Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/22/14

Casey Turgeon and Blake Drake led Johnson City to one of only two wins for the system on Monday. The GCL Cardinals took a rain-shortened affair but the rest of the teams went down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, July 21st.

Omaha 4 at Memphis 1

Three late tallies dropped Memphis (49-51) in the first of four versus Omaha (KC).

The Redbirds’ sole run crossed in the first on Randal Grichuk’s second triple of 2014, followed by a sacrifice fly by Stephen Piscotty. Grichuk finished the night 2-for-4, just behind Xavier Scruggs, who singled three times in four at bats. Three of their teammates had one hit each.

Tim Cooney made that tally hold up until the fifth when he yielded an unearned run on a fielding error plus consecutive two-out singles, two of four hits given up through six along with two walks.

Dean Kiekhefer was charged with his third loss in four decisions, allowing a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3. The two scores permitted by Joe Donofrio on four hits and a free pass to finish the eighth essentially put the game out of reach. Heath Wyatt tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Omaha (53-48), 7:02 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-1, 12.00)

Tulsa 7 at Springfield 1

A four-run sixth broke open a tight contest as the S-Cards (11-20) were stomped 7-1 by the Drillers (COL),

All four tallies were the product of two long balls served up by Kurt Heyer (L, 3-8), part of the five runs on six hits, one walk and hit batsman he allowed in 5 1/3. Heyer struck out five.

Kevin Siegrist tossed another scoreless stint, yielding a hit and walk in 1 1/3. Siegrist has not been scored upon in any of his five rehab appearances covering 4 2/3 innings but has allowed seven base runners.

Mitch Harris kept Tulsa to a hit in 1 1/3, stranding one of Siegrist’s runners. Lee Stoppelman could not find the plate in the ninth, issuing three free passes plus a hit, resulting in two runs.

Springfield ended the Drillers’ shutout bid in the sixth when they got a run on two singles and a plunked batter. Breyvic Valera reached on a one-out single, advanced to second when James Ramsey was hit and raced home on Patrick Wisdom’s single. Singles by Travis Tartamella and Alex Mejia completed the S-Cards’ offense for the game.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (15-16), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (8-3, 3.47)

Daytona 9 at Palm Beach 6

The Beach Birds could not overcome an 8-2 disadvantage, falling to Daytona (CHC) for the second straight game.

Silfredo Garcia (L, 6-2) suffered his worst outing since his promotion to Palm Beach, allowing eight runs on nine hits and a free pass in five. Five of the eight Cubs tallies were generated by two home runs. Dixon Llorens worked around three walks over two but Danny Miranda was touched for a run on two hits in his two-inning outing.

Palm Beach outhit the Cubs 12 to 11 but were unable to overcome their poor pitching effort. Cesar Valera, one of three Beach Birds with a multi-hit performance, went 3-for-4 with a double out of the eight hole. Anthony Garcia’s 10th bomb, one of his two hits in four at bats, came with Luke Voit (single) and David Popkins (single) aboard. Garcia crossed home twice. Popkins and Ildemaro Vargas both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Vargas doubling twice with a base-on-balls and RBI.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona (21-9), 6:35 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (3-0, 2.57)

Peoria 4 at South Bend 5

Arturo Reyes permitted tallies in his first four innings, resulting in a 5-4 Chiefs’ loss to South Bend. Peoria (17-13) dropped the series, two games to one.

Reyes (L, 6-6) yielded three innings of straight numbers plus a two-run fourth before tossing two scoreless frames. The righty fanned nine with eight hits given up. Jhonny Polanco and Steve Sabatino hurled a scoreless inning each, Polanco issuing a free pass and Sabatino striking out two.

Ronald Castillo, Luis Perez and Richy Pedroza all had two hits. Castillo doubled and tripled in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two runs scored. Perez went 2-for-3 with a walk, touching home once and Pedroza singled and tripled in four at bats, driving in all four Peoria runs.

