Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/30/17

(photo: Chris Chinea/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-4 on Saturday, including a Johnson City doubleheader sweep. Our Player of the Day is first baseman Chris Chinea, who was 2-for-5 with a grand slam and seven RBI in Palm Beach’s victory at Bradenton.

Results for games played Saturday, July 29.

Memphis 14 at Reno 8

Tyler O’Neill (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds hit 70 wins on the season as they routed the Reno Aces in the series opener on Saturday night.  Actually, it was Sunday morning after a two hour rain delay at the onset.

A close 7-5 game was broken open in the sixth with a seven run outburst by Memphis.  Wilfredo Tovar hit his fourth home run of the season, a solo shot, in the third.  Tovar was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Tyler O’Neill drove in three and was 2-for-5. Nick Martini was 2-for-3 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Alex Mejia plated a run, scored twice, and was 2-for-5.  Alberto Rosario was 2-for-5 with two RBI.  Even starting pitcher John Gant got in on the fun, going 2-for-3 and driving in a run.  Every member of the starting lineup had at least one hit and drove in at least one run.   Also plating runs were Rangel Ravelo, Adolis Garcia, and Patrick Wisdom.

Gant won his third game of the season.  The right hander pitched six innings, giving up seven runs on 10 hits while fanning two and walking one.  Arturo Reyes followed with two innings of relief, surrendering one unearned run.  Sam Tuivailala pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Redbirds are 70-36 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 19 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Reno, Dakota Hudson (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 3

Chris Ellis (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals were edged out by the Naturals in a close game on Saturday.  The Springfield offense couldn’t get traction through six innings, then in the seventh, an Anthony Garcia RBI single put them on the board.  A small rally in the ninth fell short.  Jacob Wilson plated a run on a single, but Randy Arozarena was out at home and the final batter, Andrew Knizner, struck out to end the rally.  Wilson and Knizner went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Chris Ellis pitched seven innings, giving up two runs on five hits while fanning six and walking one.  Corey Littrell started the eighth but struggled. With one out, the bases loaded and one run in, he was replaced by Andrew Morales. Morales hit a batter to force in a run, then got the final two outs in the inning, but that tally proved to be the game-winner.

The Cardinals are 58-48 overall, 23-13 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Austin Gomber (4-7, 4.48) 2:05 CT.

Palm Beach 12 at Bradenton 3

Chris Chinea (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals walloped the Marauders with some massive offense on Saturday.  First sacker Chris Chinea led the way with seven runs driven in, four coming on a third inning grand slam, the first of his three-year career.  Chinea’s first inning groundout plated the first Palm Beach run.  In the sixth, Chinea’s single brought two home, and a third scored on a throwing error. Chinea was 2-for-5.  Luke Dykstra joined Chinea in the long ball fun with a solo blast in the seventh. Dykstra also doubled in a run in the sixth and was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Jose Martinez hit an RBI single in the sixth and was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.   Jose Godoy was 2-for-6 with two runs scored.

Starter Connor Jones won his seventh game of the season.  Jones pitched seven innings, giving up three runs on six hits while fanning five and walking none.  Eric Carter and Ian McKinney pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

Casey Turgeon stole his second base of the season in two attempts for Palm Beach.

The Cardinals are 57-45 overall and 17-18 in the second half.  They are five games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Bradenton, Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 4.20) 12:00 p.m. CT.

Peoria 1, Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs bats hit but couldn’t score, as they fell to the Timber Rattlers 4-1 on Saturday.  The lone Peoria run came on a RBI single by Stephen Piscotty, the rehabber’s only hit.  Juan Yepez, J.R. Davis, and Mick Fennell were each 2-for-4.

Starter Ian Oxnevad pitched four innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  The left hander struck out one and walked one.  Anthony Shew followed with four innings of work, surrendering an additional run on three hits.  Leland Tilley pitched a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Nick Plummer was picked off and caught stealing for the sixth time in 13 attempts.  In the field, Fennell had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 50-54 overall on the season, 20-14 in the second half to put them 1 game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 5.34) 6:30 CT.

State College 4 at Batavia 8

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell into a deep hole in the first inning and couldn’t climb out.  Starter Paul Balestrieri gave up six runs in the initial frame and went on to pitch 3 2/3 innings.  Balestrieri allowed seven hits, fanned four and walked two and was tagged with his first loss of the season.  Steven Farinaro added 2 1/3 innings of relief, surrendering one run.  Robert Calvano relinquished an additional run in 1 1/3 innings before Will Latcham got the last two outs of the ninth.

