Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/24/14

Nick Thompson's bat rallied State College to one of the system's two wins on Monday. Magneuris Sierra did damage in the GCL Cardinals' victory and David Oca was outstanding despite the DSL Cardinals' loss. Memphis, Palm Beach and Johnson City went down to defeat. Springfield and Peoria were idle.

Results from games played Monday, June 23rd.

Memphis 5 at Las Vegas 8 (10)

Memphis (38-40) squandered a late lead, falling 8-5 at Las Vegas in 10. The Redbirds trail the series 1-2 with one game remaining.

Up 5-3 with three outs to go, Jorge Rondon (BS, 3) allowed two runs on three hits, a walk and a wild pitch to send the game into extras. Pedro Feliciano served up a three-run bomb the next frame, giving the 51s the walk-off win.

Zach Petrick went the first 5 2/3, giving up two runs on four hits and three bases-on-balls while fanning three. Seth Blair issued four free passes in 1 2/3 in his Triple-A debut, stranding two inherited runners and permitting a tally that crossed under Joe Donofrio's watch. Donofrio walked one while recording two outs and leaving two of Blair's three runners on in his maiden Memphis appearance, as well.

Trailing 3-2 entering the top of the ninth, Scott Moore launched his 10th bomb of 2014, plating Randal Grichuk (single) and Jermaine Curtis (walk). It was Moore's only hit in four at bats and only the sixth of the night for the Redbirds. Oscar Taveras singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one. He was the only Redbird with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: at Las Vegas (46-32), 9:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-0, 4.97)

Springfield - off

As a result of the promotions of pitchers Marco Gonzales to St. Louis and Joe Donofrio to Memphis and the injury to outfielder James Ramsey, Springfield's Texas League North Division All-Star contingent has been cut in half, from six to three. Cardinals participating in Tuesday night's contest are pitcher Kyle Hald, catcher Cody Stanley and first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez. Gonzales, Stanley and Ramsey were originally named as starters.

Former Springfield hitting coach Phil Wellman, now manager of Arkansas (LAA), leads the North team in his home ballpark.

Tuesday's game: 2014 Texas League All-Star Game, Dickey-Stevens Park, North Little Rock, Arkansas, 7:15 pm CT

Palm Beach 6 at Bradenton 11

Five late Beach Birds' scores lessened the rout but did not change the results, in an 11-6 loss that evened the Marauders (PIT) series at one game each.

Four of the six runs were generated by two home runs. David Washington's 12th gave Palm Beach (4-1) a brief 1-0 lead in the second. Charlie Tilson's fourth of the season pushed across Bruce Caldwell and Gerwuins Velazco (both walks) in the visitor's four-run ninth. Washington went 4-for-5 with a double and home run, Tilson right behind him with a 3-for-5 performance. Luke Voit, Alex Mejia and Ildemaro Vargas each had two of the team's 15 hits.

Tyrell Jenkins was not nearly as impressive in his second start since being activated, allowing four runs on seven hits, including a solo shot, in just two frames. Jenkins (L, 1-1) threw 54 pitches, 34 for strikes.

Thomas Lee was pounded for eight hits over 3 2/3, resulting in six tallies, one via a solo long ball. Kyle Barraclough struck out three in two innings but gave up a run on three hits and two wild pitches. Bruce Caldwell moved from second to the mound, recording the final two outs and stranding two.

Tuesday's game: at Bradenton (4-1), 10:30 am ET, Joe Cuda (5-5, 6.07)

Peoria - off

With Sunday's rainout at Quad Cities, the Chiefs actually enjoyed a two-day respite from play. They now open an eight-game homestand to run over the next seven days, making up Sunday's game later in the week.

Tuesday's game: Peoria (2-1) vs Cedar Rapids (1-3) (MIN), 7:00 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (2-1, 1.45)

State College 5 at Batavia 3

A late rally by the Spikes gave them a 5-3 win and two-game sweep over the Muckdogs (MIA).

Down 3-1 after seven, State College (8-3) halved the gap by pushing across one in the eighth when Rowan Wick singled in Nick Thompson (double). Three straight singles to open the ninth - by Brian O'Keefe, Leobaldo Pina and Chase Raffield - tied the game at three all but the big blow was Thompson's second double in as many frames that brought across Pina and Raffield. Thompson, our co-Player of the Day, went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and two driven in. Six other Spikes had one hit each.

