Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/17/14

Julian Barzilli and Michael Schulze each logged perfect offensive games at the plate Wednesday. Barzilli’s GCL club got one of the system’s four wins but Schulze’s Peoria squad lost as St. Louis’ minors went 4-3.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 16th.

Memphis - off
Triple-A All-Star Game - International League 7, Pacific Coast League 3

On Wednesday, though all of Triple-A remained off, the best of the two leagues faced off in Raleigh with the home International League taking a 7-3 win over the Pacific Coast League.

Memphis Redbirds Stephen Piscotty and Angel Castro both entered partway through for the PCL. The left-fielder singled in the eighth and grounded out to end the game. The reliever opened the eighth with a strikeout, then yielded a single to his final batter faced.

Thursday’s game: Memphis (46-49) vs. Colorado Springs (42-54) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 4

Kurt Heyer could not hold a 3-1 fifth-inning lead, resulting in a 4-3 loss to Arkansas which swept Springfield (9-17) in their four-game set.

Heyer (L, 3-7) did not retire any of the three faced in the sixth, yielding four tallies on four hits and two walks in five plus. The final two scored on the only hit allowed by Chris Thomas (BS, 1) in the sixth. Lee Stoppelman and Justin Wright each tossed a one-two-three frame, but the damage was done.

The S-Cards’ outhit the Travelers six to five but required a defensive miscue to score two of their three runs in the fourth. Mike O’Neill singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once. Curt Smith went 1-for-4 with a double and two RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (12-14) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (7-3, 3.30)

Palm Beach 3 vs. Tampa 2

Bruce Caldwell doubled and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Beach Birds (19-6) clipped the Yankees 3-2 in the series’ opener.

Caldwell’s only hit in four at bats led to an unearned tally, as was one of the PB-Cards’ prior two scores. David Popkins went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season since his return to Palm Beach, a solo shot giving his team a short-lived lead in the second. Charlie Tilson had two more of his team’s six hits, going 2-for-3 with one driven in.

Jimmy Reed held his foes to a solo shot in the third plus another run in the seventh that put Tampa up 2-1. Reed lasted long enough to see his squad re-tie the game in the home half of the seventh, scattering nine hits over 7 2/3, falling one out shy of qualifying for the win.

Danny Miranda (W, 4-1) recorded the final out in the eighth, stranding one, only to need help himself after giving up a hit in the ninth. Chris Perry picked up his second save by retiring the game’s final batter.

Thursday’s game: vs. Tampa (12-13), 12:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (4-4, 3.24)

Peoria 2 at West Michigan 4

Inconsistent Alex Reyes could not finish the fourth, leading to a 4-2 loss to the Whitecaps (DET) in the first of three.

Reyes (L, 6-6) yielded four runs, two earned, on seven hits and two free passes in 3 2/3, striking out three. Robert Stock limited further damage, leaving two of Reyes’ runners on. Stock gave up a hit and two bases-on-balls over 2 1/3. Zach Loraine fanned two in two innings, allowing one hit.

Peoria (16-9) banged out 12 hits but was a dismal 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Third baseman Michael Schulze, our co-Player of the Day, did his part out of the nine slot, going a perfect 4-for-4 with a double and run scored. C.J. McElroy and Kenny Peoples-Walls both singled twice in four at bats.

Thursday’s game: at West Michigan (16-9), 6:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (3-4, 4.41)

State College 7 at Vermont 0

A quartet of Spikes combined to spin a one-hitter as State College (24-8) shellacked the Lake Monsters (OAK) 7-0 in the series’ opener.

Trey Nielsen, making his first start in eight appearances, permitted just one free pass over the first four, striking out three. Anderson Gerdel (W, 1-0) struck out five through three, walking one and earning his first Short-Season Class-A victory.

State College’s no-hit bid ended when Tyler Bray yielded a one-out single in the eighth. Bray struck out two in his inning pitched, as did Nick Lomascolo who issued one base-on-balls.

State College transformed seven hits and four free passes into seven tallies, the big blow being Rowan Wick’s league-leading 13th bomb. Wick’s home run came with Danny Diekroeger (walk) and Alex De Leon (single) aboard in the first. The right fielder went 1-for-2 with a walk, two runs scored and three driven in before being given a rest in the eighth.

Six other Spikes either scored or knocked in a run. Darren Seferina singled twice in four at bats with an RBI, the only multi-hit performance.

Thursday’s game: at Vermont (11-21), 7:05 pm ET, Cody Schumacher (1-0, 1.62)

Pulaski 8 at Johnson City 4

Five runs yielded by the bullpen sent Johnson City (12-13) to an 8-4 loss to the Mariners in the first of three.

Up 4-3 in the eighth, the joint efforts of Kevin Carlow (L, 0-3) and Juan Caballero left the Appy Birds in an 8-4 hole. All five tallies were charged to Carlow, who gave up four hits and a walk in just one-third of an inning. Caballero allowed both inherited runners to cross, giving up a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3.

Carlow and Caballero pitched in support of Ian McKinney, who yielded three runs on eight hits and two free passes in just 4 2/3. Kender Villegas tossed 2 1/3 scoreless frames of one-hit, one-walk ball, bridging from McKinney to Carlow. Villegas left two of McKinney’s runners on.

Left fielder Cole Lankford and catcher Jose Godoy each had two hits, half of their team’s output. Lankford singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing twice while Godoy went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls. Second baseman Casey Turgeon singled once in three at bats with two free passes and two runs scored.

Thursday’s game: vs. Pulaski (14-12), 7:00 pm ET, Juan Perez (3-1, 3.44)

GCL Cardinals 5 vs GCL Nationals 0 (5 2/3)

In a game shortened by rain, the Gulf Birds’ early tallies proved key in their 5-0 shutout of the Nationals. The win allowed the GCL Cardinals (15-7) to salvage the third of three games versus the Nationals’ GCL club.

The Gulf Cards struck for two each in the first and second, adding their final score in the fourth. Co-Player of the Day Julian Barzilli was a perfect 3-for-3 with two doubles while touching home once. Six of his teammates had one hit apiece, Magneuris Sierra and Michael Pritchard both scoring once and knocking in once. First baseman Elier Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a double, walk and two runs scored.

Jorge Rodriguez went the (abbreviated) distance, holding the opposition to a hit and free pass over 5 2/3, striking out four.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Mets (12-10), 10:00 am ET, Frederis Parra (2-1, 2.14)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Rojos 3 (10)

Luis Bandes’ two-run double in the 10th was the difference maker as the Dominican Birds (14-26) downed the Dominican Reds 5-3 in 10.

Bandes accounted for three of his team’s runs, going 2-for-5 with a double and solo long ball. Henry Alvarado joined Bandes in the multi-hit club, singling and doubling in four at bats, driving in one.

Bandes’ hit rescued Enrique Perez (BS, 2) (W, 1-0) who allowed the Rojos to send the game into extras when he gave up a run on a hit and walk in the ninth. Junior Gonzalez started, permitting two tallies on five hits and four base-on-balls over 4 1/3. Angel Estevez kept the opposition off the board on two free passes in 3 2/3.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Red Sox (28-12), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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