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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/20/17

The Memphis Redbirds finished their historic season with a loss in the Triple-A National Championship Game. Jacob Wilson doubled in two runs.

Results from the game played Tuesday, September 19th.

Memphis 3 vs. Durham 5      

Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Pacific Coast League Champion Memphis Redbirds came up short in their one-game quest for the Triple-A National Championship, falling to the International League-winning Durham Bulls (TB), 5-3, at Scranton, PA Tuesday evening.

The Redbirds built a 3-1 lead midway through four, but the lead unraveled in the bottom of the frame.  Reliever Josh Zeid, who took the mound after starter Dakota Hudson was given a quick hook by manager Stubby Clapp, proceeded to jam the sacks full on a hit by pitch, single and walk before surrendering a two-out grand slam to Bulls’ second baseman, Kean Wong, brother of the Cardinals’ Kolten. During the regular season, Zeid led the Redbirds in long balls allowed with 18.

Hudson’s three-inning stint consisted of one run yielded on four hits, two walks and a sac fly.  He fanned five. Rowan Wick, Mark Montgomery, Miguel Socolovich and Mike Mayers each tossed a scoreless frame, but the offense did not score again.

Memphis’ offense was held to six hits with Tyler O’Neill and Wilfredo Tovar garnering two apiece.  O’Neill singled twice in five at bats, touching home once out of the two hole while Tovar went 2-for-4 in the eight spot.  The only hit to go for extra bases was Jacob Wilson’s two-run double in the first that scored O’Neill and Adolis Garcia (hit-by-pitch). Right fielder Garcia also threw out Wong at third base.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/18/17

photo: Ivan Pierre Aguirre, El Paso Chihuahuas

Results from the game played Sunday, September 17th.

Memphis 3 at El Paso 1      

Matt Pearce (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Memphis Redbirds utilized strong pitching and timely hitting to top the El Paso Chihuahuas, 3-1, bringing home the 2017 Pacific Coast League Championship. It is their third, following titles in 2000 and 2009.

Memphis now travels to Scranton, PA to play the Durham Bulls (TB), the International League Champions, on Tuesday in a winner-takes-all contest for the Triple-A Championship.

Matt Pearce (W, 1-0) tossed a strong effort, striking out eight over six innings while yielding just one solo shot.  The home run was one of five hits and one walk allowed.  Pearce threw 60 of his 96 pitches for strikes.

Mike Mayers tossed a one-two-three seventh before running into trouble.  The righty retired his first two batters in the eighth but gave up a double and single to put runners at the corners for Sean Gilmartin.  Gilmartin got his only batter to line out to first, ending the threat.

But the game was far from over.  Josh Lucas took the mound to begin the ninth and promptly allowed back-to-back singles that put the tying run on base.  But the Florida native bore down, recording two swinging K’s and a pop out to short for his second save of the series.

Patrick Wisdom (USA TODAY Sports Images)

At the plate, the visitors were outhit eight to nine but exemplified the old adage – ‘Timing is Everything’.  Aledmys Diaz singled to left to open the fifth.  The third baseman scored after Patrick Wisdom launched one over the left field wall, putting Memphis up 2-0 midway through five.

El Paso answered with a long ball of its own in the bottom of the fifith.  But the Redbirds reclaimed a two-run lead the very next inning.  Tyler O’Neill singled to right, advancing to second when Nick Martini worked a free pass.  It appeared to be all for naught when Diaz hit into what looked like an inning-ending double play, but a missed catch error at first by the pitcher allowed Diaz to reach and O’Neill to score the unearned tally.  Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar singled twice in four at bats with a stolen base, the only Redbird with a multi-hit effort.

Continuing the timing theme, despite going just 3-for-17 (.176) in the finals, Wisdom was named the Series MVP – thanks to two key RBI in both Games 1 and 5.

Next game: Tuesday vs. Durham at Scranton, PA, 6:07 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on NBC Sports Network.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/15/17

photo: Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

Kevin Herget started it and Adolis Garcia ended it as the Memphis Redbirds took Game 2 of the Pacific Coast League finals over El Paso Thursday afternoon.

Results from the game played Thursday, September 14th.

Memphis 2 vs. El Paso 0 (11 innings)      

Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals)

Adolis Garcia’s home run gave the Redbirds a 2-0 walk-off victory over Chihuahuas in 11.  Memphis (2-0) needs to win just one of its next three games at El Paso to clinch the Pacific Coast League Championship.

Garcia’s bomb came with Aledmys Diaz aboard, after the latter reached on a line drive single to right with one away.  One out later, Garcia came to the plate and launched one into the seats in left center for the win.

The home run was Garcia’s second hit in five at bats.  The right fielder was joined in the multi-hit club by Breyvic Valera, who singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and strikeout.  Diaz was one of four Memphis players with a hit each.

Kevin Herget (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Rowan Wick picked up the win by fanning his only batter to finish the visitor half of the 11th. Sean Gilmartin began the frame by inducing two fly outs to left before giving up a single to right. That brought Wick in to face Hunter Renfroe, El Paso’s cleanup hitter.

Starter Kevin Herget was outstanding, striking out 15 over eight shutout frames while permitting five hits and a walk.  Herget picked off one of his base runners when the latter strayed too far from second base.

Mike Mayers pitched the ninth and 10th innings, issuing a free pass with one gone in the ninth and a one-out single the next frame.  Mayers fanned the side in the 10th, when collecting three of his four strikeouts.

Friday’s game:  at El Paso (0-2) (SD), 8:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (0-0, —)

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/11/17

photo: Patrick Wisdom (Memphis Redbirds)

The Memphis train keeps rolling with a victory in the must-win series’ finale, clinching the American Conference championship.  That train was powered by their offense, with 10 of 18 hits going for extra bases, including four home runs.

Results from games played Sunday, September 10th.

Memphis 13 at Colorado Springs 10      

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds’ historic 2017 season was kept alive with a 13-10 victory at Colorado Springs (MIL), in the fifth and deciding game of the American Conference Championship.

The visitors pounced on Sky Sox pitching immediately, their five-run first generated via two-run bombs by Tyler O’Neill and Patrick Wisdom sandwiched around Adolis Garcia’s solo shot.  Wilfredo Tovar went yard with a runner aboard in the seventh, the final Redbird to go deep.

Wilfredo Tovar (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Colorado Springs crept to within three after four but Memphis erupted for eight runs over the next four frames. The 18-hit attack featured four Redbirds with three hits apiece: O’Neill, Wisdom, Tovar and Aledmys Diaz.  The four accounted for five of the team’s six doubles and scored eight runs.  Garcia provided the sixth double and joined Jacob Wilson by going 2-for-4 and touching home twice. Wisdom drove in four runs and scored two more, and O’Neill crossed the plate three times.

It was all hands on deck for Memphis’ pitchers and it took a substantial part of the pitching roster to secure the win.  Matt Pearce, the first of seven Redbirds hurlers to see action, gave up three runs on seven hits in 4 1/3, his final run scoring under Josh Zeid’s watch.

Zeid allowed one of two inherited runners to score via a wild pitch.  Zeid recorded the fifth’s final two outs, issuing one free pass, and was one of only two Memphis pitchers to not end up with a run on their stat sheet.

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Sean Gilmartin retired two the next frame but permitted three runs on three hits and a base-on-balls.  Mike Mayers (W, 1-0) left Gilmartin’s last runner aboard and went on to toss 2 1/3 frames of scoreless ball.

Just when the victory seemed assured, the ninth inning reared its ugly head.  Miguel Socolovich seemed to have the game well in hand despite giving up a lead-off single.  The righty recorded two straight outs, leaving him with just one out to get and a runner on second.

But that out proved elusive.  Socolovich allowed a single and triple that plated two runs.  Mark Montgomery took the mound and served up a gopher ball that cut his team’s lead to 13-10.  After another double, Montgomery exited without attaining that final out.  Finally, Josh Lucas retired his only batter for the save.

Next game:  Memphis (3-2) (91-50) will face El Paso (3-0) (73-59) (SD) in the Pacific Coast League Championship with the Redbirds hosting the first two games of the best-of-five series.  The series begins at AutoZone Park on Tuesday, September 12th.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/8/17

photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Thursday was the “Night of Little Offense” in St. Louis’ minors as the three teams seeing action managed a total of nine hits generating two tallies in all and three losses. Stefan Trosclair reached base three times and generated Peoria’s only score.

Results from games played Thursday, September 7th.

Colorado Springs 5 at Memphis 0      

Magneuris Sierra (USA TODAY Sport Images)

The Redbirds (1-1) were blanked on two hits, falling to the Sky Sox, 5-0, evening their best-of-five series at one game apiece.

Memphis’ entire offense consisted of a single by Magneuris Sierra, who went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.  The center fielder was credited with an assist at home plate.

Patrick Wisdom had the other hit, singling once in three at bats.  Defensively, Wisdom committed his second error of the postseason, a fielding miscue while playing third which led to two unearned tallies in Colorado Springs’ three-run fifth.  Wisdom switched to first base in the top of the sixth.

Kevin Herget took the loss, permitting three runs, one earned, on six hits, two walks and Wisdom’s bobble through five.  Miguel Socolovich and Arturo Reyes each went two frames, giving up a tally.

Friday’s game:  at Colorado Springs (1-1) (MIL), 7:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (0-0, –)


Peoria 1 at Quad Cities 4

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs (1-1) were downed by the River Bandits, 4-1, on Thursday at Modern Woodman Stadium.  Each team has won one of the first two games with the decisive third contest to go.

Neither Peoria’s offense nor pitching got the job done.  A home run by Stefan Trosclair was the only thing preventing the visitors from being shut out and was one of only three Chiefs’ hits for the game.  Trosclair, our Player of the Day, reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with a long ball and two free passes.   The second baseman swiped a bag but committed one of two Peoria miscues.

Ryan McCarvel and Nick Plummer garnered the other two hits.  McCarvel doubled once in three at bats with two K’s as the designated hitter while Plummer singled once in two at bats out of the nine hole.  Plummer was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt and was hit by a pitch.

Austin Warner (L, 0-1) went the first six innings, yielding scores in three of those six frames.  The lefty allowed eight hits, including a solo shot, resulting in four runs.

Ronnie Williams and Max Almonte each tossed an inning.  Williams yielded a hit and two bases-on-balls while Almonte worked around right fielder Dylan Carlson’s fielding error that put a runner at second with one gone in the eighth.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (1-1) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Anthony Shew (0-0, —)


Williamsport 6 at State College 1

Bryce Denton (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The State College Spikes (40-35) finished their 2017 campaign on a down note, losing to Williamsport at home, 6-1.

Paul Balestrieri (L, 3-4) tossed just four innings, giving up four hits and two walks that produced three runs.  He fanned four.

A quintet of Spikes’ pitchers each went a frame.  Jason Zgardowski, Noel Gonzalez and Steven Farinaro tossed a scoreless fifth, seventh, and ninth but Will Latcham and Jesus Cruz were not as fortunate.  Latcham served up a two-run bomb in the sixth and Cruz was touched for a tally on two hits in the eighth.

State College’s only score was generated by a walk, wild pitch and RBI double in the seventh.  Alexis Wilson worked a free pass with two gone, advanced into scoring position on a wild pitch and scored after Irving Lopez doubled to right.  Lopez’ hit was one of only four by the Spikes.  Two came off Bryce Denton’s bat, as he singled twice in three at bats with a walk.  Lopez went 1-for-4 with a free pass from the top of the order and stole a base.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/6/17

photo: Thomas Spitz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Thomas Spitz’ three hits and two RBI and Jake Woodford’s six one-run innings lifted Palm Beach to victory in their post-season opener.  State College had a walk-off win as their season nears its end.

Results from games played Tuesday, September 5th.

Memphis – off      

The Memphis Redbirds begin their quest for the Pacific Coast League Championship, following a historic season in which they set a franchise-best 91-50 mark.  The Redbirds host the first two games of the best-of-five series versus Colorado Springs (80-57) (MIL).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs (0-0), 7:05 pm CT, Dakota Hudson


Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 2

Thomas Spitz (Peoria Chiefs)

With Hurricane Irma triggering a revamping of the post-season schedule, Thomas Spitz carried his team to a 3-2 victory over Fort Myers.  The best-of-three series concludes with a Wednesday twin bill at Palm Beach (1-0). The series winner will be declared co-Florida State League Champions along with either Tampa (NYY) or Dunedin (TB) as the league finals have been cancelled.

Spitz, our Player of the Day, accounted for all three tallies, ending up a home run shy of the cycle in four at bats.  The right fielder tripled to right in the third, scoring on Chris Chinea’s two-out single and knotting the game at one all.  That remained the score until the sixth when Spitz came to the plate with Shane Billings (force) and Luke Dykstra (single) on first and second.  The Pennsylvania native doubled to center, plating both runners.  Chinea singled twice in five at bats, the only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s nine hits.

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

That was sufficient offense for Jake Woodford and a quartet of Cardinals relievers.  Woodford (W, 1-0) held the Miracle to a first-inning run in his six-inning stint.  The Florida native yielded four hits and a walk with three strikeouts, 11 ground- and two fly-ball outs.

Derian Gonzalez struck out the side in the seventh, issuing a free pass.  But Estarlin Arias ran into trouble the next frame, giving up consecutive singles to his only two batters, putting runners at the corners for Ian McKinney.  McKinney and Eric Carter limited the damage, the former sandwiching a walk to Fort Myers’ clean-up hitter between a sac fly and caught looking K.  Carter left the tying run at second when he struck out his first batter looking.  Carter worked around a two-out double in the ninth for his first post-season save.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Fort Myers (0-1) (MIN).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA


Peoria – off

The best-of-three Midwest League semifinal begins with Wild Card Peoria hosting Quad Cities, the Western Division champions.  Games 2 and 3, the latter if necessary, will be played at Modern Woodman Park, home of the River Bandits. Peoria finished the regular season by winning eight of their last nine games while Quad Cities won the season finale to snap a six-game losing skid.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (0-0) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad


State College 8 vs. Auburn 6

Ricardo Bautista (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Ricardo Bautista’s fourth home run of 2017 gave the Spikes (40-33) an 8-6 walk-off victory over the Doubledays (28-45) in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Bautista’s bomb came with J.D. Crowe (force) aboard and was his only hit in five at bats.  It made a winner out of Jesus Cruz, who fanned the side in the ninth in only his fourth appearance since being promoted from the GCL club.

State College banged out 12 hits with four Spikes garnering two apiece:  Bryce Denton, Zach Kirtley, Caleb Lopes and Edwin Figuera.  Denton did the most damage, singling and doubling in five at bats, crossing home twice and knocking in two.  Kirtley went 2-for-4 with a walk and double, scored one and drove in another.  Lopes doubled once in four at bats with two RBI.

Johan Oviedo went the first five innings, permitting six runs, four earned, on nine hits and two bases-on-balls.  But the bullpen proved solid, tossing four frames of scoreless ball.  Levi MaVorhis pitched two one-two-three innings, followed by Spencer Trayner, who worked around a walk and his own two-base throwing error on a pick-off attempt.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Williamsport (35-37) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.01)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/4/17

photo: Daniel Castano (Christopher Shannon/State College Spikes)

Daniel Castano’s impressive mound effort helped State College stay in the play-off hunt, one of three wins in the St. Louis Cardinals system on Sunday.  Memphis banged its way to victory while Peoria rolled toward the postseason with another win.

Results from games played Sunday, September 3rd.

Memphis 15 at Colorado Springs 7

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds used 15 hits to overcome the Sky Sox, 15-7.  It was the first win in three tries for Memphis (90-50) with one game remaining in both the series and regular season. But Monday will not be the last time Memphis and Colorado Springs meet this season as the ywill face off in the best-of-five Pacific Coast League Semifinals, beginning at AutoZone Park on Wednesday, September 6th.

The balanced offense featured all nine starters with at least one hit and either touching home or driving in a run.  Tyler O’Neill spearheaded the effort, going 3-for-6 with a three-run bomb, his 31st home run of 2017, comprising three of his five RBI.

Four Redbirds had two hits:  Nick Martini, Jordan Schafer, Wilfredo Tovar and Aledmys Diaz.  Martini accounted for five runs, launching a solo shot, scoring twice and knocking in four.  Tovar also crossed home twice after a walk, double and solo blast and three driven in.  Schafer touched home twice while Diaz knocked in one.

Matt Pearce (W, 5-3) got the win despite a mediocre outing, yielding six runs on eight hits in five plus.  Mike Mayers could not escape from a bases-loaded jam with none gone, allowing all three of Pearce’s runners to score plus one of his own on four hits in 2 2/3.  Sean Gilmartin retired all four batters faced.

Monday’s game:  at Colorado Springs (80-56) (MIL), 1:30 pm CT, Zac Gallen (1-1, 3.45)


Springfield 6 at Tulsa 8  

Oscar Mercado (Springfield Cardinals)

An errant S-Cards’ defense led to an 8-6 loss, their second defeat in as many games versus Tulsa.  Springfield (41-28) finishes up its 2017 campaign on Monday.

Half of Tulsa’s eight tallies were unearned due to two throwing errors by shortstop Darren Seferina.  Chris Ellis went the first five, permitting five runs, four earned, on eight hits and two walks.  Ellis struck out nine.

Jacob Evans was saddled with his third loss in four decisions, yielding three unearned tallies on a hit and two bases-on-balls while recording two outs.  Brady Bowen retired all seven faced, stranding one inherited runner.

Springfield banged out 11 hits, paced by Oscar Mercado, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI and his 38th stolen base of the season.  Magneuris Sierra and Brian O’Keefe had two hits each in five at bats, both players singling and doubling with a run scored.  Sierra knocked in one and swiped his 17th base.

Monday’s game:  at Tulsa (44-25) (LAD), 1:05 pm CT, TBA


St. Lucie 4 at Palm Beach 3

Palm Beach (34-33) ended the second half by dropping a 4-3 decision to St. Lucie (30-40) (NYM).  The Beach Birds, winners of the first half, face Fort Myers (MIN) in a best-of-three semifinal series.  The Miracle hosts game one on Tuesday, September 5th with the PB-Cards hosting games two and three, the latter if necessary, on September 6th and 7th.

Making his Florida State debut, Evan Guillory (L, 0-1) limited the Mets to a single score through six before giving up three more in his final inning of work.  Guillory struck out seven with seven hits and two bases-on-balls allowed.  Estarlin Arias tossed a clean eighth before Derian Gonzalez fanned the side in the ninth.

All three Palm Beach runs crossed home in the third.  Singles by Shane Billings and Edmundo Sosa were followed by RBI doubles by Leobaldo Pina and Thomas Spitz.  The team managed just two more hits in the other eight frames.  Left fielder Vince Jackson was credited with an outfield assist at home and center fielder Billings was credited with the same at third base.

Monday’s game:  Off


Peoria 8 at Kane County 6

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A balanced offensive effort resulted in the Chiefs’ 8-6 victory over Cougars.  Peoria (38-31) evened the series at one win apiece with the regular season finale on tap for Monday.

Seven of nine Chiefs starters garnered at least one of the team’s 11 hits and either scored or drove in a run.  J.R. Davis, Evan Mendoza, Juan Yepez and Dylan Carlson had two hits apiece, with Davis and Mendoza doubling as the only hits to go for extra bases.  Carlson accounted for four tallies, singling twice in four at bats with two runs scored and two driven in.  The right fielder stole a base too.

Anthony Shew (W, 5-0) tossed five frames, allowing four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks, including a solo bomb.  Leland Tilley also surrendered a solo long ball during his two innings on the bump.

Max Almonte used three strikeouts to work around two hits and a walk in his scoreless eighth.  Yeison Medina picked up his 11th save despite giving up a run on two hits and a hit batsman.

Monday’s game:  at Kane County (33-36) (ARI), 1:00 pm CT, Ronnie Williams (4-6, 6.64)


State College 8 vs. Auburn 0

Daniel Castano (State College Spikes)

Daniel Castano tossed eight dominant frames in the Spikes’ 8-0 pasting of the Doubledays in the series opener.  State College (39-32) is two games back of both division-leading Mahoning Valley (CLE) and Hudson Valley (TB), the Wild Card leaders with four games remaining.  Aberdeen (BAL) is also in the hunt for the Wild Card berth, 1 ½ games behind the Renegades.

Castano, our Player of the Day, faced just four over the minimum through eight frames, striking out seven with three hits and two walks allowed.  One base runner was erased when he attempted to steal second.  The lefty’s nine wins against three losses ties a franchise mark for victories set by Steven Farinaro in 2016. Ironically, Farinaro followed Castano to the mound on Sunday, yielding a hit.

The contest was scoreless until the home team broke out for a three-run fifth and sixth followed by two in the seventh.  Eight of nine Spikes starters acquired at least one of the team’s 13 hits with four players having two each:  Wood Myers, Joshua Lopez, J.D. Crowe and Matt Davis.  Myers, Crowe and Davis each doubled once, three of four doubles in the night, while the latter two touched home twice.  Myers scored once, driving in two with both Lopez and Davis knocking in one.

Monday’s game:  vs. Auburn (27-44) (WSH), 12:00 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.62)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/1/17

photo: Austin Gomber (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a 2-3 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Peoria reached the playoffs but Johnson City fell just short. Springfield and State College are still fighting. Austin Gomber fanned 11 in six innings, but the Double-A Cards’ bullpen couldn’t hold on.

Results from games played Thursday, August 31st.

