Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 30, 2019

photo: Alex Fagalde (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system went 6-2 on Saturday.  Our Player of the Day is Springfield starter Alex Fagalde, who scattered seven hits while fanning six and issuing no walks over 6 1/3 scoreless innings. Chandler Redmond plated four in Johnson City’s big win.

Results for games played Saturday, June 29.

Memphis 3, New Orleans 6

Andrew Knizner (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

A late rally by the Redbirds fell short, as Memphis suffered defeat at the hands of New Orleans on Saturday.  It was their fifth straight loss and 20th in their last 22 home games.

Memphis’ offense scored only once through seven innings and fell behind 6-1 before a rally in the eighth brought them two more runs.  In the fourth inning, Andrew Knizner hit his seventh home run of the season, a solo shot. In the eighth, John Nogowski’s RBI infield single reduced the lead to 6-2.  Knizner followed with an RBI to make the score 6-3.

Knizner had three hits on the night.  Nogowski extended his hitting streak to 14 games with two knocks.

Starter Mike Hauschild pitched four innings and gave up four runs on four hits while fanning five and walking two.  He took the loss.   Mike Mayers surrendered a solo home run in his second rehab appearance in the fifth.  Junior Fernandes allowed one run in the sixth.  Ryan Helsley, also on his second rehab appearance, tossed a scoreless seventh. Seth Elledge and Tommy Layne finished the game with a scoreless inning each.

Memphis is 33-49 on the season and in last place in the PCL North, 14 games back of the Iowa Cubs.

Sunday’s game:   vs. New Orleans, Austin Warner (0-0, 0.00) 2:05 CT.

Springfield 3, NW Arkansas 1

Alex Fagalde (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals were the victors in a pitcher’s duel on Saturday at Hammons Field.  Neither team could score until the Cardinals finally broke the stalemate with three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Johan Mieses reached on a throwing error.  Yariel Gonzalez singled but was caught stealing. Brian O’Keefe drew a walk, then Connor Capel smacked a double to right field to score O’Keefe.  Jose Godoy followed with a single to plate Capel.  Jose Martinez singled to bring Godoy home.

In his third Springfield start, Alex Fagalde tossed 6 1/3 scoreless innings, scattering seven hits and striking out six.  Fagalde was stuck with a no decision after Mitchell Osnowitz surrendered the lone run for NW Arkansas in his one inning pitched in relief, and the reliever received the win.  Jacob Patterson and Kodi Whitley combined to toss the final 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals are 3-6 in the second half, 33-46 overall, and in last place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. NW Arkansas, Angel Rondon (2-0, 3.76) 6:10 pm CT.

Palm Beach 0, Charlotte 3

Griffin Roberts (Joe Freiday Sr.)

It was déjà vu for Palm Beach as they were blanked by the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Roger Dean for the second consecutive night, again on just three hits, all singles.  Julio Rodriguez, Scott Hurst, and Michael Perri provided the meager offense.

Starter Griffin Roberts lost his third game since returning from suspension despite his best outing yet.  Roberts pitched six innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on five hits.  The right hander struck out five and walked one.  Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in two innings of relief.  Patrick Dayton pitched a scoreless ninth.

Perri made a fielding error, and Rodriguez committed two throwing errors.

The Cardinals are 3-8 in the second half, 38-37 overall, and are in fifth place in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, TBA 12:00 pm CT.

Peoria 6, Burlington 5 (11 innings)

Ivan Herrera (Peoria Chiefs)

After being held hitless for five innings, the Chiefs broke through in the sixth, and eventually walked it off in extra innings against Burlington on Saturday.

Bees starter Luis Alvarado mowed through Chiefs hitters through five innings on Saturday, but in the sixth, Brandon Benson finally tattooed an Alvarado pitch to left field for a solo home run that tied the game at 1-1.

The Bees regained the lead in the top of the ninth with four runs against Peoria reliever Parker Kelly.  The Chiefs responded in the bottom half with four runs of their own to tie the game for the second time and send it into extra innings.

Ivan Herrera smacked a double to center for the first two scores of the ninth.  Brandon Riley reached on a fielding error that allowed a third run to cross the plate.  A bases loaded walk by Brandon Benson scored the fourth run to tie the game and sent it into the 10th.

The game remained in a 5-5 deadlock until the bottom of the 11th.  With Brady Whalen on second to begin the inning, Leandro Cedeno hit a line drive single to center to move Whalen to third, and Riley singled to center to bring Whalen home in a walk off.

Herrera, Cedeno, and Edwin Figuera each had two knocks in the game.

Peoria starter Alvaro Seijas hurled 6 2/3 innings and gave up one run on five hits.  The right hander fanned seven and walked three.  Parker Kelly pitched two innings and surrendered four runs, three unearned.  Thomas St. Clair tossed the final 2 1/3 scoreless to gain the win.

Delvin Perez was picked off and caught stealing.  Juan Yepez and Josh Shaw each made a fielding error.

The Chiefs are 3-6 in the second half and 33-45 overall and are in sixth place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:   vs. Burlington, Kyle Leahy (4-4, 2.56) 6:35 CT.

State College 8, Auburn 3

Martin Figueroa (State College Spikes)

The Spikes defeated the Auburn Doubledays decisively on Saturday night at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park. State College’s offense put up five runs in the second run to take a lead they never relinquished.

In the second, Dariel Gomez started the scoring with an RBI double to right field.  Jonatan Machado plated a run on a force out. Moises Castillo added an RBI single, and Carlos Soto followed with a two-run single.

