Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/13/17

(photo: Julio Rodriguez/Johnson City Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 7-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City C-1B Julio Rodriguez, who was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored in Johnson City’s victory over the Elizabethton Twins.

Results for games played Saturday, August 12.

Memphis 6 at Nashville 1

Patrick Wisdom (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds won in Nashville in the second of eight straight games against the Sounds.  Patrick Wisdom’s two run home run in the second inning got Memphis on the board.  The Redbirds didn’t score again until the eighth inning, when Stephen Piscotty hit a solo home run to the same spot as the hit in Friday night’s game that was changed from a home run to a double.  In the ninth, Breyvic Valera plated a run on a double, and Piscotty’s single scored Valera.  Valera, Wisdom, Alberto Rosario, and Alex Mejia were each 2-for-4.  Piscotty was 2-for-5.  Wisdom and Piscotty had two RBI.

Starter Luke Weaver went six innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked three.  Mark Montgomery pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth.  Ryan Sherriff added a scoreless ninth.

On the base paths, Valera stole his 11th base in 21 attempts.

The Redbirds are 79-41 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 21.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Matt Pearce (2-1, 4.32) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 6 at Corpus Christi 5

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Springfield was victorious in a close contest in Corpus Christi on Saturday.  The Cardinals obtained a healthy lead by the seventh, but an eighth inning surge by the Hooks made it closer.  The Cards scored their first two runs in the second without benefit of a hit, on Bruce Caldwell’s ground out, and on Tommy Edman’s bases loaded walk.  Back to back solo home runs by Andrew Knizner and Edman that increased the lead by two more in the fourth.  Anthony Garcia plated two in the sixth on a double to right field.  Garcia was 2-for-4, as was Jacob Wilson.  Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5.

Springfield starter Sandy Alcantara pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits to earn his seventh win of the season.  The right hander struck out eight and walked five.  Corey Littrell followed with two innings of relief, in which he surrendered two additional runs.  Andrew Morales gave up a run without recording an out after replacing Littrell with two outs in the eighth.  Jacob Evans retired the final batter of the inning.  Evans returned to get the first out of the ninth and was replaced by Tyler Bray.  Bray got the final two outs without any runs scoring, to earn his second save.

Wilson committed a throwing error, his ninth of the season.

The Cardinals are 67-52 overall, 31-17 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Chris Ellis (4-6, 3.60) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Daytona 1

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals topped the Tortugas in Daytona on Saturday night.  Daytona initially took the 1-0 lead, but Palm Beach tied it up in the sixth inning on a leadoff single by Jose Martinez, who stole second base and then scored on a wild pitch.  The Cardinals added three more in the eighth on Casey Grayson’s two run single, with a third run scoring on a throwing error.  Grayson was 3-for-4, Luke Dykstra was 2-for-4 and Jeremy Martinez was 2-for-3.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits.  Woodford fanned two and walked four.  Ian McKinney tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings, and earned the win.

Grayson stole his first base in one attempt.  Jose Martinez stole his first base in three attempts for Palm Beach.

The Cardinals are 64-51 overall and 24-24 in the second half.  They are 6.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Daytona, Ramon Santos (3-2, 4.08) 4:35 CT.

Peoria 2, Burlington 4

Austin Warner (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were the hard luck losers at home against Burlington on Saturday.  The game remained scoreless until the bottom of the seventh, when the Chiefs put up a run on Danny Hudzina’s RBI double.  The Bees returned fire with two runs in the ninth to take the lead, but Peoria tied it up in the bottom frame on Mick Fennell’s RBI single.  The game went into extra innings, and the Bees put up two in the 11th to take the lead and the game.  No Chief hitter had multiple hits.  In addition to Hudzina’s double, Stefan Trosclair tripled.

Starter Austin Warner pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing three hits while fanning five and issuing one free pass.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two runs in his two innings and was charged with the blown save.  Max Almonte relinquished the winning two runs and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 56-61 overall on the season, 26-21 in the second half to put them 4.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Anthony Shew (1-0, 4.78) 2:00 CT.

State College 5, Vermont 4 (11 innings)

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

The Spikes won a squeaker in extra innings at home against Vermont.  State College got on the board first in the fifth inning on Edwin Figuera’s RBI single.  The Spikes added a run in the eighth on Zach Kirtley’s single to score Figuera, who reached via a bunt single and then advanced to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt.  Wood Myers’ two run home run in the ninth tied up the game and sent it into extra innings.  The winning run came in the 11th on Brandon Benson’s walk off RBI single.  Figuera was 2-for-3 with an RBI.  Yariel Gonzalez was 2-for-5.

