All posts by Marilyn Green

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 13-19

photo: Harrison Bader (Jim Cowsert/Imagn)

The skidding St. Louis Cardinals won just two games for the second consecutive week. Since his return to the starting lineup, Harrison Bader has been a spark, offensively and defensively. In our weekly history feature, the Jose Oquendo 19-inning game against the Braves in 1988 is remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, May 13 – Off day


Tuesday, May 14 – Cardinals 14 at Braves 3

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals met the Braves for the first time in 2019 in a three-game series in Atlanta.  The offense went wild, scoring 14 runs to handily defeat the Braves in Game 1 of the series.

The Redbirds put up a three-run first inning to begin the scoring.  All three runs came home on a Marcell Ozuna blast to left field.

In the third, Paul Goldschmidt singled and then later scored on a single by Jose Martinez.

Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run in the fourth.  In the fifth, Yadier Molina added a three-run shot to center.  Jack Flaherty plated a run on a single, Kolten Wong scored on a wild pitch and Matt Carpenter doubled to score Flaherty.  The Cardinals led 11-0.

The Braves scored three in the fifth.  The score remained 11-3 until the top of the ninth, when Wong blasted a three-run home run to center to bring the score to the final of 14-3.

Molina, Fowler, and Wong each had two hits.  Ozuna, Molina, and Wong each drove in three.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six innings to earn his fourth win.  The right hander gave up three runs on three hits, while fanning six and walking five.  Giovanny Gallegos, Dominic Leone, and Luke Gregerson each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.


Wednesday, May 15 – Cardinals 0, Braves 4

After a high offense game the previous day, the Cardinals offense was shut down in the second game of the series.  St. Louis’ hitters managed only three hits, all singles, by Paul DeJong, Jose Martinez, and Kolten Wong.

Starter Michael Wacha tossed five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked four.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless sixth, and Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless seventh.  John Gant surrendered two runs on a two-run home run in the eighth.

Wacha made a throwing error.


Thursday, May 16 – Cardinals 2 at Braves 10

In the rubber game of the series, the Cardinals managed only two runs in a second low offense game.  The runs came via solo home runs by Marcell Ozuna in the sixth inning, and Matt Carpenter in the eighth. The offense scattered four other hits, all singles.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched only four innings and gave up five runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked five.  Tyler Webb surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Luke Gregerson allowed two more runs in 2/3 of an inning, while Dominic Leone also gave up two runs in 1 2/3.   Jordan Hicks got the last out of the eighth.  Wainwright was tagged with his fourth loss of the season.

Marcell Ozuna had an outfield assist at third base.


Friday, May 17 – Cardinals 3 at Rangers 7

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals traveled to Arlington, Texas for a weekend interleague series with the Texas Rangers.  Game 1 was a failure of starting pitching.  Miles Mikolas was pulled with one out in the second inning, after seven runs were in.  The right hander allowed nine hits, including two home runs that accounted for three of the seven runs.  Mikolas fanned two but issued no walks.  Giovanny Gallegos, Tyler Webb, John Brebbia, and Andrew Miller combined to keep the Rangers off the board the rest of the game.

St. Louis’ offense put up two runs in the third inning, neither of which scored on hits.  After Harrison Bader and Matt Carpenter singled, Paul Goldschmidt grounded into a fielder’s choice and Bader scored on a fielding error.  Carpenter then scored on a force out from Marcell Ozuna.

A third run was added in the ninth on a solo home run by Bader.  The center fielder, starting for the first time since May 6, hit the solo shot to the opposite field, and it bounced off the right field foul pole.  Bader had three hits and scored twice.


Saturday, May 18 – Cardinals 8 at Rangers 2

Paul DeJong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals bounced back with a win in the Game 2 of the series.  A big five-run fifth inning paced the Redbirds’ decisive victory.

The offense scored its first run in the third inning.  Harrison Bader led off with a single, and scored on Paul DeJong’s single.

In the fifth, another Bader single was followed by a double from Matt Carpenter that brought Bader home.  The hit was originally ruled a home run, but after umpire review, it was ruled a double.  Paul Goldschmidt walked, and Paul DeJong doubled to plate Carpenter and Goldschmidt.  Marcell Ozuna walked and later scored on Yadier Molina’s ground out.

The Redbirds added one run in the sixth on an Ozuna RBI single.  The final St. Louis run scored in the ninth on a solo home run by DeJong.

Carpenter, DeJong, Molina, and Bader each had two hits.  DeJong drove in four.

Starter Dakota Hudson won his third game of the season.  The right-hander tossed six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  Hudson fanned five and walked two.  John Gant added two scoreless innings of relief, and Carlos Martinez followed with a scoreless ninth.


Sunday, May 19 – Cardinals 4 at Rangers 5 (10 innings)

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the final game of the series, the Cardinals lost a heartbreaker in extra innings.  Starter Jack Flaherty gave up two runs on four hits in six innings pitched.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Andrew Miller surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Jordan Hicks hurled a tough 1 1/3 innings, in which he allowed two runs on three hits.  Carlos Martinez pitched the final 2/3 scoreless innings.  Hicks took the loss.

St. Louis’ offense put up two runs in the first inning. Harrison Bader led off with a double and Paul Goldschmidt walked.  Paul DeJong doubled to plate Bader and Goldschmidt.

The Rangers tied the game in the fourth, and scored the go ahead run in the eighth.  A solo home run by Dexter Fowler in the ninth sent the game into extra innings.  The Cardinals took the 4-3 lead in the 10th on a sac fly by DeJong that scored Bader from third.

The Rangers scored the tying run off Hicks, and scored the winning run after Hicks left and was replaced by Carlos Martinez.  Martinez gave up the sac fly that scored the winning run, a run that was charged to Hicks.

Bader and Marcell Ozuna each had two hits.  DeJong drove in three.

Yadier Molina stole his third base of the season, and DeJong stole his fourth bag in 2019.


The Big Picture

For the second consecutive week, St. Louis won only one game in each of two series.  The Cardinals were 2-4 to end the week, losing two of three to the Braves, and two of three to the Texas Rangers. The Cardinals stand in fourth place in the NL Central, 4.5 games back of the Cubs, and only one game above .500.

Despite a week of inconsistent offense (which has been a consistent problem for a while) the major issue for the Cardinals remains pitching.  Miles Mikolas had his worst game of the season (and maybe his Cardinals career) against the Rangers on Friday.  Mikolas didn’t last two innings, after giving up seven runs.  Adam Wainwright also had a poor start against the Braves, and Michael Wacha continues to have command issues.  The young starters, Flaherty and Hudson, earned the only two wins of the week.

The bullpen has been shaky.  Dominic Leone was sent down to Memphis this weekend to attempt to correct his issues.  Luke Gregerson is no longer on the roster, as he was designated for assignment to make room for the return from the IL of Carlos Martinez.  Ryan Helsley was called up but did not make an appearance in the Rangers series.  The lack of games in which the Cardinals had a lead late in the game, resulted in Jordan Hicks not making an appearance until Sunday.  The lack of consistent work showed, as Hicks had command problems and gave up two runs that won the game for the Rangers on Sunday.

Defense received a boost in the Rangers series, as the availability of the DH took Jose Martinez out of the outfield, and put Harrison Bader in.  Bader made a diving catch on Saturday, but made more of an impact with his bat, going 7-for-12 in the series with two doubles and a home run.

The Cardinals return home to play the Royals for two games.  The Braves then come to St. Louis for a weekend series.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 27 17 0.614
Milwaukee 28 21 0.571 1.5
Pittsburgh 24 20 0.545 3
St. Louis 24 23 0.511 4.5
Cincinnati 21 26 0.447 7.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 5/15 The Cardinals sent RHP Carlos Martinez on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals activated RHP Carlos Martinez from the 10 day injured list.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals designated RHP Luke Gregerson for assignment.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals optioned RHP Dominic Leone to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley 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 following surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome.  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.

Looking Ahead

Monday is an off day.  The Cardinals returned home from Arlington to continue interleague play with a two-game series against the Royals.  There is a second off day on Thursday, then on Friday the Braves come to St. Louis for a weekend series.

The Monday following the Braves series in St. Louis is a travel day.  The team goes to Philadelphia to play the Phillies.  The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium following the series in Philadelphia for an important weekend series against the Cubs.

After a third Monday off day, the Cardinals continue the homestand with a three game set with the Reds.  The Redbirds then go to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs in another weekend series.

The team leaves Chicago to travel to Miami for three games and then to New York to play the Mets in a four-game series.

After the Mets series the Redbirds return home to take on the Marlins again for four at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

While the Cardinals lost two of three with the Braves this past week, this Blast from the Past remembers a memorable game against the Braves that occurred in 1988, during this same week in May.

The Cardinals played the Braves on May 14, 1988 in Busch Stadium.  The game was historic in that it lasted 19 innings.  As long as it was, it was not the longest game in franchise history.  That honor belongs to a game that occurred 14 years earlier, on September 11, 1974.  The Cardinals played the Mets and the Cardinals eventually won the game 4-3 but took 25 innings to accomplish it.

Jose Oquendo (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The 1988 game ended in a loss for the Cardinals, 7-5, but not before 23 of the 25 players on the roster made an appearance.  Seven of the 23 were those whose normal position was pitcher.  There were actually eight pitchers who took the mound.  The eighth and final pitcher, who took the loss, was none other than infielder Jose Oquendo.  Oquendo ended up pitching four of the 19 innings to finish the game.

The pitcher that started it all was Cris Carpenter.  Not THE Chris Carpenter, but another Cris Carpenter (minus the H). This Carpenter pitched for the Cardinals from 1988-1992, posting a W/L record of 21-15 with an ERA of 3.66.  Carpenter pitched the first six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  The pitchers who followed were, in order, Steve Peters, Scott Terry, Ken Dayley, Todd Worrell, Bob Forsch, Randy O’Neal, and Oquendo.

The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead into the fourth inning when the Braves scored four to take a 4-3 lead.  The Cardinals took the lead back 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth.  The Braves scored the tying run in the top of the seventh.

The game remained tied 5-5 until the top of the 19th inning, when the Braves scored two runs on a double by Ken Griffey off Oquendo.  The Cardinals failed to score in the bottom of the 19th and that was the game.

Notable highlights (other than Oquendo pitching), were outfielders Jose DeLeon and Tom Brunansky switching back and forth between LF and RF 11 times during the final four innings of the game (Vince Coleman started the game in LF, but was replaced by DeLeon in the 16th inning). Willie McGee played CF the entire game and might have been dizzy after it.  The game also featured pitcher John Tudor pinch hitting for DeLeon in the bottom of the 19th.

Umpire Bob Davidson, a/k/a “Balking Bob” was behind home plate for the game.  True to his name, Balking Bob called two balks, one on Braves pitcher Rick Mahler, and one on Cardinals pitcher Todd Worrell.

The game started at 7:05 pm and took 5 hours and 40 minutes to complete.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

TCN’s Monthly Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Rankings – May 2019


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF with a special 50% off deal for annual members and printed book form, now $5 off.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 19, 2019

photo: Michael Perri (BRian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 0-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Michael Perri, who went 2-for-4 with two RBI in Palm Beach’s home loss to Bradenton that snapped a seven-game winning streak.

Results for games played Saturday, May 18th.


Memphis 4 at San Antonio 6

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds couldn’t hold on to an early lead and were defeated at San Antonio on Saturday.

Memphis plated two runs in the second inning to take a 2-1 lead.  With Ramon Urias and Joe Hudson on base via a single and a double, pitcher Evan Kruczynski hit a line drive single to center field and both runners scored.

In the third, the lead increased to 4-1.  John Nogowski reached on a fielding error and Lane Thomas doubled to left. Nogowski came home on Urias’ groundout.  Thomas stole third base and scored on a wild pitch.  The Redbirds were unable to add additional runs, however.

Adolis Garcia had two hits.  Kruczynski drove in two to help himself.

In his Triple-A debut, starter Kruczynski pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The left hander fanned five.  Hunter Cervenka allowed one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Chasen Shreve tossed a scoreless seventh.  Jesus Cruz surrendered two runs in the eighth to take the loss.

Thomas stole his sixth base of 2019.  Urias and Garcia each made throwing errors.

Memphis is 21-21 on the season and in second place in the PCL North, four games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at San Antonio, Jake Woodford (3-0, 1.74) 2:05 CT


Springfield 6 at NW Arkansas 7

The Cardinals lost a close contest to the Naturals at Arvest Ballpark on Saturday.  The game start was delayed by an hour due to stormy weather.

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield scored first with a run in the first inning.  Johan Mieses singled to left to plate Dylan Carlson, who had reached base on a walk.

In the third, the Cardinals added three more scores to take a 4-0 lead. Carlson again walked, and advanced on a pickoff attempt throwing error.  Randy Arozarena singled and Carlson came in.  Following a stolen base by Arozarena, Evan Mendoza singled to score Arozarena.  Mendoza advanced on a pickoff attempt throwing error and a wild pitch.  Another wild pitch enabled Mendoza to come home.

The Naturals took the lead away by scoring seven runs thereafter, starting with two in the third. Their lead was 7-4 going into the ninth inning, when Jose Martinez and Alberto Triunfel singled.  Carlson reached on fielding error, and both Martinez and Triunfel scored.  The rally ended there, however, one run short of tying the game.

Mieses had two hits, the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Angel Rondon, newly promoted to Springfield, hurled five innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Hector Mendoza surrendered two runs in the sixth and took the loss.  Ronnie Williams pitched 2/3 scoreless, and Kodi Whitley finished with 1 1/3 innings in which he allowed one run.

Arozarena stole his second base of the season and Mieses stole his fourth base.  Mieses committed a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 18-24 and are back in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Austin Warner (2-2, 4.26) 2:05 CT


Palm Beach 4, Bradenton 6

Michael Perri (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Marauders at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday.  The loss snapped a seven game winning streak for Palm Beach.

Reliever Zach Prendergast made a spot start, following the promotion of scheduled starter Angel Rondon to Double-A Springfield.  It lasted only 1/3 of an inning after he walked four and surrendered three runs.  Prendergast took the loss.  Patrick Dayton tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings and Mitchell Osnowitz added 1 1/3 scoreless.  Ben Yokley hurled the next three innings and surrendered three runs on three hits.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless ninth.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first inning, the Cardinals offense began chipping away.  One run came home in the third inning when Lars Nootbaar singled and scored on Zach Kirtley’s double.  A second run came in the fourth inning on Nick Dunn’s RBI double.

Palm Beach didn’t score again until the eighth when Player of the Day Michael Perri doubled to plate two.  The rally fell short, however, as the Cardinals couldn’t muster any scoring in the ninth.

Kirtley and Perri each had two hits.  Perri drove in two.

The Cardinals are 26-15 on the season and are in first place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs.  Bradenton, Alex Fagalde (4-2, 2.76) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 2, Quad Cities 6

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits on Saturday, the third loss in the four-game home series that ends Sunday.

Peoria took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on Ivan Herrera’s solo home run, but did not score again until the eighth inning.  Delvin Perez walked and scored on Herrera’s fielder’s choice out.

No Chief had multiple hits.  Herrera had two RBI.

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked four.  Franyell Casadilla yielded one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings.  Leahy took the loss.

Wadye Ynfante had an outfield assist.  Casadilla was called for a balk.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Quad Cities, Cole Aker (0-2, 8.06) 2:05 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

TCN’s Monthly Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Rankings – May 2019


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 18, 2019

photo: Brady Whalen (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday with Palm Beach and Peoria winning decisively. Our Player of the Day is first baseman Brady Whalen, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI in the Chiefs’ shutout victory.

Results for games played Friday, May 17th.


Memphis 3 at San Antonio 5

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell to the Missions on Friday when a late-game rally fell short.  Memphis was kept off the board until the eighth inning, then put up three runs to cut the deficit to two.  Kramer Robertson hit a leadoff single and was brought home on a double by Andrew Knizner.  Adolis Garcia then hit a two run home run to left field for the final two scores.

Garcia had two hits, as did Rangel Ravelo, whose hitting streak is now 12 games. Against rehabbing major leaguer Jimmy Nelson and four relievers, the Redbirds fanned 15 times, led by the top two hitters in the lineup with three each – Tommy Edman and Drew Robinson.

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon took the loss, his second of the season.  The right hander went just 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on five hits while fanning four and walking three.  Chris Elllis followed with 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Ryan Meisinger and Chasen Shreve each pitched a scoreless inning.

After his first hit for Memphis, Robertson stole his first base and Lane Thomas swiped his fifth bag.  Garcia was caught stealing for the fourth time.  Garcia had two outfield assists, both at second base.

Memphis is 21-20 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, 3.5 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at San Antonio, Evan Kruczynski (Triple-A debut), 7:05 CT


Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 9

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals couldn’t catch up to the Naturals on Friday night after they were put in a six-run deficit by shaky starting pitching by reigning Texas League Pitcher of the Week Williams Perez.  Perez tossed 3 1/3 innings, giving up nine runs on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Junior Fernandez and Jacob Patterson combined for the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings in relief. Patterson did not allow a baserunner and fanned three in his two frames.

Springfield got on the board first with a two-run first inning.  Dylan Carlson hit a solo home run to left field.  Justin Williams singled to right and scored on Conner Capel’s single.  The Cardinals added another run in the eighth when Alberto Triunfel doubled and scored on a single off the bat of Irving Lopez.

No Cardinal had multiple hits.

The Cardinals committed three errors.  Brian O’Keefe made a throwing error and Johan Mieses had two miscues, one throwing and one fielding.

The Cardinals are 18-23 and in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Angel Rondon (Double-A debut), 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 9, Bradenton 1

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals pounded Bradenton on Friday at Roger Dean Stadium for their seventh straight win. The offense put up five runs in the fourth inning, beginning with a two-run home run by Luken Baker.  Nick Dunn doubled and scored on single by Lars Nootbaar.  Nootbaar came home on Justin Toerner’s single.  Rayder Ascanio singled and scored on single off the bat of Zach Kirtley.

Palm Beach added two more scores in the fifth on a two-run single by Nootbaar.  The final two Cardinal runs came home in the eighth on Scott Hurst’s two-run single.

Toerner had three hits and Kirtley, Dunn, and Nootbaar had two. Nootbaar drove in three.

Starter Tommy Parsons hurled five scoreless innings to earn his second win with Palm Beach.  The right hander fanned six and walked one. Enmanuel Solano tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  C.J. Saylor surrendered the lone Bradenton run in the eighth. Ben Yokley pitched a scoreless ninth.

Palm Beach made two errors, a fielding error by Toerner and a throwing miscue by Ascanio.

Palm Beach is 26-14 on the season and is in first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, TBA, 4:30 CT.


Peoria 8, Quad Cities 0

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs blanked the River Bandits at Dozer Park on Friday.  In his Peoria debut, Colin Schmid pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three.  Michael Brettell tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Edgar Escobar pitched a clean ninth.

The Chiefs offense put up all eight runs in the sixth inning.  Delvin Perez led off with a single, and Nolan Gorman was hit by a pitch.  Both scored on Brady Whalen’s single.  Ivan Herrera walked, advanced to third on the Whalen single and stole home.  Jhon Torres plated Whalen on a single.  Malcolm Nunez walked and scored on Wadye Ynfante’s sac fly.  The Chiefs batted around and back to Perez, who walked.  Gorman added a two-run single. and Perez scored again, on a single by Herrera.

Player of the Day Whalen and Perez had three hits.  Gorman had two hits and drove in two.

Herrera steal of home was his first steal of 2019.  Whalen was caught stealing for the second time.  Perez and Gorman committed throwing errors.  Ynfante had an outfield assist.  Schmid picked two runners off first base.

The Chiefs are 18-21 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, seven games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, Kyle Leahy (1-3, 3.74) 6:35 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Peoria’s Schlesener Returns to Extended Spring Training


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 6-12

photo: Yadier Molina (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

The reeling St. Louis Cardinals went 2-5 on the week, losing home series to Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. Yadier Molina hit .324 over his last 10 games and has 27 RBI in his team’s 41 contests. In our weekly history feature, Molina and other Cardinals Clemente Award winners are remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, May 6 – Cardinals 6, Phillies 0

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals blanked the Phillies in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.   Starter Miles Mikolas pitched a gem, going seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits while fanning five and walking none.  John Brebbia pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in relief, and Jordan Hicks got the last two outs in the ninth.  Mikolas earned his fourth win of the season.

The long ball featured prominently.  Yadier Molina got the Cardinals on the board with a two-run home run in the fourth inning.  In the fifth, Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run and Paul DeJong blasted a two-run shot.  Kolten Wong drove in a run on a sac fly to complete the four-run inning.

Molina had three hits and drove in two, as did DeJong.


Tuesday, May 7 – Cardinals 1, Phillies 11

It was a night and day difference between the Cardinals performance on Monday and Tuesday.  The Redbirds offense managed only four hits, including a solo home run by Matt Wieters.  It was the only extra base hit.

Starter Dakota Hudson took his third loss.  Hudson pitched five innings and gave up eight runs, only two earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Luke Gregerson pitched 1 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered two runs. Tyler Webb and John Brebbia combined for the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

The two Cardinals errors were both throwing errors by Paul Goldschmidt and Kolten Wong.  Yadier Molina had a passed ball.


Wednesday, May 8 – Cardinals 0, Phillies 5

In the third game of the series, St. Louis was blanked by the Phillies 5-0.  Starter Jack Flaherty pitched five innings during which he gave up three runs, four earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless sixth. Giovanny Gallegos surrendered one run in his two innings before Luke Gregerson added a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds offense managed only three hits, including two singles by Yairo Munoz.  The other hit was a double by Molina.

Munoz was caught stealing for the first time.  There were two miscues, a fielding error by Matt Carpenter and a throwing error by Paul DeJong.


Thursday, May 9 – Cardinals 17, Pirates 4

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals gave the Pirates a shellacking in the first of the four-game series at Busch Stadium.  The Pirates took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but in the bottom of the second the Cardinals offense put up a four spot. It began with Yadier Molina’s RBI double.  Dexter Fowler followed with a ground rule double that plated two.  Paul Goldschmidt singled to score Fowler.

The Redbirds added two more runs in the third on Fowler’s RBI single and a ground out force out by Kolten Wong.

The runs continued to come in the fifth. Jose Martinez drew a bases loaded walk.  Molina singled for a second score.  Two runs came home on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Fowler with a fielding error.  Finally, Wong doubled to plate the fifth run of the inning.

Another five run inning started with a Carpenter RBI single in the sixth. Paul Goldschmidt’s ground rule double brought the second run home.  Three runs scored on a double by Marcell Ozuna.  Ozuna drove in the 17th and final Cardinal run in the eighth on a force out.

All total the Cardinals scored 17 runs on 16 hits.  Goldschmidt and Molina each had three hits.  Carpenter, Fowler, and Wong had two hits apiece.

St. Louis starter Michael Wacha tossed 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.  Wacha struck out two and walked one.  John Gant got the final out of the sixth inning, Dominic Leone added two scoreless innings, and John Brebbia tossed a scoreless ninth.  Wacha earned his third win.


Friday, May 10 – Cardinals 1, Pirates 2

The offensive barrage from the previous night did not continue into Friday’s contest.  While the lineup scattered 10 hits, only one run came in – and it did not cross the plate until the seventh inning.  Yairo Munoz and Paul Goldschmidt singled, and Paul DeJong followed with a single that scored Munoz.    Goldschmidt had three hits, but none resulted in a score.  Marcell Ozuna had two hits.  None of the 10 hits went for extra bases.

Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings and surrendered only one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned eight.  The one run he gave up was on a solo home run.  Andrew Miller allowed the second Pirates run in the eighth to take the loss.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth.


Saturday, May 11 – Cardinals 1, Pirates 2

The Cardinals suffered their second loss of the series by an identical 2-1 score.  Starter Miles Mikolas went seven innings and gave up both Pirates runs on three hits. Mikolas struck out seven and walked one.  John Gant tossed a scoreless eighth and Andrew Miller hurled a scoreless ninth.

The meager Cardinals offense managed only two hits.  The lone run came home on a double by Paul DeJong in the third inning.  The only other hit was a single by Paul Goldschmidt, who scored on the DeJong double.  Two hits in one inning, no hits in the other eight.


Sunday, May 12 – Cardinals 6, Pirates 10

The Cardinals suffered their third consecutive home loss to the Pirates, an especially tough one considering the Cardinals had a three-run lead going into the seventh inning.  At that point, the wheels came off the bus.

Starter Dakota Hudson struggled in the first inning, giving up three runs on three hits, a walk, a hit by pitch and a force out.  From there, Hudson settled down and allowed no more runs, but gave up six additional hits.  Tyler Webb started the seventh, issued a walk and hit a batter with a pitch.  John Brebbia gave up a three-home run to the first batter he faced to tie the game.  It went downhill from there.  Two more runs scored on two doubles and a walk.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered two more runs in the eighth.  Luke Gregerson pitched a scoreless ninth.  Brebbia was charged with the blown save and the loss.

St. Louis’ offense scored six runs on 12 hits, but it wasn’t enough.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run in the first inning to put the Cardinals on the board.  A third run in the inning came home on a wild pitch.  A Jedd Gyorko RBI single completed the four-run frame.

In the second inning, Jose Martinez hit a two-run long ball to bring the score to 6-3. That lead held until disaster struck in the seventh and eighth with the Pirates scoring barrage against the Redbirds bullpen.

Jose Martinez went 3-for-5, but a couple of misplays in right field by Martinez led to multiple Pirates runs.  He was not charged with any errors, however.  Goldschmidt, Gyorko, and Yairo Munoz each had two hits.

Marcell Ozuna had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals played two series this past week, a three-game series with the Phillies and a four game series against the Pirates.  The team won only one game in each set, ending the week 2-5 and losers of three straight series.

Each loss was primarily due to one of two causes, pitching and/or offense.  In some cases, it was both.  There was some poor defense in a couple of games, but this was not an issue that affected the entire week.

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Starting pitching continues to be inconsistent, and the once consistent bullpen is showing some wear and tear.  Dominic Leone in particular has been struggling.  Usual stalwart John Brebbia had a poor outing on Sunday.  Giovanny Gallegos had hiccups during the week, as did Tyler Webb.

As for the rotation, Miles Mikolas has been fine, and Adam Wainwright is holding his own.  Michael Wacha, Jack Flaherty, and particularly Dakota Hudson, have all had issues with consistency.

The offense goes from good to bad back to good again.  It is either bunches of runs or little to none at all.  The offense had a minus 9 run differential in the Phillies series, and a plus 7 run differential in the Pirates series, yet the team won only one game in each set.

The Cardinals hit the road to play the Braves and the Texas Rangers this week.  One is an above .500 team and one is a below .500 team, but the record of the opponent hasn’t seemed to matter with the inconsistency of both St. Louis’ pitching and offense.

The Cardinals have now fallen to fourth place in the NL Central, 3.5 games back of the Cubs.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 24 14 0.632
Milwaukee 24 18 0.571 2
Pittsburgh 20 17 0.541 3.5
St. Louis 22 19 0.537 3.5
Cincinnati 18 23 0.439 7.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 5/8 The Cardinals sent RHP Carlos Martinez on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • The rehab assignment of RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder cuff strain) has been shifted to the Memphis Redbirds. A return to St. Louis as soon as next weekend is expected, in a relief role.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60 day injured list on March 28. Cecil has been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period as he recovers from surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • 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 after the All Star break.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday and travel to Atlanta to play the Braves in a three-game series.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Tuesday start, followed by Michael Wacha on Wednesday, and Adam Wainwright on Thursday.

Following the Braves series the team travels to Arlington to play a weekend interleague series with the Rangers.  No pitchers have been announced for the series, but will likely be Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson, and Jack Flaherty.

After another Monday travel day, the Cardinals return home to continue interleague play with a two-game set against the Royals.  There is a second off day on Thursday before the Braves come to St. Louis for a weekend series.

The Monday following the Braves series in St. Louis is a travel day.  The team then goes to Philadelphia to play the Phillies.

The Cardinals return to Busch Stadium following the series in Philadelphia for a weekend series against the Cubs.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week Cardinals backstop Yadier Molina was presented with the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award.  The humanitarian award began in 1971 and was named after Clemente in 1973 following his death in a tragic plane crash, and is given to those players that “best exemplify the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement, and the individual’s contribution to his team”.  Molina is a native of Puerto Rico, the same native land of Clemente, so the award had a special meaning to the Cardinals catcher.

