Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 3, 2019

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

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-8 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Gulf Coast League’s Inohan Paniagua, who yielded only one unearned run on eight strikeouts and no walks over six innings. Johnson City collected the other win.

Results for games played Friday, August 2.

Memphis 1, El Paso 6

Joe Hudson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were defeated by El Paso 6-1 on Friday night at AutoZone Park.  The Memphis offense could not get traction against El Paso starter Jerry Keel, a lefty.  The offense didn’t score until catcher Joe Hudson singled home a run in the seventh.

The Redbirds offense scattered seven hits.  Hudson went 2-for-2 as a replacement for starting catcher Yadier Molina, who made his first rehab start.  Matt Carpenter went 0-for-2 with a walk. Justin Williams was 2-for-4.

Memphis starter Jake Woodford had an indifferent outing, giving up four runs on seven hits in six innings.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Newly acquired Zach Rosscup started the seventh and it went poorly, as the lefty surrendered two runs without recording an out.  Seth Elledge tossed two scoreless innings.  Dominic Leone pitched a scoreless ninth.  Woodford took the loss.

Memphis is 48-63 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, 11 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. El Paso, Genesis Cabrera (4-4, 6.38) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 6

Brian O’Keefe (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Like their counterparts in Triple-A, the Double-A Cardinals were downed 6-1, in this case at the hands of the Travelers in Little Rock.

The Springfield offense managed just seven hits.  The single score was via a home run by Brian O’Keefe in the second inning, his only hit.  Dylan Carlson went 2-for-4 and Justin Toerner was 2-for-3.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up three first-inning runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Roel Ramirez surrendered one run in one inning.  Bryan Dobzanski yielded two runs in his one inning pitched.  Left hander Jacob Patterson got the final out of the eighth.

Elehuris Montero committed a throwing error and Rayder Ascanio made a fielding error.  Toerner had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 20-20 in the second half, 50-60 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (2-1, 1.22) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 1, Charlotte 2 (Game 1)

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

In the first game of a doubleheader on Friday, the Cardinals fell 2-1. It was the completion of the suspended game from June 30, a nine-inning home game for the Cards, but resumed on the road. The game resumed with the score tied 1-1 in the fourth.

Palm Beach had put up a run in the second inning but failed to score again. Nick Plummer collected the lone RBI via a single.  The Cards scattered just five hits, with the only extra base hit a double by Zach Gahagan.

Cardinals starter Zach Prendergast pitched seven innings (before and after the resumption) and gave up two runs on six hits, with the deciding tally coming in the fifth.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Cole Aker finished with two scoreless innings of relief.

Plummer made a throwing error.

Palm Beach 1 at Charlotte 4 (seven innings, Game 2)

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In the second game, the Cardinals again failed to plate more than one run and lost 4-1.  Charlotte went up 4-0 in the third and the Cards answered in the fourth with an RBI single by Juan Yepez, but neither team scored again.

The Cardinals offense managed just four hits, with the only extra base hit a double by Nolan Gorman.  The third baseman scored the lone run.

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched five innings and gave up six hits leading to four unearned runs thanks in part to a Gorman fielding error.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Zack Thompson tossed a scoreless sixth.

Saturday’s game:  at Charlotte, TBA 5:00 CT.

Peoria 5, Kane County 10 (10 innings)

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

A crooked number in extra innings led the Chiefs to a home defeat at the hands of the Kane County Cougars on Friday night.  The game was marked by several lead changes throughout as Peoria would fall behind then fight back.

The Cougars took the 2-0 lead in the second inning, but the Chiefs responded with three runs over the next two innings. In the third, an RBI double by Brendan Donovan cut the lead to 2-1.  In the fourth, the Chiefs went ahead 3-2 on a two-run single by Delvin Perez.  Kane County knotted the game at 3-3 with a run in the sixth, then took a 4-3 lead in the seventh.

The Chiefs answered with two runs in the bottom half of the seventh to retake the lead 5-4.  With two men on base, back to back singles by Carlos Soto and Wadye Ynfante plated two.

In the top of the ninth, the Cougars re-tied the score at 5-5.  The game went into the 10th when the wheels came off the bus, as Kane County put up five runs to seal the win.

Leadoff hitter and center fielder Jonatan Machado went 4-for-6.  Perez was 2-for-5 and Soto 2-for-4.

In his Peoria debut, starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked two.  Franyel Casadilla surrendered one run in the sixth.  Evan Sisk allowed two runs in his two innings of relief.

Sebastian Tabata gave up the tying run in the ninth, and returned to start the 10th.  Tabata gave up a run and left with the bases loaded and no outs. Freddy Pacheco allowed all three inherited runners to score and surrendered a run of his own.  Tabata was charged with the blown save and the loss.

Perez stole his 17th base of the season.  Machado made a fielding error and Ynfante had an outfield assist.

