Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/02/14

Johnson City garnered one of three victories in St. Louis' minors on Tuesday, aided by Jordan DeLorenzo's noteworthy effort. Palm Beach and the GCL Cardinals both were victorious but the other four clubs were not. Springfield was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 1st.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 8

Zach Petrick was pounded for eight tallies, spoiling a strong rehab start by Joe Kelly, in the Redbirds' 8-5 loss. Their six-game losing skid includes the first two at Nashville, leaving fourth-place Memphis (38-45) 5 ½ behind the Sounds (MIL).

Petrick (L, 4-4) lasted just 1 1/3, giving up eight hits and a base-on-balls, dumping a 3-0 lead into an 8-3 hole. His final runner crossed under Dean Kiekhefer, who permitted three hits in 1 2/3. Angel Castro tossed a clean eighth, allowing one hit, in his second relief stint in 16 appearances this season.

One of the bright spots was Kelly's second rehab start, a four-inning affair featuring three hits and two walks through four. Kelly threw 49 pitches, 31 for strikes with five ground- and three fly-ball outs.

All five scores by the visitors were the result of two long balls, one each by Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk. Wong began his rehab assignment with Memphis providing another bright spot, going 2-for-3 with a double, walk and his third home run of 2014. Wong's bomb came with Audry Perez (double) and Jermaine Curtis (walk), putting the Redbirds up 3-0 in the fifth.

Grichuk's 13th homer of the year capped a 3-for-5 night, coming with Tommy Pham (single) aboard in the ninth. Wong and Grichuk were the only Redbirds garnering multi-hit performances, with four of their teammates having one hit each.

Wednesday's game: at Nashville (45-41), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-0, 5.22)

Springfield - off

Fourth and last-place Springfield (5-7) heads out on a six-game swing through Texas after a less-than-stellar 2-4 home stand featuring the same two teams, Corpus Christi (HOU) and San Antonio (SD). The S-Cards trail Arkansas (LAA) by three in the standings.

Wednesday's game: at Corpus Christi (4-8), 7:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-1, 3.46)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Jupiter 3

Two runs in the seventh untied a 3-3 knot, sending the PB-Cards (9-4) to a 5-3 win in the first of three versus stable mate Jupiter. Palm Beach is tied with St. Lucie (NYM) atop the South Division, a game up on Fort Myers (MIN).

Luke Voit's lead-off single triggered the seventh-inning surge. Voit advanced to third via Nick Martini's 12th double, his only hit in two at bats after drawing a free pass and scoring earlier in the game. The right fielder's recent offensive upswing has seen him post a line of .333/.432/.433/.866 in his most recent 30 at-bats and 10 games. A sac fly by new arrival Mason Katz brought across Voit before Cesar Valera's single drove in Martini.

Bruce Caldwell got the Beach Birds on the board with a solo shot in the fourth, followed up by Mason Katz' first long ball with Palm Beach, which plated Martini in the fifth. Five PB-Cards had one hit apiece as the team was outhit by the Hammerheads 10 to five.

Silfredo Garcia allowed a tally in the fourth plus two in the sixth, his final inning of work. The righty permitted nine hits in all, including a solo blast, issued a free pass and struck out four.

Thomas Lee held the opposition scoreless on one hit over 1 2/3, picking up his sixth win in nine decisions. Iden Nazario retired all four batters faced for his fourth save.

Wednesday's game: at Jupiter (2-10) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (1-0, 2.70)

Peoria 1 at Kane County 6

The second-place Chiefs' face-off with first-place Kane County (CHC) ended the way most of their face-offs end, with another loss. This 6-1 defeat in the series' opener leaves Peoria 1 ½ back in the Western Division.

Arturo Reyes (L, 5-4) could not finish the third, coughing up six runs on six hits and a base-on-balls in 2 2/3. Three of the six scores were the result of a three-run home run.

Zach Loraine quieted the Cougars' bats on a hit and walk over 3 1/3, stranding Reyes' final runner. Chris Perry struck out four in two frames, walking one.

Peoria's seven-hit effort did not produce a run until the ninth when Justin Ringo doubled, advanced on Carson Kelly's single and scored via a force out. Ringo and Kelly each had two hits in four at-bats.

