Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 7, 2019

photo: Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-7 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis center fielder Randy Arozarena, who drove in the winning two runs. DSL Blue also won. Five of the seven losses were by one or two runs. Springfield fell in extras despite exceptional pitching as the offense remains in a funk.

Results for games played Saturday, July 6.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 4

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Redbirds edged the Cubs in Des Moines on Saturday.  The Cubs took the early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but the Redbirds tied it up quickly with a corresponding run in the second inning.  Andrew Knizner singled and scored on an Irving Lopez double.

Memphis put up a four-run fourth inning to take the lead.  Adolis Garcia was hit by a pitch and Knizner drew a walk. Lane Thomas singled to center and Garcia scored.   Jose Martinez walked, and pitcher Harold Arauz singled to plate Knizner.  Randy Arozarena singled to score Thomas and Martinez.

The Cubs cut the lead with three runs in the fifth, but neither team scored further.

Thomas had two hits but no other Redbird had more than one.

Starter Harold Arauz pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Mike Mayers pitched a scoreless sixth, Chasen Shreve tossed a scoreless seventh, and Ryan Helsley finished with two scoreless innings.  Arauz earned his fourth win and Helsley earned his first career save.

Martinez made a fielding error. Garcia had an outfield assist.

Memphis is 36-53 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 15 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   at Iowa, Genesis Cabrera (3-3, 5.34) 1:08 CT.

Note: The MLB All-Star Futures Game is Sunday night 6 p.m. CT on MLB Network and streaming at Nolan Gorman and Dylan Carlson are on the NL team.

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 2 (11 innings)

Johan Oviedo (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals were edged by the Travelers in extra innings in Little Rock on Saturday.  Springfield got on the board first with one run in the second inning, their only score in the three games of the series to date.  Zach Kirtley hit a leadoff double, then scored on a ground rule double off the bat of Yariel Gonzalez.  Arkansas tied it up with a run in the fifth and won on a walk off in the 11th.

The Cardinals had five total hits, raising their three-game total to eight.  No Springfield hitter had more than one hit on Saturday.

Starter Johan Oveido pitched six innings and gave up one run on six hits.  The right hander fanned three and walked three.  Ronnie Williams added two scoreless relief innings.  Jacob Patterson tossed 2/3 of a scoreless inning, while Roel Ramirez finished with 1 1/3 innings during which he allowed the winning run.

Scott Hurst had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 6-10 in the second half, 36-50 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  at Arkansas, Tommy Parsons (2-2, 5.56) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 4

Zach Gahagan (North Carolina)

The Cardinals were edged by the Miracle in Fort Myers on Saturday.  Palm Beach got on the board in the second inning with two runs on a sac fly by Nick Plummer and a double by Dennis Ortega.  The Cardinals led 2-1.

The Beach Birds increased their lead to 3-1 in the fourth with an RBI double play ball by Andres Luna.  Fort Myers added a run in the fifth, then went ahead with two runs in the seventh.  The Cardinals were unable to rally in the last two innings.

Zach Gahagan had three hits and Ortega and Wadye Ynfante each had two.

Starter Alvaro Seijas pitched five innings in his Palm Beach debut, giving up two runs on four hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked two.  Zach Thompson also had his first Palm Beach action with a scoreless sixth.  Ben Yokley surrendered two runs, one earned, in the seventh, taking a blown save and the loss.   Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless eighth.

Plummer stole his third base of the season.  Gahagan and Imeldo Diaz each made a fielding error.  Seijas picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 4-13 in the second half, 39-42 overall, and are in last place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria 2 at Burlington 9

Edwin Figuera (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were overmatched by the Bees in Burlington on Saturday.  Peoria’s offense scattered 10 hits but managed only two runs, both in the sixth inning.  The inning began with an Edwin Figuera single, followed by a single from Delvin Perez. Perez was eliminated on a force out.  Brendan Donovan walked to load the bases, then Bryce Denton was hit by a pitch and Figuera scored.  Brandon Riley drew a walk and the final run came home.

Figuera and Perez each had three hits.

Starter Colin Schmid pitched five innings and gave up five runs, one earned, on 10 hits.  The left hander struck out two and walked one.  Sebastian Tabata pitched 2/3 of an inning and surrendered four runs.  Eli Kraus tossed 1 1/3 scoreless.  Evan Sisk pitched a scoreless eighth.  Schmid took the loss.

Brandon Benson was caught stealing.  Figuera made a fielding error.  Catcher Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.  Schmid picked a runner off first base.

The Chiefs are 3-13 in the second half and 33-52 overall and are in last place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:   at Burlington, Michael Brettell (2-6, 5.58) 2:00 CT.

State College 4 at Mahoning Valley 6

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes came out on the losing end of the contest at Mahoning Valley on Saturday.  The Snappers held a 4-0 lead going into the fourth inning, when the Spikes were finally able to score.  The inning began with a single by Carlos Soto.  Andrew Warner also singled and both advanced on a wild pitch.  A passed ball allowed Soto to cross the plate.  Stanley Espinal flied into a sacrifice double play that plated Warner.  The lead was reduced to 4-2.

