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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – October 5, 2019

photo: Griffin Roberts (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Four St. Louis Cardinals appeared in Glendale’s Friday extra-inning win – one position player and four pitchers. Shortstop Kramer Robertson went 1-for-4 with a triple, walk and an RBI. Starter Griffin Roberts went four scoreless innings, striking out five. Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Seth Elledge pitched the final inning and gave up an unearned run but received his first AFL save.

Results for the game played on Friday, October 4.


Kramer Robertson (Arizona Fall League)

Glendale Desert Dogs 7 at Surprise Saguaros 6 (11 innings)

One St. Louis Cardinal position player and four pitchers saw action in Friday’s extra inning contest between Glendale and Surprise.

Kramer Robertson hit leadoff for Glendale.  He went 1-for-4 with a walk, a triple and an RBI.  The triple came on his first at bat of the game.  The shortstop also grounded out, flied out and drove in a run on a fielder’s choice.  Robertson has a slash line of .182/.357/.364 in three AFL starts.

Griffin Roberts (Arizona Fall League)

Griffin Roberts was the starting pitcher for Glendale.  Roberts pitched four scoreless innings, allowed two hits, fanned five and walked one.  The right-hander threw 60 pitches, 36 for strikes, and has an ERA of 3.38 in three AFL starts.

With the score tied 4-4, Roel Ramirez added a scoreless eighth, allowed no hits, and struck out one.  He threw 17 pitches, 13 for strikes.  The reliever has an ERA of 1.42 in five AFL appearances.

To send the game into extra innings, Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning an struck out one.  The right hander threw 13 pitches, 10 for strikes.  Whitley has not yet given up a run in five AFL appearances.

In the top of the 11th, Jonathan India (CIN) drove in the eventual
game-winning run on a sacrifice fly, scoring Tyler Stephenson (CIN).

Seth Elledge (Arizona Fall League)

Given a two-run lead to protect, Seth Elledge pitched the bottom of the 11th and surrendered one unearned run (batter placed on second base) on two hits.  The right-hander struck out one to collect his first AFL save in support of winning pitcher Clayton Andrews (MIL).  Elledge threw 18 pitches, 11 for strikes and has an ERA of 0.00 in five AFL appearances.

No other Cardinals saw action in the first extra-innings game of the 2019 AFL season.

Glendale is 4-9 and in last place in the AFL West, five games back.

Saturday’s game:  at Surprise, RHP Victor Castaneda (MIL), 2:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of September 23-29

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The St. Louis Cardinals won Game 162 to finally clinch the Central Division – for the first time since 2015. The Atlanta Braves await in the Division Series. Our weekly history feature looks back at the last time the two teams played in the NLDS, in 2000.


Game recaps

Monday, September 23 – Cardinals 9 at Diamondbacks 7

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis began the last week of the regular season with a three-game series at the Diamondbacks.  The Cardinals took Game 1, 9-7.

The Cardinals offense scored nine runs on nine hits, including home runs by Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, and Harrison Bader.  Edman hit a solo shot in the first inning and Goldschmidt blasted a two-run home run in the third.  Molina thumped a two-run homer in the fifth, and finally, Bader smacked a solo shot in the eighth.  Molina drove in four runs and was 2-for-4.  Goldschmidt was also 2-for-4, while Edman and Marcell Ozuna were each 2-for-3.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked two.  Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  John Brebbia surrendered two runs in the eighth, before Carlos Martinez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 24th save.  Wainwright earned his 14th win.

Ozuna made a fielding error.


Tuesday, September 24 – Cardinals 2 at Diamondbacks 3 (19 innings)

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The second game of the series was a grueling 19-inning marathon that ended in a loss for the Cardinals.  The offense managed only two runs on 13 hits.  Dexter Fowler hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Paul Goldschmidt smacked a solo shot in the 13th.  Goldschmidt, Yadier Molina, and Harrison Bader were each 2-for-8.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched seven scoreless, one hit innings while striking out 11 and walking two.  Giovanny Gallegos added a scoreless eighth.  Andrew Miller surrendered one run in the ninth to blow the save opportunity.  Tyler Webb and Ryan Helsley combined to toss two scoreless innings.  Genesis Cabrera pitched a scoreless 12th.  John Gant surrendered one run to begin the 13th and was replaced by Junior Fernandez, who completed the 13th. Fernandez was charged with a blown save for allowing an inherited runner to score.  Daniel Ponce de Leon followed Fernandez with three scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone tossed the next two scoreless innings. John Brebbia surrendered the winning run in the 19th.

Molina stole his sixth base of the season.


Wednesday, September 25 – Cardinals 7 at Diamondbacks 9

The Cardinals fell to the Diamondbacks in the final game of the series, 9-7.  Starter Michael Wacha lasted only 1 2/3 innings, leaving the game with a shoulder injury.  Wacha gave up two runs on four hits while striking out three and walking two.  Mike Mayers followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings. John Gant pitched 1 2/3 scoreless.  Genesis Cabrera surrendered three runs in the fifth.  Junior Fernandez started the sixth and allowed four runs while recording only one out.  Tyler Webb added 1 2/3 scoreless innings, but the damage was done.  Dominic Leone tossed a scoreless eighth.  Fernandez was tagged with the loss and a blown save.

St. Louis offense, minus most of the regular starters, scored seven runs on 10 hits.  Randy Arozarena hit a sixth inning solo home run.  Jose Martinez was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  His hits included a triple and a double.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-4, as was Arozarena.

Arozarena stole his second base, and also had an outfield assist at third base.  Edman and Matt Wieters committed fielding errors.


Thursday, September 26 – Off day


Friday, September 27 – Cardinals 2, Cubs 8

The Cardinals ended the regular season with a three-game weekend series at home against the Cubs.  The team entered the series with a magic number of three to win the division.  It didn’t come easy as the Cardinals lost the first game of the series, 8-2, despite the Cubs sitting many regulars.  Fortunately for St. Louis, the surging Brewers lost the first game of their series in Denver.

The offense only scored two runs on nine hits.   Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run in the fourth inning.  Their second run came home in the seventh on a single by Yadier Molina.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-4.  Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-4, Molina was 2-for-5, and Carpenter was 2-for-3.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched five scoreless innings, allowed two hits, fanned 10 and walked five.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered one run in the sixth.  Andrew Miller and Ryan Helsley yielded seven runs between them in the seventh, while Genesis Cabrera got the last out of that inning.  Mike Mayers tossed a scoreless eighth, and Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Edman stole his 15th base of 2019 with St. Louis.


Saturday, September 28 – Cardinals 6, Cubs 8

The Cardinals made taking the Division more difficult by losing the second game of the Cubs series on Saturday.  Once again, the Brewers lost in Denver to keep the Cardinals Division lead intact.

St. Louis fell behind early and had to play catch up.  The fifth inning began with a solo home run by Harrison Bader, his 12th of the season.  Tommy Edman later hit a two-run triple and the Cardinals cut the lead to 6-3.  The offense added two more in the seventh on an Edman single and a double play ball by Paul Goldschmidt.  Paul DeJong hit a solo home run in the eighth, but rally fell short, as the Cubs had added two more in the top of the eighth.  Edman was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Starter Adam Wainwright had a tough go of it in his final start of the regular season.  Wainwright pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on 12 hits, including a career-high four long balls.  The right hander struck out three.  Dominic Leone got the final two outs of the fifth before Tyler Webb followed with two scoreless innings.  John Brebbia surrendered two runs to begin the eighth before Andrew Miller got the final two outs.  Carlos Martinez tossed a scoreless ninth.


Sunday, September 29 – Cardinals 9, Cubs 0

With the Division title on the line, and a Cardinals win or a Brewers loss needed in the final game of the regular season, the Cardinals came out with guns blazing and blanked the Cubs 9-0.  The win came behind a stellar pitching performance by Jack Flaherty, who pitched seven scoreless, two-hit innings, striking out six and walking one. It took Flaherty only 69 pitches.  Giovanny Gallegos and Carlos Martinez each tossed a scoreless inning to complete the shutout.

Home runs by Dexter Fowler, Matt Carpenter, and Paul Goldschmidt accounted for six of the nine runs scored.  Fowler’s long ball was a two-run shot in the second inning.  Carpenter blasted a three-run home run in the third, and Goldschmidt thumped a solo home run in the fourth.  Fowler was 2-for-3, Goldschmidt was 3-for-4, and Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-5.

Goldschmidt stole his third base of the season.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals lost four in a row in the middle of the final week of the regular season, losing 2 of 3 to both the Diamondbacks and the Cubs. Despite the final sputtering, the Cardinals had built up a cushion that kept them in first place until the end, finally clinching the Division in Game 162 on Sunday.

The loss in the 19-inning marathon in Arizona on Tuesday didn’t help the situation.  The Cardinals played the third game of the series with most of the starters on the bench due to the long game the night before.  Though the B team gave it a valiant effort, the Diamondbacks prevailed in the end.

Bullpen issues and a poor start by Adam Wainwright also figured into the mix.  Unlike most of the season, the offense was not the primary issue in the losses, it was pitching.  Only the 19-inning game on Tuesday and the first game of the Cubs series were a result of low offensive output.

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Tommy Edman continued to perform at the plate, with an OPS of 1.266 over the last seven days.  Paul Goldschmidt improved to an .804 OPS for the week, not counting Sunday’s game. The rest of the starters had an OPS in the .700s or lower for the week, minus Sunday.  Runs were scored with contributions across the board by different players on different days.  Contributors with the long ball were Goldschmidt, Matt Carpenter, Paul DeJong and Harrison Bader, each with multiple home runs during the week.

Defense remained the team’s strength and baserunning was also a plus.  Pitching, especially by the bullpen, was the weakness.

The Cardinals will begin the National League Division Series against the Braves on Thursday.  The first two games will be played in Atlanta, followed by two games, if necessary, in St. Louis.  A potential Game 5 would be played in Atlanta.


NL Central Standings (Final)

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 91 71 0.562
Milwaukee 89 73 0.549 2
Chicago 84 78 0.519 7
Cincinnati 75 87 0.463 16
Pittsburgh 69 93 0.426 22

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Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback and will return in 2020.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • OF Lane Thomas (right wrist) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28 for a right wrist fracture suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Thomas was transferred to the 60 day injured list on September 1 to make room on the roster for C Joe Hudson.  Thomas is out for the season.
  • 2B Kolten Wong (left hamstring) injured his hamstring on September 19. A subsequent MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain of the hamstring.   Wong may possibly return to the roster for the NLDS.
  • Michael Wacha (right shoulder strain) is shutdown from throwing for several days. Wacha is unlikely for the NLDS but could return later in the postseason if the Cardinals advance.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals finished the regular season on Sunday with a 9-0 win against the Cubs to take the NL Central Division title.  St. Louis concluded the regular season with a record of 91-71 and a two-game division lead over Milwaukee.

They begin NLDS play against the Braves on Thursday, October 3 in Atlanta.  Games 1 and 2 will be in Atlanta, before the clubs head to St. Louis to play Game 3 and possibly Game 4 on Sunday, October 6 and Monday, October 7.  Should the series go to Game 5, it will be held in Atlanta on Wednesday, October 9.

If the Cardinals advance to the NLCS, the first game will be played on Friday, October 11 against the winner of the Wild Card (Brewers or Nationals) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers.

The postseason schedule can be viewed here.

Update

Initial game times have been announced.


Blast from the Past

As the Cardinals head to Atlanta to begin the National League Division Series on Thursday, this week’s Blast from the Past looks at the last time the Cardinals played the Braves in a Division Series.

In 2000, the Cardinals won the Central Division and played the NL East champion Atlanta Braves in the NLDS.  The 95-win Cardinals had home field advantage, so Game 1 was played in St. Louis.  The 2000 NLDS was mercifully short, as the Braves were no match for the Cardinals, losing to St. Louis in a three-game sweep.

Rick Ankiel (Getty Images)

Game 1, played on October 3, was a 7-5 Redbirds win.  Rick Ankiel faced Greg Maddux on the mound.  Neither starter pitched particularly well.  In his game, and Game 2 of the NLCS, Ankiel lost control that ultimately led to the end of his pitching career.  Ankiel threw five wild pitches in this game and had to be removed in the third inning.  Maddux also did not last more than four innings for the Braves.  Despite the issues with Ankiel, the Cardinals won the game, 7-5.  Reliever Mike James was the winning pitcher.  Jim Edmonds’ fourth-inning home run was the only long ball by either team.

Game 2 was played in St. Louis on October 5 with starters Darryl Kile for the Cardinals and Tom Glavine for the Braves.  Kile pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits while striking out six and walking two.  Will Clark, Carlos Hernandez, and Mark McGwire all hit home runs for St. Louis.  Clark’s home run was a three-run shot, while the other two were solo home runs.  The Cardinals won the game 10-4.

Jim Edmonds (Getty Images)

The third and final game of the NLDS was played on October 7 in Atlanta, with Garrett Stephenson opposing Braves starter Kevin Millwood.  St. Louis won 7-1 behind long balls by Fernando Vina and Jim Edmonds.  Vina’s home run was a solo, while Edmonds hit a two-run shot.  Stephenson pitched only 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run three hits.  Reliever Britt Reames was the winning pitcher with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Mike James, Matt Morris, and Dave Veres pitched the final four innings of relief.

In 2000, while both teams had identical regular-season records of 95-67, the Cardinals were clearly the dominant team.

The 2019 Cardinals enter the NLDS against the Braves with a 91-71 record, while the Braves are 97-65.  Atlanta has the better record, but that doesn’t always result in the better team coming out on top.  Still, a three-game sweep, as in 2000, is unlikely.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 29, 2019

photo: Ivan Herrera (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Four St. Louis Cardinals prospects played in Glendale’s loss to Peoria on Saturday. Third sacker Elehuris Montero went 0-for-5 with four strikeouts. Center fielder Conner Capel and catcher Ivan Herrera each singled and Herrera drove in a run. Roel Ramirez closed the game for Glendale with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on Saturday, September 28.


Ivan Herrera (Arizona Fall League)

Glendale Desert Dogs 4, Peoria Javelinas 9

Three St. Louis Cardinals position players and one pitcher saw action in Saturday’s home game between Glendale and Peoria.  Glendale took the loss in the 9-4 contest.

Elehuris Montero hit second and played third base for Glendale.  Montero had a rough night, going 0-for-5 with four strikeouts.  The infielder reached on an error in the second of his five at bats.  Montero has not fared well in the AFL to date, posting a slash line of .077/.250/.154 in four games for Glendale.

Roel Ramirez (Arizona Fall League)

Conner Capel played in center and hit third in the lineup.  He was 1-for-4 with a single and a strikeout.  The single was a popup to the shortstop in the sixth inning.  Capel also grounded out twice.  He has posted a slash line of .192/.276/.192 in seven AFL games.

Ivan Herrera was the catcher and hit eighth for Glendale.  Herrera went 1-for-3 with a walk and an RBI. The backstop singled on a line drive to right in the sixth to drive in one of Glendale’s two runs in that inning.  In his other at bats, he grounded out to first in the third inning, grounded into a force out in the fifth, and drew a walk in the ninth. Herrera has posted a slash line of .333/.385/.487 in three AFL games.

Roel Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to end the game for Glendale.  The right hander allowed no hits, no walks, and fanned three.  Ramirez has an ERA of 1.69 in four AFL appearances, including one start.

No other Cardinals saw action.

Glendale is 3-6 in the season and in last place in the AFL West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Salt River, Gerardo Carrillo (LAD) (0-0, 0.00) 8:30 CT.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 28, 2019

photo: Seth Elledge (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In Glendale’s 5-2 loss to Peoria on Friday, four St. Louis Cardinals saw action – two position players and two pitchers. Conner Capel and Kramer Robertson each went hitless, but Robertson drove in one of Glendale’s two runs.  Griffin Roberts was the starting pitcher and took the loss and Seth Elledge pitched a scoreless ninth inning.

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on Friday, September 27.


Kramer Robertson (Arizona Fall League)

Glendale Desert Dogs 2, Peoria Javelinas 5

Two St. Louis Cardinals position players and two pitchers appeared in Friday’s contest between Glendale and Peoria.  The home Desert Dogs fell to the Javelinas, 5-2.

Conner Capel played in right field and hit fifth in the lineup, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.  Capel has played in six AFL games to date and is hitting .182/.280/.182.

Kramer Robertson was the second baseman. The eighth-place hitter was 0-for-3 with strikeout and an RBI, which came on a ground out in the fifth inning. Robertson has played in two AFL games and his line is .143/.333/.143.

Seth Elledge (Arizona Fall League)

Griffin Roberts was Glendale’s starting pitcher, going 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. The right hander fanned six.  Roberts had one wild pitch and hit one batter.  He threw 68 pitches, 45 for strikes. Roberts took the loss, his first decision in two starts.

Seth Elledge pitched a scoreless ninth for Glendale on one hit and two strikeouts.  Elledge threw 19 pitches, 12 for strikes and has yet to surrender a run in AFL action. He has allowed just two hits, no walks and fanned six in four innings.

No other Cardinals saw action.

Glendale is 3-5 in the season and in last place in the AFL West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Peoria, Victor Castaneda (MIL) (0-0, 0.00) 8:30 CT.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 27, 2019

photo: Kodi Whitley (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

In Thursday’s night’s AFL game between Glendale and Salt River, three St. Louis Cardinals minor leaguers played – one position player and two pitchers. Elehuris Montero was hitless but scored one of Glendale’s five runs after reaching base on a second inning hit by pitch. Pitchers Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley made appearances in the eighth and ninth innings.  Ramirez gave up a run, and Whitley tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Results for the game played on Thursday, September 26.


Glendale Desert Dogs 5 at Salt River Rafters 4

One Cardinals position player and two Cardinals pitchers saw action in Thursday’s contest between the Glendale Desert Dogs and the Salt River Rafters.

Elehuris Montero was the designated hitter and hit seventh in the lineup for Glendale.  He went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a hit by pitch.  Montero came home to score in the second inning following the hit by pitch.

Elehuris Montero

Roel Ramirez pitched the eighth inning and surrendered one run on two hits while fanning two.  Ramirez threw 13 pitches, 12 for strikes.  The two hits he yielded were doubles, one of which resulted in the run.

Roel Ramirez

Kodi Whitley closed out the win in the ninth to earn his second AFL save.  Whitley pitched a scoreless inning, giving up one hit, a single, and striking out two.  The right-hander threw 17 pitches, 15 for strikes.  Whitley has yet to allow a run in his three AFL appearances of one inning each on two hits, no walks and four strikeouts.

Kodi Whitley

No other Cardinals saw action.

Glendale is 3-4 in the season and is tied with Peoria in second place in the AFL West.

Friday’s game:  vs. Peoria, TBA 8:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of September 16-22

photo: Cardinals clinch playoffs, 09/22/19 (St. Louis Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals won four straight one-run games in Chicago to clinch a playoff berth and all but eliminate the Cubs, as well. The Cards’ next goal is to win the Central Division. Our weekly history feature looks back at the team’s last four-game sweep in Chicago – in 1921.


Game recaps

Monday, Sept 16 – Cardinals 4, Nationals 2

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals began a three-game series at home against the playoff-contending Washington Nationals, and the opener ended in a victory for the Redbirds.  St. Louis’ offense scored four runs on five hits against Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.  Marcell Ozuna blasted a two-run home run in the first inning and he finished it off for St. Louis with a two-run double in the seventh for a four RBI night.  Ozuna was a one-man show with the only extra base hits in the game.  Tommy Edman was 2-for-4.

Starter Dakota Hudson won his 16th game of 2019, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  John Brebbia, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez combined to pitch a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Yadier Molina, Kolten Wong, Dexter Fowler, and Edman stole one bag each. Ozuna had an outfield assist at home.


Tuesday, Sept 17 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 6

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get it done against Nationals lefty starter Patrick Corbin on Tuesday.  They managed six hits, but none resulted in scoring.  The first Redbirds run came home in the third inning on a fielder’s choice by Paul DeJong.  The next came in the sixth with Jose Martinez at the plate. With Harrison Bader on first base and Tommy Edman on third, Bader stole second base and Edman scored on a throwing error by the Nationals catcher.  The only extra base hits were doubles by Paul Goldschmidt and Yadier Molina, who went 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  John Gant and Ryan Helsley gave up one run in each in the eighth.  Genesis Cabrera surrendered a run in the ninth.

Bader stole his 11th base of the season.


Wednesday, Sept 18 – Cardinals 5, Nationals 1

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were the winners in the rubber game of the series on Wednesday.  The offense knocked Nationals starter and St. Louis native Max Scherzer around for five runs on eight hits.  Tommy Edman kicked it off with a solo home run in the third.  In the seventh, Edman plated a run on a single, and Matt Wieters hit a two-run blast.  Edman went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored and Kolten Wong was 2-for-4.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched seven innings and gave up one unearned run on eight hits. The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez combined to toss the final two scoreless innings.  Wainwright earned his 13th win and Martinez his 21st save.

Wong both stole a base and was caught stealing.  Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler committed fielding errors.  Edman had an outfield assist at home.


Thursday, Sept 19 – Cardinals 5 at Cubs 4 (10 innings)

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the opener of a crucial four-game series at Wrigley Field, the Cardinals pulled off a one-run win in extra innings against the Cubs.  The Cardinals scored first against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks on a bases loaded double play by Dexter Fowler.  Another run was added in the fifth on an RBI single by Harrison Bader.  In the sixth, Yadier Molina plated a run on a single, and Bader followed with an RBI double for his second run driven in.

The Cubs battled back in the ninth against Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez, scoring three runs to tie the score and send it into extra innings.  In the 10th, Matt Carpenter’s solo home run gave the Cardinals the winning edge.  Paul Goldschmidt went 2-for-5, Tommy Edman went 2-for-4, and Bader went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched eight innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked one.  After Martinez surrendered three runs in the ninth, Andrew Miller finished the inning and later received the win, but was charged with the blown save for allowing the inherited runners to score.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his first save.

Kolten Wong was caught stealing for the fourth time.


Friday, Sept 20 – Cardinals 2 at Cubs 1

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

On Friday, the Cardinals beat the Cubs in the second one-run win of the series.  St. Louis was behind 1-0 until the sixth inning, when Yadier Molina came through with a two-run single.  Molina went 3-for-4 in the game and Tommy Edman had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched four innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  Ryan Helsley tossed a scoreless fifth.  Tyler Webb, John Brebbia, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez combined to pitch the final four scoreless innings. Helsley earned the win, his second, and Martinez logged his 22nd save.


Saturday, Sept 21 – Cardinals 9 at Cubs 8

Paul DeJong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals continued the one-run trend with a 9-8 win over the Cubs on Saturday.  St. Louis’ offense scored nine runs on 13 hits in this see-saw battle.  Dexter Fowler went 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Tommy Edman went 2-for-4.  Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run in the seventh.  Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong hit crushing back to back solo home runs against Cubs closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth and were 2-for-5 and 2-for-4 respectively.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-3.  Other extra base hits included a double by Carpenter and a triple by Edman.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched three innings and gave up three runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked four.  Dominic Leone surrendered two runs to begin the fourth before  Junior Fernandez finished the inning.  Genesis Cabrera tossed a scoreless fifth.  Ryan Helsley gave up one run in the sixth.  Giovanny Gallegos allowed two runs in the seventh and was replaced by Tyler Webb, who pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  John Gant and Carlos Martinez combined for a scoreless ninth. Gant got the win, his 11th, and Martinez earned his 23rd save.

On the base paths, pinch-runner Randy Arozarena was caught stealing.


Sunday, Sept 22 – Cardinals 3 at Cubs 2

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals completed a historic four-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Sunday with another one-run victory, via another comeback in the ninth inning, this time from a 2-1 deficit.

