Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 26, 2018

photo: Memphis Redbirds

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Saturday, led by the division-clinching Memphis Redbirds. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach catcher Brian O’Keefe, who was 2-for-5, including a grand slam.

Results for games played Saturday, August 25.

Memphis 4, Nashville 3

Wilfredo Tovar (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds clinched their division for the second time in two years in front of the home crowd at AutoZone Park. Memphis fell behind 3-0 early but pulled a walkoff victory out of their hat.

In the sixth, Lane Thomas, Wilfredo Tovar, and Max Schrock singled. Rangel Ravelo grounded into a double play and Thomas scored.  Adolis Garcia tripled and scored on Justin Williams’ groundout in the seventh.  The Redbirds came back for the walkoff win with two runs in the ninth. Carson Kelly and Lane Thomas walked.  Tovar singled and scored pinch runner Edmundo Sosa and Thomas. Tovar was 2-for-4.

Austin Warner began on the bump for Memphis. The lefty pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave three runs on eight hits.  The bullpen finished with 4 2/3 scoreless. Giovanny Gallegos added 1 2/3 scoreless innings, followed by 1 1/3 frames from Tyler Webb, and 1 2/3 from John Brebbia, who earned the win.

The Redbirds are 79-52 and are in first place in the PCL Southern.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Nashville, Adam Wainwright/Daniel Poncedeleon (9-3, 2.15) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 0 at Tulsa 5

The Cardinals were shut out by Tulsa on the road on Saturday.  Springfield’s offense managed only four hits, singles by Andy Young, Andrew Knizner, Blake Drake, and Victor Roache.

Anthony Shew allowed five runs on seven hits in five innings pitched.  The relief squad of Elniery Garcia, Landon Beck, and Connor Jones each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals are 57-73 overall, 24-36 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Tulsa, Matt Pearce (0-6, 5.18) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 7, Jupiter 3

Brian O’Keefe (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

A six-run third inning was the key to the Cardinals victory over Jupiter.  The inning began with leadoff single by Jose Godoy. Juan Yepez followed with a single.  Kramer Robertson was hit by a pitch. Justin Toerner walked, and Godoy scored.  Yepez scored on Dylan Carlson’s single.  Brian O’Keefe then hit a grand slam to give the Cardinals a 6-0 lead.  The Cardinals added an insurance run in the seventh when O’Keefe singled and scored on Shane Billings’ single.

Starter Jake Walsh spun five one-run innings on two hits with five strikeouts.  John Kilichowski gave up a two-run home run in the sixth before Mike O’Reilly got the final out of the inning. Jacob Patterson and Will Latcham combined to toss the final three scoreless innings.

The Cardinals are 71-54 overall and 32-29 in the second half to put them in third place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Jupiter, TBA 12:00 CT.

Peoria 3, Beloit 5

Wood Myers (Johnson City Cardinals)

An early lead turned to dust in the later innings as the Chiefs lost a tough one to Beloit. The Chiefs scored immediately on a leadoff solo home run by Rayder Ascanio.    The lead increased to 3-0 in the fourth when Zach Kirtley walked, Wood Myers doubled and Kirtley scored.  Myers then came home on Brandon Benson’s single.

Paul Balestrieri pitched well for four innings but was touched for a two-run home run in the fifth.  The starter exited in the fifth with one out and the bases loaded.  Thomas St. Clair got out of the inning without further damage.  St. Clair returned for the sixth, but a hit by pitch, two walks, a single and a run scored spoiled his outing.  Patrick Dayton allowed one inherited runner to score on a walk.  Dayton returned to pitch a scoreless seventh and eighth, then began the ninth.  After allowing a run in the ninth, Dayton was replaced by Fabian Blanco, who struck out his only batter.

The Chiefs are 74-57 overall, 35-26 in the second half, and are in first place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Zach Prendergast (6-3, 2.82) 2:00 CT.

State College 0, Auburn 4

Cameron Knight (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes were blanked by the Auburn Doubledays 4-0 on Saturday in front of a season-best 5.412 fans at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park.  State College bats were held at bay, with only four hits, all singles.  Cameron Knight was 2-for-4.

Diego Cordero suffered his fourth loss as he gave up four runs on nine hits in seven innings.  Jim Voyles pitched two scoreless innings of relief.