The Spikes’ offense got on the board in the fourth on a fielding error that scored Evan Mendoza, who reached via a leadoff single.  In the seventh, Mendoza added an RBI double.  A Yariel Gonzalez single brought two more runs home.  Mendoza was 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Gonzalez was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Scott Hurst stole his fourth base in six attempts.  In the field, Gonazlez committed a fielding error and Calvano picked a runner off first base.

The Spikes are 20-17 on the season and are three games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Daniel Castano (6-1, 2.62) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 3 at Danville 2 (Game 1 DH, seven innings)

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals squeaked past the Danville Braves in the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader.  Johnson City got on the board first on a bases loaded walk Carlos Talavera in the second inning.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh, when they put up two runs. Talavera singled, stole second, advanced to third on a throwing error, and came home on a fielder’s choice ground out.  Chase Pinder’s single plated the winning run.  Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-4, Julio Rodriguez was 2-for-3.

Cardinals starter Alvaro Seijas earned his third win of the season, pitching six innings, and giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Fabian Blanco added a scoreless seventh to earn his fourth save.

On the base paths, Talavera stole his fourth base of the season in seven attempts.  Ynfante was caught stealing for the third time in 12 attempts.  In the field, Talavera had an outfield assist.

Johnson City 10 at Danville 6 (Game 2 DH, seven innings)

Chase Pinder (Johnson City Cardinals)

An eight-run fourth inning was the key to victory for the Cardinals in the nightcap.  A first inning run scored on a throwing error.  In the fourth, the gates opened wide for the Johnson City offense as the Cardinals batted around, sending 12 batters to the plate.  Walker Robbins’ double plated the first run.  J.D Murders then singled to score two more.  Chase Pinder hit a two run double and Alexis Wilson also doubled to score Pinder.  Another two run double by Brady Whalen closed the big inning.

Pinder was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.  Wilson also scored twice and was 3-for-4.  Whalen was 2-for-4.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits.  The righty struck out seven and walked two.  Brett Seeburger tossed a scoreless sixth.  Paul Salazar covered the seventh and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Prendergast was the winning pitcher.

Imeldo Diaz stole his second base in two attempts for Johnson City. Robbins committed a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 18-19 on the season and are five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Pulaski, Franyel Casadilla (0-3, 8.61) 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Nationals 5

Andres Luna (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were held to two runs on six hits in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.  Only one went for extra bases, as leadoff hitter Andres Luna tripled, and was 2-for-3.  Donivan Williams had the only RBI on a single in the ninth.  A fifth inning run scored on a wild pitch.  Carlos Soto was 2-for-4.

Brian Pirela was the starting pitcher, and the hard luck loser.  Pirela tossed 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked three.  Enrique Perez followed with 1 1/3 innings, surrendering two runs on two hits.  Kodi Whitley and Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth.

In the field, Eliezer Alvarez committed a fielding error, and Soto had a passed ball.  Williams had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 13-15 on the season and six games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals 15 at DSL Yankees 6

Pablo Gomez

The Cardinals bats blasted the Yankees on Saturday with 15 runs on 14 hits.  Two were of the long ball variety.  Luis Montano, who was 3-for-5 with three runs scored, hit a two run shot in the second inning.  In the third, Victor Garcia destroyed a baseball for a grand slam.  Garcia had 5 RBI and was 2-fof-5.  Pablo Gomez was 3-for-6 with two runs driven in and two runs scored.  Freddy DeJesus plated a run and was 2-for-5.  Diomedes Del Rio was 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Dionis Zamora pitched three innings, giving up one run on two hits, while fanning three and walking one.  Roy Garcia surrendered two runs in one inning of relief.  Oneiver Diaz added three innings, allowed a run on four hits, and was the winning pitcher.  Anthony Trompiz tossed a scoreless eighth.  Cristoffer Zapata began the ninth, gave up two runs and was replaced Hector Soto. Soto got the final two outs of the inning without further damage.

In the field, Montano had an outfield assist.   Catcher Ivan Herrera picked a runner off third base.

The Cardinals are 19-29 on the season and are 15.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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