Wednesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

After shutting down the Rockies on Monday, they would allow ten runs on Wednesday in a tough loss. Luckily for Cardinals fans, the Brewers lost as well so they remain only four and a half games back of first place in the NL Central. More bad news for the Cardinals as Shelby Miller would leave Tuesday’s game early with back stiffness. Jhonny Peralta hit his 11th homer of the year to tie the game at three, but the bullpen wasn’t at its best and was unable to keep the score even. Former Chief Yadier Molina got a pinch hit single while former Chief Jason Motte allowed two runs off three hits over two thirds of an inning. Check out the recap.

More bullpen troubles in Memphis, as they should’ve cruised to an easy victory over Las Vegas, unfortunately they would go on to lose 10-8. Randal Grichuk launched his team-high 12th homer of the year while Scott Moore drove home another two runs and continues to be on a tear.

Cody Stanley became only the second Springfield Cardinal to win the Texas League All-Star Game MVP after going two for two with the go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth. Oscar Taveras won the award back in 2012. Kyle Hald notched the victory for the North after tossing two innings allowing only one run. Former Chief Joe Donofrio was named to the All-Star game, but was unable to participate due to his promotion to Memphis. Read about the All-Star Game here.

Palm Beach garnered a narrow victory over Bradenton 2-1 in 12 innings. Joe Cuda pitched great and should’ve won his sixth straight in a row, but unfortunately he didn’t get the run support and received a no decision. Corey Baker was fantastic out of the bullpen, tossing four scoreless innings and notching his third win of the year. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell hit the game-winning double in the 12th and former Chief Dixon Lllorens locked down the bottom half of the inning for his sixth save.

Former Chief Ronnierd Garcia hit a clutch, two-run single in the sixth to tie the game at two for State College, but Tyler Bray would give up a run in the ninth and State College fell to Jamestown 3-2. Check out the Game Story.

Johnson City’s offense struggled against Danville’s pitching aside from two-hit nights from Chris Rivera and Casey Grayson. Josh Wirsu suffered the loss in his first start of the season

The GCL Cardinals lost their first game of the year after being blanked by the GCL Nationals 7-0. 2014 second-rounder Ronnie Williams made his first start of the year and allowed four runs, two earned, off four hits and struck out two in three innings of work.

Former Chief Brandon Guyer had a big night for the Rays going two for five with a two-run single in the ninth, which cut the deficit to one, but the Rays were unable to complete the comeback. Former Chief DJ LeMahieu picked up three hits in the Rockies’ win over St. Louis.

 

Tuesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Cardinals blew out the Rockies 8-0. Lance Lynn, Randy Choate, and Former Chief Jason Motte combined for the shutout. Matt Adams is on absolute fire since coming off the DL. Adams was three for five with two runs scored, two home runs, and six RBI. The last time a Cardinals player produced six RBI in a game was David Freese back in 2012. Lynn shut down the Rockies, tossing eight shutout innings allowing only three hits, walking none, and fanning seven batters. Check out the highlights.

Memphis was down to their final three outs trailing by one until Scott Moore launched his tenth home run of the season, a three-run shot to give the Redbirds the ninth inning lead. That was Moore’s third homer in two days. Unfortunately, Jorge Rondon could not lock down the save and the game headed into extras for the second night in a row. Pedro Feliciano gave up a three-run walk-off homer in the tenth and Memphis would lose 8-5. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed two runs off four hits over five and two thirds innings. Former Chief Joe Donofrio made his debut for Memphis and pitched two thirds of an inning only allowing a walk. Check out the Game Recap.

Springfield is currently on their All-Star break. The Texas League All-Star Game will be played tonight and Springfield has four players participating. Catcher Cody Stanley will be starting and is batting .301 with seven homers and 21 RBI. Outfielder James Ramsey will also start, he is batting .307 with 12 homers and 31 RBI. First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez was also named to the roster, he is batting .249 with six home runs and 30 RBI. The only pitcher named to the team was Kyle Hald who has been sensational for Springfield since being called up from Palm Beach; Hald is 6-2 with a 3.12 ERA.

