Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 21, 2019

photo: Daniel Ponce de Leon (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-4. It was something old and something new for Memphis, as Daniel Ponce de Leon’s pitching and Dylan Carlson’s hitting led the Redbirds to a win. Johnson City protected its slim division lead with a final-out, four-run comeback capped by Liam Sabino’s double.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 20th.

Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 3

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Daniel Ponce de Leon’s six strong frames and Dylan Carlson’s three-hit night led the Redbirds to a 5-3 victory of the Express, evening the home series at one game each with two on tap.  Second-place Memphis (60-67) trails Iowa (CHC) by eight games in the American Northern Division standings with an elimination number of six.

Ponce de Leon (W, 7-4) scattered five hits and four walks with one run permitted while striking out five. The sixth-inning run was the first score allowed in his four outings since returning to Memphis. But Kodi Whitley did not retire a batter, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls.

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dominic Leone’s relief effort was vital to the Redbirds’ success, with the righty working out of a bases-loaded/none out jam.  Leone stuck out four of his five batters retired, allowing one hit.  Chasen Shreve retired his only batter, stranding an inherited runner, before Mike Mayers negotiated around a lead-off single for his third save.

Carlson did more than his share at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double and solo shot, scoring one and driving in two.  The top prospect outfielder is batting .520/.586/.960/1.546 in 24 at bats over six Triple-A games.

Three Redbirds accumulated two of their team’s 10 hits each:  Adolis Garcia, Max Schrock and Edmundo Sosa.  Garcia singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI while Schrock went 2-for-4 with a double, and crossed home twice.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Round Rock (76-50) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (8-7, 3.96)

Springfield 0 at Frisco 5

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

Springfield (26-31) began its final road trip of the season with a 5-0 drubbing at Frisco.

Tommy Parsons took the loss, his fifth against four wins, after yielding five runs on nine hits, including a two-run blast, in seven innings.  Mitchell Osnowitz pitched a clean eighth.

The visitors mustered just four hits with right fielder Johan Mieses singling and doubling in three at bats in the clean up slot.  Mieses was also credited with an outfield assist at third.

Wednesday’s game:  at Frisco (28-28) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-8, 5.77)

Bradenton 5 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds’ faltering bullpen led to a 5-1 loss to Bradenton in the home series opener.

Palm Beach (19-39) battled the Marauders to a 1-1 tie after six only to have a trio of Cards hurlers tagged for four runs over the last three innings.  Edgar Escobar permitted two tallies in the seventh, his second inning of work, yielding two hits and a walk overall.  Ramon Santos and Leonardo Taveras were each charged with a run on two hits in one frame, with Taveras also issuing a free pass.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez walked a tightrope by allowing 10 baserunners over the first five frames on five hits and five walks, but only one scored.

Nick Dunn and Dennis Ortega each had two of the team’s seven hits, in four and three at bats, respectively.  Luken Baker (single) was the only Beach Bird to touch home, the first baseman scoring when Nick Plummer worked a bases-loaded walk in the fourth. Nolan Gorman donned the Golden Sombrero, with four strikeouts in four at-bats.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Bradenton (32-28) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

Wisconsin 7 at Peoria 2

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A five-run fifth was more than enough to send the Chiefs to a 7-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Timber Rattlers (31-26) (MIL).  Peoria (17-40) also lost the series, one-game-to-three.

Colin Schmid (L, 6-6) did not retire a batter in the fifth, allowing seven runs on eight hits and two walks in four plus innings.  Three of his runners scored under Connor Coward’s watch, as the righty gave up three hits and a base-on-balls over three frames.  Evan Sisk issued a free pass during his two innings of work.

Peoria generated nine hits, all singles, with Brendan Donovan and Brandon Riley both going 2-for-4.  Brady Whalen scored both of his squad’s runs, going 1-for-3 with a walk.  The first baseman was driven in both times by Imeldo Diaz, who singled once in three at bats with a sac fly.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Quad Cities (32-25) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (4-9, 5.59)

State College – off

State College (33-31) has two days off for the 2019 New York-Penn All-Star Game.  This season’s version will take place at Richmond County Bank Ballpark at St George, home of the Staten Island Yankees.  Five Spikes have been selected to the Red team for the game on Wednesday, August 21st:   Martin Figueroa (INF), Andre Pallante (RHP), Hector Villalobos (LHR), David Vinsky (OF) and Andrew Warner (OF).

