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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 3, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

In a fitting finale to a bad and baffling St. Louis Cardinals minor league regular season, the organization went 0-4 with a tie on Labor Day. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson reached base four times, raising his Triple-A slash line to .361/.418/.681. Each team has finished its 2019 campaign, save for Johnson City, which took a Game 1 finals loss.

Results for games played Monday, September 2nd.


Iowa 9, Memphis 6

Dylan Carlson (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

Memphis allowed eight runs in the first four innings and couldn’t catch up, falling 9-6 at Iowa on Monday and dropping to 69-71 to finish the year.

Chris Ellis started and was shelled for five tallies on seven hits, two walks, and a plunking over just three innings. Bryan Dobzanski relieved and was even worse, taking a deserved defeat after permitting three runs in just 2/3 of one frame. Pitching quite well in relief, though, were Jesus Cruz, Chasen Shreve, and Roel Ramirez. The trio combined to fan nine Cubbies in 4 1/3 innings and conceded one run on only two singles and a free pass.

Center fielder Dylan Carlson singled, doubled, homered, and was hit by a pitch — the young man knows how to take a holiday. Nearly matching him was second sacker Ramon Urias, who homered and doubled to lift his post-All Star OPS to a robust .932. Other multi-hit efforts were recorded by Max Schrock and Jose Godoy with a pair of singles apiece, and shortstop Jose Martinez, who mirrored his keystone mate with a double and homer of his own. (Bonus Carlson tidbit: across AA and AAA, when behind in the count in 2019 Dylan Carlson hit .283 in 180 at-bats and slugged .472. When ahead in the count, he slugged over .700 at both levels.)


Midland 11 at Springfield 6

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield finished its second half 30-40, same as the first, after dropping an 11-6 decision to Midland at home on Monday. Defense-first backstop Julio Rodriguez had his best game for Springfield, singling twice, homering, and gunning both would-be RockHounds base stealers. Other hitting stars included Rayder Ascanio, who homered and singled, and second baseman Irving Lopez and center fielder Conner Capel, who each singled twice. Capel also had an outfield assist while Lopez participated in a pair of double plays.

Johan Oviedo started and was mauled for seven runs on 12 baserunners in just 4 1/3 stanzas. The big righty did whiff seven batters. At the other end of the spectrum, dazzling in his Double-A (and relief pitching) debut was righty Kyle Leahy. The 22-year-old erstwhile starter flummoxed Midland hitters for three innings, yielding only one lonely single and fanning two.


Clinton 5, Peoria 2

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Out-hitting their opponent 14-to-7, Peoria rolled to a road victory Monday…is the headline that didn’t happen. Instead, somehow Peoria out-hit Clinton 14-to-7 but lost by a 5-2 score anyway, crashing to 24-46 for the second half.

Starter Parker Kelly went 4 2/3 innings and permitted three runs on six hits, a walk, a balk, and a hit batter. Lefty Connor Thomas then allowed two runs, one earned, but no hits. Unscored upon were righty Connor Coward (1 1/3 innings, two whiffs) and 21-year-old Freddy Pacheco, who fanned one and allowed a single in his shutout inning.

There were zero extra base knocks for the Chiefs, but five players logged multi-hit efforts. Leading the way with three hits each were designated hitter Delvin Perez and hot corner resident Imeldo Diaz. The 21-year-old Diaz spent only six weeks in Peoria and distinguished himself with a .316 average and .804 OPS (which left him a scant .001 behind wunderkind catcher Ivan Herrera for the team OPS lead). Two-hit games were contributed by center fielder Jonatan Machado, catcher Alexis Wilson, and left fielder Brandon Riley, who also stole a base.


State College 3 at Williamsport 3

Junior Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College (39-36) kissed their sister Monday afternoon, wrapping up their season with a 3-3 hung jury at Williamsport. Lightning halted play as the bottom of the ninth was about to begin, and subsequent rain showers made the field unplayable.

The tie game is the first in Spikes history, as all other games stopped with a tie score were suspended and completed at a later date. All statistics from the game count in the year-end totals.

The Spikes had no extra base hits, and designated hitter Liam Sabino provided the sole multi-hit game with his pair of singles. Shortstop Luis Flores started the scoring with a two-run single, but State College couldn’t make it stand up.

Junior Gonzalez started for the Spikes and lasted six innings, surrendering just two runs and one earned. The 22-year-old righty fanned six and gave one base on balls, while scattering half a dozen singles. The only reliever was fellow righty Jeremy Randolph, who threw two frames and allowed a tally on two hits. The bottom of the ninth went unplayed.


Burlington 9 at Johnson City 2 (Appalachian League finals Game 1)

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

In the opener of the Appalachian League Finals, Johnson City was thumped early and often, eventually succumbing by a 9-2 score at home Monday evening. For whatever odd reason, loser Julio Puello remained in the game long enough to allow seven earned runs, three in his final inning of work. Southpaw Enrique Perez and starboardsider Alex Gallegos each twirled a scoreless frame in relief, yielding one hit and two walks between them.

First baseman Chandler Redmond did all he could by homering (for the third consecutive game), doubling, and drawing a walk, but it was all in vain as his mates managed just four hits, one for extra bases (a longball by Carlos Soler) and went 0-for-6 with men in scoring spots. Nothing good happened on the defensive side either, as Mateo Gil, Aaron Antonini, and Tre Fletcher combined for a quartet of throwing miscues that led to one unearned run. (Wasn’t that a band in the ’80s? “Throwing Miscues”?)

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 29, 2019

photo: Johan Oviedo (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

It was a 5-2 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system with State College and the Gulf Coast Cards going down to defeat. The five winning teams averaged over eight runs per game, and the day’s stars included shortstop Edmundo Sosa with a four-hit game, Dariel Gomez with a pair of home runs, and the unbelievably unpredictable Johan Oviedo who truly dominated for seven-plus innings.

Results for Wednesday, August 28th.


Memphis 11 at New Orleans 3

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis jumped to a 4-0 lead early, then salted the contest away with seven runs in the top of the seventh, spanking New Orleans 11-3 on Wednesday and improving to 67-68 on the year. Center fielder Randy Arozarena and catcher Andrew Knizner continued their hot hitting, each going deep for the Redbirds. Arozarena is 9-for-24 over his last six games with four homers, while Knizner is 8-for-19 over his last half dozen, also with four bombs. But leading the Memphis hit parade Wednesday was Edmundo Sosa, who went 4-for-5 to lift his overall season batting average and OPS to .292 and .800 respectively, and .330/.915 on the road. (For the year, Sosa is slugging .547 away from AutoZone Park, despite playing no games in Vegas, Albuquerque, or Salt Lake City.)

Chris Ellis started and was effective by PCL standards, logging five innocuous innings (six hits, two runs, one strikeout) before handing off to 23-year-old Bryan Dobzanski, who dazzled in his Memphis debut. The hulking righty twirled two perfect frames, whiffing a pair of Baby Cakes and using just 30 pitches. Chasen Shreve cleaned up with two innings of his own, conceding one run on two hits and no bases on balls.

Iowa also won, reducing their division magic number to one. For the two clubs’ four-game series to close the season to matter, on Thursday Memphis must win and the Cubs lose at Oklahoma City.

Thursday’s game: at New Orleans, Austin Warner (4-2, 5.56) 7:00 CT.


Springfield 3, Frisco 1

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield lifted its second half ledger to 29-36 with a 3-1 win at home over Frisco Wednesday night. Righty Johan Oviedo started, and stopped Frisco on five singles and no walks in 7 1/3 stanzas (97 pitches). The strapping 21-year-old fanned 10 RoughRiders for the game — nine of them swinging. (Yes, this is the same Oviedo who couldn’t get through the first inning five days ago.) Merandy Gonzalez retired two men in relief, and Connor Jones got the save with a one-run ninth inning, despite permitting three hits.

Four different S-Cards contributed two hits to the winning effort. Shortstop and leadoff man Rayder Ascanio singled and doubled, while two singles each were tallied by rehabber and DH Jose Martinez, 21-year-old left fielder Lars Nootbaar, and second sacker Kramer Robertson, who also swiped his 11th bag. St. Louis’ Tyler O’Neill went 0-for-4 including three strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: vs. Frisco, Alex Fagalde (3-5, 3.77) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 9 at Bradenton 4

Tyler Reichenborn (Tennessee Wesleyan University)

Visiting Palm Beach (22-43) scored five runs in the second inning and cruised from there, thumping the Marauders 9-4 Wednesday evening. The top, bottom, and middle of the order split the glory evenly, as leadoff man Nick Dunn singled twice and doubled, cleanup hitter Luken Baker homered and singled, and number nine hitter and recent promotee Tyler Reichenborn singled, doubled, and homered in his second game since moving up from the Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Alvaro Seijas started and went 4 2/3 innings on 98 pitches as his control frequently failed him. The 20-year-old handed out six free passes while fanning five and allowing two runs on just a trio of singles. Edgar Escobar and Ramon Santos were the bullpen bulwarks, getting four and three outs, respectively, and yielding no hits. Together the pair fanned five and walked two.

Thursday’s game: at Bradenton, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 9, Beloit 5

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria scored in each of the first four innings and rolled from there, improving to 22-43 post-break with a comfortable 9-5 victory over Beloit at Dozer Park Wednesday. Parker Kelly started and settled for a no decision even though he gave up just one earned run (but also two unearned) in six innings. The 22-year-old righty needed 94 pitches to strike out five and walk three, then passed the baton to Franyel Casadilla, who picked up the win with three so-so stanzas of two-run baseball. Casadilla allowed four hits and a balk while whiffing two Snappers.

Six Chiefs reached safely multiple times on Wednesday, three times by Brendan Donovan and four for Wadye Ynfante — each player walked twice and singled, and Ynfante was also plunked. Recording multiple hits were Brady Whalen, Leandro Cedeno, and Edwin Figuera, with two singles each, and third baseman Imeldo Diaz, who singled and doubled and boosted his Peoria average to .309. (The 21-year-old was sent down from Palm Beach after hitting .346 there for five weeks.)

Thursday’s game: vs. Beloit, Colin Schmid (6-6, 4.63), 6:35 CT.


Mahoning Valley 5, State College 4

Dariel Gomez (State College Spikes)

State College slipped to 36-35 on the season with a tough 5-4 road loss to the Scrappers on Wednesday. The Spikes had 10 hits and the game’s only three homers, but were undone by going hitless with men in scoring position, losing a runner on the bases, and committing three errors. The best bat of the day by far was first baseman Dariel Gomez, who homered twice and added a single. Gomez plated three of his team’s four tallies. Also logging multi-hit games were Terry Fuller, David Vinsky, and Stanley Espinal. All of their six hits were singles, save for a Fuller two-bagger.

The starter and losing pitcher was Junior Gonzalez, who allowed three runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings. The 22-year-old righty walked five and fanned three. Relieving him was righty Jeremy Randolph (2 1/3 innings, two runs, one earned) and portsider Hector Villalobos, who permitted one hit in a scoreless frame.

With the loss, the Spikes dropped to three games off the lead in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division with five games remaining in the regular season. Their elimination number is three. State College is also four games out of the race for the league’s lone Wild Card berth, with four teams ahead of them.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Enmanuel Solano (3-7, 3.54) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 9 at Kingsport 7

Diomedes Del Rio

Johnson City finished its regular season at 35-33 and with the West Division title, topping Kingsport on the road in a 9-7 slugfest Wednesday night. Center fielder Diomedes Del Rio popped a grand slam and right fielder Jhon Torres (double, two singles) and designated hitter Victor Garcia two singles, homer) had three hits each for the J-Cards juggernaut. Second sacker Chandler Redmond wasn’t too shabby himself, smacking his 12th tater and adding a single and hit-by-pitch as well. Redmond ends the regular season slashing .287/.382/.552.

Picking up the win was starter Julio Puello, despite his permitting four runs across five innings. The 20-year-old righty whiffed six and walked a pair. Standing out in relief was Dylan Pearce, who continues to fan batters at a rather remarkable rate. The 22-year-old righty recorded his second save of the season, with all five outs via the whiff. For the season, Pearce fanned 29 in 20 2/3 innings, and 17 over his final 10 frames.

The Cards will meet Bristol (34-33) in the first round of the Appalachian League playoffs, with the opener of the three-game series to be held at Boyce Cox Field on Friday. The Cards will host the Pirates for a second game Saturday and, if necessary, a third game Sunday.

Thursday’s game: off


GCL Nationals 12, GCL Cardinals 1

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

In the team’s penultimate tilt, the Gulf Coast Cards fell to 20-33 on Wednesday via a 12-1 road trouncing at the hands of the GCL Nationals. Lefty Nathanael Heredia started and staggered his way through four innings, surrendering four runs, three earned, on five hits and four free passes. The 18-year-old struck out three as his ERA climbed to 3.83 on the season. Out of the bullpen there were two duds and two dreamboats, with righties Luis Tena and Saniel Santana combining to allow eight runs, all earned, in 2 1/3 innings, but Martin Cordova and Tyler Statler combining for 1 2/3 scoreless stanzas, with no walks and one base knock between them.

The Gulf Cards offense, such as it was, was the Pablo & Patrick Show, as second baseman Pablo Gomez and right fielder Patrick Romeri each singled and doubled, accounting for four of their squad’s six safeties. Romeri also stole his fourth base without being nabbed, and gunned a runner at third base for his fourth outfield assist.

Romeri has had an understated but highly interesting season, especially for a 12th-round pick. With one game left, he’s batting .246 and slugging .470, which compares favorably to Dylan Carlson’s GCL campaign of three years ago (.251 and .404). Carlson it must be noted was four months younger and struck out a bit less, but Romeri has the advantage in both power and patience. The elevated strikeout rate makes Romeri highly flammable, but he’s nevertheless one to watch going forward.

Thursday’s game: season finale at GCL Mets, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 27, 2019

photo: Brendan Donovan (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 2-3 on Monday, with double-digit run totals allowed in losses by Johnson City, Springfield, and Palm Beach. State College and Peoria mustered one-run victories, the latter coming in 11 innings. Brendan Donovan had four hits in the Chiefs’ thrilling win.

Results for games played Monday, August 26th.


Memphis RAIN

Memphis (65-67, second place) at New Orleans was rained out. The game will be the first of a pair of seven-inning games to be played Tuesday. With eight games remaining, the Redbirds’ elimination number is down to three.

Tuesday’s games: at New Orleans, Jake Woodford (8-7, 4.03)/Chris Ellis (4-5, 7.10) 3:00 CT.



Frisco 10 at Springfield 7, 10 innings

Elehuris Montero (Memphis Redbirds)

Springfield let a late lead slip away at home Monday evening and slid to 28-35 for the season’s second half, falling to Frisco 10-7 in 10 innings. Lefty Evan Kruczynski pitched seven innings and only permitted five hits — but two were homers and they plated three runs total. The 24-year-old fanned five and passed none.

The best bullpen performance came from rehabbing southpaw Austin Gomber, who actually started the game. Gomber needed just 11 pitches to complete a full inning, despite allowing a single. Roel Ramirez took the loss after surrendering five runs across the ninth and 10th frames, but only two earned, thanks to a pair of 10th inning passed balls by Brian O’Keefe.

Elehuris Montero homered (his only hit in five at-bats) and was the sole S-Card with more than two total bases on the night. Center fielder Conner Capel had his team’s only multi-hit game, with a pair of singles. Rehabbing major leaguer Jose Martinez was 1-for-3 with a double and walk, and fellow erstwhile big leaguer Tyler O’Neill also doubled and was 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Frisco, Angel Rondon (6-4, 3.23) 6:30 CT.


Bradenton 10, Palm Beach 1

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, Palm Beach gave up the next 10 runs and lost to the Marauders 10-1 in Bradenton Monday night, dropping them to 21-42. Luken Baker had the only Beach Birds extra base hits and the only multi-hit game, as he doubled twice in a 2-for-4 effort. Top prospect Nolan Gorman reached twice with a single and hit-by-pitch, and there were no stolen bases or fielding heroics for Palm Beach.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez started and was shelled for five runs in 2 1/3 innings on three hits but also five free passes. The 22-year-old fanned a pair as his ERA rose to 5.23 and WHIP grew to 1.73 on the season. The bullpen star by far was former major leaguer Williams Perez, with two scoreless stanzas featuring four whiffs and zero walks. Also fanning his share of Marauders was 20-year-old righty Leonardo Taveras, who struck out four men in 1 2/3 innings — although he did also walk three and concede a run.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton, pitcher TBA, 6:05 CT.


Peoria 6 at Cedar Rapids 5, 11 innings

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria improved to 21-42 (same as Palm Beach) by taking a see-saw battle with Cedar Rapids Monday night, triumphing 6-5 on the road in 11 innings. Designated hitter Brendan Donovan was the night’s batting boss, scoring twice and driving in three by singling three times and doubling in a 4-for-6 evening. Center fielder Jonatan Machado had his club’s other multi-hit game with two singles, and scored and plated a run apiece.

Starter Michael Brettell took a no decision, after going six stanzas and yielding three runs on seven safeties and four bases on balls. Southpaw Connor Thomas (three innings, one run, groundouts as always) allowed the tying run on two walks and a double in the ninth and fellow lefty Evan Sisk, who hasn’t allowed a hit in his last four appearances, and threw two innings Monday, with a pair of strikeouts. However, as the Chiefs surrendered leads in the ninth and 10th, Sisk took a blown save to go with his win.

Tuesday’s game: at Cedar Rapids, Dalton Roach (1-1, 4.00) 6:35 CT.


State College 3, West Virginia 2

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

State College raised its record to 36-33 on Monday, taking a 3-0 lead at home after two innings and making it hold up against West Virginia for a final of 3-2. Starting for the Spikes was 20-year-old righty Andre Pallante, who yielded two runs in three innings while walking two and whiffing a trio of Black Bears. The relief corps gave up no runs, and of particular note were righty Cameron Dulle (2 2/3 innings, four strikeouts), Jack Ralston, who had a 1-2-3 inning and lowered his ERA to 1.21, and 21-year-old Southern Cal product Connor Lunn, who escaped an inherited base-loaded jam.

The Spikes had four hits and one walk for the game, but somehow parlayed that into three runs and a win, thanks to RBI groundouts from right fielder Terry Fuller and shortstop Luis Flores, and a sac fly from center fielder David Vinsky. Fuller went 0-for-4 but did also record an outfield assist. There were no multi-hit games for State College and no one reached safely twice. Vinsky and Flores each stole a base without being caught.

State College remains two games out of the division lead with seven games remaining on the regular season slate, and a half-game away from a share of second place in the division.

Tuesday’s game: vs. West Virginia, Adrian Mardueno (3-2, 3.53), 6:05 CT.


Kingsport 15, Johnson City 6

Mateo Gil (Robert Kell)

Johnson City (33-33) slipped back to the .500 mark, getting clobbered 15-6 while visiting the inhospitable Kingsport Mets on Monday. Jose Moreno made the start and took the loss, logging three innings and surrendering six tallies on 10 hits. The 19-year-old righty fanned four and handed out a pair of free passes. Of the quartet of bullpen performances, the only one worth praising was that of Alex Gallegos, who entered with a double digit ERA. The 21-year-old right hander allowed just a single in his mop-up inning, and fanned a man while walking none.

The middle infield had their hitting shoes on as the keystone combo of Mateo Gil and Kevin Vargas slapped three singles apiece. Leadoff hitter Gil scored two runs, as did backstop Aaron Antonini, who walked twice and dropped down a sac bunt as well. Right fielder Jhon Torres knocked in two for his team’s only multi-RBI game, though he did also commit his first fielding error of the season. Center fielder Tre Fletcher went 0-for-4 but gunned a runner at second base — or the outcome could have been even worse.

The Cardinals are in third place, a game behind Kingsport and just a half-game out of the wild card, but with an elimination number of two, making Tuesday a must-win to keep division-winning hopes alive.

Tuesday’s game: at Kingsport, Hector Soto (0-1, 3.04) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals RAIN

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals (20-31, last place) at Astros were rained out Monday. The game has been rescheduled for Saturday, August 31.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 22, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals farm teams were 8-2 on Wednesday. Highlights include three more hits from Dylan Carlson, making 13 over his past five games, a four-hit game for Ramon Mendoza of the Gulf Coast Cards, a game-winning homer for Player of the Day Zach Jackson of Johnson City and standout mound efforts from Peoria’s Michael Brettell and 16-year-old Dominican Yordy Richard.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 21st.


Memphis 5, Round Rock 4

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Rallying with four runs in the eighth, Memphis lifted its ledger to 61-67 with a thrilling 5-4 Wednesday night win over the visiting Express. Jake Woodford started and was quite strong for five innings, but gave up two runs each in the sixth and seventh frames, digging his club into a 4-1 deficit. The 22-year-old righty fanned four and walked one, but permitted a trio of homers among seven hits allowed in 6 2/3 innings. Jesus Cruz picked up the win in relief, recording four outs. Mike Mayers got the save despite allowing a hit and a walk in the ninth inning. The righty whiffed two.

Dylan Carlson continued to astonish PCL pitchers, going 3-for-4 on Wednesday to raise his insane seven-game Triple-A slashline to .552/.606/.931. However, since all his hits were singles, Carlson’s Memphis OPS went down slightly. And in another mild disappointment, Carlson was only able to single in two runs in the eighth rather than mash a 3-run homer. Adolis Garcia picked him up however, promptly knocking them both in with his 27th longball of the year — thus plating both the tying and eventual winning runs. First baseman John Nogowski had his team’s other multi-hit game with a pair of singles.

Tyler O’Neill began his latest minor league rehab by going 1-for-3, a single, and a strikeout. He played six innings in left field.

Thursday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Chris Ellis (4-5, 7.21) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 4 at Frisco 3

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield took an early three-run lead Wednesday evening and held on for a 4-3 win at Frisco, improving their second half record to 27-31. First baseman Chris Chinea singled twice and drew a walk, as the only S-Card to reach three times. Multi-hit games were also provided by designated hitter Yariel Gonzalez and slick-fielding 23-year-old shortstop Rayder Ascanio, who each doubled and singled on the night. Ascanio may be a sleeper to watch going forward, as his post-All Star break line for Springfield is a solid .286/.351/.436.

Lefty Evan Kruczynski was the starter and winner, going seven innings and allowing three runs on only four hits and two walks. Kruczynski was undermined in the eighth inning by his own wild pitch, and an inherited runner knocked in against his reliever, Merandy Gonzalez. The best bullpen outing was registered by Connor Jones, who got the clean save with a groundout-strikeout-strikeout in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: at Frisco, Angel Rondon (5-4, 3.15) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 9, Bradenton 2

Michael Perri (Bret Jacomet photo)

After falling behind 2-0 early, Palm Beach roared back for a 9-2 rout of the visiting Marauders on Wednesday, lifting their record to 20-39 for the second half of the season. Shortstop Michael Perri and third sacker Nolan Gorman were the stars of the night, as Perri singled and crushed a grand slam, while Gorman singled, doubled, and coaxed a pair of free passes. Other multi-hit games included Luken Baker (single, double), center fielder Scott Hurst (two singles) and Nicks Plummer and Dunn, each also with a pair of singles.

Kyle Leahy started and earned his first Beach Birds win in five decisions, going five innings and surrendering two runs on four safeties. Reliable in relief were veteran Williams Perez in his Palm Beach rehab debut (two hitless innings, two whiffs) and recent top draftee Zack Thompson, who conceded three singles in 1 2/3 stanzas, but walked no one and fanned two of his own. Thompson now has 23 strikeouts in 15 1/3 professional innings, and only four bases on balls.

Thursday’s game: vs. Bradenton, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 2, Quad Cities 0

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria (18-40) managed just four singles and a double, but it was more than enough as Michael Brettell and Connor Thomas combined on a four-hit shutout in a 2-0 win over the visiting River Bandits.

