Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/18/14

St. Louis’ minors went 4-3 on Thursday with Springfield, Palm Beach, Johnson City and the DSL Cardinals all coming out on top, the latter behind noteworthy outings by Derian Gonzalez, Kerrion Bennett and Andy De La Cruz. Peoria, State College and the GCL team all fell while Memphis’ game was postponed.

Results from games played Thursday, July 17th.

Memphis vs Colorado Springs - postponed

The series’ opener between Memphis (46-49) and Colorado Springs (COL) was postponed due to the Sky Sox’ travel issues. The contest has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on Saturday, July 19th.

Friday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (42-54), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 5.35)

Springfield 6 vs Northwest Arkansas 4

Springfield (10-17) rallied from a 4-0 deficit, downing the Naturals 6-4 in the first of four.

All four of Northwest Arkansas’ runs crossed in the top of the fourth, coming off Kyle Hald (W, 8-3) who yielded six hits and a free pass over six. The S-Cards chipped away at that lead, pushing across two each in the fourth and fifth before going up with two more in the sixth.

Four players had two hits apiece, all singles: Mike O’Neill, Cody Stanley, Jonathan Rodriguez and Rafael Ortega. O’Neill and Rodriguez both crossed home once with an RBI, O’Neill’s via a sac fly, while Ortega scored one and Rodriguez worked one of the team’s four walks.

Kevin Siegrist retired the first two in the seventh on a swinging K and pop out before exiting after giving up a soft line drive single to center. Sam Tuivailala sent down four straight, stranding Siegrist’s runner. Justin Wright struck out one with a hit given up in the ninth for his eighth save.

Friday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (12-15) (KC), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (4-9, 4.74)

Palm Beach 7 vs Tampa 3

A big fourth propelled Palm Beach (20-6) to a 7-3 victory over Tampa, taking a 2-0 series’ lead with two remaining. The PB-Cards have won six straight and 12 of their last 14.

11 Beach Birds came to the plate that inning, resulting in seven tallies on six hits, a walk, sac fly and hit batsman. Bruce Caldwell had the inning’s first and last hit, singling and doubling in four at bats, scoring the team’s first run and knocking in their last.

Cesar Valera and Anthony Garcia each had two hits, Valera going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI while Garcia singled and doubled in three at bats, touching home once. Garcia was the aforementioned plunked batter in Palm Beach’s fourth.

Kyle Helisek, the fortunate recipient of his team’s offensive largesse, struck out eight through six, yielding two long balls resulting in three tallies. The southpaw gave up eight hits in all plus a free pass.

Thomas Lee and Dixon Llorens tossed the final three scoreless innings. Lee yielded a hit in his two-inning stint while Llorens worked around two hits in the ninth. Their work brings the bullpen numbers to just one run allowed in 15 1/3 innings of their six-game winning streak. During that span, the bullpen has fanned 19 while issuing just two free passes.

Friday’s game: vs. Tampa (12-14) (NYY), 6:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (4-1, 2.00)

Peoria 1 at West Michigan 3

Chase Brookshire’s solid outing went for naught as the Chiefs (16-10) fell to West Michigan 3-1, their second consecutive loss to the Whitecaps (DET) with one game remaining.

Brookshire (L, 3-5) permitted single scores in the second, fourth and sixth, his final inning of work, on eight hits overall plus one base-on-balls. He fanned three. Jhonny Polanco tossed two scoreless frames, striking out two and yielding one hit.

Peoria’s only tally crossed in the second when Juan Herrera singled, advanced on a wild pitch and raced home when Ronald Castillo lined a single to right. Those were the only hits for both players. Carson Kelly singled twice in five at bats, garnering almost half of his team’s five hits.

Friday’s game: at West Michigan (17-9), 6:00 pm CT, Blake McKnight (5-7, 4.42)

State College 6 at Vermont 8

A rare off-night by the pitching staff led to an 8-6 loss to the Lake Monsters (OAK), evening their series at one game apiece with one to go.

