Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 4, 2019

photo: Jacob Schlesener (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

It was a 2-6 Wednesday for the St. Louis Cardinals farm system. There were narrow defeats for Memphis, Peoria, and Johnson City, and shellackings for Palm Beach, the Gulf Coast Cards, and the DSL Red squad. The victories went to Springfield in walkoff style, and to State College, which was led by co-Players of the Day David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener, who compiled seven total bases and a dozen strikeouts, respectively.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 3rd.

New Orleans 4 at Memphis 3

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Memphis fell to 35-51 overall, including a dismal 14-31 at home, with Wednesday night’s loss to the Baby Cakes at AutoZone Park. Randy Arozarena added three hits including a double to his current rampage (19 hits in his last seven games) and drove in a pair, but it wasn’t quite enough as Memphis was shut out over the final six frames. Third baseman Max Schrock also singled twice and doubled, and again like Arozarena, was left stranded by his teammates each time. Baserunning undid the Redbirds in general as Kramer Robertson was thrown out stealing second, Adolis Garcia was picked off third, and Arozarena was gunned down at the plate.

Jake Woodford started and took the loss Monday, surrendering all four runs in five innings. The 22-year-old righty walked five and struck out four, and gave up two gopher balls. Chasen Shreve and Chris Beck pitched a shutout inning apiece and Chris Ellis had two spotless stanzas, but the four runs were one too many to overcome.

Thursday’s game: at Iowa, Mike Hauschild (0-2, 10.38) 7:08 CT.

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Springfield 6, Tulsa 5

Despite being outhit 13-to-9, Springfield upped its second half ledger to 6-7 with a 6-5 walk-off win over the Drillers late Wednesday night at Hammons Field. Catcher Jose Godoy had the club’s only multi-hit night as he singled twice, doubled, and drew a walk, and center fielder Dylan Carlson popped his 13th homer, a long one, and drew two free passes, to spearhead the S-Cards attack. The winning run was scored by Alberto Triunfel on Yariel Gonzalez’ dramatic two-out single.

Struggling lefty Evan Kruczynski started and was cuffed around for 11 hits and four runs in 5 1/3 innings before turning the ball over to Ronnie Williams, who was dandy for 1 2/3 hitless innings, fanning two and walking one. Getting the win was Roel Ramirez, who continued his excellent pitching of the past few weeks. The righty faced four men and struck out three, and over his last seven outings (all scoreless) he has twirled 12 1/3 innings, permitted four hits and two walks, and fanned 23 men.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.47) 5:30 CT.

Lakeland 6 at Palm Beach 0

Ramon Santos (St. Louis Cardinals)

Palm Beach dropped its second-half record to 4-10 with a 6-0 whitewashing at the hands of the Lakeland Flying Tigers at Roger Dean Stadium Wednesday evening. After being held scoreless in the two-game Charlotte series, the Beach Birds plated just two runs over the three home games against Lakeland, but still managed to win one.

Righty Edgar Gonzalez was Wednesday’s starter and losing hurler, needing 74 pitches to navigate three innings. The 22-year-old allowed six runs, four earned, on eight hits and four free passes. Ramon Santos and Ben Yokley provided yeoman bullpen work, combining for six shutout innings and permitting just three baserunners in total while fanning five, but the offense was again MIA.

First baseman Luken Baker and backstop Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for the Beach Birds, singling twice each (there were nine hits, none for extra bases). Designated hitter Nick Plummer singled, stole a base, and drew two of his team’s three walks. The soon-to-be-23-year-old lifted his season slash line to .157/.296/.257. Top prospect Nolan Gorman went 1-for-5 with two strikeouts.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers, Griffin Roberts (0-3, 6.91) 6:00 CT.

Kane County 5 at Peoria 4

Parker Kelly (Bret Jacomet photo)

Peoria (now 3-10 for the second half) took a two-run lead into the eighth inning but couldn’t hold on, losing 5-4 at home to Kane County. Second sacker Edwin Figuera singled three times to lead the Chiefs, and third baseman Juan Yepez provided the other multi-hit game with two singles plus a base on balls.

Franyel Casadilla started and went 5 2/3 innings, yielding two runs on eight hits and a walk. Righty Parker Kelly was excellent in relief again, going 2 1/3 and whiffing four while walking none. The 22-year-old did permit one run on three safeties, as his ERA rose to 1.56 across 17 1/3 innings, with an exceptional 19-to-2 strikeout/walk ratio. The blown save and loss went to southpaw Eli Kraus, who allowed two runs in the ninth inning on a free pass and pair of base hits.

