Cardinals Minor League Notebook – July 9, 2019

photo: Ivan Herrera (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 3-4 Monday with victories by Palm Beach, Johnson City, and the Gulf Coast Cards. Springfield, State College, and the DSL Blue squad went down to defeat, as well as the Peoria Chiefs who lost despite Player of the Day Ivan Herrera reaching safely four times. Memphis took the day off for the All-Star break and the DSL Red team had no result reported.

Results for games played Monday, July 8th.

Memphis – off

Last-place Memphis (36-54) did not play Monday and will not play Tuesday, owing to the Triple-A All-Star break. The game will be held Wednesday evening in El Paso with Jake Woodford, Rangel Ravelo and Andrew Knizner participating for the Pacific Coast League Stars.

Tulsa 6, Springfield 4

Bryan Dobzanski (St. Louis Cardinals)

Last-place Springfield fell to 7-11 with a 6-4 road loss to the Drillers Monday night. Southpaw Evan Kruczynski was the starter and loser for the S-Cards, going 5 1/3 innings and allowing five runs on nine hits and a trio of free passes. Connor Jones permitted the other run, and righty Bryan Dobzanski continued his fine season with a pair of shutout innings to lower his Texas League ERA to 2.25 in 12 innings across 10 appearances.

The left side of the infield did the heavy hitting, as third baseman Yariel Gonzalez and shortstop Rayder Ascanio had the only multi-hit games (two knocks apiece) and the only extra base hits (one double each). Top prospect Dylan Carlson was yet to return from his fine Futures Game appearance, but right fielder Lars Nootbaar provided a highlight by amazingly gunning his 14th runner of the year, in just 69 games.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Alex FaGalde (1-1, 0.71) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 7 at Clearwater 2

Juan Yepez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Last-place Palm Beach raised its record to 6-13 with a fistful of late runs in a 7-2 road thrashing of the Threshers Monday evening. Second baseman Nick Dunn singled three times and right fielder Juan Yepez singled, walked, and hit his first Beach Birds homer of the year in just his fourth game since being promoted from Peoria. The 21-year-old scored two and drove in three.

Diego Cordero started and pitched well for Palm Beach, yielding just two runs in 6 2/3 frames (91 pitches). On the downside, the 21-year-old lefty did not fan any of the 26 batters he faced. Righty reliever Cole Aker got the win by retiring seven straight, three by strikeout. The 22-year-old has been a new man since switching to the pen full time, whiffing 29 batters in 21 innings, walking 10, and conceding no homers for an FIP around 2.00. Moreover, for his last 10 appearances, he has logged a stunning 18/2 K/BB ratio in 11 innings.

Tuesday’s game: at Clearwater, pitcher TBA, 6:00 CT.

Burlington 9, Peoria 4

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Ivan Herrera doubled, singled twice, and walked, but it wasn’t nearly enough for last-place Peoria as they dropped their ninth straight game and fell to 3-15 with a 9-4 road loss to the Burlington Bees. The just-turned-19-year-old backstop scored one and drove in two as he snapped a 4-for-32 slump. Additional offense was provided by Leandro Cedeno with a double and walk, Brendan Donovan (two singles) and Brady Whalen (two walks, single).

Franyel Casadilla was the starter and loser, allowing Burlington five runs, three earned, in 2 1/3 innings. The bullpen barely fared better, with only southpaw Eli Kraus distinguishing himself. The 23-year-old Kent State product twirled two shutout innings, surrendering a harmless single, fanning two, and issuing no walks.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria and the rest of the Midwest League is off.

Batavia 14 at State College 2

Moises Castillo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College slipped to 13-11, absorbing a 14-2 home beatdown at the hands of the Batavia Muckdogs on Monday. Jacob Schlesener started and took the loss for the Spikes, though the lion’s share of the Batavia runs came later. Southpaw Schlesener needed 85 pitches to log just 3 1/3 stanzas, yielding five hits, four free passes, and fine runs, three earned. The lefty did whiff seven victims. 2019 eighth-round draftee Logan Gragg was solid again out of the bullpen, contributing 1 1/3 shutout innings in mopup time.

