Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 28, 2018

photo: Chase Pinder (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 6-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach center fielder Chase Pinder, who was 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and two runs scored in the Cards’ wild 12-11 win.

Results for games played Friday, July 27.

Memphis 8 at Las Vegas 3

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds vanquished Las Vegas in the road series opener Friday.  Starter Jake Woodford pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits to earn his second Triple-A win.  Tommy Layne tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings before  Matt Bowman surrendered two runs in the eighth. Edward Mujica added a scoreless ninth.

The Memphis offense scored first in the second inning.  Adolis Garcia led off with a solo home run.  Edmundo Sosa later contributed a two-run shot.  Tyler O’Neill had his own two-run home run in the third.  In the fifth, Garcia plated a run on a double and Carson Kelly drove in Garcia on a single.  Luke Voit plated a run on a double in the sixth.  O’Neill, Kelly, and Sosa were each 2-for-3.  Garcia was 2-for-5.

The Redbirds are 66-38 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Las Vegas, Austin Warner (0-0, 0.00) 9:05 CT.

Springfield 0, NW Arkansas 10

John Nogowski (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were blanked at home by the Naturals on Friday.  Springfield’s offense had eight hits, all singles, but went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.  John Nogowski was 3-for-4.  Randy Arozarena was 2-for-3.

Starter Anthony Shew pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up five runs on six hits.  Shew fanned eight and walked one.  Austin Sexton surrendered five more runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.  Eric Carter pitched the final two scoreless frames.  Shew took the loss.

Arozarena stole his sixth base in nine attempts for Springfield.

The Cardinals are 47-58 overall, 14-21 in the second half, and are in third place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Matt Pearce (0-2, 3.60) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 12 at Tampa 11

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals squeaked by Tampa in a slugfest on Friday.

The Palm Beach offense scored two runs in the first inning.  Chase Pinder led off with a single and later scored on a Dylan Carlson single.  Stefan Trosclair plated a run on a sac fly.  In the third, Brian O’Keefe hit and RBI double. The Cardinals put up four runs in the fifth.  Carlson tripled to plate the first run of the inning.  Following walks by O’Keefe and Shane Billings, Trosclair’s ground rule double scored Carlson and O’Keefe.   Irving Lopez plated Billings on a single.

The offense put up another crooked number in the seventh inning.  Billings and Trosclair singled, and Ryan McCarvel walked.  Lopez doubled to score Billings and Trosclair.  Chase Pinder then hit a three-run home run to right field.  Pinder went 3-for-5.  Carlson and Trosclair were 2-for-4.  Lopez was 2-for-5. Pinder, Trosclair and Irving Lopez had three RBI each.

Starter Evan Guillory gave up eight runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings.  Thomas St. Clair pitched one inning of relief and surrendered three additional runs. Newly-arrived Bryan Dobzanski stopped the bleeding, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.  Colton Thomson finished with two scoreless innings to earn the save.

The Cardinals are 55-43 overall, 16-18 in the second half and are in third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Tampa, TBA 5:30 CT.

Peoria 3, Wisconsin 2 (10 innings)

J.R. Davis (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs edged Wisconsin in extra innings on a walk-off wild pitch.  The Chiefs’ offense scored in the third inning as J.R. Davis singled, Jose Martinez doubled, and Wood Myers ground out to plate Davis.  Nick Plummer hit a solo home run in the fifth.  The Chiefs walked it off in the 10th as Davis scored on a wild pitch.  Davis went 2-for-4.  Martinez was 2-for-3.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched six innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on three hits, but had to dance around five walks.  Fabian Blanco and Ben Yokley had identical lines of two scoreless innings on no hits, one walk and three strikeouts. Yokley was the winning pitcher.

Julio Rodriguez made a throwing error, but also erased three runners on the basepaths.

Note: Brian Walton provided his commentary and photos from this game for TCN members.

Walton’s Log – 11 Games in 11 Days – Peoria Chiefs

The Chiefs are 59-43 overall, 20-12 in the second half and are tied for second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Clinton, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 1.79) 6:30 CT.

State College 9 at Lowell 3

Jim Voyles (St. Louis Cardinals)

The visiting Spikes overwhelmed the Lowell Spinners on Friday.  State College starter Jim Voyles tossed six innings and gave up one run on four hits to win his third game of the season.  Will Changarotty surrendered two runs in the seventh.  Troy Montemayor and Gabe Gentner tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth, respectively.

The offense put up a run in the first on Delvin Perez’ single.  The Spikes bats put up a crooked number in the second.  Brandon Benson led off with a single, then stole second base.  Justin Toerner walked.  Both runners advanced when Alexis Wilson reached on a fielding error.  Nick Dunn was hit by a pitch and Benson scored.  Brady Whalen doubled to plate Toerner, Wilson, and Dunn.  Stanley Espinal doubled to score Whalen.  In the third, Wilson drove in a run on a double.  In the seventh, Benson hit an RBI triple, and scored on a Toerner ground out.  Benson went 2-for-5.  Dunn and Espinal each went 2-for-4.

