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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/2/17

photo: Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield third baseman Jacob Wilson, who was 2-for-3 with a three run home run and four RBI in the Cardinals win over the Arkansas Travelers.

Results for games played Friday, September 1.

Memphis 3 at Colorado Springs 4

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds fell to the Sky Sox in Colorado Springs on Friday night.  Memphis initially took the lead with two runs in the first inning on solo home runs by Breyvic Valera and Tyler O’Neill.  The home run was O’Neill’s only hit. Valera was 2-for-5.  Rangel Ravelo was also 2-for-5, with an RBI single in the third inning.

In his Memphis debut, starter Ryan Helsley pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Josh Zeid surrendered two runs in two innings of relief, and was charged with a blown save and the loss.  Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless eighth.

In the field, Aledmys Diaz made a missed catch error.  O’Neill had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 89-49 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 23.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Colorado Springs, Kevin Herget (4-2, 4.01) 7:00 CT.


Springfield 6, Arkansas 2

Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals defeated the Travelers at Hammons Field on Friday night.  Starter Connor Jones picked up the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The righty fanned two and walked three in his Texas League debut.  Tyler Bray and Eric Carter combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The offense was led by Jacob Wilson, who hit a three run home run in the sixth and was 2-for-3 with four RBI.  Wilson drew a walk in the second to plate a run.  Tommy Edman drove in a run in the second on a force out.  John Nogowski’s RBI single in the seventh delivered the sixth and final run for the Cardinals.  Nogowski was 2-for-4. Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5.

Edman stole his fifth base in seven attempts for Springfield.  Anthony Garcia stole his seventh bag in nine attempts.  Sierra was caught stealing for the fifth time in 21 attempts, and Oscar Mercado was caught stealing for the 19th time in 55 attempts.

The Cardinals are 76-61 overall, and 41-26 in the second half and are one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, Pedro Echemendia (2-4, 4.30) 7:05 CT


Palm Beach 8 at St. Lucie 5 (12 innings)

Jose Godoy (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A three run 12th inning for Palm Beach sealed the deal in this extra innings win on Friday night.  The inning began with a two run home run by Jose Godoy, who was 3-for-6 with three RBI.  Leobaldo Pina was also 3-for-6.  Casey Grayson also provided a long ball, a solo shot in the fifth inning.  New Cardinal Rayder Ascanio drove in a run on single in the third.  Godoy also singled in a run in the third.  Vince Jackson plated a run on a single in the ninth.  Edmundo Sosa was 2-for-4.

Starter Mike O’Reilly pitched four innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Ian McKinney tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Two new Cardinals covered the final five frames. Kodi Whitley went three scoreless innings, and Kevin Hamann added the final two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Jose Martinez committed a fielding error.  Blake Drake had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 74-58 overall and 34-31 in the second half, which puts them seven games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Sam Tewes (3-1, 2.77) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 7, Quad Cities 4

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs topped the River Bandits on Friday night with the aid of a five run sixth inning.  J.R. Davis’ RBI double in the sixth plated two, and Nick Plummer followed with an RBI single.  Evan Mendoza drove in a run on a single, and Kramer Robertson stole home for the fifth and final run of the inning.  Davis plated the first Chiefs run in the second inning on a double and was 3-for-4.  Mendoza hit a solo home run in the eighth and was 3-for-5.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Ronnie Williams provided two scoreless innings of relief.  Max Almonte surrendered three runs in the ninth and left with two outs.  Yeison Medina got the final out to earn his 10th save.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his ninth base in 13 attempts, and Mendoza swiped his second bag in two attempts for Peoria.  Plummer was caught stealing for the ninth time in 17 attempts.  In the field, both Mendoza and Robertson made throwing errors.

The Chiefs are 67-69 overall and 37-30 in the second half to put them four games back of first place and two games ahead in the wild card in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Kane County, Austin Warner (2-3, 2.93) 6:30 CT.


State College 1 at Mahoning Valley 2

Matt Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

State College lost a low scoring contest on Friday night in Mahoning Valley.  The Spikes took the lead in the third on Matt Davis’ solo home run, but they would not score again.  The only other hits for State College were a Yariel Gonzalez single and a Brandon Benson double.

Starter Jonathon Mulford went 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Mulford struck out two and walked four.  Robbie Gordon took the loss after pitching three innings of relief, surrendering one run on two hits.  Jesus Cruz got the final out of the eighth inning.

The Spikes are 38-32 and are 2.5 games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and two games behind in the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Daniel Castano (8-3, 2.82) 6:05 CT.


GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 5

Robbie Coman (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Mets on Friday in a one run contest.  Starter Brian Pirela pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked three.  C.J Saylor added two innings of relief and earned the win.  Saylor surrendered two runs on three hits.  Cory Malcolm tossed a scoreless ninth.

Robbie Coman was 3-for-4 with two RBI, on a sixth inning single.  Elehuris Montero drove in a first inning run on a triple and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Terry Fuller’s two run home run in the eighth was his only hit.    Taylor Bryant was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Jonatan Machado was caught stealing for the second time in 10 attempts.

The Cardinals are 25-29 on the season and are 8.5 games back in the GCL East.

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



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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of August 21-27

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

The reeling Cardinals lost four of six at home to losing teams from San Diego and Tampa Bay this week, extending their skid to 4-9 since the eight-game win streak. A road trip to Milwaukee and the West Coast is ahead. Yadier Molina has quietly continued to perform well at the plate. Cardinals Hall of Fame inductee Pepper Martin is profiled in our history feature.

Game Recaps

Monday, August 21- Off day

Tuesday, August 22 – Cardinals 4, Padres 12

St. Louis dropped the first of a three game home series to the Padres in large fashion.  The lead changed several times during the first six innings, but the Cardinals bullpen had a major meltdown in the final innings.  Starter Lance Lynn pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Reliever Matt Bowman started the seventh, but left with three more Padres’ runs on the board and no outs.  Zach Duke then replaced Bowman and allowed three more runs, for six runs in the inning, before getting the three outs to end the inning.  Josh Lucas tossed the final two innings and surrendered two additional runs in those two innings.  Bowman took the loss.

All four Cardinals runs came via the home run.  Jedd Gyorko hit a two run shot in the fourth, and Stephen Piscotty followed with a bases-empty homer.  In the sixth, Yadier Molina hit a solo shot.  Molina was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.  Piscotty was 2-for-3.

Wednesday, August 23 – Cardinals 6, Padres 2

The Cardinals fared better in Game 2, thanks to a pitching gem by Luke Weaver.  The rookie pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits while fanning 10 and walking one.  Seung-Hwan Oh relieved in the eighth, gave up one run, and left with no outs on the board.  Tyler Lyons finished the inning with no further damage.  John Brebbia pitched the ninth and surrendered a solo home run.  Weaver was the winning pitcher, his second.

Tommy Pham got the Cardinals on the board in the first inning with an RBI double to left.  Dexter Fowler also drove in a run in the inning on a sac fly.  In the third, Jedd Gyorko singled to bring a third run home.  Greg Garcia scored in the fourth on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  In the fifth, Fowler scored on a wild pitch.  The final Cardinal run came home on Gyorko’s RBI single in the eighth.

Kolten Wong was 3-for-5 with three runs scored.  Gyorko was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Wong stole both second and third base, but has just six stolen bases on the season.  Pham stole his 17th base.

Thursday, August 24 – Cardinals 3, Padres 4

The Cardinals were edged by the Padres in the rubber game of the series.  The offense had 12 hits, but only scored three runs.  The scoring began in the fourth on Jedd Gyorko’s RBI double to left.  In the sixth, Yadier Molina plated a run on a ground ball single to left.  Randal Grichuk’s solo home in the ninth was the third and final Cardinals run.

Kolten Wong was 2-for-5, while Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler were both 3-for-4.

Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked two.  Tyler Lyons pitched a scoreless eighth.  It took four Cardinal relievers to get out of the ninth.  Sam Tuivailala, who took the loss, surrendered two runs on two hits, and left with no outs in the inning.  Zach Duke pitched to one batter and allowed a hit.  Matt Bowman walked a batter but managed to get one out before leaving for Brett Cecil.  Cecil got the last two outs of the inning via the strikeout.

Martinez committed a throwing error.

Friday, August 25 – Cardinals 3, Rays 7

In a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays, the Cardinals dropped the first game by a score of 7-3.  Starter Michael Wacha didn’t get out of the fourth inning, pitching 3 1/3 innings and giving up five runs on nine hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked two and was tagged with this seventh loss of the season.  Zach Duke got the final two outs of the fourth.  Reliever Ryan Sherriff made his major league debut, pitching three scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out four and walking one. Sam Tuivailala tossed a scoreless eighth.  In the ninth, Brett Cecil surrendered two runs on three hits.

The Cardinals put one run on the board in the first inning on a sac fly by Dexter Fowler.  In the third, a sac fly double play off the bat of Yadier Molina plated one.  Kolten Wong’s solo home run in the fourth was his third home run of the season.  No Cardinals batter had multiple hits.

Saturday, August 26 – Cardinals 6, Padres 4

The Cardinals won a nail biter in the second game of the weekend series.  The offense was kept off the board until the sixth inning, when two scored on Paul DeJong’s triple and Yadier Molina’s double.  The Cardinals tied the score in the eighth on RBI singles by Molina and Kolten Wong.  In the bottom of the ninth, Tommy Pham became the hero, hitting a two run blast in a walk off win for the Redbirds.  The home run was Pham’s only hit, but he scored three of the six total runs.  Molina was 2-for-4 and Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-3.

Starter Mike Leake pitched seven innings, giving up four runs on six hits.  Leake struck out three and issued no walks.  John Brebbia and Tyler Lyons each tossed a scoreless inning of relief, with Lyons earning the win, his second.

Sunday, August 27 – Cardinals 2, Padres 3 (10 innings)

In the rubber game of the series, St. Louis tied the score in the later innings, but lost in the 10th. All five runs scored via solo homers. The Cardinals were stymied by the pitching of Rays starter Chris Archer, but Kolten Wong final broke through in the seventh with a solo home run.  Matt Carpenter tied it up the next frame with his own solo shot.  Greg Garcia was 3-for-4.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on six hits, including two long balls.  The right hander struck out eight and issued two free passes.  Seung-Hwan Oh, Zach Duke and John Brebbia each got one out in the eighth. Brebbia returned to pitch a scoreless ninth.  Sam Tuivailala gave up the winning run on another solo blast in the 10th and took the loss, his third.

Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 2-4, having lost both home series to the below-.500 Padres and Rays.  The losses put the Cardinals themselves back to .500.  St. Louis remains 4.5 games back of the Cubs with 32 games left in the regular season.

Cardinal pitching has fallen off, both starting pitching and the bullpen.  Mike Leake continues to struggle and Michael Wacha’s last three starts were each shorter than the one prior.  Carlos Martinez has struggled off and on since the All-Star Break, especially in the first inning.  Most of the bullpen has struggled, with the exception of Tyler Lyons and John Brebbia.  Luke Weaver has pitched well since coming up to replace the injured Adam Wainwright, and the Cardinals are searching for a closer with the loss of Trevor Rosenthal for the season.  The offense has been inconsistent.  Defense has been adequate, but the loss of Jedd Gyorko to the disabled list could cause the defense to take a hit.

The Cardinals begin a road trip this week, playing the second place Brewers for two games.  The Cardinals play the struggling Giants and the Padres again.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 69 60 0.535
Milwaukee 68 63 0.519 2
St. Louis 65 65 0.500 4.5
Pittsburgh 63 68 0.481 7
Cincinnati 55 76 0.420 14

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Yadier Molina (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Yadier Molina is batting .429 with an OPS of 1.173.  He has 1 HR, 3 doubles, and 5 RBI.

Jedd Gyorko is batting .364 with an OPS of 1.167.  He has 2 HRs, 2 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Stephen Piscotty is batting .333 with an OPS of .955.   He has 1 HR and 1 RBI.

Kolten Wong is batting .360 with an OPS of .905.  He has 1 HR, 1 double, and 3 RBI.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 1.29 and a WHIP of 1.29.

Luke Weaver/USA TODAY Sports Images

Luke Weaver has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.57.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 1.67.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 3.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday games):

Matt Carpenter is batting .188 and has an OPS of .465.

Randal Grichuk is batting .125 with an OPS of .551.

Jose Martinez is batting .200 with an OPS of .400 in 5 plate appearances.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.40.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 3.30.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 81.00 and a WHIP of 12.00.

Zach Duke has an ERA of 16.20 and a WHIP of 3.60.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 6 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for four games and Kolten Wong for two games.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham for four games and Stephen Piscotty for two games.

The number 3 hitter has been Paul DeJong.

The number 4 hitter has been Dexter Fowler for five games, and Randal Grichuk for one game.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 7 hitter has been Piscotty for three games, Wong for two games, and Grichuk for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for two games, Wong for two games, and Grichuk for two games.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

8/21 The Cardinals optioned 1B Luke Voit to the Memphis Redbirds.

8/23 The Cardinals transferred RHP Trevor Rosenthal from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list.  Right posterior elbow irritation.

8/23 The Cardinals optioned RHP Josh Lucas to the Memphis Redbirds.

8/23 The Cardinals selected the contract of LHP Ryan Sherriff from the Memphis Redbirds.

8/24 The Cardinals sent LHP Kevin Siegrist on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.

8/27 The Cardinals placed 3B Jedd Gyorko on the 10 day disabled list.  Right hamstring strain.

8/27 The Cardinals recalled 1B Luke Voit from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

RHP Adam Wainwright continues on the DL with a right forearm impingement. Wainwright had a doctor’s appointment on Sunday to learn when he would be cleared to being a throwing program.  A possible return to the roster could occur in mid-September.

LHP Kevin Siegrist has been sent on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.  It is expected that Siegrist will make at least two more rehab appearances this week in preparation for activation from the DL.

RHP Trevor Rosenthal has been transferred from the 10 DL to the 60 day DL.  Rosenthal is expected to have Tommy John surgery this week and is out for the remainder of the season and much of the 2018 season.  Rosenthal will be a free agent following the 2018 season.

3B Jedd Gyorko has been placed on the 10-day DL with a right hamstring strain.  An MRI showed a mild to moderate strain and the Cardinals are optimistic that Gyorko will return to the roster before the end of the season.

Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler missed games due to a stomach virus.  Both have returned to the lineup.

Looking Ahead

On Monday, the team travels to Milwaukee for a short two game series with the Brewers, beginning on Tuesday.  Luke Weaver is scheduled to make the Tuesday start, followed by Carlos Martinez on Wednesday.

After leaving Milwaukee, the Cardinals head to San Francisco for a four games series against the Giants.  Michael Wacha is set to start on Thursday.  Mike Leake will make the Friday start.  The starters for the remaining two games have not been announced but will likely be Lance Lynn on Saturday, and Luke Weaver on Sunday.

On Monday, Sept 4 following the Giants’ series, the Cardinals play four games against the Padres in San Diego.   The team returns home on Friday for a weekend series with the Pirates.

The Cardinals have another off day on Monday, Sept. 11, but the homestand continues on Tuesday with a three game series against the Reds.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

On Saturday, the 2017 Cardinals Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place, with three former Cardinals honored.  Those players were Tim McCarver and Mark McGwire, voted in by the fans, and Pepper Martin, chosen by the Red Ribbon Committee.  Martin was represented by his family at the ceremony, specifically his daughter, who gave the induction speech.

Pepper Martin (St. Louis Cardinals)

To cover all three players in any depth would take pages of this article.  I choose to focus this segment on Pepper Martin, of the famous “Gas House Gang”.  I have discussed the Gas House Gang in passing several times before, but this segment will cover it more in depth.

The Gas House Gang refers specifically to the 1934 St. Louis Cardinals team.  That team won 95 games during the regular season, won the National League Pennant, and were the 1934 World Series Champions, defeating the Detroit Tigers in seven games.  The nickname was bestowed on that team in reference to their general shabby appearance and rough tactics.

The term gas house in those days referred to factories that produced gas for lighting and cooking from coal.  Those factories were dirty and smelly, hence the reference to the team, who were reported to have played in dirty and smelly uniforms.

The 1934 Cardinals were managed by Frankie Frisch.  Standouts included Joe “Ducky” Medwick, Ripper Collins, the Dean brothers, Dizzy and his brother Paul, and Martin, among others.

Martin played for the Cardinals in 1928, 1930-35, and 1944.  He was a four time All Star and a three time National League stolen base leader in 1933, 1934, and 1936.  Pepper’s full name was John Leonard Roosevelt Martin and he was born on February 29, 1904, in Oklahoma City, leading to his nickname, The Wild Horse of the Osage.

Martin’s career batting line over his 13 year major league career was .298/.358/.443 with 59 HR, and 501 RBI.  Injuries plagued Martin’s career, and he never lived up to the promise of his early career, when the press claimed him to be the next Ty Cobb.

Martin ended his baseball career as a successful manager and coach in both the major and the minor leagues.  He was reported to have a fiery temper, and was once fired from his managing job for a minor league team for allegedly choking an umpire.  He was once arrested for punching a spectator in the stands.

Pepper Martin died of a heart attack on March 5, 1965.  His wife, Ruby, survived him by over 40 years, passing away in 2009, just after her 99th birthday.  In addition to his induction to the Cardinals Hall of Fame, Martin was also inducted into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/27/17

photo: Frederis Parra (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 6-1 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria’s Frederis Parra, who pitched seven scoreless innings in the Chiefs’ shutout of Kane County. Other pitching standouts include Austin Gomber, Connor Jones, Johan Oviedo and Diego Cordero.

Results for games played Saturday, August 26.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 2

Nick Martini/Springfield Cardinals

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in Iowa on Saturday night, as Jack Flaherty earned his seventh win since joining Memphis.  Flaherty pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, fanning three and walking one.  Mike Mayers followed with two scoreless innings before Mark Montgomery and Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless inning each, with Lucas earning his 15th save.

Solo home runs off the bats of Rangel Ravelo and Luke Voit, added to the two RBI by Nick Martini, gave the Redbirds the margin of victory. Voit was 3-for-5 on the night. Martini’s RBI came on a ground out in the first and a sac fly in the fifth.

Harrison Bader had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 85-48 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 20.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, John Gant (6-5, 3.82) 1:08 CT.


Springfield 8, Tulsa 3

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals topped the Drillers by a score of 8-3 at Hammons Field on Saturday night.  Austin Gomber reached double digits in wins, earning his 10th of the season.  Gomber tossed seven one run innings, allowing two hits while fanning nine and walking two.  Reliever Tyler Bray gave up an unearned run in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Scoring occurred in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.  Jacob Wilson blasted a two run home run and Andrew Knizner came home on a wild pitch in the second.  Wilson and Knizner were both 2-for-4.  Eliezer Alvarez was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  Darren Seferina plated two runs and was 2-for-5.  Gomber also drove in a run.

Oscar Mercado stole his 36th base in 52 attempts.  Knizner committed a fielding error, while Seferina made two errors, one throwing and one fielding.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 74-57 overall, 39-22 in the second half, and in first place by one game in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Ryan Helsley (3-0, 1.93) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 5, St. Lucie 2

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated the Mets on Saturday, and improved to 6-3 on the season against St. Lucie.  Jose Martinez and Jose Godoy each had two hits, Martinez in three at-bats, and Godoy in four.  Godoy also had an RBI.  Also plating runs were Thomas Spitz, Casey Grayson, Edmundo Sosa, and Shane Billings.

Rehabbing St. Louis reliever Kevin Siegrist pitched the first inning, allowing no runs and only one hit.  Regular starter Connor Jones followed with seven innings to earn the win, his eighth.  Jones gave up one run on five hits, fanned six and walked three.  In the ninth, Eric Carter allowed two hits and a run, coming on a long ball, but then struck out the side.

The Cardinals are 71-55 overall and 31-28 in the second half.  They are 7.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Mike O’Reilly (3-0, 3.30) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 4, Kane County 0      

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs shut out the Cougars, with half the runs coming off the bat of Stefan Trosclair.  Trosclair hit a solo home run in the third inning, and later doubled in a run in the fifth to end the night 2-for-4.  Danny Hudzina was also 2-for-4 and plated a run.  Matt Fiedler’s triple also drove a run home.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven and walking two.  Leland Tilley finished with two run-free frames of relief.  The win was Parra’s fourth of the season.

The Chiefs are 62-69 overall on the season, 32-30 in the second half to put them eight games back of first place in the Midwest League West. Peoria is tied for the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Austin Warner (2-3, 2.93) 2:00 CT.


State College 3, Williamsport 1

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Excellent starting pitching by Johan Oveido propelled the Spikes to a 3-1 victory over the Crosscutters.  Oveido threw eight strong innings, giving up only one run on two hits, while striking out nine and walking one for his second win as a Spike.  Will Latcham earned his fourth save, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Yariel Gonzalez and Joshua Lopez had two hits.  Bryce Denton, Wood Myers and Zach Kirtley had an RBI each.  Myers tripled in the sixth and came home on Kirtley’s double.

Scott Hurst was caught stealing for the fourth time in nine attempts.  Lopez had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 34-30 on the season and are three games out of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division and 3 ½ back of the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.31) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 2 at Princeton 12

The Cardinals were dealt a walloping by the Rays in Princeton, on a night when the big league clubs had a different outcome.  Three Cardinals errors didn’t help the situation, but the offense was sluggish against Rays pitching.  The bats scored two runs on only four hits, with no Cardinal having multiple hits.   Carlos Rodriguez and Walker Robbins drove in the two runs.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one and was tagged with his seventh loss.  Will Changarotty gave up one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings.  Paul Salazar surrendered a three-run home run and six scores, only one earned, in 2/3 of an inning.  Thomas St. Clair finished the eighth with no further damage.

Carlos Rodriguez made two fielding errors, and Imeldo Diaz committed one fielding error.

The Cardinals are 33-29 on the season and are 4.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West. Johnson City has a one-game lead for the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  at Princeton, Jacob Schlesener (2-2, 3.56) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals – Off

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT


DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Nationals 1

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were victorious against the Nationals in the season finale.  Starter Diego Cordero won his fourth game with six innings of sharp pitching.  Cordero gave up only one run on two hits, struck out four and issued two free passes.  Roy Garcia and Nelson Prado combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Center fielder Carlos Soler had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, and two runs scored.  Pablo Gomez and Franklin Soto plated a run each and were both 2-for-4.  Diomedes Del Rio was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Also driving in runs were Freddy De Jesus and Joyser Garcia.

Pablo Gomez was picked off and caught stealing in the second inning.  It was his fourth caught stealing in 12 attempts.  De Jesus committed a throwing error, and Cordero picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals finished the season at 30-40, 18.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/26/17

photo: Andrew Summerville (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system endured a 1-7 Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College starting pitcher Andrew Summerville, who pitched seven scoreless, one hit innings in the Spikes’ victory over Williamsport.

Results for games played Friday, August 25.

Memphis 2 at Iowa 4

The Redbirds were defeated in a close contest in Des Moines for the second night in a row.  Starter Dakota Hudson was tagged with his first loss with Memphis, pitching six innings and giving up four runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  Miguel Socolovich and Sean Gilmartin each added a scoreless inning of relief.

Luke Voit plated a run in the fourth on a ground out.  Nick Martini doubled in the other run in the ninth.  Voit was 2-for-4 on the night. Harrison Bader stole his 14th base in 22 attempts.

The Redbirds are 84-48 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 21 games.  Memphis has already clinched the Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Jack Flaherty (6-2, 2.69) 7:08 CT.


Springfield 1 at NW Arkansas 4

Zac Gallen (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to NW Arkansas on the road on Friday night, as the bats went virtually silent.  Only one Cardinals run came across the plate, and it was on a wild pitch in the fourth inning.  The offense managed seven hits, including doubles by Eliezer Alvarez and Anthony Garcia.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Corey Littrell was charged with two runs on three hits in his one inning of relief.  Landon Beck tossed a scoreless eighth. Gallen was tagged with the hard-luck loss.

Darren Seferina stole his 10th base in 12 attempts.  Alvarez made a missed catch error, and Jacob Wilson committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 73-57 overall, including 38-21 in the second half and remain tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, TBA 6:10 CT


Palm Beach 2, St. Lucie 6

Ramon Santos (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Mets’ late inning surge coincided with a fade from the Cardinals bullpen.  Starter Ramon Santos pitched well, going 6 1/3 innings, giving up one run on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Ian McKinney tossed one inning of relief in which he gave up two runs on two hits. McKinney took the loss.  Dailyn Martinez surrendered three runs in his one inning and was charged with the blown save.  Ross Vance got the last two outs of the ninth.

Cardinals bats scored two runs despite just five hits.  Jose Godoy was 2-for-3 and drove in both Palm Beach runs.  Thomas Spitz was caught stealing for the fourth time in 15 attempts.

Godoy had a passed ball. Spitz and Vince Jackson each had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 70-55 overall and 30-27 in the second half, which puts them seven games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Connor Jones (7-5. 4.15) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Kane County 3

Evan Kruczynski (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a squeaker to Kane County on Friday night with a run in the eighth.  The bats managed two runs on eight hits, including doubles by Juan Yepez and Mick Fennell.  Yepez was a perfect 4-for-4 with an RBI.  Yepez drove in his run on a single in the eighth. Fennell’s double plated one in the seventh.

Chiefs’ starter Evan Kruczynski pitched seven innings, giving up one run on four hits, while fanning eight and walking one.  Dewin Perez surrendered two runs, one earned, in 1/3 of an inning and took the loss.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

In the field, Perez committed a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 61-69 overall and 31-29 in the second half to put them eight games back of first place in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Frederis Parra (3-6, 4.32) 6:30 CT.


State College 2, Williamsport 0

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Spikes shut out Williamsport on Friday.  Starter Andrew Summerville pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his fourth win of the season.  The left hander allowed only one run, while fanning seven and walking two.  Robbie Gordon tossed the final two run-free innings to earn his second save.

The Spikes scored in the first on a sac fly by Bryce Denton.  The other run came home in the sixth on a Yariel Gonzalez single.  Gonzalez was 2-for-3.  Edwin Figuera was 3-for-4.

Scott Hurst stole his fifth base of the season in seven attempts, but was also caught stealing for the third time in eight attempts.  Both occurred in the same inning.  Zach Kirtley made a fielding error.  Summerville picked two runners off first base.

The Spikes are 33-30 and are three games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Johan Oviedo (1-2, 5.22) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 6, Greeneville 9

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to the Astros Friday night at home.  Starter Franyel Casadilla did not have a good night on the mound.  Casadilla gave up eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits in 3 1/3 innings.  The right hander fanned three and walked two to suffer his sixth loss of the season.  Juan Alvarez followed with 2 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run on three hits.  Jake Dahlberg tossed the final three scoreless innings.

The Cardinals scored all six runs across the third and fourth innings.  In the third, one came home on a wild pitch, while two more came home on Luis Bandes’ single.  In the fourth, Jonathan Rivera doubled in a run.  Irving Lopez’ sac fly plated one, and another came home on a wild pitch.  No Johnson City batters had multiple hits.

Bandes and Brady Whalen each committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 33-27 on the season. They are 2.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West and have a one-game lead in the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  at Princeton, Edwar Ramirez (3-6, 6.62) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 4 (seven innings, Game 1 DH)

Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were edged by the Astros in a game shortened by rain.  It was the first of a doubleheader, with the second cancelled due to the weather.  The Cardinals offense managed three runs on eight hits.  Center fielder Jonatan Machado was a perfect 3-for-3 and drove in all three runs with a sixth-inning double.  Dariel Gomez was 2-for-3.

Winston Nicacio pitched the first inning, allowing no runs and no hits.  Angel Rondon followed with four innings, surrendering four runs, two earned, on eight hits and took the loss.  Cory Malcom tossed a scoreless seventh.

Catcher Cameron Knight had a throwing error and a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 23-24 on the season and are 5.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  Off.


DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Nationals 10

The Cardinals were pounded by the Nationals on Friday.  Cardinals pitching had a tough day at the park, with starter Dionis Zamora suffering his fourth loss of the season.  Zamora went three innings, giving up four runs on eight hits, while striking out one and walking one.   Hector Soto followed with two innings, surrendering two runs on four hits.  Wilman Madera relinquished four runs in his 2 2/3 innings of work. Only Anthony Trompiz put up a zero in his 1 1/3 innings.

The Cardinals offense scored four runs on eight hits.  The first run came on a fielding error in the second inning.  Victor Garcia doubled in a run in the sixth and another came home on a hit by pitch.  The final run was plated on a Diomedes Del Rio groundout. Raffy Ozuna was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Ivan Herrera was 2-for-4.

