Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 29, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-5 on Sunday with first-place clubs Springfield and Johnson City coming out on top. Player of the Day Dylan Carlson’s walkoff single was the difference-maker for the Double-A Cards.

Results from games played Sunday, July 28th.

Memphis 2 at Oklahoma City 8

Ramon Urias (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Redbirds hurlers were bitten by the bomb in their 8-2 road defeat at Oklahoma City (48-57) that halted their modest three-game winning binge.  Memphis (45-62) claimed the series, two games to one, but the defeat drops them into a third-place tie with Nashville (TEX), with both teams trailing Iowa (CHC) by 12 games in the American Northern Division standings.

The three runs allowed by Mike Hauschild (L, 1-3) during his six-inning stint were produced by two home runs that were two of the seven hits and six walks permitted.  Seth Elledge surrendered two more long balls in the seventh, accounting for five tallies, before Junior Fernandez faced the minimum in the eighth.

Memphis’ offense consisted of six hits divided evenly among the top three hitters in the batting order:  Randy Arozarena, Ramon Urias and Edmundo Sosa.  Arozarena singled and doubled in four at bats with a run scored while Urias went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, touching home once and driving in one and Sosa singled and doubled in three at bats with an RBI.

Monday’s game:  Off

Springfield 6 vs. Corpus Christi 5

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Dylan Carlson’s ninth-inning single gave the S-Cards a 6-5 walk-off victory over the Hooks.  Springfield (20-16) has won the first two of the four-game home set and are tied for first with Arkansas (SEA) in the North Division standings.

Carlson’s second single of the night came with two gone, driving in Rayder Ascanio after the latter reached on a force.  Lars Nootbaar opened the ninth by singling on a pop up to the catcher, his third hit in five at bats.

But the most potent bat belonged to Yariel Gonzalez, who went yard twice in three at bats, knocking in three.  Justin Toerner’s only hit in four at bats was a two-run blast that, combined with Gonzalez’ two-run home run, gave the home team a 4-0 lead after one frame.  Springfield’s offense mustered 10 hits in all, none of them by struggling rehabber Matt Carpenter, who was again hitless in four at bats.

Alex FaGalde returned from his 12-day injured list stint with a solid, albeit brief effort.  The right-hander held Corpus Christi to a solo shot, one of five hits yielded in 4 2/3 innings.

Mitchell Osnowitz left FaGalde’s final runner aboard in the fifth but allowed a solo blast of his own the next frame.  Roel Ramirez recorded four outs but was charged with three runs on three hits and a wild pitch.  His last two runs scored with Connor Jones (W, 1-1) (BS, 2) on the mound via one of the two hits Jones gave up over the last 1 2/3 frames.

Monday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (17-19) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Tommy Parsons (4-2, 4.17)

Dunedin 10 at Palm Beach 6 (11)

Luken Baker (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Beach Birds’ late rally was not enough to overcome a five-run 11th yielded by the bullpen in their 10-6 loss to Dunedin (21-17) (TOR).  The defeat prevented a four-game series’ sweep by Palm Beach (13-26), who remain in sixth and last place in the South Division standings, 15 games behind Charlotte (TB).

Patrick Dayton took the loss, his first in three decisions, yielding five runs, four earned, in his third inning of work.  Cole Aker recorded the final out but not before serving up a bases-clearing double that scored three runs charged to Dayton.

Griffin Roberts tossed the first five innings, allowing five runs on seven hits and two walks.  Three of the tallies were generated by two long balls.  Zack Thompson (1 2/3) and Edgar Escobar (1 1/3) both faced the minimum during their time on the bump.

While Luken Baker and Julio Rodriguez each had three of the team’s 10 hits, Baker was the more productive of the two.  The first baseman went 3-for-4 with a three-run home run comprising one of his two runs scored and all three of his RBIs.  Rodriguez went 3-for-5 batting right behind Baker while Juan Yepez singled twice in four at bats, crossed home once and knocked in one.

Monday’s game:  Off

Burlington 15 at Peoria 5

The Chiefs could not withstand the Bees’ late offensive explosion as they were pounded 15-5, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.  Peoria (9-26) is in eighth and last place in the West Division standings, 15 games behind Kane County (ARI).

Peoria led 5-1 through five, thanks to a solid effort by starter Kyle Leahy.  The righty allowed a solo shot that was one of three hits and three walks he allowed.

