Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 30, 2019

photo: Rayder Ascanio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2. Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio went 4-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored in Springfield’s win. Memphis and Peoria had late wins and Palm Beach’s Griffin Roberts and State College’s Enmanuel Solano made strong starts.

Results from games played Thursday, August 29th.

Memphis 8 at New Orleans 5

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Ramon Urias’ home run broke a ninth-inning tie, sending the Redbirds to an 8-5 comeback victory at New Orleans (70-64) (MIA).  Second-place Memphis (68-68) took three of the four-game set and head to first-place Iowa (CHC) for the final four games of the season.  The Redbirds trail the Cubs by four in the American Northern Division standings with an elimination number of one, meaning they must sweep in Des Moines to win the division.

Urias’ long ball scored pinch-hitter Jose Godoy, who had worked a free pass to begin the ninth.  Edmundo Sosa provided the final margin of victory with his 17th bomb of 2019 later that frame.  Those blasts were two of six home runs hit by the Redbirds, along with solo shots by Randy Arozarena, Max Schrock and Dylan Carlson plus a two-run long ball by Justin Williams.

Williams and Sosa were the only Memphis players with a multi-hit performance, with both players going 2-for-5. Williams added another RBI and Sosa touched home twice.  Andrew Knizner reached base three times, singling plus two walks.  Memphis had 11 hits in all.

Austin Warner surrendered a long ball as well during his five innings on the mound, a solo shot that was one of five runs yielded, four earned, on seven hits and two walks.  Kodi Whitley struck out four over two clean frames before Junior Fernandez (W, 2-1) and Mike Mayers (S, 6) pitched an inning each and negotiated around two hits with Mayers fanning three.

Friday’s game:  at Iowa (72-64) (CHC), 7:08 pm CT, Genesis Cabrera (5-6, 5.91)

Springfield 13 vs. Frisco 9

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

The S-Cards outlasted the Rough Riders in the finale, 13-9, for a split of the four-game set.  Springfield (30-36) finishes up their 2019 season with four contests versus Midland (OAK), a club still contending for a play-off slot in the South Division.

The offense exploded for 18 hits, led by Player of the Day Rayder Ascanio who went 4-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two knocked in at the top of the order.  Connor Capel joined rehabbing Jose Martinez with three hits apiece, with Capel touching home three times in five at bats with a stolen base and Martinez drove in one before being replaced by a pinch runner in the sixth.

Juan Yepez went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, crossed home twice and knocked in two. Brian O’Keefe and Johan Mieses each went yard with a runner aboard.

Austin Gomber continued his rehab with two scoreless frames to start the game. The lefty threw 15 of his 22 pitches for strikes while facing the minimum number of Rough Riders (32-33) (TEX).

Regular starter Alex FaGalde (W, 4-5) picked up the victory despite another rough outing, permitting three long balls representing six of the seven runs allowed on eight hits and two walks over five innings.  Michael Osnowitz was charged with two tallies on four hits over the final two frames.

Friday’s game:  vs. Midland (35-31) (OAK), 7:10 pm CT, Merandy Gonzalez (2-3, 6.51)

Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 5

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

Palm Beach (22-44) fell at Bradenton, 5-2, in what turned out to be the season finale.  The Florida State League has cancelled the last three games of the regular season due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Dorian.

The game was knotted at 1-1 at the seventh’s midpoint but the Marauders (37-32) pounced on reliever Michael Baird for four tallies, three earned, in the bottom of the frame, his second inning of work.  Griffin Roberts struck out six over the initial five innings, giving up a run on five hits and a free pass.  Ben Yokley tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The offense was confined mainly to the top of the order, the first three batters contributing six of the team’s eight hits.  Nick Dunn, Michael Perri and Nolan Gorman each had two hits, with Gorman’s double the only hit to go for extra bases.  Dun and Gorman both touched home, both driven in by Luken Baker, who singled once in two at bats with a walk and sac fly.

Friday’s game:  cancelled

Peoria 5 vs. Beloit 4

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs walked off with a 5-4 win over the Snappers on Thursday, clinching the three-game home series with one game to go.  After finishing up with Beloit, Peoria (25-41) travels to Clinton, a club that is deadlocked with Kane County (ARI) atop the West Division standings.

