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Cardinals Minor League Notebook Postseason Edition – September 13, 2018

photo: Andrew Knizner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Memphis lost, but managed a road split in Games 1 and 2 of the Pacific Coast League finals. Peoria was shut out in the opener of the Midwest League finals, held at Dozer Park. Redbirds catcher Andrew Knizner had two hits and scored the lone Cardinals run across the two Thursday contests.

Results from the games played Wednesday, September 12th.


Fresno Grizzlies 10, Memphis Redbirds 1

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Fueled by six runs in the second inning and three long balls in total, the Grizzlies stormed to a 10-1 victory over the Redbirds to even the Pacific Coast League Championship Series at one win apiece.

Memphis starter Tyler Lyons had a rough outing. The lefty recorded just five outs and was pulled after Fresno scored six earned runs on seven hits. Reliever Will Latcham, turned in 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Edward Mujica and Austin Warner each worked a scoreless inning before Genesis Cabrera and Conner Greene combined to allow three more runs over the seventh and eighth innings.

At the plate, Memphis had six base hits and three walks, and posted their lone run on third baseman Max Schrock’s sacrifice fly in the top of the third inning. Catcher Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4 and scored the run, as the Redbirds collectively went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners on base.

Next game: Chris Ellis (0-0, 0.00) vs. Fresno Grizzlies, 7:05 PM Central time on Friday.


Bowling Green Hot Rods 4 at Peoria Chiefs 0

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Hot Rods capitalized in several key situations on Wednesday and defeated the Chiefs, 4-0, in Peoria. With the win in the opening game of the Midwest League Championship Series, Bowling Green now has a 1-0 lead.

Chiefs starter Johan Oviedo was the loser. In his five innings of work, the Hot Rods scored all four runs, including three in the fourth inning on a pair of home runs. Three Chiefs relievers – Ben Yokley, Thomas St. Clair, and Edgar Gonzalez – combined for four scoreless innings to close out the game. Nonetheless, the Chiefs offense could not get anything going.

Peoria hitters fanned seven times on Wednesday and with five hits, five walks, and a double play, the Chiefs left nine runners on base. Right fielder Yariel Gonzalez led the way with two base hits, and first baseman Zach Kirtley’s double was the club’s only extra-base hit. Designated hitter Luken Baker drew two walks and had a pair of strikeouts, while third baseman Nolan Gorman fanned three times and center fielder Justin Toerner was punched out twice.

Thursday’s game: Zach Prendergast (0-0, 0.00) vs. Bowling Green Hot Rods, 6:30 PM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook Postseason Edition – September 10, 2018

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

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

Recaps of games played on Sunday, September 9.


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

Giovanni Gallegos (Reinhold Matay/USA TODAY Sports)

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

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

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

Next game: TBA at Fresno Grizzlies on Tuesday.


Peoria Chiefs 5, Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

Jake Dahlberg (Peoria Chiefs)

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

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

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

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook Postseason Edition – September 6, 2018

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In St. Louis Cardinals playoff action, Memphis was stopped by wet grounds and Palm Beach was eliminated by Fort Myers. Luken Baker plated three and Johan Oviedo threw six scoreless innings in Peoria’s opening win.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, September 5.


Memphis Redbirds postponed

Due to rain in Oklahoma City, the first game of the Pacific Coast League Semifinals was postponed on Wednesday. The Redbirds and Dodgers will make up the contest with a doubleheader of seven-inning contests on Thursday that will start at 5:05 PM Central time. Kevin Herget will start the first game for the Redbirds, and Tyler Lyons will toe the rubber in the second contest.

Thursday’s games: Kevin Herget and Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5:05 PM Central time.


Fort Myers Miracle 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

With a 3-1 loss in Tuesday’s contest, the Cardinals suffered the same fate on Wednesday to the Miracle (MIN). With two defeats to open the best-of-three series, the Cardinals’ season ended on Wednesday night.

Palm Beach second baseman Irving Lopez drove in his club’s only run with a sacrifice fly to score first baseman Stefan Trosclair in the third inning. Lopez and catcher Jose Godoy each had two base hits, as the Cardinals combined for nine. Going 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, Palm Beach left 11 runners on base.

Starter Ian Oxnevad allowed two runs in 4 2/3 innings. The runs came via a two-out home run in the top of the third inning, leading to a loss for Oxnevad. Reliever Will Latcham worked the next 1 1/3 innings and surrendered a run before Jacob Patterson and Bryan Dobzanski combined for three scoreless frames to round out the game.


Peoria Chiefs 3, Quad Cities River Bandits 0

Luken Baker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Two runs in the fourth inning and another in the fifth propelled the Chiefs to a 3-0 victory to open their first-round playoff series with the River Bandits (HOU). Peoria snapped its six-game losing skid.

Chiefs designated hitter Luken Baker, our Player of the Day, drove in all three runs for Peoria on Wednesday. Baker launched a two-run homer in the fourth inning and added a sacrifice fly in the fifth. Though they scored enough runs to win, the Chiefs had 13 strikeouts on Wednesday. Third baseman Nolan Gorman fanned three times, and four players struck out twice.

On the mound, Chiefs starter Johan Oviedo turned in a quality start. The 20-year old worked six scoreless innings and held the River Bandits to just three base hits with seven strikeouts. Robbie Gordon and Patrick Dayton each earned a hold before Kodi Whitley recorded the final four outs to collect a save.

Thursday’s game: Zach Prendergast (0-0, 0.00) at Quad Cities River Bandits, 6:35 PM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 3, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 on Sunday. Player of the Day Delvin Perez’ first career home run and a strong outing by starter Eli Kraus helped State College break its eight-game losing skid.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, September 2.


Memphis Redbirds 2 at Nashville Sounds 1

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With stellar pitching and just enough offense, the Redbirds enjoyed a 2-1 win over the Sounds in Nashville on Sunday.

Memphis starter Jake Woodford earned his fifth Triple-A win with a quality start. Woodford turned in six innings of one-run ball before the bullpen took over. Tommy Layne pitched the seventh and eighth innings and recorded his fifth hold, and Edward Mujica logged a clean ninth for his 13th save.

Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar drove in designated hitter Ramon Urias and second baseman Tommy Edman on a double in the top of the sixth inning. It was Tovar’s 15th double, and he is up to 47 runs batted in. Urias was 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, and first baseman Rangel Ravelo, center fielder Lane Thomas, and right fielder Alex Mejia each had a base hit.

Monday’s game: Chris Ellis (6-4, 3.86) at Nashville Sounds, 12:05 PM Central time.


Tulsa Drillers 7 at Springfield Cardinals 1

John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Drillers scored three runs in the fifth inning and four in the ninth to pound the Cardinals, 7-1, in Springfield.

Starter Casey Meisner worked six innings and allowed three runs, all the result of a one-out, bases-clearing triple with the bags full in the top of the fifth inning. Meisner fanned eight Drillers batters but ultimately suffered his second loss of the season. Junior Fernandez pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings before Hector Mendoza allowed four runs in the ninth on four hits, a walk, and a sacrifice fly.

Left fielder John Nogowski provided all the offense with his 11th home run of the year. Of Springfield’s seven hits, Nogowski’s was the only one that went for extra bases. It was a rough day in the strikeout department for Springfield, with 12 collectively by the offense. Third baseman Evan Mendoza fanned three times, and center fielder Blake Drake, second baseman Stefan Trosclair, and catcher Ivan Herrera were punched out twice apiece.

Monday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (2-2, 1.82) vs. Tulsa Drillers. 12:15 PM Central time.


Lakeland Flying Tigers 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

A quiet day at the plate by the Cardinals turned in to a 2-0 loss to the Flying Tigers on Sunday afternoon in Lakeland.

The Cardinals totaled four hits total, with left fielder Dylan Carlson’s double and second baseman Irving Lopez’s two walks the highlights. Palm Beach went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded seven runners.

It was an all-hands-on-deck approach for the Cardinals on the mound. Ian Oxnevad worked two innings, followed by an inning from Colton Thomson. Austin Sexton worked the fourth and fifth innings and surrendered both Tigers runs, leading to his fourth loss. Jacob Patterson, Will Latcham, and Yeison Medina followed with a scoreless frame apiece to finish up the game and the regular season.

The Cardinals first postseason game will be on Tuesday in Fort Myers at 5:30 PM Central time.


Quad Cities River Bandits 2, Peoria Chiefs 1

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs led off with a run, but they were held quiet the rest of the game. With two runs across the eighth and ninth frames, the River Bandits enjoyed a 2-1 win on Sunday.

Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez doubled and scored on an error in the top of the first inning for what turned out to be Peoria’s only run. Gonzalez was 2-for-3 and left fielder Andres Luna went 2-for-4 with a double. Center fielder Nick Plummer drew two walks, and the Chiefs stranded seven runners.

Starter Angel Rondon turned in a very solid outing of 7 1/3 innings with seven strikeouts and just two walks. The River Bandits finally cracked him in the eighth, as Rondon surrendered one run before Kodi Whitley took over. Whitley allowed a run in the bottom of the ninth and took his second blown save and second loss of the season.

Monday’s game: Jake Dahlberg (4-2, 2.93) at Quad Cities River Bandits, 1:15 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 9 at Williamsport Crosscutters 1

Delvin Perez (State College Spikes)

Eight runs across the final three frames propelled the Spikes to a 9-1 victory in Williamsport over the Crosscutters, ending State College’s eight-game losing streak.

Spikes shortstop Delvin Perez, our Player of the Day, drove in five runs. Perez went 3-for-5 with two doubles and his first home run of his three-year pro career. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante and third baseman Stanley Espinal also went yard in the Spikes’ nine-run burst, while first baseman Brady Whalen and catcher Matt Duce each scored a pair of runs.

Eli Kraus started for State College and logged six scoreless innings, resulting in his third win in five decisions. He allowed just four hits, one walk and fanned six. Reliever Edgar Gonzalez earned his fourth hold after pitching the seventh and eighth innings before Kevin Hamann turned in a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game: TBA at Williamsport Crosscutters, 12:05 PM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 30, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4 on Wednesday. Player of the Day Wilfredo Tovar had three hits and two RBI in Memphis’ road win. Johnson City closed its 2018 with a victory, but the Gulf Coast League Cards bowed out of the post-season.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, August 29.


Memphis Redbirds 8 at Round Rock Express 4

Wilfredo Tovar (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Powered by the big fly, the Redbirds took an 8-4 win over the Express in Round Rock on Wednesday.

Left fielder Wilfredo Tovar, our Player of the Day, along with center fielder Lane Thomas and shortstop Edmundo Sosa hit home runs in Memphis’s victory. Tovar went 3-for-4, and his two-run homer highlighted the Redbirds’ three-run eighth inning. Tovar, Thomas, and Sosa each batted in two runs, and right fielder Randy Arozarena scored three times.

Redbirds starter Chris Ellis improved his record to 6-4 with five scoreless innings. John Brebbia allowed a run in the sixth, and Tyler Webb followed with clean seventh and eighth frames, during which he fanned four Express batters. Edward Mujica allowed three unearned runs in the ninth, but recorded the final three outs.

Thursday’s game: Kevin Herget (9-10, 4.35) at Round Rock Express, 7:05 PM Central time.


Arkansas Travelers 7 at Springfield Cardinals 5

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals could not overcome a late Travelers rally and fell, 7-5, to visiting Arkansas on Wednesday evening.

Springfield starter Evan Kruczynski worked 6 2/3 innings and was charged with four runs. He was followed out of the bullpen by Junior Fernandez, who was touched for three runs through the eighth inning. Hector Mendoza logged a scoreless ninth, but Springfield’s bats did not prevail. Kruczynski was charged with the loss, his second in four decisions for the Cardinals.

At the plate, the Cardinals scored five runs on eight hits, highlighted by a three-run ninth that came up just a bit short. Cardinals first baseman Chris Chinea drove in two runs in and left fielder Victor Roache drove in another with his 11th double. Earlier, right fielder Johan Mieses launched a solo homer, his ninth of the season.

Thursday’s game: Genesis Cabrera (7-9, 4.28) vs. Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals postponed

Due to rain, the Cardinals game at the Dunedin Blue Jays was postponed. It will be made up on Thursday as part of a doubleheader, with the first game set to begin at 4:00 PM Central time.


Kane County Cougars 6 at Peoria Chiefs 0

Jake Dahlberg (Peoria Chiefs)

In a game that was very quiet through the first six innings, the Cougars came up with three runs in the seventh and three in the ninth to defeat the Chiefs by a 6-0 score on Wednesday.

Jake Dahlberg was the Chiefs’ starting pitcher and turned in a very solid outing. Dahlberg worked seven innings and allowed three runs – all in the seventh – with seven strikeouts and only five base hits allowed. Dahlberg was the tough-luck loser, nonetheless, and this dropped his record to 4-2. Robbie Gordon pitched a scoreless eighth before Thomas St. Clair surrendered a three-run homer in the ninth.

On the offensive side, Peoria was shut out on six hits, including two by first baseman Zach Kirtley. The Chiefs scuffled, punching out 13 times. Third baseman Nolan Gorman struck out three times, and Kirtley, catcher Dennis Ortega, and second baseman Nick Dunn each fanned twice.

Thursday’s game: Johan Oviedo (10-9, 4.24) vs. Kane County Cougars, 6:30 PM Central time.


West Virginia Black Bears 13 at State College Spikes 4

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Powered by four crooked-number innings, the Black Bears clawed their way to a 13-4 victory over the Spikes on Wednesday. The loss reduced State College’s elimination number down to one.

State College starter Chris Holba was roughed up for seven earned runs in his two-plus innings of work. Holba faced four batters in the third before Hector Villalobos entered the game in relief and allowed two more runs before he pitched a scoreless fifth. Edgar Gonzalez followed with two scoreless frames, and Winston Nicacio limited the Black Bears to one run across the eighth and ninth innings. Gabe Gentner got the first two outs of the ninth and gave up three runs. Outfielder Walker Robbins entered and logged the final out for the Spikes.

At the dish, the Spikes totaled 10 strikeouts and left three runners on base. The small total of stranded baserunners stems from two double plays and only seven hits. Spikes third baseman Stanley Espinal had a double and a home run, driving in all three of his club’s runs. Second baseman Edwin Figuera and right fielder Lars Nootbaar scored the other two runs, while Espinal had the team’s only extra-base hits.

Thursday’s game: Diego Cordero (2-4, 4.50) vs. West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 6, Kingsport Mets 4

Dariel Gomez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

With offensive contributions from throughout the lineup and strong pitching, the Cardinals enjoyed a 6-4 victory over the Mets in the final game of their season.

Johnson City first baseman Dariel Gomez hit two doubles, scored two runs, and drove in two. Left fielder Andrew Warner had a pair of hits and scored twice, and third baseman Liam Sabino and catcher Brandon Purcell drew two walks apiece. Sabino hit his third home run, a two-run shot, to highlight the Cardinals’ third inning.

Cardinals starter Dionis Zamora allowed two runs over five innings. Zamora fanned five and limited the Mets to just four hits. Zamora was followed out of the bullpen by Juan Alvarez, the game’s winning pitcher. Alvarez improved to 3-2 after working two frames of one-run ball. Michael Brettell worked the eighth to earn his third hold, and Evan Sisk had a clean ninth to account for his fifth save.


Game One: GCL Cardinals 11, GCL Tigers West 5

Josh Shaw (Cotuit Kettleers)

In the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Cardinals scored 11 runs on as many hits to defeat the Tigers West by an 11-5 final. The contest was a resumption of Tuesday’s game suspended by rain and the result tied the best-of-three GCL post-season series at one win apiece.

The Cardinals went 6-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and eight of nine players in the starting lineup scored at least one run. Second baseman Josh Shaw had two doubles and four runs batted in, and left fielder William Jimenez and first baseman Carlos Soto each drove in two runs. Jimenez, right fielder Jhon Torres, and catcher Ivan Herrera scored two runs apiece.

Cardinals starter Brian Pirela allowed three runs over his four-inning outing before the suspension. Freddy Pacheco picked up the win with a scoreless fifth inning, and Ty Cohen earned a hold as he completed the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings. Alex Gallegos tossed a scoreless ninth to finish out the win.


Game Two: GCL Tigers West 9 at GCL Cardinals 2

The Tigers West scored early and often to defeat the Cardinals, 9-2, in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader. The defeat ended the GCL Cardinals season.

Cardinals starter Francisco Justo allowed six runs in his 2 1/3 innings of work, leading to a loss for him. The Tigers scored three runs in the top of the first inning, followed by five in the third. Justo was pulled in the third inning in favor of Chris Rivera, who surrendered the other two runs in the frame. Rivera went on to finish the third inning and pitch scoreless fourth and fifth frames before Griffin Roberts and Edgar Escobar combined for four innings with no earned runs.

The bats were pretty quiet – on the Cardinals side. The Cardinals combined for five hits, two apiece from third baseman Zack Gahagan and right fielder Jhon Torres. Torres’ double accounted for the team’s only extra-base hit. Designated hitter Terry Fuller, though hitless, made the most of his plate appearances by drawing three walks.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 27, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3 on Sunday, with the biggest win moving the GCL Cards into the finals. Player of the Day Johan Mieses’ grand slam gave Springfield a wild, extra-innings win.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, August 26.


Nashville Sounds 7 at Memphis Redbirds 3

With a pair of three-run frames, the Sounds pulled off a 7-3 win over the Redbirds in Memphis on Sunday.

Daniel Poncedeleon labored across his 4 1/3 innings of work on Sunday, needing 92 pitches to get those 13 outs – including seven strikeouts. Conner Greene allowed two runs as he pitched through the sixth inning, and Tommy Layne was tagged for three unearned runs in the seventh inning. Edward Mujica and Andrew Morales combined to work two scoreless frames to finish Memphis’s pitching duties.

Nevertheless, the Redbirds did not come through at the plate. First baseman Alex Mejia and shortstop Edmundo Sosa each had two base hits, and left fielder Randy Arozarena, second baseman Max Schrock, and catcher Steven Baron each batted in a run. Memphis did not have an extra-base hit and left five runners on base after going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

Monday’s game: Adam Wainwright (0-0, 0.00) vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:35 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 7 at Tulsa Drillers 4 (10 innings)

Johan Mieses (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With four runs in the top of the 10th inning, the Cardinals defeated the Drillers by a 7-4 score in Tulsa on Sunday.

Cardinals right fielder Johan Mieses is our Player of the Day. With one out in the 10th, Mieses launched a grand slam, his eighth home run of the season, to put Springfield up for good. Shortstop Tommy Edman had three base hits and scored three runs, and first baseman John Nogowski went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Matt Pearce worked five innings of three-run ball in his start for Springfield. Pearce was followed out of the bullpen by an inning apiece from relievers Hector Mendoza, Junior Fernandez, Derian Gonzalez, Seth Elledge, and Landon Beck. Elledge picked up the win and is now 3-1.

Monday’s game: Casey Meisner (1-1, 3.41) at Tulsa Drillers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Jupiter Hammerheads 3 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2

Evan Guillory (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth but fell just short of the Hammerheads, 3-2, in Sunday’s contest.

With two outs, first baseman Juan Yepez – was 2-for-4 – drove in shortstop Irving Lopez with a double to put the Cardinals on the board. Left fielder Shane Billings followed with a base hit to score Yepez, but Billings was thrown out at second base trying to stretch his single into a double, which ended the game.

Cardinals starter Sam Tewes logged three innings and allowed two runs. Tewes faced three batters in the fourth before Evan Guillory took over. Guillory worked the remaining six innings and limited the Hammerheads to one run. Tewes took the loss and dropped to a 1-3 record with the Beach Birds.

Monday’s game: TBA at Dunedin Blue Jays, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 10, Beloit Snappers 2

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

A productive day in many ways at the plate and on the mound led the Chiefs to a 10-2 rout of the Snappers on Sunday.

In his first game for the Chiefs, right fielder Justin Toerner had four hits with two runs batted and two runs scored. Center fielder Andres Luna went 2-for-4 with four RBI, and shortstop Rayder Ascanio was 2-for-3 and scored twice. Though Peoria had 14 hits, second baseman Wood Myers’ double was his club’s only extra-base hit. The team combined to go 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position and every player scored or drove in a run.

