Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/23/14

Memphis’ Marco Gonzales and Johnson City’s Ian McKinney each tossed noteworthy outings but with differing results. The Redbirds notched one of the system’s four wins but the JC-Cards absorbed one of three losses. Peoria was off and the GCL club had one game of their doubleheader postponed (again).

Results from games played Monday, July 22nd.

Memphis 5 vs Omaha 3

Bouncing back from his rather ugly Triple-A debut 11 days prior in which he lasted just three innings, Marco Gonzales tossed seven strong frames as the Redbirds flew over the Storm Chasers (KC) 5-3, evening their series at one game each. Memphis (50-51) remains in fourth, 2 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

Gonzales, our co-Player of the Day, struck out seven, yielding five hits and a hit batsman, resulting in single tallies in the second and seventh. The lefty threw 58 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

Angel Gastro gave up a hit to both of his batters, one of which came home on a double permitted by Eric Fornataro, who struck out three and walked one in two.

Shane Robinson swung the big bat for the Redbirds, his solo shot putting Memphis up in the first. The leadoff hitter added a double and single in five at bats, touched home twice and drove in two.

Stephen Piscotty accumulated three more of his team’s 13 hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and two knocked in. Tommy Pham, the final Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in four at bats, scoring once and driving in one.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Omaha (53-49), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (3-1, 4.69)

Springfield 9 vs Tulsa 8

Rafael Ortega’s ninth-inning sac fly gave the S-Cards a 9-8 victory over the Drillers (COL), giving each squad a win with one remaining. Springfield (12-20) is still in fourth and last place, five in back of Arkansas (LAA).

Caught in a see-saw battle featuring both a four-run lead and a three-run hole, Springfield needed all of their 13 hits and five bases-on-balls for the win. Breyvic Valera was in the thick of the offense, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored, the final which came in the ninth as a result of Valera’s opening free pass.

Third baseman Matt Williams had three hits as well, all singles, crossing home twice and adding two RBI. Curt Smith and Alex Mejia had two hits apiece, Smith doubling once, touched home once while knocking in one. Ortega went 1-for-2 with a walk, sac bunt, sac fly, two runs scored and two driven in.

Staked to a 4-0 lead through four, Kyle Hald could not finish a six-run sixth, yielding five runs, three earned, on three hits and a free pass in 5 1/3. Chris Thomas (BS, 2) allowed both inherited runners to cross plus two of his own, one earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls. He did not record an out.

Ryan Sherriff notched the final two outs of the sixth but one of the two runners he acquired from Thomas crossed on the second error of the inning. Seth Blair faced the minimum in the seventh, departing with the Redbirds up 8-7, but Mitch Harris (BS, 2) (W, 2-0) let Tulsa tie it up on two hits in the first of his two-inning stint.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place Tulsa (15-17), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (4-10, 4.79)

Palm Beach 9 vs Daytona 3

Both the Beach Birds’ bats and arms showed up on Tuesday, resulting in a 9-3 win over the Cubs. Palm Beach (22-9) trails in the series 2-1, but still leads second-place Fort Myers (MIN) by a half game. The Miracle have won four straight.

All nine PB-Cards garnered at least one of the team’s 16 hits and eight of nine directly impacted the scoring with either a run scored or an RBI. The balanced attack featured seven Beach Birds with two hits each: Mason Katz, Bruce Caldwell, David Popkins, Nick Martini, Luke Voit, Gerwuins Velazco and Cesar Valera. Katz, Voit and Velazco each worked a free pass as well.

Katz singled twice in four at bats with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Caldwell added his eighth long ball of 2014, a two-run blast, to a single in five at bats. Popkins also went 2-for-5 with a triple, scored one and knocked in two.

Nick Martini went 2-for-5 out of the one hole, scoring twice, while clean-up hitter Luke Voit singled and doubled in four at bats with a free pass and RBI. Gerwuins Velazco doubled twice in three at bats with a walk and one driven in. Anthony doubled in five at bats but touched home twice.

Jimmy Reed (W, 2-0) scattered seven hits over seven, yielding two runs. He did not walk a batter. Iden Nazario gave up a solo shot, one of his two hits permitted in the eighth. Chris Perry fanned two in the ninth, walking one and allowing one hit.

Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place (North) Daytona (18-12), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (5-4, 3.32)

Peoria - off

Coming off a 10-game road trip in which they went 4-6, the Chiefs (17-13) open a six-game home stand with three versus Lansing (TOR). Second-place Peoria trails Kane County by two in the Western Division.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place (Eastern) Lansing (14-16), 6:30 pm CT, Alex Reyes (6-6, 4.24)

Mahoning Valley 3 at State College 1

First-place State College fell to fifth-place Mahoning Valley 3-1 in the series’ opener. Despite their third loss in a row, the Spikes have a very comfortable seven-game margin over second-place Williamsport (PHI).

Trey Nielsen (L, 3-1) fanned four in four, giving up two runs in his final inning of work, five hits in all plus one base-on-balls. Tyler Bray struck out three over two, giving up a hit and walk.

Jacob Booden permitted a hit and free pass in the seventh, producing one tally. Kyle Grana yielded a hit, walk and plunked batter with two strikeouts in two.

Held to two or fewer runs for their third straight game, State College managed seven hits and six free passes but went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Alex De Leon mustered the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a triple and walk. Darren Seferina scored the Spikes’ lone run, opening the third with a base-on-balls, advancing on a sac bunt and scoring on Jake Stone’s RBI single.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (16-22) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Cody Schumacher (1-0, 3.32)

Johnson City 1 at Princeton 4

Johnson City (15-15) began a brief three-game road trip with a 4-1 loss to Princeton (TB). The Appy Birds are tied with Kingsport (NYM) for second, three in back of Elizabethton (MIN).

Co-Player of the Day Ian McKinney held the Rays to a run on eight hits and walk through seven, fanning seven. He exited with the score knotted at 1-1 but three runs off Sasha Kuebel (L, 1-1) on five hits in just 2/3 of an inning put Princeton up by the final score. Kender Villegas issued one free pass over the last 1 1/13, stranding one of Kuebel’s runners.

The JC-Cards managed just six hits, all singles, two of them generated by Jose Godoy in three at bats. Casey Grayson’s only hit in four at-bats kicked off the second, leading to an RBI two-out single by Jesus Ustariz.

Wednesday’s game: at fourth-place (East) Princeton (16-15), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (3-1, 4.22)

GCL Cardinals 7 vs GCL Marlins 5 (5 ½ innings) – game one
GCL Cardinals at GCL Marlins – game two - postponed

Tuesday in the Gulf Birds’ world looked a great deal like Monday with a rain-shortened victory and another postponement. The two squads will try again to get in a doubleheader on Wednesday morning. The GCL Cardinals (19-8) lead the second-place Nationals by 4 ½ in the East Division.

A tight 2-1 Cardinals’ lead midway through five ballooned to the final 7-5 score in the span of one frame. The Gulf Birds pushed across five in the home half of the fifth, the Marlins answering with four in the sixth.

Eight of nine Gulf Cards had at least one of 10 team hits; Malik Collymore and Ricardo Bautista with two apiece. Collymore did far more on his two, singling and doubling in four at-bats, scoring once and four driven in. Bautista went 2-for-3 with one knocked in. Elier Rodriguez and Magneuris Sierra touched home once, both plating another.

Julio Mateo (W, 4-2) gave up all five runs on five hits and a free pass in 5 2/3. Kevin Alexander struck out two in 1 1/3, picking up his second save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fourth-place GCL Marlins (7-20). Game one – 10:00 am ET, Jorge Rodriguez (4-0, 0.98)/TBA

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Giants 11

Five runs over the last two frames were not enough as the Dominican Birds fell to their Giants counterparts, 11-7. The DSL Cardinals (15-29) are tied with the DSL Rojos for last place in the 10-team Boca Chica South Division, 16 behind the DSL Red Sox.

David Oca (L, 2-3) was torched for six runs, four earned, on five hits in one plus. Juan Alvarez went the next four, giving up four runs on four hits and three free passes. Kerrion Bennett held the opposition to an unearned run on three hits and a walk over three.

The Dominican Birds maximized their offensive output, translating six hits, four base-on-balls plus two Giants’ errors into seven tallies, five earned. Six players had one hit each, all singles. Allen Cordoba, Dennis Ortega and Carlos Rodriguez all scored one and knocked in another.

Wednesday’s game: at DSL Rockies (23-21), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 4.06)

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