Brettell (6-9) earned the win, pitching a season-high eight shutout innings, allowing four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Thomas picked up his first professional save after pitching a perfect final inning.

The Chiefs took the lead in the third, when Brady Whalen’s bases-loaded single scored Leandro Cedeno, who had reached on an error. Peoria added a run in the fourth. With two outs, Brandon Riley singled and stole second, before Cedeno doubled him home.

Thursday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, 6:35 pm, Logan Gragg (0-3, 4.98)


New York Penn League All-Star Blue 7, Red 4

The State College Spikes were active in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game as starting left fielder Andrew Warner went 2-for-2 (both singles), Andre Pallante pitched a 1-2-3 inning (with one strikeout), and starting designated hitter David Vinsky and starting first baseman Martin Figueroa (reached via an error) each scored a run, with Vinsky also driving in one on a fielder’s choice. However, their Red squad fell to the Blue, 7-4, on Wednesday night at Richmond County Bank Ballpark in Staten Island, NY.

The fifth Spike named to the contest, lefty Hector Villalobos, pitched the sixth. He allowed a solo home run and a walk, striking out two batters on a total of 18 pitches, 12 strikes.

Warner also threw out a Blue runner at second base.

Thursday’s game: at Batavia, 7:05 pm ET, Adrian Mardueno (3-2, 3.52)


Johnson City 3, Elizabethton 2

Zach Jackson (St. Louis Cardinals)

Zach Jackson’s eighth-inning two-run home run flipped a one-run deficit into a one-run lead, as Johnson City took a 3-2 home win over the Twins. Player of the Day Jackson drove in all three as he also plated Malcom Nunez (walked) on a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Liam Sabino reached three times on a single and two free passes, stole two bases, and scored ahead of Jackson’s long ball.

Starter Hector Soto took a no-decision after allowing two earned runs in five innings. He yielded a solo home run among five hits, a walk and two strikeouts. Tyler Peck chipped in two scoreless innings of middle relief, including four Ks, before Walker Robbins (3-0) earned the win with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball with three punchouts.

The Cardinals (32-29) lead the Bristol Pirates (30-30) by 1 1/2 games in the chase for the Appalachian West title.

Thursday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, 6:30 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-3, 8.18)


GCL Astros 15 at GCL Cardinals 9

Zade Richardson (Prep Baseball Report)

Gulf Birds pitching was bombed for runs in six different innings and put the offense behind from the three-run first inning on, as the Cards fell at home to the Astros on Wednesday, 15-9.

Starter Roy Garcia couldn’t get out of the second inning, with seven runs in, six earned. Francis Ventura (2 1/3 innings) and Wilman Madera (four IP) were charged with four runs each. Saniel Santana issued the final two free passes in the ninth, but avoided being scored upon. Cardinals pitchers yielded 14 hits and issued 11 free passes.

Second baseman Ramon Mendoza had three singles and a double and scored twice. Zade Richardson and Diowill Burgos has three hits and a walk apiece. Catcher Richardson doubled, launched a two-run home run and scored twice. Burgos also plated a pair. Leadoff man Franklin Soto had a two base hit and a solo long ball.

Thursday’s game: at Marlins, noon ET, pitcher TBA


DSL Phillies Red 1, DSL Cardinals Blue 0 (10 innings, from suspended game of July 31)

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Phillies Red 1 (seven innings)

In their Wednesday twin-bill, the DSL Blue could not score in the completion of their suspended game from July 31 against the Phillies Red, but won a pitching duel in the regularly-scheduled contest.

In the opener, which had been suspended in the eighth inning, Yordy Richard and Eduard Pimentel were pitching a one-hitter, with no walks and six strikeouts.

As the game went into the 10th, Darlin Moquete was the designated runner at second. He advanced to third on a balk, but was picked off third and tagged out trying to score. In the home half of the inning, a fly ball single against reliever Victor Villanueva meant a walkoff win for the Phillies.

The Blue offense had 12 baserunners via seven hits and five walks, but went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

In the regularly-scheduled seven-inning game, Cardinals pitching held the Phils to four hits and a lone run. Fully rested, Richard was back on the mound, and went 4 2/3 more scoreless innings on two hits and two walks. He fanned five. Despite yielding the Phillies run in the sixth, Dionys Rodriguez picked up the win with a 1 1/3 relief frames. Nelson Prada collected his second save with a clean seventh.

The Blue broke the 1-1 tie with a run in the top of the final inning. Moquete, who had singled, eventually scored on a force out. Moquete and Gustavo A. Rodriguez each had two hits and crossed home once each. Catcher Luis Rodriguez collected both RBI.

With three games remaining, the 40-21 Blue are 1 ½ games out of first place in the DSL South Division.

Thursday’s game: vs. Twins, 10:30 am ET, pitcher TBA


DSL Cardinals Red 5, DSL Rangers2 2 (seven innings)

DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Rangers2 2 (seven innings)

The Cardinals Red improved their record to 31-38 with a double-header sweep of the Rangers2 on Wednesday.

In the opener, the Red offense pounded out 10 hits and scored in four different innings, icing the win with a two-run sixth. Left fielder Claudio Ramirez singled, tripled and score twice. Four Cards plated one run each – Roblin Heredia, Albert Inoa, Fernando Brazoban and Bryan Matute.

Starter Angel Cuenca and reliever and winning pitcher Yonael Dominguez each allowed a run in three innings pitched. Luis Garcia picked up his third save with a scoreless seventh.

The Red increased their run scoring to eight, making their nine hits count in Game 2. Again, a big four-run sixth inning locked down the win.

The scoring began early. With the bases loaded in the first, Brazoban cleared them with a single to center. He was thrown out at second. Luis Andujar had two singles, a stolen base and a sac fly, plating a pair.

Starter Diorys Guerrero yielded two runs on four hits and no walks over the first four innings while fanning seven. The Red then received three perfect innings of relief – two from winning pitcher Miguel Yedis (three strikeouts) and one by Miguel Maiz.

Thursday’s game: at Rangers2, 10:30 am ET, pitcher TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 20, 2019

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

It was a 2-4 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system with final-inning wins by Peoria and Johnson City. Memphis went down to defeat despite the ongoing heroics of Harrison Bader and top prospect Dylan Carlson. Player of the Day Scott Politz spun seven shutout innings for State College but did not get enough support for a win.

Results for games played Monday, August 19th.


Round Rock 5 at Memphis 4

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Memphis fell behind by three runs and never quite caught up, losing 5-4 to Round Rock on Monday evening at AutoZone Park and falling to 59-67 on the season. In what looks to be his final game with the Redbirds, center fielder Harrison Bader homered for the seventh time in his last nine games and gunned down a runner at second base. 20-year-old left fielder Dylan Carlson reached safely four times on three singles plus a walk, but the rest of the Redbirds could muster just four singles, a hit-by-pitch, and a free pass among them.

Lefty Genesis Cabrera started and took the loss despite allowing fewer than three earned runs for the first time since June, twirling six sturdy innings and permitting two earned tallies on half a dozen hits. The 22-year-old fanned five, walked three, and plunked a man while expending 111 pitches. Righty Seth Elledge followed with two shaky frames, yielding two runs on a trio of hits. Southpaw Chasen Shreve was stellar in the ninth, whiffing two in a 1-2-3 stanza.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Daniel Ponce de Leon (6-4, 2.95) 6:35 CT.


Springfield OFF

Springfield (26-30, 3rd place) had Monday off. The S-Cards are five games back of the twin leaders of the North Division of the Texas League and have a second-half elimination number of 10.

Tuesday’s game: at Frisco, Tommy Parsons (4-4, 4.86) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach OFF

Palm Beach (19-38, last place) had Monday off. After narrowly missing a first-half playoff berth, the Beach Birds struggled after the break and have already been eliminated from post-season contention.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Bradenton, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 5, Wisconsin 4

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria improved to 17-39 for the second half, winning 5-4 in walkoff fashion Monday over the visiting Timber Rattlers. First baseman Brady Whalen had the winning hit, plus another single and free pass, to lead the Chiefs. Also collecting multiple safeties were center fielder Jonatan Machado (double, single, stolen base), as well as second baseman Edwin Figuera and hot corner resident Josh Shaw, with a pair of singles apiece.

Working around six hits and four walks, starter Dalton Roach went 5 1/3 innings and surrendered just two earned runs. Reliever Franyel Casadilla pitched 1 2/3 innings of shutout ball, and fellow righty Freddie Pacheco had the distinction of getting both the blown save and win, going two innings and permitting one run while whiffing a pair and passing the same.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Colin Schmid (6-5, 3.93) 6:35 CT.


Auburn 3 at State College 1

Scott Politz (State College Spikes)

State College slipped to 33-31 with a 3-1 home defeat to the Doubledays. The tilt was a double shutout until the fateful eighth frame, when Auburn scored three times off reliever Cameron Dulle. Hard-luck starter Scott Politz tossed seven scoreless innings, extending his shutout streak to 17 stanzas. The 22-year-old righty from Texas via Yale needed just 88 pitches on the night, and fanned four while walking just one. Dulle was the loser of course, and southpaw Fabian Blanco mopped up with 1 1/3 clean innings.

Second baseman Donivan Williams (two singles and a steal) and right fielder Andrew Warner (walk, plunk) were the only Spikes to reach twice on Monday, and Warner was picked off once he reached second base. The club went 1-for-7 with men in scoring position, undercutting their meager attempts to patch a rally together.

Tuesday’s game: OFF


Johnson City 6 at Pulaski 3 (10 innings)

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Scoring all of their runs from the seventh inning on, Johnson City raised their record to 30-29 on Monday with a 6-3 win in 10 innings over the homestanding Pulaski Yankees. There were hitting heroes aplenty, as shortstop Mateo Gil singled three times, backstop Aaron Antonini homered and coaxed a walk, and right fielder Jhon Torres doubled, walked, and went deep. It was Antonini’s third home run since the last time he struck out, 12 days ago. The 21-year-old Venezuelan is slugging .630 while fanning less than 8% of the time, and on the road he has all five of his homers and is yet to strike out.

Righty Jake Sommers started and went five innings, allowing two runs on four walks and just three hits — but all for extra bases (two doubles and a homer). Starring out of the bullpen was tiny righty Dylan Pearce, who fanned five over 3 1/3 innings. The 5′ 9″ 22-year-old didn’t walk a man, but did permit one run. Picking up the victory was John Witkowski, who whiffed two Yankees in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Witkowski walked no one, per usual. He has not issued a free pass since late July.

Tuesday’s game: at Pulaski, Jose Moreno (3-4, 8.10) 10 a.m. CT.


GCL Mets 11, GCL Cardinals 1

Tyler Statler (Perfect Game)

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ record fell to 20-27 on Monday as they were blown away 11-1 at the GCL Mets. Consistently inconsistent starter Inohan Paniagua followed his eight-inning gem of five days earlier with a clunker, as he was unable to complete the first inning. The 19-year-old righty surrendered five runs, two earned, while retiring just two batters, neither on strikes. Following Paniagua and faring little better was recent draftee Thomas Hart (age 18, 16th round this year) who yielded four more tallies, but at least logged 3 1/3 innings for his team. The bullpen star on Monday was strapping 18-year-old Tyler Statler (6′ 6″ 230) with two spotless innings and a pair of strikeouts.

With a pair of singles, Gulf Cards left fielder Diowill Burgos had his club’s only multi-hit game. Fellow 18-year-old outfielder Patrick Romeri had the sole extra base knock, tripling for the second time this season. Romeri also drew one of his team’s three walks, and his innocuous slashline of roughly .230/.340/.420 is deceptively solid for a player of his age in that league. (Dylan Carlson batted .251/.313/.404 in the GCL when he was four months younger, back in 2016.)

Tuesday’s game: OFF


DSL Cardinals Red RAIN

The DSL Cardinals Red squad was rained out Monday. The seventh place Red (28-38) have already been eliminated from playoff consideration.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Mets2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Nationals 4, DSL Cardinals Blue 3

The DSL Cardinals Blue team (39-19) led the entire game, only to fall 4-3 after blowing a 3-0, eighth-inning advantage over the DSL Nationals Monday. With their second straight loss, the Blue are tied for first with the Rockies. Just four games remain in the regular season.

Darlin Moquete led the Blue batters with four singles, and 6′ 4″ first baseman Fernando Diaz continued his scorching second half with a double and two singles. Since the DSL All-Star game, the 17-year-old Diaz is hitting .398/.485/.663. (23 games). Also reaching three times were 17-year-old second sacker and leadoff man Elvin DeJesus (two singles and a hit-by-pitch), and third baseman Erik Pena (two plunkings and a single).

Venezuelan righty Reinys Portillo had his third strong start in a row, allowing no runs on six singles and a walk. The 18-year-old fanned five over six frames, and has permitted zero or one earned run in seven of 12 starts this year. The relief corps was not nearly as effective, as righty Americo Lugo and lefty Nelson Prada combined to cough up four runs, three earned, on six hits and a base on balls in only 2 2/3 innings. Prada was charged with a blown save, and the loss.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 15, 2019

photo: Inohan Paniagua (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 3-4 on Wednesday with wins by Peoria, GCL Cards, and DSL Blue. Springfield’s loss especially hurt, as they blew a two-run, two-out, two-strike lead in the ninth inning. Player of the Day, GCL starter Inohan Panaigua, tossed eight innings of one-run ball.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 14th.


Memphis OFF

Memphis (55-66) had Wednesday off before opening the final homestand of the season, an 11-game marathon that begins with Iowa (ChC), then Round Rock (Hou) and finally, Omaha (KC).

Thursday’s game: vs. Iowa, Daniel Ponce de Leon (5-4, 3.26) 7:05 CT.


Tulsa 5, Springfield 4

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Springfield (24-28) led by three runs with two out and nobody on in the ninth inning, but somehow snatched defeat from victory’s jaws, losing 5-4 in walkoff fashion to the Drillers Wednesday night.

Tommy Parsons started and was more than solid, albeit inefficient. The righty needed 89 pitches to navigate 4 1/3 innings of one-run baseball, fanning seven and walking one while scattering six hits. Righty relievers Bryan Dobzanski and Ronnie Williams split three scoreless frames between them.

That left the fateful ninth inning for 28-year-old journeyman Mitchell Osnowitz. The righty entered the game with a respectable 3.50 ERA and retired the first two batters on seven pitches and a pair of groundouts. That was followed by home run, double, walk, and walkoff home run.

Outfielder Johan Mieses led the S-Cards on offense, singling twice and going deep once. Third baseman Elehuris Montero (2-for-4) had the only other multi-hit game, and first baseman Yariel Gonzalez homered for the second straight night. Top prospect Dylan Carlson had the evening off.

Thursday’s game: at Tulsa, Evan Kruczynski (2-7, 5.63) 7:05 CT.


Tampa 11, Palm Beach 4

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach slid to 18-36 for the second half as they were routed on the road by the Tarpons 11-4 on Wednesday. Kyle Leahy started with four shutout innings. Unfortunately for him, he also had to pitch the fifth, when he coughed up seven runs, all earned, lowlighted by a grand slam that immediately followed an intentional pass. Needless to say, Leahy took the loss. Zack Gahagan was effective out of the pen, contributing a scoreless stanza. Yes, Gahagan the second baseman.

Gahagan also tripled, for his team’s “longest” hit. Red-hot Luken Baker singled and doubled as one of three Beach Bird batters with multiple knocks. The others were Nolan Gorman with a pair of singles, and Nick Dunn with the same. Scott Hurst recorded an assist from center field, as the team committed no errors and turned a trio of double plays.

Thursday’s game: at Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6 at Kane County 3

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Peoria improved to 15-36 in the second half by winning 6-3 at Kane County Wednesday night. Third sacker Imeldo Diaz went 3-for-4 and scored three runs to lead the charge for the Chiefs. The 21-year-old singled twice and homered, and is slugging .513 this month. Singling twice was shortstop Delvin Perez, and doubling twice was Leandro Cedeno, for their club’s other multi-safety games. Cedeno totaled three RBI, and for August is batting .421 and slugging .684.

The starter and winning arm was Dalton Roach, who went five innings and allowed one run on four singles and three free passes. The righty tamed five Cougars on strikes, and needed 90 pitches on the evening. Taking over from Roach, Sebastian Tabata twirled a pair of shutout innings despite three bases on balls, and finishing with the save was 23-year-old Connor Coward, who spun a scoreless ninth, fanning one.

Thursday’s game: at Kane County, Colin Schmid (6-5, 3.95), 6:30 CT.


Mahoning Valley 7 at State College 5

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

Despite permitting zero earned runs, State College lost at home to Mahoning Valley by a 7-5 tally on Wednesday, undermined by errors from the infield, outfield, and pitcher’s mound. Starter Scott Politz surrendered one run in three innings, losing pitcher Jacob Schlesener allowed five runs across 3 2/3 frames, Eric Lex gave up a run in 1 1/3 frames, and Connor Lunn was the sole unscored-upon reliever — although, oddly, he did cough up three hits and a walk in just one inning of work.

The Spikes got multi-hit games from center fielder David Vinsky and designated hitter Matt Duce (two singles each, and Vinsky added a steal), as well as first sacker Dariel Gomez, who doubled and singled. Right fielder Terry Fuller tripled and coaxed a walk, but also committed two of the club’s quartet of fielding miscues.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.78) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City OFF

Johnson City did not play Wednesday. In the tight West Division standings, the 28-25 Cardinals have a one-game lead, but are just three games out of fourth place.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Jose Moreno (3-3, 8.12) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Mets 2

Inohan Paniagua (State College Spikes)

Starter Inohan Paniagua bounced back from a beating last time out, leading the GCL Cardinals to a narrow 3-2 decision over the visiting Mets on Wednesday. The win lifted the G-Cards’ ledger to 19-24 on the year. Dominican righty Paniagua, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his previous appearance, went eight strong frames this time, conceding one run on five hits and whiffing seven. Allowing a ninth-inning run but recording the save was fellow 19-year-old Luis Tena, who allowed two hits, with no strikeouts or free passes.

Catcher Cristhian Longa was quite active on Wednesday, doubling twice for his squad’s only extra base hits, getting hit by a pitch, gunning the only opposing base stealer, and going 1-for-2 in steal attempts himself. Also reaching multiple times were right fielder Patrick Romeri (two singles) and designated hitter Ramon Mendoza and second baseman Pablo Gomez, who had a single and walk apiece.

Thursday’s game: No game scheduled.


DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Orioles2 5

Breaking open a tied game with seven runs in the sixth inning, the DSL Cardinals Blue (38-17) grabbed first place by half a game in the South Division on Wednesday, crushing the Orioles2, 12-5. The table setters led the way, as the top two in the lineup reached seven times all told. Second baseman and leadoff man Elvin De Jesus drew two walks and singled, and number two hitter Hansel Otamendi did him one better with three free passes and a one-base hit. As a team, the Blue drew 15 walks Wednesday morning, and scored their 12 runs without aid of an extra base knock.

Starter Yordy Richard (still just 16) went four innings and yielded two earned runs, fanning and walking two men each. Three pitchers fairly dazzled out of the bullpen with scoreless appearances, as winning twirler Benjamin Arias tossed two innings (four strikeouts, one baserunner), fellow 17-year-old Juan Peralta recorded five straight outs, and Americo Lugo fanned the side to finish the game.

Thursday’s game: No game scheduled.


DSL Phillies White 2, DSL Cardinals Red 1

The DSL Cardinals Red fell to 25-38 on Wednesday, losing a gut-churning 2-1 pitchers’ duel on the road to the Phillies White team. The Red led by a 1-0 score from the second through seventh innings before finally succumbing. Starter Yonael Dominguez authored five shutout frames — the 17-year-old allowed four hits and fanned three — and reliever Luis Garcia had two spotless stanzas of his own before handing off to Hector De Los Santos, who made his own bed with a throwing error and four free passes over just 1 2/3 innings.

Shortstop Sander Mora was by far the star of the Crimson lineup on Wednesday, accounting for half of his team’s hits by singling twice and doubling, and also drawing a walk. The only other batters to reach more than once were right fielder Fernando Brazoban (walk, hit-by-pitch) and just-turned-17-year-old first baseman Roblin Heredia, with a single and base on balls. Brazoban also stole his eighth base, and Heredia dropped down a sacrifice bunt to aid the cause.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 13, 2019

photo: Andrew Warner (Bret Jacomet photo)

It was a full slate 5-4 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system as both Dominican Summer League squads posted wins, in addition to Memphis, Springfield, and State College. Andrew Warner is Player of the Day, with three hits, including the game-winning two-run homer for the Spikes.

Results for games played Monday, August 12th.


Memphis 6 at Fresno 4

Mike Mayers (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis improved to 55-65 on the year, rallying from a 3-0 deficit to domesticate the Grizzlies by a 6-4 final at Fresno. There were positive hitting performances up and down the lineup, as the batters combined for 10 hits but only one for extra bases — a Ramon Urias double. Players reaching base multiple times included Joe Hudson (two walks), flycatchers Jose Adolis Garcia and Justin Williams with a single and free pass apiece, and Edmundo Sosa and Rangel Ravelo with two singles each. No one had more than one RBI.

Starter Austin Warner went five innings for the victory, allowing three runs on seven hits while fanning eight and handing out just one base on balls. The 25-year-old lefty lowered his Memphis ERA to 6.70 in eight starts. Kodi Whitley and Mike Mayers combined for the stellar final three frames, conceding just a harmless single between them. Mayers fanned two in his inning of work.

Tuesday’s game: at Fresno, Genesis Cabrera (4-5, 6.22) 9:05 CT.


Springfield 5 at Tulsa 2

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

Somehow scoring five runs on only five singles, Springfield (24-26) won their third straight game Monday evening, beating Tulsa 5-2 on the road. Starter and winner Johan Oviedo bounced back from his awful previous outing, grinding out six one-run innings. The strapping 21-year-old Cuban — who helped his own cause by picking a runner off first base — whiffed eight and walked four, and now has 67 strikeouts in 54 second-half innings. Ronnie Williams was the only reliever to distinguish himself, closing the game with a spotless frame and two Drillers downed on strikes.

Connor Capel had two hits to lead the S-Cards, and the left fielder also plated a pair. Center fielder and leadoff man Dylan Carlson went 0-for-2 but walked three times and stole two bases without being nabbed. With those steals, Carlson is now in the top ten in every Texas League statistical category except earned run average. (He is presently first in homers, sixth in both doubles and triples, and seventh in steals. And of course much, much more.)

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Alex FaGalde (3-2, 2.05), 7:05 CT.


Tampa 5, Palm Beach 1

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was held to three hits on Monday in falling 5-1 to the Tarpons and dropping to 18-34 for the second half. First baseman Luken Baker was the nearest thing to a hitting star, as he tripled for his team’s only extra base knock and drew a base on balls. The other hits were recorded by outfielders Chase Pinder and Scott Hurst, who each singled and walked. Top prospect Nolan Gorman doffed a golden sombrero to start his week.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez was the starter and loser, allowing four runs and falling to 6-14 on the season. The 22-year-old did fan seven over 5 2/3 innings before handing off to Cole Aker for one hitter (strikeout) and Leonardo Taveras, who whiffed four men while twirling two innings of one-hit baseball, but walked three and permitted a run.

Tuesday’s game: at Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Clinton 7 at Peoria 0

Wilfredo Periera (Robert Kell)

Mustering two hits, Peoria fell to 14-36 with a 7-0 home blanking at the hands of the LumberKings Monday afternoon. Pitching on regular rest after his 87-pitch effort last time out, converted reliever Parker Kelly was shelled again, surrendering six runs on seven hits (including two homers and two doubles). The righty has now allowed 12 earned runs in his last 10 1/3 innings after permitting just seven tallies over the previous 42 stanzas. Panamanian righty Wilfredo Pereira continued to pitch well since his promotion from the Appalachian League, tossing 3 1/3 innings and allowing just one run on four singles.

