Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 5, 2019

photo: Juan Yepez (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

On a 3-3 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals, Juan Yepez is the Player of the Day, marking his return to Peoria with two home runs and seven RBI. Memphis broke its 12-game losing streak and the DSL Red won. A dependable Springfield reliever stumbled, Palm Beach lost another close one and the DSL Blue fell in a shootout.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 4th.

Memphis 9 at Tacoma 3    

Jake Woodford (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

It took a trip to the West Coast to do it, but the Redbirds finally notched a victory, downing Tacoma 9-3 in the series opener.  The win snapped Memphis’ 12-game losing streak and kicked off a seven-game road swing for third-place Memphis (24-35) which trails Iowa (CHC) by 10 games in the American Northern standings.

The Redbirds banged out 13 hits, led by Adolis Garcia who went 3-for-5 with a double and solo bomb that was part of his two runs scored and three knocked in.  Four Memphis players had two hits apiece:  Tommy Edman, Tyler O’Neill, Lane Thomas and Ramon Urias.  Rangel Ravelo led off the third with his seventh home run of the season.

Jake Woodford tossed seven strong frames in picking up his fourth win in six decisions.  The righty held the Pacific Northern Division leaders to two first-inning runs on five hits and a base-on-balls while striking out six.

Domenic Leone was charged with a run on two hits and a walk with three outs recorded.  Tommy Layne walked one in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tacoma (29-30) (SEA), 8:05 pm CT, Anthony Shew (1-1, 3.00)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 7      

Randy Arozarena (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Three late tallies off organization May Pitcher of the Month Junior Fernandez sent the S-Cards to a 7-5 defeat at Tulsa.  Springfield (23-35) has lost the first two of the three-game series and is now officially eliminated from first-half post-season contention.

Springfield led 5-4 with six outs to go, as Fernandez (L, 0-1) (BS, 1) entered the game.  But the right-hander suffered a rare stumble, giving up three runs on four hits and two free passes.

Angel Rondon started and allowed four tallies on five hits and two walks in 6 2/3.  Two of the four scores against him resulted from a home run.  Will Latcham allowed a hit and walk before recording his sole out, letting one of two of Rondon’s inherited runners score.

The visitors generated six hits with Kramer Robertson the only player with more than one.  The shortstop went 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.  Randy Arozarena’s only hit in four at bats was a three-run home run, his third of 2019.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (31-26) (LAD), 12:05 pm CT, Austin Warner (2-4, 4.21)

Lakeland 3 at Palm Beach 2   

Perry DellaValle (Palm Beach Cardinals)

A late rally could not prevent another loss as the Beach Birds were clipped at Roger Dean by the Flying Tigers, 3-2, extending their losing streak to five.  The skid has dropped Palm Beach (32-25) a game off the pace set by co-leaders Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

The home team trailed 2-0 at the sixth’s midpoint, but knotted the score at two all after seven.  However, a ninth-inning score against Mitchell Osnowitz (L, 1-2) provided the game’s difference.

Starter Perry DellaValle tossed a strong five-inning effort, with the only mark against him a solo long ball comprising one of his four hits yielded.  The righty issued two free passes and fanned five.

C J Saylor was charged with a run on two hits and a walk in the sixth before handing the ball off to Ronnie Williams.  Williams hurled two scoreless frames, allowing a hit and walk.

Center fielder Chase Pinder took part in both of his team’s scores, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.  Six Palm Beach players had one hit each.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Lakeland (25-32) (DET), 6:30 pm ET, Alex Fagalde (5-3, 2.31)

Peoria 12 at Quad Cities 5   

Juan Yepez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs opened an unusual road series by trouncing the River Bandits, 12-5.  Peoria (25-31) is in seventh place in the Western Division standings, 11 games in back of Quad Cities (HOU).

The three-game series claimed the ‘unusual’ label when it was transferred from Davenport’s Modern Woodman Park to Dozer Park in Peoria after flood waters blocked access.  Hence the games were moved, with Chiefs visitors for all three contests in their own ballpark.