Memphis vs. Iowa – cancelled       

The season finale between Memphis (89-48) and Iowa (65-70) (CHC) was rained out and will not be rescheduled.  The Redbirds won all three games of the abbreviated series and are in the midst of a five-game winning streak.

Friday’s game:  at first-place (American Northern) Colorado Springs (MIL), 8:00 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (league debut)


Arkansas 4 at Springfield 3

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Austin Gomber fanned 11 in six innings but it was not enough as the S-Cards fell to the Travelers, 4-3.  Springfield (40-26) has lost the first three of the four-game series and now sit a game behind first-place Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.

Gomber allowed just five hits and two walks, resulting in one tally.  The southpaw departed with a 2-1 lead but Arkansas scored immediately off Corey Littrell (BS, 4) who permitted a hit and two walks.  The S-Cards scored an unearned tally in the home half of the seventh to go back up 3-2.  But Landon Beck (BS, 2) (L, 1-2) served up a two-run gopher ball in his second inning of work.

Springfield maximized their five hits, scoring twice in the second via a triple by Anthony Garcia plus Andrew Knizner’s sac fly and Bruce Caldwell’s 14th home run of 2017.  Garcia singled to open the seventh, the only Springfield player with more than one hit. Pinch runner Eliezer Alvarez advanced to second when a pickoff throw went awry, racing home on John Nogowski’s two-out single.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (31-35) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Connor Jones (league debut)


Palm Beach 1 at St. Lucie 3

Palm Beach (33-31) began its finale series of the regular season with a 3-1 loss at St. Lucie.

Ross Vance took the loss in his first start since July 1st, his sixth against two wins.  The lefty yielded single scores in the first and second, going 3 2/3 innings in all after coming straight out of the bullpen.  Vance allowed five hits and a base-on-balls. He picked off two batters, both at first.

Hector Mendoza tossed the next three frames, permitting a run on two hits with four strikeouts.  Derian Gonzalez retired all four batters faced, fanning three.

The Beach Birds’ only score occurred in the second when Leobaldo Pina singled, was wild pitched to second and scored on a double by Shane Billings.  Pina went 2-for-4 with three Cards having one hit each.

Friday’s game:  at St. Lucie (28-39) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (3-1, 3.20)


Peoria 6 vs. Quad Cities 2

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs punched their wild card ticket to the postseason with a 6-2 victory over the River Bandits.  Their third consecutive playoff appearance is a first for the franchise.  Peoria (36-30) has won the first two of the three-game series.

The home team’s balanced offensive effort featured seven players with one hit each and a different combination of six each touching home once.  Stefan Trosclair’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases, with the first baseman working two of the team’s seven free passes and scoring once.  That score came in the fourth when Trosclair stole home as part of a double steal.  Defensively, centerfielder Mick Fennell was credited with an assist at third.

Evan Kruczynski (W, 4-3) tossed five plus solid frames, and permitted two runs on six hits and two walks.  One of the six hits was a solo long ball.

A trio of Chiefs relievers kept the division champions off the board the rest of the way, each leaving two inherited runners aboard.  Leland Tilley allowed a hit and free pass in 1 1/3, Austin Sexton gave up three hits and a base-on-balls over 1 2/3 and Yeison Medina faced the minimum in the ninth for his ninth save.  Medina matched Sexton’s two strikeouts.

Friday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (41-25) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Frederis Parra (4-6, 3.95)


State College 4 at Mahoning Valley 3

Levi MaVorhis (Johnson City Cardinals)

Fresh off a three-game sweep of third-place West Virginia, the Spikes kept their playoff hopes alive with a 4-3 triumph over the division-leading Scrappers.  State College (38-31) climbs to within 1 ½ games of Mahoning Valley with seven games remaining.

The Scrappers struck first with three against Johan Oviedo to go up 3-0 after three.  But the Spikes evened the score in the fifth on three consecutive singles before Scott Hurst’s sac fly scored Matt Davis and Yariel Gonzalez’ 10th double that brought across Brandon Benson and Caleb Lopes.

Levi MaVorhis (W, 1-1) kept the score 3-3 with six strikeouts in the sixth through eighth, the righty allowing just two hits and a walk.  Benson kicked off the ninth with a single, moving to second on a throwing error by Mahoning Valley’s shortstop.  Gonzalez’ two-out single brought the unearned run across.

One of the three tallies charged to Oviedo through five was unearned as well, the product of a fielding error by right fielder Benson.  Oviedo gave up seven hits and four bases-on-balls, fanning four.  Jason Zgardowski struck out the side for his second save.

State College generated 11 hits, led by Gonzalez who went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI.  Benson singled twice in four at bats, and scored two times.

Friday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (39-29) (CLE), 7:30 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.16)


Bluefield 12 at Johnson City 1

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Appy Birds’ playoff hopes died in the last game of the regular season as they were decimated by Bluefield, 12-1.  Johnson City (33-34) finished the season by losing seven straight, which cost them the Wild Card slot.

All five JC-Cards pitchers were scored upon, beginning with Will Changarotty who started for the first time in 18 appearances this season.  Changarotty (L, 3-2) gave up three runs on two home runs in the first of his two innings on the mound. Franyel Casadilla went 2 2/3, yielding two runs on five hits.  Neither pitcher issued a free pass.

Juan Alvarez recorded the fifth’s final out, leaving one aboard, but exited after putting on his first two runners the next inning.  Brett Seeburger let both score plus one of his own during his two-inning stint.  Edwar Ramirez surrendered four runs on six hits over two.

Johnson City prevented the shutout by pushing across an eighth-inning tally.  Carlos Talavera worked a free pass, eventually crossing on a sac fly by Alexis Wilson.  The home team managed seven hits, including Imeldo Diaz going 2-for-3 with a double and walk.


GCL Cardinals – off

Friday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (24-29) vs. GCL Mets (19-35), 10:00 am ET, TBA



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/30/17

photo: Matt Pearce (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a 2-5 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Matt Pearce pitched Memphis to another win. State College took a wild 10-inning contest by a 13-11 score.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 29th.

Memphis 3 vs. Iowa 2

Matt Pearce (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Matt Pearce tossed seven strong frames as the Redbirds edged the Cubs, 3-2. Memphis (88-48) has won the first two of the four-game series.

The third was only inning in which Pearce (W, 4-3) was scored upon, when he yielded three of his nine hits plus a sac fly. The righty issued one free pass and was called for a balk. Arturo Reyes went the final two frames for his first professional save.

Harrison Bader led the Redbirds’ offense, going 3-for-4 out of the two hole. The center fielder was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

But all of the run production came as a result of the long ball. Tyler O’Neill launched a two-run rocket with Breyvic Valera (single) to get his team on the board in the first. Gabriel Lino’s first home run as a Redbird broke a two-all tie in the fifth. Lino went 2-for-3, the only other Memphis player to have more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Iowa (65-69), 6:35 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (0-1, 4.36)


Arkansas 5 at Springfield 1

Five runs over the last four innings resulted in the S-Cards’ 5-1 loss to the Travelers in the series opener. Springfield (40-24) drops back into a first-place tie with Tulsa (40-24) with six games remaining in the regular season.

Chris Ellis (L, 5-9) tossed five clean frames but recorded just one out in the sixth, before allowing two runs. Ellis fanned seven with two hits and two walks given up.

Both runners scored with Jacob Evans (BS, 4) on the mound, and Evans allowed an additional tally of his own later that inning. Tyler Bray went the next two frames, permitting a score on three hits and a base-on-balls. Sandy Alcantara, just named to St Louis’ Arizona Fall League roster, was touched for a run on two hits in the ninth.

Springfield mustered just four hits, including two singles in three at-bats by Tommy Edman. The shortstop scored his team’s only run, driven in by Oscar Mercado.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place Arkansas (29-35) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Zac Gallen (4-4, 3.72)


Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 2 (10)

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds (32-30) rallied in the ninth only to fall to the Tortugas, 5-2, in 10. Each team has won one of the first two games of the series with one to play.

Dailyn Martinez took the loss, his first against three wins, yielding three runs on three hits and a sac fly in his only inning of work. Two of the three tallies were unearned due to a fielding error by catcher Jose Godoy on a bunt.

The game started with Kevin Siegrist on the mound in his third rehab appearance at Palm Beach. The lefty interspersed two swinging K’s around a single and walk before inducing a 6-4 ground out.

Regular starter Jake Woodford took the next six innings, allowing just two unearned tallies in the fifth on a throwing error by third baseman Leobaldo Pina. Woodford struck out seven while permitting just four hits and a base-on-balls. Ian McKinney tossed two scoreless.

Palm Beach generated seven hits with Chris Chinea the only player garnering more than one. Chinea singled and doubled in four at bats with an intentional walk and scored the first run. Andy Young worked a free pass in the ninth, tying the contest up on Vince Jackson’s single.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Daytona (16-47) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones 8-5, 3.97)


Peoria – off

With just six games left in the season, the Chiefs’ magic number to capture the Western Division wild-card spot is three.

Wednesday’s game: Peoria (34-30) vs. Quad Cities (41-34) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-10, 4.10)


State College 13 at West Virginia 11 (10)

Will Latcham (State College Spikes)

The Spikes came out on top of a slugfest, topping the Black Bears, 13-11, in 10. State College (36-31), which has won the first two of three at West Virginia, moves into sole possession of second place with the win, 3 ½ behind Mahoning Valley (CLE).

The visitors scored nine times in the first five innings, building a 9-3 advantage through five. But third-place West Virginia answered with back-to-back four-run frames to go up 11-9. The Spikes sent the game into extras with two in the eighth, finishing the Black Bears off in 10.

The contest featured a combined 29 hits and each team committed two miscues. Eight of nine starters acquired at least one of the Spikes’ 17 hits, seven of eight accumulated more than one hit and the sole Spike not to get a hit scored once.

Two of the 17 hits were doubles with the only long ball was a solo shot by Joshua Lopez, his only hit in four at bats. Edwin Figuera and Wood Myers led the attack, both going 3-for-6 with two runs scored, Myers knocking in one. Scott Hurst singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, crossed home three times and drove in one. Yariel Gonzalez, Zach Kirtley, Ricardo Bautista and J.D. Crowe each had two hits. All but Crowe scored once, while it was Crowe’s two-run single in the 10th that provided the difference in the game. Gonzalez led the team with three RBI.

State College sent five hurlers to the mound, three of whom were scored upon. Starter Paul Balestrieri did not finish the fourth, issuing five free passes and allowing three hits, resulting in three runs over 3 2/3.

Steven Farinaro left three inherited runners aboard before tossing a clean fifth. But Farinaro did not retire any of the five faced the next inning, surrendering four runs, two via a home run that was one of five hits and a walk permitted.

Robbie Gordon (BS, 2) went 1 2/3, giving up four runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. Gordon left one of Farinaro’s last two runners aboard.

Will Latcham (W, 3-1) finally stopped the bleeding with 2 1/3 scoreless frames and stranded one inherited runner. Jesus Cruz tossed a one-two-three 10th for his first save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. West Virginia (35-32) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.63)


Bluefield 5 at Johnson City 0

The Appy Birds were stymied on just one hit, losing to the Blue Jays, 5-0, in the series opener. It was the fifth loss in a row for Johnson City (33-32), tied with Greeneville (HOU) for the West Division’s Wild Card slot with two games remaining in the regular season.

Alvaro Seijas (L, 4-3) had a poor showing, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in six. Seijas fanned eight, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Jake Dahlberg held the opposition to a hit over the last three innings.

First baseman Julio Rodriguez was the only reason a trio of Bluefield hurlers did not combine on a no hitter. Rodriguez doubled in the seventh inning and drew the only base-on-balls his team recorded.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Bluefield (44-22), 7:00 pm ET, Zach Prendergast (3-0, 2.77)


GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Marlins 3 (7) – Game 1
GCL Marlins 5 at GCL Cardinals 0 (7) – Game 2

The Gulf Birds did not score in either of their games versus the Gulf Marlins, losing 3-0 and 5-0, extending the GCL Cardinals’ (23-28) losing streak to 10. The offense managed just four hits across the 14 innings.

In the opener, Winston Nicacio (L, 4-3) finished an out shy of five innings, the only mark against him being a solo bomb. The righty permitted five hits but walked four. Patrick Dayton struck out three in 1 1/3 but yielded two runs on a hit and two walks.

Catchers Cameron Knight and Carlos Soto each singled.

The Cardinals managed just two hits in the finale as well. Taylor Bryant and Robbie Coleman singled. The Cards matched their hit production by committing two errors.

Two of the three runs given up by Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-2) in three were produced by a home run. Diaz allowed four hits and did not walk a batter. Chris Hunt was charged with an unearned tally during his three-inning stint before Cory Malcom yielded a run in the seventh.

Wednesday’s games: DH at GCL Astros (25-25). Game one – 10:00 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/28/17

photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Stefan Trosclair’s extra-inning hit gave Peoria one of only two wins in seven games across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Sunday.  Aledmys Diaz was responsible for all four runs in Memphis’ victory while Brian Pirela was impressive in his Gulf Coast League Cardinals start.

Results from games played Sunday, August 27th.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 3

Aledmys Diaz (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Co-Player of the Day Aledmys Diaz accounted for all four scores as the Redbirds (86-48) edged the Cubs, 4-3, gaining a split of the four-game series.  The contest was the fourth of eight straight between the two clubs.

Diaz came to the plate in the first with the sacks jammed and laced a bases-clearing double to center.  That brought across Alex Mejia (double), Tyler O’Neill (walk) and Rangel Ravelo (walk).  Seven innings later the second baseman worked an eighth-inning walk, then scoring on Gabriel Lino’s double to snap a 3-3 tie.

Memphis claimed eight hits in all, three by Mejia, who went 3-for-5 with the aforementioned double and run scored.  Wilfredo Tovar, the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and was 1-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

All three tallies yielded by John Gant over 6 2/3 crossed home in the third, the result of six of his eight hits allowed and one of his two free passes issued.  Gant fanned eight.

Josh Zeid (W, 9-3) retired his only batter, leaving Gant’s final runner aboard.  Sean Gilmartin recorded four consecutive outs before giving way to Josh Lucas, who recorded his 16th save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Iowa (65-67) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Kevin Herget (4-2, 4.25)


Tulsa 6 at Springfield 5

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards scored first and last but it was all for naught as they were clipped by the Drillers, 6-5, evening the series at one game each with one to play.  Springfield (39-23) and Tulsa are tied atop the North Division and play each other four more times in the regular season’s last eight games.

Ryan Helsley took his first loss in three Double-A decisions, yielding five runs, four earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3.  Helsley struck out six.

Jacob Evans permitted two hits and a walk in 1 1/3, allowing his only inherited runner to score.  Rowan Wick gave up a tally on a hit, walk and balk over two frames.

Randy Arozarena reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a double, two bases-on-balls, touched home once and knocked one in.  Both of Magneuris Sierra’s hits went for extra bases, as the center fielder doubled and tripled in four at bats with a run scored.

Adolis Garcia doubled for two RBI.  Oscar Mercado made the most of his pinch-hit appearance, singling in a run and scoring another.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (38-23) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Pedro Echemendia (1-4, 4.72)


St. Lucie 2 at Palm Beach 1

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (31-29) came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel, losing 2-1 to St. Lucie (26-37) (NYM) in the rubber game of the series.

Mike O’Reilly took a tough loss, his first against three wins.  The Flagler College product permitted single scores in the second and fourth frames of his seven innings on the mound, one of them a solo shot.  O’Reilly allowed seven hits and two walks in total.  Brady Bowen fanned three over two scoreless.

The Beach Birds’ sole score occurred when Blake Drake launched his seventh home run of 2017, temporarily evening the score at one all.  It was Drake’s only hit in five at bats.  The only PB-Card with a multi-hit effort was Edmundo Sosa, who singled twice in three at bats with a free pass.

Monday’s games:  at Daytona (15-46) (CIN).  Game one – 4:30 pm ET, TBA/TBA


Peoria 7 vs. Kane County 6 (10)

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

Co-Player of the Day Stefan Trosclair’s bases-loaded RBI single gave the Chiefs a 7-6 walk-off victory over Kane County in 10.  The win gives Peoria (33-30) both a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining and a one-game advantage over Cedar Rapids (MIN) in the Wild Card standings.

Playing in extra innings required the home team to battle back from a 6-3 deficit at the seventh’s midpoint.  The squad responded with a run in each of the next three frames, setting the stage for Trosclair’s decisive hit.

The offense was a team-wide affair, all nine starters garnering at least one of 13 hits.  Trosclair was one of four Chiefs had two hits apiece, joining Dennis Ortega, Evan Mendoza and Dylan Carlson.  Trosclair’s 14th bomb put Peoria up 1-0 after one. He went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt and sac fly that was one of his three RBI.

Ortega touched home twice as did Mendoza, who tripled for the first time as a Chief.  Carlson took part in three scores, going 2-for-3 with a sac fly, run scored and two knocked in.

Austin Warner tossed a strong six-frame effort for Peoria, with the only damage back-to-back solo bombs to open the third.  The lefty gave up just five hits and two walks, fanning five.

Warner left in line for his third win with his team up 3-2.  But that all changed with Ronnie Williams (BS, 3), who allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.  Yeison Medina blanked the Cougars over 2 1/3, leaving Williams’ final runner aboard.  Austin Sexton (W, 4-2) struck out two in the 10th.

Monday’s game:  vs. Kane County (30-33) (ARI), 12:00 pm CT, Anthony Shew (3-0, 3.20)


Williamsport 3 at State College 2

Jesus Cruz (Sultanes de Monterrey)

Single tallies in the sixth through eighth by the Crosscutters resulted in the Spikes’ 3-2 loss, preventing a three-game series sweep.  Third-place State College (34-31) drops to four off the pace set by Mahoning Valley and a game behind West Virginia.

Jonathon Mulford kept fourth-place Williamsport (30-32) (PHI) off the board over five but yielded two runs over the next 1 1/3 frames.  The last of his five hits permitted was a solo bomb to lead off the seventh.  Mulford struck out seven and issued two free passes.

Alex Fagalde (L, 0-1) was touched for a run on three hits in 1 1/3. Newcomer Jesus Cruz retired all four batters faced, three on strikeouts.

State College maximized their five hits, with three in the two-run fourth.  Scott Hurst opened with a walk, and advanced to third via Bryce Denton’s single, one of Denton’s two singles in four at bats.  A ground-rule double by Yariel Gonzalez scored Hurst while Denton crossed home on a single to right by Joshua Lopez.

Monday’s game:  at second-place West Virginia (35-30) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-3, 2.45)


Johnson City 3 at Princeton 10

Jacob Schlesener did not finish the first as the JC-Cards were pounded by the Rays, 10-3.  Johnson City (33-30) has lost the first two of their three-game series versus Princeton by a combined score of 22-5, but remain a game up on Greeneville (HOU), which also lost, for the Wild Card slot.

Schlesener (L, 2-3) and reliever Brett Seeburger dug their team a deep hole, putting the Appy Birds down 9-2 after three.  Schlesener recorded just two outs, yielding four runs on four walks and three hits.  Seeburger stranded an inherited runner but allowed five more runs on six hits and two hit batsmen over the next 2 1/3.

Fabian Blanco scattered six hits over the next three, permitting one run.  Jacob Patterson and Jake Walsh each tossed a scoreless frame.

Brady Whalen and Stanley Espinal accumulated two hits each. Whalen singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored.  Espinal went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.

Monday’s game:  at Princeton (27-36) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.82)


GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 3

Brian Pirela (Dominican Summer League)

Brian Pirela made a first-inning tally hold up during his six-inning stint but the bullpen could not finish the job as the GCL Cardinals (23-25) fell to the GCL Mets, 3-1.  The Gulf Birds have been eliminated from post-season contention.

Pirela held the Mets (18-32) to just five hits and did not issue a free pass.  The 19-year-old struck out four with seven ground- to five fly- ball outs.

Chris Hunt (BS, 1) (L, 2-2) was tagged for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh.  Kodi Whitley allowed three hits in the eighth, resulting in another score.

Brian Sanchez singled in Elehuris Montero for his team’s only score, after Montero reached on a fielder’s choice.  Shortstop Moises Castillo doubled once in four at bats, the only one of the squad’s six hits to go for extra bases.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals (31-19), 10:00 am ET, TBA



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/25/17

photo: Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The 2-6 Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals system included road losses by all four full-season clubs, but Johnson City earned a walk-off win behind the bat of Imeldo Diaz and pitching of Zach Prendergast. In his first rehab inning, Kevin Siegrist allowed a run.

Results from games played Thursday, August 24th.

Memphis 3 at Iowa 5

The Redbirds (84-47) dropped their series opener at Iowa, 5-3.

Matt Pearce (L, 3-3) tossed four clean frames but could not duplicate that in the fifth when he gave up four runs.  Pearce allowed eight hits and two walks through five.

Arturo Reyes was tagged with an unearned tally in the first of his two-inning stint.  Mike Mayers permitted a hit in the eighth.

Memphis generated seven hits in all with Alex Mejia and Tyler O’Neill each going 2-for-4.  Mejia scored once with an RBI while O’Neill knocked in one and swiped his 14th bag of 2017.

Friday’s game:  at Iowa (64-65) (CHC), 7:08 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 4.00)


Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 4

The S-Cards fell prey to a third-inning three-run home run, falling to the Naturals, 4-2, and now trail in the series, two games to one, with one remaining.  Springfield (38-21) remains tied atop the North Division with Tulsa (LAD), whose eight-game winning streak come to an end.  Springfield has 11 games remaining in the regular season, including six versus Tulsa.