Chiefs starter Zach Prendergast improved to 7-3 on the season after a quality start. Prendergast worked six innings of two-run ball and fanned six Snappers batters. Reliever C.J. Saylor handled the mound work from there, as he fired three clean innings, and was credited with his third save of the year.

Monday’s game: Angel Rondon (3-2, 2.96) vs. Beloit Snappers, 6:30 PM Central time.


Batavia Muckdogs 3, State College Spikes 2

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Muckdogs scored their runs across the first two innings and held on to defeat the Spikes by a 3-2 final score on Sunday.

Spikes starter Jacob Schlesener allowed a run in the first inning and two in the second on a day where he lasted 5 2/3 frames. Schlesener struck out a team-record 11 batters but ultimately suffered the loss. With State College this year, Schlesener is now 2-5. Michael Baird worked the final 2 1/3 innings.

State College stranded six runners on base and was 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position. Right fielder Lars Nootbaar doubled for the Spikes’ lone extra-base hit, and drove in both of the club’s runs. Shortstop Edwin Figuera and second baseman Imeldo Diaz each scored, and catcher Alexis Wilson drew State College’s only walk.

Monday’s game: Franyel Casadilla (4-1, 1.59) at Batavia Muckdogs, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 3 at Greenville Reds 2

Cole Aker (North Carolina)

Fueled by just enough offense and quality pitching, the Cardinals enjoyed a 3-2 road win over the Reds on Sunday.

Cardinals designated hitter Zach Jackson drove in the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. Third baseman Liam Sabino was 2-for-4 and scored the aforementioned run, and right fielder Leandro Cedeno had a double, a stolen base, and a run batted in.

Starter Chris Hunt worked six innings of two-run ball, fanning six Reds batters. Cole Aker turned in three scoreless innings of relief and took a much-deserved win to improve his record to 3-2.

Monday’s game: TBA vs. Kingsport Mets, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Phillies East 1

Perry DellaValle (Seton Hill University)

With a three-run rally in the seventh inning, the Cardinals defeated the Phillies East by a 4-1 score in Sunday’s one-game GCL semi-final.

Cardinals shortstop Mateo Gil, designated hitter William Jimenez, and left fielder Diomedes Del Rio each drove in a run in the decisive frame. For the game, first baseman Carlos Soto was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and center fielder Carlos Soler went 2-for-4 and scored a run.

On the pitching front, Cardinals starter Perry DellaValle turned in six scoreless innings. DellaValle fanned nine batters and surrendered only three hits before the bullpen took over. Freddy Pacheco pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed an unearned run. Pacheco was followed by Griffin Roberts’ 1 1/3 scoreless frames and a clean ninth inning from Edgar Escobar. Pacheco was credited with a hold, Roberts the win, and Escobar the save.

Monday’s game: at Tigers West for Game 1 of the best-of-three title series, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals off

The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off and this week was no exception. On Monday morning, 9:30 AM Central time, the division-winning  Cardinals Blue will take on the Rangers1 in the opener of the best-of-three league semi-finals.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 23, 2018

photo: Franyel Casadilla (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system scuffled to a 3-6 Wednesday. Player of the Day Franyel Casadilla spun seven scoreless innings on one hit, one walk and 10 strikeouts in State College’s road win. The DSL Cardinals Blue are nearing the organization’s first-ever division title.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, August 22.


New Orleans Baby Cakes 4, Memphis Redbirds 2

Justin Williams (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Redbirds got on the board with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Baby Cakes went on to score four unanswered runs and win Wednesday’s game by a 4-2 score. Memphis has dropped four straight.

Memphis left fielder Justin Williams smacked a two-run home run in the opening frame, his third long ball with the Redbirds. First baseman Ramon Urias, who was 2-for-4, scored on Williams’ homer. Third baseman Edmundo Sosa doubled twice and is up to 12 for Memphis.

Starter Jake Woodford allowed four runs over his five innings. Woodford walked four batters and dropped to 4-4 with the loss. Relievers John Brebbia, Tommy Layne and Edward Mujica each pitched a scoreless inning.

Thursday’s game: Chris Ellis (5-4, 4.37) at New Orleans Baby Cakes, 7:00 PM Central time.


Northwest Arkansas Naturals 3, Springfield Cardinals 2

Andy Young (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Though the Cardinals had more hits, the Naturals came out on top of the column that matters, as they enjoyed a 3-2 win on Wednesday.

In his second rehab outing for Springfield and fourth overall, Adam Wainwright turned in three scoreless innings with three strikeouts. Wainwright limited the Naturals to two singles and did not issue a walk, needing only 44 pitches (29 strikes) to get through his start. Casey Meisner followed with four innings of two-run ball. Meisner fanned seven. The Naturals scored a run against starter-turned-reliever Connor Jones in the bottom of the eighth inning to hand him his fifth loss of the season and drop his record to 5-5.

Cardinals second baseman Andy Young went 2-for-5 with his ninth home run since reaching Double-A; the long ball led off the game. Center fielder Chase Pinder was 3-for-3, and right fielder Blake Drake had two base hits. Third baseman Evan Mendoza and left fielder Victor Roache each fanned three times as the Cardinals combined to leave eight runners on base.

Thursday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (2-1, 0.43) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:05 PM Central time.


Fort Myers Miracle 6 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Irving Lopez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Miracle pounded out 16 hits on Wednesday and rolled to a 6-1 win over the Cardinals at Roger Dean.

Cardinals starter Alex Fagalde surrendered four earned runs on 11 hits (including three doubles) in his five innings. Fagalde dropped to 4-1, as he took the loss. Ramon Santos worked 2/3 of an inning before Yeison Medina turned in 2 1/3 frames, and Mike O’Reilly logged a scoreless ninth.

Cardinals second baseman Irving Lopez went 2-for-4 including a solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning, his second home run for Palm Beach. Left fielder Conner Capel was 2-for-4, and first baseman Stefan Trosclair and designated hitter Ryan McCarvel each doubled. Palm Beach was just 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. Fort Myers Miracle, 5:30 PM Central time.


Kane County Cougars 9, Peoria Chiefs 6

Julio Rodriguez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cougars rode a six-run third inning to a 9-6 victory over the visiting Chiefs on Wednesday.

Chiefs starter Angel Rondon dropped to 3-2 after he allowed eight runs (seven earned) in four innings. Rondon was on the hook for Kane County’s six runs in the third inning, a frame that included a hit batter, a throwing error, two walks, and two home runs. C.J. Saylor was sharp in relief, as he logged three clean innings with six strikeouts. Thomas St. Clair pitched the eighth inning and allowed the Cougars’ last tally.

Julio Rodriguez, Peoria’s designated hitter, hit pair of doubles and drove in four. Shortstop Wood Myers scored twice, and center fielder Brandon Riley and second baseman Nick Dunn had two hits apiece. The Chiefs stranded six runners and combined for 10 strikeouts, including four by catcher Dennis Ortega.

Thursday’s game: Jake Dahlberg (3-1, 2.42) at Kane County Cougars, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 6 at Williamsport Crosscutters 1

Franyel Casadilla (The Cardinal Nation)

With four runs in the top of the ninth to seal the deal, the Spikes were 6-1 winners over the Crosscutters in Williamsport. Surging State College has won 13 of its last 15 games to even its season record at 32-32.

Every batter in the Spikes’ lineup had a hit. Designated hitter Stanley Espinal was 2-for-4, and third baseman Edwin Figuera had three base hits. Espinal and Figuera each scored twice, and first baseman Brady Whalen drove in two. Though they struck out a dozen times, the Spikes went 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position.

State College starter Franyel Casadilla is our Player of the Day. Casadilla dazzled in his seven scoreless innings, as he held the Crosscutters to one base hit and one walk with 10 punchouts. The latter tied the team record. Casadilla picked up the win to improve to 4-1. Edgar Gonzalez worked the last two innings (allowing a run in the eighth) and notched his first professional save.

Thursday’s game: Eli Kraus (2-1, 2.39) vs. Auburn Doubledays, 6:05 PM Central time.


Burlington Royals 18, Johnson City Cardinals 8

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

With five crooked-number innings – including three with greater than two runs – the Royals stormed to an 18-8 win over the visiting Cardinals.

The Johnson City defense committed five errors, contributing to the Royals’ seven unearned runs. Cardinals starter Kyle Leahy dropped to 3-3 on the season as he allowed 13 runs (seven earned) in 4 1/3 innings. Reliever Enrique Perez fanned five batters in 2 2/3 frames before Jacob Sylvester worked the final two innings and was smacked for four earned runs. The Royals were 10-for-21 with runners in scoring position.

Johnson City had a solid evening at the plate, despite losing by 10 runs. Designated hitter Andrew Warner, second baseman Donivan Williams, and third baseman Liam Sabino each scored twice. Warner and right fielder Sanel Rosendo were 3-for-4, and left fielder Luis Cedeno hit his 12th home run of the season.

Thursday’s game: Colin Schmid (2-2, 5.36) vs. Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals off

The division-winning Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off Wednesday and will continue play on Thursday. At 10:00 AM Central time, the Cardinals will host the Astros.


Game One: DSL Brewers 9, DSL Cardinals Red 0 (7 innings)

In the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, the Brewers shut out the Cardinals Red by a 9-0 final score.

The Cardinals totaled just three hits, two off the bat of second baseman Erik Pena. Right fielder Luis Montano doubled and walked, and shortstop Franklin Soto drew a walk and was hit by a pitch to account for the team’s entire offensive activity. The Cardinals stranded five runners.

On the mound, Cardinals starter Ludwin Jimenez allowed three runs over four innings. With the loss, Jimenez’s record dropped to 4-4 on the season. In one inning each, relievers Gabriel Contreras and Augusto Calderon allowed three runs apiece.


Game Two: DSL Cardinals Red 10, DSL Brewers 7 (7 innings)

The Cardinals Red smashed their way to a 10-7 victory over the Brewers in the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

The whole batting order worked together to produce 10 runs. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in, and left fielder Erik Pena and first baseman Yowelfy Rosario each drove in three. Pena hit his third triple of the season, and Rosario clubbed his third home run. Hernandez, Pena, catcher Cristhian Longa, and right fielder Luis Montano all scored a pair of runs. The Cardinals combined to go 7-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Cardinals starter Allinson Benitez allowed five runs over his five-inning outing but was supported by a hearty offense. Benitez was credited with his second win in four decisions. Ronald Suarez gave up two runs in the seventh inning, and Jhon Victorino recorded the final two outs to notch his first professional save.

Next game: vs DSL Cubs 2, 9:30 AM Central time on Friday.


DSL Cardinals Blue 3, DSL Rockies 2

With just enough offense in their favor, the Cardinals Blue enjoyed a 3-2 win over the Rockies. The 49-20 Blue hold a one-game division lead with three contests remaining.

Cardinals second baseman Sander Mora went 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base, and two runs scored. First baseman Freddy De Jesus, center fielder Adanson Cruz, and designated hitter Malcom Nunez each batted in a run. Right fielder Darlin Moquete scored the Cardinals’ other run.

Starter Inohan Paniagua worked 4 2/3 innings and held the Rockies to one run while striking out six. Reliever Victor Villanueva worked 2 1/3 frames and earned his first win as a pro. Saniel Santana logged two scoreless innings to earn his second save.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rockies, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 20, 2018

photo: Tommy Parsons (Adrian College)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3 on Sunday. Player of the Day Tommy Parsons spun a seven-inning, complete-game shutout to enable Johnson City to split its twinbill. Three rehabbing major leaguers helped Springfield to a rain-shortened win.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, August 19.


Round Rock Express 3 at Memphis Redbirds 1

Justin Williams (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

With three runs in the fifth inning, the Express were 3-1 winners on Sunday over the Redbirds at AutoZone Park.

Memphis starter Austin Warner was rocked for 14 hits in 4 1/3 innings. The Express hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning. Warner was followed with scoreless relief from Tyler Webb, Conner Greene, and Giovanny Gallegos, but the Redbirds’ bats did not come through.

Redbirds left fielder Justin Williams hit a solo home run in the bottom of the second inning, Memphis’s only run. Third baseman Max Schrock had two base hits, but the Redbirds were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners.

Next game: Tyler Lyons (0-0, 2.45) at New Orleans Baby Cakes, 7:00 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Springfield Cardinals 2, Corpus Christi Hooks 0 (five innings)

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Three Major League players made their impact in Springfield’s 2-0 win over the Hooks in Sunday’s five-inning rain-shortened contest.

Adam Wainwright, our Player of the Day, started for the Cardinals and struck out four batters in two scoreless innings. Eighteen of Wainwright’s 27 pitches were strikes. Wainwright was relieved by another rehabbing big-league hurler: Carlos Martinez. Martinez worked a scoreless inning before Hector Mendoza held the Hooks scoreless across the fourth and fifth innings and earned his third win of the season.

Cardinals center fielder Yairo Munoz doubled and scored a run. Designated hitter Johan Mieses blasted a two-run homer in the fourth inning to account for the only runs. The Cardinals and Hooks had only two hits each.

Next game: TBA at Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:05 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Palm Beach Cardinals 11 at Charlotte Stone Crabs 8 (11 innings)

Brian O’Keefe (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With five runs in the top of the 11th inning, the Cardinals were 11-8 winners over the Stone Crabs in Sunday’s back-and-forth affair.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the ninth inning and two more in the 10th, only for Chattanooga to knot the game up again in the bottom half each time. Designated hitter Elehuris Montero and center fielder Conner Capel each batted in a run in the 11th inning. First baseman Ryan McCarvel was credited with his second run batted in after being hit by a pitch in the same inning, and third baseman Irving Lopez came through with a two-run single. Although not in on the action in the 11th inning, catcher Brian O’Keefe had three runs batted in earlier in the game, and second baseman Stefan Trosclair scored three runs.

Cardinals starter Jesus Cruz allowed one run over his five innings of work before the bullpen entered the contest. Jacob Patterson, Yeison Medina, Ramon Santos, and John Kilichowski all appeared before Mike O’Reilly worked 1 1/3 innings. O’Reilly was credited with his second win of the season. Austin Sexton recorded the final two outs, including a strikeout to end it.

Next game: TBA vs. Fort Myers Miracle, 5:30 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Quad Cities River Bandits 1, Peoria Chiefs 0

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs came out on the losing side of Sunday’s quiet, 1-0 ballgame in Quad Cities.

The River Bandits scored the lone run in the fifth inning against Peoria starter Johan Oviedo, who fanned five batters over his five innings of work. Oviedo took the loss, as his record evened at 9-9. C.J. Saylor turned in two scoreless innings, and Ben Yokley worked a frame of zeroes, but the Chiefs’ bats did not prevail.

Peoria had just two base hits – singles by second baseman Wood Myers and shortstop Rayder Ascanio. The Chiefs struck out 14 times, tying their season high in futility, including four by third baseman Nolan Gorman and two apiece by designated hitter Dennis Ortega, catcher Julio Rodriguez, and left fielder Nick Plummer.

Monday’s game: TBA at Quad Cities River Bandits, 6:35 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 5 at Mahoning Valley Scrappers 3

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Powered by a four-run third inning, the Spikes were 5-3 winners over the Scrappers on Sunday. It marked State College’s record 12th consecutive road win.

Spikes designated hitter Stanley Espinal drove in three, including a solo home run in the ninth, his sixth long ball of the year. Right fielder Kevin Woodall had State College’s two other RBI. Although they were victorious, the Spikes went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Chris Holba turned in a quality start for State College. Holba logged six frames and limited the Scrappers to three runs on the way to his third win of the year. Jim Voyles, Edgar Gonzalez, and Cory Malcom each followed with a scoreless inning to close out the game. Voyles and Gonzalez were each credited with a hold, and Malcom notched his fifth save.

Monday’s games: regular contest after resumption of 8/16 suspended game, Diego Cordero (2-3, 4.36) vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, 6:05 PM Central time.


Game One: Elizabethton Twins 5, Johnson City Cardinals 3

Benito Santiago (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Cardinals and Twins resumed Game 1 from August 2nd, which was suspended due to weather, in the third with the score tied at one.

In the fourth, the Twins plated two runs to take a 3-1 lead.  The Cardinals answered with two in the bottom of the inning to tie the score.  Dariel Gomez and Michael Perri had back-to-back singles before Brian Sanchez reached on a fielding error that allowed Gomez to score.  Benito Santiago grounded out, but that allowed Perri to score to re-tie the game at three.  The Cardinals had just five hits. Santiago had two RBI despite going hitless.

The Twins answered right back, putting two on the board in the top of the fifth and held on for the win.

Dionis Zamora went all five innings on Sunday, surrendering eight hits, four runs (one earned), walked two, and notched four strikeouts on route to his third loss of the season.


Game Two: Johnson City Cardinals 6 at Elizabethton Twins 0 (seven innings)

Tommy Parsons (Bret Jacomet photo)

With plenty of offense and strong pitching, the Cardinals took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 6-0 score.

Johnson City first baseman Dariel Gomez led the way with four runs batted in. Gomez was 3-for-4 with his sixth double of the season. Left fielder Leandro Cedeno scored two runs, and right fielder Luis Flores went 2-for-3 with his fourth stolen base.

Tommy Parsons finished what he started on Sunday. The Cardinals’ right-hander logged seven scoreless frames and fanned seven Twins batters to earn his fifth win in six decisions this season. Parsons threw 67 of his 95 pitches for strikes, allowed four hits and walked only one batter.

Monday’s doubleheader: TBA at Elizabethton Twins, 5:00 PM Central time. The second game will follow.


GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Marlins 6 (11 innings)

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

It took 11 innings, but the Cardinals ultimately enjoyed a 7-6 win over the Marlins on Sunday.

Designated hitter Terry Fuller drove in two runs, and third baseman Zack Gahagan scored twice. In the bottom of the 11th inning, catcher Joe Freiday drove in shortstop Raffy Ozuna to account for the game-winning tally.

Starter Francisco Justo worked four innings. Justo allowed two runs before Jose Geronimo followed with three scoreless frames. Rodard Avelino allowed three runs in the seventh inning to take a blown save, and Alex Gallegos surrendered an unearned run in the ninth before Chris Rivera took over. Rivera, now 3-1, worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings to wrap up the win.

Next game: at GCL Nationals, 9:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals off

The Dominican Summer League always takes Sundays off. On Monday morning, 9:30 AM Central time, the Cardinals Blue will play at the Yankees while the Cards Red squad remains home to face the Rangers2.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 16, 2018

photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4 on Wednesday as relief troubles were a common theme. Player of Day Stefan Trosclair singled, doubled, homered and plated three for Palm Beach.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, August 15.


New Orleans Baby Cakes 10 at Memphis Redbirds 6

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

By taking advantage of shaky Redbirds pitching, the Baby Cakes won Wednesday’s game by a 10-6 score at Memphis’ AutoZone Park.

Redbirds starter Connor Jones needed 73 pitches to make it through three innings of four-run ball. Jones walked six batters and surrendered a two-run home run. Giovanny Gallegos pitched a clean fourth inning before Dominic Leone allowed a grand slam in the fifth inning, the big blow of the game from the Baby Cakes. Leone was charged with his first loss as a Redbirds rehabber from St. Louis. Landon Beck was scoreless across the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, and Edward Mujica served up a two-run long ball in the ninth.

Memphis second baseman Tommy Edman was 2-for-5 and hit his first Triple-A home run, a two-run shot in the second inning. First baseman Alex Mejia and catcher Carson Kelly each had two hits, and third baseman Edmundo Sosa had two runs batted in. The Redbirds stranded 10 baserunners in the contest.

Thursday’s game: Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes, 7:05 PM Central time.


San Antonio Missions 8 at Springfield Cardinals 3

Casey Meisner (Stockton Ports)

With a seven-run outburst in the top of the ninth inning, the Missions charged to an 8-3 victory on Wednesday in Springfield.

Cardinals starter Casey Meisner worked five innings and held the Missions to one run. Einiery Garcia recorded two outs before Will Latcham worked scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Seth Elledge then entered and turned in a scoreless eighth before it unraveled in the ninth. With two outs, the Missions rallied for seven runs, including four against Elledge and three off Derian Gonzalez. Elledge took his first blown save and loss in Springfield.

