Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 28, 2019

photo: Lane Thomas (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 8-2 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is outfielder Lane Thomas, who had three home runs and four RBI in Memphis’ win. Starters Johan Oviedo, Alvaro Seijas and Scott Politz dominated for Springfield, Palm Beach and State College, respectively.

Results for games played Saturday, July 27.

Memphis 9 at Oklahoma City 4

Lane Thomas (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds conquered the Dodgers in Oklahoma City on Saturday.  Memphis got on the board first with two runs in the top of the second.  Max Schrock plated a run on a double and scored on a wild pitch.  The Dodgers cut the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the second.

In the third, Edmundo Sosa and Lane Thomas each hit solo home runs to increase the lead to 4-1.  Memphis scored four runs in the fifth to take a commanding 8-2 lead. Sosa hit an RBI double and scored on a double by John Nogowski.  Thomas followed with a two run home run to center.

In the seventh, Thomas whacked his third long ball of the game, a solo shot to left.  Thomas went 3-for-4 with three home runs and four RBI.

Fresh off the injured list, starter Genesis Cabrera pitched six innings and gave up four runs on eight hits.  The left-hander fanned nine and walked one.  Kodi Whitley followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Hunter Cervenka got the last out of the ninth.  Cabrera earned his fourth win.

Randy Arozarena and Ramon Urias each stole a base.  Nogowski was picked off and caught stealing.  Thomas had an outfield assist at third base.

Memphis is 45-61 on the season and in third place in the PCL North, 12 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Oklahoma City, Mike Hauschild (1-2, 8.62) 6:05 CT

Springfield 3, Corpus Christi 1

Johan Oviedo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals beat the Corpus Christi Hooks at Hammons Field on Saturday. The Hooks took the 1-0 lead in the second inning and carried it until the bottom of the fifth when Justin Toerner drew a walk then advanced on a single by Elehuris Montero and a wild pitch.  With Toerner on third, another wild pitch sent him home.

Brian O’Keefe hit a solo home run in the seventh to give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead.  O’Keefe’s sac fly in the eighth plated the third and final Springfield run.

The Cardinals scored three runs on just three hits.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched a dominating seven innings, giving up one run on six hits while fanning 11 and walking none.  Merandy Gonzalez added a scoreless eighth and Bryan Dobzanski tossed a scoreless ninth.  Oviedo earned his fifth win, Dobzanski his second save.

Toerner stole his eighth base with Springfield.

The Cardinals are 19-16 in the second half, 49-56 overall, and are tied for first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi, RHP Alex FaGalde (2-1, 1.11) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 2, Dunedin 1 (seven innings, Game 1)

Alvaro Seijas (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals edged the Dunedin Blue Jays in the first game of a twin bill on Saturday.  The game was scoreless until the Blue Jays put up their first and only score in the top of the fifth.  In the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals posted two runs to take the lead.  Dennis Ortega doubled to left, and Nolan Gorman followed with a double to right to plate Ortega.  Three batters later, Gorman scored on wild pitch.

The Palm Beach offense scored two runs on five hits.  No Cardinal had multiple hits.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched six innings and gave up one run on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked two.  Cole Aker tossed a scoreless seventh.

Palm Beach 1, Dunedin 0 (seven innings, Game 2)

Zach Prendergast (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals blanked the Blue Jays in the second game of the doubleheader on Saturday. As in the first game, it was scoreless until the late innings. In the bottom of the sixth, Nick Dunn singled to center and scored on a single by Zack Gahagan, who was 2-for-3.

Starter Michael Baird pitched three scoreless innings, allowing one hit, striking out two and walking one.  Zach Prendergast followed with three scoreless innings to earn the win.  Ramon Santos tossed a scoreless seventh and earned his first save.

The Cardinals are 13-25 in the second half, 48-54 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Dunedin, TBA 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria 5, Burlington 3

Imeldo Diaz (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Chiefs overcame the Burlington Bees in late innings on Saturday.  The contest was scoreless until the Bees posted two runs in the sixth.  The lead evaporated in the seventh as the Chiefs scored three runs to snatch the lead.  Brendan Donovan led off with a double.  Imeldo Diaz followed with a single to center.  Brandon Riley doubled to left to score Donovan.   A sac fly by Leandro Cedeno plated Diaz, and Riley came home on a double by Wadye Ynfante.

The Bees tied the game with a run in the top of the eighth, but the Chiefs answered with two runs in the bottom frame. Ivan Herrera was hit by a pitch, and Donovan doubled to left to plate Herrera.  Donovan came home on a Diaz single.

Donovan and Diaz each had two hits.

Starter Parker Kelly pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing two hits, striking out three and walking two.  Eli Kraus allowed two runs in one inning of relief.  Evan Sisk surrendered one run in his 2 1/3 innings.  Leonardo Taveras closed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

Ynfante and Jonatan Machado were both caught stealing.  Cedeno made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 9-25 in the second half, 39-64 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Kyle Leahy (4-8, 3.07) 5:05 CT.

