Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/16/14

It was a light schedule in St. Louis’ minors on All-Star Tuesday with only four games on tap. The Dominican Birds pulled out the system’s sole win behind a masterful performance by David Oca. Springfield dropped a pair while the GCL club fell in a rain-shortened contest. All of the other squads were off.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 15th.

Memphis - off

Wednesday’s game: The 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game will be held on Wednesday night in Durham, NC. Representing the Pacific Coast League against the International League are Memphis Redbirds Stephen Piscotty and Angel Castro. Both the outfielder and pitcher are reserves.

Springfield 2 at Arkansas 6 (7) – game one
Springfield 0 at Arkansas 3 (7) – game two

Last place Springfield (9-16) was swept in Tuesday’s doubleheader at first place Arkansas (LAA), a team they trail by four games.

Jonathan Cornelius simply did not have it in game one, taking a complete-game loss. Cornelius (L, 8-7) yielded five in the second plus one in the third on seven hits, the big blow being a three-run bomb.

Starlin Rodriguez, who pinch hit for James Ramsey in the fourth before playing right, went 2-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI. Cody Stanley singled twice in three at bats while Mike O’Neill went 1-for-3 with a double and touched home once.

Ramsey left the game with a tight right oblique.

The S-Cards’ bats were even quieter in game two, mustering just four hits. Ryan Sherriff started the bullpen game, suffering his fifth loss in seven decisions. Sherriff gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits through three.

Kevin Siegrist’s rehab continued with a scoreless frame in which he wiped out a lead-off single via a double play ball. Sam Tuivailala issued a free pass with a strikeout in the fifth before Justin Wright walked his only batter faced to open the sixth. Mitch Harris retired all three batters faced, stranding Wright’s runner.

Wednesday’s game: at Arkansas (13-12), 7:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (3-6, 4.67)

Palm Beach - off

Fresh off a four-game road sweep of fifth-place Charlotte (TB), first-place Palm Beach (18-6) opens an eight-game home stand versus Tampa (NYY) and North Division leader Daytona (CHC).

Wednesday’s game: vs. Tampa (12-12), 6:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (3-0, 2.66)

Peoria - off

Peoria (16-8) continues its road trip with two three-game sets against Eastern Division rivals West Michigan (DET) and first-place South Bend (ARI). The second-place Chiefs trail Kane County (CHC) by a game in the West Division.

Wednesday’s game: at West Michigan (15-9), 6:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (6-5, 4.20)

State College - off

Pinckney Division-leading State College (23-8) heads out on a six-game road trip versus Stedler Division foes Vermont (OAK) and Tri-City (HOU).

Wednesday’s game: vs. first place Tri-City (20-11), 7:05 pm ET, Trey Nielsen, 3-0, 1.53)

Johnson City - off

Johnson City (12-12) begins a six games at home against East rival Pulaski (SEA) and fellow West Division foe Bristol (PIT). The JC-Cards are tied with Greeneville (HOU) for second, 3 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Wednesday’s game: vs. Pulaski (13-12), 7:00 pm ET, Ian McKinney (2-0, 0.36)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 7 (8 1/2)

The Gulf Birds (14-7) fell for the third straight contest, this time 7-5 to the Nationals, a game called midway through eight due to rain. The GCL Cardinals remain in first, two games in front of the Nationals.

Julio Mateo was charged with his second loss in five decisions, yielding six runs on nine hits and three free passes in five. Three of those tallies were produced by one long ball. Nick Frey yielded a run on two hits over two innings.

Magneuris Sierra continues to swing a hot bat, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored, an RBI and his sixth stolen base of 2014. Malik Collymore singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home once and driving in one. He also reached once as a hit batter and swiped a bag.

Designated hitter Ricardo Bautista, the final Gulf Card with more than one hit, went 2-for-4 with a double. Edmundo Sosa generated an interesting line, however. Sosa was hitless in two at bats but reached base three times – once via a free pass and twice as a hit batsman. Sosa scored twice and stole a base.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (12-9), 12:00 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (3-0, 1.23)

DSL Cardinals 7 vs DSL Rojos 0

The Dominican Birds’ offense ignited, scoring more runs in one inning than they had in their prior five contests collectively, although they had a bit of help from their opponents’ faulty defense. The result was a 7-0 whitewashing of the Rojos (Reds) that snapped a six-game slide and left them tied with the Rojos at their division bottom, 13 games behind the DSL Red Sox.

The game was a tight 1-0 affair until the home half of the fourth when the Cardinals (13-26) capitalized on three fielding errors and three wild pitches to score six times. All seven runs were unearned, the result of five errors by the opposition.

Shortstop Allen Cordoba, batting first, was responsible for three runs, going 2-for-4 while crossing home twice and driving in one. He stole his eighth bag as well. Clean-up hitter Luis Bandes also singled twice in four at bats, knocking in two. Four other Gulf Birds had one hit each, three of them touching home once and the other bringing one across.

Player of the Day David Oca dominated his foes for six frames, fanning 10 while giving up just two hits. Juan Alvarez held the Rojos to two hits over the last three innings, earning the 17-year-old his first professional save.

Wednesday’s game: at DSL Rojos (13-26), 10:30 am ET, Angel Estevez (3-2, 4.80)

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