Carlos Soler had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 29-40 on the season and are 19.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.



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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of August 14-20

photo: Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong (Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals lost four of six on their road trip to Boston, Pittsburgh and Williamsport. Three and four hitters Paul DeJong and Dexter Fowler lead the offense as the pitching struggles, averaging almost seven runs allowed per game this week. DeJong’s success leads to a look at team all-time rookie hitting records in our history feature.

Game Recaps

Monday, August 14 – Off day

Tuesday, August 15 – Cardinals 4 at Red Sox 10

In the first of a two game series at Boston, the big inning doomed the Cardinals.  Starter Mike Leake gave up a run in the first inning, but then held Boston scoreless for three innings.  In the fifth inning, the wheels came off the bus.  Facing eight batters, Leake gave up a double, four singles, a hit by pitch, and an intentional walk, leaving with four more runs on the board, and the bases loaded.  Matt Bowman allowed three inherited runners to score, then surrendered a run of his own, but eventually got the final two outs in the inning.  Brett Cecil pitched the sixth and allowed another run.  John Brebbia and Sam Tuivailala tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth.

The Cardinals scored three in the sixth and one in the eighth.  Dexter Fowler plated two on a double and went 3-for-4 overall.  Carson Kelly drove in the third run of the sixth on a single.  In the eighth, Paul DeJong’s single plated the final Cardinal run.  DeJong was 2-for-4.  Luke Voit was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.

Greg Garcia made a fielding error.

Wednesday, August 16 – Cardinals 4 at Red Sox 5

The Red Sox took advantage of shaky pitching performances in the ninth to take the lead and win the game and series  Starter Lance Lynn went six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Seung-Hwan Oh and Tyler Lyons pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.  Trevor Rosenthal started the ninth, gave up two runs without recording an out, and was replaced by Zach Duke.  Duke got one out but surrendered another run.  Duke was replaced by John Brebbia, who allowed the inherited runner to score and was charged with a blown save.  Duke was the losing pitcher.

The Cardinals scored all four of their runs in the second inning.  Kolten Wong’s single plated Yadier Molina.  Luke Voit then doubled to score Jedd Gyorko.  Wong scored on a passed ball.  Matt Carpenter plated Voit with a single.  Wong was 3-for-4, Paul DeJong was 2-for-5.

Lynn made an error on a throw.

Thursday, August 17 – Cardinals 11 at Pirates 7

In the first of a four game series, the Cardinals offense got the better of the Pirates.  Every starting position player had at least one hit.  Dexter Fowler drove in three runs and was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.  Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk plated two and were 2-for-5.  Jedd Gyorko hit a solo home run in the second inning and was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Tommy Pham was 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run in the ninth inning. Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina both drove in a run.

Starter Adam Wainwright pitched only three innings and gave up five runs on seven hits.  Subsequent to this start Wainwright went on the DL with an elbow issue.  Luke Weaver relieved and tossed two scoreless innings.  Sam Tuivailala, Matt Bowman, and Tyler Lyons each added a scoreless inning.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth and gave up two runs.  Tuivailala was the winning pitcher.

Luke Weaver made an error on a pickoff attempt.

Friday, August 18 – Cardinals 11 at Pirates 10

A game that appeared to be a blowout win, ended in just a one run edge for the Cardinals.  The offense was again prolific, as three home runs aided the scoring frenzy.  Tommy Pham hit a first inning solo shot.  Matt Carpenter blasted a three run shot in the second inning.   Paul DeJong had a solo home run in the third.  Pham also drove in a run on a ground out in the fourth.  Greg Garcia singled in a run in the second inning.  Carlos Martinez plated a run in the fourth inning on sac bunt.   DeJong had an RBI single in the sixth, and Dexter Fowler added an RBI double in that inning.  In the eighth, Jose Martinez singled home a run.

DeJong was 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Randal Grichuk was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Greg Garcia was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Mike Mayers started the eighth, and though he managed to get two outs, allowed five runs, four earned, on four hits. Brett Cecil got the final out of the inning.  Matt Bowman started the ninth, surrendered another two runs, and left with one out.  Zach Duke walked his only batter and was replaced by Seung-Hwan Oh, who got the final two outs to earn his 19th save.  Martinez earned his 10th win.

In the field, Jose Martinez made a fielding error.  Randal Grichuk had an outfield assist.

Saturday, August 19 – Cardinals 4 at Pirates 6

The Cardinals lost the third game of the series as a rally in the late innings fell short.  Though the Cardinals scored first in the second inning, on a Kolten Wong single, the Pirates responded with five runs in the bottom frame to take the lead.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the eighth, when Paul DeJong’s two run home run tightened the Pirates lead.  In the ninth, Jose Martinez’ solo home run made it a one run game, but the scoring ended there.  Martinez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Randal Grichuk was also 2-for-4.

Starter Michael Wacha may have been affected by a two hour rain delay, as he went four innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  A new addition to the Cardinal bullpen, Josh Lucas, tossed two innings of relief and allowed one run on four hits.  Brett Cecil and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.

DeJong committed a throwing error.

Sunday, August 20 – Cardinals 3 at Pirates 6

The fourth and final game of the series was played on Sunday night in Williamsport PA, a special event that coincided with the Little League World Series.  The stadium is a minor league facility, home of the Williamsport Crosscutters, a Class A short season affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies which plays in the NY Penn League.  All 16 teams participating in the Little League World Series were spectators in the stands, along with their families.

The Cardinals lost to split the four game series.  Starter Mike Leake lost his 12th game of the season.  Leake lasted only three innings, giving up six runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked none.  Sam Tuivailala contributed three scoreless innings.  Just as on Saturday, Brett Cecil and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth, respectively.

On the offensive side, Jedd Gyorko’s two run home run in the second put the Cardinals on the board.  Kolten Wong drove in the third and final run in the sixth, on a line drive single.  Yadier Molina was 3-for-4.  Gyorko was 2-for-4 and Stephen Piscotty, recalled as the 26th player for the game, was 2-for-4.

Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the week and the road trip 2-4.  They fell from second place to third in the NL Central.  The pitching, both starting and relief, has struggled, and injuries have played a part.  Adam Wainwright and Trevor Rosenthal went on the 10 day DL this week with elbow injuries.  Mike Leake continues to struggle.  The bullpen has been inconsistent at times.  Offense has been inconsistent as well.  Defense and baserunning remain the same.

With six weeks left in the season, the Cardinals need to find a way to put it all together.  They remain in contention for both the division and the wild card, but playing at the current pace is not likely to get them either.

The Cardinals are now 3.5 games back of the first place Cubs, and 1.5 games back of the second place Brewers.  The record stands at 63-61.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 66 57 0.537
Milwaukee 65 60 0.520 2
St. Louis 63 61 0.508 3.5
Pittsburgh 60 64 0.484 6.5
Cincinnati 53 72 0.424 14

 

Who’s Hot

Dexter Fowler (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Over the past 7 days (does not include recent Sunday game results):

Dexter Fowler is batting .467 with an OPS of 1.289.  He has 1 triple, 2 doubles, and 6 RBI.

Paul DeJong is batting .440 with an OPS of 1.321.  He has 3HRs, 1 double, and 7 RBI.

Jose Martinez is batting .308 with an OPS of .973.  He has 1 HR, 1 double, and 2 RBI

Kolten Wong is batting .381 with an OPS of .952.  He has 1 triple, 2 doubles, and 5 RBI.

Tyler Lyons (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 1.67.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 2.70 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not include recent Sunday game):

Jedd Gyorko is batting .200 and has an OPS of .588.

Matt Carpenter is batting .136 and has an OPS of .542.

Yadier Molina is batting .235 and has an OPS of .588.

Carson Kelly is batting .200 and has an OPS of .473.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 16.62 and a WHIP of 2.54.

Adam Wainwright has an ERA of 15.00 and a WHIP of 2.67.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 2.50.

Zach Duke has an ERA of 27.00 and a WHIP of 6.00.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 18.00 and a WHIP of 2.00

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 6 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Paul DeJong.

The number 4 hitter has been Dexter Fowler for four games, Jose Martinez for one game, and Jedd Gyorko for one game.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for four games, Martinez for one game, and Randal Grichuk for one game.

The number 6 hitter has been Gyorko for four games, and Kolten Wong for two games.

The number 7 hitter has Wong for three games, Grichuk for two games, and Carson Kelly for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for two games, Martinez for one game, Grichuk for one game, Kelly for one game, and Luke Voit for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

Trevor Rosenthal (USA TODAY Sports Images)

8/17 The Cardinals placed RHP Trevor Rosenthal on the 10 day disabled list.

8/17 The Cardinals recalled RHP Luke Weaver from the Memphis Redbirds.

8/18 The Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10 day disable list.

8/18 The Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.

8/19 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.

8/19 The Cardinals selected the contract of RHP Josh Lucas from the Memphis Redbirds.

8/20 The Cardinals recalled OF Stephen Piscotty from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

Adam Wainwright (USA TODAY Sports Images)

RHP Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10 day DL with right elbow impingement.  Wainwright had a platelet rich plasma injection in his elbow and is suspended from throwing for 10-14 days.  A mid -September return for Wainwright is possible.

RHP Trevor Rosenthal was placed on the 10 day DL with right posterior elbow irritation.  Rosenthal is set to get a second opinion sometime this week, to determine the next course of action.  That action could be surgery.

LHP Kevin Siegrist (left forearm tendinitis) has been throwing bullpen sessions and is expected to return to the roster by later in August.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have a travel day on Monday and return home to St. Louis to begin a three game series with the Padres.  Lance Lynn is scheduled to make the Tuesday start.  Luke Weaver will make the start on Wednesday, and Carlos Martinez pitches on Thursday.

On Friday, the Tampa Bay Rays will come to Busch Stadium for a weekend series.  No pitchers are yet announced, but will likely be Michael Wacha, Mike Leake and Lance Lynn.

The Cardinals have another travel day a week from Monday as they head to Milwaukee for a two game set with the Brewers then to San Francisco for four game series beginning Thursday. After the Giants, the Cardinals travel to San Diego to play the Padres in a four game series.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

This week, rookie Paul DeJong hit his 20th home run since being called up in late May.  DeJong has been something of a local celebrity that no one expected due to his performance since joining St. Louis.  The 20 home runs are one short of the single season Cardinals record for a shortstop, held by the 2014 version of Jhonny Peralta, who had 21.  It is quite likely DeJong will pass Peralta for that record.

Aside from that record that DeJong may very well break, I thought to look at other Cardinals rookie records in the offensive category.  The one Cardinal who stands out in terms of offensive records for rookies should surprise no one.  That is of course, Albert Pujols.

Albert Pujols (USA TODAY Sports Images)

In Pujols’ debut season of 2001, he set the following team rookie records:  Runs (112), Hits (194, tied with 1899 Emmet Heidrick), Doubles (47), Home Runs (37), Extra Base Hits (88, also the NL rookie record), Total Bases (360, also the NL rookie record), and RBI (130, also the NL rookie record).

Other Cardinals rookie records are held by Vince Coleman in 1985 for At Bats (636) and Stolen Bases (110, also the MLB rookie record).  The aforementioned Emmet Heidrick (in 1899) has the Cardinal rookie record for Singles (157).  The rookie record for Triples belongs to Tommy Long (25) in 1915.  George Watkins holds St. Louis and MLB rookie records for Batting Average (.373) and Slugging (.621) in 1930.  Former Cardinals manager Solly Hemus holds the team rookie record for Walks (75) in 1951.  The Cardinal rookie record for Strikeouts belongs to Hector Cruz (119) in 1976.  Joe Frazier, in 1954, holds the rookie record for Pinch Hits (20), and the record for Longest Hitting Streak is held by Joe McEwing (25), set in 1999.

DeJong may never make that list, but he has definitely made Cardinals fans happy with his 2017 performance.  Time will tell if his name someday appears among the likes of greats like Albert Pujols.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/20/17

photo: Eliezer Alvarez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is designated hitter Eliezer Alvarez, who was 3-for-4 with six RBI for first-place Springfield. John Gant and Ramon Santos threw six scoreless innings for Memphis and Palm Beach, respectively. Peoria’s Stefan Trosclair hit a grand slam.

Results for games played Saturday, August 19.

Memphis 4, New Orleans 0

John Gant (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds shut out New Orleans at AutoZone Park on Saturday night.  Starting pitcher John Gant pitched six scoreless innings, allowing six hits, striking out five and walking three.  Miguel Socolovich added a scoreless seventh.  Sean Gilmartin allowed just one hit in the scoreless eighth and ninth.  Gant earned his sixth win of the season.

The Redbirds got on the board in the second inning on solo blast by Patrick Wisdom, his 28th home run of the season.  In the third inning, three runs came home on Alex Mejia’s two run double, and a double by Aledmys Diaz.  Diaz was 2-for-4.  Wisdom was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

On the base paths, Breyvic Valera was picked off first base.

The Redbirds are 83-44 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 22 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 4.56) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 12, Corpus Christi 5

Eliezer Alvarez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals won decisively against Corpus Christi in Springfield on Saturday night.  Eliezer Alvarez led the offense with a 3-for-4 performance.  Alvarez drove in six runs and scored two. In the first inning Alvarez plated two on a double.  Also driving in single runs in that inning were Adolis Garcia on a double, a single by John Nogowski, and a double by Jacob Wilson.  Alvarez drove in two more runs with his second inning single.  Jesse Jenner doubled in two runs in the fifth.  Alvarez again doubled for two runs in the eighth.  The final Cardinals run scored in the eighth when Wilson drew a bases loaded walk.

Adolis Garcia was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.  Nogowski was 3-for-4 with two runs.  Darren Seferina was 2-for-4 and scored three times.

Starter Zac Gallen had a rough night, giving up five runs on seven hits while striking out one and walking three in 3 2/3 innings.  Tyler Bray followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Corey Littrell pitched three scoreless frames and was the winning pitcher.  Landon Beck tossed a scoreless ninth.

Seferina stole his eighth base in 10 attempts.  Randy Arozarena was caught stealing for the second time in nine attempts.  Anthony Garcia committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 71-54 overall, 36-19 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Austin Gomber (8-7, 3.58) 2:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 0

Ramon Santos (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals shut out Bradenton at home on Saturday.  Starting pitcher Ramon Santos won his fourth game of the season, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing three hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked two.  Eric Carter tossed a perfect seventh and eighth.  Jordan Hicks added a 1-2-3 ninth including two strikeouts to earn his first professional save.

Jose Martinez drove in the first run on a second inning single. Martinez was 3-for-4.  Blake Drake added an RBI double in the sixth.  In the seventh, Casey Grayson grounded into a force out that scored a run.  Drake was 2-for-4 and Thomas Spitz was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Martinez stole his second base in four attempts.  In the field, Vince Jackson had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 68-53 overall and 28-26 in the second half.  They are 8 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Connor Jones (7-5. 4.19) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 6, Clinton 7

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs lost a close content at home against Clinton on Saturday night.  Peora fell behind early, but scored six runs in the third and fourth innings to take the lead.  The lead didn’t hold, however.

The four runs in the third inning came on a grand slam by Stefan Trosclair.  In the fourth, Mick Fennell’s single scored two.  Fennell and Danny Hudzina went 2-for-4.

Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked four.  Max Almonte surrendered one run in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.  Dewin Perez relinquished another run in 2 1/3 innings and took the loss.  Austin Sexton got the last two outs of the ninth.

Nick Plummer was caught stealing for the seventh time in 15 attempts.  Fennell was picked off first base.  In a sloppy game for the defense, Fennell had a throwing error, Trosclair made a fielding error and a throwing error, and Hudzina committed a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 59-65 overall on the season, 29-25 in the second half to put them six games back of first place in the Midwest League West and one game ahead in the wild card race.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 4.25) 2:00 CT.


State College 5 at Auburn 7

Yariel Gonzalez (State College Spikes)

The Spikes were defeated by the Doubledays at Auburn on Saturday.  State College took an early lead, but a six run fourth inning by Auburn put them in a hole from which they couldn’t climb.  Starter Paul Balestrieri had a tough start, pitching 3 2/3 innings and giving up seven runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two and was tagged with his third loss of the season.  Steven Farinaro added 4 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Scott Hurst was 4-for-5.  Yariel Gonzalez was 2-for-4 and plated four, via a sac fly and a three run double.  Edwin Figuera was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Joshua Lopez plated a run on a fourth inning double.

Wood Myers stole his second base in four attempts.  Gonzalez stole his second in base in four attempts also.  Hurst made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 30-27 on the season and are 3.5 games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division and three games out of the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  at Auburn, Andrew Summerville (3-0, 1.73) 1:05 CT.


Johnson City 1 at Bluefield 6

The Cardinals were blanked by the Blue Jays in Bluefield.  Johnson City offense was scarce, with the only run scoring on a third inning single by Julio Rodriguez.  Rodriguez was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on 13 hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked none and suffered his fifth loss of the season.  Juan Alvarez added 1 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered one run on two hits.  Jake Dahlberg pitched a scoreless eighth.

Carlos Talavera was caught stealing for the fifth time in 10 attempts.  Pitcher Alvarez made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 30-25 on the season and are 3.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West but one game ahead in the wild card race.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Edwar Ramirez (2-6, 7.11) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Marlins 10

Jordan Schafer (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals were topped by the Marlins in a high scoring game on Saturday.  Jordan Schafer, rehabbing from an injury in Spring Training that led to elbow surgery, drove in two runs, and was 2-for-4 with a double and a triple.  Michael Brdar drove in two runs on a seventh inning double.  Edmundo Sosa, also rehabbing an injury, was 2-for-5 with an RBI, as was Dariel Gomez.  Donivan Williams plated a run on a fifth inning single.

Starter Noel De Jesus pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  Enrique Perez surrendered six runs on three hits in his one inning of relief.  Perez was the losing pitcher.  Wilberto Rivera relinquished two runs, one earned in one frame.  Kevin Hamann pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

Sanel Rosendo was caught stealing for the third time in four attempts and committed a throwing error.  De Jesus picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 23-21 on the season and 3.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s games :  at GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT (Game 1 doubleheader), TBA (Game 2 following Game 1)


DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Phillies Red 12

The Cardinals were clobbered by the Phillies Red team on Saturday.  Starter Dionis Zamora suffered his third loss of the season after pitching four innings, and giving up three unearned runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Roy Garcia surrendered five runs, four earned, on five hits in the fifth.  Leonardo Taveras pitched a scoreless sixth.  Rodardo Avelino started the seventh and gave up four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Jose Geronimo finished the seventh and pitched a scoreless eighth.  Cardinals pitching gave up 12 runs on 15 hits.

The Cardinals bats scored five runs on 14 hits.  Yowelfy Rosario was 3-for-5 with two RBI.  Alexander Samuel plated a run and was 3-for-4.  Freddy DeJesus was 2-for-4 with one run driven in.  Victor Garcia was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Extra base hits were a double by Garcia, and a triple from Carlos Soler.

The Cards committed six errors. Raffy Ozuna made two fielding errors and Pablo Gomez had one.  DeJesus had two throwing miscues and Rosario one.

The Cardinals are 27-36 on the season and are 17.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/19/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College center fielder Scott Hurst, whose three run home run in the 15th inning gave the Spikes a victory over West Virginia.

Results for games played Friday, August 18.

Memphis 7, Nashville 8

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds lost their first series since April, losing to the Sounds at home for the third loss in the four game series.  The Sounds scored in the first, but Memphis quickly responded with two runs on a two run home run by Alex Mejia.  The lead changed hands several times.  The Redbirds scored three in the fourth to regain the lead on Patrick Wisdom’s two run home run and Breyvic Valera’s RBI single.  After the lead was lost again, the Redbirds rallied in the ninth but fell short by one run.  Another two run home run, this time by Rangel Ravelo, brought the Redbirds to within one, but the rally died with ground outs by Mejia and Tyler O’Neill.

Ravelo was 3-for 5 with the two RBI and two runs scored.  Mejia and Valera were 2-for-5.

Starter Matt Pearce could not put up zeros in consecutive innings.  Pearce pitched seven innings, giving up eight runs on 12 hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked none. Josh Zeid tossed the final two scoreless innings.  Pearce took the loss, his second with Memphis.

The Redbirds are 82-44 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 22.5 games.  Memphis has already clinched the Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, John Gant (5-5, 4.07) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 4, Corpus Christi 7

Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals went down in defeat to Corpus Christi at home on Friday night.  Springfield starter Chris Ellis was tagged with his seventh loss of the season.  Ellis pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits, while fanning six and walking one.  Andrew Morales followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run on three hits.  Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless ninth.

Offense was on the light side for Springfield, four runs on only five hits.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.  One of those hits was a big fly, a two run home run by Adolis Garcia in the fourth inning.  Springfield plated two more in the eighth on Magneuris Sierra’s double, and Tommy Edman’s single.

On the base paths, Garcia stole his 11th base in 19 attempts, Darren Seferina swiped his seventh in nine tries, and Edman stole his fourth base in in five attempts.

The Cardinals are 70-54 overall, 35-18 in the second half and in first place in the Texas League North by two games.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Zac Gallen (4-3, 3.40) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals edged the Marauders at home on Friday night in a low scoring contest.  The game was scoreless until the eighth, when Bradenton scored one and Palm Beach responded with two. The first run scored on three consecutive singles by Casey Grayson, Chris Chinea and Leobaldo Pina.  Pina’s single plated Grayson.  A single by Blake Drake scored Chinea.  Chinea was 2-for-4, and Drake was 3-for-4.

Cardinals starter Jake Woodford pitched eight innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked two on route to his seventh win of the season.  Dailyn Martinez pitched a scoreless ninth for this fourth save.

Drake stole his fifth base in eight attempts for Palm Beach.  Pina swiped his fifth base in six tries.  Grayson committed a fielding error.  Thomas Spitz had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 67-53 overall and 27-26 in the second half, which puts them eight games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Ramon Santos (3-3, 3.63) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Clinton 1

Anthony Shew (State College Spikes)

Peoria squeaked by Clinton in a game with little offense on both sides.  The Chiefs scored twice on six hits.  In the second inning, Dylan Carlson walked and Matt Fiedler singled.  Fiedler stole second base and Carlson scored on a throwing error by the Clinton catcher.  After the Lumber Kings tied it up in the seventh, the Chiefs took the lead with one run in the bottom frame, on Carlson’s RBI double.  No Chiefs had multiple hits.

Peoria starter Anthony Shew won his second Midwest League game.  Shew pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out 11, walked none and logged eight ground ball outs to just two flies.  Leland Tilley pitched the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings to earn his fourth save.

Fiedler stole his fourth base in eighth attempts for Peoria.  Stefan Trosclair was caught stealing for just the fourth time in 17 attempts.

The Chiefs are 59-64 overall and 28-25 in the second half to put them six games back of first place in the Midwest League West for the second half and one game ahead of Kane County for the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Ian Oxnevad (3-10, 4.22) 6:30 CT.


State College 5 at West Virginia 2 (15 innings)

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

It was long and drawn out victory for the Spikes on Friday.  A 2-2 tie was taken into the 15th inning before State College finally broke the stalemate with a three run top of the 15th.  The Spikes fell behind initially, but tied it up with one run each in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Zach Kirtley led off with a solo home run.  In the eighth, Joshua Lopez’ solo shot tied the game.  Finally, in the 15th inning, Scott Hurst’s three run blast gave the Spikes the lead and the victory.  Hurst was 2-for-7 with three RBI. Bryce Denton was 3-for-6.

Starting pitcher Daniel Castano pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on eight hits.  Castano fanned five and walked none.  The bullpen was fantastic as Levi MaVorhis and Noel Gonzalez followed with three scoreless innings of relief each.  Robbie Gordon hurled the final two scoreless innings to earn the win.

On the base paths, Edwin Figuera stole his 10th base in 12 attempts.

The Spikes are 30-26 and are 3.5 games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Auburn, Paul Balestrieri (3-2, 5.30) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 10 at Bluefield 5

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The Cardinals blanked the Blue Jays in Bluefield on Friday.  A four RBI night by catcher Alexis Wilson was the offensive highlight.  Wilson plated the first Cardinals run in the first inning on a sac fly.  A second run scored in the second inning on a wild pitch.  Three runs came home on the fourth on a passed ball and a throwing error.  In the fifth, Brady Whalen plated a run on a fielder’s choice.  Wilson later hit a bases clearing double to score three. Irving Lopez’ RBI single scored the final Johnson City run in the sixth.

Wilson was 2-for-4 with two doubles and four RBI. Lopez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Walker Robbins was 2-for-4 and Carlos Rodriguez was 2-for-5.

Starter Zach Prendegast pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits to win his third game.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Paul Salazar tossed two innings of relief and surrendered one unearned run.  Will Changarotty allowed a run in his one inning, before Brett Seeburger pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Carlos Talavera stole his fifth base.  In the field, Whalen and Lopez committed throwing errors.

The Cardinals are 30-24 on the season and are 2.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West and one game ahead of Greeneville for the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  at Bluefield, Franyel Casadilla (1-4, 7.78) 6:05 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 9

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The Cardinals were soundly defeated by the Nationals on Friday. Defensive errors played a significant role, as the Nationals posted five unearned runs.  Palm Beach rehabber Derian Gonzalez started, pitching the first inning and giving up one run on three hits.  Gonzalez fanned two and walked none.  Brian Pirela took the next three innings, yielding six runs, two earned, on four hits.  Patrick Dayton surrendered two runs, one earned in 2 2/3 innings.  Kodi Whitley added 1 1/3 scoreless innings, and Gabriel Gentner pitched a scoreless ninth.  Pirela was the losing pitcher.

Rehabber Edmundo Sosa was 2-for-3, including a first inning solo home run.  Dariel Gomez hit a solo shot in the second inning and was also 2-for-3.  Elehuris Montero was 2-for-3.  The final Cardinals run scored in the seventh on Moises Castillo’s double.

On the base paths, Sanel Rosendo was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  In the field, Luis Flores and Brian Sanchez both committed a fielding error.  Montero made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 23-20 on the season and are 2.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals – Off

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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of August 7-13

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Whether due to a stray cat, a players meeting, a favorable home schedule or something else, the St. Louis Cardinals reeled off an eight-game winning streak that has them in the middle of the Central Division race. Dexter Fowler is the new clean-up hitter and has been cleaning up. Our history feature looks at the 1987 Cardinals.

 

“Rally Cat” becomes a phenomenon

To those who remember the Rally Squirrel from the 2011 Championship season, this season brings us another “rally” animal to get behind.  In Wednesday’s game against the Royals at Busch Stadium, the St. Louis Cardinals were behind the Kansas City Royals by a score of 5-4.  In the sixth inning, with two outs and the bases juiced, Yadier Molina came to the plate.  After taking the first pitch from Royals reliever Peter Moylan for a ball, Molina backed away and pointed toward the outfield.  There, scampering across the outfield, was a kitten.  The game was delayed while a member of the grounds crew attempted to remove the kitten.  The kitten was removed from the field, but not without putting up a fight with the grounds crew member (who was bitten).  When the game continued, Molina immediately hit a grand slam that won the game for the Cardinals.

The fate of the kitten was a mish mash of stories.  One story was that the kitten was taken to the Humane Society, which turned out to be false.  Another one was that the kitten was placed at the Stan Musial statue and mysteriously claimed by a woman, who later supposedly claimed to have lost the kitten.

Finally, the kitten was found and delivered to the St. Louis Feral Cat Outreach.  It turned out it was not feral at all, just a stray.  The cat was given a health check, appeared to be healthy, and will now be quarantined for 10 days and then offered out for adoption.  One has the feeling this kitty will be fought over, and hopefully the lucky adopter will be revealed in the next week or two.

Game Recaps

Monday, August 7 – Cardinals 11 at Royals 3

In the first of a four game home and home series against the Royals, the Cardinals continued their offensive outburst from Sunday’s game against the Reds.  The long ball accounted for seven of the Redbirds’ 11 runs.  Matt Carpenter hit a three run home run in the fourth inning, Kolten Wong had a two run shot in the eighth, and Paul DeJong added a two run shot in the ninth.  Wong had four RBI as he drove in the first Cardinal run in the second inning on a sac fly, and plated a run in the fourth on a force attempt that resulted in a throwing error.  Also in the fourth, Greg Garcia drew a bases loaded walk to score a run.  Carpenter was 2-for-4.  Jose Martinez was 2-for-5 and Yadier Molina was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Starter Carlos Martinez pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on seven hits to earn his eighth win.  The right hander struck out seven and walked none.  Sam Tuivailala pitched the ninth and surrendered one run.

