Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2018

photo: Brian O’Keefe (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-3 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach catcher Brian O’Keefe, who was 3-for-4 with two doubles and drove in the winning run.

Results for games played Friday, June 29.

Memphis 6 at Iowa 2

Kevin Herget (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds defeated the Cubs in the series opener in Des Moines on Friday.  Kevin Herget won his fifth game of the season, pitching six one-run innings on seven hits while fanning five and walking one.  Rehabbing Matt Bowman delivered a scoreless seventh.  Landon Beck tossed the final two frames and surrendered one run.

Memphis put up two runs in the first inning.  Paul DeJong, also rehabbing, doubled to left and Tyler O’Neill walked.  Patrick Wisdom singled to load the bases and Carson Kelly singled to score both DeJong and O’Neill.  In the second, Oscar Mercado was hit by a pitch and later scored on Max Schrock’s sac fly.

The Redbirds didn’t score again until the seventh. Carson Kelly led off with a double. Mercado singled, and two batters later, Schrock drove in Kelly on a single.  Wilfredo Tovar followed with a single to plate Mercado.  Schrock came home a single by Luke Voit.  Kelly and Patrick Wisdom were both 2-for-4.

Wisdom stole his ninth base in 10 attempts.  Tovar committed a throwing error, Wisdom made a fielding error, and Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

The Redbirds are 49-32 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Iowa, Jake Woodford (0-1, 7.20) 7:08 CT.

Springfield 5 at Frisco 6 (11 innings)

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals went down in defeat in extra innings in Frisco.  A two-run home run in the fourth off the bat of John Nogowski put the Cardinals on the board.  In the sixth, Andrew Knizner singled and Victor Roache doubled with Knizner scoring.  Chris Chinea then hit a two-run home run to left center field, which ended their scoring.  The Cardinals held the lead until the RoughRiders tied it in the eighth.

Mike O’Reilly pitched six innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  Ian McKinney pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.  Austin Sexton surrendered three runs in one inning pitched.  Yeison Medina gave up a double that scored two of Sexton’s inherited runners.  Medina was charged with the blown save and pitched a total of 1 2/3 innings.  Colton Thomson finished the 10th following Medina and then returned for the 11th, gave up the winning run and took the loss.

Ramon Urias made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 34-44 overall, 1-7 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at Frisco, Anthony Shew (4-2, 4.83) 7:05 CT.

Palm Beach 4 at Jupiter 3

Brian O’Keefe (Peoria Chiefs)

The Cardinals won a squeaker over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Friday.  Ian Oxnevad earned the win with a start of 6 1/3 innings, during which he gave up three runs on nine hits.  Thomas St. Clair followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Junior Fernandez pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his third save.

The Cardinals offense put up their first run in the second inning on Kramer Robertson’s RBI single.  In the third inning, Andy Young was hit by a pitch and Brian O’Keefe doubled. Stefan Trosclair walked, and Jose Godoy singled to score Young.  Shane Billings’ single drove in O’Keefe.  In the sixth, O’Keefe doubled to plate the fourth and final run.  Player of the Day O’Keefe went 3-for-4.  Billings and Robertson were 2-for-4.

Trosclair made a fielding error.  Oxnevad and St. Clair picked runners off first and second base, respectively.

The Cardinals are 44-38 overall and 5-3 in the second half to put them in second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Jupiter, TBA 4:30 CT.

Peoria 4 at Beloit 1

Paul Balestrieri (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs sailed to a road victory over the Snappers on Friday.  The Peoria bats drove in all four runs in the second inning.  Matt Fiedler led off with a single. Bryce Denton doubled and Fiedler scored.  J.R. Davis doubled to plate Denton.  A third double by Nick Plummer drove in Davis.  The fourth run came home on a sac fly by Irving Lopez.  Fiedler and Plummer each went 2-for-4.

Paul Balestrieri earned his fourth win of the season.  The right hander pitched seven innings and gave up one run on six hits. Patrick Dayton pitched two scoreless innings to earn his first save.

Yariel Gonzalez stole his first base of the season.

The Chiefs are 46-33 overall and are 7-2 in the second half, for second place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Beloit, Alvaro Seijas (2-4, 5.13) 7:00 CT.

State College 6, Williamsport 5

Stanley Espinal (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes topped the Crosscutters in a one-run victory at home on a big pinch-hit in the ninth.

4 2/3 innings of pitching from starter Jim Voyles resulted in four Williamsport runs on six hits.  Will Changarotty got the final out of the fifth.  Michael Baird tossed three innings and surrendered one run.  Gabe Gentner earned the win with a scoreless ninth.

