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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 15-21

photo: Giovanny Gallegos (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals continued their post-break surge, winning series against division rivals Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Giovanny Gallegos has been strong out of the bullpen. Our weekly history feature looks back at major Cardinals events during the week of July 15-21.


Game recaps

Monday, July 15 – Cardinals 7, Pirates 0

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals blanked the Pirates in the first game of a three game series at Busch Stadium on Monday. Starter Miles Mikolas was brilliant, pitching a complete game shutout.  The right hander scattered eight hits and struck out three.

The offense started in the first inning when Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk and Tyler O’Neill reached on a fielding error by the Pirates left fielder.  Goldschmidt scored on the error.  The Cardinal first baseman drove a run in the third inning on a double that plated Matt Carpenter.  After an O’Neill single, Goldschmidt scored on a sac fly by Dexter Fowler.

In the fifth, O’Neill increased St. Louis’ lead with a two run home run to center field.  O’Neill again hit a two run long ball in the seventh to bring the score to the final 7-0.  He was 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.

Carpenter was picked off first base.  O’Neill made a fielding error and Fowler had an outfield assist.


Tuesday, July 16 – Cardinals 1, Pirates 3

The Cardinals were the losers in the second game of the series, the result of a lack of offense, a consistent theme of the 2019 Cardinals.

Starter Jack Flaherty shouldered the burden, in more ways than one.  In addition to good pitching, the right hander drove in his team’s only run.  In the fifth inning, Harrison Bader doubled, then stole third base.  Flaherty doubled to left to score Bader.

Tyler O’Neill had two of the team’s five hits.

Flaherty pitched seven strong innings, giving up only one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked three.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless eighth. Carlos Martinez surrendered two runs in the ninth and took the loss.


Wednesday, July 17 – Cardinals 6, Pirates 5

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals edged the Pirates in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday.  Starter Daniel Ponce De Leon pitched only 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Dominic Leone got the last out of the fourth.  Chasen Shreve, John Brebbia, and Andrew Miller combined to toss the next four scoreless innings.  Carlos Martinez surrendered one run in the ninth.

The Pirates struck the first blow on a solo home run by Starling Marte in the first inning.  The Cardinals answered with the tying run in the bottom of the first on Tyler O’Neill’s RBI single.  The Redbirds took the 2-1 lead in the second on a sac fly by Jose Martinez.

The Pirates regained the lead with three runs in the fourth.  O’Neill hit a solo home run in the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3.  Then in the seventh, the Cardinals took the lead back in the seventh on a three run bomb by Paul Goldschmidt.

The Pirates added a run in the ninth, but the win belonged to the Cardinals.

O’Neill and Tommy Edman each had two hits.


Thursday, July 18 – Cardinals 7 at Reds 4

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began a four game series in Cincinnati on Thursday and put this first game in the victory column.  The Cardinals fell behind early 3-0 but launched a comeback in innings five and six.  It began with a two run home run by Paul DeJong in the fifth to reduce the lead to 3-2.  In the sixth, DeJong drove in a run on a single.  Two batters later, Tommy Edman blasted a grand slam to give the Cardinals the 7-3 lead.  The Pirates added a run in the bottom of the sixth, but the Redbirds held the lead.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched five innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  John Gant surrendered a run in the sixth while recording only one out. Giovanny Gallegos finished the sixth and returned to pitch a scoreless seventh.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless eighth followed by a scoreless ninth for Andrew Miller.  Hudson earned his ninth win, Miller his second save.


Friday, July 19 – Cardinals 12, Reds 11

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

It was a wild ride in the second game of series at Great American Ballpark on Friday.  It started out badly for the Redbirds, as they fell into a 7-0 deficit through the first four innings.  Adam Wainwright did not pitch well, lasting only 3 1/3 innings and giving up seven runs on nine hits.  The right hander struck out four.  Michael Wacha, back in the bullpen, pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Chasen Shreve threw 2/3 of a scoreless inning following Wacha.  John Gant tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone surrendered two runs in the eighth while not recording an out and was replaced by Andrew Miller who got the three outs without further damage.  Carlos Martinez allowed two runs in the ninth, but got the shaky save, his seventh.  Wacha got the win.

The Cardinals entered the top of the sixth behind 7-0.  Harrison Bader singled to center to get the ball rolling.  Tommy Edman and Jose Martinez singled.  Paul Goldschmidt’s sac fly scored Bader.  Tyler O’Neill singled, Yairo Munoz singled, and Kolten Wong’s sac fly plated Martinez.  Paul DeJong doubled, and O’Neill and Munoz scored.  Andrew Knizner singled and DeJong scored.  The lineup came back around, and Bader drew a walk. Edman reached on an error and Knizner scored.  Then Martinez hit a three run home run to center field to give the Cardinals their first lead.  It ended when Goldschmidt struck out, but by then the Cardinals had scored 10 runs.

The Cardinals increased the lead to 12-7 on DeJong’s two run home run in the seventh.  The Reds mounted a comeback of their own, scoring two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth to make it close – but not close enough.


Saturday, July 20 – Cardinals 2, Reds 3

The Cardinals were edged by the Reds in Game 3 of the series on Saturday.  It was a pitcher’s duel up to the sixth inning, when the Cardinals struck first on Matt Wieters’ solo home run.  The Reds answered in the seventh to take the 3-1 lead.

In the eighth, Jose Martinez plated a run on a single to decrease the lead to 3-2, but the Redbirds were unable to score further.  Tommy Edman had three hits, though none resulted in run.

Miles Mikolas did not repeat his nine-inning previous start, but pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Ryan Helsley pitched the final two scoreless innings. Mikolas took the loss.


Sunday, July 21 – Cardinals 3, Reds 1     

Giovanny Gallegos (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals took the series from the Reds with a win on Sunday.  Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing six hits while striking out seven and walking two.  Flaherty got into a bases loaded jam with one out in the fifth and was replaced by Giovanny Gallegos.  Gallegos struck out the next two hitters in the fifth to escape the jam. Gallegos returned to pitch a scoreless sixth.  Andrew Miller surrendered one run in his 1 1/3 innings of relief before John Gant got the final two outs of the eighth.  Carlos Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead in the second inning.  Yairo Munoz singled to plate a run, then Harrison Bader reached on an error and Munoz scored.  That lead held until the eighth inning, when Miller gave up a solo home run to pinch hitter Phillip Ervin.  Munoz gave the Cardinals an insurance run in the ninth with a solo home run to finish his 3-for-4 day.

The Cardinals were busy on the base paths with Tyler O’Neill, Munoz, Andrew Knizner and Bader all stealing a base.  Paul DeJong was caught stealing.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals won two series this week, taking two of three from the Pirates and three of four from the Reds.  The team ended the week 5-2 and a remain in third place in the NL Central, 2.5 games back of the Cubs and a half game back of the Brewers.

Offense remains the primary issue with this team.  The ability to score many runs exists and was demonstrated in both series, but the consistency is not there.  The hitters expected to put up the numbers are not doing so.  Though Paul Goldschmidt has shown flashes of his former self here and there, he continues to have games where he struggles mightily.  For example, he struck out in all four at bats in Friday’s game.  Matt Carpenter went back on the injured list, but his output has been low all season so far.  Paul DeJong hasn’t been very consistent either.  Dexter Fowler has hit .111 over his last six games, not including Sunday.  Jose Martinez has been hit or miss, batting .182 over the last seven days, but with an OPS of .866.  One home run and five walks account for that anomaly.  Much of the offense over the last week has come from Tyler O’Neill, Kolten Wong, and Tommy Edman.

Starting pitching has started to come around.  Miles Mikolas pitched a complete game shutout against the Pirates.  Jack Flaherty has been up and down but has generally lacked run support.  Dakota Hudson has been fine.  Adam Wainwright pitched poorly in his last start, as did Daniel Ponce De Leon.  The fifth starter position remains uncertain, with Michael Wacha coming and going from rotation to bullpen.

Giovanny Gallegos has taken on more responsibility in the bullpen and has shined. Carlos Martinez has not dominated, but is generally getting the job done in the ninth.

The defense has been fine, though the outfield continues to be less than it could be with Harrison Bader struggling at the plate and hence not starting often.  He comes in late in games mostly at this point, so he appears in almost every game but has less innings in the outfield.

Baserunning has been the Cardinals strength this season. There is a much different look on the base paths than there has been in prior seasons.

The Cardinals play the Pirates for four games in Pittsburgh, then come home to play the Houston Astros for three games.  The Astros series will be tough.  The Pirates, though they have a losing record, are no pushovers, especially in their home ballpark.  The Cardinals should take at least 3 of 4 from the Pirates.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 54 45 0.545
Milwaukee 53 48 0.525 2
St. Louis 51 47 0.520 2.5
Pittsburgh 46 52 0.469 7.5
Cincinnati 44 53 0.454 9

Carlos Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Derrick Goold of the Post Dispatch reported on an earlier rumor from Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that the Cardinals are making RHP Carlos Martinez, and OFs Tyler O’Neill and Lane Thomas available for trade.  Goold wrote that the Cardinals are open to trading O’Neill and Martinez but are not aggressively shopping them.  Goold also threw Harrison Bader into the mix, though Bader’s struggles offensively would make him a sell-low candidate.  Goold quoted President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak as saying he “doesn’t see anybody on the current roster we are looking to move”.  However, Goold states that the Cardinals are exploring interest in trading RHP Michael Wacha, who hits free agency at the end of the season.


Transactions 

  • 7/16 The Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the 10 day injured list. Right foot contusion.
  • 7/16 The Cardinals recalled SS Edmundo Sosa from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/20 The Cardinals optioned SS Edmundo Sosa to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/20 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/21 The Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/21 The Cardinals optioned RHP Dominic Leone to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/21 The Cardinals recalled 1B Rangel Ravelo from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/21 The Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Webb from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training.  The left hander has had a setback in his rehab and it remains unclear when he will return.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) continues on the 60-day injured list and has been pitching on a rehab assignment with Memphis since the end of June. No announcement of a return to the roster has been made.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko remains on the 10 day injured list. Gyorko originally was placed on the list due to lower back issues, was then reported to have recurring calf issues, and at present is suffering from a wrist ailment for which he had arthroscopic surgery on June 24.  It was reported Gyorko began swinging off a tee as of July 17. The timetable for Gyorko’s return is possibly the middle or end of August, but may not be until September.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Marcell Ozuna (fractured right fingers) was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 29. Ozuna suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.   It was reported the swelling has gone down in the hand and he has been cleared for baseball activities.  Ozuna may begin a rehab assignment late in the week.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 11, retroactive to July 8. He has been shut down from all baseball activities.  Molina is expected to be re-evaluated in late July.
  • 3B Matt Carpenter (right foot contusion) was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 16. Carpenter has resumed baseball activities and may begin a rehab assignment this week.

Looking Ahead

On Monday, July 22, the team opens a four-game series in Pittsburgh. The Cardinals then return home for a weekend interleague series with the Houston Astros.

After an off day on Monday, July 29, the Chicago Cubs come to Busch Stadium for a three game set.  St. Louis has another off day on Friday, August 2 to travel to Oakland to play a two game interleague series beginning Saturday with the Athletics.  The West Coast trip continues with a stop in Los Angeles to take on the Dodgers in a three game series beginning August 5.

The Cardinals have a travel day on Thursday, August 8 and return home to a weekend series with the Pirates.  It is a short home stand, as the Cardinals have an off day Monday and begin a two game series in Kansas City against the Royals

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week in Blast from the Past, we look at significant happenings for each day in history over the period July 15 through July 21.  In some cases, there will be multiple entries.

Bob Gibson

July 15 

  • On July 15, 1967, in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson was hit in the right leg by a line drive comebacker off the bat of Pirates legend Roberto Clemente. Gibson pitched to three more hitters, unaware his leg bone was fractured. At that point, his fibula bone snapped just above the right ankle.  Gibson returned to play in September, the Cardinals won the pennant, and went on to win the World Series against the Boston Red Sox.
  • In the second game of a doubleheader against the Pirates in 1962, Stan Musial took his 10,428th at bat in the seventh inning, setting a new National League record, surpassing Honus Wagner’s record set in 1917. Musial singled to right field.

July 16

  • Gibson pitched career complete game #237 on this day in 1973. The opponent was the Giants as Gibson gave up two earned runs, walked four and struck out one.

July 17

  • Jesse “Pop” Haines, future Hall of Famer, throws a no-hitter against the Boston Red Sox at Sportsman’s Park on this day in 1924.
  • Gibson gets his 3,000th strikeout, fanning Geronimo Pena in a 6-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on this day in 1974. The strikeout ball now resides in the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

July 18

  • On this day in 1961, future National League president Bill White tied Ty Cobb’s record for hits in consecutive doubleheaders. White collected 14 hits over doubleheaders on July 17 and 18 against the Cubs.  Ironically, July 17, 1961 was the day Cobb passed away.

July 19

  • On July 19, 1993, the Cardinals game against the Braves is delayed for an hour when a fire broke out in the press box area of Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.
  • Gibson pitched complete game #50 in a 7-6 win over the Mets in 1964. Gibson gave up six earned runs, struck out 11, and walked three.
Albert Pujols (USA TODAY Sports Images)

July 20

  • In 2004, against the Cubs, Albert Pujols went 5-for-5, including three home runs and five RBI in an 11-8 win over their NL Central rivals. This was Pujols first career three home run game.

July 21

  • On this day in 1975, in a game against the San Diego Padres, catcher Ted Simmons hit a home run to lead off the fourth inning. The manager of the Padres, John McNamara, asserted that Simmons’ bat contained illegal grooves above the bat handle.  Umpire Art Williams inspected the bat, determined McNamara was correct, and called Simmons out.  The bat was confiscated. The at bat is described in the boxscore as an out to the catcher.  The game was continued under protest, but the Cardinals won the game 4-0, making the protest moot.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 21, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Saturday. Four of the losses were by one or two runs, including two defeats suffered in the final inning. Our Player of the Day is third baseman Yariel Gonzalez, who was 3-for-5 including a home run and three RBI in Springfield’s win.

Results for games played Saturday, July 20.


Memphis 5 at Omaha 6

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds lost a Saturday heartbreaker in a walk off following their comeback from a 5-0 deficit.  Memphis was held scoreless until the seventh with the Storm Chasers up by five.  The Redbirds began a rally by scoring two runs on RBI singles by Adolis Garcia and Johan Mieses.  They continued in the eighth when Ramon Urias crushed a three run home run to left center field to knot the score at 5-5.

Memphis was unable to score again in the ninth, but Omaha’s second baseman Erick Mejia’s solo home run in the bottom of the frame off Mike Mayers ended the game.

Urias went 2-for-3 with three RBI and Mieses was 2-for-4 with one driven in.

Pressed into duty when Ryan Helsley was promoted to St. Louis, bullpen starter Seth Elledge pitched two innings and gave up one run on three hits. The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Jesus Cruz surrendered three runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Chris Ellis allowed one run in 2 2/3 relief innings.  Chris Beck pitched two scoreless innings, and Mayers took the loss for his work in the ninth.

Garcia stole second and third base in the seventh inning after driving in the first run.

Memphis is 40-60 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 15 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Omaha, Jake Woodford (5-6, 3.70) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 5 at Corpus Christi 2

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals topped the Hooks in Corpus Christi on Saturday behind a 3-for-5 night by third sacker Yariel Gonzalez.  After the Hooks took the 1-0 lead in the first inning, Gonzalez tied it up in the third with a solo home run to left field.  A sac fly by Alberto Triunfel in the fourth gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.

The Hooks knotted it up with one run in the bottom of the sixth, but Springfield answered in the seventh with Gonzalez’ second RBI of the game via a ground out.  Rayder Ascanio followed suit with an RBI groundout in the eighth to increase the lead to 4-2.  In the ninth, Gonzalez drove in his third run on a single to right field.

Starter Roel Ramirez pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned four and issued one free pass.  Jacob Patterson followed with 3 2/3 innings in which he surrendered one run.  Patterson got the win.  Connor Jones tossed two scoreless innings to earn his third save.

Gonzalez’ three hit, three RBI performance was slightly marred by a caught stealing.

The Cardinals are 15-14 in the second half, 45-54 overall, and in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Angel Rondon (4-2, 3.23) 4:15 CT.


Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 3

Dennis Ortega (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Palm Beach was no-hit by Jupiter lefty Will Stewart until the offense finally broke through with two outs in the ninth. Bryce Denton doubled to center and Dennis Ortega drove him home on a single to center.  It was too little too late for Palm Beach, as they fell, 3-1.

Cardinals starter Michael Baird took the loss, pitching 2 2/3 innings and giving up two unearned runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out three.  Ben Yokley surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings and Zack Thompson followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Patrick Dayton got the last two outs of the eighth.

A missed catch error by first basement Luken Baker in the third inning led to the two unearned runs.

The Cardinals are 10-21 in the second half, 45-50 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Jupiter, Alvaro Seijas (0-0, 4.30) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 7 at Lake County 2

Connor Thomas (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs blew past the Lake County Captains on Saturday and gave starter Connor Thomas his first win since he joined Peoria from State College. Thomas pitched five innings and gave up one run three hits while fanning five and walking one.  Thomas St. Clair followed with a scoreless sixth.  Logan Gragg tossed the final three innings and surrendered one run to earn the save.

The Chiefs offense put up two runs in the first inning on a home run by Ivan Herrera.  Two more scores were added in the third on a double by Delvin Perez and a groundout by Brady Whalen that plated Perez.

The Captains finally scored in the fourth to cut the lead to 4-1, but Peoria answered with three runs in the top of the fifth.  A line drive double to left field off the bat of Whalen brought the first run across the plate.  Herrera then drove in two on a single to right field. Lake County put up one additional run in the eighth.

Brendan Donovan went 3-for-4 and extended his hitting streak to 11 games.  Whalen and Herrera each had two knocks.

The Chiefs committed three errors, two throwing errors by Josh Shaw and Perez had a fielding miscue.

The Chiefs are 6-22 in the second half, 36-61 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Lake County, Parker Kelly (2-1, 1.69) 12:30 CT.


State College 4, Williamsport 5 (10 innings)

Shane Benes (State College Spikes)

The Spikes were edged by the Williamsport Cross Cutters in extra innings on Saturday.  The Spikes took and early lead and maintained the lead until the seventh inning.   Terry Fuller hit an RBI single in the first inning to give State College the 1-0 lead.  In the second, Shane Benes hit a two-run home run, his first as a professional, to increase the lead to 3-0.

Williamsport began chipping away at the lead with one run in the seventh, one run in the eighth, and the tying run in the ninth.  The game went into the 10th, and the Cross Cutters put up two runs to take the 5-3 lead.

The Spikes tried to rally in the bottom half of the 10th by scoring on a ground out by Carlos Soto, but the rally ended there.  Dariel Gomez was the only Spike with multiple hits, with two.

State College starter Andre Pallante pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, fanning four and walking one.  Jacob Schlesener followed with 2 1/3 scoreless frames.  Cameron Dulle surrendered one run in the seventh, Fabian Blanco did the same in the eighth.  Leonardo Taveras gave up the tying run in the ninth, then returned for the 10th and surrendered two more runs for a total of three runs allowed in 1 1/3 innings.  Jack Ralston came in and got the final two outs of the 10th.  Taveras was charged with a blown save and the loss.

Catcher Pedro Pages stole his first base of his career.  Andrew Warner and Donivan Williams were both caught stealing.  Pages had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 17-18 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Scott Politz (1-2, 7.30) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 2, Danville 4

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals fell to the Danville Braves in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  The Johnson City offense put up two runs on six hits, with the first run scoring in the bottom of the first inning on a solo home run by Todd Lott, his first as a pro.

The Cardinals didn’t score again until the eighth, when Carlos Soler cracked an RBI double to right field.  In between, Cardinals pitching gave up four runs to the Braves.  Lott went 3-for-4 on the evening.

Cardinals starter Julio Puello pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits, but still took the hard-luck loss.  The right hander struck out five.  Alex Gallegos surrendered two insurance runs in the seventh.  Wilberto Rivera tossed the final two scoreless relief innings.

Kevin Vargas made a throwing error.

Johnson City is 15-15 on the season and is in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Danville, Jake Sommers (1-1, 3.24) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Mets 0

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals blanked the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Saturday.  It was a pitcher’s duel until the top of the seventh inning when the Cardinals scored three.  Jean Selmo doubled to left field to score two and Tyler Reichenborn’s sac fly drove the third run home.  Selmo had two hits.

Making his professional mound debut, Cardinals starter Blake Drake pitched one scoreless inning, allowing no hits, striking out one and walking one. Merandy Gonzalez, on a rehab assignment from Springfield, followed with two scoreless innings.  Regular starter Ludwin Jimenez hurled the final six scoreless innings to earn the win.

The Cardinals are 11-12 on the season and are in third place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Rangers2 8

The Cardinals Red were defeated by the Rangers2 on Saturday.  The Rangers took a 3-0 lead in the second inning.  The Cardinals answered with one run in the top of the third on an RBI double by Sander Mora.  The Rangers scored one in the bottom of the third to increase the lead to 4-1.

In the top of the fourth, Jesus Orrechia plated a run on a sac fly to make the score 4-2.  Again, the Rangers responded with one run in the bottom half of the fourth.  The Rangers added two runs in the fifth and one run in the sixth for an 8-2 lead.

In the top of the seventh, RBI singles by Albert Inoa and Fernando Brazaban made the score 8-4, which was the eventual final score.  Brazaban and Endri Salas each had two hits.

Starter Diorys Guerrero pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  The left hander struck out one and walked three and took the loss.  Hemerson Cordero surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Luis Garcia allowed two runs in the fifth, before Larimel Soriano relinquished one run in the sixth.  Hansel Marcelino and Augusto Calderon pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.

Smith Vargas stole his 12th and 13th bases of the season.  Bryan Matute swiped his fifth bag.  Cordero and Erick Thomas each made throwing errors.

The Cardinals Red are 17-24 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 11, DSL Phillies Red 2

The Cardinals Blue gave the Phillies Red a shellacking on Saturday.  The Blue offense put up nine runs in the first inning to take a commanding lead after the Phillies had scored one run in the top of the inning.

The Blue burst began with a solo home run off the bat of leadoff hitter Darlin Moquete.  Hansel Otamendi walked and Darlyn Del Villar singled.  Gustavo Rodriguez drove them both home on a single to left field.  Brandon Hernandez and Leudy Pena walked. Luis Rodriguez singled to plate Gustavo Rodriguez.  Fernando Diaz drew a bases loaded walk and Hernandez scored. Pena scored on a Carlos Arcia walk.  Moquete drove in Luis Rodriguez on a sac fly.  The lineup rolled over back to G. Rodriguez and he drew a walk to plate Diaz.  Hernandez walked and Arcia scored.  The inning finally ended with a Pena strike out as the Cardinals had scored nine runs, mostly on singles and walks.

The score remained 9-1 until the bottom of the eighth, when the Cardinals added two more scores.  Arcia drove in a run on a force out and Moquete hit an RBI single. The Phillies added one more run in the ninth.

Moquete and Del Villar each had two hits.  The offense drew a total of 16 walks.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two to earn his fourth win.  William Miranda pitched a scoreless seventh.  Nelson Prada tossed a scoreless eighth. Victor Villanueva surrendered one run in the ninth.

Pena made a throwing error.  Luis Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Blue are 24-13 on the season and are in third place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 20, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 7-2 on Friday. Player of the Day, Memphis right fielder Adolis Garcia, powered two home runs and plated three. Springfield’s Evan Kruczynski, Palm Beach’s Edgar Gonzalez and State College’s Dalton Roach made strong mound starts.

Results for games played Friday, July 19.


Memphis 8 at Omaha 4

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Four long balls powered Memphis to an 8-4 victory over the unhappy Storm Chasers in Omaha on Friday.  The Redbirds fell behind 2-0 early but came back in the fourth to take the lead and keep it.  The inning began with a single by Ramon Urias, followed by a two run home run by John Nogowski.  Adolis Garcia immediately followed with a solo blast to left field.  Jose Godoy singled and scored on a single by Jose Martinez.

Garcia increased the lead in the fifth with his second long ball, a two run shot.  Omaha would add two runs in the sixth to cut the lead to 6-4.  In the eighth, the fourth Redbird home run came off the bat of Johan Mieses, a solo shot to left center.  Memphis added a final run in the ninth on a Urias single.

Godoy went 3-for-4 and the top four in the lineup, Randy Arozarena, Urias, Nogowski and Garcia, had two hits each.

Starter Harold Arauz was ejected after pitching 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Arauz’ first pitch after an Omaha batter launched a two-run home run in the sixth hit the next Storm Chasers batter, Nick Dini, on the head, leading to the pitcher’s immediate ejection. Dini left the game.

The fireworks resumed in the ninth when Storm Chasers pitcher Heath Fillmyer plunked Redbirds outfielder Lane Thomas. The Omaha pitcher and his manager were given the boot by the home plate umpire.

Tyler Webb followed Arauz’ ejection with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Mike Mayers tossed a scoreless eighth, and Hunter Cervenka hurled a scoreless ninth.  Arauz got the win.

Arozarena was caught stealing for the third time.  Garcia had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 40-59 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 15 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Omaha, Ryan Helsley (2-3, 5.06) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 3

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were edged 3-2 by the Hooks in Corpus Christi in a walk off on Friday.  Springfield lefty Evan Kruczynski notched his second straight seven-inning start, giving up two runs on four hits while fanning seven and walking two.  Will Latcham tossed a scoreless eighth.  Ronnie Williams surrendered the walk off run in the ninth and took the loss.

The Hooks capture a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Cardinals responded with two scores in the fourth to take the lead away.  Rayder Ascanio plated Justin Toerner on a single to center, and Ascanio scored on a sac fly by Dylan Carlson.

Corpus Christi tied it in the fifth, and there the score remained until the bottom of the ninth, when a walk off single brought the victory to the Hooks.

Kruczynski made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals are 14-14 in the second half, 44-54 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, TBA 7:15 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Jupiter 2

Edgar Gonzalez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals blew past the Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium thanks to good pitching and a five-run fourth inning.

Jupiter scored first with a run in the second inning, but in the fourth, the Cardinals took off offensively.  Juan Yepez drew a leadoff walk and Nolan Gorman singled.  Two batters later Nick Plummer doubled to left to plate Yepez and Gorman.   Plummer scored on a single by Imeldo Diaz, along with Zach Gahagan, who reached base on a walk. Diaz came home on a Bryce Denton single.

The Hammerheads added one run in the seventh for a 5-2 lead.  In the eighth, Nick Dunn hit an RBI single to bring the final score to 6-2.  Gorman and Diaz each had two hits.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez reversed his recent struggles, tossing six innings and giving up one run on two hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked four.  Zach Prendergast surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth.

Diaz was caught stealing for the second time.  Gahagan made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 10-20 in the second half and 45-49 overall.  The Cardinals are in last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Jupiter, Michael Baird (0-0, 0.00) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 6 at Fort Wayne 4

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the Tin Caps in Fort Wayne on Friday.  Peoria scored first, as they have done in four straight games, on an RBI single by Edwin Figuera.  The 1-0 lead was quickly lost in the third when a two run home run by Fort Wayne’s shortstop and leadoff hitter put the Tin Caps in the lead.  Fort Wayne added another run in the fourth to take the 3-1 lead.

Brendan Donovan led off the fifth with a single, increasing his hitting streak to 10 games.  Donovan advanced to third on a bunt by Delvin Perez and a single by Brady Whalen, then came home on a sac fly from Ivan Herrera.  That score was only the start, as four more runs crossed the plate on a double by Jonatan Machado, a single by Leandro Cedeno, and a two-run double by Figuera.

Fort Wayne add one in the seventh, but the 6-4 lead held.  Donovan had a 3-for-4 game, and Figuera also had three knocks.  Herrera and Cedeno each had two hits.

Starter Michael Brettell went six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and issued two free passes.  Evan Sisk surrendered one run in the seventh.  Tony Locey and Sebastian Tabata combined to toss the final two scoreless nnings.  Brettell earned the win and Tabata the save.

Brettell committed a throwing error and Sisk erred on a pickoff attempt.

The Chiefs are 5-22 in the second half, 35-61 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Lake County, Connor Thomas (0-0, 0.00) 6:00 CT.


State College 6 at West Virginia 2

Dalton Roach (Robert Kell)

The Spikes came away with the Friday win at the Virginia Black Bears with an offensive surge in the later innings.  The State College offense was held scoreless until the sixth, when Martin Figueroa doubled to left field.

The Spikes took the 6-2 lead in the seventh, after scoring five runs via the long ball.  Terry Fuller immediately followed Carlos Soto’s grand slam with a solo home run to left center field.

Fuller was 3-for-4 and Figueroa and Dariel Gomez each had two knocks.

Spikes starter Dalton Roach pitched six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Eric Lex followed with two scoreless relief innings, and Fabian Blanco added a scoreless ninth.

Fuller and Moises Castillo each made fielding errors.  Soto had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 17-17 and are tied for third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Andre Pallante (1-0, 3.09) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Bristol 7

John Witkowski (Boston College)

The Cardinals fell to the Bristol Pirates on Friday, the victim of a ninth inning bullpen failure.  The lead changed hands twice before the Pirates barreled past at the end.

The Pirates took the lead with two runs in the top of the first, but the Cardinals responded with two runs of their own in the bottom frame, via home runs by Jhon Torres and Chandler Redmond.

The Cardinals took the lead with a run in the fourth on a single by Victor Garcia.  The Pirates tied it again in the fifth.  The score remained at 3-3 until the ninth, when the Pirates put up four runs.

The Cardinals managed one run in the bottom of the ninth on a single by Zach Jackson, but the rally fell short.  Jackson and Kyle Skeels each had two hits.

Johnson City starter Francisco Justo pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  John Witkowski followed with 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings.  Tyler Peck began the ninth and surrendered the four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Alex Gallegos got the last out of the ninth.  Peck took the loss.

Redmond stole his second base of the season.  Skeels made a throwing error, and Liam Sabino had a missed catch error.  Diomedes Del Rio had two outfield assists.

Johnson City is 15-14 on the season and is in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Danville, Julio Puello (2-1, 5.00) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Nationals 2

Thomas Hart

The Cardinals edged the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday.  The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but tied it up with one run each in the second and third innings, via an RBI single by Yowelfy Rosario and Tyler Reichenborn’s solo home run, his first as a Cardinal.

The winning run scored in the seventh on a single by Joerlin De Los Santos.  Rosario and William Jimenez each had two hits.

