photo: Zach Jackson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 5-5 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City catcher Zach Jackson, whose two-run home run in the ninth inning was the game-winning hit. Pitching standouts include Austin Warner, Ian Oxnevad, Johan Oviedo, Diego Cordero, Perry DellaValle and Francis Ventura.
Results for games played Friday, August 3.
The Redbirds conquered Sacramento at home in AutoZone Park on Friday. Austin Warner picked up his first win for Memphis after tossed seven innings, giving up one run on eight hits. Landon Beck pitched a scoreless eighth. Andrew Morales surrendered two runs in the ninth.
The offense scored three runs in the first inning, the first on a ground out by Alex Mejia. Max Schrock plated two more on a double to center. Mejia drove a run on single in the third. Carson Kelly blasted a three run home run in the seventh. Kelly went 3-for-3.
Wilfredo Tovar was picked off second base.
The Redbirds are 70-41 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.
Saturday’s game: vs. Fresno, Kevin Herget (8-7, 4.01) 6:35 CT.
The Cardinals were conquered by the Naturals on the road Friday. Shane Billings hit a solo home run in the third inning to put the Cardinals on the board. Springfield scored again in the sixth on RBI singles by Tommy Edman and Andrew Knizner. Billings went 2-for-3.
In his second Springfield outing, starter Casey Meisner gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits in seven innings pitched. He struck out four. Junior Fernandez pitched the eighth and surrendered one run on two hits.
Evan Mendoza made a fielding error. Victor Roache had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals are 51-61 overall, 18-24 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.
Saturday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Evan Kruczynski (1-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.
The Cardinals were blanked by the Hammerheads at Roger Dean on Friday. Palm Beach starting pitcher Ian Oxnevad pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits while striking out six and walking none. Oxnevad suffered the hard-luck loss, his sixth of the season. Jason Zgardowski gave up three runs on four hits in the eighth.
The Beach Birds offense managed five hits, all singles. Jose Godoy was 2-for-3.
Kramer Robertson stole his eighth base in 16 attempts. Scott Hurst swiped his first bag in his initial try with Palm Beach. Dylan Carlson was caught stealing for the third time in nine attempts. Godoy was caught stealing for the first time in three tries. Oxnevad committed a fielding error. Hurst and Connor Capel each had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals are 57-47 overall and 18-22 in the second half and are in third place in the FSL South.
Saturday’s game: at Jupiter, TBA 4:30 CT.
The Chiefs vanquished Cedar Rapids in a four run victory at Dozer Park on Friday. The Chiefs got on the board first with one run in the fourth inning on a single by Dennis Ortega. In the fifth, Luken Baker plated a run on a single. Ortega doubled in a run in the sixth and Brandon Benson added a two-run home run in the same inning. Ortega and Rayder Ascanio were both 2-for-4. Yariel Gonzalez and Zach Kirtley were both 2-for-3. Wood Myers was 2-for-5.
Starter Johan Oveido won his eighth game of the season. Oveido pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits. Robbie Gordon and C.J. Saylor tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.
Ortega stole his seventh base in nine attempts. Myers made a throwing error.
The Chiefs are 64-45 overall, 25-14 in the second half and are in second place in the Midwest League Western.
Saturday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Angel Rondon (3-0, 3.08) 6:30 CT.
The Spikes were blanked in a one-run contest with Auburn at home on Friday. Starter Diego Cordero was the hard luck loser, after pitching 7 1/3 innings and giving up one run on eight hits. Corey Malcom got the final two outs of the eighth. Gabe Gentner added a scoreless ninth.
The Spikes offense managed seven hits. Kevin Woodall went 2-for-4, both doubles, the only extra base hits in the game. Brady Whalen was 3-for-4.
The Spikes are 19-28 on the season and are tied for fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Saturday’s game: vs. Auburn, Chris Holba (2-1, 2.63) 6:05 CT.
The Cardinals defeated Greeneville with a ninth inning road rally on Friday. Leads on both sides came and went, and after several ties, the Cardinals pulled it out in their final at-bats.