Molina was the 49th recipient of the award (there were two winners in 2014), and the fifth winner from the St. Louis Cardinals.  Other Cardinals honored include Carlos Beltran (also a native of Puerto Rico), Albert Pujols, Ozzie Smith, and Lou Brock.

Molina received the award for his outstanding work on behalf of his native land following the devastating Hurricane Maria, which decimated Puerto Rico. The on-field presentation to Molina and his family was made by Ozzie Smith, Bill DeWitt Sr., Bill DeWitt Jr. and Clemente’s son, Luis.

This article takes a brief look at the past Cardinals winner of the award.

Lou Brock was named the fifth winner of the Clemente Award in March 1975, for best exemplifying the game both on and off the field.  The award was given his record setting 118 stolen bases during the 1974 season.

Smith won the prestigious award in 1995 for his community service efforts and for being an outstanding ambassador for baseball.

Albert Pujols was the 2008 winner.  Pujols is well known for his charity work, which includes the Pujols Family Foundation, an organization which helps the lives of children and young adults with Down Syndrome.  Pujols has a daughter with the genetic disorder.  Pujols also works with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, and other charities.

Carlos Beltran, who played for the Cardinals in 2012 and 2013, won the award in 2013.  Also a native Puerto Rican, Beltran had an outstanding season on the field in 2013, going to the first World Series of his career.  Off the field, Beltran founded the Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy in Puerto Rico, established in 2011 with $3 million of his own money.  The Academy offers high quality education and athletic training for youth in Puerto Rico.  Beltran also has his own foundation, the Carlos Beltran Foundation, which gives money to local charities.

Another former Cardinal, John Smoltz, was a Clemente award winner in 2005, though he won the award while he was playing for the Braves.  Smoltz played briefly for the Cardinals in 2009 to conclude his Hall of Fame career.  Rick Sutcliffe, who pitched briefly for the 1994 Cardinals, won the award in 1987 as a member of the Chicago Cubs.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Peoria Chiefs Receive Two Top Cardinals Hitting Prospects


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF with a special 50% off deal for annual members and printed book form, now $5 off.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – 5/12/19

photo: Johan Mieses (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-0 on Saturday as Palm Beach took two and Peoria was cancelled. Our Player of the Day is Springfield outfielder Johan Mieses, whose pinch-hit, game-tying grand slam in the ninth paved the way for the walk off single by Conner Capel.

Results for games played Saturday, May 11.


Memphis 7, Nashville 5

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds defeated the Sounds at AutoZone Park on Saturday in the opener of a four-game set.  Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon kept Nashville off the board until the sixth inning.  After pitching five scoreless frames and given a 7-0 lead, the right hander began the sixth by walking the first two batters, and was relieved by Ryan Meisinger. Meisinger gave up a single to load the bases.  The next batter grounded into a fielder’s choice and two runs scored, one on a throwing error by second baseman Ramon Urias.  Ponce de Leon was charged with two runs, one unearned.  A third run in the inning was charged to Meisinger.   Meisigner returned to pitch the seventh and surrendered two additional runs.  Hunter Cervenka and Chris Beck each pitched a scoreless inning.   Ponce de Leon earned his third win, Beck his third save.

The offense put up seven runs over the second, third and fourth innings.  John Nogowski plated a run on a single in the second, as did Urias, and a third run in the inning scored on a sac fly by Drew Robinson.  In the third inning Tyler O’Neill hit a solo home run and Nogowski again hit a RBI single.  Andrew Knizner hit a solo home run in the fourth and Rangel Ravelo drove in the seventh and final run on a single.

Robinson, O’Neill, Ravelo, Nogowski and Urias each had two hits.  Nogowski drove in two runs.

O’Neill stole his first base of the season. Robinson was caught stealing for the second time in the season.  Urias and Kramer Robertson made throwing errors, and Robinson had a fielding error.

Memphis is 19-17 on the season and in second place in the PCL North, 5 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Anthony Shew (1-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 6, NW Arkansas 5

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals mounted a ninth-inning comeback from a four-run deficit to defeat the Naturals on Saturday.

Springfield’s offense got on the board with a run in the first inning on a double by new arrival Randy Arozarena.  The Naturals put up five runs in the second and third inning to take a 5-1 lead, and that is where the score remained until the bottom of the ninth.

In the ninth, singles by Chris Chinea and Brian O’Keefe, and a hit by pitch to Irving Lopez, loaded the bases with no outs.   On a 2-1 offering, Johan Mieses hit a grand slam to left field to tie the game at 5-5.  Justin Williams followed with a single, Dylan Carlson was intentionally walked, and Evan Mendoza bunted into a force out.  Randy Arozarena singled to load the bases, and Conner Capel singled to left, scoring Carlson for the walk off win.

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Williams, Arozarena, Capel, and O’Keefe had two hits each.  Extra base hits were doubles by Capel and Arozarena, and the grand slam by Mieses, who was a pinch hitter for Alberto Triunfel.

Johan Oviedo started for Springfield and gave up five runs on six hits in five innings. In his second Double-A outing, the right hander fanned four and walked five.  Hector Mendoza and Ronnie Williams combined to pitch the final four scoreless innings.  Williams took the win.

The Cardinals are 14-21 and have moved up to third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Williams Perez (3-1, 4.86) 4:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 3 (seven innings; Game 1 doubleheader)

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

The Cardinals edged the Bradenton Marauders in the first game of a road twin bill on Saturday.

Starter Perry DellaValle tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out two and walking two.  C.J. Saylor followed with 1 1/3 innings of relief in which he surrendered one unearned run.  Saylor got the win.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless seventh to earn his second save.

The Palm Beach offense put up single runs in the first, second, fourth, and fifth innings. Michael Perri’s single drove in the first.  Dennis Ortega’s single brought in a run in the second.  In the fourth, Zach Kirtley plated a run on a single, and Bryce Denton’s sac fly in the fifth scored the fourth and final Palm Beach run.

Kirtley and Luken Baker (two doubles) had two hits in the contest.  Nick Dunn added a triple.

Yariel Gonzalez made a fielding error, and Chase Pinder had an outfield assist.


Palm Beach 5 at Bradenton 1 (seven innings; Game 2 doubleheader)

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were the victors in the second game of the doubleheader and took the series at then-first-place Bradenton.  Three of the Palm Beach runs came via the long ball and both home runs were in the fourth inning.  Justin Toerner hit a solo home run, and Moises Castillo’s blast scored two.  Luken Baker plated the first run on a single in the first inning.  Yariel Gonzalez drove in a run on a single in the fifth.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez went 3-for-3 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Tommy Parsons pitched a complete game and gave up one run on six hits.  TCN’s April Pitcher of the Month fanned six and issued no free passes to earn his first win in two tries for Palm Beach.

Nick Plummer stole his first base of the season.

The Cardinals are 21-14 on the season and are tied for second place with Bradenton, one game behind Fort Myers in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


Peoria at South Bend (cancelled)

The Chiefs game to conclude the road series could not be played due to rain. Since Peoria and South Bend do not meet again in the 2019 regular season due to being in different divisions, the game will not be made up.

Sunday’s game:   No game scheduled.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Top 50 Hitting Prospects – Hot and Not – 05/11/19


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – 5/11/19

photo: Nolan Gorman (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-4 on Friday, with one of two Palm Beach games rained out. Our Player of the Day is Peoria third baseman and no. 1 prospect Nolan Gorman, who hit his league leading eighth home run of the season on his 19th birthday in Peoria’s loss at South Bend.

Results for games played Friday, May 10.


Memphis 4, Iowa 7

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell behind early and could not come all the way back in their home defeat to the division rival Iowa Cubs on Friday.  The Cubs have won 10 of their last 11 games and are six games up on Memphis.

By the end of the third inning the Redbirds and Genesis Cabrera were behind 7-0.  The Redbirds, playing catch up, added three runs in the sixth.  Drew Robinson drove in Joe Hudson, who had doubled to begin the inning, on a single to center.  Tyler O’Neill plated Robinson and Tommy Edman, who had reached on a single, to cut the lead to 7-3.

In the eighth, Adolis Garcia drew a walk and Ramon Urias singled.  Lane Thomas reached on a fielding error and Garcia scored.  That made the score 7-4, but the Redbirds would add no more runs.  No Memphis hitter had more than one hit, but O’Neill drove in two runs.  Hudson had the only extra base hit.

Cabrera tossed six innings and struck out nine, but he gave up those seven early runs.  Eight of the nine strikeouts came in Cabrera’s final three innings of work and he held the Cubs scoreless after the third.

Carlos Martinez made another rehab appearance.  Martinez pitched a scoreless seventh, fanning two and allowing an infield single and a stolen base.  Chris Ellis and Chris Beck hurled the final two scoreless innings.

Memphis is 18-17 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, si games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Daniel Ponce de Leon (2-1, 3.25) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 4

Junior Fernandez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals fell to the Naturals at Hammons Field on Friday.  The win by the Naturals is the first this season by either team at the opponent’s home ballpark.

The Cardinals were kept scoreless for the first eight innings.  In the ninth, with Justin Williams and Johan Mieses on base, Chris Chinea was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Pinch hitter Brian O’Keefe singled and Williams scored.  This concluded the Springfield scoring.

Jose Godoy had two hits and was the only Cardinal with more than one.

Starter Harold Arauz lasted four innings, during which he gave up two runs on six hits.  The scoring came via a two run home run in the second inning.  Arauz struck out three and walked three.  Reliever Roel Ramirez surrendered two runs in his two innings of work.  Junior Fernandez tossed two scoreless innings, and Merandy Gonzalez added a scoreless ninth.

Both Irving Lopez and Godoy were picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 13-21 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (0-0, 4.76) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1 at Bradenton 5

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals lost on Friday to Bradenton in the completion of the suspended game from Thursday.  It was the first game of a three game series.

Starter Alex Fagalde suffered his second loss of the season, giving up one run in two innings pitched. He allowed two hits and fanned four. Zach Prendergast took over on Friday and tossed three innings, surrendering three more runs on four hits.  Right hander Ramon Santos allowed one unearned run in the final three innings.

The Cardinals were kept off the board until the eighth inning, when Nick Plummer hit a solo home run to left center field.  The long ball was Plummer’s only hit.  Luken Baker had two hits, including a double.

Palm Beach made four errors. Zach Kirtley and Michael Perri each committed fielding errors.  Rayder Ascanio missed a catch and Nick Dunn had a throwing miscue.  Plummer had an outfield assist.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez picked a runner off second base.

Palm Beach is 19-14 on the season and is in third place in the FSL South, three games back of Fort Myers.


Palm Beach at Bradenton (Game 2 postponed)

This seven-inning game was postponed due to rain and will be played on Saturday as part of a doubleheader.

Saturday’s games: at Bradenton, Perry DellaValle (1-2, 2.25) 4:00 CT (Game 1), Tommy Parsons (0-0, 11.25) (Game 2)


Peoria 2 at South Bend 5

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs suffered their 17th loss of the season on Friday against the South Bend Cubs at Four Winds Field.  Despite the defeat, the contest was highlighted by Nolan Gorman’s league leading eighth home run of the season, hit on his 19th birthday.   The long ball was a two run shot, the only runs scored by the Chiefs.  The home run was Gorman’s lone hit, but teammates Lars Nootbaar and Leandro Cedeno each had two hits.

Starter Jacob Schlesener went 3 2/3 innings as the Chiefs’ starter.  He gave up two runs on two hits, struck out three, but walked seven.  He also hit a batter, uncorked a wild pitch and committed an error on an errant pickoff attempt.

Franyel Casadilla followed with 2 1/3 innings, in which he surrendered one run on two hits.  Fabian Blanco walked four of the five hitters he faced and allowed two runs on wild pitches while recording only one out in the sixth inning.  Left hander Evan Sisk was the only pitcher left unscathed, as he pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Nootbaar stole his second base of the season. Catcher Ivan Herrera picked a runner off third base.

The Chiefs are 15-17 and are in fifth place in the Midwest League West, 6.5 games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  at South Bend, Kyle Leahy (1-2, 3.86) 6:05 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Top 50 Hitting Prospects – Hot and Not – 05/11/19


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of April 29-May 5

photo: Kris Bryant and Matt Carpenter (Quinn Harris/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 3-4 on the week, winning the series in Washington, but swept out of Chicago and into second place. Slumping Matt Carpenter went 5-for-10 to close out the weekend. In our weekly history feature, the Cardinals’ greatest ninth inning comeback of all time is remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, April 29 – Cardinals 6 at Nationals 3

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first game of a four game road series, the Cardinals topped the Nationals 6-3.  Michael Wacha made the start and pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Giovanny Gallegos followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Hicks tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Nationals took the 3-0 lead early as the Cardinals were held scoreless until the fifth inning.  Harrison Bader hit a solo home run to center field to get St. Louis on the board.  After Matt Carpenter walked, Paul Goldschmidt singled, and Paul DeJong walked to load the bases, Carpenter scored on a wild pitch.  Marcell Ozuna singled, Goldschmidt and DeJong came home.  Ozuna scored on a Jose Martinez double, and Martinez scored on a Yadier Molina single to bring the score to 6-3.

Ozuna, Martinez, and Bader each had two hits.  Bader was caught stealing for the second time in the season.


Tuesday, April 30 – Cardinals 3 at Nationals 2

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were victorious in the second game of the series, edging the Nationals by a run. As in the Game 1, the Nationals took the early lead before St. Louis came back.  With his team down 2-0 in the fourth inning, Kolten Wong’s bunt single with the bases loaded scored Paul DeJong.  With the bases still loaded, Harrison Bader’s line drive single to center, plated two.  Wong and Jose Martinez each had two hits in the game.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Two of the hits were home runs.  The right hander fanned five and walked two.  Tyler Webb, John Gant, and Andrew Miller combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Wong stole his fifth base of the season, but also made a fielding error.


Wednesday, May 1 – Cardinals 5 at Nationals 1

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The winning continued for the Redbirds in the third game of the series.  This time, St. Louis took the lead early with three runs in the first inning.  Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong hit back to back singles.  Marcell Ozuna doubled to right and Goldschmidt scored. Jose Martinez followed with a single to center that plated DeJong and Ozuna.

The Nats scored a run in the fourth, and the score remained 3-1 until the eighth inning.  Ozuna drew a leadoff walk and later scored on Yadier Molina’s single.  Jose Martinez singled, and a fielding error on a Harrison Bader fielder’s choice sent Martinez home.

Goldschmidt and Martinez each had two hits.  Ozuna had three hits and scored twice.

Starter Miles Mikolas tossed six innings and gave up one run on seven hits while fanning four and walking one.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless seventh and John Brebbia hurled the final two scoreless innings.


Thursday, May 2 – Cardinals 1 at Nationals 2

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Resting three starters prior to the Cubs series, the Cardinals failed to complete the sweep, falling to the Nats in a tough one-run loss.  Starter Dakota Hudson tossed six innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked two.   Dominic Leone and Tyler Webb combined for the final two scoreless innings of relief.

The offense got on the board first with a run in the third.  It would be their only run of the game. Yairo Munoz singled and later scored on Kolten Wong’s single.  Yairo Munoz had a nice day at the plate, going 3-for-4.  Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-5.

Wong stole his sixth base of the season, and Gyorko stole his first.  Matt Wieters was picked off second base.  Munoz committed a fielding error and Gyorko had a throwing miscue.


Friday, May 3 – Cardinals 0 at Cubs 4

In the first series against the Cubs of the season, the Cardinals were blanked 4-0 in Wrigley on Friday afternoon.  The Cardinals offense couldn’t figure out Kyle Hendricks, who pitched a “Maddux” against them, 81 pitches in nine innings.  St. Louis hitters scattered only four hits, singles from Harrison Bader, Dexter Fowler, Yadier Molina and Kolten Wong.

Starter Jack Flaherty went 5 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on four hits. The right hander fanned nine and walked four.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless eighth.

Flaherty stole his first base of the season.  Harrison Bader was picked off and caught stealing for the third time in the season.  Gallegos picked Anthony Rizzo off third base.  Yadier Molina had a passed ball.


Saturday, May 4 – Cardinals 5 at Cubs 6

The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker on Saturday, a one run loss to the Cubs late in the game.  The Cardinals took a 5-1 lead into the fourth inning, but an unfortunate pitch by Michael Wacha to the Cubs’ backup catcher resulted in a grand slam and a tied game.  The bases became loaded because Cardinals manager Mike Shildt made the decision to walk Kyle Schwarber ahead of backup catcher Taylor Davis, a textbook move that came back to bite.  Wacha went five innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits.  Wacha fanned four and walked four.  John Gant and Andrew Miller added a scoreless sixth and seventh.  John Brebbia surrendered the winning run, a solo home run to Javier Baez, in the eighth.

The Cardinals initially fell behind 1-0 but tied it up in the second inning on a solo home run by Jose Martinez.  In the third, Matt Carpenter’s double plated a second run. Wacha added a two run single in the fourth, and Carpenter followed with an RBI single.  The Cardinals led 5-1 at that point but would not score again.  Carpenter broke his slump with three hits.  Wacha and Jose Martinez each had two.

Carpenter, Yadier Molina, and Dexter Fowler each stole their second base of the season.  Paul DeJong stole his third base.  Fowler made a fielding error.  Martinez had an outfield assist.


Sunday, May 5 – Cardinals 5 at Cubs 13

The Cardinals handed first place over to the Cubs with a trouncing at the hands of their arch rivals in Chicago on Sunday night.  It was a sweep at Wrigley Field, and the fourth St. Louis loss in a row.

Adam Wainwright had the start, and it wasn’t his best.  He gave up five runs on five hits, one a home run, struck out two and walked two in five innings.  Wainwright started the sixth, but gave up two singles and a double, and was replaced by John Gant, who surrendered a run.  Luke Gregerson, fresh off the IL, gave up a run in the seventh before Tyler Webb got the last out of the inning.  The eighth belonged to Dominic Leone, who allowed six runs on four hits, including a grand slam.  Giovanny Gallegos got the final out of the inning.

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get anything going against Cubs starter Jose Quintana until the sixth inning, when they finally broke through on Marcell Ozuna’s double to left that plated two.  They wouldn’t score again until it was too late.  In the ninth, Matt Carpenter singled, and Paul DeJong hit a two run home run to make the score 13-4.  A solo home run by Ozuna made it 13-5, and that is where it stood when the last out was made.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals played well against the Nationals to begin the week, winning 3 of 4.  It all fell apart at Wrigley Field, where they were swept by the Cubs in commanding fashion.  The Cardinals fell out of first place to the Cubs after the loss on Sunday night.

As well as the Cardinals played against the Nationals, it was cancelled out by very poor play against the Cubs.  When they could score runs, the pitching gave them back.  The home run continues to haunt the pitching staff.

There were some poor defensive plays and some outs on the base paths in the Cubs series that didn’t help.  All told, the Cardinals did not play well at Wrigley Field.

After missing the Nats series with a virus, Dexter Fowler returned to the lineup, supplanting Harrison Bader in center. Jose Martinez has been starting regularly in right.

The Cardinals return home for a seven game homestand against the two MLB clubs from Pennsylvania.  Perhaps home cooking will set the Cardinals back on the right path.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 19 12 0.613
St. Louis 20 14 0.588 0.5
Milwaukee 20 16 0.556 1.5
Pittsburgh 16 15 0.516 3
Cincinnati 14 20 0.412 6.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 4/29 The Cardinals activated RHP Michael Wacha from the 10 day injured list.
  • 4/29 The Cardinals optioned RHP Ryan Helsley to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/2 The Cardinals traded C Francisco Pena to the San Francisco Giants for cash.
  • 5/4 The Cardinals activated RHP Luke Gregerson from the 10 day injured list.
  • 5/4 The Cardinals optioned LF Tyler O’Neill to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/5 The Cardinals sent RHP Carlos Martinez on a rehab assignment to the Peoria Chiefs.

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder cuff strain) has been sent on a rehab assignment to the Peoria Chiefs. He threw a 1-2-3 inning Sunday night, inducing three infield grounders on six pitches. A return sometime in May is expected, likely in a relief role.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 28. Cecil has been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period following surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) is close to a return from the injured list. Williams will likely be cleared to leave extended spring training by mid-May.  Williams will be sent to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 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 after the All Star break.

Looking Ahead

The Redbirds host the Phillies and Pirates this coming week in a seven-game homestand.  On Monday the Cardinals begin a three games series against the Phillies. Miles Mikolas is scheduled for the Monday start, followed by Dakota Hudson on Tuesday and Jack Flaherty on Wednesday.

On Thursday the Pirates come to town for a four-game set.  The Cardinals will take Monday, May 12 to travel to Atlanta to play the Braves in a three game series starting Tuesday.  Next stop will be Arlington, Texas for an interleague series with the Rangers.

After another Monday travel day on the 19th, the Cardinals return home to continue interleague play with a two game series against the Royals.

There is a second off day on Thursday after Royals series, then on Friday the Braves come to St. Louis for a weekend series.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals suffered a trouncing at the hands of the Cubs on Sunday night, losing 13-5 to their arch rivals.  The Cardinals attempted a ninth inning comeback with three runs on two home runs, but the effort fell short.

This week’s blast from the past remembers a ninth inning comeback that succeeded, a comeback in the ninth that was the greatest in franchise history.  This game occurred on May 2, 2005 at Great American Ballpark against the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals entered the ninth behind 9-3, facing Reds reliever David Weathers.  Yadier Molina drew a walk.  Pinch hitter Abraham Nunez also walked.  Shortstop and leadoff hitter David Eckstein then hit a single to right field to load the bases.

Roger Cedeno struck out looking.  Albert Pujols followed with a ground out, force play that scored Molina, with Eckstein out at second.  It was 9-4.

Left fielder Reggie Sanders came to the plate with Nunez on third and Pujols on first.  Sanders hit a line drive single to left field and Nunez scored.  It was now 9-5.

The Reds replaced Weathers with reliever Danny Graves.  Up to the plate came CF Jim Edmonds.  On a 1-1 pitch from Graves, Edmonds tattooed a pitch over the wall in right center field for a three-run home run.  Score was now 9-8.

John Mabry (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Mark Grudzielanek reached on an error by the first baseman and advanced to second.  Up to the plate came John Mabry, who hit a two-run home run on the first pitch from Graves.  The Cardinals led 10-9.

The Cardinals had batted around, with Molina up again. He singled on a ground ball to second and Nunez did the same. Finally, Eckstein flied out to right field to end the inning.

The Reds failed to score in the bottom of the ninth against Cardinals reliever Julian Tavarez and that was the ball game.  The Cardinals come back from a six-run deficit to win by one run, thus mounting the greatest ninth inning comeback in the history of the franchise.

However, history did not repeat itself against the Cubs on Sunday night.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Continue to Pare Springfield Roster


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members on the PDF and $5 off the printed book.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 5, 2019

photo: Julio Rodriguez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Saturday, with Memphis rained out. Our Player of the Day is catcher Julio Rodriguez, who went 2-for-5 with two RBI in Palm Beach’s narrow defeat. Peoria was shut out and Springfield pitching was bombed again.

Results for games played Saturday, May 4.


Memphis at Nashville (postponed)

Saturday’s Memphis Redbirds game in Nashville was postponed due to rain. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader of seven-inning contests on Sunday.

Sunday’s games: at Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 8.10) 2:05 CT (Game 1), Ryan Helsley (0-0, 3.00) (Game 2)


Springfield 1 at Frisco 10

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Double-A Cardinals were the victims of a walloping by the Rough Riders on Saturday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark.  It was a tough night for Springfield starter Harold Arauz, who gave up seven runs, five earned, on 12 hits in four innings pitched.  Arauz struck out three and walked four.

Jacob Patterson followed with a scoreless fifth.  Roel Ramirez surrendered three more Frisco scores in his two innings.  Connor Jones was announced as the next to take the mound, but did not pitch after apparently suffering an injury during his warmup.  Catcher Jose Godoy was pressed into duty and tossed a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals’ only run came in the third inning when Dylan Carlson singled and crossed the plate on a single by Chris Chinea.  Connor Capel had two hits, as the only Cardinals with multiple hits. None of the team’s six hits went for extra bases.

Capel was caught stealing for the third time this season.  Irving Lopez made a fielding error.  Carlson had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 9-20 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game: at Frisco, Johan Oviedo (league debut) 4:05 CT.


Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 7

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Due to a bullpen failure, the Cardinals fell to the Miracle in the second game of the series in Jupiter.  The Cardinals took the initial lead with single runs in the first, second, and fourth innings. Julio Rodriguez’ RBI single in the first put the Cardinals on the board.  In the second, Justin Toerner plated a run on a single and Chase Pinder added a solo home run in the fourth.

The Miracle put up a run in the fifth, but the Cardinals countered with two more in the sixth.  Nick Dunn’s single to left brought in the first run.  On a single, Rodriguez drove in his second run of the game, but on the play Dunn was thrown out at home.

Still, it appeared the Cardinals had the game in hand with a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning.  However, in the eighth, the Miracle scored two and added four more in the ninth for the comeback win.

Palm Beach starter Alex Fagalde tossed 5 1/3 innings and surrendered one run on six hits while fanning six and walking two.  Ben Yokley followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Patrick Dayton allowed two runs, one earned, in his 2/3 innings of relief.  C.J. Saylor hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and relinquished all four Miracle scores in the ninth to take the blown save and the loss.

Luken Baker made a fielding error and Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Palm Beach falls to 17-11 and third place in the FSL South, 1.5 games back of the Miracle.

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


Peoria 0, Bowling Green 3

Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were blanked by the Hot Rods in the “Battle for the Barrel” at Dozer Park on Saturday.  The Chiefs were playing as the Distillers, while the Hot Rods were playing as the Bootleggers.  The loss ended the Chiefs’ six-game winning streak.

Starter Alvaro Seijas tossed 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked three.  Edgar Escobar followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Sebastian Tabata surrendered one run in the final two innings.  Seijas suffered his third loss of the season.

The Chiefs scattered just six hits and were unable to bring a run home.  Delvin Perez had two hits and a walk.  None of the Peoria hits went for extra bases.

Leandro Cedeño, Perez, Wadye Ynfante each successfully stole a base.  It was the first for Cedeño and Ynfante, and the fourth for Perez.  Nolan Gorman committed a throwing error.  Ivan Herrera had a passed ball that led to the unearned run.

The Chiefs are 12-14 on the season, in fifth place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game: vs. Bowling Green, TBA 5:05 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Who is Tommy Parsons and why is he so good?


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 4, 2019

photo: Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Edmundo Sosa, who drove in a career high five runs on a 3-for-6 performance in Memphis’ shellacking of Nashville. Peoria won its sixth straight.

Results for games played Friday, May 3.


Memphis 17 at Nashville 2

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds pummeled the Sounds in Nashville on Friday.  The shellacking ended with Memphis tying the franchise record of 24 hits, the most in a Pacific Coast League game this season.

Every player in the Redbirds lineup collected a hit, and eight of the starting nine had more than one, all except catcher Joe Hudson.   Center fielder Lane Thomas, fresh off his major league debut two weeks ago, went 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Thomas drove in the first Redbird runs in the second inning, thumping a two run double on a line drive to center field to begin a nine-run inning. Ramon Urias plated Thomas on a single to left.  Tommy Edman blasted the first long ball of the game, a three-run shot to left center field, and finished a double short of the cycle.  A one run single by Adolis Garcia, and a two run single by Edmundo Sosa completed the scoring in that inning.

A run came home in the third inning on a wild pitch.  In the fourth, Thomas hit his second double, which drove in the 11th Memphis run.  Sosa grounded out and another run came home.  Urias’ RBI double and an RBI single by Drew Robinson topped the four-run inning.

The final scoring opportunity came in the seventh when Robinson hit his second home run of the game, a solo shot, and Sosa plated two more on a single to center.  Sosa led the team in RBI with five.  Sosa had three hits, along with teammates Edman, Robinson, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo. Urias and Garcia each had two hits.

On the mound, Jake Woodford tossed 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked four.  Chasen Shreve earned his first win of the season with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tommy Layne surrendered the second and final Nashville run in two innings before Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth.

