Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/01/14

The minors went 3-6 on Monday. Peoria won behind noteworthy performances by Juan Herrera and Rob Kaminsky while the Gulf Birds blasted their opposition. Johnson City split their double-header but the balance of the schedule were all losses. State College was off.

Results from games played Monday, June 30th.

Memphis 4 at Nashville 9

Memphis (38-44) could not hold a 3-1 lead after five, falling at Nashville 9-4 in the series' opener. It is the Redbirds' fifth straight loss.

Boone Whiting (L, 0-6) did not retire any of the three faced in the sixth, leaving Joe Donofrio a bases-jammed/no out mess. All three runners crossed, giving Whiting a line of four runs allowed on three hits and four walks in five plus. His initial tally was the result of a solo shot.

Donofrio balked Whiting's first runner home before yielding a two-run double, his only hit of the inning. Pedro Feliciano joined Donofrio by striking out one in his inning of work.

Seth Blair was bitten for five runs, one earned, on two hits, three bases-on-balls plus two wild pitches while recording two outs. Heath Wyatt struck out his only batter faced.

Tommy Pham did most of the offensive damage for his team, going 2-for-2 with a two-run bomb that was two of his three RBI. Scott Moore had two more of the Redbirds' six hits, singling and doubling in five at bats.

Tuesday's game: at Nashville (44-41), 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (0-0, 9.00, second rehab start)

San Antonio 7 at Springfield 6 (10) – game one
San Antonio 6 Springfield 3 (7) – game two

The S-Cards (5-7) dropped a pair versus the Missions, giving the visitors' a three-game sweep.

Springfield's see-saw first game ended with them going down to defeat at the hands of San Antonio 7-6 in 10.

The S-Cards scored five runs in the first two frames for an early 5-3 lead but Kyle Hald was unable to hold that advantage. Hald permitted six runs on 10 hits and two free passes in four plus, striking out five. All six tallies were produced by three home runs.

The home team's brief lead came about, in part, due to a home run as well. Patrick Wisdom's only hit in four at bats was his 10th blast of 2014. It came in the first, plating Mike O'Neill (single) and Aledmys Diaz (double), knotting the game at three all.

RBI singles by O'Neill and Cody Stanley brought across Starlin Rodriguez (double) and O'Neill in the second. Stanley finished the scoring with his eighth home run of the season in the fifth. O'Neill and Stanley each had two of the team's seven hits.

Chris Thomas and Justin Wright both tossed two scoreless frames, striking out one. Thomas gave up a hit while Wright issued two free passes. Ryan Sherriff (L, 2-3) fell victim to the game's sixth and last home run in the 10th, his second inning of work.

In the second contest, eight of the nine tallies scored over the last two frames. Sam Gaviglio (L, 3-9) held the opposition to a run on two hits and two bases-on-balls through five before loading the bases via two singles and an intentional free pass while notching one out in the sixth. Gaviglio fanned six.

All three runners came home on a bases-clearing double against Lee Stoppelman, who recorded the inning's final two outs. The lefty put the first three on in the seventh, sandwiching a plunked batter around a walk and single. Mitch Harris allowed two of three to cross via a single to left, working around a free pass to leave two aboard.

The S-Cards matched San Antonio's seven hits, the biggest one being Curt Smith's two-run long ball that scored Breyvic Valera (single), ending the visitors' shutout bid in the sixth. Matt Williams singled and raced home on an RBI single by Starlin Rodriguez in the seventh. Rodriguez and Smith both went 2-for-3, Rodriguez doubling once.

Tuesday's game: Off

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 10

Joe Cuda gave up seven runs in five, leading to Palm Beach's (8-4) 10-6 loss in the decisive third game of the series. The defeat drops the Beach Birds into a three-way tie for first with the Miracle and St. Lucie (NYM).

Cuda (L, 5-6) yielded 10 hits and three walks, resulting in tallies in four of his five innings pitched. Sam Tuivailala recorded all four of his outs via strikeouts but permitted three runs on four hits and a base-on-balls.

Kyle Barraclough issued a free pass and two wild pitches, one of which allowed Tuivailala's final runner to cross, in 2/3 of an inning. Catcher Gerwuins Velazco saved the bullpen by tossing the final inning and finished with the best results of the night. Velazco faced the minimum, fanning one.

Tuesday's game: vs. Jupiter (2-9) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (4-1, 2.41)

Peoria 8 vs. Quad Cities 2

Peoria (8-3) scored seven times in the first four innings, coasting to an 8-2 victory over Quad Cities (HOU), taking the series three games to two.

Co-Player of the Day Juan Herrera led the Chiefs' 12-hit attack, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a run scored and four RBI. C.J. McElroy, Kenny Peoples-Walls and Michael Schulze all had two hits in four at bats. McElroy drew a free pass, touching home three times while Peoples-Walls knocked in one and Schulze doubled for his team's only extra-base hit.

