Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 14, 2019

photo: Zach Kirtley (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On the 3-2 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Player of the Day Zach Kirtley’s third hit drove in Springfield’s walkoff score in the 11th inning. Both DSL teams won, Memphis lost a slugfest and Peoria dropped a pitchers’ duel.

Results from games played Thursday, June 13th.

Salt Lake 13 at Memphis 11    

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A 13-hit offensive explosion was not enough to overcome Alex Reyes’ subpar outing as the Redbirds (28-39) were clipped by Salt Lake, evening the series at one game apiece with one to play.

The fireworks included three home runs accounting for six of Memphis’ tallies.  Adolis Garcia launched one during his 3-for-4 effort, a solo bomb to go with a double, three runs scored and one driven in.  Kramer Robertson went yard with two runners aboard while Randy Arozarena hit one out with one on.

Robertson and Arozarena were two of four Memphis players with two hits apiece, joining Evan Mendoza and Rangel Ravelo.  Arozarena drove in four in five at bats while Robertson doubled once, touched home three times and knocked in five in four at bats.

It took six Redbirds pitchers to navigate nine frames, starting with Reyes, who took 69 pitches to cover just three innings.  Three of the four scores surrendered during that span were generated by one long ball that was one of his two hits and four walks allowed.

Chris Ellis served up a solo bomb during his two-inning stint and Tommy Layne tossed a clean sixth as the only Memphis hurler to not be scored upon.  Jesus Cruz (BS, 3) was tagged for a three-run home run comprising three of the five runs he allowed in just 1/3 of an inning.  Chasen Shreve recorded the seventh’s last two outs but not before yielding a run on three hits.  Chris Beck (L, 0-4) kept the Bees at bay in the eighth but served up a two-run long ball the next inning.

Friday’s game:  vs. Salt Lake (30-35) (LAA), 7:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-2, 4.94)

Springfield 9 vs. Midland 8 (11)      

Zach Kirtley (State College Spiles

Zach Kirtley’s 11th-inning single drove in the winning tally as Springfield (26-40) walked off with a 9-8 victory over Midland (32-33) in the rubber game of the three-game series at Hammons Field.

Kirtley’s third hit of the game knocked in Conner Capel after the latter doubled home Jose Godoy to knot the score at 8-8.  Kirtley added a walk and run scored to his RBI in four at bats while Capel and Brian O’Keefe each went 2-for-5. Capel crossed home twice with one driven in.  All nine starters had at least one of the team’s 13 hits, including Godoy. who launched a three-run shot. Left fielder Capel notched an outfield assist at home.

Junior Fernandez struck out five over the game’s final three frames for his first Double-A win.  The only mark against the righty was an unearned run on a wild pitch and fielder’s choice.

Johan Oviedo went the initial five innings, fanning nine and permitting two runs on four hits and five free passes.  Jacob Patterson (BS, 1) was charged with four tallies on four hits, including a three-run long ball, and a walk in two frames.  The run scored against Kodi Whitley (BS, 2) allowed Midland to tie the game at seven all.

Friday’s game:  vs. Corpus Christi (32-33) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, Angel Rondon (1-0, 3.38)

Palm Beach “at” Jupiter – cancelled    

Thursday’s contest between Palm Beach and Jupiter was rained out and will not be rescheduled since it was the last game of the season’s first half. After leading the division for a considerable period, the Beach Birds stumbled late and the 35-29 club finished three games behind division champion Fort Myers (MIN).

Friday’s game:  Off

Peoria 1 at Clinton 3       

Diego Cordero (Peoria Chiefs)

A three-run sixth sent Peoria (28-38) to a 3-1 defeat by Clinton (33-33) in the decisive third game of the road series.

Diego Cordero (L, 2-6) held the LumberKings to two hits and three walks over five scoreless frames but exited after permitting a walk, single and RBI double while recording one out the next inning.  Edgar Escobar allowed two hits and a free pass during his 2 2/3-inning stint and let both inherited runners score.

The Chiefs did not get on the board until the ninth when the opposing pitcher walked the bases full.  A 5-4 force out brought Juan Yepez across for Peoria’s only tally.  Brendan Donovan went 2-for-3 with two free passes and was the only Chief with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Friday’s game:  vs. Burlington (38-29) (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Colin Schmid (3-2, 3.62)

State College Spikes at Williamsport       

The State College Spikes of the short-season Class-A New York-Penn League begin their 2019 season with an away-and-home series versus Williamsport (PHI).

Friday’s game:  at Williamsport (0-0) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

State College Spikes Ready for 2019 Opener

DSL Cardinals Blue 5 at DSL Angels 4

Second baseman Erik Pena’s ninth-inning double lifted the Cardinals Blue (6-2) over the DSL Angels, 5-4, in a come-from-behind victory.

The double drove in Darlin Moquete and Luis Rodriguez, flipping a 4-3 disadvantage into a 5-4 lead.  Moquete pinch ran for Jose Rodriguez who worked a free pass to kick off the inning while Rodriguez reached on a fielder’s choice that did not get anyone out.

Pena was one of three C-Blue players going 2-for-4 along with centerfielder Hansel Otamendi and designated hitter Fernando Diaz.  Both Otamendi and Diaz drew a walk and touched home once while Diaz doubled once with an RBI.  Both Pena and Diaz were caught stealing in their only attempt and Diaz was also picked off first.

Right-hander Gustavo J. Rodriguez pitched a strong five-inning outing, holding the Dominican Angels (4-6) to a single tally on two hits, two base-on-balls and a sac fly.  Both free passes and one of his hits came in his final inning of work.

The Venezuelan exited with his team holding a 3-1 lead but a fielding error by shortstop Darlyn Del Villar to start the seventh resulted in three runs, two earned, charged to Benjamin Arias (BS, 2) who allowed four hits and a walk in one plus frames.

Victor Villanueva inherited a two in scoring position with none out and did an excellent job of limiting the damage by retiring all three batters faced.  One of those outs, however, was a sac fly that brought a run across.  Righty William Miranda (W, 1-0) tossed a clean eighth but got the hook after jamming the sacks full with two gone the next inning.  Cristofer Zapata notched a swinging K for his second save.

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red (7-3), 10:30 am ET, Yordy Richard (0-0, 2.25)

DSL Cardinals Red 4 vs. DSL Mets2 2

A trio of C-Red hurlers combined on a two-hitter as the Cardinals Red (5-6) downed the Mets2, 4-2.

Angel Cuenca (W, 2-0) faced only two batters over the minimum during his six impressive frames, blanking his opponents on a hit and two walks.  The 17-year-old has yet to allow a run in 15 innings over three starts and has allowed just six hits and five free passes overall.

Ramon Fernandez issued two free passes during his two frames on the bump while matching Cuenca’s three strikeouts.  Hector De Los Santos yielded two runs on a hit and three walks in the ninth.

Three Cardinals Red players each had two of the team’s seven hits:  shortstop Sander Mora, second baseman Albert Inoa and third baseman Luis Andujar.  Mora and Inoa, the two and three bats, both went 2-for-4 with a double, Mora crossing home twice and Inoa scoring one and driving in another.  Number six hitter Andujar singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Mets2 (6-5), 10:30 am ET, Ludwin Jimenez (1-0, 3.60)

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