Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 14, 2019

photo: Trejyn Fletcher (Robert Kell)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-5. Fernando Diaz had four hits, including three doubles and two RBI as the DSL Blue captured a share of first place. Behind Trejyn Fletcher’s two hits including a home run, a steal and two knocked in, Johnson City also tied for its division lead.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 13th.

Memphis 7 at Fresno 8

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

Fresno (55-66) broke a tie in the home ninth as Memphis absorbed an 8-7 walk-off loss, preventing a four-game series sweep by the Redbirds (55-66).

Down 7-4 through six, the visitors scored three times over the next two innings, knotting the score at 7-7 going into the bottom of the ninth.  But a hit batsman and RBI double yielded by reliever Chasen Shreve (L, 2-2) ended the game in a defeat.

Genesis Cabrera was shaky from the start, surrendering a two-run bomb comprising two of the seven runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five innings.  The southpaw was scored upon in three of his five innings of work.  Jesus Cruz, Zac Rosscup and Domenic Leone each tossed a scoreless frame with one strikeout.

Memphis’ eight-hit offense was led by John Nogowski, who reached base five times., going 2-for-2 with three walks, a run scored and two RBIs.  Edmundo Sosa matched his production, singling three times in five at bats with a run scored and two driven in.  The shortstop was caught stealing in his only attempt.

Wednesday’s game:   Off

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 15

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Nine runs yielded by the S-Cards’ bullpen transformed a competitive game into a 15-5 rout at Tulsa.  Each team has won one of the series’ first two contests with two on tap.

Springfield (24-27) trailed 6-4 after six frames but three S-Cards’ relievers plus an infielder could not hold back the Drillers’ offense after that point.  Merandy Gonzalez was charged with three runs on two hits and two walks against four outs recorded, with his final runner crossing home with Jacob Patterson on the mound in the seventh.

Connor Jones retired two batters the next inning but was tagged for five runs on two hits and three free passes,  Second baseman Irving Lopez, who was thrown into the mound fray at that point, permitted a run on two hits and a base-on-balls while allowing both inherited runners to score.

Alex FaGalde (L, 3-3) started the game and was not sharp, yielding six tallies on two hits and four walks in 3 1/3 innings.  His final two runners scored under Will Latcham’s watch. The righty gave up two hits and two walks with five retired.

The offense matched Tulsa’s 11 hits but went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position and left 10 on base.  Four Springfield players had two hits each:  Justin Toerner, Yariel Gonzalez, Julio Rodriguez and Rayder Ascanio.  Toerner and Gonzalez both went yard with the bases empty, joined by Lopez, in the latter’s only hit in five at bats.  Toerner and Rodriguez both smacked a two-bagger.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (28-23) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT,  Tommy Parsons (4-4, 5.05)

Palm Beach 2 at Tampa 4

Scott Hurst (Memphis Redbirds)

Palm Beach (18-35) could not hold an early lead, falling to the Tarpons in Tampa, 4-2.  The Beach Birds have dropped the series’ first two games with two contests remaining.

The visitors put up single tallies in each of the first two frames but were unable to break through the rest of the way despite outhitting their opponents 10 to eight.  Scott Hurst went 4-for-5 out of the leadoff slot but neither scored nor drove anyone in.  The only other PB-Card with more than one hit was Nick Dunn, who singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk. His double was one of the four on the game.

Starter Michael Baird could not finish the fourth, permitting a two-run home run that was one of his three hits and a walk allowed in 3 1/3 frames.  Patrick Dayton (L, 3-2) retired six batters, yielding two tallies on four hits, two walks, a wild pitch and a plunked batter.  Ramon Santos issued three free passes over 1 2/3 clean frames before Cole Aker tossed a scoreless eighth.

Wednesday’s game:   at Tampa (26-26) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

Peoria – off

Peoria (14-36) looks to bounce back from being swept in a home series by Clinton (MIA) as they travel to Kane County (ARI) for three games.

Wednesday’s game:  at Kane County (34-16), 6:30 pm CT, Dalton Roach (0-1, 7.45)

State College 8 vs. Williamsport 6

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A five-run first catapulted State College (29-28) past Williamsport, 8-6, in the rubber game of the three-game away-and-home series.

The Spikes banged out 14 hits with two players garnering three hits apiece in five at bats:  Moises Castillo and Stanley Espinal.  Both players touched home once with Espinal doubling and knocking in one.

David Vinsky, Martin Figueroa and Dariel Gomez had two hits each, the first two in four at bats with a walk and Gomez in five at bats.  Gomez joined Espinal with a double while one of Figueroa’s two hits was a triple.  All three players scored once while Vinsky and Gomez drove in one to Espinal’s two RBIs.

