Cardinals Minor League Notebook – August 7, 2019

photo: Delvin Perez (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 3-6, with all wins by rookie complex teams. Our Player of the Day is shortstop Delvin Perez, who went 5-for-8, including a double and a home run in Peoria’s doubleheader loss.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 6th.

Memphis – off   

Memphis (51-63), winners of eight of their last 10 games, head west to take on Sacramento and Fresno (WSH), the top two teams in the Pacific Northern Division.

Wednesday’s game:  at Sacramento (61-53) (SF), 7:05 PT/9:05 CT, Austin Warner (1-1, 7.24)

Springfield 0 at Tulsa 10

Lars Nootbaar (Peoria Chiefs)

Springfield (21-23) was hammered by Tulsa, 10-0, for their third consecutive loss.

The Drillers got on the board with a first-inning solo blast and never looked back.  The run came off Jorge Rondon (L, 4-4) who yielded four runs on five hits and four walks, one intentional, through five innings.  Roel Ramirez worked around a hit and walk for a clean frame.

But Merandy Gonzalez did not retire any of his four batters, permitting four tallies on two hits and two free passes.  Will Latcham inherited an untenable bases-loaded with none out jam and could not keep any of the three from touching home plate.  Latcham yielded two hits.  Jacob Patterson surrendered a two-run home run, one of three hits given up in his inning of work.

Lars Nootbaar generated a third of his team’s six hits, going 2-for-4 while batting fifth.  All six hits were singles.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (24-20) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (5-5, 5.24)

Palm Beach vs. Jupiter – cancelled   

Tuesday’s contest between Palm Beach (15-30) and Jupiter was cancelled due to wet grounds.  Since their Wednesday, August 7th contest, the last scheduled meeting of 2019 for the stable mates, is already slated to be a double-header due to an August 5th rain out, Tuesday’s game will not be rescheduled.

Wednesday’s games:   vs. Jupiter (23-23) (MIA).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (6-13, 5.26)/Diego Cordero (1-4, 4.17)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 4 (7) – Game 1       
Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 5 (7) – Game 2       

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (13-31) was swept in a road double-header at Wisconsin (24-20), 4-1 and 5-3.

The Chiefs outhit the Timber Rattlers in the opener, seven to five, but went 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.  Delvin Perez was the only player with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.  The shortstop is hitting at a .357 clip, 15-for-42, over his most recent 10 games.

Starter Logan Gragg took the loss, his first in as many decisions, surrendering a two-run bomb that was one of three hits and two base-on-balls in four innings.  Sebastian Tabata went the final two frames, giving up two runs on two hits and a walk.

It was more of the same in the second game.  Peoria matched their hosts’ eight hits but had only one extra-base hit to the Timber Rattlers’ three.  That extra-base hit belonged to Leandro Cedeno who was a perfect 3-for-3 with a solo bomb.  Hot-hitting Delvin Perez, our Player of the Day, generated three hits as well, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Defensively, both players committed a miscue while left fielder Cedeno was credited with an outfield assist at third and shortstop Perez participated in a double play.

Connor Thomas (L, 2-1) went three innings, allowing four runs on four hits and a base-on-balls, including a two-run bomb.  Tony Locey was charged with a tally on three hits in two frames while Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless sixth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (19-25) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Dalton Roach (0-0, 3.60)

State College 1 at Auburn 5

Moises Castillo (State College Spikes)

State College (25-26) mustered just one run, falling to the Doubledays, 5-1.

That score belonged to shortstop Moises Castillo who led off the game with his first New York-Penn League home run.  Castillo added a single in four at bats, the only Spike with more than one of the team’s seven hits.  Defensively, he participated in two double plays.

Two of the three runs yielded by Enmanuel Solano (L, 1-7) over six frames came via one long ball that was one of the five hits and three walks allowed.  The right-hander struck out eight.  Connor Lunn gave up two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in two innings.

Wednesday’s game:  at Auburn (20-30) (WSH), 7:00 pm ET, Andre Pallante (1-0, 1.57)

Burlington 10 at Johnson City 1

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

It was another long night for JC-Cards’ hurlers as they were pounded 10-1 by Burlington.

For the third straight game, Johnson City pitchers gave up double digit tallies, including the first two contests versus the Royals against whom they have been outscored by a combined 23-1.  Julio Puello (L, 3-3) allowed eight of the scores on 11 hits and two walks in five innings.

