Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/2/17

photo: Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-2 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield third baseman Jacob Wilson, who was 2-for-3 with a three run home run and four RBI in the Cardinals win over the Arkansas Travelers.

Results for games played Friday, September 1.

Memphis 3 at Colorado Springs 4

Rangel Ravelo (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds fell to the Sky Sox in Colorado Springs on Friday night.  Memphis initially took the lead with two runs in the first inning on solo home runs by Breyvic Valera and Tyler O’Neill.  The home run was O’Neill’s only hit. Valera was 2-for-5.  Rangel Ravelo was also 2-for-5, with an RBI single in the third inning.

In his Memphis debut, starter Ryan Helsley pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked three.  Josh Zeid surrendered two runs in two innings of relief, and was charged with a blown save and the loss.  Josh Lucas pitched a scoreless eighth.

In the field, Aledmys Diaz made a missed catch error.  O’Neill had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 89-49 on the season and are in first place in the PCL Southern by 23.5 games.

Saturday’s game:  at Colorado Springs, Kevin Herget (4-2, 4.01) 7:00 CT.

Springfield 6, Arkansas 2

Jacob Wilson (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals defeated the Travelers at Hammons Field on Friday night.  Starter Connor Jones picked up the win, pitching 6 2/3 innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The righty fanned two and walked three in his Texas League debut.  Tyler Bray and Eric Carter combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

The offense was led by Jacob Wilson, who hit a three run home run in the sixth and was 2-for-3 with four RBI.  Wilson drew a walk in the second to plate a run.  Tommy Edman drove in a run in the second on a force out.  John Nogowski’s RBI single in the seventh delivered the sixth and final run for the Cardinals.  Nogowski was 2-for-4. Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5.

Edman stole his fifth base in seven attempts for Springfield.  Anthony Garcia stole his seventh bag in nine attempts.  Sierra was caught stealing for the fifth time in 21 attempts, and Oscar Mercado was caught stealing for the 19th time in 55 attempts.

The Cardinals are 76-61 overall, and 41-26 in the second half and are one game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Tulsa, Pedro Echemendia (2-4, 4.30) 7:05 CT

Palm Beach 8 at St. Lucie 5 (12 innings)

Jose Godoy (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A three run 12th inning for Palm Beach sealed the deal in this extra innings win on Friday night.  The inning began with a two run home run by Jose Godoy, who was 3-for-6 with three RBI.  Leobaldo Pina was also 3-for-6.  Casey Grayson also provided a long ball, a solo shot in the fifth inning.  New Cardinal Rayder Ascanio drove in a run on single in the third.  Godoy also singled in a run in the third.  Vince Jackson plated a run on a single in the ninth.  Edmundo Sosa was 2-for-4.

Starter Mike O’Reilly pitched four innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on nine hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Ian McKinney tossed three scoreless innings of relief.  Two new Cardinals covered the final five frames. Kodi Whitley went three scoreless innings, and Kevin Hamann added the final two scoreless innings to earn the win.

Jose Martinez committed a fielding error.  Blake Drake had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 74-58 overall and 34-31 in the second half, which puts them seven games back of first place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie, Sam Tewes (3-1, 2.77) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 7, Quad Cities 4

Frederis Parra (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs topped the River Bandits on Friday night with the aid of a five run sixth inning.  J.R. Davis’ RBI double in the sixth plated two, and Nick Plummer followed with an RBI single.  Evan Mendoza drove in a run on a single, and Kramer Robertson stole home for the fifth and final run of the inning.  Davis plated the first Chiefs run in the second inning on a double and was 3-for-4.  Mendoza hit a solo home run in the eighth and was 3-for-5.

Starter Frederis Parra pitched six innings, giving up one run on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Ronnie Williams provided two scoreless innings of relief.  Max Almonte surrendered three runs in the ninth and left with two outs.  Yeison Medina got the final out to earn his 10th save.

On the base paths, Robertson stole his ninth base in 13 attempts, and Mendoza swiped his second bag in two attempts for Peoria.  Plummer was caught stealing for the ninth time in 17 attempts.  In the field, both Mendoza and Robertson made throwing errors.

The Chiefs are 67-69 overall and 37-30 in the second half to put them four games back of first place and two games ahead in the wild card in the Midwest League West for the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Kane County, Austin Warner (2-3, 2.93) 6:30 CT.

State College 1 at Mahoning Valley 2

Matt Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

State College lost a low scoring contest on Friday night in Mahoning Valley.  The Spikes took the lead in the third on Matt Davis’ solo home run, but they would not score again.  The only other hits for State College were a Yariel Gonzalez single and a Brandon Benson double.

Starter Jonathon Mulford went 4 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Mulford struck out two and walked four.  Robbie Gordon took the loss after pitching three innings of relief, surrendering one run on two hits.  Jesus Cruz got the final out of the eighth inning.

The Spikes are 38-32 and are 2.5 games back of first place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division and two games behind in the wild card.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Daniel Castano (8-3, 2.82) 6:05 CT.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 5

Robbie Coman (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Mets on Friday in a one run contest.  Starter Brian Pirela pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked three.  C.J Saylor added two innings of relief and earned the win.  Saylor surrendered two runs on three hits.  Cory Malcolm tossed a scoreless ninth.

Robbie Coman was 3-for-4 with two RBI, on a sixth inning single.  Elehuris Montero drove in a first inning run on a triple and was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Terry Fuller’s two run home run in the eighth was his only hit.    Taylor Bryant was 2-for-4.

On the base paths, Jonatan Machado was caught stealing for the second time in 10 attempts.

The Cardinals are 25-29 on the season and are 8.5 games back in the GCL East.

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

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