At the plate, Cardinals first baseman John Nogowski was 3-for-4. Right fielder Blake Drake hit a home run, his sixth of the season. Springfield combined to go 1-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners on base.

Thursday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (2-1, 0.43) vs. San Antonio Missions, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 6, Tampa Tarpons 4

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

On the strength of four unanswered runs, the Cardinals enjoyed a 6-4 home win over the Tarpons on Wednesday.

Left fielder Stefan Trosclair, our Player of the Day, went 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and three runs batted in. Shortstop Kramer Robertson and third baseman Elehuris Montero both had two hits and a stolen base. Palm Beach went 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position.

On the mound, Jake Walsh logged four innings of two-run ball. Mike O’Reilly came up with 2 2/3 frames of relief, and it was Jason Zgardowski and his 2 1/3-inning outing who earned the win. Zgardowski was scoreless across the final three innings and collected his second win in three decisions.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. Tampa Tarpons, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs suspended

Due to rain, the game between the Chiefs and Kernels in Cedar Rapids was suspended in the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday. The scoreless affair will resume on Thursday prior the the regular game, which will be shortened to seven innings.

Thursday’s game: TBA at Cedar Rapids Kernels, 6:35 PM Central time.


Williamsport Crosscutters 5 at State College Spikes 3

Brady Whalen (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes scored three runs early, but the pitching did not hold up as the visiting Crosscutters won Wednesday’s contest, 5-3.

Spikes first baseman Brady Whalen hit his fourth home run of the season in the second inning, and designated hitter Stanley Espinal was credited with the other run batted in for State College. The Spikes had seven hits and three walks and stranded eight runners.

State College starter Diego Cordero allowed four runs in his five innings of work. Winston Nicacio followed with two scoreless innings of relief, and Edgar Gonzalez allowed a run as he worked the eighth and ninth innings. Cordero dropped to 2-3 on the season with the loss.

Thursday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (2-3, 3.09) vs. Williamsport Crosscutters, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday and will continue play Thursday on the road. Cole Aker (4-1, 4.17) will take on the Princeton Rays at 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Nationals 10 at GCL Cardinals 0

Diomedes Del Rio

Everything went wrong for the Cardinals on Wednesday in their 10-0 defeat by the visiting Nationals.

The Cardinals had only four hits, two off the bat of center fielder Diomedes Del Rio. Del Rio and third baseman Raffy Ozuna each tripled, and right fielder Jhon Torres doubled. Despite the extra-base hitting, the Cardinals could not push any runs across the plate. The Nationals, however, had a different story.

Cardinals starter Perry DellaValle didn’t pitch too badly, as he worked four innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts. He took the loss, nonetheless, and dropped to 0-2. Jose Geronimo worked three innings before Griffin Roberts and Wilberto Rivera combined to allow six runs in the top of the eighth inning. Rodard Avelino worked a scoreless ninth, but it was to no avail.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, 9:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Red 15 at DSL Diamondbacks 2 5

Powered by eight runs in the fifth inning, the Cardinals Red stormed to a 15-5 victory over the Diamondbacks 2 on Wednesday.

Every player contributed at the plate for the Cardinals in their big win. Four players (first baseman Claudio Ramirez, shortstop Yowelfy Rosario, catcher Joyser Garcia, and designated hitter Luis Andujar) had two runs batted in apiece, and center fielder Joerlin De Los Santos and second baseman Franklin Soto each scored three runs. The Cardinals took advantage of six Diamondbacks errors, garnered 14 total hits and went 8-for-19 with runners in scoring position.

Picking up his fourth win of the season, starter Ludwin Jimenez fanned eight Diamondbacks batters across six scoreless innings. Relievers Dionys Rodriguez and Augusto Calderon combined to log the final three frames, with only two of the five runs earned.

Thursday’s game:  vs DSL Diamondbacks 2, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 7, DSL Nationals 5

With timely hitting in the back half of the game, the Cardinals Blue enjoyed a 7-5 win over the Nationals.

The Cardinals scored four runs in the sixth, one in the seventh, and one in the eighth to fuel their victory. Second baseman Ramon Mendoza and center fielder Darlin Moquete each scored two runs, and third baseman Malcom Nunez led the way with two runs batted in. Mendoza, Moquete, left fielder Jean Selmo, and shortstop Sander Mora doubled, and the Cardinals combined to go 5-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

On the mound, starter Francis Ventura logged six innings and held the Nationals to four runs. Ventura was relieved by Josue Ramirez, who recorded two outs, before Leonardo Taveras took over. Taveras worked 2 1/3 scoreless frames to close out the game and earn his fourth win in five decisions this season.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Nationals, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2018

photo: Alex Fagalde (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4 on Sunday. Player of the Day Alex Fagalde fanned eight in six scoreless innings for Palm Beach. Other mound standouts include Angel Rondon of Peoria and State College’s Eli Kraus.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, August 12.


Oklahoma City Dodgers 9, Memphis Redbirds 0

Starting with five runs in the bottom of the first inning, the Dodgers cruised to a 9-0 victory over the Redbirds on Sunday night in Oklahoma City.

Memphis starter Jake Woodford took his third Triple-A loss after allowing eight runs (four earned) on 11 hits across his four-inning outing. Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil each turned in a scoreless inning before Landon Beck allowed a run in the eighth, his second inning of work.

The Redbirds offense managed only two base hits. Center fielder Tyler O’Neill and catcher Steven Baron singled, and shortstop Tommy Edman was on base via two walks. Sloppy fieldwork by the Redbirds helped fuel the Dodgers’ big night. O’Neill made two errors in the field, Baron had a passed ball, and right fielder Justin Williams committed a throwing error.

Monday’s game: Kevin Herget (8-8, 4.46) vs. New Orleans Baby Cakes, 6:35 PM Central time.


Corpus Christi Hooks 6, Springfield Cardinals 1

Jose Alexander Martinez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals couldn’t get much going at the plate and fell to the Hooks, 6-1, in Corpus Christi on Sunday.

Second baseman Andy Young, left fielder Johan Mieses, designated hitter Andrew Knizner, and center fielder Chase Pinder each had a base hit, and Pinder and catcher Jeremy Martinez drew one walk apiece. Young and Mieses were hit by a pitch to account for Springfield’s baserunners in the game. Shortstop Jose Martinez drove in Knizner to account for the Cardinals’ only run, which came in the fifth inning.

Springfield starter Anthony Shew surrendered six runs, all earned, across his 4 2/3 innings. Junior Fernandez, Derian Gonzalez, and Seth Elledge combined for scoreless relief following Shew.

Next game: Matt Pearce (0-4, 5.76) vs. San Antonio Missions, 6:30 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Lakeland Flying Tigers 0

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

Two runs were enough support, as the Cardinals’ pitching led the way in a 2-0 home win over the Flying Tigers on Sunday.

Palm Beach starter Alex Fagalde, our Player of the Day, turned in six scoreless innings with eight strikeouts to improve to 3-0 since his promotion to the Florida State League. In relief, Yeison Medina worked three frames to preserve the win and earn his second save.

In the sixth inning, third baseman Elehuris Montero and second baseman Irving Lopez each knocked in a run. Catcher Brian O’Keefe and Montero scored. Though they were victorious, the Cardinals were outhit by the Flying Tigers, 4-3. The Cardinals drew five walks, however, including three by O’Keefe, to help fuel their rally.

Monday’s game: Adam Wainwright (rehab debut) vs. Tampa Tarpons, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 2, Clinton LumberKings 1

Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)

With a run in the eighth inning and superb pitching throughout, the Chiefs enjoyed a 2-1 victory over the LumberKings at Dozer Park on Sunday.

Peoria designated hitter Luken Baker hit a solo home run, his fourth of the year, in the fourth inning to get the Chiefs on the board. With the score knotted at one in the eighth, third baseman Nolan Gorman drove in shortstop Rayder Ascanio, who represented the go-ahead run for the Chiefs.

Chiefs starter Angel Rondon worked seven innings of one-run ball, one of his best outings as a member of Peoria’s pitching staff. Rondon exited in a tie game, however, so it was Robbie Gordon who took home the win. Gordon worked a scoreless eighth, and Kodi Whitley earned his eighth save with a clean ninth.

Monday’s game: Jake Dahlberg (1-1, 3.75) vs. Clinton LumberKings, 7:00 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 9 at Auburn Doubledays 3

Eli Kraus (Kent State University)

Plenty of run manufacturing on Sunday led the Spikes to a 9-3 win over the Doubledays. This is the Spikes’ ninth consecutive win on the road.

Two Spikes – right fielder Justin Toerner and designated hitter Walker Robbins – had three hits, and four – center fielder Wadye Ynfante, second baseman Nick Dunn, third baseman Stanley Espinal, and left fielder Lars Nootbaar – had two hits. Catcher Alexis Wilson and first baseman Brady Whalen each doubled, and if you’re counting, that is 16 hits for State College in Sunday’s game. Espinal had three runs batted in, and Ynfante and Dunn drove in two apiece.

On the mound, Eli Kraus turned in five shutout innings with just one hit allowed and notched his first win as a professional. Reliever Edgar Gonzalez allowed three runs in the sixth before the trio of Cory Malcom, Will Changarotty, and Kevin Hamann worked one scoreless frame each to close out the victory.

The Spikes are off until Wednesday, as the New York-Penn League All-Star Game is Tuesday. State College will host the contest at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park at 6:05 PM Central time on Tuesday evening.


Game One: Bristol Pirates 11 at Johnson City Cardinals 3 (seven innings)

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

Three runs in the second inning, two in the third, two more in the fifth, and four in the sixth led the Pirates to an 11-3 win over the Cardinals in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

Johnson City starting pitcher Kyle Leahy worked five innings, during which he surrendered seven earned runs on nine hits and two walks. Leahy sustained the loss, as his record for the Cardinals evened at 2-2. Juan Alvarez allowed four runs before David Oca pitched a scoreless seventh.

Second baseman Donivan Williams hit a two-run home run, his fifth long ball of the season. Left fielder Leandro Cedeno drove in a run to account for Johnson City’s third and final run of the game.


Game Two: Bristol Pirates 2 at Johnson City Cardinals 1 (seven innings)

Benito Santiago (University of Tennessee)

In more of a quiet fashion, the Pirates took the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader sweep, 2-1.

Cardinals starter Colin Schmid worked five innings and allowed two runs, both in the top of the third inning. Parker Kelly pitched two scoreless frames in relief, but the Cardinals’ bats did not prevail.

Johnson City right fielder Brian Sanchez scored on catcher Benito Santiago’s single in the second inning, accounting for the Cardinals’ only production. Shortstop Moises Castillo doubled for the Cardinals’ only extra-base hit in Game 2.

Monday’s game: TBA vs. Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals off

The first-place Gulf Cardinals were off Sunday and will continue play on Monday against the Astros. First pitch of that game is set for 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue and Red off

The Dominican Summer League always takes Sundays off. On Monday morning, 9:30 AM Central time, the Cardinals Blue will play at the Angels while the Cards Red squad remains home to face the Mets2.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 10, 2018

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 7-2 on Thursday. Our Player of Day, outfielder Joerlin De Los Santos, sparked the DSL Cards Red to a doubleheader sweep. Top pitching performances came from Austin Warner, Casey Meisner, Jesus Cruz, Jacob Patterson, Johan Oviedo, Perry DellaValle and Wilman Madera.

Recaps of games played on Thursday, August 9.


Memphis Redbirds 2 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 1

Austin Warner (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A run in the top of the ninth snapped a 1-1 tie, and the Redbirds defeated Oklahoma City in a battle of first-place teams on Thursday night.

Redbirds shortstop Edmundo Sosa tied the game in the fifth with a home run, his third with Memphis. With two on and one out in the ninth, third baseman Patrick Wisdom doubled in first baseman Rangel Ravelo, which ultimately served as the game-winning run for Memphis.

Memphis starting pitcher Austin Warner held the Dodgers to one run in his 5 2/3 innings of work. Giovanny Gallegos recorded the final out of the sixth inning before Brett Cecil, Dominic Leone, and Andrew Morales each tossed a scoreless inning to wrap up the evening. Rehabber Leone picked up his first win, and Morales collected his fifth save.

Friday’s game: Connor Jones (0-0, 4.05) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 4 at San Antonio Missions 3

Casey Meisner (Stockton Ports)

A stellar outing on the bump by Casey Meisner was at the root of Springfield’s 4-3 win over the Missions on Thursday.

Starter Meisner dazzled across seven frames of two-run ball. Meisner struck out six batters, walked two, and evened his record at 1-1 with the victory – his first with Springfield. Reliever Seth Elledge pitched the eighth and ninth innings and notched his second save.

Meisner went 2-for-3 at the plate, and first baseman John Nogowski and right fielder Blake Drake each had two hits as well. Nogowski, Drake, left fielder Johan Mieses, and catcher Chris Chinea each batted in a run, and Nogowski, Drake, Mieses, and shortstop Jose Martinez each scored. All four of the Cardinals’ runs were scored with two outs, and the team was 4-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Friday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 0.64) at Corpus Christi Hooks, 7:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 2

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

With plenty of timely hitting to pair with quality work on the mound from Jesus Cruz and Jacob Patterson, the Cardinals defeated the Tigers by a 7-2 score.

Palm Beach went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Kramer Robertson, second baseman Stefan Trosclair, and designated hitter Ryan McCarvel all had three hits, and Robertson led the way by scoring three runs and stealing two bases. Catcher Brian O’Keefe was in on the action, too, with two doubles and two runs batted in.

Cardinals starter Cruz improved his record to 4-0 with a quality start. The right-hander tossed six innings and limited the Tigers to two runs with nine strikeouts. Out of the bullpen, Patterson deserves recognition for his appearance as he worked three scoreless innings and collected his third save.

Friday’s game: TBA vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 4 at Kane County Cougars 1

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Powered by a three-run sixth and very solid pitching led by Johan Oviedo, the Chiefs enjoyed a 4-1 win in Kane County over the Cougars.

First baseman Zack Kirtley, third baseman Yariel Gonzalez, designated hitter Luken Baker, and center fielder J.R. Davis each scored a run for the Chiefs. Gonzalez and Davis both had two hits, and Davis had an outfield assist. Peoria went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, but that was better than Kane County’s 0-for-10 mark.

On the mound, Chiefs starter Johan Oviedo pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings and improved to 9-7 with the win. Kodi Whitley worked 1 1/3 innings, and Frederis Blanco and C.J. Saylor each logged an inning. Whitley got his third hold, and Saylor earned his second save.

Friday’s game: Angel Rondon (3-0, 2.51) at Kane County Cougars, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 8, West Virginia Black Bears 7

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes came out on top of Thursday’s 8-7 home game against the Black Bears.

State College designated hitter Stanley Espinal was 4-for-5 at the plate with two runs scored. Second baseman Nick Dunn had three hits, and left fielder Lars Nootbaar had two. Shortstop Delvin Perez and center fielder Wadye Ynfante drove in two runs apiece on a night that the Spikes went 5-for-17 with runners in scoring position.

In five innings, starter Chris Holba held West Virginia to one run (a solo homer in the second) and tossed only 60 pitches. Eli Kraus logged a scoreless sixth before Will Changarotty surrendered four runs in the seventh inning without recording an out. Winston Nicacio came in and fired two innings of zeroes, and earned a much-deserved win. Cory Malcom got in trouble in the ninth and allowed two runs, but Kevin Hamann secured the final two outs to notch his seventh save.

Friday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (2-3, 3.41) vs. West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Princeton Rays 10 at Johnson City Cardinals 2

Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Rays scored 10 unanswered runs to erase the Cardinals’ early lead and cruise to a 10-2 win in Johnson City.

Cardinals starter Cole Aker lasted 4 1/3 innings and surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits. Aker whiffed seven batters, tying his career-high for most strikeouts in an outing. In relief of Aker, who is now 1-1 on the season, Jacob Sylvester and Oneiver Diaz allowed two runs apiece before Junior Gonzalez turned in a scoreless ninth. Nonetheless, Johnson City’s bats couldn’t overcome Princeton’s rally.

Center fielder Jonatan Machado and left fielder Leandro Cedeno each had two hits – one single and one double – for the Cardinals. Cedeno and center fielder Brandon Riley scored the team’s only runs. Cedeno and designated hitter Andrew Warner were the only players in Johnson City’s starting lineup to not strike out. The team combined to whiff 11 times and strand eight runners on base.

Friday’s game: TBA vs. Princeton Rays, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Marlins 8 at GCL Cardinals 4

Perry DellaValle (Seton Hill University)

The Marlins scored seven runs against the Cardinals’ bullpen in the back half of the game for an 8-4 win.

Cardinals starter Perry DellaValle turned in five innings of one-run ball. Along the way, DellaValle fanned 10 batters and walked none. The troubles began with relievers Francisco Justo and Jose Geronimo, who combined to allow seven runs across the sixth and seventh innings. Rodard Avelino and Wilberto Rivera each logged a scoreless frame after, but the damage had been done.

At the plate, Cardinals first baseman Zack Gahagan and second baseman Kevin Vargas were both 2-for-3. Gahagan drove in one, and Vargas scored once. Center fielder Carlos Soler came home twice, and he and Vargas both doubled to account for the Cardinals’ only extra-base hits.

Friday’s game: at GCL Nationals, 11:00 AM Central time.


Continued from 7/23: DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Cubs2 3

With four runs in the third inning and two more in the fourth, the Cardinals Red defeated the Cubs2 by a 6-3 score in a game continued from 7/23.

The Cardinals drew 11 walks and did not tally an extra-base hit. Player of the Day and left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos, shortstop Franklin Soto, and third baseman Francisco Hernandez each had two walks. Soto and Hernandez drove in a run apiece, and De Los Santos scored twice.

Allinson Benitez pitched two innings as the Cardinals’ starter. As play resumed, Wilman Madera came up big with five innings of one-run (it was unearned) ball, and he earned his second win of the season. Augusto Calderon worked the eighth, and Dionys Rodriguez fired a clean ninth for his second save.


DSL Cardinals Red 12 at DSL Cubs2 6 (7 innings)

In Thursday’s regularly-scheduled game, the Cardinals Red doubled up the Cubs2 by a 12-6 final score.

The Cardinals scored four runs in the first inning, two in the second, two in the third, and four in the seventh. Center fielder Joerlin De Los Santos and first baseman Cristhian Longa each went 4-for-5 with two runs batted in and two runs scored. De Los Santos, our Player of the Day, doubled and tripled and is up to 13 and five, respectively, in those categories.

Red starting pitcher Ludwin Jimenez allowed five runs in as many innings but still evened his record at 3-3 with a victory. Reliever Gabriel Contreras yielded a run in the sixth, and Sebastian Tabata tossed a scoreless seventh.

Friday’s game: at DSL Phillies White, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue off

The DSL Cardinals Blue were off Thursday and will continue play against the DSL Phillies Red at home on Friday at 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 9, 2018

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-3 on Wednesday. Player of Day Freddy De Jesus helped power the DSL Blue Cards to a pair of wins.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, August 8.


Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds were off Wednesday, as they traveled to Oklahoma City. There, the Redbirds will take on the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Thursday at 7:05 PM Central time. Austin Warner (1-0, 2.45) will take the mound for Memphis.


San Antonio Missions 4, Springfield Cardinals 1

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals scored in the top of the first, but the slim lead was not enough as the Missions plated two in the second and two in the fourth for a 4-1 win.

Springfield starter Matt Pearce allowed all four runs across his 5 2/3 innings of work. Pearce took the loss and dropped to 0-4. Eric Carter secured the final out of the sixth, and Junior Fernandez and Derian Gonzalez each pitched a scoreless frame.

There is not much to say about the Cardinals at the plate. Shortstop Tommy Edman and third baseman Evan Mendoza each had two base hits as part of Springfield’s total of six. Edman scored the club’s lone run on an RBI single by first baseman John Nogowski.

Thursday’s game: Casey Meisner (0-1, 4.15) at San Antonio Missions, 7:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 16 at Florida Fire Frogs 10

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

Powered by 12 runs in the second inning, the Cardinals crushed their way to a 16-10 victory over the Fire Frogs.

