Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 21, 2018

photo: Carlos Soler (International Prospect League)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 4-5 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is DSL Blue center fielder Carlos Soler, who went 4-for-6 with two RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. Quality starts were made by Chris Ellis (Memphis), Evan Kruzcynzki (Palm Beach), John Oviedo (Peoria), Jim Voyles (State College) and Jose Moreno (DSL Red), yet only two of the five clubs had enough offense to win.

Results for games played Friday, July 20.

Memphis 0, Colorado Springs 1

Chris Ellis (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds were blanked in a one run loss at home against the Sky Sox on Friday.  Starter Chris Ellis pitched seven innings and gave up one run on seven hits. Ellis struck out eight and walked none.  Connor Greene and Tyler Webb pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.

The Redbirds offense accumulated just six hits, including doubles by Tyler O’Neill and Edmundo Sosa.  Rangel Ravelo, Adolis Garcia, Wilfredo Tovar and Ellis all singled.

Oscar Mercado stole his 26th base in 34 attempts.  Sosa made a throwing error.

The Redbirds are 62-36 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Colorado Springs, Jake Woodford (0-2, 4.70) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 5 (6.2 innings)

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals were the victims of the Travelers and also of lightning, as the Friday contest ended early due to lightning.  The Cardinals scored two in the second inning on an RBI single by Johan Mieses, and a ground out by Luke Dykstra.  Lane Thomas’ solo home run in the sixth put up the third Springfield score.

Starter Connor Jones suffered his fourth loss of the season, hurling 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs on four hits.  New arrival Derian Gonzalez surrendered one run in his 1 1/3 innings of relief.

The Cardinals are 42-56 overall, 9-19 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Mike O’Reilly (3-4, 3.91) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 1, St. Lucie 6

Evan Kruczynski (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets on Friday in Jupiter.  Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched six innings, giving up two runs on seven hits.  The game got away from reliever John Kilichowski, as the lefty surrendered four runs in the seventh.  Thomas St. Clair pitched the final two scoreless innings.

The Cardinals scored their only run in the ninth on a single by Shane Billings.  Billings, Jose Godoy, and Kramer Robertson were each 2-for-4.

Robertson was caught stealing for the sixth time in 13 attempts.  Godoy was charged with a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 52-41 overall and 13-16 in the second half for third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. St. Lucie, TBA 4:30 CT.

Peoria 7 at Lansing 3

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs defeated the Lugnuts on Friday to complete their first-ever sweep in Lansing.  Peoria fell behind 2-0 in the first inning but added one run in the second and two in the third to take the lead.  Jose Martinez began with an RBI single in the second inning.  Zach Kirtley added a two run home run in the third.  In the fourth, Martinez plated a run on a double.  The Chiefs put the final nail in the coffin with a three-run home run off the bat of Yariel Gonzalez in the ninth.  Elehuris Montero went 3-for-4.  Kirtley was 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Martinez was 2-fo-3.

Starting pitcher Johan Oveido won his sixth game of the season.  Oveido pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  Zach Prendergast added two scoreless innings and Patrick Layton finished with a scoreless ninth.

Gonzalez made a fielding error.  Dennis Ortega had a passed ball.

The Chiefs are 55-41 overall, 16-10 in the second half for third place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Great Lakes, Paul Balestrieri (6-4, 4.69) 6:05 CT.

State College 0, Auburn 4

Jim Voyles (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes were blanked at home by Auburn on Friday.  Starter Jim Voyles lost his third game of the season, after pitching six innings and giving up three runs on five hits.  Gabe Gentner surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Will Changarotty tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Spikes’ offense managed just three hits all evening, all singles. Edwin Figuera had two, and Imeldo Diaz the other.

Gentner had a missed catch error.