Rehabber Jake Walsh started for the Cardinals but didn’t finish the first inning.  Walsh gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits, but the bullpen tossed scoreless ball the rest of the way. Thomas Hart relieved Walsh and went 3 1/3 innings to earn the win, his second in two professional decisions.  Conner Coward followed with two frames, Tyler Statler one, and Luis Ortiz closed with two more to earn the save.

Jimenez stole his third base of the season but was also caught stealing. Luis Montano was picked off and caught stealing.  Rosario was caught stealing for the third time this season.

Walsh made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Pablo Gomez committed a throwing error. Hart picked a runner off second base.

The GCL Cardinals are 10-12 on the season and are in fourth place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 10, DSL Rangers2 7

The Cardinals Red claimed a 10-7 victory over the Rangers2 on Friday.  The Red offense put up one run in the first inning on a triple by Sander Mora.  In the third, Luis Andujar drove in a run on a sac fly, and Endri Salas added an RBI single.

The Rangers plated two runs in the top of the fourth to cut the lead to 3-2.  In the bottom of the fourth a wild pitch score increased the Cardinal lead to 4-2.  The Rangers made it 4-3 with a run in the top of the fifth.

Smith Vargas’ RBI triple and a double by Fernando Brazaban in the sixth made the score 6-3 in favor of the Red.  The Rangers weren’t done, however, and put up four runs in the seventh to take the lead, 7-6.

The Cardinals responded with four runs of their own in the bottom of the eighth.  Mora plated one on a single.  A wild pitch brought another run home.  Albert Inoa single to score Mora, and Inoa came home on a double by Andujar.  The 10-7 lead held for the Cardinals’ win.

Vargas and Mora each had two hits.

Cardinal starter Henry Gomez pitched five innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned three.  Brayan Ramirez surrendered four runs, three earned, in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Oliver Lopez blew the save by allowing inherited runners to score in the seventh but pitched scoreless ball in the eighth and ninth to get the win.

Inoa and Mora each stole a base.  Endri Salas was caught stealing.  Ramirez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Red are 17-23 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Rangers2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Mets1 6

The Cards got by the Mets1 by a two-run edge on Friday.  The Cardinal offense got on the board first with one run in the second inning, when Jose Zapata led off with a single and later scored on a sac fly by Darlin Moquete.  The Cardinals added two in the fourth on an RBI single by Moquete and a wild pitch.

The lead increased to 4-0 in the fifth.  Zapata was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Diego Velasquez.  The lead increased further with two additional scores in the sixth on a Zapata RBI single and a sac fly off the bat of Fernando Diaz.

In the bottom half of the sixth, the Mets finally got on the board with three runs and added a run in the seventh to cut the lead to 6-4.

The Cardinals made it 7-4 in the eighth with a run that came home on an error by the Mets pitcher on a pickoff attempt.  The Mets scored two in the bottom frame to pull to within a run at 7-6.

The Blue scored one run in the top of the ninth on a triple by Moquete and that was the end of the scoring as the Cardinals took home the victory.

Zapata and Moquete each had two hits.

Luis Tena took the mound initially for the Blue but pitched only one scoreless inning.  Right hander Yordy Richard then tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  Richard ultimately was awarded the win.  Eduar Pimentel followed Richard and surrendered three runs in two innings pitched. Americo Lugo hurled the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first professional save.

Elvin De Jesus stole his seventh base of the season.  Erik Pena stole his fifth base.  Velasquez had a throwing error and Darlyn Del Villar committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 23-13 and are in third place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 8-14

photo: Paul DeJong (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals came out of the All-Star break with a series win over visiting Arizona. New closer Carlos Martinez saved both wins. Our weekly history feature remembers prior years when St. Louis had just one All-Star, as in 2019 with Paul DeJong.


Game recaps

Monday, July 8 through Thursday, July 11 – All Star Break


Tuesday, July 9 – American League All-Stars 4, National League All-Stars 3

Paul DeJong was St. Louis’ lone representative in the 2019 All-Star Game in Cleveland.  The third shortstop to enter the game for the NL walked in his only plate appearance, in the eighth. DeJong stole third base as part of a double steal, but representing the tying run, did not score. Defensively, the Cardinal started a double-play in the home ninth.


Friday, July 12 – Cardinals 2, Diamondbacks 4

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first series on return from the All-Star break, the Cardinals took on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a three game series at Busch Stadium.  In the opener, the Cardinals fell to the Diamondbacks 4-2.

Daniel Ponce de Leon made the start as a replacement for Adam Wainwright, who was scratched from the start due to back spasms.  Ponce de Leon pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned seven.  Andrew Miller surrendered a home run to his only batter was removed without recording an out.  John Gant got the final out of the seven and remained for the eighth.  Gant allowed two runs in his 1 1/3 innings.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth.  Miller took the loss.

The offense was kept off the board until the fifth inning, when Matt Wieters’ solo home run to right field put the Cardinals on the board.  St. Louis added a second run in the eighth on a single by Paul DeJong.

Jose Martinez made a fielding error.


Saturday, July 13 – Cardinals 4, Diamondbacks 2

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Fortunes were reversed as well as the score as the Cardinals were the 4-2 victors on Saturday.  The Cardinals got on the board in the first inning on a two-run double by Tyler O’Neill.  The Diamondbacks answered in the top of the second to make it 2-1.

In the third, the Cardinals added to their lead with two runs provided again by O’Neill, but this time on a two run home run.  Arizona was able to cut the lead to 4-2 with a second score in the fifth, but that score held for a St. Louis victory.  O’Neill and Matt Wieters each had two hits.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched six innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked four.  Giovanny Gallegos followed with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings. For the second night in a row, Andrew Miller replaced Gallegos but did not record an out, walking the only batter he faced on four straight pitches.  Carlos Martinez got the last out of the inning, then returned to pitch a scoreless ninth. Hudson received his eighth win and Martinez earned his fourth save.

Yairo Munoz was picked off and caught stealing.


Sunday, July 14 – Cardinals 5, Diamondbacks 2    

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were again the victor over Arizona to take the game and series on Sunday.  Adam Wainwright returned after he was scratched on Friday due to back spasms.  Wainwright pitched well, tossing seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, fanning seven and walking one.  The right hander earned his sixth win of the season.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless eighth.  John Brebbia began the ninth and gave up two runs on eight hits.  Carlos Martinez came in to get the last out of the ninth to collect his fifth save.

Tyler O’Neill again drove in the first run on a double.  In the third, Yairo Munoz singled to plate a run.  Paul Goldschmidt added to the lead with a two run home run to left field against his former team.  A fifth run was added in the fourth on a sac fly by Matt Carpenter.  Goldschmidt, Dexter Fowler, and Kolten Wong each had two hits.

Kolten Wong was picked off and caught stealing.


The Big Picture

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In this short post All-Star break week, the Cardinals took 2-of-3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  The first game of the series was a disappointment, as it was much similar to the team’s play before the break – meager offense.  The offense somewhat improved in the last two games of the series, but aside from the Sunday home run by Paul Goldschmidt most of the production came from Tyler O’Neill.

The offense still is not operating on all cylinders.  Matt Carpenter came back from the injured list, but continues to struggle, albeit for only three games.  Another struggler, Harrison Bader, got his first extra base hit in a month in Sunday’s game; whether this is a sign of some improvement remains to be seen.  Bader has posted a very low BABIP, especially against LHP, once a strength for him, which indicates part of his struggles is a result of bad luck.  Matt Carpenter has a low BABIP as well, so one hopes there is some end coming from the slumps of both.  Paul Goldschmidt is showing marked signs of improvement.

Carlos Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Defense in the short term is fine, in the shadows of a horrendous outing for the outfield in the series before the break.  Nothing much can be expected defensively from Jose Martinez, who is in the lineup for his bat.

Ponce de Leon, Dakota Hudson, and Adam Wainwright all pitched well in the series.  The bullpen is mostly fine, save some recent hiccups from John Brebbia and Andrew Miller, who couldn’t record an out in his two appearances over the weekend. Carlos Martinez collected two saves.

The Cardinals play a three game series at home against the Pirates to begin the week, with a series in Cincinnati against the Reds following.  Both teams are back of the Cardinals in the division, by 2.5 and 3.5 games respectively. Neither team can be underestimated as both play the Cardinals very tough.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 50 43 0.538
Milwaukee 48 46 0.511 2.5
St. Louis 46 45 0.505 3
Pittsburgh 44 48 0.478 5.5
Cincinnati 42 48 0.467 6.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that the Cardinals have renewed interest in left handed reliever Will Smith of the San Francisco Giants.  The Cardinals are said to have first had talks with the Giants about acquiring Smith during the offseason, but the two sides could not come to an agreement.


Transactions 

  • 7/8 The Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Webb to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals activated 3B Matt Carpenter from the 10-day injured list.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 10-day injured list retroactive to July 8. Right thumb tendon strain.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals transferred RHP Jordan Hicks from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Torn UCL in right elbow.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals optioned 1B Rangel Ravelo to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals selected the contract of LHP Chasen Shreve from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/11 The Cardinals recalled C Andrew Knizner from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training.  The left hander has had a setback in his rehab and it remains unclear when he will return.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) continues on the 60-day injured list and has been pitching on a rehab assignment with Memphis since the end of June. No announcement of a return to the roster has been made.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko remains on the 10-day injured list. Gyorko originally was placed on the list due to lower back issues, was then reported to have recurring calf issues, and at present is suffering from a wrist ailment for which he had arthroscopic surgery on June 24.  The timetable for Gyorko’s return has been pushed back to the middle or end of August.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Marcell Ozuna (fractured right fingers) was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 29. Ozuna suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt. The outfielder is still dealing with swelling in the hand and has been unable to test his grip strength.  The team is hoping for a return by the end of July or early August.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 11, retroactive to July 8. Molina is expected to remain out for at least three weeks.

Special good wishes go out to Hall of Famer Bob Gibson, who is in an Omaha hospital battling pancreatic cancer.


Looking Ahead

The home stand will continue with a three game series with the Pirates from July 15-17. Due to a last minute change to the rotation because of a mild injury to Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas did not make the Sunday start as previously scheduled but will make the Monday start against the Pirates.  Jack Flaherty will make the Tuesday start.  Michael Wacha has been moved to the bullpen and Daniel Ponce de Leon will take his place Wednesday.

The Cardinals travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds in a four game series beginning Thursday, July 18. On Monday, July 22, the team flies to Pittsburgh for a four game series. The Cardinals then return home for a weekend interleague series with the Houston Astros.

After an off day on Monday, July 29, the Chicago Cubs come to Busch Stadium for a three game series.  St. Louis has another off day on Friday, August 2 to travel to Oakland to play a two game interleague series beginning Saturday with the Athletics.  The West Coast trip continues with a stop in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in a three game series beginning August 5.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

Paul DeJong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The 2019 All-Star Game has come and gone.  The Cardinals had only representative this year, shortstop Paul DeJong. This was the first time since 2007 that St. Louis had only one All-Star, when Albert Pujols was the team’s representative.

This week’s Blast from the Past looks at the prior years when there was only one Cardinal All Star and points out similarities.

2007 is recent enough for most fans to recall that this was the year following the World Championship in 2006.  It is not uncommon for a World Series winning team to not play well in the next year.  Last year’s winner, the Boston Red Sox, is an example of this phenomena.  The 2007 Cardinals posted a losing record of 78-84, another example and likely why only Albert Pujols was the only All-Star.

Ducky Medwick

The All-Star Game started in 1933, so we are looking back 86 years in total.  In 1938, the Cardinals sent only Joe “Ducky” Medwick to the game.  The team had a losing record of 71-80 that year, after posting a winning record the prior season.  A few other Cardinals besides Medwick had good seasons, but without probing into whether there were better players at those positions from other teams, one would have to conclude the reason was likely the team as a whole wasn’t good. (Remember at this time, the league had just eight teams.)

Fast forward to 1965, the next year there was only one All-Star Cardinal.  That year it was Bob Gibson, and the reason for his selection should be fairly obvious.  The team had won the World Series the previous year but posted a losing record in 1965.

Bake McBride was the single All-Star in 1976.  The entire decade of the 1970s featured mediocre Cardinals teams.  The 1976 team posted a record of 72-90.  There was again only a single Cardinal in the All-Star game in 1978, Ted Simmons.  The 1978 team was worse, with a record of 69-93.  The reason for these snubs isn’t difficult to comprehend. This author lived through that decade of Cardinals baseball and those teams were bad.

Bruce Sutter was St. Louis’ representative in 1981.  The teams during the decade of the 1980s teams were much better, but not every year was a winner.  A record of 59-43 in that strike-shortened year wasn’t bad, as the Cardinals were beginning to come out of the tough decade of the 1970s.  They would win the World Series the next year.

Ozzie Smith (Getty Images)

Ozzie Smith went to the All-Star Game in 1986.  The 1986 team had a losing record of 79-83, the year following a trip to the World Series in which lost to the Kansas City Royals and their good friend Don Denkinger.

Smith was again the lone All-Star Cardinal in 1990.  That team had a losing record of 70-92 as the team played musical chairs with managers.  First, Whitey Herzog resigned, then Red Schoendienst followed on an interim basis, and lastly Joe Torre.  A lot of upheaval.

In the year of the home run race, 1998, as one would imagine, Mark McGwire was an All-Star, but he was the only Cardinal so honored.  That team posted a winning record, barely, but was third in the NL Central.  The 1990s weren’t really one of the best decades for Cardinal baseball either, though it was better overall than the 1970s.

The next year of a sole Cardinal was 2007, so we’re back where we started. What conclusion should be drawn from the perusal of this history of Cardinal All-Star one-hit wonders?  Nothing concrete, other than the general theme that bad teams don’t always produce All-Stars in multiples.  Some of these teams weren’t very bad, but other considerations, like the competition from other teams at each position, likely played into it as well.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 14, 2019

photo: Brendan Donovan (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-7 on Saturday, including three double headers. Our Player of the Day, Peoria second baseman Brendan Donovan, was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a double.

Results for games played Saturday, July 13.


Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 2 (seven innings, Game 1)

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first game of a twin bill, the Redbirds edged the Dodgers 3-2 on Saturday. Memphis’ runs all came on long balls. The first was a solo shot by Randy Arozarena in the first inning.  Edmundo Sosa blasted a two run shot in the third.  Irving Lopez’ single was the only other Redbird hit.

St. Louis rehabber Mike Mayers pitched the first two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.  Harold Arauz followed with 4 1/3 innings in which he surrendered one run on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka got the final out of the seventh to earn his first save.


Memphis 5, Oklahoma City 8 (seven innings, Game 2)

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were the losers in the second game of the twin bill despite an attempt to rally from an early 8-0 deficit.  Memphis starter Chris Ellis gave up seven runs, six earned, in the second inning of a 1 2/3 inning start for the right hander.  Seth Elledge followed with 2 1/3 innings, surrendering the eighth run in the fourth.  Junior Fernandez, Jesus Cruz, and Tyler Webb finished with a scoreless inning each.  Ellis took the loss.

A rally began in the bottom of the fourth, on a three-run home run by Lane Thomas.  The offense added two more in the fifth on a two run single by Jose Godoy.  The scoring ended there.  Godoy and Rangel Ravelo each had two hits.

John Nogowski stole his first base of the season.  The Redbirds made two errors, a fielding error by Ravelo, and a throwing miscue by second sacker Kramer Robertson.

Memphis is 37-57 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 16.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   Off.


Springfield 1, Arkansas 5

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were the losers of a 5-1 contest at Hammons Field in the third of a four game series with the Travelers on Saturday.  The loss snapped Springfield’s four game win streak.

Starter Evan Kruczynski had a quality start, going seven innings and giving up three runs on four hits.  The lefty struck out four and walked four.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two runs in the final two innings.  The loss was Kruczynski’s fifth of the season with Springfield.

The Cardinals’ only score came from a solo home run by Yariel Gonzalez. This long ball followed Gonzalez’ walk off home run on Friday and was his fourth.  The Springfield third sacker was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  He also stole his third base of the season.

The Cardinals are 11-12 in the second half, 41-52 overall, and in fourth place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (2-1, 1.11) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 8 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Jupiter Hammerheads in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.  The lackluster offense managed only three hits, doubles by Julio Rodriguez and Nolan Gorman, and a single from Nick Dunn.  They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Starter Diego Cordero lasted only 1 2/3 innings.  Cordero gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out one and walking two and took the loss.  Zach Prendergast surrendered two runs, one earned, in is 2 1/3 innings in relief of Cordero.   Infielder Zack Gahagan pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Cardinals made two errors on defense, a missed catch by first baseman Luken Baker, and a throwing miscue by shortstop Imeldo Diaz.


Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 4 (seven innings Game 2)

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by Jupiter 4-3 in the second game of the twin bill.  Palm Beach took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a home run by Cole Kreuter.  Jupiter knotted it up in the top of the third, then added two more runs in the fifth for the 4-2 lead.

Nolan Gorman hit his third home run in a Palm Beach uniform in the sixth.  It was a solo shot to right field to make it 4-3, the eventual final score.  Gorman and Baker each had two hits.

Starter Ramon Santos pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Cole Aker surrendered two runs, one earned, in his two innings of relief.  C. J. Saylor pitched a scoreless seventh.  Aker took the loss.

Palm Beach again made two errors, throwing errors by Nick Dunn and catcher Dennis Ortega.

The Cardinals are 8-17 in the second half, 43-46 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, TBA 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 7, Great Lakes 4

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the Great Lakes Loons at Dozer Park on Saturday, aided by a big inning that put them over the top. In doing so, Peoria snapped its 12-game losing skid.

Peoria entered the bottom of the fourth inning behind 3-0.  A six run surge in the fourth gave the Chiefs the necessary cushion for victory. Ivan Herrera reached base first with a walk.  Brandon Riley doubled to left and Bryce Denton walked.  Wit the bases juiced, Brandon Benson drew a walk and Herrera scored.  After a pitching change, Edwin Figuera walked and Riley scored.  Next up to the plate was Brendon Donovan, who blasted a 2-2 pitch to left for a grand slam.  The fourth inning ended with the Chiefs ahead 6-3.

Brady Whalen increased the Peoria lead to 7-3 with an RBI single in the seventh.  Great Lakes added a run in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Peoria lead.

Player of the Day Donovan doubled to go with the grand slam, for a two hit night. Delvin Perez also had two knocks, a double and a single.

Chiefs’ starter Michael Brettell pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked five.  Eli Kraus followed with three scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Parker Kelly surrendered one run in his two frames.

Catcher Alexis Wilson made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Chiefs are 4-18 in the second half, 34-57 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Franyel Casadilla (3-3, 4.91) 5:05 CT


State College 13, Staten Island 14

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

The Spikes were edged by the Staten Island Yankees in a Saturday slugfest.  Spikes’ pitching failed early on, serving up the big inning twice.

Starter Jacob Schlesener couldn’t get past the first inning.  The left hander gave up five runs while recording only two outs.  Logan Gragg relieved and surrendered three runs, two earned, on three hits.  Eric Lex took over in the fourth inning and allowed five runs on five hits.  All eight runs given up by Gragg and Lex came in the fourth inning.  Jack Ralston followed and was the only Spikes pitcher not to give up runs. Ralston tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Fabian Blanco allowed one run in his two innings of relief.  Schlesener suffered his third loss.

The first score for State College came home on a double play from Andrew Warner in the bottom of the first inning.  David Vinsky doubled in the second for a second run.

In the fifth, Moises Castillo plated a run on a double.  Carlos Soto and Pedro Pages each drove in a run on a sac fly.  Vinsky doubled again in the sixth to score two runs.

In the seventh, Warner hit a solo home run.  Shane Benes plated a score on a ground out in the eighth.  Warner homered again in the ninth, a two run shot.  Stanley Espinal drove in a run on a sac fly.

Vinsky went 5-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Donivan Williams had three hits.  Castillo, Warner, and Brylie Ware each had two knocks.

Schlesener made a fielding error, and Castillo had a throwing miscue.

The Spikes are 15-14 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Staten Island, Andre Pallante (1-0, 4.70) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 2 at Elizabethton 3

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were edged by the Elizabethton Twins in a Saturday walkoff.  The offense scored two runs on nine hits, all singles.  Todd Lott was 3-for-4, while Liam Sabino and Kyle Skeels were each 2-for-4.

The Cardinals’ two runs scored on a single by Terry Fuller in the seventh and a Trejyn Fletcher single in the eighth. The Twins scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk off win.

Cardinal starter Michael YaSenka pitched five scoreless innings, allowed no hits, fanned eight and walked two.  Tyler Peck followed with two scoreless relief innings.  John Witkowski surrendered one run in the eighth.  Cameron Dulle pitched the ninth and gave up the losing scores.

Lott, Fletcher, and Carlos Soler each stole a base.  Fuller was picked off and caught stealing.

Johnson City is 13-10 on the season and are in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Francisco Justo (2-1, 2.53) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 0 (seven innings, Game 1)

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

The Cardinals blanked the Marlins in the first game of a twin bill on Saturday in Jupiter.  Starter Luis Ortiz pitched well, going 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking four.  Ortiz earned his first win of the season.  Roy Garcia got the last two outs of the seventh inning to earn his third save.

The Cardinals scored on a two-run home run by Patrick Romeri in the fourth inning.  Romeri was 2-for-2 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Romeri also stole his first base as a professional.

Catcher Joyser Garcia made a throwing error.


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 12 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals did not fare well in the second game of the twin bill as the Marlins blew past them for a 12-4 victory.

The Marlins took a 5-0 lead in the second inning.  The Cards answered with three runs in the third to cut the lead to 5-3. A Franklin Soto double plated two, and the third run scored on a wild pitch.

The Marlins responded with four runs in the bottom of the third, then added a score in the fourth.  Two more runs were plated in the sixth to give the Marlins the 12-3 lead.

The Cardinals managed to score one run in the top of the seventh on a sac fly by Jean Selmo. Joerlin De Los Santos had three hits in the game, while Franklin Soto had two knocks.

William Jimenez stole his second base of the season.  Catcher Zade Richardson made two throwing errors.  Freddy DeJesus and Yowelfy Rosario each committed fielding errors.

The Cardinals are 7-10 on the season and are in fourth place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red – Off day

Sunday’s game:  DSL All-Star Game


DSL Cardinals Blue – Off day

Sunday’s game:  DSL All-Star Game.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 13, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield designated hitter Yariel Gonzalez, whose 11th inning three-run home run walked off a win. Behind three home runs, Palm Beach scored 10, but Johnson City gave up 11. Trejyn Fletcher had three outfield assists.

Results for games played Friday, July 12.


Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 6

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Redbirds lost a heartbreaker to Oklahoma City on Friday at AutoZone Park.  The lead changed hands twice in the first six innings, but Memphis held a slim 3-2 lead heading into the ninth.  Then, reliever Chris Beck gave up four runs to end the night on a losing note.

Starter Austin Warner pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked one.  Jesus Cruz and Tyler Webb held on with a scoreless inning each.  Webb pitched the ninth and surrendered the four runs on four hits.  Beck was tagged with the loss and a blown save.

The Dodgers went up 1-0 in the first inning.  Memphis answered with two scores in the second on Lane Thomas’ two-run home run.

Oklahoma City tied it in the fourth.  In the sixth, the Redbirds took the lead 3-2 on a sac fly by Joe Hudson.  Memphis could not come back in the ninth.

Thomas, Adolis Garcia, and Randy Arozarena each had two hits.  Arozarena stole his third base with the Redbird.  Garcia and Thomas each had an outfield assist.

Memphis will play a doubleheader on Saturday.  Sunday’s game was moved to Saturday in anticipation of inclement weather due to Tropical Storm Barry.

Memphis is 36-56 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 16 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Oklahoma City, Harold Arauz (4-2, 6.59)/Chris Ellis (3-4, 6.96) 4:05 CT


Springfield 9, Arkansas 7 (11 innings)

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals won Friday in dramatic walk off fashion in extra innings.  The Cardinals fell behind in the first inning, following three Travelers scores against starter Tommy Parsons.  Parsons pitched six innings giving up only the three runs, while keeping Arkansas off the board for the next five innings.  Parsons fanned 10 Travelers and walked two.  Mitchell Osnowitz and Kodi Whitley followed with two scoreless innings each.  Roel Ramirez surrendered four runs, three earned, in the 11th but still received the win.

Springfield’s offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning, when Brian O’Keefe broke through with an RBI single to right.  Zach Kirtley followed with a second RBI single to cut the lead to 3-2.  Rayder Ascanio tied it up in the ninth with a single to center.

Neither team scored in the 10th, but in the 11th, Arkansas put up four runs against Ramirez.  Not to be outdone, the Cardinals responded with six runs in the bottom half of the 11th.  Kirtley blasted a two-run home run to left field.  Lars Nootbaar followed with an RBI single.  The final blow came from Yariel Gonzalez, who smashed a three-run home run to right center field to give the Cardinals the 9-7 walk off win.

Nootbaar led the offense with three hits.  Gonzalez, Kirtley, and Ascanio each had two.

Alberto Triunfel stole his first Springfield base. Gonzalez was caught stealing for the second time.  Triunfel and Ascanio both made throwing errors.

The Cardinals are 11-11 in the first half, 41-51 overall, and are tied for second place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (2-4, 6.99) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 10, Jupiter 6

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals blew past the Jupiter Hammerheads at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday, putting on an offensive display that included three long balls.  It was the first time Palm Beach put up 10 or more runs in consecutive games, after scoring 12 runs on Thursday.

The first of the three long balls came off the bat of Julio Rodriguez, a two-run shot in the second inning to put Palm Beach in the lead.  Nick Dunn hit a two-run single in the third to increase the lead to 4-0.

The final offensive blow was struck by Palm Beach in the fourth.  It began with a two-run home run by Nick Plummer.  Ramon Urias drove in another on a single to center field.  Following a single by Juan Yepez, Nolan Gorman thumped a two-run shot to left to bring the score to 10-0.  The long ball was Gorman’s second since his promotion to Palm Beach.

The Hammerheads battled back with six runs over the next three frames, but the Cardinals hung on to win.  Urias, Yepez, Dunn and Plummer each had two hits.  Gorman has eight RBI over his last two games.

Starter Perry DellaValle pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two to earn his fifth win of the season.  Edgar Escobar surrendered four runs in one inning pitched.  Patrick Dayton closed it down with 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

Palm Beach will play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up the postponed game from June 19.

Palm Beach is 8-15 in the second half and 43-44 overall.  The Cardinals are in last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Jupiter, TBA/TBA 3:00 CT


Peoria 2, Lansing 8

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the Lansing Lugnuts on Friday, their 12th consecutive loss.  Peoria got on the board with a run in the second inning on an RBI single by Leandro Cedeno.  Lansing took the lead away in the fourth with three runs against starter Colin Schmid.

Behind 6-1, the Chiefs did not score again until the eighth, when Brady Whalen singled to drive in one.  Lansing added two more in the ninth.

Whalen had three of his team’s eight hits.  Brandon Riley had two knocks.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The left hander fanned five and walked one.  Thomas St. Clair surrendered three runs in 1 1/3 relief innings.  Evan Sisk finished the game and allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings.  Schmid suffered his fifth loss of the season.

Josh Shaw made a throwing error, his sixth defensive miscue of the season.

The Chiefs are 3-18 in the second half, 33-57 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Michael Brettell (2-6, 5.43) 6:35 CT.


State College 6 at Tri-City 4 (10 innings)

Carlos Soto (State College Spikes)

After falling behind early, the Spikes came back to beat the Tri-City ValleyCats in extra innings on Friday.  The Spikes were held scoreless until the sixth, behind 2-0.  Carlos Soto gave State College a 3-2 lead with a three-run home run to right center field.

The Spikes added a run in the ninth on a wild pitch to make it 4-2.  Tri- City tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra innings.

In the 10th, Matt Duce hit an RBI double to break the tie, and Brylie Ware plated a run on a single to make it 6-4. Tri-City failed to score in the bottom of the frame.

Martin Figueroa had two hits.

Starter Enmanuel Solano pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked four.  Hector Villalobos pitched 2 2/3 scoreless relief innings.  Leonardo Taveras surrendered two runs, one earned, in the ninth.  Taveras was charged with the blown save but also got the win.   Junior Gonzalez pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his first save.

Andrew Warner stole his first base of the season.  Jonatan Machado was caught stealing for the second time.  Figueroa committed a fielding error and Dariel Gomez made a throwing error.  Solano picked a runner off second base.

The Spikes are 15-13 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Staten Island, Jacob Schlesener (1-2, 3.76) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 0 at Bristol 11

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

The Cardinals were the victims of a shellacking at the hands of the Bristol Pirates on Friday.  Johnson City starter Jose Moreno pitched four innings and gave up seven runs on 11 hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Wilberto Rivera surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.  Enrique Perez pitched a scoreless seventh.  Alex Gallegos allowed two runs in the eighth.  Moreno took the loss.

The Cardinals offense managed just four singles by Todd Lott, Kyle Skeels, Aaron Antonini, and Raffy Ozuna.

Liam Sabino was caught stealing for the first time.   Trejyn Fletcher had three outfield assists, all at third base.  Terry Fuller had an outfield assist at first base.  Antonini had a passed ball.

Johnson City is 13-9 on the season and are in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Michael YaSenka (0-0, 1.08) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Astros 2

Merandy Gonzalez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals defeated the Astros at in Jupiter on Friday.  The Cardinals took the lead with three runs in the first inning.  After a wild pitch scored one, a triple off the bat of Yowelfy Rosario plated two.

In the fourth inning, the Astros scored twice.  It remained 3-2 until the bottom of the eighth, when a wild pitch scored the fourth and final run for the Cardinals.

Starter Merandy Gonzalez, on a rehab assignment from Springfield, pitched a scoreless first inning.  Jake Walsh, also on a rehab assignment (from Palm Beach) added a scoreless second.  Nathanael Heredia tossed the next five innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  Hector Soto hurled the final two scoreless innings.

William Jimenez and Franklin Soto each stole a base.  Francisco Hernandez made a throwing error.  Joerlin De Los Santos had an outfield assist.

The GCL Cardinals are 6-9 on the season and are in fourth place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s games:  at GCL Marlins, TBA/TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 11 at DSL Phillies White 6

The Cardinals Red surged in the late innings to defeat the Phillies on Friday.  The Red fell behind 3-0 in the fourth, but the offense cut the lead to 3-1 in the fifth on a sac fly Juan Sanchez.  The Phillies answered with two in the bottom of the fifth to increase the lead to 5-1.

In the sixth, a fielding error allowed a Red run to score to make it 5-2.  Then in the seventh, the Cardinals tied it up with three runs.  Luis Andujar doubled, and Albert Inoa walked.  Sander Mora plated Andujar and Inoa on a double.  Mora later scored on a wild pitch.

