Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 26, 2018

photo: Tommy Edman (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday.  Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Tommy Edman, who was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in the Double-A Cards’ road win. Runs were scarce as Memphis and Peoria fell short despite good pitching but Palm Beach was blown out.

Results for games played Friday, May 25.

Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 3

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds fell to the Sky Sox at home on Friday night.  Memphis scored first in the second inning on Wilfredo Tovar’s RBI single.  It would be the only run for Memphis.  The Sky Sox tied it up two innings later and the score remained tied until the ninth, when the Sky Sox prevailed with two runs that the Redbirds offense couldn’t answer.  In his second and final rehab game, Carson Kelly went 3-for-3 with a double.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked four.  Hector Mendoza pitched a scoreless seventh.  Arturo Reyes and Sean Gilmartin combined for a scoreless eighth.  In the ninth, Andrew Morales gave up the two runs and was the losing pitcher.

Randy Arozarena stole his eighth base in 11 attempts for Memphis.  Max Schrock was caught stealing for the fourth time in nine attempts.  Patrick Wisdom made a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 29-20 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs.  Colorado Springs, Dakota Hudson (5-1, 2.70) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 7 at San Antonio 1

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals were victorious in San Antonio on Friday.  Connor Jones earned his third win of the season after pitching five innings, giving up one run on five hits while fanning five and walking one.  Ian McKinney and Yeison Medina each contributed two scoreless innings of relief.

Springfield scored first on Player of the Day Tommy Edman’s RBI double in the third inning.  The burst came in the sixth with the Cardinals putting five runs on the board.  Edman’s two-run home run began the scoring.  Victor Roache’s ground out drove in a run.  Another came home on a passed ball and the final run of the inning was plated on Granden Goetzman’s single.  In the seventh, Edmundo Sosa plated the seventh and last Springfield run on a single.  Edman was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Sosa was 3-for-5.

Edman, The Cardinal Nation’s no. 31 prospect, stole his fourth base of the season in six attempts.

The Cardinals are 25-23 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at San Antonio, Chris Ellis (2-0, 4.79) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Clearwater 8

The Cardinals were thrashed by the Threshers in Jupiter on Friday.  In his Palm Beach debut, starter Jake Walsh suffered the loss after pitching five innings and giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked none.  Eric Carter followed with two innings of relief, surrendering one run on one hit.  John Kilichowski allowed four runs, three earned, in 1 1/3 innings.  Robbie Gordon finished the ninth without giving up further runs.

The Cards’ lone tally came via a fifth inning solo home run by Johan Mieses.   The offense had five total hits, with the only other extra base hit a double by Kramer Robertson.  The offense struck out 14 times and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

In the field, Brian O’Keefe had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 26-19 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Clearwater, Austin Warner (3-1, 2.86) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 3

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs were edged by the River Bandits on Friday.  Peoria fell behind 2-0 early but added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jose Martinez.  Another run crossed the plate in the seventh on a passed ball the scored Bryce Denton from third.  Denton went 2-for-4, as did Yariel Gonzalez.  Martinez was 2-for-3.

Evan Guillory took the loss after tossing 5 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  In his Peoria debut, Andrew Summerville pitched the final 2 1/3 scoreless frames to keep it close.

In the field, Dennis Ortega picked off a runner at second base.

The Chiefs are 24-21 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s games:  doubleheader at Quad Cities, Paul Balestrieri (1-1, 2.35)/TBA 5:35 CT.

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