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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 10-16

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Game Recaps

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13 – All-Star break

The 88th annual MLB All-Star Game was played on Tuesday, July 11.  The American League won by the score of 2-1 in 10 innings.

The Cardinals sent two players to the Summer Classic, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Both distinguished themselves in the game.

Martinez pitched the third and fourth inning for the NL team.  He was the only NL pitcher to pitch more than one inning.  Martinez allowed only one hit, struck out four and walked one.  Martinez was the first Cardinal pitcher to strike out four in an All-Star Game since Dizzy Dean did it in 1934.

Molina was responsible for the sole NL run, a  solo home in the sixth inning against Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.  Molina also drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and was the potential winning run at third left stranded when the Mets’ Michael Conforto struck out.

The Cardinals catcher was also involved in a colorful incident in the game, when Nelson Cruz came to bat in the sixth inning and asked Molina to take a picture of Cruz posing with home plate umpire Joe West.  Molina complied.  In June, West had become the third umpire to be in 5,000 games, and this apparently motivated Cruz to want to pose for a picture with him.

Molina also garnered attention by wearing a shiny gold mask and breast protector behind the plate, leading him to be compared to C-3PO of Star Wars fame.  Several members of the media dubbed Molina the unofficial MVP of the All-Star Game, despite the NL’s loss.

Friday, July 14 – Cardinals 2 at Pirates 5

The Cardinals took the lead early, but lost late in walk off fashion in Pittsburgh.  Starter Mike Leake tossed five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander walked five, uncharacteristic for Leake and struck out three.  Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, and Trevor Rosenthal each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, and gave up a three-run walk off home run to Josh Bell.  Oh took the loss, his fifth.

The Cardinals offense scored in the first inning on a two-run home run by Jedd Gyorko.  The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Tommy Pham, who was 2-for-4.    Pham also stole his 12th base of the season.

Yadier Molina picked Gregory Polanco off third base.  It was the second time Molina caught a runner napping at third base this season.

Saturday, July 15 – Cardinals 4 at Pirates 0

The Cardinals shut out the Pirates in the second game of the three game series.  The top of the lineup did most of the damage offensively.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4 with an RBI, on a single in the fifth.  Tommy Pham was 3-for-4 and drove in a run on a fifth inning double.    Cleanup hitter Jedd Gyorko plated the first St. Louis run on a single in the fourth.  Starting pitcher Lance Lynn, now batting left handed, drove in the other Cardinals run, also on a fifth inning double.

Lynn pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits while fanning three and walking none, to earn his eighth win of the season.  Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal, and Tyler Lyons combined for the remaining 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Carpenter stole his second base of the season and also committed his ninth defensive error of the season, a throwing error.

Sunday, July 16 – Cardinals 3 at Pirates 4

The Cardinals lost the rubber game of the road series, again in a walk off.  Magneuris Sierra, just called up again to replace the injured Stephen Piscotty, had a 4-for-4 game with a stolen base.  Matt Carpenter, who was 2-for-5, hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to plate the first Redbirds run.  Carlos Martinez, helping himself at the plate, drove in a run on a sixth inning line drive single.  Yadier Molina put the Cardinals ahead in the eighth with a solo home run.  Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong were both 2-for-4.

Starter Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth.  Brett Cecil gave up the walk off Pirates run in the ninth and took the loss, his third.

Big Picture

The Cardinals have played three games since the All-Star break and went 1-2, with both losses being walkoffs. It is too small of a sample size to conclude that the bullpen is backsliding, but the next week or so of games will tell.

The Cardinals play the Mets in the next series.  The Cardinals won two of three from the Mets before the break, but the New York team has home field advantage in this series.  Following the Mets, the Cardinals play the Cubs in Wrigley.  This series should be informative of how the Cardinals might perform in the second half.

The Cardinals are now in third place in the NL Central, 6.5 games back of the Brewers, and 2 games back of the Cubs.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 52 42 0.553
Chicago Cubs 46 45 0.505 4.5
St. Louis 44 47 0.484 6.5
Pittsburgh 44 48 0.478 7
Cincinnati 39 52 0.490 11.5

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Tommy Pham (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Tommy Pham is batting .727 with an OPS of 1.909.  He has 1 HR, 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.

Matt Carpenter is batting .364 with an OPS of .871.  He has 1 double and 1 RBI.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00

 

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Stephen Piscotty is batting .000 with an OPS of .125.

Yadier Molina is batting .182 with an OPS of .364.

Dexter Fowler is batting .167 with an OPS of .333.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 81.00 and a WHIP of 9.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 3 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Dexter Fowler.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Stephen Piscotty for two games and Luke Voit for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Luke Voit for one game, Kolten Wong for one game, and Paul DeJong for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been DeJong for two games, and Jose Martinez for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Cardinals are rumored to be one of three favorites to trade for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Martinez is a free agent at the end of the season, so he would only be a rental for the Cardinals unless a contract extension could be negotiated.

Transactions

7/10 The Cardinals activated 2B Kolten Wong from the 10 day disabled list.

7/10 The Cardinals optioned SS Alex Mejia to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/10 The Cardinals optioned RHP Luke Weaver to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/10 The Cardinals traded OF Todd Cunningham to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

7/13 The Cardinals activated LHP Kevin Siegrist from the 10 day disabled list.

7/14 The Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 10 day disabled list.

7/14 The Cardinals recalled OF Jose Martinez from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/15 The Cardinals placed OF Stephen Piscotty on the 10 day disabled list.

7/15 The Cardinals recalled OF Magneuris Sierra from the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

OF Randal Grichuk went on the 10 day disabled list with a lower back strain retroactive to July 10.  It is expected that Grichuk will return to the roster when he is first eligible, which would be on July 20.

OF Stephen Piscotty suffered a right groin strain in Pittsburgh on Friday.  He was placed on the 10 day DL the next day.  No timetable for Piscotty’s return has been announced, though the injury is not thought to be serious.

LHP Zach Duke continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery.  Duke was assigned to Memphis for his latest rehab assignment on July 7.  Duke’s expected return is perhaps by the end of July.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals travel to New York to take on the Mets in a four game series beginning Monday.  Adam Wainwright will make the Monday start.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make the start on Tuesday followed by Mike Leake and Lance Lynn.

Following the Mets, the Cardinals take on the Cubs in a weekend set in Chicago.  The Cardinals then travel back to St. Louis to begin a three game series at home against the Rockies on Monday, July 27.

The Diamondbacks come to St. Louis on Thursday for a four game series at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals have an off day on the Monday following that series, then travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a three game series.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Carlos Martinez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The All-Star Game was played this past week, on Tuesday, July 11 in Miami.  The Cardinals had two representatives there, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Last week, before the game was played, I wrote about the history of the All-Star Game and the Cardinals participation in it.  Now that the game has passed, I want to focus on the All-Star Game again with respect to the performance of one of its representatives, Carlos Martinez.

Martinez was the third pitcher to pitch for the NL in the game, and the only NL pitcher to pitch multiple innings.  Martinez pitched innings three and four.  In addition to being the only pitcher to pitch more than one inning, he also had a distinction specific only to the Cardinals.  That distinction is that he is the first Cardinal pitcher to strike out four hitters in the All-Star Game since Dizzy Dean did it in the 1934 All-Star Game.  The only difference is that Dean struck out four hitters in three innings, as opposed to Martinez’ two innings.

Dizzy Dean

Dizzy Dean played the first seven years of his big league career with St. Louis.  During those seven seasons, Dean led the league in multiple categories several times over, including wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts.  He was the last National League pitcher to win 30 games in a season.  Dean was a four time All Star with the Cardinals and was voted MVP in 1934.

Dean was the ace pitcher of the famous “Gas House Gang” of the 1930s.  His brother Paul was also on the team.  Dizzy was traded to the Cubs in 1938 where he played for four seasons.  Dean made a brief comeback with the St. Louis Browns in 1946, but pitched only four innings.

Dizzy Dean was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.  He spent much of his post playing career as a broadcaster, leaving that career in the late 1960s.    Dean died on July 17, 1974 of a heart attack in Reno, Nevada.

Carlos Martinez has much left to do in his career to approach what Dean accomplished, yet being compared to Dean for this singular factoid is a complement indeed.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/16/17

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Results for games played Saturday, July 15.

Memphis 9, Round Rock 1

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The Redbirds scored early and often to take a commanding win over Round Rock on Saturday, their fifth in a row.  Carson Kelly’s two run home run in the first inning started the scoring.  Singles by Alex Mejia and Aledmys Diaz in the second plated two more.  In the third, Harrison Bader doubled in a run, and Breyvic Valera singled to score two.  Patrick Wisdom blasted a two run home run in the seventh.

Diaz was 2-for-3.  Kelly was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Bader and Mejia were each 2-for-4.  Wisdom was 2-for-3 with two run scored.

On the base paths, Diaz stole his first base for Memphis in two attempts.  Bader swiped his seventh bag in 13 attempts.

Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The righty fanned six and walked none.  Trey Nielsen tossed a scoreless sixth.  Zach Duke, Josh Zeid and Miguel Socolobvich each pitched a scoreless inning.  Weaver earned his eighth win.

The Redbirds are 59-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 16 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Jack Flaherty (1-1, 4.11) 2:05 CT.

 

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 1

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

A rally in the final three innings put Springfield in the win column against Arkansas on Saturday.  The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but added six runs over the last three innings.  In the seventh, a Jacob Wilson RBI single put them on the board.  In the eighth, Oscar Mercado, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, led off with a double. Bruce Caldwell followed with a single to score Mercado. Caldwell repeated in the ninth with another RBI single to plate Mercado.  Caldwell went 3-for-5. Gabriel Lino drove in two on an eighth inning ground rule double and was 2-for-4.  Mercado doubled in a run in the ninth.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4.

Starter Austin Gomber pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits while fanning six and walking one.  Tyler Bray pitched two scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  The win was Bray’s fourth.  Corey Littrell added a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 28th base in 39 attempts.  Darren Seferina was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts for Springfield.

The Cardinals are 48-44 overall, and 13-9 in the second half, to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.04) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 1

Jose Godoy

The visiting Cardinals took the lead in the second inning and never looked back, as they defeated Lakeland on Saturday.  After giving up one run in the first inning, starter Junior Fernandez went on to pitch five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking four.  Fernandez earned his fifth win of the season.  Ian McKinney added two run-free innings of relief.  Hector Mendoza pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jose Godoy hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Chris Chinea was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Leobaldo Pina doubled in a run in the second inning.  A second run scored in the second inning on a Luke Dykstra groundout.  Shane Billings was 2-for-5,

The Cardinals are 51-38 overall and 11-11 in the second half.  They are 5.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Lakeland, Ryan Helsley (7-2, 2.79) 12:00 p.m. CT.

 

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 3

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs topped the TinCaps in a close one on Saturday night.  Ryan McCarvel got the Chiefs on the board in the second inning with a leadoff solo home run.  McCarvel followed that up with a two run double in the third for a 2-for-4, three RBI night.  Nick Plummer hit a RBI single in the fourth and went 2-for-3.

Starting pitcher Mike O’Reilly gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings pitched.  The right hander struck out 10 and walked one to earn his ninth win of the season.  Max Almonte and Eric Carter pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.  Carter got the save, his ninth.