The Cardinals took the lead 6-5 in the eighth on a run scored on a double play.  In the ninth, a five run outburst gave the Cardinals a commanding lead.  It began with leadoff walks by Roblin Heredia and Diowill Burgos.  Fernando Brazoban reached on a fielding error.  Claudio Ramirez walked, and Heredia scored.  Juan Sanchez then doubled to plate Burgos and Brazoban.  Albert Inoa singled, Ramirez and Sanchez scored.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched four innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits.  Jesus Jaquez surrendered two runs, one earned, in the fifth.  Hector De Los Santos allowed one unearned run in his 2 2 2/3 innings pitched.  Ramon Sanchez tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win.

The Cardinals Red are 14-21 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Orioles2 0

The Cardinals Blue blanked the Orioles on Friday, behind excellent pitching from starter Wilmer Ortega.  Ortega delivered five scoreless innings on only one hit.  The right hander struck out four.  William Miranda, Americo Lugo, Cristoffer Zapata, and Luis Tena each pitched a scoreless inning of relief. Ortega earned his third win.

Neither team scored until fourth inning, when the Cardinals put four runs on the board.   Back to back doubles by Brandon Hernandez and Leudy Pena resulted in Hernandez scoring.  Luis Rodriguez’ single plated Pena.  Elvin De Jesus drove in two on a double.

The Cardinals added to their lead in the eighth on a two-run home run by Jose Rodriguez.

Hernandez and Jose Rodriguez each had two hits.

Catcher Jose Zapata was caught stealing for the second time.  Carlos Arcia was picked off second base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 21-11 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 1-7

photo: Jack Flaherty (Sergio Estrada/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals head into the break treading water as a 3-3 week made for a 44-44 mark on the season. Jack Flaherty narrowly missed a no-hitter and instead, one mistake meant a loss to conclude the first half. Our weekly history feature uncovers a Cardinals two-game defensive lapse like no other.


Game recaps

Monday, July 1 – Off day


Tuesday, July 2 – Cardinals 4 at Mariners 5

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

St. Louis traveled to Seattle for a three game interleague series.  The first game was close, but it didn’t go the Cardinals way.  St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Jose Martinez.  The Mariners came back in the second inning with two runs to take the lead and added two more runs in the fifth.

The Cardinals did not score again until the sixth, when Martinez again hit a solo home run.  In the seventh, St. Louis knotted the score as Kolten Wong doubled, and Yairo Munoz followed with a two-run blast to left center field.   Seattle was not done as they regained the lead at 5-4 in the eighth.  The Cardinals were unable to respond in the ninth.

Martinez and Tyler O’Neill each had two hits.

Jack Flaherty made the start and pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits. The right hander fanned seven and walked four.  Dominic Leone got the last out of the fifth and the first out of the sixth before Tyler Webb secured the next two outs.  Webb returned for the seventh and retired the first two batters, then was replaced by Giovanny Gallegos, who got the final out.  Gallegos surrendered the winning run in the eighth.  Andrew Miller got the final out of the inning.  Gallegos took the loss.

Paul DeJong was caught stealing for the second time this season.


Wednesday, July 3 – Cardinals 5 at Mariners 2

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals fared better in the second game with the Mariners.  Adam Wainwright made the start and pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits.   The right hander struck out six and walked three.  Tyler Webb recorded two outs before John Brebbia finished the sixth and a scoreless seventh and eighth.  Andrew Miller and Carlos Martinez handled the ninth.  Brebbia got the win.

St. Louis offense did not get going until the last inning.  Jose Martinez singled to lead off the ninth. Following a strikeout by Paul DeJong, Paul Goldschmidt singled.  Tyler O’Neill drew a walk to load the bases.  Dexter Fowler singled to score Martinez.  Yadier Molina’s sac fly plated Goldschmidt. Tommy Edman then smacked a three-run home run to left center field.  The Mariners couldn’t answer and the Cardinals won 5-2.


Thursday, July 4 – Cardinals 5 at Mariners 4

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals took the series with a win in the final game by the same score as their loss in game one.  Seattle scored in the first inning, but the Cardinals tied it on Matt Wieters’ solo home run in the third.

The Mariners regained the lead with two runs in the bottom of the third.  The Cardinals answered in the fourth to tie it up on a two-run home by Dexter Fowler.  Seattle scored one in the bottom of the fourth to retake the lead 4-3.

The score remained 4-3 until the seventh inning.  Fowler drew a walk and Harrison Bader singled to left.  Wieters walked, then Tommy Edman singled to right to score Fowler and Bader.

Starter Michael Wacha had one of his substandard outings.  Wacha lasted only 3 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits. He walked two.  Daniel Ponce de Leon tossed the next 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  John Gant, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez each pitched a scoreless inning.  Ponce de Leon got the win, and Martinez the save, his third.


Friday, July 5 – Cardinals 9 at Giants 4

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

St. Louis took the momentum from the Seattle series into San Francisco, at least for the first game, as the offense scored nine runs on 14 hits.

The Redbirds offense put three runs on the board in the first inning.  It began with a solo home run by Jose Martinez.  Paul DeJong singled, and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a two-run home run to center field.

The Giants answered with two runs in the bottom of the first, then added a third run in the third inning to tie the game.  The Cardinals retook the lead in the top of the fourth on a triple by Tommy Edman.  St. Louis added two more scores in the fifth on an RBI single by Matt Wieters, and a ground out RBI from Kolten Wong.

The scoring continued in the seventh, when Dexter Fowler plated a run on a triple and Kolten Wong singled to score a second run.  Fowler hit a solo home run in the ninth to increase the lead to 9-3.  The Giants added a run in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short of a rally.

Dakota Hudson made the start and was a little wobbly at the beginning. Hudson pitched five innings and gave up three runs on six hits. The right hander fanned six and walked three.  Giovanny Gallegos tossed two scoreless relief innings.  Dominic Leone pitched the final two innings and allowed one run.  Hudson earned his seventh win.


Saturday, July 6 – Cardinals 4 at Giants 8

The momentum didn’t carry over into the second game of the series.  The Cardinals did score in the first inning on a single by Paul Goldschmidt, but the Giants tied it up in the bottom half of the inning.

The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the fourth, when some bumbling and stumbling by the Cardinals outfield loaded the bases with one out.  Giants pinch hitter Tyler Austin came to the plate and tattooed a Miles Mikolas pitch for a grand slam to right field.  Balls not getting caught that should have been caught by outfielders lit the fuse and Mikolas tossed the grenade.

It got worse as the Giants scored three more runs in the seventh.  The Cardinals attempted a comeback in the eighth. Jose Martinez singled and Paul DeJong was hit by a pitch. Paul Goldschmidt brought them in via a three-run home run to right field.  It was too little too late for the Redbirds.

Mikolas lost his ninth game of the season.  He lasted four innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits.  He did strike out six.  Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched two scoreless innings.  Tyler Webb surrendered three runs in the seventh and was relieved by John Brebbia, who got the final out of the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.

Tyler O’Neill was given a fielding error.


Sunday, July 7 – Cardinals 0 at Giants 1

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals lost the final game, and thus the series, to the last-place Giants.  Jack Flaherty was very good, throwing a no hitter into the seventh, until that pesky home run thing happened.  An errant pitch by Flaherty was smacked by Evan Longoria over the left field wall.  This by itself wouldn’t have been so bad if the Cardinals offense had decided to show up.

Flaherty finished the seventh inning having given up the one run on two hits (after the Longoria home run, he gave up a single).  Flaherty fanned six and walked one.  John Gant pitched a scoreless eighth.

Yairo Munoz had two of St. Louis’ six hits.  Flaherty decided he needed to give Munoz some help so he hit a double, the team’s only extra base hit.

Munoz also stole his fourth base and Tommy Edman stole his third.  Paul DeJong was caught stealing.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals came into the All-Star break with a record of 3-3 for the week.  The team took 2 of 3 from the Seattle Mariners, but lost 2 of 3 to the San Francisco Giants.  Both teams are in last place in their divisions.

Concluding a 25-game stretch against a number of weaker teams, the Cardinals went just 13-12 and sit at 44-44 overall. The only consolation is that the other NL Central division clubs are struggling in a comparable manner.

The offense began to show improvement this week, until they laid an egg in the final game on Sunday.   Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Martinez, Dexter Fowler, Kolten Wong, Tommy Edman and Tyler O’Neill all had pretty good weeks at the plate.  Matt Wieters and Yairo Munoz held their own.  Paul DeJong had a somewhat down week, and Harrison Bader continued to struggle offensively.

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The starting pitching was the issue.  Adam Wainwright was the best of the bunch, though Jack Flaherty improved on his Tuesday performance with a gem on Sunday.  Michael Wacha, unfortunately, looks like he needs to go back to the bullpen.  Miles Mikolas has not come near his 2018 performance so far this season.

The run differential this week was plus three.  Not great, but better than last week.  The improved offense helped, the pitching hurt.

The defense in the outfield had some issues over the weekend.  Specifically, in Saturday’s game, there were balls not caught that should have been caught.  The most egregious was a routine fly ball to left field, that Tyler O’Neill should have caught, but which fell between him and CF Dexter Fowler.  O’Neill was given an error and explained after the game that he had a read on the ball, but thought he heard Fowler call him off.   O’Neill was recently called up to replace the injured Marcell Ozuna.  The usually reliable Harrison Bader was not in the starting lineup on Friday and Saturday, so the outfield did not have its best defensive alignment.  It showed.  The error was followed by a grand slam that cost the Cardinals the game.

The Cardinals go into the All-Star break in third place in the NL Central, two games back of the Cubs and 1.5 games back of the Brewers.

After the break, the Cardinals play a weekend series at home against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a team with a better record than the Cardinals.  After that they play the Pirates, who have been hot and are only a half game back of St. Louis.  The second half needs to start off better than the first half ended.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 47 43 0.522
Milwaukee 47 44 0.516 0.5
St. Louis 44 44 0.500 2
Pittsburgh 44 45 0.494 2.5
Cincinnati 41 46 0.471 4.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Giants beat writer Hank Schulman offers the following:


Transactions 

  • 7/2 The Cardinals activated RHP John Brebbia from the paternity list.
  • 7/2 The Cardinals placed 3B Matt Carpenter on the 10 day injured list retroactive to June 29. Lower back strain.
  • 7/3 The Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals optioned CF Lane Thomas to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals recalled 1B Rangel Ravelo from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training surgery.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could begin a rehab assignment in early July and possibly return to the roster by the end of the month.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was transferred from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list on June 20. Mayers was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on June 26.  The right hander could return to the roster sometime in July.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko remains on the 10 day injured list. Gyorko originally had lower back issues, was then reported to have recurring calf issues, and at present is suffering from a wrist ailment for which he had arthroscopic surgery on June 24.  It is expected the infielder will not return to baseball activities for three weeks after the surgery.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Marcell Ozuna (fractured right fingers) was placed on the 10 day injured list on June 29. Ozuna suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.  No timetable for a return has been announced.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb) has been out of the starting lineup since July 4 with soreness in his right thumb. Molina had previously been on the injured list with the thumb.  Molina made a pinch hit appearance on July 5.  It is expected Molina will be back in the lineup after the All-Star break.
  • 3B Matt Carpenter (lower back) was placed on the 10 day injured list on July 2 retroactive to June 29. Carpenter has resumed baseball activities as of Sunday, and is expected to be reinstated after the break.
  • 2B Kolten Wong (left calf) was hit by a pitch during an at bat in the July 6 fame. Wong was not in the starting lineup on July 7.  He is considered day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals return from the All Star Break on Friday, July 12 to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a weekend series at Busch Stadium.  Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make the Friday, July 12 start against Arizona.  Dakota Hudson will make the Saturday start, followed by Miles Mikolas on Sunday.

The home stand will continue with a three game series with the Pirates from July 15-17. The Cardinals leave St. Louis after the Pirates series and travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds in a four game series beginning Thursday, July 18.

On Monday, July 22 the team flies to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates again for four. The Cardinals then return home for a weekend interleague set with the Houston Astros.

After an off day on Monday, July 29, the Chicago Cubs come to Busch Stadium for a three game series.  St. Louis has another off day on Friday, August 2 to travel to Oakland to play a two game interleague series beginning Saturday with the Athletics.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

An avoidable error in a game against the Giants over the weekend led to a brutal loss for the Cardinals.  Such errors happen of course, as baseball players are human, but some mistakes just seem worse than others when they could have easily been avoided.  Such was the case over the weekend.

1909 St. Louis Cardinals

So, this week’s blast from the past takes a look at two games of a doubleheader played by the Cardinals against the Cincinnati Reds in 1909 in which 17 errors were committed over both games.  This two game set that demonstrates that it can always be worse.

On July 3, 1909, the Cardinals took on the Cincinnati Reds for a doubleheader at Robison Field in St. Louis.  The Cardinals lost the first game 10-2. Perhaps the six errors in the game were a contributing factor.

There is no inning by inning breakdown of these games available, so it is unknown the circumstances of the errors themselves.  What is known is who made the errors and how many.  Three Cardinals players, one outfielder and two infielders, were the culprits.  Right fielder Steve Evans made two of the six errors.  Those two errors gave Evans a total of six errors up to that point in the season.  The second player was second baseman Chappy Charles, who only made one of the errors, but that one gave him a total of 24 errors.  Chappy probably wasn’t the best second baseman ever.  Finally, third baseman Bobby Byrne made three errors, increasing his total to 27.  That Cardinal infield needed some work.

The second game of the doubleheader made the first game seem like a regular day at the ballpark in comparison.  The Cardinals made a total of 11 errors, as six players were implicated in this fielding cataclysm.  One was Chappy, who made three errors in Game 2. Now, old Chappy had 27 errors.  The other five were catcher Ed Phelps with two errors, first baseman Ed Konetchy who had just one error, center fielder Joe Delahanty who made one error, (and it was his first of the season), shortstop Rudy Hulswitt with three, and pitcher Bob Harmon with one (also his first).

The Cardinals also lost the second game 13-7.  This should surprise no one.  The Reds, the happy victors in both of these games, committed one error in each.

Games like these should remind all Cardinals fans that no matter how bad it is, it can always be worse.  Tyler O’Neill has nothing on Chappy and the gang.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 7, 2019

photo: Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-7 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Randy Arozarena, who drove in the winning two runs. DSL Blue also won. Five of the seven losses were by one or two runs. Springfield fell in extras despite exceptional pitching as the offense remains in a funk.

Results for games played Saturday, July 6.


Memphis 5 at Iowa 4

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds edged the Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday.  The Cubs took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Redbirds tied it up quickly with a corresponding run in the second inning.  Andrew Knizner singled and scored on an Irving Lopez double.

Memphis put up a four-run fourth inning to take the lead.  Adolis Garcia was hit by a pitch and Knizner drew a walk. Lane Thomas singled to center and Garcia scored.   Jose Martinez walked, and pitcher Harold Arauz singled to plate Knizner.  Randy Arozarena singled to score Thomas and Martinez.

The Cubs cut the lead with three runs in the fifth, but neither team scored further.

Thomas had two hits but no other Redbird had more than one.

Starter Harold Arauz pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Mike Mayers pitched a scoreless sixth, Chasen Shreve tossed a scoreless seventh, and Ryan Helsley finished with two scoreless innings.  Arauz earned his fourth win and Helsley earned his first career save.

Martinez made a fielding error. Garcia had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 36-53 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 15 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Iowa, Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.34) 1:08 CT.


Note: The MLB All-Star Futures Game is Sunday night 6 p.m. CT on MLB Network and streaming at MLB.com. Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson are on the NL team.


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 2 (11 innings)

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by the Travelers in extra innings in Little Rock on Saturday.  Springfield got on the board first with one run in the second inning, their only score in the three games of the series to date.  Zach Kirtley hit a leadoff double, then scored on a ground rule double off the bat of Yariel Gonzalez.  Arkansas tied it up with a run in the fifth and won on a walk off in the 11th.

The Cardinals had five total hits, raising their three-game total to eight.  No Springfield hitter had more than one hit on Saturday.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched six innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked three.  Ronnie Williams added two scoreless relief innings.  Jacob Patterson tossed 2/3 of a scoreless inning, while Roel Ramirez finished with 1 1/3 innings during which he allowed the winning run.

Scott Hurst had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 6-10 in the second half, 36-50 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (2-2, 5.56) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 4

Zach Gahagan (North Carolina)

The Cardinals were edged by the Miracle in Fort Myers on Saturday.  Palm Beach got on the board in the second inning with two runs on a sac fly by Nick Plummer and a double by Dennis Ortega.  The Cardinals led 2-1.

The Beach Birds increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth with an RBI double play ball by Andres Luna.  Fort Myers added a run in the fifth, then went ahead with two runs in the seventh.  The Cardinals were unable to rally in the last two innings.

Zach Gahagan had three hits and Ortega and Wadye Ynfante each had two.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched five innings in his Palm Beach debut, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Zach Thompson also had his first Palm Beach action with a scoreless sixth.  Ben Yokley surrendered two runs, one earned, in the seventh, taking a blown save and the loss.   Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth.

Plummer stole his third base of the season.  Gahagan and Imeldo Diaz each made a fielding error.  Seijas picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 4-13 in the second half, 39-42 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 2 at Burlington 9

Edwin Figuera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were overmatched by the Bees in Burlington on Saturday.  Peoria’s offense scattered 10 hits but managed only two runs, both in the sixth inning.  The inning began with an Edwin Figuera single, followed by a single from Delvin Perez. Perez was eliminated on a force out.  Brendan Donovan walked to load the bases, then Bryce Denton was hit by a pitch and Figuera scored.  Brandon Riley drew a walk and the final run came home.

Figuera and Perez each had three hits.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched five innings and gave up five runs, one earned, on 10 hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked one.  Sebastian Tabata pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered four runs.  Eli Kraus tossed 1 1/3 scoreless.  Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless eighth.  Schmid took the loss.

Brandon Benson was caught stealing.  Figuera made a fielding error.  Catcher Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.  Schmid picked a runner off first base.

The Chiefs are 3-13 in the second half and 33-52 overall and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:   at Burlington, Michael Brettell (2-6, 5.58) 2:00 CT.


State College 4 at Mahoning Valley 6

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes came out on the losing end of the contest at Mahoning Valley on Saturday.  The Snappers held a 4-0 lead going into the fourth inning, when the Spikes were finally able to score.  The inning began with a single by Carlos Soto.  Andrew Warner also singled and both advanced on a wild pitch.  A passed ball allowed Soto to cross the plate.  Stanley Espinal flied into a sacrifice double play that plated Warner.  The lead was reduced to 4-2.

The Snappers added a run in the bottom of the fourth.  The Spikes answered with a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Moises Castillo.  In the seventh, State College added another run on a passed ball.  The score stood at 5-4.  The Spikes did not score in the ninth, but the Snappers added an insurance run, making the final score 6-4.

Castillo had three of his team’s five hits and stole two bases.

Spikes starter Jeremy Randolph pitched only 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Adrian Mardueno allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Jack Ralston tossed two scoreless relief frames before Eric Lex allowed one run in his two innings.

Donivan Williams committed a fielding error and Lex made a miscue on a pickoff attempt.

The Spikes are 13-9 on the season and are in second place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Enmanuel Solano (1-2, 4.18) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 5 at Bluefield 7 (seven innings, Game 1)

Aaron Antonini (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals lost a close first game of the doubleheader at Bluefield on Saturday.  This made up Friday’s rainout. The offense was held scoreless until the Cardinals burst out with five runs in the sixth inning.  Chandler Redmond doubled as did Carlos Soler, who plated Redmond.   Liam Sabino and Terry Fuller walked to load the bases.  Aaron Antonini then stepped to the plate and hit a grand slam to right field.  This put the Cardinals in the lead 5-4.

The Blue Jays answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.  The Cardinals failed to score in the seventh and lost 7-5.  The total hits for the Cardinals was five, and no Redbird had multiple hits.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Wilberto Rivera surrendered three runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings and took the blown save.  Alex Gallegos allowed two runs in the sixth, earning the loss.

Terry Fuller stole his second base of the season.  Antonini had two throwing errors, YaSenka committed an error on a pickoff, Mateo Gil made a throwing error, and Diomedes Del Rio had a fielding miscue.


Johnson City 2 at Bluefield 6 (seven innings, Game 2)

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were swept in the doubleheader, as again, the offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning.  Carlos Soler and Diomedes Del Rio hit back to back doubles and both later scored on a fielding error on a ground ball to third by Todd Lott.

The offense had four total hits and no Cardinal had more than one.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched five innings, giving up six runs on five hits.  The right hander walked two.  Cameron Dulle tossed a scoreless sixth.  Moreno took the loss.

Liam Sabino made a throwing error.

Johnson City is 10-7 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, TBA 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals – Off day

The 2-8 Gulf Coast League Cardinals are in fifth/last place in the GCL South Division, five games behind the first-place Marlins.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 2, DSL Tigers1 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red lost a close contest to the DSL Tigers in extra innings on Saturday.  The Red offense scored two runs in the first but failed to add on.  Fernando Brazoban was hit by a pitch, then Claudio Ramirez singled to short.  Alexander Samuel walked to load the bases, and Erick Thomas followed with a walk to score Brazoban.  Juan Sanchez then singled to short and Ramirez scored.  The offense was held scoreless for the rest of the game while the Tigers scored two runs to tie and then one run in extras to get the win.

Sanchez was the only batter with multiple hits, with two.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning three.  Jesus Jacquez followed with two clean relief innings.  Augusto Calderon gave up one run in the seventh.  Luis Garcia surrendered a run in his two innings and was charged with a blown save. Hector De Los Santos allowed the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

Samuel and Sander Mora were each caught stealing.  Thomas made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Red are 12-19 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Nationals 1

The Cardinals Blue defeated the Nationals in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  The Cardinals pitching staff held the Nationals scoreless until the ninth inning, when the Nationals were able to get one run home.  Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Ortega earned his second win.  Eduar Pimentel tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  William Miranda pitched a scoreless eighth, and Dionys Rodriguez gave up the lone Nationals score in the ninth.

The Cardinals put up two runs in the second inning on a Fernando Diaz double and a ground out by Jose Rodriguez.  The third and last Cardinal run in the game scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits.  In addition to Diaz’ double, the only other extra base hit was a triple by Brandon Hernandez.

Darlyn Del Villar stole his sixth base of the season. Del Villar, Hernandez, and Diaz each made fielding errors.

The Cardinals Blue are 19-8 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 6, 2019

photo: Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College center fielder Jonatan Machado, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Spikes’ big win. Memphis and Springfield fell in similar ways as Thursday. The Redbirds’ pen stumble negated Edmundo Sosa’s grand slam and the S-Cards were shut out again.

Results for games played Friday, July 5.


Memphis 8 at Iowa 9

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

For the second consecutive night in Des Moines, the Redbirds were edged by the Cubs due to a late-inning relief stumble. It was a slugfest early on, with the score 7-7 through three innings.  Memphis got on the board first with a run in the top of the first on a double by Adolis Garcia.  The Cubs answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

A six-run second for Memphis gave them the 7-2 lead.  Lane Thomas led off with a single. Irving Lopez and Kramer Robertson each drew a walk to load the bases.  Pitcher Austin Warner reached on a fielder’s choice and Thomas scored.  Edmundo Sosa blasted a grand slam to left center field.  Garcia and Andrew Knizner each singled, and Garcia scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs added three runs in the bottom of the second and two runs in the third to knot the game.  That 7-7 score held until the top of the sixth, when Randy Arozarena thumped an RBI double to give Memphis the 8-7 lead.  Arozarena has hit safely in nine straight starts.  The Cubs came back with two runs in eighth to take the final 9-8 edge.

Garcia, Knizner and Thomas each had two hits.  Sosa’s grand slam was his only hit for the evening.

Starter Austin Warner pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked four. Seth Elledge got the last out of the fifth.  Rehabber Mike Mayers and Junior Fernandez combined for the next two scoreless relief innings.  Chris Ellis surrendered two runs in the eighth and was charged with both the blown save and the loss.

Thomas stole his ninth base of the season.  Arozarena was caught stealing for the second time. Robertson committed three errors, two throwing and one fielding.

Memphis is 35-53 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 16 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Harold Arauz (3-2, 6.75) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 0 at Arkansas 3

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

On Friday, the Cardinals were blanked by Travelers pitching in Little Rock for the second straight night.  The Springfield offense was held to one meager hit, a single by Rayder Ascanio, after getting just two hits in Thursday’s shutout loss.  They were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched six innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits.  It was a quality start for Rondon, unsupported by his offense.  Rondon fanned five and walked five.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless seventh and Kodi Whitley added a scoreless eighth.

Justin Toerner stole his fourth base of the season.  Yariel Gonzalez committed a throwing error, and Zach Kirtley had a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals are 6-9 in the first half, 36-49 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.59) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 4 (seven innings, Game 1)

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Miracle in the first game of a doubleheader in Fort Myers on Friday.   The scoreless Cardinal offense scattered six hits, highlighted by two doubles from second sacker Nick Dunn.  Dunn was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Singles from Julio Rodriguez, Nick Plummer, Juan Yepez, and Imeldo Diaz rounded out the meager offense.

Starter Griffin Roberts lost his fourth game of the season, pitching 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs, one earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Dunn committed three errors, one fielding and two throwing.  Diaz made a throwing error.  Rodriguez had a passed ball.


Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 7 (seven innings, Game 2)

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were losers on both ends of the Friday twin bill, but lost Game 2 with some offense. After falling behind early 6-0, the Beach Birds rallied for three runs in the later innings.  In the fifth, Nick Plummer drew a leadoff walk and Juan Yepez doubled to center.  Imeldo Diaz then singled to left, scoring Plummer and Yepez.

Fort Myers scored in the sixth to make it 7-2.  In the seventh, Nick Dunn plated a run on a sac fly for the final run of the game.

Diaz and Nolan Gorman each had two hits.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two.  Edgar Escobar tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings.  Cole Aker allowed one run in the sixth.

Diaz and Yepez each made throwing errors.

Palm Beach is 4-12 in the second half and 39-41 overall.  The Cardinals are in last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 5:00 CT.


Peoria 1 at Clinton 4

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the LumberKings in Clinton on Friday.  Peoria’s offense managed only one run on three hits.  It came in the top of the fourth, for a temporary 1-0 lead.  Delvin Perez was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Brady Whalen.  Whalen’s double was the only extra base hit.  Edwin Figuera and Alexis Wilson each singled.

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Tony Locey and Freddy Pacheco each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Perez committed a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 3-12 in the second half, 33-51 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, Colin Schmid (3-3, 5.16) 6:30 CT.


State College 13 at Mahoning Valley 6

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Spikes gave Mahoning Valley a shellacking in a game on the road on Friday.  The Spikes offense put up three runs in the top of the first.  RBI doubles by Moises Castillo and Pedro Pages plated two and Stanley Espinal singled to score Pages. State College increased the lead to 4-0 in the second on a double by Player of the Day Jonatan Machado.

The Snappers added a run in the home second.  The Spike answered with a five-run top of the third.  The first two runs scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Martin Figueroa doubled to plate a run, and Luis Flores tripled to drive in another.  Machado hit a sac fly for the fifth run in the inning.

Mahoning Valley scored two in the bottom of the third.  The Spikes took the 9-3 lead into the sixth, when Matt Duce drew a bases loaded walk and Dariel Gomez doubled to plate two.

The Snappers added two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one score in the bottom of the seventh to decrease the lead to 12-6.  In the top of the ninth, Pages plated the final run on a sac fly.

Machado and Flores each had three hits.  Pages and Espinal both had two knocks.

The Spikes are 13-8 and are in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Jeremy Randolph (0-0, 3.52) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Bluefield (postponed)

The 10-5 Cardinals game at Bluefield was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s games:  at Bluefield, Jose Moreno (1-1, 9.28)/Francisco Justo (2-0, 1.10) 3:00 CT


GCL Cardinals 14 at GCL Mets 7

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

The Cardinals blew past the Mets with an abundance of offense.  A four-run first inning put the team in the driver’s seat.  The first run scored on a ground out off the bat of Luis Montano.  A three-run home run by Patrick Romeri followed.  Trejyn Fletcher thumped a two-run home run in the second inning for a 6-1 lead.

A wild pitch added a Cardinals run in the fourth, following two runs by the Mets in the top of the inning.  The score became 8-3 in the fifth with a run scoring on Zade Richardson’s double.

The Cardinals poured it on in the seventh.  Pablo Gomez hit a sac fly and one run scored, followed by a second run on a fielding error.  Franklin Soto doubled to plate two, and Luis Montano also contributed a two run double. The Cardinals led 14-4.  The Mets added a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, but the rally fell short.

Soto had three hits, and Romeri had two.

Cardinals starter Nathanael Heredia pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits.  The left hander struck out seven and walked three.  Anthony Green followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Saniel Santana surrendered one run in the eighth, and Wilman Madera allowed two scores in the ninth.  Heredia earned his first win.

The GCL Cardinals are 2-8 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Red 9, DSL Brewers 11

The Cardinals Red lost a close one against the Brewers on Friday.  The Red offense took an early 3-0 lead in the second.   The scoring began with a bases loaded walk by Jesus Orrechia.  The second run came home on a ground ball double play by Bryan Matute.  A wild pitch sent in the third run.

The Brewers quickly took the lead with a six-run third inning.  Diowill Burgos hit a sac fly in the bottom of the third to reduce the lead to 6-4.  The Brewers added one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 9-4 lead.  The Cardinals answered with a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.

In the seventh, the Brewers went up 11-5.  In the bottom frame, the Cardinals responded with a score on a fielding error.  A wild pitch run in the eighth brought the score to 11-7.  A ninth inning two run home run by Orrechia decreased the lead to 11-9, but the Cardinals failed to add more and suffered the two run loss.

Inoa was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.

Red starter Angel Cuenca pitched three innings and gave up six runs, two earned, on seven hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Oliver Lopez surrendered three runs, two earned, in 2 1/3 relief innings.  Hemerson Cordero allowed two runs in his 2 2/3 innings.  Larimel Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth.

Albert Inoa, Smith Vargas, Endri Salas, and Roblin Heredia each stole a base.  Inoa committed a fielding error, and Luis Andujar had a throwing miscue.

The Cardinals Red are 12-18 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue roared past the Yankees on Friday.  A big second inning put the Cardinals on top and the pitching did the rest.

An RBI single by Leudy Pena put the Cardinals on the board first.  The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the first, but the Cardinals responded with a six-run second inning.  It began with a bases loaded walk by Darlyn Del Villar.  Gustavo A. Rodriguez then knocked a ground ball single that plated two.  Pena doubled in a run and Brandon Hernandez drove in Rodriguez on a single.  Pena scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the inning.