Chris Ellis (L, 5-8) permitted all four scores over his six innings on the mound.  Ellis fanned eight and gave up eight hits.  Tyler Bray and Rowan Wick kept the opposition off the board for an inning each.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (24-35) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Zac Gallen (4-3, 3.94)


Palm Beach 0 ‘at’ Jupiter 11

The Beach Birds got taken out behind the woodshed by the Hammerheads (31-29) (MIA), resulting in an 11-0 annihilation.  The loss prevented a three-game series sweep by Palm Beach (30-27).

Jupiter scored in four of the first five innings, capping it off with a six-run seventh.  Kevin Siegrist took the loss in his first rehab appearance, allowing a run in his only inning of work.

Regular starter Jake Woodford followed Siegrist and permitted four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a walk over four.  Hector Mendoza was hammered for five runs on three hits in 1 1/3, three of them crossing the plate with Ross Vance on the mound.  Vance recorded two outs after allowing a tally of his own.  Jordan Hicks struck out the side in the eighth, working around two hits.

The visitors managed just five hits, all singles, and one base-on-balls with no Beach Bird garnering more than one.

Friday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (24-36) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Ramon Santos (4-3, 3.20)


Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 4

Ian Oxnevad (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs could not hold a ninth-inning lead, suffering a 4-3 walk-off loss to the Timber Rattlers in the rubber game of the series.  Peoria (31-29) is now tied for the Wild Card slot with Cedar Rapids (MIN), both teams eight games off the pace set by Quad Cities (HOU).

The bullpen twice failed to hold the lead, beginning with Max Almonte (BS, 1) who held the 1-0 advantage by recording the sixth’s final out, stranding two inherited, but served up a two-run bomb that left Peoria behind 2-1 after seven.

Brian O’Keefe answered with a two-run long ball in the visitor’s half of the eighth, putting his squad back up 3-2.  Austin Sexton (BS, 1) (L, 3-2) faced the minimum in the home half but yielded a double and home run to his first two batters in the ninth.

That spoiled a fine effort by Ian Oxnevad, who blanked Wisconsin (27-33) (MIL) on two hits through five.  Colton Thomson struck out his first two batters but gave way to Almonte after permitting back-to-back singles.

Juan Yepez was the only Chief with a multi-hit outing, singling twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place Kane County (29-31) (ARI), 7:00 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (3-3, 3.79)


State College 6 vs. West Virginia 5

Matt Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

The Spikes scored big early then hung on, slipping past the Black Bears, 6-5, in the decisive third game of the series.  State College (32-30) is three behind co-leaders West Virginia (35-27) (PIT) and Mahoning Valley (CLE).

All six of the home team’s runs scored in the first as the Spikes batted around.  State College generated seven hits in total, six of them in their initial frame.  First baseman Matt Davis was the only Spike with more than one hit, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored and two RBI.  Scott Hurst banged out his fifth triple of the season while J.D. Crowe and Dennis Ortega each doubled once.

Starter Paul Balestrieri let West Virginia cut the lead to 6-4 after four, yielding runs in three of his four frames.  Steven Farinaro (W, 2-1) was credited with the win, yielding a run on three hits and a walk in four.  Farinaro matched Balestrieri’s two hit batsmen.  Jason Zgardowski worked around a two-out single for his first save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Williamsport (29-30) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (3-0, 1.90)


Johnson City 3 vs. Greeneville 2

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The JC-Cards walked off with a 3-2 win over the Astros, evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Second-place Johnson City (33-27) gained ground on Elizabethton (MIN) with the win, narrowing the gap to 2 ½ games while solidifying their Wild Card slot hold over Greeneville.

Co-Player of the Day Imeldo Diaz launched his fifth home run of 2017 with Luis Bandes (double) aboard and two gone in the ninth.  It was the shortstop’s second hit in three at bats to go with a walk, two runs scored and two driven in.  Bandes was one of four Appy Birds with one hit each.

Zach Prendergast (Johnson City Cardinals)

The first seven frames were a pitching duel between Johnson City starter Zach Prendergast, our co-Player of the Day, and two Greeneville hurlers.  Prendergast shut down his opponents over seven, striking out an eye-popping 12 and giving up just four hits.

Prendergast left with his team holding a newly minted 1-0 lead but Fabian Blanco (BS, 2) gave it back and more by allowing single scores, one earned, in each of the next two frames.  Jacob Patterson (W, 1-1) inherited a bases-loaded, one-out jam and the only runner to cross home did so via a sac fly before a runner was nailed trying to take second.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place Greeneville (31-29) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-5, 7.87)


GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Marlins – postponed

Thursday’s contest between the GCL Cardinals (23-23) and GCL Marlins (26-22) was postponed due to rain.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a double header on August 29th.

Friday’s games:  at/vs. GCL Astros.  Game one – 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Angels 6 at DSL Cardinals 3
DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Angels 3

The DSL Cardinals (29-38) came up on the short end of a twin-bill sweep by the DSL Angels (33-34), 6-3 and 3-1.

Enmanuel Solano took the loss in the opener, his second against four wins, after yielding six runs, three earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3.  The righty also plunked one batter, was called for a balk, threw a wild pitch and committed a throwing error.  Leonardo Taveras blanked the opposition the rest of the way, stranding two inherited runners.

Catcher Joyser Garcia swung a hot bat, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and two runs scored.  The only other Dominican Bird with more than one hit was Yowelfy Rosario who singled twice in three at bats.  Defensively, Solano’s miscue was one of four charged to the team.

The second contest was scoreless through three but Wilfredo Pereira (L, 1-7) yielded three tallies over the next two frames.  Pereira gave up seven hits and two free passes over five.  Jose Geronimo tossed a clean sixth.

The Dominican Cards were stymied on two hits by the Angels’ starter who tossed all seven innings. The visitors’ only run scored after Raffy Ozuna led off the seventh with a double, his 13th of the season.  A fly out to center advanced shortstop to third whereupon he scored on Freddy De Jesus’ sac fly.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (27-42), 10:30 am ET, Dionis Zamora (2-3, 1.77)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/23/17

photo: Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3 on Tuesday. Shortstop Imeldo Diaz’ eighth-inning two-run homer flipped a potential loss into a Johnson City game and series win over the first-place club.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 22nd.

New Orleans 8 at Memphis 3

Kevin Herget could not finish the fifth, resulting in the Redbirds’ 8-3 loss to the BabyCakes (52-75) (MIA).  Memphis (84-46) split the four-game home set.

Herget (L, 4-2) yielded six runs on seven hits, including a solo home run, and three walks through 4 1/3.  The righty plunked one batter.

Josh Zeid let both inherited runners score plus an unearned tally of his own on six hits in 2 2/3.  Zeid fanned five. Miguel Socolovich and Mark Montgomery each went an inning, Socolovich permitting a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Two of the Redbirds’ three tallies were generated by home runs sans base runners.  Breyvic Valera gave his team a brief 1-1 tie after one and Rangel Ravelo’s long ball capped Memphis’ scoring.

Ravelo was one of two Redbirds with two hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and strikeout.  Alberto Rosario singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring the team’s other run.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Springfield 7 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Ryan Helsley (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards scored five times in the first two frames, coasting to a 7-3 victory over the Naturals in the series opener.  Springfield (38-19) kept one game up on second-place Tulsa (LAD) with the win, despite the Drillers having won seven straight.

Like their Memphis counterparts, Springfield collected nine hits but with very different results.  Darren Seferina, Adolis Garcia and Anthony Garcia had two hits apiece. Third baseman Seferina added a single to a two-run blast with a walk and two runs scored.

Adolis Garcia singled twice in five at bats, crossed home two times and drove in one.  Anthony Garcia went 2-for-3, knocking in two. Seferina and Adolis Garcia each swiped a base.  Seferina committed one of four Springfield miscues.

Ryan Helsley (W, 3-0) tossed a strong mound effort, fanning seven in 5 1/3.  The only damage against the Oklahoma native was a solo bomb, one of three hits and two walks yielded.

Corey Littrell left Helsley’s final two runners aboard but was touched for a run on three hits the next frame.  Landon Beck faced the minimum in the eighth but Tyler Bray was charged with an unearned score in his inning of work.

Wednesday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (22-35) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (7-5, 4.38)


Palm Beach 5 at Jupiter 2

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

A big fourth inning gave the Beach Birds a 5-2 victory over the Hammerheads in the first of three games between the two teams.  Third-place Palm Beach (29-26), winners of the South Division’s first half, has now won four in a row but trails the league-leading Fort Myers (MIN) by seven with 12 games remaining.

The PB-Cards batted around in the five-run fourth. Thomas Spitz opened the frame with a single and closed it with a swinging K.  In between, an RBI single by Chris Chinea drove in Spitz, back-to-back walks that brought Casey Grayson (plunked) across, a two-run single by Shane Billings scoring Chinea and Blake Drake (walk) and a missed catch error by Jupiter’s pitcher, allowing Andy Young (walk) to touch home.

Chinea swung the hottest bat, going 4-for-5, collecting four of his team’s 10 singles.  The only other Beach Bird with more than one hit was Billings, who singled twice in four at bats and plated two.

Mike O’Reilly tossed six strong frames, holding the opposition to two runs on nine hits to improve his record to three wins against no losses.  The 22-year-old struck out seven.

A quartet of relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Ross Vance retired two and gave up one hit before giving way to Ian McKinney, who recorded three straight outs.  Dailyn Martinez got his only batter, turning the ball over to Connor Jones, who picked up his first save in only his second relief effort this season.

Wednesday’s game:  at Jupiter (30-28) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Sam Tewes (1-1, 3.46)


Peoria 4 at Wisconsin 8

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

Six Wisconsin tallies in the first doomed the Chiefs to an 8-4 loss in the road series opener.  While second-place Peoria (30-28) drops to eight back of Quad Cities (HOU), they are a game up on both Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Kane County (ARI) in the Wild Card standings.

Austin Warner took the loss, his third in five decisions, permitting seven runs, six earned, on five hits and three free passes over four.  Ronnie Williams served up a home run during his three-inning stint but Austin Sexton tossed a clean eighth.

Peoria accumulated nine hits with three players having two each:  Brian O’Keefe, Ryan McCarvel and Nick Plummer.  O’Keefe singled twice in four at bats, scoring twice, while one of McCarvel’s two hits was a three-run home run, his second long ball in as many games.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (26-32) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (2-0, 3.69)


State College 5 vs. West Virginia 4

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

The Spikes rallied for a dramatic walk-off victory in the series opener against the Black Bears, the co-division leaders.  It is only the third win in their last eight games for second-place State College (31-29), which is three games out of first.

Down 4-2 with three outs to give, the home team put their first three players aboard, sandwiching a single between two walks.  A 4-6 force brought State College within one which may have helped bring about the fielding error allowing the next Spike to reach, knotting the game at four all.  Zach Kirtley singled home pinch-runner Edwin Figuera, in his only hit in five at bats, for the win.

Three Spikes each had two of the team’s 10 hits:  J.D. Crowe, Brandon Benson and Wood Myers.  All three singled twice in four at bats, Crowe scoring once and Benson twice.  Figuera pinch ran for Crowe in the ninth.

Only one of three runs charged to starter Jonathon Mulford over 5 2/3 innings was earned, due to a Yariel Gonzalez fielding error at third. After Levi MaVorhis yielded a run in 2 1/3, Spencer Trayner picked up the win thanks a scoreless ninth and his teammates’ walkoff.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. West Virginia (34-26) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.28)


Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 3

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Two eighth-inning tallies lifted the Appy Birds past the Twins in the decisive third game of the series.  Nine games remain in the regular season with second-place Johnson City (32-26) 2 ½ games behind Elizabethton (35-24) but two games ahead of Greeneville in the Wild Card standings.

Both eighth-inning scores came off Imeldo Diaz’ bat, as the shortstop launched his fourth long ball of 2017 with Luis Bandes (error) aboard.  Diaz went 2-for-4, as did Irving Lopez, who added a base-on-balls, run scored and stolen base.

Reliever Thomas St. Clair picked up the win, his second in three decisions, striking out three in 1 2/3.  Brett Seeburger fanned three in 1 1/3, stranding one inherited runner, for his second save.

Evan Guillory went the first five, permitting just a single tally on five hits and a walk.  Jake Dahlberg (BS, 1) gave two runs on four hits in the sixth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Greeneville (30-28) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (4-1, 4.80)


GCL Mets 7 at GCL Cardinals 5

Andres Luna (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Gulf Birds lost their fourth straight game, this time 7-5 to the bottom-dwelling Mets (16-31).  The Cardinals (23-22) are tied for third with the Astros, four behind the Nationals with 11 games to go in the regular season.

Derian Gonzalez, making his second rehab start, gave up an unearned tally via a lead-off double, fielding error and sac fly.  The righty, out since July 7th, allowed two hits in two frames with four strikeouts.

Regular starter Junior Gonzalez took over in the third, permitting three runs, two earned, on seven hits and two walks over five.  In his first Gulf Coast League appearance, Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-1) could not hold the 4-4 tie he inherited, yielding three tallies on two hits and two bases-on-balls.

The home team mustered nine hits, including three by Andres Luna.  The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI and a stolen base.  Second baseman Moises Castillo had two hits in four at bats, including a solo long ball that was one of his two driven in.

Defensively, the Gulf Birds committed three miscues that, as previously mentioned, led to two unearned scores:  left fielder Terry Fuller (fielding), third baseman Elehuris Montero (throwing) and center fielder Luis Flores (throwing).

Wednesday’s game:  at first-place GCL Nationals (28-19), 12:00 pm ET, Angel Rondon (2-2, 2.87)


DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Twins 2

Four late scores lifted the Dominican Birds over the first-place Twins, 6-2.  The seventh-place Cardinals (28-37) may have only four days left in their season but they will be busy with six games, including two double headers, on tap.

The Twins (46-20) struck first with two runs against Francis Ventura in the contest’s initial frame on three free passes and a two-run single.  Ventura tossed four more scoreless innings, yielding only two more hits during that span.

Roy Garcia (W, 2-4) struck out three over the next two frames and picked up the win when his squad put up a three-spot in the eighth.  17-year-old lefty Nelson Prado issued a base-on-balls to his first batter but retired the next six in a row for his first professional save.

Down 2-0 through four, the visitors tied it up the next inning before pushing across four runs, two earned, over the last two frames.  Four Cards each had two of the team’s 12 hits:  Freddy De Jesus, Victor Garcia, Diomedes Del Rio and Joyser Garcia.  All but Garcia touched home once and Del Rio knocked in one.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/21/17

photo: Adolis Garcia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2 on Sunday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder Adolis Garcia, who went 4-for-4, including three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.

Results from games played Sunday, August 20th.

New Orleans 6 at Memphis 5

The Redbirds (83-44) dropped a 6-5 decision to the BabyCakes, evening the series at one game apiece with two on tap.

Dakota Hudson had blanked New Orleans on four hits over 3 1/3 when the game went into an almost two hour rain delay.  Arturo Reyes (L, 5-4) took the mound when play resumed, giving up four runs, three on a long ball. That turned a 3-0 lead into a deficit from which Memphis would not recover.  Mike Mayers and Ryan Sherriff each went two frames, with Mayers allowing a two-run home run.

The home team managed seven hits, with Wilfredo Tovar the only Redbird with more than one.  Tovar singled and doubled in four at bats, driving in one.  Aledmys Diaz and Harrison Bader each went 1-for-3 with a run scored and stolen base, Bader knocking in one.

Monday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (50-74) (MIA), 11:52 am CT, Jack Flaherty (5-2, 2.82)


Springfield 8 vs. Corpus Christi 2

Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals)

A five-run third easily lifted the S-Cards over the Hooks, 8-2, in the decisive third game of the series.  Springfield (37-19) holds a 1 ½ game advantage over second-place Tulsa in the North Division, pending the outcome of the Drillers’ Sunday evening contest.

Springfield came to the plate in the home half of the third trailing 2-1, but four singles and two doubles later, they finished the frame up 6-2.  Single runs in the seventh and eighth capped their scoring.

Player of the Day Adolis Garcia accounted for five tallies with a 4-for-4 performance that included three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI.  Jacob Wilson acquired three more of the team’s 14 hits, including a solo shot that was one of his two runs scored and two knocked in.

The only inning Corpus Christi was able to damage starter Austin Gomber (W, 9-7) was the second when the southpaw gave up a single followed by a home run.  Gomber permitted five hits and two bases-on-balls through 6 2/3, striking out seven.

Jacob Evans recorded four outs, two via the K, working around a hit and walk.  Rowan Wick tossed a clean ninth, his eighth straight outing without giving up a run.  That span encompasses 11 innings.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach vs. Bradenton – cancelled

The finale between Palm Beach (28-26) and Bradenton (28-27) was cancelled due to inclement weather.  The Beach Birds won both games of the abbreviated series.

Monday’s game:  Off


Peoria 2 vs. Clinton 0

Evan Kruczynski (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs made two runs hold up, blanking the LumberKings, 2-0.  Peoria (30-26) leads the series, two games to one, with one to go.

Peoria matched Clinton’s seven hits but capitalized on the only free pass issued by LumberKings’ hurlers to take a 1-0 lead after one.  Dylan Carlson worked a two-out walk, racing home on Danny Hudzina’s double to center.

The second score occurred in the fifth the Chiefs jamming the sacks full on singles by Kramer Robertson, Mick Fennell and Nick Plummer.  Carlson came to the plate with two gone and lined a single into right, bringing Robertson across.

Evan Kruczynski (W, 3-3) survived three Peoria miscues and his own two wild pitches, holding the opposition scoreless on six hits and a walk over six.  Ronnie Williams survived issuing three free passes in the seventh and Yeison Medina struck out four over the last two innings for his seventh save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Clinton (24-32) (SEA), 12:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-5, 4.06)


State College 3 at Auburn 5

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

Three late tallies transformed a slim Spikes lead into a 5-3 loss at Auburn.  State College (30-28) has dropped the first two of their three-game series versus the Doubledays.

Jason Zgardowski (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) could not navigate the eighth cleanly, as the 23-year-old surrendered three runs on three hits and two walks.  Alex Fagalde recorded the eighth’s last out when the single to right he allowed resulted in an out at home.

Andrew Summerville tossed a strong effort for State College, with both tallies permitted by the lefty in 6 1/3 being generated by one long ball.  Summerville fanned five with four hits and a base-on-balls yielded.

The offense was fueled by center fielder Scott Hurst, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, his second straight four-hit outing. But a sign of the offense’s misfiring can be found in the fact that the number two hitter neither scored nor drove in a run.

State College generated 11 hits in all but only one of the three scores was earned, thanks to four Auburn errors.  Wood Myers had the most effective bat despite going 1-for-4.  The designated hitter doubled in one run and scored another.

Monday’s game:  at Auburn (23-33) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-1, 5.32)


Johnson City 8 at Elizabethton 2

Irving Lopez (Johnson City Cardinals)

Second-place Johnson City (31-25) rallied for an 8-2 victory over first-place Elizabethton, the first of three games between the two squads.

Irving Lopez’ grand slam ignited the surge, changing a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 lead.  It was the second baseman’s only hit in five at bats.  Shortstop Imeldo Diaz took part in three runs, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home twice and knocking in one.

Edwar Ramirez (W, 3-6) yielded five hits and two bases-on-balls over six, resulting in two runs.  He struck out four.  Fabian Blanco fanned three in 1 2/3 before Jacob Patterson matched that strikeout total in 1 1/3.

Monday’s game:  at Elizabethton (34-23) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (2-1, 3.23)


GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – suspended and postponed

Sunday’s schedule included a twin bill between the GCL Cardinals (23-21) and GCL Astros (23-21) but Game 1 was suspended with no score and two out in the visitor’s half of the second and Game 2 was postponed entirely.

Since both teams are tied with the GCL Marlins for second, 3 ½ games behind the GCL Nationals, both games have been rescheduled to take place at the Cardinals’ field. The first contest is now slated to be completed as part of an August 25th double header while game two is now part of an August 30th twin bill.

Monday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is off Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (27-36) vs. DSL Twins (45-19), 10:30 am ET, TBA



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/18/17

photo: Jose Martinez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a 3-4 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system, Palm Beach shortstop Jose Martinez led a 19-run offensive explosion with two singles, a double, a home run and four RBI.

Results from games played Thursday, August 17th.

Nashville 11 at Memphis 8      

Wilfredo Tovar (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Wilfredo Tovar’s late grand slam was not enough as the American Southern champion Redbirds (82-43) dropped an 11-8 home decision to Nashville.  Memphis trails in the series, one game to two, with one contest remaining.

The offense banged out 15 hits, led by three players with three apiece:  Tovar, Stephen Piscotty and Rangel Ravelo.  Tovar and Piscotty both went 3-for-5. Piscotty doubled and scored twice while Tovar swiped his 16th bag of 2017 in addition to his home run.  Ravelo went 3-for 4 with a walk, triple, run scored and RBI.  Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom each went 2-for-5. Valera joined Tyler O’Neill with a solo bomb while Wisdom doubled once with a run scored.

The only flaw in Kevin Herget’s start was it didn’t last long enough – though it was a strong effort.  The fill-in starter for Luke Weaver struck out five through four innings, yielding a run on two hits and a walk.

