Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 8, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

St. Louis’ minors went 2-5 on Sunday with six of seven contests on the road.  Tommy Parsons’ seven scoreless innings keyed Springfield’s victory and Andres Luna’s two home runs boosted Palm Beach to the system’s other win.

Results from games played Sunday, July 7th.

MLB All-Star Futures Game – National League 2 at American League 2 (eight innings)

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

In Sunday night’s Futures Game in Cleveland, the Cardinals were represented on the National League squad by starting right fielder Dylan Carlson of Springfield and reserve third baseman Nolan Gorman of Palm Beach. The pair are the organization’s no. 1 and no. 2 prospects according to The Cardinal Nation’s rankings.

In the fourth, Carlson plated a run with a single to left in his second at-bat and was removed for a pinch-runner. Gorman had just entered the game the batter before as a pinch-runner, but did not come around to score.  Concluding a tough nine-pitch at-bat with two runners on base in the sixth, Gorman fanned swinging in his only plate appearance of the evening.

Memphis 5 at Iowa 8

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Starter Genesis Cabrera went just three plus innings in the Redbirds’ 8-5 loss in Des Moines.  Fourth- and last-place Memphis (36-54) lost three of the four-game set to the first-place Cubs, the team that leads them by 16 games in the American Northern Division standings.

Cabrera (L, 3-4) did not retire any of the five batters faced in the fourth, all of whom came around to score.  The lefty was charged with seven runs, five earned, on six hits and three walks, including a three-run long ball.

Both of the runners inherited by Seth Elledge touched home and were unearned due to shortstop Kramer Robertson’s throwing error.  Elledge ended the inning by picking off the runner at first.

Jesus Cruz issued more free passes (three) than outs recorded (two) but Hunter Cervenka secured a fly out to right, leaving the bases jammed.  Cervenka fanned the side in the sixth, working around consecutive two-out singles.  Chris Ellis and Chris Beck each tossed a frame and yielded two hits with the former walking one, giving up a tally and fanning three.

The only Redbird with more than one of the team’s six hits was red-hot Randy Arozarena, who singled twice in four at bats with one driven in.  Three of the runs were generated when Jose Martinez went yard in the second with Lane Thomas (single) and Irving Lopez (single) aboard.  It was the middle infielder’s first Triple-A hit and came in his third game since being promoted from Double-A Springfield.

Monday’s game:   Off for Triple-A All-Star Break

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 0

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Tommy Parsons was impressive over seven innings as the S-Cards shut out the Travelers, 4-0, in the series finale.  Fourth-place Springfield (7-10) dropped the first three of the four-game series at first-place Arkansas (12-5) (SEA), whom they trail by five games in the North Division standings.

Co-Player of the Day Parsons (W, 3-2) tossed his best effort of five Double-A starts, limiting the opposition to just three hits while not issuing a free pass and striking out seven.  The tall right-hander threw 67 of his 97 pitches for strikes.  Mitchell Osnowitz completed the shutout by fanning three in two innings with two hits allowed.

Springfield’s 11-hit attack was spearheaded by Yariel Gonzalez and Lars Nootbaar, who both went 3-for-4. Gonzalez’s two-run bomb accounted for two of his four knocked in and Nootbaar crossed home three times.  Each player stole his first career Double-A bag.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (9-8) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (2-3, 6.84)

Palm Beach 12 at Fort Myers 2

Andres Luna (State College Spikes)

The Cards exploded for 18 hits, flying past the Miracle, 12-2, to salvage the fourth and final game of the road series.  The victory snapped a four-game losing skid for sixth and last place Palm Beach (5-13), which has gone 2-8 over the last 10 games and already trail first-place Charlotte (TB) by nine games in the second-half standings.

While right fielder Andres Luna and shortstop Imeldo Diaz both went 4-for-5 with two runs scored, it was Luna, our co-Player of the Day, who did the most damage.  Three of the 21-year-old’s four hits went for extra bases, including a double and two home runs accounting for three of his six RBIs.

All nine in Palm Beach’s batting order garnered at least one hit and either scored or knocked in at least one run.  Cole Kreuter singled twice in four at bats while both Dennis Ortega and Juan Yepez went 2-for-6. Yepez doubled once with an RBI.

Making his first start of 2019 after 18 relief appearances for the Beach Birds, Ramon Santos was touched for two tallies on six hits in 3 1/3.  Perry DellaValle (W, 4-4) followed Santos to the mound and blanked fourth-place Fort Myers (9-11) on two hits and a walk over the final 5 2/3 frames.  The Seton Hill, PA product struck out five and stranded two inherited runners in his first bullpen outing in 17 Florida State League appearances.

