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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/28/17

(photo: Evan Kruczynski/East Carolina University)

Results from games played Tuesday, June 27th.

Oklahoma City 3 at Memphis 2    

Memphis lost a low-scoring affair to Oklahoma City, 3-2.  Although the Redbirds (46-31) have dropped the first two of their four-game home set, they still hold a commanding nine game lead over Nashville (OAK) in the American Southern.

John Gant

John Gant (L, 1-3) tossed eight strong frames, the difference in the game being a two-run home run allowed in the fourth.  Gant gave up five hits and a walk, striking out five.  Mark Montgomery faced the minimum in the ninth.

The home team outhit its guests, seven to five, but went a dismal 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position.  Nick Martini and Adolis Garcia both went 2-for-4, Martini tripling once and Garcia touching home one time in his Triple-A debut.  Harrison Bader doubled once in four at bats, scoring his squad’s other run.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (44-32) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Luke Weaver (6-1, 2.16)

Springfield –Texas League All-Star Game – South 10, North 3

The 2017 Texas League All-Star Game was played on Tuesday at Dr. Pepper Ballpark, home of the Frisco RoughRiders, with the South team prevailing over the North, 10-3.

It was a rough night for several of the five Springfield Cardinals selected as part of the North Division team. Holding a 2-0 lead in the second, Matt Pearce allowed three runs as the South pulled ahead. In the fourth, Corey Baker yielded more runs than outs secured, three to two, on five hits.

Anthony Garcia struck out in his only plate appearance and starting left fielder Oscar Mercado went 1-for-4 with a first-inning single.

On the positive side, Dakota Hudson was given the starting honors for the North and issued a walk along with securing three outs, two on ground balls.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


Palm Beach at St. Lucie – postponed

The first of a three-game road series between Palm Beach (2-2) and St, Lucie was postponed due to inclement weather.  The two teams are now scheduled for a Wednesday double header.

Wednesday’s games:  at St. Lucie (1-3) (NYM).  Game one – 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (4-4, 4.56)/Junior Fernandez (3-3, 4.23)


Peoria 10 vs. Beloit 8

The Chiefs came out on top of a see-saw battle, walking off with a 10-8 win over the Snappers to even the series at one game each with two on tap.  The victory snaps a tie for first between Peoria (5-1) and their guests.

The home team used three two-run frames to build a 6-0 lead, but that evaporated in Beloit’s six-run sixth.  All six scores came against reliever Bryan Dobzanski and all six were unearned because of a two-out throwing error by third baseman Danny Hudzina.  (The error occurred before any Snapper had crossed the plate.)

The visitors took their only lead of the contest with two in the eighth against Dewin Perez.  Perez had already absorbed his first blown save when he allowed Dobzanski’s final two runners to score.

But Hudzina opened the home half of the inning with his fourth home run, halving the deficit to a single tally.  Vince Jackson’s RBI double brought across Dylan Carlson (single), knotting the game at eight all.  Ryan McCarvel sent the spectators home happy with his eighth long ball.  It came with Matt Fiedler aboard.

The Chiefs banged out 16 hits, paced by Hudzina and Jose Martinez, who each had three hits.  All three of Hudzina’s hits in four at bats went for extra bases, two doubles and a home run.  He touched home twice with two RBI.  Martinez went a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, double and run scored.

Stefan Trosclair, Shane Billings and Carlson had two hits apiece.  Trosclair added a base-on-balls to two runs scored, three driven in and two stolen bases while Billings tripled once in five at bats, crossing home twice.  Carlson went 2-for-4, scored the tying run and joined Billings with a stolen base.

Evan Kruczynski

Southpaw Evan Kruczynski, our Player of the Day, was impressive in his professional debut, retiring all 12 batters faced on 39 pitches, 29 for strikes.  Dobzanski tossed a clean fifth but could not get the final out the next inning, giving up three hits and two free passes.

