Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/07/14

Cole Lankford and Casey Turgeon led the Johnson City offense to a big win as the system went 3-2 on Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, July 6th.

Memphis 5 vs. New Orleans 2

Joe Kelly made his third of what may be four rehab starts before returning to major-league action. The right-hander gave up one hit through four innings, but ran into some trouble in the fifth. Perhaps fatigued after such a long layoff, Kelly gave up two hits and an earned run before being lifted with one out. The big-leaguer and ex-Redbirds starter threw 72 pitches, with 51 of them for strikes - a nice ratio.

Since Kelly couldn’t get through the fifth inning, Dean Kiekhefer recorded his first win above the Double-A level with 1 2/3 scoreless innings to his credit. Over the final three innings, others combined for three more innings of relief, yielding a single run. The innings were thrown by relievers Joe Donofrio, who gave up the lone run, Pedro Feliciano, and Jorge Rondon (second save).

The offense got their five runs within five innings, helping the Redbirds pull away with their fourth straight victory. Among notable offensive performers was Randal Grichuk, who had two hits and an RBI, but it was Tommy Pham who captured most of the attention with his key two-run RBI double in the first inning. Pham also singled and Greg Garcia broke out three hits, one for an RBI, while Ed Easley added an RBI single.

Monday’s game: Memphis (42-46) vs. Nashville (47-43), 7:05 CT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 5.35)

Springfield 1 at San Antonio 2

Springfield dropped a game that was knotted up going into the ninth inning. The S-Cards certainly had all the opportunities in the world with ten hits and 12 realistic chances at scoring to either break the game open or get a good lead. But they were unsuccessful as the San Antonio Missions (SD) walked off in the ninth to tie up the series at one.

Sam Gaviglio pitched extremely well but wasn’t rewarded in the end. He did finish with seven quality innings, allowing an earned run on six hits. Gaviglio didn’t issue a walk, which is a good sign, and struck out four with ten groundouts induced in a no-decision. Ryan Sherriff got through the eighth scoreless, but gave up a one-out double in the ninth and was credited the loss when Chris Thomas gave up the walk-off single that ended the game.

Struggling to hit with runners in scoring position has been a season challenge for this offensive unit and it continued on Sunday night as they went 2-for-12 with RISP. The positive is the team had plenty of hits but couldn’t get him when they counted. Breyvic Valera was a perfect 3-for-3 with an RBI single and walk.

Monday’s game: Springfield (40-47) at San Antonio (47-40), 7:05 CT, Mike Mayers (1-2, 3.79)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Bradenton 3 (suspended)

Rain began just an inning shy of being long enough to go final. Instead Sunday night’s game was suspended in the bottom of the fifth inning. The teams will resume play on August 22nd.

Performances are not yet added to any of the players’ results since the game was not completed, but starter Joe Cuda pitched through five innings, yielding three runs (one earned) on four hits. Ildemaro Vargas produced the lone run for the Beach Birds offense with an RBI double.

Monday’s game: No game scheduled.

Peoria 1 vs. Burlington 2

Peoria jumped on top with one run in the first, but were shut down by the Bees pitching staff the rest of the way, falling to exactly ten games above .500.

Rob Kaminsky pitched until the 7th inning before exiting at 6 1/3. Kaminsky gave up an earned run on three hits with four walks and a strikeout for a no-decision. Zach Loraine was the losing pitcher, yielding an unearned run due to his own two throwing errors on a muffed pickoff and an errant throw on a bunt play. Loraine allowed two hits in 1 2/3 innings.

The Peoria offense managed just five hits. Steve Bean produced the only Chiefs run on an RBI single, scoring C.J. McElroy, who had two hits and his 22nd stolen base. Batting third, Juan Herrera doubled and walked twice.

Monday’s game: No game scheduled.

State College 5 vs. Jamestown 2

On Sunday night, State College completed the series sweep of Jamestown and pushed its winning streak up to a five games with a 5-2 home victory.

Will Anderson picked up his second win of the short-season with a seven-inning outing. Anderson allowed two earned on five hits with five strikeouts while inducing 12 groundouts. Tyler Bray and Kyle Grana slammed the door with a scoreless eighth and ninth inning.

Behind two runs, the Spikes pushed for three scores in the third and fourth and added two more runs in the eighth for the win. To get the scoring started, Jake Stone dropped a RBI bloop single into center field, the first of his two singles. Ninth-round selection Brian O’Keefe hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot. Rowan Wick and Ronnierd Garcia plated two each.

Monday’s game: State College (16-7) at Auburn (10-13), 7:05 ET, Dewin Perez LHP (1-1, 4.96 ERA)

Johnson City 16 vs. Elizabethton 7

Johnson City crushed the visiting Elizabethton Twins with 16 runs on 17 hits for their 11th win of the 2014 campaign. Three runs were unearned as the Twins committed four errors.

Johnson City starter Matt Pearce pitched five shutout innings, yielding three hits. Pearce walked a batter and fanned five for his first professional win. Kevin Carlow and Kender Villegas ran into trouble as they combined to give the Twins seven earned runs in the final four innings.

Every hitter in the Johnson City lineup except Oscar Mercado had at least one hit while only three didn’t knock in at least one. Casey Turgeon and Cole Lankford share Co-Players of the Day with four-hit games that led to five RBI. Lankford hit his first professional home run, a two-run shot. Casey Grayson and Jose Godoy also had good nights at the plate with two hits and two RBI each. Chris Rivera scored four times.

Monday’s game: Johnson City (11-5) vs. Elizabethton (10-7), 7:00 ET, Jordan DeLorenzo LHP (0-0, 0.00 – seven innings)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals do not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (12-2) vs. GCL Mets (7-5), 12:00 pm ET

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals have Sundays off.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (11-20) vs. DSL Mets1 (17-14), 10:30 am ET

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