Tuesday, August 8 – Cardinals 10 at Royals 3

In game two of the series, the Redbird bats came to play with the long ball again playing a major role.  Yadier Molina hit a solo shot in the fourth inning, and Randal Grichuk added a solo blast in the fifth.  Jedd Gyorko blasted a three run shot, also in the fifth.  Molina was 2-for-4 and drove in three runs.  Grichuk was 2-for-5, and he plated two runs on a single in the seventh.  Matt Carpenter had an RBI double in the seventh and was 2-for-3.  Paul DeJong was 2-for-5.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched six innings, giving up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two to earn his ninth win.  Three relievers added a scoreless inning each – Seung-Hwan Oh, Zach Duke and John Brebbia.

On the base paths, Gyorko was picked off and caught stealing second base.

Wednesday, August 9 – Cardinals 8, Royals 5

The Cardinals returned home to Busch to play the Royals in the second half of the home and home series.  The Redbirds continued their winning streak by defeating the Royals for the third time.

Starter Mike Leake had an indifferent outing, going five innings and giving up five runs, four earned, on 11 hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless inning of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Zach Duke added a scoreless seventh.  Seung-Hwan Oh and Tyler Lyons combined for a scoreless eighth, and Trevor Rosenthal tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his ninth save.

A grand slam by Yadier Molina in the sixth was the offensive highlight, which occurred with the Cardinals were behind 5-4.  After the first pitch to Molina, the catcher pointed to the outfield, as there was a small kitten running across the outfield.  The game was halted and the kitten was captured by a member of the grounds crew and carried off the field.  The kitten was dubbed the “rally cat” as Molina followed the incident with the grand slam that secured the victory for the Cardinals.

Also driving in runs in the game were Mike Leake on a sac bunt in the second, followed by an RBI single by Matt Carpenter.  In the third inning, Jedd Gyorko plated a run on a single to left, and in the fourth, Jose Martinez launched a solo home run.  Martinez and Grichuk were 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Kolten Wong stole his fourth base of the season, and Dexter Fowler stole his fifth base of the season.  Wong was also picked off and caught stealing.  In the field, Molina committed a throwing error and Fowler had an outfield assist.

Thursday, August 10 – Cardinals 8, Royals 6

In the rubber game of the home and home series, the Cardinals accomplished the sweep against the Royals. Like the previous game, this was a come from behind win.  The Redbirds were held scoreless until the sixth, when three runs tied the score.  Four tallies in the seventh, and one in the eighth gave the Cardinals the lead they wouldn’t relinquish.  Dexter Fowler’s double plated the first run in the sixth.  A throwing error on Jose Martinez’ ground ball force attempt brought a second run home.  Kolten Wong’s sac fly scored another.

The grand slam was again prominent, by Fowler in the seventh inning.  Paul DeJong’s double in the eighth brought in the final run.  Fowler was 2-for-5 with five RBI.  DeJong was 2-for-3, and Wong was 2-for-2.

Lance Lynn pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked five.  Matt Bowman and Tyler Lyons combined for a scoreless seventh inning.  Lyons was the winning pitcher.  Brett Cecil surrendered two runs and Seung-Hwan Oh was charged with one, as both pitchers got one out each in the eighth inning.  Trevor Rosenthal secured the final four outs for his 10th save.

Friday, August 11 – Cardinals 8, Braves 5

The Cardinals began the weekend series against the Braves with their seventh consecutive win.  Adam Wainwright won his 12th game despite subpar velocity.  The veteran right hander pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Wainwright walked three but struck out none.  Brett Cecil started the sixth and had a tough outing, surrendering four runs and only two outs.  John Brebbia got the final out of the inning and two outs in the seventh before Zach Duke retired the next four batters.  Matt Bowman pitched a quiet ninth to earn his second save.

The Cardinals scored four runs in the second inning, starting with an RBI double from Kolten Wong.  Randal Grichuk plated a run on a single.  Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong each doubled in a run.  In the third, Grichuk tripled to bring a run home and Wainwright singled in another.  DeJong plated two on a double in the eighth for the final two Redbirds runs.   DeJong was 2-for-5 with three RBI.  Grichuk was 2-for-4 with two driven in and two scored.

Yadier Molina stole his eighth base of the season.

Saturday, August 12 – Cardinals 6, Braves 5

The Cardinals edged the Braves in the second game of weekend series.  Dexter Fowler got St. Louis on the board in the first inning on an RBI single to right.  In the second inning, Randal Grichuk’s solo home run added another. Three runs came home in the fourth on Greg Garcia’s ground out and singles by Carlos Martinez and Tommy Pham.  In the seventh, Paul DeJong’s 17th major league home run was the final Cardinals score.  DeJong was 2-for-3, Fowler was 2-for-4.  Grichuk was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Starter Carlos Martinez earned his ninth win, pitching six innings, and giving up three runs on seven hits.  The righty fanned seven and walked one.  Tyler Lyons followed with two scoreless frames of relief.  Trevor Rosenthal gave up two runs in the ninth, but earned his 11th save.

In the field, Matt Carpenter made a missed catch error in the ninth that made matters tense. It was his 11th error of the season.

Sunday, August 13 – Cardinals 3, Braves 6

The Cardinals were unable to complete the sweep against the Braves on Sunday as Michael Wacha did not have a good start.  Wacha pitched five innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one in his fifth loss.  Sam Tuivailala tossed two innings of relief and surrendered one run on two hits.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.  John Brebbia took the ninth and relinquished one run.

Paul DeJong hit his 18th home run for St. Louis, a solo shot.  DeJong was 3-for-5.  Carson Kelly singled in a run in the seventh inning.  Kolten Wong’s single in the eighth plated the third and final run for St. Louis.  Wong and Randal Grichuk went 2-for-4.

Tommy Pham was picked off first base.

Big Picture

The Cardinals went 6-1 this past week, and had an eight game winning streak going back to last Saturday’s game against the Reds.  The streak was broken with the loss to the Braves on Sunday.  The winning streak moved the Cardinals into a virtual tie with the Cubs as of Saturday.  With the loss on Sunday and the Cubs and Brewers winning, the Cardinals are now one game back of the Cubs, and one game ahead of the Brewers.

The offense was outstanding the past week, scoring 49 runs in seven games.  Other than a poor outing by Brett Cecil, the bullpen has been good.  The defense has been fine, and there have been minor issues with baserunning.  The starting pitching has been so-so but the offense made up for that.

The team’s improved play could in part be tied back to a team meeting called by Yadier Molina and Adam Wainwright in Cincinnati on August 3.

The Cardinals play the Red Sox and the Pirates on the road in the coming week, and how the Cardinals fare against both teams will be telling.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 61 55 0.526
St. Louis 61 57 0.517 1
Milwaukee 61 59 0.508 2
Pittsburgh 58 60 0.492 4
Cincinnati 49 69 0.415 13

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Dexter Fowler (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Dexter Fowler is batting .421 with an OPS of 1.502.  He has 1 HR, 1 triple, 4 doubles, and 6 RBI.

Kolten Wong is batting .455 with an OPS of 1.261.  He has 1 HR, 3 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Paul DeJong is batting .387 with an OPS of 1.119.  He has 2 HRs, 3 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Randal Grichuk is batting .357 with an OPS of 1.107.  He has 2 HRs, 1 triple, 3 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Kolten Wong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Matt Carpenter is batting .360 with an OPS of 1.195.  He has 1 HR, 1 triple, 3 doubles, and 8 RBI.

Jose Martinez is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.083.  He has 2 HRs, 1 double, and 5 RBI

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 3.21 and a WHIP of 1.07

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.50.

Zach Duke has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday games):

Tommy Pham is batting .240 and has an OPS of .707

Luke Voit is batting .143 and has an OPS of .536.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 7.20 and a WHIP of 2.40.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 13.50 and a WHIP of 2.25.

Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham for 6 games and Jose Martinez for one game.

The number 3 hitter has been Paul DeJong.

The number 4 hitter has been Dexter Fowler for four games, and Martinez for three games.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Fowler for two games, Kolten Wong for two games, Jedd Gyorko for two games, and Martinez for one game.

The number 7 hitter has Wong for four games, Randal Grichuk for two games, and Gyorko for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Greg Garcia for three games, and Wong for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

8/17 The Cardinals activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 10 day disabled list.

8/17 The Cardinals optioned OF Stephen Piscotty to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

LHP Kevin Siegrist remains on the 10-day DL with left forearm tendinitis.  Siegrist is doing strength work with trainers, but the timing of his expected return to the roster is unknown.

3B Jedd Gyorko was a late scratch to the lineup in Saturday’s game against the Braves.  Gyorko is dealing with a sore right knee and sat out Sunday as well.  Gyorko is considered day to day.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day Monday and travel to Boston to play the second half of a home and home series with the Red Sox.  Mike Leake is scheduled to make the Tuesday start.  The Wednesday starter will be Lance Lynn.

The Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh for a four game series with the Pirates opening on Thursday.   Monday, August 21 is an off day, and the Cardinals head home to begin a homestand, starting with a three game series against the Padres.  The Cardinals then play a weekend series with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Monday, August 28 is another off day, and the Cardinals travel to Milwaukee to play two games with the Brewers.  The Cardinals then travel to San Francisco for a four game sets against the Giants. The Cardinals leave San Francisco and travel to San Diego to play a four game series against the Padres.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

The 1987 World Champion Cardinals were celebrated this weekend at Busch Stadium. I have talked a little about that team in the past, but let’s look at some tidbits about that squad in this week’s history segment.

Whitey Herzog

The 1987 Cardinals were managed by Whitey Herzog, who had also managed the previous World Champion Cardinals in 1982.  The 1987 GM was former Cardinals shortstop Dal Maxvill.  The 1987 squad finished with a record of 95-67 and with the division title in the National League East.  It was the last season the Cardinals finished in first place before moving to the National League Central in 1994.

The 1987 season included the Tommy Herr walk off grand slam on “Seat Cushion Night”.  The team went into the post season without cleanup hitter Jack Clark, who had injured his ankle on the Astroturf at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium.

Notable players on the 1987 team were Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith, fan favorite Willie McGee, and the aforementioned Jack Clark.  Also on the 1987 roster was former pitcher and Fox Sports Midwest color analyst Ricky Horton, and former Cardinals third base coach Jose Oquendo.  The regular starters were Smith, McGee, Clark, Terry Pendleton, Tommy Herr, Vince Coleman, Curt Ford, and catcher Tony Pena. In the book of weird names, this team also had a bench infielder named Skeeter Barnes.

The 1987 Cardinals won the Division, and defeated the San Francisco Giants in the NLCS 4-3 (there was no NLDS in 1987, it was not implemented until 1995).  St. Louis was defeated in the World Series 4-3 by the Minnesota Twins.  The Cardinals were as successful as they were despite no starting pitcher winning more than 11 games during the season.  The 1987 World Series was the first series in which both teams won only their home games.

Three Cardinals on the 1987 team won awards in the offseason.  Pendleton was awarded the National League Gold Glove at third base.  Smith won the National League Gold Glove at shortstop and the Silver Slugger at shortstop.  Clark was the National League Silver Slugger winner at first base.

After the 1987 World Series, the Cardinals did not reach another World Series until 2004.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/13/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 7-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City C-1B Julio Rodriguez, who was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored in Johnson City’s victory over the Elizabethton Twins.

Results for games played Saturday, August 12.

Memphis 6 at Nashville 1

Patrick Wisdom (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds won in Nashville in the second of eight straight games against the Sounds.  Patrick Wisdom’s two run home run in the second inning got Memphis on the board.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the eighth inning, when Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run to the same spot as the hit in Friday night’s game that was changed from a home run to a double.  In the ninth, Breyvic Valera plated a run on a double, and Piscotty’s single scored Valera.  Valera, Wisdom, Alberto Rosario, and Alex Mejia were each 2-for-4.  Piscotty was 2-for-5.  Wisdom and Piscotty had two RBI.

Starter Luke Weaver went six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.  Ryan Sherriff added a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Valera stole his 11th base in 21 attempts.

The Redbirds are 79-41 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 21.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Matt Pearce (2-1, 4.32) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 6 at Corpus Christi 5

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Springfield was victorious in a close contest in Corpus Christi on Saturday.  The Cardinals obtained a healthy lead by the seventh, but an eighth inning surge by the Hooks made it closer.  The Cards scored their first two runs in the second without benefit of a hit, on Bruce Caldwell’s ground out, and on Tommy Edman’s bases loaded walk.  Back to back solo home runs by Andrew Knizner and Edman that increased the lead by two more in the fourth.  Anthony Garcia plated two in the sixth on a double to right field.  Garcia was 2-for-4, as was Jacob Wilson.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5.

Springfield starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits to earn his seventh win of the season.  The right hander struck out eight and walked five.  Corey Littrell followed with two innings of relief, in which he surrendered two additional runs.  Andrew Morales gave up a run without recording an out after replacing Littrell with two outs in the eighth.  Jacob Evans retired the final batter of the inning.  Evans returned to get the first out of the ninth and was replaced by Tyler Bray.  Bray got the final two outs without any runs scoring, to earn his second save.

Wilson committed a throwing error, his ninth of the season.

The Cardinals are 67-52 overall, 31-17 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Chris Ellis (4-6, 3.60) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 1

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals topped the Tortugas in Daytona on Saturday night.  Daytona initially took the 1-0 lead, but Palm Beach tied it up in the sixth inning on a leadoff single by Jose Martinez, who stole second base and then scored on a wild pitch.  The Cardinals added three more in the eighth on Casey Grayson’s two run single, with a third run scoring on a throwing error.  Grayson was 3-for-4, Luke Dykstra was 2-for-4 and Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-3.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Woodford fanned two and walked four.  Ian McKinney tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and earned the win.

Grayson stole his first base in one attempt.  Jose Martinez stole his first base in three attempts for Palm Beach.

The Cardinals are 64-51 overall and 24-24 in the second half.  They are 6.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Daytona, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.08) 4:35 CT.


Peoria 2, Burlington 4

Austin Warner (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were the hard luck losers at home against Burlington on Saturday.  The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when the Chiefs put up a run on Danny Hudzina’s RBI double.  The Bees returned fire with two runs in the ninth to take the lead, but Peoria tied it up in the bottom frame on Mick Fennell’s RBI single.  The game went into extra innings, and the Bees put up two in the 11th to take the lead and the game.  No Chief hitter had multiple hits.  In addition to Hudzina’s double, Stefan Trosclair tripled.

Starter Austin Warner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits while fanning five and issuing one free pass.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two runs in his two innings and was charged with the blown save.  Max Almonte relinquished the winning two runs and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 56-61 overall on the season, 26-21 in the second half to put them 4.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Anthony Shew (1-0, 4.78) 2:00 CT.


State College 5, Vermont 4 (11 innings)

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Spikes won a squeaker in extra innings at home against Vermont.  State College got on the board first in the fifth inning on Edwin Figuera’s RBI single.  The Spikes added a run in the eighth on Zach Kirtley’s single to score Figuera, who reached via a bunt single and then advanced to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Wood Myers’ two run home run in the ninth tied up the game and sent it into extra innings.  The winning run came in the 11th on Brandon Benson’s walk off RBI single.  Figuera was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Yariel Gonzalez was 2-for-5.

Starter Andrew Summerville pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The left hander struck out one and walked one.  Robbie Gordon pitched a scoreless eighth.  Will Latcham blew the save in the ninth, surrendering three runs.  Latcham pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th, however, and earned the win.

Figuera stole his ninth base in 10 attempts, but was also caught stealing for the second time in 11 attempts.  Benson made a fielding error, but also had an outfield assist.  Summerville picked off a runner at first base, and catcher Joshua Lopez picked a runner off second base.

The Spikes are 29-23 on the season and are two games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Vermont, Paul Balestrieri (3-1, 4.63) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 12, Elizabethton 5

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals soundly defeated the Twins on Saturday, thanks in part to a five RBI night by Julio Rodriguez.  The Cardinals scored two in the second inning on two RBI single by Imeldo Diaz.  Rodriguez drove in his first run on a ground out in the third.  Carlos Rodriguez’ single plated a run in the fourth.  Johnson City poured it on in the fifth with a seven run inning. Julio Rodriguez’ two run home run began the scoring.  A third run scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch of Carlos Rodriguez.  Chase Pinder drew a bases loaded walk to plate a run, and Wadye Ynfante did the same.  Julio Rodriguez, batting for the second time in the inning, plated two runs on a double to left field.  The Cardinals added one more in the seventh on Luis Bandes’ ground out.  Julio Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored.  Imeldo Diaz was 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched five innings, giving up two runs on two hits while fanning three and walking none.  Prendergast earned his second win of the season.  Paul Salazar followed with two innings, allowing one run on two hits.  Fabian Blanco surrendered two runs in the eighth, while Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 27-22 on the season and are 1.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton, Franyel Casadilla (1-3, 7.09) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 0

Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were victorious in a two hit shutout against the Mets on Saturday.  Five Cardinals pitchers kept the Mets off the board for nine innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 12. Rehabber Sean Gilmartin pitched the first two no hit innings, striking out three and walking done.  Angel Rondon followed with three frames, and was the winning pitcher.  Rondon allowed only one hit, fanned four and walked one.  Enrique Perez hurled the next two, also striking out four and walking one.  Chris Hunt tossed a perfect eighth.  Kodi Whitley allowed one hit in the ninth.

The Cardinals got on the board with two runs in the third inning, on Carlos Soler’s RBI single, and a ground out force out from Andres Luna.  In the fourth, a bases loaded walk by Elehuris Montero plated one run.  A second run scored on Taylor Bryant’s sac fly.  A solo home run by Luna in the fifth scored the fifth and final Cardinal run.  Jonatan Machado was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4.  Carlos Soto was 2-for-5.

Machado stole his sixth base in seven attempts.  Flores swiped his fourth bag in five attempts.  Luna stole his second base in two attempts.

The Cardinals are 19-18 on the season and three games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT


DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Rockies 5

The Cardinals edged the Rockies in a one run game on Saturday.  Starter Dionis Zamora went three scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out five and walking two.  Oneiver Diaz followed, pitching three innings and giving up three runs, none earned, on five hits.  Roy Garcia added a scoreless seventh.  Nelson Prada pitched the eighth and surrendered two runs.  Prada was charged with a blown save.  Jesus Cruz tossed a scoreless ninth and earned the win, his third.

The offense scored six runs on ten hits.  Victor Garcia was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Luis Montano’s RBI double put the first Cardinal run on the board in the third inning.  Garcia singled in the sixth to plate a run.  Raffy Ozuna’s solo home run led off the seventh.  A second run scored in the seventh on a throwing error on a Carlos Soler ball in play.  The winning run scored in the ninth on Ivan Herrera’s RBI single.

Ozuna committed a fielding error, his 22nd error.

The Cardinals are 25-34 on the season and are 18 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/12/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-4 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are the Springfield Cardinals pitchers.  Starting pitcher Ryan Helsley and relievers Pedro Echemendia and Rowan Wick combined for a one-hit shutout of the Corpus Christi Hooks.

Results for games played Friday, August 11.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 3

Stephen Piscotty (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds lost Friday in the first of eight straight games against the Nashville Sounds.  Two controversial home run calls led to the defeat.  In the first inning, Stephen Piscotty hit what was originally ruled a two run home run.  Instead, the umpires conferred and ruled the hit was a double instead, and only one run scored.  That turned out to be the only Redbird run of the game.  The call led to the ejection of the Memphis first base coach.   A second controversial call came in the eighth, again on a home run call.  A ball hit to right field by a Nashville hitter was ruled a home run.  Right fielder Piscotty and the Redbirds bullpen in right field, immediately insisted it was a foul ball.  The umpires got together for a second time, but did not overturn the original call, as they had with the Piscotty hit.  Thus, Memphis came out on the short end of both calls.

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Mike Mayers tossed the final 2 1/3 innings, surrendering the controversial home run in the eighth.  Flaherty took the loss, his second.

The Piscotty double was his only hit.  Only one Redbird had multiple hits, as Nick Martini was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Aledmys Diaz was caught stealing for the third time in five attempts, and Wifredo Tovar was caught stealing for the fourth time in 18 attempts.  In the field, Nick Martini had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 78-41 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 20.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, Luke Weaver (9-2, 2.64) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 7 at Corpus Christi 0

Pedro Echemendia (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals almost no-hit the Hooks in Corpus Christi on Friday night.  It was all Springfield all the time, as Cardinals pitching kept the Hooks off the board.  Starter Ryan Helsey pitched six scoreless, hitless innings.  The outing was likely shortened due to his five walks.  Helsley fanned six.  Pedro Echemendia followed with two scoreless, hitless innings.  Rowan Wick lost the no-no in the ninth, but secured the final three outs.

Adolis Garcia, in his second game back with Springfield to make room on the Memphis roster for Stephen Piscotty, hit two home runs – a solo shot in the third, and a two run blast in the seventh.  Garcia was 3-for-5 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Jacob Wilson drove in a run in the fourth on a single.  Eliezer Alvarez had an RBI single in the fifth.  Two runs in the ninth came home on a Garcia RBI single and a fielding error.

Randy Arozarena stole his seventh base of the season in eighth attempts.

The Cardinals are 66-52 overall, and 30-17 in the second half and are in first place in the Texas League North by 1 game.

Saturday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Sandy Alcantara (6-5, 4.55) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 8 at Daytona 12

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Tortugas in a high scoring contest in Daytona.  The offense took the lead in the second with a four run outburst.  Leobaldo Pina led off with a double, and Blake Drake followed with a single.  A double play ground out by Shane Billings plated the first run.  Andy Young was hit by a pitch and advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Jeremy Martinez’ RBI single scored Young.  Jose Martinez followed with a two run home run to left field.  Casey Grayson double in a run in the fourth, and scored in the seventh on a Billings ground out.  In the ninth, Pina hit a two run home run.  Pina was 3-for-5 with two RBI, and two runs scored.  Drake was 4-for-4.  Jose Martinez was 2-for-5 with two RBI, and Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Sam Tewes pitched five innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Ross Vance went two innings and was bombed, surrendering six runs on eight hits.  Vance took the loss.  Estarlin Arias tossed the eighth and was charged with a run.

On the base paths, Billings was caught stealing for the first time in three attempts for Palm Beach.  In the field, both Billings and Grayson made throwing errors, leading to the pair of unearned runs.

The Cardinals are 63-51 overall and 23-24 in the second half, which puts them 6.5 games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Daytona, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.43) 6:05 CT.


Peoria 2, Burlington 6

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were topped by the Bees at home on Friday night.  The Chiefs scored one in the fourth and the other in the seventh.  Stefan Trosclair’s triple plated the first run.  In the seventh, Trosclair, who led off the inning with a single, eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Trosclair was 3-for-4 including a triple and a double and one RBI.  J.R. Davis was 2-for-3.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched six innings, giving up four runs on nine hits while fanning two and walking one.  Dewin Perez surrendered a run in the seventh.  Leland Tilley added a scoreless eighth, and Austin Sexton allowed a run in the ninth.  Parra took the loss, his fourth.

In the field, Brian O’Keefe committed a throwing error, Trosclair made a fielding error, and Kramer Robertson had a throwing error.  O’Keefe also had a passed ball. But all six Bees runs were earned.

The Chiefs are 56-60 overall and 26-21 in the second half to put them five games back of first place in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Austin Warner (2-2, 3.52) 6:30 CT.


State College 5, Vermont 4 (11 innings)

Yariel Gonzalez (State College Spikes)

The Spikes battled with the Lake Monsters and finally pulled out the win in the 11th inning at home on Friday.  State College took the early lead with a three run third inning.  Singles by J.D. Crowe and Zach Kirtley were followed by an RBI single by Brandon Benson and then a throwing error to plate a second run.  Wood Myers singled in the third run of the inning. The Spikes didn’t score again until the 10th inning, when Myers’ RBI single again tied the score. In the 11th,  Yariel Gonzalez’ walk off single ended it.   Gonzalez was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Benson was also 2-for-3.  Myers was 2-for-4 and Crowe was 3-for-5.

Starter Jonathan Mulford pitched five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  Mulford fanned three and walked four.  Steven Farinaro went two innings, allowing one run to tie the game.  Farinaro was charged with the blown save. Noel Gonzalez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Spencer Traynor hurled the final 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run but gaining the win, his fourth of the season.

Gonzalez stole his first base in two attempts.  Myers was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts for the Spikes.  Mulford made an error on a pickoff attempt and Myers made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 28-23, three games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Vermont, Andrew Summerville (3-0, 1.84) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Bristol – Cancelled

This game was cancelled due to rain.  No makeup date has yet been scheduled.

Saturday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.45) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals – Off

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


DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Rockies 4

The Cardinals were edged by the Rockies on Friday.  The Cardinals scored in the first three innings to take a three run lead, but fell behind late.  Starter Francis Ventura pitched four scoreless innings, allowing three hits, three walks and struck out one. But the bullpen let the team down. Cristoffer Zapata surrendered one run in the fifth, and began the sixth, but gave up two singles and was replaced with no outs.  Wilman Madera allowed both inherited runners to score, charged to Zapata.  Madera took the blown save. Madera pitched a scoreless seventh.  Anthony Trompiz pitched the eighth, relinquished the winning run, and was tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals scored in the first inning on an RBI double by Victor Garcia.  The double was Garcia’s only hit.  Joyser Garcia’s single in the second plated a run.  In the third, Carlos Soler scored on a wild pitch.  Soler was 2-for-3.  Raffy Ozuna was 3-for-4.

Soler stole his seventh base, and was caught stealing for the eighth time in 15 attempts.  Soler also had an outfield assist, and Joyser Garcia had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 24-34 on the season and are 18 games back of first place in the DSL South

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



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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 31-August 6

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The St. Louis Cardinals lost two of three in Milwaukee, but reversed the tables at last-place Cincinnati for a 3-3 week. The club has again inched to within one game of .500 for the season. Paul DeJong earned July NL Rookie honors and Yadier Molina is heating up at the plate.

Game Recaps

Monday, July 31 – OFF DAY

Tuesday, August 1 – Cardinals 2 at Brewers 3

The Cardinals began a three game series in Milwaukee with another one run loss.  Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez has been sluggish in the first inning since the All Star break, and this outing was no exception, as the Brewers plated all the runs in the opening frame.  In five innings, Martinez gave up the three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out seven, but walked five.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless inning of relief, followed by 1 1/3 run-free innings by Tyler Lyons, and 2/3 more from Matt Bowman.

The Redbirds scored once in the fourth and again in the fifth, on RBI singles by Yadier Molina and Tommy Pham.  Pham an  Kolten Wong went 2-for-4.

Molina had a passed ball, his sixth of the season.

Wednesday, August 2 – Cardinals 5 at Brewers 4


The second game of the series was another one run game, but this one was a victory for the Cardinals.  Yadier Molina led the way, going 3-for-4 with two solo home runs, in the fourth inning and the sixth.  Kolten Wong also drove in two runs, on a double in the sixth.  Luke Voit was 2-for-4, and he plated a run on a ground out in the second.

Luke Weaver made his second start in place of injured Adam Wainwright and performed well.  Weaver pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  The young right hander fanned eight and walked two.  Zach Duke relieved in the seventh and got the final two outs.  John Brebbia surrendered two runs in 2/3 of an inning, and was replaced by Trevor Rosenthal, who got the last out of the eighth, and pitched a scoreless ninth.   Weaver earned his first win of the season, Rosenthal his seventh save.

On the base paths, Tommy Pham was caught stealing for the fifth time in 20 attempts.  Randal Grichuk was picked off first base.  In the field, Paul DeJong committed his fifth error, a throwing miscue.

Thursday, August 3 – Cardinals 1 at Brewers 2

In their second one run loss of the series, the Cardinals offense made little headway against Brewers starter Matt Garza, who was fresh off the disabled list.  It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the offense finally broke through.  Yadier Molina and Jose Martinez drew walks.  After Stephen Piscotty struck out, Greg Garcia’s ground ball single to center scored Molina.

Only Kolten Wong had multiple hits, as he was 2-for-4 with a double, the only extra-base knock among the team’s six hits.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched four innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Brett Cecil gave up a run in two innings, and was the losing pitcher.  Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless seventh, and Seung-Hwan Oh tossed a quiet eighth.

Friday, August 4 – Cardinals 2 at Reds 3

This was the fourth consecutive one run game in the week and the third one run loss for the Cardinals. Mike Leake absorbed his 10th loss of the season after going six innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked none.  Zach Duke and Sam Tuivailala combined for the final two scoreless innings.

