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

photo: Bill DeWitt Jr., John Mozeliak, Mike Shildt (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The 2-3 week by the St. Louis Cardinals was dominated by the club’s dismissal of its manager and hitting coaches and the hiring of an interim skipper. In our history feature, past Cardinals in-season managerial changes are remembered.


Cardinals dismiss manager and two coaches

Mike Matheny (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Following an ugly loss to the Reds on Saturday night, the Cardinals announced that manager Mike Matheny and hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller were removed from their duties.  Bench coach Mike Shildt was named interim manager and minor league coaches Mark Budaska and George Greer will take over hitting instruction.

The dismissal of Matheny came as a surprise to most, mostly due to its timing.  Matheny had presided over a Cardinals club that had failed to make the postseason in 2016 and 2017, and was chronically underachieving again this season, on track for a third postseason miss.  The team entered the final series prior to the All Star break only one game above .500.  Two ugly losses on Friday and Saturday to the last place Reds didn’t help the situation, though it was revealed that the decision was made on Friday.

Mike Shildt (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Matheny, 47, who was in his seventh season as manager and was under contract through 2020, was the first Cardinals manager dismissed mid-season since Joe Torre in 1995.  In a press conference on Sunday morning, club owner Bill DeWitt Jr., President of Baseball Operations John Mozeliak, and General Manager Mike Girsch stressed that the decision was made due to what they termed as needing a fresh voice and approach for the team, in an effort to staunch what appeared to be another failed effort to reach the postseason.

Matheny was hired following the 2011 season, when Tony La Russa retired after leading the Cardinals to their 11th World Series Championship.  Matheny had no prior professional managing or coaching experience when he took over.  Under Matheny, the Cardinals went to the postseason in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.  The team went to the World Series in 2013 but lost to the Boston Red Sox.  Two NLCS appearances in 2012 and 2014 led to losses to the San Francisco Giants.  A loss to the Cubs in the NLDS in 2015 was the last postseason appearance under Matheny’s tenure and signaled a change in power in the Central Division.

Stories concerning clubhouse tensions had surfaced in the weeks prior to Matheny’s dismissal, though those tensions were downplayed by the organization as overblown.

Shildt, 49, has served on the major league coaching staff for much of the last two seasons, rising to bench coach this season.  Prior to that, the North Carolina native spent eight seasons managing at various levels in the Cardinals minor league system, including the Memphis Redbirds and also has a scouting background.  Shildt is expected to remain the manager throughout the remainder of the season.


Game Recaps

Monday, July 9 – Off day


Tuesday, July 10 – Cardinals 14 at White Sox 2

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals pummeled the White Sox in Chicago in the opener of a two-game interleague series.  Miles Mikolas took the mound for the Redbirds and pitched six innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Brett Cecil, Greg Holland, and John Brebbia each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Mikolas picked up his 10thwin.

The Redbirds offense scored in the third on RBI singles by Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna.  A ground out by Yairo Munoz in the fourth plated a run, and a sac fly by Yadier Molina in the fifth put another on the board.   Two runs came home in the sixth on a passed ball and a wild pitch, and Jedd Gyorko drew a walk with the bases loaded.  With the bases still loaded, Dexter Fowler hit a grand slam to left center field.   In the eighth, Kolten Wong added a two run home run to right center field.   Jose Martinez doubled in a run in the ninth and went 3-for-4 with two RBI overall.  Wong was 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Fowler and Matt Carpenter were both 2-for-5.  Paul DeJong was 2-for-6 with three runs scored.


Wednesday, July 11 – Cardinals 0 at White Sox 4

Luke Weaver (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals were unable to complete the two game sweep, as they were blanked by the White Sox on Wednesday.  The offense managed only four hits, a double by Matt Carpenter, and singles by Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, and Jose Martinez.

Starter Luke Weaver pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Weaver was the hard-luck loser, tagged with his eighth of the season.  Mike Mayers pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on three hits.  Jordan Hicks allowed one run in the eighth.

Molina made a fielding error, but also picked a runner off first base.  Marcell Ozuna had an outfield assist.


Thursday, July 12 – Off day


Friday, July 13 – Cardinals 1, Reds 9

The Cardinals finished the pre-All-Star segment of the season with a three-game home series against a last-place, but surging Reds club, one that the Cardinals had dominated up to that point.  The result was not good.

The first game was ugly, as the offense couldn’t score and the bullpen coughed up numerous runs.  Carlos Martinez’ start was so-so, as he pitched five innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The first two relievers were fresh off the disabled list and neither were sharp.

Luke Gregerson came on in the sixth and surrendered a hit and a walk. With two outs in the inning, he was replaced by Tyler Lyons, who struck out Scooter Gennett.  Lyons returned for the seventh, and after getting Joey Votto out, yielded a double and a single to the next two hitters.  In came Sam Tuivailala, who walked his first batter and then gave up a double to score one inherited runner. The next batter hit a three run home run, with all three runs charged to Tuivailala.  Tuivailala induced a ground out, then gave up a single, and with two outs in the inning, Brett Cecil was brought in. Cecil got the final out of the inning.  Cecil returned to pitch the eighth and surrendered a run of his own.  Six runs scored against three pitchers over two innings.  Greg Holland pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals’ lone run came in the first inning on an RBI single by Yadier Molina.  Molina’s single was one of four hits by the offense. Paul DeJong, Marcell Ozuna, and Carlos Martinez each singled.


Saturday, July 14 – Cardinals 2, Reds 8

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Things went no better for the Cardinals in the second game, and in some respects, it was worse.  The Redbirds took a 2-0 lead and carried it into the sixth inning.  Two rain delays certainly didn’t help the situation.  Unfortunately, the offense didn’t add on to its lead and that cost them.  The first run came in the first inning, on a solo home run by Matt Carpenter.  Following a rain delay, the Cardinals returned to score a second run in the fourth on an RBI ground out by Marcell Ozuna.  The offense managed nine hits in total.  Carpenter and Dexter Fowler were both 2-for-4.

Jack Flaherty was the starter, and despite a reasonably short rain delay after the first inning, Flaherty was able to pitch five scoreless innings.  The longer rain delay after the fifth kept the right hander from returning to the mound. Instead, Mike Mayers took the sixth and gave up the first run to the Reds.  After Mayers left the mound, the wheels came off the bus.  Jordan Hicks left the seventh with one out achieved and four Reds runs already in.  Hicks was charged with both a blown save and the loss.   Greg Holland induced two pop outs to put an end to the carnage, but he returned for the eighth and things didn’t go so well on the second try.  Holland gave up three singles to load the bases.  In came Tyler Lyons, who gave up a two run single to Joey Votto.  Both runs were charged to Holland.  Lyons did get the second out but was replaced by Luke Gregerson who secured the final out of the eighth.  Pitching in a 7-2 blowout, closer Bud Norris began the ninth, gave up two singles, hit two batters, and gave up one run.  Brett Cecil came in and got Joey Votto to ground out.

In addition to the bullpen woes, there were defensive lapses as well.  Paul DeJong made a missed catch error and Norris made a throwing error.  One defensive highlight was Yadier Molina picking Scooter Gennett off third base.


Sunday, July 15 – Cardinals 6, Reds 4

John Gant (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Sunday came, and things went better for the Cardinals, though they accomplished the win with a different manager in the dugout.  The evening before, the Cardinals relieved Mike Matheny of his duties, along with hitting coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller.

Miles Mikolas was the starter, but he wasn’t effective, pitching only four very labored innings and giving up three runs on six hits.  Interim manager Mike Shildt pulled Mikolas after the fourth inning and brought in John Gant, who kept the Cardinals in the game by pitching four scoreless innings.  Jordan Hicks took the ninth and was more effective than the previous evening.  Hicks did surrender a run, but the Cardinals had scored enough for it to not matter.  Hicks earned his second save and Gant got the win.

As he did the previous day, Matt Carpenter hit a solo home run in his first at bat to put the Cardinals up 1-0.  Dexter Fowler repeated the act in the second.  After the Reds tied it up, Tommy Pham, replacing injured Harrison Bader, singled in the fourth to put the Redbirds back in the lead.  Pinch hitter Jose Martinez added to the score with an RBI ground out.  Yadier Molina then singled to drive in the third run of the inning, putting the Redbirds up 6-3.  Pham went 2-for-2 in the win.


Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the last week prior to the All Star break 2-3.  The team went 1-1 against the White Sox and 1-2 against the Reds.  The Cardinals are now 48-46 and in third place in the Division going into the break. They are tied for fifth in the wild card race, four games back.

The dismal record during the week was aided by poor pitching, especially by the bullpen.  The offense continues to be inconsistent, scoring 14 runs against the White Sox one day, and going scoreless against them the next.  The team was outscored 17-2 in the first two games of the Reds series.

Defensive issues cropped up again over the weekend.  Like the offense, the defense takes two steps forward then two steps back and has done so all season.  While errors are not the best indicator of defensive performance, the Cardinals lead all of baseball with 77.

This chronic underachieving by the Cardinals has persisted throughout the season and has put the team in jeopardy of missing the postseason for the third straight year.  In an attempt to reverse this course, the organization dismissed manager Mike Matheny and coaches John Mabry and Bill Mueller on Saturday.  Mike Shildt was named interim manager.  The team won the final game against the Reds on Sunday.

Post All-Star break, the Cardinals enter into a stretch of baseball which will likely be the deciding factor on how the team handles the trade deadline, which is fast approaching.  The Cardinals have five games against the first-place Cubs beginning Thursday, including a doubleheader on Saturday.  The team plays the Cubs again the following weekend in St. Louis.  A poor showing in these games may result in the Cardinals being sellers at the deadline.


NL Central standings W L Pct GB
Chicago 55 38 0.591
Milwaukee 55 43 0.561 2.5
St. Louis 48 46 0.511 7.5
Pittsburgh 48 49 0.495 9
Cincinnati 43 53 0.448 13.5

 


Who’s Hot

Over the past five games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of 1.460. He has two HRs, two doubles, and four RBI.
  • Yairo Munoz has an OPS of 1.413. He has one HR and four RBI.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .938. He has one HR, two doubles, and two RBI
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .971. He has one double and three RBI.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.83.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.25.

Who’s Not

Over the past five games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Tommy Pham has an OPS of .071.
  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of .332.
  • Yadier Molina has an OPS of .464.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of .452.
  • Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.60
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 7.36 and a WHIP of 1.91.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 2.00.
  • Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 18.00 and a WHIP of 3.00.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 33.75 and a WHIP of 4.50.
  • Greg Holland has an ERA of 17.18 and a WHIP of 3.00.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 3.00.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 27.00 and a WHIP of 5.25.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last five games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for four games and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham for two games, Paul DeJong for two games, and Kolten Wong for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Jose Martinez for three games and Yadier Molina for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Molina for three games, and Jedd Gyorko for two games.
  • The sixth hitter has been Gyorko for three games, DeJong for one game, and Dexter Fowler for one game.
  • The seventh hitter has been DeJong for two games, Fowler for one game, Pham for one game, and Yairo Munoz for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been one game each for Munoz, Pham, Fowler, Wong, and Francisco Pena.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Joel Sherman of the NY Post reports unnamed sources speculating that Carlos Martinez could become available on the trade market.


Transactions  

  • 7/11 The Cardinals sent LHP Tyler Lyons on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 7/13 The Cardinals activated LHP Tyler Lyons from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 7/13 The Cardinals activated RHP Luke Gregerson from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 7/13 The Cardinals optioned RHP Luke Weaver to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/13 The Cardinals optioned RHP John Brebbia to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/14 The Cardinals sent OF Tyler O’Neill on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL. Leone has begun a throwing program but is not close to being sent on a rehab assignment
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. The right hander was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL.  Reyes is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. Wainwright has begun a throwing program but is several weeks away from beginning a rehab assignment
  • RHP Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) continues on the 10 day DL. Wacha underwent an ultrasound and the team in encouraged by his healing.  Wacha has not as yet been given clearance to begin a throwing program.  It is expected the right hander will need about three weeks of throwing before beginning a rehab assignment.
  • Tyler O’Neill (left groin strain) was placed on the 10 day DL on July 5. The outfielder was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on July 14.
  • Harrison Bader suffered a mild hyperextension of his left knee rounding first base in Sunday’s game. Bader was removed from the game for precautionary reasons, but the injury is not considered serious and Bader will likely be available to play after the All-Star break.

Looking Ahead

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The All-Star break begins Monday. Yadier Molina will be in Washington as a reserve for the National League in Wednesday’s game. The catcher is an injury replacement for Buster Posey. Pitcher Miles Mikolas was not allowed to pitch in the All-Star Game after starting on Sunday, but had planned to participate in the festivities. Instead, he has returned home to Jupiter, FL to be with his expectant wife.  Third baseman Matt Carpenter was among the five players on the NL Final Vote fan ballot, but did not win.

The Cardinals will return to game action on Thursday in Chicago, in the only MLB game scheduled that day.  The Redbirds will play five games with the Cubs, including a doubleheader on Saturday.  The rotation for after the break has not been set.

Following the Cubs series in Chicago, the Cardinals travel to Cincinnati to play three with the Reds beginning Monday.  After an off day Thursday, the Cardinals return home to again play the Cubs in a weekend series.

The homestand will continue with a four-game series with the Rockies.  On August 3, the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for a weekend series.

After leaving Pittsburgh, the Redbirds travel to Miami for a three-game set.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

Manager Mike Matheny was relieved of his duties this past weekend, being the first Cardinals manager since Joe Torre in 1995 to be fired during the season.  This article reflects on other managers who suffered the same fate.

Joe Torre

Joe Torre was the last manager to be fired during the season before Matheny.  Torre followed interim skipper Red Schoendienst, who filled in after Whitey Herzog resigned during the 1990 season. Torre managed three full seasons and the strike shortened season in 1994.  Despite winning seasons in those three years, Torre was unable to take his teams to the postseason.  Torre was fired in June of 1995, in advance of selling the team to current owner Bill DeWitt Jr.  Torre went on to have a Hall of Fame managerial career with the Yankees.

Ken Boyer had had a successful playing career, including 10 years with the Cardinals.  After his playing career was done, Boyer was hired by the Cardinals to manage in their minor league system and was promoted to St. Louis in early 1978 after unpopular manager Vern Rapp was fired.  Boyer managed one full season in 1979, posting a record of 86-76 for third place in the NL East.  Boyer was fired 51 games into the 1980 season after posting a record of 18-33.  Boyer developed lung cancer shortly after and died in 1982.  Boyer was replaced by Herzog,

The aforementioned Vern Rapp was hired as St. Louis manager in 1977 to replace Schoendienst.  The Cardinals placed third in the NL East that season, and Rapp’s strict style of managing made him unpopular with his players.  Most notably Rapp made pitcher Al Hrabosky shave off his famous mustache developed as part of his “Mad Hungarian” persona.  That made Hrabosky demand a trade to get away from Rapp.  Rapp was fired the following season, on April 25.

Solly Hemus

Solly Hemus was player/manager of the Cardinals in 1959.  Hemus appeared as a player in only 24 games, mostly as a pinch hitter, and then concentrated solely on managing after that.  The Cardinals finished in seventh place in 1959 with a record of 71-83.  In his second season in 1960, the team improved to third place with a record of 86-68.  Hemus was known to resort to racial disparagement of his black players, most notably Bob Gibson and Curt Flood.  A mediocre start to the 1961 season that led to a 33-41 midseason mark led to the dismissal of Hemus in July 1961.

Other Cardinals managers to be fired during a season included Ray Blades in 1940 and Gabby Street in 1933.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 15, 2018

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-6 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Peoria first baseman Yariel Gonzalez, who hit a three run home run in the Chiefs’ 4-0 win over Fort Wayne.

Results for games played Saturday, July 14.


Memphis 0 at Omaha 1

Chris Ellis (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds were blanked by the Storm Chasers in a pitching duel in Omaha on Saturday.  Starter Chris Ellis suffered his first loss in three decisions with Memphis this season. Ellis pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits.  Andrew Morales pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Redbirds offense had six hits, all singles.  Adolis Garcia was 2-for-4.  Carson Kelly, Patrick Wisdom, Wilfredo Tovar and Edmundo Sosa each had one.

In his first rehab game with Memphis, left fielder Tyler O’Neill went 0-for-3 with a strikeout.

Wisdom stole his 10th base in 11 attempts.

The Redbirds are 58-35 and are in first place in the PCL Southern.

Sunday’s game:  at Omaha, Daniel Poncedeleon (8-3, 2.39) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 4 at Arkansas 8

John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Travelers in Arkansas on Saturday night.  Springfield was held scoreless until the fifth when Ramon Urias hit a lead off double and Evan Mendoza followed with a single.  As John Nogowski grounded into a double play, Urias scored.  In the eighth, a throwing error brought a run home and Jeremy Martinez doubled to plate another.  Nogowski doubled in the fourth and final run in the ninth.  Mendoza went 3-for-5.  Blake Drake was 2-for-3.

Starter Connor Jones pitched six innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on eight hits.  Will Latcham followed with 1 1/3 innings in which he surrendered five runs on five hits.  Latcham took the loss.  Hector Mendoza pitched the final 2/3 of a scoreless inning.

Nogowski made a fielding error.  Drake had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 38-54 overall, 5-17 in the second half, and are tied for last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Mike O’Reilly (2-4, 4.50) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 7

Shane Billings (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were vanquished by the Mets at Port St. Lucie on Saturday.  Starter Jake Walsh suffered his second loss of the season after pitching six innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  John Kilichowski pitched the seventh inning and surrendered two runs on three hits.  Estarlin Arias took the eighth and also allowed two runs on three hits.

The offense put up one run in the second inning and one run in the eighth.  Stefan Trosclair drove in one run in the second on a single to left.  In the eighth, J.B. Woodman doubled and Shane Billings singled him home.  Billings and Chase Pinder were both 2-for-4.

Pinder stole his second base in six attempts.  Billings had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 49-38 overall, 10-13 in the second half and tied for second place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:   at St. Lucie, Evan Kruczynski (4-1, 3.81) 11:00 am CT.


Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 0

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs blanked the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Saturday night.  All the runs scored in the third on Elehuris Montero’s sac fly, and a three-run home run by Yariel Gonzalez.  No Chiefs hitter had multiple hits.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched his best game of the season to date, with six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits, fanning seven and walking four.  Robbie Gordon followed with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.  Oveido was the winning pitcher.

The Chiefs are 51-40 overall, 12-9 in the second half, and are in third place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, Paul Balestrieri (5-4, 5.04) 2:00 CT.


State College 0, Tri-City 2

Franyel Casadilla (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes were blanked at home by the Tri-City Valley Cats on Saturday.  Starter Jacob Schlesener pitched three innings and gave up one run on four hits and took the loss.  Franyel Casadilla followed with four scoreless innings.  Will Changarotty pitched a clean eighth.  Gabe Gentner took the ninth and surrendered one run.

The Spikes offense had just three hits, a double by Wadye Ynfante and singles by Cameron Knight and Lars Nootbaar.

Justin Toerner stole his fourth base in six attempts.  Schlesener picked a runner off first base.

The Spikes are 11-17 on the season and are tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tri-City, Jim Voyles (2-1, 2.88) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 5 at Burlington 6

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Cardinals were edged by the Bees in Burlington on Saturday.  Nolan Gorman hit a leadoff triple in the fourth inning and scored on a Leandro Cedeno single to get the Cardinals on the board.  In the fifth the offense put up four runs.  Jonatan Machado opened the scoring with an RBI single and Gorman followed with a two run double.  Carlos Soto plated the fourth run of the inning on a single.  Gorman went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Dionis Zamora pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  David Oca followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief in which he surrendered an additional run.  Oca was charged with a blown save.  Jacob Sylvester replaced Oca in the ninth and allowed the inherited run to score that gave Burlington the walk off win.  Sylvester was the losing pitcher.

Cedeno was picked off second base.

The Cardinals are 9-14 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Burlington, TBA 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 9

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

The Cardinals took a four-run home defeat to the Astros on Saturday.  Starter Wilfredo Pereira lost his third game of the season after pitching 4 1/3 innings and giving up six runs, five earned, on seven hits.  Ty Cohen followed with 3 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered three additional runs. Jose Geronimo tossed a scoreless ninth.

The offense got on the board with two runs in the first inning, on Andrew Warner’s two-run double.  Warner doubled again in the third to plate another run.  In the fifth, a run came home on a wild pitch.  The final Cardinals score occurred in the seventh on a ground out by Josh Shaw.

Victor Garcia and Mateo Gil both committed fielding errors.

The Cardinals are 15-7 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Sunday’s game:  Dominican Summer League All-Star Game

DSL Cardinals Red – off

Sunday’s game:  Dominican Summer League All-Star Game


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 14, 2018

photo: Adolis Garcia (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Adolis Garcia, who was 2-for 4 with a three-run home run and two runs scored. Johnson City pitching was destroyed in a four-game sweep by Elizabethton.

Results for games played Friday, July 13.


Memphis 6 at Omaha 3

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds conquered the Storm Chasers in Omaha on Friday.  Memphis’ offense put up three runs in the second inning and three runs in the third inning to take a lead they did not relinquish.  Max Schrock drove in the first run on sac fly.  Randy Arozarena followed with a two-run double. In the third, Adolis Garcia blasted a three-run home run to left field.  Arozarena was 2-for-4.  Carson Kelly was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Player of the Day Garcia went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  It was his fourth multi-hit game in his last six outings, during which time the outfielder went deep three times, scored six runs and drove in six. Mired in a deep slump all season, Garcia has raised his average from .224 to .239 this week.

Starter Kevin Herget went six innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out five and walking one.  Herget earned his sixth win of the season.  Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless seventh.  Connor Greene tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Edward Mujica secured the final out of the ninth to earn his ninth save.

Edmunso Sosa was caught stealing for the first time in his initial attempt for Memphis.

The Redbirds are 58-34 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Omaha, Chris Ellis (2-0, 4.02) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at Arkansas 7

Ramon Urias (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals were overcome by the Travelers on Friday, as the revamped bullpen continued its season-long problems and the offense couldn’t string enough hits together.

Starter Sam Tewes pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  Trade acquisition Elniery Garcia tossed one inning of relief and surrendered two runs, one earned, to take the loss.  Newly-promoted Junior Fernandez pitched 2/3 of an inning and allowed three additional runs.  Austin Sexton hurled the final 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

The Cardinals got on the board first with a run on Ramon Urias’ third inning solo home run.  Victor Roache added a sac fly in the sixth.  Urias went 4-for-4.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-4.

Blake Drake was caught stealing for the second time in four attempts.  Drake had an outfield assist, and Tommy Edman made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 38-53 overall, 5-16 in the second half, and are tied for last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Connor Jones (5-3, 4.06) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 4

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals lost a squeaker to the Mets at Port St. Lucie on Friday.  The offense scored in the fifth inning on red-hot Dylan Carlson’s two-run double. The Cardinals added their final run in the ninth on Stefan Trosclair’s single.  Shane Billings went 2-for-5 and Ryan McCarvel was 2-for-3. Carlson has 11 RBI in his last five games.

Starter Evan Guillory lost for the second time in four starts since joining Palm Beach. After pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on seven hits, his Florida State League ERA is 6.14. Back from Springfield, Yeison Medina tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless ninth.

Trosclair made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 49-37 overall and 10-12 in the second half, tied for second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at St. Lucie, TBA 5:30 CT.


Peoria 4, Lake County 1

Angel Rondon (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs vanquished the Lake County Captains on Friday.  In his Peoria debut, starter Angel Rondon pitched a strong 7 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits while fanning six and walking none to earn the win.  Fabian Blanco tossed the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to log his sixth save.

Rayder Ascanio got the Chiefs on the board with a solo home run in the first inning.  A wild pitch in the second brought another run home. Jose Martinez added a solo home run in the fifth. In the seventh, Irving Lopez’ single scored Bryce Denton.  No Chiefs hitter had multiple hits.

Wood Myers stole his first base in two attempts for Peoria.

The Chiefs are 50-40 overall, 11-9 in the second half, for third place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, Johan Oviedo (4-7, 5.56) 6:30 CT.


State College 3, Vermont 4

Chris Holba (East Carolina)

The Spikes were edged at home by the Lake Monsters on Friday, but with a lot of help, somehow managed to plate three runs on only two hits.  State College’s offense didn’t score until the fifth, when they put up two runs. The first came on a missed catch error on a force attempt.  The second came home on Nick Dunn’s groundout.  In the seventh, two fielding errors and a sac bunt resulted in the third and final run.

Starter Chris Holba pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  Michael Baird followed with three innings of relief, surrendering one run on three hits.  Baird took the loss.  Hector Villalobos tossed a scoreless ninth.

Dunn had a missed catch error.

The Spikes are 11-16 on the season and are tied for last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tri-City, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 6.75) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 10, Elizabethton 13

Dariel Gomez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were overcome by the Twins for the fourth straight game in a Friday slugfest.  Starter Noel De Jesus was tagged with his first loss of the season after pitching 3 1/3 innings and giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits.  Enrique Perez followed with 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs on three hits.  Parker Kelly tossed two scoreless innings.  Evan Sisk took the final two innings, surrendering one run on two hits.

In this just-completed four-game series sweep, Elizabethton hitters destroyed Johnson City pitching for a whopping 45 runs on 66 hits. Not surprisingly, the Cardinals are dead last in the Appalachian League with a 7.04 team ERA this season.

On Friday, the offense scored 10 runs on 13 hits, none of which were home runs, as they showed resiliency.  The Cardinals were already behind 9-0 before scoring twice in the fourth.  Leandro Cedeno led off with a double and Dariel Gomez followed with a triple that scored Cedeno.  Kevin Woodall singled to plate Gomez.

The remainder of the Cardinals scoring came in the final three innings.  In the seventh, a run scored on a fielding error, and Gomez singled in a run. A third run came home on a wild pitch, and Zach Jackson singled in another.  Nolan Gorman singled in a run in the eighth, and a second run scored on a groundout.  In the ninth, a sac fly scored one, and a fielding error on the same play brought home another.

Cedeno went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and an RBI.  Gomez was 3-for-5 with three driven in. Jackson plated one and was 2-for-4.

Brandon Riley was caught stealing for the third time in four attempts.  Cedeno made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 9-13 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, TBA 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals – off

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Nationals 1

The Cardinals Blue conquered the Nationals in their Friday road contest.  The offense put up three runs in the first inning on a Malcom Nunez single, a hit by pitch, and Pablo Gomez’ bases-loaded walk.  In the second, Diowill Burgos contributed an RBI single.  Carlos Soler was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Hector Soto pitched five innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits to earn his fifth win of the season.  The bullpen performed well, starting with Derek Diaz, who tossed a scoreless sixth.  Saniel Santana added two scoreless innings, and Leonardo Taveras contributed a scoreless ninth to earn his fourth save.

Sander Mora stole his eighth bag in 10 tries.  Soler swiped his fifth base in 11 attempts.  Gomez was caught stealing for the second time in seven attempts, and Burgos was caught stealing for the third time in four tries.  Catcher Luis Rodriguez made an error on a pickoff.

The Cardinals Blue are 24-12 on the season and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL D-backs2 4

The Cardinals Red defeated the D-backs 2 on Friday.  Starter Miguel Maiz went four scoreless innings, allowing four hits.  Augusto Calderon followed with 2 2/3 innings of relief, yielding two runs on two hits and got the win.  Rodard Avelino pitched one scoreless inning.  Wilman Madera finished with 1 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on two hits.

The Red offense got on the board with two runs in the fourth. Francisco Hernandez reached on a fielding error and stole second base.  Hernandez eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Claudio Ramirez walked, advanced to second on a single, went to third on another walk, and scored on a hit by pitch.  In the fifth, Hernandez came home on a bases-loaded walk.  Two runs in the sixth came on Luis Montano’s triple and Hernandez’ double.  In the seventh, Ramirez scored on a scoring error, and a sacrifice double play fly out by Montano plated Luis Andujar.  Hernandez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Cristhian Longa was 2-for-4.

Hernandez stole his first and second bases in four attempts.  Franklin Soto made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Red are 20-16 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 12, 2018

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-7 on Wednesday. DSL Cardinals Blue and Red both split doubleheaders. Memphis was off due to the Triple-A All Star Game. Our Player of the Day is DSL Red outfielder Adanson Cruz, who went 5-for-6, including three doubles and a home run, plus a walk, a stolen base and five RBI.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 11.


Memphis – Triple-A All-Star Game – Pacific Coast League 12, International League 7

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds did not have a regularly scheduled game due to the playing of the Triple-A All-Star Game.  Memphis had three players named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star Team, which took on their International League counterparts in Columbus, OH on Wednesday.  Redbirds participating were pitchers Dakota Hudson and Daniel Poncedeleon, and third baseman Patrick Wisdom.  The PCL team won, 12-7.

PCL starting pitcher Hudson pitched one inning and gave up one run on three hits.  Hudson was the winning pitcher.  Poncedeleon was third up, following an inning by Omaha pitcher Trevor Oaks, and tossed a scoreless inning.  Wisdom entered the game pinch hitting in the sixth and remained in the game at third base.  Wisdom had two plate appearances, grounding into a force out and striking out.

Thursday’s game:  at Omaha, Austin Gomber (5-3, 3.57) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at Arkansas 3

Anthony Shew (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals lost a close road contest to the Travelers on Wednesday.  Cardinals bats were held scoreless until the sixth, when Tommy Edman led off with a walk and Ramon Urias drove him in on a double to center field.  Springfield added another run in the ninth on Lane Thomas’ solo home run.  Urias was 2-for-4.

Springfield starter Anthony Shew pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  Shew fanned six and walked none.  Rehabber Tyler Lyons pitched a scoreless eighth.

Tommy Edman stole his 17th base in 19 attempts.

The Cardinals are 38-51 overall, 5-14 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Thursday’s game:  at Arkansas, Austin Warner (0-2, 10.38) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Fort Myers 7

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were defeated at Fort Myers on Wednesday.  Starter Casey Meisner gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits in seven innings pitched. Three runs scored in the fourth with the others in the sixth. Estarlin Arias finished with two scoreless innings of relief.

