In the biggest farm news of the day, Cardinals catching prospect Carson Kelly was called up from Triple-A Memphis. Kelly has been raking with the Redbirds this season, posting a 118 wRC+ and a career-high 10 home runs in 68 games.
Also joining the club are outfielder Randal Grichuk from the 10-day DL and left-handed reliever Zach Duke from the 60-day DL. To accommodate the three moves, outfielder Magneuris Sierra and right-handed reliever Sam Tuivailala have been optioned to the Minors - to Springfield and Memphis, respectively, and catcher Eric Fryer was designated for assignment.
Kelly, Grichuk, and Duke are all in Chicago for this weekend’s series at Wrigley Field with the Cubs.
Luke Weaver (SP): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 Ks, 1 BB
Josh Zeid (RP): 1 1⁄3 IP, 6 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 1 K, 1 BB
Wilfredo Tovar (SS): 4-5, BB, RBI, R
Harrison Bader (CF): 1-4, 2 BB, HR, 4 R, 2 RBIs
Alex Mejia (2B): 2-5, 2B, 3 RBIs
Patrick Wisdom (3B): 2-4, BB, HR, 3 RBIs, R
The Dodgers scored seven runs from the sixth inning on, but the Redbirds’ big lead stood tall come game’s end, as Memphis took the game by a 10-8 final score.
Luke Weaver started for the Redbirds and turned in five innings of one-run ball, picking up his ninth win in ten decisions this season and lowering his earned run average to 1.91 in 13 starts. Josh Zeid followed Weaver out of the bullpen and had very little go his way, as Oklahoma City smacked him around for six runs - all earned - in 1 1⁄3 frames.
Lucky for Zeid and the rest of the Redbirds, Memphis’ early run production would add up for a victory. Shortstop Wilfredo Tovar led the way with four hits. Center fielder Harrison Bader homered and was on base enough to score four runs. Second baseman Alex Mejia drove in three runs, and third baseman Patrick Wisdom did so as well, including two on his 21st long ball of the season.
Austin Gomber (SP): 3 IP, 9 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 0 K, 1 BB
Darren Seferina (2B): 3-5, R
John Nogowski (1B): 1-4, R, BB
Bruce Caldwell (DH): 1-3, BB, RBI
Springfield starter Austin Gomber was rocky in his start and the Cardinals’ bats couldn’t rebound, as the Travelers took Thursday’s game, 6-3.
Gomber was hit around by Arkansas for nine hits over three innings, allowing five runs and recording no strikeouts.
As for the Cardinals’ offense, the team failed to come up with timely hitting, going 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position and leaving nine runners on base. Second baseman Darren Seferina had three singles and scored a run. Catcher Andrew Knizner and designated hitter Bruce Caldwell drove in the only runs for Springfield, with one of the three scoring on a wild pitch.
Mike O’Reilly (SP): 8 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 6 Ks, 1 BB
Danny Diekroeger (3B): 1-4, HR, 2 RBIs, R
Shane Billings (RF): 1-4, 2 Rs
Leobaldo Pina (1B): 1-3, 2B
Mike O’Reilly was excellent in his Palm Beach debut, twirling eight innings of two-run ball to lead the Cardinals to a 4-2 win over the Tortugas on Thursday.
O’Reilly, picking up the win, punched out six and surrendered only three hits over his eight-inning outing, including two solo home runs - one in the fifth and the sixth.
Palm Beach backed O’Reilly with two runs in the first and another pair of tallies in the fifth. Center fielder Blake Drake and catcher Jose Godoy each had an RBI single in the first inning, and third baseman Danny Diekroeger launched a two-run homer in the fifth.
Frederis Parra (SP): 5 1⁄3 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 Ks, 0 BB
Dewin Perez (RP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 3 Ks, 1 BB
Brian O’Keefe (C): 4-6, 2B, 2 R
Nick Plummer (CF): 2-5, HR, BB, 4 RBIs, R
Dylan Carlson (RF): 2-5, R, RBI
It was a heart breaker last night for the Chiefs, who fell to the Tortugas, 6-5, in Thursday’s 13-inning affair.
Frederis Parra was solid in his start for Peoria, allowing two runs and punching out four in 5 1⁄3 innings. Reliever Dewin Perez came up big with three scoreless innings before Max Almonte took over in the bottom of the thirteenth and surrendered the game-winning run.
Chiefs backstop Brian O’Keefe had a solid day at the dish, with four hits and a run scored, but it was center fielder Nick Plummer who stole the show with the bats for Peoria. Plummer went 2-for-5 with his third home run and drove in four of the Chiefs’ five total runs.
Jonathon Mulford (SP): 4 2⁄3 IP, 9 H, 6 R, 2 ER, 4 Ks, 2 BBs
Joshua Lopez (DH): 3-4, 2B
Brandon Benson (LF): 2-4, HR, 2 RBIs, R
The Black Bears put up five runs early, and they were plenty to defeat the Spikes on Thursday, 8-2.
Spikes starter Jonathon Mulford allowed six runs in his 4 2⁄3 frames with only two of them earned as the result of two errors in the field behind him.
At the plate for State College, left fielder Brandon Benson did most of the work. Benson launched his third long ball of the year to drive in both of the runs. Designated hitter Joshua Lopez went 3-for-4 with a double, the only other extra-base hit.
Franyel Casadilla (SP): 5 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 3 Ks, 3 BBs
Irving Lopez (2B): 1-2, 2 BBs, R
Julio Rodriguez (C): 0-4, RBI
The Cardinals couldn’t escape an early deficit and ultimately fell to the Burlington Royals, 8-1, in Thursday’s matchup.
Cardinals starting pitcher Franyel Casadilla was roughed up for six Royals runs - all earned - over the first three frames of the game. Casadilla settled enough to pitch through the fifth inning, but Johnson City couldn’t keep up with Burlington’s booming bats.
Cardinals catcher Julio Rodriguez drove in the only run for his squad in the game, plating second baseman Irving Lopez in the top of the sixth. The glimmer of hope that may have came from the run diminished quickly, as Burlington tacked on two more runs over the seventh and eighth innings to put the game away.
Thursday’s GCL Cardinals - GCL Marlins game was suspended due to lightning. The Cardinals and Marlins are tied at six runs apiece, at the end of the ninth inning. The contest will resume on Tuesday, July 25.
Diego Cordero (SP): 6 IP, 10 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 6 Ks, 0 BB
Dionis Zamora (RP): 3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 4 Ks, 2 BBs
Hector Soto (RP): 1/3 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 2 BBs
Ivan Herrera (C): 3-5, 2 RBIs
Carlos Soler (CF): 2-3, 2B, R
Franklin Soto (SS): 3-4, 2 R
The Cardinals battled back to force extras in Thursday’s game and took a one-run lead in the top of the tenth. The Twins, however, got the final laugh in the bottom half of the frame with two runs to walk off the ballgame with a 5-4 victory.
Cardinals reliever Hector Soto took the mound, up 4-3, in the bottom of the tenth. After an RBI triple to tie the game, Soto issued two intentional walks to load the bases. With no margin for error, Soto threw a wild pitch, as the runner from third scored easily to win the game for the Twins.
Cardinals catcher Ivan Herrera went 3-for-5 with two runs batted in. Center fielder Carlos Soler doubled, accounting for the only extra-base hit, and scored a run. Shortstop Franklin Soto had three singles and scored twice.
MEM: Jack Flaherty
PMB: Junior Fernandez
PEO: Austin Warner
SC: Andrew Summerville
JNC: Franyel Casadilla