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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/17/17

photo: Jack Flaherty (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

In a 2-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, our Player of the Day, Jack Flaherty pitched Memphis to yet another win. Springfield continues to pad its division lead.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 16.

Memphis Redbirds 3, Nashville Sounds 2

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

Backed by over seven quality innings from Jack Flaherty and a pair of home runs, the Redbirds defeated the Sounds on Wednesday by a 3-2 final score.

Flaherty, our Player of the Day, limited the Sounds to two runs on six hits in 7 1/3 innings, lowering his earned run average to 2.82 in 73 1/3 innings with the Redbirds. Flaherty whiffed seven and improved his Memphis record to 5-2.

Third baseman Patrick Wisdom and designated hitter Stephen Piscotty provided the offense. Wisdom’s 26th long ball of the year, a two-run shot, came in the second, and Piscotty’s fourth homer in the sixth proved to be the game-winning run for Memphis. First baseman Rangel Ravelo was in on the action as well, going 2-for-4 with a double and scoring on Wisdom’s big fly.

Thursday’s game: Luke Weaver (10-2, 2.55) vs. Nashville Sounds, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 6, San Antonio Missions 3

The Cardinals put up three unanswered runs from the seventh inning on to defeat the Missions, 6-3 on Wednesday.

Darren Seferina (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Starter Ryan Helsley kept the Cardinals in the game through his six innings, as he allowed three runs (two earned) and struck out eight Missions. Through four starts with Springfield, Helsley’s earned run average sits at 1.99 with 28 strikeouts.

Cardinals third baseman Darren Seferina had a productive game in the batter’s box, recording base four times with a walk and three hits, including a solo home run in the seventh inning. Seferina drove in two runs. Left fielder Anthony Garcia had two hits, scored a run, and drove in a run, and catcher Jesse Jenner did the same. Shortstop Tommy Edman and right fielder Adolis Garcia drove in a run apiece, and Helsey, center fielder Magneuris Sierra, and second baseman Eliezer Alvarez came around to score one of the club’s half-dozen runs.

Thursday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (7-5, 4.41) vs. San Antonio Missions, 7:10 PM Central time.


Dunedin Blue Jays 3, Palm Beach Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Ian McKinney (Peoria Chiefs)

After coming back to tie the game in the ninth, the Cardinals ultimately fell to the Blue Jays, 3-2, in 11 innings.

Mike O’Reilly turned in a solid start, allowing two runs on three hits in five innings, with the two runs coming on a home run in the bottom of the first. Ross Vance logged two scoreless innings of relief before Ian McKinney posted zeroes across the next three frames. The Blue Jays got to Hector Mendoza in the 11th for the game-winning run, causing Mendoza’s record to fall to 0-6.

Palm Beach second baseman Andy Young’s fifth home run of the season tied the game at two in the ninth inning. Catcher Jeremy Martinez went 1-for-4 with an RBI double in the seventh, scoring center fielder Shane Billings. The Cardinals combined to go just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight runners on.

Thursday’s game: Sam Tewes (0-1, 3.00) at Dunedin Blue Jays, 5:30 PM Central time.


Quad Cities River Bandits 9, Peoria Chiefs 8

Dylan Carlson (The Cardinal Nation)

Despite scoring six unanswered runs, the Chiefs fell in Quad Cities on Wednesday, 9-8.

The River Bandits did all of their damage early, scoring nine runs – all earned – off Chiefs starter Frederis Parra in 2 2/3 innings. Parra allowed six hits and three walks and finished his day with a game score of -1. Considering the havoc wreaked on Parra, the Chiefs’ relief staff did a masterful job. Ronnie Williams led the way with 2 2/3 scoreless, followed by Colton Thomson’s 1 2/3 frames and Leland Tilley’s zero put up in the eighth.

With eight runs of their own, the Chiefs had a solid night at the plate. Left fielder Dylan Carlson had two hits in four at-bats, including a two-run home run, his seventh of 2017. Designated hitter Matt Fielder scored two runs and drove in as many, and right fielder Mick Fennell went 2-for-5 with a double and three runs batted in. Peoria went 4-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

Thursday’s game: Austin Warner (2-2, 2.70) at Quad Cities River Bandits, 6:35 PM Central time


West Virginia Black Bears 5, State College Spikes 1

Brandon Benson (State College Spikes)

The Black Bears put up four runs on Spikes’ starter Johan Oviedo in his seven-inning outing and defeated State College, 5-1.

Oviedo took the loss, evening his record to 1-1 as a member of the Spikes. The Black Bears scored two of their four runs against Oviedo on solo home runs, one in the fifth and one as part of their three-run seventh.

It was a quiet night for the Spikes offense, as right fielder Brandon Benson drove in the only run on a fifth-inning sacrifice fly. Benson had one hit in three at-bats, recording his seventh double of the season as State College’s lone extra-base hit. Designated hitter Caleb Lopes reached twice on base hits and scored on Benson’s sacrifice fly. The Spikes went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position, stranding six runners.

Thursday’s game: Jonathon Mulford (2-4, 4.70) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals off

The Johnson City Cardinals were off Wednesday and will resume play on Thursday on the road against the Bluefield Blue Jays. Alvaro Seijas (4-1, 5.24) will toe the rubber for the Cardinals at 6:05 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals off

The GCL Cardinals were off Wednesday and will pick back up Thursday, as they travel to Port St. Lucie to take on the Mets at 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Mets1 4, DSL Cardinals 3

The Mets1 put up four runs in the fifth inning to knock off the Cardinals on Wednesday, 4-3.

Cardinals starter Wilfredo Pereira twirled four scoreless innings and was followed out of the bullpen by Roy Garcia. The Mets jumped on Garcia for four runs in the fifth, taking advantage of two walks. The Cardinals’ bats couldn’t rebound, and Garcia suffered his fourth loss in five decisions.

Right fielder Luis Montano hit a solo home run, his second long ball of the season. Catcher Ivan Herrera went 2-for-4 with a run batted in, and center fielder Carlos Soler walked, tripled, and scored a run in five trips to the plate.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Mets1, 9:30 AM Central time.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/15/17

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

In a 4-3 Monday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, our Player of the Day, outfielder Tyler O’Neill, put Memphis ahead early with a two-run home run.

Results from games played Monday, August 14.

Memphis Redbirds 3 at Nashville Sounds 1

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

Fueled by a dependable night from the pitching staff and just enough run support, the division champion Redbirds improved to 40 games over .500 (81-41) with a 3-1 victory over the Sounds.

Starter John Gant evened his record at 5-5 with a win, lasting 5 2/3 innings with one run and seven punchouts. Kevin Herget followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings before Miguel Socolovich was perfect during his five-out save.

Right fielder Tyler O’Neill, our Player of the Day, launched his 25th home run of the year in the top of the first inning, a two-run shot that proved to be all Memphis would need. Left fielder Nick Martini added on with a two-out, RBI single in the fifth. Second baseman Breyvic Valera and catcher Gabriel Lino each scored a run, while center fielder Harrison Bader wore the collar with three strikeouts in four at-bats.

Tuesday’s game: Dakota Hudson (0-0, 4.86) vs. Nashville Sounds, 6:35 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Monday and will pick back up on Tuesday as they host the San Antonio Missions. Austin Gomber (7-7, 3.76) will start in the 6:30 PM Central time game.


Dunedin Blue Jays 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 3

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals could not overcome four early Blue Jays runs and fell in Monday’s contest, 6-3.

Starter Ramon Santos allowed zero earned runs across his five-inning start. The problem is that the Blue Jays scored six unearned runs with Santos on the mound, including four in the third inning, with the help of two errors, a passed ball, a wild pitch, and a balk. The throwing miscues were by Jose Martinez and Leobaldo Pina, with the passed ball by Jeremy Martinez.

Jordan Hicks added three scoreless innings out of the bullpen.

Center fielder Blake Drake had a hit and scored two of the team’s three runs. Third baseman Leobaldo Pina went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a run driven in, and second baseman Luke Dykstra singled in a run. The Cardinals went 2-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base.

Tuesday’s game: Connor Jones (7-5, 3.91) at Dunedin Blue Jays, 5:30 PM Central time.


Quad Cities River Bandits 4, Peoria Chiefs 1

Kramer Robertson (Peoria Chiefs)

The River Bandits put up three unanswered runs in the fourth and sixth innings to break a tie and defeat the Chiefs on Monday, 4-1.

Chiefs starter Ian Oxnevad lasted just four innings, allowing three runs (two earned) as he suffered his 10th loss in 13 decisions this year. Bryan Dobzanski and Dewin Perez combined to allow one run on two hits over the final four innings, but the dependable relief ultimately went to waste.

Peoria’s bats failed to provide Oxnevad with much run support, manufacturing just two hits in 10 at-bats with runners in scoring position and stranding nine runners on base. Shortstop Kramer Robertson had two of the team’s six hits (all singles) and drove in Peoria’s only run. Left fielder J.R. Davis had three hits, while center fielder Dylan Carlson went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Tuesday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 4.40) at Quad Cities River Bandits, 6:35 PM Central time.


State College Spikes off

With the New York-Penn League All-Star Game on Tuesday, the Spikes will not play a regular-season game until Wednesday. The Spikes will have five representatives in the game, including catcher Joshua Lopez, infielder Yariel Gonzalez, outfielder Scott Hurst, and pitchers Daniel Castano and Andrew Summerville, as well as the entire coaching staff.

Elizabethton Twins 8 at Johnson City Cardinals 5

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

The Twins made hay of shaky Cardinals pitching and defense, cruising to an 8-5 win over Johnson City on Monday night.

Cardinals starter Evan Guillory was pulled after giving up a run over two innings. Edwar Ramirez followed and allowed five runs (one earned) over the next 1 2/3 innings. A dropped foul pop by shortstop Stanley Espinal and a wild pitch by Ramirez led to the unearned tallies. Ramirez took the loss, his sixth in eight decisions this year.

Guillory, Ramirez, Jake Dahlberg (2 1/3 innings), and Juan Alvarez (3 innings) combined to walk eight Twins. The Twins stranded 11 runners on base, but their eight runs were enough.

