photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Memphis Redbirds)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 7-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis starting pitcher Daniel Ponce de Leon, who pitched seven scoreless, two-hit innings and struck out 11. Adolis Garcia was 4-for-5 including a home run and four RBI, Nolan Gorman went deep twice and Alvaro Seijas and Colin Schmid made scoreless starts.
Results for games played Friday, August 9.
The Redbirds shellacked the Sacramento River Cats in the final game of the road series on Friday. Memphis starter Daniel Ponce de Leon was masterful, pitching seven scoreless innings in which he allowed only two hits and fanned 11. Mike Mayers and Dominic Leone tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively. Ponce de Leon earned his fifth win.
The Redbirds offense was busy, scoring 15 runs on 15 hits. Adolis Garcia was 4-for-5 with four RBI, and four runs scored, a triple short of the cycle. Ramon Urias was 4-for-5 with four RBI. Joe Hudson was 2-for-5 with three RBI. Justin Williams drove in three on a walk, a single, and a ground out. Of the starting lineup, including the pitcher, only Kramer Robertson was hitless.
Memphis is 52-65 on the season and is in second place in the PCL American North, 10 games behind the Iowa Cubs.
Saturday’s game: at Fresno, Jake Woodford (6-7, 4.20) 9:05 CT.
The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Arkansas Travelers 8-1 at Hammons Field on Friday. The Springfield offense was held scoreless until Brian O’Keefe broke through with a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth – too little, too late. It was the last of five hits by Cardinals batters, and the only extra base hit.
Starter Tommy Parsons suffered his fourth Double-A loss, pitching six innings and giving up six runs on eight hits, including three home runs. The right hander struck out four and walked one. Will Latcham surrendered two runs in two innings of relief. Roel Ramirez tossed a scoreless ninth.
Dylan Carlson stole his 14th base of the season. Connor Capel and Lars Nootbaar each had an outfield assist at second base.
The Cardinals are 21-26 in the second half, 51-66 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (2-7, 5.97) 6:10 CT.
The Cardinals dropped the first game of a home doubleheader with Clearwater by the score of 5-3 on Friday. Despite the loss, prospect Nolan Gorman showed off the power with a single and two home runs, both solo shots. One long ball hit the roof of the clubhouse in left field. Luken Baker also homered, a solo shot along with Gorman in the third inning. Baker was 3-for-4. Nick Plummer was 2-for-3.
Palm Beach starter Kyle Leahy pitched five innings and gave up five runs on nine hits. The right hander walked two. Cole Aker tossed the final two scoreless innings of relief.
The Cardinals were the victors in the second game of the twin bill, blanking Clearwater 3-0. Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched six scoreless innings, allowed four hits, fanned five and walked three to earn his second win at high-A. Patrick Dayton earned his third save with a scoreless seventh.
The Palm Beach offense scored three runs on five hits. No Cardinal had multiple hits. Nick Plummer doubled in the first run in the second inning. Juan Yepez plated two on a sixth inning single.
The Cardinals are 17-32 in the second half, 52-61 overall, and in last place in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: vs. Clearwater, Griffin Roberts (1-6, 5.57) 4:30 CT.
The Chiefs blanked the Beloit Snappers 2-0 on Friday. Peoria starter Colin Schmid pitched seven scoreless innings, allowed two hits, struck out three and walked one to earn his sixth win. Leonardo Taveras collected his third save, tossing two scoreless innings in relief.
Leandro Cedeno singled home a run in the fourth, and Brendan Donovan did the same in the ninth. Jonatan Machado was 2-for-4. The only extra base hit was a double by Delvin Perez.
On the base paths Machado was caught stealing for the second time.
The Chiefs are 14-33 in the second half, 44-72 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West
Saturday’s game: vs. Clinton, Michael Brettell (4-8, 5.54), 6:35 CT.