Paul DeJong got St. Louis on the board with a solo home run in the third inning to tie the game 1-1.  The Cubs took the 2-1 lead in the sixth, while the Cardinals failed to add on until the ninth.  In that inning, pinch hitter Jose Martinez got a fly ball just past the glove of Cubs center fielder Albert Almora for a triple.  Dexter Fowler’s sac fly to center scored Martinez and knotted the game.  Following Tommy Edman’s single, Paul Goldschmidt skipped a low pitch into the left field corner for a double that plated Edman.  Edman and Goldschmidt each went 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Lefties Tyler Webb and Andrew Miller combined to toss the 1 1/3 final scoreless innings. Webb earned the win, Miller the save.

Edman stole his 14th base of the season.  In the field, Yadier Molina had a passed ball.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 6-1, having won 2 of 3 from the Nationals, and executing a four-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley Field.  The Cardinals have clinched a postseason berth but have not yet clinched the division.  The also-hot Milwaukee Brewers refuse to lose and hang on at three games back of the Cardinals with six games left.  The Cardinals’ magic number is four, in any combination of St. Louis wins and Milwaukee losses.

The four-game sweep of the Cubs at Wrigley was historic, having not occurred since May of 1921.  At times during the series, it seemed like the offense wasn’t going to come.  The Cardinals offense has frustrated fans all season, and this weekend series continued in that mold.  Two of the four games were won with three runs or less.

Hot hitters for the week were Matt Carpenter, Tommy Edman, and Yadier Molina, with OPS’s of 1.318, 1.256, and .839 respectively.  Yet other players contributed with situational hitting, including Paul Goldschmidt, with the double to score the winning run on Sunday.  Paul DeJong has struggled for weeks but contributed crucial home runs on Saturday and Sunday.  Marcell Ozuna had a .596 OPS for the week but drove in all four runs against the Nationals on Monday.  Harrison Bader drove in two of the five runs on Thursday yet put up an OPS of .739 over the last seven games.  Contributions have been spread around the lineup in different games.   The offense has been inconsistent as usual but has come through with just enough when it mattered.

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Pitching and defense are what have put the Cardinals on top.  Base running has also contributed much to the winning effort.  Jack Flaherty has had a Cy Young Award-caliber second half.  Adam Wainwright continues to pitch well.  Miles Mikolas has been decent, while Dakota Hudson and Michael Wacha had indifferent starts this past week, but it ended up not mattering.  The bullpen, sans a bad inning by Carlos Martinez on Thursday, continues to be a plus.

The team will finish the regular season with three games against the Diamondbacks and three games with the Cubs in the final weekend at Busch Stadium.  With the Brewers still hot on their heels, the Cardinals need to win four of their final six without a loss by the Brewers to clinch the Division.  A loss or two by Milwaukee while on the road at Cincinnati and Colorado this week will ease that burden. The Brewers’ magic number to clinch a playoff berth is three.


NL Central Standings 

Team W L Pct GB Elim #
St. Louis 89 67 0.571
Milwaukee 86 70 0.551 3 4
Chicago 82 74 0.526 7 E
Cincinnati 73 83 0.468 16 E
Pittsburgh 65 91 0.417 24 E

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Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback and is done for this season.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • OF Lane Thomas (right wrist) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28 for a right wrist fracture suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Thomas was transferred to the 60 day injured list on Sept 1 to make room on the roster for C Joe Hudson.  Thomas is out for the season.
  • 2B Kolten Wong (left hamstring) injured his hamstring in Thursday’s game against the Cubs. A subsequent MRI revealed a Grade 2 strain.   Wong’s return to the lineup is uncertain at this time.

Looking Ahead

To begin the last week of the regular season, the team travels to Arizona for a three game series with the Diamondbacks.  Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make the Monday start in Phoenix, followed by Jack Flaherty on Tuesday, and Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

After a travel day on Thursday, the Cardinals return home to play the final series of the regular season against the Cubs for three games.

The Cardinals clinched a postseason berth with the win against the Cubs on Sunday.  Should the Cardinals fail to win the division, they would play in the NL Wild Card game on October 1.  If they win the division, they will play the first game of the NLDS on October 3, likely against the NL East-winning Atlanta Braves. In the current leading scenario, the Wild Card winner would face the NL West’s Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.  The postseason schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals executed a four-game sweep over the Cubs at Wrigley Field this past weekend to clinch a postseason berth, and eliminate the Cubs as contenders for the division title.  This week’s Blast from the Past looks at the last time in franchise history a similar event occurred.

On May 27-29, 1921, the Cardinals swept the Cubs in four games at Wrigley Field (called Cubs Park at that time).  The two teams played a doubleheader on the 28th.  The Cardinals won the four games – 10-7, 8-7, 9-2, and 6-1.

Bill Doak

On May 27, St. Louis starter Bill Doak pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs, three earned, on nine hits.  Relievers Roy Walker pitched the last out of the fifth, and Bill Sherdel tossed the final four innings and earned the win.

The Cardinals hit no home runs, but pinch hitter Burt Shotton delivered a three-run triple. Right fielder Joe Schultz and third baseman Milt Stock each drove in two runs.  Center fielder Jack Smith and left fielder Austin McHenry had one RBI each.

In Game 1 of the doubleheader on the 28th, reliever Roy Walker was the winning pitcher.  Walker pitched five innings and gave up two unearned runs on three hits. First baseman Ray Grimes went 3-for-4, including a home run.  Left fielder John Sullivan also contributed a long ball. Second baseman and future Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby went 3-for-5 with three RBI.

Jesse Haines

In the nightcap, Jesse “Pop” Haines pitched a complete game and gave up two runs on seven hits.  McHenry hit a long ball and had three RBI.  Third baseman Jack Fournier tripled; Schultz doubled twice and catcher Verne Clemons once. Stock went 3-for-5 with two RBI.

In the final game of the series, pitcher Marv Goodwin pitched a complete game, giving up one run on seven hits. Smith and SS Doc Lavan homered.  Smith also doubled, as did Schultz.  McHenry went 3-for-4 with two RBI.

The 1921 Cardinals went 87-66 that year and finished third in the National League.  Against the Cubs they were 14-8.  Five years later, in 1926, the Cardinals would win their first World Series title with Hornsby as player-manager.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 22, 2019

photo: Elehuris Montero (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Two St. Louis Cardinals position players and one pitcher saw action in Saturday’s 1-0 shutout of Scottsdale by Glendale. Connor Capel and Elehuris Montero each had a hit – Capel a single, and Montero a ground rule double. Montero scored the lone run. Kodi Whitley earned the save for Glendale, pitching a hitless ninth inning with one strikeout.

Results for the game played on Saturday, September 21.


Glendale Desert Dogs 1, Scottsdale Scorpions 0

Kodi Whitley (Arizona Fall League)

Two St. Louis Cardinals position players and one pitcher appeared in Saturday’s 1-0 blanking of Scottsdale by Glendale. The win by Glendale is its first of the early season.

Connor Capel played center field and hit third in the lineup.  Capel went 1-for-4 with a single, struck out twice, and was caught stealing for the second time in the AFL. The outfielder’s single was ground ball to right field. Capel also grounded into a force out.

Elehuris Montero was the designated hitter and hit ninth.  Montero went 1-for-3 with a double, and he scored the only run of the evening.  He also struck out and flied out.

Pitcher Kodi Whitley pitched the ninth inning for Glendale and did so without allowing a run or a hit.  Whitley struck out one to earn his first save of the AFL season, completing the three-hit shutout shared by five Desert Dogs pitchers.  The right-hander threw 11 pitches, eight for strikes.

No other Cardinals saw action.

Glendale is 1-3 in the short season and in last place in the AFL West.

Sunday’s game:  at Mesa, Roel Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) 8:30 CT.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 21, 2019

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Two Cardinals pitchers saw action in Friday’s game for the Glendale Desert Dogs against the Scottsdale Scorpions.  Starter Griffin Roberts threw three scoreless innings and Seth Elledge pitched innings five and six in relief, for a scoreless outing as well.

Results for the game played on Friday, September 20.


Seth Elledge (Arizona Fall League)

Glendale Desert Dogs 2 at Scottsdale Scorpions 3

Two St. Louis Cardinals pitchers saw action in Friday’s game between Glendale and Scottsdale.  Right-hander Griffin Roberts from Palm Beach started and pitched three scoreless innings. He danced around six hits, a walk and a wild pitch and struck out three.  All six of Roberts’ hits allowed were singles and he needed 61 pitches, 36 for strikes, to collect his nine outs.

Memphis reliever Seth Elledge tossed two run-free innings, allowing one hit, a single, and fanning two. The right-hander was more efficient, throwing 25 pitches, 18 for strikes.

No other Cardinals saw action.

Glendale is 0-3 in the short season and in last place in the AFL West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Scottsdale, Springfield’s Roel Ramirez (0-0, 0.00) 8:30 CT.


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Cardinals Arizona Fall League Notebook – September 20, 2019

photo: Elehuris Montero (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Three St. Louis Cardinals position players and two Cardinals pitchers saw action in Glendale’s Thursday loss to Peoria. They went hitless, but Conner Capel and Elehuris Montero reached twice and the latter scored a run. Roel Ramirez and Kodi Whitley pitched a scoreless inning each.

Results for the Arizona Fall League game played on September 19.


Glendale Desert Dogs 3, Peoria Javelinas 10

Three Cardinals position players and two pitchers saw action in Thursday’s 10-3 rout of the Desert Dogs by the Peoria Javelinas.

Conner Capel played center field and hit leadoff for Glendale.  Capel went 0-for-3 with a walk and a hit by pitch.  Capel was also caught stealing.  Elehuris Montero played third base and hit seventh.  Montero was 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.  Ivan Herrera was the catcher and hit eighth.  Herrera was 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Roel Ramirez

On the mound, Roel Ramirez pitched a scoreless third inning, He threw 13 pitches, eight for strikes and allowed one hit.  Kodi Whitley added a scoreless sixth inning, also yielding one hit and striking out one.  Whitley threw 16 pitches, 10 for strikes.

Kodi Whitley

Glendale is 0-2 in early season action and is in last place in the AFL West.

Friday’s game:  at Scottsdale, Griffin Roberts (0-0, 0.00) 8:30 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of September 9-15

photo: Paul Goldschmidt (Joe Puetz/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals lost both series this past week as their National League Central lead slipped to two games. Paul Goldschmidt won Friday’s game almost single-handedly. Our weekly history feature looks back at the Cardinals career of retiring field coordinator Mark DeJohn.


Game recaps

Monday, Sept 9 – Off day


Tuesday, Sept 10 – Cardinals 1 at Rockies 2

The Cardinals played three at Coors Field, and the first game ended in a one run loss to the Rockies.   The Cardinal offense was sparse, and the only run the team could scratch across came on a ground out by Paul Goldschmidt following a Dexter Fowler double and a Kolten Wong ground out.  The offense managed six hits, with no Cardinal having multiple hits.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Ryan Helsley and Giovanny Gallegos each tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

On the base paths, Marcell Ozuna was caught stealing for the second time.


Wednesday, Sept 11 – Cardinals 1 at Rockies 2

The Cardinals take a second 2-1 loss against the Brewers on Wednesday.  Offense was again virtually non-existent, and again it was Paul Goldschmidt who drove in the lone Cardinal run, this time on a double.  The double was Goldschmidt’s only hit.  Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong were both 2-for-4.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked five.  John Gant, Tyler Webb, and John Brebbia combined to toss the final two scoreless innings of relief.


Thursday, Sept 12 – Cardinals 10 at Rockies 3

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals salvaged one game of the three game series in Denver with a 10-3 win over the Rockies.  The long ball was featured prominently in the win, with five Cardinals hitting one out of the park.  First it was Dexter Fowler with a solo home run in the first inning, followed immediately with a solo shot by Kolten Wong.  Rangel Ravelo, playing first base on a day with a rare Paul Goldschmidt day off, hit a solo home run in the second inning.  Also hitting solo home runs were Marcell Ozuna in the third inning, and Harrison Bader in the fourth. A sac fly by Wong, a two run double by Matt Carpenter, an Andrew Knizner single, and a balk with a runner on third, were the ways the remaining five runs came home.   Fowler was 2-for-3, Wong was 2-for-4 and Knizner was 2-for-5.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Tyler Webb, Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez combined to pitch the next three scoreless innings.  John Brebbia tossed a scoreless ninth.  Mikolas earned his ninth win.

On the base paths, Paul DeJong and Kolten Wong each stole two bases.


Friday, Sept 13 – Cardinals 10, Brewers 0

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began a crucial three game series with the Brewers over the weekend, and the first game was an offensive outburst for the Cardinals.  Two home runs by Paul Goldschmidt, a grand slam and a three run shot, went a long way toward victory for the Redbirds.  A sac fly by Matt Carpenter and a two run single by Kolten Wong rounded out the Cardinal scoring.  Wong went 3-for-4 in the game, and Goldschmidt was 2-for-4

Starter Adam Wainwright kept the Brewers off the board with a six inning scoreless outing.  Wainwright allowed only two hits, fanned seven, and walked three.  Ryan Helsley, Dominic Leone, and Giovanny Gallegos finished the game with a scoreless inning each.  Wainwright earned his 12th win.

On the base paths, Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader each stole a base.  Dexter Fowler was caught stealing.


Saturday, Sept 14 – Cardinals 2, Brewers 5

The second game of this crucial series did not end well for the St. Louis team.  Starter Jack Flaherty, whose has had a brilliant second half on the mound, faltered somewhat in this start.  Flaherty pitched a quality start, however, going six innings and giving up three runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned 10 and walked two.  It was a decent start for Flaherty, but his usual brilliance was dimmed a little. John Gant followed with a scoreless seventh.  Tyler Webb started the eighth but couldn’t record an out while also surrendering the winning two runs for the Brewers.  John Brebbia and Junior Fernandez followed with a scoreless inning each.

The offense put up two runs in the second inning on a solo home run by Tommy Edman, and a throwing error on a steal of third base by Harrison Bader.  The Cardinals would not score again in the game.  Edman and Kolten Wong both went 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Bader stole his 10th base of the season.


Sunday, Sept 15 – Cardinals 6, Brewers 7

The Cardinals suffered a brutal loss to the Brewers in the final game of the series.  Two home runs by Harrison Bader plus home runs by Paul DeJong and Tommy Edman were not enough to stave off a hot Brewers team fighting for a postseason spot.  The first of Bader’s home runs was a solo shot in the third inning to give the Cardinals the 1-0 lead.  Though the Brewers would take the lead in the seventh inning, the Cardinals fought back with three runs in the bottom half of the seventh on home runs by Bader and DeJong.  Milwaukee would make it closer in the eighth following a defensive miscue in the outfield.  The blow for the Cardinals came in the ninth.  John Gant pitched the ninth due to an ill Carlos Martinez, and Gant was not sharp, walking the bases loaded and setting the stage for the grand slam by Ryan Braun that came off Cardinal reliever Junior Fernandez.  Tommy Edman hit a two run home run in the bottom of the ninth, but the rally ended there.  Bader was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched five scoreless innings, allowed five hits and struck out one.  Genesis Cabrera surrendered one run in the sixth.  Ryan Helsley allowed one run in the seventh and Giovanny Gallegos finished the inning without further damage.  Andrew Miller gave up one run in the eighth.  John Gant, Tyler Webb, and Junior Fernandez combined to pitch the ninth.  Three runs of the grand slam by Braun were charged to Gant, and one to Fernandez.  Gant took the loss.

In the field, the miscue in the outfield was charged to Bader.


The Big Picture

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

It was not a good week for the Cardinals, as they lost 2 of 3 to the Rockies, and 2 of 3 to the Brewers to end the week 2-4.  The losses cut St. Louis’ lead over the Cubs in the NL Central from four games to two.  The remainder of the Cardinals schedule is brutal, as they play three games with the Nationals, three games with Diamondbacks and seven games against the Cubs.

Paul DeJong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The offense was scarce in two of the three games in Denver.  The inconsistent offense has been the major issue all season with the Cardinals.  Middle of the order bats have been the most inconsistent.  Paul Goldschmidt goes long periods without producing much, then has outbursts of offense like the one on Friday against the Brewers.  This is not a good formula for winning.  Marcell Ozuna and Paul DeJong have been similarly inconsistent.  When you have to rely on your bottom of the order hitters for your offense, something is wrong with the picture.  Goldschmidt’s Friday offensive surge put him in the top five for OPS on the team for the week, but it is small consolation when the inability to consistently do that results in four losses in six games.   Tommy Edman and Dexter Fowler have been very good, and Matt Carpenter has mostly come through in a small amount of playing time.  Bader hit three home runs in his last four games and has produced with his legs as well.    Kolten Wong continues to be good at the plate and with the glove as well.

Starting pitching has been fine to very good.  The bullpen has been fine sans the meltdown on Sunday.

The defense continues to be a plus despite the unfortunate miscommunication between Bader and Fowler in the outfield on Sunday that resulted in a routine fly ball not being caught.  That error was the only one recorded by the Cardinal defense during the week.

The Cardinals have three games with the Nationals and four games with the Cubs this coming week.  The four losses this last week have given the Cardinals little wiggle room in these upcoming seven games.  Winning against the Cubs in these last couple of weeks may be the difference between a postseason berth or a couch in front of the television in October.


NL Central Standings 

Team W L Pct GB E#
St. Louis 83 66 0.557
Chicago 81 68 0.544 2 12
Milwaukee 80 69 0.537 3 11
Cincinnati 70 80 0.467 11.5 E
Pittsburgh 62 81 0.434 16.5 E

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Injury Report

  • RHP Carlos Martinez had to spend Saturday night in the hospital due to a respiratory illness. He was released on Sunday, but was not at the ballpark. Update: Martinez has been diagnosed with asthma for the first time in his life, aggravated by allergies, and with treatment, was cleared to pitch on Monday.
  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback.  He is unlikely to return to the roster this season.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • OF Lane Thomas (right wrist) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28 for a right wrist fracture suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Thomas was transferred to the 60 day injured list on Sept 1 to make room on the roster for C Joe Hudson.  Thomas is out for the season.
  • C Matt Wieters (left calf) continues on the 10 day injured list. The catcher has been engaging in baseball activities and a return to the roster is coming soon.

Looking Ahead

The Nationals come to Busch Stadium for a three-game series. Dakota Hudson is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Miles Mikolas on Tuesday, and Adam Wainwright on Wednesday.

The Cardinals then travel to Chicago to play the Cubs in a four game series beginning Sept. 19.  Jack Flaherty will make the first start of the series on Thursday.

The team leaves Chicago to travel to Arizona for a three-game set.  After a travel day on Thursday, Sept 26, the Cardinals return home to play the final series of the regular season against the Cubs.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

On Monday night during St. Louis’ game with the Nationals, the Cardinals will honor Mark DeJohn, Minor League Field Coordinator, for his 33 years of service with the organization, which ended with his retirement last month.  This week’s Blast from the Past looks at the career of DeJohn, known as “DJ”.

Mark DeJohn (1999 – Getty Images)

 

Mark Stephen DeJohn was born on September 18, 1953 in Middletown, Connecticut.  The infielder’s professional baseball career began when he was drafted by the New York Mets in the 23rd round of the 1971 MLB draft.  DeJohn spent 10+ years toiling in the minor leagues for the Mets, and then with the Detroit Tigers who signed him as a free agent in 1978.  DeJohn finally made his major league debut on April 28, 1982 at the age of 28.  DeJohn played in only 24 games with the Tigers that year, eight as the starting shortstop.  DeJohn returned to the minor leagues for 88 games in 1983 with the Tigers Triple-A team before ending his baseball playing career.

Chris Swauger, Mark DeJohn and George Greer (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

DeJohn began his coaching career with Detroit following the end of his playing days and was one of four managers to manage Detroit’s Double-A affiliate in 1985.

DeJohn left the Detroit organization in 1986 to take a position with the Cardinals as a minor league manager.  His career with the Cardinals began with being a minor league manager from 1986 to 1991, at Savannah, Springfield, Johnson City and Louisville, then as Field Coordinator of instruction from 1993-1995.  DeJohn became a member of Tony La Russa’s major league staff from 1996-2001.  He returned to manage in the minor leagues, with the organization’s New York-Penn League affiliate, and assumed his previous position of Field Coordinator in 2010, the position he held at the time of his retirement.

Mark DeJohn and Mitch Harris (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

DJ is a two-time winner of the George Kissell Award, the prestigious annual honor voted-upon by the entire player development staff. He won as manager of Double-A Tennessee in 2004 and short-season Class-A Batavia in 2008. Both teams were league champions. Among the many he mentored was Mike Shildt, who began his professional coaching career under DeJohn at New Jersey in 2005.

DeJohn will be missed by all those who benefited from his expertise and his commitment to the game, and especially development of youngsters.  Players, coaches, managers, and all who have come in contact with him will miss him, and his retirement leaves a void in the Cardinals’ organization.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of September 2-8

photo: Chris and Dave Duncan (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals have extended their lead in the NL Central to 4.5 games by taking series over the Giants and Pirates. Our weekly history feature looks back at the career of late Cardinals outfielder Chris Duncan.


Game recaps

Monday, September 2 – Cardinals 3, Giants 1

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began a four game series with the Giants at Busch Stadium on Labor Day and were the winners in game one 3-1.  Starter Adam Wainwright pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits and struck out one to earn his 10th win.  Giovanny Gallegos, Andrew Miller, and Carlos Martinez combined to pitch the eighth.  Gallegos surrendered the lone Giants runs.  Martinez returned to toss a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save.

St. Louis’ offense put up two runs in the first inning on a Kolten Wong triple and a ground out by Paul Goldschmidt.  A Paul DeJong single in the third plated the third run.  No Cardinal had more than one hit.

Tommy Edman and Edmundo Sosa each stole a base.


Tuesday, September 3 – Cardinals 1, Giants 0

The Cardinals were the victors in a low scoring pitchers’ duel on Tuesday.  Starter Jack Flaherty was masterful, pitching eighth scoreless, one hit innings, fanning eight and walking one.  Carlos Martinez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 18th save.

The Cardinals lone run came on a solo home run by Marcell Ozuna.  Ozuna went 2-for-3 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.


Wednesday, September 4 – Cardinals 8, Giants 9

The Cardinals lost a hard fought third game in the series with the Giants. This game had big innings and multiple lead changes.  The offense put up eight runs on 13 hits which ordinarily would be enough to win, but not in this case.    St. Louis put up the first run of the game on a single by Dexter Fowler in the third inning.  In the fourth, Paul DeJong hit a solo home run, and in the fifth, Paul Goldschmidt tripled to plate a run.   The Cardinals put up four runs in the sixth on a Tommy Edman triple, a Harrison Bader sac fly, and a Goldschmidt double.  Goldschmidt, Edman, and Kolten Wong were each 2-for-4.  DeJong was 2-for-5.

The pitching in this game was a bullpen game.  Michael Wacha pitched two scoreless innings on short rest to start.  Wacha allowed two hits, struck out two and walked one.  Tyler Webb surrendered four runs in the third and was removed with one out and replaced by Ryan Helsley.  Helsley tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone allowed three unearned runs in the sixth.  John Gant pitched 2/3 scoreless innings, while Andrew Miller gave up one run in 2/3 innings.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and gave up one run.  Gallegos took the loss.

Wong stole his 20th base of the season.  In the field, Paul DeJong made a throwing error.


Thursday, September 5 – Cardinals 10, Giants 0

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The final game of the four game series was vastly different than the game the previous night.  The Cardinals shellacked Giants 10-0 behind six scoreless innings of pitching from starter Dakota Hudson.  Hudson allowed only one hit, struck out two and walked two.  Genesis Cabrera finished the game with three scoreless innings of relief.  Hudson earned his 15th win.

The scoring by the offense began with an RBI single by Paul Goldschmidt followed by a two run home run from Paul DeJong.  The Cardinals put up five runs in the third inning on singles by Yadier Molina, Matt Carpenter, and Hudson, and one run on a fielding error.  Finally, Rangel Ravelo hit a two run home run in the eighth.  Goldschmidt and Carpenter were each 2-for-3.