Second baseman Brendan Donovan and designated hitter Josh Shaw each had a single for the Chiefs. No one drew a walk, no double plays were turned, no outfielders gunned a runner, and no bases were pilfered. Kelly committed a throwing error on a pickoff.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria has a scheduled off day on Tuesday.


State College 4 at Williamsport 2

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

State College made it back to .500 with a 4-2 win at the Crosscutters on Monday, scoring a pair in the eighth and hanging on to improve to 28-28 on the season. Andrew Warner led the State College attack, homering once and singling twice. The 23-year-old designated hitter scored one and drove in two — on the decisive homer in the eighth inning. Shortstop Moises Castillo contributed the only other multi-hit game with a pair of singles, and first baseman Dariel Gomez doubled for his club’s other extra base hit.

Starter Enmanuel Solano settled for a no decision despite throwing six strong innings. The unlucky 20-year-old righty yielded one earned run on five singles and three walks, while fanning five and picking off two baserunners. Southpaw Fabian Blanco was the unquestioned pitching star of the evening, however, as he authored three perfect innings and fanned four Williamsport hitters.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Williamsport, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.57) 6:05 CT.


Princeton 4 at Johnson City 2

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Accruing only four hits, Johnson City (27-25) fell at home to the Rays by the score of 4-2 on Monday night. Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio did his bit by homering and recording an outfield assist, but it wasn’t nearly enough. Center fielder William Jimenez was the only J-Card to reach safely twice, singling and drawing a free pass, while hot-hitting third sacker Malcom Nunez was cooled off with an 0-for-3 evening.

Righty Jake Sommers was the starter and loser, backsliding after a dynamic previous start. The 22-year-old allowed four runs on five hits, including a longball. He struck out five and walked a pair. Righties Francisco Justo and converted outfielder Blake Drake each tossed two scoreless stanzas with Justo permitting the only baserunners (two walks and a single). Drake fanned one and Justo a pair.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Princeton, Jose Moreno (3-3, 8.12) 5:30 CT.


GCL Marlins 9, GCL Cardinals 2

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals settled for just five singles (is this sounding familiar?) in losing 9-2 on Monday to the home GCL Marlins, and sliding to 18-23 on the year. Righty Ludwin Jimenez took the loss despite allowing just two singles himself over 5 2/3 innings. Simply put, the just-turned-18-year-old was undone by the base on balls and bullpen, walking six hitters while striking out the same, and surrendering three runs on the day — all three being on base with two outs when he departed. Righty Anthony Trompiz not only permitted a bases-clearing double to undo Jimenez’ line, he then went on to cough up six runs of his own over 1 2/3 innings. Trompiz was charged with a blown save, and nothing could be more appropriate.

Left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos had his first multi-hit game in four weeks, going 2-for-3 with a walk to lead the Gulf Cards offense. Reaching twice was second sacker Pablo Gomez (walk, plunk) as well as right fielder Patrick Romeri and designated hitter Diowill Burgos, who each walked and singled. Romeri and Burgos each stole a base too, the third for the former and first for the latter.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL D-backs2 5

Falling behind early but fighting back late, the DSL Cardinals Red team raised their record to 25-36 with an 8-5 home decision over the DSL D-backs2 affiliate Monday morning. There was plenty of hitting while the Red rallied from a 3-1 hole, as four batters reached safely at least three times. Catcher Jesus Orecchia led the way with two singles, a walk, and a hit-by-pitch. Walking twice and singling were designated hitter Miguel Marcos and first baseman Luis Andujar, and left fielder Claudio Ramirez worked a walk and singled twice.

Hancel Rincon provided five solid innings, yielding four singles and one walk, but three unearned runs. The 17-year-old righty did lower his ERA to 3.83 for the year, after struggling early in the season with six earned over his first 7 1/3 frames. Augusto Calderon starred out of the pen, fanning five in just 2 1/3 innings. The 18-year-old Dominican gave up two hits and an unearned run on this day.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 2

The Cardinals Blue squad continued to run roughshod over their DSL opponents, trouncing the Twins 8-2 on the road Monday morning and running their record to 36-17. Starter Reinys Portillo fashioned four sturdy innings, surrendering only one earned run while whiffing five men. The 18-year-old Venezuelan righty improved his ERA to 3.19 on the season. The bullpen gave up nothing of consequence as Allinson Benitez, Nelson Prada, and Dionys Rodriguez combined to concede no runs on three knocks and three walks.

Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar had a career-best seven total bases (double, triple, two singles) to spearhead the Blue assault. His keystone partner Elvin De Jesus nearly matched him with a single, double, and triple of his own, as well as a base on balls. The 17-year-old De Jesus has now hit safely in 19 of his last 20 games, during which time he’s raised his OPS from .593 to .753. Third baseman Brandon Hernandez doubled twice as the only other Blue batter with multiple hits.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 8, 2019

photo: Michael Baird (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 4-5 on Wednesday with a doubleheader split of shutouts for Palm Beach and a trio of triumphs by rookie squads. Palm Beach’s Michael Baird spun five no-hit innings and Zach Jackson’s grand slam provided all the runs in Johnson City’s win.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 7th.


Sacramento 4, Memphis 2

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis took an early 2-0 lead but to no avail as the Redbirds fell 4-2 at the River Cats Wednesday night, leaving their season ledger 51-64. The Redbirds batters slumbered all game, other than second baseman Ramon Urias, who reached three times via a single, double, and base on balls. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa (single, hit-by-pitch) was the only other man to reach multiple times.

Starter Austin Warner took the loss, yielding three runs on a half-dozen hits. The 25-year-old southpaw struck out seven and handed out two free passes. Following him was Jesus Cruz, who dazzled with three strikeouts in a four up, four down performance. Chasen Shreve finished with a run on three hits in one inning pitched.

Thursday’s game: at Sacramento, Genesis Cabrera (4-4, 6.15) 9:05 CT.


Tulsa 9, Springfield 3

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Springfield (21-24) lost its fourth straight game as starter Johan Oviedo failed to complete the first inning on Wednesday evening in a 9-3 blowout defeat at Tulsa. Pulled after 35 pitches and 2/3 of an inning, Oviedo fanned the first man but it was all catastrophe from there. The big righty surrendered four singles and a double before exiting, spiced by a balk and wild pitch, for four runs total.

Pressed into relief duty early, Mitchell Osnowitz and Connor Jones were both fine, allowing just one run on two hits over five frames. The duo whiffed seven and walked a pair. Bryan Dobzanski yielded four earned runs on six hits in two innings, however.

The S-Cards mustered just two safeties and center fielder Conner Capel had the team’s only extra base hit and RBI, via his solo home run. Third baseman Elehuris Montero singled for his club’s only other hit, while Lars Nootbaar worked a pair of free passes. Capel also gunned down a runner at third base.

Thursday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (3-1, 1.29), 7:10 CT.


Jupiter 6 at Palm Beach 0 (Game 1, seven innings)

Edgar Escobar (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

Palm Beach slid to 15-31 for the second half, losing the first game of a Wednesday twin bill to Jupiter by a 6-0 score. This was the reschedule of Monday’s rainout. Heroes were hard to come by as the club had just six singles and no fielding or baserunning highlights. The only Beach Birds to reach base twice were right fielder and leadoff man Chase Pinder (single, hit-by-pitch) and designated hitter Dennis Ortega, who singled and drew his team’s only base on balls.

Edgar Gonzalez started and threw three scoreless innings, walking two and fanning one. He then handed off to fellow righty Zach Prendergast, who was shelled for eight hits and five runs in just 1 1/3 innings. The ERA of the 24-year-old out of Seton Hall jumped from 4.12 to 4.73 for the season. Edgar Escobar mopped up well, allowing one run over 2 2/3 stanzas, with three strikeouts and no walks.


Palm Beach 4, Jupiter 0 (Game 2, seven innings)

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

Palm Beach returned the favor in game two of their doubleheader, blanking Jupiter 4-0 and raising their record to 16-31 in the process. Righty starter Michael Baird was untouchable, holding the Hammerheads hitless for five frames and extending his streak to 21 innings across two levels without permitting an earned run. The towering 24-year-old fanned six and walked one, while expending only 55 pitches. (His season high is 60.) 2019 first round draftee Zach Thompson pitched a scoreless final inning, fanning two batters.

It was a game for the Michaels as shortstop Michael Perri led the Palm Beach offense with a homer, double, and single. No other Beach Bird had more than one hit, though left fielder Nick Plummer did go deep, coax a walk, and provide a sac fly. Leadoff man Chase Pinder singled and walked, as the only other Bird to reach safely twice.

Thursday’s game: vs. Clearwater, Kyle Leahy (0-2, 2.25) 5:30 CT.


Beloit 7, Peoria 2

Freddy Pacheco (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria fell to 13-32 for the second half, losing at Beloit by a 7-2 margin Wednesday night. Designated hitter Leandro Cedeno was the closest thing to a hitting star with two singles and a base on balls. Third baseman Imeldo Diaz homered for his only hit but committed a throwing error. Backstop Carlos Soto was plunked, went 1-for-2, and gunned one of three base stealers.

Parker Kelly was the starter and loser, allowing seven runs, six earned, and throwing 5 2/3 innings before finally being removed. The 22-year-old, a career reliever until three weeks ago, has increased his season-high pitch count from 41 in mid-July, to 60 pitches on July 21, to 74 on July 27, to 87 on Wednesday. Freddy Pacheco was spectacular in relief as he set down seven straight, four on strikes.

Thursday’s game: at Beloit, Dalton Roach (0-0, 3.60), 6:30 CT.


State College at Auburn RAIN

State College was rained out in the series finale at Auburn on Wednesday. The game will be made up when the two meet again in State College from August 17-19.

Thursday’s game: vs. Batavia, Scott Politz (2-3, 6.92) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Burlington 1

Zach Jackson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Scoring all of their runs on one dramatic swing of the bat, Johnson City improved to 26-21 with a 4-1 home win over Burlington on Wednesday. Designated hitter Zach Jackson provided the big blow, crushing a grand slam in the sixth inning to reverse a 1-0 deficit. Jackson also drew a walk, and first baseman Todd Lott had the team’s only multi-hit game with a pair of singles. Prospects Tre Fletcher and Malcom Nunez combined to go 0-for-7 with five whiffs. Fletcher has now fanned in 28 of his last 52 at-bats.

Righty Jake Sommers (10th round out of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this year) had his best start as a pro, pitching eight innings and conceding just the one tally on a solo shot to begin the game. The 22-year-old recorded eight punchouts to one walk, and lowered his ERA to 4.30 on the year. John Witkowski cleaned up with a 1-2-3 ninth inning, fanning one batter.

Thursday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 4

Pablo Gomez

After spotting the Marlins a three-run lead, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals rallied to a 5-4 win and improved to 17-20 on the season. Florissant native Anthony Green went five frames for the victory, allowing two earned runs on four knocks including a solo homer. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked one. Thomas Hart was wildly effective, walking four in 2 2/3 shutout innings, before Connor Coward bravely closed out the win by whiffing the last man with the potential tying runner on second base.

First baseman Pablo Gomez and catcher Cristhian Longa had two hits apiece, with Gomez’ three-run longball the biggest hit by far. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez hit his sixth homer as well (breaking a 2-for-31 skid), and designated hitter Diowill Burgos singled and drew a walk.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Brewers 6, DSL Cardinals Red 5

The DSL Cardinals Red squad had many more hits and many fewer miscues than the Brewers, but still lost a 6-5 decision on Wednesday morning, falling to 22-35 on the year. Albert Inoa and Sander Mora had three singles each, and Mora added three stolen bases. Roblin Heredia (in his age 16 season) chipped in a pair of singles. Heredia has shown steady growth this DSL season — or at least the appearance of such — batting .170 with a paltry .556 OPS and 18 strikeouts in his first 53 at-bats, then a .192 average and .719 OPS over his next nine games, and now finally a .924 OPS over his most recent seven contests.

Taking the bump for the Red was 17-year-old Yonael Dominguez, who permitted one run in four innings on four singles, one walk, and a pair of plunkings. The Dominican righty struck out four on his day. Brayan Ramirez yielded four unearned runs, but he was far from blameless. His seventh inning went flyout, groundout, error on shortstop…then walk, single, wild pitch, home run.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Yankees 2

Scoring three in the first and never looking back, the DSL Cardinals Blue team whipped the Yankees 5-2 Wednesday morning, lifting their ledger to 32-17 and climbing within 2 1/2 games of the first-place Phillies Red team in the DSL South Division.

Engels Martinez was the stellar starter, tying his career-longest outing with six innings of five-hit baseball. The 17-year-old righty surrendered one earned run while fanning four and walking one. If anything the bullpen was even better, as 18-year-old righties William Miranda and Dionys Rodriguez combined to retire nine of ten batters, three on strikes. With his two scoreless stanzas, Miranda lowered his ERA to 1.53 on the year in 35 1/3 innings.

Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar led the azure attack with four total bases (single, triple) and other multi-hit games were recorded by 17-year-old first baseman Fernando Diaz with two singles, and 17-year-old designated hitter Brandon Hernandez with a single and double. Diaz is now 12 for his last 26, raising his OPS nearly 130 points to a respectable .742, and Hernandez, who started his season 6-for-40 with 19 strikeouts, is batting roughly .320/.420/.480 ever since.

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


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 6, 2019

photo: Ramon Urias (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Due to storms and scheduled off days, Monday brought a truncated 2-3 record for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Victories came at the highest and lowest levels – Memphis and DSL Red. Player of Day Ramon Urias hit two home runs in the Redbirds’ win. Junior Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings but was let down by State College’s pen.

Results for games played Monday, August 5th.


Memphis 10, El Paso 4

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Memphis Redbirds scored six in the third and never looked back, routing El Paso 10-4 Monday night and raising their record to 51-63 on the season. Second baseman Ramon Urias was the tip of the spear, going 3-for-4 with two of the team’s five taters to lead the homestanding Redbirds. Rehabbing catcher Yadier Molina homered as well and knocked in four to top the team. Multi-hit games were also provided by Harrison Bader (two singles) and first baseman Rangel Ravelo (homer, double). Shortstop Edmundo Sosa hit his club’s other longball, his 13th, and plated a pair.

It was a bullpen game for the Redbirds, with Chris Ellis starting and surrendering three runs, two earned, over two innings. Ellis allowed just one hit but walked five. Wilder still was recent relief acquisition Zac Rosscup, who generously handed out five free passes in just one inning. Pitching well with scoreless performances were winning twirler Jesus Cruz (two innings, two whiffs), hard-throwing righty Kodi Whitley (two frames, three fanned), erstwhile major leaguer Dominic Leone (three up, three down, two strikeouts), and young righty Junior Fernandez who continued to dazzle in his bullpen breakout campaign. The oft-used 22-year-old hit a batter and fanned a man in his shutout inning, lowering his Memphis ERA to 1.31 over 21 stanzas and overall ERA to 1.47 across 61 innings on the year across three levels.

Tuesday’s game: Memphis is off.


Tulsa 6, Springfield 2

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield slipped to 21-22 for the second half, losing to Tulsa 6-2 on the road Monday evening. Lefty Evan Kruczynski was battered in the defeat, yielding six runs in 6 2/3 innings despite striking out 10 Drillers. The southpaw conceded a trio of longballs including a two-run shot to rehabbing ex-Cardinal Jedd Gyorko in the first inning. Righty Ronnie Williams pitched the remaining 1 1/3 innings, permitting three hits but no runs. Williams neither walked nor whiffed a batter.

The slumping S-Cards managed only three singles and five walks for the game, and only third sacker Elehuris Montero with his pair of free passes reached more than once. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio drove in both of his club’s runs, and top prospect Dylan Carlson went 0-for-3 and drew a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Angel Rondon (4-3, 2.87) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach RAIN

Palm Beach (15-30) vs. Jupiter was rained out Monday. A doubleheader will be played starting at 5 PM on Wednesday, August 7th.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17) 5:30 CT.


Peoria RAIN

Peoria’s (13-29) game at Wisconsin was rained out Monday. The teams will play a double header Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. with two seven-inning games scheduled.

Tuesday’s games: at Wisconsin, Logan Gragg (0-0, 3.38)/Parker Kelly (3-1, 1.50), 12:05 CT.


Auburn 4, State College 3

Junior Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Squandering a three-run lead entering the seventh inning, State College fell to 25-25 on the season Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays. Dominican righty Junior Gonzalez made the start and was wonderful, hurling five shutout innings on three singles and a pair of free passes. He was spelled by lefty Jacob Schlesener, who took the loss while surrendering all four runs, but only two earned, thanks to two passed balls from unfortunate debuting backstop Brandon Purcell, just promoted from Johnson City.

Shortstop Moises Castillo had the sole multi-hit game for the Spikes, collecting a single and double. Right fielder Terry Fuller and third baseman Brylie Ware each singled and walked, and left fielder Stanley Espinal stroked a solo homer in defeat. Also chipping in was center fielder David Vinsky, who recorded an outfield assist and coaxed a base on balls.

Tuesday’s game: at Auburn, Enmanuel Solano (1-6, 4.20) 6:00 CT.


Burlington 13 at Johnson City 0

Johnson City (25-20) got a week’s worth of bad baseball out of their system in one night, losing at home 13-0 to Burlington on Monday. Chief culprit was reliever Alex Gallegos, who pitched nothing like his MLB namesake Giovanny. The 21-year-old righty caused his ERA balloon to 15.92 as he yielded nine runs on nine hits, two walks, and three wild pitches. Gallegos fanned no one and has now whiffed one of his last 47 opponents. Starter and loser was teenager Luis Ortiz, who allowed two earned runs on six hits across his five-inning start.

Right fielder Carlos Soler (two singles) and shortstop Mateo Gil (single, double) had their team’s only multi-knock games. On the other hand, they each committed one of the four team errors on Monday, with the other two miscues coming from keystoner Kevin Vargas and third baseman Chandler Redmond.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Burlington, Julio Puello (3-2, 4.60) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off Monday.

Tuesday’s games: Completion of suspended August 1st game plus the regular game at GCL Astros, pitchers TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

The DSL Cardinals Blue squad was scheduled off Monday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Rangers2 1

Improving to 21-34 on the year, the DSL Cardinals Red team scored three runs in the second inning and cruised to an 8-1 thumping of the DSL Rangers2 affiliate Monday morning. Second sacker Albert Inoa reached safely four times and 16-year-old Venezuelan Roblin Heredia hit his first professional home run to lead the Red attack. Heredia plated three runs on the day and scored twice, while Inoa (now sporting a .455 OBP) singled twice, doubled, drew a walk, and stole his 12th base. Other multi-hit efforts were recorded by center fielder Smith Vargas (two singles and his 19th steal in 22 tries) and left fielder Fernando Brazoban with a hit-by-pitch, single, and double.

The pitching was uniformly excellent as Hancel Rincon made the start and fanned seven over four innings while allowing just one tally on four hits. The top bullpen performance came from fellow righty and winning pitcher Hector De Los Santos, who pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings. The 20-year-old righty fanned half a dozen while permitting no hits and two passes.

Tuesday’s game: vs DSL Rangers2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 1, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-5 Wednesday with Memphis providing the sole triumph. Player of the Day Edmundo Sosa had four hits and knocked in the game-winner. Randy Arozarena had three hits and scored twice, including the decisive tally. Palm Beach, Peoria, State College, Johnson City, and the DSL Cardinals Red team all took it on the chin, while Springfield and the Gulf Coast Cards had the day off. The DSL Blue squad was scoreless in the eighth inning when the game was suspended by inclement weather.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 31st.


Memphis 7, Albuquerque 6

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Uplifted by a combined seven hits from shortstop Edmundo Sosa and right fielder Randy Arozarena, Memphis improved to 47-62 on the year with a 7-6 home win over the Isotopes on Wednesday night. Arozarena (double, two singles) scored two and Sosa plated a pair, while catcher Joe Hudson had a three-run homer. The deciding run scored in the eighth when Sosa knocked in Arozarena with an infield hit — one of Sosa’s four singles on the evening.

Ryan Helsley started and dominated, retiring all nine men he faced, four by strikeout. Chris Ellis followed and was rocked for six runs in his three innings, conceding a pair of longballs. Seth Elledge contributed a spotless seventh inning before fellow righty Kodi Whitley picked up the win, his first at Triple-A, with two shutout frames featuring just one harmless hit and no walks. Whitley lowered his Memphis ERA to 2.45 over 7 1/3 innings, with 10 whiffs to one walk.

Rehabbing St. Louis left fielder Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored.

Thursday’s game: vs. Albuquerque, Austin Warner (1-1, 7.00) 7:05 CT.


Springfield OFF

Still tied for first despite a 1-5 week, Springfield (20-18) had a scheduled off day Wednesday as they head out on an important road trip.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Angel Rondon (4-3, 2.99) 7:10 CT.


St. Lucie 9, Palm Beach 4

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach sunk to 13-28 for the second half, falling at St. Lucie by a 9-4 tally on Wednesday night. Southpaw Diego Cordero started and took the loss, allowing 13 hits and nine runs, seven earned, over five laborious innings. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked one. Handling the final three stanzas with aplomb was righty Michael Baird (36 pitches), who permitted a single and nothing else, while striking out a Met quartet.

Center fielder Scott Hurst homered and had his team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Top teen prospects Nolan Gorman and Ivan Herrera each went 1-for-4, while leadoff man Nick Plummer had a double and a walk, driving in two and scoring a run. The Beach Birds never got closer than three runs after the second inning.

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


Kane County 7 at Peoria 5

Connor Thomas (State College Spikes)

Peoria (11-27) took a four-run lead after three innings but couldn’t make it stand up, losing 7-5 to the Cougars in front of the Dozer Park faithful on Wednesday evening. Center fielder Jonatan Machado led the Chiefs attack with a trio of singles (giving him back-to-back three-hit games) and third baseman Josh Shaw singled twice for the team’s only other multi-hit contribution. Brady Whalen had the sole extra base hit, a double.

Righty Logan Gragg started and went 3 2/3 innings (68 pitches) while surrendering six hits and two runs. The 20-year-old fanned a pair and walked the same. The bullpen highlight was unquestionably Connor Thomas, who provided 4 1/3 outstanding frames, yielding a single run on four hits and a walk while fanning four. Losing pitcher Sebastian Tabata was the lowlight, allowing four runs and retiring nobody.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County, Parker Kelly (2-1, 1.25), 6:35 CT.


Vermont 7 at State College 2

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

Despite jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, State College was thumped at home 7-2 by Vermont on Wednesday night, dropping to 22-23 on the year. Shortstop Moises Castillo had two singles and a walk, but no teammate managed multiple hits. Center fielder David Vinsky did reach safely twice via a hit-by-pitch and single. (The Spikes had zero extra base hits.)

Enmanuel Solano started and was victimized by defensive miscues by Shane Benes and Moises Castillo, allowing four unearned runs out of five, across five innings. The 20-year-old fanned four and issued two free passes. Fabian Blanco pitched two innings and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, but Cameron Dulle was sharp in relief, logging two scoreless innings while whiffing three Lake Monsters.

Thursday’s game: vs. Vermont, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.80), 11:00 a.m. CT.


Princeton 6, Johnson City 5

Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (22-18) scored the game’s first two tallies and the last two, but it wasn’t quite enough as they went down to defeat Wednesday night by a 6-5 score against the home Princeton Rays. The starter and loser for the Cardinals was just-turned-19-year-old Luis Ortiz. The righty yielded five runs on seven hits over five innings pitched. He was relieved by Alex Gallegos (one run on a hit and two walks) and righty Will Guay, who tossed two scoreless frames.