Palm Beach saw their six-game win streak get snapped by Bradenton after losing 11-6. Former Chief David Washington had a huge day at the plate going four for five with a double, his team-high 12th homer, and a RBI. Former Chief Charlie Tilson hit his fourth homer of the season; he has hit two in his past four games.

State College capped an amazing comeback victory after scoring three runs in the ninth to take 5-3 lead followed by Jacob Booden locking down his first save of the year. Former Chief Ronnierd Garcia was one for four with a double and a RBI. State College is now 8-3 and remains in first place. Rowan Wick was just recently named the NYPL Player of the Week. Check out the Game Story.

Johnson City suffered a tough 6-2 loss to Danville while the GCL Cardinals remained undefeated in 2014. The GCL Cards blew out the GCL Nationals 8-2. Magneuris Sierra launched a three-run homer, his first of the season.

Not much action for former Chiefs in the majors aside from a solid outing on the mound by Jeff Samardzija. Samardzija allowed only one run off four hits, walked two, and struck out seven over six innings of work. Samardzija is currently 2-6 with a 2.53 ERA.

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club got a crucial 5-3 victory over the Phillies to split the four-game series, however suffered terrible news at the conclusion of the game. Starting pitchers Jaime Garcia and Michael Wacha were placed on the DL. As for the game, the Cards scored five unanswered runs to garner the victory. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for four and crossed the plate twice. Jhonny Peralta and Mark Ellis each produced two RBI and Carlos Martinez garnered his first win of 2014. Here is the recap.

Memphis was cruising in their Sunday game against Las Vegas up 5-0 early, but the bullpen failed to hold the lead and they headed into extras. Randal Grichuk delivered the game-winning two-run double in the top of the 11th to give Memphis the win. Oscar Taveras notched his 48th RBI of the year which is good for ninth in the Pacific Coast League. Scott Moore launched his eighth and ninth homers, both two-run shots. Below is Moore’s second no-doubter of the day:

Springfield failed to produce any offense until the eighth inning, but by then it was too late as they fell to Arkansas 4-3. Aledmys Diaz and Travis Tartamella were the only ones to produce RBI. Former Chief Chris Thomas tossed another scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. He has given up only five runs over 29 2/3 innings for three different affiliates this season. Check out the Game Story.

Palm Beach has yet to lose during their second half of the season after beating Bradenton 6-3. Former Chief Nick Petree was lights out on the mound allowing only one run off six hits, walking none, and striking out five. Former Chief David Washington was two for four with a pair of RBI. Luke Voit was one for two with a triple and two RBI.

State College blew out Batavia 10-3. The State College lineup belted six homers, three of which belonged to Alex De Leon. Rowan Wick launched his seventh home run of the season. State College leads the New York-Penn League with 18 homers; Jamestown is ranked second with only eight. Austin Gomber made his first start of the year and tossed two scoreless innings with a walk and a strikeout. Here is the Game Recap.

Johnson City won a shoot-out over Danville 10-8. Chris Rivera was two for five with two runs scored, a homer, and four RBI. The GCL Cards had an off day.

Former Chief Justin Bour was one for two with a two-run double against the Mets, but unfortunately it was not nearly enough as the Marlins lost 11-5. Former Chief Sam Fuld is picking up right where he left off since coming off the DL, he was two for three with two runs scored, and a RBI double as the Twins bested the White Sox 6-5. Former Chief Josh Harrison’s RBI infield hit proved to be the game-winner in the Pirates 2-1 victory over the Cubs.

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Chiefs split their doubleheader last night in Quad Cities to open the second half of the Midwest League season while the rest of the Cardinals organization was 4-3.

