Cardinals Minor League Notebook – June 8, 2019

photo: Justin Toerner (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 3-4 on Friday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach’s Justin Toerner with a grand slam and six RBI. Honorable mention goes to the top four in the Memphis lineup, Edmundo Sosa, Max Schrock, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo, who pulverized Reno pitching with 14 of 18 hits in the Redbirds’ win.

Results for games played Friday, June 7.

Memphis 10 at Reno 4

John Nogowski (Memphis Redbirds)

The Redbirds offense pummeled the Reno Aces on Friday night, with an 18 hit thrashing to a 10-4 victory.  Memphis has won three of its last four games.

The top of the Memphis lineup did the bulk of the damage, with 14 of the hits coming from the bats of Edmundo Sosa, Max Schrock, John Nogowski, and Rangel Ravelo.  The first inning marked the first score for the Redbirds, as Schrock’s ground out put the Birds up 1-0.

Sosa thumped a solo home run for a 2-0 lead in the third.  Reno added two to make it 2-2.  In the fifth, Nogowski hit a two run blast to left field for a 4-2 Memphis lead.  Ravelo made it 5-2 with an RBI single in the seventh.

The big inning was the eighth.  Ramon Urias walked, and Drew Robinson hit a two run shot to center for a 7-2 lead.  Sosa doubled, and scored on Nogowski’s single. Schrock singled and scored on a Ravelo single. Nogowski scored on a ground ball double play by Lane Thomas.

The Aces added two in the bottom of the ninth.

Starter Evan Kruczynski notched his first Triple-A win, tossing five innings and giving up two runs on six hits.  The left-hander fanned six and walked three.  Dominic Leone followed with two scoreless innings.  Chris Beck pitched a scoreless eighth.  Tommy Layne surrendered the two Reno scores in the ninth.

Urias made a throwing error and catcher Jose Godoy had a passed ball.

Memphis is 26-36 on the season and is in third place in the PCL American North, 8 games behind the Iowa Cubs.

Saturday’s game:  at Reno, Alex Reyes (1-1, 6.00) 9:05 CT.

Springfield 7 at NW Arkansas 9 (seven innings, Game 1)

Johan Mieses (Memphis Redbirds)

The Cardinals lost to the Naturals in the first game of a doubleheader in Springdale on Friday.  The Cardinals were in a big hole in the first inning after the Naturals pounded Cardinals starter Williams Perez for six runs.  Perez only recorded one out before being pulled.  Will Latcham was next and was responsible for three more Naturals scores over his 2 2/3 innings pitched.  The last two relievers, Merandy Gonzalez and Seth Elledge, kept NW Arkansas scoreless for the remaining three innings.  Perez was tagged with the loss.

The Springfield offense made a valiant effort to overcome the deficit.  Springfield put two runs on the board in the first before the six-run pounding in the bottom frame of the inning. Kramer Robertson tripled to plate the first run, then scored on an Evan Mendoza ground out.

Robertson drove in a third run in the third inning on a sac fly.  Johan Mieses did his part with a three-run home run in the fourth inning. The seventh and final score came home on Connor Capel’s RBI single in the fifth.

Capel and Randy Arozarena each had two hits. Arozarena was picked off first base.

Springfield 2 at NW Arkansas 7, (seven innings, Game 2)

Kodi Whitley (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals suffered a second loss in Game 2 of the twin bill.  The offense again scored first with one run in the first inning on an RBI single by Chris Chinea.  Springfield did not score again until the seventh and last inning, when Randy Arozarena doubled to plate Dylan Carlson.

Carlson had three hits and scored both runs.  Arozarena had two hits.

Lefty Jacob Patterson started and gave up all seven Naturals runs on eight hits in four innings pitched.  Patterson struck out three and walked one. Kodi Whitley pitched the final two scoreless innings.  Patterson took his fourth loss of the season.

Carlson both stole a base and was caught stealing. The stolen base was Carlson’s 11th, the caught stealing was his fourth.  Chinea made a throwing error.

The Cardinals are 23-38 and in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  at NW Arkansas, Johan Oveido (1-2, 7.03) 6:05 CT.

Palm Beach 12, Charlotte 5

Justin Toerner (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The Cardinals pounded the Stone Crabs at Roger Dean Stadium on Friday.  Palm Beach was behind most of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning when the offense let loose with eight runs.

The first run came in the first inning when Lars Nootbaar drew a bases loaded walk.  Nootbaar drove in the second run in the third inning on a ground ball single to right.