Every player in Palm Beach lineup scored at least one run. Right fielder Scott Hurst led the way with three, while catcher Brian O’Keefe, first baseman Ryan McCarvel, shortstop Irving Lopez, and second baseman Stefan Trosclair scored two apiece. O’Keefe and Trosclair each hit a home run, and McCarvel knocked in four. The Cardinals combined to hit .500 (9-for-18) with runners in scoring position.

Palm Beach starter Ian Oxnevad picked up his fifth win of the season, despite allowing six runs over five innings. John Kilichowski logged a scoreless sixth before Mike O’Reilly was touched for three runs in the seventh. Yeison Medina and Austin Sexton combined to record the final seven outs as Medina was credited with his fifth hold.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5:30 PM Central time.


Kane County Cougars 4, Peoria Chiefs 2

J.R. Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cougars’ bats came through when they were needed the most, and that resulted in the Chiefs’ 4-2 loss in Kane County on Wednesday night.

Jake Dahlberg started for the Chiefs and allowed four earned runs on 12 hits in five innings, resulting in his first loss with Peoria. Thomas St. Clair and Patrick Dayton combined to go scoreless over the final three frames, but Peoria’s offense did not prevail.

The Chiefs stranded 10 runners on base. In his first game with the Chiefs after his promotion from Johnson City, third baseman Nolan Gorman went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts. Center fielder J.R. Davis scored both of Peoria’s runs, and Davis and designated hitter Zach Kirtley each accounted for two of the Chiefs’ nine hits. On top of the nine hits, the Chiefs drew seven walks; nonetheless, a collective 3-for-12 effort with runners in scoring position did not serve Peoria well.

Thursday’s game: Johan Oviedo (8-7, 4.80) at Kane County Cougars, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 3, West Virginia Black Bears 2

Justin Toerner (State College Spikes)

It came down to the final inning, but the Spikes pulled out a 3-2 walk off win over the Black Bears.

With the bases loaded and two outs, Spikes first baseman Brady Whalen was at the plate when a wild pitch allowed right fielder Justin Toerner to score the game-winning run. Toerner was 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and shortstop Edwin Figuera and third baseman Stanley Espinal each had a pair of base hits. Although they were victorious, the Spikes went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 11 runners.

Diego Cordero logged 7 2/3 innings in his start, his longest outing for State College. Cordero allowed two runs and did not factor in the final decision. Reliever Troy Montemayor picked up the win after twirling 1 1/3 clean frames to improve to 2-1.

Thursday’s game: Chris Holba (2-2, 2.73) vs. West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals postponed

The game on Wednesday between the Cardinals and Pirates in Bristol, Virginia, was postponed due to rain and will be played at Johnson City on Sunday, August 12.

The Cardinals will return home to face the Princeton Rays at 6:00 PM Central time on Thursday. The team has not announced their starting pitcher.


Game One: GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Astros 1

Mateo Gil

In a quiet contest at the plate for both sides, the Cardinals won the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader by a 2-1 score over the Astros.

Cardinals shortstop Mateo Gil did the run manufacturing himself, as he hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning. It was his first home run as a professional. Right fielder Jhon Torres scored on Gil’s long ball. The Cardinals’ pitching handled things from there.

Starter Connor Coward logged five innings and improved to 3-0 with a deserved win. Coward limited the Astros to just one base hit. Alex Gallegos pitched the sixth inning, and Edgar Escobar fired the seventh. Gallegos picked up his fifth hold, and Escobar notched save number six.


Game Two: GCL Astros 3, GCL Cardinals 2

Griffin Roberts (Wake Forest)

In a slightly less quiet affair, two Cardinals’ runs were not enough; the Astros split the doubleheader with a 3-2 victory.

Right fielder Jhon Torres was 3-for-3 at the plate for the Cardinals. Torres doubled and homered, his second of the season. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio scored the Cardinals’ other run. In this half of the doubleheader, however, two runs were not enough.

In his second pro outing, Cardinals starter Griffin Roberts pitched two scoreless innings before he was lifted in favor of Chris Rivera. Rivera tossed three innings of one-run ball, and Ty Cohen followed with a pair of scoreless innings. Freddy Pacheco was charged with his first blown save and second loss of the year when he allowed two unearned runs in the eighth inning, as the Astros came from behind to get the win.

Next game: vs. GCL Marlins, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Red 17, DSL Cubs 2 9

Four unanswered runs late in the game paired with a pair of five-run frames from earlier in the contest equated to a 17-9 victory for the Cardinals over the Cubs.

Several players made an impact at the dish on Wednesday, including all three outfielders: left fielder Claudio Ramirez, right fielder Alexander Samuel, and center fielder Luis Montano. Ramirez had four runs batted in with two doubles, and Samuel drove in three with a home run. Montano and first baseman Cristhian Longa scored three runs apiece, and shortstop Yowelfy Rosario had the patience to draw three walks.

On the mound, Cardinals starter Martin Cordova did not factor in the final decision after his five-inning outing. Cordova surrendered six runs and was relieved by Roy Garcia, who worked the sixth and seventh frames. Garcia ultimately picked up the win, his first in three decisions this year. Nelson Prada logged zeroes in the eighth and ninth frames.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Cubs2, 9:30 AM Central time.


Game One: DSL Cardinals Blue 12 DSL Twins 4

Plenty of timely hitting lifted the Cardinals over the Twins, 12-4, in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

Cardinals first baseman Freddy De Jesus, our Player of the Day, and shortstop Pablo Gomez drove in three runs each, and designated hitter Jean Selmo highlighted the box score with four runs scored. The Cardinals went 7-for-20 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight runners on base.

Starting pitcher Julio Puello worked in to the fifth inning and surrendered all four of the Twins’ runs in the game. The Cardinals turned to Leonardo Taveras out of the bullpen, and he came up with three scoreless frames to wrap up the contest. Taveras earned the win to improve to a 3-1 record.


Game Two: DSL Cardinals Blue 17, DSL Twins 2

With another offense-rich performance, the Cardinals cruised to a 17-2 win over the Twins for a sweep of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

The Cardinals scored in every inning, including 12 runs across the first three. Three-, four-, and five-hole hitters – first baseman Malcom Nunez, designated hitter Freddy De Jesus, and third baseman Ramon Mendoza – combined for 10 runs batted in. De Jesus was 3-for-3 with four runs scored and three doubles.

Francis Ventura started for the Cardinals and earned his fourth win of the season. Ventura worked five innings, and Saniel Santana followed out of the bullpen with the final two frames. Ventura and Santana each allowed one run, and the pair of hurlers combined to hold the Twins to just four hits.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Twins, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 2, 2018

photo: Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-5 on Wednesday. Player of Day Anthony Shew threw six scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts for Springfield. Outfielder Adolis Garcia remains red hot, with two home runs, raising his season total to 21.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, August 1.


Sacramento River Cats 6 at Memphis Redbirds 3

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The visiting River Cats pounced on Redbirds’ pitching and enjoyed a 6-3 victory on Wednesday.

Memphis starter Chris Ellis logged pitched into the sixth. Sacramento scored two runs apiece in the second, fifth, and sixth innings, and they were all earned. Ellis took the loss and dropped to 3-3 this season.

At the plate, Redbirds right fielder Adolis Garcia smacked two long balls – a two-run shot in the third inning and a solo homer in the eighth. Garcia is now up to 21 for the season. First baseman Rangel Ravelo scored on Garcia’s two-run shot, and left fielder Randy Arozarena’s double was the only other extra-base hit of the game for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: Jake Woodford (2-2, 3.33) vs. Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 5, Tulsa Drillers 4

Anthony Shew (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With two runs in the bottom of the 10th, the Cardinals enjoyed a 5-4 walk-off victory over the Tulsa Drillers at Hammons Field.

The Drillers took the lead in the top of the 10th inning against Cardinals reliever Derian Gonzalez. In the bottom of the frame, third baseman Evan Mendoza tied the game with a base hit before first baseman John Nogowski won the contest in the same manner. Cardinals second baseman Andy Young batted in all three of Springfield’s runs scored in regulation, with a three-run homer in the third inning.

Starter Anthony Shew, our Player of the Day, dazzled with six scoreless innings, punching out 10 Drillers. Elniery Garcia pitched the seventh, and Hector Mendoza pitched the eighth before Gonzalez handled the final two innings. Gonzalez was charged with a blown save and the win, his third victory in as many decisions.

Thursday’s game: Matt Pearce (0-2, 4.26) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:05 PM Central time.


Daytona Tortugas 4 at Palm Beach Cardinals 3

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach couldn’t overcome a late Tortugas rally and fell by a 4-3 final score in Wednesday’s game, held at Roger Dean Stadium.

Cardinals starter Evan Guillory turned in 4 ⅓ innings, during which Daytona Beach took moderate advantage of nine hits and four walks by scoring twice. Colton Thomson followed with a pair of scoreless frames before the Tortugas put up two more runs in the eighth inning against Yeison Medina. Jacob Patterson worked a clean ninth, but the Cardinals’ offense did not come back.

Palm Beach designated hitter Ryan McCarvel went 2-for-3 at the plate, including a two-run home run in the first inning. Right fielder Dylan Carlson had a pair of hits and scored a run, and shortstop Kramer Robertson went 3-for-5. Carlson and center fielder Scott Hurst each had an outfield assist, as they cut down runners at home plate.

Thursday’s game: Ian Oxnevad (4-5, 5.02) vs. Daytona Tortugas, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 4, Cedar Rapids Kernels 3

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

Fueled by early offense and strong pitching, the Chiefs were 4-3 winners over the Kernels at Dozer Park on Wednesday.

Peoria put up three runs in the bottom of the first. Third baseman Yariel Gonzalez drove in right fielder Nick Plummer on a sacrifice fly, and center fielder J.R. Davis plated catcher Dennis Ortega and first baseman Zack Kirtley on a double. Designated hitter Elehuris Montero had an RBI double in the fifth, accounting for the Chiefs’ fourth and final run. Although they were victorious, Peoria went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Chiefs starter Alvaro Seijas logged a quality start with six innings of two-run ball to improve his record to 4-6. Thomas St. Clair earned his third hold with 1 ⅔ innings of relief, and Kodi Whitley earned a four-out save, recording three strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: Jake Dahlberg (MWL debut) vs Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7:00 PM Central time.


Batavia Muckdogs 5 at State College Spikes 4

Nick Dunn (State College Spikes)

A two-run ninth-inning comeback fell just short as the Spikes lost by the slimmest of margins, 5-4, to the Muckdogs at home on Wednesday.

Spikes second baseman Nick Dunn went 2-for-5 with three runs batted in, including two on his ninth home run. First baseman Brady Whalen had two hits and scored twice, including on his solo home run in the second inning.

Franyel Casadilla started for State College and took the loss after allowing four runs. Will Changarotty pitched very well in relief, recording 3 ⅔ frames with only one run (unearned) surrendered. Troy Montemayor worked a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: A doubleheader vs. Auburn Doubledays, 3:05 PM Central time. The Spikes will go with Michael Baird (0-1, 1.48) and Edgar Gonzalez (1-0, 3.94)


Johnson City Cardinals vs. Elizabethton Twins postponed

Wednesday’s home game against the Elizabethton Twins was postponed due to rain. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Thursday. Tommy Parsons (2-1, 4.21) will start the first game at 6 pm, and Cole Aker (4-0, 2.63) will start the nightcap.


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Mets 2 (8 innings)

Brandon Purcell (Georgia College and State University)

A pair of two-run frames led the Cardinals over the Mets, 4-2, before rain ended play after the top of the eighth inning.

Cardinals catcher Brandon Purcell hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning, and center fielder Carlos Soler and first baseman Zack Gahagan knocked in a run apiece in the fourth inning. Right fielder Victor Garcia scored twice, and the Cardinals stranded only four runners.

Connor Coward started for the Cardinals and earned his second win of the season with five innings of one-run ball. Chris Rivera earned his first save after pitching the sixth and seventh innings.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. GCL Astros, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Tigers1 6 at DSL Cardinals Red 1

With struggles on both ends of the game, the Cardinals fell to the Tigers by a 6-1 score.

Cardinals starter Jose Moreno dropped to 2-4 on the season after allowing four earned runs in his five-inning outing. Sebastian Tabata allowed two runs in as many innings before Nelson Prada logged scoreless eighth and ninth frames.

The Red had just three hits on Wednesday; one each by third baseman Luis Andujar, first baseman Cristhian Longa, and second baseman Erik Pena. Andujar drove in Pena in the bottom of the fifth inning to account for the Cardinals’ only run.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Tigers 1, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Mets1 3 (Game 1)

In the opener of Wednesday’s twin bill, the Cardinals Blue took a road win at Mets1 by a 5-3 score.

After the Blue took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the home club plated two against Cards starter Julio Puello in the fourth, his final inning.

A four-run burst in the fifth gave the Blue the winning edge, with the big blow a two-run double by pinch-hitter Adanson Cruz. Other runs were plated by Malcom Nunez and Jean Selmo, who also doubled.

The Blue had just six hits, but went 3-for-6 with runners in scoring position.

Reliever Angel Cuenca pitched two innings and despite yielding a run in the sixth, was the pitcher of record when the comeback occurred. Anthony Trompiz tossed two perfect innings to claim his second save.

DSL Mets1 5, DSL Cardinals Blue 1 (Game 2 – 6 innings)

A slow time at the plate turned into a loss for the Cardinals Red, as they fell by a 5-1 score to the Mets in a six-inning game to complete the Wednesday twin bill.

Left fielder Jean Selmo drove in second baseman Elvin De Jesus for the Cardinals’ lone tally. Selmo, De Jesus, and third baseman Malcom Nunez each had one hit to make up the Cardinals’ total of three for the game. The Blue stranded five runners and went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Cardinals starter Hector Soto took his fourth loss in ninth decisions after giving up four runs (two earned) in his three innings of work. Soto faced four batters in the fourth, when the Mets scored three runs. Miguel Yedis delivered two innings of scoreless relief before Leonardo Taveras pitched the sixth and final frame.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Mets 1, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 30, 2018

photo: Nolan Gorman (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-1 on Sunday behind a lot of offense. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City third baseman Nolan Gorman, whose 4-for-5 day included two doubles, a home run and four RBI. His teammate, Donivan Williams, hit a grand slam. Memphis’ Adolis Garcia and Peoria’s Yariel Gonzalez had three-run shots and Chiefs’ third baseman Elehuris Montero tied team and league records with four doubles.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, July 29.


Memphis Redbirds 9 at Las Vegas 51s 4

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With plenty of offensive contributions from the entire batting order, the Redbirds rolled to a 9-4 victory on Sunday in Las Vegas.

Memphis right fielder Adolis Garcia had three hits in six at-bats, batting in three runs with his 19th home run of the season. Catcher Carson Kelly and center fielder Lane Thomas also had three hits and each drove in a pair of runs. Thomas had a memorable Triple-A debut, finishing a home run shy of the cycle. He was one of four Redbirds to score two runs; Garcia, left fielder Rangel Ravelo, and second baseman Wilfredo Tovar were the other three.

Kevin Herget improved his record to 8-7 with his 5 2/3 innings of work. Herget allowed four earned runs, two on solo homers. Tommy Layne, Matt Bowman, and Andrew Morales combined for 3 ⅓ frames of scoreless relief.

Monday’s game: Connor Jones (0-0, 0.00; Triple-A debut.) at Las Vegas 51s, 9:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 5, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

A pair of solo home runs in the bottom of the ninth inning led to a 5-4 walk-off win for the Cardinals over the Naturals at Hammons Field.

With one out and trailing by a 4-3 score, shortstop Tommy Edman tied the game with his fifth home run of the season. An out later, right fielder Randy Arozarena dug into the box and launched his seventh long ball for the win. Catcher Andrew Knizner and first baseman John Nogowski drove in a run apiece, and second baseman Andy Young and third baseman Evan Mendoza each scored.

In his first Double-A outing, Casey Meisner turned in a quality start of six innings with three runs allowed. The right-hander fanned six batters and walked one. Ramon Santos logged scoreless seventh and eighth innings before another new Cardinal – Seth Elledge – received his first win after working the ninth inning.

Monday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 0.00; Double-A debut) vs. Tulsa Drillers, 6:30 PM Central time.


Tampa Tarpons 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Jesus Cruz (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With zeroes throughout the first eight frames by both clubs, the Tarpons snapped that string with a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for a 1-0, walk-off win over the visiting high-A Cardinals.

Palm Beach starter Jesus Cruz logged seven shutout innings, holding the Tarpons to just four hits and one walk with eight strikeouts. John Kilichowski worked a scoreless eighth, but things went south for the lefty in the ninth. A hit batsman followed by two errors on the next play put runners at second and third with nobody out. An intentional walk loaded the bases before Tarpons left fielder Don Thompson-Williams singled up the middle to bring home the game-winning tally.

Palm Beach collected just five hits. First baseman Ryan McCarvel had two, and left fielder Dylan Carlson doubled to account for the Cardinals’ lone extra-base knock. Catcher Jose Godoy and third baseman Juan Yepez each drew a walk, and the Cardinals stranded eight runners on base.

Next game: TBA vs. Daytona Tortugas, 5:30 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Peoria Chiefs 12 at Clinton LumberKings 3

Elehuris Montero (Peoria Chiefs)

It was the visiting Chiefs who were kings of the lumber on Sunday. With runs in six of nine innings (two or more runs in four of those six), Peoria rumbled to 12-3 road win over the Clinton LumberKings.

Chiefs third baseman Elehuris Montero hit four doubles, tying the team and Midwest League single-game record, and is up to 25 on the season. Montero scored three runs and knocked in two. Second baseman Yariel Gonzalez scored three and drove in as many on a home run, and right fielder Nick Plummer scored three times, reaching base four times on a singles, two walks and a home run.

Starter Johan Oviedo worked five innings. He held the LumberKings to three runs and earned his seventh win in 14 decisions, evening his record to 7-7. Zach Prendergast and Kodi Whitley turned in two scoreless frames apiece to seal the victory.

Monday’s game: Angel Rondon (3-0, 3.54) at Clinton LumberKings, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 7 at Lowell Spinners 1

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

Timely hitting paid off, as the Spikes offense worked together for a 7-1 Sunday road victory against the Spinners.

State College third baseman Edwin Figuera and center fielder Wadye Ynfante each doubled twice, and Figuera led the way with three runs batted in and two runs scored. The Spikes combined to go 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position with only five left stranded.

Starter Diego Cordero tossed 6 1/3 innings and held the Spinners to one run. Cordero earned the win, his second of three decisions with State College. Edgar Gonzalez worked 1 ⅔ innings with three punchouts, and Kevin Hamann logged a scoreless ninth inning.

Monday’s game: Chris Holba (1-1, 3.38) vs. Batavia Muckdogs, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 8, Danville Braves 1

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

With eight unanswered runs from the third inning forward, the Cardinals cruised to an 8-1 win over the visiting Braves on Sunday.

Johnson City third baseman Nolan Gorman, our Player of the Day, highlighted the offensive effort. Going 4-for-5, Gorman smacked two doubles and his eighth home run of the season. Gorman drove in four as did second baseman Donivan Williams – via a grand slam in the fifth inning.

Colin Schmid improved to 2-0 on the season with five innings of one-run ball. Schmid fanned four and limited the Braves to only four hits. Four relievers – Evan Sisk, Oneiver Diaz, David Oca, Parker Kelly – logged four scoreless innings to close out the game, with only five Danville baserunners reaching after the third inning.

Next game: TBA vs. Elizabethton Twins, 6:00 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals vs. Astros (2 – ppd, rain)

The US entry level club took a forced Sunday off due to a pair of rainouts. The 22-10 first-place Cardinals failed a second time to get their July 24 game in. It has been moved to August 3. The regularly scheduled game was rescheduled for August 8. Both days will be doubleheaders – weather permitting, of course.

Monday’s game: TBA vs. Marlins, noon Eastern time


Dominican Summer League

The rookie-level circuit takes Sundays off.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2018

photo: Yariel Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-4 on Wednesday. Player of Day Yariel Gonzalez singled, doubled and homered, plating two in Peoria’s home win. Michael Baird’s five no-hit innings did not lead to a win for State College.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, July 25.


Salt Lake Bees 7, Memphis Redbirds 5

Despite scoring four unanswered runs late in the game, the Redbirds couldn’t overcome an early deficit, and fell to the Bees by a 7-5 score.

