Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 7, 2018

photo: Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 5-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Lane Thomas, who was 3-for-4 with a three-run home run and four RBI in Springfield’s win over Frisco.

Results for games played Friday, July 6.

Memphis 4, Omaha 2

Daniel Poncedeleon (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

At AutoZone Park, the Redbirds were victorious over the Storm Chasers of Omaha on Friday.  Starter Daniel Poncedeleon won his eighth game of the season, after pitching six innings and giving up one unearned run on two hits.  The PCL All-Star struck out seven and walked three.  Matt Bowman, rehabber Tyler Lyons and Andrew Morales each added a scoreless inning, with Morales earning his second save.

The Redbirds offense put two runs on the board in the second inning on Max Schrock’s ground out and Wilfredo Tovar’s single.  Memphis added another run in the third on a Carson Kelly single.  Adolis Garcia’s solo home run in the sixth was the final Redbird run.  Garcia went 3-for-4. Kelly and Tovar were each 2-for-4.

Oscar Mercado stole his 22nd base in 30 attempts.  Kelly made a throwing error and Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 54-34 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Omaha, Chris Ellis (1-0, 4.26) 6:35 CT.

Springfield 9, Frisco 8

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals defeated Frisco on Friday on a late-inning rally in front of the home crowd.  Neither team scored until the fourth inning, when Frisco put up three runs and the Cardinals answered with three, via Lane Thomas’ three-run home run.  Springfield added four more in the sixth to come within one run of the RoughRiders.  Thomas singled in one and Evan Mendoza doubled in another.  Johan Mieses singled to plate a third run, and the fourth run scored on a hit by pitch of Ramon Urias.  The Cardinals added two in the eighth to take the lead and the win when Mieses hit a two-run home run.  Thomas went 3-for-4 with four RBI and two runs scored.  Mieses was 2-for-4, Tommy Edman was 2-for-5.

Starter Austin Warner pitched five innings and gave up six runs on eight hits.  Warner struck out six and walked three.  Ramon Santos allowed two runs in one inning of relief.  Yeison Medina, Luke Gregerson, and Will Latcham each pitched a scoreless inning.  Gregerson was the winning pitcher, Latcham picked up his first Double-A save.

Blake Drake committed a throwing error and Andrew Knizner had a passed ball.  Mieses had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 36-49 overall, 3-12 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Midland, Sam Tewes (0-2, 6.75) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 5, Florida 6

Dylan Carlson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Palm Beach suffered a one-run home defeat to Florida on Friday.

The Cardinals scored first with a run in both the second and third innings, when Brian O’Keefe singled one in and the other scored on a force out.  In the fourth, Danny Hudzina singled in a run, and a Kramer Robertson double play ground out plated a second run in the inning.  The fifth and final Palm Beach run came on Dylan Carlson’s single in the seventh.  O’Keefe and Carlson were both 2-for-5.  Andy Young was 2-for-4.

Starter Casey Meisner pitched five innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  Meisner struck out eight and walked two.  Jacob Patterson added two innings of relief, surrendered two runs and was charged with a blown save.  Robbie Gordon took the final two innings and allowed two more.  Gordon was also charged with a blown save and took the loss.

Chase Pinder was picked off first base.

The Cardinals are 46-33 overall and 7-8 in the second half to put them tied for second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   vs. Florida, Diego Cordero (0-0, 3.00) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 2 at Wisconsin 1

Alex Fagalde (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs edged the Timber Rattlers in Wisconsin on Friday.  Starter Alex Fagalde pitched seven innings, giving up one run on two hits while fanning five and walking one.  Bryan Dobzanski and Kodi Whatley each tossed a scoreless inning of relief.  Whitley earned his third save of the season.

The Chiefs offense scored one run in both the first and second innings.  After Irving Lopez doubled to lead off the game, Rayder Ascanio drove him in on a bunt single.  The other run scored on a wild pitch.  Lopez had the only extra base hit for the Chiefs.

Nick Plummer stole his eighth base in 11 attempts.  Ascanio was caught stealing for the third time in five tries.

The Chiefs are 48-36 overall and are 9-5 in the second half for second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Wisconsin, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 10.13) 6:35 CT.