Memphis is 16-12 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, two games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game: at Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (0-2, 8.10) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 5 at Amarillo 6 (11 innings)

The Cardinals lost a heartbreaker to the Sod Poodles in Amarillo in extra innings on Friday to end a three game set in which Springfield went 1-2.

Starter Austin Warner started a contest that ended with seven Springfield pitchers taking the mound across 11 innings.  Warner hurled five innings and surrendered three runs, all unearned, on six hits.  Warner struck out six and issued one free pass.  Jacob Patterson allowed one run in 2/3 of an inning.  Merandy Gonzalez, Kodi Whitley, Junior Fernandez, and John Fasola combined for 4 1/3 scoreless innings.  Seth Elledge took over in the 11th with the automatic runner on second, and after striking out the first two batters, gave up the walk off two-run home run.

The Springfield offense put the first run in the first inning on a pop up single to short by Jose Godoy that plated teammate Kramer Robertson.  In the fourth, Scott Hurst doubled, and Warner singled, to drive in two additional Cardinals runs to tie the game at 3-3.

The Cardinals failed to score again until the ninth, when Evan Mendoza singled home Robertson to force extra innings.  Springfield broke the tie in the top of the 11th as Robertson grounded into a fielder’s choice that brought Connor Capel home for the short-lived 5-4 lead that Elledge could not hold.

Godoy and Chris Chinea collected two hits each.

Mendoza made a throwing error in the third inning that led to the three unearned runs charged to Warner.

The Cardinals are 9-19 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Harold Arauz (0-1, 6.00) 7:05 CT


Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 7

The Cardinals were defeated by the Fort Myers Miracle (MIN) in the series opener in Jupiter on Friday.

Palm Beach fell behind 3-0 in the second inning.  The deficit was cut to 3-1 in the fourth when Luken Baker scored on a Michael Perri ground out.  The Cardinals rallied to tie the game in the fifth with three hits, including an RBI single by Zach Kirtley that plated two.

The Miracle blew past the Cardinals with four runs across the next two innings.  Palm Beach added a run in the ninth when Chase Pinder led off with a single and scored two batters later on a throwing error.  Pinder had two hits, along with Julio Rodriguez and Rayder Ascanio.  Luken Baker had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, while fanning six and walking three.  After allowing three runs in the second inning, the right hander retired 11 straight batters, only to give up two more runs on four hits in the sixth.    Relievers Ronnie Williams and Zach Prendergast followed with a combined 2 2/3 innings of relief during which each surrendered a run.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 17-10 on the season and are tied for second place in the Florida State League South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Alex Fagalde (3-1, 3.21) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Bowling Green 1

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs earned their sixth straight win with a defeat of the Hot Rods 2-1 in the home series opener on Friday.

It began with seven innings of a scoreless pitcher’s duel until Bowling Green broke through with a run in the top of the eighth.  Chiefs starter Diego Cordero had tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings during which he allowed four hits and struck out four.  Reliever Thomas St. Clair came in to finish the seventh but gave up the run in the eighth to break the impasse.  Left hander Evan Sisk earned the win, hurling 1 1/3 scoreless innings to finish the game.  Cordero pitched well but took a no decision; Sisk got the win.

The Peoria offense was held to one hit through the first seven innings.  In the bottom of the eighth, after the Hot Rods took the 1-0 lead, Wadye Ynfante doubled and Alexis Wilson walked.  With two on, Brandon Riley singled to score Ynfante, and Edwin Figuera reached on a fielder’s choice. A throwing error on the play brought Wilson home for the second run.

No Chiefs batter had more than one hit.  Riley had the only Peoria RBI.

Delvin Perez stole his second base of the season.  Wilson had a passed ball.  Cordero picked a runner off first base.

The Chiefs are 12-13 and with their six wins in a row have moved up to fifth place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bowling Green, Alvaro Seijas (1-2, 2.79) 6:35 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Memphis Redbirds Notebook – 2019 Week 4


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are $5 off, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of April 22-28

photo: Yadier Molina (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 5-1 on the week, including a crucial home sweep over Milwaukee. Yadier Molina has a 15-game hitting streak while driving in key runs and Marcell Ozuna provides the power. In our weekly history feature, Fernando Tatis’ two grand slams in the same inning are remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, April 22 – Cardinals 13, Brewers 5

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals met the Brewers at Busch Stadium for the third series between the two clubs in the month of April.  The two previous series were in Milwaukee.  The Cardinals got their revenge in this instance, pummeling the Brewers in Game 1.

It was all offense, all the time.  Kolten Wong drew first blood with an RBI single in the second inning plate Dexter Fowler and give the Cardinals the 1-0 lead.  Fowler got his licks in with a two run home run to right center field in the fourth inning.

The Brewers put up three runs in the fifth to tie the game, but the Redbirds came back with two more scores in the bottom of the inning.  Paul Goldschmidt’s two run blast to left center gave the Cardinals the 5-3 lead.

The lead was cut to 5-4 in the sixth, but the Cardinals’ half of the seventh is where all the action was.  An error, a walk, and a single loaded the bases.  Marcell Ozuna walked and it was 6-4.  Jose Martinez’ sac fly made it 7-4.  Yadier Molina plated a run on a single.  Fowler did the same.  The line kept moving with an RBI single by Lane Thomas that scored two and Paul Goldschmidt sealed the deal with an RBI single.  Seven runs came home in that inning.

Fowler added the 13th run in the eighth on a single.  He had four hits, drove in four, and scored three.  Goldschmidt has three hits and three RBI.  Martinez and DeJong had two hits.

Jack Flaherty earned his second win of the season.  He tossed six innings and gave up four runs on three hits.  The right hander fanned 10 and walked one.  John Brebbia and Dominic Leone each pitched a scoreless inning.  Giovanny Gallegos gave up a solo home run to Travis Shaw in the ninth.


Tuesday, April 23 – Cardinals 4, Brewers 3

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds edged the Brewers to win the second game of the series and set up the sweep.   Daniel Ponce de Leon got the start in the place of the injured Michael Wacha.  Ponce de Leon pitched five innings and gave up one run on two hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked three.  John Gant took the next two innings and surrendered the tying run in the sixth.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth.  Jordan Hicks allowed a run in the ninth but earned his sixth save.  Miller got the win, Gant was charged with a blown save.

The Cardinals took a 1-0 lead in the second inning on Yadier Molina’s RBI single.  The Brewers tied it in the fifth, but the Cardinals answered with a run in the bottom frame on Paul Goldschmidt’s RBI single.

Milwaukee tied it up again in the sixth.  The game remained 2-2 until the bottom of the eighth.  Paul DeJong broke the tie with a solo home run to center field.  Molina doubled to plate a run, but the Brewers cut the lead to 4-3 in the ninth.

Molina had three hits and drove in two.  DeJong and Jose Martinez each had two hits.

Matt Carpenter stole his first base of the season.  Kolten Wong made a throwing error, and Dexter Fowler had an outfield assist.


Wednesday, April 24 – Cardinals 5, Brewers 2

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals completed the home sweep with a 5-2 win over Milwaukee.  A home run by Eric Thames in the first inning put the Brewers on top, 1-0.  The Brewers wouldn’t score again until the ninth.  In between, the Cardinals put up five runs, four in one inning.

The fourth began with back to back singles by the two Pauls – Goldschmidt and DeJong.  Marcell Ozuna blasted a three run home run to put the Cardinals up 3-1.  Not to be undone, Yadier Molina followed with a solo home run.

The Redbirds added one more in the seventh inning when Jose Martinez grounded into a force out with the bases loaded to plate a run.

Goldschmidt, DeJong, Ozuna and Lane Thomas each had two hits in the game.

Adam Wainwright got the start, and other than giving up the solo home run in the first inning, he pitched well.  Wainwright tossed six innings, allowing the one run on four hits.  He fanned three and walked one.  Tyler Webb and John Brebbia combined for two scoreless innings of relief.  Andrew Miller surrendered a run in the ninth, and Jordan Hicks was brought in to get the final out.  Hicks earned his seventh save.  Wainwright earned his second win.

Thomas and Jose Martinez each stole their first base of the season.


Thursday, April 25 – Off day


Friday, April 26 – Cardinals 1, Reds 12

The Reds came to town after an off day to play a weekend series.  The first game was a beatdown of the Cardinals by the last place Reds.

St. Louis’ offense could not solve Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani, held scoreless for six innings.  They finally put a run on the board, their only run, in the seventh against Reds reliever Amir Garrett.  With Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt on base, Paul DeJong singled to center field and Carpenter scored.  That was the offense for the Cardinals, who scattered eight hits. Carpenter was the only Cardinal with more than one hit, with two singles.  There were no extra base hits.

The Cardinals pitching staff was pummeled by the Reds hitters.  Starter Miles Mikolas gave up four runs on six hits in five innings pitched.  Ryan Helsley came out unscathed in his two innings of relief.  Tyler Webb surrendered two runs while recording only one out in the eighth.  Giovanny Gallegos finished the inning without further damage.  In the ninth, Dominic Leone was shelled by the Reds for six runs in 2/3 of an inning.  With a score of 12-1, it was time for a position player to pitch, and that position player was Jedd Gyorko.  He only needed one out and he got that out by striking out Phillip Ervin on four pitches.


Saturday, April 27 – Cardinals 6, Reds 3

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals had redemption on their mind for this second game of the series, and they got it.  Though the Reds initially took a 2-0 lead, St. Louis’ bats were not silent in response.  In the bottom of the third, Marcell Ozuna thumped a three run home run to left center field to give the Redbirds the 3-2 lead.  Ozuna was a one man wrecking crew.  He followed the long ball with a two run double in the fifth.

The Reds scored one in the top of the sixth.  In the bottom half, Harrison Bader, coming off the bench, drove in Dexter Fowler on a line drive to right field.  Final score, 6-3 Cardinals.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  John Gant tossed 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth, and Jordan Hicks hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.  Hudson was the winning pitcher.

Matt Carpenter was caught stealing for the first time of the season.  Jose Martinez made a fielding error.  Fowler had an outfield assist.


Sunday, April 28 – Cardinals 5, Reds 2

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals prevailed in the rubber game of the series on Sunday.  The Redbirds pretty much had this game in hand throughout, despite a hiccup in the ninth.  Starter Jack Flaherty came through with seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out four and walking one.  John Brebbia, Andrew Miller, and Jordan Hicks each pitched 1/3 of the eighth inning to combine for a scoreless inning.  The hiccup game from Dominic Leone, who had given up six runs in Friday’s laugher. Leone surrendered two runs in the ninth before John Gant came in with two outs to earn his first save and protect Flaherty’s third win.

The offense put up the first two of five runs in the fourth inning.  Jose Martinez hit an RBI single and Yadier Molina followed with a sac fly.   The Cardinals added three more scores in the eighth on a two run Molina single, and a double from Dexter Fowler that plated Harrison Bader.  Fowler was tagged out at second on the play to end the inning. This lead extension caused manager Mike Shildt to let Hicks take the final inning off, leading to Leone’s unintended excitement.

Jedd Gyorko and Kolten Wong each made a fielding error.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week having swept the Brewers and taken 2 of 3 from the Reds.  The record for the week was 5-1 to put them firmly in first place in the NL Central with a 2.5 game lead over the Cubs. Their .630 winning percentage is fueled by a 12-4 home record that is tied with the Dodgers for the best in MLB.

Starting pitching is slowly improving, though the staff has been giving up the long ball at a concerning rate.  The bullpen has had some missteps in a couple of games, specifically in the beatdown by the Reds on Friday.  Dominic Leone has given up eight runs in two games.  Andrew Miller has been inconsistent, good in one outing, not good in the next one.  Jordan Hicks has been rolling along, however.  John Brebbia and John Gant have been the stalwarts in middle relief.

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Other than in Friday’s game, the offense has been fairly consistent.  They have been putting balls in play and striking out less.  Marcell Ozuna continues to be a threat to opponents for the long ball, and Paul DeJong has been very good.  Yadier Molina is working on a 15-game hitting streak while driving in key runs.

Dexter Fowler and Jose Martinez, playing every day in the outfield while Harrison Bader has been on the IL, have contributed enough that they continue to start despite the return of Bader.  Both have extremely high BABIPs (batting average on balls in play) though, so sustaining that output may be a challenge going forward.  Bader and Tyler O’Neill remain on the bench for backup.

Defense has been okay. There have been errors in the field, but not particularly significant ones.  Fowler had two outfield assists while playing CF.  Martinez in RF catches what balls he can, as his range is limited.  It is surprisingly the Infield defense where most of the errors have occurred, but this is unusual and unlikely to continue to be an issue.

There have been a couple of baserunning blunders but compared to how poor that aspect of the game has been in past years, the efforts by the 2019 team is much improved.

The Cardinals are on the road this week to play the Nationals and the Cubs.  The Cubs are currently in second place behind the Cardinals, so a good showing in Chicago is a must.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 17 10 0.630
Chicago 14 12 0.538 2.5
Milwaukee 15 14 0.517 3
Pittsburgh 12 14 0.462 4.5
Cincinnati 11 16 0.407 6

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 4/22 The Cardinals placed RHP Michael Wacha on the 10 day injured list, retroactive to April 19. Left knee patella tendinitis.
  • 4/22 The Cardinals recalled 3B Drew Robinson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/23 The Cardinals sent LH Tyler O’Neill on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/23 The Cardinals optioned 3B Drew Robinson to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/23 The Cardinals recalled RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/24 The Cardinals activated CF Harrison Bader from the 10 day injured list.
  • 4/24 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 4/24 The Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/26 The Cardinals activated LF Tyler O’Neill from the 10 day injured list.
  • 4/26 The Cardinals optioned CF Lane Thomas to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder cuff strain) is scheduled to go to Jupiter this week to start the last phase of his throwing program. He will face batters in a couple of live batting practice sessions.  The Cardinals will determine whether Martinez is ready for a minor league rehab assignment after the throwing sessions. He will return to St. Louis as a reliever, as he is more comfortable with his shoulder when throwing fewer pitches.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) has been on a minor league rehab assignment, currently in Springfield. Gregerson will pitch one more time and the Cardinals will determine his return date to the roster.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 28. Cecil had surgery for carpal tunnel syndrome and will be out for an indefinite period.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) is close to a return from the injured list. Williams will likely be cleared to leave extended spring training by mid-May.  Williams will be sent to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 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 after the All Star break.
  • RHS Alex Reyes punched a wall with his left, non-throwing hand and suffered a broken pinky. He was placed on Memphis’ 7-day injured list effective April 28 and sent to Jupiter, Florida, where he will keep throwing, but from behind a protective screen. An assessment will be made in three weeks.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals travel to Washington DC to play the Nationals in a four-game series to end the month of April.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to be activated from the injured list and make the Monday start.  Adam Wainwright will start on Tuesday, followed by Miles Mikolas on Wednesday and Dakota Hudson on Thursday.

The team then travels to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs for the first series with Chicago of the season.  The rotation for that series will likely be Jack Flaherty, Wacha, and Wainwright.

Following the Cubs set, the Redbirds return to St. Louis to play three against the visiting Phillies. The Pirates follow the Phillies to St. Louis to play a four game series beginning Thursday, May 9.  After a Monday off day, the Cardinals then go on the road to Atlanta to play the Braves for three.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s blast from the past reminisces about an unusual offensive feat by a Cardinals position player that occurred 20 years ago this past week.

Fernando Tatis

St. Louis welcomed a special guest to the ballpark this past week.  Fernando Tatis, former Cardinals third baseman, came to town to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his two grand slams in one inning game that occurred on April 23, 1999 in Dodger Stadium.

Tatis was traded to the Cardinals by the Texas Rangers on July 31, 1998 for Royce Clayton and Todd Stottlemyre.   Darren Oliver and Mark Little also came to the Cardinals in that trade.  In his 2 ½ seasons with the Cardinals, Tatis posted a slash line of .282/.389/.525 with 60 home runs and 197 RBI.

On April 23, 1999, his first full season with the team, the Cardinals were playing at Dodger Stadium.  Tatis was at third base and hitting cleanup.  In the top of the third inning, with Chan Ho Park on the mound, Tatis came to the plate. The bases were loaded with Darren Bragg, Edgar Renteria, and Mark McGwire.  On a 2-0 pitch from Park, Tatis tattooed a pitch to left field for a grand slam.

The Cardinals continued to hit and scored three more runs after the grand slam. Eight batters later, still in the third inning, Tatis came to the plate with the bases loaded a second time. This time the bases were full with Jose Jimenez, Bragg, and Renteria (McGwire had flied out to RF).  Again with Park on the mound, and a 3-2 count, Tatis crushed the ball for his second grand slam of the inning.  Needless to say, Park was immediately pulled for a reliever.

The Cardinals won that game 12-5.  No other MLB player had ever hit two grand slams in one inning, and no one has done it since.

Tatis played one more season for St. Louis and was traded to the Montreal Expos in December 2000.  He played for 10 more years with the Expos, the Orioles, and the Mets before making his last major league appearance on July 4, 2010 for the Mets. Tatis announced his retirement in October of that year.

Tatis coaches in the minor leagues for the Boston Red Sox.  Fernando Tatis Jr. was called up this spring and is the San Diego Padres’ shortstop.  He has another son who plays in the Chicago White Sox organization.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Outfielder Johan Mieses Draws Short Straw Again


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 28, 2019

photo: Brian O’Keefe (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-2 on Saturday, with Memphis and Peoria postponed by weather. Our Player of the Day is Springfield catcher Brian O’Keefe, who went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in a tough loss to Frisco.

Results for games played Saturday, April 27.


Memphis at Omaha (postponed)

Saturday’s game in Omaha against the Storm Chasers was postponed due to cold weather.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday.

Sunday’s games:  at Omaha, Jake Woodford (1-0, 1.16) 2:05 CT (Game 1 doubleheader), Ryan Meisinger (0-3, 6.59) (Game 2)


Springfield 7, Frisco 10

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were unable to catch up to the Frisco RoughRiders in a 10-7 loss at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Springfield got off to a lead in the second inning on a three-run home run by Brian O’Keefe, but Frisco added two in the third and five in the fifth to go ahead 7-3.

In the bottom of the sixth, O’Keefe and Scott Hurst singled and advanced on a fielding error.  Irving Lopez then doubled to plate both runners.

Frisco went ahead 10-5 with three runs in the seventh.  Springfield added a run in the bottom of the inning.  Dylan Carlson and Johan Mieses singled. Chris Chinea drove in Carlson on a sac fly.

The Cardinals attempted a rally in the bottom of the ninth as Mieses, Mendoza and Carlson hit consecutive singles.  Mieses scored on Carlson’s single to center.  That was the only run the Cardinals would manage, as Connor Capel grounded out to end the rally and the game.

Starter Evan Kruczynski had another tough night, as his season ERA is up to 10.97.  The left-hander pitched four-plus innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on five hits while fanning five and walking five.  Luke Gregerson allowed Kruczynski’s final pair of runners to score and surrendered a run of his own in the fifth.  Mike O’Reilly allowed three runs in 1 2/3 innings.  Kodi Whitley got the last out of the seventh and returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Seth Elledge pitched a run-free ninth.  Kruczynski took the loss, his second of the season.

Kramer Robertson stole his fourth base of 2019.  Hurst made a throwing error, but had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 8-15 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Casey Meisner (0-1, 9.37) 4:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Fort Myers 8

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were defeated in Fort Myers on Saturday by a score of 8-4.  Starter Alex Fagalde gave up seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits in five innings of work.  Fagalde struck out three and walked two in the loss.  Zach Prendergast tossed the final three innings, surrendering one run on three hits with six strikeouts.

Palm Beach didn’t score until the eighth inning when four runs came home.  Jose Martinez drew a leadoff walk, Zach Kirtley singled and Nick Dunn walked to load the bases.  Luken Baker’s walk brought in Martinez.  Yariel Gonzalez singled to right and Kirtley scored.  Bryce Denton grounded into a force out, as Dunn came home.  Dennis Ortega singled to plate Baker.

No Cardinal had more than one of the team’s seven hits, though both Baker and Martinez walked twice in addition to singling. Dunn’s double was the only extra-base hit for the Beach Birds. Cardinals batters whiffed 12 times, led by Justin Toerner and Nick Plummer with three each, and stranded eight runners.

Kirtley made a fielding error.  Fagalde picked a runner off first base.

Palm Beach moves to 16-7, in first place in the FSL South.

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


Peoria at Beloit (postponed)

The Chiefs’ Saturday’s game in Beloit was postponed due to snow.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, weather permitting.

Sunday’s games:   at Beloit, Kyle Leahy (0-1, 5.06) 2:00 CT (Game 1 doubleheader), Tommy Parsons (3-0, 0.30) (Game 2).


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Slowly Readjust Minors Pitchers


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 27, 2019

photo: Brady Whalen (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-1 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are Peoria first baseman Brady Whalen and third baseman Nolan Gorman, who combined for seven hits, including three home runs, and 11 RBI across a doubleheader sweep. Memphis and Springfield both logged wins.

Results for games played Friday, April 26.


Memphis 7 at Omaha 3

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds blew past the Storm Chasers with a late inning comeback in Omaha on Friday.  The Memphis offense was held scoreless until the sixth, when, behind 2-0, Drew Robinson reached on a fielding error and made it all the way to third base.  John Nogowski followed with a sac fly.

Memphis took a 4-2 lead in the seventh inning on a three-run home run by Rangel Ravelo.  Max Schrock and Francisco Pena had reached base ahead of Ravelo on a single and walk.  Omaha answered with a run in the bottom of the seventh to cut the lead to 4-3.

In the eighth, Andrew Knizner singled and Adolis Garcia hit a two-run blast to left to increase the Redbirds lead to 6-2. Memphis added a run in the ninth, as Ravelo led off with a walk and later scored on Robinson’s double to left.  Robinson and Schrock each had two hits.  Ravelo drove in three runs, and Garcia plated two.

Starter Austin Gomber tossed six innings and gave up two unearned runs on three hits.  The lefty fanned eight and walked four.  Ryan Meisinger yielded a run in the seventh before Jesus Cruz got the final out of the inning. He returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Chris Beck hurled a run-free ninth.

Schrock stole his third base of the season.  Edmundo Sosa was caught stealing for the first in 2019.  The Redbirds made two errors, as Ramon Urias and Schrock each had a throwing miscue.

Memphis is 12-9 on the season and in second place in the PCL American North, 1.5 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Omaha, Jake Woodford (1-0, 1.16) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 3, Frisco 2

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals edged the Rough Riders at Hammons Field on Friday.  Starter Williams Perez pitched seven innings, giving up one run on four hits while striking out seven and walking three.  Merandy Gonzalez surrendered a run in the eighth and was replaced with one out by Jacob Patterson, who induced a double play to end the inning without further damage.  Connor Jones tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save and preserve the win for Patterson.

Springfield was held scoreless until the fifth inning when Chris Chinea led off with a solo home run to center.

In the bottom of the eighth, Shane Billings singled and scored on a double by Kramer Robertson.  Robertson came home on Dylan Carlson’s double.  Carlson went 2-for-4 in the game and stole his second base of the season.

The Cardinals are 8-14 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 10.90) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 4

Luken Baker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals lost a close contest in Fort Myers on Friday.  Palm Beach fell behind 4-0 and tried to play catch up in the last two innings.  In the eighth, Yariel Gonzalez reached base with a single to center before Luken Baker’s two-run home run to left cut the lead in half. It was the first baseman’s first long ball in 2019.

In the ninth, Jose Martinez, Rayder Ascanio, and Julio Rodriguez each drew a walk.  With the bases loaded, Gonzalez’ sacrifice double play enabled Martinez to score.  That would be the final run as the Cardinals went down in defeat, 4-3.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez went three innings and gave up all four runs, three earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked four.  Ronnie Williams pitched a scoreless fourth.

In the fifth, events led to the ejection of Cardinals relief pitcher C.J Saylor and manager Dann Bilardello.  As Palm Beach center fielder Chase Pinder grounded out to first base, a collision with Fort Myers’ first baseman took both players out of the game with arm injuries, and the benches cleared.  Then Saylor hit the first batter he faced in the bottom half of the inning.  After Saylor was ejected, Ben Yokley took over and pitched two scoreless innings of relief.  Junior Fernandez followed with two more scoreless innings.  Gonzalez took the loss.

There were two Cardinal errors as Baker made a throwing miscue and catcher Rodriguez made a bad throw on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals are 16-6 on the season and in first place in the Florida State League South.

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


Peoria 7 at Beloit 0 (seven innings, Game 1 doubleheader)

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

In the first game of Friday’s road doubleheader, the Chiefs blanked the Snappers, 7-0.  The long ball featured prominently in the victory.  In the first inning, Brady Whalen hit a three run home run following a single by Brandon Riley and a walk to Nolan Gorman.

In the third, Lars Nootbaar singled, Riley walked, and Gorman added his own a three run home run to right center.  6-0 Chiefs.

Whalen thumped his second home run of the game, a solo shot, in the fifth.

Starter Diego Cordero tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing one hit, fanning nine and walking three.  Fabian Blanco secured the final two outs of the seventh.  Cordero earned his second win of the season.


Peoria 9 at Beloit 3 (seven innings, Game 2 doubleheader)

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

In Game 2 of the twin bill, it was again Whalen and Gorman who provided significant offense in the 9-3 win over Beloit, joined by Lars Nootbaar and his grand slam.  Whalen drove in the first run, plating Brandon Riley on a single after Riley doubled.

The Chiefs had their big outburst in the fourth.  Gorman led off with a solo home run to right.  Leandro Cedeno singled, Alexis Wilson walked, and Wadye Ynfante singled.  With the bases loaded, Delvin Perez singled and Cedeno scored.  Nootbaar then blasted a grand slam to right field.

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

In the sixth, Nootbaar drew a walk and Riley doubled.  Gorman singled and Nootbaar scored.  Whalen followed with a single that plated Riley.  Gorman and Whalen each had two hits and two RBI.  Riley had three hits.  Nootbaar drove in four.

Starter Jacob Schlesener pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits while fanning six and walking one.  Thomas St. Clair followed with two scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Edgar Escobar tossed a scoreless seventh.

Gorman stole his first base of the season.  The third baseman also committed a fielding error, as did Perez at shortstop.  Riley stole his third base of the season.

The Chiefs are 8-13 and in last place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Beloit, Kyle Leahy (0-1, 5.06) 4:00 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Slowly Readjust Minors Pitchers


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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

photo: Jordan Hicks (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 3-3 on the week, losing two of three in Milwaukee before taking two of three from the visiting Mets as Jordan Hicks settles into the closer’s spot. In our weekly history feature, the rough first MLB outing of a future Hall of Famer is remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, April 15 – Cardinals 7 at Brewers 10

The St. Louis Cardinals returned to Milwaukee to play a second series at Miller Park.  Once again, Brewers hitters, specifically Christian Yelich, feasted on Cardinals pitching.   Dakota Hudson made the start but was unable to finish the fourth inning.  Hudson gave up six runs, on eight hits, including two long balls, in 3 2/3 innings.  The right hander fanned three and walked three.  Tyler Webb followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Mike Mayers started the sixth, and gave up a single, a walk, and a three run home run to Yelich before being removed with an injury.  Dominic Leone pitched 2/3 of an inning with a walk.  John Brebbia secured the final five outs, surrendering a solo home run to Yelich.  Mayers was tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals got on the board first with two runs in the first inning. Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong hit back to back solo home runs.  The Redbirds added a run in the third on Yadier Molina’s RBI double.

In the sixth, Dexter Fowler led off with a single, then advanced to second and third on a ground out and two walks.  A subsequent passed ball brought Fowler home.  Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna each drove in a run on a single for three runs in the inning.  Ozuna hit a solo home run in the ninth for the final Cardinals score.

Tyler O’Neill committed a throwing error on a play that led to an injury which landed him on the injured list.


Tuesday, April 16 – Cardinals 4 at Brewers 8

The Cardinals lost the second game of the series in Milwaukee on a second short stint by the Cardinals starter.  Jack Flaherty’s evening ended even sooner than his teammate Dakota Hudson’s had the night before.  Flaherty went 2 2/3 innings and surrendered five runs on nine hits.  Two of the nine hits were home runs.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos yielded two more runs in two innings pitched. In his MLB debut, Ryan Helsley followed with 2 1/3 innings in which he allowed home run to Christian Yelich.  Only Tyler Webb came out unscathed, with a scoreless eighth inning.

The offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning when Marcell Ozuna blasted a two run home run.  In the eighth, Yadier Molina plated a run on a single to center and Kolten Wong followed suit with an RBI single to center.


Wednesday, April 17 – Cardinals 6 at Brewers 3

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals avoided the sweep with a 6-3 victory over the Brewers.  The Redbirds scoring began with a solo home run in the second inning from Marcell Ozuna.  The long ball was his eighth of the season.  In that same inning, Matt Wieters plated a run on a single to right.

In the third, Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong hit RBI singles to increase the lead to 4-0.  Matt Carpenter’s solo home run in the fourth brought the score to 5-0.  The Brewers scored in the bottom half of the fourth to cut the lead to 5-2.

Wieters drove in his second run of the game in the eighth on another single to right to make it 6-2.  The Brewers answered with a run in the bottom frame, to bring the score to the 6-3 final.

Starter Michael Wacha was very good, tossing six innings and allowing only one run on one hit, a solo home run.  Wacha earned his first win of the season.  John Gant pitched a scoreless seventh.  Andrew Miller gave up a run in the eighth and Jordan Hicks fired a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

Wieters and Dexter Fowler were both caught stealing, Wieters for the first time, Fowler for the second time.  Wieters had a passed ball.


Thursday, April 17 – Off day


Friday, April 19 – Cardinals 4, Mets 5

The Mets came to St. Louis for a weekend series at Busch, and the Cardinals suffered a tough loss in the opener on Friday.  Starter Adam Wainwright struggled, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits in three innings. Wainwright struck out three and walked three.  The short outing taxed the bullpen, as it took six relievers to finish the game.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless fourth.  Ryan Helsley took the fifth and sixth and surrendered a solo home run to Pete Alonso.  Dominic Leone began the seventh and gave up a leadoff single, then retired the next two batters.  Tyler Webb got the last out of the inning.  Webb returned for the eighth, allowed a single and a walk but recorded two out.  John Brebbia retired the one batter he faced.  John Gant delivered a scoreless ninth.  Wainwright took the loss, his second of the season.

The Cardinals fell behind 4-0 but got on the board with a run in the bottom of the fourth on a solo home run by Jose Martinez. In the sixth, Lane Thomas, taking his first major league at bat, hit a two run home run to right center field.  Thomas became the 10th Cardinal to homer in his first big league at bat.

An RBI single by Dexter Fowler added a run in the eighth.

Paul DeJong stole his second base of the season. DeJong and Martinez each made a fielding error.


Saturday, April 20 – Cardinals 10, Mets 2

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds bounced back with a drubbing of the Mets on Saturday afternoon.  Starter Miles Mikolas was the first Cardinals pitcher this season to remain in the game beyond the seventh inning.  Mikolas tossed eight innings, giving up two runs, neither of which came on the long ball, on four hits.  The righty fanned four and walked two.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless ninth.  Mikolas earned his second win of the season.

The scoring began for the Cardinals in the second inning.  Jose Martinez and Yadier Molina hit back to back singles and Kolten Wong was intentionally walked.  With Mikolas at the plate, a passed ball plated Martinez.  Mikolas singled up the middle to score Molina and Wong.

Paul DeJong led off the third with a double and he later scored on Martinez’ single.  Marcell Ozuna drew a walk and later scored on Molina’s sac fly.  Ozuna scored again in the fifth on a Molina single.

In the sixth, DeJong hit an RBI double and Martinez followed with a two-run double.  The last Cardinal run scored in the eighth on Paul Goldschmidt’s solo home run.

Ozuna stole his third base of the season.


Sunday, April 21 – Cardinals 6, Mets 4

Jordan Hicks (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals won the series by defeating the Mets in the rubber game on Sunday.

The Mets took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a solo home run by Pete Alonso.  The Cardinals responded by scoring three runs in the bottom of the second.  Jose Martinez drew a leadoff walk and Yadier Molina followed with a single up the middle.  Kolten Wong singled to plate Martinez.  Starting pitcher Dakota Hudson reached on an error and Paul Goldschmidt drove in Molina and Wong on a single to center.

In the third, Marcell Ozuna led off with a walk, Martinez singled and Ozuna went first to third. Molina then hit a soft ground ball and Ozuna scored.  Dexter Fowler followed with a double to right to bring in Martinez.

Goldschmidt singled again in the fourth and was drive in by an Ozuna double.  The Cardinals lead was 6-2.  The Mets added two runs to cut the lead to 6-4 but the Cardinals held it there.

Starter Dakota Hudson earned his first win of the season.  Hudson pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits, including three home runs.  The right hander fanned five and walked two.  John Brebbia secured the first two outs of the sixth, then Andrew Miller entered to pitch to left handers.  Miller walked his first batter but induced a pop out to his second to end the inning.  Miller returned to start the seventh, struck out Pete Alonso, then hit Robinson Cano on the hand with a pitch.  It was ruled that Cano swung so no base was allowed, but Cano had to leave the game and was replaced by Juan Lagares, who struck out for Cano.  Mets Manager Mickey Callaway was ejected for arguing with the umpire over the Cano hit by pitch/swinging strike.  Miller then served up a solo home run to Michael Conforto.  Out went Miller and in came John Gant to retire the last hitter.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out Lagares on a nasty 104 mph sinker to end the game.

Hudson made a fielding error, a missed catch at first base.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week in which they lost a series to the Brewers and won a series against the Mets for a record of 3-3.

Starting pitching was hit and miss.  Jack Flaherty, Adam Wainwright, and Dakota Hudson had poor starts, though Hudson had a second start during the week in which he pitched better.  Miles Mikolas and Michael Wacha pitched well in their starts.  The bullpen was good for the most part, though Andrew Miller continues to struggle with his command.

Defense has been good and so has the baserunning.  There was one ugly defensive game in the Mets series but it did not persist.

The sore spot for the Cardinals continues to be pitchers giving up the long ball.

Offense has been decent to very good, it just hasn’t been enough in some cases to overcome the runs allowed by the pitching staff.

The Cardinals remain at home this coming week and play a third series with the Brewers, and a second series with the Reds.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 13 10 0.565 1
Pittsburgh 12 7 0.632
St. Louis 12 9 0.571 1
Chicago 10 10 0.500 2.5
Cincinnati 8 13 0.381 5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 4/15 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals
  • 4/15 The Cardinals optioned RHP Giovanny Gallegos to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/15 The Cardinals optioned SS Yairo Munoz to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/15 The Cardinals recalled 3B Drew Robinson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals placed LF Tyler O’Neill on the 10 day injured list. Right elbow ulnar nerve subluxation.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals placed RHP Mike Mayers on the 10 day injured list. Right shoulder lat strain.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals optioned 3B Drew Robinson to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals recalled SS Yairo Munoz from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals recalled RHP Giovanny Gallegos from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/16 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/17 The Cardinals placed CF Harrison Bader on the 10 day injured list retroactive to April 14, 2019. Right hamstring strain.
  • 4/17 The Cardinals recalled CF Lane Thomas from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/19 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in early spring training and began the season on the 10 day injured list. Martinez threw 40 pitches on flat ground on Friday may return to the roster sometime in May in a role TBD.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) continues on the 10 day injured list. Gregerson has been sent on rehab assignments to Palm Beach, Springfield, and now Memphis.  Gregerson is expected to be activated in late April.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60 day injured list on March 28. After surgery to relieve symptoms of carpal tunnel syndrome, Cecil has been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) began the season on the 10 day injured list. In extended spring training, Williams has begun some baseball activities, including swinging a bat.
  • CF Harrison Bader (right hamstring strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to April 14. Bader is eligible to be activated as of Tuesday, April 23.  No rehab assignment is planned for the center fielder.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill (right ulnar nerve subluxation) was placed on the 10 day injured list on April 16. O’Neill is not expected to need a rehab assignment prior to returning to the roster.
  • RHP Mike Mayers (right shoulder lat strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on April 16. Mayers is unlikely to return to the roster before the All Star break.

Looking Ahead

Following the weekend series against the Mets, the homestand continues as the Brewers come to Busch Stadium for a three game series.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Michael Wacha on Tuesday, and Adam Wainwright on Wednesday.

After an off day Thursday, the Reds travel in to St. Louis for a weekend series.  No starters have been announced, but they will likely be Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson, and Flaherty.

To end the month of April, the Cardinals travel to Washington D.C. to play the Nationals in a four game set.  The team then move to Wrigley Field for the first series of the season against Chicago. The Pirates then come to town for four games at Busch.

Following the Cubs series, the Redbirds return to St. Louis to play three against the visiting Phillies. The Pirates follow the Phillies to St. Louis to play a four game series beginning Thursday, May 9.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals called up center fielder Lane Thomas this past week from the Memphis Redbirds in the wake of the placement of Harrison Bader on the injured list.  Thomas had a memorable major league debut, hitting a two-run home run in his first major league at bat.  This week’s Blast from the Past remembers another memorable major league debut.

On April 15, 1959, a 23 year old pitcher named Bob Gibson made his major league debut with the Cardinals, pitching two innings in relief of starter Larry Jackson.  In that debut, Gibson gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, Dodger third baseman Jim Baxes, in the seventh inning.  Though it was not yet known at the time, Gibson would be the first Hall of Fame pitcher to give up a home run to the first batter he faced in the major leagues.

Gibson had signed with the Cardinals in 1957 for $3,000.  There was no player draft in 1959, as the first player draft was not held until June 1965.  Gibson spent his first two years in the minor leagues, mostly with the Cardinals’ Triple-A affiliate in his hometown of Omaha.  Gibson started 1959 on the major league roster and made his debut in the fifth game of the season.

Gibson appeared in one more game, on April 18, and then was sent back to Omaha.  He returned on July 30 and remained on the roster for the rest of the 1959 season.  Gibson earned his first major league win on July 30.

Gibson would do the minor/major league shuffle again in 1960.  He pitched 8 1/3 innings between April 23 and May 11, then was sent back down to the minor leagues. Gibson returned to the majors on June 21 and finished the season with the Cardinals.

Gibson was bounced back and forth between starting and relieving in the first half of the 1961 season, but he was on the roster for the entire season.  He and other African American players suffered at the hands of manager Solly Hemus, who was known to be racist.  Hemus was fired in mid-1961 and was replaced by Johnny Keane, who had managed Gibson in the minor leagues.  Keane immediately switched Gibson to a full time starting role.

Gibson’s Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals spanned 17 years. In that time, he was a nine time All Star, two time Cy Young Award winner, two time World Series MVP, and earned nine Gold Gloves.  Gibson retired from baseball in 1975 and was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1981, his first year of eligibility.

Not bad for a pitcher whose first major league experience was rather ignominious.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Irving Lopez Does it All for the Springfield Cardinals


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 21, 2019

photo: Austin Gomber (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Saturday as Palm Beach and Memphis split doubleheaders. Our Player of the Day is Redbirds left-hander Austin Gomber, who pitched a seven-inning complete game shutout on three hits and with six strikeouts.

Results for games played Saturday, April 20.


Memphis 6, Round Rock 11 (seven innings, Game 1 doubleheader)

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first of a twin bill required by Friday’s rainout, the Redbirds were overcome late by the Express, who feasted on Memphis pitching with four home runs.   Alex Reyes started but was limited to a pitch count of 40 pitches.  Reyes tossed three scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out four and walked one.  In his Memphis rehab debut, Luke Gregerson added a scoreless fourth. From there, the good pitching went sour.

Harold Arauz gave up two solo home runs in the fifth, then pitched a scoreless sixth.  In the seventh, the right hander allowed a leadoff walk and a double.  John Fasola coughed up a double to his first hitter as the two inherited runners scored.  Fasola allowed two runs of his own before recording an out on a sac fly.  Chasen Shreve came in with one out and two runners on.  One runner was eliminated on a force out on the first hitter Shreve faced.  Shreve then gave up a double that plated the last of Fasola’s runners and one of his.  Three more runs scored on back to back home runs.  A total of nine runs came in during the seventh. Two were charged to Arauz, four to Fasola, and three to Shreve.  Fasola received the blown save and the loss.

The Redbirds put up the first run in the first inning on a double by Rangel Ravelo.  Ravelo singled in the second run in the third inning and drove in the third run on a single in the fifth.  Adolis Garcia followed with a three-run home run to take the short-lived 6-2 lead.  Ravelo had three hits and three RBI.

Reyes committed an error on a pickoff attempt.


 Memphis 3, Round Rock 0 (seven innings, Game 2 doubleheader)

Austin Gomber (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Redbirds blanked the Express 3-0.  Memphis got on the board with one run in the second inning via a bases loaded walk by Drew Robinson.  Adolis Garcia’s solo home run in the third put the Redbirds up 2-0.  In the fifth, Rangel Ravelo walked and later scored on a ground rule double off the bat of Edmundo Sosa.  Andrew Knizner had two hits.

Starter Austin Gomber tossed seven scoreless innings. Our Player of the Day allowed three hits, struck out six and walked one to earn his second win of the season.

Johan Mieses had an outfield assist.

The 8-8 Redbirds are in third place, two games out of a share of the division lead.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Jake Woodford (1-0, 1.10) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 3 at NW Arkansas 5 (10 innings)

Conner Capel (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals lost a hard fought extra innings road contest to the Naturals on Saturday.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of the fifth when the Naturals took a 2-0 lead.  The Cardinals responded with a run in the top of the sixth. Back to back singles by Kramer Robertson and Dylan Carlson put a runner on first and second.  Evan Mendoza grounded into a force out, and a throwing error led to Robertson scoring on the play.

A second Cardinals run in the top of the seventh tied the game at 2-2. Conner Capel walked and stole second base.  Capel advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Shane Billings.

The Naturals answered with a run in the bottom half of the seventh.  Springfield tied the game for the second time in the top of the ninth. Capel again got on base with a leadoff single.  Brian O’Keefe was hit by a pitch, moving Capel to second. A double play ball by Scott Hurst on third, and he scored on a passed ball.

Starter Williams Perez hurled six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning nine and walking two.  Connor Jones surrendered the go-ahead run in the seventh. Seth Elledge pitched two scoreless innings following Jones.  Kodi Whitley pitched the 10th, and gave up the winning walk off home run, a two run shot.

Capel stole his first base of the season.  Robertson was caught stealing for the first time.  Mendoza made a throwing error, and Capel had an outfield assist.

Hampered by a leaky bullpen, the 5-12 Cardinals are still looking for their first road win of the season after 10 defeats. They are 7 1/2 games out of the division lead.

Sunday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 6, St. Lucie 0 (seven innings, Game 1 doubleheader)

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Cardinals blanked the Mets at Roger Dean Stadium on Saturday. Starter Johan Oviedo tossed five scoreless innings, scattered six hits, struck out seven and walked one.  Zach Prendergast finished with two scoreless innings of relief.

Palm Beach got on the board in the first inning. Justin Toerner drew a leadoff walk, advanced to second and third on a single and a ground out, and scored on Chase Pinder’s ground out.

In the fourth, Alexis Wilson singled to center and scored on an inside the park home run by Michael Perri.  The Cardinals were up 3-0.

Zach Kirtley led off the fifth with a single and advanced to second on a single by Luken Baker.  Kirtley scored on a Wilson single, and Baker scored on a sac fly by Rayder Ascanio

Bryce Denton singled in the sixth, advanced to third on a double by Kirtley and scored on a wild pitch.  Kirtley had three hits in the contest; Wilson and Perri each had two.

Kirtley committed a throwing error. Toerner had an outfield assist.


Palm Beach 1, St. Lucie 5 (seven innings, Game 2 doubleheader)

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were unable to sweep the doubleheader, as they fell to the Mets by a score of 5-1 in the nightcap.  Starter Edgar Gonzalez had a tough outing that wasn’t helped by two errors from his defense.  Gonzalez pitched five innings and allowed four runs, one earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked two.  Patrick Dayton tossed a scoreless sixth.  Junior Fernandez began the seventh and gave up a run on a walk and a double before Ben Yokley retired the final batter.  Gonzalez took the loss, his third of the season.

The Cardinals posted their only run of the game on Julio Rodriguez’ solo home run in the second inning.  Rodriguez and Bryce Denton went 2-for-3.

Both Cardinals errors were fielding miscues by second baseman Kirtley.  Gonzalez picked off a runner at first base.

The 12-5 Beach Birds share first place with Bradenton (PIT).

Sunday’s game:  Off


Peoria 1 at Burlington 6

Josh Shaw (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the Bees at Community Field in Burlington on Saturday.  Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits, including a home run.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Michael Brettell secured the final two outs of the sixth, and returned for the seventh but surrendered two runs, one earned, on four hits.  Jacob Schlesener pitched the eighth and allowed the final Burlington score.

The Chiefs only run scored in the third.  Delvin Perez reached on a fielding error but was forced out by Edwin Figuera. Figuera stole second then advanced to third on a throwing error. He scored on a single off the bat of Josh Shaw.  Shaw was 2-for-4.

Figuera stole his second base of the season.  The Chiefs committed two errors, a missed catch by Figuera, and a pickoff error by catcher Ivan Herrera.  Wadye Ynfante made an outfield assist at home plate.

The loss took the Chiefs to 5-11 on the season. They are in last place, 6 1/2 games back in the division.

Sunday’s game:   Off


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Irving Lopez Does it All for the Springfield Cardinals


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 20, 2019

photo: Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-2 on Friday. Memphis and Palm Beach were rained out and will be played on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Anthony Shew, who tossed seven innings, giving up only one run on four hits, and striking out five with no walks. He was charged with a loss that was undeserved, let down by his offense.

Results for games played Friday, April 19.


Memphis vs. Round Rock (postponed)

This game was postponed due to rain and will be made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader, with first pitch at 4:35 pm.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Round Rock, Alex Reyes (1-0, 0.00) 4:35 CT (Game 1), Austin Gomber (1-0, 4.70) (Game 2)


Springfield 0 at NW Arkansas 1

Anthony Shew (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Naturals in Springdale on Friday.  The Springfield offense was shut down by Naturals pitchers, as they scattered only four hits.  The only extra base hit was a double off the bat of Evan Mendoza.  Mendoza also singled to go 2-for-4. Chris Chinea and Jose Godoy each singled.  The only other offensive happening occurred when Dylan Carlson was picked off first base.

Starter Anthony Shew pitched very well but still took the loss.  Shew went seven innings and gave up only one run on four hits, while striking out five.  Jacob Patterson closed out the game with a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals went to 5-11 on the season and 0-9 on the road with this loss. They are 3-6 in one-run games.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Williams Perez (1-1, 9.75) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach vs. St. Lucie (postponed)

This game was postponed due to rain and wind and will be made up on Saturday as part of a doubleheader, with first pitch at 4:30 pm.

Saturday’s games:  vs. St. Lucie, Johan Oviedo (2-0, 2.25) 4:30 CT (Game 1), TBA (Game 2)


Peoria 3 at Burlington 4

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a close contest at Community Field in Burlington.  Starter Diego Cordero had a good outing, going 6 1/3 innings while giving up only one run on six hits.  The left-hander fanned five and walked one.

Bullpen failure cost Peoria the win. With the score 2-1 in in favor of the Chiefs, Sebastian Tabata relieved Cordero in the seventh and closed the inning. Tabata returned to start the eighth and walked the first batter, who stole second and advanced to third on a wild pitch. Tabata struck out the second hitter, but what followed was a second walk, another wild pitch, and a third walk. With the bases loaded, Tabata issued his fourth walk and a run scored to tie the game. A fifth walk gave Burlington the lead. Tabata was replaced by Thomas St. Clair. A sac fly scored the third run of the inning, charged to Tabata, before St. Clair secured the third out. Tabata was charged with the loss.

The Chiefs offense entered the fifth inning behind 1-0.  Brandon Riley led off with a walk and Zach Jackson reached on an error.  Delvin Perez grounded into a force out and Riley scored to tie the game.

The Chiefs briefly took the lead in the eighth after Lars Nootbaar drew a walk and Nolan Gorman singled.  Leandro Cedeño was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Nootbaar scored on Brendan Donovan’s sac fly.

In the ninth, with the Chiefs down 4-2, Jackson’s solo home run to right to brought the Chiefs to within, but that is how it ended.

Riley stole his second base of the season and had an outfield assist. Delvin Perez committed a throwing error, his fourth miscue of 2019.

The loss took the Chiefs to 5-10 on the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, Kyle Leahy (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Irving Lopez Does it All for the Springfield Cardinals


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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

photo: Marcell Ozuna (Orlando Ramirez/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals swept the Dodgers at home and split with the Reds in Monterrey, Mexico. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna has five home runs and 10 RBI in his last seven games, but his defense remains shaky. In our weekly history feature, recent Cardinals players from Mexico are remembered, with special focus on six-time All-Star pitcher Fernando Valenzuela.


Game recaps

Monday, April 8 – Cardinals 4, Dodgers 3

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A hot, first-place Dodgers team arrived in St. Louis for a four-game series that opened on Monday.  In the first contest, the Cardinals edged the Dodgers.

Starter Miles Mikolas earned the win with a six-inning outing.  The right hander yielded three runs on five hits, fanned three and walked one. The win was his first of the season.  John Gant pitched two scoreless innings in relief and Jordan Hicks finished with a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the first, but the Cardinals answered with two runs to tie in the bottom half of the frame.  After Jose Martinez reached base on a force out, Marcell Ozuna launched a two-run bomb to left field.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the sixth, after the Dodgers took a 3-2 lead in the fifth.  In the sixth, Matt Carpenter led off with a single.  Following a walk to Paul Goldschmidt, Jose Martinez singled to left and Carpenter scored to tie the game.  Marcell Ozuna grounded into a double play, sending Goldschmidt to third.  With Paul DeJong at the plate, a wild pitch brought Goldschmidt home for the winning run.

DeJong was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.  Harrison Bader threw a runner out at second base for an outfield assist to complete a double play.


Tuesday, April 9 – Cardinals 4, Dodgers 0

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals blanked the Dodgers in the second of the four-game set at Busch Stadium.  The offense began in the first inning, when Paul DeJong doubled to left and Yadier Molina drove him in on a ground rule double.  Molina continued to drive in runs in the third, with another double to plate both Pauls (Goldschmidt and DeJong).  Goldschmidt hammered the final nail in the Dodgers coffin with a solo home run to left field in the sixth.

DeJong and Molina each contributed two hits to the win.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 4 2/3 hard-fought scoreless innings.  At times the young right hander appeared to be laboring to get out of jams but escape them he did.  Hudson struck out four but also walked four. John Brebbia relieved with two outs in the fifth and got the final out and returned to pitch a scoreless sixth. John Gant added a run-free seventh.  Mike Mayers and Andrew Miller combined for a scoreless eighth and Dominic Leone finished the game with a clean ninth.  Brebbia was awarded the win.

Matt Carpenter committed a fielding error and DeJong stole his first base of the season.

In the eighth inning, Marcell Ozuna made a highlight play in left field for the wrong reason. Perhaps his heart was in the right place, but his execution was way off. The runner did not score, however.


Wednesday, April 10 – Cardinals 7, Dodgers 2

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals continued to pound the Dodgers into submission in the third game of the series.  Starter Jack Flaherty kept the visitors’ offense at bay through five scoreless innings. The right hander finally gave up a run in the sixth, his final inning, on a solo home run by Joc Pederson.  Left hander Tyler Webb surrendered the second run in the seventh on another solo home run.  Mayers relieved Webb with one out in the seventh and finished the inning without further damage.  John Brebbia pitched a quiet eighth and Dominic Leone followed with a scoreless ninth.  Flaherty earned his first win of the season.

The offense put one run on the board in the second inning.  Marcell Ozuna led off with a double and then stole third base.  As Yadier Molina grounded out, Ozuna scored.  Back to back singles by Paul DeJong and Ozuna in the fourth led to DeJong scoring on Dexter Fowler’s single.

After the Dodgers finally scored in the sixth, the Redbirds answered with three runs in the bottom frame. Paul Goldschmidt led off with a single and DeJong tripled to left, bringing Goldschmidt home.  With DeJong on third, Molina smacked a two-run home run to center field.

One final long ball added two in the eighth as DeJong singled and Ozuna blasted a home run to left.

Ozuna’s game was rounded out with his second stolen base of the season.


Thursday, April 11 – Cardinals 11, Dodgers 7

Matt Wieters (St. Louis Cardinals)

The brooms made their appearance in St. Louis on Thursday as the Cardinals completed the series by sweeping the Dodgers in a four-game home series for the first time since 2010.

The Dodgers bats finally game alive in the finale, but the Cardinals out-slugged them despite starting multiple reserves. The Dodgers took a 3-0 lead with one run in the first inning, and two more in the second.  The Cardinals responded with four runs in the bottom of the second.

Back to back singles by Jose Martinez and Tyler O’Neill and Jedd Gyorko’s walk loaded the bases for Harrison Bader.  Bader was hit by a pitch and Martinez scored.  Matt Wieters’ sac fly plated O’Neill. With runners on first and second, Michael Wacha laid down a sac bunt.  A wild pitch sent both Gyorko and Bader home.

The Cardinals increased their lead with a run in the third on RBI single by Gyorko.  In the fifth, Harrison Bader was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded for the second time in the game.  Wieters plated two on a single to right.  Martinez added a run in the sixth on a double to right and later scored a second run in the inning on another wild pitch.  Martinez had four hits and scored three times.  DeJong and O’Neill each had two hits.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched only 3 2/3 innings.  The right hander gave up seven runs on eight hits, including three long balls.  Wacha fanned three and walked one. The pen finished with scoreless pitching. Giovanny Gallegos and Tyler Webb each tossed 1 1/3 innings. John Gant added 1 2/3 scoreless innings and Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless ninth. Gallegos got the win.

Wieters and Kolten Wong each stole a base.


Friday, April 12 – Off day


Saturday, April 13 – Cardinals 2 at Reds 5

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals took on the Reds in a special two-game series played in Monterrey, Mexico.  The Reds were the home team.

The opener was a disappointing loss for the Cardinals.  It started fine, as St. Louis took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Adam Wainwright drove in Dexter Fowler, who earlier doubled to center.  The 1-0 lead remained until the sixth.  Wainwright was tossing a no-hitter through the fifth, but in the sixth, Jesse Winker got him for a solo home run to break up the no-no and tie the game.  Derek Dietrich hit the second long ball off Wainwright to begin the seventh, and that was it for the veteran right hander.  John Brebbia came in and retired the next three batters.  Tyler Webb began the eighth but gave up a lead off triple and a walk.  Mike Mayers retired his first two batters, but surrendered a single and a triple that scored the two inherited runners.

Kolten Wong hit a solo home run in the ninth to bring the score to 5-2 but that was it for the offense.  Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt had two hits each, but neither scored nor drove in a run.

Wong stole his fourth base of the season.


Sunday, April 14 – Cardinals 9 at Reds 5

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The outcome of the second and final game of the Mexico Series was a hard fought win for St. Louis.  It began well, as the Cardinals scored four runs in the first off Reds starter Anthony DeSclafani.  Matt Carpenter walked and Paul Goldschmidt doubled to left.  Paul DeJong reached on a fielder’s choice, as Carpenter was out at home.  Marcell Ozuna then blasted a three-run home run to right field.  Tyler O’Neill contributed a solo home run to the cause for a 4-0 lead.

The score remained 4-0 until the bottom of the fifth.  Matt Carpenter committed a throwing error on a routine ground out to third and Ozuna kicked a ball in left, with the mistakes leading to a big inning for the Reds.  Four runs scored on a double and a three-run home run to tie the game 4-4.

The Cardinals took the lead with a five-run seventh.  Carpenter atoned for his error with a lead off solo home run.  Marcell Ozuna hit a rocket way up into the left field stands.  Yadier Molina singled, Tyler O’Neill walked and Dexter Fowler singled to load the bases. Kolten Wong drew a walk and Molina scored.  Pinch hitter Jose Martinez single to center to plate O’Neill and Fowler to bring the score to 9-4.  The Reds added a run in the eighth, but the Cardinals prevailed 9-5.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  He fanned three and walked one.  John Gant pitched a scoreless sixth to earn the win.  Dominic Leone contributed a run-free seventh.  Mexico native Giovanny Gallegos started the eighth and gave up a solo home run to the first batter he faced, Yasiel Puig.  He recovered to strike out the second batter.  Andrew Miller got the second out of the inning, and Jordan Hicks secured the final four outs to earn his third save.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 5-1.  A four-game sweep of the Dodgers and a split of the pair with the Reds left the Cardinals with an overall record of 9-6.  The Cardinals are in second place in the NL Central, a half game back of the Brewers.