Third baseman Malcom Nunez kept the hot stick, singling and doubling for his fifth multi-hit game in the last nine. Nunez is now 17-for-37 over those same nine contests. Other two-knock efforts came from second sacker Liam Sabino (two singles), center fielder Tre Fletcher (single, double), and most especially designated hitter Kyle Skeels, who homered and singled.

Thursday’s game: at Princeton, Francisco Justo (2-2, 3.86) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals, at 13-18 and six games back of the division lead, were not scheduled on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cubs2 11 at DSL Cardinals Red 3 (8 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate fell behind 3-0 early and were never really in it, eventually losing 11-3 at home to the DSL Cubs2 team on Wednesday morning in a rain-shortened eight inning tilt, and slipping to 18-33 on the season. There were no multi-hit players on the DSL Red, but left fielder Erick Thomas did single and coax a base on balls, making him the only man to reach safely twice. Center fielder Smith Vargas tripled and third baseman Erik Pena doubled for the club’s only two extra base hits.

Yonael Dominguez was cuffed around for eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings, taking the loss and leveling his record at 1-1 with a 5.72 ERA. The 17-year-old Dominican righty permitted seven hits and four walks while fanning four Cubs. No bullpenners escaped unscathed, but 18-year-old Miguel Maiz fanned three while walking only one over 3 1/3 innings. (The righty conceded two runs as well.)

Thursday’s game: at DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 0 at Phillies Red 0 (suspended in the 8th inning)

The DSL Cardinals Blue game was suspended in the eighth inning and will be resumed on August 21. Through seven innings, Yordy Richard and Eduard Pimentel were pitching a one-hitter, with no walks and six strikeouts. The Blue offense had 10 baserunners via six hits and four walks, but was also kept off the scoreboard.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Twins, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 25, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a Wednesday with two double-headers, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-5 overall. Player of the Day Tommy Parsons led Springfield to a win by pitching eight innings of one-run ball. Enmanuel Solano (SC), Michael YaSenka (JC) and Nathanael Heredia (GCL) also made strong starts.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 24th.


New Orleans 5 at Memphis 2

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 42-61 in losing at home 5-2 to the New Orleans Baby Cakes on Wednesday night. Austin Warner was the starting and losing pitcher, going 4 1/3 innings and allowing four runs on eight hits. The 25-year-old lefty fanned six and walked four before handing off to Kodi Whitley, making his second Memphis appearance. The righty permitted one run in 1 2/3 innings, and fanned three while walking no one. Seth Elledge threw two perfect innings with a pair of whiffs.

Adolis Garcia had three hits for the Redbirds, and was backed by John Nogowski, Randy Arozarena, and Max Schrock with two knocks apiece. The only Memphis extra base hits were doubles by Kramer Robertson and defense-first backstop Jose Godoy, who is now batting .381/.409/.643 since his promotion three weeks ago.

Thursday’s game: vs. New Orleans, Ryan Helsley (2-3, 5.06) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 12, Amarillo 1

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield had hitting, pitching, and defense in a 12-1 thrashing of Amarillo on Wednesday at Hammons Field, raising their second half record to 18-14. Center fielder Dylan Carlson and left fielder Conner Capel each had three hits and a walk, as the S-Cards took the lead in the fourth frame and never looked back. Capel also had an outfield assist, as did right fielder Justin Toerner. Springfield, which turned two double plays, got additional multi-hit games from Toerner, catcher Brian O’Keefe, and third baseman Yariel Gonzalez.

Tommy Parsons dazzled in perhaps his best Double-A outing, needing only 96 pitches to navigate eight one-run innings and lower his ERA to 4.17. The 23-year-old righty struck out eight and walked one while holding the Sod Poodles to six safeties. Parsons has now fanned 50 in 49 2/3 innings for Springfield, while walking just half a dozen. The problem has been the longball, and what a problem, as he’s conceded a fairly astronomical 13 of those — and in fact Wednesday’s lone Amarillo run came on a solo shot.

Thursday’s game: vs. Amarillo, Evan Kruczynski (2-5, 6.23) 7:10 CT.


St. Lucie 8 at Palm Beach 2

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The struggling Palm Beach offense managed just four hits in an 8-2 home loss to St. Lucie on Wednesday, leaving their second half ledger at 10-25. Catcher Julio Rodriguez had half the base knocks, singling and doubling for the Beach Birds’ only extra base hit. Luken Baker drove in the two runs with a bases loaded single to at least keep the game close early.

Southpaw Diego Cordero made the start and took the loss, yielding four runs in as many innings. The 21-year-old allowed seven hits, including a homer and three doubles. All three relievers were scored upon, but Ben Yokley surrendered only one tally across 3 1/3 innings, on three hits and a free pass.

Thursday’s game: vs. Dunedin, Edgar Gonzalez (5-12, 4.85) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 9 at Quad Cities 5

Brandon Benson (State College Spikes)

It was lucky sevens in Davenport as Peoria exploded for seven in the seventh and moved to 7-24 for the second half with a 9-5 win at the River Bandits on Wednesday evening. The key blow was a grand slam by the scuffling Brandon Benson, who raised his season average to .140 with his 1-for-3 night. Multi-hit games were provided by center fielder Jonatan Machado (two singles), first baseman Brady Whalen (the same), and teen catcher Ivan Herrera, who had a very fine all-around game with a single, double, walk, and one of two stealers gunned down. (Herrera continues to knock the cover off the ball away from the hitter’s graveyard that is Peoria, batting .339 on the road and slugging .514.)

Colin Schmid started but only went five innings and was thus not around to benefit from the Chiefs’ offensive fireworks. The 21-year-old lefty permitted just one earned run and fanned four while walking two. Tony Locey relieved and picked up the victory with two strong innings, allowing no earned runs and whiffing five helpless River Bandits. The effectively wild 20-year-old now has 21 whiffs and 11 walks in just 10 professional innings. Freddy Pacheco recorded his first Peoria save by fanning three in 1 1/3 innings.

Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities, Michael Brettell (3-6, 5.30), 6:35 CT.


Mahoning Valley 2, State College 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

State College slipped to 19-20 on Wednesday night with a narrow 2-1 loss at Mahoning Valley. Starter and loser Enmanuel Solano was solid, giving up two runs over 6 1/3 stanzas. The 20-year-old righty permitted five hits and a walk, while whiffing six Scrappers. Excellent relief was once again provided by towering UCLA righty Jack Ralston, who remained unscored upon as a professional with a spotless 1 2/3 innings featuring a trio of strikeouts. The 21-year-old has now allowed four hits and one walk in 12 2/3 pro innings, with 17 punchouts.

The Spikes had four hits, two by Brylie Ware (single, triple), who also coaxed a walk. Thus the first baseman had the rare distinction of accumulating half of his team’s hits, and half of their free passes. Leadoff man David Vinsky, who also tripled, scored his club’s only run. And shortstop Moises Castillo had the sole RBI.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Dalton Roach (1-0, 1.50) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7 at Kingsport 1 (Game 1)

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

In the opener of their Wednesday doubleheader, Johnson City jumped on top with four in the third and was never headed, whipping Kingsport 7-1 on the road and raising their record to 17-16 for the year. Third baseman Malcom Nunez singled twice and doubled, leading the J-Cards attack. Pitching in with multi-hit games were designated hitter Kyle Skeels, with a pair of singles, and second sacker Liam Sabino (two singles, two walks, two stolen bases). First baseman Todd Lott had one hit but made it count, with a two-run bomb.

Eastern Illinois product Michael YaSenka twirled a seven-inning complete game, yielding just five hits and a run, fanning 10 while walking one. Unfortunately for him, that increased the 21-year-old’s ERA to 0.68 in 26 1/3 professional innings. The 19th round pick in this year’s draft has whiffed 34, walked six, and limited batters to a .174 average.


Johnson City 11 at Kingsport 3 (Game 2)

Kevin Vargas

In the second seven-inning contest of the twin bill, Johnson City completed the road sweep and improved to 18-16 by routing Kingsport again, this time by an 11-3 margin. Kingsport scored three in the first against 19-year-old righty Luis Ortiz, but never scratched again as the teenager settled down to give his club four innings total. A trio of relievers combined for three hitless innings, with Walker Robbins grabbing the win, but John Witkowski impressed the most with three strikeouts in 1 2/3 innings.

Shortstop Kevin Vargas and right fielder Carlos Soler each reached four times, combining for five singles and three free passes. Vargas scored four times, and center fielder Tre Fletcher had the only multi-RBI game, driving in two.

Thursday’s game: at Kingsport, Francisco Justo (2-1, 4.13) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 9, GCL Nationals 1

Nathanael Heredia (State College Spikes)

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals lifted their ledger to 12-14 on Wednesday afternoon with a 9-1 home thumping of the GCL Nationals. Converted outfielder and “opener” Blake Drake made the start and pitched a spotless first frame (three up, three down, one whiff) before deferring to regular starting pitcher (and winner) Nathanael Heredia. The 18-year-old Dominican lefty tossed five scoreless stanzas with eight strikeouts but a quintet of walks.

Designated hitter William Jimenez had his third straight multi-hit game, and second in a row with three RBI. Rehabbing Double-A third baseman Elehuris Montero went 2-for-3 and the 20-year-old is 4-for-10 in three GCL tilts. Shortstop Yowelfy Rosario had one hit but it was a doozy, crushing a sixth-inning grand slam to truly put the game out of reach.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 9, DSL Orioles2 8 (12 innings)

Scoring in each of the final four innings, the Cardinals DSL Blue team (26-14) rallied multiple times at home to beat the DSL Orioles2 by a 9-8 tally in 12 innings. Multiple Blue batters reached safely three times, but designated hitter Brandon Hernandez had the only three-hit performance. The 17-year-old Canadian started his season 4-for-36 with 18 strikeouts but has been banging the ball around and controlling the strike zone ever since, with a .375 average, a 1.006 OPS, and a stout 10/12 walk-to-strikeout ratio.

Generous offensive support came from backstop Jose Zapata (single, two walks), third sacker Erik Pena (the same, plus a walkoff hit-by-pitch), left fielder Leudy Pena (walk, two singles) and most notably second baseman Elvin De Jesus, who smashed a game-tying three-run homer with one out in the bottom of the ninth.

Starter Engels Martinez went five innings and allowed two runs, both earned, on seven hits and no walks. The 17-year-old fanned just one batter. Yeoman relief work was contributed by Americo Lugo and Victor Villanueva, who combined for five innings and just a pair of unearned runs. The win went to Nelson Prada, who permitted the unearned run in the top of the 12th.

Thursday’s game: The DSL Blue squad is not scheduled Thursday.


DSL Tigers1 5, DSL Cardinals Red 4 (Game 1)

Mustering only three base hits, the DSL Cardinals Red team lost the first game of a twin bill 5-4 to the homestanding DSL Tigers1, dropping the Red to 17-27 on the season. Righty Yonael Dominguez started and went four innings, allowing one run on three hits. The 17-year-old Dominican fanned four and passed a pair. Augusto Calderon relieved and was rocked, taking the loss due to four runs, three earned, over just 1 2/3 innings.

Center fielder and leadoff batter Smith Vargas did his duty, drawing two walks and singling in four trips to the plate. But he received scant support as the team went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position. There were no extra base hits, and nobody but Vargas reached safely more than one time. Vargas also stole his 14th base in 16 tries — one of the caught stealing coming in this game, when he was picked off first base by the catcher.


DSL Tigers1 9, DSL Cardinals Red 6 (Game 2)

The DSL Cardinals Red squad fell to 17-28 by losing 9-6 in the seven-inning doubleheader Game 2 at the DSL Tigers1, and thus were swept on Wednesday. Third baseman Sander Mora singled three times, right fielder Fernando Brazoban singled twice, first baseman Luis Andujar tripled and drove home a pair, and 17-year-old left fielder Miguel Marcos hit his first professional homer, a two-run shot. But that was all for naught, as the Red allowed five in the first and never got close after that.

Brayan Ramirez started and took the loss, going just 2/3 of an inning before being pulled. Though four of the five runs charged to him were officially unearned, it would be hard to argue that fate mistreated him Wednesday. The 17-year-old Colombian righty hit two batters, walked two batters, permitted two hits, and uncorked a wild pitch before getting the hook. Miguel Yedis had the best bullpen showing, logging 1 2/3 innings with no earned runs, two strikeouts, and two baserunners.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 23, 2019

photo: Kyle Leahy (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

It was a 3-5 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system with wins from Springfield, State College, and Johnson City. Losses were charged to Palm Beach, Peoria, and the three lowest rookie ball affiliates, including a landmark anti-achievement for the DSL Red team, which had 27 baserunners in nine innings but nevertheless somehow lost by 10 runs. Memphis took the day off. Player of the Day Kyle Leahy pitched six dominant innings, but the Peoria bullpen failed in the ninth.

Results for games played Monday, July 22nd.


Memphis OFF

Memphis (41-60) was not scheduled on Monday. The Redbirds are in fourth/last place in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League, 15 games behind the first-place Iowa Cubs.

Tuesday’s game: vs. New Orleans, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 9.49) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 6 at Corpus Christi 2

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Springfield improved to 17-14 for the second half, drubbing Corpus Christi 6-2 on the road Monday evening. Righty Johan Oviedo was the starter and winner, permitting two runs on just two hits over five innings (97 pitches). The strapping 21-year-old issued four walks and plunked a pair while fanning five Hooks. Sturdy relief work was provided by Bryan Dobzanski (three shutout innings, two hits) and Connor Jones, who threw a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.

The balanced S-Cards attack was led by third baseman Yariel Gonzalez with two singles and a double. Center fielder Justin Toerner singled twice for the club’s other multi-hit effort, while Lars Nootbaar and Rayder Ascanio each scored twice, and Scott Hurst and Alberto Triunfel each doubled and drove in a pair apiece. Top prospect Dylan Carlson went 1-for-5, dropping his wRC+ slightly to 137. (The only younger player in any organization and any Double-A league with a higher wRC+ is uber-prospect Jo Adell.)

Tuesday’s game: OFF


St. Lucie 5 at Palm Beach 1

Perry DellaValle (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach fell 5-1 at home on Monday, dropping to 10-23 with their third consecutive loss. Nolan Gorman had his team’s only RBI and only multi-hit game with a pair of singles, lifting his Beach Birds average to .267, and his wRC+ to 120. (There is no younger hitter in any of the three High-A leagues with a higher wRC+ than Gorman.) On the downside, the teen fanned twice and failed to draw a base on balls for the 12th game in a row, and 19 of 20. Center fielder Nick Plummer doubled and walked twice, and Juan Yepez singled and stole a base.

Righty Perry DellaValle pitched well but it wasn’t enough, as he was saddled with the loss despite tossing 6 2/3 innings and allowing just four hits and two runs. Zach Prendergast relieved and was rocked for four hits of his own, three for extra bases, in the remaining 2 1/3 frames. The lefty conceded three runs, all earned.

Tuesday’s game: vs. St. Lucie, Diego Cordero (1-2, 2.25) 11:00 a.m. CT.


Lake County 2, Peoria 1

Kyle Leahy (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria led 1-0 the whole way, until coughing it up in the ninth in a 2-1 walkoff loss to Lake County on Monday, leaving their nightmare second half at 6-24. Player of the Day Kyle Leahy started and was terrific, twirling a half dozen scoreless stanzas. The 22-year-old righty allowed four hits, all singles, and whiffed six Captains while walking one. Sebastian Tabata and Freddy Pacheco each contributed a scoreless inning from the pen, before lefty Evan Sisk took the loss by yielding two ninth-inning tallies and retiring just one man.

Leandro Cedeno and Edwin Figuera combined for eight of their team’s 13 total bases, as each singled once, while Cedeno doubled one time and Figuera twice. First baseman Brady Whalen was the only other Chief to reach twice, as he singled and drew a walk. Cleanup hitter and top prospect Ivan Herrera went 1-for-4, dropping his OPS to .794 and wRC+ to 132. (The only younger batters in either Low-A league with a higher wRC+ are uber-prospects Wander Franco and Julio Rodriguez.)

Tuesday’s game: OFF


State College 9, Williamsport 3

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

State College lifted its ledger to 19-18 with a 9-3 home rout of the Williamsport Crosscutters Monday night. Right fielder and cleanup man Andrew Warner homered and plated three, while second sacker Martin Figueroa tripled and drove in the same. Center fielder Terry Fuller (two singles, two walks) reached safely four times, stole a base, and recorded an outfield assist. The 20-year-old has certainly made the most of his promotion from the Appalachian League, slashing .409/.500/.727 in his six games with State College.

Righty Adrian Mardueno was the starter and winner, going five innings and permitting one run. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked none in lowering his ERA to 2.49. The save, his first as a professioal, went to 23-year-old righty Eric Lex. The recent 27th-round pick from Santa Clara worked two scoreless frames and allowed just a meaningless single while striking out a pair.

Tuesday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Junior Gonzalez (2-1, 7.65) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Danville 4

Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City climbed back to .500 on the season with a 7-4 home victory over Danville on Monday evening. The J-Cards (16-16) were led on offense by third baseman Malcom Nunez who singled twice and doubled, snapping an 0-for-13 skid with six whiffs. Left fielder Victor Garcia had the team’s other multi-hit game, doubling and singling, and Zach Jackson homered from the designated hitter slot.

Righty Jose Moreno had his best start of 2019, fanning eight men over five innings and surrendering two runs, both earned. The 18-year-old Venezuelan permitted four hits and four bases on balls. The final four innings were covered by Wilfredo Pereira, who allowed a pair of solo longballs and nothing else. The Panamanian righty fanned four and walked two.

Tuesday’s game: at Kingsport, Michael YaSenka (0-1, 0.47), 10:00 a.m. CT.


GCL Astros 6 at GCL Cardinals 4

Wilman Madera

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals slid to 11-13 on Monday morning, mustering just four hits in losing 6-4 at home to the GCL Astros. The game was noteworthy for reasons other than the score, however, as it featured the stateside debut of DSL-destroying dynamo Diowill Burgos, and the first formal game anywhere in nearly two months for rehabbing third sacker Elehuris Montero. Unfortunately even those two additions couldn’t help the feeble Coast Cards assault. Burgos (left field) was 0-for-4 with two strikeouts and Montero (at DH) went 0-for-3. There were no multi-hit games, no homers, and no steals for the Cards.

Inohan Paniagua was the starter and loser, coughing up all six runs on eight hits and four free passes over 5 2/3 frames. Stellar bullpen work was provided by righty Wilman Madera, who gave up just one harmless hit over the remaining 3 1/3 innings. The 20-year-old Colombian fanned two and walked one.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Marlins, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Twins 8, DSL Cardinals Blue 5

Despite scoring the game’s first three runs on Monday morning, the DSL Cardinals Blue squad fell 8-5 to the home DSL Twins, slipping to 24-14 on the year. Starter Reinys Portillo was solid, allowing two runs on just four hits and no walks across five innings. The 18-year-old righty has now held opponents to two runs or less in six of his eight starts, and has walked just six men in his last seven outings. Benjamin Arias took the loss after being hammered for five tallies in 2/3 of an inning. Cristoffer Zapata and Ronald Suarez were both fine from the pen, tossing a scoreless inning apiece and fanning four of seven batters.

Backstop Jose Zapata (2-for-4) had his team’s only multi-hit game and its only three RBI as the Blue went 2-for-8 with runners in scoring range. Zapata’s only meaningful help came in the persons of 17-year-old third baseman Brandon Hernandez (two walks and a single) and 17-year-old designated hitter Juan Sanchez (double, walk).

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


DSL Brewers 19 at DSL Cardinals Red 9

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate (17-25) allowed a run in every inning but one, falling 19-9 at home to the DSL Brewers on Monday morning. Edgar Manzo started and took some lumps (and the loss), yielding seven runs in four innings. But an even worse thumping was delivered to unfortunate 17-year-old righty Jesus Jaquez, who went one inning and permitted eight scores. This was a day when just-turned-18-year-old Miguel Maiz was the club’s best reliever by virtue of only allowing one run in two innings.

Center fielder and leadoff man Smith Vargas did his job, reaching safely five times in six trips (single, double, three walks). The 17-year-old Dominican has been on an absolute OBP tear over his last six games, going 12-for-22 with eight walks and two whiffs. Reaching four times on Monday were first baseman Luis Andujar (two singles, two walks) second baseman Albert Inoa (four walks) and designated hitter Endri Salas, who doubled, walked twice, and was hit by a pitch. Cleanup man Andujar plated five runs with twin two-run singles and a bases loaded walk.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 18, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson and Joe Kruzel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

It was a 4-5 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm teams with wins from Springfield and three rookie-ball squads — Johnson City, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red. Palm Beach, Peoria, State College and the DSL Blue teams all went down to defeat, and Memphis blew a 7-0 lead in their loss, as their nightmare season continued apace. Elite performances included Dylan Carlson who broke a small slump by homering twice for Springfield, the first multi-longball game of his professional career, and DSL Blue hurler Gustavo J. Rodriguez, who spun five hitless innings to extend his dominant start to the season.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 17th.


Round Rock 11, Memphis 8

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Memphis’ offense took a touchdown lead but the pitching failed as they fell 11-8 at Round Rock on Wednesday night, dropping their record to 38-59. Starter Mike Hauschild lasted just 1 2/3 innings, giving up five runs before being yanked for losing pitcher Jesus Cruz, who gave up three more, but just one earned. The only fine performance from among the five pen contributors was that of Hunter Cervenka. The southpaw worked a perfect inning, needing only 11 pitches to retire three Express batters, two on strikes.

Right fielder Johan Mieses went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI to lead the Redbird 13-hit assault. Mieses was supported by Lane Thomas, who singled twice and stole a base, catcher Jose Godoy who singled and doubled, Kramer Robertson who singled twice but committed his 11th error, and center fielder and leadoff man Randy Arozarena, who continued to make his case for a place on the 40-man roster with a single, a double, and a runner gunned at the plate. The 24-year-old Arozarena is now sporting a .998 OPS for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: at Round Rock, Austin Warner (0-0, 7.02) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 5 at Amarillo 2

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield leveled its second-half ledger at 13-13 with a 5-2 Wednesday win at the home of the Amarillo Sod Poodles. Center fielder Dylan Carlson clobbered two solo homers to assume the Texas League lead with 16, and added a single as well. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio (2-for-4) had his team’s other multi-hit game as he doubled, homered, and drove in the other three runs for the S-Cards. Left fielder Lars Nootbaar singled and drew his team’s only base on balls. The 21-year-old is 9-for-22 over his last six games.

Righty Johan Oviedo got the win, allowing two runs on three hits over six innings of work. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked the same, and has a solid 3.52 July ERA in four starts. Fellow starboardsiders Mitchell Osnowitz and Ronnie Williams each registered a hold as they combined for two shutout stanzas, with Williams escaping an Osnowitz-created bases loaded, one-out jam in the eighth by inducing a double play. Kodi Whitley converted his sixth save, pitching a perfect ninth inning with a whiff. Osnowitz, Williams, and Whitley lowered their excellent Springfield ERAs to 1.08, 2.57, and 1.88, respectively.

Thursday’s game: at Amarillo, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.29) 7:05 CT.


Florida 6 at Palm Beach 0

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was blanked at home Wednesday evening, dropping to 9-19 with a 6-0 loss to the Fire Frogs. Starter Perry DellaValle allowed just one run through the first six frames, but was ripped for four more in the seventh while taking the loss. The righty did fan eight Fire Frogs to just one walk. Reliever Zach Prendergast had a clean 10-pitch inning for the only bullpen highlight.

Cleanup hitter Luken Baker doubled twice but to no avail, as the Beach Birds could not string their safeties together despite multi-hit games from the 4th, 5th, and 6th men in the lineup (catcher Julio Rodriguez singled and doubled, and second baseman Nick Dunn singled twice). Shortstop and number eight hitter Imeldo Diaz was the only player to reach three times, singling twice and drawing a walk.

