Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 30, 2019

photo: Colin Schmid (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 2-3 in Monday’s short schedule. Peoria won behind Player of the Day Colin Schmid’s seven scoreless innings. Springfield came back multiple times with a trio of home runs, but lost in the 10th inning.

Results from games played Monday, July 29th.

Memphis off

The Triple-A Redbirds (45-62) entered Monday’s day off in a third/last-place tie with Nashville (TEX), trailing Iowa (CHC) by 12 games in the American Northern Division of the Pacific Coast League standings.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Albuquerque, 6:35 pm CT, Harold Arauz (6-2, 6.15)

Corpus Christi 7 at Springfield 6 (10 innings)

The S-Cards yielded an early lead, but pulled even twice, the last time on a dramatic two-run eighth-inning home run by Elehuris Montero before losing in the 10th in the rain-delayed contest, 7-6.

Springfield starter Tommy Parsons continued with his long-ball troubles, yielding five home runs and six total runs in 5 2/3 innings. Will Latcham, Jacob Patterson and Ronnie Williams combined for 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief before Bryan Dobzanski held the Hooks off the board in the ninth. However, he yielded a double in the 10th to score the runner placed at second and the Springfield offense was unable to answer.

Cardinals hitters fanned 14 times, went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Dylan Carlson was punched out three times, but also launched his league-leading 18th home run, scoring a pair. Justin Toerner reached base four times, on a solo home run, a single and two walks. The right fielder crossed home plate three times.

St. Louis third baseman Matt Carpenter went 0-for-3 with a walk to remain hitless on his two-stop rehab stint, which is now up to 16 at-bats over five games.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-6, 6.05)

Palm Beach off

The Beach Birds (13-26) headed into Monday’s off day in sixth and last place in the Florida State League South Division standings, 15 games behind Charlotte (TB).

Tuesday’s game:  at St. Lucie (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 3, Burlington 0

Colin Schmid (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria had great pitching and enough offense to shut out the Bees at Dozer Park, 3-0. The Chiefs improved to 10-26 in the second half and have won four of their last six while taking their first two series since the break.

The Chiefs got on the board in the first, as two leadoff walks were cashed in. RBIs were earned by Brady Whalen via a sac fly and via Imeldo Diaz’ double. A free pass and a single opened the fifth before Brendan Donovan scored on a missed catch error.

Player of the Day Colin Schmid was great. The starter tossed seven scoreless innings on just four singles and two walks with seven strikeouts. Allowing three baserunners but no runs over the final two innings, Leonardo Taveras picked up his first save.

The Peoria offense prevailed despite going 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranding 10. Second baseman Donovan reached base three times, with a double, triple and a walk and the number three hitter scored twice, though he also committed an error.  Catcher Alexis Wilson singled twice.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Burlington (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (3-7, 5.18)

State College off

Coming into Monday’s off day, State College (22-21) was tied for third place with Mahoning Valley (CLE), three games in back of Batavia (MIA) and a game behind West Virginia (PIT) in the Pinckney Division of the New York-Penn League.

Tuesday’s game:  at Vermont (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Junior Gonzalez (2-2, 6.46)

Johnson City off

Coming off three-game series sweep of Greeneville, Johnson City (21-17) was tied for first with Elizabethton (MIN) in the Appalachian League’s West Division standings.

Tuesday’s game:  at Princeton (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Michael YaSenka (1-1, 0.68)

GCL Nationals 6, Cardinals 3

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals (12-18) found themselves in a 6-0 hole after two innings and fell at Ballpark of the Palm Beaches to the Nationals on Monday, 6-3.

The first official mound appearance in the 13-month career of 2018 fourth-round draft pick Steven Gingery was very brief. The right-hander faced just four batters, with a strikeout, pop out, single and a walk on his ledger. With reliever Thomas Hart on the mound, an RBI single put a run up for the Nats and against Gingery, saddling the starter with the eventual loss.

Former outfielder Blake Drake couldn’t get an out in the second and was pulled with three already in and the bases loaded. Tyler Statler immediately issued two free passes, plating two runs charged to Drake.

Though the Cards outhit the home club 11-8, they couldn’t string them together and anxiously fanned 12 times. Outfielder Patrick Romeri led the offense with all three RBI, including a fourth-inning home run with a runner aboard and a run-scoring single in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game:  at Mets, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Nationals 5 at Cardinals Blue 3

In a scoreless duel through four, the visiting Nationals plated five runs in the fifth and sixth. The Blue brought in three in a ninth-inning comeback attempt, but fell short.

Blue starter Reinys Portillo (L, 2-4, 3.63) allowed just two hits through 4 2/3 innings, but walked five and was charged with three runs, all earned. The second hit, a two-run homer, sent Portillo to the showers. Juan Peralta followed and yielded the final two runs in the sixth. Americo Lugo fanned three and walked a batter in an otherwise perfect two-inning outing.

The Blue outhit their opponents 9-5, but went 4-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded eight. Outfielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez singled, doubled and scored, as the only Cardinal who hit for extra bases. First baseman Fernando Diaz singled twice, drove in one and scored another. Leadoff man and second baseman Elvin DeJesus singled, stole his ninth base of the season and collected the other RBI.

Tuesday’s game:  vs. Mets1, 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 3, Phillies White 2

Luis Andujar’s sacrifice fly, scoring Sander Mora (who reached via a walk) broke a 2-2 tie in the eighth and provided the Cardinals Red their one-run margin of victory over the visiting Phillies White on Monday. The win broke an eight-game losing skid for the 18-31 Red.

After falling behind 1-0 in the second, the Red captured the lead with single runs in the third and fourth, but the Phils answered in the fifth with a run against reliever Miguel Yedis to knot the score. Starter Hancel Rincon yielded just two hits in the first four innings, but also issued four free passes and threw a wild pitch. Worse, the Phils ran often against Cardinals catcher Jesus Orecchia, with five steals, three while Rincon was in, and two more with Yedis on the mound. Orecchia also nailed two other Phils trying to steal.

17-year old reliever Brayan Ramirez collected the win, his first as a professional, after pitching two scoreless innings on a hit, a walk and a strikeout.

Despite just five hits, the Red offense drew seven free passes. DH Erick Thomas reached base three times with a pair of singles and a walk. He drove in one, as did shortstop Bryan Matute (double). The Red had trouble on the bases as Mora and Thomas were caught stealing and Matute was picked off.

Tuesday’s game:  at Phillies White, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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