Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 15, 2019

photo: Inohan Paniagua (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system was 3-4 on Wednesday with wins by Peoria, GCL Cards, and DSL Blue. Springfield’s loss especially hurt, as they blew a two-run, two-out, two-strike lead in the ninth inning. Player of the Day, GCL starter Inohan Panaigua, tossed eight innings of one-run ball.

Results for games played Wednesday, August 14th.

Memphis OFF

Memphis (55-66) had Wednesday off before opening the final homestand of the season, an 11-game marathon that begins with Iowa (ChC), then Round Rock (Hou) and finally, Omaha (KC).

Thursday’s game: vs. Iowa, Daniel Ponce de Leon (5-4, 3.26) 7:05 CT.

Tulsa 5, Springfield 4

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Springfield (24-28) led by three runs with two out and nobody on in the ninth inning, but somehow snatched defeat from victory’s jaws, losing 5-4 in walkoff fashion to the Drillers Wednesday night.

Tommy Parsons started and was more than solid, albeit inefficient. The righty needed 89 pitches to navigate 4 1/3 innings of one-run baseball, fanning seven and walking one while scattering six hits. Righty relievers Bryan Dobzanski and Ronnie Williams split three scoreless frames between them.

That left the fateful ninth inning for 28-year-old journeyman Mitchell Osnowitz. The righty entered the game with a respectable 3.50 ERA and retired the first two batters on seven pitches and a pair of groundouts. That was followed by home run, double, walk, and walkoff home run.

Outfielder Johan Mieses led the S-Cards on offense, singling twice and going deep once. Third baseman Elehuris Montero (2-for-4) had the only other multi-hit game, and first baseman Yariel Gonzalez homered for the second straight night. Top prospect Dylan Carlson had the evening off.

Thursday’s game: at Tulsa, Evan Kruczynski (2-7, 5.63) 7:05 CT.

Tampa 11, Palm Beach 4

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach slid to 18-36 for the second half as they were routed on the road by the Tarpons 11-4 on Wednesday. Kyle Leahy started with four shutout innings. Unfortunately for him, he also had to pitch the fifth, when he coughed up seven runs, all earned, lowlighted by a grand slam that immediately followed an intentional pass. Needless to say, Leahy took the loss. Zack Gahagan was effective out of the pen, contributing a scoreless stanza. Yes, Gahagan the second baseman.

Gahagan also tripled, for his team’s “longest” hit. Red-hot Luken Baker singled and doubled as one of three Beach Bird batters with multiple knocks. The others were Nolan Gorman with a pair of singles, and Nick Dunn with the same. Scott Hurst recorded an assist from center field, as the team committed no errors and turned a trio of double plays.

Thursday’s game: at Tampa, pitcher TBA, 5:30 CT.

Peoria 6 at Kane County 3

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Peoria improved to 15-36 in the second half by winning 6-3 at Kane County Wednesday night. Third sacker Imeldo Diaz went 3-for-4 and scored three runs to lead the charge for the Chiefs. The 21-year-old singled twice and homered, and is slugging .513 this month. Singling twice was shortstop Delvin Perez, and doubling twice was Leandro Cedeno, for their club’s other multi-safety games. Cedeno totaled three RBI, and for August is batting .421 and slugging .684.

The starter and winning arm was Dalton Roach, who went five innings and allowed one run on four singles and three free passes. The righty tamed five Cougars on strikes, and needed 90 pitches on the evening. Taking over from Roach, Sebastian Tabata twirled a pair of shutout innings despite three bases on balls, and finishing with the save was 23-year-old Connor Coward, who spun a scoreless ninth, fanning one.

Thursday’s game: at Kane County, Colin Schmid (6-5, 3.95), 6:30 CT.

Mahoning Valley 7 at State College 5

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

Despite permitting zero earned runs, State College lost at home to Mahoning Valley by a 7-5 tally on Wednesday, undermined by errors from the infield, outfield, and pitcher’s mound. Starter Scott Politz surrendered one run in three innings, losing pitcher Jacob Schlesener allowed five runs across 3 2/3 frames, Eric Lex gave up a run in 1 1/3 frames, and Connor Lunn was the sole unscored-upon reliever — although, oddly, he did cough up three hits and a walk in just one inning of work.

The Spikes got multi-hit games from center fielder David Vinsky and designated hitter Matt Duce (two singles each, and Vinsky added a steal), as well as first sacker Dariel Gomez, who doubled and singled. Right fielder Terry Fuller tripled and coaxed a walk, but also committed two of the club’s quartet of fielding miscues.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.78) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City OFF

Johnson City did not play Wednesday. In the tight West Division standings, the 28-25 Cardinals have a one-game lead, but are just three games out of fourth place.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington, Jose Moreno (3-3, 8.12) 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Mets 2

Inohan Paniagua (State College Spikes)

Starter Inohan Paniagua bounced back from a beating last time out, leading the GCL Cardinals to a narrow 3-2 decision over the visiting Mets on Wednesday. The win lifted the G-Cards’ ledger to 19-24 on the year. Dominican righty Paniagua, who lasted just 1 1/3 innings in his previous appearance, went eight strong frames this time, conceding one run on five hits and whiffing seven. Allowing a ninth-inning run but recording the save was fellow 19-year-old Luis Tena, who allowed two hits, with no strikeouts or free passes.

Catcher Cristhian Longa was quite active on Wednesday, doubling twice for his squad’s only extra base hits, getting hit by a pitch, gunning the only opposing base stealer, and going 1-for-2 in steal attempts himself. Also reaching multiple times were right fielder Patrick Romeri (two singles) and designated hitter Ramon Mendoza and second baseman Pablo Gomez, who had a single and walk apiece.

Thursday’s game: No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Orioles2 5

Breaking open a tied game with seven runs in the sixth inning, the DSL Cardinals Blue (38-17) grabbed first place by half a game in the South Division on Wednesday, crushing the Orioles2, 12-5. The table setters led the way, as the top two in the lineup reached seven times all told. Second baseman and leadoff man Elvin De Jesus drew two walks and singled, and number two hitter Hansel Otamendi did him one better with three free passes and a one-base hit. As a team, the Blue drew 15 walks Wednesday morning, and scored their 12 runs without aid of an extra base knock.

Starter Yordy Richard (still just 16) went four innings and yielded two earned runs, fanning and walking two men each. Three pitchers fairly dazzled out of the bullpen with scoreless appearances, as winning twirler Benjamin Arias tossed two innings (four strikeouts, one baserunner), fellow 17-year-old Juan Peralta recorded five straight outs, and Americo Lugo fanned the side to finish the game.

Thursday’s game: No game scheduled.

DSL Phillies White 2, DSL Cardinals Red 1

The DSL Cardinals Red fell to 25-38 on Wednesday, losing a gut-churning 2-1 pitchers’ duel on the road to the Phillies White team. The Red led by a 1-0 score from the second through seventh innings before finally succumbing. Starter Yonael Dominguez authored five shutout frames — the 17-year-old allowed four hits and fanned three — and reliever Luis Garcia had two spotless stanzas of his own before handing off to Hector De Los Santos, who made his own bed with a throwing error and four free passes over just 1 2/3 innings.

Shortstop Sander Mora was by far the star of the Crimson lineup on Wednesday, accounting for half of his team’s hits by singling twice and doubling, and also drawing a walk. The only other batters to reach more than once were right fielder Fernando Brazoban (walk, hit-by-pitch) and just-turned-17-year-old first baseman Roblin Heredia, with a single and base on balls. Brazoban also stole his eighth base, and Heredia dropped down a sacrifice bunt to aid the cause.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Phillies White, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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