Randy Arozarena stole the first base of his MLB career.


Friday, September 6 – Cardinals 4, Pirates 9

The Cardinals suffered another tough loss in the first game of a three game series against the Pirates at Busch Stadium.   The team took the lead in the game in the second inning on a two run home run by Tommy Edman.  They increased their lead with two more runs in the seventh with a second home run by Edman, a solo shot, and a Matt Carpenter double.  Edman went 2-for 4 in the game.

The wheels came off the bus in bottom of the seventh on a meltdown by the Cardinal bullpen.  Miles Mikolas had started the game and pitched five innings with one run allowed.  Mikolas gave up three hits, struck out seven, and walked four.  Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless sixth.  Then seventh came, and three Cardinal relievers, John Gant, Andrew Miller, and John Brebbia combined to give up six runs in that inning.  Two runs were charged to Gant, three runs to Miller, and one run to Brebbia.  Mike Mayers added to the pitching woes by giving up two runs in the eighth.  Miller was charged with the loss.


Saturday, September 7 – Cardinals 10, Pirates 1

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals played much better in the second game of the series, pummeling the Pirates by the score of 10-1.  The offense put up four runs in the third inning to begin the scoring.  Dexter Fowler plated a run on a single and Marcell Ozuna blasted a three run home run.  St. Louis added on with two runs in the sixth on singles by Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader.  In the seventh, Paul DeJong doubled to score two more.   A double by Harrison Bader and a ground out by Rangel Ravelo brought the final two runs home in the ninth.  Kolten Wong went 2-for-5.  Bader and Adam Wainwright were 2-for-4.

Starter Wainwright pitched seven innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Junior Fernandez and Daniel Ponce de Leon each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

On the base paths, DeJong stole his seventh base, and Bader stole his eighth base.  In the field, Dexter Fowler had an outfield assist at second base.


Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Sunday, September 8 – Cardinals 2, Pirates 0

In the final game of the series the Cardinals blanked the Pirates 2-0.  Starter Jack Flaherty continued to shine on the mound, following up his eight scoreless innings earlier in the week with eight more scoreless innings in this game.  Flaherty allowed five hits, fanned 10 and walked one.  Carlos Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 19th save.  Flaherty earned his 10th win.

The Cardinals scored their two runs on a single by Harrison Bader in the fifth, and a double by Paul Goldschmidt in the sixth.

In the field, Flaherty picked a runner off first base.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week with a record of 5-2, having taken 3 of 4 from the Giants, and 2 of 3 from the Pirates.  The team stands at 81-62 and are in first place in the NL Central, 4.5 games up on the Chicago Cubs.

The Cardinals continue to play good baseball on both sides of the ball.  Starting pitching has been good.  The bullpen has had a couple of shaky outings, more specifically Tyler Webb in Wednesday’s game against the Giants, and John Gant, Andrew Miller, and John Brebbia in Friday’s game with the Pirates.  Other than those two games, the bullpen has been fine.

The offense continues to roll, though a couple of games during the week were won with little offense.  Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Tommy Edman and Matt Carpenter hit well during the week.   Paul DeJong improved from the prior week.  Harrison Bader cooled off slightly earlier in the week but picked it up over the weekend. Yadier Molina and Dexter Fowler also have cooled off a little bit.   Marcell Ozuna had been struggling but came through with two home runs during the week.

The defense and base running continue to be a plus.  Paul DeJong made a couple of errors on the infield, one of which contributed to the late loss against the Giants on Wednesday, DeJong failed to make a routine play, inexplicably changing his mind on which base to throw to, which resulted in no out on the play. Had the play been made it would have resulted in the third out.  The error led to a three run home run by Brandon Crawford, the batter following the error. DeJong has been a reliable defender, so the errors were hopefully just a blip on the radar.

The Cardinals go to Colorado this coming week to play a three game series in Coors Field against the Rockies.  The Cardinals return home to play the final series with the Brewers.  The team needs to take both series to cement their lead over the Cubs.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 81 62 0.566
Chicago 76 66 0.535 4.5
Milwaukee 74 68 0.521 6.5
Cincinnati 67 77 0.465 10
Pittsburgh 62 81 0.434 14.5

Former Cardinal Chris Duncan passes away at the age of 38

Cardinal Nation received very sad news on Friday night during the game with the Pirates.   Fox Sports Midwest broadcaster Dan McLaughlin broke the news to Cardinals fans that former Cardinal and St. Louis radio host Chris Duncan had passed away.  The announcement was made by McLaughlin during the broadcast of the game.

Chris Duncan (Getty Images)

Duncan, 38, was the son of former Cardinal pitching coach Dave Duncan, and played for the Cardinals for five seasons. He was a first round draft pick by the Cardinals in the 1999 June Draft, and made his major league debut on September 10, 2005.

Duncan had been battling Glioblastoma, a form of brain cancer, for several years.  His mother, Jeanine, died of the disease in 2013.  Duncan was diagnosed with the cancer in 2012 but the cancer was found early and he underwent surgery and chemotherapy.

Duncan had been working on 101 ESPN radio in St. Louis doing “The Fast Lane” with Randy Karraker and D’Marco Farr and also a show called “The Turn” with Anthony Stalter. Duncan announced in 2018 that the tumor had returned, and in January 2019 Duncan told radio followers that he was leaving 101 ESPN and returning to Arizona where his family resided to continue his fight with the cancer.

Duncan is survived by wife Amy, father Dave Duncan, and brother Shelley Duncan.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 9/2 The Cardinals recalled SS Edmundo Sosa from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/3 The Cardinals recalled OF Randy Arozarena from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback.  He will not return to the roster this season.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • OF Lane Thomas (right wrist) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28 for a right wrist fracture suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Thomas was transferred to the 60 day injured list on September 1 to make room on the roster for C Joe Hudson.  Thomas is out for the season.
  • C Matt Wieters (left calf) suffered a mild calf strain running the bases in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday, August 31. Wieters is considered day to day.  The catcher did some running on the field on September 6.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have a travel day on Monday, September 9, then begin a three game series in Denver with the Rockies on Tuesday September 10.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make the start on Tuesday, followed by Dakota Hudson on Wednesday and Miles Mikolas on Thursday.

The team returns home for a weekend series again with the Brewers, the last between the clubs in the regular season.   No pitchers have been announced but will likely be Adam Wainwright, Jack Flaherty, and Michael Wacha.

On September 16 the Nationals come to Busch Stadium for a three game series.  The Cardinals then travel to Chicago to play the Cubs in a crucial four game series beginning Sept. 19.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past briefly looks at the Cardinals career of Chris Duncan, who passed away last week at the age of 38 from brain cancer.

Chris Duncan was the son of former Cardinal pitching coach Dave Duncan.  His brother Shelley Duncan was a pitcher with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and Tampa Bay Rays in a career that spanned seven major league seasons.

Chris Duncan and Rick Ankiel (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

Duncan was drafted by the Cardinals in the 1999 June Draft in the first round. He was the 46th pick, a compensation pick for the loss of Delino DeShields to free agency.   He debuted with the Cardinals on September 10, 2005.  Duncan played both first base and in the outfield throughout his five seasons with the Cardinals.  During those five seasons he posted a slash line of .257/.348/.458 with 55 home runs and 175 RBI.  His first major league home run on October 2, 2005 was the last home run hit in Busch Stadium II.  In his first full season in 2006 Duncan hit .293/.363/.589 with 22 home runs and was a contributor to the Cardinals World Series Championship that year.   That 2006 season was Duncan’s best season as a Cardinal.  Duncan hit 21 home runs and had a career high 70 RBI in 2007.

Duncan suffered an injury riddled 2008 and had season ending neck surgery in July of that year.  He returned to the Cardinals in 2009 but hit only .227 with five home runs and 32 RBI in 304 plate appearances.  On July 22, 2009 Duncan was optioned to Triple-A then traded to the Boston Red Sox the next day.  Duncan was immediately optioned to Boston’s Triple-A affiliate and was released a month later after hitting only .188 with two home runs and 10 RBI.  Duncan signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals in January 2010 but was never called up to the major league team.  Duncan left baseball after the 2010 season.

Duncan then signed on with ESPN radio in October of 2011, where he remained until leaving in January 2019 to return to Tucson to be with his family.  He passed away from brain cancer on September 6, 2019.  His wife Amy, father Dave, and brother Shelley survive.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of August 26-September 1

photo: Harrison Bader (Jeff Curry/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals won both home series on the week, going 5-2, and opened up a three-game lead in the NL Central. CF Harrison Bader has performed well offensively and defensively since his return. Our weekly history feature looks back at the uncommon back-to-back Cardinals double-header.


Game recaps

Monday, August 26 – Cardinals 12, Brewers 2

John Gant (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals manhandled the Milwaukee Brewers in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.  St. Louis scored three runs via the long ball, a solo shot by Yadier Molina in the fourth, and a two-run home run by Paul DeJong in the sixth.  Molina also plated a run in the first inning on a single and DeJong added a sac fly in the eighth.  In the second inning, St. Louis put six runs on the board.  The lineup batted around beginning with Harrison Bader who singled.  Fowler singled to score Bader.  Marcell Ozuna plated three on a double, and Bader hit a ground rule double to drive in two more.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-6.  Fowler, Ozuna, and Bader were 2-for-5.  Molina was 2-for-4.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  John Gant tossed two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win.  Dominic Leone followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, Andrew Miller pitched one scoreless frame before Carlos Martinez got the last out of the ninth.


Tuesday, August 27 – Cardinals 6, Brewers 3

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In Game 2, the Cardinals took the series with a 6-3 win over the Brewers.  Molina hit his second and third home runs of the series, a solo home run in the fifth, and a two-run shot in the seventh.  Molina went 3-for-3 in the game.  Kolten Wong doubled to drive in a run in the seventh and plated a second run on a single in the ninth.   Harrison Bader was 3-for-4 with an RBI double in the ninth.  Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander fanned 10.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered one in the seventh.  Andrew Miller allowed one run in the eighth and got one out; he was relieved in the eighth by Carlos Martinez, who tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his 16th save.  Mikolas earned his eighth win.

On the base paths, Wong stole his 18th base.  Dexter Fowler was caught stealing for the third time.


Wednesday, August 28 – Cardinals 1, Brewers 4

The Cardinals were unable to complete the sweep as they lost to the Brewers, 4-1.  Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked one.  John Brebbia tossed a scoreless seventh.  Tyler Webb surrendered one run in the eighth, and left with two outs for Dominic Leone, who got the final out of the inning.  Flaherty took the loss.

The Cardinals scoring came on a solo home run by Kolten Wong in the sixth inning.  Wong went 3-for-4.  Yadier Molina was 2-for-4.

Paul Goldschmidt stole his second base of the season.


Thursday, August 29 – Off day


Friday, August 30 – Cardinals, Reds (postponed)

The opener of the four-game series with the Reds at Busch Stadium was rained out on Friday night.  The game was made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday, as a doubleheader was already previously scheduled on Saturday to make up a previously rained out game from back in June.


Saturday, August 31 – Cardinals 10, Reds 2 (Game 1 doubleheader)

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first of a twin bill, the Cardinals battered the Reds by the score of 10-2.   Solo home runs by Dexter Fowler and Yadier Molina highlighted a 10 run, 12 hit offense.  Fowler went 3-for-5.  Molina and Paul Goldschmidt were 2-for-4 and Kolten Wong was 2-for-3.  Molina, Wong and Goldschmidt each had two RBI.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked two.  John Brebbia relieved in the eighth but surrendered a run without recording an out.  Giovanny Gallegos got the final two outs of the inning.  Carlos Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Wong stole his 19th base of the season. Fowler was caught stealing for the fourth time.


Saturday, August 31 – Cardinals 3, Reds 2 (Game 2 doubleheader)

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals claimed a ninth-inning walk off win.  St. Louis fell behind 2-0 and was held scoreless until the seventh inning, when Dexter Fowler had an RBI single.  In the bottom of the ninth, with the Cards behind 2-1, Harrison Bader singled to left to score the tying run.  Pinch-hitter Matt Carpenter singled to right to score Bader for the walk off 3-2 win.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-4 and Dexter Fowler was 2-for-4.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked two.  Dominic Leone and Tyler Webb combined to pitch a scoreless eighth.  John Gant tossed a quiet ninth to earn the win.

Marcell Ozuna made a fielding error.


Sunday, Sept 1 – Cardinals 4, Reds 3 (Game 1 doubleheader)

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began the second doubleheader of the weekend with a 4-3 walk off win against the Reds.  St. Louis scored first when Harrison Bader reached on a missed catch error that scored Yadier Molina.  The Reds took a 3-1 lead in the third.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh when Bader singled to bring in Jose Martinez.  They added a run to tie on a sac fly by Paul DeJong in the eighth.  In the ninth, Bader faced an extreme Reds shift of five infielders and two outfielders and hit a fly ball over the head of the center fielder to score the walk off run.  Bader and Yadier Molina were each 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out five. Ryan Helsley tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Carlos Martinez struck out the side in the ninth and was the winning pitcher.

Jose Martinez and Tommy Edman each stole a base.


Sunday, Sept 1 – Cardinals 3, Reds 5 (Game 2 doubleheader)

The Cardinals were unable to complete the four-game back-to-back doubleheader sweep against the Reds.  The Redbirds scored all three of their runs in the third on a two-run home run by Andrew Knizner and an RBI triple by Kolten Wong.  Wong went 3-for-4.

Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon pitched four innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one. Dominic Leone tossed a scoreless fifth.  Mike Mayers surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Junior Fernandez and John Brebbia combined for the final two scoreless innings.

Knizner committed a fielding error.  Harrison Bader had an outfield assist at home plate.


The Big Picture

St. Louis finished the week with a record of 5-2, winning 2 of 3 from the Brewers and taking 3 of 4 from the Reds in back to back doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Their 18 wins in August tied April for the most in any month this season.

Kolten Wong (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

As the Cardinals continue to win, this week they did so without significant contributions from their middle of the order bats.  Paul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, and Paul DeJong were all cold at the plate for the week with OPS’s of .569, .603, and .715 respectively.  Yadier Molina, Tommy Edman, Dexter Fowler, and Harrison Bader were hot.  Kolten Wong hit well in limited appearances coming off a toe injury.  Matt Carpenter had some good moments, including the walk off hit in the second game of Saturday’s doubleheader.

Cardinals fans enjoyed some top notch defense from Bader this week.  A diving catch in center on a Freddy Galvis fly ball in the second game of Saturday’s twin bill was dazzling.  Bader also threw a bullet to home plate to get Michael Lorenzen out at home in Sunday’s second game.  The defense remains a plus, with the exception of an outfield start from Jose Martinez on Sunday, whose poor defense continues to be an issue.

The starting pitching remained good, with the exception of Daniel Ponce de Leon on Sunday, who struggled a bit.  The bullpen remains one of the best in the NL.  Baserunning also continues to be exceptional.

The Cardinals received reinforcements on Sunday with rosters expanding.  The Cardinals called up Ponce de Leon, as well as relievers Junior Fernandez, Genesis Cabrera, and Mike Mayers.  Rangel Ravelo, and catchers Andrew Knizner and Joe Hudson were also added.  At least two more position players are expected on Tuesday, infielder Edmundo Sosa and outfielder Randy Arozarena.  Knizner and Ravelo have already made appearances, as well as pitchers Fernandez and Mayers.

The Cardinals play a four game series at Busch against the Giants to begin the week, then travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates over the weekend.  These series present a good opportunity to widen the lead on the Cubs – if the team can continue to play well and get better offense out of their middle of the order bats.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 76 60 0.559
Chicago 73 63 0.537 3
Milwaukee 70 66 0.515 6
Cincinnati 64 73 0.467 12.5
Pittsburgh 60 77 0.438 16.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 8/26 The Cardinals sent OF Tyler O’Neill on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 8/26 The Cardinals sent RF Jose Martinez on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 8/28 The Cardinals released INF Drew Robinson.
  • 8/30 The Cardinals activated OF Tyler O’Neill from the 10 day injured list.
  • 8/30 The Cardinals placed OF Lane Thomas on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28. Right wrist fracture.
  • 8/31 The Cardinals recalled LHP Genesis Cabrera from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals transferred OF Lane Thomas from the 10 day injured list to the 60 day injured list. Right wrist fractureR
  • 9/1 The Cardinals activated OF Jose Martinez from the 10 day injured list.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals selected the contract of C Joe Hudson from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals recalled C Andrew Knizner from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals recalled RHP Junior Fernandez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals recalled 1B Rangel Ravelo from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 9/1 The Cardinals recalled RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback.  He will not return to the roster this season. Neither will injured starters Austin Gomber and Alex Reyes, currently assigned to the minor leagues.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • OF Lane Thomas (right wrist) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 28 for a right wrist fracture suffered when he was hit by a pitch. Thomas was transferred to the 60 day injured list on Sept 1 to make room on the roster for C Joe Hudson.  Thomas is out for the season.
  • C Matt Wieters (left calf) suffered a mild calf strain running the bases in the second game of a doubleheader on Saturday. Wieters is considered day to day but the Cardinals recalled two catchers on Sunday, so it is expected Wieters may be unavailable for some time.


Looking Ahead

The Giants come to Busch Stadium for a four-game series beginning Labor Day afternoon.  Adam Wainwright is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Jack Flaherty on Tuesday.  No pitchers for Wednesday and Thursday have been announced but will likely be Dakota Hudson and Michael Wacha.  The Cardinals then travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in a weekend series starting Sept 6.

After a travel day on Monday, Sept 9, the Cardinals begin a three-game set in Denver with the Rockies.  The team leaves Colorado and return home for a weekend series again with the Brewers.

On September 16, the Nationals come to Busch Stadium for three games.  The Cardinals then travel to Chicago to play the Cubs in a four-game series beginning Sept. 19.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals’ schedule this past week worked out such that the team was forced to play doubleheaders on back to back days against the Cincinnati Reds.  A prior rained out game from June had already been scheduled as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.  The day before, a night of storms in St. Louis forced the rescheduling of that game with the Reds.  Because this was the last scheduled series with the Reds, the Friday game had to be played as part of a doubleheader with Sunday’s regularly scheduled game.  That meant doubleheaders on back to back days.

Double headers in today’s game are an uncommon phenomena.  They do happen occasionally, but they generally tend to be avoided unless necessary.  Doubleheaders on back to back days are even rarer. However, in the early days of baseball, the twin bill was quite common.  Changes in the game, the players, the number of games, financials and other factors have made doubleheaders more or less a thing of the past.

This week’s Blast from Past looks at some back to back doubleheaders in St. Louis’ more recent, and distant past.

Omar Oliveras

Prior to this weekend’s set of doubleheaders, the last time the Cardinals played home twin bills on back to back days was in 1994.  On Thursday July 21 and Friday July 22, the Cardinals had doubleheaders in St. Louis against the Atlanta Braves.  The first game began at 5:37 pm local time and was a 6-3 victory for the Cardinals.  The game featured starting pitcher Omar Olivares against John Smoltz for the Braves.  Olivares, an appropriate choice wearing “00”,  pitched a complete game, while giving up three runs on three hits, striking out two and walking five.  Smoltz went six innings, gave up six runs on 11 hits, struck out four and walked one.

Bryan Eversgerd (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The second game of the twin bill began at 8:38 pm local time and was a 6-1 win for the Braves.  That game featured John Frascatore for St. Louis against Greg Maddux for Atlanta.  Maddux pitched a complete game, while Frascatore went only 3 1/3 innings.  Frasacatore was relieved by Bryan Eversgerd, who most fans today recognize as the Cardinals’ bullpen coach.

The twin bill on July 22 featured Tom Urbani vs. Kent Mercker and was a 5-0 Cardinal win.  The second game was Rick Sutcliffe against Brad Woodall, a 3-2 St. Louis victory.

Bob Forsch

On July 7 and 8, 1987, the Cardinals played back to back doubleheaders in St. Louis against the Dodgers.  The Cardinals won all four games, 5-4 and 5-4 on July 7, and 6-3, 8-7 on July 8.  The second game on both days went 10 innings.  The opener on July 8 featured future Cardinals Hall of Famer Bob Forsch against Fernando Valenzuela.  The first game on July 7 was started by none other than current Cardinal broadcaster Rick Horton, in one of his rare starts as a Cardinal (he was mostly a reliever in his career).

If one goes back far in franchise history, to 1924, you will find two sets of back-to-back doubleheaders against the Cincinnati Reds.  The first occurred on May 27 and 28, and the second on June 27 and 28.  The Cardinals split the games 2-2 in May but lost all four in June.  There were many other back to back twin bills that year, and no doubt if you searched you would find many, many others back in those days.  There were four other such instances in 1924 alone.

The doubleheader is not what it once was in terms of frequency, though you may find some of a nostalgic bent who believe they ought to occur more often.  In the words of Ernie Banks, “Let’s play two” has its fans still throughout baseball.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2019

photo: Seth Elledge (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Saturday.  Johnson City won its game to take the semifinal playoffs to Game three.  Our Players of the Day are the Memphis Redbirds pitching staff of Seth Elledge, Roel Ramirez, Chasen Shreve and Kodi Whitley, who combined to take a no-hitter against the first place Iowa Cubs into the bottom of the eighth inning in Saturday’s game in Des Moines.  Honorable mention goes to Springfield DH Chris Chinea, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs in Springfield’s loss to Midland.

Results for games played Saturday, August 31.


Memphis 3 at  Iowa 1

Seth Elledge (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Having missed their slim chance at the playoffs with a loss to Iowa the previous night, the Redbirds came back to defeat the Cubs 3-1 on Saturday.  Four Memphis pitchers combined to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the contest.  Starter Seth Elledge pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, struck out five and walked two.  Roel Ramirez took the mantle from Elledge and no-hit the Cubs for two scoreless innings of relief. Next in line was Chasen Shreve, who tossed two more scoreless, hitless innings.  Kodi Whitley finally gave up a double to the second Cub hitter he faced in the eighth inning.  That double and a triple in the ninth were the only hits surrendered to the Cubs.  The lone Cubs run scored on a sac fly in the ninth.  Whitley earned the save while Ramirez got the win.

The Memphis offense scored three runs on seven hits. Two of the runs came on a first inning home run by Adolis Garcia.  The third and final run scored on a single by Jose Martinez in the seventh. Martinez was 2-for-4 in the game.

On the base paths, Max Schrock stole his 12th base of the season.

Memphis is 69-69 on the season and are in second place in the PCL North and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, Jake Woodford (9-7, 3.95) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 3, Midland 4

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals were edged by the Midland RockHounds in the second game of the four game final series of the season on Saturday.  Springfield fell behind 3-0 in the second inning but battled back to tie the game with one run in the second and two more in the fourth.  Chris Chinea was the offensive star of the game, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI.  Chinea hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Cardinals on the board.  In the fourth, Chinea doubled in a run and Juan Yepez plated a run on a sac fly.  Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-4.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked three.  Will Latcham surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief and took the loss.

In the field, Connor Capel had an outfield assist at third base. Kruczynski picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 30-38 in the second half, 60-78 overall, are in third place in the Texas League North, and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Midland, Angel Rondon (6-5, 3.21) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach, Florida (cancelled)

This game was cancelled due to the impending weather from Hurricane Dorian.


Peoria 5 at Clinton 10

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs are rocked by the Clinton LumberKings by the score of 10-5 in the first game of the final season series on Saturday.  The Chiefs offense was held off the board until the final three innings of the game.  Behind 10-0 going into the seventh inning, Peoria attempted a comeback with three runs in the seventh.  Edwin Figuera plated a run on a sac fly.  Jonatan Machado and Josh Shaw each singled to score a run.  In the eighth, Machado drew a bases loaded walk, and in the ninth a run scored on a throwing error.  The rally fell short with the lone run in the ninth.  Machado went 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Shaw and Leandro Cedeno were both 3-for-5.

