Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 21, 2019

photo: Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-2 on Thursday, with Memphis and Springfield taking losses. Players of the Day Stanley Espinal and Dariel Gomez powered State College to a twin-bill sweep. The former plated four in Game 1 and the latter walked off Game 2 with a three-run blast.

Results from games played Thursday, June 20th.

Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 5

Kramer Robertson (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Redbirds dropped the road series opener at Oklahoma City, 5-3, extending their current losing streak to five.  Third-place Memphis (29-44) is a distant 12 games in back of the division-leading Cubs in the American Northern standings.

Making his first start and second appearance since his long Injured List stint, Mike Hauschild kept the game competitive by permitting just one hit through three innings.  The veteran was charged with an unearned tally via shortstop Kramer Robertson’s two-base throwing error and a single in his final inning of work.

Tandem starter Anthony Shew (L, 1-3) allowed four runs, three earned, on five hits and three walks over the final five innings.  Two of those hits were solo shots.

Robertson’s bat overcame his defensive lapse with three hits in four at bats including two doubles and two RBI.  The rest of the Memphis lineup combined only matched Robertson’s three hits on the evening.

Friday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (30-41) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Harold Arauz (3-1, 4.85)

Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 10

Starter Tommy Parsons did not finish the fourth as the S-Cards were thumped by the Hooks, 10-2, in the road series opener.  Springfield (0-3) is in last place in the North Division standings to begin the second half, three games behind Arkansas (SEA) and Tulsa (LAD).

Parsons (L, 1-1) was bitten by four long balls accounting for five of the seven scores yielded in 3 1/3 innings.  The righty allowed seven hits and two free passes in all.

Parson’s last two runners scored after Will Latcham surrendered the first of his two home runs during his 1 2/3-inning stint.  Connor Jones was charged with a run on a hit and walk in two frames before Jacob Patterson struck out the side in the eighth.

Meanwhile, the Springfield offense was held to just three hits, including two in the two-run eighth.  Jose Martinez’ single advanced Dylan Carlson (walk) to third, putting the latter in position to score via Justin Toerner’s force out before Johan Mieses doubled home Toerner.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (1-2) (HOU), 7:15 pm CT, Austin Warner (4-5, 3.77)

Palm Beach 5 at Dunedin 4

Ronnie Williams (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The Beach Birds survived a ninth-inning Dunedin rally to edge the Blue Jays, 5-4, in the first of their four-game road series.  Fifth-place Palm Beach (1-2) trails division-leading Jupiter (MIA) by two games in the second-half South Division standings.

Reliever Ronnie Williams (W, 3-2) pitched two frames of shutout ball with two hits allowed.  The righty was the pitcher of record when his teammates caught and passed Dunedin on the scoreboard after putting up a straight number in the fifth through seventh frames.

Starter Perry DellaValle was charged with three runs on five hits and three walks, including a solo blast, in five innings.  Patrick Dayton faced the minimum in the eighth but got the hook after yielding a single and walk to his first two batters the next frame.  Ben Yokley (S, 4) retired all three batters faced but not before a sac fly with one gone brought Dunedin to within one.

Palm Beach banged out 11 hits, led by Lars Nootbaar, who went 3-for-5 with a solo long ball that was one of his two knocked in.  Scott Hurst and Luken Baker each singled twice in four at bats. Hurst added a walk and Baker drove in one.  Nolan Gorman went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored in his Florida State League debut.

Friday’s game:  at Dunedin (1-2) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Diego Cordero (league debut)

Peoria 4 vs. Cedar Rapids 2

Colin Schmid (Brett Jacomet photo)

The Chiefs kicked off their season’s second half with a 4-2 victory over Cedar Rapids in the series opener at Dozer Park.

The win required a late rally by the home team, which trailed 2-1 after six.  A seventh-inning home run by Bryce Denton knotted the game at 2-2, setting the table for Brendan Donovan to go yard with Juan Yepez (error) aboard the next frame.

Denton and Leandro Cedeno both went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Colin Schmid tossed a strong effort, striking out seven in six frames with two runs allowed on seven hits and a base-on-balls.  Sebastian Tabata (W, 3-1) tossed two frames of shutout ball before handing off to Freddy Pacheco.  Pacheco recorded two outs but left the sacks jammed on a hit and two walks.  Cole Aker struck out his only batter for his third save.

Friday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids (0-1) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (2-4, 4.35)

State College 7 vs. Williamsport 4 (7 innings) – Game 1
State College 7 vs. Williamsport 6 (7 innings) – Game 2

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes claimed a pair from the Crosscutters, 7-4 and 7-6, extending their winning streak to five, including the three-game series’ sweep of fifth-place Williamsport (2-5).  State College (6-1) sits atop the Pinckney Division, a game ahead of Mahoning Valley (CLE).

