Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/09/14

State College had the lone win in a 1-5 Tuesday as outfielder Jhohan Acevedo plated four for the Spikes.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 8th.

Memphis 2 vs. Nashville 4

In their series against state-rival the Nashville Sounds, Memphis is down 2-1 following Tuesday night’s late-inning loss. The Sounds rallied for all four of their runs in the seventh and eighth.

Attempting to fit back into the big league picture, John Gast pitched 5 2/3 shutout frames. The lefty did not allow a hit and fanned four. The reason for his early exit was the second of two rain delays.

Angel Castro yielded the game-changing runs of three (two earned) in 1 1/3 innings. Seth Blair followed with an inning, allowing an earned run, while Heath Wyatt and his crossfire motion pitched a clean ninth.

The only offense the Redbirds received was a pair of RBI singles from Stephen Piscotty that plated Shane Robinson and Tommy Pham. Robinson and Pham both had a two-hit night.

Wednesday’s game: Memphis (43-47) vs. Nashville (49-44), 7:05 CT, Tim Cooney (8-5, 3.94 ERA)

Springfield was off

The Springbirds were off on Tuesday. They resume play on Wednesday as they begin a stretch of 12 of 15 fifteen games at home. A roster move was disclosed on Tuesday with the promotion of high-octane converted infielder Sam Tuivailala from Palm Beach.

Wednesday’s game: Springfield (41-47) vs. NW Arkansas (34-54), 8:10 ET, Jonathan Cornelius (7-6, 3.96 ERA)

Palm Beach vs. Fort Myers – postponed due to rain

This game was postponed due to rainy weather in Jupiter, Florida. It will be made up as part of a double-header on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s games: Palm Beach (48-38) vs. Fort Myers (51-34), 5:05 ET, Silfredo Garcia (4-1, 2.70 ERA) and Jimmy Reed (2-0, 3.38 ERA)

Clinton 4 at Peoria 2

Peoria hit into a 6-4-3 double play to end the game, giving them consecutive losses for the first time in nearly a month.

Arturo Reyes pitched a quality start of six innings while allowing two earned on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts. With a lack of offensive support, Reyes was credited with his fifth loss of the season.

In relief, Kevin Herget had a two-inning scoreless outing. Still trying to make up ground, Robert Stock took another step backward, allowing two earned runs in an inning.

The Chiefs broke out with three hits for a run in the ninth but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Clinton advantage. Carson Kelly had two of the team’s seven hits, one for an RBI double. Juan Herrera produced the second run with an RBI single.

Wednesday’s game: Peoria (48-39) vs. Clinton (37-48), 7:00 CT, Alex Reyes (6-5, 4.23 ERA)

State College 10 at Auburn 2

Multi-RBI home runs from Robelys Reyes and Rowan Wick, plus a 4-RBI performance by Jhohan Acevedo loomed large in State College’s defeat of Auburn. The Spikes extended their win streak to seven games and have outscored their opponents 48-21 during that time. Wick unloaded for his 12th homer of the season and Reyes added a 3-run shot. Jholan Acevedo did damage for the Spikes with two hits that produced four RBI and garnered him the Player of the Day nod.

Big-armed Fernando Baez, who moved to the rotation a few weeks ago and has taken to it well, is continuing to progress with five innings of one-run ball. Baez punched out seven with a walk. The bullpen tossed the next four innings while yielding a run. Nick Lomascolo threw two scoreless, Kyle Grana one scoreless, and Jacob Booden pitched an inning in which he gave up earned run.

Wednesday’s game: State College (18-7) vs. Brooklyn (14-11), 7:05 ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 2.57 ERA)

Johnson City 3 vs. Elizabethton 9

Johnson City was unable to secure the series win while losing big for the second consecutive game. The rookie-ball Cardinals had an inability to hit with runners in scoring position effectively by going 2-for-10 and leaving nine stranded on the pond. Errors were an issue for both teams in the series, but more costly on the Cardinals side Tuesday as miscues led to three unearned runs.

In his third start, Dailyn Martinez took the loss after yielding five runs (two earned) on eight hits, with two walks and six strikeouts in six innings.

Landon Beck did no favors as the Twins tagged him for four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings. Josh Wirsu recorded the final four outs.

The bats certainly had a challenge facing off against Twins well-regarded southpaw prospect Stephen Gonsalves. Johnson City did get to him for five hits and two unearned runs in five innings, but were held in check for the remainder of the game by the Twins bullpen. Casey Grayson knocked in a run with a sacrifice fly while Jose Godoy doubled home Cole Lankford, who had reached on an error.

Wednesday’s game: Johnson City (11-7) at Greeneville (8-10), 7:00 ET, Steven Farinaro (1-2, 5.40)

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Mets 7

The game was ended after seven innings due to rain. The GCL Cardinals had no luck at the GCL Mets complex as they were shut out.

Julio Mateo, who has gotten national attention of late from a prospect writer, pitched a steady six innings while giving up three earned on four hits with a walk and four strikeouts.

Until the seventh inning, the game was relatively close before Drew Reidt proceeded to allow four earned runs in 2/3 of an inning. Kevin Alexander then took to the hill with an out left in the seventh and gave up two hits but pitched out of the jam with a fly out.

The Cardinals offense was held to four hits. Three were singles by Malik Collymore, Elier Rodriguez and Derek Gibson. The team’s only extra-base hit was a double by Michael Pritchard.

Wednesday’s game: GCL Cardinals (12-4) vs. GCL Mets (9-5), 12:00 ET

DSL Cardinals 3 vs. DSL Nationals 6

Despite just five hits, the Cardinals were able to scratch across three runs, largely due to the Nationals’ four errors. The Cards could have scored more had they been better than 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Luis Flores led the squad with a three singles and a walk.

Starter Oniever Diaz yielded just two hits and a run over five. Pitching the ninth in a tie game, reliever Rigobert Urena allowed three runs and took the loss.

Wednesday’s game: DSL Cardinals (12-21) at DSL Nationals (18-15), 10:30 AM ET

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