Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 6, 2019

photo: Jonatan Machado (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is State College center fielder Jonatan Machado, who went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored in the Spikes’ big win. Memphis and Springfield fell in similar ways as Thursday. The Redbirds’ pen stumble negated Edmundo Sosa’s grand slam and the S-Cards were shut out again.

Results for games played Friday, July 5.

Memphis 8 at Iowa 9

Edmundo Sosa (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

For the second consecutive night in Des Moines, the Redbirds were edged by the Cubs due to a late-inning relief stumble. It was a slugfest early on, with the score 7-7 through three innings.  Memphis got on the board first with a run in the top of the first on a double by Adolis Garcia.  The Cubs answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

A six-run second for Memphis gave them the 7-2 lead.  Lane Thomas led off with a single. Irving Lopez and Kramer Robertson each drew a walk to load the bases.  Pitcher Austin Warner reached on a fielder’s choice and Thomas scored.  Edmundo Sosa blasted a grand slam to left center field.  Garcia and Andrew Knizner each singled, and Garcia scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs added three runs in the bottom of the second and two runs in the third to knot the game.  That 7-7 score held until the top of the sixth, when Randy Arozarena thumped an RBI double to give Memphis the 8-7 lead.  Arozarena has hit safely in nine straight starts.  The Cubs came back with two runs in eighth to take the final 9-8 edge.

Garcia, Knizner and Thomas each had two hits.  Sosa’s grand slam was his only hit for the evening.

Starter Austin Warner pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, six earned, on eight hits.  The left hander struck out four and walked four. Seth Elledge got the last out of the fifth.  Rehabber Mike Mayers and Junior Fernandez combined for the next two scoreless relief innings.  Chris Ellis surrendered two runs in the eighth and was charged with both the blown save and the loss.

Thomas stole his ninth base of the season.  Arozarena was caught stealing for the second time. Robertson committed three errors, two throwing and one fielding.

Memphis is 35-53 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 16 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Iowa, Harold Arauz (3-2, 6.75) 7:08 CT.

Springfield 0 at Arkansas 3

Angel Rondon (Palm Beach Cardinals)

On Friday, the Cardinals were blanked by Travelers pitching in Little Rock for the second straight night.  The Springfield offense was held to one meager hit, a single by Rayder Ascanio, after getting just two hits in Thursday’s shutout loss.  They were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left six on base.

Starter Angel Rondon pitched six innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits.  It was a quality start for Rondon, unsupported by his offense.  Rondon fanned five and walked five.  Bryan Dobzanski pitched a scoreless seventh and Kodi Whitley added a scoreless eighth.

Justin Toerner stole his fourth base of the season.  Yariel Gonzalez committed a throwing error, and Zach Kirtley had a fielding miscue.

The Cardinals are 6-9 in the first half, 36-49 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-4, 6.59) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 4 (seven innings, Game 1)

Nick Dunn (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Miracle in the first game of a doubleheader in Fort Myers on Friday.   The scoreless Cardinal offense scattered six hits, highlighted by two doubles from second sacker Nick Dunn.  Dunn was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.  Singles from Julio Rodriguez, Nick Plummer, Juan Yepez, and Imeldo Diaz rounded out the meager offense.

Starter Griffin Roberts lost his fourth game of the season, pitching 4 2/3 innings and giving up four runs, one earned, on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked three.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.

Dunn committed three errors, one fielding and two throwing.  Diaz made a throwing error.  Rodriguez had a passed ball.

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 7 (seven innings, Game 2)

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals were losers on both ends of the Friday twin bill, but lost Game 2 with some offense. After falling behind early 6-0, the Beach Birds rallied for three runs in the later innings.  In the fifth, Nick Plummer drew a leadoff walk and Juan Yepez doubled to center.  Imeldo Diaz then singled to left, scoring Plummer and Yepez.

Fort Myers scored in the sixth to make it 7-2.  In the seventh, Nick Dunn plated a run on a sac fly for the final run of the game.

Diaz and Nolan Gorman each had two hits.

Starter Zach Prendergast pitched 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two.  Edgar Escobar tossed 3 1/3 scoreless relief innings.  Cole Aker allowed one run in the sixth.

Diaz and Yepez each made throwing errors.

Palm Beach is 4-12 in the second half and 39-41 overall.  The Cardinals are in last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 5:00 CT.

Peoria 1 at Clinton 4

Brady Whalen (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs fell to the LumberKings in Clinton on Friday.  Peoria’s offense managed only one run on three hits.  It came in the top of the fourth, for a temporary 1-0 lead.  Delvin Perez was hit by a pitch and scored on a double by Brady Whalen.  Whalen’s double was the only extra base hit.  Edwin Figuera and Alexis Wilson each singled.

Starter Kyle Leahy pitched six innings and gave up four runs on nine hits.  The right hander fanned six and walked one.  Tony Locey and Freddy Pacheco each pitched a scoreless inning of relief.

Perez committed a throwing error.

The Chiefs are 3-12 in the second half, 33-51 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Burlington, Colin Schmid (3-3, 5.16) 6:30 CT.