Leadoff hitter and center fielder Oscar Mercado had two hits, scored two runs, and batted in two runs. Mercado and right fielder Adolis Garcia each hit a double, accounting for the Redbirds’ only extra-base hits. Memphis combined to go 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and strand six runners on base.

Dakota Hudson started the game for Memphis and was removed after facing two batters in the second inning. Hudson allowed two earned runs before Tyler Webb surrendered three in his inning of work. Connor Greene came up with 3 2/3 frames of two-run ball followed by scoreless work from Tommy Layne and Edward Mujica to wrap up things on the mound for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: Chris Ellis (2-2, 3.18) at Salt Lake 8:05 pm CT


Springfield Cardinals 5 at Tulsa Drillers 2

With four runs in the top of the 10th inning, the Cardinals enjoyed a 5-2 win over the Drillers in Tulsa on Wednesday.

Cardinals second baseman Andy Young drove in the first two runs of the 10th with his first hit of the game. Left fielder Victor Roache and catcher Jeremy Martinez each batted in a run following Young’s two-RBI hit, and the team went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the game.

Springfield starter Connor Jones logged 6 1/3 frames with one run (it was unearned) allowed in what turned out to be a no-decision for Jones. Reliever Junior Fernandez followed with 1 2/3 innings of zeroes and Derian Gonzalez turned in a scoreless inning. Gonzalez picked up the win, his first with Springfield, after the Cardinals’ productive top of the 10th at the plate and Will Latcham’s scoreless bottom of the 10th on the mound.

Thursday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (3-4, 4.45) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Daytona Beach Tortugas 4

With a productive offense and a solid bullpen, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-4 victory over the Tortugas.

Three different Cardinals batted in two runs on Wednesday: second baseman Irving Lopez, first baseman Stefan Trosclair, and third baseman Danny Hudzina. Trosclair and Hudzina each hit a home run, and Trosclair and shortstop Kramer Robertson scored two runs apiece.

Evan Kruczynski allowed four earned runs across his six innings of work in an outing that ended with his fifth win. John Kilichowski and Bryan Dobzanski each logged a scoreless inning, and Jason Zgardowski struck out a batter to start the ninth inning. Kilichowski, Dobzanski, and Zgardowski were each credited with a hold, and Colton Thomson earned his second save by notching the final outs of the ninth.

Thursday’s game: TBA at Tampa Tarpons, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 7, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

With offensive production from the entire batting order, the Chiefs rolled to a 7-5 win over the Timber Rattlers.

Second baseman Yariel Gonzalez was our Player of the Day, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio and center fielder J.R. Davis also had three-hit days, and Davis drove in three runs.

Peoria starter Angel Rondon allowed five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings to earn his third win of the season. Rondon fanned 11 batters and is up to 22 in three starts for the Chiefs in 2018. Zach Prendergast picked up his fourth hold with 1 1/3 shutout innings, and Kodi Whitley notched his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (7-4, 4.16) vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 7:00 PM Central time.


Connecticut Tigers 3, State College Spikes 0

Despite a notable outing from their starting pitcher, the Spikes’ offense struggled, and the Tigers were 3-0 winners over State College on Wednesday.

Spikes starter Michael Baird turned in five hitless innings with six strikeouts, removed after throwing 64 pitches. Baird was followed out of the bullpen by Hector Villalobos, who took the loss after allowing an unearned run. Edgar Gonzalez recorded four ours and surrendered a pair of runs, and Kevin Hamann logged the final two outs.

The Spikes had only two hits: singles from shortstop Delvin Perez and third baseman Edwin Figuera, and Figuera and right fielder Lars Nootbaar each drew a walk. With a double play and eight strikeouts, the Spikes stranded three runners on base and went hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Note: Brian Walton added his images and commentary on this game for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation here.

Walton’s Log – 11 Games in 11 Days – State College Spikes

Thursday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 6.39) at Connecticut Tigers, 6:05 PM Central time.


Pulaski Yankees 12, Johnson City Cardinals 6

With a dozen runs across the sixth and seventh innings, the Yankees doubled up the Cardinals by a 12-6 score.

After Cardinals starter Dionis Zamora turned in 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball, relievers Juan Alvarez and Oneiver Diaz were lit up by the Yankees. Alvarez allowed three runs (all unearned) before Diaz surrendered six runs (three earned and three unearned) in one inning.

Eight of nine Johnson City players in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. First baseman Leandro Cedeno led the offensive effort, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in. Designated hitter Dariel Gomez drove in two runs, and shortstop Moises Castillo went 3-for-4 at the plate. Though the lost, it was a pretty successful day at the plate. The Cardinals went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position – a .625 average.

Thursday’s game: Tommy Parsons (1-1, 5.03) at Pulaski Yankees, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Marlins 6

With all their runs in the first half of the game, the Cardinals enjoyed an 8-6 victory over the Marlins.

Cardinals left fielder Andrew Warner, third baseman Josh Shaw, and second baseman Kevin Vargas each doubled and had two runs batted in. Eight of nine players in the Cardinals’ starting lineup scored a run, and eight of nine had at least one hit.

Brian Pirela improved to 5-0 with his solid start, a six-inning outing of two runs allowed on two walks and five hits. Following work from Wilberto Rivera, Ty Cohen, Francisco Justo, and Alex Gallegos, Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fifth save of the season.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. GCL Naturals, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Phillies White 9, DSL Cardinals Red 4

A rough day on the mound ended as a 9-4 loss for the Cardinals Red to the Phillies White on Wednesday.

Cardinals starter Luis Ortiz was knocked around for 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, during which he allowed seven runs and ultimately suffered his fourth loss in five decisions. In relief, Roy Garcia, Gustavo Rodriguez, and Augusto Calderon combined to allow one earned run over the final 3 2/3 frames.

Third baseman Francisco Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run homer, his third long ball of the season. Hernandez and center fielder Adanson Cruz scored two runs apiece, and right fielder Luis Montano drew two walks. The team left five runners on base.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Phillies White, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Phillies Red 3

A flurry of offense led to a 12-3 victory for the Cardinals Blue over the Phillies Red.

Cardinals first baseman Malcom Nunez and designated hitter Jean Selmo each had three hits in the game, with three runs scored a piece. Nunez and Selmo both homered, and Selmo batted in four runs. Right fielder Diowill Burgos went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs. The Cardinals were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Starter Enmanuel Solano earned his fourth win of the season with six quality innings, holding the Phillies to three runs. Angel Cuenca followed Solano over the bullpen with three shutout frames to earn his first save.

Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 23, 2018

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-1 on Sunday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Tyler O’Neill, who launched three home runs and drove in four. Strong pitching performances were logged by Anthony Shew, Alvaro Seijas, Jake Dahlberg and Cole Aker.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, July 22.


Memphis Redbirds 7, Colorado Springs Sky Sox 4

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

A memorable Sunday at the plate for left fielder Tyler O’Neill powered the Redbirds to a 7-4 victory over the Sky Sox.

Our Player of the Day smacked three home runs: solo shots in the first and third innings and a two-run bomb in the seventh. With the three long balls, O’Neill is up to 23 on the season in 56 games for the Redbirds. Memphis first baseman Luke Voit and right fielder Adolis Garcia each hit a solo home run.

In a bullpen game, the relievers came through. Tyler Webb started with 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Landon Beck allowed three runs in the fourth, and Matt Bowman surrendered an unearned run in his 1 1/3 frames. Tommy Layne earned his first win of the season with a scoreless seventh; Andrew Morales picked up his first hold with a perfect eighth, and Edward Mujica followed suit in the ninth to notch his 12th save.

Next game: Kevin Herget (6-7, 3.81) at Salt Lake City Bees, 7:35 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Springfield Cardinals 4 at Arkansas Travelers 0

Anthony Shew (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With strong pitching on their side, the Cardinals shut out the Travelers in Arkansas on Sunday by a 4-0 score.

Starter Anthony Shew tossed six scoreless innings. Shew walked five batters and struck out five, earning his fifth win in 10 decisions. Junior Fernandez pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and Derian Gonzalez turned in a clean ninth.

Four Cardinals had two-hit games: right fielder Lane Thomas, center fielder Blake Drake, third baseman Andy Young, and second baseman Luke Dykstra. Designated hitter Chris Chinea hit his 12th home run of the season, a solo shot, and Drake and first baseman John Nogowski each batted in a run as well.

Monday’s game: Austin Warner (1-3, 6.58) at Tulsa Drillers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals off

The high-A Cardinals were off Sunday and will continue their season on Monday.

Casey Meisner (5-2, 3.45) and the Beach Birds will be on the road to take on the Daytona Tortugas at 6:05 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 6 at Great Lakes Loons 2

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

Late offense and good pitching throughout lifted Peoria to a 6-2 road win over the Great Lakes Loons as the Chiefs did not let two rain delays bother them.

Chiefs designated hitter Luken Baker was 3-for-5 with a run scored and a run batted in, first baseman Yariel Gonzalez scored twice, and catcher Dennis Ortega knocked in a pair. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio hit his second home run of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth. Peoria went just 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position, but their six runs were plenty for a win – thanks to solid performances on the mound.

Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas fanned nine batters and allowed just one run across his six-inning outing. Seijas was credited with the win, his third this season. Robbie Gordon threw a scoreless inning, but Bryan Dobzanski allowed a run in the eighth before Kodi Whitley’s scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game: Alex Fagalde (5-3, 1.93) at Great Lakes Loons, 11:05 AM Central time.


State College Spikes 3, Auburn Doubledays 2 (10 innings)

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

With zeroes on the board through nine innings and a rough top of the 10th, the Spikes came back to defeat the Doubledays by a 3-2 final score.

State College starter Jake Dahlberg punched out eight batters in seven scoreless innings. Kevin Hamann followed with perfect eighth and ninth frames before Cory Malcom was tagged for two runs (one earned) in the top of the 10th inning. Malcom was in line for his first loss of the season, but ended up getting his second win, as State College rebounded with a bigger rally of their own.

Center fielder Wadye Ynfante batted in a run and another scored on a throwing error on Nick Dunn’s ball in play. With the bases loaded and two outs, left fielder Lars Nootbaar was hit by a pitch to force in the game-winning run. The team stranded 10 runners overall, but the three runs they mustered late proved to be just enough.

Courtesy of TCN’s State College reporter Cooper Deck, here is how the contest ended.

Next game: Diego Cordero (1-0, 8.18) at Connecticut Tigers, 6:05 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Johnson City Cardinals 8 at Danville Braves 0

Kevin Woodall (Bret Jacomet photo)

The bats were rolling in the Cardinals’ 8-0 win over the Braves in Danville on Sunday.

Right fielder Kevin Woodall was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, including two on his eighth home run of the year. Shortstop Michael Perri had three hits, scoring and batting in a run, and third baseman Luis Flores went 4-for-4 with three doubles. Johnson City combined to go 5-for-14 with runners in scoring position, and seven of the nine players in the starting lineup had at least one hit.

In his Johnson City debut, starter Cole Aker earned the win after spinning 5 1/3 scoreless innings. Aker fanned seven batters and allowed just three base hits. Out of the bullpen, Junior Gonzalez logged three scoreless innings to pick up his second hold and Juan Alvarez notched the final two outs, ending with a strikeout.

Monday’s game: TBA at Danville Braves, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Mets 4, GCL Cardinals 3

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

The Cardinals scored three runs in the eighth inning, but the comeback fell short, and the Mets enjoyed a 4-3 win.

Gulf Birds starter Edwar Ramirez suffered the loss, his first of the season, after he allowed four runs (just two earned) in his four-inning outing. The bullpen looked great as Jose Geronimo, Alex Gallegos, and Freddy Pacheco combined for four scoreless frames. The bats came up a bit short, however.

The Cardinals had just six hits in the contest, two from first baseman Andrew Warner. Warner hit his third home run of the season to highlight the team’s three-run eighth. Center fielder Diomedes Del Rio and second baseman Cole Kreuter each batted in a run as well.

Next game: TBA vs. GCL Astros, 11:00 AM Central time on Tuesday.


Dominican Summer League

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Monday’s games: DSL Cardinals Blue vs. Twins, Cardinals Red at Cubs2, 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 19, 2018

photo: Kevin Woodall (Coastal Carolina University)

In a big day of offense, four St. Louis Cardinals affiliates scored double-digit runs as the system went a perfect 7-0. Johnson City’s Kevin Woodall is our Player of the Day for his three home run, six RBI evening.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, July 18.


Memphis Redbirds postponed

The Wednesday game at AutoZone Park between the Iowa Cubs and Redbirds was postponed due to rain. The teams will play a doubleheader on Thursday, with the first game set to start at 5:05 PM Central time.

Dakota Hudson (12-2, 2.42) will start the opener, and Kevin Herget (6-6, 3.80) is in line to take the ball in the second game.


Springfield Cardinals 10, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 6

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With stellar starting pitching and run support early, the Cardinals withstood a late Naturals rally and won Wednesday’s game at Hammons Field by a 10-6 score.

Austin Warner earned his first win at the Double-A level with seven scoreless innings. Warner shut the Naturals out to four hits and fanned five batters in his longest outing for Springfield in five starts. In relief, Ramon Santos was rocked for six earned runs across 1 2/3 innings – including five in the top of the ninth. Hector Mendoza recorded the final out for the Cardinals.

At the dish, right fielder Randy Arozarena shined in his first game back from Memphis. His 4-for-4 night included two home runs, four runs scored, and four driven in. Third baseman Evan Mendoza and first baseman John Nogowski each had two hits, and Nogowski and center fielder Lane Thomas batted in two runs apiece. In addition to Arozarena’s two homers, Springfield also benefitted from long balls by Thomas and left fielder Johan Mieses.

Thursday’s game: Sam Tewes (0-2, 4.82) at NW Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Lakeland Flying Tigers 6

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With five unanswered runs across the fifth and sixth innings, Palm Beach enjoyed a 7-6 comeback victory over the Flying Tigers at Roger Dean.

Third baseman Danny Hudzina, center fielder Chase Pinder, and right fielder Dylan Carlson all went yard for the Cardinals on Wednesday. Carlson and catcher Brian O’Keefe each batted in two runs. In fact, it was Carlson’s home run (a two-run shot) that put Palm Beach up by a run in the bottom of the sixth inning, a lead that the Cardinals’ pitching staff could work with.

Starter Evan Guillory had a shaky outing, touched for five earned runs on 10 hits in 3 2/3 innings. Reliever Colton Thomson logged two outs and allowed a run before a trio of pitchers handled the remaining pitching duties very well. Estarlin Arias worked 1 2/3 innings and earned the win, his first with Palm Beach this year. Jacob Patterson followed with a scoreless seventh to get his 10th hold, and Eric Carter pitched the final two frames to notch his third save.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. St. Lucie Mets, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 4 at Lansing Lugnuts 2

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

Holding the Lugnuts scoreless until the game’s final frame, the Chiefs held on for a 4-2 win in Lansing on Wednesday.

Chiefs starter Alex Fagalde improved to 5-3 this season after six scoreless innings. Fagalde fanned four batters and lowered his earned run average to 1.93 in 10 games (nine starts) for the Chiefs this year. Following Fagalde was Robbie Gordon, who worked two scoreless innings before Brian Dobzanski pitched the ninth inning.

Peoria’s three- and four-hole hitters did the damage, as designated hitter Elehuris Montero and catcher Dennis Ortega each drove in two runs. Ortega had three hits and the only extra-base hit (a double) for either team, though the two sides totaled 16 hits. Right fielder Bryce Denton and shortstop Rayder Ascanio had two hits.

Thursday’s game: Angel Rondon (1-0, 1.17) at Lansing Lugnuts, 6:05 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 12 at West Virginia Black Bears 3

Delvin Perez (State College Spikes)

In a lopsided affair, the Spikes came out on top of a 12-3 game at the West Virginia Black Bears. It was 13-19 State College’s second straight road win after a rough 1-5 homestand.

All players in the Spikes’ starting lineup recorded at least one hit, eight of the nine starters scored, and seven of the nine drove in at least one. Spikes shortstop Delvin Perez hit his second triple of the season and drew three walks to pair with two runs batted in and a stolen base – his fourth of the year. Left fielder Lars Nootbaar and third baseman Edwin Figuera had three hits each, and Figuera, first baseman Stanley Espinal, center fielder Wadye Ynfante, and catcher Alexis Wilson all scored a pair of runs. The team combined to go 9-for-19 with runners in scoring position and (despite scoring a dozen runs) stranded 13 base runners.

Spikes starter Chris Holba punched out eight batters in his four-inning outing, during which he allowed all three runs. Winston Nicacio pitched a scoreless fifth inning and took home the win, his first in three decisions this season. Michael Baird earned his first professional save, after he turned in four scoreless innings on just one hit and no walks.

Thursday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (0-2, 5.59) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 7, Bluefield Blue Jays 5

Kevin Woodall (Bret Jacomet photo)

Aided by one player’s historic day at the plate, the Cardinals defeated the Blue Jays by a 7-5 final score.

Cardinals right fielder Kevin Woodall is our Player of the Day. Woodall launched three home runs – the first three-homer game of the 2018 Appalachian League. Woodall drove in six of Johnson City’s seven runs, with first baseman Dariel Gomez credited with the other.

Colin Schmid surrendered four runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings in his start. Following 2 2/3 innings of one-run relief from Juan Alvarez and Jacob Sylvester, Parker Kelly tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned his second win of the season as the Cards stormed back from a 5-3 deficit. Evan Sisk logged the final two outs and secured his fifth save.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. Bluefield Blue Jays, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals off

Due to the unbalanced schedule, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off Wednesday and will face the 14-12 GCL Astros at 11:00 AM Central time on Thursday.

The 18-7 Cardinals hold a 3 ½ game division lead.


DSL Cardinals Red 12, DSL Rangers2 2

A dozen runs paired with quality pitching equated to a 12-2 Cardinals win over the Rangers in Wednesday’s home contest.

Cardinals left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos was 3-for-5 with a double and a home run, and center fielder Adanson Cruz went 4-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored. Infielders Yowelfy Rosario and Erik Pena batted in three runs each and are up to 22 and six runs batted in on the season, respectively.

Martin Cordova started the game for the Cardinals and improved to 5-0 after his five-inning outing. Cordova allowed one run and fanned four batters. In three scoreless innings, Roy Garcia fanned six Rangers batters and earned his first hold. Dionys Rodriguez recorded the final three outs.

Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Rangers2, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 17 at DSL Yankees 4

A very prolific day at the plate resulted in a big win for the Cardinals Blue, which defeated the Yankees, 17-4, on Wednesday.

Cardinals center fielder Carlos Soler was 3-for-5 with four runs batted in. Designated hitter Malcom Nunez drove in three runs, and left fielder Jean Selmo, first baseman Freddy De Jesus, and third baseman Ramon Mendoza each batted in a pair. DeJesus hit two doubles, and Nunez doubled and homered. The Cardinals collectively went 6-for-19 with runners in scoring position and scored eight of their runs with two outs.

Starter Inohan Paniagua picked up his second win out of five decisions after turning in five innings of four-run ball. To round out the day, Josue Ramirez, Larimel Soriano, Ramon Fernandez, and Anthony Trompiz each logged a scoreless inning. The five relievers combined to strike out eight Yankees and walk only one.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Yankees, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 16, 2018

photo: Daniel Poncedeleon (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 on Sunday, plus there were two All-Star games at opposite ends of the minor league spectrum. Our Player of the Day is Memphis right-hander Daniel Poncedeleon, who threw a complete-game, one-hit shutout.

Recaps of games played on Sunday, July 15.


MLB Futures Game – United States 10, World 6

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

We have reached the point in the summer when the MLB regular season takes a short pause for the All-Star Game and its related events. On Sunday, the United States team defeated the World team by a 10-6 score in the MLB All-Star Futures Game, held in Washington, DC.

The Cardinals had three representatives in the game: right-handed pitcher Dakota Hudson and catcher Andrew Knizner played on the United States team, and outfielder Randy Arozarena was on the World Team.

For the victorious United States, Hudson pitched a scoreless sixth inning and struck out a batter. Knizner entered the game with Hudson and caught the final four innings. Knizner went 0-for-2, both strikeouts. On the World side, Arozarena entered the game as a defensive replacement in right field in the seventh inning. In his only plate appearance, Arozarena reached on a fielding error.