State College 2 at Auburn 4

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes fell behind early and could not catch up, leading to a Friday defeat at the home of the Auburn Doubledays on Friday.  Imeldo Diaz’ a solo home run in the fifth scored the first Spikes run.  The other came in the final frame on Nick Dunn’s single.  No Spike had multiple hits.

ake Dahlberg suffered his first loss of the season despite making a quality start.  Dahlberg pitched six innings, giving up three runs on four hits.  Gabe Gentner followed with two innings of relief and surrendered one additional run.

Stanley Espinal made a throwing error.

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

Saturday’s game:  at Batavia, Chris Holba (1-1, 2.35) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City at Bristol (postponed)

The Cardinals’ Friday game at the Bristol Pirates was postponed due to rain.

It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Monday, August 6 when Johnson City returns to Boyce Cox Field.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Pulaski, TBA 6:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals 14, GCL Nationals 7 (seven innings)

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

The Cardinals overwhelmed the Nationals in a rain-shortened game on Friday.

The Gulf Birds scored in bunches in three innings.  In the first, the Cardinals put up four runs.  The first run came on Josh Shaw’s double and he came in on a walk by Raffy Ozuna.  Joe Freiday plated a run on a sac fly.  Kevin Vargas drew a bases-loaded walk that scored the fourth run.  In the second inning, Victor Garcia hit a two run single.  The third run in the inning came home on Freiday’s ground out.

The offense put up six more runs in the fifth. Two scored on hit by pitches.  Andrew Warner added a three-run double.  Zach Gahagan’s sac fly plated another.  The Cardinals added a final run in the seventh on a passed ball.  Warner went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored.  Shaw and Garcia were both 2-for-3.

Starter Brian Pirela pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two for his second win.  Jose Geronimo went the final 1 1/3 innings and surrendered three runs.

Vargas made a fielding error and Gahagan had a missed catch error.

The Cardinals are 11-4 on the season and are in first place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s games:  vs. GCL Mets, TBA/TBA 9:00 am CT. (doubleheader)

DSL Cardinals Blue 12, DSL Twins 11

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In a high-scoring contest on Friday, the Cardinals Blue squeaked by the Twins.  The Blue team scored eight of their 12 runs in the first two innings.  The first inning featured Malcom Nunez’ RBI double, and a three-run triple by Leudy Pena.  The offense put up four more runs in the second on a Nunez fielder’s choice, Jean Selmo’s double, and a throwing error that allowed two runs to score.  In the sixth, a wild pitch brought a run home.  Selmo added a two-run home run in the seventh.  The winning run was driven in on Pena’s single in the ninth.  Selmo went 3-for-4 with three RBI and four runs scored.  Carlos Soler was also 3-for-4.  Nunez and Pena were 2-for-5.  Darlin Moquete was 2-for-4.

Blue starter Angel Cuenca pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs, five earned on eight hits.  Anthony Trompiz followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.   Luis Tena took the seventh and allowed three runs, two earned and took a blown save.  Freddy Pacheco pitched the final two innings and surrendered two runs.  He was also charged with a blown save, but also got the win.

Sander Mora stole his seventh base in nine attempts.  Soler was caught stealing for the fourth time in seven tries.  Moquete was caught stealing for the second time in seven attempts.  Mora and Freddy DeJesus each committed fielding errors.

The Cardinals Blue are 20-10 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Phillies Red, TBA 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 7 at DSL Cubs2 8

The Cardinals Red were edged by the Cubs2 on Friday.  Starter Jose Moreno pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on seven hits.   Gabriel Contreras followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief and surrendered three additional runs.  Rodard Avelino was the losing pitcher, he took the eighth, and started the ninth.  Avelino gave up one run and left with no outs and two men on.   Jhon Victorino gave up the double that scored the walk off run, which was charged to Avelino.

The Red team got on the board in the first inning on a single by Luis Montano.  Yowelfy Rosario hit a solo home run in the third.  Francisco Hernandez plated a run on a double in the sixth.   In the seventh, two runs came home on walks by Cristhian Longa and Montano.   A Rosario triple and a Longa single scored the final two runs in the ninth.  Longa went 3-for-4 and Rosario was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.  Montano, Hernandez, and Joyser Garcia were each 2-for-4.

Hernandez had a missed catch error.  Longa committed both a throwing and a fielding error.  Adanson Cruz had an outfield assist.  Garcia picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Red are 16-14 on the season and are in fourth place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies White, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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