Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2018

photo: Yariel Gonzalez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-4 on Wednesday. Player of Day Yariel Gonzalez singled, doubled and homered, plating two in Peoria’s home win. Michael Baird’s five no-hit innings did not lead to a win for State College.

Recaps of games played on Wednesday, July 25.

Salt Lake Bees 7, Memphis Redbirds 5

Despite scoring four unanswered runs late in the game, the Redbirds couldn’t overcome an early deficit, and fell to the Bees by a 7-5 score.

Leadoff hitter and center fielder Oscar Mercado had two hits, scored two runs, and batted in two runs. Mercado and right fielder Adolis Garcia each hit a double, accounting for the Redbirds’ only extra-base hits. Memphis combined to go 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position and strand six runners on base.

Dakota Hudson started the game for Memphis and was removed after facing two batters in the second inning. Hudson allowed two earned runs before Tyler Webb surrendered three in his inning of work. Connor Greene came up with 3 2/3 frames of two-run ball followed by scoreless work from Tommy Layne and Edward Mujica to wrap up things on the mound for Memphis.

Thursday’s game: Chris Ellis (2-2, 3.18) at Salt Lake 8:05 pm CT

Springfield Cardinals 5 at Tulsa Drillers 2

With four runs in the top of the 10th inning, the Cardinals enjoyed a 5-2 win over the Drillers in Tulsa on Wednesday.

Cardinals second baseman Andy Young drove in the first two runs of the 10th with his first hit of the game. Left fielder Victor Roache and catcher Jeremy Martinez each batted in a run following Young’s two-RBI hit, and the team went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position in the game.

Springfield starter Connor Jones logged 6 1/3 frames with one run (it was unearned) allowed in what turned out to be a no-decision for Jones. Reliever Junior Fernandez followed with 1 2/3 innings of zeroes and Derian Gonzalez turned in a scoreless inning. Gonzalez picked up the win, his first with Springfield, after the Cardinals’ productive top of the 10th at the plate and Will Latcham’s scoreless bottom of the 10th on the mound.

Thursday’s game: Mike O’Reilly (3-4, 4.45) vs. Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 7:10 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals 7 at Daytona Beach Tortugas 4

With a productive offense and a solid bullpen, the Cardinals cruised to a 7-4 victory over the Tortugas.

Three different Cardinals batted in two runs on Wednesday: second baseman Irving Lopez, first baseman Stefan Trosclair, and third baseman Danny Hudzina. Trosclair and Hudzina each hit a home run, and Trosclair and shortstop Kramer Robertson scored two runs apiece.

Evan Kruczynski allowed four earned runs across his six innings of work in an outing that ended with his fifth win. John Kilichowski and Bryan Dobzanski each logged a scoreless inning, and Jason Zgardowski struck out a batter to start the ninth inning. Kilichowski, Dobzanski, and Zgardowski were each credited with a hold, and Colton Thomson earned his second save by notching the final outs of the ninth.

Thursday’s game: TBA at Tampa Tarpons, 5:30 PM Central time.

Peoria Chiefs 7, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5

With offensive production from the entire batting order, the Chiefs rolled to a 7-5 win over the Timber Rattlers.

Second baseman Yariel Gonzalez was our Player of the Day, going 3-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in. Shortstop Rayder Ascanio and center fielder J.R. Davis also had three-hit days, and Davis drove in three runs.

Peoria starter Angel Rondon allowed five runs (four earned) in 6 2/3 innings to earn his third win of the season. Rondon fanned 11 batters and is up to 22 in three starts for the Chiefs in 2018. Zach Prendergast picked up his fourth hold with 1 1/3 shutout innings, and Kodi Whitley notched his sixth save with a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: Paul Balestrieri (7-4, 4.16) vs. Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 7:00 PM Central time.

Connecticut Tigers 3, State College Spikes 0

Despite a notable outing from their starting pitcher, the Spikes’ offense struggled, and the Tigers were 3-0 winners over State College on Wednesday.