Cardinals designated hitter Brady Whalen finished a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, and two runs scored. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante had two hits, including a double and a run batted in before leaving the contest due to injury, and shortstop Irving Lopez scored twice.

Tuesday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.67) vs. Elizabethton Twins, 10:30 AM Central time


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 4

Noel De Jesus (St. Louis Cardinals)

With a solid start from Noel De Jesus and a four-run sixth, the Cardinals topped the Marlins on Monday by a 5-4 final score.

De Jesus allowed one run over six quality innings, whiffing seven and walking one in what became his second win of the year. Jim Voyles allowed a run in his two innings of work, and Wilberto Rivero surrendered two more in the top of the ninth before Patrick Dayton recorded the final out for his second save.

Cardinals center fielder Jonatan Machado helped lead the way offensively, going 1-for-3 with a walk, stolen base, run, and run batted in. Third baseman Elehuris Montero doubled and scored a run, and catcher Cameron Knight did the same.

Tuesday’s doubleheader: TBA vs. GCL Astros, 9:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Yankees 5 – Game 1

Raffy Ozuna (Dominican Prospect League)

The Cardinals turned back a late Yankees rally to take the first game of Monday’s seven-inning doubleheader, 8-5.

Starter Enmanuel Solano improved to 4-1 on the year, recording five innings of three-run (all unearned) ball with seven strikeouts. Jose Geronimo and Wilman Madera each allowed a run in their one-inning assignments, but the Cardinals’ offense outweighed the runs allowed.

Shortstop Raffy Ozuna went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, his 11th and 12th of the season, driving in three runs. Designated hitter Franklin Soto doubled, walked, and scored three times, and first baseman Freddy De Jesus had one hit in four plate appearances, scoring a run and plating a run.


DSL Cardinals 10, DSL Yankees 9 – Game 2

In a sloppy, hitter-friendly contest, the Cardinals finished on top of the Yankees, 10-9, to complete the doubleheader sweep.

With the help of four Yankees errors, the Cardinals were able to achieve double-digit runs, including nine in the bottom of the fifth inning. Left fielder Alexander Samuel drove in three, while center fielder Carlos Soler and shortstop Franklin Soto each plated a pair. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez was the only player in the starting lineup to not score a run, although he did single.

Jose Moreno allowed two runs in his only inning of work as the starter. Hector Soto followed out of the pen with four runs (three earned) in two innings, and Rodard Avelino handled the next couple of frames with one run allowed. Leonard Taveras was credited with the win, his first of year, as he allowed one run in the sixth – but was the pitcher of record when the Cardinals scored nine runs. Jesus Cruz picked up the save, his second.

The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will pick back up Wednesday with a 9:30 AM Central time contest with the DSL Mets.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/10/17

(photo: Austin Gomber/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

It was a 4-3 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Our Player of the Day, Austin Gomber, tossed seven innings of three-hit, scoreless ball for first-place Springfield.

 

Results from games played Wednesday, August 9.

Memphis Redbirds 3, Omaha Storm Chasers 2 (10 innings)

Harrison Bader (USA TODAY Sports Images)

It took 10 innings, but the Redbirds improved to 77-40 with a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Storm Chasers on Wednesday night.

Center fielder Harrison Bader went 2-for-5 and drove in the game-winning run with a one-out, bases-loaded single. Second baseman Alex Mejia went 4-for-5 with a double and a run batted in, and right fielder Tyler O’Neill drove in his 75th tally of the season. Left fielder Breyvic Valera’s double and Mejia’s two-baggers were the only extra-base hits of the night for the Redbirds. They left 11 runners on base, but the three runs ended up doing the job.

John Gant made a quality start, with two runs and seven punchouts over six innings. Mike Mayers followed with two scoreless innings before Mark Montgomery did the same, as his two frames of zeroes resulted in his fourth win of the year for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: Dakota Hudson (0-0, 6.30) vs. Omaha Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals 2 at San Antonio Missions 0

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Behind another superb start from Austin Gomber, the Cardinals knocked off the Missions on Wednesday, 2-0.

Gomber, our Player of the Day, twirled seven scoreless innings, allowing just three base hits with five strikeouts. For Gomber, it was third straight start of seven innings and his seventh win of the year, evening his record at 7-7. Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick followed out of Springfield’s bullpen with scoreless outings, with Bray earning his eighth hold and Wick sealing his fifth save.

Left fielder Anthony Garcia led the Cardinals in the batter’s box, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI in the sixth inning. Center fielder Oscar Mercado failed to record a hit in four at-bats, but he reached on error, stole his 35th base, and scored. First baseman John Nogowski drew a pair of walks and scored on Garcia’s two-run hit.

Thursday’s game: Zac Gallen (4-3, 3.38) at San Antonio Missions, 7:05 PM Central time.


Fort Myers Miracle 5 at Palm Beach Cardinals 2

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

Fort Myers put up five unanswered runs from the sixth inning on to take down the Cardinals, 3-2, in Jupiter.

Connor Jones turned in six quality innings, allowing two runs (one earned) on eight hits. Hector Mendoza followed and allowed three runs in the seventh inning, sticking him with his fifth loss of the year.

At the plate, designated hitter Casey Grayson went 3-for-3 and scored a run, and center fielder Blake Drake had two hits in four at-bats, including a double, with a run batted in.

Thursday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (2-0, 4.00) at Daytona Beach Tortugas, 6:05 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs off

The Peoria Chiefs were off Wednesday and will continue play Thursday at home against the Burlington Bees. Evan Kruczynski (2-2, 4.50) will take the mound at 7:00 PM Central time.


Hudson Valley Renegades 3 at State College Spikes 1

Daniel Castano (State College Spikes)

With two runs in the top of the ninth, the Renegades snapped a 1-1 tie to take down the Spikes, 3-1.

Starter Daniel Castano did not factor in the game’s final decision, yet his pitching performance is deserving of post-game acknowledgement. Castano pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run (unearned) on four hits and one walk. Reliever Will Latcham surrendered the Renegades’ two runs in the ninth, resulting in his first loss as a professional.

It was a quiet night on the offensive side, with first baseman Yariel Gonzalez driving in the only Spikes’ run. Scott Hurst went 1-for-3 with a walk and scored.

Thursday’s game: Johan Oviedo (1-0, 7.84) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades, 7:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 7 at Bristol Pirates 6

Chase Pinder (Johnson City Cardinals)

Scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning, the Cardinals defeated the Pirates on Wednesday, 8-7.

Center fielder Chase Pinder drove in Johnson City’s game-winning run, as well as two runs earlier on his third home run of the season. Designated hitter Luis Bandes went 2-for-5 with a double and his eighth long ball, plating three.

Johnson City starter Edwar Ramirez had a rocky start, allowing five runs (all earned) on seven hits over 3 1/3 innings. Will Changarotty added 3 2/3 frames of one-run ball with six strikeouts, picking up the win. Changarotty is now 3-1 this season. Brett Seeburger closed out the game with two scoreless innings, for his first save.

Thursday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (4-1, 5.31) at Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals 12 at GCL Marlins 3

Taylor Bryant (St. Louis Cardinals)

With significant help from the Marlins’ pitching staff, the Cardinals took Wednesday’s contest with ease, 12-3.

Nine bases on balls combined with 10 hits resulted in a dozen Cardinals runs. Third baseman Taylor Bryant’s two hits drove in five, and second baseman Luis Flores went 3-for-5 with a double and batted in three. Shortstop Moises Castillo went 0-for-1 but managed to reach base to score four times. Flores’ double and a two-bagger from designated hitter Andrew Luna were the only extra-base hits for the Cardinals, who went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position.

Memphis rehabber Sean Gilmartin started and went one inning, allowing a run, before Junior Gonzalez took over. Gonzalez improved to 2-1 with six innings of two run-ball. Relievers Wilberto Rivera and Cory Malcom followed with a scoreless inning apiece to close out the win.

Thursday’s game: TBA at GCL Astros, 10:00 AM Central time.


DSL Nationals 9 at DSL Cardinals 8

Raffy Ozuna (Dominican Prospect League)

The Cardinals made it interesting in the later innings, but the Nationals’ lead stood tall for a 9-8 win.

Two Cardinals errors helped open the gate for the Nationals to score seven runs between the second and fifth innings, including three runs (one earned) against Cardinals starter Enmanuel Solano, who was pulled after three innings. Allinson Benitez allowed three runs over his 1 2/3 innings, resulting in his third loss in as many decisions.

Although their work ultimately came up short, the Cardinals scored eight runs on Wednesday. Shortstop Raffy Ozuna went 2-for-5 with a double, a triple, and three runs batted in. First baseman Freddy De Jesus drove in two, and catcher Ivan Herrera had three hits and scored as many runs. The Cardinals scored three over the eighth and ninth frames, but they couldn’t get the game-tying run in.

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



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/8/17

(photo: Austin Warner/Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The 4-3 Monday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system is highlighted by 11 strikeouts from lefty Austin Warner in Peoria’s win.

Results from games played Monday, August 7.

Omaha Storm Chasers 8 at Memphis Redbirds 4

The Storm Chasers roughed up Luke Weaver in an 8-4 win over the Redbirds in Memphis’ home stand opener, accounting for Memphis’ third loss this month.

Weaver, who took his second loss in nine decisions, was on the hook for seven runs – all earned – on a dozen hits in 5 2/3 innings. Weaver’s earned run average grew to 2.64 from 1.91.

The Redbirds’ bats couldn’t overcome the Storm Chasers’ outburst, though they did produce four runs. Designated hitter Patrick Wisdom crushed his 24th long ball of the season in the fourth, and Harrison Bader launched number 20 in the eighth. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar and Rangel Ravelo each batted in a run as well.

Tuesday’s doubleheader: Kevin Herget (3-1, 4.14) vs. Omaha, 6:35 PM Central time – Game One; Matt Pearce (1-1, 5.21) vs. Omaha – Game Two.