The Yankees added two runs in the third inning to bring the score to 7-3.  In the top of the fifth, Elvin De Jesus and Handel Otamendi each singled to drive in a run.  Then in the seventh the Blue added two more scores on a triple by De Jesus and a fielding error on a ground ball to short by Del Villar.  The Yankees scored one in the bottom of the ninth, but the victory was in hand.

De Jesus, Del Villar, Otamendi, and Pena each had two hits.

Blue starter Yordy Richard pitched five innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Luis Tena tossed two scoreless relief innings.  In his professional debut, Hansel Marcelino added a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.  Cristoffer Zapata allowed one run in the ninth.  Richard earned his first win.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 18-8 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 24-30

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The St. Louis Cardinals broke their five-game losing skid to conclude the dreary 1-4 week and 13-13 month. The struggling offense’s top run producer by far, Marcell Ozuna is out, with rookie Tommy Edman performing well. Our weekly history feature is Cardinals no-hitters.


Game recaps

Monday, June 24 – Off day

Tuesday, June 25 – Cardinals 3, Athletics 7

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The Cardinals reunited with outfielder Stephen Piscotty when his Oakland Athletics came to town for a short two game series.  Unfortunately for St. Louis, the game and the series were a bust.

Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty wasn’t at his best.  Flaherty pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits, including three long balls.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.   John Brebbia tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Dominic Leone pitched two scoreless innings, and Tyler Webb hurled a scoreless ninth.

The Athletics scored in the top of the second to take a 1-0 lead.  The Cardinals answered with three in the bottom of the inning.  With Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong on base, Matt Carpenter’s triple scored both.  Paul DeJong then smacked a ground rule double to plate Carpenter.  That was it for Cardinals scoring, but the Athletics were not done, plating six more.

Kolten Wong stole his 14th base of the season.


Wednesday, June 26 – Cardinals 0, Athletics 2

The Cardinals were blanked 2-0 to lose the home series.  The offense continues to struggle to score runs and this game was no exception.  The offense scattered five hits, two by Tommy Edman, who led off in replacing struggling Matt Carpenter.  Marcell Ozuna had the only extra base hit, a double.

Adam Wainwright got the start, and pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out nine and walked one but took the loss.  Giovanny Gallegos followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  John Gant pitched a scoreless ninth.


Thursday, June 27 – Off day


Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Friday, June 28 – Cardinals 1 at Padres 3

The Cardinals began a nine-game West Coast trip with three games in San Diego.  The first game ended in a loss, with the offense once again struggling.  The lone St. Louis run came in the fourth inning.  With Yadier Molina on third base, Michael Wacha’s infield single was initially ruled an out a first base but was overturned on review.  Molina scored on the play.  Adding injury to insult, top Cardinals run producer Marcell Ozuna suffered a fractured hand on a play on the bases.

Wacha tossed seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits. The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered a Padres insurance run in the eighth inning.


Saturday, June 29 – Cardinals 2 at Padres 12

The second game of the series was a stinker.  It was the worst start of Dakota Hudson’s season.  Not only could Hudson not get anyone out, he made a throwing error that led to six of his seven runs being unearned.  Hudson lasted only 1 2/3 innings and was replaced by Daniel Ponce de Leon, who went the next 5 1/3 innings and surrendered four additional runs.  Both Hudson and Ponce de Leon gave up home runs to Manny Machado and Franmil Reyes.  Dominic Leone took the eighth and he surrendered a home run, too, to Fernando Tatis, Jr.

The balls were flying out of Petco Park, but only one flew out for the Cardinals.  That was in the first inning from leadoff hitter Tommy Edman, a solo shot off Chris Paddack.  The Redbirds would score only one more run, in the eighth inning, on Yairo Munoz’ double.


Sunday, June 30 – Cardinals 5 at Padres 3 (11 innings)

Matt Wieters (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals narrowly managed to salvage a game in this dreadful series and week, but they had to do it in extra innings.  It started out like most of the games recently, with the offense held scoreless for a long stretch.  The Padres jumped ahead 3-0 and the Cardinals were held scoreless heading into the sixth inning.  A rally finally got going when Jose Martinez walked, Paul DeJong singled, and Paul Goldschmidt walked.  Yairo Munoz then singled, scoring Martinez and De Jong.  Munoz was caught stealing to end the inning.

The Redbirds tied the game in the eighth.  Goldschmidt singled and advanced to second on a throwing error.  Tyler O’Neill followed with a single and Goldschmidt scored with the aid of a fielding error by right fielder Franmil Reyes.

The game went into extra innings.  In the 11th, Kolten Wong singled, and Matt Wieters then whacked a two-run home run to left that went high into the upper decks of Petco Park.  The Padres didn’t score in the bottom of the 11th and the Cardinals left San Diego with a win.

The Cardinals used most of their bullpen.  Miles Mikolas started and went six innings. He gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out four. Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller combined to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Gant started the eighth, struck out one, but was pulled after he walked two batters.   Carlos Martinez pitched the next 2 2/3 scoreless innings to get the win.  Tyler Webb and Dominic Leone combined for the 11th.  Leone got his first save.


The Big Picture

It was a bad week for St. Louis.  Two losses to Oakland, followed by two losses out of three games to San Diego.  The Cardinals missed a 0-5 disaster by a two-run win in extra innings on Sunday.  Miraculously, the Cubs and the Brewers continue to not light the world on fire either, so the Cardinals remain in the hunt, behind three games to both teams, who are in a dead heat for the top spot, but only 2 ½ games out of a share of the division cellar as well.

What can one say about the offense?  Not much, literally and figuratively.  The Cardinals managed to score just 11 runs over five games, while allowing 27 runs.  For the math geeks, that’s a minus 16 run differential.  That’s bad.

Dakota Hudson had a horrible start against the Padres on Saturday.  The rest of the starting pitching has been fine, though Jack Flaherty hasn’t been pitching like Flaherty of last season.  The bullpen is mostly fine as well.

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

So, it’s the offense. It can’t be said enough.  Matt Carpenter has been temporarily replaced (one assumes) by Tommy Edman over the last four games.  It was reported that Carpenter was supposed to start on Sunday but wasn’t feeling well.  Carpenter hasn’t hit well either, which goes to explain why he sat.  Then again, most of the lineup hasn’t hit well, other than Marcell Ozuna who is now on the IL with broken fingers.  Paul Goldschmidt still isn’t the player that was expected.  Paul DeJong, though named to the All-Star Game roster, has struggled recently. The rest of the lineup has been so-so.  Harrison Bader hits them right at fielders, over and over.  He made a terrific catch in the outfield Sunday, but needs some terrific hits.

The team goes to Seattle next for a three-game series.  The Mariners are in last place in the AL West. No team is a pushover, however.  The Miami Marlins are a last place team and the Cardinals struggled to win against them.  The Cardinals then play the San Francisco Giants, another last place team.  Wins must come from these series, as these are opportunities not to be passed up.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 45 39 0.536
Chicago 45 39 0.536
St. Louis 41 41 0.500 3
Pittsburgh 39 43 0.476 5
Cincinnati 38 43 0.469 5.5

 


News and Notes

  • It turned out that the injury to Jordan Hicks was more than tendinitis as originally reported. Hicks has a torn UCL in his pitching arm and opted to have Tommy John surgery.  The right-hander had the surgery on Wednesday and is of course out for this season, and likely a significant part of the 2020 season, as well.  Carlos Martinez was named closer to replace him.
  • Also, on the injury front, the Cardinals lost their best hitter, Marcell Ozuna, to a hand injury suffered in the Padres opener on Friday. Ozuna was diagnosed with fractures to the base of his middle and ring finger of his right hand.  The injury occurred when Ozuna dived back into first base on a pickoff attempt.  No surgery will be required, but no timetable for how long he will be on the IL has been set.  Ozuna returned to St. Louis on Sunday to see a hand specialist.  The Cardinals called up outfielder Tyler O’Neill and Lane Thomas from Triple-A.  O’Neill made the start in LF on both Saturday and Sunday.
  • The rosters for this year’s All-Star Game were announced on Sunday, and the Cardinals’ lone representative to the Midsummer Classic is shortstop Paul DeJong. DeJong was chosen as an infield reserve by the Commissioner’s Office as part of the final step to ensure each team is represented.  It is the first time since 2007 that the Cardinals have only one player selected to the All-Star Game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 6/25 The Cardinals placed RHP Jordan Hicks on the 10 day injured list retroactive to June 23, 2019. Torn right UCL.
  • 6/25 The Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/25 The Cardinals recalled RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/25 The Cardinals recalled RHP Dominic Leone from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/26 The Cardinals sent RHP Ryan Helsley on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/26 The Cardinals sent RHP Mike Mayers on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals placed RHP John Brebbia on the paternity list.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals placed LF Marcell Ozuna on the 10 day injured list. Right middle finger fracture.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals recalled CF Lane Thomas from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals recalled LF Tyler O’Neill from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome during spring training.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could begin a rehab assignment in early July and possibly return to the roster by the end of the month.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list on June 20. Mayers was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on June 26 and has made two appearances since.  The right hander should return to the roster sometime in the first part of July.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko remains on the 10-day injured list. Gyorko originally was originally out due to lower back issues, was then reported to have recurring calf issues, and at present is suffering from a wrist ailment for which he had arthroscopic surgery on June 24.  It is expected the infielder will not return to baseball activities for three weeks after the surgery.
  • RHP Ryan Helsley (right shoulder impingement) was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 13. Helsley was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds on June 26 and like Mayers, has pitched twice with mixed results.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Marcell Ozuna (fractured right fingers) was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 29. Ozuna suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt.  No timetable for a return has been announced.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday, July 1 following the series in San Diego.  The team will be in Seattle to take on the Mariners in a three game interleague series.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Tuesday start, followed by Adam Wainwright go Wednesday with Michael Wacha the likely starter on July 4th.

The Cardinals will travel to San Francisco for a weekend series beginning Friday, July 5.  It will be the final series prior to the All-Star Break.

The Cardinals return from the All-Star Break on Friday, July 12 to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a weekend series at Busch Stadium.  The home stand will continue with a three game set with the Pirates from July 15-17.

After the Pirates series, the Cards will travel to Cincinnati to take on the Reds in a four game series beginning Thursday, July 18.  On Monday, July 22 the team flies to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates again for four.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

During the television broadcast of the Cardinals-Athletics game on Tuesday, the 20-year anniversary of the no-hitter pitched by rookie starter Jose Jimenez on June 25, 1999 was noted.  This led to the subject of this week’s Blast from the Past – the St. Louis Cardinals’ no-hitters over time.

St. Louis pitchers have thrown nine no-hitters in franchise history.  Let’s briefly look at all of them.

The first Cardinals no hitter was thrown on July 17, 1924 by Jesse Haines.  Haines, nicknamed “Pop”, pitched for the Cardinals from 1920-1937.  The no-hitter by Haines was against the Boston Braves.  Haines pitched in three World Championships for the Cardinals, in 1926, 1931, and 1934 as a member of the infamous “Gashouse Gang”.

Paul Dean

Ten years later, on September 21, 1934, a rookie pitcher named Paul Dean pitched a no-hitter against the Brooklyn Dodgers.  Dean was the brother of Jay Dean, known as “Dizzy”.  Paul Dean took on the nickname “Daffy”.  The no-hitter was in the second game of a doubleheader.  Both Deans pitched in the 1934 World Series.  Paul would not have the career of his more famous brother, as he was injured a few years later and could no longer pitch effectively.  Paul Dean was taken in the 1939 Rule 5 draft by the New York Giants from the Cardinals.

Lon Warneke threw a no-hitter for the Cardinals on August 30, 1941 against the Cincinnati Reds.  The Cardinals had picked up Warneke from the Cubs in a trade in 1939.  Warneke won 83 games for the Cardinals in 5 ½ seasons with the franchise.

27 years passed until the next no-hitter, thrown by Ray Washburn on September 18, 1968 against the San Francisco Giants.  Washburn pitched for the Cardinals from 1961-1969.  1968 was Washburn’s best season as he posted a 14-9 record with an ERA of 2.26.   He was traded to Cincinnati in 1970 and pitched in relief that year before retiring from baseball.

The most famous and beloved of Cardinals pitchers, Bob Gibson, surprisingly pitched only one no-hitter in his long career with St. Louis.  It occurred on August 14, 1971 against the Pittsburgh Pirates as the Cardinals prevailed 11-0 at Three Rivers Stadium.  The Pirates went on to win the World Series that fall.

Bob Forsch

Then came Bob Forsch, the only pitcher to throw multiple no-hitters for the Cardinals.  The came on April 16, 1978 against the Philadelphia Phillies.  That no-hitter was a bit controversial due to an official scorer ruling on an error by Ken Reitz.  Forsch’s second no hitter was thrown on September 26, 1983 against the Montreal Expos.  There was no reported controversy in this no-hitter.  At the time Forsch was the 25th MLB pitcher to throw more than one no-hitter.

The no-hitter that prompted this article was the June 25, 1999 no-hitter by Jose Jimenez. The opponent was the Arizona Diamondbacks and the opposing pitcher was Randy Johnson, with the outcome a 1-0 win for the Cardinals. Ironically Jimenez’ next start was against those same Diamondbacks and Randy Johnson.  It was also a 1-0 win for St. Louis in which Jimenez allowed two hits. Unfortunately for Jimenez and the Cardinals, those were his brightest career highlights.

The last St. Louis no-hitter was pitched by Bud Smith against the San Diego Padres on September 3, 2001, as the Cardinals won, 4-0.  Smith allowed no hits but did issue four walks and threw 134 pitches.  The right-hander pitched only two seasons for the Cardinals and was traded to the Phillies on July 29, 2002 along with Placido Polanco for third baseman Scott Rolen.  Slowed by injuries, Smith never made a major league appearance for the Phillies and was out of MLB by 2004.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-2 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Alex Fagalde, who scattered seven hits while fanning six and issuing no walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Chandler Redmond plated four in Johnson City’s big win.

Results for games played Saturday, June 29.


Memphis 3, New Orleans 6

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A late rally by the Redbirds fell short, as Memphis suffered defeat at the hands of New Orleans on Saturday.  It was their fifth straight loss and 20th in their last 22 home games.

Memphis’ offense scored only once through seven innings and fell behind 6-1 before a rally in the eighth brought them two more runs.  In the fourth inning, Andrew Knizner hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot. In the eighth, John Nogowski’s RBI infield single reduced the lead to 6-2.  Knizner followed with an RBI to make the score 6-3.

Knizner had three hits on the night.  Nogowski extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two knocks.

Starter Mike Hauschild pitched four innings and gave up four runs on four hits while fanning five and walking two.  He took the loss.   Mike Mayers surrendered a solo home run in his second rehab appearance in the fifth.  Junior Fernandes allowed one run in the sixth.  Ryan Helsley, also on his second rehab appearance, tossed a scoreless seventh. Seth Elledge and Tommy Layne finished the game with a scoreless inning each.

Memphis is 33-49 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 14 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. New Orleans, Austin Warner (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 3, NW Arkansas 1

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were the victors in a pitcher’s duel on Saturday at Hammons Field.  Neither team could score until the Cardinals finally broke the stalemate with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Johan Mieses reached on a throwing error.  Yariel Gonzalez singled but was caught stealing. Brian O’Keefe drew a walk, then Connor Capel smacked a double to right field to score O’Keefe.  Jose Godoy followed with a single to plate Capel.  Jose Martinez singled to bring Godoy home.

In his third Springfield start, Alex Fagalde tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out six.  Fagalde was stuck with a no decision after Mitchell Osnowitz surrendered the lone run for NW Arkansas in his one inning pitched in relief, and the reliever received the win.  Jacob Patterson and Kodi Whitley combined to toss the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals are 3-6 in the second half, 33-46 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Angel Rondon (2-0, 3.76) 6:10 pm CT.


Palm Beach 0, Charlotte 3

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

It was déjà vu for Palm Beach as they were blanked by the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Roger Dean for the second consecutive night, again on just three hits, all singles.  Julio Rodriguez, Scott Hurst, and Michael Perri provided the meager offense.

Starter Griffin Roberts lost his third game since returning from suspension despite his best outing yet.  Roberts pitched six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless ninth.

Perri made a fielding error, and Rodriguez committed two throwing errors.

The Cardinals are 3-8 in the second half, 38-37 overall, and are in fifth place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, TBA 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 6, Burlington 5 (11 innings)

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

After being held hitless for five innings, the Chiefs broke through in the sixth, and eventually walked it off in extra innings against Burlington on Saturday.

Bees starter Luis Alvarado mowed through Chiefs hitters through five innings on Saturday, but in the sixth, Brandon Benson finally tattooed an Alvarado pitch to left field for a solo home run that tied the game at 1-1.

The Bees regained the lead in the top of the ninth with four runs against Peoria reliever Parker Kelly.  The Chiefs responded in the bottom half with four runs of their own to tie the game for the second time and send it into extra innings.

Ivan Herrera smacked a double to center for the first two scores of the ninth.  Brandon Riley reached on a fielding error that allowed a third run to cross the plate.  A bases loaded walk by Brandon Benson scored the fourth run to tie the game and sent it into the 10th.

The game remained in a 5-5 deadlock until the bottom of the 11th.  With Brady Whalen on second to begin the inning, Leandro Cedeno hit a line drive single to center to move Whalen to third, and Riley singled to center to bring Whalen home in a walk off.

Herrera, Cedeno, and Edwin Figuera each had two knocks in the game.

Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas hurled 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked three.  Parker Kelly pitched two innings and surrendered four runs, three unearned.  Thomas St. Clair tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless to gain the win.

Delvin Perez was picked off and caught stealing.  Juan Yepez and Josh Shaw each made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 3-6 in the second half and 33-45 overall and are in sixth place in the Midwest League West.


Sunday’s game:   vs. Burlington, Kyle Leahy (4-4, 2.56) 6:35 CT.


State College 8, Auburn 3

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

The Spikes defeated the Auburn Doubledays decisively on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College’s offense put up five runs in the second run to take a lead they never relinquished.

In the second, Dariel Gomez started the scoring with an RBI double to right field.  Jonatan Machado plated a run on a force out. Moises Castillo added an RBI single, and Carlos Soto followed with a two-run single.

After Auburn put up a run in the third, the Spikes added to their lead with two scores in the bottom half of the frame.  Martin Figueroa singled to score a run and Soto drew a bases loaded walk.

The Doubledays added another run in the fourth.  The Spikes plated a run in the seventh on Figueroa’s single.  Auburn scored again in the ninth but fell short of a comeback.

Figueroa and Matt Duce had three hits.  Soto, Gomez, and Andrew Warner each had two knocks.

Spikes starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The fifth-round left hander fanned six.  Andre Pallante earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Lunn followed with two run-free innings.  Fabian Blanco allowed the run in the ninth.

The Spikes are 10-5 on the season and are in first place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Scott Politz (0-0, 4.50) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 9, Kingsport 4

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals defeated the Kingsport Mets at home on Saturday, scoring runs with both small ball and the long ball.

The Mets took the lead, with home runs in the second and third innings to go up 4-0.  The Cardinals responded with two in the bottom of the third on a single by Mateo Gil and a double by Chandler Redmond.

A wild pitch in the fourth brought the Cardinals’ third run home. In the sixth, Gil doubled to plate a run.  Redmond then thumped a two-run home run to left.

In the eighth, Redmond again doubled to drive in a run.  Liam Sabino then hit a two-run home run to left center field to cement the victory.  Gil and Redmond each had three hits and the latter plated four.

Cardinals starter Will Guay pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits while fanning two and walking none.  Jake Sommers tossed two scoreless relief innings.  Cameron Dulle pitched a scoreless sixth, followed by Enrique Perez, Leonardo Taveras, and Dylan Pearce, each with a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals committed three fielding errors, two by Diomedes Del Rio and one from Guay.

Johnson City is 6-4 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Jose Moreno (0-1, 14.29) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals (postponed)

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up on July 4.

In the early going, the 1-3 Gulf Birds are three games out of the division lead.

Sunday’s game:  GCL Cardinals at Mets, Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 3.86) 10:00 am ET


DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL Mets2 6

The Cardinals Red edged the Mets2 on a three-run ninth inning rally on Saturday.  The Red offense was held scoreless until the fifth and fell behind 3-0.  The Cardinals tied it in the fifth with three runs on a ground out by Roblin Heredia, a wild pitch, and a single by Erick Thomas.

The Cardinals took the lead in the sixth with a run scored on a throwing error.  The Mets reclaimed the lead with two in the eighth and another in the top of the ninth.  The Cardinals, behind 6-4, rallied in the bottom of the ninth to put up three scores to win.  The runs came on a bases loaded walk by Albert Inoa, a single by Juan Sanchez, and sac fly by Miguel Marcos.

Sanchez and Thomas each had two hits in the contest.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched three innings and gave up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Luis Garcia allowed one unearned run in his two innings of relief.  Jesus Jaquez pitched two scoreless innings.  Hector De Los Santos surrendered two runs in the eighth and was tagged with a blown save.  Ramon Fernandez gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but received the win.

Sanchez stole his first base of the season.  Thomas was caught stealing, and Bryan Matute was picked first base.  Thomas and Matute each made fielding errors.  Smith Vargas had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Red are 9-16 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 12 at DSL Twins 10

The Cardinals Blue squeaked past the Twins in a Saturday slugfest.  The Blue offense scored in every other inning until the big finale in the ninth.  The Twins kept up for the most part but fell short in the end.

The first Cardinals score came in the second inning when the two Rodriguez’s plated a run each.  Luis Rodriguez doubled to drive in a run while Jose Rodriguez did the same on a single. The two runs tied the game but the Twins came back in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth, Fernando Diaz and Darlin Moquete singled to plate a run each.  The Twins added three runs in the fifth to re-take the lead at 6-4.

It was the Cardinals’ turn in the sixth.  Darlyn Del Villar smacked a two run double to tie the game.  Blue added a run in the eighth on Leudy Pena’s double.  The Twins responded with a run in the bottom frame to tie the score once more.

The game was decided in the ninth.  The Cardinals put up the crooked number beginning with an RBI single by Del Villar.  Erik Pena scored on a wild pitch, followed by Darlin Moquete who did the same.  Luis Rodriguez contributed a two run double and the Cardinals led 12-7.

The Twins rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short.

Needless to say, pitching on both sides was coughing up runs frequently. On the Cardinals side, Eduar Pimentel pitched the first inning and surrendered three runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Dionys Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings. Juan Peralta gave up three runs, one earned, in his two innings pitched and was charged with a blown save.  Benjamin Arias tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed one unearned run.  Cristoffer Zapata finished the eighth inning in relief of Peralta, gave up three runs, but was granted the win.  Victor Villanueva pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Moquete stole his 11th base and Del Villar was caught stealing. Zapata committed two throwing errors and Elvin DeJesus also made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Blue are 15-7 and are in first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 29, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield center fielder Dylan Carlson, who went 3-for-4 including a home run and two runs scored to mark his selection to the MLB Futures Game. Johnson City and DSL Blue were the other winning squads.

Results for games played Friday, June 28.


Memphis 1, Nashville 3

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A lack of offense from the Redbirds marred a quality start for Jake Woodford, as Memphis fell again to the Nashville Sounds at AutoZone Park on Friday night to conclude the 1-3 series.  Woodford pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.  The right-hander fell victim to the long ball for the two runs allowed.  The loss was Woodford’s fourth.  Hunter Cervenka allowed one run in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz and Chasen Shreve each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Redbirds’ lone score occurred in the seventh inning.  Irving Lopez drew a walk and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a ground out.  Randy Arozarena’s single to center scored Lopez. Arozarena was the offensive bright spot as he had four of the team’s eight hits, including the only extra base hit, a double.

Adolis Garcia stole his ninth base of the season. Cervenka picked a runner off first base.

Memphis is 33-48 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 13 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Mike Hauschild (0-1, 11.00) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 7, NW Arkansas 6 (10 innings)

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals pulled out a home win over the NW Arkansas Naturals in a back-and-forth extra-inning contest on Friday. Springfield’s offense scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first on back to back solo home runs by Dylan Carlson and Yariel Gonzalez.

The Naturals plated three in the second to take back the lead.  Springfield tied it on Johan Mieses’ solo home run in the third inning.  NW Arkansas regained a one run lead in the fourth and Springfield evened it up a second time with a run in the fifth on a sac fly by Mieses.

A run in each of the sixth and eighth innings gave the Naturals the 6-4 lead. The Cardinals tied it up once more with two scores in the bottom half of the eighth.  Both runs came on sacrifices, a bunt by Zach Kirtley and a flyball by Carlson.

Neither team scored in the ninth and the game went into the 10th inning.  In the bottom of the 10th, with Justin Toerner starting the inning on second base, Kirtley’s line drive single to center plated Toerner for the walkoff win.

Kirtley had two hits, while Carlson, named to the Futures Game earlier in the day, tallied three knocks.

Starter Evan Kruczynski tossed 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits.  The left hander fanned five and issued two free passes.   Will Latcham followed with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.  Connor Jones surrendered a run in the eighth.  Roel Ramirez hurled two scoreless innings to earn the win.

The Cardinals are 2-6 in the first half, 32-46 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.69) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Charlotte 7

Ben Yokley (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night.  The Palm Beach offense was held to three total hits – singles from Luken Baker, Lars Nootbaar and Julio Rodriguez.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  Hector Soto allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Ramon Santos and Ben Yokley combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless frames.  Gonzalez took the loss, his ninth of the season.

Nolan Gorman, the organization’s other Futures Game invitee, committed a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 3-7 in the second half and 38-36 overall.  The Cardinals are tied for last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Griffin Roberts (0-2, 8.34) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 3 at Clinton 11

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs suffered a shellacking at the hands of the Clinton LumberKings on Friday night.  Peoria starter Franyel Casadilla posted an ugly line, pitching five innings and giving up 11 runs, nine earned, on 15 hits.  The right hander struck out two.  Evan Sisk followed with two scoreless innings of relief, and Cole Aker tossed a scoreless ninth.  Casadilla earned his second loss of the season.

Following a 10-run first inning by Clinton, the Chiefs answered with one run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Delvin Perez.  Alexis Wilson’s double plated a score and a ground out by Josh Shaw brought home a second run, both in the fifth.  The offense had the hits, 13 in total, but just these three runs.

Wilson’s double was the only extra base hit.  Wilson had two hits, as did Perez, Shaw, and Edwin Figuera.  Leandro Cedeno led the offense with three knocks.

Brady Whalen made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 2-6 in the second half and 32-45 overall in the Midwest League West, which places them in a tie for sixth place.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Alvaro Seijas (4-5, 3.07) 6:35 CT.


State College 3, Auburn 5

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes were defeated due to an eighth inning surge by Auburn on Friday.  State College starter Jacob Schlesener pitched a fine game, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits.   The left hander struck out five and walked three. Junior Gonzalez was responsible for the four-run eighth inning.  After entering the game to get the final out of the seventh, he returned to begin the eighth and immediately surrendered two doubles and two singles for two runs. Two additional runs scored on a wild pitch and a third single.  Erik Lex got the final out of the inning, then returned to hurl a scoreless ninth.

The State College offense fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but tied the game in the fourth on singles by Donivan Williams and Dariel Gomez followed by a force play by Cameron Knight that scored Williams.  The Spikes added a run in the bottom of the eighth after Auburn went ahead 5-1 with the four runs in the top of the inning.  An attempted ninth inning rally fell short as only one run came home on a single by Moises Castillo. Williams led the offense with two hits.

Castillo stole his third base of the season. Andres Luna was caught stealing for the first time.  Castillo and Gomez each committed an error.

The loss ended a five-game home winning streak for State College.

The Spikes are 9-5 and are in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Connor Thomas (1-0, 13.50) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Kingsport 4

Dalton Roach (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were the victors over the Kingsport Mets at TVA Credit Union Ballpark on Friday.  The Mets scored twice in the first inning, but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the 3-2 lead.  Zach Jackson hit a two-run double, and Terry Fuller also had an RBI two-base hit.

A double play by Ben Baird scored Fuller in the fourth to increase the lead to 4-2.  Fuller had reached on a leadoff walk.

The Mets tied it up in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals were not to be denied, as they added three scores in the bottom of the sixth.  Chandler Redmond hit a solo home run, and Carlos Soler and David Vinsky had RBI singles.  Soler and Mateo Gil each had two hits.

Starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up two runs on two hits while striking out five and walking two.  Tyler Peck surrendered two runs in the sixth for the blown save, but thanks to the offense, he also got his first professional win.  Wilfredo Pereira tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Johnson City is 5-4 and in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Will Guay (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 9

Francisco Hernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals fell to the Marlins, 9-5, on Friday.  The Cards fell behind 3-0 before scoring in the third inning on a double by Patrick Romeri.  A second run came home in the sixth on double off the bat of William Jimenez.

The Cardinals tied the game in the seventh on a three-run home run by Francisco Hernandez.  However, a four-run ninth by the Marlins put the game out of reach.

Hernandez had two hits, the only Cardinal with multiples.  The third baseman also committed a throwing error.

First round draft pick Zack Thompson made his professional debut in the first inning and gave up one unearned run on two hits. The left hander fanned two.  Tony Locey marked his first pro appearance with a scoreless frame.  Francis Ventura pitched the next six innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  Martin Cordova surrendered the four runs in the ninth and took the loss.

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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

The Cardinals Red lost to the Cubs in extra innings on Friday.  Starter Angel Cuenca tossed a quality start, six innings and three runs allowed on three hits.  One of the runs was unearned. Cuenca struck out four and walked three.  Augusto Calderon surrendered one run in his two relief innings.  Larimel Soriano took the loss, pitching the final three innings and giving up four runs, all unearned.

Neither team scored until the fourth inning.  After the Cubs put up one run in the top of the fourth, the Cardinals responded with two in the bottom frame.  Endri Salas drove in a run on a double, and Jesus Orrechia plated a run on a single.

Fernando Brazaban singled to score a run in the sixth. Claudio Ramirez doubled in a score in the seventh. The Red had a one run lead, but the Cubs came back to tie in the eighth.  The game proceeded into extra innings.

The Cubs scored two runs in the 10th, but the Cardinals kept pace on a two-run home run by Diowill Burgos.  The Cubs went ahead 8-6 in the top of the 11th, but the Cardinals failed to answer.  Salas, Orrechia, and Alexander Samuel each had two hits.

On the base paths, Samuel and Luis Andujar each had a stolen base. The Cardinals made six errors in the field.