The bullpen continues to be the bright spot, with an ERA of 3.21, third in the NL behind the Giants and the Reds.  The starters ERA is 4.40, sixth in the NL.  Michael Wacha had a short outing on Thursday.  He surrendered three home runs in his start, following an eight walk start the week before.  Wainwright took a no hitter into the sixth on Friday.  Wainwright’s last two starts have been much better than his first.

After a slow start, Marcell Ozuna’s bat has heated up.  He has five home runs and 11 RBI, with all the runs driven in his last eight games.  Paul Goldschmidt’s bat has cooled off since the first series in Milwaukee, though he had three hits in the Mexico Series.  Kolten Wong and Paul DeJong are leading the team in overall offense, with Goldschmidt and Ozuna right behind.

The defense has been mostly good.  There was some ugly defense in the Mexico Series, however. There has also been some questionable base running.

The Cardinals play in Milwaukee to begin the week, then end the period at home against the Mets.  Both teams are tough, so the Cardinals need to tighten some things up that went wrong in the Mexico Series.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 10 6 0.625
St. Louis 9 6 0.600 0.5
Pittsburgh 8 6 0.571 1
Chicago 5 9 0.357 4
Cincinnati 5 9 0.357 4

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 4/9 Rule 5 pick RHP Chris Ellis was returned to the Cardinals from the Kansas City Royals and assigned to extended spring training.
  • 4/12 The Cardinals shifted RHP Luke Gregerson’s rehab assignment from the Palm Beach Cardinals to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 4/13 The Cardinals recalled SS Yairo Munoz from the Memphis Redbirds as the 26th player for the Mexico Series only. He returned to Triple-A following the two games in Monterrey.

Carlos Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in early spring training and began the season on the 10 day injured list. Martinez threw a 20 pitch bullpen session on April 12 and is scheduled for a second session on April 15.  Martinez may return to the roster sometime in May in a role to be determined.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) began the season on the injured list. Gregerson has moved up in his rehab assignment to Springfield. Gregerson could possibly return to the roster sometime in late April.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60-day injured list on March 28. Cecil had surgery to address carpal tunnel syndrome.  No timetable for a return has been set.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) began the season on the 10 day injured list. Williams has begun swinging a bat.
  • CF Harrison Bader tweaked his right hamstring on an OF play in Saturday’s game in Monterrey, Mexico. Bader was not in the lineup for Sunday’s game and is considered day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals left Mexico on Sunday night and return to Milwaukee to play the Brewers on Monday, April 15 in a three-game series.  Dakota Hudson is scheduled to make the Monday start, Jack Flaherty will start on Tuesday and Michael Wacha takes the mound on Wednesday.

After a Thursday travel day, the Redbirds return home for a weekend series against the New York Mets. The homestand continues as the Brewers come to Busch Stadium for three games.  After an off day on Thursday, the Reds travel in to St. Louis for a weekend set.

To end the month of April, the Cardinals travel to the Washington, DC to play the Nationals in a four-game series.  The team then travels to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs for the first action against Chicago this season. The Pirates then come to town for a four-game series at Busch.

Following the Cubs series, the Redbirds return to St. Louis for three against the visiting Phillies.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals played a series against the Cincinnati Reds in Monterrey, Mexico over the weekend.  This conjured up memories of Mexican players of the past who played for the Cardinals.

Most recently in the past were Mexican-born Jaime Garcia, as well as reliever Fernando Salas.

Garcia has retired from baseball, and Salas now plays in the Mexican League, having been released from the Atlanta Braves in August 2018.  The Cardinals currently have on their roster one Mexican born player, reliever Giovanny Gallegos, who made an appearance on Sunday.

Fernando Valenzuela, 1997

The most famous of Mexican players in Cardinals history is another Fernando, Fernando Valenzuela, who is by far most known for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers, from 1980-90.  He spent 17 seasons in the major leagues with six teams in that span.  The last team he played for before retiring in 1997 was the Cardinals, albeit very briefly.

Valenzuela was a six-time All Star, a Cy Young Award winner and NL Rookie of the Year honoree in the Dodgers World Series winning season of 1981. He won a Gold Glove in 1986 and Silver Sluggers in 1981 and 1983.  He has one no-hitter on his resume, pitched, ironically, against the Cardinals on June 29, 1990.  That season was his last with the Dodgers.  He went on to play for the Angels, Orioles, Phillies, and Padres, before his last hurrah with the Cardinals in 1997.

Valenzuela was in fact hardly a Cardinal, but he wore the Birds on the Bat, so he can be claimed.  St. Louis had him on the roster for a month, after a trade with the San Diego Padres in June 1997.

The left handed pitcher started five games for the Cardinals, going 0-4 with an ERA of 5.56.  He was a shell of his former self, and was released a month later, on July 15, 1997.

His brief stint with the Cardinals had no lasting impact and he contributed little in comparison to the careers of Garcia and Salas.  However, as most Cardinal fans would say, “once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal”.

Valenzuela currently works as a color commentator for Spanish language radio with the Dodgers SportsNet LA.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

TCN’s Monthly Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Rankings – April 2019


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 14, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-1 on Saturday, with Peoria splitting a doubleheader. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach first baseman Zach Kirtley, who went 2-for-5 including a grand slam. Other standouts include Elehuris Montero, Austin Warner, Diego Cordero, Lars Nootbaar and Nolan Gorman.

Results for games played Saturday, April 13.


Memphis 9 at Round Rock 4

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Saturday, the Redbirds defeated the Express in the second game of the four-game road series.  In his Memphis debut, starter Harold Arauz was the winner, though the right hander gave up all four of the Round Rock runs on eight hits in six innings pitched.  Arauz struck out four and walked four. Chasen Shreve, Jesus Cruz (another Triple-A debut), and John Fasola each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Memphis got on the board first with a run in the third inning on a ground ball single from Adolis Garcia that scored Tommy Edman.  Edman led off the inning with a single.

Though the Express added three in the next two innings to take the lead, the Redbirds roared back with eight runs in the top of the fifth.  Edman again led off with a single, the stole second and advanced to third on Lane Thomas’ single.  Edman scored on a ground out by Rangel Ravelo, John Nogowski singled, and Thomas scored on a Garcia single.  Drew Robinson walked and Ramon Urias plated Nogowski, Garcia, and Robinson on a double to center. Urias later scored on Joe Hudson’s single.  The lineup batted around and came back to Edman who doubled to right.  A Thomas single brought Hudson and Edman home.

Edman and Thomas each had three hits. Nogowski contributed two hits, as did Garcia and Hudson.  Urias drove in three, while Thomas and Garcia plated two each.

On the base paths, Edman stole two bases and Thomas one.  Robinson made a fielding error and catcher Hudson picked a runner off first base.

The win takes Memphis to a record of 4-6.

Sunday’s game: at Round Rock, Austin Gomber (1-0, 3.27) 1:05 CT.


Springfield 4, NW Arkansas 3 (11 innings)

Austin Warner (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Naturals in extra innings on Saturday.  Springfield carried a 1-0 lead into the eighth before NW Arkansas tied it up.  The first Cardinal run came in the second inning when Elehuris Montero walked and Chris Chinea doubled to left to bring Montero home.

The Naturals took a 2-1 lead in the 10th.  The Cardinals tied it up again with a run in the bottom of the inning.  Connor Capel began the inning on second pursuant to the extra innings rule and was driven in three batters later on a sac fly by Dylan Carlson.

The Naturals added a run in the top of the 11th to retake the lead, but the stalwart Cardinals responded with two runs in the bottom frame to walk it off.  With Evan Mendoza on second, Johan Mieses was hit by a pitch and Brian O’Keefe walked.  Montero followed with a double to center that scored Mendoza and Mieses.

Springfield starter Austin Warner tossed five scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.  Warner fanned four and walked four. Roel Ramirez followed with three innings of relief but blew the save by surrendering the tying run.  Kodi Whitley pitched the next two innings and gave up the game leading run in the 10th.  Jacob Patterson pitched the 11th and allowed the second game tying run but was bailed out by the offense in the bottom of the 11th to receive the win.

Mendoza stole his first base of the season.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Anthony Shew (0-1, 1.80) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 7 at Charlotte 1

Angel Rondon (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals blew past the Stone Crabs in Charlotte on Saturday in the second of the three game set. Starter Angel Rondon allowed only one run on one hit in five innings while fanning three and walking three.  Relievers Ben Yokley, Bryan Dobzanski, and Patrick Dayton tossed the remaining four innings.  Dobzanski walked two batters without recording an out, but Dayton was able to come in and limit the damage in 1 1/3 innings to close out the victory.

Charlotte took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Cardinals responded with two runs in the top of the third to go ahead.  Justin Toerner hit a two-run home run following a single to left by Rayder Ascanio to take the 2-1 lead.  Palm Beach increased the lead with four runs in the fifth.  Beginning with a lead off walk by Chase Pinder, then a double by Ascanio, the bases became juiced when Toerner was intentionally walked.  Zach Kirtley came to the plate and crushed the first pitch to left center field for a grand slam.  Kirtley hit a single in the ninth, and a throwing error on the play led to Toerner scoring the final run.

In addition to the two hits from Kirtley, Pinder, Ascanio, and Yariel Gonzalez also contributed two hits to the cause.  Toerner drove in two and scored three times.

Toerner’s day was marred slightly by a caught stealing, his second of the season.

Palm Beach moves to 8-2 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, Johan Oviedo (1-0, 1.80) 9:30 am CT.


Peoria 3 at Kane County 9 (seven innings, Game 1 doubleheader)

Lars Nootbaar (State College Spikes)

In the first game of a twin bill, the Chiefs were overwhelmed by a hot Cougars offense on Saturday.  Chiefs pitching could not quiet the Kane County bats, as starter Cole Aker lasted only 3 1/3 innings, in which he gave up all nine runs on five hits, including four long balls.  The right hander struck out four and walked four and took the loss, his first of the season.  Right handed reliever Noel De Jesus provided 2 2/3 scoreless innings to finish.

The Chiefs put one run on the board in the second inning.  Lars Nootbaar led off with a single to left and Ivan Herrera followed suit with a single to center.  With Nootbaar at third, Wadye Ynfante grounded into a double play and Nootbaar scored.  Two runs were added in the sixth when Nootbaar blasted a two run home run to right center field.


Peoria 1 at Kane County 0 (seven innings, Game 2 doubleheader)

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The second game of the doubleheader featured much less offense than the first.  The Chiefs held onto a 1-0 lead to take the split.

Starter Diego Cordero tossed 6 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his first win of the season.  Cordero scattered five hits, struck out three and walked two. Sebastian Tabata retired the only batter he faced for the last out, earning his first save of the season.

There was no offense to speak of on either side.  The Chiefs had three hits while the Cougars had five.  The game was scoreless until the final inning, when Chiefs third sacker and top Cardinals prospect Nolan Gorman sent a baseball into orbit over the center field wall for a solo home run. It was his fourth long ball in 10 games.

In other game happenings, Lars Nootbaar was caught stealing for the first time in the season and Delvin Perez committed a fielding error.  Right fielder Leandro Cedeño threw a runner out at second base for an assist.

Sunday’s game:   No game scheduled as Saturday’s doubleheader was played in anticipation of bad weather on Sunday.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

TCN’s Monthly Cardinals Top 50 Prospect Rankings – April 2019


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 13, 2019

photo: Evan Mendoza (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield first baseman Evan Mendoza, who drove in three during his 2-for-4 night. Palm Beach also won to improve to 7-2.

Results for games played Friday, April 12.


Memphis 2 at Round Rock 4

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds battled with the Express but came up short on Friday night.  Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on seven hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked three.  Hunter Cervenka followed with a scoreless inning. Ryan Meisinger surrendered two runs in the eighth and took the loss.  Tommy Layne gave up a two-run home run (one inherited) before getting a popout to end the inning.

The offense went into the sixth inning behind 1-0.  Rangel Ravelo doubled to center to plate Drew Robinson, who reached base with a walk.  With the score tied 1-1 in the eighth, Joe Hudson thumped a solo home run to left center.  Hudson went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in the loss.

Robinson committed two fielding errors.  Adolis Garcia gunned down a runner at home for an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 3-6 in the young season.

Saturday’s game: at Round Rock, Harold Arauz (0-0, 0.00) 6:06 CT.


Springfield 11, NW Arkansas 7

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated the Naturals in a slugfest at Hammons Field on Friday.  Springfield offense scored 11 runs on 11 hits.  The Naturals took a 3-0 lead in the third, but the Cardinals answered with four runs in the fourth. Elehuris Montero blasted a two-run home run after Brian O’Keefe led off with a walk.  Two batters later Jose Godoy added two runs with his own long ball to right field.  Springfield increased their lead to 6-3 with two runs in the seventh on a sac fly by Evan Mendoza and a solo home run off the bat of O’Keefe.

NW Arkansas took the lead back with four runs in the top of the eighth.  The Cardinals responded with five runs in the bottom frame.  A single by Montero followed by a double from Scott Hurst led to Godoy driving in Montero on a single.  Irving Lopez was intentionally walked, and Dylan Carlson reached on a fielder’s choice with a fielding error that scored Hurst and Godoy.  Mendoza then singled to bring Lopez and Carlson home.

Mendoza, O’Keefe, Montero, and Godoy each contributed two hits to the winning effort.  Mendoza drove in three, Montero and Godoy plated two.

Starter Casey Meisner lasted only three innings. He gave up three runs on five hits, though he did strike out six Naturals.  Luke Gregerson, on a rehab assignment, pitched a scoreless fourth. Mike O’Reilly surrendered two runs in 3 1/3 innings of relief. Seth Elledge hurled the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed two runs.  Elledge was tagged with a blown save but got the win.

Conner Capel made his first error of the season, a throwing miscue.

The Cardinals went to 2-7 on the season with the win.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Austin Warner (0-1, 11.25) 12:10 pm CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 2

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

The Cardinals were the victors in Charlotte on Friday behind the pitching efforts of starter Perry DellaValle and relievers Ronnie Williams and Bryan Dobzanski.  DellaValle tossed a quality start with two runs allowed in his six-inning outing.  The right hander gave up seven hits but struck out six without walking a batter.  Williams pitched two scoreless innings followed a scoreless frame from Dobzanski.  DellaValle earned his first win of the season.

The Palm Beach offense put up one run in the first on a passed ball. Justin Toerner scored from third after he led off with a single and advanced on a sac bunt and a ground out.  Charlotte tied it up in the second then took the 2-1 lead in the fifth.  In the sixth the Cardinals added three runs.  The inning began with a Nick Dunn single, followed by walk by Luken Baker. Yariel Gonzalez doubled to score Dunn and Baker scored on Nick Plummer’s sac fly.  Julio Rodriguez plated Gonzalez on a single.

The Cardinals added to their lead with two runs in the seventh.  Toerner singled and Zach Kirtley doubled him home.  Dunn then plated Kirtley on a bloop single to right.

Toerner had a 3-for-4 night and scored twice.  Dunn, Gonzalez and Rodriguez collected two hits apiece.

Dunn was caught stealing for the first time in the season.  Kirtley made a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 7-2 to begin the season.

Saturday’s game:  at Charlotte, Angel Rondon (1-0, 0.00) 5:00 CT


Peoria 2 at Kane County 12

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs took a pounding from the Kane County Cougars on Friday.  The bright spot in the drubbing was top prospect Nolan Gorman blasting a two-run home to right field for his third blast in eight games.  Gorman provided the only scoring for Peoria and contributed two hits.  Delvin Perez also had two hits.

Jacob Schlesener took the loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits. The lefty did not survive the first inning, after hitting his first batter and giving up a home run, a single and two walks.  Franyel Casadilla came in with one out in the inning and limited the damage by retiring the next two batters.  Casadilla went 4 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Freddy Pacheco started the sixth inning and exited after only securing one out.  Three walks, a wild pitch, a hit by pitch, a single and a double resulted in five runs crossing the plate.  Chris Hunt got the final two outs.  Hunt finished the game and surrendered two runs, one earned in 2 2/3 innings pitched.

Perez was picked off and caught stealing for the third time season.  The Chiefs committed five errors in the field. Leandro Cedeno and Zach Jackson made throwing miscues.  Fielding errors were made by Gorman, Perez and Wadye Ynfante.

The loss dropped the Chiefs to 3-5 on the season.  Peoria will play a doubleheader on Saturday in an attempt to avoid impending bad weather.

Saturday’s games:  Game 1 at Kane County, Cole Aker (0-0, 1.93) 1:00 CT, Game 2 Diego Cordero (0-1, 6.75) following Game 1.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Friday 10-Pack of Transactions


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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

photo: John Gant (Michael McLoone/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals managed a 3-2 week, but lost a home series to San Diego as the bullpen struggled. John Gant earned a win and save in two extra-inning victories in Pittsburgh. In our weekly history feature, the worst-starting Cardinals team of all time, the 1997 club, is remembered.


Game recaps

Monday, April 1 – Cardinals 6 at Pirates 5 (11 innings)

Jordan Hicks (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals played two at the Pittsburgh Pirates to begin the first full week of the season.  Monday was the Pirates home opener but the Cardinals soured it for them with an extra inning comeback win.

Adam Wainwright took the mound for his first start of the season.  It was a disappointing outing for the veteran, as Wainwright pitched four inconsistent innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Four was also the number of walks he issued, with only three strikeouts.

It took six pitchers to complete the 11 inning game, but they delivered an outstanding collective effort.  First up after Wainwright was John Brebbia, who tossed two scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.  Andrew Miller was brought in to get the final out, but he was unable to record it.  Miller walked the first batter and hit the second with a pitch.  Mike Mayers got the final out of the seventh.  Mayers gave up a leadoff home run in the eighth.  The right hander hit a batter and gave up a single but no further runs scored.  Winning pitcher Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth and 10th.  John Gant closed with a scoreless 11th for the save.

The Cardinals fell behind 4-0 in the first three innings and the offense failed to score until the seventh, when Kolten Wong hit a two-run home run.  Harrison Bader singled, Tyler O’Neill reached on an error, and Matt Carpenter walked to load the bases.  Paul Goldschmidt drew a walk and Bader scored.

Jose Martinez tied the game in the ninth on an RBI double.  In the 11th, the winning run scored in an anti-climactic fashion, when Paul DeJong ran in from third on a passed ball.

The game also featured Dexter Fowler caught stealing, and a fielding error by Bader.


Tuesday, April 2 – Off day


Wednesday, April 3 – Cardinals 5 at Pirates 4 (10 innings)

Kolten Wong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

It was déjà vu in Game 2, as the Cardinals mounted an extra inning comeback again.  It followed the same formula, with the Cardinals falling behind early, 3-0.  Again, it was the seventh inning when the comeback began.

Paul DeJong opened the inning with a solo home run to left center field.  Kolten Wong led off the eighth with a walk and Harrison Bader followed with a two run shot to center field to tie the game.

As the game went into extra innings, Wong hit a lead-off triple and Bader walked.  Tyler O’Neill followed with a ground ball single that scored Wong for a 5-4 lead.  Two batters later Bader scored from third on a wild pitch to add an insurance run.

The Pirates added one run in the bottom of the 10th, so the extra run in the top of the inning proved to be decisive.

Starter Miles Mikolas tossed five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, one of which was a home run.  The right hander struck out two and walked two. Dominic Leone, Mike Mayers, Andrew Miller, and John Gant combined for four scoreless innings.  Alex Reyes began the 10th and gave up a run while recording one out.  Dakota Hudson came in to get the final two outs to earn the save.  Gant was the winning pitcher.

Dexter Fowler stole his first base of the season, but also made a fielding error.


Thursday, April 4 – Off day

St. Louis’ home opener was scheduled for Thursday, but rain resulted in a postponement until Friday.


Friday, April 5 – Cardinals 3, Padres 5

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The delayed home opener was, as always, a winner in terms of pomp and circumstance, but it was not a winner in terms of the baseball played.  The first of the three-game series with the Padres began with disappointment.

Jack Flaherty took the mound, and he was not a disappointment.  The young right hander pitched five scoreless innings, allowing six hits, fanning six and walking two.  The bullpen was less than stellar, however.  Dominic Leone surrendered two runs in the six and was tagged with a blown save.  Alex Reyes gave up three runs on a two run home run and three walks to take the loss.  John Brebbia finished with two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals offense took the early lead via Paul DeJong’s solo home run in the fourth inning.  Marcell Ozuna’s RBI single in the sixth, and Paul Goldschmidt’s solo home run in the eighth were not enough to overcome the Padres lead.  The Goldschmidt home run was his fifth and the first at Busch Stadium for the new first baseman.


Saturday, April 6 – Cardinals 4, Padres 6

Saturday’s game was another bitter pill to swallow, as the Cardinals bullpen coughed up another lead.

St. Louis got on the board in the second inning.  Yadier Molina led off with a single, Dexter Fowler reached on an error and both runners advanced.  Kolten Wong’s sacrifice fly plated Molina to give the Redbirds a 1-0 lead.  In the fifth, after Matt Carpenter singled, Marcell Ozuna hit a two run home run, his first of the season.  The Cardinals led 3-1, as the Padres scored one run in the first.

The Padres scored again in the seventh and four runs in the eighth to steal the lead.  The Cardinals added another run in the bottom of the eighth on Tyler O’Neill’s RBI single, but it wasn’t enough.

Michael Wacha had a rocky start, but despite eight walks, managed to keep the Cardinals in the game by giving up only one run, on three hits.  Wacha fanned seven in 5 2/3 innings.  John Gant followed and surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings.  Andrew Miller entered in the eighth and was pounded for four runs, three earned, on two hits, while recording two outs.  The runs came on two home runs. Mike Mayers got the final out of the eighth and pitched a scoreless ninth.  Miller was charged with the loss and a blown save.

Paul Goldschmidt made a fielding error after failing to catch a popup in foul territory.  It was his second miscue of the season.


Sunday, April 7 – Cardinals 4, Padres 1

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals avoided the sweep with a 4-1 victory on Sunday. Adam Wainwright pitched like the Wainwright of old, going six innings and giving up one run on five hits.  The veteran right hander fanned nine and issued no walks while picking up the first win by a Cardinals starter this season to date.  John Brebbia, Andrew Miller, and Jordan Hicks combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Though the Padres took the early 1-0 lead, the Cardinals offense got on the board in the fourth on Paul DeJong’s two-run double.  Matt Carpenter walked, and Paul Goldschmidt reached on a fielding error ahead of DeJong.  The Cardinals took the 2-1 lead and never relinquished it.

In the seventh, back to back singles by Kolten Wong and Jose Martinez led to Matt Carpenter’s sac fly. In the eighth, Yadier Molina singled for his third hit of the game and advanced to third on Harrison Bader’s single.  A base running blunder by Bader took him off the bases.  With Molina on third, Kolten Wong executed a perfect two-out drag bunt RBI single to give the Cardinals the 4-1 lead.

Wong and Bader had two hits each.

Molina made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt at second base.  Bader had a magnificent outfield assist, throwing a runner out at third with a bullet throw from the outfield.  The assist stopped a potential scoring situation.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals continue with a slow start to the season, ending the week 3-2 and losing the home series with the Padres.  The hot Padres combined with a struggling pitching staff was the recipe for the losses. St. Louis managed two wins in Pittsburgh against perhaps the weakest team in the division, but had to go extra innings both times. Nothing has appeared easy in the early going.

Starting pitching, which was rough in the first go-round of the rotation, improved in round two.  Wainwright and Flaherty pitched much better in their second starts, Mikolas mildly improved, and Wacha remained fairly consistent, though the eight walks in his second start were concerning.  Due to many off days, Dakota Hudson’s second start was skipped.  He will start this week against the Dodgers.

The bullpen, however, has struggled.  Andrew Miller hasn’t looked good, and Alex Reyes struggled enough in his outings to merit a demotion to the minor leagues to get more work.  Jordan Hicks had a rough outing, but he pitched well on Sunday.  John Brebbia has pitched well, earning him opportunities in higher leverage situations.

The offense was meager in the Padres series.  It didn’t help that the bullpen coughed up what small leads the offense managed.  The bottom of the lineup has produced, while the rest of the lineup has been hit or miss. Wong at .433 is the only regular hitting for higher average than Harrison Bader’s .269. The rest of the lineup is at .231 and below.

Errors came from unusual quarters, as Gold Glove first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has made two and the generally consistent Bader has also struggled with some outfield plays and made at least one bad decision on the bases.

St. Louis finished the week in third place behind the Brewers and the Pirates with a record of 4-5.  The Cardinals face the hot Dodgers this week but end the week with the struggling Reds, a team they took advantage of in April 2018. Will it repeat?


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 8 2 0.800
Pittsburgh 5 3 0.625 2
St. Louis 4 5 0.444 3.5
Chicago 2 7 0.222 5.5
Cincinnati 1 8 0.111 6.5

Cardinals strengthen struggling bullpen

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals announced on Sunday that they optioned RHP Alex Reyes and infielder Yairo Muñoz to Memphis.

Reyes has struggled in the early season.  Over his last three appearances, the right-hander allowed five earned runs and issued six walks.  The demotion is expected to be of short duration, and is meant to give Reyes more scheduled work to improve what ails him.  The right hander began the season in the bullpen after essentially not pitching in two years.  The Cardinals plan to have Reyes pitch to build up to 30-40 pitches per outing.  There are no plans at the moment to transition Reyes into a starting role.

Munoz’ demotion is a result of a need for fresh arms for the bullpen.  The Cardinals called RHP Giovanny Gallegos and LHP Tyler Webb in the corresponding moves.  Munoz may return to the roster for the series in Mexico at the end of the week, as the teams are allowed to have an extra player on the roster for that series.  The rule that an optioned player must stay in the minors for 10 days will be waived in this instance.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 4/4 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.
  • 4/4 The Cardinals optioned 3B Drew Robinson to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/5 The Cardinals activated 3B Jedd Gyorko from the 10 day injured list.
  • 4/7 The Cardinals optioned RHP Alex Reyes to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/7 The Cardinals optioned SS Yairo Munoz to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/7 The Cardinals recalled RHP Giovanny Gallegos from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 4/7 The Cardinals recalled LHP Tyler Webb from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

Carlos Martinez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in early spring training and began the season on the 10 day injured list. Martinez is on a throwing program and will throw off the mound during the week of April 8.  Martinez may return to the roster sometime in May.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) began the season on the injured list. Gregerson has been sent on a rehab assignment to Palm Beach and could possibly return to the roster sometime in April.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) has been placed on the 60 day injured list on March 28. Cecil has been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period after surgery for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.  No timetable for a return has been set.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) began the season on the 10 day injured list. Williams has begun swinging a bat.

Looking Ahead

The Dodgers come to town on Monday for a four-game series.  The Cardinals have another Friday off day following that series to travel to Monterrey, Mexico for two games with the Cincinnati Reds.  Miles Mikolas is scheduled for the Monday start. Dakota Hudson will take the ball on Tuesday, followed by Jack Flaherty on Wednesday and Michael Wacha on Thursday.

The Cardinals return to Milwaukee to play the Brewers on Monday, April 15, opening a three game series.  After a Thursday travel day, the Redbirds return home for a weekend set against the New York Mets.

The homestand continues as the Brewers come to Busch Stadium for a three game series starting on Monday the 22nd.  After an off day on Thursday, the Reds travel in to St. Louis for a weekend series.

To end the month of April, the Cardinals travel to the Washington DC, to play the Nationals for four games.  The team then travels to Wrigley Field to take on the Cubs for their first head-to-head action of the season.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals have gotten off to a somewhat slow start to begin 2019, losing 3 of 4 to the Brewers in the opening series, and losing 2 of 3 to the Padres in the most recent series.  While this start is frustrating for fans, it is nowhere near the worst start in franchise history.

That honor belongs to the 1997 Cardinals, who went winless in the first six games. It was Tony La Russa’s second season at the helm.

