Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/29/17

(photo: Rangel Ravelo/Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Friday.  Memphis and the GCL split doubleheaders, and Johnson City was rained out. Player of the Day Rangel Ravelo drove in three in Memphis’ victory over Salt Lake in Game 1, scored twice in the nightcap and had four hits over the twin bill.  Scott Hurst and Donivan Williams hit their first professional home runs.

Results for games played Friday, July 28.

Memphis 7, Salt Lake 2 (Game 1 DH)

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

In the first game of the twin bill, the suspended game from Thursday, the Redbirds easily defeated the Bees, scoring multiple runs across multiple innings.

Rangel Ravelo and Wifredo Tovar each had three RBI.  Tyler O’Neill drove in the other Memphis run.  The first run came home in the first inning via a Nick Martini leadoff triple and Ravelo RBI single.   In the second, Tovar’s double plated two.  Ravelo drove in two on his own RBI double in the fourth, and O’Neill sent the third run of the inning home on a sac fly.  The Redbirds scored their final run in the eighth on another Tovar double.  Ravelo was 2-for-4 and Tovar was 3-for-4. Breyvic Valera was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

Matt Pearce pitched two innings before the game was stopped, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Pedro Echemendia followed on Friday with three scoreless innings and earned his first win of the season.  Mike Mayers pitched three innings, surrendering one run on a solo home run.  Miguel Socolovich added a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds were active on the base paths. O’Neill stole his 10th base in 12 attempts, Alex Mejia stole his first for Memphis in his initial attempt, Valera stole his eighth bag in 17 attempts, and Tovar swiped his 11th base in 14 attempts.

Patrick Wisdom committed a throwing error.  Pearce picked off a runner at first base.

Memphis 5, Salt Lake 6 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

The Redbirds were the hard luck losers in the regular game against Salt Lake, shortened to seven innings.  Memphis took a 3-0 lead into the fifth, but the big inning by Salt Lake erased the lead.  The Redbirds plated two in the bottom frame to tie it up, but lost it in the seventh.

A three run home run by Adolis Garcia in the first put the Redbirds on top.  The long ball was Garcia’s only hit.  In the fifth, Memphis tied it up with two runs on doubles by Nick Martini, Rangel Ravelo, and Alex Mejia.  Ravelo was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.

Reliever Kevin Herget was the starting pitcher. The right-hander went four innings and gave up one run on three hits.  He fanned four and walked one.  Ryan Sherriff had a tough night in relief, surrendering four runs on five hits in two innings.  Mark Montgomery relinquished the winning run in the final frame and took the loss.

On the base paths, Tyler O’Neill stole his 11th base in 13 attempts.  In the field, Sherriff made a throwing error.  Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 69-36 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 19.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Reno, John Gant (2-5, 3.63) 9:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 4

Jacob Evans (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A three run ninth inning was the key to victory for the first-place Cardinals at NW Arkansas on Friday night.  Springfield took the lead early, but the Naturals pulled ahead in the seventh with four runs scored.  The Cardinals tied it up in the eighth, and won in the ninth.

The game was scoreless until the fifth, then the Cardinals put runs on the board in each of the final five innings.  An RBI single by John Nogowski plated the first run in the fifth.  Nogowski was 2-for-4 on the night.  Danny Diekroeger drove in a run on a ground out in the sixth.  In the seventh, a sac fly double play off the bat of Anthony Garcia brought another run home.  Magneuris Sierra’s RBI double in the eighth scored the tying run.  In the ninth, three walks, one intentional, loaded the bases.  Jacob Wilson’s sac fly plated one.  A throwing error on a pickoff attempt was responsible for score number two.  A Diekroeger RBI single brought the third run across.

Sierra was 2-for-5.  Randy Arozarena was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Andrew Knizner was 2-for-5.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched six innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on seven hits.  The righty struck out three and walked three. Jacob Evans handled the final three innings. The lefty gave up no runs but did allow an inherited runner to score, so was charged with a blown save.  Evans also got the win, his first since his promotion to Double-A.

Nogowski stole his second base in two attempts. Diekroeger was caught stealing twice, for his first and second caught stealing in three attempts. Alcantara committed a throwing error and a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 58-47 overall, and 23-12 in the second half and are in first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Chris Ellis (2-5, 4.41) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 0 at Tampa 1

Jordan Hicks (Peoria Chiefs)

In a pitcher’s duel until the ninth, the Cardinals finally blinked as Tampa plated the winning run.  Palm Beach starter Jordan Hicks pitched five scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, fanning six and walking one.  Dailyn Martinez followed with three scoreless innings of relief.  Hector Mendoza gave up the walkoff double and took the loss.

