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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 22, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-3 on Sunday. Memphis scored 13, eight driven in by Player of the Day Adolis Garcia, his second honor in the last three days. Jake Woodford tossed seven scoreless innings. Springfield rallied in the ninth to win and State College mounted its comeback in the eighth.

Results from games played Sunday, July 21st.


Memphis 13 at Omaha 2

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Adolis Garcia’s multi-bomb performance led Memphis (41-60) to a 13-2 trouncing of Omaha in the rubber game of the three-game road series.

Player of the Day Garcia accounted for eight tallies, going 3-for-6 with a grand slam plus a three-run blast for two runs scored and eight knocked in.  Edmundo Sosa also had three hits in six at bats, touching home twice and driving in two.

Both of Lane Thomas’ two hits in five at bats went for extra bases, a double and solo shot while Jose Martinez went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, double and run scored.  Kramer Robertson reached base five times, going 1-for-2 with three walks and a solo blast representing one of his two times touching home.

Meanwhile on the mound, Jake Woodford (W, 6-6) shut out the Storm Chasers (46-55) on six hits and three walks with seven strikeouts through seven.   Two of the three outs recorded by Kodi Whitley were K’s but the North Carolina native yielded a run on a triple and sac fly in his Triple-A debut.  Junior Fernandez gave up an unearned run on his own throwing error plus a wild pitch.

Monday’s game:  Off


Springfield 3 at Corpus Christi 2

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards’ ninth-inning rally lifted them past the Hooks, 3-2, for a two-games-to-one lead of the four-game road set.  The victory moves Springfield (16-14) into a second-place tie with Tulsa (LAD), a game behind Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.

The two-run ninth was powered by solo bombs off the bats of Rayder Ascanio and Justin Toerner.  The home run was the only hit in four at bats for Ascanio while Toerner added a single in five at bats.  The final Springfield player with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Alberto Triunfel, who singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Angel Rondon limited the opposition to a run on six hits and two walks over 5 2/3 frames.  Ronnie Williams (W, 2-1) escaped Rondon’s bases-loaded jam but surrendered a solo shot during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.  Mitchell Osnowitz worked around a two-out single for his first Double-A save.

Monday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (14-16) (HOU), 6:15 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (3-4, 5.78)


Palm Beach 2 “at” Jupiter 4

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach’s (10-22) offense mustered just four hits in their 4-2 loss to Jupiter in the decisive third game of the series, in which the Cardinals were the away team at Roger Dean Stadium.

The Beach Birds generated few opportunities, with just three players reaching scoring position and only three left on base.  Imeldo Diaz doubled twice in three at bats, with his second double knocking in Nick Dunn, who worked his team’s only base-on-balls.  Juan Yepez sent one over the left field wall, his third Florida State League home run and only hit in four at bats.

Alvaro Seijas (L, 0-1) yielded four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks over five innings.  The 20-year-old fanned six.  Ramon Santos (2 IP) and Cole Aker (1 IP) finished, with Santos allowing two hits and Aker issuing a free pass.

Monday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (21-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (5-5, 3.25)


Peoria 0 at Lake County 7

Parker Kelly (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (6-23) was unable to convert numerous scoring opportunities as they were blanked by Lake County, 7-0, evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

The Chiefs outhit the Captains, seven to six, but were a dismal 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine base runners.  Unfortunately for Peoria, the three players had two hits each did not bat next to each other.  Lead-off hitter Brendan Donovan went 2-for-4 with two doubles but the two through five hitters went a combined 1-for-13 and left a total of 10 on base.  Alexis Wilson and Brandon Riley, both went 2-for-3 with a walk, batting sixth and eighth, respectively.

Parker Kelly did a tremendous job in his first start after 12 relief appearances, shutting down the Captains on two hits and a base-on-balls with five strikeouts in five frames.  Neither Rodard Avelino nor Eli Kraus could duplicate Kelly’s effort, though.  Avelino (L, 0-2) surrendered five runs on a hit and four walks with one out recorded.  Kraus inherited a bases-loaded jam and allowed all three to score plus two of his own via a two-run bomb during his 2 2/3-inning stint.

Monday’s game:  at Lake County (16-13) (CLE), 6:00 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (4-8, 3.30)


State College 5 vs. Williamsport 2

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

A three-run eighth propelled the Spikes over the Crosscutters, 5-2, evening the series at one game each with one yet to play.  State College (18-18) remains tied for third with Mahoning Valley (CLE), both teams trailing Batavia (MIA) by four games in the Pinckney Division standings.

The eighth’s offense was built on their opponent’s inability to find the plate and featured four walks, one intentional.  A run scored on that fourth free pass, another on an RBI single by Dariel Gomez and the third via a wild pitch.

Seven of nine starters accumulated at least one of the squad’s nine hits with Gomez and Terry Fuller having two hits apiece.  The former singled twice in four at bats and the latter went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls and solo shot that was part of his two runs scored and one RBI.  Catcher Pedro Pages reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.

Jeremy Randolph (W, 1-2) blanked Williamsport on two hits and two walks over 3 2/3 frames, stranding two inherited runners and earning his first professional win.  The righty pitched in relief of Scott Politz, who allowed two runs on five hits and two free passes in 5 2/3 innings.  One of the five hits was a solo bomb in his last inning of work.

Monday’s game:  vs. sixth-place Williamsport (10-25) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Adrian Mardueno (1-1, 2.70)


Danville 9 at Johnson City 1

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

The JC-Cards’ losing skid reached four games with Sunday’s 9-1 drubbing by the Braves.  Second-place Johnson City (15-16) has one game remaining of their three-game home series versus Danville and trails Elizabethton (MIN) by 2 ½ games in the West Division standings.

Jake Sommers (L, 1-2) tossed just three innings, giving up five runs on five hits and three walks, including a three-run home run.  Hector Soto yielded a long ball of his own, a two-run blast comprising part of the four unearned runs permitted in the fourth.  The righty allowed three hits and plunked one batter during his 3 2/3-inning stint.

Enrique Perez retired four batters, successfully navigating around two hits and a base-on-balls.  Will Guay walked one in the ninth.

Trejyn Fletcher singled twice in five at bats, driving in his team’s only run. He also stole his second base since joining JC.  The center fielder was credited with an outfield assist at first.  Four Appy Birds had one hit each, including catcher Brandon Purcell who opened the seventh with a double and eventually scored on Fletcher’s ground out.

Monday’s game: vs. Danville (14-18) (ATL), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (1-3, 11.57)


GCL Cardinals – off

The GCL Cardinals (11-12) have heated up with a four-game winning streak and a 7-3 record over the most recent 10 contests.  That is good for a third-place tie with the Gulf Nationals in the East Division standings, with both squads trailing the GCL Mets by 2 ½ games.

Monday’s game:  vs. fifth-place GCL Astros (9-13), noon ET, Inohan Paniagua (1-2, 6.98)


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays. The Blue are in third place in the nine-team South Division, just 1 ½ games behind the first-place Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (24-13) at DSL Twins (11-27), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-3, 3.34)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Red are seventh in the eight-team San Pedro Division, 8 ½ games behind the first-place Cubs.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (17-24) vs. DSL Brewers (23-19), 10:30 am ET, Edgar Manzo (1-2, 2.10)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 19, 2019

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

St. Louis’ minors went 5-4 on Thursday. Three of the four full season teams scored at least 10 runs, but only two won, as Peoria’s pitching woes continue. Player of the Day John Nogowski homered twice in Memphis’ road win.

Results from games played Thursday, July 18th.


Memphis 10 at Round Rock 5

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds stymied the Express on Thursday, 10-5, gaining a split of the four-game set.  Memphis (39-59) remains in fourth and last place in the American Northern Division standings, 16 games in back of Iowa (CHC).

Player of the Day John Nogowski went yard twice to pace his team’s 14-hit attack.  The first baseman added a single, crossed home twice and drove in three.

Four Redbirds gathered two hits each:  Randy Arozarena, Lane Thomas, Joe Hudson and Jose Martinez.  Arozarena, Thomas and Martinez all doubled once. Arozarena worked a free pass, scored three times in four at bats and joined Thomas with a stolen base.  Thomas went 2-for-3 with two walks and two runs scored.  Johan Mieses’ only hit in five at bats was a solo blast.

Austin Warner tossed six frames, permitting four runs on seven hits, including a two-run home run, and four walks for his first Triple-A win of 2019.  Junior Fernandez and Chris Ellis each tossed a clean frame but Chris Beck was touched for a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  at second-place Omaha (45-53) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Harold Arauz (5-2, 6.13)


Springfield 10 at Amarillo 9

Zach Kirtley (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards’ bats overcame sub-par pitching to take the rubber game of their road series at Amarillo, 10-9.  Springfield (14-13) climbs into a second-place tie with Tulsa (LAD) with the victory, two games behind Arkansas (SEA).

The outcome hinged on Zach Kirtley’s lead-off homer in the ninth that broke a 9-9 tie.  It was the first baseman’s fifth Double-A bomb and one of his two hits in five at bats.

Kirtley was one of five Springfield players with two hits apiece, along with Yariel Gonzalez, Irving Lopez, Brian O’Keefe and Justin Toerner.  Gonzalez, who was named the Texas League Player of the Week on Monday, launched one out of the park with two aboard, his fifth Texas League home run.  Gonzalez, Lopez and Toerner joined Dylan Carlson by touching home twice. Carlson reached base three times on a 1-for-3 effort that included two walks.

Tommy Parsons held the Sod Poodles (14-13) scoreless in the first, second and sixth innings but allowed five runs in all on seven hits.  Three runs were generated by two long balls.

Parsons turned over a 9-5 lead to the pen, but the gap closed considerably in the home seventh when Jacob Patterson was tagged for three runs on three hits without retiring a batter.  Two of the three tallies scored under Connor Jones’ watch, who finished the inning without inflicting damage on himself.

Bryan Dobzanski (W, 1-0) (BS, 1) surrendered a solo shot in his inning of work, knotting the game at nine all.  Kodi Whitley tiptoed around a one-out single for his seventh save.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (13-14) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-5, 6.64)


Florida 4 at Palm Beach 2

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were downed by the Fire Frogs, 4-2, in the decisive third game of the series at Roger Dean.  Palm Beach (9-20) has a firm grip on last place in the six-team South Division standings and trail Charlotte (TB) by 13 ½ games.

Diego Cordero took the hard luck loss, his second against one win, despite holding the opposition to an unearned run on three hits and two free passes over 6 2/3.  Cole Aker recorded the seventh’s last out, stranding two inherited runners but yielded three scores of his own, two earned, on three hits the next frame.  Edgar Escobar held Florida (10-19) scoreless in the eighth.

The home squad was held scoreless on just three hits through the first eight innings before pushing across two runs on four ninth-inning hits.  Catcher Dennis Ortega was the only PB-Card with a multi-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a double and run scored.  Zack Gahagan and Nolan Gorman doubled, with Gorman driving in one.

Defensively, Ortega was one of four Palm Beach players committing bobbles, his on an errant pickoff throw.  Shortstop Imeldo Diaz could not pick one ball cleanly and neither could center fielder Wadye Infante.  One of third baseman Gorman’s throws went awry, and starter Cordero threw off line when trying to pick off a runner at first.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Jupiter (14-15) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 11 at Fort Wayne 12

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ bullpen could not hold an eighth-inning lead, as Peoria fell to the Wizards, 12-11.  Peoria (4-22) will try to salvage the third and final game of the series when the two last-place teams in their respective divisions meet again on Friday.

The visitors held an 11-7 advantage with six outs to go but that lead evaporated with five runs scored against the combination of Freddy Pacheco and Eli Kraus.  Pacheco tossed a one-two-three seventh but got the hook after sandwiching two one-out walks around a balk.  Kraus (L, 1-2) (BS, 2) allowed the first runner to score before coughing up a crushing grand slam.

Home runs had bitten Peoria earlier in the game when starter Colin Schmid served up two of his own, including one to the batter who later went yard against Kraus.  Those two blasts represented three of the six tallies on eight hits the lefty yielded in five innings.  Sebastian Tabata allowed two hits and a walk, resulting in a sixth-inning run.

Brendan Donovan and Brandon Benson each had three of the team’s 14 hits. Donovan tripled, crossing home three times and driving in two.  Benson doubled with two runs scored.

Ivan Herrera, like Donovan, also accounted for five tallies.  The Chiefs’ clean-up hitter blasted his seventh home run of 2019 that was one of his two hits.  It came with two aboard and accounted for three of his four RBIs.

Friday’s game:  at Fort Wayne (9-17) (SD), 6:05 pm CT, Michael Brettell (2-6, 5.50)


State College 1 at West Virginia 6

Carlos Soto (State College Spikes)

Starter Enmanuel Solano lasted just four innings as the Spikes fell to the Black Bears, 6-1.  State College (16-17) has lost the first two of the three-game series, dropping into a third-place tie with Mahoning Valley (CLE), 3 ½ behind Batavia (MIA).

All five runs charged to Solano (L, 1-4) came in the third, with three via a home run.  The bomb was one of seven hits and three walks yielded by the righty.  Solano was called for two balks.  Junior Gonzalez permitted a tally on three hits and a walk in four frames.

Carlos Soto singled and doubled, scoring his team’s only run on Terry Fuller’s RBI single in the fourth.  Overall, State College had just five hits.

Friday’s game:  at second-place West Virginia (17-15) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Dalton Roach (league debut)


Bristol 4 at Johnson City 3

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards’ porous defense led to a 4-3 loss to the Pirates, evening the series at one game each with one to go.  Johnson City (15-13) remains in second in the West Division standings, 1 ½ games behind Elizabethton (MIN).

The four runs charged to Michael YaSenka (L, 0-1), the reigning Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week, occurred in four separate innings and all were unearned due to six Johnson City errors. The righty fanned seven in six plus frames, allowing four hits and walking his last batter faced to open the seventh.

Dylan Pearce permitted a hit in his inning on the bump.  Hector Soto retired all six batters faced.

Johnson City’s five hits were generated by five players and four went for extra bases.  Liam Sabino had a walk and a solo shot while Todd Lott, Zach Jackson and Jhon Torres each doubled. Lott and Jackson scored and Torres drove in one.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Bristol (13-16) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Francisco Justo (2-1, 3.95)


GCL Cardinals 9 vs. GCL Marlins 1

Luis Montano (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A meltdown by the visitors’ bullpen launched the Gulf Birds over the third-place (11-10) Marlins, 9-1.  The Cardinals (9-12) moved into fourth place in the East Division standings, four games in back of the Mets.

The teams battled evenly through seven frames with each squad breaking through for a fifth-inning run.  But the Cardinals put the game away with an eight-run eighth.

What makes the eighth’s scoring most interesting is that it was accomplished with only one hit and one Marlins’ miscue.  The first seven Gulf Birds to come to the plate all reached, six via free passes and one by the plunked route.  Luis Montano then lined a bases-loaded double to right for three more tallies.  The next batter reached on a throwing error by the Marlins’ shortstop before the visitor’s third pitcher of the inning issued two more free passes, forcing Montano across home for the final run.

The home team only mustered four hits to go with the nine walks.  Second baseman Ramon Mendoza got his team on the scoreboard with his first long ball of 2019 and was one of those who walked and scored in the eighth.  Eight of nine starters touched home at least once.

Nathanael Heredia worked just one frame, giving up a hit and base-on-balls.  Anthony Green maneuvered around five hits and a free pass for 2 1/3 clean innings.  Martin Cordova left Green’s last runner aboard but was touched for a run on three hits and two walks in 2 2/3.  Roy Garcia (W, 1-1) issued two free passes over the final three innings.

Friday’s game:  at second-place GCL Nationals (10-9), 12:00 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (1-3, 3.79)


DSL Cardinals Blue 7 vs. DSL Nationals 4

The C-Blue rallied from a 3-0 deficit to top the Nationals, 7-4.  The Cardinals Blue (22-13) are in third place in the South Division standings, 2 ½ games behind the Phillies Red.

Down 3-0 through four, the Blue’s four-spot in the fifth gave them their first lead.  The Nationals (9-27) tied the score at four-all in the sixth but the Blue responded with a seventh-inning tally before adding two more the next frame.

Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar accounted for three runs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and two knocked in.  Second baseman Elvin De Jesus took part in three tallies as well, doubling with three walks, an RBI and two runs scored. Designated hitter Fernando Diaz’s first professional home run led off the fifth and was one of his two hits.

The C-Blue committed six errors, led by catcher Jose Zapata with four, giving him a year-to-date total of 12 .  Third baseman Brandon Hernandez was charged with his seventh miscue and starting pitcher Engels Martinez made an errant pickoff throw.

Martinez went the initial four innings, yielding three runs, one earned, on four hits, a walk, one hit batsman and two wild pitches.  Hansel Marcelino tossed a clean fifth but Benjamin Arias (BS, 3) was tagged for an unearned run in his inning on the bump.

Dionys Rodriguez (W, 1-1) allowed a hit and two walks in two frames.  16-year-old Juan Peralta, a Texas native, worked around a one-out single for his first professional save.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place DSL Mets1 (20-16), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (1-0, 6.75) or Eduar Pimentel (0-2, 8.64)


DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Mets2 5

The C-Red mustered 12 hits in their 6-5 road victory over the DSL Mets2 (17-23).  The seventh-place Cardinals Red (16-23) move within a half of a game of the Mets2 with the win but are still trail co-leaders Cubs2 and Phillies White by 7 1/2 in the San Pedro Division standings.

Center fielder Smith Vargas and shortstop Sander Mora, the one and two batters, each garnered three hits with a run scored, RBI and stolen base.  The latter added a free pass.

Third baseman Erick Thomas singled twice, crossed home once and drove in one.  The final C-Red with a multi-hit performance was second baseman Albert Inoa who went 2-for-5 with an RBI and stolen base.

Staff ace and DSL All-Star Angel Cuenca picked up the win, his fourth in five decisions, despite one of his less effective efforts.  The rookie right-hander permitted four runs, three earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls in six frames.  Cuenca has gone six innings in six of his eight starts to date and has permitted just eight earned runs in 42 total innings.

Miguel Yedis took over in the seventh and gave up a run on two hits and a free pass.  Hector De Los Santos fanned four over the last two innings for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Rangers2 (20-20), 10:30 am ET, Henry Gomez (0-0, 2.81)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 17, 2019

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

Palm Beach provided the bright spot in St. Louis’ minors 1-5 Tuesday. The big bats of Nick Dunn and Nolan Gorman led the way with three hits and three RBI each.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 16th.


Memphis 1 at Round Rock 4

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Memphis (38-58) fell at Round Rock, 4-1, evening the series at one game each with two yet to play.

All four of the Express’ tallies came against Jake Woodford (L, 5-6), who surrendered six hits and four walks in six innings, including two bombs accounting for three runs.  The righty hit two batters.  Chris Ellis and Chris Beck each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Redbirds mustered seven hits but placed only three players in scoring position and went hitless in all three opportunities.  Johan Mieses went 3-for-4 and Lane Thomas singled twice in four at bats.  The team’s sole score came via John Nogowski’s solo blast in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Round Rock (56-40) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 8.22)


Springfield 4 at Amarillo 10

Zach Kirtley (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield (12-13) opened a three-game road series at Amarillo with a 10-4 loss.

Three of six runs, five earned, given up by Jorge Rondon (L, 4-2) were generated by two home runs comprising two of the nine hits and one base-on-balls allowed in six innings.  The right-hander fanned eight.

Will Latcham surrendered a long ball of his own, a seventh-inning grand slam which put the game out of reach.  Roel Ramirez recorded the final four outs, yielding two hits.

The S-Cards’ eight hits were distributed among seven players.  Zach Kirtley singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once.  Lars Nootbaar tripled for the first time since joining Springfield, his only hit in four at bats to go with a run scored and RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  at Amarillo (14-11) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (2-4, 6.03)


 

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach 11 vs. Florida 7

Big offensive nights by Nolan Gorman and Nick Dunn led Palm Beach (9-18) to an 11-7 victory over Florida in the home series opener.

Both players took part in five tallies while garnering three hits apiece.  Co-Players of the Day Gorman and Dunn both doubled twice with two runs scored and three driven in, Gorman in five at bats and Dunn in four at bats with a base-on-balls.

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

The final Beach Bird with a multi-hit performance was Imeldo Diaz, who singled twice in three at bats, worked a free pass and touched home three times.  Three players had one hit each.  Defensively, third baseman Gorman and shortstop Diaz accounted for two of their team’s four miscues, along with catcher Julio Rodriguez and right fielder Juan Yepez.

Those bobbles resulted in three unearned runs, all absorbed by starter Alvaro Seijas.  Seijas allowed four runs, one earned, on nine hits and two walks with six strikeouts in five frames.  The righty plunked one.

Zack Thompson also hit a batter during his inning on the bump, yielding a tally on one hit plus a strategic stolen base against him.  Ben Yokley (W, 1-3) was charged with two runs on four hits and three walks in two frames but was the pitcher of record when his teammates exploded for a six-run eighth, giving then their first and final lead.  Patrick Dayton tossed a clean ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Florida (8-19) (ATL), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (5-4, 3.00)


Peoria – off

Peoria (4-20) heads out on a nine-game road trip with Eastern Division rivals Fort Wayne and Lake County (CLE) before facing Quad Cities (HOU) in a Western Division match up.

Wednesday’s game:  at Fort Wayne (7-17) (SD), 6:05 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (4-7, 2.91)


State College – off

The Spikes (16-14), who have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, look for a return to their winning ways during a three-game road series at division rival West Virginia.

Wednesday’s game:  at West Virginia (15-15) (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, Jeremy Randolph (0-2, 4.15)


Johnson City 5 at Elizabethton 7

Zach Jackson (Peoria Chiefs)

A five-run third dug a hole from which the Appy Birds could not recover, resulting in a 7-5 road loss at Elizabethton (16-11) (MIN).  Johnson City (14-12) won one of the four-game set.

Jake Sommers (L, 1-1) struck out six in four innings but was tagged for six runs, four earned, on seven hits, a base-on-balls and a hit batsman.  John Witkowski held the Twins scoreless on two hits and a walk over two frames.  Wilberto Rivera also pitched two innings but yielded a run on four hits.

The Appy Birds managed five runs but needed the aid of three Elizabethton miscues, as only two of the five were earned.  Zach Jackson was the only Cardinal with more than one of the team’s six hits, singling twice in four at bats with two runs scored and an RBI.  Victor Garcia went yard for the first time this season, a solo shot that was his only hit in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Bristol (12-15) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (1-3, 10.98)


GCL Cardinals – off

After a five-game winning streak, the Gulf Cardinals (7-12) have lost three straight contests.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Astros (8-11), 12:00 pm ET, Francis Ventura (0-0, 4.50)


DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Angels 8

The Cardinals Blue (21-12) never led, falling to the Angels, 8-3.

The offense managed just five hits, two by second baseman and lead-off batter Elvin De Jesus.  Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar was productive both times he reached base, singling once in two at bats with a base-on-balls, stolen base and two runs scored.

Making his first start in eight days due to the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game, Reinys Portillo (L, 2-3) allowed five runs on seven hits and a walk in four innings.  Victor Villanueva and William Miranda each tossed two frames, with Villanueva permitting two scores on five hits and a plunked batter while Miranda yielded a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Yankees (16-17), 10:30 am ET, Gustavo J Rodriguez (3-0, 1.45)


DSL Cubs2 5 at DSL Cardinals Red 3

The Cardinals Red (14-23) dropped a 5-3 decision to the Cubs2 (24-14), the sixth loss in their last eight games.

Hancel Rincon (L, 1-3) allowed a run in his first and last inning of work, yielding four hits and two walks through four.  Luis Garcia and Larimel Soriano both pitched two frames, with Garcia giving up a run on five hits and two walks and Soriano permitting two unearned tallies on two free passes and a hit batsman.  Miguel Maiz tossed a scoreless ninth.

The C-Red generated 10 hits with three players having two hits apiece:  All-Star Diowill Burgos, Sander Mora and Albert Inoa.  Burgos reached base three times, singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk while both Mora and Inoa went 2-for-5 with an RBI, with Inoa doubling once.  On the base paths, both Burgos and Mora swiped a bag.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets2 (17-20), 10:30 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 4.96) or Angel Cuenca (3-1, 1.25)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 15, 2019

photo: Jacob Patterson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4 on Sunday. Jacob Patterson pitched well in an unexpected bullpen game and win for Springfield but Ivan Herrera’s five hits were not enough for Peoria to avoid a one-run defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, July 14th.


Memphis – off

Due to a schedule change initiated by the approach of Tropical Storm Barry, the Redbirds (37-57) played two on Saturday, which gave them a rare Sunday off.  Memphis begins a seven-game road trip through Round Rock and Omaha (KC) on Monday.