Right-hander Kyle Grana picked up his second win against no losses, tossing two frames of scoreless ball. Grana struck out four, giving up a hit and free pass. Jacob Booden faced the minimum in the ninth, earning his first save as a professional.

Grana and Booden pitched in relief of Luis Perdomo, who fanned seven through the first six but was dinged for a three runs, two earned, on five hits and a walk. Two of the three runs came via a long ball.

Tuesday's game: vs. Jamestown (3-8) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (0-1, 1.80)

Danville 6 at Johnson City 2

Five runs in the sixth blew open a tight contest, sending Johnson City (3-2) to a 6-2 loss and evening the series at one all.

Matt Pearce took the tough loss in his professional debut, yielding a run on four hits through three. Juan Perez and Isaac Silva, however, combined to allow the five scores that put the game out of reach.

Perez held the Braves scoreless through two innings of relief but retired only one batter in the sixth, giving up three runs on four hits and two free passes in 2 1/3. Two of the three tallies crossed with Silva on the mound. Silva walked four in 1 1/3, permitting a hit and two runs of his own. Both Perez and Silva hit a batter.

Anderson Gerdel retired all four batters faced, one via strikeout. Kevin Carlow fanned one with a hit yielded in the ninth.

The JC-Cards ended Danville's shutout bid in the seventh when they pushed across two unearned runs. Anthony Ray's single to right brought across Carlos Torres (strikeout/wild pitch) before Oscar Mercado's bases-loaded walk forced in Jesus Ustariz (walk). Ray's single was his second in five at bats with four other Appy Birds garnering one hit each.

Tuesday's game: vs. Danville (3-2), 7:00 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (professional debut)

GCL Cardinals 8 vs. GCL Nationals 2

Frederis Parra tossed six strong frames and Magneuris Sierra accounted for four tallies as the GCL Cardinals (3-0) flew over the Nationals, 8-2.

Parra struck out six, yielding a tally on six hits in picking up his first win. The 19-year-old did not issue a free pass. Tyler Dunnington's professional debut was a bit of an adventure as the righty gave up a run on a walk, the first of two wild pitches, a groundout and a fielding error. Dunnington plunked the next batter, departing upon uncorking his second wild toss.

Yeison Medina retired all four batters faced, stranding Dunnington's runner. Kevin Alexander, an undrafted free agent signee, fanned two with two hits allowed in the ninth.

Offensively, the Gulf Cards banged out 11 hits with centerfielder Sierra doing the most damage. His three-run home run in the fourth plated Joshua Lopez (fielder's choice) and Ricardo Bautista (single) and doubled his team's lead from 3-1 to 6-1. Co-Player of the Day Sierra added a single and base-on-balls in four at bats, touching home twice.

Second baseman Malik Collymore led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in. Third baseman Julian Barzilli joined Sierra with two hits each. Barzilli singled and tripled in three at bats with a free pass, crossed once and drove in one.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Nationals (1-2), 12:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (professional debut)

DSL Orioles2 2 at DSL Cardinals 1 (13)

The Dominican Birds (9-11) scored one in the ninth to send the game into extras, only to fall to the DSL Orioles2 by a 2-1 score in 13.

Each team was held to just three hits, the difference in the game coming on a walk, two hit batsmen and a wild pitch given up by Rigobert Urena (L, 0-1), who recorded just one out. Franyel Casadilla notched the final two outs in the 13th to keep the game close.

Starter David Oca, our co-Player of the Day, was superb through six, allowing an unearned run on a hit and base-on-balls while fanning six. Andy De La Cruz and Jose Lara each tossed three frames of one-hit ball. De La Cruz issued one free pass, striking out two and Lara fanned three.

Two of the Dominican Cards' three hits came in the ninth. Pinch hitter Carlos Talavera opened with a single, was sacrificed to second before taking third on a wild pitch. Luis Flores' second single of the game drove in Talavera.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Rojos (4-16), 10:30 am ET, Jesus Narvaez (0-1, 5.73)

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