Perez allowed three hits, two walks and a hit batsman in 1 2/3, both of his tallies scoring with Eric Carter on the mound.  Carter (W, 3-1) fanned three in 1 2/3, as did Perez, giving up one hit.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Beloit (4-2) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Sexton (3-1, 2.65)


State College – off

Fresh off their first road series of 2017, one they lost – two games to one, fourth-place State College (4-4) heads home to take on fifth-place Auburn (WSH) in a three-game series.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Auburn (3-5), 7:05 pm ET, TBA


Johnson City 4 at Kingsport 2

Three runs in the first proved decisive as the Appy Birds claimed the rubber game of their three-game series at Kingsport, 4-2.  The win moves Johnson City (4-2) into a first-place tie with Greeneville (HOU), a half game in front of Kingsport.

The visitors’ 11-hit attack was led by Wadye Infante and Julio Rodriguez, who both had three hits.  Infante went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored at the top of the order while catcher Rodriguez singled three times in four at bats, scored one and knocked in another.  Shortstop Wood Myers went 2-for-4 with his first stolen base.  Defensively, Myers committed his first miscue.

Jacob Schlesener

Starter Jacob Schlesener finished an out shy of qualifying for the win, permitting four hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3 scoreless.  Brett Seeburger (W, 1-0) went the next 2 1/3 run-free frames, allowing two hits and a walk, stranding two inherited runners.  Evan Guillory was touched for a two-run bomb in the eighth before Thomas St. Clair worked around a lead-off single and wild pitch for his first professional save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Greeneville (4-2) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 3.00)


GCL Cardinals – off

The GCL Cardinals (0-1) look for their first victory of 2017 when they face the GCL Mets.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Mets (0-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Mets1 3

The seventh-place Dominican Birds (8-12) fell to the DSL Mets1, 3-1, and now trail the division-leading DSL Twins by seven games.

All three scores charged to Roy Garcia (L, 0-2) came in the sixth, the first of his two-inning stint.  The righty yielded two hits and three free passes in all.

Garcia pitched in relief of Enmanuel Solano, who tossed five strong frames in his first start after three relief appearances.  The 18-year-old righty scattered five hits and did not issue a free pass.  Solano fanned four.  Leonardo Taveras tossed a clean eighth.

The visitors’ sole run occurred in the ninth and came in typical Dominican Summer League fashion.  Shortstop Raffy Ozuna begin the frame by striking out swinging on a pitch scored a wild pitch and scampered to first.  He advanced to second via a ground out, moved to third on another wild pitch and scored on a single by catcher Ivan Herrera, one of only four hits by the Cardinals on the day.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets1 (11-10), 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (0-3, 4.09)

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Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/26/17

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Results from games played Sunday, June 25th.

Memphis 3 at Omaha 5

The Redbirds (46-29) fell to the Storm Chasers, 5-3, for a split of the four-game road series.

Breyvic Valera (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The blow that finished Jack Flaherty’s (L, 1-1) day was a three-run home run with one gone in the fourth.  Combined with a two-run third, Flaherty surrendered five runs in all on eight hits and three walks.  He struck out five.

Kevin Herget held Omaha (37-36) (KC) scoreless over the next 2 2/3, fanning three.  Trey Nielsen and Miguel Socolovich each tossed a one-two-three frame, with Nielsen striking out two.

Memphis garnered eight hits, generating single scores in the fourth, fifth and ninth.  Designated hitter Breyvic Valera led the way, going 3-for-4 with a solo bomb that was part of his two RBI.  Alex Mejia singled and doubled in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (41-32) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, TBA (was Mike Mayers prior to his Sunday call up to StL)

Arkansas 7 at Springfield 0

A three-run long ball translated to an early exit for Chris Ellis as the S-Cards were blanked by the Travelers, 7-0.  Heading into the Texas League all-star break, Springfield (3-3) claimed the series from Arkansas (2-4) (SEA), three games to one.

Ellis (L, 0-3) was unable to record the final out in the third, giving up four runs on four hits and three bases-on-balls.  Ian McKinney was charged with a run on two hits in one frame.

Blake McKnight left McKinney’s last runner aboard but allowed two runs on two hits and three free passes in two.  Pedro Echemendia went 3 1/3 scoreless, stranding one inherited runner.

The home team was limited to just five hits, all singles.  Catcher Jesse Jenner had the only multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 out of the nine hole.

Monday’s game:  Off for the Texas League All-Star break


Jupiter 5 at Palm Beach 2

The Beach Birds’ bullpen could not hold a slim lead, resulting in a 5-2 loss to Jupiter (2-2) (MIA).  Palm Beach (2-2) split the four-game set at Roger Dean Stadium.

