Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2018

photo: Elehuris Montero (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 1-4 on Friday. Our Players of the Day are outfielder Conner Capel and third baseman Elehuris Montero, who went a combined 4-for 9 with two RBI in Palm Beach’s road win.

Results for games played Friday, August 31.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 5

Lane Thomas (Springfield Cardinals)

The Redbirds offense was stymied by Nashville pitching for six innings before breaking through with their lone run in the seventh on a solo home run by Alex Mejia.  Memphis had seven hits total, including three from Lane Thomas.

Memphis starter Austin Warner gave up four runs on six hits in his start which lasted four innings.  Giovanny Gallegos pitched the next two scoreless frames.  Andrew Morales surrendered a run in the seventh and John Brebbia tossed a scoreless eighth.  Warner took the loss.

The Redbirds are 81-56 on the season and have clinched first place in the PCL American Southern.

Saturday’s game:   at Nashville, Adam Wainwright (0-0, 0.00) 7:05 CT.

Springfield 3, Arkansas 5

Jeremy Martinez (State College Spikes)

The Cardinals suffered a home defeat at the hands of the Arkansas Travelers.  Anthony Shew took the mound for Springfield and pitched five innings.  The right-hander gave up three runs on six hits while fanning six and walking three.  Hector Mendoza tossed two scoreless innings of relief.  Landon Beck took the loss as he surrendered the winning runs to the Travelers in the eighth.  Roel Ramirez pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals got on the board in the fifth, scoring two of their three runs.  John Nogowski singled and scored on Evan Mendoza’s double.   Mendoza later scored on a ground out by Jeremy Martinez.    Martinez’ solo home run in the seventh put the third and final Cardinals run on the board.

The Cardinals are 60-76 overall, 27-39 in the second half, and are in last place in the Texas League North.

Saturday’s game:  vs. Tulsa, Matt Pearce (0-6, 5.21) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach 3 at Lakeland 1

Conner Capel (Lynchburg Hillcats)

After Lakeland took the 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first, the Cardinals battled back with single runs in the fourth, fifth, and seventh innings. The fourth began with a single by Elehuris Montero and Scott Hurst followed with a double.  Ryan McCarvel’s infield single loaded the bases.  Irving Lopez grounded into a force out and Montero scored.  Juan Yepez hit a leadoff single in the fifth and scored on Montero’s double.   In the seventh, Jose Godoy singled and scored on Conner Capel’s single.

Sam Tewes was on the bump for the Cardinals five innings, during which he gave up one run on six hits.  Tewes earned his second win for Palm Beach.  Evan Guillory added three scoreless innings and Yeison Medina finished with a scoreless ninth for his third save.

The Cardinals are 74-57 overall and 35-32 in the second half and are in third place in the FSL South.

Saturday’s game:   at Lakeland, TBA 5:00 CT.

Peoria 3, Kane County 10

Robbie Gordon (The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs had a tough time against Kane County, as the visitors capped off a series sweep with a decisive Friday win. Peoria fell behind 10-0 until a three-run rally in the ninth.  The inning started with walks by Dennis Ortega, Luken Baker and Nick Plummer. Wood Myers singled to plate Ortega.  Justin Toerner walked, and Baker scored.  Plummer scored on a wild pitch.

Alvaro Seijas lost his eighth game of the season with a short outing of 1 1/3 innings in which he gave up six runs on six hits.  Robbie Gordon temporarily stopped the bleeding with 3 1/3 scoreless frames. The bleeding returned when Thomas St. Clair surrendered four more runs in 1 2/3 innings pitched.  Fabian Blanco and Kodi Whitley combined for the final 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

The Chiefs are 76-60 overall, 37-29 in the second half and are in third place in the Midwest League Western.

Saturday’s game:  at Quad Cities, Zach Prendergast (7-3, 2.83) 6:35 CT.

State College 3, West Virginia 7

Imeldo Diaz (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

State College fell to the West Virginia Black Bears in the home finale, as starter Jacob Schlesener had a very tough outing on the mound.  The left-hander went only 2 2/3 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits.  Will Changarotty and Troy Montemayor combined to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings, but the damage was done as the Spikes dropped their seventh straight.

The Spikes scored their first run in the third inning as they attempted to come back from a 7-0 deficit.  Matt Duce walked, Imeldo Diaz singled and Edwin Figuera reached on a fielding error.  A sac fly by Jonatan Machado scored Duce.  A second run came home in the fifth when Delvin Perez hit a leadoff single and later scored a sac fly by Figuera. Diaz had four hits in four at-bats in the losing cause.

The Spikes are 34-39 on the season and are in fourth place in the New York-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Saturday’s game:  at Williamsport, Franyel Casadilla (4-2, 3.07) 6:05 CT.

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