The Cardinals Red are 8-16 and are in last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 10, DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue overwhelmed the Yankees on Friday.  Each team’s offense scored a run in the second inning. For the Cardinals, Leudy Pena singled and scored on a Brandon Hernandez single.  The Cardinals took the lead the next inning when Carlos Arcia doubled, and Hansel Otamendi drove him in on a single.

The Yankees regained the lead in the fifth with two runs, but the Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-3.

Blue added a run in the sixth.  Fernando Diaz was hit by a pitch, Jose Rodriguez singled, and Erik Pena ground into a force out that sent Diaz home.  Three additional scores were added in the seventh on a bases loaded hit by pitch, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Diaz.

In the eighth, singles by Otamendi and Luis Rodriguez plated a run each.  Arcia and Otamendi each had three hits.  Diaz, Luis Rodriguez, and Hernandez had two hits apiece.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched five innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits.  The right hander fanned nine and walked three.  William Miranda followed with two scoreless relief innings.  Ronald Suarez surrendered one run in the final two innings pitched.  Ortega earned his first win.

Pena and Arcia each stole their fourth base of the season.  Pena was also picked off second base.  Hernandez committed a fielding error and Arcia made a fielding error and a missed catch error. Otamendi had an outfield assist. Luis Rodriguez picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 14-7 and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Twins, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 17-23

photo: Marcell Ozuna (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals had a 4-3 week at home as Marcell Ozuna is one of the team’s few consistent hitters. Over the weekend, Albert Pujols returned, and our weekly history feature is on his former teammate, the late Darryl Kile.


Game recaps

Monday, June 17 – Cardinals 5, Marlins 0

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

After the Cardinals won a series last week in Miami, the Marlins came to St. Louis for a four game set.  In the opener, the Cardinals blanked the Marlins 5-0.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing six hits, and striking out four to earn his fifth win of the season.  Giovanny Gallegos, John Gant, and Jordan Hicks each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Matt Carpenter thumped a solo home run in the third inning to give the Redbirds their first run and in the fifth, he scored again when Paul DeJong reached on a fielding error by Marlins 2B Starlin Castro.

In the eighth, Dexter Fowler added to the Cardinal lead with a three-run home run to right field that put the Cardinals ahead 5-0.

Carpenter was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Dexter Fowler had three RBI.


Tuesday, June 18 – Cardinals 0, Marlins 6

The Marlins returned the favor in the second game of the series by blanking the Cardinals 6-0.  Starter Jack Flaherty had a quality start but was left hanging by his offense.  Flaherty pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked one.  Tyler Webb and John Brebbia combined to pitch the eighth.  Webb allowed one run and Brebbia surrendered two runs, one unearned.  Genesis Cabrera pitched a scoreless ninth.  Flaherty took the loss, his fourth.

St. Louis offense took the evening off.  The team managed only two hits with one, a double, by the pitcher Flaherty.  Dexter Fowler added a single.  No one else could make heads or tails of Marlins starter Jordan Yamamoto, even though they had seen him the week before.

Paul DeJong was caught stealing.  Marcell Ozuna dropped a catchable fly ball in left field.  Flaherty did his part though, as he picked a runner off first base.


Wednesday, June 19 – Cardinals 2, Marlins 1 (11 innings)

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals barely won the third game, and it took extra innings to do it. Neither team scored until St. Louis put up a run in the sixth inning.  Jose Martinez singled, and pinch-runner Harrison Bader went to third on a single by Rangel Ravelo and scored on Dexter Fowler’s single.

The Marlins scored in the eighth to tie the score.  The game remained tied and went into extra innings.  In the bottom of the 11th Paul Goldschmidt’s walk off solo home run ended it.  The home run was the only extra base hit of six total hits for St. Louis.

Fill in starter Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while fanning six and walking one.  Carlos Martinez and Andrew Miller combined for the next two innings. Martinez allowed one run in his 1 2/3 inning for a blown save and Miller retired the final batter in the eighth. Jordan Hicks followed with two scoreless innings.  John Gant pitched a clean 11th to earn his seventh win.

Tommy Edman stole his second base, and Matt Carpenter his fifth.


Thursday, June 20 – Cardinals 6, Marlins 7 (11 innings)

The final game of the series was another 11-inning outing, but this time the Cardinals were not the victors.  Adam Wainwright made his first start since returning from the IL and it was so-so.  Wainwright pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos completed the sixth inning without damage.  John Brebbia allowed two runs, one unearned, in his 1 2/3 inning appearance.  Tyler Webb got the last out of the eighth.  Jordan Hicks and John Gant each pitched a scoreless inning.  Andrew Miller gave up two runs in the 11th and took the loss.

The Marlins scored first but the Cardinals tied it in the fifth on Paul DeJong’s double to left.  The Marlins took the lead back in the sixth and increased it in the seventh, 4-1.  The Cardinals reduced the lead to one run in the bottom of the seventh on a double off the bat of Paul Goldschmidt and a single by Marcell Ozuna.

The Marlins added solo home run in the eighth, but the Cardinals responded with two scores in the bottom of the inning to knot the score. Tommy Edman’s first major league home run was a two-run shot.

The Marlins went ahead 7-5 in the top of the 11th.  The Cardinals rallied in the bottom frame, scoring one run on a Yadier Molina double.  Jack Flaherty was the pinch runner for Molina, but inexplicably dozed off the second base bag and was picked off to end the game.

Ozuna made a fielding error.  Harrison Bader had an outfield assist at first base.


Friday, June 21 – Cardinals 5, Angels 1

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Friday, the Cardinals began a weekend series at home with Los Angeles Angels.  It was much anticipated, as the first time former Albert Pujols played in Busch Stadium since signing with the Angels in December of 2011.  The return did not disappoint.  There was much fanfare and a tremendous standing ovation for Pujols when he took his first at bat.

Michael Wacha got the start, and pitched well, going six innings and giving up only one run on five hits.  The right-hander struck out four and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos started the seventh, but after giving up two singles and retiring only one batter, Gallegos was replaced by Andrew Miller.  Miller struck out both batters faced.  Miller returned to start the eighth but left after one out.  Carlos Martinez walked Mike Trout, but struck out the next two batters to end the inning.  Martinez returned to pitch a scoreless ninth. Wacha got the win, his fifth.

The Angels took an early 1-0 lead, but the Cardinals tied it in the fourth on an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna.   Ozuna’s solo home run in the sixth put the Redbirds ahead 2-1.  In the seventh, Ozuna, Jose Martinez, and Kolten Wong each drove in a run on singles to make it 5-1.

Ozuna went 3-for-4 with three RBI and stole his eighth base of the season.  Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each stole a base.


Saturday, June 22 – Cardinals 4, Angels 2

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals prevailed in another exciting game on Saturday.  A home run by Albert Pujols in front of the St. Louis crowd sent them into a frenzy and ended in a curtain call from Pujols, a rare occurrence for a player from the opposing team.

The Cardinals scored first with two runs in the fifth.  Yadier Molina singled and Kolten Wong drew a walk.  Starting pitcher Dakota Hudson reached on a fielding error that scored Molina, and a throwing error on the same play sent Wong home.

Marcell Ozuna’s two-run home run in the sixth made the score 4-0.  The Pujols solo home run occurred in the seventh and Justin Upton did the same in the eighth but received no applause or a curtain call.  The 4-2 remained remained for the rest of the game.

Dakota Hudson pitched well, tossing seven one-run innings on five hits.  The right-hander fanned six and walked one. Andrew Miller got the first out of the eighth, then Jordan Hicks struck out Mike Trout, but gave up the home run to Upton.  Hicks returned for the ninth, but was removed after two outs with an arm issue.  Tyler Webb replaced Hicks and though he walked his first hitter, he induced a ground out from Jonathan Lucroy to end the inning and the game.  It was Webb’s first save.  Hudson won his sixth game of the season.


Sunday, June 23 – Cardinals 4, Angels 6

The final game of this emotion-packed series was a letdown for eight innings as St. Louis’ offense was snoozing, and the pitching was not up to par.  The Angels scored first, then scored again.  The Cardinals went down inning after inning with no offense to speak of. The game cruised along 2-0 in favor of the Angels as the game reached the final innings.  It looked like the weekend was going out with a whimper.  Then the ninth inning happened.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas didn’t have his stuff, and though his line showed only one run on seven hits in five innings, it seemed much worse.  It might have been if not for some dazzling defense from Kolten Wong.  When Mikolas was pinch hit for in the fifth, it seemed the right thing to do.  Mikolas struck out four and walked two in those five innings and seemed to labor heavily. The bullpen didn’t perform a lot better.  John Brebbia couldn’t find the strike zone with a map yet surrendered only one run.  He came out after throwing 23 pitches and getting only one out.  Tyler Webb finished the inning and came back for a second, all 1 2/3 scoreless.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched well, one scoreless inning.

Then came John Gant and the wheels came off the bus.  The usual John Gant did not appear, but something not quite right did.  Like Brebbia, he couldn’t find the strike zone, gave up four runs, walked two and after throwing 45 pitches, had recorded one out. So, with four more runs on the board and two outs to get in the ninth, Genesis Cabrera came in.  He got the two outs, and the Cardinals came to bat in the ninth down 6-0.

The bottom of the ninth began like all the previous ones.  Paul Goldschmidt grounded out weakly.  Marcell Ozuna grounedd out a little less weakly.  Down to the final out, Jose Martinez smacked a solo home run to center field.  The shutout was gone at least.  Yadier Molina singled to center, then trotted to second base without the Angels caring much.  Harrison Bader drew a walk.  With two men on, the Angels started to care a little.  A new relief pitcher was summoned.  Kolten Wong doubled to right field and Molina scampered home.  Bader raced home.  It was 6-3.

Dexter Fowler pinch hit for Cabrera.  He singled to right and Wong scored. The Angels were anxious.  The Cardinals fans were dancing.  Matt Carpenter hit a little squibber past the pitcher and ran like the Devil was chasing him.  Carpenter on first, Fowler on third.  Then Paul De Jong grounded out and it was all over.  The Cardinals lost 6-4, but at least there was no whimpering.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 4-3.  They split a four-game series with the Marlins, and won two of three from the Angels.  The Cardinals remain in third place in the NL Central but are only two games back of the first place Cubs.  A lot of losing by the Cubs and the Brewers had more to do with that accomplishment than anything else.

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The offense continues to frustrate. The top three in the lineup, Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong, and Paul Goldschmidt are not hitting like a top three in the lineup are supposed to hit.  Marcell Ozuna is the only starting regular having much success with the bat at all.   Dexter Fowler, Jose Martinez, and Kolten Wong have the occasional good day at the plate, but there is no consistency.  Harrison Bader stopped hitting after the first game of the Mets series, though he does draw the occasional walk and continues to play good defense.

The starting pitching lacks consistency as well.  Dakota Hudson has been the most consistent, while Michael Wacha has been the least consistent. Mikolas and Flaherty seem to be still looking for it, and the fifth starting spot has been a merry go round with the injury to Wainwright, who returned this week.  There is not much pitching help available internally, and oops, Alex Reyes is injured again.  So, it’s this band of merry pitchers or bust, it appears.

Consistency thy name is not the St. Louis Cardinals.  That must change.  The All-Star break is coming up soon, but the Cardinals have a grueling West Coast trip right before that.  Another short two-game interleague series with Oakland is next and then it is off to San Diego.  It’s past time for the Cardinals to get it going.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 42 35 0.545
Milwaukee 42 36 0.538 0.5
St. Louis 40 37 0.519 2
Cincinnati 36 40 0.474 5.5
Pittsburgh 36 40 0.474 5.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 6/17 The Cardinals placed 2B Yairo Munoz on the paternity list.
  • 6/17 The Cardinals transferred RHP Mike Mayers from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Right shoulder lat strain.
  • 6/17 The Cardinals selected the contract of 1B Rangel Ravelo from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/20 The Cardinals placed 2B Yairo Munoz on the restricted list.
  • 6/20 The Cardinals activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the 10 day injured list.
  • 6/20 The Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/21 The Cardinals activated 2B Yairo Munoz from the restricted list.
  • 6/21 The Cardinals optioned 1B Rangel Ravelo to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training surgery.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could begin a rehab assignment in early July and possibly return to the roster by the end of the month.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was transferred from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list on June 20. Mayers has begun throwing activities, including bullpen sessions, and is expected to throw a live or sim game very shortly.  Mayers may return sometime in July.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko remains on the 10-day injured list. Gyorko originally was placed there due to lower back issues, was then reported to have recurring calf issues, and at present is suffering from a wrist ailment for which he will have arthroscopic surgery on June 24.  It is expected the infielder will not return to baseball activities for three weeks after the surgery.
  • RHP Ryan Helsley (right shoulder impingement) was placed on the 10-day injured list on June 13. Helsley reportedly threw a bullpen session on June 20, and is expected to throw a live or sim game on June 23.  No timetable for a return has been announced.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks was taken out of the Saturday, June 22 game against the Angels with an arm issue. He has been diagnosed with right triceps tendinitis and is considered day to day.

Looking Ahead

Monday is an off day.  On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics come to St. Louis for a two-game home and home series.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled for the Tuesday start, with Adam Wainwright to make the Wednesday start. The Cardinals will go to Oakland later in the season.

Thursday, June 27 is another off day for St. Louis.  The team will travel to San Diego to play the Padres in a weekend series beginning Friday, June 28.

The team has an off day on Monday, July 1 and travel to Seattle to take on the Mariners in a three-game interleague series.  The Cardinals move to San Francisco for a weekend set beginning Friday, July 5.  This is the final series prior to the All-Star Game.

The Cardinals return from the break on Friday, July 12 to play the Arizona Diamondbacks in a weekend series at Busch Stadium.  The home stand will continue with a three game series with the Pirates from July 15-17.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

Saturday marked the anniversary of a tragedy in the St. Louis Cardinals family that occurred 17 years ago – the untimely death of Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile.  This Blast from the Past remembers the St. Louis career of Kile.

Darryl Kile (Getty Images)

Kile was drafted by the Houston Astros in the 30th round of the 1987 draft.  He made his major league debut in 1991 and had his breakout year in 1993 for the Astros, going 15-8 with an ERA of 3.51.  That year featured a no-hitter against the Mets on September 8.  Kile remained with Houston through the 1997 season, pitching primarily as a starter.

Kile signed with the Colorado Rockies as a free agent in 1998, but had a mediocre two seasons with Colorado and was traded to the Cardinals in November of 1999.

In Kile’s first season as a Cardinal in 2000, he went 20-9 with a 3.91 ERA.  He was an All-Star and finished fifth in the Cy Young Award voting.  Kile went 16-11 with a 3.09 ERA in 2001, but required surgery on his shoulder during the offseason, He returned healthy for 2002.

Darryl Kile (Getty Images)

On June 18, Kile pitched a gem of a game against the Anaheim Angels, a 7 2/3 one run performance that the Cardinals won 7-2 and put them in first place in the NL Central.  That day was the day longtime and beloved Cardinals broadcaster, Jack Buck, passed away.

Four days later, on June 22, the Cardinals were to play in Chicago against the Cubs.  During pre-game warmups it was noticed that Kile was absent from the stadium.  Staff from the hotel entered Kile’s room on request from the Cardinals and found Kile still in bed, dead from an apparent heart attack.  An autopsy confirmed the cause, as he had 90% blockage in two coronary arteries.

That day in Wrigley Field, after both teams were notified of Kile’s death, Cubs catcher Joe Girardi was tasked with announcing the cancellation of the game.  An emotional Girardi told the crowd that the game was cancelled, due to “a tragedy in the Cardinals family”.  The crowd was not told of the death of Kile.

The game was later rescheduled and played on August 31, which the Cardinals lost 10-4. St. Louis won the NL Central that year, and Kile’s jersey #57 was carried onto the field by Albert Pujols in the celebration of the clinching game.

Kile was survived by his wife, a son, and twin daughters.  The Cardinals later placed a “DK 57” sign in the Cardinals dugout, and it was moved to the dugout of the new Busch Stadium that opened in 2006, where it remains today.  The number 57 has not since been assigned to any player for the Cardinals, Astros, or Rockies.  The Astros and Rockies have memorials for Kile in their stadiums.

Both the Cardinals and Astros have a Darryl Kile Award, given annually to the player who best exemplifies the traits of Kile as a “good teammate, great friend, a fine father, and a humble man”.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 23, 2019

photo: Zach Jackson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City catcher Zach Jackson, who went 3-for-5, including a three-run home run and seven RBI. Jake Woodford and Dominic Leone spun a shutout for Memphis. Springfield lost in the 11th to remain winless in the second half.

Results for games played Saturday, June 22.


Memphis 5 at Oklahoma City 0

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds blanked the Dodgers in their park behind an excellent start by Jake Woodford.  The prospect right-hander pitched seven scoreless innings, on just two hits.  Woodford fanned four and walked three in his fifth win of the season.  Dominic Leone followed with two scoreless innings of relief.

A two-run double by John Nogowski got the Memphis on the board in the first inning.  Joe Hudson added on in the fourth with a solo home run to left center field and Yariel Gonzalez mirrored Hudson with a solo long ball to left in the seventh.  Nogowski doubled for the second time in the eighth to add the final run.

Nogowski, Hudson, and Adolis Garcia each had two hits.  Nogowski drove in three.

On the base paths, Lane Thomas was picked off and caught stealing.

The win was the Redbirds’ fourth shutout of the season.  The two hits allowed was a season low for the Memphis pitching staff.

Memphis is 31-44 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, 11 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Oklahoma City, Alex Reyes (1-3, 7.67) 6:05 CT.


Springfield 4 at Corpus Christi 6 (11 innings)

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

The Cardinals battled for over four hours and into the 11th inning with the Corpus Christi Hooks but ultimately were the losers in the hard-fought Saturday road contest.

Springfield starter Alex Fagalde tossed five innings and gave up one run on three hits. The right hander struck out five but walked four.  Bryan Dobzanski relieved in the sixth but surrendered a run and was removed with one out by lefty Jacob Patterson, who finished the frame.  Patterson returned to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Seth Elledge went the next 1 2/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits, and was tagged with the blown save.  Kodi Whitley finished with 1 2/3 innings of relief and allowed a walk-off two run home run to take the loss.

Springfield got on the board on Zach Kirtley’s second-inning solo home run to tie the game at 1-1.  The Cardinals scored three more in the fifth to take a 4-1 lead. Alberto Triunfel plated a run on a double, Jose Godoy hit a sac fly, and Brian O’Keefe scored Triunfel on a double to left.   The Hooks re-tied the game in the eighth. The Cardinals were stymied by the Hooks bullpen, held scoreless for the final seven innings.

As the only Cardinal with multiple hits, O’Keefe had two. Chase Pinder committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 0-5 in the second half, 30-45 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Johan Oveido (1-4, 6.94) 4:15 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Dunedin 3

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals lost a close game against the Blue Jays in Dunedin on Saturday.  Jays pitching successfully kept the Palm Beach offense quiet until seventh inning.  With the Beach Birds behind 3-0, a Jays pitching change gave the offense a chance.  Nick Plummer led off with a single to left. Zack Gahagan walked, and Imeldo Diaz singled on a line drive to center, and Plummer scored.  Nick Dunn followed with a single to left to plate Gahagan.  Though Palm Beach cut the lead to 3-2, the rally ended there.

Diaz and Lars Nootbaar each had three hits.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on three hits while striking out three and walking two.  Zach Prendergast tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Gonzalez suffered his eighth loss of the season.

Nootbaar was picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 1-4 in the second half, 36-33 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Dunedin, Griffin Roberts (0-1, 6.98) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 5, Cedar Rapids 4

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

After the lead changed hands several times, the Chiefs edged the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a small-ball walk off win at Dozer Park on Saturday night.

Peoria’s offense took the lead with two runs in the first inning on a sac fly by Leandro Cedeno and an RBI double by Bryce Denton.  The Kernels added runs in the third and fourth to tie the game at 2-2.

Peoria briefly regained the edge in the sixth on Juan Yepez’ solo home run to left center field.  Cedar Rapids answered in the top of the seventh with two scores to retake the lead 4-3.  In the bottom half of the seventh, a single by Brandon Riley, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, and a fielder’s choice by Delvin Perez sent Riley home to re-tie the game.

In the bottom of the ninth.  Perez drew a walk, then stole second. Following an intentional walk to Yepez, Perez stole third before a wild pitch by the Kernels reliever sent Perez home for the walk off win.

Yepez, Riley, and Denton each had two hits.

Peoria starter Franyel Casadilla pitched five innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on three hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Thomas St. Clair surrendered two runs in two relief innings.  Parker Kelly hurled the final two scoreless frames to earn the win.

The Chiefs were busy on the base paths.  Brandon Donovan stole his fourth base of the season and Riley thieved his eighth.  Yepez had two stolen bases, while Perez purloined three bags.

Donovan had a throwing error, and third sacker Josh Shaw committed a fielding miscue.

The Chiefs are 2-1 in the second half (32-40 overall) and are tied for second place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Cedar Rapids, Alvaro Seijas (4-5, 3.07) 5:05 CT.


State College 1 at West Virginia 6

Fabian Blanco (Peoria Chiefs)

The State College offense was held to one run on two hits in a 6-1 loss to West Virginia on Saturday.  The lone Spikes score came in the third inning on an RBI single by Moises Castillo.  Martin Figueroa’s double was the only other hits.

Starter Enmanuel Solano took the loss after pitching 5 2/3 innings, yielding all six runs on eight hits. The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Hector Villalobos got the final out of the sixth before Fabian Blanco tossed two scoreless innings.

The Spikes are 6-3 on the season and tied for first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at West Virginia, Jacob Schlesener (0-0, 0.00) 12:05 pm CT.


Johnson City 14 at Danville 9

Zach Jackson (St. Louis Cardinals)

Johnson City defeated the Danville Braves in a Saturday road slugfest.  The Cardinals pulled off a comeback from an 8-0 deficit in the fifth inning.  Johnson City put up five runs in the fifth, with the first run scoring on a ground out by Mateo Gil.  Zach Jackson had an RBI single before Jackson scored on a bases loaded walk by Liam Sabino.  Kevin Vargas grounded into a force out to score another.  The final run came via a double steal of Vargas to second as Carlos Soler took home.

In the eighth, the offense put up a four spot to tie the score at 9-9.  Gil singled to drive in one before Jackson blasted a three-run home run to right field.

The offense made the final push in the ninth with five runs.  Soler scored on a fielding error.  Raffy Ozuna’s sac fly brought in another before Jackson cleared the bases with a three-run double to center.

Jackson was the star of the show with three hits and seven RBI.  Gil, Garcia, and Soler each had two hits.

On the pitching side, starter Dalton Roach had a rough debut. The right-hander pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up eight runs, seven earned, on 10 hits with five strikeouts. Alex Gallegos surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief.   Wilberto Rivera, Cameron Dulle, and Walker Robbins each pitched a scoreless inning.

Vargas stole his third base of the season, while Soler and Ben Baird each stole their first.  Terry Fuller was caught stealing.  Soler and Fuller committed fielding errors and Vargas and Jackson made throwing errors.

Johnson City is 2-2 on the young season.

Saturday’s game:  at Danville, Wilfredo Pereira (0-0, 0.00) 3:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 17 at DSL D-backs2 4

The Cardinals Red shellacked the D-backs2 on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense scored 17 runs on 11 hits with the action starting in the third inning.  Juan Sanchez singled and later scored on a force out off the bat of Endri Salas.  Sander Mora reached on a fielding error and Salas scored.  Mora came home on a throwing error.  Albert Inoa was hit by a pitch, Alexander Samuel reached on a throwing error and both scored on a single by Diowoll Burgos.  Cardinals Red led 5-2.

In the fifth, Mora was hit by a pitch and Inoa walked.  Both scored on a fielder’s choice by Samuel.  Samuel scored on Burgos’ single and the Cardinals led 8-3.

The Cardinals plated seven runs in the sixth.  Inoa drew a bases loaded walk, Samuel drove in a run on a single, Burgos hit a grand slam, and finally Salas plated a run on a single.  The score was 15-3.

Fernando Brazoban’ sac fly and a wild pitch put the final two runs on the board in the seventh.  The D-backs aaded meaningless solo home run in the ninth.

Salas and Burgos had three hits.  Samuel and Erick Thomas had two.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched three innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Hancel Rincon tossed a scoreless fourth.  Luis Garcia followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.  Augusto Calderon added 1 1/3 scoreless, and Larimel Soriano tossed a clean inning.  Oliver Lopez surrendered the solo home run in the ninth.

Samuel was caught stealing for the first time in 2019.  Thomas and Bryan Matute committed throwing errors.  Inoa and Miguel Marcos each had a fielding error.  Catcher Sanchez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 8-11 on the season and are in a three way tie for last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Blue – Off

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 22, 2019

photo: Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Memphis’ big win was the only one across the St. Louis Cardinals system as the bats were quiet during the 1-7 Friday. Our Player of the Day is red-hot Memphis left fielder Conner Capel, who went 3-for-5 with a home run and four RBI.

Results for games played Friday, June 21.


Memphis 14 at Oklahoma City 7

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A late inning offensive surge powered the Redbirds to a road victory over the Oklahoma City Dodgers on Friday.

The Redbirds got on the board in the top of the first on a solo home run by Edmundo Sosa.  The Dodgers answered with two runs in the bottom of the first and one run in the third to take a 3-1 lead into fourth.

Conner Capel tied the game in the fourth with a two run single, then took the lead in the fifth on double play ground out by Andrew Knizner.  The Dodgers regained the lead in the bottom frame with two scores.

Capel again tied the game on a double in the sixth, and Joe Hudson followed with a two run home run for the 7-5 lead.  A John Nogowski RBI double in the seventh increased the lead to 8-5.  The Dodgers made it 8-6 in the bottom half of the seventh.

The big Memphis inning was the eighth. Capel thumped a solo home run.  Yariel Gonzalez followed with a two run blast and Adolis Garcia did the same with a second two run long ball.  The score was then 13-6.  A double play by Randy Arozarena in the ninth plated the 14th run for the Redbirds.  The Dodgers answered with only one run in the bottom half of the game.

Nogowski and Capel each had three hits.  Capel drove in four runs.  Arozarena, Sosa, Knizner, Garcia and Irving Lopez each had two hits.

Starter Harold Arauz pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking one.  Tommy Layne got the final out of the fifth.  Chris Ellis allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Chasen Shreve got the final two outs in the seventh.  Hunter Cervenka tossed the final two innings and surrendered one run.  Layne was the winning pitcher.

Memphis is 30-44 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, 11 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Oklahoma City, Jake Woodford (4-3, 3.68) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 0 at Corpus Christi 3

Roel Ramirez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Corpus Christi Hooks on Friday.  Starter Austin Warner pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  All three runs came in the third inning on two long balls.  Warner struck out seven and walked one.  Roel Ramirez pitched a flawless seventh with two strikeouts, and Junior Fernandez allowed one hit in a scoreless eighth.  Warner suffered his sixth loss.

The Springfield offense managed just three hits, all singles, by Dylan Carlson, Justin Toerner, and Brian O’Keefe.  The Cardinals were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Toerner stole his first base for Springfield.  Chase Pinder threw a runner out at home.

The Cardinals are 0-4 in the second half, 30-44 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.00) 7:15 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at Dunedin 6

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were the losers to the Dunedin Blue Jays in their fourth game of the second half, played on Friday.

Palm Beach scored first with one run in the fourth on an RBI single by Julio Rodriguez.  The Cardinals added two in the sixth for the 3-0 lead when Scott Hurst doubled and later scored on a lineout by Rodriguez.  Luken Baker drew a walk and scored when Nolan Gorman reached on a fielding error.

Dunedin cut the deficit to 3-2 with scores in the sixth and seventh, then plunged ahead with a four run eighth.  The Cardinals were unable to score further in answer.

With two hits, Hurst was the only Cardinal with multiples.  Rodriguez had two RBI.

In his Palm Beach debut, 21-year old starter Diego Cordero pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The left hander fanned four and walked one.  C. J. Saylor relieved Cordero with two on and no outs in the sixth, allowed an inherited runner to score, but finished the inning.  Saylor put two men on to start the seventh and was relieved by Ramon Santos, who got out of the inning with no damage.  Santos returned to start the eighth, walked the first two batters and was relieved by Mitchell Osnowitz.  Osnowitz fanned the first hitter, then gave up a single to tie the game and a three run home run. Two runs were charged to Santos and two to Osnowitz.  Santos was tagged with the loss and a blown save and Osnowitz earned a second blown save.

Hurst stole a base, Lars Nootbaar had an outfield assist, and Cordero picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach is 1-3 in the second half and 36-32 overall.  The Cardinals stand in last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Dunedin, Edgar Gonzalez (4-7, 3.23) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Cedar Rapids 3 (11 innings)

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs battled back from a deficit to take the game to extra innings, but ultimately fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Dozer Park on Friday.

The Chiefs offense was held scoreless until the bottom of the ninth.  Behind 2-0 in the last inning, Ivan Herrera hit a solo home run to left field to cut the deficit to the 2-1.  Juan Yepez immediately followed with his own solo home run to left.  The game was tied and went into the 10th inning.

Neither team scored in the 10th, but in 11th, the Kernels plated what would be the winning run.  The Chiefs were unable to answer, and the game was over.

No Chief had multiple hits.  The two long balls were the only extra base hits in the game and were two of only three Peoria hits.  A Delvin Perez single was the only other knock.

Chiefs starter Michael Brettell pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on three hits striking out three and walking two.  Cole Aker followed with a scoreless eighth.  Evan Sisk tossed two scoreless innings, and Edgar Escobar allowed the unearned run in the 11th and took the loss.

On the base paths, Perez was caught stealing for the fifth time in the season.

The Chiefs are 1-1 in the second half and 31-40 overall in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Franyel Casadilla (3-1, 3.65) 6:35 CT.


State College 5 at West Virginia 6

Pedro Pages (Florida Atlantic)

The Spikes lost a close contest to the West Virginia Black Bears on Friday.  Spikes pitching gave up a 4-0 lead in the last four innings. Starter Scott Politz pitched two scoreless innings with no hits and one strike out.   Jeremy Randolph followed with two scoreless.  Junior Gonzalez and Eli Kraus surrendered three runs each across the final four frames. Kraus took the loss and was also tagged for a blown save.

Carlos Soto hit a solo home run in the first inning to put State College on the board.  A wild pitch in the third inning led to a score and the lead was 2-0. Dariel Gomez plated a run on a double in the fourth.  In the sixth, Pedro Pages doubled to bring the fourth run home.

The Black Bears roared back with six runs over the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings.  The Spikes were able to add one more run in the ninth, but the rally fell short. The ninth inning score came on single by Soto.