The big eighth inning scoring began with a hit by pitch on Nick Plummer with the bases loaded. Jose Martinez the younger singled to plate another.  Justin Toerner then came to the plate with the bases loaded and destroyed a baseball for a grand slam.  Yariel Gonzalez singled to plate the final two runs of the inning, on a play with a fielding error by the Charlotte CF who then assisted in an 8-3-2-5 putout of Gonzalez at third base.

The Cardinals added two more scores in the ninth on a two-run single by Toerner, increasing the leadoff man’s total to six RBI.

Starter Griffin Roberts, in his second start after his return from suspension, tossed six innings, giving up four runs on eight hits.  Roberts fanned six and walked three.  Ronnie Williams surrendered one run in two innings pitched and got the win. Zach Prendergast pitched a scoreless ninth.

Martinez stole his fourth base of the season. Michael Perri committed a fielding error.  Nootbaar had an outfield assist.

Palm Beach is 34-26 on the season and is tied for second place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Charlotte, Tommy Parsons (3-1, 1.78) 4:30 CT.

Peoria 3, Cedar Rapids 9

Delvin Perez (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs were defeated by the Kernels in a home contest at Dozer Park on Friday.  An early three run lead was lost in the second consecutive loss for Peoria.

The Chiefs scored all three runs in the bottom of the second inning.  Bryce Denton drew a walk, Brandon Benson singled to center, Brendan Donovan walked, and Delvin Perez doubled to left to plate all three runners.

Chiefs pitching allowed Cedar Rapids to put up five runs after the offense came them the 3-0 lead.  Starter Alvaro Siejas gave up three runs on five hits in his seven innings pitched.  Evan Sisk surrendered the other two runs in his two innings of work and took the loss.

Perez stole two bases.  Catcher Ivan Herrera was tagged with a catcher interference and a passed ball.

The Chiefs are 26-33 and are in seventh place in the Midwest League West, 12 games back of Quad Cities.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Cedar Rapids, Diego Cordero (2-5, 3.53) 6:35 CT.

DSL Cardinals Red 8 at DSL D-backs2 9 (12 innings)

The Cardinals Red was edged by the D-backs2 in extra innings on Friday.  Starter Angel Cuerca tossed four scoreless innings in support of a 1-0 Red lead.  The right hander allowed four hits, struck out four and walked three.  Luis Garcia relieved in the fifth and pitched two innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on one hit.  Oliver Lopez started the seventh and surrendered two additional runs while recording only one out.  Left hander Hemerson Cordero finished the seventh and tossed the next two innings in scoreless fashion.  Ramon Fernandez blew the save in the ninth, relinquishing three runs, one earned.  Larimel Soriano finished the game, giving up two runs, one earned for a second blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals Red offense took the initial 1-0 lead in the second inning on Luis Andujar’s RBI triple.  The D-backs scored four over the next five innings to take a 4-1 lead going into the eighth.  The Red scored three in the eighth a two run double by Ryan Matute and a wild pitch to tie the game at 4-4.

Matute plated a run in the 10th on a single, and a second run came home on a sac fly by Albert Inoa.  The D-backs tied the game a second time with two runs in the bottom half of the 10th.

Again, in the 11th, Cardinals Red retook the lead 7-6 on wild pitch.  The D-backs answered with a run in the bottom frame for the 7-7 tie.  A third wild pitch run came home for the Red in the top of the 12th for the 8-7 lead but the D-backs brought two home in the bottom of the 12th for the walk off win.

Matute was the offensive juggernaut for the Cardinals Red, going 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Andujar was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Jesus Orrechia made a fielding error and Soria had a miscue on a pickoff.  Cordero was picked off first base, and catcher Juan Sanchez had a passed ball.

The Cardinals Red are 4-2 on the young season.

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

DSL Cardinals Blue 4, DSL Phillies Red 2

The second DSL Cardinals team, the Cardinals Blue, defeated the Phillies Red on Friday.  The game was scoreless until the Phillies Red took a 2-0 lead in the fifth.  The Red tied it up with two runs in the sixth when Darlyn Del Villar plated a run on a ground ball single, and Gustavo Rodriguez’ sac fly brought a second run home.  A sac fly by Hansel Otamendi made the score 3-2 in the eighth, and a wild pitch increased the lead to 4-2.

The offense scored four runs on four hits.  The only extra base hit was a double by Elvin De Jesus.  No Cardinals Blue hitter had multiple hits.

Starter Wilmer Ortega pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up one unearned run on five hits while fanning four and walking one. Dionys Rodriguez surrendered a run in his 2/3 inning of work.  William Miranda and Nelson Prada each pitched two scoreless innings of relief.  Prada got the win.

Del Villar made a fielding error.

The Cardinals Blue have a record of 3-3.

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

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