Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 3, 2019

photo: Diego Cordero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On the 6-4 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Diego Cordero spun seven shutout innings as Dennis Ortega’s home run sealed Palm Beach’s 1-0 win. Springfield and Johnson City had big nights offensively, but Peoria and GCL pitching were bombed.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 2nd.


New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3 – Game 1    
Memphis 4 vs. New Orleans 3 (7 innings) – Game 2     

Junior Fernandez (USA TODAY Sports Images)

At AutoZone Park, the Redbirds split a pair with the Baby Cakes by identical 4-3 margins, dropping the opener but claiming a walk-off victory in the finale.  Memphis (35-50) holds a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining and is in fourth/last place in the American Northern Division standings, 13 games behind Iowa (CHC).

Game 1 completed the July 1st contest which was suspended after one with New Orleans up 1-0.  The visitors built a 3-0 lead before the Redbirds responded, leaving Harold Arauz (L, 3-2) with the loss after giving up a solo shot in his only inning of work.

A bullpen game ensued when play resumed with six Memphis relievers taking the mound.  Mike Mayers continued his rehab assignment with a clean second but Ryan Helsley was bitten by a two-run home run by former Cardinals farmhand Magneuris Sierra in his rehab turn.

Junior Fernandez recorded the third’s final out before pitching two more frames of shutout ball with one hit allowed.  Hunter Cervenka issued a free pass in his clean sixth but Jesus Cruz yielded a run that proved to be the difference in the game in the seventh, the first of his two innings on the bump.  Chasen Shreve walked one in the ninth.

Two of Memphis’ three runs came via Max Schrock, who went yard with Rangel Ravelo (single) aboard.  Both players went 2-for-4, just behind Randy Arozarena’s perfect 3-for-3 effort.  Arozarena reached base four times with a walk and double but the Redbirds were unable to cash in on his performance since the four players after him went a combined 0-for-14.

Adolis Garcia (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The highlight of the nightcap was a two-run bomb by Adolis Garcia, giving his team the walk-off win.  It came with two gone and Arozarena (walk) aboard and was Garcia’s second hit of the game.  Kramer Robertson and Justin Williams also had two of the team’s nine hits while Arozarena went 1-for-3 with the aforementioned walk and two runs scored.

Genesis Cabrera pitched six solid frames, permitting three runs on seven hits and a walk.  One of the seven hits was a solo long ball.  Seth Elledge worked around a walk for a scoreless seventh, picking up his first Triple-A win against one loss.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. New Orleans (46-39) (MIA), 6:35 pm CT, Jake Woodford (5-4, 3.36)


Springfield 9 vs. Tulsa 3

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The S-Cards scored nine times in the fourth, blowing past the Drillers, 9-3, to even the series at one game apiece with one on tap.  Springfield (5-7) remains in fourth/last place in the North Division standings, four games in back of Arkansas (SEA).

The home team garnered 12 hits, led by Johan Mieses, who went 3-for-5 with a double, two-run bomb, two runs scored and two RBis.  Dylan Carlson, Brian O’Keefe, Rayder Ascanio and Zach Kirtley had two hits apiece. Kirtley doubled twice and Carlson once but the inning’s biggest blow belonged to Ascanio, who launched a grand slam.

Tommy Parsons (W, 2-2) allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk, one of the hits a solo shot.  Mitchell Osnowitz, Bryan Dobzanski and Kodi Whitley each tossed a scoreless frame. Osnowitz struck out three and Dobzanski two.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. second-place Tulsa (7-5), 6:10 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 6.85)


Palm Beach 1 vs. Lakeland 0   

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

Dennis Ortega’s home run lifted the Beach Birds over the Flying Tigers, 1-0, evening the series at one game each with one remaining.  Palm Beach (4-9) is tied with Fort Myers (MIN) for fifth in the South Division standings, 5 ½ games behind Charlotte (TB).

Ortega’s bomb occurred in the seventh, giving starter Diego Cordero his first Florida State League victory.  Cordero was impressive through seven innings, blanking his opponents on five hits and a walk while five K’s.  Cole Aker and Patrick Dayton each tossed a one-two-three frame, with Dayton earning his second save.

The PB-Cards gathered eight hits with Nolan Gorman and Lars Nootbaar both going 2-for-4.  Defensively, right fielder Nootbaar was credited with an outfield assist at third while Cordero picked off a runner at first.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (6-9) (DET), 6:00 pm ET, Edgar Gonzalez (4-9, 3.79)


Kane County 11 at Peoria 3        

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Chiefs pitching gave up three runs in the top of the first and were scored upon in seven of the nine innings in a disappointing home blowout loss to Kane County Tuesday night. Starter Michael Brettell hung on for 5 2/3 innings while yielding 13 hits, including two long balls, and a pair of walks. Seven of the eight runs against him were earned.

Sebastian Tabata gave up two runs in two innings and Evan Sisk gave up the final score while collecting the final four outs.

Three Chiefs had two each of the team’s seven hits – Brady Whalen, Juan Yepez and Alexis Wilson. The latter cracked a solo home run in the ninth, but earlier had grounded into a pair of twin killings, committed an error, but also picked off a runner. First baseman Whalen drove in a pair. Outfielder Brandon Benson went 0-for-4 with a strikeout and an error, but also threw out a Cougars runner at third.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County, Franyel Casadilla (3-2, 5.49), 6:35 pm CT


State College 0 at Batavia 1

Enmanuel Solano (State College Spikes)

The pitching duel between the Spikes and Muckdogs ended with a 1-0 road loss for the visitors.  It is the third straight loss for State College (10-8), including the first two of three against first-place Batavia, dropping the Spikes into a second-place tie with Mahoning Valley (CLE). Both trail the leaders by 1 ½ games.

