Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 20, 2018

photo: Diego Cordero (Dominican Summer League)

Tuesday marked a bumpy 2-7 ride for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system. Player of the Day Diego Cordero spun six scoreless innings in the Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ opening day win, but Johnson City dropped its season opener. Peoria’s All-Stars came up short in their contest.

Results from the games played Tuesday, June 19th.

Memphis 4 at El Paso 7   

Luke Voit (Steve Mitchell/USA TODAY Sports)

The Redbirds dropped the series finale at El Paso, 7-4, splitting the four-game set.

Kevin Herget (L, 3-6) was charged with all seven tallies during his 5 2/3 innings on the bump.  The righty surrendered two gopher balls to El Paso (35-37) (SD), accounting for four runs and two of his seven hits allowed.  Herget issued two free passes.  Hector Mendoza recorded four outs and Conner Greene worked around two walks for a clean eighth.

Luke Voit and Wilfredo Tovar each singled twice in four at bats for Memphis (43-29). Voit drove in one and Tovar touched home once.  The Redbirds mustered just six hits overall, two against their closer, former St. Louis farmhand Robert Stock.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Springfield 1 at Tulsa 5   

Ramon Santos (Johnson City Cardinals)

A four-run third resulted in the S-Cards’ 5-1 road loss at Tulsa.  Springfield has won one of the series’ initial three games with one to go.

In a bullpen game, Jacob Evans made just his second start in 24 appearances this season. Evans (L, 0-5) fell an out shy of three complete frames.  The lefty was charged with four runs on four hits and two walks.  He hit one batter as well.

Ramon Santos was a bright spot for Springfield.  The 23-year-old retired all 13 batters faced for a season-high 4 1/3 innings.  Santos struck out five and stranded an inherited runner.  Colton Thomson was touched for a run on two hits in the eighth.

Springfield outhit Tulsa, eight to six, but went 1-for-5 with runners in scoring position and left five on base.  Tommy Edman was the sole S-Card with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats and scoring the only run.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (1-0) (LAD), 11:05 pm CT, Jake Woodford (3-7, 4.88)

Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 7 (7) – Game 1   
Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 4 (7) – Game 2

Jose Godoy (Palm Beach Cardinals)

With the first-half title already clinched, Palm Beach (39-25) opened what was to be a three-game series at Daytona by suffering a double-header sweep, 7-2 and 4-2.

Austin Warner took his third loss in six decisions in the opener, yielding five runs on five hits and two walks in 4 2/3.  The lefty fanned seven.  Junior Fernandez recorded the game’s final four outs, permitting two tallies, one earned, on two hits and a plunked batter.

The visitors mustered just two runs despite matching their hosts’ seven hits.  Jose Godoy and Juan Yepez both went 2-for-3, as Godoy doubled and scored.  Yepez’ time on the base paths was unproductive as the first baseman was caught stealing and picked off first.

The finale was a make up of the June 18 contest which was postponed due to wet grounds.  The Beach Birds made a bullpen start with John Kilichowski being first up.  Kilichowski went the initial 2 1/3, giving up two runs on two hits and two walks.

Both runs scored with Robbie Gordon on the mound.  Gordon allowed a hit and walk before he recorded the third’s final out.  Four of the six outs recorded by Jacob Patterson were strikeouts but Will Latcham (L, 3-3) permitted two runs in the home half of the sixth, breaking a 2-2 tie.

Two of the three hits generated by Palm Beach for the game occurred in the fifth when they scored both of their unearned runs.  Kramer Robertson’s eighth double of 2018 knocked in Danny Hudzina (error) and Ryan McCarvel (single).  Robertson swiped third, his fifth stolen base of the season, but was stranded there.

Wednesday’s game:  Cancelled

Peoria – off for the 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game    
East 3, West 2 (10 innings)

Yariel Gonzalez (Peoria Chiefs)

The 2018 Midwest League All-Star Game took place on Tuesday at Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing Michigan, home of the Lugnuts (TOR).

The East squad walked off with a 3-2 10th-inning victory over Peoria’s West squad.  Five Chiefs took part in the game:  first baseman Yariel Gonzalez, second baseman Irving Lopez, third baseman Elehuris Montero, catcher Dennis Ortega and reliever Bryan Dobzanski.  Gonzalez, Lopez and Montero comprised the majority of the West’s starting infield while Ortega made it into the game as a reserve.

Gonzalez, the only Chief to play the entire game, singled once in four at bats and scored both of his squad’s runs.  Montero, Lopez and Ortega were all hitless in two at bats but Ortega was credited with a pick off at first base.

Dobzanski was the sole Peoria representative out of the bullpen, thanks to Thomas St. Clair’s promotion to Palm Beach.  The right-hander began the bottom of the ninth charged with the task of sending the game into extras and came through by retiring both of his batters, one via the K.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Mahoning Valley 7 at State College 4     

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes’ bullpen could not hold a late lead as State College (2-3) fell to Mahoning Valley, 7-4.  The Spikes will try to salvage the third and final game of the series on Wednesday.

The home team led 2-0 after six, but a seven-run seventh flipped the script.  It took three relievers to navigate that inning, beginning with Chris Holba (BS, 1) (L, 0-1).  Holba had pitched a clean sixth but retired just one batter the next frame, yielding three runs, two earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls.  Troy Montemayor gave up two hits and two walks, resulting in four runs, although only one was earned.  Jacob Schlesener recorded the inning’s final out, but not before allowing all three inherited runners to score.  Schlesener finished the game with two scoreless frames.