Walker Robbins was tagged for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth before giving way to Will Guay who struck out five over two scoreless frames.  Matt Pearce issued a free pass in the ninth.

Johnson City (25-21) managed just five hits, two of them by Chandler Redmond who singled and doubled in four at bats out of the five hole.  The only run belonged by William Jimenez who went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored.  The left fielder was knocked in by center fielder Trejyn Fletcher, his only his in four at bats.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Burlington (27-20) (KC), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Sommers (1-2, 5.16)

GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Astros 5 – Game 1
GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 6 – Game 2

Anthony Green (Jefferson College)

The Gulf Cardinals (16-20) split a twin bill versus the Astros (16-18), claiming Game 1, 6-5, but dropping the second contest, 6-3.

The opener completed an August 1st contest suspended due to rain with one gone in the home half of the sixth.  At that point the visitors had scored four tallies in the top of the frame to tie the game up 5-5.  Roy Garcia (W, 2-1) (BS, 1) got the victory despite yielding four runs on four hits and two walks in three innings.  Two of the four tallies came via one home run.

Anthony Green tossed the initial five frames on the 1st, permitting a run on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  The Jefferson College product struck out seven.  Connor Coward faced the minimum for his second save.

The Cardinals had two hits each:  Francisco Hernandez, Patrick Romeri and Tyler Reichenborn.  Hernandez and Romeri both went yard with one and two runners aboard, respectively while Reichenborn went 2-for-2 with a double after entering the game in the sixth as a pinch hitter/center fielder.  Romeri singled and scored the winning run, unearned, in the seventh.

Two of the three runs charged to Ludwin Jimenez in the nightcap were due to solo shots, part of the seven hits and two walks surrendered over six innings. The righty hit one batter and committed a balk.  Anthony Trompiz (L, 1-2) allowed three runs, two earned on five hits in three frames.

The Gulf Birds were held to just six hits with Pablo Gomez the only player with a multi-hit performance.  The second baseman doubled twice in four at bats with a run scored and RBI.  Defensively, Gomez took part in three double plays.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins (19-14), 10:00 am ET, Francis Ventura (1-1, 4.75)

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 vs. DSL Angels 2 (10)

The Cardinals Blue (31-17) rallied for a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Angels (19-30) in 10 innings.

In the low-scoring affair, the home team put up a straight number in the first inning and then held that slim margin until their guests responded with a game-tying score in the eighth.  The Angels took their only lead of the game in the top of the 10th to go up 2-1 but the C-Blue had the last word with two runs in the bottom of the frame, the winning run scoring on the second of two consecutive plunked batters.

Darlyn Del Villar and Brandon Hernandez both went 2-for-4, Del Villar driving in the 10th’s tying run and scoring the winning tally after Leudy Pena was hit by a pitch.  Hernandez swiped a base and was plunked in the 10th, jamming the sacks full and leaving nowhere to put Pena after he was hit.

Reinys Portillo fanned nine over the first five scoreless innings, giving up two hits and three base-on-balls.  Benjamin Arias issued two free passes and recorded two outs before giving way to Nelson Prada.

Prada (BS, 2) retired his first five batters faced, leaving Arias’ two runners aboard, but allowed a run on two hits and a wild pitch without recording an out in the eighth.  Allinson Benitez interspersed three free passes with three outs, escaping without being scored upon.  Victor Villanueva (W, 2-1) permitted the 10th’s unearned run, giving up a single and wild pitch.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Yankees (23-27), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-3, 5.49)

DSL Cardinals Red 3 vs. DSL Rangers2 2

The Cardinals Red (22-34) walked off with a 3-2 win over the Rangers2 (24-31), their fourth victory in their last five contests.

Catcher Roblin Heredia’s second single of the day drove in Sander Mora who opened the ninth with his second base-on-balls of the game.  Mora swiped his second bag of the game, his 21st bag of 2019, advancing to third on a single by Luis Andujar.  That brought Heredia to the dish and he came through with his second RBI.

The C-Red banged out 10 hits, led by Andujar who went 3-for-5 with a run scored and two stolen bases.  Diego Velasquez joined Heredia with two hits apiece, Velasquez in four and Heredia in five at bats.

Edgar Manzo tossed six strong frames, permitted just one unearned run on five hits and two walks.  Oliver Lopez (BS, 4) was charged with a tally on four free passes plus a wild pitch against six outs recorded.  Luis Garcia pitched a one-two-three ninth for his second win in as many decisions.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Brewers (30-25), 10:30 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-1. 5.72)

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