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2019 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue Team Review

The longer standing of the two St. Louis Cardinals’ entries in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League, the Blue, had the best winning percentage in the entire Cardinals system, but finished in second place in its division in 2019.

The Dominican Summer League (DSL) is at the Rookie level within baseball’s minor league structure.  The league is a gateway into affiliated professional baseball for players who are not eligible for Major League Baseball’s annual June First-Year Player Draft.  The lack of eligibility is mainly because of not meeting the residency requirement.

The DSL is comprised of 45 teams split among six divisions with the Cardinals Blue assigned to the nine-team South Division, the largest one.  (By contrast, two divisions have six teams each with the 24 squads balance divided evenly between the remaining three divisions.)  Each team plays exclusively within its own division, to minimize travel.

Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

After 13 seasons with one team in the league, St Louis expanded to two squads for the 2018 season, enabling them to double the number of players assigned.  The original team became the Cardinals Blue and a second team was created, the Cardinals Red, which plays in the eight-team San Pedro Division.  Both teams share the Baseball Oasis facility with one team almost always home while the other is on the road.

The 2019 season began on June 1st and ran through August 24th with a maximum of 72 games scheduled.  However, the South Division scheduled 64 games, due to uneven number of teams in the division necessitating additional off days.  Because of the rather significant difference between the total games played in the South Division versus the rest of the league, which was 71 or 72 games, a counting stats comparison between the Cardinals Blue versus the league will not be addressed in this review.

The Team

During the 2019 season, 37 players received playing time on the Cardinals Blue, with eight – four position and four pitching – also seeing action on the Cardinals Red.   For the purposes of this article, the stats of those eight remain in the cumulative team totals in which they were generated.  However, each of the eight player’s stats and prior experience was counted against the team for which they played the most, both when analyzing individual ages and experience (see below) and consideration for year-end awards.

The Blue averaged 17.8 years of age, slightly above the league average of 17.7.  While the vast majority hail from the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba and Columbia were represented as well.  The squad had 15 Rookies experiencing their first taste of professional ball, 15 players with one year of experience and three with two prior pro seasons.

Blending the age and prior experience components, with ages marked as of the start of the 2019 season on June 1, the 15 Rookies were a mix of three 16-year-olds, six 17-year-olds, five 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old.  For ages of players who played pro ball for one year prior to 2019, two were 17 on Opening Day, eight were 18, four were 19 and one was 20.  The three two-year veterans were all 19.

The Season

The Cardinals Blue began the season as the defending South Division Champions, a first for the organization. The team’s results on a monthly basis were 15-7 in June, 14-8 in July and 12-8 in August to finish with a 41-23 mark.  That was good for second in the division, two games behind the DSL Rockies.  In fact, the Cardinals Blue’s play-off hopes continued until the second to last day of the regular season, when they lost a head-to-head match-up versus the Rockies that would have propelled them back into first place.

The Cardinals Blue had a slight preference for their home field, going 22-10 there versus 19-13 away.  Their longest winning streak was a 10-game ride from August 3rd through 16th.  Immediately following came a four-game losing skid from August 17th through 21st.  That was the first time the team had lost more than two consecutive games all season.  The C Blue went 14-9 in games decided by one run, 6-6 in two-run contests, 3-2 for those decided by three runs and 17-8 in games determined by four or more tallies.

The Blue’s 2019 winning percentage of .641 was best among all Cardinals minor league affiliates by a substantial margin, but still down from the blistering .708 pace of the year before.

Pitching

21 hurlers took the mound, including only two left-handers, Nelson Prada and Cristoffer Zapata, and both southpaws received their unconditional release at the season’s end.  The average age of the staff was 17.9 years old, placing them in a three-way tie for fifth place with the Rangers2 and Dodgers Bautista.  That was under the league average of 18.3 years.

In comparison, the Blue Jays had the league’s youngest staff at 17.6 years of age while the Cubs2’s pitchers averaged 19.5 years, which were the oldest.  Contrasting the average age of this year’s staff to last, the 2018 Cardinals Blue staff averaged 18.4 years old, which was the league average last season.

The young staff, which included four rookies in the rotation, compiled a 3.63 team Earned Run Average (ERA) and 1.352 Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP) which tied them for 12th in ERA and 10th in WHIP as compared to their counterparts on other squads.  Although the C Blue staff was decidedly lower middle-of-the-pack in Hits Per 9 Innings (8.5) and Strikeouts Per Nine innings (8.0), tied for 27th and 28th, their Walks Per 9 Innings was a strong 3.7, putting them seventh in that category and seventh in Strikeouts-to-Walks ratio (2.16:1).

Offense

The average age of Cardinals Blue hitters was 17.8, placing them just over the league average of 17.7 and in a seven-way tie for 25th.  That number puts them a tad older than the 2018 average of 17.6.  The Padres claimed the youngest group at 17.1 and on the other end of the age spectrum, both the White Sox and Rays2 hitters averaged 18.4 years old.

This Blue offense put runs on the board to the tune of 6.19 per game on average, seventh in the league.  Of the six teams above them, just three had a younger average age.

What else did the 2019 Cardinals Blue offense do well?  That would be two categories with a direct connection:  On-Base Percentage and Average Walks per Plate Appearance.  The C Blue placed in the top quarter of the league in both areas, compiling a .368 on-base percentage, which was eighth in the DSL.  In the average number of base-on-balls per plate appearance drawn, their 1:8 ratio was 11th.

The Cardinals Blue were either close to or in the top third in Batting Average (.256), Slugging (.360) and OPS (.728).  That slash line ranked them in a three-way tie for 14th in Batting Average, 16th in Slugging and 13th in OPS.

A glaring weakness was contact…or lack thereof.  The Cardinals Blue whiffed an average of once every 3.63 at bats, 38th of 45 teams.  Considering strikeouts per plate appearance instead does not change much since the team struck out an average of once every 4.37 plate appearances, 35th in the league.

Defense

The Cardinals Blue tied with three other teams for 22nd in the league with a .954 fielding percentage.  In comparison, the league’s top defensive team was the Rangers1 with a .971 fielding percentage and the worst was the Angels’ .938.  However, there were individuals who impressed with their glove work but more on them in the upcoming Player of the Year article.

Catching duties were shared mainly by two players for whom 2019 was their second year in the league: Jose Zapata and Luis Rodriguez.  Zapata is the younger of the two by a year, having turned 18 in February, and he received a bit more time behind the plate – 31 games to Rodriguez’ 23.  But Rodriguez was far superior at nailing base runners, catching 59% of 37 attempted steals versus Zapata, who caught only 27% of 63 runners, while generating similar offense – higher batting average for Rodriguez but a bit better walk rate and slugging percentage for Zapata.

Team backstops had a caught stealing rate of 34%, placing them in a four-way tie for 14th in the league.  The upper portion of the league was so competitive in this category that only 3% separated the Cardinals Blue from 8th place.

Let us take a bit deeper dive into attempted steals by comparing the team to their eight division mates.  The other eight teams would be facing and trying to catch a similar group of base runners, which should give another view on how the team did.  The Cardinals Blue tied the Phillies Red for second in the South Division, behind the cellar-dwelling Nationals with a 35% caught rate.  The Cardinals Blue also had the fewest attempts made against their backstops, 123, versus 145 for the Phillies Red and 169 for the Nationals.

The All-Stars

The 2019 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game took place on Sunday, July 14th with the Cardinals Blue sending just one player – outfielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez.  While 2019 was Rodriguez’ first year of pro ball, the 19-year-old was signed as an international free agent on July 2, 2018 but was placed on the Restricted List on July 14, 2018 before seeing any action.

The wait was worth it for the Cardinals, as the Dominican native was hot out of the gate, slashing .329/.352/.513/.865 in 19 June games, which earned him an All-Star nod.  But Rodriguez’ offensive line plummeted in July, .200/.341/.271/.612 in 21 games before he generated an August bounceback of .262/.357/.344/.701 in 16 games for an overall line of .266/.349/.382/.731.

Defensively, Rodriguez played exclusively in right field and flashed one of the team’s better gloves.  The rookie was charged with only one error in 47 games, making 83 putouts and five assists for a .989 fielding percentage.  His 1.87 range factor was well below either center fielder Hansel Otamendi’s 2.39 or I-play-all-three-fields Darlin Moquete’s 2.44.

Up, Up and Away

There were two promotions from the Blue during the 2019 season, both pitchers who were in their second year of pro ball.  Luis Ortiz was the first to fly the coop, promoted after three games, two starts, in which he went 0-1 with a 1.74 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 10 1/3 innings.  The right-hander needed to keep his bags packed as he tossed just 21 innings, five games, three starts, for the GCL Cardinals before finishing the year with the Johnson City Cardinals, where Ortiz pitched 24 1/3 frames over seven games, six starts.

Reliever Luis Tena spent the majority of his 2019 season with the Cardinals Blue, compiling a 2.52 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in 25 innings over 14 games, one start.  The 19-year-old was promoted to the GCL Cardinals on July 22nd, a day after Ortiz was bumped up to Johnson City from the GCL squad.  Tena came out of the bullpen 10 times for the GCL Cardinals, covering 19 2/3 innings.

Conclusion

The Cardinals Blue was a team balanced in offense and pitching.  While the offense generally put up better numbers compared to the rest of the league, the rotation contained three starters with an ERA under 3.00.  All three contended for Starting Pitcher of the Year.  Ultimately, shaky defense turned out to be the squad’s downfall with unearned runs deciding a crucial late-season contest that ended their post-season aspirations.

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2019 Dominican Summer League Cardinals Red Team Review

In its second season, the newest of the two St. Louis Cardinals’ entries in the rookie-level Dominican Summer League, the Cardinals Red, was young and as a result, took until August to fully gel.

Overall

The Dominican Summer League (DSL) is at the Rookie level within baseball’s minor league structure.  The league is a gateway into affiliated professional baseball for players who are not eligible for Major League Baseball’s annual June First-Year Player Draft.  The lack of eligibility is mainly due to not meeting the residency requirement.

The DSL is comprised of 45 teams split among six divisions with the Cardinals Red assigned to the eight-team San Pedro Division.  The San Pedro Division is one of three containing eight teams with one division having nine squads and two divisions have six teams each.  All teams play exclusively within their own division, to minimize travel.

Cardinals Dominican Academy (St. Louis Cardinals)

After 13 seasons with one team in the league, St. Louis expanded to two squads for the 2018 season, enabling them to double the number of players assigned.  The original team became the Cardinals Blue and a second team was created, the Cardinals Red, which play in the eight-team San Pedro Division.  Both teams share the Baseball Oasis facility with one team usually home while the other is on the road.

The 2019 season began on June 1st and ran through August 24th with a maximum of 72 games scheduled.  The Cardinals Red was one of 14 teams to play 71 games, so comparisons of the team’s raw numbers versus the league will be addressed in this article.

Team

38 players were part of the Cardinals Red team in 2019 with eight – four position and four pitching – also seeing action on the Cardinals Blue.   For the purposes of this article, the stats of those eight remain in the cumulative team totals in which they were generated.  However, each of the eight player’s stats and prior experience was counted against the team for which they played the most, both when analyzing individual ages and experience (see below) and consideration for year-end awards.

The team averaged 17.6 years of age, just a bit younger than both the league average of 17.7 and the Cardinals Blue’s 17.8 average.  While over 68% hail from the Dominican Republic, 26% come from Venezuela with Mexico, Cuba and Columbia represented as well.  When it comes to experience, the squad had 20 rookies versus 12 players with one year of experience and two with two pro seasons.

Blending the age and prior experience components, with ages marked as of the start of the 2019 season on June 1, the 20 rookies were a mix of two 16-year-olds, 14 17-year-olds, three 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old.  For ages of players who played pro ball for one year prior to 2019, three were 17 on Opening Day, six were 18, one was 19 and two were 20.  The two two-year veterans were 19.

The Season

The Cardinals Red took a fairly young and inexperienced group into the 2019 season and their performance reflected it.  The team got off to a fantastic start, winning their first four games only to finish June with a 9-16 mark.  It was more of the same in July, when the C Red went 9-17, but everything seemed to click as July rolled into August, when the squad went 14-6 to finish the season.  Their 32-39 record overall placed them sixth in the San Pedro Division, 12 ½ games behind the Diamondbacks2.

If there was a famous phrase that portrayed the Cardinals Red’s home-road splits it would be ‘There’s No Place Like Home’, as the team went 18-17 at home but just 14-22 on the road.  Their longest winning streak was a seven-game span from August 15th through 23rd.  That was the first time the team won more than three straight since the above-referenced four-game winning streak at season’s start. The Cardinals Red’s longest slide was an eight-game losing skid from July 20th through 27th.

While the C Red generated a mere .451 winning percentage, down from .563 the year before, they were competitive in most of their contests.  69% of the squad’s 39 losses were by three runs or less with 56% of the losses decided by two or fewer tallies.  The Cardinals Red went 9-12 in games decided by one run, 4-10 in two-run contests, 4-5 for those decided by three runs and 16-12 in games determined by four or more tallies.  By the time the calendar turned to August the team had figured out how to win those close ones, going 9-3 games decided by three or fewer runs and 6-3 in the blowouts.

Pitching

21 hurlers took the mound, including two southpaws, one starter and one reliever, both rookies.  The average age of the staff was 17.7 years old, which tied them for second youngest staff in the league with Colorado.  That was well under the league average of 18.3 years.

In comparison, the Blue Jays had the league’s youngest staff at 17.6 years of age while the Cubs2’s pitchers averaged 19.5 years, which placed them as the oldest.  Contrasting the average age of this year’s staff to last, the 2018 Cardinals Red staff also averaged 17.7 years old, which was the league’s youngest staff last season.

The young C Red staff had a six-man rotation made up of five rookies and a one-year veteran.  Five of the six are right-handed, with 18-year-old Diorys Guerrero the only lefty.  Overall, the pitching staff compiled a 4.46 team Earned Run Average (ERA) and 1.565 Walks plus Hits per Innings Pitched (WHIP), which put them 29th in ERA and 39th in WHIP as compared to their counterparts on other squads.  The C Red staff was in the lower tier in Hits Per 9 Innings (9.0), Strikeouts Per Nine innings (7.9) and Walks Per 9 Innings (5.1), tied for 33rd, 32nd and 31st, respectively.  They had a Strikeout-to-Walk ratio of 1.56:1, 35th in the league.

Offense

The average age of Cardinals Red hitters was 17.7, which was the league average and in a four-way tie for 17th along with the Angels, Indians and Braves.  That puts them a tad older than the 2018 average of 17.6.  The Padres claimed the youngest group at 17.1, and on the other end of the age spectrum, both the White Sox and Rays2 had hitters averaging 18.4 years old.

This offense put runs on the board to the tune of 6.08 per game on average, good for ninth in the league.  Of the eight teams above them, just three had a younger average age.

The 2019 Cardinals Red offense was absolutely superb at working the free pass, drawing 415 walks, which was just three off the league lead.  Not surprisingly, their On-Base Percentage (OBP) of .376 was fifth, the ranking brought down by their Batting Average.

Another aspect of the game in which the Cardinals Red did well was on the base paths.  The team was sixth in stolen bases with 133 but were caught only 40 times, giving them a 76.9% success rate.  That was the second best success rate in the league.

Overall, the Cardinals Red slashed .256/.376/.356/.731 for the season.  Their Batting Average put them in a three-way tie for 14th, just outside of the top 25%.  The team’s Slugging percentage was 18th while the OPS was 10th, the latter driven by the excellent OBP.

Like their C Blue counterparts, the C Red had difficulty making contact, striking out 632 times in 2,369 at bats or once every 3.75 at bats.  Only four teams whiffed more than did the C Red.

Defense

The Cardinals Red was tied with the Reds for 24th in the league with a .952 fielding percentage.  In comparison, the league’s top defensive team was Rangers1 with a .971 fielding percentage and the worst was the Angels’ .938.

Two individuals who did field their positions well were the first base tandem of Luis Andujar and Alexander Samuel, who generated .994 and .985 fielding percentages, respectively.  Both 19-year-olds were experienced players, Andujar having played in 2018 and Samuel in 2017 as well as last season.

Catching duties were shared primarily by two players who came to the 2019 season with similarities but also key differences:  Jesus Orecchia and Roblin Heredia.  Although both players were signed out of Venezuela, Orecchia tops Heredia in age, prior experience and 2019 playing time.  The former is the elder by 15 months, having turned 18 in April, with a year’s work experience under his belt and caught 11 more games than the latter, 34 to 23.  The two had similar fielding percentages, .980 for Orecchia to Heredia’s .975, but Heredia compiled a far superior caught stealing rate, nailing 24 of 57 who tried to steal, 42%, against Orecchia’s 28 of 90, 31%.

Team backstops had a cumulative caught stealing rate of 31%, 18th in the league, along with three other teams.  The team nailed 60 base runners with 134 runners successful.  A comparison of the C Red caught stealing percentage versus the other seven teams in their division puts the C Red in the middle of the pack, fourth.

The All-Stars

The 2019 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game took place on Sunday, July 14th with the Cardinals Red sending two representatives:  outfielder Diowill Burgos and right-handed pitcher Angel Cuenca.    That brought the St Louis organization’s participation in the game to three overall, as Burgos and Cuenca were joined by Cardinals Blue outfielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez.  That number matched the 2017 All-Star total, when the Red also sent two players to the higher-performing Blue’s one.

The 2019 performances of Burgos and Cuenca will be discussed in the applicable DSL Pitcher and Player of the Year articles to come.

Conclusion

The Cardinals Red was a team propelled by their offense with the pitching lagging behind.  59% of their roster got their first taste of pro ball, compared to 45% for the Cardinals Blue, and the inexperience showed in their results.  But their excellent .700 winning percentage in August provides a positive foundation on which the players can build in 2019.

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 5, 2019

photo: Johnson City Cardinals

On Wednesday, the Johnson City Cardinals won their second straight road game to take the 2019 Appalachian League Championship.

Results from game played Wednesday, September 4th.


Johnson City 8 at Burlington 6

A 13-hit onslaught carried Johnson City (2-1) to an 8-6 road victory over Burlington (1-2) (KC), making the JC-Cards the 2019 Appalachian League Champions.  The championship is the second in four years for Johnson City and fifth in the last decade.

As in Tuesday’s win, the visitors displayed a balanced offense featuring eight players with at least one hit and five garnering two hits each:  Malcom Nunez, Jhon Torres, Todd Lott, Aaron Antonini and Mateo Gil.  Nunez did the most damage with his two singles, scoring once and driving in three in five at bats.

Torres and Lott both went 2-for-4 and touched home twice, with Torres working a free pass while doubling and driving in one and Lott reaching base once on a hit by pitch.  Antonini singled twice in three at bats with a walk and RBI while Gil singled and doubled in five at bats with a run scored.

Malcom Nunez (Robert Kell)

Defensively, the team nearly sabotaged themselves by committing five errors resulting in four unearned runs.  Catcher Antonini and first baseman Lott each bobbled once while shortstop Gil was charged with two miscues.

Starter Jake Sommers committed the final error during his three-inning stint.  The Wisconsin native, St. Louis’ 10th-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, allowed five tallies, one earned, while giving up three hits and a walk.  Four of the five runs charged to the righty came in his final inning of work.

A trio of Johnson City relievers held the Royals to a single score over the final six frames.  Will Guay (W, 1-0) fanned four in 3 1/3 innings, permitting a solo shot that was one of three hits yielded.  Walker Robbins retired both batters faced, stranding an inherited runner, and Dylan Pearce walked one over the final two innings for his first save.


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 4, 2019

photo: Hector Soto (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

With their backs against the wall, Johnson City came through with a convincing win in Game 2 of the Appalachian League Championship Series.  Hector Soto’s mound effort and a balanced offensive attack were key. The deciding game is tonight.

Results from the game played Tuesday, September 3rd.


