Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 1, 2019

photo: Edmundo Sosa (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 1-5 Wednesday with Memphis providing the sole triumph. Player of the Day Edmundo Sosa had four hits and knocked in the game-winner. Randy Arozarena had three hits and scored twice, including the decisive tally. Palm Beach, Peoria, State College, Johnson City, and the DSL Cardinals Red team all took it on the chin, while Springfield and the Gulf Coast Cards had the day off. The DSL Blue squad was scoreless in the eighth inning when the game was suspended by inclement weather.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 31st.

Memphis 7, Albuquerque 6

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Uplifted by a combined seven hits from shortstop Edmundo Sosa and right fielder Randy Arozarena, Memphis improved to 47-62 on the year with a 7-6 home win over the Isotopes on Wednesday night. Arozarena (double, two singles) scored two and Sosa plated a pair, while catcher Joe Hudson had a three-run homer. The deciding run scored in the eighth when Sosa knocked in Arozarena with an infield hit — one of Sosa’s four singles on the evening.

Ryan Helsley started and dominated, retiring all nine men he faced, four by strikeout. Chris Ellis followed and was rocked for six runs in his three innings, conceding a pair of longballs. Seth Elledge contributed a spotless seventh inning before fellow righty Kodi Whitley picked up the win, his first at Triple-A, with two shutout frames featuring just one harmless hit and no walks. Whitley lowered his Memphis ERA to 2.45 over 7 1/3 innings, with 10 whiffs to one walk.

Rehabbing St. Louis left fielder Marcell Ozuna went 0-for-2 with a walk and run scored.

Thursday’s game: vs. Albuquerque, Austin Warner (1-1, 7.00) 7:05 CT.

Springfield OFF

Still tied for first despite a 1-5 week, Springfield (20-18) had a scheduled off day Wednesday as they head out on an important road trip.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Angel Rondon (4-3, 2.99) 7:10 CT.

St. Lucie 9, Palm Beach 4

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach sunk to 13-28 for the second half, falling at St. Lucie by a 9-4 tally on Wednesday night. Southpaw Diego Cordero started and took the loss, allowing 13 hits and nine runs, seven earned, over five laborious innings. The 21-year-old fanned four and walked one. Handling the final three stanzas with aplomb was righty Michael Baird (36 pitches), who permitted a single and nothing else, while striking out a Met quartet.

Center fielder Scott Hurst homered and had his team’s only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Top teen prospects Nolan Gorman and Ivan Herrera each went 1-for-4, while leadoff man Nick Plummer had a double and a walk, driving in two and scoring a run. The Beach Birds never got closer than three runs after the second inning.

Thursday’s game: at St. Lucie, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.

Kane County 7 at Peoria 5

Connor Thomas (State College Spikes)

Peoria (11-27) took a four-run lead after three innings but couldn’t make it stand up, losing 7-5 to the Cougars in front of the Dozer Park faithful on Wednesday evening. Center fielder Jonatan Machado led the Chiefs attack with a trio of singles (giving him back-to-back three-hit games) and third baseman Josh Shaw singled twice for the team’s only other multi-hit contribution. Brady Whalen had the sole extra base hit, a double.

Righty Logan Gragg started and went 3 2/3 innings (68 pitches) while surrendering six hits and two runs. The 20-year-old fanned a pair and walked the same. The bullpen highlight was unquestionably Connor Thomas, who provided 4 1/3 outstanding frames, yielding a single run on four hits and a walk while fanning four. Losing pitcher Sebastian Tabata was the lowlight, allowing four runs and retiring nobody.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County, Parker Kelly (2-1, 1.25), 6:35 CT.

Vermont 7 at State College 2

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

Despite jumping to a 2-0 lead in the first inning, State College was thumped at home 7-2 by Vermont on Wednesday night, dropping to 22-23 on the year. Shortstop Moises Castillo had two singles and a walk, but no teammate managed multiple hits. Center fielder David Vinsky did reach safely twice via a hit-by-pitch and single. (The Spikes had zero extra base hits.)

Enmanuel Solano started and was victimized by defensive miscues by Shane Benes and Moises Castillo, allowing four unearned runs out of five, across five innings. The 20-year-old fanned four and issued two free passes. Fabian Blanco pitched two innings and allowed two runs on two hits and two walks, but Cameron Dulle was sharp in relief, logging two scoreless innings while whiffing three Lake Monsters.

Thursday’s game: vs. Vermont, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.80), 11:00 a.m. CT.

Princeton 6, Johnson City 5

Malcom Nunez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (22-18) scored the game’s first two tallies and the last two, but it wasn’t quite enough as they went down to defeat Wednesday night by a 6-5 score against the home Princeton Rays. The starter and loser for the Cardinals was just-turned-19-year-old Luis Ortiz. The righty yielded five runs on seven hits over five innings pitched. He was relieved by Alex Gallegos (one run on a hit and two walks) and righty Will Guay, who tossed two scoreless frames.

Third baseman Malcom Nunez kept the hot stick, singling and doubling for his fifth multi-hit game in the last nine. Nunez is now 17-for-37 over those same nine contests. Other two-knock efforts came from second sacker Liam Sabino (two singles), center fielder Tre Fletcher (single, double), and most especially designated hitter Kyle Skeels, who homered and singled.

Thursday’s game: at Princeton, Francisco Justo (2-2, 3.86) 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals, at 13-18 and six games back of the division lead, were not scheduled on Wednesday.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Astros, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cubs2 11 at DSL Cardinals Red 3 (8 innings)

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate fell behind 3-0 early and were never really in it, eventually losing 11-3 at home to the DSL Cubs2 team on Wednesday morning in a rain-shortened eight inning tilt, and slipping to 18-33 on the season. There were no multi-hit players on the DSL Red, but left fielder Erick Thomas did single and coax a base on balls, making him the only man to reach safely twice. Center fielder Smith Vargas tripled and third baseman Erik Pena doubled for the club’s only two extra base hits.

Yonael Dominguez was cuffed around for eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings, taking the loss and leveling his record at 1-1 with a 5.72 ERA. The 17-year-old Dominican righty permitted seven hits and four walks while fanning four Cubs. No bullpenners escaped unscathed, but 18-year-old Miguel Maiz fanned three while walking only one over 3 1/3 innings. (The righty conceded two runs as well.)

Thursday’s game: at DSL Cubs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 0 at Phillies Red 0 (suspended in the 8th inning)

The DSL Cardinals Blue game was suspended in the eighth inning and will be resumed on August 21. Through seven innings, Yordy Richard and Eduard Pimentel were pitching a one-hitter, with no walks and six strikeouts. The Blue offense had 10 baserunners via six hits and four walks, but was also kept off the scoreboard.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Twins, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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