Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/04/14

Happy Fourth! St. Louis' minors won five and lost three on Thursday. Joshua Lopez and Edmundo Sosa led the GCL Cardinals' to their eighth win in their last 10 games while Memphis and the DSL Cardinals both ended losing streaks. Palm Beach and State College continued their winning ways but Springfield, Peoria and Johnson City all fell.

Results from games played Thursday, July 3rd.

Memphis 7 at Nashville 5

Memphis (39-46) scored six runs in the first three frames and outlasted Nashville 7-5, ending a seven-game skid and salvaging the last of four at Herschel Greer Stadium.

Pete Kozma did the most damage, accounting for four of his team's runs by going 2-for-3 with a run scored and three RBI. He swiped his sixth bag as well. Tommy Pham singled and tripled in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home once while knocking in one. Stephen Piscotty, newly named as the Redbirds' representative to the Pacific Coast League All-Star squad, added his sixth home run of 2014 – a solo shot capping his team's scoring in the seventh.

Three of the four runs permitted by John Gast through five were via a three-run bomb in the third. The lefty yielded four hits and two walks, fanning three.

Angel Castro, the first of a trio of Memphis relievers, gave up a run on two hits in two. Eric Fornataro walked one in the eighth and Jorge Rondon worked around two hits in the ninth for his first save.

Friday's game: vs. New Orleans (44-43) (MIA), 6:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (7-5, 4.09)

Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 4

The S-Cards' losing streak reached five with a 4-2 defeat at the hands of host Corpus Christi. Springfield (5-9) trails the three-game series two to none.

Jonathan Cornelius allowed one in the fourth plus three in the fifth, his final inning, flipping a 2-1 lead into a 4-2 deficit. Cornelius (L, 7-6) was touched for four hits and three free passes, striking out three. He also plunked two batters and threw a wild pitch.

Chris Thomas and Ronnie Shaban split relief duties, Thomas giving up a hit over two, fanning one and picking off a batter at first. Shaban faced the minimum in the eighth.

In a contest featuring only nine hits in all, the visitors accumulated only four of them. Starlin Rodriguez went 2-for-2 with a double and his first home run of the season, which plated Matt Williams (walk) in the fifth. Rafael Ortega went 0-for-4 in his return to Springfield's lineup after a month's absence due to injury.

Friday's game: at Corpus Christi (6-8) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (3-5, 3.91)

Palm Beach 5 at Jupiter 3

Palm Beach (11-4) pushed across four in the eighth, flying over the Hammerheads 5-3 for a three-game sweep.

Four of the Beach Birds' seven hits were grouped together in the eighth. Doubles by Jimmy Bosco and Bruce Caldwell bookended Cesar Valera's plunking plus singles by Charlie Tilson and Ildemaro Vargas followed. Tilson brought across Bosco, snapping a 1-1 tie, while Vargas did likewise with Valera. Caldwell's 11th double of 2014 scored both Tilson and Vargas. Bosco and Tilson each had two hits, Bosco collecting an RBI on a sac fly.

Kyle Helisek shut down Jupiter (MIA) on two hits in the first three but did not return to the mound after a rain delay of just over an hour. Danny Miranda took the mound when play resumed, tossing four innings, yielding a run on three hits and picking up his third win in four decisions.

Iden Nazario gave up a single in a scoreless eighth before running into trouble in the ninth. The southpaw allowed two runs on four more hits plus a sac fly before giving way to Sam Tuivailala with two one and one out. Tuivailala notched the final two outs, one swinging, earning his second save.

Friday's game: vs. Bradenton (8-6) (PIT), 6:05 pm ET, Corey Baker (3-1, 1.87)

Peoria 2 at Kane County 10

The Chiefs (9-5) were stomped by the Cougars 10-2 in the rubber match of their three-game road set.

Defensive miscues played their part in the final score, with four of the six runs charged to Chase Brookshire (L, 2-4) being unearned. Brookshire permitted seven hits through seven, issued one free pass and served up a solo bomb. He struck out four and plunked one. Robert Stock was pounded for four runs on four hits and two walks in the eighth.

Shortstop Juan Herrera mustered three of his team's seven hits, going 3-for-4 with a double. C.J. McElroy was hitless in three at bats but drew a free pass and crossed home once. The centerfielder swiped his 21st bag of 2014. Justin Ringo singled in three at bats with a base-on-balls, knocking in two.

