Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/25/14

Rob Kaminsky's noteworthy outing led Peoria to one of two system wins on Tuesday. Cody Stanley was the Texas League All-Star Game MVP. Palm Beach eeked out a victory in extras but Memphis, State College, Johnson City, GCL and DSL Cardinals all went down.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 24th.

Memphis 8 at Las Vegas 10

The Redbirds' bullpen could not hold a five-run lead, instead handing the 51s both a 10-8 victory and four-game series' win. Fourth and last-place Memphis (38-41) sits four games behind New Orleans (MIA) in the American Southern Division.

Starter Tyler Lyons went four frames, his longest outing of three on his road back to pitching health, fanning six while giving up three runs on five hits and four bases-on-balls. The lefty threw 81 pitches, 50 for strikes.

Lyons exited with his team up 8-3, thanks to scores in each of the first four innings. The big blow was Randal Grichuk's 12th home run that plated Luis Mateo (walk) and Lyons (error). It was the left fielder's only hit in four at bats with a free pass worked. Jermaine Curtis, the only Redbird with a multi-hit night, singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI. Grichuk joined six other players with one hit each.

Las Vegas chipped away against four Memphis relievers, beginning with Heath Wyatt. Wyatt was charged with three runs on four free passes in just 2/3 of an inning, all of whom crossed with Justin Wright on the bump. Wright allowed three hits while recording just one out.

Joe Donofrio (BS, 1) worked around Wright's last hit, a lead-off double, tossing a clean sixth but was touched for a two-run long ball in the seventh that tied the game at eight all. Dean Kiekhefer (L, 0-1) finished the damage, yielding two tallies on three hits in the eighth.

Wednesday's game: Off

Springfield off – Texas League North All-Stars 3, South 1

Springfield catcher Cody Stanley's two-run home run in the bottom of the fourth put the North Stars ahead for good in the Texas League midsummer classic, held in North Little Rock. Named the game's Most Valuable Player, Stanley, who was Springfield's lone starter, went 2-for-2 for the evening.

The winning pitcher was Stanley's S-Cards batterymate Kyle Hald. The lefty pitched the third and fourth innings, yielding one run on two hits and no walks. Hald fanned one.

Jonathan Rodriguez was a late-game insertion at first base and went 0-for-1. Other invited Cards unable to participate were promoted pitchers Marco Gonzales and Joe Donofrio and injured outfielder James Ramsey.

Note: Currently down to 21 players on its active roster, Springfield will require a major infusion of talent before play resumes Wednesday evening.

Wednesday's game: Springfield (3-3) vs Corpus Christi (2-4) (HOU), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 1 (12)

The Beach Birds capitalized on three walks to down Bradenton 2-1 in the rubber game of their three-game series. Palm Beach has gone 5-1 to begin the second half, all on the road, and perch atop the South Division, one game ahead of Bradenton (PIT), Fort Myers (MIN) and St. Lucie (NYM).

Held to just four hits, both of the visitors' tallies were products of bases-on-balls. The PB-Cards went up 1-0 when Luke Voit and David Washington worked consecutive free passes to open the fourth. Alex Mejia sacrificed both runners up a base before Nick Martini sent one deep enough to center for Voit to cross.

The Marauders responded in the bottom of the frame, utilizing a one-out walk and triple off Joe Cuda to knot the game at one all. Cuda held the opposition to four hits and two free passes through seven, his fifth quality start in his last six outings. The right-hander threw 88 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Corey Baker (W, 4-0) shut down Bradenton on two hits and a base-on-balls over the next four, striking out one and hitting a batter. He was the pitcher of record when Nick Martini worked a two-out free pass in the 12th and came around to score the go-ahead run on Bruce Caldwell's double. Caldwell previously singled for half of his squad's hits.

Dixon Llorens worked a scoreless 12th although he had to tiptoe around two walks to pick up his sixth save.

Wednesday's game: vs. Charlotte (0-6) (TB), 6:35 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (4-1, 2.23)

Peoria 3 vs Cedar Rapids 1

Player of the Day Rob Kaminsky struck out seven through 5 2/3 as the Chiefs downed the Kernels 3-1 in the series' opener. Peoria (3-1) is just a half game out of first in back of Kane County (CHC) and Wisconsin (MIL).