The Redbirds offense scored two runs on nine hits.  The first run scored in the third inning on an RBI single by Leake.  Carson Kelly drove in the second Cardinal run in the eighth with a single.  Tommy Pham was 2-for-4 and Paul DeJong was 2-for-5.  The only extra base hit was a triple by Greg Garcia.

Pham stole his 15th base of the season in 20 tries.  Stephen Piscotty had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at home.

Saturday, August 5 – Cardinals 4 at Reds 1

Game 2 of the series was not a one-run game.  The Cardinals scored more runs (four) on fewer hits (four) than the opener thanks to a two run home run by Paul DeJong in the third inning.  No Redbirds had multiple hits and there were no other extra base hits.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Seung-Hwan Oh, Tyler Lyons, and Trevor Rosenthal each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Lynn earned his 10th win of the season and Rosenthal his eighth save.

Sunday, August 6 – Cardinals 13 at Reds 4

The Cardinal bats finally broke through with the same total of runs on Sunday as they scored in the four prior games in total.  It was the first time the team plated more than five runs in any of the last 10 games.

Cleanup hitter Jose Martinez drove in four on his first career grand slam in the fourth inning.  Martinez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Kolten Wong, Randal Grichuk, and Greg Garcia each hit an RBI double in the second inning.  Grichuk plated two with his double.  The fourth inning was the fun inning as the Redbirds scored nine times.  Four runs were from the grand slam, and the other five came home on a Tommy Pham single, a Luke Voit two run ground rule double, and a two run triple by Matt Carpenter.

Paul DeJong and Wong were each 3-for-5.  Yadier Molina was 2-for-4.

Starter Adam Wainwright lasted only three innings. He gave up three runs in the first inning, and allowed four hits in his three innings.  The right hander walked five and struck out one.  Brett Cecil followed with three scoreless innings and picked up the win.  John Brebbia gave up one run in his two innings, and Matt Bowman finished with a scoreless ninth.

Pham was picked off first base.

Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 3-3 in two road series with the Brewers and the Reds.  The three losses were all by one run.  Offense has been the main issue.  Starting pitching has held its own and the bullpen has been good.  Defense and baserunning have been better for the most part.

The Cardinals have continued to be unable to get to or exceed the .500 mark.  Since neither the Cubs nor the Brewers have gone on extended win streaks, the top four spots in the NL Central remain clustered.

The Cardinals are in third place in the NL Central, are 3.5 games back of the Cubs, and three games back of the second place Brewers.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 58 52 0.527
Milwaukee 59 54 0.522 0.5
St. Louis 55 56 0.495 3.5
Pittsburgh 54 57 0.486 4.5
Cincinnati 45 66 0.405 13.5

NL honors for DeJong

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Shortstop Paul DeJong was named National League Rookie of the Month for July. The 24-year old slashed .298/.347/.638/.985 during the month, while smacking eight home runs and driving in 16.

DeJong is the first Cardinals player to win the award in over three years – since Kolten Wong in May 2014.

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Yadier Molina (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Yadier Molina is batting .389 with an OPS of 1.254.   He has 2 HRs, 1 double, and 3 RBI.

Jose Martinez is batting .273 with an OPS of 1.016.  He has 1 HR and 3 RBI.

Luke Voit is batting .500 with an OPS of 1.000 in 6 plate appearances.   He has 1 RBI.

Tommy Pham is batting .350 with an OPS of .808.  He has 2 RBIs.

Kolten Wong is batting .318 with an OPS of .809.

Lance Lynn (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.25.

Luke Weaver has an ERA of 2.84 and a WHIP of 1.11.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 3.75 and a WHIP of 0.80.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67

Trevor Rosenthal (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Zach Duke has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.43.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday games):

Stephen Piscotty is batting .125 with an OPS of .301.

Jedd Gyorko is batting .136 with an OPS of .310

Randal Grichuk is batting .071 with an OPS of .330.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.80

John Brebbia has an ERA of 10.80 with a WHIP of 1.20.

Zach Duke has an ERA of 54.00 and a WHIP of 12.00.

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 for four games, and Kolten Wong for two games.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Paul DeJong for five games and Carpenter for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for five games and Stephen Piscotty for one game.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for five games and Carson Kelly for one game.

The number 6 hitter has been Jose Martinez for four games, Piscotty for one game, and Wong for one game.

The number 7 hitter has Wong for two games, Piscotty for two games, Randal Grichuk for one game, and Luke Voit for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Greg Garcia for two games, and Wong for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

For the first time in a number of years, the Cardinals made no acquisitions to try to improve the roster at the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. Nor did the club trade away several players eligible to become free agents this fall, including Lance Lynn and Seung-hwan Oh.

Transactions

7/31 The Cardinals optioned OF Harrison Bader to the Memphis Redbirds.

8/1 The Cardinals activated OF Stephen Piscotty from the 10 day disabled list.

8/4 The Cardinals optioned RHP Luke Weaver to the Memphis Redbirds.

8/4 The Cardinals recalled RHP Sam Tuivailala from the Memphis Redbirds.

8/6 The Cardinals placed LHP Kevin Siegrist on the 10 day disabled list.

8/6 The Cardinals activated RHP Adam Wainwright from the 10 day disabled list.

Injury Report

Dexter Fowler (USA TODAY Sports Images)

OF Dexter Fowler, out since July 25 with a left forearm strain,  has resumed baseball activities, including taking batting practice as of August 5.  It is expected Fowler will return to the roster for the series with the Royals.

RHP Adam Wainwright was activated from the 10 day DL and made a start against the Reds on Sunday, August 6.

LHP Kevin Siegrist was placed on the 10 day DL on Sunday due to left forearm tendinitis.

Looking Ahead

Following the Reds series in Cincinnati, the Cardinals travel to Kansas City for a home and home series.  The Cardinals will play the Royals for two games in Kansas City on Monday and Tuesday, then return home to face the Royals on Wednesday and Thursday.   Carlos Martinez will get the start in Kansas City on Monday.  Michael Wacha will start on Tuesday, followed by Mike Leake on Wednesday and Lance Lynn to close the set.

On Friday, the Cardinals begin a weekend series at home against the Braves.  The Cardinals have a travel day the following Monday and travel to Boston to play the Red Sox in the second half of a home and home series.  The Cardinals played the Red Sox at Busch on May 16-17.

The Cardinals travel from Boston to Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 17 for a four game weekend series against the Pirates.  After a travel day on Monday, August 21, the Cardinals return home to play a three game series against the San Diego Padres. The home stand continues with a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

This week’s blast from the past centers on a significant occurrence during the first week in August across franchise history.  Two things stood out on perusal of Cardinals history during this week.

Bob Gibson

The first was the election of Bob Gibson into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on August 2, 1981.  Gibson is the greatest Cardinals starting pitcher of the modern era and arguably of all time.  Gibson was inducted into the Hall during his first year of eligibility, which is something that should have come to no surprise to anyone.

Gibson is often credited for being responsible for Major League Baseball lowering the pitching mound by five inches in 1969, the year after he set the MLB record for lowest ERA in a single season, 1.12.  That record has not been broken to this day.

Gibson pitched his entire career for the Cardinals, from 1959-1975.  He has a career won-loss record of 251-174, and ERA of 2.91.  The right hander struck out 3,117 hitters during his major league career, a franchise record.  He also holds the franchise record for strikeouts in a single season (274), innings pitched (3885.1), wins (351), complete games (255), and shutouts (56)

Joe Torre

The other first-week August occurrence of note was the hiring of Joe Torre as the manager of the Cardinals on August 1, 1990.  Torre replaced Whitey Herzog, and managed until his firing in June 1995.  The Cardinals never reached the playoffs during Torre’s tenure, but the team had winning records in all three of Torre’s complete seasons with the team, despite not having the best talent.  Torre’s best record was 87-75 in 1993.  Torre went on to manage the New York Yankees from 1996-2007, and then the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2008-2010.  Torre was hired in 2011 by the Commissioner’s office, and remains employed there to the present day.

Long before he managed the Cardinals, Torre played for them, from 1969-1974.  He began as a first baseman, but after the trade of Tim McCarver to the Phillies in 1970, Torre played third base and shared catching duties with Ted Simmons for that season.  Torre became the full time third baseman in 1971.  The Cardinals traded Torre to the New York Mets in 1974 for Ray Sadecki and Tommy Moore.

Torre was elected to the Cardinals Hall of Fame in 2016.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/6/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-3 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is outfielder Randy Arozarena, who hit a walk off home run in Springfield’s win. Jacob Schlesener fanned 13 in six innings in Johnson City’s extra-inning loss.

Results for games played Saturday, August 5.

Memphis 4 at Tacoma 5

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The Redbirds became the victims of a walk off loss to the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday.  Memphis took a one run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but a two run rally by Tacoma turned the table.  Memphis starting pitcher Dakota Hudson gave up three runs on six hits in three innings pitched.  Hudson fanned three and walked three.  Mike Mayers pitched the next three scoreless innings.  Mark Montgomery added two scoreless innings.  Josh Lucas began the ninth, and with one out, gave up first the tying run and then the winning run.  Lucas was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Memphis offense got on the board in the first inning when Breyvic Valera hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a ground out by Nick Martini.  In the third, Valera’s double added the second run.  Adolis Garcia’s RBI double in the fourth and Martini’s sac fly in the fifth scored the third and fourth runs.  Valera was the only Redbird with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Garcia was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts but added an outfield assist.  Gabriel Lino committed a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 73-39 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 20.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Tacoma, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.21) 3:35 CT.


Springfield 8, NW Arkansas 7 (12 innings)

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals won in an extra innings against the Naturals on Saturday night.  Randy Arozarena’s solo home run in the 12th gave the Cardinals the walkoff victory.  Arozarena drove in the first Springfield run in the first inning on an RBI double, and ended the night 4-for-6 with two runs scored.

Darren Seferina’s ground out and Anthony Garcia’s RBI double plated two additional runs in the first.  In the fourth, Jesse Jenner’s two run home run tied the score.  Jacob Wilson hit a solo home run in the sixth. The Cardinals tied it up again in the eighth on Jenner’s RBI single.

Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-6.  Anthony Garcia was 3-for-4.  Wilson and Jenner were both 2-for-5.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched four innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Pedro Echemendia surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Corey Littrell followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Rowan Wick and Tyler Bray each pitched two scoreless innings.  Bray was the winning pitcher.

On the base paths, Andrew Knizner was caught stealing for the first time in his only attempt for Springfield.  In the field, Wilson committed a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 62-51 overall, 23-13 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Ryan Helsley (0-0. 2.25) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 6, Clearwater 5

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals won a squeaker against Clearwater on Saturday.  Starter Mike O’Reilly earned his second win with Palm Beach, pitching six innings and giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.  Brady Bowen followed with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief.  Dailyn Martinez tossed 1 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits.  Ian McKinney got the last two outs of the ninth to earn his fourth save.

Luke Dykstra, who went 3-for-4, got the Cardinals on the board with an RBI single in the second inning.  Jeremy Martinez’ RBI single and Jose Martinez’ sac fly in the fourth plated two more.  Dykstra and Jose Martinez drove in runs in the sixth on singles.  Thomas Spitz hit a solo home run in the seventh for the final Palm Beach score.  Both Jeremy Martinez and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-3.  Leobaldo Pina was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

O’Reilly committed a throwing error and Jeremy Martinez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 60-48 overall and 20-21 in the second half.  They are five games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Sam Tewes (0-0. 1.50) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 5 at Clinton 1

Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina)

The Chiefs topped the LumberKings in regulation on Saturday.  Peoria put up one run in the first on Brian O’Keefe’s double.  A four run third inning gave the Chiefs the cushion they needed.  Kramer Robertson hit a leadoff double.  Robertson advanced to third on a fly out, then stole home, aided by a throwing error. Stefan Trosclair singled O’Keefe home for the second run.  J. R David singled, and a single by Matt Fiedler plated Trosclair and Davis.  Robertson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  O’Keefe was 2-for-3.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits to earn his second win of the season.  The left hander fanned four and walked three.  Bryan Dobzanski hurled two innings of scoreless relief.  Leland Tilley pitched a scoreless ninth.

Robertson stole his sixth base in nine attempts.  O’Keefe stole his sixth base in nine attempts as well.  Fiedler had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 54-57 overall on the season, 23-18 in the second half to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Frederis Parra (3-3, 2.88) 2:00 CT.


State College 9 at Mahoning Valley 7

Yariel Gonzalez (State College Spikes)

The Spikes edged the Scrappers in a close game on Saturday.  State College put up three runs in the first inning to take the lead.  Evan Mendoza’s triple followed by Joshua Lopez’ double plated the first run.  Yariel Gonzalez then hit a two run home run to left field.  The Spikes fell behind by four runs in the fifth, but rallied for six runs in the next two innings.  In the sixth, a single by Bryce Denton and a Wood Myers double play ball each put a run on the board. In the seventh, RBI singles by Mendoza, Gonzalez and Denton, and sac fly from Tyler Lancaster, brought four runs home.  Mendoza and Lopez were 2-for-5, Gonzalez (three RBI) and Denton (two driven in) were 4-for-5.

Spikes starter Johan Oveido pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Will Latcham followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Robbie Gordon and Spencer Traynor combined for the final two frames of scoreless pitching.  Traynor earned his fourth save.

Myers was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts and also committed a fielding error.  Gonzalez also committed a fielding error and Lopez had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 25-20 on the season and are 1.5 games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Jonathon Mulford (2-3, 4.23) 3:05 CT.


Johnson City 5, Princeton 7 (12 innings)

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to the Princeton Rays in extra innings on Saturday night.  Starting pitcher Jacob Schlesener pitched very well, giving up only one unearned run in six innings pitched.  The lefty allowed no hits, struck out 13, and walked two.  Juan Alvarez surrendered two runs on two hits in his one inning.  Brett Seeburger pitched a scoreless eighth.  Jacob Patterson relinquished a run in the ninth and was charged with a blown save.  Will Changarotty pitched the final three innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and was charged with the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored in the first on a double play ground out by Wadye Ynfante.  In the second, Luis Bandes hit a leadoff solo home run.  Johnson City scored two in the sixth on a fielding error.  In the 11th, the Cardinals tied it up again Bandes’ RBI single.  Bandes was 2-for-5.  Carlos Talavera was 2-for-6.  Chase Pinder was 5-for-6.

Pinder stole his third base in five attempts.  Delvin Perez was caught stealing for the fourth time in seven attempts.  Bandes made a throwing error and catcher Alexis Wilson had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 21-22 on the season and are six games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Zach Prendergast (1-0, 5.40) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 10, GCL Astros 5

Casey Grayson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals blew past the Astros on Saturday with the big innings giving them the edge.  The offense put three runs up in the first inning on RBI doubles by Elehuris Montero and Casey Grayson, and an RBI single by Taylor Bryant.  Those same three Cardinals drove in four runs in the fifth inning.  In the sixth it was Brian Sanchez’ triple, Moises Castillo’s single, and Michael Brdar’s groundout that plated three.  Grayson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Bryant, Sanchez, and Castillo were each 2-for-4.  Donivan Williams was 2-for-5.

Starting pitcher Brian Pirela pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three and earned his second win of the season.  Gabriel Gentner and Enrique Perez combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Jim Voyles pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs on four hits.

Williams stole his second base in three attempts.  Carlos Soto committed two throwing errors.  Terry Fuller had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 17-16 on the season and 3.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  Off.


DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Twins 6 (seven innings)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Twins in a rain shortened game on Saturday.  Cardinals bats were held to three hits and one run, on a sac fly by Francisco Hernandez in the seventh.  The rain ended the game after that inning.   The Cardinals had just three hits, singles by Raffy Ozuna, Freddy De Jesus, and Joyser Garcia.

Starter Oneiver Diaz pitched two innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits.  Dionis Zamora went the next three innings, surrendering one run.  Roy Garcia tossed a scoreless sixth, and Nelson Prada added a scoreless seventh.

Franklin Soto committed two fielding errors.  Pablo Gomez and Hernandez both made throwing errors, and Zamora made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals are 23-31 on the season and are 16 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/5/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-3 on Friday.  Stefan Trosclair hit for the cycle as Peoria had a record offensive outburst. Austin Gomber pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed three hits and struck out seven in Springfield’s shutout win.

Results for games played Friday, August 4.

Memphis 5 at Tacoma 4

Tyler O’Neill (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds edged the Rainiers on Friday night in a one run contest.  Memphis got on the board first in the first inning on a hit by pitch, two singles from Nick Martini and Tyler O’Neill, and a sac fly from Harrison Bader.  O’Neill hit a solo home run in the third.  A three run fourth inning sealed the deal for the Redbirds.  Alberto Rosario reached on a fielding error, Breyvic Valera singled, followed by an Alex Mejia double to plate Rosario.  Nick Martini singled to drive in Valera.  An O’Neill ground out brought Mejia home.  O’Neill was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Martini was 3-for-5.

Starter John Gant pitched six innings, giving up four runs on six hits, including two long balls.  The right hander fanned seven and walked one to earn his fourth win of the season.  Ryan Sherriff tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Josh Lucas got the last two outs of the ninth to earn his 11th save.

Aledmys Diaz stole his second base for Memphis in four attempts.

The Redbirds are 73-38 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 21.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Tacoma, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 5.14) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 0

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals shut out the Naturals in a low scoring contest on Friday night.  Starting pitcher Austin Gomber kept the Naturals off the board for seven innings, and earned his sixth win of the season.  Gomber allowed only three hits, struck out seven and walked one.  Tyler Bray, Jacob Evans, and Landon Beck combined for the final two scoreless innings of relief, with Beck earning his third save of the season.

The Cardinals offense put up a run in both the second and third innings.  Magneuris Sierra plated the first run on a single.  John Nogowski’s double scored the other.  Sierra,  Andrew Knizner and Randy Arozarena were 2-for-4.

Darren Seferina committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 61-51 overall, and 25-16 in the second half and are two games back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Zac Gallen (4-3, 2.89) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 1, Clearwater 6

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get traction against Threshers pitching in a five run loss on Friday night.  Palm Beach’s run scored in the fifth inning with a Leobaldo Pina leadoff single, followed by a Blake Drake single, then a wild pitch and a ground out RBI by Jose Martinez.  Pina was 2-for-4, as was Chris Chinea.

Starter Connor Jones pitched 3 2/2 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two, and was tagged with his fifth loss of the season.  Ramon Santos tossed 1 1/3 innings of relief and allowed one run on two hits.  Ian McKinney followed with a scoreless sixth inning.  Estarlin Arias took the seventh and eighth, and surrendered an additional run.  Eric Carter pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Jose Godoy was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  In the field, Jones made a throwing error, as did Andy Young.  Thomas Spitz had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 59-48 overall and 19-21 in the second half, which puts them 5.5 games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 3.43) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 13 at Beloit 10

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs won a record-setting slugfest in Beloit on Friday night.  A ten-run eighth inning gave Peoria a commanding lead, but the Snappers battled back in the bottom frame of the eighth and in the ninth, but came up short.

The Chiefs got on the board for the first time in the fourth inning, on a leadoff solo home run by Stefan Trosclair.  The first baseman tripled and doubled in the eighth, and needing a single in the ninth to complete the cycle, he accomplished his objective. It was the third cycle in Chiefs history and the first since 2010. Trosclair finished the game 4-for-6 with two RBI, and three runs scored.

Dylan Carlson’s double in the seventh plated the second Chiefs’ run.  In the eighth, the Chiefs exploded with 10 runs to give them the lead.  Trosclair hit a leadoff triple.  J.R. Davis then tripled to score Trosclair.  Juan Yepez followed with a double to plate Davis, and Yepez scored on a fielding error.  Mick Fennell singled and Kramer Robertson doubled him in.  Robertson scored on a Dylan Carlson double, Brian O’Keefe and Vince Jackson hit consecutive singles, with Carlson scoring on the Jackson hit.  The lineup turned over and Troclair doubled to plate O’Keefe.  Juan Yepez drove in Jackson for the 10th run of the inning.

The Chiefs added a final run in the ninth on an O’Keefe solo home run.  O’Keefe was 3-for-6 with two runs scored.  Robertson was 2-for-5 and scored two runs.  Carlson was 2-for-6, Davis was 3-for-6, and Yepez was 4-for-6.  Matt Fiedler was 2-for-5.

The 13 extra-base hits broke the Midwest League record of 12 that the Chiefs shared with five other teams. The 20 combined extra-base hits also set a new league record.

Chiefs’ starter Ian Oxnevad pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked one.  Austin Sexton added a scoreless sixth.  Ronnie Williams surrendered five runs on five hits in the seventh, but received the win, his fourth.  Max Almonte pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs on three hits.

Trosclair had a missed catch error.  Carlson had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 53-57 overall and 22-18 in the second half to put them 3.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Clinton, Evan Kruczynski (1-2, 5.03) 6:30 CT.


State College 1 at West Virginia 4 (five innings)

Brandon Benson (State College Spikes)

State College fell to the Black Bears on Friday night in a rain shortened contest.  The Spikes offense managed only one run on five hits, including Brandon Benson’s third-inning solo home run.  Benson was 2-for-2 with the home run and a double, the only Spike with multiple hits.  Caleb Lopes, Evan Mendoza, and Matt Davis each singled.

Starting pitcher Daniel Castano pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  Castano fanned five and walked none and was tagged with his second loss of the season.

Benson committed his first miscue, a fielding error.

The Spikes are 24-20 and are 2.5 games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Johan Oveido (1-0, 3.16) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Princeton 2

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals topped the Rays with the big inning on Friday night.  A four run third inning was the key to this victory.  Carlos Talavera led off with a single and Imeldo Diaz smacked a two run home run to left center field.  Irving Lopez then singled, and Chase Pinder bunt singled.  A ground out moved the runners over, and Luis Bandes plated a run on a single.  Brady Whalen then doubled to right to score the fourth and final run of the inning.  Talavera was 3-for-4, Bandes was 2-for-3 and Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-4.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning seven and walking one.  The right hander earned his fourth win of the season.  Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth to earn his fifth save.

On the base paths, Delvin Perez stole his third base in six attempts for Johnson City.

The Cardinals are 21-21 on the season and are five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Princeton, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 3.25) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 8, GCL Marlins 7

Angel Rondon (Dominican Summer League)

The Cardinals edged the Marlins on Friday, despite a late inning Marlins surge.  The Redbirds had eight runs on the board through the fifth inning on 13 hits.  Designated hitter Casey Grayson drove in four runs, two on a fifth inning triple with the others on a ground ball fielding error and a ground ball force out.  Grayson was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Brian Sanchez plated two runs on a first inning single and was 2-for-5.  Terry Fuller drove in a run on a fourth inning triple and Moises Castillo doubled in the fifth to bring a run home.   Taylor Bryant was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Dariel Gomez was 2-for-3.

In his rehab debut from Memphis, starter Sean Gilmartin lasted only 2/3 inning while giving up three runs on three hits.  Angel Rondon pitched the next 5 1/3 innings and was the winning pitcher.  Rondon allowed four hits and no runs, while fanning five and walking one.  Wilberto Rivera surrendered one run in the seventh and Patrick Dayton allowed one run in the eighth.  Cory Malcom gave up two runs in the ninth, but earned his first save of the season.

Jonatan Machado stole his fourth base in five attempts.  Sanchez made a throwing error, while Dayton committed an error on a pickoff attempt. Luis Flores had an outfield assist.  Rondon picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 16-16 on the season and are four games back of first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals 10, DSL Twins 12 (10 innings)

In a high scoring game on Friday, the Twins outscored the Cardinals in extra innings.  Ten runs just weren’t enough for the Redbirds.  The Cardinals didn’t get on the board until the fourth, when Erik Pena’s double plated two.  It was Pena’s only hit, but he drove in a third run on a sac fly in the sixth inning.  Four additional runs came in the sixth, one on a Carlos Soler double, and two on wild pitches.  Soler was 2-for-5.  Ivan Herrera had an RBI and went 2-for-5.  Yowetty Rosario was 2-for-4 with three runs scored and drove in a run on a seventh inning single.  Freddy De Jesus plated a run in the 10th on sac fly.

Redbirds starter Francis Ventura pitched five innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on 11 hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked none.  Wilman Madera surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings in relief.  Cristoffer Zapata relinquished two more runs in his 1 1/3 innings, and Anthony Trompiz gave up three unearned innings in the final two frames.  Trompiz was the losing pitcher.

Soler stole his fourth base in 11 attempts.  Luis Montano committed a fielding error, his fifth.  Rosario also made a fielding error, his eighth.

The Cardinals are 23-30 on the season and are 15 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Twins, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.



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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 24-30

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The St. Louis Cardinals swept Colorado at home and still managed a split against Arizona despite scoring just five runs in four games. Amid persistent trade rumors, Lance Lynn is pitching his best baseball of the season. Our history feature looks at why Lou Brock may not have been traded to St. Louis in today’s world.

Game Recaps

Monday July 24 – Cardinals 8, Rockies 2

In the first of a three game set, the Cardinals easily defeated the Rockies behind very good work from Mike Leake, who earned his seventh win of the season.  The right hander pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits while striking out six and walking none.  In the eighth, Zach Duke allowed two runs without recording an out.  John Brebbia secured one out and left for Kevin Siegrist, who got the final two outs of the eighth.  Tyler Lyons pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense featured the long ball.  Randal Grichuk hit a two run shot in the fourth.  Tommy Pham and pinch hitter Jose Martinez both hit solo shots in the seventh.  Pham was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  The first two Redbird runs scored in the first inning, one on a Paul DeJong single, and the other on a double play ground ball from Jedd Gyorko.  In the eighth, Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia both hit RBI singles.  Wong was 2-for-4.  DeJong was 2-for-5 and Yadier Molina was 2-for-4.  Molina stole his sixth base of the season.

Tuesday July 25 – Cardinals 3, Rockies 2

The second game of the series was a win for the Cardinals, but a much closer one.  A two run home run by Paul DeJong in the first inning put the Redbirds ahead.  The Cardinals ultimately needed more when the Rockies tied it up in the later innings.  In the ninth, Harrison Bader hit a leadoff double and Greg Garcia bunted him over to third.  Jedd Gyorko then hit a sac fly to right field and Bader’s speed brought him home for the winning walk off run.  DeJong was 2-for-4; Kolten Wong was also 2-for-4.

Starter Lance Lynn seemed impervious to trade talk, tossing six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The righty fanned six and walked two.  Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless seventh.  Matt Bowman started the eighth, but gave up a run and didn’t record an out.  Trevor Rosenthal got out of the inning.  Rosenthal returned for a scoreless ninth and received the win.

Wednesday July 26 – Cardinals 10, Rockies 5

The Cardinals completed the series with the Rockies with a clean sweep.  A substantial offensive output was needed and was received.  It began the same way as the previous game, with a two run home run by Paul DeJong in the first inning and continued with a five run fourth inning.  The first run scored on a Kolten Wong ground ball force out.  Starting pitcher Carlos Martinez then hit an RBI single to right.  Matt Carpenter doubled to plate Wong and Martinez, and Tommy Pham’s sac fly scored Carpenter.  In the sixth, Yadier Molina’s double plated two more runs.  Finally, in the seventh, Wong scored on a wild pitch.

Carpenter was 2-for-5 and Tommy Pham was 2-for-2 with two runs scored.  Molina was 2-for-4.  Randal Grichuk was 4-for-5 and Harrison Bader was 3-for-4.  Grichuk had an outfield assist.

Starter Carlos Martinez hurled six innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out eight and walked two.  John Brebbia, Brett Cecil and Seung-Hwan Oh each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Thursday July 27 – Cardinals 0, D-backs 4

The Cardinals followed the sweep of the Rockies with being shut out by the Diamondbacks.  The Redbirds bats couldn’t get any traction against Arizona starter Zack Godley.  The offense managed only five hits, all singles, with two coming from Paul DeJong.  The other three singles came from Matt Carpenter, Tommy Pham, and Greg Garcia.

Luke Weaver made the start, replacing the injured Adam Wainwright.  Weaver pitched five innings, with the damage caused by a fourth-inning grand slam. In the loss, he allowed five hits while striking out five and walking two.  Matt Bowman, John Brebbia, Kevin Siegrist, and Tyler Lyons each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Friday, July 28 – -Cardinals 1, D-backs 0

It was another shut out in the second game of the series, but this time the Cardinals were on the winning end.  Michael Wacha was excellent yet again, pitching six scoreless innings.  The right hander allowed only three hits, fanned five and walked one.  Seung-Hwan Oh tossed a scoreless seventh.  Brett Cecil began the eighth, but after giving up two hits, and not recording an out, he was replaced by Trevor Rosenthal.  Rosenthal got out of the eighth without damage, and returned for the ninth for another scoreless inning to earn his fifth save.  Wacha was the winning pitcher, his eighth.