The game’s only score was unearned due to a missed catch error by second baseman Martin Figueroa.  The unearned tally was charged to Enmanuel Solano (L, 1-2) who permitted five hits and a walk through five innings.  Left-hander Jack Ralston, St. Louis’ seventh-round selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player Draft, gave up a hit with three strikeouts over two frames in his professional debut.  Leonardo Taveras faced the minimum, fanning two, in his maiden New York-Penn League effort.

The offense was held to just three hits, all singles.

Wednesday’s game:  at first-place Batavia (11-6), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 3.71)


Johnson City 10 vs. Greeneville 5

Mateo Gil (Robert Kell)

A big third inning catapulted the JC-Cards over the Reds, 10-5, clinching the three-game series with one game yet to play.  Johnson City (9-4) sits atop the West Division standings, 2 ½ games in front of Elizabethton (MIN) and Kingsport (NYM).

Holding a 3-2 advantage going into the third’s home half, the Appy Birds strung together seven of their 14 hits plus two walks, resulting in seven tallies and a 10-2 lead after three.  All nine starters either scored at least one run or drove in one, beginning with Jhon Torres, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBIs.

Mateo Gil and Todd Lott both went 2-for-4.  Gil went yard with a runner aboard while Lott crossed home once.  Diomedes Del Rio accounted for three scores, singling twice in three at bats with a run scored and two knocked in.  Defensively, center fielder Carlos Soler was credited with an outfield assist at third.

Julio Puello (W, 1-1) tossed the initial five frames, yielding three runs on eight hits and two walks for his first United States victory.  Wilfredo Pereira gave up two tallies, with both runs generated by a long ball comprising one of his five hits allowed in 1 2/3 innings.  Enrique Perez retired all seven batters faced, striking out three.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. fifth-place Greeneville (5-9) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Dalton Roach (0-0, 9.35)


GCL Astros 14 at GCL Cardinals 1

Zack Thompson (University of Kentucky)

The Gulf Cardinals were drubbed for the second straight game, this time a 14-1 loss to the Gulf Astros (1-5).  The Cardinals (1-5) are tied for fourth and last place in the East Division standings, four games behind the Marlins.

The home team misfired in all three areas – pitching, offense and defense – but the chief culprit was the defense,which committed four errors resulting in a whopping 10 unearned runs.  Third baseman Francisco Hernandez had two miscues – one throwing and one fielding – while left fielder Joerlin De Los Santos committed a throwing error.  First baseman Freddy De Jesus, who entered the game in the home half of the second after first sacker Pablo Guzman was hit by a pitch, was charged with a throwing bobble.

Three days after his professional debut with a one-inning start, Zack Thompson pitched the first inning again.  St. Louis’ first selection in the June 2019 First-Year Player draft fanned two with a hit allowed, all on eight pitches.  Tony Locey, the third round pick in the recent draft, pitched the second and used two strikeouts to work around two walks.

Luis Ortiz (L, 0-2) took the mound in his regular rotation slot and what had been a scoreless contest slipped away.  The 18-year-old was tagged for 11 runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings.

Saniel Santana secured the sixth’s final out but not before giving up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a free pass while allowing an inherited runner to score.  Anthony Trompiz tossed two scoreless frames but Martin Cordova permitted a run on a hit and walk in the ninth.

The Cardinals generated seven hits with William Jimenez the only player with more than one.  The designated hitter singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Marlins (5-1), 12:00 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-1, 27.00)

Special for TCN members

The Cardinal Nation GCL reporter Paul Ivice shares details behind the Tuesday outings by  Thompson and Locey, including pitch selections and velocities.

Cardinals Draftees Thompson and Locey in Tuesday GCL Play


DSL Cardinals Blue 13 at DSL Orioles2 1

The first-place Cardinals Blue scored five times in the first inning and never looked back, trouncing the fourth-place Orioles2, 13-1.  The C-Blue (17-7) lead the South Division by a game over the Phillies Red.

The visitors’ balanced offense featured four players with two hits apiece:  third baseman Brandon Hernandez, designated hitter Gustavo A. Rodriguez, second baseman Carlos Arcia and outfielder Darlin Moquette.  Hernandez and Rodriguez did the most damage, as both players scored three runs with an RBI while Hernandez doubled once with a base-on-balls.  The team garnered 13 hits in all.

Venezuelan Gustavo J. Rodriguez produced a strong effort, holding the Orioles2 (14-10) to a single tally on six hits over a season-high six innings.  The 18-year-old struck out six.  Victor Villanueva (2 IP) and William Miranda (1 IP) fanned two each.

Wednesday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals Red 5 vs. DSL Rangers2 3

The C-Red capitalized on erratic pitching by their opponents to slip past the Rangers2, 5-3.  The sixth-place Cardinals Red (11-16) have won three straight but trail the Cubs2 by seven games in the San Pedro Division standings.

The home team was outhit by their guests, eight to five, but scored three of their five tallies on two wild pitches plus a hit batsman.  Right fielder Diowill Burgos got his team on the scoreboard with a solo bomb, one of his two hits in four at bats.  Three of the four free passes issued by the opposition resulted in runs scored.

Edgar Manzo struck out seven in five frames, limiting the Rangers2 to two runs, one earned, on six hits for his first professional win in two decisions.  Larimel Soriano yielded a tally on two hits during his two-inning stint before Augusto Calderon blanked his opponents over the final two innings for his first save as a professional.

Wednesday’s game:  at sixth-place DSL Rangers2 (11-16), 10:30 am ET, Miguel Yedis (0-2, 8.16)


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