Monday’s game:  at Round Rock (55-39) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (3-4, 5.83)


Springfield 3 vs. Arkansas 2

Jacob Patterson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards halted the Travelers, 3-2, on Sunday, giving third-place Springfield (12-12) three-games-to-one series win over first-place Arkansas (15-9) (SEA).

The home team was rushed into a bullpen start when regular starter Alex FaGalde was a late scratch after throwing pre-game warmup pitches in the bullpen, per TCN Springfield reporter Derek Shore.  Bryan Dobzanski, pressed into service for the initial eight outs, gave up a solo shot that was one of his four hits plus one base-on-balls allowed.

Co-Player of the Day Jacob Patterson (W, 5-4) limited the opposition to another solo blast, the only hit yielded in 3 1/3 frames.  The lefty struck out seven and joined Dobzanski by not issuing a free pass.

Connor Jones worked around two hits and two walks with four batters retired before Kodi Whitley struck out two over the last 1 2/3 innings for his fifth save.  Patterson and Whitley stranded two inherited runners each.

Yariel Gonzalez led his squad’s eight-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Ramon Urias singled twice in four at bats, touching home once for the deciding tally, which was unearned.

Monday’s game:  Off


Jupiter 11 at Palm Beach 6

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

Crooked numbers allowed in four consecutive innings resulted in an 11-6 Cardinals loss to the Hammerheads (12-14).  Palm Beach (8-14) dropped three of four in the now-completed series.

Edgar Gonzalez (L, 4-12) was tagged for eight runs on 10 hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.  Hector Soto surrendered three more tallies on three hits, including a two-run long ball, and a base-on-balls while allowing Gonzalez’ last two base runners to score.  Edgar Escobar tossed a clean ninth with two hits yielded.

Palm Beach generated nine hits with three players garnering two hits each:  Nick Plummer, Nolan Gorman and Nick Dunn.  Plummer went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI and Dunn singled twice in four at bats, crossed home once and knocked in one.  Zack Gahagan’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run bomb, his first of the season.

Monday’s game:  Off


Great Lakes 9 at Peoria 8

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Ivan Herrera’s five-hit effort was not enough to prevent the Chiefs’ 9-8 defeat to the Loons.  Peoria (4-19) has split the first two games of the home set with one yet to play.

Herrera, our co-Player of the Day, went 5-for-5 with a double, run scored and two driven in out of the clean-up slot.  The catcher’s big game was part of the team’s 15-hit explosion in which eight of nine starters accounted for at least one.

Three Chiefs had two hits each:  Delvin Perez, Edwin Figuera and Brandon Riley.  All three doubled with Perez and Figuera scoring twice and once, respectively, while Riley drove in two.

Franyel Casadilla (L, 3-4) was more than a tad homer prone, surrendering four home runs, accounting for all seven runs charged to him in four frames.  The righty allowed five hits in all with two free passes issued and one batter plunked.

Rodard Avelino retired six batters, giving up a run on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Sebastian Tabata tossed two scoreless innings but Freddy Pacheco allowed what proved to be the game’s difference in his inning of work.

Monday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes (12-11) (LAD), 11:05 am CT, Michael Baird (0-1, 2.35)


State College 3 vs. Staten Island 2 (10)

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

State College (13-15) mounted a late rally to walk off with a 3-2 victory over Staten Island in 10 innings.  Each team has won one of the series’ first two contests with one on tap.

Unable to do any damage against the Yankees’ starter over seven innings, the Spikes offense broke through with single scores against the bullpen in each of the last two frames.  Designated hitter Carlos Soto’s third home run of 2019 sent the game into extras whereupon David Vinsky’s infield single to the pitcher scored Luis Flores from third for the winning margin.  Vinsky went 2-for-5, the only Spike with more than one of the team’s six hits.

Andre Pallante, St. Louis’ fourth-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, held Staten Island scoreless on three hits and a walk over four innings.  Connor Thomas maintained the shutout through six before allowing two unearned tallies.  Junior Gonzalez (W, 2-1) recorded the seventh’s last out, but not before permitting one of two inherited runners to touch home.  Gonzalez permitted three hits and a walk during his 3 1/3 innings on the mound.

Monday’s game:  vs. Staten Island (16-14) (NYY), 12:00 pm ET, Scott Politz (1-2, 8.69)


Johnson City 12 at Elizabethton 13 (10)

Mateo Gil (Robert Kell)

A bullpen failure led to the JC-Cards being clipped by the Twins, 13-12, in 10 innings.  Johnson City’s (13-11) third straight loss covers the first two of their four-game road set with Elizabethton.

The Appy Birds held the upper hand for most of the contest, thanks to an eight-run fourth, and led 12-7 with three outs to go.  Alex Gallegos (0 IP) and Wilfredo Pereira combined to surrender five tallies, the big blow being a grand slam off the latter.  Pereira (L, 1-1) (BS, 1) did not retire either of two faced the next frame, issuing a walk and RBI double scoring the runner who began the inning at second.

Starter Francisco Justo yielded seven runs, six earned, on nine hits, including a three-run bomb, over six frames.  Enrique Perez maneuvered around three hits for two innings of shutout ball.

The offense banged out 11 hits with four Cardinals having two hits apiece:  Mateo Gil, Todd Lott, Trejyn Fletcher and Liam Sabino.  Gil (two) and Fletcher (one) both went yard with runners aboard.

Monday’s game:  at Elizabethton (15-10) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Julio Puello (1-1, 5.23)


GCL Nationals 6 at GCL Cardinals 1

Francisco Hernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The GCL Cardinals (7-11) could not hold a slim early advantage, falling to the Gulf Nationals, 6-1.

The Gulf Birds’ sole tally occurred in the first after Francisco Hernandez lined a double to left.  The third baseman advanced to third on Luis Montano’s bunt single then swiped home as the front end of a double steal.

But the offense was unable to convert any of their subsequent six hits.  Joerlin De Los Santos and Hernandez both went 2-for-4, while Hernandez’ two-bagger was the only hit to go for extra bases.

Ludwin Jimenez (L, 1-3) made that lead hold up until yielding the tying run in the fourth.  The righty permitted three more scores in his fifth and final inning of work, two produced by one long ball.  Jimenez struck out eight Nationals (10-7) with eight hits and a walk allowed.

Two GCL Cardinals relievers shared pitching duties the rest of the way.  Merendy Gonzalez issued one free pass in a clean sixth but Wilman Madera yielded two runs on five hits and a base-on-balls despite fanning five in three frames.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (9-7), 12:00 pm ET, Inohan Paniagua (1-1, 6.60)


DSL NL All-Stars 4 at DSL AL All-Stars 5  (7)

The 2019 Dominican Summer League All-Star Game took place on Sunday with the American League All-Stars prevailing over their National League counterparts, 5-4.  The contest was called one out shy of seven complete frames due to rain.

St. Louis’ representatives were starting pitcher Angel Cuenca and outfielder Diowill Burgos of the Cardinals Red plus outfielder Gustavo A Rodriguez of the Cardinals Blue.  Manager Fray Peniche of the Cardinals Blue was a member of the National League coaching staff.

Following the pattern set by the NL’s manager, Cuenca began the fourth inning as his squad’s fourth hurler to take the mound.  Unlike his three predecessors who each yielded a run, the recently turned 18-year-old shut down his opponents while facing the AL’s five, six and seven batters.  Cuenca worked three flyball outs – fly outs to right and left with a pop out to third sandwiched in between.

Burgos was the starting right fielder and number four batter.  He struck out swinging with runners on first and second for the first’s second out, his only at bat.  Rodriguez pinch hit for Burgos to open the fourth, worked the first of his two free passes and scored his team’s first run.  He then took over in right before being pinch hit for in the top of the seventh.

Monday’s game:  DSL Blue off.  DSL Red (14-21) at DSL Cubs2 (22-14), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-1, 4.82)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 12, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

St. Louis’ minors went 4-5 on Thursday with Player of the Day Dylan Carlson helping Springfield out of the division cellar. Palm Beach split a pair while Johnson City won its third straight. A strong pitching effort by 18-year old Angel Cuenca helped the DSL Red put one in the win column as well.

Results from games played Thursday, July 11th.


Oklahoma City 8 at Memphis 6

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ shaky defense and bullpen resulted in an 8-6 defeat to the Dodgers in the home series opener.  Memphis (36-55) has a firm hold on fourth and last place in the American Northern Division standings, trailing first-place Iowa (CHC) by 16 games.

Starter Mike Hauschild and the Redbirds held a 4-3 lead after five, as the right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and three free passes.  That lead evaporated the next inning after Mike Mayers (BS, 1) was tagged for three unearned runs on a fielding error by shortstop Edmundo Sosa that put two on with one out.  Mayers could not pitch around the miscue, jamming the sacks full before surrendering a two-out, bases-clearing double.

Junior Fernandez retired his only batter via a 5-3 ground out, leaving Mayers’ last runner aboard.  After Hunter Cervenka tossed a one-two-three seventh, Ryan Helsley worked out of a bases-loaded jam for a clean eighth.  A two-run home-half of the seventh tied the game at 6-6, but Helsley (L, 1-3) surrendered a lead-off home run and subsequent sacrifice double play the next inning.

Memphis generated eight hits as three Redbirds had two hits apiece:  John Nogowski, Lane Thomas and Edmundo Sosa.  Nogowski and Thomas both doubled once, the former touching home one time while Thomas scored twice with two driven in.

Friday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (39-51) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (0-0, 9.28)


Springfield 6 vs. Arkansas 4

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards opened their four-game home set versus first-place Arkansas with a 6-4 win.  Springfield’s fourth win in their last five games elevates the S-Cards (10-11) into third place in the North Division standings, three games in back of the Travelers.

Springfield banged out 10 hits, paced by three players with two hits each:  Dylan Carlson, Rayder Ascanio and Alberto Triunfel.  Player of the Day Carlson did the most damage, going 3-for-5 with a solo long ball, run scored and three RBIs while Ascanio and Triunfel each went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Triunfel knocked in one.  Brian O’Keefe reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run with the bases empty.

Johan Oviedo (W, 2-4) fanned eight in five frames, permitting three hits and two walks, resulting in three runs.  Two of those three tallies were generated by one blast.

Bryan Dobzanski was tagged for an unearned score in his four-hit sixth before Jacob Patterson tossed a one-two-three seventh.  Connor Jones struck out three in two innings for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Arkansas (14-7) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.25)


Palm Beach 2 at Clearwater 7 – Game 1   
Palm Beach 12 at Clearwater 8 (7) – Game 2

The Beach Cardinals split a pair at Clearwater (14-10), losing Game 1, 7-2, but taking the second contest, 12-8, for a split of the four-game set.  Palm Beach (7-15) is in sixth and last place in the South Division standings, trailing Charlotte (TB) by 11 games.

The opener completed Wednesday’s contest suspended in the visitors half of the fourth with Palm Beach trailing 3-1.  The PB-Cards’ fortunes did not improve when play resumed as a trio of hurlers permitted another four scores.

Griffin Roberts, the July 10th starter, took his fifth loss in as many decisions, surrendering three runs on five hits and two hit batsman in three frames.  Ramon Santos took the mound when play reignited and worked around two hits for a clean fourth, but Ben Yokley and CJ Saylor allowed two runs each in their two innings on the bump.

Palm Beach managed just three hits, with runs coming on solo shots by Juan Yepez and Ramon Urias.

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

In the finale, the PB-Cards came back twice from deficits, exploding for 10 runs against the Threshers bullpen.  Julio Rodriguez and Imeldo Diaz each had three of the team’s 11 hits. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a double and solo blast comprising one of his two runs scored and two RBIs.  Diaz was 3-for-4 with a double, crossed home once and knocked in two.  Nolan Gorman, who got tossed in the ninth inning of Game 1 after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, singled and tripled in five at bats, touched home once and drove in five.

Alvaro Seijas made his second Florida State League start, looking for his first win but to no avail.  The righty allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two free passes before departing after 4 2/3 with his team down 5-2.

Cole Aker retired his only batter, leaving Seijas’ last base runner aboard.  A five-run sixth gave Zack Thompson (BS, 1) an 8-7 lead but the first-round southpaw yielded three runs against two outs recorded, placing his squad at an 8-7 disadvantage after eight.  However, Patrick Dayton retired four batters, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner then picked up his second win when his team scored five more times in the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Jupiter (9-13) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Lansing 3 at Peoria 2

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ losing skid reached 11 straight games with a 3-2 defeat to the Lugnuts, the second of three home games versus Lansing.  Peoria (3-17) sits in eighth and last place in the Western Division standings, 11 ½ games behind Clinton (MIA).

While Kyle Leahy (L, 4-7) was charged with the loss after permitting two runs on four hits and a walk despite striking out 10 over seven innings, the margin of defeat came on an unearned tally in the eighth.  The inning’s second batter to face Freddy Pacheco reached on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Delvin Perez, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a swinging K/wild pitch.  Pacheco fanned three in two frames.

The home team outhit their guests, eight to five, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.  The only Chief with more than one hit was catcher Alexis Wilson, who singled twice in four at bats.  Second baseman Brendan Donovan’s only hit in three at bats was a home run with the bases empty that got his team on the scoreboard in the seventh.  Donovan worked a free pass and scored a ninth-inning tally that brought Peoria within one.

Friday’s game:  vs. Lansing (11-9) (TOR), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-4, 4.83)


State College 3 at Tri-City 4

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes dropped a close 4-3 road decision to the ValleyCats and have lost the first two of the three-game series.  State College (14-13) is in third place in the Pinckney Division standings, 3 ½ games behind Batavia (MIA).

State College’s defense proved to be the difference in the game as three of the four runs yielded by the pitching staff were unearned due to errors by infielders Brylie Ware, Donivan Williams and Luis Flores.  The only mark on Adrian Mardueno in the first four frames was a solo home run, one of two hits and two walks allowed.

And all three tallies charged to Jeremy Randolph (L, 0-2) in 3 2/3 innings were unearned.  Two of the three scores were generated by one long ball, one of four hits and two walks yielded.  Logan Gragg retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners.

State College mustered seven hits, including two Spikes with two hits apiece:  David Vinsky and Ware.  Vinsky went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and stolen base while Ware singled twice in three at bats, worked two free passes and drove in one.

Friday’s game:  at Tri-City (11-14) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-3, 4.08)


Johnson City 4 at Bristol 2

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

A steady offensive effort led Johnson City to a 4-2 road victory at Bristol, as the Cards clinched the three-game series with one contest yet to play.  Johnson City (13-8) has won three straight and leads second-place Elizabethton (MIN) by 1 ½ games in the West Division standings.

The Appy Birds scored in four different innings, beginning in the second and finishing in the eighth.  Three players had two hits apiece:  Chandler Redmond, Liam Sabino and Brandon Purcell.  Redmond went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and solo bomb that was one of his two runs scored while both Sabino and Purcell went 2-for-4 with a double. Sabino knocked in two and Purcell stole a base.

Jake Sommers went the initial four innings, holding the Pirates to a run on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Will Guay (W, 1-0) yielded a tally on a hit and plunked batter in his inning of work before Wilfredo Pereira retired all six batters faced.  Dylan Pearce allowed a hit over two scoreless innings for his first save.

Friday’s game:  at third-place Bristol (11-11) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (1-2, 9.77)


GCL Cardinals – off

The fifth-place GCL Cardinals (5-9) take their season-high three-game winning streak to the home of the fourth-place Gulf Astros, a team they trail by just one game.  Overall, the Gulf Birds are 3 ½ games behind co-leaders Marlins and Nationals in the tight East Division standings.

Friday’s game:  at GCL Astros (6-8), 12:00 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (1-1, 3.75)


DSL Cardinals Blue 1 at DSL Rockies 8

The C-Blue were trounced by the Dominican Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday.  It was the third loss in the last four games for the Cardinals Blue (20-11), dropping them into second place in the South Division standings, a game in back of the Phillies Red.

Making his second start in seven appearances, Eduar Pimentel (L, 0-2) lasted just two innings.  The San Cristobal native gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits, a base-on-balls and two wild pitches.

Yordy Richard came out of the pen for the first time in six games and shut down the third-place Rockies (20-12) on two hits and a walk over four innings.  The righty plunked one.  But Juan Peralta was pummeled for four tallies on five hits, including a three-run blast.  Dionys Rodriguez tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The visitors’ offense was held to six hits with Darlin Moquete and Brandon Hernandez both going 2-for-4.  Moquete stole his 13th base of 2019 and Hernandez doubled in Gustavo A Rodriguez after the latter walked to begin the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Orioles2 (15-16), 10:30 am ET, Wilmer Ortega (2-0, 2.42)


DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs. DSL Phillies White 1

Angel Cuenca tossed six strong frames as the Cardinals Red flew past the Phillies White, 5-1.  The seventh-place C-Red (13-21) are 8 ½ games behind the Cubs2 in the San Pedro Division standings.

Cuenca (W, 3-1) held his opponents to just three hits and a base-on-balls, yielding a solo shot in his final inning of work.  The 18-year-old struck out five with six ground- and three fly- ball outs.

The bullpen duo of Luis Garcia and Augusto Calderon kept the pressure on the Phillies White.  Garcia fanned three during his two innings on the mound, permitting two hits before Calderon faced the minimum in the ninth.

The offense was led by Diowill Burgos, who followed up hitting for the cycle on July 9th by nearly accomplishing the same feat again, lacking just a single.  The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two-run home run comprising two of his three RBIs.

The only other Cardinals Red player with more than one of the team’s nine hits was right fielder Fernando Brazoban, who singled and tripled in four at bats, touched home twice and drove in two.  The 17-year-old rookie swiped his fourth bag.

Friday’s game:  at second-place DSL Phillies White (21-14), 10:30 am ET, Henry Gomez (0-0, 3.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 10, 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Tuesday, backed by strong performances by starter Alex FaGalde and center fielder Dylan Carlson for Springfield, center fielder Jonatan Machado for State College and starter Gustavo J Rodriguez for the DSLBlue.  But Player of the Day Diowill Burgos of the DSL Red stands tallest by hitting for the cycle.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 9th.


Memphis – off for the Triple-A All-Star Game

The 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 10th, at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (SD).

Memphis starter Jake Woodford was the top vote getter among all pitchers, therefore is slated to take the ball for the Pacific Coast League team against the International League.  Woodford will be joined by infielder Rangel Ravelo and catcher Andrew Knizner, the latter a late addition to the squad.

Wednesday’s game: Off


Springfield 7 at Tulsa 2

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield (8-11) scored five times in the final two frames to upend Tulsa, 7-2.  Each team has taken one of the series’ first two games with one to go.

The contest was knotted at 2-2 through seven but the S-Cards unraveled the knot on Yariel Gonzalez’ RBI single, which scored Dylan Carlson, who led off with a double.  The team capitalized on one of three Driller miscues to generate four more runs, one earned, the next frame.

Fresh off his MLB All-Star Futures Game appearance, Carlson paced his team’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.  Three S-Cards had two hits each:  Jose Godoy, Michael Perri and Gonzalez.  Godoy doubled once in four at bats, touched home twice with two RBIs, Perri scored once and Gonzalez drove in three.

The offense backed yet another fine performance by starter Alex FaGalde (W, 2-1) who held the opposition to two runs on four hits and a base-on-balls through seven.  One of the four hits was a solo home run.  FaGalde struck out six.  Kodi Whitley fanned three in two innings for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (10-9) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Rondon (3-1, 2.98)


Palm Beach 3 at Clearwater 7

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (6-14) fell to the Threshers, 7-3, evening the road series at one game each with two on tap.

The home team scored in each of the first four innings and five of the first six, handing Edgar Gonzalez his 11th loss in 15 decisions.  The right-hander permitted five runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.  Gonzalez threw two wild pitches.

C J Saylor allowed all three inherited runners plus one of his own to touch home on two hits and a balk with four outs recorded.  Zach Prendergast struck out five in three frames, allowing a solo shot that was one of two hits and two free passes issued.  Edgar Escobar fanned the side in the eighth.

All three Beach Birds tallies occurred in the third on all four hits plus a wild pitch.  Nick Plummer and Wadye Infante singled back-to-back before a wild pitch brought Plummer across home plate.  Juan Yepez doubled in Infante then advanced to third on Nolan Gorman’s single.  A 5-3 ground out by Luken Baker scored Yepez for the final run.

Wednesday’s game:  at Clearwater (13-9) (PHI), 10:30 am ET, TBA


Peoria – Off

The Chiefs (3-15) are mired in a nine-game losing slump, including all five contests of their recent road trip.  Peoria’s upcoming six-game home stand features two Eastern Division rivals in Lansing and Great Lakes (LAD), the best of which has a .500 second-half record.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lansing (9-9) (TOR), 6:35 pm CT, TBA


State College 7 vs. Batavia 5

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Spikes (14-11) rallied for a 7-5 win over the Muckdogs (15-9) (MIA), salvaging the third and final game of the home series and halting a three-game losing skid.

Down 5-2 with six outs to go, State College strung together five runs, two earned, with the scoring capped by Jonatan Machado’s three-run bomb.  The long ball scored Martin Figuera (fielder’s choice/error) and Brylie Ware (single).  Machado’s home run was his third hit in five at bats to go with two stolen bases, one of second and another of third.

Ware reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and three driven in.  Andrew Warner also had two hits, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored.  The Spikes compiled 10 hits in all.

Connor Thomas tossed the initial 3 1/3 innings, permitting two runs on three hits.  Tandem mate Andrew Pallente recorded eight outs but surrendered a pair of two-run blasts that included Thomas’ last base runner.

Jack Ralston (W, 1-0) struck out four in two innings, issuing one free pass.  Leonardo Taveras faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two, for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tri-City (9-14) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Scott Politz (1-1, 6.14)


Johnson City – off

Johnson City (11-8) embarks on a seven-game road trip against division rivals Bristol and Elizabethton (MIN), teams tied for second place in the West Division standings, a half game behind the JC-Cards.  While the Appy Birds have gone 4-6 on the road thus far, the Pirates hold that identical record at home.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bristol (11-9) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Dalton Roach (0-0, 7.71)


GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Nationals 3

Thomas Hart

The Gulf Cardinals (4-9) overcame an early deficit to down the Nationals, 6-3, for their first back-to-back victories of the season.

Facing a 3-1 hole through six, the visitors flipped the script with four runs in the seventh and added another in the ninth.  The Gulf Birds used eight free passes to pad seven hits with six players each scoring once.

Catcher Joyser Garcia singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two.  While neither second baseman Pablo Gomez nor third baseman Francisco Hernandez garnered a hit, both worked two free passes, resulting in a run scored for Gomez and an RBI for Hernandez.  Shortstop Franklin Soto went 1-for-4 with a walk and a double, a run scored and one knocked in.

Thomas Hart picked up his first professional win in as many decisions by navigating around a hit and two walks in the sixth.  The 18-year-old was St. Louis’ 16th-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft.  Martin Cordova tossed the final three frames, permitting two hits and two walks, for his first save in his second season as a pro.

Both Hart and Cordova pitched in relief of Inohan Paniagua, who allowed three tallies in his first two frames before shutting down the Nationals (7-5) over three more innings.  The righty yielded five hits and two walks.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Mets (6-5), 12:00 pm ET, Francis Ventura (0-0, 5.87)


DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Phillies Red 1

A two-run first was just enough to lift the Cardinals Blue (20-9) back into first place with a 2-1 road victory over the Phillies Red (20-10).

Two of the C-Blue’s four total hits came that frame.  Darlin Moquete led off with a single, stole second and scored as Hansel Otamendi doubled to center.  Otamendi advanced a base when Gustavo A Rodriguez reached on a fielding error, putting Otamendi in position to cross home plate on a 6-3 ground out by Brandon Hernandez.  Otamendi added a single to his double in four at bats but was erased from the base paths via a caught stealing.

Gustavo J Rodriguez (W, 3-0) improved on his last start of six innings pitched with one run allowed by shutting down the South Division’s second place squad on two hits and no walks through six frames.  The righty fanned four with seven ground- and seven fly- ball outs but did plunk one.

William Miranda struck out three in two clean innings with two hits and a walk.  Victor Villanueva yielded a tally on a one-out double, wild pitch and ground out before recording his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Twins (9-21), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-2, 7.32)


DSL D-backs2 7 at DSL Cardinals Red 5

Diowill Burgos

A career first for outfielder Diowill Burgos could not prevent the Cardinals Red (12-20) from a 7-5 home defeat to the D-backs2.

Player of the Day Burgos, who played both corner outfield positions in the contest, hit for the cycle during a perfect 4-for-4 performance.  The 18-year-old tripled for the second time in 2019 to go with his eighth double and eighth home run, a second-inning solo shot temporarily knotting the game at one all.  Burgos knocked in two for his club-leading 35th and 36th RBIs.