The Chiefs are 12-28 in the second half, 42-67 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Colin Schmid (4-5, 4.54) 6:35 CT.

State College 2 at Lowell 11

Eric Lex (State College Spikes)

Spikes pitching was pummeled by the Lowell Spinners offense on Friday.  State College starter Scott Politz pitched two innings and gave up nine runs, seven earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked three.  Hector Villalobos surrendered one run in 3 1/3 relief innings.  Connor Lunn allowed one run in the sixth.  Eric Lex closed it out with two scoreless innings.

The Spikes were held scoreless until the eighth inning when the offense plated two.  The first came home on a fielding error by the Lowell right fielder.  Donivan Williams drew a bases loaded walk for the other.  The State College offense scattered six hits, with David Vinsky generating two.

Spikes’ third sacker Luis Flores made a throwing error.

The Spikes are 23-24 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Lowell, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.75) 4:05 CT.

Johnson City 7, Bluefield 6

Liam Sabino (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals came back to squeak by the Bluefield Blue Jays on Friday.  The Cardinals put up their first run in the bottom of the first inning to knot the game at 1-1 via a solo home run by Malcom Nunez.

The Cardinals didn’t score again until the seventh inning, when behind 6-1.  Three runs came home on a force out by Aaron Antonini and a two-run single by Carlos Soler.

In the bottom of the ninth, Liam Sabino doubled to center to drive in two.  Diomedes Del Rio drew a bases loaded walk to plate the winning run on a walk off.

Nunez had two hits as the only Johnson City hitter with multiples.

Starter Jake Sommers pitched four innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Tyler Peck surrendered two runs in two innings of relief.  Alex Gallegos followed with two scoreless relief innings.  Enrique Perez tossed a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Antonini and Soler each stole a base.  Soler was also caught stealing.  Nunez made a throwing error.

Johnson City is 24-18 on the season and in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Jose Moreno (3-3, 9.18) 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 1 (10 innings)

Inohan Paniagua (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals edged the Marlins in a low scoring contest on Friday.  The Marlins took the 1-0 lead in the first inning, and the score remained there until the top of the eighth.  A sacrifice double play off the bat of William Jimenez plated the tying run.  The game went into the 10th inning, when the Cardinals broke the tie on a sac bunt by Yowelfy Rosario and a throwing error.

Pablo Gomez was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.  No Cardinal had an extra base hit.

Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched six innings and gave up one unearned run on two hits.  The right hander fanned eight.  Thomas Hart tossed two scoreless innings of relief, as did Anthony Trompiz.  Trompiz got the win.

Rosario stole his third base of the season.  Franklin Soto made a fielding error.  Jimenez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 14-18 on the season and are tied for last place in the GCL East.

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

DSL Cardinals Red 1, DSL Mets 12

The Cardinals Red were the victims of a shellacking by the Mets on Friday.  Behind 8-0 in the seventh, the Red put their lone run on the board via a home run by Miguel Marcos. The Red had only three hits for the day.

Losing pitcher Diorys Guerrero didn’t finish the first inning.  Guerrero gave up four runs, two earned, on three hits in 2/3 inning pitched.  Oliver Lopez pitched 3 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered one run.  Miguel Yedis allowed three runs, one earned, in two innings.  Augusto Calderon gave up three runs in 2/3 innings, and Brayan Ramirez pitched the final 2 1/3 innings, relinquishing one unearned run.

Vargas stole his 18th base of the season.  Claudio Ramirez was caught stealing.  Heredia had a missed catch error, Marcos and Albert Inoa both made fielding errors, and Bryan Matute made a throwing error, for four team miscues.

The Cardinals Red are 19-34 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Mets2, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 at DSL Rockies 9

The Cardinals were edged by the Rockies on a ninth inning walk off on Friday.   The Cardinals took a 6-0 lead in the first inning on an RBI ground out by Gustavo A. Rodriguez that scored one run, followed by two more scores on a fielder’s choice off the bat of Brandon Hernandez.  Darlin Moquete hit a bases clearing triple to plate three more runs.

The 6-0 lead held until the fourth, when the Rockies cut the lead to 6-5.  They tying run came home in the seventh.

The Cardinals answered with two scores in the top of the eighth on a two-run double by Elvin De Jesus.  The Rockies cut the lead to 8-7 with a run in the bottom half of the inning and added two more in the bottom of the ninth for the 9-8 walk off victory.

Moquete was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.

Starter Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched four innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out three.  Dionys Rodriguez surrendered one unearned run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Cristoffer Zapata allowed one run in 1 1/3 innings.  Americo Lugo gave up the two winning runs in the ninth and was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

De Jesus and G.A. Rodriguez each had a stolen base.  De Jesus, G.J. Rodriguez and Lugo committed throwing errors.  Zapata made an error on a pickoff.  Moquete had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 29-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Orioles2, TBA 9:00 am CT.

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