Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 7, 2018

photo: Mateo Gil (Future Stars Series)

It was a Walk-Off 5-3 Monday in St. Louis minors with five contests decided in the final at-bat.  Palm Beach, Peoria and State College rallied but Johnson City lost two at the end.  Player of the Day Mateo Gil led the GCL Cardinals to victory as did Darlin Moquete and Malcom Nunez for the Cardinals Blue.

Results from the games played Monday, August 6th.

Fresno 12 at Memphis 3

Rangel Ravelo (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds were mauled at home by the Grizzlies, 12-3, and now trail in the series with another first-place club, two-games-to-one with one on tap.  Memphis (71-43) still leads the American Southern Division by 12 ½ games but second-place Nashville (OAK) is charging, having won eight straight.

Chris Ellis (L, 3-4) put his team into a deep hole out of which they could not climb, surrendering eight runs on seven hits and a walk through five.  All eight tallies were generated by three long balls.  Ellis hit two batters.

That hole got deeper with Conner Greene on the mound.  Greene permitted four runs, three earned, on two hits, a base-on-balls and hit batsman.  All four runs came off one home run.

Brett Cecil began his rehab assignment in encouraging fashion by retiring all three batters faced on two fly- and one ground-out.  Giovanny Gallegos gave up a hit and base-on-balls during his two-inning stint.

Memphis had six hits but none of theirs left the park.  The offense was spread among six Redbirds with Lane Thomas and Edmundo Sosa each doubling in four at bats with a run scored.  Rangel Ravelo went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls and two driven in.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. first-place (Pacific Northern) Fresno (65-49) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (3-2, 2.73)

Springfield – off

Springfield (18-26) is in the midst of a 10-game road swing and looking to halt a four-game losing skid that cost them the entire series at Northwest Arkansas (KC).   Up next are two three-game series against South Division rivals San Antonio and Corpus Christi (HOU).

Tuesday’s game:  at San Antonio (22-21) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (5-6, 4.07)

Palm Beach 3 at Florida 2

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

The Beach Birds generated a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over the Fire Frogs in the road series opener.  Third-place Palm Beach (20-23) is 5 ½ games in back of Charlotte (TB) in the South Division standings.

Trailing 2-0 with three outs to go, Palm Beach transformed a hit batsman, two singles, a double and a sac fly into a 3-2 lead.  Scott Hurst led his team’s eight-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and scored the tying run on a double by Juan Yepez.

The only other PB-Card with a multi-hit performance was Irving Lopez who singled twice in four at bats.  Lopez drove in Chase Pinder who pinch ran for Brian O’Keefe after the latter was plunked.  In return, Lopez scored what proved to be the difference in the game after Jose Martinez lofted one deep enough to sacrifice Lopez in.

Evan Guillory pitched the first six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk with six strikeouts.  Jacob Patterson tossed a one-two-three frame as did Austin Sexton (W, 2-2) before Bryan Dobzanski maneuvered around a one-out free pass for his second save.  Dobzanski has yet to be scored upon in five relief appearances covering 7 1/3 innings since his promotion from Peoria.

Tuesday’s game:  at Florida (15-25) (ATL), 6:31 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 3 vs. Quad Cities 2

J.R. Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs rallied for a 3-2 walk-off win over the River Bandits in the rubber game of the set at Dozer Park.  Peoria (27-15) is tied for first with Cedar Rapids (MIN) in the Western Division, both teams a game up on Beloit (OAK).

The home team garnered 11 hits, including four in their two-run ninth.  Three Chiefs had two hits apiece:  Nick Plummer, J.R. Davis and Brandon Benson.  Davis’ second single in four at bats drove in Zach Kirtley after the latter singled to begin the ninth, knotting the game at one all.  Davis scored the game-winning tally after Rayder Ascanio rapped a sharp single to right.

That made a winner out of Ben Yokley (W, 2-1) who struck out two in the visitor half of the frame.  Alvaro Seijas fell two outs shy of his fifth consecutive quality start, as the 19-year-old surrendered two solo bombs that were part of the seven hits and two walks allowed in 5 1/3.  Robbie Gordon fanned five over 2 2/3, leaving Seijas’ final runner on base.

Tuesday’s game:  Off

State College 4 at Mahoning Valley 3 (11 innings)

Cory Malcom (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes’ late rally resulted in a 4-3 road victory over the Scrappers in 11.  Fifth-place State College (21-29) will go for a sweep of first-place Mahoning Valley when the two teams meet on Tuesday evening.

Down 3-1 after six, the visitors pushed across two unearned tallies, which eventually sent the game into extras.  The winning margin was a combination of a bit of small ball and a defensive lapse by the home team.  Delvin Perez began the 11th on second and was sacrificed to third by Justin Toerner.  After a strikeout and base-on-balls to Edwin Figuera, Perez raced home on a passed ball.

The game pivoted on a defensive play in the home half of the seventh.  Winston Nicacio allowed a double to his first batter faced.  The runner advanced to third on a sac bunt and attempted to score on a swinging K that got away from catcher Alexis Wilson.  But Wilson recovered the ball in time to flip it to Nicacio covering for the out at home, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring.

Nicacio was one of three Spikes to commit a bobble, one of which generated an unearned tally.  That run was charged to starter Franyel Casadilla, who yielded two runs, one earned, on five hits and a free pass over 4 1/3.

Eli Kraus recorded five outs, permitting a run on two hits and allowing one of three inherited runners to score.  He also hit a batter.  Nicacio gave up two hits and an intentional base-on-balls during his two innings on the bump before handing the ball off to Cory Malcom.

