It definitely could’ve been a better day for the Cardinals farm system Thursday. Both DSL teams won and the GCL team remained undefeated early on, but that was it. Memphis fell in extra innings and Johnson City nearly pulled off a massive comeback.
New Orleans Baby Cakes 2 at Memphis Redbirds 1 (10)
Daniel Poncedeleon (SP): 3 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
Adolis Garcia (RF): 1-4, RBI
Memphis struggled to get anything going and only managed one extra base hit on the night in an extra inning defeat.
They took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth on an RBI single by Adolis Garcia. Pitching held through but allowed New Orleans to tie it in the top of the eighth.
Memphis did well to avoid major damage in the top of the 10th. They walked New Orleans with the bases loaded and nobody out to allow them to take the lead but Edward Mujica came in out of the pen and shut it down without allowing any other runners to score.
They had a shot with runners on second and third and one out in the bottom of the 10th but Tyler O’Neill struck out and Luke Voit lined out to right to end the game.
Daniel Poncedeleon’s start was pushed up to make a Major League start possible next week. He did well in his brief appearance going for three hitless innings and allowing a walk with three strikeouts.
Landon Beck and Sean Gilmartin each had scoreless relief appearances. Conner Greene (0-1) pitched two innings and gave up two runs, one earned, and took home his first loss of the year. Mujica then came in and got out of the big jam.
The second game of the series starts tonight at 7:05.
Arkansas Travelers 7 at Springfield Cardinals 3
Andrew Knizner (C): 3-4, HR, 2 RBI’s, R
Tommy Edman (SS): 2-5, R
Luke Dykstra (2B): 2-4
Mike O’Reilly (SP): 5.2 IP, 3 R, 2 H, 3 BB, 6 K’s
Springfield produced hits, but couldn’t nearly generate enough runs in their seventh loss in the last eight games.
They grabbed the first lead in the bottom of the fourth on a solo shot by Andrew Knizner. Starter Mike O’Reilly started faltering in the top of the sixth and Arkansas scored three runs. An Evan Mendoza sac fly and Knizner RBI single tied the game back up in the bottom half.
The bullpen struggled in the seventh allowing four runs and for Arkansas to take advantage the rest of the game. Springfield failed to score any runs after that inning.
O’Reilly pitched 5 2⁄3 giving up three runs, two hits, and three walks with six strikeouts. Ian McKinney (2-2) went just 2⁄3 of an inning and allowed three runs, three hits, and one walk. Colton Thomson pitched 1⁄3 of an inning and gave up one run, one hit, and two walks.
Yeison Medina pitched the remaining 2 1⁄3 innings of the game and gave up one hit and one walk.
Springfield and Arkansas continue their series tonight at 7:10.
Charlotte Stone Crabs 10 at Palm Beach Cardinals 1
Dylan Carlson (LF): 2-4, R
Sam Tewes (SP): 4.1 IP, 8 R, 12 H, 0 BB, 2 K’s
Palm Beach certainly had a night they’d like to forget in a blowout loss.
It began early with Charlotte scoring three runs in the top of the second. They added five more runs to that total in the top of the fifth. Palm Beach finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth with a J.B. Woodman sac fly.
That’s all they could get. Charlotte put two more runs up in the top of the eighth.
Sam Tewes (1-1) had a remarkably horrible night and one he’d like to forget very soon. He gave up eight runs and 12 hits in 4 1⁄3 innings. Eric Carter pitched 1 2⁄3 scoreless innings with two strikeouts.
Robbie Gordon pitched two innings and gave up two runs, one earned, and three hits with four strikeouts. Thomas St. Clair pitched the ninth and gave up one hit with two strikeouts.
Palm Beach has lost three straight games coming out of the All-Star break. They continue the series with Charlotte tonight at 5:30.