Monday’s game:  at Clearwater (12-8) (PHI), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 3 at Burlington 5

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs’ losing skid reached eight games with Sunday’s 5-3 loss at Burlington.  Peoria (3-14) has dropped the first two games of the series with one yet to play and are in eighth and last place in the second-half Western Division standings, nine games behind Kane County (ARI).

Peoria starter Michael Brettell allowed two runs over the first five innings. The Chiefs held a 3-2 lead after escaping a sixth-inning jam thanks to an unassisted double play by third baseman Josh Shaw.  Rodard Avelino (L, 0-1) remained in the game for the seventh and walked his first two batters. Both runners scored with Parker Kelly (BS, 1) on the mound, as Kelly issued a one-out walk, then allowed a two-run single and RBI double.  The righty went on to pitch a clean eighth.

Delvin Perez led the offense by going 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI.  Brandon Riley was one of four Chiefs with one hit each. The center fielder singled once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and run scored.

Monday’s game:  at sixth-place Burlington (6-11) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Franyel Casadilla (3-2, 4.61)

Batavia 3 at State College 2

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes opened a three-game home series with a 3-2 loss to Batavia.  Three of second-place State College’s (13-10) six losses in the last 10 games have come against the division-leading Muckdogs, whom they trail by 1 ½ games in the Pinckney Division standings.

Enmanuel Solano took the loss, his third against one win, despite tossing a solid effort.  The righty permitted three runs, two earned, on six hits and a walk with six strikeouts in seven frames.  Fabian Blanco maneuvered around a hit and base-on-balls for two scoreless innings.

The only Spikes player with a multi-hit effort was shortstop Moises Castillo, who singled twice in four at bats, scored a run and swiped a base.  Catcher Carlos Soto reached base twice, going 1-for-3 with a free pass and scored his squad’s other tally.

Monday’s game:  vs. Batavia (14-8) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 3.13)

Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 7

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The JC-Cards kicked off a brief two-game away-and-home series versus the Twins with a 7-3 loss, their third consecutive defeat.  Johnson City (10-8) drops a half of a game in back of both Bristol (PIT) and Elizabethton (MIN), teams in the midst of five- and four-game winning streaks, respectively.

Three of the four runs given up by Francisco Justo (L, 2-1) in his five-inning stint came in the first with two of the three generated by a home run.  The 12th-round selection in the June 2018 First-Year Player Draft surrendered a solo shot in the third and allowed four hits and a walk in total.  Justo hit one batter.

Enrique Perez began the sixth but could not finish it, yielding three tallies on two hits and three walks.  Long man Wilfredo Pereira retired all seven batters faced, starting with leaving three inherited runners aboard.

The Appy Birds outhit their hosts, nine to six, but went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base.  Chandler Redmond went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored, RBI and stolen base while Terry Fuller singled twice in five at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. co-leaders Elizabethton (11-8) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Julio Puello (1-1, 5.74)

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Astros 6

The Gulf Birds fell on the road, losing 6-3 to the GCL Astros (6-6).  The rookie-level Cardinals (2-9) are in fifth and last place in the East Division standings, five games behind the Marlins and Nationals.

Luis Ortiz (L, 0-3) yielded six hits and three walks in four frames, resulting in four tallies, including a solo shot.  The righty plunked one.  Hector Soto matched Ortiz’ four strikeouts over four innings, permitting two runs on two hits and two hit batsmen.

All three of the visitors’ runs came in the first.  Luis Montano opened with a base-on-balls, advancing to second via Franklin Soto’s line drive single up the middle.  A single to left with one gone by William Jimenez drove in Montano, setting the table for Yowelfy Rosario’s two-run triple to center.

The team worked five more free passes but only two more hits the rest of the way.  Soto was the only Gulf Bird with a multi-hit effort, singling twice in four at bats.

Monday’s game:   vs. co-leader GCL Marlins (7-4), 12:00 pm ET, Ludwin Jimenez (0-2, 11.05)

DSL Cardinals Blue – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.  The second-place Cardinals Blue (19-8) trail the Phillies Red by a half of a game in the South Division standings at the week’s start.

Monday’s game:  vs. third-place DSL Mets1 (16-12), 10:30 am ET, Reinys Portillo (2-1, 1.73)

DSL Cardinals Red – off

The Cardinals Red (12-19) begin the week in seventh place in the eight-team San Pedro Division, eight games behind the Cubs2.

Monday’s game:  at eighth-place DSL Tigers1, 10:30 am ET, Diorys Guerrero (0-1, 4.82)

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