Thursday’s game: vs. Florida, Diego Cordero (1-1, 2.84) 5:30 CT.


Fort Wayne 6, Peoria 2

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

Brendan Donovan provided the only offense to speak of as Peoria (4-21) continued their horrific second half of the season with a 6-2 loss at Fort Wayne Wednesday night. Playing second base and leading off, Donovan homered and doubled for two of his team’s three base knocks. The only other hit came from shortstop Delvin Perez, who also drew a base on balls — but was caught stealing soon after.

Righty Kyle Leahy (L, 4-8) made the start and surrendered all six TinCaps tallies. Leahy allowed nine hits and fanned just one of 23 opposing batters. Reliever Parker Kelly had a superb seven up, seven down performance, striking out two and lowering his ERA to 1.69.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Wayne, Colin Schmid (3-5, 4.79), 6:05 CT.


West Virginia 4, State College 1

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

State College (16-16) scored a run in the top of the first but never another, falling 4-1 Wednesday to the Black Bears. Adrian Mardueno went 4 1/3 innings and allowed two runs on four hits while whiffing three and walking a pair. The 21-year-old righty handed off to another June draftee, Jack Ralston, who was dominant once again. The 6′ 6″ UCLA product pitched 1 2/3 frames and conceded two singles while striking out three Bears. The big righty has now fanned 14 men in 10 1/3 innings, while issuing one free pass.

Designated hitter and cleanup batter Pedro Pages was the closest thing to a State College hitting star with a single, triple, and base on balls. Multi-hit games were also recorded by leadoff man and center fielder David Vinsky and left fielder Andrew Warner, who each singled and doubled, accounting for their team’s only other extra base hits. Shortstop Moises Castillo reached safely via a base hit and hit-by-pitch, and scored his squad’s only run, but also had his seventh fielding miscue of the year.

Thursday’s game: at West Virginia, Enmanuel Solano (1-3, 3.97) 5:35 CT.


Johnson City 7, Bristol 6

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

Johnson City improved to 15-12 as the Cards rallied from an early three-run deficit to top the visiting Bristol Pirates 7-6 on Wednesday. Righty Jose Moreno started and was shelled once again, yielding all six Pirates runs over 3 2/3 innings. The 18-year-old was painfully generous, handing out seven free passes on the evening, to go with seven hits allowed and a balk. The sparkling bullpen effort was spearheaded by Wilfredo Pereira and his three shutout stanzas. The 20-year-old Panamanian permitted two harmless singles and fanned two men while lowering his ERA to 2.25 across 20 innings.

First baseman Todd Lott doubled and tripled to lead the Johnson City attack, while third baseman Chandler Redmond had just one hit but made it count, a three-run homer. Multi-hit games were also registered by the trio of right fielder and leadoff hitter Jhon Torres, second baseman Liam Sabino, and designated hitter Kyle Skeels, each of whom had a single and double on the night. Center fielder Carlos Soler had a full night with a single, walk, stolen base, and two outfield assists.

Thursday’s game: vs. Bristol, Michael YaSenka (0-0, 0.68) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Astros 4

Francisco Hernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The GCL Cardinals trailed early but piled on late in a 9-4 road win over the Astros, improving to 8-12 on the year. Second sacker Ramon Mendoza doubled twice and singled for the team’s only three-hit game. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez continued his torrid stretch, mashing a sixth-inning grand slam to put his team ahead for good. The 19-year-old Hernandez added a single and walk, lifting his OPS to .979. Other notable contributors were left fielder Luis Montano (single, double, walk) and catcher Cristhian Longa, with a single, double, hit-by-pitch, and two base stealers gunned out of three attempts.

Righty Francis Ventura entered in the second inning and went six stanzas for the win, allowing four runs on eight hits while fanning half a dozen. Scoreless performances were provided by rehabbing “opener” 23-year-old Merandy Gonzalez (one inning, one hit, two whiffs) and 21-year-old Anthony Trompiz (two innings, four baserunners, one strikeout).

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 12, DSL Mets2 4

Diowill Burgos

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate upped its record to 15-23 on Wednesday morning with a 12-4 home thrashing of the DSL Mets2. Yonael Dominguez started with 4 1/3 shutout frames, though the 17-year old continues to struggle with his control. He walked three men Wednesday and has now issued 18 free passes in 21 innings. Dazzling in relief was 18-year-old righty Augusto Calderon, who fanned five of six Mets batters.

Diowill Burgos unsurprisingly led the Red attack with another four-hit game, his third of the season and second in just over a week. The 18-year-old All-Star left fielder singled three times, doubled, and coaxed a walk, lifting his overall season OPS to a gaudy 1.229 and his July slash line to an otherworldly .462/.551/1.051 with just six strikeouts in 50 trips to the plate. Reaching base four times were first baseman Luis Andujar (single, double, two walks) and backstop Jesus Orecchia (three singles, walk).

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Yankees 7, DSL Cardinals Blue 6

Darlin Moquete

Grabbing a 4-0 lead halfway through the game wasn’t enough for the DSL Cardinals Blue team, as they fell 7-6 at the Yankees Wednesday. Even so, they have an organization-best 21-13 record on the season. Right fielder and leadoff batter Darlin Moquete had the sole multi-hit game for the Blue, singling and doubling, with his 14th stolen base. Center fielder Hansel Otamendi singled and drew two walks, while left fielder Leudy Pena hit a solo longball, worked a walk, and gunned a runner at the plate.

Last time out, Gustavo J. Rodriguez allowed two hits in six scoreless innings and this time was even better. The 18-year-old Venezuelan righty was masterful, twirling five hitless innings with a walk and eight strikeouts, seven swinging. Rodriguez lowered his WHIP to 0.78 and his ERA to 1.25 over seven starts and 36 innings. All relievers were scored upon, but Luis Tena was the least bad, with one run conceded in two innings pitched. The 19-year-old righty fanned four and walked one.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 16, 2019

photo: Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 2-4 on Monday with slugfest wins by Memphis and Johnson City, and losses for Peoria, State College, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red squad. Springfield, Palm Beach, and the DSL Blue team took the day off. In Johnson City’s victory, Malcom Nunez returned after six weeks of inactivity and hammered a grand slam.

Results for games played Monday, July 15th.


Memphis 8 at Round Rock 6

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Memphis Redbirds upped their record to 38-57 with a homer-soaked 8-6 win at Round Rock Monday evening. Adolis Garcia smoked his 17th and 18th longballs, Randy Arozarena popped his fifth in 30 Triple-A games this year, and third baseman Jose Martinez, who also drew two walks, hit his second in seven Memphis games. Arozarena is now batting .362/.432/.569 for the Redbirds. Backstop Joe Hudson chipped in a pair of singles and a free pass.

After five straight solid outings (28 innings, sub-3.00 ERA), Genesis Cabrera was ineffective on Monday night, allowing six runs in three innings before the bullpen bailed him out. Righty Ryan Helsley (W, 2-3) threw three shutout stanzas and 22-year-old Junior Fernandez blanked the Express for two more frames, before southpaw Hunter Cervenka concluded the win with a spotless ninth inning. Fernandez fanned four and walked one, lowering his Memphis ERA to 0.79 in 11 1/3 innings.

Tuesday’s game: at Round Rock, Jake Woodford (5-5, 3.56) 7:05 CT.


Springfield OFF

Springfield (12-12) had a scheduled off day Monday. The S-Cards open a seven-day, seven-game Texas roadtrip to Amarillo and Corpus Christi on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: at Amarillo, Angel Rondon (4-1, 2.79) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach OFF

Palm Beach (8-18) had a scheduled off day Monday. The Beach Birds will be home for the next two weeks straight, though this coming weekend, they will be the designated away team when facing Jupiter.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Florida, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


Great Lakes 3 at Peoria 1

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

Peoria scored first but couldn’t hold on, falling to 4-20 in the season’s second half by tumbling 3-1 at home to the Loons on Monday morning. Michael Baird started and lowered his ERA to 0.82 with four shutout innings. The 24-year-old righty yielded three hits and a base on balls while fanning four. Tony Locey came next and was the bullpen highlight, striking out six of seven men. The hulking 20-year-old has whiffed nine in his last 3 1/3 innings pitched. The loss went to lefty Evan Sisk, who surrendered all three runs on five safeties, including a homer.

Brady Whalen had the only multi-hit game for the Chiefs, tripling and singling and drawing a walk for good measure. However, the team went 1-for-8 with men in scoring position, short-circuiting every rally. Ivan Herrera reached twice via a walk and a single, while the only other extra base hits were doubles by third sacker Josh Shaw and leadoff man Brendan Donovan.

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


Staten Island 7 at State College 4

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

State College lost its seventh in the last 10 games and slipped to 16-15 on the season with a 7-4 home defeat to the Staten Island Yankees. Center fielder Jonatan Machado led the offense with a double and triple and two runs scored, an 18-game on-base streak and now sports a sturdy slash line of .324/.393/.432 with exactly as many walks as whiffs. The only other multi-hit effort came from first baseman Shane Benes, who singled and doubled, but neither scored nor plated a runner. Catcher and cleanup batter Pedro Pages picked a man off first, gunned another runner stealing, and added a single. The 20-year-old Venezuelan with the big defensive reputation is hitting .288/.409/.385 with an 11/9 ratio of walks to strikeouts.

Righty Scott Politz made the start and was very good, going five innings and permitting just one run while fanning five Yanks. Jacob Schlesener relieved and was tagged for two runs and a blown save. Schlesener wasn’t hit hard, only allowing a single in his inning of work…but also issued a walk, wild pitch, and hit batter, for the two runs. The loss however went to the next man out of the pen, lefty Hector Villalobos, who coughed up four tallies across two innings. Intriguing if lightly-used 20-year-old righty Leonardo Taveras finished up with a shutout ninth, and has now allowed one hit and two walks in nine innings this season, with 15 strikeouts.

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


Johnson City 9 at Elizabethton 5

Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (14-11) pounced on Elizabethton early and never let up, breaking the game open with a fifth-inning grand slam from cleanup hitter Malcom Nunez in a 9-5 road triumph Monday night. Designated hitter Nunez, playing for the first time for Johnson City, and the first time anywhere since June 2nd, added a single to his slam, and was ably aided by multi-hit games from third baseman Raffy Ozuna (homer, two singles), shortstop and leadoff man Mateo Gil (two singles and a walk), and center fielder Jhon Torres (single, homer, and two of the team’s four free passes).

Righty Julio Puello retired the first 18 men he faced — seven of the first nine on strikes — before falling apart in the seventh inning with a single, hit batter, and longball. If ever “three earned runs” were a misleading line, this is it. Dylan Pearce followed with 1 2/3 stellar relief innings, fanning four and conceding just two harmless baserunners. Cameron Dulle was on mop-up duty, yielding a pair of insignificant runs in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game: at Elizabethton, Dalton Roach (1-0, 5.64) 5:30 CT.


GCL Mets 11 at GCL Cardinals 7

Luis Montano (Palm Beach Cardinals)

In a reverse of their recent script, the GCL Cardinals had their hitting shoes on but forgot to pitch and field, dropping to 7-12 on the season with an 11-7 home loss to the Mets. Starter Inohan Paniagua surrendered six runs, four earned, over 4 1/3 frames. The 19-year-old stringbean (6′ 1″ and 148) struck out one and allowed eight runners before handing off to Mexican righty Martin Cordova, who yielded three more runs in just 1 2/3 innings. The sole praiseworthy moundwork came from 23-year-old Connor Coward, who blanked the Mets for an inning.

Left fielder Luis Montano led the attack with a double and triple, and third baseman Francisco Hernandez continued his hot hitting with a single and double for his fourth two-knock game in his last five starts. Other multi-hit contributors included designated hitter Yowelfy Rosario (single, double) and backstop Joyser Garcia with a pair of singles. Recent draftee Patrick Romeri doubled and walked in four at-bats, but also fanned three times. (Romeri now sports a .921 OPS and is the youngest GCL regular with an OPS over .850.)

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.


DSL Cubs2 6, DSL Cardinals Red 5 (10 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red team fell to 14-22 with a 10th-inning walkoff loss to the DSL Cubs2 squad, 6-5 on Monday morning. The Red was led by a dazzling day from center fielder and leadoff man Smith Vargas, who went 4-for-5 with two singles, a double, and a triple. The 17-year-old Vargas can still only claim a .528 OPS, but one never knows when a young player has turned his season around; maybe this was the game for him. Chipping in was third baseman Luis Andular with two singles and a sac fly, designated hitter Endri Salas (double, walk) and first baseman Jesus Orecchia (walk, single).

Edgar Manzo started and was effectively wild, walking five but allowing just two runs, only one earned, over 5 2/3 innings. The 18-year-old Mexican righty fanned six Cubs and permitted four hits while lowering his ERA to 2.10 in seven starts. Manzo is yet to allow more than two earned runs in any 2019 appearance. The only Red hurler to not yield a Monday run was 17-year-old Brayan Ramirez. The big Colombian righty (6′ 4″ and 200) retired four of five opponents on strikes, while walking one.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

The DSL Blue team was off Monday.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 11, 2019

photo: Dalton Roach (Minnesota State-Mankato)

It was a 3-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, with Memphis still off for the All-Star break and Palm Beach suspended by rain in the 4th inning. Player of the Day Dalton Roach threw six shutout innings for Johnson City. Springfield won with help from Dylan Carlson, who reached safely four times and stole a base, shortstop Rayder Ascanio who matched Carlson, and starting pitcher Angel Rondon, who pitched into the seventh inning and drove in more runs than he conceded.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 10th.


Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Triple-A All-Star Game: Pacific Coast League 9, International League 3

Memphis (36-54) had the day off, though 22-year-old Jake Woodford started and got the win with two spotless innings for the PCL All-Stars versus the International League squad. The righty fanned a pair during his six up, six down domination.

Redbirds Andrew Knizner and Rangel Ravelo (promoted to St. Louis) did not appear in the contest, held in El Paso.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 9.00) 7:05 CT.


Springfield 8 at Tulsa 4

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield upped its second-half record to 9-11 with a resounding 8-4 road win over the Drillers. Leadoff hitter Dylan Carlson had his second straight three-hit game, and added a walk and stolen base to boot. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio also had three safeties with a steal and free pass, and like Carlson scored a pair of runs. Michael Perri and Justin Toerner each singled twice and drew a walk as well.

Starter Angel Rondon was a force unto himself, twirling 6 2/3 innings of one-run ball and providing two RBI and a sac bunt on offense. The 21-year-old righty lowered his Texas League ERA to 2.79 while whiffing five and walking no one. He yielded six hits, all singles, and needed 96 pitches on the night. Ronnie Williams pitched a perfect eighth while fanning one man.

Right fielder Justin Toerner made a highlight reel catch to end the game.

Thursday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.08) 7:00 CT.


Palm Beach at Clearwater – suspended

Palm Beach’s (6-14) afternoon contest was suspended as the Cards were trailing at Clearwater 3-1 in the fourth inning. Juan Yepez homered just before play was halted. All three Threshers runs were scored against starter Griffin Roberts. The game will be completed prior to Thursday’s seven-inning contest.

Thursday’s games: at Clearwater, TBA/Alvaro Seijas (0-0, 3.60), 4:00 CT.


Lansing 8 at Peoria 2

Michael Baird (State College Spikes)

Peoria fell to 3-16 with their 10th loss in a row, in getting thumped 8-2 by Lansing at Dozer Park. Michael Baird started and threw three scoreless frames before giving way to recent draftee and losing pitcher Tony Locey. The third-round pick out of Georgia allowed his first professional runs, surrendering two earned in 1 1/3 innings. The righty struck out three Lugnuts. Parker Kelly lowered his ERA to 1.61 with three hitless innings. Rodard Avelino had a night to forget, with four walks and a hit leading to four runs while securing just one out to open the ninth as a close game turned into a blowout.

There were no multi-hit games for the Chiefs — even including walks, nobody reached twice. Second sacker Brendan Donovan had the sole extra base hit, a double. Donovan and Brandon Riley scored the only runs and Brady Whalen had his team’s one RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lansing, Kyle Leahy (4-6, 2.94), 6:35 CT.


Tri-City 14, State College 7

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

State College (14-12) fell behind by nine runs early and not surprisingly never challenged the home Tri-City ValleyCats Wednesday evening. Starter and losing pitcher Scott Politz was hammered for 10 runs on 14 baserunners over five innings, dropping the righty’s record to 1-2 and escalating his ERA to 8.69. 27th-rounder Eric Lex had a rough sixth, with four runs scoring, two earned, on three hits and two walks. Southpaw Fabian Blanco pitched well to close out the game with two shutout stanzas with a hit and a free pass issued.

No Spikes had multiple hits; right fielder Andrew Warner and left fielder David Vinsky had the only long hits with a double apiece. Shortstop Moises Casillo singled and drew two walks, while fellow teenager Donivan Williams plated three runners via a single and bases-loaded walk. In a league in which the average OPS is currently .647, Castillo is at .790 with a robust 15/18 BB/K ratio.

Thursday’s game: at Tri-City, Adrian Mardueno (1-0, 2.16) 6:00 CT.


Johnson City 6 at Bristol 3

Dalton Roach (Robert Kell)

Johnson City lifted its ledger to 12-8 with a 6-3 road win over the Bristol Pirates. The Johnson City attack was led by Terry Fuller, who homered for the first time in 2019 and added a single and two bases on balls. (He is tied for the league lead with his 14 free passes to date.) The 20-year-old right fielder also stole his third base while boosting his average to .281 and OPS to .870. Other two-hit games were provided by keystoner Liam Sabino and designated hitter Todd Lott, each of whom also induced a walk.

Righty Dalton Roach threw six shutout innings for the J-Cards, lowering his ERA to 5.64 on the young season. The right-hander struck out four without issuing a walk, scattering just three hits and using a fifth-inning double play ball to face just two hitters over the minimum. St. Louis native and Mizzou product Cameron Dulle (30th round in this year’s draft) twirled two innings and permitted his first professional run, leaving his ERA at 1.29 over six appearances and seven innings.

Thursday’s game: at Bristol, Jake Sommers (1-0, 1.04) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 1 (11 innings)

Francis Ventura

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals raised their record to 5-9 with a dramatic 2-1 win in 11 innings at the GCL Mets. Canadian-born third baseman Francisco Hernandez singled and doubled for his club’s only multi-hit day, and started a double play in the field. Shortstop Yowelfy Rosario doubled home the eventual winning run in the top of the 11th, giving him four straight games with an RBI.

Starter Francis Ventura was excellent for the G-Cards, scattering seven hits over six innings. The righty fanned four and walked a pair while allowing his staff’s only run. Two shutout innings were provided by righty Saniel Santana, and three by winner Wilman Madera. who whiffed four and walked no one.

Thursday’s game: There is no GCL Cardinals game scheduled for Thursday.


DSL Twins 11 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue team fell to 20-10 by being routed at home 11-2 at the hands of the DSL Twins. Starter Engels Martinez at least provided innings, going six and allowing four runs, all earned, on just four hits — three of which left the field of play. No reliever escaped unscathed, but the best was 17-year-old righty Benjamin Arias, who went two innings and yielded only one run.

Spearheading the meager offense was first baseman Luis Rodriguez with three singles. No one else had more than one hit, and there were no fielding or baserunning heroics. Second baseman Elvin De Jesus and right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez each doubled for the only extra base knocks.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rockies, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL D-backs2 8, DSL Cardinals Red 3

Mustering just three singles for the day, the DSL Cardinals Red squad dropped an 8-3 road decision to the D-backs2 team, slipping to 12-21 on the season. Contributing the hits were catcher Jesus Orecchia, second sacker Albert Inoa, and birthday boy center fielder Endri Salas, who turned 18 on Wednesday and drew two walks to go along with his base knock and a hit-by-pitch. (Scorching hot Diowill Burgos went 0-for-1 with a pair of free passes and for July is now batting .391/.483/1.043 with just three strikeouts in 30 trips to the dish.)

Starter and losing pitcher Hancel Rincon couldn’t finish the third inning, as he allowed five runs in 2 2/3 frames. The 17-year-old righty fanned two and walked one, and is yet to issue more than one walk in any of his eight appearances as starter or reliever. The only unscored upon bullpenner was 19-year-old righty Larimel Soriano, who lowered his ERA to 1.10 with his pair of goose egg innings.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 9, 2019

photo: Ivan Herrera (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-4 Monday with victories by Palm Beach, Johnson City, and the Gulf Coast Cards. Springfield, State College, and the DSL Blue squad went down to defeat, as well as the Peoria Chiefs who lost despite Player of the Day Ivan Herrera reaching safely four times. Memphis took the day off for the All-Star break and the DSL Red team had no result reported.

Results for games played Monday, July 8th.


Memphis – off

Last-place Memphis (36-54) did not play Monday and will not play Tuesday, owing to the Triple-A All-Star break. The game will be held Wednesday evening in El Paso with Jake Woodford, Rangel Ravelo and Andrew Knizner participating for the Pacific Coast League Stars.


Tulsa 6, Springfield 4

Bryan Dobzanski (St. Louis Cardinals)

Last-place Springfield fell to 7-11 with a 6-4 road loss to the Drillers Monday night. Southpaw Evan Kruczynski was the starter and loser for the S-Cards, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits and a trio of free passes. Connor Jones permitted the other run, and righty Bryan Dobzanski continued his fine season with a pair of shutout innings to lower his Texas League ERA to 2.25 in 12 innings across 10 appearances.

The left side of the infield did the heavy hitting, as third baseman Yariel Gonzalez and shortstop Rayder Ascanio had the only multi-hit games (two knocks apiece) and the only extra base hits (one double each). Top prospect Dylan Carlson was yet to return from his fine Futures Game appearance, but right fielder Lars Nootbaar provided a highlight by amazingly gunning his 14th runner of the year, in just 69 games.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Alex FaGalde (1-1, 0.71) 7:05 CT.


Palm Beach 7 at Clearwater 2

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Last-place Palm Beach raised its record to 6-13 with a fistful of late runs in a 7-2 road thrashing of the Threshers Monday evening. Second baseman Nick Dunn singled three times and right fielder Juan Yepez singled, walked, and hit his first Beach Birds homer of the year in just his fourth game since being promoted from Peoria. The 21-year-old scored two and drove in three.

Diego Cordero started and pitched well for Palm Beach, yielding just two runs in 6 2/3 frames (91 pitches). On the downside, the 21-year-old lefty did not fan any of the 26 batters he faced. Righty reliever Cole Aker got the win by retiring seven straight, three by strikeout. The 22-year-old has been a new man since switching to the pen full time, whiffing 29 batters in 21 innings, walking 10, and conceding no homers for an FIP around 2.00. Moreover, for his last 10 appearances, he has logged a stunning 18/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.

Tuesday’s game: at Clearwater, pitcher TBA, 6:00 CT.


Burlington 9, Peoria 4

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Ivan Herrera doubled, singled twice, and walked, but it wasn’t nearly enough for last-place Peoria as they dropped their ninth straight game and fell to 3-15 with a 9-4 road loss to the Burlington Bees. The just-turned-19-year-old backstop scored one and drove in two as he snapped a 4-for-32 slump. Additional offense was provided by Leandro Cedeno with a double and walk, Brendan Donovan (two singles) and Brady Whalen (two walks, single).

Franyel Casadilla was the starter and loser, allowing Burlington five runs, three earned, in 2 1/3 innings. The bullpen barely fared better, with only southpaw Eli Kraus distinguishing himself. The 23-year-old Kent State product twirled two shutout innings, surrendering a harmless single, fanning two, and issuing no walks.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria and the rest of the Midwest League is off.


Batavia 14 at State College 2

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College slipped to 13-11, absorbing a 14-2 home beatdown at the hands of the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday. Jacob Schlesener started and took the loss for the Spikes, though the lion’s share of the Batavia runs came later. Southpaw Schlesener needed 85 pitches to log just 3 1/3 stanzas, yielding five hits, four free passes, and fine runs, three earned. The lefty did whiff seven victims. 2019 eighth-round draftee Logan Gragg was solid again out of the bullpen, contributing 1 1/3 shutout innings in mopup time.

