Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/22/17

photo: Patrick Wisdom (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 1-4 on Monday. The Memphis Redbirds kept winning, with Patrick Wisdom and Jack Flaherty leading the way.

Results from games played Monday, August 21.

Memphis 5, New Orleans 1

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds took a 2-1 series lead over the BabyCakes with one remaining while setting a new franchise record with their 84th win.

Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera homered, with Wisdom’s his fourth in the last six games and 29th of the season. Wisdom drove in four, Valera finished 3-for-5 and Aledmys Diaz doubled twice.

Jack Flaherty improved to 6-2 with Memphis after giving up just one run on six hits with five strikeouts over seven innings. The top prospect has now won four of his last five starts. Sean Gilmartin and Mark Montgomery finished with two scoreless innings of relief.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Kevin Herget (4-1, 3.51), 6:35 pm CT

Springfield off

Tuesday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Ryan Helsley (2-0, 1.99), 7:05 pm CT

Palm Beach off

Tuesday’s game: “at” Jupiter, Connor Jones (7-5, 4.19), 6:30 pm ET

Clinton 7 at Peoria 6

J.R. Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs committed three errors leading to three unearned runs and were upended in the season-series finale against the Clinton LumberKings 7-6 on Monday afternoon at Dozer Park. Despite the loss, Peoria maintains its 2 ½ game lead in the Wild Card race.

Peoria took the early lead in on Brian O’Keefe’s solo home run in the first. Miscues by Stefan Trosclair, O’Keefe and starter Bryan Dobzanski led to the three unearned tallies in the second. After an eclipse delay, the Chiefs came back to recapture the lead at 5-4 in the fourth.

However, Frederis Parra, who took over on the mound after the break, gave up the final three LumberKings runs in the fifth, taking the loss. Parra was charged with four runs on 10 hits and a walk over four frames. Max Almonte and Leland Tilley tossed three scoreless innings between them to finish the game, but the offense could not come all the way back.

The Chiefs hammered out 15 hits with O’Keefe and J.R. Davis with three each. The latter stole a base and crossed the plate three times. Kramer Robertson singled, doubled, walked and scored. Ryan McCarvel walked and launched a two-run home run.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin, Austin Warner (7-5, 4.19), 7:05 pm CT

Auburn 6, State College 1

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes were swept out of Auburn with their third straight defeat, despite Johan Oviedo career-long 7 1/3 innings.

The 19-year-old Cuban right-hander yielded just two runs before leaving in the eighth, but was charged with four runs total after reliever Anthony Ciavarella not only let two inherited runners score, but also two of his own while only getting one out.

Oviedo took the hard-luck loss on six hits and four walks and struck out five.

The Spikes offense managed just five hits and one walk, led by Scott Hurst, who scored on Yariel Gonzalez’ first inning sac fly after tripling. Hurst, the reigning NYPL Player of the Week, quickly left the game in the home first, as he and manager Joe Kruzel were ejected after an apparent running catch made by Hurst in right-center was ruled a non-catch.

The Spikes are four games out of first and 3 ½ back of the Wild Card.

Tuesday’s game: vs. West Virginia, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.62), 7:05 pm ET

Elizabethton 8, Johnson City 1

Brady Whelan (The Cardinal Nation)

First-place Elizabethton evened the series with a decisive Game 2 win over sloppy second-place Johnson City. The loss cut the Cards’ Wild Card lead to just one game.

The game was lost not by the four hits issued by Cardinals pitching, but by their 12 free passes issued. With the score tied at 1-1 in the fifth, the Twins plated four with the help of two errors by Irving Lopez and a wild pitch from Jacob Schlesener. The starter walked seven against four hits in four innings. Two of the five runs against him were unearned.

The home team put an exclamation point on the drubbing by plating three against Paul Salazar on a trio of walks, two wild pitches and a passed ball. Together, the two Cardinals hurlers walked all 12 and uncorked eight wild pitches.

The offense scored its only run on Brady Whelan’s solo home run in the fourth. Overall, Johnson City managed just five other hits and a lone walk.

Tuesday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.97), 7:00 pm ET

GCL Cardinals off

Tuesday’s game:  Cardinals vs. Mets, noon ET

DSL Twins 7 at Cardinals 5

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals had a 2-0 lead through three, but lost control of the game in the middle innings and fell to the Twins on Monday.

Starter Diego Cordero kept the Cards in the contest, allowing two runs on six hits and a walk over five frames. However, the wheels fell off the bus in the sixth as four unearned runs scored against Anthony Trompiz, who took the blown save and the loss. The left side of the infield caused the rub as shortstop Franklin Soto committed throwing and fielding errors and third baseman Francisco Hernandez had a fielding miscue.

The offense had plenty of chances, but went a collective 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position. Hernandez and Victor Garcia plated two each. Soto and Raffy Ozuna tripled and scored, the former also singing and coming home a second time.

Tuesday’s game: at Twins, 10:30 am ET

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