Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/23/17

(Photo: Dakota Hudson/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-2 on Saturday as the DSL Cardinals and State College Spikes games were rained out. Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Dakota Hudson, who pitched seven scoreless innings with only four hits allowed in the Cardinals victory over Arkansas.

Results for games played Saturday, July 22.

Memphis 2, Las Vegas 1

Nick Martini/Springfield Cardinals

The Redbirds edged Las Vegas thanks to a sixth inning two run RBI single by Nick Martini.  It was a win without a lot of offense; Memphis managed only five hits, with the only extra base hit a Breyvic Valera double.  Martini was 2-for-4. Starting pitcher Matt Pearce and pinch hitter Adolis Garcia rounded out the remainder of the hits for Memphis.

Pearce pitched a very good game, seven innings of one run ball with only four hits allowed.  Pearce fanned five and walked none.  Sam Tuivailala, Ryan Sherriff and Josh Lucas combined for the remaining two innings of relief, with Lucas getting the save, his ninth.

In the field, Pearce picked off a runner at first base.

The Redbirds are 64-35 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 17 games.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas, Kevin Herget (3-1, 4.26) 2:05 CT.


Springfield 7, at Arkansas 0

Dakota Hudson

The Cardinals won a blowout in Arkansas, shutting out the Travelers on Saturday.  Springfield starter Dakota Hudson kept Arkansas scoreless for seven innings, allowing only four hits while striking out three and walking one.  The right handed hurler earned his ninth win of the season.  Corey Littrell and Landon Beck each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

The offense scored seven runs on 11 hits, all singles.  Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Darren Seferina was 3-for-5 with one run driven in.  Tommy Edman and Randy Arozarena were both 2-for-4.   Edman plated a run on a seventh inning single.

On the base paths, Mercado stole his 31st base of the season in 44 attempts.  Seferina stole his third base in four attempts for Springfield.

The Cardinals are 54-45 overall, 18-10 in the second half, and in first place by two games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Sandy Alcantara (5-5, 5.22) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2, Charlotte 5

A ninth inning rally fell short, as the Cardinals fell at home to the Stone Crabs on Saturday.   Palm Beach was held scoreless until the ninth, when the offense attempted to make up a five-run deficit.  The rally began with a Thomas Spitz single, the hero from Friday’s night’s walkoff win.  Chris Chinea followed with a double to center.  A ground out by Jose Godoy scored Spitz and sent Chinea to third.  Shane Billings then singled to plate Chinea.  Unfortunately, the threat ended when Leobaldo Pina struck out.

Cardinals starter Jake Woodford suffered his sixth loss of the season.  The right-hander pitched three innings, giving up three runs on three hits while striking out one and walking four.  Normally a starter, Ryan Helsley relieved Woodford and pitched 4 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on three hits.  Brady Bowen pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, relinquishing a run on three hits as well.

In the field, Chinea made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Billings had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 55-40 overall and 15-13 in the second half.  They are 3.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Jordan Hicks (0-1, 3.86) 12:00 p.m. CT.


Peoria 7, at Bowling Green 8 (11 innings)

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs lost a tough one in extra innings in Bowling Green on Saturday.  The lead changed hands several times, with Peoria getting ahead only to have the Hot Rods battle back.  After the game was once again tied after nine, the game went to the 11th before a walkoff double gave the victory to Bowling Green.

Home runs by Brian O’Keefe (solo) and Nick Plummer (two run) in the second a fourth inning helped to get Peoria on top, a lead that would soon vanish.  Danny Hudzina drove in two runs and was 2-for-5.  O’Keefe was also 2-for-5.  Ryan McCarvel and Juan Yepez plated runs, McCarvel on a third inning single, Yepez by drawing a bases loaded walk in the ninth.  Matt Fiedler was 2-for-4.

Starter Anthony Shew pitched four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits.  Shew struck out five and walked one.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two more runs in his three innings of relief.  Eric Carter allowed two runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Max Almonte hurled the final 1 2/3, relinquished the winning walk off hit and was the hard luck loser.

On the base paths, Fiedler stole his third base in five attempts for Peoria.  Kramer Robertson stole his fourth base in seven attempts.  O’Keefe was caught stealing for the third time in eight attempts.  O’Keefe also made a fielding error, his third.

The Chiefs are 46-52 overall on the season, 16-12 in the second half to put them 3.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Bowling Green, Ian Oxnevad (3-8, 3.94) 4:05 CT.



State College at West Virginia

This game was postponed due to rain.  The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on Wednesday, August 2 at Monongalia County Ballpark.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.77) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 9, Danville 8

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals won a squeaker against the Danville Braves on Saturday with a six run first inning the key to the victory.  Jonathan Rivera hit a two run shot, and one batter later, Cameron Knight hit a solo shot.  Also driving in runs in that inning was Brady Whalen with a two run RBI double.  An additional run scored on a wild pitch.  Whalen also hit a three run double in the fourth for an RBI total of five on a 3-for-5 performance.  Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched four innings, giving up seven runs, six earned on nine hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Jake Walsh followed with two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win, his fourth.  Fabian Blanco allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings.  Jacob Patterson pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Ynfante stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.  Knight committed a throwing error and Rivera made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 13-17 on the season and are 5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Danville, Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 6.86) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals – Off

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA (makeup of previously suspended game)


DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Angels

This game was postponed due to rain.  The makeup game has not yet been scheduled.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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