Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 26, 2019

photo: Adolis Garcia (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

On Thursday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-6 as strong starting work was done in by limited offense and leaky relief. Player of the Day Adolis Garcia turned a deficit into a lead with a three-run home run in the eighth to pull Memphis to a series win.

Results from games played Thursday, July 25th.

Memphis 3 vs. New Orleans 1

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds’ offense broke through late as Memphis (43-61) flew past the Baby Cakes, 3-1, in the rubber game of the three-game series.

The home team trailed New Orleans (54-49) 1-0 at the eighth’s mid-point but flipped the script with three runs in the bottom of the frame.  The rally started on Randy Arozarena’s third single of the day, followed by Max Schrock’s walk.  Player of the Day Adolis Garcia came to the plate with two gone and the red-hot outfielder launched a long ball over the left center wall, his 23rd of 2019.  Arozarena had half of his team’s six hits with no other Redbird garnering more than one.

A quartet of Memphis pitchers joined forces to limit their opponents to a single run on eight hits.  Ryan Helsley went the initial 2 1/3 innings, yielding a run on three hits and two walks.  Chris Ellis scattered four hits over 3 2/3 frames, stranding two inherited runners.

Junior Fernandez (W, 1-0) issued two free passes in two scoreless innings for his first Triple-A victory.  Chris Beck allowed a hit in the ninth, picking up his sixth save.

Friday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (48-55) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (6-6, 3.47)

Amarillo 3 at Springfield 1

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield (18-15) fell to Amarillo on Thursday, 3-1, evening the home series at one game each with one game yet to play.

Both tallies yielded by Evan Kruczynski (L, 2-6) in five innings resulted from a home run, one of three hits and three walks given up by the southpaw.  Roel Ramirez was charged with a run on three hits and two walks over two innings before Mitchell Osnowitz and Jacob Patterson each tossed a one-two-three frame.

Dylan Carlson accounted for his team’s only run, blasting his Texas League-leading 17th home run of the season and going 1-for-3 with a walk.  The squad’s remaining four hits were split evenly between Chris Chinea and Conner Capel.  Chinea doubled twice in four at bats and Capel went 2-for-3 with a double, the latter’s second multi-hit performance in as many games since his return from the IL.

Friday’s game:  vs. Amarillo (18-15) (SD), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (4-2, 3.10)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Dunedin 2

Patrick Dayton (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach (11-25) opened a four-game home set versus the Blue Jays with a 4-2 victory, snapping a five-game losing streak.

The offense banged out 11 hits with four Cards gathering two hits apiece:  Dennis Ortega, Nolan Gorman, Julio Rodriguez and Nick Dunn – the first three in four at bats and Dunn in three with a sac fly.  Gorman and Rodriguez both doubled and Gorman and Ortega scored a run each.  Rodriguez joined Dunn with an RBI.

Edgar Gonzalez (W, 6-12) minimized the damage of six hits and five walks given up, holding Dunedin to two runs in five innings.  Ramon Santos and Patrick Dayton both fanned four in two scoreless frames, with Dayton earning his third save.

Friday’s game: vs. Dunedin (20-15) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 0 at Quad Cities 3

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Chiefs (7-15) were blanked at Quad Cities, 3-0, evening the series at one game apiece with one on tap.

Michael Brettell (L, 3-7) was touched for three runs on five hits over seven innings, with one of the five hits a home run with the bases empty.  Rodard Avelino gave up a hit and two walks.

Imeldo Diaz and Brandon Benson each went 2-for-4, with Diaz doubling twice.  The designated hitter has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games for a .424 batting average, the most recent two contests for Peoria with the balance coming for Palm Beach.  Two Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Friday’s game:  at Quad Cities (18-13) (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Thomas (1-0, 1.80)

State College 5 at Mahoning Valley 2

Matt Duce (State College Spikes)

The Spikes (20-20) rallied for a 5-2 road victory over the Scrappers (20-20), salvaging the third and final game of the series.

Down 2-0, State College tied it up in the fifth and added two more seventh-inning scores before finishing with one in the ninth.  Catcher Matt Duce led the offense, going 3-for-4 with a two-run long ball that was two of his three knocked in.  Four other Spikes had one hit apiece and joined Duce by crossing home once.

Dylan Roach struck out 10 in five innings but surrendered two solo bombs comprising two of the five hits and three walks yielded.  Fabian Blanco (W, 1-0) shut down Mahoning Valley on one hit over three frames before Eric Lex tossed a one-two-three ninth for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. West Virginia (20-17) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andre Pallante (1-0, 2.35)

Johnson City 2 at Kingsport 7

Francisco Justo (Robert Kell)

Johnson City (18-17) tied it late only to hit relief trouble while falling to the Mets, 7-2.  The JC-Cards took two of the three-game road series at Kingsport (16-19).

Francisco Justo took the loss, his second against two wins, despite a strong seven-inning effort in which the right-hander permitted three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk.  Justo struck out eight.  Alex Gallegos served up a grand slam in the eighth that put the game out of reach.

Malcom Nunez had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a walk, two doubles and an RBI.  The only other Cardinals with more than one of the team’s seven hits was Chandler Redmond, who singled and doubled in four at bats, touched home once and knocked in one. Defensively, right fielder Carlos Soler was credited with an outfield assist at second.

Friday’s game:  vs. Greeneville (16-19) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Julio Puello (2-2, 4.64)

GCL Mets 6 at GCL Cardinals 1

Anthony Green (Jefferson College)

Six runs yielded by the Gulf Birds’ bullpen resulted in a 6-1 defeat to the Mets.

Anthony Green held the opposition scoreless during his five innings on the bump, giving up two hits against no bases-on-balls.  It was the Jefferson College product’s second start in five appearances.

But the combination of Thomas Hart (L, 2-1) and Roy Garcia surrendered three tallies each over the next two frames.  Hart was charged with three runs on a hit, five walks plus a hit batsman with one out recorded.  Garcia left the bases full of Hart’s runners but allowed three runs on three hits and two walks over 2 2/3.   Luis Tena worked around two hits for a clean ninth.

The Gulf Cardinals (12-15) did not get on the board until the eighth when Tyler Reichenborn launched his second home run, his only hit in four at bats and one of only three hits for the team in all.  Elehuris Montero’s rehab continued with an 0-for-3 effort although the third baseman did reach base on a hit-by-pitch.

Friday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals Blue are 26-14, 2 ½ games behind the Phillies Red in the South Division.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Angels (17-24), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (2-0), 6.26)/Eduar Pimentel (0-2, 9.58)

DSL Tigers1 2 at DSL Cardinals Red 1 (10)

The Cardinals Red (17-29) lost their sixth consecutive game, this one a 2-1 decision in 10 frames to the Tigers1 (17-29).

Ramon Fernandez (L, 2-2) yielded the unearned tally in his third inning of work, allowing a hit and walk overall.  The only blemish on DSL All-Star Angel Cuenca’s stellar line over seven frames was a second-inning solo shot, one of four hits permitted.  The righty did not issue a free pass.

The home team was limited to just four singles with their sole score unearned.  Third baseman Albert Inoa went 2-for-3 while second baseman Sander Mora went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Friday’s game:  at DSL D-backs2 (25-21), 10:30 am ET, Henry Gomez (0-0, 3.43)

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