For the second straight game the St. Louis offense could only muster one run against the Phillies in a 5-1 loss. Jaime Garcia (3-1) was cruising through four innings with a 1-0 lead before allowing two runs in the fifth. The first two batters in the sixth got on against him and he came out of the game as both runners scored. Matt Carpenter scored the only run for the Cards when Matt Holliday knocked him in. Former Chief Yadier Molina was 2-4 with a double.

Triple-A Memphis is scoring all the runs in the system, as they put up double-figures for the second straight game in a 13-4 win at Salt Lake. Randal Grichuk was 4-5 with three runs, Shane Robinson finished 3-5 with four runs and Xavier Scruggs was 2-4 with five RBI. Angel Castro allowed one run in six innings to improve to 7-4 on the season.

Double-A Springfield took a tough 3-2 loss, as Arkansas scored all three runs in the fifth inning against former Chief Mike Mayers in his Double-A debut. He allowed eight hits and one walk with five strikeouts. Another former Chief, David Popkins, finished 2-5 with a run scored.

Advanced-A Palm Beach got another great start from former Chief Silfredo Garcia in the Cardinals 3-1 win at Charlotte. Garcia allowed one run in six innings with four hits and four strikeouts. He was followed to the mound by two more former Chiefs, Corey Baker and Dixon Llorens, who combined for three scoreless innings and four strikeouts. None of the three pitchers allowed a walk. Former Chiefs Alex Mejia was 3-4 with an RBI and Charlie Tilson was 2-5 with two runs scored.

Short Season-A State College picked up a 5-3 win in ten innings at Jamestown. The long ball was the story as the Spikes got three home runs, including the first career home run by recent draft pick Danny Diekroeger. Alex De Leon hit his first of the year to tie the game in the ninth, and State College also got the sixth homer already from Rowan Wick. Jeff Rauh, a member of the Chiefs earlier this year, got his first save by pitching a perfect tenth inning with a strikeout.

Rookie-A Johnson City dropped a 4-1 decision to Bluefield as Steven Farinaro allowed four runs, two earned, in 4 2/3 innings in taking the loss. Johnson City got six hits, all singles.

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals kicked off their season with a 7-2 win against the GCL Marlins. Julio Mateo allowed two runs with eight strikeouts over six innings for the win. Edmundo Sosa was 3-4 with a run and a walk as the leadoff hitter.

Former Chief Ryan Buchter made his major league debut one to remember with Atlanta last night . He entered the game in the 12th inning in Washington tied at four and kept it that way with scoreless inning. When the offense scored two in the 13th and Jordan Walden closed it out, Buchter earned the win.

Former Chiefs drove in all four runs in Oakland’s 4-3 win over Boston last night. Josh Donaldson kicked things off with a three-run homer in the first and Coco Crisp broke a 3-3 tie with a single in the eighth.

Thursday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

While the Chiefs were rained out last night, the rest of the Cardinals organization went 3-3. The best night team-wise belonged to Johnson City, who won their season opener 13-0 in Bluefield.

An up-and-down season for St. Louis continued as they lost to the Phillies 4-1. Shelby Miller (7-6) allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings. He gave up seven hits with three walks and four strikeouts and a home run to Ryan Howard. Miller also had the only extra-base hit for the Cards, a double. Matt Carpenter knocked in Jhonny Peralta for the only run. Former Chief Yadier Molina had a single in three at bats and also threw out Jimmy Rollins attempting to steal second base.

Triple-A Memphis picked up a 12-9 win over Salt Lake, scoring six runs in the first inning. Randal Grichuk hit his 11th home run, Pete Kozma had four RBI and Stephen Piscotty drove in three.

Double-A Springfield fell to Arkansas 9-1, behind a rare bad start from Kyle Hald. Hald allowed six runs in four innings to drop to 6-2 on the season. He also gave up three homers while only striking out two. Former Chief Chris Thomas pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings in his Double-A debut. Another former Chief, David Popkins, had the only multi-hit game for Springfield.