The key blow was provided by Jonatan Machado, who singled in pinch runner Josh Shaw from second, snapping a 4-4 tie.  The ninth began with Leandro Cedeno reaching via a hit-by-pitch and advancing to third on Brandon Riley’s double.

Alexis Wilson reached on a fielder’s choice with Cedeno out at the plate, but Wadye Infante came through with an RBI single to right, scoring Riley and knotting the game at four all.  Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Wilson was erased from the base paths after trying to stretch for third, at which point the game log indicates an injury delay and Shaw pinch ran for Infante.

Peoria generated 10 hits with Machado, Cedeno and Riley garnering two hits each.  All three players doubled with both of Cedeno’s hits being two-baggers.  It was a mixed bag on the base paths, with Infante and Delvin Perez each stealing a base but Riley and Brendan Donovan both caught stealing.

Dalton Roach completed his 2019 season with seven strong frames in which the 23-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks.  All three tallies occurred in Roach’s final inning, leaving Peoria trailing 3-2 after seven.

Connor Coward recorded two outs, yielding a run on a hit, base-on-balls and hit batsman.  But Evan Sisk (W, 3-6) limited the damage by retiring all four batters faced, stranding two inherited runners.

Friday’s game:  vs. Beloit (26-40) (OAK), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (6-6, 4.63)

State College 8 at Mahoning Valley 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

The Spikes’ offense and pitching came together for an 8-1 road win at Mahoning Valley, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.  The victory moved third-place State College (37-35) to two games behind Batavia (MIA), which lost on Thursday, and kept pace with second-place West Virginia (PIT), which trail the Muckdogs by a half game in the Pinckney Division standings.  The Spikes have an elimination number of three with four games to go.

Dariel Gomez and Stanley Espinal led their squad’s 14-hit attack, both going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, with Gomez driving in two on a two-run home run and Espinal doubling.  Luis Flores connected for a three-run bomb, one of his two hits in five at bats and a portion of his two runs scored and four RBIs.  Pedro Pages reached base three times, going 2-for-4 with a walk and touching home once.

Three State College pitchers produced stellar efforts, starting with Enmanuel Solano (W, 4-7) who limited his opponents to a tally on four hits over six innings.  Connor Lunn blanked the Scrappers during his two-inning stint while Jack Ralston pitched a one-two-three ninth.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place Mahoning Valley (35-36) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET/6:05 pm CT, Scott Politz (3-3, 4.64)

Johnson City – off

Fresh off their West Division Championship-clinching performance on Wednesday, Johnson City prepares for their best-of-three semi-final series versus Bristol (PIT).  As the West Division’s top seed, the JC-Cards have hold field advantage, hosting games two and three (if necessary) while Bristol hosts the series opener.  The two division rivals met nine times during the regular season, with Johnson City winning four of the nine contests.

Friday’s game:  at Bristol (0-0) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET/5:30 pm CT, Jake Sommers (0-0, —) regular season – (2-3. 4.18)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 6

The Gulf Birds’ late rally was not enough to prevent a 6-5 walk-off loss to the GCL Mets (30-24).  The GCL Cardinals (20-34) ended their 2019 campaign on an eight-game losing streak. The final two contests of the season have been cancelled due to Hurricane Dorian.

Roy Garcia (L, 2-5) retired only one of four batters faced, yielding a run on a hit and two walks, one intentional.  That out came on a sac bunt by the pitcher.

Inohan Paniagua gave up seven hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3 innings, resulting in five runs.  The righty fanned six.  With no future games to play, regular starter Ludwin Jimenez followed Paniagua to the mound and scattered four hits and two walks over 3 1/3, allowing an inherited runner to score.

Down 5-2 after six, the visitors scored three times over the next two innings, pulling even after eight frames.  Ramon Mendoza had three of his team’s nine hits, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored.  Cristhian Longa and Pablo Gomez had two hits apiece, with Longa crossing home and Gomez doubling with two RBIs, one on a sac fly.

Friday’s game: cancelled

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