Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 14, 2019

photo: Brendan Donovan (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-7 on Saturday, including three double headers. Our Player of the Day, Peoria second baseman Brendan Donovan, was 2-for-4 with a grand slam and a double.

Results for games played Saturday, July 13.


Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 2 (seven innings, Game 1)

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In the first game of a twin bill, the Redbirds edged the Dodgers 3-2 on Saturday. Memphis’ runs all came on long balls. The first was a solo shot by Randy Arozarena in the first inning.  Edmundo Sosa blasted a two run shot in the third.  Irving Lopez’ single was the only other Redbird hit.

St. Louis rehabber Mike Mayers pitched the first two innings, giving up one run on two hits while striking out two.  Harold Arauz followed with 4 1/3 innings in which he surrendered one run on three hits.  Hunter Cervenka got the final out of the seventh to earn his first save.


Memphis 5, Oklahoma City 8 (seven innings, Game 2)

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds were the losers in the second game of the twin bill despite an attempt to rally from an early 8-0 deficit.  Memphis starter Chris Ellis gave up seven runs, six earned, in the second inning of a 1 2/3 inning start for the right hander.  Seth Elledge followed with 2 1/3 innings, surrendering the eighth run in the fourth.  Junior Fernandez, Jesus Cruz, and Tyler Webb finished with a scoreless inning each.  Ellis took the loss.

A rally began in the bottom of the fourth, on a three-run home run by Lane Thomas.  The offense added two more in the fifth on a two run single by Jose Godoy.  The scoring ended there.  Godoy and Rangel Ravelo each had two hits.

John Nogowski stole his first base of the season.  The Redbirds made two errors, a fielding error by Ravelo, and a throwing miscue by second sacker Kramer Robertson.

Memphis is 37-57 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 16.5 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   Off.


Springfield 1, Arkansas 5

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals were the losers of a 5-1 contest at Hammons Field in the third of a four game series with the Travelers on Saturday.  The loss snapped Springfield’s four game win streak.

Starter Evan Kruczynski had a quality start, going seven innings and giving up three runs on four hits.  The lefty struck out four and walked four.  Ronnie Williams surrendered two runs in the final two innings.  The loss was Kruczynski’s fifth of the season with Springfield.

The Cardinals’ only score came from a solo home run by Yariel Gonzalez. This long ball followed Gonzalez’ walk off home run on Friday and was his fourth.  The Springfield third sacker was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  He also stole his third base of the season.

The Cardinals are 11-12 in the second half, 41-52 overall, and in fourth place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Arkansas, Alex FaGalde (2-1, 1.11) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Jupiter 8 (seven innings, Game 1)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Jupiter Hammerheads in the first game of a doubleheader on Saturday.  The lackluster offense managed only three hits, doubles by Julio Rodriguez and Nolan Gorman, and a single from Nick Dunn.  They were 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position and left six men on base.

Starter Diego Cordero lasted only 1 2/3 innings.  Cordero gave up six runs, three earned, on six hits while striking out one and walking two and took the loss.  Zach Prendergast surrendered two runs, one earned, in is 2 1/3 innings in relief of Cordero.   Infielder Zack Gahagan pitched a scoreless seventh.

The Cardinals made two errors on defense, a missed catch by first baseman Luken Baker, and a throwing miscue by shortstop Imeldo Diaz.


Palm Beach 3, Jupiter 4 (seven innings Game 2)

Nolan Gorman (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by Jupiter 4-3 in the second game of the twin bill.  Palm Beach took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on a home run by Cole Kreuter.  Jupiter knotted it up in the top of the third, then added two more runs in the fifth for the 4-2 lead.

Nolan Gorman hit his third home run in a Palm Beach uniform in the sixth.  It was a solo shot to right field to make it 4-3, the eventual final score.  Gorman and Baker each had two hits.

Starter Ramon Santos pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Cole Aker surrendered two runs, one earned, in his two innings of relief.  C. J. Saylor pitched a scoreless seventh.  Aker took the loss.

Palm Beach again made two errors, throwing errors by Nick Dunn and catcher Dennis Ortega.

The Cardinals are 8-17 in the second half, 43-46 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Jupiter, TBA 12:00 pm CT.


Peoria 7, Great Lakes 4

Brendan Donovan (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs defeated the Great Lakes Loons at Dozer Park on Saturday, aided by a big inning that put them over the top. In doing so, Peoria snapped its 12-game losing skid.

Peoria entered the bottom of the fourth inning behind 3-0.  A six run surge in the fourth gave the Chiefs the necessary cushion for victory. Ivan Herrera reached base first with a walk.  Brandon Riley doubled to left and Bryce Denton walked.  Wit the bases juiced, Brandon Benson drew a walk and Herrera scored.  After a pitching change, Edwin Figuera walked and Riley scored.  Next up to the plate was Brendon Donovan, who blasted a 2-2 pitch to left for a grand slam.  The fourth inning ended with the Chiefs ahead 6-3.