Springfield Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Monday as they traveled to San Antonio to take on the Missions. Chris Ellis (3-6, 3.71) will take the mound in the 7:05 PM Central time game.


Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Fort Myers Miracle 4

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals managed to hold onto the edge created by five early runs to sneak by the Miracle, 5-4.

Palm Beach starter Jake Woodford allowed one run over five innings, with the win evening his record at 6-6 this season. Estarlin Arias served up a three-run homer in the sixth inning, but relievers Brady Bowen and Eric Carter held the Miracle quiet across the eighth and ninth.

The Cardinals defined ‘keeping the line moving’ with their five-run third inning. Three-through-six-hole hitters – Casey Grayson, Chris Chinea, Leobaldo Pina, and Casey Turgeon – each drove in a run in the crooked-number frame. Pina was the only Cardinal who did not record a hit in the game; his RBI came on a groundout.

Tuesday’s game: Ramon Santos (2-2, 4.96) vs. Fort Myers Miracle, 5:30 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 3 at Clinton LumberKings 1

Austin Warner (Peoria Chiefs)

After heading into the sixth down 1-0, the Chiefs scored three unanswered runs the rest of the way to defeat the LumberKings, 3-1.

Peoria starter Austin Warner, our Player of the Day, was more than worthy of his second win as a Chief. Warner limited the LumberKings to one run on three hits and whiffed 11 batters in his 7 2/3 innings. With a pitch count of 101, the Chiefs turned to Max Almonte to close out the game, a task he did successfully.

While Warner and Almonte put in work on the mound, the bats did their part, too. First baseman Juan Yepez had three hits in four at-bats, driving in two of the Chiefs’ three runs. Catcher Brian O’Keefe went 2-for-5 with a run scored, and second baseman Stefan Trosclair had two base hits and scored as many runs.

Tuesday’s game: Anthony Shew (0-0, 4.87) at Clinton LumberKings, 6:30 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 3 at Mahoning Valley Scrappers 2

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

Fueled by Andrew Summerville’s solid start and timely hitting, the Spikes were 3-2 winners over the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

Summerville, now 3-0, allowed one run and struck out six batters over five innings. Steven Farinaro followed with 2 1/3 innings of one-run ball, and Spencer Trayner recorded the final five outs, resulting in his fifth save.

Though the Spikes combined to strike out 10 times, the hitting provided just enough for a victory. State College went 3-for-8 with runners in scoring position, with an RBI each for designated hitter Evan Mendoza, first baseman Tyler Lancaster, catcher Joshua Lopez. Right fielder Bryce Denton went 2-for-3 with a triple and scored a run.

Tuesday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (2-1, 4.30) vs. Hudson Valley Renegades, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 16, Kingsport Mets 1 (6 innings)

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

Four in the first, nine in the third, and three in the fourth added up to 16 runs for the Cardinals, who enjoyed a rout of the Mets in a rain-shortened game.

Third baseman Brady Whalen was one of several notable offensive contributors in Monday’s game for Johnson City. Whalen launched two home runs – his fourth and fifth of the year – and drove in four runs. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante reached in all five trips to the plate, going 4-for-4 with a homer, three runs batted in, and a walk. Second baseman Irving Lopez and catcher Jonathan Rodriguez each drove in two, and first baseman Luis Bandes scored three runs.

Franyel Casadilla went 4 2/3 innings in his start, but reliever Juan Alvarez picked up the win. Alvarez allowed one hit and walked two as he pitched through the sixth inning, the final inning of play due to rain.

Shortstop Delvin Perez left the game after being hit on the wrist by a pitch in the second inning.

Tuesday’s game: Evan Guillory (1-1, 3.70) vs. Kingsport Mets, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Mets 2, GCL Cardinals 1

Noel De Jesus (St. Louis Cardinals)

Two Mets runs in the bottom of the first proved to be all they needed to knock off Noel De Jesus and the Cardinals, 2-1.

De Jesus was charged with a tough loss on Monday, after tossing seven innings on six hits, no walks and five strikeouts. The deciding score was unearned due a throwing error by first baseman Dariel Gomez. With the loss, De Jesus’ record dropped to 1-1.

On the offensive side, second baseman Luis Flores had two base hits, stole two bases, and scored the only run of the day for the Cardinals. Flores was driven in by designated hitter Andres Luna. Center fielder Terry Fuller wore the collar, hitless in three at-bats with three strikeouts, dropping his season average to .211.

Tuesday’s game: TBA vs. GCL Nationals, 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Angels 3, DSL Cardinals 2

The Angels scored two eighth-inning runs to come from behind and knock off the Cardinals, 3-2.

Starter Jose Moreno turned in five innings of one-run ball. Next was two scoreless frames from reliever Leonardo Taveras, before Rodard Avelino allowed the Angels to take the lead. Avelino suffered his first loss of the season.

Shortstop Raffy Ozuna knocked in one of the Cardinals’ runs, going 2-for-3 with a triple. Right fielder Luis Montano and first baseman Freddy DeJesus doubled.

Tuesday’s doubleheader: TBD/TBD vs. DSL Angels, 9:30 AM Central time



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/3/17

(photo: Diego Cordero/Dominican Summer League)

The 3-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system included doubleheader splits for State College and Dominican Summer League Cards. In the former, third baseman Evan Mendoza had a big night. DSL right-hander Diego Cordero fired six scoreless innings.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 2.

Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds were off Wednesday and continue their roadtrip with a stop in Tacoma, Washington, to take on the Rainiers. Kevin Herget (3-1, 3.86) will take the hill for Memphis in Thursday’s 9:05 PM Central time start.


Tulsa Drillers 3, Springfield Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals dropped a heartbreaker on Wednesday night in Tulsa, with the Drillers walking off with a 3-2 win in 11 innings.

Springfield sent Sandy Alcantara to the mound to start, and he pitched well, with 6 1/3 innings of two-run (one earned) ball. Corey Littrell followed with 1 2/3 scoreless frames, and Rowan Wick added scoreless ninth and 10th innings. Landon Beck surrendered the game-winning run in the bottom of 11th, after loading the bases with one out.

In his return from the DL, second baseman Eliezer Alvarez forced extra innings with his two-out, game-tying homer in the top of the ninth. Shortstop Tommy Edman drove in the Cardinals’ other run with a single in the seventh. Despite 10 total hits, Springfield went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Thursday’s game: Chris Ellis (2-6, 4.18) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday and return home Thursday to host the Clearwater Threshers. Palm Beach’s starter has not been announced for the 5:30 PM Central time game.


Beloit Snappers 7, Peoria Chiefs 1

A rough Wednesday night on the mound and at the plate resulted in a 7-1 loss for the Chiefs in Beloit.

Chiefs starter Austin Warner allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, leading to his second loss of the season. Reliever Bryan Dobzanski allowed three runs in the sixth before Leland Tilley pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to round out the game. Peoria couldn’t respond with the bats, however.

The Chiefs managed just five base hits, including two from catcher Brian O’Keefe, who drove in the club’s only run. Peoria hitters combined to strike out 11 times.

Thursday’s game: Anthony Shew (0-0, 4.30) at Beloit Snappers, 7:00 PM Central time.


State College Spikes 4 at West Virginia Black Bears 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

With the regularly scheduled game shortened to seven innings, the Spikes got to work, scoring in the first and third before putting the game away with two in the final frame.

Reigning NYPL Player of the Week, third baseman Evan Mendoza, finished a triple short of a cycle, including a solo home run. Yariel Gonzalez and Dennis Ortega added RBI singles.

Andrew Summerville tossed five scoreless innings for the win. Summerville allowed two hits and four walks while striking out four batters. Spencer Trayner collected the final two outs for his third save.


West Virginia 6, State College 5 (Game 2, seven innings)

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

It came right down to the wire, but the Spikes’ three errors helped the Black Bears score just enough to knock them out, 6-5, in the seven inning make-up of the July 22 rainout.

Spikes spot starter Steven Farinaro was on the mound for five runs over 4 2/3 innings, with only two scored as earned. With shaky defense behind him, Farinaro took his first loss of the season to even his record at 1-1.

The Spikes three- and four-hole batters, Mendoza and designated hitter Ricardo Bautista, did their parts. Mendoza went 2-for-3, driving in two and scoring a run, while Bautista went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Thursday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (1-1, 4.56) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday and welcome the Princeton Rays to town on Thursday. Edwar Ramirez (1-7, 7.34) will start the game for Johnson City at 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Mets 2

Winston Nicacio (Dominican Summer League)

With solid performances from the pitching and in the batter’s box, the Cardinals enjoyed a 7-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Cardinals starter Winston Nicacio twirled six innings of three-hit ball, allowing two runs – both unearned. Nicacio is now 3-1 with a 2.79 earned run average in six games (five starts) with the GCL Cardinals. The bullpen shut the Mets down, as relievers Enrique Perez, Jim Voyles, and Kevin Hamann each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the win.

The Cardinals generated much of their run support via the long ball, with three homers. Third baseman Elehuris Montero hit his third home run of the season, while first baseman Dariel Gomez and right fielder Brian Sanchez each launched their first of 2017. Left fielder Donivan Williams went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

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


DSL Phillies Red 9 at DSL Cardinals 6 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals carried a 5-2 lead into the fifth, but yielded seven runs in the final three frames to absorb a loss in the first game of a twin bill.

Handed a lead after starter Wilfredo Pereira went four innings, reliever Allinson Benitez had a nightmare of a fifth, allowing four runs despite just one hit. Between them, Rodard Avelino and Leonardo Taveras yielded three more for the winning edge.

First baseman Freddy DeJesus homered and scored twice. Shortstop Luis Montano tripled, plating three and scored.


DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Phillies Red 0 (Game 2, seven innings)

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

Backed by six shutout innings from Diego Cordero, the Cardinals took it to the Phillies on Wednesday by a 6-0 final score in the second seven-inning contest, the make-up of the postponed July 17 game.

Cordero, who improved to 2-4, whiffed five batters and allowed four hits over his six scoreless frames. The 19-year-old Cordero boasts a 35:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 51 innings (10 games – eight starts) this year.

