Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 5, 2019

photo: Julio Rodriguez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Saturday, with Memphis rained out. Our Player of the Day is catcher Julio Rodriguez, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Palm Beach’s narrow defeat. Peoria was shut out and Springfield pitching was bombed again.

Results for games played Saturday, May 4.

Memphis at Nashville (postponed)

Saturday’s Memphis Redbirds game in Nashville was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader of seven-inning contests on Sunday.

Sunday’s games: at Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 8.10) 2:05 CT (Game 1), Ryan Helsley (0-0, 3.00) (Game 2)

Springfield 1 at Frisco 10

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Double-A Cardinals were the victims of a walloping by the Rough Riders on Saturday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.  It was a tough night for Springfield starter Harold Arauz, who gave up seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits in four innings pitched.  Arauz struck out three and walked four.

Jacob Patterson followed with a scoreless fifth.  Roel Ramirez surrendered three more Frisco scores in his two innings.  Connor Jones was announced as the next to take the mound, but did not pitch after apparently suffering an injury during his warmup.  Catcher Jose Godoy was pressed into duty and tossed a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals’ only run came in the third inning when Dylan Carlson singled and crossed the plate on a single by Chris Chinea.  Connor Capel had two hits, as the only Cardinals with multiple hits. None of the team’s six hits went for extra bases.

Capel was caught stealing for the third time this season.  Irving Lopez made a fielding error.  Carlson had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 9-20 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game: at Frisco, Johan Oviedo (league debut) 4:05 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 7

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Due to a bullpen failure, the Cardinals fell to the Miracle in the second game of the series in Jupiter.  The Cardinals took the initial lead with single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings. Julio Rodriguez’ RBI single in the first put the Cardinals on the board.  In the second, Justin Toerner plated a run on a single and Chase Pinder added a solo home run in the fourth.

The Miracle put up a run in the fifth, but the Cardinals countered with two more in the sixth.  Nick Dunn’s single to left brought in the first run.  On a single, Rodriguez drove in his second run of the game, but on the play Dunn was thrown out at home.

Still, it appeared the Cardinals had the game in hand with a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning.  However, in the eighth, the Miracle scored two and added four more in the ninth for the comeback win.

Palm Beach starter Alex Fagalde tossed 5 1/3 innings and surrendered one run on six hits while fanning six and walking two.  Ben Yokley followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Patrick Dayton allowed two runs, one earned, in his 2/3 innings of relief.  C.J. Saylor hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and relinquished all four Miracle scores in the ninth to take the blown save and the loss.

Luken Baker made a fielding error and Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Palm Beach falls to 17-11 and third place in the FSL South, 1.5 games back of the Miracle.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, TBA 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria 0, Bowling Green 3

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were blanked by the Hot Rods in the “Battle for the Barrel” at Dozer Park on Saturday.  The Chiefs were playing as the Distillers, while the Hot Rods were playing as the Bootleggers.  The loss ended the Chiefs’ six-game winning streak.

Starter Alvaro Seijas tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked three.  Edgar Escobar followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Sebastian Tabata surrendered one run in the final two innings.  Seijas suffered his third loss of the season.

The Chiefs scattered just six hits and were unable to bring a run home.  Delvin Perez had two hits and a walk.  None of the Peoria hits went for extra bases.

Leandro Cedeño, Perez, Wadye Ynfante each successfully stole a base.  It was the first for Cedeño and Ynfante, and the fourth for Perez.  Nolan Gorman committed a throwing error.  Ivan Herrera had a passed ball that led to the unearned run.

The Chiefs are 12-14 on the season, in fifth place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game: vs. Bowling Green, TBA 5:05 CT.

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