The lone Redbirds run scored in the sixth on an RBI single by Jedd Gyorko.  Gyorko was 3-for-4.  Harrison Bader was 2-for-3.

Tommy Pham stole his 14th base of the season.

Saturday, July 29 – Cardinals 1, D-backs 7

In Game 3, the Cardinals offense was again shut down, this time by Dbacks starter Zack Greinke.  Unlike, Godley, the Redbird bats did manage one run against Greinke, in the first inning.  Matt Carpenter led off with a double, and Tommy Pham followed with a single.  Paul DeJong then drove in Carpenter on a single to center.  Carpenter was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, he was 2-for-4. The only other hit was a Randal Grichuk double.

Mike Leake was the starter, and he pitched five innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two and was the losing pitcher.  John Brebbia pitched a scoreless sixth.  Zach Duke and Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless seventh between them.  Kevin Siegrist began the eighth, and was only able to record one out while surrendering four runs in the process.  Tyler Lyons was brought in and got the final two outs of the inning.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless ninth.

Sunday, July 30 – Cardinals 3, D-backs 2

The Cardinals salvaged the final game of the series, and earned a split, despite scoring just five runs in four games.  It was a tough go for the Redbirds, they struck out 10 times against D-backs starter Taijuan Walker.  St. Louis did not get on the board until the fourth inning, when Jose Martinez hit a two run home run.  Martinez was responsible for driving in all three runs, as he added a sac fly in the sixth. Yadier Molina was 2-for-4.

Lance Lynn pitched six tough innings.  The right hander gave up two runs on four hits, but he walked five and struck out three.  Tyler Lyons and Matt Bowman combined for a scoreless seventh.  Seung-Hwan Oh threw a scoreless eighth and Trevor Rosenthal tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his sixth save.  Lynn earned his ninth win.

Big Picture

The Cardinals finished the home stand 5-2.  A sweep of the Rockies was the key to the positive outcome, but the offense struggled against the better Arizona pitching.

The key components of the team have improved for the most part.  Pitching has been good, the bullpen in particular has made great strides recently.  The bugaboos of the past, defense and baserunning, have also been decent.  The offense has been inconsistent however, which has been an issue throughout the season.

Getting over the hump of .500 for the first time in two months remains the biggest immediate issue for the team.  The Cardinals will play a series in Milwaukee coming up, a place where the team has typically done well.  The Brewers have also been floundering of late, so the Brewers series will answer some questions about the stamina of this team.

Meanwhile, the Cubs have won 13 of their last 16 and have acquired a top starting pitcher and a proven closer in the last weeks to bolster their bid to repeat. The two clubs still have seven head-to-head games remaining on the schedule.

The Cardinals are one game under .500 and in third place in the NL Central.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 56 48 0.538
Milwaukee 55 52 0.514 2.5
St. Louis 52 53 0.495 4.5
Pittsburgh 51 54 0.486 5.5
Cincinnati 42 63 0.400 14.5

 

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Paul DeJong is batting .357 with an OPS of 1.079. He has 3 HRs and 7 RBI.

Randal Grichuk is batting .357 with an OPS of .964.   He has 2 HRs, 1 double, and 4 RBI.

Tommy Pham is batting .333 with an OPS of .892.   He has 1HR, and 2 RBI.

Jose Martinez is batting .667 with an OPS of 2.417 in 4 plate appearances.

Lance Lynn (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.83.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 0.83.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 3.75 and a WHIP of 0.8

John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00

Trevor Rosenthal (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.50.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday games):

Luke Voit is batting .091 with an OPS of .322.

Kolten Wong is batting .182 with an OPS of .507

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 7.50 and a WHIP of 1.50

Kevin Siegrist has an ERA of 12.00 and a WHIP of 3.00

Zach Duke has an ERA of 54.00 and a WHIP of 12.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for six games, and Dexter Fowler for one game.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Paul DeJong for six games and Dexter Fowler for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for five games and Randal Grichuk for two games.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for six games and Harrison Bader for one game.

The number 6 hitter has been Kolten Wong for three games, Grichuk for two games, DeJong for one game and Luke Voit for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Harrison Bader for two games, Grichuk for two games, Wong for one game, Voit for one game, and Carson Kelly for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Wong for two games, Bader for two games, Greg Garcia for two games, and Grichuk for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

With the trade deadline approaching, reports have been made that several teams have expressed interest in Lance Lynn.  The most recent report, from MLB Network’s Jon Morosi, is that the Houston Astros are interested in Lynn.  Morosi also reported that the Nationals scouted outfielders Randal Grichuk and Tommy Pham.

Transactions

7/24 The Cardinals sent C Eric Fryer outright to the Memphis Redbirds.  Fryer elected free agency.

7/25 The Cardinals placed OF Dexter Fowler on the 10 day disabled list.

7/25 The Cardinals placed RHP Adam Wainwright on the 10 day disabled list retroactive to July 23, 2017.

7/25 The Cardinals sent 1B Chad Huffman outright to the State College Spikes. Huffman elected free agency and signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.

7/25 The Cardinals selected the contract of OF Harrison Bader from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/26 The Cardinals recalled RHP Mike Mayers from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/27 The Cardinals sent OF Stephen Piscotty on a rehab assignment to the Peoria Chiefs.

7/27 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/27 The Cardinals recalled RHP Luke Weaver from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

Stephen Piscotty (USA TODAY Sports Images)

OF Stephen Piscotty (right groin strain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Peoria Chiefs, where he played over the weekend.

OF Dexter Fowler was placed on the 10 DL due to a left wrist sprain.  No timetable for his return to the roster has been reported.

RHP Adam Wainwright was placed on the 10 day DL for mid back tightness.  Luke Weaver was recalled from Memphis to make Wainwright’s start against the Rockies last Wednesday.  Reports indicate Wainwright may be available to make his next start, possibly on Wednesday against the Brewers.

RHP Alex Reyes (Tommy John surgery) has taken a major step in recovery by beginning a throwing routine this past week. His return is expected in 2018.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals have an off day Monday following the end of the D-backs series and travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a three game series.  The team then travels to Cincinnati for a weekend set against the Reds.

The Cardinals move on to Kansas City following the Reds series to begin their annual four game home and home set with the Royals.  The clubs play two games in Kansas City, followed by two games in St. Louis.

The Atlanta Braves arrive in St. Louis for a weekend series following the home and home series with the Royals. The Cardinals have an off day on Monday following the Braves series.  They travel to Boston to play the Red Sox in a two game series, the second half of a home and home interleague series.  Boston visited St. Louis on May 16 and 17.

Following the Boston series, the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to play the Pirates in a four game series beginning on Thursday, August 17.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

The trade deadline is coming up quickly and thoughts of past trades always seem to come front and center at this time.  The recent good news concerning Hall of Famer Lou Brock being cancer-free reminds of one of the best and arguably the most lopsided trade of all time – Lou Brock for Ernie Broglio.

Lou Brock (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The phrase “Brock for Broglio” has become baseball nomenclature for a lopsided trade.  The trade itself encompassed more than just Brock for Broglio.  It was announced on June 15, 1964, and was actually a six player deal with the Chicago Cubs.  The Cardinals received Lou Brock, Jack Spring, and Paul Toth.

Brock is well known with everyone, but who remembers Spring and Toth?   Spring was a left handed pitcher who played for seven teams in his 10 year major league career.  Spring spent only 1964 with the Cubs and the Cardinals.  The longest he remained with any team was three seasons with the Angels.

Toth was a right handed pitcher who began with the Cardinals in 1962, pitched six games, and was traded to the Cubs.  Toth remained with the Cubs until returning to the Cardinals in the Brock trade.  He was playing in the minor leagues with the Cubs when he was traded, and spent the remainder of 1964 with the Cardinals Triple-A club. He retired in 1967, still in the minor leagues.

The Cardinals sent Broglio to the Cubs, along with left handed pitcher Bobby Shantz and outfielder Doug Clemens.  Shantz was purchased by the Phillies two months after the trade.  Clemens remained with the Cubs through the 1965 season and was traded to the Phillies in January of 1966.

None of the accompanying players in the trade for either side amounted to much.  So why was the trade so lopsided?  The reason is what happened with the two centerpieces, Brock and Broglio.  As we all know, Brock went on to have a Hall of Fame career with the Cardinals, contributing to two World Series wins in 1964 and 1967.  Lou Brock is one of the most beloved Cardinals of all time.

What of Broglio?  Broglio pitched to a 4-7 record with the Cubs with an ERA of 4.04 in 1964.  What wasn’t known at the time of the trade by the Cubs was that Broglio had an injured elbow, and had his ulnar nerve reset in November of 1964.  Broglio was never the same, and was completely out of baseball by the end of the 1966 season.

The trade was believed to be a win for the Cubs at the time it was made, but time proved it to be a heist for the Cardinals instead.  A trade like that is unlikely to happen these days, given that much more scrutiny is given to the injury history and medical history of players in a trade.  Teams can’t hide injuries to players when making a trade without serious consequences.  The Cardinals knew Broglio was injured when they traded him and they got away with it because the rules were lax back then.

Not so anymore, just ask A. J. Preller, the GM of the San Diego Padres, who was suspended for 30 days in 2016 for failure to disclose medical information in a trade to the Boston Red Sox.  Had the rules been more stringent in 1964, the most lopsided trade in baseball history would likely have never happened.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/30/17

(photo: Chris Chinea/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Saturday, including a Johnson City doubleheader sweep. Our Player of the Day is first baseman Chris Chinea, who was 2-for-5 with a grand slam and seven RBI in Palm Beach’s victory at Bradenton.

Results for games played Saturday, July 29.


Memphis 14 at Reno 8

Tyler O’Neill (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds hit 70 wins on the season as they routed the Reno Aces in the series opener on Saturday night.  Actually, it was Sunday morning after a two hour rain delay at the onset.

A close 7-5 game was broken open in the sixth with a seven run outburst by Memphis.  Wilfredo Tovar hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the third.  Tovar was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Tyler O’Neill drove in three and was 2-for-5. Nick Martini was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Alex Mejia plated a run, scored twice, and was 2-for-5.  Alberto Rosario was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Even starting pitcher John Gant got in on the fun, going 2-for-3 and driving in a run.  Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit and drove in at least one run.   Also plating runs were Rangel Ravelo, Adolis Garcia, and Patrick Wisdom.

Gant won his third game of the season.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits while fanning two and walking one.  Arturo Reyes followed with two innings of relief, surrendering one unearned run.  Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds are 70-36 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 19 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Reno, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 3

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals were edged out by the Naturals in a close game on Saturday.  The Springfield offense couldn’t get traction through six innings, then in the seventh, an Anthony Garcia RBI single put them on the board.  A small rally in the ninth fell short.  Jacob Wilson plated a run on a single, but Randy Arozarena was out at home and the final batter, Andrew Knizner, struck out to end the rally.  Wilson and Knizner went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Chris Ellis pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning six and walking one.  Corey Littrell started the eighth but struggled. With one out, the bases loaded and one run in, he was replaced by Andrew Morales. Morales hit a batter to force in a run, then got the final two outs in the inning, but that tally proved to be the game-winner.

The Cardinals are 58-48 overall, 23-13 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Austin Gomber (4-7, 4.48) 2:05 CT.


Palm Beach 12 at Bradenton 3

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals walloped the Marauders with some massive offense on Saturday.  First sacker Chris Chinea led the way with seven runs driven in, four coming on a third inning grand slam, the first of his three-year career.  Chinea’s first inning groundout plated the first Palm Beach run.  In the sixth, Chinea’s single brought two home, and a third scored on a throwing error. Chinea was 2-for-5.  Luke Dykstra joined Chinea in the long ball fun with a solo blast in the seventh. Dykstra also doubled in a run in the sixth and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Jose Martinez hit an RBI single in the sixth and was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.   Jose Godoy was 2-for-6 with two runs scored.

Starter Connor Jones won his seventh game of the season.  Jones pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits while fanning five and walking none.  Eric Carter and Ian McKinney pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Casey Turgeon stole his second base of the season in two attempts for Palm Beach.

The Cardinals are 57-45 overall and 17-18 in the second half.  They are five games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Bradenton, Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 4.20) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs bats hit but couldn’t score, as they fell to the Timber Rattlers 4-1 on Saturday.  The lone Peoria run came on a RBI single by Stephen Piscotty, the rehabber’s only hit.  Juan Yepez, J.R. Davis, and Mick Fennell were each 2-for-4.

Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  The left hander struck out one and walked one.  Anthony Shew followed with four innings of work, surrendering an additional run on three hits.  Leland Tilley pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Nick Plummer was picked off and caught stealing for the sixth time in 13 attempts.  In the field, Fennell had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 50-54 overall on the season, 20-14 in the second half to put them 1 game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 5.34) 6:30 CT.


State College 4 at Batavia 8

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell into a deep hole in the first inning and couldn’t climb out.  Starter Paul Balestrieri gave up six runs in the initial frame and went on to pitch 3 2/3 innings.  Balestrieri allowed seven hits, fanned four and walked two and was tagged with his first loss of the season.  Steven Farinaro added 2 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run.  Robert Calvano relinquished an additional run in 1 1/3 innings before Will Latcham got the last two outs of the ninth.

The Spikes’ offense got on the board in the fourth on a fielding error that scored Evan Mendoza, who reached via a leadoff single.  In the seventh, Mendoza added an RBI double.  A Yariel Gonzalez single brought two more runs home.  Mendoza was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Gonzalez was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Scott Hurst stole his fourth base in six attempts.  In the field, Gonazlez committed a fielding error and Calvano picked a runner off first base.

The Spikes are 20-17 on the season and are three games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Daniel Castano (6-1, 2.62) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 3 at Danville 2 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals squeaked past the Danville Braves in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.  Johnson City got on the board first on a bases loaded walk Carlos Talavera in the second inning.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh, when they put up two runs. Talavera singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home on a fielder’s choice ground out.  Chase Pinder’s single plated the winning run.  Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-4, Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-3.

Cardinals starter Alvaro Seijas earned his third win of the season, pitching six innings, and giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Fabian Blanco added a scoreless seventh to earn his fourth save.

On the base paths, Talavera stole his fourth base of the season in seven attempts.  Ynfante was caught stealing for the third time in 12 attempts.  In the field, Talavera had an outfield assist.


Johnson City 10 at Danville 6 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

Chase Pinder (Johnson City Cardinals)

An eight-run fourth inning was the key to victory for the Cardinals in the nightcap.  A first inning run scored on a throwing error.  In the fourth, the gates opened wide for the Johnson City offense as the Cardinals batted around, sending 12 batters to the plate.  Walker Robbins’ double plated the first run.  J.D Murders then singled to score two more.  Chase Pinder hit a two run double and Alexis Wilson also doubled to score Pinder.  Another two run double by Brady Whalen closed the big inning.

Pinder was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Wilson also scored twice and was 3-for-4.  Whalen was 2-for-4.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits.  The righty struck out seven and walked two.  Brett Seeburger tossed a scoreless sixth.  Paul Salazar covered the seventh and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Prendergast was the winning pitcher.

Imeldo Diaz stole his second base in two attempts for Johnson City. Robbins committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 18-19 on the season and are five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Pulaski, Franyel Casadilla (0-3, 8.61) 6:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Nationals 5

Andres Luna (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were held to two runs on six hits in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.  Only one went for extra bases, as leadoff hitter Andres Luna tripled, and was 2-for-3.  Donivan Williams had the only RBI on a single in the ninth.  A fifth inning run scored on a wild pitch.  Carlos Soto was 2-for-4.

Brian Pirela was the starting pitcher, and the hard luck loser.  Pirela tossed 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked three.  Enrique Perez followed with 1 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on two hits.  Kodi Whitley and Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

In the field, Eliezer Alvarez committed a fielding error, and Soto had a passed ball.  Williams had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 13-15 on the season and six games back of first place in the GCL East.

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


DSL Cardinals 15 at DSL Yankees 6

Pablo Gomez

The Cardinals bats blasted the Yankees on Saturday with 15 runs on 14 hits.  Two were of the long ball variety.  Luis Montano, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, hit a two run shot in the second inning.  In the third, Victor Garcia destroyed a baseball for a grand slam.  Garcia had 5 RBI and was 2-fof-5.  Pablo Gomez was 3-for-6 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.  Freddy DeJesus plated a run and was 2-for-5.  Diomedes Del Rio was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Dionis Zamora pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits, while fanning three and walking one.  Roy Garcia surrendered two runs in one inning of relief.  Oneiver Diaz added three innings, allowed a run on four hits, and was the winning pitcher.  Anthony Trompiz tossed a scoreless eighth.  Cristoffer Zapata began the ninth, gave up two runs and was replaced Hector Soto. Soto got the final two outs of the inning without further damage.

In the field, Montano had an outfield assist.   Catcher Ivan Herrera picked a runner off third base.

The Cardinals are 19-29 on the season and are 15.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.



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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/29/17

(photo: Rangel Ravelo/Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Friday.  Memphis and the GCL split doubleheaders, and Johnson City was rained out. Player of the Day Rangel Ravelo drove in three in Memphis’ victory over Salt Lake in Game 1, scored twice in the nightcap and had four hits over the twin bill.  Scott Hurst and Donivan Williams hit their first professional home runs.

Results for games played Friday, July 28.

Memphis 7, Salt Lake 2 (Game 1 DH)

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

In the first game of the twin bill, the suspended game from Thursday, the Redbirds easily defeated the Bees, scoring multiple runs across multiple innings.

Rangel Ravelo and Wifredo Tovar each had three RBI.  Tyler O’Neill drove in the other Memphis run.  The first run came home in the first inning via a Nick Martini leadoff triple and Ravelo RBI single.   In the second, Tovar’s double plated two.  Ravelo drove in two on his own RBI double in the fourth, and O’Neill sent the third run of the inning home on a sac fly.  The Redbirds scored their final run in the eighth on another Tovar double.  Ravelo was 2-for-4 and Tovar was 3-for-4. Breyvic Valera was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Matt Pearce pitched two innings before the game was stopped, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Pedro Echemendia followed on Friday with three scoreless innings and earned his first win of the season.  Mike Mayers pitched three innings, surrendering one run on a solo home run.  Miguel Socolovich added a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds were active on the base paths. O’Neill stole his 10th base in 12 attempts, Alex Mejia stole his first for Memphis in his initial attempt, Valera stole his eighth bag in 17 attempts, and Tovar swiped his 11th base in 14 attempts.

Patrick Wisdom committed a throwing error.  Pearce picked off a runner at first base.


Memphis 5, Salt Lake 6 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

The Redbirds were the hard luck losers in the regular game against Salt Lake, shortened to seven innings.  Memphis took a 3-0 lead into the fifth, but the big inning by Salt Lake erased the lead.  The Redbirds plated two in the bottom frame to tie it up, but lost it in the seventh.

A three run home run by Adolis Garcia in the first put the Redbirds on top.  The long ball was Garcia’s only hit.  In the fifth, Memphis tied it up with two runs on doubles by Nick Martini, Rangel Ravelo, and Alex Mejia.  Ravelo was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Reliever Kevin Herget was the starting pitcher. The right-hander went four innings and gave up one run on three hits.  He fanned four and walked one.  Ryan Sherriff had a tough night in relief, surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings.  Mark Montgomery relinquished the winning run in the final frame and took the loss.

On the base paths, Tyler O’Neill stole his 11th base in 13 attempts.  In the field, Sherriff made a throwing error.  Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 69-36 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 19.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Reno, John Gant (2-5, 3.63) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 4

Jacob Evans (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A three run ninth inning was the key to victory for the first-place Cardinals at NW Arkansas on Friday night.  Springfield took the lead early, but the Naturals pulled ahead in the seventh with four runs scored.  The Cardinals tied it up in the eighth, and won in the ninth.

The game was scoreless until the fifth, then the Cardinals put runs on the board in each of the final five innings.  An RBI single by John Nogowski plated the first run in the fifth.  Nogowski was 2-for-4 on the night.  Danny Diekroeger drove in a run on a ground out in the sixth.  In the seventh, a sac fly double play off the bat of Anthony Garcia brought another run home.  Magneuris Sierra’s RBI double in the eighth scored the tying run.  In the ninth, three walks, one intentional, loaded the bases.  Jacob Wilson’s sac fly plated one.  A throwing error on a pickoff attempt was responsible for score number two.  A Diekroeger RBI single brought the third run across.

Sierra was 2-for-5.  Randy Arozarena was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-5.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits.  The righty struck out three and walked three. Jacob Evans handled the final three innings. The lefty gave up no runs but did allow an inherited runner to score, so was charged with a blown save.  Evans also got the win, his first since his promotion to Double-A.

Nogowski stole his second base in two attempts. Diekroeger was caught stealing twice, for his first and second caught stealing in three attempts. Alcantara committed a throwing error and a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 58-47 overall, and 23-12 in the second half and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Chris Ellis (2-5, 4.41) 6:05 CT.


Palm Beach 0 at Tampa 1

Jordan Hicks (Peoria Chiefs)

In a pitcher’s duel until the ninth, the Cardinals finally blinked as Tampa plated the winning run.  Palm Beach starter Jordan Hicks pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, fanning six and walking one.  Dailyn Martinez followed with three scoreless innings of relief.  Hector Mendoza gave up the walkoff double and took the loss.

Cardinals bats were quiet, kept to two hits by Tampa pitching as Chris Chinea and Leobaldo Pina each singled.

The Cardinals are 56-45 overall and 16-17 in the second half, which puts them six games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, Connor Jones (6-4, 3.93) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 6

Max Almonte (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs suffered a three run loss to the Kernels at Dozer Park on Friday night.  Rehabbing St. Louis outfielder Stephen Piscotty drove in two of the three Peoria runs, both on ground outs.  Piscotty did have a hit, a double, in the third inning.  The other Chiefs’ run came on a RBI single by Kramer Robertson in the fifth.  Robertson was 2-for-4.

Starter Austin Warner pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on 10 hits.  Warner fanned six and walked one and took the loss, his first.  Max Almonte followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless eighth.  Dewin Perez surrendered one run in the ninth.

In the field, Piscotty committed a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 50-53 overall and 20-13 in the second half to put them one game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Anthony Shew (0-0, 5.06) 6:30 CT.


State College 3 at Batavia 4

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

The Spikes took a close loss at Batavia on Friday.  State College briefly took the lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Evan Mendoza and Yariel Gonzalez.  Scott Hurst added the final Spikes’ run in the seventh on a solo home run, his first as a professional.  Hurst and Mendoza were 2-for-5.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-3.

Starter Andrew Summerville pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked four.  Levi MaVorhis gave up three runs on four hits in three innings and took the loss.  Noel Gonzalez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Edwin Figuera stole his fifth and sixth bases of the season in six attempts.  Mendoza and Zach Kirtley each committed a throwing error.  Hurst had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 20-15 and are three games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Batavia, Paul Balestrieri (1-0, 2.70) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City at Danville

The game was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a Saturday doubleheader.

Saturday’s games: at Danville, Alvaro Seijas (2-1, 6.51)/Zach Prendergast (0-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Mets 0 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Alex Fagalde (Cal-Riverside)

The Cardinals shut out the Mets in this first game of a twin bill.  The pitching was excellent, with starter Alex Fagalde opening with three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none.  Chris Hunt followed with two scoreless and picked up the win.  Gabriel Gentner and Kevin Hamann each added a scoreless inning of relief.  Hamann earned his second save of the season.

The Cardinals scored one run in the first inning when Michael Brdar drew a walk, Robbie Coman doubled to center, and Elehuris Montero hit a sac fly to plate Brdar.  In the third, Donivan Williams launched a leadoff solo home run, his first.  The third Cardinal run came home in the fourth on three consecutive walks, followed by a Moises Castillo double play ground out.


GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 2 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

In Game 2 of the double header, the Cardinals lost a close one.  The Cardinals got on the board first with a run in the first inning, but that was it.  Leadoff hitter Jonatan Machado was hit by a pitch, and advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Eliezer Alvarez’ sac fly plated Machado.  Only one Cardinal had multiple hits, as Elehuris Montero was 2-for-3 including a double.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while fanning four and walking six.  C.J. Saylor covered the final two innings, surrendering one run on three hits.  Saylor was tagged with the loss.

On the base paths, Machado was picked off first base as was Brian Sanchez.  In the field, Carlos Soto committed a throwing error, and had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 13-14 on the season and are five games back of first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals edged the Yankees after holding off a late rally that brought the score to within one.  The Cardinals scored two in the second inning and three in the sixth to give them a four run lead.  A leadoff single by Freddy De Jesus, and a double by Alexander Samuel, set up a run on a passed ball.  Yowelty Rosario then singled in Samuel for the second run.  De Jesus and Francisco Hernandez launched solo home runs in the sixth.  The third and final Cardinals run scored on a Diomedes Del Rio single.  De Jesus was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Samuel scored twice and was 2-for-3.  Pablo Gomez was 2-for-4.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched six innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two and walking one.  Ventura earned his second win of the season.  Wilman Madera pitched to two batters in the seventh, giving up a walk and a single.  Jesus Cruz went two innings, surrendering one run on one hit.  Jose Geronimo gave up two runs in the ninth before Larimel Soriano secured the final out to earn his first save.

The Cardinals are 18-28 on the season and are 16.5 games back of first place in the DSL South

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Yankees, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.



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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 17-23

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The St. Louis Cardinals continued their disappointing 2017 with a 3-4 record last week in New York and Chicago. Outfielder Randal Grichuk has homered in all three games since coming off the disabled list. Our history feature looks at highest-scoring innings in the Cardinals record book.

Gonzales traded for O’Neill

Tyler O’Neill (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals made their first trade of the summer season, sending left handed pitching prospect Marco Gonzales to the Seattle Mariners for outfield prospect Tyler O’Neill.

Both Gonzales, 25, and O’Neill, 22 were drafted by their respective teams in the 2013 draft.  The Cardinals chose Gonzales in the first round, and O’Neill was the third round pick of Seattle.  O’Neill was ranked in the top five of the Mariners prospects and becomes the No. 4 prospect for the Cardinals, according to MLB.com.  The young outfielder was the Mariners Minor League Prospect of the Year in 2016, hitting .293 with 24 home runs and 102 RBI with the Double-A Jackson Generals.  O’Neill has reported to the Memphis Redbirds.

Gonzales had Tommy John surgery in 2016.  The left hander will be out of options following this season and his future as a member of the big league pitching staff after 2017 was questionable, especially in the rotation.  Gonzales, a former Gonzaga standout, makes his offseason home in the state of Washington, so the trade should be an easy transition for the Colorado native.

Game Recaps

Monday July 17 – Cardinals 6 at Mets 3

In the first of a three game series, the Cardinals defeated the Mets thanks to a six-run sixth inning.  The first scores came on a two run home run by Paul DeJong.  An Adam Wainwright RBI double plated run number three.  Tommy Pham then blasted a three run shot to left center field to give the Redbirds a lead they would not relinquish.  Pham was 2-for-3 and Yadier Molina was 2-for-5.

Wainwright earned his 11th win of the season.  The veteran right hander pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits.  Wainwright fanned three and walked two.  Tyler Lyons got the last out of the sixth inning.  Matt Bowman pitched a scoreless seventh, and Kevin Siegrist added a scoreless eighth.  Brett Cecil hurled a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

In the field, Magneuris Sierra committed two errors on the same play, a missed catch and a throwing error.  Dexter Fowler also made a fielding error.

Tuesday July 18 – Cardinals 5 at Mets 0

The Redbirds blanked the Mets in the second game of the series in New York.  Michael Wacha pitched the first complete game shutout of his career.  The right hander allowed only three hits, struck out eight and walked one while winning his seventh game of the season.

Matt Carpenter had a 4-for-5 offensive performance to go along with Wacha’s masterful pitching.  Carpenter drove in one run on a second inning double.  Jedd Gyorko put the first run on the board in the first inning on a sac fly.  A second inning run scored on a Wacha ground out.  Also in the second, a run crossed the plate on a fielding error.  The fifth and final Redbird run came in the fifth on a Yadier Molina double.

On the base paths, Tommy Pham stole his 13th base, but was also picked off first base.  Gyorko stole his sixth.

Wednesday July 19 – Cardinals 3 at Mets 7

Shaky pitching from Mike Leake and unsteady defense put the Redbirds in the loss column in this third game of the series.  Leake lasted only two innings, and gave up seven runs, four earned, on 10 hits.  A throwing error on a potential double play by Jedd Gyorko exacerbated the situation.  The efforts of the bullpen kept the Mets at seven runs.  John Brebbia pitched three scoreless innings in relief.  Kevin Siegrist, Sam Tuivailala, and Seung-Hwan Oh each tossed a scoreless inning.  Leake was the losing pitcher, his eighth loss.