On the base paths, Plummer stole his fifth base of the season in 10 attempts.  In the field, Carter was charged with a missed catch error.

The Chiefs are 44-48 overall on the season, 14-9 in the second half, to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, Anthony Shew (0-0, 0.00) 2:00 CT.

 

State College 12 at Brooklyn 1

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Spikes clobbered the Cyclones on Saturday night, behind excellent pitching by the Spikes’ pitching staff.  Starter Andrew Summerville pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first professional win.  Summerville allowed four hits, struck out two and walked two.  Levi MaVorhis tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Robert Calvano pitched the ninth and allowed one run on three hits.

The State College offense scored 12 runs on 12 hits.  Yariel Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-3 with one run driven in and three runs scored.  Ricardo Bautista plated two, and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Also driving in runs were Scott Hurst, pinch hitter Joe Gomez, Caleb Lopes, and J.D. Crowe.

On the base paths, Lopes was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts.  In the field, Edwin Figuera made a throwing error, Gomez had a passed ball, and Bautista had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 15-10 on the season and are tied for first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Brooklyn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 5.40) 3:00 CT.

 

Johnson City 12 at Kingsport 13

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a slugfest in Kingsport, the Cardinals came out on the short end.  Johnson City put five runs on the board in the first, with Luis Bandes contributing a three run home run.  Bandes hit a solo shot in the fifth for his fourth RBI of the game, on the way to a 3-for-5 performance.  Two more runs in the first came home on a fielding error and a Walker Robbins double.  Whalen drove in two runs on a fifth inning single and an eighth inning sac fly.  Robbins was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Also contributing with the bat was Irving Lopez (2-for-5 with one run driven in), Wadye Infante (2-for-6), and Carlos Rodriguez (2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored).

Starter Franyel Casadilla went four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits.  Will Changarotty followed with three innings of relief, surrendering three runs on four hits.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing four more runs and was charged with the blown save and the loss.

On the basepaths, Lopez stole his second base of the season in three attempts.  J.D. Murders was picked off first base.  In the field, Rodriguez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 9-14 on the season and are six games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Kingsport, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 4.61) 3:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Marlins 3 (Game 1 DH seven innings)

Robbie Coman (University of Virginia)

A pair of multi run innings helped the Cardinals to an opening victory over the Marlins.  In the second inning, four runs were plated on four singles, a double, and a throwing error.  Sanel Rosendo singled and stole second base.  Robbie Coman singled, followed by a single by Donivan Williams to bring in Rosendo.  Coman then scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Moises Castillo doubled to plate Williams.  A Delvin Perez single brought Castillo home on a single.

In the fifth inning, Carlos Soto and Elehuris Montero singled and Coman doubled to score both.  Coman was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Enrique Perez pitched the final three scoreless innings to earn his first win.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 4 (Game 2 DH seven innings)

Elehuris Montero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals squeaked by the Marlins to sweep the doubleheader.  The Cardinals fell behind in the top of the first inning, but came back in the bottom frame to tie.  Two runs scored in the third, followed by one run in the fifth and sixth to gain the edge despite a ninth innings rally by the Marlins.

Elehuris Montero hit a solo home run in the fifth, doubled in a run in the third, and earned a third RBI in the first when a run scored on a passed ball while he was at the plate.  Montero was 2-for-3.  Carlos Soto was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh.

Starting pitcher Kevin Hamann pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while fanning three and walking one.  Alex Fagalde tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win.  Kodi Whitley pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on four hits, but earned his first save.

The Cardinals are 9-8 on the season are 2.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.

 

DSL Cardinals – No game scheduled

Sunday’s game:  DSL All-Star Game at the Giants complex. Representing the Cardinals will be catcher Ivan Herrera and infielder Pablo Gomez.

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Memphis 2, Round Rock 1

The Redbirds topped Round Rock with runs in the eighth and ninth.  The eighth began with an Alex Mejia solo home run.  In the ninth, Rangel Ravelo, who went 2-for-4, led off with a double.  Harrison Bader pinch ran and scored on a Carson Kelly single.

In the field, Breyvic Valera had an outfield assist.

Memphis starter John Gant pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while fanning seven and walking one.  Mike Mayers pitched a scoreless seventh.  Kevin Herget tossed a scoreless eighth, and Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh win of the season.

Winners of 12 of their last 14, the Redbirds are 58-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 15.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Luke Weaver (7-1, 1.93) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 1

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals took control and kept it, defeating Arkansas on Friday night.  Starting pitcher Chris Ellis pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits while fanning six and walking three.  Ellis earned his second win of the season for Springfield.  Corey Littrell pitched a scoreless seventh, followed by Dailyn Martinez with a scoreless eighth.  Landon Beck gave up the only Travelers run in the ninth.

Darren Seferina got Springfield on the board in the third inning with a solo home run on his way to a 2-for-4 night.  Tommy Edman singled in a run in the fourth.  John Nagowski plated a run in the eighth on a sac fly, following a Bruce Caldwell single and a Randy Arozarena double.  Arozarena was 2-for-3.  Andrew Knizner was also 2-for-3 with an eighth inning RBI single.

Arozarena stole his second base for Springfield in three attempts.  Seferina picked off a runner at first base.

The Cardinals are 47-44 overall, and 12-9 in the second half to put them 1 game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Austin Gomber (4-6, 4.39) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 3 (10 innings)

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals fall to the Hammerheads in extra innings on Friday night.  Jupiter had a 2-0 lead into the ninth, but the Cardinals rallied to tie it up.  Consecutive singles by Jose Martinez, Blake Drake, and Shane Billings loaded the bases for Casey Turgeon, who singled to plate Martinez and Drake.  Turgeon was 3-for-5 in the game.  Leobaldo Pina was 2-for-4.

Starter Connor Jones gave up one run on six hits in the 6 1/3 innings pitched.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.  Jacob Evans followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Brennan Leitao surrendered one run on two hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.  Estarlin Arias gave up the winning run in the 10th and was charged with the loss, his first.

The Cardinals are 50-38 overall and 10-11 in the second half, which puts them 5.5 games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Lakeland, Junior Fernandez (4-3, 4.18) 5:00 CT.

Peoria 1, Lake County 6

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs were kept off the board until the ninth inning, and were defeated by Lake County on Friday night.  The lone Peoria run was drive in by Dylan Carlson on a double, and the outfielder was 3-for-4 in the game, all doubles.  Kramer Robertson and Stefan Troslcair were both 2-for-4.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Dewin Perez surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings in relief before Keaton Siomkin tossed a scoreless inning.  Yeison Medina relinquished three runs in the ninth.  Parra took the loss.

The Chiefs are 43-48 overall and 13-9 in the second half to put them 3 games back of first place in the Midwest League West in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, Mike O’Reilly (8-2, 1.56) 6:30 CT.

State College 4 at Brooklyn 3

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

The Spikes won a close one in Brooklyn on Friday night.  Starter Jonathon Mulford pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked three to earn his first win of the season.  Colton Thomson pitched the seventh and eighth and surrendered one unearned run. Noel Gonzalez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Joshua Lopez was the only Spike with multiple hits, going 2-for-5 with an RBI. Scott Hurst drove in the final run on a double in the ninth.  Stanley Espinal plated a run on a fifth inning groundout.

Espinal was caught stealing for the first time in his only attempt.  Second sacker Zach Kirtley committed a throwing error.

The Spikes are 14-10 and are one game back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Brooklyn, Andrew Summerville (0-0, 3.86) 5:00 CT.

Johnson City 8, Bristol 6

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals topped the Pirates on Friday night despite an eighth inning Bristol rally.  The Cardinals got on the board with two runs in the first, on a Julio Rodriguez groundout and an Alexis Wilson double.  Rodriguez was 3-for-5, with an RBI triple in the third for his second RBI.  J.D. Murders was 2-for-4, driving in a run on a single in the fifth.  Luis Bandes plated a run in the third inning on a single and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Brady Whalen hit a solo home run in the seventh.  Wadye Infante was 2-for-4 and stole his fifth and sixth bases of the season in seven attempts.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on one hit.  The right hander struck out five, but walked six.  Jake Walsh followed with one inning of relief, surrendering three runs on two hits, but was the winning pitcher.  Thomas St.Clair tossed 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits.  Jacob Patterson handled the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

The Cardinals are 9-13 and are 5.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Kingsport, Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 6.17) 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 6

Three runs in the first two innings were not enough for the Cardinals.  Jonathan Machado got them on the board with an RBI double in the first.  Machado also drove in a run in the seventh on a sac fly, making him 2-for-4.  Elehuris Montero also doubled in the first for the second Cardinal run.  Montero was 2-for-4 with two doubles.  Delvin Perez tripled in a run in the second inning, and stole his second base of the season with the GCL Cards in two attempts.

Starting pitcher Junior Gonzalez pitched six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits.  Arturo Reyes, rehabbing from injury, pitched a scoreless seventh.  Patrick Dayton started the eighth and surrendered three runs without recording an out and was replaced by Chris Hunt, who finished the innin without further damage.  Dayton was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals are 7-8 on the season and are 4.5 games back of first in the GCL East.

Saturday’s games:  vs. GCL Marlins, Angel Rondon (0-2, 3.38) 9:30 am CT (Game 1 DH); TBA (Game 2 DH following Game 1)

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Mets 7

The Cardinals were edged by the Mets on Friday morning.  The offense put four runs on the board in the first two innings, with right fielder William Jimenez leading the way.  Jimenez was 4-for-5 with two doubles and an RBI.  Ivan Herrera also drove in a run and was 2-for-3 with a double.  Diomedes Del Rio and Carlos Soler were 2-for-4.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched 4 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits while fanning three and walking none.  Roy Garcia pitched two innings of relief, surrendering an additional run.  Wilman Madera allowed two more runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched, and Dionis Zamora closed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Garcia took the loss.

The Cardinals are 14-21 on the season and are 11 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  Off.

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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 3-9

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Game Recaps

Monday, July 3 – Cardinals 14, Marlins 6

The Cardinals bats were hot in this first game of a four game series against the Marlins at Busch Stadium.  The offense put 14 runs on the board on 15 hits, five for extra bases.  St. Louis put four runs up in the first inning.  A Matt Carpenter single followed by a Tommy Pham triple plated the first run.  The next three came home on a Stephen Piscotty single, a Yadier Molina sac fly, and a Luke Voit groundout.

If that inning wasn’t big enough, the Cardinals scored seven more runs in the third.  Jedd Gyorko singled, Molina singled, and Voit doubled to scored Gyorko.  Adam Wainwright’s two run single plated Molina and Voit.  Carpenter’s sac fly brought in Paul DeJong, who had been intentionally walked.  Tommy Pham drew a walk, Piscotty singled and Gyorko took a free pass that scored Wainwright.  Molina then doubled, which brought Pham and Piscotty home.

Pham’s single in the seventh put another run on the board, and a two run home run by Voit in the eighth put the final touches on St. Louis’ scoring.

Starter Adam Wainwright did not fare as well on the mound, however.  The right hander pitched five innings and gave up all six Marlins’ runs on eight hits.  Wainwright did strike out eight and walked one, and still got the win, his ninth.  Luke Weaver, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman and Sam Tuivailala each pitched a scoreless inning.