Second baseman Albert Inoa and shortstop Sander Mora had two hits apiece with one run scored. Inoa worked a base-on-balls with a triple and two knocked in.  On the down side, Inoa was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt and Mora committed a throwing error, his seventh miscue.

Edgar Manzo took the tough loss, his second against one win, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits, three walks and two hit batsmen (same batter twice) over five innings.  Bryan Ramirez (1 IP) and Ramon Fernandez (1.2 IP) each yielded two runs on one and three hits, respectively, as both relievers issued two free passes.  Oliver Lopez was charged with a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 frames.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (19-13), 10:30 am ET, Miguel Yedis (0-3, 7.85)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 8, 2019

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St. Louis’ minors went 2-5 on Sunday with six of seven contests on the road.  Tommy Parsons’ seven scoreless innings keyed Springfield’s victory and Andres Luna’s two home runs boosted Palm Beach to the system’s other win.

Results from games played Sunday, July 7th.


MLB All-Star Futures Game – National League 2 at American League 2 (eight innings)

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In Sunday night’s Futures Game in Cleveland, the Cardinals were represented on the National League squad by starting right fielder Dylan Carlson of Springfield and reserve third baseman Nolan Gorman of Palm Beach. The pair are the organization’s no. 1 and no. 2 prospects according to The Cardinal Nation’s rankings.

In the fourth, Carlson plated a run with a single to left in his second at-bat and was removed for a pinch-runner. Gorman had just entered the game the batter before as a pinch-runner, but did not come around to score.  Concluding a tough nine-pitch at-bat with two runners on base in the sixth, Gorman fanned swinging in his only plate appearance of the evening.


Memphis 5 at Iowa 8

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Starter Genesis Cabrera went just three plus innings in the Redbirds’ 8-5 loss in Des Moines.  Fourth- and last-place Memphis (36-54) lost three of the four-game set to the first-place Cubs, the team that leads them by 16 games in the American Northern Division standings.

Cabrera (L, 3-4) did not retire any of the five batters faced in the fourth, all of whom came around to score.  The lefty was charged with seven runs, five earned, on six hits and three walks, including a three-run long ball.

Both of the runners inherited by Seth Elledge touched home and were unearned due to shortstop Kramer Robertson’s throwing error.  Elledge ended the inning by picking off the runner at first.

Jesus Cruz issued more free passes (three) than outs recorded (two) but Hunter Cervenka secured a fly out to right, leaving the bases jammed.  Cervenka fanned the side in the sixth, working around consecutive two-out singles.  Chris Ellis and Chris Beck each tossed a frame and yielded two hits with the former walking one, giving up a tally and fanning three.

The only Redbird with more than one of the team’s six hits was red-hot Randy Arozarena, who singled twice in four at bats with one driven in.  Three of the runs were generated when Jose Martinez went yard in the second with Lane Thomas (single) and Irving Lopez (single) aboard.  It was the middle infielder’s first Triple-A hit and came in his third game since being promoted from Double-A Springfield.

Monday’s game:   Off for Triple-A All-Star Break


Springfield 4 at Arkansas 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Tommy Parsons was impressive over seven innings as the S-Cards shut out the Travelers, 4-0, in the series finale.  Fourth-place Springfield (7-10) dropped the first three of the four-game series at first-place Arkansas (12-5) (SEA), whom they trail by five games in the North Division standings.

Co-Player of the Day Parsons (W, 3-2) tossed his best effort of five Double-A starts, limiting the opposition to just three hits while not issuing a free pass and striking out seven.  The tall right-hander threw 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes.  Mitchell Osnowitz completed the shutout by fanning three in two innings with two hits allowed.

Springfield’s 11-hit attack was spearheaded by Yariel Gonzalez and Lars Nootbaar, who both went 3-for-4. Gonzalez’s two-run bomb accounted for two of his four knocked in and Nootbaar crossed home three times.  Each player stole his first career Double-A bag.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (9-8) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 6.84)


Palm Beach 12 at Fort Myers 2

Andres Luna (State College Spikes)

The Cards exploded for 18 hits, flying past the Miracle, 12-2, to salvage the fourth and final game of the road series.  The victory snapped a four-game losing skid for sixth and last place Palm Beach (5-13), which has gone 2-8 over the last 10 games and already trail first-place Charlotte (TB) by nine games in the second-half standings.

While right fielder Andres Luna and shortstop Imeldo Diaz both went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, it was Luna, our co-Player of the Day, who did the most damage.  Three of the 21-year-old’s four hits went for extra bases, including a double and two home runs accounting for three of his six RBIs.

All nine in Palm Beach’s batting order garnered at least one hit and either scored or knocked in at least one run.  Cole Kreuter singled twice in four at bats while both Dennis Ortega and Juan Yepez went 2-for-6. Yepez doubled once with an RBI.

Making his first start of 2019 after 18 relief appearances for the Beach Birds, Ramon Santos was touched for two tallies on six hits in 3 1/3.  Perry DellaValle (W, 4-4) followed Santos to the mound and blanked fourth-place Fort Myers (9-11) on two hits and a walk over the final 5 2/3 frames.  The Seton Hill, PA product struck out five and stranded two inherited runners in his first bullpen outing in 17 Florida State League appearances.

Monday’s game:  at Clearwater (12-8) (PHI), 7:00 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 3 at Burlington 5

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ losing skid reached eight games with Sunday’s 5-3 loss at Burlington.  Peoria (3-14) has dropped the first two games of the series with one yet to play and are in eighth and last place in the second-half Western Division standings, nine games behind Kane County (ARI).

Peoria starter Michael Brettell allowed two runs over the first five innings. The Chiefs held a 3-2 lead after escaping a sixth-inning jam thanks to an unassisted double play by third baseman Josh Shaw.  Rodard Avelino (L, 0-1) remained in the game for the seventh and walked his first two batters. Both runners scored with Parker Kelly (BS, 1) on the mound, as Kelly issued a one-out walk, then allowed a two-run single and RBI double.  The righty went on to pitch a clean eighth.

Delvin Perez led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI.  Brandon Riley was one of four Chiefs with one hit each. The center fielder singled once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Burlington (6-11) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Franyel Casadilla (3-2, 4.61)


Batavia 3 at State College 2

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes opened a three-game home series with a 3-2 loss to Batavia.  Three of second-place State College’s (13-10) six losses in the last 10 games have come against the division-leading Muckdogs, whom they trail by 1 ½ games in the Pinckney Division standings.

Enmanuel Solano took the loss, his third against one win, despite tossing a solid effort.  The righty permitted three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven frames.  Fabian Blanco maneuvered around a hit and base-on-balls for two scoreless innings.

The only Spikes player with a multi-hit effort was shortstop Moises Castillo, who singled twice in four at bats, scored a run and swiped a base.  Catcher Carlos Soto reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a free pass and scored his squad’s other tally.

Monday’s game:  vs. Batavia (14-8) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 3.13)


Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 7

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards kicked off a brief two-game away-and-home series versus the Twins with a 7-3 loss, their third consecutive defeat.  Johnson City (10-8) drops a half of a game in back of both Bristol (PIT) and Elizabethton (MIN), teams in the midst of five- and four-game winning streaks, respectively.

Three of the four runs given up by Francisco Justo (L, 2-1) in his five-inning stint came in the first with two of the three generated by a home run.  The 12th-round selection in the June 2018 First-Year Player Draft surrendered a solo shot in the third and allowed four hits and a walk in total.  Justo hit one batter.

Enrique Perez began the sixth but could not finish it, yielding three tallies on two hits and three walks.  Long man Wilfredo Pereira retired all seven batters faced, starting with leaving three inherited runners aboard.

The Appy Birds outhit their hosts, nine to six, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.  Chandler Redmond went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI and stolen base while Terry Fuller singled twice in five at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. co-leaders Elizabethton (11-8) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Julio Puello (1-1, 5.74)


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 6

The Gulf Birds fell on the road, losing 6-3 to the GCL Astros (6-6).  The rookie-level Cardinals (2-9) are in fifth and last place in the East Division standings, five games behind the Marlins and Nationals.

Luis Ortiz (L, 0-3) yielded six hits and three walks in four frames, resulting in four tallies, including a solo shot.  The righty plunked one.  Hector Soto matched Ortiz’ four strikeouts over four innings, permitting two runs on two hits and two hit batsmen.

All three of the visitors’ runs came in the first.  Luis Montano opened with a base-on-balls, advancing to second via Franklin Soto’s line drive single up the middle.  A single to left with one gone by William Jimenez drove in Montano, setting the table for Yowelfy Rosario’s two-run triple to center.

The team worked five more free passes but only two more hits the rest of the way.  Soto was the only Gulf Bird with a multi-hit effort, singling twice in four at bats.

Monday’s game:   vs. co-leader GCL Marlins (7-4), 12:00 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-2, 11.05)


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.  The second-place Cardinals Blue (19-8) trail the Phillies Red by a half of a game in the South Division standings at the week’s start.

Monday’s game:  vs. third-place DSL Mets1 (16-12), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-1, 1.73)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (12-19) begin the week in seventh place in the eight-team San Pedro Division, eight games behind the Cubs2.

Monday’s game:  at eighth-place DSL Tigers1, 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-1, 4.82)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 5, 2019

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

St. Louis’ minors went 3-6 in a tough holiday schedule featuring only one contest at home. Player of the Day Jhon Torres’ two-home run night powered Johnson City’s win and pitcher Hancel Rincon had a noteworthy effort for the Cardinals Red.  But Memphis fell despite Justin Williams’ two-bomb performance and Alex Fagalde’s strong start could not keep Springfield from losing.

Results from games played Thursday, July 4th.


Memphis 4 at Iowa 5

Justin Williams (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (35-52) snatched defeat from the jaws of victory on Thursday with a 5-4 walk-off road loss at Iowa in the series opener.

Chris Beck (L, 0-6) (BS, 1) began the ninth charged with finishing off a 4-3 lead but could not work around throwing errors by second baseman Irving Lopez and catcher Andrew Knizner.  The tying run scored via a fielder’s choice with the final tally crossing on an RBI single after a steal of second.

Mike Hauschild went the initial five frames, allowing three runs on six hits and three walks.  Hunter Cervenka worked around two hits in two innings before Jesus Cruz tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Justin Williams provided all of his team’s run production, going yard twice with a runner aboard, in a 2-for-3 performance.  John Nogowski was aboard for one of those home runs, as the first baseman singled twice in four at bats.  Two Redbirds had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  at Iowa (50-37) (CHC), 7:08 pm CT, Austin Warner (0-0, 7.50)


Springfield 0 at Arkansas 2

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

With a chance to pull to .500 in the second half, instead Springfield’s (6-8) offense managed just two hits in their 2-0 road loss to the Travelers.

Alex Fagalde took the tough loss, his first against one Double-A win, despite a strong mound effort.  The right-hander gave up single tallies in the first two of his six-inning stint, only one of which was earned due to a fielding error by first baseman Zach Kirtley.  Fagalde permitted just three hits and a free pass while fanning four.  Connor Jones worked around a hit and walk for two scoreless frames.

Johan Mieses and Rayder Ascanio both singled in three at bats, with Mieses also working one of the team’s three walks.

Friday’s game:  at Arkansas (10-4) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (3-0, 3.18)


Palm Beach at Fort Myers – postponed   

Game 1 of four between Palm Beach (4-10) and Fort Myers was rained out.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a July 5th double-header at CenturyLink Sports Complex, home of the Miracle.

Friday’s games:  at Fort Myers (6-10) (MIN).  Game 1 – 5:30 pm ET, Griffin Roberts (0-3, 6.91)/TBA


Peoria 2 at Clinton 6

Peoria (3-11) fell to the LumberKings, 6-2, in the first of a brief two-game road series.  The Chiefs’ losing skid is now five.

Michael Baird took the loss in his first start since being promoted from short-season-A State College.  The right-hander yielded two tallies on five hits with six strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings.

Also up from the Spikes, Rodard Avelino stranded Baird’s final runner before giving up four runs on a hit and three walks with four outs recorded.  Thomas St. Clair permitted a hit and base-on-balls over the last three frames.

The offense was held totally in check until pushing across two in the ninth, preventing a shutout.  Ivan Herrera and Brandon Riley both went 2-for-4, with Herrera scoring and Riley doubling and tripling with two RBIs.

Friday’s game:  at Clinton (9-5) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (4-5, 2.64)


State College 7 at Mahoning Valley 1

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

State College (12-8) kicked off a three-game road series at Mahoning Valley with a 7-1 victory, giving the Spikes sole possession of second place over the Scrappers.

Donivan Williams generated a big four-hit night in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.  Jonatan Machado and Moises Castillo contributed three hits apiece to the team’s 14-hit effort while scoring two runs each.  One of Matt Duce’s two hits was a solo shot.

Andre Pallante limited Mahoning Valley two hits in three innings before exiting after walking the lead-off batter in the home fourth.  That runner came around to score with Connor Thomas on the mound.  Thomas (W, 2-0) struck out six in 3 2/3 frames before giving way to Junior Gonzalez, who tossed 2 /3 innings of shutout ball.

Friday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (11-9) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Scott Politz (0-1, 6.52)


Johnson City 14 at Bluefield 3

Jhon Torres (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

13 runs against the Blue Jays’ bullpen powered the JC-Cardinals (10-5) to a 14-3 thumping of Bluefield in the road series opener.

The Appy Birds mustered just one tally on five hits through the first 5 2/3 frames but exploded for another 11 hits subsequently.  Eight of nine starters either had a hit or scored at least once, beginning with Jhon Torres and Victor Garcia, who had three hits apiece.  All of Torres’ hits went for extra bases, including a double and two home runs accounting for two of his four runs scored and all three of his RBIs.  Garcia crossed home once on three singles in five at bats.

Four JC-Cards had two hits each:  Todd Loft, Chandler Redmond, Liam Sabino and Diomedes Del Rio.  All four scored at least once with Del Rio touching home three times.  Redmond, Sabino and Del Rio all knocked in two.

In his first start after coming out of the bullpen twice, Jake Sommers held the opposition to a run on five hits over four frames.  The 10th-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft handed over a 1-1 tie to Will Guay but the latter permitted two runs on four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings, putting his team at a 3-1 disadvantage after six.

John Witkowski picked up the win in his professional debut, issuing one free pass against three retired and leaving Guay’s last two runners aboard.  Walker Robbins shut down Bluefield on two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 1/3 for his second save.

Friday’s game:  at Bluefield (8-8) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (1-1, 9.28)


GCL Nationals 10 at GCL Cardinals 6 (7) – Game 1
GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Nationals 9 (9) – Game 2

Luis Montano (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Gulf Birds (1-8) came out on the wrong end of a double-header sweep by the GCL Nationals, losing the opener 10-6 and the finale 9-8.

In the opener, Inohan Paniagua took the complete game loss, his first in two decisions.  The 19-year-old surrendered 14 hits and two walks with six hit batters, resulting in 10 tallies, nine earned.

The home team banged out 11 hits, paced by first baseman Freddy De Jesus, who went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.  Three Gulf Cardinals had two hits each:  catcher Cristhian Longa, designated hitter Zade Richardson and left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos.  Longa doubled twice with three RBIs and De Los Santos touched home once.

Game 2, which made up the contest originally scheduled on June 29th at the GCL Nationals (5-2), ended in a walk-off loss for the Gulf Birds.  Francis Ventura went the first six frames, giving up six runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks.  This was the right-hander’s first start since being re-assigned from short-season A State College.

Ventura turned over a 6-6 tie to Roy Garcia (L, 0-1), who pitched a scoreless seventh before the extra-innings’ rules regarding baserunners took effect.  The GCL Cardinals went up 7-6 the next inning but the righty allowed an unearned run of his own, sending the game into the ninth.  Again, the Cardinals scored a run for an 8-7 lead with three outs to go.  But Garcia issued a free pass and ground-rule double, scoring the base runner who began the frame at second.  A wild pitch brought in the winning run.

Right fielder Luis Montano accumulated three of his team’s 10 hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two driven in.  Center fielder William Jimenez and second baseman Ramon Mendoza had two hits apiece, with one of Jimenez’ hits a three-run bomb, his second of 2019.  Mendoza contributed as well, walking once, touching home twice and knocking in one.

Friday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (5-3) (NYM), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Angels 8 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

Four tallies in the last two frames broke open a competitive game as the Cardinals Blue (17-8) dropped an 8-2 decision to the Angels (10-16).

Starter Engels Martinez took the loss, his second against one win, permitting four runs, three earned, on six hits and a walk over a career-high 5 1/3 frames.  Ronald Suarez recorded five outs, walking one and stranding two of three inherited runners.

Juan Peralta retired one batter in the eighth, allowing two runs, one earned, on a triple and single.  Peralta’s final run scored with Benjamin Arias on the mound.  Arias gave up two runs of his own on five hits over 1 2/3 innings.

The offense generated six hits with two each by catcher Jose Zapata and third baseman Erik Pena.  Zapata singled and doubled in four at bats with an RBI and Pena went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored.  Defensively, the visitors matched their hosts’ four errors.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Yankees (13-13) (NYY), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (0-0, 9.22)


DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL Brewers 3

The C-Red (12-17) scored in six different innings to back Hancel Rincon’s impressive effort in their 7-3 victory over the Brewers.

Second baseman Albert Inoa led the 11-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI out of the lead-off slot.  Shortstop Sander Mora singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home twice and drove in one.  Six Cardinals Red players garnered one hit with designated hitter Diowill Burgos’ double the only one to go for extra bases.

The majority of the mound duties were shared by tandem starters Yonael Dominguez and Rincon.  Dominguez struck out six in three frames and yielded three runs on four hits and three free passes.

Rincon (W, 1-1) tossed the next five innings and gave up a single to his first batter then turned back the next fifteen straight.  The 17-year-old induced eight ground- to one fly- ball outs with two strikeouts.  Hector De Los Santos allowed a hit in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Brewers (15-13) (MIL), 10:30 am ET, Angel Cuenca (2-0, 0.67)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 3, 2019

photo: Diego Cordero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On the 6-4 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Diego Cordero spun seven shutout innings as Dennis Ortega’s home run sealed Palm Beach’s 1-0 win. Springfield and Johnson City had big nights offensively, but Peoria and GCL pitching were bombed.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 2nd.


New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3 – Game 1    
Memphis 4 vs. New Orleans 3 (7 innings) – Game 2     

Junior Fernandez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

At AutoZone Park, the Redbirds split a pair with the Baby Cakes by identical 4-3 margins, dropping the opener but claiming a walk-off victory in the finale.  Memphis (35-50) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining and is in fourth/last place in the American Northern Division standings, 13 games behind Iowa (CHC).

Game 1 completed the July 1st contest which was suspended after one with New Orleans up 1-0.  The visitors built a 3-0 lead before the Redbirds responded, leaving Harold Arauz (L, 3-2) with the loss after giving up a solo shot in his only inning of work.

A bullpen game ensued when play resumed with six Memphis relievers taking the mound.  Mike Mayers continued his rehab assignment with a clean second but Ryan Helsley was bitten by a two-run home run by former Cardinals farmhand Magneuris Sierra in his rehab turn.

Junior Fernandez recorded the third’s final out before pitching two more frames of shutout ball with one hit allowed.  Hunter Cervenka issued a free pass in his clean sixth but Jesus Cruz yielded a run that proved to be the difference in the game in the seventh, the first of his two innings on the bump.  Chasen Shreve walked one in the ninth.

Two of Memphis’ three runs came via Max Schrock, who went yard with Rangel Ravelo (single) aboard.  Both players went 2-for-4, just behind Randy Arozarena’s perfect 3-for-3 effort.  Arozarena reached base four times with a walk and double but the Redbirds were unable to cash in on his performance since the four players after him went a combined 0-for-14.

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The highlight of the nightcap was a two-run bomb by Adolis Garcia, giving his team the walk-off win.  It came with two gone and Arozarena (walk) aboard and was Garcia’s second hit of the game.  Kramer Robertson and Justin Williams also had two of the team’s nine hits while Arozarena went 1-for-3 with the aforementioned walk and two runs scored.

Genesis Cabrera pitched six solid frames, permitting three runs on seven hits and a walk.  One of the seven hits was a solo long ball.  Seth Elledge worked around a walk for a scoreless seventh, picking up his first Triple-A win against one loss.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (46-39) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (5-4, 3.36)


Springfield 9 vs. Tulsa 3

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards scored nine times in the fourth, blowing past the Drillers, 9-3, to even the series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Springfield (5-7) remains in fourth/last place in the North Division standings, four games in back of Arkansas (SEA).

The home team garnered 12 hits, led by Johan Mieses, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run bomb, two runs scored and two RBis.  Dylan Carlson, Brian O’Keefe, Rayder Ascanio and Zach Kirtley had two hits apiece. Kirtley doubled twice and Carlson once but the inning’s biggest blow belonged to Ascanio, who launched a grand slam.

Tommy Parsons (W, 2-2) allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk, one of the hits a solo shot.  Mitchell Osnowitz, Bryan Dobzanski and Kodi Whitley each tossed a scoreless frame. Osnowitz struck out three and Dobzanski two.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (7-5), 6:10 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 6.85)


Palm Beach 1 vs. Lakeland 0   

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Dennis Ortega’s home run lifted the Beach Birds over the Flying Tigers, 1-0, evening the series at one game each with one remaining.  Palm Beach (4-9) is tied with Fort Myers (MIN) for fifth in the South Division standings, 5 ½ games behind Charlotte (TB).

Ortega’s bomb occurred in the seventh, giving starter Diego Cordero his first Florida State League victory.  Cordero was impressive through seven innings, blanking his opponents on five hits and a walk while five K’s.  Cole Aker and Patrick Dayton each tossed a one-two-three frame, with Dayton earning his second save.

The PB-Cards gathered eight hits with Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar both going 2-for-4.  Defensively, right fielder Nootbaar was credited with an outfield assist at third while Cordero picked off a runner at first.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (6-9) (DET), 6:00 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (4-9, 3.79)


Kane County 11 at Peoria 3        

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Chiefs pitching gave up three runs in the top of the first and were scored upon in seven of the nine innings in a disappointing home blowout loss to Kane County Tuesday night. Starter Michael Brettell hung on for 5 2/3 innings while yielding 13 hits, including two long balls, and a pair of walks. Seven of the eight runs against him were earned.

Sebastian Tabata gave up two runs in two innings and Evan Sisk gave up the final score while collecting the final four outs.

Three Chiefs had two each of the team’s seven hits – Brady Whalen, Juan Yepez and Alexis Wilson. The latter cracked a solo home run in the ninth, but earlier had grounded into a pair of twin killings, committed an error, but also picked off a runner. First baseman Whalen drove in a pair. Outfielder Brandon Benson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and an error, but also threw out a Cougars runner at third.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Franyel Casadilla (3-2, 5.49), 6:35 pm CT


State College 0 at Batavia 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

The pitching duel between the Spikes and Muckdogs ended with a 1-0 road loss for the visitors.  It is the third straight loss for State College (10-8), including the first two of three against first-place Batavia, dropping the Spikes into a second-place tie with Mahoning Valley (CLE). Both trail the leaders by 1 ½ games.

The game’s only score was unearned due to a missed catch error by second baseman Martin Figueroa.  The unearned tally was charged to Enmanuel Solano (L, 1-2) who permitted five hits and a walk through five innings.  Left-hander Jack Ralston, St. Louis’ seventh-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, gave up a hit with three strikeouts over two frames in his professional debut.  Leonardo Taveras faced the minimum, fanning two, in his maiden New York-Penn League effort.

The offense was held to just three hits, all singles.

Wednesday’s game:  at first-place Batavia (11-6), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 3.71)


Johnson City 10 vs. Greeneville 5

Mateo Gil (Robert Kell)

A big third inning catapulted the JC-Cards over the Reds, 10-5, clinching the three-game series with one game yet to play.  Johnson City (9-4) sits atop the West Division standings, 2 ½ games in front of Elizabethton (MIN) and Kingsport (NYM).

Holding a 3-2 advantage going into the third’s home half, the Appy Birds strung together seven of their 14 hits plus two walks, resulting in seven tallies and a 10-2 lead after three.  All nine starters either scored at least one run or drove in one, beginning with Jhon Torres, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.

Mateo Gil and Todd Lott both went 2-for-4.  Gil went yard with a runner aboard while Lott crossed home once.  Diomedes Del Rio accounted for three scores, singling twice in three at bats with a run scored and two knocked in.  Defensively, center fielder Carlos Soler was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Julio Puello (W, 1-1) tossed the initial five frames, yielding three runs on eight hits and two walks for his first United States victory.  Wilfredo Pereira gave up two tallies, with both runs generated by a long ball comprising one of his five hits allowed in 1 2/3 innings.  Enrique Perez retired all seven batters faced, striking out three.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Greeneville (5-9) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Dalton Roach (0-0, 9.35)


GCL Astros 14 at GCL Cardinals 1

Zack Thompson (University of Kentucky)

The Gulf Cardinals were drubbed for the second straight game, this time a 14-1 loss to the Gulf Astros (1-5).  The Cardinals (1-5) are tied for fourth and last place in the East Division standings, four games behind the Marlins.