Perez stole his fifth base in eight attempts.  Benson stole his third bag in four tries.

The Spikes are 16-23 on the season, tied for fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Lowell, Jake Dahlberg (0-2, 2.28) 4:35 CT.

Johnson City 5, Danville 7

Donivan Williams (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals were defeated by the visiting Danville Braves on Friday.  The Johnson City offense got on the board first in the second inning on Donivan Williams’ RBI single.  A second run came home in the fourth when Williams doubled to left field.  Jonatan Machado added a two-run home run in the fifth.  In the ninth, Zach Jackson plated a run on a single.  With two RBI each, Machado went 2-for-5 and Williams was 2-for-3 with a walk.  Michael Perri was 2-for-4.

Starter Cole Aker pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four unearned runs on three hits.  Enrique Perez finished the fifth and surrendered three additional unearned runs.  Perez took the loss.  David Oca tossed two scoreless innings. Junior Gonzalez and Evan Sisk each added a scoreless inning.

Williams and Nolan Gorman each made costly throwing errors.  Catcher Carlos Soto picked a runner off third base.

The Cardinals are 16-19 on the season and are tied for third place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Danville, Kyle Leahy (1-1, 3.67) 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 4 (10 innings)

Connor Coward (Virginia Tech University)

The Cardinals fell to the Mets in extra innings on Friday.  Starter Connor Coward pitched five innings and gave up one run on five hits.  Alex Gallegos followed with two innings, surrendering one run on two hits.  Edgar Escobar tossed two scoreless innings before Ty Cohen pitched the 10th and relinquished the two winning runs, and taking the loss.

The offense got on the board with one run in the third on a double by rehabber Scott Hurst.  The Cardinals didn’t score again until the eighth when Andrew Warner had an RBI single.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Diomedes Del Rio stole his second base in three attempts for the GCL Cardinals.  Hurst stole his second base in two attempts.  Hurst committed a fielding error and Cohen made a throwing error.  William Jimenez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 22-10 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Blue 12 at DSL Angels 3

The Cardinals Blue pummeled the Angels on Friday.  The offense scored four runs in the second to take the lead.  Ramon Mendoza and Alexander Samuel walked and Luis Rodriguez singled to load the bases.  Sander Mora singled to score Mendoza.  Samuel scored when Darlin Moquete drew a walk.  Elvin De Jesus grounded into a force out and Rodriguez scored.  Mora later scored on a Malcom Nunez sac fly.  Four more runs came home in the fourth inning, two on a Nunez single and two more on a Samuel triple.  Mendoza’s single plated a run in the sixth.  In the ninth, Moquete hit a two run triple, then later scored on Carlos Soler’s sac fly.  Nunez went 3-for-5.

Starter Julio Puello tossed five innings and gave up one unearned run on three hits.  Puello fanned eight and walked two.  Derek Diaz and Miguel Medis pitched a scoreless sixth and seventh, respectively.  Ramon Fernandez started the eighth and gave up two runs on two hits.  Anthony Trompiz got the final out of the eighth and returned to pitch a scoreless ninth.  Puello was the winning pitcher.

Moquete was caught stealing for the third time in 11 attempts.  Mora made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Blue are 32-14 on the season and are tied for first place in the DSL South.

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

DSL Cardinals Red 15, DSL Mets2 5

The Cardinals Red shellacked the Mets2 on Friday.  Red starter Martin Cordova pitched five innings and gave up three unearned runs on four hits to win his sixth game of the season. Ludwin Jimenez tossed the final four innings and surrendered two runs on three hits to earn his first save.

The Cardinal Red offense put up four runs in the first inning.  Joerlin De Los Santos led off with a double, Franklin Soto singled, and both scored on Cristhian Longa’s single.   Longa then scored on a double play.  Yowelfy Rosario plated the fourth run of the inning on a single.  Four more runs came home in the third, when Rosario drew a bases loaded walk and Erik Pena followed with a single that brought three runs home.

The Red team had their third big inning in the sixth, bringing five runs across the plate.  Soto’s single plated one and Luis Montano’s bases loaded walk brought the second home.  Adanson Cruz took a walk that scored another run.   The two final runs of the inning came home on a wild pitch.  In the eighth, Montano led off with a walk and Cruz tripled to bring him home.  Luis Andujar then singled to plate Cruz.

Soto and Cruz were both 2-for-4.  Pena was 2-for-5 and De Los Santos was 2-for-3. Longa, Cruz, Rosario and Pena had two RBI each. Montano scored four runs after a hit and three walks.

Soto stole his 16th base in 24 attempts. Rosario was picked off first base.  Pena and Longa both made fielding errors.

The Cardinals Red are 26-20 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Mets2, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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