Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 6, 2019

photo: Ramon Urias (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Due to storms and scheduled off days, Monday brought a truncated 2-3 record for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. Victories came at the highest and lowest levels – Memphis and DSL Red. Player of Day Ramon Urias hit two home runs in the Redbirds’ win. Junior Gonzalez pitched five scoreless innings but was let down by State College’s pen.

Results for games played Monday, August 5th.

Memphis 10, El Paso 4

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Memphis Redbirds scored six in the third and never looked back, routing El Paso 10-4 Monday night and raising their record to 51-63 on the season. Second baseman Ramon Urias was the tip of the spear, going 3-for-4 with two of the team’s five taters to lead the homestanding Redbirds. Rehabbing catcher Yadier Molina homered as well and knocked in four to top the team. Multi-hit games were also provided by Harrison Bader (two singles) and first baseman Rangel Ravelo (homer, double). Shortstop Edmundo Sosa hit his club’s other longball, his 13th, and plated a pair.

It was a bullpen game for the Redbirds, with Chris Ellis starting and surrendering three runs, two earned, over two innings. Ellis allowed just one hit but walked five. Wilder still was recent relief acquisition Zac Rosscup, who generously handed out five free passes in just one inning. Pitching well with scoreless performances were winning twirler Jesus Cruz (two innings, two whiffs), hard-throwing righty Kodi Whitley (two frames, three fanned), erstwhile major leaguer Dominic Leone (three up, three down, two strikeouts), and young righty Junior Fernandez who continued to dazzle in his bullpen breakout campaign. The oft-used 22-year-old hit a batter and fanned a man in his shutout inning, lowering his Memphis ERA to 1.31 over 21 stanzas and overall ERA to 1.47 across 61 innings on the year across three levels.

Tuesday’s game: Memphis is off.

Tulsa 6, Springfield 2

Rayder Ascanio (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield slipped to 21-22 for the second half, losing to Tulsa 6-2 on the road Monday evening. Lefty Evan Kruczynski was battered in the defeat, yielding six runs in 6 2/3 innings despite striking out 10 Drillers. The southpaw conceded a trio of longballs including a two-run shot to rehabbing ex-Cardinal Jedd Gyorko in the first inning. Righty Ronnie Williams pitched the remaining 1 1/3 innings, permitting three hits but no runs. Williams neither walked nor whiffed a batter.

The slumping S-Cards managed only three singles and five walks for the game, and only third sacker Elehuris Montero with his pair of free passes reached more than once. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio drove in both of his club’s runs, and top prospect Dylan Carlson went 0-for-3 and drew a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Angel Rondon (4-3, 2.87) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach RAIN

Palm Beach (15-30) vs. Jupiter was rained out Monday. A doubleheader will be played starting at 5 PM on Wednesday, August 7th.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter, Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17) 5:30 CT.

Peoria RAIN

Peoria’s (13-29) game at Wisconsin was rained out Monday. The teams will play a double header Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. with two seven-inning games scheduled.

Tuesday’s games: at Wisconsin, Logan Gragg (0-0, 3.38)/Parker Kelly (3-1, 1.50), 12:05 CT.

Auburn 4, State College 3

Junior Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Squandering a three-run lead entering the seventh inning, State College fell to 25-25 on the season Monday with a 4-3 loss to the Auburn Doubledays. Dominican righty Junior Gonzalez made the start and was wonderful, hurling five shutout innings on three singles and a pair of free passes. He was spelled by lefty Jacob Schlesener, who took the loss while surrendering all four runs, but only two earned, thanks to two passed balls from unfortunate debuting backstop Brandon Purcell, just promoted from Johnson City.

Shortstop Moises Castillo had the sole multi-hit game for the Spikes, collecting a single and double. Right fielder Terry Fuller and third baseman Brylie Ware each singled and walked, and left fielder Stanley Espinal stroked a solo homer in defeat. Also chipping in was center fielder David Vinsky, who recorded an outfield assist and coaxed a base on balls.

Tuesday’s game: at Auburn, Enmanuel Solano (1-6, 4.20) 6:00 CT.

Burlington 13 at Johnson City 0

Johnson City (25-20) got a week’s worth of bad baseball out of their system in one night, losing at home 13-0 to Burlington on Monday. Chief culprit was reliever Alex Gallegos, who pitched nothing like his MLB namesake Giovanny. The 21-year-old righty caused his ERA balloon to 15.92 as he yielded nine runs on nine hits, two walks, and three wild pitches. Gallegos fanned no one and has now whiffed one of his last 47 opponents. Starter and loser was teenager Luis Ortiz, who allowed two earned runs on six hits across his five-inning start.

Right fielder Carlos Soler (two singles) and shortstop Mateo Gil (single, double) had their team’s only multi-knock games. On the other hand, they each committed one of the four team errors on Monday, with the other two miscues coming from keystoner Kevin Vargas and third baseman Chandler Redmond.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Burlington, Julio Puello (3-2, 4.60) 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals OFF

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals were off Monday.

Tuesday’s games: Completion of suspended August 1st game plus the regular game at GCL Astros, pitchers TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue OFF

The DSL Cardinals Blue squad was scheduled off Monday.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL Rangers2 1

Improving to 21-34 on the year, the DSL Cardinals Red team scored three runs in the second inning and cruised to an 8-1 thumping of the DSL Rangers2 affiliate Monday morning. Second sacker Albert Inoa reached safely four times and 16-year-old Venezuelan Roblin Heredia hit his first professional home run to lead the Red attack. Heredia plated three runs on the day and scored twice, while Inoa (now sporting a .455 OBP) singled twice, doubled, drew a walk, and stole his 12th base. Other multi-hit efforts were recorded by center fielder Smith Vargas (two singles and his 19th steal in 22 tries) and left fielder Fernando Brazoban with a hit-by-pitch, single, and double.

The pitching was uniformly excellent as Hancel Rincon made the start and fanned seven over four innings while allowing just one tally on four hits. The top bullpen performance came from fellow righty and winning pitcher Hector De Los Santos, who pitched 2 2/3 shutout innings. The 20-year-old righty fanned half a dozen while permitting no hits and two passes.

Tuesday’s game: vs DSL Rangers2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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