Monday’s minor league slate did not include the full roster of Cardinal’s affiliates, as Peoria had a day off and Palm Beach had their game postponed. Memphis, Springfield, and the DSL Blue squad all got the job done on the road. State College dropped their contest at home to Mahooning Valley. Johnson City will open the season tonight against Bluefield.
Memphis Redbirds 5 at El Paso Chihuahuas 2
Dakota Hudson (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 1-4, 2B, RBI, R
Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-4, HR, 2 RBI, R
Memphis opened the game hot by putting up a five-spot in the top of the first. A Patrick Wisdom RBI double, Alex Mejia RBI single and a Carson Kelly sac fly plated the firs three. Outfielder Adolis Garcia closed out the inning with a two out, two-run homer. The long ball was Garcia’s eighth of the season.
Dakota Hudson built on his recent hot streak with six innings of one-run ball. Over his last three starts, Hudson has allowed only one run across 20 innings while recording 14 K’s. His 2.13 ERA now leads the entire Pacific Coast League. While Hudson isn’t exactly striking out the world, his 6.97 K/9 is still an improvement over last season. His stuff remains very hard to square up, and his groundball rate has hovered north of 58% for most of the season. It’s possible we could see him in St. Louis by the end of the season.
The win moves Memphis to 43-28 on the year. They finish a three-game series against El Paso tonight at 8:05 CST.
Springfield Cardinals 3 at Tulsa Drillers 2
Anthony Shew (SP): 6.2 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 5 K’s
Edmundo Sosa (SS): 1-4, 2B, R
Evan Mendoza (3B): 1-4, RBI
Victor Roache (LF): 1-4, RBI
Springfield opened the game with an Evan Mendoza RBI single to left that scored Edmundo Sosa. The Cardinals bats would go quiet until the 7th inning. Meanwhile, Tulsa tagged starter Anthony Shew for a run a piece in the bottom of the third and bottom of the fourth. Tulsa first struck with a Errol Robinson RBI single in the third, followed in the next frame by a Yusniel Diaz RBI double. The Springfield bullpen would hold the Drillers scoreless through the rest of the game.
The Springfield offense as a whole was relatively quiet on Monday. The team tallied only six hits, with Edmundo Sosa’s double being the only extra base hit. Sosa continues a strong bounce back campaign after a rough year at the plate in 2017. As of now, Sosa is slashing .289/.322/.447 across 246 AB’s this year. For reference, the 22-year old shortstop hit .285/.329/.347 at Palm Beach in an injury marred 2017 season.
The win moves Springfield to 33-37 on the season. They play Tulsa again tonight at 7:05 CST.
Mahooning Valley Scrappers 4 at State College Spikes 1
Jim Voyles (SP): 4.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Delvin Perez (SS): 1-3, BB, R
Wadye Ynfante (CF): 1-2
Michael Baird (RP): 2 IP, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K’s
State College struggled to get things going against Mahooning Valley on Monday. The Scrappers held the Spikes scoreless through eight frames, until State College made some noise in the bottom of the ninth. Shortstop Delvin Perez got the ninth inning going with a single, before coming around to score on an error. Justin Toerner singled in the inning, and a subsequent Brendon Donovan walk put two runners on with one out. Mahooning Valley retired the next two State College batters to end the threat and pick up the win.
The win puts State College at 2-2 to start the season. There isn’t much to read into yet, obviously, but this is a team that should be particularly interesting to watch. There’s plenty of potential up the middle with Delvin Perez on the dirt and Wade Ynfante patrolling centerfield. On the corners, Brady Whalen has seen time at first and third so far while Walker Robbins has manned first and left field. Whalen’s bat showed signs of life last season, so hopefully the 20-year old can build on the success at State College.
DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Rockies 1
Inohan Paniagua (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 4 K’s
Diomedes Del Rio (DH): 1-3, 3B, BB, 2 R
Freddy De Jesus (1B): 1-4, 2B, RBI
Darlyn Del Villar (SS): 1-2, 2 BB, R
Yowelfy Rosario (3B): 1-4, 2B, RBI
MEM: Kevin Hergret
PMB (GM 1): Sam Tewes
PMB (GM 2): TBD
SC: Jake Dahlberg
DSL Blue: TBD