Peoria fought back against Quad Cities’ three-run first by scoring eight times over the next three frames to lead 8-3 after four.  Player of the Day Juan Yepez swung the hottest bat on a squad generating 13 hits, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a three-run home run and a two-run bomb that was part of his seven driven in.  It was the designated hitter’s 2019 debut.

Yepez, the number six batter, was sandwiched by two Chiefs garnering three hits each in five at bats:  Brady Whalen and Bryce Denton.  Whalen crossed home three times while knocking in one and Denton doubled one time with a run scored and RBI.  Brendan Donovan added a multi-hit performance of his own, going 2-for-6 with a solo blast.

Colin Schmid (W, 3-1) tossed the initial five innings, permitting three runs on six hits and three walks with five strikeouts.  Thomas St. Clair yielded two tallies in his inning on the mound before Edgar Escobar struck out three during his two clean frames.  Evan Sisk tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday’s game: at Quad Cities (HOU), 6:35 pm CT, Michael Brettell (1-2, 4.44)

DSL Cardinals Blue 10 at DSL Yankees 12

Hansel Otamendi (Pelota Cubana)

The C-Blue mustered a late rally only to fall short in their 12-10 road slugfest defeat to the DSL Yankees.  The DSL Cardinals Blue (1-1) are tied for fifth in the South Division standings with the Angels, 1 ½ games behind the Mets1.

Down 12-2 through six, the visitors pushed across eight scores in the final three frames, including a six-run eighth.  The Cardinals Blue’s 12-hit attack was led by center fielder Hansel Otamendi, who went 4-for-5 with two doubles and three runs scored out of the two slot.  The only other C-Blue player with more than one hit was right fielder Darlin Moquete, who singled twice in five at bats, touching home once.

A parade of six Cardinals Blue hurlers took the mound on Tuesday, beginning with Luis Ortiz, who did not finish the second inning.  The righty tossed a one-two-three first but gave up two runs on three hits and a walk with two outs recorded the next frame.

Engels Martinez’ first taste of organized ball was a sour one, as the 17-year-old righty surrendered five tallies on a hit, three walks plus a plunked batter with three batters retired.  Three of the five scores resulted from a long ball but Martinez did leave Ortiz’ last two runners on base.

Ronald Suarez went two innings, allowing two runs on four hits and two walks.  Both of the hits surrendered by Josue Ramirez in just 2/3 of an inning were home runs, accounting for three tallies.  Neither Victor Villanueva (1 2/3 IP) nor Cristoffer Zapata (1 IP) were scored upon although the former allowed one of three inherited runners to score.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (0-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals Red 10 vs. DSL Tigers1 6       

Diowill Burgos

Diowill Burgos’ hot bat propelled the C-Red past the DSL Tigers1, 10-6.  The DSL Cardinals Red (3-0) are tied with the Mets2 atop the San Pedro Division standings.

Burgos accounted for six tallies, going 3-for-4 with a double, two-run home run, scored three times and drove in four while playing left field.  Three Cardinals Red players had two hits apiece:  second baseman Albert Inoa, first baseman Alexander Samuel and third baseman Luis Andujar.  Inoa reached base four times, singling and tripling in three at bats with two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.  Both Inoa and Samuel swiped their first stolen base but the 17-year-old second baseman also committed his second bobble of the young season.

Making his professional debut, Diorys Guerrero pitched the first 3 2/3 frames.  The southpaw allowed three runs on six hits and three walks with two K’s. Guerrero also threw two wild pitches.

Larimel Soriano (W, 1-0) generated a solid 2 1/3-inning relief effort, permitting an unearned tally on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman.  The righty stranded two inherited runners.   Ramon Fernandez recorded six outs while yielding two runs on four hits.  Hemerson Corder issued a free pass in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game:  at DSL Tigers1 (0-3), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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