Starter Michael Brettell pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on 14 hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Wilfredo Pereira tossed the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Brettell took the loss.

In the field, Cedeno had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs are 23-45 in the second half, 53-84 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.  Peoria has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Logan Gragg (0-3, 3.94) 2:00 CT


State College 2 at Williamsport 3 (10 innings)

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes lost a heartbreaker in extra innings in Williamsport on Saturday as their playoff hopes ended.  The Spikes fell behind 2-0 early in the game, but a two run eighth inning knotted it up and eventually took the game into the 10th inning.  The tying runs scored on a groundout by Matt Duce and a fielding error.  David Vinsky and Stanley Espinal were both 2-for-4 in the game, but no State College hitter had an extra base hit.

Spikes starter Andre Pallante pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run on four hits. The right hander struck out two.  Jacob Schlesener surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Fabian Blanco tossed the final two innings and gave up the walk off run in the 10th to take the loss.

On the base paths, Vinsky stole a base and was caught stealing.  In the field, Schlesener made an error on a pickoff. Terry Fuller had an outfield assist at second base.

The Spikes are 38-36 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Adrian Mardueno (3-2, 3.72) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Bristol 4

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals defeated the Bristol Pirates in the second game of the best of three Semifinal Playoffs of the Appalachian League Western Division. The series stands at 1-1, and the winner of Sunday’s game will determine which team moves on to the final series against the Eastern Division Semifinal winner.

The Cardinals scored seven runs on 10 hits.  Todd Lott got the scoring going in the first inning with a two run single to left field.  Jhon Torres hit a solo home run in the fifth.  In the sixth, Chandler Redmond hit a solo home run, and Torres plated his second run on a sac fly.  Kevin Vargas plated a run on a single in the eighth.  The seventh and final Cardinal run scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.   Lott went 2-for-4 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Francisco Justo pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Will Guay followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  John Witkowski surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Dylan Pearce got the last out of the ninth for the save.  Guay was the winning pitcher.

On the base paths, Lott was caught stealing.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bristol, TBA 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals, GCL Astros (cancelled)

The GCL Cardinals were scheduled to play the GCL Astros in a doubleheader on Saturday.  Both games were cancelled due to the impending weather from Hurricane Dorian.  The Cardinals season is at an end.  The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 20-34 and were in last place in the GCL East.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 31, 2019

photo: Matt Duce (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Friday, including a Johnson City loss in Game 1 of its playoff series. Our Player of the Day is State College catcher Matt Duce, who went 4-for-6, including a double, two RBI and two runs scored as the Spikes try to hold onto their fading post-season hopes. Memphis was officially eliminated.

Results for games played Friday, August 30.


Memphis 1 at Iowa 5

Jesus Cruz (St. Louis Cardinals)

The slim 2019 playoff hopes for the Redbirds, fueled by a late-season rally, came to a halt with a 5-1 loss to the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines.  Memphis had a shot to defend their PCL and Triple-A titles by sweeping the four game series in Iowa, but that hope officially ended on Friday night.

The Cubs pounced on starter Tommy Parsons, who was making his Triple-A debut, for five runs in the first inning.  Parsons recovered and held the Cubs scoreless through the next four innings, going five and allowing the five runs on seven hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked two as he replaced Genesis Cabrera, scratched before the game.  Jesus Cruz tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski hurled a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds offense was unable to recover from the early five-run deficit.  Memphis finally scratched one run across in the fifth on a ground out by Rangel Ravelo following a Randy Arozarena hit by pitch, a Dylan Carlson single, and a double steal.  Carlson and Ramon Urias were 2-for-4.  The only extra base hits were a triple by Carlson and a double by Arozarena.

On the base paths, in addition to Arozarena and Carlson with the double steal, Urias and Max Schrock also swiped a bag apiece.  In the field, Edmundo Sosa made a throwing error.

Memphis is 68-69 on the season and is in second place in the PCL American North, five games behind the Iowa Cubs, and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Seth Elledge (3-1, 5.17) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 4, Midland 5

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals were edged by Midland Rock Hounds 5-4 at Hammons Field on Friday.  The offense initially went up 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI single by Chris Chinea.  Springfield did not score again until the eighth, when three runs came home to tie the game 4-4.   Conner Capel singled to left to plate a run, then came home to score, along with Chinea, on a single to center off the bat of Julio Rodriguez.  Chinea went 2-for-4 , while Capel was 2-for-3.

Spot starter Merandy Gonzalez, filling in for Parsons, pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Jacob Patterson surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Ronnie Williams allowed one run in the final 2 1/3 innings and took the loss.

Rayder Ascanio stole his third base of the season.  Kramer Robertson was caught stealing for the fifth time.  In the field, Gonzalez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 30-37 in the second half, 60-77 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Midland, Evan Kruczynski (3-8, 5.69) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach vs. Florida (cancelled)

The final series of the season for the Palm Beach Cardinals, to be played against the Florida Fire Frogs over the weekend, was cancelled due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian.

The Cardinals finished the season with a second half record of 22-44, an overall record of 57-72, and were in last place in the Florida State League South Division, 23.5 games back of the first place Charlotte Stone Crabs.


Peoria 2, Beloit 9

Connor Thomas (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs were overwhelmed by the Beloit Snappers by the score of 9-2 at Dozer Park on Friday.  The Peoria offense managed only two runs on 10 hits.  A sac fly by Brady Whalen in the first inning put the Chiefs on the board, but the offense failed to add on until Imeldo Diaz’ RBI single in the eighth.  Diaz went 2-for-4, as did Jonatan Machado and Carlos Soto.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked two.  Connor Thomas tossed two scoreless innings of relief.   Sebastian Tabata surrendered five runs in the eighth as the game got away from the Chiefs.  Freddy Pacheco allowed one run in the ninth.

In the field, Soto made a throwing error.  Leandro Cedeno had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs are 19-41 in the second half, 49-80 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Michael Brettell (5-9, 5.15) 6:35 CT.


State College 10 at Mahoning Valley 3

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes pummeled Mahoning Valley by the score of 10-3 on Friday.  The State College offense scored the bulk of their runs in the seventh and eighth innings. Dariel Gomez singled in the first inning to plate the first Spikes score.  A third inning sac fly by Stanley Espinal gave the Spikes a 2-1 lead.

The five-run seventh inning was the turning point.  Matt Duce doubled to plate a run then scored on a Liam Sabino single.  Two runs came home on a fielder’s choice and a fielding error.  The fifth run of the inning scored on a ground out by Luis Flores.

In the eighth, three runs came in on a single by Duce and a double by Andrew Warner.  Duce went 4-for-6 with two RBI and two runs scored.   Pedro Pages was 3-for-4 with four runs scored.

Starter Scott Politz pitched six innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two to earn his fourth win.  Cameron Dulle followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Eric Lex tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Spikes are 38-35 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, two games back of the first place Batavia Muckdogs with three games remaining in the season. State College’s playoff hopes are hanging by a thread, with their elimination number just one.

Saturday’s game:  at Williamsport, Andre Pallante (1-0, 2.81) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4 at Bristol 5

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were edged by the Bristol Pirates in Game 1 of the West Division Semifinal Playoff Series on Friday.  Jhon Torres drove in two of the Cardinals four runs on a single in the third inning and a sac fly in the seventh.  Carlos Soler added a sac fly in the fourth.  The fourth and final run came home on a fielding error in the ninth.  Mateo Gil was 2-for-5 with a triple and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Jake Sommers pitched five innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked one.  Tyler Peck followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Left hander Walker Robbins surrendered the three winning runs in the eighth and was charged with the blown save and the loss.  John Witkowski got the final outs of the ninth.

In the field, the Cards had a rough night. Malcom Nunez and Kevin Vargas committed throwing errors.  Gil and Chandler Redmond each made a fielding error. Zach Jackson had a passed ball.

Game 2 of the best of three series will be played at Johnson City on Saturday, as will Game 3 on Sunday, if needed.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bristol, Francisco Justo (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals

The Cardinals had no game scheduled for Friday but were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday with the Astros to conclude their season.  However, that series (and the Gulf Coast League playoffs) were cancelled due to the impending landfall of Hurricane Dorian.

The Cards finished with a 20-34 record (.370), and in fifth/last place in the GCL South, 10 games behind the Marlins.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of August 19-25

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The St. Louis Cardinals went 6-1 on the week to extend their division lead to 2 1/2 games.  Dakota Hudson is pitching very well along with Jack Flaherty at the head of the rotation. Our weekly history feature looks back at former franchise saves leader Lee Smith.


Game recaps

Monday, August 19 – Cardinals 3, Brewers 0

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals blanked the Brewers in the first game of a three game series in St. Louis on Monday.  Starter Dakota Hudson pitched 6 2/3 scoreless, no-hit innings, striking out seven and walking four.  Giovanny Gallegos tossed one scoreless inning of relief but gave up a hit to end the team no-hitter.  Andrew Miller pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Hudson earned his 12th win, and Miller his fifth save.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the fifth on a force out by Kolten Wong and single by Dexter Fowler.  Paul DeJong hit a solo home run in the sixth for the third and final run.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

DeJong made a fielding error.


Tuesday, August 20 – Cardinals 9, Brewers 4

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals defeated the Brewers 9-4 in Game 2 to take the series.  Dexter Fowler drove in four, on a three-run double and a bases-loaded walk. The Fowler double was a bloop to short left field that three Brewers converged on and none of them caught.  Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-5 and Yadier Molina went 2-for-3 with an RBI.   Harrison Bader tripled in his first at bat in his first game back from a stint with the Memphis Redbirds. He also had an RBI on a bases loaded walk and walked three times, the first time he had walked three times in a game.  Kolten Wong drove in two on a seventh inning single.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched four scoreless innings, allowed three hits, struck out five and walked one.  Ryan Helsley surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief.   John Gant allowed one run in the sixth while recording only one out.  Tyler Webb got the final out of the sixth and was awarded the win.  Gant was charged with a blown save.  Andrew Miller tossed a scoreless seventh.  John Brebbia relinquished two runs in the final two innings of relief.

On the base paths, Wong stole his 17th base of the season.


Wednesday, August 21 – Cardinals 3, Brewers 5 (7 ½ innings)

The Cardinals did not complete the three game sweep, instead losing to the Brewers in a rain-shortened game 5-3.  The game was called following a lengthy rain delay after 7 ½ innings had been completed.

The Brewers were up 5-0 going into the bottom of the fourth, requiring the Cardinals to play catch up.   In the fifth inning, Dexter Fowler plated a run on a single, then Yairo Munoz, having reached on a single prior to Fowler’s single, stole third base, then scored on a throwing error.  Yadier Molina doubled in a run in the sixth to make it 5-3.  Neither team scored in the seventh, the Brewers went scoreless in the top of the eighth, and then the rain came.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched five innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked four.  Junior Fernandez tossed two scoreless innings of relief. Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless eighth. Wainwright took the loss.

In the field, Fernandez made an error on a pickoff.


Thursday, August 22 – Cardinals 6, Rockies 5

In the first of a four-game series, the Cardinals edged the Rockies 6-5 on Thursday.  All six St. Louis runs came via two-run long balls.  Marcell Ozuna hit his in the fourth, followed by Paul DeJong in the sixth, and Dexter Fowler in the seventh.  Paul Goldschmidt and Tommy Edman were each 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three.  Dominic Leone tossed a scoreless seventh.  Giovanny Gallegos and Andrew Miller combined to pitch a scoreless eighth, and Carlos Martinez hurled a scoreless ninth.

Harrison Bader and Kolten Wong each made throwing errors.


Friday, August 23 – Cardinals 8, Rockies 3

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals again defeated the Rockies in Game 2 of the series on Friday.  Marcell Ozuna hit a two-run home run in the first inning for the only long ball of the game.  Ozuna was 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Kolten Wong got an RBI on a bases loaded hit by pitch.  Harrison Bader singled in the fifth and two runs scored on a throwing error.  Jack Flaherty’s sac fly scored Bader.  Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-5, Yadier Molina was 3-for-5, and Tommy Edman was 2-for-5.  Paul DeJong singled to score a run in the sixth.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six scoreless innings, allowed three hits, fanned nine and walked one to earn his eighth win.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless seventh, and Tyler Webb tossed a scoreless eighth.  John Gant surrendered three runs, two earned, in the ninth.

Molina was charged with a passed ball.


Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Saturday, August 24 – Cardinals 6, Rockies 0

In the third game of the series, the Cardinals blanked the Rockies 6-0.  Starter Dakota Hudson pitched six scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out two and walked three. Tyler Webb and Giovanny Gallegos combined for two scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone closed with a run-free ninth.

Marcell Ozuna plated two runs on a single in the first inning and was 2-for-3 in the game.  Harrison Bader hit a two-run home run in the second inning.  In the fifth, Paul DeJong’s sac fly added another score.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the seventh.


Sunday, August 25 – Cardinals 11, Rockies 4

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

St. Louis completed the four-game sweep with an 11-4 victory over the Rockies on Sunday.  Solo home runs by Matt Carpenter and Lane Thomas led the way.  Dexter Fowler drove in three on a bases loaded walk and a two run double. Tommy Edman plated two on a double and was 3-for-4.  Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 with two RBI on a single.  Carpenter, playing for injured Kolten Wong, was 3-for-4 with the home run and an RBI single.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Ryan Helsley surrendered one unearned run in 2 1/3 innings of relief and picked up his first MLB win. John Brebbia tossed two scoreless frames.

Tommy Edman and Harrison Bader each stole a base.  Edman was also caught stealing.  Bader committed a fielding error – a rare dropped catch.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week with a record of 6-1.  The one loss was the rain-shortened game with the Brewers that was called after the top of the eighth.  St. Louis won two of three from the Brewers and swept the Rockies in a four-game series.  The Cardinals now sit in first place in the NL Central with a 2.5 game lead over the Cubs.

There is not a whole lot to complain about regarding the team’s performance during the week.  The lone loss was not a complete game therefore it is unknown whether the Cardinals could have come back to win had the game not been called for rain.  The offense performed well, and the starting pitching was fine as well.  Jack Flaherty and Dakota Hudson pitched especially well during the seven-game stretch.  Adam Wainwright had a shaky start in the loss on Wednesday.  The bullpen continues to be good with the lone exception being John Gant, who has not looked right of late.

Defense continues to be a strength as is base running.  There were uncharacteristic errors by Harrison Bader and Kolten Wong, the Cardinals’ best defensive players.  Wong suffered a foot injury in the Rockies series, though not seriously enough for an IL stint.  Bader returned from his demotion to Memphis on Tuesday, and his offense has been better.  He has a home run and a triple and has gotten on base quite a bit via the walk, with three walks in his first game back.  Matt Carpenter had a three hit game on Sunday.  The improved offense from Bader and Carpenter, who have been struggling offensively all season, bodes well for the remainder of the season if they can keep it up.

The Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to play three games with the Brewers starting on Monday.  The team then returns home to play the Reds over the weekend.  Continuing the good play in all facets of the game with these two NL Central teams can go a long way to cementing the Cardinals as a viable playoff team, especially with the up and down season the Cubs are having.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 71 58 0.550
Chicago 69 61 0.531 2.5
Milwaukee 67 63 0.515 4.5
Cincinnati 60 69 0.465 11
Pittsburgh 55 75 0.423 14

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Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had begun a throwing program but had a setback.  He is unlikely to return to the roster this season.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill (left wrist strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 1. O’Neill was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on August 21.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • RF Jose Martinez (Right AC shoulder joint sprain) was placed on the 10 day injured list on August 12. Martinez received a cortisone shot and is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment on August 26.
  • Kolten Wong (right foot) was injured in the August 24 game when he fouled a ball off his right foot. Tests revealed no fracture and Wong is considered day to day.  He was not in the lineup on August 25.
  • LHP Austin Gomber (biceps) began his road back with a shaky 22-pitch outing at Palm Beach on Friday and will pitch next for Springfield. He could return to St. Louis when rosters expand on September 1.

Looking Ahead

Following the Rockies series, the Cardinals take a short trip to Milwaukee to play a three-game series beginning August 26. They end the month with a weekend series at home against Cincinnati.

Following the Reds series, the Giants come to Busch Stadium for a four-game set beginning Sept 2.  The Cardinals then travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in a weekend series starting Sept 6.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past takes a brief look at the career of former Cardinals reliever Lee Smith, newly inducted to the Hall of Fame this year, and who reached a milestone during this past week in 1991 while playing for the Cardinals.

Lee Smith (Getty Images)

Lee Arthur Smith had an 18-year major league career as a pitcher, primarily a reliever, for eight different teams.  Smith debuted on September 1, 1980 with the Chicago Cubs, who drafted him in the second round in 1975.  Smith pitched for the Cubs from 1980-87 before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in December 1987. He was with the Sox until he was dealt to the Cardinals on May 4, 1990.

Smith pitched for the Cardinals for slightly less than four full seasons, compiling a record of 15-20 with an ERA of 2.90.  Most importantly, Smith posted 160 saves for the Cardinals.

On August 25, 1991, Smith reached the milestone of 300 career saves, at that time, the fifth major league pitcher to do so.  Smith reached 40 saves during that 1991 season, for the first time in his career.  He went on to break Bruce Sutter’s Cardinals record of 45 saves, and with a career high 47 saves, also claimed the league save record for a single season.

The Cardinals traded Smith to the New York Yankees on August 31, 1993.  At the time, Smith was the all-time saves leader for the Cardinals, with 160 saves, which he held until Jason Isringhausen passed him with 161 on June 13, 2006.

Smith retired after he was released by his eighth team, the Montreal Expos, on September 25, 1997.  When he retired he held the career major league saves record with 478 saves.  That record was broken in 2006 by Trevor Hoffman, then with the San Diego Padres.  Despite losing his Cardinals and major league saves records, Smith still holds the Cubs career saves record of 180 saves.

Smith was not voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame by the BBWAA after spending 15 years on the ballot. (He was grandfathered for 15 years eligibility in 2014 after the limit on the ballot was dropped to 10 years.)  Smith was voted in to the Hall of Fame by the Today’s Game Committee in December 2018 and was officially inducted in July 2019.

Smith currently serves as a roving minor league pitching instructor for the San Francisco Giants.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 25, 2019

photo: Genesis Cabrera (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-7 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis record-tying left-hander pitcher Genesis Cabrera, with seven scoreless, one hit innings while striking out 12. Enmanuel Solano spun eight scoreless frames for playoff-hopeful State College.

Results for games played Saturday, August 24.


Memphis 4, Omaha 0

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds blanked the Omaha Storm Chasers 4-0 on Saturday behind a pitching gem from lefty starter Genesis Cabrera.  Cabrera pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed one hit, fanned 12 and walked two to earn his fifth win.  Cabrera tied the Pacific Coast League record with nine consecutive strikeouts from the third inning into the sixth inning, tying Alex Reyes’ league high set in 2018. Cabrera ended his historic night by retiring the last 15 Storm Chasers he faced.

In a non-save situation, Kodi Whitley closed the win with two scoreless innings of relief.

Edmundo Sosa led off the first inning with a two-run home run.  Ramon Urias added to the edge in the third with a sac fly.  A solo home run off the bat of Justin Williams in the fifth increased the lead to the final 4-0.  Sosa was 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Williams was 2-for-4, and Urias was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Sosa was picked off first base.  In the field, Cabrera picked a runner off second base.

The late-streaking Redbirds (64-67) have won five straight games and 13 of their last 15. They are in second place in the PCL North, six games back of the Iowa Cubs with an elimination number of four.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Omaha, Daniel Ponce de Leon (7-4, 2.84) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 1 at Midland 6

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were overmatched by the Midland RockHounds on Saturday.  Springfield scored in the first inning on Rayder Ascanio’s RBI double but was shut down the remainder of the game.  Ascanio had the only extra base hit of six total hits, and no Cardinal had multiples.

Starter Alex FaGalde pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked four.  Jacob Patterson followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Mitchell Osnowitz tossed a scoreless eighth.  FaGalde took the loss.

Kramer Robertson was picked off first base. Conner Capel made a fielding error, and Zach Kirtley had a missed catch error. Capel had an outfield assist at third.

The Cardinals are 28-33 in the second half, 58-73 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North. Their elimination number is also four.

Sunday’s game:  at Midland, Tommy Parsons (4-4, 5.00) 2:00 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Fort Myers 4

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Fort Myers Miracle by the score of 4-1 on Saturday. The lone Palm Beach run came home in the fourth inning when Nolan Gorman led off with a single and later scored on a force out by Michael Perri. The Cardinals managed four hits in total, with the only extra base hit a double by Nick Dunn, who was 2-for-4.

Starter Diego Cordero pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits. The left hander struck out five and walked two to take the loss, his sixth of the season.  Cole Aker surrendered two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Edgar Escobar tossed a scoreless ninth.

Dunn and Luken Baker both made fielding errors. Cordero and catcher Ivan Herrera each picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 21-41 in the second half, 56-70 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South. Palm Beach has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers, Edgar Gonzalez (6-14, 4.94) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 3

Josh Shaw (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were edged by the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday.  Peoria was held scoreless until the eighth inning when two runs scored on a wild pitch and a single by Josh Shaw enabled them to take a 2-1 lead. It was short-lived, as the Kernels came back in the ninth to walk it off 3-2.  The Chiefs had nine hits in total, but none went for extra bases.  Jonatan Machado went 2-for-5, as did Imeldo Diaz.  Brandon Riley was 2-for-4.

Starter Dalton Roach pitched seven innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned five.    Freddy Pacheco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered the two runs in the ninth that handed Cedar Rapids the walk off win.  Pacheco was charged with the loss and the blown save.

Delvin Perez stole his 20th base of the season.  Shaw was picked off first base.  In the field, Pacheco made a fielding error.  Riley had an outfield assist at home plate.

The Chiefs are 19-42 in the second half, 49-81 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.  Peoria has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Colin Schmid (6-6, 4.42) 2:05 CT.


State College 1 at Batavia 0

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

State College blanked the Batavia Muckdogs in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  Neither team scored until the seventh inning when State College broke the stalemate with an RBI double by Stanley Espinal.  The Spikes had three total hits and the double by Espinal was the only extra base hit.  Terry Fuller and David Vinsky both singled.

Starter Enmanuel Solano pitched eight scoreless innings, allowed four hits, struck out five and walked two to earn the win.  Eric Lex tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

On the base paths, Andrew Warner was picked off caught stealing for the second time.  Donovan Williams was picked off first base. In the field, Brylie Ware made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 34-33 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division. State College is three games back with an elimination number of seven.

Sunday’s game:  vs. West Virginia, Scott Politz (3-3, 4.82) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Bristol 5

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were edged by the Bristol Pirates 5-4 on Saturday.  Johnson City scored four runs late but fell just short.  Singles by Victor Garcia and Mateo Gil plated a run each in the seventh inning.  Chandler Redmond blasted a two-run home run in the eighth.  The offense put together seven hits, but no Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Jake Sommers pitched four innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.   Blake Drake pitched a scoreless fifth.  Dylan Pearce surrendered three runs, one earned, in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Walker Robbins allowed one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Pearce was the losing pitcher.

On the base paths, Malcom Nunez was caught stealing for the second time.  In the field, Carlos Soler made a fielding error.

Johnson City is 33-31 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West by just ½ of a game.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bristol, TBA 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 8

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in Jupiter on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense had nine hits and scored all five runs in the seventh inning.  Doubles by Joyser Garcia and Franklin Soto plated one and two runs respectively.  Tyler Reichenborn and Ramon Mendoza added RBI singles.  Reichenborn was 2-for-5.  Mendoza and Soto were both 2-for-4.

