Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 3, 2019

photo: Ivan Herrera (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a 2-1 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, catchers excelled. Joe Hudson’s bat spearheaded Memphis’ victory and Ivan Herrera accounted for 75% of Peoria’s offense, including the winning run. Springfield’s bats were shut out and Palm Beach was rained out.

Results from games played Thursday, May 2nd.

Memphis 8 at New Orleans 4

Joe Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds banged out 14 hits on their way to an 8-4 win at New Orleans (15-12) (MIA).  Second-place Memphis (15-12) salvaged a split of the four-game series and remain two behind first-place Iowa (CHC) in the standings.

Right fielder Adolis Garcia and catcher Joe Hudson led the onslaught with three hits apiece.  Both players launched a solo shot with Garcia doubling once in five at bats and touching home twice.  Hudson, our co-Player of the Day, was even more productive with a double in four at bats plus four knocked in.

Lane Thomas and Rangel Ravelo each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, with Thomas scoring twice and Ravelo doubling.  Thomas added his third stolen base of 2019 while Garcia was one-for-two in steal attempts and was picked off once.

Austin Gomber (W, 4-0) fanned seven in five frames, with two of the three runs charged to him coming on a two-run home run.  The lefty scattered seven hits and three walks.

Ryan Meisinger, the first of four Memphis relievers, worked around a hit and two free passes for a clean sixth.  Hunter Cervenka permitted a run on a hit and two walks the next inning.  Chris Beck and Chris Ellis each retired all three batters faced.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Nashville (8-19) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (2-0, 1.20)

Springfield 0 at Amarillo 1      

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards (9-18) were on the wrong end of a pitching duel, dropping a 1-0 decision at Amarillo.  Each team has won one of the series’ first two games with one yet to play.

The difference in the game pivoted on one of Springfield’s miscues. A throwing error by shortstop Kramer Robertson led to an unearned tally charged to Evan Kruczynski (L, 0-3) in the first of his five innings on the mound.  The outing was the southpaw’s best effort in six starts to date, as Kruczynski limited the home team to three hits while not walking a batter.

Connor Jones, John Fasola and Seth Elledge each tossed an inning. Jones worked around two free passes before Fasola faced the minimum.  Elledge walked one.

The visitors were held to just three hits as well but Robertson worked three free passes.  A double by Chris Chinea was the game’s only hit to go for extra bases.

Friday’s game:  at Amarillo (11-16) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (0-2, 6.63)

Palm Beach at St. Lucie – cancelled   

The series finale for Palm Beach (17-9) at St. Lucie (14-12) (NYM) was cancelled due to inclement weather.  The game will not be made up since the two teams do not meet again during the first half of the season. The PB-Cards are tied with Bradenton (PIT) for first place, a half of a game ahead of Fort Myers.

Friday’s game: vs. second-place Fort Myers (17-10) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-4, 3.32)

Peoria 4 vs. Dayton 3 (10)       

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Single tallies in the ninth and 10th rallied the Chiefs to a 4-3 victory over the Dragons (8-18) (CIN).  Peoria (11-13) has won five straight, including a three-game sweep of Dayton.

Down 3-2 with an out to go, consecutive singles by Wadye Infante, Brandon Riley and Delvin Perez knotted the game at three-all, sending the contest into extra innings.  Co-Player of the Day Ivan Herrera’s 10th-inning single drove in pinch runner Edwin Figuera, who ran for Nolan Gorman after the latter began the frame at second.

Herrera’s hit was his third single of the day in five at bats, as the catcher and clean-up hitter drove in three of his team’s four runs.  Perez and Riley each had two hits, with Perez knocking in one and Riley working a base-on-balls.

Cole Aker tossed his best start of the season, a strong six-inning outing in which the righty limited his opponents to a lone run on three hits and three walks with six strikeouts.  Michael Brettell (BS, 1) was tagged for an unearned score in his second inning of work due to a throwing error by shortstop Perez.  Fabian Blanco yielded a ninth-inning run on two hits but pitched a one-two-three 10th for his first win in two decisions.

Friday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green (16-11) (TB), 6:35 pm CT, Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.46)

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