Advanced-A Palm Beach got a 6-1 win over Charlotte, scoring four times over the final two innings to put the game away. Joe Cuda gave up a run over six innings to improve to 5-5 while former Chief Thomas Lee pitched a scoreless inning with two strikeouts. Two ex-Chiefs had a multi-hit game, Breyvic Valera who’s now batting .342, and Jimmy Bosco who’s at .375 with Palm Beach.

Short Season-A State College dropped an 8-4 game in 11 innings against Batavia. Each team scored a run in the ninth but Batavia got four in the 11th and held the Spikes off the board for the win. Former Chief Robelys Reyes had three hits and the only two RBI for the Spikes.

Rookie-A Johnson City won big in their season opener by a score of 13-0 in Bluefield. Landon Beck, Juan Perez, Jonathan Escudero and Isaac Silva combined for the shutout on six hits, one walk and nine strikeouts. The offense was paced by C Jose Godoy’s four hits and six RBI.

Former Chiefs starting pitcher Chris Archer had Astros hitters off balance last night as he pitched the Rays past Houston 5-0. Archer went 6 2/3 shutout innings allowing just three hits, all singles, with two walks and eight strikeouts. Below are highlights from his gem which got him to 4-4 on the season and lowered his ERA to 3.14.

Saturday’s Org Report and Former Chief Update

Another big night for the Cardinals organization on Saturday. The St. Louis Cardinals entered a pitchers duel between Washington’s Stephen Strasburg and Shelby Miller. Matt Adams broke the tie with his second homer in as many days and the Cards would go on to win 4-1. It was Adams’ fifth home run of the year.

 

Memphis lost a tough one in the ninth and dropped the second game in a row to Reno by the same score of 4-3. Oscar Taveras returned to Memphis’ lineup and produced a RBI single in the ninth, but was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a double; that play ended the game along with the Redbirds hopes for a comeback on Friday. See the controversial game-ending play below:

 

Springfield won a wild won in ten innings over NW Arkansas 5-4. James Ramsey hit a pinch-hit homer in the ninth with two down to send the game into extras. Former Chief Jacob Wilson produced the walk-off single in the tenth to cap an amazing comeback victory. Former Chief Patrick Wisdom launched his seventh homer of the year. Here is the Game Story along with Wilson’s walk-off winner seen below:

 

Palm Beach saw three of their players participate in the Florida State League All-Star game. Former Chief’s Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera each started for the FSL South All-Stars while former Chief Kyle Helisek tossed a scoreless innings of relief. Valera was two for five with a RBI and a run scored while Tilson was one for two with a run scored.

 

State College won again, beating Williamsport 6-2. Former Chief Robelys Reyes had a big day in his debut going three for five. State College is off to a great start in 2014; they are currently first place in their division.

 

Former Chief Albert Pujols had a huge night for the Angels going three for six with his 16th home run of the year along with four RBI. Former Chief Robinson Chirinos blasted his fifth homer of 2014 while going two for four with two RBI on the night. Check out Pujols’ long ball below:

 

 

 

 

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chief Recap

Big day for the Cardinals organization on Friday as they went 4-1 including a blow-out win in State College’s season opener. The St. Louis Cardinals started a three-game series with the Nationals with a 1-0 victory fueled by Lance Lynn’s incredible performance on the mound en route to his seventh win of the season. He went eight innings, gave up only two hits, walked none, and struck out eight. Matt Adams returned from the DL and launched his fourth home run of the year in his first at-bat. Below is Lynn’s dominating performance and Adams’ solo shot:

 

Memphis got off to a rough start trailing 3-0 early, but a three-run homer by Xavier Scruggs in the sixth would knot the game at three. The game remained tied until the top of the ninth when Eric Fornataro gave up  the game-winning unearned run and Memphis lost the opening game of their series with Reno 4-3. Here is the Game Story.

