Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 4, 2019

photo: Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Edmundo Sosa, who drove in a career high five runs on a 3-for-6 performance in Memphis’ shellacking of Nashville. Peoria won its sixth straight.

Results for games played Friday, May 3.

Memphis 17 at Nashville 2

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds pummeled the Sounds in Nashville on Friday.  The shellacking ended with Memphis tying the franchise record of 24 hits, the most in a Pacific Coast League game this season.

Every player in the Redbirds lineup collected a hit, and eight of the starting nine had more than one, all except catcher Joe Hudson.   Center fielder Lane Thomas, fresh off his major league debut two weeks ago, went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Thomas drove in the first Redbird runs in the second inning, thumping a two run double on a line drive to center field to begin a nine-run inning. Ramon Urias plated Thomas on a single to left.  Tommy Edman blasted the first long ball of the game, a three-run shot to left center field, and finished a double short of the cycle.  A one run single by Adolis Garcia, and a two run single by Edmundo Sosa completed the scoring in that inning.

A run came home in the third inning on a wild pitch.  In the fourth, Thomas hit his second double, which drove in the 11th Memphis run.  Sosa grounded out and another run came home.  Urias’ RBI double and an RBI single by Drew Robinson topped the four-run inning.

The final scoring opportunity came in the seventh when Robinson hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot, and Sosa plated two more on a single to center.  Sosa led the team in RBI with five.  Sosa had three hits, along with teammates Edman, Robinson, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo. Urias and Garcia each had two hits.

On the mound, Jake Woodford tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked four.  Chasen Shreve earned his first win of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tommy Layne surrendered the second and final Nashville run in two innings before Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth.

Memphis is 16-12 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, two games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game: at Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 8.10) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 5 at Amarillo 6 (11 innings)

The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Sod Poodles in Amarillo in extra innings on Friday to end a three game set in which Springfield went 1-2.

Starter Austin Warner started a contest that ended with seven Springfield pitchers taking the mound across 11 innings.  Warner hurled five innings and surrendered three runs, all unearned, on six hits.  Warner struck out six and issued one free pass.  Jacob Patterson allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning.  Merandy Gonzalez, Kodi Whitley, Junior Fernandez, and John Fasola combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.  Seth Elledge took over in the 11th with the automatic runner on second, and after striking out the first two batters, gave up the walk off two-run home run.

The Springfield offense put the first run in the first inning on a pop up single to short by Jose Godoy that plated teammate Kramer Robertson.  In the fourth, Scott Hurst doubled, and Warner singled, to drive in two additional Cardinals runs to tie the game at 3-3.

The Cardinals failed to score again until the ninth, when Evan Mendoza singled home Robertson to force extra innings.  Springfield broke the tie in the top of the 11th as Robertson grounded into a fielder’s choice that brought Connor Capel home for the short-lived 5-4 lead that Elledge could not hold.

Godoy and Chris Chinea collected two hits each.

Mendoza made a throwing error in the third inning that led to the three unearned runs charged to Warner.

The Cardinals are 9-19 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Harold Arauz (0-1, 6.00) 7:05 CT

Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 7

The Cardinals were defeated by the Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) in the series opener in Jupiter on Friday.

Palm Beach fell behind 3-0 in the second inning.  The deficit was cut to 3-1 in the fourth when Luken Baker scored on a Michael Perri ground out.  The Cardinals rallied to tie the game in the fifth with three hits, including an RBI single by Zach Kirtley that plated two.

The Miracle blew past the Cardinals with four runs across the next two innings.  Palm Beach added a run in the ninth when Chase Pinder led off with a single and scored two batters later on a throwing error.  Pinder had two hits, along with Julio Rodriguez and Rayder Ascanio.  Luken Baker had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while fanning six and walking three.  After allowing three runs in the second inning, the right hander retired 11 straight batters, only to give up two more runs on four hits in the sixth.    Relievers Ronnie Williams and Zach Prendergast followed with a combined 2 2/3 innings of relief during which each surrendered a run.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 17-10 on the season and are tied for second place in the Florida State League South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Alex Fagalde (3-1, 3.21) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 2, Bowling Green 1

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs earned their sixth straight win with a defeat of the Hot Rods 2-1 in the home series opener on Friday.

It began with seven innings of a scoreless pitcher’s duel until Bowling Green broke through with a run in the top of the eighth.  Chiefs starter Diego Cordero had tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings during which he allowed four hits and struck out four.  Reliever Thomas St. Clair came in to finish the seventh but gave up the run in the eighth to break the impasse.  Left hander Evan Sisk earned the win, hurling 1 1/3 scoreless innings to finish the game.  Cordero pitched well but took a no decision; Sisk got the win.

The Peoria offense was held to one hit through the first seven innings.  In the bottom of the eighth, after the Hot Rods took the 1-0 lead, Wadye Ynfante doubled and Alexis Wilson walked.  With two on, Brandon Riley singled to score Ynfante, and Edwin Figuera reached on a fielder’s choice. A throwing error on the play brought Wilson home for the second run.

No Chiefs batter had more than one hit.  Riley had the only Peoria RBI.

Delvin Perez stole his second base of the season.  Wilson had a passed ball.  Cordero picked a runner off first base.

The Chiefs are 12-13 and with their six wins in a row have moved up to fifth place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green, Alvaro Seijas (1-2, 2.79) 6:35 CT.

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