Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/26/14

Derek Gibson almost single-handedly lifted the Gulf Birds to victory on Wednesday, one of the system's four wins. Palm Beach, Peoria and Johnson City notched wins but Springfield, State College and the DSL Cardinals did not.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 25th.

Memphis - off

The Redbirds open a brief weekend four-game homestand against Round Rock, highlighted by Joe Kelly's rehab start on Friday night.

Thursday's game: Memphis (38-41) vs. Round Rock (39-40) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Angel Castro (7-4, 3.38)

Corpus Christi 7 at Springfield 4

Five runs off the S-Cards' bullpen dealt Springfield (3-4) a 7-4 setback at the hands of the Hooks (HOU) in the opener of a six-game homestand.

Starter Sam Gaviglio shut down the opposition through five innings before yielding two tallies on three hits and five walks over 5 2/3. Mitch Harris recorded the final out of the sixth, stranding one of Gaviglio's runners, but not before gaving up a hit that tied the score at 3-3.

Harris' runner crossed with Ryan Sherriff (BS, 1) (L, 2-2) on the mound. Sherriff allowed three hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning, resulting in two tallies of his own. Logan Billbrough finished the damage, permitting two runs on two hits and three bases-on-balls through two. He struck out three.

Three fifth-inning runs gave the home team their only lead and they added their final tally in the eighth. Shortstop Aledmys Diaz and catcher Cody Stanley had three hits apiece, all singles. Stanley included a sac fly that scored Travis Tartamella (walk) in the fifth while Diaz raced home on a sac fly by Curt Smith in the eighth. Four other S-Cards each had one hit.

Thursday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (3-4), 7:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-1, 4.50)

Palm Beach 5 vs Charlotte 2

Doubles by Anthony Garcia and Charlie Tilson came up big for Palm Beach (6-1) in their 5-2 win over Charlotte (TB) in the series' opener.

Trailing 2-1 going into the eighth, the Beach Birds pounced for four runs, three knocked in by Garcia and Tilson. Garcia's 11th double brought across Alex Mejia (single) before the former crossed on a single by Nick Martini. Tilson's two-out double capped the scoring, driving in Martini and Gerwuins Velazco (single).

Tilson and Martini led their team's 13-hit attack with three hits each. Tilson was a long ball shy of the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI out of the lead-off slot. Martini, the seven-hole batter, singled three times in four at bats, touching home once and driving in one. Velazco and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece.

Silfredo Garcia was shaky early, yielding three of his four hits and both walks in the first, producing the Stone Crabs' two tallies. The 22-year-old fanned four in five innings, hitting one batter.

Fresh off the disabled list, Danny Miranda struck out four over the next three frames, keeping Charlotte to three hits and a walk and picking up his second win in three decisions. Dixon Llorens worked around two hits in the ninth by fanning two for his seventh save.

Thursday's game: vs. Charlotte (0-7), 6:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (Palm Beach debut)

Peoria 2 vs Cedar Rapids 1

Pitching was the order of the day at Dozer Park on Wednesday as the Chiefs prevailed over the Kernels in a low-scoring affair, 2-1. Peoria (4-1) leads the series two games to none with one remaining.

Arturo Reyes (W, 5-3) led a quartet of hurlers that held Cedar Rapids (MIN) to a run on six hits. Reyes gave up five of those hits over six, fanning five with one run allowed. Kevin Herget twice retired the side in order, giving way to Steve Sabatino upon permitting a single to lead off the ninth.

Sabatino retired his only batter faced, turning an attempted sac bunt into a force at second. Chris Perry struck out two for his second save.

Vaughn Bryan singled in Richy Pedroza (lead-off double), knotting the game at 1-1 in the third. Mason Katz' 12th bomb of the season provided the difference the next frame. Bryan, Katz and Carson Kelly each had two of their team's 10 hits with Katz the only one of the three to garner an extra-base knock.

Thursday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (1-5), 7:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (4-5, 4.75)

Jamestown 8 at State College 7 (12)

Down 7-2 after four, State College (8-5) rallied, only to fall to Jamestown (PIT) in 12, 8-7.