The Redbirds offense managed three runs on 10 hits.  Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Luke Voit, pinch hitting for Matt Carpenter, drove in the other Cardinals run on a seventh inning double.  Kolten Wong was 2-for-4.

Thursday, July 20 – Cardinals 2 at Mets 3

The Cardinals lost a tough one in the rubber game of the series.  The Redbird bullpen couldn’t hold the Mets at the end.  Starter Lance Lynn gave up only one run on three hits in his six-inning start.  The righty fanned five and walked one. Matt Bowman followed with a scoreless seventh.  Brett Cecil pitched the eighth, and gave up the tying run.  Cecil was charged with a blown save.  In the bottom of the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal was unable to send the game to extra innings, surrendering the walk off run with two outs when he did not cover first base on a chopper to first.

The Cardinals offense was Tommy Pham.  Pham drove in both runs, the first on an RBI double and the second on a solo home run.  The only other Redbird with multiple hits was Greg Garcia, who was 2-for-4.

Dexter Fowler was caught stealing for the third time this season.

Friday, July 21 – Cardinals 11 at Cubs 4

The Cardinals took advantage of a shaky Cubs bullpen and put nine runs on the board in the eighth inning to beat Chicago in the first game of the key weekend series at Wrigley Field.

The game was close until the eighth.  Randal Grichuk hit a second inning solo home run against Cubs starter Jake Arrieta to put the Redbirds on the board.  An RBI double by Dexter Fowler in the third inning tied the game.  By the eighth, with Arrieta out of the game, the Cardinals batted around against three Cubs relievers.   Jedd Gyorko drew a bases loaded walk to plate the first run of the inning.  Eight more runs crossed the plate on Paul DeJong ground rule double, a Grichuk single, a Carson Kelly double, and singles by Matt Carpenter and Tommy Pham.  Carpenter was 2-for-5, Fowler was 3-for-4, and Pham and Grichuk were each 2-for-4.

Starter Carlos Martinez pitched six innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Zach Duke and Matt Bowman combined for a scoreless seventh inning.  Kevin Siegrist pitched a scoreless eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh allowed one unearned run in the ninth.  Bowman was the winning pitcher.

Saturday, July 22 – Cardinals 2 at Cubs 3

Game two of the series was a pitching duel until the eighth inning.  Adam Wainwright went toe to toe with Cubs starter Jon Lester for seven innings, with neither team able to put a run on the board.  Wainwright gave up the first run in the eighth on a single and a double.  With two outs and a runner on, Matt Bowman took over.  The reliever allowed an inherited runner to score, and left without recording an out and his own runner on base.  Brett Cecil allowed the Bowman runner to score then got the final out of the inning.  Wainwright pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  Bowman was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Both Cardinals runs came in the eighth inning on back to back solo home runs by Paul DeJong and Randal Grichuk.  There were only three Redbird hits, with the other hit a Wainwright single.

Gyorko committed his ninth error of the season, a throwing error.  Yadier Molina had a passed ball.

Sunday, July 23 – Cardinals 3 at Cubs 5

The Cardinals lost the rubber game and the series on Sunday night.  St. Louis got on the board first with a two run home run by Randal Grichuk in the second inning.  The Cubs came back and tied it up with two runs in the bottom of the third.  The Cardinals took the lead back in the fourth on solo home run by Paul DeJong.  Grichuk and DeJong were 2-for-4 as was Jedd Gyorko.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched six innings, giving up five runs on six hits while fanning six and walking none.  Wacha suffered his fourth loss of the season.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched a scoreless seventh and Tyler Lyons pitched a scoreless eighth.

Yadier Molina was caught stealing in the fourth, just prior to DeJong’s home run. Matt Carpenter was thrown out at home plate and left the game due to injury.

Big Picture

The Cardinals ended the week 3-4.  Other than the poor start by Mike Leake against the Mets on Wednesday, the starting pitching has been good.  The bullpen has been hit and miss.  The offense has been inconsistent as well.  Defensive errors and baserunning blunders have picked up lately, serious issues for the Cardinals both this season and last.

As the trade deadline approaches, the Cardinals will have a difficult decision to make.  Will they be buyers or sellers or both?  The team’s performance this week has not answered that question.

The Cardinals are now 47-51, which puts them 4.5 games back of first place in the NL Central and in fourth place.

With the Brewers faltering, the Cubs have moved into a share of the division lead and are rumored to be considering further trades, in addition to Jose Quintana, the Cubs’ winning pitcher in the deciding game of the series Sunday night.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Chicago Cubs 51 46 0.526
Milwaukee 53 48 0.525
Pittsburgh 49 50 0.495 3
St. Louis 47 51 0.480 4.5
Cincinnati 41 57 0.418 10.5

 

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Randal Grichuk (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Randal Grichuk is batting .429 with an OPS of 1.786.  He has 2 HR and 3 RBI

Tommy Pham is batting .276 with an OPS of .915.   He has 2 HR, 2 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Adam Wainwright has an ERA of 2.70 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 1.50 and a WHIP of 0.67.

Kevin Siegrist has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.67.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.33.

Michael Wacha (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.44.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Jedd Gyorko is batting .115 with an OPS of .315.

Paul DeJong is batting .167 with an OPS of .633.

Luke Voit is batting .100 with an OPS of .508.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 18.00 and a WHIP of 5.50.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.67.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 5.40 and a WHIP of 1.80.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Dexter Fowler.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for six games and Luke Voit for one game.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for five games and Paul DeJong for two games.

The number 6 hitter has been DeJong for three games, Kolten Wong for two games, Magneuris Sierra for one game, and Voit for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Wong for three games, DeJong for two games, Randal Grichuk for one game, and Greg Garcia for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Sierra for four games, Eric Fryer for one game, Carson Kelly for one game, and Grichuk for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

Transactions

7/19 The Cardinals sent OF Randal Grichuk on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/21 The Cardinals activated OF Randal Grichuk from the 10 day disabled list.

7/21 The Cardinals activated LHP Zach Duke from the 60 day disabled list.

7/21 The Cardinals designated C Eric Fryer for assignment.

7/21 The Cardinals optioned RHP Sam Tuivailala to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/21 The Cardinals optioned OF Magneuris Sierra to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/21 The Cardinals traded LHP Marco Gonzales to the Seattle Mariners for OF Tyler O’Neill.

7/21 The Cardinals recalled C Carson Kelly from the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

OF Stephen Piscotty (right groin strain) is still feeling discomfort.  No timetable for his return to the roster from the 10-day DL has been indicated.

1B Matt Carpenter left Sunday night’s game with right quadriceps tightness. It is unclear whether a trip to the disabled list is in the offing.

P Mike Leake continues to experience weakness during his starts, but there are no plans to skip his turn in the rotation for additional rest. It is unknown whether the problem is related to his case of shingles late last season.

Looking Ahead

Following the Sunday game in Chicago, the Cardinals traveled home to St. Louis to begin a three game series with the Rockies.  Mike Leake is scheduled to make the Monday start, followed by Lance Lynn on Tuesday, and Carlos Martinez on Wednesday.  The home stand continues on Thursday with a four game series against the Diamondbacks.  No pitchers have been announced for that series, but will likely be Adam Wainwright, Michael Wacha, Mike Leake, and Lance Lynn.

The Cardinals will have an off day next Monday to travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a three game series starting Tuesday.  The team then travels to Cincinnati for a weekend series against the Reds.

The Cardinals fly to Kansas City following the Reds series to being a four game home and home series with the Royals starting on Monday, August 7.  The Redbirds play two games in Kansas City, followed by two games in St. Louis.

Matt Adams and the Atlanta Braves travel to St. Louis for a weekend series following the home and home series with the Royals.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

In Friday’s game against the Cubs, the Cardinals scored nine runs in the eighth inning to defeat the Cubs 11-4.  Those nine runs are the most runs scored by St. Louis in a single inning this season.

Those nine runs are not the team record, however.  It is 12 runs, accomplished twice.  Fans may remember one of these two games, as it was in the very recent past, five years to the day, on July 21, 2012.  The team they scored the 12 runs against was the same, the Cubs.  Those runs were scored in the seventh inning in 2012, as opposed to the eighth on Friday.  Those 12 runs were scored against four Cubs relief pitchers.  The Cardinals scored their nine runs on Friday against 3 Cubs relievers.

The other game in which the Cardinals scored 12 runs in an inning was not recent.  It was on September 16, 1926, in the first game of a doubleheader against the Phillies.  The runs were scored in the third inning of a game that the Cardinals won 23-3.  Six of the 12 runs were scored against the Cubs starter, Jack Knight.  The remaining six runs were scored against three Cubs relievers, none of whom recorded an out.

There is no inning by inning breakdown, but the Cardinals hits totaled 22, with five doubles and 17 singles.  Left fielder Chick Hafey drove in five runs, first baseman Jim Bottomley had four RBI, and third baseman Les Bell plated two.

The 1926 St. Louis Cardinals finished the season with a record of 89-65, which won the NL pennant for them.  The Cardinals then went on to win the World Series four games to three over the vaunted New York Yankees of Ruth and Gehrig.  The 1926 Cardinals were managed by Rogers Hornsby.

1926 St. Louis Cardinals

Another fact of note is that St. Louis’ staring right fielder in the September 16 game was Billy Southworth.  The future Hall of Famer went on to manage the Cardinals twice.  The first time was three years after that season, in 1929.  Southworth then returned to manage the Cardinals from 1940-1945, a period when the Cardinals won two more World Series Championships, in 1942 and 1944.  The 1943 Cardinals also went to the World Series, but lost to the Yankees, whom they had defeated in the World Series in the previous year.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/23/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-2 on Saturday as the DSL Cardinals and State College Spikes games were rained out. Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Dakota Hudson, who pitched seven scoreless innings with only four hits allowed in the Cardinals victory over Arkansas.

Results for games played Saturday, July 22.

Memphis 2, Las Vegas 1

Nick Martini/Springfield Cardinals

The Redbirds edged Las Vegas thanks to a sixth inning two run RBI single by Nick Martini.  It was a win without a lot of offense; Memphis managed only five hits, with the only extra base hit a Breyvic Valera double.  Martini was 2-for-4. Starting pitcher Matt Pearce and pinch hitter Adolis Garcia rounded out the remainder of the hits for Memphis.

Pearce pitched a very good game, seven innings of one run ball with only four hits allowed.  Pearce fanned five and walked none.  Sam Tuivailala, Ryan Sherriff and Josh Lucas combined for the remaining two innings of relief, with Lucas getting the save, his ninth.

In the field, Pearce picked off a runner at first base.

The Redbirds are 64-35 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 17 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas, Kevin Herget (3-1, 4.26) 2:05 CT.

 

Springfield 7, at Arkansas 0

Dakota Hudson

The Cardinals won a blowout in Arkansas, shutting out the Travelers on Saturday.  Springfield starter Dakota Hudson kept Arkansas scoreless for seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out three and walking one.  The right handed hurler earned his ninth win of the season.  Corey Littrell and Landon Beck each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The offense scored seven runs on 11 hits, all singles.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Darren Seferina was 3-for-5 with one run driven in.  Tommy Edman and Randy Arozarena were both 2-for-4.   Edman plated a run on a seventh inning single.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 31st base of the season in 44 attempts.  Seferina stole his third base in four attempts for Springfield.

The Cardinals are 54-45 overall, 18-10 in the second half, and in first place by two games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Sandy Alcantara (5-5, 5.22) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 5

A ninth inning rally fell short, as the Cardinals fell at home to the Stone Crabs on Saturday.   Palm Beach was held scoreless until the ninth, when the offense attempted to make up a five-run deficit.  The rally began with a Thomas Spitz single, the hero from Friday’s night’s walkoff win.  Chris Chinea followed with a double to center.  A ground out by Jose Godoy scored Spitz and sent Chinea to third.  Shane Billings then singled to plate Chinea.  Unfortunately, the threat ended when Leobaldo Pina struck out.

Cardinals starter Jake Woodford suffered his sixth loss of the season.  The right-hander pitched three innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out one and walking four.  Normally a starter, Ryan Helsley relieved Woodford and pitched 4 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits.  Brady Bowen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing a run on three hits as well.

In the field, Chinea made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Billings had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 55-40 overall and 15-13 in the second half.  They are 3.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Jordan Hicks (0-1, 3.86) 12:00 p.m. CT.

 

Peoria 7, at Bowling Green 8 (11 innings)

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs lost a tough one in extra innings in Bowling Green on Saturday.  The lead changed hands several times, with Peoria getting ahead only to have the Hot Rods battle back.  After the game was once again tied after nine, the game went to the 11th before a walkoff double gave the victory to Bowling Green.

Home runs by Brian O’Keefe (solo) and Nick Plummer (two run) in the second a fourth inning helped to get Peoria on top, a lead that would soon vanish.  Danny Hudzina drove in two runs and was 2-for-5.  O’Keefe was also 2-for-5.  Ryan McCarvel and Juan Yepez plated runs, McCarvel on a third inning single, Yepez by drawing a bases loaded walk in the ninth.  Matt Fiedler was 2-for-4.

Starter Anthony Shew pitched four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  Shew struck out five and walked one.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two more runs in his three innings of relief.  Eric Carter allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Max Almonte hurled the final 1 2/3, relinquished the winning walk off hit and was the hard luck loser.

On the base paths, Fiedler stole his third base in five attempts for Peoria.  Kramer Robertson stole his fourth base in seven attempts.  O’Keefe was caught stealing for the third time in eight attempts.  O’Keefe also made a fielding error, his third.

The Chiefs are 46-52 overall on the season, 16-12 in the second half to put them 3.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Bowling Green, Ian Oxnevad (3-8, 3.94) 4:05 CT.

 

 

State College at West Virginia

This game was postponed due to rain.  The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Wednesday, August 2 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.77) 5:05 CT.

 

Johnson City 9, Danville 8

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals won a squeaker against the Danville Braves on Saturday with a six run first inning the key to the victory.  Jonathan Rivera hit a two run shot, and one batter later, Cameron Knight hit a solo shot.  Also driving in runs in that inning was Brady Whalen with a two run RBI double.  An additional run scored on a wild pitch.  Whalen also hit a three run double in the fourth for an RBI total of five on a 3-for-5 performance.  Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched four innings, giving up seven runs, six earned on nine hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Jake Walsh followed with two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win, his fourth.  Fabian Blanco allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.  Jacob Patterson pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Ynfante stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.  Knight committed a throwing error and Rivera made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 13-17 on the season and are 5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Danville, Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 6.86) 5:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals – Off

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA (makeup of previously suspended game)

 

DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Angels

This game was postponed due to rain.  The makeup game has not yet been scheduled.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/22/17

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The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-2 on Friday, with the GCL game suspended. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Nick Martini, who was 3-for-5 with a double, and drove in four of the Redbirds’ six runs. Jack Flaherty also tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings in Memphis’ victory over Las Vegas.

Results for games played Friday, July 21.

Memphis 6, Las Vegas 0

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds shut out Las Vegas behind 6 1/3 scoreless innings by starting pitcher Jack Flaherty.  Flaherty allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking none.  Miguel Socolovich followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Mike Mayers pitched a scoreless ninth.

Leading the offense was Nick Martini, who was 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI.  Two additional runs scored on a fielding error.  Harrison Bader was 3-for-4, and Aledmys Diaz was 2-for-4.

Adolis Garcia stole his third base In three attempts for Memphis.

The Redbirds are 63-35 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 17 games.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas, Matt Pearce (0-0, 4.50) 6:35 CT.

 

Springfield 8 at Arkansas 3

Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals topped the Travelers on Friday night with the help of a three RBI performance by Jacob Wilson.  Wilson was 2-for-5 with two doubles.  Magneuris Sierra drove in a run and was 2-for-4. Darren Seferina was also 2-for-4, plating one run and scoring twice. Randy Arozarena was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Starter Zac Gallen earned his third win of the season.  Gallen pitched six innings, giving up three runs on eighth hits while fanning one and walking none.  Jacob Evans followed with a scoreless inning of relief.  Dailyn Martinez pitched the final two scoreless innings.

On the base paths, Arozarena stole his fifth base for Springfield in five attempts.  In the field, Seferina committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 53-45 overall, and 17-10 in the second half and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Dakota Hudson (8-4, 2.69) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 1

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The Cardinals squeaked by Charlotte thanks to a walk off by Thomas Spitz.  The ninth inning single was the outfielder’s only hit of the game.  Casey Turgeon, who was 2-for-3, drove in the other Palm Beach run on an RBI single in the fifth inning.   Shane Billings was 2-for-4.

Starter Junior Fernandez pitched eight innings, giving up one run on four hits, while fanning three and walking four.  Ross Vance pitched a scoreless ninth and earned his first win of the season.  Vance also picked off a runner at first base.

Danny Diekroeger stole his first base for Palm Beach in his only attempt.

The Cardinals are 54-39 overall and 14-12 in the second half, which puts them four games back of first place in the FSL South.

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

 

Peoria 8 at Dayton 1

Austin Warner (Bellarmine University)

The Chiefs blew by Dayton with the long ball featured prominently.  Vince Jackson launched a solo home run in the first inning for his only hit of the game.  Ryan McCarvel added a solo shot in the same inning; McCarvel was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.  The Chiefs plated three in the fifth. Kramer Robertson drove in a run on a single and was 2-for-6.   Matt Fiedler, who was 3-for-5, also had an RBI single.  Danny Hudzina hit a sac fly for the third run in the inning. Juan Yepez blasted a two run homer in the sixth and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Starter Austin Warner pitched six innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits to earn the win in his Peoria debut.  The left hander fanned seven and walked two.  Colton Thomson pitched three scoreless innings of relief to earn his first save.

On the base paths, Nick Plummer stole his seventh base of the season in 12 attempts.  Yepez swiped his sixth bag in seven attempts for Peoria.  Robertson was caught stealing for the third time in six attempts.

Stefan Trosclair committed a fielding error, as did Plummer.

The Chiefs are 46-51 overall and 15-12 in the second half to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Bowling Green, Anthony Shew (0-0, 4.05) 6:35 CT.

 

State College 3 at West Virginia 4 (12 innings)

The Spikes lost a tough one in extra innings on Friday night.  Starter Andrew Summerville gave up two West Virginia runs on seven hits in 5 2/3 innings pitched.  The left hander fanned three and walked two.  Noel Gonzalez pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.  Spencer Traynor followed for two innings, giving up one unearned run and taking his third blown save of the season.   Robbie Gordon was the losing pitcher, surrendering one run on two hits in 1 2/3 innings pitched.

The Spikes offense had 13 hits, but only managed three runs.  State College scored in the fifth on a ground out by Brandon Benson.  In the eighth, an RBI single by Bryce Denton and another RBI single by Caleb Lopes put two more runs on the board.  Joshua Lopez and Evan Mendoza had multiple hits, as Lopez was 2-for-4 and Mendoza was 3-for-6.

In the field, Lopez committed a fielding error and pitcher Trayner made a throwing error.  Scott Hurst stole his second base of the season in four attempts.

The Spikes are 17-13 and are 1.5 games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at West Virginia, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.77) 6:05 CT.

 

Johnson City 8, Danville 9

Wadye Ynfante (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A rally in the later innings fell short for the Cardinals, as they were edged by Danville on Friday night.  A three run home run by Wadye Ynfante led to a four-run sixth inning that brought the Cardinals within two runs.  Though the Braves added two more in the next inning, Johnson City continued to battle back.  In the seventh, a Ynfante ground out added another run.  In the eighth, a run scored on a Carlos Talavera ground ball force out, and second run came home on a balk.

Ynfante was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Chase Pinder was 3-for-4.  Talavera committed a fielding error and had an outfield assist. Starlin Balbuena committed a throwing error.  Imeldo Diaz stole his first base of the season with Johnson City in his first attempt.

Starter Jacob Schlesener pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit.  Schlesener struck out four and walked four.  Juan Alvarez added 1 2/3 innings of relief, surrendering four runs and took the loss.  Jake Dahlberg followed for 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing four additional runs on five hits.  Thomas St. Clair pitched the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals are 12-17 and are 6.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Danville, Edwar Ramirez (1-4, 6.84) 6:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Astros 3 (suspended, third inning)

The Friday game was suspended due to rain in the top of the third inning with the Cardinals leading 5-3.  Jonatan Machado and Dariel Gomez have two RBI each. All three runs to score against starter Angel Rondon are earned.

The game will be completed on July 26.

Saturday’s game:  Off.

 

DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Angels 4

Raffy Ozuna (Dominican Prospect League)

A middle innings burst of offense and a five RBI performance from shortstop Raffy Ozuna led to a blowout win for the Cardinals.  Ozuna was 4-for-5, with the aforementioned five RBI, including a fifth inning three run home run.  Ozuna also doubled and scored twice.  Franklin Soto plated a run on a seventh inning single. Luis Montano also singled in a run in the seventh.  Cristhian Longo was 2-for-4 with a triple and three runs scored.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned on nine hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Anthony Trompiz went the remaining 4 2/3 scoreless innings and earned his second win of the season.

The Cardinals are 16-25 on the season and are 14 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 10-16

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Game Recaps

Monday, July 10 – Thursday, July 13 – All-Star break

The 88th annual MLB All-Star Game was played on Tuesday, July 11.  The American League won by the score of 2-1 in 10 innings.

The Cardinals sent two players to the Summer Classic, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Both distinguished themselves in the game.

Martinez pitched the third and fourth inning for the NL team.  He was the only NL pitcher to pitch more than one inning.  Martinez allowed only one hit, struck out four and walked one.  Martinez was the first Cardinal pitcher to strike out four in an All-Star Game since Dizzy Dean did it in 1934.

Molina was responsible for the sole NL run, a  solo home in the sixth inning against Twins pitcher Ervin Santana.  Molina also drew a leadoff walk in the ninth and was the potential winning run at third left stranded when the Mets’ Michael Conforto struck out.

The Cardinals catcher was also involved in a colorful incident in the game, when Nelson Cruz came to bat in the sixth inning and asked Molina to take a picture of Cruz posing with home plate umpire Joe West.  Molina complied.  In June, West had become the third umpire to be in 5,000 games, and this apparently motivated Cruz to want to pose for a picture with him.

Molina also garnered attention by wearing a shiny gold mask and breast protector behind the plate, leading him to be compared to C-3PO of Star Wars fame.  Several members of the media dubbed Molina the unofficial MVP of the All-Star Game, despite the NL’s loss.

Friday, July 14 – Cardinals 2 at Pirates 5

The Cardinals took the lead early, but lost late in walk off fashion in Pittsburgh.  Starter Mike Leake tossed five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander walked five, uncharacteristic for Leake and struck out three.  Matt Bowman, Brett Cecil, and Trevor Rosenthal each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, and gave up a three-run walk off home run to Josh Bell.  Oh took the loss, his fifth.

The Cardinals offense scored in the first inning on a two-run home run by Jedd Gyorko.  The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Tommy Pham, who was 2-for-4.    Pham also stole his 12th base of the season.

Yadier Molina picked Gregory Polanco off third base.  It was the second time Molina caught a runner napping at third base this season.

Saturday, July 15 – Cardinals 4 at Pirates 0

The Cardinals shut out the Pirates in the second game of the three game series.  The top of the lineup did most of the damage offensively.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4 with an RBI, on a single in the fifth.  Tommy Pham was 3-for-4 and drove in a run on a fifth inning double.    Cleanup hitter Jedd Gyorko plated the first St. Louis run on a single in the fourth.  Starting pitcher Lance Lynn, now batting left handed, drove in the other Cardinals run, also on a fifth inning double.

Lynn pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing eight hits while fanning three and walking none, to earn his eighth win of the season.  Matt Bowman, Trevor Rosenthal, and Tyler Lyons combined for the remaining 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Carpenter stole his second base of the season and also committed his ninth defensive error of the season, a throwing error.

Sunday, July 16 – Cardinals 3 at Pirates 4

The Cardinals lost the rubber game of the road series, again in a walk off.  Magneuris Sierra, just called up again to replace the injured Stephen Piscotty, had a 4-for-4 game with a stolen base.  Matt Carpenter, who was 2-for-5, hit an RBI double in the fifth inning to plate the first Redbirds run.  Carlos Martinez, helping himself at the plate, drove in a run on a sixth inning line drive single.  Yadier Molina put the Cardinals ahead in the eighth with a solo home run.  Dexter Fowler and Kolten Wong were both 2-for-4.

Starter Martinez pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth.  Brett Cecil gave up the walk off Pirates run in the ninth and took the loss, his third.

Big Picture

The Cardinals have played three games since the All-Star break and went 1-2, with both losses being walkoffs. It is too small of a sample size to conclude that the bullpen is backsliding, but the next week or so of games will tell.

The Cardinals play the Mets in the next series.  The Cardinals won two of three from the Mets before the break, but the New York team has home field advantage in this series.  Following the Mets, the Cardinals play the Cubs in Wrigley.  This series should be informative of how the Cardinals might perform in the second half.

The Cardinals are now in third place in the NL Central, 6.5 games back of the Brewers, and 2 games back of the Cubs.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 52 42 0.553
Chicago Cubs 46 45 0.505 4.5
St. Louis 44 47 0.484 6.5
Pittsburgh 44 48 0.478 7
Cincinnati 39 52 0.490 11.5

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Tommy Pham (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Tommy Pham is batting .727 with an OPS of 1.909.  He has 1 HR, 2 doubles, and 3 RBI.

Matt Carpenter is batting .364 with an OPS of .871.  He has 1 double and 1 RBI.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.

Lance Lynn has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.90.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00

 

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Stephen Piscotty is batting .000 with an OPS of .125.

Yadier Molina is batting .182 with an OPS of .364.

Dexter Fowler is batting .167 with an OPS of .333.

Seung-Hwan Oh has an ERA of 81.00 and a WHIP of 9.00.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 3 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Tommy Pham.

The number 3 hitter has been Dexter Fowler.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Stephen Piscotty for two games and Luke Voit for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Luke Voit for one game, Kolten Wong for one game, and Paul DeJong for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been DeJong for two games, and Jose Martinez for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Cardinals are rumored to be one of three favorites to trade for Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez.  Martinez is a free agent at the end of the season, so he would only be a rental for the Cardinals unless a contract extension could be negotiated.

Transactions

7/10 The Cardinals activated 2B Kolten Wong from the 10 day disabled list.

7/10 The Cardinals optioned SS Alex Mejia to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/10 The Cardinals optioned RHP Luke Weaver to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/10 The Cardinals traded OF Todd Cunningham to the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations.

7/13 The Cardinals activated LHP Kevin Siegrist from the 10 day disabled list.

7/14 The Cardinals placed OF Randal Grichuk on the 10 day disabled list.

7/14 The Cardinals recalled OF Jose Martinez from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/15 The Cardinals placed OF Stephen Piscotty on the 10 day disabled list.

7/15 The Cardinals recalled OF Magneuris Sierra from the Springfield Cardinals.

Injury Report

OF Randal Grichuk went on the 10 day disabled list with a lower back strain retroactive to July 10.  It is expected that Grichuk will return to the roster when he is first eligible, which would be on July 20.

OF Stephen Piscotty suffered a right groin strain in Pittsburgh on Friday.  He was placed on the 10 day DL the next day.  No timetable for Piscotty’s return has been announced, though the injury is not thought to be serious.

LHP Zach Duke continues his rehab from Tommy John surgery.  Duke was assigned to Memphis for his latest rehab assignment on July 7.  Duke’s expected return is perhaps by the end of July.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals travel to New York to take on the Mets in a four game series beginning Monday.  Adam Wainwright will make the Monday start.  Michael Wacha is scheduled to make the start on Tuesday followed by Mike Leake and Lance Lynn.

Following the Mets, the Cardinals take on the Cubs in a weekend set in Chicago.  The Cardinals then travel back to St. Louis to begin a three game series at home against the Rockies on Monday, July 27.

The Diamondbacks come to St. Louis on Thursday for a four game series at Busch Stadium.  The Cardinals have an off day on the Monday following that series, then travel to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a three game series.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

Carlos Martinez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The All-Star Game was played this past week, on Tuesday, July 11 in Miami.  The Cardinals had two representatives there, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Last week, before the game was played, I wrote about the history of the All-Star Game and the Cardinals participation in it.  Now that the game has passed, I want to focus on the All-Star Game again with respect to the performance of one of its representatives, Carlos Martinez.