Malcom (W, 3-0) tossed two scoreless, issuing an intentional free pass to set up a force out in the 10th.  The righty also escaped his own fielding error that loaded the bases with none out that inning.  Malcom got a force out at home before inducing a double play.  Kevin Hamann struck out all three batters faced for his fifth save.

State College managed six hits, two by Wadye Infante, who singled twice in four at bats with a run scored.  The center fielder was one-for-two in stolen base attempts.

Tuesday’s game:  at first-place Mahoning Valley (29-19) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Michael Baird (0-2, 2.15)

Johnson City 1 at Bristol 2 (7) – Game 1         
Johnson City 7 at Bristol 8 (7) – Game 2

Dionis Zamora

The JC-Cards suffered a double-header sweep in the first two of a four-game series, 2-1 and 8-7, both of the losses coming in walk-off fashion.  Johnson City (20-24) falls to fourth place in the West Division standings, five games behind Elizabethton (MIN).

The first contest ended 2-1 as Parker Kelly was tagged for his second loss in six decisions.  Kelly permitted a run on two hits and a walk in just 2/3 of an inning.

Dionis Zamora tossed the first five innings, yielding a tally on four hits and two free passes with four K’s.  The right-hander hit one batter as well.  Jacob Sylvester walked two in the sixth.

Johnson City’s only run occurred in the sixth and was unearned.  Donivan Williams led off and reached on a throwing error then advanced to second on a wild pitch.  Luis Flores’ two-out double brought Williams home.  Center fielder Jonatan Machado singled twice in four at bats, the only Appy Bird with more than one of the team’s six hits.

The JC-Cards suffered yet another walk-off loss in the finale, a contest postponed from July 6th.  Junior Gonzalez (L, 0-3) yielded a home run with one gone in the seventh.

In a bullpen game, Michael Brettell started for the first time after nine relief appearances and went two plus frames.  Three of the five runs, four earned, allowed by the right-hander came on a home run comprising one of the four hits and two walks yielded.  David Oca went four innings, striking out three and giving up two unearned runs on three hits, a walk and one of Johnson City’s two errors.

Down 7-4 through six, the Appy Birds rallied for three in their final inning of play. Two of the tallies came via Andrew Warner’s second home run since joining the club.  It was the designated hitter’s only hit in three at bats.  Brandon Riley singled twice in three at bats with a walk, two runs scored and one driven in.  Johnson City had seven hits in all in Game 2.

Tuesday’s game:  at third-place Bristol (21-24) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Tommy Parsons (2-1, 4.26)

GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Mets 3

Ryan Helsley (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

Ryan Helsley took a big step in his road back to Memphis with two plus scoreless frames as the Gulf Cardinals downed the Gulf Mets, 6-3.  The Cardinals (28-12) lead the second-place Astros by six games in the East Division standings.

Making his first rehab appearance after a nearly two-month absence, Helsley struck out four over the first 2 2/3.  The Oklahoma native gave up one hit and displayed a bit of rust by issuing three free passes.

Chris Hunt (W, 3-0) shut down the third-place Mets (20-21) on two hits while fanning three in 3 1/3 and leaving Helsley’s last runner on base.  It was the righty’s first action since July 26th.

But Rodard Avelino was not nearly as effective as his predecessors.  The 19-year-old did not retire any of his five batters faced, giving up a hit, walking three and plunking one.  Alex Gallegos inherited a real mess, coming into the game with two runs already across and the bases jammed with no outs.  Gallegos induced a run-scoring 4-6-3 double play and fly out and would earn our Fireman of the Day nod, if we had such a beast.  Freddy Pacheco struck out two and picked off one over the last two frames for his first Gulf Coast League save.

The Gulf Cardinals’ 12-hit attack was spearheaded by right fielder William Jimenez, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and strikeout.  Three players had two hits each:  Mateo Gil, Josh Shaw and rehabbing Angel Moreno.  Gil, our Player of the Day, added a triple to his single in five at bats, crossed home twice and drove in one, accounting for half of his team’s scores.  Shaw and Moreno singled twice in five and four at bats, respectively, with an RBI.  Moreno drew one of three free passes issued.

Tuesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 6 vs. DSL Rockies 2

Malcom Nunez (Jesse Sanchez/MLB/Twitter)

Solid offensive efforts from Darlin Moquete and Malcom Nunez led the C-Blue over the Dominican Rockies, 6-2.  The second-place Cardinals Blue (37-18) kept pace with the first-place Twins with the win, the latter having won four straight.

Moquete and Nunez had two hits apiece and took part in three runs.  Moquete singled twice in five at bats while crossing home three times and swiping his 12th bag of the season.  Nunez went 2-for-4 with a walk, double and three RBI.  The final C-Blue with more than one of the team’s nine hits was Elvin De Jesus, who singled twice in three at bats, worked a base-on-balls and touched home once.

Enmanuel Solano (W, 5-1) pitched into the sixth, permitting single scores in the first and sixth.  Both runs were unearned due to two of the squad’s four miscues.  Solano allowed five hits and a walk in 5 1/3.

Miguel Yedis recorded the sixth’s last two outs, stranding an inherited runner.  Luis Tena worked around a hit and base-on-balls for a scoreless seventh before Angel Ortega tossed two clean frames, permitting a hit and free pass.

Tuesday’s game:  at seventh-place DSL Rockies (19-36), 10:30 am ET, Hector Soto (5-4, 2.75)

DSL Cardinals Red at DSL Brewers – postponed 

Monday’s contest between the DSL Cardinals Red (28-25) and DSL Brewers was postponed due to rain.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a Tuesday, August 7th twin bill.

Tuesday’s games:  at/vs. DSL Brewers (32-22).  Game one – 10:00 am ET, TBA/TBA

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