photo: Alex Fagalde (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)
The St. Louis Cardinals farm system enjoyed a 4-2 ledger on Wednesday, with the Dominican Summer League squads sweeping the opposition, Peoria and Palm Beach pitching their way to victories, and Memphis and Springfield continuing their struggles. Player of the Day Alex Fagalde twirled seven brilliant innings for the Beach Birds as they moved into a three-way tie for first in the Florida State League South.
Results for games played Wednesday, June 5th.
Anthony Shew allowed six runs without finishing the first inning, and the Redbirds (24-36) were routed by the homestanding Rainiers 10-4, ending their winning streak at one. The Redbirds lost for the 18th time in their last 21 tilts. Chris Ellis and Chasen Shreve did distinguish themselves in relief, with righty Ellis contributing three shutout innings, and lefty Shreve fanning four over 2 1/3 hitless frames.
Catcher Jose Godoy led the Memphis attack with a walk, a single, and his first Triple-A home run in just his second game. Tyler O’Neill had the only other multi-hit night with a pair of singles. Shortstop and leadoff man Tommy Edman had his fourth triple of the season, and also committed his first error of 2019.
Thursday’s game: at Tacoma, Daniel Ponce de Leon (4-4, 4.13) 9:05 CT.
Springfield out-hit Tulsa 9-to-6 but came up empty with men in scoring position in a 4-1 road loss to the Drillers, dropping the S-Cards to 23-36 on the year. Backstop Chris Chinea went 3-for-4, but the only run came on a fourth inning solo homer from first baseman Zach Kirtley – his first at Double-A and his team’s only extra base hit on the afternoon.
Starter and losing pitcher Austin Warner (2-5, 4.10) threw six solid stanzas of two-run baseball, striking out three and walking the same. Connor Jones provided the bullpen highlight with a spotless nine-pitch inning, including a strikeout.
Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, Johan Oviedo (1-2, 7.03) 4:05 CT.
Player of the Day Alex Fagalde logged seven shutout innings as Palm Beach (33-25) topped Lakeland 3-1 at home, returning to first place in the FSL South Division. Fagalde, also the system’s May Pitcher of the Month per The Cardinal Nation, improved to 6-3 and lowered his ERA to 2.08 while fanning five and conceding just four singles, a hit batter, and one free pass. Southpaw Patrick Dayton recorded his fifth hold of the season while permitting an eighth-inning run. Ben Yokley finished the game with his third save, fanning a pair in a scoreless ninth inning.
Second baseman Michael Perri and catcher Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit games for Palm Beach. Ortega singled three times and Perri doubled and singled. Leadoff man Justin Toerner reached four times, as he was plunked twice to go along with a single and walk. Defensive stalwart Ortega also gunned down a man stealing and picked another Flying Tiger off second base.
Thursday’s game: vs. Lakeland, Edgar Gonzalez (4-7, 3.41) 5:30 CT.
Peoria inched closer toward .500, topping Quad Cities at Dozer Park by a 6-2 tally and lifting their record to 26-31 on the year. (Quad Cities had last at-bats but the game was played in Peoria due to flooding in Davenport.) Second baseman Brendan Donovan led off and reached base four times (two singles, two walks) to set the tone for the Chiefs. Center fielder Wadye Ynfante singled, doubled, and had an assist at second base.
Michael Brettell got the win with six innings of one-run baseball, scattering four walks, three singles, and two doubles. Righty Cole Aker was the bullpen bully with a six up, six down evening. The 22-year-old fanned one batter and permitted just one ball to leave the infield, a harmless flyout.
Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities (but in Peoria again), Kyle Leahy (3-4, 3.86) 6:35 CT.
The DSL Cardinals Red team remained unbeaten on the young season, raising their record to 4-0 with a narrow 4-3 road win over the DSL Tigers1 squad on Wednesday morning. Mexican 18-year-old righty Edgar Manzo started and went four innings, allowing one earned run and no walks while whiffing a trio of Tigers. Venezuelan 17-year-old Miguel Maiz picked up the win with two shutout frames, and Hansel De Los Santos tied a bow on the victory with three mostly clean innings (one unearned run).
The Red had no extra base knocks, but first baseman Alexander Samuel and center fielder Endri Salas (age 17) had multi-hit games, and Dominican second baseman Albert Inoa (also 17) had an unusually full day with a single, walk, hit by pitch, second stolen base, but also his third and fourth errors. He was also gunned at third base from left field.
Thursday’s game: vs. D-backs2, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.
The DSL Cardinals Blue rallied from a 7-1 deficit over the final four innings to overtake the Nationals at home 8-7, improving to 2-1 on the season. Left fielder Leudy Pena singled twice and smashed his first homer of 2019 to lead the Blue comeback. Other contributors to the 12-hit assault included 17-year-old second sacker Elvin DeJesus with two singles, a walk, a steal, and a sac bunt out of the leadoff spot, and tiny switch-hitter Carlos Arcia (5′ 8″, 140) who homered and drew a pair of free passes. Arcia just turned 17, and is listed on the club roster as a shortstop, though he played third base on Wednesday.
Venezuelan righty Gustavo J. Rodriguez had a fine Blue debut, twirling four innings and allowing one unearned run on three singles. The slender 18-year-old (6′ 3″, 160) fanned four, issued a walk, and hit a batter. Teammate Dionys Rodriguez did not fare so well, however, coughing up six runs in one inning of work. Bullpen star of the game was unquestionably 17-year-old Dominican righty Hancel Rincon, who retired nine of ten men faced, three via strikeout.
Thursday’s game: at DSL Mets1, pitcher TBA, 9:30 a.m. CT.
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