Arturo Reyes was pasted for five tallies on eight hits and two bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 1 2/3.  Miguel Socolovich limited the damage by leaving the sacks jammed in the sixth but gave up three scores the next inning.  Nor was Mark Montgomery immune from the scoring infection, as the righty allowed two runs on three hits and a walk over the final two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Nashville (59-65) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-1, 4.80)


San Antonio 4 at Springfield 2

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Single Hooks tallies in the eighth and ninth sent the S-Cards to a 4-2 defeat by first-place (South) San Antonio (30-22).  The loss prevented a three-game sweep by the home team and ended their five-game winning streak.  Springfield (35-18) holds a two-game lead over Tulsa (LAD) with both Arkansas and Northwest Arkansas virtually out of the running for the second-half title.

Reliever Pedro Echemendia (L, 1-2) worked two scoreless frames before surrendering a long ball to his first batter in the eighth.  Jacob Evans recorded the eighth’s final two outs but loaded the bases on two singles and a walk without retiring a batter the next inning.  A wild pitch by Tyler Bray allowed the insurance run to score.

Sandy Alcantara tossed a solid effort, yielding a two-run long ball that was one of only two hits permitted through five.  The righty fanned seven and issued one free pass.

The offense was held to just five hits, with two from Andrew Knizner.  Knizner singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home once.  That raised his batting average to .406 over his last 10 games.

Friday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (22-30) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Chris Ellis (5-6, 3.86)


Palm Beach 19 at Dunedin 4

Jose Alexander Martinez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds’ offense simply unloaded on the Blue Jays, translating 24 hits into a 19-4 win and salvaging a split of their four-game set with Dunedin (30-24).  Fifth-place Palm Beach (26-26) remains 8 ½ behind Fort Myers (MIN).

The 24 hits included three doubles and home runs by Jose Martinez, Chris Chinea and Jose Godoy.  Eight of the 10 PB-Cards who came to the plate on Thursday had multiple hits.  While all eight gave noteworthy efforts, the numbers Martinez produced stood out just a bit.  The shortstop went 4-for-6 with a double, sac fly and a two-run home run that comprised one of his three runs scored and two of his four RBI.  Martinez accounted for six runs.

Thomas Spitz also went 4-for-6 with a double, as the right fielder scored three and knocked in one.  Chinea, Godoy and Leobaldo Pina each had three hits and scored twice.

Sam Tewes (W, 1-1) was the fortuitous recipient of his team’s offensive largess.  The right-hander served up a two-run long ball before settling down to hold his opponents to just four more hits and a walk resulting in two more tallies over eight total innings.  Brady Bowen pitched the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place Bradenton (28-25) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.30)


Peoria 5 at Quad Cities 4

Austin Warner (Peoria Chiefs)

A manufactured ninth-inning tally gave the Chiefs a 5-4 victory over the River Bandits, preventing a four-game sweep by first-place Quad Cities (34-19).  Peoria (28-25) is tied for second (and the wild card spot) with Kane County (ARI), six games out.

The tie-breaking score came without a hit.  Mick Fennell was plunked, moving to third via an errant pick-off throw.  The pitcher then hit Kramer Robertson, who promptly stole second.  The steal set up an intentional free pass to Ryan McCarvel, jamming the sacks full.  A patient Danny Hudzina worked a base-on-balls, bringing Fennell across.

Peoria struck first with single tallies in three straight frames.  Stefan Trosclair went 2-for-5 with a double and solo home run, touching home twice.  Dylan Carlson singled twice in two at bats with two walks and two runs scored.  He was driven in by Brian O’Keefe, who doubled twice in two at bats with two RBI.

Austin Warner made those three runs hold up during his six innings on the mound, blanking Quad Cities on two hits and two walks.  Warner struck out five with eight ground- and five fly-ball outs.

The Chiefs’ bullpen was not as effective.  Bryan Dobzanski let the River Bandits get on the board with a run in the seventh.  Yeison Medina (BS, 3) (W, 5-0) stranded two inherited runners but gave up the lead with a three-run eighth.  Austin Sexton retired the side in order for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  vs. seventh-place Clinton (23-30) (SEA), 7:00 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-0, 4.26)


State College 0 at West Virginia 3

The third-place Spikes failed to gain ground on the first-place Black Bears for the second game in a row, this time falling 3-0.  State College (29-26), four games out of the lead, will try to salvage the series’ finale on Friday.

Jonathon Mulford (L, 2-5) did not finish the fifth, giving up two runs on eight hits in 4 2/3.  Will Latcham was tagged with an unearned tally over 2 1/3 before Jason Zgardowski faced the minimum in the eighth.

About the most exciting thing in the Spikes’ box score is that shortstop Wood Myers was tossed by the home plate umpire in the eighth after lining out to short.  Myers was hitless in two at bats with a walk.  State College managed six hits, two by Caleb Lopes, who singled twice in four at bats.

Friday’s game:  at first-place West Virginia (33-22) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.25)


Johnson City 3 at Bluefield 2

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Luis Bandes’ ninth-inning double gave the Appy Birds a series opening 3-2 victory over the Blue Jays.  Second-place Johnson City (29-24) is tied with Greeneville (HOU), both team 2 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Bandes’ double, his second hit in four at bats, drove in Brady Whalen, who opened with a single.  Julio Rodriguez singled right after Whalen but was nailed at the plate.  Earlier Rodriguez worked a free pass, scoring his team’s first run on a double play. The Appy Birds had eight hits in all.  Defensively, the visitors committed three miscues, two leading to an unearned tally in the fifth.

Both of the runs against Alvaro Seijas through six crossed the plate in the fifth.  The righty allowed four of his five hits that frame.  He hit two batters.

The bullpen kept Bluefield off the board the rest of the way.  Jake Walsh (W, 5-0) fanned four over two.  Thomas St. Clair walked the bases full but Jacob Patterson induced his only batter to hit into a game-ending double play for his ninth save.

Friday’s game:  at Bluefield (36-18) (TOR), 7:05 pm ET, Zach Prendergast (2-0, 3.21)


GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 10

Taylor Bryant (St. Louis Cardinals)

Thursday was a L-O-N-G day for Gulf Birds’ hurlers as the visitors fell 10-5 to the fifth-place GCL Mets (15-28).  The loss kept the second-place GCL Cardinals (23-19) from gaining ground on the Nationals, which also lost.

All four Gulf Cards’ hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Jorge Rondon. The starter fell an out shy of finishing the third, yielding a run on two hits.  Chris Hunt (L, 2-1) was touched for three tallies on seven hits over 3 1/3.

But Hunt’s results pale in comparison to Enrique Perez, who surrendered five runs, four earned, on two hits and three walks in the seventh. Gabriel Gentner allowed a home run with the bases empty in the eighth.

Taylor Bryant and Moises Castillo both went 2-for-4, with Bryant driving in two and stealing a base.  Rehabbers Edmundo Sosa and Jordan Schafer each singled once in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place GCL Nationals (25-18), 12:00 pm ET, Brian Pirela (3-3, 5.08)


DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Mets1 – ‘postponed’

Thursday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals (27-35) and DSL Mets1 (38-23) was rained out.  While the game is officially listed as ‘postponed’, the two teams are not scheduled to meet again during the nine remaining regularly scheduled contests.

Friday’s game:  Off



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/16/17

photo: Austin Gomber/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos

Austin Gomber’s arm and John Nogowski’s bat boosted Springfield to one of the system’s five wins in seven tries on Tuesday.  Thomas Spitz was a key late-innings addition in Palm Beach’s victory while Julio Rodriguez was an offensive force for Johnson City. State College’s all-stars were also victorious.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 15th.

Nashville 6 at Memphis 5       

Stephen Piscotty (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Late runs doomed the Redbirds (81-42) to a 6-5 defeat to the Sounds.  While the game was the series opener with Memphis as the host, the two squads just finished a four-game set at Nashville, so met for the fifth straight game.

The home team led 3-0 after one but the Sounds eventually tied it a three all at the fourth’s midpoint.  Memphis went back up 4-3 after four with both teams adding a tally each in the seventh.  But Nashville struck last with two in the eighth off Josh Zeid (BS, 2) (L, 8-3), who allowed two hits and two walks in two innings.

Dakota Hudson tossed the first seven, yielding four runs, three earned, on five hits and two walks.  Half of his tallies given up were generated by one long ball.

The Redbirds outhit the Sounds, eight to seven, but left eight on base.  Alex Mejia and Alberto Rosario each had two hits, with Mejia singling and doubling in five at bats while touching home once.  Rosario went 2-for-4 with an RBI and strikeout.

Stephen Piscotty was an on-base machine, reaching base four times in five plate appearances.  The right fielder’s only hit in two at bats was a solo bomb, his third as a Redbird, giving Memphis its last lead of 5-4 through seven. Piscotty worked three free passes and crossed home twice.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Nashville (58-64) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (4-2, 2.86)


Springfield 7 vs. San Antonio 2

John Nogowski (Sioux City Explorers)

The S-Cards translated 18 hits into a 7-2 victory over the Missions in the first of three games.  Springfield (34-17) is the hottest club in the Texas League right now, having won 10 of their last 11, giving them a 3 ½-game lead over second-place Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.

Springfield’s three through seven hitters generated 13 hits collectively, led by number seven hitter John Nogowski, who was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI.  Catcher Andrew Knizner, the six batter, singled three times in five at bats, touching home twice while Darren Seferina, Adolis Garcia and Eliezer Alvarez all went 2-for-5, the latter two doubling.  Oscar Mercado, the final S-Card with more than one hit, went 2-for-3 with a double and run scored before being replaced by a pinch runner after being hit by a pitch to begin the eighth.

Facing San Antonio for the second straight start, Austin Gomber pitched another gem.  The southpaw did not allow an earned run over six, both runs charged to him being unearned thanks to a fielding error by Seferina.  Gomber’s only hit allowed was a home run to the next batter.

The Florida native retired his next 10 batters before plunking a batter to open the fifth.  A 5-4-3 double play erased that base runner.  Gomber issued a two-out walk in the sixth but the inning finished when Knizner prevented an attempted steal of second.

Tyler Bray faced the minimum in the seventh before handing the ball off to Rowan Wick.  Wick worked around two hits and a walk over the last two frames.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. first-place (South) San Antonio (29-21) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (2-0, 1.62)


Palm Beach 9 at Dunedin 8

Thomas Spitz (Peoria Chiefs)

The PB-Cards (25-25) rallied for a 9-8 victory over Dunedin, evening the series at one game apiece with two to play.

Trailing 8-4 after seven, Palm Beach manufactured a four-run eighth, taking their only lead of the game with a ninth-inning tally.  Half of the eighth’s tallies were generated by Thomas Spitz’ fifth home run of 2017.  The right fielder, who entered the game as part of a three defensive moves to begin the seventh, drove in Casey Grayson who got aboard via a free pass.  Spitz then reached on a fielder’s choice in the ninth, scoring the winning run on a single by Andy Young.

Grayson and Young both singled twice as did Leobaldo Pina.  Grayson did the most damage, scoring two times and knocking in one.

Five Beach Birds’ pitchers took the mound, beginning with Connor Jones, who had a dreadful outing.  Jones was touched for six runs, five earned, on eight hits and three walks through four.  Five of the six tallies scored in the second.

Hector Mendoza tossed a one-two-three fifth but the same cannot be said for Brady Bowen and Dailyn Martinez.  Both hurlers yielded a run in their inning of work.  Eric Carter worked two scoreless for his first A-Advanced win.

Wednesday’s game:  at Dunedin (29-22) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (2-0, 3.31)


Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 3  

The Chiefs tied it late but could not get over the hump, falling to the River Bandits, 3-2, in a walk off.  Third-place Peoria (27-24) has lost the first two of four games versus first-place Quad Cities and now trail them by six games.

Max Almonte (L, 2-4) gave up the run in his second inning of work, permitting two hits and a walk in 1 2/3.  Evan Kruczynski went the first 5 2/3, yielding two runs on six hits and a base-on-balls with six strikeouts.  Both tallies came in his last inning of work.

Kruczynski’s final score crossed with Austin Sexton on the mound.  Sexton gave up two hits in 1 1/3, stranding one of two inherited runners.

Kept off the board through seven, Peoria finally broke through with a two-run eighth.  Mick Fennell opened with a double, eventually scoring on a ground out by Evan Mendoza.  Ryan McCarvel knotted the game at 2-2 with one swing of the bat, his 14th long ball of 2017.  McCarvel had two of his team’s six hits, adding a single to his home run in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (33-18) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-4, 3.03)


State College – NYPL All-Star Game – South 5 at North 2

Joshua Lopez (Johnson City Cardinals)

While third-place State College (29-24) as a team was idle on Tuesday, five Spikes participated in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game at Troy, NY. Manager Joe Kruzel and his State College coaching staff led the South to the win.

With the score tied at 2-2 in the ninth, Spikes catcher Joshua Lopez knocked in the game-winning runs with a two-run single and later came around the score the fifth South tally. Andrew Summerville entered with two outs in the ninth and struck out the final North batter.

State College left-hander Daniel Castano, the NYPL’s current wins leader, started the game for the South and yielded two hits and a walk during a scoreless inning. Castano threw 20 pitches, 10 for strikes.

Scott Hurst and Yariel Gonzalez completed the Spikes’ complement of All-Stars, and both started the game for the South. Hurst played center field and went hitless in three at-bats, while Gonzalez played third base and went 0-for-2.

Wednesday’s game:   at first-place West Virginia (31-22) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-0, 5.40)


Johnson City 11 vs. Elizabethton 4

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

Julio Rodriguez’ hot bat helped Johnson City (28-24) to an 11-4 win over Elizabethton (31-22) (MIN), salvaging a split of the four-game series.

Rodriguez accounted for four tallies, going 2-for-4 with a walk, double and solo bomb that was one of his two runs scored and four RBI.  Tuesday’s performance merely continues a torrid streak for the 20-year-old catcher, who has a .375 batting average in his last 10 games.

The only other Appy Bird with a multi-hit effort was Luis Bandes, who singled twice in five at bats, knocking in two.  Five JC-Cards had one hit apiece, including Brady Whalen, who launched his sixth home run with the bases clear in the third.  The third baseman went 1-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and two RBI.

Jacob Schlesener picked up his second win in three decisions despite a rather rocky effort.  The righty allowed five hits, three walks and hit two batters through 5 1/3, resulting in four runs.  Schlesener fanned six.

Fabian Blanco went 2 2/3 frames, giving up two hits and a free pass.  He allowed one of two inherited runners to score.  Jacob Patterson worked a clean ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Astros 0 (7) – Game 1

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Astros 3 (7) – Game 2

Winston Nicacio (Dominican Summer League)

The Gulf Birds claimed a twin bill from the GCL Astros (22-19), 5-0 and 6-3, advancing their winning streak to six.  The sweep moves the Cardinals (23-18) into second place ahead of the Astros and a game behind the Nationals.

Winston Nicacio (W, 4-1) was outstanding, limiting the Astros to four hits over six innings while striking out five.  It was the third straight quality start for the 20-year-old righty.  Memphis’ Sean Gilmartin continued his rehab with a one-two-three first, fanning one.

Four players in the opening contest garnered two hits each:  Rehabbing Jordan Schafer, Elehuris Montero, Taylor Bryant and Luis Flores.  A double by Schaefer was one of two extra-base hits, the designated hitter adding a single in three at bats with a walk and three runs scored.  Montero did some damage with his 2-for-3 effort, driving in three, one of his RBI via a sac fly.

Montero did damage in the finale as well, going 2-for-4 with a two-run long ball.  Second baseman Michael Brdar also had two hits, singling twice in three at bats and scoring twice.

Catcher Cameron Knight led the 10-hit attack, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a double that drove in one and led to pinch runner Brian Sanchez in the seventh.  Sanchez subsequently scored.

Edmundo Sosa (USA TODAY Sports Images)

A third rehabber, Springfield shortstop Edmundo Sosa, made his first game appearance in two months and went 1-for-3 with a strikeout as the designated hitter.

Junior Gonzalez looked in control, yielding a run on three hits and a base-on-balls over four, but ran into trouble in the fifth.  The 20-year-old jammed the sacks full on a single and back-to-back free passes before forcing across a tally when he plunked a batter.

Kevin Hamann (W, 1-1) stranded the bases full by recording the fifth’s final out.  Hamann tossed a clean sixth but allowed a run on consecutive doubles in the seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/14/17

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A division-winning celebration for Memphis, with Alex Mejia leading the way at the plate, highlighted the St. Louis Cardinals system’s 4-2 Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, August 13th.

Memphis 12 at Nashville 7      

Alex Mejia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Redbirds scored in seven of nine innings, flying past the Sounds, 12-7, to clinch the American Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League.  Memphis (80-41) leads the four-game set, two games to one, with one on tap.

Alex Mejia paced the 17-hit attack, going 4-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBI out of the two hole.  Patrick Wisdom and Rangel Ravelo were right behind him with three hits apiece: Wisdom doubling three times in four at bats with a walk, touched home three times and knocked in two while Ravelo went 3-for-5 with a double and solo long ball that was one of his two runs scored and two knocked in.

Redbirds pitching was not particularly impressive, as three of the four hurlers gave up at least one run.  Matt Pearce (W, 3-1) yielded five tallies, four earned, on seven hits, including a solo shot through five.  He struck out six.

Arturo Reyes was charged with a run on four hits in the sixth before giving way to Mike Mayers.  Mayers allowed two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3 but was not scored upon thanks to Josh Lucas.  Lucas (S, 13) stranded two inherited runners but permitted a run on three hits over 1 1/3.

Monday’s game:  at Nashville (57-63) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (4-5, 4.24)


Springfield 7 at Corpus Christi 5

Jesse Jenner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards rallied for a 7-5 victory over Corpus Christi (22-27) (HOU), completing a three-game sweep of the Hooks.  The sweep has positioned first-place Springfield (33-17) three games up on Tulsa (LAD), which have dropped their its two contests.

With the Cards down 3-0 through four, Jesse Jenner tied the score with one swing, launching his fourth home run of 2017.  It came with Jacob Wilson (single) and Tommy Edman (error) aboard and was Jenner’s only hit in four at bats.

Corpus Christi went with a new pitcher in the sixth with even worse results (for them).  Singles by Anthony Garcia and Oscar Mercado were sandwiched around a hit batsman, two walks and a missed catch error, generating four scores, two earned.

Garcia and Mercado were the only S-Cards with a multi-hit performance, Garcia going 3-for-5 with a run scored and Mercado singling twice in four at bats with two RBI.  He was plunked once.

Chris Ellis (W, 5-6) allowed all five of his opponents’ runs during his seven frames on the bump.  One of his four hits permitted was a two-run bomb to go with three free passes issued and nine strikeouts.  Ellis hit one batter.  Landon Beck retired the side in order twice, fanning four, for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach at Daytona – cancelled

The series’ finale between Palm Beach (24-24) and Daytona (11-38) was cancelled due to wet grounds.  The fifth-place Beach Birds, which took the abbreviated series, two games to one, trail Fort Myers (MIN) by seven in the South Division.

Monday’s game:  at Dunedin (28-22) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.08)


Peoria 2 vs. Burlington 1 (11 innings)

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

Evan Mendoza’s first full-season double gave the Chiefs a 2-1 walk-off win over Burlington (19-30) (LAA), salvaging the fourth and final game of the series.  Peoria (27-22), tied for second with Kane County (ARI), now heads into a huge four-game set with first-place Quad Cities, a team they trail by four.

Kramer Robertson opened the 11th by working a base-on-balls.  The shortstop was fleet of foot enough to score from first after Mendoza’s double into center.

The Chiefs’ first tally was also the product of a walk, this time by Nick Plummer.  Plummer worked a free pass with one gone in the third, promptly stole second which put him in position to score on Mick Fennell’s single to right.  Fennell went 2-for-5.

Peoria’s quarter of hurlers matched the Bees’ six hits allowed.  Anthony Shew gave up four of them over 5 1/3, resulting in one run.  Colton Thomson left Shew’s last two runners on, recording five outs.  Leland Tilley and Yeison Medina each went two frames, Medina working around two hits for his fourth win against no losses.

Monday’s game:  at Quad Cities (31-18) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-9, 4.21)


Vermont 9 at State College 4

A five-run third doomed the Spikes to a 9-4 loss to the Lake Monsters (28-25) (OAK), preventing a three-game sweep of the Stedler Division leaders.  State College (29-24) is in third place in the Pinckney Division, two behind West Virginia (PIT).

Paul Balestrieri (L, 3-2) could not finish the third, surrendering six runs, four earned, on four hits and three walks in 2 1/3.  His final run scored with Alex Fagalde on the mound, who stranded one of two inherited runners.  Fagalde permitted two hits and two walks over 2 1/3, striking out three.

Jason Zgardowski left Fagalde’s last two runners aboard but gave up a run on three hits in 1 1/3.  Noel Gonzalez and Levi MaVorhis were both touched for a tally during their inning of work but Steven Farinaro tossed a clean ninth.

State College generated nine hits with seven of nine starters acquiring at least one.  Scott Hurst and Wood Myers had two hits apiece, Hurst doubling once in four at bats with a walk and RBI while Myers singled twice in five at bats, knocking in one.

Monday’s game:  Off for the New York-Penn League All-Star break, with the game taking place on Tuesday, July 15th at Joseph L. Bruno Stadium in Troy, NY, home of the Tri-City ValleyCats.


Elizabethton 12 at Johnson City 1

Wadye Ynfante (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Second-place Johnson City’s six game winning streak (27-23) was stomped by first-place Elizabethton, 12-1, evening the series at one game each with two on tap.