Cardinals right fielder William Jimenez ripped two doubles, driving in as many runs. The two-base hits were his 10th and 11th of the season. Left fielder Alexander Samuel had an RBI double, and the Cardinals combined to go 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

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



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/1/17

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The high-flying Memphis Redbirds scored 11 times on 23 hits, making it difficult to pinpoint one hitter, but starting pitcher Jack Flaherty’s performance stood out. The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3.

Results from games played Monday, July 31.

 

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

Memphis Redbirds 11 at Reno Aces 3

The Redbirds pounded out 23 hits in their 11-3 defeat of the Reno Aces on Monday night.

Noteworthy performances can be found up and down the Memphis batting order, with every player recording at least one hit, including the pitcher. In fact, only one starter – shortstop Aledmys Diaz, who went 1-for-6 with an RBI single – did not have at least two hits.

Redbirds center fielder Tyler O’Neill had three hits, including a two-run homer, an RBI double, and an RBI single. Third baseman Alex Mejia had four hits – all singles – and scored twice. Catcher Alberto Rosario went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs batted in.

Although it was a night of great offense, Redbirds starting pitcher Jack Flaherty takes Player of the Day honors. Flaherty, now 3-1 in four Triple-A decisions, could have easily let the overload of run support affect his pitching. Instead, Flaherty held the Aces in check, allowing three runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings to go with seven strikeouts. Flaherty got in on the offensive fun, too, with pair of singles in four trips to the dish.

Flaherty owns a 3.21 earned run average in 53 1/3 innings (10 starts) for the Redbirds.

Tuesday’s game: Matt Pearce (1-0, 3.00) at Reno Aces, 9:05 PM Central time.



Tulsa Drillers 12, Springfield Cardinals 1

A run in the second, two in the fourth, five in the fifth, one in the sixth, and three in the eighth added up to 12 in Monday’s game for the Drillers, who enjoyed a 12-1 home win over the Cardinals.

Springfield starter Zac Gallen, now 4-3 with the loss, allowed three runs (two earned) in his four-inning outing before the bullpen was bombed. Trey Nielsen was drilled by Tulsa for four home runs in the fifth inning, including back-to-back-to-back long balls to lead off the frame for the Drillers. Pedro Echemendia (another solo homer) and Landon Beck (three scores) also yielded runs.

First baseman John Nogowski drove in the only run for the Cardinals with a two-out, RBI double in the sixth. Catcher Andrew Knizner went 2-for-3 with a double, and second baseman Darren Seferina scored.

Tuesday’s game: Ryan Helsley (league debut) at Tulsa Drillers, 7:05 PM Central time.


 

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

Bradenton Marauders 2, Palm Beach Cardinals 1 – Game 1 (10 innings)

Although the pitching staff was very solid, the Cardinals could muster only one run and fell in the first game of Monday’s doubleheader, 2-1, in 10 innings to the Marauders.

Cardinals starter Mike O’Reilly allowed nine hits and walked three batters over six innings, but the right-hander limited Bradenton to just one run. O’Reilly was supported by second baseman Luke Dykstra’s RBI single, but the Palm Beach bats couldn’t provide any more for the pitchers to work with.

Estarlin Arias turned in two scoreless innings of relief. In the 10th, Hector Mendoza’s second inning of work, the Marauders scored the walkoff run with two outs.


 

Ramon Santos (Johnson City Cardinals)

Palm Beach Cardinals 3 at Bradenton Marauders 1 – Game 2 (seven innings)

After falling in 10 innings in the first game, Palm Beach came back to beat the Marauders in the night-cap, 3-1. It was the makeup for Sunday’s rainout.

Ramon Santos picked up the win, his second in four decisions with Palm Beach. Santos allowed one run (unearned) over five innings before reliever Eric Carter closed out the game with two scoreless innings. Carter picked up his first save since his promotion from Peoria.

Third baseman Leobaldo Pina blasted his fourth homer of the year and scored two runs. Second baseman Andy Young and shortstop Jose Martinez each plated a run. Martinez and right fielder Thomas Spitz doubled, accounting for the Cardinals’ two extra-base hits.

Tuesday’s game: Jake Woodford (5-6, 3.36) at Bradenton Marauders, 5:30 PM Central time.


 

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Peoria Chiefs 4, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3

With quality outing from their starter and two timely home runs, the Chiefs took Monday’s contest against the Timber Rattlers by a 4-3 score.

In his Peoria debut, Sam Tewes twirled seven quality innings, allowing three runs and striking out four batters on his way to a win. In 12 appearances this season – seven with State College, four with Palm Beach, and one with Peoria – Tewes is 4-8 with a 3.58 earned run average and a 42:11 strikeout-to-walk ratio.

The Chiefs scored three runs in the bottom of the second inning, with the highlight third baseman Danny Hudzina’s two-run homer. After the Timber Rattlers plated three of their own over the fifth and sixth, Chiefs designated hitter Vince Jackson put Peoria ahead with his eighth long ball of the season, a solo shot.

Tuesday’s game: Frederis Parra (2-3, 2.68) vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 7:00 PM Central time.


 

Bryce Denton (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College Spikes 9, Auburn Doubledays 2

The Spikes put up nine unanswered runs to defeat the Doubledays on Monday, 9-2.

Making his State College debut, starter Johan Oviedo went 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and whiffing eight batters to earn the victory. Oviedo was 2-1 with 31 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings with the Johnson City Cardinals this year prior to joining the Spikes.

Spikes left fielder Bryce Denton helped lead the way with three hits, including a two-run home run in the seventh.  Shortstop Edwin Figuera went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in, and catcher Dennis Ortega had three singles and scored twice.

Tuesday’s game: Jonathon Mulford (2-3, 4.13) vs. Auburn Doubledays, 11:00 PM Central time.


 

Evan Guillory (Johnson City Cardinals)

Pulaski Yankees 7, Johnson City Cardinals 0

A rough night in the field and failure to produce timely hits resulted in a 7-0 loss for the Cardinals to the Yankees on Monday.

The Cardinals committed five errors, including three by shortstop Delvin Perez, which contributed to the Yankees’ seven runs.  Four of the runs were unearned, including the only tally charged to starter Evan Guillory. Guillory, the tough-luck loser, dropped to 1-1, despite turning in five innings with no earned runs allowed.

Johnson City had few chances, going 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and stranding six runners. Catcher Julio Rodriguez was the only Cardinal starter who did not strike out. As a team, the Cardinals fanned 14 times. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante was punched out in all three at-bats, while Stanley Espinal, Brady Whalen, Jonathan Rivera, and Carlos Rodriguez each whiffed twice.

Tuesday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.33) at Pulaski Yankees, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Cardinals postponed

The GCL Cardinals-GCL Astros game on Monday was postponed due to rain. The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will resume play on Wednesday, when they host the GCL Mets at 11:00 AM Central time.


DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Mets1 5

The Mets put up three runs in the seventh, but William Jimenez and the Cardinals responded with two in the top of the eighth inning to squeeze out a 6-5 win over Mets on Monday.

As a pinch-hitter in the top of the eighth, with the Cardinals trailing, 4-6, Jimenez plated the tying and go-ahead runs with his third triple of the season. The Cardinals pounded out 14 hits on the day and had a pair of four-hit days, from second baseman Franklin Soto and shortstop Raffy Ozuna. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez scored twice, and catcher Ivan Herrera had a double and a run batted in.

Cardinals starter Jose Moreno was very dependable, tossing six innings of two-run ball with a half-dozen punchouts. Moreno did not factor in the final decision, however. Instead, Jesus Cruz picked up the win after giving the Cardinals three scoreless innings. Cruz improved to 2-0.

Tuesday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Mets1, 9:30 AM Central time.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/25/17

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On Monday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3. Player of the Day Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-4 including a two-run home run in Memphis’ 20th win in their last 24 games.

Results from games played Monday, July 24.

Memphis Redbirds 6, Las Vegas 51s 4

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Behind seven innings from John Gant and offensive production from the middle infielders, the Redbirds improved to 66-35, knocking off the 51s by a 6-4 final score.

Gant, earning just his second win to pair with five losses, allowed four runs on nine hits, but with no walks and two double plays behind him, the starter managed to limit the damage.

The Redbirds scored their six runs early and were done scoring by the end of the second inning. With a runner on and two outs in the first, shortstop Aledmys Diaz, our Player of the Day, hit a two-run homer, his second long ball with Memphis this year. Second baseman Alex Mejia had two hits in three at-bats, driving in a pair. The newest Redbird, left fielder Tyler O’Neill, went 0-for-3 but drove in one of the team’s half-dozen runs with a sacrifice fly.

Tuesday’s game: Luke Weaver (9-1, 1.91) vs. Salt Lake Bees, 7:05 PM Central time.


Tulsa Drillers 6 at Springfield Cardinals 4

The Cardinals couldn’t recover from starter Chris Ellis’s early struggles and fell to the Drillers on Monday by a 6-4 score.

Ellis was smacked around for nine hits over six innings, allowing four runs. The right-hander fell to 2-5 with the loss, but the game’s outcome could have been a lot different if the Springfield bats had taken advantage of the Drillers’ rough night in the field.

Tulsa committed four errors, but the Cardinals combined to go just 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranded 13 runners on base. Left fielder Anthony Garcia went 0-for-5 but was credited with two runs batted in. Right fielder Magneuris Sierra had two hits and a walk, driving in and scoring a run. Center fielder Oscar Mercado went hitless, but reached via an error and a walk and came around to score twice.

Tuesday’s game: Austin Gomber (4-7, 4.55) vs. Tulsa Drillers, 6:30 PM Central time.


Palm Beach Cardinals 3, Charlotte Stone Crabs 0

Danny Diekroeger (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of eighth inning lifted the Cardinals to a 3-0 win over the Stone Crabs.

Palm Beach center fielder Shane Billings started it with a two-out double. Right fielder Thomas Spitz drew a walk, and first baseman Chris Chinea cashed in with a single up the middle to break the scoreless tie. Third baseman Danny Diekroeger followed with a two-run double to deep center field, plating Chinea and Spitz to put Palm Beach up by three.