DSL All-Star Game – AL All-Stars 5 at NL All-Stars 4

In Sunday’s Dominican Summer League All-Star Game, the American League representatives defeated the National League squad by a 5-4 score.

Position players Joerlin De Los Santos and Sander Mora represented the Cardinals and the NL, as did pitcher Martin Cordova. De Los Santos started in left field and went 0-for-1 at the plate. Second baseman Mora entered as pinch-hitter and was 0-for-2.

After the first NL pitcher of the game recorded two outs, Cordova entered and surrendered two hits but recorded the final out of the first inning.

Monday’s games: DSL Cards Blue at Mets1, Cards Red vs. Tigers1, 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.


Memphis Redbirds 8 at Omaha Storm Chasers 0

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With plenty of run support and a masterful pitching performance, the Redbirds enjoyed an 8-0 victory on Sunday in Omaha.

Daniel Poncedeleon, our Player of the Day, shut the Storm Chasers out on one hit in a complete game. The right-hander fanned five and earned his ninth win in 12 decisions this season. Poncedeleon lowered his earned run average to 2.15, second-best in the Pacific Coast League, and threw 77 of 110 pitches for strikes.

Redbirds shortstop Wilfredo Tovar, right fielder Tyler O’Neill, and designated hitter Max Schrock each batted in two runs. Schrock and second baseman Alex Mejia both homered, and Mejia scored three times.

Monday’s game: Luke Weaver (2018 Triple-A debut) vs. Iowa Cubs, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 7, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 1

Blake Drake (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Fueled by five early runs and solid pitching, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-1 home victory over the Naturals.

Right fielder Blake Drake had a good day at the plate with two doubles in four at-bats, a run scored, and three driven in. Center fielder Lane Thomas, third baseman Evan Mendoza, and shortstop Tommy Edman had two hits apiece, and second baseman Ramon Urias hit his eighth home run.

Cardinals starter Mike O’Reilly twirled seven scoreless innings and earned the win to improve to 3-4 on the season. Landon Beck allowed the Naturals’ only run in the eighth inning, and Elniery Garcia pitched a clean ninth.

Monday’s game: Jake Woodford (3-8, 5.09) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 6:30 PM Central time.


St. Lucie Mets 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

A slow day at the dish led to a 3-2 loss for the Cardinals in St. Lucie against the Mets.

The Cardinals had just three hits, with the two runs both coming in the fourth inning. Left fielder Shane Billings and designated hitter J.B. Woodman each drove in a run. The strikeouts mounted for the Cardinals at the plate, with 12 in total. Ironically, Billings and Woodman – the two players who fueled the run production – had three strikeouts apiece.

Palm Beach starter Evan Kruczynski worked five innings and surrendered three runs – all earned – with five strikeouts. Relievers Jason Zgardowski, Jacob Patterson, and Colton Thomson each turned in a scoreless frame to finish.

Monday’s game: TBA vs. Lakeland Flying Tigers, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 2, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1

Paul Balestrieri (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

A great collective effort from the pitching staff and just enough run support led to a 2-1 win for the Chiefs, their third victory in a row.

Starter Paul Balestrieri earned the win with 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball. The TinCaps whiffed five times facing Balestrieri, who is now 6-4 on the season. Zach Prendergast tossed 1 1/3 scoreless frames of relief before Patrick Dayton and Kodi Whitley each logged a shutout inning.

Peoria scored in the second and third innings. Shortstop Jose Martinez batted in first baseman Yariel Gonzalez on a sacrifice fly, and designated hitter Dennis Ortega plated second baseman Irving Lopez on a base hit. Though they came away on top of the run column, the Chiefs were outhit by the Tincaps, 5-4. The Chiefs went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and stranded five.

Monday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (2-5, 5.20) vs. Fort Wayne TinCaps, 11:00 AM Central time.


Tri-City ValleyCats 11 at State College Spikes 1

Jim Voyles (St. Louis Cardinals)

The visiting ValleyCats scored nine runs over the final three innings against the porous State College bullpen to thrash the Spikes, 11-1, on Sunday.

Through six innings, State College starter Jim Voyles had allowed just two runs, both via solo homers, but tired in the seventh, when the game got away from the Spikes. Voyles left with two on. Winston Nicacio did not record an out, despite facing three batters. Nicacio allowed two of Voyles’ runs and three of his own, before Edgar Gonzalez continued the seventh-inning spree. The latter surrendered three more tallies in the eighth, going 1 2/3 frames in total. The ValleyCats scored their final run against Troy Montemayor before Will Changarotty recorded Tri-City’s final out.

The Spikes’ only run came via third baseman Stanley Espinal’s second home run of the season. State College had many opportunities at the plate; with nine hits, the Spikes also had four walks to their advantage. Nonetheless, the team was 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position, and 11 runners were stranded on the bases.

Monday’s game: Jake Dahlberg (0-2, 3.38) vs. Tri-City ValleyCats, 11:00 AM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 7 at Burlington Royals 6

Benito Santiago (University of Tennessee)

A back-and-forth affair ended in the Cardinals’ favor on Sunday, as Johnson City enjoyed a 7-6 win on the road over the Royals.

Cardinals backstop Benito Santiago drove in three runs on the first home run of his professional career. Designated hitter Zach Jackson and left fielder Dariel Gomez had two hits apiece; Jackson drove in two runs, and Gomez scored twice. Third baseman Nolan Gorman smacked a solo homer in the fifth inning, his seventh long ball of the year.

On the pitching front, Johnson City starter Tommy Parsons tossed five frames of three-run ball. Junior Gonzalez logged two outs and allowed as many runs before Juan Alvarez came through with 1 1/3 shutout innings. Alvarez earned his second win of the year. Edwar Ramirez and Mike Brettell each turned in a scoreless inning to finish off the Royals. Ramirez earned his first hold, and Brettell notched his first professional save.

Monday’s game: TBA at Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals 4 at Marlins 2

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

The GCL Cardinals were victorious on the Miami side of the Jupiter complex on Sunday, by a 4-2 score.

2018 26th rounder, right-hander Connor Coward of Virginia Tech, tossed five one-run innings on four hits and a walk. Alex Gallegos took the sixth, Ben Yokley yielded a run over the seventh and eighth before Edgar Escobar claimed his third save after an eventful ninth that included a hit, a walk and two strikeouts.

Left fielder Andrew Warner finished a home run shy of a cycle, scoring one and plating another. Designated hitter Luken Baker went 2-for-3 and crossed the plate both times. First baseman Zach Gahagan singled, doubled, stole a base and scored.

Monday’s game: TBA vs. Nationals, noon Eastern time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 5, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-5 on the Fourth. Second baseman Donivan Williams is the Player of the Day after going 4-for-5, scoring three, driving in four and just missing the cycle to power Johnson City to a win.

Results from games played on Wednesday, July 4.


Omaha 2 at Memphis 1 (12 innings)

Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

The Fourth of July fireworks crowd at AutoZone Park was treated to a pitchers’ duel that went three extra frames, but when all was said and done, the Memphis Redbirds dropped a 2-1 decision to Omaha in the series opener.

Starter Kevin Herget worked eight solid innings, giving up one run on four hits. He did not issue a walk and struck out six.

With the Redbirds trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth, Adolis Garcia reached on a throwing error and moved to third on Alex Mejia’s single. Edmundo Sosa’s single to center field scored Garcia and sent the game into extra innings. Newcomer Tyler Webb threw two shutout innings of relief, and Edward Mujica added a scoreless 11th.

Conner Greene took over in the 12th and his wild pitch advanced the designated runner from second to third. A double to center plated the run that put Omaha ahead, 2-1. The Redbirds were unable to score in the bottom of the 12th to end it.

Despite just nine hits, all singles, and no walks, Memphis had its chances, but could not convert, going just 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and leaving 13 men on base. Garcia, Wilfredo Tovar and Carson Kelly were all 2-for-5. Tovar and Max Schrock were both picked off first base.

The loss snapped the Redbirds’ six-game winning streak as their record is now 53-33 on the season.

Thursday’s game: Jake Woodford (0-1, 5.00) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Frisco 5, Springfield 2

Blake Drake (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards dropped the first of three at Hammons Field to Frisco, falling to a dismal 2-11 in second half play.

Starter Mike O’Reilly allowed four earned runs on 10 hits over five innings, including a two-run shot by former Springfield Cardinal Eliezer Alvarez. O’Reilly dropped his third Double-A game in five decisions.

Austin Sexton yielded a run in the sixth before Ian McKinney (two innings) and Colton Thomson (one) held the line from the seventh on.

Springfield was held to just five hits with Blake Drake accounting for two hits and two RBI, including a solo shot, his fourth of the season. Ramon Urias and Evan Mendoza doubled.

Thursday’s game: Anthony Shew (4-3, 5.10) vs. Frisco RoughRiders, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 11, Daytona Tortugas 1 (five innings)

Chase Pinder (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With run support galore, the Cardinals stormed their way to an 11-1 win over the Tortugas on Wednesday.

Center fielder Chase Pinder and first baseman Stefan Trosclair were each 2-for-3 with two runs batted in. Pinder doubled twice and Trosclair tripled. Pinder, designated hitter Dylan Carlson, and second baseman Andy Young scored two runs apiece; Young launched his 10th long ball of the season. The team was clearly successful manufacturing runs, as Palm Beach was 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

The game only lasted five innings, due to a weather delay after the fifth inning that eventually led to the game being called. Cardinals starter Jake Walsh logged all five innings, during which he fanned five and surrendered only one earned run. With the victory, Walsh now has a 4-1 record.

Thursday’s game: Ian Oxnevad (4-5, 5.08) vs. Daytona Tortugas, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 13, Burlington Bees 4

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

Every Chief had a hit and contributed a run – either scoring or driving one in – in Peoria’s 13-4 win over the Bees at Dozer Park.

Six Peoria players had two hits: left fielder Nick Plummer, second baseman Irving Lopez, third baseman Elehuris Montero, first baseman Yariel Gonzalez, designated hitter Wood Myers, and center fielder J.R. Davis. Plummer and Lopez scored three runs apiece, while Montero and catcher Julio Rodriguez had three runs batted in.

Chiefs starter Jesus Cruz allowed two runs in 4 2/3 frames, striking out nine batters and walking three. Since Cruz didn’t go five innings, it was Paul Balestrieri who picked up the win. Improving to 5-3, Balestrieri allowed two runs with five punchouts over 4 1/3 innings to finish out the win.

Thursday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (2-4, 5.03) vs. Burlington Bees, 7:00 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 3 at Auburn Doubledays 1

Jim Voyles (St. Louis Cardinals)

Backed by quality pitching, the Spikes defeated the Doubledays, 3-1, on Wednesday in Auburn.

Spikes starter Jim Voyles allowed one run over his seven-inning outing. Voyles fanned six batters and earned his first professional win. Will Changarotty added his second hold, and Cory Malcom picked up his third save.

State College center fielder Wadye Ynfante hit his first home run of the season. Second baseman Nick Dunn and catcher Matt Duce each scored a run as well. Duce and first baseman Brady Whalen doubled to account for two of three extra-base hits, along with Ynfante’s home run.

Thursday’s game: Michael Baird (0-0, 3.24) at Auburn Doubledays, 5:30 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 11 at Bristol Pirates 3

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

A rich offensive performance lifted the Cardinals to an 11-3 road win over the Pirates.

Cardinals second baseman Donivan Williams, our Player of the Day, went 4-for-5 at the plate. Williams scored three runs and batted in four, including three on his first home run of the season. Williams had a triple and finished a double shy of the cycle. Third baseman Nolan Gorman hit his fifth home run and now has four in his last four games. Johnson City went 7-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Evan Sisk pitched three scoreless innings in his start. Edwar Ramirez came up big with five innings of two-run ball in relief. It was Ramirez’ first win with Johnson City. Mike Brettell logged a scoreless ninth inning.

Thursday’s game: TBA at Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Astros 3 at GCL Cardinals 1

Perry DellaValle (Seton Hall University)

The Astros held the Cardinals’ bats quiet and enjoyed a 3-1 win on Wednesday.

The Cards managed just four hits on the afternoon. New center fielder Diomedes Del Rio scored the team’s only run of the day on catcher Ivan Herrera’s RBI single. The Cardinals went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Rehabbing Derian Gonzalez started the game and pitched just the first inning, allowing one hit and striking out two. Regular starter Perry DellaValle, though he took his first loss, turned in five innings of two-run ball, striking out five batters along the way. Ty Cohen went 2 2/3 innings, yielding an insurance run, before Wilfredo Pereira notched the final out.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Marlins, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Rockies 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 3

Francis Ventura

With six runs over the final three innings, the Rockies came from behind to beat the Cardinals Blue by a 6-3 final score.

Starter Francis Ventura turned in six scoreless innings, during which he fanned five Rockies. Josue Ramirez and Leonardo Taveras got in to trouble in relief. Ramirez pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed three runs, and Leonardo Taveras went 2 1/3 frames and was charged with three more. Taveras took the blown save and loss, his first.

First baseman Freddy De Jesus went 2-for-4 with his third home run of the season. Left fielder Leudy Pena was 3-for-4 with a run scored, and designated hitter Jean Selmo also scored.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Twins, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Red 11 at DSL Brewers 7

The Cardinals Red finished on top of Wednesday’s offense-heavy affair, defeating the Brewers by an 11-7 score.

Cardinals designated hitter Alexander Samuel went 1-for-4 with a triple, a run scored, and three runs batted in. Second baseman Erik Pena and center fielder Joerlin De Los Santos each had three hits and scored twice.

Martin Cordova improved to 3-0 after twirling six scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Roy Garcia walked four batters and allowed five runs in his 1/3 of an inning, and Dionys Rodriguez walked three and allowed two runs in 2/3 of an inning. Sebastian Tabata tossed two scoreless innings to finish out the victory.

Thursday’s game: vs DSL Cubs2, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 2, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-4 on Sunday, including a modified road doubleheader sweep by Memphis. In the opener, Player of the Day Luke Voit had a career game, going 5-for-6 with five RBI while hitting for the cycle.

Recaps from games played on Sunday, July 1.


Memphis Redbirds 13 at Iowa Cubs 2 (suspended game from Saturday)

Luke Voit (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds’ bats rumbled to a 13-2 win in Sunday’s first game in Des Moines, a contest suspended from Saturday.

Our Player of the Day is first baseman Luke Voit, who was 5-for-6 with five RBI as he hit for the cycle. Right fielder Tyler O’Neill, catcher Carson Kelly, and center fielder Oscar Mercado also hit home runs. The team went 8-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Redbirds starter Jake Woodford pitched four innings of one-run ball, with one walk and six strikeouts. Matt Bowman, continuing his rehab, allowed a run in the fifth inning, and the also-rehabbing Luke Gregerson earned the win with a scoreless sixth. Hector Mendoza and Conner Greene held the Cubs hitless across the game’s final three innings.


Memphis Redbirds 6 at Iowa Cubs 1 (seven innings)

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In the game regularly scheduled for Sunday, Memphis earned a sweep of the day with a 6-1 victory over the Cubs. The game was shortened to seven innings.

Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon allowed one unearned run across five innings, during which he fanned eight batters. In the process, the right-hander lowered his season ERA to 2.57. Andrew Morales struck out the side in the sixth, and Edward Mujica sealed a win with a scoreless seventh inning.

Memphis left fielder Randy Arozarena hit a two-run home run, and third baseman Alex Mejia was 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Second baseman Max Schrock also had three hits in four at-bats, with a run scored and a run batted in.

Monday’s game: Chris Ellis (0-0, 3.98) at Iowa Cubs, 7:08 PM Central time.


Midland RockHounds 4, Springfield Cardinals 1

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

The RockHounds made the most of Springfield’s shaky pitching and cruised to a 4-1 win over the visiting Cardinals.

Cardinals starter Austin Warner walked six batters and allowed a two-run home run across his two innings of three-run ball. Warner took the loss, his second in as many Double-A decisions. Reliever Austin Sexton recorded six punchouts in three perfect innings. Ramon Santos pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jacob Evans allowed one run in the eighth.

Springfield turned a triple play to end the sixth inning, with third baseman Evan Mendoza, second baseman Ramon Urias, and first baseman Chris Chinea involved.

Chinea hit his 11th home run of the year, accounting for Springfield’s lone run. The Cardinals matched the RockHounds in the hit column with six apiece, as catcher Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-3, and shortstop Tommy Edman, left fielder Victor Roache, and Urias each doubled.

Monday’s game: Sam Tewes (0-2, 8.10) at Midland RockHounds, 6:30 PM Central time.


Game One: Jupiter Hammerheads 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0 (seven innings)

Casey Meisner (Stockton Ports)

A run-scoring wild pitch in the game’s final frame led the Hammerheads to a 1-0 win in the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader with Palm Beach.

After starter Casey Meisner logged six scoreless innings, Jacob Patterson was called in to pitch the seventh. A leadoff walk proved costly. The Hammerheads bunted the runner to second, and he took third base on a wild pitch. After a strikeout, Patterson threw his second wild pitch, allowing the game-winning run. It was Patterson’s his second loss of the season.

The Cardinals were shut out on just four hits. Left fielder Shane Billings doubled, accounting for the only extra-base hit for either side. Center fielder Chase Pinder, third baseman Danny Hudzina, and first baseman Juan Yepez each had a base hit. The Cardinals stranded seven runners.


Game Two: Jupiter Hammerheads 4, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 (seven innings)

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Hammerheads jumped on the Cardinals early to take the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader by a 4-1 score.

John Kilichowski was tagged for four runs, all earned, in the bottom of the first inning. Kilichowski went on to pitch the second and third, though he took the loss to even his record at 1-1. Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless fourth, and Eric Carter logged zeroes across the fifth and sixth frames.

First baseman Juan Yepez scored the Cardinals’ only run. Left fielder Dylan Carlson had two base hits, but the Cardinals combined to go for 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position to strand 10 runners on base.

Monday’s game: TBA at Bradenton Marauders, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs suspended

The game between the Chiefs and Snappers in Beloit was suspended due to rain. At the time of suspension, the Chiefs were leading 5-0 in the middle of the second inning behind long home runs by Nick Plummer and Yariel Gonzalez.

Update: This contest will resume in Peoria on Friday, August 24 at 5pm. Beloit will be the home team for the conclusion of this game, which will go the full nine innings. Game 2 will be seven innings with the Chiefs as the home team.

Monday’s game: Johan Oviedo (3-6, 5.22) at Burlington Bees, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 5, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2

Nick Dunn (State College Spikes)

With timely hitting and contributions throughout the batting order, the Spikes enjoyed a 5-2 home win over the Scrappers on Sunday.

Spikes second baseman Nick Dunn went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored, and one run batted in. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante had two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run, left fielder Lars Nootbaar knocked in a pair, and right fielder Andres Luna doubled and scored twice.

Starter Eli Kraus went 3 2/3 innings with two runs allowed. Will Changarotty pitched through the fifth inning, recording four outs with no runs allowed. Chris Holba followed with 3 1/3 scoreless frames to earn his first win of the season. Jacob Schlesener recorded the second out of the ninth to earn his first hold, and Cory Malcom sealed the win as he struck out the final batter for his second save.

Monday’s game: Winston Nicacio (0-2, 3.71) vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 6:05 PM Central time.


Greeneville Reds 9, Johnson City Cardinals 5

Michael Perri (University of San Francisco)

The Reds got to Cardinals pitching early and often throughout, leading to Greeneville’s 9-5 win.

Starter Oneiver Diaz allowed five runs in six innings, with a four-run first inning putting a sour mood on his outing. Diaz fanned seven batters and walked zero, one that resulted in his first loss of the season. In his professional debut, Mike Brettell yielded three runs in seventh, including two on a home run, before Junior Gonzalez gave up another run in the eighth.

Johnson City first baseman Dariel Gomez and left fielder Luis Flores each hit a solo home run, their third and first of the season, respectively. Third baseman Michael Perri was 2-for-4 with a run scored, and center fielder Brandon Riley walked three times and drove in a run. The Cardinals had their chances, but went just 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position.

Monday’s game: Noel De Jesus (2-0, 1.50) at Greeneville Reds, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Nationals 0

Brian Pirela (Dominican Summer League)

Fueled by stellar pitching, the Gulf Cardinals enjoyed a 2-0 win over the Nationals on Sunday.