Pages had four hits and Soto had two.

The Spikes are 6-2 and are in first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at West Virginia, Emmanuel Solano (0-0, 7.20) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 1 at Danville 2

Julio Puello

The Cardinals were defeated by the Danville Braves in a low scoring one run contest on Friday. Johnson City starter Julio Puello pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out six and issued no free passes.  Left hander Enrique Perez surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Leonardo Taveras relieved Perez with one out in the ninth and finished the inning with no damage.

The offense on both sides was meager. The Cardinals scored one run on four hits, with that sole run coming on a solo home run by Mateo Gil in the third inning.  Gil had two hits in the game.

DH Kevin Vargas stole his second base of the season.

Johnson City is 1-2 on the young season.

Saturday’s game:  at Danville, Dalton Roach (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Tigers1 6

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Tigers1 on Friday.  The Cardinals got on the board first when leadoff hitter Smith Vargas was hit by a pitch, then stole second base and scored on throwing errors by the Tigers catcher and center fielder.  The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 with a score in the second inning.

Neither team scored again until the seventh inning.  In the top of the seventh, the Cardinals put up three runs to take a 4-1 lead.  The first run of the inning came home on a wild pitch. Sander Mora then plated two more runs on a single to center.  The Cardinals added another run in the eighth on a solo home run by Claudio Ramirez.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Tigers put up the crooked number with five runs to win the game.

Starter Angel Cuenca pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits.  The right hander fanned five.  Lefty reliever Hemerson Cordero surrendered three runs in two innings pitched.  Hector De Los Santo relinquished two runs in the ninth in relief of Cordero, whose three runs allowed also came in the ninth.

Vargas stole two bases, his fourth and fifth of the season.  Albert Inoa stole his fifth bag.  Luis Andujar was caught stealing for the fourth time.  Catcher Roblin Heredia was picked off first base and also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 7-11 and are tied for last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Dbacks2, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Orioles2 9

The Cardinals Blue fell to the Orioles2 on Friday on the road.  Cardinals starter Wilmer Ortega pitched four innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  William Miranda followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Dionys Rodriguez took the loss and was charged with a blown save.  Rodriguez hurled 1 1/3 innings and surrendered five runs on three hits.  Victor Villaneuva finished the last two outs of a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinal offense got on the board in the first inning on a sac fly by Darlyn Del Villar.  With a 2-1 deficit in the third, Carlos Arcia tied it up with an RBI single in the top of the third.

The Orioles scored two in the bottom of the third to take a 4-2 lead.  The Cardinals responded with two runs in the fourth, on a Jose Rodriguez double and an Elvin De Jesus single.

The Cardinals added one in the seventh on a wild pitch to take the 5-4 lead.  The Orioles put up the crooked number in the eighth with five runs for the 9-5 lead.

Erik Pena and De Jesus each had two hits.

Pena stole his second base of the season.  Arcia made two fielding errors.  Miranda picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 11-5 and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: No game scheduled.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 10-16

photo: Paul DeJong (Wendell Cruz/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals gained ground in the division in a 5-2 week in Miami and New York. Over the weekend, Mets killer Paul DeJong had three homers and two game-winning hits. In our weekly history feature, several oddities in Albert Pujols’ 19-year career are noted.


Game recaps

Monday, June 10 – Cardinals 4 at Marlins 1

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals defeated the Marlins in Miami on Monday in the first of a three-game series.  Michael Wacha made the start, returning to the rotation from two rotation turns spent in the bullpen.  Wacha pitched six scoreless innings and allowed five hits while fanning four and walking two.  John Gant allowed the sole Marlins run in two innings of relief.  Jordan Hicks hurled a scoreless ninth.  Wacha earned his fourth win of the season.

The offense put up the first run in the fourth inning.  Marcell Ozuna doubled to left, and scored on a double to left by Yairo Munoz.

The final three Redbirds runs were scored in the sixth.  Paul Goldschmidt singled and Ozuna walked.  A throwing error by the Marlins catcher on Kolten Wong’s sac bunt resulted in both runners scoring and Wong advancing to third.  Harrison Bader’s sac fly plated Wong.

Ozuna had two hits, the only Cardinal with multiples.

Matt Carpenter committed a throwing error.  Wacha picked a runner off second base.


Tuesday, June 11 – Cardinals 7 at Marlins 1

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were the victors in the second game of the road series.  Again the Marlins were held to one run by Cardinals pitching.  Dakota Hudson went seven innings, giving up the one tally on four hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked two.  Giovanny Gallegos and John Brebbia each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Hudson earned his fifth win of the season.

St. Louis’ offense got on the board in the second inning when Kolten Wong drew a walk and Harrison Bader drove him in on a triple to center field.  The Marlins tied the score in the fourth.

The game remained 1-1 until the sixth inning when the Cardinals added two more runs.  Paul Goldschmidt doubled and scored on a throwing error on Yadier Molina’s line out to short.  Harrison Bader later drew a bases loaded walk.

In the eighth, Molina doubled, and Wong and Dexter Fowler singled back to back.  Molina scored on the Fowler single.  Jose Martinez singled to plate Wong and Fowler to increase the lead to 6-1.  Marcell Ozuna finished the scoring with a solo home run in the ninth.

Ozuna, Molina, Wong, and Fowler each had two hits. Ozuna and Wong stole a base – Ozuna’s sixth and Wong’s 11th.  Goldschmidt committed a missed catch error.

Wednesday, June 12 – Cardinals 0 at Marlins 9

The Cardinals were seriously blanked by the Marlins in the third and final game of the series.  St. Louis’ offense was completely shut down by Marlins pitching, managing only three hits.  Paul DeJong had the only extra base hit, a double, and Paul Goldschmidt and Kolten Wong singled.

Cardinals starter Miles Mikolas pitched five innings, giving up five runs on eight hits. The right hander struck out one and walked one. Ryan Helsley allowed one run while recording only one out in the sixth.  Tyler Webb followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  John Brebbia surrendered three runs in the ninth.  Mikolas suffered his seventh loss of the season.

Wong was charged with a missed catch error.


Thursday, June 13 – Cardinals 5 at Mets 4 (10 innnings)

Paul DeJong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals traveled to New York to play the Mets in a four game series with the opener on Thursday.  Due to weather, the game was suspended in the ninth inning and concluded on Friday.

The Cardinals scored first with one run in the top of the third on Matt Carpenter’s RBI single.  The Mets took the lead with two runs in the bottom of the frame.  The score remained 2-1 until the top of the sixth, when St. Louis tied it up on Paul DeJong’s solo home run.

The Mets again responded immediately with two runs in the home sixth.  The score stayed at 4-2 in favor of the Mets until the ninth inning.  The rain had already started and the Mets grounds crew attempted to keep the field playable because the Mets asked not to delay the game. So, the game continued on a messy field.  The Mets in hindsight should have allowed the game to stop because the Cardinals tied the game in the top of the ninth on a double by Kolten Wong that plated a run, followed by Harrison Bader’s double that scored Wong from first base.  Bader was tagged out when he slipped running between second and third and that ended the top half of the ninth.

The game was suspended at that point and resumed on Friday.  As the game went into the 10th, Paul DeJong’s RBI single scored Yairo Munoz, who had singled and stole second, to give the Cardinals the 5-4 lead. The Mets failed to score in the bottom of the 10th and that was the ballgame.

Starter Jack Flaherty went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked two.  Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, Carlos Martinez, and Jordan Hicks combined to cover the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings.  Martinez, who was the pitcher of record when the game was suspended, got the win. Hicks earned his 14th save.

Bader stole two bases and Yairo Munoz had one.  Bader had an outfield assist at third base.


Friday, June 14 – Cardinals 9 at Mets 5

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The regularly scheduled Friday game was played after the suspended game ended, with the Cardinals victorious.

St. Louis’ offense scored nine runs on eight hits, with the majority of the scoring occurring in the later innings.  The Redbirds put up a run in the third, tying the score at 1-1.  Tommy Edman doubled, was bunted to third and scored on Matt Carpenter’s sac fly.

St. Louis took the 4-1 lead in the fifth on Jose Martinez’ three-run home run to right center field.  The Mets got one run back in the bottom half of the fifth, and added three in the seventh to take a 5-4 lead.

The Cardinals came back with a four-run eighth.  Paul DeJong hit another solo home run and Dexter Fowler thumped a two run shot.  Kolten Wong added a solo home run in the ninth to bring the score to the final 9-5.

Daniel Ponce de Leon was called up to make the start in place of the injured Adam Wainwright.  Ponce de Leon pitched four innings and gave up one run on two hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked four. Tyler Webb surrendered a run while recording only one out.  John Brebbia followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Andrew Miller started the sixth but was replaced after three runs, one unearned, without recording an out.  John Gant finished with three scoreless innings to get the win, but was also charged with a blown save for allowing all three of Miller’s runners to score.

Matt Carpenter stole his fourth base of the season. Wong made a throwing error.


Saturday, June 15 – Cardinals 7 at Mets 8

The Cardinals were edged by the Mets in a Saturday slugfest, the third in the four game set.  Both teams had double digit hits.

The Cardinals scored in the top of the first on a solo home run by Dexter Fowler.  The Mets came right back in the bottom half with five runs off Michael Wacha.  The Mets added a sixth run in the bottom of the second.

From there, it was claw back time for the Redbirds.  Marcell Ozuna singled to plate a run in the third and in the fifth, Fowler’s sac fly made it 6-3.

The Mets scored twice in the sixth to increase the lead to 8-3.  The Cardinals came back in the seventh with three.  Matt Carpenter drove in a run on a double, Fowler did the same on a single, and Paul DeJong’s sac fly brought in another.

Yadier Molina singled to score a run in the ninth, but the rally stopped one run short.

Starter Michael Wacha did not repeat his good start earlier in the week.  Wacha pitched four innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits, including two long balls.  He struck out four and walked one.  Genesis Cabrera surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Giovanny Gallegos, Tyler Webb, and John Brebbia combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Wacha took the loss.

Tommy Edman, Yairo Munoz, Ozuna, and DeJong each stole a base.  Kolten Wong stole two, but committed a fielding error.


Sunday, June 16 – Cardinals 4 at Mets 3

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals took the Mets series with a 4-3 win on Sunday.  Starter Dakota Hudson did not have his best stuff but managed to pitch a quality start anyway.  Hudson threw six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking three and took a no decision.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless seventh to get the win.  Carlos Martinez tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his second save.

St. Louis’ offense got on the board in the first via a two-run home run by Paul Goldschmidt.  The Mets got one back in the home first and added two more in the third to take a 3-2 lead.

St. Louis tied it up in the fourth.  Goldschmidt walked, Jose Martinez walked, and Dexter Fowler reached on a fielder’s choice.  Yadier Molina then grounded into a double play as Goldschmidt scored.

Paul DeJong’s solo home run in the eighth became the winning run.

Fowler had an outfield assist at second base.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals had a winning week, going 5-2 with series wins against the Marlins and the Mets.  St. Louis remains in third place in the NL Central but only 3.5 back of the first place Brewers and 2.5 back of the Cubs.  The Cardinals gained ground from last week.

There are still some issues with both the starting pitching and the offense.  Miles Mikolas continues to struggle, Jack Flaherty hasn’t been consistent, and Michael Wacha had one good start and one bad start since returning to the rotation.  Adam Wainwright went on the IL with a mild hamstring strain and was replaced by Daniel Ponce de Leon on Friday.  Wainwright may be able to make his next start.  Dakota Hudson has been fine for the most part.

The inconsistent offense managed to score more runs than the prior 2-5 week.  In one game against the Marlins, the offense completely fell asleep at the wheel.  In Sunday’s game, even though the Cardinals won, they did so with only three hits, compared to the Mets’ 10.  Matt Carpenter has an OPS of .718 and on OBP of .333, which is not good for a leadoff hitter.

The only starting players with an OPS of .800 or above are Marcell Ozuna and Paul DeJong.  The latter hit three home runs in New York and had two game-winning hits, building on his reputation as a Mets killer. Harrison Bader has a higher OPS than both Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt and that isn’t saying much for Bader.

The offense must fire on all cylinders or at least be more consistent to have a chance at the Division.  There are some signs of improvement, but they are rather faint at the present time.

The Cardinals do have the luxury of a soft schedule continuing.  This week they play the Marlins again, followed by what should be an emotional weekend series with Albert Pujols and the Angels.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 40 31 0.563
Chicago 39 32 0.549 1
St. Louis 36 34 0.514 3.5
Pittsburgh 32 39 0.451 8
Cincinnati 31 38 0.449 8

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 6/10 The Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10-day injured list. Left hamstring strain.
  • 6/10 Outrighted RHP Merandy Gonzalez (Springfield) cleared waivers.
  • 6/10 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/11 The Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 10 day injured list.
  • 6/11 The Cardinals optioned C Andrew Knizner to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/13 The Cardinals placed RHP Ryan Helsley on the 10-day injured list. Right shoulder impingement.
  • 6/13 The Cardinals recalled LHP Genesis Cabrera from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (wrist) continues on the 60-day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training after surgery to relieve carpal tunnel syndrome.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could begin a rehab assignment in early July and possibly return to the roster by the end of that month.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on April 16. Mayers has reportedly begun a throwing program, progressing to bullpen sessions.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko (lower back strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on Saturday. Infielder Tommy Edman called up from Memphis to replace him.  Gyorko has run the bases and fielded grounders and could return to the roster by June 18.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (left hamstring strain) was placed on the 10 injured list on June 10. The strain is a mild Grade 1 strain.  Wainwright will miss at least one start but could return when the 10 days are up.

Looking Ahead

The Redbirds will take on the Marlins in a four-game series at Busch Stadium beginning on Monday, June 17.   On Friday, June 21, the Angels and Albert Pujols come to Busch Stadium for a weekend interleague series.

After taking Monday June 24 off, the Cardinals will welcome the Oakland Athletics for the first half of a two-game home and home series.  The Cardinals will go to Oakland later in the season.

Thursday, June 27 is another off day.  The team will travel to San Diego to play the Padres in a weekend series beginning Friday, June 28.

The team has another off day on Monday, July 1 and heads to Seattle to take on the Mariners in a three game interleague series.  The Cardinals move to San Francisco for a weekend series beginning Friday, July 5.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Angels and Albert Pujols come to town next weekend for a three-game series.  This will be the first appearance at Busch Stadium for Pujols since he signed with the Angels in 2011.  While most if not all Cardinals fans know his tremendous record with St. Louis, some things about Pujols’ career may not be as well known.  This week’s Blast from the Past takes a brief look at several interesting Pujols facts.

Albert Pujols, spring 2001 (Getty Images)

As many know, Pujols was drafted by the Cardinals in the 13th round in 1999.  What some may not know is that he was drafted as a third baseman.  He did play some third base for the Cardinals, 55 games in 2001, his debut year, and 41 games in 2002.  Pujols also played some corner outfield in those first few years but was primarily a first baseman from 2004 on.  In a surprising twist, Pujols also played two innings at shortstop in 2002 and 3 1/3 innings at second base in 2008.  He played about 22 innings at third base for the Angels but again was primarily a first baseman or a DH.

Pujols is well known for his tremendous offensive numbers, leading the league in many offensive categories over his Cardinals career.  He also unfortunately has a penchant for grounding into double plays.  Pujols only led the league in that category, however, twice in his 11 seasons as a Cardinal.  In 2007, he grounded into a NL leading 27 double plays, and in 2011 he started 29 double plays.  He has led in twin killings twice with the Angels also, 28 in 2014, and 26 in 2017.  All total, over 19 seasons in the major leagues, Pujols has grounded into 386 double plays, the all-time MLB record.

Another quirky stat in Pujols’ career cries out for attention.  Over his 19 major league seasons, in 11,295 plate appearances, Pujols has just one sacrifice bunt.  Yes folks, one.   It was during first major league season, on June 16, 2001, in a game against the Chicago White Sox.  In the bottom of the seventh inning, with two men on base and a 6-3 lead, Pujols sacrifice bunted.  One wonders why he did it even then, with a three-run lead in the seventh.

Over 2 1/2 more years remain on Pujols’ contract with the Angels, followed by a 10-year personal services agreement that led to a ban of such clauses in later MLB contracts.  Maybe Albert will one more time feel the urge to bunt before he hangs up his cleats.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 16, 2019

photo: Brian O’Keefe (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Brian O’Keefe, who was 2-for-4 including a two-run home run in the Cardinals home win.

Results for games played Saturday, June 15.


Memphis 4, Las Vegas 8

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds suffered a loss to the Las Vegas Aviators in the first of a four-game series at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  All four Memphis pitchers were scored upon. Starter Harold Arauz went five innings, giving up three runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking three.  Reliever Chris Ellis surrendered three runs in the sixth.  Dominic Leone allowed one run in his two innings of relief, and Jesus Cruz hurled the ninth and gave up one run.  Arauz took the loss.

The Redbirds entered the bottom of the fourth inning behind 3-0.  With Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo on the bases on a walk and a double, John Nogowski singled to center to score both.

Las Vegas increased its lead to 7-2 in the seventh.  Nogowski led off the home seventh with a single, and three batters later scored on a wild pitch.  In the eighth, he came to bat with Sosa on base and again singled to plate a run.

Nogowski was involved in all four of the Redbirds runs, either driving them in or scoring them.  The first baseman was 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Ellis made an error on a pickoff attempt.

Memphis is 29-40 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, eight games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Las Vegas, Jake Woodford (4-3, 3.13) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 6, Corpus Christi 3

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals won their second straight series with a victory over Corpus Christi at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Springfield took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a leadoff solo home run by Dylan Carlson, his 10th of the season, followed by Brian O’Keefe’s single which scored Johan Mieses, who had reached base on a walk.

The Hooks cut the lead to 2-1 in the third, but the Redbirds responded with two more scores in the fourth.  Rayder Ascanio hit an RBI double and Jose Martinez plated a run on a single.

Memphis added two more in the seventh on O’Keefe’s two-run home run. Our Player of the Day was 2-for-4 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Tommy Parsons earned his first Double-A win in his first outing.  Parsons tossed 6 1/3 innings and yielded two runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked none.  Will Latcham surrendered one run in his 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Seth Elledge pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

The Cardinals are 28-40, are in last place in the Texas League North, and have been eliminated from first half playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Austin Warner (3-5, 3.88) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach – FSL South All-Stars 2, North 0

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Three Cardinals competed in the Florida State League All-Star Game, played Saturday evening at Roger Dean Stadium – catcher Julio Rodriguez, and pitchers Perry DellaValle and Ben Yokley.  Alex Fagalde was also on the team but did not pitch.  All four were on the roster of the FSL South, which won the game 2-0 over the North.

Rodriguez started as the South catcher and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout.  DellaValle pitched the third inning and allowed no hits and no runs.  Yokley took the sixth; he struck out one and walked one but gave up no hits or runs.

Other Cardinals named to the South team, but since promoted, are pitchers Angel Rondon and Bryan Dobzanski plus outfielder Justin Toerner.

Sunday’s game:  Palm Beach is off


Peoria 1, Burlington 7

Freddy Pacheco (Peoria Chiefs)

At Dozer Park, the Chiefs were blown out and almost no-hit by the Burlington Bees in the second of a three-game set that concludes on Sunday.  Starter Michael Brettell pitched six innings and gave up four runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned a career high nine hitters and walked one but suffered his fourth loss of the season. Freddy Pacheco pitched a flawless seventh, striking out the side.  Thomas St. Clair allowed three runs on three hits in the eighth.  Cole Aker hurled a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs offense was held scoreless until the ninth inning when Ivan Herrera singled to left to score Wadye Ynfante, who had reached base when hit by pitch.  Herrera’s single broke up the Burlington no-hit bid and was the only hit in the game by the Chiefs.

Left fielder Brandon Benson committed a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 29-39 on the season, are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, and have been eliminated from first half playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Burlington, Kyle Leahy (4-4, 2.86) 2:05 CT.


State College 4, Williamsport 5

Francis Ventura

State College was edged by the Williamsport Crosscutters in the Spikes’ home opener on Saturday.

In his first official outing on US soil, 19-year old starter Francis Ventura pitched well, going seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Left hander Jacob Schlesener took the eighth and surrendered one unearned run.  Left hander Eli Kraus allowed two unearned runs in the ninth and was charged with a blown save and the loss.

The Spikes opened scoring in the third, putting up four runs.  Carlos Soto hit a two-run single to left and Andrew Warner doubled to center to plate two more.  That was it for State College scoring.

Soto had three hits and Warner two. On the other hand, the Spikes fanned 16 times as all nine hitters were punched out at least once. Donivan Williams fanned three times.

Edwin Figuera stole his first base but committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing.  Schlesener and Williams each made a throwing error, with these four miscues a major factor in the loss.

The Spikes are 1-1 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Auburn, Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 0.00) 3:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 10, DSL Rangers2 13

The Cardinals Red lost a slugfest with the Rangers2 on Saturday.  The offense was prolific on both sides, with the Cardinals logging 10 runs on 17 hits, yet it wasn’t enough as the bullpen failed in the ninth.

The Red scored four runs in the second inning to take a 4-1 lead.  Diowill Burgos single drove in one, and Jesus Orrechia singled to plate Burgos.  Albert Inoa doubled to bring in two.

The Cardinals didn’t score again until the sixth, when the Red added four more runs to increase the lead to 8-3.  Sander Mora doubled to left to bring in two.   Mora scored on a fielding error and Burgos singled to drive in the fourth run of the inning.

A seventh-inning wild pitch brought the ninth run home and another wild pitch in the eighth scored the 10th and final Cardinals run.

Starter Luis Garcia pitched three innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Hemerson Cordero surrendered one run in his two innings pitched.  Augusto Calderon followed with two innings of relief in which he allowed one run. Jesus Jaquez pitched the eighth and gave up two runs.  Ramon Fernandez and Larimel Soriano combined to take the ninth as the game’s outcome turned.  All seven runs were charged to Fernandez as he took the loss.

Inoa and Mora each stole a base. It was Inoa’s fourth and Mora’s sixth.  Mora was also caught stealing.  Fernando Brazoban committed two errors, one fielding and one throwing.  Calderon made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Catcher Orrechia had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 6-7 on the season and are tied for third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 10 at DSL Nationals 4

The Cardinals Blue pummeled the Nationals in a road game on Saturday.  Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched four innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.   William Miranda followed with two scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Eduar Pimentel allowed one run in 2/3 inning before Victor Villanueva retired the last batter in that inning.  Ronald Suarez and Cristoffer Zapata each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Red offense got on the board with two runs in the first.  Fernando Diaz plated a run on a single followed by Gustavo Rodriguez’ sac fly.

Hansel Otamendi drove in the third run for the Blue in the second on a single to left.  In the sixth, Luis Rodriguez and Erik Pena each drove in a run on singles.

With the Blue up 5-4 going into the eighth inning, the offense put up five runs.  Elvin DeJesus singled to score a run. Otamendi and Darlyn Del Villar drew bases-loaded walks.  Gustavo A. Rodriguez followed with a two-run double to center to bring the score to 10-4.

GA Rodriguez had two hits and three RBI.  De Jesus, Otamendi, Diaz, L. Rodriguez, and Pena had two hits each.

Luis Rodriguez was picked off and caught stealing.  First baseman Diaz committed two fielding errors, and Otamendi had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 7-3 and tied for second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 15, 2019

photo: Johan Mieses (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-1 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield designated hitter Johan Mieses, whose three-run home run gave his team the lead. Memphis won in extra innings and State College prevailed in the season opener. Peoria and DSL Red also claimed victory.

Results for games played Friday, June 14.


Memphis 5, Salt Lake 4 (10 innings)

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds edged the Bees in extra innings at AutoZone Park on Friday.  The walk off win in the 10th, coupled with the 11-5 victory on Wednesday gave Memphis the series edge over Salt Lake.

The Redbirds got on the board in the first inning via an RBI single by John Nogowski that tied the game 1-1.  The Bees responded with three additional runs that took the score to 4-1 headed into the bottom frame of the fifth.

Conner Capel led off the fifth with a solo home run to left center field.  Joe Hudson singled and later scored on double by Rangel Ravelo.  The lead was cut to 4-3.

Ravelo thumped a solo home run to left center in the eighth to tie the game for the second time.  In the 10th, with Edmundo Sosa on second base, Adolis Garcia singled to center to plate Sosa and the Redbirds get the victory 5-4.

Ravelo had three hits and Garcia, Nagowski, Capel, and Hudson each had two.

Starter Anthony Shew tossed six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked two.  Hunter Cervenka pitched a scoreless seventh.  Edgar Gonzalez followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Tommy Layne ended with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Layne got the win, his second.

Garcia was picked off and caught stealing.  Capel had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 29-39 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, eight games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas, Harold Arauz (3-0, 4.71) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 4, Corpus Christi 2

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals were the home victors over the Corpus Christi Hooks on Friday.  Starter Angel Rondon tossed six innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out three, but the outing was marred by six walks.  Mitchell Osnowitz, Connor Jones, and Bryan Dobzanski each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Dobzanski earned his first save since his promotion to Springfield.  Rondon got the win.

The Hooks took a 1-0 lead in the first and increased the lead to 2-0 in the third.  In the fourth, Player of the Day Johan Mieses blasted a three-run home run to left center field to give the Cardinals a 3-2 lead.  Alberto Triunfel drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh to increase the lead to the final 4-2 score.

Only Mieses had multiple hits, with two.

Rayder Ascanio was caught stealing.  Catcher Jose Godoy made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals are 27-40 and in last place in the Texas League North and have been eliminated from first half playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Tommy Parsons (0-0, 0.00) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach – off

Palm Beach is off due to the Florida State League All-Star Break.  The FSL All-Star Game will be played on Saturday.  Cardinals selected to participate in the All Star game are C Julio Rodriguez and pitchers Alex Fagalde, Perry DellaValle and Ben Yokley.  Pitchers Angel Rondon and Bryan Dobzanski plus OF Justin Toerner, were also selected but will not participate due to promotion to Double-A Springfield.

The All-Star Game will be played at the Cardinals’ home park, Roger Dean Stadium, for the first time in 19 years.

Saturday’s game:  FSL All-Star Game 6:00 CT.


Peoria 8, Burlington 5

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs were winners over Burlington on Friday at Dozer Park.  One big inning was the key to the victory.

Burlington took the 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Chiefs tied it up with in the third, scored without a hit.  Wadye Ynfante was hit by a pitch and stole second base.  He advanced to third on a groundout by Nolan Gorman and scored on a groundout by Delvin Perez.

The Bees took back the lead with four runs in the top of fourth, but Peoria responded in the bottom of the frame with five runs to take a 6-5 lead.   Alexis Wilson hit a two-run double to left. Ynfante plated two more on a single and scored on a Perez bunt single.

The Chief added to their lead with two scores in the fifth on RBI singles by Josh Shaw and Ynfante.

Ynfante, Wilson, and Bryce Denton each had two hits.  Ynfante stole his seventh base of the season.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched three innings and gave up five runs on four hits.  The left hander fanned six and walked four.  Franyel Casadilla tossed a scoreless fourth.  Parker Kelly hurled three scoreless innings to earn the win. Sebastian Tabata and Evan Sisk each added a scoreless inning.

The Chiefs are 29-38 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 13.5 games back of Quad Cities, and have been eliminated from first half playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Michael Brettell (2-3, 4.25) 6:35 CT.


State College 4 at Williamsport 3

Kevin Woodall (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Spikes began their 2019 season with a win over the Williamsport Crosscutters at historic Bowman Field on Friday.  Seven Williamsport errors aided the Spikes in their victory.

Starter Iohan Paniagua pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  The 19-year old right hander struck out one and walked four.  Michael Baird tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings for the win.  Fabian Blanco added the final two scoreless innings.

Williamsport took the early 1-0 lead, but the Spikes tied it in the third when Moises Castillo singled and later scored on a throwing error on a force out.  The Crosscutters regained the lead with one run in the home third.

The Spikes added two in the fourth when Donivan Williams singled and later scored on a fielding error, and Andres Luna followed with a RBI double.  Kevin Woodall’s solo home run in the fifth increased the lead to 4-2.

Luna was the only Spikes hitter with multiple hits, with two.  Shortstop Castillo made a fielding error.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Francis Ventura (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 13 at DSL Mets2 6

The Cardinals Red gave the Mets pitching staff a shellacking on Friday.  The Red offense had 13 runs on 15 hits, an offensive outburst punctuated by a nine-run third inning.

Red got on the board initially with a run in the second inning on Bryan Matute’s RBI single.  Then came the third inning onslaught.  Alexander Samuel drew a bases loaded walk. Juan Sanchez cleared the bases on a double to right field.  A wild pitch scored Sanchez. Albert Inoa plated a run on a single. With the bases loaded a second time, Claudio Ramirez hit a second bases-clearing double.  The score was 10-0.

The Mets added a run in the fourth. The Cardinals responded with a run in the fifth on a Sander Mora single.

The Mets scored a run in the sixth and three in the seventh to decrease the lead to 10-6.  In the eighth, the Cardinals added the final two scores on a Samuel single and a wild pitch.

Cardinals Red starter Ludwin Jimenez tossed five innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Hancel Rincon surrendered four runs in his two innings of relief. Larimel Soriano and Oliver Lopez each pitched a scoreless frame.  Jimenez was the winning pitcher.

Matute stole his third base of the season.

The Cardinals Red are 6-6 and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Rangers2, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 4, DSL Phillies Red 6

The Cardinals Blue were defeated by the Phillies Red on Friday at home.  Blue starting pitcher Yordy Richard pitched three innings in which he gave up four runs on four hits while striking out three and walking three. Dionys Rodriguez followed with two clean, scoreless innings with no hits allowed and four strikeouts.  Luis Tena surrendered one run in his two innings.  Left hander Nelson Prada also went two innings and allowed one run.  Tena took the loss.

The Cardinals Blue fell behind 4-0 early but bounced back with four runs in the fourth inning to tie the game.  Jose Zapata doubled to plate a run, and scored on a throwing error.  Darlin Moquete singled for the third run of the inning.  Moquete stole second base and a fourth run came in on a throwing error by the Phillies catcher.

The Phillies would add two more runs, but the Cardinals could not score further.

Moquete and Elvin De Jesus each stole a base.  It was Moquete’s fifth and De Jesus’ second.

Tena made an error on pickoff attempt.  Gustavo Rodriguez and Leudy Pena each had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 6-3 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 3-9

photo: Dakota Hudson (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals split with the Reds before being swept out of Chicago in the 1-4 week. Dakota Hudson and Marcell Ozuna are about the only players not scuffling. In our weekly history feature, the sale of a ballpark funded what became a dominant Cardinals farm system.


