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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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|
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.
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.
The Chiefs and River Bandits were one of three games in Iowa to be rained out on Saturday night. As you can see from the picture to the right the tarp was on the field and it was raining pretty hard all Saturday afternoon. Beloit at Burlington and Clinton at Wisconsin were both rained out as well. All three venues will have Sunday double header’s that impact the Wild Card race. The Wild Card is all that’s left to play for in the West. Kane County beat Cedar Rapids Saturday night in the only game that did get played and by virtue of that win and by holding the tiebreaker against the Chiefs, Kane County clinched the Division Title. With nine games left the Chiefs are nine games back and Kane County leads the season series (Tiebreaker #1) 4-2. The playoff appearance is the first for a Cubs affiliate in the Midwest League since Chris Archer, Brett Jackson, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LeMahieu and Jeff Beliveau among others got the Chiefs to the 2nd half Western Division title in 2009. That was also the Chiefs last playoff appearance so hopefully both droughts can end this week.
Here are the Western Division standings as we head into play on Sunday:
|Midwest League Western|
|Kane County Cougars||42||20||.677||-||27-6||15-14||33-17||W4||7-3|
|Quad Cities River Bandits||31||29||.517||10.0||17-12||14-17||26-22||W1||7-3|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers||29||31||.483||12.0||17-14||12-17||22-27||W4||5-5|
|Cedar Rapids Kernels||27||35||.435||15.0||14-16||13-19||20-30||L5||3-7|
As far as the Wild Card goes the Chiefs are +1 on QC, +1.5 on Burlington, +2.5 on Clinton, +3 on Wisconsin, +6 on Cedar Rapids and Beloit. These three games in Quad Cities are crucial. As far as tiebreakers go, the Chiefs lead QC 2-1 but do not have the tiebreaker against Burlington, Clinton or Wisconsin. The Chiefs tied the season series with Burlington and Wisconsin but the #2 tiebreaker is head to head runs scored and the Chiefs lose both of those.
As for today’s double header, the Chiefs will start Rob Kaminsky in game one at 1:15 pm and Blake McKnight in game two. The game one lineup is to the right. The Chiefs are still without big bats in Ronald Castillo and Justin Ringo (DL). As you can see in the Game Notes Arturo Reyes gets the ball in game three of the series Monday. That will set up Chase Brookshire, Alex Reyes and Jimmy Reed in the three-games at home against Kane County on Tuesday – Thursday. Speaking of the homestand check out the Promotional Highlights for the six games that includes appearances by Ozzie Smith, Spiderman/IronMan, three fireworks shows, Dueling Pianos, a Diamond Dig, two giveaways and much much more!
The Cardinals organization went 3-2 on the night as Memphis improved to .500 while Springfield and Palm Beach both had great outings on the hill lead them to victories. T
he Cardinals started out on the right foot as they had a 2-0 lead headed into the sixth thanks to a solid performance from Michael Wacha thus far. Things unraveled in the bottom half of the sixth as the Royals scored three runs off Wacha and would not look back from there, going on to win the ballgame 3-2. Matt Carpenter followed up his five-hit performance on Wednesday by producing another RBI in this one. John Jay had the only multi-hit night for the Cards going two for four with two runs scored. Here is the Game Recap.
Memphis notched their their 30th win of 2014 with a 7-4 victory over Nashville in their homestand opener. Former Chief Zach Petrick improved to 3-3 after allowing only three runs off four hits, struck out four, and walked four over five and a third innings of work. Scott Moore went one for four with his sixth home run of the season and three RBI; David Aardsma locked down his 11th save of the season. Memphis’ game story can be found here.
Sam Gaviglio led the way for Springfield in their 5-1 victory over Arkansas. Gaviglio followed up Wednesday’s shutout for Springfield by allowing only one run off six hits, walked none, and struck out five over six innings pitched en route to his third win of the year. Jonathan Rodriguez is tearing it up in this series thus far; he went two for four with a triple and three RBI last night and is five for eight with four RBI on the series. Former Chief Patrick Wisdom went two for four with a double. Read about their dominant win here.
Palm Beach is currently riding a three-game win streak after blowing out Clearwater 9-2 last night. Former Chief of the Day Silfredo Garcia is shutting down opponents in High-A ball. Silfredo tossed six shutout innings, in which he gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out five garnering his third win in four starts since his promotion to Palm Beach. Garcia is currently 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA; he allowed 22 runs over 29 2/3 innings for the Chiefs while he has only allowed seven runs over 23 1/3 innings for Palm Beach. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell had a huge day at the plate going three for four with a run scored and three RBI while newly promoted former Chief Jimmy Bosco went one for four, producing two RBI in just his second game with the club. Read about the strong performance here.
Former Chief Justin Bour made his major league debut for the Miami Marlins last night and did not disappoint. Bour went two for five with an RBI base hit in the seventh; the Marlins would go on to beat the Rays 11-6. Here is Bour’s first hit and his first RBI.
Former Chiefs Darwin Barney and Junior Lake each had big nights at the plate for the Cubs as they beat the Mets 7-4. Lake went one for five with a two-run triple that he tried to stretch into an inside the park home run after an errant throw to third, but was unfortunately thrown out at the plate. Barney legged two doubles and crossed the plate three times. Here is Lake’s two-run triple.
Last night was a tough loss for the Chiefs to start this 6-game road trip and 3-game series. If you missed the Game Recap here it is. The Chiefs bullpen has been fantastic all season so hopefully last night was just a blip on the radar as we sprint to the finish here in the first half.
Tonight Alex Reyes takes the hill for his third outing against Beloit this season. Reyes has faced Beloit twice this season and pitched really well both times. On April 28 here in Beloit he retired the first 12 Snappers and allowed two runs on one hit over five innings while striking out eight to earn the win. Seven days later he lost to Beloit 1-0 allowing one run on five hits over six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Of the batters in the Beloit lineup tonight six have faced Reyes going a combined 3-for-26 with eight strikeouts and three walks. BJ Boyd has the most success going 2-for-5.
Reyes is 3-1 on the road this season with a 2.81 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 25.2 innings. He is holding opponents to a .157 average on the road while the MWL hits .254 against Reyes in Peoria. Alex struggled in May going 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five starts while the average against was .222 after being .164 in April. Here’s hoping facing the Snappers, a team he has success against, will get Reyes back to his April form (2-0, 2.60 ERA).
Here is the lineup that will back him as we get our first look at Robelys Reyes at second base. Vaughn Bryan gets a day off tonight and so does Richy Pedroza who has a 4-game hit streak. The Chiefs scored three runs on eight hits over five innings against tonight’s Beloit starter Lee Trivino on May 7. CJ McElroy was on base twice with a run scored, RBI and stolen base. Carson Kelly and Steve Bean each had RBI while Bean added a single. Kenny Peoples-Walls, Mason Katz and Ronald Castillo also had hits and are in the lineup tonight. Juan Herrera did not face Trivino on May 7 as Cesar Valera started at SS and collected two hits. Every player in the Chiefs lineup tonight that was on the roster in May had a hit off Trivino except Kelly who had a RBI groundout and scored a run.
Burlington beat Quad Cities last night while Wisconsin walked off Cedar Rapids and Kane County walked off Clinton in extra innings. Its a tight wild card race now and here are the overall standings:
So the Chiefs have a 1-game lead on Quad Cities with Burlington and Clinton 1.5 games back. Clinton at Kane County and Quad Cities at Burlington start at 6:30 tonight while Cedar Rapids plays at Wisconsin at 7:05. The same teams matchup Friday night before everyone switches opponents on Saturday.