Wednesday's game: at Kane County (9-2), 6:30 pm CT, Alex Reyes (5-5, 4.57)

State College 4 at Batavia 6

It was a showdown between two first-place clubs on Tuesday and the Spikes (11-7) blinked first, resulting in a 6-4 loss that left the Muckdogs (MIA) in sole possession of the Pinckney Division lead.

Dewin Perez (L, 1-1) was charged with five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a free pass through five. Perez fanned four. Kyle Grana struck out three in two innings, yielding a hit. Tyler Bray fanned the side in the eighth but served up a gopher ball.

Catcher Brian O'Keefe and second baseman Darren Seferina mustered two hits apiece for four of their team's seven hits. O'Keefe doubled and scored once out of the seven hole while Seferina went 2-for-3 with two walks, batting first. Rowan Wick singled once in three at bats, crossing home twice.

Wednesday's game: at Batavia (12-6), 7:05 pm ET, Fernando Baez (0-0, 1.54)

Johnson City 7 vs. Elizabethton 4

The Appy Birds' back-and-forth contest with chief rival Elizabethton ended in a 7-4 victory, giving Johnson City (8-4) a half-game advantage over the second-place Twins in the Western Division.

Trailing 2-0, the JC-Cards struck for one in the second plus three in the fifth to go up 4-2. Elizabethton immediately answered with two in the fifth to tie the game at four all. That score stood until Johnson City pushed across three in the home half of the eighth, giving them the win.

The home team's 12-hit attack was a team-wide affair, eight of nine starters compiling at least one of the 12 singles. Jose Godoy led the club, singling three times in four at bats. Casey Grayson and Jesus Ustariz added two hits each, Grayson scoring one and driving in another.

The ‘other' Casey, Casey Turgeon, singled once in three at bats with two base-on-balls and two runs scored. Oscar Mercado touched home once with two RBI, going 1-for-4 with a free pass while scoring once.

Player of the Day Jordan DeLorenzo was impressive in his maiden start, striking out six in four innings, yielding just three hits and a free pass. Both of the runs in the second were unearned.

Isaac Silva tossed a one-two-three fifth before giving way to Landon Beck. Beck first wore the goat horns when he allowed a single and four straight walks to tie the game (BS, 1) but settled down to retire eight of his next nine batters, the only one to reach came on an error, for his first professional win. Anderson Gerdel struck out two of three faced in the ninth, his third save.

Wednesday's game: Off.

GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Marlins 0 (4 2/3)

Defense, or lack thereof, was the key in the Gulf Cardinals' rain-shortened 2-0 victory. The Gulf Birds (8-2) lead the East Division by 2 ½ over the GCL Nationals.

The Cardinals (8-2) pushed across single tallies in the third and fourth, both unearned. Michael Pritchard lined a single at the pitcher to kick off the third, advancing to second via a free pass issued to Derek Gibson. Ricardo Bautista ground into a force at second that erased Gibson but reached on a throwing error by the Marlins' second baseman that also allowed Pritchard to cross.

Right fielder Magneuris Sierra beat out an infield single to first to open the next frame. The 18-year-old swiped his first bag of 2014, moving to third on a 4-3 ground out. It looked like Sierra would be stranded at third when Elier Rodriguez ground one to short with two outs but the Fish shortstop was unable to handle the ball cleanly, permitting Rodriguez to reach and Sierra to score.

Pitching was the order of the day with both squads held to just three hits. Ronnie Williams yielded two hits over three, striking out one. Nick Frey yielded one hit in his inning of work, striking out two, for his first professional win. Tyler Dunnington issued a free pass in the fifth, picking up his first pro save.

Wednesday's game: at GCL Marlins (2-8), 11:00 am ET, Julio Mateo (2-0, 3.75)

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Rockies 5

The eighth-place DSL Cardinals (10-17) lost to the DSL Rockies 5-1 on Tuesday, the Cards' fourth consecutive defeat and eighth in their most recent 10 games. The Dominican Birds trail the DSL Giants and DSL Red Sox by eight in the standings.

Sandy Alcantara absorbed his fourth loss in five decisions, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits over five. He struck out six, threw two wild pitches and hit two batters. Juan Alvarez was charged with two runs, one earned, on three hits in three frames.

Carlos Talavera and Joaquin De La Cruz both had two of their squad's six hits, with Talavera's double the only one to go for extra bases. Allen Cordoba drove in the Dominican Birds' only tally, which was scored by Hector Linares.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Rockies (13-14), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (1-1, 1.66)

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