Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/08/14

Memphis and Springfield took final-inning wins and Nick Thompson’s three-run blast carried State College to a road victory on a 4-2 Monday across the system.

Results from games played Monday, July 7th.

Memphis 2 vs. Nashville 1

Memphis struck in the bottom of the ninth to rally with the win in the series opener against the Nashville Sounds (MIL).

Zach Petrick gave the Redbirds seven strong innings allowing only one earned run on six hits. Petrick was stellar with his control by not walking anyone and striking out six. Eric Fornataro, trying to get an opportunity again at the highest level, tossed two shutout innings for the win.

The bats were held in check through the first seven innings by Nashville all-star pitcher Jimmy Nelson. Jermaine Curtis plated the game-tying run with a pinch-hit single while Luis Mateo delivered the knock-out punch with a walk-off RBI single.

Tuesday’s game: Memphis (43-36) vs. Nashville (48-34), 7:02 CT, John Gast (2-2, 9.43 ERA)

Springfield 3 at San Antonio 2 (11 innings)

On Monday night, the Springbirds had a tie game from the fourth until the 11th. They then scored what would be the game-winning run before Justin Wright slammed the door in the bottom half of the 11th.

New to the Double-A, Mike Mayers threw his fourth quality start in four tries, including seven innings on Monday. Mayers worked around five hits for two earned runs with five strikeouts.

The bullpen was even more effective than Mayers as they just wouldn’t let the Missions take the series. Lee Stoppelman pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings with three punchouts. Mitch Harris retired the last batter in the ninth to force extra innings, and tossed a scoreless 10th inning to boot. With the one-run advantage in the 11th Justin Wright picked up his sixth save in a relatively effortless manner.

David Popkins produced the team’s first run with a sacrifice fly while the second came home on a Patrick Wisdom ground out after Cody Stanley doubled. Mike O’Neill hit the game-winner, an RBI double that scored Alex Mejia.

Tuesday’s game: No game scheduled.

Palm Beach off

The Palm Beach Cardinals had a scheduled day-off on Monday. The Beach Birds resume play at Roger Dean Stadium on Tuesday night.

Tuesday’s game: Palm Beach (48-38) vs. Fort Myers (51-34), 6:35 ET, Silfredo Garcia (4-1, 2.70 ERA)

Peoria off

The Peoria Chiefs were in the same boat as the Palm Beach Cardinals as they too received a scheduled day-off on Monday. Play resumes on Tuesday at Dozer Park against the Clinton Lumber Kings.

Tuesday’s game: Peoria (48-38) vs. Clinton (36-48), 8:00 ET, Arturo Reyes (5-4, 3.75)

State College 3 at Auburn 2

Spikes’ three-hole hitter Nick Thompson’s three-run blast was all the offense needed to secure the series-opening win over the Auburn Doubledays (WSH). It was the second home run of the season and career for our Player of the Day.

Dewin Perez pitched his way to his second short-season win by going 6 1/3 innings, yielding two earned runs on five hits. Perez didn’t issue a walk and struck out five in his fifth start of the season.

Trey Nielsen pitched the rest of the way because the Spikes were short-handed in the ‘pen and he gave them 2 2/3 scoreless frames. Nielsen gave up a hit and struck out a batter with five groundouts for the super-long save.

Tuesday’s game: State College (17-7) at Auburn (10-14), 7:05 ET, Fernando Baez (0-0, 1.69 ERA)

Johnson City 7 vs. Elizabethton 15

Following Sunday night’s game, when Johnson City put a 16-spot on the Elizabethton Twins (MIN), the Rookie-Ball Twins turned around and put a 15-spot on Johnson City on Monday night. What an offensive series to see if you're a Johnson City Cardinals regular attendee.

It was not a good night all around for the Cardinals pitching staff and defense. The pitchers combined to allow nine earned runs. Six more were unearned due to mistakes from the defense, which committed four errors. Starter Jordan DeLorenzo allowed the first seven runs on four earned in four innings.

Jonathan Escudero and Anderson Gerdel were the only relievers to give up earned runs as they allowed the next five earned in three innings. Ismael Brito was the only reliever to have an effective outing with a scoreless inning of work. Juan Caballero was assigned the ninth and he allowed three unearned runs.

Coming off Monday’s Co-Player of the Day selection, Casey Turgeon kept hot at the plate with three more hits and came around to score three times. RBIs came from a Blake Drake double, Cole Lankford double, two Cole Grayson groundouts, and singles by Chris Rivera and Carlos Torres.

Tuesday’s game: Johnson City (11-6) vs. Elizabethton (11-7), 7:00 ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Mets 6

This year’s second-round selection Ronnie Williams appeared in his third start and again went exactly three innings. Williams was touched for two earned on three hits with three strikeouts. The bullpen then seized the mound for the final six frames of the early afternoon contest.

Ramon Santos was first to see action, going two innings with one run (unearned) on three hits. Steven De La Cruz fanned one in a scoreless sixth inning while Tyler Dunnington gave up the last three earned runs to take the game out of striking distance.

All the offense the Gulf Coast League Birds got was against the Mets starting pitcher in the fifth. He was probably gassed out then since pitchers at this level have not yet built up enough stamina to go that long. Joshua Lopez knocked in the two runs with a double.

Tuesday’s game: GCL Cardinals (12-3) at GCL Mets (8-5), 12:00 ET

DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Mets1 3

The game was scoreless through five. Then the sixth-inning effect hit and the DSL Cardinals put on five runs, all they needed to cruise to their 12th win of the season.

Showing some arm strength for a DSL pitcher, Derian Gonzalez surprisingly went six innings while giving up two earned on six hits. Gonzalez blew away nine hitters with strikeouts and walked one.

Three of the Cards’ runs came from a two-run single by Allen Cordoba and groundout by Oscar Cotes. The other three runs came following Mets errors.

Tuesday’s game: DSL Cardinals (12-20) vs. DSL Nationals (17-15), 10:30 AM ET

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