Johnson City 7 at Burlington 2

Hector Soto (State College Spikes)

Hector Soto’s strong start led Johnson City (1-1) to a 7-2 victory at Burlington to even the best-of three Appalachian League Championship series at one game each.

Soto’s first postseason start and win consisted of 5 2/3 frames of three-hit ball in which the 20-year-old struck out six and issued two free passes. The effort came after the right-hander pitched in relief during the Appy Birds’ division-clinching victory on Friday.  Soto threw 86 pitches on Tuesday, 54 for strikes, with four ground- and three fly- ball outs.

The native of Mexico handed a 5-0 lead over to John Witkowski, who stranded Soto’s final runner.  Witkowski pitched the game’s balance, permitting two runs in the eighth on three of the four hits yielded in 3 1/3 innings.

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The offense pounced on Royals’ starter Noah Murdock (L, 0-1) for four runs in the first, Murdock’s only inning of work.  Jhon Torres smashed a two-run double scoring Chandler Redmond (hit by pitch) and Todd Lott (single), his only hit in five at bats.  After a walk to Malcom Nunez followed by a wild pitch that advanced both runners, Carlos Soler singled up the middle to bring in Torres and Nunez.

The visitors added a fourth-inning tally when Lott’s two-out single drove in Aaron Antonini (single).  Nunez capped the scoring with a two-run home run in the seventh that scored Torres (force).

Eight of nine starters in Johnson City’s balanced offense reached base via a hit or walk and five scored and/or drive in a run.  Lott garnered three of his team’s eight hits, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.  The only other JC-Card with a multi-hit effort was Soler, who singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in two.  Defensively, right fielder Soler was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Wednesday’s game:  at Burlington (1-1) (KC), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (0-0, 1.80)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 2, 2019

photo: Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2, led by Johnson City’s first-round playoff victory. Player of the Day Chandler Redmond plated four for the finals-bound Appy Birds.

Results from games played Sunday, September 1st.


Memphis 5 at Iowa 6

Max Schrock (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ ninth-inning rally fell short as they were clipped by the Cubs, 6-5.  Memphis (69-70) will try for a split of the four-game series and end 2019 at .500 in their 2019 finale on Monday.

Third baseman Max Schrock had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a base-on-balls while Randy Arozarena, Edmundo Sosa and Adolis Garcia each had two of the team’s 11 hits.  Garcia and John Nogowski both went yard, generating a solo shot and two-run home run accounting for all of their squad’s tallies through eight.  The long ball was Garcia’s 32nd of the season which places the outfielder seventh in the Pacific Coast League.

Jake Woodford’s (L, 9-8) 2019 campaign ended on a sour note with the right-hander yielding six runs on seven hits and two walks over seven innings.  The Florida native struck out eight.  Connor Jones retired all six batters faced in his first Triple-A appearance in 2019.

Monday’s game:  at Iowa (74-65) (CHC), 12:08 pm CT, Chris Ellis (5-5, 6.87)


Midland 4 at Springfield 0

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

The S-Cards managed just three hits in their 4-0 home shutout loss to Midland.  Springfield (30-39) has lost the first three of the four-game series, which concludes with the season finale on Monday.

Angel Rondon (L, 6-6) finished an impressive 2019 season by striking out six over three innings.  The only mark against the righty was one tally resulting from four hits and two walks yielded.

In his last rehab appearance, and apparently last outing of 2019, Austin Gomber tossed a clean fourth.  The southpaw recorded a 5-3 ground out before issuing a free pass.  After the runner stole second Gomber answered by picking him off for the inning’s second out.  A swinging K ended the inning.

All three runs charged to Patrick Dayton in his Springfield debut came in one frame, as the lefty gave up four hits.  Mitchell Osnowitz allowed two hits in the ninth.

The team’s three hits were divided between two players:  Chris Chinea and Juan Yepez.  Chinea singled twice in four at bats as the clean-up hitter while Yepez went 1-for-3.

Monday’s game:  vs. Midland (38-31) (OAK), 12:15 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (7-7, 5.30)


Peoria 2 at Clinton 1

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

Delvin Perez tripled and scored the winning tally in the ninth as the Chiefs edged the LumberKings, 2-1, evening the road series at one game apiece with the finale to go.  The victory by Peoria (24-45) halted Clinton’s seven-game winning streak and dropped them a game behind first-place Kane County (ARI) with whom they are battling for home field advantage in the play-offs.

Perez was Peoria’s offensive star, garnering half of his team’s four hits and scoring both runs.  The shortstop singled in the first, stole his 22nd base of 2019 and scored when Brendan Donovan lined a single up the middle.  The offense was somnambulant until the ninth, when the 20-year-old tripled to right with one gone.  After an intentional free pass to Donovan, Leandro Cedeno lifted one deep enough to right to sacrifice Perez across home.

A trio of Chiefs hurlers combined to hold Clinton to an unearned tally.  Logan Gragg shut out his opponents on four hits through the first five innings, followed by Franyel Casadilla (W, 6-4) (BS, 2).  Casadilla allowed a run on two hits and a walk over three frames, with the score unearned due to a fielding error by second baseman Donovan.  Evan Sisk used three groundball outs to tiptoe around a lead-off double for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  at Clinton (44-25) (MIA), 2:00 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-5, 3.97)


State College 11 vs. Williamsport 1

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes used six eighth-inning scores to put away the Crosscutters, 11-1, evening the away-home-away series at one game each.  It was the final home game of the season for State College (39-36).

The home team banged out 11 hits, led by two Spikes with three hits apiece:  David Vinsky and Stanley Espinal.  Vinsky went 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two driven in while Espinal went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBIs.

Terry Fuller blasted his fourth home run, a two-run shot that was his only hit in three at bats.  The right fielder reached base three times, working two walks and touching home twice.  Dariel Gomez doubled twice in five at bats, crossing home once.

Adrian Mardueno navigated around four hits and four walks in 4 1/3 frames, holding Williamsport to a run.  Hector Villalobos (W, 4-1) scattered three hits and two free passes over 2 2/3 innings, stranding two inherited runners.  Jack Ralston allowed a hit and two walks during his two-inning stint.

Monday’s game:  at Williamsport (32-42) (PHI), 1:05 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-6, 7.13)


Johnson City 7 vs. Bristol 5

Chandler Redmond drove in four as the JC-Cards topped the Pirates, 7-5, in the decisive third game of the semi-final series.  Johnson City hosts Burlington (KC), the East Division wild card, in Game 1 of the best-of-three Appalachian League Championship series, which has been moved up to Monday from Tuesday due to inclement weather concerns.  The Royals will host games two and three, the latter if needed, because they hold the better regular season record.

The game was a back-and-forth affair with Johnson City getting on the board first with a three-run fourth.  But Bristol answered with four the next inning, with the first two tallies coming off starter Jose Moreno, who did not finish the frame.

The Appy Birds claimed their second lead on a two-run long ball by Redmond but the Pirates tied it up at 5-5 by the seventh’s midpoint.  A two-run double by Malcom Nunez in the home half of the inning put Johnson City up for good.

Player of the Day Redmond was one of seven Appy Birds to either score or drive in at least one run, making the victory truly a team affair.  The first baseman reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two-run long ball comprising his run scored and two of his four knocked in.

Malcom Nunez (Robert Kell)

Three of his teammates also garnered two of the team’s nine hits:  Nunez, Mateo Gil and Aaron Antonini.  Nunez’ double plated Gil (double) and Jhon Torres (hit-by-pitch), giving the third baseman two RBIs to go with a run scored in four at bats.  Gil went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored while Antonini singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home twice.

Moreno held the Pirates scoreless on four hits and a walk through his first four frames but got the hook after permitting a single and walk along with two wild pitches.  The Appy Birds turned the ball over to their ace, Hector Soto, pitching on three days rest, but the gamble did not pay off.

Soto was tagged for a double, scoring Moreno’s two runners, a two-run bomb, then a single and walk.  The righty escaped when the trailing runner of an attempted double steal was nailed at second.

Dylan Pearce (W, 1-0) quieted things down a bit over the next three innings, permitting an unearned run along with three hits and a walk.  But Walker Robbins undoubtedly gave the home crowd agita after giving up a one-out single before putting the potential tying run on via a hit batsman.  Tyler Peck ended the game quickly by inducing a 5-3 double play for his first post-season save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington, 6:30 p.m. ET, Julio Puello


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 30, 2019

photo: Rayder Ascanio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2. Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Springfield’s win. Memphis and Peoria had late wins and Palm Beach’s Griffin Roberts and State College’s Enmanuel Solano made strong starts.

Results from games played Thursday, August 29th.


Memphis 8 at New Orleans 5

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Ramon Urias’ home run broke a ninth-inning tie, sending the Redbirds to an 8-5 comeback victory at New Orleans (70-64) (MIA).  Second-place Memphis (68-68) took three of the four-game set and head to first-place Iowa (CHC) for the final four games of the season.  The Redbirds trail the Cubs by four in the American Northern Division standings with an elimination number of one, meaning they must sweep in Des Moines to win the division.

Urias’ long ball scored pinch-hitter Jose Godoy, who had worked a free pass to begin the ninth.  Edmundo Sosa provided the final margin of victory with his 17th bomb of 2019 later that frame.  Those blasts were two of six home runs hit by the Redbirds, along with solo shots by Randy Arozarena, Max Schrock and Dylan Carlson plus a two-run long ball by Justin Williams.

Williams and Sosa were the only Memphis players with a multi-hit performance, with both players going 2-for-5. Williams added another RBI and Sosa touched home twice.  Andrew Knizner reached base three times, singling plus two walks.  Memphis had 11 hits in all.

Austin Warner surrendered a long ball as well during his five innings on the mound, a solo shot that was one of five runs yielded, four earned, on seven hits and two walks.  Kodi Whitley struck out four over two clean frames before Junior Fernandez (W, 2-1) and Mike Mayers (S, 6) pitched an inning each and negotiated around two hits with Mayers fanning three.

Friday’s game:  at Iowa (72-64) (CHC), 7:08 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (5-6, 5.91)


Springfield 13 vs. Frisco 9

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

The S-Cards outlasted the Rough Riders in the finale, 13-9, for a split of the four-game set.  Springfield (30-36) finishes up their 2019 season with four contests versus Midland (OAK), a club still contending for a play-off slot in the South Division.

The offense exploded for 18 hits, led by Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio who went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two knocked in at the top of the order.  Connor Capel joined rehabbing Jose Martinez with three hits apiece, with Capel touching home three times in five at bats with a stolen base and Martinez drove in one before being replaced by a pinch runner in the sixth.

Juan Yepez went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, crossed home twice and knocked in two. Brian O’Keefe and Johan Mieses each went yard with a runner aboard.

Austin Gomber continued his rehab with two scoreless frames to start the game. The lefty threw 15 of his 22 pitches for strikes while facing the minimum number of Rough Riders (32-33) (TEX).

Regular starter Alex FaGalde (W, 4-5) picked up the victory despite another rough outing, permitting three long balls representing six of the seven runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five innings.  Michael Osnowitz was charged with two tallies on four hits over the final two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Midland (35-31) (OAK), 7:10 pm CT, Merandy Gonzalez (2-3, 6.51)


Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 5

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

Palm Beach (22-44) fell at Bradenton, 5-2, in what turned out to be the season finale.  The Florida State League has cancelled the last three games of the regular season due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

The game was knotted at 1-1 at the seventh’s midpoint but the Marauders (37-32) pounced on reliever Michael Baird for four tallies, three earned, in the bottom of the frame, his second inning of work.  Griffin Roberts struck out six over the initial five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a free pass.  Ben Yokley tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The offense was confined mainly to the top of the order, the first three batters contributing six of the team’s eight hits.  Nick Dunn, Michael Perri and Nolan Gorman each had two hits, with Gorman’s double the only hit to go for extra bases.  Dun and Gorman both touched home, both driven in by Luken Baker, who singled once in two at bats with a walk and sac fly.

Friday’s game:  cancelled


Peoria 5 vs. Beloit 4

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs walked off with a 5-4 win over the Snappers on Thursday, clinching the three-game home series with one game to go.  After finishing up with Beloit, Peoria (25-41) travels to Clinton, a club that is deadlocked with Kane County (ARI) atop the West Division standings.

The key blow was provided by Jonatan Machado, who singled in pinch runner Josh Shaw from second, snapping a 4-4 tie.  The ninth began with Leandro Cedeno reaching via a hit-by-pitch and advancing to third on Brandon Riley’s double.

Alexis Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice with Cedeno out at the plate, but Wadye Infante came through with an RBI single to right, scoring Riley and knotting the game at four all.  Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Wilson was erased from the base paths after trying to stretch for third, at which point the game log indicates an injury delay and Shaw pinch ran for Infante.

Peoria generated 10 hits with Machado, Cedeno and Riley garnering two hits each.  All three players doubled with both of Cedeno’s hits being two-baggers.  It was a mixed bag on the base paths, with Infante and Delvin Perez each stealing a base but Riley and Brendan Donovan both caught stealing.

Dalton Roach completed his 2019 season with seven strong frames in which the 23-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks.  All three tallies occurred in Roach’s final inning, leaving Peoria trailing 3-2 after seven.

Connor Coward recorded two outs, yielding a run on a hit, base-on-balls and hit batsman.  But Evan Sisk (W, 3-6) limited the damage by retiring all four batters faced, stranding two inherited runners.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit (26-40) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (6-6, 4.63)


State College 8 at Mahoning Valley 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

The Spikes’ offense and pitching came together for an 8-1 road win at Mahoning Valley, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.  The victory moved third-place State College (37-35) to two games behind Batavia (MIA), which lost on Thursday, and kept pace with second-place West Virginia (PIT), which trail the Muckdogs by a half game in the Pinckney Division standings.  The Spikes have an elimination number of three with four games to go.

Dariel Gomez and Stanley Espinal led their squad’s 14-hit attack, both going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, with Gomez driving in two on a two-run home run and Espinal doubling.  Luis Flores connected for a three-run bomb, one of his two hits in five at bats and a portion of his two runs scored and four RBIs.  Pedro Pages reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk and touching home once.

Three State College pitchers produced stellar efforts, starting with Enmanuel Solano (W, 4-7) who limited his opponents to a tally on four hits over six innings.  Connor Lunn blanked the Scrappers during his two-inning stint while Jack Ralston pitched a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Mahoning Valley (35-36) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Scott Politz (3-3, 4.64)


Johnson City – off

Fresh off their West Division Championship-clinching performance on Wednesday, Johnson City prepares for their best-of-three semi-final series versus Bristol (PIT).  As the West Division’s top seed, the JC-Cards have hold field advantage, hosting games two and three (if necessary) while Bristol hosts the series opener.  The two division rivals met nine times during the regular season, with Johnson City winning four of the nine contests.

Friday’s game:  at Bristol (0-0) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (0-0, —) regular season – (2-3. 4.18)


GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 6

The Gulf Birds’ late rally was not enough to prevent a 6-5 walk-off loss to the GCL Mets (30-24).  The GCL Cardinals (20-34) ended their 2019 campaign on an eight-game losing streak. The final two contests of the season have been cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Roy Garcia (L, 2-5) retired only one of four batters faced, yielding a run on a hit and two walks, one intentional.  That out came on a sac bunt by the pitcher.

Inohan Paniagua gave up seven hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3 innings, resulting in five runs.  The righty fanned six.  With no future games to play, regular starter Ludwin Jimenez followed Paniagua to the mound and scattered four hits and two walks over 3 1/3, allowing an inherited runner to score.

Down 5-2 after six, the visitors scored three times over the next two innings, pulling even after eight frames.  Ramon Mendoza had three of his team’s nine hits, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Cristhian Longa and Pablo Gomez had two hits apiece, with Longa crossing home and Gomez doubling with two RBIs, one on a sac fly.

Friday’s game: cancelled


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 28, 2019

photo: Hector Soto (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-6, with Johnson City able to make the playoffs with another win Wednesday. JC’s Liam Sabino had three hits and plated two and Hector Soto spun five scoreless innings in Tuesday’s victory.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 27th.


Memphis 3 at New Orleans 2 (7) – Game 1   
Memphis 4 at New Orleans 5 (7) – Game 2

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds split a pair of one-run contests at New Orleans, claiming the opener, 3-2, but falling in the finale, 5-4.  The loss halted a seven-game winning streak for second-place Memphis (66-68), which has an elimination number of two.

In Game 1, the only mark on Jake Woodford (W, 9-7) during his five innings was a solo home run that was one of two hits and two walks yielded.  Kodi Whitley worked around two hits for a clean sixth but Mike Mayers (S, 5) was charged with a tally on two hits and a walk.

Memphis’ six hits were divvied up among four players.  John Nogowski and Ramon Urias had two hits apiece, with Nogowski going 2-for-2 with a walk, run scored and one knocked in while Urias singled and doubled in three at bats.  Justin Williams’ solo long ball was his only hit in three at bats although the right fielder did work a free pass.  Randy Arozarena doubled in four at bats, touching home once.

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A late rally by the Redbirds could not prevent a walk-off loss in the nightcap.  The visitors tied the game up at three all via Arozarena’s three-run bomb in the final inning but Junior Fernandez could not hold the tie.  Fernandez (L, 1-1) allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with two outs recorded.  The righty allowed two inherited runners score.

In a bullpen start, Seth Elledge shut out the Baby Cakes on two hits over the initial four innings, handing off a scoreless game to Jesus Cruz.  But Cruz yielded three runs on three hits and a base-on-balls over 1 2/3 frames.  One of the three hits was a solo blast.

Arozarena took part in all four of his team’s tallies, going 1-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and three driven in.  Edmundo Sosa and Joe Hudson each went 2-for-3, Sosa doubling once with an RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  at New Orleans (70-62) (MIA). 6:30 pm CT, Chris Ellis (4-5, 7.10)


Frisco 5 at Springfield 2

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Not even the participation of two major leaguers in the starting lineup could keep the S-Cards’ losing slide from reaching five straight as the home team fell to the Rough Riders, 5-2.  Springfield (28-36) has lost the first two games of the four-game series and has been eliminated from post-season contention.

St. Louis outfielders Tyler O’Neill and Jose Martinez continued their rehab assignments with positive results.  Right fielder O’Neill provided most of Springfield’s production, going 2-for-4 with a solo home run comprising one of his two runs scored.  Martinez reached base three times as the designated hitter, singling in two at bats with two free passes.  The only other S-Card with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Elehuris Montero, who singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Jorge Rondon (L, 6-5) took the loss despite tossing six strong frames.  The right-hander struck out seven and gave up two runs on four hits and two walks.

Will Latcham and Ronnie Williams each retired three batters but were scored upon, with Latcham yielding two runs on three hits and Williams a run on two hits.  Jacob Patterson navigated around a hit and two walks.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Frisco (32-31) (TEX), 6:30 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (6-7. 5.68)


Palm Beach 0 at Bradenton 9

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Palm Beach (21-43) was pounded by Bradenton for the second night in a row, this time losing 9-0.  Two of the four-game series have yet to be played.

Beach Birds hurlers fell prey to the long ball with four home runs served up.  Four of the six runs, five earned, charged to Kyle Leahy (L, 1-5) over six innings resulted from two bombs that were part of the nine hits and two walks permitted.

All three runs charged to Patrick Dayton in 2/3 of an inning were generated by two home runs, two of his four hits yielded.  Ramon Santos left Dayton’s last runner on base and allowed a hit with four outs recorded.

Offense was in short supply as the visitors had just three hits, two by catcher Ivan Herrera, who singled twice in three at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bradenton (36-31) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


Peoria 3 at Cedar Rapids 4

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs (21-43) suffered a 4-3 walk-off defeat at Cedar Rapids (34-30) on Tuesday for a split of the four-game series.

Sebastian Tabata was charged with the loss, his fourth against three wins, giving up a run on two hits and a free pass with one batter retired.  Starter Logan Gragg struck out six over the first four frames, permitting a solo blast comprising one of his four hits and a walk.