But five Chiefs’ relievers were tagged for another 14 tallies.  Rodard Avelino (L, 0-3) yielded five runs on four walks plus a hit batsman in 1/3 of an inning.  Sebastian Tabata (BS, 1) served up a sixth-inning grand slam that scored three inherited runners plus one of the two tallies permitted in 1 2/3 frames.

Tony Locey surrendered his own grand slam in the eighth comprising four of the five runs permitted against just two batters retired.  Freddy Pacheco walked the bases full before recording the eighth’s last out but was not scored upon.  Edwin Figuera gave up two runs on three hits and two free passes.

Brandon Riley provided most of his squad’s production, going 2-for-3 with a walk and three-run home run.  Two Chiefs had one hit each.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (15-20) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-5, 5.02)

West Virginia 5 at State College 2

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

The Spikes fell to the Black Bears, 5-2, in the home series finale.  State College (22-21) took the set, two games to one, and are tied for third with Mahoning Valley (CLE), three games in back of Batavia (MIA) and a game behind West Virginia (22-19) (PIT),

Starter Adrian Mardueno (L, 2-2) did not finish the third, yielding four runs on two hits and five free passes over 2 1/3 frames.  Two of the tallies came via one long ball.

Connor Lunn retired all five batters faced but Jacob Schlesener was charged with a run on two hits and three walks in three innings.  Jack Ralston issued one free pass over two innings of scoreless work.

The Spikes’ scoring came via a two-run home run by Martin Figueroa, his only hit in four at bats.  David Vinsky was the only State College player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 at the top of the order.

Monday’s game:  Off

Johnson City 6 vs. Greeneville 2

Raffy Ozuna (Robert Kell)

A five-run second propelled the JC-Cards over the Reds, 6-2, for a three-game series sweep.  The victory keeps Johnson City (21-17) tied for first with Elizabethton (MIN) in the West Division standings.

The home team was outhit by Greeneville (16-22), 12 to seven, but translated five of those hits plus a plunked batter and two errors into five runs.  The big hits in the second inning were Diomedes Del Rio’s bases-loaded single, scoring Kyle Skeels (error) and Zach Jackson (single), plus a two-run double by Raffy Ozuna, plating Kevin Vargas (hit-by-pitch) and Del Rio.  Ozuna subsequently advanced to third on Malcom Nunez’ single and scored when an attempted pickoff pitch went awry.

Jose Moreno scattered nine hits and a walk over five innings, permitting two runs, for his third win against three losses.  Walker Robbins tossed a clean sixth, then handed the ball off to John Witkowski, who worked around a hit and walk against six outs recorded.  Wilfredo Pereira gave up a hit in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  Off

GCL Marlins 6 at GCL Cardinals 4

Diowill Burgos

The Gulf Birds bullpen again could not hold an early lead, as the Cards fell to the Marlins, 6-4.  The Cardinals (12-17) are tied for fourth/last with the Nationals, six games behind the Marlins (18-11).

The Cardinals led 4-0 through three, but Martin Cordova could not finish the fourth, permitting four runs on four hits, two walks and a balk in 3 1/3 innings.  It was the 20-year-old’s first start in 10 appearances for the Cardinals.

Anthony Trompiz (L, 0-1) yielded three hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3 frames, resulting in one run while allowing one of two inherited runners to score.  Luis Tena permitted a run on four hits and a walk over two innings.

The home team banged out 12 hits with five players having two hits apiece:  Tyler Reichenborn, Franklin Soto, Luis Montano, William Jimenez and Diowill Burgos.  A double by Burgos was one of only two hits to go for extra bases. The designated hitter scored once and drove in two in four at bats and Jimenez touched home twice.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (12-17), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The DSL Cardinals Blue (28-14) head into August in third place in the tight South Division standings, 2 ½ games in back of the Phillies Red.

Monday’s game:  vs. ninth-place DSL Nationals (11-32), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-3, 3.38)

DSL Cardinals Red – off

The eighth-place Cardinals Red (17-31) are mired in an eight-game losing skid and trail the first-place Cubs2 by 13 games in the San Pedro Division standings.

Monday’s game:  vs. third-place DSL Phillies White (28-20), 10:30 am ET, Edgar Manzo (1-3, 3.52)

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