The Spikes are 13-21 on the season and are tied for fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Jake Dahlberg (0-2, 2.72) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City 2, Bluefield 3

Dionis Zamora

The Cardinals were edged by the Blue Jays at home on Friday.  The offense was kept off the board until the seventh, when Zach Jackson stole home and Moises Castillo plated a run on a single.  That was it for the Cardinals scoring.

Starter Dionis Zamora went 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Zamora fanned eight and walked two.  David Oca surrendered one run in his 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Junior Gonzalez pitched the final 1 1/3 innings and gave up the winning run and take the loss.

Jackson and Sanel Rosendo each stole their first base of the season in their respective initial attempts.  Donivan Williams stole his fourth base in five tries.  Jonatan Machado was caught stealing for the third time in nine attempts for Johnson City.  Benito Santiago had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 12-16 on the season and are tied for third place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Danville, TBA 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 12, GCL Marlins 4

Mateo Gil

The Cardinals pummeled the Marlins on Friday.

The offense got on the board in the first inning when Luken Baker flied into a sacrifice double play.  The Cardinals put up five runs in the third, beginning with Baker’s RBI double.  Liam Sabino drove in two on a single, and Cole Kreuter also plated two on a single.  In the fourth, Baker singled in a run and Brandon Purcell grounded into a force out that brought another run home.  Zach Gahagan’s RBI single and a sac fly by Josh Saw added two runs in the fifth.  Gahagan doubled in a run in the seventh and Krueter plated the final run of the game on a single in the eighth.  Gahagan, Baker and Kreuter were each 2-for-4.  Mateo Gil was 2-for-3 with four runs scored.  Sabino was 2-for-5.

Starting pitcher Chris Hunt pitched 3 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  Chris Rivera followed with 3 2/3 scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher.  Freddy Pacheco and Wilberto Rivera each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

The Cardinals are 20-7 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

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

DSL Cardinals Blue 9, DSL Rockies 7 (11 innings)

Carlos Soler (International Prospect League)

The Cardinals Blue topped the Rockies in extra innings on Friday.  The Blue offense scored two in the first inning on a two run single by Freddy De Jesus.  Carlos Soler plated a run on a single in the second.  The Blue team didn’t score again until the eighth when Alexander Samuel singled to score a run, and Jose Zapata doubled in another.  The third run of the inning came in on a throwing error.  The Blue team won the game with three runs in the bottom of the 11th on an RBI double by Soler and Malcom Nunez’ two-run home run.

Player of the Day Soler went 4-for-6 with two RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored.

Starter Hector Soto pitched six innings, giving up two runs on eight hits.  Soto fanned seven and walked none.  Victor Villanueva tossed one inning of relief and gave up the tying run to take a blown save.  Luis Tena surrendered one run in the eighth.  Saniel Santana started the ninth and relinquished two runs.  Santana was replaced with one out in the inning by Leonardo Taveras.  Taveras gave up one unearned run in the 2 2/3 final innings and was charged with a blown save but also got the win.

Soler stole his sixth base in 12 attempts.  Pablo Gomez was caught stealing for the third time in eight tries.  Ramon Mendoza committed a fielding error and Taveras made an error on a pickoff attempt.  Diowill Burgos had an outfield assist.  Zapata picked a runner off third base.

The Cardinals Blue are 28-12 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Rockies, TBA 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 5 at DSL Brewers 1

The Cardinals Red vanquished the Brewers on Friday.  Starter Jose Moreno pitched seven innings, giving up one run on four hits.  Moreno earned his second win of the season.  Wilman Madera tossed two scoreless innings of relief.

The Red offense put up its first run in the first inning.  Joerlin De Los Santos, Franklin Soto and Luis Montano singled, with the latter scoring De Los Santos.  In the third, singles by Cristhian Longa and Adanson Cruz each plated another.  De Los Santos drove in a run on a single in the fourth.  Longa’s solo home run in the seventh delivered the fifth and final run.  De Los Santos went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.  Soto was 2-for-5 and Longa was 2-for-4.

The Cardinals Red are 23-18 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Brewers, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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