Wilfredo Pereira retired six batters but was tagged for two runs on two hits and three free passes.  Freddy Pacheco faced the minimum during his two-inning stint before giving way to Tabata.

Delvin Perez led Peoria’s 10-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a double and run scored.  The only other Chief with more than one hit was Brady Whalen, who singled twice in five at bats.  Brendan Donovan reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Wednesday’s game:   vs. Beloit (26-38) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-5, 4.30)


West Virginia 6 at State College 3 (10)

Luis Flores (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The third-place Spikes fell to the second-place Black Bears, 6-3, in 10, but claimed the series, two games to one.  State College (36-34) is two games behind Batavia (MIA), which leads West Viriginia (37-32) by a half-game in the Pinckney Division standings.

Eric Lex took the loss, his third in as many decisions, after yielding three runs, two earned, on two hits over 1 2/3 frames.  Fabian Blanco retired all three batters faced, joining Lex in stranding an inherited runner.

Adrian Mardueno tossed the initial five innings, permitting three tallies on six hits and two walks.  Jacob Schlesener bridged the 2 1/3-inning span between Mardueno and Lex, yielding a hit and two free passes.

The Spikes managed just six hits, two by Luis Flores, who singled twice in four at bats at the bottom of the order.  Shane Benes doubled in three at bats, the only hit to go for extra bases while Terry Fuller went 1-for-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  at fourth-place Mahoning Valley (34-35) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Junior Gonzalez (3-5, 7.68)


Johnson City 9 at Kingsport 4

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards came through with a crucial 9-4 road win at Kingsport as they regained control of their post-season destiny.  Although Johnson City (34-33) and the Mets are tied atop the West Division standings, the Appy Birds hold the tiebreaker and can clinch the division title with a victory on Wednesday in the regular season finale.  But four West Division squads are still contending for two play-off slots, including Bristol (PIT) and Elizabethton (MIN) who are both a half game off the lead. If JC loses, they need both of the aforementioned clubs to also lose Wednesday to get in via the back door.

Johnson City’s bats led the way Tuesday, scoring seven times in the first three innings.  The 11-hit attack was spearheaded by Liam Sabino and Diomedes Del Rio, who mustered three hits each and combined for five runs.  Sabino went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two knocked in while Del Rio went 3-for-4 with a double and crossed home twice.  Five Appy Birds had one hit apiece.

Hector Soto (W, 1-1) turned in five impressive innings of shutout ball, striking out five with two hits yielded.   The 20-year-old had five ground- and five fly- ball outs.

But Luis Ortiz retired only one batter, surrendering three runs, two earned, on two hits and a walk.  Walker Robbins stranded Ortiz’ last runner but was charged with an unearned run with a hit and walk yielded in 1 1/3 innings.  John Witkowski retired all seven batters faced, stranding two inherited runners, for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  at co-leader Kingsport (34-33) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


GCL Marlins 7 at GCL Cardinals 3

Francis Ventura

On Tuesday, the GCL Cardinals (20-32) were topped by the GCL Marlins (28-21), 7-3, their sixth straight loss.

Francis Ventura (L, 2-1) turned in a solid effort, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks through five innings.  Wilman Madera essentially put the game out of reach by giving up five runs, three earned, on four hits, including a two-run long ball.  Anthony Trompiz allowed a hit and free pass over 2 2/3 and let both inherited runners score.

The offense was limited to four hits, two by Patrick Romeri, who went 2-for-4 with a triple and two-run home run.  The right fielder touched home twice with two RBIs.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (25-23), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 26, 2019

photo: Brandon Purcell (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-2. Peoria and State College won with final inning comebacks and Memphis’ big bats kept on hitting. Player of the Day Brandon Purcell’s two-run double tied the game for the Spikes. Johnson City’s loss knocked them out of first place.

Results from games played Sunday, August 25th.


Memphis 9 vs. Omaha 2

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds trounced the Storm Chasers, 9-2, sweeping the three-game series and extending their winning streak to six.  Second-place Memphis (65-67) has climbed to five games back of Iowa (CHC), who lost Sunday, but have an elimination number of four.  If Memphis can stay in contention, the regular season-ending four-game series at Iowa next weekend would matter.

Long ball was the name of the game Sunday with the Redbirds launching four, accounting for six tallies.  Adolis Garcia went yard twice in four at bats with three RBIs.  The right fielder was joined by Rangel Ravelo, who paced his team’s 13-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double and two-run bomb that was part of his two runs scored and three driven in.

Justin Williams also had a solo shot leave the park, one of the designated hitter’s two hits in three at bats to go with a walk, run scored and RBI.  The final Redbird with more than one hit was Randy Arozarena, who singled twice in five at bats, and crossed home once.

The home team’s hurlers were clicking as well, holding fourth-place Omaha (55-76) to just four hits.  Daniel Ponce de Leon (W, 8-4) gave up all four during his five inning-stint, yielding four free passes resulting in two tallies, one of them via a solo blast.

Junior Fernandez followed Ponce de Leon to the mound and recorded six outs, including three strikeouts.  Zac Rosscup walked one in the eighth before Chasen Shreve fanned the side in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at New Orleans (69-61) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Jake Woodford (8-7, 4.03)


Springfield 2 at Midland 7

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards were downed by the RockHounds, 7-2, and were the victims of a three-game sweep.  It was the final road game of the season for third-place Springfield (28-34), two away from being eliminated in the North Division.

Tommy Parsons (L, 4-6) was bitten by the bomb, surrendering three home runs comprising four of the six runs yielded on eight hits and two walks over six frames.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed the seventh, issuing a free pass, but Midland (33-29) (OAK) tagged Connor Jones for a run on three hits and a base-on-balls in the eighth.

The offense generated eight hits with three for extra bases but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.  Johan Mieses accounted for two of the extra-base hits, going 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run that was one of his two runs scored.  The only other player with more than one hit was Elehuris Montero, who singled twice in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. Frisco (30-31) (TEX), 6:30 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (3-8, 5.64)


Palm Beach vs. Fort Myers – cancelled

Sunday’s series finale between Palm Beach (21-41) and Fort Myers (34-28) at Roger Dean could not be played due to inclement weather.  Since the game has no bearing on the South Division postseason, which has already been determined, the contest will not be rescheduled.

Monday’s game:  at Bradenton (34-31) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Gonzalez (6-14, 4.94)


Peoria 9 at Cedar Rapids 5

A huge ninth-inning rally vaulted the Chiefs past the Kernels, 9-5, evening the series at one game each with two yet to play.  Peoria (20-42) has been reduced to the spoiler role in the West Division with one week to go.

The Chiefs were shut out through eight frames but greeted Cedar Rapids’ new reliever in the ninth with a single-walk-single to load the bases for Jonatan Machado.  Machado plated Leandro Cedeno and Brandon Riley with a double to right, bringing in a fresh hurler.  That pitcher hit both Edwin Figuera and Brady Whalen, the latter forcing across Josh Shaw, who singled ahead of Machado.

Brendan Donovan strode to the plate with the sacks re-jammed and singled home Machado, bringing Peoria within one.  A wild pitch scored Figuera and triggered an intentional free pass to Imeldo Diaz.  After a swinging K, Cedeno came back up to the plate and lifted one deep enough to score Whalen for a 6-5 lead.  Riley poured it on with a two-run double, scoring Donovan and Diaz, before Shaw finished the scoring with a single to left that brought Riley across.

Riley spearheaded his squad’s offense, going 3-for-4 with a walk, double, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Donovan, Cedeno and Shaw all went 2-for-4 with run scored and RBI, and Donovan and Shaw both worked a free pass.  Peoria banged out 12 hits in all.

Connor Coward shut out the opposition in the eighth and received his first full-season victory.  But the right-hander was pulled the following frame after loading the bases on a walk, single and hit batsman with one gone.  Evan Sisk got his first batter to hit into a 4-6-3 double play for his fourth save.

Coward and Sick pitched in relief of Colin Schmid, who allowed five runs on six hits and two base-on-balls over 5 1/3 innings.  Two of the five runs were generated by one home run.  Sebastian Tabata retired five batters, striking out three, and stranding an inherited runner.

Monday’s game:  at fifth-place Cedar Rapids (33-29) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (5-9, 5.19)


State College 4 vs. West Virginia 3

Brandon Purcell (Robert Kell)

A ninth-inning rally gave the Spikes a 4-3 walk-off victory over the second-place Black Bears in the series opener.  Third-place State College (35-33) gained on first-place Batavia (MIA), whom they trail by two games in the Pinckney Division standings with eight games remaining.

With State College down 3-1 with three outs to go, Pedro Pages led off with a ground-rule double, advancing to third on Stanley Espinal’s line-drive single up the middle.  Dariel Gomez worked a base-on-balls, jamming the sacks for Brandon Purcell.  Purcell came through with a two-run double, which knotted the game at 3-3 and elicited an intentional walk to Brylie Ware.  David Vinsky’s single to short scored pinch runner Shane Benes.

The Spikes garnered eight hits, with Pages going 3-for-4 with a double and home run, two runs scored and one knocked in. The designated hitter was the only State College player with a multi-hit performance.

Three of the six hits given up by Scott Politz during his eight innings on the bump occurred in the second, accounting for all three tallies charged to the Yale product.  Politz has gone at least seven innings in three of his last four starts, during which time he has allowed just four runs, three earned.  Fabian Blanco (W, 3-0) tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place West Virginia (36-31) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Andre Pallante (1-0, 2.48)


Bristol 10 at Johnson City 8

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

Shaky pitching and defense by the JC-Cards resulted in a 10-8 loss in the decisive third game of the series.  The defeat drops Johnson City (33-32) into a two-way tie for second with Kingsport, a half of a game behind Bristol (33-31) (PIT).

Francisco Justo could not finish the fourth, permitting seven runs, five earned, on six hits and two walks in 3 2/3 frames.  His final two runners scored under John Witkowski’s watch after the latter yielded three hits in 1 1/3 innings, resulting in an unearned run of his own.

But the actual loss fell on Tyler Peck (L, 2-3) who was charged with two runs on a hit and two free passes in 2 1/3.  Closer Will Guay fanned three over the last 1 2/3 frames but allowed two inherited runners to score.

Quality defense was in short supply with both teams committing two errors that led to a combined six unearned scores.  Johnson City committed two throwing errors, one by center fielder Diomedes Del Rio and the other by third baseman Liam Sabino.  Reliever Peck also threw two wild pitches.

Second baseman Kevin Vargas had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, stolen base and run scored out of the seven hole.  Shortstop Mateo Gil was one of three Appy Birds to go yard, with first baseman Chandler Redmond launching a solo shot that was one of his two hits in five at bats, with two runs scored and four RBI.  Designated hitter Todd Lott also had a solo long ball, while going 2-for-5.

Monday’s game:  at co-second place Kingsport (33-32) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


GCL Cardinals – off

The Gulf Coast Cardinals (20-31) head into the final five games of their season on a five-game losing skid.  The East Division’s last-place team has not notched consecutive wins since August 4th and 6th, an apt reflection of what has been a disappointing and eminently forgettable season.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Astros (24-26), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 23, 2019

photo: Alvaro Seijas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3. Player of the Day Alvaro Seijas spun seven shutout innings for Palm Beach. Justin Williams’ three hits, including a home run and five RBI led Memphis to another win.

Results from games played Thursday, August 22nd.


Memphis 14 vs. Round Rock 2

Justin Williams (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds scored in six of eight frames in their 14-2 decimation of Round Rock.  After dropping game one Memphis (62-67) won the final three games of the home series and are in second-place in the American Northern Division standings, seven games in back of Iowa (CHC) with an elimination number of five.

The balanced offensive effort featured all nine starters with at least one of the team’s 17 hits.  They were spearheaded by Justin Williams, who went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run that was one of five bombs launched by the Redbirds.  The right fielder doubled, touched home twice and drove in five.

Six of Williams’ teammates had two hits each:  Randy Arozarena, Dylan Carlson, John Nogowski, Andrew Knizner, Edmundo Sosa and Adolis Garcia.  Arozarena, Carlson, Nogowski and Knizner all went yard with Arozarena tripling and Garcia doubling with his 14th stolen base.  Carlson has now hit safely in all eight of his Triple-A contests, including seven consecutive multi-hit performances.

Seth Elledge was credited with the win, his third in four decisions, despite his permitting a run on three hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings.  Elledge pitched in relief of Chris Ellis, who lasted just seven outs when the right-hander was ejected by the home plate umpire after hitting a batter.  Ellis issued three free passes and gave up one run, which scored with Elledge on the mound.

Chasen Shreve used four strikeouts to negate three walks in two innings before giving way to Kodi Whitley.  Whitley retired all four batters faced, stranding three inherited runners, before Zac Rosscup pitched out of a bases-loaded jam of his own doing in the ninth on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Omaha (55-73) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (3-2, 6.38)


Springfield 8 vs. Frisco 4

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Five fifth-inning tallies lifted the S-Cards over the RoughRiders in the decisive third game of the home series, 8-4.  Third-place Springfield (28-31) trails Tulsa (LAD) by five games in the North Division standings with an elimination number of seven.

The Cardinals banged out nine hits, paced by Brian O’Keefe who went 3-for-5 with two RBIs.  Juan Yepez and Conner Capel both went 2-for-4, with Yepez blasting a two-run long ball, his first Double-A home run, scoring twice and knocking in two while Capel drove in one.

Angel Rondon (W, 6-4) held Frisco (28-30) (TEX) to a run on three hits and a hit batsman over six innings before tiring in the seventh.  The righty served up a lead-off home run and double to his first two batters then exited.

Jacob Patterson walked one in the seventh and allowed Rondon’s last runner to score.  Roel Ramirez and Bryan Dobzanski each went an inning, with Ramirez issuing two free passes and Dobzanski surrendering a solo shot.

Friday’s game:  at Midland (30-29) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (6-6, 5.35)


Palm Beach 3 vs. Bradenton 0

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

Alvaro Seijas and Luken Baker powered the Beach Birds to a 3-0 victory over Bradenton (32=30) (PIT).  Palm Beach (21-39) took the series, two games to one, but has been eliminated from post-season play.

Baker got his team on the board in the third with a two-run bomb, the first of his two hits in four at bats.  The home run came with Chase Pinder (walk) aboard and was the first baseman’s ninth long ball of 2019.  Baker also banged out his 30th double.

Nolan Gorman went 2-for-4 as well, tripling with an RBI.  Scott Hurst reached base twice, doubling in three at bats with a walk and run scored.

Seijas (W, 4-1) scattered six hits, a walk and two plunked batters over seven scoreless frames.  Patrick Dayton and Ramon Santos both went an inning, with Dayton striking out three and Santos two for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Fort Myers (32-28) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


Peoria 2 vs. Quad Cities 1

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Imeldo Diaz drove in the winning run in the eighth as the Chiefs slipped past the River Bandits, 2-1, at Dozer Park.  Peoria (19-40) has taken the first two of the three-game series but has been eliminated from post-season contention.

Diaz’ two-out single drove in Brendan Donovan after the latter doubled in the eighth.  Both players went 2-for-4 with Diaz driving in both of his team’s scores.  A single by Wadye Infante accounted for the Chiefs’ final hit.

A trio of Peoria hurlers limited Quad Cities to a tally on seven hits.  Logan Gragg fanned five in four innings, blanking his opponents on two hits and two walks.

Wilfredo Pereira was charged with a run on five hits and a free pass over 4 2/3 frames for his first full-season win.  Sebastian Tabata struck out his only batter, leaving Pereira’s last two runners aboard, for his fifth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (32-27) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-4, 3.51)


State College 5 at Batavia 9

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes’ bullpen could not hold a late lead, resulting in a 9-5 road loss to the Muckdogs in the series road opener.  Third-place State College (33-32) is three games behind Batavia in the Pinckney Division standings.

The Spikes led 4-2 at the eighth’s midpoint but seven runs off Jacob Schlesener (L, 2-6) (BS, 2) in the home half of the frame left the Spikes trailing 9-4.  Six of the seven tallies were earned, coming on five hits and a base-on-balls, including a two-run long ball, over 2 1/3 frames.  Jack Ralston struck out both batters faced to finish the eighth.

Schlesener and Ralston pitched in relief of Adrian Mardueno, who surrendered a two-run bomb comprising one of three hits and a base-on-balls yielded over five innings.

The offense mustered 12 hits, all singles, led by David Vinsky and Stanley Espinal who had three apiece.  Both players scored one and drove in another, with Espinal going a perfect 3-for-3 with two walks.

Friday’s game:  at first-place Batavia (36-29) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Junior Gonzalez (3-4, 6.75)


Elizabethton 14 at Johnson City 4

Victor Garcia (Robert Kell photo)

Quality pitching was in short supply in the JC-Cards’ 14-4 loss to Elizabethton for a split of the two-game series.  Johnson City (32-30) remains atop the West Division standings, a half of a game ahead of Bristol – whom the Appy Birds face next – two in front of Kingston (NYM) and 2 ½ up on Elizabethton (29-32) (MIN).

While three of the four Johnson City pitchers were scored upon, the bulk of the damage came against starter Luis Ortiz (L, 0-4), who gave up nine runs, seven earned, on nine hits and a walk in two plus innings.  His last three runners scored under Alex Gallegos’ watch, with the righty surrendering a grand slam that was one of six hits and a base-on-balls permitted in three frames.

Enrique Perez tossed the next 2 1/3 innings, walking three and joining Ortiz and Gallegos by hitting a batter.  Both of the tallies charged to the lefty scored with Wilberto Rivera on the mound.  Rivera, who inherited a bases-loaded/one-out mess, walked in the first run then allowed the second run to score on a force out but was not scored upon himself in 1 2/3 frames.

Johnson City generated just four hits, including a solo shot by left fielder Victor Garcia, who reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. second-place Bristol (31-30) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Julio Puello (3-4, 5.80)


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Marlins 9

The fifth-place Cardinals were easily handled by the first-place Marlins on Thursday, 9-3.  It was the third straight loss for the GCL Cardinals (20-29), just 3-7 over their last 10 games.

Nathanael Heredia (L, 5-3) lasted just seven outs, yielding six runs, five earned, on five hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter.  Martin Cordova retired another seven batters, permitting three tallies on five hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Luis Tena held the GCL Marlins (27-19) scoreless on one hit over the last 3 1/3 frames.

The offense managed just four hits but worked six free passes and scored two unearned runs on consecutive Marlins miscues.  Franklin Soto and Jean Selmo were the only Cardinals to reach base more than once, with both players singling and scoring with a base-on-balls.

Friday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals (23-23), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, Anthony Green (1-1, 4.62)


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Twins 6

Darlin Moquete

The C-Blue scored early and often, then held on for an 8-6 home victory over the Twins.  The second-place DSL Cardinals Blue (41-21) control their own fate with a Friday showdown at the first-place Rockies whom they trail by a half-game with two games remaining.

The visitors broke on top first with three runs off Wilmer Ortega (W, 5-0), but the Cardinals Blue answered with eight tallies over the initial four innings.  Darlin Moquete was on fire, going 4-for-5 with a three-run home run comprising part of his two runs scored and four RBIs.  The center fielder also swiped his 23rd base of the season.

Gustavo A. Rodriguez and Luis Rodriguez had two of the team’s 12 hits, with Gustavo singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk and run scored.  Batting right behind Gustavo in the six spot, Luis Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a triple, touched home once and knocked in one, but was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.  Catcher Jesus Orecchia reached base three times, doubling in two at bats with two walks and two runs scored.

After giving up three first-inning tallies, Ortega shut down the Twins (23-40) over the next four frames, allowing three hits and three walks in all plus hitting a batter.  Allinson Benitez pitched the next three innings, yielding a run on three hits and two free passes issued.