Martinez was the third pitcher to pitch for the NL in the game, and the only NL pitcher to pitch multiple innings.  Martinez pitched innings three and four.  In addition to being the only pitcher to pitch more than one inning, he also had a distinction specific only to the Cardinals.  That distinction is that he is the first Cardinal pitcher to strike out four hitters in the All-Star Game since Dizzy Dean did it in the 1934 All-Star Game.  The only difference is that Dean struck out four hitters in three innings, as opposed to Martinez’ two innings.

Dizzy Dean

Dizzy Dean played the first seven years of his big league career with St. Louis.  During those seven seasons, Dean led the league in multiple categories several times over, including wins, innings pitched, and strikeouts.  He was the last National League pitcher to win 30 games in a season.  Dean was a four time All Star with the Cardinals and was voted MVP in 1934.

Dean was the ace pitcher of the famous “Gas House Gang” of the 1930s.  His brother Paul was also on the team.  Dizzy was traded to the Cubs in 1938 where he played for four seasons.  Dean made a brief comeback with the St. Louis Browns in 1946, but pitched only four innings.

Dizzy Dean was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1953.  He spent much of his post playing career as a broadcaster, leaving that career in the late 1960s.    Dean died on July 17, 1974 of a heart attack in Reno, Nevada.

Carlos Martinez has much left to do in his career to approach what Dean accomplished, yet being compared to Dean for this singular factoid is a complement indeed.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/16/17

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Results for games played Saturday, July 15.

Memphis 9, Round Rock 1

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The Redbirds scored early and often to take a commanding win over Round Rock on Saturday, their fifth in a row.  Carson Kelly’s two run home run in the first inning started the scoring.  Singles by Alex Mejia and Aledmys Diaz in the second plated two more.  In the third, Harrison Bader doubled in a run, and Breyvic Valera singled to score two.  Patrick Wisdom blasted a two run home run in the seventh.

Diaz was 2-for-3.  Kelly was 2-for-5 with two runs scored. Bader and Mejia were each 2-for-4.  Wisdom was 2-for-3 with two run scored.

On the base paths, Diaz stole his first base for Memphis in two attempts.  Bader swiped his seventh bag in 13 attempts.

Luke Weaver pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The righty fanned six and walked none.  Trey Nielsen tossed a scoreless sixth.  Zach Duke, Josh Zeid and Miguel Socolobvich each pitched a scoreless inning.  Weaver earned his eighth win.

The Redbirds are 59-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 16 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Round Rock, Jack Flaherty (1-1, 4.11) 2:05 CT.

 

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 1

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A rally in the final three innings put Springfield in the win column against Arkansas on Saturday.  The Cardinals fell behind 1-0 in the third inning, but added six runs over the last three innings.  In the seventh, a Jacob Wilson RBI single put them on the board.  In the eighth, Oscar Mercado, who was 2-for-5 with two runs scored, led off with a double. Bruce Caldwell followed with a single to score Mercado. Caldwell repeated in the ninth with another RBI single to plate Mercado.  Caldwell went 3-for-5. Gabriel Lino drove in two on an eighth inning ground rule double and was 2-for-4.  Mercado doubled in a run in the ninth.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-4.

Starter Austin Gomber pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits while fanning six and walking one.  Tyler Bray pitched two scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  The win was Bray’s fourth.  Corey Littrell added a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 28th base in 39 attempts.  Darren Seferina was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts for Springfield.

The Cardinals are 48-44 overall, and 13-9 in the second half, to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Zac Gallen (1-2, 3.04) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 5 at Lakeland 1

Jose Godoy

The visiting Cardinals took the lead in the second inning and never looked back, as they defeated Lakeland on Saturday.  After giving up one run in the first inning, starter Junior Fernandez went on to pitch five scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out one and walking four.  Fernandez earned his fifth win of the season.  Ian McKinney added two run-free innings of relief.  Hector Mendoza pitched a scoreless ninth.

Jose Godoy hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Chris Chinea was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Leobaldo Pina doubled in a run in the second inning.  A second run scored in the second inning on a Luke Dykstra groundout.  Shane Billings was 2-for-5,

The Cardinals are 51-38 overall and 11-11 in the second half.  They are 5.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Lakeland, Ryan Helsley (7-2, 2.79) 12:00 p.m. CT.

 

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 3

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs topped the TinCaps in a close one on Saturday night.  Ryan McCarvel got the Chiefs on the board in the second inning with a leadoff solo home run.  McCarvel followed that up with a two run double in the third for a 2-for-4, three RBI night.  Nick Plummer hit a RBI single in the fourth and went 2-for-3.

Starting pitcher Mike O’Reilly gave up three runs on five hits in seven innings pitched.  The right hander struck out 10 and walked one to earn his ninth win of the season.  Max Almonte and Eric Carter pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.  Carter got the save, his ninth.

On the base paths, Plummer stole his fifth base of the season in 10 attempts.  In the field, Carter was charged with a missed catch error.

The Chiefs are 44-48 overall on the season, 14-9 in the second half, to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne, Anthony Shew (0-0, 0.00) 2:00 CT.

 

State College 12 at Brooklyn 1

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Spikes clobbered the Cyclones on Saturday night, behind excellent pitching by the Spikes’ pitching staff.  Starter Andrew Summerville pitched five scoreless innings to earn his first professional win.  Summerville allowed four hits, struck out two and walked two.  Levi MaVorhis tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Robert Calvano pitched the ninth and allowed one run on three hits.

The State College offense scored 12 runs on 12 hits.  Yariel Gonzalez was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-3 with one run driven in and three runs scored.  Ricardo Bautista plated two, and was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Also driving in runs were Scott Hurst, pinch hitter Joe Gomez, Caleb Lopes, and J.D. Crowe.

On the base paths, Lopes was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts.  In the field, Edwin Figuera made a throwing error, Gomez had a passed ball, and Bautista had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 15-10 on the season and are tied for first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Brooklyn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 5.40) 3:00 CT.

 

Johnson City 12 at Kingsport 13

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a slugfest in Kingsport, the Cardinals came out on the short end.  Johnson City put five runs on the board in the first, with Luis Bandes contributing a three run home run.  Bandes hit a solo shot in the fifth for his fourth RBI of the game, on the way to a 3-for-5 performance.  Two more runs in the first came home on a fielding error and a Walker Robbins double.  Whalen drove in two runs on a fifth inning single and an eighth inning sac fly.  Robbins was 2-for-4 with two RBI.  Also contributing with the bat was Irving Lopez (2-for-5 with one run driven in), Wadye Infante (2-for-6), and Carlos Rodriguez (2-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored).

Starter Franyel Casadilla went four innings, giving up six runs on nine hits.  Will Changarotty followed with three innings of relief, surrendering three runs on four hits.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing four more runs and was charged with the blown save and the loss.

On the basepaths, Lopez stole his second base of the season in three attempts.  J.D. Murders was picked off first base.  In the field, Rodriguez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 9-14 on the season and are six games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Kingsport, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 4.61) 3:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Marlins 3 (Game 1 DH seven innings)

Robbie Coman (University of Virginia)

A pair of multi run innings helped the Cardinals to an opening victory over the Marlins.  In the second inning, four runs were plated on four singles, a double, and a throwing error.  Sanel Rosendo singled and stole second base.  Robbie Coman singled, followed by a single by Donivan Williams to bring in Rosendo.  Coman then scored on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Moises Castillo doubled to plate Williams.  A Delvin Perez single brought Castillo home on a single.

In the fifth inning, Carlos Soto and Elehuris Montero singled and Coman doubled to score both.  Coman was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Enrique Perez pitched the final three scoreless innings to earn his first win.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 4 (Game 2 DH seven innings)

Elehuris Montero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the second game of the twin bill, the Cardinals squeaked by the Marlins to sweep the doubleheader.  The Cardinals fell behind in the top of the first inning, but came back in the bottom frame to tie.  Two runs scored in the third, followed by one run in the fifth and sixth to gain the edge despite a ninth innings rally by the Marlins.

Elehuris Montero hit a solo home run in the fifth, doubled in a run in the third, and earned a third RBI in the first when a run scored on a passed ball while he was at the plate.  Montero was 2-for-3.  Carlos Soto was 3-for-4 with an RBI single in the seventh.

Starting pitcher Kevin Hamann pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on three hits while fanning three and walking one.  Alex Fagalde tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn his second win.  Kodi Whitley pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on four hits, but earned his first save.

The Cardinals are 9-8 on the season are 2.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

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

 

DSL Cardinals – No game scheduled

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/15/17

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Memphis 2, Round Rock 1

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

In the field, Breyvic Valera had an outfield assist.

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

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

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

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 1

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

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

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

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

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

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

Palm Beach 2, Jupiter 3 (10 innings)

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

Peoria 1, Lake County 6

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

State College 4 at Brooklyn 3

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

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

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

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

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

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

Johnson City 8, Bristol 6

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

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

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

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

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

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 6

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

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

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

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

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Mets 7

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

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

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

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Cardinals MLB Notebook: Week of July 3-9

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Game Recaps

Monday, July 3 – Cardinals 14, Marlins 6

The Cardinals bats were hot in this first game of a four game series against the Marlins at Busch Stadium.  The offense put 14 runs on the board on 15 hits, five for extra bases.  St. Louis put four runs up in the first inning.  A Matt Carpenter single followed by a Tommy Pham triple plated the first run.  The next three came home on a Stephen Piscotty single, a Yadier Molina sac fly, and a Luke Voit groundout.

If that inning wasn’t big enough, the Cardinals scored seven more runs in the third.  Jedd Gyorko singled, Molina singled, and Voit doubled to scored Gyorko.  Adam Wainwright’s two run single plated Molina and Voit.  Carpenter’s sac fly brought in Paul DeJong, who had been intentionally walked.  Tommy Pham drew a walk, Piscotty singled and Gyorko took a free pass that scored Wainwright.  Molina then doubled, which brought Pham and Piscotty home.

Pham’s single in the seventh put another run on the board, and a two run home run by Voit in the eighth put the final touches on St. Louis’ scoring.

Starter Adam Wainwright did not fare as well on the mound, however.  The right hander pitched five innings and gave up all six Marlins’ runs on eight hits.  Wainwright did strike out eight and walked one, and still got the win, his ninth.  Luke Weaver, Tyler Lyons, Matt Bowman and Sam Tuivailala each pitched a scoreless inning.

Tuesday, July 4 – Cardinals 2, Marlins 5

In Game 2 of the series, the Cardinals bats cooled off.  Their only two runs came on a Greg Garcia two run home run in the fifth inning. The only Cardinal with multiple hits was Matt Carpenter, who was 2-for-4.  Carpenter made a throwing error, his sixth of the season.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on six hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.  In relief, Tyler Lyons surrendered an additional run.  John Brebbia, Trevor Rosenthal, and Seung-Hwan Oh each pitched a scoreless inning.

Wednesday, July 5 – Cardinals 6, Marlins 9

The long ball doomed the Cardinals, as the Marlins launched four home runs.  Starter Mike Leake served up three of the four, and was out of the game after 3 2/3 innings.  The right hander gave up eight runs total, but only three were earned due to fielding errors in the second inning by Matt Carpenter and Luke Voit.  John Brebbia got the last out of the fourth.  Luke Weaver followed with two scoreless innings.  Matt Bowman and Brett Cecil each tossed a scoreless frame.  Seung-Hwan Oh pitched the ninth, and gave up the fourth Marlins home run, a solo shot by Justin Bour.

The Cardinals scored six runs on nine hits.  Tommy Pham had the only extra base hits, two doubles that plated three runs.  Pham was 2-for-5 and had an outfield assist.    Jose Martinez was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Greg Garcia was also 2-for-4.  Matt Carpenter and Jedd Gyorko each plated a run on a sac fly.  Stephen Piscotty drove in a run on a third inning single.

Thursday, July 6 – Cardinals 4, Marlins 3

The Cardinals edged the Marlins in the fourth and final game to split the series.  Starter Michael Wacha pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on six hits while fanning nine and walking two.  Wacha earned his sixth win.  Matt Bowman got the final out of the sixth inning.  Tyler Lyons started the seventh, gave up one run on two hits, but only secured one out. Brett Cecil finished the inning, and returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh added a scoreless ninth to earn his 17th save.

Two of the Cardinals’ four scores came via solo home runs.  Luke Voit’s was in the second inning and Randal Grichuk followed in the sixth.  Voit was 3-for-4 with three RBI, also plating two runs on a third inning double. Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-4.

Friday, July 7 – Cardinals 5, Mets 6

The Cardinals were defeated by the Mets in a close one.  This was the opener of the final series before the All-Star break.  It was All-Star Carlos Martinez’ last start before the trip to Miami, but it was not a good one.  The right hander pitched five innings, giving up five runs on seven hits, including two home runs.  Martinez struck out four and walked three and was tagged with his eighth loss of the season.  John Brebbia surrendered one unearned run in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Lyons took over with one out in the seventh and got the final two outs without further damage.  Sam Tuivailala and Trevor Rosenthal pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Four solo home runs were the bulk of St. Louis’ offense.  Randal Grichuk and Paul DeJong hit their home runs in the third inning.  Dexter Fowler and Jedd Gyorko followed with theirs the next inning. The final Cardinals run came via a Gyorko sac fly in the eighth.  Gyorko was 2-for-3.  Matt Carpenter was 2-for-4, and Paul DeJong was 3-for-4.

Gyorko made a throwing error and Carpenter committed a fielding error.  Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty each had an outfield assist.

Saturday, July 8 – Cardinals 4, Mets 1

In the second game of the series, the Cardinals prevailed, with Adam Wainwright earning his 10th win of the season.  Wainwright pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked none. Matt Bowman got the final out of the seventh.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.  Seung-Hwan Oh added a scoreless ninth to collect his 18th save of the season.

Paul DeJong got the scoring going with a solo home in the third.  Yadier Molina doubled in the sixth to plate the second run.  In the seventh, Stephen Piscotty added an RBI single, and in the eighth, DeJong doubled in the fourth run.  DeJong was 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  Molina was 2-for-4 and Luke Voit was 2-for-3.

Tommy Pham stole his 10th and 11th bases of the season, but was also caught stealing for the fourth time.  Molina was also caught stealing, his third caught stealing of the season.

Sunday, July 9 – Cardinals 6, Mets 0

The Cardinals shut out the Mets in the final game before the All-Star break, taking the series two games to one.  Tommy Pham and Paul DeJong continued their hot hitting, though Pham had to leave the game early with hip tightness.  Pham hit a two run home run in the third inning and was 3-for-3 with two runs scored.  DeJong launched a solo home run in the fourth and was 2-for-4. Dexter Fowler was also 2-for-4.  Luke Voit’s solo home run in the sixth was his only hit.  Jedd Gyorko drove in the first Cardinals run on a ground out in the first inning.  Yadier Molina plated a run on a single in the fifth.

Starter Lance Lynn pitched a gem.  The right hander tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing only three hits, striking out two and issuing one free pass.  Trevor Rosenthal struck out the side in the eighth, and John Brebbia pitched a scoreless ninth.

Big Picture

As I mentioned last week, the Cardinals would play two struggling teams in the week before the break and had the chance to end the first half at .500 or above.  The Redbirds failed to so this, losing two games to the Marlins and one to the Mets to enter the break two games below .500.  This ties with them with the Cubs and leaves both teams 5.5 games behind the Brewers.  This is not an insurmountable obstacle, but it will take much better playing by the Cardinals in the second half to win the division.

Starting pitching appears to be the current issue, when ironically it was the bright spot for the Cardinals earlier in the season.  The bullpen has improved greatly, but the entire pitching staff can’t seem to operate on all cylinders at the same time.  The offense is holding its own, with some lapses, as is the defense.  Base running continues to be an issue.

The Cardinals ended the week 4-3 and as mentioned, tied with the Cubs for second place in the NL Central.

 

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 50 41 0.549
Chicago Cubs 43 45 0.489 5.5
St. Louis 43 45 0.489 5.5
Pittsburgh 42 47 0.472 7
Cincinnati 39 49 0.443 9.5

 

Who’s Hot

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Paul DeJong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Paul DeJong is batting .476 with an OPS of 1.522.  He has 2 HRs, 5 doubles, and 3 RBI.

In fact, DeJong set a franchise record with seven extra-base hits in the three-game Mets series.

Jedd Gyorko is batting .400 with an OPS of 1.117.  He has 1 HR, 1 double, and 4 RBI.

Tommy Pham is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.054.  He has 1 HR, 1 triple, 2 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Luke Voit (Springfield Cardinals)

Luke Voit is batting .320 with an OPS of 1.050.  He has 2 HRs, 3 doubles, and 7 RBI.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.82.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Matt Bowman has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.75.

Sam Tuivailala has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 1.00.

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Alex Mejia is batting .125 with an OPS of .250.

Stephen Piscotty is batting .222 with an OPS of .509.

Yadier Molina is batting .231 with an OPS of .596.

Randal Grichuk is batting .125 with an OPS of .567.

Carlos Martinez has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.10.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 7.36 and a WHIP of 2.73.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 6.75 and a WHIP of 2.25.

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter.

The number 2 hitter has been Pham for five games, and Stephen Piscotty for two games.

The number 3 hitter has been Piscotty for four games, Jose Martinez for one game, Pham for one game, and Dexter Fowler for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko for five games, and Luke Voit for two games.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina.

The number 6 hitter has been Randal Grichuk for three games, Luke Voit for three games, and Martinez for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Paul DeJong for two games, Voit for one game, and Greg Garcia for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for three games, DeJong for three games, and Alex Mejia for one game.

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reports that the Cardinals have interest in Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson.  Morosi further states that according to his sources, the Cardinals and the Blue Jays had not begun formal trade talks as of Tuesday, July 4.

Transactions

7/3 The Cardinals optioned RHP Mike Mayers to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/3 The Cardinals recalled RHP Luke Weaver from the Memphis Redbirds.

7/4 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the Palm Beach Cardinals.

7/5 The Cardinals sent 2B Kolten Wong on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/7 The Cardinals activated OF Dexter Fowler from the 10 day disabled list.

7/7 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the Memphis Redbirds.

7/7 The Cardinals sent LHP Kevin Siegrist on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.

7/7 The Cardinals optioned OF Jose Martinez to the Memphis Redbirds.

Injury Report

2B Kolten Wong (right triceps strain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.  Wong is expected to return to the St. Louis after the All-Star break.

LHP Kevin Siegrist (cervical sprain) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Springfield Cardinals.  Siegrist is expected return to the St. Louis roster after the All-Star break.

LHP pitcher Zach Duke (elbow surgery) was sent on a rehab assignment to the Gulf Coast League, then Palm Beach, and then to the Memphis Redbirds.  No date for his return has been announced.

OF Tommy Pham left Sunday’s game with right hip tightness.  There has been no indication that the injury is serious.

Looking Ahead

The All-Star break begins on Monday, July 10 with the All-Star game to be played on Tuesday, July 11.  The Cardinals have two players on the National League All-Star roster, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.

Regular season games resume on Friday, July 14.  The Cardinals will travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a weekend series.  Mike Matheny announced in his Sunday post-game presser that the starters for the first series after the break will be Mike Leake, Lance Lynn, and Carlos Martinez.

Following the series in Pittsburgh, the Cardinals travel to New York for a four-game set against the Mets.  The road trip continues with a trip to Chicago to play the Cubs over the July 21-23 weekend.

The Cardinals return home following the Cubs series for a three-game series with the Rockies.  Beginning on Thursday, July 27, the Cardinals will play a four-game set against the Diamondbacks at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals’ regular season schedule can be found here.

Blast from the Past

The All-Star break is here, which means the Home Run Derby and the All-Star Game are coming up shortly.  It’s a good time to discuss a little history of the All-Star Game and Cardinals history together.

The first All-Star Game was held on July 6, 1933 in Chicago’s Comiskey Park, as part of the 1933 World’s Fair.  It was initially planned as a one-time event, but the success of the game led to it continuing and becoming an annual event.  The record in the 87 previous All-Star Games is 43 for the NL, 42 for the AL, and 2 ties.  The two longest games were 15 inning games in 1967 and 2008.

The Home Run Derby started in 1985, relatively quietly, before first being televised by ESPN in 1993.  The format for the Derby has changed many times over the years.  The first winner in 1985 was Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds in the Derby held in the Metrodome in Minnesota.  The player who won the Derby the most was Ken Griffey Jr, three times, in 1994, 1998, and 1999.  The most home runs in a single round was 28 by Josh Hamilton in 2008.  The most home runs in the entire derby was 61 by Giancarlo Stanton in 2016.

Now for some Cardinals All-Star History.  Four Cardinals were chosen for the first game in 1933.  They were second baseman Frankie Frisch, pitcher Bill Hallahan, third baseman Pepper Martin, and catcher Jim Wilson.  The Cardinal with the most All-Star Game appearances is Stan Musial, with 20.

Six Cardinals hit home runs in the All-Star Game.  Stan Musial homered in six All-Star Games: 1948, 1949, 1951, 1955, 1956, and 1960.  Also going deep in the All-Star Game were Frankie Frisch (1933 and 1934), Ken Boyer (1960 and 1964), Joe “Ducky” Medwick (1934), Red Schoendienst (1950) and Reggie Smith (1974, as a pinch hitter).

The Cardinals have hosted the All-Star Game twice, in 1966 and 2009.

The Cardinals have two All-Stars this year, Carlos Martinez and Yadier Molina.  Last year, Aledmys Diaz replaced injured Matt Carpenter. The most Cardinals to be sent to an All-Star Game in a single year is eight in 1943.

This year’s All-Star Game will be the 88th installment.  Let’s hope it is a memorable one.  Go National League!

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Results for games played Saturday, July 8.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 2

John Gant (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds were kept off the board until late in the game, but they took the lead with one run in the seventh and two in the ninth for the close victory at Nashville.

Leadoff hitter Breyvic Valera had a 2-for-5 performance which included the ninth inning double that brought home the winning runs.  Nick Martini was also 2-for-5.  Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-4 and plated the first Memphis run on a single to left.

In the field, Carson Kelly made a throwing error, his fourth error of the season.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

Starter John Gant pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Ryan Sherriff added a 1-2-3 eighth, and was the winning pitcher.  Mark Montgomery made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases on two hits and an intentional walk before escaping to pick up his fourth save.

The Redbirds are 55-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 13.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Josh Zeid (5-2, 5.38) 6:35 CT.

Also catch Jack Flaherty in the MLB Futures Game from Miami at 3 p.m. CT on MLB Network.

 

Springfield 11, Frisco 4

Anthony Garcia (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals clobbered the Frisco RoughRiders in a Saturday laugher.  The offense featured four home runs that plated six of Springfield’s 11 runs.  Anthony Garcia hit two long balls, a solo shot in the sixth, and a three run blast in the seventh.  Tommy Edman launched a solo home run in the third, and Jacob Wilson added a solo shot in the seventh.  Garcia was 2-for-3 with four RBI, plus round out his game, he also had an outfield assist.  Edman was 2-for-4 with the home run and a double.  Andrew Knizner was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Chris Ellis won his first game as a Springfield Cardinal.  The right hander went five innings, giving up one run on four hits while fanning six and walking one.  Ian McKinney provided two innings of relief and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Corey Baker pitched the final three innings, allowing an additional run, but striking out five.  Baker earned his sixth save.

The Cardinals are 44-42 overall, and 9-7 in the second half, to put them a half game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Austin Gomber (3-6, 4.08) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 9

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but a pitching meltdown in the seventh and eighth led to nine Miracle runs, which put the game out of reach.  Starter Connor Jones was cruising until the seventh, having surrendered only four hits in six innings.  Jones gave up two leadoff singles to begin the seventh, and was replaced by Ramon Santos. That is when the wheels came off the bus.  Santos allowed both of his inherited runners plus one of his own to score, on a balk and a two run single to give Fort Myers the lead.  Santos returned for the eighth and gave up six more runs and deservedly was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals offense put up the first run in the third, on a Danny Diekroeger RBI double.  The second run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Jeremy Martinez.  Diekroeger and Thomas Spitz had two hits in four at-bats.

The Cardinals are 50-33 overall and 10-6 in the second half.  They are 1.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 3:05 CT.

 

Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 6

The resilient Chiefs tied the score twice, only to lose in walk off fashion.  A big inning by Cedar Rapids put Peoria behind early, but they managed to catch up, then fall behind, then tie it up a second time in the ninth.  The home team got the final turn and put a run across to win.

Peoria scored in the first inning on a fielding error.  After the Kernels put up four runs in the second, the Chiefs battled back.  In the fourth, Vince Jackson led off with a solo home run.  Stefan Trosclair singled, and eventually scored on a fielding error to bring Peoria within one.  In the sixth, Jackson led off again, this time with a double, and later scored on a ground out to tie the game.  Cedar Rapids took the lead back the next inning, but in the ninth, Danny Hudzina’s solo home run again tied the score.  Jackson, Trosclair, and J.R. Davis were each 2-for-4.  Kramer Robertson was 2-for-5.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The left hander struck out five and walked two.  Max Almonte followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.  Eric Carter added two scoreless frames.  Dewin Perez pitched the ninth, and gave up the walkoff run on a double, and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 40-46 overall on the season, 10-7 in the second half, to put them 2.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Juan Perez (2-1, 2.38) 2:05 CT.

 

State College 2, Auburn 3

Jonathon Mulford (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes were held scoreless for five innings, and despite a late-inning rally, were unable to get past Auburn on Saturday.  One run in the sixth and another in the seventh fell short of what was needed for victory.  Scott Hurst’s double followed by Bryce Denton’s RBI single put the first run on the board.  Edwin Figuera doubled in a run in the seventh.  Hurst was 3-for-4 and Figuera was 2-for-5.  Denton and Caleb Lopes had two hits in four at-bats.

Starter Jonathon Mulford pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits while fanning six and walking two.  Robbie Gordon surrendered two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.  Gordon took the loss.  Will Latcham tossed the final two scoreless frames.

The Spikes are 11-8 on the season, a half game out of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.18) 5:05 CT.

 

Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 4

A late-inning rally by the Cardinals fell short, as they fell to the Twins on Saturday.  The Johnson City offense rallied for three runs in the seventh and the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.  After being held scoreless for six innings, Irving Wilson hit a leadoff home run in the seventh to put the first Johnson City run on the board.  In the seventh, Luis Bandes singled and stole second base.  Carlos Rodriguez followed with a single to bring Bandes home.  Julio Rodriguez then plated Carlos Rodriguez on a single.  Bandes was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched four innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking none.  Will Changarotty followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, surrendering one unearned run and taking the loss.

The Cardinals are 7-10 on the season, five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Brett Seeburger (1-0, 1.42) 5:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Mets 4

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get traction against Mets pitching as they are shut out on Saturday.  Cardinal hitters managed only four hits, all singles, by Taylor Bryant, Carlos Soto, Sanel Rosendo, and Moises Castillo.  The offense struck out 14 times.

Rehabbing Memphis starter Arturo Reyes made the start, pitching one inning only, and yielding a run.  Another rehabbing Memphis pitcher, reliever Rowan Wick, followed with one inning as well.  Wick gave up no hits and struck out two. Regular starter Junior Gonzalez tossed the next 4 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Reyes took the loss.

The Cardinals are 5-5 on the season, two games back of first place in the GCL East.

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

 

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Rockies 8 (10 innings)

For the second consecutive game, the Cardinals went to 10 innings, but this time, they did not come out on top.  The offense put up two runs in the first inning on Freddy De Jesus’ double that scored two.  Two more runs came home in the fourth on two ground outs plus two throwing errors.  A Pablo Gomez single in the seventh drove in a run, and another throwing error and William Jimenez RBI single plated two more in the ninth.  Gomez was 3-for-4 and Jimenez was 2-for-5.  De Jesus was a perfect 2-for-2, and Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-5.

Starter Allinson Benitez went only 1 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  Wilman Madera went the next 3 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on five hits.  Roy Garcia added two innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and was charged with a blown save.  Anthony Trompiz relinquished two more runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work, and Jose Geronimo pitched the final 2/3 of inning, giving up one unearned run and getting the loss.

The Cardinals are 12-18 on the season, 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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Results for games played Friday, July 7.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 3


In a night of one-run losses across the Cardinals system, the Redbirds went down to defeat in walkoff fashion.  The game was tied twice, but the Sounds prevailed at the end.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning four and walking two.  Miguel Socolovich secured the final out of the fifth.  Zach Duke, now rehabbing in Memphis, pitched a scoreless sixth.  Kevin Herget tossed the final two innings and gave up the game-ending single.

