Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 15, 2018

photo: Jesus Cruz (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Jesus Cruz’ impressive mound effort led Palm Beach to one of the St. Louis Cardinals system’s four Tuesday wins.  Other top performances from Rangel Ravelo, Matt Pearce, Luken Baker and Benito Santiago, who went yard twice for Johnson City.

Results from the games played Tuesday, August 14th.

New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3 (10 innings)

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds dropped their third straight decision, and sixth in the last 10 games, falling to the Baby Cakes, 4-3, in 10 at AutoZone Park.  Memphis (74-47) has seen its once commanding lead in the American Southern Division reduced to just eight games over Nashville (OAK), which has won 15 straight.

Austin Warner pitched his New Orleans counterpart, former St. Louis prospect Sandy Alcantara, to a draw.  Each hurler allowed three runs on six hits and no walks during their six-inning stints.  Warner fanned five while Alcantara struck out seven.  All three tallies charged to Warner were produced by home runs.

Dominic Leone walked one in the seventh and has been scored upon just one in six rehab appearances covering six frames.  Tommy Layne retired four batters, handing the ball off to Andrew Morales.  Morales (L, 1-3) negotiated around a single and intentional free pass for a scoreless ninth but allowed a single and sac fly the next frame that generated the losing margin.

Two of Memphis’ three scored resulted from Rangel Ravelo’s 13th bomb of the season.  It came with Warner (single) aboard and followed Tommy Edman’s sac fly that scored Wilfredo Tovar (double).    Ravelo, the only Redbird with a multi-hit performance, went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Jones (1-0, 5.11)

San Antonio 3 at Springfield 0

Matt Pearce (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield (21-30) kicked off its three-game series at Hammons Field versus San Antonio with a 3-0 loss.

Matt Pearce was saddled with his fifth loss in as many decisions despite tossing a quality effort.  The righty was touched for two runs on eight hits and two walks over seven innings.  Pearce struck out six.

Hector Mendoza surrendered a long ball with the bases empty while retiring three.  Roel Ramirez faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out the side.

The S-Cards managed six hits, two each by Evan Mendoza and Andy Young.  Young’s first Double-A triple was the only hit to go for extra bases.  Andrew Knizner went 1-for-4 with a strikeout in his second game since coming off the disabled list.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. San Antonio (24-25) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Casey Meisner (1-1, 3.60)

Palm Beach 6 vs. Tampa 1

Jesus Cruz (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Player of the Day Jesus Cruz struck out nine over six innings as the PB-Cards flew past the Tarpons, 6-1.  Palm Beach (26-25) has a two-games-to-none series lead with two contests remaining.

Cruz (W, 5-0) held Tampa to a single score on four hits and did not issue a free pass.  It was the second straight quality effort for the native of Mexico and third in his last four starts.  Cruz threw 66 of his 91 pitches for strikes.

Ramon Santos tossed two clean frames in his return to Palm Beach from Springfield, walking one.  John Kilichowski faced the minimum in the ninth.

Right fielder Justin Toerner had an auspicious Florida State League debut after his jump from State College, singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI out of the nine hole.  The only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s eight hits was Ryan McCarvel, who went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI’s.  The first baseman was caught stealing in his only attempt and committed his second and third bobbles.  Conner Capel had a productive game, doubling once in four at bats, crossing home twice and driving in one.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Tampa (23-28) (NYY), 6:30 pm ET, Evan Guillory (1-3, 7.81)

Clinton 5 at Peoria 3

Luken Baker (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs could not overcome a third-inning grand slam in their 5-3 loss to the LumberKings (24-27) for a split of the four-game set.  Peoria (30-19) remains tied for first with Cedar Rapids atop the Western Division with the two teams squaring off for the next three contests.

Johan Oviedo (L, 9-8) had one bad inning out of his five pitched, serving up the bomb that was one of two hits and two walks he permitted in the third.  The right-hander allowed just one more hit overall and struck out nine.

C.J. Saylor tossed two innings, giving up an unearned tally and fanning three.  Fabian Blanco struck out two in his one-two-three eighth and Ben Yokley worked around a hit for a scoreless ninth.

Luken Baker swung a hot bat for Peoria, going 3-for-4 with a solo shot.  Zach Kirtley and Rayder Ascanio had two hits apiece in four at bats. Ascanio doubled once with an RBI.  Dennis Ortega led off the first with his fourth long ball, his only hit in five at bats.  Center fielder Brandon Riley was hitless in four at bats in his Midwest League debut.

Wednesday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (31-20) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, TBA

State College – off for NYPL All-Star Game – South 7, North 1

The South, which included three State College players, defeated the North in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game by a 7-1 score Tuesday night. The contest, the last all-star game of the summer in baseball, was hosted by the Spikes at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.