The home team misfired in all three areas – pitching, offense and defense – but the chief culprit was the defense,which committed four errors resulting in a whopping 10 unearned runs.  Third baseman Francisco Hernandez had two miscues – one throwing and one fielding – while left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos committed a throwing error.  First baseman Freddy De Jesus, who entered the game in the home half of the second after first sacker Pablo Guzman was hit by a pitch, was charged with a throwing bobble.

Three days after his professional debut with a one-inning start, Zack Thompson pitched the first inning again.  St. Louis’ first selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player draft fanned two with a hit allowed, all on eight pitches.  Tony Locey, the third round pick in the recent draft, pitched the second and used two strikeouts to work around two walks.

Luis Ortiz (L, 0-2) took the mound in his regular rotation slot and what had been a scoreless contest slipped away.  The 18-year-old was tagged for 11 runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Saniel Santana secured the sixth’s final out but not before giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a free pass while allowing an inherited runner to score.  Anthony Trompiz tossed two scoreless frames but Martin Cordova permitted a run on a hit and walk in the ninth.

The Cardinals generated seven hits with William Jimenez the only player with more than one.  The designated hitter singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Marlins (5-1), 12:00 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-1, 27.00)

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DSL Cardinals Blue 13 at DSL Orioles2 1

The first-place Cardinals Blue scored five times in the first inning and never looked back, trouncing the fourth-place Orioles2, 13-1.  The C-Blue (17-7) lead the South Division by a game over the Phillies Red.

The visitors’ balanced offense featured four players with two hits apiece:  third baseman Brandon Hernandez, designated hitter Gustavo A. Rodriguez, second baseman Carlos Arcia and outfielder Darlin Moquette.  Hernandez and Rodriguez did the most damage, as both players scored three runs with an RBI while Hernandez doubled once with a base-on-balls.  The team garnered 13 hits in all.

Venezuelan Gustavo J. Rodriguez produced a strong effort, holding the Orioles2 (14-10) to a single tally on six hits over a season-high six innings.  The 18-year-old struck out six.  Victor Villanueva (2 IP) and William Miranda (1 IP) fanned two each.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs. DSL Rangers2 3

The C-Red capitalized on erratic pitching by their opponents to slip past the Rangers2, 5-3.  The sixth-place Cardinals Red (11-16) have won three straight but trail the Cubs2 by seven games in the San Pedro Division standings.

The home team was outhit by their guests, eight to five, but scored three of their five tallies on two wild pitches plus a hit batsman.  Right fielder Diowill Burgos got his team on the scoreboard with a solo bomb, one of his two hits in four at bats.  Three of the four free passes issued by the opposition resulted in runs scored.

Edgar Manzo struck out seven in five frames, limiting the Rangers2 to two runs, one earned, on six hits for his first professional win in two decisions.  Larimel Soriano yielded a tally on two hits during his two-inning stint before Augusto Calderon blanked his opponents over the final two innings for his first save as a professional.

Wednesday’s game:  at sixth-place DSL Rangers2 (11-16), 10:30 am ET, Miguel Yedis (0-2, 8.16)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 1, 2019

photo: Randy Arozarena (Memphis Redbirds)

On a 3-3 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, co-Player of the Day Randy Arozarena and his four hits led Memphis to a rare home win and Springfield’s Angel Rondon pitched a dominating one-hitter with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in his Double-A return.

Results from games played Sunday, June 30th.


Memphis 10 vs. New Orleans 6

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds rallied for a 10-6 win over the Baby Cakes, snapping a five-game losing skid and evening the series at one game apiece with three on tap. Memphis (34-49) has now won three of its last 23 home contests.

Down 6-3 at the seventh’s midpoint, Memphis put up a five spot in the bottom of the frame.   The scoring was capped by a two-run eighth via Randy Arozarena’s third Triple-A bomb of 2019.

Arozarena, our co-Player of the Day, paced the Redbirds’ 15-hit onslaught, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Kramer Robertson and John Nogowski had three hits apiece. Robertson doubled twice in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two while Nogowski went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBIs.

Chris Ellis (W, 3-3) was the pitcher of record when his team launched its comeback. The righty surrendered a solo shot during his two-inning stint.  Chris Beck faced the minimum in the ninth.

Both hurlers pitched in relief of Austin Warner, who was homer-prone during his six innings on the bump.  Four of the five runs charged to the southpaw resulted from three home runs, three of the six hits and three walks he yielded in his 2019 Memphis debut.

Monday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (45-38) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Harold Arauz (3-1, 6.69)


Springfield 3 vs. Northwest Arkansas 1

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Angel Rondon’s dominating mound effort led Springfield (4-6) to a 3-1 victory over Northwest Arkansas and a three-games-to-one series win.

Co-Player of the Day Rondon (W, 3-0) struck out 10 in seven-plus innings, limiting the Naturals (4-5) to a hit and three walks.  The only blemish was an unearned fourth-inning run due to a fielding error by shortstop Jose Martinez and catcher Jose Godoy’s throwing error on a subsequent steal.  Rondon threw 97 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Bryan Dobzanski entered after Rondon issued a free pass to begin the eighth and got the job done.  The righty induced a 6-4-3 double play before retiring his final batter on a grounder to short.  Roel Ramirez used three K’s to work around two hits for his first Double-A and organizational save.

Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (6-4) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.84)


Palm Beach vs. Charlotte – suspended

The finale of the three-game home series between Palm Beach (3-8) and Charlotte (8-3) was suspended due to rain after the third inning with the score 1-1.  The contest will resume on Friday, August 2nd when the Cardinals travel to Charlotte Sports Park.   Palm Beach dropped the first two games of the series to the Stone Crabs.

Monday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (5-8) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (3-3, 2.65)


Burlington 3 at Peoria 2 (5)

Andres Luna (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bees in a game called after five innings due to rain.  The loss evens the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Kyle Leahy (L, 4-5) struck out six in five innings but gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two free passes.

Neither of the runs scored by Peoria (3-7) were earned due to four errors by Burlington, compared to one for the Chiefs.  The team matched their guests’ five hits with Andres Luna going 2-for-2 with two RBI in his second game since his promotion from State College.  Brady Whalen reached base twice, singling once in one at bat with a walk and run scored.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (3-7) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-2, 5.08)


Auburn 7 at State College 2

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell to the Doubledays, 7-2, in the rubber game of the three-game home series on Sunday.  State College (10-6) leads second-place Batavia by a half of a game in the Pinckney Division standings.

Scott Politz absorbed his first professional loss in as many decisions, yielding four scores on six hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3 innings.  Rodard Avelino issued more free passes (four) than he recorded outs (two) but left Politz’ last runner on base.

Hector Villalobos negated any potential damage by Avelino in stranding the bases full in the fourth. He went on to toss 3 1/3 innings while giving up two hits and one unearned run resulting from one of his team’s three defensive lapses.  That run scored under Junior Gonzalez’ watch, as the righty permitted two runs of his own on two hits and a walk with four outs recorded.

Three Spikes each had two of the team’s nine hits:  Jonatan Machado, Matt Duce and Donivan Williams.  Unfortunately, they represented the one, four and six hitters in the lineup, so minimal results ensued.  Duce singled twice in four at bats with a run scored and RBI, the only one of the three generating results on the scoreboard.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Batavia (9-6) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Adrian Mardueno (1-0, 0.00)


Johnson City 6 vs. Kingsport 2

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards swept the Mets right out of town with a 6-2 victory.  The three-game sweep vaulted Johnson City (7-4) to the top of the West Division standings, a half of a game ahead of Elizabethton (MIN).

The offense was triggered by first baseman Liam Sabino and third baseman Chandler Redmond. Sabino went yard with Redmond (walk) aboard for their squad’s fifth and sixth tallies.  Sabino and right fielder Terry Fuller each had two hits.  Sabino added a single in four at bats with a run scored and three RBIs while Fuller went 2-for-3 with a walk and one driven in.  Redmond had the most productive night at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and two knocked in.

Jose Moreno (W, 1-1) tossed five solid frames, holding Kingsport (6-6) to two runs on five hits and a free pass.  Michael YaSenka shut down the opposition on a hit and walk over three innings while plunking one batter.  Walker Robbins pitched a clean ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Greeneville (5-7) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Francisco Justo (1-0, 0.79)


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 10

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

The Gulf Cardinals (1-4) had more errors than hits in their 10-2 defeat by the GCL Mets (3-2).

The team’s five miscues resulted in three unearned tallies, all charged to starter Nathanael Heredia (L, 0-1).  Making his first Gulf Coast League start since being reassigned from short-season A State College, the southpaw battled control issues with five walks, a wild pitch, hit batsman plus three hits, resulting in five runs, two earned, over three innings.

Memphis rehabber Kevin Herget yielded a pair of tallies of his own in the fourth, his second rehab appearance, via a double and long ball.  Anthony Green, Wilman Madera and Thomas Hart all gave up one run during their time on the mound before Anthony Trompiz blanked the opposition over the final 1 1/3, striking out three and stranding two inherited runners.

The visitors managed just four hits, one by Treyjan Fletcher, who reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk, double and RBI.  The center fielder has hit safely in each of his first four games as a professional.

Monday’s game: vs. GCL Astros (0-4), 12:00 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-1, 1.80)


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not schedule games on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (15-7) vs. DSL Rockies (12-11), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-1, 1.80)


DSL Cardinals Red – off       

Monday’s game:   DSL Cardinals Red (9-16) at DSL Mets2 (12-13), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-1, 4.96)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 28, 2019

photo: Enmanuel Solano (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a bumpy Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Enmanuel Solano tossed six innings of one-run ball in State College’s win. The Gulf Coast Cards logged the only other victory to go with seven defeats.

Results from games played Thursday, June 27th.


Nashville 3 at Memphis 2

Tyler O’Neill (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds transformed 11 hits into only two tallies in their 3-2 defeat by the Sounds.  Memphis (33-47) has lost the first three games of the home series with one yet to play.

One of those hits was a solo blast by Tyler O’Neill who went 2-for-4.  Max Schrock and Kramer Robertson both had two hits. Schrock singled twice in four at bats and Robertson went 2-for-3 with a double.  John Nogowski reached base twice, singling once in three at bats with a walk and run scored.

Genesis Cabrera held Nashville to a single score on four hits with four strikeouts over five innings.  The lefty handed a 2-1 lead over to Chris Ellis (L, 2-3) (BS, 3) but the latter yielded two runs on a hit, two walks plus a hit batsman in his inning on the bump.  Chris Beck, Seth Elledge and Tommy Layne each pitched an inning.

Friday’s game:  vs. Nashville (34-45) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (5-3, 3.39)


Northwest Arkansas 6 at Springfield 2

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

On Thursday, Springfield (1-6) absorbed a 6-2 loss to Northwest Arkansas at Hammons Field.

Tommy Parsons (L, 1-2) fanned nine over seven frames while permitting three runs on six hits with no free passes issued.  Two of the three tallies were generated by solo home runs.

It took both Jacob Patterson and Kodi Whitley to navigate the eighth. Patterson gave up two runs, one earned, on a hit and plunked batter while Whitley was charged with an unearned tally on two hits and an intentional walk with two outs recorded.  Bryan Dobzanski allowed a hit in the ninth.

Five S-Cards each had one of the team’s five hits with Justin Toerner scoring both tallies.  The left fielder went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, solo bomb, touched home twice and struck out twice.  Yariel Gonzalez was hitless in three at bats but drove in Toerner on a sac fly.

Friday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (4-2) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 6.64)


Palm Beach 2 at Florida 5

Chase Pinder (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A three-run eighth against the PB-Cards pen left them with a 5-2 loss to the Fire Frogs (3-7).  Palm Beach (3-6) won the road series, two games to one.

C.J. Saylor took his third loss in five decisions after allowing three runs on three hits, a walk and balk.  The only mark against starter Diego Cordero over five frames was a two-run long ball comprising one of the seven hits and two walks given up.  The righty also picked a runner off first.  Ramon Santos bridged the gap between Cordero and Saylor with two innings of two-hit ball.

The Beach Birds were held to five hits and both of their runs were unearned, thanks to three Florida bobbles.  Chase Pinder reached base three times, doubling twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (7-3) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 5 at Clinton 9

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

Starter Michael Brettell dug an unsurmountable hole, lead to Peoria’s 9-5 loss at Clinton.  Peoria (2-5) has dropped the first three of the four-game set.

Brettell (L, 2-5) surrendered runs in each of the first four frames of his five-inning stint.  The 21-year-old was tagged for 11 hits and a base-on-balls, resulting in nine tallies, seven earned.

Sebastian Tabata struck out three in two innings and issued two free passes.  Freddy Pacheco also walked two in the eighth.

Peoria generated 13 hits, led by right fielder Wadye Infante, who went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Leandro Cedeno and Delvin Perez each singled twice in four at bats with an RBI. Cedeno scored once and Perez worked a free pass.  Juan Yepez went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored.

Infante was credited with an assist at third and the infield turned two double plays.  Catcher Ivan Herrera committed two errors, one throwing and the other catcher interference.

Friday’s game:  at Clinton (4-3) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Franyel Casadilla (3-1, 3.43)


State College 3 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

Enmanuel Solano’s six strong frames led the Spikes to a 3-1 home victory over the Scrappers.  The victory completes a three-game sweep of Mahoning Valley (7-6) and vaults State College (9-4) to the top of the Pinckney Division, a half-game ahead of Batavia (MIA).

Solano (W, 1-1) held the opposition to a run on three hits and two walks but also hit two batters.  The righty struck out five and threw 54 of his 89 pitches for strikes.  Eli Kraus gave up two hits in two innings before Logan Gragg worked around a hit and free pass for his first professional save.

The Spikes’ six hits were split among four players:  Stanley Espinal, Matt Duce, Dariel Gomez and Carlos Soto.  Espinal reached base in all four of his plate appearances, going 2-for-2 with two walks, scored a run and knocked in one.  Duce singled and doubled in four at bats with one driven in while Gomez’ only hit in two at bats was a solo blast, his third home run of 2019.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Auburn (5-7) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 6.10)


Johnson City 0 at Greeneville 10

The third-place JC-Cards (4-4) absorbed a 10-0 pounding at second-place Greeneville (5-4) in the decisive third game of the series.

Julio Puello (L, 0-1) surrendered six runs on 10 hits and a walk over five innings, including two home runs accounting for five tallies.  Alex Gallegos tossed a clean sixth but Wilberto Rivera permitted four runs, on earned, on three hits – including a two-run home run – plus his own throwing error, the next frame.  Cameron Dulle gave up a hit in the eighth.

Johnson City mustered just two hits, both singles, and did not work a free pass.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Kingsport (6-3) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Dalton Roach (0-0, 17.18)


GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 2

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

Home runs by Patrick Romeri (his first career blast) and Pablo Gomez led the Gulf Birds (1-2) past the Astros, 3-2.

The solo shots were part of a three-run second in which the team banged out four of their seven total hits.  The final tally came when Franklin Soto singled home Cole Kreuter after the designated hitter doubled to center with two gone.  No Cardinals player had more than one hit.

Memphis’ Kevin Herget began his rehab assignment by striking out three in two innings with a hit allowed.  The right-hander threw 13 pitches, all of them strikes.

Re-assigned from State College, Inohan Paniagua (W, 1-0) replaced Herget in the third and struck out seven Astros (0-4) in six innings.  The 19-year-old permitted two runs on three hits and two walks before giving way to Roy Garcia, who tiptoed around two hits for his first save.

Friday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins (3-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue 6 at DSL Mets1 7 (10)

The Cardinals Blue (13-7) tied it in the ninth only to be dealt a 7-6 walk-off loss to the Mets1 in 10.

Eduar Pimentel (L, 0-1) yielded the unearned tally in his only inning on the mound, coming on a sac bunt and two-out single.  Starter Yordy Richard allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits, three walks and a hit batsman over 4 1/3 innings.

Richard’s final run scored under Nelson Prada’s watch. The southpaw allowed six hits and a base-on-balls resulting in four tallies with four outs recorded.  Cristoffer Zapata retired his only batter, stranding an inherited runner before Luis Tena fanned three in 2 2/3 innings.

The C-Blue garnered six hits with Darlin Moquette, Darlyn Del Villar and Diego Velasquez having two hits apiece.  Moquette went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI, accounting for three tallies while Del Villar singled twice in four at bats with a walk and one knocked in.  Velasquez went 2-for-4, touching home once and driving in one out of the nine spot.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees (11-9), 10:30 am ET, Wilmer Ortega (0-0, 3.65)


DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Cubs2 2

The Cardinals Red (8-15) were shut out by the Cubs2, 2-0, their fourth defeat in a row.

Making his first start after five relief appearances divided between the Blue and Red squads, Hansel Rincon allowed a run in the first of his four innings on the bump. That was enough to leave him with his first loss in his initial decision.  Two of the three hits permitted by Rincon occurred that inning.  The 17-year-old struck out four and did not issue a free pass.

Yonael Dominquez held his opponents to a hit over the next three frames while fanning three.  Miguel Maiz struck out three in the eighth but surrendered a long ball as well.

The C-Red matched their hosts’ five hits but were unable to generate any results.  Center fielder Smith Vargas singled twice in four at bats while leading off.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs2 (15-7), 10:30 am ET, Angel Cuenca (2-0, 0.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 26, 2019

photo: Kyle Leahy (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On the 4-4 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Kyle Leahy had a dominant six-inning scoreless start with 10 strikeouts for Peoria, but his pen couldn’t hold the lead. State College and Johnson City won behind double-digit scoring.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 25th.


Nashville 10 at Memphis 4

Junior Fernandez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds began a nine-game homestand with a 10-4 loss to Nashville.

Starter Anthony Shew lasted just two frames, giving up three runs on five hits including a two-run home run and left with what appeared to be an injury. The five-run third off Seth Elledge in his Triple-A debut broke a 3-3 tie.  Elledge permitted six hits and two base-on-balls with two outs recorded.

Also in his first game with the Redbirds, Junior Fernandez fanned five over 3 1/3 frames with two hits yielded.  Chris Beck tossed two shutout frames before Tommy Layne was charged with two unearned tallies in the ninth.

Memphis (33-45) managed 10 hits with designated hitter Adolis Garcia going 3-for-4 with a stolen base while batting fifth.  Edmundo Sosa and Irving Lopez posted identical marks, each going 2-for-4 with a walk and solo bomb.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Nashville (32-45) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Harold Arauz (3-1, 5.58)


Springfield – off

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The 2019 Texas League All-Star Game took place Tuesday evening at ONEOK Field, home of the Tulsa Drillers (LAD) with the South squad prevailing over the North, 5-1.

Dylan Carlson started in center for the North team and singled once with a stolen base in four at bats with two strikeouts and two left on base.  Carlson eventually played all three outfield positions after participating in the Home Run Derby.

Springfield’s only pitching representative was Austin Warner who inherited a scoreless contest to begin the third.   The southpaw fanned the South’s number nine hitter before giving up a groundball single to second.  Warner finished his inning with two fly outs, to right and center, respectively.

Wednesday’s game:   Off


Palm Beach 4 at Florida 2

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

Palm Beach (2-5) made an early lead hold up at they topped the Fire Frogs, 4-2, in the road series opener.

The visitors struck in the first when Scott Hurst went yard with Lars Nootbaar (single) aboard.  The second featured a lead-off home run by Nolan Gorman, his initial class A-Advanced bomb.  Dennis Ortega followed with an infield single and eventually scored on Nootbaar’s double with two gone.

The Beach Birds mustered six hits in all with Hurst and Nootbaar both going 2-for-4.  Defensively, Gorman committed a fielding miscue at third, his first Florida State League error.

In his Palm Beach return, Angel Rondon (W, 5-1) produced a solid effort, holding Florida to two runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3.  Patrick Dayton retired eight batters, stranding two inherited runners, before C.J. Saylor tossed a one-two-three ninth with two strikeouts for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Florida (2-6) (ATL), 6:00 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.71)


Clinton 4, Peoria 2

Kyle Leahy (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Kyle Leahy’s 10-strikeout performance was not enough as Peoria (2-3) was clipped at Clinton, 4-2, in the first of four games between the two teams.

Leahy, our Player of the Day, was outstanding over six innings, limiting the opposition to two hits and a hit batsman while fanning 10.  The right-hander’s only trouble occurred in the fifth after a lead-off single followed by second baseman Brendan Donovan’s fielding error put two on with none out.  But Leahy sandwiched a 4-3 groundball out between two swinging K’s to escape the jam.

The scoreless game was finally broken in the visitor’s half of the seventh.  Donovan led off with a single and scored via Juan Yepez’ sixth double of the season.  Yepez raced home after Bryce Denton tripled to center, putting Leahy in line for the apparent victory.

After tossing a clean seventh, Cole Aker was not able to duplicate his feat the next inning.  Aker (L, 0-3) (BS,1) was charged with three runs on three hits In 1 1/3, his last runner soring under Evan Sisk’s watch after the latter surrendered a two-run bomb.

Offensively, Donovan and Brandon Riley each had two of the team’s seven hits.

Wednesday’s game:  at Clinton (2-3) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-2, 4.46)


State College 13 vs. Mahoning Valley 9

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

A huge late rally propelled State College (7-4) past the Scrappers, 13-9, in the home series opener.  The win lifts the Spikes into a second-place tie with Mahoning Valley, both teams a half game behind Batavia (MIA).

Offense was plentiful in the high octane affair, the two squads combining for 27 hits.  The Spikes trailed 9-7 heading into the bottom of the eighth but exploded for six tallies to flip the score to 13-9.

Eight of nine Spikes garnered at least one of the team’s 15 hits, led by center fielder Jonatan Machado and right fielder Stanley Espinal, who both went 3-for-4.  Machado added a walk and run scored but Espinal was even more productive, finishing a home run shy of the cycle with a base-on-balls, touched home three times and drove in two.

Designated hitter Pedro Pages, St. Louis’ sixth round pick in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, continued his hot hitting, singling twice in three at bats with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Pages, who is now hitting .583, was joined in the two-hit column by left fielder Andres Luna and third baseman Brylie Ware.

Spikes’ hurlers had a tough time recording outs, as their first three pitchers each gave up three runs.  Starter Jeremy Randolph lasted just two innings, yielding three hits and four free passes.  Scott Politz went four frames, allowing three hits and two walks, including a three-run long ball.

Connor Thomas (W, 1-0) permitted five hits during his two innings on the bump and was the pitcher of record when his teammates mounted their comeback.  Fabian Blanco, the sole State College pitcher not scored upon, struck out two in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley (7-4) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Michael Baird (2-0, 0.00)


Johnson City 14 at Greeneville 6

Zach Jackson (Peoria Chiefs)

Johnson City (4-2) kicked off a three-game road series with a 14-6 pasting of the Reds.

The Appy Birds exploded for 18 hits with three players collecting three hits each – designated hitter Zach Jackson, first baseman Todd Lott and catcher Brandon Purcell.  Jackson and Lott both went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored, with Jackson adding a triple and RBI, while Purcell drove in three on a 3-for-4 effort that included a double.

Five of the visitors’ tallies were generated by three long balls, one each by third baseman Chandler Redmond, left fielder David Vinsky and second baseman Liam Sabino.  Redmond’s and Vinsky’s bombs came with one aboard.

18-year-old Jose Moreno recorded just three outs, surrendering six runs on five hits and two walks in one plus innings.  Three of the six tallies were generated by one home run.

Enrique Perez and Tyler Peck each tossed a clean frame, Perez leaving Moreno’s final runner aboard.  Jake Sommers (W, 1-0) retired all six batters faced, striking out three while Saniel Santana worked around three hits for 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Leonardo Taveras fanned all four batters faced, stranding an inherited runner.

Wednesday’s game:  at Greeneville (3-4) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Francisco Justo (1-0, 1.80)


GCL Mets 11 at GCL Cardinals 8

A six-run third inning proved an insurmountable obstacle as the Gulf Birds (0-2) were clipped by the Mets, 11-8.

Ludwin Jimenez (L, 0-1), making his first start since being promoted from the DSL Cardinals Red, lasted just 2 1/3 innings.  The 17-year-old permitted seven tallies on seven hits, two walks, two wild pitches and a plunked batter.