Palm Beach put up two runs in the third inning and two runs in the fourth and held the lead until the fateful sixth.  In the third, Juan Yepez led off with a double and scored on a sac bunt by Chase Pinder and a throwing error.  Dylan Carlson drove in the second run on a sac fly.  Carlson drove in two in the fourth on a double.  Andy Young went 2-for-4.

Kramer Robertson made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 48-36 overall, 9-11 in the second half as they are tied for second place in the FSL South.

Thursday’s game:   at Fort Myers, TBA 6:00 CT.


Peoria 1, Lake County 5

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the Lake County Captains to open their home stand on Wednesday.  The offense scored its lone run in the fourth inning on Yariel Gonzalez’ home run.  Gonzalez went 2-for-4.  J.R. Davis had the only other extra base hit, a double.

Starter Alvaro Seijas suffered his fifth loss of the season.  Seijas pitched six innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.  Zach Prendergast tossed two scoreless innings.  Patrick Dayton added a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs are 49-39 overall, 10-8 in the second half, and are in third place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Lake County, Alex Fagalde (4-2, 1.99) 7:00 CT.


State College 0, Vermont 3

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes were blanked at home by the Vermont Lake Monsters on Wednesday.   Starter Jake Dahlberg pitched seven innings and gave up one run while scattering 10 hits.  The left hander fanned seven and walked none.  Gabe Gentner surrendered two runs in his one inning pitched.  Edgar Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth.  Dahlberg took the loss.

The Spikes offense managed only two hits, both singles, by Justin Toerner and Brandon Benson.

Benson stole his first base in his initial attempt for State College.  Toerner made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 10-15 on the season and are in last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Vermont, Chris Holba (1-1, 2.19) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 6, Elizabethton 10

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Twins on Wednesday.  The offense couldn’t score until the seventh, by which time the Twins had a 10-run cushion.  Johnson City got on the board with one run in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Nolan Gorman.  The Cardinals rallied in the ninth but couldn’t catch up.  Luis Flores doubled in a run.  Gorman singled in again to drive in his second run.  Carlos Soto plated two on a single.  Kevin Woodall singled to score the fifth and final run of the inning.  Gorman went 2-for-5.  Woodall and Leandro Cedeno each went 2-for-4.

Starter Kyle Leahy was the losing pitcher.  Leahy pitched four innings and gave up six runs on nine hits.  Jacob Sylvester allowed three more runs in his 1 2/3 innings pitched.  David Oca tossed 2 1/3 and surrendered one run.  Parker Kelly pitched a scoreless ninth.

Cedeno made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 9-11 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West. Their team ERA is up to 6.79, with league leader Danville at 2.72.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton, TBA 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Nationals 5

Brandon Purcell (Georgia College and State University)

The Cardinals defeated the Nationals in a three-run road victory on Wednesday.  Starter Perry DellaValle pitched five innings, giving up three runs on five hits.   Ben Yokley went 2/3 inning, surrendering two unearned runs.  Chris Hunt followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and was the winning pitcher.  Edgar Escobar added a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

The offense scored a run each in the second and third innings.  It began with an RBI single by Brandon Purcell.  In the third, a run crossed the plate on a wild pitch.  Purcell singled in a third run in the sixth.  The offense put up a crooked number in the seventh, sending five runs across the plate.  Victor Garcia plated two on a single.  Liam Sabino added an RBI double. Purcell drove in his third and fourth runs of the game on his third single.  Purcell went 3-for-5.  Garcia was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Luken Baker made his professional debut, leading off and playing first base. He popped out, then walked and came around to score in his two plate appearances. Baker left the game in the middle of the fourth inning.

Cole Kreuter stole his first base of the season in his initial attempt. Sabino made a throwing error.  Purcell had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 14-6 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Angels 6 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals Blue prevailed over the Angels in the first game of the doubleheader on Wednesday, making up Tuesday’s rainout.  The Blue team scored in the third inning on a two-run triple by Carlos Soler.  Another run came home on a wild pitch.  Diowill Burgos added a solo home run in the fourth, and another run scored on a wild pitch.  In the fifth, Malcom Nunez launched a two-run home run.  Darlin Moquete added a solo home run in the sixth.  Burgos and Ramon Mendoza were both 2-for-3.  Soler was 2-for-4.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned, on eight hits.  Freddy Pacheco was the winning pitcher, after tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.   Leonardo Taveras added a scoreless seventh to earn his third save.

Ventura and Moquete committed throwing errors.


DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Angels 3 (Game 2, seven innings)

The Cardinals Blue lost a one-run contest in the second game of the twin bill on Wednesday.  Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Victor Villanueva followed with one inning, allowing one run on one hit.  Anthony Trompiz took the sixth and gave up two more runs, to earn a blown save and the loss.

The Blue offense scored in the second on Ramon Mendoza’s double, and Mendoza singled in the fourth to plate the second and final run.  Mendoza and Jean Selmo went 2-for-4.  Carlos Soler was 2-for-4.

Soler was picked off and caught stealing for the sixth time in 10 attempts.  Soler and Luis Rodriguez made throwing errors.  Rodriguez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Blue are 22-12 on the season and are in second place in the DSL South.

Thursday’s game:   vs. DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Mets2 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals Red prevailed over the Mets2 in the first game of their Wednesday doubleheader.   After falling behind 1-0, the Red offense put four runs on the board in the sixth for the winning edge.  Franklin Soto drove in two on a triple and Adanson Cruz added a two-run home run.

Starter Martin Cordova won his fourth game of the season, pitching six innings and giving up one run on six hits.  Nelson Prada added a scoreless seventh to earn his second save.

Cruz was picked off first base.  Soto and Erik Pena both made throwing errors.


DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL Mets2 9 (Game 2, seven innings)

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Mets2 in Game 2. Starter Luiz Ortiz was the loser of his second game of the season after pitching just 1 1/3 innings, giving up eight runs, six earned, on five hits.  Gabriel Contreras surrendered one run and got the final two outs of the second.  Allinson Benitez tossed 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Rodard Avelino took the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Red offense scored eight runs on seven hits.  The first two runs came in the first inning on a throwing error and Adanson Cruz’ double.  Cruz doubled again in the third to plate two runs.  In the sixth, Claudio Ramirez doubled in a run.  Luis Andujar added an RBI single, and another run scored on a wild pitch.  The final run of the inning came home on Franklin Soto’s single.

Player of the Day Cruz was 2-for-3 in Game 2. The 17-year old finished his day 5-for-6, including three doubles and a home run, plus a walk, a stolen base and five RBI.

Soto stole his 14th base of the season in 20 attempts.  Cruz stole his seventh base in nine attempts.  Soto made two fielding errors.  Joyser Garcia picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Red are 18-16 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Thursday’s game:   at DSL D-backs2, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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

photo: Jedd Gyorko (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

The 4-3 week by the St. Louis Cardinals was dampened by the club falling two more games in the division standings. Jedd Gyorko is swinging a hot bat. In our history feature, the NLCS results between the Cardinals and Giants are remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, July 2 – Cardinals 6 at D-backs 3

Carlos Martinez (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals defeated the Diamondbacks in the first of a three-game series in Phoenix.  Carlos Martinez started on the bump for the Redbirds and earned his fifth win of the season.  The right hander pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits.  He struck out seven and walked two.   Mike Mayers followed with a scoreless seventh.  Greg Holland took the eighth and surrendered one unearned run.  Bud Norris tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 16th save.

St. Louis’ offense put four on the board in the first inning.  Yadier Molina singed to score Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham.  Jedd Gyorko followed with a single to plate Tyler O’Neill.  Yairo Munoz doubled to right and Molina scored, but Gyorko was thrown out at home.  Molina and Gyorko hit back to back solo home runs in the sixth.

Kolten Wong made a throwing error, his third of the season.


Tuesday, July 3 – Cardinals 2 at D-backs 4

The second game of the series did not go the Cardinals’ way.  St. Louis scored two runs on seven hits, six of which were singles, with the only extra base hit a double by Jedd Gyorko.  Both runs scored in the second inning, on Yairo Munoz’ single and Kolten Wong’s sac fly.  Wong also had one of the seven base hits, along with Matt Carpenter, Jose Martinez, Yadier Molina, and Greg Garcia.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  The young right hander struck out seven and walked one.  Flaherty was tagged for his fourth loss of the season.  Sam Tuivailala and Austin Gomber combined to toss the final two scoreless innings.


Wednesday, July 4 – Cardinals 8 at D-backs 4

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals were victorious in the rubber game of the series at the D-backs.  Starter Miles Mikolas won his ninth game of the season, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on seven hits.  He struck out three and walked four.  Greg Holland started the seventh but after surrendering a walk and a single, was replaced by Jordan Hicks with no outs.  Hicks allowed both inherited runners to score, but got through the inning.  Hicks returned to pitch a scoreless eighth and Bud Norris tossed a scoreless ninth.

The offense didn’t score until the fifth inning, when Tommy Pham singled to plate Matt Carpenter.  In the seventh, Yairo Munoz hit a solo home run, Pham hit a second RBI single, and Yadier Molina launched a three-run home run to right field.  Carpenter singled, and Pham doubled to plate two more in the eighth.  Carpenter was 3-for-4 and Pham was 3-for-5.  Molina was 2-for-4 and Harrison Bader was 2-for-5.

Bader stole his eighth base of the season.  Carpenter made two throwing errors.


Thursday, July 5 – Cardinals 11 at Giants 2

Luke Weaver (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals began a four-game series in San Francisco against the Giants, and the first game went their way – in fact, it was a blowout in their favor.  In the first inning, four runs scored, the first on a ground out by Marcell Ozuna.  Jedd Gyorko added a three-run bomb to right field.  Matt Carpenter hit a solo shot in the second inning.  The Cardinals scored again in the sixth on RBI singles by Tommy Pham and Ozuna and a double by Gyorko that scored two.  The final two scores came on a two-run long ball by Harrison Bader in the seventh.    Bader and Yadier Molina both went 3-for-5.  Pham and Kolten Wong were each 2-for-5. Ozuna was 2-for-4 and Gyorko was 3-for-4.

Luke Weaver started for the Redbirds and he went eight strong innings, giving up two runs on two hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked none.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless ninth.


Friday, July 6 – Cardinals 2 at Giants 3

The Cardinals were the losers in the second game of the series in San Francisco.  Starter John Gant pitched six innings and gave two runs on five hits.  John Brebbia surrendered a run in the seventh.  Sam Tuivailala tossed a scoreless eighth.  Brebbia took the loss.

The offense scored two runs on five hits.  Kolten Wong drove in both, on a double in the second inning and on a triple in the seventh.  He was 2-for-3.  Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-4.


Saturday, July 7 – Cardinals 3 at Giants 2

The Cardinals turned the tables on the Giants, winning by the same 3-2 score.  Carlos Martinez helped himself with the bat by driving in the first run on a double in the third inning.  In the fourth, Dexter Fowler plated a run on a sac fly and Francisco Pena drove in another run of the inning on a single.  Kolten Wong went 2-for-4.

Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up one run on six hits while fanning three and walking one.  Jordan Hicks surrendered a run in the eighth.  Bud Norris added a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save.

Wong stole his third base of the season.  Pena made a throwing error.


Sunday, July 8 – Cardinals 8 at Giants 13

The Cardinals had to settle for a series split, as they were defeated in a slugfest.  Jack Flaherty had a bad day, pitching only 2 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks.  Mike Mayers relieved in the third and got the next two batters out to end the inning.  Mayers returned to pitch a scoreless fourth.  John Brebbia surrendered three runs on four hits in the fifth inning.  Greg Holland did even worse by giving up five runs on four hits in the sixth.  Brett Cecil entered with two outs in the fifth and got Hunter Pence to fly out on the first pitch.  Cecil returned to pitch a scoreless seventh.  Sam Tuivailala gave up two runs, one earned, in the ninth.  Brebbia took the loss.

St. Louis’ offense scored first on a solo home run in the second inning from Yairo Munoz.  Munoz drove in two on a single in the fourth.  In the fifth, Jose Martinez plated a run on a single.  Marcell Ozuna hit a sac fly in the seventh to bring a run home.  Matt Carpenter hit a three-run home run in the eighth that left the park and splashed into McCovey Cove.  That was the end of the Cardinals scoring.  Munoz was on base four times, going 2-for-2 plus two walks.  Martinez was 3-for-5 and Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-5.

Harrison Bader stole his ninth and Yairo Munoz stole his fourth base of the season, respectively.  Paul DeJong committed two fielding errors.


Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 4-3, winning the series at the D-backs and splitting the series at the Giants.

Despite a positive won-loss record for the week, the Cardinals fell further behind the Brewers and the Cubs in the Division standings, from 5.5 games back this time last week to 7.5 games today, equidistant to last and first.

This is because both the Brewers and the Cubs have put together sustained winning streaks and the Cardinals have not.  In the last 10 games, the Brewers are 7-3, the Cubs are 8-2, but the Cardinals are 4-6.  The Cardinals win one, lose one, and so forth, and have been unable to take consecutive series for more than two months now.

In each game, the issues are something different.  One day it is lack of offense, the next day the starting pitching falters, or both the offense and pitching falters.  The defense continues to look good one day and terrible the next.  The inconsistencies of this team are glaring.

Off field problems also surfaced with reported issues between Dexter Fowler and management.  This may or may not be showing on the field.  It is unclear if/how this controversy has affected the rest of the clubhouse.  Fowler started once during the four-game Giants series.  He continues to struggle at the plate, but with little playing time it is difficult to mitigate those struggles.  Harrison Bader has played well in right field and is getting the majority of the playing time there.

St. Louis will face the White Sox and the Reds in this last week of play before the All Star break.  The Cardinals have played well against both teams.  A solid showing will be crucial.  St. Louis will then play eight games with the Cubs within the first 11 days after the break.  The Cardinals must emerge then.


Standings

NL Central Standings W L Pct                 GB
Milwaukee 54 36 0.600
Chicago 51 36 0.586 1.5
St. Louis 46 43 0.517 7.5
Pittsburgh 41 48 0.461 12.5
Cincinnati 39 51 0.433 15

 


Who’s Hot

Jedd Gyorko (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Jedd Gyorko has an OPS of 1.364. He has two HRs, one triple, two doubles and seven RBI.
  • Yadier Molina has an OPS of 1.028. He has two HRs and six RBI.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of .978. He has one HR, two doubles, and two RBI.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .988. He has one triple, two doubles, and three RBI.
  • Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 2.08 and a WHIP of 1.08.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 0.25.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.43.

Who’s Not

  • Over the past seven games (does not contain recent Sunday games):
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .316.
  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of .379.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 10.80 and a WHIP of 1.80.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 3.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham.
  • The number three hitter has been Jose Martinez for four games, Yadier Molina for two games, and Tyler O’Neill for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Molina for three games, Jedd Gyorko or three games, and Paul DeJong for one game.
  • The sixth hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for three games, Yairo Munoz, DeJong, Dexter Fowler, and Harrison Bader for one game each.
  • The seventh hitter has been Kolten Wong for four games, Munoz for two games, and Bader for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been Wong for two games, Bader for two games, Munoz for two games, and Pena for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 7/2 The Cardinals placed OF Dexter Fowler on the paternity list.
  • 7/2 The Cardinals recalled OF Tyler O’Neill from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals activated OF Dexter Fowler from the paternity list.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals placed OF Tyler O’Neill on the 10 day disabled list. Left groin strain.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals optioned RHP Matt Bowman to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/5 The Cardinals acquired LHP Elniery Garcia from the Philadelphia Phillies for cash considerations.
  • 7/6 The Cardinals activated SS Paul DeJong from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 7/6 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 7/6 The Cardinals sent LHP Tyler Lyons on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/6 The Cardinals optioned LHP Austin Gomber to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone was expected to begin a throwing program the week of July 2.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. The right hander was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL.  Reyes is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. Wainwright was expected to begin a throwing program the week of July 2.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement, knee surgery for torn meniscus) was sent on a rehab assignment and is expected to return to the roster soon.
  • RHP Matt Bowman (blisters on right middle finger) was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on June 29. Bowman was activated from the 10 day DL on July 5 and optioned to Memphis the same day.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (left elbow sprain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to June 6. Lyons was sent on rehab assignment to Memphis on July 6.
  • RHP Michael Wacha (left oblique strain) was placed on the 10 day DL on June 21. The pitcher will be reevaluated in mid-July.
  • Tyler O’Neill (left groin strain) was placed on the 10 day DL on July 5. No timetable for his return has been set.
  • Yadier Molina (right shoulder discomfort) missed Saturday and Sunday’s games against the Giant. Molina is considered day to day.
  • Tommy Pham appeared to injure an ankle on a foul ball in Sunday’s game against the Giants and was removed from the game. It was announced the injury was a left ankle contusion.  No further information is available.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day on Monday following the weekend series in San Francisco.  The Cardinals travel to Chicago for a two game interleague series against the White Sox.  Miles Mikolas will make the Tuesday start followed by Luke Weaver on Wednesday.

St Louis will have a second off day on Thursday and return home for a weekend series against the Reds. No starters have been announced for that series but will likely be John Gant, Carlos Martinez and Jack Flaherty.

The All-Star Break begins on Monday following the Reds series.  The Cardinals will travel to Chicago to begin a five game series with the Cubs on Thursday.  The teams will play a doubleheader on Saturday to make up a previously rained out game from April.

Following the series in Chicago the Cardinals travel to Cincinnati for a three game series with the Reds.  After an off day on Thursday, the team returns to St. Louis for a weekend series with the Cubs.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

In the prior two history segments, the author reminisced about postseason contests with the Phillies and the Braves.  This past week the Cardinals played a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants, a team the Cardinals have seen in the postseason numerous times.

What is unique about the Cardinals versus Giants in postseason is that neither team has played the other in a World Series or a Division Series.  Both teams have met in four NLCS, in 1987, 2002, 2012, and 2014.  The Cardinals won only the first of those series.  That year the team went to the World Series and was defeated by the Minnesota Twins.

The 1987 NLCS was won by the Cardinals in seven games.  The most memorable thing about that series at least to this author, was the performance of Giants outfielder Jeffrey Leonard.  Despite the fact that the Giants lost the series, Leonard was named the Series MVP.  Leonard would be the last Series MVP to come from the losing team.  Leonard was also known as “one flap down” for his ritual of running the bases on home runs with one arm pinned to his side.  During the NLCS, the action did not set too well with Cardinals players, especially pitchers who felt they were being shown up.  As a result, Bob Forsch hit Leonard in the back with a fastball in the fifth inning of Game 3.  This author particularly disliked Leonard, as did many Cardinals fans during that period.

The Cardinals lost the 2002 NLCS to the Giants five games.  The Cardinals had come to the NLCS having defeated the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.  Ironically, the Cardinals’ four game series this past week was preceded by a three-game series against the Arizona.  The 2002 NLCS was not particularly memorable for Cardinals fans, as the club won only once.  The year 2002 was not kind to the Cardinals due to the deaths that year of well-loved broadcaster Jack Buck, and the unexpected death of pitcher Darryl Kile.  The Giants dropped the World Series that year to the Angels.

The Cardinals met the Giants again in the NLCS of 2012.  It was the first time in MLB history since the creation the NLCS in 1969 that the World Series champions of the previous two years met each in the NLCS.  The Giants had won the World Series in 2010, and the Cardinals in 2011.  This meeting would be a huge disappointment for the Cardinals, as they were leading the series 3-1, but completely collapsed in the final three games, scoring only one run.  The Giants went on to win the World Series.

The most recent NLCS between the Cardinals and the Giants was in 2014.  That series is forever entrenched in the mind of Cardinals fans because of what happened in Game 5. St. Louis led 3-2 until the eighth inning when the Giants tied it.  In the bottom of the ninth, manager Mike Matheny brought in Michael Wacha, who had missed a significant portion of the season due to injury.  He had come off the disabled list in September but had not pitched in 20 days.   Closer Trevor Rosenthal was available, but the manager chose Wacha instead.  Wacha put two runners on and then gave up a three-run home run to Travis Ishikawa.  The season was over for the Cardinals.  For the third time in five years, San Francisco went on to win the World Series.

The Cardinals have played the Giants more times in the NLCS than any other team.  Should the two teams meet again in that series in the future, all of Cardinal Nation would surely wish for a repeat of the outcome of 1987.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 8, 2018

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 7-3 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Johnson City center fielder Jonatan Machado, who went 2-for-5 with three RBI in the win over Pulaski.

Results for games played Saturday, July 7.


Memphis 3, Omaha 2

Chris Ellis (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds edged the Storm Chasers in a one run victory on Saturday.  All three Memphis runs were scored in the second inning.  Patrick Wisdom and Carson Kelly hit back to back singles to start the inning.  Oscar Mercado then followed with a double to center to score Wisdom.  After Adolis Garcia struck out, Alex Mejia hit a line drive single to center to plate Kelly and Mercado.  Kelly went 3-for-4 in the game.  Mejia was 2-for-3.

Memphis starter Chris Ellis earned his second win of the season.  Ellis pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  Connor Greene pitched a scoreless seventh.  Tommy Layne and Edward Mujica combined for the final two scoreless innings.  Mujica earned his eighth save.

Mejia stole his fifth base and was caught stealing for the second time in seven attempts.  Max Schrock made a fielding error.

The Redbirds are 55-34 and are in first place in the PCL Southern.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Omaha, Dakota Hudson (12-2, 2.33) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 5, Midland 4 (10 innings)

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Rock Hounds in extra innings on Saturday.  Sam Tewes was the starting pitcher and he pitched seven innings, giving up one run on six hits.  Tewes struck out four and walked one.  Estarlin Arias started the eighth and gave up two doubles and a walk that resulted in one run.  With two outs in the inning, Arias was replaced by Yeison Medina who got the final out of the inning.  Medina returned for the ninth and gave up a double, a single and a walk for one run.  With one out Medina was replaced by Will Latcham.  Latcham allowed an inherited runner to score but got the final two outs.  Latcham was charged with the blown save but returned to pitch the tenth, allowed no runs and got the win.

Lane Thomas hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Cardinals on the board.  In the third inning Jeremy Martinez doubled and Luke Dyskstra singled. Ramon Urias then hit a three run home run to left field.  The Cardinals were up 4-0 but Midland battled back to tie it up in the ninth and send the game into extra innings.  In the tenth, Martinez singled to plate the winning run.

Urias was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.

The Cardinals are 37-49 overall, 4-12 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Midland, Connor Jones (4-3,, 4.43) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Florida 2

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by Florida on Saturday. The offense managed three hits, one a double by Brian O’Keefe, which was the only extra base hit.  O’Keefe also singled to end the game 2-for-4.

Palm Beach starter Diego Cordero pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on four hits.  Cordero was tagged with his first loss.  Junior Fernandez pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Eric Carter surrendered one run in the ninth.

Kramer Robertson made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 46-34 overall, 7-9 in the second half to place them tied for second place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Florida, Evan Guillory (1-1, 9.64) 12:00 CT.


Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 7

Wood Myers (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs were the losers to the Timber Rattlers in a Saturday contest.  Franyel Casadilla started for the Chiefs and pitched four innings, giving up seven runs on nine hits.  Levi MaVorhis followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  C.J. Saylor and Fabian Blanco combined for the final two scoreless innings of relief.

After the Chiefs fell behind 4-0 in the second inning, Elehuris Montero led off the fourth with a solo home run to put the Chiefs on the board.  Montero doubled in another run in the sixth.  A ninth inning rally put three more on the board but it wasn’t enough.  Bryce Denton led off with a solo home run.  Wood Myers later hit a two run shot to left.  Montero grounded out to end the inning.  Montero and Myers were both 2-for-5.  Nick Plummer, Yariel Gonzalez and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-4.

The Chiefs are 48-37 overall, 9-6 in the second half, and are tied for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Johan Oveido (3-7, 5.94) 1:05 CT.


State College 7 at Batavia 4

Brady Whalen (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes defeated the Batavia Muckdogs on Saturday.  State College got on the board first with two runs in the fourth.  Those runs were provided by a Brady Whalen two run home run.  The Spikes added four runs in the seventh. Imeldo Diaz and Matt Duce hit back to back singles.  Andres Luna was hit by a pitch.  Nick Dunn walked and Diaz scored.  Duce scored when Justin Toerner reached on fielding error. With the bases loaded, Brady Whalen walked and Luna scored.  Stanley Espinal then hit a sac fly to plate Dunn.  In the ninth, Toerner hit a solo home run for the seventh Spikes run.

Chris Holba was the State College starter.  Holba pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits.  Troy Montemayor followed with 1 1/3 innings of relief, giving up two unearned runs.  Montemayor was the winning pitcher.  Edgar Gonzalez pitched two scoreless innings and Kevin Hamann pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.

Espinal and Diaz made throwing errors.

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

Sunday’s game:  at Batavia, Angel Rondon (0-3, 3.13) 12:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Pulaski 3

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were victorious at home against the Pulaski Yankees on Saturday.  Oneiver Diaz was the starting pitcher, and he pitched two innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  Jacob Sylvester followed with 2 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits.  Sylvester was the winning pitcher.  Parker Kelly (brother of Carson Kelly) pitched two scoreless innings.  Junior Gonzalez and Colin Schmid combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The Cardinal bats put up four runs in the second inning. Nolan Gorman led off with a walk.  Kevin Woodall and Zach Jackson also walked.  Carlos Soto then singled to score Gorman and Woodall.  Donivan Williams singled to score Jackson.  Soto later scored on a Leandro Cedeno walk.  In the second, Jonatan Machado plated two runs on a single.  Machado later hit an RBI single in the fifth to drive in the Cardinals’ seventh run.

Michael Perri made a fielding error.  Woodall had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 8-8 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

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


GCL Cardinal 2, GCL Mets 6 (seven innings, Game 1 DH)

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

In the first game of a doubleheader, the Cardinals lost to the Mets 6-2.  The Cardinals scored both their runs in the first inning.  Diomedes Del Rio led off with a double, then advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Josh Shaw hit a sac fly that scored Del Rio.  Andrew Warner followed with a solo home run.

Wilfredo Pereira was the starter and the losing pitcher.  Pereira pitched five innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits.   Chris Rivera pitched the final two innings and surrendered an additional run.

William Jimenez was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  Kevin Vargas and Mateo Gil made throwing errors. Pereira and catcher Brandon Purcell both made errors on pickoff attempts.  Jimenez had an outfield assist.


GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Mets 2 (seven innings, Game 2 DH)

Zach Gahagan (North Carolina)

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals beat the Mets 7-2.  Francisco Justo pitched to the first batter in the game, who flied out.  Justo was then replaced by Chris Hunt, who pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits.  Hunt was the winning pitcher.  Wilberto Rivera started the fifth and gave up one run, then was replaced with two outs by Ty Cohen, who got the final out of the inning.  Cohen went on to pitch a scoreless sixth.  Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Cardinals scored all seven of their runs in the first two innings of the game.  In the first inning Zach Gahagan hit a three run home run.  In the second, Joe Freiday scored on a Cole Kreuter sac fly, then Brandon Benson hit a two run home run, and Josh Shaw followed with a solo home run.

The Cardinals are 12-5 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Blue 16, DSL Phillies Red 1

The Cardinals Blue put a whooping on the Phillies Red on Saturday.  The scoring began in the second inning with a run on a wild pitch and then a Pablo Gomez double to score Freddy De Jesus.  A six run inning in the fourth started with a Gomez RBI two run triple, followed by a Jose Zapata RBI single, a Jean Selmo two run double, and a fielding error run on a ball in play by De Jesus.  In the sixth, Selmo single followed by De Jesus double and then a Leudy Pena ground out put one more run on the board.  The seventh inning brought another crooked number, seven runs in all.  They came on a Malcom Nunez single, a two run double by De Jesus, a wild pitch, a two run single by Zapata and a Darlin Moquete single.  Selmo went 4-for-5 with two RBI and four runs scored.  Nunez and Zapata were both 2-for-4.  Gomez was 3-for-4 and De Jesus was 3-for-6.

The Blue pitching staff kept the Phillies Red off the board until the ninth inning.  It started with five scoreless innings from Hector Soto, who earned his fourth win.  Derek Diaz, Saniel Santana, and Angel Ortega each pitched a scoreless inning. It was Leonardo Taveras in the ninth who gave up the only Phillies run.

Soler stole a base and was also caught stealing.  It was Soler’s fourth stolen base and fifth caught stealing.  De Jesus made two fielding errors and Gomez made one fielding error.  Soto picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Blue are 21-10 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 9 at DSL Phillies White 4

The Cardinals Red defeated the Phillies White on Saturday.  Miguel Maiz was the starting hurler for the Red team and he pitched three innings in which he gave up one run on two hits.  Maiz was replaced by Augusto Calderon, who also surrendered a run and pitched one inning of relief.  The next pitcher, and the winning pitcher, was Dionys Rodriguez, who pitched two scoreless innings for the Red team.  Roy Garcia took the mound next and he allowed two unearned runs in two innings pitched.  Nelson Prada was the final pitcher and he pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Red offense scored nine runs on 11 hits.  In the first inning Cristhian Longa hit a double to center field that plated Franklin Soto, who had reached on a fielder’s choice.  Longa scored when Francisco Hernandez hit a sac fly to left field.  Three runs were put on the board in the third inning, when Joerlin De Los Santos led off with a single and Soto doubled him home.   Luis Montano tripled and Soto came home, then Montano scored on an Alexander Samuel single.  Hernandez hit a solo home run in the fifth.   In the sixth, back to back wild pitches with Soto at the plate scored two.  Soto scored the final run in the eighth on a Montano single.  Hernandez and Samuel were both 2-for-4.  Soto and Montano were both 2-for-3.

De Los Santos stole his 16th base in 18 attempts.  Soto stole two bases in the game for his 10th and 11th stolen bases in 17 attempts.  Pitcher Garcia made an error on a pickoff throw.

The Cardinals Red are 17-14 on the season and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 7, 2018

photo: Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Lane Thomas, who was 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI in Springfield’s win over Frisco.

Results for games played Friday, July 6.


Memphis 4, Omaha 2

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

At AutoZone Park, the Redbirds were victorious over the Storm Chasers of Omaha on Friday.  Starter Daniel Poncedeleon won his eighth game of the season, after pitching six innings and giving up one unearned run on two hits.  The PCL All-Star struck out seven and walked three.  Matt Bowman, rehabber Tyler Lyons and Andrew Morales each added a scoreless inning, with Morales earning his second save.