Tuesday’s game: off

State College 1 at Tri-City 4

State College (26-11) dropped its second consecutive game to Tri-City, losing the series two games to one.

Daniel Poncedeleon struck out five through four but was nicked for a tally on four hits and two free passes. Poncedeleon was charged with his second loss in three decisions.

Nick Lomascolo yielded a hit and walk while recording just two outs, both runners crossing the plate. Joe Scanio allowed one of Lomascolo’s runners to touch home along with one of his own on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Scanio fanned three, hit a batter and threw a wild pitch. Jeff Rauh issued a free pass during his two innings on the mound.

Rowan Wick’s second hit of the night was his first triple of 2014 that came with one out in the ninth. Wick crossed on Jake Stone’s groundout, going 2-for-4 with a double and triple. Three other Spikes had one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (15-22) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Cody Schumacher (1-0, 3.32)

Johnson City 8 vs Bristol 4

Big offensive nights by Casey Turgeon and Blake Drake led Johnson City (15-14) to an 8-4 victory over Bristol (PIT) in the decisive third game of their series.

Turgeon and Drake, our co-Players of the Day, each had three of their team’s 13 hits. Turgeon reached base every time he came to the plate, going 3-for-3 with a solo shot, two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Drake went 3-for-5 with a double and two-run blast, touched home twice and knocked in two.

Oscar Mercado and Jesus Ustariz generated multi-hit performances, Mercado going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and RBI. Ustariz added a two-run long ball to a double in four at bats, touching home twice.

Landon Beck did not last long enough to be credited with the win, tossing four frames while yielding two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls. Kevin Carlow was credited with his first win in four decisions despite giving up a run on two hits in his only inning.

Jordan DeLorenzo used four strikeouts to negate a hit and two walks in two. Ismael Brito gave up an unearned run on two hits and a base-on-balls through two, garnering his fifth save.

Tuesday’s game: at Princeton (15-15) (TB), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (2-0, 1.21)

GCL Cardinals 3 vs GCL Marlins 1 (5 ½) – game one
GCL Cardinals at GCL Marlins – game two - postponed

The Gulf Cards and Fish got in only one of two scheduled games and that one was called early due to rain. The GCL Cardinals (18-8) won 3-1.

The first game finished a July 12th scoreless contest suspended after one due to rain. The two squads made it to the midpoint of the sixth before the game was called early because of rain again. Monday’s regularly scheduled action will (hopefully) take place as part of a Tuesday double header.

Luke Weaver tossed the first inning on the 12th, giving up two hits while fanning two. Jack Flaherty (W, 1-0) took the ball when play resumed, retiring six straight, three of them via the strikeout. Ronnie Williams finished the game out, yielding a run on three hits through 2 1/3.

First baseman Michael Pritchard generated a hit in both of his at bats, singling and doubling while crossing home twice. Ricardo Bautista’s double brought Pritchard across in the second, just after Malik Collymore (single) scored on a groundout by Joshua Lopez. Pritchard scored again in the fourth on a sac fly by Michael Massi.

Tuesday’s games: DH vs. GCL Marlins (7-19), 10:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (3-2, 4.66)/TBA

DSL Giants 3 at DSL Cardinals 2

The second of the Dominican Birds’ tandem starters could not hold a slim lead, as the Cards fell to the DSL Giants 3-2.

Will Changarotty (L, 3-4) gave up two runs in the eighth, his fourth and final inning on the mound. Changarotty allowed five hits and two walks.

Tandem mate Oneiver Diaz held the opposition to a tally on five hits and a free pass through four, hitting two and picking off one batter. Enrique Perez allowed two hits and a walk in the ninth.

The DSL Cardinals (15-28) garnered seven hits, Allen Cordoba and Carlos Talavera having two each. Cordoba accounted for both of his team’s scores, singling and doubling in four at bats, touching home once with an RBI. Centerfielder Talavera went 2-for-4 with his 12th stolen base of the season.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Giants (29-14), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-2, 2.04)

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