Tuesday, July 4 – Cardinals 2, Marlins 5

In Game 2 of the series, the Cardinals bats cooled off.  Their only two runs came on a Greg Garcia two run home run in the fifth inning. The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Matt Carpenter, who was 2-for-4.  Carpenter made a throwing error, his sixth of the season.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.  In relief, Tyler Lyons surrendered an additional run.  John Brebbia, Trevor Rosenthal, and Seung-Hwan Oh each pitched a scoreless inning.

Wednesday, July 5 – Cardinals 6, Marlins 9

The long ball doomed the Cardinals, as the Marlins launched four home runs.  Starter Mike Leake served up three of the four, and was out of the game after 3 2/3 innings.  The right hander gave up eight runs total, but only three were earned due to fielding errors in the second inning by Matt Carpenter and Luke Voit.  John Brebbia got the last out of the fourth.  Luke Weaver followed with two scoreless innings.  Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil each tossed a scoreless frame.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, and gave up the fourth Marlins home run, a solo shot by Justin Bour.

The Cardinals scored six runs on nine hits.  Tommy Pham had the only extra base hits, two doubles that plated three runs.  Pham was 2-for-5 and had an outfield assist.    Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Greg Garcia was also 2-for-4.  Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko each plated a run on a sac fly.  Stephen Piscotty drove in a run on a third inning single.

Thursday, July 6 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 3

The Cardinals edged the Marlins in the fourth and final game to split the series.  Starter Michael Wacha pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while fanning nine and walking two.  Wacha earned his sixth win.  Matt Bowman got the final out of the sixth inning.  Tyler Lyons started the seventh, gave up one run on two hits, but only secured one out. Brett Cecil finished the inning, and returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh added a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save.

Two of the Cardinals’ four scores came via solo home runs.  Luke Voit’s was in the second inning and Randal Grichuk followed in the sixth.  Voit was 3-for-4 with three RBI, also plating two runs on a third inning double. Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-4.

Friday, July 7 – Cardinals 5, Mets 6

The Cardinals were defeated by the Mets in a close one.  This was the opener of the final series before the All-Star break.  It was All-Star Carlos Martinez’ last start before the trip to Miami, but it was not a good one.  The right hander pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including two home runs.  Martinez struck out four and walked three and was tagged with his eighth loss of the season.  John Brebbia surrendered one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Lyons took over with one out in the seventh and got the final two outs without further damage.  Sam Tuivailala and Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Four solo home runs were the bulk of St. Louis’ offense.  Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong hit their home runs in the third inning.  Dexter Fowler and Jedd Gyorko followed with theirs the next inning. The final Cardinals run came via a Gyorko sac fly in the eighth.  Gyorko was 2-for-3.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4, and Paul DeJong was 3-for-4.

Gyorko made a throwing error and Carpenter committed a fielding error.  Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty each had an outfield assist.

Saturday, July 8 – Cardinals 4, Mets 1

In the second game of the series, the Cardinals prevailed, with Adam Wainwright earning his 10th win of the season.  Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked none. Matt Bowman got the final out of the seventh.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh added a scoreless ninth to collect his 18th save of the season.

Paul DeJong got the scoring going with a solo home in the third.  Yadier Molina doubled in the sixth to plate the second run.  In the seventh, Stephen Piscotty added an RBI single, and in the eighth, DeJong doubled in the fourth run.  DeJong was 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  Molina was 2-for-4 and Luke Voit was 2-for-3.

Tommy Pham stole his 10th and 11th bases of the season, but was also caught stealing for the fourth time.  Molina was also caught stealing, his third caught stealing of the season.

Sunday, July 9 – Cardinals 6, Mets 0

The Cardinals shut out the Mets in the final game before the All-Star break, taking the series two games to one.  Tommy Pham and Paul DeJong continued their hot hitting, though Pham had to leave the game early with hip tightness.  Pham hit a two run home run in the third inning and was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.  DeJong launched a solo home run in the fourth and was 2-for-4. Dexter Fowler was also 2-for-4.  Luke Voit’s solo home run in the sixth was his only hit.  Jedd Gyorko drove in the first Cardinals run on a ground out in the first inning.  Yadier Molina plated a run on a single in the fifth.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched a gem.  The right hander tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, striking out two and issuing one free pass.  Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth, and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth.

Big Picture

As I mentioned last week, the Cardinals would play two struggling teams in the week before the break and had the chance to end the first half at .500 or above.  The Redbirds failed to so this, losing two games to the Marlins and one to the Mets to enter the break two games below .500.  This ties with them with the Cubs and leaves both teams 5.5 games behind the Brewers.  This is not an insurmountable obstacle, but it will take much better playing by the Cardinals in the second half to win the division.

Starting pitching appears to be the current issue, when ironically it was the bright spot for the Cardinals earlier in the season.  The bullpen has improved greatly, but the entire pitching staff can’t seem to operate on all cylinders at the same time.  The offense is holding its own, with some lapses, as is the defense.  Base running continues to be an issue.

The Cardinals ended the week 4-3 and as mentioned, tied with the Cubs for second place in the NL Central.

 

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 50 41 0.549
Chicago Cubs 43 45 0.489 5.5
St. Louis 43 45 0.489 5.5
Pittsburgh 42 47 0.472 7
Cincinnati 39 49 0.443 9.5

 

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Paul DeJong is batting .476 with an OPS of 1.522.  He has 2 HRs, 5 doubles, and 3 RBI.

In fact, DeJong set a franchise record with seven extra-base hits in the three-game Mets series.

Jedd Gyorko is batting .400 with an OPS of 1.117.  He has 1 HR, 1 double, and 4 RBI.

Tommy Pham is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.054.  He has 1 HR, 1 triple, 2 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Luke Voit (Springfield Cardinals)

Luke Voit is batting .320 with an OPS of 1.050.  He has 2 HRs, 3 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.75.

Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Alex Mejia is batting .125 with an OPS of .250.

Stephen Piscotty is batting .222 with an OPS of .509.

Yadier Molina is batting .231 with an OPS of .596.

Randal Grichuk is batting .125 with an OPS of .567.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.10.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 7.36 and a WHIP of 2.73.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 2.25.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Pham for five games, and Stephen Piscotty for two games.

The number 3 hitter has been Piscotty for four games, Jose Martinez for one game, Pham for one game, and Dexter Fowler for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for five games, and Luke Voit for two games.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Randal Grichuk for three games, Luke Voit for three games, and Martinez for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Paul DeJong for two games, Voit for one game, and Greg Garcia for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for three games, DeJong for three games, and Alex Mejia for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have interest in Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.  Morosi further states that according to his sources, the Cardinals and the Blue Jays had not begun formal trade talks as of Tuesday, July 4.

Transactions

7/3 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/3 The Cardinals recalled RHP Luke Weaver from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/4 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.

7/5 The Cardinals sent 2B Kolten Wong on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/7 The Cardinals activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 10 day disabled list.

7/7 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/7 The Cardinals sent LHP Kevin Siegrist on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/7 The Cardinals optioned OF Jose Martinez to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

2B Kolten Wong (right triceps strain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.  Wong is expected to return to the St. Louis after the All-Star break.

LHP Kevin Siegrist (cervical sprain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.  Siegrist is expected return to the St. Louis roster after the All-Star break.

LHP pitcher Zach Duke (elbow surgery) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Gulf Coast League, then Palm Beach, and then to the Memphis Redbirds.  No date for his return has been announced.

OF Tommy Pham left Sunday’s game with right hip tightness.  There has been no indication that the injury is serious.

Looking Ahead

The All-Star break begins on Monday, July 10 with the All-Star game to be played on Tuesday, July 11.  The Cardinals have two players on the National League All-Star roster, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.

Regular season games resume on Friday, July 14.  The Cardinals will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a weekend series.  Mike Matheny announced in his Sunday post-game presser that the starters for the first series after the break will be Mike Leake, Lance Lynn, and Carlos Martinez.

Following the series in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals travel to New York for a four-game set against the Mets.  The road trip continues with a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs over the July 21-23 weekend.

The Cardinals return home following the Cubs series for a three-game series with the Rockies.  Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the Cardinals will play a four-game set against the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

The All-Star break is here, which means the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game are coming up shortly.  It’s a good time to discuss a little history of the All-Star Game and Cardinals history together.

The first All-Star Game was held on July 6, 1933 in Chicago’s Comiskey Park, as part of the 1933 World’s Fair.  It was initially planned as a one-time event, but the success of the game led to it continuing and becoming an annual event.  The record in the 87 previous All-Star Games is 43 for the NL, 42 for the AL, and 2 ties.  The two longest games were 15 inning games in 1967 and 2008.

The Home Run Derby started in 1985, relatively quietly, before first being televised by ESPN in 1993.  The format for the Derby has changed many times over the years.  The first winner in 1985 was Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds in the Derby held in the Metrodome in Minnesota.  The player who won the Derby the most was Ken Griffey Jr, three times, in 1994, 1998, and 1999.  The most home runs in a single round was 28 by Josh Hamilton in 2008.  The most home runs in the entire derby was 61 by Giancarlo Stanton in 2016.

Now for some Cardinals All-Star History.  Four Cardinals were chosen for the first game in 1933.  They were second baseman Frankie Frisch, pitcher Bill Hallahan, third baseman Pepper Martin, and catcher Jim Wilson.  The Cardinal with the most All-Star Game appearances is Stan Musial, with 20.

Six Cardinals hit home runs in the All-Star Game.  Stan Musial homered in six All-Star Games: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1956, and 1960.  Also going deep in the All-Star Game were Frankie Frisch (1933 and 1934), Ken Boyer (1960 and 1964), Joe “Ducky” Medwick (1934), Red Schoendienst (1950) and Reggie Smith (1974, as a pinch hitter).

The Cardinals have hosted the All-Star Game twice, in 1966 and 2009.

The Cardinals have two All-Stars this year, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Last year, Aledmys Diaz replaced injured Matt Carpenter. The most Cardinals to be sent to an All-Star Game in a single year is eight in 1943.

This year’s All-Star Game will be the 88th installment.  Let’s hope it is a memorable one.  Go National League!

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Results for games played Saturday, July 8.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 2

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The Redbirds were kept off the board until late in the game, but they took the lead with one run in the seventh and two in the ninth for the close victory at Nashville.

Leadoff hitter Breyvic Valera had a 2-for-5 performance which included the ninth inning double that brought home the winning runs.  Nick Martini was also 2-for-5.  Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-4 and plated the first Memphis run on a single to left.

In the field, Carson Kelly made a throwing error, his fourth error of the season.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

Starter John Gant pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Ryan Sherriff added a 1-2-3 eighth, and was the winning pitcher.  Mark Montgomery made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases on two hits and an intentional walk before escaping to pick up his fourth save.

The Redbirds are 55-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 13.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Josh Zeid (5-2, 5.38) 6:35 CT.

Also catch Jack Flaherty in the MLB Futures Game from Miami at 3 p.m. CT on MLB Network.