Both runs charged to Hector Soto during his 2 2/3-inning stint were produced by a home run, one of two hits yielded to go with a wild pitch and four strikeouts.  The righty stranded an inherited runner.  Roy Garcia, Wilman Madera, Anthony Trompiz and Martin Cordoba each recorded three outs with Trompiz surrendering a solo shot and Cordoba giving up a run on two hits.

The Gulf Cardinals banged out 14 hits, led by Yowelfy Rosario’s perfect day at the plate.  The third baseman went 4-for-4 with a run scored out of the seven slot.  Alongside Rosario was lead-off batter Franklin Soto, who finished a long ball shy of the cycle with three hits in four at bats, including a walk, double and triple plus four runs scored.

Center fielder Trejyn Fletcher followed up his 3-for-5 professional debut effort on Monday by taking part in three runs.  The second-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft went 2-for-5 with a double, two-run blast that accounted for his run scored and two of his three RBIs.  Luis Montano and William Jimenez each went 2-for-5 and touched home once. Montano doubled with two driven in and Jimenez went yard with the bases empty.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Blue 6 at DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue (13-5) rallied twice for a 6-4 victory over the Yankees (10-9).  It was the C-Blue’s fifth win in their last six games.

Down 4-2, after seven the Blue scored three times in the last two innings.  Right fielder Darlin Moquette went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI, raising his batting average to .406.  Shortstop Darlyn Del Villar reached base four times, singling and doubling in two at bats with two free passes, crossed home twice and knocked in one.

The final two Cardinals Blue players with more than one of the team’s nine hits were center fielder Hansel Otamendi and catcher/first baseman Luis Rodriguez.  Moquette and Otamendi each swiped a bag, Moquette’s ninth and the latter’s fourth.

Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched a strong five-inning effort, allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk while fanning six.  The righty was in line for second win of 2019 after his teammates rallied with two tallies in the visitor half of the sixth for a 3-2 lead.

But William Miranda (BS, 1) yielded two runs in the bottom of the inning, setting the stage for the second and final rally.  Ronald Suarez (W, 1-0) shut down the Yankees on a hit and walk over the next two frames before Cristoffer Zapata hurled a one-two-three ninth for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (2-16), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-0, 9.90)


DSL Phillies White 3 at DSL Cardinals Red 0

The Cardinals Red (8-13) managed just four base runners in their 3-0 loss to the Phillies White.

Luis Andujar’s single with two gone in the eighth broke up the opposition’s no-hit bid and was his squad’s only hit.

Edgar Manzo (L, 0-1) tossed a solid effort, yielding three runs, two earned, on five hits and two free passes in 5 2/3 innings.  The Mexico native fanned six.  Ramon Fernandez scattered four hits and a base-on-balls over the final 4 1/3 frames and stranded Manzo’s last runner.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies White (14-7), 10:30 am ET, tandem – Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 6.75)/Miguel Yedis (0-1, 7.71)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 24, 2019

photo: Lane Thomas (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On the 3-3 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Lane Thomas had three hits, including two home runs for Memphis, which lost Alex Reyes due to injury. Springfield’s offense exploded for 12 runs and Johnson City had good pitching and just enough offense to win.

Results from games played Sunday, June 23rd.


Memphis 8 at Oklahoma City 2   

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds led from start to finish as they flew past the Dodgers, 8-2, for a three-games-to-one series’ lead with one still on tap.  Memphis (32-44) has won three straight but still trail Iowa (CHC) by 10 games in the American Northern Division standings.

The offense’s 12-hit attack was spearheaded by Player of the Day Lane Thomas, who went 3-for-4 with two solo shots that were two of his three knocked in.  Kramer Robertson and John Nogowski had two hits apiece. Robertson singled twice in four at bats with a run scored while Nogowski went 2-for-5 with a double, triple, run scored and three RBIs.  Thomas and Robertson were caught stealing in their only stolen base attempts.

The only cloud on Memphis’ win was the early departure of starter Alex Reyes, who exited with right pectoral tightness during his first batter in the second inning.  The righty gave up a hit and walk with two strikeouts – one swinging, one looking –and threw 26 pitches, 15 for strikes.

Jesus Cruz (W, 2-5) took over for Reyes faced just one over the minimum during his three-inning stint while fanning three.  Tommy Layne tossed two scoreless innings but Chris Beck was charged with two tallies on five hits with five outs recorded.  Chasen Shreve retired all four batters faced, two via strikeouts, stranding Beck’s final two runners.

Monday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (30-44) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Hauschild (0-1, 15.19)


Springfield 12 at Corpus Christi 5

Jose Godoy (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards finally put one in the win column for the second half, routing the Hooks, 12-5.  The victory salvaged the fourth and final game between the two squads and snapped a five-game losing skid by Springfield (1-5), already four games behind co-leaders Arkansas (SEA) and Tulsa (LAD) in the North Division standings.

The visitors translated eight hits and eight walks into 12 runs, 10 earned.  Springfield blew the game open with a six-run sixth that included a grand slam by Jose Godoy, his only hit in five at bats.

Justin Toerner also went yard with one aboard two innings later. The long ball was one of the right fielder’s two hits in three at bats with a walk, stolen base, three runs scored and two driven in.  Third baseman Alberto Triunfel went 2-for-3 with a free pass, double and two runs scored while batting ninth.

Five Springfield pitchers navigated nine innings, beginning with Johan Oviedo.  The righty surrendered a solo shot representing one of his two hits and three walks allowed in just two innings.  Will Latcham and Connor Jones both recorded six outs. Latcham gave up a solo blast among three hits and Jones was tagged for a three-run long ball.

Roel Ramirez (W, 2-1) retired all six batters faced, five of them via the K.  Junior Fernandez tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 0 at Dunedin 8

Ronnie Williams (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cards’ bats were held to just four hits as they were blanked 8-0 by the Blue Jays (4-2) (TOR).  Palm Beach (1-5) won just one of the four-game series and sit in last place in the South Division standings, 4 ½ games behind St Lucie (NYM).

Griffin Roberts (L, 0-2) was unable to finish the fourth, yielding six runs on four hits and six walks in 3 1/3 innings.  To record seven outs, it took the righty 82 pitches, 43 strikes.

A quintet of Beach Bird relievers covered the final 4 2/3 frames.  Ramon Santos was ineffective with two runs permitted on four hits and a base-on-balls with two retired.  Santos allowed both inherited runners to score.

Ronnie Williams (1 1/3) and Mitchell Osnowitz (2/3) joined forces to handle the fifth and sixth. The latter fanned two.  Patrick Dayton struck out the side in the seventh, negating a hit allowed, before Ben Yokley worked around a hit in his inning on the bump.

Third baseman Zack Gahagan singled twice in four at bats and Luken Baker’s double was the only hit to go for extra bases. No. 1 prospect Nolan Gorman, off to a 2-for-10 start with his new team, did not play.

Monday’s game:  Off


Cedar Rapids 8 at Peoria 6

Bryce Denton (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs pen blew a ninth-inning lead in their 8-6 defeat by Cedar Rapids (2-2) (MIN), resulting in a split of their four-game set.  Peoria (2-2) is tied for fourth with the Kernels, a game in back of Kane County (ARI) and Wisconsin (MIL) in the Western Division standings.

Peoria had taken its second lead of the day in the home half of the eighth via Bryce Denton’s grand slam to go up 6-4.  But the combination of Freddy Pacheco and Edgar Escobar handed the lead and win right back via a four-run ninth.  Pacheco had worked around a walk for a clean eighth but the righty sandwiched two more free passes around an RBI triple plus a wild pitch that scored the tying run the next frame.  Escobar served up a two-run double before recording his only out.

That spoiled a fine performance by Alvaro Seijas, who held the Kernels to two runs on four hits and a base-on-balls through six innings.  Seijas finished with the score knotted at two all but Sebastian Tabata gave Cedar Rapids their first lead in the two-run seventh by yielding three hits.

The only Chief with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Juan Yepez, who doubled twice in four at bats with an RBI out of the three hole.  Denton’s bomb came with Delvin Perez (single), Ivan Herrera (walk) and Brady Whalen (error) aboard.

Monday’s game:  Off


State College 5 at West Virginia 8

Andres Luna (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes could not overcome Jacob Schlesener’s shaky start, falling to the Black Bears, 8-5, for a three-game sweep by West Virginia (6-4) (PIT).  The defeat places State College (6-4) in a three-way tie for second with the Black Bears and Batavia (MIA), all of which trail Mahoning Valley (CLE) by a game in the Pinckney Division standings.

Schlesener (L, 0-1) put his squad in an immediate hole by yielding a five spot in his initial inning on the bump.  The lefty allowed seven runs in all on six hits and four walks over 4 1/3 frames.  Two of the six hits were home runs with a runner on.

Rodard Avelino followed Schlesener to the mound and likewise had difficulty finding the strike zone.  The 20-year-old did not give up a hit in 1 1/3 innings but issued four free passes resulting in one run permitted.  Logan Gregg fanned four over the final 2 1/3.

The visitors managed just five hits but benefited from the 10 free passes issued by West Virginia’s pitching staff.  While no Spike had more than one hit, Andres Luna generated the most results, going 1-for-3 with two walks, a double, run scored and two RBIs.  First baseman Dariel Gomez reached base four times, singling once in one at bats with three free passes and touching home twice.

Monday’s game:  Off


Johnson City 3 at Danville 2

Wilfredo Periera (Robert Kell)

A big third combined with a strong pitching effort propelled the JC-Cards over the Braves, 3-2, in the rubber game of the three-game series.  Johnson City (2-2) is in second place in the East Division, 1 ½ games behind Kingsport (NYM).

The Appy Birds used some focused hitting and canny base running to score all three of their runs in the third.  Left fielder Diomedes Del Rio opened with a single and raced to third on second baseman Ben Baird’s single to right.  Right fielder Terry Fuller hit into a force at second, which brought Del Rio across the plate and tied the game at one all.

Fuller promptly stole second, putting him in easy position to score on a double to left by shortstop Mateo Gil.  Third baseman Chandler Redmond’s two-out double to left drove in Gil for the final tally.  Johnson City mustered just two more hits the rest of the day.

Tasked with holding Danville (3-2) in check, starter Wilfredo Pereira and reliever Will Guay were up to the challenge.  Pereira limited the Braves to two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in 5 2/3 innings.  The 20-year-old Panamanian surrendered a second inning solo shot and unearned tally in his final inning on the bump.

Guay truly earned his first professional save with 3 1/3 frames of shutout ball.  The righty, St. Louis’ 24th-round selection in the recent draft, struck out five while allowing two hits plus a walk and stranded an inherited runner.

Monday’s game:  Off


Gulf Coast League Cardinals

The rookie-level GCL Cardinals, which came within one victory of claiming the 2018 Gulf Coast League Championship title, begin their 2019 campaign at home versus the Nationals on Monday, June 24th.

See the full GCL roster (and all the others, too!) here at The Cardinal Nation. Local reporter Paul Ivice’s in-depth team reports will return a week from today, for TCN members.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (11-5) at DSL Angels (8-10), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (1-1, 1.93)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (8-11) vs. DSL D-backs2 (10-9), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-0, 5.11)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 21, 2019

photo: Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-2 on Thursday, with Memphis and Springfield taking losses. Players of the Day Stanley Espinal and Dariel Gomez powered State College to a twin-bill sweep. The former plated four in Game 1 and the latter walked off Game 2 with a three-run blast.

Results from games played Thursday, June 20th.


Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 5

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Redbirds dropped the road series opener at Oklahoma City, 5-3, extending their current losing streak to five.  Third-place Memphis (29-44) is a distant 12 games in back of the division-leading Cubs in the American Northern standings.

Making his first start and second appearance since his long Injured List stint, Mike Hauschild kept the game competitive by permitting just one hit through three innings.  The veteran was charged with an unearned tally via shortstop Kramer Robertson’s two-base throwing error and a single in his final inning of work.

Tandem starter Anthony Shew (L, 1-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over the final five innings.  Two of those hits were solo shots.

Robertson’s bat overcame his defensive lapse with three hits in four at bats including two doubles and two RBI.  The rest of the Memphis lineup combined only matched Robertson’s three hits on the evening.

Friday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (30-41) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Harold Arauz (3-1, 4.85)


Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 10

Starter Tommy Parsons did not finish the fourth as the S-Cards were thumped by the Hooks, 10-2, in the road series opener.  Springfield (0-3) is in last place in the North Division standings to begin the second half, three games behind Arkansas (SEA) and Tulsa (LAD).

Parsons (L, 1-1) was bitten by four long balls accounting for five of the seven scores yielded in 3 1/3 innings.  The righty allowed seven hits and two free passes in all.

Parson’s last two runners scored after Will Latcham surrendered the first of his two home runs during his 1 2/3-inning stint.  Connor Jones was charged with a run on a hit and walk in two frames before Jacob Patterson struck out the side in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Springfield offense was held to just three hits, including two in the two-run eighth.  Jose Martinez’ single advanced Dylan Carlson (walk) to third, putting the latter in position to score via Justin Toerner’s force out before Johan Mieses doubled home Toerner.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (1-2) (HOU), 7:15 pm CT, Austin Warner (4-5, 3.77)


Palm Beach 5 at Dunedin 4

Ronnie Williams (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Beach Birds survived a ninth-inning Dunedin rally to edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the first of their four-game road series.  Fifth-place Palm Beach (1-2) trails division-leading Jupiter (MIA) by two games in the second-half South Division standings.

Reliever Ronnie Williams (W, 3-2) pitched two frames of shutout ball with two hits allowed.  The righty was the pitcher of record when his teammates caught and passed Dunedin on the scoreboard after putting up a straight number in the fifth through seventh frames.

Starter Perry DellaValle was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks, including a solo blast, in five innings.  Patrick Dayton faced the minimum in the eighth but got the hook after yielding a single and walk to his first two batters the next frame.  Ben Yokley (S, 4) retired all three batters faced but not before a sac fly with one gone brought Dunedin to within one.

Palm Beach banged out 11 hits, led by Lars Nootbaar, who went 3-for-5 with a solo long ball that was one of his two knocked in.  Scott Hurst and Luken Baker each singled twice in four at bats. Hurst added a walk and Baker drove in one.  Nolan Gorman went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in his Florida State League debut.

Friday’s game:  at Dunedin (1-2) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (league debut)


Peoria 4 vs. Cedar Rapids 2

Colin Schmid (Brett Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs kicked off their season’s second half with a 4-2 victory over Cedar Rapids in the series opener at Dozer Park.

The win required a late rally by the home team, which trailed 2-1 after six.  A seventh-inning home run by Bryce Denton knotted the game at 2-2, setting the table for Brendan Donovan to go yard with Juan Yepez (error) aboard the next frame.

Denton and Leandro Cedeno both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Colin Schmid tossed a strong effort, striking out seven in six frames with two runs allowed on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  Sebastian Tabata (W, 3-1) tossed two frames of shutout ball before handing off to Freddy Pacheco.  Pacheco recorded two outs but left the sacks jammed on a hit and two walks.  Cole Aker struck out his only batter for his third save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (0-1) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (2-4, 4.35)


State College 7 vs. Williamsport 4 (7 innings) – Game 1
State College 7 vs. Williamsport 6 (7 innings) – Game 2

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes claimed a pair from the Crosscutters, 7-4 and 7-6, extending their winning streak to five, including the three-game series’ sweep of fifth-place Williamsport (2-5).  State College (6-1) sits atop the Pinckney Division, a game ahead of Mahoning Valley (CLE).

In Game 1, the home team’s 10 hits were disbursed among six Spikes, four of whom had multi-hit efforts.  Andres Luna, Andrew Warner, Stanley Espinal and Matt Duce had two hits apiece. Luna and Warner both touched home twice.  Espinal and Duce scored one time each with co-Player of the Day Espinal driving in four and Duce one.  Warner’s first professional triple and two doubles by Duce were the only hits to go for extra bases.

Pitching honors go to State College’s relief corps as a trio of Spikes’ relievers were tasked with covering 6 1/3 frames.  Starter Inohan Paniagua recorded just two outs – but not before giving up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

Michael Baird (W, 2-0) performed well, striking out six over four innings, and issuing just one free pass.  Martin Cordova notched a swinging K to end a threat in the fifth, stranding two inherited runners in scoring position.  One of those runners had reached via one of the Spikes’ two miscues.  Cordova worked around a hit and base-on-balls for a clean sixth but Rodard Avelino was tagged with an unearned score the next frame.

Dariel Gomez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The finale’s walk-off victory required a late rally of five runs over the last two innings.  Down 6-2 through five, State College closed the gap with a two-run sixth before walking off on Dariel Gomez’ three-run home run.

Co-Player of the Day Gomez’ long ball was hit only hit in four at bats and one of the squad’s nine hits overall.  Luna and Brylie Ware had two hits each. Luna singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI and Ware went 2-for-4 with two driven in.

Francis Ventura went the initial four plus frames, yielding five runs on seven hits and three free passes, including a two-run home run.  In his professional debut, Logan Gregg recorded three outs, giving up a triple which scored Ventura’s final two runners plus another tally of his own.  Hector Villalobos (W, 1-0) tossed two innings, allowing a hit.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place West Virginia (3-4) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 27.00)


Johnson City vs. Pulaski – postponed

Thursday’s series finale between second-place Johnson City (1-1) and Pulaski (1-1) (NYY) was postponed due to inclement weather.  Since the teams only meet once more this season, the contest has been re-scheduled as part of a road twin bill at Pulaski on August 18th.

Friday’s game:  at Danville (2-1) (ATL), 6:30 pm ET, RHP Julio Puello (0-0, 0.00 ERA)


DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Rockies 10 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Blue (11-4) prevailed over the Rockies (10-6), 11-10, in 10 innings, thanks to a manufactured tally.

Darlin Moquete, who began the frame at second, scored the winning margin without a hit.  Second baseman Carlos Arcia worked a free pass before shortstop Darlyn Del Villar laid a sac bunt down the third base line, advancing both runners.

That brought Gustavo A Rodriguez and his .368 batting average to the plate.  The right fielder came through with a sacrifice fly to center.

The C-Blue’s balanced offense featured eight of nine starters with at least one of the team’s nine hits.  While catcher Jose Zapata was the only Cardinals Blue player with a multi-hit performance, singling twice in five at bats with a run scored, Moquete and Arcia garnered the most results.  Moquete went 1-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases while Arcia singled once in two at bats, worked two free passes, touched home twice, knocked in two and swiped a bag.  The visitors were assisted by two Rockies’ errors leading to three unearned tallies.

The C-Blues’ mound effort was a mixed bag.  Starter Yordy Richard lasted just seven outs, yielding eight runs on five hits and five base-on-balls.  Ronald Suarez went 2 2/3 shutout innings on a hit and three walks but allowed two of three inherited runners to touch home.

Benjamin Arias pitched the sixth, permitting two tallies on a hit and three free passes.  Luis Tena and Nelson Prada (W, 3-1) each pitched two innings, with Prada retiring all six batters faced with four strikeouts.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Orioles2 (8-7), 10:30 am ET, Wilmer Ortega (0-0, 3.24)


DSL Cardinals Red 12 vs. DSL Tigers1 3

A big eighth turned a tie into a rout as the Cardinals Red (7-10) downed the Tigers1, halting a four-game losing skid.

The home team put a nine spot on the board that inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.  The frame featured five free passes, four hits, three wild pitches, a passed ball plus three Tigers hurlers.  The biggest damage was Miguel Marcos’ bases-loaded double that cleared the sacks and it finished with a three-run bomb by Claudio Ramirez.

Ramirez accounted for five runs, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run, two runs scored and four driven in.  The designated hitter was one of three Cardinals Red players with two hits each, along with Marcos and Smith Vargas.  Shortstop Sander Mora led the 12-hit attack with three hits in four at bats, a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.

Pitching duties were shared primarily by the tandem of Miguel Yedis and Yonael Dominguez.  Yedis went the initial five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks before Dominguez (W, 1-1) blanked his opponents on two hits and two free passes over three.  Each pitcher hit one batter.  17-year-old Jesus Jaquez walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Tigers1 (7-9), 10:30 am ET, Angel Cuenca (2-0, 0.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 19, 2019

photo: Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a rough 1-6 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, first place State College won as shortstop Moises Castillo doubled in the lead run and scored an insurance tally in the 10th inning. Memphis was blown out at home again, and Springfield and Palm Beach opened the second half with a trio of defeats. Five Peoria Chiefs appeared in the Midwest League All-Star Game.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 18th.


Las Vegas 12 at Memphis 1

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Yet another subpar outing by Alex Reyes led to a 12-1 Redbirds drubbing by Las Vegas (40-32) and the visitors’ four-game sweep over the Redbirds (29-43), during which Memphis was outscored, 46 to 19.

Reyes (L, 1-3) struck out nine over five frames but surrendered 10 hits and three walks generating six runs.  The right-hander threw 95 pitches, 59 for strikes, including a wild pitch. His Memphis ERA is now 7.67.

Chris Ellis, the first of three Memphis relievers, gave up a run on two hits and three free passes in 1 2/3.  Chasen Shreve retired all four batters faced, leaving Ellis’ last runner aboard.  But Chris Beck surrendered a grand slam, part of the four hits and two walks he allowed.

The home team’s offense managed nine hits but went a dismal 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.  Randy Arozarena and Conner Capel each had two hits. Arozarena scored his team’s only run and Capel’s double accounted for the Redbirds’ only extra-base hit.  Defensively, Arozarena was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Wednesday’s game:  off


Springfield 2 at Midland 4

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield (0-1) kicked off its second half with a 4-2 loss at Midland, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.  The defeat snapped the S-Cards’ five-game winning streak.

Johan Oviedo (L, 1-4) struck out nine in five innings but allowed four runs on nine hits and a free pass.  Bryan Dobzanski tossed two frames of shutout ball before Roel Ramirez faced the minimum in the ninth.

The visitors garnered six hits with Dylan Carlson and Justin Toerner producing all of the results.  Carlson singled and doubled in five at bats and scored both runs.  The leadoff hitter was driven in twice by Toerner, who went 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout.

Wednesday’s game:  at Midland (1-0) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Angel Rondon (2-0, 3.31)


Jupiter 5 at Palm Beach 3 (7) – Game 1   
Jupiter 4 at Palm Beach 2 (7) – Game 2  

Ramon Santos (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach (0-2) opened the second half of its 2019 season with a double-header loss to Jupiter, 5-3 and 4-2.

In the opener, the Beach Birds held a 3-2 lead through five but Mitchell Osnowitz (L, 1-3) (BS, 1) yielded three runs including two home runs comprising two of the three hits and two walks issued in 1 2/3 innings.  C.J. Saylor retired his only batter to leave a runner aboard.

Starter Griffin Roberts permitted a two-run first via a hit batsman, RBI double and sac fly but settled down to limit the Hammerheads to two more hits plus a free pass over the next four innings.  The righty plunked two batters.

The home team’s seven hits were scattered among seven players with the youngsters at the bottom of the order doing the most damage.  Francisco Hernandez, Luis Montano and Franklin Soto – all fresh from the GCL roster – each doubled once in three at bats.  Hernandez and Montano both knocked in one while Hernandez and Soto scored a run apiece.

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The PB-Cards trailed the entire way in the nightcap.  Kyle Leahy’s Florida State League debut lasted just three innings, as the righty yielded three runs, two earned, on seven hits.  Leahy (L, 0-1) did not walk a batter and threw 47 of his 70 pitches for strikes.

Zach Prendergast pitched the fourth and fifth, allowing a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Ramon Santos tossed two one-two-three frames.

Left fielder Nick Plummer reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk, double and one knocked in.  The only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s seven hits was catcher Julio Rodriguez, who singled twice in four at bats, touching home once.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Jupiter (2-0) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 2.51)


Peoria – off – MWL West All-Stars 3 at East 3  

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The 2019 Midwest League All-Star Game took place Tuesday evening at Four Winds Field in South Bend, Indiana, home of the South Bend Cubs.

The contest ended regulation with a 3-3 tie, triggering a sudden death Home Run Derby which was won by the East squad after Chris Betts (TB) out blasted the West’s Blaze Alexander (ARI), two long balls to one. (Betts had also won the individual Home Run Derby on Monday.)

The Chiefs’ Brady Whalen and Nolan Gorman were starters for the West, batting seventh and third, respectively.  While Whalen was hitless in two at bats, Gorman began the fourth by working a free pass after flying out to center in his first at bat.  The third baseman scored after Jerar Encarnacion (MIA) went yard, closing the gap to 3-2.

Whalen and Gorman departed during the West’s wholesale defensive substitutions in the bottom of the fifth.  Reserve Delvin Perez took over at second at that point and went 0-for-2 but manufactured a run all on his own after reaching via a force out in the eighth.  Perez ended up at second on the play due to a throwing error, stole third and scored when a throw to third by the East’s catcher went awry.