Game recaps

Monday, June 3 – Off day


Tuesday, June 4 – Cardinals 1, Reds 4

In the first game of a three game-series, the Cardinals offense was once again sluggish.  A solo home run by Matt Carpenter in his first at bat was the only run the Cardinals scored.  The offense scattered five other hits, stranding eight men on base.  Harrison Bader had the only other extra base hit, a double.

Starter Genesis Cabrera, in his second major league start, pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on eight hits.  Cabrera struck out none but walked two.  Michael Wacha followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tyler Webb and John Brebbia combined to toss the final two scoreless innings.

Carpenter and Paul DeJong both made fielding errors.


Wednesday, June 5 – Cardinals, Reds (postponed)

The second game of the series was postponed due to rain.  The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 31.


Thursday, June 6 – Cardinals 3, Reds 1

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals split the two games with a win over the Reds on Thursday.  Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked four.  Andrew Miller, John Gant, and Jordan Hicks combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Gant was the winning pitcher; it was his fifth win.  Hicks earned his 12th save.

The Cardinals scored the first of three runs in the third inning.  Harrison Bader singled and advanced to third on a sac bunt by Hudson. Matt Carpenter singled to plate Bader.

The Reds tied it up in the fourth inning and the score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the seventh when Paul DeJong hit a two-run home run to put the Cardinals up 3-1.

Carpenter, Marcell Ozuna, Kolten Wong, and Dexter Fowler each stole a base.


Friday, June 7 – Cardinals 1 at Cubs 3

St. Louis began a three-game series at Wrigley against the Cubs, a week after sweeping the Cubs at Busch Stadium.  The offense was not there, as it hasn’t been for much of the last month or so.  One run was all the Cardinals could manage and was not until the ninth inning when Paul DeJong homered for the second game in a row, this one a solo shot.  The long ball was one of only four hits total.  The only other extra base hit was a Harrison Bader double.

Starter Miles Mikolas lasted only four innings and gave up three runs on four hits, leaving the game after taking a comebacker on the arm.  The right hander fanned four and walked two.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched two scoreless innings, followed by a scoreless frame each from Ryan Helsley and Tyler Webb.  Mikolas took the loss, his sixth of the season.

Dexter Fowler was picked off first base and Marcell Ozuna had an outfield assist.


Saturday, June 8 – Cardinals 4 at Cubs 9

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals dropped the second game of the series against the Cubs, due to pitching and offense.  Starter Jack Flaherty lacked command and had a short and rough outing on the mound.  The right hander lasted only 3 2/3 innings in which he gave up four runs on five hits.  For the first time in his major league career, Flaherty struck no one out but walked three.  John Brebbia relieved and pitched 1 1/3 innings. He surrendered two runs on one hit.  John Gant also faltered, allowing two runs while recording only one out in the sixth inning.  Andrew Miller got the final two outs of the sixth.  Tyler Webb allowed a run in the seventh. Ryan Helsley pitched a scoreless eighth.  Brebbia took the loss.

St. Louis’ offense did what it has done many times before, which is score early and fail to add on for the rest of the game.  All of the runs for St. Louis came in the first inning against Cubs starter Jon Lester. Marcell Ozuna hit a three run home run and Harrison Bader added a solo home run.  Out of the five total hits, the two long balls were the only extra base hits. In fact, the Cardinals did not get a ball out of the infield after the first inning.


Sunday, June 9 – Cardinals 1 at Cubs 5

Same song, different verse for the Redbirds as they are swept by the Cubs at Wrigley for the second time in two series in 2019.  The offense did manage nine hits, but only two resulted in a run.  In the second inning, Marcell Ozuna singled and Kolten Wong drove him home on a double.  Several Cardinals had multiple hits, but not timely ones. Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt each had two hits.  Ozuna had three.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one.  Wainwright left the game in the fifth with an injury, hamstring tightness, and was relieved by Giovanny Gallegos.  Gallegos tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Tyler Webb pitched to one batter, Jason Heyward, and retired him.  Carlos Martinez entered the inning with one out and gave up two runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Wainwright took the loss.

Ozuna was caught stealing for the first time in the season.  Carpenter committed a fielding error and Martinez made an errant throw to first base on a pickoff attempt.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week marked by one rained out game with the Reds and a series sweep by the Cubs.  For the week the Cardinals were 1-4. Not good.  St. Louis remains in third place in the NL Central but are now below .500 for the season.  They are 5.5 games back of both the Cubs and the Brewers, tied for the top spot.

The offense has taken an extended vacation.  Even in the sweep of the Cubs the previous week the offense barely squeaked by due to the even worse offense from the Cubs.  The run differential was -12 for the week.  The starting lineup hit as follows in the five games:  Matt Carpenter, 4-for-16, Paul DeJong, 4-for-19, Paul Goldschmidt, 4-for 17, Marcell Ozuna, 7-for-19, Dexter Fowler, 2-for-15, Kolten Wong 4-for-18, Harrison Bader 4-for-16, Matt Wieters, 0-for-15.  Essentially those eight players hit .250 or below except for Ozuna.

Starting pitching wasn’t any better.  Only one of the five starters, Dakota Hudson, had a quality start and he was the only one who pitched past the fifth inning.  This put a strain on the bullpen and it showed.  The always reliable John Gant had his worst appearance of the season Saturday against the Cubs. Dependable John Brebbia also faltered.

The Cardinals play seven more games on this road trip, three games in Miami with the Marlins and four games in New York with the Mets. There is an opportunity to bounce back this week if the Cardinals can find a way to take advantage of it.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 37 27 0.578
Milwaukee 38 28 0.576
St. Louis 31 32 0.492 5.5
Pittsburgh 30 34 0.469 7
Cincinnati 29 35 0.453 8

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Transactions

  • 6/5 The Cardinals optioned LHP Genesis Cabrera to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/8 The Cardinals placed 3B Jedd Gyorko on the 10 day injured list. Lower back strain.
  • 6/8 The Cardinals designated RHP Merandy Gonzalez for assignment.
  • 6/8 The Cardinals selected the contract of SS Tommy Edman from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/9 The Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/9 The Cardinals recalled RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome following spring training.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could return to the roster in early July.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on April 16. Mayers has reportedly begun a throwing program.  Mayers was scheduled for a bullpen session last week.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb tendon strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to May 29. Molina spent the weekend back in St. Louis but is scheduled to rejoin the team in Miami on Monday, June 10.  Molina could be back on the roster for the weekend series in New York against the Mets.
  • Miles Mikolas (right foream contusion) was hit in the right forearm by a comebacker in Friday’s game at Wrigley Field. Mikolas is day to day and will likely be available to make his next start.
  • 3B Jedd Gyorko (lower back strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on Saturday. Infielder Tommy Edman called up from Memphis to replace Gyorko on the roster.  No timetable for Gyorko’s return has been announced.
  • 3B Matt Carpenter is playing through a sore shin. The bruise kept him out of Friday’s game, but when Gyorko went on the shelf Saturday, Carpenter returned to the lineup.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals left Chicago on Sunday to travel to Miami to begin a three game series with the Marlins. Following that series, the Cardinals travel to New York to play the Mets in a four game set.

The Redbirds return home to take on the Marlins again in a four game series at Busch Stadium beginning on Monday, June 17.   On Friday, June 21, the Angels and Albert Pujols come to Busch Stadium for a weekend interleague series.

Monday June 24 is an off day for St. Louis.  On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics come to St. Louis for a two game home and home series.  The Cardinals will go to Oakland later in the season.

Thursday, June 27 is another off day for St. Louis.  The team will travel to San Diego to play the Padres in a weekend series beginning Friday, June 28.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s blast from the past goes way back in time to the early 20th Century Cardinals.  During this week in 1920, the Cardinals made a move, literally, that led to a significant change in how major league baseball operated.

On June 6, 1920, the Cardinals faced the Chicago Cubs that would be the last game they played in the ball park that had been their home since April 27, 1893.  Robison Field was located on the southeast corner of Natural Bridge Road and Vandeventer Ave in St. Louis.  Prior to 1893, the Cardinals played at what was called “Sportsman’s Park”, located at the corner of Grand Ave and Dodier.  Robison Field was just few blocks northwest of this location. At the beginning the ball park was called “New Sportsman’s Park”, until the team was sold to the Robison brothers in 1899. The field was called “League Park” through the 1910 season.  When Helene Britton, daughter of Frank Robison, took over the ownership of the team in 1911 she renamed the park Robison Field.

Britton sold the team to Sam Breadon in 1917.  During those final three years at the location, it was sometimes called “Cardinal Field”.  When Breadon obtained majority ownership of the team in 1920 he decided it was time to move.  In the interim, the old Sportsman’s Park had been rebuilt and Breadon relocated the team back to that location at Grand and Dodier.  The move occurred after the June 6 game against the Cubs, a game the Cardinals won 5-2.

The Cardinals continued to own the Natural Bridge and Vandeventer site for a few more years after the move, then it was sold to developers who built Beaumont High School, which opened in 1926.  The High School remained at that site until it closed in 2014.

Branch Rickey

Breadon used the proceeds from the sale of Robison Field to aid new general manager Branch Rickey in purchasing an 18% stake in the Houston Buffaloes of the Texas League in 1921.  This was the beginning of major league baseball teams owing a minor league team.  The Cardinals went on to purchase the Syracuse Stars of the International League that same year.  The major league farm system was born.

The success of the farm system brought the Cardinals their first World Series title in 1926.  The significant benefits continued into the 1930s and 1940s.  World Series titles in 1931, 1934, 1942, 1944, and 1946 followed, but slowed after Rickey moved on to the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1942.

It all started with the sale of Robison Field and the ideas of Branch Rickey.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 9, 2019

photo: Chasen Shreve (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-5 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis reliever Chasen Shreve, who extended his scoreless streak of appearances to six, striking out four and issuing no walks in two innings against Reno.

Results for games played Saturday, June 8.


Memphis 3 at Reno 5

Chasen Shreve (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were defeated by the Aces in Reno on Saturday despite Memphis pitching striking out a season high 18 hitters.  It began with Alex Reyes, who pitched four innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits, including a two-run home run.  Reyes fanned 10 but walked four.  Chris Ellis followed with two innings of relief in which he surrendered one run on three hits.  Ellis struck out four.  Chasen Shreve tossed the final two scoreless innings and struck out four.  Shreve has allowed only one earned run in his last 13 appearances and has allowed no earned runs in his last six appearances.  Reyes took the loss, his second.

With Memphis behind 2-0 in the fourth, Adolis Garcia’s RBI single gave the Redbirds their first run.  The Aces scored two more in the bottom half of the inning, however.

Jose Godoy’s solo home run in the fifth brought the score to 4-2.  The third and final Memphis score came home on a sac fly by Lane Thomas.

Godoy and Edmundo Sosa each had two hits.

Garcia stole his fourth base of the season and Sosa was caught stealing for the second time.  Garcia committed a fielding error and Godoy made a throwing error.

Memphis is 26-37 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, eight games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:  at Reno, Genesis Cabrera (2-3, 6.35) 3:05 CT.


Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 7

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals fell to the Naturals on Saturday after giving up an early lead.  The Springfield offense put up the first run in the first inning as Randy Arozarena tripled, and scored on Chris Chinea’s double.  Arozarena’s hitting streak is now seven games.

Brian O’Keefe led off the second inning with a solo home run to left field.  Following two walks and a single, Evan Mendoza’s sac fly to center plated the second run of the inning, but that concluded the Cardinals scoring for the night.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked two.  Roel Ramirez followed with 3 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered two runs on six hits.

No Cardinal had more than one hit.

The Cardinals are 23-39 and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Angel Rondon (0-0,3.74) 2:05 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 5

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

After the Beach Birds took the series opener on Friday, the momentum did not lead to another win against the visiting Stone Crabs on Saturday.

Starter Tommy Parsons hurled seven innings and gave up three runs on seven hits for a quality start.  The right-hander struck out three and issued no free passes.  C.J. Saylor relieved in the eighth and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Mitchell Oznowitz pitched a scoreless ninth.  Parsons took the loss.

After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Cardinals offense responded with a run in the second.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled, and scored on single by Jose Martinez.

Palm Beach didn’t score again until the eighth inning when Martinez led off with a triple and scored on Chase Pinder’s single.

Pinder and Martinez each had two hits.

Palm Beach is 34-27 on the season and tied for second place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.29) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 7, Cedar Rapids 8 (10 innings)

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a heartbreaker to the Kernels in extra innings on Saturday.  The Chiefs offense made a valiant effort in the final three innings after falling behind 2-0 early.  Peoria scored four runs in the eighth inning to take a 4-2 lead.

Josh Shaw began the scoring by drawing a bases loaded walk and Nolan Gorman plated a second run on a sac fly.  Ivan Herrera’s single to left brought in two more runs to complete the four-run burst.

However, the Kernels came back in the top of the ninth to score five runs.  Down 7-4, the Chiefs responded in the bottom frame with three runs to tie.  Delvin Perez hit a two run double, and Gorman followed with an RBI triple.

The game went into extras, and the Kernels added what would be the winning run in the top of the 10th.

Starter Diego Cordero pitched a quality start, 6 1/3 innings, in which he gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  Cordero struck out three and walked one.  Edgar Escobar followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Thomas St. Clair had a shaky ninth and surrendered the five Cedar Rapids runs to take the blown save.  Parker Kelly relieved with two outs in the ninth and got the final out, but returned for the 10th and allowed the winning Kernels’ score.  He took the loss.

Wadye Ynfante stole his sixth base of the season.  Brendan Donovan was caught stealing for the first time.  Perez and Gorman each committed two throwing errors. Herrera was charged with catcher interference.  Ynfante and Brandon Benson each had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs and the Kernels play a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Chiefs are 26-34 on the season and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s games:   vs. Cedar Rapids (DH), Colin Schmid (3-1, 3.52) 1:00 CT (Game 1)/TBA (Game 2)


DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Phillies White 7

The Cardinals Red went down in defeat to the Phillies White on Saturday.  Starter Ludwin Jimenez tossed five innings and gave up two runs on five hits while fanning one and walking one.  Jesus Jacquez followed with two scoreless innings of relief, surrendering two runs.  Miguel Maiz began the eighth and allowed three runs on two hits.  Hector De Los Santos got the final out of the inning andreturned to pitch a scoreless ninth.  Maiz was tagged with the loss and a blown save.

The Red offense failed to score until the sixth inning when they scored all five runs.  Sander Mora drew a two-out walk and stole second base. Roblin Heredia reached on a fielding error and Mora scored.  After Diowill Burgos singled and Fernando Brazoban walked, Heredia came in on a wild pitch.  Burgos and Brazoban were driven in by Jesus Orrechia’s single. Endri Salas was hit by a pitch and scored on Bryan Matute’s single.

Orrechia and Matute each had two hits.

Orrechia and Brazoban each stole their first base of the season.  Matute and Mora stole their second base in 2019.  Luis Andujar was caught stealing for the second time.  Center Fielder Smith Vargas made a fielding error, but also had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Red are 4-3 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue at DSL Twins (postponed)

This game was postponed, with the makeup scheduled for June 19.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 8, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach’s Justin Toerner with a grand slam and six RBI. Honorable mention goes to the top four in the Memphis lineup, Edmundo Sosa, Max Schrock, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo, who pulverized Reno pitching with 14 of 18 hits in the Redbirds’ win.

Results for games played Friday, June 7.


Memphis 10 at Reno 4

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds offense pummeled the Reno Aces on Friday night, with an 18 hit thrashing to a 10-4 victory.  Memphis has won three of its last four games.

The top of the Memphis lineup did the bulk of the damage, with 14 of the hits coming from the bats of Edmundo Sosa, Max Schrock, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo.  The first inning marked the first score for the Redbirds, as Schrock’s ground out put the Birds up 1-0.

Sosa thumped a solo home run for a 2-0 lead in the third.  Reno added two to make it 2-2.  In the fifth, Nogowski hit a two run blast to left field for a 4-2 Memphis lead.  Ravelo made it 5-2 with an RBI single in the seventh.

The big inning was the eighth.  Ramon Urias walked, and Drew Robinson hit a two run shot to center for a 7-2 lead.  Sosa doubled, and scored on Nogowski’s single. Schrock singled and scored on a Ravelo single. Nogowski scored on a ground ball double play by Lane Thomas.

The Aces added two in the bottom of the ninth.

Starter Evan Kruczynski notched his first Triple-A win, tossing five innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The left-hander fanned six and walked three.  Dominic Leone followed with two scoreless innings.  Chris Beck pitched a scoreless eighth.  Tommy Layne surrendered the two Reno scores in the ninth.

Urias made a throwing error and catcher Jose Godoy had a passed ball.

Memphis is 26-36 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, 8 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Reno, Alex Reyes (1-1, 6.00) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 9 (seven innings, Game 1)

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals lost to the Naturals in the first game of a doubleheader in Springdale on Friday.  The Cardinals were in a big hole in the first inning after the Naturals pounded Cardinals starter Williams Perez for six runs.  Perez only recorded one out before being pulled.  Will Latcham was next and was responsible for three more Naturals scores over his 2 2/3 innings pitched.  The last two relievers, Merandy Gonzalez and Seth Elledge, kept NW Arkansas scoreless for the remaining three innings.  Perez was tagged with the loss.

The Springfield offense made a valiant effort to overcome the deficit.  Springfield put two runs on the board in the first before the six-run pounding in the bottom frame of the inning. Kramer Robertson tripled to plate the first run, then scored on an Evan Mendoza ground out.

Robertson drove in a third run in the third inning on a sac fly.  Johan Mieses did his part with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. The seventh and final score came home on Connor Capel’s RBI single in the fifth.

Capel and Randy Arozarena each had two hits. Arozarena was picked off first base.


Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 7, (seven innings, Game 2)

Kodi Whitley (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals suffered a second loss in Game 2 of the twin bill.  The offense again scored first with one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Chris Chinea.  Springfield did not score again until the seventh and last inning, when Randy Arozarena doubled to plate Dylan Carlson.

Carlson had three hits and scored both runs.  Arozarena had two hits.

Lefty Jacob Patterson started and gave up all seven Naturals runs on eight hits in four innings pitched.  Patterson struck out three and walked one. Kodi Whitley pitched the final two scoreless innings.  Patterson took his fourth loss of the season.

Carlson both stole a base and was caught stealing. The stolen base was Carlson’s 11th, the caught stealing was his fourth.  Chinea made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 23-38 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Johan Oveido (1-2, 7.03) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 12, Charlotte 5

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals pounded the Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday.  Palm Beach was behind most of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning when the offense let loose with eight runs.

The first run came in the first inning when Lars Nootbaar drew a bases loaded walk.  Nootbaar drove in the second run in the third inning on a ground ball single to right.

The big eighth inning scoring began with a hit by pitch on Nick Plummer with the bases loaded. Jose Martinez the younger singled to plate another.  Justin Toerner then came to the plate with the bases loaded and destroyed a baseball for a grand slam.  Yariel Gonzalez singled to plate the final two runs of the inning, on a play with a fielding error by the Charlotte CF who then assisted in an 8-3-2-5 putout of Gonzalez at third base.

The Cardinals added two more scores in the ninth on a two-run single by Toerner, increasing the leadoff man’s total to six RBI.

Starter Griffin Roberts, in his second start after his return from suspension, tossed six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  Roberts fanned six and walked three.  Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in two innings pitched and got the win. Zach Prendergast pitched a scoreless ninth.

Martinez stole his fourth base of the season. Michael Perri committed a fielding error.  Nootbaar had an outfield assist.

Palm Beach is 34-26 on the season and is tied for second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Tommy Parsons (3-1, 1.78) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 9

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were defeated by the Kernels in a home contest at Dozer Park on Friday.  An early three run lead was lost in the second consecutive loss for Peoria.

The Chiefs scored all three runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Bryce Denton drew a walk, Brandon Benson singled to center, Brendan Donovan walked, and Delvin Perez doubled to left to plate all three runners.

Chiefs pitching allowed Cedar Rapids to put up five runs after the offense came them the 3-0 lead.  Starter Alvaro Siejas gave up three runs on five hits in his seven innings pitched.  Evan Sisk surrendered the other two runs in his two innings of work and took the loss.

Perez stole two bases.  Catcher Ivan Herrera was tagged with a catcher interference and a passed ball.

The Chiefs are 26-33 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Diego Cordero (2-5, 3.53) 6:35 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL D-backs2 9 (12 innings)

The Cardinals Red was edged by the D-backs2 in extra innings on Friday.  Starter Angel Cuerca tossed four scoreless innings in support of a 1-0 Red lead.  The right hander allowed four hits, struck out four and walked three.  Luis Garcia relieved in the fifth and pitched two innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit.  Oliver Lopez started the seventh and surrendered two additional runs while recording only one out.  Left hander Hemerson Cordero finished the seventh and tossed the next two innings in scoreless fashion.  Ramon Fernandez blew the save in the ninth, relinquishing three runs, one earned.  Larimel Soriano finished the game, giving up two runs, one earned for a second blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals Red offense took the initial 1-0 lead in the second inning on Luis Andujar’s RBI triple.  The D-backs scored four over the next five innings to take a 4-1 lead going into the eighth.  The Red scored three in the eighth a two run double by Ryan Matute and a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.

Matute plated a run in the 10th on a single, and a second run came home on a sac fly by Albert Inoa.  The D-backs tied the game a second time with two runs in the bottom half of the 10th.

Again, in the 11th, Cardinals Red retook the lead 7-6 on wild pitch.  The D-backs answered with a run in the bottom frame for the 7-7 tie.  A third wild pitch run came home for the Red in the top of the 12th for the 8-7 lead but the D-backs brought two home in the bottom of the 12th for the walk off win.

Matute was the offensive juggernaut for the Cardinals Red, going 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Andujar was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Jesus Orrechia made a fielding error and Soria had a miscue on a pickoff.  Cordero was picked off first base, and catcher Juan Sanchez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 4-2 on the young season.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies White, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 4, DSL Phillies Red 2

The second DSL Cardinals team, the Cardinals Blue, defeated the Phillies Red on Friday.  The game was scoreless until the Phillies Red took a 2-0 lead in the fifth.  The Red tied it up with two runs in the sixth when Darlyn Del Villar plated a run on a ground ball single, and Gustavo Rodriguez’ sac fly brought a second run home.  A sac fly by Hansel Otamendi made the score 3-2 in the eighth, and a wild pitch increased the lead to 4-2.

The offense scored four runs on four hits.  The only extra base hit was a double by Elvin De Jesus.  No Cardinals Blue hitter had multiple hits.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on five hits while fanning four and walking one. Dionys Rodriguez surrendered a run in his 2/3 inning of work.  William Miranda and Nelson Prada each pitched two scoreless innings of relief.  Prada got the win.

Del Villar made a fielding error.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 3-3.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Twins, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 27-June 2

photo: Marcell Ozuna and Kolten Wong (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals left behind a 9-18 May with a home sweep of the division-rival Cubs as Kolten Wong starred. In our weekly history feature, the Cardinals’ first drafts from the mid-1960s are remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, May 27 – Off day


Tuesday, May 28 – Cardinals 3 at Phillies 4

The Cardinals were edged by the Phillies in the first of a three-game series in Philadelphia.  Starter Adam Wainwright tossed six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned a season high 10.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

St. Louis’ offense scored three runs on only four hits.  All three runs came home in the first inning, starting with a solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt.  Marcell Ozuna followed with a two run shot to right field.

Goldschmidt had two hits and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Harrison Bader had an outfield assist, throwing out Bryce Harper at home.


Wednesday, May 29 – Cardinals 4 at Phillies 11

The Cardinals were blown out by the Phillies in the second game of the series in Philadelphia.  It was out of hand almost from the beginning, as the Phillies jumped ahead 4-0 before the Cardinals scored.  That first run came in the fourth inning on a solo home run by Matt Wieters.

The Phillies scored twice in the fourth and five in the fifth to make it 11-1.  The Cardinals couldn’t even make a dent until the eighth inning.  It began notably with the first major league hit by reliever John Brebbia, who later scored on a single by Marcell Ozuna.   Paul DeJong singled and scored on Matt Wieters’ double, and Ozuna scored on a ground out by Yairo Munoz.

Starter Genesis Cabrera made his major league debut.  The 22-year old pitched 3 2/3 innings, and gave up five runs, three earned, on five hits.  The lefty fanned five and walked two.  Michael Wacha pitched one inning in relief and surrendered six runs on five hits. Tyler Webb followed with two scoreless innings, and Brebbia finished with 1 1/3 scoreless.

Dexter Fowler both helped and hurt in the outfield.  Fowler threw out a runner at home but committed a costly fielding error.


Thursday, May 30 – Cardinals 5 at Phillies 3

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals avoided the road sweep with a victory over the Phillies in the final game of the set.  All of St. Louis’ runs came via the long ball.  Marcell Ozuna and Matt Wieters hit solo home runs in the second inning, but the offense would not score again until the seventh, when Jedd Gyorko blasted a two run home run to left center, and Matt Carpenter hit a solo shot to left center.

Starter Dakota Hudson hurled six innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three to earn his fourth win of the season.  Carlos Martinez surrendered two runs in the seventh.  Andrew Miller began the eighth and gave up a hit to the only batter he faced.  John Gant got all three outs in the eighth without giving up a run.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 11th save.

Paul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, and Matt Wieters each had two hits.  Goldschmidt was picked off second base.


Friday, May 31 – Cardinals 2, Cubs 1 (10 innings)

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began the weekend with a win in the opener of the three game series against their NL Central rival Cubs.  The Cardinals had been swept by the Cubs at Wrigley Field at the beginning of May, so the Cardinals came into the series looking for some payback.  They got it with an extra-innings win.

Starter Miles Mikolas tossed seven innings and gave up only one run on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Carlo Martinez pitched a scoreless eighth.  Jordan Hicks hurled the final two scoreless innings to earn his second win.

St. Louis scored first via a sac fly by Marcell Ozuna to plate Matt Carpenter, who walked to begin the home first and advanced on a wild pitch and a fly out.

The Cubs tied it up in the second, and there the score remained until the bottom of the 10th.  Kolten Wong doubled and later scored on Carpenter’s walk off bloop single to left field that had been vacated by the shift.  Kolten Wong had two hits and stole his eighth base of the season.


Saturday, June 1 – Cardinals 7, Cubs 4

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals clinched a series win with a defeat of the Cubs on Saturday.  The offense was more plentiful in this second game, as the Redbirds scored seven runs on 12 hits.

The Cubs took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Anthony Rizzo.  The Cardinals responded in the bottom frame with a solo home run by Paul Goldschmidt to tie the score.

The Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the top of the second.  The Cardinals tied it again in the bottom of the third on an RBI single by Marcell Ozuna.

The game remained tied until the bottom of the sixth.  Ozuna singled, and scored on Matt Wieters’ double.  Wieters came in on a single by Dexter Fowler.  Kolten Wong doubled to plate Fowler and the score was 5-2.

The Cubs cut the lead to 5-4 in the seventh.  In the eighth, Fowler and Harrison Bader hit back to back solo home runs to give the Redbirds the 7-4 lead and the eventual victory.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits while fanning eight and issuing no free passes.  John Gant tossed a scoreless sixth and was the winning pitcher.  John Brebbia faltered to begin the seventh, surrendering two runs without recording an out.  Andrew Miller completed the inning in scoreless fashion.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless eighth, and Carlos Martinez hurled the scoreless ninth to earn his first save of the season.


Sunday, June 2 – Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

Kolten Wong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals completed the sweep on Sunday in their quest for revenge on their rivals.  The Redbirds beat the Cubs by the same score as Friday, but in regulation.

Starter Adam Wainwright got the job done for the win, his fifth, but with an unusual line.  Wainwright pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, but walking a career-high seven. The right hander also struck out eight.  It wasn’t particularly pretty, but it was effective.  Jordan Hicks came in in the ninth to get the save but couldn’t get it done.  His lack of command led to the Cubs’ only run.  John Gant relieved Hicks with one out in the inning and got the final two outs to earn his third save.

St. Louis offense was meager, but it was just enough.  Wainwright kept the Cubs off the board with help from the defense, in particular Kolten Wong, who made a spectacular running catch of a bloop hit by Anthony Rizzo into shallow right field to save a run.  The first Cardinal run scored in the fifth on a sac fly by Wong.  Matt Carpenter hit an RBI single in the eighth for the second St. Louis score.  Wong was involved in the win on several levels. In addition to the run saving catch, Wong drove in the first run and scored the second.  He was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.

Wong stole his ninth base of the season, and Jedd Gyorko stole his second.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals got their first series win in a month with the sweep of the Cubs over the weekend.  The team ended the week 4-2, after dropping two of three in Philadelphia.  The four wins brought them back third place and moved the Cubs out of first place.  The Cardinals are three game behing the first place Brewers and 1.5 games back of the Cubs.

Pitching and not enough offense was the issue in the Phillies series.  Game 2 was a blowout, and the shaky debut by Genesis Cabrera was compounded by a horrendous appearance out of the bullpen by Michael Wacha.

The offense failed in the first game of the Phillies series by scoring runs in the first inning and not adding on.  Several previously hot Cardinals are mired in slumps, including Paul DeJong, Jose Martinez, and Dexter Fowler.  Harrison Bader went great guns against the Rangers the previous week, then went 5-for-31 after.  Bader did hit a home run in Saturday’s game, as did Fowler.  Previously cold Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt have heated up.  The offense can’t seem to get it going all at the same time.  Even though the team swept the Cubs, they did it without scoring a lot of runs because the Cubs’ offense was worse. Kolten Wong proved to be a difference-maker against Chicago.

The Cardinals play the Reds in a three game series beginning Tuesday, then end the week with another weekend series against the Cubs, this time at Wrigley Field, where they were swept at the beginning of May.  The Cardinals cannot count on the Cubs offense continuing to be bad, and the Reds always play the Cardinals tough.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 34 26 0.567
Chicago 31 26 0.544 1.5
St. Louis 30 28 0.517 3
Pittsburgh 28 30 0.483 5
Cincinnati 27 32 0.458 6.5

Molina goes on the injured list

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals placed Yadier Molina on the 10-day injured list on Friday, retroactive to Wednesday, with a right thumb tendon strain.  Molina suffered the injury in the Sunday night game against the Braves the previous week.  Molina was in the lineup in the first game of the Phillies series on Tuesday but did not play after.  Backup catcher Matt Wieters started in the rest of the Phillies series and in two games in the Cubs series.  The Cardinals called up Andrew Knizner from Memphis on Friday to back up Wieters and the rookie made his initial MLB start on Sunday.

