Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 8, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Tuesday with Springfield and Peoria each putting one in the win column. Memphis fell despite starter Anthony Shew’s fine mound effort and Palm Beach lost a close road decision as bullpens faltered.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 7th.

Iowa 6 at Memphis 5   

Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The second-place Redbirds’ big four-game home set versus the division-leading Cubs opened with a thud, a 6-5 defeat.  It was the third straight loss for Memphis (17-15) and Iowa’s eight consecutive victory as the Cubs have opened up a five-game division lead over the Redbirds.

Unable to hold a 4-0 lead through six innings, the Memphis bullpen wears the horns for the defeat.  Chasen Shreve began the skid, yielding two tallies on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz (L, 1-2) (BS, 2) recorded just one out, surrendering four runs on two walks, a hit batsman and a bases-clearing triple.

Cruz’ final runner scored via a sac bunt with Tommy Layne on the mound.  Layne walked one and hit another with two retired.  Ryan Meisinger struck out the side in the ninth, but the offense could not rally.

The bullpen’s results spoiled a truly stellar outing by Player of the Day Anthony Shew.  The 25-year old fanned eight over the initial six frames, holding Iowa scoreless on a hit and four walks.  55 of his 92 pitches went for strikes with five ground- and three fly-ball outs. Shew has yet to be scored upon through his first two Memphis starts.

Memphis’ 10 hits were spread among eight players.  Tyler O’Neill went 3-for-4 with a run scored, as the only Redbird with more than one hit.  Right fielder Adolis Garcia launched a grand slam that put his team up 4-0 after three and catcher Joe Hudson added a solo bomb in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Iowa (22-10) (CHC), 11:05 am CT, Austin Gomber (4-0, 2.97)

Springfield 9 at Frisco 2

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Dylan Carlson and Conner Capel led the S-Cards to a 9-2 victory at Frisco, as Springfield took three of four from the RoughRiders (18-14) (TEX).  Despite their first road series win of the season, the Cards (12-20) remain mired in last place in the North Division, 8 ½ games behind Arkansas (SEA).

Carlson and Capel garnered three hits each in five at bats with two runs scored with one of Capel’s hits a three-run knock comprising three of his four driven in.  Carlson added his fifth stolen base of the season.  Three of their teammates had one hit each.

Evan Kruczynski built upon his previously season-best May 2nd start with his first quality performance of 2019.  The lefty limited the South Division leaders to two runs on five hits and a walk in six frames, earning his first win in four decisions.  Kruczynski fanned five with 58 of his 92 pitches going for strikes.  Junior Gonzalez struck out three over the next two innings before Merandy Gonzalez tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 4    

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Beach Birds dropped the second game of three at Daytona, 4-3, evening the road series at one game apiece.  Third-place Palm Beach (18-13) trails Fort Myers (MIN) by 3 ½ games in the South Division.

Angel Rondon tossed a strong effort, limiting the Tortugas to two runs on six hits and two walks over six innings.  The righty plunked one batter.

Rondon departed with the game knotted at 2-2, but Mitchel Osnowitz (L, 0-1) was not impressive in his 2019 debut.  Osnowitz permitted two runs, one earned, on three hits and a free pass in his only inning of work.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed a clean eighth.

Palm Beach’s offense centered around catcher Julio Rodriguez, who went 3-for 4 with a two-run home run from the clean-up spot.  The long ball was Rodriguez’ fourth of the season.  The only other PB-Card with more than one of the team’s nine hits was Luken Baker, who singled twice in five at bats and scored when Rodriguez went yard.  Defensively, Rodriguez committed a throwing error and second baseman Nick Dunn bobbled a fielding opportunity.

Wednesday’s game:  at Daytona (15-16) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (1-5, 4.33)

Peoria 9 at West Michigan 6       

Edwin Figuera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs rallied past the Whitecaps, 9-6, evening the road series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Peoria (14-15) is in fifth place in the Western Division, 5 ½ games in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

A day after almost being no hit by West Michigan, the visitors’ offense banged out nine runs on 11 hits, including a six tallies over the final four innings that flipped a 6-3 deficit into the final margin of victory.  Delvin Perez and Edwin Figuera led the way. Both went 3-for-5 with Perez crossing home twice and Figuera once, and the latter drove in three.

The only Peoria players to get an extra-base hit were Nolan Gorman and Brady Whalen.  Gorman doubled once in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored while Whalen went 1-for-2 with a double, run scored and two RBI’s.  Both players reached once via a hit-by-pitch. Lars Nootbaar singled, walked and plated three.

On the mound it was a relatively short night for Cole Aker, who could not finish the fourth.  The Tennessee native yielded five runs on five hits and four base-on-balls in just 3 1/3.

Michael Brettell’s fourth appearance since being activated was a dandy.  The 21-year-old retired the fourth’s final two batters, stranding the bases full of Aker’s runners before holding the Whitecaps to a single score on two hits and a walk over three more frames.  Thomas St. Clair worked around two walks for two clean innings, picking up his first save of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  at West Michigan (14-16) (DET), 10:00 am CT, Diego Cordero (2-1, 1.15)

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