Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 4, 2019

photo: Nick Dunn (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 8-1 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach second baseman Nick Dunn, whose three-run home run in the ninth inning gave the high-A Cards a win. Stanley Espinal plated five for State College.

Results for games played Saturday, Aug 3.

Memphis 5, El Paso 3

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds beat the El Paso Chihuahuas on Saturday night in Auto Zone Park. El Paso took the early lead with one run in the first inning, followed by a second run in the fourth.

The Redbirds cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth.  John Nogowski was hit by a pitch and Justin Williams doubled, sending Nogowski to third.  Yadier Molina, playing his second rehab game for Memphis, laid down a successful bunt, bringing Nogowski home on the squeeze play.

In the sixth, back to back singles by Harrison Bader and Edmundo Sosa began the inning.  Bader stole third base, then Nogowski singled to plate Bader.  Sosa then scored on a ground out by Jose Godoy.  The Redbirds led 3-2.

El Paso knotted it up 3-3 with a run in the top of the seventh.  In the bottom of the eighth, Bader led off with a walk and Nogowski hit a two run home run to left center to give Memphis the 5-3 lead and eventually the win.

Nogowski went 2-for-3 and Williams was 2-for-4.

Starter Genesis Cabrera pitched seven innings and gave up three runs on four hits.  The left hander fanned nine and walked one.  Jesus Cruz pitched a scoreless eighth and Kodi Whitley tossed a scoreless ninth.  Cruz got the win and Whitley earned his first save.

Memphis is 49-63 on the season and are tied for second place in the PCL North, 11 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. El Paso, Daniel Ponce De Leon (4-4, 3.90) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 2 at Arkansas 1

Alex FaGalde (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Cardinals edged the Arkansas Travelers in a low scoring contest in Little Rock on Saturday.  All if the runs scored in the game occurred in the fourth inning.  In the top of the fourth, Springfield scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead.  The runs came home on a line drive single to center by Julio Rodriguez.  Arkansas put one run on the board in the bottom half of the fourth.  No further runs were scored by either team.

No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits in the six total Springfield knocks.  A double by Yariel Gonzalez was the only extra base hit.

Springfield starter Alex FaGalde earned his third win, pitching five innings and giving up one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned eight and walked two.  Will Latcham followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Merandy Gonzalez and Connor Jones each pitched a scoreless inning. Jones earned his fourth save.

Dylan Carlson and Connor Capel each stole a base.  Capel had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 21-20 in the second half, 51-60 overall, and are in second place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (4-2, 4.72) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 5

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals won a close game against the Charlotte Stone Crabs on Saturday on a ninth inning rally.  Th Cardinal offense scored three runs in the ninth to snatch the victory from Charlotte.

The Stone Crabs pinched a 2-0 lead in the first inning off Palm Beach starter Alvaro Seijas.  The Cardinals answered by scoring one run in the second on a solo home run by Nick Plummer to cut the lead to 2-1.

An RBI single by Juan Yepez in the fifth knotted the game at 2-2.  Charlotte regained the lead 3-2 in the bottom frame of the fifth.  The Cardinals tied the game a second time in the top of the eighth on a second RBI single by Yepez.  Again, the Stone Crabs wasted to time taking the lead back with two scores in the bottom of the eighth.

Then, in the top of the ninth, Nick Dunn blasted a three run home run to right center field to give the Cardinals the 6-5 lead.  Charlotte was unable to answer in the bottom of the ninth.

Seijas pitched six innings and gave up three runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked three.  Patrick Dayton tossed the final three innings, surrendering two runs and earning the win.

The Cardinals are 14-30 in the second half, 49-59 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Charlotte, TBA 11:30 am CT.

Peoria 6 at Wisconsin 2

Wadye Ynfante (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs decisively beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night. Peoria took the lead from the beginning and never relinquished it.  An RBI double to center by Brendan Donovan in the first inning gave the Chiefs the 1-0 lead.

In the second inning Peoria increased their lead to 3-0 when Wadye Ynfante hit a solo home run and Brady Whalen drove in a second run on a double to right field,

Wisconsin scored its first of two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the lead to 3-1.  Peoria answered in the fourth with a second solo home run, this one by Alexis Wilson, an Ynfante RBI single, and a third run on a ground out by Edwin Figuera.

The 6-1 lead held until the bottom of the ninth when the Timber Rattlers broke through with a second run in that inning.  The rally ended there, sending the Chiefs home with a 6-2 victory.

Donovan went 2-for-3 with an RBI, while Ynfante was 2-for-4 with two runs driven in.

Starter Colin Schmid earned his fifth win of the season with a 6 1/3 inning outing in which he gave up one run on five hits. The left hander struck out six and walked two.  Wilfredo Pereira surrendered one run in 2 2/3 innings of relief.

The Chiefs are 13-28 in the second half, 43-67 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Michael Brettell (4-7, 5.36) 1:05 CT.

