Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 7, 2018

photo: Johnny Rodriguez and Victor Roache (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a 1-2 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, late home runs from Victor Roache and Ramon Urias powered Springfield to a comeback win. Memphis and Peoria took losses and Palm Beach was rained out.

Recaps from games played on Sunday, May 6:

Nashville Sounds 8, Memphis Redbirds 2

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Sounds’ offense was clicking on Sunday, leading to Nashville’s 8-2 victory over visiting Memphis. The Redbirds have lost four consecutive games.

Kevin Herget started and turned in five innings, surrendering five runs, though he fanned a season-high eight batters. Charged with the loss, Herget dropped to 1-3 on the year. Andrew Morales followed with two perfect innings with five strikeouts before John Brebbia allowed three runs on two homers in the eighth inning.

The Redbirds matched the Sounds with nine hits, however Memphis managed just one hit in eight at-bats with runners in scoring position, and that resulted in a count of eight stranded runners. Center fielder Adolis Garcia doubled twice and scored, and right fielder Tyler O’Neill added a solo home run in the third inning. It was O’Neill’s eighth home run this year and the second in this current series against the Sounds.

Monday’s game: Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2, 2.39) at Nashville Sounds, 12:05 PM Central time.

Springfield Cardinals 8, Tulsa Drillers 6

Victor Roache (Biloxi Shuckers)

A pair of timely home runs late powered Springfield to an 8-6 comeback victory over the Drillers, the Cards’ third win in a row.

Cardinals third baseman Ramon Urias highlighted a four-run sixth with a three-run long ball, his second homer of the season. With the score knotted at six runs apiece, Springfield outfielder Victor Roache launched his 10th home run of the year, a two-run shot that put the Cardinals ahead. Roache, our Player of the Day, has homered in each game of Springfield’s winning streak and six times since April 30.

Starter Connor Greene allowed two runs in 3 2/3 innings, but got in to trouble with seven walks. Ramon Santos recorded four outs in relief and surrendered three runs, and Yeison Medina allowed a solo home run in his lone frame of work. Hector Mendoza secured his first win of the year with three scoreless frames, complemented by six punchouts.

Monday’s game: Adam Wainwright (MLB rehab) vs. Tulsa Drillers, 11:10 AM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals cancelled

Sunday’s game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and St. Lucie Mets was cancelled due to rain. As this was the last matchup between the two clubs in the first half, the game will not be rescheduled.

Casey Meisner (0-1, 4.00) will start on Monday when the Cardinals host the Jupiter Hammerheads at 5:30 PM Central time.

South Bend Cubs 5 at Peoria Chiefs 4

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

With five runs in the third inning, the Cubs took Sunday’s series finale in Peoria by a 5-4 final score.

South Bend manufactured their crooked-number frame against Chiefs starter Jake Walsh, who ultimately logged seven innings on Sunday. Walsh surrendered five hits – including a three-run homer – in the third inning but was otherwise solid. Walsh struck out five batters and walked two, throwing 92 pitches. The right-hander’s record evened at 1-1 with the loss.

Second baseman Irving Lopez again led Peoria’s offensive effort with a 2-for-5 day, featuring a two-run homer and a total of three runs batted in. Designated hitter Juan Yepez had a base hit and scored a run, and first baseman Yariel Gonzalez was 2-for-4 with a double. The Chiefs combined to outhit the Cubs, 10-6, nonetheless Peoria was just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven.

Monday’s game: Johan Oviedo (1-2, 6.45) at Bowling Green Hot Rods, 6:35 PM Central time.

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