Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 31, 2019

photo: Brady Whalen (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On Tuesday, the St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-4. Players of the Day are Peoria first baseman Brady Whalen, with five RBI on a double and a grand slam, and Johnson City starter Michael YaSenka, who spun six scoreless innings.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 30th.

Memphis 6 vs. Albuquerque 3

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A six-run fifth inning was all the Redbirds (46-62) needed to fly past the Isotopes, 6-3, in the series opener at AutoZone Park.

The frame was highlighted by home runs from Joe Hudson and Edmundo Sosa.  The long balls came with one and two runners aboard, respectively, accounting for five of the six runs and two of the team’s five hits.

Harold Arauz (W, 7-2) gave up seven hits and four walks over five innings, resulting in two tallies.  Four relievers tossed one frame apiece, beginning with Jose Cruz and Chasen Shreve, who each faced the minimum, with the latter striking out the side.  However, Domenic Leone was touched for a long ball, one of his two hits permitted.  Junior Fernandez navigated around a hit and walk for his first Triple-A save.

In his first rehab outing, Marcell Ozuna went 1-for-3, an RBI single, before departing in the fifth inning.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Albuquerque (45-63) (COL), 6:35 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (2-3, 4.98)

Corpus Christi 11 at Springfield 4

A massive eighth-inning meltdown by the Springfield bullpen left the S-Cards (20-18) with an 11-4 loss to the Hooks (19-19) and a split of the four-game home set.

Evan Kruczynski (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield began the eighth after taking a fairly comfortable 4-1 advantage, but that flipped to an 11-4 crater three outs and three pitchers later.  Mitchell Osnowitz yielded three runs on three hits, with two of the runners scoring under Jacob Patterson’s watch.  Patterson (L, 6-5) (BS, 3) did not retire a batter, giving up a hit and two free passes. All three of his runs allowed scored with Connor Jones on the mound.  Two of the four hits and one walk permitted by Jones were home runs, leading to the righty being charged with four tallies.

Evan Kruczynski struck out seven over the first five innings, yielding a run on four hits and three walks.  Merandy Gonzalez retired all six batters faced.

The S-Cards mustered four runs on just five hits, with three of the tallies coming in the seventh.  Yariel Gonzalez was the only player with a multi-hit effort, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in.  Irving Lopez’ only hit in four at bats was his fourth triple of the season, and the second baseman crossed home twice.

Matt Carpenter continued to struggle in his rehab, going 0-for-2 with a walk. This stretched his minor league streak to 21 at-bats without a hit.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 9

Ivan Herrera (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach (13-27) opened a three-game series at St. Lucie with a 9-3 loss.

Edgar Gonzalez (L, 6-13) could not finish the fourth, permitting eight runs, seven earned, on nine hits, five walks and a plunked batter.  Ben Yokley inherited a bases-loaded/one-out jam and allowed two of three inherited runners to touch home.  The righty allowed a hit and walk in 1 2/3 innings.

Zach Prendergast tossed a scoreless sixth before handing the ball off to Ramon Santos.  Santos was tagged for a run on two hits and three free passes against five outs recorded. Infielder Zack Gahagan recorded the eighth’s final out, leaving Santos’ final two runners aboard.

Two of the visitors’ three scores were generated by solo shots off the bats of Scott Hurst and Ivan Herrera, the latter in his Palm Beach debut.  Hurst went 2-for-4 as did Nick Dunn while Herrera went 1-for-3 with a bomb and sac fly.  Palm Beach had eight hits in all.

Wednesday’s game:  at St. Lucie (26-15) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (1-3, 3.00)

Peoria 11 vs. Kane County 7

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

Peoria (11-26) rode a 17-hit explosion to an 11-7 victory over the Cougars in the first of their four-game set at Dozer Park.

All nine starters got into the action, beginning with Jonatan Machado and Brendan Donovan, who had three hits each.  Machado went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, and Donovan singled three times in four at bats with a walk, run scored and two knocked in.

But the most productive performance came from co-Player of the Day Brady Whalen, who went 2-for-5 with a double and grand slam accounting for one of his two runs scored and all four of his RBIs.  Delvin Perez, Carlos Soto and Brandon Riley also had two hits apiece, with Diaz and Riley both doubling once.

That was more than enough offense for Michael Brettell (W, 4-7), who permitted five runs on nine hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings.  Three of the five tallies were generated by a first-inning blast.

Evan Sisk retired seven batters but not before giving up two tallies on four hits and two hit batsmen.  Eli Kraus faced the minimum in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Kane County (25-12) (ARI), 6:35 pm CT, Connor Thomas (2-0, 2.00)

Vermont 9 at State College 3

Pedro Pages (State College Spikes)

The Spikes (22-22) could not overcome their staff’s subpar pitching in their 9-3 defeat to the Lake Monsters in the home series opener.

Two of the three runs surrendered by Junior Gonzalez (L, 2-3) in 3 1/3 frames were produced by a long ball, one of the six hits and three walks yielded.  The righty also plunked a batter.

Jeremy Randolph fared even more poorly, permitting five runs on five hits and two walks, including a two-run bomb.  Hector Villalobos was charged with an unearned tally on a hit, base-on-balls and hit batsman while retiring five batters.

