Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 20, 2018

photo: Patrick Wisdom (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Saturday. TCN’s Player of the Day is Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom, who was 5-for-7 including a three-run home run, a triple, two doubles, and six RBI during a doubleheader sweep.

Results for games played on Saturday, May 19.


Memphis 11 at Colorado Springs 3 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Patrick Wisdom (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds rediscovered their offense, pummeling Sky Sox pitching for 22 runs in 14 innings to take both ends of the twin bill in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

In the opener, Memphis’ bats were hot from the beginning, with two runs put on the board in the first inning on Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double.  In the third, Memphis added four more.  Wisdom tripled to right and Adolis Garcia followed with an RBI double.  Andrew Knizner was hit by a pitch and Max Schrock followed with a three-run bomb to right center field.  In the fourth, Wisdom plated a run on a single.  Three more runs were added in the fifth on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single and a Rangel Ravelo single that drove in two.  A final run came home in the seventh on Wilfredo Tovar’s ground out.    Mercado went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wisdom was 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Daniel Poncedeleon earned his third win of the season, pitching five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned 10 and walked one.  Mike O’Reilly tossed a scoreless sixth. In his Triple-A debut, Hector Mendoza allowed two baserunners in the seventh, but escaped with no runs scored.


Memphis 11 at Colorado Springs 4 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

Oscar Mercado (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds repeated the outcome of the first game almost exactly in Game 2 of the doubleheader.  The only difference was they scored all but one of their runs in the first inning.

It began with an Oscar Mercado leadoff double.  He advanced on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.  Alex Mejia walked; Ramon Urias hit a two run home run one batter later.  Randy Arozarena doubled, and Jeremy Martinez plated him on a single.  Sean Gilmartin and Mercado singled, Rangel Ravelo doubled to score Gilmartin and Mercado. Patrick Wisdom then blasted a three run home run.  The 11th and last Memphis run scored in the second inning on Mercado’s RBI single.  Mercado went 3-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored. Wisdom was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Urias was 2-for-4.

Starter Sean Gilmartin pitched five innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking none.  Gilmartin earned his third win of the season.  Arturo Reyes added the last two scoreless innings of relief.

The Redbirds are 25-18 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Colorado Springs, Dakota Hudson (4-1, 2.88) 2:00 CT


Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 0

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals squeaked by the Naturals with a one-run victory on Saturday, powered by two visiting Major League pitchers.  Alex Reyes made a rehab start and spun 7 2/3 scoreless innings.  The impressive right hander allowed only one hit, struck out 13 and walked three.  Colton Thomson secured the final out of the eighth.  Tyler Lyons, in his first rehab game in Springfield, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.  Reyes earned the win.

The only scoring came on a solo home run by Victor Roache in the second inning.  The outfielder was 2-for-4 in the game.

On the base paths, Edmundo Sosa stole his first base in two attempts.  Tommy Edman swiped his third bag in five attempts.  In the field, Lane Thomas had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Cardinals are 22-19 on the season and are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

For more: Additional details on Reyes’ start, including commentary from Reyes and manager Johnny Rodriguez, can be found in Derek Shore’s article.

Sunday’s games:  vs. NW Arkansas, Connor Jones (2-0, 4.08) 4:10 CT (Game 1 of a doubleheader), Jacob Evans (0-2, 5.30) Game 2


Palm Beach vs. Bradenton (postponed)

Saturday’s Florida State League game at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to rain. Weather permitting, it will be played on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Bradenton, Casey Meisner (2-1, 2.25) 10:30 am CT (Game 1 of a doubleheader), TBA (Game 2)


Peoria 4, Kane County 8

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were handled by the Cougars at Dozer Park on Saturday.  Starter Johan Oviedo didn’t finish the first, as he gave up four runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.  Oveido struck out two and walked two.  C.J. Saylor followed with 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits. In his Peoria debut, Alex Fagalde took the next five innings, allowing three more scores on seven hits.  Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless ninth.  Oviedo took the loss.

The Chiefs were held scoreless until the sixth, when Zach Kirtley led off with a single and Dennis Ortega doubled.  Bryce Denton singled to plate Kirtley.  Nick Plummer grounded into a force out as Ortega scored.  In the eighth, Plummer drove in two more on a double, in the center fielder’s 10th straight game with exactly one hit.  Denton was 2-for-3 with a walk and Irving Lopez was 2-for-5.

The Chiefs are 21-18 on the season, tied for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Evan Guillory (4-2, 3.24) 2:00 CT.


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