Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 12, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

St. Louis’ minors went 4-5 on Thursday with Player of the Day Dylan Carlson helping Springfield out of the division cellar. Palm Beach split a pair while Johnson City won its third straight. A strong pitching effort by 18-year old Angel Cuenca helped the DSL Red put one in the win column as well.

Results from games played Thursday, July 11th.

Oklahoma City 8 at Memphis 6

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ shaky defense and bullpen resulted in an 8-6 defeat to the Dodgers in the home series opener.  Memphis (36-55) has a firm hold on fourth and last place in the American Northern Division standings, trailing first-place Iowa (CHC) by 16 games.

Starter Mike Hauschild and the Redbirds held a 4-3 lead after five, as the right-hander permitted three runs on six hits and three free passes.  That lead evaporated the next inning after Mike Mayers (BS, 1) was tagged for three unearned runs on a fielding error by shortstop Edmundo Sosa that put two on with one out.  Mayers could not pitch around the miscue, jamming the sacks full before surrendering a two-out, bases-clearing double.

Junior Fernandez retired his only batter via a 5-3 ground out, leaving Mayers’ last runner aboard.  After Hunter Cervenka tossed a one-two-three seventh, Ryan Helsley worked out of a bases-loaded jam for a clean eighth.  A two-run home-half of the seventh tied the game at 6-6, but Helsley (L, 1-3) surrendered a lead-off home run and subsequent sacrifice double play the next inning.

Memphis generated eight hits as three Redbirds had two hits apiece:  John Nogowski, Lane Thomas and Edmundo Sosa.  Nogowski and Thomas both doubled once, the former touching home one time while Thomas scored twice with two driven in.

Friday’s game:  vs. Oklahoma City (39-51) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (0-0, 9.28)

Springfield 6 vs. Arkansas 4

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The S-Cards opened their four-game home set versus first-place Arkansas with a 6-4 win.  Springfield’s fourth win in their last five games elevates the S-Cards (10-11) into third place in the North Division standings, three games in back of the Travelers.

Springfield banged out 10 hits, paced by three players with two hits each:  Dylan Carlson, Rayder Ascanio and Alberto Triunfel.  Player of the Day Carlson did the most damage, going 3-for-5 with a solo long ball, run scored and three RBIs while Ascanio and Triunfel each went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Triunfel knocked in one.  Brian O’Keefe reached base four times, going 1-for-2 with two walks and a home run with the bases empty.

Johan Oviedo (W, 2-4) fanned eight in five frames, permitting three hits and two walks, resulting in three runs.  Two of those three tallies were generated by one blast.

Bryan Dobzanski was tagged for an unearned score in his four-hit sixth before Jacob Patterson tossed a one-two-three seventh.  Connor Jones struck out three in two innings for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place Arkansas (14-7) (SEA), 7:10 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.25)

Palm Beach 2 at Clearwater 7 – Game 1   
Palm Beach 12 at Clearwater 8 (7) – Game 2

The Beach Cardinals split a pair at Clearwater (14-10), losing Game 1, 7-2, but taking the second contest, 12-8, for a split of the four-game set.  Palm Beach (7-15) is in sixth and last place in the South Division standings, trailing Charlotte (TB) by 11 games.

The opener completed Wednesday’s contest suspended in the visitors half of the fourth with Palm Beach trailing 3-1.  The PB-Cards’ fortunes did not improve when play resumed as a trio of hurlers permitted another four scores.

Griffin Roberts, the July 10th starter, took his fifth loss in as many decisions, surrendering three runs on five hits and two hit batsman in three frames.  Ramon Santos took the mound when play reignited and worked around two hits for a clean fourth, but Ben Yokley and CJ Saylor allowed two runs each in their two innings on the bump.

Palm Beach managed just three hits, with runs coming on solo shots by Juan Yepez and Ramon Urias.

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

In the finale, the PB-Cards came back twice from deficits, exploding for 10 runs against the Threshers bullpen.  Julio Rodriguez and Imeldo Diaz each had three of the team’s 11 hits. Rodriguez went 3-for-5 with a double and solo blast comprising one of his two runs scored and two RBIs.  Diaz was 3-for-4 with a double, crossed home once and knocked in two.  Nolan Gorman, who got tossed in the ninth inning of Game 1 after going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts, singled and tripled in five at bats, touched home once and drove in five.

Alvaro Seijas made his second Florida State League start, looking for his first win but to no avail.  The righty allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits and two free passes before departing after 4 2/3 with his team down 5-2.

Cole Aker retired his only batter, leaving Seijas’ last base runner aboard.  A five-run sixth gave Zack Thompson (BS, 1) an 8-7 lead but the first-round southpaw yielded three runs against two outs recorded, placing his squad at an 8-7 disadvantage after eight.  However, Patrick Dayton retired four batters, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner then picked up his second win when his team scored five more times in the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Jupiter (9-13) (MIA), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Lansing 3 at Peoria 2

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ losing skid reached 11 straight games with a 3-2 defeat to the Lugnuts, the second of three home games versus Lansing.  Peoria (3-17) sits in eighth and last place in the Western Division standings, 11 ½ games behind Clinton (MIA).

While Kyle Leahy (L, 4-7) was charged with the loss after permitting two runs on four hits and a walk despite striking out 10 over seven innings, the margin of defeat came on an unearned tally in the eighth.  The inning’s second batter to face Freddy Pacheco reached on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Delvin Perez, advanced to third on a ground out and scored on a swinging K/wild pitch.  Pacheco fanned three in two frames.