 

Springfield 11, Frisco 4

Anthony Garcia (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals clobbered the Frisco RoughRiders in a Saturday laugher.  The offense featured four home runs that plated six of Springfield’s 11 runs.  Anthony Garcia hit two long balls, a solo shot in the sixth, and a three run blast in the seventh.  Tommy Edman launched a solo home run in the third, and Jacob Wilson added a solo shot in the seventh.  Garcia was 2-for-3 with four RBI, plus round out his game, he also had an outfield assist.  Edman was 2-for-4 with the home run and a double.  Andrew Knizner was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Chris Ellis won his first game as a Springfield Cardinal.  The right hander went five innings, giving up one run on four hits while fanning six and walking one.  Ian McKinney provided two innings of relief and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Corey Baker pitched the final three innings, allowing an additional run, but striking out five.  Baker earned his sixth save.

The Cardinals are 44-42 overall, and 9-7 in the second half, to put them a half game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Austin Gomber (3-6, 4.08) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 9

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but a pitching meltdown in the seventh and eighth led to nine Miracle runs, which put the game out of reach.  Starter Connor Jones was cruising until the seventh, having surrendered only four hits in six innings.  Jones gave up two leadoff singles to begin the seventh, and was replaced by Ramon Santos. That is when the wheels came off the bus.  Santos allowed both of his inherited runners plus one of his own to score, on a balk and a two run single to give Fort Myers the lead.  Santos returned for the eighth and gave up six more runs and deservedly was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals offense put up the first run in the third, on a Danny Diekroeger RBI double.  The second run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Jeremy Martinez.  Diekroeger and Thomas Spitz had two hits in four at-bats.

The Cardinals are 50-33 overall and 10-6 in the second half.  They are 1.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 3:05 CT.

 

Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 6

The resilient Chiefs tied the score twice, only to lose in walk off fashion.  A big inning by Cedar Rapids put Peoria behind early, but they managed to catch up, then fall behind, then tie it up a second time in the ninth.  The home team got the final turn and put a run across to win.

Peoria scored in the first inning on a fielding error.  After the Kernels put up four runs in the second, the Chiefs battled back.  In the fourth, Vince Jackson led off with a solo home run.  Stefan Trosclair singled, and eventually scored on a fielding error to bring Peoria within one.  In the sixth, Jackson led off again, this time with a double, and later scored on a ground out to tie the game.  Cedar Rapids took the lead back the next inning, but in the ninth, Danny Hudzina’s solo home run again tied the score.  Jackson, Trosclair, and J.R. Davis were each 2-for-4.  Kramer Robertson was 2-for-5.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The left hander struck out five and walked two.  Max Almonte followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.  Eric Carter added two scoreless frames.  Dewin Perez pitched the ninth, and gave up the walkoff run on a double, and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 40-46 overall on the season, 10-7 in the second half, to put them 2.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Juan Perez (2-1, 2.38) 2:05 CT.

 

State College 2, Auburn 3

Jonathon Mulford (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes were held scoreless for five innings, and despite a late-inning rally, were unable to get past Auburn on Saturday.  One run in the sixth and another in the seventh fell short of what was needed for victory.  Scott Hurst’s double followed by Bryce Denton’s RBI single put the first run on the board.  Edwin Figuera doubled in a run in the seventh.  Hurst was 3-for-4 and Figuera was 2-for-5.  Denton and Caleb Lopes had two hits in four at-bats.

Starter Jonathon Mulford pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits while fanning six and walking two.  Robbie Gordon surrendered two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.  Gordon took the loss.  Will Latcham tossed the final two scoreless frames.

The Spikes are 11-8 on the season, a half game out of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.18) 5:05 CT.

 

Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 4

A late-inning rally by the Cardinals fell short, as they fell to the Twins on Saturday.  The Johnson City offense rallied for three runs in the seventh and the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.  After being held scoreless for six innings, Irving Wilson hit a leadoff home run in the seventh to put the first Johnson City run on the board.  In the seventh, Luis Bandes singled and stole second base.  Carlos Rodriguez followed with a single to bring Bandes home.  Julio Rodriguez then plated Carlos Rodriguez on a single.  Bandes was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched four innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking none.  Will Changarotty followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, surrendering one unearned run and taking the loss.

The Cardinals are 7-10 on the season, five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Brett Seeburger (1-0, 1.42) 5:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Mets 4

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get traction against Mets pitching as they are shut out on Saturday.  Cardinal hitters managed only four hits, all singles, by Taylor Bryant, Carlos Soto, Sanel Rosendo, and Moises Castillo.  The offense struck out 14 times.

Rehabbing Memphis starter Arturo Reyes made the start, pitching one inning only, and yielding a run.  Another rehabbing Memphis pitcher, reliever Rowan Wick, followed with one inning as well.  Wick gave up no hits and struck out two. Regular starter Junior Gonzalez tossed the next 4 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Reyes took the loss.

The Cardinals are 5-5 on the season, two games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.

 

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Rockies 8 (10 innings)

For the second consecutive game, the Cardinals went to 10 innings, but this time, they did not come out on top.  The offense put up two runs in the first inning on Freddy De Jesus’ double that scored two.  Two more runs came home in the fourth on two ground outs plus two throwing errors.  A Pablo Gomez single in the seventh drove in a run, and another throwing error and William Jimenez RBI single plated two more in the ninth.  Gomez was 3-for-4 and Jimenez was 2-for-5.  De Jesus was a perfect 2-for-2, and Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-5.

Starter Allinson Benitez went only 1 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  Wilman Madera went the next 3 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on five hits.  Roy Garcia added two innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and was charged with a blown save.  Anthony Trompiz relinquished two more runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work, and Jose Geronimo pitched the final 2/3 of inning, giving up one unearned run and getting the loss.

The Cardinals are 12-18 on the season, 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

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Results for games played Friday, July 7.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 3


In a night of one-run losses across the Cardinals system, the Redbirds went down to defeat in walkoff fashion.  The game was tied twice, but the Sounds prevailed at the end.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning four and walking two.  Miguel Socolovich secured the final out of the fifth.  Zach Duke, now rehabbing in Memphis, pitched a scoreless sixth.  Kevin Herget tossed the final two innings and gave up the game-ending single.

Carson Kelly drove in the first Redbirds run, extending his hitting streak to seven games.  The catcher singled to right to plate Harrison Bader, who had walked and stole second base.  Bader’s run-scoring streak is up to 11 games. The other Memphis run crossed the plate in the seventh, as Breyvic Valera doubled and Todd Cunningham singled him home.  Cunningham was 2-for-3; Valera was 2-for-4.

The Redbirds are 54-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 12.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, John Gant (1-4, 3.46) 7:05 CT.

 

Springfield 4, Midland 5

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a rain-delayed game at Hammons Field, the Cardinals were topped by one run by Midland.  Randy Arozarena had a big night, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Arozarena had the only double, and newcomer Darren Seferina tripled.  Springfield scored one run in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.  The third inning run scored on a sac fly by Tommy Edman after Arozarena doubled and advanced to third on a groundout.  Seferina led off with the triple in the fourth and Jacob Wilson singled him home.  In the fifth, Arozarena hit a leadoff single and eventually crossed the plate on groundout by Magneuris Sierra.  Arozarena returned Wilson’s favor in the sixth by singling Wilson home after he drew a leadoff walk.  Arozarena was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while fanning five and walking three.  Pedro Echemendia got the final out of the fourth.  Following the Memphis bullpen formula, the rehabbing St. Louis lefty, Kevin Siegrist, pitched a scoreless fifth. Dailyn Martinez went the next two innings, surrendering one run on three hits, taking the loss.  Correy Littrell and Landon Beck combined for the final two scoreless frames.

Littrell picked a runner off at first base.  Sierra had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 43-42 overall, and 8-7 in the second half to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Chris Ellis (0-4, 5.06) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 5 at Fort Myers 6

Brady Bowen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by Fort Myers in a game in which the multi-run inning was key.  Palm Beach had their outburst in the fifth, when four runs crossed the plate.  A single, a double play, a wild pitch, and a triple all sent runners home.  The triple came from Danny Diekroeger in his only hit of the game.  Thomas Spitz singled in the first run of the inning, as part of his 2-for-5 showing.  Chris Chinea lined into a double play that brought in a run, and later scored on the triple by Diekroeger.  Diekroeger came home on the wild pitch.  Blake Drake was 3-for-5;  Jose Godoy and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-4.

Starter Derian Gonzalez pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one and walking one.  Winston Nicacio tossed 1 2/3 frames in relief and surrendered the other three Miracle runs to take the loss.  To keep the Cards close, Brady Bowen pitched the final 3 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings.

Drake stole his third base in six attempts with Palm Beach.  Luke Dykstra was caught stealing for the third time in six tries.  Godoy made a throwing error, his second of the season.

The Cardinals are 50-32 overall and 10-5 in the second half, which puts them a half-game back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Fort Myers, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.31) 5:05 CT.

 

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 5

The Chiefs fell behind Cedar Rapids on a costly error that led to four unearned runs for the Kernels.  Peoria scored in the first inning when Ryan McCarvel led off with a triple and scored on Vince Jackson’s single.  However, Cedar Rapids came back to tie it up in the bottom of the frame.  The Chiefs remained scoreless for the next six innings until Dylan Carlson’s solo home run in the eighth.  The only Chief with multiple hits was J.R. Davis, who was 2-for-3.

A costly throwing error by third baseman Danny Hudzina in the third inning resulted in the four unearned Cedar Rapids runs.

Starter Frederis Parra was the hard luck loser in his second loss of the season.  The right hander pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, one earned, on seven hits.  Parra struck out one and walked two.  Ronnie Williams followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed two scoreless innings, and Keaton Siomkin added a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs are 40-45 overall and 10-6 in the second half to put them 1.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 4.70) 6:35 CT.

 

State College 6, Auburn 1

Daniel Castano (Johnson City Cardinals)

A big six run sixth inning put the Spikes on top, a position they would not relinquish.  The inning began with Edwin Figuera reaching on an error which sent him to second base.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled to score Figuera.  Evan Mendoza reached on another error.  A sac bunt by Dennis Ortega advanced Mendoza and Gonzalez to second and third.  Brandon Benson’s sac fly plated Gonzalez.  Zach Kirtley was hit by a pitch, then consecutive singles by Ricardo Bautista, Matt Davis, and Imeldo Diaz plated Mendoza, Kirtley, and Bautista.  Figuera then came to bat again and doubled to score Davis.  Only Ortega had multiple hits, going 2-for-2.

Our Player of the Day, starter Daniel Castano, pitched eight innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits while fanning three and walking one.  Spencer Traynor pitched a scoreless ninth.  Castano earned his fourth win in four starts.

The Spikes are 11-7 and a half game back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Jonathon Mulford (0-2, 7.50) 11:00 a.m. CT.

 

Johnson City 0 at Elizabethton 5

It was a rough night for all aspects of play by the Cardinals at Elizabethton.  They were not only shut out, they were held to only one hit, a single by catcher Cameron Knight.  The hitters struck out 14 times.  On the way to this thrashing, shortstop Wood Myers committed three errors, one fielding and two throwing.  On a positive note, left fielder Walker Robbins had an outfield assist and drew one of three Johnson City walks, but also fanned three times.

Starter Johan Oviedo pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on three hits.  Oveido fanned seven and walked three.  Juan Alvarez pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, followed by 1 1/3 scoreless frames from Evan Guillory.

