Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 24, 2019

photo: John Nogowski (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

In a light Tuesday schedule, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-4. Memphis and the DSL Blue won, the latter on a shutout shared by three pitchers and the former powered by Player of Day John Nogowski’s grand slam.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 23rd.

Memphis 6 vs. New Orleans 4

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds (42-60) kicked off a brief three-game home stand with a 6-4 victory over the Baby Cakes.

All six Memphis tallies came in the second, capped by Player of the Day John Nogowski’s grand slam scoring Mike Hauschild (RBI single), Randy Arozarena (hit-by-pitch) and Matt Carpenter (walk).  Seven Redbirds each had one of the team’s seven hits with Adolis Garcia doubling once in four at bats and Max Schrock going 1-for-3 with a triple, run scored and one driven in.

Carpenter began his rehab assignment from St. Louis by going hitless in two at bats with a strikeout and the aforementioned walk plus run scored.  The third baseman was pinch hit for by Jose Martinez in the home half of the seventh and is expected to play for the Redbirds for two more games before returning to St. Louis this coming weekend.

Three of the four tallies charged to Hauschild (W, 1-2) over 6 2/3 innings were generated by a home run in his final inning of work.  The long ball was one of four hits and a walk permitted by the righty who fanned seven.

Domenic Leone retired four batters, giving up a hit and leaving an inherited runner aboard.  Hunter Cervenka faced the minimum in the ninth for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (53-48) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-0, 6.75)

Springfield – off

Springfield (17-14), co-leaders of the Texas League’s North Division, are fresh off a seven-game road trip through Amarillo and Corpus Christi (HOU) in which they went 5-2.  The S-Cards open a seven-game home stand against the same two teams on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (17-14) (SD), 6:30 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (3-2, 4.75)

St. Lucie 3 at Palm Beach 0

Edgar Escobar (Joseph Freiday Sr. photo)

The Beach Birds were shut out by the Mets on Tuesday, 3-0. Having trouble scoring runs, Palm Beach (10-24) has lost four straight and six of their last seven.

The third inning was the downfall for Griffin Roberts (L, 0-6) who jammed the sacks full on a hit batsman, walk and single before wild pitching in his first run.  The situation was exacerbated by third baseman Nolan Gorman’s fielding error, which allowed a second runner to touch home.  After a single reloaded the bases, the right-hander issued a free pass, forcing in his third run.  Roberts permitted two hits and three walks over six innings.  Edgar Escobar recorded nine outs, yielding one hit.

The PB-Cards were held to three hits and one walk, with a double by Nick Dunn the only extra base hit.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. St. Lucie (23-12) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (1-2, 2.25)

Peoria – off

Eighth-place Peoria (6-24) finishes up its nine-game road trip with a three-game series at fourth-place Quad Cities.  The Chiefs have won two of the six completed road contests.

Wednesday’s game:  at Quad Cities (17-12) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-5, 5.28)

State College 1 at Mahoning Valley 4

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

Three Spikes’ miscues resulted in a 4-1 road loss to Mahoning Valley in the road series opener.  The loss drops State College (19-19) into a third-place tie with the Scrappers, five games behind Batavia (MIA).

Three of the four tallies allowed by Spikes pitchers were unearned, beginning with Junior Gonzalez who made his first start after 10 relief appearances.  The 22-year-old yielded two unearned runs in the fourth and gave up three hits while hitting one batter and throwing two wild pitches in 3 2/3 frames.

Jacob Schlesener followed Gonzalez to the mound and permitted two tallies, one earned, on three hits and three walks over 3 1/3 innings.  The lefty allowed his only inherited runner to score but did pick off a runner at first.  Cameron Dulle tossed a one-two-three eighth.

State College took an early lead after David Vinsky opened the game with a single and eventually scored on Carlos Soto’s sac fly.  The Spikes managed just five hits in total, all singles, with Andrew Warner accumulating two.  Shortstop Moises Castillo committed two fielding errors and second baseman Donivan Williams was charged with a throwing bobble.

Wednesday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley (19-19) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-4, 4.74)

Johnson City at Kingsport – postponed

The series opener for Johnson City (16-16) at division rival Kingsport was postponed due to inclement weather.  The game has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Wednesday, July 24th.

