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Daily Farm Report: Checking Out Monday’s Action

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Recapping Monday’s performances down on the farm

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Boston Red Sox Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The minor league affiliates split the card on Monday, but put up a number of impressive individual performances.

Memphis Redbirds 2 at Round Rock Express 4

Daniel Poncedeleon (SP): 5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 5 Ks

Max Schrock (2B): 3-4, RBI

Carson Kelly (C): 1-3, HR, RBI, BB, R

Ramon Urjas (DH): 1-2, 2B, R, 2 BB

The Redbirds bid for an undefeated season stalled against the Rangers affiliate. Sigh. Daniel Poncedeleon turned in an effective, if slightly walk heavy, 5 inning start. Memphis plated the first run of the game on a Carson Kelly solo homer to deep right in the second inning.

Sean Gilmartin took over for Poncedeleon in the 6th, only to give up 4 runs through a Cameron Rupp sac fly and Hanser Alberto three-run shot. Max Schrock was able to drive in Ramon Urias with an opposite field single in the 7th, but the 4-2 deficit proved too much. Schrock continues to swing a hot bat to start the season, improving his slash line to .474/.524/.632.

Springfield Cardinals 4 at Frisco Rough Riders 3

Connor Jones (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 BB, 2 K

Chris Ellis (RP): 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Tommy Edman (3B): 2-3, RBI, R

Lane Thomas (CF): 2-4, 2B, RBI

Andrew Knizner (C): 1-3, RBI, BB

2016 second-rounder Connor Jones turned in a very Connor Jones start, striking out only two but generating a healthy amount of ground balls with his heavy sinker. The defense behind Jones was shaky early, as Edmundo Sosa and Tommy Edman both committed errors in the second.

Sosa and Edman made up for the errors by lifting a pair sac flies to right field. Lane Thomas tied the game in the fifth with double to left-center field. Andrew Knizner was able put the Cardinals on top, plating Sosa on a chopper to short.

Landon Beck relieved Jones in the sixth. Beck allowed no runs over two innings while striking out four and allowing one hit. Chris Ellis, part of the return for Jaime Garcia, slammed the door with a multi-inning save.

Dunedin Blue Jays 1 at Palm Beach Cardinals 9

Ian Oxnevad (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 5 Ks

Luke Gregerson (RP): 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 Ks

Kramer Robertson (SS): 4-5, HR, RBI, 3 R

Evan Mendoza (3B): 3-5, RBI

J.B. Woodman (LF): 1-4, HR, RBI, R

Palm Beach pulled themselves above .500 on Monday, racking up nine runs in the hitter unfriendly Florida State League. Ian Oxnevad cruised through five innings, allowing only one run while striking out five and walking none.

The offense was powered by a trio of early home runs from Kramer Robertson, J.B. Woodman and Andy Young. Robertson was locked in all day, going 4-5. Evan Mendoza went 3-5 and plated a run, while also committing an uncharacteristic throwing error in the third.

Johan Mieses, the toolsy but raw return for Breyvic Valera, went 1-4 with 2 RBI. Mieses is slashing .333/.318/.714 through the first five games.

Cedar Rapids Kernels 3 at Peoria Chiefs 1

Evan Guillory (SP): 5.2 IP, 9 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 7 Ks

Yariel Gonzalez (3B): 2-4, 2B, RBI

Elehuris Montero (DH): 2-4

Jonatan Machado (CF): 2-5

The Chiefs put up nine hits on Monday, but were only able to translate the success into one run. The offensive support wasn't enough to back up starter Evan Guillory, who turned in a solid 5.2 innings start.

Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez put the Chiefs ahead in the fifth by driving in shortstop Taylor Bryant. Left fielder Bryce Denton picked up an outfield assist by gunning down Kernels outfielder Shane Carrier at second. Elehuris Montero went 2-4 and has tallied a hit in every game so far this season. The 19-year old Montero, in his first taste of baseball outside of the complex leagues, is slashing .385/.385/.462.

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Tuesday’s Probables

MEM: John Gant

SPR: Jake Woodford

PMB: TBD

PEO: Alvaro Seijas