Brady Whalen increased the Peoria lead to 7-3 with an RBI single in the seventh.  Great Lakes added a run in the top of the ninth, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Peoria lead.

Player of the Day Donovan doubled to go with the grand slam, for a two hit night. Delvin Perez also had two knocks, a double and a single.

Chiefs’ starter Michael Brettell pitched four innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked five.  Eli Kraus followed with three scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Parker Kelly surrendered one run in his two frames.

Catcher Alexis Wilson made an error on a pickoff attempt.

The Chiefs are 4-18 in the second half, 34-57 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Great Lakes, Franyel Casadilla (3-3, 4.91) 5:05 CT


State College 13, Staten Island 14

Andrew Warner (State College Spikes)

The Spikes were edged by the Staten Island Yankees in a Saturday slugfest.  Spikes’ pitching failed early on, serving up the big inning twice.

Starter Jacob Schlesener couldn’t get past the first inning.  The left hander gave up five runs while recording only two outs.  Logan Gragg relieved and surrendered three runs, two earned, on three hits.  Eric Lex took over in the fourth inning and allowed five runs on five hits.  All eight runs given up by Gragg and Lex came in the fourth inning.  Jack Ralston followed and was the only Spikes pitcher not to give up runs. Ralston tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Fabian Blanco allowed one run in his two innings of relief.  Schlesener suffered his third loss.

The first score for State College came home on a double play from Andrew Warner in the bottom of the first inning.  David Vinsky doubled in the second for a second run.

In the fifth, Moises Castillo plated a run on a double.  Carlos Soto and Pedro Pages each drove in a run on a sac fly.  Vinsky doubled again in the sixth to score two runs.

In the seventh, Warner hit a solo home run.  Shane Benes plated a score on a ground out in the eighth.  Warner homered again in the ninth, a two run shot.  Stanley Espinal drove in a run on a sac fly.

Vinsky went 5-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Donivan Williams had three hits.  Castillo, Warner, and Brylie Ware each had two knocks.

Schlesener made a fielding error, and Castillo had a throwing miscue.

The Spikes are 15-14 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Staten Island, Andre Pallante (1-0, 4.70) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 2 at Elizabethton 3

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were edged by the Elizabethton Twins in a Saturday walkoff.  The offense scored two runs on nine hits, all singles.  Todd Lott was 3-for-4, while Liam Sabino and Kyle Skeels were each 2-for-4.

The Cardinals’ two runs scored on a single by Terry Fuller in the seventh and a Trejyn Fletcher single in the eighth. The Twins scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the walk off win.

Cardinal starter Michael YaSenka pitched five scoreless innings, allowed no hits, fanned eight and walked two.  Tyler Peck followed with two scoreless relief innings.  John Witkowski surrendered one run in the eighth.  Cameron Dulle pitched the ninth and gave up the losing scores.

Lott, Fletcher, and Carlos Soler each stole a base.  Fuller was picked off and caught stealing.

Johnson City is 13-10 on the season and are in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Francisco Justo (2-1, 2.53) 4:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 0 (seven innings, Game 1)

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

The Cardinals blanked the Marlins in the first game of a twin bill on Saturday in Jupiter.  Starter Luis Ortiz pitched well, going 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing three hits, striking out three and walking four.  Ortiz earned his first win of the season.  Roy Garcia got the last two outs of the seventh inning to earn his third save.

The Cardinals scored on a two-run home run by Patrick Romeri in the fourth inning.  Romeri was 2-for-2 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Romeri also stole his first base as a professional.

Catcher Joyser Garcia made a throwing error.


GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 12 (seven innings, Game 2)

The Cardinals did not fare well in the second game of the twin bill as the Marlins blew past them for a 12-4 victory.

The Marlins took a 5-0 lead in the second inning.  The Cards answered with three runs in the third to cut the lead to 5-3. A Franklin Soto double plated two, and the third run scored on a wild pitch.

The Marlins responded with four runs in the bottom of the third, then added a score in the fourth.  Two more runs were plated in the sixth to give the Marlins the 12-3 lead.

The Cardinals managed to score one run in the top of the seventh on a sac fly by Jean Selmo. Joerlin De Los Santos had three hits in the game, while Franklin Soto had two knocks.

William Jimenez stole his second base of the season.  Catcher Zade Richardson made two throwing errors.  Freddy DeJesus and Yowelfy Rosario each committed fielding errors.

The Cardinals are 7-10 on the season and are in fourth place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red – Off day

Sunday’s game:  DSL All-Star Game


DSL Cardinals Blue – Off day

Sunday’s game:  DSL All-Star Game.


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