Benjamin Arias retired just one of six batters faced, allowing two runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks.  Cristoffer Zapata worked out of a bases-loaded jam, retiring both batters for his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Rockies (42-21), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Gustavo J. Rodriguez (4-1, 1.83)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (31-38) are riding a six-game winning streak that has pulled them from eighth (and last) place to sixth in the San Pedro Division standings.  It is all about pride by now for the C-Red, who are a game behind the Mets2 with two contests remaining.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place DSL Brewers (35-35), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Henry Gomez (1-1, 4.39)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 21, 2019

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4. It was something old and something new for Memphis, as Daniel Ponce de Leon’s pitching and Dylan Carlson’s hitting led the Redbirds to a win. Johnson City protected its slim division lead with a final-out, four-run comeback capped by Liam Sabino’s double.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 20th.


Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 3

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Daniel Ponce de Leon’s six strong frames and Dylan Carlson’s three-hit night led the Redbirds to a 5-3 victory of the Express, evening the home series at one game each with two on tap.  Second-place Memphis (60-67) trails Iowa (CHC) by eight games in the American Northern Division standings with an elimination number of six.

Ponce de Leon (W, 7-4) scattered five hits and four walks with one run permitted while striking out five. The sixth-inning run was the first score allowed in his four outings since returning to Memphis. But Kodi Whitley did not retire a batter, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls.

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dominic Leone’s relief effort was vital to the Redbirds’ success, with the righty working out of a bases-loaded/none out jam.  Leone stuck out four of his five batters retired, allowing one hit.  Chasen Shreve retired his only batter, stranding an inherited runner, before Mike Mayers negotiated around a lead-off single for his third save.

Carlson did more than his share at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and solo shot, scoring one and driving in two.  The top prospect outfielder is batting .520/.586/.960/1.546 in 24 at bats over six Triple-A games.

Three Redbirds accumulated two of their team’s 10 hits each:  Adolis Garcia, Max Schrock and Edmundo Sosa.  Garcia singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI while Schrock went 2-for-4 with a double, and crossed home twice.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (76-50) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (8-7, 3.96)


Springfield 0 at Frisco 5

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Springfield (26-31) began its final road trip of the season with a 5-0 drubbing at Frisco.

Tommy Parsons took the loss, his fifth against four wins, after yielding five runs on nine hits, including a two-run blast, in seven innings.  Mitchell Osnowitz pitched a clean eighth.

The visitors mustered just four hits with right fielder Johan Mieses singling and doubling in three at bats in the clean up slot.  Mieses was also credited with an outfield assist at third.

Wednesday’s game:  at Frisco (28-28) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-8, 5.77)


Bradenton 5 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds’ faltering bullpen led to a 5-1 loss to Bradenton in the home series opener.

Palm Beach (19-39) battled the Marauders to a 1-1 tie after six only to have a trio of Cards hurlers tagged for four runs over the last three innings.  Edgar Escobar permitted two tallies in the seventh, his second inning of work, yielding two hits and a walk overall.  Ramon Santos and Leonardo Taveras were each charged with a run on two hits in one frame, with Taveras also issuing a free pass.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez walked a tightrope by allowing 10 baserunners over the first five frames on five hits and five walks, but only one scored.

Nick Dunn and Dennis Ortega each had two of the team’s seven hits, in four and three at bats, respectively.  Luken Baker (single) was the only Beach Bird to touch home, the first baseman scoring when Nick Plummer worked a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Nolan Gorman donned the Golden Sombrero, with four strikeouts in four at-bats.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Bradenton (32-28) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


Wisconsin 7 at Peoria 2

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A five-run fifth was more than enough to send the Chiefs to a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Timber Rattlers (31-26) (MIL).  Peoria (17-40) also lost the series, one-game-to-three.

Colin Schmid (L, 6-6) did not retire a batter in the fifth, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks in four plus innings.  Three of his runners scored under Connor Coward’s watch, as the righty gave up three hits and a base-on-balls over three frames.  Evan Sisk issued a free pass during his two innings of work.

Peoria generated nine hits, all singles, with Brendan Donovan and Brandon Riley both going 2-for-4.  Brady Whalen scored both of his squad’s runs, going 1-for-3 with a walk.  The first baseman was driven in both times by Imeldo Diaz, who singled once in three at bats with a sac fly.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (32-25) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (4-9, 5.59)


State College – off

State College (33-31) has two days off for the 2019 New York-Penn All-Star Game.  This season’s version will take place at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St George, home of the Staten Island Yankees.  Five Spikes have been selected to the Red team for the game on Wednesday, August 21st:   Martin Figueroa (INF), Andre Pallante (RHP), Hector Villalobos (LHR), David Vinsky (OF) and Andrew Warner (OF).

Wednesday’s game:  NYPL All-Star Game


Johnson City 4 at Pulaski 3

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

Down to their final out, Johnson City rallied with four runs to clip the Yankees, 4-3, for a split of the four-game series.  Johnson City (31-29) holds a slim half-game lead over Bristol (PIT) in the West Division standings with Kingsport (NYM) and Elizabethton (MIN) just 2 and 2 ½ games back.

The Appy Birds trailed Pulaski (39-21), the East Division’s top team, 3-0 with one out to go before mounting their comeback with four consecutive hits.  Mateo Gil tripled to right, and scored on Chandler Redmond’s single up the middle.  A single by Jhon Torres put runners at first and second for Liam Sabino, who greeted the new Yankees reliever by lining a two-run double to left for the lead.

Johnson City garnered 10 hits in all with Redmond, Torres and Sabino having two apiece.  Redmond reached base three times, singling twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.  Torres opened the eighth with a pinch hit double then remained in the game in right while Sabino doubled twice in five at bats with three RBIs.

Jose Moreno and Francisco Justo split the pitching duties, with Moreno permitting two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 4 1/3 frames.  Justo (W, 3-2) struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, yielding a solo home run that was his only hit given up to go with one free pass.  The Bronx native stranded one of two inherited runners and hit a batter.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Elizabethton (MIN), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


GCL Cardinals – off

The 20-27 Gulf Birds are in fifth/last place, 7 ½ games behind the division-leading Marlins and have an elimination number of three.

Wednesday’s game: GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Astros (22-25), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA


DSL Mets1 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 4

The Cardinals Blue suffered their third straight defeat, a 6-4 loss to the DSL Mets1 (33-28).  The setback drops the C-Blue (39-20) a game behind the DSL Rockies in the South Division standings with five games remaining.

Defense proved key as four of the six tallies yielded by the home staff were unearned because of four miscues.  Starter Engels Martinez was charged with all four unearned tallies which were scored over three frames, the only runs given up during his five innings on the mound.  Martinez allowed four hits and a walk.

Juan Peralta (L, 1-1) was tagged for two runs on four hits over two frames before Ronald Suarez issued two free passes and struck out three in 1 1/3.  Cristoffer Zapata used a double play to erase his base-on-balls issued, stranding two inherited runners.

The Cardinals Blue managed seven hits with Carlos Arcia and Luis Rodriguez leading the way with two apiece.  Third baseman Arcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in while swiping a base and Rodriguez singled and doubled in two at bats after coming in at catcher in the top of the fourth.

Wednesday’s games:  at third-place Phillies Red (36-23).  Game one – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Yordy Richard (4-0, 4.78)/TBA


DSL Cardinals Red 14 at DSL Mets2 4

Nine late scores turned a competitive game into a rout as the Cardinals Red (29-38) trounced the Mets2, 14-4, for their fourth win in a row.  Both teams have been eliminated from post-season contention in the San Pedro Division.

Center fielder Smith Vargas led the Red’s 13-hit parade, going 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and three knocked in at the top of the order.  Three C-Red players had two hits apiece:  first baseman Luis Andujar, designated hitter Miguel Marcos and second baseman Albert Inoa.  Both of Andujar’s two hits in five at bats went for extra bases – a triple and two-run long ball that were part of his three runs scored and three RBIs.  Marcos and Inoa both singled twice, with Marcos driving in one in five at bats and Inoa working a base-on-balls, touching home three times and knocking in one.

It was a mixed bag on the basepaths.  Vargas went 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts and Marcos was picked off first.  Defensively, Inoa was one of four Cardinals Red to commit an error.

Edgar Manzo (W, 2-4) tossed the first five innings, permitting four runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks.  Brayan Ramirez recorded five outs, yielding a hit and walks. His last two runners were left on base by Hemerson Cordero, who worked around three free passes in 1 1/3 frames.  Ramon Fernandez faced the minimum.

Wednesday’s games:  vs./at DSL Rangers2 (29-39).  Game 1 – 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, Yonael Dominguez (1-1, 4.58)/TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 19, 2019

photo: Harrison Bader (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-5. Player of the Day Harrison Bader went 3-for-6 including two home runs in Memphis’ sweep of Iowa. GCL reliever Luis Tena retired all 10 batters faced, fanning four, and stranding three inherited runners.

Results from games played Sunday, August 18th.


Memphis 14 vs. Iowa 2

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds played a little long ball (make that a lot of long ball!) in their 14-2 trouncing of Iowa (66-59) for a four-game sweep.  Second-place Memphis (59-66) has closed to within seven games of the first-place Cubs but have an elimination number of nine.

Four Redbirds launched home runs, led by Player of the Day Harrison Bader, who went 3-for-6 with two solo blasts comprising two of his three runs scored and three RBIs.  Dylan Carlson hit his first Triple-A bomb, putting his team up 1-0 after one before Edmundo Sosa went yard with the bases empty as well.  The home run fest was capped by John Nogowski’s three-run long ball that was part of his team’s five-run sixth.

Memphis had 14 hits in all with Max Schrock joining Bader by going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and three driven in.  Nogowski and Carlson had two hits each with a walk and touched home twice. Nogowski knocked in three while Carlson smashed his first three-bagger and drove in two.

Austin Warner (W, 3-2) tossed a solid effort, yielding two runs on one home run that was one of three hits and four walks allowed over five innings.  Three relievers shared the final four frames:  Jesus Cruz (1 IP), Zac Rosscup (2 IP) and Mike Mayers (1 IP).

Monday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (75-49) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (4-5, 6.59)


Arkansas 7 at Springfield 1

Bryan Dobzanski (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards were easily handled by the Travelers on Sunday, 7-1, preventing a three-game series sweep by the home team.  Springfield (26-30) is in third place in the North Division standings, five games behind co-leaders Arkansas (31-25) (SEA) and Tulsa (LAD).

Alex FaGalde took the loss, his fourth against three wins, permitting three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls through 4 2/3 frames.  All three tallies were generated by one home run.

Ronnie Williams recorded the fifth’s final out, leaving FaGalde’s last runner on, but he could not finish the next inning. Williams surrendering two long balls accounting for three runs before departing in favor of Bryan Dobzanski.  Dobzanski retired four batters, stranding an inherited runner.  Jacob Patterson and Roel Ramirez each went an inning, with Patterson yielding a run on two hits.

Springfield managed six hits with Chance Capel going 2-for-4 out of the six hole.  Kramer Robertson went 1-for-3 and reached on a throwing error, thus setting him up to score the only run on a double by Yariel Gonzalez, the latter’s only hit in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 7

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach (19-38) fell at Daytona (26-33) (CIN), 7-3, in the decisive third game of the road series.

Miscues on both sides played a big role in the scoring as only four of the 10 total runs were earned.

Diego Cordero (L, 2-5) yielded five runs, one earned, on a whopping 11 hits and a free pass in 5 2/3.  Up from the GCL club as long relief help, Ludwin Jimenez tossed the final 2 1/3, giving up two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls while stranding two inherited runners.

Dennis Ortega and Cole Kreuter each had two of the team’s seven hits with Ortega walking once and Kreuter driving in one.  Luken Baker reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Monday’s game:  Off


Wisconsin 7 at Peoria 3

Carlos Soto (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs were officially eliminated from second-half postseason contention with their 7-3 loss to the Timber Rattlers on Sunday.  Peoria (16-39) has lost both of the first two games of the series with two yet to play.

Parker Kelly (L, 3-4) held his opponents to a single tally through six frames before permitting three more scores in the seventh.  The right-hander allowed seven hits and two walks in all.

Sebastian Tabata was tagged for two runs, one earned, on two walks and two wild pitches in 1 1/3, but left Kelly’s final runner on base.  Evan Sisk allowed an unearned tally in his inning of work.

The home team generated just five hits, two by catcher Carlos Soto, who went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and solo shot that was one of his two runs scored.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (30-35) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Dalton Roach (1-1, 5.52)


State College 4 vs. Auburn 3 (7) – Game 1       
State College 3 vs. Auburn 1 (7) – Game 2

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes swept a home double-header over the Doubledays, 4-3 and 3-1, for a three-games-to-one series lead with one game on tap.  Third-place State College (33-30) moves to two games in back of West Virginia (PIT) in the tight Pinckney Division standings.

The opener required a four-run rally resulting in the walk-off win.  Five of State College’s eight hits came in the seventh, including Matt Duce’s two-run bomb scoring Pedro Pages (single) and bringing his team within one run.  Triples by Donivan Williams and Stanley Espinal were sandwiched around Brylie Ware’s game-tying single with Espinal knocking in Ware for the winning margin.

Enmanuel Solano (W, 2-7) went the distance for the Spikes, permitting three runs on four hits, including a two-run blast.

Brylie Ware (State College Spikes)

The home team led all the way in the finale with Ware the only Spike with more than one of the team’s nine hits.  The third baseman singled twice in two at bats with an RBI on a sac fly.  Espinal singled in his only at bat, worked a free pass and touched home once.

A quartet of State College pitchers held Auburn to a lone score on five hits. NYPL All-Stars Andre Pallante and Hector Villalobos both allowed a hit in their respective two innings of work, with the former hitting one batter and the latter picking up his third win in four decisions.  Connor Lunn tossed the fifth and sixth, yielding a run on three hits.  Eric Lex faced the minimum, striking out two, for his third save.

Monday’s game:  vs. sixth-place Auburn (21-40) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA


Johnson City 6 at Pulaski 7 (8) – Game 1           
Johnson City 1 at Pulaski 8 (7)  – Game 2

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Appalachian League’s two division leaders went head-to-head on Sunday in Pulaski with Johnson City twice coming out on the losing end, 7-6 and 8-1.  Johnson City (29-29) maintains a slim half game lead on second-place Bristol (PIT) in the West Division, where the top four teams are separated by just 1 ½ games.

In Game 1, the visitors blew two chances for the win, failing to hold a 5-4 lead in the seventh and a 6-5 lead in the final frame.  Blake Drake (L, 0-1) (BS,1) allowed all three scores, two earned, on four hits and two walks, one intentional, including a solo bomb in one plus innings.  Julio Puello pitched the first six frames, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks.

The offense managed just five hits but was assisted by eight free passes.  Left fielder William Jimenez compiled an unusual line, going 0-for-1 with three walks and two runs scored.  Right fielder Jhon Torres went 2-for-3 with a solo shot comprising one of his two RBIs.

Offense, defense and pitching appeared to just roll over in the nightcap, the Cards mustering just two hits against three errors and all three pitchers serving up a home run.  Starter Will Guay (L, 1-1) gave up four runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings.  Enrique Perez and Wilberto Rivera both surrendered two-run home runs with four outs recorded.

Both hits occurred in the second when Johnson City scored its only run.  Zach Jackson doubled with one out, coming home on Raffy Ozuna’s two-out double.

Monday’s game:  at first-place (East Division) Pulaski (39-19) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (2-3, 4.43)


GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Nationals 2

Tyler Reichenborn (Tennessee Wesleyan University)

The Gulf Cardinals scored in four straight frames on their way to a 6-2 victory over the third-place Nationals (21-22).  The fifth-place GCL Cardinals (20-26) trail the Marlins by seven games in the East Division standings with an elimination number of five.

The balanced offense featured eight of nine starters either scoring or having at least one of the team’s 11 hits.  Three Gulf Cardinals garnered two each:  center fielder Tyler Reichenborn, right fielder Luis Montano and designated hitter Jean Selmo.  Reichenborn went yard with the bases empty. The center fielder also reached base via a hit-by-pitch.  Montano went 2-for-5, crossing home once while Selmo singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one.

Reliever Luis Tena (W, 1-0) was truly stellar in relief, retiring all 10 batters faced, fanning four, and stranding three inherited runners.  Martin Cordova pitched the initial four innings, holding the Nationals to a run on three hits, a walk and a balk.  Anthony Green, who provided the bridge between Cordova and Tena, allowed a tally on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3 frames before giving way to Tena.

Monday’s game:  at second-place GCL Mets (23-22), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Cardinals Blue (39-18), which begin a seven games in six days stretch to finish their regular season, are tied with the Rockies atop the South Division standings with the Phillies Red three games back.  Only two of those six contests are at home but the Cardinals Blue are almost equally successful on the road – 21-9 home versus 18-9 away.

The Rockies host the C-Blue one more time on Friday, the 23rd after the Cardinals Blue and P-Red meet in a road twin bill on Wednesday, the 21st.  August 23rd is the fifth game of the week and last game of the season for the Rockies, which play the Phillies Red at home on Tuesday, the 20th.  The P-Red have six contests remaining, including four at home.

Monday’s game:  at ninth- and last-place Nationals (19-40), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Reinys Portillo (2-4, 3.19)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (28-38) are seventh in the eight-team San Pedro division and have six games remaining.

Monday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Mets2 (31-35), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 16, 2019

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Memphis Redbirds)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2. Player of the Day Daniel Ponce de Leon continued his strong pitching for Memphis, with seven scoreless innings including nine strikeouts. Alexis Wilson’s eighth-inning home run powered Peoria to a road win.

Results from games played Thursday, August 15th.


Memphis 5 vs. Iowa 0

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A trio of Redbirds hurlers combined on a three-hitter, blanking first-place Iowa, 5-0 in the series opener.  The victory kicked off the final home stand of the season for second-place Memphis (56-66), which trails the Cubs by 10 games in the American Northern Division standings.

Player of the Day Daniel Ponce de Leon (W, 6-4) was masterful over seven frames, striking out nine with two hits and two walks allowed.  The right-hander threw 68 of his 108 pitches for strikes.  Kodi Whitley and Mike Mayer each tossed an inning, with Whitley yielding a hit and base-on-balls before Mayers faced the minimum.

The home team banged out 10 hits, paced by Rangel Ravelo and Justin Williams, who both went 2-for-4.  Ravelo got the scoring started with a two-run home run in the first and Williams doubled for the third time in his injury-shortened Triple-A season.

Harrison Bader reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two free passes and a two-run bomb that was one of his two runs scored.  Dylan Carlson singled and touched home once, playing in left field in his Triple-A debut.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Iowa (66-56) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (7-7, 4.15)


Springfield 1 at Tulsa 7

Kramer Robertson (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards fell to the Drillers in the series finale, 7-1, having claimed only one victory in the four-game road set.  Tulsa’s (30-23) (LAD) victory moved them into a first-place tie with Arkansas, with both teams six games ahead of fading Springfield (24-29).

All three Springfield pitchers were scored upon as they surrendered four solo shots in all.  Evan Kruczynski (L, 2-8) served up two long balls, yielding four runs on five hits and two walks, one intentional, in four innings.

Roel Ramirez pitched the next two frames, giving up two tallies, including a solo bomb, on two hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter.  Jacob Patterson’s solo shot yielded was one of three hits with five strikeouts in two innings.

The visitors generated eight hits, all singles, and the team went 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding 10.  Conner Capel and Yariel Gonzalez had two hits apiece. Capel also had three strikeouts and left three on base.

Kramer Robertson went 1-for-5 in his Double-A return and scored his squad’s only run.  The shortstop swiped his seventh Texas League bag as well.