The home team outhit their guests, eight to five, but went 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left seven on base.  The only Chief with more than one hit was catcher Alexis Wilson, who singled twice in four at bats.  Second baseman Brendan Donovan’s only hit in three at bats was a home run with the bases empty that got his team on the scoreboard in the seventh.  Donovan worked a free pass and scored a ninth-inning tally that brought Peoria within one.

Friday’s game:  vs. Lansing (11-9) (TOR), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-4, 4.83)

State College 3 at Tri-City 4

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes dropped a close 4-3 road decision to the ValleyCats and have lost the first two of the three-game series.  State College (14-13) is in third place in the Pinckney Division standings, 3 ½ games behind Batavia (MIA).

State College’s defense proved to be the difference in the game as three of the four runs yielded by the pitching staff were unearned due to errors by infielders Brylie Ware, Donivan Williams and Luis Flores.  The only mark on Adrian Mardueno in the first four frames was a solo home run, one of two hits and two walks allowed.

And all three tallies charged to Jeremy Randolph (L, 0-2) in 3 2/3 innings were unearned.  Two of the three scores were generated by one long ball, one of four hits and two walks yielded.  Logan Gragg retired his only batter, stranding two inherited runners.

State College mustered seven hits, including two Spikes with two hits apiece:  David Vinsky and Ware.  Vinsky went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and stolen base while Ware singled twice in three at bats, worked two free passes and drove in one.

Friday’s game:  at Tri-City (11-14) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-3, 4.08)

Johnson City 4 at Bristol 2

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

A steady offensive effort led Johnson City to a 4-2 road victory at Bristol, as the Cards clinched the three-game series with one contest yet to play.  Johnson City (13-8) has won three straight and leads second-place Elizabethton (MIN) by 1 ½ games in the West Division standings.

The Appy Birds scored in four different innings, beginning in the second and finishing in the eighth.  Three players had two hits apiece:  Chandler Redmond, Liam Sabino and Brandon Purcell.  Redmond went 2-for-3 with a walk, double and solo bomb that was one of his two runs scored while both Sabino and Purcell went 2-for-4 with a double. Sabino knocked in two and Purcell stole a base.

Jake Sommers went the initial four innings, holding the Pirates to a run on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  Will Guay (W, 1-0) yielded a tally on a hit and plunked batter in his inning of work before Wilfredo Pereira retired all six batters faced.  Dylan Pearce allowed a hit over two scoreless innings for his first save.

Friday’s game:  at third-place Bristol (11-11) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Jose Moreno (1-2, 9.77)

GCL Cardinals – off

The fifth-place GCL Cardinals (5-9) take their season-high three-game winning streak to the home of the fourth-place Gulf Astros, a team they trail by just one game.  Overall, the Gulf Birds are 3 ½ games behind co-leaders Marlins and Nationals in the tight East Division standings.

Friday’s game:  at GCL Astros (6-8), 12:00 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (1-1, 3.75)

DSL Cardinals Blue 1 at DSL Rockies 8

The C-Blue were trounced by the Dominican Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday.  It was the third loss in the last four games for the Cardinals Blue (20-11), dropping them into second place in the South Division standings, a game in back of the Phillies Red.

Making his second start in seven appearances, Eduar Pimentel (L, 0-2) lasted just two innings.  The San Cristobal native gave up four runs, three earned, on three hits, a base-on-balls and two wild pitches.

Yordy Richard came out of the pen for the first time in six games and shut down the third-place Rockies (20-12) on two hits and a walk over four innings.  The righty plunked one.  But Juan Peralta was pummeled for four tallies on five hits, including a three-run blast.  Dionys Rodriguez tossed a one-two-three eighth.

The visitors’ offense was held to six hits with Darlin Moquete and Brandon Hernandez both going 2-for-4.  Moquete stole his 13th base of 2019 and Hernandez doubled in Gustavo A Rodriguez after the latter walked to begin the seventh.

Friday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Orioles2 (15-16), 10:30 am ET, Wilmer Ortega (2-0, 2.42)

DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs. DSL Phillies White 1

Angel Cuenca tossed six strong frames as the Cardinals Red flew past the Phillies White, 5-1.  The seventh-place C-Red (13-21) are 8 ½ games behind the Cubs2 in the San Pedro Division standings.

Cuenca (W, 3-1) held his opponents to just three hits and a base-on-balls, yielding a solo shot in his final inning of work.  The 18-year-old struck out five with six ground- and three fly- ball outs.

The bullpen duo of Luis Garcia and Augusto Calderon kept the pressure on the Phillies White.  Garcia fanned three during his two innings on the mound, permitting two hits before Calderon faced the minimum in the ninth.

The offense was led by Diowill Burgos, who followed up hitting for the cycle on July 9th by nearly accomplishing the same feat again, lacking just a single.  The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double, triple and two-run home run comprising two of his three RBIs.

The only other Cardinals Red player with more than one of the team’s nine hits was right fielder Fernando Brazoban, who singled and tripled in four at bats, touched home twice and drove in two.  The 17-year-old rookie swiped his fourth bag.

Friday’s game:  at second-place DSL Phillies White (21-14), 10:30 am ET, Henry Gomez (0-0, 3.00)

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