Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 18, 2018

photo: Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College first baseman Stanley Espinal, who went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run and two runs scored in a road win. On an off-day, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals clinched their division.

Results for games played Friday, August 17.

Memphis 7, Round Rock 4

Tommy Edman (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds were victorious against Round Rock at AutoZone Park on Friday.  The offense put up three runs in the first inning.  Tommy Edman led off with a single.  Carson Kelly walked.  Justin Williams singled to score Edman, Alex Mejia singled to plate Kelly, and Wilfredo Tovar singled to bring in Williams.  In the second, Ramon Urias led off with a single, Edman singled, and Lane Thomas reached on a fielder’s choice throwing error that plated Urias.  Adolis Garcia grounded into a force out and Edman scored.  Williams hit a sac fly that plated Thomas.  Garcia later scored on a Tovar double.  Tovar went 2-for-4 with two RBI. Williams also plated two.  Leadoff man Edman was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Starter and winning pitcher Jake Woodford went seven innings and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits. Giovanny Gallegos added the final two scoreless innings of relief.

Thomas stole his third base in four attempts. Randy Arozarena stole his 13th base in 17 attempts.  Tovar made a fielding error.  Kelly had a passed ball.

The Redbirds are 76-48 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Round Rock, Kevin Herget (8-9, 4.50) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 5

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Cardinals fell to Corpus Christi at Hammons Field on Friday.  Starter Genesis Cabrera pitched six scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the seventh, when he gave up four runs, two earned.  Cabrera pitched to four batters in the seventh and gave up a double, a walk and a single.  The fourth batter reached on a throwing error by Andy Young.  With no outs and two runs having scored, Cabrera was replaced by Junior Fernandez.  Fernandez allowed two consecutive sac flies that scored two, then got the final out of the inning.  Carlos Martinez, on a rehab assignment, pitched the final two innings of the game and allowed one run on a solo home run.  Cabrera took the loss, Fernandez was charged with a blown save.

The Cardinals offense took a 3-0 lead into the seventh inning.  A leadoff solo home run by Andy Young, and an RBI double by Andrew Knizner put two runs on the board in the fourth inning.  John Nogowski hit a solo home run in the sixth.  Knizner and Nogowski were both 2-for-4.

The Cardinals are 54-69 overall, 21-32 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, Anthony Shew (6-7, 4.45) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Charlotte 5

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals suffered a one run defeat at the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Friday.  The Palm Beach offense put up all four runs in the first three innings.  Kramer Robertson led off the game with a solo home run.  Connor Capel added a two-run home run in the second.  Dylan Carlson launched a solo home run in the third.  Those were all the runs scored by Palm Beach and it wasn’t enough.  Robertson went 2-for-4.

Starter Alex Fagalde pitched four innings and gave up four runs on two hits.  Fagalde pitched to three batters in the fifth and hit the first batter with a pitch, then walked the next two hitters.  Fagalde was replaced with the bases loaded and no outs by Ramon Santos. Santos issued three walks that allowed all three Fagalde runners to score.  Austin Sexton allowed a sac fly to score a Santos runner then got the final out of the inning.  Sexton returned to pitch a scoreless sixth, then began the seventh and got two outs before being replaced by Bryan Dobzanski, who secured the final out of the inning.  Dobzanski returned to pitch a scoreless eighth.  Santos took the loss.

The Cardinals are 66-52 overall and 27-27 in the second half and are in third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Charlotte, TBA 5:05 CT.

Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 7

Wood Myers (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Chiefs were conquered by the Kernels in Cedar Rapids on Friday.  Starter Angel Rondon pitched 5 1/3 innings and gave up six runs, one earned, on five hits.  Zach Prendergast followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Fabian Blanco surrendered one run in the eighth.  Rondon took the loss.

The only Peoria hits came from Wood Myers, who was 3-for-4 including a double and a stolen base.  The only Peoria run scored on a wild pitch in the third inning.

Rondon contributed to his problems with two errors, one on a pickoff attempt and a missed catch error.  Nolan Gorman also committed two errors, a fielding error and a missed catch error. They are his third and fourth miscues in nine games since joining the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are 70-52 overall, 31-21 in the second half and fell to second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Jake Dahlberg (2-1, 2.14) 6:35 CT.

