Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 31, 2019

photo: Chris Chinea (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Springfield’s doubleheader sweep led the 3-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system. Player of the Day Chris Chinea had three hits, including a home run, and plated three. Palm Beach won a pitching duel, but Memphis lost in extra innings and Peoria’s offense managed just two hits.

Results from games played Thursday, May 30th.

Oklahoma City 10 at Memphis 8 (10)    

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (23-32) opened a four-game home set versus the Dodgers with a 10-8 defeat in 10 innings after giving up leads of 4-1 and 6-4.  It was the club’s ninth consecutive loss.

Chris Beck took the loss, his third in as many decisions, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits in his only inning of work.  Anthony Shew pitched the first five frames, permitting four tallies, three earned, on seven hits and four walks.  The righty fanned five.

Shew departed with the Redbirds up 6-4 but that lasted only until Chris Ellis (BS, 2) took the mound.  Ellis surrendered two home runs representing four runs before recording three outs.  Chasen Shreve struck out four in two scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Jesus Cruz, who fanned the side in the ninth.

The home team transformed eight hits and nine free passes into eight scores.  The offense was led by Rangel Ravelo who went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI.  Adolis Garcia and Ramon Urias had two hits apiece. Garcia doubled and launched a solo bomb, his 12th long ball of 2019.

Friday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (19-34) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 3.05)

Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 1 (7) – Game 1      
Springfield 6 vs. Tulsa 3 (7) – Game 2      

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

Just over a week after suffering a series sweep at the hands of the Drillers, the S-Cards got out their own brooms.  The result of their 5-1 and 6-3 victories in a Thursday twin bill was a three-games-to-none series win over second-place Tulsa (27-25) (LAD).  Springfield (22-31) moves into third place in the North Division standings with the wins, a half game ahead of Northwest Arkansas, but a distant 13 games out of first with a first-half elimination number of four.

Angel Rondon started the opener and tossed four frames of shutout ball, fanning five while giving up two hits and three walks.  Kodi Whitley (W, 1-2) topped that K total with seven strikeouts in 2 2/3.  Whitley was tagged for a run on four hits and did not issue a free pass.  Jacob Patterson aided Whitley’s cause by fanning his only batter to strand two inherited runners.

Springfield banged out 10 hits in the opener with three players garnering multi-hit efforts:  Randy Arozarena, Chris Chinea and Alberto Triunfel.  Arozarena went 3-for-4 with a run scored out of the clean-up slot but was caught stealing in the team’s only stolen base attempt.  Player of the Day Chinea accounted for three tallies, singling twice in three at bats, touching home two times and knocking in one while Triunfel went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The S-Cards’ offense did more with less in the final, as their eight hits resulted in six tallies.  Irving Lopez and Jose Godoy each had two hits in three at bats, Lopez touching home once and Godoy doubling once with two runs scored.  Chinea’s only hit in three at bats was a two-run home run, his sixth of the season.  Rayder Ascanio added a two-run long ball of his own, his only hit in three at bats.

Four Springfield relievers took the mound in the bullpen game, beginning with Roel Ramirez.  Ramirez fanned three in three frames, permitting a run on two hits and a walk.  Connor Jones was charged with two runs on three hits in his only inning on the bump.  Both hurlers plunked a batter.

Seth Elledge was credited with the win, his third in six decisions, by tossing two clean innings with two hits allowed and two strikeouts notched.  Merandy Gonzalez maneuvered around a hit and walk for his fourth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (21-31) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.01)

Palm Beach 2 vs. Daytona 1   

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

Scott Hurst drove in both runs and Florida State League All-Star Alex Fagalde tossed six strong innings as the Beach Birds edged the Tortugas, 2-1, at Roger Dean.  The victory salvaged the third and final game of the three-game set and keeps the Cards a game ahead in the division.

Hurst went 2-for-4. His first single drove in Michael Perri (single) to give his team a 1-0 lead after three.  The center fielder came up to the plate in the seventh and lined a single to left, scoring Jose Martinez (single) and breaking a 1-1 tie.  Both hits came with two outs.  The only other Cardinal with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Yariel Gonzalez, who went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The only blemish against Fagalde was a fifth-inning home run comprising one of the four hits and two walks yielded.  The right-hander fanned five.

Mitchell Osnowitz (W, 1-1) recorded five outs and gave up three hits without allowing a run.  It was the first organizational victory for the product of Normal, IL.  The righty received a bit of help from Patrick Dayton, who retired his only batter, leaving Osnowitz’ final runner on.  All-Star closer Bryan Dobzanski had a one-two-three ninth with two strikeouts for his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at Florida (20-33) (ATL), 6:00 pm ET, TBA

Kane County 6 at Peoria 2        

The Chiefs’ offense was held to just two hits in their 6-2 defeat to Kane County (29-24) (ARI) in the decisive third game of the series at Dozer Park.

Peoria (22-30) needed the assistance of three Cougars miscues to score their two fourth-inning runs.  Brendan Donovan singled and came home on the second of two errors that also brought Delvin Perez (sac bunt/throwing error) across the plate.

Michael Brettell (L, 1-2) allowed four runs on five hits and two free passes over five innings.  Cole Aker pitched a one-two-three sixth but departed after hitting a batter and walking three the next frame.   Freddy Pacheco walked his first batter, forcing in one of Aker’s runners, before recording the inning’s final out.  Franyel Casadilla worked around two hits for a scoreless eighth.

Friday’s game: at Wisconsin (25-27) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (2-4, 4.75)

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