Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 6, 2019

photo: Leandro Cedeño (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

St. Louis’ minors went 3-2 on Sunday, with Memphis splitting. Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño had three hits, including a grand slam, in Peoria’s win. Springfield came back late but Palm Beach was almost no-hit.

Results from games played Sunday, May 5th.

Memphis 11 at Nashville 2 (7) – Game 1    
Memphis 5 at Nashville 7 (7) – Game 2   

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Following Saturday’s rainout, the Redbirds (17-12) split their series-opening double-header at Nashville, claiming Game 1, 11-2, but falling in the finale, 7-5.

John Nogowski and Tyler O’Neill paced the 12-hit effort in the opener. The first baseman went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two driven in and the outfielder homered twice and plated four.  Two other Memphis players had two hits each:  Edmundo Sosa and Andrew Knizner.  Knizner added a double to his solo bomb and knocked in two.  Sosa doubled twice and crossed home once.

Genesis Cabrera (W, 1-2) yielded four hits and three walks over five innings, with both tallies charged to him coming on solo shots.  The lefty struck out five.  Ryan Meisinger fanned two over the final two frames, allowing one hit.

Reliever Chris Ellis took the loss in the nightcap, his first in as many decisions.  Ellis gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 while allowing both inherited runners to cross in the Sounds’ four-run third.  Ryan Helsley recorded the first seven outs and was charged with four tallies on four hits and two walks.  Hunter Cervenka was tagged with an unearned run on three hits, a free pass and second baseman Sosa’s fielding error.

Redbirds with a multi-hit performance were shortstop Drew Robinson and center fielder Lane Thomas.  Robinson singled twice in four at bats with an RBI and caught stealing at the top of the order.  Thomas went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and stolen base out of the six hole.

Monday’s game:  at Nashville (9-21) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-1, 3.57)

Springfield 8 at Frisco 6      

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A four-run fifth and a late comeback propelled Springfield (10-20) over Frisco, 8-6.  Each team has won one of the road series initial two games with two to play.

Evan Mendoza’s opposite field two-run triple into the right field corner capped the scoring in the fifth. It knocked in Kramer Robertston (single) and Dylan Carlson (walk).  Johan Mieses worked a free pass with one gone before advancing to second on a single by Scott Hurst.  Mieses raced home on Robertson’s single and Hurst scored on a wild pitch, breaking a 3-3 tie.

The visitors generated eight hits in all with Mendoza and Irving Lopez both going 2-for-5.  Robertson, Mieses and Hurst each touched home twice, the latter two providing the margin of victory in the ninth.

Johan Oviedo finished an out shy of a quality start in his Double-A debut, yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two base-on-balls in 5 2/3 and 100 pitches.  The righty plunked one batter.

Junior Fernandez recorded two outs, permitting a run on two hits and a walk while stranding Oviedo’s last runner.  Merandy Gonzalez retired both batters faced, leaving two inherited runners aboard.

The tally allowed by Seth Elledge (W, 2-2) (BS,3) in the eighth re-tied the game at six all, putting the 22-year-old in line for the win after the Redbirds scored two runs, one earned, in the home half of the ninth, with the final run scoring on Irving Lopez’ single.  John Fasola worked around a two-out single for his second save.

Monday’s game:  at Frisco (18-12) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Williams Perez (2-1, 5.81)

Fort Myers 4 at Palm Beach 0   

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

An eighth inning double by Chase Pinder was all that stood between the Beach Birds and a Miracle no-hitter in their 4-0 home loss to Fort Myers (20-10) (MIN).  The four-game losing skid by Palm Beach (17-12) includes a three-game sweep by the first-place Miracle.

The Beach Birds managed just two base runners – Pinder’s double plus a walk by Rayder Ascanio.  Ascanio committed a fielding error at third, resulting in two unearned tallies.

Perry DellaValle took the tough loss, his second in three decisions, permitting three runs, one earned, on seven hits in 6 2/3.  He did not issue a free pass and struck out five.

Ramon Santos recorded six outs while yielding a tally on four hits and two walks.  Bryan Dobzanski retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners on.

Monday’s game:  at Daytona (14-15) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (league debut)

Peoria 11 vs. Bowling Green 3       

Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño’s grand slam launched Peoria (13-14) past Bowling Green (17-13) (TB), 11-3, in the rubber game of the three-game series at Dozer Park.

The long ball capped a five-run first that drove the Hot Rods’ starter from the game before he recorded an out. The bomb was the first of Cedeño’s three hits in five at bats and one of three Peoria home runs on the night.  Brendan Donovan also went yard with a three-run eighth-inning blast.  Donovan added a single to his home run in four at bats, touching home twice with three RBI.

The final Peoria player to go long was right fielder Wadye Infante, who went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored due to his solo shot.  Defensively, Infante was credited with an outfield assist at home.

The offense masked a rather unusual mound effort in which five Chiefs hurlers combined for 10 free passes issued against just three hits allowed.  Starter Jacob Schlesinger was the main culprit, walking seven and plunking two in 2 2/3 innings.  The right-hander escaped with only one run charged to him, on a hit-by-pitch.

Franyel Casadilla (W, 1-0) limited the damage to Schlesinger by stranding the bases full in the third.  Casadilla retired all four batters faced.

But the pitching highlight for the 2,500 plus attendees was likely an appearance by Carlos Martinez who began his rehab.  Martinez tossed a one-two-three fifth, recording three infield groundball outs on six pitches, five strikes.

Freddy Pacheco struck out four in two frames but gave up two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Fabian Blanco maneuvered around a hit and two walks during his two-inning stint.

Monday’s game:  at West Michigan (13-15) (DET), 6:05 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (1-1, 4.35)

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