Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/21/14

Springfield garnered the system’s only win on Sunday. Memphis fell despite John Gast’s excellent effort, as did Palm Beach, Peoria, State College and Johnson City. Both the GCL and DSL clubs were idle, but two Cardinals played in the DSL All-Star Game.

Results from games played Sunday, July 20th.

Colorado Springs 4 at Memphis 0

Player of the Day John Gast’s superb six-inning stint was not enough as Memphis (49-50) was shut out by visiting Colorado Springs, 4-0. The loss prevented a rare four-game sweep by the Redbirds.

Facing former Cardinal Brett Tomko, Gast matched him zero for zero, yielding only three hits and a walk, fanning four. 55 of Gast’s 82 pitches went for strikes.

Heath Wyatt kept the scoreless game intact, giving up one hit in his inning of work. Jorge Rondon, however, was another matter. Rondon (L, 3-3) allowed two runs on a base-on-balls, sac bunt and single, recording just one out. The second tally crossed due to two singles permitted by Pedro Feliciano. Angel Castro yielded a single and two-run bomb to his first two faced in the ninth before notching three outs.

Tommy Pham and Xavier Scruggs each had two of their team’s five hits, unfortunately they were not anywhere near each other in the lineup. Pham singled twice in four at bats, batting first, while Scruggs went 2-for-3 with a double and walk out of the five hole.

Monday’s game: vs. Omaha (52-48) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (9-5, 3.74)

Springfield 3 vs. Northwest Arkansas 0

Five S-Cards’ pitchers joined forces to blank the Naturals (KC) 3-0, giving Springfield (11-19) a split of their four-game set.

Jonathan Cornelius (W, 9-7) used five strikeouts to negate four hits and two walks over five. Chris Thomas faced the minimum in the sixth, giving way to Sam Tuivailala, who fanned two while giving up two hits in 1 1/3.

Jeremy Berg struck out both batters faced, freezing both of Tuivailala’s runners. Justin Wright escaped a bases-loaded/none out jam, two singles and a base-on-balls, for his ninth save.

All three of the S-Cards’ tallies were produced in the second and were unearned because of a throwing error that allowed Curt Smith to reach second to open the frame. Springfield pounced, using a sac bunt, Patrick Wisdom’s sac fly plus singles by Rafael Ortega, Alex Mejia (RBI) and Jonathan Rodriguez (RBI) to push across three. Mike O’Neill was the only Cardinal with more than one of the team’s seven hits, going 2-for-4 with a double.

Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (14-16) (COL), 7:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (3-7, 4.80)

Daytona 9 at Palm Beach 1

The showdown between the Florida State League’s top two teams fizzled out for the Beach Birds (21-8) as they were pounded 9-1 by Daytona in the series’ opener.

Six late scores turned a competitive 3-1 contest into a rout. Nick Petree (L, 5-3) permitted three runs in the first before holding the Cubs scoreless over the next five. Petree yielded seven hits and two free passes, striking out five.

Iden Nazario and Logan Billbrough threw gasoline on the fire, Nazario giving up two tallies on three hits in the seventh and Billbrough yielding five hits and a walk in two, resulting in four runs. Billbrough struck out three.

Limited to just four hits, the Beach Birds’ only score was the product of first home run of 2014 from outfielder Jimmy Bosco.

Monday’s game: vs. Daytona (43-53) (CHC), 6:35 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (6-1, 2.60)

Peoria 0 at South Bend 6

The Chiefs were held to just three hits and Rob Kaminsky did not finish the fourth as Peoria was shut out by South Bend (ARI), evening the series at one game each.

Peoria’s offense consisted of three base runners the entire game. No two were the same. Nuff said.

Meanwhile on the mound, Kaminsky (L, 4-2) gave up two singles through three before issuing three free passes and a two-run bomb in the fourth. The 19-year-old was given the hook with runners on first and second and two out.

The first of Josh Lucas’ three strikeouts ended the fourth but a plunked batter, RBI triple and sac fly occurred before he notched his final two K’s. Robert Stock allowed two runs on four hits and a walk over three, fanning two.

Monday’s game: at South Bend (18-11), 12:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (6-5, 3.43)

State College 2 at Tri-City 12

It was a long night for the Spikes’ pitching staff as they were blasted 12-2 by first-place (Stedler) Tri-City, evening the series at one game each.

Fernando Baez (L, 2-1) fanned six in four innings but permitted five runs on five hits and three bases-on-balls. Jacob Booden allowed three tallies, one earned, on three hits and two free passes in two. Anderson Gerdel was touched for six hits, resulting in four runs over two.

Six Spikes had one hit each, their runs giving State College a brief 2-0 lead in the third. Jake Stone reached on a throwing error, advanced to third on consecutive singles and walked home when Darren Seferina worked a free pass. Robelys Reyes ground into a force, bringing across Brian O’Keefe.

Monday’s game: at Tri-City (24-12) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-1, 4.05)

Bristol 4 at Johnson City 3 (10 innings)

Johnson City (14-14) tied it up in the ninth only to fall to Bristol (PIT) 4-3 in 10. Each squad has won one of the first two contests with one remaining.

Jonathan Escudero (L, 0-1) pitched a scoreless ninth but could not duplicate that in the 10th, giving up a run on two hits and a base-on-balls. Escudero struck out three. Kevin Carlow retired his only batter faced, leaving Escudero’s runner aboard.

Dailyn Martinez went the first six, allowing three runs on five hits, including a solo shot. Kender Villegas scattered three hits and a base-on-balls over the next two.

Chris Rivera singled three times in five at bats, leading the Appy Birds’ eight-hit effort. Oscar Mercado went 2-for-5 with a double and game-tying solo bomb in the ninth. Mercado touched home twice.

Monday’s game: vs. Bristol (9-18), 7:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-0, 3.24)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Birds (17-8) are always off on Sundays. They will play two on Monday, shortened to seven innings. The first is the regularly-scheduled game, followed by the completion of their July 12th contest, in which they will be the home team. That game was originally suspended after one frame due to rain.

Monday’s games: at GCL Marlins (7-18). Game one - 10:00 am ET, Jack Flaherty (0-0, 6.00)/Ronnie Williams (0-2, 5.25)

DSL All-Star Game – National League 9, American League 7

After losing six years in a row, the National League finally beat the American League in the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game. Held on Sunday at the Cleveland Indians’ complex, the final score was 9-7.

Cardinals outfielder Jonathan Rivera was a late-game addition in right field and went 0-for-1 at the plate. Derian Gonzalez had a forgettable day. Facing two batters, the right-hander walked one and hit the other.

After a two-day break for the All-Star Game, the DSL Cardinals (15-27) get back at it versus the DSL Giants on Monday.

Monday’s game: vs. DSL Giants (28-14), 10:30 am ET, tandem of Oneiver Diaz (1-2, 2.81)/Will Changarotty (1-2, 5.34)

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