State College 13 at Mahoning Valley 6

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Spikes gave Mahoning Valley a shellacking in a game on the road on Friday.  The Spikes offense put up three runs in the top of the first.  RBI doubles by Moises Castillo and Pedro Pages plated two and Stanley Espinal singled to score Pages. State College increased the lead to 4-0 in the second on a double by Player of the Day Jonatan Machado.

The Snappers added a run in the home second.  The Spike answered with a five-run top of the third.  The first two runs scored on a passed ball and a wild pitch. Martin Figueroa doubled to plate a run, and Luis Flores tripled to drive in another.  Machado hit a sac fly for the fifth run in the inning.

Mahoning Valley scored two in the bottom of the third.  The Spikes took the 9-3 lead into the sixth, when Matt Duce drew a bases loaded walk and Dariel Gomez doubled to plate two.

The Snappers added two runs in the bottom of the sixth and one score in the bottom of the seventh to decrease the lead to 12-6.  In the top of the ninth, Pages plated the final run on a sac fly.

Machado and Flores each had three hits.  Pages and Espinal both had two knocks.

The Spikes are 13-8 and are in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Mahoning Valley, Jeremy Randolph (0-0, 3.52) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City at Bluefield (postponed)

The 10-5 Cardinals game at Bluefield was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Saturday.

Saturday’s games:  at Bluefield, Jose Moreno (1-1, 9.28)/Francisco Justo (2-0, 1.10) 3:00 CT

GCL Cardinals 14 at GCL Mets 7

Patrick Romeri (IMG Academy)

The Cardinals blew past the Mets with an abundance of offense.  A four-run first inning put the team in the driver’s seat.  The first run scored on a ground out off the bat of Luis Montano.  A three-run home run by Patrick Romeri followed.  Trejyn Fletcher thumped a two-run home run in the second inning for a 6-1 lead.

A wild pitch added a Cardinals run in the fourth, following two runs by the Mets in the top of the inning.  The score became 8-3 in the fifth with a run scoring on Zade Richardson’s double.

The Cardinals poured it on in the seventh.  Pablo Gomez hit a sac fly and one run scored, followed by a second run on a fielding error.  Franklin Soto doubled to plate two, and Luis Montano also contributed a two run double. The Cardinals led 14-4.  The Mets added a run in the eighth and two in the ninth, but the rally fell short.

Soto had three hits, and Romeri had two.

Cardinals starter Nathanael Heredia pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on three hits.  The left hander struck out seven and walked three.  Anthony Green followed with two scoreless innings of relief.  Saniel Santana surrendered one run in the eighth, and Wilman Madera allowed two scores in the ninth.  Heredia earned his first win.

The GCL Cardinals are 2-8 on the season and are in last place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals Red 9, DSL Brewers 11

The Cardinals Red lost a close one against the Brewers on Friday.  The Red offense took an early 3-0 lead in the second.   The scoring began with a bases loaded walk by Jesus Orrechia.  The second run came home on a ground ball double play by Bryan Matute.  A wild pitch sent in the third run.

The Brewers quickly took the lead with a six-run third inning.  Diowill Burgos hit a sac fly in the bottom of the third to reduce the lead to 6-4.  The Brewers added one in the fifth and two in the sixth for a 9-4 lead.  The Cardinals answered with a run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the sixth.

In the seventh, the Brewers went up 11-5.  In the bottom frame, the Cardinals responded with a score on a fielding error.  A wild pitch run in the eighth brought the score to 11-7.  A ninth inning two run home run by Orrechia decreased the lead to 11-9, but the Cardinals failed to add more and suffered the two run loss.

Inoa was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, with two.

Red starter Angel Cuenca pitched three innings and gave up six runs, two earned, on seven hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Oliver Lopez surrendered three runs, two earned, in 2 1/3 relief innings.  Hemerson Cordero allowed two runs in his 2 2/3 innings.  Larimel Soriano tossed a scoreless ninth.

Albert Inoa, Smith Vargas, Endri Salas, and Roblin Heredia each stole a base.  Inoa committed a fielding error, and Luis Andujar had a throwing miscue.

The Cardinals Red are 12-18 and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Tigers1, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue roared past the Yankees on Friday.  A big second inning put the Cardinals on top and the pitching did the rest.

An RBI single by Leudy Pena put the Cardinals on the board first.  The Yankees tied it in the bottom of the first, but the Cardinals responded with a six-run second inning.  It began with a bases loaded walk by Darlyn Del Villar.  Gustavo A. Rodriguez then knocked a ground ball single that plated two.  Pena doubled in a run and Brandon Hernandez drove in Rodriguez on a single.  Pena scored on a wild pitch for the final run of the inning.

The Yankees added two runs in the third inning to bring the score to 7-3.  In the top of the fifth, Elvin De Jesus and Handel Otamendi each singled to drive in a run.  Then in the seventh the Blue added two more scores on a triple by De Jesus and a fielding error on a ground ball to short by Del Villar.  The Yankees scored one in the bottom of the ninth, but the victory was in hand.

De Jesus, Del Villar, Otamendi, and Pena each had two hits.

Blue starter Yordy Richard pitched five innings and gave up three runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out three and walked one.  Luis Tena tossed two scoreless relief innings.  In his professional debut, Hansel Marcelino added a scoreless eighth with a strikeout.  Cristoffer Zapata allowed one run in the ninth.  Richard earned his first win.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 18-8 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBA 9:00 am CT.

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