Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 29, 2019

photo: Dylan Carlson (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-6 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Springfield center fielder Dylan Carlson, who went 3-for-4 including a home run and two runs scored to mark his selection to the MLB Futures Game. Johnson City and DSL Blue were the other winning squads.

Results for games played Friday, June 28.


Memphis 1, Nashville 3

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A lack of offense from the Redbirds marred a quality start for Jake Woodford, as Memphis fell again to the Nashville Sounds at AutoZone Park on Friday night to conclude the 1-3 series.  Woodford pitched six innings and gave up two runs on six hits while striking out four and walking two.  The right-hander fell victim to the long ball for the two runs allowed.  The loss was Woodford’s fourth.  Hunter Cervenka allowed one run in the seventh.  Jesus Cruz and Chasen Shreve each pitched a scoreless inning.

The Redbirds’ lone score occurred in the seventh inning.  Irving Lopez drew a walk and advanced to second and third on a wild pitch and a ground out.  Randy Arozarena’s single to center scored Lopez. Arozarena was the offensive bright spot as he had four of the team’s eight hits, including the only extra base hit, a double.

Adolis Garcia stole his ninth base of the season. Cervenka picked a runner off first base.

Memphis is 33-48 on the season and is in last place in the PCL American North, 13 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  vs. New Orleans, Mike Hauschild (0-1, 11.00) 6:35 CT.


Springfield 7, NW Arkansas 6 (10 innings)

Dylan Carlson (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

The Cardinals pulled out a home win over the NW Arkansas Naturals in a back-and-forth extra-inning contest on Friday. Springfield’s offense scored first with two runs in the bottom of the first on back to back solo home runs by Dylan Carlson and Yariel Gonzalez.

The Naturals plated three in the second to take back the lead.  Springfield tied it on Johan Mieses’ solo home run in the third inning.  NW Arkansas regained a one run lead in the fourth and Springfield evened it up a second time with a run in the fifth on a sac fly by Mieses.

A run in each of the sixth and eighth innings gave the Naturals the 6-4 lead. The Cardinals tied it up once more with two scores in the bottom half of the eighth.  Both runs came on sacrifices, a bunt by Zach Kirtley and a flyball by Carlson.

Neither team scored in the ninth and the game went into the 10th inning.  In the bottom of the 10th, with Justin Toerner starting the inning on second base, Kirtley’s line drive single to center plated Toerner for the walkoff win.

Kirtley had two hits, while Carlson, named to the Futures Game earlier in the day, tallied three knocks.

Starter Evan Kruczynski tossed 5 1/3 innings and gave up five runs on nine hits.  The left hander fanned five and issued two free passes.   Will Latcham followed with 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.  Connor Jones surrendered a run in the eighth.  Roel Ramirez hurled two scoreless innings to earn the win.

The Cardinals are 2-6 in the first half, 32-46 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Alex Fagalde (1-0, 0.69) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 0, Charlotte 7

Ben Yokley (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Cardinals were blanked by the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday night.  The Palm Beach offense was held to three total hits – singles from Luken Baker, Lars Nootbaar and Julio Rodriguez.

Starter Edgar Gonzalez went four innings and gave up five runs on eight hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked two.  Hector Soto allowed two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Ramon Santos and Ben Yokley combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless frames.  Gonzalez took the loss, his ninth of the season.

Nolan Gorman, the organization’s other Futures Game invitee, committed a fielding error.

Palm Beach is 3-7 in the second half and 38-36 overall.  The Cardinals are tied for last place in the FSL South in the second half.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Griffin Roberts (0-2, 8.34) 4:30 CT.


Peoria 3 at Clinton 11

Alexis Wilson (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs suffered a shellacking at the hands of the Clinton LumberKings on Friday night.  Peoria starter Franyel Casadilla posted an ugly line, pitching five innings and giving up 11 runs, nine earned, on 15 hits.  The right hander struck out two.  Evan Sisk followed with two scoreless innings of relief, and Cole Aker tossed a scoreless ninth.  Casadilla earned his second loss of the season.

Following a 10-run first inning by Clinton, the Chiefs answered with one run in the top of the second on an RBI single by Delvin Perez.  Alexis Wilson’s double plated a score and a ground out by Josh Shaw brought home a second run, both in the fifth.  The offense had the hits, 13 in total, but just these three runs.

Wilson’s double was the only extra base hit.  Wilson had two hits, as did Perez, Shaw, and Edwin Figuera.  Leandro Cedeno led the offense with three knocks.

Brady Whalen made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 2-6 in the second half and 32-45 overall in the Midwest League West, which places them in a tie for sixth place.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Burlington, Alvaro Seijas (4-5, 3.07) 6:35 CT.


State College 3, Auburn 5

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Spikes were defeated due to an eighth inning surge by Auburn on Friday.  State College starter Jacob Schlesener pitched a fine game, going 6 2/3 innings, giving up only one unearned run on two hits.   The left hander struck out five and walked three. Junior Gonzalez was responsible for the four-run eighth inning.  After entering the game to get the final out of the seventh, he returned to begin the eighth and immediately surrendered two doubles and two singles for two runs. Two additional runs scored on a wild pitch and a third single.  Erik Lex got the final out of the inning, then returned to hurl a scoreless ninth.

