Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 22, 2018

photo: Oscar Mercado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went a perfect 7-0 on Saturday as State College and Palm Beach were rained out. Our Player of the Day, Memphis center fielder Oscar Mercado, was 5-for-5 with two RBI, three stolen bases and two runs scored.

Results for games played Saturday, July 21.

Memphis 10, Colorado Springs 1

Oscar Mercado (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds overwhelmed the Sky Sox at AutoZone Park on Saturday.  Recently recalled Jake Woodford pitched six innings, giving up one run on three hits to earn his first Triple-A win.  Tommy Layne, Andrew Morales and Conner Greene tossed a scoreless inning of relief.

Memphis got on the board with three runs in the second inning.  Adolis Garcia led off with a single.  Patrick Wisdom walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.  As Carson Kelly grounded out, Garcia scored.  Oscar Mercado singled to plate Wisdom.   Mercado stole second and the third base and scored on a fielder’s choice ground out by Wilfredo Tovar.  Tovar plated Mercado on a single in the fourth.  In the fifth, Tyler O’Neill walked and Garcia doubled him home.  Wisdom and Kelly walked, and Mercado singled to score Garcia.  Tovar walked and Wisdom scored.  Max Schrock’s sac fly drove in Kelly.  Wisdom added a two-run home run in the eighth.

Garcia went 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored.    Mercado was 5-for-5 with two RBI and two runs scored.  Tovar was 2-for-4 with three RBI.

Mercado stole his 27th, 28th, and 29th bases of the season in 37 attempts.  Kelly was charged with catcher interference.

The Redbirds are 63-37 and are in first place in the PCL Southern.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Colorado Springs, Tyler Webb (1-1, 1.52) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 13 at Arkansas 7

Johan Mieses (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals vanquished the Travelers in Little Rock on Saturday.  The offense began with a bang, putting up four runs in the first inning.  Lane Thomas tripled and scored on Evan Mendoza’s ground out.  Johan Mieses launched a two-run home run to left, and Andrew Knizner added a solo shot to center.   Thomas singled in a run in the second inning.  In the third, Blake Drake and Luke Dykstra each plated a run on a single.  Mieses drove in a run on a single in the sixth.  In the seventh, Dykstra doubled to plate a run and Victor Roache hit an RBI single.  A sac fly by Knizner scored the first of three runs in the eighth.  Drake drove in two more on a single.

Mieses was 4-for-6 with three RBI. Thomas went 3-for-6.  Drake (three RBI), Knizner and Chris Chinea were each 2-for-5.  John Nogowski was 2-for-3.

Starter Mike O’Reilly pitched 3 2/3 innings, giving up five runs on seven hits.  Austin Sexton followed with one scoreless inning of relief and received the win.  Elniery Garcia surrendered one unearned run in 2 1/3 innings.  Will Latcham allowed one additional run in two innings worked.

Mendoza made a fielding error.  Drake had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 43-56 overall, 10-19 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Anthony Shew (4-5, 4.46) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach vs. St. Lucie (cancelled)

The game was cancelled due to rain and will not be made up, as the teams are not scheduled to play again in 2018.

In a side note, new second baseman Irving Lopez was written into the number eight spot in manager Dann Bilardello’s lineup, but will have to wait a second day before making his Palm Beach debut.

Sunday’s game:   No game scheduled.

Peoria 6 at Great Lakes 2

Paul Balestrieri (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On Saturday at Great Lakes, the Chiefs were the victors over the Loons, Peoria’s fourth straight win.  Starter Paul Balestrieri pitched seven scoreless innings to earn his seventh win of the season.  The right hander allowed three hits, fanned seven and walked three.  C.J. Saylor surrendered two runs in the eighth.  Fabian Blanco tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Chiefs’ offense put a run on the board in the first inning on single by Julio Rodriguez.  In his first plate appearance after a week off due to a minor injury, Nick Plummer had an RBI single in the second.  Bryce Denton launched a two-run home run in the third.   In the eighth, Rayder Ascanio plated two on a single.  Ascanio and Rodriguez both went 3-for-5.  Andres Luna was 2-for-4.

Luna stole his first and second bases in four attempts for Peoria.  Jose Martinez stole his first base in his first try with the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are 56-41 overall, 17-10 in the second half, and are in third place in the Midwest League Western Division.

Sunday’s game:  at Great Lakes, Alvaro Seijas (2-6, 5.06) 1:05 CT.

State College vs. Auburn (postponed)

Saturday night’s game at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park in State College was postponed due to rain and will be made up as part of a doubleheader on August 2.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Jake Dahlberg (0-2, 2.72) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 5 at Danville 3 (10 innings)

Parker Kelly (University of Oregon)

The Cardinals defeated Danville in extra innings on Saturday.  The offense was held scoreless until the fourth inning when Donivan Williams’ single scored two.  Brandon Riley led off the fifth with a double and came home on Kevin Woodall’s ground out.  A sac fly by Woodall and Leandro Cedeno’s single completed the scoring.   Michael Perri was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.