Franyel Casadilla (L, 1-4) was charged with six runs on five hits and four walks in five plus.  Brett Seeburger allowed all three inherited runners score, giving up two hits in two innings.  Will Changarotty (two innings) and Jake Walsh (one inning) permitted three runs each but only one of the six scores was earned due to two miscues.

Johnson City mustered eight hits but their only run scored after Irving Lopez opened the first with a walk, advanced to third on Wadye Ynfante’s double and crossed on Julio Rodriguez’ 5-3 groundout.  Ynfante went 3-for-4 with the aforementioned double.

Monday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton (30-21) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.87)


GCL Cardinals 10 at GCL Nationals 4

Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A balanced offensive effort resulted in the Gulf Cards’ 10-4 win over the Nationals (23-17), co-leaders of the East Division.  The second-place Cardinals (20-18) trail both the Nationals and Astros by two games.

All nine starters accumulated at least one of the team’s 12 hits, eight of nine either scoring or driving in a tally.  Jonatan Machado, Elehuris Montero and Carlos Soto each had two hits, Machado scoring one with two RBI while Montero crossed home once, driving in one and Soto touched home twice, knocking in one.  Doubles by Taylor Bryant and Dariel Gomez were the only hits to go for extra bases.

Brian Pirela (W, 3-3) tossed a quality effort, yielding three runs on nine hits and two walks through six.  Gabriel Gentner was charged with an unearned tally during his two-inning stint while Keven Hamann faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. third-place GCL Marlins (19-21), 12:00 pm ET, Noel De Jesus (1-1, 3.09)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/11/17

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The 4-3 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system included extra-inning wins for Memphis and Palm Beach. Player of the Day Dakota Hudson delivered a quality start for the Redbirds.

Results from games played Thursday, August 10th.

Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2 (13)      

Dakota Hudson

Breyvic Valera’s RBI single in the 13th gave the Redbirds a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Storm Chasers (54-63) (KC).  First-place Memphis (78-40) took four of the five games in the series, reducing their magic number to clinch the American Southern to four.

Valera’s second hit in six at bats followed back-to-back singles by Wilfredo Tovar and Alberto Rosario, and drove in Tovar for the game winner, with former Cardinal Seth Maness taking the loss.  Rosario’s three-hit performance spearheaded the squad’s 11-hit attack with Valera the only other Redbird with more than one hit.  In his 2017 Redbirds debut, Stephen Piscotty opened the second with a home run to left center, knotting the game at one all.  A double by Tyler O’Neill was the only other hit to go for extra bases.

Dakota Hudson permitted a second-inning score plus one more in his seventh and final inning of work.  The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk over 6 2/3, his final run scoring under Arturo Reyes’ watch.  One of the two hits allowed by Reyes (BS, 2) in two frames was an RBI double to his first batter faced.

Ryan Sherriff left Reyes’ other base runner on, recording the ninth’s final out on a swinging K.  Miguel Socolovich held down the fort on three hits over three innings before Josh Zeid (W, 8-2) worked around a one-out single in the 13th.

Friday’s game:  at second-place Nashville (56-21) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (4-1, 2.83)


Springfield 5 at San Antonio 8

Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals)

A five-run eighth doomed the S-Cards to an 8-5 defeat at the hands of San Antonio (27-19) (SD).  The loss snapped a six-game winning streak and prevented a three-game sweep of the first-place (South) Missions.  Springfield (30-17) remains atop the North Division, a game in front of Tulsa (LAD).

The slide towards defeat began in the seventh after Andrew Morales (L, 1-1) inherited a two-on-and-two-gone situation from Jacob Evans.  Morales allowed an RBI single before recording the final out, narrowing Springfield’s lead to 4-3.

The visitors answered with a tally of their own in the eighth but the combination of Morales and Landon Beck could not hold the 5-3 advantage.  Morales surrendered three more hits while recording one out, departing with a run across and runners at the corners.  Beck (BS, 1) proceeded with the following sequence:  RBI single-wild pitch-intentional walk and bases-clearing double.

Zac Gallen went the first five, giving up two runs on six hits and two bases-on-balls.  Evans tossed a clean sixth before running into trouble the next inning.

Adolis Garcia answered his re-assignment from Memphis by going 2-for-3 with a walk, solo bomb, two runs scored and three RBI in his return to the Springfield line-up.  Five S-Cards had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (22-24) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 2.53)


Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 1 (10)


The PB-Cards opened their four-game road series at Daytona with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.  Palm Beach (23-23) remains in fifth, five in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

The winning run scored sans benefit of a hit.  Jose Martinez worked a base-on-balls to begin the 10th, advancing to second via Jose Godoy’s sac bunt.  After an intentional free pass to Casey Grayson, Martinez scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by the Tortugas’ catcher.

The Beach Birds’ other tally, also unearned, occurred in the fourth.  Grayson kicked off the inning with a single, was wild pitched to second and later scored on a throwing error by Daytona’s third baseman.  Grayson’s single was one of only four hits for the visitors.

In a game of ‘go figure,’ Palm Beach’s pitching staff gave up 11 hits in all but held the opposition to just one run.  Mike O’Reilly used six strikeouts to mitigate the eight hits he allowed in 5 2/3.  Dailyn Martinez retired all four batters faced, leaving O’Reilly’s last runner aboard.

The run against Brady Bowen (BS, 1) (W, 1-1) in the first of his two-inning stint sent the game into extras.  Eric Carter used three strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded with only one gone mess, earning his third save.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona (10-37) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (0-1, 2.08)


Burlington 4 at Peoria 1

Bryan Dobzanski (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs lost to the Bees, 4-1, in the series opener.  Second-place Peoria (26-20) falls to five games behind Quad Cities (HOU), winners of nine straight.

The home team never led, leaving starter Evan Kruczynski with his third loss in five decisions.  Kruczynski struck out five through three but gave up a run on four hits and a base-on-balls.  He also hit a batter.

Bryan Dobzanski tossed three scoreless frames, fanning four but Colton Thomson surrendered two long balls accounting for three scores during his two innings on the mound.  Yeison Medina struck out two in the ninth.

Peoria generated seven hits, as Ryan McCarvel and J.R. Davis accumulated two each.  Both singled and doubled in three at bats, Davis driving in McCarvel for the team’s sole tally.

Friday’s game:  vs. eighth-place Burlington (17-29) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-3, 2.74)


Hudson Valley 4 at State College 3

Levi MaVorhis (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes tied it late only to drop a 4-3 decision to Hudson Valley (25-25) (TB) in the decisive third game of the series.  Third-place State College (27-23) trails West Virginia (PIT) by three games.

Reliever Jason Zgardowski was saddled with his first loss in as many decisions, charged with an unearned tally.  He gave up one hit.

Johan Oviedo’s 4 2/3-inning start was a mixed bag with only one of his three tallies yielded earned.  But the righty allowed nine hits, walked one and plunked another.  Levi MaVorhis struck out three in 3 1/3, giving up four hits and stranding two inherited runners.  Shortstop Edwin Figuera committed two throwing errors.

State College managed just four hits and two free passes.  Yariel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.  Figuera singled once in three at bats, touching home one time.  Joshua Lopez’ only hit in four at bats was a two-run double, giving his team a 2-0 lead after three.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place (Stedler) Vermont (27-23) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-4, 5.05)


Johnson City 4 at Bristol 2

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The JC-Cards extended their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Pirates.  Johnson City (26-22) clinched the three-game series with one game yet to come and is now tied for second with Greeneville (HOU), three games behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Three Appy Birds had two hits apiece:  Irving Lopez, Imeldo Diaz and Wadye Ynfante.  Lopez and Diaz singled and doubled in four and three at bats, respectively with a run scored.  Lopez drove in one and Ynfante swiped his team-leading 11th bag.

The difference in the game turned on three miscues by Bristol, resulting in two unearned tallies, enough cushion for Alvaro Seijas and a trio of JC-Cards’ relievers.  Seijas turned in a rather disappointing four-inning effort, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks.  It took the right-hander 89 pitches to get through four frames.

Juan Alvarez (W, 2-2) and Jake Dahlberg each went two frames, with Dahlberg fanning four.  Jacob Patterson worked around a one-out single for his eighth save.

Friday’s game:  at fifth-place Bristol (10-38) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.67)


GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – postponed

A double dip between the third-place Cardinals (18-18) and second-place Astros (20-16) was postponed due to rain.  The contests have been rescheduled as part of twin bills on August 15th and 20th.  The Gulf Cards trail division-leading Nationals by five games.

Friday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Nationals 2

Carlos Soler (International Prospect League)

A balanced offensive effort led the sixth-place Dominican Birds past the eighth-place Nationals, 5-2.  However, the Cardinals (24-33) have officially been eliminated from post-season play.

Seven of nine Cards starters garnered at least one of the team’s 12 hits, with six of the seven either scoring or driving in a run.  Center fielder Carlos Soler led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two stolen bases.  Freddy De Jesus, Luis Montero and Erik Pena each had two hits, with De Jesus slamming a home run with Ivan Herrera (walk) aboard.

Diego Cordero was strong through five, holding the Nationals (23-35) to a run on four hits.  The southpaw fanned five and did not issue a free pass.  Wilfredo Pereira yielded an unearned tally through three, giving up two hits.  Jesus Cruz picked up his first save.

Friday’s game: at third-place DSL Rockies (28-28), 10:30 am ET, Hector Soto (3-2, 2.08)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/9/17

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The 7-1 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system included two wins for the Memphis steamroller. Ramon Santos and Evan Guillory each tossed seven innings of two-hit scoreless baseball, leading Palm Beach and Johnson City to victories.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 8th.

Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 1 (7) – Game 1      

Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 2 (7) – Game 2   

Kevin Herget (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Redbirds took two from the Storm Chasers on Tuesday, 3-1 and 4-2, for a two-games-to-one series lead with two to go.  Memphis (76-40) lowered the magic number to clinch the American Southern Division to seven.

In both seven-inning contests, Omaha struck first, but the home team answered each time.  The Redbirds led off the opener’s fifth with three straight singles, tying the game at one all and driving the Storm Chasers’ starter from the game.  Former St. Louis Cardinal Seth Maness was greeted by another RBI single and a line out knocking in the final score.

Wilfredo Tovar singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home for his squad’s second tally.  He was driven in by Tyler O’Neill, who went 1-for-1 with two walks and an RBI.  Rangel Ravelo singled in Alberto Rosario while Diaz’ line out brought Ravelo across.  Memphis collected seven hits in all.

Kevin Herget (W, 4-1) gave a solid six-inning effort, fanning five with a run yielded on four hits and two walks.  Josh Lucas faced the minimum in the seventh for his 12th save.

It was déjà vu all over again in the nightcap.  The visitors scored twice against Matt Pearce in the third, one unearned, but Memphis halved that deficit in the fifth before a three-run sixth put them over the top.

The Redbirds capitalized on six walks for the runs, all four tallies produced by a double driving in baserunners who worked free passes.  Nick Martini doubled in Breyvic Valera to get the scoring started and Gabriel Lino’s bases-loaded double brought home O’Neill, Diaz and Valera the next frame.  Martini added a single to his double in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s five hits.

On the mound, Pearce (W, 2-1) scattered seven hits and a base-on-balls over six two-run innings, striking out four.  Ryan Sherriff earned his sixth save with a one-two-three seventh.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Omaha (54-61) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, John Gant (4-5, 4.33)


Springfield 3 at San Antonio 2

Bruce Caldwell (Springfield Cardinals)

Bruce Caldwell’s pinch-hit two-run bomb flipped a loss to a win as the S-Cards slipped past the Missions, 3-2, in the first of three games.  Springfield (29-16) has won five straight and remains tied with Tulsa (LAD) atop the North Division.

The eighth-inning blast made a winner out of starter Chris Ellis (W, 4-6) who limited the South Division leaders to two runs over seven innings on five hits, including a solo shot.  Landon Beck matched Ellis’ four K’s but did it in two innings for his fourth save.

Oscar Mercado led Springfield’s eight-hit offense, singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI. Jacob Wilson and Tommy Edman went 1-for-3 with a run scored, Edman doubling once and Wilson’s single coming before Caldwell’s long ball.

Wednesday’s game:  at first-place (South Division) San Antonio (26-18) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Gomber (6-7, 4.00)


Palm Beach 6 vs. Fort Myers 0

Ramon Santos (Johnson City Cardinals)

The pitching was strong and the bats were hot in the Beach Birds’ 6-0 shutout of Fort Myers.  Palm Beach (22-22) clinched the series win with one game on tap.

A trio of PB-Card pitchers limited the league leaders to just four hits and did not issue a free pass. Ramon Santos (W, 3-2) tossed a gem, facing just one over the minimum in seven innings.  The righty struck out seven, yielding two hits but one of those base runners was erased after Santos picked him off first.  Dailyn Martinez and Ian McKinney each permitted a hit in their one inning of relief, with Martinez fanning two.

The home team generated 11 hits, with all nine starters garnering at least one.  Casey Turgeon and Luke Dykstra had two hits apiece, in four and three at bats, respectively.  Chris Chinea’s only hit in three at bats was a two-run home run, his fifth long ball of 2017.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. first-place Fort Myers (27-18) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (7-5, 4.06)


Peoria 12 at Clinton 4

Juan Yepez (Rome Braves)

Peoria (26-19) erupted for 20 hits in their 12-4 pasting of Clinton (18-27) (SEA).  The victory gave the second-place Chiefs a split of the four-game set and kept them four behind Quad Cities, who won their eighth straight.

All nine starters got into the act, with six producing a multi-hit effort.  Brian O’Keefe went yard twice with the bases clean, going 2-for-4 with three runs scored and three driven in.

Juan Yepez and Vince Jackson had four hits apiece, Yepez doubling  in six at bats with five RBI while Jackson tripled once in five at bats, crossed home twice and knocked in one.

Anthony Shew was the fortunate recipient of his squad’s offensive largess, and the righty picked up his first full-season win as a result.  Shew was touched for three runs on five hits and a walk through six.  Two of the three tallies were generated by a home run.  He fanned five.

Austin Sexton and Ronnie Williams each tossed a scoreless frame. Leland Tilley permitted an unearned score on two hits and shortstop Kramer Robertson’s throwing error.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


State College 10 vs. Hudson Valley 5

Bryce Denton (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A seven-run first launched the Spikes (27-21) to a 10-5 victory over the Renegades in the series opener. Perhaps State College was celebrating their franchise-best six New York-Penn League All-Stars announced Tuesday afternoon – full details here.

State College produced 14 hits in total, paced by Bryce Denton and Tyler Lancaster with three each.  The two, who bat fifth and sixth in the lineup, went 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI, Denton doubling once.  Zach Kirtley and Evan Mendoza had two hits, Kirtley singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and one knocked in.  Mendoza touched home once with two RBI.

Paul Balestrieri (W, 3-1) tossed the first 5 2/3, giving up four runs on five hits and two walks.  His final two runners crossed with Alex Fagalde on the mound, as Fagalde allowed a run on four hits in 1 2/3.  Robbie Gordon stranded one inherited runner, and permitted a hit and free pass over 1 2/3.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Hudson Valley (23-25) (TB), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-2, 2.54)


Johnson City 8 vs. Kingsport 4

Evan Guillory (Johnson City Cardinals)

Johnson City (24-22) flew past the Mets, 8-4, for a three-game sweep of Kingsport (18-27).

The Appy Birds utilized 11 hits to score in four of eight innings.  The balanced attack included eight of nine starters with at least one hit, and three having two each:  Irving Lopez, Carlos Rodriguez and Carlos Talavera.  All three went 2-for-4, as Lopez and Rodriguez doubled with Lopez also working a free pass and scoring one time.  Rodriguez knocked in one.  Chase Pinder launched a solo bomb, one of his two driven in.

Evan Guillory (W, 2-1) was impressive over seven scoreless, striking out eight while yielding just two hits and a base-on-balls.  Jake Walsh faced the minimum in the eighth, fanning two but Fabian Blanco was touched for four unearned scores on three hits, a walk and two miscues – one by him.  Thomas St. Clair recorded the final out, stranding two inherited, for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bristol (10-36) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Edwar Ramirez (2-5, 6.64)


GCL Nationals 5 at GCL Cardinals 3

Winston Nicacio (Dominican Summer League)

The Cardinals (17-18) rallied for a tie after eight only to yield two to the Nationals (23-12) in the ninth for the defeat.

Reliever Patrick Dayton was charged with his second loss against one win, yielding two tallies on two hits, a passed ball, missed catch error and walk.  One run scored via a fielder’s choice and another on a sac bunt in which the batter reached first.

Memphis’ Sean Gilmartin tossed a one-two-three first in his second rehab start.  Regular starter Winston Nicacio went the next six, allowing three runs, two earned, on seven hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman.

Six Gulf Birds had one hit each, with Elehuris Montero and Carlos Soto both 1-for-3 with a run scored.  Montero doubled once and Soto worked a free pass plus an RBI.  The team committed three errors.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Marlins (17-19), 12:00 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 5.35)


DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Angels – postponed

Tuesday’s twin bill between the DSL Cardinals (23-32) and DSL Angels (25-27) was rained out.  The games have been rescheduled as part of two doubleheaders: one on August 23rd and the other on August 24th.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (22-34), 10:30 am ET, Enmanuel Solano (3-1, 3.11)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/7/17

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Jack Flaherty’s seven-inning scoreless stint led Memphis to one of the system’s three wins on Sunday. Ryan Helsley tossed a strong performance in Springfield’s win and Luis Bandes went yard for the fourth time in four days for Johnson City.

Results from games played Sunday, August 6th.

Memphis 6 at Tacoma 0      

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

Starter Jack Flaherty was outstanding in the Redbirds’ 6-0 blanking of Tacoma (56-58) (SEA).  The victory gave Memphis (74-39) a two-two road series split and lowered their magic number to clinch the American Southern Division to 10.

Player of the Day Flaherty (W, 4-1) faced just three over the minimum during his seven-inning stint, yielding a single each in the fourth and sixth plus and a walk with two gone in the third.  The 21-year-old struck out nine with seven ground- and two fly-ball outs.  Flaherty threw 65 of his 102 pitches for strikes.  Arturo Reyes allowed a hit over the last two innings.

The visitors banged out 10 hits, with eight of nine starters acquiring at least one.  Aledmys Diaz, Harrison Bader and Breyvic Valera each had two hits, the first two in four and Valera in five at bats, respectively.  Diaz and Adolis Garcia both launched solo bombs.

Monday’s game:  vs. Omaha (53-59) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, Luke Weaver (9-1, 1.91)


Springfield 5 vs. Northwest Arkansas 2

Andrew Morales (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards flew past the Naturals, 5-2, completing a four-game sweep of fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (16-28) (KC).  The win combined with a loss by Tulsa (LAD) moves Springfield (28-16) into a tie for first, each team nine games ahead of Arkansas (19-25).

The difference Sunday was in the fourth, when the home team pushed across three tallies.  Randy Arozarena (single), John Nogowski (walk) and Anthony Garcia (walk) jammed the sacs full before Arozarena crossed home plate on a sac fly by Eliezer Alvarez.  Andrew Knizner singled home Nogowski, Knizner taking second on the throw.  Jacob Wilson got the intentional free pass, loading the bases again for Darren Seferina, who drove one deep enough to bring in Garcia via another sac fly.  Knizner went 2-for-4, the only S-Card with more than one of the team’s six hits.

Ryan Helsley (W, 1-0) shut down the opposition through five before surrendering a solo bomb in the sixth and another tally in his seventh and final inning of work. In his second Double-A start, the prospect right-hander struck out eight over 6 2/3, allowing six hits and two seventh-inning free passes.  Andrew Morales did a fine job to secure the seventh’s final out, stranding the bases full. He gave up two hits in 2 1/3.

Monday’s game:  Off


Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 0

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The struggling Beach Birds offense mustered just two hits in their 3-0 home loss to Clearwater (23-20) (PHI).  Fifth-place Palm Beach (20-22) won just one of the four-game set and trail streaking Fort Myers by 6 ½ games.

Sam Tewes took a tough loss in his first Florida State League start, permitting just two runs on seven hits over seven.  Both tallies off the righty were generated by a second-inning home run.  Ross Vance tossed a clean eighth but Hector Mendoza was dinged for a run on two hits in his inning on the bump.

The Casey boys, Grayson and Turgeon, each singled once, with Grayson also working one of the team’s two walks. It was Grayson’s first game back with Palm Beach after completing his Springfield rehab with six games in the Gulf Coast League.

Defensively, right fielder Thomas Spitz was credited with an outfield assist at second and shortstop Jose Martinez committed his third miscue.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place Fort Myers (27-16) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Woodford (5-6, 3.53)


Peoria 2 at Clinton 3 (10)

The Chiefs suffered a walk-off 10th-inning loss to the LumberKings, falling 3-2 to even the series at one game apiece with two on tap.  Peoria (24-19) remains in third, four in back of Quad Cities (HOU), winners of six straight.

In the final inning, Colton Thomson (L, 1-1) retired just one batter, yielding the game winner on a triple and fielder’s choice.  Frederis Parra started, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a free pass through six.  Parra also plunked a batter.

Dewin Perez gave up three walks and a hit in one plus but was not scored upon thanks to Yeison Medina.  Medina left Perez’ last two runners aboard, issuing two free passes in two.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson, the only Chief with a multi-hit effort, doubled twice in four at bats at the top of the order.  He scored on a sac fly by Brian O’Keefe and committed his fourth error.  One of the squad’s four remaining hits belonged to Mick Fennell, who launched his first Chiefs home run.