Josh Lucas was charged with his first loss, giving up a run in his second inning of work. Lucas, the fifth Spikes' pitcher of the night, allowed two hits, plunked one plus issued two intentional walks.

Starter Dewin Perez put his team in the hole by going just two innings, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits and three bases-on-balls. Jeff Barkley yielded four hits and an intentional free pass in the same span, resulting in four tallies. Jeff Rauh and Jecob Booden stemmed the bleeding, tossing three frames each of shutout ball. Rauh allowed two hits and a free pass, striking out two, before Booden retired the line-up in order, fanning three.

The Spikes' rally consisted of scores in four consecutive frames with seven of nine starters having at least one of the team's 11 hits. Rowan Wick and Alex De Leon swung the biggest bats. Wick had another multi-homer night, going 2-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and four RBI. The right fielder now has an amazing nine bombs in 13 games played.

De Leon's three hits in four at-bats with a base-on-balls resulted in him touching home three times. Danny Diekroeger, the final Spike with more than one hit, went 2-for-6 with an RBI.

Thursday's game: at Williamsport (6-6) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Fernando Baez (0-0, 2.35)

Johnson City 9 at Bristol 4

A seven spot in the eighth broke a 2-2 tie, sending the JC-Cards (4-3) to a 9-4 victory over the Pirates in in the first of three at Boyce Cox Field.

Second baseman Casey Turgeon, right fielder Blake Drake and first baseman Jesus Ustariz each had two hits. Turgeon had the trio's only extra-base hit, a solo shot that was his first bomb as a pro. He scored twice with two RBI. Drake touched home twice as well with a stolen base and Ustariz crossed home once and drove in one. Four other players had one hit each.

Anderson Gerdel (W, 1-0), the beneficiary of his team's offensive outburst, worked a clean top of the seventh, yielding two hits and striking out two. Landon Beck fanned five over the first four, giving up one hit while issuing four free passes.

Kender Villegas bridged the gap from Beck to Gerdel, permitting two unearned tallies in the sixth, his final inning on the mound. Ismael Brito was charged with two runs on two hits and two free passes in 2/3 of an inning. All four of Jonathan Escudero's outs were by strikeout but the righty gave up two hits and a walk that allowed his one inherited runner to score.

Thursday's game: at Bristol (2-5), 7:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (0-1, 3.86)

GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Nationals 4

Derek Gibson was a one-man wrecking crew for the Gulf Birds (4-1) in their 5-4 triumph over the Nats.

Gibson, a non-drafted free agent signee out of Southeast Missouri State, took part in all five tallies. The left fielder smashed two two-run triples for four RBI and scored the fifth himself. He is our Player of the Day.

Third baseman Julian Barzilli and first baseman Elier Rodriguez, aboard for each of Gibson's hits, both singled in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two runs scored. Gibson's 2-for-4 game was the only multi-hit performance by a Gulf Cardinal. Seven of his teammates each had one hit.

Julio Mateo improved his record to 2-0, tossing six frames of eight-hit, one walk ball that produced three runs. Kevin Alexander yielded an unearned tally on two hits in the seventh. Lefty Sasha Kuebel faced the minimum in the eighth but departed after sandwiching a single around two outs the next inning. Right-hander Yeison Medina retired the final righty batter for his second save.

Thursday's game: at GCL Mets (3-2), 12:00 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (1-0, 0.00)

DSL Cardinals 0 at DSL Rojos 2

The Dominican Birds (9-13) dropped their third straight, and sixth in their last seven, falling to the Rojos (Reds) 2-0.

Both of the Rojos' tallies were unearned as Sandy Alcantara and Esteban Vallejo gave up just three hits each. Alcantara (L, 1-3) struck out six in six, yielding an unearned tally in the third. Vallejo's unearned run came in the seventh with the righty walked one over two with two strikeouts.

The Cards' offense was limited to just five hits, all singles. Catcher Dennis Ortega garnered two of them in four at bats. He was also charged with one of the team's three errors, his fifth miscue of the season.

Thursday's game: at DSL Red Sox (14-8), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (0-1, 1.62)

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