The Snappers added a run in the bottom of the fourth.  The Spikes answered with a run in the top of the fifth on an RBI single by Moises Castillo.  In the seventh, State College added another run on a passed ball.  The score stood at 5-4.  The Spikes did not score in the ninth, but the Snappers added an insurance run, making the final score 6-4.

Castillo had three of his team’s five hits and stole two bases.

Spikes starter Jeremy Randolph pitched only 1 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked two.  Adrian Mardueno allowed two runs in 2 1/3 innings of relief.  Jack Ralston tossed two scoreless relief frames before Eric Lex allowed one run in his two innings.

Donivan Williams committed a fielding error and Lex made a miscue on a pickoff attempt.

The Spikes are 13-9 on the season and are in second place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Batavia, Enmanuel Solano (1-2, 4.18) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 5 at Bluefield 7 (seven innings, Game 1)

Aaron Antonini (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals lost a close first game of the doubleheader at Bluefield on Saturday.  This made up Friday’s rainout. The offense was held scoreless until the Cardinals burst out with five runs in the sixth inning.  Chandler Redmond doubled as did Carlos Soler, who plated Redmond.   Liam Sabino and Terry Fuller walked to load the bases.  Aaron Antonini then stepped to the plate and hit a grand slam to right field.  This put the Cardinals in the lead 5-4.

The Blue Jays answered with three runs in the bottom of the sixth.  The Cardinals failed to score in the seventh and lost 7-5.  The total hits for the Cardinals was five, and no Redbird had multiple hits.

Starter Michael YaSenka pitched four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander fanned four and walked one.  Wilberto Rivera surrendered three runs, two earned, in 1 1/3 innings and took the blown save.  Alex Gallegos allowed two runs in the sixth, earning the loss.

Terry Fuller stole his second base of the season.  Antonini had two throwing errors, YaSenka committed an error on a pickoff, Mateo Gil made a throwing error, and Diomedes Del Rio had a fielding miscue.

Johnson City 2 at Bluefield 6 (seven innings, Game 2)

Cameron Dulle (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were swept in the doubleheader, as again, the offense was held scoreless until the sixth inning.  Carlos Soler and Diomedes Del Rio hit back to back doubles and both later scored on a fielding error on a ground ball to third by Todd Lott.

The offense had four total hits and no Cardinal had more than one.

Starter Jose Moreno pitched five innings, giving up six runs on five hits.  The right hander walked two.  Cameron Dulle tossed a scoreless sixth.  Moreno took the loss.

Liam Sabino made a throwing error.

Johnson City is 10-7 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, TBA 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals – Off day

The 2-8 Gulf Coast League Cardinals are in fifth/last place in the GCL South Division, five games behind the first-place Marlins.

Sunday’s game:  at GCL Astros, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 2, DSL Tigers1 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Red lost a close contest to the DSL Tigers in extra innings on Saturday.  The Red offense scored two runs in the first but failed to add on.  Fernando Brazoban was hit by a pitch, then Claudio Ramirez singled to short.  Alexander Samuel walked to load the bases, and Erick Thomas followed with a walk to score Brazoban.  Juan Sanchez then singled to short and Ramirez scored.  The offense was held scoreless for the rest of the game while the Tigers scored two runs to tie and then one run in extras to get the win.

Sanchez was the only batter with multiple hits, with two.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched four scoreless innings, allowing two hits and fanning three.  Jesus Jacquez followed with two clean relief innings.  Augusto Calderon gave up one run in the seventh.  Luis Garcia surrendered a run in his two innings and was charged with a blown save. Hector De Los Santos allowed the winning run in the 10th and took the loss.

Samuel and Sander Mora were each caught stealing.  Thomas made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Red are 12-19 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 3 at DSL Nationals 1

The Cardinals Blue defeated the Nationals in a low scoring contest on Saturday.  The Cardinals pitching staff held the Nationals scoreless until the ninth inning, when the Nationals were able to get one run home.  Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched five scoreless innings, allowing two hits and striking out two.  Ortega earned his second win.  Eduar Pimentel tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  William Miranda pitched a scoreless eighth, and Dionys Rodriguez gave up the lone Nationals score in the ninth.

The Cardinals put up two runs in the second inning on a Fernando Diaz double and a ground out by Jose Rodriguez.  The third and last Cardinal run in the game scored on a wild pitch in the sixth.

No Cardinal hitter had multiple hits.  In addition to Diaz’ double, the only other extra base hit was a triple by Brandon Hernandez.

Darlyn Del Villar stole his sixth base of the season. Del Villar, Hernandez, and Diaz each made fielding errors.

The Cardinals Blue are 19-8 and are in second place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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