Wednesday’s games:  at Kingsport (15-17) (NYM).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, (Michael YaSenka (0-1, 0.47)/Luis Ortiz (1-4, 2.87)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 9

Francisco Hernandez (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The fifth-place Gulf Cardinals (11-14) led through six frames only to fall to the first-place Marlins, 9-7.

In the seventh, reliever Tyler Statler (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) permitted three runs on two hits and a walk but only one tally was earned due to a fielding error by first baseman Freddy De Jesus allowing one run to score and Statler’s wild pitch that brought the other one across home.  By the time the righty has recorded three outs, the score had switched from a 7-6 lead into a 9-7 deficit.

Francis Ventura had a short start consisting of four runs given up on five hits in the first.  Martin Cordova tossed three innings, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits, a walk and two wild pitches.

Merendy Gonzalez struck out the side while walking one in his fifth rehab appearance for the Gulf Birds. Connor Coward worked around a two-out fielding bobble by shortstop Yowelfy Rosario for a clean sixth.  Luis Tena navigated around a lead-off walk and two-out single in the ninth in his Gulf Coast League debut.

Rehabbing Elehuris Montero was one of five players with two hits each.  The designated hitter singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls in his second rehab game.  Francisco Hernandez also went 2-for-4, with one of his hits a two-run bomb.

William Jimenez launched a three-run rocket, one of his two hits in five at bats.  But the home run king of the day for the Gulf Cardinals was Freddy de Jesus, who blasted two solo long balls in three at bats.  The final player with two hits was Joyser Garcia, who singled twice in five at bats with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. co-third-place GCL Nationals (11-14), 12:00 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (2-1, 3.50)

DSL Cardinals Blue 8 vs. DSL Rockies 0

The third-place Cardinals Blue (25-14) opened a six-game home stand by pasting the second-place Rockies, 8-0. (This long home stretch, which includes an open day, was unheard of in recent years, when an even number of teams made home and away two-game sets the norm. This year, however, the Blue play in a nine-team division, the Boca Chica South, making for an unpredictable schedule.

Third baseman Brandon Hernandez paced his team’s 14-hit onslaught, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in.  Four players had two hits each:  Darlin Moquete, Gustavo A Rodriguez, Leudy Pena and Fernando Diaz.  Three of the four generated an extra-base hit, with Pena and Diaz both going yard, Moquete tripling and Rodriguez doubling for the 11th time this season.  Right fielder Moquete was credited with an assist at home to preserve the shutout.

Gustavo J Rodriguez pitched the initial four innings, giving up five hits and a base-on-balls.  William Miranda (W, 3-0) fanned three Rockies (16-14) in three frames, permitting three hits and a walk but Dionys Rodriguez topped both of them in efficiency.  The 18-year-old retired all six batters faced.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place DSL Orioles2 (19-20), 10:30 am ET, Engels Martinez (1-3, 6.37)

DSL Cardinals Red 9 at DSL Brewers 10

A late rally fell just short as the seventh-place Cardinals Red (17-26) were clipped by the third-place Brewers, 10-9.

The combined pitching of Hancel Rincon (L, 1-4) and Oliver Lopez resulted in an 8-0 crater for the visitors after five innings.  Rincon yielded a tally in each of his three innings pitched on five hits and two free passes.  Lopez was tagged for a five-run fifth, his second and final inning of work.  Both hurlers plus Hector De Los Santos, the final pitcher, surrendered solo bombs – Rincon and Lopez one each and De Los Santos two.

The Cardinals Red offense mounted their rally with a two-run sixth before adding six more in the eighth but fell just short with a one-run ninth.  First baseman Luis Andujar had four of his team’s 13 hits, singling four times in six at bats with a run scored and two RBIs out of the clean-up spot.

Albert Inoa, Fernando Brazoban and Claudio Ramirez had two hits apiece, with Inoa doubling and crossing home once while Brazoban scored twice and Ramirez once.  Centerfielder Smith Vargas reached base three times, going 1-for-4 with a double and two walks while crossing home twice.

Wednesday’s games:  at eighth-place DSL Tigers1 (14-29), 10:00 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 3.92)/TBA (The second game is a make up for the July 8 postponement.)

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