Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 5, 2018

photo: Anthony Shew (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Friday.  Our Players of the Day are Palm Beach starter Anthony Shew, who spun seven scoreless innings, and Peoria second baseman Irving Lopez, who went 3-for-3 including a home run, two doubles, and four RBI. Springfield logged a road win, but Memphis had an offensive shortfall.

Results for games played Friday, May 4.


Memphis 1 at Nashville 3

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds fell to the Sounds in Nashville in the series opener on Friday.  Starter Jack Flaherty suffered his first loss of the season, despite pitching five innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked four.  Edward Mujica followed with 1 1/3 innings of relief, and allowed one run on two hits.  Mike Mayers pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two baserunners and striking out three.

The offense got on the board in the second inning on a solo home run by Adolis Garcia.  That was Memphis’ only score.  No Redbirds hitter had multiple hits of the team’s total of six.

Carson Kelly committed a throwing error, leading to Flaherty’s unearned run.

The Redbirds are 19-10 on the season and in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game:   at Nashville, Austin Gomber (2-0, 2.45) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 9 at NW Arkansas 1

Victor Roache (Biloxi Shuckers)

The Cardinals walloped the Naturals on their turf on Friday.  The offense put up nine runs, starting with two in the third, via a bases loaded walk by Blake Drake, and on a double play by Ramon Urias.  Springfield had the big inning in the fifth, putting five runs on the board.  Jeremy Martinez hit a lead off double, then scored on a double by Drake.  Urias plated Drake on a single.  Victor Roache blasted a three-run home run to right center field.  In the sixth, Drake plated a run on a force out, and Urias drove in a run on single to left field.  Drake was 2-for-4.  Urias was 2-for-5, as was Edmundo Sosa.  Martinez was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Starter Chris Ellis won his second game of the season.  The right-hander pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits while fanning five and walking one.  Ramon Santos and Ian McKinney each tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

Urias committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 15-11 on the season and in second place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Ryan Helsley (1-1, 5.82) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4, St. Lucie 1

Anthony Shew (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals blanked the Mets at home on Friday night.  Starter Anthony Shew was brilliant, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out three to earn his second win of the season.  Robert Calvano gave up a run in the eighth and was replaced having recorded no outs. Jason Zgardowski followed with a scoreless inning of relief.  Will Latcham handled the ninth to earn his second save.

The Cardinals got on the board early with two runs in the first inning as Andy Young and Dylan Carlson each singled in a run.  In the third, Johan Mieses’ triple to right plated a run and Young followed with an RBI single for the fourth and final Cardinal run.  Young and Carlson were each 2-for-4.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Young stole his first base of the season in his initial attempt.  Shane Billings stole his second bag of the year in four tries.  In the field, Mieses had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 16-12 on the season and are in third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. St. Lucie, Evan Kruczynski (3-0, 2.73) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 12, South Bend 3

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs offense pummeled Cubs pitching at home on Friday night.  Peoria put four runs on the board in the second inning beginning with a Dennis Ortega RBI single.  Irving Lopez later cleared the bases with a three run double to center field.  In the third, Nick Plummer blasted a two run home run to right center field.   The Chiefs put up another four run inning in the sixth, with the first coming home on a wild pitch.  Elehuris Montero followed with a double that plated two.  Bryce Denton’s RBI single accounted for the fourth run of the inning.  Lopez homered in the seventh, a solo shot.  In the eighth, Ortega added another RBI single for the 12th Peoria run.   Lopez was 3-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored. Denton was 2-for-5, Ortega was 3-for-5 and Jonatan Machado was 2-for-5.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched six innings, giving up two runs on three hits while fanning three and walking one to earn his first win of the season.  Noel Gonzalez surrendered one run in 2/3 inning of relief.  Thomas St. Clair and Bryan Dobzanski teamed up for a perfect final 2 1/3 frames.

Machado stole his third base of the season in five attempts.

The Chiefs are 13-12 on the season and in fourth place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  vs. South Bend, Zach Prendergast (3-0, 0.75) 6:30 CT.


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