Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 10, 2019

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 4-2 on Tuesday, backed by strong performances by starter Alex FaGalde and center fielder Dylan Carlson for Springfield, center fielder Jonatan Machado for State College and starter Gustavo J Rodriguez for the DSLBlue.  But Player of the Day Diowill Burgos of the DSL Red stands tallest by hitting for the cycle.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 9th.

Memphis – off for the Triple-A All-Star Game

The 2019 Triple-A All-Star Game will take place on Wednesday, July 10th, at Southwest University Park, home of the El Paso Chihuahuas (SD).

Memphis starter Jake Woodford was the top vote getter among all pitchers, therefore is slated to take the ball for the Pacific Coast League team against the International League.  Woodford will be joined by infielder Rangel Ravelo and catcher Andrew Knizner, the latter a late addition to the squad.

Wednesday’s game: Off

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 2

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield (8-11) scored five times in the final two frames to upend Tulsa, 7-2.  Each team has taken one of the series’ first two games with one to go.

The contest was knotted at 2-2 through seven but the S-Cards unraveled the knot on Yariel Gonzalez’ RBI single, which scored Dylan Carlson, who led off with a double.  The team capitalized on one of three Driller miscues to generate four more runs, one earned, the next frame.

Fresh off his MLB All-Star Futures Game appearance, Carlson paced his team’s 10-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored.  Three S-Cards had two hits each:  Jose Godoy, Michael Perri and Gonzalez.  Godoy doubled once in four at bats, touched home twice with two RBIs, Perri scored once and Gonzalez drove in three.

The offense backed yet another fine performance by starter Alex FaGalde (W, 2-1) who held the opposition to two runs on four hits and a base-on-balls through seven.  One of the four hits was a solo home run.  FaGalde struck out six.  Kodi Whitley fanned three in two innings for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (10-9) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Rondon (3-1, 2.98)

Palm Beach 3 at Clearwater 7

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (6-14) fell to the Threshers, 7-3, evening the road series at one game each with two on tap.

The home team scored in each of the first four innings and five of the first six, handing Edgar Gonzalez his 11th loss in 15 decisions.  The right-hander permitted five runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.  Gonzalez threw two wild pitches.

C J Saylor allowed all three inherited runners plus one of his own to touch home on two hits and a balk with four outs recorded.  Zach Prendergast struck out five in three frames, allowing a solo shot that was one of two hits and two free passes issued.  Edgar Escobar fanned the side in the eighth.

All three Beach Birds tallies occurred in the third on all four hits plus a wild pitch.  Nick Plummer and Wadye Infante singled back-to-back before a wild pitch brought Plummer across home plate.  Juan Yepez doubled in Infante then advanced to third on Nolan Gorman’s single.  A 5-3 ground out by Luken Baker scored Yepez for the final run.

Wednesday’s game:  at Clearwater (13-9) (PHI), 10:30 am ET, TBA

Peoria – Off

The Chiefs (3-15) are mired in a nine-game losing slump, including all five contests of their recent road trip.  Peoria’s upcoming six-game home stand features two Eastern Division rivals in Lansing and Great Lakes (LAD), the best of which has a .500 second-half record.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lansing (9-9) (TOR), 6:35 pm CT, TBA

State College 7 vs. Batavia 5

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Spikes (14-11) rallied for a 7-5 win over the Muckdogs (15-9) (MIA), salvaging the third and final game of the home series and halting a three-game losing skid.

Down 5-2 with six outs to go, State College strung together five runs, two earned, with the scoring capped by Jonatan Machado’s three-run bomb.  The long ball scored Martin Figuera (fielder’s choice/error) and Brylie Ware (single).  Machado’s home run was his third hit in five at bats to go with two stolen bases, one of second and another of third.

Ware reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and three driven in.  Andrew Warner also had two hits, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored.  The Spikes compiled 10 hits in all.

Connor Thomas tossed the initial 3 1/3 innings, permitting two runs on three hits.  Tandem mate Andrew Pallente recorded eight outs but surrendered a pair of two-run blasts that included Thomas’ last base runner.

