Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/6/17

(photo: Randy Arozarena/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-3 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is outfielder Randy Arozarena, who hit a walk off home run in Springfield’s win. Jacob Schlesener fanned 13 in six innings in Johnson City’s extra-inning loss.

Results for games played Saturday, August 5.

Memphis 4 at Tacoma 5

Breyvic Valera (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds became the victims of a walk off loss to the Tacoma Rainiers on Saturday.  Memphis took a one run lead into the bottom of the ninth, but a two run rally by Tacoma turned the table.  Memphis starting pitcher Dakota Hudson gave up three runs on six hits in three innings pitched.  Hudson fanned three and walked three.  Mike Mayers pitched the next three scoreless innings.  Mark Montgomery added two scoreless innings.  Josh Lucas began the ninth, and with one out, gave up first the tying run and then the winning run.  Lucas was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Memphis offense got on the board in the first inning when Breyvic Valera hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on a ground out by Nick Martini.  In the third, Valera’s double added the second run.  Adolis Garcia’s RBI double in the fourth and Martini’s sac fly in the fifth scored the third and fourth runs.  Valera was the only Redbird with multiple hits, going 2-for-4 with two doubles.

Garcia was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts but added an outfield assist.  Gabriel Lino committed a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 73-39 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 20.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Tacoma, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.21) 3:35 CT.

Springfield 8, NW Arkansas 7 (12 innings)

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals won in an extra innings against the Naturals on Saturday night.  Randy Arozarena’s solo home run in the 12th gave the Cardinals the walkoff victory.  Arozarena drove in the first Springfield run in the first inning on an RBI double, and ended the night 4-for-6 with two runs scored.

Darren Seferina’s ground out and Anthony Garcia’s RBI double plated two additional runs in the first.  In the fourth, Jesse Jenner’s two run home run tied the score.  Jacob Wilson hit a solo home run in the sixth. The Cardinals tied it up again in the eighth on Jenner’s RBI single.

Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-6.  Anthony Garcia was 3-for-4.  Wilson and Jenner were both 2-for-5.

Starter Zac Gallen pitched four innings, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Pedro Echemendia surrendered two runs in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Corey Littrell followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Rowan Wick and Tyler Bray each pitched two scoreless innings.  Bray was the winning pitcher.

On the base paths, Andrew Knizner was caught stealing for the first time in his only attempt for Springfield.  In the field, Wilson committed a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 62-51 overall, 23-13 in the second half, and in first place by 1.5 games in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Ryan Helsley (0-0. 2.25) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 6, Clearwater 5

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals won a squeaker against Clearwater on Saturday.  Starter Mike O’Reilly earned his second win with Palm Beach, pitching six innings and giving up four runs on eight hits.  The right hander fanned five and walked one.  Brady Bowen followed with 2/3 of an inning of scoreless relief.  Dailyn Martinez tossed 1 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits.  Ian McKinney got the last two outs of the ninth to earn his fourth save.

Luke Dykstra, who went 3-for-4, got the Cardinals on the board with an RBI single in the second inning.  Jeremy Martinez’ RBI single and Jose Martinez’ sac fly in the fourth plated two more.  Dykstra and Jose Martinez drove in runs in the sixth on singles.  Thomas Spitz hit a solo home run in the seventh for the final Palm Beach score.  Both Jeremy Martinez and Jose Martinez were each 2-for-3.  Leobaldo Pina was 3-for-4 with three runs scored.

O’Reilly committed a throwing error and Jeremy Martinez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 60-48 overall and 20-21 in the second half.  They are five games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Sam Tewes (0-0. 1.50) 12:00 p.m. CT.

Peoria 5 at Clinton 1

Evan Kruczynski (East Carolina)

The Chiefs topped the LumberKings in regulation on Saturday.  Peoria put up one run in the first on Brian O’Keefe’s double.  A four run third inning gave the Chiefs the cushion they needed.  Kramer Robertson hit a leadoff double.  Robertson advanced to third on a fly out, then stole home, aided by a throwing error. Stefan Trosclair singled O’Keefe home for the second run.  J. R David singled, and a single by Matt Fiedler plated Trosclair and Davis.  Robertson was 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  O’Keefe was 2-for-3.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched six innings, giving up one run on four hits to earn his second win of the season.  The left hander fanned four and walked three.  Bryan Dobzanski hurled two innings of scoreless relief.  Leland Tilley pitched a scoreless ninth.