After Auburn put up a run in the third, the Spikes added to their lead with two scores in the bottom half of the frame.  Martin Figueroa singled to score a run and Soto drew a bases loaded walk.

The Doubledays added another run in the fourth.  The Spikes plated a run in the seventh on Figueroa’s single.  Auburn scored again in the ninth but fell short of a comeback.

Figueroa and Matt Duce had three hits.  Soto, Gomez, and Andrew Warner each had two knocks.

Spikes starter Connor Thomas pitched four innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The fifth-round left hander fanned six.  Andre Pallante earned the win with two scoreless innings of relief.  Connor Lunn followed with two run-free innings.  Fabian Blanco allowed the run in the ninth.

The Spikes are 10-5 on the season and are in first place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Scott Politz (0-0, 4.50) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 9, Kingsport 4

Chandler Redmond (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals defeated the Kingsport Mets at home on Saturday, scoring runs with both small ball and the long ball.

The Mets took the lead, with home runs in the second and third innings to go up 4-0.  The Cardinals responded with two in the bottom of the third on a single by Mateo Gil and a double by Chandler Redmond.

A wild pitch in the fourth brought the Cardinals’ third run home. In the sixth, Gil doubled to plate a run.  Redmond then thumped a two-run home run to left.

In the eighth, Redmond again doubled to drive in a run.  Liam Sabino then hit a two-run home run to left center field to cement the victory.  Gil and Redmond each had three hits and the latter plated four.

Cardinals starter Will Guay pitched 2 1/3 innings and gave up four runs on six hits while fanning two and walking none.  Jake Sommers tossed two scoreless relief innings.  Cameron Dulle pitched a scoreless sixth, followed by Enrique Perez, Leonardo Taveras, and Dylan Pearce, each with a scoreless inning.

The Cardinals committed three fielding errors, two by Diomedes Del Rio and one from Guay.

Johnson City is 6-4 on the season and is in first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Kingsport, Jose Moreno (0-1, 14.29) 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals (postponed)

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain.  It will be made up on July 4.

In the early going, the 1-3 Gulf Birds are three games out of the division lead.

Sunday’s game:  GCL Cardinals at Mets, Nathanael Heredia (0-0, 3.86) 10:00 am ET

DSL Cardinals Red 7, DSL Mets2 6

The Cardinals Red edged the Mets2 on a three-run ninth inning rally on Saturday.  The Red offense was held scoreless until the fifth and fell behind 3-0.  The Cardinals tied it in the fifth with three runs on a ground out by Roblin Heredia, a wild pitch, and a single by Erick Thomas.

The Cardinals took the lead in the sixth with a run scored on a throwing error.  The Mets reclaimed the lead with two in the eighth and another in the top of the ninth.  The Cardinals, behind 6-4, rallied in the bottom of the ninth to put up three scores to win.  The runs came on a bases loaded walk by Albert Inoa, a single by Juan Sanchez, and sac fly by Miguel Marcos.

Sanchez and Thomas each had two hits in the contest.

Starter Henry Gomez pitched three innings and gave up two runs on seven hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Luis Garcia allowed one unearned run in his two innings of relief.  Jesus Jaquez pitched two scoreless innings.  Hector De Los Santos surrendered two runs in the eighth and was tagged with a blown save.  Ramon Fernandez gave up an unearned run in the ninth, but received the win.

Sanchez stole his first base of the season.  Thomas was caught stealing, and Bryan Matute was picked first base.  Thomas and Matute each made fielding errors.  Smith Vargas had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals Red are 9-16 on the season and are in seventh place in the DSL San Pedro Division.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled

DSL Cardinals Blue 12 at DSL Twins 10

The Cardinals Blue squeaked past the Twins in a Saturday slugfest.  The Blue offense scored in every other inning until the big finale in the ninth.  The Twins kept up for the most part but fell short in the end.

The first Cardinals score came in the second inning when the two Rodriguez’s plated a run each.  Luis Rodriguez doubled to drive in a run while Jose Rodriguez did the same on a single. The two runs tied the game but the Twins came back in the bottom of the inning to take a 3-2 lead.

In the fourth, Fernando Diaz and Darlin Moquete singled to plate a run each.  The Twins added three runs in the fifth to re-take the lead at 6-4.

It was the Cardinals’ turn in the sixth.  Darlyn Del Villar smacked a two run double to tie the game.  Blue added a run in the eighth on Leudy Pena’s double.  The Twins responded with a run in the bottom frame to tie the score once more.

The game was decided in the ninth.  The Cardinals put up the crooked number beginning with an RBI single by Del Villar.  Erik Pena scored on a wild pitch, followed by Darlin Moquete who did the same.  Luis Rodriguez contributed a two run double and the Cardinals led 12-7.

The Twins rallied with three runs in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short.

Needless to say, pitching on both sides was coughing up runs frequently. On the Cardinals side, Eduar Pimentel pitched the first inning and surrendered three runs on three hits.  The right hander struck out two and walked one.  Dionys Rodriguez followed with two scoreless innings. Juan Peralta gave up three runs, one earned, in his two innings pitched and was charged with a blown save.  Benjamin Arias tossed 2 2/3 innings and allowed one unearned run.  Cristoffer Zapata finished the eighth inning in relief of Peralta, gave up three runs, but was granted the win.  Victor Villanueva pitched a scoreless ninth to earn his first save.

Moquete stole his 11th base and Del Villar was caught stealing. Zapata committed two throwing errors and Elvin DeJesus also made a throwing error.

The Cardinals Blue are 15-7 and are in first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  No game scheduled.

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