Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 11, 2018

photo: Evan Kruczynski (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Friday.  Our Player of the Day is Springfield starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski, who pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out five. Other mound standouts include Jake Walsh, Jacob Schlesener, Inohan Paniagua and Allinson Benitez.

Results for games played Friday, August 10.

Memphis 8 at Oklahoma City 4

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds were victorious in Oklahoma City on Friday.  Memphis fell behind early, but a six run fifth inning gave them the lead.  Patrick Wisdom led off with a double.  Ramon Urias then singled to plate Wisdom.  Urias scored on Edmund Sosa’s single.   Randy Arozarena walked then advanced a base along with Sosa on a balk. Lane Thomas walked, and St. Louis rehabber Tyler O’Neill doubled to score Sosa and Arozarena.  Carson Kelly drove in Thomas on a single, and Wisdom singled to score O’Neill.  The Redbirds added two runs in the sixth on Rangel Ravelo’s single as the first baseman extended his hitting streak to 15 games.  Wisdom went 3-for-4.  Urias and Sosa were both 2-for-5.

Starter Connor Jones pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  Three relievers combined to hold the home club scoreless the rest of the way. Giovanny Gallegos threw 1 1/3 scoreless innings and Tommy Lane and Edward Mujica added an inning each.  Jones earned the win.

Arozarena had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 73-44 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Oklahoma City, Tyler Lyons (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at Corpus Christi 0

Evan Kruczynski (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals blanked the Hooks in Corpus Christi on Friday.  Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning five. Hector Mendoza and Ramon Santos added a scoreless frame each.  Kruczynski earned his second win.

The Cardinals got on the board in the fourth inning on a two-run home run by Jeremy Martinez.  Tommy Edman launched a three-run home run in the seventh.  In the eighth, Andy Young singled, and scored on a double by Johan Mieses.  Martinez followed with a double to plate Mieses.  Martinez went 3-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Edman was 3-for-5 with three RBI.  Evan Mendoza was 2-for-5.  Young and Mieses were both 2-for-4.

John Nogowski was caught stealing in his first attempt.  Kruczynski picked a runner off first base.  Catcher Martinez picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals are 54-64 overall, 21-27 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Corpus Christi, Genesis Cabrera (7-6, 4.06) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Lakeland 2

Jake Walsh (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals took the loss in a low scoring contest with Lakeland on Friday.  The lone Cardinal run came in the fifth on an RBI double by Stefan Trosclair.  Trosclair was 2-for-3.  Kramer Robertson was 2-for-4.

Despite his quality start, Jake Walsh suffered his fourth loss of the season, after pitching six innings and giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  Walsh struck out six and walked none.  Colton Thomson and Bryan Dobzanski combined for the final three scoreless innings.

Elehuris Montero and Ryan McCarvel both committed fielding errors.  Raffy Ozuna made a throwing error.  Dylan Carlson and Bryce Denton both had outfield assists.

The Cardinals are 62-49 overall and 23-24 in the second half and are in third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Lakeland, Alex Fagalde (2-0. 0.75) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 5 at Kane County 12

Nolan Gorman (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs were overcome by the Cougars at Kane County on Friday.  Despite the loss, the game was highlighted by the first Peoria home run from first round draft pick Nolan Gorman in his second game with the club.  It was a three-run shot in the ninth inning.  The Chiefs scored two runs in the fourth on three consecutive doubles by Dennis Ortega, Zach Kirtley, and Luken Baker.  Baker went 3-for-4.  Rayder Ascanio was 2-for-3.

Starter Paul Balestrieri pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up 11 runs on 10 hits.  Zach Prendergast surrendered one unearned run in his 2 2/3 frames.  Ben Yokley and Robbie Gordon combined for 2 2/3 scoreless innings.

Ascanio and Wood Myers committed fielding errors.  Brandon Benson had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 67-48 overall, 28-147 in the second half and are in second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Alvaro Seijas (4-6, 4.49) 6:30 CT.

State College 2, West Virginia 3

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes were defeated in a one-run contest at home against West Virginia on Friday, ending their five-game winning streak.