State College 9 at Mahoning Valley 3

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes vanquished Mahoning Valley in a Friday road win.  The Spikes were behind 1-0 until the fifth inning, when the offense put up a crooked number.  Five runs came home in that inning. It began with a leadoff walk by Delvin Perez.  Cameron Knight was hit by a pitch.  Lars Nootbaar doubled to center and Perez scored.  Nick Dunn singled to plate Knight and Nootbaar.  Brady Whalen then launched a two-run home run to right field.  In the eighth, Stanley Espinal singled and scored on Kevin Woodall’s double.  Perez singled and plated Woodall.  Espinal added a two-run home run in the ninth.  Espinal went 3-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Perez was 2-for-3.

Starter Franyel Casadilla won his third game with State College after pitching seven innings and giving up one run on three hits.  Hector Villalobos tossed the eighth and surrendered two runs.  Troy Montemayor pitched a scoreless ninth.

Casadilla made an error on a pickoff attempt, Perez committed a throwing error and Woodall had a fielding error.

The Spikes are 27-31 on the season and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Eli Kraus (1-1, 2.66) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City 6 at Princeton 4 (seven innings, Game 1 DH)

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals defeated the Rays in the opener at Princeton on Friday.  Starter Kyle Leahy pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on 10 hits.  Evan Sisk handled the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Leahy earned the win and Sisk earned the save, his fourth.

The Cardinals got on the board with one run in the first inning.  Jonatan Machado reached on a fielding error and later scored on a double by Dariel Gomez. In the second, Liam Sabino hit a two-run home run.  Moises Castillo doubled in the third and scored on a single by Sanel Rosendo.  In the sixth, Luis Flores and Machdo each singled, and Leandro Cedeno doubled to plate both Flores and Machado.  Machado went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Castillo was 2-for-4 and also came home twice.

Cedeno was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.  Gomez made a fielding error and Flores made a throwing error.

Johnson City 1 at Princeton 12 (seven innings Game 2 DH)

In the second game of the doubleheader, the Cardinals were shellacked by the Rays.  The offense scored its only run in the sixth, when Jonatan Machado singled and came in on a throwing error.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

In a bullpen game, starter Michael Brettell pitched only one inning in which he gave up five runs on four hits.  Juan Alvarez surrendered four additional runs in his 3 2/3 innings.  Oneiver Diaz tossed 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, two earned.  Brettell took the loss.

Machado was caught stealing for the fifth time in 13 attempts.  Dariel Gomez made a fielding error.

The Cardinals are 25-29 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Princeton, TBA 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals – off

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 4 at DSL Mets1 5

The Cardinals Blue were edged by the Mets1 on Friday.  The Blue bats were held scoreless until the seventh, when Adanson Cruz led off with a solo home run.  The offense took the lead in the top of the ninth, but the Mets came back in the bottom frame to walk off the win.  In the ninth, Cruz reached on a fielding error.  Ramon Mendoza singled, then Diowill Burgos singled to plate Cruz.  Burgos stole second base, then Pablo Gomez doubled to score two.  Cruz and Mendoza were both 2-for-4.  Darlin Moquete was 3-for-4.

Starter Enmanuel Solano pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  Miguel Yedis followed with three innings of relief, surrendering one run.  Luis Tena secured the final out of the seventh, tossed a scoreless eighth and returned to start the ninth.  Three singles led to a run and with the bases loaded, Saniel Santana hit the first batter he faced to score the winning walk off run.

Burgos stole his third base in seven attempts.  He was also caught stealing for the fourth time.  Moquete was caught stealing for the fourth time in 22 attempts.  Solano committed an error on a pickoff, and Tena made a throwing error.  Moquete had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 45-20 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets 1, TBA 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 4, DSL Tigers1 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red squeaked by the Tigers1 in 10 innings on Friday.  Starter Luis Ortiz pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Ortiz fanned five and walked none.  Jhon Victorino added a scoreless sixth.  Sebastian Tabata tossed two run-free frames.  Martin Cordova pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs, one earned, but earned the win.

The offense didn’t get on the board until the seventh, when Yowelfy Rosario’s RBI triple tied the score.  In extra innings, the Tigers regained the lead, but the Cardinals took it back with three runs in the bottom of the 10th.   The inning started with Rosario on second, and after two strikeouts, Joerlin De Los Santos drew a walk.  Erik Pena singled, and Rosario scored.  Cristhian Longa doubled and drove in De Los Santos and Pena for the walk off victory.  Pena went 2-for-4.  Longa was 2-for-5.

Francisco Hernandez was picked off and caught stealing for the sixth time in nine attempts.  Rosario was picked off and caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.  Ortiz made an error on a pickoff and catcher Joyser Garcia had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 36-28 on the season and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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