Monday’s game:   at seventh-place Clinton (18-25) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-2, 4.70)


State College 3 at Mahoning Valley 6

Noel Gonzalez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes could not overcome a 5-0 deficit, losing to the first-place Scrappers, 6-3.  Each team has won one of the first two games with one to play.  Only 2 ½ games separates the league leaders from fourth-place State College (25-21) in the ultra-competitive Pinckney division.

Starter Jonathon Mulford (L, 2-4) could not finish the third, giving up a tally in the first plus two more in each of the next two frames.  Mulford permitted seven hits and six walks in 2 2/3.

Noel Gonzalez stabilized the game for the Spikes, stranding three inherited runners and tossing 3 1/3 scoreless.  Jason Zgardowski surrendered a solo bomb during his two-inning stint.

Evan Mendoza and Joshua Lopez both acquired two hits, with Mendoza doubling once in four at bats with his third long ball.  Lopez singled and doubled in three at bats but was also picked off once.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place Mahoning Valley (27-18) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (2-0, 1.85)


Johnson City 7 vs. Kingsport 2

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A five-run first propelled the Appy Birds to a 7-2 victory over Kingsport in the series opener.  Third-place Johnson City (22-22) climbed to within five games of Elizabethton (MIN) with the win.

The first’s big blow was a three-run blast by designated hitter Luis Bandes, one of his two hits in five at bats. Bandes has four long balls in the last four games. Julio Rodriguez and Walker Robbins each had two hits as well, with Rodriguez doubling twice in four at bats with a walk and two runs scored. Right fielder Carlos Talavera went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.  Talavera also notched an outfield assist at home.

Right-hander Zach Prendergast fanned seven over the first four innings, yielding an unearned tally on six hits and two walks.  Jake Dahlberg retired all nine batters faced and was credited with his second win against no losses.

Paul Salazar battled control problems, issuing three free passes in 1 1/3.  One of his final two runners while Thomas St. Clair was pitching. The latter allowed a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

Monday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Kingsport (18-25) (NYM), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-3, 7.94)


GCL Cardinals – off

After an off day Sunday, the third-place Cardinals (17-16) ride a four-game winning streak into the home of the Mets.

Monday’s game:  at fifth-place GCL Mets (11-22), 12:00 pm ET, Noel De Jesus (1-0, 3.86)


DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (23-31) at DSL Angels (24-27), 10:30 am ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 3.46)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/4/17

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Offense led the way to a 6-2 Thursday for the St. Louis Cardinals system. Our Player of the Day, first baseman Luis Bandes of Johnson City, went deep twice. In the GCL, third baseman Elehuris Montero launched a grand slam and plated five.

Results from games played Thursday, August 3rd.

Memphis 10 at Tacoma 4      

Aledmys Diaz (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds’ 17-hit attack led to a 10-4 victory over Tacoma in the road series opener.  Memphis (72-38) leads Nashville (OAK) by a whopping 21 games in the American Southern Division and has a magic number to clinch of 12.

All nine starters had at least one hit with seven touching home and/or driving in tallies.  Aledmys Diaz, Breyvic Valera and Wilfredo Tovar each had three hits, as Diaz and Valera both went yard.  Diaz’ solo shot capped the scoring in the ninth and was one of his three RBI and two runs scored.  Valera launched a two-run bomb, doubled once and crossed home twice while Tovar doubled twice in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.

Reliever Josh Zeid shut down the Rainiers on three hits and a walk over 2 2/3, receiving credit for his seventh win in nine decisions.  He fanned four.

Kevin Herget went the first 4 1/3, yielding three runs on three hits and two walks.  His final run scored under Zeid’s watch.  Arturo Reyes and Miguel Socolovich both tossed an inning, with Socolovich allowing a run on three hits.

Friday’s game:  at Tacoma (55-56) (SEA), 7:05 pm PDT, John Gant (3-5, 4.19)


Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The S-Cards opened a four-game series at Northwest Arkansas with a 5-3 win, snapping a three-game losing skid.  Springfield (25-16) trails Tulsa (LAD) by two, the Drillers having won eight straight.

The visitors’ balanced offensive effort featured eight of nine starters garnering at least one of the team’s 10 hits.  Eliezer Alvarez and Magneuris Sierra had two hits apiece in four at bats, Alvarez doubling twice with a run scored and two knocked in.  Oscar Mercado’s only hit in three at bats was his 11th long ball of 2017, and the center fielder added a stolen base.

Facing the Naturals for the second consecutive start, Chris Ellis (W, 3-6) shone in his seven innings on the bump.  The righty shut down the opposition on five hits and a walk, fanning five with six ground- and three fly-ball outs.

Pedro Echemendia tossed a clean eighth before running into trouble. Overall, Echemendia allowed three runs on three hits and a free pass while recording four outs.  Andrew Morales gave up a hit and walk that let Echemendia’s last runner touch home before notching his first save.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (16-25) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Austin Gomber (5-7, 4.27)


Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 1

Jordan Hicks (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Beach Birds could not hold a slim early lead, falling to the Threshers, 3-1, in the first of their four-game set.  Palm Beach (19-20) has gone 4-6 over the last 10 games, slipping into fifth place, five games behind Jupiter (MIA).

The home team managed just six hits, three in the second inning, which generated their only score.  Leobaldo Pina smashed a ground-rule double but could not advance to third on Shane Billings’ infield single to short.  Luke Dykstra’s two-out single drove in Pina.

Jordan Hicks made that 1-0 lead stand up during his five-inning stint, yielding four hits and a walk.  But Ross Vance (BS, 4) (L, 2-4) allowed three runs on six hits in 1 2/3 with four K’s.  Hector Mendoza stranded one inherited runner, striking out four over 2 1/3.

Friday’s game:  vs. Clearwater (22-17) (PHI), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (7-4, 3.93)


Peoria 6 at Beloit 7 (10)

Kramer Robertson (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs built a 6-0 lead only to suffer a 7-6 walk-off defeat to the Snappers in 10.  Third-place Peoria (22-18) has lost the first two of three at Beloit and sit three games in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

Peoria lit up the Snappers’ starter for six tallies over the first five innings but could do nothing against their bullpen.  Kramer Robertson swung a hot bat, going 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and stolen base.  Matt Fiedler singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once.  The seven other starters had one hit each.

Anthony Shew held down Beloit through five but could not finish the sixth.  The righty allowed four runs on six hits, including a two-run long ball, and two walks through 5 2/3.  Shew struck out seven.

Colton Thomson recorded the final out in the sixth but was touched for two runs the next frame.  Both scored under Yeison Medina’s (BS, 2) watch to send the game into extras.  Dewin Perez (L, 2-4) could not get through the 10th, his only inning of work, giving up the difference maker on three walks and a sac fly.

Friday’s game:  at second-place Beloit (24-15) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-9, 4.24)


State College 7 at West Virginia 2

The Spikes used a big inning to scamper to a 7-2 victory over the Black Bears for a two-games-to-one series lead with one to go.  State College (24-19) is tied for third with Williamsport (PHI) in the tight Pinckney Division, two games behind Mahoning Valley (CLE).

The visitors struck first with a tally in the first but West Virginia answered with single scores in the third and fifth off Paul Balestrieri (W, 2-1).  The Spikes made the right-hander a winner when they broke the game open with a six-run sixth, all of the scoring occurring with two gone.

State College banged out 10 hits with all nine starters getting into the action.  Center fielder Scott Hurst was the only Spike with more than one hit, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home once.  The only other hit to go for extra bases was a double by right fielder Brandon Benson, who drove in two.

Balestrieri finished an out shy of six full frames, permitting eight hits, a walk and plunking one.  He fanned five.  Levi MaVorhis finished on just one hit and a base-on-balls for his second save.

Friday’s game:  at second-place West Virginia (25-18) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-1, 2.24)


Johnson City 8 vs. Princeton 3

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

First baseman Luis Bandes blasted two home runs as the Appy Birds led from start to finish in their 8-3 victory over the Rays in the series’ opener.  Johnson City (20-21) is in third place, six behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Bandes’ bombs accounted for three scores and two of the team’s 13 hits.  Center fielder Chase Pinder led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double and run scored.

Wadye Ynfante joined Julio Rodriguez and Bandes with two hits each in four at bats.  Ynfante doubled once with three RBI, a stolen base and a miscue.  Eight of nine starters acquired at least one hit.

Edwar Ramirez (W, 2-5) held Princeton to a run on five hits and two free passes through five.  Jake Dahlberg was bitten by two errors in the sixth, giving up two unearned runs on two hits.  Jake Walsh struck out three over two scoreless and Thomas St. Clair walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Princeton (15-26) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (3-1, 5.88)


GCL Cardinals 14 at GCL Nationals 12

Elehuris Montero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The third-place Gulf Birds came out on top of a slugfest, downing the first-place Nationals, 14-12.  The Cardinals (15-16) trail the division leaders by 5 ½ games.

The contest featured four lead changes, 26 hits and 10 walks in all.  Three Cardinals had three hits apiece:  Elehuris Montero, Jonatan Machado and Taylor Bryant.  Machado and Bryant both went 3-for-6 with two RBI, Machado doubling once with two runs scored and Bryant scoring once.

But it was Montero who did the most damage, as all of his hits went for extra bases, resulting in five driven in and two runs scored.  Four of the five RBI were generated by a grand slam, his fourth home run of 2017, giving his squad their second lead of the day.  Defensively, the third baseman was charged with a throwing error, his fourth miscue of the season.

Not to be left out of the offensive equation is first baseman, Casey Grayson who continued his rehab by reaching base four times and scoring three times.  Grayson doubled twice in three at bats while working two of the team’s seven walks.  Two players had one hit each.

It is not a good pitching day when your staff surrenders 12 runs and all four hurlers are scored upon.  Junior Gonzalez did not finish the fourth, allowing four runs on five hits, a walk and two plunked batters.

Righty reliever C.J. Saylor stranded two inherited runners but was charged with five tallies on three hits, a base-on-balls and two hit batsmen.  Chris Hunt (W, 2-0) allowed all three of Saylor’s runners cross before yielding two tallies on three hits and a free pass over 2 2/3.  Kodi Whitley struck out three over the final two, permitting an unearned score and picking up his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place GCL Marlins (15-16), 12:00 pm ET, Angel Rondon (0-2, 3.71)


DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Phillies Red 0 (7 2/3)

The DSL Cardinals blanked the DSL Phillies Red (24-29), 6-0, in a game that was called with two gone in the home half of the eighth due to rain.  The Cardinals (23-29) have climbed into sixth place in the South Division but are 14 behind the Twins and within seven of being eliminated from post-season contention.

A trio of Dominican Birds’ pitchers combined on a one hitter, beginning with spot starter Hector Soto.  Soto, whose last start was on July 3rd, sent down all nine Phillies Red batters faced, striking out two.  Jose Geronimo (W, 1-2) issued one free pass during his three frames on the bump, fanning four.

Larimel Soriano gave up the only hit allowed, walking two in 1 2/3. Wilman Madera had replaced Soriano with runners at first and second and two out when the game was called.

The visitors pounced for three in the first before adding two more fourth-inning scores and a solo shot by Raffy Ozuna in the seventh.  Center fielder Carlos Soler spearheaded the nine-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and two knocked in.  Six players had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Twins (37-15), 10:30 am ET, TBA



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/2/17

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On a 3-4 Tuesday for the St. Louis Cardinals system, our Player of the Day, outfielder Mick Fennell, plated four in Peoria’s win.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 1st.

Memphis 5 at Reno 10

Breyvic Valera (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds (71-38) were scored upon in four consecutive frames, resulting in a 10-5 loss to the Aces (64-46) (ARI) and a split of the four-game series.

Three of four Memphis pitchers allowed tallies starting with Matt Pearce.  The righty   yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks over four plus, including a two-run home run.

Mike Mayers and Miguel Socolovich continued that trend, permitting two tallies each in two and one inning, respectively.  Arturo Reyes tossed a one-two-three eighth, fanning two.

The visitors jumped out in front first on a three-run bomb by Breyvic Valera, who led the club with three hits in five at bats.  Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom both went 2-for-4, with Mejia working a base-on-balls with a run scored and Wisdom doubling once while knocking in one.  Wisdom swiped his second bag of 2017 but Valera was picked off first.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5


Springfield (24-15) again came out on the losing end of the showdown between the North Division’s top two clubs, falling to Tulsa 5-4 and into second place, a game behind the Drillers.  The S-Cards have lost the first two of the three games between the two clubs.

The S-Cards led 3-2 through six but were bitten by their defense the next frame.  A fielding error by third baseman Jacob Wilson allowed the first runner to reach but it looked like reliever Jacob Evans (BS, 3) (L, 1-2) would escape after he notched two swinging K’s.  Instead, a double and three-run long ball ensued, followed by another double before he caught his final batter looking.

Ryan Helsley struck out six over the first four in his Double-A debut, scattering five hits and four free passes that somehow generated only one tally.  Tyler Bray was charged with a run on two hits in 1 2/3 before handing the ball off to Evans.  Andrew Morales worked around a hit and walk for a clean eighth.

Springfield managed six hits, including a solo shot by Oscar Mercado.  It was the center fielder’s only hit in four at bats.  Anthony Garcia, Jacob Wilson and Danny Diekroeger all went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (25-14) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (6-5, 4.74)


Palm Beach 7 at Bradenton 4

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

A six-run sixth lifted the Beach Birds (19-19) over the Marauders, 7-4, giving Palm Beach a three-games-to-one road series victory.

The inning featured doubles by Leobaldo Pina, Shane Billings, Luke Dykstra and Jose Martinez with the first two knocking in two each while Dykstra and Martinez drove in one apiece.  Blake Drake and Chris Chinea each worked a free pass and Thomas Spitz singled.

Pina paced the 10-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort.  Defensively, the first baseman took part in three double plays.  The only other PB-Card with more than one hit was Billings, who singled and doubled in four at bats, touched home twice and joined Pina with two RBI.

Jake Woodford lasted just 3 2/3 frames, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks.  Ian McKinney was credited with his second win in four decisions despite giving up a run during his 1 1/3-inning stint.

Neither Brady Bowen nor Dailyn Martinez were scored upon during their time on the mound.  Bowen fanned three Marauders (23-15) (PIT) in 2 2/3 while Martinez picked up his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Peoria 9 vs. Wisconsin 3

Mick Fennell (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs (22-16) rallied for a 9-3 victory over the Timber Rattlers (17-21) (MIL) and a 2-2 series split.

All three scores yielded by Frederis Parra (W, 3-3) occurred in the first four of his six-inning outing.  Parra allowed a first-inning tally plus a two-run bomb in the fourth, permitting eight hits and two walks in all.

Ronnie Williams tossed two excellent frames, fanning four of his six batters faced.  Max Almonte struck out two in the ninth.

Peoria generated 10 hits with Mick Fennell leading the way. Fennell singled twice in four at bats with four RBI and a stolen base. Juan Yepez went 3-for-5 with a double, scored twice and drove in one.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (22-15) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-1, 3.38)


Auburn 5 at State College 3

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

Single scores in the final two frames left the Spikes on the losing end of a 5-3 decision versus the Doubledays (16-25) (WSH).  The loss prevented a three-game sweep by State College (22-18).

Robbie Gordon (L, 0-5) allowed the tie breaker in the eighth, his second inning of work.  Noel Gonzalez left Gordon’s final runner aboard but gave up an insurance run the next inning.  Both pitchers allowed a hit and Gordon plunked a batter.

Starter Jonathon Mulford yielded three runs on seven hits and four free passes over 5 2/3.  Gordon stranded an inherited runner to limit the damage to Mulford.

The home team’s 11-hit effort featured four players with two hits apiece:  Edwin Figuera, Scott Hurst, Evan Mendoza and Matt Davis.  Figuera, Hurst and Mendoza – the Spikes one through three batters, did all of the damage.  Figuera tripled once, touching home once while Hurst’s two-run bomb accounted for two of his three RBI.

Wednesday’s games:  at West Virginia (24-16) (PIT).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (1-0) (2.33)/TBA


Johnson City 5 at Pulaski 6

Carlos Talavera (The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (19-21) suffered a 6-5 loss at Pulaski (26-12) (NYY) in the decisive third game of the series.

Jacob Patterson began the ninth looking for his eighth save but suffered his first blown save and first loss instead.  Patterson served up a lead-off homer followed by a hit batsman, sac bunt, walk, passed ball and wild pitch that scored the final tally.

Starter Jacob Schlesener did not complete the first, permitting three runs on three hits, two walks, two wild pitches and a balk.  Will Changarotty was touched for an unearned tally during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.

Paul Salazar and Brett Seeburger calmed things down, tossing two scoreless frames each.  Fabian Blanco kept Pulaski off the board in the eighth.

Center fielder Carlos Talavera and shortstop Imeldo Diaz each went yard for the second time this season.  Talavera’s two-run bomb was one of his three hits in five at bats and one of his two runs scored.  Diaz’ long ball was his only hit in three at bats although he did add a second RBI.  First baseman Luis Bandes singled twice in four at bats with a run scored, the only Appy Bird other than Talavera with more than one of the team’s nine hits.

Wednesday’s game: Off


GCL Cardinals – off

Wednesday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (13-16) vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 am ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals 2 vs. DSL Mets1 0

A quartet of DSL Cardinals’ hurlers combined on a three hitter, resulting in a 2-0 victory over the DSL Mets1 (32-18).

Starter Enmanuel Solano permitted all three hits, striking out four through five.  Roy Garcia (W, 1-1) struck out three over 1 1/3, issuing one free pass.

But that runner was stranded by Oneiver Diaz, who left two for Dionis Zamora to handle on via a hit batsman and fielding error.  Zamora retired all five faced, three on strikeouts, for his sixth save.

Both runs by the Dominican Birds (21-28) scored in the sixth when Yowelfy Rosario singled to open the inning.  Diomedes Del Rio’s sac bunt attempt generated a throwing error that allowed him to reach.  Two outs later, William Jimenez’ fourth triple of 2017 brought both runners across.

Wednesday’s games:   vs. DSL Phillies Red (23-27).  Game one – 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (1-6, 3.57)/Allinson Benitez (0-1, 6.16)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/31/17

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Daniel Castano’s dominant mound effort led State College to one of the system’s three wins on Sunday.  Austin Gomber pitched a gem for Springfield while Player of the Day Irving Lopez’ two-bomb night helped Johnson City to victory.

Results from games played Sunday, July 30th.

Memphis 4 at Reno 6

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The Redbirds were clipped by the Aces, 6-4, evening the series at one game apiece with two on tap.  Memphis (70-37) remains 19 games ahead of Nashville (OAK) despite the loss with a magic number to clinch of 17.

Dakota Hudson kept his team in the game in his Triple-A debut, tossing seven frames with six hits and three walks permitted.  The 22-year-old was touched for two two-run innings and uncorked two wild pitches, one of which let a runner score.

The seventh finished with the visitors down 4-2, but Tyler O’Neill launched a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to take Hudson off the hook for a loss.  The long ball was the center fielder’s second hit in four at bats to go with a double, two runs scored and three driven in.  Breyvic Valera singled twice in four at bats, crossing home once, as he was the only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s six hits.

But that 4-4 tie lasted only until Ryan Sherriff (L, 5-1) gave up two hits, a base-on-balls, sac fly and wild pitch resulting in two scores in the home eighth.

Monday’s game:  at Reno (63-45) (ARI), 7:05 pm PDT, Jack Flaherty (2-1, 3.09)


Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Austin Gomber tossed seven excellent frames as the S-Cards flew past the Naturals, 6-3.  First-place Springfield (24-13) claimed the series, three games to one, and lead Tulsa (LAD) by one game in the North Division of the Texas League.

Gomber (W, 5-7) allowed just four base runners over the minimum during his seven innings on the mound.  The righty surrendered a solo bomb in the fourth, one of three hits and one free pass yielded.  Gomber fanned five with nine ground- and three fly-ball outs.  He threw 68 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

The eighth was not so kind to Tyler Bray, who gave up two runs on three hits.  Rowan Wick worked around two free passes for his fourth save.

Springfield outhit Northwest Arkansas (14-23), 12 to six, with eight of nine starters garnering at least one hit.  First baseman John Nogowski led the way, going 3-for-5 and touching home once.  Tommy Edman doubled twice in five at bats, scored one and knocked in another.

One of Darren Seferina’s two hits in five at bats was his third home run of 2017, coming with the bases clean.  Oscar Mercado’s only hit in five at bats was a two-run long ball, capping the scoring in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (23-14) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.74)



Palm Beach at Bradenton – postponed

The second of four games between Palm Beach (17-18) and Bradenton was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Monday, July 31st.  The fifth-place Beach Birds took the series opener and trail the Marauders by five games.

Monday’s games:  at first-place Bradenton (22-13) (PIT).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 4.20)/Ramon Santos (1-2, 5.81)


Wisconsin 3 at Peoria 1

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were stopped at home by the Timber Rattlers, 3-1, on Sunday, their third consecutive loss and second in a row to fifth-place Wisconsin.  Third-place Peoria (20-16) trails Quad Cities (HOU) by two games in the West Division.

The Chiefs mustered just six hits in all, two by Nick Plummer.  Peoria’s lead-off hitter singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one and notched an outfield assist at third.  Dylan Carlson went 1-for-4, scoring the Chiefs’ only run.  Rehabber Stephen Piscotty doubled once in four at bats.