The Redbirds offense put two runs on the board in the second inning on Max Schrock’s ground out and Wilfredo Tovar’s single.  Memphis added another run in the third on a Carson Kelly single.  Adolis Garcia’s solo home run in the sixth was the final Redbird run.  Garcia went 3-for-4. Kelly and Tovar were each 2-for-4.

Oscar Mercado stole his 22nd base in 30 attempts.  Kelly made a throwing error and Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 54-34 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Omaha, Chris Ellis (1-0, 4.26) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 9, Frisco 8

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated Frisco on Friday on a late-inning rally in front of the home crowd.  Neither team scored until the fourth inning, when Frisco put up three runs and the Cardinals answered with three, via Lane Thomas’ three-run home run.  Springfield added four more in the sixth to come within one run of the RoughRiders.  Thomas singled in one and Evan Mendoza doubled in another.  Johan Mieses singled to plate a third run, and the fourth run scored on a hit by pitch of Ramon Urias.  The Cardinals added two in the eighth to take the lead and the win when Mieses hit a two-run home run.  Thomas went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Mieses was 2-for-4, Tommy Edman was 2-for-5.

Starter Austin Warner pitched five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.  Warner struck out six and walked three.  Ramon Santos allowed two runs in one inning of relief.  Yeison Medina, Luke Gregerson, and Will Latcham each pitched a scoreless inning.  Gregerson was the winning pitcher, Latcham picked up his first Double-A save.

Blake Drake committed a throwing error and Andrew Knizner had a passed ball.  Mieses had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 36-49 overall, 3-12 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Midland, Sam Tewes (0-2, 6.75) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 5, Florida 6

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach suffered a one-run home defeat to Florida on Friday.

The Cardinals scored first with a run in both the second and third innings, when Brian O’Keefe singled one in and the other scored on a force out.  In the fourth, Danny Hudzina singled in a run, and a Kramer Robertson double play ground out plated a second run in the inning.  The fifth and final Palm Beach run came on Dylan Carlson’s single in the seventh.  O’Keefe and Carlson were both 2-for-5.  Andy Young was 2-for-4.

Starter Casey Meisner pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  Meisner struck out eight and walked two.  Jacob Patterson added two innings of relief, surrendered two runs and was charged with a blown save.  Robbie Gordon took the final two innings and allowed two more.  Gordon was also charged with a blown save and took the loss.

Chase Pinder was picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 46-33 overall and 7-8 in the second half to put them tied for second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Florida, Diego Cordero (0-0, 3.00) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 1

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs edged the Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin on Friday.  Starter Alex Fagalde pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits while fanning five and walking one.  Bryan Dobzanski and Kodi Whatley each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Whitley earned his third save of the season.

The Chiefs offense scored one run in both the first and second innings.  After Irving Lopez doubled to lead off the game, Rayder Ascanio drove him in on a bunt single.  The other run scored on a wild pitch.  Lopez had the only extra base hit for the Chiefs.

Nick Plummer stole his eighth base in 11 attempts.  Ascanio was caught stealing for the third time in five tries.

The Chiefs are 48-36 overall and are 9-5 in the second half for second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 10.13) 6:35 CT.


State College 2 at Auburn 4

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes fell behind early and could not catch up, leading to a Friday defeat at the home of the Auburn Doubledays on Friday.  Imeldo Diaz’ a solo home run in the fifth scored the first Spikes run.  The other came in the final frame on Nick Dunn’s single.  No Spike had multiple hits.

ake Dahlberg suffered his first loss of the season despite making a quality start.  Dahlberg pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  Gabe Gentner followed with two innings of relief and surrendered one additional run.

Stanley Espinal made a throwing error.

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

Saturday’s game:  at Batavia, Chris Holba (1-1, 2.35) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Bristol (postponed)

The Cardinals’ Friday game at the Bristol Pirates was postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, August 6 when Johnson City returns to Boyce Cox Field.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Pulaski, TBA 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 14, GCL Nationals 7 (seven innings)

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

The Cardinals overwhelmed the Nationals in a rain-shortened game on Friday.

The Gulf Birds scored in bunches in three innings.  In the first, the Cardinals put up four runs.  The first run came on Josh Shaw’s double and he came in on a walk by Raffy Ozuna.  Joe Freiday plated a run on a sac fly.  Kevin Vargas drew a bases-loaded walk that scored the fourth run.  In the second inning, Victor Garcia hit a two run single.  The third run in the inning came home on Freiday’s ground out.

The offense put up six more runs in the fifth. Two scored on hit by pitches.  Andrew Warner added a three-run double.  Zach Gahagan’s sac fly plated another.  The Cardinals added a final run in the seventh on a passed ball.  Warner went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored.  Shaw and Garcia were both 2-for-3.

Starter Brian Pirela pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two for his second win.  Jose Geronimo went the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs.

Vargas made a fielding error and Gahagan had a missed catch error.

The Cardinals are 11-4 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s games:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA/TBA 9:00 am CT. (doubleheader)


DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Twins 11

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a high-scoring contest on Friday, the Cardinals Blue squeaked by the Twins.  The Blue team scored eight of their 12 runs in the first two innings.  The first inning featured Malcom Nunez’ RBI double, and a three-run triple by Leudy Pena.  The offense put up four more runs in the second on a Nunez fielder’s choice, Jean Selmo’s double, and a throwing error that allowed two runs to score.  In the sixth, a wild pitch brought a run home.  Selmo added a two-run home run in the seventh.  The winning run was driven in on Pena’s single in the ninth.  Selmo went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored.  Carlos Soler was also 3-for-4.  Nunez and Pena were 2-for-5.  Darlin Moquete was 2-for-4.

Blue starter Angel Cuenca pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned on eight hits.  Anthony Trompiz followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.   Luis Tena took the seventh and allowed three runs, two earned and took a blown save.  Freddy Pacheco pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs.  He was also charged with a blown save, but also got the win.

Sander Mora stole his seventh base in nine attempts.  Soler was caught stealing for the fourth time in seven tries.  Moquete was caught stealing for the second time in seven attempts.  Mora and Freddy DeJesus each committed fielding errors.

The Cardinals Blue are 20-10 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red, TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL Cubs2 8

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Cubs2 on Friday.  Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on seven hits.   Gabriel Contreras followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered three additional runs.  Rodard Avelino was the losing pitcher, he took the eighth, and started the ninth.  Avelino gave up one run and left with no outs and two men on.   Jhon Victorino gave up the double that scored the walk off run, which was charged to Avelino.

The Red team got on the board in the first inning on a single by Luis Montano.  Yowelfy Rosario hit a solo home run in the third.  Francisco Hernandez plated a run on a double in the sixth.   In the seventh, two runs came home on walks by Cristhian Longa and Montano.   A Rosario triple and a Longa single scored the final two runs in the ninth.  Longa went 3-for-4 and Rosario was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Montano, Hernandez, and Joyser Garcia were each 2-for-4.

Hernandez had a missed catch error.  Longa committed both a throwing and a fielding error.  Adanson Cruz had an outfield assist.  Garcia picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Red are 16-14 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 25-July 1

photo: Matt Carpenter (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

A 2-4 week at home by the St. Louis Cardinals dropped the club’s overall record to 42-40 as the mathematical second half is underway. Matt Carpenter has emerged from his early-season slump. In our history feature, the 1996 NLCS is remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, June 25 – Cardinals 4, Indians 0

John Gant (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals took on the Cleveland Indians in a three-game interleague series in St. Louis.  The Redbirds blanked the Indians in Game 1 behind excellent pitching by John Gant.  Gant replaced Michael Wacha in the rotation following the latter’s oblique injury.  Gant pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only one hit.  The only blemish for the right hander was five walks to go along with four strikeouts.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless eighth.  Austin Gomber began the ninth, but after giving up two hits, he was replaced with no outs by Bud Norris.  Norris tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his 15th save.

Marcell Ozuna doubled in two in the third to put the Cardinals on the board.  In the sixth, Kolten Wong drove in Dexter Fowler on a double.  Finally, in the eighth, an RBI single by Harrison Bader plated the fourth and final run.  Bader and Ozuna were both 2-for-4. Matt Carpenter was 3-for-4.

Bader stole his seventh base of the season.


Tuesday, June 26 – Cardinals 11, Indians 2

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals shelled Indians pitching in Game 2 of the series.  Indians ace Corey Kluber had a terrible night, as the Cardinals knocked him around for six runs in less than two innings.  Matt Carpenter’s solo home run in the first inning opened the scoring.  In the second, Carlos Martinez helped himself by plating Yairo Munoz on a sac fly.  Carpenter then drove in Harrison Bader on a single.  Jose Martinez followed with a three-run blast to left center field to bring the score to 6-2.  Kolten Wong added a two run home run in the third.  Yadier Molina’s sac fly in the fourth scored Carpenter.  Carpenter crossed the plate again in the sixth on Marcell Ozuna’s single.  Finally, Carpenter homered again in the eighth, a solo shot.  Carpenter went 5-for-5 with three RBI and five runs scored.  Martinez and Wong were 2-for-4.  Ozuna was 2-for-5.

Carlos Martinez won his fourth game, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked one.  Brett Cecil, Greg Holland, and Mike Mayers each added a scoreless inning of relief.


Wednesday, June 27 – Cardinals 1, Indians 5

The Cardinals were unable to complete the sweep, falling to the Indians 5-1 in the third game of the series.  Jack Flaherty was a little flat following his excellent start against the Brewers.  Flaherty pitched only four innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five, walked two and suffered his third loss of the season.  Austin Gomber surrendered one run in two innings pitched.  Sam Tuivailala added two scoreless innings, and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth.

St. Louis’ offense managed only one run in the third inning on a RBI single by Jose Martinez.  Martinez went 2-for-4 as the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  The only extra base hit was a Matt Carpenter double.

Tommy Pham made a fielding error in center.


Thursday, Jun 28 – Off day


Friday, June 29 – Cardinals 1, Braves 5

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals ended the homestand with three games against the Braves, who are in first place in the NL East.  The Redbirds were unable to carry the momentum of the two wins against the Indians into this series, and were swept.

In the opener, Miles Mikolas pitched well but was unsupported by his offense and let down by his defense.  Mikolas went 6 1/3 innings and gave up one run on seven hits.  The right hander struck out only one and walked one.  Austin Gomber relieved Mikolas in the seventh with the bases loaded and hit Ender Inciarte with a curve ball on the helmet on his first pitch to bring in a run.  Mike Mayers came in to get the final two outs without damage.  In the eighth, Jordan Hicks did not pitch well, allowing three runs to score while only getting one out.  Greg Holland finished the inning.  Brett Cecil pitched the ninth and surrendered an unearned run.  Mikolas took the loss, his third.

St. Louis’ offense was stymied until the ninth inning, when they scored their lone run.  Kolten Wong grounded into a force out to plate Marcell Ozuna.  The team was held to four hits, with the only extra base hit a double by Harrison Bader.

The Cardinals defense committed three throwing errors, by Greg Garcia, Bader, and Cecil.


Saturday, June 30 – Cardinals 4, Braves 11

If Friday’s game wasn’t bad enough, Saturday’s contest was worse.  Luke Weaver started but didn’t make it past 4 2/3 innings.  Weaver gave up eight runs on 10 hits and took his seventh loss of the season.  John Brebbia allowed two more runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless seventh, Austin Gomber redeemed himself with a run-free eighth, and Bud Norris surrendered a run in the ninth.

The offense scored all four of its runs in the ninth, after being stymied again by Braves for a majority of the night.  Jose Martinez began the with a solo home run.  Jedd Gyorko plated Dexter Fowler on a sac fly.  Harrison Bader doubled to drive in Francisco Pena.  Yairo Munoz brought Bader home on a double.  Bader went 2-for-3.

Tommy Pham made his second fielding error of the week.


Sunday, July 1 – Cardinals 5, Braves 6

The Braves took out the brooms on the Cardinals in the final game of the weekend series, St. Louis’ fourth consecutive loss.  Offense again didn’t come until the later innings, after the Braves had already taken a 6-0 lead.  The five runs the Cardinals put on the board in the seventh inning was too little, too late.  Francisco Pena singled to score Jedd Gyorko and and Kolten Wong. Tommy Pham’s three run home run to center field completed the five-run burst.  Pham was 2-for-4 in the game, a welcome relief after an 0-for-31 slump.

John Gant did not pitch as well as he did against the Indians earlier in the week.  The right hander went 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on four hits.  Gant struck out two and walked three and was tagged with the loss.  Mike Mayers struggled in relief, allowing two additional runs in the sixth.  Greg Holland pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jordan Hicks handled the eighth and ninth in scoreless fashion.

Kolten Wong stole his second base of the season.


Big Picture

The Cardinals began the week with two wins against the Indians to extend the winning streak to four games.  A loss in the third game of the series led into a three-game series sweep by the Braves.  The team ended the week 2-4 to bring their season record to 42-40.

Offense continues to be the major issue, with defense a close second.  While the Cardinals scored plenty in the first two games, the offense fell off significantly over the last four, especially in the Braves series, when the offense was virtually nonexistent until late in the game when it was too late.  The defense made five errors this week, this time spread across the infield, outfield, and pitching.

Luke Weaver continues to struggle, but overall the starting pitching has been fine and the bullpen has been good.  The Cardinals can’t seem to sustain anything for long, and the hitters have not been consistent enough.

The Cardinals continue a tough schedule with seven games on the road with the Diamondbacks and Giants, and two games in Chicago against a poor White Sox team which the Cardinals swept earlier in the season in St. Louis.  The team desperately needs to win all three series to even hope of gaining significant ground before the break, as both the Brewers and the Cubs are playing well, while the Cards have not won two consecutive series in two months.


NL Central Standings

W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 48 35 0.578
Chicago 47 35 0.573 0.5
St. Louis 42 40 0.512 5.5
Pittsburgh 40 43 0.482 8
Cincinnati 36 48 0.429 12.5

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Who’s Hot

  • Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):
  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of 1.625. He has two HRs, three doubles, and five RBI.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of 1.179. He has two doubles and three RBI.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .920. He has three HRs and eight RBI.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .808. He has one HR, one double, and four RBI.
  • Dexter Fowler has an OPS of .819. He has two doubles.
  • Miles Mikolas has an ERA of 1.42 and a WHIP of 1.26.
  • John Gant has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.86.
  • Greg Holland has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.75.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.50.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.50.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Jedd Gyorko has an OPS of .000.
  • Tommy Pham has an OPS of .176.
  • Yadier Molina has an OPS of .477.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 8.71 and a WHIP of 1.84.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 20.25 and a WHIP of 3.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham for three games and Greg Garcia for three games.
  • The number three hitter has been Jose Martinez.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Yadier Molina.
  • The sixth hitter has been Dexter Fowler for two games, Jedd Gyorko, Yairo Munoz, Pham, and Garcia for one game each.
  • The seventh hitter has been Harrison Bader for four games, Fowler and Kolten Wong for one game each.
  • The eighth hitter has been Wong for four games, and Bader and Munoz for one game each.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 6/29 The Cardinals transferred RHP Alex Reyes from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list. Right lat strain.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals sent RHP Matt Bowman on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals sent SS Paul DeJong on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals claimed LHP Tyler Webb off waivers from the San Diego Padres.
  • 6/29 The Cardinals optioned LHP Tyler Webb to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 7/1 The Cardinals sent RHP Luke Gregerson on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone is expected to begin a throwing program the week of July 2.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. The right hander was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL.  Reyes is expected to be out for the remainder of the season.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. Wainwright is expected to begin a throwing program the week of July 2.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement, knee surgery for torn meniscus) was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on July 1.
  • SS Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) continues to recover from hand surgery. DeJong was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on June 29.
  • RHP Matt Bowman (blisters on right middle finger) was sent on a rehab assignment to Memphis on June 29.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (left elbow sprain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to June 6. Lyons is expected to begin a rehab assignment the week of July 2.
  • RHP Michael Wacha suffered a left oblique strain during his last start on June 20. Wacha was placed on the 10-day DL on June 21.  The pitcher had an MRI as part of a second opinion and is awaiting the results.  Will be reevaluated in mid-July.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals begin a road trip on Monday with a three-game series against the Diamondbacks in Phoenix.  Carlos Martinez is scheduled to make the Monday start. Jack Flaherty will start on Tuesday, and Miles Mikolas on Wednesday.

The Cardinals leave Phoenix and travel to San Francisco to play the Giants for four.  Luke Weaver will make the Thursday start.  Probable starters for the remaining games are John Gant on Friday, Carlos Martinez on Saturday, and Jack Flaherty on Sunday.

After a travel day on Monday, the Cardinal begin a two-game interleague series in Chicago against the White Sox.  The team has another travel day on Thursday and return home to St. Louis for a weekend series with the Reds.  That will be the final series before the All-Star Break.

Post-break, the Cardinals will travel to Wrigley Field to play the Cubs in a five-game set.  One of the games is a makeup of a rained out game from April.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

The series with the Braves this week in which the Cardinals were swept is reminiscent of the 1996 post-season, when the Cardinals lost in seven games to the Braves in the NLCS.  That was a tough loss, in that the Cardinals were up 3-1 and the Braves came back to outscore the Cardinals 32-1 over the last three games.  It was the first time a team had overcome a 3-1 deficit in the NLCS, though it happened to the Cardinals again in 2012 against the Giants.

1996 was the first season under the new ownership of Bill DeWitt Jr. and the first season with new manager Tony La Russa.  The Cardinals went 88-74 in the regular season and defeated the San Diego Padres in the NLDS to advance to the NLCS with the Braves.

The Braves won the first game in Atlanta 4-2 behind winning pitcher John Smoltz.  The Cardinals came back to win Game 2 in Atlanta 8-3, then came home to St. Louis to take Game 3 by the score of 3-2, and Game 4 by the score of 4-3.  St. Louis’ winning pitchers were Todd Stottlemyre, Donovan Osborne, and Dennis Eckersley.

A grand slam by Gary Gaetti off Greg Maddux highlighted Game 2.  In Game 3, Ron Gant homered twice off Tom Glavine.  Brian Jordan’s home run in Game 4 was the winner for the Cardinals.  The Braves came back with a vengeance in Game 5 in St. Louis, knocking Stottlemyre out early, and blanking the Cardinals 14-0.

The series went back to Atlanta, and both Maddux and Glavine secured their revenge.  The Cardinals lost Game 6 by the score of 3-1.  Then came Game 7, which was a massacre in the same vein as Game 5.  Glavine held the Cardinals scoreless and the Braves went on to the World Series after beating the Cardinals 15-0 in Game 7.  The Braves would lose the World Series that year to the Yankees and go on to win only one more NL Pennant, in 1999, when they dropped the World Series again to the Yankees.

The Cardinals, on the other hand, were on the way up. They went on to win the NL Pennant in 2004, 2006, 2011, and 2013 and the World Series in two of those seasons, 2006 and 2011.  The Braves have three World Series titles, while the Cardinals have 11.  In the end, the 1996 loss to the Braves would usher in over a decade of postseason dominance for the Cardinals, while the Braves had to settle for Division titles only in the years following 1999.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 1, 2018

photos: Nolan Gorman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 on Saturday, with Memphis’ game suspended and Palm Beach postponed, both due to rain. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City third baseman Nolan Gorman. The first-round draft pick hit a pair of two-run home runs in the rookie-level Birds’ win.

Results for games played Saturday, June 30.


Memphis at Iowa – suspended

The Redbirds game in Des Moines was suspended in the fourth inning due to rain with Memphis leading 3-1.  The game will be completed on Sunday prior to the regularly scheduled game set for 1:08 CT.

Sunday’s games:  at Iowa, TBD (completion of suspended game), Daniel Poncedeleon (6-3, 2.75) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 1 at Frisco 5

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

A lackluster offensive performance by the Cardinals led to another defeat in Frisco on Saturday.  The offense managed only one run on five hits.  The lone run came in the seventh when Chris Chinea singled, Johan Mieses doubled, and Ramon Urias plated Chinea on a sac fly.  Chinea was 3-for-4.

Springfield starter Anthony Shew pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on 10 hits.  Jason Zgardowski followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Shew took the loss.

The Cardinals are 34-45 overall, 1-8 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Midland, Austin Warner (0-1, 9.00) 4:00 CT.


Palm Beach at Jupiter – postponed

Palm Beach’s Saturday night contest at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to rain and will be played on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.

Sunday’s games:  at Jupiter, TBA 11:00 am CT (Game 1), TBA (Game 2)


Peoria 4 at Beloit 6

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs could not hold onto a lead against the Snappers on Saturday.  The offense pulled ahead with three runs in the third inning on a two-run RBI single by Yariel Gonzalez and Bryce Denton’s RBI ground out.  Gonzalez added a sac fly in the fifth.  Denton and Rayder Ascanio were both 3-for-5.  Gonzalez and Elehuris Montero were each 2-for-4.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched five innings and gave up two runs on eight hits.  Zach Prendergast surrendered two runs in two innings pitched and was charged with the blown save.  Bryan Dobzanski also allowed two runs in the eighth and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 46-34 overall, 7-2 in the second half, and are tied for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Beloit, Jesus Cruz (1-1, 1.64) 2:00 CT.


State College 9 at Williamsport 7

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes came back to edge the Crosscutters in Williamsport on Saturday.  The turn came in the eighth when the Spikes put up five runs to take the lead.  The first three State College runs came in the third, when Edwin Figuera singled, followed by walks by Brady Whalen and Wood Myers.  Figuera scored on a wild pitch.  Stanley Espinal singled to plate Whalen and Myers.  Espinal drove Myers in again in the fifth on a single.

The eighth inning burst started with Nick Dunn’s walk and Lars Nootbaar’s single. Figuera was hit by a pitch to load the bases.  Wadye Ynfante walked to score Dunn, Whalen singled to plate Nootbaar and Figuera.  Espinal was intentionally walked, then Delvin Perez reached on a force attempt, and a missed catch error resulted in Ynfante and Whalen scoring.  Nootbaar went 2-for-6.  Espinal was 3-for-4 with three RBI and Perez was 2-for-4.

Jake Dahlberg pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.  Troy Montemayor surrendered three runs and was charged with a blown save.  Edgar Gonzalez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win, and Kevin Hamann finished two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Figuera stole his fourth base in five attempts for the Spikes.  Myers swiped his second bag in two tries.  Figuera committed a throwing error, and Dahlberg picked a runner off first base.

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

Sunday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, Eli Kraus (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 12 at Kingsport 6

Nolan Gorman (MLB.com)

The Cardinals beat the Mets in a lopsided road contest on Saturday.  Johnson City scored three in the first inning on a fielder’s choice ground ball out off the bat of Leandro Cedeno.  First round draft pick Nolan Gorman hit a two-run home run to cap off the inning.   The long ball was again the catalyst in the fourth, as Jonatan Machado blasted a three-run shot and Kevin Woodall hit a solo home run.

Player of the Day Gorman hit another two-run blast in the seventh, and two more runs came home on Sanel Rosendo’s sac fly and Michael Perri’s single.  Machado, Woodall, and Soto were each 3-for-5.  Gorman and Moises Castillo were both 2-for-5.  Perri was 2-for-4.

Starter Javier Villalobos pitched three innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  Kyle Leahy was also charged with three runs allowed, all unearned, in four innings of relief.  Enrique Perez, Juan Alvarez, and Colin Schmid combined for two scoreless innings.  Leahy was the winning pitcher.

Castillo and Gorman both committed throwing errors.  Woodall made a missed catch error.

The Cardinals are 5-5 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Greeneville, Oneiver Diaz (0-0, 9.00) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 8, GCL Marlins 1

Brandon Purcell (Georgia College and State University)

The Cardinals handled the Marlins in a seven-run victory on Saturday.   Derian Gonzalez, on a rehab assignment from Memphis, pitched a clean first inning, striking out the side.  Cole Aker tossed the next three innings and gave up one run on two hits to earn the win.  Connor Coward and Edgar Escobar combined for the final five scoreless frames.

The offense scored four times in the first inning on Ivan Herrera’s two-run single, William Jimenez’ single, and a hit by pitch.  The offense again had a four-run burst in the fifth.  Liam Sabino plated one on a single, and Brandon Purcell’s bases-loaded double scored all three.  Sabino went 2-for-3 and Purcell was 2-for-4.

Purcell stole his first base on one attempt.  Jimenez and Mateo Gil made fielding errors.

The Cardinals are 7-3 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 10 at DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue pummeled the Yankees on Saturday.  The offense put up 10 runs on 11 hits without the benefit of a long ball.  Jose Zapata’s single and Erik Pena’s sac fly plated the first two runs in the second inning.  A fielding error in the fourth led to a third run.  Pena singled in the sixth to drive in one and Diomedes Del Rio added a sac fly.  Ramon Mendoza doubled in a run in the seventh.  In the eighth, a sac fly by Darlyn Del Villar scored run number seven.  Three runs were put on the board in the ninth, two on a Mendoza triple and the other on a Del Rio single.  Mendoza went 3-for-3, Del Rio was 2-for-5

Angel Cuenca started on the mound for Blue and went two innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on three hits.  Anthony Trompiz and Freddy Pacheco pitched two scoreless innings each.  Pacheco got the win.  Larimel Soriano surrendered one run in the seventh. Leonardo Taveras tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his second save.

Darlin Moquete stole his fifth base in five attempts.  Yowelfy Rosario committed a fielding error and Jose Zapata made a throwing error. Diowill Burgos had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 18-7 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Rangers2 14

The Cardinals Red dropped a laugher against the Rangers on Saturday. Jose Moreno suffered his second loss of the season after pitching two innings and giving up 10 runs, seven earned, on seven hits.   Hector De Los Santos tossed three innings and surrendered one run.  Rodard Avelino allowed two runs in the sixth and Dionys Rodriguez relinquished two more in his two innings pitched.  Gabriel Contreras finished with a scoreless ninth.

A hit by pitch, a stolen base, a throwing error, and a groundout led to the first Red run in the first inning.  In the fifth inning, Joerlin De Los Santos doubled and was driven in by a Sander Mora single.  In the sixth, a single by Luis Montano, followed by a wild pitch, an error, a walk, and another wild pitch brought him in.  The final Red runs came in the ninth on De Los Santos’ double and Mora’s single.  De Los Santos went 2-for-5 and Mora was 2-for-3.  Luis Andujar and Joyser Garcia were both 2-for-4.

Mora stole his sixth base in eight attempts.  Andujar and Claudio Ramirez each made fielding errors.

The Cardinals Red are 13-12 on the season and are tied for third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2018

photo: Brian O’Keefe (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach catcher Brian O’Keefe, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in the winning run.

Results for games played Friday, June 29.


Memphis 6 at Iowa 2

Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in the series opener in Des Moines on Friday.  Kevin Herget won his fifth game of the season, pitching six one-run innings on seven hits while fanning five and walking one.  Rehabbing Matt Bowman delivered a scoreless seventh.  Landon Beck tossed the final two frames and surrendered one run.

Memphis put up two runs in the first inning.  Paul DeJong, also rehabbing, doubled to left and Tyler O’Neill walked.  Patrick Wisdom singled to load the bases and Carson Kelly singled to score both DeJong and O’Neill.  In the second, Oscar Mercado was hit by a pitch and later scored on Max Schrock’s sac fly.

The Redbirds didn’t score again until the seventh. Carson Kelly led off with a double. Mercado singled, and two batters later, Schrock drove in Kelly on a single.  Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single to plate Mercado.  Schrock came home a single by Luke Voit.  Kelly and Patrick Wisdom were both 2-for-4.

Wisdom stole his ninth base in 10 attempts.  Tovar committed a throwing error, Wisdom made a fielding error, and Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 49-32 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Iowa, Jake Woodford (0-1, 7.20) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 5 at Frisco 6 (11 innings)

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals went down in defeat in extra innings in Frisco.  A two-run home run in the fourth off the bat of John Nogowski put the Cardinals on the board.  In the sixth, Andrew Knizner singled and Victor Roache doubled with Knizner scoring.  Chris Chinea then hit a two-run home run to left center field, which ended their scoring.  The Cardinals held the lead until the RoughRiders tied it in the eighth.

Mike O’Reilly pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  Ian McKinney pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.  Austin Sexton surrendered three runs in one inning pitched.  Yeison Medina gave up a double that scored two of Sexton’s inherited runners.  Medina was charged with the blown save and pitched a total of 1 2/3 innings.  Colton Thomson finished the 10th following Medina and then returned for the 11th, gave up the winning run and took the loss.

Ramon Urias made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 34-44 overall, 1-7 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Anthony Shew (4-2, 4.83) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3

Brian O’Keefe (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals won a squeaker over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Friday.  Ian Oxnevad earned the win with a start of 6 1/3 innings, during which he gave up three runs on nine hits.  Thomas St. Clair followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

The Cardinals offense put up their first run in the second inning on Kramer Robertson’s RBI single.  In the third inning, Andy Young was hit by a pitch and Brian O’Keefe doubled. Stefan Trosclair walked, and Jose Godoy singled to score Young.  Shane Billings’ single drove in O’Keefe.  In the sixth, O’Keefe doubled to plate the fourth and final run.  Player of the Day O’Keefe went 3-for-4.  Billings and Robertson were 2-for-4.

Trosclair made a fielding error.  Oxnevad and St. Clair picked runners off first and second base, respectively.

The Cardinals are 44-38 overall and 5-3 in the second half to put them in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Jupiter, TBA 4:30 CT.


Peoria 4 at Beloit 1

Paul Balestrieri (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs sailed to a road victory over the Snappers on Friday.  The Peoria bats drove in all four runs in the second inning.  Matt Fiedler led off with a single. Bryce Denton doubled and Fiedler scored.  J.R. Davis doubled to plate Denton.  A third double by Nick Plummer drove in Davis.  The fourth run came home on a sac fly by Irving Lopez.  Fiedler and Plummer each went 2-for-4.

Paul Balestrieri earned his fourth win of the season.  The right hander pitched seven innings and gave up one run on six hits. Patrick Dayton pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Yariel Gonzalez stole his first base of the season.

