Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/3/17

(photo: Diego Cordero/Dominican Summer League)

The 3-4 Wednesday across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system included doubleheader splits for State College and Dominican Summer League Cards. In the former, third baseman Evan Mendoza had a big night. DSL right-hander Diego Cordero fired six scoreless innings.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 2.

Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds were off Wednesday and continue their roadtrip with a stop in Tacoma, Washington, to take on the Rainiers. Kevin Herget (3-1, 3.86) will take the hill for Memphis in Thursday’s 9:05 PM Central time start.

Tulsa Drillers 3, Springfield Cardinals 2 (11 innings)

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals dropped a heartbreaker on Wednesday night in Tulsa, with the Drillers walking off with a 3-2 win in 11 innings.

Springfield sent Sandy Alcantara to the mound to start, and he pitched well, with 6 1/3 innings of two-run (one earned) ball. Corey Littrell followed with 1 2/3 scoreless frames, and Rowan Wick added scoreless ninth and 10th innings. Landon Beck surrendered the game-winning run in the bottom of 11th, after loading the bases with one out.

In his return from the DL, second baseman Eliezer Alvarez forced extra innings with his two-out, game-tying homer in the top of the ninth. Shortstop Tommy Edman drove in the Cardinals’ other run with a single in the seventh. Despite 10 total hits, Springfield went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight.

Thursday’s game: Chris Ellis (2-6, 4.18) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday and return home Thursday to host the Clearwater Threshers. Palm Beach’s starter has not been announced for the 5:30 PM Central time game.

Beloit Snappers 7, Peoria Chiefs 1

A rough Wednesday night on the mound and at the plate resulted in a 7-1 loss for the Chiefs in Beloit.

Chiefs starter Austin Warner allowed four runs on nine hits in 4 2/3 innings, leading to his second loss of the season. Reliever Bryan Dobzanski allowed three runs in the sixth before Leland Tilley pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings to round out the game. Peoria couldn’t respond with the bats, however.

The Chiefs managed just five base hits, including two from catcher Brian O’Keefe, who drove in the club’s only run. Peoria hitters combined to strike out 11 times.

Thursday’s game: Anthony Shew (0-0, 4.30) at Beloit Snappers, 7:00 PM Central time.

State College Spikes 4 at West Virginia Black Bears 1 (Game 1, seven innings)

Andrew Summerville (State College Spikes)

With the regularly scheduled game shortened to seven innings, the Spikes got to work, scoring in the first and third before putting the game away with two in the final frame.

Reigning NYPL Player of the Week, third baseman Evan Mendoza, finished a triple short of a cycle, including a solo home run. Yariel Gonzalez and Dennis Ortega added RBI singles.

Andrew Summerville tossed five scoreless innings for the win. Summerville allowed two hits and four walks while striking out four batters. Spencer Trayner collected the final two outs for his third save.

West Virginia 6, State College 5 (Game 2, seven innings)

Evan Mendoza (State College Spikes)

It came right down to the wire, but the Spikes’ three errors helped the Black Bears score just enough to knock them out, 6-5, in the seven inning make-up of the July 22 rainout.

Spikes spot starter Steven Farinaro was on the mound for five runs over 4 2/3 innings, with only two scored as earned. With shaky defense behind him, Farinaro took his first loss of the season to even his record at 1-1.

The Spikes three- and four-hole batters, Mendoza and designated hitter Ricardo Bautista, did their parts. Mendoza went 2-for-3, driving in two and scoring a run, while Bautista went 2-for-4 with two runs batted in.

Thursday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (1-1, 4.56) at West Virginia Black Bears, 6:05 PM Central time.

Johnson City Cardinals off

The Cardinals were off Wednesday and welcome the Princeton Rays to town on Thursday. Edwar Ramirez (1-7, 7.34) will start the game for Johnson City at 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Mets 2

Winston Nicacio (Dominican Summer League)

With solid performances from the pitching and in the batter’s box, the Cardinals enjoyed a 7-2 win over the Mets on Wednesday.

Cardinals starter Winston Nicacio twirled six innings of three-hit ball, allowing two runs – both unearned. Nicacio is now 3-1 with a 2.79 earned run average in six games (five starts) with the GCL Cardinals. The bullpen shut the Mets down, as relievers Enrique Perez, Jim Voyles, and Kevin Hamann each tossed a scoreless inning to close out the win.

The Cardinals generated much of their run support via the long ball, with three homers. Third baseman Elehuris Montero hit his third home run of the season, while first baseman Dariel Gomez and right fielder Brian Sanchez each launched their first of 2017. Left fielder Donivan Williams went 1-for-2 with a double and two runs scored.

Thursday’s game: TBA at GCL Nationals, 11:00 AM Central time.

DSL Phillies Red 9 at DSL Cardinals 6 (Game 1, seven innings)

The Cardinals carried a 5-2 lead into the fifth, but yielded seven runs in the final three frames to absorb a loss in the first game of a twin bill.

Handed a lead after starter Wilfredo Pereira went four innings, reliever Allinson Benitez had a nightmare of a fifth, allowing four runs despite just one hit. Between them, Rodard Avelino and Leonardo Taveras yielded three more for the winning edge.

First baseman Freddy DeJesus homered and scored twice. Shortstop Luis Montano tripled, plating three and scored.

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Phillies Red 0 (Game 2, seven innings)

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

Backed by six shutout innings from Diego Cordero, the Cardinals took it to the Phillies on Wednesday by a 6-0 final score in the second seven-inning contest, the make-up of the postponed July 17 game.

Cordero, who improved to 2-4, whiffed five batters and allowed four hits over his six scoreless frames. The 19-year-old Cordero boasts a 35:10 strikeout-to-walk ratio across 51 innings (10 games – eight starts) this year.

Cardinals right fielder William Jimenez ripped two doubles, driving in as many runs. The two-base hits were his 10th and 11th of the season. Left fielder Alexander Samuel had an RBI double, and the Cardinals combined to go 6-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time

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