Thursday’s game: at Clinton, Michael Baird (0-0, 0.00) 6:30 CT.

State College 6 at Batavia 4

David Vinsky and Jacob Schlesener (State College Spikes)

Behind three hits and three RBI from co-Player of the Day David Vinsky, State College improved to 11-8 with a 6-4 road win over Batavia. Batting leadoff and manning center field, Vinsky singled, doubled, and mashed his first professional homer, increasing his OPS to 1.111 in his first four games with the Spikes. Left fielder Jonatan Machado (two singles) and catcher Carlos Soto (single, double) provided multi-hit support.

Starting pitcher and co-Player of the Day Jacob Schlesener fanned a dozen Muckdogs in six strong innings to earn the win. The lefty yielded one earned run on just two hits and two walks, though he did toss a pair of wild pitches and hit a batter. Three 2019 draftees excelled in relief, as Connor Lunn (11th round) and Eric Lex (27th) twirled a shutout inning apiece in relief, and dazzling righty Logan Gragg bailed out lefty Fabian Blanco in the ninth inning to close the win. Drafted last month in the eighth round out of Oklahoma State, the 20-year-old Gragg entered with two on and one out, and whiffed the next two men on six pitches.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, Andre Pallante (1-0, 0.00) 6:05 CT.

Greeneville 6 at Johnson City 5 (10 innings)

Terry Fuller (St. Louis Cardinals)

Johnson City led after seven innings but couldn’t hold on, going down to defeat at home to Greeneville by a 6-5 score in 10 innings. The Cardinals (now 9-5 on the year) had only one multi-hit game, from designated hitter Victor Garcia, and drew only one walk, from leadoff man Jhon Torres, as they failed to protect three different leads during the course of the game. Right fielder Terry Fuller had a triple and gunned a runner trying to stretch a single to end the Greeneville half of the ninth inning.

Righty starter Dalton Roach went 7 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on six hits and a walk. The 23-year-old threw 88 pitches and induced 11 groundouts on the night. The loss was absorbed by Tyler Peck, who fanned three men in two innings but conceded the deciding (unearned) run in the 10th frame.

Thursday’s game: at Bluefield, Will Guay (0-0, 6.35), 5:30 CT.

GCL Marlins 8, GCL Cardinals 2

William Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The struggles of the GCL Cardinals continued as the club fell to 1-6 with an 8-2 beat down by the home GCL Marlins early Wednesday afternoon. Ludwin Jimenez was the starter and loser for the G-Cards, as the 17-year-old allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and three free passes across five innings. The Dominican righty has now pitched five innings in five of six starts in 2019. No one distinguished himself in relief, though Wilman Madera did fan his only man.

Center fielder and leadoff hitter William Jimenez provided the sole multi-hit effort of the day with a single and triple, and gunned a runner at third base for good measure. The 23-year-old Dominican received offensive support from 18-year-old second baseman Ramon Mendoza, who went 1-for-2 and walked twice. Designated hitter Tre Fletcher was hitless, but only fanned once for the first time as a professional. Fletcher now has 12 strikeouts in 27 at-bats — but is nevertheless batting .296 with an .840 OPS.

Thursday’s games: vs. GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 9:00 a.m. CT. Second game to follow, also pitcher TBA.

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

Playing in a division with an uneven number of teams, the DSL Cardinals Blue had a scheduled day off Wednesday. The 17-7 Blue hold a half-game division lead.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Rangers2 9, DSL Cardinals Red 3

The DSL Cardinals Red affiliate dropped to 11-17 by being blown out 9-3 at the home of the DSL Rangers2. The Red could muster only two hits and three walks on the day, with 17-year-old center fielder Endri Salas doubling and scoring and plating a run. Second baseman and leadoff batter Sander Mora was the only man to reach safely twice, singling and drawing a walk.

Miguel Yedis was the starter and loser for the Red, leaving him 0-3 on the season. The 18-year-old Dominican allowed four runs, three earned, in four frames. He gave up six hits, walked three, tossed a pair of wild pitches, and fanned just one. Stellar bullpen work was provided by 18-year-old Venezuelan righty Luis Garcia, who whiffed three of the six men he faced.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Brewers, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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