Spikes starter Michael Baird turned in five hitless innings with six strikeouts, removed after throwing 64 pitches. Baird was followed out of the bullpen by Hector Villalobos, who took the loss after allowing an unearned run. Edgar Gonzalez recorded four ours and surrendered a pair of runs, and Kevin Hamann logged the final two outs.

The Spikes had only two hits: singles from shortstop Delvin Perez and third baseman Edwin Figuera, and Figuera and right fielder Lars Nootbaar each drew a walk. With a double play and eight strikeouts, the Spikes stranded three runners on base and went hitless in four at-bats with runners in scoring position.

Note: Brian Walton added his images and commentary on this game for subscribers to The Cardinal Nation here.

Walton’s Log – 11 Games in 11 Days – State College Spikes

Thursday’s game: Jacob Schlesener (0-3, 6.39) at Connecticut Tigers, 6:05 PM Central time.

Pulaski Yankees 12, Johnson City Cardinals 6

With a dozen runs across the sixth and seventh innings, the Yankees doubled up the Cardinals by a 12-6 score.

After Cardinals starter Dionis Zamora turned in 5 2/3 innings of three-run ball, relievers Juan Alvarez and Oneiver Diaz were lit up by the Yankees. Alvarez allowed three runs (all unearned) before Diaz surrendered six runs (three earned and three unearned) in one inning.

Eight of nine Johnson City players in the starting lineup recorded at least one hit. First baseman Leandro Cedeno led the offensive effort, going 2-for-4 with a double, a home run, and two runs batted in. Designated hitter Dariel Gomez drove in two runs, and shortstop Moises Castillo went 3-for-4 at the plate. Though the lost, it was a pretty successful day at the plate. The Cardinals went 5-for-8 with runners in scoring position – a .625 average.

Thursday’s game: Tommy Parsons (1-1, 5.03) at Pulaski Yankees, 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Marlins 6

With all their runs in the first half of the game, the Cardinals enjoyed an 8-6 victory over the Marlins.

Cardinals left fielder Andrew Warner, third baseman Josh Shaw, and second baseman Kevin Vargas each doubled and had two runs batted in. Eight of nine players in the Cardinals’ starting lineup scored a run, and eight of nine had at least one hit.

Brian Pirela improved to 5-0 with his solid start, a six-inning outing of two runs allowed on two walks and five hits. Following work from Wilberto Rivera, Ty Cohen, Francisco Justo, and Alex Gallegos, Edgar Escobar pitched a scoreless ninth inning to notch his fifth save of the season.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. GCL Naturals, 11:00 AM Central time.

DSL Phillies White 9, DSL Cardinals Red 4

A rough day on the mound ended as a 9-4 loss for the Cardinals Red to the Phillies White on Wednesday.

Cardinals starter Luis Ortiz was knocked around for 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings, during which he allowed seven runs and ultimately suffered his fourth loss in five decisions. In relief, Roy Garcia, Gustavo Rodriguez, and Augusto Calderon combined to allow one earned run over the final 3 2/3 frames.

Third baseman Francisco Hernandez went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and a two-run homer, his third long ball of the season. Hernandez and center fielder Adanson Cruz scored two runs apiece, and right fielder Luis Montano drew two walks. The team left five runners on base.

Thursday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Phillies White, 9:30 AM Central time.

DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Phillies Red 3

A flurry of offense led to a 12-3 victory for the Cardinals Blue over the Phillies Red.

Cardinals first baseman Malcom Nunez and designated hitter Jean Selmo each had three hits in the game, with three runs scored a piece. Nunez and Selmo both homered, and Selmo batted in four runs. Right fielder Diowill Burgos went 2-for-5 with a double, two runs scored, and three RBIs. The Cardinals were 5-for-16 with runners in scoring position.

Starter Enmanuel Solano earned his fourth win of the season with six quality innings, holding the Phillies to three runs. Angel Cuenca followed Solano over the bullpen with three shutout frames to earn his first save.

Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Phillies Red, 9:30 AM Central time.

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