Starter Anthony Green pitched five innings and gave up four runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Thomas Hart surrendered four runs in two innings of relief.  Roy Garcia tossed the final two scoreless innings.  Green took the loss.

On the base paths, Reichenborn was caught stealing for the fifth time.

The Cardinals are 20-31 on the season, are in last place in the GCL East, and have been eliminated from playoff contention. Five games remain in the 2019 season.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Red 1 at DSL Brewers 8

The Cardinals Red were overwhelmed by the Brewers in an 8-1 let down on Saturday.  The only Red score came on a second inning solo home run by Fernando Brazoban.  Leadoff hitter Sander Mora went 2-for-4 with a double and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Luis Garcia surrendered three runs in 2/3 innings.  Brayan Ramirez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Hemerson Cordero allowed one run in the seventh.  Ramon Fernandez relinquished two runs in the eighth.

On the base paths, Diego Velasquez and Bryan Matute each stole a base.  Velasquez was also caught stealing, as was Erick Thomas.  In the field, Brazoban made a fielding error.  Miguel Marcos had an outfield assist at second base.  Cordero picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Red finished 32-39 on the season, in sixth place in the San Pedro Division.


DSL Cardinals Blue 1, DSL Orioles2 3

The Cardinals Blue fell to the Orioles2 by the score of 3-1 on Saturday.  The Blue offense had just four hits, with the lone run in the third inning on a sac fly by Carlos Arcia.  Jesus Orrechia and Elvin De Jesus had the only extra base hits, a double and a triple, respectively.

Starter Juan Peralta pitched four innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits.  The right hander struck out one.  Ronald Suarez surrendered one run in two innings of relief and took the loss.  Americo Lugo also allowed one run in two innings of relief.

On the base paths, Gustavo A. Rodriguez was caught stealing for the first time. Leudy Pena committed a fielding error and Lugo made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals Blue conclude the season at 41-23, in second place in the South Division.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 24, 2019

photo: Andrew Knizner (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis catcher Andrew Knizner, who went 4-for-4, including two home runs and a double. Liam Sabino’s two-run home run and Julio Puello’s 7 2/3 one-run innings kept Johnson City in first place.

Results for games played Friday, August 23.


Memphis 9, Omaha 1

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds blew past the Omaha Storm Chasers by the score of 9-1 on Friday. The balls were flying out of AutoZone Park as Memphis put up seven runs via the long ball.  Adolis Garcia hit a two-run home run in the second inning to get the scoring going.  Andrew Knizner hit two solo shots, in the fourth and sixth innings.  Randy Arozarena blasted a three-run homer in the eighth.  Knizner went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored. Ramon Urias and Max Schrock were each 2-for-4 with an RBI apiece.

Starter Austin Warner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits while fanning six and walking three.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth.  Mike Mayers surrendered one run in the ninth for the only Omaha score.

On the base paths, Arozarena was caught stealing for the seventh time in the season.

Memphis is 63-67 on the season and is in second place in the PCL American North, 6 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Omaha, Genesis Cabrera (4-6, 6.36) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 5 at Midland 7

Merandy Gonzalez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals lost to the Midland RockHounds 7-5 on Friday.  A solo home run by Juan Yepez and a two run home run by Johan Mieses in the ninth inning capped off a five-run, 12 hit effort by the Springfield offense.  Prior to the ninth inning Springfield scored one run in the second inning on a sac fly by Yepez and one run in the fifth on a Rayder Ascanio single.  Ascanio went 3-for-5,  Mieses was 2-for-5, and Chris Chinea was 3-for-4.

Starter Johan Oviedo gave up four runs in on two hits in the first inning and was removed with one out and replaced by Ronnie Williams.  Williams pitched 2 2/3 innings and yielded two runs on four hits, striking out four and walking three.  Merandy Gonzalez followed with four scoreless innings of relief.  Will Latcham surrendered one run in the eighth.  Oviedo took the loss.

Gonzalez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 28-32 in the second half, 58-72 overall, and are five games back of Arkansas and Tulsa, who are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Midland, Alex FaGalde (3-4, 3.20) 7:00 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Fort Myers 8

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals were overmatched by the Fort Myers Miracle in an 8-3 home loss on Friday.  Palm Beach managed three runs on six hits, all coming in the later innings after falling behind 8-0.   A ground out by Dennis Ortega in the fifth put the Cardinals on the board.  Nick Dunn plated a run on a single in the sixth, and a bases loaded walk in the eighth by Nick Plummer scored the final run for Palm Beach.  Dunn went 2-for-4 with an RBI and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Stater Austin Gomber, pitching on a rehab assignment, gave up three runs in the first inning but recorded only one out.  Just nine of the lefty’s 22 pitches went for strikes. Regular starter Griffin Roberts followed Gomber and surrendered five more runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Michael Baird stopped the bleeding with 4 1/3 scoreless innings.  Leonardo Taveras and Edgar Escobar combined for the final three scoreless innings.  Gomber took the loss.

Nolan Gorman committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 21-40 in the second half, 56-69 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

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


Peoria 7, Quad Cities 9

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Chiefs fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits 9-7 on Friday at Dozer Park.  The Peoria offense scored seven runs on 11 hits but couldn’t keep up with the River Bandits despite big innings by both teams.  The Chiefs scored four runs in the fifth inning but were already behind 6-0 at that point. A two-run double by Imeldo Diaz, an RBI double by Josh Shaw and an RBI single by Brady Whalen brought the game closer in the fifth.   Whalen doubled in the seventh for a score and ended the night 2-for-3 with two RBI.  Two final runs came home in the eighth on a double by Edwin Figuera and a single by Jonatan Machado.  Machado went 2-for-4.  Diaz and Delvin Perez were each 2-for-5.

Starter Parker Kelly pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on nine hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Franyel Casadilla surrendered two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Evan Sisk tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Kelly took the loss.

On the base paths, Wadye Ynfante stole his ninth base of the season.  In the field, Alexis Wilson made a throwing error. Ynfante and Leandro Cedeno both had outfield assists at second base.  Kelly picked a runner off first base.

The Chiefs are 19-41 in the second half, 49-80 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Dalton Roach (0-1, 4.95) 6:35 CT.


State College 5 at Batavia 7

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes lost to the first-place Batavia Muckdogs by the score of 7-5 on Friday.  State College put up three runs in the third inning on doubles by Dariel Gomez, Brylie Ware, and Moises Castillo.  David Vinsky plated a run on a triple in the seventh and in the eighth, Martin Figueroa drew a bases-loaded walk for the fifth and final run for the Spikes.  Gomez and Stanley Espinal were each 2-for-4 in the contest.

Starter Junior Gonzalez pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  Jeremy Randolph followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Lunn tossed a scoreless eighth.  Gonzalez took the loss.

Gonzalez and Espinal each made fielding errors.  Randolph made an error on a pickoff.

The Spikes are 33-33 and have fallen into fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, four games back with 10 to go.

Saturday’s game:  at Batavia, Enmanuel Solano (2-7, 3.95) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 2, Bristol 1

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals edged the Bristol Pirates by the score of 2-1 on Friday.   Both Johnson City runs scored in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Liam Sabino.  No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits in this low scoring contest.

Starter Julio Puello pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked one to earn his fourth win.  Will Guay tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

On the base paths, Mateo Gil was caught stealing for the third time in the season.

Johnson City is 33-30 on the season and are in first place by 1 ½ games in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bristol, Jake Sommers (2-3, 4.34) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 10

Inohan Paniagua (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals were pummeled by the Nationals on Friday in Jupiter.  The Cardinal offense managed three runs on only two hits.  All three runs came in the sixth inning.  Pablo Gomez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, Luis Montano scored on a balk, and the final run came home on a sac fly by Joerlin De Los Santos.  Yowelfy Rosario went 2-for-4, including a double.

Starter Tyler Statler pitched only one inning and gave up four runs on four hits to take the loss.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  Ludwin Jimenez allowed six runs, four earned, in four innings of relief.  Inohan Paniagua finished with four scoreless innings.

In the field, Franklin Soto made a fielding error.  Patrick Romeri had an outfield assist at third base.

The Cardinals are 20-30 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Brewers 3

The Cardinals Red defeated the Brewers in a close game on Friday.  The Cardinals scored four runs but only two came home on a hit.  Fernando Brazoban plated a run on a triple in the fourth inning, and Erick Thomas hit a solo home run in the ninth.  A ground out in the first inning and a passed ball in the fifth scored the other two Red runs.  No Cardinal had more than one hit.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked four.  Larimel Soriano surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Hansel Marcelino allowed one unearned run in one frame.   Augusto Calderon tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to get the win.

On the base paths, Smith Vargas stole his 28th base of the season.  Claudio Ramirez was picked off first base.  Bryan Matute made a fielding error and catcher Roblin Heredia had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 32-38 and are tied for fifth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Rockies 6

Darlin Moquete

In a head-to-head matchup to decide the division title, the Cardinals Blue were edged by the Rockies by the score of 6-5 on Friday.  The Blue offense scored five runs on eight hits.  Leadoff hitter and left fielder Darlin Moquete went 3-for-5 including two solo home runs.  First baseman Fernando Diaz hit a two-run home run and was 2-for-5 with three RBI.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched just 3 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, but just two earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Victor Villanueva tossed the remaining 4 2/3 innings, surrendered one run and took the loss.

Elvin De Jesus stole two bases.  Hansel Otamendi made a fielding error, Diaz had a missed catch and a throwing error, and Carlos Arcia had a missed catch.  Rodriguez picked a runner off third base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 41-22 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Orioles2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of August 12-18

photo: Jack Flaherty (David Kohl/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 4-2 on the week and remain at the top of the tight NL Central. Jack Flaherty has become the clear leader of the rotation. Our weekly history feature looks back at Lou Brock’s 3,000 hit, which came this past week in 1979.


Game recaps

Monday, August 12 – Off day


Tuesday, August 13 – Cardinals 2 at Royals 0

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals blanked the cross state Royals in the first of a two-game series in Kansas City on Tuesday.   Starter Jack Flaherty was brilliant, pitching seven scoreless innings and allowing only three hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked one.   Andrew Miller followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Carlos Martinez secured the last two outs of the ninth to earn his 13th save.  Flaherty earned his sixth win.

St. Louis scored in the first and the third innings for the only two runs Tuesday.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a sac fly and Tommy Edman singled to drive in the other.  Kolten Wong was 2-for-3 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Marcell Ozuna stole his 11th base of the season.  Paul DeJong was caught stealing for the fifth time.


Wednesday, August 14 – Cardinals 6 at Royals 0

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals again blanked the Royals to sweep the two-game set.  Starter Dakota Hudson pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits, striking out four and walking two.  Tyler Webb followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  John Gant got the last two outs of the eighth.  Junior Fernandez tossed a scoreless ninth.  Hudson earned his 11th win.

St. Louis’ offense broke the stalemate with five runs in the seventh inning.  Matt Carpenter, Yadier Molina, and Randy Arozarena each plated a run on singles.  Dexter Fowler drove in a run on a sac fly, and the final run of the inning came home on a force out by Tommy Edman.  Paul DeJong hit a solo home run in the eighth to close the scoring.  DeJong and Arozarena were both 2-for-4.


Thursday, August 15 – Cardinals 1 at Reds 2

In the first of a four-game series, the Cardinals fell to the Reds by the score of 2-1.  St. Louis was held scoreless until the top of the ninth inning, when Kolten Wong doubled to left field.  It was just the second Cardinal hit, with the other a single by Dexter Fowler.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits while striking out three and walking two.  Tyler Webb, Junior Fernandez, and Ryan Helsley combined for the final three scoreless innings of relief.  Wacha took the loss.

Wong stole his 16th base, Marcell Ozuna swiped his 12th bag, and Dexter Fowler stole his seventh.  Wacha picked a runner off first base.


Friday, August 16 – Cardinals 13 at Reds 4

Dexter Fowler (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In Game 2 of the four-game series, the Cardinals shellacked the Reds 13-4.  Dexter Fowler led the offense with a 3-for-6 game and four RBI.  Fowler hit a three-run home run in the second inning, singled and doubled.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Paul DeJong thumped a two-run home run in the third inning.  Kolten Wong was 4-for-5 with a solo home run in the seventh.  Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run in the fifth and was 2-for-4.  Marcell Ozuna was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 innings, gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  John Brebbia tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Giovanny Gallegos hurled a scoreless ninth.  Wainwright earned his ninth win.

Edman and Matt Carpenter each made a fielding error.


Saturday, August 17 – Cardinals 1 at Reds 6

The Cardinals were defeated by the Reds in Game 3 on Saturday.  St. Louis’ offense managed only one run on seven hits.   Matt Carpenter’s solo home run in the second inning was the only scoring play. Yairo Munoz was 3-for-4.  Paul Goldschmidt doubled for the only other extra base hit.

Starter Miles Mikolas suffered his 13th loss of the season.  Mikolas pitched five innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Ryan Helsley surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless eighth.


Sunday, August 18 – Cardinals 5 at Reds 4

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals split the series with the Reds with a 5-4 victory on Sunday. Starter Jack Flaherty earned his seventh win of the season pitching five innings and giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Giovanny Gallegos surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings of relief. Andrew Miller walked the only batter he faced in the seventh inning to load the bases before John Gant got the last two outs of the seventh. Gant returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Carlos Martinez allowed two runs in the ninth but earned his 14th save.

St. Louis’ offense scored five runs on eight hits.  Tommy Edman was 3-for-5, including a solo home run.  Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-3 with a two-run home run.  Lane Thomas was 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Edman stole his eighth base of the season.  Lane Thomas was caught stealing for the first time.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 4-2.  The team swept the Royals in two games, then split a four game series with the Reds.  The Cardinals are tied for first place in the NL Central with the Cubs.

The Cardinals continue to feature an offense that runs hot and cold.  They can score 13 runs in one game and one run the next.  Paul DeJong and Matt Carpenter are slumping.  Newly activated Yadier Molina has also not hit.  Kolten Wong, Dexter Fowler, Marcell Ozuna, and Paul Goldschmidt have hit well in the last week.  Tommy Edman has run hot and cold.  He continues to get starts in the outfield over actual outfielders, having been proclaimed a starter (without a clear defensive position) and moved to the leadoff spot by manager Mike Shildt.

The defense in the infield has been fine.  The outfield defense has not.  Natural outfielders Lane Thomas and Randy Arozarena have not played much with infielders Tommy Edman and Yairo Munoz getting outfield starts instead.  This outfield arrangement has met with limited success offensively, and no success defensively. Playing poor teams during the past week has tempered the possible damage in runs allowed.

Pitching has been mostly good.  Jack Flaherty continues to do well. Adam Wainwright, Dakota Hudson and even Michael Wacha have been okay.  Miles Mikolas had a poor start against the Reds.  The bullpen has been fine, with the exception of Andrew Miller, who continues to be hit and miss in his outings. Closer Carlos Martinez is getting the job done, but while often living on the edge.

St. Louis will face better teams in the Brewers and the Rockies in the coming week.  With the team’s tenuous position at the top of the NL Central, playing well and winning games against both is crucial.  The offense must be more consistent, especially if the outfield defense remains the same.  Runs allowed could increase and therefore runs scored must increase to compensate.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
St. Louis 65 57 0.533
Chicago 66 58 0.532
Milwaukee 64 60 0.516 2
Cincinnati 58 65 0.472 7.5
Pittsburgh 51 72 0.415 14.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 8/12 The Cardinals placed RF Jose Martinez on the 10 day injured list. Right AC joint sprain.
  • 8/12 The Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 10-day injured list.
  • 8/12 The Cardinals optioned C Andrew Knizner to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/12 The Cardinals selected the contract of LF Randy Arozarena from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training.  The left hander had a setback in his rehab and will not return in 2019.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill (left wrist strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 1. O’Neill was reported hitting against a pitching machine as of August 15, with a slower than hoped return schedule.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • RF Jose Martinez (Right AC shoulder joint sprain) was placed on the 10-day injured list on August 12. Martinez has received a cortisone shot and his expected return date is late August at the earliest.

Injury updates on minors 40-man roster players

Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports on the injury status of a trio of 40-man roster players currently on the Memphis Redbirds roster.

Left handed pitcher Austin Gomber, who has been on the minor league injured list since May with a left bicep injury and shoulder fatigue, threw live batting practice on Sunday for the first action toward a return to pitching.  Reports on the live batting practice were positive.  Gomber will throw another live batting practice in three or four days. (Ed. note: However, only two weeks remain on the minor league schedules, leaving little to no time for Gomber to throw in rehab action.)

Utility player Drew Robinson has been on Memphis’ injured list since June 26.  Robinson had “progressive Tommy John surgery” on his left elbow this past Thursday.  This surgery is not the full -blown Tommy John surgery.  Robinson is out for the season but is expected to be ready by Spring Training 2020.

Another high profile 40-man pitcher on the Memphis IL, Alex Reyes, has not been cleared to throw. As a result, his 2019 season has to be considered effectively over as well.


Looking Ahead

The Cardinals left Cincinnati on Sunday to begin a seven-game home stand with three against the Brewers and four with the Rockies.  Dakota Hudson is scheduled to make the Monday start against Milwaukee, followed by Michael Wacha on Tuesday, and Adam Wainwright on Wednesday.   Miles Mikolas will get the Thursday start against the Rockies.  The pitching probables for the remainder of the Rockies has not been announced but will likely be Jack Flaherty on Friday, Hudson on Saturday, and Wacha on Sunday.

The Cardinals will then take a short trip to Milwaukee to play three beginning August 26. They end the month with a weekend series at home versus the Reds.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past takes a look at a feat which occurred during this past week in team history.  Hall of Famer Lou Brock reached a major career milestone on August 13, 1979 – 3,000 hits.

Lou Brock (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Brock came to the Cardinals via the infamous trade with the Cubs on June 15, 1964, in which Chicago sent Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth to St. Louis for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz, and Doug Clemens.  Cardinals manager Johnny Keane asked GM Bing Devine to acquire Brock to increase team speed.  At the time, the trade was considered a steal by the Cubs, but as most know, it turned out not to be.

After Brock was traded to St. Louis, his career took off.  He batted .348 and stole 38 bases in the remainder of the 1964 season.  At the time of the trade the Cardinals were in eighth place in the National League.  At the end of the season, St. Louis had won the NL pennant, and went on to defeat the Yankees in the 1964 World Series.

Brock broke Maury Wills’ single-season stolen base record in 1966 with 74.  Brock is perhaps most known for his base stealing ability, as he led the NL in stolen bases eight times between 1966 and 1974.  While this talent was the hallmark of Brock’s career, it was not what primarily got him elected to the Hall of Fame.

Brock was not a power hitter, as he hit only 149 home runs over his career.  Brock did hit however and did so prodigiously.  On August 13, 1979, in the final season of his 19-year major league career, Brock became only the 14th player in major league history to have 3,000 hits.  Brock reached that plateau against his former team, the Chicago Cubs.  One month later, Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox achieved the same feat.

Brock retired at the end of the 1979 season with 3,023 hits.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1985 and was a part of the Cardinals inaugural Hall of Fame Class of 2014.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Adolis Garcia, who was 2-for-5 including a walk off two-run home run to defeat first-place Iowa.

Results for games played Saturday, August 17.


Memphis 8, Iowa 6

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds beat the Iowa Cubs in walk off fashion at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  The Cubs put up five runs in the first inning of the game to take the 5-0 lead, but the Redbirds slowly chipped away at that lead.  Memphis scored one run in the first inning, one run in the second, one in the sixth, and three runs in the seventh to tie the game at 6-6.  In the bottom of the ninth, a two run walk off home run by Adolis Garcia gave the victory to the Redbirds.

Edmundo Sosa went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI.  Dylan Carlson was 2-for-4, as was Andrew Knizner, who drove in the first run on a sac fly.  Garcia was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Ramon Urias was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in, and Max Schrock was 2-for-4 with two RBI.

Starter Chris Ellis pitched six innings and gave up all six Iowa runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Dominic Leone, Chasen Shreve, and Kodi Whitley each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Whitely got the win.

In the field, Rangel Ravelo had an outfield assist at third base.

Memphis is 58-66 on the season and are in second place in the PCL North, 8 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Iowa, Austin Warner (2-2, 6.70) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 6, Arkansas 3

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals defeated the Arkansas Travelers at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Springfield fell behind and had to play catch up in the second half of the game by scoring three runs each in the sixth and eighth innings.  All six runs came on three run home runs by Yariel Gonzalez in the sixth, and Johan Mieses in the eighth.  Mieses went 2-for-4 in the game with a single in addition to the long ball.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched five innings and gave up three runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked seven.  Will Latcham followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Mitchell Osnowitz and Connor Jones each pitched a scoreless inning.  Osnowitz earned the win while Jones earned his seventh save.

On the base paths, Kramer Robertson was caught stealing. In the field, Oveido picked a runner off first base and catcher Julio Rodriguez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 26-29 in the second half, 56-69 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (3-3, 2.96) 4:10 CT.


Palm Beach 5 at Daytona 6

Chase Pinder (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were edged 6-5 by the Daytona Tortugas on Saturday.  Solo home runs by Chase Pinder and Luken Baker in the first inning put Palm Beach on the board first.  The offense scored three additional runs on eight more hits in the contest.  Pinder plated a run on a double, Zach Gahagan had an RBI single, and Bryce Denton also drove in a run on a single.  Pinder was 2-for-5 in the game and Denton was 2-for-4.

Starter Griffin Roberts pitched two scoreless innings, allowed one hit, struck out one, and walked two.  Leonardo Taveras surrendered three runs in 2 2/3 innings.  Michael Baird allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief and took the loss.  Patrick Dayton gave up one run in three innings pitched, and Cole Aker tossed the final 2/3 scoreless innings.

In the field, Pinder made a fielding error but also had an outfield assist at third base.

The Cardinals are 19-37 in the second half, 54-66 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Daytona, TBA 4:35 CT.


Peoria 2, Wisconsin 9

Wilfredo Periera (Robert Kell)

The Chiefs were overwhelmed by the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday by the score of 9-2.  Peoria’s offense was held scoreless until it broke through with two runs in the bottom of the ninth. Sacrifice flies by Imeldo Diaz and Edwin Figuera put the Chiefs’ two runs on the board to break a 9-0 shutout.  The offense scattered nine hits, with Leandro Cedeno and Brandon Riley each having two of those nine.  Cedeno and Riley both doubled, along with Brady Whalen for the only extra base hits for the Chiefs.

Starter Logan Gragg pitched two innings and gave up seven runs, three earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked five.  Wilfredo Pereira surrendered two runs in five innings of relief.  Connor Coward tossed the final two scoreless innings.

In the field, Jonatan Machado made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 16-38 in the second half, 46-77 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Parker Kelly (3-3, 3.27) 5:05 CT.


State College 6, Auburn 5

Brandon Purcell (Robert Kell)

The Spikes were the winners of a one run game over the Auburn Doubledays at Medlar Field on Saturday.  The State College offense scored six runs on nine hits.  The bottom of the lineup produced six of the nine hits, with Brylie Ware going 2-for-4, Brandon Purcell 2-for-2, and Stanley Espinal 2-for-3.  Ware had one RBI and Purcell drove in two.  Andrew Warner also plated two on a single in the third inning.  Ware and Espinal each doubled for the only extra base hits in the game.

Starter Jeremy Randolph pitched four innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Junior Gonzalez surrendered two runs in four innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Fabian Blanco tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

On the base paths, David Vinsky was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Dariel Gomez made a missed catch error.  Espinal had an outfield assist at second base, and catcher Purcell had a passed ball.

The Spikes play a doubleheader on Sunday.