The Spikes are 34-33 on the season and are in fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division, but third in the wild card, 2 ½ games back.

Sunday’s game:  at Batavia, Jacob Schlesener (2-4) 3:05 CT.

Johnson City 2, Greeneville 4

Tommy Parsons (Bret Jacomet photo)

The Cardinals were on the losing side at home against the Greeneville Reds.  Starter Tommy Parsons pitched well but the run support fell short.  The Appy League All-Star tossed seven innings and gave up only one run on seven hits.  Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless eighth, but Parker Kelly had a tough time on the mound.  Parker allowed three runs on four hits and was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals offense was stymied until the seventh inning.  Liam Sabino led off with a triple and Benito Santiago was hit by a pitch.  A wild pitch scored Sabino.  Moises Castillo walked and Michael Perri singled.  Santiago scored on a wild pitch.  So, the only runs for the Cardinals were as a result of wild pitches.

The Cardinals are 28-36 on the season and are in last place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:   at Greeneville, Cole Aker (5-2, 4.56) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Nationals 5

Diomedes Del Rio

The Cardinals took on the Nationals and were the victors by a 7-5 score.  Diomedes Del Rio scored in the first by leading off with a ground rule double and eventually stealing home.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the fifth when Raffy Ozuna tripled, and came home on a throwing error on the same play. Del Rio doubled and scored on William Jimenez’ triple. Carlos Soler singled to plate Jimenez.

Joe Freiday led off the sixth with a single.  Ozuna singled.  Freiday scored on a fielding error and Ozuna came home when Soler walked with the bases loaded.  In the seventh, Terry Fuller singled and scored on Cole Kreuter’s ground out.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira went four innings and allowed an unearned run.  Jose Geronimo earned the win with three scoreless innings.  Rodard Avelio gave up two unearned runs in the eighth, and Alex Gallegos tossed the ninth, surrendering two runs, one earned.

The Cardinals are 40-16 on the season and clinched first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Phillies East, TBA 11:00 am CT (one game playoff semifinal)

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Twins 8

Julio Puello

The Cardinals Blue met the Twins on Saturday in what started as a pitcher’s duel.  On the Cardinals side of the duel was Julio Puello, who pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits, fanning seven and walking one.  Miguel Yedis replaced Puello in the seventh and issued a walk and gave up a single before getting the first out on a ground out.  Larimel Soriano took over with one out and two runners on.  Soriano immediately gave up a triple that scored both runners charged to Yedis.  Soriano then issued a walk and gave up a single that scored two more.

Saniel Santana replaced Soriano in the eighth and gave up two runs. Ramon Fernandez pitched the ninth and also gave up two runs.  Medis was charged with the loss.

The Cardinals put up three runs in the seventh and eighth in a comeback attempt that fell short.  Jose Zapata walked and scored on Elvin De Jesus’ double in the seventh.  De Jesus scored on a fielding error.  In the eighth, Jean Selmo tripled and came home on a ground out by Sander Mora.  De Jesus went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

The Cardinals Blue are 51-21 on the season and finished in first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled. Playoffs begin Monday.

DSL Cardinals Red 4 at DSL Cubs2 3

The Cardinals Red defeated the Cubs2 Saturday morning.  The Cardinals fell behind 2-0 before putting their first run on the board in the fifth inning.  Erik Pena committed base burglary after getting on base with a single.  Pena stole second, third and finally home while two teammates took their turns at the plate.

The score was 3-1 going into the eighth, when the Cardinals scored three to take the lead that they would not relinquish.  Joerlin De Los Santos walked to lead off, stole second, and advanced to third on Franklin Soto’s single. De Los Santos scored on a Cristhian Longa single.  Francisco Hernandez then drew a walk, and Claudio Ramirez was hit by a pitch.  Both Hernandez and Ramirez scored on Luis Andujar’s double.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez threw four innings in which he allowed two runs, one earned, on five hits. Wilman Madera surrendered one run on three hits.  Dionys Rodriguez earned the win with one scoreless frame before Sebastian Tabata hurled the final two scoreless innings to earn the save.

The Cardinals Red are 40-31 on the season and are in second place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled, end of season.

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