Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/19/14

St. Louis’ minors won four and lost three with one postponed on Friday with the most noteworthy performances coming from the GCL club’s pitching staff. Memphis, Palm Beach and State College all came out on top as well but Springfield, Peoria and the DSL Cardinals fell. Johnson City’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Friday, July 18th.

Memphis 12 vs Colorado Springs 1

Pete Kozma’s plate perfecto led the Redbirds to a 12-1 thrashing of the Sky Sox in the opener of their four-game stanza. Memphis (47-49) remains in fourth but is only three in back of Nashville (MIL).

Kozma reached base every time he came to bat, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk, two runs scored and three RBI. Greg Garcia and Xavier Scruggs each had two of their team’s 12 hits. Garcia singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home twice and drove one in. Scruggs went 2-for-5 with a run scored and two knocked in. Stephen Piscotty accounted for four tallies, singling once in three at bats with two free passes, crossed home three times with an RBI.

Tyler Lyons led five Redbirds’ pitchers in limiting Colorado Springs (COL) to an unearned run. Lyons scattered five hits through five, fanning six and yielding the tally, notching his third win in four decisions. Joe Donofrio worked out of a bases-loaded/none out jam with the aid of a double play ball in the sixth.

Dean Kiekhefer, Jorge Rondon and Eric Fornataro each took a frame. Kiekhefer faced the minimum, Rondon struck out two in the eighth, giving up a hit and was charged with a balk. Fornataro permitted a hit and the staff’s second walk of the game, a contrast to the seven free passes issued by the Sky Sox hurlers.

Saturday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (42-55). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (2-6, 3.92)/Zach Petrick (5-4, 4.97)

Northwest Arkansas 7 at Springfield 4

The S-Cards could not overcome a 7-1 hole, falling to the Naturals 7-4, evening their series at a game each. It was the seventh loss in their last nine games for fourth-place Springfield (10-18), which trails both Arkansas (LAA) and Tulsa (COL) by four in the very mediocre North division.

Sam Gaviglio did not finish the fifth, allowing six runs, three earned, on 11 hits, a walk, balk and hit batsman over 4 2/3, dropping his record to 4-10. Iden Nazario fanned his first batter, stranding Gaviglio’s last runner in the fifth, but yielded a run on a triple and sac fly the next inning.

Kevin Siegrist’s rehab continued with another scoreless frame with one hit given up. Of the 3 1/3 innings the southpaw has tossed in four appearances so far, 2 1/3 have come against the Naturals (KC). He has yet to be scored upon, although Siegrist has given up three hits and two walks during that span.

Right-hander Jeremy Berg, a 28-year-old submariner out of the Angels’ organization, faced the minimum in the eighth in his Springfield debut, striking out one. Mitch Harris navigated a hit and free pass in his inning of work.

James Ramsey garnered his team’s only multi-hit game after being held out of action since the 15th due to an intercostal muscle strain, going 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls and one of two solo long balls for Springfield. Alex Mejia added his first Double-A home run in the seventh, closing the scoring gap to 7-3.

Saturday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (13-15), 6:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-3, 3.49)

Palm Beach 5 vs Tampa 4

Down 4-0 midway through four, the Beach Birds fought back for a 5-4 victory over the Yankees, giving them a 3-0 series’ lead with one to play. Palm Beach (21-6), which boasts the best record in the Florida State League, leads Fort Myers (MIN) by 3 1/2 in the South division.

The home team chipped away at the four-run deficit, pushing across two each in the fourth and fifth before going ahead via an unearned run in the eighth. Four PB-Cards touched home with three of those four also driving in one. Luke Voit and Bruce Caldwell led the way with two hits apiece. Voit singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring one with an RBI while Caldwell went 2-for-3 with a sac bunt and run scored.

Charlie Tilson tripled for his only hit in four at bats, crossed once and knocked in one. Ildemaro Vargas scored the unearned eighth-inning run and drove in another on a sac fly.

Tyrell Jenkins’ uneven 2014 outings continued as the righty gave up four runs in the fourth, his final inning on the mound. Jenkins yielded five hits and a free pass, notching two strikeouts.

Logan Billbrough struck out four in two innings, allowing one hit. Corey Baker (W, 4-1) permitted a hit and two walks over two, fanning one. Danny Miranda tossed a one-two-three ninth for his third save.

Saturday’s game: vs. Tampa (12-15), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (6-6, 5.74)

Peoria 2 at West Michigan 3

Three late-inning runs resulted in the Chiefs’ 3-2 loss to the Whitecaps (18-9), giving West Michigan (DET) a three-game sweep. Second-place Peoria (16-11) trails Kane County (CHC) by three in the Western Division.