In Game 1, the home team’s 10 hits were disbursed among six Spikes, four of whom had multi-hit efforts.  Andres Luna, Andrew Warner, Stanley Espinal and Matt Duce had two hits apiece. Luna and Warner both touched home twice.  Espinal and Duce scored one time each with co-Player of the Day Espinal driving in four and Duce one.  Warner’s first professional triple and two doubles by Duce were the only hits to go for extra bases.

Pitching honors go to State College’s relief corps as a trio of Spikes’ relievers were tasked with covering 6 1/3 frames.  Starter Inohan Paniagua recorded just two outs – but not before giving up three runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch.

Michael Baird (W, 2-0) performed well, striking out six over four innings, and issuing just one free pass.  Martin Cordova notched a swinging K to end a threat in the fifth, stranding two inherited runners in scoring position.  One of those runners had reached via one of the Spikes’ two miscues.  Cordova worked around a hit and base-on-balls for a clean sixth but Rodard Avelino was tagged with an unearned score the next frame.

Dariel Gomez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The finale’s walk-off victory required a late rally of five runs over the last two innings.  Down 6-2 through five, State College closed the gap with a two-run sixth before walking off on Dariel Gomez’ three-run home run.

Co-Player of the Day Gomez’ long ball was hit only hit in four at bats and one of the squad’s nine hits overall.  Luna and Brylie Ware had two hits each. Luna singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI and Ware went 2-for-4 with two driven in.

Francis Ventura went the initial four plus frames, yielding five runs on seven hits and three free passes, including a two-run home run.  In his professional debut, Logan Gregg recorded three outs, giving up a triple which scored Ventura’s final two runners plus another tally of his own.  Hector Villalobos (W, 1-0) tossed two innings, allowing a hit.

Friday’s game:  at fourth-place West Virginia (3-4) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 27.00)

Johnson City vs. Pulaski – postponed

Thursday’s series finale between second-place Johnson City (1-1) and Pulaski (1-1) (NYY) was postponed due to inclement weather.  Since the teams only meet once more this season, the contest has been re-scheduled as part of a road twin bill at Pulaski on August 18th.

Friday’s game:  at Danville (2-1) (ATL), 6:30 pm ET, RHP Julio Puello (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

DSL Cardinals Blue 11 at DSL Rockies 10 (10 innings)

The Cardinals Blue (11-4) prevailed over the Rockies (10-6), 11-10, in 10 innings, thanks to a manufactured tally.

Darlin Moquete, who began the frame at second, scored the winning margin without a hit.  Second baseman Carlos Arcia worked a free pass before shortstop Darlyn Del Villar laid a sac bunt down the third base line, advancing both runners.

That brought Gustavo A Rodriguez and his .368 batting average to the plate.  The right fielder came through with a sacrifice fly to center.

The C-Blue’s balanced offense featured eight of nine starters with at least one of the team’s nine hits.  While catcher Jose Zapata was the only Cardinals Blue player with a multi-hit performance, singling twice in five at bats with a run scored, Moquete and Arcia garnered the most results.  Moquete went 1-for-4 with two walks, three runs scored and two stolen bases while Arcia singled once in two at bats, worked two free passes, touched home twice, knocked in two and swiped a bag.  The visitors were assisted by two Rockies’ errors leading to three unearned tallies.

The C-Blues’ mound effort was a mixed bag.  Starter Yordy Richard lasted just seven outs, yielding eight runs on five hits and five base-on-balls.  Ronald Suarez went 2 2/3 shutout innings on a hit and three walks but allowed two of three inherited runners to touch home.

Benjamin Arias pitched the sixth, permitting two tallies on a hit and three free passes.  Luis Tena and Nelson Prada (W, 3-1) each pitched two innings, with Prada retiring all six batters faced with four strikeouts.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Orioles2 (8-7), 10:30 am ET, Wilmer Ortega (0-0, 3.24)

DSL Cardinals Red 12 vs. DSL Tigers1 3

A big eighth turned a tie into a rout as the Cardinals Red (7-10) downed the Tigers1, halting a four-game losing skid.

The home team put a nine spot on the board that inning, breaking a 3-3 tie.  The frame featured five free passes, four hits, three wild pitches, a passed ball plus three Tigers hurlers.  The biggest damage was Miguel Marcos’ bases-loaded double that cleared the sacks and it finished with a three-run bomb by Claudio Ramirez.

Ramirez accounted for five runs, going 2-for-4 with a double and home run, two runs scored and four driven in.  The designated hitter was one of three Cardinals Red players with two hits each, along with Marcos and Smith Vargas.  Shortstop Sander Mora led the 12-hit attack with three hits in four at bats, a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.

Pitching duties were shared primarily by the tandem of Miguel Yedis and Yonael Dominguez.  Yedis went the initial five innings, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks before Dominguez (W, 1-1) blanked his opponents on two hits and two free passes over three.  Each pitcher hit one batter.  17-year-old Jesus Jaquez walked one in the ninth.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Tigers1 (7-9), 10:30 am ET, Angel Cuenca (2-0, 0.00)

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