photo: Scott Politz (Steve Manuel/State College Spikes)
The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-5 on Thursday. Our Player of the Day is State College pitcher Scott Politz, with seven scoreless innings on five hits, no walks and nine strikeouts. The other two wins were in the Dominican Summer League.
Results for games played Thursday, August 8.
The Redbirds fell to the Sacramento River Cats on Thursday night. Their two runs came late, as Memphis was held scoreless by Sacramento pitching through five innings. A solo home run in the sixth by Harrison Bader put the Redbirds on the board. It was the first long ball for Bader since being optioned a little over a week ago. Bader plated the other run on a single in the eighth. Bader was the only Redbird with multiple hits and an extra base hit.
Starter Genesis Cabrera pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. The left hander struck out seven and walked two. Seth Elledge finished with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief. Cabrera took the loss, his fifth of the season.
Memphis is 51-65 on the season and is tied for second place in the PCL American North, 11 games behind the Iowa Cubs.
Friday’s game: at Sacramento, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-4, 3.64) 9:05 CT.
The Cardinals were overmatched by the Arkansas Travelers by a score of 6-1 on Thursday at Hammons Field. Dylan Carlson’s solo home run in the fourth, his only hit, was the lone run for Springfield. Zach Kirtley’s double was the only other Cardinal extra base hit. Left fielder Connor Capel went 2-for-4.
Starter Alex FaGalde pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on eight hits. The right hander struck out four and walked three. Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief, before Jacob Patterson got the last out of the ninth.
Capel, Kirtley and Justin Toerner each stole a base. Toerner had an outfield assist at second, and FaGalde picked a runner off first.
The Cardinals are 21-25 in the second half, 51-65 overall, and are in third place in the Texas League North.
Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (4-3, 4.65) 7:10 CT.
The game between Palm Beach and Clearwater was postponed due to wet grounds at Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter. It will be played as part of a doubleheader on Friday.
Friday’s games: vs. Clearwater, Kyle Leahy (0-2, 2.25)/ Alvaro Seijas (1-1, 3.98) 3:00 CT
The Chiefs fell to the Beloit Snappers on Thursday, in an unusual offensive night. Though the Chiefs scattered seven hits, none drove in a run. The three runs were produced on a passed ball, a fielding error, and a sac fly. Four of the hits were doubles off the bats of Jonatan Machado, Alexis Wilson, Wadye Ynfante, and Josh Shaw.
Infante went 2-for-4. Machado, Shaw, and Brandon Riley scored.
Starter Dalton Roach pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on seven hits. The right hander struck out eight and walked four. Wilfredo Pereira tossed 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.
Wilson was the victim of a successful pickoff at first base.
The Chiefs are 13-33 in the second half, 43-72 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.
Friday’s game: at Beloit, Colin Schmid (5-5, 4.29) 6:30 CT.
The Spikes beat the Batavia Muckdogs on Thursday behind a pitching gem from starter Scott Politz. Politz tossed seven scoreless innings, allowing five hits and fanning nine to earn his third win of the season. Reliever Hector Villalobos pitched a scoreless eighth before Fabian Blanco surrendered Batavia’s lone run in the ninth.
The Spikes scored twice in the first inning to take the lead, and added single runs in innings five and six. Doubles by David Vinsky and Terry Fuller brought the first two runs home. The final two scores came without a hit, one on a fielding error and the other on a groundout.
The only Spikes player with multiple hits was Dariel Gomez, who was 2-for-4. The doubles by Vinsky and Fuller were the only extra base hits.
The Spikes are 26-26 and are in third place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.
Friday’s game: vs. Batavia, Adrian Mardueno (2-2, 3.77) 6:05 CT.
The Cardinals lost a close home game to the Twins in extra innings on Thursday. The lead changed hands several times before the Cardinals knotted it up in the ninth. Mateo Gil led the rally, driving in one and scoring the tying run. Gil went 2-for-5 with a home run and a triple, two RBI and three runs scored. Malcolm Nunez was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Liam Sabino drove in one and was 2-for-4.
Starter Jose Moreno pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on 11 hits. The right hander struck out two and walked one. Dylan Pearce surrendered one run in the seventh. Blake Drake tossed two scoreless innings, before left hander Enrique Perez allowed the winning run in the 10th to take the loss.
Sabino was caught stealing for the second time this season. William Jimenez committed a fielding error, and catcher Zach Jackson had a passed ball.
Johnson City is 26-22 on the season and are in first place in the Appalachian League West.
Friday’s game: at Elizabethton, Hector Soto (0-0, 1.84) 5:30 CT.
The Cardinals were defeated by the Nationals at the Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on Thursday. The offense scored three runs in the first inning but was unable to score again. The key blow was a two-run home run by Diowill Burgos, his only hit. Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-4. Additional extra base hits were a double by Freddy De Jesus, and a triple by Tyler Reichenborn.
Starter Inohan Paniagua pitched 1 1/3 innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits. The right hander struck out two and took the loss. Martin Cordova followed with 3 2/3 innings of relief and surrendered one unearned run. Tyler Statler pitched a scoreless sixth, and Luis Tena tossed the final two scoreless innings.
Catcher Cristhian Longa and third sacker Hernandez each stole a base. Franklin Soto made two errors, one fielding and one throwing. Yowelfy Rosario also had a fielding miscue. Longa had a passed ball.
Cardinals are 17-21 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.
Friday’s game: at GCL Mets, TBA 11:00 am CT.
The Dominican Cardinals Red edged the Brewers 5-4 on Thursday. A three run bottom of the first put the Red out front early. The Cardinals added additional runs in the sixth and the ninth, with the latter the difference-maker.
Fernando Brazaban led the Red offense with a 2-for-5 performance that included a triple. The outfielder drove in four of the five runs. Sander Mora was 2 for-4, and Luis Andujar was 2-for-3.
Red starter Angel Cuenca pitched five innings and gave up three runs on three hits. The right hander struck out eight and walked three. Miguel Yedis surrendered one run in two innings of relief. Hemerson Cordero tossed the final two scoreless frames to earn the win.
Mora, Smith Vargas, and Bryan Matute each stole a base. Andujar was picked off first base. Catcher Diego Velasquez made a throwing error and had a passed ball.
The Cardinals Red are 23-35 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.
Friday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:30 am CT.
The Cardinals Blue shellacked the Nationals on Thursday by the score of 12-4. The Blue offense put up five runs in the second inning to take the lead and scored seven additional runs over the fourth, fifth, and seventh. The three Blue extra base hits were triples by Hansel Otamendi and Darlin Moquete, and a double off the bat of Jose Zapata.
Moquete was 2-for-3 with four RBI and four runs scored. Zapata was 2-for-5. Otamendi drove in two.
Starter Eduar Pimentel pitched four innings and gave up four runs, two earned, on two hits. Yordy Richard followed with four innings of scoreless relief to earn the win. The right hander fanned three. Ronald Suarez pitched a scoreless ninth.
Moquete and Elvin De Jesus each stole a base. De Jesus also made a fielding error, along with fielding errors by Carlos Arcia and Fernando Diaz.
The Cardinals Blue have a record of 33-17 and are in third place in the DSL South.
Friday’s game: at DSL Mets1, TBA 9:30 am CT.
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