Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/27/17

photo: Frederis Parra (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 6-1 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Peoria’s Frederis Parra, who pitched seven scoreless innings in the Chiefs’ shutout of Kane County. Other pitching standouts include Austin Gomber, Connor Jones, Johan Oviedo and Diego Cordero.

Results for games played Saturday, August 26.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 2

Nick Martini/Springfield Cardinals

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in Iowa on Saturday night, as Jack Flaherty earned his seventh win since joining Memphis.  Flaherty pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits, fanning three and walking one.  Mike Mayers followed with two scoreless innings before Mark Montgomery and Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless inning each, with Lucas earning his 15th save.

Solo home runs off the bats of Rangel Ravelo and Luke Voit, added to the two RBI by Nick Martini, gave the Redbirds the margin of victory. Voit was 3-for-5 on the night. Martini’s RBI came on a ground out in the first and a sac fly in the fifth.

Harrison Bader had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 85-48 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 20.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, John Gant (6-5, 3.82) 1:08 CT.

Springfield 8, Tulsa 3

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals topped the Drillers by a score of 8-3 at Hammons Field on Saturday night.  Austin Gomber reached double digits in wins, earning his 10th of the season.  Gomber tossed seven one run innings, allowing two hits while fanning nine and walking two.  Reliever Tyler Bray gave up an unearned run in both the eighth and ninth innings.

Scoring occurred in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.  Jacob Wilson blasted a two run home run and Andrew Knizner came home on a wild pitch in the second.  Wilson and Knizner were both 2-for-4.  Eliezer Alvarez was a perfect 4-for-4 with two runs scored.  Darren Seferina plated two runs and was 2-for-5.  Gomber also drove in a run.

Oscar Mercado stole his 36th base in 52 attempts.  Knizner committed a fielding error, while Seferina made two errors, one throwing and one fielding.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 74-57 overall, 39-22 in the second half, and in first place by one game in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Ryan Helsley (3-0, 1.93) 2:10 CT.

Palm Beach 5, St. Lucie 2

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated the Mets on Saturday, and improved to 6-3 on the season against St. Lucie.  Jose Martinez and Jose Godoy each had two hits, Martinez in three at-bats, and Godoy in four.  Godoy also had an RBI.  Also plating runs were Thomas Spitz, Casey Grayson, Edmundo Sosa, and Shane Billings.

Rehabbing St. Louis reliever Kevin Siegrist pitched the first inning, allowing no runs and only one hit.  Regular starter Connor Jones followed with seven innings to earn the win, his eighth.  Jones gave up one run on five hits, fanned six and walked three.  In the ninth, Eric Carter allowed two hits and a run, coming on a long ball, but then struck out the side.

The Cardinals are 71-55 overall and 31-28 in the second half.  They are 7.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Mike O’Reilly (3-0, 3.30) 12:00 p.m. CT.

Peoria 4, Kane County 0      

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs shut out the Cougars, with half the runs coming off the bat of Stefan Trosclair.  Trosclair hit a solo home run in the third inning, and later doubled in a run in the fifth to end the night 2-for-4.  Danny Hudzina was also 2-for-4 and plated a run.  Matt Fiedler’s triple also drove a run home.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits, striking out seven and walking two.  Leland Tilley finished with two run-free frames of relief.  The win was Parra’s fourth of the season.

The Chiefs are 62-69 overall on the season, 32-30 in the second half to put them eight games back of first place in the Midwest League West. Peoria is tied for the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Austin Warner (2-3, 2.93) 2:00 CT.

State College 3, Williamsport 1

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Excellent starting pitching by Johan Oveido propelled the Spikes to a 3-1 victory over the Crosscutters.  Oveido threw eight strong innings, giving up only one run on two hits, while striking out nine and walking one for his second win as a Spike.  Will Latcham earned his fourth save, pitching a scoreless ninth.

Yariel Gonzalez and Joshua Lopez had two hits.  Bryce Denton, Wood Myers and Zach Kirtley had an RBI each.  Myers tripled in the sixth and came home on Kirtley’s double.

Scott Hurst was caught stealing for the fourth time in nine attempts.  Lopez had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 34-30 on the season and are three games out of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division and 3 ½ back of the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Jonathon Mulford (2-5, 4.31) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 2 at Princeton 12

The Cardinals were dealt a walloping by the Rays in Princeton, on a night when the big league clubs had a different outcome.  Three Cardinals errors didn’t help the situation, but the offense was sluggish against Rays pitching.  The bats scored two runs on only four hits, with no Cardinal having multiple hits.   Carlos Rodriguez and Walker Robbins drove in the two runs.

Starter Edwar Ramirez pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one and was tagged with his seventh loss.  Will Changarotty gave up one unearned run in 3 1/3 innings.  Paul Salazar surrendered a three-run home run and six scores, only one earned, in 2/3 of an inning.  Thomas St. Clair finished the eighth with no further damage.

Carlos Rodriguez made two fielding errors, and Imeldo Diaz committed one fielding error.

The Cardinals are 33-29 on the season and are 4.5 games back of first place in the Appalachian League West. Johnson City has a one-game lead for the wild card.

Sunday’s game:  at Princeton, Jacob Schlesener (2-2, 3.56) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals – Off

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

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Nationals 1

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were victorious against the Nationals in the season finale.  Starter Diego Cordero won his fourth game with six innings of sharp pitching.  Cordero gave up only one run on two hits, struck out four and issued two free passes.  Roy Garcia and Nelson Prado combined for three scoreless innings of relief.

Center fielder Carlos Soler had a big day at the plate, going 4-for-5 with a triple, a double, and two runs scored.  Pablo Gomez and Franklin Soto plated a run each and were both 2-for-4.  Diomedes Del Rio was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Also driving in runs were Freddy De Jesus and Joyser Garcia.

Pablo Gomez was picked off and caught stealing in the second inning.  It was his fourth caught stealing in 12 attempts.  De Jesus committed a throwing error, and Cordero picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals finished the season at 30-40, 18.5 games back of first place in the DSL South.

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