Starter Jacob Schlesener pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits.  Hector Villalobos surrendered two runs in his two innings of relief. Villalobos was charged with the blown save and took the loss.  Edgar Gonzalez pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Spikes took the early lead with single runs in the first and second.  In the first, Nick Dunn doubled and scored on Stanley Espinal’s single.  Delvin Perez singled in the second and came in a ground out by Justin Toerner.  These would be the only runs scored by the Spikes.  No Spikes batter had multiple hits.

Perez stole his eighth base in 12 attempts.  Wadye Ynfante swiped his ninth bag in 12 tries.  Toerner stole his 10th base in 12 attempts.  Ynfante was also caught stealing for the third time.

The Spikes are 24-230 on the season and are tied for third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Auburn, Franyel Casadilla (1-1, 2.40) 5:30 CT.

Johnson City vs. Princeton (postponed)

Friday’s game was postponed due to rain and will be played as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s games:  vs. Princeton, Kyle Leahy (2-1, 4.26) and Colin Schmid (2-0, 4.96) 4:30 CT (Game 1 DH)

GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Nationals 10

Carlos Soto (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were walked off by the Nationals in a high scoring game on Friday.  The Cards plated three in the first inning to get on the board early.  Diomedes Del Rio led off with a single and scored on Angel Moreno’s triple.  Carlos Soto followed with a two-run home run.  In the second, Josh Shaw singled to plate Del Rio.  Moreno led off the third with a double and scored on Soto’s single.  Soto came in on a fielder’s choice out by Cole Kreuter.  The offense was kept off the board again until the ninth inning.  Shaw hit a leadoff single and Jhon Torres was hit by a pitch.  Shaw was out on a force out by Moreno.  Soto singled and Torres scored.  Mateo Gil singled.  William Jimenez singled to score Soto, then Kreuter singled to plate Gil.  Del Rio, Shaw, Moreno, and Gil were each 2-for-5.  Jimenez was 2-for-2. Soto and Kreuter were 2-for-4.  Soto plated three and scored three times.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched only 1 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs, five earned, on seven hits.  Ty Cohen followed with 2 2/3 innings, surrendering one run.  Freddy Pacheco tossed four scoreless frames. Edgar Escobar gave up the two winning Nationals runs in the ninth.  Escobar was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

Del Rio stole his third base in five attempts for the GCL Cardinals.  Shaw stole his fourth base in five tries. Shaw was also picked off second base. Kreuter made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 29-15 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 3, DSL Phillies Red 2

The Cardinals Blue edged the Phillies Red on Friday.  The offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning, when a run scored on a fielding error, and another on a passed ball.  The Blue walked it off in the ninth when Darlin Moquete hit a leadoff double and scored on a wild pitch.  Moquete and Adanson Cruz went 2-for-5.  Freddy De Jesus and Darlyn Del Villar were 2-for-4.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits.  Victor Villanueva and Anthony Trompiz combined for the final 3 2/3 scoreless innings. Trompiz earned his first win.

Moquete stole his 16th base in 19 attempts.  Luiz Rodriguez had a passed ball, but also picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Blue are 41-18 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Phillies Red, TBA 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 3 at DSL Phillies White 4

The Cardinals Red lost a squeaker at the Phillies White on Friday.  Red starter Allinson Benitez pitched five innings and gave up one run on two hits.  Benitez fanned nine and walked two.  Hector De Los Santos surrendered two runs in the sixth and was tagged with a blown save.  Gustavo Rodriguez started the seventh but didn’t finish it.  He was replaced with two outs and the bases loaded with Miguel Maiz, who retired his only batter to get out of the inning scoreless.  Maiz returned to pitch a scoreless eighth, but yielded the walk off run for the Phillies White in the ninth and took the loss.

The Cardinals Red scored two in the second inning on a throwing error and a single by Alexander Samuel.  Luis Montano hit an RBI single in the third for the final Red score.  Montano went 2-for-4.

Cristhian Longa was picked off and caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  Jesus Orrechia committed a throwing error.

The Cardinals Red are 32-27 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies White, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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