For all the details from the contest, check out TCN reporter Cooper Deck’s game story.

NYPL All-Star Game Showcases Three State College Spikes

Wednesday’s game:  State College (26-30) vs. Williamsport (23-32) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Diego Cordero (2-2, 3.99)

Johnson City 15 vs. Bristol 5

Benito Santiago (Bret Jacomet photo)

Catcher Benito Santiago blasted two home runs as Johnson City (23-27) thumped Bristol, 15-5, for a split of the four-game set.

Both of Santiago’s hits left the park, the first a solo long ball that was part of his team’s five-run third and the other a grand slam capping the Appy Birds’ five-run fifth.  The catcher was one of seven JC-Cards with two hits apiece and two runs scored and all nine starters had at least one of the squad’s 16 hits.  Santiago swiped his second bag of 2018, too.  Dariel Gomez also launched a three-run bomb that comprised one of his two runs scored to go with four RBI.

Tommy Parsons tossed six strong frames for his fourth win against one loss.  The 22-year-old free agent signee allowed three runs, one earned, on five hits with no walks and six K’s.  Enrique Perez tossed a clean seventh but both Michael Brettell and Jacob Sylvester were charged with a run in their respective inning on the bump.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 5 (11 innings)

Zach Gahagan (North Carolina)

It took 11 innings but the GCL Cardinals (32-15) prevailed over the Marlins (18-29), 7-5, reducing their magic number for clinching the East Division to three.

Diomedes Del Rio’s only hit in five at bats was an RBI triple that put his squad up 6-5 and accounted for one of his two runs driven in.  Del Rio touched home on Joe Freiday’s sac fly for the final score.

Three Gulf Cardinals had two hits apiece:  Zack Gahagan, Jhon Torres and William Jimenez.  Gahagan reached base all three times he came to the plate, going 2-for-2 with a walk, double and one driven in before being replaced at first base in the sixth.  Torres singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once and knocking in one with a stolen base while Jimenez went 2-for-5 with a double and two runs scored.

Connor Coward went the first five frames, holding the opposition to a hit and three walks without yielding a tally.  Francisco Justo allowed two runs during his two-inning stint before handing a 5-2 lead over to Alex Gallegos.

But Gallegos (BS, 1) could not overcome a lead-off fielding error by Cole Kreuter, who had moved to first from second base when Gahagan left the game.  Gallegos gave up three unearned runs on a walk, two singles and a ground-rule double before Ty Cohen recorded the ninth’s final out.  Cohen retired all 10 batters faced for his third win in four decisions.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals (21-26), 12:00 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (0-1, 1.91)

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Angels 7 (mid-seventh)

The Dominican Birds of Blue slipped past the Angels, 8-7, a game that was called in top of the seventh due to rain.  The Cardinals Blue (43-19) remain tied with the Twins atop the South Division with 10 games remaining.  The two squads face off over the season’s final two contests.

Julio Puello (W, 6-0) tossed five solid frames, holding the Angels (20-42) to two runs on four hits and two base-on-balls.  The 19-year-old struck out eight.

Derek Diaz was charged with two tallies on a hit and two walks in the sixth but Saniel Santana served up a three-run home run while recording one out the next inning.  Josue Ramirez had replaced Santana but did not face a batter before the game was halted.

The C-Blue generated eight hits with Darlin Moquette and Darlyn Del Villar having two hits apiece while batting first and second.  Moquette went 2-for-3 with a walk and his third triple, scored twice and knocked in one while Del Villar singled and doubled in four at bats, touched home once and drove in three.  Malcom Nunez reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks, a double, run scored, an RBI and a stolen base.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (31-31), 10:30 am ET, Francis Ventura (4-2, 3.34)

DSL Cardinals Red 0 at DSL Mets2 1 (7) – Game 1
DSL Mets2 at DSL Cardinals Red – Game 2 suspended

The DSL Cardinals Red (33-28) and Mets2 (30-31) were scheduled for a Tuesday twin bill but completed only one of the two contests.  The C-Red fell in the opener, 1-0, and the finale was called after two outs in the first due to rain with the home team trailing 1-0.

Jose Moreno took the hard luck loss in Game 1, his fifth against three wins, yielding an unearned run in the first of his five innings on the bump.  The righty gave up two hits and a walk and committed a balk.  Sebastian Tabata tossed a one-two-three sixth.

The visitors were held to three hits, a double by Claudio Ramirez plus singles by Joerlin De Los Santos and Luis Montano.  Centerfielder De Los Santos committed a fielding error resulting in the unearned tally.  It was his fourth miscue of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (21-41), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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