Cardinals starter Connor Jones lasted 4 2/3 scoreless innings before Ian McKinney twirled three one-hit frames through two outs in the eighth. From there, Ross Vance entered and recorded the final four outs of the night. Vance picked up his second win as a result of the Palm Beach rally.

Tuesday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 2.25) at Tampa Yankees, 6:00 PM Central time.


Peoria Chiefs 7 at Bowling Green Hot Rods 4

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

Six runs across the final two innings led the Chiefs to a 7-4 win on the road against the Hot Rods.

Evan Kruczynski turned in a respectable start, going 5 2/3 innings and allowing three runs. Reliever Dewin Perez allowed a run over the next 1 1/3 innings before Yeison Medina fired two scoreless to wrap up the game. With the Chiefs scoring their runs late, Medina was the pitcher of record. The 24-year-old improved to 3-0 on the year.

Chiefs third baseman Danny Hudzina had four hits in five trips to the plate, doubling for the ninth time this season and driving in a pair of runs. Catcher Ryan McCarvel had a great evening in the batter’s box, hitting his 16th double and 13th home run of the season to plate three runs.

The Chiefs are off on Tuesday and will pack back up Wednesday at home, as they will host the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7:00 PM Central time. Peoria’s starting pitcher will be Frederis Parra (1-3, 2.91).


Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5 at State College Spikes 1

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

The Spikes couldn’t overcome a rocky start from Daniel Castano and dropped Monday’s contest, 5-1, to the Scrappers.

Castano, who was charged with his first loss in seven decisions, was roughed up for four runs – all earned – on 11 hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Spikes’ bullpen followed with 4 1/3 innings of one-run ball, but the bats couldn’t come up with enough to recover.

Catcher Joshua Lopez went 1-for-4 with an RBI single in the ninth, the only run of the night for State College. Third baseman Evan Mendoza had three hits, including a double and a triple to finish a home run shy of the cycle. Mendoza scored on Lopez’s RBI single.

Tuesday’s game: Sam Tewes (2-3, 4.11) vs. Mahoning Valley Scrappers, 6:05 PM Central time.


Johnson City Cardinals 4, Burlington Royals 1

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals put up four runs by the end of the fourth inning and held on to win by a 4-1 score.

Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo picked up his second win, pitching five innings of one-run ball. Three relievers handed the Royals following Oviedo’s outing, including left-hander Jake Dahlberg, who punched out four Burlington batters over two scoreless frames.

Half of Johnson City’s runs on Monday came on home runs. Catcher Julio Rodriguez hit his first long ball of the season in the second inning, and shortstop Irving Lopez launched his first career ball out of the yard in the third. The Cardinals added two more in the fourth, when third baseman Brady Whalen and left fielder Walker Robbins drove in their 19th and eighth runs of the year, respectively.

Tuesday’s game: Franyel Casadilla (0-3, 8.71) vs. Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.


GCL Nationals 2, GCL Cardinals 1

Noel De Jesus (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals put up a run in the top of the ninth inning, but Juan Evangelista’s two-run homer in the sixth remained just enough for the Nationals to hold on for a 2-1 win.

Cardinals starter Noel De Jesus turned in four scoreless innings. In his professional debut, eighth-rounder Wilberto Rivera followed with a scoreless fifth before Alex Fagalde was tagged with the two-run shot in the sixth.

For their one run of the day, Cardinals right fielder Sanel Rosendo picked up an RBI single. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez doubled, one of his two hits, for the Cardinals’ lone extra-base hit.

Tuesday’s games: TBA vs. GCL Marlins, 11:00 AM Central time. The Cardinals and Marlins will continue a suspended game from last Thursday before beginning the originally scheduled contest.


DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Nationals 5 (10 innings)

It took 10 innings, but the Cardinals were able to grind out a 6-5 victory over the Nationals on Monday afternoon.

The Nationals jumped ahead, 5-4, in the top of the 10th inning, but they could not hold on in the bottom half. With the bases full, one down, and the game knotted at five – after William Jimenez scored on an error – left fielder Diomedes Del Rio drove in the game-winning run with a sacrifice fly.

Center fielder Carlos Soler had two base hits in five at-bats, first baseman Cristhian Longa walked twice and scored, and third baseman Pablo Gomez and designated hitter Victor Garcia both doubled.

Starter Jose Moreno lasted five innings, surrendering just one run despite walking four batters. Sloppy defense — to the tune of five errors — allowed the Nationals to get back in the game following Moreno’s departure.

With Cardinals relievers Cristoffer Zapata and Oneiver Diaz on the mound, the Nationals scored three times across the sixth and seventh innings. The Cardinals kept up with the Nationals, nonetheless, and ultimately came out on top.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/20/17

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Results from games played Wednesday, July 19.

Oklahoma City Dodgers 4, Memphis Redbirds 3

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The Redbirds slowly chipped away, but the Dodgers’ four runs absorbed the efforts, as Memphis came up short in Oklahoma City, 4-3, on Wednesday.

Redbirds starter John Gant, who fell to 1-5 with the loss, was charged with all four runs through 5 1/3 innings. New reliever Mike Mayers recorded five outs to pitch the Redbirds through the seventh, and rehabbing lefty Zach Duke pitched the bottom of the eighth, recording his sixth strikeout in as many innings with Memphis.

Catcher Carson Kelly, our Player of the Day, had another big night at the dish, this time going 3-for-4 with a two-run home run, his 10th long ball of the season. First baseman Chad Huffman launched his sixth homer of the year in the top of the ninth, but the Redbirds’ comeback attempt fell short.

Thursday’s game: Luke Weaver (8-1, 1.92) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.

Springfield Cardinals 8, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4

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The Cardinals manufactured eight unanswered runs from the fifth inning on to come back and beat the Naturals, 8-4.

Highlighted by rehabbing left fielder Randal Grichuk’s two-out, three-run homer in the fifth, Springfield scored one more in the seventh, and three in the eighth to build up their 8-4 lead. Catcher Gabriel Lino had two runs batted in, including one on a bases-loaded plunking. Center fielder Oscar Mercado scored on a wild pitch, and shortstop Tommy Edman singled in right fielder Randy Arozarena in the eighth inning to cap off the night.

It was a rough start for Cardinals right-hander Chris Ellis, who gave up four runs on seven hits and three walks over 5 1/3 innings pitched. The bullpen certainly did its part, though, to back up Ellis, as Corey Littrell, Tyler Bray, and Landon Beck fired 3 2/3 scoreless innings to close out the game. Bray was granted the win, his fifth, to improve to a 5-0 record.

Thursday’s game: Austin Gomber (4-6, 4.19) at Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Daytona Tortugas 1 – Game One

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Two runs over the first two innings were still standing come game’s end, as the Cardinals held on for a 2-1 win over the Tortugas in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader.

Cardinals third baseman Danny Diekroeger singled in a run in the bottom of the first inning, and center fielder Lane Thomas drove in a run in the second.

Palm Beach used five different pitchers to get the job done in the first game, starting with Jordan Hicks and his two scoreless innings thrown two days ago before the contest was suspended. Arturo Reyes, who picked up the win, came up next with two scoreless, and Ramon Santos allowed an unearned run in the seventh, as he muscled the biggest pitching load of the game with three innings.

Daytona Tortugas 7 at Palm Beach Cardinals 4 – Game Two (seven innings)

The Tortugas made the most of a shaky night by Cardinals’ pitching, defeating Palm Beach, 7-4, to earn a split of the doubleheader.

Connor Jones started in the seven inning game, and allowed three runs on five hits and as many walks over four innings. Ross Vance followed Jones and was roughed up for three runs in just 2/3 of an inning, resulting in his second loss of the year.

Third baseman Andy Young had two hits and two runs batted in, including his fourth homer since joining the Palm Beach squad a month ago. Center fielder Lane Thomas singled, drove in a run, and scored a run, and right fielder Blake Drake went 1-for-3 and plated a run.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. Daytona Tortugas, 5:30 PM Central time.

Dayton Dragons 8, Peoria Chiefs 5

With a five-run sixth inning, the Dragons knocked off the Chiefs on Wednesday, 8-5.

The Dragons put up five runs against Chiefs starter Evan Kruczynski, who left after facing (and not retiring any) three batters in the sixth. Ronnie Williams was on the mound as Dayton continued to build up their lead. Williams was charged with his sixth loss in nine decisions and his first blown save.

The Chiefs got most of their run production from the bottom half of the lineup. The six-through-nine spots in the order – third baseman Danny Hudzina, right fielder Dylan Carlson, left fielder Matt Fiedler, center fielder Mick Fennell – went a combined 5-for-14 with two doubles, four runs scored, and two runs batted in. First baseman Ryan McCarvel had the other RBI of the night for Peoria, which made the most of two Dragons fielding blunders.

Thursday’s game: Frederis Parra (1-3, 2.84) at Dayton Dragons, 6:00 PM Central time.

Williamsport Crosscutters 11 at State College Spikes 1

The Crosscutters put a stop to potential late-inning drama, scoring seven runs over the final two innings to defeat the Spikes, 11-1.

Spikes starter Sam Tewes took the loss, his third of the year. Tewes lasted 5 2/3 innings and allowed four runs, only two of them earned, as State College committed two errors behind him. Relievers Steven Farinaro, Robbie Gordon, and Robert Calvano combined to surrender seven runs over the eighth and ninth innings.

First baseman Yariel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with the lone run batted in on a night when the club went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and left eight runners on base. Left fielder Bryce Denton doubled and scored on Gonzalez’ RBI single.

Thursday’s game: Jonathon Mulford (1-2, 4.76) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.

Johnson City Cardinals 9 at Burlington Royals 8

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals needed every one of their nine runs on Wednesday to put away the Royals by a 9-8 final in Burlington.

Johnson City put up a five spot in the top of the first inning, followed by two in the second, one in the third, and the ninth and final run of the night in the seventh. Center fielder Chase Pinder and left fielder Wadye Ynfante hit back-to-back home runs in the first. Right fielder Carlos Talavera and designated hitter Irving Lopez were each credited with a run batted in, drawing a walk and getting hit by a pitch, respectively, with the bases loaded. Third baseman Brady Whalen got in on the fun later, as he hit a two-run homer and drove in three runs.

