Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/14/14

Luke Voit and Rob Kaminsky led Palm Beach and Peoria to the system’s only two wins on Sunday. Memphis, Springfield and Johnson City fell while State College’s game was suspended.

Results from games played Sunday, July 13th.

U.S. Futures 3, World Futures 2

Rangers third base prospect Joey Gallo was named MVP of the Futures Game held in Minneapolis after hitting a go-ahead two-run home run in the sixth inning.

Springfield’s James Ramsey was the lone Cardinals player representative after Marco Gonzales had been promoted to the majors. The outfielder entered the game in the top of the sixth and in his one at-bat, grounded out to the first baseman.

Memphis 2 at New Orleans 6

John Gast tossed his second straight strong outing but the bullpen and bats did not come through as Memphis (46-49) fell to New Orleans (49-48) in the decisive game three of their series.

The only marks against Gast over six were two solo shots in the fifth and sixth, part of the six hits and a base-on-balls yielded by the southpaw. Gast slipped off the hook for the loss when the Redbirds tied the score on Xavier Scruggs’ ninth home run that plated Tommy Pham (single) as well.

Angel Castro (L, 7-6) gave up the lead with two unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh then served up a two-run bomb in the eighth, fanning four in 1 2/3 with four hits and a walk. Heath Wyatt recorded the final out, stranding one of Castro’s runners.

Pham accounted for three of his team’s seven hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored. None of his teammates had more than one hit.

Monday’s Game: Off for the Triple-A All-Star break

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 6

The S-Cards (9-14) outhit the Travelers 13 to eight but still fell 6-4 in the series opener.

Four Springfield players notched multi-hit games but the team went 1-for-12 when it counted, with runners in scoring position. Breyvic Valera led the way, going 3-for-5, with Mike O’Neill, Cody Stanley and Starlin Rodriguez having two hits apiece. O’Neill doubled once, one of the S-Cards’ two extra-base hits, touched home twice, drove in one and worked a free pass. Rodriguez walked and scored once.

Mike Mayers (L, 1-3) was bitten by two Springfield miscues, giving up four runs, one earned, on five hits and two walks in just 2 1/3. Ronnie Shaban, the first of three Cardinals relievers, allowed two runs on two hits in 2 1/3. Iden Nazario and Chris Thomas each went 1 2/3 and fanned two, Nazario giving up one hit.

Monday’s Game: at Arkansas (11-12) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (8-6, 3.82)

Palm Beach 3 at Clearwater 1

Luke Voit’s two-home run game propelled Palm Beach (17-6) to a 3-1 victory over Clearwater, for a three-to-one series’ lead with one remaining.

Co-Player of the Day Voit accounted for all three tallies, smacking his third long ball for a 1-0 lead in the second before adding his fourth home run with Bruce Caldwell (triple) aboard in the fourth. Nick Martini singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls, the only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

That was more than enough offense for Nick Petree (W, 5-2) who held the Threshers (PHI) to a tally on four hits and a free pass over seven. The righty fanned seven in his first start after being activated from the disabled list. Corey Baker faced the minimum over the final two frames, earning his first save.

Monday’s Game: at Clearwater (9-14), 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (5-1, 2.68)

Peoria 4 at Burlington 3 (12)

Luis Perez’ bomb in extras proved the difference as the Chiefs edged the Bees 4-3, taking a 2-1 lead in their four-game set.

Perez’ only hit in five at bats came with Justin Ringo (single) aboard in the 12th, giving Peoria (15-8) their first lead of the night. Ringo went 2-for-4 with two free passes, scoring twice. Steve Bean led his squad’s 11-hit attack, going 3-for-6 with a double and run scored. Vaughn Bryan garnered Peoria’s final multi-hit performance, singling twice in five at bats.

Burlington (LAA) took their first lead with a run in the fifth but Peoria answered with a score in the seventh. The Bees quickly regained the advantage with another tally in the seventh only to watch their opponents re-tie the game in the eighth.

Both of the Bees’ scores came off Rob Kaminsky, our co-Player of the Day, who yielded just three hits and two walks in six plus. The 19-year-old departed with runners at first and second, none out in the seventh, one of which crossed on a sac fly that came after the only hit permitted by Steve Sabatino over the next three. Sabatino issued one free pass.

Josh Lucas worked around three hits in two by striking out three for his first full-season win. Zach Loraine picked up his eighth save despite serving up a solo bomb in the 12th that halved his team’s lead.

Monday’s Game: at Burlington (12-11), 6:30 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-5, 3.69)

State College vs. Staten Island - suspended

The Spikes’ scoreless contest versus the Yankees was suspended midway through three due to heavy rain and thunderstorms. Play will resume Monday at Noon with a seven-inning contest to follow after the suspended game’s completion.

Monday’s Game: State College (21-8) vs. Staten Island (15-14). Game one – 12:00 pm ET, TBA/Fernando Baez (1-0, 1.71)

Burlington 10 at Johnson City 1

Nine tallies spread across the fifth through seventh led to a 10-1 thumping of Johnson City (11-12), their seventh loss in a row.

Jordan DeLorenzo (L, 0-2) gave up an unearned run in the first plus three earned in the fifth, an inning he could not finish. DeLorenzo allowed nine hits, including two home runs, and a base-on-balls in 4 1/3, striking out three.

Kender Villegas notched the final two outs in the fifth but got the hook with one across and the sacks jammed in the sixth. All three runners eventually crossed under Juan Caballero’s watch, giving Villegas a line of four runs, two earned, on a hit and three walks in one frame. Caballero was touched for a two-run blast in 1 2/3. Kevin Carlow fanned the side in the eighth, yielding two hits.

The Appy Birds scored one or fewer runs for the third time in their last four contests, generating seven hits. Casey Grayson singled and tripled in three at bats, working a free pass and scoring his team’s only tally. Casey Turgeon also went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Monday’s Game: at Burlington (11-13) (KC), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s Game: GCL Cardinals (14-5) vs. GCL Nationals (10-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s Game: DSL Cardinals (12-25) vs. DSL Orioles2 (12-25), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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