Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/15/14

The system went 5-2 on Monday. Palm Beach, Peoria (behind Justin Ringo’s bat) and Johnson City all won, State College took a pair but the GCL and DSL clubs both fell. Memphis was off and Springfield’s contest was postponed.

Results from games played Monday, July 14th

Memphis - off

The Redbirds are off for the Triple-A All-Star break. The game, which pits the Pacific Coast and International Leagues, will take place on Wednesday, July 16th, at Durham Bulls Athletic Park, 6:00 pm CT. Outfielder Stephen Piscotty has been named to the PCL squad.

Tuesday’s Game: off

Springfield at Arkansas - postponed

The second of four at Arkansas (LAA) was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a Tuesday, July 15th doubleheader.

Tuesday’s Game: Springfield (9-14) at Arkansas (11-12). Game one – 5:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (8-6, 3.82)/Kurt Heyer (3-6, 4.67)

Palm Beach 12 at Clearwater 2

The PB-Cards (18-6) scored five in the first and never looked back, thrashing Clearwater (PHI) 12-2 for a four-game series sweep.

Eight Beach Birds had a least one hit, topped by David Popkins who went 3-for-5 with a two-run first-inning bomb, two runs scored and three RBI. Luke Voit and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece, Voit doubling once in five at bats, crossing home twice and driving in two. Vargas went 2-for-3 with two doubles, a run scored, sac bunt and two RBI, one on a sac fly.

That was more than ample support for five Palm Beach hurlers, led by Silfredo Garcia. Garcia (W, 6-1) yielded a solo shot in the second, one of five hits allowed through five. He fanned three. Kyle Barraclough allowed a run on three hits in the sixth.

Dixon Llorens, Logan Billbrough and Chris Perry each tossed a frame, Llorens striking out three and Billbrough walking one.

Tuesday’s Game: Off.

Peoria 6 at Burlington 0

A trio of Chiefs’ (16-8) pitchers shut out the Bees (LAA) 6-0, giving Peoria the series win three games to one.

Arturo Reyes (W, 6-5) permitted five hits through six, striking out four and hitting one. Kevin Herget fanned three in two innings, giving up one hit. Jhonny Polanco struck out two of three faced in the ninth. None issued a free pass.

First baseman Justin Ringo, our Player of the Day, was responsible for four of his team’s six tallies, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and two knocked in from the three hole. Shortstop Richy Pedroza, batting second, had Peoria’s other multi-hit performance, singling twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and an RBI. Leadoff batter C.J. McElroy went 1-for-3 with two walks while scoring twice.

Tuesday’s Game: Off

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

State College 4 vs. Staten Island 3 - completion of July 13th suspended game
State College 7 vs. Staten Island 1 (7) – game two

The State College freight train keeps rolling along, as they won a pair from Staten Island, 4-3 and 7-1 and upped their win streak to six.

The Spikes took advantage of the Yankees’ bullpen implosion in the opener, scoring four times in the eighth to flip a 2-0 deficit into a 4-2 advantage. The contest completed Sunday’s scoreless contest suspended due to nasty weather midway through three.

Consecutive singles by Jhohan Acevedo and Darren Seferina opened the frame, the latter a bunt single, which resulted in runners at the corners due to a throwing error by Staten Island’s catcher. Back-to-back hit batters (Robelys Reyes and Danny Diekroeger) both led to Acevedo scoring and a new pitcher.

Things just got worse for the visitors when their new reliever issued a free pass to Alex De Leon, forcing across Seferina, then wild pitched the go-ahead tally home in the form of Reyes. Another walk, this one to Rowan Wick, re-loaded the bases before a force at home notched the inning’s first out. Jake Stone’s sac fly to the left field foul territory brought in De Leon for State College’s final tally.

The Spikes mustered just five hits, two of them by Stone, who drew one of the team’s four base-on-balls, going 2-for-2. De Leon’s double in three at bats was the only extra-base hit.

Dewin Perez started on Sunday, issuing one walk over three frames. Daniel Poncedeleon was on the mound when play resumed on Monday, going 3 2/3, including the fifth, an inning that saw both teams’ managers given the heave ho. Poncedeleon allowed a run on six hits and a free pass, striking out five.