Peoria and Burlington was postponed due to rain
West Virginia Black Bears 4, State College Spikes 3
Wadye Ynfante (CF): 3-3, 2B
Edwin Figuera (3B): 3-5, 2B
Nick Dunn (2B): 2-4, 3B, R
Winston Nicacio (SP): 5.1 IP, 3 R, 4 H, 4 BB, 4 K’s
A four-run West Virginia inning helped lead them to a slim victory over State College.
State College opened scoring in the top of the third when Imeldo Diaz scored on a wild pitch. They added another run in the top of the sixth after Nick Dunn tripled to lead off the inning and then scored on a passed ball.
Then came West Virginia’s four-run inning in the bottom of the sixth. State College couldn’t recover. They mustered up one more run in the top of the eighth on an RBI single by Dunn.
Winston Nicacio gave up three runs, four hits, and four walks with four strikeouts in 5 1⁄3 innings. Brett Seeburger came in and allowed an unearned run and two walks without recording an out.
Edgar Gonzalez pitched 1 2⁄3 and gave up three hits with a strikeout. Gabe Gentner pitched the final inning on the mound and gave up a walk.
The series continues with West Virginia tonight at 7:05.
Bluefield Blue Jays 11, Johnson City Cardinals 10
Jonatan Machado (CF): 2-4, RBI, BB, 2 R
Zach Jackson (C): 2-4, 2 2B
Johnson City nearly completed a remarkable comeback but fell just short.
Bluefield hopped out to an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. A Donivan Williams RBI single tied it in the top of the third. It started to go downhill for Johnson City after that.
They surrendered three runs in the bottom of the third and another five in the bottom of the fourth. Michael Perri hit a solo homer in the top of the fifth to at least get one back but Bluefield got that run back themselves in the bottom of the fifth. Then things got interesting.
In the top of the eighth, Carlos Soto Jr. hit a three run shot then Sanel Rosendo hit one over the wall to go back-to-back. Bluefield got a run back in the bottom of the eighth but Johnson City wasn’t done.
They quickly loaded the bases to start the top of the ninth and Jonatan Machado walked to bring one of them in. Luis Flores then scored on a wild pitch. Daniel Gomez later drove in two runs on a single to bring Johnson City within one.
With the tying run on first, Brian Sanchez grounded out to end the game.
Johnson City only used two pitchers and both struggled. Junior Gonzalez started and gave up seven runs, and 11 hits with four strikeouts in 3 2⁄3 innings. Juan Alvarez pitched the last 4 1⁄3 and gave up four runs, and 10 hits with two strikeouts.
Johnson City loses two of three to Bluefield to start the season. They begin a series with Kingsport tonight at 7.
GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Nationals 5
John Nogowski (1B): 4-5, 2 RBI’s, R
Brandon Benson (DH): 2-4, 2B, BB, 2 R
Raffy Ozuna (3B): 2-4, BB, 2 R
Enmanuel Solano (SP): 6 IP, 2 R, 6 H, 1 BB, 3 K’s
DSL Cardinals Blue 8, DSL Phillies Red 6
Diomedes Del Rio (CF): 4-4, 2 2B, 3B, HR, 5 RBI’s, R
Diowill Burgos (RF): 3-5
Freddy De Jesus (1B): 2-4, 2B, RBI, BB, R
Ramon Mendoza (2B): 2-3, BB, 3 R’s
Julio Puello (SP): 3 IP, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 H, 3 BB, 3 K’s
DSL Cardinals Red 13 at DSL Phillies White 8
Franklin Soto (2B): 3-5, 3B, 3 RBI’s, BB, R
Sander Mora (SS): 3-5, BB, R
Cristhian Longa (DH): 2-5, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Joerlin De Los Santos (CF): 2-6, 2B, RBI, 2 R
Ludwin Jimenez (SP): 3.2 IP, 3 R, 5 H, 2 BB, 4 K’s
MEM: Chris Ellis
SPR: Connor Jones
PMB: Jake Walsh
PEO Game 1: Johan Oviedo
PEO Game 2: Zach Prendergast
SC: Angel Rondon
DSL Blue: TBD
DSL Red: TBD