An RBI single by Wood Myers in the first got the Spikes on the board.  State College didn’t score again until the seventh when Joe Gomez walked and Justin Toerner doubled. Gomez scored on a wild pitch.  The Spikes scored three in the ninth to get the win.  Edwin Figuera singled and scored on Brady Whalen’s single.  Wood Myers doubled and pinch-hitter Stanley Espinal singled to plate Whalen and Myers to walk off with the win.  Myers went 3-for-5.  Figuera was 2-for-5.

Delvin Perez stole his first base of the season and Figuera was caught stealing for the first time.

The Spikes broke their seven-game losing skid. They 4-10 on the season and in last place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Williamsport, Jake Dahlberg (0-0, 2.45) 6:05 CT.

Johnson City 7 at Kingsport 6 (10 innings)

Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Cardinals edged the Mets in extra innings in a back and forth battle for the lead.  Johnson City scored in the top of the first on a solo home run from Moises Castillo.  Another solo home run in the second inning by Kevin Woodall tied the score.  In the fourth, a throwing error plated another run and Brandon Riley doubled to drive in the second run of the inning.  Brian Sanchez singled in a run in the sixth, and a double play in that inning brought a second run across.  The winning run scored in the 10th on a wild pitch.  Leandro Cedeno went 4-for-5 with two runs scored.

Cardinals starter Edwar Ramirez pitched four innings and gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits.  Evan Sisk took the next three innings and allowed one run.  David Oca earned the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings.  Tommy Parsons finished the ninth without damage to earn his first save.

Jonatan Machado was picked off and caught stealing for the first time in the season.  Ramirez made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 4-5 on the season and are in fourth place in the Appalachian League West.

Saturday’s game:  at Kingsport, TBA 5:30 CT.

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Astros 11

Andrew Warner (Columbia College)

Cardinals pitching couldn’t contain the Astros bats in a lopsided defeat on Friday.  Five hurler took the mound but only one came out unscathed.  Perry DellaValle started and pitched four innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  DellaValle fanned six and issued no walks.  Ty Cohen allowed two runs in two frames.  Chris Rivera had the worst day on the mound, surrendering seven runs, five earned, on five hits in 1 1/3 innings.  Jose Geronimo finished out the ninth without allowing a hit or a run.

The offense scored four runs on eight hits.  Two runs were put on the board in the first inning on a single by Andrew Warner.  Two additional runs came home in the sixth on a groundout and a throwing error.  Only William Jimenez had multiple hits, as he was 2-for-2.

Jimenez was also active on the bases, as he stole his first base and was caught stealing for the first time.  Terry Fuller stole his second base in two attempts and Warner stole his first bag as a professional.  Victor Garcia committed a throwing error and Josh Shaw had a fielding error.  Catcher Ivan Herrera had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 6-3 on the season and are in second place in the GCL East.

Saturday’s game:  vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 9:00 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 0, DSL Mets1 3

The Blue team was blanked by the Mets1 as the offense was held in check for only three hits. Darlyn Del Villar had two, including the only extra base hit for Blue, a double.  Leudy Pena had the other hit.

Inohan Paniagua was the hard luck loser.  The righty pitched four innings and gave up three runs on five hits.  Josue Ramirez and Saniel Santana combined to pitch five scoreless innings.

Defensive miscues included a throwing error by Pablo Gomez and a missed catch error by Freddy De Jesus.  Diomedes Del Rio had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Blue are 17-7 on the season and are in first place in the DSL South.

Saturday’s game:  at DSL Yankees TBA 9:30 am CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 12 at DSL Tigers1 3

The Cardinals Red shellacked the Tigers1 on Friday.  Ronald Suarez pitched three scoreless innings as the starter for the Red team.  Wilman Madera earned the win after he tossed three innings and gave up one run on three hits.  Roy Garcia came in to hurl the final three frames for the save.  Garcia surrendered two runs but earned his second save.

The Red offense bludgeoned the Tigers starter for six runs in the first inning.  RBIs by Franklin Soto on a triple, and Luis Montano on a double opened the floodgates.  Later in the inning, Joyser Garcia cleared the bases for three on a double. Jesus Orrechia’s single brought the final run of the inning across the plate.  Luis Andujar added a solo home run in the fourth, and Soto scored on a ground out force play. A run was added in the fifth on a double play.  In the seventh, Montano doubled for two runs.  A sac fly from Orrechia in the eighth scored the final run for the Red team.  Andujar had a 4-for-6 day, while Orrechia went 3-for-4.

Joerlin De Los Santos stole his 12th base in 14 attempts and Adanson Cruz swiped his sixth bag in seven tries.  De Los Santos was also caught stealing for the second time in the season.  Cruz and Montano both had outfield assists.

The Cardinals Red are 13-11 on the season and are in third place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Saturday’s game:  vs. DSL Rangers2, TBA 9:30 am CT.

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