The only hit yielded by Jeff Rauh (W, 2-0) in 1 1/3 was a solo shot. Rauh fanned two, stranded one inherited runner and did not walk a batter. Tyler Bray issued two free passes, recording one out, one of which touched home via a wild pitch and fielder’s choice by Kyle Grana, who picked up his third save.

In the finale, the home team put up crooked numbers in their last three frames. Seven of nine starters had at least one hit, led by Nick Thompson and Ronnierd Garcia, who each went 2-for-3 with a run scored. Jake Stone added his fourth home run of 2014, a two-run bomb that scored Alex De Leon (walk). Chase Raffield accounted for three runs, doubling in three at bats while crossing home once and knocking in two.

Fernando Baez held the Yankees to a run on two hits and two free passes over five, picking up his second win in as many decisions. He hit a batter. Jacob Booden and Joe Scanio each tossed a scoreless frame, Booden yielding a hit plus two wild pitches and fanning two.

Tuesday’s Game: Off.

Johnson City 9 at Burlington 4

Held to two runs over the first two games of the series, Johnson City (12-12) busted out, romping to a 9-4 win over the Royals. The win snapped a seven-game Cardinals slide and salvaged the final game of the set.

The top of the order did the most damage, accounting for six of the nine runs on five of the team’s nine hits. Oscar Mercado and Casey Turgeon each had two hits, Mercado scoring three times, driving in two and swiping three bags while Turgeon tripled once, touched home twice and drove in one. Number three batter Blake Drake doubled in four at bats, scoring once and knocking in one.

Dailyn Martinez (W, 2-1) gave up all four of Burlington’s runs on 10 hits and three walks through five. Jonathan Escudero struck out four over the next two, issuing one free pass before Ismail Brito matched Escudero’s strikeout total in his two-inning stint. Brito yielded a hit and plunked one, picking up his third save.

Tuesday’s Game: Off.

GCL Nationals 8 at GCL Cardinals 6 (14)

A back-and-forth contest ended in a marathon, an 8-6 downing by the Nationals in 14.

The Gulf Birds struck first, taking a 4-0 lead through three but the visitors chipped away, scoring one in the fourth plus two in the fifth and sixth for their first lead. The Gulf Cards tied it at five all in the seventh then reclaimed the lead with an eighth-inning tally. The Nationals were not done, sending the game into extras with a run in the ninth.

Jack Flaherty fared much better in his second outing as a professional, as he hold his opponents scoreless on two hits and a base-on-balls in two. He struck out two. Ronnie Williams gave up three runs on five hits and two walks over three.

Ramon Santos, the third of seven Cardinals hurlers, allowed two runs on three hits in the sixth. Drew Reidt tossed a one-two-three seventh, giving way to Sasha Kuebel, who permitted a run on three hits in the ninth. Kevin Alexander joined Reidt and Flaherty, keeping the Nationals off the board on a hit over the next two. Yeison Medina (L, 1-1) yielded four hits in three innings, resulting in two runs.

The GCL Cardinals’ 12 hits were scattered among seven players, with Edmundo Sosa and Michael Massi each having three hits. Sosa doubled twice with a triple in seven at bats, crossed once and knocked in two. Massi went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored in addition to being hit once. DeAndre Asbury-Heath singled twice in three at bats, driving in one before departing in favor of a pinch hitter in the eighth.

Tuesday’s Game: at GCL Nationals (11-9), 12:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (3-1, 3.38)

DSL Orioles2 2 at DSL Cardinals 0

Single tallies off Will Changarotty in the second and fifth were enough for a 2-0 loss, the Cardinals’ sixth straight defeat.

Changarotty (L, 1-2) allowed five hits, including a home run, and a walk through five, fanning three. Tandem pitcher Oneiver Diaz struck out six over the final four innings, yielding three hits and a free pass.

The Dominican Birds (12-26) were limited to just five hits with no player garnering more than one.

Tuesday’s Game: vs. DSL Rojos (13-24), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-4, 2.25)

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