With the Spikes up 4-1 after two, Cody Schumacher gave up the lead with four in the third. Two sixth-inning runs put State College (24-9) up 6-5, as Schumacher left with a line of five runs allowed on eight hits, including a solo long ball, and two walks through five.

Vermont tied it up with an unearned run off Jeff Rauh (BS, 1) who permitted two hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth. Jacob Booden was charged with his second loss in three decisions when he allowed two runs in the eighth, his second inning on the mound. Booden fanned four, giving up two hits, one of them a solo shot.

Seven Spikes garnered at least one of their eight hits, Danny Diekroeger being the only one with two. The third baseman singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one. Centerfielder Collin Radack’s first professional home run came in the second with Jake Stone (single) and Adam Ehrlich (double) on.

Friday’s game: at Vermont (12-21), 7:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (3-1, 2.12)

Johnson City 6 vs Pulaski 5

A big fourth inning gave Johnson City (13-13) a 6-5 win over Pulaski, giving each team one victory in the three-game series.

The JC-Cards batted around in the fourth, translating six singles and two free passes into six runs, flipping a 5-0 deficit. Cole Lankford and Blake Drake each went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Drake doubling once while Lankford drove in two. Jesus Ustariz singled twice in three at bats with a walk, the final Appy Bird with more than one hit. Anthony Ray’s only hit in four at bats produced two RBI.

In his Johnson City debut, Sasha Kuebel was credited with the win, fanning six over three frames while yielding two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls. Kuebel pitched in support of Juan Perez, who lasted just three innings, giving up three runs on five hits and two walks, striking out five.

Jonathan Escudero and Ismael Brito tossed the game’s remainder, with Escudero fanning two in the seventh with a hit and free pass permitted. Brito (S, 4) gave up a hit plus two walks in two, notching the final three of the team’s 16 strikeouts versus the Mariners.

Friday’s game: vs. Pulaski (14-13), 7:00 pm ET, Matt Pearce (1-2, 2.50)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Mets 9

Seven runs yielded by the Cardinals’ bullpen over the final four innings transformed a 6-2 lead into a 9-7 loss to the Gulf Mets in the series’ opener.

All five Gulf Birds’ hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Ramon Santos. The 19-year-old, making his first start after three relief appearances, yielded two runs on three hits and two base-on-balls in two. Regular starter Frederis Parra followed, giving up four hits over three innings, resulting in three runs in his last inning of work. Parra struck out four.

Drew Reidt (BS, 1) allowed two runs on three hits while recording just two outs. Dylan Hawkins (L, 0-1) picked off Reidt’s last runner but permitted a run on three hits in the seventh, snapping a 7-7 tie after his team had tied it up in the top of the inning. Steven De La Cruz was charged with a run on a hit and walk in the eighth.

Those performances squandered a nine-hit, five-walk effort by the Gulf Cards offense (15-8) that saw all nine starters garner a hit, run scored and/or RBI. First baseman Elier Rodriguez accounted for four runs, doubling twice in four at bats with two runs scored and two knocked in. Third baseman Julian Barzilli had his team’s other multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and two runs driven in.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (13-10), 12:00 pm ET, Andrew Morales (0-0, 0.00)

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Red Sox 1

A trio of Dominican Birds’ hurlers held the first-place Red Sox in check, the result being the third straight win for the GCL Cardinals (15-26).

Co-Players of the Day Derian Gonzalez, Kerrion Bennett and Andy De La Cruz limited the opposition to a tally on five hits and two bases-on-balls. Gonzalez yielded three hits and a walk through four, fanning three. Bennett gave up a run on two hits in two before De La Cruz (W, 1-0) finished things off by issuing one free pass over the final three frames.

The DSL Cardinals’ 10 hits were spread among six players, the leader being third baseman Allen Cordoba. Cordoba went 3-for-5 with two runs scored while Jonathan Rivera and Dionenrys Pena each singled and doubled in four at bats. Rivera drove in three and Pena touched home once.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL Red Sox (28-13), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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