Wednesday’s game:  NYPL All-Star Game

Johnson City 4 at Pulaski 3

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

Down to their final out, Johnson City rallied with four runs to clip the Yankees, 4-3, for a split of the four-game series.  Johnson City (31-29) holds a slim half-game lead over Bristol (PIT) in the West Division standings with Kingsport (NYM) and Elizabethton (MIN) just 2 and 2 ½ games back.

The Appy Birds trailed Pulaski (39-21), the East Division’s top team, 3-0 with one out to go before mounting their comeback with four consecutive hits.  Mateo Gil tripled to right, and scored on Chandler Redmond’s single up the middle.  A single by Jhon Torres put runners at first and second for Liam Sabino, who greeted the new Yankees reliever by lining a two-run double to left for the lead.

Johnson City garnered 10 hits in all with Redmond, Torres and Sabino having two apiece.  Redmond reached base three times, singling twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.  Torres opened the eighth with a pinch hit double then remained in the game in right while Sabino doubled twice in five at bats with three RBIs.

Jose Moreno and Francisco Justo split the pitching duties, with Moreno permitting two runs on five hits and two walks with five strikeouts over 4 1/3 frames.  Justo (W, 3-2) struck out five in 4 2/3 innings, yielding a solo home run that was his only hit given up to go with one free pass.  The Bronx native stranded one of two inherited runners and hit a batter.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Elizabethton (MIN), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, TBA

GCL Cardinals – off

The 20-27 Gulf Birds are in fifth/last place, 7 ½ games behind the division-leading Marlins and have an elimination number of three.

Wednesday’s game: GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Astros (22-25), 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, TBA

DSL Mets1 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 4

The Cardinals Blue suffered their third straight defeat, a 6-4 loss to the DSL Mets1 (33-28).  The setback drops the C-Blue (39-20) a game behind the DSL Rockies in the South Division standings with five games remaining.

Defense proved key as four of the six tallies yielded by the home staff were unearned because of four miscues.  Starter Engels Martinez was charged with all four unearned tallies which were scored over three frames, the only runs given up during his five innings on the mound.  Martinez allowed four hits and a walk.

Juan Peralta (L, 1-1) was tagged for two runs on four hits over two frames before Ronald Suarez issued two free passes and struck out three in 1 1/3.  Cristoffer Zapata used a double play to erase his base-on-balls issued, stranding two inherited runners.

The Cardinals Blue managed seven hits with Carlos Arcia and Luis Rodriguez leading the way with two apiece.  Third baseman Arcia went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in while swiping a base and Rodriguez singled and doubled in two at bats after coming in at catcher in the top of the fourth.

Wednesday’s games:  at third-place Phillies Red (36-23).  Game one – 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT, Yordy Richard (4-0, 4.78)/TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 14 at DSL Mets2 4

Nine late scores turned a competitive game into a rout as the Cardinals Red (29-38) trounced the Mets2, 14-4, for their fourth win in a row.  Both teams have been eliminated from post-season contention in the San Pedro Division.

Center fielder Smith Vargas led the Red’s 13-hit parade, going 3-for-6 with a double, two runs scored and three knocked in at the top of the order.  Three C-Red players had two hits apiece:  first baseman Luis Andujar, designated hitter Miguel Marcos and second baseman Albert Inoa.  Both of Andujar’s two hits in five at bats went for extra bases – a triple and two-run long ball that were part of his three runs scored and three RBIs.  Marcos and Inoa both singled twice, with Marcos driving in one in five at bats and Inoa working a base-on-balls, touching home three times and knocking in one.

It was a mixed bag on the basepaths.  Vargas went 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts and Marcos was picked off first.  Defensively, Inoa was one of four Cardinals Red to commit an error.

Edgar Manzo (W, 2-4) tossed the first five innings, permitting four runs, one earned, on six hits and two walks.  Brayan Ramirez recorded five outs, yielding a hit and walks. His last two runners were left on base by Hemerson Cordero, who worked around three free passes in 1 1/3 frames.  Ramon Fernandez faced the minimum.

Wednesday’s games:  vs./at DSL Rangers2 (29-39).  Game 1 – 10:00 am ET/9:00 am CT, Yonael Dominguez (1-1, 4.58)/TBA

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