The Spikes are 31-30 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Auburn, Enmanuel Solano (1-7)/TBA 2:05 CT (doubleheader)


Johnson City 4 at Burlington 2

Walker Robbins (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals defeated the Royals at Burlington Athletic Stadium on Saturday.  An RBI single and two bases loaded walks in the fifth inning gave Johnson City the winning edge.  Only leadoff hitter William Jimenez had multiple hits in the game, as he was 2-for-5.  The only extra base hit was a double by Kyle Skeels.  Mateo Gil, Chandler Redmond, Zach Jackson, and Kevin Vargas each had an RBI.

Starter Luis Ortiz pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right-hander struck out three and walked three.  Left hander Walker Robbins surrendered one unearned run in 2 2/3 innings of relief and earned the win.  John Witkowski tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his third save.

On the base paths, Vargas, Carlos Soler, and Diomedes Del Rio each stole a base.  In the field, Malcolm Nunez made a throwing error, and Vargas had a fielding miscue.  Del Rio had an outfield assist at home, and Robbins picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals play a doubleheader on Sunday.

Johnson City is 29-27 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s games:  at Pulaski, Julio Puello (3-4, 5.94)/ Will Guay (1-0, 2.86) 4:00 CT. (doubleheader)


GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Marlins 4

The Cardinals were the losers in a 4-2 contest to the Marlins in Jupiter on Saturday.  The two Cardinals runs came on a double by Zade Richardson in the fourth inning, and a ground out by Cristhian Longa in the eighth.  Richardson was 2-for-4.  Tyler Reichenborn was also 2-for-4 including a triple.

Starter Nathanael Heredia pitched five innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked four.  Wilman Madera surrendered two runs, one earned in three innings of relief.  Anthony Trompiz pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Diowill Burgos stole his second base in the GCL.  Franklin Soto swiped two bases.  Francisco Hernandez stole his fourth base.  In the field, Heredia and Ramon Mendoza each made a throwing error.  Heredia picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 19-26 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL Cubs2 6

The Cardinals Red edged the Cubs 2 on Saturday.  The Red offense had 10 hits, with the top two hitters in the lineup with two hits each.  Smith Vargas was 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Sander Mora was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Erick Thomas blasted an eighth inning three run home run.  Mora, Jesus Orrechia, and Bryan Matute all doubled.

Starter Hancel Rincon pitched four innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Hansel Marcelino surrendered three runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.   Hector De Los Santos allowed an unearned run in 1 1/3 innings pitched and was charged with a blown save.  Augusto Calderon gave up one run in the eighth but was the winning pitcher. Luis Garcia hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

On the base paths, Vargas swiped two bags.  Thomas and Mora were each caught stealing.  In the field, Mora made a throwing error.  Vargas and Miguel Marcos both had outfield assists at second base.

The Cardinals Red are 28-38 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Yankees 8

The Cardinals Blue fell to the Yankees by the score of 8-6 on Saturday.  The Blue offense put up six runs on six hits, including a ninth inning two run home run by Elvin De Jesus.    De Jesus was 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Fernando Diaz drove in two on a fifth inning single.  The only other extra base hit besides the home run was a double by Erik Pena.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched four innings and gave up five runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Victor Villanueva tossed a scoreless fifth.  William Miranda surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Allinson Benitez got one out in the eighth, then was replaced by Benjamin Arias.  Arias allowed two runs in the final 1 2/3 innings.  Rodriguez took the loss.

On the base paths, Pena and Darlin Moquete each stole a base.  In the field, Luis Rodriguez made a throwing error.  Pena had a fielding miscue, and Benitez made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals Blue are 39-18 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 17, 2019

photo: Jake Woodford (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis’ Jake Woodford, with a stellar one hit, four walk, six scoreless inning start. Palm Beach’s Alvaro Seijas hurled five scoreless innings. DSL Cardinals Blue designated hitter Fernando Diaz went 3-for-4 including two doubles and an RBI.

Results for games played Friday, August 16.


Memphis 8, Iowa 2

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds blew past the Iowa Cubs 8-2 on Friday at AutoZone Park.  Memphis starter Jake Woodford pitched six innings of one hit ball against the first place Cubs.  Woodford struck out seven and walked four.  Seth Elledge surrendered the two Cubs runs in two innings of relief.   Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless ninth.  Woodford earned his eighth win of the season.

Andrew Knizner blasted a three-run home run in the fifth inning.  Justin Williams was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Dylan Carlson and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-4 and Martinez had an RBI.  Harrison Bader went 2-for-3 with two doubles.  Bader was hit in the head with a pitch in the sixth inning but remained in the game to score a run.  Bader was removed at the end of the sixth and replaced by Adolis Garcia.

Carlson was caught stealing second base.  Edmundo Sosa made a fielding error.

Memphis is 57-66 on the season and is in second place in the PCL American North, nine games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Iowa, Chris Ellis (4-5, 7.04) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 5, Arkansas 2

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals beat the Arkansas Travelers 5-2 at Hammons Field on Friday, as all five Springfield runs came via the long ball.  Johan Mieses blasted a two-run home run in the first inning.  In the second, Elehuris Montero thumped a solo shot to center field.  Rayder Ascanio smacked a two-run home run to left field in the third inning.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled for the only other extra base hit.  No Cardinal had more than one hit.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched seven innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned seven and issued one free pass to earn his fifth win of the season.  Merandy Gonzalez and Connor Jones each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Kramer Robertson swiped his eighth base with Springfield.

The Cardinals are 25-29 in the second half, 55-69 overall, and are five games back of Arkansas and Tulsa, the teams tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (6-6, 5.34) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Daytona 2

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach defeated the Daytona Tortugas at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Friday by the score of 6-2.  Alvaro Seijas pitched five scoreless innings in a performance of threes, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking three to earn his third win of the season.  Lefty reliever Zack Thompson surrendered one run in 1 1/3 innings.  Leonardo Taveras tossed 1/3 scoreless innings.  Ramon Santos allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings, before Cole Aker pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense put up six runs on 10 hits.  Scott Hurst was 2-for-5 with two RBI on two singles.  Nick Plummer, Cole Kreuter and Nolan Gorman each doubled, with Plummer’s and Kreuter’s doubles driving in runs.  Ivan Herrera was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Nick Dunn was 2-for-5.

Thompson picked a runner off first base and Herrera had his third passed ball of the season.

The Cardinals are 19-36 in the second half, 54-65 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Daytona, TBA 6:05 CT.


Peoria 3 at Kane County 4

Connor Thomas (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs fell to the Kane County Cougars in a one-run contest on Friday.  The Peoria offense had seven hits, all singles, with all three scores coming in the third inning.  None of the runs were the result of any of the seven hits.  The first run came home on a fielder’s choice by Imeldo Diaz.  A sac fly off the bat of Carlos Soto plated another, while the third and final run of the inning occurred on a steal of home by Delvin Perez.

Diaz, Brandon Riley, and Josh Shaw had two hits each.

Starter Michael Brettell pitched five innings and gave up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Left hander Connor Thomas tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless eighth.  Brettell took the loss, his ninth of the season.

Perez stole home for his 19th stolen base of the season.  Wadye Ynfante and Shaw were both caught stealing.  Perez made a fielding error and Edwin Figuera had a throwing error.  Catcher Alexis Wilson picked a runner off third base.

The Chiefs are 16-37 in the second half, 46-76 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Wisconsin, Logan Gragg (0-2, 4.12) 6:35 CT.


State College 3, Mahoning Valley 10

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

The Spikes were overmatched by the Mahoning Valley Scrappers at home on Friday.  Catcher Matt Duce was the only Spikes hitter with multiple hits, going 2-for-5.  Brylie Ware had the only extra base hit, a double that drove in the first of three runs for State College.  A force out off the bat of Terry Fuller, along with a throwing error brought two meaningless runs home in the ninth.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched the first two innings and gave up two runs on one hit while striking out two and walking three.   Cameron Dulle followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Lunn surrendered one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings.  Jack Ralston allowed three runs, two earned in his 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Erick Lex was pitching when four unearned runs scored in the ninth.  YaSenka took the loss.

In the field, Duce made a throwing error, and Luis Flores made a fielding error.  David Vinsky had an outfield assist at third base.

The Spikes are 30-30 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs.  Auburn, Junior Gonzalez (2-4, 7.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 0 at Burlington 1

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

The Cardinal were blanked 1-0 by the Burlington Royals on Friday.  The Johnson City offense scattered five hits with the only extra base hit a double by Jhon Torres.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Hector Soto pitched four innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked one and was the losing pitcher.  Francisco Justo tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Tyler Peck added a scoreless eighth.

Trejyn Fletcher stole his seventh base, and Mateo Gil was picked off first base.  Kyle Skeels and Malcom Nunez each committed a throwing error.

Johnson City is 28-27 on the season and remains in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, Luis Ortiz (0-3, 9.87) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Astros 5

Diowill Burgos

The Cardinals were edged by the Astros 5-4 at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Friday. The Cardinals offense scored four runs on seven hits, with third sacker Fernando Hernandez going 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double.  Catcher Cristhian Longa also drove in a run and was 2-for-4.  Diowill Burgos hit a two-run home run in the sixth inning.  Right fielder Patrick Romeri tripled.

Rehabbing starter Williams Perez pitched two scoreless innings. He allowed no hits, struck out three and walked two.  Roy Garcia tossed the next three innings and surrendered five runs on seven hits to take the loss.  Tyler Statler pitched a scoreless sixth, and Francis Ventura hurled the final two scoreless innings.

Perez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 19-25 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Cubs2 2

The Cardinals Red blew past the Cubs2 on Friday, after taking the early 4-0 lead and never relinquishing it.  Smith Vargas, Sander Mora, and Miguel Marcos had six of the team’s 10 hits.  Vargas was 2-for-4, Mora was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI, and Marcos was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Luis Andujar and Fernando Brazaban also drove in runs.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched five scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned four and walked two to earn his first win.  Oliver Lopez surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Larimel Soriano also pitched two innings and allowed one run.

Marcos, Vargas, and Mora each stole a base.  Bryan Matute made a fielding error.

The Cardinals Red are 27-38 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Cubs2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Angels 5

The Cardinals Blue edged the Angels by the score of 6-5 on Friday.  The offense scored six runs on two sac flies, a double, a single, and a wild pitch.  The Blue had eight hits total. Fernando Diaz doubled twice for the only extra base hits and was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Gustavo A. Rodriguez was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched three innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits.  The right-hander struck out three and walked one.  Dionys Rodriguez tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Cristoffer Zapata pitched two scoreless innings and earned the win, his second.  Nelson Prada hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

On the base paths, Carlos Arcia stole sixth base of the season.  Darlyn Del Villar swiped his ninth, and Darlin Moquete stole his 19th bag.  Luis Rodriguez was picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Jose Zapata made a throwing error, and Elvin De Jesus committed a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 39-17 and are in first place in the DSL South.

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


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of August 5-11

photo: Lane Thomas (Billy Hurst/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 3-3 last week, swept by the Dodgers and sweeping the Pirates. Sunday’s star, rookie outfielder Lane Thomas, drove in five. Our weekly history feature looks back at the August 2010 brawl with the Cincinnati Reds.


Game recaps

Monday, August 5 – Cardinals 0 at Dodgers 8

The Cardinals were blanked in the first of a three-game series at Dodger Stadium on Monday.  Michael Wacha continued to struggle as a starter, giving up six runs on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Adalberto Mejia surrendered two runs in 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Ryan Helsley tossed the final three scoreless innings.

St. Louis’ offense was virtually non-existent against Dodgers starter Tony Gonsolin.  A double by Kolten Wong and a single by Dexter Fowler were the only hits and Cardinals hitters struck out nine times.

Marcell Ozuna stole his ninth base of the season.  Fowler had an outfield assist at second base.


Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Tuesday, August 6 – Cardinals 1 at Dodgers 3

The Cardinals fell in the second game of the Dodgers series but managed to score a run, via a single by Matt Carpenter in the second inning.   The offense scattered seven hits, including doubles by Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong.  Fowler was 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  The right-hander struck out seven and walked one.  Andrew Miiler relieved Mikolas in the seventh and surrendered one run.  Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless eighth.  Mikolas took the loss, his 12th of the season.


Wednesday, August 7 – Cardinals 1 at Dodgers 2

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The final game of the series was much like the others in that St. Louis’ offense remained meager.  The difference was the Cardinals were ahead 1-0 until the ninth inning when the bullpen gave the win away.

The Cardinals scattered seven hits while scoring only one run, a solo home run by Marcell Ozuna in the sixth inning.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4.  Dexter Fowler and Tommy Edman doubled.

Jack Flaherty continues to pitch well while his offense fails to support him.  Flaherty threw seven scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned 10 and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos added a scoreless eighth.  Andrew Miller and Carlos Martinez combined to give up both Dodgers runs in the ninth including the walk off.  Martinez was charged with a blown save and the loss.


Thursday, August 8 – Off day

Friday, August 9 – Cardinals 6, Pirates 2

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals began a weekend series with the last place Pirates at Busch Stadium with a 6-2 win. The offense collected 10 hits.  Marcell Ozuna hit an eighth inning two-run home run as St. Louis pulled ahead with four runs in the eighth.  Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-4 and drove in a run.  Tommy Edman was also 2-for-4 with a triple.  Dexter Fowler was 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. A sac fly by Matt Carpenter and a single by Matt Wieters plated two runs.

Starter Dakota Hudson pitched four innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  Hudson struck out none and walked none.  Tyler Webb followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  John Brebbia tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Andrew Miller and Carlos Martinez combined for a scoreless eighth and ninth, with the latter receiving the win.


Saturday, August 10 – Cardinals 3, Pirates 1

Adam Wainwright (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals again defeated the Pirates in Game 2 of the series by a score of 3-1.  Starter Adam Wainwright pitched six innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked two. Giovanny Gallegos added 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Carlos Martinez got the final two outs of the ninth to earn his 12th save.  Wainwright got the win, his eighth.

On offense, Tommy Edman was 2-for-4.  He scored in the sixth on a double with a throwing error.  Paul DeJong plated a run on a single in the sixth, as St. Louis pulled ahead.  A double play by Marcell Ozuna in the first inning resulted in the first run scoring.

Kolten Wong was caught stealing for the second time in the season.


Sunday, August 11 – Cardinals 11, Pirates 9

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals swept the Pirates on Sunday, with Game 3 a wild slugfest with the score of 11-9.  The game featured a game-saving grand slam by a rookie, plus two other long balls.   Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run home run in the first inning to get the Cardinals on the board. With the Cardinals behind 8-4 in the bottom of the seventh, back to back hit by pitches on Yairo Munoz and Andrew Knizner brought a run home to make it 8-5.  Rookie Lane Thomas came to bat with the bases loaded and hit a grand slam to give the Cardinals the lead.  Dexter Fowler added a two-run home run in the eighth as needed insurance.

In addition to the grand slam, Thomas tripled to score a run earlier in the game.  He was 2-for-5 with five RBI.  Tommy Edman was 3-for-5, Goldschmidt was 4-for-5, and Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-4.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched five innings and gave up six runs, five earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  In his MLB debut, Junior Fernandez surrendered two runs in 2/3 of an inning, with Tyler Webb getting the last out of the sixth.  John Gant and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively. Andrew Miller allowed one run in the ninth, but earned his fourth save.  Gant was the winning pitcher.

Edman stole his seventh base, Goldschmidt swiped his first bag, and Ozuna stole his 10th base.  Jose Martinez committed a fielding error, and Lane Thomas had an outfield assist at home.  Webb picked a runner off first base.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 3-3, having been swept by the Dodgers, and sweeping the Pirates.  Offense in the Dodgers series was virtually non- existent; two runs in three games.  Despite splitting the week, the team’s run differential for the week was minus four.

It appears to be one step forward, two steps back for the offense.  All season the team has not been able to put up a sustained run of offense.  Even when they win several games in a row, they are usually low scoring games on both sides.  Dexter Fowler, Kolten Wong, Marcell Ozuna, and Tommy Edman have hit fairly well.  The rest of the lineup has not.  Paul Goldschmidt had a good Sunday but did not hit well prior to that.  Paul DeJong, Jose Martinez, and Matt Wieters have been slumping.  Matt Carpenter returned from the injured list but has shown no signs of being the Matt Carpenter of old, now, or all season.

The defense in the infield has been fine, but the outfield has been a hodge-podge of infielders and outfielders in and out.  Tommy Edman and Yairo Munoz have been getting starts in the outfield while natural outfielder Lane Thomas sat on the bench.  Thomas’ performance in Sunday’s game may change that.  The outfield could use some good defense in center field.

As for pitching, Jack Flaherty had been excellent, Adam Wainwright has been okay.  Miles Mikolas had one good start and one not good start.  Dakota Hudson has struggled.  The fifth rotation spot went back to Michael Wacha, who wasn’t good.  There needs to be some consistency in that fifth spot and Wacha hasn’t provided that.  Who, if anyone, will provide that is up in the air at the moment.

The bullpen has been mostly fine. Andrew Miller has been so-so and Carlos Martinez is not a sure thing.  The two of them together blew the game against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

The Cardinals hit the road to play two games with the Kansas City Royals, then play a three game series in Cincinnati.  The Royals are not a good team, but the Reds can be very difficult to beat at home.  The Cubs recently found that out.

The Cardinals are barely holding on to second place in the NL Central after being in first place before the disastrous 0-5 West Coast trip.  Wins must come against the Royals and the Reds.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 64 54 0.542
St. Louis 61 55 0.526 2
Milwaukee 62 57 0.521 2.5
Cincinnati 56 60 0.483 7
Pittsburgh 48 69 0.41 15.5

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 8/6 The Cardinals designated LHP Adalberto Mejia for assignment.
  • 8/6 The Cardinals sent RHP Mike Mayers outright to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/6 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Junior Fernandez from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/8 The Cardinals sent C Yadier Molina on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 8/8 The Los Angeles Angels claimed LHP Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the St. Louis Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60 day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training.  The left hander has had a setback in his rehab and it seems unlikely that Cecil will return in 2019.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb) was placed on the 10 day injured list on July 11, retroactive to July 8. Molina is currently on a rehab assignment with the Springfield Cardinals and is expected to return to the roster as soon as Tuesday. Andrew Knizner will be returned to Memphis.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill (left wrist strain) was placed on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 1. O’Neill is expected to begin a minor league rehab soon.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent at the end of the season.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.
  • RF Jose Martinez left Sunday’s game with shoulder discomfort. As of this writing, Martinez is day to day. With the team off Monday, further information should be available on Tuesday.
  • Neither RHS Alex Reyes nor LHS Austin Gomber, both on the IL of Triple-A Memphis, have appeared in rehab games. As minor league seasons have just three weeks remaining, time is running out for them to contribute in 2019.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday and begin a two game series in Kansas City against the Royals. Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Tuesday start and Dakota Hudson will start on Wednesday.

The team then proceeds to Cincinnati for a second four-game series with the Reds beginning August 15.  Afterward, they return home for a seven-game home stand with three against the Brewers and four with the Rockies.

The Cardinals take a short trip to Milwaukee to play a three game set beginning August 26. They end the month with a weekend series at home against the Reds.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

This week’s Blast from the Past takes a look back on a significant clash with the Cincinnati Reds that happened nine years ago this past week.

On August 10, 2010 the Cardinals played the Reds in Cincinnati.  It was the second of a three-game series.  The game was marked in infamy by a brawl that occurred in the first inning.  Its roots were in a comment made by Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips to the media the day before.  The gist of the comment, cited here out of context, was that Phillips expressed the sentiment that he hated the Cardinals, and that they were “little bitches, all of them”.

Needless to say, the comment did not go over well in Cardinal Nation, and more specifically it did not go over well with St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.  So, with that backdrop, this is what happened in the game the next day.

In the first inning, Phillips came to bat, and before taking his stance to receive a pitch from Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia, Phillips gave Molina a little tap on his shin guard.  Ordinarily such a tap might be regarded as a friendly greeting, but in this case, Molina was having none of it.  The exact words spoken are not entirely known, but Molina expressed that the tap was not welcome because Phillips was not his friend after the comments he made the previous day.  Molina and Phillips got in each other’s faces, and then it was on.

The benches and the bullpen cleared.  Shoving occurred and perhaps a few punches were thrown, but the worst part is that the sea of baseball players was shoved, en masse, up against the backstop.  In the ensuing melee, Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, pressed up against the screen, began kicking players with his cleats.  Two of the Cardinals victims of this kicking were pitcher Chris Carpenter, and backup catcher Jason LaRue, a former Red.

Words were exchanged between managers Tony La Russa and Dusty Baker, and Jeff Suppan was shown crawling his way out from under a pile of players, but the significant matter was injuries to Carpenter and LaRue.  Carpenter reported some scratches and cuts, but LaRue received the brunt of the damage, with a concussion that ultimately ended his career.

Cueto received a seven-game suspension, which for a starting pitcher is a light sentence because he only missed one start.  Many in Cardinal Nation felt that was not a proper punishment for ending a career.

As far as the outcome of the game, it eventually resumed, and the Cardinals won 8-4.  Needless to say, fans in both stadiums booed Phillips and Molina for years after.  Molina is still booed to this day, but Phillips is no longer in baseball, so for him, the boos had an end.  Despite all that happened, there were no follow-on clashes of any significance between the two teams since that day.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 11, 2019

photo: Harrison Bader (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Harrison Bader, who was 2-for-5 including two home runs and five RBI.  Jake Woodford, Evan Kruczynski, Michael YaSenka Henry Gomez and Gustavo J. Rodriguez all pitched well.

Results for games played Saturday, Aug 10.


Memphis 12, Fresno 3

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In a Saturday slugfest in Fresno, the Redbirds hit the long ball early and often to defeat the Grizzlies 12-3.

It began with a solo home run by Randy Arozarena and Ramon Urias followed with a two run shot in the first.  Harrison Bader took it further by blasting a three run home run in the fifth inning followed by a two run blast in the sixth.  Adolis Garcia joined in with a solo home run in the sixth.  Nine of the 12 Redbird runs came via the long ball.  Justin Williams’ two run double and an RBI single by Jose Martinez rounded out the scoring.

Arozarena was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Bader was 2-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.  Garcia was 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Urias was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked two.  Zac Rosscup surrendered a run in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and Kodi Whitley closed with a scoreless ninth.  Woodford earned his seventh win.

Bader stole his second base for Memphis.  Martinez made a throwing error.

Memphis is 53-65 on the season, tied for second place in the PCL North, 10 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Fresno, Chris Ellis (3-5, 7.49) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 3, Arkansas 2

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals edged the Travelers, 3-2, at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  The left hander fanned 11 and walked one.  Merandy Gonzalez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win.  Connor Jones earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

A solo home run by Brian O’Keefe got the Cardinals on the board in the second inning.  Lars Nootbaar plated a second run on fielder’s choice in the fourth.  Yadier Molina, continuing his rehab assignment, hit a sac fly in the seventh to score the winning run.  Dylan Carlson was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Molina stole a base, and Carlson swiped two.  Nootbaar was caught stealing.  Zach Kirtley made a throwing error.  Nootbaar had an outfield assist at second base.

The Cardinals are 22-26 in the second half, 52-66 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Angel Rondon (4-4, 3.12) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4, Clearwater 11

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Clearwater Threshers by the score of 11-4 at Roger Dean on Saturday.  The Palm Beach offense couldn’t get traction against Thresher pitching until the final three innings.

Luken Baker drove in two of the four Palm Beach runs on a double and a single.  Ivan Herrera’s single and a ground out RBI by Michael Perri plated the other two scores.  Baker went 3-for-5, and Herrera and Bryce Denton were 2-for-4.  The only extra base hits were doubles by Baker and Nolan Gorman.

Starter Griffin Roberts took the loss.  Roberts pitched four innings and gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Ramon Santos pitched two scoreless innings of relief, followed by one scoreless frame by Michael Baird.  Zach Prendergast surrendered two runs in the eighth.  Position player Juan Yepez pitched a scoreless ninth.