The Chiefs are 46-33 overall and are 7-2 in the second half, for second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Beloit, Alvaro Seijas (2-4, 5.13) 7:00 CT.


State College 6, Williamsport 5

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes topped the Crosscutters in a one-run victory at home on a big pinch-hit in the ninth.

4 2/3 innings of pitching from starter Jim Voyles resulted in four Williamsport runs on six hits.  Will Changarotty got the final out of the fifth.  Michael Baird tossed three innings and surrendered one run.  Gabe Gentner earned the win with a scoreless ninth.

An RBI single by Wood Myers in the first got the Spikes on the board.  State College didn’t score again until the seventh when Joe Gomez walked and Justin Toerner doubled. Gomez scored on a wild pitch.  The Spikes scored three in the ninth to get the win.  Edwin Figuera singled and scored on Brady Whalen’s single.  Wood Myers doubled and pinch-hitter Stanley Espinal singled to plate Whalen and Myers to walk off with the win.  Myers went 3-for-5.  Figuera was 2-for-5.

Delvin Perez stole his first base of the season and Figuera was caught stealing for the first time.

The Spikes broke their seven-game losing skid. They 4-10 on the season and in last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Williamsport, Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 2.45) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Kingsport 6 (10 innings)

Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the Mets in extra innings in a back and forth battle for the lead.  Johnson City scored in the top of the first on a solo home run from Moises Castillo.  Another solo home run in the second inning by Kevin Woodall tied the score.  In the fourth, a throwing error plated another run and Brandon Riley doubled to drive in the second run of the inning.  Brian Sanchez singled in a run in the sixth, and a double play in that inning brought a second run across.  The winning run scored in the 10th on a wild pitch.  Leandro Cedeno went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.

Cardinals starter Edwar Ramirez pitched four innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits.  Evan Sisk took the next three innings and allowed one run.  David Oca earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Tommy Parsons finished the ninth without damage to earn his first save.

Jonatan Machado was picked off and caught stealing for the first time in the season.  Ramirez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 4-5 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Kingsport, TBA 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Astros 11

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

Cardinals pitching couldn’t contain the Astros bats in a lopsided defeat on Friday.  Five hurler took the mound but only one came out unscathed.  Perry DellaValle started and pitched four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  DellaValle fanned six and issued no walks.  Ty Cohen allowed two runs in two frames.  Chris Rivera had the worst day on the mound, surrendering seven runs, five earned, on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.  Jose Geronimo finished out the ninth without allowing a hit or a run.

The offense scored four runs on eight hits.  Two runs were put on the board in the first inning on a single by Andrew Warner.  Two additional runs came home in the sixth on a groundout and a throwing error.  Only William Jimenez had multiple hits, as he was 2-for-2.

Jimenez was also active on the bases, as he stole his first base and was caught stealing for the first time.  Terry Fuller stole his second base in two attempts and Warner stole his first bag as a professional.  Victor Garcia committed a throwing error and Josh Shaw had a fielding error.  Catcher Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 6-3 on the season and are in second place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 0, DSL Mets1 3

The Blue team was blanked by the Mets1 as the offense was held in check for only three hits. Darlyn Del Villar had two, including the only extra base hit for Blue, a double.  Leudy Pena had the other hit.

Inohan Paniagua was the hard luck loser.  The righty pitched four innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  Josue Ramirez and Saniel Santana combined to pitch five scoreless innings.

Defensive miscues included a throwing error by Pablo Gomez and a missed catch error by Freddy De Jesus.  Diomedes Del Rio had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 17-7 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Yankees TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 12 at DSL Tigers1 3

The Cardinals Red shellacked the Tigers1 on Friday.  Ronald Suarez pitched three scoreless innings as the starter for the Red team.  Wilman Madera earned the win after he tossed three innings and gave up one run on three hits.  Roy Garcia came in to hurl the final three frames for the save.  Garcia surrendered two runs but earned his second save.

The Red offense bludgeoned the Tigers starter for six runs in the first inning.  RBIs by Franklin Soto on a triple, and Luis Montano on a double opened the floodgates.  Later in the inning, Joyser Garcia cleared the bases for three on a double. Jesus Orrechia’s single brought the final run of the inning across the plate.  Luis Andujar added a solo home run in the fourth, and Soto scored on a ground out force play. A run was added in the fifth on a double play.  In the seventh, Montano doubled for two runs.  A sac fly from Orrechia in the eighth scored the final run for the Red team.  Andujar had a 4-for-6 day, while Orrechia went 3-for-4.

Joerlin De Los Santos stole his 12th base in 14 attempts and Adanson Cruz swiped his sixth bag in seven tries.  De Los Santos was also caught stealing for the second time in the season.  Cruz and Montano both had outfield assists.

The Cardinals Red are 13-11 on the season and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Rangers2, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 18-24

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

The St. Louis Cardinals posted a losing 3-4 record, but strung two wins together to close the week. Yadier Molina twice produced all his team’s runs, with two home runs on Wednesday and again on Saturday. In our history feature, the classic 2011 NLDS Game 5 is remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, June 18 – Cardinals 5 at Phillies 6 (10 innings)

The St. Louis Cardinals began a three-game series in Philadelphia on Monday.  The opener was a one-run loss in extra innings.  Starter Miles Mikolas had a bad first inning, giving up four runs out of the gate.  Mikolas settled down after that and pitched four additional scoreless innings. The right hander allowed six hits, struck out three and walked one.  Mike Mayers relieved and pitched two scoreless innings.  Sam Tuivailala and Bud Norris each tossed a scoreless inning.  Matt Bowman took the 10th and gave up two runs, took the walkoff loss and was charged with the blown save. He went on the disabled list the next day.

The Redbirds offense chipped away after falling behind 4-0 in the first inning.  The Cardinals opened their scoring in the third on a Matt Carpenter solo home run.  Yadier Molina added a solo home run in the seventh.  In the ninth, a wild pitch on a Yairo Munoz strikeout brought Molina home again.  Kolten Wong then singled to center, bringing Jack Flaherty home from third to tie the game.  The Cardinals took the lead in the 10th on Tommy Pham’s home run.  Unfortunately for the Cardinals, Bowman lost the lead in the bottom of the inning.  Molina went 3-for-4.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5.

Jedd Gyorko made a fielding error.


Tuesday, June 19 – Cardinals 7 at Phillies 6

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It was another one run game in Game 2 of the series, but the Cardinals were on the winning side.  Tommy Pham put St. Louis on the board with a solo home run in the third.  In the fifth, Kolten Wong added his own bases-empty home run.  In the seventh inning, the Redbirds did their damage, putting four runs on the board to take the lead.  Matt Carpenter and Jose Martinez each plated two on doubles.  Finally, in the ninth, Carpenter’s solo home run sealed the deal for St. Louis.  Carpenter was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Tommy Pham was 2-for-5, and Yairo Munoz was 2-for-3.

Starter Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked four.  John Brebbia and Greg Holland tossed a scoreless sixth and seventh, respectively.  Austin Gomber began the eighth and after putting two runners on base, was removed with two outs.  Jordan Hicks gave up a double to score both inherited runners. Hicks then induced a ground out for the final out of the inning.  Hicks was charged with the blown save, but returned for the ninth and pitched a scoreless inning to earn the win.

Munoz was caught stealing for the fourth time and committed a fielding error.


Wednesday, June 20 – Cardinals 3 at Phillies 4

It was another one-run difference in the final game of the series, as a loss for the Cardinals returned.    Michael Wacha made the start, and pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Wacha left in the fourth inning with what was later revealed to be a left oblique strain.  Mike Mayers went the next 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless sixth.  Sam Tuivailala surrendered one run in the seventh and was the losing pitcher.  Greg Holland tossed a scoreless eighth.

The offense scored in the second inning on a solo home run by Yadier Molina.  Molina homered again in the sixth, a two run shot.  Molina was essentially the offense for the Cardinals, going 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Greg Garcia was 2-for-4.

Matt Carpenter made a throwing error.


Thursday, June 21 – Cardinals 3 at Brewers 11

The Cardinals went to Milwaukee for a four-game set against the first-place Brewers.  The opener was a disaster.  The Redbirds were pummeled 11-3 in a very ugly game.  St. Louis’ defense committed four errors behind a struggling Carlos Martinez.  Martinez pitched four innings and gave up seven runs, five earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Brett Cecil tossed a scoreless fifth.  John Gant surrendered four unearned runs in his two innings.  Position player Greg Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals put the first run on the board via a solo home run by Matt Carpenter in the first inning.  The offense put up another run in the fifth on Yairo Munoz’ RBI double.  Munoz drove in the third run in the ninth on a single to center field.  Munoz went 3-for-4.

As noted, the defense was a disaster.  Jedd Gyorko committed two errors, one fielding and another throwing.  Carpenter made a fielding error and Jose Martinez made an error on a pickoff.


Friday, June 22 – Cardinals 1 at Brewers 2

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals played better on Friday but suffered the loss anyway in a game they should have won.  The only St. Louis run scored on a Marcell Ozuna single in the third inning.  There were only three Cardinals hits in the game, the Ozuna single, a single by Yadier Molina, and a double from Matt Carpenter.

Jack Flaherty pitched very well but got no support from his offense.  Flaherty took a no-hitter into the seventh and went seven innings total, giving up a solo home run.  The right hander struck out 13 and walked two.  Jordan Hicks tossed a scoreless eighth.  Bud Norris took the ninth, yielding the walk off home run to Jesus Aguilar, who had homered in the seventh to end Flaherty’s no-hit bid.  Norris was the losing pitcher.

Molina had a passed ball.


Saturday, June 23 – Cardinals 3 at Brewers 2

Yadier Molina (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

After dropping the first two games of the series, the Cardinals bounced back and won Game 3 by a one-run margin.  Dependable starter Miles Mikolas pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  Mikolas struck out five and walked two.  Jordan Hicks secured the final out of the seventh.  Austin Gomber secured two outs in the eighth and Sam Tuivailala the third.  Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 14th save.

Yadier Molina’s solo home run in the second inning put the Cardinals on the board.   Molina added a two-run shot in the sixth.  For the second game this week, Molina drove in all the Cardinals runs on a pair of long balls.  Molina went 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.

Yairo Munoz stole his third base of the season.  Jedd Gyorko committed a throwing error.


Sunday, June 24 – Cardinals 8 at Brewers 2

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals earned the series split by defeating the Brewers on Sunday.  The offense was more plentiful in the fourth and final game.  Marcell Ozuna’s sac fly in the first inning put the Redbirds on the board.   In the fourth, Matt Carpenter’s single plated two.  Jose Martinez blasted a three-run home run to top off the big inning. In the fifth, Harrison Bader drove in a run on a single and Luke Weaver’s sac bunt scored Bader from third.  Bader was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Ozuna was also 2-for-3.  Dexter Fowler was 2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Weaver earned his fourth win, pitching 5 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out nine and walked two.  Mike Mayers got the final out of the sixth.  Greg Holland, Brett Cecil, and John Brebbia each pitched a scoreless inning.

Greg Garcia committed a throwing error.


Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 3-4, all on the road, losing 2 of 3 with the Phillies, and splitting the four-game series at Milwaukee.  The Cardinals are 40-36 and remain in third place in the NL Central, 4.5 games back of the Brewers, and 2.5 games back of the Cubs.

Starting pitching has been inconsistent.  Carlos Martinez had a bad start against the Brewers, and Michael Wacha was injured in his start against the Phillies.  Miles Mikolas has been fine, Luke Weaver had one bad start and one good start this week.  Jack Flaherty has been good.

The bullpen has actually been much better of late.  Matt Bowman had a rough outing and was placed on the DL with blisters for the second time.  Greg Holland returned from the DL and has pitched very well for the first time since he was signed in April.  Brett Cecil has improved as well.

Offense has continued to be feast or famine.  An eight-run performance on Sunday provides some hope for the future, but we have been down this road before.  Marcell Ozuna has cooled off a bit, but Dexter Fowler had a good day at the plate on Sunday after weeks and weeks of struggles at the plate.

Defense and base running have taken a turn for the worse.  Outs on the base paths for the Cardinals continue to be high.  The defense, mostly in the infield, has been poor. A four-error game on Thursday was the worst we have seen in a while and the defense did not play a clean game all week.  This must change.  A return for Paul DeJong appears near and will be welcome.

The Cardinals continue with a difficult schedule, facing first-place teams in the Cleveland Indians, and the Atlanta Braves in the coming week at Busch Stadium.

NL Central Standings W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 45 32 0.584
Chicago 42 33 0.560 2
St. Louis 40 36 0.526 4.5
Pittsburgh 36 41 0.468 9
Cincinnati 32 45 0.416 13

Who’s Hot

Over the past seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Yadier Molina has an OPS of 1.548. He has five HRs, two doubles, and eight RBI.
  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of 1.299. He has four HRs, three doubles, and six RBI.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.67.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.50.
  • Greg Holland has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.30.
  • John Gant has an ERA of 0.00 and WHIP of 1.50.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.50.

Who’s Not

Over the past seven games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Dexter Fowler has an OPS of .200.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of .316.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .383.
  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of .427.
  • Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 11.25 and a WHIP and 2.50.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 7.20 and a WHIP of 2.00.
  • Matt Bowman has an ERA of 27.00 and a WHIP of 4.50.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham for six games and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Martinez for six games, and Bader for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Yadier Molina.
  • The sixth hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for four games, and Dexter Fowler for three games.
  • The seventh hitter has been Yairo Munoz for three games, Bader for two games, Greg Garcia for one game, and Luke Voit for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been Yairo Munoz for three games, Kolten Wong for three games, and Bader for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 6/18 The Cardinals activated 1B Jose Martinez from the paternity list.
  • 6/18 The Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/19 The Cardinals activated RHP Greg Holland from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 6/19 The Cardinals placed RHP Matt Bowman on the 10 day disabled list. Blisters on right middle finger.
  • 6/21 The Cardinals placed RHP Michael Wacha on the 10 day disabled list. Left oblique strain.
  • 6/21 The Cardinals recalled RHP John Gant from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) remains on the 60 day DL. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone has engaged in strength training and other rehab exercises but has not been cleared for any baseball activity.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. Reyes will be out for the remainder of the season but is expected to make a full recovery.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. Wainwright is not expected to begin a throwing program until July.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement, knee surgery for torn meniscus). Gregerson had surgery on his right knee for a torn meniscus on June 11 while on the DL for a shoulder ailment. The right handed pitcher may return to the roster in late July.
  • SS Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) continues to recover from hand surgery. DeJong has resumed some baseball activities.   He took on field batting practice on June 22.  DeJong is scheduled to see a doctor on June 25.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (left elbow sprain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to June 6. Lyons was expected to begin a throwing program the week of June 18.
  • RHP Michael Wacha suffered a left oblique strain during his last start on June 20. Wacha was placed on the 10 day DL on June 21.  No timetable for a return has been set.
  • OF Tommy Pham was scratched from the lineup on June 24 due to illness, flu-like symptoms. His status is day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals return from their road trip in Philadelphia and Milwaukee to begin a six-game homestand.  A three-game interleague series with the AL Central first-place Cleveland Indians begins on Monday.  John Gant is scheduled to make the Monday start in place of the injured Michael Wacha.  Carlos Martinez will start on Tuesday, followed by Jack Flaherty on Wednesday.

After an off day Thursday, the Cardinals take on the first-place NL East Atlanta Braves in a weekend series at Busch Stadium.  No starters have been announced but will likely be Miles Mikolas, Luke Weaver, and John Gant (or other Wacha replacement).

The Cardinals leave St. Louis after the Braves series for the West Coast.  The team travels to Arizona to play the Diamondbacks in a three-game set and then at San Francisco for a four-game series with the Giants beginning Thursday.

Following San Francisco, the Cardinals travel back to the Midwest to play the White Sox in a two-game interleague series in Chicago.  After an off day that Thursday, the Cardinals return home for the final series before the All-Star break against the Reds on the weekend.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

The Cardinals played the Phillies this past week in a series in Citizens Bank Park.  Each time the Cardinals and the Phillies meet in Philadelphia makes this writer reminisce about the 2011 National League Division Series when the Cardinals faced the Phillies there in Game 5.  The Cardinals defeated the Phillies to move on to the NLCS with the Brewers.  The Cardinals played both teams this past week, the Phillies first and then the Brewers, just as they did in the 2011 postseason.

2011 was a magical year for the Cardinals.  St. Louis entered the month of August 2.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central. By the middle of the month, that margin had increased to four games.  After a four-game sweep at the hands of the Dodgers, the Cardinals had fallen to 10 games back of the Brewers on August 24.  The Cardinals were also 10.5 games back of the Braves for the Wild Card.  The outlook for a postseason berth looked grim.

A closed, team-only meeting following the Dodgers series appeared to make a difference.  They took 3 of 4 from the Pirates and then swept the Brewers.  By late September the Cardinals were back to 4.5 games behind the Brewers but time had run out to catch them and win the Division.  If the Cardinals were to make the postseason, they would have to settle for the Wild Card.

The Braves were the Wild Card favorites entering September.  Atlanta played badly, however and the slide continued when they came to St. Louis and were swept in a three-game series.  St. Louis continued to win, and Atlanta did not.  With nine games remaining in the regular season, the Cardinals had moved from 10.5 games back to 2.5 games back of the Braves.  The lead dropped to one with three games left as Atlanta continued to spiral down.

On the last day of the regular season, the Cardinals and the Braves were tied for the Wild Card.  The Cardinals played the Astros in Houston that day, while the Braves faced the Phillies.  Behind a masterful performance by Chris Carpenter, the Cardinals beat the Astros 8-0.  At the time the game ended, the Braves and the Phillies were still on the field.

That game went into extra innings as all of Cardinal Nation watched.  In the top of the 13th inning, Hunter Pence put the Phillies in the lead, and in the bottom frame Freddie Freeman hit into a double play to end the game and the season for the Braves.  The Cardinals had made it.   Going from 10.5 games back to winning the Wild Card was the largest comeback in team history, as they went 23-9 over the final 32 games of the season.

Chris Carpenter, 09/28/11 (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals met the Phillies in the NLDS.  The Cardinals lost Game 1 and Game 3 but won Games 2 and 4.  It came down to Game 5 in Citizens Bank Park.  Cardinal Nation watched Chris Carpenter pitch arguably the best game of his career.  Carpenter was facing his best friend, Roy Halladay, and it was a pitcher’s duel for the ages.

The Cardinals scored in the first on a triple by Rafael Furcal followed by a Skip Schumaker double.  That would be their only run, but Carpenter made sure it would be enough as he held the Phillies scoreless for nine complete innings.   Carpenter got Phillies slugger Ryan Howard to ground out for the last out, an at bat for Howard that essentially ended his career, as he suffered an Achilles injury coming out of the batter’s box and was never the same player again.  In a bizarre scene, the Cardinals celebrated wildly with the injured Howard on the ground being tended to by trainers.

The Cardinals went on to defeat the Brewers in the NLCS and win the World Series in seven games against the Texas Rangers as Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols finished their last games in a Cardinals uniform.  Back in August, such an outcome was likely thought possible by no one.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 24, 2018

photo: Dakota Hudson (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-4 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Memphis starter Dakota Hudson, who pitched eight one-run innings, striking out seven and walking one, for his 10th victory of the season. In a loss, Springfield catcher Andrew Knizner went 4-for-4.

Results for games played Saturday, June 23.


Memphis 2, New Orleans 1

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds edged New Orleans at AutoZone Park on Saturday.   Memphis got on the board first with one run each in the fourth and fifth innings.  Rangel Ravelo hit a leadoff solo home run in the fourth and in the next frame, he plated a run on a single.  The left fielder went 3-for-4.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4.

Our Player of the Day, starter Dakota Hudson, won his 10th game of the season.  Hudson pitched eight-plus innings, giving up one run on seven hits while striking out seven and walking one.  Edward Mujica allowed an inherited runner to score in the ninth and picked up his seventh save.

Mercado was caught stealing for the seventh time in 25 attempts.

The Redbirds are 45-30 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Kevin Herget (3-6, 4.48) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 5, Arkansas 7

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals lost to the Travelers at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Starter Anthony Shew pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Ramon Santos tossed three innings in relief, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Colton Thomson pitched the ninth and allowed the deciding two runs on three hits.  Thomson took the loss.

The Cardinals scored four runs rather quickly, two in the first and two in the second. It began with a Lane Thomas RBI groundout.  Andrew Knizner singled to drive in the second run of the first inning.  In the second inning, Stefan Trosclair hit a two run home to left field.  Springfield plated one more run in the eighth on Granden Goetzman’s RBI single.  Goetzman went 2-for-4, Knizner was 4-for-4, Thomas was 2-for-5, and Tommy Edman was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Goetzman stole his third base in four attempts.  Thomas was caught stealing for the sixth time in 18 attempts.  Luke Dykstra committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals went 33-37 in the first half, are 1-4 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Austin Warner (Double-A debut) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Charlotte 4 (10 innings)

Danny Hudzina (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals lost to the Stone Crabs at home in extra innings on Saturday.  The offense scored its only run in the second inning when Johan Mieses hit a leadoff triple then scored on Brian O’Keefe’s single.  Danny Hudzina went 2-for-4, both doubles, as the Cards managed eight hits in total.

Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up one run on six hits while fanning four and walking none.  Will Latcham followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings.  Eric Carter allowed three runs, two earned, on two hits in the 10th and took the loss.  Thomas St. Clair got the final out of the 10th.

Dylan Carlson stole his fourth base in six attempts.

The Cardinals are 39-25 in the first half, 1-2 in the second half, and are tied for second place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Charlotte, Casey Meisner (3-1, 3.75) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 5, Burlington 0

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs blanked the Bees at Dozer Park on Saturday.  Starter Alex Fagalde pitched six scoreless innings, allowing five hits, striking out five and walking one.  Patrick Dayton followed with two scoreless innings.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless ninth. Fagalde earned his second win of the season.

The Chiefs got on the board with two runs in the fourth, followed by one in the fifth and two in the seventh.  Elehuris Montero doubled in a run and Julio Rodriguez added an RBI single in the fourth.  In the fifth, Scott Hurst’s sac fly followed Bryce Denton’s leadoff double and Jose Martinez’ single. Hurst drew a bases loaded walk in the seventh and the final run came home on a ground out force out by Irving Lopez.  Hurst went 2-for-2 with a walk and two RBI. Denton scored twice.

Nick Plummer stole his sixth base in nine attempts.  Denton swiped his third bag in three tries.  Hurst was picked off, and caught stealing for the fourth time in 10 attempts.  Martinez was picked off second base.  Martinez also committed a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 39-31 in the first half, 3-0 in the second half, and are tied for first place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Paul Balestrieri (2-3, 5.00) 2:00 CT.


State College 5 at West Virginia 9

Nick Dunn (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell to the Black Bears of West Virginia on the road on Saturday.  The Spikes got on the board first with a run in the second on a ground out RBI by Andres Luna.  Four more runs came home in the fourth to put the Spikes up 5-0.  Nick Dunn plated two on a double.  Wadye Ynfante drove in two more on a single.  However, the Black Bears responded with seven runs over the next two innings to take the lead.  Dunn went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBI.

Starter Jim Voyles pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked none.  Will Changarotty followed with 2/3 innings, surrendering four runs and taking the loss.  Michael Baird pitched the final 3 1/3 innings, allowing two insurance runs.

Edwin Figuera stole his second base in two attempts.  Ynfante swiped his second bag in three tries.  Stanley Espinal made a fielding error.  Walker Robbins had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

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

Sunday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 2, Kingsport 12

Dariel Gomez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were pummeled by the Kingsport Mets on Saturday at home.  Starter Javier Villalobos suffered his first loss of the season, pitching three innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked none.  Colin Schmid followed with a very rough 2/3 of an inning in which he surrendered seven runs on four hits.  David Oca tossed 2 2/3 scoreless frames.  Parker Kelly allowed two runs, one earned, in his 2 1/3 innings pitched.  Saniel Rosendo got the final out.

The Cardinals’ runs came in the fifth on a two-run home run by Dariel Gomez. Luis Flores went 2-for-5.  Carlos Soto and Donivan Williams both went 2-for-4.

The defense was shaky, with five errors. Villalobos and Soto made throwing errors.  Leandro Cedeno, Moises Castillo, and Brian Sanchez each committed a fielding miscue.  Sanchez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 1-4 on the season and in last place in the Appalachian League West.

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


GCL Cardinals – Off

In the first week of league play, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals are 4-0, with a 1.5-game lead over both the Mets and Marlins.

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


DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Angels 2 (six innings)

The Cardinals Blue edged the Angels in a rain-shortened game on Saturday.  The Blue runs scored in the third inning on a three-run home run by Pablo Gomez.  That was the only extra base hit for the Cardinals Blue.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing no hits, striking out three and walking two.  Larimel Soriano tossed three innings of relief, surrendering two runs on three hits.  Soriano was the winning pitcher.  Leonardo Taveras was on the mound when the rain stopped the game.  He allowed one hit and walked one.

Freddy De Jesus was caught stealing for the second time in two attempts.  In the field, Taveras made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Blue are 13-6 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Mets2 1 (five innings)

In another rain-shortened contest, the Red team defeated the Mets2 on Saturday.  Starter Ronald Suarez pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Suarez struck out six and walked two.  Sebastian Tabata threw a scoreless fifth and was the winning pitcher.

The offense got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first.  Joerlin De Los Santos led off with a double and Sander Mora followed with a single to score De Los Santos.  Three walks later, Mora scored.  In the fourth, Cristhian Longa led off with a solo home run.  Adanson Cruz’ single in the fifth drove the final Red team run home.  Mora went 2-for-3 and Cruz was 2-for-2.

Franklin Soto stole his eighth base in 14 attempts. Mora was caught stealing for the first time in two tries.

The Cardinals Red are 9-10 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – 6/23/18

photo: Jake Walsh (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 7-3 on Friday, including four wins by one run. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach starter Jake Walsh, who pitched seven scoreless, one hit innings, striking out six and walking one. Other strong outings were delivered by starters Johan Oviedo, Wilfredo Pereira, Francis Ventura and Martin Cordova.

Results for games played Friday, June 22.


Memphis 5, New Orleans 4

Oscar Mercado (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds edged New Orleans for one of four one-run victories in the Cardinals’ system on Friday.  Memphis fell behind 4-0 until scoring twice in the sixth inning on a wild pitch and groundout RBI by Alex Mejia.  The Cardinals gained the lead and the victory in the eighth, when Oscar Mercado plated two on a double to left to tie.  The winning run scored on a wild pitch with Mejia at the plate.  Max Schrock went 2-for-5, while Rangel Ravelo was 2-for-3 and Mercado was 2-for-4.

Starter Chris Ellis went six innings, giving up four runs, one earned, on seven hits.  Ellis struck out two and walked none.  Hector Mendoza earned the win with two innings of scoreless relief.  In his Memphis debut, Tommy Layne pitched a scoreless ninth for the save.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 17th and 18th bases of the season in 24 attempts.  In the field, Luke Voit made a fielding error, and Ellis had a missed catch error.

The Redbirds are 44-30 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. New Orleans, Dakota Hudson (9-2, 2.13) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 3, Arkansas 2

Granden Goetzman (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals squeaked by the Travelers by one run on Friday.  Starter Connor Jones pitched just three innings, giving up two runs on two hits while fanning two and walking three.  Austin Sexton and Jacob Evans each contributed three scoreless innings of relief.  Evans was the winning pitcher.

Springfield got on the board first in the second inning.  Evan Mendoza led off with a double and was driven home by Granden Goetzman’s RBI single.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh, when Andrew Knizner singled, Goetzman doubled and Stefan Trosclair’s sac fly plated Knizner.   Luke Dykstra the drove in Goetzman on a single.  Goetzman and Dykstra each went 2-for-3.

The Cardinals went 33-37 in the first half and finished in last place in the Texas League North.  The Cardinals are 1-3 in the second half and are also in last place.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Anthony Shew (4-2, 4.75) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 1 (10 innings)

Jake Walsh (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals edged the Stone Crabs in a low-scoring contest on Friday.  If fact, the game went into extra innings at 0-0.  Charlotte struck first with a run in the top of the 10th, but the Cardinals responded with two in the bottom frame to earn the win.  Shane Billings began the inning with a single with Johan Mieses on second base. Brian O’Keefe then doubled Billings and Mieses home for the walk off victory.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Jake Walsh pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only one hit while striking out six and walking one.  Junior Fernandez followed with 1 1/3 scoreless frames.  Jacob Patterson finished with 1 2/3 innings pitched, giving up one run on two hits to earn the win.

In the field, Mieses had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Cardinals are 39-25 in the first half and ended that half in first place in the FSL South.  In the second half, the Cardinals are 1-1 and are in a three-way tie for second place.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Charlotte, Casey Meisner (3-1, 3.75) 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 6, Burlington 1 (seven innings, Game 1 DH)

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were victorious over the Bees at home in the first game of Friday’s twin bill.  Peoria had the game in hand throughout, putting up two runs in each of the first, fourth, and fifth innings.  In the first, after Scott Hurst drew a walk then advanced to third on Julio Rodriguez’ single, a throwing error on a pickoff attempt sent Hurst home for the first run.  A second fielding error plated Rodriguez.  Two singles and a sac fly by Hurst in the fourth drove in a run and Rodriguez added an RBI single for the second run of the inning.  In the fifth, J.R. Davis hit a two-run home run to left center field.  Rodriguez went 4-for-4, and Davis was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

In one of his better outings in a disappointing season to date, starter Johan Oveido won his third game after pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up one run on four hits. The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Kodi Whitley earned his second save with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Nick Plummer stole his fifth base in eight attempts.  Rayder Ascanio made a fielding error, his third error of 2018.


Peoria 4, Burlington 3 (seven innings, Game 2 DH)

Matt Fiedler (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Chiefs swept the doubleheader with a win over the Bees in Game 2 on Friday.  Starter Zach Prendergast pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning four and walking none.  Andrew Summerville followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.  C.J. Saylor pitched a scoreless sixth.  Fabian Blanco tossed the seventh and surrendered a run but earned his third save.