Unfortunately for the Cardinals, their offensive outburst was shadowed by the Royals, who put up four runs in the first, two in the second, and two more in the fourth to keep the game close. Cardinals starter Johan Oviedo threw 88 pitches as he battled through five innings, allowing the eight runs – all earned – on as many hits and two walks. Will Changarotty and Fabian Blanco combined for four hitless innings of relief, as Changarotty earned his second win and Blanco his second save.

In the second, third baseman Brady Whalen hit a two-run homer, his first two runs batted in. Whalen singled in the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh.

Thursday’s game: Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 8.04) at Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Nationals 2

Winston Nicacio (Dominican Summer League)

A quality start from Winston Nicacio backed the Cardinals in their 4-2 victory over the Nationals.

Nicacio, recording his second win in three decisions, allowed one run on three hits over six solid innings with as many punchouts. Noel De Jesus followed with 2 2/3 innings after Nicacio, and Kevin Hamann recorded the final out of the day.

Cardinals right fielder Andres Luna went 2-for-2, driving in two of the four total runs. Shortstop Delvin Perez had two hits and scored a run, center fielder Jonatan Machado had two hits, and third baseman Elehuris Montero had an RBI single and came around to score.

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

DSL Twins 7 at DSL Cardinals 2 – Game One

A rough outing for Cardinals pitching resulted in a 7-2 win for the Twins on Wednesday in the first game of a doubleheader.

Cardinals hurler Allinson Benitez recorded just four outs in his start, allowing three runs in the second inning. Reliever Larimel surrendered four runs – all earned – over the next 3 1/3 innings.

First baseman Cristhian Longa drove in the Cardinals’ pair of runs in the fifth inning with a two-run double, his fifth two-bagger of the season. Catcher Ivan Herrera and second baseman Franklin Soto also doubled. Soto and center fielder Carlos Soler scored on Longa’s double.

DSL Twins 3 at DSL Cardinals 2 – Game Two

The Cardinals couldn’t overcome the Twins’ three-run fourth inning and dropped the second game of Wednesday’s slate, 3-2, resulting in a doubleheader sweep for the Twins.

Cardinals starter Wilfredo Pereira was on the mound for the three Twins runs and his day ended after he completed the fourth inning. Pereira sustained the loss, his fifth in six decisions this year. Reliever Jesus Cruz whiffed five over two frames in relief, but the offense couldn’t provide ample support.

Left fielder William Jimenez and right fielder Victor Garcia each drove in a run, and second baseman Pablo Gomez and shortstop Franklin Soto scored those runs. The Cardinals had just four base hits, leaving three runners on.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/18/17

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Results from games played Monday, July 17.

Memphis Redbirds 5 at Oklahoma City Dodgers 3

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Redbirds third baseman Patrick Wisdom launched a timely, two-run homer late in the game to defeat the Oklahoma City Dodgers, 5-3.

Wisdom, our Player of the Day, hit his 20th long ball of the season in the top of the ninth inning, erasing a 3-3 tie. Wisdom’s homer was one of three by the Redbirds on Monday, as big flies accounted for all five runs. Outfielder Harrison Bader launched a solo homer in the fifth, and shortstop Alex Mejia blasted a two-run bomb later in the same frame.

Matt Pearce toed the rubber for the Redbirds, in just his third career Triple-A start and first of 2017. Pearce turned in a quality start – six innings with three runs allowed – but did not factor in the decision. With two scoreless innings, Kevin Herget picked up the win. Josh Lucas secured his seventh save.

Tuesday’s game: Marco Gonzales (6-3, 2.60) at Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.

Springfield Cardinals 4, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 1

Dakota Hudson

Backed by another strong outing from Dakota Hudson, the Cardinals defeated the Naturals by a 4-1 final score.

Hudson allowed one run over 6 1/3 innings, improving to 8-4 and lowering his earned run average to 2.69 across 16 games and starts this season. Andrew Morales and Rowan Wick followed Hudson out of the Cardinals’ bullpen with 2 2/3 scoreless frames between them.

Second baseman Darren Seferina helped lead the way offensively, going 3-for-5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored. Shortstop Tommy Edman went 3-for-4 with a run driven in, and first baseman John Nogowski doubled in a run as well. The Cardinals had a dozen hits and drew five walks, ultimately leaving 10 runners on base.

Tuesday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (4-5, 5.46) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 6:30 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals cancelled

Due to wet grounds, the Lakeland Flying Tigers cancelled their Monday contest against the visiting Palm Beach Cardinals. Because it was the final meeting between the two, the game will not be rescheduled.

The Cardinals will be back in action Tuesday at 5:30 PM Central time at Roger Dean Stadium, with Jordan Hicks (0-1, 5.40) taking the mound versus the Daytona Tortugas.

Peoria Chiefs 2, Fort Wayne TinCaps 1 (12 innings)

Ian Oxnevad (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

It took a dozen innings, but the Chiefs pulled out a 2-1 win over the TinCaps in Monday’s matchup in Peoria.

Chiefs starter Ian Oxnevad certainly did his part, holding the TinCaps to one run on two hits over seven innings. Peoria’s bullpen maintained Oxnevad’s sharpness, as Bryan Dobzanski and Keaton Siomkin each pitched two scoreless innings. Dewin Perez, who twirled a scoreless 12th, was the pitcher of record when the Chiefs scored the game-winning run, and he picked up his second win.

Peoria outfielder Vince Jackson hit his sixth homer of the season in the seventh inning to knot the score at one run, but from there, the scoreboard remained empty for five innings. Outfielder Mick Fennell was the hero, as he lined a bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 12th to push across the winning tally.

The Chiefs are off Tuesday and will pick back up Wednesday on the road with the Dayton Dragons at 6:00 PM Central time.

State College Spikes postponed

With rain in the area, the Spikes game at the Williamsport Crosscutters was postponed. The teams will play a doubleheader on Tuesday. The Spikes have not announced their starting pitcher for either seven-inning contest.

Kingsport Mets 9, Johnson City Cardinals 2

The Mets took advantage of a shaky night for Cardinals hurlers, as Kingsport pummeled Johnson City, 9-2, on Monday.

Cardinals starter Edwar Ramirez was charged with his fourth loss, allowing five runs in 3 1/3 innings. Jake Dahlberg yielded four more runs while recording five outs. Paul Salazar and Juan Alvarez kept the Mets off the board the rest of the way, but the damage was far too much for Johnson City to overcome.

Johnson City second baseman J.D. Murders drove in their lone earned run of the night, as the Cardinals were aided by four Mets errors. The Cardinals failed to manufacture many runs though, as third baseman Brady Whalen and outfielder Walker Robbins scored the only two runs.

Tuesday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 6.75) vs. Burlington Royals, 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals off

The GCL Cardinals were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday on the road against the GCL Mets. The game will start at 11:00 AM Central time.

DSL Phillies Red 7 at DSL Cardinals 5

The Phillies’ five-run eighth paired with two earlier runs was enough to withstand five unanswered runs from the Cardinals, who fell by a 7-5 final.

Cardinals starter Jose Moreno suffered the loss, his third loss in as many decisions. Moreno allowed two runs over 4 2/3 frames, and the Phillies piled on to their lead after Moreno exited. Reliever Oneiver Diaz was charged four runs in 1 1/3 innings, and Cristoffer Zapata yielded a run on three hits and a walk without recording an out.

Cardinals all-star catcher Ivan Herrera doubled and plated a trio of runs, accounting for the only extra-base hit of the day for the team. Outfielder William Jimenez and second baseman Franklin Soto each drove in a run, but they proved to not be enough.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/13/17

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Results from games played Wednesday, July 12.

Memphis Redbirds off

Triple-A All-Star Game: Pacific Coast League 6, International League 4

Two Redbirds appeared in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, won by the PCL All-Stars, 6-4. Catcher Carson Kelly singled in his one at-bat and caught the first three innings. Reliever Ryan Sherriff recorded the first out of the ninth inning on a strikeout.

Thursday’s game: Marco Gonzales (5-3, 2.56) vs. Round Rock Express, 7:05 PM Central time.

Arkansas Travelers 5, Springfield Cardinals 2

The Travelers knocked out Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson with three runs in the fifth inning, as Arkansas went on to win Wednesday evening’s matchup, 5-2.

Hudson lasted through two outs in the fifth inning, by which time the Travelers used three hits, two walks, and a passed ball to manufacture a trio of runs. Hudson took the loss and dropped to 7-4 on the year. The Travelers put up two more in the eighth against reliever Pedro Echemendia, further padding the lead.

It was a quiet night for the Cardinals offensively, with the two runs scoring on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded double play. Right fielder Magneuris Sierra was responsible for two of the team’s six hits; first baseman John Nogowski and shortstop Tommy Edman each scored a run.

Thursday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (3-5, 5.76) at Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals suspended

The Jupiter Hammerheads at Palm Beach Cardinals game on Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida, was suspended with two out in the bottom of the first inning. The Hammerheads had already plated two runs against starter Jake Woodford in their initial at-bats.

This game will resume Thursday, before the regularly scheduled contest, starting at 5:30 PM Central time. Jordan Hicks is likely to make his Palm Beach debut.

Peoria Chiefs 10, Lake County Captains 3

Kramer Robertson (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs came back with a vengeance, with nine unanswered runs from the sixth inning on to down the Captains on Wednesday, 10-3.

The Captains put up three runs against Ian Oxnevad in the top of the sixth, his final inning of the night. Oxnevad had just one strikeout, but – more importantly – he issued no walks and was able to work around nine Captains hits. From there, Ronnie Williams and Dewin Perez handled the pitching duties, and the Chiefs’ bats went to work.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson had a remarkable evening at the dish, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs batted in, and three runs scored. Designated hitter Ryan McCarvel had a home run of his own, and catcher Brian O’Keefe plated a pair.

Thursday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 6.00) vs. Lake County Captains, 8:00 PM Central time.

