Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/23/14

Alex De Leon's franchise first led State College to one of four system victories on Sunday. Memphis, Palm Beach and Johnson City all put one in the win column but Springfield fell. Peoria's game was rained out while both the GCL and DSL Cardinals were off.

Results from games played Sunday, June 22nd.

Memphis 7 at Las Vegas 5 (11)

Memphis (38-39) blew a four-run late lead only to battle back for a 7-5 victory in 11 innings at Las Vegas. Each team has won one of the first two with two to play.

Randal Grichuk's 16th double of 2014 plated Jermaine Curtis (walk) and Greg Garcia (single) for the difference maker. Garcia went 3-for-4 with a walk, sac bunt and touched home twice, leading the Redbirds' 12-hit attack.

Scott Moore did the most damage, blasting two two-run bombs that put his team up 5-1 through six. Four tallies in the seventh off the bullpen erased Boone Whiting's chance to pick up his first win of the season. Whiting yielded a run on five hits and two bases-on-balls through 5 1/3, fanning four.

Justin Wright recorded the final two outs in the sixth despite issuing two free passes but could not escape two more walks to begin the seventh. Both runners crossed on Heath Wyatt's watch along with two of his own. Wyatt (BS, 1) gave up three hits over two.

Jorge Rondon worked around two hits and a base-on-balls through two, earning his third victory in five decisions. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a one-two-three 11th for his first Triple-A save.

Monday's game: at Las Vegas (45-32), 9:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (4-3, 4.60)

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 4

The S-Cards' rally fell short as they went down to Arkansas 4-3, dropping the series one game to three.

Down 4-0 after seven, Springfield battled back for three in the eighth on four of their six hits plus a wild pitch. Luis Mateo singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once. Travis Tartamella went 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI while Aledmys Diaz doubled once in four at bats, knocking in one.

Kurt Heyer (L, 3-4) fanned six through five but served up a three-run bomb, one of his four hits and two free passes. Ronnie Shaban gave up a tally on two hits and a wild pitch over two. Chris Thomas faced the minimum in the eighth.

Monday's game: Off for the Texas League All-Star Break.

Palm Beach 6 at Bradenton 3

Palm Beach (4-0) pushed across runs in three of the first four frames, winning 6-3 at Bradenton in the series' opener.

The offense was a team-wide affair with seven Beach Birds either scoring or driving in at least one run. Designated hitter David Washington singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two, the only PB-Card with more than one of the team's seven hits.

Luke Voit went 1-for-2 with a triple, run scored and two RBI. He was hit by pitches twice. Nick Martini and Anthony Garcia both touched home once while driving in one. Martini added his third stolen base of 2014.

Nick Petree (W, 4-3) scattered six hits through six, giving up one run in the third with five strikeouts. He did not issue a free pass and threw 87 pitches, 67 for strikes.

Sam Tuivailala permitted two runs, one earned, on three hits in two while fanning four. Iden Nazario gave up a hit and walk in his scoreless ninth for his third save.

Monday's game: at Bradenton (3-1), 6:30 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (1-0, 0.00)

Peoria at Quad Cities - postponed

The Chiefs' finale at Quad Cities was postponed due to rain. Since this was Peoria's final visit to Modern Woodman Park this season, the game will be re-scheduled sometime during the Chiefs' four-game home set with Quad Cities beginning June 27th.

Monday's game: Off.

State College 10 at Batavia 3

It was Long Ball Night for the Spikes in their 10-3 romp over the Muckdogs in their series' opener.

State College (7-3) set two franchise records, one for a team-high six home runs and the second being Alex De Leon's individual record of three in one game. De Leon, our Player of the Day, hit two solo shots plus a two-run blast, going 3-for-5.

Jhohan Acevedo joined De Leon with three hits in five at bats, doubling once and kicking off the Spikes' scoring with his own solo long ball in the first. The centerfielder crossed three times, batting lead-off.

Rowan Wick and Danny Diekroeger each added a home run, Diekroeger's coming with one on. Wick worked his team's only base-on-balls and touched home twice.

Austin Gomber's professional debut was solid, albeit brief. The fourth round selection this month worked two scoreless frames, issuing one free pass and hitting one batter. Gomber struck out one.

Jeff Barkley (W, 1-0) yielded a solo long ball, one of two hits and a walk in three for his first professional win. Fernando Baez interspersed three strikeouts with a hit, three free passes and two runs given up in his only inning of work. Jeff Rauh shut down Batavia on a hit over the seventh and eighth before Josh Lucas issued a walk in the ninth.

Monday's game: at Batavia (7-3), 7:05 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-0, 0.00)

Johnson City 10 vs Danville 8

The Appy Birds (3-1) scored six in the first then hung on for a 10-8 victory over the Braves in the Cardinals' home opener.

Johnson City garnered 16 of the contest's 27 hits, led by Casey Grayson, Cole Lankford and Carlos Torres with three hits apiece. Grayson doubled once in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and his first stolen base. Lankford and Torres both touched home once in five at bats, Torres driving in one.

Chris Rivera maximized his production, one of his two hits being a first-inning grand slam. The second baseman added a single in five at bats, touching home twice. Left fielder Anthony Ray and catcher Charlie Neil each had two hits with an RBI, the latter after taking over for Bladimil Franco in the second.

That was just enough offense for Dailyn Martinez (W, 1-0) who yielded five runs, three earned, on six hits and three free passes in five plus. Jonathan Escudero held Danville scoreless on two hits and a walk over two, stranding one inherited runner.

Kender Villegas struck out the side in the eighth but gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls. Ismael Brito worked around a walk in the ninth for his first save.

Monday's game: vs. Danville (2-2), 7:00 pm ET, Jordan DeLorenzo (professional debut)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: GCL Cardinals (2-0) vs. GCL Nationals (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off.

Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (9-10) vs. DSL Orioles2 (8-11), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (1-0, 3.60)

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