The Cardinals Minor League Notebook 08/19

After three terrible outings from Brandon Dickson, the Springfield Cardinals were depending on him to help the team move into a first place tie. The right-hander delivered five shutout innings to pull the Cardinals even with Northwest Arkansas for first place. The team's leadoff man, Daryl Jones, sparked the offense with two hits including his third home run.


Games Played Monday


Memphis Redbirds (Triple-A) - Winners Over Albuquerque 6-5

The Redbirds got on the board in the top of the first when with the bases loaded, Rico Washington hit a bases clearing double to put a three spot on the board. Tagg Bozied welcomed his former teammate Blake Hawksworth to town with a solo home run in the bottom of the inning.

Memphis put two more runners on in the top of the second for the Pacific Coast League's fourth leading hitter, Nick Stavinoha. The former Bayou Bengal drove his 23rd double of the season to right field to score to more for the visitors.

Albuquerque would chip away at the Redbird lead eventually tying the game at five in the bottom of the seventh.

Hawksworth left after allowing four runs while striking out six in six innings of work. Matt Scherer was charged with a run in only a third of an inning. Randy Flores chipped in a shutout inning.

The game remained tied until David Freese hit a solo home run with one out in the top of the tenth. Reliever Kelvin Jimenez made things interesting in the bottom of the inning. Jimenez allowed the first to hitters to reach base before coaxing two groundouts and striking out Chase Lambin swinging to pick up his 12th save.

The first two hitters in the lineup, Brendan Ryan and Tyler Greene, combined to reach base five times and score four runs.




Springfield Cardinals (Double-A) - Winners over Corpus Christi 5-2

With the game scoreless in the fourth, Daryl Jones led off the bottom of the inning with a solo home run over the right field fence. It was his third home run since being promoted. Jones would get the action going in the bottom of the sixth with a leadoff single. Donovan Solano would follow with a single of his own advancing Jones to third. With one out, Mark Shorey was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Last night's hero, Jose Martinez, would single to score Jones and Brandon Yarbrough would add a sacrifice fly to score Solano.

After being knocked around for an ERA over nine in his first three Double-A outings, Brandon Dickson was superb with five shutout innings of work. The Hooks managed only four hits off of the right-hander while Dickson compiled five strikeouts.

Corpus Christi scratched out two runs off of reliever Marco Gonzalez in the seventh inning to pull within a run.

The Cardinals put another crooked number in the bottom of the eighth. After Solano led off the inning with a single, Brandon Buckman parked a Thomas Fairchild pitch over the right field wall to extend the Springfield lead back to three runs.

With two strikeouts in a scoreless ninth, Luis Perdomo picked up his first Texas League save.

Both Jones and Solano finished the night with two hits and two runs scored. Shorey had two hits to push his average to .301.

With the Northwest Arkansas falling to Frisco, the Cardinals move into a first place tie with the Naturals.


RECORD: 32-24, 1st Place Tie with NWA


Palm Beach Cardinals (High-A) - Rained Out

RECORD: 28-27, 4th place, 4.0 GB


Quad Cities River Bandits (A) - Shutout by Burlington 1-0

The River Bandits continue with their struggle to consistently score runs. Deryk Hooker put forth another stellar outing in his second full-season start. The 19 year old hurled 5.2 innings of four hit baseball with his only mistake being a solo home run in the third inning.

Jorge Rondon and Dylan Gonzalez combined for 3.1 shutout innings of relief.

The River Bandits were held to only three hits on the night. Tommy Pham had two of them with a single and a double. Oliver Marmol singled and stole a base.


RECORD: 29-28, 3rd place, 6.5 GB


Batavia Muckdogs (SS) - All Star Break

The NY-Penn League All-Star game will be played on Tuesday night.

RECORD: 35-23, 1st place


Johnson City Cardinals (R) - Doubled Up Bluefield 4-2

In his JC debut, Miguel Flores hurled 3.1 hitless innings to pick up his first Appalachian League victory. Samuel Freeman recorded the last two outs to pick up his second save.

Niko Vasquez singled three times and scored a run. Joey Hage had two hits and scored two runs. Curt Smith had two more hits and two more RBIs. Smith is now hitting .378 and has 49 RBIs in 47 games.


RECORD: 32-27, 2nd place tie, 6.0 GB


Gulf Coast League Cardinals (R) - Rained Out

RECORD: 15-33, 5th place, 14.0 GB


VSL Cardinals (R) - Season Over

RECORD: 31-34, 5th Place, 13.5 GB


DSL Cardinals (R) - Shutout Phillies 1-0

It took 11 innings before Michael Avila drove in Santo Sandoval for the Cardinal victory. Avila was the only Cardinal with multiple hits.

Carlos Mejia picked up his third victory with three shutout innings of relief.


RECORD: 26-35, 5th place, 13.5 GB




Minor League Pitcher of the Day - Brandon Dickson

Springfield needed a big outing out of its starting pitcher and Dickson delivered with five shutout innings. The Cardinals pulled even with Northwest Arkansas atop of the Texas League's North Division.




Minor League Player of the Day - Daryl Jones

Jones was the igniter at the top of the Springfield lineup with two hits and two runs scored. In 22 games since arriving in the Texas League, Jones is hitting .294/.478/.515.


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