Peoria’s Diego Cordero, who was originally named to the West squad, was not available after being promoted to Palm Beach.  The righty was replaced on the roster by Edgar Escobar who tossed a one-two-three seventh with two strikeouts. The final Peoria All-Star, Alvaro Seijas, allowed a walk and fanned one in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


State College 4 at Williamsport 2 (10)        

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Back-to-back 10th-inning doubles catapulted the Spikes over the Crosscutters, 4-2, in the first of the two teams’ three-game away-and-home series.  State College (4-1) leads the Pinckney Division, a game in front of Mahoning Valley (CLE).

Moises Castillo’s second double of the game and of the young season drove in Edwin Figuera, who began the 10th at second and broke a 2-2 tie.  Carlos Soto doubled home Castillo for the insurance run.  Both hits came with two away.

After a less than stellar stint with Class-A Peoria to begin the season, Jacob Schlesener is regrouping at State College.  The lefty blanked Williamsport on two hits and two walks over five innings with eight strikeouts.

But Junior Gonzalez (BS, 1) surrendered two tallies in his second inning of work, knotting the contest at two all.  Eli Kraus (W, 1-1) tossed two scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Fabian Blanco, who hit his first batter then struck out his next three opponents for his second save.

The Spikes generated seven hits with Dariel Gomez joining Castillo and Soto with two hits apiece.  Gomez went 2-for-4 with a solo blast while Castillo’s two doubles in five at bats plated two.  Soto singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk and the aforementioned RBI.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Williamsport (2-3) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Inohan Paniagua (0-0, 5.79)


Johnson City vs. Pulaski – postponed

Johnson City’s season and home opener versus Pulaski was postponed due to wet grounds.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a double-header consisting of two seven-inning contests on Wednesday, June 19th.

Wednesday’s games:  vs. Pulaski (0-0) (NYY).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA


DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Phillies Red 5 (10)

Four unearned runs allowed proved to be the difference maker as the Cardinals Blue suffered a 5-4 walk-off loss to the Phillies Red in 10 innings. With the defeat, the C-Blue (8-4) fell a game in back of the Phillies Red and Rockies in the South Division.

Three of the unearned scores were charged to starter Luis Ortiz, who gave up a run in the fourth plus two more then next inning.  The native of San Pedro de Macoris permitted five hits and a free pass in 4 2/3 frames.

Dionys Rodriguez recorded the fifth’s last out but not before allowing Ortiz’ last runner to cross home.  Rodriguez gave up two hits and a base-on-balls resulting in one tally of his own while retiring four.  William Miranda tossed two clean innings but Nelson Prada (L, 2-1) allowed an unearned run in his second inning on the bump.

The Cardinals Blue banged out nine hits with right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez and second baseman Elvin De Jesus both going 2-for-5. Rodriguez doubled twice with a run scored and RBI.  The final C-Blue with more than one hit was catcher Jose Zapata, who singled twice in four at bats with one driven in.  On the base paths, De Jesus was one of three Cardinals Blue to successfully steal a base.

Wednesday’s games:  vs/at DSL Twins (6-7), 10:30 am ET, Gustavo J. Rodriguez (0-0, 1.00)/TBA


DSL Brewers 8 at DSL Cardinals Red 6

Diowill Burgos

The Cardinals Red could not hold a 4-2 lead through six, and went on to drop an 8-6 decision to the DSL Brewers.  It was the third straight loss for the C-Red (6-9), who are in a three-way tie for sixth with the Brewers and Rangers2, four games behind the D-backs2 and Phillies White in the San Pedro Division.

Four of the visitors’ final six scores were unearned due to two of the Cardinals Red’s three miscues.  Starter Edgar Manzo held his opponents to two tallies on seven hits including a solo shot in his fifth and final inning of work.  The 18-year-old Mexico native struck out nine and did not issue a free pass.

But Hansel Rincon was saddled with two unearned runs on three hits and a base-on-balls over two innings.  Two of the four tallies allowed by Augusto Calderon (L, 0-2) (BS, 2) in 1 1/3 frames were unearned, the righty yielding two hits, two walks and plunking two batters.  Larimel Soriano recorded the ninth’s final two outs, stranding an inherited runner.

Right fielder Diowill Burgos led the team’s 11-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, a run scored and three RBI.  It was the third consecutive multi-hit performance for the 18-year-old and fourth in his last five games.

Third baseman Luis Andujar and first baseman Roblin Heredia had two hits apiece in four and five at bats, respectively.  Andujar doubled twice with two knocked in while Heredia smashed his first triple, touched home twice and drove in one.  Defensively, Burgos, Heredia and second baseman Sander Mora each committed a bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers (6-9), 10:30 am ET, tandem – Miguel Yedis (0-0, 10.38)/Yonael Dominguez (0-1, 12.60)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 17, 2019

photo: Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a light 2-1 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Austin Warner pitched Springfield to its fourth straight win. Peoria headed into the All-Star break on a positive note, but Memphis pitching yielded 11 runs. State College’s game was suspended.

Results from games played Sunday, June 16th.


Las Vegas 11 at Memphis 8

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds put together two game-tying rallies only to fall to the Aviators, 11-8.  Memphis (29-41) has lost the first two of their four-game home set versus Las Vegas.

Jake Woodford put his team in a 7-1 hole after three but a six-run sixth by the Memphis offense tied the score in the right-hander’s final inning of work.  Woodford yielded 10 hits and a free pass.

Chasen Shreve gave the Aviators their second lead the next frame by permitting a tally on two hits but Hunter Cervenka kept the deficit to a single score with a one-two-three eighth that included two strikeouts.  The home team re-knotted the game at 8-8 heading into the ninth but Chris Beck (L, 0-5) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk for the loss.

Randy Arozarena garnered three of Memphis’ 11 hits, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, touched home once and drove in one.  Conner Capel is making the most of his recent call up from Double-A with his second multi-hit performance in three Triple-A games.  The left fielder doubled twice in four at bats, scored one and knocked in another.  A third recent arrival from Springfield, Kramer Robertson, also went 2-for-4 and crossed home twice with an RBI. John Nogowski singled and doubled in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.

Monday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas (38-32) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 6.21)


Springfield 8 vs. Corpus Christi 6

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The S-Cards withstood a late rally to top the Hooks, 8-6, for a home series sweep.  Springfield (29-40) has won four straight, including three over Corpus Christi (32-36) (HOU), and six of their last seven.  The Hooks’ loss eliminated them from first-half postseason contention in the South Division.

Player of the Day Austin Warner (W, 4-5) allowed five hits over the first two frames resulting in two runs then retired his next 15 Hooks before jamming the sacks full on a hit and two walks with two away in the seventh.  The southpaw struck out six with 10 ground- and two fly-ball outs.

A trio of Springfield relievers took over from that point with mixed results.  Jacob Patterson retired his only batter via a swinging K, thus stranding three inherited runners.  But Connor Jones was tagged for three tallies on four hits in the eighth and Kodi Whitley permitted a run on a triple and ground out before recording his second save.

The home team featured a balanced offense in which eight of nine starters gathered at least one of the team’s 13 hits.  Chris Chinea took the lead, going 3-for-5 with a double and two-run long ball that was two of his four knocked in.  Three S-Cards had two hits apiece:  Rayder Ascanio, Alberto Triunfel and Jose Martinez.  Ascanio singled and doubled in four at bats with a double, touched home twice and drove in one while the latter two each went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored. Triunfel added an RBI.

Monday’s game:  at Midland (34-34) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, TBA


Palm Beach – off

Coming off the Florida State League All-Star break, the high-A Cardinals will begin their second half at home Monday evening at Roger Dean Stadium.

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


Peoria 7 vs. Burlington 2

Juan Yepez (Peoria Chiefs)

Juan Yepez’ perfect day at the plate led Peoria (30-39) to a 7-2 victory over Burlington (39-31) (LAA) in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Yepez spearheaded a 13-hit attack, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and two runs scored out of the three hole.  Right fielder Brandon Benson also generated a three-hit performance including a solo bomb in four at bats that was one of his two RBI.  The other two Chiefs with more than one hit are catcher Alexis Wilson and third baseman Josh Shaw.  Wilson went 2-for-3 with a run scored and sac fly.

Making his third start in 14 appearances, Franyel Casadilla (W, 3-1) held the second-place Bees to two runs on four hits and no walks over five innings.  The Venezuelan native struck out five.  Sebastian Tabata and Evan Sisk each tossed two scoreless frames. Tabata allowed two hits and Sisk one.

Monday’s game:  Off for the Midwest League All-Star Break


State College at Auburn – suspended

Andrew Warner (Bret Jacomet photo)

The wild start of the first of a two-game road series at Auburn was suspended due to rain with two gone in the visitors half of the second, a runner at second and the Spikes up 6-5. The contest will be resumed as part of a makeshift doubleheader on Monday at 11:00 a.m., with the completion of the suspended game at nine innings, followed by the regular game, shortened to seven innings.

The Doubledays put up a five spot off lefty Nathanael Heredia, whose professional debut lasted just two outs.  The 18-year-old Dominican yielded consecutive balks to bring in the first tally.  After surrendering a solo shot, Heredia interspersed three walks with a wild pitch, swinging K and fly out, bringing about his departure.

Junior Gonzalez was charged with preventing further damage, but instead fell prey to a bases-clearing throwing error by third baseman Luis Flores that generated three unearned runs.  Gonzalez recorded a line out to center to finish the inning.

State College (1-1) answered with six runs and the offense was still batting in the top of the second when the contest was suspended.  The visitors generated doubles by Andrew Warner and Matt Duce added to Stanley Espinal’s lead-off single plus a free pass to Flores and benefited as well from three straight fielding errors by Auburn’s infield.  Warner’s three-run double was the final play before the game was called.

Monday’s games:  at Auburn (0-1) (WSH), 11:00 am ET, Enmanuel Solano (league debut)/Hector Soto (US debut)


DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (7-3) vs. DSL Mets1 (6-5), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (0-1, 2.00)


DSL Cardinals Red – off

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Red (6-7) at DSL Rangers2 (5-8), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 14, 2019

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

On the 3-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Zach Kirtley’s third hit drove in Springfield’s walkoff score in the 11th inning. Both DSL teams won, Memphis lost a slugfest and Peoria dropped a pitchers’ duel.

Results from games played Thursday, June 13th.


Salt Lake 13 at Memphis 11    

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A 13-hit offensive explosion was not enough to overcome Alex Reyes’ subpar outing as the Redbirds (28-39) were clipped by Salt Lake, evening the series at one game apiece with one to play.

The fireworks included three home runs accounting for six of Memphis’ tallies.  Adolis Garcia launched one during his 3-for-4 effort, a solo bomb to go with a double, three runs scored and one driven in.  Kramer Robertson went yard with two runners aboard while Randy Arozarena hit one out with one on.

Robertson and Arozarena were two of four Memphis players with two hits apiece, joining Evan Mendoza and Rangel Ravelo.  Arozarena drove in four in five at bats while Robertson doubled once, touched home three times and knocked in five in four at bats.

It took six Redbirds pitchers to navigate nine frames, starting with Reyes, who took 69 pitches to cover just three innings.  Three of the four scores surrendered during that span were generated by one long ball that was one of his two hits and four walks allowed.

Chris Ellis served up a solo bomb during his two-inning stint and Tommy Layne tossed a clean sixth as the only Memphis hurler to not be scored upon.  Jesus Cruz (BS, 3) was tagged for a three-run home run comprising three of the five runs he allowed in just 1/3 of an inning.  Chasen Shreve recorded the seventh’s last two outs but not before yielding a run on three hits.  Chris Beck (L, 0-4) kept the Bees at bay in the eighth but served up a two-run long ball the next inning.

Friday’s game:  vs. Salt Lake (30-35) (LAA), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-2, 4.94)


Springfield 9 vs. Midland 8 (11)      

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

Zach Kirtley’s 11th-inning single drove in the winning tally as Springfield (26-40) walked off with a 9-8 victory over Midland (32-33) in the rubber game of the three-game series at Hammons Field.

Kirtley’s third hit of the game knocked in Conner Capel after the latter doubled home Jose Godoy to knot the score at 8-8.  Kirtley added a walk and run scored to his RBI in four at bats while Capel and Brian O’Keefe each went 2-for-5. Capel crossed home twice with one driven in.  All nine starters had at least one of the team’s 13 hits, including Godoy. who launched a three-run shot. Left fielder Capel notched an outfield assist at home.

Junior Fernandez struck out five over the game’s final three frames for his first Double-A win.  The only mark against the righty was an unearned run on a wild pitch and fielder’s choice.

Johan Oviedo went the initial five innings, fanning nine and permitting two runs on four hits and five free passes.  Jacob Patterson (BS, 1) was charged with four tallies on four hits, including a three-run long ball, and a walk in two frames.  The run scored against Kodi Whitley (BS, 2) allowed Midland to tie the game at seven all.

Friday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (32-33) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (1-0, 3.38)


Palm Beach “at” Jupiter – cancelled    

Thursday’s contest between Palm Beach and Jupiter was rained out and will not be rescheduled since it was the last game of the season’s first half. After leading the division for a considerable period, the Beach Birds stumbled late and the 35-29 club finished three games behind division champion Fort Myers (MIN).

Friday’s game:  Off


Peoria 1 at Clinton 3       

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

A three-run sixth sent Peoria (28-38) to a 3-1 defeat by Clinton (33-33) in the decisive third game of the road series.

Diego Cordero (L, 2-6) held the LumberKings to two hits and three walks over five scoreless frames but exited after permitting a walk, single and RBI double while recording one out the next inning.  Edgar Escobar allowed two hits and a free pass during his 2 2/3-inning stint and let both inherited runners score.

The Chiefs did not get on the board until the ninth when the opposing pitcher walked the bases full.  A 5-4 force out brought Juan Yepez across for Peoria’s only tally.  Brendan Donovan went 2-for-3 with two free passes and was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Friday’s game:  vs. Burlington (38-29) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-2, 3.62)


State College Spikes at Williamsport       

The State College Spikes of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League begin their 2019 season with an away-and-home series versus Williamsport (PHI).

Friday’s game:  at Williamsport (0-0) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

State College Spikes Ready for 2019 Opener


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Angels 4

Second baseman Erik Pena’s ninth-inning double lifted the Cardinals Blue (6-2) over the DSL Angels, 5-4, in a come-from-behind victory.

The double drove in Darlin Moquete and Luis Rodriguez, flipping a 4-3 disadvantage into a 5-4 lead.  Moquete pinch ran for Jose Rodriguez who worked a free pass to kick off the inning while Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice that did not get anyone out.

Pena was one of three C-Blue players going 2-for-4 along with centerfielder Hansel Otamendi and designated hitter Fernando Diaz.  Both Otamendi and Diaz drew a walk and touched home once while Diaz doubled once with an RBI.  Both Pena and Diaz were caught stealing in their only attempt and Diaz was also picked off first.

Right-hander Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched a strong five-inning outing, holding the Dominican Angels (4-6) to a single tally on two hits, two base-on-balls and a sac fly.  Both free passes and one of his hits came in his final inning of work.

The Venezuelan exited with his team holding a 3-1 lead but a fielding error by shortstop Darlyn Del Villar to start the seventh resulted in three runs, two earned, charged to Benjamin Arias (BS, 2) who allowed four hits and a walk in one plus frames.

Victor Villanueva inherited a two in scoring position with none out and did an excellent job of limiting the damage by retiring all three batters faced.  One of those outs, however, was a sac fly that brought a run across.  Righty William Miranda (W, 1-0) tossed a clean eighth but got the hook after jamming the sacks full with two gone the next inning.  Cristofer Zapata notched a swinging K for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red (7-3), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (0-0, 2.25)


DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs. DSL Mets2 2

A trio of C-Red hurlers combined on a two-hitter as the Cardinals Red (5-6) downed the Mets2, 4-2.

Angel Cuenca (W, 2-0) faced only two batters over the minimum during his six impressive frames, blanking his opponents on a hit and two walks.  The 17-year-old has yet to allow a run in 15 innings over three starts and has allowed just six hits and five free passes overall.

Ramon Fernandez issued two free passes during his two frames on the bump while matching Cuenca’s three strikeouts.  Hector De Los Santos yielded two runs on a hit and three walks in the ninth.

Three Cardinals Red players each had two of the team’s seven hits:  shortstop Sander Mora, second baseman Albert Inoa and third baseman Luis Andujar.  Mora and Inoa, the two and three bats, both went 2-for-4 with a double, Mora crossing home twice and Inoa scoring one and driving in another.  Number six hitter Andujar singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Mets2 (6-5), 10:30 am ET, Ludwin Jimenez (1-0, 3.60)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 12, 2019

photo: Kyle Leahy (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On the 4-1 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals, pitching led the way with Springfield’s Austin Warner and Peoria’s Kyle Leahy combining for one run in 14 innings with 18 strikeouts. Palm Beach was eliminated in the first half and DSL Blue walked off a win.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 11th.


Memphis – off   

Coming off a seven-game West Coast swing in which they went 4-3, Memphis (27-38) heads back to AutoZone Park for a seven-game home stand against Salt Lake and Las Vegas (OAK).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Salt Lake (29-34) (LAA), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 6.00)


Springfield 4 vs. Midland 1     

Austin Warner (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

A trio of S-Cards hurlers combined for 16 strikeouts as Springfield (25-39) downed Midland, 4-1, in the series opener at Hammons Field.

Co-Player of the Day Austin Warner (W, 3-5) notched 10 of them during his six innings on the bump, scattering six hits and a walk and limiting the RockHounds to a run.  That included a rare four punchout inning. The lefty threw 70 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

Kodi Whitley retired all six batters faced, striking out four, and Junior Fernandez fanned two in his one-two-three ninth for his fourth save.

A balanced offensive effort featured seven of nine Springfield players gathering at least one of the squad’s 10 hits.  Irving Lopez, Yariel Gonzalez and Chris Chinea had two hits apiece, Lopez in two at bats and the latter two in four.  Both Lopez and Chinea went yard with the bases empty, Lopez adding a triple, two runs scored and an RBI with Chinea touching home once with a walk and one knocked in.  Lopez reached base once via a hit batsman.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Midland (31-32) (OAK), 11:10 am CT, RHP Roel Ramirez (1-1, 5.54) (updated)


Palm Beach 2 “at” Jupiter 0 (5)    

Chase Pinder (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Two unearned tallies provided the margin of victory as the Beach Birds slipped past the Hammerheads, 2-0, in a contest that was called due to rain with one gone in the visitor’s half of the sixth.  With Fort Myers’ win, however, third-place Palm Beach (35-28) was eliminated in the playoff race for the first-half of the season.

Both runs were generated in the fourth after Chase Pinder opened with a single to right.  A throwing error by Jupiter’s third baseman on Julio Rodriguez’ grounder advanced Pinder to third, putting the left fielder in position to score on Luken Baker’s ground out.  A two-out single by Scott Hurst drove in Rodriguez for the final score.

Alex Fagalde tossed the first three frames, yielding three hits and a walk on 71 pitches, 42 of them strikes.  The righty threw one wild pitch.  Ramon Santos and Edgar Gonzalez each hurled a one-two-three inning, with Santos picking up his first win and Gonzalez his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Jupiter (20-42) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Griffin Roberts (0-0, 8.10)


Peoria 1 at Clinton 0       

Kyle Leahy (Peoria Chiefs)

Kyle Leahy’s eight-inning gem was key in Peoria’s (26-36) tight 1-0 victory over Clinton in the first of their three-game series.

Leahy (W, 4-4), our co-Player of the Day, blanked the LumberKings on five hits with eight strikeouts, extending his scoreless innings streak to 21 over four games.  The tall righty did not issue a free pass and threw 98 pitches, 67 for strikes.  Cole Aker faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two, for his second save.

The pitching duel remained scoreless until the sixth when Brady Whalen doubled home Brendan Donovan, who had kicked off the inning with a walk.  Whalen’s two-bagger was one of only three hits for the Chiefs.

Wednesday’s game:  at Clinton (31-33) (MIA), 6:30 pm CT, Alvaro Seijas (4-4, 3.06)


DSL Cardinals Blue 5 vs. DSL Orioles2 4

A blown save was followed by a walk-off victory as the Cardinals Blue (5-2) edged the Orioles2, 5-4.

The back-and-forth battle featured four lead changes plus two ties and four miscues, three by the visitors, which led to three unearned tallies.  Designated hitter Diego Velasquez was a perfect 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.  The 17-year-old was plunked once.  The only other C-Blue player with more than one of the team’s nine hits was shortstop Darlyn Del Villar, who went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and one driven in out of the three hole.

Making his first professional start after one relief appearance, 17-year-old Engels Martinez allowed two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls over four innings with four strikeouts.  Tandem mate Luis Ortiz held the Orioles2 (2-5) to an unearned score on three hits while matching Martinez’ four K’s.  Luis Tena (W, 2-0) (BS, 2) yielded a solo shot tying the game at four all in the top of the ninth but was the pitcher of record when Del Villar doubled and scored on a fielding error on a subsequent play for the walk-off win.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Cubs2 6

Lack of timely hitting resulted in the Cardinals Red (4-5) falling to the DSL Cubs2, 6-4.

The C-Red had plentiful opportunities with nine hits and nine free passes but went 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and left 11 on base.  The only Cardinals Red player with a multi-hit performance was left fielder Claudio Ramirez, who went 3-for-4 with a double and one driven in.  Defensively, he was credited with an assist at home.

Right-hander Edgar Manzo limited his opponents to an unearned run on two hits and four walks in four innings.  Luis Garcia retired five batters but allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and two free passes.

Augusto Calderon (L, 0-1) recorded the sixth’s final out, stranding two inherited runners, but was charged with three tallies on a hit and three walks the next frame.  Larimel Soriano tossed the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up two and a walk while permitting one of Calderon’s runners to score.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs2 (4-5), 10:30 AM ET, Miguel Yedis (0-0, 0.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 10, 2019

photo: Randy Arozarena (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a 3-1 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Players of the Day Randy Arozarena, Johan Mieses and Zach Kirtley powered Springfield to a road win. Memphis won and Peoria split a twin bill.

Results from games played Sunday, June 9th.


Memphis 7 at Reno 4    

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds flew past the Aces on Sunday, 7-4, for a two-games-to-one lead in the four-game series.  Despite going 4-6 over their last 10 games, Memphis (27-37) has gained two games on first-place Iowa (CHC). The Cubs have a seven-game lead while in the midst of a six-game losing streak.

The visitors produced a balanced offensive attack with seven Redbirds having at least one of the team’s 14 hits and five players generating a multi-hit performance.  Rangel Ravelo and Adolis Garcia both went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI.  Ravelo doubled once.  Edmundo Sosa, Drew Robinson and Kramer Robertson had two hits apiece.

Genesis Cabrera’s (W, 3-3) return to the Memphis rotation was a successful one.  The 22-year-old struck out eight in five frames, scattering six hits and three free passes resulting in a single tally.  But it did take Cabrera 96 pitches to navigate the five innings and he threw 56 of his pitches for strikes.

Anthony Shew retired eight batters (2 2/3 innings) while permitting two tallies on three hits and two walks.  Chris Beck minimized the damage to Shew by stranding two of three inherited runners but allowed a run on two hits and two base-on-balls over 1 1/3 frames.

Monday’s game:  at Reno (27-36) (ARI), 9:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (4-2, 3.06)


Springfield 10 at Northwest Arkansas 2      

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards trounced the Naturals, 10-2, to salvage the fourth and final game of the series.  Springfield (24-39) has been eliminated from play-off contention for the first half of the season.

The visitors translated 13 hits and two miscues by the Naturals into 10 tallies, six earned.  Three Springfield players each generated three-hit performances thus earning all of them the Player of the Day nod:  Randy Arozarena, Johan Mieses and Zach Kirtley.  Arozarena maximized his results with five runs accounted for by going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, two runs scored and three driven in.  Mieses also went 3-for-4 with a double but added a solo shot that was one of his three RBI and Kirtley doubled three times in five at bats, crossed home twice and knocked in one.

Angel Rondon (W, 1-0) tossed a strong five-inning effort, striking out seven with a tally allowed on four hits and two walks.  Connor Jones faced the minimum in the sixth, fanning two before handing the ball off to Bryan Dobzanski.  In his Springfield debut, Dobzanski was tagged for a run on two hits and a free pass over 1 2/3 frames and Junior Fernandez, who entered the contest with his team up 5-2, recorded the last four outs for his third save.

Monday’s game: Off


Palm Beach vs.  Charlotte – cancelled   

The third and final game of the series between third-place Palm Beach (34-27) and fourth-place Charlotte (32-30) (TB) was cancelled due to inclement weather, leaving the series split at one game each.  Since the two teams do not meet again in the first half, the game will not be rescheduled.