The Cardinals are 7-9 and are 4.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 5.87) 5:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals – No game scheduled

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.

 

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Nationals 6 (10 innings)

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in extra innings on Friday.  The Birds put four runs on the board in the first inning, scoring on a walk, a stolen base, a single and a fielding error.  The next batter, Freddy De Jesus, blasted a three run home run to plate three more.  De Jesus was 2-for-4, with a double in addition to the home run.  Erik Pena’s RBI single in the fourth plated one, before Ivan Herrera doubled in a run in the seventh.  Herrera had two doubles in five at-bats.  Pablo Gomez was 2-for-4. William Jimenez doubled in the 10th to drive in the winning run.

Starting pitcher Francis Ventura went five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Oneiver Diaz hurled three scoreless innings in relief.  Leonardo Taveras started the ninth and was responsible for the four Nationals runs that tied the game.  Taveras was relieved with one out in the ninth by Hector Soto, who was charged with the blown save for allowing inherited runs to score, but got the final two outs to end the inning and then returning to pitch a scoreless 10th.  Soto was the winning pitcher.

The Cardinals are 12-17 on the season and 12.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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Results for games played Wednesday, July 5.

 

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Memphis 6 at Round Rock 4

The Redbirds topped the Express despite a late inning surge with the long ball by Round Rock.  The long ball helped Memphis as well.  Harrison Bader hit his 16th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third.  It was the outfielder’s third in four games. Nick Martini launched a two run shot in the sixth.  Rangel Ravelo was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Adolis Garcia was 2-for-4 and Wilfredo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Alberto Rosario drove in a run on a second inning single.

Marco Gonzales earned his fifth win of the season, pitching six innings and giving up one run on four hits. The left hander struck out six and walked none.  Miguel Socolovich pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on three hits.  Josh Lucas allowed a run in his 2/3 innings of work.  Ryan Sheriff finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fifth save.

Tovar stole his 10th base of the season in 12 attempts.

The Redbirds are 53-32 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South.

Thursday’s game:  at Round Rock, Zac Gallen (1-1, 3.27) 7:05 CT.

 

 

Bruce Caldwell (Springfield Cardinals)

Springfield 5, Midland 3

The long ball featured prominently in this game, as well, with the Cardinals coming out on top at home against Midland.  All of Springfield’s runs came via the home run, as did those of the Rockhounds.  For Springfield, they include a two run shot in the fourth by Andrew Knizner, and a three run blast in the fifth from Bruce Caldwell.  The home run was Caldwell’s only hit, while Knizner was 2-for-4.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-4, and in his first rehab game, second baseman Kolten Wong was 2-for-3 with a double.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (all on solo homers) on five total hits.  The right handed pitcher struck out seven and issued two free passes and earned his ninth win of the season.  Corey Littrell and Corey Baker combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Baker picked up his fifth save.

Randy Arozarena stole his first base since joining Springfield in his second attempt.

The Cardinals are 42-41 overall, and 6-6 in the second half. They are 1.5 games back of first place in the Texas League North.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Midland, Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.73) 7:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 2 (14 innings)

It took 14 innings, but the Cardinals pulled off the win against Bradenton on Wednesday night supported by eight innings of scoreless long relief work.  Palm Beach fell behind early in the first inning, but scored a run in the second and another in the sixth to tie the game.  The scoring began with a second inning RBI double by Jeremy Martinez.  In the sixth, Andy Young’s solo home run to tie the tally.  The game ended on a 14th inning walkoff single by Leobaldo Pina.  The offense had a total of 14 hits. Newcomer Lane Thomas was 2-for-7.  Chris Chinea was 2-for-6, as was Pina.  Andy Young was 2-for-4 and Shane Billings was 3-for-5.

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Starter Ryan Helsley pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while fanning seven and walking one.  Brady Bowen followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Estarlin Arias pitched 3 1/3 run-free frames, followed by another newcomer, Austin Warner, who tossed three scoreless innings and earned the win in his Beach Birds debut.

Thomas Spitz stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.  Pina was caught stealing for the first time in five attempts.  Thomas was caught stealing in his first attempt for Palm Beach.

Darren Seferina made a throwing error, his seventh of the season.  Chris Chinea had a passed ball.  Blake Drake and Spitz each had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 49-31 overall and 8-4 in the second half and tied for first place in the FSL South.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Jake Woodford (5-4, 3.09) 5:30 CT.

 

 

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Peoria 1, Beloit 0

The Chiefs squeaked by the Snappers on the strength of a solo home run and pitching gem by starter Mike O’Reilly.  Our Player of the Day pitched seven scoreless innings.  The right hander allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking one to earn his seventh win of the season.  Bryan Dobzanski and Devin Perez each added a scoreless inning of relief.  Perez earned his first save of the season.

The Chiefs’ sole run came home on a solo home run off the bat of Matt Fiedler, the outfielder’s only hit.  The only other extra base hit was double by Danny Hudzina.

Mick Fennell was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.

The Chiefs are 39-44 overall on the season, 9-5 in the second half and one game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Ian Oxnevad (2-8, 4.48) 7:00 CT.

 

State College 3, Williamsport 6

Though the Spikes tied the game twice, the lead finally got away from them, as they fell to Williamsport on Wednesday night.  Spikes’ starting pitcher Anthony Ciavarella pitched three innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The lefty fanned four and walked three and was the losing pitcher.  Levi MaVorhis followed with four scoreless innings of relief.  Noel Gonzalez tossed the final two innings and surrendered the final two runs on three hits.

Scott Hurst was the only hitter with multiple hits, going 2-for-5.  Evan Mendoza had the only RBI for the Spikes on a first inning double.  The other two Spikes’ runs scored on an error and a passed ball.

In the field, Ciavarella made an error on a pickoff, Caleb Lopes committed a throwing error, and catcher Joshua Lopez had a passed ball. Hurst and Ricardo Bautista each registered an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 9-7 on the season and are one game back of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Thursday’s game:  at Williamsport, Sam Tewes (0-2, 6.89) 6:05 CT.

 

 

Wood Myers (Coastal Carolina University)

Johnson City 3 at Greeneville 7

Shaky starting pitching put the Cardinals in a hole they couldn’t climb out of as they are defeated on the road by the Greeneville Astros on Wednesday.  Edwar Ramirez pitched the initial 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits, including two long balls.  Ramirez struck out two and walked five.  Jake Dahlberg followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Paul Salazar gave up an additional run in his one inning of relief.  Jacob Patterson finished with a scoreless eighth.

The offense scored three runs on 10 hits.  Designated hitter Wood Myers was a perfect 4-for-4.  Irving Lopez was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Luis Bandes was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

The Cardinals are 7-7 on the season and 1.5 games back in the Appalachian League West.

Thursday’s game:  at Greeneville, Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 6.48) 6:00 CT.

 

 

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GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 3

The Cardinals topped the Marlins on Wednesday for their fourth straight win, with first sacker Leandro Cedeno having a big day with the bat.  Cedeno drove in three of the Cardinals five runs on two doubles and a solo home run.  The 18-year old has four homers and 11 RBI in his first eight GCL contests.

The other two Cardinals runs scored on a fielding error on a Cedeno ball in play.

Kevin Hamann started on the mound for the Cardinals, pitching two innings and giving up one run on three hits.  Gabriel Genther followed with two scoreless frames and was awarded with the win. Memphis rehabber Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless fifth.  Enrique Perez followed with 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned.  C.J. Saylor tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless frames to earn his second save.

Perez and Zach Jackson each had a throwing error, and Jackson also had a passed ball. Dariel Gomez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 4-4 on the season are 1 game back of first place in the GCL East.

Thursday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 CT.

 

DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Angels 7

The Cardinals made a valiant last inning effort to overcome a seven run deficit, but fell short.  The four run ninth began with a single by Erik Pena.  Two successive wild pitches advanced him to third.   Luis Montana walked and Pedro Gomez singled to plate Pena.  Franklin Soto then hit a three run home run to left.  Pena, Gomez, and Cristhian Longa were each 2-for-4.  Soto was 2-for-5.

Starter Wifredo Pereira suffered his fourth loss of the season.  The right hander pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  Jose Geronimo started the sixth, surrendering four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Anthony Trompiz followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run.  Cristoffer Zapata pitched a scoreless ninth.

Gomez stole his fifth base of the season in five attempts.  Longa and Pena each made a throwing error.  Longa also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 10-17 on the season and 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 CT

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Top execs Mozeliak and Girsch promoted

In a Friday press conference, the Cardinals announced that General Manager John Mozeliak has been promoted to the position of President of Baseball Operations for the organization.  In the same presser, it was also disclosed that Mike Girsch, Assistant General Manager, has been promoted to General Manager to replace Mozeliak.

The promotions take place immediately and both men received contract extensions through 2020, the same length as the deal signed by manager Mike Matheny during the off-season.

John Mozeliak (St. Louis Cardinals)

Mozeliak, 48, became General Manager in 2007, upon the departure of Walt Jocketty ,and was the fifth longest-tenured GM in team history.  Prior to 2007, Mozeliak served as Jocketty’s assistant.  Mozeliak began his employment with the Cardinals in the scouting department and was later promoted to Scouting Director.  During Mozeliak’s tenure as GM, the Cardinals have won one World Series title, and two National League pennants. Mozeliak has also been the recipient of three Executive of the Year awards.

Michael Girsch (St. Louis Cardinals)

Girsch joined the Cardinals in 2006 with a background in economics and finance, but an interest in baseball.  He was hired after Mozeliak received an email from him which contained a research paper regarding valuation of draft picks.  Mozeliak was intrigued enough to hire him as the Coordinator for Amateur Scouting.  Girsch was promoted to Director of Baseball Development in 2008, and then became Assistant GM in 2011.

The promotions appear to be timed for the beginning of the July non-waiver trade season.  Bill DeWitt, Jr, primary owner of the Cardinals, indicated keeping Girsch in the organization was the impetus for the move at this time.  Girsch had received interest by other clubs in recent years that had GM openings.

 

Martinez and Molina are All-Stars

Carlos Martinez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The starting position players, reserves and pitchers for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night. Carlos Martinez (also named in 2015) and Yadier Molina (eighth appearance, most recently in 2015) will represent St. Louis. Both were player ballot selections.

In 2016, shortstop Aledmys Diaz was the only Cardinal active in the game, as a replacement for injured teammate Matt Carpenter.

The 88th Midsummer Classic will be held at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT and shown live on the FOX network.

 

Game Recaps

Monday, June 26 – Cardinals 8, Reds 2

In the makeup of an earlier rained out game, the Cardinals mowed past the Reds to victory.  The top four spots in the lineup particularly distinguished themselves. Hitting leadoff was Tommy Pham, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Pham also stole his seventh base of the season.  Randal Grichuk hit a fourth inning two run home run, and was 2-for-5 with three runs driven in. Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-4 with a double.  Jedd Gyorko hit a first inning two run home run and was 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Batting seventh, Paul DeJong was 3-for-4.

Starting pitcher Michael Wacha tossed six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while fanning five and walking one.  The right hander earned his fourth win of the season.  Tyler Lyons pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits.  John Brebbia added a scoreless ninth.

Gyorko made a throwing error, his fifth error of the season.