Friday’s game:  vs. co-leader Arkansas (30-23) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Jorge Rondon (4-4, 3.19)


Palm Beach at Tampa – cancelled

The fourth and final game between the Beach Birds (18-36) and Tarpons (27-26) (NYY) was not played due to wet grounds.  Since it is the final meeting of the year between the two squads, the game will not be rescheduled.  Palm Beach lost the first three series games and has been eliminated from second-half post-season contention.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona (24-32) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, TBA


Peoria 3 at Kane County 2

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

Alexis Wilson’s long ball was the difference as the Chiefs clipped the Cougars, 3-2, clinching the three-game road series with one contest remaining.  Still, Peoria (16-36) is 18 games behind Kane County in the Western Division standings and has an elimination number of four.

Wilson’s blast led off the eighth, unravelling a 2-2 tie and was the catcher’s only hit in three at bats.  Delvin Perez spearheaded the eight-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and stolen base while batting second.  Second baseman Brendan Donovan singled twice in four at bats, crossed home once and knocked in one.

Colin Schmid tossed five solid frames permitting two runs on six hits and two walks.  Franyel Casadilla (W, 4-4) held Kane County at bay on one hit over the next three innings before Freddy Pacheco faced the minimum, fanning two, for his third save.

Friday’s game:  at first-place Kane County (34-18) (ARI), 6:30 pm CT, Michael Brettell (4-8, 5.54)


State College 5 at Mahoning Valley 2

Terry Fuller (State College Spikes)

The Spikes downed the Scrappers on Thursday, 5-2, evening the away series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Third-place State College (30-29) gained a game on division-leading Batavia (MIA), a tean they trail by four games in the Pinckney Division standings.

Three Spikes accumulated two hits each:  David Vinsky, Martin Figueroa and Dariel Gomez.  All three players crossed home once while Vinsky doubled with an RBI and Gomez tripled.  Terry Fuller’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run blast that was part of State College’s three-run fifth.

Adrian Mardueno (W, 3-2) limited the opposition to a run on four hits through five innings.  Hector Villalobos’ impressive appearance consisted of nine up and nine down with three strikeouts but Fabian Blanco was touched for a tally on three hits in his inning on the bump.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Mahoning Valley (27-31) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Michael YaSenka (1-0, 1.42)


Johnson City 4 at Burlington 14

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards were slammed by the Royals, 14-4, in the opener of the three-game road series.  Johnson City (28-26) maintains a one-game lead over second-place Elizabethton (MIN), which also lost Thursday.

Jose Moreno (L, 3-4) could not work around two teammates’ bobbles, yielding nine runs, two earned, on eight hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Wilberto Rivera finished the third but not before allowing two inherited runners to score.  Rivera allowed two hits and three walks against five outs recorded.

All three runs charged to Dylan Pearce over 2 2/3 frames resulted from a home run, one of four hits and three walks given up.  Blake Drake retired three batters but permitted two tallies on two hits and a base on balls.  Alex Gallegos retired his only batter.

Johnson City’s offense was shut out until the eighth, when they capitalized on four walks and a double to score four runs.  William Jimenez and Mateo Gil both drew one-out free passes, advancing a base via a wild pitch.  A ground out brought Jimenez across before Liam Sabino (who extended his hitting streak to 11 games) doubled in Gil.  Back-to-back walks to Chandler Redmond and Trejyn Fletcher enabled Sabino to score on a wild pitch.

It also brought a new hurler into the game who loaded the bases when he hit Aaron Antonini.  Yet another free pass to Kyle Skeels forced Redmond across home for the final tally.  Overall, the offense had more total walks (six) than hits (five), with no Appy Bird garnering more than one.

Friday’s game:  at Burlington (33-22) (KC), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Hector Soto (0-0, 3.57)


GCL Cardinals – off

The fifth-place Gulf Coast League Cardinals (19-24) have an opportunity to move out of the cellar of the East Division standings with a victory over the Astros, a team they trail by a half-game.  Overall, the Gulf Birds are six games behind the division-leading Marlins.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place GCL Astros (19-23), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The DSL Cardinals Blue (38-17) take a nine-game winning streak into the season’s final nine contests.  The C-Blue are tied with the Rockies (39-18) atop the South Division standings, with the latter having seven games remaining on their regular season schedule.

The two teams meet one more time, in the C-Blue’s second-to-last contest and the Rockies’ finale.  Lurking in the shadows is the third-place DSL Phillies Red, which trail both by 2 ½ games with the other six division rivals being essentially reduced to the spoiler role.

Friday’s game:  vs. seventh-place DSL Angels (21-36), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, Wilmer Ortega (4-0, 1.90) or Eduar Pimentel (0-2, 6.05)


DSL Cardinals Red 6 vs. DSL Phillies White 4

A balanced offensive effort by the C-Red resulted in a 6-4 victory over the third-place Phillies White (36-27).  The Cardinals Red (26-38) are in seventh place in the eight-team San Pedro division and have been eliminated from post-season contention.

Seven of nine Cardinals Red starters garnered at least one of the team’s 10 hits with three players having two hits apiece:  Smith Vargas, Luis Andujar and Roblin Heredia.  Vargas singled twice, touched home twice and swiped his 22nd bag of 2019 while Andujar went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBIs.  Heredia reached base three times, going 2-for-3 with a walk and matched Andujar’s run scored and two knocked in.

Diorys Guerrero tossed the first four frames, holding his opponents to a tally on three hits, three free passes and a balk.  As a result, the lefty did not qualify for the win despite his team never trailing.

Credit for the victory went to Miguel Yedis (W, 1-3), who yielded two runs on four hits and a wild pitch over two innings.  Righty Ramon Fernandez pitched the final three innings, permitting a score on three hits for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  at second-place DSL Cubs2 (37-27), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, Angel Cuenca (5-1, 1.95) or Henry Gomez (0-1, 5.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 14, 2019

photo: Trejyn Fletcher (Robert Kell)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-5. Fernando Diaz had four hits, including three doubles and two RBI as the DSL Blue captured a share of first place. Behind Trejyn Fletcher’s two hits including a home run, a steal and two knocked in, Johnson City also tied for its division lead.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 13th.


Memphis 7 at Fresno 8

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

Fresno (55-66) broke a tie in the home ninth as Memphis absorbed an 8-7 walk-off loss, preventing a four-game series sweep by the Redbirds (55-66).

Down 7-4 through six, the visitors scored three times over the next two innings, knotting the score at 7-7 going into the bottom of the ninth.  But a hit batsman and RBI double yielded by reliever Chasen Shreve (L, 2-2) ended the game in a defeat.

Genesis Cabrera was shaky from the start, surrendering a two-run bomb comprising two of the seven runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five innings.  The southpaw was scored upon in three of his five innings of work.  Jesus Cruz, Zac Rosscup and Domenic Leone each tossed a scoreless frame with one strikeout.

Memphis’ eight-hit offense was led by John Nogowski, who reached base five times., going 2-for-2 with three walks, a run scored and two RBIs.  Edmundo Sosa matched his production, singling three times in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.  The shortstop was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Wednesday’s game:   Off


Springfield 5 at Tulsa 15

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Nine runs yielded by the S-Cards’ bullpen transformed a competitive game into a 15-5 rout at Tulsa.  Each team has won one of the series’ first two contests with two on tap.

Springfield (24-27) trailed 6-4 after six frames but three S-Cards’ relievers plus an infielder could not hold back the Drillers’ offense after that point.  Merandy Gonzalez was charged with three runs on two hits and two walks against four outs recorded, with his final runner crossing home with Jacob Patterson on the mound in the seventh.

Connor Jones retired two batters the next inning but was tagged for five runs on two hits and three free passes,  Second baseman Irving Lopez, who was thrown into the mound fray at that point, permitted a run on two hits and a base-on-balls while allowing both inherited runners to score.

Alex FaGalde (L, 3-3) started the game and was not sharp, yielding six tallies on two hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.  His final two runners scored under Will Latcham’s watch. The righty gave up two hits and two walks with five retired.

The offense matched Tulsa’s 11 hits but went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.  Four Springfield players had two hits each:  Justin Toerner, Yariel Gonzalez, Julio Rodriguez and Rayder Ascanio.  Toerner and Gonzalez both went yard with the bases empty, joined by Lopez, in the latter’s only hit in five at bats.  Toerner and Rodriguez both smacked a two-bagger.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (28-23) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT,  Tommy Parsons (4-4, 5.05)


Palm Beach 2 at Tampa 4

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

Palm Beach (18-35) could not hold an early lead, falling to the Tarpons in Tampa, 4-2.  The Beach Birds have dropped the series’ first two games with two contests remaining.

The visitors put up single tallies in each of the first two frames but were unable to break through the rest of the way despite outhitting their opponents 10 to eight.  Scott Hurst went 4-for-5 out of the leadoff slot but neither scored nor drove anyone in.  The only other PB-Card with more than one hit was Nick Dunn, who singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk. His double was one of the four on the game.

Starter Michael Baird could not finish the fourth, permitting a two-run home run that was one of his three hits and a walk allowed in 3 1/3 frames.  Patrick Dayton (L, 3-2) retired six batters, yielding two tallies on four hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a plunked batter.  Ramon Santos issued three free passes over 1 2/3 clean frames before Cole Aker tossed a scoreless eighth.

Wednesday’s game:   at Tampa (26-26) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA


Peoria – off

Peoria (14-36) looks to bounce back from being swept in a home series by Clinton (MIA) as they travel to Kane County (ARI) for three games.

Wednesday’s game:  at Kane County (34-16), 6:30 pm CT, Dalton Roach (0-1, 7.45)


State College 8 vs. Williamsport 6

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A five-run first catapulted State College (29-28) past Williamsport, 8-6, in the rubber game of the three-game away-and-home series.

The Spikes banged out 14 hits with two players garnering three hits apiece in five at bats:  Moises Castillo and Stanley Espinal.  Both players touched home once with Espinal doubling and knocking in one.

David Vinsky, Martin Figueroa and Dariel Gomez had two hits each, the first two in four at bats with a walk and Gomez in five at bats.  Gomez joined Espinal with a double while one of Figueroa’s two hits was a triple.  All three players scored once while Vinsky and Gomez drove in one to Espinal’s two RBIs.

Andre Pallante tossed the initial four innings, allowing four runs on six hits.  Jeremy Randolph (W, 3-2) held the Crosscutters (22-36) to a single score on three hits and a base-on-balls over 2 2/3.  Cameron Dulle recorded four outs before handing the ball off to Jack Ralston who allowed a run, his first in 19 1/3 professional innings, and picked up his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Scott Politz (3-3, 5.87)


Johnson City 6 vs. Princeton 4

Trejyn Fletcher (Robert Kell)

The Appy Birds scored in each of the first five innings on their way to a rainy 6-4 victory over Princeton (25-28) (TB), salvaging the third and final game of the series.  Johnson City (28-25) snapped a three-game losing skid and recaptured sole possession of first place in the West Division standings over Elizabethton (MIN), which lost Tuesday night.

Seven of nine JC-Card starters gathered at least one of the team’s eight hits with Raffy Ozuna and Trejyn Fletcher both launching solo shots.  Fletcher went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two knocked in and a stolen base.  Four players doubled for their only hit of the game.

Making his second start in 12 appearances, and first since June 29th, Will Guay held Princeton in check on three hits and a walk over three innings.  Alex Gallegos followed with a scoreless frame of his own.

Timing is everything, as John Witkowski was credited with the win, his third in as many decisions, despite allowing three runs on five hits, including a two-run bomb, in two innings.  Walker Robbins was charged with a tally on three hits and a walk with six outs recorded but lefty Enrique Perez tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


GCL Nationals 10 at GCL Cardinals 1

The Gulf Cardinals (18-24) were trounced by the Nationals Tuesday afternoon by a 10-1 margin.

Thomas Hart (L, 2-2) took the loss in his first start in 10 Gulf Coast League appearances.  The 18-year-old surrendered two two-run home runs comprising two of the three hits and two walks yielded in three frames.  Hart hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Regular starter Anthony Green struggled with his control, issuing six free passes over 1 2/3 innings, and was tagged for five runs on four hits and a hit batsman.  Martin Cordova held the Nationals (20-19) to a single tally on three hits and two walks and stranded three inherited runners.

Six Cardinals had one hit each with Luis Montano’s double the only one for extra bases.  Cristhian Longa singled once in three at bats and scored his team’s only run.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (21-20), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, Inohan Paniagua (1-4, 6.96)


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Rockies 7 (10)

Fernando Diaz (Alejandro Zepeda/AGP)

Two rallies lifted the Cardinals Blue (37-17) over the Rockies, 8-7, in 10 innings.  The contest was a key match-up between the South Division’s top two teams, leaving them tied with 10 games remaining in the C-Blue’s regular season schedule.

The home team’s eighth straight win required them to initially erase a 4-0 deficit after six then a 7-4 setback with three outs to go.  Both rallies were mounted without benefit of either a long ball or defensive lapses.

The Cardinals Blue outhit their opponents, 11 to 10, paced by Player of the Day Fernando Diaz’ strong offensive effort.  The first baseman went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a run scored and two driven in.

Batting right behind Diaz in the six spot, Hansel Otamendi singled three times in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in one.  The final player with more than one hit was third baseman Erik Pena who went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI after replacing starter Brandon Hernandez midway through the visitor half of the fourth.  Defensively, Diaz was one of three C-Blue players to commit an error.

Reliever Victor Villanueva picked up the win, his third against one loss, tossing three innings while allowing three unearned tallies on two hits and a plunked batter.  The 18-year-old righty has compiled a 1.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in his second professional campaign, covering 27 innings.

Engels Martinez pitched the first five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls.  William Miranda bridged the two innings between Martinez and Villanueva, yielding a tally on three hits and a walk.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Orioles2 (25-30), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Eduar Pimental (0-2, 6.05) or Yordy Richard (4-0, 4.81)


DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL D-backs2 6

The Cardinals Red (25-37) managed just three hits in their 6-2 road loss to the DSL D-backs2 (38-24).

Four of the six tallies, five earned, permitted by Edgar Manzo (L, 1-4) over 5 1/3 innings were produced by three home runs.  The rookie right-hander allowed eight hits.

Brayan Ramirez retired five batters, giving up a hit and two walks while leaving Manzo’s last two runners aboard.  Miguel Maiz worked a clean eighth.

The offense was aided by the seven free passes issued by D-backs2 hurlers.  Shortstop Sander Mora worked a base-on-balls with two gone in the sixth and wasn’t shy about swiping his 28th and 29th bags.  After second baseman Albert Inoa walked, the team executed a double steal, ending the D-backs2’ shutout bid.

Third baseman Bryan Matute opened the eighth with a free pass, advanced to second on a single by Smith Vargas then advanced two more bases on consecutive walks to Inoa and Luis Andujar.  Matute and Inoa worked two free passes apiece, the only C-Red players to reach base more than once.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies White (35-26), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Yonael Dominguez (1-1, 5.27)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 12, 2019

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

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson launched his Texas League-leading 20th and 21st home runs in Springfield’s win. Diego Cordero allowed just one run in six innings for Palm Beach and Malcom Nunez had three doubles in Johnson City’s loss.

Results from games played Sunday, August 11th.


Memphis 5 at Fresno 3

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Edmundo Sosa’s bat led the Redbirds to a 5-3 road win over the Grizzlies.  Second-place Memphis (54-65) has taken the first two of the four-game set and remains 10 games in back of Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division standings.

Sosa took part in three of his team’s runs, launching a two-run bomb which put Memphis up 2-0 three outs into the game.  The shortstop added a single in three at bats, touched home once and drove in three.

Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a walk and double while scoring twice and stealing a base.  Ramon Urias added a solo shot, his only hit in three at bats to go with a base-on-balls.

Chris Ellis (W, 4-5) fanned nine in five innings, yielding a run on four hits and two free passes.  Chasen Shreve was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 frames.  One of his three hits was a solo long ball.

Dominic Leone prevented further damage to Shreve’s line by striking out his first batter to leave the sacks jammed in the seventh.  The righty retired all four batters faced, two via the K.  Mike Mayers tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save.

Monday’s game:  at Fresno (54-65) (WSH), 7:05 pm PT/9:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-2, 6.87)


Springfield 7 vs. Arkansas 3

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Back-to-back home runs by Irving Lopez and Dylan Carlson propelled the S-Cards past the division-leading Travelers, 7-3.  Each team won two of the four-game series, leaving third-place Springfield (23-26) trailing Arkansas (28-21) by five games in the North Division standings.

Lopez’ three-run bomb snapped a 3-3 eighth-inning tie, coming with Johan Mieses (single) and Zach Kirtley (single) aboard.  It was the second baseman’s only hit in four at bats.

Carlson followed with his second home run of the night and league-leading 21st of the season. The center fielder’s earlier solo shot gave his squad the first of three leads.  Carlson went 3-for-5, overall, with a double and two home runs, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Mieses and Kirtley were the final two S-Cards with more than one of the team’s 11 hits, both players singling twice in four at bats.

Reliever Bryan Dobzanski picked up the win, his second in three decisions, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames while allowing two hits and striking out two.  The New Jersey native also stranded an inherited runner.

That inherited runner belonged to Jorge Rondon who held his opposition to two runs on six hits through six innings before surrendering a solo long ball with one gone in the seventh.  The righty got the hook after giving up a single up the middle to his next batter, bringing Dobzanski into the game.  Jacob Patterson followed Dobzanski to the mound, yielding a hit in a clean ninth.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (27-22) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (5-6, 5.60)


Palm Beach 4 vs. Clearwater 1

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Diego Cordero tossed six strong frames as the Beach Birds flew past the Threshers, 4-1, splitting the four-game home set.  Sixth-place Palm Beach (18-33) has already been eliminated from post-season contention for the season’s second half.

Cordero (W, 2-4) held Clearwater (24-29) (PHI) to a single tally on four hits and a free pass.  The right-hander threw 60 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

Three of the six batters retired by Zack Thompson struck out while Edgar Escobar maneuvered around two hits for his first Florida State League save.

Half of the Beach Birds’ runs were generated by Juan Yepez’ long ball, one of his two hits in four at bats.  It came with hot-hitting Luken Baker aboard after Baker worked the first of his two walks to go with a double in two at bats. Baker scored two runs.

Shortstop Zack Gahagan led the offense with three of his squad’s nine hits, including his second triple of the season, driving in Nick Dunn (triple).  Dunn was the final PB-Card with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Monday’s game:  at Tampa (24-26) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Gonzalez (6.13, 5.10)


Clinton 10 at Peoria 6

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

At Dozer Park on Sunday, the Chiefs were downed by the LumberKings, 10-6.  Peoria (14-35) will try to salvage the third and final game of the series when the two teams meet again Monday afternoon, and is in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 19 games behind Kane County (ARI).

All four Chiefs hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Logan Gragg (L, 0-2), who was touched for three runs on seven hits in five innings.  Connor Thomas went the next two frames, permitting two tallies on four hits before giving way to Evan Sisk, who gave up two runs on five hits in the eighth.  All three runs Connor Coward yielded were produced by two long balls.

The Chiefs banged out eight hits with three players garnering two hits each in four at bats:  Delvin Perez, Imeldo Diaz and Alexis Wilson.  All three doubled with Perez crossing home twice and Diaz once with an RBI.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Clinton (28-20) (MIA), 12:05 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-2, 2.45)


State College 3 at Williamsport 10

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes began a three-game series with Williamsport by absorbing a 10-3 Sunday drubbing.  State College (27-27) is in third place in the Pinckney Division standings, 4 /2 games behind Batavia (MIA).

Junior Gonzalez (L, 2-4) lasted just four innings, permitting nine runs, eight earned, on a walk and seven hits that included three home runs.  Connor Lunn tossed two scoreless frames but Hector Villalobos gave up a run on two hits and a base-on-balls during his two innings on the mound.

