Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 4, 2019

photo: Tommy Parsons (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals farm system went 2-2 on Monday as the Dominican Summer League squads both won, Palm Beach was beaten in 11 innings despite a career-best performance from Player of the Day Tommy Parsons, and Springfield was shut down by the Tulsa Drillers. Memphis and Peoria had Draft Day 1 off.

Results for games played Monday, June 3rd.

Memphis OFF

Triple-A Memphis did not play Monday. The 23-35 Redbirds head to the West Coast after an 0-10 homestand, trying to break a 12-game losing streak that has them just a half-game from the division cellar.

Tuesday’s game: at Tacoma, Jake Woodford (3-2, 3.11) 8:05 CT.

Tulsa 5, Springfield 1

Evan Mendoza (Andrew Miller/Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield slipped to 23-34 on the season with a 5-1 road loss to the Drillers on Monday evening. The S-Cards offense consisted of three singles, three walks, and a stolen base (by Randy Arozarena). Evan Mendoza walked twice and had one of the base knocks, making him the night’s nominal star of the Springfield attack.

Roel Ramirez made his third start of the year to go with 15 relief appearances, and struggled mightily, surrendering five runs in 4 1/3 innings. The 24-year-old righty permitted six hits including two doubles and a home run, as his ERA ballooned to 5.55 on the year. Lefty Jacob Patterson was the best of the bullpen crew, tossing a shutout inning on just 13 pitches, including a strikeout and no walks.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa, Angel Rondon (0-0, 3.00) 7:05 CT.

Lakeland 2 at Palm Beach 0 (11 innings)

Tommy Parsons (Peoria Chiefs)

Player of the Day Tommy Parsons dazzled with a dozen strikeouts over eight one-hit innings, but Palm Beach (32-24) failed to capitalize on seven free passes, going 1-for-11 with men in scoring position in a 2-0 extra-inning home loss to the Lakeland Flying Tigers. The 23-year-old Parsons needed only 97 pitches to complete his eight innings, issuing just one walk and retiring 20 of the last 21 batters he faced — the final four on swinging strikeouts. Reliever and losing pitcher Bryan Dobzanski vastly exceeded his season high with 44 pitches, and allowed both decisive runs in his final frame.

Julio Rodriguez and Lars Nootbaar each singled for the only Beach Bird safeties. (Rodriguez continues to lead the Florida State League with his .331 batting average.) First baseman Luken Baker contributed a pair of bases on balls to Monday night’s meager Palm Beach assault.

With their four consecutive loss, the Beach Birds fell into third place, one game behind Bradenton and Fort Myers.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.31) 5:30 CT.

Peoria OFF

Peoria did not play Monday. The 24-31 Chiefs are in seventh place, 12 games back, in the Midwest League’s West Division.

With the continuing flooding across the Midwest and specifically in Davenport, the Astros’ Quad Cities affiliate is playing this home series on the road, at Dozer Park.

Tuesday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria), Colin Schmid (2-1, 3.00) 6:35 CT.

DSL Cardinals Blue 7 at DSL Angels 6

Darlin Moquete

The DSL Cardinals Blue club began their 2019 on the right foot, scoring four in the ninth to pick up a road win over DSL Angels on Monday morning by a 7-6 final score. Left fielder Darlin Moquette went 2-for-3 including a homer, walk, and steal, and crossed the plate three times, while right fielder Gustavo A. Rodriguez drove in a trio of teammates with three hits. Leadoff switch-hitter and second baseman Elvin DeJesus (age 17) singled twice and walked once to help ignite the Cards lineup.

Righty Reinys Portillo started and allowed two runs in four innings for a no decision (four walks, three whiffs). The win, and also a blown save, went to Luis Tena, who twirled 2 1/3 innings and yielded a pair of runs while fanning four and walking just one.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Yankees, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 11, DSL Brewers 4

Ludwin Jimenez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The DSL Cardinals Red scored the game’s first three runs and were never headed in an 11-4 home trouncing of the Brewers, lifting their ledger to 2-0 on the young season. Starting pitcher Ludwin Jimenez went five solid innings for the win, allowing two runs on seven singles and a pair of walks. The 17-year-old righty fanned four and picked a man off second base to aid his own cause. Augusto Calderon was strong out of the bullpen, with two shutout innings and two strikeouts versus no walks.

Seventeen-year-old right fielder Fernando Brazoban singled twice and tripled to spearhead the Red 12-hit attack, while left fielder Diowill Burgos popped the team’s only homer of the day, stole a base, and drew a walk. Center fielder Smith Vargas (age 17) singled and tripled from the leadoff spot, and immediately intriguing 16-year-old backstop and number three hitter Roblin Heredia singled, doubled, gunned a base thief, and stole two bases himself. The Venezuelan catcher hits left, checks in at a robust 6′ 0″ and 200 pounds, and is the youngest hitter or pitcher on the Red roster, not turning 17 until late July.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Tigers 1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.

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