Carson Kelly drove in the first Redbirds run, extending his hitting streak to seven games.  The catcher singled to right to plate Harrison Bader, who had walked and stole second base.  Bader’s run-scoring streak is up to 11 games. The other Memphis run crossed the plate in the seventh, as Breyvic Valera doubled and Todd Cunningham singled him home.  Cunningham was 2-for-3; Valera was 2-for-4.

The Redbirds are 54-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 12.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Nashville, John Gant (1-4, 3.46) 7:05 CT.

 

Springfield 4, Midland 5

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a rain-delayed game at Hammons Field, the Cardinals were topped by one run by Midland.  Randy Arozarena had a big night, going 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Arozarena had the only double, and newcomer Darren Seferina tripled.  Springfield scored one run in each of the third, fourth, fifth, and sixth innings.  The third inning run scored on a sac fly by Tommy Edman after Arozarena doubled and advanced to third on a groundout.  Seferina led off with the triple in the fourth and Jacob Wilson singled him home.  In the fifth, Arozarena hit a leadoff single and eventually crossed the plate on groundout by Magneuris Sierra.  Arozarena returned Wilson’s favor in the sixth by singling Wilson home after he drew a leadoff walk.  Arozarena was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on five hits while fanning five and walking three.  Pedro Echemendia got the final out of the fourth.  Following the Memphis bullpen formula, the rehabbing St. Louis lefty, Kevin Siegrist, pitched a scoreless fifth. Dailyn Martinez went the next two innings, surrendering one run on three hits, taking the loss.  Correy Littrell and Landon Beck combined for the final two scoreless frames.

Littrell picked a runner off at first base.  Sierra had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 43-42 overall, and 8-7 in the second half to put them one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Chris Ellis (0-4, 5.06) 6:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 5 at Fort Myers 6

Brady Bowen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by Fort Myers in a game in which the multi-run inning was key.  Palm Beach had their outburst in the fifth, when four runs crossed the plate.  A single, a double play, a wild pitch, and a triple all sent runners home.  The triple came from Danny Diekroeger in his only hit of the game.  Thomas Spitz singled in the first run of the inning, as part of his 2-for-5 showing.  Chris Chinea lined into a double play that brought in a run, and later scored on the triple by Diekroeger.  Diekroeger came home on the wild pitch.  Blake Drake was 3-for-5;  Jose Godoy and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-4.

Starter Derian Gonzalez pitched three innings, giving up three runs on five hits while striking out one and walking one.  Winston Nicacio tossed 1 2/3 frames in relief and surrendered the other three Miracle runs to take the loss.  To keep the Cards close, Brady Bowen pitched the final 3 1/3 hitless and scoreless innings.

Drake stole his third base in six attempts with Palm Beach.  Luke Dykstra was caught stealing for the third time in six tries.  Godoy made a throwing error, his second of the season.

The Cardinals are 50-32 overall and 10-5 in the second half, which puts them a half-game back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Fort Myers, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.31) 5:05 CT.

 

Peoria 2 at Cedar Rapids 5

The Chiefs fell behind Cedar Rapids on a costly error that led to four unearned runs for the Kernels.  Peoria scored in the first inning when Ryan McCarvel led off with a triple and scored on Vince Jackson’s single.  However, Cedar Rapids came back to tie it up in the bottom of the frame.  The Chiefs remained scoreless for the next six innings until Dylan Carlson’s solo home run in the eighth.  The only Chief with multiple hits was J.R. Davis, who was 2-for-3.

A costly throwing error by third baseman Danny Hudzina in the third inning resulted in the four unearned Cedar Rapids runs.

Starter Frederis Parra was the hard luck loser in his second loss of the season.  The right hander pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, one earned, on seven hits.  Parra struck out one and walked two.  Ronnie Williams followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed two scoreless innings, and Keaton Siomkin added a scoreless eighth.

The Chiefs are 40-45 overall and 10-6 in the second half to put them 1.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 4.70) 6:35 CT.

 

State College 6, Auburn 1

Daniel Castano (Johnson City Cardinals)

A big six run sixth inning put the Spikes on top, a position they would not relinquish.  The inning began with Edwin Figuera reaching on an error which sent him to second base.  Yariel Gonzalez doubled to score Figuera.  Evan Mendoza reached on another error.  A sac bunt by Dennis Ortega advanced Mendoza and Gonzalez to second and third.  Brandon Benson’s sac fly plated Gonzalez.  Zach Kirtley was hit by a pitch, then consecutive singles by Ricardo Bautista, Matt Davis, and Imeldo Diaz plated Mendoza, Kirtley, and Bautista.  Figuera then came to bat again and doubled to score Davis.  Only Ortega had multiple hits, going 2-for-2.

Our Player of the Day, starter Daniel Castano, pitched eight innings, giving up one unearned run on four hits while fanning three and walking one.  Spencer Traynor pitched a scoreless ninth.  Castano earned his fourth win in four starts.

The Spikes are 11-7 and a half game back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Jonathon Mulford (0-2, 7.50) 11:00 a.m. CT.

 

Johnson City 0 at Elizabethton 5

It was a rough night for all aspects of play by the Cardinals at Elizabethton.  They were not only shut out, they were held to only one hit, a single by catcher Cameron Knight.  The hitters struck out 14 times.  On the way to this thrashing, shortstop Wood Myers committed three errors, one fielding and two throwing.  On a positive note, left fielder Walker Robbins had an outfield assist and drew one of three Johnson City walks, but also fanned three times.

Starter Johan Oviedo pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on three hits.  Oveido fanned seven and walked three.  Juan Alvarez pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, followed by 1 1/3 scoreless frames from Evan Guillory.

The Cardinals are 7-9 and are 4.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 5.87) 5:00 CT.

 

GCL Cardinals – No game scheduled

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

 

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Nationals 6 (10 innings)

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in extra innings on Friday.  The Birds put four runs on the board in the first inning, scoring on a walk, a stolen base, a single and a fielding error.  The next batter, Freddy De Jesus, blasted a three run home run to plate three more.  De Jesus was 2-for-4, with a double in addition to the home run.  Erik Pena’s RBI single in the fourth plated one, before Ivan Herrera doubled in a run in the seventh.  Herrera had two doubles in five at-bats.  Pablo Gomez was 2-for-4. William Jimenez doubled in the 10th to drive in the winning run.

Starting pitcher Francis Ventura went five innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Oneiver Diaz hurled three scoreless innings in relief.  Leonardo Taveras started the ninth and was responsible for the four Nationals runs that tied the game.  Taveras was relieved with one out in the ninth by Hector Soto, who was charged with the blown save for allowing inherited runs to score, but got the final two outs to end the inning and then returning to pitch a scoreless 10th.  Soto was the winning pitcher.

The Cardinals are 12-17 on the season and 12.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 a.m. CT.

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Results for games played Wednesday, July 5.

 

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Memphis 6 at Round Rock 4

The Redbirds topped the Express despite a late inning surge with the long ball by Round Rock.  The long ball helped Memphis as well.  Harrison Bader hit his 16th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third.  It was the outfielder’s third in four games. Nick Martini launched a two run shot in the sixth.  Rangel Ravelo was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Adolis Garcia was 2-for-4 and Wilfredo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Alberto Rosario drove in a run on a second inning single.

Marco Gonzales earned his fifth win of the season, pitching six innings and giving up one run on four hits. The left hander struck out six and walked none.  Miguel Socolovich pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on three hits.  Josh Lucas allowed a run in his 2/3 innings of work.  Ryan Sheriff finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fifth save.

Tovar stole his 10th base of the season in 12 attempts.

The Redbirds are 53-32 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South.

Thursday’s game:  at Round Rock, Zac Gallen (1-1, 3.27) 7:05 CT.

 

 

Bruce Caldwell (Springfield Cardinals)

Springfield 5, Midland 3

The long ball featured prominently in this game, as well, with the Cardinals coming out on top at home against Midland.  All of Springfield’s runs came via the home run, as did those of the Rockhounds.  For Springfield, they include a two run shot in the fourth by Andrew Knizner, and a three run blast in the fifth from Bruce Caldwell.  The home run was Caldwell’s only hit, while Knizner was 2-for-4.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-4, and in his first rehab game, second baseman Kolten Wong was 2-for-3 with a double.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (all on solo homers) on five total hits.  The right handed pitcher struck out seven and issued two free passes and earned his ninth win of the season.  Corey Littrell and Corey Baker combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Baker picked up his fifth save.

Randy Arozarena stole his first base since joining Springfield in his second attempt.

The Cardinals are 42-41 overall, and 6-6 in the second half. They are 1.5 games back of first place in the Texas League North.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Midland, Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.73) 7:10 CT.

 

Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 2 (14 innings)

It took 14 innings, but the Cardinals pulled off the win against Bradenton on Wednesday night supported by eight innings of scoreless long relief work.  Palm Beach fell behind early in the first inning, but scored a run in the second and another in the sixth to tie the game.  The scoring began with a second inning RBI double by Jeremy Martinez.  In the sixth, Andy Young’s solo home run to tie the tally.  The game ended on a 14th inning walkoff single by Leobaldo Pina.  The offense had a total of 14 hits. Newcomer Lane Thomas was 2-for-7.  Chris Chinea was 2-for-6, as was Pina.  Andy Young was 2-for-4 and Shane Billings was 3-for-5.

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Starter Ryan Helsley pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while fanning seven and walking one.  Brady Bowen followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Estarlin Arias pitched 3 1/3 run-free frames, followed by another newcomer, Austin Warner, who tossed three scoreless innings and earned the win in his Beach Birds debut.

Thomas Spitz stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.  Pina was caught stealing for the first time in five attempts.  Thomas was caught stealing in his first attempt for Palm Beach.

Darren Seferina made a throwing error, his seventh of the season.  Chris Chinea had a passed ball.  Blake Drake and Spitz each had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 49-31 overall and 8-4 in the second half and tied for first place in the FSL South.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Jake Woodford (5-4, 3.09) 5:30 CT.

 

 

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Peoria 1, Beloit 0

The Chiefs squeaked by the Snappers on the strength of a solo home run and pitching gem by starter Mike O’Reilly.  Our Player of the Day pitched seven scoreless innings.  The right hander allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking one to earn his seventh win of the season.  Bryan Dobzanski and Devin Perez each added a scoreless inning of relief.  Perez earned his first save of the season.

The Chiefs’ sole run came home on a solo home run off the bat of Matt Fiedler, the outfielder’s only hit.  The only other extra base hit was double by Danny Hudzina.

Mick Fennell was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.

The Chiefs are 39-44 overall on the season, 9-5 in the second half and one game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Ian Oxnevad (2-8, 4.48) 7:00 CT.

 

State College 3, Williamsport 6

Though the Spikes tied the game twice, the lead finally got away from them, as they fell to Williamsport on Wednesday night.  Spikes’ starting pitcher Anthony Ciavarella pitched three innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The lefty fanned four and walked three and was the losing pitcher.  Levi MaVorhis followed with four scoreless innings of relief.  Noel Gonzalez tossed the final two innings and surrendered the final two runs on three hits.

Scott Hurst was the only hitter with multiple hits, going 2-for-5.  Evan Mendoza had the only RBI for the Spikes on a first inning double.  The other two Spikes’ runs scored on an error and a passed ball.

In the field, Ciavarella made an error on a pickoff, Caleb Lopes committed a throwing error, and catcher Joshua Lopez had a passed ball. Hurst and Ricardo Bautista each registered an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 9-7 on the season and are one game back of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Thursday’s game:  at Williamsport, Sam Tewes (0-2, 6.89) 6:05 CT.

 

 

Wood Myers (Coastal Carolina University)

Johnson City 3 at Greeneville 7

Shaky starting pitching put the Cardinals in a hole they couldn’t climb out of as they are defeated on the road by the Greeneville Astros on Wednesday.  Edwar Ramirez pitched the initial 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits, including two long balls.  Ramirez struck out two and walked five.  Jake Dahlberg followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Paul Salazar gave up an additional run in his one inning of relief.  Jacob Patterson finished with a scoreless eighth.

The offense scored three runs on 10 hits.  Designated hitter Wood Myers was a perfect 4-for-4.  Irving Lopez was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Luis Bandes was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

The Cardinals are 7-7 on the season and 1.5 games back in the Appalachian League West.

Thursday’s game:  at Greeneville, Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 6.48) 6:00 CT.

 

 

Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 3

The Cardinals topped the Marlins on Wednesday for their fourth straight win, with first sacker Leandro Cedeno having a big day with the bat.  Cedeno drove in three of the Cardinals five runs on two doubles and a solo home run.  The 18-year old has four homers and 11 RBI in his first eight GCL contests.

The other two Cardinals runs scored on a fielding error on a Cedeno ball in play.

Kevin Hamann started on the mound for the Cardinals, pitching two innings and giving up one run on three hits.  Gabriel Genther followed with two scoreless frames and was awarded with the win. Memphis rehabber Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless fifth.  Enrique Perez followed with 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned.  C.J. Saylor tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless frames to earn his second save.

Perez and Zach Jackson each had a throwing error, and Jackson also had a passed ball. Dariel Gomez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 4-4 on the season are 1 game back of first place in the GCL East.

Thursday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 CT.

 

DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Angels 7

The Cardinals made a valiant last inning effort to overcome a seven run deficit, but fell short.  The four run ninth began with a single by Erik Pena.  Two successive wild pitches advanced him to third.   Luis Montana walked and Pedro Gomez singled to plate Pena.  Franklin Soto then hit a three run home run to left.  Pena, Gomez, and Cristhian Longa were each 2-for-4.  Soto was 2-for-5.

Starter Wifredo Pereira suffered his fourth loss of the season.  The right hander pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  Jose Geronimo started the sixth, surrendering four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Anthony Trompiz followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run.  Cristoffer Zapata pitched a scoreless ninth.

Gomez stole his fifth base of the season in five attempts.  Longa and Pena each made a throwing error.  Longa also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 10-17 on the season and 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

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

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Top execs Mozeliak and Girsch promoted

In a Friday press conference, the Cardinals announced that General Manager John Mozeliak has been promoted to the position of President of Baseball Operations for the organization.  In the same presser, it was also disclosed that Mike Girsch, Assistant General Manager, has been promoted to General Manager to replace Mozeliak.

The promotions take place immediately and both men received contract extensions through 2020, the same length as the deal signed by manager Mike Matheny during the off-season.

John Mozeliak (St. Louis Cardinals)

Mozeliak, 48, became General Manager in 2007, upon the departure of Walt Jocketty ,and was the fifth longest-tenured GM in team history.  Prior to 2007, Mozeliak served as Jocketty’s assistant.  Mozeliak began his employment with the Cardinals in the scouting department and was later promoted to Scouting Director.  During Mozeliak’s tenure as GM, the Cardinals have won one World Series title, and two National League pennants. Mozeliak has also been the recipient of three Executive of the Year awards.

Michael Girsch (St. Louis Cardinals)

Girsch joined the Cardinals in 2006 with a background in economics and finance, but an interest in baseball.  He was hired after Mozeliak received an email from him which contained a research paper regarding valuation of draft picks.  Mozeliak was intrigued enough to hire him as the Coordinator for Amateur Scouting.  Girsch was promoted to Director of Baseball Development in 2008, and then became Assistant GM in 2011.

The promotions appear to be timed for the beginning of the July non-waiver trade season.  Bill DeWitt, Jr, primary owner of the Cardinals, indicated keeping Girsch in the organization was the impetus for the move at this time.  Girsch had received interest by other clubs in recent years that had GM openings.

 

Martinez and Molina are All-Stars

Carlos Martinez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The starting position players, reserves and pitchers for the MLB All-Star Game were announced on Sunday night. Carlos Martinez (also named in 2015) and Yadier Molina (eighth appearance, most recently in 2015) will represent St. Louis. Both were player ballot selections.

In 2016, shortstop Aledmys Diaz was the only Cardinal active in the game, as a replacement for injured teammate Matt Carpenter.

The 88th Midsummer Classic will be held at Marlins Park in Miami on Tuesday, July 11 at 6:30 p.m. CT and shown live on the FOX network.

 

Game Recaps

Monday, June 26 – Cardinals 8, Reds 2

In the makeup of an earlier rained out game, the Cardinals mowed past the Reds to victory.  The top four spots in the lineup particularly distinguished themselves. Hitting leadoff was Tommy Pham, who was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Pham also stole his seventh base of the season.  Randal Grichuk hit a fourth inning two run home run, and was 2-for-5 with three runs driven in. Stephen Piscotty was 2-for-4 with a double.  Jedd Gyorko hit a first inning two run home run and was 2-for-3 with three RBI.  Batting seventh, Paul DeJong was 3-for-4.

Starting pitcher Michael Wacha tossed six innings, giving up one run on five hits, while fanning five and walking one.  The right hander earned his fourth win of the season.  Tyler Lyons pitched two innings of relief, allowing one run on four hits.  John Brebbia added a scoreless ninth.

Gyorko made a throwing error, his fifth error of the season.


Tuesday, June 27 – Cardinals 5 at D-backs 6 (10 innings)

In the first game of a three game series in Phoenix, the Cardinals were the hard luck losers in extra innings.  Carlos Martinez pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right-hander struck out 10 and walked three. Brett Cecil followed with a scoreless seventh.  Trevor Rosenthal pitched the eighth, and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Seung-Hwan Oh relinquished an additional run in the ninth and was charged with the blown save.  Matt Bowman gave up the winning run in the 10th.

The Cardinals got on the board in the first via an RBI ground out by Jedd Gyorko.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the sixth, when Paul DeJong drove in a run on a sac fly.  In the seventh, Stephen Piscotty plated a run on a single, and Gyorko followed with a sac fly.  Yadier Molina then hit an RBI single to score the third run in the inning.  The Cardinals took a 5-2 lead, but the lead didn’t hold. No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits.

On the base paths, Tommy Pham stole his eighth base of the season, Piscotty swiped his third base of the year, and Gyorko stole his fourth bag of the 2017.

Wednesday, June 28 – Cardinals 4 at D-backs 3

The Cardinals edged out the Diamondbacks in the second game of the series.  The Redbirds scored first with a three run top of the fourth.  The inning began with a walk to Matt Carpenter.  Tommy Pham then singled to right.  Stephen Piscotty was hit by a pitch and the bases were loaded.  Jedd Gyorko drew a walk to plate the first run.  Yadier Molina hit a single to left that scored Pham and Piscotty. In the eighth, Gyorko’s RBI double plated what would be the winning run for the Cardinals.

Starter Adam Wainwright earned his eighth win of the season.  The veteran right hander pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on eight hits while fanning eight and walking one.  Tyler Lyons relieved with one out in the seventh inning and got the final two outs.  Brett Cecil pitched a scoreless eighth.  Trevor Rosenthal allowed one run in the ninth, but earned his fourth save.

Thursday, June 29 – Cardinals 10 at D-backs 4

In the rubber game of the series, the Cardinals walloped Arizona with eight runs over the seventh and eighth innings.  Randal Grichuk lead the way with a 3-for-4 night with five RBI and three runs scored with his big blow a three run home run in the seventh.  Jose Martinez plated two in the fourth inning on a single to left.  In the eighth, Tommy Pham drove in two runs on a single to left, followed by a two run double from Grichuk.  Stephen Piscotty then doubled to left to plate Grichuk.  Jedd Gyorko was 2-for-4.

Starter Lance Lynn tossed six innings, giving up three runs on four hits to earn his sixth win of the season.  The right hander struck out seven and walked one.   Matt Bowman followed with a scoreless seventh.  Tyler Lyons delivered a scoreless eighth.  Mike Mayers pitched the ninth and surrendered one run on a solo home run.

Tommy Pham stole his ninth base of the season.

Friday, June 30 – Cardinals 8, Nationals 1

In the first game of a weekend series, the Cardinals mowed past the Nationals behind very good pitching by starter Mike Leake.  The right hander went eight innings, giving up only one run on five hits.  Leake struck out four and walked three.  Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds offense scored all eight runs in the third and fourth innings. Yadier Molina, who led the team with four RBI in a 2-for-4 performance, singled to center for the first two runs in the third inning.  A Greg Garcia single plated the third.  In the fourth, Jedd Gyorko drove in a run on a ground rule double, Molina followed with a two run single to center, and Paul DeJong launched a two run home run to left center.  In addition to Molina’s 2-for-4 performance, Tommy Pham was 2-for-4, Gyorko was 2-for-3, and Garcia was 2-for-3.

Saturday, July 1 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 1

The Cardinals edged the Nationals in the second game of the series, with both runs coming from a single source.  Newly called up infielder Alex Mejia, starting at second base, drove in both.  The first run came in the second inning, on a line drive single to center that scored Luke Voit.  In the eighth, a solo home run from Mejia became the winning run.  Mejia had the only multiple hit performance.

Starter Michael Wacha pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning nine and walking one.  Brett Cecil followed with a run-free seventh.  Seung-Hwan Oh got the first two outs of the eighth, then Tyler Lyons secured the last out to end the inning.  In the ninth, Trevor Rosenthal got into some trouble.  The right hander gave up the only Nationals run, before being replaced by Matt Bowman, whose strikeout ended the inning and the game.  Wacha earned his fifth win of the season, while Bowman notched his first save.

Sunday, July 2 – Cardinals 2, Nationals 7

The Cardinals failed to get the sweep, falling victim to the masterful pitching of Nationals starter Max Scherzer. The Cardinals offense was held to only two hits by Scherzer, a single each from Greg Garcia and pinch hitter Luke Voit.  The Redbirds made some traction with the Nationals bullpen.  In the eighth inning the offense finally scored.  Matt Carpenter singled, and Tommy Pham followed with a two run home to right center field.  The offense had five hits total – the four already mentioned plus an eighth inning double from Stephen Piscotty.

Starter Carlos Martinez met his nemesis, and his name was Bryce Harper.  Harper homered twice off Martinez, each time for two runs.  The right hander gave up five runs in all, on seven hits, in five innings pitched.  It was his seventh loss.  Mike Mayers pitched the next three innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, on two hits.  John Brebbia covered the ninth in scoreless fashion.

Randal Grichuk committed a throwing error, his third error of the season.

Big Picture

The Cardinals played better baseball in the past week.  There are some lingering bullpen issues, especially in the eighth and ninth innings, as Trevor Rosenthal and Seung-Hwan Oh have both struggled.  The middle innings are a bit better.  The offense, other than when facing Max Scherzer, has been pretty good.  Starting pitching is holding its own overall.  Defense has been cleaner, though there have been a few errors here and there.

The Cardinals finished the week 5-2 and currently sit in third place, 3.5 games back of the Brewers and 1.5 games back of the Cubs.  The gap between the Cardinals and the Pirates has widened since last week.  The Cardinals finish the week before the All Star break facing two struggling teams in the Miami Marlins and the New York Mets.  Finishing strongly going into the break, and getting above .500 in the process, would put this team into the best position they have been in for most of the season.

NL Central Standings

W L % GB
Milwaukee 44 40 0.524
Chicago Cubs 41 41 0.500 2
St. Louis 39 42 0.481 3.5
Pittsburgh 37 45 0.451 6
Cincinnati 35 46 0.432 7.5

Who’s Hot

Jedd Gyorko (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Jedd Gyorko is batting .381 with an OPS of 1.195.  He has 1 HR, four doubles, and 9 RBI.

Alex Mejia is batting .333 with an OPS of 1.167.  He has 1 HR and 2 RBI in 6 plate appearances.

Luke Voit is batting .333 with an OPS of .956.  He has 2 doubles in 10 plate appearances.

Yadier Molina (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Yadier Molina is batting .409 with an OPS of .913.  He has 1 double and 7 RBI.

Mike Leake has an ERA of 2.57 and a WHIP of 1.14.

Michael Wacha has an ERA of 0.75 and a WHIP of 0.92.

Brett Cecil has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.25.

John Brebbia has an ERA of 0.00 and a WHIP of 0.00.

Tyler Lyons has an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.00.

 

Who’s Not

Over the past 7 days (does not contain recent Sunday game results):

Eric Fryer is batting .000 and has an OPS of .167 in 6 plate appearances.

Jose Martinez is batting .167 and has an OPS of .397 in 13 plate appearances.

Matt Carpenter is batting .167 and has an OPS of .653.

Trevor Rosenthal has an ERA of 12.00 and a WHIP of 3.33.

Mike Mayers has an ERA of 9.00 and a WHIP of 2.00.

 

A Look at Cardinals Lineups

The lineups over the last 7 games (does not contain recent Sunday game):

The leadoff hitter has been Matt Carpenter for five games and Tommy Pham for two games.

The number 2 hitter has been Pham for four games, and Randal Grichuk for three games.

The number 3 hitter has been Stephen Piscotty for six games, and Jose Martinez for one game.

The number 4 hitter has been Jedd Gyorko.

The number 5 hitter has been Yadier Molina for six games, and Martinez for one game.

The number 6 hitter has been Grichuk for three games, Luke Voit for two games, Paul DeJong for one game, and Aledmys Diaz for one game.

The number 7 hitter has been DeJong for six games, and Alex Mejia for one game.

The number 8 hitter has been Greg Garcia for four games, Aledmys Diaz for one game, Eric Fryer for one game, and Mejia for one game.

 

Trade and Acquisition Rumors

There are no trade or acquisition rumors to report.

 

Transactions

6/28 The Cardinals transferred RHP Alex Reyes from the 10 day disabled list to the 60 day disabled list.

6/28 The Cardinals optioned SS Aledmys Diaz to the Memphis Redbirds.

6/28 The Cardinals selected the contract of SS Alex Mejia from the Memphis Redbirds.

6/30 The Cardinals sent LHP Zach Duke on a rehab assignment to the GCL Cardinals.

 

Injury Report

Kolten Wong continues his rehab from a triceps injury.  The second baseman continued to feel some discomfort in the arm, and had a cortisone shot.  Wong’s possible return to the roster is not expected until after the All Star break.

OF Dexter Fowler is recovering from a heel spur, and the Cardinals are optimistic he will return to the roster next week.  Fowler received a cortisone shot and is still limiting his baseball activity to take pressure off the heel.

LHP Kevin Siegrist, put on the DL with a cervical sprain, resumed throwing over the weekend and is expected to return to the roster sometime next week.

LHP Zach Duke pitched a single scoreless inning in two consecutive GCL games over the weekend in his first official rehab action of 2017.

Looking Ahead

The Cardinals homestand continues as they take on the Marlins in a four game series beginning Monday, July 3.  Adam Wainwright gets the Monday start, followed by Lance Lynn on Tuesday, and Mike Leake on Wednesday.  Thursday’s probable pitcher will be Michael Wacha.

The Mets come to St. Louis for a weekend series beginning Friday.  This is the last series before the All Star break.  Following the break, the Cardinals travel to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates in a weekend set.

After leaving Pittsburgh, the Cardinals go to New York for a four game series against the Mets.  The Cardinals then travel to Chicago to play the Cubs in a weekend series.

St. Louis’ regular season schedule can be found here.

 

Blast from the Past

The announcement of the promotions of GM John Mozeliak and Assistant GM Mike Girsch provides the backdrop for this week’s blast from the past – a look at Cardinal GMs over the years.

Branch Rickey

The first GM for St. Louis was a name many current fans may recognize for something other than being a GM for the Cardinals.  Branch Rickey is probably most well known for being the man who acquired and signed Jackie Robinson to be the first African American player to play in the major leagues.  The Hall of Famer was not the GM of the Cardinals when the historic event occurred in 1947; by then he was the GM of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Rickey was St. Louis’ GM from 1919 to 1942, though he didn’t officially hold the title of GM – his duties came to embody what we currently recognize from the position.   He left to take over the reins of the Dodgers in 1943.  What fans might not know about Rickey’s tenure with the Cardinals is that he is credited with being the man who developed the early minor league farm system in baseball.  Rickey also spent the 1919-1925 years as the on-field manager for the Cardinals as well as the general manager.

Rickey returned to the Cardinals in 1962 to become a consultant for the organization.  He died three years later after collapsing while giving a speech in Columbia, MO.  He never regained consciousness and passed away 26 days later on December 9, while in a coma in Boone County Hospital in Columbia.  He was buried in his native Ohio.

There have been 13 Cardinal GMs since Rickey.  John Mozeliak and Mike Girsch are numbers 13 and 14.  In between, some notable names joined on that list, including Stan Musial and Whitey Herzog.  Bing Devine was the GM on two separate occasions, from 1957-1964, and again from 1967-1978.  Some fans may recognize Dal Maxvill, a former player for the Cardinals in the 60s and early 70s.  The retired shortstop was the GM from 1984-1994.

Mozeliak’s tenure as GM of the Cardinals is the fifth longest among the group.  The future legacy of Mike Girsch, General Manager, has just begun.


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