Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/10/14

Pitching led the way on a 6-3 day across the system. Tim Cooney threw eight one-run innings for Memphis.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 9th.

Memphis 8, Nashville 1

Tim Cooney was masterful, holding Nashville Sounds batters to just three hits, including a solo home run, over eight innings. The left-hander, our Player of the Day, issued no walks and struck out eight.

Seven hitters either had an RBI or scored or both. Randal Grichuk and Ed Easley launched solo home runs. Both Xavier Scruggs and Greg Garcia plated two. Shane Robinson, Scott Moore and Easley each came home twice.

Thursday’s game: Memphis (44-47) vs. Nashville (49-45), 12:05 PM CT, Boone Whiting (1-6, 4.26)

Springfield 4, NW Arkansas 1

Springfield opened the homestand with a win, powered by three long balls – one from Rafael Ortega and a pair by Cody Stanley. Ortega’s was a two-run shot as part of his 3-for-3 evening. The two had five of Springfield’s eight total hits. Unfortunately, Stanley had to leave the game in the seventh after taking a foul ball off his mask.

Starter Jonathan Cornelius pitched very well, yielding the lone Naturals run on six hits and no walks in six innings. He fanned four. Chris Thomas collected four more strikeouts in the seventh and eighth before Justin Wright nailed down his seventh save.

Thursday’s game: Springfield (42-47) vs. NW Arkansas (34-55), 7:10 PM CT, Kurt Heyer (3-6, 4.90)

Palm Beach 3, Fort Myers 2 (Game one – seven innings)

This was the regularly-scheduled contest. The Cardinals got the evening started right by walking off with the win in the seventh on a Gerwuins Velazco RBI single to left that scored Nick Martini. Martini had tied the game in the fourth via a two-run home run.

Starter Silfredo Garcia tossed a seven-inning complete game, allowing just four hits and a walk while fanning seven.

Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 1 (Game two – seven innings)

This was a make up of Tuesday’s contest, postponed due to rain. The Cardinals continued their strong pitching, allowing just four hits for the second consecutive game. This time, it was Jimmy Reed who went the whole way, yielding the lone Miracle tally. The lefty fanned six.

Leadoff man Charlie Tilson singled, walked and scored two runs. Red-hot Bruce Caldwell went 2-for-2 with three RBI. Catcher Dante Rosenberg blasted his first professional home run and crossed home twice.

Thursday’s game: Palm Beach (50-38) vs. Fort Myers (51-36), 6:35 PM ET, Kyle Helisek (4-3, 3.09)

Peoria 4, Clinton 3

The Chiefs broke a three-all tie with a run in the eighth on a Michael Schulze single and held on to win.

In his first game off the disabled list, Ronald Castillo was a difference-maker with a walk, a double, a home run and two runs scored. Schulze went 2-for-4 with two driven in.

Starter Alex Reyes fanned seven but needed 87 pitches to get through 4 2/3 innings. Two of the three runs scored against him were earned. Jhonny Polanco and winner Steve Sabatino were even better out of the pen, combining for one hit and no walks while fanning seven over the final 4 1/3 scoreless frames.

Thursday’s game: Peoria (49-39) vs. Clinton (37-49), 6:30 PM CT, Chase Brookshire (2-4, 4.65)

Brooklyn 4 at State College 0

State College opened its home stand by ending its win streak at seven games. Though the visiting Cyclones and the Spikes both had nine hits, the home club stranded 10 baserunners and went a collective 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Robelys Reyes doubled twice, raising his NYPL average to .357. Alex De Leon doubled and drew two walks. On the other side of the coin, Darren Seferina and Danny Diekroeger, the leadoff and number three hitters, went a combined 0-for-9 with five strikeouts.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon went just 2 2/3 innings and had an unusual line of two hits, three runs (all earned), four walks and five strikeouts. Jeff Rauh and Tyler Bray held the fort with a combined 5 1/3 scoreless. In his first State College appearance, Anderson Gerdel gave up a solo home run in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: State College (18-8) vs. Brooklyn (15-11), 7:05 PM ET, Cody Schumacher (0-0, 2.45)

Greeneville 8, Johnson City 2

Opening their road trip, the Cards got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first, but the home club reached starter Steven Farinaro for one run in the first and four more in the third and never looked back from there. All four tallies in Farinaro’s final inning were unearned after a two-out run-scoring error was followed by an RBI double and a two-run home run.

Leadoff man Casey Turgeon and number two hitter Oscar Mercado had four of Johnson City’s six hits, scored both runs and collected the only RBI. Turgeon had the lone extra-base hit, a triple. Mercado stole a base and came home on a wild pitch.

Thursday’s game: Johnson City (11-8) at Greeneville (9-10), 7:00 PM ET, Ian McKinney (2-0, 0.50)

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 1

For the second consecutive day, the Cards-Mets contest ended early due to rain. Again, the home team came out on top, this time the first-place Cardinals.

Jorge Rodriguez threw a complete game, yielding the one run on three hits and a walk over five innings. The 20-year-old fanned four and lowered his ERA to 1.23 over four starts.

The top of the lineup did the heavy lifting. Batting second, Magneuris Sierra doubled twice, scoring one and driving in the other. The centerfielder raised his average to .339. Leadoff man Edmundo Sosa tripled and scored the other Cards run.

Thursday’s game: GCL Cardinals (13-4) vs. GCL Marlins (4-13), 12:00 ET

DSL Nationals 4, DSL Cardinals 1

The Cardinals committed three errors, leading to two unearned runs for the Nationals. Starter David Oca hurt his own chances by committing one of the miscues. The left-hander gave up just four hits and a walk, but was charged with three runs, one earned, over five innings and took the loss.

The offense managed just five hits and drew no walks. Allen Cordoba had the only extra-base hit, a double. The Cards’ run scored when the Nats’ right-fielder misplayed Cordoba’s ball, allowing Jonathan Rivera to score. Rivera had reached on – you guessed it – an error.

Thursday’s game: DSL Cardinals (12-22) at DSL Mariners (15-18), 10:30 AM ET

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