The offense scored two in the second and two in the third.  Back to back solo home runs by Matt Fiedler and Bryce Denton got Peoria on the board.  In the third, J.R. Davis and Fielder had RBI singles. Fiedler went 2-for-2 with a walk and the two RBI.

Scott Hurst stole his sixth base in nine attempts.  Shortstop Rayder Ascanio made his second error of the day, this one on a throw.

The wild card winning Chiefs were 39-31 in the first half, and 2-0 to begin the second half for a four-way tie for first place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Paul Balestrieri (2-3, 5.00) 2:00 CT.


State College 2 at West Virginia 4

Kevin Hamann (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes fell to the West Virginia Black Bears on the road on Friday.  Starter Angel Rondon suffered his first loss of the season, pitching five innings and giving up four runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Kevin Hamann added two scoreless innings of relief.  Troy Montemayor pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Spikes put up one run in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Nick Dunn.  State College added a second run in the fourth on a hit by pitch.  Edwin Figuera went 2-for-5.

In the field, Walker Robbins had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 3-5 on the season and are tied for fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at West Virginia, Jim Voyles (0-1, 2.08) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Kingsport 9

Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets on Friday at home.  Johnson City fell behind early and didn’t get on the board until the sixth inning, when Leandro Cedeno hit a two-run home run to center field.  In a ninth inning rally, when down 9-2, the Cardinals put up two more on doubles by Jonatan Machado and Moises Castillo.   Machado went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Castillo went 2-for-5.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched four innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.  Ramirez struck out four and walked two.  Tommy Parsons followed with one inning of relief, surrendering one run.  Enrique Perez allowed three more runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work.  Evan Sisk tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Ramirez took the loss.

Castillo committed a throwing error. Sanel Rosendo had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 1-3 on the season and are in last place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, TBA 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 1

Wilfredo Pereira

The Cardinals defeated the Mets on Friday to win their fourth straight game.  Starter Wilfredo Pereira won in his initial US appearance, pitching seven innings and giving up one run on two hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Chris Rivera tossed the final two scoreless frames.

The game was scoreless until the fifth, when Victor Garcia led off with a double to center field.  Brandon Benson singled, and Andrew Warner’s ground rule double scored Garcia.  Two batters later, Mateo Gil singled to plate Benson.  In the sixth, a leadoff single by Raffy Ozuna and Ivan Herrera’s single put two on.  A throwing error two hitters later brought Ozuna and Herrera home.  Finally, in the eighth, John Nogowski singled and then scored on Garcia’s double.  Ozuna and Herrera were both 2-for-5.  Garcia went 2-for-4 and Warner went 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Benson was caught stealing for the second time in two attempts and Josh Shaw was caught stealing for the first time in one try.  Ozuna made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 4-0 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Phillies Red 4 (11 innings)

Francis Ventura

The Blue team was edged by the Phillies Red in extra innings on Friday.  The offense scored all three of its runs in the second inning and failed to add on to maintain a lead.  The second began with a walk to Diowill Burgos, then a wild pitch a fielding error that put Pablo Gomez on first base.  Leudy Pena singled to advance the runners.  Luis Rodriguez’ sac fly plated Burgos.  Ramon Mendoza drew a walk and Darlyn Del Villar singled to score Gomez and Pena.  Del Villar went 3-for-5.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Anthony Trompiz tossed three innings of relief and surrendered two runs on four hits.  Trompiz was charged with a blown save.  Saniel Santana pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing one unearned run and taking the loss.

On the base paths, Gomez stole his fourth base in five attempts.  Del Villar stole his fifth base in five tries.  Jean Selmo was caught stealing for the second time in four attempts.  In the field, Gomez and Ramon Mendoza both made fielding errors.

The Cardinals Blue are 12-6 on the season and tied for second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Angels TBA 9:30 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Phillies White 0

The Cardinals Red team shut out the Phillies White on Friday.  Starter Martin Cordova pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits while fanning four and walking none.  Cordova earned the win in his professional debut.  Wilman Madera tossed three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save.

The Red offense put up three runs in the second inning, a frame that began with Adanson Cruz’ single.  Cruz stole second, Cristhian Longa drew a walk, and Cruz advanced to third on a wild pitch.  Two batters later, Luis Andujar singled to score Cruz and Longa.  Elvin De Jesus tripled to plate Andujar for the third run.  Longa added a solo home run in the fourth for the final run for Cardinals Red.

On the base paths, Cruz stole his fifth base in six attempts.  Andujar stole his fourth bag in four tries.  Franklin Soto was caught stealing for the sixth time in 13 attempts.  Andujar and Soto both made throwing errors, Longa committed a fielding error, and catcher Jesus Orrechia erred on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals Red are 8-10 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets2, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 11-17

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

In this week’s St. Louis Cardinals action, the club played poorly overall, losing four of six at home. Marcell Ozuna is on fire, but is not getting enough help from his teammates, other than Jack Flaherty, who started in both wins. In our history feature, key elements of the long-running Cardinals-Cubs rivalry are remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, June 11 – Cardinals 5, Padres 2

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In the opener of a three-game series, the Cardinals blanked the Padres.  Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out six, walked one and earned his third win of the season.  John Brebbia secured the last two outs of the seventh before Austin Gomber began the eighth and surrendered a run.  Sam Tuivailala finished the inning without further damage.  Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his 13th save.

The Cardinals got on the board in the second inning on a two-run home run by Jose Martinez.  Marcell Ozuna followed suit in the fifth with a two run shot.  In the eighth, Jedd Gyorko’s solo home run was the fifth and final Redbirds run.   Martinez went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Marcell Ozuna, Yadier Molina, and Yairo Munoz each went 2-for-4.

Munoz stole his second base of the season.

 

Tuesday, June 12 – Cardinals 2, Padres 4

The Cardinals didn’t get it going in Game 2, losing the Padres 4-2.  St. Louis didn’t score until the seventh inning when Marcell Ozuna singled in Matt Carpenter.  Yadier Molina grounded out to plate the second and final run for the Cardinals.   No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked none.  Mike Mayers surrendered one run in the seventh.  Jordan Hicks pitched the final two scoreless innings.


Wednesday, June 13 – Cardinals 2, Padres 4

St. Louis lost Game 3 and the series to the last-place Friars by the same score as on Tuesday.  Starter Luke Weaver pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on nine hits.  Weaver struck out four and walked none.  Austin Gomber, Mike Mayers and John Brebbia combined for the final 3 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Weaver suffered his sixth loss of the season.

The offense consisted of a two-run home run off the bat of Marcell Ozuna in the sixth inning.  Ozuna went 2-for-4, as did Jedd Gyorko.

Harrison Bader was picked off first base.


Thursday, June 14 – Off day


Friday, June 15 – Cardinals 5, Cubs 13

The Cardinals were embarrassed by the Cubs in the first of a weekend series at Busch Stadium.  The usually consistent Michael Wacha had one of his poorer starts of the season.  Wacha pitched four innings and gave up nine runs, eight earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked four.  Mike Mayers surrendered two runs in the fifth.  Brett Cecil pitched the next two innings and allowed one additional run.  Matt Bowman tossed a scoreless eighth.  John Brebbia took the ninth and relinquished another run.  Wacha took the loss, his second.

The Cardinal scored in the fourth on Marcell Ozuna’s solo home run.  Matt Carpenter added a bases-empty long ball in the sixth and he plated another run on a single in the seventy.  Tommy Pham’s solo home run in the eighth finished the team’s scoring.

Harrison Bader was picked off first base for the second straight game.  In the field, Wacha committed a throwing error, as did Yadier Molina.  Bader had two outfield assists.


Saturday, June 16 – Cardinals 3, Cubs 6

The Cardinals again were the victims of the Cubs in Game 2 of the series, dropping their fourth game in a row.   Marcell Ozuna continued to be the one-man offense for the Redbirds, with a two-run home run in the first inning.  Carlos Martinez helped his cause in the fourth by driving in a run on a single.  Those were St. Louis’ only runs for the evening.  Yairo Munoz went 3-for-4.

Carlos Martinez pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The righty walked six hitters, and struck out five.  Austin Gomber followed with a scoreless sixth. Sam Tuivailala started the seventh and surrendered one run and got two outs before Jordan Hicks got the final out of the seventh. Hicks returned for the eighth and gave up a two-run home run to Jason Heyward and walked Anthony Rizzo. Hicks was replaced with one out by Matt Bowman, who got the final two outs of the inning, then returned to pitch a scoreless ninth. Tuivailala was the losing pitcher.

The sloppy play continued. Tommy Pham was caught stealing for the sixth time.  Though it isn’t reflected in the box score, Dexter Fowler made an inexplicable out at third base in the sixth inning that effectively killed a possible scoring opportunity.  Yairo Munoz and Bowman each committed throwing errors.


Sunday, June 17 – Cardinals 5, Cubs 0

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

St. Louis managed to avoid the sweep by shutting out the Cubs on Sunday night.  Great starting pitching by Jack Flaherty and four innings of scoreless bullpen relief kept the hot Cubs off the boards.  Flaherty pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while fanning seven and walking three.  Flaherty did not get the win because the game remained scoreless until the bottom of the sixth. Reliever John Brebbia got the win.  After Brebbia’s scoreless sixth, Austin Gomber, Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris followed suit with a scoreless inning each.

It was a pitcher’s duel until the Cardinals came to bat in the sixth. The first run scored when Yadier Molina hit into a double play with the bases loaded and no outs.  Jedd Gyorko followed with an RBI single.  In the seventh, Matt Carpenter added a solo home run to right field.  Yadier Molina doubled in the eighth to drive in a run, and Yairo Munoz singled for the fifth and final run.  Harrison Bader and Marcell Ozuna each went 2-for-4.

Flaherty committed a throwing error on a pickoff attempt and Gyorko made a throwing error to first base.  Bader had an outfield assist, throwing Anthony Rizzo out at third.


Big Picture

The Cardinals played poorly this past week, losing 2 of 3 to both the Padres and the Cubs and ending the week 2-4.  The team is 37-32 and sits four games back of the Brewers and 3.5 games back of the Cubs, yet remains essentially tied for the second wild card.

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The offense, with the exception of Marcell Ozuna, continues to struggle.  Dexter Fowler has been sitting on the bench more frequently in favor of Harrison Bader.  Kolten Wong’s offensive struggles continue, so he has spent many games on the bench and is inserted in the late innings as a defensive replacement.  Only Ozuna really stood out this week with the bat.  Jose Martinez missed the Cubs series, as he was on paternity leave.

Starting pitching has been hit and miss.  Jack Flaherty pitched well on Sunday.  Carlos Martinez walked six batters in his Saturday start.  Michael Wacha had a very poor outing on Friday. Miles Mikolas has been fine, but Luke Weaver has been so-so.  The bullpen has been much the same, though Matt Bowman returned on Friday and made a couple of good appearances.

Defense and base running were poor all week.  Multiple errors on the infield, and on some pitchers, mostly throwing errors.  Dexter Fowler made a baserunning blunder that got him thrown out at third and cost the Cardinals a scoring opportunity.  Harrison Bader was picked off first base in two straight games.

The Cardinals have a tough schedule over the next couple of weeks; a road series with the Phillies and a set in Milwaukee are coming up this week.  The Cardinals remain in third place in the NL Central.  Opportunities to gain ground were blown in poor series against the last-place Marlins and Padres.


NL Central Standings W L Pct GB
Milwaukee 42 29 0.592
Chicago 40 28 0.588 0.5
St. Louis 37 32 0.536 4
Pittsburgh 35 36 0.493 7
Cincinnati 26 45 0.366 16

Who’s Hot

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of 1.478.  He has four HRs, and nine RBI.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .974.  He has one HR and two RBI.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 1.42 and a WHIP of 0.63.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 3.38 and a WHIP of 0.75.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 1.93 and a WHIP of 0.64.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Dexter Fowler has an OPS of .282.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of 4.00.
  • Michael Wacha has an ERA of 18.00 and a WHIP of 2.75.
  • Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 8.31 and a WHIP and 2.77.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 1.88.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.36.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 2.25.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for five games and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham for five games and Bader for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Martinez for four games, Molina for one game, and Pham for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Yadier Molina for five games, and Jedd Gyorko for one game.
  • The sixth hitter has been Gyorko for four games, Greg Garcia for one game, and Dexter Fowler for one game.
  • The seventh hitter has been Munoz for two games, Bader for two games, Fowler for one game, and Luke Voit for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been Yairo Munoz for three games, and Kolten Wong for three games.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 6/11 The Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 6/11 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Daniel Poncedeleon from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/14 The Cardinals sent RHP Greg Holland on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 6/14 The Cardinals optioned RHP Daniel Poncedeleon to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/15 The Cardinals placed 1B Jose Martinez on the Paternity List.
  • 6/15 The Cardinals activated RHP Matt Bowman from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 6/15 The Cardinals recalled 1B Luke Voit from the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone has engaged in strength training and other rehab exercises but has not been cleared for any baseball activity.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. Reyes will be out for the remainder of the season but is expected to make a full recovery.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. Wainwright is not expected to begin a throwing program until July.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement, knee surgery for torn meniscus). Gregerson had surgery on his right knee for a torn meniscus on June 11 while on the DL for a shoulder ailment. The right handed pitcher may return to the roster in late July.
  • SS Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) continues to recover from hand surgery. DeJong has resumed some baseball activities, including hitting off a tee.  He is expected to take batting practice during the week of June 18.   DeJong could return to the roster in late June or early July.
  • RHP Greg Holland (right hip impingement) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds on June 7. Holland began a rehab assignment with the Springfield Cardinals on June 14, which concluded Saturday. A return to the St. Louis roster is expected on Monday.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (left elbow sprain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to June 6. Lyons is expected to begin a throwing program the week of June 18.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to begin a three game series with the Phillies.  Miles Mikolas is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Luke Weaver on Tuesday and Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

The Cardinals move to Milwaukee upon departing Philadelphia to play a four game series against the Brewers.  If the rotation holds, the Thursday starter should be Carlos Martinez, followed by Jack Flaherty on Friday, Mile Mikolas on Saturday, and Luke Weaver on Sunday.

After a Monday off day, the Cardinals play a two game interleague series with the Indians at Busch Stadium.  There is another off day on Thursday, and the Braves come to St. Louis for a weekend series.

Following the homestand, the Cardinals will head to Arizona for a three game series with the Diamondbacks.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

St. Louis played a crucial series with the Cubs over the weekend and could only manage to win one game of the three.  Friday’s game was a 13-5 blowout, and Saturday’s game was essentially a bullpen loss, as the Cardinals blew an early lead to fall, 6-3.  Every series against the Cubs is played like it is the World Series due to the intense competition between the two clubs.

The Cardinals-Cubs is one of the oldest and most intense rivalries in major league baseball.  Some speculate that this originated in the 19th Century as a result of an economic trade rivalry between St. Louis and Chicago.  The original Chicago team was the Chicago White Stockings, and the formation of the St. Louis Brown Stockings in 1875 arose to compete with that team.  The Brown Stockings would collapse and re-emerge in 1882 when the St. Louis Browns (later the Cardinals) met the White Stockings in two pre-World Series matchups.  The first official meeting of the Cardinals and the Cubs took place on April 12, 1892 in Sportsman’s Park in St. Louis.  This was the year the Browns moved to the National League and became known as the Cardinals in 1900.  (Another St. Louis Browns team emerged in the American League as the former Milwaukee Brewers, which later then became the current Baltimore Orioles.)

The Cubs had early successes which the Cardinals did not have.  The Cubs won their last World Series before their 2016 Championship in 1908.  The Cardinals would eventually begin to dominate the Cubs in World Series Championships, with their first in 1926.  Though the Cubs would win a few pennants during this time, their pennant winning eventually stopped in 1945.  The Cardinals on the other hand have won 11 World Series titles in the decades prior to the Cubs next one in 2016.

Over the ensuing decades notable events occurred within the rivalry.  There was the so-called “Sandberg Game” on June 23, 1984, named after Cubs star Ryne Sandberg.  The extra innings game featured two Sandberg home runs in extra innings to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for the Cubs.

Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire (Bill Greenblatt/Getty Images)

The Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa home run record chase was another big event in the rivalry.  McGwire eventually won the home run battle, but Sosa got the prize of winning the NL MVP award in 1998.

St. Louis is way ahead of the Cubs in the Championship battle, but there are other statistical comparisons of note between the two clubs.  The Cardinals hold the edge over the Cubs in league MVPs; the Cardinals have 20 compared to the Cubs 11.  But the Cubs have more Cy Young pitchers, five, to the Cardinals three.  The Cardinals have more Gold Glove Winners at every position except second base.  The Silver Slugger awards between the two teams are fairly even overall, as are the number of players in the Hall of Fame with their team’s plaques.  The Cardinals have 11 and the Cubs have 11.

The Cubs currently have the upper hand over the Cardinals over the last several seasons.  Over the history of the franchises, however, the Cardinals have reigned supreme in most of the categories that matter.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – 6/17/18

photo: Matt Fiedler (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria right fielder Matt Fiedler, who doubled to drive in the winning two runs in the ninth and take the Chiefs’ first-half playoff hopes into the final day.

Results for games played Saturday, June 16.


Memphis 1 at El Paso 13

Carson Kelly (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds were pummeled in El Paso on Saturday night.  Starter Daniel Poncedeleon was rocked for eight runs, though just two were earned, on seven hits in 3 1/3 innings pitched.  The right-hander struck out six and walked two.  Hector Mendoza allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Landon Beck surrendered four runs in his two innings pitched. Poncedeleon took the loss.

The lone Redbirds run came in the sixth on Carson Kelly’s RBI single.  Kelly went 2-for-4, as did Max Schrock, Adolis Garcia, and Randy Arozarena.

Rangel Ravelo made a throwing error that opened the disastrous second inning.

The Redbirds are 41-28 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  at El Paso, Chris Ellis (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 4, Arkansas 6

Granden Goetzman (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals were edged by the Travelers at Hammons Field on Saturday.  The offense put up two runs in the first inning to take the early lead, but could not hold the advantage.  Tommy Edman’s leadoff single began the inning. Lane Thomas singled and Edman scored on a groundout by Andrew Knizner.  Chris Chinea singled to plate Thomas.  Springfield added another run in the third on Edmundo Sosa’s single.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the ninth, when Granden Goetzman drove in a run on a double to left.  Goetzman went 2-for-4.  Chinea and Edman were also 2-for-4.  Sosa was 3-for-4.

Starter Mike O’Reilly suffered his second loss with Springfield, pitching only 1 2/3 innings and giving up four runs, two earned, on two hits.  The right hander walked three and struck out none. Ramon Santos added 2 1/3 innings and surrendered two runs.  Greg Holland pitched a scoreless fourth and Tommy Layne debuted with a clean fifth. Colton Thomson tossed two scoreless innings and Yeison Medina finished with a run-free ninth.

Edman stole his 12th base in 14 attempts.  Thomas was caught stealing for the fourth time in 16 attempts. Sosa committed a fielding error, his 10th miscue of the season.

The Cardinals are 32-36 on the season and are formally eliminated from the first-half race in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, Connor Jones (4-2, 3.80) 1:05 CT.


Palm Beach – FSL All-Star Game

Austin Warner (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Florida State League All-Star Game was played at Daytona on Saturday.  Palm Beach players who appeared for the South included Andy Young, the starter at second base, Jose Godoy, starter at catcher, Johan Mieses, replacement in right field, and starting pitcher Austin Warner.  None of the position players had hits, going a combined 0-for-5.  Warner pitched one scoreless inning, giving up two hits and striking out one.  The South was defeated by the North 5-0.

In other news, the High-A league announced its 2019 All-Star Game will be held at Roger Dean.

Sunday’s game:   No game


Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 3

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs mounted a major comeback to edge the Kernels in Cedar Rapids on Saturday.  Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas pitched eight innings, giving up three runs on nine hits.  Seijas struck out two, walked one and earned his second win of the season.  Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless ninth to collect his fifth save.

Peoria was held scoreless until the ninth inning.  With the club down 3-0 in the ninth, Rayder Ascanio singled, J.R. Davis was hit by a pitch and Nick Plummer walked. Irving Lopez’ sac fly plated one.  Elehuris Montero was hit by a pitch, and Davis scored on a wild pitch.  Yariel Gonzalez singled to bring in Plummer.  Matt Fiedler doubled to drive in the deciding two.  Fielder went 2-for 4 with a double and triple and Lopez was 2-for-3.

In the field, Seijas made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.

The Chiefs are 38-31 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division. Peoria’s magic number for a first half playoff spot is one. The Chiefs will clinch a wild card playoff berth in Sunday’s first half finale by either beating Cedar Rapids or if Clinton loses.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Paul Balestrieri (2-3, 5.00) 2:05 CT.


State College 7, Williamsport 6 (11 innings)

Brendan Donovan (South Alabama)

In their 2018 home opener on Saturday, the Spikes edged Crosscutters in extra innings.  Starter Winston Nicacio pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Patrick Dayton surrendered one run in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Kevin Hamman allowed one run in his one inning of work.  Brett Seeburger relinquished two runs, one earned, in 1 2/3 innings, and Will Changarotty pitched a scoreless 11th to earn the win, his first.

The Spikes got on the board first in the third inning on an RBI groundout by Delvin Perez.  In the fourth, Wadye Ynfante’s sac fly added a second.  A third run scored in the sixth on a missed catch error.  The Spikes tied it up in the ninth on Brendan Donovan’s sac fly.

With Seeburger on the bump and the extra-innings rule in place in the 10th, the Crosscutters took a two-run lead, but the Spikes answered with two to tie it up again.  Joe Gomez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, and Nick Dunn added a sac fly.  Finally, in the 11th, Donovan’s single on a bunt ground ball brought the winning run home in a walk-off. Only one Spike had multiple hits, as Justin Toerner was 2-for-5.

Edwin Figuera and Nick Dunn stole their first base for the Spikes in their initial attempts.  Toerner swiped his first bag in two tries as he was also caught stealing.  Nicacio made an error on a pickoff attempt, and Brady Whalen committed a throwing error.

The Spikes are 1-1 on the season.

Sunday’s game:  at Williamsport, Angel Rondon (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 17, DSL Rockies 13

In a huge offensive game for both teams, the Cardinal Blue team came out the victor.  The Blue team got on the board with two in the first inning on back to back doubles by Jean Selmo and Freddy De Jesus.  In the second, a sac fly by Pablo Gomez and an RBI groundout by Diomedes Del Rio plated two more runs.  A Del Rio single scored a run in the fourth and a second run in the inning came home on a wild pitch.  In the sixth, back to back sac flies by Darlyn Del Villar and Selmo added two.  The big inning was the seventh.  Leudy Pena hit a two run home run to right field.  Selmo tripled to clear the bases for three more.  Diowill Burgos also tripled and plated one.  In the eighth, three final runs crossed the plate on a Del Villar triple.  Pena went 4-for-4 with two RBI and three runs scored.   Del Rio was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and Selmo was 2-for-4.  De Jesus went 2-for-5 and Pablo Gomez went 2-for-3.

Starter Enmanuel Solano pitched four innings, giving up six runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Anthony Trompiz surrendered six runs, five earned, in 2/3 innings.  Miguel Yadis tossed the next 2 1/3 innings, allowed one run and was the winning pitcher.  Saniel Santana and Leonardo Taveras pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

On the base paths, Del Rio stole his third base in three attempts.  Burgos was picked off first base.  In the field, Gomez made a throwing error.  Yowelfy Rosario committed three errors, two throwing and one fielding.  Catcher Jose Zapata had a passed ball.  Starter Solano picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Blue are 10-3 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Brewers 14

The Red team went down to the Brewers on Saturday in a laugher as the pitching struggled.  Starter Wilman Madera pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on five hits while fanning three and walking one.   Roy Garcia followed with 1 2/3 innings in which he surrendered five runs on three hits.  Miguel Maiz allowed four runs in his 1 1/3 innings of work. Rodard Avelino pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, allowing two additional runs.  Garcia took the loss.

The Red offense scored five runs on five hits, with four scores in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Joerlin De Lo Santos drew a walk. Franklin Soto reached on a fielding error and stole second base.  Francisco Hernandez’ sac fly scored De Los Santos.  Cristhian Longa singled Soto home. Alexander Samuel drew a walk and Luis Andujar doubled to plate Longa and Samuel.  In the second inning, De Los Santos’ RBI single scored the Red team’s fifth and final run.

On the base paths, Soto stole his fifth base in nine attempts.  In the field, De Jesus, Soto and Samuel each committed fielding errors.  Hernandez made a throwing and a fielding error.  Adanson Cruz had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Red are 4-9 on the season and are tied for last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 16, 2018

photo: John Gant (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Friday. Memphis starter John Gant is our Player of the Day after throwing six innings of one-run ball, but an 10th inning comeback was needed to seal the road win.

Results for games played Friday, June 15.


Memphis 6 at Albuquerque 4 (10 innings)

John Gant (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds staged a late comeback for the second night in a row, topping the Albuquerque Isotopes 6-4 in 10 innings, Friday night at Isotopes Park. Memphis leaves town with a series sweep.

Memphis scored twice in the second and again in the third to grab an early lead. In the second, Patrick Wisdom walked and Alex Mejia singled. Adolis Garcia grounded out to bring in Wisdom before Randy Arozarena singled home Mejia. Ramon Urias launched a homer in the third to make the score 3-0.

Starter John Gant was solid once again for the Redbirds. Our Player of the Day pitched six innings, allowing just one earned run on four hits and two walks, while striking out seven batters. Albuquerque scored three quick runs against reliever Conner Greene to take a 4-3 lead heading into the eighth inning.

Memphis tied the game at four in the eighth inning on a sacrifice fly from Garcia. With the new extra innings rules, a runner started on second base in the 10th inning for both teams. Memphis took advantage, as Rangel Ravelo drove in the winning run with a single. Garcia drove in his third run of the night to make the score 6-4.

After Greene’s initial struggles, the bullpen closed the door. Sean Gilmartin, Andrew Morales, Arturo Reyes, and Edward Mujica pitched the final 3 2/3 frames, allowing two hits and a walk, while striking out three. Reyes received the win, while Mujica earned the save for the second night in a row.

The Redbirds are 41-27 on the season and are in first place by 7.5 games in the PCL American Southern Division.

Saturday’s game: at El Paso, Daniel Poncedeleon (5-2, 2.41), 8:05 CT


Springfield 1, Arkansas 3

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals suffered defeat at the hands of the Travelers at Hammons Field on Friday.  The Springfield offense managed only one run in the third against Arkansas pitching.  That run came home on Edmundo Sosa’s RBI single.  The offense had eight hits in total, with Sosa going 3-for-4 and Granden Goetzman 2-for-4. Goetzman had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched seven innings, giving up just one run on seven hits while fanning three and walking three.  Greg Holland pitched one inning of relief and surrendered one run on a solo home run and struck out one.  Holland took the loss.  Jacob Evans allowed one run in the eighth, and Ian McKinney pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 32-35 on the season and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Mike O’Reilly (2-1, 3.57) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach – No Game

The Cardinals have no game scheduled due to the Florida State League All-Star break. The game will be played Saturday night. Palm Beach selections are Austin Warner, Evan Kruczynski, Andy Young, Jose Godoy and Will Latcham. Also named, but promoted are Anthony Shew and Evan Mendoza.

Saturday’s game:   FSL All-Star Game at Daytona, 4:30 CT.


Peoria 4 at Cedar Rapids 12

Bryce Denton (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were pummeled by the Kernels in Cedar Rapids on Friday.  Starter Evan Guillory suffered his fifth loss of the season, pitching four innings, giving up 12 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Andrew Summerville pitched a scoreless fifth.  Zach Prendergast tossed two scoreless innings, and Kodi Whitley followed with a scoreless eighth.

The Peoria offense put up one run in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and seventh innings.  Jose Martinez’ single plated the first run.  In the fourth, Bryce Denton’s single scored run number two.  Elehuris Montero drove in a run on a single in the fifth.  Scott Hurst’s solo home in the seventh represented the final Chiefs run.  Denton went 3-for-4 and Rayder Ascanio was 2-for-4.

Yariel Gonzalez had a missed catch error.

The Chiefs are 37-31 on the season and are in third place in the Midwest League Western. Peoria is one-game out, tied for the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Alvaro Seijas (1-3, 4.55) 6:35 CT.


State College 2 at Williamsport 3

Franyel Casadilla (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes fell to the Williamsport Crosscutters in a one run loss in their season opener on Friday.  The Spikes struck first with two runs in the fourth, the only runs the team would score.  Nick Dunn led off with a double and Brendan Donovan tripled to bring him home.  Brady Whalen plated Donovan on a double.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked none.  Gabriel Gentner surrendered one run in one inning pitched and took the loss.  Jack Dahlberg and Cory Malcolm combined for 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

In the field, Walker Robbins had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 0-1 to begin the season.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Winston Nicacio (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Yankees 5

The Cardinals Blue team edged the Yankees in a one run victory on Friday.  Starter Francis Ventura pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Julio Puello pitched the final four innings and surrendered one earned run.   Puello was the winning pitcher.

The Blue team fell behind early but chipped away at the lead.  The first run scored in the second inning on an RBI double by Yowelfy Rosario.  In the third, Freddy De Jesus plated a run on a single.  De Jesus doubled in a run in the fifth, and Leudy Pena followed suit with an RBI double of his own.  In the sixth, Darlyn Del Villar’s single to center plated two.  De Jesus went 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.

Diomedes Del Rio stole his second base of the season in two attempts.  Rosario stole his third bag in three tries.  Del Villar was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.  In the field, Pablo Gomez made a throwing error, Del Villar a missed catch error, and Luis Rodriguez a throwing error.

The Cardinals Blue are 9-3 on the season and tied for first place in the DSL South.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 3, DSL Rangers2 7

The Red team was blanked by Rangers2 on Friday.  Red managed three runs on four hits, and got on the board first with a run in the both the first and second innings.  A triple by Franklin Soto followed by a sac fly from Adanson Cruz plated the first run.  In the second inning, a run came home on a force out groundout by Joyser Garcia.  The final run came in the fifth on a groundout by Sander Mora.