19-year-old Rob Kaminsky, our Co-Player of the Day, earned his fourth win in five decisions, continuing his domination of this level. The righty struck out seven through seven, shutting down the River Bandits on just three hits with one hit batsman. Steve Sabatino was touched for two unearned tallies on a hit, plunked batter and wild pitch in the ninth, his second inning on the mound.

Tuesday's game: Second-place Peoria at first-place Kane County (8-2) (CHC), 6:30 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-3, 3.12)

State College - off

On Tuesday evening, State College opens a road series at the Cardinals' former New York-Penn League home, Dwyer Stadium in Batavia. The Spikes and Muckdogs are currently tied for first place in the Pinckney Division.

Tuesday's game: State College (11-6) at Batavia (11-6) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (1-0, 3.97)

Kingsport 7 at Johnson City 4 (7) – game one
Johnson City 3 vs Kingsport 2 (7) – game two

The Appy Birds (6-4) split a pair against the Mets, falling in the opener 7-4 but taking the finale 3-2, giving Johnson City a three-games-to-one series' win.

Kingsport touched three of the first contests' four JC-Cards' hurlers for runs, beginning with Dailyn Martinez. Martinez allowed five hits and a base-on-balls over 3 2/3, resulting in three runs, two earned. Jonathan Escudero was up next for target practice, giving up a run on two hits and two walks while recording three outs, two on strikeouts. Escudero allowed one of two inherited runners to score.

Kevin Carlow (L, 0-1) took direct hits to the tune of three runs on five hits that broke a 4-4 tie, including a two-run shot, and a free pass in one frame. One of Carlow's two strikeouts came with the sacks jammed and two out in the fifth, limiting Escudero's damage.

Anderson Gerdel was the only JC-Cards' pitcher to not be scored upon. Gerdel retired four of five batters faced, giving up a hit.

Chris Rivera went 2-for-3 with a run scored and one driven in, the only Appy Bird with more than one hit. Five of his teammates had one hit apiece. Jesus Ustariz knocked in two, singling once in three at bats, while Casey Grayson went 1-for-2 with a free pass and two runs scored. The game also featured the ejection of Johnson City manager Johnny Rodriguez in the seventh.

The home team fared better in game two, building a 3-0 lead through three then hanging on. Rivera and Grayson continued their production, each garnering two of the team's five hits. Grayson accounted for all three tallies, singling and doubling in three at bats while crossing home once and driving in two.

Reliever Kender Villegas was credited with his first win in as many decisions, tossing two frames of one-hit, one-walk ball and striking out three. Matt Pearce went the first four, giving up two on five hits and a base-on-balls. Ismael Brito hurled a one-two-three seventh for his second save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Elizabethton (8-4) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (0-1, 6.00)

GCL Cardinals 13 at GCL Marlins 1

The Gulf Birds (7-2) pounded out 17 hits on their way to a 13-1 decimation of the GCL Marlins.

The blasting was led by first baseman Elier Rodriguez, who went 4-for-5 with a double and RBI. He was one of six Gulf Cards with a multi-hit performance. Right behind him was right fielder Magneuris Sierra who produced more, on one less hit. The 18-year-old singled three times in six at bats, with three scored and another three driven in.

Julian Barzilli nearly matched Sierra's production, going 2-for-5 with a walk and two-run home run. The third baseman scored twice and knocked in four. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa singled twice in six at bats, and touched home three times with an RBI.

Designated hitter Malik Collymore and left fielder Michael Pritchard rounded out the gang of six. Collymore singled and tripled (his third) in five at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and one driven in. Pritchard went 2-for-4 with a walk and RBI.

Davis Ward was the first of four Cardinals pitchers benefiting from the offensive largesse. Ward struck out four over four, yielding three hits in his first pro start. Andrew Reidt picked up his first win as a professional, tossing two innings and giving up a run on four hits.

Juan Caballero retired all six batters faced, striking out three. Dylan Hawkins faced the minimum in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (2-7), 12:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (2-0, 3.75)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Giants 11

Eight runs over the final four frames broke open a tight contest, leading to an 11-3 loss by the Dominican Birds (10-16).

Tied 3-3 after four the Giants pushed across one more in the fifth off Will Changarotty (L, 1-1) who gave up six hits but did not issue a free pass through five.

The home team busted the game wide open with a three-run sixth and eighth bookending another tally in the seventh. Jesus Narvaez and Franyell Casadilla combined for the damage, Narvaez walking both batters faced and Casadilla permitting both to cross plus five of his own on six hits and a free pass over three. Three of Casadilla's tallies were unearned.

Centerfielder Carlos Talavera led his team's nine-hit offense, going 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored, an RBI and his eighth stolen base. The only other DSL-Card with more than one hit was second baseman Luis Flores who singled twice in rive at bats, crossing once.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Rockies (12-14), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 1.96)

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