Shortstop Moises Castillo kept on hitting, going 3-for-4 for his club’s only multi-safety game. The 19-year-old is now 12 for his last 21, raising his season average to .325 for fourth-best in the NY-Penn League. (Castillo is also third in the 14-team league in walks with 13.) Lee’s Summit product Andrew Warner provided the only pop for State College, mashing his third homer of the year. The 23-year-old is batting just .232 but his OPS is crowding .800 thanks to power and patience.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Batavia, Connor Thomas (2-0, 4.66) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 4, Elizabethton 3

Kyle Skeels (Robert Kell)

Overcoming a 2-0 first-inning deficit, Johnson City rallied to a dramatic 4-3 home win over the Twins Monday night, improving to 11-8 on the year. First baseman Kyle Skeels did the most damage, slugging his first longball plus his first double, and even threw in a walk. The 36th round pick out of Coastal Carolina scored two and plated two. There were no other multi-hit players for Johnson City, which scored a run each in the eighth and ninth to pull the game out. Scalding hot third baseman Chandler Redmond hit his fourth homer, a solo shot in the eighth, to lift his slugging percentage over .700 on the young season.

Righty Julio Puello went five innings and allowed two runs, before stellar bullpen work in the eighth and ninth innings was provided by Tyler Peck and winning pitcher Dylan Pearce, each of whom tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts. Pearce pitched the top of the final frame and was the beneficiary of a Liam Sabino walkoff single in the bottom half that drove in Skeels.

Tuesday’s game: There are no Appalachian League games on Tuesday.


GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 1

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Despite mustering just four hits, the GCL Cardinals made them count as they improved to 3-9 with a 4-1 home win over the Marlins on Monday afternoon. The biggest blow by far was a three-run bomb off the bat of left fielder Jean Selmo, who entered the game just 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez also went deep for the Gulf Cards, while catcher Cristhian Longa contributed his fourth double and gunned one of two base stealers.

Righty Ludwin Jimenez had his first good start since being promoted from the Dominican Summer League, and it was a dandy. The 17-year-old fanned nine men in six innings and yielded only two hits — one on the infield. A solo longball was the sole blemish on his day. Anthony Trompiz was sturdy in relief, retiring six of seven Marlins, two on strikes. (It should be noted that the Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against 18-year-old Roy Garcia [two walks and a single], only to have the rest of the inning washed out by a storm.)

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red at Tigers 1

The Monday morning scheduled DSL Cardinals Red game at the Tigers 1 had no result posted at press time.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Mets1 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue team fell behind by three runs in the first and could never recover, losing 6-2 at home on Monday to the Mets1 squad and dropping to 19-9 for the year. Venezuelan 18-year-old Reinys Portillo struggled for a change, allowing more than one run for the first time in five starts (though he did fan a season-high six batters). The righty conceded four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks across five innings. Lefty Nelson Prada was stylish in relief with two shutout innings.

Third baseman Brandon Hernandez registered the only multi-hit game for the Blue, going 2-for-3 and also drawing a base on balls. The 17-year-old Canadian is on something of a roll, going 10-for-26 with only two strikeouts, after fanning in 18 of his first 36 professional at-bats. Center fielder Hansel Otamendi and Catcher Jose Zapata had the only extra base hits with a double each. The 17-year-old Otamendi is batting .337 and has fanned just 11 times in more than 100 trips to the plate, while walking 16 times.

Tuesday’s game: at Phillies Red, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 4, 2019

photo: Jacob Schlesener (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a 2-6 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. There were narrow defeats for Memphis, Peoria, and Johnson City, and shellackings for Palm Beach, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red squad. The victories went to Springfield in walkoff style, and to State College, which was led by co-Players of the Day David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener, who compiled seven total bases and a dozen strikeouts, respectively.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 3rd.


New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 35-51 overall, including a dismal 14-31 at home, with Wednesday night’s loss to the Baby Cakes at AutoZone Park. Randy Arozarena added three hits including a double to his current rampage (19 hits in his last seven games) and drove in a pair, but it wasn’t quite enough as Memphis was shut out over the final six frames. Third baseman Max Schrock also singled twice and doubled, and again like Arozarena, was left stranded by his teammates each time. Baserunning undid the Redbirds in general as Kramer Robertson was thrown out stealing second, Adolis Garcia was picked off third, and Arozarena was gunned down at the plate.

Jake Woodford started and took the loss Monday, surrendering all four runs in five innings. The 22-year-old righty walked five and struck out four, and gave up two gopher balls. Chasen Shreve and Chris Beck pitched a shutout inning apiece and Chris Ellis had two spotless stanzas, but the four runs were one too many to overcome.

Thursday’s game: at Iowa, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 10.38) 7:08 CT.


Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield 6, Tulsa 5

Despite being outhit 13-to-9, Springfield upped its second half ledger to 6-7 with a 6-5 walk-off win over the Drillers late Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Catcher Jose Godoy had the club’s only multi-hit night as he singled twice, doubled, and drew a walk, and center fielder Dylan Carlson popped his 13th homer, a long one, and drew two free passes, to spearhead the S-Cards attack. The winning run was scored by Alberto Triunfel on Yariel Gonzalez’ dramatic two-out single.

Struggling lefty Evan Kruczynski started and was cuffed around for 11 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to Ronnie Williams, who was dandy for 1 2/3 hitless innings, fanning two and walking one. Getting the win was Roel Ramirez, who continued his excellent pitching of the past few weeks. The righty faced four men and struck out three, and over his last seven outings (all scoreless) he has twirled 12 1/3 innings, permitted four hits and two walks, and fanned 23 men.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.47) 5:30 CT.


Lakeland 6 at Palm Beach 0

Ramon Santos (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach dropped its second-half record to 4-10 with a 6-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium Wednesday evening. After being held scoreless in the two-game Charlotte series, the Beach Birds plated just two runs over the three home games against Lakeland, but still managed to win one.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez was Wednesday’s starter and losing hurler, needing 74 pitches to navigate three innings. The 22-year-old allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits and four free passes. Ramon Santos and Ben Yokley provided yeoman bullpen work, combining for six shutout innings and permitting just three baserunners in total while fanning five, but the offense was again MIA.

First baseman Luken Baker and backstop Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for the Beach Birds, singling twice each (there were nine hits, none for extra bases). Designated hitter Nick Plummer singled, stole a base, and drew two of his team’s three walks. The soon-to-be-23-year-old lifted his season slash line to .157/.296/.257. Top prospect Nolan Gorman went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Griffin Roberts (0-3, 6.91) 6:00 CT.


Kane County 5 at Peoria 4

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria (now 3-10 for the second half) took a two-run lead into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold on, losing 5-4 at home to Kane County. Second sacker Edwin Figuera singled three times to lead the Chiefs, and third baseman Juan Yepez provided the other multi-hit game with two singles plus a base on balls.

Franyel Casadilla started and went 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk. Righty Parker Kelly was excellent in relief again, going 2 1/3 and whiffing four while walking none. The 22-year-old did permit one run on three safeties, as his ERA rose to 1.56 across 17 1/3 innings, with an exceptional 19-to-2 strikeout/walk ratio. The blown save and loss went to southpaw Eli Kraus, who allowed two runs in the ninth inning on a free pass and pair of base hits.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Michael Baird (0-0, 0.00) 6:30 CT.


State College 6 at Batavia 4

David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener (State College Spikes)

Behind three hits and three RBI from co-Player of the Day David Vinsky, State College improved to 11-8 with a 6-4 road win over Batavia. Batting leadoff and manning center field, Vinsky singled, doubled, and mashed his first professional homer, increasing his OPS to 1.111 in his first four games with the Spikes. Left fielder Jonatan Machado (two singles) and catcher Carlos Soto (single, double) provided multi-hit support.

Starting pitcher and co-Player of the Day Jacob Schlesener fanned a dozen Muckdogs in six strong innings to earn the win. The lefty yielded one earned run on just two hits and two walks, though he did toss a pair of wild pitches and hit a batter. Three 2019 draftees excelled in relief, as Connor Lunn (11th round) and Eric Lex (27th) twirled a shutout inning apiece in relief, and dazzling righty Logan Gragg bailed out lefty Fabian Blanco in the ninth inning to close the win. Drafted last month in the eighth round out of Oklahoma State, the 20-year-old Gragg entered with two on and one out, and whiffed the next two men on six pitches.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Andre Pallante (1-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Greeneville 6 at Johnson City 5 (10 innings)

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

Johnson City led after seven innings but couldn’t hold on, going down to defeat at home to Greeneville by a 6-5 score in 10 innings. The Cardinals (now 9-5 on the year) had only one multi-hit game, from designated hitter Victor Garcia, and drew only one walk, from leadoff man Jhon Torres, as they failed to protect three different leads during the course of the game. Right fielder Terry Fuller had a triple and gunned a runner trying to stretch a single to end the Greeneville half of the ninth inning.

Righty starter Dalton Roach went 7 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk. The 23-year-old threw 88 pitches and induced 11 groundouts on the night. The loss was absorbed by Tyler Peck, who fanned three men in two innings but conceded the deciding (unearned) run in the 10th frame.

Thursday’s game: at Bluefield, Will Guay (0-0, 6.35), 5:30 CT.


GCL Marlins 8, GCL Cardinals 2

William Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The struggles of the GCL Cardinals continued as the club fell to 1-6 with an 8-2 beat down by the home GCL Marlins early Wednesday afternoon. Ludwin Jimenez was the starter and loser for the G-Cards, as the 17-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three free passes across five innings. The Dominican righty has now pitched five innings in five of six starts in 2019. No one distinguished himself in relief, though Wilman Madera did fan his only man.

Center fielder and leadoff hitter William Jimenez provided the sole multi-hit effort of the day with a single and triple, and gunned a runner at third base for good measure. The 23-year-old Dominican received offensive support from 18-year-old second baseman Ramon Mendoza, who went 1-for-2 and walked twice. Designated hitter Tre Fletcher was hitless, but only fanned once for the first time as a professional. Fletcher now has 12 strikeouts in 27 at-bats — but is nevertheless batting .296 with an .840 OPS.

Thursday’s games: vs. GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT. Second game to follow, also pitcher TBA.


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Playing in a division with an uneven number of teams, the DSL Cardinals Blue had a scheduled day off Wednesday. The 17-7 Blue hold a half-game division lead.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Rangers2 9, DSL Cardinals Red 3

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate dropped to 11-17 by being blown out 9-3 at the home of the DSL Rangers2. The Red could muster only two hits and three walks on the day, with 17-year-old center fielder Endri Salas doubling and scoring and plating a run. Second baseman and leadoff batter Sander Mora was the only man to reach safely twice, singling and drawing a walk.

Miguel Yedis was the starter and loser for the Red, leaving him 0-3 on the season. The 18-year-old Dominican allowed four runs, three earned, in four frames. He gave up six hits, walked three, tossed a pair of wild pitches, and fanned just one. Stellar bullpen work was provided by 18-year-old Venezuelan righty Luis Garcia, who whiffed three of the six men he faced.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 2, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The lower levels bailed out the big boys Monday, as the St. Louis Cardinals farm teams went 3-4 with the wins all achieved by rookie-ball affiliates. The DSL squads swept their opponents and Johnson City won a terrific pitcher’s duel, while Springfield lost despite Player of the Day Dylan Carlson (homer, double, walk), and the Palm Beach, Peoria, and State College lineups could muster just six runs between them in a trio of defeats. Memphis played just an inning before being suspended for storms, and the Gulf Coast Cards had a scheduled off day.


Memphis vs. New Orleans suspended in 2nd inning

Memphis’ game was suspended due to rain with New Orleans up 1-0 against starter Harold Arauz heading into the second inning at AutoZone Park. The game will be completed on Tuesday starting at 5:05 p.m., with the regular game, reduced to seven innings, following.

Tuesday games: vs. New Orleans, TBA/Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.44) 5:05 CT.


Tulsa 6 at Springfield 4

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield lost to Tulsa at home on Monday night by a 6-4 score, dropping the S-Cards to 34-47 on the season and 4-7 in the second half. Leadoff man and Player of the Day Dylan Carlson did his part by homering, doubling, and drawing a walk for Springfield, which received no other multi-hit games. The only one other extra base hit was a home run from Justin Toerner, his third since being promoted. Center fielder Carlson leads the Texas League with 34 extra base knocks, three more than his nearest rival.

Johan Oviedo was improved but not good enough, as the 21-year-old starter surrendered three runs in six innings with seven strikeouts while taking a no decision. Reliever Will Latcham was lit up for the loss, allowing three runs of his own in just one inning as his ERA ballooned to 9.28 on the year. The sole pitching highlight was provided by Jacob Patterson with a 1-2-3 ninth inning featuring a pair of whiffs.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Tommy Parsons (1-2, 6.48) 6:30 CT.


Lakeland 9 at Palm Beach 1

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach was slayed by the Flying Tigers 9-1 on Monday evening at Roger Dean Stadium, falling to 38-37 on the season and 3-9 in the second half. Starter and losing pitcher Perry DellaValle allowed 10 singles in four innings, leading to six runs, all earned. He did fan seven batters without walking a man, but the hits were far too well-bunched. Making his Florida State League debut, Edgar Escobar twirled three strong stanzas in relief, permitting one run while striking out two and conceding no free passes.

Second baseman Nick Dunn had two of his team’s four singles, and there were no Beach Birds’ extra base hits, no double plays turned, no bases stolen, and no opposing runners gunned down by backstop or outfielder, in the unusually uncompetitive and uninteresting tilt. Top prospect Nolan Gorman singled in four at-bats but whiffed twice.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Diego Cordero (0-0, 2.70) 5:30 CT.


Burlington 4 at Peoria 1

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria fell to 33-47 overall and 3-8 in the half with a 4-1 loss at home to the Burlington Bees on a steamy 92-degree Monday night at Dozer Park. Cleanup hitter Brady Whalen led the meager offense with a double and single, accounting for half his club’s safeties and extra base hits, and their only RBI. The first baseman was supported somewhat by second sacker Edwin Figuera, who tripled but was left stranded.

Lefty Colin Schmid made the start and took the defeat, yielding four runs on four hits and four walks over 6 1/3 innings. Righty Michael Baird and southpaw Eli Kraus, both promoted from State College over the weekend, pitched quite well out of the pen, combining to put down five straight Bees, two on strikes.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Kane County, Michael Brettell (2-5, 5.00), 6:35 CT.


Batavia 5, State College 4 (10 innings)

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

Despite leading 4-0 entering the eighth inning, State College went down in 10 innings in Batavia 5-4 Monday evening, dropping to 10-7 on the young season. Hard to blame the pitchers, though, as all five Muckdogs runs were unearned. Undersized righty starter Adrian Mardueno tossed four shutout frames on just 46 pitches, oddly neither walking nor whiffing a batter. Jeremy Randolph was charged with three unearned runs from the bullpen, logging 3 2/3 innings and allowing three singles, a double, and a base on balls, while fanning three. Logan Gragg took a blown save with an unearned tally in the ninth. Taking the loss was recent 27th round draftee Eric Lex, who allowed a hit and hit batter in the 10th.

The Spikes offensive attack was led again by backstop Pedro Pages, who reached three times via single, double, and walk. Pages lifted his average to a cool .400 with a 1.036 OPS. (Perhaps best of all, the 20-year-old has fanned just twice in more than 30 trips to the plate.) Left fielder David Vinsky doubled twice and scored two runs for the State College cause, but committing the two critical miscues afield were third baseman Brylie Ware and right fielder Stanley Espinal.

Tuesday’s game: at Batavia, Enmanuel Solano (1-1, 5.94) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 2, Greeneville 1

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City raised its record to 8-4 Monday night with a 2-1 nail-biting home triumph over the Greeneville Reds. No Cardinal contributed more than one hit, but center fielder Jhon Torres, shortstop Mateo Gil, and right fielder Terry Fuller each drew a walk to supplement a base knock. (Torres and Fuller had a double apiece, and the former was also plunked once.) Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio gunned a runner at second base in the top of the first inning, and the play turned out to be critical as Johnson City limited the Reds to a single first inning tally, and grabbed the lead back in the bottom half, never to relinquish it.

Righty Francisco Justo was the winner and continued his excellent start to the season, going five innings and surrendering the one run on five hits and two walks. In his third start, the big Bronx native fanned four and saw his ERA go up, all the way to 1.10. Contributing a shutout bullpen inning each were Wilberto Rivera, outfield convert Walker Robbins, Alex Gallegos, and the University of Missouri’s own Cameron Dulle, who got the save with a popup, strikeout, popup ninth inning.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Julio Puello (0-1, 5.91) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

On Monday, the 1-4 Gulf Coast League Cardinals had a scheduled day off.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 5, DSL Rockies 4

The DSL Cardinals Blue team lifted their ledger to 16-7 on the year with a ninth inning walkoff win against the DSL Rockies 5-4 on Monday morning. Third baseman Brandon Hernandez tripled and homered for his first two extra base hits of the season, to spearhead the Blue attack. The 17-year-old Canadian drove in two and also plated a pair. Multi-hit support was provided by Fernando Diaz and Elvin DeJesus with two singles apiece, and catcher Jose Zapata with a pair of doubles.

Starter Reinys Portillo conceded just one earned run across six sturdy innings, permitting four singles, no walks, and a double, to go with his four strikeouts. The 18-year-old Venezuelan gave way to Nelson Prada, who yielded one run in two innings with three whiffs, and then finally winning pitcher Luis Tena, who allowed the tying (albeit unearned) run in the top of the ninth — but also received the victorious tally in the bottom half when first baseman Diaz singled in Darlin Moquette to end the game.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Orioles2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Mets2 3

Diowill Burgos

The DSL Cardinals Red squad thumped the DSL Mets2 unit 8-3 on Monday, scoring five runs in the eighth inning to break the tie and raise their record to 10-16. In an odd distribution of innings, four hurlers went 2 to 2 2/3 innings each for the Red, all pitching effectively. Lefty Diorys Guerrero started and logged 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run. Fellow southpaw Hemerson Cordero followed, and the just-turned-17-year-old was solid, permitting only a solo homer over 2 2/3 frames. Two righties finished off the win, with 17-year-old Oliver Lopez and 18-year-old Miguel Maiz twirling two stanzas each and yielding one run total on five hits.

Left fielder Diowill Burgos once again led the Red offense, smacking his sixth longball and adding a single and walk for good measure. The 18-year-old (now batting .360 with a 1.092 OPS on the young year) had the only multi-hit game and scored a pair of runs to give him 20 tallies in 24 games, in addition to his league-leading 31 RBI. Also scoring twice on Monday was 16-year-old catcher and cleanup hitter Roblin Heredia, who went just 1-for-2 but continued to show improved plate discipline, walking twice without whiffing. At the risk of overanalyzing a mini-micro-sample, Heredia’s first eight games featured a dismal 3-to-14 walk/strikeout ratio, but his next seven games have been quite encouraging with a 7-to-4 advantage to the free passes. His overall raw batting line remains poor, but Heredia may be on the upswing.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 27, 2019

photo: Francisco Justo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-5 on Wednesday with Palm Beach and State College providing the only wins, and only decent pitching. The five vanquished affiliates — Memphis, Peoria, Johnson City, and the DSL teams — allowed more than nine runs per game, and the two DSL squads were especially dismal with more errors than base hits. Player of the Day was Johnson City starter Francisco Justo who spun a one-hitter over 6 1/3 innings. Springfield and the Gulf Coast League Cardinals had the day off.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 26th.


Nashville 17 at Memphis 11

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis took a six-run lead after five innings before completely collapsing and losing by six, in a 17-11 home loss at the hands of the Nashville Sounds, dropping the Redbirds to 33-46 on the year.

Right fielder Randy Arozarena led the potent attack with three hits and a stolen base, while other multi-hit games were contributed by Edmundo Sosa, Tyler O’Neill, Irving Lopez, and Andrew Knizner, who homered and drove in four runs on the night against Nashville starter and former Cardinal Seth Maness, who allowed all 11 Redbirds runs in his four innings of work.

Harold Arauz started and allowed eight runs in 5 2/3 innings despite allowing just five hits and a walk, in part due to four hit batters. He was followed to the bump by five relievers, each of whom conceded at least one run, save for a shutout inning from Mike Mayers, making his initial rehab appearance. Losing pitcher Ryan Helsley truly earned the distinction, giving three free passes, a double and four earned runs without retiring a batter in his first rehab outing.

Thursday’s game: vs. Nashville, Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.84) 7:05 CT.


Springfield OFF

On Wednesday, Springfield had their final off day for the Texas League All-Star break. The club is just 1-5 in the second half.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, pitcher TBA, 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 8 at Florida 3

Perry DellaValle (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach improved to 3-5 in the second half with an 8-3 drubbing of the homestanding Fire Frogs. The middle infield led the charge, with shortstop Michael Perri and second baseman Nick Dunn collecting three hits apiece and scoring four runs between them. Right fielder and leadoff man Lars Nootbaar continued his hot hitting away from Roger Dean Stadium, going 2-for-4 and lifting his Palm Beach road slashline to .375/.429/.500. A Dunn double and Nolan Gorman triple were the only extra base hits for the Beach Birds.

Perry DellaValle (winner, 3-3, 2.65) posted five efficient and effective innings for Palm Beach, yielding just one run and spending 78 pitches. Righty reliever Zach Prendergast permitted two unearned runs across two innings, and a single shutout inning each was twirled by fellow righties Mitchell Osnowitz and Ronnie Williams, who closed out the proceedings.

Thursday’s game: at Florida, Diego Cordero (0-0, 1.80) 11:00 a.m. CT.


Clinton 5, Peoria 4 (10 innings)

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

In a seesaw contest, Peoria tied it in the ninth but succumbed in the 10th, falling to 2-4 in the second half with the 5-4 road defeat to the LumberKings. Southpaw starter Colin Schmid was roughed up for four runs on four hits, five walks, a hit batter and wild pitch in 2 2/3 innings but the bullpen bailed him out, conceding just one tally over the remainder of the game — and that, the 10th-inning run, scored by the runner placed at second to start the inning. Lowering his ERA to 0.69, Parker Kelly contributed 3 1/3 shutout innings with four whiffs, and Thomas St. Clair contributed two spotless stanzas with a trio of strikeouts. Edgar Escobar took the loss.

Left fielder Wadye Ynfante and shortstop Delvin Perez each had a pair of hits for the Chiefs, while second sacker Brendan Donovan doubled and walked in his only two trips to the dish. Leadoff hitter Perez also committed his 16th error.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Michael Brettell (2-4, 4.22) 6:30 CT.


State College 8, Mahoning Valley 4

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College continued their strong start to the 2019 campaign, thumping the Mahoning Valley Scrappers on the road Wednesday night by an 8-4 score, appropriately raising their record to 8-4.

Every member of the lineup had at least one hit and the left side of the infield reached safely six times in all, with third baseman Edwin Figuera singling and drawing two hit-by-pitches, and 19-year-old shortstop Moises Castillo singling, doubling, and also drawing a plunking. (Castillo may be a sleeper to watch, as he finished last year’s Appalachian League season in style, going .310/.430/.560 with more walks than whiffs over his final two weeks at Johnson City.)

Michael Baird went four innings and allowed just two hits and an unearned run for the Spikes. The 6′ 5″ righty has now yielded just three base runners while whiffing nine men over his past eight innings. Smaller righty Adrian Mardueno (5′ 10″) followed with two firm innings, allowing only a harmless double while fanning four. After Rodard Avelino was lit up for three runs in 1/3 of an inning, Mexican lefty Hector Villalobos closed it out with 2 2/3 scoreless frames, keeping his season ERA at 0.00 through four appearances and seven innings.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Enmanuel Solano (0-1, 8.44) 6:05 CT.