Friday's game: vs. Burlington (8-6) (LAA), 5:30 pm CT, Blake McKnight (4-6, 4.46)

State College 7 at Batavia 1

State College (13-7) banged out 14 hits in their 7-1 pasting on Batavia, reclaiming sole possession of first place over the Muckdogs (MIA) and taking the series two-games-to-one.

All nine Spikes' starters claimed at least one hit with four generating multi-hit performances. Seven of the nine took a direct hand in the scoring, either scoring or driving in a tally.

Shortstop Andrew Sohn led the hit parade from the nine hole, going 3-for-4 with a free pass and run scored. Rowan Wick, Alex De Leon and Danny Diekroeger each had two hits, drew a base-on-balls and scored once. Wick drove in two, as did Collin Radack and Jake Stone. Stone crossed home twice and blasted a solo shot, one of two extra-base hits for State College, along with a double by De Leon.

Each of three Spikes' hurlers tossed three frames, beginning with Daniel Poncedeleon, who struck out three, giving up a run on one hit. Trey Nielsen and Jeff Barkley shut down the Muckdogs over the last six innings, Nielsen yielding two hits to up his record to a perfect 3-0 and Barkley allowing a hit and two walks while fanning three for his first save.

Friday's game: vs. Jamestown (8-12) (PIT), 1:00 pm ET, Cody Schumacher (0-0, 1.29)

Princeton 7 at Johnson City 1

Steven Farinaro could not finish the second as the Appy Birds (8-5) fell to the Rays 7-1 in the series' opener.

Farinaro (L, 1-2) permitted seven hits in 1 1/3, the chief culprits being two long balls generating five runs in the second. Jonathan Escudero struck out four through the next 2 2/3, blanking Princeton on three hits and a walk.

Kevin Carlow topped Escudero by fanning five over two, yielding two unearned scores on two hits and a wild pitch. Isaac Silva issued a free pass to the only batter faced before giving way to Anderson Gerdel, who retired all three batters he faced. Kender Villegas and Ismael Brito matched Gerdel's performance, Villegas fanning two and Brito one.

Johnson City did not get on the board until the bottom of the ninth when they strung together three of their six hits, all singles. Blake Drake reached to open the frame, raced to third on Chris Rivera's liner up the middle and was driven in by Jesus Ustariz to avoid the shutout.

Friday's game: vs. Princeton (8-6), 7:00 pm ET, Ian McKinney (1-0, 0.90)

GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Nationals 2

The Gulf Birds (10-2) tallied in four straight frames, romping to an 8-2 victory over the GCL Nationals.

Co-Player of the Day Joshua Lopez headed a Cardinals' quartet with multi-hit performances. The catcher and seventh-place hitter went 4-for-5 with three doubles, crossing home once. Both of shortstop Edmundo Sosa's hits went for extra bases. Our co-Player of the Day tripled in five at bats with a two-run home run comprising two of his four RBI. Sosa scored twice.

Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra and third baseman Julain Barzilli had two hits each. Sierra went 2-for-4 with a triple and base-on-balls, run scored and one driven in while Barzilli doubled in five at bats, knocking in one.

Jorge Rodriguez went the first four, giving up four hits and two hits that generated two runs with two wild pitches thrown. Tyler Dunnington was credited with his first professional win, striking out three in two innings while allowing two hits.

Dylan Hawkins issued two free passes over two scoreless frames, fanning three. Juan Caballero gave up a hit in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Nationals (5-5), 10:00 am ET, Frederis Parra (1-1, 3.60)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Yankees1 4

Andres Luna's three-run bomb launched the Dominican Birds (11-18) over the Yankees1 5-4, ending a five-game slide.

Highlighting the DSL Cardinals' four-run fifth was Luna's first blast as a pro, which plated Carlos Rodriguez (walk) and Allen Cordoba (double). The left fielder, who turns 17 on July 17th, went 2-for-3 with a home run, touched home twice, and drove in three. Luis Flores and Jonathan Rivera had two hits in four at-bats apiece, Flores doubling once with an RBI while Rivera crossed home once.

Angel Estevez picked up his third win in four decisions, yielding two hits and three bases-on-balls in two innings. It was Estevez' first appearance in over two weeks.

Estevez pitched in relief of Junior Gonzalez, who held the opposition in check through four on two hits and two free passes issued. Rigobert Urena had a rocky inning-plus, giving up two in the seventh plus one in the eighth on four hits, a walk and a hit batsman. His final runner crossed under Esteban Vallejo's watch, as he permitted three hits and three bases-on-balls over two. Vallejo was credited with his first save.

Friday's game: at DSL Yankees1 (16-13), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (1-1, 1.99)

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