Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 12, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson and Joe Kruzel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson launched his Texas League-leading 20th and 21st home runs in Springfield’s win. Diego Cordero allowed just one run in six innings for Palm Beach and Malcom Nunez had three doubles in Johnson City’s loss.

Results from games played Sunday, August 11th.

Memphis 5 at Fresno 3

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Edmundo Sosa’s bat led the Redbirds to a 5-3 road win over the Grizzlies.  Second-place Memphis (54-65) has taken the first two of the four-game set and remains 10 games in back of Iowa (CHC) in the American Northern Division standings.

Sosa took part in three of his team’s runs, launching a two-run bomb which put Memphis up 2-0 three outs into the game.  The shortstop added a single in three at bats, touched home once and drove in three.

Harrison Bader went 1-for-3 with a walk and double while scoring twice and stealing a base.  Ramon Urias added a solo shot, his only hit in three at bats to go with a base-on-balls.

Chris Ellis (W, 4-5) fanned nine in five innings, yielding a run on four hits and two free passes.  Chasen Shreve was charged with two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3 frames.  One of his three hits was a solo long ball.

Dominic Leone prevented further damage to Shreve’s line by striking out his first batter to leave the sacks jammed in the seventh.  The righty retired all four batters faced, two via the K.  Mike Mayers tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save.

Monday’s game:  at Fresno (54-65) (WSH), 7:05 pm PT/9:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-2, 6.87)

Springfield 7 vs. Arkansas 3

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Back-to-back home runs by Irving Lopez and Dylan Carlson propelled the S-Cards past the division-leading Travelers, 7-3.  Each team won two of the four-game series, leaving third-place Springfield (23-26) trailing Arkansas (28-21) by five games in the North Division standings.

Lopez’ three-run bomb snapped a 3-3 eighth-inning tie, coming with Johan Mieses (single) and Zach Kirtley (single) aboard.  It was the second baseman’s only hit in four at bats.

Carlson followed with his second home run of the night and league-leading 21st of the season. The center fielder’s earlier solo shot gave his squad the first of three leads.  Carlson went 3-for-5, overall, with a double and two home runs, two runs scored and two RBIs.  Mieses and Kirtley were the final two S-Cards with more than one of the team’s 11 hits, both players singling twice in four at bats.

Reliever Bryan Dobzanski picked up the win, his second in three decisions, tossing 1 2/3 scoreless frames while allowing two hits and striking out two.  The New Jersey native also stranded an inherited runner.

That inherited runner belonged to Jorge Rondon who held his opposition to two runs on six hits through six innings before surrendering a solo long ball with one gone in the seventh.  The righty got the hook after giving up a single up the middle to his next batter, bringing Dobzanski into the game.  Jacob Patterson followed Dobzanski to the mound, yielding a hit in a clean ninth.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (27-22) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (5-6, 5.60)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Clearwater 1

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Diego Cordero tossed six strong frames as the Beach Birds flew past the Threshers, 4-1, splitting the four-game home set.  Sixth-place Palm Beach (18-33) has already been eliminated from post-season contention for the season’s second half.

Cordero (W, 2-4) held Clearwater (24-29) (PHI) to a single tally on four hits and a free pass.  The right-hander threw 60 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

Three of the six batters retired by Zack Thompson struck out while Edgar Escobar maneuvered around two hits for his first Florida State League save.

Half of the Beach Birds’ runs were generated by Juan Yepez’ long ball, one of his two hits in four at bats.  It came with hot-hitting Luken Baker aboard after Baker worked the first of his two walks to go with a double in two at bats. Baker scored two runs.

Shortstop Zack Gahagan led the offense with three of his squad’s nine hits, including his second triple of the season, driving in Nick Dunn (triple).  Dunn was the final PB-Card with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

Monday’s game:  at Tampa (24-26) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Edgar Gonzalez (6.13, 5.10)

Clinton 10 at Peoria 6

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

At Dozer Park on Sunday, the Chiefs were downed by the LumberKings, 10-6.  Peoria (14-35) will try to salvage the third and final game of the series when the two teams meet again Monday afternoon, and is in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 19 games behind Kane County (ARI).

