Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 7, 2019

photo: Williams Perez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Monday night, with Player of the Day Williams Perez twirling six one-hit innings en route to Springfield’s blanking of Frisco. Memphis’ bullpen stumbled, Peoria was shut out and Palm Beach outlasted Daytona in a rare Florida State League slugfest.

Results for games played Monday, May 6th.

Nashville 6, Memphis 5

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis slipped to 17-14 to conclude a long 8-5 road trip as the bullpen lost a seesaw battle to the Nashville Sounds by a 6-5 margin. The Redbirds trailed early before taking the lead in the fourth inning, and extending it to three runs in the top of the seventh. Then in the home half, MLB journeyman Matt Davidson hit his 12th longball of the young season, reaching reliever and losing pitcher Jesus Cruz for his first runs since being promoted to Triple-A more than three weeks ago.

Daniel Ponce de Leon started and battled through five yeoman innings, yielding just one earned run on four singles, four walks, a hit batsman, and a wild pitch. He fanned half a dozen but required 111 pitches to finish the fifth. Chris Beck had the only spotless night for Redbirds hurlers, with one shutout frame.

Hot-hitting Lane Thomas reached base three times with a single, double, and hit by pitch, raising his season average to .324 and OPS to .918.  The center fielder is batting .417 over his last ten games, with five doubles, a triple, and a tater.  Tyler O’Neill homered for the third time in three games since being returned to Triple-A, but fanned with the potential tying run on second base to end the game.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Iowa, Anthony Shew (1-0, 0.00) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 5 at Frisco 0

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield raised its record to 11-20 behind six scoreless innings from veteran righty and Player of the Day Williams Perez, skunking the Roughriders 5-0.  Reliever Ronnie Williams (2019 AA debut) fanned two but surrendered a pair of singles in a scoreless stanza, while Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley each delivered a 1-2-3 inning out of the pen.

Catcher Brian O’Keefe provided both offense and defense for the S-Cards, bashing two doubles and gunning down the only would-be base stealer. Shortstop Kramer Robertson had highs and lows, homering for the six time but committing his fourth error and getting thrown out trying to steal. Left fielder Justin Williams made his season debut a fine one, singling twice and drawing a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Frisco, Evan Kruczynski (0-3, 8.89) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 13 at Daytona 10

Justin Toerner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (18-12) raced to a 10-run lead after 4 1/2 innings but struggled to make it stand up, finally defeating the Tortugas by a 13-10 final. Justin Toerner lifted his average to .370, going 3-for-6 with four runs scored. Designated hitter Zach Kirtley doubled and homered, and catcher Julio Rodriguez (.338) launched his third longball of the season, as the Beach Birds scored multiple runs in each of the first five innings.

Tommy Parsons (High-A debut) started and was roughed up for eight runs, five earned, on a dozen hits in just four-plus innings pitched. Winning pitcher Zach Prendergast entered with a man on base and immediately allowed a homer, before calming the waters with three solid innings. (Prendergast should probably be brought in at the beginning of innings only.  The righty has now faced 95 leadoff hitters in 2018/19 combined, and held them to a .163 average [15-for-92] with one walk, two hit batters, and 30 strikeouts.)

Tuesday’s game: at Daytona, Angel Rondon (3-1, 2.03) 6:05 CT.

West Michigan 2, Peoria 0

Evan Sisk (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria was whitewashed by the Whitecaps 2-0, as they scraped together just two singles, two walks, and a Wadye Ynfante double to extend his hitting streak to 10 games. Lars Nootbaar walked and singled, raising his OPS to an even .800, and making him Monday’s sole Chief to reach safely twice. Nolan Gorman’s slump continued, as the 18-year-old went hitless in four trips with a strikeout.

Righty starter Kyle Leahy gave Peoria (now 13-15) six stanzas of four-hit baseball, but yielded the game’s only tallies on a two-run homer by Ulrich Bojarski. Lefty reliever Evan Sisk continued his dominant 2019 campaign, fanning three over two hitless innings and lowering his ERA to 1.17.

Tuesday’s game: at West Michigan, Cole Aker (0-2, 6.86), 6:05 CT.

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