Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/20/14

Peoria and GCL won in extras on a 6-2 Saturday. Memphis won two, with Randal Grichuk the Game 1 hero.

Results from games played Saturday, July 19th.

Game 1: Memphis 1, Colorado Springs 0 (seven innings)

Randal Grichuk came to the plate with the score knotted 0-0 in the sixth. When he finished his at bat, the game was no longer tied. Grichuk’s 17th home run of the season gave the Redbirds the lead and the win.

Zach Petrick picked up the win after allowing only two hits in seven innings of work.

Game 2 – Make up of July 17 postponement: Memphis 2, Colorado Springs 0 (seven innings)

Boone Whiting pitched a complete game two-hit shutout to collect his third victory of the year.

Xavier Scruggs provided the offense with a two-run shot in the third, his tenth home run of the season.

Editor's Update: In the final inning of Game 2 on a popup to short left field, Grichuk almost collided with shortstop Luis Mateo. Mateo caught the ball and leapt into the air to try to avoid Grichuk, who slid underneath.

Initially, we received what turned out to be an erroneous report that Grichuk may have suffered a knee injury on the play. After further investigation, we have learned the outfielder is fine.

Sunday’s game: Memphis (49-49) vs. Colorado Springs (42-57) 6:05 CT, John Gast (2-2, 6.61)

Springfield 0 vs. Northwest Arkansas 2

Mike Mayers allowed only two runs in six innings of but his offense was not able to put up any runs. Mayers is now 1-4 since his promotion to Double-A.

Jonathan Rodriguez singled twice and accounted for half of the Cardinals’ hits.

Sunday’s game: Springfield (44-55) vs. Northwest Arkansas (39-60), 6:10 CT, Jonathan Cornelius (8-7, 4.10)

Palm Beach 0 vs. Tampa 5

A four-run fifth doomed Palm Beach as the team was not able to piece together enough hits to mount an offensive. Starter Joe Cuda was charged with all five runs on seven hits in only five innings of work. His season record stands at 6-7.

Ildemaro Vargas and Bruce Caldwell both contributed a pair of hits in the losing effort. Mason Katz provided the power with two doubles.

Sunday’s game: Palm Beach (57-40) vs. Daytona (42-33), 5:05 ET, Nick Petree (5-2, 1.67)

Peoria 2 at South Bend 1 (10 innings)

Though he was not given an RBI, Carson Kelly forced in the winning run in the top of the tenth. C. J. McElroy singled twice and scored a run. Juan Herrera chipped in two hits including a double.

Kevin Herget earned the win in relief while Zach Loraine was credited with his ninth save. Starter Luis Perdomo allowed only one run in six innings.

Sunday’s game: Peoria (54-43) at South Bend (58-39), 1:05 CT, Rob Kaminsky (4-1, 1.44)

State College 9 at Tri-City 2

One of the hottest teams in baseball regardless of the level just continues to win. Leadoff man Darren Seferina had three hits including two doubles and scored two runs. The red hot Rowan Wick continues to punish New York Penn League pitching with two more hits and another RBI while extending his on-base streak to 24 games.

Jeff Rauh was assigned the win even though he allowed two runs in only one inning of relief, the fifth. He followed starter Dewin Perez, who tossed four scoreless frames.

Sunday’s game: State College (26-9) at Tri-City (23-12), 5:00 ET, Fernando Baez (2-0, 1.73 ERA)

Johnson City 5 vs. Bristol 4

Five runs in the bottom of the third helped lift the Baby Birds over the .500 mark. Cole Lankford did most of the damage with a three-run blast, his second of the season. Both Chris Rivera and Jesus Ustariz finished the night with two hits.

Reliever Josh Wirsu got the win while Juan Cabellero picked up his second save. Starter Matt Pearce went four innings and the one run charged against him was unearned. Same with reliever Isaac Silva (one inning) as the Cards committed four miscues, including three interference calls on catcher Charlie Neil.

Editor’s note: The Johnson City Press mentioned that this was Silva’s first appearance in 14 days because of a sore elbow while Wirsu had not pitched in 10 days due to shoulder soreness. Neither were on the disabled list.

Sunday’s game: Johnson City (14-13) vs. Bristol (8-18), 4:00 ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 3 (11 innings)

The Cardinals scored two in the top of the 11th and Dylan Hawkins closed down the bottom of the inning for the win. Cardinals’ first-round pick Luke Weaver started and threw two hitless innings, striking out three. Andrew Morales (one unearned run) and Bryan Dobzanski (scoreless) followed with two innings each.

Leadoff man Edmundo Sosa collected two hits, scored twice, and drove in a run. Magneuris Sierra singled three times to push his average to .378. Both Michael Pritchard and Frankie Rodriguez pitched in a pair of hits.

Sunday’s game: No game scheduled.

DSL Cardinals

On Sunday, the Cardinals have their second consecutive day off, except for two standout players.

Sunday’s game: The Dominican Summer League All-Star Game will be held on Sunday afternoon at the Cleveland Indians complex. Pitcher Derian Gonzalez and outfielder Jonathan Rivera will represent the Cardinals on the National League squad.

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