Shortstop Moises Castillo kept on hitting, going 3-for-4 for his club’s only multi-safety game. The 19-year-old is now 12 for his last 21, raising his season average to .325 for fourth-best in the NY-Penn League. (Castillo is also third in the 14-team league in walks with 13.) Lee’s Summit product Andrew Warner provided the only pop for State College, mashing his third homer of the year. The 23-year-old is batting just .232 but his OPS is crowding .800 thanks to power and patience.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Batavia, Connor Thomas (2-0, 4.66) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City 4, Elizabethton 3

Kyle Skeels (Robert Kell)

Overcoming a 2-0 first-inning deficit, Johnson City rallied to a dramatic 4-3 home win over the Twins Monday night, improving to 11-8 on the year. First baseman Kyle Skeels did the most damage, slugging his first longball plus his first double, and even threw in a walk. The 36th round pick out of Coastal Carolina scored two and plated two. There were no other multi-hit players for Johnson City, which scored a run each in the eighth and ninth to pull the game out. Scalding hot third baseman Chandler Redmond hit his fourth homer, a solo shot in the eighth, to lift his slugging percentage over .700 on the young season.

Righty Julio Puello went five innings and allowed two runs, before stellar bullpen work in the eighth and ninth innings was provided by Tyler Peck and winning pitcher Dylan Pearce, each of whom tossed a 1-2-3 inning with a pair of strikeouts. Pearce pitched the top of the final frame and was the beneficiary of a Liam Sabino walkoff single in the bottom half that drove in Skeels.

Tuesday’s game: There are no Appalachian League games on Tuesday.

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Marlins 1

Jean Selmo (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Despite mustering just four hits, the GCL Cardinals made them count as they improved to 3-9 with a 4-1 home win over the Marlins on Monday afternoon. The biggest blow by far was a three-run bomb off the bat of left fielder Jean Selmo, who entered the game just 1-for-15 with 10 strikeouts. Third baseman Francisco Hernandez also went deep for the Gulf Cards, while catcher Cristhian Longa contributed his fourth double and gunned one of two base stealers.

Righty Ludwin Jimenez had his first good start since being promoted from the Dominican Summer League, and it was a dandy. The 17-year-old fanned nine men in six innings and yielded only two hits — one on the infield. A solo longball was the sole blemish on his day. Anthony Trompiz was sturdy in relief, retiring six of seven Marlins, two on strikes. (It should be noted that the Marlins loaded the bases with one out in the ninth against 18-year-old Roy Garcia [two walks and a single], only to have the rest of the inning washed out by a storm.)

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals, pitcher TBA, 11:00 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Red at Tigers 1

The Monday morning scheduled DSL Cardinals Red game at the Tigers 1 had no result posted at press time.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Mets1 6 at DSL Cardinals Blue 2

The DSL Cardinals Blue team fell behind by three runs in the first and could never recover, losing 6-2 at home on Monday to the Mets1 squad and dropping to 19-9 for the year. Venezuelan 18-year-old Reinys Portillo struggled for a change, allowing more than one run for the first time in five starts (though he did fan a season-high six batters). The righty conceded four runs, three earned, on four hits and two walks across five innings. Lefty Nelson Prada was stylish in relief with two shutout innings.

Third baseman Brandon Hernandez registered the only multi-hit game for the Blue, going 2-for-3 and also drawing a base on balls. The 17-year-old Canadian is on something of a roll, going 10-for-26 with only two strikeouts, after fanning in 18 of his first 36 professional at-bats. Center fielder Hansel Otamendi and Catcher Jose Zapata had the only extra base hits with a double each. The 17-year-old Otamendi is batting .337 and has fanned just 11 times in more than 100 trips to the plate, while walking 16 times.

Tuesday’s game: at Phillies Red, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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