Starting for the Red team was Luis Ortiz, who pitched 3 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on three hits.  Ortiz struck out three and walked two.  Jose Geronimo got the final out of the fourth.  Ludwin Jimenez pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered five runs on four hits.  Jimenez took the loss.  Sebastian Tabata pitched the ninth in relief of Jimenez and got the final two outs.

Luis Montano stole his first base in four attempts.  Montano was also picked off and caught stealing for the third time.  Jimenez picked off a runner at second base.

The Cardinals Red are 4-8 on the season and are tied with two other teams for last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Brewers, TBA 9:30 am CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of June 4-10

photo: Jose Martinez (Aaron Doster/USA TODAY Sports Images)

In this week’s St. Louis Cardinals action, the club played .500 ball against inferior competition and remains in third place. Jose Martinez’ bat is heating up again, but Carlos Martinez is scuffling. In our history feature, the many accomplishments of Red Schoendienst are remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, June 4 – Off day

Tuesday, June 5 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 7

The Cardinals began a three game series against the Marlins, neck and neck with Cincinnati as the worst team in the National League.  It should have been a cake walk but was very much not.  St. Louis was defeated due to a lack of timely hitting, poor defense and baserunning and pitching that was inconsistent.

Starter Carlos Martinez, back from a stint on the disabled list, pitched like he perhaps should have still been on the disabled list.  After just one brief rehab start, Martinez was back on a major league mound, and pitched only four innings, giving up two runs on four hits, but walking five and striking out five.  The Cardinals called up Preston Guilmet from Memphis, and he was brought in to replace Martinez.  Guilmet proceeded to surrender three runs in one inning pitched.  Austin Gomber covered the sixth and was similarly ineffective, allowing two runs in his one inning of relief.  Tyler Lyons, Sam Tuivailala and John Brebbia stopped the bleeding as each pitched a scoreless inning.  Guilmet earned the loss.

St. Louis batters had 12 hits, but only put four runs on the board.  11 of the hits were singles, plus a double by Kolten Wong.  The first run scored on Yadier Molina’s single in the second inning.  Tommy Pham grounded into a double play in the third that brought a run home.  In the fifth, Pham again grounded into an out that plated a run.  Marcell Ozuna added an RBI single.  That concluded St, Louis scoring.  Matt Carpenter went 3-for-5.  Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 and Ozuna was 3-for-4.

On the base paths, Pham was picked off third base.  In the field, both Carpenter and Yairo Munoz made throwing errors.


Wednesday, June 6 – Cardinals 3, Marlins 11

If the first loss against a poor Marlins team wasn’t bad enough, the second one was worse.  The Marlins shelled St. Louis pitching.  Errors by the defense didn’t help.

Jack Flaherty started, and pitched five innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Brett Cecil allowed two more runs, one earned, in the sixth.  Then came Preston Guilmet for the second night in a row and surrendered two runs in the seventh.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless eighth.  By the ninth, the game was a laugher, so in came infielder Jedd Gyorko to pitch.  He gave up less runs than the rest of the pitching staff, one home run that inning.  Flaherty was tagged with the loss.

The offense scored three runs on eight hits.  Jose Martinez doubled in a run in the third inning.  Yairo Munoz plated a run on a sac fly in the fourth.  In the seventh, Martinez hit an RBI single.  Martinez went 3-for-3.  Tommy Pham was 2-for-4.

In the field, Munoz made three errors, two fielding and one throwing.  On the bright side, Harrison Bader had an outfield assist.


Thursday, June 7 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 1

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals mercifully avoided a Marlins sweep at Busch Stadium in the final game of the series.  Home runs were hit by Jose Martinez and Luke Voit.  Martinez hit a two run shot and Voit hit a solo home run.  The other Cardinal run scored in the sixth on a single by Marcell Ozuna.  Tommy Pham went 2-for-4, Martinez was 2-for-3, and Kolten Wong was also 2-for-3.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched seven innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits while striking out five and walking one.  Jordan Hicks tossed a scoreless eighth and Bud Norris closed with a scoreless ninth.

Wong was caught stealing for the third time.  Dexter Fowler committed a fielding error.


Friday, June 8 – Cardinals 7 at Reds 6 (10 innings)

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals played the other worst NL team, but fared better this time.  The first win was hard fought though and took extra innings.  Starter Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three but walked five.  It was not his best start.  Austin Gomber and Sam Tuivailala combined for two scoreless innings of relief.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless eighth.  Bud Norris came in for the save in the ninth but blew it, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Norris did get the win due to his offense coming back in extra innings.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless 10th.

The first two Cardinal runs scored on a solo home runs by Jose Martinez in the first, and Yairo Munoz in the second.  In the third, Martinez hit his second long ball of the contest, a three run shot.   Matt Carpenter plated a run on a single in the seventh.    In the 10th, Jedd Gyorko’s single to left gave the Cardinals the victory.   Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with his two homers.


Saturday, June 9 – Cardinals 6 at Reds 4

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In the second game of the series, the Cardinals pulled out the victory in regulation, thought the Reds made it closer in the later innings.  Jose Martinez and Marcell Ozuna hit back to back solo home runs in the first inning to put the Cardinals on the board first.  In the third, Yadier Molina’s bases clearing double increased the lead to 5-0.  Matt Carpenter added an insurance run via a solo home run in the seventh inning.  Carpenter went 2-for-5.  Molina was 2-for-3.

Starter Michael Wacha did not repeat his prior almost-no hit performance.  Wacha pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked three.  Mike Mayers surrendered a run in one inning of relief.  Austin Gomber got the last out of the seventh in replacement of Mayers.  Sam Tuivailala allowed one run in the eighth.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tommy Pham stole his ninth base of the season.


Sunday, June 10 – Cardinals 3 at Reds 6

The Cardinals were unable to complete the road sweep of the Reds on Sunday.  Carlos Martinez had his second poor start since returning from the DL.  The team’s ace pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on four hits.  The right hander walked seven and struck out five.  Mike Mayers relieved and pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Brett Cecil surrendered one run in two innings.  John Brebbia tossed a scoreless ninth.  Martinez suffered his third loss of the season.

Marcell Ozuna plated the St. Louis run in the third inning, on a weird fly ball single to left that was originally ruled a catch.  The call was overturned on replay as the ball hit the wall before falling into the upturned glove of left fielder Jesse Winkler.  Yadier Molina’s sac fly created the second run of the inning.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the sixth, when a throw home on a Yairo Munoz fly ball out bounced over the Reds catcher, and then bounced over the relief pitcher who was backing up the play and went into the Cardinals dugout.  Greg Garcia scored.  Matt Carpenter went 2-for-5.  Jose Martinez, Marcell Ozuna and Harrison Bader each went 2-for-4.

Brett Cecil picked a runner off first base.


Big Picture

The Cardinals played a .500 week, losing two games to the Marlins and one game to the Reds.  Last week, I suggested that the Cardinals should sweep the Marlins and possibly the Reds and gain ground.  Unfortunately, it was not done.  The Cardinals played mediocre baseball against two teams they should have dominated.

The pitching faltered, both starting and relief.  Mikolas and Wacha were good, but Weaver, Flaherty, and Martinez all had poor starts.  In the bullpen, Jordan Hicks was very good, as was John Brebbia. The usually consistent Bud Norris had another blown save during the week.  The rest of the bullpen was average to poor.  Brett Cecil appears to still be struggling with both command and velocity.

Defense was just bad with errors all over the infield, especially from Yairo Munoz.  Baserunning was so-so.

The Cardinals play the Padres and the Cubs this week.  The Padres aren’t good but always seem to play the Cardinals hard.  The Cubs are back to winning regularly, and come in strong, though they did lose on Sunday to the Pirates.  The Cardinals need to win the series against the Padres, and at least one from the Cubs, if not two.  But this team has shown that “need to” and “able to” are not the same.

The Cardinals are 35-28 and are in third place in the NL Central, three games back of the Brewers, and 2.5 games back of the Cubs.


NL Central Wins Losses Percent GB
Milwaukee 39 26 0.600
Chicago 37 25 0.597 0.5
St. Louis 35 28 0.556 3
Pittsburgh 32 33 0.492 7
Cincinnati 23 43 0.350 16.5

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Who’s Hot

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of 1.012. He has two HRs, and seven RBI.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of 1.250. He has four HRs, two doubles, and nine RBI.
  • Miles Mikolas has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.57.
  • Michael Wacha has an ERA of 1.32 and a WHIP of 0.73.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of .231.
  • Dexter Fowler has an OPS of .368
  • Jedd Gyorko has an OPS of .417.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 7.20 and a WHIP of 2.40.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 7.20 and a WHIP of 1.80.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 4.00.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.
  • Austin Gomber has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 2.63.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.
  • The number two hitter has been Tommy Pham for five games and Jose Martinez for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Martinez for five games and Pham for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Yadier Molina for four games, Fowler for one game, and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The sixth hitter has been Yairo Munoz for two games, Fowler for two games, and Jedd Gyorko for two games.
  • The seventh hitter has been Munoz for two games, Kolten Wong for two games, Bader for one game, and Fowler for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been Francisco Pena for two games, Wong for two games, and Munoz for two games.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 6/4 The Cardinals optioned C Carson Kelly to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals activated RHP Carlos Martinez from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals activated C Yadier Molina from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals placed 2B Greg Garcia on the Paternity List.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals designated C Steven Baron for assignment.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/5 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Preston Guilmet from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/7 The Cardinals activated 2B Greg Garcia from the Paternity List.
  • 6/7 The Cardinals sent RHP Greg Holland on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/7 The Cardinals sent RHP Matt Bowman on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/7 The Cardinals designated RHP Preston Guilmet for assignment.
  • 6/7 The Cardinals sent C Steven Baron outright to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/8 The Cardinals placed LHP Tyler Lyons on the 10 day disabled list retroactive to June 6, 2018. Left elbow sprain.
  • 6/8 The Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/9 The Toronto Blue Jays claimed RHP Preston Guilmet off waivers from the Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) was transferred from the 10 day DL to the 60 day DL. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone has engaged in strength training and other rehab exercises but has not been cleared for any baseball activity.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) had surgery on June 6 to reattach a tendon in his right lat. Reyes will be out for the remainder of the season but is expected to make a full recovery.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60 day DL. There is expectation that Wainwright will return to start later in the 2018 season.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) continues on the 10 day DL. No announcement has been made of an impending rehab assignment.
  • SS Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) continues to recover from hand surgery. No timetable for his return has been announced.
  • RHP Matt Bowman (blisters on the right hand) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds on June 7. A return to the roster is expected soon.
  • RHP Greg Holland (right hip impingement) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds on June 7. A return to the roster is expected soon.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (left elbow sprain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to June 6. No timetable for a return to the roster has been announced.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals return home from Cincinnati to begin a three game series in Busch Stadium with the Padres.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled to make the Monday start.  Miles Mikolas will go Tuesday, followed by Luke Weaver on Wednesday.

The Cardinals will have an off day Thursday, then play a weekend series against the Cubs in Busch Stadium.  No starters for the series have been announced, but will likely be Michael Wacha, Carlos Martinez, and Jack Flaherty.

Following the Cubs series, the Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to play the Phillies in a three game series.  After leaving Philadelphia, the Redbirds travel to Milwaukee for a four game weekend series with the Brewers.

The Cardinals return to St. Louis from Milwaukee to begin a three game interleague series with the Cleveland Indians at Busch Stadium.  After an off day, the Braves come to St. Louis for a weekend series.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

Cardinal Nation received very sad news this past week when it was announced that former player, manager, Hall of Famer, and Cardinal icon Red Schoendienst passed away at the age of 95.  Like his former teammate and roommate Stan Musial, Red was beloved by all.

Albert Fred “Red” Schoendienst was born on February 2, 1923 in Germantown Illinois, a town about 40 miles east of St. Louis.  Red was a Cardinals fan from childhood, and in 1942, at the age of 19, Schoendienst went to an open tryout for the team.  He was not signed, but a scout later changed his mind and traveled to Germantown to sign him for $75 per month.  Red was a switch hitter and began his baseball career with the Albany Cardinals in the Georgia-Florida League.  He was drafted into the US Army in 1944 but received a medical discharge due to a prior eye injury.

Schoendienst spent three years in the minor leagues before being invited to major league spring training in 1945 and made his debut on April 17, 1945, as a left fielder.  Red was later moved to the infield that season, seeing time at both shortstop and second base.  He was primarily a second baseman for the rest of his St. Louis career.  He played in nine All-Star Games as a Cardinal and was the NL stolen base leader in his rookie season.  He was a part of the 1946 World Champion team as a player, was a coach of the 1964 World Series team and the manager of the 1967 World Series team.

Red was traded on June 14, 1956 to the New York Giants.  It was a very unpopular trade with Cardinals fans.  The Giants dealt Schoendienst to the Milwaukee Braves in 1957 and he was part of the World Champion Braves that season.  Red was diagnosed with tuberculosis in 1958 and did not play in 1959.  He returned in 1960 but was released by the Braves at the end of the season.  Schoendienst returned to the Cardinals in 1961 and remained with them as both a player and a coach until he retired in 1963.  Red was named as the replacement for manager Johnny Keane after Keane resigned following the 1964 season.

Red was St. Louis’ manager from 1965-1976.  He was interim manager in both 1980 and 1990.  His managerial record with the Cardinals was 1,041 wins and 955 losses.  After that phase of is career was over, Red remained employed with the Cardinals as a special assistant coach through 2017, his 72nd consecutive season as a major league player, coach, or manager.

Schoendienst was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee in 1989.  The Cardinals retired his number 2 in 1996.  Red was also inducted to the inaugural class of the Cardinal Hall of Fame in 2014.

Red was married with four children, eight living grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.  On November 13, 2017, Red became the oldest living member of the Hall of Fame at the age of 94.

Red will be sorely missed by all.  He was a Cardinal legend and will never be forgotten.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 10, 2018

photo: Taylor Bryant (Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-5 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach third baseman Taylor Bryant, whose two-run home run keyed the Beach Birds’ victory over Daytona.

Results for games played Saturday, June 9.


Memphis 5, Reno 8

Ramon Urias (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds were edged by the Reno Aces at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  Starter Ryan Helsley had a poor outing, pitching only three innings and giving up five runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two. Arturo Reyes followed with two innings, surrendering three runs on five hits.  Conner Greene added two scoreless frames.  Matt Bowman and Greg Holland, both rehabbing in Memphis, pitched a scoreless inning each.  Helsley was the losing pitcher.

The Redbirds offense was held scoreless until the seventh inning, by which point they were down 8-0.  In the seventh, Randy Arozarena drew a walk, Adolis Garcia doubled, and Arozarena scored on a double play off the bat of Rangel Ravelo.  The offense put up four in the eighth, when Carson Kelly hit a solo home run, Max Schrock launched a solo home run, and Ramon Urias added a two-run blast.  The Redbirds were unable to pull any closer in the ninth.    Kelly went 2-for-4.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-2.

In the field, Kelly had a passed ball.

The Redbirds are 37-26 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Reno, John Gant (4-1, 2.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 2, Tulsa 6

Matt Pearce (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to the Drillers at Hammons Field on Saturday.  The Cardinals got on the board first in the bottom of the first inning on a sac fly by Andrew Knizner.  Springfield didn’t score again until the eighth on a solo home run by Evan Mendoza.  Victor Roache and Blake Drake were both 2-for-4.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched six innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning five and walking none.  Ian McKinney took the seventh and surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits.  Landon Beck tossed the final two innings, also allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits.  Pearce took the loss.

Pearce made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Tommy Edman committed a throwing error and a fielding error.  Knizner had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 30-31 on the season and are tied for second place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Jake Woodford (3-6, 4.95) 6:10 CT


Palm Beach 5, Daytona 1

John Kilichowski (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals defeated the Dayton Tortugas in Jupiter on Saturday in what appeared to be a bullpen game.  Austin Sexton pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, striking out four and walking two.  John Kilichowski contributed three scoreless innings.  Robbie Gordon tossed 1 1/3 innings and surrendered one run.  Jason Zgardowski pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his second save.  Kilichowski was given the win.

The Cardinals offense put up four runs in the first three innings.  In the first, Johan Mieses had an RBI single to left field.  In the second, Chase Pinder’s double brought a second run home.  Taylor Bryant’s two-run home in the third gave Palm Beach the 4-0 lead.  The Cardinals added a final run in the eighth on a double play off the bat of Bryant.  Pinder went 2-for-3 and Mieses was 2-for-4 and stole his second base in two attempts.

The Cardinals are 35-21 on the season and are in first place in the FSL South

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


Peoria 5, Quad Cities 7

Elehuris Montero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were edged at Dozer Park by the River Bandits on Saturday.  The offense was held scoreless until the eighth, when they put five runs on the board in an attempt to catch up.  The attempt fell short.  Jose Martinez drew a leadoff walk, and Scott Hurst added an infield single. Both advanced on a wild pitch.  Zach Kirtley walked to load the bases.  Elehuris Montero doubled to score Martinez and Hurst.  Kirtley came home on Dennis Ortega’s single.  J.R. Davis’ single plated Montero.  The final run of the inning came home on a sac fly by Bryce Denton.  Dennis Ortega was the only Chief with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4.

Starter Alex Fagalde went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on seven hits.   The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Kodi Whitley surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched the final 1 2/3 innings and allowed one additional run.  Fagalde suffered the loss, his second.

The Chiefs are 35-27 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, Evan Guillory (6-3, 2.50) 2:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 6, DSL Nationals 20

The Cardinal Blue team suffered a major shellacking at the hands of the Nationals on Saturday.  Starter Francis Ventura pitched five innings and gave up five runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked two.  Larimel Soriano started the sixth and surrendered five runs while recording only one out.  Saniel Santana allowed two more runs in that inning before getting the final two outs.  Josue Ramirez recorded no outs in the seventh while giving up four runs. Miguel Yedis followed and pitched the seventh and eighth while allowing two runs. Dionys Rodriguez relinquished three runs in the ninth, and was replaced with two outs by Luis Tena, who got the final out but allowed two inherited runners to score.

The Blue team scored six runs on four hits.  In the first inning, a run came home on a fielding error.  A second run scored in the fourth on a wild pitch.  In the sixth, Yowelfy Rosario tripled and plated a run.  A second run in the inning came home on a wild pitch.  The final two runs scored in the ninth on bases-loaded walks by Freddy De Jesus and Diowill Burgos.  Rosario went 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Pablo Gomez was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts.  In the field, Ventura made a throwing error, but also picked a runner off second base.  Carlos Soler had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Cardinals Blue are 5-2 on the young season and are tied for second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 1 at DSL Dbacks2 2

The Red team suffered a 2-1 loss at the hands of the Dbacks2 on Saturday.  The offense managed its run in the fifth inning on an RBI double by Claudio Ramirez.  The only other extra base hit was a double by Jesus Orrechia.

Starter Ludwin Jimenez tossed four scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out seven and walking one.  Luis Ortiz followed with four scoreless innings out of the pen.  Jose Geronimo surrendered the two deciding Dbacks runs in the ninth.  The tying run scored on a wild pitch.  After Geronimo left with two outs and the bases loaded, Wilman Madera walked the winning run home.  That run was charged to Geronimo, who took the loss.

Adanson Cruz stole his third base in three attempts.  Joerlin De Los Santos stole his second base in three attempts.  Luis Montano was picked off first base.  Franklin Soto made a fielding error and a throwing error.  Elvin De Jesus committed a fielding error also.

The Cardinals Red are 3-4 on the young season and are tied for third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 9, 2018

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-3 on Friday.  Our Player of the Day is DSL Cardinals Blue shortstop Darlyn Del Villar, who went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored. Palm Beach and Peoria also won.

Results for games played Friday, June 8.


Memphis 1, Reno 3

Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds were defeated by the Aces on Friday at Auto Zone Park.  The game was scoreless until the seventh, when an RBI single by Alex Mejia plated the first and only run for Memphis.  The offense managed only five hits, including doubles by Oscar Mercado and Andrew Knizner.

Starter Kevin Herget pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing seven hits while fanning 10 and walking one.   Hector Mendoza pitched the eighth and gave up three runs to take the loss and also a blown save.  Sean Gilmartin pitched a scoreless ninth.

Tyler O’Neill stole his second base in two attempts.  Mejia stole his first base in two attempts.

The Redbirds are 37-25 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Reno, Ryan Helsley (2-0, 2.28) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 6 at NW Arkansas 7

Victor Roache (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals absorbed a one-run road loss to the Naturals on Friday.   Starter Anthony Shew suffered his second loss with Springfield.  Shew pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits while striking out two and walking three.  Estarlin Arias surrendered the final two runs in his 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Yeison Medina pitched a scoreless eighth.

The Cardinals offense scored two in the first inning to take the lead.  A Lane Thomas double and a Victor Roache single plated the two runs.  Springfield added a run in the sixth on a single by Jeremy Martinez.  The Naturals put up a five run bottom frame to take the lead and then added another run in the seventh.  The Cardinals attempted to come back with a Chris Chinea solo home run and an RBI single by Stefan Trosclair in the eighth. Roache plated a run on a single in the ninth, but the rally fell short.  Roache and Evan Mendoza went 2-for-5.  Martinez was 3-for-4 and Tommy Edman was 2-for-5.

Edman stole his eighth base in 10 attempts. Chinea, Roache, and Edman each made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 30-30 on the season and slipped into second place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Matt Pearce (0-0, 0.00) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 7, Daytona 6

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Tortugas in regulation on Friday.  Starter Casey Meisner pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Eric Carter followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Will Latcham pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his eighth save.

The Palm Beach offense put up two runs in the first inning on a sac fly by Andy Young and a single by Johan Mieses.  In the third, Taylor Bryant drove in a run on a single to center.  Two innings later, Dylan Carlson blasted a two-run home run.  Young plated another on a single in the sixth, and Jose Godoy did the same in the seventh on a fly ball single to center.  Mieses went 2-for-4.  Shane Billings was 2-for-5 and Bryant was 3-for-4.

Mieses stole his first base in his initial attempt.  Godoy swiped his second bag in two tries for Palm Beach.  Carlson made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 34-21 on the season and are tied for first place in the FSL South.

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


Peoria 5, Quad Cities 1

Julio Rodriguez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the River Bandits at Dozer Park on Friday.  The offense did its damage in innings four and five.  In the fourth, three runs came home on Zach Kirtley’s RBI double and Julio Rodriguez’ two-run home run.  In the fifth, Elehuris Montero plated a run on a single, and Yariel Gonzalez’ sac fly drove in another.  Jose Martinez went 2-for-3.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked four. Andrew Summerville followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  C.J. Saylor and Thomas St. Clair combined for the two more run-free relief frames, with St. Clair earning his fourth save.

Bryce Denton had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Chiefs are 35-26 on the season and are in first place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities, Alex Fagalde (1-1, 1.82) 6:30 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 10, DSL Angels 0

Julio Puello

The Cardinals Blue team pummeled the DSL Angels on Friday in their third straight game scoring at least 10 runs.  Starter Julio Puello pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits while fanning five and walking three.  Leonardo Taveras followed with three scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Freddy Pacheco tossed the final two scoreless innings.

The Blue offense scored 10 runs on 13 hits.  Leudy Pena’s two-run home run in the second inning put Blue on the board.  In the third, Jean Selmo plated a run on a single.  The Cardinals Blue put up four runs in the fourth. Darlyn Del Villar drew a bases loaded walk to begin the scoring.  Selmo doubled in two, then Yowelfy Rosario added an RBI single.   In the fifth, Del Villar doubled in a run, and Pablo Gomez plated another on a single. Luis Rodriguez’ ground out brought the 10th and final run home in the sixth.  Player of the Day Del Villar went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Selmo was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  Rosario was 3-for-4 with an RBI.

The Cardinals Blue are 5-1 on the season and tied for first place in the DSL South.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Mets2 7

The Red team were edged by the Mets2 on Friday.  Red got on the board first with a run in the top of the first inning on Luis Montano’s sac fly.  Two runs in the fourth came home on a Joyser Garcia double, and a Luis Andujar single.  In the sixth, Montano tripled in a run, and Claudio Ramirez added a sac fly.  Another sac fly in the seventh by Cristhian Longa finished the Red scoring.  Garcia went 3-for-4, and Montano went 2-for-3.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched five innings, giving up four runs on six hits while fanning seven and walking two.  Rodard Avelino surrendered two runs in the sixth inning. Roy Garcia pitched the final two innings and gave up the winning run.  Garcia was tagged with a blown save and the loss.

The base paths were busy. Andujar stole his first base in his first attempt.  Franklin Soto stole his third bag in six tries.  Montano was caught stealing for the second time in two attempts.  Andujar committed a fielding error.  Catcher Longa had a passed ball.  Adanson Cruz had two outfield assists, throwing runners out at second base and at home.

The Cardinals Red are 3-3 on the season and are in second place, one game back of four teams tied for first place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

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


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 28 – June 3

photo: Michael Wacha (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

In this week’s St. Louis Cardinals action, the club rebounded from a series loss in Milwaukee to take three of four at home from the Pirates, a set that included two walk-off wins and eight innings of no-hit pitching by Michael Wacha. In our history feature, Cardinals no-hitters are remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, May 28 – Cardinals 3 at Brewers 8

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

In the first of three game in Milwaukee, the Cardinals were overmatched by the Brewers.  St. Louis’ offense was held scoreless by starter Brent Suter until the fifth inning, when the Cardinals got to him with the long ball.  Yairo Munoz blasted a two run home run to left center, and Matt Carpenter hit a solo shot to right.  Those three runs were the only output for the game, however.  Only Carpenter had multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4.

St. Louis starter Luke Weaver pitched four innings, giving up four runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Mike Mayers surrendered an additional run in two innings pitched.  Brett Cecil yielded three runs in the seventh inning.  Only John Brebbia pitched cleanly, tossing a scoreless eighth, but by then, the damage was done.  Weaver suffered his fifth loss of the season.

Weaver made an error on a pickoff attempt and Tommy Pham committed a fielding error.


Tuesday, May 29 – Cardinals 6 at Brewers 1

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals redeemed themselves in Game 2 of the series, backing up a good Michael Wacha start with some offense.  Wacha pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on two hits.  The right hander’s only blemish was four walks and he fanned three. Sam Tuivailala got the final out of the seventh.  Jordan Hicks pitched the last two scoreless innings.  Wacha earned his sixth win.

A 3-for-4 game with a solo home run made Harrison Bader one of the offensive stars of the game.  Bader hit the ball over the fence to begin a four-run second inning.  Matt Carpenter drew a bases loaded walk to plate a second run.  Jedd Gyorko drove in two on a single to center.  Carpenter’s solo shot in the fourth gave the Cardinals the 5-0 lead.  The Brewers scored one in the seventh, but the Cardinals answered in the eighth with a solo home run off the bat of Francisco Pena.    Pena was 3-for-4 to match Bader.  Gyorko was 2-for-5.

In the field, Carpenter made a throwing error.


Wednesday, May 30 – Cardinals 2 at Brewers 3

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The hugely anticipated post-Tommy John MLB debut for Alex Reyes ended in disappointment.  The disappointment was not only for the loss, but for Reyes’ unfortunate shoulder injury that put him back on the disabled list after pitching only four innings.  The four innings were scoreless, but they came at a price.  Reyes allowed four hits, struck out two and walked two and was replaced in the fifth with John Gant.  Gant pitched two innings and gave up one run.  Tyler Lyons’ appearance was short, as he gave up a home run to his first batter.  Lyons was immediately removed and replaced by Sam Tuivailala.  Tuivailala gave up the winning run in his two innings of relief and took the loss.

The two St. Louis runs came in the seventh inning, on Harrison Bader’s solo home run and Tommy Pham’s sac fly.  Dexter Fowler went 3-for-4 and Yairo Munoz was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Munoz stole his first base of the season.  Tuivailala committed a fielding error.  Reyes picked a runner off first base.


Thursday, May 31 – Cardinals 10, Pirates 8

Yairo Munoz (Scott Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals returned to St. Louis to take on the Pirates in a four-game series, and in Game 1, the bats on both sides were on fire.  The Cardinals outslugged the Bucs in the end.

The scoring began with a four-run first inning for the Redbirds.  Dexter Fowler singled to score two, and Yairo Munoz plated two more on a double.    The Pirates came back to tie it in the fifth, but the Cardinals answered in the bottom frame with a Greg Garcia RBI single.   The Cardinals held serve until the eighth, when the Pirates put four on the board against relievers Jordan Hicks and Bud Norris.

But the Cardiac Cardinals were not done.  Down 8-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Harrison Bader and Tommy Pham reached base, Bader on a double, and Pham via an error.  Marcell Ozuna walked to load the bases.  Pinch hitter Luke Voit singled to score Bader and Pham to make it a one-run game.  Yairo Munoz blasted a three-run home run to center field to walk it off.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-5, Bader was 3-for-5, Fowler was 2-for-4, Munoz was 2-for-5, and Greg Garcia was 2-for-3.

The game started with Jack Flaherty on the mound.  Flaherty pitched five innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked none.  Tyler Lyons and John Brebbia combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Jordan Hicks got the final out of the seventh and returned for the eighth.   Hicks left the eighth having gotten two outs and allowing three runs.  Bud Norris gave up another run without recording an out.  Mike Mayers secured the final out of the eighth and returned to pitch a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Bader stole his sixth big league base of the season.  Flaherty made a fielding error on a pickoff.  Munoz committed a fielding error and Fowler made a throwing error.  Francisco Pena had a passed ball.


Friday, June 1 – Cardinals 0, Pirates 4

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals bats must have been tired after the previous game, as they were shut out by the Pirates, managing only four hits.  Marcell Ozuna was 2-for-4, both singles.  Jose Martinez had the only extra base hit, a double.  Dexter Fowler singled.

Starter Miles Mikolas pitched six innings with no run support from his offense.  The right hander gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits, striking out two and walking one.  Sam Tuivailala surrendered two more runs in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Mike Mayers and Brett Cecil combined for the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Mikolas was tagged with the loss, his first.

Yairo Munoz made a fielding error.