Greeneville 6, Johnson City 2

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City carried a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning at Greeneville before falling apart and losing 6-2 Wednesday, dropping to 4-3 on the season. Starting pitcher and Player of the Day Francisco Justo was masterful, setting down the first 12 batters without incident and finishing with 6 1/3 innings of one-hit baseball. The strapping 20-year-old righty needed only 79 pitches to fan seven, hit a batter, walk nobody, and permit one unearned tally. 2019 31st-round draftee Dylan Pearce took the loss after retiring no one while allowing two singles, a double, and a triple, for four runs.

First baseman Todd Lott had his second straight three-hit game for Johnson City, which managed just six hits in all and failed to record an extra base knock. Lott plated one of the two runs, and massive 19-year-old Venezuelan right fielder Victor Garcia (6′ 3″ 235) the other. Second baseman Liam Sabino achieved the dreaded golden sombrero in just four trips to the plate. At least he was consistent.

Thursday’s game: at Greeneville, Julio Puello (0-0, 1.59) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals had a scheduled day off Wednesday. The defending East Division champion is still looking for its first win of 2019 after two games played.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Phillies White 9, DSL Cardinals Red 6

Diowill Burgos

The struggles of the DSL Cardinals Red team continued in a 9-6 road loss at the hands of the Phillies White squad, leaving the Red 8-14 on the year. Designated hitter Diowill Burgos kept on dominating with a single, double, sacrifice fly, and stolen base, but he received scant batting help from his teammates, none of whom mustered a multi-hit game. (Burgos had half the Red hits, in fact.) Shortstop Bryan Matute did have a double, a pair of free passes, and an eventful day on the infield with two double plays, his first error, and a seventh-inning triple play from a lineout.

Righty Miguel Yedis started and took the loss, allowing six runs, five earned in five frames. The 18-year-old Dominican whiffed three and walked the same. A pair of just-turned-17-year-old relievers finished up by yielding three runs — albeit all unearned — over the final three innings. Venezuelan lefty Hemerson Cordero fanned two in one inning of work, and Dominican righty Oliver Lopez twirled the final two stanzas, nimbly working around two hits and two walks.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Nationals 9 at DSL Cardinals Blue 5

The DSL Cardinals Blue affiliate fell to 13-6 on the year as they committed eight errors while bowing at home to the Nationals 9-5 on Wednesday morning. Righty Engels Martinez made the start and went 4 1/3, allowing two earned runs and two unearned. The 17-year-old Dominican took the loss and struck out three and walked three. Benjamin Arias and Victor Villanueva both yielded no earned runs, the former going 1 2/3 innings and the latter 2/3 of one. Struggling the worst was 18-year-old Dionys Rodriguez, who allowed five hits and three earned runs in just 1 2/3 innings.

The Blue only accrued six hits, none for extra bases, but did draw nine walks on the day. Second baseman and leadoff man Elvin DeJesus went 2-for-5 with a run scored, fellow 17-year-old Carlos Arcia (shortstop) and 16-year-old Jose Rodriguez (left field) each singled and walked, and center fielder Hansel Otamendi walked and was hit by a pitch. Backstop Jose Zapata drew a trio of walks but had a busy bad day behind the plate, with three throwing errors and was 0-for-5 gunning base stealers. His staff also threw four wild pitches.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 25, 2019

photo: Trejyn Fletcher (Jhermy Brown/YouTube)

In a severely abbreviated Monday schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 with high-scoring victories by Memphis and the DSL Blue. The DSL Red took it on the chin and the Gulf Coast League Cards lost their season debut in a squeaker. Player of the Day honors are shared by a pair of center fielders: newly-minted Cardinal Tre Fletcher, who singled three times and gunned a runner in his professional debut in the GCL, and Hansel Otamendi, who reached safely five times for DSL Blue. All other affiliates had a scheduled day off.

Results for games played Monday, June 24th.


Memphis 9 at Oklahoma City 6

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis improved to 33-44 on the year by out-slugging Oklahoma City by a 9-6 tally on the road Monday night. Leadoff man and second sacker Edmundo Sosa singled twice and tripled (his 5th). Sunday’s Player of the Day Lane Thomas continued his hot streak, scoring two and plating the same as he went 1-for-2 with a double, three free passes, and an outfield assist. Right fielder Tyler O’Neill returned to the lineup after ten days on the shelf and clobbered his 10th Memphis home run (in just 128 at-bats). Adolis Garcia walked, doubled, and stole two bases.

Mike Hauschild started and was touched for two scores on nine baserunners over 3 2/3 innings. The 29-year-old fanned just one batter before handing off to fellow righty Chris Ellis, who settled things down with 2 1/3 shutout innings highlighted by four strikeouts. Lefty Hunter Cervenka was shelled for four runs in two innings before Chasen Shreve finished up with a scoreless ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Nashville, Anthony Shew (1-3, 5.17) 6:35 CT.


Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield off

Springfield was off for the Texas League All-Star break, and will remain so both Tuesday and Wednesday. Austin Warner and Dylan Carlson will represent the Cards for the North in Tuesday night’s game in Tulsa. Carlson will also compete in the Home Run Derby, which begins at 6:05 p.m.

Tuesday’s game: Texas League North vs. South, RHP Darren McCaughan, Arkansas (6-4, 2.73) vs. RHP Emmanuel Ramirez, Amarillo (6-4, 3.72 ERA), 7:13 CT.


Palm Beach off

Palm Beach, 1-5 to start the second half, was off Monday as they head out on the road.

Tuesday’s game: at Florida, pitcher TBA, 5:00 CT.


Peoria off

Peoria, 2-2 since the break, also ended a homestand on Sunday and also had Monday off before a road trip.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton, pitcher TBA, 6:30 CT.


State College off

State College, off to a 6-4 start to 2019, was off Monday. Their homestand opens with a visit by the Indians’ New York-Penn League affiliate.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Jeremy Randolph (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City off

Johnson City, with a 2-2 record to open the new Appalachian League season, was off Monday. They also head out on the road to begin their week two.

Tuesday’s game: at Greeneville, RHP Jose Moreno (0-1, 5.79), 5:30 CT.


GCL Nationals 3 at GCL Cardinals 2

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

2019 second round draftee and co-Player of the Day Tre Fletcher had three hits (two of the infield variety) and gunned down a runner at second base, but the center fielder’s heroics weren’t enough as the GCL Cardinals fell behind the Nationals 3-0 and couldn’t quite catch up, losing their 2019 opener by a 3-2 score Monday afternoon on Field 1 at Roger Dean. Fletcher’s outfield mates, 17-year-old right fielder Patrick Romeri and 18-year-old left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos, each went 1-for-3 with a walk.

The hard luck losing pitcher was 18-year-old righty Luis Ortiz, who started and went five innings while yielding just one earned run, but two unearned as well. The 6-foot-3 Dominican was making his stateside debut after three excellent appearances in the DSL over the past few weeks (ERA and FIP both under 2.00 across 10 1/3 innings). Tossing the last four frames was 18-year-old southpaw Nathanael Heredia, profiting from a step down in class after a crushing NY-Penn League performance eight days earlier. The 6-foot-3 San Pedro de Macoris native whiffed five and walked one while conceding a solitary base knock.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 14 at DSL Angels 1

Hansel Otamendi (Pelota Cubana)

The DSL Cardinals Blue team (12-5) continued their fast start to the season Monday morning, jumping out to a 7-0 lead after five innings and piling on late in a 14-1 road pasting of the Angels. Venezuelan righty Reinys Portillo was the starter and winner for the Blue, twirling six innings of one-run ball to lower his ERA to 1.80 over four starts. Fellow 18-year-old Eduar Pimentel was next to the bump with a shutout inning, and righty Luis Tena polished things off with a pair of shutout innings himself.

Center fielder and co-Player of the Day Hansel Otamendi went 3-for-4 with a pair of walks, scored four runs, and stole a base to lead the Blue juggernaut. Right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez singled, hit his first career longball, and drove in four runs, while other significant contributors were 17-year-old first baseman Fernando Diaz (single, double, walk) and left fielder Leudy Pena (the same, plus two outfield assists).

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


DSL D-backs2 6 at DSL Cardinals Red 3

Albert Inoa (El Diario del Cibao)

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate slid to 8-12 on the year, losing 6-3 at home on Monday to the D-backs2 squad. The game was not without hitting highlights however, as 17-year-old Albert Inoa and 16-year-old Roblin Heredia combined for four of the team’s five base hits on the day. Second baseman Inoa added a pair of free passes (his 15th and 16th already), while catcher Heredia’s two hits both went for extra bases (double, triple). Since returning from a weeklong time out, Heredia has lifted his slash line from .143/.217/.190 to a much less dismal .195/.283/.366.

Lefty Diorys Guerrero was the starter and loser for the Red, going four innings and allowing three runs, two earned. The 18-year-old did fan six against one base on balls. Hector De Los Santos and Jesus Jaquez combined to permit just one earned run (plus two unearned) over the final five stanzas. The 17-year-old Jaquez closed it out with two innings of one-hit baseball.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 20, 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 3-3 on Wednesday with Johnson City splitting their season’s first two games, Springfield losing in a walkoff, and the DSL squads going 2-1 with a Blue doubleheader sweep. Our Player of the Day is DSL Blue right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez who excelled in both halves of his twin bill, scoring a combined five runs on five hits, including his seventh, eighth, and league-leading ninth doubles in 13 games.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 19th.


Memphis OFF

The 29-43 Redbirds had a travel day Wednesday as they prepare to face the Dodgers affiliate in a five-game weekend set in Oklahoma City.

Thursday’s game: at Oklahoma City, Mike Hauschild (0-1, 34.71) 7:05 CT.


Midland 5, Springfield 4

Jose Alexander Martinez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic photos)

Springfield slid to 30-42 on the year and 0-2 in the second half with a Wednesday road heartbreaker at Midland, succumbing 5-4 in the bottom of the ninth. Angel Rondon started for the S-Cards, permitting four runs in 5 2/3 innings, albeit with seven whiffs and just one walk – a vast improvement over the uncharacteristic half dozen free passes in his last outing. The 21-year-old righty allowed eight hits, seven of which were singles, and threw 95 pitches on the night.

Kodi Whitley took the loss in relief, logging 1 2/3 innings with three strikeouts, no walks, and no earned runs. However, he allowed two hits in the ninth and the walkoff run scored on shortstop Rayder Ascanio’s fielding error.

Third baseman Jose Martinez had three hits for Springfield including a double, while solo homers were clubbed by backstop Brian O’Keefe, right fielder Johan Mieses, and first sacker Zach Kirtley. Dylan Carlson had a hit and drew his team’s only base on balls, but was picked off first base by RockHounds catcher Collin Theroux to short circuit a possible fifth inning rally.

Thursday’s game: at Corpus Christi, Tommy Parsons (1-0, 2.84) 6:15 CT.


Jupiter at Palm Beach RAIN

Palm Beach was rained out on Wednesday. The postponed game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 13th. The Beach Birds now hit the road for a series at Dunedin against the Blue Jays’ affiliate.

Thursday’s game: at Dunedin, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.51) 5:30 CT.


Peoria OFF

Peoria enjoyed the final day off of the three-day Midwest League All-Star break. The second half of the 2019 schedule begins Thursday night at Dozer Park.

Thursday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids, pitcher TBA, 6:35 CT.


Williamsport at State College RAIN

State College vs. Williamsport was rained out on Wednesday. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Thursday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

Thursday’s games: vs. Williamsport, Inohan Paniagua (0-0, 5.79)/Francis Ventura (0-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.


Pulaski 5 at Johnson City 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City lost its season opener, falling 5-1 at home in seven innings to the Pulaski Yankees early Wednesday evening. No Johnson City hitter had more than one safety, and left fielder Diomedes Del Rio registered the sole extra base hit, a third inning triple that led to his scoring his team’s only tally. Mateo Gil singled and had a sac fly for his club’s only RBI, but the shortstop committed a fielding error as well.

Righty Jose Moreno started and took the loss for Johnson City, going 4 2/3 and conceding all five runs, three earned, on six hits including two longballs. The 18-year-old Venezuelan did fan six batters without issuing a walk. Wilfredo Periera and Saniel Santana provided yeoman work out of the bullpen, yielding just a pair of singles while blanking the Yanks over the remaining 2 1/3 innings.


Johnson City 3, Pulaski 1 (Game 2, seven innings)

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Leveling their record at 1-1, Johnson City won the back half of their Wednesday night home twin bill, 3-1, over the Pulaski Yankees. Righty Francisco Justo was the starter and winner, going a career-high five innings, fanning four Yankees and permitting three hits, two walks, and one run, earned. The substantial 20-year-old Bronx native (6′ 4″ and 217) was St. Louis’ 12th round pick in 2018. Converted outfielder Walker Robbins mopped up with brio, allowing no runners in two stanzas and striking out four of the six men he faced.

Center fielder Jhon Torres doubled in three at-bats, scoring one run and driving in another to lead the Johnson City attack. The squad’s only other hits were recorded by third baseman Liam Sabino (1-for-3) and designated hitter Chandler Redmond, who had a perfect evening with a double, walk, and hit by pitch in three trips.

Thursday’s game: vs. Pulaski, Julio Puello (season debut), 5:30 CT.


DSL Brewers 4, DSL Cardinals Red 0

Ludwin Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The DSL Cardinals Red team fell to 6-10 on Wednesday morning, suffering a 4-0 whitewash at the hands of the home DSL Brewers. Righty starter Ludwin Jimenez was the tough-luck loser, allowing just one run on a first inning solo shot, and fanning six while walking one man over five innings. The 17-year-old lowered his ERA to 3.15 on the nascent season. Three runs, two earned, scored during Luis Garcia’s two frames as the Brewers pulled away. Righty Ramon Fernandez bounced back from a terrific shelling, pitching a shutout inning with a whiff and a pair of groundouts.

Diowill Burgos swung the big bat, going 4-for-4 but getting no support whatsoever. The 18-year-old Dominican left fielder is now mashing .390/.493/.627 with a dozen walks versus only eight strikeouts, after struggling to a line of .210/.310/.371 a year ago, with 72 whiffs in just 56 games. Third baseman Erick Thomas contributed his team’s only other hit, a single.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers1, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 11, DSL Twins 3 (Game 1, seven innings)

Darlyn Del Villar (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the first game of a twin bill, the DSL Cardinals Blue team hammered the visiting Twins 11-3 in a Wednesday morning tilt, raising their season record to 9-4. Contributors were numerous, with multi-hit games from center fielder Hansel Otamendi, right fielder Darlin Moquete (who also had an outfield assist and stolen base), catcher Luis Rodriguez (three RBI), and Player of the Day and cleanup hitter Gustavo A. Rodriguez, who singled, doubled, scored two and drove in one in his fifth straight two-hit game. Shortstop Darlin Del Villar only went 1-for-4, but he tripled, walked, swiped a base, scored three times, and plated a pair of teammates.

Starting pitcher and winner Gustavo J. Rodriguez was the happy recipient of all that support, getting the win with five innings of two-run baseball. The 18-year-old Venezuelan stringbean (6′ 3″ and 160) struck out five men against two walks, and now sports a 1.93 ERA across three solid starts. Victor Villanueva finished the game with two fairly painless frames, allowing one harmless run and whiffing two with no walks.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Twins 4 (Game 2, seven innings)

The rampaging DSL Cardinals Blue (10-4) finished their Wednesday sweep in style, whipping the Twins by a comfortable 8-4 margin. Just-turned-17-year-old Engels Martinez started and got the win despite surrendering four runs over five innings, while fanning just one to match his one walk. The young Dominican righty also tossed three wild pitches and balked once before being relieved by southpaw and relative elder statesman Cristoffer Zapata (age 20), who held the Twins at bay by fanning three unfortunates in two innings of one-hit baseball.

Right fielder and Player of the Day Gustavo A. Rodriguez singled once, doubled twice, and scored thrice to spearhead the Blue assault and continue his scalding hot streak. Over his last six games, the 19-year-old Rodriguez is 13-for-23 with seven two-baggers, lifting his season mark to .385/.393/.596, albeit with 15 strikeouts versus just a pair of free passes. Catcher Diego Velasquez (age 17) went 0-for-3 to lower his average to an even .400, but he did gun down the Twins’ only would-be base thief.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rockies, pitcher TBA, 9:00 CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 18, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 4-2 on Monday with State College sweeping a pair from Auburn, the Dominican teams splitting, Memphis cleaned out by Las Vegas, and Player of the Day Alex Fagalde leading Springfield to a shutout triumph with eight innings of two-hit ball in a stunning Double-A debut. Peoria was off and Palm Beach rained out.

Results for games played Monday, June 17th.


Las Vegas 15 at Memphis 6

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (29-42) scored twice in the first inning, but Las Vegas answered with seven unlucky runs in the next half inning against starter Evan Kruczynski, as the Redbirds were shelled at AutoZone Park 15-6 on Monday evening. Ineffectively wild southpaw Kruczynski (1-2, 8.01) was knocked out after issuing five walks in 1 1/3 innings. Fellow lefty Tommy Layne fared even worse as he was clobbered for six runs while retiring just one batter on five hits and a trio of free passes. The bullpen pitching star by far was Dominic Leone with a six up, six down outing that featured a pair of punchouts.

Right fielder Randy Arozarena continued his hot 2019 by homering in the first inning and adding a single later. Since missing a month after suffering a spring training hand fracture on a hit by pitch, Arozarena has logged a .938 OPS while repeating Double-A, and is now batting .333/.367/.630 over his first Triple-A week this time up. Shortstop Kramer Robertson also went deep, and tacked on a walk, to raise his Memphis OPS to a solid .809.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Las Vegas, Alex Reyes (1-2, 6.95), 11:05 a.m. CT.


Springfield 3 at Midland 0

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield raised its record to 30-40 with a Monday night 3-0 blanking of the homestanding Midland RockHounds. Starter, winner, and Player of the Day Alex Fagalde needed just 80 pitches to twirl eight dominant innings, permitting two singles and a free pass while fanning four RockHounds. The 25-year-old righty allowed no one to reach second base and finished strongly, recording all of his strikeouts in the 7th and 8th innings. Junior Fernandez whiffed a pair in his scoreless inning, picking up his fifth AA save and lowering his S-Cards ERA to 1.67 with 39 K’s in 27 innings.

Johan Mieses, Chase Pinder, and Alberto Triunfel each had two hits, with Triunfel and Zach Kirtley logging a double apiece for the sole extra base knocks of the game for either team. Kirtley and Pinder each had a run and RBI, while top prospect Dylan Carlson was limited to a single in four plate appearances.

Tuesday’s game: at Midland, Johan Oviedo (1-3, 6.91) 6:30 CT.


Jupiter at Palm Beach – rained out

In its second half opener, Palm Beach was rained out at home on Monday. The game will be played as part of a pair of Tuesday seven-inning contests at Roger Dean.

Tuesday’s games: vs. Jupiter, Tommy Parsons (3-1, 2.13)/TBA 4:00 CT.


Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria off for All-Star break

Most of the Chiefs enjoyed day one of three off for the Midwest League All-Star break.

Third baseman Nolan Gorman competed in the league’s Home Run Derby Monday evening. The top prospect hit three home runs in the first round, not good enough to advance. Chris Betts of Bowling Green (TB) was the winner with 24 bombs over three rounds.

Tuesday’s game: MWL East/West All-Star Game, 6:35 CT.


State College 11 at Auburn 9 (suspended game, nine innings)

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

In a continuation of the weather-suspended home game from the day before, State College erupted for all 11 runs in the first three innings and held on to defeat the Doubledays 11-9, improving their record to 2-1 on the young season. Right fielder Andrew Warner homered, doubled, and drove in five runs to spearhead the Spikes attack. Other multi-hit games came from left fielder Stanley Espinal and backstop Matt Duce, who each chipped in with a single, a double and a walk.

As detailed in Monday’s game write-up, the Spikes pitching struggled early, yielding all nine runs in the first three frames. But righty Rodard Avelino and lefty Hector Villalobos set things right with three scoreless innings to close out the win. Villalobos was particularly adroit, fanning four in his two-inning stint.


State College 7 at Auburn 0 (seven innings)

Hector Soto (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College skunked Auburn 7-0 at home in the nightcap of the pseudo-doubleheader to raise their record to 3-1 in a Monday matinee game. Starter Hector Soto went four innings, conceding three hits and a walk while fanning four Doubledays. The 20-year-old Mexican righty need only 60 pitches, and posted a 3-to-1 groundout/flyout ratio. Winner and fellow Mexican righty Martin Cordova allowed a single to the first man he faced, then retired the next nine to complete the combined seven-inning shutout. (The 19-year-old control artist walked only nine men in 47 DSL innings last year.)

Warner topped his big day with another longball, a three-run shot in the second inning to put the game apparently out of reach early. Left fielder Stanley Espinal homered as well, and singled, driving in two runs of his own. Also contributing multi-hit games were teenage second sacker Donivan Williams, first baseman Dariel Gomez, and center fielder and leadoff man Andres Luna, who doubled twice.

Tuesday’s game: at Williamsport, Jacob Schlesener (0-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City

The 2019 Appalachian League season commences on Tuesday with a Cardinals home game. The Cardinal Nation has the full Opening Day roster and our Johnson City season preview article by local reporter Cole Sams will be posted ASAP after this goes live.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Pulaski, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.


DSL Rangers2 11, DSL Cardinals Red 10

On the road, the DSL Cardinals Red squad (6-8) fell behind by seven runs after six innings but climbed all the way back to force extra frames, only to be beaten by the Rangers in the 10th inning by an 11-10 tally. Catcher Jesus Orecchia reached safely five times to lead the crimson offense. The 18-year-old Venezuelan contributed two singles, two walks, and a double for his club’s only extra base hit. Center fielder and leadoff man Smith Vargas snapped a 2-for-28 slump with three hits and three RBI, while 17-year-old second baseman Albert Inoa singled and drew two walks, his ninth and 10th in only 11 games.

Lefty Dionys Guerrero made the start and logged 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, three earned, abetted by his balk and wild pitch. He was followed by Hector De Los Santos, who permitted two more runs in just 1 1/3 innings — though he did record all four of his outs via the strikeout. The best bullpen work came from 17-year-old Venezuelan Henry Gomez. The Maracaibo righty went two innings and allowed one run while fanning three and walking none.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 9, DSL Mets1 3

Sebastian Tabata and Jose Zapata (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Jumping to a five-run lead in the second inning, the homestanding DSL Cardinals Blue team whipped the Mets 9-3 on Monday morning, lifting their season ledger to a fine 8-3 mark. Catcher Jose Zapata singled, homered, and walked while scoring twice and driving in a trio. On defense he permitted a stolen base, but also picked a man off first. Second baseman and leadoff hitter Elvin DeJesus also went deep, and plated a pair of his own. Early season team batting leaders and fellow 17-year-olds Hansel Otamendi (CF) and Diego Valasquez (DH) each reached twice, and their batting averages now stand at .394 and .471, respectively. (Velasquez is unlikely to maintain his .667 BABIP however.)

The starter and winner was 18-year-old Reinys Portillo, with five stanzas of one-run ball. The Venezuelan righty fanned five, walked one, and lowered his ERA to 1.93 over his three starts. Solid relief was provided by 17-year-old Benjamin Arias (two innings, one run) and Luis Tena, with two hitless innings, but with three free passes.

Tuesday’s game: at Phillies Red, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 13, 2019

photo: Claudio Ramirez (Pimentel Prospect League)

In the 1-4 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Memphis outslugged Salt Lake for the sole victory. Palm Beach and Peoria lost low-scoring duels, Springfield was thumped by Midland, and Player of the Day Claudio Ramirez and his five hits weren’t enough to offset dreadful pitching in a high-scoring DSL Red loss to the Cubs. The DSL Blue team took the day off.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 12th.