The Spikes defeated the Muckdogs 5-3 on Friday. Donivan Williams hit his first home run in the second inning, a solo shot to left. Catcher Pedro Pages drove in three runs on two doubles. Pages was the only Spikes hitter with multiple hits. Terry Fuller also doubled.
Starter Adrian Mardueno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on eight hits. The right hander struck out five and walked one. Jeremy Randolph followed with 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief. Cameron Dulle surrendered one run in the eighth and was tagged with a blown save, but also got the win. Jack Ralston earned his third save with a scoreless ninth.
In the field, Pages picked a runner off second base. He also had a passed ball.
The Spikes are 27-26 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Saturday’s game: vs. Batavia, Michael YaSenka (1-0, 2.70) 6:05 CT.
The Cardinals edged the Twins 8-7 on Friday. The offense scored eight runs on eight hits, including a two-run home run by William Jimenez in the sixth inning. Todd Lott drove in three runs, two on a triple and the other on a fielder’s choice double play. Trejyn Fletcher was 2-for-5 with two RBI.
Starter Hector Soto pitched three innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. The right hander struck out five and walked one. Francisco Justo pitched a scoreless fourth. Wilberto Rivera surrendered two runs in two innings pitched but received the win. Walker Robbins tossed two scoreless innings, and John Witkowski added a scoreless ninth to earn his second save.
Ben Baird and Mateo Gil each made a fielding error.
Johnson City is 27-22 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.
Saturday’s game: at Elizabethton, Luis Ortiz (0-2, 5.79) 5:30 CT.
The fumbling Cardinals were one-hit by the Mets in Port St. Lucie on Friday. The offense scored two runs, neither of which came home on a hit. A ground out by Ramon Mendoza and a sac fly by Tyler Reichenborn resulted in the runs scored. The only hit was a double by Patrick Romeri.
Starter Roy Garcia pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits. The right hander issued two walks. Francis Ventura pitched 3 1/3 innings and surrendered six runs, four earned. Wilman Madera allowed one run in the final two innings. Garcia took the loss.
On the base paths, Pablo Gomez was caught stealing. In the field, the Cards committed six miscues. Ventura made three pickoff errors and Franklin Soto, Francisco Hernandez, and Mendoza each made a throwing error.
The Cardinals are 17-22 on the season and are tied for last place in the GCL East.
Saturday’s game: No game scheduled.
The Cardinals Red blew past the Tigers 7-2 on Friday. The game was scoreless until both teams scored two runs in the fourth. The Cardinals broke the tie with two runs in the fifth, then added three more in the seventh.
Fernando Brazaban and Bryan Matute were both 2-for-4 with a double. Brazoban had an RBI. Catcher Roblin Heredia was 2-for-4 with three RBI. Sander Mora was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.
Starter Diorys Guerrero pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on one hit. The left hander struck out seven and walked three. Ramon Fernandez tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win. Luis Garcia pitched the final three scoreless innings and earned his first save.
Mora stole his 26th base of the season. Mora committed a fielding error, Heredia made a throwing error, and Guerrero had a miscue on a pickoff attempt, but he also picked a runner off first base.
The Cardinals Red are 24-35 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Saturday’s game: at DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:00 am CT.
The Cardinals Blue blanked the Mets 6-0 on Friday. Blue starter Wilmer Ortega pitched four innings, allowed three hits, struck out two and walked three. Juan Peralta followed with two innings to earn the win. Cristoffer Zapata tossed two innings, followed by a clean ninth from Benjamin Arias.
The Blue offense scored six runs on six hits; however, three runs scored on a wild pitch and one on a double play. Only one run scored on a hit, a single by Fernando Diaz in the sixth. The final run came home on a ground out. Going 2-for-4, Diaz was the only Cardinal hitter with multiple hits. Darlin Moquete had the only extra base hit, a double.
On the base paths, there were stolen bases by Hansel Otamendi, G.A. Rodriguez, and Erik Pena. Pena was also picked off first base.
The Cardinals Blue have a record of 34-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.
Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies Red, TBA 9:00 am CT.
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