Andre Pallante tossed the initial four innings, allowing four runs on six hits.  Jeremy Randolph (W, 3-2) held the Crosscutters (22-36) to a single score on three hits and a base-on-balls over 2 2/3.  Cameron Dulle recorded four outs before handing the ball off to Jack Ralston who allowed a run, his first in 19 1/3 professional innings, and picked up his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Scott Politz (3-3, 5.87)

Johnson City 6 vs. Princeton 4

Trejyn Fletcher (Robert Kell)

The Appy Birds scored in each of the first five innings on their way to a rainy 6-4 victory over Princeton (25-28) (TB), salvaging the third and final game of the series.  Johnson City (28-25) snapped a three-game losing skid and recaptured sole possession of first place in the West Division standings over Elizabethton (MIN), which lost Tuesday night.

Seven of nine JC-Card starters gathered at least one of the team’s eight hits with Raffy Ozuna and Trejyn Fletcher both launching solo shots.  Fletcher went 2-for-4 with a run scored, two knocked in and a stolen base.  Four players doubled for their only hit of the game.

Making his second start in 12 appearances, and first since June 29th, Will Guay held Princeton in check on three hits and a walk over three innings.  Alex Gallegos followed with a scoreless frame of his own.

Timing is everything, as John Witkowski was credited with the win, his third in as many decisions, despite allowing three runs on five hits, including a two-run bomb, in two innings.  Walker Robbins was charged with a tally on three hits and a walk with six outs recorded but lefty Enrique Perez tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

GCL Nationals 10 at GCL Cardinals 1

The Gulf Cardinals (18-24) were trounced by the Nationals Tuesday afternoon by a 10-1 margin.

Thomas Hart (L, 2-2) took the loss in his first start in 10 Gulf Coast League appearances.  The 18-year-old surrendered two two-run home runs comprising two of the three hits and two walks yielded in three frames.  Hart hit two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Regular starter Anthony Green struggled with his control, issuing six free passes over 1 2/3 innings, and was tagged for five runs on four hits and a hit batsman.  Martin Cordova held the Nationals (20-19) to a single tally on three hits and two walks and stranded three inherited runners.

Six Cardinals had one hit each with Luis Montano’s double the only one for extra bases.  Cristhian Longa singled once in three at bats and scored his team’s only run.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (21-20), 12:00 pm ET/11:00 am CT, Inohan Paniagua (1-4, 6.96)

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Rockies 7 (10)

Fernando Diaz (Alejandro Zepeda/AGP)

Two rallies lifted the Cardinals Blue (37-17) over the Rockies, 8-7, in 10 innings.  The contest was a key match-up between the South Division’s top two teams, leaving them tied with 10 games remaining in the C-Blue’s regular season schedule.

The home team’s eighth straight win required them to initially erase a 4-0 deficit after six then a 7-4 setback with three outs to go.  Both rallies were mounted without benefit of either a long ball or defensive lapses.

The Cardinals Blue outhit their opponents, 11 to 10, paced by Player of the Day Fernando Diaz’ strong offensive effort.  The first baseman went 4-for-5 with three doubles, a run scored and two driven in.

Batting right behind Diaz in the six spot, Hansel Otamendi singled three times in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in one.  The final player with more than one hit was third baseman Erik Pena who went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI after replacing starter Brandon Hernandez midway through the visitor half of the fourth.  Defensively, Diaz was one of three C-Blue players to commit an error.

Reliever Victor Villanueva picked up the win, his third against one loss, tossing three innings while allowing three unearned tallies on two hits and a plunked batter.  The 18-year-old righty has compiled a 1.67 ERA and 1.07 WHIP in his second professional campaign, covering 27 innings.

Engels Martinez pitched the first five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls.  William Miranda bridged the two innings between Martinez and Villanueva, yielding a tally on three hits and a walk.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Orioles2 (25-30), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Eduar Pimental (0-2, 6.05) or Yordy Richard (4-0, 4.81)

DSL Cardinals Red 2 at DSL D-backs2 6

The Cardinals Red (25-37) managed just three hits in their 6-2 road loss to the DSL D-backs2 (38-24).

Four of the six tallies, five earned, permitted by Edgar Manzo (L, 1-4) over 5 1/3 innings were produced by three home runs.  The rookie right-hander allowed eight hits.

Brayan Ramirez retired five batters, giving up a hit and two walks while leaving Manzo’s last two runners aboard.  Miguel Maiz worked a clean eighth.

The offense was aided by the seven free passes issued by D-backs2 hurlers.  Shortstop Sander Mora worked a base-on-balls with two gone in the sixth and wasn’t shy about swiping his 28th and 29th bags.  After second baseman Albert Inoa walked, the team executed a double steal, ending the D-backs2’ shutout bid.

Third baseman Bryan Matute opened the eighth with a free pass, advanced to second on a single by Smith Vargas then advanced two more bases on consecutive walks to Inoa and Luis Andujar.  Matute and Inoa worked two free passes apiece, the only C-Red players to reach base more than once.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies White (35-26), 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Yonael Dominguez (1-1, 5.27)

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