Starter Andrew Summerville pitched seven innings, giving up one run on three hits.  The left hander struck out one and walked one.  Robbie Gordon pitched a scoreless eighth.  Will Latcham blew the save in the ninth, surrendering three runs.  Latcham pitched a scoreless 10th and 11th, however, and earned the win.

Figuera stole his ninth base in 10 attempts, but was also caught stealing for the second time in 11 attempts.  Benson made a fielding error, but also had an outfield assist.  Summerville picked off a runner at first base, and catcher Joshua Lopez picked a runner off second base.

The Spikes are 29-23 on the season and are two games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Vermont, Paul Balestrieri (3-1, 4.63) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 12, Elizabethton 5

Julio Rodriguez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals soundly defeated the Twins on Saturday, thanks in part to a five RBI night by Julio Rodriguez.  The Cardinals scored two in the second inning on two RBI single by Imeldo Diaz.  Rodriguez drove in his first run on a ground out in the third.  Carlos Rodriguez’ single plated a run in the fourth.  Johnson City poured it on in the fifth with a seven run inning. Julio Rodriguez’ two run home run began the scoring.  A third run scored on a bases loaded hit by pitch of Carlos Rodriguez.  Chase Pinder drew a bases loaded walk to plate a run, and Wadye Ynfante did the same.  Julio Rodriguez, batting for the second time in the inning, plated two runs on a double to left field.  The Cardinals added one more in the seventh on Luis Bandes’ ground out.  Julio Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with five RBI and two runs scored.  Imeldo Diaz was 4-for-5 with an RBI.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched five innings, giving up two runs on two hits while fanning three and walking none.  Prendergast earned his second win of the season.  Paul Salazar followed with two innings, allowing one run on two hits.  Fabian Blanco surrendered two runs in the eighth, while Thomas St. Clair pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 27-22 on the season and are 1.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Elizabethton, Franyel Casadilla (1-3, 7.09) 5:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 0

Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were victorious in a two hit shutout against the Mets on Saturday.  Five Cardinals pitchers kept the Mets off the board for nine innings, allowing only two hits and striking out 12. Rehabber Sean Gilmartin pitched the first two no hit innings, striking out three and walking done.  Angel Rondon followed with three frames, and was the winning pitcher.  Rondon allowed only one hit, fanned four and walked one.  Enrique Perez hurled the next two, also striking out four and walking one.  Chris Hunt tossed a perfect eighth.  Kodi Whitley allowed one hit in the ninth.

The Cardinals got on the board with two runs in the third inning, on Carlos Soler’s RBI single, and a ground out force out from Andres Luna.  In the fourth, a bases loaded walk by Elehuris Montero plated one run.  A second run scored on Taylor Bryant’s sac fly.  A solo home run by Luna in the fifth scored the fifth and final Cardinal run.  Jonatan Machado was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  Luis Flores was 2-for-4.  Carlos Soto was 2-for-5.

Machado stole his sixth base in seven attempts.  Flores swiped his fourth bag in five attempts.  Luna stole his second base in two attempts.

The Cardinals are 19-18 on the season and three games back of first place in the GCL East.

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

DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Rockies 5

The Cardinals edged the Rockies in a one run game on Saturday.  Starter Dionis Zamora went three scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out five and walking two.  Oneiver Diaz followed, pitching three innings and giving up three runs, none earned, on five hits.  Roy Garcia added a scoreless seventh.  Nelson Prada pitched the eighth and surrendered two runs.  Prada was charged with a blown save.  Jesus Cruz tossed a scoreless ninth and earned the win, his third.

The offense scored six runs on ten hits.  Victor Garcia was 3-for-4 with an RBI.  Luis Montano’s RBI double put the first Cardinal run on the board in the third inning.  Garcia singled in the sixth to plate a run.  Raffy Ozuna’s solo home run led off the seventh.  A second run scored in the seventh on a throwing error on a Carlos Soler ball in play.  The winning run scored in the ninth on Ivan Herrera’s RBI single.

Ozuna committed a fielding error, his 22nd error.

The Cardinals are 25-34 on the season and are 18 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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