Starter Tommy Parsons pitched five innings and gave up three runs, two earned, on eight hits.  The bullpen came through with five scoreless frames. Enrique Perez followed with two innings and Jacob Sylvester took the eighth.  Parker Kelly secured the final six outs to earn the win, his third.

Parsons committed an error on a pickoff attempt and Williams made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 13-16 on the season and are in third place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Danville, TBA 3:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 15 at GCL Nationals 6

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals pummeled the Nationals on Saturday behind 21 hits, including seven doubles and two triples.  The scoring began in the first inning on Mateo Gil’s double.  In the third, six runs came home.  Diomedes Del Rio plated one via a double.  Ivan Herrera tripled to score two.  Victor Garcia singled and Herrera scored.  Cole Kreuter drove in two on a double.  Del Rio singled in a run in the fifth inning, and Zach Gahagan tripled to plate a run in the sixth.  In the eighth, Herrera led off with a double, then later scored on a ground out by Raffy Ozuna.  Kreuter doubled to score two more runs.  Kevin Vargas drove in Kreuter on a double.  Del Rio singled to score Vargas.  In the ninth, Herrera again scored on an Ozuna ground out.

Del Rio went 4-for-6 with three RBI and two runs scored.  Gil was 2-for-6.  Herrera was 4-for-5 including a double and triple with two RBI and three runs scored.  Garcia was 3-for-6.  Gahagan and William Jimenez were both 2-for-6.  Kreuter (two doubles) and Vargas were both 2-for-4.

Jimenez stole his third base in five attempts.  Herrera had a passed ball.

Starter Francisco Justo pitched three innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Wilfredo Pereira took the next four innings and surrendered two runs on six hits to get the win. Converted infielder Starlin Balbuena allowed three runs in the eighth.   Ty Cohen tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals are 21-7 on the season and in first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Mets, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 15 at DSL Rockies 7

The Cardinals Blue walloped the Rockies on Saturday behind 18 hits and 15 runs.  The offense began with a vengeance, scoring six runs in the first inning.  Carlos Soler, Malcom Nunez and Jean Selmo singled, with the latter scoring Soler. Diowill Burgos singled and Nunez scored on a wild pitch.  Ramon Mendoza singled to plate Selmo and Burgos.  Leudy Pena launched a two-run home run to center field.    In the fourth, Pablo Gomez led off with a double and came in on Nunez’ double.  Selmo singled and Nunez crossed the plate.  Two more runs scored in the fifth on Soler’s single and Nunez’ sac fly.  In the sixth, Luis Rodriguez drove in a run on a single and Gomez hit a two-run long ball.  The final two runs came in the seventh on Mendoza’s double.

Selmo was 4-for-5.  Mendoza (four RBI) and Nunez were each 3-for-5.  Pena was 2-for-5 and both Gomez and Soler were 2-for-6.

Starter Julio Puello won his fourth game of the season, pitching six scoreless innings and allowing two hits.  Derek Diaz surrendered three runs in the seventh.  Miguel Yedis tossed a scoreless eighth.  Ramon Fernandez started the ninth and was pulled after walking the bases loaded. Anthony Trompiz allowed all three inherited runners to score on a single, a sac fly, and a wild pitch.  A passed ball scored a fourth run that was charged to Trompiz, but he finally secured the last two outs.

The Cardinals Blue are 29-12 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Red 8, DSL Brewers 7 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red twice came back to edge the Brewers in Saturday’s contest, which concluded with Jesus Orecchia’s walkoff single in the 10th.

The offense got on the board in the third inning.  Luis Andujar led off with a triple and later came home on a sac fly by Franklin Soto.  In the fourth, Claudio Ramirez plated a run on a double and Andujar singled to score Ramirez.  A run scored in the sixth on a wild pitch.   In the seventh, Adanson Cruz added a two-run double.  The winning runs scored in the bottom of the 10th on two singles, one by Ramirez and the other by Jesus Orechia.  Ramirez went 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Andujar was 2-for-4.  Luis Montano was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Joerlin De Los Santos stole his 19th base in 24 attempts.  Right fielder Montano committed a throwing error, shortstop Soto made a fielding error, and third baseman Yowelfy Rosario had two fielding errors.  Cruz and De Los Santos both collected outfield assists.

Starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched five innings, giving up one run on three hits.  Jimenez struck out four and walked none.  Miguel Maiz took the sixth and surrendered four runs, three earned, on five hits.  Maiz was charged with a blown save.  Nelson Prada tossed a scoreless seventh.  Rodard Avelino allowed a run in the eighth and took the second blown save.  Sebastian Tabata pitched the last two innings, giving up one unearned run and became the winning pitcher.

The Cardinals Red are 24-18 on the season and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

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