Tony Fossas (Getty Images)

The 1997 season began on April 1st. The Cardinals played the Montreal Expos in Montreal in a three game series April 1-3.  The Cardinals lost the first game 2-1 in a walkoff. With Todd Stottlemyre on the mound, the Cardinals managed only one run on seven hits.  However, the lone run scored on a wild pitch. The Expos’ walkoff run scored on a bases loaded walk with Tony Fossas on the mound.

The Cardinals lost the second game 4-1.  Like the first game, the Cardinals’ sole run scored on a wild pitch, in the first inning. Starter Mark Petkovsek allowed three runs in five innings pitched and took the loss.

The third game was a 9-4 loss for the Redbirds.  Starter Alan Benes gave up seven runs in 4 2/3 innings. The Cardinals scored on a two run home run from Dmitri Young and also an RBI groundout; Royce Clayton doubled in the other run.

The Cardinals moved on to Houston for a three game series.  The Redbirds lost 3-2 in the first game.  John Mabry drove in both runs; the first on a single in the second inning, the next on a double in the fourth.  Starter Matt Morris gave up one run in five innings.  The winning run was allowed by reliever Eric Ludwick, who took the loss.

The Cardinals were the 6-2 losers in Game 2.  Donovan Osborne gave up five runs in six innings pitched.  Delino DeShields hit a leadoff home run in the first inning.  Roberto Mejia doubled in a run in the second inning.

The third game was another 3-2 loss.  Tom Lampkin and Ron Gant drove in the two runs on a single and a double.  Todd Stottlemyre gave up one run in 6 2/3 innings pitched. John Frascatore blew the save and took the loss.

The Cardinals returned home and won their home opener against the Expos 2-1 in a walkoff.  The Cardinals finished that 1997 season 73-89, mired in fourth place in the NL Central.

One shouldn’t let a slow start be an omen for bad times.  The 2011 World Champion Cardinals began the season 3-6 in their first nine games.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Auditing 2019 Cardinals Full-Season Minor League Roster Predictions


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 7, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 0-3 on Saturday with the Memphis game suspended due to rain. Our Player of the Day is Springfield center fielder Dylan Carlson, who went 3-for-5 with a home run and a double.  He also made a splendid outfield assist, throwing out at home what would have been winning run.

Results for games played Saturday, April 6.


Memphis vs. Omaha (suspended)

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The game between the Redbirds and the Storm Chasers on Saturday was suspended in the eighth inning due to rain with the score tied 3-3.  Action will resume on Sunday at 2:05 CT and will be followed by the regularly scheduled nine inning game.

Starter Ryan Helsley tossed four no-hit innings as the offense took a 3-0 lead. Ramon Urias plated two and Adolis Garcia one. Piggyback starter Genesis Cabrera struggled with his control in his third inning of work as the visitors tied the score in the seventh. Shortly after, the heavy rains began.

Sunday’s game: vs. Omaha, Daniel Ponce de Leon (0-0, 0.00)*, following 2:05 CT suspended game.

* Ponce de Leon is a potential call up to St. Louis on Sunday.


Springfield 4 at NW Arkansas 5 (11 innings)

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals suffered an extra inning loss to the Naturals on Saturday night to remain winless on the young season.  Springfield tied the score in the later innings and dodged a loss in the 10th, but were downed by a walkoff single in the 11th.

With the score 1-0 in favor of the Naturals in the top of the third, Connor Capel hit a line drive double to center to score Johan Mieses, who had walked.  The Naturals, however, answered with three runs in the home third. In the seventh, Alberto Triunfel led off with a double, and Dylan Carlson drove him in with a double to right field to bring the score to 4-2.  In the ninth, Carlson tied the game with a two-run home run to right field.

Evan Kruczynski got the start and he pitched four innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.  The left hander fanned five and walked three.  Roel Ramirez tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Will Latcham hurled a scoreless seventh, and Seth Elledge followed with three scoreless frames.  Lefty Jacob Patterson pitched the 11th and gave up the walkoff single and took the loss.

Carlson had an outfield assist, throwing out what would have been th winning run at home in the 10th inning.  Johan Mieses also had an outfield assist at home.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Harold Arauz (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.


Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 8 (10 innings)

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were edged by the Hammerheads in an extra innings contest on Saturday night.  Alex Fagalde got the start, and he pitched five innings, giving up two runs on two hits. The right hander struck out five and walked one. Ben Yokley pitched the sixth, and surrendered four runs, only one earned, on two hits.  Zach Prendergast followed with three scoreless innings.  Ronnie Williams pitched the 10th and coughed up the two winning runs.  He was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals got on the board first via Yariel Gonzalez’ RBI single in the third.  Justin Toerner and Chase Pinder had both drawn walks in front of Gonzalez, and Toerner scored on the single.

In the fifth, Jose Martinez led off with a double and later scored on  Pinder’s ground out.

The Hammerhead added six runs across the next three innings to take a 6-2 lead. In the eighth, Luken Baker led off with a single.  Two batters and two outs later, Julio Rodriguez drew a walk.  Martinez singled to advance Baker and Rodriguez.  Ascanio singled to center to plate both runners to bring the Cardinals within two runs.  Toerner followed with a double to left to score Martinez and Ascanio to tie the score at 6-6.

Per the extra innings rule, Zach Kirtley began the 10th inning on second base.  Rodriguez singled to score Kirtley and take the lead.  In the bottom of the inning, however, the Hammerheads scored two against Williams and walked off the win.

Martinez and Bryce Denton each committed a fielding error.

Sunday’s game:  at Jupiter, Perry Della Valle (0-0, 0.00) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 8, Beloit 10

Brendan Donovan (State College Spikes)

In their home opener, the Chiefs lost a hard-fought contest to the Beloit Snappers on Saturday.  The lead changed several times, but Peoria ended up on the short end.

The Snappers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but the Chiefs answered with a run in the bottom frame, on a solo home run by Brendan Donovan.  Lars Nootbaar provided his own solo home run in the bottom of the second to tie the game.

The Snappers took the lead again with a run in the top of the fourth.  In the bottom of the fifth, the Chiefs took it back with three runs scored.  Delvin Perez led off the inning with a double to left field.  Donovan singled, and Perez scored, with Donovan advancing to third on a fielding error.  Donovan scored on a wild pitch.  Nolan Gorman doubled to left and Brady Whalen walked. Leandro Cedeno plated Gorman on a sac fly.  The Chiefs led 5-3.

The Snappers responded by scoring three runs in the top of the sixth to take the lead back. The Chiefs added one run in the bottom of the sixth.  Donovan drew a walk then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Edwin Figuera singled to score Donovan.

The Snappers increased their lead with four runs in the top of the seventh.  Down 10-6, the Chiefs attempted a comeback with a run in the eighth on Zach Jackson’s solo home run.  In the ninth, Gorman advanced to first on a dropped third strike and was driven home by Nootbaar.  The comeback attempt ended there, however, two runs short.

Leadoff man Donovan reached base five times on three walks and two hits, including the home run. The designated hitter scored three times and plated two.

Chiefs pitchers had a tough night. Cole Aker started and was charged with three runs, one earned in 4 2/3 innings pitched. Jacob Schlesener surrendered six runs in 1 2/3 innings and took the loss.  Noel De Jesus tossed the final 2 2/3 innings and allowed one run.

Nootbaar and Figuera each stole second base.  Wadye Ynfante committed a fielding miscue but also made a great diving catch in short center behind Schlesener.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Diego Cordero (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CT.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 Prospects Open 2019


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Cardinals Minor League Notebook – April 6, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach third baseman Yariel Gonzalez, who hit the winning two-run home run and went 2-for-4.  Honorable mention goes to prospect Nolan Gorman, who despite his team’s loss, was 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and two RBI.

Results from games played Friday, April 5.


Memphis 2, Omaha 3

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the second game of the 2019 opening series with Omaha at Auto Zone Park, the Redbirds were edged by the Storm Chasers.  Starter Jake Woodford went five innings, giving up just one unearned run on two hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Tyler Webb followed and surrendered the deciding two runs, one unearned, in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Webb was tagged with both the blown save and the loss.  Chasen Shreve tossed the next 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  The ninth was taken by Chris Beck, who allowed only one hit and struck out one to finish the game.

The Memphis offense was behind 1-0 entering the bottom half of the fourth inning.  Adolis Garcia led off with a double to left.  One out later, Max Schrock singled on a line drive to right field to plate Garcia and knot the score.

The Redbirds offense took the 2-1 lead in the fifth when Evan Mendoza led off with a line drive single to right.  With one out, Drew Robinson drew an intentional walk. Ramon Urias grounded into a force out that brought Mendoza home.  That would be it for Memphis scoring, and Omaha came back two more in the seventh.

The Memphis defense made three errors.  Mendoza and reliever Webb each committed a fielding error, and Knizner made a throwing error.  On the positive side, center fielder Lane Thomas had an outfield assist at second base.  On the base paths, Schrock was picked off first.

Saturday’s game: Memphis vs. Omaha, 6:35 p.m. CT, Ryan Helsley (season debut)


Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 8

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Friday night at Arvest Park in Springdale, Ark., the Springfield Cardinals blew a six-run lead and lost a close decision to the NW Arkansas Naturals.

The Cards broke out on top with a six-run third inning, fueled by two out magic.  Scott Hurst hit an infield single to the shortstop and Dylan Carlson walked.  Elehuris Montero reached on a fielding error to load the bases. Newly-returned from Memphis, Johan Mieses singled to left to plate Hurst and Carlson.  Connor Capel drew a walk to reload the bases before Brian O’Keefe’s grand slam to left field made the score 6-0.

The Naturals added a run in the bottom of the third.  In the top of the fifth, Montero led off with a double and after Mieses struck out, Capel doubled to center to score Montero.

NW Arkansas took the score to 7-5 with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, then added two more in the seventh to tie the game.  The winning run scored in the eighth.

Right hander Williams Perez started and went 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  He fanned four and walked two.  Jesus Cruz surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Connor Jones blew the save in the seventh and took the loss.  Lefty Jacob Patterson threw a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals committed two throwing errors, by Dylan Carlson and Stefan Trosclair.  Capel was caught stealing second base.

Saturday’s game: Springfield at NW Arkansas, 6:05 p.m. CT, Evan Kruczynski (season debut)


Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 2

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

Friday night’s contest at Roger Dean Stadium between the Palm Beach Cardinals and Jupiter Hammerheads ended in a win for the Cardinals.  Edgar Gonzalez got the start for Palm Beach and was the winning pitcher.  Gonzalez pitched five innings and gave up two unearned runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out nine batters.  Kodi Whitley added two innings of scoreless relief.  Lefty Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth, and Bryan Dobzanski earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

The Hammerheads jumped ahead with two runs in the top of the first, but the Cardinals answered in the bottom frame with four runs.  Justin Toerner drew the leadoff walk. Chase Pinder singled on a ground ball to third. Both runners came in on a throwing error and obstruction charged to the Jupiter third baseman.  After Nick Dunn popped out to second, Luken Baker drew a walk.  Player of the Day Yariel Gonzalez followed with a two run home run to right field.

Thanks to the aforementioned solid pitching, the 4-2 lead for Palm Beach would remain through the end of the game.

The Cardinals defense committed one error, a throwing error by Baker.  Toerner and Nick Plummer were each caught stealing second base.

Saturday’s game: Palm Beach “at” Jupiter, 4:30 p.m. CT, Alex Fagalde (season debut)


Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 10

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs were the victims of a shellacking by the Cedar Rapids on Friday night at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids.  Despite the loss, it was a good offensive night for top prospect Nolan Gorman.  Peoria entered the third inning behind 1-0, but Delvin Perez reached with a single to center.  One out later, Gorman smacked a triple to center to score Perez and tie the game.

The tie wouldn’t last long, as Cedar Rapids added two runs in the bottom of the third, and five more in the fifth to pull away.  In 2 1/3 innings, Chiefs starter Alvaro Seijas allowed four hits and walked four, with three of them scoring. Franyel Casadilla struggled even more, the victim of the five-spot in the fifth.

In the top of the sixth, Riley led off with a single to right and Gorman followed with an RBI double to right.  Gorman later scored on Brendan Donovan’s single.  However, in the bottom of the inning, the home club took the runs right back as Chiefs reliever Jim Voyles yielded a two-run long ball.

Fabian Blanco and Edgar Escobar contributed a scoreless inning of relief each and Lars Nootbaar hit a solo home run in the ninth, but the damage had already been done.

Gorman went a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Leandro Cedeño had an outfield assist at home plate.

Saturday’s game: Peoria vs. Beloit (home opener), 6:35 p.m. CT, Cole Aker (full season debut)


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Where The Cardinal Nation’s Top 50 Prospects Open 2019



Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system. Annual members may purchase the new 2019 Prospect Guide PDF for less than half price. In addition, out limited edition printed and bound Guides are going fast, so get yours today!

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of March 25-31

photo: Paul Goldschmidt and Matt Carpenter (Michael McLoone/Imagn)

Spring game recap

Monday, March 25 – Cardinals 6 at Redbirds 3

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals visited their Triple-A affiliate Memphis Redbirds in an exhibition game on Monday to end the spring season.  Michael Wacha took the mound for the Cardinals, while Adam Wainwright started for the Memphis team so both could get their work in.  Wacha pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits. The right hander fanned five.  Mike Mayers followed with a scoreless fifth.  Alex Reyes surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Connor Jones and Ryan Meisinger combined for the final two outs of the seventh. Andrew Miller pitched a scoreless eighth and Jordan Hicks hurled a scoreless ninth.

Marcell Ozuna hit a third inning three run home off Wainwright, the only runs he allowed.  Dylan Carlson, who replaced Ozuna in left field, went 2-for-3. Tyler O’Neill relieved Harrison Bader in CF and went 2-for-2.  O’Neill plated a run on a single in the sixth, then scored from third on a wild pitch.  Andrew Knizner singled in a run in the ninth.

Evan Mendoza was caught attempting to steal home.  Yairo Munoz made two throwing errors and Paul DeJong also committed a throwing error.


Regular Season games

Thursday, March 28 – Cardinals 4 at Brewers 5

In the first of a four game series in Milwaukee to start the 2019 season, the Cardinals lost a close one.  Miles Mikolas got the start and he didn’t have his best stuff.  Mikolas pitched five innings and gave up five runs on five hits.  Three of the hits were home runs.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless sixth.  John Brebbia and John Gant added a scoreless seventh and eighth respectively.

St. Louis’ offense got on the board first in the second inning on back to back home runs by Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader.  Wong’s long ball was a two run shot. Wong hit his second home run of the game in the seventh, with the bases empty.  Wong and Bader both went 2-for-3.


Friday, March 29 – Cardinals 9 at Brewers 5

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals evened the series with a win on Friday.  It was a historic day for new first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who hit three home runs.  Goldschmidt became the first player in MLB history to hit three home runs in one of first two games of the season.  He went 4-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.  Yadier Molina followed Goldschmidt’s first home run in the first inning, a two run shot, with an RBI double.  Paul DeJong plated a run on a single in the fourth.  Goldschmidt’s second home run came in the sixth inning.  In the seventh, Matt Carpenter singled in a run and Goldschmidt followed with his third home run, which scored Carpenter.  Molina came home on a wild pitch in the eighth.  Carpenter and DeJong both went 2-for-5.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits, including a three run home run to Ryan Braun.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  John Gant followed with 1 2/3 scoreless frames.  Alex Reyes pitched a scoreless seventh.  Andrew Miller surrendered a run in the eighth, a home run to Christian Yelich. Jordan Hicks finished with a scoreless ninth.

Molina had a passed ball.


Saturday, March 30 – Cardinals 2 at Brewers 4

The Cardinals suffered defeat in Game 3 of the series.  Dakota Hudson was the starter and the losing pitcher.  Hudson, like Flaherty the day before, pitched only 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Included in that hit total were three home runs, solo shots by Travis Shaw and Christian Yelich, and a two run blast by Mike Moustakas.  Mike Mayers and Dominic Leone combined to pitch the remaining 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.

The first St. Louis run came home via an RBI single from Paul Goldschmidt in the third inning.  Kolten Wong’s double in the fourth scored Marcell Ozuna for the final run.  Ozuna went 2-for-4 and Wong was 3-for-3.  Ozuna also stole his first base of the season.

Goldschmidt committed his first error, a missed catch at first base.


Sunday, March 31 – Cardinals 4 at Brewers 5

In the final game of the series, the Cardinals came out on the wrong end on a ninth inning walk off.  Michael Wacha took the mound to start, and after giving up a first inning solo home run to Cardinal killer Christian Yelich, settled down to pitch six innings without further damage.  Wacha allowed four hits, struck out seven and walked four.

Alex Reyes got the first two outs of the seventh before Andrew Miller walked Yelich, then gave up a single to Ryan Braun that scored an inherited runner.  Miller followed by giving up another single to Travis Shaw that scored Yelich.  Miller returned for the eighth and got the first two outs before Jordan Hicks quickly got the final out.  Hicks then returned to pitch the ninth and the wheels came off the bus.  Hicks gave up a double to Ben Gamel, then a single to Lorenzo Cain.  Yelich doubled to left as Gamel scored to tie the game, and a weak throw by Marcell Ozuna resulted in Cain scoring the winning run.

Paul DeJong’s two run home in the fourth gave the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.  The lead increased to 4-1 in the fifth when Matt Carpenter and Paul Goldschmidt hit back to back solo home runs.  Carpenter also doubled in the first inning for a 2-for-3 outing.  Kolten Wong was 2-for-4 and stole two bases. He took a thrown baseball to the head on the second attempt, but was able to remain in the game.


The Big Picture

The first week of the season ended with the Cardinals going 1-3 against the Brewers.  Starting pitching giving up the long ball was the primary reason, as all four starters gave up home runs. Mikolas and Hudson surrendered three each, while Flaherty and Wacha each gave up one.  The bullpen was effective, other than the ninth inning debacle in the finale with Hicks on the mound.  Miller also had some hiccups.

The offense made its presence known in the second game.  The fourth game had offense as well, but it turned out to not be enough.  Wong led the offense with hits in all four games, but Goldschmidt made the biggest splash with four long balls and seven RBI in the series.

The defense was fine.  Goldschmidt was tagged with a missed catch error at first base, though the throw was not a good one.

The Cardinals next play two in Pittsburgh, then return home for three games with San Diego.  The team is currently in a very early last place in the NL Central.  Playing well against the Pirates and Padres should fix that.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 3 1 0.750
Cincinnati 1 1 0.550 0.5
Pittsburgh 1 1 0.500 0.5
Chicago 1 2 0.333 1
St. Louis 1 3 0.250 1.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 3/25 The Cardinals placed LF Justin Williams on the 10 day injured list. Right hand second metacarpal fracture.
  • 3/25 The Cardinals placed RHP Carlos Martinez on the 10 day injured list. Right shoulder cuff strain.
  • 3/25 The Cardinals placed 3B Jedd Gyorko on the 10 day injured list. Right calf strain.
  • 3/25 The Cardinals placed LHP Brett Cecil on the 10 day injured list. Left hand Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • 3/26 The Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Webb to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/27 The Cardinals sent LHP Chasen Shreve outright to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/28 The Cardinals transferred LHP Brett Cecil from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list. Left hand Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • 3/28 The Cardinals claimed RHP Merandy Gonzalez off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and optioned him to the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in early spring training and began the season on the 10 day injured list. Martinez is on a throwing program and is throwing more aggressively in the past few days.  Martinez may return to the roster sometime in May.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) began the season on the injured list. Gregerson has thrown three bullpen sessions and could possibly return to the roster sometime in April.
  • IF/UT Jedd Gyorko is nursing a calf injury. Gyorko has been taking at bats in minor league camp in Jupiter and is scheduled to return to the roster on Opening Day in St. Louis.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) was placed on the 60 day injured list on March 28. Cecil has been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period.  No timetable for a return has been set.
  • LF Justin Williams (fractured right hand) began the season on the 10 day injured list. Williams has been cleared to begin swinging a bat.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals finished a four game series in Milwaukee on Sunday.  The team flies to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates.  The Cardinals will play on Monday, have an off day on Tuesday, then play the second game on Wednesday.  Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make the start on Monday.  Miles Mikolas gets the Wednesday start.

The Cardinals return to St. Louis on Thursday for the home opener against the Padres.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to take the mound for Opening Day.  Friday is an off day, and the three game series with the Padres resumes on Saturday.  No starters have been announced for the weekend, though with all the days off, Dakota Hudson will be skipped on his next turn and instead work out of the bullpen.

The Dodgers come to town on Monday, April 8 for a four game series.  The Cardinals have another Friday off day following that series in order to travel to Monterrey, Mexico to play a two games set with the Cincinnati Reds.

The Cardinals return to Milwaukee to play the Brewers, starting a three game series on Monday, April 15.  After a Thursday travel day, the Redbirds return home for a weekend series against the New York Mets.

The Cardinals’ Regular Season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals will meet the San Diego Padres on Opening Day this Thursday, April 4. In the history of the franchise the Cardinals have played the Padres in the home opener only one other time, in 2011.

That this has occurred only one other time is not particularly unusual given that the Padres have only existed as a franchise since 1969, one of four expansion teams in that year, and of course play in a different division, the NL West.

The Cardinals played a three game series with the Padres, starting with Opening Day, March 31, 2011. The Cardinals lost that game 5-3 in extra innings. Starter Chris Carpenter pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on two hits.  Working in relief were Miguel Batista, Trever Miller, Ryan Franklin, Brian Tallet, and Bryan Augenstein, who took the loss.  2011 was Ryan Franklin’s final season with the Cardinals and it was a short one for the former closer.  Franklin blew the save in this opening game, something that became a regular occurrence in those few months before he was released on June 29.

The 2011 home opener featured a solo home run by Matt Holliday and a triple from Colby Rasmus.  Holliday went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

The second game of the set was played on April 2.  The Cardinals lost again in an 11-3 laugher.  Starter Jake Westbrook gave up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings.  Jason Motte and Mitchell Boggs pitched in relief.  Albert Pujols hit a solo home run and was 2-for-4.

The final game was played on Sunday, April 3.  The Cardinals avoided the sweep with a 2-0 win.  Jaime Garcia pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits.  This was the first of the left-hander’s two complete games in 2011.  Skip Schumaker went 2-for-3.  Ryan Theriot and Yadier Molina drove in the two runs.

Though the Cardinals lost 2 of 3 in this opening series, it made no difference to the final result of the season, as the Cardinals went on to win their 11th World Series Championship that fall.

Cardinals fans can only hope for the same result for 2019.  Is there an omen here?  Only time will tell.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Name 2019 Minors Fourth Coaches


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of March 18-24

photo: Paul Goldschmidt (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went a strong 4-2-1 in the final week of spring training action as Paul Goldschmidt, armed with a new contact, and the offense finally came to life. The Opening Day roster has been set, with no real surprises. In our weekly history feature, another star Cardinals first baseman once acquired in trade, Mark McGwire, is remembered.

Spring game recaps

 

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Monday, March 18 – Cardinals 4, Phillies 1

The final week of Grapefruit League play began with a St. Louis Cardinals win over the visiting Phillies.  Bryce Harper did not travel with his new club.  Dakota Hudson took the mound and earned his second Grapefruit League win.  Hudson pitched five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, fanning eight and walking one.  Chasen Shreve, John Brebbia, and Alex Reyes followed with a scoreless inning apiece.  Jordan Hicks gave up the only Phillies run in the ninth.

Three of the four St. Louis runs scored via the long ball.  Tyler O’Neill hit a solo shot in the second inning.  Paul Goldschmidt added a two-run blast in the fifth.  In the seventh, Paul DeJong added an RBI single.  DeJong and Marcell Ozuna went 4-for-4.

Drew Robinson stole his third base of the spring.  Yairo Munoz committed a fielding error.

 

Tuesday, March 19 – Off day

 

Wednesday, March 20 – Cardinals 0, Marlins 6

The Cardinals were blanked by the Marlins in Jupiter on Wednesday.  It was another lack of offense day for the Redbirds.  Of the three hits, two came from Drew Robinson. The other was a single by Dexter Fowler.

The lack of offense was exacerbated by a poor outing on the mound from Daniel Ponce de Leon, continuing his rough spring.  Ponce de Leon pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two. To make matters worse, Ponce de Leon also made a throwing error.  Mike Mayers followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Tommy Layne gave up a run in 1/3 innings.  Dominic Leone, Alex Reyes, and Tyler Webb pitched the scoreless seventh, eighth, and ninth, respectively.

 

 

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Thursday, March 21 – Cardinals 11, Yankees 3 (split squad)

The Yankees came to Jupiter with their B team and the Cardinals’ split squad team walloped them.  The Cardinals won both spring games against the Yankees in Grapefruit League action, despite the Yankees sporting the best record in the Grapefruit League at 17-9.   Jake Woodford made the start and pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one and walking two.  Williams Perez tossed two scoreless innings.  Andrew Miller and John Brebbia combined for the next two scoreless fames, and Jordan Hicks finished with a scoreless ninth.

Dexter Fowler homered twice, once to lead off the first inning, a solo shot, and in the second, added a two-run blast.  Drew Robinson contributed an RBI single, also in the second inning.  Marcell Ozuna launched a solo home run in the third inning. In the sixth, Harrison Bader drove in a run on a single, as did Robinson for the second time.  Ozuna doubled in a run in the seventh, Kolten Wong hit a sac fly, and Robinson doubled in two.  Fowler went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Ozuna was 3-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.  Bader was 2-for-4 with an RBI.  Robinson was 3-for-4 with four RBI.

Robinson stole his fourth and fifth bases of the spring. Wong swiped his third bag in Florida.

 

Thursday, March 21 – Cardinals 1 at Nationals 7 (split squad)

The Cardinals did not fare well in the second split squad game, against the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The Cardinals scored their lone run in the sixth inning on a Dylan Carlson single.  Otherwise the team scattered seven other hits.  Leadoff hitter Tommy Edman went 2-for-5 with a double.  Scott Hurst also doubled.  Carlson went 2-for-3.

In a bullpen game, Chris Beck started and pitched two innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Chasen Shreve surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings.  Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless inning. Jesus Cruz pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Evan Kruczynski gave up four runs without recording an out in the seventh, as the game got away from the Cardinals.  He was relieved by John Fasola, who got the three outs without further damage. Kodi Whitley added a scoreless eighth.

Carlson was picked off and caught stealing second base.  He also made a fielding error.

 

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Friday, March 22 – Cardinals 15 at Mets 5

The Cardinals ambushed the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Friday.  Just after he was announced as having lost the fifth starter race, John Gant started.  The right hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  He fanned four and walked two.  Dominic Leone surrendered two runs on four hits in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Mike Mayers and Alex Reyes pitched the final two scoreless innings.

To start a busy day of offense, Tommy Edman singled in two runs in the second inning.  Paul Goldschmidt launched a solo home run in the third, and Yadier Molina followed with a two run RBI single.  In the fifth, Molina hit a ground rule double to drive in a run and Kolten Wong plated a run on a sac fly.  Ozuna added a sac fly for a run in the sixth, and Yairo Munoz did the same in the seventh.  In the eighth, Ozuna hit a solo home run, Edman added an RBI single and Munoz drove in two on a single.  Andrew Knizner plated two on a double in the ninth.

 

 

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Saturday, March 23 – Cardinals 4 at Nationals 4

The Cardinals and the Nats played to a tie at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Saturday.  Tyler O’Neill plated the first run on a ground rule double in the first inning. In inning two, starting pitcher Miles Mikolas hit his first Grapefruit League home run, a two-run shot.  The final St. Louis run scored in the sixth on Max Schrock’s single.  O’Neill went 4-for-5; Schrock went 2-for-3.

Mikolas pitched three innings, giving up four runs on six hits while fanning two and walking two. Dakota Hudson finished with six scoreless innings during which he allowed only three hits.  He struck out three and walked two.

Dylan Carlson and Evan Mendoza both stole a base.  Yairo Munoz had an outfield assist.

 

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Sunday, March 24 – Cardinals 2, Marlins 1

In the final Grapefruit League game on Sunday, the Cardinals beat the Marlins in a walkoff.  The Cardinals scored first via Paul Goldschmidt’s solo home run in the first inning, his third home run of the spring.  The Marlins tied the score in the eighth inning.  In the ninth, Evan Mendoza singled to end the game.

