Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/15/17

(photo: Julio Rodriguez/Johnson City Cardinals)

Memphis 2, Round Rock 1

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

In the field, Breyvic Valera had an outfield assist.

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

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

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

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 1

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 3 (10 innings)

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

Peoria 1, Lake County 6

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

State College 4 at Brooklyn 3

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson City 8, Bristol 6

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 6

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

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

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

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

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Mets 7

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

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

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

Saturday’s game:  Off.

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