Cardinals starter Brian Pirela was fantastic. In his seven-inning outing, Pirela held the Nationals to just two base hits with four strikeouts. Francisco Justo followed with a scoreless eighth and ninth. Pirela earned his first win, and Justo recorded his first professional save.

First baseman Andrew Warner and right fielder Victor Garcia drove in a run apiece, while second baseman Josh Shaw and left fielder Liam Sabino each scored.

Monday’s game: TBA at GCL Mets, 11:00 AM Central time.


Dominican Summer League

The DSL takes Sundays off, but the Cardinals’ two squads resume play at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Cardinals Blue entertains the Yankees at Baseball Oasis while Cardinals Red play at the Rangers2.

Unfortunately, the starting pitchers in the complex leagues are not announced in advance.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 28, 2018

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The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Wednesday. Both Dominican Summer League squads claimed wins behind strong starting pitching by first-year professionals – Player of the Day Julio Puello (Blue) and Ludwin Jimenez (Red).

Recaps from games played on Wednesday, June 27.


Colorado Springs Sky Sox 9, Memphis Redbirds 8

Patrick Wisdom (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With nine runs in the final four innings, including two in the bottom of the ninth, the Sky Sox came from behind to beat the Redbirds by a 9-8 score.

Redbirds starter Chris Ellis allowed four earned runs in his 5 1/3 innings, all in the fifth. Edward Mujica suffered his second blown save, as he surrendered three runs while pitching through the seventh inning. Hector Mendoza tossed a scoreless eighth before it all unraveled in the ninth. The leadoff batter reached on an error and scored the game-tying run on a triple. Two intentional walks by Mendoza loaded the bases and ended his night. Tommy Layne – facing his first opponent of the game – balked, forcing in the game-winning run. Mendoza took the loss and dropped to 1-2.

Although they came up short, the Redbirds’ offensive efforts should not be discounted. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom went 3-for-5 with a home run and two RBI. Right fielder Tyler O’Neill and first baseman Luke Voit each hit a solo home run, and Wisdom, O’Neill, and shortstop Wilfedo Tovar scored two runs apiece. Memphis stranded eight runners on base.

Thursday’s game: Dakota Hudson (10-2, 2.04) at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:40 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday, the final day of the All-Star break.

The Double-A Cards will be back in action in Frisco, Texas, against the RoughRiders on Thursday at 7:05 PM Central time. Connor Jones (4-2, 4.22) will make the start.


Bradenton Marauders 2 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

At Roger Dean, the Cardinals got off to a good start, with a run in the bottom of the first inning. That proved to be their only score, as Palm Beach dropped the pitching-rich affair by a 2-1 score to the Marauders.

Cardinals second baseman Andy Young went 3-for-4 and drove in the team’s first-inning tally, scored by left fielder Dylan Carlson. Catcher Jose Godoy hit his fifth double of the season to account for the club’s only extra-base hit. Palm Beach could not get the clutch hit, going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and leaving 10 on base.

It is a shame that starter Sam Tewes had to wear the loss. Tewes, who dropped to 1-2, logged seven innings with two runs (one earned) allowed on five hits and four strikeouts. Pitching in relief, Eric Carter turned in two perfect frames.

Thursday’s game: Jake Walsh (2-1, 2.32) vs. Bradenton Marauders, 11:00 AM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 3, Kane County Cougars 2

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a rough and tumble battle, the Chiefs squeezed out a 3-2 victory over the Cougars on Wednesday to salvage the final game of the three-game home series after two frustrating, lop-sided defeats.

After Peoria’s Irving Lopez was twice hit by pitches in the head area, Johan Oviedo went inside on a Cougars batter in the fifth. Despite no earlier action taken against the Kane County pitcher, the home plate umpire ejected Oviedo, and soon manager Chris Swauger joined him.

Oviedo allowed one run across four innings, during which he walked five batters and struck out as many. Levi MaVorhis earned the win, his third of the year, with two scoreless innings in relief. Bryan Dobzanski picked up a hold with two shutout frames to set up the ninth.

Fabian Blanco recorded the final three outs to lock down his fifth save. The ninth was tense, however, as errors by Elehuris Montero and Matt Fiedler along with a single put one unearned run in and the potential tying run on third base with one out. The game ended with an infield ground out and a Blanco strikeout.

Third baseman Montero went 3-for-4 with a run batted in, and first baseman Yariel Gonzalez had a sacrifice fly, despite his 0-for-3 line. Left fielder Bryce Denton hit his fourth home run of the season, representing the go-ahead run in the sixth.

Thursday’s game: Alex Fagalde (2-2, 2.18) at Beloit Snappers, 7:00 PM Central time.


State College Spikes off

The Spikes were off Wednesday and will pick back up Thursday on the road, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Angel Rondon (0-1, 3.00) will take the mound against the Crosscutters at 6:05 PM Central time.

State College is off to a disappointing 3-9 start and sit in last place, 6.5 games behind first-place Mahoning Valley.


Johnson City Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday. They will travel to Kingsport, Tennessee, for a three-game series with the Mets that will start on Thursday at 5:30 PM Central time. The Cardinals have not announced their starter.

At 3-4, Johnson City is tied for last place in the division, 3.5 games behind division-leading Kingsport, making this upcoming series especially important.


GCL Mets 8 at GCL Cardinals 5

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

From the fifth inning on, the Cardinals scored five unanswered runs. However, they were not enough to fully close the gap following the eight runs the Mets had scored earlier, and the Cardinals lost by an 8-5 score.

Left fielder Terry Fuller scored twice, including once on a solo home run, and designated hitter Brandon Benson smacked a two-run homer. First baseman Andrew Warner was 3-for-4 with a double and a run batted in. The Cardinals combined to go 2-for-8 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 runners on base.

Cardinals starter Wilfredo Pereira took his first loss of the GCL season. In his 4 1/3 frames, Pereira allowed eight runs (seven earned) on 11 hits. Following Pereira’s departure, Connor Coward, Francisco Justo, and Chris Hunt combined for 4 2/3 scoreless innings to finish out the game.

Next game: at GCL Astros, 11:00 AM Central time on Friday.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Nationals 2

Julio Puello

The Nationals scored their two runs late, but they were not enough as the Cardinals Blue took a 5-2 win.

Cardinals left fielder Jean Selmo and right fielder Diowill Burgos each tripled and batted in one run. Selmo scored twice. Catcher Jose Zapata was 2-for-4 with a two-bagger, and designated hitter Freddy De Jesus had one RBI. The Cardinals stranded 10 runners on base, but they did outscore the Nationals – and that’s all that really matters.

Pitcher Julio Puello is our Player of the Day. In his fifth professional appearance and third start, the 19-year old right-hander twirled 7 2/3 innings with two runs allowed. Puello fanned six batters as he earned his second win and lowered his earned run average to 1.25. Miguel Yedis recorded the final out of the eighth before Anthony Trompiz secured his first save with a clean ninth inning.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets 1 at 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL Diamondbacks2 4

With two runs in each of the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, the Cardinals Red enjoyed an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks 2.

Cardinals second baseman Elvin De Jesus was 2-for-3 with two runs batted in, and first baseman Claudio Ramirez tripled and scored twice. In total, the Cardinals were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position and were aided by three Diamondbacks errors.

Starting pitcher Ludwin Jimenez turned in a quality outing, with six innings of two-run ball; only one run was earned. The 16-year old right-hander received his first professional win in his second career decision. Prada was not scored upon in his two frames, and Gabriel Contreras recorded the final three outs – despite allowing a pair of runs.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers 1 at 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 25, 2018

photo: Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 on Sunday. Players of the Day Rangel Ravelo and Adolis Garcia each homered and plated four in Memphis’ home win. Casey Meisner threw seven scoreless innings for Palm Beach.

Recaps from games played on Sunday, June 24.


Memphis Redbirds 11, New Orleans Baby Cakes 4

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Fueled by a pair of standout performances at the plate and a solid outing on the mound, the Redbirds rolled to an 11-4 win over the Baby Cakes.

Memphis first baseman Rangel Ravelo and right fielder Adolis Garcia are our co-Players of the Day. Ravelo and Garcia each hit their ninth home runs of the season and drove in four runs in the victory. Ravelo is now up to 39 runs batted in on the season, while Garcia is at 32 RBI. Redbirds shortstop Wilfredo Tovar was 1-for-3 with two walks and three runs scored, assisted by his three stolen bases.

Kevin Herget earned his fourth win of the season with one run allowed over six innings – a quality start. Herget fanned seven Baby Cakes and walked none. Andrew Morales was tagged for four runs across two innings of relief before Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game: Jake Woodford (0-0, 0.00) at Colorado Springs Sky Sox, 7:40 PM Central time.


Arkansas Travelers 6 at Springfield Cardinals 5

Victor Roache (Springfield Cardinals)

With their six-run burst in the top of the second inning, the Travelers skimmed by the Cardinals, 6-5, in Sunday’s contest at Hammons Field.

The offense for both teams was confined to the first and second innings. The Cardinals scored four in the first and another in the second, but it did not quite match up to the Travelers’ production. Arkansas did their damage against starter Austin Warner, who logged six frames in the first Double-A start of his career. Warner took the loss, but it is worth noting that he did not allow a hit after the second inning. In fact, Warner, Jason Zgardowski, and Ian McKinney held the Travelers hitless from the third inning on.

Cardinals left fielder Victor Roache’s two-run home run, his 16th of the season, led his team’s offense. Center fielder Lane Thomas and designated hitter Stefan Trosclair each doubled and scored a run. Springfield left just five runners on base while going 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position.

The Cardinals, just 1-5 to open the second half, are off until Thursday, as the Texas League All-Star Game is Tuesday evening, June 26. Seven Cardinals were elected to the North Division team – infielder Tommy Edman, outfielders Victor Roache and Lane Thomas, and pitchers Connor Jones, Chris Ellis, Conner Greene and Jake Woodford. The latter three, however, have since been promoted to Memphis.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Charlotte Stone Crabs 1

Casey Meisner (Stockton Ports)

The Stone Crabs scored a run in the top of the ninth to spoil the shutout; nonetheless, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-1 victory over Charlotte at Roger Dean Stadium.

Palm Beach starter Casey Meisner turned in seven scoreless innings to earn his fourth win in five decisions this year. Robbie Gordon pitched a clean eighth inning, and John Kilichowski allowed Charlotte’s lone run in the ninth, though it was to no avail.

Cardinals right fielder J.B. Woodman had a fine game at the plate, going 3-for-4. Woodman doubled, homered and scored three runs with two runs batted in. First baseman Juan Yepez hit his fifth and sixth doubles of the season and also drove in a pair.

Next game: TBA vs. Bradenton Marauders, 5:30 PM Central time on Tuesday.


Peoria Chiefs 4, Burlington Bees 2

Paul Balestrieri (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

With three unanswered runs from the sixth inning on to support a successful outing on the rubber by Paul Balestrieri, the Chiefs defeated the Bees, 4-2, in Peoria.

First baseman Yariel Gonzalez drove in catcher Dennis Ortega with a two-out base hit in the bottom of the sixth. In the seventh, third baseman Elehuris Montero came through with another two-out hit, which plated left fielder Nick Plummer and center fielder Scott Hurst.

Chiefs starter Paul Balestrieri improved his record to 3-3 with eight innings of two-run ball. Balestrieri limited the Bees to six singles and one walk with four strikeouts along the way. Fabian Blanco secured his fourth save of the year with a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (2-3, 4.41) vs. Kane County Cougars, 7:00 PM Central time.


Batavia Muckdogs 8 at State College Spikes 6

Nick Dunn (State College Spikes)

The visiting Muckdogs scored five runs late against the State College bullpen to come from behind and beat the Spikes by an 8-6 final score.

Jake Dahlberg fanned six batters and allowed three runs in his start of five innings. Reliever Jacob Schlesener recorded only one out in the sixth and gave up what proved to be the game-winning runs. Schlesener was charged with his first loss and first blown save of the season. Cory Malcom allowed three runs in the seventh before Edgar Gonzalez turned in two scoreless frames.

At the dish, second baseman Nick Dunn and center fielder Wadye Ynfante batted in two runs apiece. Dunn hit his fourth double of the season, and he and third baseman Edwin Figuera each scored twice.

Monday’s game: Chris Holba (0-1, 13.50) vs. Batavia Muckdogs, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 12, Kingsport Mets 9

Brian Sanchez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

With three, three-run frames to their credit, the Cardinals enjoyed a 12-9 win over the Mets in Johnson City on Sunday.

Cardinals right fielder Brian Sanchez drove in five runs, three on his second home run of the campaign. The Cardinals took advantage of 12 walks from Mets pitching; designated hitter Carlos Soto walked four times and scored twice, and third baseman Nolan Gorman drew three walks and scored as many runs.

Oneiver Diaz started for Johnson City and surrendered seven runs across his five innings. Tommy Parsons pitched the sixth and seventh innings and allowed just one run. Parsons picked up his first win of the season, while Kyle Leahy pitched two innings to earn his second save.

Monday’s game: TBA at Elizabethton Twins, 6:00 PM Central time.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals 7, Astros 4

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

The first-place rookie level Cardinals extended their record to 5-0 with a home win on Sunday over the Astros.

The Cardinals struck first with a run in the first, but the Astros grabbed the lead in the top of the third before the Cards answered with two more. The Astros re-tied the score in the sixth, but again the Cardinals responded with three runs to pull ahead for good.

Diego Cordero earned his second win in two starts by yielding three runs in six innings on five hits and a walk. The right-hander fanned five. Reliever Perry DellaValle was on fire, securing eight of the final nine outs via the strikeout. He allowed two hits and an unearned run due to a Mateo Gil error, earning the save, his first.

Catcher Ivan Herrera doubled, walked and had a sacrifice fly, plating four in total. Leadoff man Gil singled, doubled, walked and scored a run. Josh Shaw and William Jimenez each singled twice, with the latter coming home both times.

Monday’s game: TBA at Marlins, noon Eastern time.


Dominican Summer League

The DSL takes Sundays off, but the Cardinals’ two squads resume play at 10:30 a.m. Monday. Cardinals Blue entertains the Angels at Baseball Oasis while Cardinals Red play at the Mets2. Unfortunately, the starting pitchers in the complex leagues are not announced in advance.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 21, 2018

photo: Noel De Jesus (Dominican Summer League Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Wednesday. Johnson City’s Noel De Jesus is the Player of the Day after throwing seven scoreless innings. Another mound standout is Franyel Casadilla of State College.

Recaps from games played on Wednesday, June 20.


Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds were off Wednesday as they traveled back to Memphis from El Paso.

On Thursday, the Redbirds will start a series with the New Orleans Baby Cakes at 7:05 PM Central time. John Gant (5-1, 1.65) will take the mound for the first place Triple-A club.


Tulsa Drillers 7, Springfield Cardinals 1

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With one run in the top of the first inning serving as their offense, the Cardinals dropped Wednesday’s contest in Tulsa by a 7-1 score to the Drillers.

Third baseman Evan Mendoza drove in Springfield’s lone run with a two-out double to score shortstop Edmundo Sosa. Mendoza tallied three of seven Cardinals hits in the game. Tommy Edman had the only other extra-base hit, a double, for Springfield.

Starter Jake Woodford dropped to 3-8 this season with four runs allowed on two home runs in four innings. Jason Zgardowski surrendered three runs across the fifth and sixth innings before Austin Sexton logged two perfect innings to finish out the night.

Thursday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (2-2, 4.07) vs. Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals cancelled

Wednesday’s game between the Cardinals and Tortugas in Daytona Beach was cancelled.

The Cardinals will continue play on Thursday at home against the Charlotte Stone Crabs. Austin Warner (3-3, 3.41) will get the start at 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs off

Wednesday was the final day of the All-Star break for the Chiefs and the rest of the Class-A Midwest League.

Peoria will host the Burlington Bees on Thursday at 7:00 PM Central time; the club has not announced its starting pitcher.


State College Spikes 4, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 1

Franyel Casadilla (The Cardinal Nation)

Fueled by three runs in the first inning and solid pitching, the Spikes defeated the Scrappers by a 4-1 score.

After third baseman Brendan Donovan scored on a balk, second baseman Wood Myers and center fielder Andres Luna each batted in a run. First baseman Brady Whalen chipped in with an RBI in the seventh to account for the fourth Spikes run.

Starter Franyel Casadilla picked up his first win in his second outing of 2018. Casadilla logged six innings of one-run ball with seven punchouts. Will Changarotty pitched a scoreless seventh, and Eli Kraus earned his first save with a pair of perfect frames to close out the win.

Thursday’s game: Winston Nicacio (0-0, 3.18) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 2 at Bluefield Blue Jays 0

Noel De Jesus (St. Louis Cardinals)

With stellar pitching and just enough offense on their side, Johnson City blanked the Blue Jays, 2-0, on Wednesday in Bluefield.

Cardinals starter Noel De Jesus turned in seven scoreless frames. De Jesus, our Player of the Day, struck out four batters, walked one, and picked up his 2018 debut. Kyle Leahy pitched two scoreless innings of relief to end the game and earn his first save.

Second baseman Donivan Williams drove in a run in the top of the second inning, and first baseman Dariel Gomez smacked a solo home run in the sixth to score the second and final run of the game. Though they outscored the Blue Jays, the Cardinals were outhit three hits to seven and struck out 10 times.

Thursday’s game: at Bluefield Blue Jays, 6:05 PM Central time.


Gulf Coast League Cardinals 9, Marlins 4

Raffy Ozuna (Dominican Prospect League)

The Gulf Cardinals improved to 2-0 with a comeback win over their Miami neighbors in Jupiter, FL. Down 4-1 in the middle of the second and 5-3 after three, the Cards plated two in the fourth to tie and posted a four-spot in the sixth to pull away.

Shortstop Raffy Ozuna led the way with three singles, a double, an RBI and two runs scored. Center fielder William Jimenez singled twice, tripled, plated two and crossed home once. Second baseman Josh Shaw also legged out a three-base hit and added a home run with two RBI.

Starter Brian Pirela was charged with four earned runs in four innings, with one more unearned one coming in as well. Ozuna committed two errors and right fielder Victor Garcia had another.

Dionis Zamora pitched well, yielding a lone run over the next four frames on four hits and no walks before Edgar Escobar picked up the save with a 1-2-3 ninth that included two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: at Nationals, noon Eastern.


DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Cubs2 6 (11 innings)

A pair of runs in the 11th inning resulted in an 8-6 victory for the Cardinals Red over the Cubs2.

Catcher Christian Longa drove in the go-ahead run, scored by shortstop Franklin Soto. Right field Luis Montero scored the team’s eighth run on a wild pitch later in the inning. Soto and Montero each scored twice, while left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos led the way with two RBI.

Luis Ortiz started for the Cardinals and turned in four innings of work. Five runs scored against Ortiz, but only one was earned. Ortiz fanned five batters. Relievers Jhon Victorino and Roy Garcia turned in scoreless outings, with Victorino going two innings in his Cardinals debut and Garcia working three. Nelson Prada surrendered a run in his two frames but was ultimately credited with his second win of the year.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Phillies White, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Twins 13 at DSL Cardinals Blue 4

Unable to match the Twins’ heavy scoring, the Cardinals Blue dropped Wednesday’s game by a 13-4 score.

Cardinals starter Hector Soto tossed five innings, allowing seven runs (six earned) on 10 hits. Soto wore the loss to drop his record to 2-1. In relief, Leonardo Taveras allowed five earned runs in two innings, and Angel Ortega surrendered a tally in his two frames.

The Cardinals went just 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Center fielder Diomedes Del Rio led the way with a 2-for-5 day at the plate, with a double and a triple to plate two runs. Right fielder Diowell Burgos and catcher Jose Zapata drove in a run apiece.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 18, 2018

photo: Patrick Wisdom (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-1 on Sunday. Player of the Day Patrick Wisdom helped power a late comeback by Memphis. Peoria clinched a playoff berth and Angel Rondon and Stanley Espinal led State College to a 10-inning road win.

Recaps from games played on Sunday, June 17.