State College Spikes 10 at Tri-City ValleyCats 4

The Spikes sounded off for three runs in the sixth and five more in the eighth to come back and defeat the ValleyCats, 10-4.

A trio of 2017 Cardinals draftees led the offense.

Zach Kirtley (State College Spikes)

Second baseman and leadoff hitter Zach Kirtley went 2-for-4 with his first professional home run, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Center fielder Scott Hurst, from the second spot of the batting order, tripled and drove in the first three runs of his career. Right fielder Brandon Benson got in on the fun, too, cranking his second home run to drive in a pair.

The 10 runs were more than enough for State College starter Sam Tewes, who twirled seven innings of two run ball to improve his personal record to 2-2. Relievers Will Latcham and Robbie Gordon each followed with a scoreless frame to seal the victory.

Thursday’s game: Daniel Castano (4-0, 1.24) at Tri-City ValleyCats, 6:00 PM Central time.

Bristol Pirates 5 at Johnson City Cardinals 0

The Cardinals mustered only two base hits in Wednesday’s 5-0 home loss to the Pirates.

First baseman Luis Bandes and catcher Julio Rodriguez both singled, but that was not enough to give starter Edwar Ramirez much of a chance at a win.

Ramirez tossed a quality start – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks – but with no offensive support, he took the loss. Ramirez is 1-3 in four starts for Johnson City this year.

Thursday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 4.40) vs. Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals off

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DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Yankees 9

The Yankees scored eight unanswered runs over the last three innings, but the Cardinals maintained the last of their cushion to hold off the Yankees, 10-9.

Catcher Joyser Garcia had a productive day in the box, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. Right fielder William Jimenez had a solid day as well, with three hits – including a triple – in five plate appearances, driving in three runs. On the whole, the Cardinals combined to go 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position, scoring 10, but leaving 11 more runners on base.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, picking up his first win in five decisions this season. The bullpen wasn’t as stellar, however, allowing nine runs while recording the final 11 outs. Leonardo Taveras walked three and allowed five runs in his two-thirds of an inning. Oneiver Diaz came in and cleaned things up for the Cardinals, picking up his second save of the year.

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

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/11/17

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Results from games played Monday, July 10.

Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds are off until Thursday, as the Triple-A All-Star Game is this Wednesday. The Redbirds will have two representatives in the contest against the International League: catcher Carson Kelly and pitcher Ryan Sherriff. Luke Weaver was also voted onto the team before his promotion to St. Louis.

Next game: On Thursday, the Redbirds will host the Round Rock Express at 7:05 PM Central time.

Frisco RoughRiders 7 at Springfield Cardinals 4

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The RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs late Monday evening to defeat the Cardinals, 7-4.

Matt Pearce turned in a quality start for Springfield, allowing three runs over six solid frames. Corey Littrell surrendered the go ahead runs in the seventh inning, suffering his third blown save and his second loss.

Frisco tacked on two more tallies in the eighth against Dailyn Martinez, and the Cardinals could not recover.

Springfield’s four runs all came in the fourth inning, ironically – and catcher Gabriel Lino did most of the damage. Lino unloaded on his third long ball of the season, a three-run shot to left field.

Cardinals third baseman Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and second baseman Darren Seferina had a two hits and scored a run.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will continue their schedule on Wednesday, in Little Rock, Arkansas with a date with the Travelers. Springfield has announced RHP Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.63) as its starter for the 7:10 PM Central time game.

Fort Myers Miracle 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Ryan Helsley (Peoria Chiefs)

The Miracle broke the scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to knock off Palm Beach on Monday, 1-0.

Starter Ryan Helsley took a no-hitter into the seventh and turned in 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Reliever Jacob Evans surrendered the go-ahead run on a triple in the eighth.

In total, Helsley and Evans combined to allow just the one run on two hits, with 11 strikeouts and four walks.

On the offensive side, the Cardinals failed to get much of anything going. With five singles scattered over the nine innings, Palm Beach had just one at-bat with runners in scoring position and ultimately left five runners on base.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will pick back up on Wednesday. The Cardinals will play host to the Jupiter Hammerheads at 5:30 PM Central time.

Peoria Chiefs 3 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

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Chiefs starter Mike O’Reilly was absolutely masterful on Monday. The 22-year-old, our Player of the Day, twirled a complete-game shutout to lead Peoria to a 3-0 victory over the Kernels.

O’Reilly was perfect into the seventh until he allowed a lone hit – a leadoff double in that frame. The right-hander whiffed 12 to improve to 8-2 on the season and lower his earned run average to 1.56 in 80 2/3 innings.

O’Reilly was supported by an inside-the-park homer from second baseman Stefan Trosclair in the first inning. Outfielder Mick Fennell drove in a run, before their third run came by way of a passed ball. First baseman Juan Yepez went 2-for-4, and catcher Brian O’Keefe doubled to account for Peoria’s only extra-base hit, outside of Trosclair’s big blast.

Next game: The Chiefs are off Tuesday, with their next contest scheduled for Wednesday. Peoria will host the Lake County Captains at 7:00 PM Central Time. LH Ian Oxnevad (3-8, 4.11) is scheduled to take the ball for manager Chris Swauger.

State College Spikes off

The Spikes were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday on the road to face the Tri-County ValleyCats. The Spikes will send Anthony Shew (2-1, 2.08) to the hill for the 6:00 PM Central time start.

Elizabethton Twins 13, Johnson City Cardinals 12 (10 innings)

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In as nearly four-hour-long game that featured 30 hits, 11 different pitchers, 16 walks, and 19 strikeouts, the Twins squeaked by the Cardinals in 10 innings on Monday by a 13-2 final score.

Jacob Schlesener started for Johnson City and allowed five runs over the first two innings – yet he left with a 6-5 lead, as the Cardinals put up four in the first and two more in the second. Six relievers followed, with Jake Walsh (2 2/3 innings) and Thomas St. Clair (1 2/3 innings) turning in the only scoreless outings. Juan Alvarez allowed the walk-off run.

At the plate, it was certainly not a day to forget for the Cardinals. Second baseman Wood Myers went 4-for-6, shortstop Irving Lopez went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and first baseman Luis Bandes led the way with three hits – a single, a double, and a homer – and five runs driven in. Designated hitter Alexis (formerly known as Irving) Wilson had a rough day, as the only starting Cardinal to not record a hit – despite taking six at-bats.

The Cardinals went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday before hosting the Bristol Pirates at 6:00 PM Central time Wednesday. Edwar Ramirez (1-2, 6.32) will start for Johnson City.

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Marlins 1

Austin Warner (Bellarmine University)

A great day for the Cardinals’ pitching staff backed the team in its 6-1 win over the Marlins in Monday’s matchup.

Starter Austin Warner allowed the lone run in four otherwise solid innings, during which he punched out six and walked no one. Four relievers combined to post zeroes over the final five innings, including Kevin Hamann, who struck out four across the eighth and ninth frames.

Left fielder Michael Brdar notched his first double as a professional and plated two. Shortstop Taylor Bryant drove in a run and scored twice, and second baseman Moises Castillo had a 2-for-4 day with a run scored.

Tuesday’s game: TBA at GCL Astros, 11:00 AM Central time.

DSL Rockies 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

The Rockies hopped out to an early 2-0 lead and extended it to a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Monday.

Starter Jose Moreno allowed four runs over as many innings, but just two earned, as the Cardinals committed two errors.

In the batter’s box, left fielder Luis Montano cranked the first long ball of his career, a solo blast. Catcher Ivan Herrera and center fielder Carlos Soler were each responsible for driving in a run, yet the three tallies came to no avail.

Tuesday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Yankees, 9:30 AM Eastern time.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/29/17

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Results from games played Wednesday, June 28.

Memphis Redbirds 7, Oklahoma City Dodgers 2

Behind another great start from Luke Weaver, the Redbirds easily defeated the Dodgers on Wednesday by a 7-2 score.

Weaver, our Player of the Day, struck out six over six scoreless innings, lowering his earned run average in 11 starts to 1.93. Weaver was followed out of the bullpen by Trey Nielsen’s scoreless seventh, while Josh Lucas – despite allowing a pair of runs in the eighth – preserved Weaver’s seventh win in eight decisions and his save.

First baseman Chad Huffman and center fielder Harrison Bader both hit two-run homers, their fifth and eighth of the season, respectively. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar went 1-for-4 with two runs batted in, and pinch-hitter Rangel Ravelo came through with a run-scoring single.

Thursday’s game: Marco Gonzales (3-3, 2.70) vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers, 7:05 PM Central time.

 

Springfield Cardinals off

With the Texas League All-Star Game on Tuesday, the Springfield Cardinals were off Wednesday. They’ll pick back up Thursday on the road against the Midland RockHounds at 7:00 PM Central time. Austin Gomber (2-6, 4.57) will toe the rubber for the Cardinals.

 

Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at St. Lucie Mets 2 — Game 1

Four runs in the opening frame loomed large at game’s end, as the Cardinals took the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader versus the Mets by a 5-2 final score.

Starter Connor Jones allowed two runs (one earned) over 5 2/3 innings, picking up his fifth win of the season. Dailyn Martinez recorded the final four outs to pick up his second save.

Darren Seferina

The Cardinals were aided by three defensive miscues from the Mets, as they needed just five hits to produce as many runs. Third baseman Darren Seferina went 1-for-2 with a triple, two walks, and two runs scored. Left fielder Randy Arozarena was credited with two runs batted in.

Cardinals center fielder Blake Drake’s defense deserves a mention. Although he did commit his first error of the season, Drake had two outfield assists, doubling a runner off second base and gunning one down at the plate.


Palm Beach Cardinals 5 at St. Lucie Mets 3 — Game 2

The Mets jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, but the Cardinals scored four unanswered runs to sweep Wednesday’s doubleheader in Port St. Lucie, 5-3.

Starter Junior Fernandez allowed three runs over five innings, picking up his fourth win in seven decisions this season. Fernandez got the win because he was the pitcher of record in the sixth, when the Cardinals broke out with their four runs.