The bullpen’s collapse was aided by State College’s defense, which committed three miscues, all by third baseman Edwin Figuera, including one in the crucial seventh.  A wild pitch and hit batsman by Schlesener did not help matters.

That spoiled a fine outing by Jake Dahlberg, who held the Scrappers to four hits through the first five innings.  Dahlberg fanned four and picked off a runner at first.

State College matched Mahoning Valley’s 11 hits but were an egregious 2-for-20 with runners in scoring position.  Eight of nine starters had at least one hit with three Spikes having two apiece:  Wadye Infante, Wood Myers and Joe Gomez.  Myers and Gomez each doubled once with Myers scoring a run.

Wednesday’s game:   vs. Mahoning Valley (5-0) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-0, 3.18)

Johnson City 7 at Bluefield 8         

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

Johnson City (0-1) scored first but Bluefield scored last as the Appy Birds suffered an 8-7 walk-off loss in the season opener.

David Oca began the eighth, asked to hold a 6-5 advantage, but could not deliver, yielding a game-tying tally.  After his team pushed across another run to go back up 7-6, Oca (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) allowed two more runs for the walk-off loss.  The lefty gave up five hits in all with a walk and four K’s.

Oneiver Diaz went the first five, permitting three runs on four hits and four free passes.  Two of the three tallies were generated by one long ball.  Hector Villalobos (BS, 1) bridged the gap between Diaz and Oca, allowing two tallies on three hits and two walks.

The JC-Cards banged out 13 hits, paced by two Appy Birds garnering three hits each:  Jonatan Machado and Leandro Cedeno, who both went 3-for-5.  Machado doubled with two runs scored while Cedeno was one of three Johnson City players to go yard.  Nolan Gorman and Brian Sanchez both homered, all three long balls coming with the bases clean.

Wednesday’s game:  at Bluefield (1-0) (TOR), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 10 at GCL Astros 0    

Diego Cordero (St. Louis Cardinals)

The GCL Cardinals (1-0) kicked off their 2018 season with a 10-0 road thumping of the Astros.

The contest was tight until the fifth when the Gulf Birds erupted for seven tallies, expanding their lead to 8-0.  10 of 11 Gulf Cardinals reached base with nine either getting a hit or scoring a run.  Four players had two hits each:  shortstop Raffy Ozuna, catcher Ivan Herrera, right fielder Victor Garcia and center fielder William Jimenez.  Ozuna and Herrera both took part in four scores. Ozuna touched home twice with two RBI and Herrera scored once and drove in three.  A triple by Ozuna was the only one of the team’s 12 hits to go for extra bases.

Player of the Day Diego Cordero shone in his first start on American soil, holding the Gulf Astros scoreless during his six-inning stint.  The lefty gave up three hits and three walks with four strikeouts, two ground- and six fly-ball outs.

22-year-old right-hander Perry DellaValle hurled a clean seventh, working around a hit and walk in his professional debut.  Chris Hunt pitched the final two frames, permitting a hit and free pass.

Wednesday’s game:   vs. GCL Marlins (1-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Twins 13 at DSL Cardinals Blue 4

The DSL Cardinals Blue (11-4) were thumped by the Twins, 13-4, leading to a tie atop the South Division between the two squads.      

Angel Cuenca was charged with six runs, two earned, on seven hits, three walks and a hit batsman through four plus innings for his first loss in two decisions. Derek Diaz, who faced seven batters and recorded three outs, yielded four runs on two free passes and two plunked batters.  The 17-year-old also let two of three inherited runners score.

Three of Diaz’ runs scored under Saniel Santana’s watch.  The righty went 2 2/3 innings, giving up three tallies on three hits and two base-on-balls.  Anthony Trompiz retired his only batter, leaving Santana’s last two base runners aboard.

The C-Blues had more errors – five – than hits – four – with center fielder Diomedes Del Rio gathering half of his team’s hits.  Del Rio continued his impressive start to 2018 by going 2-for-3 with two walks, two triples, a run scored and an RBI.  The 20-year-old stole his fourth base of the season.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Twins (11-4), 10:30 am ET, Hector Soto (2-0, 2.61)

DSL Cardinals Red 8 vs. DSL Cubs2 6

The C-Reds scored in six of eight innings on their way to an 8-6 home win over the DSL Cubs2.  The DSL Cardinals Red (5-10) move into a tie for seventh with the DSL Tigers1, with both teams trailing the DSL Brewers by six games.

The balanced offense featured five players with two hits apiece:  Sander Mora, Franklin Soto, Luis Montano, Francisco Hernandez and Joyser Garcia.  All five players scored at least one run with Soto, Montano and Hernandez each driving in one.

Jose Moreno (W, 1-1) had a noteworthy performance, blanking the Cubs on two hits and five walks through six innings.  The 17-year-old righty struck out five and hit one batter.

Unfortunately, the bullpen was not nearly as effective.  Rodard Avelino did not retire any of the four batters he faced, giving up three runs, two earned, on three walks and a plunked batter.  Hector De Los Santos was touched for three tallies on five hits and two free passes over 2 2/3.  Sebastian Tabata left De Los Santos’ final two runners aboard by retiring his only batter for his first professional save.       

Wednesday’s game:   at DSL Cubs2 (6-9), 10:30 pm ET, tandem – Ludwin Jimenez (0-1, 4.38)/Luis Ortiz (0-0, 2.08)

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