Saturday, June 2 – Cardinals 3, Pirates 2

Kolten Wong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals bounced back to take game three from the Pirates, in a low scoring, one run walk off victory.    Luke Weaver made the start, and pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The righty struck out four and issued no free passes.  Austin Gomber, making his big league debut, pitched three scoreless innings to keep St. Louis in the game.  Bud Norris blew the save in the ninth, as a home run gave the lead to the Pirates.  The lead was taken back in the ninth, however, and Norris got the win.

The Redbirds took the initial lead on Marcell Ozuna’s solo home run in the second inning.  After the Bucs tied it up in the fifth, Tommy Pham hit an RBI single in the bottom frame to recapture the lead.  The next three innings were scoreless on both sides, until the ninth, and the solo home run by Austin Meadows that gave the lead back to the Pirates.  Fortunately for the Cardinals, they had one more chance in the bottom of the ninth, and Kolten Wong came through, hitting a home run to right on the second pitch he saw for the walk off win.


Sunday, June 3 – Cardinals 5, Pirates 0

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals made an easy grab of the fourth and final game of the series, behind brilliant pitching by Michael Wacha.  Wacha took a no-hitter into the ninth inning for the second time in his major league career.  The no-hitter was broken up by the first batter of the ninth, with a clean single over the head of Kolten Wong.  Wacha exited to the thunderous applause of a standing ovation, having pitched eight-plus scoreless, one hit innings.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless ninth to preserve Wacha’s seventh win of the season.

St. Louis scored the bulk of its runs in the first inning.  Matt Carpenter did Matt Carpenter things by getting on base with a walk. Tommy Pham then did his thing and singled to center.  Jose Martinez reached on an error by Pirates shortstop Sean Rodriguez.  With the bases loaded, Marcell Ozuna blasted a grand slam to left field to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead.  St. Louis added a run in the eighth, on Yairo Munoz’ single.  Pham was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4.

Munoz stole his third base of the season.


Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week with a record of 4-3, having lost a series to the Brewers but winning the series against the Pirates.  The Cardinals have a record of 32-25 and stand 3.5 games back of the Brewers, and 1.5 games back of the second-place Cubs in the NL Central.

The week brought some minor faltering signs in the rotation, with young pitchers Luke Weaver and Jack Flaherty making a couple of shaky starts.  Wacha has been excellent, and Mikolas remains steady.  The week also included the brief return of Alex Reyes to the rotation, but the injury bug has again bitten the young pitcher.  Reyes is on the DL with a significant lat strain, which means another long stint out.  Fortunately, Carlos Martinez will return to the rotation on Tuesday, along with Yadier Molina.  Injuries have plagued the Cardinals this season, mostly among the pitching staff.

The bullpen was mostly fine, but the usual consistent Bud Norris has blown a couple of saves this past week.   The return of Luke Gregerson and Matt Bowman to the bullpen is imminent, however.

Offense continues to be inconsistent.  Carpenter has come out of his slump, as has Dexter Fowler.  Tommy Pham and Marcell Ozuna are showing signs of life as well.  Jose Martinez is slumping, and Kolten Wong continues to struggle at the plate, but dazzles with the glove.

The loss of Paul DeJong has greatly affected the infield defense.  Yairo Munoz and Greg Garcia have been filling in at shortstop, but neither have been particularly effective there.  Munoz has made several harmful errors at the position, but his efforts at the plate have overshadowed his defensive shortcomings.  Jose Martinez still struggles to look passable at first base.  Outfield defense has been fine, though Marcell Ozuna has made some errors and misplays in left field.  Baserunning has been fine.

The Cardinals play three this week against a poor Marlins team.  There is no reason the Cardinals shouldn’t sweep this series.  The team then plays the last-place Reds, who they have been dominating all season.  If the Cardinals can’t gain ground this coming week, there is something seriously wrong.


NL Central Standings W L % GB
Milwaukee 37 23 0.617
Chicago 33 23 0.589 2
St. Louis 32 25 0.561 3.5
Pittsburgh 30 29 0.508 6.5
Cincinnati 21 39 0.35 16

Who’s Hot

Over the past seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of 1.216.  He has two HRs, one double, and three RBI.
  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of .946.  He has two HRs, two doubles and three RBI.
  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of .955.  He has one HR, and two RBI.
  • Yairo Munoz has an OPS of .984.  He has two HRs, one double, and eight RBI.
  • Michael Wacha has an ERA of 1.35 and a WHIP of 0.90.
  • Austin Gomber has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.25.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Carson Kelly has an OPS of .125.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .167.
  • Francisco Pena has an OPS of .312.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of .317.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.
  • Brett Cecil has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 2.00.
  • Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 1.50.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last seven games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.
  • The number two hitter has been Jose Martinez for two games, Harrison Bader for two games, Jedd Gyorko for two games, and Greg Garcia for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Tommy Pham for five games, and Martinez for two games.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna for four games, Martinez for one game, Jedd Gyorko for one game, and Tyler O’Neill for one game.
  • The fifth hitter has been Dexter Fowler for two games, Bader for two games, Ozuna for one game, Gyorko for one game, and O’Neill for one game.
  • The sixth hitter has been Yairo Munoz for three games, Fowler for two games, Kolten Wong for one game, and Bader for one game.
  • The seventh hitter has been Munoz for three games, Wong for three games, and Greg Garcia for one game.
  • The eighth hitter has been Francisco Pena for four games, and Carson Kelly for three games.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 5/30 The Cardinals activated RHP Alex Reyes from the 60 day disabled list.
  • 5/30 The Cardinals transferred RHP Dominic Leone from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list. Right upper arm nerve irritation.
  • 5/30 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals placed RHP Alex Reyes on the 10 day disabled list. Right lat strain.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals sent RHP Carlos Martinez on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals optioned OF Tyler O’Neill to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals optioned RHP John Gant to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals recalled 1B Luke Voit from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals recalled LHP Austin Gomber from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/31 The Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 6/2 The Cardinals sent C Yadier Molina on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) has been placed on the 10-day DL. Further tests revealed some nerve damage, but no surgery is required. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.  Leone has engaged in strength training and other rehab exercises but has not been cleared for any baseball activity.
  • C Yadier Molina (pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals on June 2. Molina is expected to be return to the active roster and lineup on Tuesday, June 5.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to May 9. Martinez was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals and is scheduled to be activated and start on Tuesday, June 5 against the Marlins.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (right lat strain) was activated from the 60-day DL and made a start on Wednesday, May 30. Reyes pitched four innings and was removed.  It was later announced Reyes suffered a significant lat strain and was placed on the 10-day DL.  Reyes is scheduled to see a doctor this week for a second opinion.  It is expected Reyes will be out for a lengthy period of time.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) continues on the 60-day DL. There is expectation that Wainwright will return later in the 2018 season.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson (right shoulder impingement) continues on the 10-day DL. Gregerson has pitched bullpen sessions and could return to the roster sometime during the week of June 4.
  • SS Paul DeJong (fractured left hand) continues to recover from hand surgery. No timetable for his return has been announced.
  • RHP Matt Bowman remains on the 10-day DL with blisters on two fingers of his pitching hand. The right hander has thrown two bullpens, the most recent on Saturday.  The right hander could be sent on a rehab assignment during the week of June 4.
  • RHP Greg Holland (right hip impingement) continues on the 10-day DL. No timetable for his return has been announced.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals begin the week with an off day Monday. Beginning Tuesday, the Cardinals take on the Miami Marlins for a three-game series at Busch Stadium.  Carlos Martinez is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list and make the start on Tuesday.  Jack Flaherty is scheduled for the Wednesday start, followed by Miles Mikolas on Thursday.

The Cardinals leave St. Louis on Thursday and travel to Cincinnati for a weekend series with the Reds, then return to St. Louis to begin a three-game set at Busch Stadium against the Padres.

The Cardinals have another off day on Thursday, June 14.  The Cubs come to Busch Stadium on Friday the 15th for a weekend series.

Following the Cubs series, the Cardinals travel to Philadelphia to play the Phillies in a three-game set.  The team then travels to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers from June 21-24.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

In Sunday’s game against the Pirates, Michael Wacha took a no-hitter into the ninth inning for the second time in his career.  On September 24, 2013, Wacha was one out away from a no-hitter against the Washington Nationals at Busch Stadium.  The no-hitter was broken up by an infield single by Ryan Zimmerman.  In Sunday’s game, the no-hitter was broken up by the first batter of the inning, Colin Moran, who lined a clean single over the head of second baseman Kolten Wong.

The Cardinals have had nine no-hitters in the history of the franchise.  The first no-hitter was pitched by Jesse Haines on July 17, 1924.  The opponent was the Boston Braves.  The Cardinals won the game, 5-0.   “Pop” Haines pitched for the Cardinals from 1920-1937, a period which included three World Championships.

The St. Louis no-hitter occurred on September 21, 1934 in the second game of a doubleheader against the Brooklyn Dodgers.  The no-hit hurler was Paul Dean, nicknamed “Daffy” and the brother of Jay “Dizzy” Dean, the more famous Cardinal pitcher of the siblings.  Paul Dean tossed the no-hitter during his rookie season.

Lon Warnecke pitched a no-hitter for the Cardinals on August 30, 1941 against the Cincinnati Reds.  The next no-hitter occurred on September 18, 1968 against the San Francisco Giants in Candlestick Park.  The author of that no-hitter was Ray Washburn.

Three years later, Bob Gibson pitched the only no-hitter of his career on August 14, 1971 against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Bob Forsch

The only Cardinals pitcher to toss multiple no-hitters was Bob Forsch.  His first was on April 16, 1978 against the Philadelphia Phillies and the second occurred on September 26, 1983 against the Montreal Expos.

Jose Jimenez threw a no-hitter against the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 25, 1999 in his rookie season, and defeated Diamondbacks pitcher and future Hall of Famer Randy Johnson, 1-0.

The most recent Cardinals no hitter occurred on September 3, 2001 with Bud Smith on the mound.  Smith, also in his rookie year, defeated the San Diego Padres, 4-0.  Smith gave up four walks and threw 134 pitches.  Smith’s career was short; he was traded mid-season 2002 to the Phillies as part of the take for Scott Rolen, but never appeared in a major league game again.

No St. Louis pitcher has pitched a no-hitter since Smith’s 2001 gem.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 3, 2018

photo: Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield center fielder Lane Thomas, who was 2-for-5 with a solo home run, a two-run home run, four RBI and two runs scored.

Results for games played Saturday, June 2.


Memphis 6 at New Orleans 5 (10 innings)

Edward Mujica (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds came back from a 5-0 deficit to edge New Orleans in extra innings on Saturday.  Starter Ryan Helsley pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up five unearned runs on two hits while striking out three and walking four.  Hector Mendoza followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Andrew Morales, Arturo Reyes, and Preston Guilmet each pitched a scoreless frame.  Edward Mujica tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn the win.

The first Redbirds run came via a leadoff solo home run by Adolis Garcia in the fourth.  The Redbirds put up three more in the seventh.  Tyler O’Neill plated two on a single to left.  O’Neill later scored on a single by Andrew Knizner.  Patrick Wisdom’s double tied the game in the eighth.  In the 10th, a sac fly by Max Schrock broke the tie and led Memphis to the win.  Wisdom and Oscar Mercado were both 2-for-5.

Schrock stole his seventh base in 11 attempts, and Wisdom stole his sixth base in seven attempts. Schrock committed a fielding error, and Ramon Urias and Alex Mejia made throwing errors.

The Redbirds are 35-22 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  at New Orleans, Kevin Herget (3-4, 3.61) 1:00 CT.


Springfield 11, San Antonio 6

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated the Missions at Hammons Field on Saturday.  The offense put up runs in five of nine innings, beginning with one run in the second inning on Lane Thomas’ leadoff solo home run.  In the third, Tommy Edman led off with a double and scored on Stefan Trosclair’s single.  A five run fourth inning began with a Victor Roache solo home run.   Rehabbing Yadier Molina’s sac fly plated another.  Thomas followed Molina with a two-run home run.  In the sixth, Granden Goetzman plated two on a double and Roache hit a sac fly for another run.   The final run came home in the seventh on an RBI single by Edman.  Edman was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Trosclair was 5-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Thomas was 2-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Roache was 2-for-4.

Starter Anthony Shew won his second game since joining Springfield, pitching seven innings and giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Previously a starter, Conner Greene allowed four unearned runs in the eighth, and only secured two outs.  Ramon Santos pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Trosclair stole his first base for Springfield in one attempt.  In the field, Evan Mendoza and Trosclair both made fielding errors.

The Cardinals are 28-27 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Matt Pearce (2018 debut) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 9

Andy Young (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Hammerheads on Saturday.  Starter Ian Oxnevad, back after a long layoff due to rainouts, was rocked for eight runs on eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.  The left hander did not strike out any and walked two.  John Kilichowski allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings.  Robbie Gordon and Austin Sexton combined to pitch the final 2 2/3 scoreless frames.  Oxnevad took the loss.

The Cardinals offense managed only six hits and one run, and it did not come until the ninth inning.  Andy Young and J.B. Woodman singled and Chase Pinder drew a walk.  With the bases loaded and no outs, Jose Godoy grounded into a force out as Young scored.  Going 2-for-4, Young was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Kramer Robertson committed a throwing error.  Oxnevad picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 29-21 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

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


Peoria 0 at Clinton 5

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

The Chiefs were shut out on Saturday by the Clinton LumberKings.  Peoria’s offense managed just six hits, including doubles by Bryce Denton and Jose Martinez, and a triple by Zach Kirtley.  However, none of the extra base hits resulted in runs.   Kirtley went 2-for-4.

Starter Johan Oveido lost his fifth game of the season.  The right-hander went 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits.  He fanned five and walked four.  Andrew Summerville allowed an additional run in his 1 1/3 innings. C.J. Saylor finished two scoreless innings of relief.

Matt Fiedler committed a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 31-25 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Alex Fagalde (0-1, 2.12) 2:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 15 at DSL Twins 5

Luis Rodriguez

In their season opener, the Cardinals Blue team pummeled the Twins on Saturday on the road.  The offense put up 14 runs in the first two innings with home runs in the second inning from Luis Rodriguez and Carlos Soler.  Rodriguez blasted a grand slam, and Soler thumped a three-run home run.  In the first inning, Blue put up six runs, starting with a hit by pitch of Freddy De Jesus, then a bases loaded walk from Pablo Gomez.  Leudy Pena plated a run on a single and Rodriguez followed with an RBI groundout.  The final two runs of the inning scored on Darlin Moquete’s single and Darlyn De Villar’s bases loaded walk.  In addition to the two home runs in the second, Diowill Burgos plated a run on a triple.  Moquete went 2-for-6 with two runs scored.  Soler was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and three driven in, Burgos was 2-for-5, Pena was 3-for-4 with two runs scored, and Rodriguez was 2-for-5 with two runs scored and six RBI.

Starter Dionis Zamora pitched five innings, giving up one run on one hits while fanning four and walking three.  Julio Puello allowed one run in three innings of relief. Josue Ramirez surrendered three runs in 2/3 of an inning, and Antony Trompiz got the last out of the ninth without further damage.  Zamora was the winning pitcher.

Moquete stole his first base of the season. De Jesus made a fielding error, and Rodriguez had a missed catch error.  Soler added an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 1-0 on the young season.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Cubs2 6

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Cubs2 in their first-ever game and the opener of the Dominican Summer League season.  Starter Jose Moreno pitched three innings, giving up two runs on four hits while striking out two and walking two.  Hector De Los Santos allowed on unearned run in his two innings.    Wilman Madera surrendered three runs in the seventh, tossing two frames in total and was charged with a blown save and the loss.  Jose Geronimo handled the final two scoreless innings.

The Red team put up four runs in the fourth, beginning with a leadoff double by Cristhian Logo.  A passed ball sent Logo to third and he scored on a fielding error.  A hit by pitch and two wild pitches resulted in two more runs.  Luis Andujar later doubled and scored on a double by Joerlin De Los Santos.  The fifth and final run crossed the plate in the eighth on Claudio Ramirez’ double.  De Los Santos went 2-for-3. Longa was 2-for-5, Adanson Cruz was 2-for-4, and Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

De Los Santos stole home for his first stolen base of the season.  Franklin Soto stole his first base of the season and committed a fielding error.  Outfielder De Los Santos also made a fielding error, and catcher Jesus Orecchia was charged with catcher interference.  Pitcher De Los Santos made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Outfielder De Los Santos had an outfield assist, and Cruz had an outfield assist.  Pitchers Madera and Geronimo picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Red are 0-1 on the young season.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 2, 2018

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-2 on Friday.  Our Players of the Day are Palm Beach starter Austin Warner, who pitched six scoreless innings and fanned six, and first baseman Ryan McCarvel, whose two-run home run in the 10th sealed the victory over Jupiter.

Results for games played Friday, June 1.


Memphis 3 at New Orleans 6

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds fell in New Orleans on Friday as Sean Gilmartin suffered his second loss of the season.  Gilmartin pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs on three hits while striking out three and walking four. Mike O’Reilly tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief following Gilmartin.  Arturo Reyes pitched the last two innings and surrendered two insurance runs after his team had pulled to within one.

Memphis got on the board in the first on a double play ball from Patrick Wisdom following Oscar Mercado’s leadoff double and Rangel Ravelo’s single. The Redbirds didn’t score again until the eighth when Ravelo blasted a two-run home run to center field.  Ravelo went 2-for-4 on the night, as did Mercado, who scored twice.

In the field, Tyler O’Neill had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Redbirds are 34-22 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at New Orleans, Ryan Helsley (2-0, 1.29) 6:00 CT.


Springfield 3, San Antonio 5

Victor Roache (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals couldn’t get by the Missions in a Friday night contest at Hammons Field.  Starter Connor Jones pitched six innings, giving up five runs on eight hits.   The right hander struck out two and walked one and suffered his second loss of the season.  Jacob Evans added two scoreless innings in relief and Yeison Medina tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals put up two runs in the first to take an early lead.  They came on a sac fly by Lane Thomas and a single by Evan Mendoza.  A leadoff Granden Goetzman triple followed by Victor Roache’s single plated the third and final run in the sixth.   Goetzman and  Stefan Trosclair each went 2-for-4.  Roache was 3-for-4.

In the field, Jeremy Martinez had a passed ball.  Goetzman made an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 27-27 on the season and are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. San Antonio, Anthony Shew (1-1, 8.10) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 2 (10 innings)

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals blanked the Hammerheads in extra innings on Friday at Roger Dean.  Starter Austin Warner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits while fanning six and walking none.  Jesus Cruz gave up one run in the eighth, and Jason Zgardowski surrendered a run in the ninth.  Zgardowski was tagged with a blown save but also was the winning pitcher.  Will Latcham pitched a scoreless 10th to earn his sixth save.

The Cardinals got on the board in the third on an RBI ground out by Shane Billings.  Palm Beach added a run in the seventh on Jose Godoy’s double.  The Hammerheads scored in the eighth and ninth to tie the game and send it in to extra innings.  In the 10th, Ryan McCarvel’s two-run home run gave the Cardinals the lead and the victory.  Andy Young was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4.

The Cardinals are 29-20 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Jupiter, TBA 4:30 CT.


Peoria 4 at Clinton 3

Elehuris Montero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs edged the Lumberkings at Clinton on Friday.  Peoria fell behind 3-0 in the first inning but put up one run in the second on Angel Moreno’s RBI single.  In the third, Matt Fiedler drove in two on a line drive single to left to tie the game.  The winning run came home in the ninth on a solo home run by Elehuris Montero, his sixth of the season.  Jose Martinez was the only Chief with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-3.

Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked none.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win.

Moreno was caught stealing for the first time in his initial attempt.

The Chiefs are 31-24 on the season and are in first place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Clinton, Johan Oveido (1-4, 6.56) 6:30 CT.


Dominican Summer League

The 2018 Dominican Summer League season gets underway Saturday morning with two 10:00 a.m. games.

DSL Cardinals Blue at Twins
DSL Cubs 2 at Cardinals Red

TCN members can read our in-depth preview of the 72-game season including the roster breakdown between the two clubs and those graduating to play in the US.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook – Week of May 21-27

photo: Tyler O’Neill (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

In this week’s St. Louis Cardinals action, the club had another 3-3 week, following a home series loss to the Royals with a winning set in Pittsburgh. Rookie Tyler O’Neill has aided the inconsistent offense. In our history feature, the 1985 World Series is remembered.


Game Recaps

Monday, May 21 – Cardinals 6, Royals 0

Miles Mikolas (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals shut down the visiting Royals in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium.  Starter Miles Mikolas pitched the complete game, allowing only four hits, while fanning nine and walking one.    It was the right hander’s first career shutout.

St. Louis’ offense put up four runs in the third inning, with three via a massive home run off the bat of Tyler O’Neill.  It was O’Neill’s third home run in three games.  Also, in the third inning, Marcell Ozuna singled home a run on a ground ball to right field.  Tyler O’Neill continued to drive in runs with an RBI double in the fifth.  In the seventh, a solo home run by Matt Carpenter plated the final run.  Carpenter went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.   Ozuna was 2-for-3, O’Neill was 2-for-4.


Tuesday, May 22 – Cardinals 1, Royals 5

It didn’t go well for the Redbirds in the second game of the series.  The offense just couldn’t get the timely hit, racking up 11 hits but only scoring one run.  That came in the first inning, when Jose Martinez came home on a double steal.  Marcell Ozuna went 3-for-4 and Yairo Munoz was 4-for-4.

Stater Luke Weaver pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked one.  Brett Cecil and Mike Mayers combined for a scoreless eighth.  Greg Holland started the ninth, but continued to struggle, surrendering two runs without recording an out.  John Brebbia finished the ninth.  Weaver took the loss, his fourth.

On the base paths, Martinez stole his first base of the season.  Ozuna stole his third bag.  Munoz was caught stealing twice.


Wednesday, May 23 – Cardinals 2, Royals 5 (10 innings)

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals fell to the Royals for the second night in a disappointing series loss to their cross-state rivals.   Michael Wacha’s pitching wasn’t the problem.  The right hander went 6 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits while fanning six and walking none.  Sam Tuivailala secured the last out of the seventh.  Jordan Hicks pitched a scoreless eighth.  Bud Norris had a difficult ninth, surrendering three runs, two earned, and was tagged with the loss.  Brett Cecil and Mike Mayers combined for a scoreless 10th.

Once again, St. Louis’ offense was lackluster.  Both runs scored in the second inning on Harrison Bader’s ground out and Francisco Pena’s double.  Pena went 2-for-4.

Tyler ONeill made a fielding error but also had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.  Norris also committed a fielding error.


Thursday, May 24 – Off day


Friday, May 25 – Cardinals 1 at Pirates 8

The Cardinals arrived in Pittsburgh for a weekend series with the Pirates, and the first game was not a good one for them.  St. Louis’ offense was kept off the board until the eighth inning, when Tommy Pham broke through with a solo home run.  That would be the only run in the game for the Cardinals.  Marcell Ozuna went 2-for-3 and Jedd Gyorko went 2-for-4.

John Gant made the start and pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out seven and walked none.  Brett Cecil surrendered an additional run in the sixth before John Brebbia allowed two more runs in the seventh, as did Greg Holland in the eighth.


Saturday, May 26 – Cardinals 4 at Pirates 1

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

It went much better for the Cards in the second game on Saturday.  Jack Flaherty pitched well again, though he was not as dominant as he had been in his previous start.  Flaherty pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.   Tyler Lyons, Jordan Hicks, and Bud Norris combined for the final three scoreless innings.  Flaherty earned his second win of the season.

The game began with a Matt Carpenter leadoff solo home run in the first to give St. Louis the lead.  A second run was added in the third on a Jose Martinez RBI single.  In the fourth, Francisco Pena’s sac fly plated a run, and Yairo Munoz drove in a run on a single.

Harrison Bader stole his fifth base of the season.


Sunday, May 27 – Cardinals 6 at Pirates 4

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals took the final game to win the series in Pittsburgh.  St. Louis again scored first when Matt Carpenter and Marcell Ozuna doubled.  The Cardinals then fell behind, but rallied with two runs in the seventh, followed by three runs in the eighth.  Jedd Gyorko drove in two on his seventh inning single, and in the eighth, Harrison Bader had an RBI single, Yairo Munoz drew a bases loaded walk, and Carson Kelly plated a run on a ground ball force out.  Carpenter went 2-for-4.

Miles Mikolas didn’t have his best stuff but kept the Redbirds in the game.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up four runs on five hits while fanning five and walking one. The bullpen did its job as Sam Tuivailala tossed a scoreless seventh and earned the win.  Jordan Hicks added a scoreless eighth and Bud Norris a clean ninth.


Big Picture

The Cardinals ended their second consecutive week at 3-3, losing the series to the Royals, but winning the set in Pittsburgh.  The Royals matchup was both disappointing and ugly, marked more by lackluster offense, but also some bad defense and bad baserunning.  Pitching remains the strong suit for the most part.

The Pirates series brought more lackluster offense in Game 1, but there was improvement in the final two games.  Matt Carpenter has emerged from his long slump, but the usual stalwart Tommy Pham has descended into a slump, though a modest one so far.  Marcell Ozuna has improved his batting average, but the power that was expected is still nowhere to be found.  Ozuna is hitting singles, but not much more.  Dexter Fowler was injured in the Pirates series, but his offense remains a concern.  Kolten Wong is staying in the lineup for the most part due to his excellent defense, but how long remains to be seen.

Injuries have plagued the Cardinals, and this is no insignificant factor, but the players that are healthy need to pick it up.  The Cardinals cannot sustain their winning record for long with pitching and one or two offensive players carrying the load.

The Cardinals meet the first-place Brewers for a three game series beginning Monday.  It is crucial that St. Louis makes its mark here by winning at least two.  The Cardinals typically play well in Miller Park, but the offense has to be better.


NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 34 20 0.630
St. Louis 28 22 0.560 4
Chicago 27 22 0.551 4.5
Pittsburgh 28 24 0.538 5
Cincinnati 19 35 0.352 15

Who’s Hot

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Tyler O’Neill has an OPS of 1.235.  He has two HRs, one double and five RBI.
  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of 1.105. He has two HRs, three doubles and two RBI.
  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of 1.381. He has one double, eight singles, and one RBI.
  • Yairo Munoz has an OPS of 1.110. He has seven singles and one RBI.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 1.32 and a WHIP of 0.66.
  • Michael Wacha has an ERA of 1.35 and a WHIP of 0.60.
  • Miles Mikolas has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.56.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.75.
  • Mike Mayers has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .167.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of .250 in eight plate appearances.
  • Francisco Pena has an OPS of .312.
  • Tommy Pham has an OPS of .381.
  • Greg Holland has an ERA of 36.00 and a WHIP of 7.00.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.50.
  • John Brebbia has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter was Tommy Pham for four games, Dexter Fowler for one game, and Matt Carpenter for one game.
  • The number two hitter was Matt Carpenter for five games, Jose Martinez for one game.
  • The number three hitter was Jose Martinez for five games, and Pham for one game.
  • The cleanup hitter was Marcell Ozuna for four games, and Tyler O’Neill for two games.
  • The fifth hitter was Jedd Gyorko for three games, O’Neill for two games, and Fowler for one game.
  • The sixth hitter was Fowler for two games, Kolten Wong for two games, Gyorko for one game, and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The seventh hitter was Greg Garcia for two games, Yairo Munoz for two games, and Francisco Pena for two games.
  • The eighth hitter was Francisco Pena for four games, Wong for one game, and Munoz for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 5/24 The Cardinals sent RHP Alex Reyes on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/24 The Cardinals sent C Carson Kelly on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/26 The Cardinals placed RHP Greg Holland on the 10 day disabled list. Right hip impingement.
  • 5/26 The Cardinals activated C Carson Kelly from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 5/26 The Cardinals activated LHP Tyler Lyons from the 10 day disabled list.
  • 5/26 The Cardinals optioned C Steven Baron to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) remains on the 10 day DL. Further tests revealed some nerve damage, but no surgery is required. Leone is expected to be out for an indefinite period.
  • C Yadier Molina (pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma) continues on the 10 day DL. Molina was injured by a foul ball during a game. The catcher had surgery and is expected to return sometime in June.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to May 9. Martinez underwent an MRI on May 17 and began a throwing program on May 21.  No announcement has been made about a possible rehab assignment.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) finished his last rehab assignment and is scheduled to make his first start for the Cardinals against the Brewers on Wednesday.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) was activated, made one start, and was placed back on the disabled list. Wainwright initially went on the 10 day DL but was transferred to the 60 day DL.  The right handed pitcher underwent a non-intrusive procedure on his elbow on May 21 to determine the source of his pain.  The expectation is that Wainwright will return to pitch some time this season.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson was placed on the 10 day DL with a right shoulder impingement. Gregerson underwent an MRI but the results were not disclosed.  No timetable for his return has been set.
  • SS Paul DeJong has a fractured left hand following a hit by pitch on May 17. DeJong underwent surgery on the hand on May 18 and has undertaken some minor hand rehab.  No timetable for his return has been announced.
  • RHP Matt Bowman was placed on the 10 day DL with blisters on two fingers of his pitching hand. The timetable for his return has not been determined.
  • RHP Greg Holland was placed on the 10 day DL on May 26. Diagnosis was right hip infringement.  No timetable for his return has been announced.
  • 2B Greg Garcia exited the May 21 game with lower back tightness. Garcia is considered day to day and made several pinch hit appearances during the week but has not been in the starting lineup.
  • RF Dexter Fowler was hit in the knee by a pitch in Saturday’s game against the Pirates. X-rays were negative.  Fowler did not play Sunday and is considered day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals begin the week in Milwaukee for a three-game series against the Brewers.  Luke Weaver is scheduled to make the Monday start.  Michael Wacha will start on Tuesday, followed by Alex Reyes, making his first start since having Tommy John surgery, on Wednesday.

The club returns home from Milwaukee to begin a four-game series against the Pirates.  Scheduled starters for that series have not been announced.

The Cardinals will have an off day a week from Monday, then take on the Marlins at home in Busch Stadium for a three-game series.  The Redbirds then travel to Cincinnati for a weekend set against the Reds.