Just ahead, the PB-Cards will finish the first-half of the season with a four-game set versus facility mate Jupiter while the two teams ahead of them both play on the road.  First-place Fort Myers (36-26) (MIN) travels to Tampa ((27-35) (NYY) to take on the Tarpons in a five-game series while Bradenton (35-27) (PIT) plays four games at Charlotte.  Only 1 ½ games separate the three squads with just one team qualifying for the playoffs.

Monday’s game:  ‘at’ sixth-place Jupiter (19-41) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (2-3, 3.90)


Cedar Rapids 7 at Peoria 2 (7) – Game 1       
Peoria 2 vs. Cedar Rapids 1 (7) – Game 2     

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs split a home double-header with the Kernels, dropping Game, 7-2, but claiming the second game, 2-1.  Peoria (27-35) trails in the five-game set, one game to three and the loss in the opener combined with a win by first-place Quad Cities (HOU) eliminated the Chiefs from first-half post-season contention.

The opening contest was tight until the Kernels’ four-run sixth busted it wide open.  Starter Colin Schmid took the loss, his second in five decisions, by giving up two runs on six hits and four free passes in 4 1/3.  The lefty struck out five.

Freddy Pacheco retired both batters faced to end the fifth but not before allowing one of three inherited runners to score.  Cedar Rapids’ offensive explosion occurred with Sebastian Tabata on the bump, as the righty surrendered four tallies on two hits, three walks and a hit batsman in 1/3 of an inning.  Evan Sisk recorded five outs and allowed a run on a hit, base-on-balls and plunked batter (the same player Tabata hit).

The Chiefs’ offense consisted of six hits, only one of which went for extra bases.  Delvin Perez went 2-for-4 out of the two hole, the only Peoria player with more than one hit.  Alexis Wilson singled and scored his team’s initial run which was unearned due to a throwing error and wild pitch.  Brendan Donovan worked a base-on-balls to kick off the seventh and eventually scored on Brady Whalen’s RBI single to right.

Franyel Casadilla (Peoria Chiefs)

The finale was a low-scoring affair in which Franyel Casadilla (W, 2-1) held Cedar Rapids to solo shot over six plus innings.  The right-hander gave up five hits in all and did not issue a free pass while throwing 48 of his 70 pitches for strikes.  Cole Aker came into a two-on-and-none out jam then issued a one-out free pass to jam the sacks full.  But the Tennessee native escaped on a force at home and swinging K that ended the game.

Peoria made the most of their four hits.  Ivan Herrera beat out a grounder to third to begin the fifth, his second hit of the game, then raced to third on a double by Bryce Denton.  Juan Yepez drove one deep enough to left to score Herrera to put the Chiefs up 1-0 after five.

But the Kernels tied the game up at 1-1 at the sixth’s midpoint, leaving the game up to Delvin Perez and Brady Whalen in the bottom of the frame.  Perez worked a one-out walk, stole second and scored the winning tally on Whalen’s single up the middle.

Monday’s game: vs.  Cedar Rapids (33-30) (MIN), 11:05 am CT, Michael Brettell (2-2, 3.90)


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Monday’s game:  First-place DSL Cardinals Blue (4-1) vs.  DSL Rockies (5-2), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (0-0, 4.50)


DSL Cardinals Red – off      

Monday’s game:  Third-place DSL Cardinals Red (4-3) at first-place DSL Phillies White (6-1), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-0, 7.36)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 7, 2019

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Results from games played Thursday, June 6th.

Memphis 7 at Tacoma 0    

Harold Arauz (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds used five late-inning runs to solidify their 7-0 blanking of Tacoma (30-31) (SEA) in the decisive third game of the away set.  It was the first series win for Memphis (25-36) since taking three of four from Nashville May 11th through 14th and only the second road series victory of season.

The visitors began the game with a first-inning tally and added another in the fifth before breaking it wide open with a three-run seventh plus two-run eighth.  Memphis banged out 11 hits, led by co-Player of the Day Edmundo Sosa, who finished a single shy of the cycle.  The shortstop went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and solo shot comprising one of his three runs scored.

Hitting right behind Sosa in the nine hole, catcher Jose Godoy also went 3-for-4, albeit with fewer results, a run scored and an RBI.  Drew Robinson was the final Memphis player with a multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in five at bats with two driven in.  Lane Thomas’ only hit in four at bats was a home run with the bases empty.

Daniel Ponce de Leon had a brief three-inning, 53-pitch start, giving up a hit and three free passes.  This abbreviated outing perhaps keeps him in contention for pitching on Monday for St. Louis. Called up from Springfield apparently for the purpose of following Ponce de Leon, co-Player of the Day Harold Arauz delivered. Arauz (W, 3-0) tossed a stellar six shutout frames, allowing five hits and a walk on 79 pitches, 49 for strikes.

Friday’s game:  at Reno (26-34) (ARI), 9:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 6.63)


Springfield at Northwest Arkansas – postponed      

The series opener for Springfield (23-36) at Northwest Arkansas was rained out.  The contest has been rescheduled as part of a twin bill on Friday, June 7th.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (25-33) (KC).  Game one: 4:30 pm CT, Jacob Patterson (4-3, 4.76)/Williams Perez, (6-2, 4.84)


Lakeland 4 at Palm Beach 1   

Edgar Gonzalez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Three late tallies sent the Beach Birds to a 4-1 home defeat to the Flying Tigers, their third loss in the recently completed four-game set.  The defeat dropped Palm Beach (33-26) a game behind division leaders Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

The PB-Cards’ offense managed an anemic three hits, with two in the sixth contributing to their only run.  Justin Toerner bunted for a base hit and scored on Yariel Gonzalez’ two-out double to right.

That knotted the game at 1-1 but the tie lasted only until the next inning when reliever Zach Prendergast (L, 1-1) issued a free pass with one away.  Ramon Santos retired the next five batters but not before giving up two runs on four hits, two walks and three wild pitches.  That left Prendergast with a final line of one tally yielded on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 innings.

Edgar Gonzalez used eight strikeouts to minimize the threat of three hits and four walks allowed in five innings, permitting one run.  At the other end of the game, C.J. Saylor pitched a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (31-29) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 0 “at” Quad Cities 1        

Kyle Leahy (Peoria Chiefs)

A tight pitching duel resulted in the Chiefs’ 1-0 walk-off loss to the River Bandits.  Peoria (26-32) took two of the three-game series with first-place Quad Cities (36-20), a club they trail by 11 games.

The score was knotted at 0-0 until the home half of the ninth when Freddy Pacheco began his second inning of work.  Pacheco (L, 0-2) issued a free pass followed by a run-scoring double that ended the game.

Starter Kyle Leahy tossed an impressive five frames, limiting the River Bandits to two hits and one base-on-balls.  The right-hander has not yielded a score in his last 13 innings covering three starts.  Sebastian Tabata and Franyel Casadilla retired three batters each, with Tabata issuing a free pass and Casadilla permitting a hit.

Brendan Donovan’s single to open the game was the only thing preventing Peoria from being no hit.  Brandon Riley walked the next inning (but was picked off) and the next 23 Chiefs were retired in order.

Friday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (30-29) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Alvaro Seijas (4-4, 2.96)


DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Mets1 1

The Cardinals Blue came out on the right end of a pitching duel as they edged the DSL Mets1, 2-1.  The C-Blue (3-1) now stand atop the South Division, a half-game in front of four teams, including the Mets1.

A quartet of C-Blue hurlers held the Mets1 to a single tally on six hits and four free passes while notching a combined 12 K’s.  16-year-old right-hander Yordy Richard impressed in his first professional start, striking out seven in four frames while allowing a run on three hits and two walks. The tally on his record came in his final inning.

Victor Villanueva was credited with the win with two frames of one-hit ball.  Luis Tena fanned four during his two innings on the bump, giving up two hits before lefty Cristoffer Zapata negotiated around two walks for his first professional save.

Despite the fine pitching efforts of the quartet, the Cardinals Blue trailed until the seventh when the squad combined two of the day’s four hits plus a walk and wild pitch to plate two runs.  Left fielder Leudy Pena got it started with a one-out walk then advanced a base on right fielder Jose Rodriguez’ second single of the game.  The runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, putting Pena in position to score on first baseman Luis Rodriguez’ ground out.  Catcher Diego Velasquez’ infield single to third was sufficient to bring Jose Rodriguez across for the winning tally.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red (3-2), 10:30 am ET, TBA


DSL D-backs2 6 at DSL Cardinals Red 4

A four-run eighth sent the Cardinals Red to a 6-4 defeat to the D-backs2.  The C-Red (4-1) are in a three-way tie for first in the San Pedro Division with the Mets2 and Phillies White.

Righty reliever Benjamin Arias took both the loss and blown save in just his second professional appearance.  The 17-year-old yielded three runs on two hits, a base-on-balls and a plunked batter in 1 1/3.  All three tallies scored with Augusto Calderon (BS, 1) on the mound.  Calderon permitted an unearned run of his own on two hits and two walks in 1 2/3.

Miguel Yedis acquitted himself well in his first start after 14 relief appearances in 2018.  The righty held his opponents to an unearned run on two hits and a base-on-balls over four innings.  Yedis hit one batter.  Yonael Dominguez gave up a run on three hits and three free passes during his two-inning stint.

Second baseman Albert Inoa spearheaded his team’s eight-hit attack with a perfect 3-for-3 effort.  Inoa touched home twice, worked two free passes and knocked in a run.  The only other Cardinals Red with more than one hit was Diowill Burgos, who singled and doubled in three at bats and added two walks.

Friday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (2-3), 10:30 am ET, Angel Cuenca (1-0, 0.00)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 5, 2019

photo: Juan Yepez (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On a 3-3 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals, Juan Yepez is the Player of the Day, marking his return to Peoria with two home runs and seven RBI. Memphis broke its 12-game losing streak and the DSL Red won. A dependable Springfield reliever stumbled, Palm Beach lost another close one and the DSL Blue fell in a shootout.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 4th.


Memphis 9 at Tacoma 3    

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

It took a trip to the West Coast to do it, but the Redbirds finally notched a victory, downing Tacoma 9-3 in the series opener.  The win snapped Memphis’ 12-game losing streak and kicked off a seven-game road swing for third-place Memphis (24-35) which trails Iowa (CHC) by 10 games in the American Northern standings.

The Redbirds banged out 13 hits, led by Adolis Garcia who went 3-for-5 with a double and solo bomb that was part of his two runs scored and three knocked in.  Four Memphis players had two hits apiece:  Tommy Edman, Tyler O’Neill, Lane Thomas and Ramon Urias.  Rangel Ravelo led off the third with his seventh home run of the season.

Jake Woodford tossed seven strong frames in picking up his fourth win in six decisions.  The righty held the Pacific Northern Division leaders to two first-inning runs on five hits and a base-on-balls while striking out six.

Domenic Leone was charged with a run on two hits and a walk with three outs recorded.  Tommy Layne walked one in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tacoma (29-30) (SEA), 8:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-1, 3.00)


Springfield 5 at Tulsa 7      

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Three late tallies off organization May Pitcher of the Month Junior Fernandez sent the S-Cards to a 7-5 defeat at Tulsa.  Springfield (23-35) has lost the first two of the three-game series and is now officially eliminated from first-half post-season contention.

Springfield led 5-4 with six outs to go, as Fernandez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) entered the game.  But the right-hander suffered a rare stumble, giving up three runs on four hits and two free passes.

Angel Rondon started and allowed four tallies on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3.  Two of the four scores against him resulted from a home run.  Will Latcham allowed a hit and walk before recording his sole out, letting one of two of Rondon’s inherited runners score.

The visitors generated six hits with Kramer Robertson the only player with more than one.  The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.  Randy Arozarena’s only hit in four at bats was a three-run home run, his third of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (31-26) (LAD), 12:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.21)


Lakeland 3 at Palm Beach 2   

Perry DellaValle (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A late rally could not prevent another loss as the Beach Birds were clipped at Roger Dean by the Flying Tigers, 3-2, extending their losing streak to five.  The skid has dropped Palm Beach (32-25) a game off the pace set by co-leaders Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

The home team trailed 2-0 at the sixth’s midpoint, but knotted the score at two all after seven.  However, a ninth-inning score against Mitchell Osnowitz (L, 1-2) provided the game’s difference.

Starter Perry DellaValle tossed a strong five-inning effort, with the only mark against him a solo long ball comprising one of his four hits yielded.  The righty issued two free passes and fanned five.

C J Saylor was charged with a run on two hits and a walk in the sixth before handing the ball off to Ronnie Williams.  Williams hurled two scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walk.

Center fielder Chase Pinder took part in both of his team’s scores, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.  Six Palm Beach players had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (25-32) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.31)


Peoria 12 at Quad Cities 5   

Juan Yepez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs opened an unusual road series by trouncing the River Bandits, 12-5.  Peoria (25-31) is in seventh place in the Western Division standings, 11 games in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

The three-game series claimed the ‘unusual’ label when it was transferred from Davenport’s Modern Woodman Park to Dozer Park in Peoria after flood waters blocked access.  Hence the games were moved, with Chiefs visitors for all three contests in their own ballpark.

Peoria fought back against Quad Cities’ three-run first by scoring eight times over the next three frames to lead 8-3 after four.  Player of the Day Juan Yepez swung the hottest bat on a squad generating 13 hits, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and a two-run bomb that was part of his seven driven in.  It was the designated hitter’s 2019 debut.

Yepez, the number six batter, was sandwiched by two Chiefs garnering three hits each in five at bats:  Brady Whalen and Bryce Denton.  Whalen crossed home three times while knocking in one and Denton doubled one time with a run scored and RBI.  Brendan Donovan added a multi-hit performance of his own, going 2-for-6 with a solo blast.

Colin Schmid (W, 3-1) tossed the initial five innings, permitting three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Thomas St. Clair yielded two tallies in his inning on the mound before Edgar Escobar struck out three during his two clean frames.  Evan Sisk tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday’s game: at Quad Cities (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-2, 4.44)


DSL Cardinals Blue 10 at DSL Yankees 12

Hansel Otamendi (Pelota Cubana)

The C-Blue mustered a late rally only to fall short in their 12-10 road slugfest defeat to the DSL Yankees.  The DSL Cardinals Blue (1-1) are tied for fifth in the South Division standings with the Angels, 1 ½ games behind the Mets1.

Down 12-2 through six, the visitors pushed across eight scores in the final three frames, including a six-run eighth.  The Cardinals Blue’s 12-hit attack was led by center fielder Hansel Otamendi, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored out of the two slot.  The only other C-Blue player with more than one hit was right fielder Darlin Moquete, who singled twice in five at bats, touching home once.

A parade of six Cardinals Blue hurlers took the mound on Tuesday, beginning with Luis Ortiz, who did not finish the second inning.  The righty tossed a one-two-three first but gave up two runs on three hits and a walk with two outs recorded the next frame.

Engels Martinez’ first taste of organized ball was a sour one, as the 17-year-old righty surrendered five tallies on a hit, three walks plus a plunked batter with three batters retired.  Three of the five scores resulted from a long ball but Martinez did leave Ortiz’ last two runners on base.

Ronald Suarez went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.  Both of the hits surrendered by Josue Ramirez in just 2/3 of an inning were home runs, accounting for three tallies.  Neither Victor Villanueva (1 2/3 IP) nor Cristoffer Zapata (1 IP) were scored upon although the former allowed one of three inherited runners to score.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (0-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals Red 10 vs. DSL Tigers1 6       

Diowill Burgos

Diowill Burgos’ hot bat propelled the C-Red past the DSL Tigers1, 10-6.  The DSL Cardinals Red (3-0) are tied with the Mets2 atop the San Pedro Division standings.

Burgos accounted for six tallies, going 3-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, scored three times and drove in four while playing left field.  Three Cardinals Red players had two hits apiece:  second baseman Albert Inoa, first baseman Alexander Samuel and third baseman Luis Andujar.  Inoa reached base four times, singling and tripling in three at bats with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.  Both Inoa and Samuel swiped their first stolen base but the 17-year-old second baseman also committed his second bobble of the young season.

Making his professional debut, Diorys Guerrero pitched the first 3 2/3 frames.  The southpaw allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with two K’s. Guerrero also threw two wild pitches.

Larimel Soriano (W, 1-0) generated a solid 2 1/3-inning relief effort, permitting an unearned tally on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman.  The righty stranded two inherited runners.   Ramon Fernandez recorded six outs while yielding two runs on four hits.  Hemerson Corder issued a free pass in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Tigers1 (0-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 3, 2019

photo: Williams Perez (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Springfield notched the St. Louis Cardinals organization’s sole win on a 1-4 Sunday behind Williams Perez’ pitching and strong defense. Alex Reyes contributed to Memphis’ losing skid reaching 12, Palm Beach suffered a twin bill sweep and Peoria could not sustain an early advantage.

Results from games played Sunday, June 2nd.


Oklahoma City 8 at Memphis 2   

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds fell prey to the home run, resulting in an 8-4 Sunday loss to the Dodgers at AutoZone Park.  Memphis’ 12-game losing streak, one short of the team record, leaves them 11 games behind Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division standings and just a half of a game ahead of fourth (and last) place Nashville (TEX).

Five of the seven tallies surrendered by Alex Reyes (L, 1-1) during his 4 2/3-inning stint resulted from three long balls.  The righty allowed seven hits and three walks in all and threw 51 of his 88 pitches for strikes.  Tommy Layne retired his only batter to finish the fifth.

Making his first relief appearance of 2019 and only his second in 47 career games, Evan Kruczynski gave up a run in the sixth without a hit.  His first batter reached on a free pass, advanced to second via a sac bunt and was wild pitched to third before scoring on a sac fly.  The lefty allowed a hit and two walks in three frames with three K’s.  Chris Beck tossed a clean ninth.

The top of the order generated five of Memphis’ six hits, beginning with TCN’s Player of the Month for May Rangel Ravelo.  The first baseman and number three batter went 3-for-4 with a double and drove in Tommy Edman once.  Edman, the Redbirds’ lead-off hitter, scored both of his squad’s tallies, singling and doubling in four at bats.  Defensively, Ravelo took part in both of the Redbirds’ double plays and Edman was part of one of them.

Monday’s game:  Off


Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 1      

Williams Perez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Former major-leaguer Williams Perez pitched six plus successful frames as the S-Cards flew past the Naturals, 6-1, and salvage the third and final game of the home series.  Fourth-place Springfield (23-33) is within a game of elimination for first-half playoff contention.

Player of the Day Perez (W, 6-2) held third-place Northwest Arkansas (23-32) (KC) to a seventh-inning solo shot, one of the nine hits and four walks yielded in 6 2/3.  The veteran was aided by three double plays turned by his defense plus a successful run down between third and home.

Kodi Whitley retired four batters, giving up one hit and stranding an inherited runner.  Seth Elledge tiptoed around a lead-off double in the ninth.

The home team was outhit eight to 11 but capitalized on two Naturals’ miscues to score three unearned tallies.  Chris Chinea and Irving Lopez had productive days at the plate. Chinea went 2-for-4 with a double and solo home run that was one of his two runs scored.  Lopez doubled twice in three at bats at the bottom of the order, scored one and drove in two.  Defensively, in addition to the aforementioned double plays, centerfielder Dylan Carlson was credited with an outfield assist at first.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (29-26) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Roel Ramirez (1-0, 4.88)


Palm Beach 7 at Florida 9 – Game 1   
Palm Beach 0 at Florida 4 (7) – Game 2

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Palm Beach Cardinals were swept in a Sunday double-header at Florida, 9-7 and 4-0.  The three-game series sweep by the Fire Frogs (23-33) (ATL) leaves Palm Beach (32-23) in a three-way tie for first with Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

The opener completed Saturday’s contest which was suspended due to rain after one inning with the PB-Cards trailing 2-0.  The visitors never overcame that hole, leaving Saturday starter Perry DellaValle with his third loss in five decisions thanks to a two-run long ball.

Highly touted Griffin Roberts took the mound when play resumed on Sunday and gave up five tallies on nine hits and two walks in his four-inning 2019 debut.  The right-hander threw 68 pitches, 45 for strikes, with one strikeout, four ground- and three fly-ball outs.

Ramon Santos was charged with two runs on three hits, including a solo home run, while fanning three in two frames. He also hit one batter.  Zach Prendergast worked around a hit and walk for a scoreless eighth.

Palm Beach garnered eight hits with three players having two hits apiece in four at bats:  Luken Baker, Julio Rodriguez and Zach Kirtley.  All three players doubled once with Baker adding a double and a three-run bomb making up one of his two runs scored while Rodriguez and Kirtley each touched home once.

Ben Yokley (Johnson City Cardinals)

The visitors outhit their hosts six to three in the finale but stranded seven.  Lead-off hitter Chase Pinder was the only Beach Bird with a multi-hit performance, singling twice in three at bats with a walk.

Ben Yokley initiated the bullpen start and acquitted himself quite well.  The Colorado native struck out five over three scoreless innings while the only batter to reach against him was on a free pass.

Ronnie Williams (L, 1-2) did not fare as well, permitting three runs on two hits, a walk and run-scoring balk in his inning of work.  Mitchell Osnowitz got a quick hook after sandwiching two walks around a stolen base and strikeout.  One of his two base runners came around to score after Patrick Dayton yielded a single to his first batter.  It was the only hit Dayton allowed over 1 2/3 innings.

Monday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (23-32) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, TBA


Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 8       

Leandro Cedeno (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs could not hold an early lead, falling to the Timber Rattlers, 8-5.  The loss prevented Peoria (24-31) from claiming a three-game road sweep.

Peoria’s bats came out swinging against Wisconsin (26-29) (MIL), pushing across five runs in the first three innings for a 5-1 lead.  But the Timber Rattlers chipped away at that lead by scoring in each of the next four frames.

Leandro Cedeño was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits. The first baseman went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run.  Nolan Gorman’s only hit in three at bats was his 10th blast of 2019, a two-run shot to put Peoria up 2-0 after one.  Gorman worked a base-on-balls as well and crossed home twice.  Center fielder Brandon Riley went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, run scored and stolen base.

But Diego Cordero (L, 2-5) could not keep Wisconsin at bay, giving up six tallies on eight hits and three base-on-balls in 4 1/3.  It was the 21-year-old’s second sub-par outing in his last three starts.

Freddy Pacheco recorded the fifth’s final two outs but not before issuing two free passes that forced across one of two inherited runners.  Fabian Blanco was tagged for a run on a hit and three walks in just two-thirds of an inning and it would have been worse but for Franyel Casadilla stranding the sacks full of Blanco’s runners.   Casadilla allowed a run on three hits in the seventh before Cole Aker tossed a scoreless eighth.

Monday’s game:  Off


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Monday’s game: at Angels (1-0), 10:30 am ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals Red – off

The DSL Cardinals Red (1-0) took Sunday off as usual after winning their season opener on Saturday and make their home debut on Monday.

Monday’s game: vs. Brewers (0-1), 10:30 am ET, TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 31, 2019

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Springfield’s doubleheader sweep led the 3-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system. Player of the Day Chris Chinea had three hits, including a home run, and plated three. Palm Beach won a pitching duel, but Memphis lost in extra innings and Peoria’s offense managed just two hits.

Results from games played Thursday, May 30th.


Oklahoma City 10 at Memphis 8 (10)    

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis (23-32) opened a four-game home set versus the Dodgers with a 10-8 defeat in 10 innings after giving up leads of 4-1 and 6-4.  It was the club’s ninth consecutive loss.

Chris Beck took the loss, his third in as many decisions, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits in his only inning of work.  Anthony Shew pitched the first five frames, permitting four tallies, three earned, on seven hits and four walks.  The righty fanned five.

Shew departed with the Redbirds up 6-4 but that lasted only until Chris Ellis (BS, 2) took the mound.  Ellis surrendered two home runs representing four runs before recording three outs.  Chasen Shreve struck out four in two scoreless innings before handing the ball off to Jesus Cruz, who fanned the side in the ninth.

The home team transformed eight hits and nine free passes into eight scores.  The offense was led by Rangel Ravelo who went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and three RBI.  Adolis Garcia and Ramon Urias had two hits apiece. Garcia doubled and launched a solo bomb, his 12th long ball of 2019.

Friday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (19-34) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 3.05)


Springfield 5 vs. Tulsa 1 (7) – Game 1      
Springfield 6 vs. Tulsa 3 (7) – Game 2      

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

Just over a week after suffering a series sweep at the hands of the Drillers, the S-Cards got out their own brooms.  The result of their 5-1 and 6-3 victories in a Thursday twin bill was a three-games-to-none series win over second-place Tulsa (27-25) (LAD).  Springfield (22-31) moves into third place in the North Division standings with the wins, a half game ahead of Northwest Arkansas, but a distant 13 games out of first with a first-half elimination number of four.

