Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 5, 2019

photo: Griffin Roberts (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Sunday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-3. Palm Beach won in a shutout behind Griffin Roberts’ best start as a professional – six scoreless innings. Four Memphis pitchers shut out El Paso and Martin Figueroa plated all four State College runs.

Results from games played Sunday, August 4th.

Memphis 2 vs. El Paso 0  

Daniel Ponce de Leon (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A quartet of Redbirds hurlers combined on a one-hitter, resulting in a 2-0 victory over El Paso.  Memphis (50-63) leads the four-game set with the Pacific Southern Division leaders, two games to one and is tied for second with Omaha (KC) in the American Northern Division, with both teams trailing Iowa (CHC) by 10 games.

Daniel Ponce De Leon was first up, striking out eight in four frames with three free passes issued.  Seth Elledge (W, 2-1) yielded the only hit, a one-out single in the first of his two innings of work.  Chasen Shreve tossed two one-two-three frames but departed after walking one the next inning.  Junior Fernandez (S, 2) retired both batters faced, leaving Shreve’s runner aboard.

Two Redbirds each had two of the team’s seven hits – Randy Arozarena and Edmundo Sosa.  Arozarena singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored while Sosa went 2-for-3 with a double and RBI.  Yadier Molina’s third rehab appearance was his longest to date, one in which the veteran was hitless in three at bats while catching seven frames.

Monday’s game:  vs. El Paso (66-47) (SD), 6:35 pm CT, Chris Ellis (3-5, 7.44)

Springfield 2 at Arkansas 3      

Conner Capel (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

By giving up an eighth-inning run, the S-Cards dropped a 3-2 decision at first-place Arkansas (23-19) in the series finale.  Springfield (21-21) won only one of the four-game set, with Sunday’s loss dropping them into third place in the North Division standings, two games behind the Travelers (SEA).

Tommy Parsons (L, 4-3) did not finish the fifth, permitting two runs on six hits and two base-on-balls with seven K’s over 4 2/3.  Mitchell Osnowitz recorded six outs, allowing a hit and walk.  Bryan Dobzanski gave up what proved to be the game’s difference on three hits against two outs.  Both relievers stranded two inherited runners.  Jacob Patterson retired both batters but not one out was a sac fly scoring one of Dobzanski’s three runners.

The Cards mounted a rally in the ninth, but could only close one of the two-run gap. On the day, Springfield mustered just four hits and two walks, the hits split evenly between Conner Capel and Irving Lopez.  Capel scored both runs and banged out his first triple of the season and Lopez singled twice.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (22-20) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-6. 5.79)

Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 0   

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

The Beach Birds’ late offense transformed a tight affair into an easy 6-0 road victory over first-place Charlotte (31-13) (TB), for a split of the four-game series.  Palm Beach (15-30) remains in sixth/last place in the South Division standings, 16 ½ games behind the Stone Crabs.

The visitors held a slim 1-0 lead through seven but poured on another five runs, three earned, over the last two frames.  The PB-Cards did it all on six hits and seven walks with shortstop Michael Perri accounting for half of the tallies.  The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in while batting eighth.  Dennis Ortega was one of four Beach Birds with one hit. The catcher singled in five at bats, crossing home one time and driving in one.

Player of the Day Griffin Roberts’ 10th start in 11 Florida State League appearances was his best by far.  The start was a six-inning gem in which the right-hander blanked the opposition on three hits and two walks for his first professional win against six losses.

Ramon Santos struck out three over the next two frames, giving up a hit.  Cole Aker faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday’s game:   vs. fourth-place Jupiter (23-23) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 4 at Wisconsin 9       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

A five-run sixth sent the Chiefs to a 9-4 road loss at Wisconsin, evening the series at one game apiece with two contests on tap.  Peoria (13-29) remains in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 16 games in back of Kane County (ARI).