Jack Flaherty started and pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only one hit and striking out three. Kodi Whitley tossed a scoreless fifth, followed by two scoreless innings from Tyler Webb.  Jesus Cruz gave up the Marlins’ only run in the eighth and left with two outs. Chris Beck pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended their final Grapefruit League week at 4-2-1 and their final Florida record was 12-15-4.  This tied the Boston Red Sox for the 11th spot overall.  The Orioles, Mets and Rays all tied for the cellar with records of 12-16.

The Cardinals spring was marked for the lack of offense, which picked up in the final week.  The pitching by the five rotation pitchers was basically good overall with Flaherty and Hudson as standouts.  The relief pitching was good for the most part.

Spring Training News and Notes

Below is a final summary of Spring Training 2019.

  • The 25 man opening day roster has been set. It consists of:  SP – Mikolas, Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, Hudson; Bullpen – Miller as the sole LHP, RHPs Alex Reyes, John Gant, John Brebbia, Mike Mayers, Dominic Leone, and Jordan Hicks; Starting eight – C Yadier Molina, 1B Paul Goldschmidt, 2B Kolten Wong, SS Paul DeJong, 3B Matt Carpenter, LF Marcell Ozuna, CF Harrison Bader, RF Dexter Fowler; Bench – C Matt Wieters, OF Jose Martinez, OF Tyler 0’Neill, UT Yairo Munoz, and UT Drew Robinson.
  • Five players will begin the season on the injured list: RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Carlos Martinez, LHP Brett Cecil, UT Jedd Gyorko and OF Justin Williams.
  • C Francisco Pena did not make the team. He is on a minor league contract and will either begin the season in Memphis or become a free agent and look for a better deal elsewhere.
  • The remaining 40 man roster players will all be optioned to Memphis by Thursday to begin the season on the Triple-A roster.
  • Those who do not make the trip to Memphis to play in Monday’s exhibition game will remain in minor league camp in Jupiter and play games this week. The Memphis roster plus some additional Double-A players will play in the exhibition game then remain in Memphis to work out until the minor league season begins on Thursday, April 4.

Additional details here for TCN members:

St. Louis-Memphis Exhibition Roster Ramifications

Goldschmidt signs five-year extension

On Thursday, the Cardinals and Paul Goldschmidt formalized a contract extension before the first baseman ever took an at bat in St. Louis.  The deal, reported to be for five years and $130 million, will keep Goldschmidt in St. Louis through the 2024 season.  The deal has a no trade clause, no opt outs and is a straight $26 million for years 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023 and 2024.  Goldschmidt will play 2019 at his current contract level of $14.5 million.

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Goldschmidt took a physical exam on Friday, passed it, and the deal was officially announced at a press conference on Saturday, with more than a dozen of Goldschmidt’s teammates in attendance.

The first sacker was acquired by the Cardinals in a December trade that sent RHP Luke Weaver, C Carson Kelly, 2B Andrew Young, and a competitive balance draft pick to the Diamondbacks.  The Cardinals made the trade with the goal of getting to this extension, as Goldschmidt was in the final year of his contract and set to become a free agent at the end of the year.  The Cardinals had made similar trades that led to extensions in the past, notably for players such as Scott Rolen, Mark McGwire and Jim Edmonds.

Goldschmidt, 31, will turn 32 in September.  The contract will extend through his age 36 season, which will end with him turning 37 in the final month of the 2024 regular season.

The serious work on the extension began a couple of weeks ago as Goldschmidt and President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak bumped into each other getting coffee one morning.  Mozeliak took the opportunity to probe whether Goldschmidt would consider talking extension.  When Goldschmidt answered that he would, the deal began its infancy and ended with the deal announced on Thursday.  Mozeliak and Goldschmidt’s agent, Casey Close, who had done many deals together over the years, came to this final agreement and the rest is history.

With this deal, Goldschmidt gets security and stability and the Cardinals get the middle of the order bat they wanted for the next six years.  Whether it is a win-win will be determined by how Goldschmidt and his new team perform over the length of the contract.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions 

  • 3/20 The Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/20 The Cardinals optioned LHP Austin Gomber to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/22 The Cardinals designated LHP Chasen Shreve for assignment. The Cardinals have seven days to settle his fate.
  • 3/22 The Cardinals selected the contract of C Matt Wieters from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in early spring training and did not appear in Grapefruit League games.  Martinez has begun a throwing program and will begin the season on the injured list.

RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) will begin the season on the injured list.  Gregerson has been throwing bullpen sessions.

IF/UT Jedd Gyorko is nursing a calf injury.  Gyorko has been out of the lineup for all of the last several weeks of spring games.  Gyorko will remain in Jupiter to get at bats in minor league games and will begin the season on the injured list.

LHP Brett Cecil (left arm fatigue) will begin the season on the injured list.  No timetable for his return to roster has been announced.

3B Matt Carpenter started Sunday’s final spring game and took one at bat.  Carpenter will remain in Jupiter to get at bats in minor league camp and will join the team for Opening Day in Milwaukee.

Looking Ahead

Grapefruit League games ended on Sunday and the team headed to Memphis to play an exhibition game against the Memphis Redbirds on Monday night.

Opening Day of the 2019 regular season begins on Thursday, March 28 when the Cardinals play in Milwaukee.  The first series of the season is a four game set against the Brewers, with the first game to start at 1:10 CT.  That game will be followed by a 7:10 CT game on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday.

The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates beginning on April 1.  There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2.  The second game of the series takes place on Wednesday, April 3.

The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres.  Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with two games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.


Blast from the Past

In celebration of the extension of Paul Goldschmidt, this week’s Blast from the Past looks at another notable trade that led to an extension for a Cardinals first-base star.

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire (Bill Greenblatt/Getty Images)

On July 31, 1997, the Cardinals acquired Oakland Athletics slugger Mark McGwire for RHP T.J. Matthews, RHP Eric Ludwick (brother of Ryan Ludwick) and RHP Blake Stein.  McGwire had played for then-current Cardinals manager Tony La Russa in Oakland, and La Russa was instrumental in promoting the trade.

It was believed at the time that McGwire, who was in the final year of his contract with Oakland, was a rental, and that he would go to free agency and seek a contract near his home in Southern California.  However, the Cardinals convinced McGwire to agree to an extension to remain in St. Louis.

The extension was signed on September 16, 1997.  It was for three years, 1998-2000 at $28.5 million plus a mutual option for 2001. That option was exercised, so the extension became four years at $39.5 million (11 million option).  There was a $1M signing bonus.

That extension put McGwire in St. Louis for the historic race to break Roger Maris’ home run record against Sammy Sosa of the Cubs in 1998.  McGwire broke the record on September 8 with his 62nd home run, hit to over the left field fence off Cubs pitcher Steve Trachsel.  McGwire finished the season with 70 home runs, four ahead of Sosa.

The home run record was broken in 2001 by Barry Bonds with 73.

McGwire was awarded the Babe Ruth Home Run Award that year, but ironically it was Sosa who won the 1998 NL MVP award.  The Cubs went to the playoffs that year but the Cardinals did not.

To this day, many credit the excitement of the 1998 home run race with restoring baseball from the brutal consequences of the 1994-95 baseball strike.

McGwire had a good offensive year in 1999, but his numbers declined over the last two years of the contract.  McGwire retired after the 2001 season.

McGwire was hired in 2009 by the Cardinals to replace hitting coach Hal McRae, lured back into the game thanks to La Russa’s efforts over a number of years.  Despite the scandal of the intervening time, including McGwire admitting he used PEDS, the new hitting coach was welcomed with open arms by Cardinals fans with a standing ovation on opening day 2010.  McGwire remained the hitting coach through the 2012 season, then rejected an extension offer from the Cardinals to accept the hitting coach job with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

McGwire became the bench coach for the San Diego Padres in 2016.  He left that position after the 2018 season, retiring again.

“Big Mac” was voted by fans into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2017.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

The Cardinal Nation Spring Prospect Interview – Outfielder Dylan Carlson


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of March 11-17

photo: Dakota Hudson (Aaron Doster/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 2-5-1 in spring training action last week as Dakota Hudson seems to be leading in the fifth starter race. In our weekly history feature, the Hall of Famer Cy Young, the namesake of the famous pitching award and a former Cardinals pitcher, is remembered.


Spring game recaps

 

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Monday, March 11 – Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

The Cardinals edged the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Monday.  Jack Flaherty and Max Scherzer were the starters.  Flaherty went five innings and gave up one run on three hits while fanning five and walking one.  Andrew Miller, John Brebbia, and Jake Woodford followed.  Brebbia surrendered a run in the seventh, while Miller pitched a scoreless sixth and Woodford ended with two scoreless innings.

The Redbirds offense got on the board in the third inning on a Dexter Fowler RBI single that scored Harrison Bader, followed by a Paul Goldschmidt double that plated Matt Carpenter and Fowler. Fowler was 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored.  He also had an outfield assist, throwing Adam Eaton out at home plate.


Tuesday, March 12 – Cardinals 0 at Braves 6

The Cardinals were blanked by the Braves on Tuesday in road game at Lake Buena Vista. St. Louis hitters scattered six hits, with Yadier Molina going 2-for-3.  Yairo Munoz, Drew Robinson, and Rangel Ravelo each doubled.

Miles Mikolas got the start, and it was a rough outing for the right hander. He pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits, including two home runs.  Tommy Layne, Mike Hauschild, Alex Reyes, and John Gant combined for the final four scoreless innings.

Robinson committed a fielding error, his second miscue of the spring.


Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Wednesday, March 13 – Cardinals 1 at Marlins 4

The Redbirds offense was flat in Wednesday’s 4-1 loss to the Marlins in Jupiter.  The single St. Louis run scored on a ground ball single to right field by Max Schrock.  The only other hits came from Marcell Ozuna, who was 2-for-3 with a double.

Starter Dakota Hudson hurled three innings, giving up one run on two hits. The righty fanned three and walked three.  Jordan Hicks and Andrew Miller each pitched a scoreless inning.  Chasen Shreve gave up a run in the sixth. Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless seventh, followed by Mike Hauschild, who surrendered two runs in the eighth.

Paul DeJong stole his second base of the spring.  Schrock committed a fielding error.


 

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Thursday, March 14 – Cardinals 1, Mets 1

The Cardinals and the Mets played to a 1-1 tie in Jupiter on Thursday.  Harrison Bader had a big day, going 2-for-3 and stealing three bases.  No Cardinal had stolen three bases in the last 25 years prior.  Yairo Munoz doubled and Jose Martinez tripled.  The lone Redbirds run scored on Munoz’ double in the seventh inning.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched five scoreless innings.  The right hander allowed five hits, struck out two and walked two.  Dominic Leone added a scoreless sixth.  Mike Mayers gave up the lone Mets run in his two innings pitched.  John Brebbia tossed a scoreless ninth.


Friday, March 15 – Cardinals 2, Astros 11 (split squad)

In one of two split squad contests Friday evening, the Cardinals were routed by the Astros at home in Jupiter. It was an Adam Wainwright start.  Wainwright pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  The veteran righty struck out five and walked one.  Andrew Miller followed in the sixth but couldn’t record an out.  He surrendered four runs before being taken out for Ryan Meisinger.  Meisinger got the final two outs but relinquished a run of his own.  Jordan Hicks gave up a run in the seventh, and Alex Reyes yielded three more runs over the last two innings.

St. Louis’ offense put up two runs on six hits.  Paul DeJong hit a solo home run in the second to put the Cardinals on the board.  In that same inning, Randy Arozarena singled in a run.  Those were the only Cardinals runs.

Dexter Fowler stole his first base of the spring.  Catcher Joe Hudson had a passed ball.


Friday, March 15 – Cardinals 0 at Astros 5 (split squad)

The second split squad game was played at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and the Cardinals were blanked 5-0.  The game was highlighted by Astros manager A.J. Hinch being ejected in the first inning by home plate umpire Angel Hernandez.  The Redbirds scattered five hits but could not get a run home.  Tyler O’Neill had the only extra base hit, a double.

Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched four innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked three.  Chris Beck followed with a scoreless fifth.  Chasen Shreve surrendered a run in his two innings pitched, before Tyler Webb gave up the final Astros run in the eighth.

Drew Robinson stole second and third base for his first two stolen bases of the spring.  Marcell Ozuna stole his first spring base.  Rangel Ravelo made a throwing error.


Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Saturday, March 16 – Cardinals 8 at Nationals 5

The Cardinals took on the Nationals again at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Saturday.  The offense finally scored substantial runs, but seven of the eight runs came in the final three innings when all of the starting regulars were done for the day.

The first run was drive in by Jose Martinez in the first inning.  In the seventh inning, the Cardinals 2018 first round draft pick, 18 year old Nolan Gorman, hit a solo blast to the walkway behind the right center field bleachers off Nationals reliever Kyle Barraclough.  Randy Arozarena immediately followed with a solo home run to left field.  In the ninth inning, with Nationals closer Sean Doolittle on the mound, Tommy Edman doubled to score a run, and Max Schrock followed with an RBI single.  Then Andrew Knizner hit a screamer to left field to plate three runs.  The kids had a day and pulled victory from the jaws of defeat.

The game began with Austin Gomber on the mound.  It ended for Gomber after four innings in which five runs on eight hits crossed the plate.  Tommy Layne and Mike Mayers combined for a scoreless fifth.  John Brebbia, Dominic Leone, Hunter Cervenka and Jake Woodford followed with a scoreless inning each.

Gorman’s day was slightly marred by two fielding errors.


Sunday, March 17 – Cardinals 2 at Marlins 4

Another day of weak offense led to a 4-2 loss to the Marlins in Jupiter on Sunday.  Until the ninth inning, the Cardinals were no-hit by Marlins pitching, beginning with a six-inning scoreless, hitless outing by starter Trevor Richards.  The offense finally broke through when Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff single in the ninth, and Paul Goldschmidt followed with a single that brought Fowler home on a throwing error.  Goldschmidt ended up on third and was driven home by a ground out from Andrew Knizner.

John Gant got the start and pitched four innings, giving up one run on four hits. Ryan Meisinger and Tommy Layne followed in the fifth, each getting an out.  Chris Beck then struck out the final batter to end the inning.  Beck returned to pitch the sixth and surrendered a run.  Tyler Webb gave up two runs in the final two innings.

Harrison Bader successfully stole third base for this fifth of the spring and fourth of the week.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals offense continued to scuffle.  The team went 2-5-1 in a week where two split squad games were played against the Astros – one in Jupiter and the other at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  The Cardinals lost both contests, an 11-2 rout at home and a 5-0 shutout in Palm Beach.  Starters for the most part have been fine, though Mikolas had a tough outing against the Braves on Tuesday.  The bullpen has been hit and miss, and the offense has been weak from the starters. St. Louis’ highest scoring game was against the Nationals on Saturday.  The bulk of the scoring in that game came in innings seven and nine when the starters were out of the game.


Spring Training News and Notes

Below is a summary of various reports coming out of Spring Training 2019.

  • The status of LHP Brett Cecil for Opening Day is in doubt. Cecil appeared in a squad game on Thursday and the outing reportedly was not encouraging.  The left hander is not scheduled to appear in any upcoming Grapefruit League games.  Cecil has been struggling with this mechanics, and manager Mike Shildt describes Cecil as a “work in progress”.  Shildt has not committed to Cecil having a spot on the opening day roster.  The veteran pitcher appeared again in a squad game on Friday, but when asked about the outing, he declined comment.
  • The bid for the fifth spot in the Cardinals rotation appears to be down to two – RHP’s John Gant and Dakota Hudson. Gant pitched a decent outing in Sunday’s 4-2 loss to the Marlins.  Hudson pitched four scoreless innings against the Astros on March 8 and is scheduled to make the Monday start against the Phillies.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez and his wife Laura are the proud parents of a third child, a daughter named Khloe, who was born on Saturday. Martinez is likely to return to camp early in the coming week.
  • The Cardinals Number 2 prospect, third baseman Nolan Gorman, started the game at third on Saturday against the Nationals. The 18-year old 2018 first round draft pick went 1-for-4, blasting his first major league spring home run in the seventh inning.  The long ball went into the walk way behind the right center field bleachers.  The home run was launched off Nationals reliever Kyle Barraclough, a former Cardinal farm hand.
  • Third baseman Matt Carpenter underwent a revised throwing program in the offseason to strengthen his throwing arm for the return to third base. Carpenter says he has changed his throwing motion and as a result is throwing pain free.
  • CF Harrison Bader stole three bases in Thursday’s game against the Mets. According to Elias Sports, no Cardinal has stolen three bases in a spring game in the last 25 years, until Bader accomplished the feat on Thursday.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 3/11 The Cardinals optioned CF Lane Thomas to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/11 The Cardinals optioned 2B Ramon Urias to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/11 The Cardinals reassigned RHP Connor Jones to minor league camp.
  • 3/11 The Cardinals reassigned RHP Jake Woodford to minor league camp.
  • 3/11 The Cardinals reassigned C Jose Godoy to minor league camp.
  • 3/11 The Cardinals reassigned C Brian O’Keefe to minor league camp.
  • 3/16 The Cardinals reassigned LHP Hunter Cervenka to minor league camp.
  • 3/16 The Cardinals reassigned C Jeremy Martinez to minor league camp.
  • 3/16 The Cardinals reassigned 2B Max Schrock to minor league camp.
  • 3/16 The Cardinals reassigned OF Randy Arozarena to minor league camp.
  • The Cardinals now have 45 players remaining in camp–33 roster players and 12 non-roster invitees.

Injury Report

RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma a week ago.  As a result of the injection, Martinez’ rehab program was extended for another week.  The right hander will not throw until at least March 12.  Martinez will likely not be ready to open the season on the rotation and could begin the season on the injured list.

RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) will likely begin the season on the injured list.    Gregerson played catch off the mound on Friday, but no bullpen session is scheduled for the near future.

IF/UT Jedd Gyorko is nursing a minor calf injury.  Gyorko has been out of the lineup for the last week and could be out of commission for another week or so.

C Francisco Pena suffered an oblique injury in the game against the Phillies on Tuesday.  Pena as returned to camp and started Saturday’s game against the Nationals.

OF Justin Williams continues to not appear in spring games.  Williams is recovering from a broken right hand, an injury he sustained in the offseason.

3B Matt Carpenter was scratched from Sunday’s lineup with back tightness.  The condition is not considered serious and Carpenter is day to day.


Looking Ahead

In the final week of Grapefruit League games coming up, the Cardinals will take on Phillies in Jupiter on Monday.  Dakota Hudson is scheduled to make the Monday start against Zach Eflin of the Phillies.  The Cardinals have an off day on Tuesday, then play the Marlins as the home team in Jupiter on Wednesday.  The Yankees come to Jupiter on Thursday, and on Friday the Cardinals travel to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets.  On Saturday the Redbirds return to the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to take on the Nationals.  Finally, on Sunday the Cardinals play the Marlins again in Jupiter for the last Grapefruit League Game.

Next Monday, the Cardinals travel to Memphis to play their Triple-A affiliate the Memphis Redbirds in an exhibition game.  The team then travels to Milwaukee, where they will play the first game of the regular season against the Brewers on Thursday.

Opening Day of the 2019 regular season begins on March 28 when the Cardinals play in Milwaukee.  The first series of the season is a four game set against the Brewers, with the first game to start at 1:10 CT.  That game will be followed by a 7:10 CT game on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday.

The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates beginning on April 1.  There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2.  The second game of the series takes place on Wednesday, April 3.

The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres.  Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with two games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.


Blast from the Past

In the final installment of the Hall of Fame series, we look at the man who is more famous for the major pitching award named after him than his pitching career itself.

Cy Young (Topps 2010 collection)

Denton True “Cy” Young was born on March 29, 1867 in Gilmore, Ohio.  Young was the oldest of five children.  Young was raised on a farm and was only educated up to the sixth grade.  Young played for several amateur baseball leagues, including a semi-pro team in Carrollton Ohio.  After the one season in Carrollton, Young joined his first professional league, a minor league team in Canton in 1889.

Young’s nickname “Cy” came from destroying fences with his fastball, like a “cyclone”.  Reporters later shortened the name to Cy.  Young had a record of 15-15 with the Canton team.

Young signed with his first major league team, the Cleveland Spiders, in 1890.  He made his major league debut that August 6, pitching a three hit 8-1 victory over the Chicago Colts.  It was believed Young was the hardest thrower in the game at the time.  His catcher, Chief Zimmer, often put a piece of beefsteak in his glove to catch Young.  Young played for the Spiders through the 1898 season.

Prior to the 1899 season, the owner of the Spiders, Frank Robison, bought the St. Louis Browns.  The Browns were renamed the “Perfectos”.  Robison transferred most of the Spiders players to the Perfectos, including Young.  The Spiders players failed to help the new team, as the team finished fifth in both 1899 and 1900.  The Perfectos became the Cardinals in 1900.

Young left St. Louis after the 1900 season and joined the Boston Americans of the American League. The Americans later became the Red Sox.  Young played in Boston from 1901-1908.  Young pitched a perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1904.

Young tossed the third no-hitter of his career in 1908. At age 41, he was the oldest pitcher to record a no-hitter, a record that would stand 82 years until Nolan Ryan broke it at the age of 43.

After 1908, Young was traded back to Cleveland, to the Naps of the American League.  He won his 500th career game on July 19, 1910.  He was traded to the Boston Rustlers in the middle of the 1911 season.  His last career victory came on September 22, 1911.

Young returned to farming in 1912.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in the first year of its existence, in 1937.

Young died on November 4, 1955, in Ohio at the age of 88.  The Cy Young Award was created one year later in 1956.  The first award was given to the late Don Newcombe of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  For the first 11 years, there was only one award.  It was divided into National League and American League winners in 1967.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals 2018 Minor League Award Winners Recognized


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of March 4-10

photo: Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 3-4 in spring training action last week as Yadier Molina appeared in his first games. In our weekly history feature, Hall of Fame manager Whitey Herzog is remembered.


Spring game recaps

Monday, March 4 – Cardinals 5 at Tigers 9

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first of a three-game road trip to the west coast of Florida, the Cardinals were soundly defeated by the Tigers.  Adam Wainwright pitched three innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning three and walking one.  Austin Gomber surrendered three runs in 2 2/3 innings pitched and took the loss.  Mike Mayers gave up one run in 2/3 innings, and Ryan Helsley allowed three runs in 2/3 of an inning.

The Redbirds offense put up five runs on nine hits.  Kolten Wong hit his first spring home run, a solo shot in the first inning. Rangel Ravelo had a two-run blast in the sixth.  Ravelo was 2-for-4.  Ramon Urias and Drew Robinson each drove in a run.

Randy Arozarena was caught stealing and had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.  Robinson made a throwing error.


Tuesday, March 5 – Cardinals 1 at Phillies 2

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals lost a close contest to the Phillies on Tuesday.  The sole run for the Redbirds scored on a single from Max Schrock in the eighth inning.  There were only four St. Louis hits. Edmundo Sosa doubled, while Paul Goldschmidt and Evan Mendoza each singled.

Jack Flaherty pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out nine.  Flaherty issued no walks.  Andrew Miller and Jordan Hicks followed with a scoreless inning each.  Alex Reyes allowed one run in the seventh.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless eighth.  Genesis Cabrera gave up the winning run in the ninth.

Minor leaguer Alberto Triunfel, pinch running for Schrock, who pinch hit for Ozuna, was caught stealing.  Goldschmidt made a fielding error and Leone picked a runner off first base.


Wednesday, March 6 – Cardinals 9 at Yankees 5

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals ended the three-game road trip on Wednesday with a victory over the Yankees.  John Gant took the mound and pitched three innings.  The right hander gave up three runs on four hits while fanning two and walking one. The damage came on a three-run home run by Austin Romine in the second inning.  Chris Beck, Connor Jones, Ryan Meisinger, and Tommy Layne each added a scoreless inning.  Mike Hauschild pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs on three hits.

Tyler O’Neill hit a solo home run in the second inning, his fourth of the spring, to put the Cardinals on the board.  The Redbirds scored four in the third inning, beginning with an RBI double by Jose Martinez. O’Neill doubled to score Martinez.  A ground out by Matt Wieters plated a third run, then Paul DeJong doubled home another.   Kolten Wong plated a run on a bunt single in the sixth, and DeJong hit a two-run home run in the seventh.  Drew Robinson singled in the final run in the eighth.

Harrison Bader stole his first base of the spring, and DeJong did the same.  Rangel Ravelo was picked off first base.  Catcher Joe Hudson had a passed ball.


Thursday, March 7 – Off day


Friday, March 8 – Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Mike Mayers (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in the Friday afternoon split-squad contest in Jupiter.  The Redbirds offense scored three runs on seven hits, with all three runs coming home in the first inning.  The Nationals scored both of their runs in the first inning also. Jose Martinez doubled in the first St. Louis run.  Rangel Ravelo followed with an RBI single and Matt Wieters singled in Martinez.

Starter Michael Wacha gave up solo home runs to Matt Adams and Jake Noll.  Wacha pitched four innings, giving up the two runs and allowing six hits.  Wacha struck out two.  John Brebbia and Andrew Miller followed with a scoreless inning each.  Mike Mayers pitched two scoreless innings, and Ryan Meisinger added a scoreless ninth.


Friday, March 8 – Cardinals 6 at Astros 3

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the night game of Friday’s split-squad day, many of the Cardinals regulars traveled to West Palm and they defeated the Astros, 6-3.

Starters Dakota Hudson and Gerrit Cole were both dominating, with the Cardinal throwing one-hit ball for four innings and the Astros star doing the same for three. St. Louis got to the Houston pen in the fourth, plating three. After Andrew Knizner drove in a run, Dylan Carlson plated two more on a double.

Matt Carpenter was busy in the fifth as he launched a solo home run. The home club halved the gap in the bottom half of the inning against Hunter Cervenka when a groundball shot between third baseman Carpenter’s legs for a two-run error.

Daniel Ponce de Leon yielded a run in the sixth, but Scott Hurst plated two on a double to set the final score in the seventh. Hudson earned the win and Ponce de Leon was given a save after yielding the lone run over the final four frames. Knizner had two of St. Louis’ eight hits, drove in one and scored twice.


Saturday, March 9 – Cardinals 3, Astros 9

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were walloped by the Astros in the Saturday contest in Jupiter.  St. Louis initially took a 3-0 lead in the second inning on Harrison Bader’s RBI single and a two-run home run by Tommy Edman, who went 2-for-3 in the game.  This lead would hold until a Cardinal pitching meltdown in the sixth inning.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, fanning two and walking one.  Alex Reyes followed with a scoreless fifth.  Then came the sixth inning. Connor Jones proceeded to give up four runs while recording only one out.  Genesis Cabrera entered and surrendered three more.  After the bloodbath was over, the score was 7-3 in favor of the Astros.  Chasen Shreve and Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.  Tyler Webb yielded two more runs to the Astros’ tally in the ninth, one unearned due to a fielding error by Tommy Edman.

Ramon Urias also committed an error, an unfortunate throw to second base.


Sunday, March 10 – Cardinals 1 at Mets 9

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals ended the week with another walloping, this one at the hands of the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Austin Gomber made the start and it went badly.  The left hander couldn’t finish three innings, and by then he had given up five runs on six hits, including two home runs.  Tommy Layne came in to stop the bleeding but ended up making it worse. Two more Mets runs scored, so the combined 3 2/3 innings of Gomber and Layne resulted in a 7-0 Mets lead.  Chris Beck and Brett Cecil combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Ryan Meisinger handed the Mets another run in the seventh, and Hunter Cervenka did the same in the eighth.

The Cardinals finally scored a run when Dylan Carlson hit a solo home run in the eighth.  Matt Carpenter, Paul Goldschmidt, Tyler O’Neill, and Yairo Munoz scattered singles.


The Big Picture

This past week, the Cardinals played seven games, including a three-game road trip to the west coast of Florida.  The period did not go particularly well for the Redbirds overall, as they went 3-4.  Their overall spring record sits at 6-8-2. The starting pitching has fared well, but a number of the younger relievers have faltered. The offense remains spotty, with many players in and out of the lineups.


