Cardinals Minor League Notebook Postseason Edition – September 10, 2018

photo: Jake Dahlberg (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Behind Player of the Day Jake Dahlberg’s eight scoreless innings Sunday, Peoria advances into the Midwest League finals. Memphis will play in its second consecutive Pacific Coast League championship series.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, September 9.

Memphis Redbirds 4, Oklahoma City Dodgers 3 (10 innings)

Giovanni Gallegos (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

From an unlikely contributor, the Redbirds got a timely hit in the bottom of the 10th inning to defeat the Dodgers by a 4-3 final score. With the victory, the Redbirds eliminated the Dodgers and advance to the Pacific Coast League Finals.

After he recorded the final out of the top of the 10th inning, Redbirds reliever Giovanny Gallegos had to hit for himself in the bottom of the frame. Following an intentional walk to load the bases, Gallegos delivered a two-out single to score first baseman Alex Mejia and end the game. Mejia was 3-for-5 and drove in one of the Redbirds’ four runs. Second baseman Tommy Edman, third baseman Max Schrock, and catcher Andrew Knizner each doubled. Edman had a key sacrifice fly in the seventh to extend the game into extra innings.

MLB rehabber Mike Mayers started with a scoreless inning, and Jake Woodford followed with four innings, with a solo homer in the second inning his only blemish. Tommy Layne pitched two scoreless frames. Conner Greene worked the eighth and ninth innings and recorded the first two outs of the 10th inning before Gallegos got the final batter. Greene and Gallegos each surrendered a run in the 10th, but as we know, the Dodgers’ lead did not hold. Gallegos was credited with his second win of the series.

Next game: TBA at Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday.

Peoria Chiefs 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

Jake Dahlberg (Peoria Chiefs)

With very strong pitching and one big inning, the Chiefs defeated the Kernels by a 5-0 score on Sunday. The win finished off a sweep of the Kernels, and Peoria has advanced to the Midwest League Championship Series.

Chiefs starter Jake Dahlberg is our Player of the Day. Across eight shutout innings, Dahlberg limited the Kernels to just four hits and one walk with nine punchouts. Dahlberg earned the win after C.J. Saylor and Patrick Dayton worked the top of the ninth inning with ease.

Four singles, a walk, a hit batter, and wild pitch equated to the Chiefs’ five-run frame in the third inning. First baseman Zach Kirtley came up with a two-run single to get the scoring started, and second baseman Nick Dunn and third baseman Nolan Gorman each followed with a run batted in. The Chiefs combined to go 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Next game: TBA vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods, 6:30 PM Central time on Wednesday.

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