All four Chiefs hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Logan Gragg (L, 0-2), who was touched for three runs on seven hits in five innings.  Connor Thomas went the next two frames, permitting two tallies on four hits before giving way to Evan Sisk, who gave up two runs on five hits in the eighth.  All three runs Connor Coward yielded were produced by two long balls.

The Chiefs banged out eight hits with three players garnering two hits each in four at bats:  Delvin Perez, Imeldo Diaz and Alexis Wilson.  All three doubled with Perez crossing home twice and Diaz once with an RBI.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Clinton (28-20) (MIA), 12:05 pm CT, Parker Kelly (3-2, 2.45)

State College 3 at Williamsport 10

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes began a three-game series with Williamsport by absorbing a 10-3 Sunday drubbing.  State College (27-27) is in third place in the Pinckney Division standings, 4 /2 games behind Batavia (MIA).

Junior Gonzalez (L, 2-4) lasted just four innings, permitting nine runs, eight earned, on a walk and seven hits that included three home runs.  Connor Lunn tossed two scoreless frames but Hector Villalobos gave up a run on two hits and a base-on-balls during his two innings on the mound.

Three Spikes collected two hits apiece:  David Vinsky, Pedro Pages and Brandon Purcell.  Vinsky and Pages each went 2-for-4 with Vinsky doubling with two runs scored and Pages knocking in one.  Purcell reached base three times, going 2-for-2 with a walk and RBI.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Williamsport (21-34) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Enmanuel Solano (1-7, 4.23)

Princeton 7 at Johnson City 3

Malcom Nunez (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards fell to the Rays, 7-3, in the road series opener.  Johnson City (27-24) is a game up on second-place Elizabethton (MIN) in the West Division standings despite going 4-6 over their last 10 games.

Julio Puello (L, 3-4) pitched the first five innings, allowing six runs, five earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  The right-hander hit one batter.  Tyler Peck and Dylan Pearce went two innings each. Peck permitted a tally on two hits and two wild pitches and Pearce gave up a hit and two walks.

Malcom Nunez spearheaded his team’s eight hit effort, doubling three times in four at bats and driving in one.  No other JC-Card had more than one hit.

Monday’s game:  vs. Princeton (24-27) (TB), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (2-2, 4.30)

GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Astros 1

Nathanael Heredia (State College Spikes)

The Gulf Cardinals came out on top of a low-scoring affair, edging the fourth-place Astros, 2-1.  The GCL Cardinals (18-22) are in fifth and last place in the South Division standings, five games behind the Marlins (MIA).

Defense provided the difference as both of the home team’s scores were unearned, thanks to two Astros’ miscues.  Franklin Soto singled to lead of the home half of the first, advanced to third when an attempted pickoff throw went awry and scored on Patrick Romeri’s sac fly to left.

After an Astros’ tally knotted the game up 1-1 at the fifth’s midpoint, Pablo Gomez opened the bottom of the frame with an infield single.  The second baseman moved up on another errant pickoff throw and raced home after Soto lined a double to left.  The team managed just four hits in all.

Williams Perez followed up his August 7th rehab appearance, his first action since June 7th, with a one-two-three first.  Regular starter Nathanael Heredia (W, 5-1) scattered seven hits over the next 6 1/3 innings, resulting in one run.  The southpaw fanned seven.  Luis Tena left Heredia’s final runner aboard, working around three hits in 1 2/3 frames for his first Gulf Coast League save.  None of the three Cardinals pitchers issued a free pass.

Monday’s game:  at first-place Marlins (22-16), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, Ludwin Jimenez (2-3, 4.50)

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Cardinals Blue (35-17) head into the last 12 games of their season in second place in the South Division standings, a game in back of the Rockies and a half game up on the Phillies Red.  The C-Blue play both teams two more times each, with one more home game versus the Rockies and a road twin bill at the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  at seventh-place DSL Twins (20-34), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, William Miranda (4-0, 1.53) or Reinys Portillo (2-4, 3.26)

DSL Cardinals Red – off

The seventh-place Cardinals Red (24-36) have been eliminated from post-season contention in the San Pedro Division.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place DSL D-backs2 (37-23), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Hancel Rincon (1-4, 4.72)

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