 

Springfield notched a narrow victory 2-1 over NW Arkansas, much thanks to dominant pitching by Marco Gonzales. Gonzales garnered his second win of the season after allowing only two hits, walking none, and fanning a season-high ten batters over six innings of work. Springfield brought out their top relievers to close this one out as Ryan Sherriff, Justin Wright, and Joe Donofrio (all of their ERA’s are below 2.00) each tossed a scoreless inning. Below is Gonzales’ filthy 10th strikeout:

 

The Florida State League is in the midst of their All-Star break and will not play until Monday. Former Chiefs Kyle Helisek, Charlie Tilson, and Breyvic Valera will be playing the the All-Star Game tonight at 7:05 EST.

 

State College blew out Williamsport 10-3 in their season opener. Rowan Wick made State College history by becoming the only player to hit two home runs in a season debut, and was only the eighth State College player ever to hit two homers in a single game. Former Chief Jake Stone was walked twice and scored two runs. Here is the recap.

 

DJ LeMahieu and Albert Pujols had the only RBI for Former Chiefs in the majors on Friday. LeMahieu was one for four with a run scored and a RBI while Pujols was one for four with a two-run single. Prior to last night, Pujols had not produced a RBI in a week.

 

Wednesday’s Org Report and Former Chief Update

Not a single team in the Cardinal organization lost on Wednesday. The parent club threw their third shutout victory in a row as they blanked the Rays 1-0. Adam Wainwright tossed seven shutout innings and a solo home run by Matt Holiday would be all they needed. Here is Holliday’s homer:

Memphis had plenty of offense in their 7-4 victory over Tacoma. Matt Adams got his first hit during his two-game rehab stint going one for four on the night with a run scored. Scott Moore drove in two and had two doubles in four at-bats. Former Chief Zach Petrick received a no decision after allowing four runs off seven hits and striking out three over four and a third innings of work. Here is the game recap.

Crazy game down in Springfield, MO as the Cardinals needed only two hits to beat division-leading Tulsa. This was courtesy of  an 11 strikeout performance from Sam Gaviglio, who came into the game with a team-high eight losses. Jonathan Rodriguez registered the first hit of the night for the Cardinals with a seventh inning solo blast to knot the game at one. Former Chief Jacob Wilson, who has been on an absolute tear, crushed his second homer in as many days as Springfield got the walk-off victory 2-1. Check out Springfield’s Game Story.

Palm Beach won their eighth in a row with ease, beating Bradenton 9-3. Huge day for Former Chief hitters on Palm Beach as they combined to go 14-37 with two doubles, three home runs, and six RBI. Former Chief Kyle Helisek was extremely effective on the mound allowing only two runs off three hits, and struck out five over seven innings pitched. Former Chief Ildemaro Vargas was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle, cranking out his first home run of the season and producing three RBI.

Justin Bour and Junior Lake had the only multi-hit games for Former Chiefs in the majors on Tuesday. Bour was three for five with two runs scored while Lake was two for five with two runs scored. Former Chief Josh Harrison made a fantastic diving stop at third, seen below:

Tuesday’s Org Report and Former Chief Update

The Cardinals organization had a successful day yesterday as they went 3-1 with Memphis being the only loss. The St. Louis Cardinals enjoyed an off day after blanking the red-hot Blue Jays two games in a row 5-0. They will face Tampa Bay for a two game series starting Tuesday.

Memphis suffered a tough loss in extras despite a great performance on the mound from Tim Cooney, yet again. Cooney has allowed only two runs over his last 21 2/3 innings of work. Greg Garcia and Thomas Pham both had solo homers; it was Garcia’s seventh of the year. Read about it here

Springfield saw Tyler Lyons toss two innings for a rehab start. He gave up one run off three hits and struck out three. Kyle Hald came on in relief and garnered his sixth win of the year. Former Chief Jacob Wilson cranked out his fourth homer for Springfield. Wilson already has four homers in 28 games since his promotion; he did not have a single home run while with Palm Beach after hitting 15 with the Chiefs last season. Check out the recap.