Memphis Redbirds 8 at El Paso Chihuahuas 6

Patrick Wisdom (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With a three-run rally in the eighth inning, the Redbirds took Sunday’s match-up in El Paso by an 8-6 score.

The Chihuahuas entered the eighth with a 6-5 lead. Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom capped off a stellar evening at the plate with a solo home run to lead off the inning and tie the score. Wisdom, our Player of the Day, was 3-for-5 with a two-run homer in the first inning, the game-knotting blast in the eighth, and three runs scored. Pinch-hitter Oscar Mercado put the Redbirds ahead with a two-run single. Right fielder Adolis Garcia scored two runs, and shortstop Alex Mejia drove in two runs.

Memphis starter Chris Ellis fanned seven batters across his five innings of four-run ball. Arturo Reyes wore a blown save, as he allowed two runs without a recording an out in the sixth before Sean Gilmartin logged two scoreless frames. Gilmartin picked up the victory to improve to 4-2. Conner Greene pitched a scoreless eighth for his first hold, and Edward Mujica followed suit in the ninth to earn his fifth save.

Monday’s game: Dakota Hudson (8-2, 2.18) at El Paso Chihuahuas, 8:05 PM Central time.


Tulsa Drillers 7, Springfield Cardinals 6

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

On a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the Drillers delivered the Cardinals a 7-6 loss – the club’s fourth defeat in a row. Springfield has already been eliminated in the first-half playoff race.

Ian McKinney was called upon to pitch the ninth with the score tied at 6-6, faced six batters and lost the game without the ball ever being put into play. McKinney struck out the first Drillers batter he faced, walked two in a row, struck out a batter, and then walked two more. The second pair of free passes loaded the bases and forced in Tulsa’s walk-off score.

McKinney was the Cardinals’ fourth pitcher. Connor Jones allowed four earned runs in 5 1/3 frames, Austin Sexton recorded five scoreless outs, and Jason Zgardowski gave up one run in the eighth. McKinney’s record dropped to 2-1 with the loss.

Cardinals second baseman Tommy Edman went 3-for-5, including his 12th double of the year, and first baseman Stefan Trosclair was 2-for-4 with his third home run. Third baseman Evan Mendoza and right fielder Granden Goetzman each batted in two. Springfield hitters totaled 12 strikeouts, with left fielder Victor Roache whiffing three times and center fielder Lane Thomas fanning twice.

Monday’s game: Anthony Shew (3-2, 5.22) at Tulsa Drillers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals off

The high-A Cardinals were off Sunday after Saturday’s Florida State League All-Star Game.

The 39-23 Beach Birds lead the division by two games over Jupiter with an elimination number of four to clinch the first-half title.

Palm Beach will face the Tortugas on Monday at 6:05 PM Central time in Daytona Beach. Starting pitchers have not been announced.


Peoria Chiefs 12 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 3

With nine runs across the final three innings, the Chiefs stomped the Kernels by a 12-3 score on Sunday. With the win, the 39-31 Chiefs clinched the division’s first-half wild card playoff berth, making this Peoria’s fourth consecutive year for post-season action.

It was a team win as the offense pounded out 18 hits, with every starter collecting at least one and seven batters with multiples. Second baseman Irving Lopez launched a two-run home run and Elehuris Montero smacked a solo shot in the fifth inning. Left fielder Nick Plummer went yard for a run in the seventh, and J.R. Davis added a two-run homer in the eighth. Catcher Dennis Ortega delivered a two-run single in Peoria’s big ninth inning. First baseman Yariel Gonzalez, right fielder Matt Fiedler, pinch-hitter Bryce Denton, and third baseman Jose Martinez each knocked in a run in the six-run frame.

Chiefs starter Jesus Cruz allowed one run on six hits and two walks in his four-inning outing. Following C.J. Saylor’s 1 2/3 frames, Frederis Blanco turned in 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Thomas St. Clair allowed a run in the ninth as he walked three batters, but he was able to record the final three outs and secure the win. Blanco collected the win and padded his record to 2-0 for the season.

The Chiefs are off until Thursday, for the Midwest League All-Star break. The All-Star Game will take place on Tuesday at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing, Michigan. Peoria has six representatives on the Midwest League West All-Star squad. First baseman Yariel Gonzalez, second baseman Irving Lopez, and third baseman Elehuris Montero were elected as starters, and catcher Dennis Ortega and pitchers Bryan Dobzanski and Thomas St. Clair are also on the roster.


State College Spikes 2 at Williamsport Crosscutters 0 (10 innings)

Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)

With two runs in the top of the 10th inning, the Spikes came out on top of the pitching-rich affair with a 2-0 win in Williamsport over the Crosscutters.

Spikes starter Angel Rondon was outstanding, logging seven scoreless innings with as many punchouts. Rondon surrendered only three base runners – two singles and one walk – as he needed only 87 pitches (55 strikes) to record 21 outs. Jacob Schlesener worked 2/3 of an inning, and Gabriel Gentner picked up the win as he recorded four outs. Cory Malcom earned his first save with the Spikes with a clean 10th inning.

With center fielder Justin Toerner the runner at second base to open the 10th, designated hitter Stanley Espinal lifted a two-run home run to left field. For the Spikes, Espinal’s home run was only their fifth hit of the game, but it turned out to be more than enough for the victory.

Monday’s game: Jim Voyles (0-0, 0.00) vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 6:05 PM Central time.


Dominican Summer League

The rookie-level league does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s games: DSL Cardinals Blue at Rockies 1, DSL Cardinals Red vs. Brewers, 10:30 AM Central.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 14, 2018

photo: Dakota Hudson (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Wednesday. Player of the Day Dakota Hudson threw eight shutout innings in Memphis’ road win. Behind quality starts of their own, Springfield and Palm Beach also took key first-half race victories.

Recaps from games played on Wednesday, June 13.


Memphis Redbirds 11 at Albuquerque Isotopes 0

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With quality pitching and offensive contributions throughout the batting order, the Redbirds won Wednesday’s contest in Albuquerque, 11-0.

Memphis starter Dakota Hudson, our Player of the Day, twirled eight shutout innings. The top prospect earned his eighth win of the year to improve to 8-2. In his outing, Hudson limited the Isotopes to four singles and struck out six. Landon Beck pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds smashed five home runs, including two from left fielder Tyler O’Neill. With the pair of long balls, O’Neill has 15 at the Triple-A level this season. First baseman Rangel Ravelo, right fielder Adolis Garcia, and third baseman Patrick Wisdom each went deep once to highlight Memphis’ run production.

Thursday’s game: Kevin Herget (3-5, 3.46) at Albuquerque Isotopes, 7:35 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 4, Arkansas Travelers 3

Anthony Shew (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Three runs in the bottom of the seventh helped propel the 32-33 Cardinals to a 4-3 win over the Travelers and remain one game back in the first half division race with four contests remaining.

Tied at one thanks to Luke Voit’s solo homer in the fourth, Springfield shortstop Edmundo Sosa collected two RBI with a two-out double to left field. A throwing error on the play allowed a third runner, Chris Chinea, to score all the way from first to become the go-ahead run.

Arkansas scored a run in the top of the first inning and two in the eighth. Cardinals starter Anthony Shew tossed seven innings of one-run ball to improve his record to 5-2. Reliever Jacob Evans allowed two runs in the eighth before Ian McKinney logged a scoreless ninth to pick up his first save of the season.

Thursday’s game: Matt Pearce (0-1, 1.80) vs. Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 7, Fort Myers Miracle 6

Ian Oxnevad (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Miracle scored six runs in the game’s final three innings, but Palm Beach came back with four in the eighth to win Wednesday’s game, 7-6. The victory extended the Cards’ first-half lead to 2 ½ games.

Cardinals starter Ian Oxnevad turned in seven frames and allowed just two runs. Relievers Jacob Patterson, Will Latcham (Latcham’s record improved to 2-2 after taking a blown save), and Austin Sexton were each scored upon across the top of the seventh, eighth, and ninth innings, but Junior Fernandez charted his second save of the year as he collected the final out.

Palm Beach left fielder Dylan Carlson was 3-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. Third baseman Danny Hudzina had two hits, one RBI, and one run scored. Center fielder Chase Pinder had two RBI and right fielder Johan Mieses drove in one.

Thursday’s game: Casey Meisner (3-1, 4.04) vs. Fort Myers Miracle, 5:30 PM Central time.


Beloit Snappers 4 at Peoria Chiefs 3

C.J. Saylor (St. Louis Cardinals)

Early offense against Chiefs starter Johan Oviedo led the Snappers to a 4-3 win over the Chiefs in Peoria. The Chiefs are one-game back of the first-half division lead and tied for the wild card.

The Snappers led off when three runs in the first inning before the Chiefs scored two. Peoria tied the score with a run in the third, and Beloit captured the lead for good with a tally in the fifth inning. Oviedo allowed all four runs (three earned) across five innings as his record dropped to 2-6 this season. C. J Saylor followed with three scoreless frames, and Kodi Whitley posted a zero in the ninth.

Three Chiefs had two hits: third baseman Elehuris Montero, catcher Dennis Ortega, and right fielder Scott Hurst. Montero drove in one, and Hurst knocked in the other two runs. Montero, left fielder Nick Plummer, and second baseman Irving Lopez each scored a run. The Chiefs combined to go 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded six runners on base.

Thursday’s game: Alex Fagalde (1-2, 2.76) vs. Beloit Snappers, 7:00 PM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Mets 1 4

With run support to pair with a solid outing from their starter, the Cardinals Blue defeated the Mets 1 by an 8-4 final score.

Starter Hector Soto earned his second win in as many decisions this summer with 5 1/3 innings. Soto allowed one earned run on seven hits and a walk as he fanned six Mets batters. After relievers Larimel Soriano and Josue Ramirez each logged 1 2/3 innings, Saniel Santana recorded the final out of the contest on a strikeout to secure the win and his first save.

Although the team was just 2-for-11 with runners in scoring position, the Cardinals managed to double up the Mets in the run column. Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar walked twice and scored three runs, including one on his first professional home run. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio had two walks and scored twice, and center fielder Carlos Soler and designated hitter Freddy De Jesus each batted in a run and scored a run.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Yankees, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Tigers 1 4, DSL Cardinals Red 3

With three runs in the eighth inning, the Tigers 1 stunned the Cardinals Red with a 4-3, comeback victory.

After Wilfredo Pereira pitched seven innings of one-run (the run was unearned) ball for the Cardinals, Jose Geronimo surrendered three runs – all earned – on three walks in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Tigers captured the lead with the three-run rally and hand Geronimo his third loss in as many decisions this year.

Cardinals third baseman Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-3 with a triple and two RBI, and shortstop Sander Mora, center fielder Adanson Cruz, and right fielder Luis Montano scored a run apiece. Hernandez has batted in six runs this season.

Thursday’s game: vs DSL Rangers 2, 9:30 AM Central time.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 11, 2018

photo: John Gant (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Sunday. Player of the Day John Gant led Memphis to a shutout win and Sam Tewes tossed a quality start for Palm Beach.

Recaps from games played on Sunday, June 10.


Memphis Redbirds 6, Reno Aces 0

John Gant (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Powered by John Gant’s dazzling outing and a pair of standout offensive performances, the Redbirds enjoyed a 6-0 victory over the Aces at AutoZone Park on Sunday.

Gant, our Player of the Day, fanned eight batters and walked one over his seven scoreless innings. With the win, Gant improved to 5-1 and lowered his ERA to 1.67 in seven starts for the Redbirds this season. Franklin Morales and Sean Gilmartin combined to pitch a scoreless eighth inning, and Edward Mujica nailed down the ninth.

First baseman Rangel Ravelo and catcher Carson Kelly led Memphis’s efforts at the plate. Ravelo batted in three, including two on a home run in the first inning. Kelly went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom scored twice, and right fielder Adolis Garcia smashed a solo homer in the fifth.

Monday’s game: Chris Ellis vs. Reno Aces, 12:10 PM Central time.


Tulsa Drillers 5 at Springfield Cardinals 3

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

In a game where all the run scoring was confined to one inning, the Drillers pulled away with a 5-3 win in Springfield.

Tulsa scored five runs in the top of the third, and the Cardinals scored three in the bottom of the frame. Jake Woodford logged six innings in his start and aside from the third inning, the right-hander pitched well. Three of the six hits he allowed came in the third, as did his only walk. Nonetheless, Woodford’s record dropped to 3-7 with the loss. Jacob Evans pitched scoreless seventh and eighth innings, and Colton Thomson posted a zero in the ninth. The Drillers, though, had already done enough damage.

Cardinals first baseman Stefan Trosclair led off the bottom of the third with a long ball, his second home run of the season. With runners on second and third, center fielder Lane Thomas doubled to plate them both. The three runs were all the Cardinals mustered, as the team went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and stranded five runners.

Monday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (2-2, 2.20) vs. Tulsa Drillers, 11:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 6, Daytona Tortugas 3

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

On the strength of a four-run second inning and a quality outing by Sam Tewes, the Cardinals defeated the Tortugas by a 6-3 final score.

Four Cardinals went 2-for-4: left fielder Shane Billings, catcher Brian O’Keefe, first baseman Ryan McCarvel, and shortstop Kramer Robertson. Robertson had two RBI, while Billings, O’Keefe, and McCarvel each drove in one run. Palm Beach combined to go 5-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Tewes tossed six innings of three-run ball to earn his first win with Palm Beach this season. Tewes fanned eight batters and walked one while he limited the Tortugas to six hits. Jacob Patterson recorded four scoreless outs before Junior Fernandez handled the final 1 2/3 innings to secure the win and his first save.

Monday’s games: The Cardinals and the Fort Myers Miracle will continue a suspended game from June 7 at 4:00 PM Central time. The game was suspended in the bottom of the seventh, with the Miracle as the home team and the score tied at three runs apiece. The two teams will play a regularly-scheduled game following completion of the suspended game. Palm Beach has not announced its starting pitcher for the game that is slated to start around 5:30 PM Central time.


Quad Cities River Bandits 9 at Peoria Chiefs 0

Elehuris Montero (Peoria Chiefs)

Not much went Peoria’s way in their 9-0 home loss to the River Bandits on Sunday.

Chiefs starter Evan Guillory surrendered six runs – all earned – in his start of four innings. Frederis Blanco allowed two runs in the sixth inning, and C.J. Saylor gave up the Quad Cities’ ninth run of the day as he worked the final frame.

Peoria third baseman Elehuris Montero was 2-for-4, accounting for half of the Chiefs’ hits. Catcher Julio Rodriguez and right fielder Angel Moreno each singled, and Rodriguez and left fielder Nick Plummer reached base on walks. All six runners were stranded.

Monday’s game: Jesus Cruz (0-1, 4.50) vs. Quad Cities River Bandits, 12:00 PM Central time.


Dominican Summer League

The rookie-level league does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s games: DSL Cardinals Blue at Nationals, DSL Cardinals Red vs. Diamondbacks #2, 10:30 AM Central.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 7, 2018

photo: Dylan Carlson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Wednesday. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson’s grand slam in 10th inning led first-place Palm Beach to a win.

Recaps from games played on Wednesday, June 6.


Memphis Redbirds 2, Tacoma Rainiers 1

Alex Mejia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

With clean pitching and just enough offensive support, the Redbirds enjoyed a 2-1 home victory over the Rainiers.

Third baseman Alex Mejia drove in both of the Redbirds’ runs on Wednesday, with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and a run-scoring single in the bottom of the fifth. First baseman Patrick Wisdom and right fielder Adolis Garcia each doubled and scored a run, accounting for both of Memphis’ extra-base hits.

Redbirds starter Daniel Poncedeleon improved his record to 5-2 with the win. Despite walking six batters, Poncedeleon logged 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball. Preston Gilmartin and Edward Mujica each recorded four scoreless outs before Mike Mayers earned his third save of the season with a shut-down ninth.

Thursday’s game: Dakota Hudson (6-2, 2.69) vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Northwest Arkansas Naturals 8, Springfield Cardinals 6

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

The Naturals scored six unanswered runs from the fourth inning on to defeat the Cardinals by an 8-6 final score on Wednesday.

Mike O’Reilly pitched four innings in his return to the Cardinals and surrendered as many runs. Ramon Santos allowed two runs in the sixth inning before Jacob Evans yielded the deciding pair of runs in the seventh. Evans dropped to 0-4 on the year.

Cardinals first baseman Chris Chinea was 2-for-4 with three runs batted in, via his sixth home run of the season in the third inning. Chinea and left fielder Victor Roache scored two runs apiece, and catcher Jeremy Martinez and center fielder Lane Thomas each had two base hits.

Thursday’s game: Connor Jones (3-2, 4.50) at Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:05 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 9 at Fort Myers Miracle 5 (10 innings)

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

With the score knotted at five, a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning made the Cardinals 9-5 road winners over the Miracle on Wednesday.

With two outs and the bases loaded, Palm Beach right fielder Dylan Carlson, our Player of the Day, launched a home run to right field to cap off his 2-for-4 night. Designated hitter J.B. Woodman had four base hits, and first baseman Ryan McCarvel and third baseman Taylor Bryant each went 3-for-5; McCarvel scored a run, and Woodman and Bryant both had one RBI.

Starter and May system-wide Pitcher of the Month Austin Warner had a shaky outing. In five innings, Warner allowed four earned runs on five hits and five walks. Outside of a run the Miracle scored against John Kilichowski in the sixth, the Cardinals’ bullpen cast of Robbie Gordon, Jacob Patterson, and Will Latcham was for the duration. Patterson picked up the win and improved to 3-3.

Thursday’s game: Ian Oxnevad (3-5, 5.84) at Fort Myers Miracle, 6:00 PM Central time.


Kane County Cougars 7, Peoria Chiefs 1

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

Kane County’s offense produced plenty of runs in Wednesday’s 7-1 win over the Chiefs.

Jesus Cruz suffered the loss in his starting debut with three runs allowed in his two-inning outing. Normally a starter, Alvaro Seijas sparred the pitching staff with five innings of two-run ball in relief of Cruz. In the bottom of the eighth, the Cougars scored a pair of runs against Fabian Blanco.

The Chiefs had 11 hits, just three fewer than the Cougars’ 14 hits used to score seven runs. All but one starter in Peoria’s lineup had a base hit; first baseman Zach Kirtley had two and right fielder Scott Hurst had three, but Peoria could not put them together. Collectively, the Chiefs were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine.

Thursday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (1-2, 6.92) at Kane County Cougars, 6:30 PM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Blue 13 at DSL Phillies Red 10

The Cardinals Blue ended on top of Wednesday’s slug-fest, 13-10, over the Phillies Red.

There were several offensive stars in this contest for the Cardinals, including shortstop Darlyn Del Villar and third baseman Yowelfy Rosario. Del Villar and Rosario were both 3-for-5 with two runs batted in; Del Villar had two doubles and two runs scored, and Rosario had one double and one run. Center fielder Darlin Moquete and catcher Luis Rodriguez each scored three runs, and designated hitter Carlos Soler was 3-for-6 with two runs scored and one run batted in. Although they scored 13 runs, the Cardinals were only 9-for-27 with runners in scoring position.

Inohan Paniagua recorded the first two outs of the game and allowed three runs – one earned. Anthony Trompiz followed with 3 1/3 innings of three-run ball, with two tallies earned, before Josue Ramirez had the same line in one inning. Derek Diaz picked up the win after his three scoreless innings. DIonys Rodriguez recorded the final three outs of the ninth and earned his first save.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Angels, 9:30 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals Red 15, DSL Phillies White 11

Primarily fueled by five runs in the first inning and seven in the sixth, the Cardinals enjoyed a 15-11 victory over the Phillies White on Wednesday.

Four players stood out at the plate. Catcher Joyser Garcia had two base hits and three runs batted in; shortstop Franklin Soto was 4-for-6 with a double, two runs scored, and two RBI; second baseman Elvin DeJesus had three hits – including a triple – and scored and plated a run; right fielder Luis Montano went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and two runs driven in.

Starter Ronald Suarez turned in three innings of two-run ball. Angel Cuenca earned the win, his first as a professional, with three scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Augusto Calderon logged an inning and allowed three runs, and Gabriel Contreras surrendered six earned runs and recorded just two outs. Wilman Madera collected the final four outs of the contest in a scoreless manner to preserve the win.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Mets 2, 9:30 AM Central time.


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