With Palm Beach up 2-1 through seven, Ramon Santos (BS, 2) allowed the tying score the next frame.  In Santos’ two innings of work, he allowed two hits and two walks with an inherited runner stranded.

Chandler Hawkins (L, 2-1) left Santos’ final runner aboard in the eighth but could not accomplish the same feat for himself in the ninth.  Hawkins yielded three runs on six hits in 1 2/3.

Derian Gonzalez did well in his first start of the season, holding the Hammerheads to a run via a solo long ball that was one of five hits he gave up over 5 1/3.  He issued one free pass.

Six PB Cards had one hit each, with the only one to go for extra bases coming off Blake Drake’s bat.  Drake doubled home Jeremy Martinez after the latter drew a base-on-balls to begin the fifth.  Danny Diekroeger’s sac fly brought across Randy Arozarena (hit-by-pitch) for the other score.

Monday’s game:  Off

Peoria 8 at Burlington 2

Peoria (4-0) extended its winning streak to six games, blowing past the Bees, 8-2.  All six wins have come against Burlington (0-4), including four in the just completed road series.

Ryan McCarvel (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs scored in each of the first three frames, building to a 6-1 lead after three.  Three Chiefs had two hits each:  Ryan McCarvel, Stefan Trosclair and Jose Martinez.  McCarvel, our co-Player of the Day, did the most damage, doubling twice in three at bats with two walks, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Trosclair singled and tripled in four at bats with a base-on-balls, crossed home once and drove in one while Martinez knocked in two.

Ian Oxnevad (W, 2-7) was solid through five plus, permitting two runs on five hits and a walk.  Frederis Parra tossed three innings of shutout ball, giving up three hits, fanning two and stranding one inherited.  Max Almonte faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Beloit (3-1) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Jordan Hicks (7-2, 3.88)


State College 9 at Mahoning Valley 0

A huge fourth catapulted the Spikes over the Scrappers, 9-0, evening the road series at one game each with one to play.

Daniel Castano (Johnson City Cardinals)

State College (4-3) sent 11 players to the plate that inning, pushing across nine runs.  The scoring was capped by Joshua Lopez’ three-run blast with two gone and Mick Fennell (double) and Evan Mendoza (error) aboard.

Lopez and Fennell were two of four Spikes with two hits apiece, joined by Hunter Newman and Danny Martin.  Lopez and Fennell had five at bats and Newman and Martin four.  Three State College players had one hit each.

Meanwhile on the mound, co-Player of the Day Daniel Castano (W, 2-0) tossed eight impressive frames, striking out nine and giving up just four hits and a walk.  Paul Balestrieri faced the minimum in his professional debut to complete the shutout.

Monday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (4-3) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (0-1, 24.00)


Johnson City 6 at Kingsport 7

The Appy Birds (2-2) were clipped by the Mets, 7-6, in the away series opener.

Reliever Robert Calvano took the loss in his first decision, after giving up a tie-breaking tally on four hits in 2 1/3.  He struck out two and did not walk a batter.

Prospect Alvaro Seijas’ much anticipated 2017 debut was a rough one.  The 18-year-old went just three innings, yielding four runs on five hits and three walks.  Seijas threw 65 pitches, 36 for strikes.  Will Changarotty allowed two unearned scores on three hits and three bases-on-balls, one intentional, in 2 2/3.

Three JC-Cards each had two of the team’s 10 hits:  Delvin Perez, Carlos Rodriguez and Irving Lopez.  Perez went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and RBI while batting third.  He did not fare as well with his base running, being caught stealing once and picked off second another time.

Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with his second home run of 2017, touching home twice.  Defensively, he committed a throwing error, his second miscue overall.  Lopez singled and doubled in three at bats, batting eighth.

Monday’s game:  at Kingsport (3-0), 6:30 pm ET, Johan Oveido (season debut)


GCL Cardinals 

Manager Steve Turco’s Gulf Coast League Cardinals begin defense of their 2016 championship at home against the GCL Astros.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Astros (0-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA


DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (7-11) at DSL Yankees (10-9), 10:30 am ET, Jose Moreno (0-0, 3.97)

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