In the field, Roberts had a missed catch error.

The Cardinals are 17-33 in the second half, 52-62 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 3, Clinton 4

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs lost a close one at home to Clinton on Saturday.  The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 and the offense was held scoreless until the fifth inning.  Peoria knotted it up with one in the fifth and two in the sixth, but Clinton ultimately broke the tie for the win.

Chiefs catcher Alexis Wilson and center fielder Brandon Riley were both 2-for-4 on the night.  Right fielder Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-3.  Cedeno and Riley each drove in a run.  Edwin Figuera plated the third run on a ground out.  Brendan Donovan had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Michael Brettell pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Franyell Casadilla followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tony Locey surrendered an unearned run in his 1 1/3 innings pitched and took the loss.  Sebastian Tabata tossed a scoreless ninth.

Riley and Delvin Perez each committed a fielding error.  Casadilla and Locey both made an error on a pickoff attempt.   Cedeno had an outfield assist at home.

The Chiefs are 14-34 in the second half, 44-73 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Logan Gragg (0-1, 3.68) 5:05 CT.


State College 2, Batavia 3 (10 innings)

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

The Spikes were edged at home by the Batavia Muckdogs 3-2 in extra innings on Saturday.  Both State College runs came two-run home run by Pedro Pages in the sixth.  Terry Fuller had the only other extra base hit, a double.  David Vinsky was 2-for-4.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched six innings and gave up just one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Jacob Schlesener tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Eric Lex surrendered the tying run in the ninth and the winning run in the 10th.  He was charged with the blown save and the loss.

On the base paths, Martin Figueroa stole his third base of the season. In the field, Moises Castillo made a fielding error.  Catcher Cameron Knight had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 27-27 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Williamsport, Junior Gonzalez (2-3, 5.63) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Elizabethton 13

Aaron Antonini (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were overmatched by the Elizabethton Twins 13-4 on Saturday.  Still, the Johnson City offense scored seven runs on 10 hits.  They included two long balls each by Aaron Antonini and Mateo Gil.   Antonini hit a two run shot in the second, and a solo home run in the eighth.  Gil’s home runs were both solo, one in the fifth and the other in the seventh.  Antonini also had a triple and was 3-for-3 on the night with four RBI and three runs scored.  Gil was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Chandler Redmond was 2-for-4.

Starter Luis Ortiz pitched 3 1/3 innings and was bombed for 10 runs on nine hits. The right hander struck out three and walked five.  Will Guay tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.  Enrique Perez surrendered three runs, one earned in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Alex Gallegos closed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Redmond stole his fourth base of the season.  Gil was picked off first base.  Perez and Kevin Vargas committed throwing errors, and Diomedes Del Rio made a fielding error.  Antonini had a passed ball.

Johnson City is 25-18 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Wilfredo Pereira (2-1, 2.42) 4:00 CT.


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


DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Tigers1 7 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Tigers1 7-6 on Saturday in extra innings.   The Cardinals scored all six of their runs in the second inning.  Erick Thomas drove in two runs on a triple.  Jesus Orrechia also tripled to score Thomas.  The remaining runs scored on a fielder’s choice, a sac fly by Miguel Marcos, and a single by Claudio Ramirez.  No Cardinal had multiple hits, and the two triples were the only extra base hits.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Larimel Soriano surrendered four runs in one inning of relief.  Hector De Los Santos tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed the tying run.  He was charged with a blown save.  Oliver Lopez gave up the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

Marcos stole his third base of the season. Albert Inoa made a fielding error.

The Cardinals Red are 24-36 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Phillies Red 1

The Cardinals Blue beat the Phillies Red by the score of 8-1 on Saturday.  The Blue offense had 10 hits, as did the Phillies, but the visitors scored only once.  First baseman Fernando Diaz hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Elvin De Jesus was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Leudy Pena also had a double and was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  DH Juan Sanchez was also 2-for-4.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one to earn his fourth win.  Americo Lugo surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Victor Villanueva tossed a scoreless ninth.

De Jesus, Erik Pena, and Darlin Moquete each stole a base.  Leudy Pena had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 35-17 on the season and are in second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 10, 2019

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 7-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis starting pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon, who pitched seven scoreless, two-hit innings and struck out 11. Adolis Garcia was 4-for-5 including a home run and four RBI, Nolan Gorman went deep twice and Alvaro Seijas and Colin Schmid made scoreless starts.

Results for games played Friday, August 9.


Memphis 15 at Sacramento 0

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds shellacked the Sacramento River Cats in the final game of the road series on Friday.  Memphis starter Daniel Ponce de Leon was masterful, pitching seven scoreless innings in which he allowed only two hits and fanned 11.  Mike Mayers and Dominic Leone tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.  Ponce de Leon earned his fifth win.

The Redbirds offense was busy, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits.  Adolis Garcia was 4-for-5 with four RBI, and four runs scored, a triple short of the cycle.  Ramon Urias was 4-for-5 with four RBI.  Joe Hudson was 2-for-5 with three RBI.  Justin Williams drove in three on a walk, a single, and a ground out.  Of the starting lineup, including the pitcher, only Kramer Robertson was hitless.

Memphis is 52-65 on the season and is in second place in the PCL American North, 10 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Fresno, Jake Woodford (6-7, 4.20) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 1, Arkansas 8

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Arkansas Travelers 8-1 at Hammons Field on Friday.  The Springfield offense was held scoreless until Brian O’Keefe broke through with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth – too little, too late.  It was the last of five hits by Cardinals batters, and the only extra base hit.

Starter Tommy Parsons suffered his fourth Double-A loss, pitching six innings and giving up six runs on eight hits, including three home runs.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Will Latcham surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.  Roel Ramirez tossed a scoreless ninth.

Dylan Carlson stole his 14th base of the season.  Connor Capel and Lars Nootbaar each had an outfield assist at second base.

The Cardinals are 21-26 in the second half, 51-66 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (2-7, 5.97) 6:10 CT.


Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 5 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals dropped the first game of a home doubleheader with Clearwater by the score of 5-3 on Friday.  Despite the loss, prospect Nolan Gorman showed off the power with a single and two home runs, both solo shots.  One long ball hit the roof of the clubhouse in left field.  Luken Baker also homered, a solo shot along with Gorman in the third inning.  Baker was 3-for-4.  Nick Plummer was 2-for-3.

Palm Beach starter Kyle Leahy pitched five innings and gave up five runs on nine hits.  The right hander walked two.   Cole Aker tossed the final two scoreless innings of relief.


Alvaro Seijas (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 0 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals were the victors in the second game of the twin bill, blanking Clearwater 3-0.  Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched six scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned five and walked three to earn his second win at high-A.  Patrick Dayton earned his third save with a scoreless seventh.

The Palm Beach offense scored three runs on five hits.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.  Nick Plummer doubled in the first run in the second inning.  Juan Yepez plated two on a sixth inning single.

The Cardinals are 17-32 in the second half, 52-61 overall, and in last place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Griffin Roberts (1-6, 5.57) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2 at Beloit 0

Colin Schmid (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs blanked the Beloit Snappers 2-0 on Friday.  Peoria starter Colin Schmid pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out three and walked one to earn his sixth win.  Leonardo Taveras collected his third save, tossing two scoreless innings in relief.

Leandro Cedeno singled home a run in the fourth, and Brendan Donovan did the same in the ninth.  Jonatan Machado was 2-for-4.  The only extra base hit was a double by Delvin Perez.

On the base paths Machado was caught stealing for the second time.

The Chiefs are 14-33 in the second half, 44-72 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Michael Brettell (4-8, 5.54), 6:35 CT.


State College 5, Batavia 3

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

The Spikes defeated the Muckdogs 5-3 on Friday.  Donivan Williams hit his first home run in the second inning, a solo shot to left.  Catcher Pedro Pages drove in three runs on two doubles.  Pages was the only Spikes hitter with multiple hits.  Terry Fuller also doubled.

Starter Adrian Mardueno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Jeremy Randolph followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Cameron Dulle surrendered one run in the eighth and was tagged with a blown save, but also got the win.  Jack Ralston earned his third save with a scoreless ninth.

In the field, Pages picked a runner off second base. He also had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 27-26 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Michael YaSenka (1-0, 2.70) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 8 at Elizabethton 7

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals edged the Twins 8-7 on Friday.  The offense scored eight runs on eight hits, including a two-run home run by William Jimenez in the sixth inning.  Todd Lott drove in three runs, two on a triple and the other on a fielder’s choice double play.  Trejyn Fletcher was 2-for-5 with two RBI.

Starter Hector Soto pitched three innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.   Francisco Justo pitched a scoreless fourth.  Wilberto Rivera surrendered two runs in two innings pitched but received the win.  Walker Robbins tossed two scoreless innings, and John Witkowski added a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Ben Baird and Mateo Gil each made a fielding error.

Johnson City is 27-22 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Luis Ortiz (0-2, 5.79) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 10

The fumbling Cardinals were one-hit by the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Friday.  The offense scored two runs, neither of which came home on a hit.  A ground out by Ramon Mendoza and a sac fly by Tyler Reichenborn resulted in the runs scored.  The only hit was a double by Patrick Romeri.

Starter Roy Garcia pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  The right hander issued two walks.  Francis Ventura pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered six runs, four earned.  Wilman Madera allowed one run in the final two innings.  Garcia took the loss.

On the base paths, Pablo Gomez was caught stealing.  In the field, the Cards committed six miscues. Ventura made three pickoff errors and Franklin Soto, Francisco Hernandez, and Mendoza each made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 17-22 on the season and are tied for last place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL Tigers 2

The Cardinals Red blew past the Tigers 7-2 on Friday.  The game was scoreless until both teams scored two runs in the fourth.  The Cardinals broke the tie with two runs in the fifth, then added three more in the seventh.

Fernando Brazaban and Bryan Matute were both 2-for-4 with a double. Brazoban had an RBI.  Catcher Roblin Heredia was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Sander Mora was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Starter Diorys Guerrero pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on one hit.  The left hander struck out seven and walked three.  Ramon Fernandez tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.   Luis Garcia pitched the final three scoreless innings and earned his first save.

Mora stole his 26th base of the season.  Mora committed a fielding error, Heredia made a throwing error, and Guerrero had a miscue on a pickoff attempt, but he also picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Red are 24-35 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 6 at DSL Mets1 0

The Cardinals Blue blanked the Mets 6-0 on Friday.  Blue starter Wilmer Ortega pitched four innings, allowed three hits, struck out two and walked three.  Juan Peralta followed with two innings to earn the win.  Cristoffer Zapata tossed two innings, followed by a clean ninth from Benjamin Arias.

The Blue offense scored six runs on six hits; however, three runs scored on a wild pitch and one on a double play.  Only one run scored on a hit, a single by Fernando Diaz in the sixth.  The final run came home on a ground out.  Going 2-for-4, Diaz was the only Cardinal hitter with multiple hits.  Darlin Moquete had the only extra base hit, a double.

On the base paths, there were stolen bases by Hansel Otamendi, G.A. Rodriguez, and Erik Pena. Pena was also picked off first base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 34-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 9, 2019

photo: Scott Politz (Steve Manuel/State College Spikes)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Thursday. Our Player of the Day is State College pitcher Scott Politz, with seven scoreless innings on five hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The other two wins were in the Dominican Summer League.

Results for games played Thursday, August 8.


Memphis 2 at Sacramento 5

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell to the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday night.  Their two runs came late, as Memphis was held scoreless by Sacramento pitching through five innings.  A solo home run in the sixth by Harrison Bader put the Redbirds on the board.  It was the first long ball for Bader since being optioned a little over a week ago.  Bader plated the other run on a single in the eighth.  Bader was the only Redbird with multiple hits and an extra base hit.

Starter Genesis Cabrera pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. The left hander struck out seven and walked two.  Seth Elledge finished with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Cabrera took the loss, his fifth of the season.

Memphis is 51-65 on the season and is tied for second place in the PCL American North, 11 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Friday’s game:  at Sacramento, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-4, 3.64) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 1, Arkansas 6

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were overmatched by the Arkansas Travelers by a score of 6-1 on Thursday at Hammons Field.  Dylan Carlson’s solo home run in the fourth, his only hit, was the lone run for Springfield.  Zach Kirtley’s double was the only other Cardinal extra base hit. Left fielder Connor Capel went 2-for-4.

Starter Alex FaGalde pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief, before Jacob Patterson got the last out of the ninth.

Capel, Kirtley and Justin Toerner each stole a base.  Toerner had an outfield assist at second, and FaGalde picked a runner off first.

The Cardinals are 21-25 in the second half, 51-65 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Friday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (4-3, 4.65) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach vs. Clearwater (postponed)

The game between Palm Beach and Clearwater was postponed due to wet grounds at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter.  It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Friday.

Friday’s games:  vs. Clearwater, Kyle Leahy (0-2, 2.25)/ Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 3.98) 3:00 CT


Peoria 3 at Beloit 6

Wilfredo Periera (Robert Kell)

The Chiefs fell to the Beloit Snappers on Thursday, in an unusual offensive night.  Though the Chiefs scattered seven hits, none drove in a run.  The three runs were produced on a passed ball, a fielding error, and a sac fly.  Four of the hits were doubles off the bats of Jonatan Machado, Alexis Wilson, Wadye Ynfante, and Josh Shaw.

Infante went 2-for-4.  Machado, Shaw, and Brandon Riley scored.

Starter Dalton Roach pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked four. Wilfredo Pereira tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Wilson was the victim of a successful pickoff at first base.

The Chiefs are 13-33 in the second half, 43-72 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Friday’s game:  at Beloit, Colin Schmid (5-5, 4.29) 6:30 CT.


State College 4, Batavia 1

Scott Politz (State College Spikes)

The Spikes beat the Batavia Muckdogs on Thursday behind a pitching gem from starter Scott Politz.  Politz tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and fanning nine to earn his third win of the season.  Reliever Hector Villalobos pitched a scoreless eighth before Fabian Blanco surrendered Batavia’s lone run in the ninth.

The Spikes scored twice in the first inning to take the lead, and added single runs in innings five and six.  Doubles by David Vinsky and Terry Fuller brought the first two runs home.  The final two scores came without a hit, one on a fielding error and the other on a groundout.

The only Spikes player with multiple hits was Dariel Gomez, who was 2-for-4.  The doubles by Vinsky and Fuller were the only extra base hits.

The Spikes are 26-26 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Friday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.77) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 6, Elizabethton 7 (10 innings)

Mateo Gil (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals lost a close home game to the Twins in extra innings on Thursday.  The lead changed hands several times before the Cardinals knotted it up in the ninth.  Mateo Gil led the rally, driving in one and scoring the tying run.  Gil went 2-for-5 with a home run and a triple, two RBI and three runs scored.  Malcolm Nunez was 3-for-5 with an RBI.  Liam Sabino drove in one and was 2-for-4.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on 11 hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Dylan Pearce surrendered one run in the seventh.  Blake Drake tossed two scoreless innings, before left hander Enrique Perez allowed the winning run in the 10th to take the loss.

Sabino was caught stealing for the second time this season.  William Jimenez committed a fielding error, and catcher Zach Jackson had a passed ball.

Johnson City is 26-22 on the season and are in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Friday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Hector Soto (0-0, 1.84) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Nationals 6

Diowill Burgos

The Cardinals were defeated by the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday.  The offense scored three runs in the first inning but was unable to score again.  The key blow was a two-run home run by Diowill Burgos, his only hit. Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-4.  Additional extra base hits were a double by Freddy De Jesus, and a triple by Tyler Reichenborn.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out two and took the loss.  Martin Cordova followed with 3 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered one unearned run.  Tyler Statler pitched a scoreless sixth, and Luis Tena tossed the final two scoreless innings.

Catcher Cristhian Longa and third sacker Hernandez each stole a base.  Franklin Soto made two errors, one fielding and one throwing.  Yowelfy Rosario also had a fielding miscue.  Longa had a passed ball.

Cardinals are 17-21 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

Friday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 11:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Brewers 4

The Dominican Cardinals Red edged the Brewers 5-4 on Thursday.   A three run bottom of the first put the Red out front early.  The Cardinals added additional runs in the sixth and the ninth, with the latter the difference-maker.

Fernando Brazaban led the Red offense with a 2-for-5 performance that included a triple.  The outfielder drove in four of the five runs.  Sander Mora was 2 for-4, and Luis Andujar was 2-for-3.

Red starter Angel Cuenca pitched five innings and gave up three runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked three.  Miguel Yedis surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Hemerson Cordero tossed the final two scoreless frames to earn the win.

Mora, Smith Vargas, and Bryan Matute each stole a base.  Andujar was picked off first base.  Catcher Diego Velasquez made a throwing error and had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 23-35 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 12 at DSL Nationals 4

The Cardinals Blue shellacked the Nationals on Thursday by the score of 12-4.  The Blue offense put up five runs in the second inning to take the lead and scored seven additional runs over the fourth, fifth, and seventh.  The three Blue extra base hits were triples by Hansel Otamendi and Darlin Moquete, and a double off the bat of Jose Zapata.

Moquete was 2-for-3 with four RBI and four runs scored.  Zapata was 2-for-5.  Otamendi drove in two.

Starter Eduar Pimentel pitched four innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on two hits.  Yordy Richard followed with four innings of scoreless relief to earn the win.  The right hander fanned three.  Ronald Suarez pitched a scoreless ninth.

Moquete and Elvin De Jesus each stole a base.  De Jesus also made a fielding error, along with fielding errors by Carlos Arcia and Fernando Diaz.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 33-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Mets1, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of July 29-August 4

photo: Paul Goldschmidt (Joe Puetz/Imagn)

The St. Louis Cardinals went 2-3 last week against a pair of playoff-leading clubs and will visit the National League’s winningest team, the Dodgers, next. Paul Goldschmidt is the NL Player of the Month for July. Our weekly history feature looks back at trades between the Cardinals and A’s.


Game recaps

Monday, July 29 – Off day


Tuesday, July 30 – Cardinals 2, Cubs 1

Paul Goldschmidt (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals took on their NL Central rivals Cubs in a three game series at Busch Stadium.  In Game 1, St. Louis prevailed, 2-1.

St. Louis’ offense scored two runs on seven hits.  Jose Martinez came in on a wild pitch in the fourth inning and Paul Goldschmidt hit a solo home run in the sixth.  Martinez and Goldschmidt were both 2-for-4 on the night, as was Tommy Edman.  Edman also stole his sixth major league base.

Adam Wainwright took the mound to start for St. Louis and pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Giovanny Gallegos followed with a scoreless inning in relief and earned the win.  Andrew Miller and Carlos Martinez combined to toss the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings with Martinez earning his 11th save.


Wednesday, July 31 – Cardinals 0, Cubs 2

The Cardinals were blanked by the Cubs in Game 2 on Wednesday, the first home loss in 11 games between the two teams this season.  St. Louis offense scattered nine hits but couldn’t get traction against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who continues to flummox the Cardinal lineup.   Paul Goldschmidt and Kolten Wong each went 2-for-4 and Wong stole his 15th base of the season.

The defense made two errors, a fielding miscue by Tommy Edman and a throwing error by Matt Wieters.  Jose Martinez had an outfield assist.

Miles Mikolas pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Giovanny Gallegos relieved with two outs in the sixth and retired the only batter he faced.  John Gant pitched 2 1/3 innings and surrendered one run.  Tyler Webb got the final out of the eighth and John Brebbia added a scoreless ninth.


Thursday, August 1 – Cardinals 8, Cubs 0

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Fortunes reversed in the rubber game of the series as the Cardinals left the Cubs in the dust with an 8-0 win.  Starter Jack Flaherty had his way with the Cubs offense, and the Cardinals had their way with Jon Lester and the Cubs bullpen.

Flaherty pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed just one hit, struck out nine Cubs and walked two.  Tyler Webb and Mike Mayers each pitched a scoreless inning.  Flaherty earned his first win since mid-May.

Matt Wieters went 2-for-4, including a three-run home run in the sixth inning.  Kolten Wong was 3-for-4 with an RBI, Paul DeJong was 3-for-4, and Yairo Munoz was 2-for-3 with two RBI.  Jose Martinez drove in a run and stole his second base of the season.


Friday, August 2 – Off day

Saturday, August 3 – Cardinals 3 at Athletics 8

The Cardinals took on the Oakland Athletics in a two-game interleague series in Oakland.  The Redbirds were defeated 8-3 behind struggling Dakota Hudson.  Hudson lasted only 3 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked five.  Newly-acquired reliever Adalberto Mejia surrendered a run in 1 2/3 innings of relief. Mike Mayers also struggled and allowed two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Tyler Webb gave up one run in the final 1 1/3 innings.  Hudson took the loss.

The offense scored three runs on eight hits.  Paul Goldschmidt and Paul DeJong each went 2-for-4.  DeJong, Tommy Edman and Lane Thomas drove in the three St. Louis runs, with Thomas’ RBI via a solo home run in the ninth inning.


Sunday, August 4 – Cardinals 2 at Athletics 4

The Cardinals lost the two-game set in Oakland with a 4-2 defeat on Sunday.  Adam Wainwright gave up three runs on six hits in his 5 1/3 inning start.  The right hander fanned seven and walked three.  John Brebbia finished the sixth without damage.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched a scoreless seventh.  John Gant surrendered a run in the eighth.  Wainwright suffered his eighth loss of the season.

The Cardinals scored two runs on five hits. Paul DeJong hit a fourth inning solo home run.   Kolten Wong drove in a run on a single in the eighth.  Andrew Knizner and Dexter Fowler each stole a base.


The Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 2-3, taking the three-game series with the Cubs but losing both games to the Athletics in Oakland.

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals played well in two games against the Cubs but were overmatched against Oakland.  Adam Wainwright and Dakota Hudson struggled.  Jack Flaherty was masterful against the Cubs.  Miles Mikolas also pitched well.  The fifth spot in the rotation continues to be fluid.  Daniel Ponce de Leon was optioned to Memphis following two bad starts.  Michael Wacha will return to the rotation against the Dodgers on Monday.

The Cardinals failed to make a trade for a starting pitcher, so the rotation will continue to be an issue for the foreseeable future it seems unless someone steps up from the minor leagues or a starter can be found either in free agency or picked up on outright or release waivers.

National League Player of the Month Paul Goldschmidt appears to have finally found his gear offensively.  Paul DeJong has also gotten hot. Over the weekend, Marcell Ozuna and Matt Carpenter returned to the roster from the injured list, so one or both of them picking it up would help considerably.  The rest of the offense has been hit or miss.

The outfield has been in flux with Harrison Bader optioned to Memphis and Tyler O’Neill going on the injured list with a wrist sprain.  Infielders are inexplicably making starts in the outfield.  Tommy Edman made a start in right on Sunday, even with Lane Thomas, a natural outfielder, on the roster. Yairo Munoz continues to make starts in the outfield as well.  This seems less than ideal.

A three-game set against the MLB-best Dodgers in Los Angeles begins on Monday.  This will be a tough series.  The team returns home on the weekend to play the struggling Pirates.  That would be a good time to pick up some wins.

The Cardinals fell out of first place with the two losses in Oakland while the Cubs swept the Brewers.  They are now 1.5 games back of the Cubs with two months left in the regular season but are a half-game ahead of the Phillies for the first wild card spot.  It is time to pour it on.


NL Central Standings

Team W L Pct GB
Chicago 60 51 0.541
St. Louis 58 52 0.527 1.5
Milwaukee 57 56 0.504 4
Cincinnati 52 58 0.473 7.5
Pittsburgh 48 63 0.432 12

The Cardinals whiff on the trade deadline

Adalberto Mejia (Jasen Vinlove/Imagn)

The July 31, 2019 trade deadline came and went, and the Cardinals basically came up empty.  The only addition to the Cardinals major league roster was a left handed reliever, Adalberto Mejia, claimed off waivers from the Angels.