The State College offense fell behind 1-0 in the first inning but tied the game in the fourth on singles by Donivan Williams and Dariel Gomez followed by a force play by Cameron Knight that scored Williams.  The Spikes added a run in the bottom of the eighth after Auburn went ahead 5-1 with the four runs in the top of the inning.  An attempted ninth inning rally fell short as only one run came home on a single by Moises Castillo. Williams led the offense with two hits.

Castillo stole his third base of the season. Andres Luna was caught stealing for the first time.  Castillo and Gomez each committed an error.

The loss ended a five-game home winning streak for State College.

The Spikes are 9-5 and are in second place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Connor Thomas (1-0, 13.50) 6:05 CT.


Johnson City 7, Kingsport 4

Dalton Roach (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals were the victors over the Kingsport Mets at TVA Credit Union Ballpark on Friday.  The Mets scored twice in the first inning, but the Cardinals answered with three runs in the bottom of the frame to take the 3-2 lead.  Zach Jackson hit a two-run double, and Terry Fuller also had an RBI two-base hit.

A double play by Ben Baird scored Fuller in the fourth to increase the lead to 4-2.  Fuller had reached on a leadoff walk.

The Mets tied it up in the top of the sixth, but the Cardinals were not to be denied, as they added three scores in the bottom of the sixth.  Chandler Redmond hit a solo home run, and Carlos Soler and David Vinsky had RBI singles.  Soler and Mateo Gil each had two hits.

Starter Dalton Roach pitched five innings and gave up two runs on two hits while striking out five and walking two.  Tyler Peck surrendered two runs in the sixth for the blown save, but thanks to the offense, he also got his first professional win.  Wilfredo Pereira tossed a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Johnson City is 5-4 and in second place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Will Guay (0-0, 0.00) 5:30 CT.


GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 9

Francisco Hernandez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals fell to the Marlins, 9-5, on Friday.  The Cards fell behind 3-0 before scoring in the third inning on a double by Patrick Romeri.  A second run came home in the sixth on double off the bat of William Jimenez.

The Cardinals tied the game in the seventh on a three-run home run by Francisco Hernandez.  However, a four-run ninth by the Marlins put the game out of reach.

Hernandez had two hits, the only Cardinal with multiples.  The third baseman also committed a throwing error.

First round draft pick Zack Thompson made his professional debut in the first inning and gave up one unearned run on two hits. The left hander fanned two.  Tony Locey marked his first pro appearance with a scoreless frame.  Francis Ventura pitched the next six innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  Martin Cordova surrendered the four runs in the ninth and took the loss.

Saturday’s game:  at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Red 6, DSL Cubs2 8 (11 innings)

The Cardinals Red lost to the Cubs in extra innings on Friday.  Starter Angel Cuenca tossed a quality start, six innings and three runs allowed on three hits.  One of the runs was unearned. Cuenca struck out four and walked three.  Augusto Calderon surrendered one run in his two relief innings.  Larimel Soriano took the loss, pitching the final three innings and giving up four runs, all unearned.

Neither team scored until the fourth inning.  After the Cubs put up one run in the top of the fourth, the Cardinals responded with two in the bottom frame.  Endri Salas drove in a run on a double, and Jesus Orrechia plated a run on a single.

Fernando Brazaban singled to score a run in the sixth. Claudio Ramirez doubled in a score in the seventh. The Red had a one run lead, but the Cubs came back to tie in the eighth.  The game proceeded into extra innings.

The Cubs scored two runs in the 10th, but the Cardinals kept pace on a two-run home run by Diowill Burgos.  The Cubs went ahead 8-6 in the top of the 11th, but the Cardinals failed to answer.  Salas, Orrechia, and Alexander Samuel each had two hits.

On the base paths, Samuel and Luis Andujar each had a stolen base. The Cardinals made six errors in the field.

The Cardinals Red are 8-16 and are in last place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Mets2, TBA 9:00 am CT.


DSL Cardinals Blue 10, DSL Yankees 4

The Cardinals Blue overwhelmed the Yankees on Friday.  Each team’s offense scored a run in the second inning. For the Cardinals, Leudy Pena singled and scored on a Brandon Hernandez single.  The Cardinals took the lead the next inning when Carlos Arcia doubled, and Hansel Otamendi drove him in on a single.

The Yankees regained the lead in the fifth with two runs, but the Cardinals answered with two runs in the bottom half of the inning to make it 4-3.

Blue added a run in the sixth.  Fernando Diaz was hit by a pitch, Jose Rodriguez singled, and Erik Pena ground into a force out that sent Diaz home.  Three additional scores were added in the seventh on a bases loaded hit by pitch, a wild pitch, and an RBI single by Diaz.

In the eighth, singles by Otamendi and Luis Rodriguez plated a run each.  Arcia and Otamendi each had three hits.  Diaz, Luis Rodriguez, and Hernandez had two hits apiece.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched five innings and gave up three runs, one earned, on two hits.  The right hander fanned nine and walked three.  William Miranda followed with two scoreless relief innings.  Ronald Suarez surrendered one run in the final two innings pitched.  Ortega earned his first win.

Pena and Arcia each stole their fourth base of the season.  Pena was also picked off second base.  Hernandez committed a fielding error and Arcia made a fielding error and a missed catch error. Otamendi had an outfield assist. Luis Rodriguez picked a runner off second base.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 14-7 and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Twins, TBA 9:00 am CT.


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