Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/12/14

Though the system was just 2-6 on Friday, OF Magneuris Sierra continues to tear up the GCL. Two top draft signees also made their 2014 debuts.

Results from games played Friday, July 11th.

New Orleans 6, Memphis 4

In his first Triple-A start, Marco Gonzales found himself behind by four runs in the second inning, a deficit his teammates were unable to overcome. He yielded seven hits, walked two, struck out three, and threw 42 of his 75 pitches for strikes. He did contribute with the bat, hitting a solo home run.

Speaking of which, Scott Moore went deep twice and singled in four at-bats and scored all three times. With a single, Ed Easley extended his hit streak to 11 games.

In relief, Heath Wyatt and Pedro Feliciano allowed solo tallies while Joe Donofrio and Seth Blair tossed a scoreless frame each.

Saturday’s game: Memphis (45-48) at New Orleans (48-47), 7:00 PM ET, Zach Petrick (4-4, 5.06)

NW Arkansas 3 at Springfield 1

The Cardinals open their homestand with a second consecutive loss. Scoreless heading into the fifth, the Naturals reached starter Kyle Hald for a single tally. The rest of the night’s scoring was in the eight as the visitors added two against reliever Ronnie Shaban, but the home club responded with just one.

Hald improved his ERA to 3.30 and took the hard-luck loss despite just the one run allowed over seven innings. He allowed five hits, four walks and fanned a pair.

Leadoff man James Ramsey and cleanup hitter Jonathan Rodriguez each reached base three times. Ramsey singled twice, doubled and scored plus threw out a runner at third. Rodriguez singled, doubled and walked. Rafael Ortega collected the lone RBI.

Saturday’s game: Springfield (42-49) vs. NW Arkansas (36-55), 6:10 PM CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-9, 5.05)

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 2

The contest was deadlocked at two from the fourth until the seventh, when Mason Katz’ home run to left field created the winning edge.

Logan Billbrough, Danny Miranda and Chris Perry secured the final nine outs to protect the lead. Perry garnered his first save since joining Palm Beach earlier this week. They pitched in relief of Tyrell Jenkins, who issued two walks and allowed just four hits over six. The damage was caused by a pair of Threshers solo home runs. Jenkins struck out seven in his third strong start in four tries since coming off the disabled list.

The Beach Birds had just enough offense as Charlie Tilson went 3-for-4 with a double, RBI and run scored. Ildemaro Vargas plated the other run on a double of his own.

Saturday’s game: Palm Beach (51-39) at Clearwater (26-63), 6:30 PM ET, Joe Cuda (5-6, 6.06)

Burlington 5, Peoria 4

On top of two earlier scores, a three-spot in the fifth inning by the Bees proved to be just a bit too much for the visiting Chiefs to overcome. After Peoria scored three in the ninth to pull within one, Rafael Medina stranded runners on first and second to end the game.

Starter Blake McKnight had an off night, yielding 10 hits and all five Burlington runs in 4 2/3 innings. Kevin Herget held off the Bees the rest of the way.

In four at-bats, Vaughn Bryan doubled and tripled and scored one run. Juan Herrera plated two and came home once.

Saturday’s game: Peoria (50-40) at Burlington (50-40), 6:30 PM CT, Luis Perdomo (0-1, 4.63)

State College 4, Brooklyn 3

The Spikes surrendered a two-run lead in the top of the second but came back with single tallies in the fifth and seventh to edge the visiting Cyclones (NYM).

The first four hitters in the Spikes’ lineup each had two hits, with the first three scoring once – Darren Seferina, Robelys Reyes and Danny Diekroeger. Cleanup man Alex De Leon did his job, driving in three.

Starter Austin Gomber allowed the three runs, two earned, on eight hits and a walk in 4 2/3. Again, solid relief was the story as winner Kyle Grana, Jacob Booden (hold) and Joe Scanio (second save), kept Brooklyn off the board for the final 4 1/3.

Saturday’s game: State College (20-8) vs. Staten Island (15-13), 7:05 PM ET, Will Anderson (2-1, 1.50)

Greeneville 8, Johnson City 3

The Cardinals’ bus driver walking out on them after the game was the biggest news from Greeneville Saturday night as Johnson City was squashed by the Astros.

JC carried a 1-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth before the Astros batters erupted for eight tallies over the next four innings. The first two runs, charged to starter and loser Juan Perez, were unearned due to an Oscar Mercado fielding error. Perez allowed just three hits and three walks while fanning seven over his five innings. The rest of the damage was racked up against relievers Jeff Barkley and Josh Wirsu.

The Cards managed just five hits, all singles. Blake Drake and Chris Rivera drove in a run each.

Saturday’s game: Johnson City (11-10) at Burlington (9-13), 7:00 PM ET

GCL Marlins 7, GCL Cardinals 6

A tight 2-1 game looked to get out of control in the seventh as the Fish plated four, but the Cards tied the game with a five-spot in the eighth. Unfortunately, the contest ended on a walkoff infield single after losing pitcher Tyler Dunnington wild-pitched the lead runner to third.

Draftees Andrew Morales and Bryan Dobzanski each made their professional debuts with one scoreless inning each to open the game. Morales fanned two, Dobzanski one. The latter allowed one hit. The damaging four-spot was hung on Steven De La Cruz.

Player of the Day, centerfielder Magneuris Sierra, had a perfect afternoon, going went 4-for-4 with two doubles, walking once, stealing a base and scoring once. He is now hitting .385. Catcher Frankie Rodriguez plated two.

Saturday’s game: GCL Cardinals (14-5) vs. GCL Marlins (5-14), 10:00 AM ET

DSL Mariners 8 at DSL Cardinals 1

A five-run third inning against Cards starter Junior Fernandez enabled the Mariners to sail to an easy victory. The big blow against the July 2nd signee was a grand slam.

The Cardinals drew six walks to go with six singles, but they also fanned 11 times. Outfielder Luis Bandes went 2-for-4 while first baseman Carlos Rodriguez reached base three times in four plate appearances, going 2-for-3 with a walk.

Saturday’s game: DSL Cardinals (12-24) at DSL Orioles (11-25), 10:30 AM ET



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