There was a subtraction from the roster, as the Cardinals dealt utility infielder Jedd Gyorko to the Dodgers for what appears to be salary and roster relief only.  The Cardinals obtained two injured pitchers in the deal, LHP Tony Cingrani, out for the season with labrum surgery, and RHP Jeffry Abreu, who was placed on the Gulf Coast Cardinals 60-day injured list.  The Cardinals also sent cash and international spending capacity to the Dodgers in the deal.

Jedd Gyorko (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were reportedly seeking a starting pitcher, but “couldn’t match up with any team” in the words of President of Baseball Operations’ John Mozeliak.  The team did not want to part with top prospects Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson, which limited their options, as those players were likely the most sought after by teams.  Mozeliak said making an irrational deal, especially for a short term rental, was not something they wanted to do.

This year, Major League Baseball changed the trade deadline rules to make July 31 a hard deadline, eliminating the August waiver wire deals.  Therefore, no further additions to the roster are possible except for any free agent players available, picking up a player on outright or release waivers, or minor league promotions.

The Cardinals will have to finish the season with pretty much what they have already.


Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions 

  • 7/29 The Cardinals optioned CF Harrison Bader to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/29 The Cardinals acquired minor league LHP Zac Rosscup from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.
  • 7/30 The Cardinals sent LF Marcell Ozuna on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/30 The Cardinals claimed LHP Adalberto Mejia off waivers from the Los Angeles Angels.
  • 7/30 The Cardinals recalled CF Lane Thomas from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/31 The Cardinals activated LHP Adalberto Mejia.
  • 7/31 The Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Ponce de Leon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/31 The Cardinals traded 3B Jedd Gyorko, international spending capacity, and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for LHP Tony Cingrani and RHP Jeffry Abreu.
  • 8/1 The Cardinals sent 3B Matt Carpenter on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/2 The Cardinals sent C Yadier Molina on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/3 The Cardinals placed LF Tyler O’Neill on the 10 day injured list retroactive to August 1.  Left wrist strain.
  • 8/4 The Cardinals designated RHP Mike Mayers for assignment.
  • 8/4 The Cardinals optioned 1B Rangel Ravelo to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 8/4 The Cardinals recalled RHP Ryan Helsley from the Memphis Redbirds.

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Injury Report

  • LHP Brett Cecil (carpal tunnel syndrome left wrist) continues on the 60-day injured list. Cecil had been shut down from throwing for an indefinite period since spring training surgery.  The left hander has had a setback in his rehab and it seems unlikely that Cecil will return in 2019.
  • RHP Jordan Hicks (torn right UCL) underwent Tommy John surgery on June 26 and is out for the rest of the season.
  • C Yadier Molina (right thumb) was placed on the 10-day injured list on July 11, retroactive to July 8. Molina began a rehab assignment on Friday, August 2 with the Memphis Redbirds.
  • LF Tyler O’Neill (left wrist strain) was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to August 1. It is not expected that O’Neill will spend more than the required 10 days on the IL.
  • LHP Tony Cingrani (left shoulder labrum surgery) was acquired in a trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 31. Cingrani is out for the season and will become a free agent this fall.  Cingrani will likely never throw a pitch for the Cardinals.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals head to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers in a three-game series beginning August 5.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Miles Mikolas on Tuesday, and Jack Flaherty on Wednesday.

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

The team then proceeds to Cincinnati for a second four-game series with the Reds beginning August 15.  They then return home to begin a seven game home stand with three games against the Brewers and four games with the Rockies.

The Cardinals take a short trip to Milwaukee to play a three game series beginning August 26. They end the month with a weekend series at home against the Reds.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be viewed here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals played a two-game series with the Oakland Athletics over the weekend, losing both games to the American League West team.  This week’s Blast from the Past looks at some recent trading history with the AL team from the Bay Area.

Stephen Piscotty (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The most recent trade between the two was announced on December 14, 2017, when the Cardinals sent outfielder Stephen Piscotty to Oakland for infielders Yairo Munoz and Max Schrock.  Piscotty is from the Oakland area, where his parents still resided.  Prior to the trade, it was revealed that Piscotty’s mother, Gretchen Piscotty, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) also colloquially known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease.  ALS is a rare and ultimately fatal neurological disease.  The Cardinals attempted to trade the outfielder at the July 2017 trade deadline but couldn’t make a deal with Oakland at that time.  However, a trade was worked out in the offseason and Piscotty was sent home to spend time with his mother in her final months.   Gretchen Piscotty passed away on May 6, 2018, about a year after her diagnosis.

Matt Holliday (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Another major trade with Oakland was the deal that brought Matt Holliday to St. Louis.  Holliday was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in 1998 and made his major league debut with that team on April 16, 2004. Holliday played five seasons in Colorado, and then was dealt in November 2008 to the Oakland Athletics with one season remaining prior to free agency.  Oakland traded Holliday to the Cardinals in July 2009 for Brett Wallace, Clayton Mortenson, and Shane Peterson. Wallace was the Cardinals first round draft pick in 2008.  Wallace never gained traction with Oakland (or anywhere else) and was traded to Toronto in the 2009 offseason.

Holliday was granted free agency at the end of the 2009 season, but then ultimately signed a seven-year deal with the Cardinals.  The deal was a win for the Redbirds, as Holliday played out the deal and was granted free agency at the end of the 2016 season.  Holliday signed a one-year deal with the Yankees, was granted free agency again, and was signed to a minor league deal with his original team, the Rockies.  Holliday played a half season with the Rockies and then entered free agency again.  Holliday is now out of baseball and living in Oklahoma.

Mark McGwire (Getty Images)

In July 1997, the Cardinals acquired Mark McGwire from the Oakland Athletics for Eric Ludwick (brother of Ryan Ludwick), T.J. Matthews, and Blake Stein.  McGwire had played for then-St. Louis manager Tony La Russa, who managed the Athletics before being hired by the Cardinals.  La Russa was instrumental in facilitating the trade for McGwire.  McGwire was in his last year of his contract, so it was believed he would only be a rental.  McGwire was a native of Southern California, and it was rumored he would seek to sign with a team there to be near his family.  McGwire instead signed with the Cardinals and remained with the team until he retired in 2001.  McGwire is most known for the single season home run record race with Sammy Sosa of the Cubs in 1998, a record McGwire broke.  The record held only until Barry Bonds surpassed it in 2007.

McGwire returned to the Cardinals as a coach in 2009.  He remained with the team through the 2012 season.  He went on to coach with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the 2015 season, then accepted a coaching position with the San Diego Padres.  He left the game again in 2018.

Other deals with Oakland included a 2004 trade for Mark Mulder and a February 1996 trade for pitcher Dennis Eckersley.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 4, 2019

photo: Nick Dunn (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 8-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach second baseman Nick Dunn, whose three-run home run in the ninth inning gave the high-A Cards a win. Stanley Espinal plated five for State College.

Results for games played Saturday, Aug 3.


Memphis 5, El Paso 3

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds beat the El Paso Chihuahuas on Saturday night in Auto Zone Park. El Paso took the early lead with one run in the first inning, followed by a second run in the fourth.

The Redbirds cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.  John Nogowski was hit by a pitch and Justin Williams doubled, sending Nogowski to third.  Yadier Molina, playing his second rehab game for Memphis, laid down a successful bunt, bringing Nogowski home on the squeeze play.

In the sixth, back to back singles by Harrison Bader and Edmundo Sosa began the inning.  Bader stole third base, then Nogowski singled to plate Bader.  Sosa then scored on a ground out by Jose Godoy.  The Redbirds led 3-2.

El Paso knotted it up 3-3 with a run in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the eighth, Bader led off with a walk and Nogowski hit a two run home run to left center to give Memphis the 5-3 lead and eventually the win.

Nogowski went 2-for-3 and Williams was 2-for-4.

Starter Genesis Cabrera pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The left hander fanned nine and walked one.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and Kodi Whitley tossed a scoreless ninth.  Cruz got the win and Whitley earned his first save.

Memphis is 49-63 on the season and are tied for second place in the PCL North, 11 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. El Paso, Daniel Ponce De Leon (4-4, 3.90) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at Arkansas 1

Alex FaGalde (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals edged the Arkansas Travelers in a low scoring contest in Little Rock on Saturday.  All if the runs scored in the game occurred in the fourth inning.  In the top of the fourth, Springfield scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.  The runs came home on a line drive single to center by Julio Rodriguez.  Arkansas put one run on the board in the bottom half of the fourth.  No further runs were scored by either team.

No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits in the six total Springfield knocks.  A double by Yariel Gonzalez was the only extra base hit.

Springfield starter Alex FaGalde earned his third win, pitching five innings and giving up one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked two.  Will Latcham followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Merandy Gonzalez and Connor Jones each pitched a scoreless inning. Jones earned his fourth save.

Dylan Carlson and Connor Capel each stole a base.  Capel had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 21-20 in the second half, 51-60 overall, and are in second place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (4-2, 4.72) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 5

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals won a close game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday on a ninth inning rally.  Th Cardinal offense scored three runs in the ninth to snatch the victory from Charlotte.

The Stone Crabs pinched a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Palm Beach starter Alvaro Seijas.  The Cardinals answered by scoring one run in the second on a solo home run by Nick Plummer to cut the lead to 2-1.

An RBI single by Juan Yepez in the fifth knotted the game at 2-2.  Charlotte regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom frame of the fifth.  The Cardinals tied the game a second time in the top of the eighth on a second RBI single by Yepez.  Again, the Stone Crabs wasted to time taking the lead back with two scores in the bottom of the eighth.

Then, in the top of the ninth, Nick Dunn blasted a three run home run to right center field to give the Cardinals the 6-5 lead.  Charlotte was unable to answer in the bottom of the ninth.

Seijas pitched six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Patrick Dayton tossed the final three innings, surrendering two runs and earning the win.

The Cardinals are 14-30 in the second half, 49-59 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, TBA 11:30 am CT.


Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 2

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs decisively beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night. Peoria took the lead from the beginning and never relinquished it.  An RBI double to center by Brendan Donovan in the first inning gave the Chiefs the 1-0 lead.

In the second inning Peoria increased their lead to 3-0 when Wadye Ynfante hit a solo home run and Brady Whalen drove in a second run on a double to right field,

Wisconsin scored its first of two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 3-1.  Peoria answered in the fourth with a second solo home run, this one by Alexis Wilson, an Ynfante RBI single, and a third run on a ground out by Edwin Figuera.

The 6-1 lead held until the bottom of the ninth when the Timber Rattlers broke through with a second run in that inning.  The rally ended there, sending the Chiefs home with a 6-2 victory.

Donovan went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Ynfante was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.

Starter Colin Schmid earned his fifth win of the season with a 6 1/3 inning outing in which he gave up one run on five hits. The left hander struck out six and walked two.  Wilfredo Pereira surrendered one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

The Chiefs are 13-28 in the second half, 43-67 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Michael Brettell (4-7, 5.36) 1:05 CT.


State College 9 at Lowell 4

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes defeated the Lowell Spinners with a couple of offensive surges in the later innings on Saturday.  Lowell went up 2-0 in the second inning, but the Spikes took the 3-2 lead in the fourth on a one run single by Martin Figueroa and a two run single by Stanley Espinal.

The Spinners retook the lead with two runs in the fifth.  In the sixth, Espinal blasted a three run home run to left center field to give the Spikes the 6-4 lead.  State College increased the lead to 9-4 in the seventh on an RBI single by Pedro Pages and a two run home run by Figueroa.

Espinal and Figueroa were both 2-for-4 on the night.

Spikes’ starter Adrian Mardueno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned six.  Jeremy Randolph followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.  Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless ninth.

Dariel Gomez made a fielding error.

The Spikes are 24-24 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Lowell, Michael YaSenka (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 5, Bluefield 4

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the Bluefield Blue Jays in a hard fought contest on Saturday.  The Cardinals took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning on a Carlos Soler RBI single followed by a two run double from Diomedes Del Rio.

The Jays fought back to score two runs in the third to cut the lead to 3-2.  Bluefield later knotted it up 3-3 with one run in the sixth, then added another run in the seventh to take the 4-3 lead.

The Cardinals answered with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Del Rio.  A solo home run by Chandler Redmond in the eighth gave Johnson City the 5-4 lead.  Redmond, Del Rio, Soler, and Mateo Gil each had two hits.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking three.  John Witkowski surrendered two run in 3 1/3 innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Will Guay tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

Del Rio was caught stealing.  Soler had an outfield assist.

Johnson City is 25-18 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Wilfredo Pereira (2-1, 2.42) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Nationals 11

The Cardinals lost a laugher to the Nationals on Saturday.  The game was a close one through the first two innings, with the National taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the second and the Cardinals taking the lead 4-3 with three runs scored in the bottom of the second.  After that, the game belonged to the Nationals.

The Cardinals scored the first run in the first inning on a wild pitch.  In the second inning, Yowelfy Rosario plated a run on a single, and Luis Montano singled to drive in two more.  Those three runs in the second would be the last run the Cardinals scored in the game.  The Nationals went on to put up eight more runs against Cardinal pitching.

The Cardinal offense had six total hits with no Cardinal having multiple hits.  Ramon Mendoza had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched five inning and gave up five runs, two earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Luis Tena surrendered four runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Martin Cordova allowed two runs in 2/3 innings.  Tyler Statler pitched a scoreless ninth.  Ventura took the loss.

Joyser Garcia was called for catcher interference. Mendoza made a fielding error.  Tena made an error on a pickoff.  Garcia also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 14-19 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 16 at DSL Mets2 3

The Cardinals Red walloped the Mets2 in an offensive shellacking on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense put up 16 runs on 16 hits in the contest.  Despite the high run total, none of the Cardinal hits were home runs.

The Mets took the early lead 3-0 in the second inning.  That lead held until the top of the sixth when the Cardinals scored three to tie the game.  It began with a two run single off the bat of Roblin Heredia.  Heredia then scored on a sac fly by Fernando Brazoban.

In the eighth, the Cardinal offense let it fly by scoring 10 runs.  Heredia plated a run on a single.  Jesus Orrechia drew a bases loaded walk.  Two more runs scored on a single by Bryan Matute. Sander Mora walked, and a run came home.  Claudio Ramirez drove in Matute on a single.  Luis Andujar plated two on a single.  Finally, Brazoban doubled and drove in the last two runs of the inning.  The Cardinals led 13-3.

In the ninth, Mora plated a run on a sac fly and Andujar drove in two on a double.  Final Cardinal score was then 16-3.  Andujar was 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored.  Heredia was 3-for-6, Ramirez was 3-for-4, and Smith Vargas was 2-for-6.  Brazoban drove in three and Matute plated two.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched four innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Luis Garcia followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Left hander Hemerson Cordero pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.  Ramon Fernandez tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals Red are 20-34 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Orioles2 1

The Cardinals Blue edged the Orioles2 in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense scored both its runs in the second inning on a two run single by Darlin Moquete.    The Cardinals managed four total hits and none of them were extra base hits.

The lone run for the opposition Orioles was scored in the third inning on a caught stealing play at second base.  One run scored on the throw.

This was the entirety of the scoring for either team.  The final score of 2-1 was set in the third inning and neither team mustered much offense after that.

Cardinal starter William Miranda pitched three innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Allinson Benitez followed with two scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Juan Peralta and Victor Villanueva each tossed two scoreless innings with Villanueva earning his third save.

Hansel Otamendi stole his sixth base of the season.  Catcher Luis Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Blue are 30-17 on the season and are in third place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 3, 2019

photo: Inohan Paniagua (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-8 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Gulf Coast League’s Inohan Paniagua, who yielded only one unearned run on eight strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Johnson City collected the other win.

Results for games played Friday, August 2.


Memphis 1, El Paso 6

Joe Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were defeated by El Paso 6-1 on Friday night at AutoZone Park.  The Memphis offense could not get traction against El Paso starter Jerry Keel, a lefty.  The offense didn’t score until catcher Joe Hudson singled home a run in the seventh.

The Redbirds offense scattered seven hits.  Hudson went 2-for-2 as a replacement for starting catcher Yadier Molina, who made his first rehab start.  Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk. Justin Williams was 2-for-4.

Memphis starter Jake Woodford had an indifferent outing, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Newly acquired Zach Rosscup started the seventh and it went poorly, as the lefty surrendered two runs without recording an out.  Seth Elledge tossed two scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless ninth.  Woodford took the loss.

Memphis is 48-63 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, 11 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. El Paso, Genesis Cabrera (4-4, 6.38) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 6

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Like their counterparts in Triple-A, the Double-A Cardinals were downed 6-1, in this case at the hands of the Travelers in Little Rock.

The Springfield offense managed just seven hits.  The single score was via a home run by Brian O’Keefe in the second inning, his only hit.  Dylan Carlson went 2-for-4 and Justin Toerner was 2-for-3.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three first-inning runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Roel Ramirez surrendered one run in one inning.  Bryan Dobzanski yielded two runs in his one inning pitched.  Left hander Jacob Patterson got the final out of the eighth.

Elehuris Montero committed a throwing error and Rayder Ascanio made a fielding error.  Toerner had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 20-20 in the second half, 50-60 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (2-1, 1.22) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Charlotte 2 (Game 1)

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

In the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, the Cardinals fell 2-1. It was the completion of the suspended game from June 30, a nine-inning home game for the Cards, but resumed on the road. The game resumed with the score tied 1-1 in the fourth.

Palm Beach had put up a run in the second inning but failed to score again. Nick Plummer collected the lone RBI via a single.  The Cards scattered just five hits, with the only extra base hit a double by Zach Gahagan.

Cardinals starter Zach Prendergast pitched seven innings (before and after the resumption) and gave up two runs on six hits, with the deciding tally coming in the fifth.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Cole Aker finished with two scoreless innings of relief.

Plummer made a throwing error.


Palm Beach 1 at Charlotte 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the second game, the Cardinals again failed to plate more than one run and lost 4-1.  Charlotte went up 4-0 in the third and the Cards answered in the fourth with an RBI single by Juan Yepez, but neither team scored again.

The Cardinals offense managed just four hits, with the only extra base hit a double by Nolan Gorman.  The third baseman scored the lone run.

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched five innings and gave up six hits leading to four unearned runs thanks in part to a Gorman fielding error.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Zack Thompson tossed a scoreless sixth.

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


Peoria 5, Kane County 10 (10 innings)

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

A crooked number in extra innings led the Chiefs to a home defeat at the hands of the Kane County Cougars on Friday night.  The game was marked by several lead changes throughout as Peoria would fall behind then fight back.

The Cougars took the 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the Chiefs responded with three runs over the next two innings. In the third, an RBI double by Brendan Donovan cut the lead to 2-1.  In the fourth, the Chiefs went ahead 3-2 on a two-run single by Delvin Perez.  Kane County knotted the game at 3-3 with a run in the sixth, then took a 4-3 lead in the seventh.

The Chiefs answered with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh to retake the lead 5-4.  With two men on base, back to back singles by Carlos Soto and Wadye Ynfante plated two.

In the top of the ninth, the Cougars re-tied the score at 5-5.  The game went into the 10th when the wheels came off the bus, as Kane County put up five runs to seal the win.

Leadoff hitter and center fielder Jonatan Machado went 4-for-6.  Perez was 2-for-5 and Soto 2-for-4.

In his Peoria debut, starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Franyel Casadilla surrendered one run in the sixth.  Evan Sisk allowed two runs in his two innings of relief.

Sebastian Tabata gave up the tying run in the ninth, and returned to start the 10th.  Tabata gave up a run and left with the bases loaded and no outs. Freddy Pacheco allowed all three inherited runners to score and surrendered a run of his own.  Tabata was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Perez stole his 17th base of the season.  Machado made a fielding error and Ynfante had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 12-28 in the second half, 42-67 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Colin Schmid (4-5, 4.54) 6:35 CT.


State College 2 at Lowell 11

Eric Lex (State College Spikes)

Spikes pitching was pummeled by the Lowell Spinners offense on Friday.  State College starter Scott Politz pitched two innings and gave up nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Hector Villalobos surrendered one run in 3 1/3 relief innings.  Connor Lunn allowed one run in the sixth.  Eric Lex closed it out with two scoreless innings.

The Spikes were held scoreless until the eighth inning when the offense plated two.  The first came home on a fielding error by the Lowell right fielder.  Donivan Williams drew a bases loaded walk for the other.  The State College offense scattered six hits, with David Vinsky generating two.

Spikes’ third sacker Luis Flores made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 23-24 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Lowell, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.75) 4:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Bluefield 6

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals came back to squeak by the Bluefield Blue Jays on Friday.  The Cardinals put up their first run in the bottom of the first inning to knot the game at 1-1 via a solo home run by Malcom Nunez.

The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when behind 6-1.  Three runs came home on a force out by Aaron Antonini and a two-run single by Carlos Soler.

In the bottom of the ninth, Liam Sabino doubled to center to drive in two.  Diomedes Del Rio drew a bases loaded walk to plate the winning run on a walk off.

Nunez had two hits as the only Johnson City hitter with multiples.

Starter Jake Sommers pitched four innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Tyler Peck surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.  Alex Gallegos followed with two scoreless relief innings.  Enrique Perez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Antonini and Soler each stole a base.  Soler was also caught stealing.  Nunez made a throwing error.

Johnson City is 24-18 on the season and in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Jose Moreno (3-3, 9.18) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 1 (10 innings)

Inohan Paniagua (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals edged the Marlins in a low scoring contest on Friday.  The Marlins took the 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the score remained there until the top of the eighth.  A sacrifice double play off the bat of William Jimenez plated the tying run.  The game went into the 10th inning, when the Cardinals broke the tie on a sac bunt by Yowelfy Rosario and a throwing error.

Pablo Gomez was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.  No Cardinal had an extra base hit.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits.  The right hander fanned eight.  Thomas Hart tossed two scoreless innings of relief, as did Anthony Trompiz.  Trompiz got the win.

Rosario stole his third base of the season.  Franklin Soto made a fielding error.  Jimenez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 14-18 on the season and are tied for last place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 1, DSL Mets 12

The Cardinals Red were the victims of a shellacking by the Mets on Friday.  Behind 8-0 in the seventh, the Red put their lone run on the board via a home run by Miguel Marcos. The Red had only three hits for the day.

Losing pitcher Diorys Guerrero didn’t finish the first inning.  Guerrero gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits in 2/3 inning pitched.  Oliver Lopez pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered one run.  Miguel Yedis allowed three runs, one earned, in two innings.  Augusto Calderon gave up three runs in 2/3 innings, and Brayan Ramirez pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, relinquishing one unearned run.

Vargas stole his 18th base of the season.  Claudio Ramirez was caught stealing.  Heredia had a missed catch error, Marcos and Albert Inoa both made fielding errors, and Bryan Matute made a throwing error, for four team miscues.

The Cardinals Red are 19-34 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Rockies 9

The Cardinals were edged by the Rockies on a ninth inning walk off on Friday.   The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Gustavo A. Rodriguez that scored one run, followed by two more scores on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brandon Hernandez.  Darlin Moquete hit a bases clearing triple to plate three more runs.

The 6-0 lead held until the fourth, when the Rockies cut the lead to 6-5.  They tying run came home in the seventh.

The Cardinals answered with two scores in the top of the eighth on a two-run double by Elvin De Jesus.  The Rockies cut the lead to 8-7 with a run in the bottom half of the inning and added two more in the bottom of the ninth for the 9-8 walk off victory.

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

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched four innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three.  Dionys Rodriguez surrendered one unearned run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Cristoffer Zapata allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings.  Americo Lugo gave up the two winning runs in the ninth and was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

De Jesus and G.A. Rodriguez each had a stolen base.  De Jesus, G.J. Rodriguez and Lugo committed throwing errors.  Zapata made an error on a pickoff.  Moquete had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 29-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Orioles2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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