Jack Ralston (W, 1-0) struck out four in two innings, issuing one free pass.  Leonardo Taveras faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two, for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tri-City (9-14) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Scott Politz (1-1, 6.14)

Johnson City – off

Johnson City (11-8) embarks on a seven-game road trip against division rivals Bristol and Elizabethton (MIN), teams tied for second place in the West Division standings, a half game behind the JC-Cards.  While the Appy Birds have gone 4-6 on the road thus far, the Pirates hold that identical record at home.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bristol (11-9) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Dalton Roach (0-0, 7.71)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Nationals 3

Thomas Hart

The Gulf Cardinals (4-9) overcame an early deficit to down the Nationals, 6-3, for their first back-to-back victories of the season.

Facing a 3-1 hole through six, the visitors flipped the script with four runs in the seventh and added another in the ninth.  The Gulf Birds used eight free passes to pad seven hits with six players each scoring once.

Catcher Joyser Garcia singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two.  While neither second baseman Pablo Gomez nor third baseman Francisco Hernandez garnered a hit, both worked two free passes, resulting in a run scored for Gomez and an RBI for Hernandez.  Shortstop Franklin Soto went 1-for-4 with a walk and a double, a run scored and one knocked in.

Thomas Hart picked up his first professional win in as many decisions by navigating around a hit and two walks in the sixth.  The 18-year-old was St. Louis’ 16th-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft.  Martin Cordova tossed the final three frames, permitting two hits and two walks, for his first save in his second season as a pro.

Both Hart and Cordova pitched in relief of Inohan Paniagua, who allowed three tallies in his first two frames before shutting down the Nationals (7-5) over three more innings.  The righty yielded five hits and two walks.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Mets (6-5), 12:00 pm ET, Francis Ventura (0-0, 5.87)

DSL Cardinals Blue 2 at DSL Phillies Red 1

A two-run first was just enough to lift the Cardinals Blue (20-9) back into first place with a 2-1 road victory over the Phillies Red (20-10).

Two of the C-Blue’s four total hits came that frame.  Darlin Moquete led off with a single, stole second and scored as Hansel Otamendi doubled to center.  Otamendi advanced a base when Gustavo A Rodriguez reached on a fielding error, putting Otamendi in position to cross home plate on a 6-3 ground out by Brandon Hernandez.  Otamendi added a single to his double in four at bats but was erased from the base paths via a caught stealing.

Gustavo J Rodriguez (W, 3-0) improved on his last start of six innings pitched with one run allowed by shutting down the South Division’s second place squad on two hits and no walks through six frames.  The righty fanned four with seven ground- and seven fly- ball outs but did plunk one.

William Miranda struck out three in two clean innings with two hits and a walk.  Victor Villanueva yielded a tally on a one-out double, wild pitch and ground out before recording his second save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Twins (9-21), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-2, 7.32)

DSL D-backs2 7 at DSL Cardinals Red 5

Diowill Burgos

A career first for outfielder Diowill Burgos could not prevent the Cardinals Red (12-20) from a 7-5 home defeat to the D-backs2.

Player of the Day Burgos, who played both corner outfield positions in the contest, hit for the cycle during a perfect 4-for-4 performance.  The 18-year-old tripled for the second time in 2019 to go with his eighth double and eighth home run, a second-inning solo shot temporarily knotting the game at one all.  Burgos knocked in two for his club-leading 35th and 36th RBIs.

Second baseman Albert Inoa and shortstop Sander Mora had two hits apiece with one run scored. Inoa worked a base-on-balls with a triple and two knocked in.  On the down side, Inoa was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt and Mora committed a throwing error, his seventh miscue.

Edgar Manzo took the tough loss, his second against one win, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits, three walks and two hit batsmen (same batter twice) over five innings.  Bryan Ramirez (1 IP) and Ramon Fernandez (1.2 IP) each yielded two runs on one and three hits, respectively, as both relievers issued two free passes.  Oliver Lopez was charged with a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 frames.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (19-13), 10:30 am ET, Miguel Yedis (0-3, 7.85)

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