Three Spikes collected two hits apiece:  David Vinsky, Pedro Pages and Brandon Purcell.  Vinsky and Pages each went 2-for-4 with Vinsky doubling with two runs scored and Pages knocking in one.  Purcell reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Williamsport (21-34) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Enmanuel Solano (1-7, 4.23)


Princeton 7 at Johnson City 3

Malcom Nunez (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards fell to the Rays, 7-3, in the road series opener.  Johnson City (27-24) is a game up on second-place Elizabethton (MIN) in the West Division standings despite going 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Julio Puello (L, 3-4) pitched the first five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  The right-hander hit one batter.  Tyler Peck and Dylan Pearce went two innings each. Peck permitted a tally on two hits and two wild pitches and Pearce gave up a hit and two walks.

Malcom Nunez spearheaded his team’s eight hit effort, doubling three times in four at bats and driving in one.  No other JC-Card had more than one hit.

Monday’s game:  vs. Princeton (24-27) (TB), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (2-2, 4.30)


GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Astros 1

Nathanael Heredia (State College Spikes)

The Gulf Cardinals came out on top of a low-scoring affair, edging the fourth-place Astros, 2-1.  The GCL Cardinals (18-22) are in fifth and last place in the South Division standings, five games behind the Marlins (MIA).

Defense provided the difference as both of the home team’s scores were unearned, thanks to two Astros’ miscues.  Franklin Soto singled to lead of the home half of the first, advanced to third when an attempted pickoff throw went awry and scored on Patrick Romeri’s sac fly to left.

After an Astros’ tally knotted the game up 1-1 at the fifth’s midpoint, Pablo Gomez opened the bottom of the frame with an infield single.  The second baseman moved up on another errant pickoff throw and raced home after Soto lined a double to left.  The team managed just four hits in all.

Williams Perez followed up his August 7th rehab appearance, his first action since June 7th, with a one-two-three first.  Regular starter Nathanael Heredia (W, 5-1) scattered seven hits over the next 6 1/3 innings, resulting in one run.  The southpaw fanned seven.  Luis Tena left Heredia’s final runner aboard, working around three hits in 1 2/3 frames for his first Gulf Coast League save.  None of the three Cardinals pitchers issued a free pass.

Monday’s game:  at first-place Marlins (22-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, Ludwin Jimenez (2-3, 4.50)


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Cardinals Blue (35-17) head into the last 12 games of their season in second place in the South Division standings, a game in back of the Rockies and a half game up on the Phillies Red.  The C-Blue play both teams two more times each, with one more home game versus the Rockies and a road twin bill at the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  at seventh-place DSL Twins (20-34), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, William Miranda (4-0, 1.53) or Reinys Portillo (2-4, 3.26)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The seventh-place Cardinals Red (24-36) have been eliminated from post-season contention in the San Pedro Division.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place DSL D-backs2 (37-23), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Hancel Rincon (1-4, 4.72)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 7, 2019

photo: Delvin Perez (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-6, with all wins by rookie complex teams. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Delvin Perez, who went 5-for-8, including a double and a home run in Peoria’s doubleheader loss.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 6th.


Memphis – off   

Memphis (51-63), winners of eight of their last 10 games, head west to take on Sacramento and Fresno (WSH), the top two teams in the Pacific Northern Division.

Wednesday’s game:  at Sacramento (61-53) (SF), 7:05 PT/9:05 CT, Austin Warner (1-1, 7.24)


Springfield 0 at Tulsa 10

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield (21-23) was hammered by Tulsa, 10-0, for their third consecutive loss.

The Drillers got on the board with a first-inning solo blast and never looked back.  The run came off Jorge Rondon (L, 4-4) who yielded four runs on five hits and four walks, one intentional, through five innings.  Roel Ramirez worked around a hit and walk for a clean frame.

But Merandy Gonzalez did not retire any of his four batters, permitting four tallies on two hits and two free passes.  Will Latcham inherited an untenable bases-loaded with none out jam and could not keep any of the three from touching home plate.  Latcham yielded two hits.  Jacob Patterson surrendered a two-run home run, one of three hits given up in his inning of work.

Lars Nootbaar generated a third of his team’s six hits, going 2-for-4 while batting fifth.  All six hits were singles.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (24-20) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (5-5, 5.24)


Palm Beach vs. Jupiter – cancelled   

Tuesday’s contest between Palm Beach (15-30) and Jupiter was cancelled due to wet grounds.  Since their Wednesday, August 7th contest, the last scheduled meeting of 2019 for the stable mates, is already slated to be a double-header due to an August 5th rain out, Tuesday’s game will not be rescheduled.

Wednesday’s games:   vs. Jupiter (23-23) (MIA).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (6-13, 5.26)/Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17)


Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 4 (7) – Game 1       
Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 5 (7) – Game 2       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (13-31) was swept in a road double-header at Wisconsin (24-20), 4-1 and 5-3.

The Chiefs outhit the Timber Rattlers in the opener, seven to five, but went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.  Delvin Perez was the only player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.  The shortstop is hitting at a .357 clip, 15-for-42, over his most recent 10 games.

Starter Logan Gragg took the loss, his first in as many decisions, surrendering a two-run bomb that was one of three hits and two base-on-balls in four innings.  Sebastian Tabata went the final two frames, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

It was more of the same in the second game.  Peoria matched their hosts’ eight hits but had only one extra-base hit to the Timber Rattlers’ three.  That extra-base hit belonged to Leandro Cedeno who was a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo bomb.  Hot-hitting Delvin Perez, our Player of the Day, generated three hits as well, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Defensively, both players committed a miscue while left fielder Cedeno was credited with an outfield assist at third and shortstop Perez participated in a double play.

Connor Thomas (L, 2-1) went three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a base-on-balls, including a two-run bomb.  Tony Locey was charged with a tally on three hits in two frames while Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless sixth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (19-25) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Dalton Roach (0-0, 3.60)


State College 1 at Auburn 5

Moises Castillo (State College Spikes)

State College (25-26) mustered just one run, falling to the Doubledays, 5-1.

That score belonged to shortstop Moises Castillo who led off the game with his first New York-Penn League home run.  Castillo added a single in four at bats, the only Spike with more than one of the team’s seven hits.  Defensively, he participated in two double plays.

Two of the three runs yielded by Enmanuel Solano (L, 1-7) over six frames came via one long ball that was one of the five hits and three walks allowed.  The right-hander struck out eight.  Connor Lunn gave up two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in two innings.

Wednesday’s game:  at Auburn (20-30) (WSH), 7:00 pm ET, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.57)


Burlington 10 at Johnson City 1

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

It was another long night for JC-Cards’ hurlers as they were pounded 10-1 by Burlington.

For the third straight game, Johnson City pitchers gave up double digit tallies, including the first two contests versus the Royals against whom they have been outscored by a combined 23-1.  Julio Puello (L, 3-3) allowed eight of the scores on 11 hits and two walks in five innings.

Walker Robbins was tagged for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth before giving way to Will Guay who struck out five over two scoreless frames.  Matt Pearce issued a free pass in the ninth.

Johnson City (25-21) managed just five hits, two of them by Chandler Redmond who singled and doubled in four at bats out of the five hole.  The only run belonged by William Jimenez who went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored.  The left fielder was knocked in by center fielder Trejyn Fletcher, his only his in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Burlington (27-20) (KC), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Sommers (1-2, 5.16)


GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Astros 5 – Game 1
GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 6 – Game 2

Anthony Green (Jefferson College)

The Gulf Cardinals (16-20) split a twin bill versus the Astros (16-18), claiming Game 1, 6-5, but dropping the second contest, 6-3.

The opener completed an August 1st contest suspended due to rain with one gone in the home half of the sixth.  At that point the visitors had scored four tallies in the top of the frame to tie the game up 5-5.  Roy Garcia (W, 2-1) (BS, 1) got the victory despite yielding four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.  Two of the four tallies came via one home run.

Anthony Green tossed the initial five frames on the 1st, permitting a run on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  The Jefferson College product struck out seven.  Connor Coward faced the minimum for his second save.

The Cardinals had two hits each:  Francisco Hernandez, Patrick Romeri and Tyler Reichenborn.  Hernandez and Romeri both went yard with one and two runners aboard, respectively while Reichenborn went 2-for-2 with a double after entering the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter/center fielder.  Romeri singled and scored the winning run, unearned, in the seventh.

Two of the three runs charged to Ludwin Jimenez in the nightcap were due to solo shots, part of the seven hits and two walks surrendered over six innings. The righty hit one batter and committed a balk.  Anthony Trompiz (L, 1-2) allowed three runs, two earned on five hits in three frames.

The Gulf Birds were held to just six hits with Pablo Gomez the only player with a multi-hit performance.  The second baseman doubled twice in four at bats with a run scored and RBI.  Defensively, Gomez took part in three double plays.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins (19-14), 10:00 am ET, Francis Ventura (1-1, 4.75)


DSL Cardinals Blue 3 vs. DSL Angels 2 (10)

The Cardinals Blue (31-17) rallied for a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels (19-30) in 10 innings.

In the low-scoring affair, the home team put up a straight number in the first inning and then held that slim margin until their guests responded with a game-tying score in the eighth.  The Angels took their only lead of the game in the top of the 10th to go up 2-1 but the C-Blue had the last word with two runs in the bottom of the frame, the winning run scoring on the second of two consecutive plunked batters.

Darlyn Del Villar and Brandon Hernandez both went 2-for-4, Del Villar driving in the 10th’s tying run and scoring the winning tally after Leudy Pena was hit by a pitch.  Hernandez swiped a base and was plunked in the 10th, jamming the sacks full and leaving nowhere to put Pena after he was hit.

Reinys Portillo fanned nine over the first five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three base-on-balls.  Benjamin Arias issued two free passes and recorded two outs before giving way to Nelson Prada.

Prada (BS, 2) retired his first five batters faced, leaving Arias’ two runners aboard, but allowed a run on two hits and a wild pitch without recording an out in the eighth.  Allinson Benitez interspersed three free passes with three outs, escaping without being scored upon.  Victor Villanueva (W, 2-1) permitted the 10th’s unearned run, giving up a single and wild pitch.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees (23-27), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-3, 5.49)


DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs. DSL Rangers2 2

The Cardinals Red (22-34) walked off with a 3-2 win over the Rangers2 (24-31), their fourth victory in their last five contests.

Catcher Roblin Heredia’s second single of the day drove in Sander Mora who opened the ninth with his second base-on-balls of the game.  Mora swiped his second bag of the game, his 21st bag of 2019, advancing to third on a single by Luis Andujar.  That brought Heredia to the dish and he came through with his second RBI.

The C-Red banged out 10 hits, led by Andujar who went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases.  Diego Velasquez joined Heredia with two hits apiece, Velasquez in four and Heredia in five at bats.

Edgar Manzo tossed six strong frames, permitted just one unearned run on five hits and two walks.  Oliver Lopez (BS, 4) was charged with a tally on four free passes plus a wild pitch against six outs recorded.  Luis Garcia pitched a one-two-three ninth for his second win in as many decisions.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers (30-25), 10:30 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-1. 5.72)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 5, 2019

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

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3. Palm Beach won in a shutout behind Griffin Roberts’ best start as a professional – six scoreless innings. Four Memphis pitchers shut out El Paso and Martin Figueroa plated all four State College runs.

Results from games played Sunday, August 4th.


Memphis 2 vs. El Paso 0  

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A quartet of Redbirds hurlers combined on a one-hitter, resulting in a 2-0 victory over El Paso.  Memphis (50-63) leads the four-game set with the Pacific Southern Division leaders, two games to one and is tied for second with Omaha (KC) in the American Northern Division, with both teams trailing Iowa (CHC) by 10 games.

Daniel Ponce De Leon was first up, striking out eight in four frames with three free passes issued.  Seth Elledge (W, 2-1) yielded the only hit, a one-out single in the first of his two innings of work.  Chasen Shreve tossed two one-two-three frames but departed after walking one the next inning.  Junior Fernandez (S, 2) retired both batters faced, leaving Shreve’s runner aboard.

Two Redbirds each had two of the team’s seven hits – Randy Arozarena and Edmundo Sosa.  Arozarena singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored while Sosa went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.  Yadier Molina’s third rehab appearance was his longest to date, one in which the veteran was hitless in three at bats while catching seven frames.

Monday’s game:  vs. El Paso (66-47) (SD), 6:35 pm CT, Chris Ellis (3-5, 7.44)


Springfield 2 at Arkansas 3      

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

By giving up an eighth-inning run, the S-Cards dropped a 3-2 decision at first-place Arkansas (23-19) in the series finale.  Springfield (21-21) won only one of the four-game set, with Sunday’s loss dropping them into third place in the North Division standings, two games behind the Travelers (SEA).

Tommy Parsons (L, 4-3) did not finish the fifth, permitting two runs on six hits and two base-on-balls with seven K’s over 4 2/3.  Mitchell Osnowitz recorded six outs, allowing a hit and walk.  Bryan Dobzanski gave up what proved to be the game’s difference on three hits against two outs.  Both relievers stranded two inherited runners.  Jacob Patterson retired both batters but not one out was a sac fly scoring one of Dobzanski’s three runners.

The Cards mounted a rally in the ninth, but could only close one of the two-run gap. On the day, Springfield mustered just four hits and two walks, the hits split evenly between Conner Capel and Irving Lopez.  Capel scored both runs and banged out his first triple of the season and Lopez singled twice.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (22-20) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-6. 5.79)


Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 0   

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

The Beach Birds’ late offense transformed a tight affair into an easy 6-0 road victory over first-place Charlotte (31-13) (TB), for a split of the four-game series.  Palm Beach (15-30) remains in sixth/last place in the South Division standings, 16 ½ games behind the Stone Crabs.

The visitors held a slim 1-0 lead through seven but poured on another five runs, three earned, over the last two frames.  The PB-Cards did it all on six hits and seven walks with shortstop Michael Perri accounting for half of the tallies.  The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in while batting eighth.  Dennis Ortega was one of four Beach Birds with one hit. The catcher singled in five at bats, crossing home one time and driving in one.

Player of the Day Griffin Roberts’ 10th start in 11 Florida State League appearances was his best by far.  The start was a six-inning gem in which the right-hander blanked the opposition on three hits and two walks for his first professional win against six losses.

Ramon Santos struck out three over the next two frames, giving up a hit.  Cole Aker faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:   vs. fourth-place Jupiter (23-23) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 4 at Wisconsin 9       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

A five-run sixth sent the Chiefs to a 9-4 road loss at Wisconsin, evening the series at one game apiece with two contests on tap.  Peoria (13-29) remains in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 16 games in back of Kane County (ARI).

Michael Brettell (L, 4-8) retired just one batter in the sixth, surrendering five runs on seven hits and four free passes overall.  Franyel Casadilla recorded five outs, giving up two tallies on four hits, including a solo bomb, and a walk while permitting both inherited runners to touch home.  Leonardo Taveras was charged with two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Four Chiefs each had two of the team’s 10 hits – Jonatan Machado, Delvin Perez, Imeldo Diaz and Leandro Cedeno.  All four doubled once with Perez and Cedeno both going yard, the former with a runner aboard.  Perez scored twice with two RBIs and Cedeno crossed home one time and drove in one.

Monday’s game:  at fifth-place Wisconsin (22-20), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (0-0, 3.38)


State College 4 at Lowell 2         

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

Martin Figueroa led the Spikes to a 4-2 triumph over the Spinners (30-18) (BOS) in the decisive third game of the road series.  State College (25-24) climbed into a second-place tie with West Virginia (PIT), four games behind Batavia (MIA).

Figueroa drove in all four Spikes’ scores, going 3-for-4 with a two-run bomb.  Pedro Pages was one of four State College players with one hit each. The designated hitter doubled in three at bats, touching home one time and reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.

Michael YaSenka (W, 1-0) tossed a strong effort in his maiden New York-Penn League performance, holding the Stedler Division leaders to two runs on three hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings.  Cameron Dulle recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving a YaSenka runner on, but jammed the sacks full via two hits and a base-on-balls the next inning.  Jack Ralson retired five batters, giving up a hit and walk while stranding three inherited runners for his second save.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Auburn (18-30) (WSH), 7:00 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (2-3, 6.67)


Bluefield 10 at Johnson City 7           

Victor Garcia (Robert Kell photo)

A blown save left the Appy Birds on the wrong end of a 10-7 home decision versus Bluefield (22-22) (TOR).  First-place Johnson City (25-19) claimed two of the three-game series and lead Elizabethton by two games in the West Division standings.

Enrique Perez (L, 2-2) (BS, 1) began the ninth with a 7-6 advantage but yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits, including two doubles and a hit batsman.  Hector Soto went the initial five frames, striking out six but giving up a three-run long ball that was one of three hits and a walk permitted.  It was the well-traveled righty’s first start in five appearances for Johnson City. Soto has also seen time at State College, Palm Beach and the GCL Cardinals this season.

Wilberto Rivera bridged the three-inning gap between Soto and Perez.  The righty allowed three runs on five hits and did not issue a free pass.

Liam Sabino, Victor Garcia and Carlos Soler had two hits each.  Sabino scored one and knocked in another with Garcia driving in two and Soler adding a walk and run scored.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (25-20) (KC), 6:30 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-1, 7.00)


GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Mets 2

Nathanael Heredia (State College Spikes)

The Gulf Birds topped the second-place Mets, 4-2, on Sunday.  The fifth/last place Cardinals (15-19) trail the Marlins (MIA) by five games in the East Division standings.

Pitching played a key role as the two squads combined for just six singles but Gulf Cardinals’ hurlers issued just three free passes to the Mets’ eight.  Pablo Gomez reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.  Freddy De Jesus and Cristhian Longa both went 1-for-3 with a run scored, with De Jesus also working a free pass.  William Jimenez also reached base three times on a 1-for-4 with two walks effort.

Four Cardinals pitchers took the mound, beginning with Blake Drake, who faced the minimum in the first.  Nathanael Heredia (W, 4-1) permitted two hits and three walks, resulting in two runs in 2 2/3 frames.

Wilman Madera retired all 10 batters faced, striking out seven and leaving two Heredia runners aboard.  Connor Coward tossed two one-two-three innings for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Cardinals Blue (30-17) begin the week in third place in the South Division standings, four games behind the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (20-34) are in seventh place in the eight-team San Pedro Division, 13 games in back of the Cubs2.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place DSL Rangers (24-29), 10:30 am ET, Hancel Rincon (1-4, 5.04)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 2, 2019

photo: Brady Whalen (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-2 behind solid pitching. Quality starts came from Springfield’s Angel Rondon, Peoria’s Parker Kelly and DSL Blue’s Wilmer Ortega. Three State College hurlers combined for a two-hit shutout. Player of Day Brady Whalen’s four RBI powered the Chiefs’ win.

Results from games played Thursday, August 1st.


Memphis 13 vs. Albuquerque 8

Marcell Ozuna (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

St. Louis rehabbers Marcel Ozuna and Matt Carpenter propelled the Redbirds’ rally over the Isotopes, 13-8, to cap off the home series sweep.  Memphis (48-62), which has gone 8-2 in the last 10 games, is in third place in the American Northern Division standings, and trails Iowa (CHC) by 10 games.

Ozuna spearheaded the team-s 16-hit onslaught, going 3-for-4 with a walk, double and three-run bomb comprising one of his two runs scored and three of his five knocked in.  Carpenter singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once and drove in three before Jose Martinez ran for him in the sixth.  It was the first hits for the third baseman in 24 at bats between Memphis and Double-A Springfield in his rehab.

Martinez was one of four other Redbirds with two hits each, along with Randy Arozarena, Harrison Bader and Edmundo Sosa.  The third baseman went 2-for-2 and crossed home twice after replacing Carpenter while Arozarena went 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored, RBI on a sac fly and stolen base.  The right fielder reached base once on a hit-by-pitch as did Ozuna.  Bader was on base three times, going 2-for-5 with a base-on-balls and touched home two times.

Austin Warner was charged with five runs on seven hits, two walks and two plunked batters over 5 1/3 frames.  The southpaw finished two outs shy of being the pitcher of record when his teammates mounted a seven-run sixth, giving them a 10-6 lead.