The Cardinals left eight runners on base and went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Almost needless to say, their four-run sixth happened a little unconventionally: Danny Diekroeger scored on a passed ball, Darren Seferina walked with the bases loaded, Blake Drake was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Randy Arozarena walked with the bases still loaded. If you’re keeping track, that’s four runs scored on no hits.

It was a rough night for St. Lucie’s hurlers to say the least.

Thursday’s game: Ryan Helsley (7-2, 2.91) at St. Lucie Mets, 5:30 PM Central time.

 

Beloit Snappers 3 at Peoria Chiefs 0

It was a quiet Wednesday night for the Chiefs, as they managed just three hits against Snappers pitching in the 3-0 loss.

Starter Austin Sexton left in the second inning with forearm tightness that is not considered serious. Frederis Parra entered and pitched four innings of two-run ball. Parra took the loss, but certainly came up big for the Chiefs’ relief staff, which unexpectedly needed to cover eight innings. Max Almonte and Yeison Medina followed Parra, combining for one run over the game’s final four frames.

In the batter’s box, seemingly nothing went positively for Peoria. Though they had just six baserunners in the game – three base hits, two walks, and one hit by pitch – chances to make hay in those opportunities were squandered by hitting into two, inning-ending double plays.

Thursday’s game: Juan Perez (1-0, 0.00) vs. Beloit Scrappers, 7:00 PM Central time.

 

State College Spikes 7, Auburn Doubledays 1

Fueled by four runs in the third inning, the Spikes and Anthony Shew’s near-quality start, the Spikes took Wednesday’s matchup with the Doubledays, 7-1.

Third baseman Evan Mendoza and right fielder Ricardo Bautista both drove in two runs, with the production coming in different ways. For Bautista, who took an 0-for-4 final line in the box score, it was two well-placed RBI ground outs; for Mendoza, it was his three-hit performance that plated two.

Anthony Shew

As for Shew, he allowed just one run over 5 2/3 innings, improving to 2-0 with a 0.84 earned run average in two outings for the Spikes in the early going. From the Spikes’ bullpen came scoreless ball from Colton Thomson, Will Latcham, and Spencer Trayner.

Thursday’s game: TBA at Auburn Doubledays, 6:05 PM Central time.

 

Johnson City Cardinals 6 at Greenville Astros 3

The Astros pushed across three runs from the sixth inning on, but the Cardinals managed to hold on for a 6-3 win.

Franyel Casadilla twirled four scoreless innings in his start but did not factor in the game’s final decision. Reliever Jake Walsh picked up his first victory with a scoreless fifth inning. The Cardinals finished with Jake Dahlberg, Champ Rowland, and Jacob Patterson handling the final four innings of relief.

Wadye Ynfante

Six of Johnson City’s 10 hits were doubles, including two off the bat of designated hitter Wood Myers. Right fielder Wadye Ynfante hit his third double of the season, while left fielder Carlos Talavera, shortstop Starlin Balbuena, and catcher Cameron Knight each lined their first two-baggers of the young campaign. Ynfante, Balbuena, Myers, Knight, and second baseman Irving Lopez were all credited win a run batted in, with the other scored by Ynfante on the back end of a double steal. Ynfante has three steals in four chances this season.

Thursday’s game: Edwar Ramirez vs. Greenville Astros, 6:00 PM Central time.

 

GCL Mets 5, GCL Cardinals 4

After getting out of the gates quickly, with three runs in the top of the first inning, the Cardinals’ bats remained rather dormant through the rest of the game. The Mets took advantage, knocking off the Cardinals, 5-4.

Leandro Cedeno

Leandro Cedeno delivered the damage on offense. The first baseman smashed a three-run home run in first inning and hit his second of the day in the sixth, driving in all four Cardinals runs.

Starter Junior Gonzalez surrendered three runs over four innings. Austin Warner allowed a run in his 2 2/3 innings, and C.J. Saylor allowed the go-ahead score in the seventh inning.

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

 

DSL Mets 2 at DSL Cardinals 1

The Cardinals failed to get much going in Wednesday’s pitching duel with the Mets, dropping the close game by a 2-1 final score.

Cardinals starter Wilfredo Pereira did his part in the pitching-rich affair, tossing five scoreless innings with just three hits and one base on balls allowed. The Mets mustered two runs against reliever Jose Geronimo, and they proved to be just enough to sneak a victory and stick Geronimo with his first loss of the year.

In an overall quiet day at the plate for the Cardinals, right fielder Luis Montano went 1-for-3 with a double and a run scored. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio tripled in three at-bats and drove in Montano to account for the lone Cardinals run.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/27/17

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Results from games played Monday, June 26.

Oklahoma City Dodgers 3 at Memphis Redbirds 2

Zac Gallen allowed three runs in his Triple-A debut but the offense could score just two in support, as the Redbirds fell to Oklahoma City at AutoZone Park on Monday evening.

Zac Gallen

Promoted from Springfield after pitching most of the first two months at Palm Beach, Gallen gave up three runs over five innings to the Dodgers, who struck out eight times and drew zero walks against the 21-year-old right-hander. Gallen’s outing – which ultimately ended with a loss – was followed by four combined scoreless innings from Josh Zeid, Ryan Sherriff, and Miguel Socolovich.

The Redbirds’ bats couldn’t do their part, however. Left fielder Nick Martini went 3-for-4 and drove in both Memphis’ runs. As a team, the Redbirds left seven runners on base and went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

Tuesday’s game: Luke Weaver (6-1, 2.16) vs. Oklahoma City Storm Chasers, 7:05 PM Central time.


Springfield Cardinals off

The Springfield Cardinals will not play until Thursday, as Tuesday is the Texas League All-Star Game. Oscar Mercado, Anthony Garcia, Corey Baker, Matt Pearce, and Dakota Hudson will represent the Cardinals.

 

Palm Beach Cardinals off

The Palm Beach Cardinals were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday. Connor Jones (4-4, 4.56) will take the mound in Port St. Lucie, Florida, against the Mets and their newest arrival, outfielder Tim Tebow.

 

Beloit Snappers 3 at Peoria Chiefs 2 (12 innings)

It took 12 innings, but the Snappers were finally able to sneak by the Chiefs on Monday with a 3-2 victory.

Jordan Hicks

Jordan Hicks pitched a strong start – 7 1/3 innings of two-run ball, whiffing seven along the way. He left the game tied at two, destined for a no-decision. Yeison Medina followed out of the bullpen and pitched scoreless ball through the ninth inning. With the score still knotted, Ronnie Williams was called upon for long relief and performed well, but finally yielded a run in his third inning of work. The Chiefs’ bats could not bail him out though, and Williams dropped to 2-4 on the season.

Chiefs left fielder Vince Jackson led his team offensively, going 2-for-6 with a home run. Shortstop Jose Martinez went 1-for-4 with a double and a run batted in, and center fielder Nick Plummer went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. Over the 12 innings, 23 of the Chiefs’ 36 outs occurred via the strikeout with all nine starters having at least two Ks each. The team managed just five hits on the evening.

Tuesday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (0-0, 0.00) vs. Beloit Snappers, 11:00 AM Central time.

 

Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5, State College Spikes 1

The Spikes failed to get much of anything going offensively and fell to the Scrappers, 5-1, in Monday night’s home matchup.

Jonathon Mulford started for the Spikes and allowed two runs on five hits and three walks over four innings, dropping to 0-2 on the season. Anthony Ciavarella followed out of the bullpen and gave up three runs between the fifth and sixth frames, accounting for the Scrappers’ handful of runs on the night.

Third baseman Evan Mendoza drove in the only run of the night for the Spikes, who stranded eight men on the bases. Going just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, the Spikes failed to take advantage of four bases on balls surrendered by the Scrappers’ staff.

The Spikes are off Tuesday and will host the Auburn Doubledays on Wednesday. The State College starter has not been announced.

 

Johnson City Cardinals 2, Kingsport Mets 1

In his season debut, Johan Oviedo tossed six scoreless innings as the Cardinals defeated the Mets on Monday by a 2-1 final score.

Johan Oviedo

Oviedo, our Player of the Day, whiffed seven over his six shutout frames, picking up his first professional win. Fabian Blanco followed Oviedo’s six scoreless with three innings of one-run ball, preserving Oviedo’s win and generating his first save.

Johnson City got both of their runs in the sixth inning with a sacrifice fly from third baseman Brady Whalen and an RBI single off the bat of first baseman Carlos Rodriguez. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante doubled to account for the Cardinals’ lone extra-base hit of the contest.

Tuesday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (0-0, 0.00) at Kingsport Mets, 10:00 AM Central time.

 

GCL Astros 10 at GCL Cardinals 4

The defending champion Cardinals dropped their season opener at home to the Astros on Monday afternoon. Over 4 2/3 innings, starter Winston Nicacio allowed six runs, four earned. Three errors were committed by the Cards, including a throwing error by Nicacio. Relievers Enrique Perez and Brian Pirela yielded two more runs each in the seventh and eighth, respectively, as the score got out of hand.

Sanel Rosendo

The Cards offense established a brief 2-1 lead in the second on Sanel Rosendo’s two-run homer, his first of two long balls. The right fielder plated three on the day. Third baseman Elehuris Montero contributed two doubles, a walk and an RBI. The Cards had chances, but could not get the key hits, as the team went a collective 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Tuesday’s game: off

 

DSL Cardinals 18 at DSL Yankees 3

The Cardinals pounded out 21 hits and took advantage of four errors to pummel the Yankees on Monday, 18-3.

Starter Jose Moreno allowed one run and struck out four over four innings. Hector Soto followed with three scoreless innings to pick up his second win on the young season.

Carlos Soler

The Cardinals’ pitchers received plenty of run support. Center fielder Carlos Soler hit for the cycle, driving in six runs and scoring four. Second baseman Franklin Soto went 5-for-7 with a double and two runs batted in, and first baseman Cristhian Longa doubled, homered, scored three times, and drove in three as well. Right fielder William Jimenez drew four walks.

Tuesday’s game: TBA at DSL Mets, 9:30 AM Central time.


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