Tuesday, June 27 – Cardinals 5 at D-backs 6 (10 innings)

In the first game of a three game series in Phoenix, the Cardinals were the hard luck losers in extra innings.  Carlos Martinez pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right-hander struck out 10 and walked three. Brett Cecil followed with a scoreless seventh.  Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth, and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Seung-Hwan Oh relinquished an additional run in the ninth and was charged with the blown save.  Matt Bowman gave up the winning run in the 10th.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first via an RBI ground out by Jedd Gyorko.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the sixth, when Paul DeJong drove in a run on a sac fly.  In the seventh, Stephen Piscotty plated a run on a single, and Gyorko followed with a sac fly.  Yadier Molina then hit an RBI single to score the third run in the inning.  The Cardinals took a 5-2 lead, but the lead didn’t hold. No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits.

On the base paths, Tommy Pham stole his eighth base of the season, Piscotty swiped his third base of the year, and Gyorko stole his fourth bag of the 2017.

Wednesday, June 28 – Cardinals 4 at D-backs 3

The Cardinals edged out the Diamondbacks in the second game of the series.  The Redbirds scored first with a three run top of the fourth.  The inning began with a walk to Matt Carpenter.  Tommy Pham then singled to right.  Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded.  Jedd Gyorko drew a walk to plate the first run.  Yadier Molina hit a single to left that scored Pham and Piscotty. In the eighth, Gyorko’s RBI double plated what would be the winning run for the Cardinals.

Starter Adam Wainwright earned his eighth win of the season.  The veteran right hander pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while fanning eight and walking one.  Tyler Lyons relieved with one out in the seventh inning and got the final two outs.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.  Trevor Rosenthal allowed one run in the ninth, but earned his fourth save.

Thursday, June 29 – Cardinals 10 at D-backs 4

In the rubber game of the series, the Cardinals walloped Arizona with eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings.  Randal Grichuk lead the way with a 3-for-4 night with five RBI and three runs scored with his big blow a three run home run in the seventh.  Jose Martinez plated two in the fourth inning on a single to left.  In the eighth, Tommy Pham drove in two runs on a single to left, followed by a two run double from Grichuk.  Stephen Piscotty then doubled to left to plate Grichuk.  Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-4.

Starter Lance Lynn tossed six innings, giving up three runs on four hits to earn his sixth win of the season.  The right hander struck out seven and walked one.   Matt Bowman followed with a scoreless seventh.  Tyler Lyons delivered a scoreless eighth.  Mike Mayers pitched the ninth and surrendered one run on a solo home run.

Tommy Pham stole his ninth base of the season.

Friday, June 30 – Cardinals 8, Nationals 1

In the first game of a weekend series, the Cardinals mowed past the Nationals behind very good pitching by starter Mike Leake.  The right hander went eight innings, giving up only one run on five hits.  Leake struck out four and walked three.  Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds offense scored all eight runs in the third and fourth innings. Yadier Molina, who led the team with four RBI in a 2-for-4 performance, singled to center for the first two runs in the third inning.  A Greg Garcia single plated the third.  In the fourth, Jedd Gyorko drove in a run on a ground rule double, Molina followed with a two run single to center, and Paul DeJong launched a two run home run to left center.  In addition to Molina’s 2-for-4 performance, Tommy Pham was 2-for-4, Gyorko was 2-for-3, and Garcia was 2-for-3.

Saturday, July 1 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 1

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in the second game of the series, with both runs coming from a single source.  Newly called up infielder Alex Mejia, starting at second base, drove in both.  The first run came in the second inning, on a line drive single to center that scored Luke Voit.  In the eighth, a solo home run from Mejia became the winning run.  Mejia had the only multiple hit performance.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning nine and walking one.  Brett Cecil followed with a run-free seventh.  Seung-Hwan Oh got the first two outs of the eighth, then Tyler Lyons secured the last out to end the inning.  In the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal got into some trouble.  The right hander gave up the only Nationals run, before being replaced by Matt Bowman, whose strikeout ended the inning and the game.  Wacha earned his fifth win of the season, while Bowman notched his first save.

Sunday, July 2 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 7

The Cardinals failed to get the sweep, falling victim to the masterful pitching of Nationals starter Max Scherzer. The Cardinals offense was held to only two hits by Scherzer, a single each from Greg Garcia and pinch hitter Luke Voit.  The Redbirds made some traction with the Nationals bullpen.  In the eighth inning the offense finally scored.  Matt Carpenter singled, and Tommy Pham followed with a two run home to right center field.  The offense had five hits total – the four already mentioned plus an eighth inning double from Stephen Piscotty.

Starter Carlos Martinez met his nemesis, and his name was Bryce Harper.  Harper homered twice off Martinez, each time for two runs.  The right hander gave up five runs in all, on seven hits, in five innings pitched.  It was his seventh loss.  Mike Mayers pitched the next three innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits.  John Brebbia covered the ninth in scoreless fashion.

Randal Grichuk committed a throwing error, his third error of the season.

Big Picture

The Cardinals played better baseball in the past week.  There are some lingering bullpen issues, especially in the eighth and ninth innings, as Trevor Rosenthal and Seung-Hwan Oh have both struggled.  The middle innings are a bit better.  The offense, other than when facing Max Scherzer, has been pretty good.  Starting pitching is holding its own overall.  Defense has been cleaner, though there have been a few errors here and there.

The Cardinals finished the week 5-2 and currently sit in third place, 3.5 games back of the Brewers and 1.5 games back of the Cubs.  The gap between the Cardinals and the Pirates has widened since last week.  The Cardinals finish the week before the All Star break facing two struggling teams in the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets.  Finishing strongly going into the break, and getting above .500 in the process, would put this team into the best position they have been in for most of the season.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 44 40 0.524
Chicago Cubs 41 41 0.500 2
St. Louis 39 42 0.481 3.5
Pittsburgh 37 45 0.451 6
Cincinnati 35 46 0.432 7.5

Who’s Hot

Jedd Gyorko (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Jedd Gyorko is batting .381 with an OPS of 1.195.  He has 1 HR, four doubles, and 9 RBI.

Alex Mejia is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.167.  He has 1 HR and 2 RBI in 6 plate appearances.

Luke Voit is batting .333 with an OPS of .956.  He has 2 doubles in 10 plate appearances.

Yadier Molina (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Yadier Molina is batting .409 with an OPS of .913.  He has 1 double and 7 RBI.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.14.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.92.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.25.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.00.

 

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Eric Fryer is batting .000 and has an OPS of .167 in 6 plate appearances.

Jose Martinez is batting .167 and has an OPS of .397 in 13 plate appearances.

Matt Carpenter is batting .167 and has an OPS of .653.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 12.00 and a WHIP of 3.33.

Mike Mayers has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.

 

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for five games and Tommy Pham for two games.

The number 2 hitter has been Pham for four games, and Randal Grichuk for three games.

The number 3 hitter has been Stephen Piscotty for six games, and Jose Martinez for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for six games, and Martinez for one game.

The number 6 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Luke Voit for two games, Paul DeJong for one game, and Aledmys Diaz for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been DeJong for six games, and Alex Mejia for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for four games, Aledmys Diaz for one game, Eric Fryer for one game, and Mejia for one game.

 

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

 

Transactions

6/28 The Cardinals transferred RHP Alex Reyes from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list.

6/28 The Cardinals optioned SS Aledmys Diaz to the Memphis Redbirds.

6/28 The Cardinals selected the contract of SS Alex Mejia from the Memphis Redbirds.

6/30 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the GCL Cardinals.

 

Injury Report

Kolten Wong continues his rehab from a triceps injury.  The second baseman continued to feel some discomfort in the arm, and had a cortisone shot.  Wong’s possible return to the roster is not expected until after the All Star break.

OF Dexter Fowler is recovering from a heel spur, and the Cardinals are optimistic he will return to the roster next week.  Fowler received a cortisone shot and is still limiting his baseball activity to take pressure off the heel.

LHP Kevin Siegrist, put on the DL with a cervical sprain, resumed throwing over the weekend and is expected to return to the roster sometime next week.

LHP Zach Duke pitched a single scoreless inning in two consecutive GCL games over the weekend in his first official rehab action of 2017.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals homestand continues as they take on the Marlins in a four game series beginning Monday, July 3.  Adam Wainwright gets the Monday start, followed by Lance Lynn on Tuesday, and Mike Leake on Wednesday.  Thursday’s probable pitcher will be Michael Wacha.

The Mets come to St. Louis for a weekend series beginning Friday.  This is the last series before the All Star break.  Following the break, the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a weekend set.

After leaving Pittsburgh, the Cardinals go to New York for a four game series against the Mets.  The Cardinals then travel to Chicago to play the Cubs in a weekend series.

St. Louis’ regular season schedule can be found here.

 

Blast from the Past

The announcement of the promotions of GM John Mozeliak and Assistant GM Mike Girsch provides the backdrop for this week’s blast from the past – a look at Cardinal GMs over the years.

Branch Rickey

The first GM for St. Louis was a name many current fans may recognize for something other than being a GM for the Cardinals.  Branch Rickey is probably most well known for being the man who acquired and signed Jackie Robinson to be the first African American player to play in the major leagues.  The Hall of Famer was not the GM of the Cardinals when the historic event occurred in 1947; by then he was the GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Rickey was St. Louis’ GM from 1919 to 1942, though he didn’t officially hold the title of GM – his duties came to embody what we currently recognize from the position.   He left to take over the reins of the Dodgers in 1943.  What fans might not know about Rickey’s tenure with the Cardinals is that he is credited with being the man who developed the early minor league farm system in baseball.  Rickey also spent the 1919-1925 years as the on-field manager for the Cardinals as well as the general manager.

Rickey returned to the Cardinals in 1962 to become a consultant for the organization.  He died three years later after collapsing while giving a speech in Columbia, MO.  He never regained consciousness and passed away 26 days later on December 9, while in a coma in Boone County Hospital in Columbia.  He was buried in his native Ohio.

There have been 13 Cardinal GMs since Rickey.  John Mozeliak and Mike Girsch are numbers 13 and 14.  In between, some notable names joined on that list, including Stan Musial and Whitey Herzog.  Bing Devine was the GM on two separate occasions, from 1957-1964, and again from 1967-1978.  Some fans may recognize Dal Maxvill, a former player for the Cardinals in the 60s and early 70s.  The retired shortstop was the GM from 1984-1994.

Mozeliak’s tenure as GM of the Cardinals is the fifth longest among the group.  The future legacy of Mike Girsch, General Manager, has just begun.


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Results for games played Saturday, July 1.

Memphis 5, New Orleans 1

Wilfredo Tovar (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds defeated New Orleans on Saturday on the strength of three home runs, good for all five Redbirds scores.  In the third inning, Wilfredo Tovar launched a solo home run.  In the fourth, Carson Kelly hit a two run homer.  Adolis Garcia’s two run shot in the seventh capped off the night of the home runs.  The long balls were the only hits for each of the three Players of the Day.  The only Redbird with multiple hits was Aledmys Diaz, just sent down from the big league club, who was 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Starter Zac Gallen earned his first win as a Redbird.  Gallen pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits, while fanning eight and walking one.  Miguel Socolovich followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Tovar stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.