Cardinals bats were quiet, kept to two hits by Tampa pitching as Chris Chinea and Leobaldo Pina each singled.

The Cardinals are 56-45 overall and 16-17 in the second half, which puts them six games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at Bradenton, Connor Jones (6-4, 3.93) 5:30 CT.

Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 6

Max Almonte (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs suffered a three run loss to the Kernels at Dozer Park on Friday night.  Rehabbing St. Louis outfielder Stephen Piscotty drove in two of the three Peoria runs, both on ground outs.  Piscotty did have a hit, a double, in the third inning.  The other Chiefs’ run came on a RBI single by Kramer Robertson in the fifth.  Robertson was 2-for-4.

Starter Austin Warner pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on 10 hits.  Warner fanned six and walked one and took the loss, his first.  Max Almonte followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless eighth.  Dewin Perez surrendered one run in the ninth.

In the field, Piscotty committed a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 50-53 overall and 20-13 in the second half to put them one game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Anthony Shew (0-0, 5.06) 6:30 CT.

State College 3 at Batavia 4

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

The Spikes took a close loss at Batavia on Friday.  State College briefly took the lead in the fourth on RBI singles by Evan Mendoza and Yariel Gonzalez.  Scott Hurst added the final Spikes’ run in the seventh on a solo home run, his first as a professional.  Hurst and Mendoza were 2-for-5.  Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-3.

Starter Andrew Summerville pitched four innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked four.  Levi MaVorhis gave up three runs on four hits in three innings and took the loss.  Noel Gonzalez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Edwin Figuera stole his fifth and sixth bases of the season in six attempts.  Mendoza and Zach Kirtley each committed a throwing error.  Hurst had an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 20-15 and are three games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Batavia, Paul Balestrieri (1-0, 2.70) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City at Danville

The game was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a Saturday doubleheader.

Saturday’s games: at Danville, Alvaro Seijas (2-1, 6.51)/Zach Prendergast (0-0, 0.00) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Mets 0 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Alex Fagalde (Cal-Riverside)

The Cardinals shut out the Mets in this first game of a twin bill.  The pitching was excellent, with starter Alex Fagalde opening with three scoreless innings, striking out four and walking none.  Chris Hunt followed with two scoreless and picked up the win.  Gabriel Gentner and Kevin Hamann each added a scoreless inning of relief.  Hamann earned his second save of the season.

The Cardinals scored one run in the first inning when Michael Brdar drew a walk, Robbie Coman doubled to center, and Elehuris Montero hit a sac fly to plate Brdar.  In the third, Donivan Williams launched a leadoff solo home run, his first.  The third Cardinal run came home in the fourth on three consecutive walks, followed by a Moises Castillo double play ground out.

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 2 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

In Game 2 of the double header, the Cardinals lost a close one.  The Cardinals got on the board first with a run in the first inning, but that was it.  Leadoff hitter Jonatan Machado was hit by a pitch, and advanced to third on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Eliezer Alvarez’ sac fly plated Machado.  Only one Cardinal had multiple hits, as Elehuris Montero was 2-for-3 including a double.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on one hit while fanning four and walking six.  C.J. Saylor covered the final two innings, surrendering one run on three hits.  Saylor was tagged with the loss.

On the base paths, Machado was picked off first base as was Brian Sanchez.  In the field, Carlos Soto committed a throwing error, and had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 13-14 on the season and are five games back of first place in the GCL East.

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

DSL Cardinals 5, DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals edged the Yankees after holding off a late rally that brought the score to within one.  The Cardinals scored two in the second inning and three in the sixth to give them a four run lead.  A leadoff single by Freddy De Jesus, and a double by Alexander Samuel, set up a run on a passed ball.  Yowelty Rosario then singled in Samuel for the second run.  De Jesus and Francisco Hernandez launched solo home runs in the sixth.  The third and final Cardinals run scored on a Diomedes Del Rio single.  De Jesus was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Samuel scored twice and was 2-for-3.  Pablo Gomez was 2-for-4.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched six innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two and walking one.  Ventura earned his second win of the season.  Wilman Madera pitched to two batters in the seventh, giving up a walk and a single.  Jesus Cruz went two innings, surrendering one run on one hit.  Jose Geronimo gave up two runs in the ninth before Larimel Soriano secured the final out to earn his first save.

The Cardinals are 18-28 on the season and are 16.5 games back of first place in the DSL South

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

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