Memphis 11, Salt Lake 5

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis raised their record to 28-38 by scoring seven runs from the seventh inning onward, in an 11-5 come-from-behind home triumph over the Salt Lake Bees on Wednesday night. Left fielder Tyler O’Neill and scalding hot DH Rangel Ravelo were a two-man wrecking crew in the middle of the order, reaching base nine times between them and homering once apiece. (O’Neill even stole a base, his third.) Ravelo’s 4-for-4 performance improved his June average to .485 after he batted .384 in May and was The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Month. In his Memphis return, Andrew Knizner chipped in with a pair of singles and was hit by a pitch.

Lefty Evan Kruczynski started and went five innings for the Redbirds, allowing 13 baserunners but only four runs. The win went to Chasen Shreve and his shutout inning, while scoreless frames were also registered by Harold Arauz (two whiffs, no runners) and Dominic Leone, who struck out the side in his one inning of work.

Thursday’s game: vs. Salt Lake, Alex Reyes (1-2, 6.16) 7:05 CT.


Midland 9 at Springfield 5

Seth Elledge (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield slid to 25-40 as the bullpen coughed up six sixth-inning runs in a 9-5 home loss to Midland on Wednesday afternoon. Roel Ramirez continued his conversion to starting and was spectacular, twirling 3 2/3 hitless innings and fanning seven RockHounds. The 24-year-old righty threw 59 pitches in his best outing of 2019. Merandy Gonzalez took the loss, retiring one batter and permitting five men to reach safely, plus one more on an error by first baseman Zach Kirtley – making three of the five runs unearned. Only Seth Elledge escaped unscathed among the five relievers, with 2 1/3 shutout stanzas featuring three strikeouts.

The S-Cards offense was led by second baseman Alberto Triunfel with a double and two singles, and Dylan Carlson with a single, double, and free pass. Carlson now resides in the Texas League top 10 of homers, triples, doubles, and walks. He’s also 11th in stolen bases. Defense-first backstop Jose Godoy added a solo longball for Springfield, his third homer in five games after going yard just once over the season’s first two months.

Thursday’s game: vs. Midland, Johan Oviedo (1-3, 7.36), 7:10 CT.


Jupiter 4, Palm Beach 2

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Having been eliminated in the first half playoff race, Palm Beach fell to 35-29 in a 4-2 “road” loss to Jupiter Wednesday evening. Starting pitcher Griffin Roberts was fine through four innings but fell apart in the fifth. On the night, Roberts allowed six hits, two walks, and hit two batters over 4 1/3 innings, before being bailed out of the fifth by reliever Ronnie Williams. Mitchell Osnowitz stood out among the bullpenners, fanning all three men he faced.

Lars Nootbaar led the Beach Birds attack with his first home run since being promoted from Peoria a month ago. Nootbaar also had a single and recorded his ninth outfield assist of the season (against just one error), gunning a runner at the plate. Second sacker Michael Perri had the club’s only other multi-hit game with a pair of singles.

Thursday’s game: “at” Jupiter, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 2.13) 5:30 CT.


Clinton 3, Peoria 2

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (28-37) scored a pair of runs in the top of the first, but that was it, in a 3-2 defeat at the Clinton LumberKings Wednesday night. Teen catcher and cleanup hitter Ivan Herrera was the sole bright spot in the lineup, going 2-for-4 for his fourth straight multi-hit game, and erasing Clinton’s only would-be base stealer.

Herrera raised his average to .292 on the year, and wrested the team OPS lead from slumping Nolan Gorman, who went 0-for-4 with a whiff. Herrera, on the other hand, has fanned just nine times in his last 88 trips to the plate — after striking out 22 times in his first 82 plate appearances with the Chiefs. The backstop has batted .308 over the past month and is hitting .344 on the road overall.

Alvaro Seijas started for Peoria and fairly dazzled, fanning nine (tying his career high) and walking one over 5 2/3 innings. The 20-year-old righty allowed six hits and two earned runs while throwing 93 pitches. He also hit a batter and had a wild pitch. Righty Sebastian Tabata and lefty Evan Sisk were excellent in relief, whiffing five of the eight batters they faced and yielding just one runner, a single against Sisk.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Diego Cordero (2-5, 3.32) 6:30 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

DSL Cardinals Blue (5-2) did not play.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cubs2 16 at DSL Cardinals Red 10

Claudio Ramirez (Pimentel Prospect League)

Despite grabbing an early three-run lead, the DSL Cardinals Red squad (4-6) fell in a shootout on Wednesday, losing at home to the DSL Cubs2 team by a bloated 16-10 tally. The Cubs, who apparently missed an extra point, scored nine runs in the fourth inning (aided by three walks and four wild pitches) to easily overcome a 5-2 deficit. Starter and loser Yonael Dominguez allowed six runs, all earned, and was pulled without retiring a batter in the fateful fourth inning. The righty walked five and fanned one. Fellow 17-year-old Jesus Jaquez was the only Red hurler to distinguish himself on Wednesday morning, logging three innings of one-run ball, conceding two hits and no walks.

Player of the Day Claudio Ramirez went 5-for-5, scored three runs, and plated a pair. The 18-year-old left fielder now has eight hits in his last nine at-bats and is hitting .355 on the season. Designated hitter Diowill Burgos (four RBI) had his team’s only homer and 17-year-old outfielders Fernando Brazoban and Endri Salas each went 2-for-5 to augment the Red attack. Salas singled and tripled, while Brazoban doubled twice and drove in three runs.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Mets2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 11, 2019

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

In the 0-5 Monday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Memphis and Palm Beach fell a little short, Peoria was blown out at home, and the Dominican Summer League teams were limited to a run apiece. Player of the Day is Palm Beach second sacker Michael Perri who lifted his season average to a cool .300 with a 4-for-5 night. The Springfield squad took the day off.

Results for games played Monday, June 10th.


Reno 6, Memphis 4

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 27-38 on the year with a 6-4 road loss to the Reno Aces on Monday night. Scorching hot leadoff hitter and second baseman Edmundo Sosa led the attack with a single, double, and base on balls. That’s five straight multi-hit games for Sosa and his slash line for June reads .412/.459/.882. Third baseman Drew Robinson hit a two-run homer in the top of the first, but Reno retorted with three runs of their own in the home half and Memphis never caught up.

Jake Woodford started and allowed five runs — but only two earned — across four hard-fought frames requiring 90 pitches. The 22-year-old righty fanned three and walked four. The highly effective bullpen received a shutout inning each from Tommy Layne, Jesus Cruz, and erstwhile major leaguer Dominic Leone.

Tuesday’s game: OFF


Springfield off

Springfield (24-39) did not play Monday. They begin a road trip in Midland, Texas on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Midland, Austin Warner (2-5, 4.10) 6:30 CT.


Jupiter 7, Palm Beach 5

Michael Perri (Bret Jacomet photo)

Palm Beach slipped to 34-28 on the season despite the hitting heroics of Player of the Day Michael Perri, falling 7-5 on Monday to the Hammerheads in a Roger Dean Stadium “road” game. Perri collected four hits for the first time in 2019 and second time in his career, but only crossed the plate once. Center fielder Scott Hurst had three singles, and Chase Pinder had the club’s only homer in addition to a single.

Perry DellaValle started and yielded just three hits in five innings, but one was a two-run homer in the first inning, and the righty also allowed a single tally in the second. Patrick Dayton was charged with his first blown save, allowing Jupiter the tying runs in the sixth inning after the Beach Birds had seized a 5-3 margin in the preceding stanza. Ben Yokley took the loss after permitting two tallies in the seventh.

Tuesday’s game: “at” Jupiter, Alex Fagalde (6-3, 2.08) 11:00 a.m. CT.


Cedar Rapids 10 at Peoria 1

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria took a 10-1 drubbing at home on Monday afternoon at the hands of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, lowering their ledger to 27-36 on the year. Starter and loser Michael Brettell was knocked around for seven hits, including a trio apiece of longballs and doubles, in just 3 2/3 innings pitched. The righty permitted seven runs all told, though only three were actually earned due to two errors he himself committed.

The pen was led by Parker Kelly (brother of Carson), who twirled 2 1/3 shutout innings in his third appearance of the season. Edgar Escobar continued his excellent campaign with a hitless inning, lowering his ERA to 1.61 across 28 innings. Though a flyball pitcher, the 22-year-old Cuban righty is yet to allow a home run in his 50 professional innings.

Teen catcher and cleanup hitter Ivan Herrera had his third straight multi-hit game for the Chiefs with a pair of singles (for half of his team’s total bases), and also gunned down the Kernels’ only would-be base stealer of the game. Herrera is now throwing out 33% on the year, compared to a Midwest League average of 30%. He is also walking more than league average, fanning less, batting 50 points above the league, and logging an isolated slugging 30 points above average. All in a pitcher’s park.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton, Kyle Leahy (3-4, 3.40) 6:30 CT.


DSL Phillies White 5, DSL Cardinals Red 1

The DSL Cardinals Red fell to 4-4 on Monday morning, dropping a 5-1 road decision to the Phillies. Starter Dionys Guerrero more than pulled his weight, permitting only two hits and one run over five sturdy frames. The 18-year-old Dominican southpaw fanned four and walked two on the day. Taking the loss was 17-year-old righty Oliver Lopez, who yielded a pair of runs while retiring just one batter.

The Red offense could scrape together only four singles, two walks, and a hit batter on the day. Third baseman Luis Andujar was the only man to reach safely more than once, as the 19-year-old singled and was plunked. Designated hitter Sander Mora drew a free pass and stole two bases, his third and fourth of the young season.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Cubs, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Rockies 2 at DSL Cardinals Blue 1

The DSL Cardinals Blue slid to 4-2 on the year with a narrow 2-1 Monday home defeat to the Rockies. The team had a dozen baserunners but went 0-for-11 with men in scoring position, squelching rally after rally. Second baseman Elvin DeJesus singled and drew a walk from the leadoff spot, and fellow 17-year-old Hansel Otamendi (CF) did the same from the second hole, but to no avail as neither teen crossed the plate.

Starter and hard luck loser Reinys Portillo conceded just one unearned run in five innings, as the 18-year-old Venezuelan righty fanned four and walked none. Strapping 19-year-old righty Ronald Suarez (6′ 4″ and 215) had an eventful final three innings with four strikeouts, three walks, two hits, a wild pitch, and three stolen bases permitted. Despite all that, he conceded no runs, earned or otherwise.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Orioles2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 6, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system enjoyed a 4-2 ledger on Wednesday, with the Dominican Summer League squads sweeping the opposition, Peoria and Palm Beach pitching their way to victories, and Memphis and Springfield continuing their struggles. Player of the Day Alex Fagalde twirled seven brilliant innings for the Beach Birds as they moved into a three-way tie for first in the Florida State League South.

Results for games played Wednesday, June 5th.


Tacoma 10, Memphis 4

Jose Godoy (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Anthony Shew allowed six runs without finishing the first inning, and the Redbirds (24-36) were routed by the homestanding Rainiers 10-4, ending their winning streak at one. The Redbirds lost for the 18th time in their last 21 tilts. Chris Ellis and Chasen Shreve did distinguish themselves in relief, with righty Ellis contributing three shutout innings, and lefty Shreve fanning four over 2 1/3 hitless frames.

Catcher Jose Godoy led the Memphis attack with a walk, a single, and his first Triple-A home run in just his second game. Tyler O’Neill had the only other multi-hit night with a pair of singles. Shortstop and leadoff man Tommy Edman had his fourth triple of the season, and also committed his first error of 2019.

Thursday’s game: at Tacoma, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-4, 4.13) 9:05 CT.


Tulsa 4, Springfield 1

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Springfield out-hit Tulsa 9-to-6 but came up empty with men in scoring position in a 4-1 road loss to the Drillers, dropping the S-Cards to 23-36 on the year. Backstop Chris Chinea went 3-for-4, but the only run came on a fourth inning solo homer from first baseman Zach Kirtley – his first at Double-A and his team’s only extra base hit on the afternoon.

Starter and losing pitcher Austin Warner (2-5, 4.10) threw six solid stanzas of two-run baseball, striking out three and walking the same. Connor Jones provided the bullpen highlight with a spotless nine-pitch inning, including a strikeout.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-2, 7.03) 4:05 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Lakeland 1

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Player of the Day Alex Fagalde logged seven shutout innings as Palm Beach (33-25) topped Lakeland 3-1 at home, returning to first place in the FSL South Division. Fagalde, also the system’s May Pitcher of the Month per The Cardinal Nation, improved to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 while fanning five and conceding just four singles, a hit batter, and one free pass. Southpaw Patrick Dayton recorded his fifth hold of the season while permitting an eighth-inning run. Ben Yokley finished the game with his third save, fanning a pair in a scoreless ninth inning.

Second baseman Michael Perri and catcher Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for Palm Beach. Ortega singled three times and Perri doubled and singled. Leadoff man Justin Toerner reached four times, as he was plunked twice to go along with a single and walk. Defensive stalwart Ortega also gunned down a man stealing and picked another Flying Tiger off second base.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Edgar Gonzalez (4-7, 3.41) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 6 “at” Quad Cities 2

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria inched closer toward .500, topping Quad Cities at Dozer Park by a 6-2 tally and lifting their record to 26-31 on the year. (Quad Cities had last at-bats but the game was played in Peoria due to flooding in Davenport.) Second baseman Brendan Donovan led off and reached base four times (two singles, two walks) to set the tone for the Chiefs. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante singled, doubled, and had an assist at second base.

Michael Brettell got the win with six innings of one-run baseball, scattering four walks, three singles, and two doubles. Righty Cole Aker was the bullpen bully with a six up, six down evening. The 22-year-old fanned one batter and permitted just one ball to leave the infield, a harmless flyout.

Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria again), Kyle Leahy (3-4, 3.86) 6:35 CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Tigers1 3

Edgar Manzo (El Quincenal)

The DSL Cardinals Red team remained unbeaten on the young season, raising their record to 4-0 with a narrow 4-3 road win over the DSL Tigers1 squad on Wednesday morning. Mexican 18-year-old righty Edgar Manzo started and went four innings, allowing one earned run and no walks while whiffing a trio of Tigers. Venezuelan 17-year-old Miguel Maiz picked up the win with two shutout frames, and Hansel De Los Santos tied a bow on the victory with three mostly clean innings (one unearned run).

The Red had no extra base knocks, but first baseman Alexander Samuel and center fielder Endri Salas (age 17) had multi-hit games, and Dominican second baseman Albert Inoa (also 17) had an unusually full day with a single, walk, hit by pitch, second stolen base, but also his third and fourth errors. He was also gunned at third base from left field.

Thursday’s game: vs. D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Nationals 7

The DSL Cardinals Blue rallied from a 7-1 deficit over the final four innings to overtake the Nationals at home 8-7, improving to 2-1 on the season. Left fielder Leudy Pena singled twice and smashed his first homer of 2019 to lead the Blue comeback. Other contributors to the 12-hit assault included 17-year-old second sacker Elvin DeJesus with two singles, a walk, a steal, and a sac bunt out of the leadoff spot, and tiny switch-hitter Carlos Arcia (5′ 8″, 140) who homered and drew a pair of free passes. Arcia just turned 17, and is listed on the club roster as a shortstop, though he played third base on Wednesday.

Venezuelan righty Gustavo J. Rodriguez had a fine Blue debut, twirling four innings and allowing one unearned run on three singles. The slender 18-year-old (6′ 3″, 160) fanned four, issued a walk, and hit a batter. Teammate Dionys Rodriguez did not fare so well, however, coughing up six runs in one inning of work. Bullpen star of the game was unquestionably 17-year-old Dominican righty Hancel Rincon, who retired nine of ten men faced, three via strikeout.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 4, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Monday as the Dominican Summer League squads both won, Palm Beach was beaten in 11 innings despite a career-best performance from Player of the Day Tommy Parsons, and Springfield was shut down by the Tulsa Drillers. Memphis and Peoria had Draft Day 1 off.

Results for games played Monday, June 3rd.


Memphis OFF

Triple-A Memphis did not play Monday. The 23-35 Redbirds head to the West Coast after an 0-10 homestand, trying to break a 12-game losing streak that has them just a half-game from the division cellar.

Tuesday’s game: at Tacoma, Jake Woodford (3-2, 3.11) 8:05 CT.


Tulsa 5, Springfield 1

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield slipped to 23-34 on the season with a 5-1 road loss to the Drillers on Monday evening. The S-Cards offense consisted of three singles, three walks, and a stolen base (by Randy Arozarena). Evan Mendoza walked twice and had one of the base knocks, making him the night’s nominal star of the Springfield attack.

Roel Ramirez made his third start of the year to go with 15 relief appearances, and struggled mightily, surrendering five runs in 4 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old righty permitted six hits including two doubles and a home run, as his ERA ballooned to 5.55 on the year. Lefty Jacob Patterson was the best of the bullpen crew, tossing a shutout inning on just 13 pitches, including a strikeout and no walks.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Angel Rondon (0-0, 3.00) 7:05 CT.


Lakeland 2 at Palm Beach 0 (11 innings)

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Tommy Parsons dazzled with a dozen strikeouts over eight one-hit innings, but Palm Beach (32-24) failed to capitalize on seven free passes, going 1-for-11 with men in scoring position in a 2-0 extra-inning home loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The 23-year-old Parsons needed only 97 pitches to complete his eight innings, issuing just one walk and retiring 20 of the last 21 batters he faced — the final four on swinging strikeouts. Reliever and losing pitcher Bryan Dobzanski vastly exceeded his season high with 44 pitches, and allowed both decisive runs in his final frame.

Julio Rodriguez and Lars Nootbaar each singled for the only Beach Bird safeties. (Rodriguez continues to lead the Florida State League with his .331 batting average.) First baseman Luken Baker contributed a pair of bases on balls to Monday night’s meager Palm Beach assault.

With their four consecutive loss, the Beach Birds fell into third place, one game behind Bradenton and Fort Myers.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.31) 5:30 CT.


Peoria OFF

Peoria did not play Monday. The 24-31 Chiefs are in seventh place, 12 games back, in the Midwest League’s West Division.

With the continuing flooding across the Midwest and specifically in Davenport, the Astros’ Quad Cities affiliate is playing this home series on the road, at Dozer Park.

Tuesday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria), Colin Schmid (2-1, 3.00) 6:35 CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 7 at DSL Angels 6

Darlin Moquete

The DSL Cardinals Blue club began their 2019 on the right foot, scoring four in the ninth to pick up a road win over DSL Angels on Monday morning by a 7-6 final score. Left fielder Darlin Moquette went 2-for-3 including a homer, walk, and steal, and crossed the plate three times, while right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez drove in a trio of teammates with three hits. Leadoff switch-hitter and second baseman Elvin DeJesus (age 17) singled twice and walked once to help ignite the Cards lineup.

Righty Reinys Portillo started and allowed two runs in four innings for a no decision (four walks, three whiffs). The win, and also a blown save, went to Luis Tena, who twirled 2 1/3 innings and yielded a pair of runs while fanning four and walking just one.

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


DSL Cardinals Red 11, DSL Brewers 4

Ludwin Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The DSL Cardinals Red scored the game’s first three runs and were never headed in an 11-4 home trouncing of the Brewers, lifting their ledger to 2-0 on the young season. Starting pitcher Ludwin Jimenez went five solid innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven singles and a pair of walks. The 17-year-old righty fanned four and picked a man off second base to aid his own cause. Augusto Calderon was strong out of the bullpen, with two shutout innings and two strikeouts versus no walks.

Seventeen-year-old right fielder Fernando Brazoban singled twice and tripled to spearhead the Red 12-hit attack, while left fielder Diowill Burgos popped the team’s only homer of the day, stole a base, and drew a walk. Center fielder Smith Vargas (age 17) singled and tripled from the leadoff spot, and immediately intriguing 16-year-old backstop and number three hitter Roblin Heredia singled, doubled, gunned a base thief, and stole two bases himself. The Venezuelan catcher hits left, checks in at a robust 6′ 0″ and 200 pounds, and is the youngest hitter or pitcher on the Red roster, not turning 17 until late July.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers 1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 30, 2019

photo: Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the 1-2 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals farm system, Player of the Day Jhon Torres plated three runs to lead Peoria over Kane County. Memphis lost a low-scoring nail-biter, Springfield was washed away at home and Palm Beach was blanked by Daytona.

Results for games played Wednesday, May 29th.


San Antonio 3 at Memphis 2

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis received a solid outing from starting pitcher Jake Woodford, but fell 3-2 to the Missions on Wednesday night at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds’ eighth straight loss dropped their record to 23-31 on the season.

The 22-year-old righty (3-2, 3.11) allowed all three runs in the third inning but followed with four scoreless frames. Woodford took the loss despite equaling his season high for both strikeouts and innings with seven apiece, and permitting only five hits and three walks. Relievers Chris Beck and Tommy Layne pitched a spotless inning each to keep the game within reach.

Third baseman Max Schrock led the Redbirds attack with a single and double, and though leadoff man and center fielder Tommy Edman went hitless (lowering his average to .300 and OPS to .854), he drew two free passes and stole his sixth base without being caught. Second baseman Ramon Urias went 0-for-4 but participated in a quartet of twin killings — two started by Schrock from the hot corner.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Anthony Shew (1-1, 2.37) 7:05 CT.


Springfield vs. Tulsa rained out

Tulsa at Springfield was rained out at Hammons Field on Wednesday. The game will be made up Thursday as part of a pair of seven-inning contests.

Thursday’s Game 1: vs. Tulsa, Angel Rondon (0-0, 4.09), 5:10 CT.
Thursday’s Game 2: vs. Tulsa, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.01)


Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

With Florida State League batting leader Julio Rodriguez out of the lineup, Palm Beach (31-20) managed just five singles and a double while suffering a 5-0 home whitewash at the hands of the Tortugas. Designated hitter Yariel Gonzalez singled and doubled for the club’s sole multi-hit performance (a leadoff single and one-out double) but was stranded each time. Justin Toerner and Lars Nootbaar each went 0-for-4, and Toerner is now batting .233 and slugging .289 for the unmerry month of May.

Starter Tommy Parsons (3-1, 2.30 since the promotion to High-A) did his job but took the defeat, twirling five innings and allowing one unearned run on three hits and two walks. Righty Ronnie Williams and lefty Patrick Dayton yielded two runs apiece out of the pen to cement the loss. Only Ramon Santos was unscathed, tossing a scoreless ninth with a pair of whiffs.

Thursday’s game: vs. Daytona, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.40) 5:30 CT.


Peoria 5, Kane County 2

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Player of the Day Jhon Torres went 2-for-3 including a tiebreaking bases-clearing double, as Peoria lifted their record to 22-29 with a come-from-behind 5-2 home victory over the Cougars.

19-year old right fielder Torres has three multi-hit games in his last five, going 8-for-17 in total, after starting the year in a cavernous 2-for-39 hole. Third baseman Nolan Gorman was the Chiefs’ other meaningful contributor on offense, with a single, walk, and two double plays started. (Gorman now has a .932 fielding percentage and 8-to-7 ratio of DP’s to errors this year, after a poor Peoria percentage of .862 and ratio of 5-to-12 last season.)

Colin Schmid was the starter and winner for Peoria, conceding just two runs, one earned, over six stanzas. The 21-year-old southpaw scattered nine hits and walked no one while fanning five Cougars. Edgar Escobar pitched 1 1/3 shutout innings despite walking three men, lowering his ERA to 1.96 on the year — only to be bettered by lefty Evan Sisk who threw 1 2/3 scoreless and lowered his ERA to 1.83 while recording his first save of the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County, Michael Brettell (1-1, 3.80) 6:35 CT.


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