Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/11/14

Though the system was just 4-4 on Thursday, pitching was king, led by Cody Schumacher at State College.

Results from games played Thursday, July 10th.

Memphis 1, Nashville 0

Boone Whiting won his second straight game and his second of the season after throwing five scoreless innings on just two hits and three walks. He fanned seven. Equally important were relievers Dean Kiekhefer and Eric Fornataro, who combined for four more run-free frames while allowing just three baserunners.

The lone score of the day came in the fifth inning when Shane Robinson plated Pete Kozma via a sacrifice fly. The Redbirds managed just five hits, with the only extra-base hit a double by Xavier Scruggs. Kozma reached base twice on a single and a walk.

Friday’s game: Memphis (45-47) at New Orleans (46-47), 8:00 PM ET, Marco Gonzales (Triple-A debut)

NW Arkansas 5 at Springfield 4

The Cardinals led the entire way before the bullpen imploded in the ninth, turning a 4-1 lead into a 5-4 loss. Lee Stoppelman and Justin Wright were the culprits.

Wasted were great efforts by starter Kurt Heyer and reliever Sam Tuivailala, the latter in his Springfield debut. Heyer threw six innings of three-hit ball, yielding just one run. Tuivailala fanned three in two perfect frames.

Three of the S-Cards’ tallies came via the long ball. Patrick Wisdom blasted his 11th, a solo shot, while Curt Smith’s seven dinger was good for two runs.

Friday’s game: Springfield (42-48) vs. NW Arkansas (35-55), 7:10 PM CT, Kyle Hald (7-2, 3.47)

Fort Myers 5 at Palm Beach 4

The Cards were down 4-0 in the third inning and could not quite dig their way out of the hole. Starter Kyle Helisek did stay in through five innings, but took the loss after yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk. The final Miracle run scored against Dixon Llorens in the eighth.

Ildemaro Vargas had two doubles and a run scored. Bruce Caldwell hit a two-run home run. Nick Martini and Mason Katz singled, doubled and scored. Katz also walked twice and added an RBI.

Friday’s game: Palm Beach (50-39) at Clearwater (52-36), 6:30 PM ET, Tyrell Jenkins (3-1, 1.71)

Peoria 5, Clinton 3

The Chiefs took an early lead, scoring single tallies in the first and second, and stayed ahead the rest of the way.

Luis Perez went 3-for-4 including a solo home run and scored twice. Rafael Medina had a perfect night with a single, double, walk, two RBI and a run scored.

Starter Chase Brookshire earned the win after yielding two runs, one earned, over 5 1/3 innings. Zach Loraine tossed 2 1/3 scoreless before Josh Lucas picked up his first save in his Peoria debut with a run-free ninth.

Friday’s game: Peoria (50-39) at Burlington (48-40), 6:30 PM CT, Blake McKnight (5-6, 4.10)

State College 4, Brooklyn 1

The Spikes got back to their winning ways behind the masterful pitching of Player of the Day Cody Schumacher. The former Missouri State hurler picked up his first professional win after throwing a one-hitter for 5 2/3 innings. Trey Nielsen yielded one score in 2 1/3 and new arrival Joe Scanio picked up his first save with a scoreless ninth.

The Spikes plated a single tally in the second and added three more in the fifth. Leadoff man Darren Seferina was on base four times with a single, double and two walks and stole a base, but did not score. Nick Thompson went 3-for-4 including a double, a run scored and an RBI.

Friday’s game: State College (19-8) vs. Brooklyn (15-12), 7:05 PM ET, Austin Gomber (0-1, 1.13)

Greeneville 1, Johnson City 0 (10 innings)

The Cardinals and Astros battled for nine scoreless innings. In the 10th, Johnson City lost on a wild pitch by reliever Kevin Carlow and throwing error by catcher Jose Godoy – on the same play.

Johnson City starter Ian McKinney took a no-decision despite spinning seven innings of scoreless ball on five hits and two walks. He fanned three while lowering his ERA to 0.36. Ismael Brito added two scoreless frames to get through nine.

The Cards scatted six singles and two walks and rarely threatened, going just 0-for-2 with runners in scoring position. Casey Turgeon and Blake Drake each reached base twice.

Friday’s game: Johnson City (11-9) at Greeneville (10-10), 7:00 PM ET, Juan Perez (3-0, 4.73)

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Marlins 5

After coughing up a three-run lead in the top of the seventh, the Cardinals came back with three in the eighth to take their 14th win in 18 games.

Elier Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a single, double, run scored and two RBI. Joshua Lopez added a big two-run single in his only plate appearance in the eighth.

Cardinals starter Frederis Parra was masterful, throwing six innings of scoreless ball on just three hits and two walks. The 19-year-old fanned eight. It unraveled for reliever Dylan Hawkins in the seventh, however. Only one of the four runs scoring against him was earned following a Malik Collymore fielding error.

Yeison Medina picked up the win with 1 1/3 scoreless before Sasha Kuebel wrapped up his second save, but only after yielding a run in the ninth.

Friday’s game: GCL Cardinals (14-4) at GCL Marlins (4-14), 12:00 ET

DSL Mariners 10, DSL Cardinals 2

The Mariners scored in five of the nine innings against two Cardinals pitchers. Starter Angel Estevez, allowed six runs, three earned, over the first four. Junior Gonzalez yielded four more in the next four innings.

Luis Bandes went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Carlos Talavera and Dennis Ortega had two hits each. Jonathan Rivera hit a solo home run.

Friday’s game: DSL Cardinals (12-23) vs. DSL Mariners (16-19), 10:30 AM ET

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