Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 1, 2019

photo: Randy Arozarena (Memphis Redbirds)

On a 3-3 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, co-Player of the Day Randy Arozarena and his four hits led Memphis to a rare home win and Springfield’s Angel Rondon pitched a dominating one-hitter with 10 strikeouts over seven innings in his Double-A return.

Results from games played Sunday, June 30th.

Memphis 10 vs. New Orleans 6

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds rallied for a 10-6 win over the Baby Cakes, snapping a five-game losing skid and evening the series at one game apiece with three on tap. Memphis (34-49) has now won three of its last 23 home contests.

Down 6-3 at the seventh’s midpoint, Memphis put up a five spot in the bottom of the frame.   The scoring was capped by a two-run eighth via Randy Arozarena’s third Triple-A bomb of 2019.

Arozarena, our co-Player of the Day, paced the Redbirds’ 15-hit onslaught, going 4-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two knocked in.  Kramer Robertson and John Nogowski had three hits apiece. Robertson doubled twice in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two while Nogowski went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two RBIs.

Chris Ellis (W, 3-3) was the pitcher of record when his team launched its comeback. The righty surrendered a solo shot during his two-inning stint.  Chris Beck faced the minimum in the ninth.

Both hurlers pitched in relief of Austin Warner, who was homer-prone during his six innings on the bump.  Four of the five runs charged to the southpaw resulted from three home runs, three of the six hits and three walks he yielded in his 2019 Memphis debut.

Monday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (45-38) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Harold Arauz (3-1, 6.69)

Springfield 3 vs. Northwest Arkansas 1

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Angel Rondon’s dominating mound effort led Springfield (4-6) to a 3-1 victory over Northwest Arkansas and a three-games-to-one series win.

Co-Player of the Day Rondon (W, 3-0) struck out 10 in seven-plus innings, limiting the Naturals (4-5) to a hit and three walks.  The only blemish was an unearned fourth-inning run due to a fielding error by shortstop Jose Martinez and catcher Jose Godoy’s throwing error on a subsequent steal.  Rondon threw 97 pitches, 57 for strikes.

Bryan Dobzanski entered after Rondon issued a free pass to begin the eighth and got the job done.  The righty induced a 6-4-3 double play before retiring his final batter on a grounder to short.  Roel Ramirez used three K’s to work around two hits for his first Double-A and organizational save.

Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (6-4) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.84)

Palm Beach vs. Charlotte – suspended

The finale of the three-game home series between Palm Beach (3-8) and Charlotte (8-3) was suspended due to rain after the third inning with the score 1-1.  The contest will resume on Friday, August 2nd when the Cardinals travel to Charlotte Sports Park.   Palm Beach dropped the first two games of the series to the Stone Crabs.

Monday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (5-8) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Perry DellaValle (3-3, 2.65)

Burlington 3 at Peoria 2 (5)

Andres Luna (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs dropped a 3-2 decision to the Bees in a game called after five innings due to rain.  The loss evens the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Kyle Leahy (L, 4-5) struck out six in five innings but gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits and two free passes.

Neither of the runs scored by Peoria (3-7) were earned due to four errors by Burlington, compared to one for the Chiefs.  The team matched their guests’ five hits with Andres Luna going 2-for-2 with two RBI in his second game since his promotion from State College.  Brady Whalen reached base twice, singling once in one at bat with a walk and run scored.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (3-7) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-2, 5.08)

Auburn 7 at State College 2

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell to the Doubledays, 7-2, in the rubber game of the three-game home series on Sunday.  State College (10-6) leads second-place Batavia by a half of a game in the Pinckney Division standings.

Scott Politz absorbed his first professional loss in as many decisions, yielding four scores on six hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3 innings.  Rodard Avelino issued more free passes (four) than he recorded outs (two) but left Politz’ last runner on base.

Hector Villalobos negated any potential damage by Avelino in stranding the bases full in the fourth. He went on to toss 3 1/3 innings while giving up two hits and one unearned run resulting from one of his team’s three defensive lapses.  That run scored under Junior Gonzalez’ watch, as the righty permitted two runs of his own on two hits and a walk with four outs recorded.

Three Spikes each had two of the team’s nine hits:  Jonatan Machado, Matt Duce and Donivan Williams.  Unfortunately, they represented the one, four and six hitters in the lineup, so minimal results ensued.  Duce singled twice in four at bats with a run scored and RBI, the only one of the three generating results on the scoreboard.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Batavia (9-6) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Adrian Mardueno (1-0, 0.00)

Johnson City 6 vs. Kingsport 2

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards swept the Mets right out of town with a 6-2 victory.  The three-game sweep vaulted Johnson City (7-4) to the top of the West Division standings, a half of a game ahead of Elizabethton (MIN).

The offense was triggered by first baseman Liam Sabino and third baseman Chandler Redmond. Sabino went yard with Redmond (walk) aboard for their squad’s fifth and sixth tallies.  Sabino and right fielder Terry Fuller each had two hits.  Sabino added a single in four at bats with a run scored and three RBIs while Fuller went 2-for-3 with a walk and one driven in.  Redmond had the most productive night at the plate, going 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and two knocked in.

Jose Moreno (W, 1-1) tossed five solid frames, holding Kingsport (6-6) to two runs on five hits and a free pass.  Michael YaSenka shut down the opposition on a hit and walk over three innings while plunking one batter.  Walker Robbins pitched a clean ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Greeneville (5-7) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Francisco Justo (1-0, 0.79)

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 10

Trejyn Fletcher/MLB Player Development Program

The Gulf Cardinals (1-4) had more errors than hits in their 10-2 defeat by the GCL Mets (3-2).

The team’s five miscues resulted in three unearned tallies, all charged to starter Nathanael Heredia (L, 0-1).  Making his first Gulf Coast League start since being reassigned from short-season A State College, the southpaw battled control issues with five walks, a wild pitch, hit batsman plus three hits, resulting in five runs, two earned, over three innings.

Memphis rehabber Kevin Herget yielded a pair of tallies of his own in the fourth, his second rehab appearance, via a double and long ball.  Anthony Green, Wilman Madera and Thomas Hart all gave up one run during their time on the mound before Anthony Trompiz blanked the opposition over the final 1 1/3, striking out three and stranding two inherited runners.

The visitors managed just four hits, one by Treyjan Fletcher, who reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a walk, double and RBI.  The center fielder has hit safely in each of his first four games as a professional.

Monday’s game: vs. GCL Astros (0-4), 12:00 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-1, 1.80)

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not schedule games on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals Blue (15-7) vs. DSL Rockies (12-11), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-1, 1.80)

DSL Cardinals Red – off       

Monday’s game:   DSL Cardinals Red (9-16) at DSL Mets2 (12-13), 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-1, 4.96)

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