Instead, Jesus Cruz (W, 3-6) recorded the sixth’s final two outs – but not before allowing a run on two hits.  Making his organizational debut, Zac Rosscup issued a free pass in his scoreless seventh before giving way to Junior Fernandez.  Fernandez had a rare poor outing, giving up two runs on three hits and four walks over 1 2/3 frames.  It was the first time the right-hander had allowed an earned run since June 29th.  Chasen Shreve picked up his mates by retiring his only batter faced, leaving the bases jammed with Fernandez’ runners.

Friday’s game:  vs. El Paso (65-45) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (6-6, 4.11)


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 2

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A low-scoring affair ended with the S-Cards absorbing a disappointing 2-1 walk-off loss at Arkansas in the road series opener.  Springfield (20-19) has lost three straight, slipping into second place in the North Division standings, a game behind the Travelers.

Ronnie Williams took the loss, his second against two wins, after permitting a one-out walk and RBI double that brought the game to a close.  It was the first hit and second walk yielded by the righty, who recorded six outs and left an inherited runner on base.

Starter Angel Rondon permitted a run on three hits and four walks. The 21-year-old exited after surrendering a double with one gone in the seventh and threw 54 of his 94 pitches for strikes.

Springfield outhit Arkansas, five to four, but worked only one free pass to the Travelers’ six, which provided the difference in the game.  The visitors’ sole tally came when Yariel Gonzalez doubled to open the fourth, advanced to third via Brian O’Keefe’s sacrifice bunt and scored on a single to left by Johan Mieses.  Mieses added another single in four at bats, as the only S-Card with more than one hit.

Friday’s game:  at Arkansas (21-18) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (5-4, 5.27)


Palm Beach at St. Lucie – cancelled

The series finale for the PB-Cards at second-place St. Lucie (27-15) could not be finished due to rain. The score was 1-1 in the fifth inning when play was halted.

Since this was the two teams’ last head-to-head game of the year, it will not be rescheduled.

Palm Beach (13-28) has a firm hold on sixth and last place in the South Division standings, 16 ½ games behind Charlotte (TB).

Friday’s games: at Charlotte (29-11).  Game one – 6:30 pm ET, TBA/TBA


Peoria 6 vs. Kane County 3

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Brady Whalen’s bat led the Chiefs over the Cougars, 6-3.  Eighth-place Peoria (12-27) leads the home series over Kane County (26-13), two games to one with one remaining and trail both Kane County and Clinton (MIA) by 14 games in the West Division standings.

Whalen took part in five of his team’s six runs, going 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, three-run home run, two runs scored and four driven in.  The first baseman/designated hitter is currently in the midst of a six-game hitting streak.

Third baseman Imeldo Diaz led the 10-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBIs.  The final Chief with a multi-hit performance was shortstop Delvin Perez, who singled and doubled in four at bats and took his 16th stolen base of 2019.

Parker Kelly earned his third win in four decisions, tossing six strong frames while allowing two runs on five hits.  The righty has impressed in each of his three starts, which came after 12 relief appearances.

However, reliever Rodard Avelino did not impress, yielding a run on a hit and two walks while not retiring a batter.  Tony Locey got out of the two-on/none-out jam, permitting a hit over two clean frames.  Leonardo Taveras gave up a hit and base-on-balls before recording his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Kane County (26-13) (ARI), 6:35 pm CT, Dalton Roach (MWL debut)


State College 3 vs. Vermont 0

Jacob Schlesener (State College Spikes)

A trio of Spikes hurlers combined on a two-hit shutout over the Lake Monsters, 3-0, and salvaging the third and final game of the home series.  The win allows third-place State College (23-23) to keep pace with first-place Batavia (MIA) and second-place West Virginia (PIT), which they trail by five and one game, respectively.

The trio combined for 16 strikeouts, beginning with Andre Pallante, who fanned seven over three frames while issuing three free passes.  Jacob Schlesener (W, 2-3) tossed the next five innings, striking out eight while working around two hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Jack Ralston tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning one.  The righty, a seventh-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, is unscored upon in 15 2/3 frames covering nine appearances with 18 Ks notched against just two walks and four hits permitted.

The Spikes generated six hits. Terry Fuller and Stanley Espinal led the way with two each.  Fuller singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once, while Espinal went 2-for-3 with two driven in.

Friday’s game:  at Lowell (29-16) (BOS), 7:05 pm ET, Scott Politz (2-2, 5.59)


Johnson City 9 at Princeton 5

Kyle Skeels (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards banged out 14 hits as they flew past the Rays, 9-5, in the decisive third game of the road series.  Johnson City (23-18) sits atop the West Division standings, two games ahead of Elizabethton (MIN).

All nine starters garnered at least one hit, beginning with designated hitter Kyle Skeels, who went 3-for-4 with a double and three runs scored.  First baseman Todd Lott, second baseman Liam Sabino and catcher Zach Jackson had two hits apiece.  Lott touched home twice with Jackson doubling once and knocking in two.  Sabino reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with a sac fly, two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Defensively, right fielder Carlos Soler was credited with an outfield assist at home and catcher Jackson was charged with his fifth passed ball.

Julio Puello (W, 3-2) pitched five solid frames, striking out seven and permitting two runs on six hits, a free pass and hit batsman.  Walker Robbins was charged with three runs, two earned, on two hits and a walk in the sixth. Hector Soto retired six batters, yielding two hits.  Wilfredo Pereira navigated around two hits in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Bluefield (21-20) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


GCL Astros 5 at GCL Cardinals 5 – suspended in the sixth inning

Thursday’s contest between the Astros (14-17) and Cardinals (13-18) was suspended due to rain with one gone in the home half of the sixth.  At that point the visitors had scored four tallies in the top of the frame to tie the score at five-all.  The game is scheduled to be completed on August 6th when the two clubs meet again, in West Palm.

The GCL Cardinals are in sixth place in the six-team East Division standings, six games behind the GCL Marlins.

Friday’s game:  at first-place GCL Marlins (19-12), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Twins 5 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The C-Blue bullpen could not hold a late lead in a 5-2 loss to the Twins.  The Cardinals Blue (29-16) are in third place in the South Division standings, four games in back of the DSL Phillies Red, winner of seven straight.

Ronald Suarez (L, 1-1) (BS, 1) began the seventh charged with holding his squad’s 2-1 lead.  Instead, the right-hander allowed two runs on three hits and a free pass with two outs recorded.  Benjamin Arias stranded Suarez’ last two runners but was tagged for two tallies on two hits and two walks the next frame.  Nelson Prada retired four batters, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner.

That marred a fine effort by starter Wilmer Ortega, who scattered eight hits over six innings while yielding a single score.  The 18-year-old did not issue a free pass but did plunk a batter.

Designated hitter Jose Zapata was the only Cardinals Blue player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with a double out of the six hole.  Carlos Arcia reached base twice, singling once in two at bats with a walk and run scored.  The second baseman stole a bag, joining Darlin Moquete and Darlyn Del Villar.

Friday’s game:  at second-place DSL Rockies (31-16), 10:30 am ET, tandem – Yordy Richard (3-0, 5.35)/Eduar Pimentel (0-2, 6.46)


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Cubs2 2

Angel Cuenca tossed six impressive frames as the C-Red downed the Cubs2, 4-2.  The victory lifts Cardinals Red (19-33) into seventh-place in the eight-team San Pedro Division standings, 13 games behind the Cubs2 (32-20).

Cuenca allowed just three base runners over the first five frames, two walks and a single, before yielding a tally on a double-walk-RBI single stretch in his final inning of work.  The 18-year-old Venezuelan struck out eight.

Larimel Soriano permitted an unearned run on two hits and two walks over two innings.  Hector De Los Santos allowed a single and a free pas before collecting his third save.

Cuenca’s start was supported by the C-Red offense scoring three times in the first two frames on eight hits and four walks in all.  Left fielder Claudio Ramirez led the way, going 3-for-4 with a double and RBI while center fielder Smith Vargas singled and tripled in four at bats, touching home twice.

Friday’s game:  vs. sixth-place DSL Mets2 (24-28), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-2, 7.20)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 31, 2019

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

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-4. Players of the Day are Peoria first baseman Brady Whalen, with five RBI on a double and a grand slam, and Johnson City starter Michael YaSenka, who spun six scoreless innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 30th.


Memphis 6 vs. Albuquerque 3

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A six-run fifth inning was all the Redbirds (46-62) needed to fly past the Isotopes, 6-3, in the series opener at AutoZone Park.

The frame was highlighted by home runs from Joe Hudson and Edmundo Sosa.  The long balls came with one and two runners aboard, respectively, accounting for five of the six runs and two of the team’s five hits.

Harold Arauz (W, 7-2) gave up seven hits and four walks over five innings, resulting in two tallies.  Four relievers tossed one frame apiece, beginning with Jose Cruz and Chasen Shreve, who each faced the minimum, with the latter striking out the side.  However, Domenic Leone was touched for a long ball, one of his two hits permitted.  Junior Fernandez navigated around a hit and walk for his first Triple-A save.

In his first rehab outing, Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-3, an RBI single, before departing in the fifth inning.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Albuquerque (45-63) (COL), 6:35 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (2-3, 4.98)


Corpus Christi 11 at Springfield 4

A massive eighth-inning meltdown by the Springfield bullpen left the S-Cards (20-18) with an 11-4 loss to the Hooks (19-19) and a split of the four-game home set.

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield began the eighth after taking a fairly comfortable 4-1 advantage, but that flipped to an 11-4 crater three outs and three pitchers later.  Mitchell Osnowitz yielded three runs on three hits, with two of the runners scoring under Jacob Patterson’s watch.  Patterson (L, 6-5) (BS, 3) did not retire a batter, giving up a hit and two free passes. All three of his runs allowed scored with Connor Jones on the mound.  Two of the four hits and one walk permitted by Jones were home runs, leading to the righty being charged with four tallies.

Evan Kruczynski struck out seven over the first five innings, yielding a run on four hits and three walks.  Merandy Gonzalez retired all six batters faced.

The S-Cards mustered four runs on just five hits, with three of the tallies coming in the seventh.  Yariel Gonzalez was the only player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in.  Irving Lopez’ only hit in four at bats was his fourth triple of the season, and the second baseman crossed home twice.

Matt Carpenter continued to struggle in his rehab, going 0-for-2 with a walk. This stretched his minor league streak to 21 at-bats without a hit.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 9

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach (13-27) opened a three-game series at St. Lucie with a 9-3 loss.

Edgar Gonzalez (L, 6-13) could not finish the fourth, permitting eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits, five walks and a plunked batter.  Ben Yokley inherited a bases-loaded/one-out jam and allowed two of three inherited runners to touch home.  The righty allowed a hit and walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Zach Prendergast tossed a scoreless sixth before handing the ball off to Ramon Santos.  Santos was tagged for a run on two hits and three free passes against five outs recorded. Infielder Zack Gahagan recorded the eighth’s final out, leaving Santos’ final two runners aboard.

Two of the visitors’ three scores were generated by solo shots off the bats of Scott Hurst and Ivan Herrera, the latter in his Palm Beach debut.  Hurst went 2-for-4 as did Nick Dunn while Herrera went 1-for-3 with a bomb and sac fly.  Palm Beach had eight hits in all.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie (26-15) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (1-3, 3.00)


Peoria 11 vs. Kane County 7

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (11-26) rode a 17-hit explosion to an 11-7 victory over the Cougars in the first of their four-game set at Dozer Park.

All nine starters got into the action, beginning with Jonatan Machado and Brendan Donovan, who had three hits each.  Machado went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and Donovan singled three times in four at bats with a walk, run scored and two knocked in.

But the most productive performance came from co-Player of the Day Brady Whalen, who went 2-for-5 with a double and grand slam accounting for one of his two runs scored and all four of his RBIs.  Delvin Perez, Carlos Soto and Brandon Riley also had two hits apiece, with Diaz and Riley both doubling once.

That was more than enough offense for Michael Brettell (W, 4-7), who permitted five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.  Three of the five tallies were generated by a first-inning blast.

Evan Sisk retired seven batters but not before giving up two tallies on four hits and two hit batsmen.  Eli Kraus faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County (25-12) (ARI), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Thomas (2-0, 2.00)


Vermont 9 at State College 3

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

The Spikes (22-22) could not overcome their staff’s subpar pitching in their 9-3 defeat to the Lake Monsters in the home series opener.

Two of the three runs surrendered by Junior Gonzalez (L, 2-3) in 3 1/3 frames were produced by a long ball, one of the six hits and three walks yielded.  The righty also plunked a batter.

Jeremy Randolph fared even more poorly, permitting five runs on five hits and two walks, including a two-run bomb.  Hector Villalobos was charged with an unearned tally on a hit, base-on-balls and hit batsman while retiring five batters.

Eric Lex entered the eighth with Villalobos’ last runner on base and none out.  The right-hander could not work around a fielder’s choice/throwing error by first baseman Dariel Gomez, which allowed Villalobos’ runner to score.  Lex issued one free pass over the last two frames, retiring his last five batters.

The Spikes managed six hits, including two by catcher Pedro Pages, who singled and doubled in four at bats.  Right fielder Terry Fuller went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored while Matt Duce’s double, his only hit on four at bats, knocked in Andrew Warner (single).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Vermont (17-27) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-5, 4.47)


Johnson City 10 at Princeton 0

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

Johnson City (22-17) scored early and late as they shellacked Princeton, 10-0, in the road series opener.

The JC-Cards led 3-0 after three then added another seven scores over the last four frames.  The offensive onslaught featured 13 hits, paced by Malcom Nunez and Kevin Vargas with three hits apiece.  Nunez went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI while Vargas doubled once in four at bats and crossed home once.

Eight of the team’s 10 runs came via long balls by Chandler Redmond (two-run bomb), Aaron Antonini (solo shot), Zach Jackson (two-run blast) and Todd Lott (three-run home run),  Lott added a single to his home run in five at bats, touching home once and driving in four.

Co-Player of the Day Michael YaSenka (W, 2-1) tossed an impressive effort, blanking Princeton on five hits in six innings.  Wilberto Rivera struck out four in three frames, issuing one free pass, for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Princeton (18-21) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-0, 4.50)


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Mets 1

Connor Coward

A ninth-inning meltdown by the GCL Mets (17-13) handed the Gulf Cardinals a 3-1 victory.

Trailing 1-0 with three outs to give, the Gulf Birds (13-18) scored three unearned runs, thanks to one of five Mets’ bobbles plus two wild pitches and a hit batsman.  Patrick Romeri reached on a throwing error by the Mets shortstop and raced to third on Diowill Burgos’ third GCL double.

An intentional free pass to Freddy De Jesus jammed the sacks full with two away and cued the entrance of a new Mets reliever.  The first tally scored after pinch hitter Luis Montano was plunked, forcing Romeri in.  Consecutive wild pitches then brought Burgos and Joerlin De Los Santos across home, with De Los Santos pinch running for De Jesus.

The final frame theatrics made a winner out of Connor Coward, who tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.  Nathanael Heredia scattered six hits and three walks over the first six frames, yielding a run, hitting one batter and picking off another two.

The visitors managed just four hits overall, two by Romeri, who singled twice in four at bats.  Burgos added a walk to his double in three at bats but was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Blue 7 vs. DSL Mets1 1

Strong team-wide offense and pitching by the Cardinals Blue (29-15) resulted in a 7-1 win over the DSL Mets1 (23-22).

Eight of nine C-Blue starters garnered at least one of the squad’s 12 hits with six touching home a minimum of once.  Catcher Luis Rodriguez led the charge, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and another knocked in.  Designated hitter Jose Zapata and second baseman Elvin De Jesus had two hits apiece. Zapata singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring twice while De Jesus went 2-for-5 with a run scored and his 10th stolen base of 2019.

The home team’s mound effort was spearheaded by Engels Martinez, who fanned five over 4 2/3 frames, permitting a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  A trio of relievers held the Mets1 scoreless the rest of the way:  Allinson Benitez (1 1/3 IP), William Miranda (2 IP) and Victor Villanueva (1 IP) with Benitez picking up his first win of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (33-12), 10:30 am ET, Gustavo J Rodriguez (3-0, 1.13)


DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Phillies White 7 (10)

Late stumbles by the Cardinals Reds bullpen and defense left them with a 7-6 walk-off loss in 10 innings to the Phillies White (29-21).

With the Red up 6-5 with three outs to go, Ramon Fernandez (L, 2-3) (BS,2) surrendered a double to his first batter followed by a run-scoring throwing error on catcher Jesus Orecchia that sent the game into extras.  It was déjà vu all over again in the home half of the 10th after Fernandez allowed a single to his first batter that moved the initial runner to third.  A throwing error by third baseman Erik Pena enabled the run to score.

The Cardinals Red (18-32) generated nine hits with first baseman Luis Andujar going 3-for-4 including two doubles, a run scored and two knocked in.  Pena reached base three times, singling twice in four at bats with a free pass and touching home twice.  Designated hitter Roblin Heredia went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and joined Pena plus two of their teammates by stealing five bases in all.

Edgar Manzo pitched the first four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks.  Hemerson Cordero and Luis Garcia both tossed two frames. Cordero permitted a run on two hits before Garcia worked around two hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs2 (31-19), 10:30 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 3.65) or Angel Cuenca (4-1, 1.65)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 29, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-5 on Sunday with first-place clubs Springfield and Johnson City coming out on top. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson’s walkoff single was the difference-maker for the Double-A Cards.

Results from games played Sunday, July 28th.


Memphis 2 at Oklahoma City 8

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Redbirds hurlers were bitten by the bomb in their 8-2 road defeat at Oklahoma City (48-57) that halted their modest three-game winning binge.  Memphis (45-62) claimed the series, two games to one, but the defeat drops them into a third-place tie with Nashville (TEX), with both teams trailing Iowa (CHC) by 12 games in the American Northern Division standings.

The three runs allowed by Mike Hauschild (L, 1-3) during his six-inning stint were produced by two home runs that were two of the seven hits and six walks permitted.  Seth Elledge surrendered two more long balls in the seventh, accounting for five tallies, before Junior Fernandez faced the minimum in the eighth.

Memphis’ offense consisted of six hits divided evenly among the top three hitters in the batting order:  Randy Arozarena, Ramon Urias and Edmundo Sosa.  Arozarena singled and doubled in four at bats with a run scored while Urias went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, touching home once and driving in one and Sosa singled and doubled in three at bats with an RBI.

Monday’s game:  Off


Springfield 6 vs. Corpus Christi 5

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dylan Carlson’s ninth-inning single gave the S-Cards a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Hooks.  Springfield (20-16) has won the first two of the four-game home set and are tied for first with Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.

Carlson’s second single of the night came with two gone, driving in Rayder Ascanio after the latter reached on a force.  Lars Nootbaar opened the ninth by singling on a pop up to the catcher, his third hit in five at bats.

But the most potent bat belonged to Yariel Gonzalez, who went yard twice in three at bats, knocking in three.  Justin Toerner’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run blast that, combined with Gonzalez’ two-run home run, gave the home team a 4-0 lead after one frame.  Springfield’s offense mustered 10 hits in all, none of them by struggling rehabber Matt Carpenter, who was again hitless in four at bats.

Alex FaGalde returned from his 12-day injured list stint with a solid, albeit brief effort.  The right-hander held Corpus Christi to a solo shot, one of five hits yielded in 4 2/3 innings.

Mitchell Osnowitz left FaGalde’s final runner aboard in the fifth but allowed a solo blast of his own the next frame.  Roel Ramirez recorded four outs but was charged with three runs on three hits and a wild pitch.  His last two runs scored with Connor Jones (W, 1-1) (BS, 2) on the mound via one of the two hits Jones gave up over the last 1 2/3 frames.