The only score given up by the 19-year-old came in the first on a lead-off single, wild pitch and fielding error. Kaminsky allowed just three more hits while not issuing a free pass but was charged with three wild pitches. He threw 92 pitches, 62 for strikes.

Robert Stock faced the minimum over the next 2 1/3, fanning two. Brandon Lee worked around a single to begin the ninth by striking out two, earning his first professional save.

The home team generated all of the offense they would need in the first, translating four singles into two tallies. Carson Kelly's infield single to second drove in Vaughn Bryan before Mason Katz' two-out single up the middle brought across C.J. McElroy. Kenny Peoples-Walls' third home run of 2014 provided an insurance run in the fourth. Eight different Chiefs mustered one hit apiece.

Wednesday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (1-4) (MIN), 7:00 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (4-3, 3.27)

Jamestown 3 at State College 2

State College (8-4) rallied for a 2-2 tie in the sixth only to fall to the Jammers 3-2 at home. The first-place Spikes lead Batavia (MIA) by a half game.

Tyler Bray (L, 1-1) took the loss, allowing a lead-off triple and sac fly in the ninth. Starter Will Anderson scattered four hits and three bases-on-balls over five, permitting two runs, one earned, with four strikeouts. Nick Lomascolo struck out three over two frames, yielding a hit.

Danny Diekroeger led his squad's eight-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a double. Ronnierd Garcia's only hit in three at bats was a two-run single that drove in Alex De Leon (error) and Rowan Wick (double).

Wednesday's game: vs. Jamestown (4-8) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (1-0, 2.89)

Danville 7 at Johnson City 2

Three runs in the ninth broke open a competitive game in the JC-Cards' 7-3 defeat to the visiting Braves. Johnson City (3-3) is knotted in a four-way tie for first with the division's final team just one game back.

Josh Wirsu (L, 0-1) allowed a run in the first plus two in the third, his final inning of work. Two of the three runs charged to the Georgia native were earned and came on three hits and two walks.

Jordan DeLorenzo worked around three hits in three by striking out three. Kender Villegas gave up an unearned tally on two hits in the seventh. Kevin Carlow retired the side in order in the eighth but was touched for three runs via two long balls in the ninth. Carlow struck out four.

The Appy Birds pushed across single scores in the third and fifth, compiling seven hits and two free passes in all. Casey Grayson and Chris Rivera both went 2-for-4 with a double, Grayson knocking in one. Cole Lankford drew both of his team's walks and crossed once.

Wednesday's game: at Bristol (2-4) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Nationals 6

Limited to just four hits, the Gulf Birds suffered their first loss, a 6-0 shutout at the hands of the GCL Nationals. The GCL Cardinals are tied with the Mets atop the East Division with identical 3-1 marks.

In his professional debut, second-rounder Ronnie Williams took the loss, giving up four runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk over three. Davis Ward tossed the next three frames, yielding a tally on six hits. Juan Caballero and Dylan Hawkins retired three batters each, the latter charged with a run on a hit and base-on-balls.

The GCL Cardinals' four hits and three walks were spread amongst six players. Left fielder Michael Pritchard was the only Gulf Bird garnering one of each, singling once in three at bats.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals (2-2), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Rojos 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

Four sixth-inning runs sent the Dominican Birds to a 5-3 loss to the DSL Rojos. The DSL Cardinals (9-12) are tied with the DSL Mets1 for seventh, six in back of the DSL Yankees1.

Jesus Narvaez (L, 0-2) yielded five hits in four innings, resulting in one run. The southpaw threw three wild pitches and hit one batter. Will Changarotty permitted four tallies on five hits and a walk in just 1 2/3. He plunked one as well.

Enrique Perez kept the opposition to a hit and free pass over 2 1/3, stranding two inherited runners and matching Narvaez and Changarotty's two strikeouts. Perez was charged with a wild pitch and hit one batter. Kerrion Bennett worked around two free passes for a scoreless ninth.

Shut out over six innings, the home team pushed across one in the seventh and two in the ninth. Left fielder Jonathan Rivera went 2-for-4, accumulating 40 percent of his team's five hits. Centerfielder Carlos Talavera doubled in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Rojos (5-16), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-2, 2.65)

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