Molina is eligible to come off the IL this coming Saturday but will likely remain on the IL longer.  An absence of 2-3 weeks is not out of the question, depending on how the injury heals. Surgery is not necessary, or the absence would be much longer.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

National reporter Jon Heyman wrote the Cardinals are one of a handful of teams reportedly interested in signing free agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, who no longer has the loss of a first-round draft pick attached.


Transactions 

  • 5/29 The Cardinals optioned OF Lane Thomas to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/29 The Cardinals recalled LHP Genesis Cabrera from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals placed C Yadier Molina on the 10 day injured list retroactive to May 29. Right thumb tendon strain.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals selected the contract of C Andrew Knizner from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome.  The left hander has begun a throwing program.  Cecil could return to the roster in early July.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on April 16. Mayers has reportedly begun a throwing program.  The next step will be throwing bullpen sessions, perhaps within the next several weeks.
  • C Yadier Molina was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to May 29. Molina suffered from a right thumb tendon strain on the previous Sunday against the Braves.   An MRI taken showed a slight tear of the tendon between the thumb and the forefinger.  Molina saw a hand specialist, and it was determined surgery would not be required.  No timetable has been set for Molina’s return.

Looking Ahead

Monday is an off day for the Redbirds and beginning on Tuesday the Cardinals continue the homestand with a three-game series with the Reds.  Genesis Cabrera is scheduled for the Tuesday start, followed by Dakota Hudson on Wednesday, and Miles Mikolas on Thursday.

The Cardinals head to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs next weekend, followed by a three game series in Miami and four in New York against the Mets.

On the 17th, the Redbirds return home to take on the Marlins again in a four game series.  The Angels and Albert Pujols come to Busch Stadium for a weekend interleague series next.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The annual MLB First-Year Player Draft will begin on Monday night and continue through Wednesday.  The Cardinals have the 19th pick in the first round.

This week’s history segment covers the very first Cardinals draft, which occurred on June 8, 1965.  The Cardinals had the 20th pick that first year.  When the draft began for the first time in 1965, there were more rounds than there are today.  The draft went 60 rounds that year.

Joe DiFabio

The first round pick for the Cardinals in 1965 was Joe DiFabio, a standout right-handed pitcher at Cranford High School in New Jersey.  DiFabio went to Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi.  In his junior year at Delta State, DiFabio was 7-0 with an ERA of 0.55.

DiFabio was assigned to the Cardinals Double-A affiliate in Tulsa.  He went 0-2 with an ERA of 7.88.  He started 1966 at Class A Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League and improved to 11-3 with an ERA of 1.86.  DiFabio made it to Triple-A in 1967, but got sent back to Double-A, where he remained until 1969, when he was back at Triple-A.  DiFabio never made it to the big leagues, and was released by the Cardinals in 1970.

Out of the 60 players drafted by the Cardinals in 1965, six (10%) reached the major leagues.  They were RHP Harry Parker, LHP Dan McGinn, RHP Jerry Robertson, SS Rich Hacker, RHP Pete Hamm, and SS John Sipin.  Parker pitched for the Cardinals in 1970 and 1971, then was traded to the Mets.  The Cardinals got him back in 1975 off waivers, then traded him to Cleveland the next year.

None of the other five players played at the major league level for the Cardinals.  McGinn, Hacker, and Hamm did not sign with St. Louis and were later drafted by other teams. Robertson played in the Cardinals minor league system and then was lost to the Montreal Expos in the expansion draft in 1968. Sipin also played in the system but was traded to the San Diego Padres in 1969.

Ted Simmons, 1972 (Getty Images)

The 1966 draft went for 46 rounds instead of 60.  Only four of the drafted players made the majors, and only one, first rounder Leron Lee, an infielder, made the majors with the Cardinals. The first drafted player to ever have a significant major league career with the Cardinals was a catcher named Ted Simmons, who was the Cardinals first round pick in 1967.

Little changed since 1965.  The draft is a crap shoot any way you look at it.  From the 2015 draft, Harrison Bader, Jordan Hicks, Paul DeJong and Ryan Helsley have made the major leagues.  Dakota Hudson and Andrew Knizner are the only draftees from 2016 in the major leagues so far.  The 2014 draft gave the Cards Luke Weaver, Jack Flaherty, Austin Gomber and Daniel Ponce de Leon.  The bottom line is only a handful of the picks each year ever make the major leagues.

Who will be the standouts in 2019?


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 2, 2019

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria’s Alvaro Seijas, who pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings on only three hits. Memphis and Springfield were pummeled, with the former losing its 11th straight. Palm Beach’s contest was suspended by rain.

Results for games played Saturday, June 1.


Memphis 1, Oklahoma City 8

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell to the Dodgers at Auto Zone Park on Saturday by an 8-1 score, their 11th straight loss.

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon suffered his fourth loss of the season.  The right hander pitched six innings and gave up six runs on four hits, which included two long balls.  Ponce de Leon struck out five and walked three.  Chris Ellis followed and surrendered two runs on three hits over two frames.  Chasen Shreve tossed a scoreless ninth.

The only score for Memphis came on a solo home run by Edmundo Sosa in the third inning.  Sosa was the only Redbird with multiple hits, with two and has gone deep in consecutive games.  The offense in total managed only five hits, including singles by Lane Thomas, Tommy Edman, and Joe Hudson, and struck out a total of 16 times.

Thomas stole his eighth base of the season.

Memphis is 23-34 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, 10 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Oklahoma City, TBA 2:05 CT.


Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 12

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were pummeled by the Naturals on Saturday, before a sellout crowd at Hammons Field.  The game was delayed by rain for 48 minutes in the eighth inning.

Springfield immediately fell behind 4-0, but cut the lead to 4-2 in the home first.  Dylan Carlson was hit by a pitch and scored on a double play started by Randy Arozarena.  Brian O’Keefe drove in a second run on a single to right.

By the fourth inning, Springfield was behind 7-2, but the offense chipped away with two runs on a two run home by Carlson.  In the seventh, Carlson doubled and scored on a single by Kramer Robertson.

Carlson, O’Keefe, and Chris Chinea each had two hits.  Carlson has five multi-hit games in his last eight starts.

Starter Johan Oviedo hurled five innings, giving up eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Junior Fernandez followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Jones walked the only batter he faced in the eighth inning and was replaced by Merandy Gonzalez, who allowed three runs on two singles, two walks, and a hit by pitch.  Gonzalez returned to pitch the ninth and gave up a run on a single and a triple.  Oveido took the loss.

Conner Capel and Evan Mendoza each stole their fifth base of the season.

The game featured an ejection of Springfield manager Joe Kruzel in the eighth inning.

The Cardinals are 22-33 and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Williams Perez (5-2, 5.22) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach at Florida suspended

The game against Florida was suspended after the first inning due to rain.  Florida was ahead 2-0, having got to starter Perry DellaValle.  The game will be resumed on Sunday.

Sunday’s games:  at Florida, TBA 11:00 am CT (completion of suspended game and regularly scheduled game).


Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 2

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

On Saturday, the Chiefs won their second straight game against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  Starter and Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas pitched well, tossing 7 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits while striking out three and walking two.  Seijas earned his fourth win of the season.  Sebastian Tabata surrendered both Wisconsin runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth.

The game was scoreless until the top of the sixth, when Brady Whalen drove in the first Chiefs run on a single to right.  Two more scores for Peoria came in the seventh on Josh Shaw’s single and a sac fly by Jhon Torres.

The Chiefs added three runs of insurance in the ninth via a single by Wadye Ynfante and a throwing error by the Wisconsin catcher.

Nolan Gorman had the only multi-hit performance with two hits, both singles. Ivan Herrera had the only extra base hit, a double.

Brandon Riley had a night on the base paths, as he stole three bases to double his season total.  Brady Whalen was not so fortunate, as he was picked off and caught stealing.  Torres had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 24-30 on the season and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Diego Cordero (2-4, 2.98) 1:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Brewers 2

Diowill Burgos

In the first game of the season, the Cardinals Red defeated the Brewers 5-2 on the road.  17-year old starter Angel Cuenca pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out five.  Luis Garcia and Benjamin Arias each surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Cuenca earned the win.

The Red offense put up two runs in the first inning, as both scored on wild pitches.  In the sixth, Diowill Burgos plated two on a double to center.  The offense added a final score in the seventh on an RBI single by Smith Vargas.

No Red hitter had multiple hits.  Burgos’ double was the only extra base hit.

Burgos was caught stealing for the first time.  Jesus Orrechia and Albert Inoa each committed fielding errors.

Sunday’s games:  No games scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 1, 2019

photo: Kyle Leahy (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria starter Kyle Leahy, who pitched seven scoreless innings on three hits, no walks and four strikeouts in the Chiefs’ victory. Memphis dropped its 10th straight, Springfield had a pen failure and Palm Beach was shut out on two hits.

Results for games played Friday, May 31.


Memphis 2, Oklahoma City 6

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were defeated by the Oklahoma City Dodgers at Auto Zone Park on Friday.  This loss was Memphis’ 10th straight.

Starter Ryan Helsley pitched 2 2/3 innings and was not sharp, yielding three runs on four hits.  The right-hander fanned six and walked one.  Ryan Meisinger and Dominic Leone tossed 2 1/3 and two scoreless innings of relief, respectively.  Tommy Layne surrendered two runs in his 1 2/3 innings and Jesus Cruz allowed one run in the ninth.  Helsley took the loss.

The Redbirds brought their first of two runs home when Tommy Edman tripled to lead off the home first and scored on a ground out by Lane Thomas.  Memphis didn’t score again until the eighth with Edmundo Sosa’s solo home run to right field.

Edman’s triple and Sosa’s long ball were the only extra base hits in the game.  Edman singled for his second of two hits, and also stole his seventh base of the season.

Memphis is 23-33 on the season and has dropped to third place in the PCL American North, 10 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-3, 3.50) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 4, NW Arkansas 7

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

A ninth inning three-run home run by the Naturals spelled heartbreak for the Cardinals in the first of a three-game home series vs. Northwest Arkansas.

Springfield took a 3-1 lead in the second inning.  Randy Arozarena led off with a double, stole third base, and scored on a single by Johan Mieses.  Conner Capel then launched a two-run home run to right field.

NW Arkansas tied it up with two in the top of the fifth, and took the 4-3 lead in the top of the seventh.  The Cardinals responded with the tying run in the bottom frame when Dylan Carlson hit a leadoff double and scored as Arozarena reached on a throwing error.

The score stood at 4-4 until the top of the ninth when the three-run home by the Naturals off Jacob Patterson swung the outcome.  Springfield was unable to rally in the home the ninth.

Starter Austin Warner hurled six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out seven and issuing two free passes.  Will Latcham followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Patterson pitched the ninth and took the loss.

The Cardinals are 22-32 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Johan Oveido (1-1, 5.67) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at Florida 7

The Cardinals were blanked by the Fire Frogs at Osceola County Stadium on Friday.  Edgar Gonzalez had a tough night on the mound, surrendering six runs, five earned, on 11 hits in six innings.  The right hander fanned seven and walked one.  C. J. Saylor tossed two innings of relief and allowed the final Florida score in the eighth.  Gonzalez took the loss.

The Beach Birds offense managed just two hits, singles by Yariel Gonzalez and Chase Pinder.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez made two errors, one missed catch and one throwing.  Justin Toerner had two outfield assists, one at home plate and another at third base.

Palm Beach is 32-21 on the season and is tied for first place with Fort Myers in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Florida, Perry DellaValle (2-2, 2.05) 5:00 CT.


Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 0

Kyle Leahy (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs blanked the Timber Rattlers behind a career-high seven scoreless innings by starter Kyle Leahy.  Leahy allowed only three hits, struck out four and walked none.  Thomas St. Clair and Evan Sisk each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Leahy was the winner, his third win of the season.

The Chiefs offense put up two of its three runs in the first inning. Delvin Perez singled to center, Nolan Gorman singled to right, and Ivan Herrera singled to right to plate Perez and Gorman.  Peoria added its final run in the eighth when Brady Whalen singled to right, then scored on Leandro Cedeño’s triple to center.

Perez had three hits, and Whalen two. Wadye Ynfante stole his fifth base of the season.

The Chiefs are 23-30 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Alvaro Seijas (3-4, 3.42) 7:05 CT.


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Saturday’s game: Red at Brewers, TBA, 10:30 ET.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 20-26

photo: Michael Wacha (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The disastrous May for the St. Louis Cardinals continues with another losing week, at 2-3. Michael Wacha has been removed from the rotation in favor of rookie Genesis Cabrera and Matt Carpenter was dropped from the leadoff spot. Two first-place teams are next on the schedule. In our weekly history feature, Bob Gibson’s complete-game mastery is remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, May 20 – Off day


Tuesday, May 21 – Postponed

Tuesday’s home game against the Kansas City Royals was postponed due to rain.  It was played as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday.


Wednesday, May 22 – Cardinals 2, Royals 8 (Game 1)

In the first of the twin bill against the Royals, the Cardinals offense couldn’t figure out Royals starter Brad Keller.  St. Louis was kept scoreless until the eighth inning, when the offense put two men on base on a Matt Carpenter walk and a Paul Goldschmidt single.  Reliever Kevin McCarthy gave up a double to Marcell Ozuna that plated Carpenter and Goldschmidt.  Those were the Cardinals’ only scores.  Matt Wieters was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Starter Michael Wacha did not pitch well.  The right hander went 4 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits while fanning four and walking three.  Ryan Helsley followed with 1 2/3 innings of relief in which he surrendered a run.  Giovanny Gallegos and Tyler Webb combined to toss the final 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Dexter Fowler made a fielding error.


Wednesday, May 22 – Cardinals 10, Royals 3 (Game 2)

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals fared better in the nightcap.  Adam Wainwright pitched five innings, during which he gave up three runs on six hits.  The veteran right hander struck out two and walked four.  John Gant, Andrew Miller, Carlos Martinez, and John Brebbia each followed with a scoreless inning of relief.

The offense had seen Royals starter Homer Bailey many times, and it showed.  The Cardinals scored five runs in the first two innings and knocked Bailey out of the game after 1 2/3 innings.

In the first inning, Marcell Ozuna blasted a three run home run to right field to give the Redbirds the 3-0 lead.  The lead increased to 5-0 in the second when Matt Carpenter thumped a two-run home run to right center.

Thought the Royals made it closer with three runs scored over the next three innings, the Cardinals came back in the bottom of the sixth with Dexter Fowler’s solo home run to bring the lead to 6-3.

In the seventh, St. Louis poured it on with four additional runs.  The first came on Yadier Molina’s RBI single.  Kolten Wong followed with a three-run home run to right to bring the score to its final resting place of 10-3.

Molina and Wong each stole a base, the former’s fourth of the season, and the latter’s seventh.


Thursday, May 23 – Off day


Friday, May 24 – Cardinals 2, Braves 5

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began a three-game home series with the Braves on Memorial Day weekend with a thud, as they fell to the Braves 5-2.

Starter Miles Mikolas redeemed himself following his last poor start in Texas.  Against Atlanta, Mikolas tossed seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander fanned nine and issued no free passes.  Giovanny Gallegos stumbled to begin the eighth, surrendering a two-run home run while recording only one out.   Tyler Webb came in and successfully finished the eighth without further damage.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth.  Though Mikolas deserved better, he took the loss.

The meager offense put up one run in the third inning on an RBI triple by Harrison Bader. Matt Carpenter’s solo home run put the second and final run on the board, but it was too little.

Carpenter, Bader, and Paul Goldschmidt each had two hits.  Bader’s triple and Carpenter’s home run were the only extra base hits.

Gallegos made an error on a pickoff attempt.


Saturday, May 25 – Cardinals 6, Braves 3

Jedd Gyorko (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals got back in the win column with a victory over the Braves on Saturday.  Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right-hander struck out two and walked two.  Carlos Martinez finished the seventh inning and surrendered a run on two hits.  Andrew Miller and Jordan Hicks each contributed a scoreless inning of relief.  Martinez was charged with a blown save, and Miller was granted the win.

St. Louis scored their first of six runs in the fourth inning on an RBI single from Matt Carpenter.  Another run came home in the fifth on Paul Goldschmidt’s single.

The Braves took the lead with two in the seventh, but the Cardinals rallied in the eighth with a four spot.  Matt Carpenter again singled to plate a run.  Jedd Gyorko gave the Redbirds the ultimate margin of victory with a three-run home run as a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Carpenter and Goldschmidt had three hits each.


Sunday, May 25 – Cardinals 3, Braves 4 (10 innings)

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals couldn’t hold on to a three-run lead in the rubber game of the series, losing 4-3 in extra innings to the Braves.  Starter Jack Flaherty was excellent, pitching six scoreless innings while allowing only three hits, striking out seven and walking none.  John Gant and Carlos Martinez combined for the next two scoreless innings of relief.

The wheels came off the bus when Jordan Hicks, hardly used in the month of May, started the ninth and surrendered three runs to allow the Braves to tie the game.  Hicks recorded no outs and was replaced by Andrew Miller.  Miller got two outs but was charged with the blown save by giving up the hit that allowed the tying run to score.  That run was charged to Hicks.  John Brebbia replaced Miller with two outs in the ninth and got the final out of the inning.  Brebbia returned and secured the first out of the 10th.  Tyler Webb got one out and then gave up the winning run on a bases loaded walk.  Giovanny Gallegos recorded the final out of the 10th, but the damage was done.

St. Louis’ offense got on the board with two runs in the fourth inning.  Kolten Wong reached on an error and advanced to second base.  Harrison Bader singled to right and Wong scored.  Bader advanced to second on the play and stole third base.  Jack Flaherty hit into a fielder’s choice as Bader scored.

In the fifth, Marcell Ozuna grounded into a force out then stole second base.  Matt Carpenter singled and Ozuna advanced to third.  Yadier Molina plated Ozuna on a sac fly.  The Cardinals did not score again.

No Cardinal had more than one hit.  Molina, Bader, and Flaherty each had an RBI.

Bader stole his first base of the season.  Ozuna stole his fourth base, and Dexter Fowler got his third.  Fowler had an outfield assist.


The Big Picture

For the third consecutive week, the Cardinals lost both series.  The team won one game against the Royals and one against the Braves.  The final loss to the Braves on Sunday night was a complete failure of the bullpen.  The Cardinals had a 3-0 lead going into the ninth inning and the bullpen coughed it up, specifically Jordan Hicks, who has hardly pitched during the month of May.

The continued failure of the offense and pitching doing well at the same time is concerning.  If the issue is not starting pitching one game, it’s the bullpen or the offense or both.  The team is not firing on all cylinders.  The potential exists for the Cardinals to end the month with the worst May record in franchise history.

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In an attempt to jumpstart the offense, Matt Carpenter was moved out of the leadoff spot to fifth in the order, with Dexter Fowler batting first. It has yet to accomplish its objective. Disappointing Michael Wacha has been moved to the bullpen in a yet-to-be defined role.

The Cardinals have gone from 10 games over .500 to exactly .500 in less than a month. They have yet to win back-to-back games or win a series during May. This type of play cannot continue.

The team goes to Philadelphia to play the NL East first-place Phillies for a three game set.  They then return to St. Louis to play the NL Central first-place Cubs.  Two division-leading opponents in one week is not a recipe for a bounce back unless the Cardinals play much, much better than they have been.  Continuing to lose these series could put the Cardinals in the division cellar fairly quickly.  Right now, they are only two games ahead of the last-place Reds.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 30 21 0.588
Milwaukee 30 24 0.556 1.5
St. Louis 26 26 0.500 4.5
Pittsburgh 25 25 0.500 4.5
Cincinnati 24 28 0.447 6.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 5/20 The Cardinals released RHP Luke Gregerson
  • 5/22 The Cardinals recalled OF Lane Thomas from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/23 The Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to the Memphis Redbirds.

Cabrera is coming

With the removal of Michael Wacha from the starting rotation, the club announced that left-handed pitcher Genesis Cabrera will be promoted from Triple-A Memphis to start Wednesday in Philadelphia.


Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (wrist) continues on the 60-day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since surgery following spring training.  The left hander is reportedly starting a throwing program on Monday.  Cecil could return to the roster in early July.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list on April 16. Mayers will be out indefinitely and any return will likely not come until July.
  • C Yadier Molina suffered a bruised right thumb during Friday’s game and aggravated it on Sunday, but remained in both contests. X-rays were taken but came back negative.

Looking Ahead

Memorial Day is a travel day as St. Louis goes to Philadelphia to play the Phillies.  The Cardinals will return to Busch Stadium for a weekend series against the Cubs. Starters in Philly are Wainwright, Cabrera and Hudson, with Mikolas held back to start the Friday opener against Chicago.

Albert Pujols (USA TODAY Sports Images)

After a fourth consecutive Monday off, the Cardinals continue the homestand with a three game set vs. the Reds.  The Redbirds then go to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs in a weekend series.

The 10-game road trip continues with three in Miami and a visit to New York for four against the Mets.

On June 17, the Redbirds return home to take on the Marlins again in a four-game series followed by a weekend interleague series against the Los Angeles Angels.  This will mark the first return to Busch Stadium for former Cardinal Albert Pujols since he signed with the Angels after the 2011 season.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This weeks Blast from the Past remembers one aspect of the Hall of Fame pitching career of Bob Gibson.  Gibson is arguably the best pitcher in Cardinals history, and has many accomplishments, including the record for lowest ERA in a single season.  This article does not address that record but looks at an accomplishment often overlooked because it is rarely seen in today’s game.

Bob Gibson

The complete game for a pitcher is something for which most pitchers strive, even today.  It rarely occurs anymore because of several factors, including increased focus on pitcher health, the wide use of relievers, and the statistical reality that pitchers are most often less effective after two turns through a batting order.

In the history of the Cardinals franchise, the pitcher with the most complete games is Bob Gibson.  In Gibson’s 17-year career, all with St. Louis, Gibson pitched 255 complete games.  Surprisingly, these 255 complete games exceeded his 251 total wins.  The next closest to Gibson is Jesse Haines, with 208 complete games.  In comparison, Adam Wainwright has the team’s most complete games since 2000 with 22.  Even going back to 1990, the most complete games still belong to Wainwright.

Fans of today who never saw Gibson pitch probably cannot conceive of a starter pitching 255 complete games in a career, no matter how long his career was.  It was not at all inconceivable in Gibson’s day.

Gibson tossed his last complete game May 21, 1975 against the Padres.  The Cardinals lost the game 1-0.  Gibson’s line in that game was 8IP 4H 0ER 3BB 1K in 29 batters faced.

Mike Shannon, Bob Gibson and Orlando Cepeda (Getty Images)

Of Gibson’s 255 complete games, he was the winning pitcher in 199.  Gibson pitched the most complete games in the month of June (48), followed by July (47) and May (46).  Of his 46 complete games in May, three came on the same date, May 25.  Complete game #165 was logged on May 25, 1965, a loss.  On May 25, 1969, Gibson pitched a 4-0 shutout against the Dodgers. On May 25, 1972, he again pitched a complete game for a win, 4-2 against the Pirates.  This was complete game #210.

The complete game for a pitcher seems to be a relic of the past at least except as a novelty.  For Bob Gibson, it was the goal, and he accomplished that better than any other pitcher in franchise history.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 26, 2019

photo: Roel Ramirez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-2 on Saturday. Our Players of the Day are Springfield relievers Roel Ramirez, Jacob Patterson, Ronnie Williams, and Merandy Gonzalez, who combined to shut out the first-place Arkansas Travelers while scattering only five hits.  They struck out nine and issued just one walk combined. Palm Beach also won behind starter Edgar Gonzalez.

Results for games played Saturday, May 25.


Memphis 0, San Antonio 4

Chris Ellis (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds were blanked by the Missions in front of a sell-out crowd of 10,041 at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  The lackluster Memphis offense was limited to only four hits, singles from Tommy Edman, Tyler O’Neill, Drew Robinson, and Edmundo Sosa.  Rangel Ravelo’s hitting streak ended at 19 games, one short of a share of the team record. The club went 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left 10 men on base.

In his return from the injured list, starter Anthony Shew pitched five innings and gave up three runs. The right hander fanned nine and walked two. Tommy Layne surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Chris Ellis took the final two scoreless innings.

Robinson stole his 10th base of the season.  Max Schrock stole his sixth and seventh bags in 2019.

Memphis is 23-26 on the season and in second place in the PCL North, 5.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Genesis Cabrera (2-3, 6.35) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 0

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

In a bullpen game in place of scheduled starter Harold Arauz, the Cardinals blanked the Travelers at Dickey-Stephens Park on Saturday.  Roel Ramirez began with 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking one.  Jacob Patterson followed with 3 1/3, Ronnie Williams added two frames, and Merandy Gonzalez took the ninth.  Patterson earned the win, Gonzalez, the save.

The lone Springfield run came in the fourth inning.  Dylan Carlson singled and Evan Mendoza walked.  After a Randy Arozarena grounded into a force out advanced the runners, a wild pitch brought Carlson home.

Carlson stole his eighth and ninth bases of the season, and also had an outfield assist.  Arozarena stole his fourth base of 2019.

The Cardinals are 19-30 and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-0, 4.98) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 1

Edgar Gonzalez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Stone Crabs in Charlotte on Saturday.  The Palm Beach offense got on the board in the second inning on a game-tying solo home run by Luken Baker.  In the sixth, Palm Beach took the 2-1 lead on an RBI double by Scott Hurst.

Hurst and Lars Nootbaar had two hits.  Hurst and Baker each had a RBI.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez tossed 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on six hits. The right hander fanned seven and issued two free passes.  Ben Yokley and Mitchell Osnowitz combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Gonzalez earend his fourth win and Osnowitz his first save.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 30-18 on the season and are in first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, Perry DellaValle (2-2, 1.88) 11:30 am CT.


Peoria 8 at Cedar Rapids 9

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs suffered a tough walk-off loss in Cedar Rapids on Saturday.  Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched five innings and surrendered six runs on eight hits while striking out one and walking three.  Freddy Pacheco hurled 1 1/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits and taking a blown save.  Losing pitcher Evan Sisk tossed the final 1 2/3, during which he allowed two runs.

To open the back-and-forth contest, Peoria scored two runs in the first via Nolan Gorman’s RBI single and a wild pitch.

Delvin Perez’ RBI single in the second broke the 2-2 tie.  Cedar Rapids tied it up in the bottom frame, and scored three more runs in the third to take a 6-3 lead.  The Chiefs added a run in the fifth on a single by Ivan Herrera.  Peoria took the 7-6 lead in the sixth on a two-run double by Brendan Donovan and Gorman’s second RBI, via a double.

The Kernels tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh.  The Chiefs took the 8-7 lead in the eighth on Herrera’s second RBI single, but that ended the Chiefs scoring.  The Kernels re-tied the score in the bottom of the eighth and walked it off in the ninth.

Gorman and Herrera each had three hits and two driven in. Leadoff man Donovan scored three times. The Chiefs stole three bags – Perez’ seventh, Donovan’s second and Wadye Ynfante’s fourth of the season.  Jhon Torres had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 21-27 on the season and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:   at Cedar Rapids, Diego Cordero (2-3, 2.61) 2:05 CT.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 25, 2019

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria left fielder Leandro Cedeño, who went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBI in the Chiefs victory over Cedar Rapids.

Results for games played Friday, May 24th.


Memphis 6 at Nashville 10

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell to the Sounds in Nashville on Friday.  Starter Jake Woodford had a tough outing, pitching five innings and giving up five runs on three hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked six.  Ryan Meisinger relieved in the sixth and allowed one run on two hits.  Meisinger was tagged with a blown save.  Chasen Shreve made a bad situation worse in the seventh, surrendering four runs while recording only one out.  Chris Beck finished the seventh and returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Shreve took the loss.

The Redbirds scored all six of their runs in the second inning.  Andrew Knizner and Drew Robinson reached base on singles, while Adolis Garcia got on base on a fielder’s choice with a fielding error.  With the bases loaded, Ramon Urias drew a walk to plate the first run.  Max Schrock doubled to score Robinson and Garcia. Urias came home on a sac fly by Tommy Edman.  Rangel Ravelo then hit a two run home run that brought the score to 6-0 Memphis.  The Sounds would score in the bottom of the second and again in the third, sixth, and seventh inning to win the game 10-6.

No Redbird had more than one hit.  The two extra base hits were the Schrock double and the Ravelo long ball. The latter extended his hitting streak to 19 games, one short of a share of the team record.

Robinson and Tyler O’Neill each had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 23-25 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, 5.5 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, TBA, 6:35 CT


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 3

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals couldn’t get the timely hits to outscore the Travelers in a close game on Friday.  The offense managed just five hits, but the only run scored on a ground out by Conner Capel in the second inning.  Johan Mieses had two doubles, the only extra base hits in the game.  Dylan Carlson had a pair of singles.

Starter Austin Warner tossed 6 1/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on six hits while striking out eight and walking one.  Junior Fernandez hurled the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Warner took the loss, his fourth of the season.

Randy Arozarena was caught stealing for the second time.  Chris Chinea made a fielding miscue. Alberto Triunfel committed a missed catch error.  Both Warner and Fernandez picked a runner off first base.

Losers of eight straight, the Cardinals are 18-30 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Harold Arauz (0-4, 7.71) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at Charlotte 2

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Stone Crabs at Charlotte Sports Park on Friday.  Starter Alex Fagalde pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits. The right hander fanned three and walked two.  C.J. Saylor and Eli Kraus combined to toss a scoreless eighth.   Fagalde took the loss, his third of the season.

The Palm Beach offense was meager. Rayder Ascanio’s double was the only extra base hit.  Singles were contributed by Yariel Gonzalez, Lars Nootbaar, and Nick Dunn.  The Cardinals were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position and left three men on base.

Palm Beach is 29-18 on the season and is in first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Charlotte, Edgar Gonzalez (3-6, 3.18) 5:00 CT.


Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 1

Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the Kernels in Cedar Rapids on Friday.  Player of the Day Leandro Cedeño had a good night at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a home run and a double, and two RBI.

The Chiefs were behind 1-0 entering the sixth inning, when Delvin Perez plated the first Peoria score on an infield single to second.  Cedeno hit a solo home run in the seventh to give the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.

In the ninth, Cedeño doubled in the third run, and Jhon Torres singled to center for the final RBI.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched five innings and gave up one run on three hits.  He walked one.  Fabian Blanco followed with two scoreless frames and was the winning pitcher.  Sebastian Tabata tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his third save.

Perez stole his sixth base of the season but was also picked off first base.

The Chiefs are 21-26 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 10.5 games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Diego Cordero (2-3, 2.61) 6:35 CT.


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