Carlos Soto doubled in a run in the first inning to get the Cardinals on the board. A second run came in the third on a solo home run by Nolan Gorman. A ground ball force out by Brandon Riley plated a run in the fifth. Andrew Warner hit a leadoff solo home run in the sixth. In the seventh, three runs came home, the first on a passed ball, then a Warner single drove in the second run and Zach Jackson’s double plated run number three. The winning runs were scored in the ninth on Jackson’s two-run blast to right field. Warner and Jackson were both 2-for-5. Soto was 2-for-4.
Starter Cole Aker went five innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. Enrique Perez pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered two unearned runs. Jacob Sylvester tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.
Riley was caught stealing for the fourth time in five attempts. Warner made a fielding error. Jackson and Perez both committed throwing errors. Warner had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals are 19-21 on the season and are in third place in the Appalachian League West.
Saturday’s game: at Greeneville, Kyle Leahy (1-1, 3.66) 6:00 CT.
The Cardinals were the victors in this game that was suspended due to rain on July 24 and resumed on Friday. It was scoreless until the eighth, when William Jimenez’ single drove in two runs. Ivan Herrera went 3-for-3.
Starter Perry DellaValle pitched six scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out seven. Edgar Escobar pitched three scoreless innings of relief and earned the win.
Kevin Vargas stole his first base in two attempts. Herrera was caught stealing for the first time in two tries.
The Cardinals were overwhelmed by the Astros in Friday’s regularly-scheduled contest. Starter Griffin Roberts, in his first professional appearance, pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on two hits. Game 1 starter (on July 24) Perry DellaValle tossed 3 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered two runs, one earned, on five hits. Francisco Justo allowed three more runs in the sixth. Ty Cohen pitched the next two innings and relinquished one run. Jose Geronimo gave up one run in the ninth.
The Cardinals lone run came in the eighth on an RBI triple by Carlos Soler. Jhon Torres was 2-for-3.
Roberts made a missed catch error. Soler and Cole Kreuter each committed fielding errors. DellaValle picked a runner off first base.
The Cardinals are 26-11 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.
Saturday’s game: at GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 am CT.
The Cardinals Blue blanked the Yankees in a 1-0 game on Friday. The game was scoreless until the top of the fifth, when the Cardinals scored on a wild pitch for what would be the only run in the game. The Cardinals offense had five hits, including a double by Malcom Nunez.
Starter Francis Ventura won his third game of the season, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits while fanning five and walking three. Josue Ramirez and Angel Ortega tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth with the latter earning his second save.
Adanson Cruz stole his ninth base in 11 attempts. Sander Mora was caught stealing for the fourth time in 13 tries. Catcher Luis Rodriguez had a passed ball.
The Cardinals Blue are 35-18 on the season and are in second place in the DSL South.
Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Yankees, TBA 9:30 am CT.
The Cardinals Red were defeated by the Rangers2 in a close game on Friday. Starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up seven runs, one earned, on four hits. Gabriel Contreras entered and allowed all three inherited runners to score, then surrendered two additional runs on a hit by pitch and a wild pitch. Still in the fifth, Dionys Rodriguez walked a hitter to score a Contreras runner, then got the final out of the inning. Rodriguez returned to pitch a scoreless sixth. Augustus Calderon relinquished one run in two innings of relief. Miguel Maiz pitched a scoreless ninth. Jimenez took the loss.
The offense put a run on the board in both the second and third innings. Claudio Ramirez’ single plated a run in the second and Franklin Soto’s double brought a run home in the third. The Cardinals offense put up the crooked number in the seventh inning with five runs crossing the plate. Alexander Samuel led off with a double. Jesus Orrechia singled to score Samuel. Joerlin De Los Santos singled, and Yowelfy Rosario doubled to plate Orrechia. Cristhian Longa doubled De Los Santos and Rosario home. Finally, Francisco Hernandez doubled to drive in Longa. In the ninth, a final Cardinal run scored on a wild pitch, but the large lead was too much to overcome.
Four defensive misplays contributed to the six unearned runs yielded by the Cards. Soto committed a fielding error and Hernandez made two. Longa added a throwing error. De Los Santos had an outfield assist.
The Cardinals Red are 27-25 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Saturday’s game: at DSL Rangers2 TBA 9:30 am CT.
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