The sole blemish against Evan Kruczynski in 5 1/3 was a two-run long ball, one of seven hits yielded.  Colton Thomson hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings, his third straight scoreless outing since his promotion from State College, but Bryan Dobzanski was touched for a run on three hits over two.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (17-19) (MIL), 12:00 pm CT, Sam Tewes (league debut)


State College 2 vs. Auburn 1

Daniel Castano (State College Spikes)

Daniel Castano was outstanding over 7 2/3 as the Spikes edged the Doubledays, 2-1, in the series’ opener.  State College (21-17) is in fourth place in the tight Pinckney Division, 2 ½ games in back of Mahoning Valley (CLE).

Castano (W, 7-1) retired eight of his first nine before a throwing error, wild pitch and single brought about a play at the plate for the third’s final out.  The southpaw went on to set down 10 of his next 11 before yielding a double, his second and final hit permitted to go with two free passes.  The Florida native departed with two gone in the eighth and a runner on second via a hit batsman and sac bunt.

Reliever Noel Gonzalez did not record an out, issuing two free passes to jam the sacks full for Spencer Traynor.  Traynor (S, 2) put out that fire but gave up a tally on a walk and two singles the next inning.

Monday’s game:  vs. Auburn (15-24) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oveido (league debut)


Johnson City 9 at Pulaski 3

Irving Lopez (Johnson City Cardinals)

Irving Lopez’ two home run night led the Appy Birds over the Yankees, 9-3, the first of three at Calfee Park.  Third-place Johnson City (19-19) kept pace with division leader Elizabethton (MIN) with the win, a team they trail by five games.

Lopez’ bombs were part of his three-hit performance, with the second baseman accounting for six of his squad’s tallies.  The Player of the Day went 3-for 4 with a walk, two long balls, three runs scored and five driven in.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez’s three hits in five at bats also included a home run, a three-run blast that broke a one all tie in the fifth.

One of the three hits given up by Franyel Casadilla (W, 1-3) over 5 1/3 was a solo shot, putting Pulaski up 1-0 after one.  The righty allowed a walk and three runs in all, two of them scoring on Will Changarotty’s watch.

Changarotty permitted a hit and two walks while recording just one out but Jake Walsh left all three of Changarotty’s runners on.  Walsh fanned three in 2 1/3, yielding a hit.  Jacob Patterson tossed a scoreless ninth.


GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 8

Donivan Williams (Prep Baseball Report)

The Gulf Birds scored big early but the GCL Marlins (14-15) scored bigger late, resulting in an 8-7 defeat by the Cardinals (13-16).  The loss broke a third-place tie between the two squads, leaving the Cardinals 6 ½ behind the Nationals.

The visitors capitalized on a lack of control by the Marlins’ starter, who did not record an out, transforming a hit, five walks and an error into six tallies.  But the Fish bullpen held the Cardinals’ offense to just one more tally the rest of the way while their offense laid in wait for the Gulf Birds’ relievers.

The Cardinals accumulated nine hits, all singles, with four players having two hits each:  Jonatan Machado, Dariel Gomez, Donivan Williams and Brian Sanchez.  Williams generated the most results, touching home twice with two RBI while Machado stole two bases.

Starter Noel De Jesus held the opposition to a first-inning run plus a two-run home run in his fifth and final inning of work.  De Jesus allowed seven hits and two walks.

De Jesus exited with a 7-3 lead, which held until the bottom of the seventh.  Wilberto Rivera permitted three scores in his second inning of work before Gabriel Gentner (BS, 2) (L, 2-2) let both inherited runners score plus two of his own before recording an out.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Astros (16-12), 12:00 pm ET, Winston Nicacio (2-1, 3.52)


DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (19-28) at DSL Mets1 (32-16), 10:30 am ET, Allinson Benitez (0-1, 6.16) or Jose Moreno (0-3, 3.55)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/28/17

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On a 4-3 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, strong bullpen work powered Springfield and Peoria (doubleheader sweep) to a trio of wins. Player of the Day Frederis Parra tossed a seven-inning complete game for the Chiefs.

Results from games played Thursday, July 27th.

Memphis vs. Salt Lake – suspended  

Thursday’s contest between Memphis (68-35) and Salt Lake was suspended due to rain with the Redbirds up 3-1 and one gone in the home half of the second.  Play is scheduled to resume on Friday at 5:35 pm with the regularly scheduled game to follow.

Matt Pearce yielded a run on three hits through two.  Nick Martini tripled and scored in the first, driven in on a single by Rangel Ravelo.  Wilfredo Tovar doubled in Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera, who both worked second-inning free passes.  Alberto Rosario followed Tovar with yet another walk when the game was halted.

Friday’s games:  vs. Salt Lake (54-50) (LAA).  Game 1 – 5:35 pm CT, TBA/Kevin Herget (3-1, 4.08)


Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 2

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Two three-inning frames lifted the S-Cards over the Naturals, 6-2, in the series opener.  First-place Springfield (22-12) has a two-game advantage over Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division.

Jacob Wilson led the visitors’ 12-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Three S-Cards had two hits apiece:  Randy Arozarena, Anthony Garcia and Tommy Edman.  Arozarena launched a two-run bomb, one of his two runs scored in three at bats.  Garcia also touched home twice, joining Arozarena by going 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls.  He swiped a bag as well. Edman singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in two.

With Dakota Hudson a late scratch from his start, four Springfield relievers combined to hold their hosts to just two tallies.  Trey Nielsen yielded a long ball, one of three hits and two walks allowed over three.  Tyler Bray, Corey Littrell and Landon Beck each tossed two innings, Beck giving up a tally on three hits and a walk but picking up his second save.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (13-21) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (6-5, 4.85)


Palm Beach 4 at Tampa 10

Palm Beach (16-17) lost its third straight at Tampa, this time by a score of 10-4.  The fifth-place Beach Birds have fallen six games off the pace set by Bradenton (PIT).

The visitors clung to a 3-2 lead through six, but a seven-run seventh flipped that into an insurmountable hole.  Reliever Ross Vance (BS, 3) (L, 2-3) was charged with all seven tallies on five hits and two walks, retiring two.  Estarlin Arias recorded the final two outs but let two of three inherited runners score.

Jake Woodford tossed the first 5 2/3, permitting two runs on nine hits and three bases-on-balls. Infielder Leobaldo Pina allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

Pina led the hitting, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Thomas Spitz and Andy Young each went 2-for-4, Spitz touching home once and Young doubling one time.  Spitz went 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

Friday’s game:  at Tampa (22-11) (NYY), 7:00 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (8-2, 2.69)


Peoria 3 vs. Cedar Rapids 1 (7) – Game 1

Peoria 4 vs. Cedar Rapids 0 (7) – Game 2

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs swept a pair from the Kernels, 3-1 and 4-0, clinching the home series with one to play.  Second-place Peoria (20-13) has climbed to within a game of Quad Cities (HOU) and holds a four-game winning streak.

Cedar Rapids struck first in the opener with a tally against Frederis Parra (W, 2-3) but that was all they would get as Parra tossed a complete-game five-hit effort.  The righty issued one free pass and hit a batter.

The home team answered right back with two in the bottom of the first.  The big hit was Brian O’Keefe’s two-run single scoring Stefan Trosclair (single) and Vince Jackson (double).  It was the first of Jackson’s two doubles, as the designated hitter was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s six hits.

Danny Hudzina capped the scoring in the fourth with his seventh home run of 2017. Stephen Piscotty began his rehab by going hitless in three at bats. The right fielder was not scheduled to play in the finale.

Ronnie Williams (State College Spikes)

A trio of Peoria pitchers held the opposition to just three hits in the nightcap while garnering nine strikeouts.  In his first start since May 3, Ronnie Williams fanned four over four, issuing just one free pass.  Colton Thomson (W, 1-0) struck out two in 1 1/3, giving up a hit before Yeison Medina fanned three in 1 2/3, working around two hits and a walk.

Peoria managed just five hits but worked six free passes, three resulting in runs.  Their first tally was generated by a hit batsman, two walks and Jackson’s sac fly scoring Nick Plummer.

The Kernels’ starter walked the bases full to begin the fifth, leading to his departure.  Kramer Robertson, Trosclair and Jackson all eventually scored on a bases-clearing double by Juan Yepez.

Friday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (14-19) (MIN), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-0, 0.00)


State College 11 at Batavia 1

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

The Spikes pounded the Muckdogs, 11-1, in the first of three games between the two squads at Batavia.  State College (20-15) moved into third place with the win, three games in back of West Virginia (PIT).

The visitors’ steady offense effort featured 17 hits, six walks and scoring in six of nine innings.  Third baseman Evan Mendoza led the way, going 4-for-5 with two doubles and three driven in out of the three hole.

Four Spikes accumulated three hits each:  Zach Kirtley, Yariel Gonzalez, Bryce Denton and Edwin Figuera.  Kirtley did what a lead-off batter is supposed to do – get on base.  The second baseman went 3-for-6 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI.

But the bottom of the order really came through, as Gonzalez, Denton and Figuera combined for eight scores.  Gonzalez and Denton both went 3-for-6, the former doubling twice and Denton finishing a home run shy of the cycle.  Figuera singled three times in five at bats, crossed home once, knocked in one and stole his fourth bag of the season.

That was more than ample offense for Spikes’ hurlers.  Jonathon Mulford (W, 2-3) gave up a run on five hits and three walks through 5 1/3 with five strikeouts.  That run scored with Spencer Traynor on the mound, as he stranded one of Mulford’s two runners and fanned four in 2 2/3.  Robbie Gordon tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  at sixth-place Batavia (11-24) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (1-0, 2.35)


Johnson City 1 at Danville 4

The JC-Cards opened their three-game series at Danville with a 4-1 defeat.  Johnson City (16-19) is in third place, 4 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Edwar Ramirez took the loss, his fifth in six decisions, yielding three runs on five hits and two free passes in 5 1/3.  He struck out five.  Jake Dahlberg gave up a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 2/3 but left both inherited runners aboard.

The visitors generated just five hits, three in the ninth to prevent the shutout.  Delvin Perez singled once in four at bats in his return to the Appalachian League.

Friday’s game: at Danville (18-17) (ATL), 7:00 pm ET, Alvaro Seijas (2-1, 6.51)


GCL Cardinals – off

The GCL Cardinals (12-13) will try to halt a five-game losing skid when they play a Friday home-and-away twin bill with the GCL Mets.

Friday’s games: vs/at GCL Mets (7-18).  Game 1 – 11:00 am ET, TBA/TBA


DSL Rockies 4 at DSL Cardinals 2

Like their big-league parents would experience that evening, one big inning was all it took for the Dominican Birds to drop a 4-2 decision to the DSL Rockies (23-23).  The seventh-place Cardinals (17-28) are 16 ½ games in back of the Twins in the South Division.

Diego Cordero (L, 1-4) blanked his opponents before giving up four scores, three earned, in his fifth and final inning of work.  The southpaw permitted four hits and two free passes, striking out five.

Allinson Benitez, Anthony Trompiz and Hector Soto held the Rockies hitless over the final four innings.  Benitez fanned three in his two-inning stint while Trompiz and Soto each went a frame.

All of the Dominican Cards’ offense was generated by third baseman Francisco Hernandez, who launched solo shots in the fifth and eighth.  Three of his teammates singled once.

Friday’s game:  vs. sixth-place DSL Yankees (19-27), 10:30 am ET, Francis Ventura (1-2, 4.09)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/26/17

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On a 4-4 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, two outfielders went deep twice and plated three. Blake Drake did it in Palm Beach’s 12-inning loss and Wadye Ynfante helped Johnson City to a win.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 25th.

Memphis 3 vs. Salt Lake 2

Tyler O’Neill (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Tyler O’Neill’s first Redbirds home run helped Memphis slip past Salt Lake, 3-2, in the first of four games between the American Southern and Pacific Southern Division leaders.  The Redbirds (67-35), who have won six straight and 20 of 24, lead Nashville (OAK) by 19 games.

O’Neill’s bomb came with Nick Martini (single) aboard and knotted the game at two all after the Bees had taken a 2-0 lead in the top of the seventh.  The designated hitter entered the game as a pinch runner after Aledmys Diaz was struck on the hand and exited the contest in the second.

Adolis Garcia followed O’Neill’s blast with his first Triple-A three-base hit, and scored the game winner ahead of an inning-ending double play.  It was Garcia’s only hit in three at bats and one of only five Memphis hits on the game.  Martini singled twice in three at bats.

With starter Luke Weaver a late scratch due to St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright being placed on the disabled list, reliever Miguel Socolovich was handed the starter’s reins and came through admirably.  Socolovich struck out five over the first four innings, issuing just one free pass.

Mark Montgomery tossed two scoreless frames, working around two hits and a walk.  But Ryan Sherriff (W, 5-0) was dinged for two runs on two hits and two bases-on-balls in the seventh.  Josh Lucas blanked Salt Lake for the final six outs, earning his 10th save.

Sherriff’s errant pickoff attempt snapped a string of 119 2/3 error-free innings by the Memphis defense.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Salt Lake (54-49) (LAA), 7:05 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (2-1, 3.24)


Tulsa 4 at Springfield 3

Springfield’s bullpen could not hold a late lead as the S-Cards fell to the Drillers, 4-3.  First-place Springfield (20-12) has lost the first two of three versus second-place Tulsa, whom they lead by a game in the North Division.

Jacob Evans (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) carried a 3-2 lead into the eighth but yielded a two-run long ball in his third appearance since being called up from Palm Beach.  Evans tossed two frames, giving up three hits.

Austin Gomber fanned seven over the first 5 1/3, permitting two runs on five hits and two walks.  Corey Littrell followed Evans to the mound, retiring both batters faced.  Landon Beck tossed a clean ninth.

The home team generated nine hits, all singles, but went just 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.  Andrew Knizner and Gomber were the only S-Cards with more than one hit, Knizner singling twice in four at bats with an RBI and Gomber going 2-for-2.  Defensively, Gomber picked off a runner at first.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (19-13) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Zac Gallen (3-2, 2.70)


Palm Beach 6 at Tampa 7 (12)

Blake Drake (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the road series opener, Palm Beach rallied for a ninth-inning lead only to fall to Tampa in 12, 7-6.  The Beach Birds (16-15) are tied for fourth with Charlotte (TB), four games in back of Bradenton (PIT).

Blake Drake’s second home run of the game flipped a 5-4 deficit into a 6-5 lead.  It followed his fifth-inning solo shot and came with Jose Martinez (single) on base, Drake, the co-Player of the Day, went 3-for-4 with a walk and two long balls, three runs scored and three RBI. He was also hit by a pitch.

But Palm Beach could not hold the lead despite using three relievers in the ninth. Dailyn Martinez allowed a lead-off triple, Brady Bowen struck out his only batter but Estarlin Arias gave up the RBI single, sending the game into extras.  Hector Mendoza was tagged with his second loss against no wins, giving up a run that was only unearned because of his own throwing error.

Starter Mike O’Reilly fell prey to the home run, with all five tallies charged to him over seven being generated by three long balls.  The righty gave up nine hits in all and did not issue a free pass.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tampa (20-11) (NYY), 7:00 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (5-3, 3.73)


Peoria – off

Second-place Peoria (18-13) opens a seven-game home stand against West Division rivals Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Wisconsin (MIL).  The Chiefs trail Quad Cities by two games.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Cedar Rapids (14-17), 7:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (1-3, 2.91)


State College 3 vs. Mahoning Valley 2

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Sam Tewes pitched into the eighth as the Spikes edged the Scrappers, 3-2, in the decisive third game of the series.  Fourth-place State College (19-15) is three games behind West Virginia (PIT) in the tight Pinckney Division.

Tewes (W, 3-3) limited second-place Mahoning Valley (21-14) (CLE) to a run on four hits and a walk through seven but exited after giving up another tally on two more hits the next frame.  He struck out five.

Will Latcham notched two of his four K’s to leave Tewes’ last runner aboard but only recorded his second save thanks to overly aggressive base running in the ninth.  Latcham allowed three singles and a walk but was not scored upon because the lead-off batter was nailed trying to stretch a single into a double.

The home team collected just five hits, one walk and a sac fly, but grouped them together to put up a straight number in three separate innings.  The difference in the game ended up riding on shortstop Wood Myers’ first Spikes triple, which opened the seventh.  A sac fly by first baseman Yariel Gonzalez brought Myers across.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Johnson City 5 vs. Burlington 2

Wadye Ynfante (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Center fielder Wadye Ynfante went deep twice in the Appy Birds’ 5-2 victory over Burlington.  Third-place Johnson City (16-17) has won four in a row, including the first two of three versus the Royals, and trail first-place Elizabethton (MIN) by four games in the West Division.

Ynfante, our co-Player of the Day, accounted for three of his team’s five scores, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three knocked in.  Third baseman Stanley Espinal launched a solo shot, his only hit in three at bats, while shortstop Imeldo Diaz singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.

Right-hander Evan Guillory (W, 1-0) struck out six through five scoreless, allowing just two hits in his first start after 10 appearances out of the bullpen.  Franyel Casadilla surrendered a two-run home run, one of four hits and a base-on-balls yielded over 2 1/3.  Fabian Blanco fanned three in 1 2/3 for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Burlington (13-19), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.78)


GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Marlins 7 (11) – Game 1

GCL Marlins 10 at GCL Cardinals 9 (10) – Game 2

The GCL Cardinals suffered a pair of extra-inning defeats at the hands of the GCL Marlins, losing 7-6 in 11 in the opener and 10-9 in 10 in Game 2.  The Gulf Cardinals (12-11) are in third, three behind the GCL Nationals.

The opener completed the July 20th contest suspended due to lightning with the score knotted at six all through 10.  The Gulf Birds were unable to cash in on beginning the 11th with a runner on second but the Gulf Marlins did in the bottom of the frame.  A sac bunt advanced the runner to third, putting him in position to score on a wild pitch by Gabriel Gentner (L, 2-1).

Junior Gonzalez started the contest on Thursday, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks.  Enrique Perez was tagged for a score in 1 1/3, Chris Hunt retired all five batters faced but Patrick Dayton (BS, 3) could not work around his own hit batsman and missed catch error that sent the game into extras.

Andres Luna was the only Gulf Bird with more than one of the team’s eight hits, singling twice in five at bats while touching home twice. The outfielder swiped his first bag.

Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the finale, the home team twice rallied late to tie the score, only to go down in 10.  Jonatan Machado led the team’s 12-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a solo shot, scoring twice and knocking in two.  Rehabbing Eliezer Alvarez, Elehuris Montero and Terry Fuller each had two hits, the first two doubling once while Montero and Fuller drove in three and two, respectively.

All three tallies charged to Winston Nicacio through five were unearned, part of a three-run second.  Nicacio struck out six and gave up seven hits.

C.J. Saylor (BS, 1) was on the receiving end of four more unearned runs, generated by his own throwing error that was one of three miscues.  Saylor jammed the sacks full with one run already across but Chris Hunt served up the salami that scored the final three.  Hunt went on to give up one of only two earned runs yielded by GCL Cardinals’ hurlers on the game. Kevin Hamann (L, 0-1) was touched for an unearned tally, sending the game into extras and an earned run for the loss.

Wednesday’s games: DH vs. GCL Astros (12-9).  Game 1 – 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Nationals 10

Starter Enmanuel Solano could not finish the fourth as the Dominican Birds were flattened by the Nationals, 10-3.  The Cardinals (17-26) are 14 ½ games behind the Twins in the South Division.

Solano (L, 3-1) suffered his worst outing since being moved into the rotation on June 27th.  The 18-year-old was touched for five runs, two earned, on four hits, two walks and two plunked batters in 3 1/3.

Nelson Prada allowed Solano’s last two runners to score, giving up two tallies of his own while recording just one out.  Wilman Madera also retired just one batter, giving up a run on three hits.

Roy Garcia hurled two scoreless but Leonardo Taveras permitted two runs, one earned, over 1 2/3.  Jose Geromino allowed one of his three inherited runners to score but secured the final out.

The visitors managed just six hits, two by Franklin Soto.  The shortstop singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.  Right fielder William Jimenez accounted for all three tallies, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Rockies (21-23), 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (1-5, 3.26)



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/24/17

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Sandy Alcantara spun seven scoreless innings in Springfield’s road series-clinching win and Jordan Hicks tossed six run-free innings for Palm Beach. Memphis moved to 30 games over .500 on a 6-1 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Results from games played Sunday, July 23rd.

Memphis 7 vs. Las Vegas 5      

Alex Mejia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

A four-run first propelled Memphis past Las Vegas, 7-5.  The Redbirds (65-35) have won the first three of the four-game set and 19 of their last 23. The club reached the 30 games over .500 mark for the first time in a dominating season.

The first-inning scoring was comprised of two-run bombs by Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom.  Mejia led the 11-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI while Wisdom’s solo long ball was his only hit in four at bats.

Rangel Ravelo made the score 5-1 through three with his fourth home run of 2017.  Aledmys Diaz singled twice in four at bats, the only other Redbird with a multi-hit performance.

Batting fifth, Tyler O’Neill made his Cardinals system debut with a hit and run scored, but the left fielder also fanned twice in four at-bats.

Traded Marco Gonzales’ rotation turn was comprised of three relievers plus an erstwhile starter fresh off the disabled list.  Kevin Herget scattered six hits, one walk and one run over the initial 3 1/3.

