Evan Mendoza both singled twice in four at bats, the only two S-Cards with more than one hit.

The long ball gave Warner (W, 2-2) a 3-0 cushion which the lefty maintained only until surrendering a solo bomb the next inning.  The home run was one of seven hits and a base-on-balls permitted over seven frames.  Warner struck out 10 with six ground- to no fly- ball outs.  Junior Fernandez retired all six batters faced, four via the K, for his first Double-A save of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. first-place Arkansas (22-14) (SEA), 11:10 am CT, Harold Arauz (0-3, 7.65)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Tampa 3    

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

Alex Fagalde tossed seven strong frames in the PB-Cards’ 5-3 victory over the Tarpons, their fourth win in a row.  Palm Beach (23-14) has taken the first two games of four versus Tampa and is in second-place in the South Division, a game behind Fort Myers (MIN).

Fagalde (W, 4-2) limited the opposition to just three hits over seven frames and did not issue a free pass, with the only mark against him a solo home run in the first.  The righty struck out five and threw 55 of his 80 pitches for strikes.

It took a trio of Beach Bird hurlers to complete the final two frames.  Michael Osnowitz pitched a one-two-three eighth but got the hook after walking his first two batters the next inning.  Both runners came around to score after Ramon Santos gave up a double to his first batter.  However, the batter was erased by catcher Julio Rodriguez trying to take third on the play, leaving the bases clean when Santos recorded a fly out to right.  Patrick Dayton came in and caught his only batter looking to end the game.

Palm Beach utilized eight hits and three Tampa miscues to score their five tallies, three earned.  The only player with more than one hit was Zach Kirtley, who singled and doubled in four at bats with two RBI.  Rodriguez and Lars Nootbar each went 1-for-3, Rodriguez scoring one and driving in another while Nootbar knocked in two in his Beach Birds debut.  Defensively, left fielder Nootbar was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tampa (17-20) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (2-5, 3.78)

Beloit 6 at Peoria 5 (11 innings)       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold a slim lead, as Peoria eventually fell to the last-place Snappers 6-5 in 11 innings at Dozer Park.  Sixth-place Peoria (16-19) trails in the five-game set, one-game-to-two and is 7 ½ in back of Quad Cities (HOU) in the Western Division standings.

The bullpen was called upon early after starter Cole Aker lasted just 2 2/3 innings.  Aker permitted three runs on a hit, three walks and a hit batsman.

His final runner scored under Franyel Casadilla’s watch, but over the next 3 1/3 innings, Casadilla went on to limit Beloit to a solo home run that was one of three hits and two walks yielded.  Freddy Pacheco (BS, 1) tossed a clean seventh but allowed the visitors to knot the game at 5-5 the next frame.  Evan Sisk (L, 1-1) recorded nine outs but was tagged for an unearned score with a runner placed on second, a single and run-scoring double-play ball.  Fabian Blanco struck out his only batter.

Two Chiefs shared five of the team’s seven hits:  Delvin Perez and Nolan Gorman.  Perez went 3-for-4 with a walk, double and three runs scored while leading off and one of Gorman’s two hits in three at bats was his ninth home run of the season, a two-run shot comprising two of his three RBI.  The third baseman tripled as well, his second of 2019.  Perez and Gorman each swiped a bag.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. eighth-place Beloit (12-22) (OAK).  Game 1 – 11:05 am CT, Alvaro Seijas (1-4, 2.70)/Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.45)

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