The Redbirds are 50-31 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, John Gant (1-3, 3.19) 2:05 CT.

 

Springfield 4 at Midland 3

John Nogowski (Sioux City Explorers)

The Cardinals edged the Rockhounds on Saturday thanks to two-RBI nights by Anthony Garcia and John Nogowski.  The latter drew a walk in the first inning with the bases loaded to plate Springfield’s first run.  In the fifth inning, a triple by Garcia drove in two and Nogowski followed with an RBI single.  The triple and the single were the only hits for Garcia and Nogowski. Bruce Caldwell was 2-for-3 and Jacob Wilson was 2-for-4.

Garcia stole his second base of the season in three attempts.  Randy Arozarena was caught stealing.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on 10 hits while fanning four and walking one.  Corey Baker went the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

The Cardinals are 40-39 overall, and 4-4 in the second half.

Sunday’s game:  at Frisco, Sandy Alcantara (3-5, 5.5.3) 7:05 CT.

 

Palm Beach 0 at Charlotte 3 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

In the first game of this twin bill, added due to Friday night’s rainout, the Cardinals were shut out by the Stone Crabs.  Palm Beach batters managed only four hits, all singles.  Thomas Spitz went 2-for-3. Shane Billings and Darren Seferina had the other two singles.

Spitz was caught stealing for the second time in the season.  Catcher Jeremy Martinez committed a throwing error, but also picked off a runner at third base.

Starter Jake Woodford lost his fourth game of the season.  Woodford pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out six and walking one.  Chandler Hawkins tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

 

Palm Beach 4 at Charlotte 1 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

The Cardinals were victorious in Game 2 of the doubleheader.  The Palm Beach offense scored two runs each in the second and third innings to take the lead and never give it up.  Second inning singles by Leobaldo Pina and Darren Seferina plated the first two runs.  In inning three, Austin Wilson stroked a two-run single. Pina was 2-for-3, as was Blake Drake.

On the base paths, Drake was picked off and caught stealing second base in the third inning.  It was Drake’s third caught stealing in four attempts.

Starter Ross Vance pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits while fanning four and walking one.  Ramon Santos followed with a scoreless fifth inning and was the winning pitcher.  Jacob Evans tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his second save.

The Cardinals are 46-30 overall and 6-3 in the second half for a three way tie for first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, Connor Jones (5-4, 4.27) 11:35 CT.

 

Peoria 2 at Kane County 10

The Chiefs were clobbered by the Cougars on Saturday night.  Starter Ian Oxnevad gave up seven runs on 12 hits in five innings pitched to take his eighth loss of the season.  The left hander struck out one and walked one.   Keaton Siomkin was touched for three additional runs in 1 2/3 frames of relief. Bryan Dobzanski finished with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Peoria offense scored two runs on five hits.  Brian O’Keefe’s solo home run in the second inning put the Chiefs on the board.  In the fourth, Ryan McCarvel doubled, and eventually came home on Juan Yepez’ groundout.  J.R. Davis was the only Chief with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Nick Plummer stole his third base of the season in six attempts.  Matt Fiedler had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 36-43 overall on the season, 6-4 in the second half and in a four way tie for first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Kane County, Jordan Hicks (7-2, 3.73) 6:30 CT.

 

State College 8, Batavia 2

The Spikes took a seven run lead after the first two innings, and never looked back, as they defeated Batavia on Saturday night.  State College had a four run first inning, followed by a three run second inning, to take a commanding lead.  Evan Mendoza drove in the first run on a first-inning single.  Brandon Benson plated one on a single.  A sac fly by Dennis Ortega scored run number three, and an RBI single by Matt Davis brought the fourth run home.

Daniel Castano (Johnson City Cardinals)

In the second inning, Mendoza singled Edwin Figuera home after Figuera was hit by a pitch and stole second and third base.  Joshua Lopez followed with a two run home run to right field.  Mendoza was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Lopez was 3-for-3 with three runs scored, raising his average to .548. Benson was 2-for-5 while Davis was 2-for-4.

Starter Daniel Castano earned his third win of the season, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits.  The left hander struck out 10, tying the Spikes’ single game best-ever mark, and walked none.  Anthony Ciavarella collected the final six outs with no runs scoring.

The Spikes are 8-4 on the season and are in first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Jonathon Mulford (0-2, 12.86) 5:05 CT.

 

Johnson City vs. Pulaski

This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Sunday following the regularly-scheduled contest.

Sunday’s games:  doubleheader vs. Pulaski, Johan Oveido/Brett Seeburger, both (1-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Astros 1

The Cardinals topped the Astros with two solo home runs on Saturday for their first win of the season.  Elehuris Montero hit his solo shot in the fourth inning, while Luis Flores thumped a bases-empty home run in the eighth. No Cardinal had multiple hits.  In addition to the two long balls, Taylor Bryant doubled, and Leandro Cedeno singled.

Rehabbing St. Louis lefty Zack Duke pitched the first inning, giving up no hits and striking out two.  Regular starter Winston Nicacio went the next four innings in scoreless fashion, allowing two hits, striking out eight and issuing one free pass.  Nicacio earned the win, his first.  Juan Alvarez, Cory Malcom, and Kodi Whitley added a scoreless inning of relief each. C.J. Saylor pitched the ninth and gave up the only Astros run, but picked up his first save.

Moises Castillo stole his first base of the season in his first attempt.

The Cardinals are 1-4 on the season are 2.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

 

DSL Cardinals, DSL Twins (Game 1 DH)

This game was suspended due to rain in the second inning, with the score Twins 3, Cardinals 0. Starter Allinson Benitez was charged with all three tallies.

DSL Cardinals, DSL Twins (Game 2 DH)

This game was postponed due to rain.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/1/17

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Results from games played Friday, June 30th.

Memphis 7, New Orleans 1

The Redbirds got their homestand off on the right foot, scoring four in the first inning on the way to a Friday night win. The big blow was Harrison Bader’s two-run triple.

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To put a cherry on top, in the eighth, red-hot Patrick Wisdom hit his third long ball in the last two days and 16th of the season. The third baseman finished 2-for-3 with two RBI, and a stolen base but also committed an error, his 13th. Carson Kelly (two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI) and Rangel Rovelo (two singles and a run scored) also got into the act.

Starter Josh Zeid went four innings, with New Orleans’ lone run scoring in the top of the first. Kevin Herget performed well in long relief, going three scoreless innings on two hits. He fanned four and picked up the win. Ryan Sherriff handled a clean ninth. 

Saturday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Zac Gallen (0-1, 5.40)

Springfield 8 at Midland 2

The Cards came back from a rough Thursday night when the bullpen coughed up a four-run lead to pull away at Midland for an 8-2 Friday win.

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Springfield scored in six of the nine innings, opening with a run in the second and two more in the third, the latter due to Texas League all-star outfielder Anthony Garcia’s 10th home run. The outfielder drove in three on the night. Jacob Wilson and newcomer John Nogowski doubled twice, with the former plating two and the latter scoring twice.

Matt Pearce delivered a quality start, allowing two runs on nine hits and no walks over six innings for the win. Pedro Echemendia (two innings) and Corey Baker (one) finished the job.

Saturday’s game:  at Midland (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (6-3, 2.66)

Palm Beach at Charlotte (rain)

The Beach Birds’ opener at Charlotte was postponed due to rain with the two clubs playing a Saturday double-header, weather permitting.

Saturday’s games:  at fourth-place Charlotte (TB), 4:00 pm ET, Jake Woodford (5-3, 2.89)/Derian Gonzalez (3-7, 4.46)

Peoria 1 at Kane County 0

The Chiefs edged Kane County on Friday due to excellent pitching by starter Mike O’Reilly.  The right-hander threw eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while fanning nine and walking none.  O’Reilly earned his sixth win of the season.  Eric Carter added a scoreless ninth to earn his seventh save of the season.

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The lone run came in the seventh inning.  Brian O’Keefe doubled, then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch.  The offense managed only three hits for the evening, oddly all were doubles, with others by Stefan Trosclair and Danny Hudzina.

Trosclair and O’Keefe each stole a base.  Trosclair swiped second and third for his 9th and 10th stolen bases of the season in 12 attempts.  O’Keefe stole his fifth base in as many tries.

Hudzina made a fielding error, his sixth error of the season.

The Chiefs are 36-42 overall and 6-3 in the second half to put them tied for first place in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Kane County, Ian Oxnevad (2-7, 3.93) 6:30 CT

State College 7, Auburn 6

The Spikes squeaked past the Doubledays on Friday night.  After falling behind, the Spikes took the lead with a four-run sixth inning.  Auburn responded by tying the score in the top of the sixth.  State College roared back with three more in the bottom frame to take the lead back.  The Doubledays rallied with two runs in the eighth but fell short.

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

The Spikes’ offense scored seven runs on eight hits.  Evan Mendoza hit a solo home run in the sixth inning and was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Tyler Lancaster plated two on a sixth inning single.  Erik Garcia followed with an RBI single to score another run.  Two runs came home in the seventh on an Auburn throwing error.

Starter Sam Tewes pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 13 hits.  Tewes fanned six and walked one.  Steven Farinaro followed, surrendering two runs, one earned, on three hits in 1 2/3 innings, for both a blown save and the win.  Colton Thomson got the last out of the eighth inning in relief of Farinaro.  Noel Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

The Spikes are 7-4 and tied for first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Daniel Castano (2-0, 1.93) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City 7, Greeneville 3

The Cardinals defeated the Astros on Friday night with the help of two three-run innings.

The first inning began with two consecutive hit by pitches of Chase Pinder and J.D Murders, followed by walks by Brady Whalen and Julio Rodriguez.  Pinder scored on the Rodriguez walk.  Jonathan Rivera hit a sac fly to score Murders. Luis Bandes singled to score Whalen.  In the seventh, a double by Rivera and a singles from Bandes and Irving Wilson plated three.  Carlos Talavera hit an RBI single in the sixth.  Bandes and Talavera were both 2-for-4.

Cardinals starter Alvaro Seijas pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning six and walking one.  Seijas earned his first win of the season.  Fabian Blanco followed with 2 2/3 innings of relief, allowing one run on three hits.  Evan Guillory pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 6-3 and are tied for first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Pulaski, Johan Oveido (1-0, 0.00) 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 8

The Cardinals fell behind early and failed to catch up, going down in defeat to the Marlins on Friday.  The Cards were held scoreless until the seventh, when they managed to send two runs home, on a sac fly by Luis Flores, and an RBI triple by Andrew Brodbeck, but it was not enough.  Brodbeck was 2-for-4 on the day.

The rehabbing Brodbeck (from Palm Beach) committed a fielding error.  Newly-drafted center fielder Terry Fuller stole the first base of his career in his first attempt.  Fuller also had an outfield assist at home plate

Zach Duke (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Injured and rehabbing St. Louis reliever Zach Duke pitched the first inning, a scoreless frame with one hit and one strikeout.  Following Duke was regular starter Brian Pirela, who pitched four innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  Pirela took the loss.  Enrique Perez took the sixth and surrendered two additional runs.  Chris Hunt added a scoreless seventh.  Kevin Hamann started the eighth and relinquished four runs, three earned on three hits while only recording one out. Patrick Dayton relieved Hamann and got the final two outs.