News and Notes

A summary of various reports coming out of Spring Training 2019:

  • Left hander Brett Cecil lost a considerable amount of weight since the end of last season. However, the weight loss, approximately 42 pounds, has apparently affected his pitching, according to Cecil.  The lefty was kept out of the lineup at the beginning of the season in an effort to correct some bad mechanics.  Cecil made an appearance in Sunday’s loss against the Mets and though he did not yield a run, did not pitch well.  Cecil now believes the weight loss was too much and has affected his mechanics; therefore the left hander seeks to work with a nutritionist to regain some of the lost weight.
  • Marcell Ozuna, who is recovering from shoulder surgery, has spent the initial weeks of spring out of the field and making appearances at the plate as a DH. That plan is set to change as Ozuna is expected to make his first appearance in left field on Monday.
  • Yadier Molina (knee) made his first spring training appearance at the plate as DH Friday’s game against the Nationals. Molina went 1-for-2 with a run scored in the 3-2 win.  On Saturday, Molina returned behind the plate to catch long time battery mate Adam Wainwright.
  • The Cardinals renewed the contracts of 20 pre-arbitration members of the 40-man roster, while pitchers Jack Flaherty and Jordan Hicks protested by not agreeing. However, they are signed anyway. More details here:

Cardinals Agree to Terms with 20 Pre-Arbitration Players


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 3/9 The Cardinals optioned RF Adolis Garcia, RHP Giovanny Gallegos, LHP Genesis Cabrera, RHP Ryan Helsley and SS Edmundo Sosa to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 3/9 Five non-roster invitees were also re-assigned to minor league camp – pitchers Evan Kruczynski, Seth Elledge and Williams Perez plus catchers Dennis Ortega and Julio Rodriguez.
  • The Cardinals have 55 players remaining in camp – 35 40-man players and 20 non-roster invitees. See the details at The Cardinal Nation’s Roster Matrix.

Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an injection of platelet-rich plasma a week ago. As a result, Martinez’ rehab program was extended for another week.  The right-hander will not throw until at least March 12.  Martinez will likely not be ready to open the season in the rotation and could begin on the injured list.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder) will likely open the season on the injured list. Gregerson played catch off the mound on Friday, but no bullpen session is scheduled for the near future.
  • IF/UT Jedd Gyorko is nursing a minor calf injury. Gyorko has been out of the lineup for the last week and could be out of commission for another week or so.
  • C Francisco Pena suffered an oblique injury in the game against the Phillies on Tuesday. The injury is characterized as a mild oblique strain and Pena is expected to miss about a week.
  • Outfielder Lane Thomas returned over the weekend after missing more than a week due to discomfort in his side.
  • Outfielder Justin Williams has yet to appear in spring action as he recovers for a broken right hand suffered in the off-season.

Looking Ahead

The new week opens as the Cardinals take on the Nationals again in Jupiter on Monday.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the start against Max Scherzer of the Nationals.  The Cardinals travel to Lake Buena Vista on Tuesday to play the Braves.  The Cardinals return to take on the Marlins in Jupiter, with the Cardinals the visitor.  The Cardinals remain in Jupiter to play the Mets on Thursday and the Astros on Friday.  The Redbirds then travel down to West Palm Beach to play the Nationals again, then end the week playing the Marlins on Sunday.

Opening Day of the 2019 regular season begins on the afternoon of March 28 as the Cardinals will begin the season in Milwaukee.  The four-game series against the Brewers includes a 7:10 CT game on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday

The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates beginning on April 1.  There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2.  The second game of the series takes place on Wednesday, April 3.

The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres.  Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.


Blast from the Past

This week’s history segment looks at another Cardinals Hall of Fame manager.  This one reigned over a decade of delightful Cardinal baseball that resulted in three World Series appearances and one World Series title.

Whitey Herzog

Dorrel Norman Elvert Herzog, better known as “Whitey” was born on November 9, 1931 in New Athens, Illinois. Herzog played both basketball and baseball at New Athens High School.  His professional baseball career started with the New York Yankees and he played minor league ball in the Yankees organization from 1949-1955, with an interruption in 1953 when Herzog joined the Army Corps of Engineers during the Korean War.  A Yankees sportscaster gave Herzog the nickname “Whitey” because of his light blonde hair and resemblance to Yankees pitcher Bob “The White Rat” Kuzava.

The Yankees traded Herzog to the Washington Senators in 1956, where he made his major league debut on April 17 at the age of 24.  The Kansas City Athletics purchased Herzog in May of 1958.  Kansas City traded Herzog to the Baltimore Orioles in 1961.  At the end of the 1962 season, the Orioles traded Herzog to the Detroit Tigers.  In his eight seasons as a major leaguer, Herzog batted .257 with 25 home runs, 172 RBI, 213 runs scored, 60 doubles, 20 triples, and 13 stolen bases.  Herzog played his last game in September of 1963 at the age of 31.  During his career, Herzog played the outfield and first base.

Herzog became a scout for the Athletics in 1964 and a coach in 1965.  In 1966 Herzog went to work for the Mets as third base coach.  He moved to the front office in 1967 as Director of Player Development, where he remained for six years.  Herzog left the Mets to sign on as the manager of the Texas Rangers for the 1973 season.  He lasted only the one season in Texas, then moved on as interim manager for the Angels in 1974.

Herzog was hired in 1975 to manage the Kansas City Royals.  In his five seasons as the Royals manager, his clubs won three straight AL West division titles.

Whitey moved to the Cardinals in June 1980, replacing manager Jack Krol.  Herzog also acted as the Cardinals’ general manager from 1980-82.  Herzog remained the team’s field manager until resigning on July 7, 1990, stating he was “embarrassed” by his team’s play.

The style of play Herzog brought to St. Louis, focusing on pitching, speed, and defense, received the moniker of “Whiteyball”.  Herzog preferred high on-base hitters in his lineups, which featured Keith Hernandez, Jose Oquendo, and Ozzie Smith.

Herzog led the Cardinals to the World Championship in 1982.  The Cardinals reached the World Series in 1985 and 1987, but lost both, the first to Herzog’s prior team, the Kansas City Royals, and then to the Minnesota Twins.  The 1985 World Series became infamous for one of the worst blown calls in the history of baseball, a crucial out turned safe call at first base by umpire Don Denkinger.  The blown call turned a potential Game 6 win and World Series title into a loss followed by a Game 7 defeat to the Royals.

Herzog finished his decade as Cardinals manager in 1990, with a mark of 822 wins and 728 losses.  After his managerial career ended, Herzog went into the front office of the Angels for a short time and became the GM in 1993. This stint as GM went badly and he resigned in January 1994.

Herzog was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager by the Veterans Committee in 2009.  He was inducted in 2010.  That same year the Cardinals retired Herzog’s uniform number 24.  Herzog was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame in the inaugural class of 2014.

Whitey, who remains a St. Louis resident with his wife, Mary Lou, can still be seen at Cardinals games and serves on the team’s Hall of Fame nominating committee.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Early 2019 Cardinals Minor League Roster Analysis


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of February 25 – March 3

photo: Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Spring game recaps

Monday, February 25 – Cardinals 3, Tigers 3

The Detroit Tigers brought a split squad to fact the St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter on Monday, a group that included slugger Miguel Cabrera.  Jake Woodford made the start for the Cardinals and pitched two innings, giving up two runs on two hits.  Following Woodford was Evan Kruczynski, Williams Perez, Mike Hauschild, Connor Jones, and Mike Mayers.   Perez gave up one run in his two innings pitched.

On offense, the Cardinals scored three runs on six hits, all singles from Jose Martinez, Dylan Carlson, Yairo Munoz, Tommy Edman, Kolten Wong, and Rangel Ravelo.  Munoz, Edman, and Ravelo drove in one run each.


Tuesday, February 26 – Cardinals 6 at Nationals 1

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Tuesday, the Cardinals took on the Nats in the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.  Randy Arozarena had a big day at the plate, going 3-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. He also stole a base.  Francisco Pena, competing for the back-up catcher job, went 2-for-3 with two RBI.  Pena and Paul Goldschmidt doubled.

Adam Wainwright made the start and pitched two scoreless, hitless innings with one strikeout.  Wainwright was followed by Chasen Shreve, who gave up a run in one inning of relief.  Chris Beck, Tommy Layne, Ryan Meisinger, Hunter Cervenka, Ryan Helsley, and Dominic Leone finished the game with scoreless performances.


Wednesday, February 27 – Cardinals 0, Braves 4

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were shut out by the Braves in Jupiter on Wednesday.  Dakota Hudson got the start and pitched two scoreless innings. Austin Gomber, Brett Cecil, John Brebbia, and Tyler Webb followed with a combined five scoreless innings. In the eighth, Seth Elledge took the mound and gave up four runs, three earned, on two hits.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless ninth, striking out the side.

The offense managed four hits, with Yairo Munoz going 2-for-3 with a double. Kolten Wong and Harrison Bader both singled.

Wong stole his first base of the spring, and Munoz was caught stealing for the first time.  Edmundo Sosa committed a fielding error at shortstop.


Thursday, February 28 – Cardinals 2, Mets 3

The Mets came to Jupiter on Thursday and defeated the Redbirds 3-2.  Matt Carpenter hit his first spring home run, a solo shot in the first inning on his way to a 2-for-2 day.  Dylan Carlson and Sosa each contributed a double, and Sosa drove in a run.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched three scoreless innings, allowing five hits and walking one.  Jack Flaherty followed and surrendered two runs on three hits in his three innings.  Flaherty fanned five and walked one.  Mike Mayers took the seventh and allowed one run.  Jordan Hicks fanned three in the eighth and walked one.  Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless ninth.


Friday, March 1 – Cardinals 4 at Astros 4

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Astros came to Jupiter on Friday and the game ended in the second tie of the week and spring.

John Gant got the start and pitched three innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Connor Jones tossed a scoreless fourth.  Andrew Miller, in his first appearance of the spring, surrendered three runs on two hits in the fifth.  He was removed with two outs in the inning for Chris Beck, who got the final out of the inning.  Beck returned to pitch a scoreless sixth.  Ryan Helsley, Ryan Meisinger, and Tyler Webb combined for the final three scoreless frames.

The Cardinals offense came on solo home runs by Scott Hurst and Tyler O’Neill, and RBI singles by Rangel Ravelo and Joe Hudson. Paul DeJong doubled. Ramon Urias and Max Schrock singled.

Kolten Wong stole his second base of the spring.


Saturday, March 2 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 3

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals prevailed as the home team against the Marlins in Jupiter on Saturday.  Randy Arozarena had another good day at the plate, going 2-for-4 including a triple, with two runs scored. Francisco Pena went 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Tommy Edman, Edmundo Sosa, and Jeremy Martinez contributed doubles.

Michael Wacha made the start and pitched three scoreless innings. He fanned four and walked one.  Chasen Shreve and Dominic Leone followed with a scoreless inning each.  Tommy Layne gave up two runs on two hits in the sixth.  Mike Hauschild pitched a scoreless seventh.  Jake Woodford took the final two innings and surrendered one unearned run.

Chase Pinder stole his first base of the spring.  Tommy Edman made a fielding error and a throwing error.  Leone committed an error on a pickoff attempt.


Sunday, March 3 – Cardinals 8, Mets 10

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Sunday, the Mets made their second trip to Jupiter this spring. The lead changed hands several times, but the Mets prevailed in the end.

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched three innings and gave up three runs on four hits, including a two-run home run.  Dakota Hudson followed with 1 2/3 innings, during which he surrendered two runs on four hits.  John Brebbia relinquished two runs in his 1 2/3 innings and Giovanny Gallegos added 1 2/3 innings in which he gave up three runs.  Only Tyler Webb came out unscathed with a scoreless ninth.

Matt Carpenter blasted his second spring home run, a two run shot, in the second inning.  Tyler O’Neill hit his third, another two run shot, in the fifth.  Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-2 with an RBI.  Edmundo Sosa, who pinch ran for Gyorko, then remained in the game to play shortstop, and was 2-for-3.  Ramon Urias went 2-for-5.  Sosa and Scott Hurst each tripled.

Carpenter stole his first base of the spring.  Adolis Garcia swiped two.  Sosa and Harrison Bader were both caught stealing.

Joe Hudson committed a throwing error and Urias made a missed catch error.


Cardinals extend Mikolas

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

On Tuesday, the Cardinals announced they had extended Miles Mikolas’ contract through the 2023 season.  The four-year deal, worth $68 million dollars, will begin after Mikolas’ current contract expires at the end of this season.  The contract includes a full no trade clause and an escalator clause that adds $2 million if the hurler pitches 200 innings in 2019.

Mikolas was signed by the Cardinals to a two-year contract for 2018-19 after returning to MLB after a three-year stint pitching in Japan. The right hander pitched well in 2018, posting an ERA of 2.83 and finishing sixth in the NL Cy Young Award voting.  In other 2018 accomplishments, Mikolas had the highest strike rate in the majors at 69.3% and was the third pitcher in MLB history to win 10 games on the road without a loss.  Mikolas earned an All-Star berth but was unable to take part in the game because his wife gave birth to twins.

The extension announcement followed by three days the announcement that Mikolas would be the opening day starter.


Wieters to compete for backup catcher

Matt Wieters (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

The Cardinals gave potential backup catcher Francisco Pena some added competition this past week by adding free agent veteran catcher Matt Wieters to the team on a minor league deal.

Wieters, 32, a 10-year veteran, had gone unsigned over the offseason before the Cardinals extended their offer.  Wieters played the last two seasons with the Washington Nationals.  Prior to that he spent eight seasons as the primary catcher for the Baltimore Orioles.  Wieter made four All-Star appearances as an Oriole and also won two catching Gold Glove Awards.  Injuries have plagued the backstop over his career, including Tommy John surgery in 2014 that ended his season mid-year and kept him out of the 2015 season until June.

Two underwhelming seasons with the Nationals left Wieters without a job until the Cardinals came calling.  Wieters will compete with Francisco Pena for the job backing up Yadier Molina.  While Pena has one year as Molina’s back up under his belt, Wieters bring veteran experience with offensive upside as a switch hitter.

Wieters will receive a salary of $1.5 million if the makes the team and has a March 21 out, the same date as does Pena.


Spring Training News and Notes

Brett Cecil (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A summary of various reports coming out of Spring Training 2019:

  • Alex Reyes is set to make his spring debut on the mound on Tuesday, March 5. He will appear in relief on Tuesday but is still set to stretch out as a starter.
  • Left hander Brett Cecil’s spring has been put on pause in an effort to correct some bad mechanics seen on video from Cecil’s one spring appearance on Wednesday. Cecil will be kept out of games until late this coming week.  Cecil came to camp having lost 30 pounds and has lost an additional 10 pounds since.
  • Dabo Swinney, head coach of the National Champion Clemson Tigers football team, made a visit on Sunday to Cardinals camp as a guest of manager Mike Shildt, and addressed the team. Swinney opened with a video presentation and then shared a message of normalized excellence.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 2/27 The Cardinals signed free agent C Matt Wieters to a minor league contract with an invite to spring training.

Injury Report

C Yadier Molina (knee surgery) has not yet appeared in either of the first two spring games and is not expected to catch in games at least mid-March.  Molina has been taking at bats in squad games on the backfields.

RHP Carlos Martinez (right shoulder) had an in injection of platelet-rich plasma in the shoulder on Monday.  As a result of the injection, Martinez’ rehab program was extended for another week.  The right hander will likely not be ready by opening day and could begin the season on the injured list.

UT Yairo Munoz (left hand) was hit by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Marlins.  X-rays on the hand came back negative.

OF Lane Thomas suffered an intercostal (rib) injury on a check swing and has not appeared since the second game of the spring. He is expected to return within a week.


Looking Ahead

The first full week of spring training games began on Monday, February 25.  The Cardinals went 2-3-2 for the week and are 3-4-2 overall.  On Monday, March 4, the Cardinals play the Detroit Tigers in Lakeland, FL with Adam Wainwright scheduled to start.  On Tuesday, the Cardinals take on the Phillies in Clearwater with Jack Flaherty on the mound for the Redbirds.  The next stop is Tampa on Wednesday to play the Yankees.  John Gant will make the start.  There is no game on Thursday.  On Friday, the Cardinals return home to Jupiter to play the Nationals.  The Astros come to Jupiter on Saturday, and on Sunday the Cardinals travel to Port St. Lucie to play the Mets.

Opening Day of the 2019 regular season is on March 28 as the Cardinals travel to Milwaukee.  The first game of the four-game set is to start at 1:10 CT.  That will be followed by a 7:10 CT game on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday.

The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates on April 1st and 3rd.  There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2.

The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres.  Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past moves forward several decades from the prior week to cover a living member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  A fan favorite, this former Cardinal is currently in Jupiter for Cardinals spring training.

Lou Brock (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Louis Clark Brock was born on June 18, 1939 in El Dorado, Arkansas, to a family of sharecroppers. When Lou was two years old, his family moved to Collinston, Louisiana.  Brock attended Southern University in Baton Rouge and began playing baseball in order to secure a scholarship to continue his time at the University.  Southern University won the NAIA championship in Brock’s junior year.  Lou was selected to the United States baseball team for the 1959 Pan American Games.

Brock came to St. Louis on a recommendation from a scout to try out for the Cardinals, but the scout was in Seattle to sign Ray Washburn.  Brock then tried out for the Chicago Cubs instead, who signed him as a free agent in 1960.  Brock made his major league debut with the Cubs in September 1961.  Brock had speed and good baserunning skills, but his bat did not impress the Cubs management.  The Cubs lost patience with Brock and traded him to the Cardinals in 1964 for Ernie Broglio.

At the time the trade was thought to be a steal for the Cubs.  Brock, however, had other ideas.  Brock’s hitting improved to .348 in 1964, from his .260 mark for the Cubs over the two previous seasons.  Brock stole 38 bases in that second half of 1964 with the Cardinals.

At the time of the trade, the Cardinals were in eighth place in the National League.  After Brock arrived, the Cardinals raced to the top to take the pennant on the last day of the season, and the team won the 1964 World Series against the Yankees.  Brock finished 10th in the MVP voting in 1964.

Brock broke Maury Wills’ NL single-season stolen base record in 1966.  Lou led the NL in stolen bases eight times between 1966 and 1974.

Brock led the NL in runs scored (113) in 1967, and again (126) in 1971.  He led the NL in doubles (46) and triples (14) in 1968. In his 16 years with the Cardinals, Brock slashed .297/.347/.414, with 129 home runs and 814 RBI.  He stole 888 bases in that span.  In 1979, Brock became the 14th player in MLB history to reach the 3,000 hits plateau.

Brock retired at the end of the 1979 season at the age of 40, having posted a .304 average in that last season.  He was named the NL Comeback Player of the Year that season.  His number 20 was retired by the Cardinals that year.

The NL named its annual stolen base leader award the Lou Brock Award in 1978.  Brock has won many awards over his career, including the Roberto Clemente Award in 1975, the Lou Gehrig Memorial Award in 1977, and the Hutch Award in 1979.

Brock was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985.  He was inducted into the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame in 1992 and was part of the 2014 inaugural class of the Cardinals Hall of Fame.

Brock and his wife Jackie continue to live in St. Louis.  Brock, a diabetic, had his left leg amputated in October 2015.  In April 2017, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow.  Several months later Brock announced he was cancer free.

Brock makes appearances when he can at Cardinals games, including the Opening Day ceremonies.  He is currently working as a special instructor for the Cardinals.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

2019 Cardinals Prospects – Others’ Consolidated Top 10


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of February 18-24

photo: Jose Martinez (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals are 1-1 in early spring training action and outfielder Jose Martinez has a new contract. In our weekly history feature, the Hall of Fame career of The Fordham Flash, Frankie Frisch, is remembered.


Spring training game recaps

Saturday, February 23 – Cardinals 11, Marlins 1

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals pounded the Miami Marlins in the first game of 2019 Grapefruit League action on Saturday.  Starter Miles Mikolas pitched two innings, retiring all six batters faced.  Following Mikolas on the mound were Jack Flaherty, Tommy Layne, Chris Beck, Hunter Cervenka, Ryan Helsley, and Ryan Meisinger.  Flaherty gave up the only Miami run.

It was the minor leaguers who shined after the starters departed.  Drew Robinson went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Robinson is a candidate to make the opening roster as a utility fielder. Tommy Edman went 3-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored.  Max Schrock was 3-for-4 with four RBI, including a three-run home run.  Earlier, Ramon Urias hit a three-run shot and was 2-for-4.  Lane Thomas was 3-for-3 and Andrew Knizner was 2-for-3.  Rangel Ravelo, who started the game at first base, was 2-for-5.

Sunday, February 24 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 12

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were the victims rather than the perpetrators of a rout on Sunday, as the Nationals walloped the Redbirds 12-2.  Offense was scarce for St. Louis, with the highlight a solo blast from Tyler O’ Neill.  Andrew Knizner provided the other run.  Once again, Drew Robinson made his presence and his wish for an opening day roster spot known.  Robinson went 2-for-3 with a double and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched two innings, giving up one run on one hit.  He fanned one and walked one.  Daniel Ponce De Leon had a rough outing and was taken out after two outs in the third inning.  He gave up three runs on one hit.  Chasen Shreve got the last out of the inning.  John Gant followed with two innings.  Genesis Cabrera had a hard time on the mound as well, as he surrendered four runs in only 2/3 innings.  Andrew Morales relinquished three additional runs and was removed with a shoulder issue.  Seth Elledge, Tyler Webb, and Giovanny Gallegos pitched the final three innings.


Cardinals give Martinez two-year deal

In a somewhat surprise move, the Cardinals signed outfielder Jose Martinez to a two-year contract extension, the team announced on Saturday.  Martinez, the subject of trade rumors both at the July deadline in 2018 and in the offseason, accepted a deal worth $3.25 million, which buys out one of his arbitration years.  The deal is a raise in salary for 2019 and includes a signing bonus.

Jose Martinez

The deal seems to have been prompted by the news that Martinez had been offered a job playing in Japan, revealed to the media by President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak.  However, such an opportunity could only have occurred had the team been willing to sell Martinez’ rights.  The deal provides Martinez with a measure of financial security, something that has a unique importance for the outfielder, whose family resides in the politically explosive country of Venezuela.

Martinez led the team in batting average (.305), and hits (163) last season and has slashed .309/.372/.478 since making his Cardinals debut in September of 2016.  Martinez spent some time playing first base last season, but ended the season in the outfield, his natural position.  With the return of Dexter Fowler from injury and the addition of Paul Goldschmidt at first base, Martinez will likely be a bench option in a corner outfield spot, where his defense plays better than at first base.

Martinez would have been arbitration eligible in 2020 and will be a free agent after the 2022 season. Further details here:

Cardinals Announce Two-Year Deal with Jose Martinez


Spring Training News and Notes

Below is a summary of various reports coming out of Spring Training 2019:

  • In Sunday’s game against the Nationals, Matt Carpenter, Dexter Fowler, and Paul Goldschmidt topped the lineup in the first three spots. Manager Mike Shildt revealed that he plans to continue with this alignment at least through the first half of spring games.
  • The Grapefruit League debut of LHP Andrew Miller will be delayed a bit. Miller will throw to live batters on Monday along with Alex Reyes, and Jordan Hicks.  All three hurlers are on a slower spring program for precautionary reasons.  Miller missed two months of his 2018 season due to right knee inflammation.
  • Shildt named RHP Miles Mikolas as the regular season opening day starter. Mikolas retired all six batters he faced in Saturday’s game against the Marlins.  Mikolas will make at least five more Grapefruit League starts before spring training wraps up.
  • The beginning of Grapefruit League action brought something new for players and fans to talk about. MLB is doing a trial run of a 20-second pitch clock in spring games this year.  Its regular-season introduction may hinges on talks between MLB and the players union.  Though Commissioner Rob Manfred has the authority under the CBA to implement the clock without the union’s consent, he has indicated he would prefer to have the union’s consent.  Talks on this issue, as well as other potential rule changes, are ongoing.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

There are no transactions to report.


Injury Report

Yadier Molina (knee surgery) has not yet appeared in either of the first two spring games and is not expected to catch in games at least until mid-March.  Molina has engaged in catching drills and on Saturday he squatted behind the plate for the first time this spring to catch Adam Wainwright’s side session.  Molina is expected to appear in some spring games to bat as the designated hitter.

Andrew Morales made an early exit from Sunday’s game due to right shoulder discomfort.  Morales will undergo further evaluation in the coming days.  The right hander is a spring non-roster invitee.


Looking Ahead

Spring Training games have begun.  The first two resulted in a 1-1 split, with the Cardinals defeating the Marlins but losing to the Nats.  The Cardinals will play the Tigers at home on Monday, followed by a second game against the Nats on Tuesday in Palm Beach.  Jake Woodford will get the start on Monday, and Adam Wainwright is scheduled for the Tuesday start.  Home games against the Braves and Mets lead into a weekend schedule of games against the Astros, Marlins, and Mets again.   The Spring Training Schedule can be found here. TCN’s consolidated Cardinals spring radio and television schedule follows.

Cardinals Announce 2019 Spring Training TV and Radio Schedule

Opening Day of the 2019 regular season begins on March 28 with the Cardinals on the road in Milwaukee.  In the four-game series against the Brewers, the first game will start at 1:10 CT, with a 7:10 CT first pitch on Friday, 6:10 CT on Saturday, and 1:10 CT on Sunday.

The Cardinals continue on the road to Pittsburgh to play two games against the Pirates beginning on April 1.  There will be no game on Tuesday, April 2.  The second game of the series takes place on Wednesday, April 3.

The Cardinals home opener will be on Thursday, April 4 against the San Diego Padres.  Friday will be an off day, and the Cardinals will resume the series with two games against the Padres on Saturday and Sunday.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past recalls the career of Hall of Famer Frankie Frisch, who played 11 seasons for the Cardinals and was a player-manager for the last five of those years.

Frankie Frisch

Frisch was born on September 9, 1898 in the Bronx, New York.  He attended the Fordham Preparatory School and Fordham University, where he excelled in four sports, baseball, football, basketball and track, and earned the nickname, “The Fordham Flash”.

Frisch left school in 1919 to sign a contract with the New York Giants, skipping the minor leagues and going straight to the majors. The switch-hitter led the league in stolen bases in his first full season in 1920 and played both second and third base for the Giants until 1923, when he became a full time second baseman.

Frisch played with the Giants through the 1926 season.  He batted over.300 for the last six seasons in New York and helped the Giants win the World Series in 1921 and 1922.

The Giants traded Frisch to the Cardinals after the 1926 season in exchange for another future Hall of Famer, Rogers Hornsby.  The trade occurred after a memorable blowup with Giants manager John McGraw, the subject of last week’s Blast from the Past.

Frisch became the Cardinals’ second baseman and played on four World Series teams in 1928, 1930, 1931 and 1934.  St. Louis’ famed “Gashouse Gang” was built around Frisch, who played with a no holds barred approach.  The Cardinals had won only one NL pennant before Frisch joined the team.

The second baseman won the NL MVP Award in 1931 after batting .311 and leading the league with 28 stolen bases.  He was an All-Star in the game’s first three years, from 1933-1935.

He became the player-manager of the Cardinals in 1933 and managed the club to its fourth World Series title, in 1934.  He finished his playing career in 1937 and managed the Cardinals for one more season in 1938.  Frisch continued managing for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1940-1946 and the Chicago Cubs from 1949-1951.

Frisch followed up his playing and managing career with a stint in broadcasting, first as a color commentator on Boston radio.  From 1959-1961, he was a member of the backup crew for the Game of the Week on CBS.

He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1947 on the fifth ballot, with a vote of 84.47%.  Frisch became a member of the HOF Veterans Committee and later its chairman.  During this time, a number of Frisch’s ex-teammates were elected to the Hall, something which has been widely criticized by the baseball media.

Frisch died on March 12, 1973, in Wilmington Delaware, of injuries suffered in a car accident a month earlier.  He was 74 years old.  Ironically the accident occurred as he was returning from a meeting of the Veterans Committee.

As a Cooperstown honoree, Frisch was inducted into the Cardinals Hall of Fame as part of the 2014 inaugural class.


Bonus for members of The Cardinal Nation

Cardinals Farm System in MLB’s Middle Class for Fifth Straight Year


Not yet a member?

Join The Cardinal Nation for the most comprehensive coverage of the St. Louis Cardinals from the majors through the entire minor league system.


Get TCN’s New 2019 Prospect Guide

Order The Cardinal Nation’s 190-page 2019 Prospect Guide now – available in PDF and printed book form, with a special 50% off deal for annual members.

Follow Marilyn Green on Twitter @Marilyncolor.

© 2019 The Cardinal Nation, thecardinalnation.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.