The Padres travel to St. Louis for a three game series beginning June 11.  After an off day that Thursday, the Cubs will come to St. Louis for a weekend matchup.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

St. Louis lost two of three to the Royals this week at Busch Stadium, a disappointing series for Cardinals fans to say the least.  After the Cubs, the Royals are arguably the team’s second most intense rival.  Being the other major league team in the state of Missouri and being compared somewhat unfavorably over the years to the Cardinals, Kansas City and St. Louis coming together in competition is never boring.

The rivalry’s perhaps most divisive moments came in an unfortunate meeting for the Cardinals with the Royals in the 1985 World Series.  In what has often been referred to as the I-70 World Series, St. Louis came in as the favorite, having won 101 games in the regular season to the Royals’ 91.   The Cardinals franchise had already won nine World Series, while the Royals had never won.   The 1985 Series had the designations of being the first World Series that was all night games, and the last World Series in which the designated hitter was not used in the AL ballpark.

The first three games went well for the Cardinals, and they began Game 4 up 3-0 against the Royals.  It seemed as if the outcome was obvious.  However, the Cardinals dropped Game 4 and Game 5 at Busch Stadium.  Game 6 began as a pitcher’s duel between the Cardinals’ Danny Cox and Royals’ starter Charlie Leibrandt.  Both Cardinal fans and Royal fans most remember the controversial call at first base, but there had been an earlier controversial call at second base.  This call benefited the Cardinals.  The Royals’ Frank White appeared to have stolen second but was called out.  Later replays showed he was safe.

The game was scoreless until the eighth inning when the Cardinals scored on a single by Brian Harper to score Terry Pendleton.  Then came the ninth, and the call that would go down as one of the most controversial calls in World Series history.  The Royals’ Jorge Orta hit a ground ball to the right of first base which Jack Clark fielded and tossed the ball to pitcher Todd Worrell, covering first base. The toss was caught behind Worrell, and umpire Don Denkinger called Orta safe, though later replays clearly showed he was out.

Don Denkinger, Todd Worrell, Tommy Herr

The rest is, as they say, history, as the wheels came off the bus for the Cardinals.  The Royals won Game 6 and Game 7 to claim the World Series.  Denkinger later saw the replay and admitted he made the wrong call, but it was too late.  Denkinger said his view was blocked by Orta and he was waiting to hear the ball hit Worrell’s glove, but the crowd noise was too loud for him to hear it.

Needless to say, Game 6 became a bone of contention between Cardinals and Royals fans, and still is to some extent to this day. There is no way of knowing whether the Cardinals would have won had the correct call had been made, which adds to the drama.  This writer also lost a bet to a Royals’ fan colleague over that series.

Both the Royals and the Cardinals would go on to win other World Series, the Cardinals in 2006 and 2011, and the Royals in 2014.  Neither team has met the other in a World Series since 1985, but this writer believes a rematch is long overdue.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 27, 2018

photo: Dakota Hudson (Scott Rovak/USA TODAY Sports)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Saturday as Peoria split a doubleheader and Palm Beach was postponed. Our Player of the Day is Dakota Hudson, who pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out nine and walking one in Memphis’ victory.

Results for games played Saturday, May 26.


Memphis 4, Colorado Springs 0

Dakota Hudson (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds shut out the Sky Sox at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  The game was scoreless until the bottom of the sixth, when Oscar Mercado singled and Rangel Ravelo followed with a two-run home run.  Patrick Wisdom drew a walk and stole second base, then scored on a throwing error.  In the seventh, Wisdom’s solo home run was the fourth and final Memphis tally.   Wisdom went 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Leadoff man Mercado was 2-for-4, increasing his average to .339.

Starter Dakota Hudson won his sixth game of the season, pitching eight scoreless innings, allowing four hits, fanning nine and walking one.  Edward Mujica tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wisdom stole his fifth base in six attempts.  Mercado was picked off first.

The Redbirds are 30-20 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs, Austin Gomber (3-3, 4.04) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 7 at San Antonio 3

Chris Ellis (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals blanked the Missions in San Antonio on Saturday.  Springfield starter Chris Ellis pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out eight and walking two to win his third game of the season.  Jacob Evans followed with 1 2/3 innings of relief, allowing three runs, two earned.  Colton Thomson handled the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first Double-A save.

Springfield’s offense produced seven runs on 13 hits.  The scoring began in the third, when Thomas Spitz led off with a single and Tommy Edman doubled.  Edmundo Sosa singled to plate both.  Evan Mendoza singled in the final run of the inning.  In the fourth, three more runs came home, on RBI singles by Edman and Stefan Trosclair, and an RBI double by Sosa.  The final Cardinals run scored in the sixth on a ground ball force out by Granden Goetzman.  Edman went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Trosclair and Sosa were both 2-for-5.  Mendoza and Spitz were 2-for-4.

Goetzman stole his second base in two attempts.  Spitz was 1-for-2 in his first two tries stealing and added an outfield assist. Trosclair made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 26-23 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at San Antonio, Anthony Shew (0-1, 15.75) 5:05 CT.


Palm Beach vs. Clearwater (postponed)

This game was postponed due to rain.  Weather permitting, it will be played on Sunday as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games beginning at 12 pm at Roger Dean Stadium.

Sunday’s games:  doubleheader vs. Clearwater, Austin Warner (3-1, 2.86)/TBA 12:00 pm


Peoria 0 at Quad Cities 12 (Game 1 doubleheader, seven innings)

The Chiefs were the victims of a shellacking at the hands of the River Bandits in the first game of a twin bill on Saturday.  Starter Paul Balestrieri did not make it out of the first inning, getting two outs but giving up six runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Reliever Levi MaVorhis surrendered five additional runs in 3 1/3 innings pitched.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final two innings and allowed one run.  Balestrieri took the loss.

Peoria’s offense was limited to two singles, from Scott Hurst and Julio Rodriguez.  Five runners were left on base.

Matt Fiedler contributed two outfield assists, throwing runners out at third base and second base.  Rodriguez picked a runner off first.


Peoria 5 at Quad Cities 1 (Game 2 doubleheader, eight innings)

Kodi Whitley (St. Louis Cardinals)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Chiefs defeated the River Bandits.  The game was scheduled for seven innings but was finished in eight due to a scoreless tie through regulation.  The Chiefs then put up five runs in the top of the eighth.

Extra innings in the minors start with a runner at second base, which in this game was Elehuris Montero.  Zach Kirtley walked, and Dennis Ortega singled to load the bases.   Nick Plummer was hit by a pitch and Montero scored.  Matt Fiedler singled to bring in Kirtley.  Ortega crossed the plate on Jose Martinez’ ground out.  Scott Hurst’s sac fly scored Plummer.  Irving Lopez singled Fiedler home.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled, but Lopez was thrown out at home to end the inning.  No Chiefs hitter had multiple hits.

Spot starter Kodi Whitley pitched 3 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking two.  Thomas St. Clair followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up one unearned run but earning the win.

Ortega was picked off first base.

The Chiefs are 25-22 on the season and are in fourth place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Alvaro Seijas (1-2, 4.93) 5:15 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 26, 2018

photo: Tommy Edman (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-3 on Friday.  Our Player of the Day is Springfield second baseman Tommy Edman, who was 2-for-5 with a home run, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored in the Double-A Cards’ road win. Runs were scarce as Memphis and Peoria fell short despite good pitching but Palm Beach was blown out.

Results for games played Friday, May 25.


Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 3

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds fell to the Sky Sox at home on Friday night.  Memphis scored first in the second inning on Wilfredo Tovar’s RBI single.  It would be the only run for Memphis.  The Sky Sox tied it up two innings later and the score remained tied until the ninth, when the Sky Sox prevailed with two runs that the Redbirds offense couldn’t answer.  In his second and final rehab game, Carson Kelly went 3-for-3 with a double.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked four.  Hector Mendoza pitched a scoreless seventh.  Arturo Reyes and Sean Gilmartin combined for a scoreless eighth.  In the ninth, Andrew Morales gave up the two runs and was the losing pitcher.

Randy Arozarena stole his eighth base in 11 attempts for Memphis.  Max Schrock was caught stealing for the fourth time in nine attempts.  Patrick Wisdom made a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 29-20 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs.  Colorado Springs, Dakota Hudson (5-1, 2.70) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 7 at San Antonio 1

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals were victorious in San Antonio on Friday.  Connor Jones earned his third win of the season after pitching five innings, giving up one run on five hits while fanning five and walking one.  Ian McKinney and Yeison Medina each contributed two scoreless innings of relief.

Springfield scored first on Player of the Day Tommy Edman’s RBI double in the third inning.  The burst came in the sixth with the Cardinals putting five runs on the board.  Edman’s two-run home run began the scoring.  Victor Roache’s ground out drove in a run.  Another came home on a passed ball and the final run of the inning was plated on Granden Goetzman’s single.  In the seventh, Edmundo Sosa plated the seventh and last Springfield run on a single.  Edman was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Sosa was 3-for-5.

Edman, The Cardinal Nation’s no. 31 prospect, stole his fourth base of the season in six attempts.

The Cardinals are 25-23 on the season and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at San Antonio, Chris Ellis (2-0, 4.79) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Clearwater 8

The Cardinals were thrashed by the Threshers in Jupiter on Friday.  In his Palm Beach debut, starter Jake Walsh suffered the loss after pitching five innings and giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked none.  Eric Carter followed with two innings of relief, surrendering one run on one hit.  John Kilichowski allowed four runs, three earned, in 1 1/3 innings.  Robbie Gordon finished the ninth without giving up further runs.

The Cards’ lone tally came via a fifth inning solo home run by Johan Mieses.   The offense had five total hits, with the only other extra base hit a double by Kramer Robertson.  The offense struck out 14 times and were 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.

In the field, Brian O’Keefe had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 26-19 on the season and are in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Clearwater, Austin Warner (3-1, 2.86) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2 at Quad Cities 3

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs were edged by the River Bandits on Friday.  Peoria fell behind 2-0 early but added a run in the fifth on an RBI single by Jose Martinez.  Another run crossed the plate in the seventh on a passed ball the scored Bryce Denton from third.  Denton went 2-for-4, as did Yariel Gonzalez.  Martinez was 2-for-3.

Evan Guillory took the loss after tossing 5 2/3 innings and giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  In his Peoria debut, Andrew Summerville pitched the final 2 1/3 scoreless frames to keep it close.

In the field, Dennis Ortega picked off a runner at second base.

The Chiefs are 24-21 on the season and are in second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Saturday’s games:  doubleheader at Quad Cities, Paul Balestrieri (1-1, 2.35)/TBA 5:35 CT.


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St. Louis Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of May 14-20

photo: Jack Flaherty (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports Images)

In this week’s St. Louis Cardinals news, the club had another 3-3 week, including a home split against the Phillies. Rookie Jack Flaherty struck out 13 on Sunday. In our history feature, Flaherty’s feat brings back memories of another famous no. 32, Steve Carlton.


Game Recaps

Monday, May 14 – Off day


Tuesday, May 15 – Cardinals 1 at Twins 4

The St. Louis Cardinals were blanked by the Twins in a two-game series in Minnesota that completed a home and home series.  Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The young righty struck out three and walked one.  Brett Cecil came in with two outs in the sixth and gave up a run in 1/3 of an inning.   Luke Gregerson began the seventh, but struggled, surrendering two more runs. Sam Tuivailala got the final out of the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.  Cecil took the loss.

The offense only managed one run on two hits.  That lone run came home on a single by Carson Kelly.  The only other hit was a Harrison Bader single.

Gregerson made a throwing error.  Flaherty picked a runner off first base.


Wednesday, May 16 – Cardinals 7 at Twins 5

Bud Norris (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds turned it around in the second game, defeating the Twins by two runs.  Dexter Fowler got the scoring started by driving in two runs on a first inning single.  Jose Martinez plated a run on a single in the second.  In the fifth, Paul DeJong doubled to right for an RBI.  Two additional runs were added in the seventh on Jedd Gyorko’s single and Matt Carpenter’s double.  Finally, a solo home run by Tommy Pham put a cap on the Cardinals scoring.  Pham was 2-for-5, Jose Martinez was 2-for-4, Fowler was 2-for-3 and Carpenter was 3-for-5.

Miles Mikolas pitched a shortened game, as he did not have his best stuff.  Mikolas left after 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits while fanning two and walking two.  Brett Cecil got the final out of the fifth.  Matt Bowman pitched the sixth and allowed one run.  Jordan Hicks tossed a scoreless seventh and was the winning pitcher.  Greg Holland struggled in the eighth, surrendering two runs and only getting one out before Bud Norris came in to get the five out save, his ninth.

Dexter Fowler was caught stealing for the second time this season.  Fowler also made a fielding error.


Thursday, May 17 – Cardinals 2, Phillies 6

In the first of a four game series, the Cardinals were defeated by the Phillies in St. Louis.  Starter Luke Weaver pitched well, tossing seven innings and only giving up one run on four hits.  Weaver struck out six and walked one.  Jordan Hicks started the eighth, but was ineffective, surrendering three runs and not getting an out.  Sam Tuivailala stopped the bleeding, pitching a scoreless inning.  John Brebbia followed in the ninth but allowed two additional runs.  Weaver took the loss.

The Redbirds offense had 10 hits, but could only bring two runs across the plate, both late in the game.  In the eighth, Marcell Ozuna plated a run on a force out, and Jedd Gyorko added an RBI single.  Both Jose Martinez and Francisco Peña had good nights at the plate, going 3-for-4, though neither drove in a run.


Friday, May 18 – Cardinals 12, Phillies 4

Jose Martinez (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

What the offense lacked in the first game, came back with a fury in Game 2, as the Cardinals pummeled the Phillies on Friday.  The scoring began in the third inning, when Tommy Pham doubled in a run.  Jose Martinez singled in a run, and Jedd Gyorko also singled for two.   Another run scored in the fourth on a wild pitch.  In the fifth, Francisco Pena hit a solo home run.  Matt Carpenter singled in a run in the sixth and Jose Martinez added a two run home run.  Kolten Wong launched a solo home run in the seventh, and Martinez doubled in two more runs.  Pham was 3-for-3, Carpenter was 2-for-5, Martinez was 4-for-5, and Pena was 3-for-4.

Michael Wacha earned his fifth win of the season, pitching six innings and giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked two.  John Brebbia surrendered one run in two innings pitched, before Mike Mayers allowed one run in the ninth.


Saturday, May 19 – Cardinals 6, Phillies 7

The Redbirds suffered a heartbreaking loss on Saturday, in a game in which the lead see-sawed back and forth.  The Cardinals fell behind, then came back to tie it up twice before taking a one run lead into the eighth inning, when things fell apart.  Starter John Gant yielded three runs, five earned, in 4 1/3 innings pitched.  Gant fanned seven and walked two.   Brett Cecil, Sam Tuivailala, and Jordan Hicks effectively held serve through the seventh, giving up no additional runs.  In the eighth, with a one run lead, Greg Holland was brought in to continue what the previous three relievers had done.  He failed.  Holland got the first two batters out, then the wheels came off the bus.  Two more Phillies runs scored and the lead was lost.  Bud Norris came in to control the damage, and he pitched the final 1 1/3 innings in scoreless fashion.

St. Louis’ scoring began in the fourth, when the first run scored on a throwing error on a force attempt.  Jedd Gyorko singled to add two more runs to tie the game at 3-3.  A Jose Martinez sac fly in the fifth, and Tyler O’Neill’s solo home run in the sixth tied the score for a second time.  Matt Carpenter doubled in the seventh to plate a run that gave the Cardinals the lead, a lead that was lost an inning later.   Tommy Pham was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, as he was 2-for-5.

Pham stole his eighth base of the season.  Gyorko made two errors at shortstop, both throwing errors.  Steven Baron had a passed ball.


Sunday, May 20 – Cardinals 5, Phillies 1

Jack Flaherty (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds earned the series split by defeating the Phillies on Sunday.  Tyler O’Neill hit his second home run in two games, a solo shot in the sixth inning.  The Cardinals offense took the lead in the fourth.  Kolten Wong put the ball in play with a ground ball to second and a throwing error allowed Tyler O’Neill to score and Dexter Fowler to advance to third.  Greg Garcia singled, and Fowler scored.  In the sixth, the O’Neill home run was followed by Garcia’s sac fly.  In the seventh, Jose Martinez plated a run on a single.  O’Neill and Matt Carpenter were both 3-for-4.

Jack Flaherty pitched brilliantly, tossing 7 2/3 innings and giving up only one run on only two hits.  The right hander struck out a career high 13 hitters while issuing one free pass.  Jordan Hicks finished with 1 1/3 scoreless innings, wowing the home crowd with multiple pitches that reached 104 and 105 mph.

Fowler stole his third base of the season.


Big Picture

The Cardinals were hit and miss all week, splitting two series for a record of 3-3.  The Cardinals, Cubs and Pirates are all tied up at 1.5 games back of the Brewers in the NL Central.

Matt Carpenter (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The offense has been improving for some, especially Matt Carpenter, who had been abysmal at the plate for weeks, but has six doubles in the last five days.  Dexter Fowler is showing signs of life, but Marcell Ozuna continues to struggle.  Stalwarts Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez continue to keep the team afloat, joined by contributions from new faces, such as Tyler O’Neill.

The defense has taken a hit with the loss of Paul DeJong with a fractured hand.  Jedd Gyorko has been getting some starts at short, but hasn’t been strong there, making two errors in one game.  Greg Garcia can play shortstop, and Yairo Munoz has been brought up to fill in as well.  Jose Martinez continues to struggle defensively at first base.

Michael Wacha (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Starting pitching has been fine, although Miles Mikolas had an uncharacteristically poor start this week.  John Gant and Jack Flaherty have been filling in for the absent Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright.  Flaherty has been fantastic, Gant has been so-so.  Weaver has bounced back after a couple of poor starts.  Michael Wacha has quietly logged six solid starts in a row.

The bullpen has not been good, however.  Bud Norris and Sam Tuivailala have been very effective.   Brett Cecil has been adequate.  Despite the velocity, Jordan Hicks has been hit and miss as has John Brebbia.  Mike Mayers has seen very little action.  Matt Bowman and Luke Gregerson are injured.  Greg Holland has been bad – there is no other word for it.

The Cardinals have more interleague play this week against the Royals.  Kansas City is dead last in the AL Central, but always seems to give St. Louis trouble.  The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh over the weekend, and the last time they were there they were swept in three games.  The team must play better in PNC Park this time or fall farther behind in the standings.


NL Central Standings W L % GB
Milwaukee 28 19 0.596
Chicago 25 19 0.568 1.5
St. Louis 25 19 0.568 1.5
Pittsburgh 26 20 0.565 1.5
Cincinnati 16 32 0.333 12.5

Who’s Hot

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

  • Tyler O’Neill has an OPS of 1.850 in five plate appearances. He has one HR and one RBI.
  • Francisco Pena has an OPS of 1.532. He has one HR, one double, and one RBI.
  • Harrison Bader has an OPS of 1.222 in nine plate appearances. He has one HR, one triple, and two RBI.
  • Jose Martinez has an OPS of 1.134. He had one HR, two doubles, and eight RBI.
  • Matt Carpenter has an OPS of .959. He has four doubles and three RBI.
  • Luke Weaver has an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 0.71.
  • Jack Flaherty has an ERA of 1.59 and a WHIP of 1.06.
  • Bud Norris has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.
  • Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.

Who’s Not

Over the past six games (does not contain recent Sunday games):

  • Marcell Ozuna has an OPS of .237.
  • Greg Garcia has an OPS of .286 in seven plate appearances.
  • Jedd Gyorko has an OPS of .382.
  • Kolten Wong has an OPS of .489.
  • Luke Gregerson has an ERA of 54.00 and a WHIP of 6.00
  • Greg Holland has an ERA of 36.00 and a WHIP of 7.00.
  • Jordan Hicks has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 2.50.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last six games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

  • The leadoff hitter has been Tommy Pham.
  • The number two hitter has been Matt Carpenter for three games, Jose Martinez for two games, and Harrison Bader for one game.
  • The number three hitter has been Jose Martinez for four games, and Paul DeJong for two games.
  • The cleanup hitter has been Marcell Ozuna.
  • The fifth hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for four games, and Fowler for two games.
  • The sixth hitter has been DeJong for two games, Jedd Gyorko for two games, Kolten Wong for one game, and Fowler for one game.
  • The seventh hitter has been Carpenter for two games, and Carson Kelly, Tyler O’Neill, Bader and Wong for one game each.
  • The eighth hitter has been Francisco Pena for three games, Wong for two games, and Steve Baron for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.


Transactions

  • 5/14 The Cardinals sent RHP Alex Reyes on a rehab assignment to the Peoria Chiefs.
  • 5/15 The Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10 day disabled list. Right elbow inflammation.
  • 5/15 The Cardinals recalled RHP Jack Flaherty from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/16 The Cardinals placed RHP Luke Gregerson on the 10 day disabled list. Right shoulder impingement.
  • 5/16 The Cardinals recalled RHP John Brebbia from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals transferred RHP Adam Wainwright from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list. Right elbow inflammation.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals placed C Carson Kelly on the 10 day disabled list retroactive to May 16, 2018. Right hamstring strain.
  • 5/17 The Cardinals selected the contract of C Steven Baron from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/18 The Cardinals placed RHP Matt Bowman on the 10 day disabled list retroactive to May 17, 2018. Blisters on right middle and index fingers.
  • 5/18 The Cardinals placed SS Paul DeJong on the 10 day disabled list. Fractured left hand.
  • 5/18 The Cardinals recalled SS Yairo Munoz from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/18 The Cardinals recalled OF Tyler O’Neill from the Memphis Redbirds.
  • 5/19 The Cardinals sent RHP Alex Reyes on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.
  • 5/19 The Cardinals sent LHP Tyler Lyons on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

  • RHP Dominic Leone (right upper arm nerve irritation) has been placed on the 10 day DL. Further tests revealed some nerve damage but no surgery is required.  No timetable for a return has been set.
  • C Yadier Molina (pelvic injury with traumatic hematoma) continues on the 10 day DL. Molina was injured by a foul ball during a game. The catcher had surgery and is expected to return sometime in June.
  • LHP Tyler Lyons (mid back strain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to May 9. Lyons was began a rehab assignment with Springfield on May 19 so a return is expected soon.
  • RHP Carlos Martinez (right lat strain) was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to May 9. Martinez underwent an MRI on May 17 and is expected to begin a throwing program on May 21.
  • RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) has made three rehab assignment starts in Palm Beach, Peoria, and Springfield. Reyes is eligible to come off the 60 day DL at the end of May, and it is expected that will occur.
  • RHP Adam Wainwright (right elbow inflammation) was activated, made one start, and has been placed back on the disabled list. Wainwright initially went on the 10 day DL but has been transferred to the 60 day DL.  The expectation is that Wainwright will return to pitch some time later this season.
  • C Carson Kelly was placed on the 10 day DL retroactive to May 16 with a right hamstring strain. No timetable for his return has been set.
  • RHP Luke Gregerson was placed on the 10 day DL with a right shoulder impingement. Gregerson underwent an MRI but the results were unavailable as of this writing.  No timetable for his return has been set.
  • SS Paul DeJong has a fractured left hand following a hit by pitch on May 17. DeJong underwent surgery on the hand on May 18 and is expected to be out for a while.
  • RHP Matt Bowman was placed on the 10 day DL with blisters on two fingers of his pitching hand. The timetable for his return has not been determined.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals continue their homestand with three games against the Royals.  Pitching lineups for the series are Miles Mikolas on Monday, Luke Weaver on Tuesday, and Michael Wacha on Wednesday.

The Cardinals have a off day Thursday and will travel to Pittsburgh for a weekend series against the Pirates.  Pitching for those three games have not been announced given the uncertain status of Carlos Martinez.  At least one of those starts will likely be taken by either Jack Flaherty or John Gant.  The final start on Sunday should be Miles Mikolas if the current rotation remains the same.

After leaving Pittsburgh, the Redbirds travel to Milwaukee for a three game series.  The Cardinals return home after Milwaukee to play four games in Busch Stadium against the Pirates.

After an off day following the Pirates series, the homestand continues against the Marlins beginning Tuesday, June 5.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.


Blast from the Past

This weekend’s celebration remembered the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals team that won the NL Pennant but lost the World Series to the Detroit Tigers.  The celebration centered around the pitching of Bob Gibson, who set the Major League record for lowest ERA in a season at 1.12, a record will likely never by broken.  As a result of that ERA, major league baseball lowered the mound to its current height.

Steve Carlton

Gibson is general considered the best starting pitcher in franchise history.  The Cardinals had another pitcher on that team that sometimes get overlooked among the accolades given to Gibson.  Steve Carlton became a Hall of Fame pitcher in his own right.  Carlton pitched for the Cardinals from 1965-1971 before he was traded to the Phillies in a trade many fans consider the worst trade the franchise ever made.  How and why that trade happened is perhaps for another segment.

In a tie in to the Cardinals of the present day, Carlton holds the franchise record for the most strikeouts in a nine inning game.  Carlton fanned 19 New York Mets in a 4-3 loss on September 15, 1969.  Carlton wore uniform number 32, same as worn by current Cardinal pitcher Jack Flaherty.  In a start against the Phillies on Sunday, Flaherty struck out 13 Phillies, short of the 19 strikeout record, but a career high for him.

Carlton held the record for most career strikeouts by a left handed pitcher (4,136) until the record was broken by Randy Johnson in 2004.  He picked off 144 batters in his career, the most in baseball since that record began being kept in 1957.  Carlton was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994 with 96% of the vote.

Jack Flaherty’s career is just beginning, and he may never be as great as the superstar with whom he shares a uniform number.  It is fun, however, to imagine the possibilities.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: May 20, 2018

photo: Patrick Wisdom (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-1 on Saturday. TCN’s Player of the Day is Memphis third baseman Patrick Wisdom, who was 5-for-7 including a three-run home run, a triple, two doubles, and six RBI during a doubleheader sweep.

Results for games played on Saturday, May 19.


Memphis 11 at Colorado Springs 3 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Patrick Wisdom (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds rediscovered their offense, pummeling Sky Sox pitching for 22 runs in 14 innings to take both ends of the twin bill in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

In the opener, Memphis’ bats were hot from the beginning, with two runs put on the board in the first inning on Patrick Wisdom’s RBI double.  In the third, Memphis added four more.  Wisdom tripled to right and Adolis Garcia followed with an RBI double.  Andrew Knizner was hit by a pitch and Max Schrock followed with a three-run bomb to right center field.  In the fourth, Wisdom plated a run on a single.  Three more runs were added in the fifth on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single and a Rangel Ravelo single that drove in two.  A final run came home in the seventh on Wilfredo Tovar’s ground out.    Mercado went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Wisdom was 3-for-4 with three RBI.

Daniel Poncedeleon earned his third win of the season, pitching five innings and giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned 10 and walked one.  Mike O’Reilly tossed a scoreless sixth. In his Triple-A debut, Hector Mendoza allowed two baserunners in the seventh, but escaped with no runs scored.


Memphis 11 at Colorado Springs 4 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

Oscar Mercado (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds repeated the outcome of the first game almost exactly in Game 2 of the doubleheader.  The only difference was they scored all but one of their runs in the first inning.

It began with an Oscar Mercado leadoff double.  He advanced on a ground out and scored on a wild pitch.  Alex Mejia walked; Ramon Urias hit a two run home run one batter later.  Randy Arozarena doubled, and Jeremy Martinez plated him on a single.  Sean Gilmartin and Mercado singled, Rangel Ravelo doubled to score Gilmartin and Mercado. Patrick Wisdom then blasted a three run home run.  The 11th and last Memphis run scored in the second inning on Mercado’s RBI single.  Mercado went 3-for-4 with and RBI and two runs scored. Wisdom was 2-for-3 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Urias was 2-for-4.

Starter Sean Gilmartin pitched five innings, giving up four runs on 11 hits while striking out five and walking none.  Gilmartin earned his third win of the season.  Arturo Reyes added the last two scoreless innings of relief.

The Redbirds are 25-18 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Colorado Springs, Dakota Hudson (4-1, 2.88) 2:00 CT


Springfield 1, NW Arkansas 0

Alex Reyes (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals squeaked by the Naturals with a one-run victory on Saturday, powered by two visiting Major League pitchers.  Alex Reyes made a rehab start and spun 7 2/3 scoreless innings.  The impressive right hander allowed only one hit, struck out 13 and walked three.  Colton Thomson secured the final out of the eighth.  Tyler Lyons, in his first rehab game in Springfield, pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the save.  Reyes earned the win.

The only scoring came on a solo home run by Victor Roache in the second inning.  The outfielder was 2-for-4 in the game.

On the base paths, Edmundo Sosa stole his first base in two attempts.  Tommy Edman swiped his third bag in five attempts.  In the field, Lane Thomas had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

The Cardinals are 22-19 on the season and are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

For more: Additional details on Reyes’ start, including commentary from Reyes and manager Johnny Rodriguez, can be found in Derek Shore’s article.

Sunday’s games:  vs. NW Arkansas, Connor Jones (2-0, 4.08) 4:10 CT (Game 1 of a doubleheader), Jacob Evans (0-2, 5.30) Game 2


Palm Beach vs. Bradenton (postponed)

Saturday’s Florida State League game at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to rain. Weather permitting, it will be played on Sunday as part of a doubleheader.

Sunday’s games:  vs. Bradenton, Casey Meisner (2-1, 2.25) 10:30 am CT (Game 1 of a doubleheader), TBA (Game 2)


Peoria 4, Kane County 8

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were handled by the Cougars at Dozer Park on Saturday.  Starter Johan Oviedo didn’t finish the first, as he gave up four runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.  Oveido struck out two and walked two.  C.J. Saylor followed with 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits. In his Peoria debut, Alex Fagalde took the next five innings, allowing three more scores on seven hits.  Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless ninth.  Oviedo took the loss.

The Chiefs were held scoreless until the sixth, when Zach Kirtley led off with a single and Dennis Ortega doubled.  Bryce Denton singled to plate Kirtley.  Nick Plummer grounded into a force out as Ortega scored.  In the eighth, Plummer drove in two more on a double, in the center fielder’s 10th straight game with exactly one hit.  Denton was 2-for-3 with a walk and Irving Lopez was 2-for-5.

The Chiefs are 21-18 on the season, tied for second place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Evan Guillory (4-2, 3.24) 2:00 CT.


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