Saturday’s game: at Astros, Winston Nicacio 10:30 am ET

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Phillies Red 3

The Cardinals defeated the Phillies Red on Friday taking the early lead with a four run first inning.  It began with two walks and a stolen base, followed by an RBI double by Ivan Herrera that plated one.  Freddy De Jesus doubled next to score two.  De Jesus later scored the fourth run on a throwing error.  A fifth run came home in the fourth inning on a William Jimenez triple followed by a Franklin Soto single.  Jimenez was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Soto was also 3-for-4, as was De Jesus.

Francis Ventura was the starter and the winning pitcher.  Ventura threw five innings, giving up one run on two hits.  Anthony Trompiz surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 frames. Christoffer Zapata and Dionis Zamora combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings with Zamora earning his third save.

Saturday’s games: vs. Twins (double-header) 10:30 am ET

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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of June 19-25

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Game Recaps

Monday, June 19 – Off day

Tuesday, June 20 – Cardinals 8 at Phillies 1 (11 innings)

In the first game of a three game series in Philadelphia, the Cardinals went hog wild in extra innings, scoring seven runs in the 11th to secure the victory.  The long ball was featured prominently, as the Cardinals hit three.  Jedd Gyorko got the Redbirds on the board first with a solo shot in the second inning.  Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham were part of the 11th inning surge, each with a two run shot.  Pham was 2-for-5, as were Aledmys Diaz and Paul DeJong.  Stephen Piscotty doubled to left center field in the 11th to plate two.  Matt Carpenter’s double in the 11th also drove in a run.

Starter Mike Leake pitched a quality start.  The right hander went six innings, giving up one run on three hits while fanning five and walking three. Brett Cecil, Trevor Rosenthal, Seung-Hwan Oh, Kevin Siegrist, and Sam Tuivailala each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Siegrist was the winning pitcher.


Wednesday, June 21 – Cardinals 7 at Phillies 6 (10 innings)

Another day, another extra inning victory for the Redbirds.  It was essentially the same hitters as the previous day that fueled the offense.  Long balls again appeared, this time with four.  Tommy Pham had two, with a solo home run in the fifth inning to finally put the Cardinals on the board, and another solo shot in the ninth.   In the sixth, Jedd Gyorko hit a two-run blast, his first multi run long ball of the season.  Jose Martinez added to the home run tally with a solo shot in the eighth.  Gyorko was 3-for-4, Pham was 2-for-5, and pinch hitter and late outfield insertion Martinez was 2-for-2.  Yadier Molina drove in a run on a single in the 10th.  Martinez scored in the 10th on a throwing error.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched four innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits.  Defensive errors by Greg Garcia in the first and fourth innings made things more difficult for Wacha.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Tyler Lyons pitched three scoreless innings and John Brebbia followed with 1 1/3 more.  Brett Cecil got the last two outs of the ninth and was the winning pitcher.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the 10th, and surrendered an additional run, but received his 16th save.

As previously noted, Garcia made two errors, a fielding error and a throwing error.  Lyons committed a throwing error.  Tommy Pham had an outfield assist.

Thursday, June 22 – Cardinals 1 at Phillies 5

The Cardinals were unable to manage the sweep, losing in a lackluster effort to the Phillies.

Carlos Martinez was trying for his seventh win, but fell short.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  Two solo home runs did not help his effort.  Martinez struck out four and walked two.  Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless seventh before Kevin Siegrist surrendered two unearned runs in the eighth.  Martinez suffered his sixth loss of the season.

The offense was stymied by the pitching of Phillies starter Aaron Nola.  Cardinals bats managed only four hits, and none at all against the Phillies bullpen.  Paul DeJong’s solo home run in the eighth inning was the only Cardinal run.  Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty, and Yadier Molina each hit singles.

There was poor defense for a second day.  DeJong committed a missed catch error.  Aledmys Diaz made a throwing error, his fifth of the season.  Jose Martinez made a fielding miscue.  On the positive side, Pham had another outfield assist, and Molina picked a runner off third base.

Friday, June 23 – Cardinals 3, Pirates 4

The Cardinals returned to Busch Stadium for some home cooking, but it didn’t go down easy.  The Redbirds were edged out by the Pirates by one run.

Adam Wainwright made the start and pitched very well, bit was not rewarded.  The right hander tossed seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, one two hits, including a solo home run.  Trevor Rosenthal began the eighth and surrendered a run, to earn the blown save. Brett Cecil got the final out of the eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, and gave up the winning run to the Pirates to earn his fourth loss of the season.

St. Louis’ offense consisted of a second inning two run home run off the bat of Jose Martinez, and a solo home run by Paul DeJong in the seventh.  Martinez was 2-for-4.

DeJong made his third error of the season, a throwing miscue.

Saturday, June 24 – Cardinals 3, Pirates 7

The weekend got worse instead of better for the Redbirds.  The Cardinals were completely overrun and overmatched by the Pirates against starter Lance Lynn.  Lynn allowed seven runs on six hits, including two home runs, in 5 2/3 innings pitched.  It was the right hander’s worst start of the season.  John Brebbia and Sam Tuivailala salvaged what they could, combining for the final 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Lynn earned his fifth loss of the season.

St. Louis’ offense managed one run against Pirates starter Gerrit Cole, a first inning solo home run by Matt Carpenter.  The offense didn’t score again until the ninth, as it was too little too late.  Pinch hitter Stephen Piscotty’s RBI single plated two.

Sunday, June 25 – Cardinals 8, Pirates 4

The Cardinals avoided the sweep, topping the Pirates comfortably.  Mike Leake was the on the mound, after struggling with four losses and a no-decision in his prior five starts.  On Sunday night, the right hander tossed six innings, surrendering four runs, three earned, for a quality start.  Leake allowed six Pirates hits, while fanning two and walking two.  Matt Bowman started the seventh, and got the first two outs with only one hit allowed.  Trevor Rosenthal entered and struck out his only hitter in three pitches.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth, as did Seung-Hwan Oh.  Rosenthal was the winning pitcher.

The offense put two runs on the board early, in the second, but didn’t score again until the sixth.  Two runs in the sixth and four in the seventh gave the Redbirds a comfortable lead.  Greg Garcia plated the two second inning runs on a single to center. In the sixth, Randal Grichuk, just recalled from Memphis, hit a mammoth solo home run, the longest home run in the history of the current Busch Stadium. Grichuk was 2-for-5.   Jedd Gyorko’ ground rule double also drove home a run.  In the seventh, Yadier Molina, singled to score Tommy Pham, who had walked.  Stephen Piscotty also drew a walk, and later scored from third on a fielding error on Aledmys Diaz’ ground ball.  Paul DeJong’s single plated Molina and Diaz.  Molina was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.

Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 3-3, with half the games on the road.  The issues with the inconsistent offense persist, as with the starting pitching, the latter which was a strength early in the season.  The bullpen has stabilized in the short term.  Defensive issues creeped back in to the picture in the last week, especially in the infield.

The Cardinals remain mired below .500 and currently sit neck and neck with the Pirates for third place in the division.  The top 4 spots in the division still remain close, however, with the Reds not far behind.  It is a division waiting for a team to take command.

 

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 41 37 0.526
Chicago Cubs 38 37 0.507 1.5
Pittsburgh 35 41 0.461 5
St. Louis 34 40 0.459 5
Cincinnati 31 43 0.419 8

 

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Stephen Piscotty is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.078.  He has 2 HRs, 2 doubles, and 6 RBI.

Jose Martinez is batting .385 with an OPS of 1.352.  He has 2 HRs, one double, and 3 RBI.

Adam Wainwright has an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 0.57.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.83.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.38.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Greg Garcia is batting .000 and has an OPS of .067 in 15 plate appearances.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 12.19 and a WHIP of 1.94.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 4.50 and a WHIP of 2.50.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 6.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 6 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Dexter Fowler for four games, and Tommy Pham for two games.

The number 3 hitter has been Stephen Piscotty for four games, and Pham for two games.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for four games, and Jose Martinez for two games.

The number 6 hitter has been Aledmys Diaz for two games, Pham for two games, Piscotty for one game, Martinez for one game, and Paul DeJong for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Diaz for two games, Greg Garcia for two games, Diaz for one game, Pham for one game, and DeJong for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been DeJong for three games, Eric Fryer for two games and Garcia for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

All of the week’s moves occurred on Sunday.

6/25 The Cardinals placed OF Dexter Fowler on the 10 day DL.

6/25 The Cardinals placed LHP Kevin Siegrist on the 10 day DL.

6/25 The Cardinals recalled OF Randal Grichuk from the Memphis Redbirds.

6/25 The Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.

6/25 The Cardinals purchased the contract of 1B Luke Voit from the Memphis Redbirds.

6/25 The Cardinals optioned OF Chad Huffman to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

2B Kolten Wong has been rehabbing from a triceps injury in St. Louis.  He has been doing some swinging and throwing, but no announcement about a rehab assignment has been made.

OF Dexter Fowler was placed on the 10 day DL with a right heel spur.

LHP Kevin Siegrist was placed on the 10 day DL with a cervical spine strain.

Yadier Molina (knee soreness) and Stephen Piscotty (forearm tightness) were scratched from games this past week due to injuries not considered severe enough to justify a disabled list trip.

Alex Reyes is hoping to begin a throwing program in late July, another step in his expected 2018 return from Tommy John surgery.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals will remain at home on Monday to play a rain makeup game against the Reds.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make that start.

The Cardinals then travel to Phoenix to play a three game series vs. the D-backs.  Carlos Martinez is scheduled to make the Tuesday start.  Adam Wainwright will start on Wednesday, followed by Lance Lynn on Thursday.

The Cardinals return home from Arizona to begin a weekend series against the Nationals on Friday.  The team continues the home stand with a four game series against the Miami Marlins. On that weekend, the Mets travel to St. Louis for a weekend series, which is the last series before the All Star Break.

After the break, the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Though the current St. Louis team has struggled with defensive issues, one Cardinal stood out this past week with stellar defense.  Outfielder Tommy Pham, playing mostly left field, but some center with the injury to Dexter Fowler, showed what he could do in Philadelphia.  Pham had two outfield assists in the series, nailing two Phillies runners at home plate.

Assists, especially in the outfield, are always an exciting but difficult to make defensive play.  In the history of the Cardinal franchise, the 1917 team stands out in the assists department.  This club holds the franchise record for assists, with 2,293 assists in the 154-game 1917 season.

The 1917 Cardinals ended the season with an 82-70 record, which put them in third place in the National League.  Manager Miller Huggins was a second baseman who had played for the Cardinals from 1910 through 1916.  Huggins became the player-manager of the team in 1912, then manager only in 1917, succeeded at second base by Rogers Hornsby.  1917 was Huggins final year as manager.

Hornsby led the team that year in assists, as an infielder, with 527.  The three primary outfielders for the team were Walton Cruise, Tom Long, and Jack Smith.  Cruise led the outfielders with 15 assists that year, followed by Smith with 12, and Long with nine.  Interestingly, Jack Smith had the distinction of making an unassisted double play as a right fielder, in a game on August 25, 1925.

Baseball has changed considerably since 1917.  The outfield assist happens less often these days, but it remains one of the more exciting defensive plays in the game.

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