Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 11, 2019

photo: Harrison Bader (Memphis Redbirds)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Harrison Bader, who was 2-for-5 including two home runs and five RBI.  Jake Woodford, Evan Kruczynski, Michael YaSenka Henry Gomez and Gustavo J. Rodriguez all pitched well.

Results for games played Saturday, Aug 10.

Memphis 12, Fresno 3

Harrison Bader (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In a Saturday slugfest in Fresno, the Redbirds hit the long ball early and often to defeat the Grizzlies 12-3.

It began with a solo home run by Randy Arozarena and Ramon Urias followed with a two run shot in the first.  Harrison Bader took it further by blasting a three run home run in the fifth inning followed by a two run blast in the sixth.  Adolis Garcia joined in with a solo home run in the sixth.  Nine of the 12 Redbird runs came via the long ball.  Justin Williams’ two run double and an RBI single by Jose Martinez rounded out the scoring.

Arozarena was 3-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.  Bader was 2-for-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.  Garcia was 3-for-5 with an RBI, and Urias was 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Starter Jake Woodford pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked two.  Zac Rosscup surrendered a run in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and Kodi Whitley closed with a scoreless ninth.  Woodford earned his seventh win.

Bader stole his second base for Memphis.  Martinez made a throwing error.

Memphis is 53-65 on the season, tied for second place in the PCL North, 10 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Fresno, Chris Ellis (3-5, 7.49) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 3, Arkansas 2

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals edged the Travelers, 3-2, at Hammons Field on Saturday.  Starting pitcher Evan Kruczynski pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on six hits.  The left hander fanned 11 and walked one.  Merandy Gonzalez tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings and earned the win.  Connor Jones earned his fifth save with a scoreless ninth.

A solo home run by Brian O’Keefe got the Cardinals on the board in the second inning.  Lars Nootbaar plated a second run on fielder’s choice in the fourth.  Yadier Molina, continuing his rehab assignment, hit a sac fly in the seventh to score the winning run.  Dylan Carlson was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-4.

Molina stole a base, and Carlson swiped two.  Nootbaar was caught stealing.  Zach Kirtley made a throwing error.  Nootbaar had an outfield assist at second base.

The Cardinals are 22-26 in the second half, 52-66 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Angel Rondon (4-4, 3.12) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 4, Clearwater 11

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Clearwater Threshers by the score of 11-4 at Roger Dean on Saturday.  The Palm Beach offense couldn’t get traction against Thresher pitching until the final three innings.

Luken Baker drove in two of the four Palm Beach runs on a double and a single.  Ivan Herrera’s single and a ground out RBI by Michael Perri plated the other two scores.  Baker went 3-for-5, and Herrera and Bryce Denton were 2-for-4.  The only extra base hits were doubles by Baker and Nolan Gorman.

Starter Griffin Roberts took the loss.  Roberts pitched four innings and gave up nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Ramon Santos pitched two scoreless innings of relief, followed by one scoreless frame by Michael Baird.  Zach Prendergast surrendered two runs in the eighth.  Position player Juan Yepez pitched a scoreless ninth.

In the field, Roberts had a missed catch error.

The Cardinals are 17-33 in the second half, 52-62 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clearwater, Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17) 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria 3, Clinton 4

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs lost a close one at home to Clinton on Saturday.  The Chiefs fell behind 3-0 and the offense was held scoreless until the fifth inning.  Peoria knotted it up with one in the fifth and two in the sixth, but Clinton ultimately broke the tie for the win.

Chiefs catcher Alexis Wilson and center fielder Brandon Riley were both 2-for-4 on the night.  Right fielder Leandro Cedeno was 2-for-3.  Cedeno and Riley each drove in a run.  Edwin Figuera plated the third run on a ground out.  Brendan Donovan had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Michael Brettell pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Franyell Casadilla followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Tony Locey surrendered an unearned run in his 1 1/3 innings pitched and took the loss.  Sebastian Tabata tossed a scoreless ninth.

Riley and Delvin Perez each committed a fielding error.  Casadilla and Locey both made an error on a pickoff attempt.   Cedeno had an outfield assist at home.

The Chiefs are 14-34 in the second half, 44-73 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Clinton, Logan Gragg (0-1, 3.68) 5:05 CT.

State College 2, Batavia 3 (10 innings)

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

The Spikes were edged at home by the Batavia Muckdogs 3-2 in extra innings on Saturday.  Both State College runs came two-run home run by Pedro Pages in the sixth.  Terry Fuller had the only other extra base hit, a double.  David Vinsky was 2-for-4.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched six innings and gave up just one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Jacob Schlesener tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Eric Lex surrendered the tying run in the ninth and the winning run in the 10th.  He was charged with the blown save and the loss.

On the base paths, Martin Figueroa stole his third base of the season. In the field, Moises Castillo made a fielding error.  Catcher Cameron Knight had a passed ball.

The Spikes are 27-27 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Williamsport, Junior Gonzalez (2-3, 5.63) 4:05 CT.

Johnson City 7 at Elizabethton 13

Aaron Antonini (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were overmatched by the Elizabethton Twins 13-4 on Saturday.  Still, the Johnson City offense scored seven runs on 10 hits.  They included two long balls each by Aaron Antonini and Mateo Gil.   Antonini hit a two run shot in the second, and a solo home run in the eighth.  Gil’s home runs were both solo, one in the fifth and the other in the seventh.  Antonini also had a triple and was 3-for-3 on the night with four RBI and three runs scored.  Gil was 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Chandler Redmond was 2-for-4.

Starter Luis Ortiz pitched 3 1/3 innings and was bombed for 10 runs on nine hits. The right hander struck out three and walked five.  Will Guay tossed 1 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.  Enrique Perez surrendered three runs, one earned in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Alex Gallegos closed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Redmond stole his fourth base of the season.  Gil was picked off first base.  Perez and Kevin Vargas committed throwing errors, and Diomedes Del Rio made a fielding error.  Antonini had a passed ball.

Johnson City is 25-18 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Wilfredo Pereira (2-1, 2.42) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals – Off

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Tigers1 7 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Tigers1 7-6 on Saturday in extra innings.   The Cardinals scored all six of their runs in the second inning.  Erick Thomas drove in two runs on a triple.  Jesus Orrechia also tripled to score Thomas.  The remaining runs scored on a fielder’s choice, a sac fly by Miguel Marcos, and a single by Claudio Ramirez.  No Cardinal had multiple hits, and the two triples were the only extra base hits.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Larimel Soriano surrendered four runs in one inning of relief.  Hector De Los Santos tossed 2 1/3 innings and allowed the tying run.  He was charged with a blown save.  Oliver Lopez gave up the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

Marcos stole his third base of the season. Albert Inoa made a fielding error.

The Cardinals Red are 24-36 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Phillies Red 1

The Cardinals Blue beat the Phillies Red by the score of 8-1 on Saturday.  The Blue offense had 10 hits, as did the Phillies, but the visitors scored only once.  First baseman Fernando Diaz hit a solo home run in the fifth inning and was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Elvin De Jesus was 2-for-5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored, while Leudy Pena also had a double and was 2-for-4 with three RBI.  DH Juan Sanchez was also 2-for-4.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched six scoreless innings, allowed six hits, struck out five and walked one to earn his fourth win.  Americo Lugo surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Victor Villanueva tossed a scoreless ninth.

De Jesus, Erik Pena, and Darlin Moquete each stole a base.  Leudy Pena had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 35-17 on the season and are in second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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