photo: Brady Whalen (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday with Palm Beach and Peoria winning decisively. Our Player of the Day is first baseman Brady Whalen, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Chiefs’ shutout victory.
Results for games played Friday, May 17th.
The Redbirds fell to the Missions on Friday when a late-game rally fell short. Memphis was kept off the board until the eighth inning, then put up three runs to cut the deficit to two. Kramer Robertson hit a leadoff single and was brought home on a double by Andrew Knizner. Adolis Garcia then hit a two run home run to left field for the final two scores.
Garcia had two hits, as did Rangel Ravelo, whose hitting streak is now 12 games. Against rehabbing major leaguer Jimmy Nelson and four relievers, the Redbirds fanned 15 times, led by the top two hitters in the lineup with three each – Tommy Edman and Drew Robinson.
Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon took the loss, his second of the season. The right hander went just 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits while fanning four and walking three. Chris Elllis followed with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief. Ryan Meisinger and Chasen Shreve each pitched a scoreless inning.
After his first hit for Memphis, Robertson stole his first base and Lane Thomas swiped his fifth bag. Garcia was caught stealing for the fourth time. Garcia had two outfield assists, both at second base.
Memphis is 21-20 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, 3.5 games behind the Iowa Cubs.
Saturday’s game: at San Antonio, Evan Kruczynski (Triple-A debut), 7:05 CT
The Cardinals couldn’t catch up to the Naturals on Friday night after they were put in a six-run deficit by shaky starting pitching by reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week Williams Perez. Perez tossed 3 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs on 10 hits. The right hander struck out two and walked one. Junior Fernandez and Jacob Patterson combined for the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Patterson did not allow a baserunner and fanned three in his two frames.
Springfield got on the board first with a two-run first inning. Dylan Carlson hit a solo home run to left field. Justin Williams singled to right and scored on Conner Capel’s single. The Cardinals added another run in the eighth when Alberto Triunfel doubled and scored on a single off the bat of Irving Lopez.
No Cardinal had multiple hits.
The Cardinals committed three errors. Brian O’Keefe made a throwing error and Johan Mieses had two miscues, one throwing and one fielding.
The Cardinals are 18-23 and in third place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Angel Rondon (Double-A debut), 6:05 CT.
The Cardinals pounded Bradenton on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium for their seventh straight win. The offense put up five runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a two-run home run by Luken Baker. Nick Dunn doubled and scored on single by Lars Nootbaar. Nootbaar came home on Justin Toerner’s single. Rayder Ascanio singled and scored on single off the bat of Zach Kirtley.
Palm Beach added two more scores in the fifth on a two-run single by Nootbaar. The final two Cardinal runs came home in the eighth on Scott Hurst’s two-run single.
Toerner had three hits and Kirtley, Dunn, and Nootbaar had two. Nootbaar drove in three.
Starter Tommy Parsons hurled five scoreless innings to earn his second win with Palm Beach. The right hander fanned six and walked one. Enmanuel Solano tossed two scoreless innings of relief. C.J. Saylor surrendered the lone Bradenton run in the eighth. Ben Yokley pitched a scoreless ninth.
Palm Beach made two errors, a fielding error by Toerner and a throwing miscue by Ascanio.
Palm Beach is 26-14 on the season and is in first place in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: vs. Bradenton, TBA, 4:30 CT.
The Chiefs blanked the River Bandits at Dozer Park on Friday. In his Peoria debut, Colin Schmid pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three. Michael Brettell tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Edgar Escobar pitched a clean ninth.
The Chiefs offense put up all eight runs in the sixth inning. Delvin Perez led off with a single, and Nolan Gorman was hit by a pitch. Both scored on Brady Whalen’s single. Ivan Herrera walked, advanced to third on the Whalen single and stole home. Jhon Torres plated Whalen on a single. Malcolm Nunez walked and scored on Wadye Ynfante’s sac fly. The Chiefs batted around and back to Perez, who walked. Gorman added a two-run single. and Perez scored again, on a single by Herrera.
Player of the Day Whalen and Perez had three hits. Gorman had two hits and drove in two.
Herrera steal of home was his first steal of 2019. Whalen was caught stealing for the second time. Perez and Gorman committed throwing errors. Ynfante had an outfield assist. Schmid picked two runners off first base.
The Chiefs are 18-21 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, seven games back of Quad Cities.
Saturday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Kyle Leahy (1-3, 3.74) 6:35 CT.
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