Robertson stole his sixth base in nine attempts.  O’Keefe stole his sixth base in nine attempts as well.  Fiedler had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 54-57 overall on the season, 23-18 in the second half to put them three games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Frederis Parra (3-3, 2.88) 2:00 CT.

State College 9 at Mahoning Valley 7

Yariel Gonzalez (State College Spikes)

The Spikes edged the Scrappers in a close game on Saturday.  State College put up three runs in the first inning to take the lead.  Evan Mendoza’s triple followed by Joshua Lopez’ double plated the first run.  Yariel Gonzalez then hit a two run home run to left field.  The Spikes fell behind by four runs in the fifth, but rallied for six runs in the next two innings.  In the sixth, a single by Bryce Denton and a Wood Myers double play ball each put a run on the board. In the seventh, RBI singles by Mendoza, Gonzalez and Denton, and sac fly from Tyler Lancaster, brought four runs home.  Mendoza and Lopez were 2-for-5, Gonzalez (three RBI) and Denton (two driven in) were 4-for-5.

Spikes starter Johan Oveido pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked three.  Will Latcham followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Robbie Gordon and Spencer Traynor combined for the final two frames of scoreless pitching.  Traynor earned his fourth save.

Myers was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts and also committed a fielding error.  Gonzalez also committed a fielding error and Lopez had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 25-20 on the season and are 1.5 games back of first place in the NY-Penn Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Jonathon Mulford (2-3, 4.23) 3:05 CT.

Johnson City 5, Princeton 7 (12 innings)

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to the Princeton Rays in extra innings on Saturday night.  Starting pitcher Jacob Schlesener pitched very well, giving up only one unearned run in six innings pitched.  The lefty allowed no hits, struck out 13, and walked two.  Juan Alvarez surrendered two runs on two hits in his one inning.  Brett Seeburger pitched a scoreless eighth.  Jacob Patterson relinquished a run in the ninth and was charged with a blown save.  Will Changarotty pitched the final three innings, giving up three runs on seven hits and was charged with the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored in the first on a double play ground out by Wadye Ynfante.  In the second, Luis Bandes hit a leadoff solo home run.  Johnson City scored two in the sixth on a fielding error.  In the 11th, the Cardinals tied it up again Bandes’ RBI single.  Bandes was 2-for-5.  Carlos Talavera was 2-for-6.  Chase Pinder was 5-for-6.

Pinder stole his third base in five attempts.  Delvin Perez was caught stealing for the fourth time in seven attempts.  Bandes made a throwing error and catcher Alexis Wilson had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 21-22 on the season and are six games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Zach Prendergast (1-0, 5.40) 5:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 10, GCL Astros 5

Casey Grayson (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals blew past the Astros on Saturday with the big innings giving them the edge.  The offense put three runs up in the first inning on RBI doubles by Elehuris Montero and Casey Grayson, and an RBI single by Taylor Bryant.  Those same three Cardinals drove in four runs in the fifth inning.  In the sixth it was Brian Sanchez’ triple, Moises Castillo’s single, and Michael Brdar’s groundout that plated three.  Grayson was 2-for-3 with two runs scored and three RBI, while Bryant, Sanchez, and Castillo were each 2-for-4.  Donivan Williams was 2-for-5.

Starting pitcher Brian Pirela pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on four hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three and earned his second win of the season.  Gabriel Gentner and Enrique Perez combined for 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Jim Voyles pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs on four hits.

Williams stole his second base in three attempts.  Carlos Soto committed two throwing errors.  Terry Fuller had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 17-16 on the season and 3.5 games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Twins 6 (seven innings)

The Cardinals were defeated by the Twins in a rain shortened game on Saturday.  Cardinals bats were held to three hits and one run, on a sac fly by Francisco Hernandez in the seventh.  The rain ended the game after that inning.   The Cardinals had just three hits, singles by Raffy Ozuna, Freddy De Jesus, and Joyser Garcia.

Starter Oneiver Diaz pitched two innings, giving up five runs, three earned, on five hits.  Dionis Zamora went the next three innings, surrendering one run.  Roy Garcia tossed a scoreless sixth, and Nelson Prada added a scoreless seventh.

Franklin Soto committed two fielding errors.  Pablo Gomez and Hernandez both made throwing errors, and Zamora made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Cardinals are 23-31 on the season and are 16 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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