Eric Lex entered the eighth with Villalobos’ last runner on base and none out.  The right-hander could not work around a fielder’s choice/throwing error by first baseman Dariel Gomez, which allowed Villalobos’ runner to score.  Lex issued one free pass over the last two frames, retiring his last five batters.

The Spikes managed six hits, including two by catcher Pedro Pages, who singled and doubled in four at bats.  Right fielder Terry Fuller went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored while Matt Duce’s double, his only hit on four at bats, knocked in Andrew Warner (single).

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Vermont (17-27) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Enmanuel Solano (1-5, 4.47)

Johnson City 10 at Princeton 0

Michael YaSenka (Robert Kell)

Johnson City (22-17) scored early and late as they shellacked Princeton, 10-0, in the road series opener.

The JC-Cards led 3-0 after three then added another seven scores over the last four frames.  The offensive onslaught featured 13 hits, paced by Malcom Nunez and Kevin Vargas with three hits apiece.  Nunez went 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI while Vargas doubled once in four at bats and crossed home once.

Eight of the team’s 10 runs came via long balls by Chandler Redmond (two-run bomb), Aaron Antonini (solo shot), Zach Jackson (two-run blast) and Todd Lott (three-run home run),  Lott added a single to his home run in five at bats, touching home once and driving in four.

Co-Player of the Day Michael YaSenka (W, 2-1) tossed an impressive effort, blanking Princeton on five hits in six innings.  Wilberto Rivera struck out four in three frames, issuing one free pass, for his first save.

Wednesday’s game:  at Princeton (18-21) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Luis Ortiz (0-0, 4.50)

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Mets 1

Connor Coward

A ninth-inning meltdown by the GCL Mets (17-13) handed the Gulf Cardinals a 3-1 victory.

Trailing 1-0 with three outs to give, the Gulf Birds (13-18) scored three unearned runs, thanks to one of five Mets’ bobbles plus two wild pitches and a hit batsman.  Patrick Romeri reached on a throwing error by the Mets shortstop and raced to third on Diowill Burgos’ third GCL double.

An intentional free pass to Freddy De Jesus jammed the sacks full with two away and cued the entrance of a new Mets reliever.  The first tally scored after pinch hitter Luis Montano was plunked, forcing Romeri in.  Consecutive wild pitches then brought Burgos and Joerlin De Los Santos across home, with De Los Santos pinch running for De Jesus.

The final frame theatrics made a winner out of Connor Coward, who tossed three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.  Nathanael Heredia scattered six hits and three walks over the first six frames, yielding a run, hitting one batter and picking off another two.

The visitors managed just four hits overall, two by Romeri, who singled twice in four at bats.  Burgos added a walk to his double in three at bats but was unsuccessful in his only stolen base attempt.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals Blue 7 vs. DSL Mets1 1

Strong team-wide offense and pitching by the Cardinals Blue (29-15) resulted in a 7-1 win over the DSL Mets1 (23-22).

Eight of nine C-Blue starters garnered at least one of the squad’s 12 hits with six touching home a minimum of once.  Catcher Luis Rodriguez led the charge, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and another knocked in.  Designated hitter Jose Zapata and second baseman Elvin De Jesus had two hits apiece. Zapata singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring twice while De Jesus went 2-for-5 with a run scored and his 10th stolen base of 2019.

The home team’s mound effort was spearheaded by Engels Martinez, who fanned five over 4 2/3 frames, permitting a run on three hits, two walks and a hit batsman.  A trio of relievers held the Mets1 scoreless the rest of the way:  Allinson Benitez (1 1/3 IP), William Miranda (2 IP) and Victor Villanueva (1 IP) with Benitez picking up his first win of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red (33-12), 10:30 am ET, Gustavo J Rodriguez (3-0, 1.13)

DSL Cardinals Red 6 at DSL Phillies White 7 (10)

Late stumbles by the Cardinals Reds bullpen and defense left them with a 7-6 walk-off loss in 10 innings to the Phillies White (29-21).

With the Red up 6-5 with three outs to go, Ramon Fernandez (L, 2-3) (BS,2) surrendered a double to his first batter followed by a run-scoring throwing error on catcher Jesus Orecchia that sent the game into extras.  It was déjà vu all over again in the home half of the 10th after Fernandez allowed a single to his first batter that moved the initial runner to third.  A throwing error by third baseman Erik Pena enabled the run to score.

The Cardinals Red (18-32) generated nine hits with first baseman Luis Andujar going 3-for-4 including two doubles, a run scored and two knocked in.  Pena reached base three times, singling twice in four at bats with a free pass and touching home twice.  Designated hitter Roblin Heredia went 2-for-5 with two RBIs and joined Pena plus two of their teammates by stealing five bases in all.

Edgar Manzo pitched the first four innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks.  Hemerson Cordero and Luis Garcia both tossed two frames. Cordero permitted a run on two hits before Garcia worked around two hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Cubs2 (31-19), 10:30 am ET, Yonael Dominguez (1-0, 3.65) or Angel Cuenca (4-1, 1.65)

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