Josh Lucas (BS, 1) (L, 1-1) allowed two runs on three hits in the eighth, fanning two. Blake McKnight held the opposition scoreless on three hits and a base-on-balls, fanning five, through 5 1/3 but needed Steve Sabatino’s assistance to do it. Sabatino recorded the sixth’s last two outs, stranding the bases loaded with McKnight’s runners (single-walk-single). Sabatino was not as effective the next inning, yielding a run on a single and double.

The Chiefs banged out nine hits but had difficulty coming through in the clutch, going 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position. Four Peoria players garnered two hits each: Vaughn Bryan, Ronald Castillo, Steve Bean and Rafael Medina. Bryan’s triple and Bean’s double were the only extra-base hits for the visitors, both players crossing home once. Bean’s 2-for-4 game raises his line over the past 10 days to .371/.421/.514/.935 in 35 at bats.

Saturday’s game: at South Bend (17-10) (ARI), 6:05 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 6.48)

State College 6 at Vermont 3

It was a true team affair in the Spikes’ 6-3 win over Vermont in the decisive third and final game of their series. State College (25-9) leads Batavia (MIA) by 6 1/2 in the Pinckney Division and is tied with Hudson Valley (TB) for the league’s best record.

Eight Spikes contributed either a run scored or an RBI and at least one of their 11 hits. Alex De Leon, Jake Stone and Collin Radack all had two hits with De Leon doubling once and joining Stone by touching home one time. Radack drove in one. Rowan Wick added his 14th home run, a two-run bomb with Stone on.

Will Anderson (W, 4-1) scattered seven hits and a walk through six, giving up three runs, striking out four. Kyle Grana fanned five over the next two, yielding a hit and free pass. Joe Scanio tossed a one-two-three ninth, picking up his third save.

Saturday’s game: at first-place (Stedler) Tri-City (23-11) (HOU), Dewin Perez (2-1, 3.86)

Johnson City vs Pulaski - postponed

The finale of Johnson City’s three-game series versus Pulaski (SEA) was rained out. It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader at Pulaski on August 13th. The JC-Cards are in second, three behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Saturday’s game: vs. Bristol (8-17) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Matt Pearce (1-2, 2.50)

GCL Cardinals 1 vs GCL Mets 0

A quartet of Gulf Birds’ hurlers, our Players of the Day, made one run stand up as the GCL Cardinals edged the GCL Mets 1-0. The first-place Gulf Cards (16-9) lead both the Mets and Nationals by three games in the East Division.

Davis Ward, making his second start in five game appearances, allowed four hits in four innings, striking out three. Tyler Dunnington (W, 2-1) and Yeison Medina split the next four frames, each tossing two while giving up one hit. Dunnington fanned two while Medina issued two free passes, striking out one.

Kevin Alexander tossed a one-two-three ninth, earning his first save as a professional. The call on Alexander’s first out, a 4-3 groundout, resulted in the ejection of the Mets’ manager by the first base umpire.

Each squad garnered six hits with an error, the difference being the Mets’ error resulted in the game’s only tally. Catcher Frankie Rodriguez, the ninth place batter, managed a two-out single to second. In a bang-bang sequence, Rodriguez stole second, the Mets’ pitcher threw a wild pitch and his catcher made a serious enough throwing error to permit Rodriguez to race across home. This occurred with Edmundo Sosa at the plate. Sosa went 2-for-3 with a walk.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Mets (13-11), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Red Sox 10 at DSL Cardinals 2

It was a long day for a quartet of Dominican Birds pitchers as they were pounded by the DSL Red Sox 10-2. The DSL Cardinals (15-27) languish in ninth place in the 10-team Boca Chica South, 14 behind the Red Sox as they head into the break.

All four hurlers were scored upon, beginning with Sandy Alcantara who absorbed his fifth loss in six decisions. Alcantara gave up three runs on six hits and a walk through three. Junior Fernandez followed, permitting four runs, three earned, on two hits and four free passes in 2 1/3.

Esteban Vallejo left one of Alcantara’s runners aboard but did not do that for himself, yielding two runs on three hits in 1 2/3. Vallejo was the only one of the four not to issue a free pass. Franyel Casadilla issued four walks to go with one hit over two frames, producing one run.

The home team was limited to just five hits, with centerfielder Carlos Talavera and first baseman Henry Alvarado having two each. Talavera singled and doubled in three at bats with a free pass and run scored. Alvarado went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Saturday’s game: Off

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