Palm Beach won their seventh straight game as they cruised to a 9-5 victory over St. Lucie. Former Chief Alex Mejia had a career day as he went two for five with his first home run of the season and five RBI. Former Chief Joe Cuda won his fourth straight start despite giving up ten hits; St. Lucie managed to only produce three runs off Cuda. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell homered for the second day in a row and also had three RBI.

Former Chief Javier Baez had a huge day at the plate in Iowa’s drubbing of Fresno, 17-2. Baez was just a double shy of the cycle; he went three for four with four runs scored, a triple, home run, and two RBI. Below are his home run and triple:

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Their were a pair of home runs by former Chiefs in the majors on Monday. Ryan Flaherty went two for three with two runs scored and a solo home run, his second of the year. Robinson Chirinos went two for four with a solo home run, his fourth of the year.

 

Dan Haren had the Reds lineup figured out last night as he received his sixth win of the season. Haren allowed only two runs off five hits and struck out two over five and a third innings of work as the Dodgers won 6-4. Click here for video highlights of his start.

Monday Pre-Game Post

Well yesterday sure didn’t go according to plan as the Chiefs lost two games in the final at-bat and were swept out of the wild card lead by Quad Cities. Instead of controlling their own destiny in this final week of play the Chiefs now need help. Unless Peoria wins today by 11 they won’t have the tiebreaker against either Quad Cities or Burlington. A three-way tie benefits Burlington as they took 4 of 7 from QC this half. Here are the standings after Monday’s games:

Midwest League Western
W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak Last10
Kane County 42 21 .667 - 27-7 15-14 33-18 L1 6-4
Quad Cities 33 29 .532 8.5 19-12 14-17 28-22 W3 7-3
Burlington 32 29 .525 9.0 19-13 13-16 25-25 W1 6-4
Peoria 32 30 .516 9.5 16-11 16-19 26-25 L2 4-6
Wisconsin 31 31 .500 10.5 17-14 14-17 24-27 W6 7-3
Clinton 29 32 .475 12.0 12-17 17-15 23-27 L5 3-7
Cedar Rapids 28 35 .444 14.0 14-16 14-19 21-30 W1 3-7
Beloit 26 36 .419 15.5 16-16 10-20 22-28 L2 3-7

The Chiefs spent every day between May 9 and June 8 in the Wild Card lead plus 18 of the 24 days between April 16 and May 9. All told the Chiefs were in one of the two playoff spots for al but 17 of the 67 days between April 3 and today.

Keep an eye on Wisconsin. The Rattlers have won six in a row and finish the half with three home games against Beloit and three games at Quad Cities. If the Rattlers stay hot they could come from nowhere on June 1 to steal the Wild Card bid.

On the good news side, both Carson Kelly and Zach Loraine were added to the MWL All-Star team today after injuries knocked out two Kane County reserves. That gives the Chiefs seven All-Stars. IMG_3154

Ronald Castillo returned to the DL today after re-aggravating the abdominal strain that cost him more than a week. The Chiefs are 4-8 without Castillo in the lineup since his original May 20 injury. In his place, Gerwuins Velazco has been activated and starts tonight at first base. Velazco gets a nod in the five slot tonight. In three games before injuring his hamstring on May 28 against Burlington, Velazco was 6-for-10 (.600) with a home run, double, RBI, walk and two runs scored.

Mason Katz DH’s tonight for the first time this season. Katz has 36 starts at first base and 21 starts at second base for the Chiefs but this is his first at DH.

Here are tonight’s Game Notes as All-Star Arturo Reyes returns to the hill. He was shuffled around the Chiefs rotation after tweaking his hamstring during his last start. Reyes finished the fifth inning of that May 29 starts but didn’t return for the sixth after the hamstring tightened up on a sac bunt back to him.

Thanks for reading and cheer hard for the Chiefs tonight who need a win to get back even with the Bandits and set up a thrilling six-game homestand to finish the half.

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