State College 9 at Lowell 4

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes defeated the Lowell Spinners with a couple of offensive surges in the later innings on Saturday.  Lowell went up 2-0 in the second inning, but the Spikes took the 3-2 lead in the fourth on a one run single by Martin Figueroa and a two run single by Stanley Espinal.

The Spinners retook the lead with two runs in the fifth.  In the sixth, Espinal blasted a three run home run to left center field to give the Spikes the 6-4 lead.  State College increased the lead to 9-4 in the seventh on an RBI single by Pedro Pages and a two run home run by Figueroa.

Espinal and Figueroa were both 2-for-4 on the night.

Spikes’ starter Adrian Mardueno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned six.  Jeremy Randolph followed with 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to earn the win.  Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless ninth.

Dariel Gomez made a fielding error.

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

Sunday’s game:  at Lowell, Michael YaSenka (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CT.

Johnson City 5, Bluefield 4

Diomedes Del Rio (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the Bluefield Blue Jays in a hard fought contest on Saturday.  The Cardinals took an early 3-0 lead in the second inning on a Carlos Soler RBI single followed by a two run double from Diomedes Del Rio.

The Jays fought back to score two runs in the third to cut the lead to 3-2.  Bluefield later knotted it up 3-3 with one run in the sixth, then added another run in the seventh to take the 4-3 lead.

The Cardinals answered with the tying run in the bottom of the seventh on a single by Del Rio.  A solo home run by Chandler Redmond in the eighth gave Johnson City the 5-4 lead.  Redmond, Del Rio, Soler, and Mateo Gil each had two hits.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on seven hits while striking out two and walking three.  John Witkowski surrendered two run in 3 1/3 innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Will Guay tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

Del Rio was caught stealing.  Soler had an outfield assist.

Johnson City is 25-18 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bluefield, Wilfredo Pereira (2-1, 2.42) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Nationals 11

The Cardinals lost a laugher to the Nationals on Saturday.  The game was a close one through the first two innings, with the National taking a 3-1 lead into the bottom of the second and the Cardinals taking the lead 4-3 with three runs scored in the bottom of the second.  After that, the game belonged to the Nationals.

The Cardinals scored the first run in the first inning on a wild pitch.  In the second inning, Yowelfy Rosario plated a run on a single, and Luis Montano singled to drive in two more.  Those three runs in the second would be the last run the Cardinals scored in the game.  The Nationals went on to put up eight more runs against Cardinal pitching.

The Cardinal offense had six total hits with no Cardinal having multiple hits.  Ramon Mendoza had the only extra base hit, a double.

Starter Francis Ventura pitched five inning and gave up five runs, two earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Luis Tena surrendered four runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Martin Cordova allowed two runs in 2/3 innings.  Tyler Statler pitched a scoreless ninth.  Ventura took the loss.

Joyser Garcia was called for catcher interference. Mendoza made a fielding error.  Tena made an error on a pickoff.  Garcia also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 14-19 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 16 at DSL Mets2 3

The Cardinals Red walloped the Mets2 in an offensive shellacking on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense put up 16 runs on 16 hits in the contest.  Despite the high run total, none of the Cardinal hits were home runs.

The Mets took the early lead 3-0 in the second inning.  That lead held until the top of the sixth when the Cardinals scored three to tie the game.  It began with a two run single off the bat of Roblin Heredia.  Heredia then scored on a sac fly by Fernando Brazoban.

In the eighth, the Cardinal offense let it fly by scoring 10 runs.  Heredia plated a run on a single.  Jesus Orrechia drew a bases loaded walk.  Two more runs scored on a single by Bryan Matute. Sander Mora walked, and a run came home.  Claudio Ramirez drove in Matute on a single.  Luis Andujar plated two on a single.  Finally, Brazoban doubled and drove in the last two runs of the inning.  The Cardinals led 13-3.

In the ninth, Mora plated a run on a sac fly and Andujar drove in two on a double.  Final Cardinal score was then 16-3.  Andujar was 4-for-5 with four RBI and three runs scored.  Heredia was 3-for-6, Ramirez was 3-for-4, and Smith Vargas was 2-for-6.  Brazoban drove in three and Matute plated two.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched four innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Luis Garcia followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Left hander Hemerson Cordero pitched two scoreless innings to earn the win.  Ramon Fernandez tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals Red are 20-34 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Orioles2 1

The Cardinals Blue edged the Orioles2 in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  The Cardinal offense scored both its runs in the second inning on a two run single by Darlin Moquete.    The Cardinals managed four total hits and none of them were extra base hits.

The lone run for the opposition Orioles was scored in the third inning on a caught stealing play at second base.  One run scored on the throw.

This was the entirety of the scoring for either team.  The final score of 2-1 was set in the third inning and neither team mustered much offense after that.

Cardinal starter William Miranda pitched three innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Allinson Benitez followed with two scoreless innings of relief and was the winning pitcher.  Juan Peralta and Victor Villanueva each tossed two scoreless innings with Villanueva earning his third save.

Hansel Otamendi stole his sixth base of the season.  Catcher Luis Rodriguez picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals Blue are 30-17 on the season and are in third place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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