Angel Rondon started the opener and tossed four frames of shutout ball, fanning five while giving up two hits and three walks.  Kodi Whitley (W, 1-2) topped that K total with seven strikeouts in 2 2/3.  Whitley was tagged for a run on four hits and did not issue a free pass.  Jacob Patterson aided Whitley’s cause by fanning his only batter to strand two inherited runners.

Springfield banged out 10 hits in the opener with three players garnering multi-hit efforts:  Randy Arozarena, Chris Chinea and Alberto Triunfel.  Arozarena went 3-for-4 with a run scored out of the clean-up slot but was caught stealing in the team’s only stolen base attempt.  Player of the Day Chinea accounted for three tallies, singling twice in three at bats, touching home two times and knocking in one while Triunfel went 2-for-3 with a run scored.

The S-Cards’ offense did more with less in the final, as their eight hits resulted in six tallies.  Irving Lopez and Jose Godoy each had two hits in three at bats, Lopez touching home once and Godoy doubling once with two runs scored.  Chinea’s only hit in three at bats was a two-run home run, his sixth of the season.  Rayder Ascanio added a two-run long ball of his own, his only hit in three at bats.

Four Springfield relievers took the mound in the bullpen game, beginning with Roel Ramirez.  Ramirez fanned three in three frames, permitting a run on two hits and a walk.  Connor Jones was charged with two runs on three hits in his only inning on the bump.  Both hurlers plunked a batter.

Seth Elledge was credited with the win, his third in six decisions, by tossing two clean innings with two hits allowed and two strikeouts notched.  Merandy Gonzalez maneuvered around a hit and walk for his fourth save.

Friday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (21-31) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.01)


Palm Beach 2 vs. Daytona 1   

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

Scott Hurst drove in both runs and Florida State League All-Star Alex Fagalde tossed six strong innings as the Beach Birds edged the Tortugas, 2-1, at Roger Dean.  The victory salvaged the third and final game of the three-game set and keeps the Cards a game ahead in the division.

Hurst went 2-for-4. His first single drove in Michael Perri (single) to give his team a 1-0 lead after three.  The center fielder came up to the plate in the seventh and lined a single to left, scoring Jose Martinez (single) and breaking a 1-1 tie.  Both hits came with two outs.  The only other Cardinal with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Yariel Gonzalez, who went 2-for-3 with a walk.

The only blemish against Fagalde was a fifth-inning home run comprising one of the four hits and two walks yielded.  The right-hander fanned five.

Mitchell Osnowitz (W, 1-1) recorded five outs and gave up three hits without allowing a run.  It was the first organizational victory for the product of Normal, IL.  The righty received a bit of help from Patrick Dayton, who retired his only batter, leaving Osnowitz’ final runner on.  All-Star closer Bryan Dobzanski had a one-two-three ninth with two strikeouts for his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at Florida (20-33) (ATL), 6:00 pm ET, TBA


Kane County 6 at Peoria 2        

The Chiefs’ offense was held to just two hits in their 6-2 defeat to Kane County (29-24) (ARI) in the decisive third game of the series at Dozer Park.

Peoria (22-30) needed the assistance of three Cougars miscues to score their two fourth-inning runs.  Brendan Donovan singled and came home on the second of two errors that also brought Delvin Perez (sac bunt/throwing error) across the plate.

Michael Brettell (L, 1-2) allowed four runs on five hits and two free passes over five innings.  Cole Aker pitched a one-two-three sixth but departed after hitting a batter and walking three the next frame.   Freddy Pacheco walked his first batter, forcing in one of Aker’s runners, before recording the inning’s final out.  Franyel Casadilla worked around two hits for a scoreless eighth.

Friday’s game: at Wisconsin (25-27) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Kyle Leahy (2-4, 4.75)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 29, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Behind Player of the Day Dylan Carlson’s two extra-base hits and two RBI, Springfield claimed the only Tuesday win across the St. Louis Cardinals system. Memphis and Peoria pitching were bombed and uneven Alex Reyes could not lead Palm Beach to victory.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 28th.


San Antonio 8 at Memphis 0   

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ losing streak reached seven with an 8-0 defeat to the Missions in the fifth of their six-game set.  Memphis (23-30) has fallen into third place in the American Northern Division, nine games behind Iowa (CHC).

Evan Kruczynski (L, 0-1) was pummeled for six tallies in 14 hits and a walk over six innings.  Chasen Shreve, Dominic Leone and first baseman John Nogowski each pitched a frame.  Shreve and Leone both yielded single scores though Shreve’s run was unearned due to a passed ball charged to catcher Andrew Knizner.

The home team was held to just five hits, including three by shortstop Tommy Edman, who went 3-for-4 with a double out of the lead-off slot.  Defensively, it was a mixed bag for left fielder Rangel Ravelo who was credited with an outfield assist at home plus another at third but committed his third miscue.  Center fielder Adolis Garcia was also credited with an outfield assist, at second base.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. San Antonio (33-20) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (3-1, 3.02)


Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 4       

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards began a six-game homestand by downing the Drillers, 7-4.  Fourth-place Springfield (20-31) trails Arkansas (SEA) by 13 games in the Texas League’s North Division standings.

Offense carried the team to victory, led by Player of the Day Dylan Carlson, who doubled and tripled in four at bats, worked a free pass, touched home three times and drove in two.  Irving Lopez went 2-for-4 as well, including a solo shot that was one of the two times he crossed home plate.  Five Springfield players had one hit each.

Williams Perez picked up the win, his fifth in seven decisions, by striking out seven Drillers in six frames while holding them to five hits and two walks.  Half of the four runs yielded by Perez were generated by a two-run home run.

Junior Fernandez faced just one over the minimum during his three-inning stint and that was due to a free pass.  The righty struck out four and earned his second Double-A save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (27-23) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Angel Rondon (0-0, 4.09)


Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 2   

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

Alex Reyes reached his pitch count during the fifth as the Cards fell to the Tortugas, 5-2, in the series opener.  First-place Palm Beach (31-19) leads the South Division by two games over Bradenton (PIT).

Reyes (L, 0-1) was tagged for three runs on seven hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings, although only one of the three tallies was earned.  Both unearned tallies occurred in the third due to a missed catch error by first baseman Zach Kirtley.  Reyes threw 77 pitches, 48 for strikes, and four of his five leadoff batters reached against him.

The earned run allowed by Reyes scored under C.J. Saylor’s watch after the reliever inherited runners at first and second with one gone.  Saylor yielded a two-out RBI single.  Overall, the California native permitted two hits and a walk with three outs recorded.

Eli Kraus retired five batters, giving up a hit and stranding two inherited runners.  Ben Yokley went two innings, surrendering a two-run bomb that gave the visitors breathing room.

Both of the Beach Birds’ runs occurred in the first on three singles, a walk and a sac fly.  The team was held to just three more hits plus two walks the rest of the way.  The only Palm Beach player with a multi-hit effort was Yariel Gonzalez, who singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Defensively, Kirtley’s bobble was one of three Palm Beach miscues.  Jose Martinez was charged with a fielding error after moving from short to second mid-game and his replacement at short, Michael Perri, committed a throwing error.  On the plus side, centerfielder Scott Hurst and left fielder Lars Nootbaar were each credited with an outfield assist, at second and third, respectively, or the scoring gap could have been greater.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Daytona (28-23) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (3-0, 2.82)


Kane County 9 at Peoria 1 (7)       

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Chiefs pitching was mauled by the visiting Cougars in the series opener, 9-1, a game shortened to seven innings due to rain.  Seventh-place Peoria (21-29) is 12 ½ games in back of Quad Cities (HOU) in the Western Division standings.

Diego Cordero (L, 2-4) yielded five runs, three earned, on eight hits over six innings, including a two-out solo shot in his final inning of work.  The right-hander did not issue a free pass and struck out four.

All five batters facing Sebastian Tabata in the seventh reached as the 21-year-old gave up one hit, walked three and plunked one, leading to four tallies.  Fabian Blanco fared little better during his brief stint, issuing two free passes that scored two of Tabata’s runners while recording one out before the game was called.  Both Cordero (two) and Tabata (one) were called for balks.

Five Chiefs each gathered one hit, with the team’s sole score coming in the sixth.  Nolan Gorman doubled with one gone, advanced to third on a wild pitch and crossed home after Ivan Herrera singled to left.  The third baseman and shortstop Delvin Perez were each charged with an error.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. third-place Kane County (28-23) (ARI), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (1-1, 3.75)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 27, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Another Memphis bullpen failure wasted Player of the Day Adolis Garcia’s single, double and triple on a 1-3 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system. Palm Beach flipped the script with a five-run ninth inning comeback win. Peoria was blown out and Springfield lost an early lead.

Results from games played Sunday, May 26th.


San Antonio 7 at Memphis 4   

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Three San Antonio ninth-inning runs on one swing of the bat sent the Redbirds to a 7-4 home loss at the hands of the Missions.  It was the fourth loss in a row for Memphis (23-27), including the first two of a six-game set versus San Antonio.

Chris Beck (L, 0-2) served up the deciding three-run bomb in his second inning of work, unknotting a 4-4 tie.  The home run was one of three hits and a walk yielded over two innings.

Pressed into starting with scheduled starter Genesis Cabrera bound for St. Louis, Ryan Helsley tossed three scoreless frames, limiting his opponents to two walks, both in the first.  The righty was tagged with an unearned tally due to a throwing error by second baseman Ramon Urias which allowed the lead runner to score.  Helsley struck out two and threw 45 pitches, 23 for strikes.

Chasen Shreve issued three free passes during his two-inning stint, handing the ball off to Dominic Leone.  Leone’s struggles continued as he was charged with three tallies on four hits and two walks with six outs recorded. The right-hander’s Triple-A ERA is up to 10.13.

The Redbirds generated nine hits, paced by Player of the Day Adolis Garcia who went 3-for-4 with a double, triple, two runs scored and one knocked in.  Drew Robinson, the only other Memphis player with more than one hit, went 2-for-2 with a walk, double, triple, touched home once and drove in two.

Monday’s games: vs. San Antonio (30-20) (MIL).  Game 1 – 1:05 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-2, 3.48)/Ryan Meisinger (0-4, 3.49)


Springfield 3 at Arkansas 6      

Hector Mendoza (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The S-Cards could not hold an early lead, falling to the Travelers, 6-3.  Springfield (19-31) claimed only one of the four-game series at Arkansas (32-16) (SEA).

The visitors led 3-1 through four but a three-run fifth against Johan Oviedo (L, 1-1) placed them in a hole from which they could not escape.  Oviedo allowed five runs in all on 10 hits and a walk in 5 1/3 innings.  One of the hits was a home run with the bases empty.

Hector Mendoza retired all five batters faced, leaving Oviedo’s final runner on.  Seth Elledge gave up a run on two hits in the eighth.

Six Springfield players divided the team’s seven hits with shortstop Alberto Triunfel singling twice in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach 7 at Charlotte 4   

Julio Rodriguez (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A five-run ninth propelled the PB-Cards past the Stone Crabs, 7-4, in the series finale.  Palm Beach (31-18) took the road set, three games to one, over Charlotte (26-24) (TB).

The first six Beach Birds taking an at bat that inning all reached, flipping a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead and knocking Charlotte’s pitcher from the game before he recorded an out.  Catcher Julio Rodriguez swung the most productive bat for a squad that generated 14 hits in all, going 3-for-4 with a walk, double and three RBI.

Two other Palm Beach players also generated three hits apiece:  Luken Baker and Lars Nootbaar.  Baker went 3-for-5 with a solo blast while Nootbaar singled three times in four at bats with one driven in.  Justin Toerner and Yariel Gonzalez each had two hits. Toerner went 2-for-6 with a triple plus two runs scored and Gonzalez singled twice in five at bats, touching home once and knocking in two.  Defensively, left fielder Nootbaar was credited with an outfield assist at home.

Perry DellaValle struck out five over the first 4 1/3, allowing six hits but not issuing a free pass.  The last of his two runs charged came home under Patrick Dayton’s watch on one of the three hits Dayton yielded in 1 2/3 innings.

The tally charged to Dayton scored in the seventh after the lefty gave up a single to his initial batter.  Ramon Santos, who replaced Dayton, could not overcome his own throwing error on an attempted sac bunt with both runners scoring on subsequent plays.

Zach Prendergast worked around two singles and a base-on-balls for a clean eighth, putting him in line for his second win in three decisions.  Bryan Dobzanski faced the minimum in the ninth for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  Off


Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 14       

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

It was a long Sunday for four Chiefs’ hurlers as Peoria (21-28) was blown out at Cedar Rapids, 14-1.  The visitors will try to salvage a four-game split when the series concludes on Monday.

Put in the rotation over struggling Cole Aker, Michael Brettell (L, 1-1) did not fare any better. Brettell recorded four outs but not before surrendering eight runs, six earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls.  One of the hits was a three-run long ball.

Thomas St. Clair tossed 2 2/3 innings, yielding a tally on five hits and a walk while stranding an inherited runner.  Working in relief, Aker was charged with three runs, one earned, on three hits and three free passes in three frames.  Edgar Escobar pitched the eighth, giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits.

As can be seen in the pitching stats, Peoria received little help from their position players, who committed nearly as many errors (five) as they garnered hits (six).  Those bobbles led to five unearned runs.  Brettell was charged with a throwing error, left fielder Leandro Cedeño had a fielding miscue as did first baseman Josh Shaw and shortstop Delvin Perez committed two fielding bobbles.

Offensively, second baseman Brendan Donovan and third baseman Nolan Gorman posted nearly identical marks.  Both players singled and doubled in four at bats, with Gorman’s single driving in Donovan to prevent the shutout.

Monday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (25-25) (MIN), 12:05 pm CT, Diego Cordero (2-3, 2.61)


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 24, 2019

photo: Angel Rondon (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The 2-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system featured wins by Palm Beach and Peoria and bullpen failures for Memphis and Springfield. The latter wasted a strong start by Player of the Day Angel Rondon, who fanned nine in six one-run frames for the S-Cards, losers of seven straight.

Results from games played Thursday, May 23rd.


Memphis 5 at Nashville 8   

Drew Robinson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The bullpen struggles returned as a four-run eighth resulted in the Redbirds’ 8-5 road loss at Nashville.  Memphis (23-24) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one contest on tap while remaining in second place in the American Northern Division standings, 5 ½ games behind Iowa (CHC).

With the game knotted at four-all through seven, reliever Jesus Cruz (L, 1-5) began his brief stint by loading the bases on a single plus two free passes before serving up a grand slam with two gone.  Cruz plunked his next batter, leading to his ejection by the home plate umpire.  Also given the heave ho were Memphis’ manager Ben Johnson, first baseman John Nogowski and former Redbird Patrick Wisdom.

Evan Kruczynski fared little better in his second Triple-A start than he did in his first.  The southpaw was tagged for four tallies on six hits, including a solo shot, and a walk in 5 2/3.  All four runs scored in either the fifth or sixth inning.  Kruczynski also threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk.

Domenic Leone used one of Memphis’ three double plays to mitigate the damage caused by his single and three walks yielded over 1 1/3 frames and left Kruczynski’s final runner aboard.  Tommy Layne replaced Cruz on the mound and retired his only batter.

Memphis outhit Nashville, 10 to nine, but both long balls came with the bases empty.  Center fielder Drew Robinson led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double and home run for one of his two runs scored and two RBI.  Tommy Edman added a home run (for the second consecutive night) and a single, but was erased from the base paths trying to take third.  Rangel Ravelo’s ground-rule double extended his hitting streak to 18 games.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Nashville (18-28) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (3-1, 2.44)


Springfield 1 at Arkansas 4      

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The S-Cards opened their four-game set at Arkansas by absorbing a 4-1 loss, their seventh defeat in a row.  Springfield (18-29) sits firmly in last place in the North Division standings, 13 ½ games in back of the Travelers.

The visitors managed just one hit through the first seven innings before combining singles by Evan Mendoza, Conner Capel and Jose Godoy.  Godoy’s hit drove in Mendoza and tied the game at 1-1.

But the tie only lasted until the home half of the frame when Seth Elledge (L, 2-3) permitted three runs on three hits and two free passes with one out recorded.  Elledge’s last run scored under Kodi Whitley’s watch after Whitley gave up an RBI single to his first batter.  Left fielder Capel’s outfield assist at home prevented further damage on the play and the righty recorded the eighth’s final out via a swinging K.

The lack of offense squandered a noteworthy effort by Player of the Day Angel Rondon in his second Double-A start.  The 21-year-old struck out nine in six innings, the sole mark against him being a first-inning home run that was one of his five hits allowed.  Rondon issued one free pass.  Hector Mendoza tossed a clean seventh before giving way to Elledge.

Friday’s game:  at first-place Arkansas (30-15) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Austin Warner (2-3, 4.37)


Palm Beach 5 at Charlotte 4 (10)    

Alex Reyes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Beach Birds continue their seven-game road trip with a series-opening victory over the Stone Crabs, 5-4 in 10.  Palm Beach (29-17) remains atop the South Division standings, two games in front of Fort Myers (MIN).

The visitors had a chance to win in regulation, taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the ninth.  But Ramon Santos sandwiched a force at second around a walk and single that put runners at first and second for Bryan Dobzanski.  Dobzanski (W, 1-0) (BS, 1) surrendered run-scoring singles to his first two batters, sending the game into extras.

But the offense came through in the top of the 10th.  Julio Rodriguez started the inning at second, advanced to third on Luken Baker’s single and scored the winning run when Nick Dunn generated an infield single to second that was deflected by Charlotte’s first baseman.

Dobzanski’s return to the mound generated better results in the bottom of the 10th.  The New Jersey native followed up his two swinging K’s to end the ninth with three straight groundball outs for the win.

In his return from a fractured finger, Alex Reyes started, his first action since a Triple-A start on April 25th in which he lasted just 2 2/3 frames.  The righty tossed five strong innings in his Florida State League return, fanning six with two hits and two walks given up resulting in one run in his initial inning on the bump.

Zach Prendergast struck out four over the next two innings, yielding a run on a triple and sac fly.  Santos faced the minimum in the eighth before running into trouble to next frame.

The Cardinals had their bats going on Thursday with eight of nine starters garnering at least one of the team’s 14 hits.  Baker and Dunn each went 3-for-5 with a run scored. Dunn doubled once and drove in two.  Lars Nootbaar and Yariel Gonzalez had two hits apiece and Rodriguez added his fifth home run of 2019.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Charlotte (25-22) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Alex Fagalde (5-2, 2.37)


Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 5       

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs held off a ninth-inning rally to edge the Timber Rattlers, 6-5, and salvage a second win in the now-completed five-game stanza.  Seventh-place Peoria (20-26) trails Quad Cities (HOU) by 10 ½ games in the Western Division standings.

The game was marred by suspect defense with each club committing three miscues leading to four unearned runs combined.  Kyle Leahy (W, 2-4) was tagged with one of them during his five-inning stint, with all three tallies charged to the right-hander occurring in the fourth.  Leahy gave up four hits and a walk with four strikeouts.

Apparently moved out of the rotation into long relief, Cole Aker held sixth-place Wisconsin (21-24) (MIL) scoreless over the next two frames, yielding a hit and walk.  Edgar Escobar retired his first four batters but put runners at the corners via a walk and two-out double.  A fly ball to left should have ended the game but it was mishandled by Brandon Riley, leading to two unearned runs.  Escobar regrouped to coax a pop up to first for his fourth save.

The Chiefs’ offense got on track immediately, producing five runs before making six outs.  Catcher Ivan Herrera led the charge, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBI.  Nolan Gorman was the only other Peoria player with a multi-hit day, singling twice in three at bats with a walk, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Defensively, third baseman Malcom Nunez had two bobbles and Herrera was charged with a passed ball.

Friday’s game:  at fifth-place Cedar Rapids (23-24) (MIN), TBA


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Cardinals Minor League Notebook – May 22, 2019

photo: Genesis Cabrera (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Across the St. Louis Cardinals system, it was a rough 1-4 Tuesday evening, including three ninth-inning losses. However, Memphis’ pen came through, protecting the best start of the season for Player of the Day Genesis Cabrera, who allowed two runs over six innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, May 21st.


Memphis 4 at Nashville 2    

Genesis Cabrera (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Genesis Cabrera tossed six solid frames as Memphis (22-23) downed Nashville in the road series opener, 4-2.

Cabrera (W, 2-3) limited the Sounds to single tallies in the third and fifth and permitted just four hits and a walk, including a solo shot.  The lefty struck out six with four ground- to seven fly- ball outs.

The pen, shaky in recent games, came through Tuesday. Dominic Leone faced the minimum in the seventh, fanning two, followed by Jesus Cruz who matched his effort the next frame.  Chris Beck tossed a one-two-three ninth, striking out one, for his fourth save.

The Redbirds trailed 2-1 going into the seventh when they pushed across three runs on four of the team’s nine hits.  Rangel Ravelo and John Nogowski each went 2-for-3 with an RBI, Ravelo doubling and walking once with a run scored.  The Redbirds were busy on the base paths as Drew Robinson stole two bases while Max Schrock and Lane Thomas each swiped one.

Wednesday’s game:  at Nashville (17-27) (TEX), 6:35 pm CT, Daniel Ponce de Leon (3-2, 3.96)


Tulsa 3 at Springfield 2      

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards’ bullpen could not hold a ninth-inning lead as they dropped a 3-2 decision to Tulsa at Hammons Field.  The home team has lost both of the three-game series’ first two contests.

Springfield (18-27) led 2-1 with three outs to go but Kodi Whitley issued two free passes followed by a two-run double for his second loss in as many decisions and first blown save.  It was the right-hander’s only inning of work.

Johan Oviedo used six strikeouts to minimize the damage caused by three hits and four walks resulting in one tally allowed in five innings.  Junior Fernandez fanned five in two innings before Roel Ramirez tossed a clean eighth.

The home team was held to just five hits, one each by five Springfield players.  Both scores were generated when Dylan Carlson went yard with Irving Lopez (single) aboard in the sixth.  It was the centerfielder’s eighth long ball of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (23-21) (LAD), 11:10 am CT, Williams Perez (4-2, 5.70)


Palm Beach 1 at Lakeland 3    

Perry DellaValle (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

The Beach Birds fell prey to the long ball in their 3-1 walk-off loss at Lakeland.  Palm Beach (27-17) will try to prevent a three-game sweep by the Flying Tigers when the two teams meet on Wednesday.

C.J. Saylor (L, 2-2) worked around a single for a clean eighth but gave up another single plus a home run to his first two batters faced the next frame.  That spoiled a fine start by Perry DellaValle, who held Lakeland to an unearned run on four hits and three walks over seven.  DellaValle fanned seven and threw 61 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

The PB-Cards’ sole tally came in the seventh on three of their four total hits plus one of their two walks.  Scott Hurst and Dennis Ortega generated back-to-back singles with one gone before a free pass issued to Lars Nootbar jammed the sacks full for Rayder Ascanio.  Ascanio came through with a single up the middle to score Hurst but neither Jose Martinez nor Justin Toerner could come through for more runs.

Wednesday’s game:  at Lakeland (19-25) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (2-0, 3.38)


Peoria 8 at Wisconsin 12 (7) – Game 1        
Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 2 (8) – Game 2        

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs lost a twin bill at Wisconsin on Tuesday, with one a slugfest and the other a pitchers’ duel.  Peoria (19-24) has won one of the series’ first three games with two to play.

Coming in with a 1.66 ERA, Diego Cordero had his worst outing of 2019 to date in the opener. The 21-year old took his third loss in five decisions after permitting six runs on nine hits and three walks over five innings.  One of the nine hits was a two-run home run.  The righty threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk.

Thomas St. Clair was charged with six tallies on six hits and a base-on-balls in just 2/3 of an inning.  With Fabian Blanco on the mound, three of the runs scored via a two-run single and wild pitch.

Catcher Alexis Wilson swung the big bat, generating a perfect 4-for-4 output while crossing home once.  The only other Chief with more than one of the team’s 10 hits was Brady Whalen who singled and doubled in four at bats, scored once and knocked in four.

Michael Brettell (Bret Jacomet photo)

Pitching took center stage in the finale as the two squads combined for just six hits.  Michael Brettell tossed 5 1/3 strong frames in his second start of seven appearances to date.  The Canadian limited the Timber Rattlers to a run on two hits and a free pass with five K’s.

The game-tying run charged to Brettell scored under Freddy Pacheco’s watch after the latter allowed a two-single in the sixth.  Pacheco (L, 0-1) (BS,2) issued four free passes  in 1 2/3, one intentional, and was charged with the unearned score when Franyel Casadilla yielded an run-scoring single to his first batter for the walk-off loss.

Wednesday’s game:  at Wisconsin (19-23) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (1-0, 0.00)


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