Michael Brettell (L, 4-8) retired just one batter in the sixth, surrendering five runs on seven hits and four free passes overall.  Franyel Casadilla recorded five outs, giving up two tallies on four hits, including a solo bomb, and a walk while permitting both inherited runners to touch home.  Leonardo Taveras was charged with two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Four Chiefs each had two of the team’s 10 hits – Jonatan Machado, Delvin Perez, Imeldo Diaz and Leandro Cedeno.  All four doubled once with Perez and Cedeno both going yard, the former with a runner aboard.  Perez scored twice with two RBIs and Cedeno crossed home one time and drove in one.

Monday’s game:  at fifth-place Wisconsin (22-20), 6:35 pm CT, Logan Gragg (0-0, 3.38)

State College 4 at Lowell 2         

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

Martin Figueroa led the Spikes to a 4-2 triumph over the Spinners (30-18) (BOS) in the decisive third game of the road series.  State College (25-24) climbed into a second-place tie with West Virginia (PIT), four games behind Batavia (MIA).

Figueroa drove in all four Spikes’ scores, going 3-for-4 with a two-run bomb.  Pedro Pages was one of four State College players with one hit each. The designated hitter doubled in three at bats, touching home one time and reaching base on a hit-by-pitch.

Michael YaSenka (W, 1-0) tossed a strong effort in his maiden New York-Penn League performance, holding the Stedler Division leaders to two runs on three hits and three walks over 6 2/3 innings.  Cameron Dulle recorded the seventh’s last out, leaving a YaSenka runner on, but jammed the sacks full via two hits and a base-on-balls the next inning.  Jack Ralson retired five batters, giving up a hit and walk while stranding three inherited runners for his second save.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Auburn (18-30) (WSH), 7:00 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (2-3, 6.67)

Bluefield 10 at Johnson City 7           

Victor Garcia (Robert Kell photo)

A blown save left the Appy Birds on the wrong end of a 10-7 home decision versus Bluefield (22-22) (TOR).  First-place Johnson City (25-19) claimed two of the three-game series and lead Elizabethton by two games in the West Division standings.

Enrique Perez (L, 2-2) (BS, 1) began the ninth with a 7-6 advantage but yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits, including two doubles and a hit batsman.  Hector Soto went the initial five frames, striking out six but giving up a three-run long ball that was one of three hits and a walk permitted.  It was the well-traveled righty’s first start in five appearances for Johnson City. Soto has also seen time at State College, Palm Beach and the GCL Cardinals this season.

Wilberto Rivera bridged the three-inning gap between Soto and Perez.  The righty allowed three runs on five hits and did not issue a free pass.

Liam Sabino, Victor Garcia and Carlos Soler had two hits each.  Sabino scored one and knocked in another with Garcia driving in two and Soler adding a walk and run scored.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (25-20) (KC), 6:30 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-1, 7.00)

GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Mets 2

Nathanael Heredia (State College Spikes)

The Gulf Birds topped the second-place Mets, 4-2, on Sunday.  The fifth/last place Cardinals (15-19) trail the Marlins (MIA) by five games in the East Division standings.

Pitching played a key role as the two squads combined for just six singles but Gulf Cardinals’ hurlers issued just three free passes to the Mets’ eight.  Pablo Gomez reached base three times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored.  Freddy De Jesus and Cristhian Longa both went 1-for-3 with a run scored, with De Jesus also working a free pass.  William Jimenez also reached base three times on a 1-for-4 with two walks effort.

Four Cardinals pitchers took the mound, beginning with Blake Drake, who faced the minimum in the first.  Nathanael Heredia (W, 4-1) permitted two hits and three walks, resulting in two runs in 2 2/3 frames.

Wilman Madera retired all 10 batters faced, striking out seven and leaving two Heredia runners aboard.  Connor Coward tossed two one-two-three innings for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Cardinals Blue (30-17) begin the week in third place in the South Division standings, four games behind the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (20-34) are in seventh place in the eight-team San Pedro Division, 13 games in back of the Cubs2.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place DSL Rangers (24-29), 10:30 am ET, Hancel Rincon (1-4, 5.04)

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