State College 4, West Virginia 1

Scott Politz (State College Spikes)

The Spikes were the victors in a 4-1 contest with the West Virginia Black Bears on Saturday.  State College took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning and led the rest of the way.

In the fourth, Moises Castillo led off with a single. Carlos Soto doubled to center and Terry Fuller walked. Pedro Pages singled to score Castillo.  With the bases loaded, Brylie Ware walked, and Soto scored.

West Virginia scored their only run in the sixth.  In the eighth, the Spikes added two insurance runs on a two-run home run by Martin Figueroa.

Pages went 3-for-4 and Castillo and Soto each had two hits.

Starter Scott Politz pitched seven innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned five to earn his second win of the season.  Cameron Dulle tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Stanley Espinal was caught stealing for the second time.  Dariel Gomez was picked off first base.  Figuero made a throwing error, and Politz picked a runner off first base.

The Spikes are 22-20 on the season and are tied for third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. West Virginia, Adrian Mardueno (2-1, 2.49) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 5, Greeneville 2

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals defeated the Greeneville Reds on Saturday, after falling behind early.  Johnson City was still behind 2-0 in the sixth inning.  Johnson City got on the board when Zach Jackson walked, Chandler Redmond singled, and Jackson scored on a caught stealing of Redmond. Liam Sabino’s solo home run tied the score.

The Cardinals took the lead in the bottom of the seventh, putting up three runs, starting with a double steal of second and home by Diomedes Del Rio and Kevin Vargas.  Trejyn Fletcher doubled to plate Del Rio.  Fletcher scored on a fielder’s choice and a throwing error.

Redmond went 3-for-4 and Sabino and Vargas each had two hits.

Starter Jake Sommers pitched six innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked two.  Enrique Perez pitched a scoreless seventh.  Hector Soto tossed the final two scoreless innings to earn his first save.  Perez got the win.

Del Rio, Vargas, Fletcher, and Jackson each stole a base.  Redmond was caught stealing.

Johnson City is 20-17 on the season and is tied for first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Greeneville, Jose Moreno (2-3, 10.16) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 4

Ludwin Jimenez

The Cardinals were edged by the Astros on Saturday after losing an eighth inning lead.

The Cardinal took the lead in fourth inning on a two run home run by Freddy De Jesus.  In the eighth, Franklin Soto’s solo home run increased the lead to 3-0.

In the bottom of the eighth, the Astros put up four runs to take the 4-3 lead, a lead they would not relinquish.

The Cardinals scored three runs on five hits.  No Cardinal hitter had more than one hit.

Starter Ludwin Jimenez pitched 7 2/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander fanned four.  Wilman Madera finished the eighth and surrendered two runs.  Madera was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

Patrick Romeri stole his second base of the season.  Soto made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 12-16 on the season and are in fourth place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL D-backs2 12

The Cardinals Red were pummeled by the D-backs2 on Saturday.  The Cardinals scored in the first, when Albert Inoa stole home on a double steal with a throwing error.  The Cardinals led 1-0, but never again.

The D-backs took a 2-1 lead in the second, added a run in the third and another in the top of the fifth.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut the lead to 4-3.  Inoa hit an RBI single for the first run and Luis Andujar doubled to plate Inoa.

The D-backs put the game out of reach in the sixth, scoring seven runs.  They added run number 12 in the top of the ninth.  The Cardinals rallied with four runs in the ninth.  Andujar plated a run on a single.  Fernando Brazoban drew a bases loaded walk. Miguel Marcos then hit a two run double to right, but the rally ended there.

Andujar was 4-for-5 with two RBI.  Inoa went 2-for-3.

Red starter Henry Gomez suffered his first loss of the season after pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up nine runs, eight earned, on 10 hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Oliver Lopez surrendered two runs, one earned in 1 2/3 innings of relief.  Luis Garcia pitched a scoreless eighth.  Hector De Los Santos allowed one run in the ninth.

Andujar and Inoa each stole a base. Erick Thomas made a throwing error and a fielding error.  Smith Vargas had a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals Red are 17-31 on the season and are in last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 7, DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue defeated the Yankees on Saturday to win their 28th game of the season.  The Blue offense scored early, getting a 4-0 lead through three innings.

In the first inning, a Darlyn Del Villar single drove in one run.  A second run scored on a missed catch error in the second inning.  Leudy Pena hit a two run home run to right field in the third.

The Yankees cut the lead to 4-2 in the top of the fourth and added a run in the top of the seventh to make it a one run game.  The Cardinals answered in the bottom of the seventh with two scores on a triple by Elvin De Jesus.

The Yankees scored one run in the top of the ninth, but the rally ended there, with the Cardinals enjoying the 7-4 victory.

Del Villar was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.

Blue starter Wilmer Ortega pitched four innings and gave up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one. William Miranda tossed two scoreless innings of relief and earned the win.  Dionys Rodriguez surrendered one run in the seventh.  Nelson Prada pitched the final two innings and allowed one run.

Hansel Otamendi stole his fifth base of the season.  Del Villar and Luis Rodriguez were both caught stealing. Rodriguez was also picked off second base.

The Cardinals Blue are 28-14 on the season and are in third place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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