Josh Zeid (W, 6-2) surrendered a three-run home run, one of his three hits and two base-on-balls over 2 2/3.  Arturo Reyes allowed a solo shot, his only hit in his two-inning stint.  It was his first appearance since returning from Palm Beach.  Mark Montgomery tossed a one-two-three ninth for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas (37-64) (NYM), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (1-5, 3.45)

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 1

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Springfield (20-10) claimed the Sunday finale over Arkansas, 3-1, for a three-games-to-one series victory.

Player of the Day Sandy Alcantara (W, 6-5) pitched a gem, limiting the Travelers (13-17) to three hits and two walks over seven.  Tyler Bray walked the bases full in the eighth, leaving Rowan Wick in a one-out jam.  Wick left two of three runners aboard, permitting a sac fly and two free passes in 1 2/3.

The S-Cards maximized their offense, transforming six singles and a free pass into three tallies.  Oscar Mercado went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  It was his aggressive base-running going first to third on Darren Seferina’s single up the middle that forced an errant throw, allowing him to put Springfield on the board.  Mercado, Seferina and Tommy Edman each stole a base.

The other key hit was a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra in the eighth, scoring Andrew Knizner (single) and Jacob Wilson (walk).  It was Sierra’s only hit in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (17-13) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Chris Ellis (2-4, 4.19)

Charlotte 3 at Palm Beach 0

Jordan Hicks (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds’ offense was held to just four hits in their 3-0 home loss to Charlotte.  Palm Beach (15-14) has dropped the first two of the three series games.

Andy Young had half of his squad’s offense, singling twice in three at bats.  Singles by Blake Drake and Shane Billings made up the rest.

Defensively, center fielder Drake was credited with an assist at home.  The PB-Cards committed two miscues but neither figured in the scoring.

Jordan Hicks tossed his best effort in his three Palm Beach starts, fanning six over five frames of one-hit ball.  He was charged with an error on a pickoff attempt.

Brennan Leitao (L, 3-2) retired four batters but allowed a solo shot, one of his two hits permitted.  Hector Mendoza stranded Leitao’s last runner but gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3.

Ramon Santos limited Mendoza’s damage by retiring his only batter, leaving two aboard.  Estarlin Arias worked around a hit and free pass for a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (15-14) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.16)

Peoria 10 at Bowling Green 5

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Peoria (17-13) came out on top of a see-saw battle, stopping the Hot Rods, 10-5, to even the road series at one game apiece with one to play.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four, thanks to three home runs, two by Stefan Trosclair and a solo bomb by Danny Hudzina.  Trosclair, Hudzina and Dylan Carlson each had two of Peoria’s 12 hits, with all nine starters garnering at least one.

But Bowling Green tied it up in the fifth, and went up 5-4 after six.  All five scores were against Ian Oxnevad, four on two long balls.  Oxnevad allowed nine hits and two walks through six.

Peoria was not finished at the plate, however, tying the game at five all on an unearned run in the seventh before a five-run explosion put the game out of reach after eight.

Bryan Dobzanski picked up his second win in seven decisions, tossing three frames and allowing two hits with two strikeouts.

Monday’s game:  at Bowling Green (18-12) (TB), 12:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 5.48)

State College 5 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

Levi MaVorhis (Johnson City Cardinals)

State College (18-14) downed Mahoning Valley, 5-1, in the home series opener.

The Spikes accumulated 10 hits, paced by Evan Mendoza and Dennis Ortega.  Both Spikes went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Mendoza tripling once while knocking in two while Ortega drove in one.

Paul Balestrieri (W, 1-0) yielded just one unearned run on seven hits and two bases-on-balls over 5 2/3.  The right-hander struck out five.  Levi MaVorhis shut down the Scrappers on a hit over the final 3 1/3, leaving one inherited on, for his first save.

Monday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (20-13) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (6-0, 2.03)

Johnson City 8 vs. Danville 5

Chase Pinder (Johnson City Cardinals)

Chase Pinder’s three-hit game led Johnson City (14-17) over Danville, 8-5, in the rubber game of the series.

Pinder accounted for four runs, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one driven in.  Wadye Ynfante and Jonathan Rivera singled and doubled in three and four at bats, respectively.  Ynfante crossed home twice with a stolen base and Rivera scored once.

Alvaro Seijas (W, 2-1) struck out eight over 6 2/3, giving up four runs on eight hits, including a home run.  Will Changarotty allowed a run on five hits in 1 2/3, stranding two of three inherited runners.  That run crossed with Jacob Patterson on the mound, as Patterson retired both batters faced but let one of Changarotty’s runners score.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (13-17) (KC), 7:00 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-1, 5.96)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 3

Delvin Perez (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Gulf Birds (11-8) flew past the GCL Mets (6-13), 5-3, completing a July 18th contest suspended in the first inning due to rain.

Delvin Perez was on first with a walk when play resumed, one of three times the lead-off batter reached base.  Jonatan Machado greeted the new pitcher with a home run, making the score 2-0.  It was the outfielder’s first long ball of his professional career, and only hit in five at bats.

Perez and Elehuris Montero each had two of the team’s nine hits, both singles.  It was Perez’ fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games and eighth time in his last nine games in which the shortstop has had a hit.  Defensively, he committed his second error, one of two miscues by the Birds.  Montero touched home once with a run driven in, one of seven Cardinals with either a run scored or RBI.

Brian Pirela hurled a solid effort, yielding three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks through six.  One of the three tallies was via a solo home run.  Kodi Whitley struck out three in two one-two-three innings before Jim Voyles faced the minimum in the ninth for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (14-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals – off

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Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (16-25) vs. DSL Nationals (16-26), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/21/17

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Harrison Bader was a Swiss army knife for Memphis in its road win with two walks, a stolen base, a home run, two RBI and four runs scored. Mike O’Reilly pitched well in his Palm Beach debut, but the system overall went just 2-5 on Thursday.

Results from games played Thursday, July 20th.

Memphis 10 at Oklahoma City 8

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The Redbirds withstood a late charge to top the Dodgers, 10-8, for a split of the four-game road set.  Memphis (62-35) leads Nashville (OAK) by 16 ½ in the American Southern Division.

The bats got to work early, pushing across a four-spot in the first plus one more the next frame and built a 9-2 lead through six.  Wilfredo Tovar led the 14-hit attack, going 4-for-5 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI.  Nick Martini, Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom had two hits apiece, Wisdom hitting a two-run bomb that was his 21st home run of 2017 to go with a double in four at bats.  Mejia also doubled once in five at bats, knocking in three while Martini crossed home twice.

Harrison Bader added a solo shot for his 19th blast, his only hit in four at bats.  Bader was very involved in the scoring throughout, walking twice, touching home four times, driving in two and swiping his ninth base.

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Luke Weaver (W, 9-1) tossed a solid effort for Memphis despite going just five innings.  The righty held Oklahoma City (52-45) to a run on four hits and a walk.

The big damage done by the Dodgers was against Josh Zeid, who was touched for six runs on six hits and a walk in 1 1/3.  Two of the scores were via one long ball and the last runner crossed under Mark Montgomery’s watch.

Montgomery yielded the final tally on four hits and a base-on-balls over 1 1/3.  Ryan Sherriff recorded the eighth’s final out, stranding two inherited, but got the hook after putting his next two batters on via a hit batsman and free pass.  Josh Lucas worked around that jam for his eighth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas (37-61) (NYM), 7:05 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (1-1, 3.82)

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 6

The S-Cards were clipped by the Travelers, 6-3, in the road series opener, halting their seven-game winning streak.  First-place Springfield (17-10) leads Tulsa (LAD) by a game in the North Division.

Austin Gomber (L, 4-7) simply did not have it, yielding five runs on nine hits – including a three-run home run, in just three innings. The big lefty issued one base-on-balls and did not record a strikeout.

Pedro Echemendia hurled the next three, allowing a run on two hits.  Andrew Morales and Rowan Wick each tossed a scoreless frame.

Seven of Springfield’s nine starters garnered at least one of the team’s nine hits, all singles.  Second baseman Darren Seferina was the only Cardinal with more than one hit, going 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. third-place Arkansas (13-14) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Zac Gallen (2-2, 2.35)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Daytona 2

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

A rain delay at the onset did not bother the Cardinals, as their Thursday victory clinched the four-game set, three games to one.  Danny Diekroeger’s two-run bomb gave Mike O’Reilly a winning Florida State League debut as the Beach Birds downed the Tortugas, 4-2. Palm Beach (14-12) sits in third, four games in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

The blast came with Shane Billings (force) aboard in the bottom of the fifth, widening the lead from 2-1 to 4-1.  It was the third baseman’s only hit in four at bats.

Billings was one of six PB-Cards with a hit apiece, singling once in four at bats with two runs scored.  Leobaldo Pina’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases.

O’Reilly (W, 1-0) was impressive in his maiden A-Advanced effort, limiting Daytona (3-23) to just three hits over eight.  Both of the tallies given up by the righty were solo home runs.  O’Reilly struck out six with seven ground- and seven fly-ball outs.  He threw 73 of his 100 pitches for strikes.

Ian McKinney recorded two outs but issued two free passes.  Estarlin Arias caught his only batter looking for his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Charlotte (13-13) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (5-3, 3.98)

Peoria 5 at Dayton 6 (13 innings)

Brian O’Keefe (Peoria Chiefs)

An unearned run in the 13th doomed the Chiefs to a 6-5 walk-off loss at Dayton.  Second-place Peoria (15-12) has lost the first two of the three-game series, leaving them trailing Quad Cities (HOU) by three in the West Division.

Max Almonte (L, 2-1) could not work around back-to-back fielding errors by right fielder Dylan Carlson and left fielder Mick Fennell.  The miscues came with two gone in the 13th, the latter allowing the tie-breaking tally to score.

Almonte was the sixth Peoria hurler, beginning with Frederis Parra.  Parra permitted two runs on seven hits in 5 1/3, striking out four.

Then the bullpen took over and they were not particularly effective.  Keaton Siomkin gave up a run on a hit while retiring one.  Bryan Dobzanski (BS, 1) and Yeison Medina (BS, 1) each retired five batters while allowing two hits and multiple walks, the former permitting two tallies.  Siomkin, Dobzanski and Medina all let their only inherited runner score.  Dewin Perez settled the scoring down for three innings before Almonte took over.

Peoria banged out 11 hits, paced by catcher Brian O’Keefe, who went 4-for-6 with a double and two runs scored.  The only other hit to go for extra bases was Nick Plummer’s three-run home run, one of his two hits in five at bats.  Carlson went 2-for-5 as well.

Friday’s game:  at Dayton (10-17) (CIN), 6:00 pm CT, Austin Warner (league debut)

State College 2 at West Virginia 8

Joshua Lopez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes (17-13) came out on the losing end of the battle between the Pinckney Division co-leaders, falling to the Black Bears, 8-2, in the first of three contests.

Starter Jonathon Mulford (L, 1-3) and State College’s defense put the team into an early hole from which they could not recover.  The right-hander surrendered a five-run first plus a solo shot in the third, only two of the six runs over 4 2/3 earned.  Mulford permitted nine hits and three walks.

Will Latcham struck out three in 2 1/3 but allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits, including a solo bomb.  Leland Tilley tossed a clean eighth.

Designated hitter Joshua Lopez led his squad’s eight-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double.  Left fielder Brandon Benson singled and doubled in four at bats with a solo home run that was one of his two RBI.

Friday’s game:  at West Virginia (18-12) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (1-0, 1.86)

Johnson City 1 at Burlington 8

The JC-Cards were bombed at Burlington, 8-1, preventing them from making a three-game series sweep.  Johnson City (12-16) is tied for third with Kingsport (NYM), six behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Five of the six tallies charged to Franyel Casadilla (L, 0-3) in five were produced by three long balls – a grand slam plus two solo shots.  Casadilla allowed the Royals (10-17) eight hits and three walks in all.  He also hit a batter.

Evan Guillory (2 IP) and Paul Salazar (0.2 IP) were each touched for a run.  Jacob Patterson retired his only batter, leaving two inherited aboard.

The Appy Birds had just five hits generated by five players. Alexis Wilson, Walker Robbins and Wadye Infante all doubled once. Julio Rodriguez drove in Irving Lopez (single) for his team’s only run.

Friday’s game:  vs. Danville (14-14) (ATL), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 3.38)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Marlins 6 (suspended, 10 innings)

Andres Luna (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Thursday’s contest between the second-place GCL Cardinals (11-8) and the fourth-place GCL Marlins (8-11) was suspended due to lightning with the score knotted at six all through 10.

Andres Luna had two hits, a stolen base and two runs scored. Starting pitcher Junior Gonzalez was charged with four runs over the first five innings, but still left with a 6-4 lead.

The game is scheduled to be completed as part of a twin bill on Tuesday, July 25th.

The Gulf Birds trail the GCL Nationals by 1 ½ in the East Division.

Friday’s game:  at third-place GCL Astros (11-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Twins 5 (10 innings)

The Dominican Birds’ bullpen was unable to hold a 10th-inning lead, resulting in a 5-4 walk-off loss to the division-leading Twins (29-11).  The Cardinals (15-25) are in eighth and last place, 14 games behind.

Hector Soto (BS, 2) (L, 3-2) retired just one batter, surrendering two runs, one earned, on an RBI triple, two intentional free passes and a wild pitch.  The first run was due to the runner beginning the extra frame on second base.

Diego Cordero went the first six, giving up three tallies on 10 hits.  Dionis Zamora fanned four over the next three, walking two.

Only one of the Dominican Birds’ 10 hits went for extra bases, a double by center fielder Carlos Soler, who went 2-for-3 with a run scored.  Shortstop Franklin Soto and catcher Ivan Herrera had three hits apiece, Soto crossing home twice in four at bats and Herrera knocking in two in five at bats.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place DSL Angels (19-21), 10:30 am ET, Francis Ventura (1-2, 3.77)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/19/17

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Results from games played Tuesday, July 18th.

Memphis 1 at Oklahoma City 4

The Redbirds dropped a 4-1 decision at Oklahoma City, snapping a seven-game winning streak and evening the series at one game each with two on tap.  Memphis (61-34) is 17 ½ games ahead of Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern Division.

Marco Gonzales (L, 6-4) was not at his best, yielding a three-run third plus another score the next frame, allowing six hits, two walks and a hit batsman through six.  Trey Nielsen and Miguel Socolovich each tossed an inning.

The visitors matched their hosts’ seven hits but, unlike the Dodgers, the Redbirds’ hits were not grouped together.  Nick Martini singled twice in three at bats with an RBI, the only player with more than one hit. The right fielder drove in Gonzales who singled to open the third.

Wednesday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (51-44) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (1-4, 3.13)

 

Springfield 8 vs. Northwest Arkansas 3

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The S-Cards (16-9) transformed 11 hits into eight tallies in their 8-3 victory over the Naturals, clinching the four-game set with one to play.  Springfield’s sixth consecutive win has left them atop the North Division, a game in front of Tulsa (LAD).

Three Springfield players went yard: Anthony Garcia, Jacob Wilson and Bruce Caldwell.  Those home runs generated six of their eight scores.  Garcia padded a 2-0 lead in the third with a three-run bomb, his 15th of 2017 and only hit in four at bats.  Wilson’s solo shot was part of a three-run eighth, the third baseman adding a sac fly to his 1-for-3 effort.

Caldwell was one of three S-Cards with a multi-hit performance, joining Andrew Knizner and Randy Arozarena.  Caldwell went 2-for-3 with a two-run blast and walk, touching home twice while Knizner led the hitting by singling three times in four at bats.  Arozarena singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring twice.

Sandy Alcantara (W, 5-5) put together a solid effort, holding Northwest Arkansas to a run on seven hits and three free passes in 5 2/3.  Jacob Evans retired all four batters faced, stranding two inherited.  Dailyn Martinez was touched for two runs on six hits, both tallies produced by a long ball.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. third-place Northwest Arkansas (11-14) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Chris Ellis (2-4, 3.82)

 

Palm Beach vs. Daytona – suspended

The first of three contests for Palm Beach (12-11) versus Daytona was suspended due to rain with two gone in the bottom of the second and the Beach Birds up 1-0 with a runner on second.  The game will be completed on Wednesday, July 19th, as part of a twin bill.

The Cards are tied for fourth with Jupiter (MIA), 4 ½ in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Daytona (2-21) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.03)

 

Peoria – off

The second-place Chiefs (15-10) look for their third consecutive series’ win as they begin six-game road trip through Eastern Division rivals Dayton (CIN) and Bowling Green (TB).  Peoria is two games behind Quad Cities (HOU) in the Western Division.

Wednesday’s game:  at Dayton (8-17), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 4.50)

 

State College 9 at Williamsport 3 (7) – Game 1

State College 3 at Williamsport 1 (8) – Game 2

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

Center fielder Scott Hurst’s bat lifted the Spikes to a double-header sweep at Williamsport, 9-3 and 3-1, clinching the three-game series with one contest remaining.  The sweep moved State College (16-11) into a three-way tie for first with Mahoning Valley (CLE) and West Virginia (PIT).

Hurst, our co-Player of the Day, garnered five hits, accounting for six tallies over the two games.  The center fielder was one of two Spikes to go 3-for-4 in the opener, along with Bryce Denton, who finished a home run shy of the cycle with three runs scored and one driven in.  He followed that up by singling and doubling in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touching home twice.

The opener’s balanced offensive attack featured 16 hits spread among eight starters.  Denton crossed home once but it was Ricardo Bautista’s third long ball of the season that got the scoring started.  It came with two aboard in the first and was one of his two hits and two runs scored in four at bats.  Tyler Lancaster, Matt Davis and Edwin Figuera each had two hits, the latter two scoring once.

Daniel Castano fanned nine in 5 1/3, surrendering three runs in eight hits to improve his record to a perfect 6-0.  Noel Gonzalez worked around two hits over 1 2/3, leaving Castano’s last runner aboard.

Game 2 was a low-scoring affair, each team manufacturing just five hits.  Hurst had two, singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk.  The Cal State Fullerton product scored both his squad’s first and last runs.  The second of right fielder Brandon Benson’s two singles in three at bats knocked in Hurst for an insurance run in the eighth.

Reliever Spencer Traynor picked up his third win in four decisions despite being charged with his second blown save.  The right-hander entered the game with one gone in the seventh and his team clinging to a 1-0 lead.  But one of his two free passes plus two singles sent the game into extras.  Traynor tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Levi MaVorhis went the initial 3 2/3, permitting two hits and a base-on-balls, striking out four.  Leland Tilley retired four straight, leaving on one inherited runner.  Colton Thomson used three K’s to maneuver around a hit and walk in 1 1/3.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Williamsport (14-12) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (2-2, 4.30)

 

Johnson City 6 at Burlington 3

Jake Walsh (Johnson City Cardinals)

A four-run third resulted in the JC-Cards’ 6-3 win over Burlington in the road series opener.  Johnson City (11-15) is tied for third with Kingsport (NYM), five behind Elizabethton (MIN) and Greeneville (HOU).

The Appy Birds banged out 11 hits, led by Chase Pinder and J.D. Murders, who had three apiece.  Pinder doubled once in five at bats with a run scored and two RBI while Murders touched home once in four at bats with his first stolen base.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez doubled twice in four at bats, scored one and knocked in two, the only other player with more than one hit.

Reliever Jake Walsh was perfect over 3 1/3 frames and was credited with the victory, his third in as many decisions.  Thomas St. Clair tossed the final two innings for his second save.

Both pitched in relief of Alvaro Seijas, who was unable to finish the fourth.  Seijas yielded all three (earned) tallies over 3 2/3 in that inning, giving up six hits and two walks in all and hitting a batter.

Wednesday’s game:  at Burlington (9-16) (KC), 11:00 am ET, Johan Oviedo (1-1, 3.57)

 

GCL Cardinals at GCL Mets

The contest between the GCL Cardinals (10-8) and GCL Mets (5-12) was suspended due to rain in the top of the first after Delvin Perez had worked a free pass.  The game is scheduled to be completed on Sunday, July 23.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals (12-5), 12:00 pm ET, Winston Nicacio (1-2, 7.24)

 

DSL Cardinals 12 at DSL Phillies Red 2

Their bats were hot and starter even hotter as the DSL Cardinals (15-22) rolled to a 12-2 victory over the DSL Phillies Red (15-22). The win moves the Dominican Birds into a three-way tie for fifth, along with the Phillies Red and Yankees.  All three trail the division-leading DSL Twins by 11.

For the second straight start, 18-year-old Enmanuel Solano tossed a one hitter. The only batter to reach against him through six innings was his second batter faced whom he hit with a pitch.  The righty, our co-Player of the Day, retired the next 17 straight before running into trouble when he allowed a walk-RBI triple sequence to his first two faced.  A sac fly scored the second tally, ending Solano’s day.  He fanned two with 11 ground- to three fly-ball outs.

Two relievers took care of the last eight outs:  Roy Garcia and Anthony Trompiz.  Garcia recorded five outs, issuing two free passes and Trompiz worked around shortstop Raffy Ozuna’s fielding error in the ninth.

The en fuego offense generated 12 runs, all earned, on 18 hits and eight base-on-balls. Second baseman Franklin Soto led the charge, singling four times in six at bats, crossing once and driving in three.

Three players had three hits apiece:  left fielder Alexander Samuel, third baseman Pablo Gomez and catcher Ivan Herrera.  Samuel accounted for five runs, scoring three with two RBI, with his triple the only one of the 18 hits to go for extra bases.

Wednesday’s games:  doubleheader vs. first-place DSL Twins (26-11).  Game one – 10:30 am ET, TBA


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