Cardinals Minor League Notebook – September 1, 2019

photo: Seth Elledge (Frank Ramirez/The Cardinal Nation)

The St. Louis Cardinals system was 2-3 on Saturday.  Johnson City won its game to take the semifinal playoffs to Game three.  Our Players of the Day are the Memphis Redbirds pitching staff of Seth Elledge, Roel Ramirez, Chasen Shreve and Kodi Whitley, who combined to take a no-hitter against the first place Iowa Cubs into the bottom of the eighth inning in Saturday’s game in Des Moines.  Honorable mention goes to Springfield DH Chris Chinea, who went a perfect 4-for-4 with a home run, a double, and two RBIs in Springfield’s loss to Midland.

Results for games played Saturday, August 31.

Memphis 3 at  Iowa 1

Seth Elledge (Steve Mitchell/Imagn)

Having missed their slim chance at the playoffs with a loss to Iowa the previous night, the Redbirds came back to defeat the Cubs 3-1 on Saturday.  Four Memphis pitchers combined to take a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the contest.  Starter Seth Elledge pitched three scoreless, hitless innings, struck out five and walked two.  Roel Ramirez took the mantle from Elledge and no-hit the Cubs for two scoreless innings of relief. Next in line was Chasen Shreve, who tossed two more scoreless, hitless innings.  Kodi Whitley finally gave up a double to the second Cub hitter he faced in the eighth inning.  That double and a triple in the ninth were the only hits surrendered to the Cubs.  The lone Cubs run scored on a sac fly in the ninth.  Whitley earned the save while Ramirez got the win.

The Memphis offense scored three runs on seven hits. Two of the runs came on a first inning home run by Adolis Garcia.  The third and final run scored on a single by Jose Martinez in the seventh. Martinez was 2-for-4 in the game.

On the base paths, Max Schrock stole his 12th base of the season.

Memphis is 69-69 on the season and are in second place in the PCL North and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  at Iowa, Jake Woodford (9-7, 3.95) 1:08 CT.

Springfield 3, Midland 4

Chris Chinea (Springfield Cardinals)

The Cardinals were edged by the Midland RockHounds in the second game of the four game final series of the season on Saturday.  Springfield fell behind 3-0 in the second inning but battled back to tie the game with one run in the second and two more in the fourth.  Chris Chinea was the offensive star of the game, going a perfect 4-for-4 with two RBI.  Chinea hit a solo home run in the second inning to put the Cardinals on the board.  In the fourth, Chinea doubled in a run and Juan Yepez plated a run on a sac fly.  Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-4.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched 6 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on eight hits.  The left hander struck out three and walked three.  Will Latcham surrendered one run in 2 1/3 innings of relief and took the loss.

In the field, Connor Capel had an outfield assist at third base. Kruczynski picked a runner off first base.

The Cardinals are 30-38 in the second half, 60-78 overall, are in third place in the Texas League North, and have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Midland, Angel Rondon (6-5, 3.21) 6:10 CT.

Palm Beach, Florida (cancelled)

This game was cancelled due to the impending weather from Hurricane Dorian.

Peoria 5 at Clinton 10

Jonatan Machado (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs are rocked by the Clinton LumberKings by the score of 10-5 in the first game of the final season series on Saturday.  The Chiefs offense was held off the board until the final three innings of the game.  Behind 10-0 going into the seventh inning, Peoria attempted a comeback with three runs in the seventh.  Edwin Figuera plated a run on a sac fly.  Jonatan Machado and Josh Shaw each singled to score a run.  In the eighth, Machado drew a bases loaded walk, and in the ninth a run scored on a throwing error.  The rally fell short with the lone run in the ninth.  Machado went 3-for-4 with two RBI.  Shaw and Leandro Cedeno were both 3-for-5.

Starter Michael Brettell pitched 3 1/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on 14 hits.  The right hander struck out one and walked one.  Wilfredo Pereira tossed the final 4 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Brettell took the loss.

In the field, Cedeno had an outfield assist at second base.

The Chiefs are 23-45 in the second half, 53-84 overall, and are in last place in the Midwest League West.  Peoria has been eliminated from playoff contention.

Sunday’s game:  at Clinton, Logan Gragg (0-3, 3.94) 2:00 CT

State College 2 at Williamsport 3 (10 innings)

David Vinsky (State College Spikes)

The Spikes lost a heartbreaker in extra innings in Williamsport on Saturday as their playoff hopes ended.  The Spikes fell behind 2-0 early in the game, but a two run eighth inning knotted it up and eventually took the game into the 10th inning.  The tying runs scored on a groundout by Matt Duce and a fielding error.  David Vinsky and Stanley Espinal were both 2-for-4 in the game, but no State College hitter had an extra base hit.

Spikes starter Andre Pallante pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up one run on four hits. The right hander struck out two.  Jacob Schlesener surrendered one run in 3 1/3 innings of relief.  Fabian Blanco tossed the final two innings and gave up the walk off run in the 10th to take the loss.

On the base paths, Vinsky stole a base and was caught stealing.  In the field, Schlesener made an error on a pickoff. Terry Fuller had an outfield assist at second base.

The Spikes are 38-36 on the season and are in third place in the New York/Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Williamsport, Adrian Mardueno (3-2, 3.72) 5:05 CT.

Johnson City 7, Bristol 4

Todd Lott (Robert Kell)

The Cardinals defeated the Bristol Pirates in the second game of the best of three Semifinal Playoffs of the Appalachian League Western Division. The series stands at 1-1, and the winner of Sunday’s game will determine which team moves on to the final series against the Eastern Division Semifinal winner.

The Cardinals scored seven runs on 10 hits.  Todd Lott got the scoring going in the first inning with a two run single to left field.  Jhon Torres hit a solo home run in the fifth.  In the sixth, Chandler Redmond hit a solo home run, and Torres plated his second run on a sac fly.  Kevin Vargas plated a run on a single in the eighth.  The seventh and final Cardinal run scored on a wild pitch in the eighth.   Lott went 2-for-4 and was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Starter Francisco Justo pitched 4 1/3 innings and gave up two runs on five hits.  The right hander struck out four and walked one.  Will Guay followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.  John Witkowski surrendered two runs in 2 2/3 innings of relief.  Dylan Pearce got the last out of the ninth for the save.  Guay was the winning pitcher.

On the base paths, Lott was caught stealing.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Bristol, TBA 4:00 CT.

GCL Cardinals, GCL Astros (cancelled)

The GCL Cardinals were scheduled to play the GCL Astros in a doubleheader on Saturday.  Both games were cancelled due to the impending weather from Hurricane Dorian.  The Cardinals season is at an end.  The Cardinals finished the season with a record of 20-34 and were in last place in the GCL East.

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