Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/20/14

Jose Godoy plated six for Johnson City in its opener as the system went 3-3 with a rainout on Thursday.

Results from games played Thursday, June 19th.

Memphis 12 at Salt Lake 9

In what was a classic Pacific Coast League type of game, Memphis would not back down to Salt Lake's pitching staff as they hit over .500 with runners in scoring position in 16 opportunities during Thursday night's win.

Optioned to Memphis earlier in the day, Tyler Lyons surrendered six earned runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. Another lefty trying to work himself back is John Gast, who also struggled. Gast threw 3 2/3 innings as well, yielding three earned on six hits, walking two and striking out three. Eric Fornataro was the most effective pitcher of the night, with a scoreless 1 1/3

You would think in a Pacific Coast League game that there would be many long balls, but Memphis had only one all night in a 12-run explosion. The home run was a solo shot from Randal Grichuk, his 11th of the season.

Oscar Taveras had a two-run RBI double, and Stephen Piscotty brought him home. Piscotty had two hits and three RBI on the evening. Xavier Scruggs collected three hits, including a double, and an RBI, while Ed Easley had a two-hit game and an RBI, and Pete Kozma drove in four with two hits.

Friday's game: Memphis (36-38) at Salt Lake (30-45), 8:05 CT, Angel Castro (6-4, 3.53 ERA)

Springfield 1 at Arkansas 9

Springfield had been undefeated in their first two games of the new half, but lost on Thursday night. They kicked off the final series of three games against the Arkansas Travelers (LAA) on the road before the Texas League All-Star Break.

The Cardinals' quality start streak of 14 consecutive games was snapped on Thursday as the Travelers offense just ran through Springfield pitching, especially lefty Kyle Hald, who left before the fifth inning allowing six earned runs via three home runs. Appearing much earlier than anticipated, Logan Billbrough yielded two earned runs on two hits in the next 1 ? innings. In his Texas League debut, Chris Thomas preceded Mitch Harris as the duo covered the final 2 ? innings allowing one earned run on four hits.

Springfield only run came in the fifth off a Matt Williams force out that plated Curt Smith. The fifth offered them their best chance for a big inning, but it was spoiled by a Matt Williams pick off and Mike O'Neill strikeout to end the threat.

Friday's game: Springfield (36-37) at Arkansas (35-38), 7:10 CT, TBA (could be Mike Mayers' Double-A debut)

Palm Beach 6 at Charlotte 1

Due to weather conditions Wednesday night, Palm Beach did not complete the three-game series with Jupiter or play their second game of the second half of the season, so they moved on for three at the Charlotte Stone Crabs. The Cardinals got out of the gates with early two runs and proceeded to tack on four more in the eighth and ninth. They held the Stone Crabs to a single tally and walked away with their second win in two tries in the second half.

Joe Cuda was touched for an earned run on six hits, didn't issue a walk and struck out four in six well-pitched innings. The performance earned him his fifth win of the season. Thomas Lee and Iden Nazario combined for the last three scoreless innings while fanning six.

Palm Beach capitalized in four of their fourteen opportunities with runners in scoring position against the Charlotte pitching staff. Breyvic Valera led the offense with two hits and two RBI, Jimmy Bosco pitched in two hits of his own but had a lone RBI, while Luke Voit, Bruce Caldwell, and David Washington all contributed RBI in the five run defeat.

Friday's game: Palm Beach (37-33) at Charlotte (31-37), 7:10 ET, Silfredo Garcia (3-1, 2.39 ERA)

Peoria at Quad Cities – postponed (rain)

Coming off the three-day All-Star break, the Peoria Chiefs hoped to resume the 2014 campaign at Davenport on Thursday but rain interfered. The first game of the second half was pushed back to Friday as the Chiefs and Bandits will participate in a double-header.

Friday's games: Doubleheader for Peoria (37-32) at Quad Cities (35-34), 6:00 CT, Jimmy Reed (3-2, 3.90 ERA) and Chase Brookshire (1-3, 5.70)

Batavia 8 at State College 4 (11 innings)

Going into the ninth, the score was tied at 3-3, then both teams scored single runs to force extra innings. The former Cardinals affiliate, the Batavia Muckdogs (MIA), erupted in the 11th with four runs to secure the series win over the current short-season Class-A affiliate State College Spikes.

Coming off an exceptional first start, Dewin Perez struggled to command the fastball and was knocked around for three earned runs on six hits, with two walks and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings.

Big-armed Fernando Baez followed with 2 ? scoreless innings of no-hit ball, walking one and fanning two. That got them to the seventh where Josh Lucas gave the team two more innings with an unearned run. Jacob Booden was roughed up for three earned on two hits in only 1 1/3 innings to take the loss.

State College had one big inning, the second, when they produced three tallies via a Robelys Reyes RBI single and throwing error which scored two more. Reyes singled two more times later in the game, increasing his average to .360. One of those plated the game-tying run in the ninth.

Friday's game: State College (4-3) vs. Batavia (5-2), 7:05 ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (professional debut)

Johnson City 13 at Bluefield 0

Johnson City opened up the 2014 short-season campaign with a loud bang with 13 runs off 18 hits from a relatively young and inexperienced offensive lineup. That was combined with an outstanding pitching display that shut out the Bluefield Blue Jays on only six hits.

Landon Beck made his professional debut on Opening Day with three scoreless innings on four hits. Hard-throwing right-hander Juan Perez overpowered the opposition with three no-hit innings, walking one with five strikeouts. Jonathan Escudero and Issac Silva combined to toss the last three innings without any damage.

The main story wasn't pitching - it was the monster offensive game by the Cardinals. It says a lot when everyone in the lineup contributes at least one hit. Player of the Day Jose Godoy led the way with a four-hit game, including two doubles, and six RBI. Other production came from an Anthony Ray RBI single, Oscar Mercado RBI single, a Chris Rivera two-run blast, and Blake Drake RBI double.

Friday's game: Johnson City (1-0) at Bluefield (0-1), 7:05 ET, Steven Farinaro (season debut)

Gulf Coast League Cardinals

Manager Steve Turco leads his Gulf Coast League Cardinals onto the field on the Miami side of the Roger Dean Stadium minor league complex for their first official game of 2014 on Friday at noon.

Friday's game: GCL Cardinals (0-0) at Marlins (0-0), noon ET, TBA

DSL Mariners 6, Cardinals 5

The DSL Cardinals had a sizeable advantage going into the later innings, but the DSL Mariners rallied for four runs in the final two innings to walk-off.

Starter Will Changarotty gave up two unearned runs on three hits in four innings, walking two and fanning four. Next up were relievers Esteban Valllejo and Jose Lara for the final 4 1/3 frames. They combined to yield four runs (three earned) on four hits. Lara took the loss.

Among the standout performances was high-profile signee Luis Bandes' three-hit game, including a home run. Bandes has shown a good amount of what was said to be "middle-of-the-order power" when signed as he now has five blasts in 16 games to lead the entire DSL.

Friday's game: DSL Cardinals (8-9) vs. Mariners (7-10), 10:30 ET

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