Monday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (17-19) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (4-2, 4.17)


Dunedin 10 at Palm Beach 6 (11)

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Beach Birds’ late rally was not enough to overcome a five-run 11th yielded by the bullpen in their 10-6 loss to Dunedin (21-17) (TOR).  The defeat prevented a four-game series’ sweep by Palm Beach (13-26), who remain in sixth and last place in the South Division standings, 15 games behind Charlotte (TB).

Patrick Dayton took the loss, his first in three decisions, yielding five runs, four earned, in his third inning of work.  Cole Aker recorded the final out but not before serving up a bases-clearing double that scored three runs charged to Dayton.

Griffin Roberts tossed the first five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.  Three of the tallies were generated by two long balls.  Zack Thompson (1 2/3) and Edgar Escobar (1 1/3) both faced the minimum during their time on the bump.

While Luken Baker and Julio Rodriguez each had three of the team’s 10 hits, Baker was the more productive of the two.  The first baseman went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run comprising one of his two runs scored and all three of his RBIs.  Rodriguez went 3-for-5 batting right behind Baker while Juan Yepez singled twice in four at bats, crossed home once and knocked in one.

Monday’s game:  Off


Burlington 15 at Peoria 5

The Chiefs could not withstand the Bees’ late offensive explosion as they were pounded 15-5, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.  Peoria (9-26) is in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 15 games behind Kane County (ARI).

Peoria led 5-1 through five, thanks to a solid effort by starter Kyle Leahy.  The righty allowed a solo shot that was one of three hits and three walks he allowed.

But five Chiefs’ relievers were tagged for another 14 tallies.  Rodard Avelino (L, 0-3) yielded five runs on four walks plus a hit batsman in 1/3 of an inning.  Sebastian Tabata (BS, 1) served up a sixth-inning grand slam that scored three inherited runners plus one of the two tallies permitted in 1 2/3 frames.

Tony Locey surrendered his own grand slam in the eighth comprising four of the five runs permitted against just two batters retired.  Freddy Pacheco walked the bases full before recording the eighth’s last out but was not scored upon.  Edwin Figuera gave up two runs on three hits and two free passes.

Brandon Riley provided most of his squad’s production, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three-run home run.  Two Chiefs had one hit each.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (15-20) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-5, 5.02)


West Virginia 5 at State College 2

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell to the Black Bears, 5-2, in the home series finale.  State College (22-21) took the set, two games to one, and are tied for third with Mahoning Valley (CLE), three games in back of Batavia (MIA) and a game behind West Virginia (22-19) (PIT),

Starter Adrian Mardueno (L, 2-2) did not finish the third, yielding four runs on two hits and five free passes over 2 1/3 frames.  Two of the tallies came via one long ball.

Connor Lunn retired all five batters faced but Jacob Schlesener was charged with a run on two hits and three walks in three innings.  Jack Ralston issued one free pass over two innings of scoreless work.

The Spikes’ scoring came via a two-run home run by Martin Figueroa, his only hit in four at bats.  David Vinsky was the only State College player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 at the top of the order.

Monday’s game:  Off


Johnson City 6 vs. Greeneville 2

Raffy Ozuna (Robert Kell)

A five-run second propelled the JC-Cards over the Reds, 6-2, for a three-game series sweep.  The victory keeps Johnson City (21-17) tied for first with Elizabethton (MIN) in the West Division standings.

The home team was outhit by Greeneville (16-22), 12 to seven, but translated five of those hits plus a plunked batter and two errors into five runs.  The big hits in the second inning were Diomedes Del Rio’s bases-loaded single, scoring Kyle Skeels (error) and Zach Jackson (single), plus a two-run double by Raffy Ozuna, plating Kevin Vargas (hit-by-pitch) and Del Rio.  Ozuna subsequently advanced to third on Malcom Nunez’ single and scored when an attempted pickoff pitch went awry.

Jose Moreno scattered nine hits and a walk over five innings, permitting two runs, for his third win against three losses.  Walker Robbins tossed a clean sixth, then handed the ball off to John Witkowski, who worked around a hit and walk against six outs recorded.  Wilfredo Pereira gave up a hit in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  Off


GCL Marlins 6 at GCL Cardinals 4

Diowill Burgos

The Gulf Birds bullpen again could not hold an early lead, as the Cards fell to the Marlins, 6-4.  The Cardinals (12-17) are tied for fourth/last with the Nationals, six games behind the Marlins (18-11).

The Cardinals led 4-0 through three, but Martin Cordova could not finish the fourth, permitting four runs on four hits, two walks and a balk in 3 1/3 innings.  It was the 20-year-old’s first start in 10 appearances for the Cardinals.

Anthony Trompiz (L, 0-1) yielded three hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3 frames, resulting in one run while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.  Luis Tena permitted a run on four hits and a walk over two innings.

The home team banged out 12 hits with five players having two hits apiece:  Tyler Reichenborn, Franklin Soto, Luis Montano, William Jimenez and Diowill Burgos.  A double by Burgos was one of only two hits to go for extra bases. The designated hitter scored once and drove in two in four at bats and Jimenez touched home twice.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (12-17), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The DSL Cardinals Blue (28-14) head into August in third place in the tight South Division standings, 2 ½ games in back of the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  vs. ninth-place DSL Nationals (11-32), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-3, 3.38)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The eighth-place Cardinals Red (17-31) are mired in an eight-game losing skid and trail the first-place Cubs2 by 13 games in the San Pedro Division standings.

Monday’s game:  vs. third-place DSL Phillies White (28-20), 10:30 am ET, Edgar Manzo (1-3, 3.52)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2019

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

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-6 as strong starting work was done in by limited offense and leaky relief. Player of the Day Adolis Garcia turned a deficit into a lead with a three-run home run in the eighth to pull Memphis to a series win.

Results from games played Thursday, July 25th.


Memphis 3 vs. New Orleans 1

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ offense broke through late as Memphis (43-61) flew past the Baby Cakes, 3-1, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

The home team trailed New Orleans (54-49) 1-0 at the eighth’s mid-point but flipped the script with three runs in the bottom of the frame.  The rally started on Randy Arozarena’s third single of the day, followed by Max Schrock’s walk.  Player of the Day Adolis Garcia came to the plate with two gone and the red-hot outfielder launched a long ball over the left center wall, his 23rd of 2019.  Arozarena had half of his team’s six hits with no other Redbird garnering more than one.

A quartet of Memphis pitchers joined forces to limit their opponents to a single run on eight hits.  Ryan Helsley went the initial 2 1/3 innings, yielding a run on three hits and two walks.  Chris Ellis scattered four hits over 3 2/3 frames, stranding two inherited runners.

Junior Fernandez (W, 1-0) issued two free passes in two scoreless innings for his first Triple-A victory.  Chris Beck allowed a hit in the ninth, picking up his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (48-55) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.47)


Amarillo 3 at Springfield 1

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield (18-15) fell to Amarillo on Thursday, 3-1, evening the home series at one game each with one game yet to play.

Both tallies yielded by Evan Kruczynski (L, 2-6) in five innings resulted from a home run, one of three hits and three walks given up by the southpaw.  Roel Ramirez was charged with a run on three hits and two walks over two innings before Mitchell Osnowitz and Jacob Patterson each tossed a one-two-three frame.

Dylan Carlson accounted for his team’s only run, blasting his Texas League-leading 17th home run of the season and going 1-for-3 with a walk.  The squad’s remaining four hits were split evenly between Chris Chinea and Conner Capel.  Chinea doubled twice in four at bats and Capel went 2-for-3 with a double, the latter’s second multi-hit performance in as many games since his return from the IL.

Friday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (18-15) (SD), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (4-2, 3.10)


Palm Beach 4 vs. Dunedin 2

Patrick Dayton (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach (11-25) opened a four-game home set versus the Blue Jays with a 4-2 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak.

The offense banged out 11 hits with four Cards gathering two hits apiece:  Dennis Ortega, Nolan Gorman, Julio Rodriguez and Nick Dunn – the first three in four at bats and Dunn in three with a sac fly.  Gorman and Rodriguez both doubled and Gorman and Ortega scored a run each.  Rodriguez joined Dunn with an RBI.

Edgar Gonzalez (W, 6-12) minimized the damage of six hits and five walks given up, holding Dunedin to two runs in five innings.  Ramon Santos and Patrick Dayton both fanned four in two scoreless frames, with Dayton earning his third save.

Friday’s game: vs. Dunedin (20-15) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 0 at Quad Cities 3

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Chiefs (7-15) were blanked at Quad Cities, 3-0, evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Michael Brettell (L, 3-7) was touched for three runs on five hits over seven innings, with one of the five hits a home run with the bases empty.  Rodard Avelino gave up a hit and two walks.

Imeldo Diaz and Brandon Benson each went 2-for-4, with Diaz doubling twice.  The designated hitter has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games for a .424 batting average, the most recent two contests for Peoria with the balance coming for Palm Beach.  Two Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (18-13) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 1.80)


State College 5 at Mahoning Valley 2

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes (20-20) rallied for a 5-2 road victory over the Scrappers (20-20), salvaging the third and final game of the series.

Down 2-0, State College tied it up in the fifth and added two more seventh-inning scores before finishing with one in the ninth.  Catcher Matt Duce led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run long ball that was two of his three knocked in.  Four other Spikes had one hit apiece and joined Duce by crossing home once.

Dylan Roach struck out 10 in five innings but surrendered two solo bombs comprising two of the five hits and three walks yielded.  Fabian Blanco (W, 1-0) shut down Mahoning Valley on one hit over three frames before Eric Lex tossed a one-two-three ninth for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. West Virginia (20-17) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andre Pallante (1-0, 2.35)


Johnson City 2 at Kingsport 7

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City (18-17) tied it late only to hit relief trouble while falling to the Mets, 7-2.  The JC-Cards took two of the three-game road series at Kingsport (16-19).

Francisco Justo took the loss, his second against two wins, despite a strong seven-inning effort in which the right-hander permitted three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk.  Justo struck out eight.  Alex Gallegos served up a grand slam in the eighth that put the game out of reach.

Malcom Nunez had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI.  The only other Cardinals with more than one of the team’s seven hits was Chandler Redmond, who singled and doubled in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in one. Defensively, right fielder Carlos Soler was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Friday’s game:  vs. Greeneville (16-19) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Julio Puello (2-2, 4.64)


GCL Mets 6 at GCL Cardinals 1

Anthony Green (Jefferson College)

Six runs yielded by the Gulf Birds’ bullpen resulted in a 6-1 defeat to the Mets.

Anthony Green held the opposition scoreless during his five innings on the bump, giving up two hits against no bases-on-balls.  It was the Jefferson College product’s second start in five appearances.

But the combination of Thomas Hart (L, 2-1) and Roy Garcia surrendered three tallies each over the next two frames.  Hart was charged with three runs on a hit, five walks plus a hit batsman with one out recorded.  Garcia left the bases full of Hart’s runners but allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over 2 2/3.   Luis Tena worked around two hits for a clean ninth.

The Gulf Cardinals (12-15) did not get on the board until the eighth when Tyler Reichenborn launched his second home run, his only hit in four at bats and one of only three hits for the team in all.  Elehuris Montero’s rehab continued with an 0-for-3 effort although the third baseman did reach base on a hit-by-pitch.

Friday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue are 26-14, 2 ½ games behind the Phillies Red in the South Division.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels (17-24), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (2-0), 6.26)/Eduar Pimentel (0-2, 9.58)


DSL Tigers1 2 at DSL Cardinals Red 1 (10)

The Cardinals Red (17-29) lost their sixth consecutive game, this one a 2-1 decision in 10 frames to the Tigers1 (17-29).

Ramon Fernandez (L, 2-2) yielded the unearned tally in his third inning of work, allowing a hit and walk overall.  The only blemish on DSL All-Star Angel Cuenca’s stellar line over seven frames was a second-inning solo shot, one of four hits permitted.  The righty did not issue a free pass.

The home team was limited to just four singles with their sole score unearned.  Third baseman Albert Inoa went 2-for-3 while second baseman Sander Mora went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Friday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (25-21), 10:30 am ET, Henry Gomez (0-0, 3.43)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 24, 2019

photo: John Nogowski (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

In a light Tuesday schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4. Memphis and the DSL Blue won, the latter on a shutout shared by three pitchers and the former powered by Player of Day John Nogowski’s grand slam.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 23rd.


Memphis 6 vs. New Orleans 4

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds (42-60) kicked off a brief three-game home stand with a 6-4 victory over the Baby Cakes.

All six Memphis tallies came in the second, capped by Player of the Day John Nogowski’s grand slam scoring Mike Hauschild (RBI single), Randy Arozarena (hit-by-pitch) and Matt Carpenter (walk).  Seven Redbirds each had one of the team’s seven hits with Adolis Garcia doubling once in four at bats and Max Schrock going 1-for-3 with a triple, run scored and one driven in.

Carpenter began his rehab assignment from St. Louis by going hitless in two at bats with a strikeout and the aforementioned walk plus run scored.  The third baseman was pinch hit for by Jose Martinez in the home half of the seventh and is expected to play for the Redbirds for two more games before returning to St. Louis this coming weekend.

Three of the four tallies charged to Hauschild (W, 1-2) over 6 2/3 innings were generated by a home run in his final inning of work.  The long ball was one of four hits and a walk permitted by the righty who fanned seven.

Domenic Leone retired four batters, giving up a hit and leaving an inherited runner aboard.  Hunter Cervenka faced the minimum in the ninth for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (53-48) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-0, 6.75)


Springfield – off

Springfield (17-14), co-leaders of the Texas League’s North Division, are fresh off a seven-game road trip through Amarillo and Corpus Christi (HOU) in which they went 5-2.  The S-Cards open a seven-game home stand against the same two teams on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (17-14) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.75)


St. Lucie 3 at Palm Beach 0

Edgar Escobar (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

The Beach Birds were shut out by the Mets on Tuesday, 3-0. Having trouble scoring runs, Palm Beach (10-24) has lost four straight and six of their last seven.

The third inning was the downfall for Griffin Roberts (L, 0-6) who jammed the sacks full on a hit batsman, walk and single before wild pitching in his first run.  The situation was exacerbated by third baseman Nolan Gorman’s fielding error, which allowed a second runner to touch home.  After a single reloaded the bases, the right-hander issued a free pass, forcing in his third run.  Roberts permitted two hits and three walks over six innings.  Edgar Escobar recorded nine outs, yielding one hit.

The PB-Cards were held to three hits and one walk, with a double by Nick Dunn the only extra base hit.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (23-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (1-2, 2.25)


Peoria – off

Eighth-place Peoria (6-24) finishes up its nine-game road trip with a three-game series at fourth-place Quad Cities.  The Chiefs have won two of the six completed road contests.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (17-12) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-5, 5.28)


State College 1 at Mahoning Valley 4

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

Three Spikes’ miscues resulted in a 4-1 road loss to Mahoning Valley in the road series opener.  The loss drops State College (19-19) into a third-place tie with the Scrappers, five games behind Batavia (MIA).

Three of the four tallies allowed by Spikes pitchers were unearned, beginning with Junior Gonzalez who made his first start after 10 relief appearances.  The 22-year-old yielded two unearned runs in the fourth and gave up three hits while hitting one batter and throwing two wild pitches in 3 2/3 frames.

Jacob Schlesener followed Gonzalez to the mound and permitted two tallies, one earned, on three hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.  The lefty allowed his only inherited runner to score but did pick off a runner at first.  Cameron Dulle tossed a one-two-three eighth.

State College took an early lead after David Vinsky opened the game with a single and eventually scored on Carlos Soto’s sac fly.  The Spikes managed just five hits in total, all singles, with Andrew Warner accumulating two.  Shortstop Moises Castillo committed two fielding errors and second baseman Donivan Williams was charged with a throwing bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (19-19) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-4, 4.74)


Johnson City at Kingsport – postponed

The series opener for Johnson City (16-16) at division rival Kingsport was postponed due to inclement weather.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 24th.

Wednesday’s games:  at Kingsport (15-17) (NYM).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, (Michael YaSenka (0-1, 0.47)/Luis Ortiz (1-4, 2.87)


GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 9

Francisco Hernandez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The fifth-place Gulf Cardinals (11-14) led through six frames only to fall to the first-place Marlins, 9-7.

In the seventh, reliever Tyler Statler (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) permitted three runs on two hits and a walk but only one tally was earned due to a fielding error by first baseman Freddy De Jesus allowing one run to score and Statler’s wild pitch that brought the other one across home.  By the time the righty has recorded three outs, the score had switched from a 7-6 lead into a 9-7 deficit.

Francis Ventura had a short start consisting of four runs given up on five hits in the first.  Martin Cordova tossed three innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches.

Merendy Gonzalez struck out the side while walking one in his fifth rehab appearance for the Gulf Birds. Connor Coward worked around a two-out fielding bobble by shortstop Yowelfy Rosario for a clean sixth.  Luis Tena navigated around a lead-off walk and two-out single in the ninth in his Gulf Coast League debut.

Rehabbing Elehuris Montero was one of five players with two hits each.  The designated hitter singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls in his second rehab game.  Francisco Hernandez also went 2-for-4, with one of his hits a two-run bomb.

William Jimenez launched a three-run rocket, one of his two hits in five at bats.  But the home run king of the day for the Gulf Cardinals was Freddy de Jesus, who blasted two solo long balls in three at bats.  The final player with two hits was Joyser Garcia, who singled twice in five at bats with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. co-third-place GCL Nationals (11-14), 12:00 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (2-1, 3.50)


DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Rockies 0

The third-place Cardinals Blue (25-14) opened a six-game home stand by pasting the second-place Rockies, 8-0. (This long home stretch, which includes an open day, was unheard of in recent years, when an even number of teams made home and away two-game sets the norm. This year, however, the Blue play in a nine-team division, the Boca Chica South, making for an unpredictable schedule.

Third baseman Brandon Hernandez paced his team’s 14-hit onslaught, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in.  Four players had two hits each:  Darlin Moquete, Gustavo A Rodriguez, Leudy Pena and Fernando Diaz.  Three of the four generated an extra-base hit, with Pena and Diaz both going yard, Moquete tripling and Rodriguez doubling for the 11th time this season.  Right fielder Moquete was credited with an assist at home to preserve the shutout.

Gustavo J Rodriguez pitched the initial four innings, giving up five hits and a base-on-balls.  William Miranda (W, 3-0) fanned three Rockies (16-14) in three frames, permitting three hits and a walk but Dionys Rodriguez topped both of them in efficiency.  The 18-year-old retired all six batters faced.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Orioles2 (19-20), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-3, 6.37)


DSL Cardinals Red 9 at DSL Brewers 10

A late rally fell just short as the seventh-place Cardinals Red (17-26) were clipped by the third-place Brewers, 10-9.

The combined pitching of Hancel Rincon (L, 1-4) and Oliver Lopez resulted in an 8-0 crater for the visitors after five innings.  Rincon yielded a tally in each of his three innings pitched on five hits and two free passes.  Lopez was tagged for a five-run fifth, his second and final inning of work.  Both hurlers plus Hector De Los Santos, the final pitcher, surrendered solo bombs – Rincon and Lopez one each and De Los Santos two.

The Cardinals Red offense mounted their rally with a two-run sixth before adding six more in the eighth but fell just short with a one-run ninth.  First baseman Luis Andujar had four of his team’s 13 hits, singling four times in six at bats with a run scored and two RBIs out of the clean-up spot.

Albert Inoa, Fernando Brazoban and Claudio Ramirez had two hits apiece, with Inoa doubling and crossing home once while Brazoban scored twice and Ramirez once.  Centerfielder Smith Vargas reached base three times, going 1-for-4 with a double and two walks while crossing home twice.

Wednesday’s games:  at eighth-place DSL Tigers1 (14-29), 10:00 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 3.92)/TBA (The second game is a make up for the July 8 postponement.)


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