Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/24/14

Curt Smith led Springfield to a rare offensive explosion as the system went 3-4 on Wednesday, including two extra-inning losses.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 23rd.

Memphis 5 vs Omaha 3

The Redbirds banged out 11 hits, leading to a 5-3 triumph over the Storm Chasers (KC) for a 2-1 series’ lead.

Two of those hits were solo shots by Xavier Scruggs and Randal Grichuk as they combined for five hits in eight at bats. Scruggs’ bomb got Memphis (51-51) on the board in their two-run second, closing Omaha’s lead to 3-1, while Grichuk’s sixth-inning blast tied it up. Scruggs went on to score his team’s third and final run that inning, and went 2-for-4 on the night. Stephen Piscotty and Pete Kozma each went 1-for-3, Piscotty walking once while touching home and Kozma scoring once with an RBI.

Tyler Lyons improved his record to 4-1, scattering eight hits and a base-on-balls through seven. The only mark against the southpaw was a three-run long ball in the second. Lyons fanned five. Jorge Rondon struck out three over the final two innings, picking up his third save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Omaha (53-50), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (6-4, 4.57)

Springfield 10 vs Tulsa 0

The S-Cards (13-20) put on their hitting shoes, walloping the Drillers 10-0 in the decisive third game of the series.

Catcher Travis Tartamella led his team’s 14-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in. Mike O’Neill, Curt Smith and Alex Mejia added two hits apiece, O’Neill singled twice in four at bats, worked a free pass and crossed home all three times he reached base.

The big blow came off Player of the Day Smith’s bat, a grand slam that was part of Springfield’s six-run sixth. It came with James Ramsey (pinch-hit walk), Charlie Tilson (single) and O’Neill aboard. Smith ended the night with five RBI. Mejia singled twice in four at bats, scored one with one knocked in.

A quartet of Springfield pitchers joined forces on a five-hitter, beginning with Sam Gaviglio. Gaviglio struck out nine in six frames, yielding two hits and a free pass for his fifth win in 15 decisions.

Sam Tuivailala, Lee Stoppelman and Chris Thomas each gave up a hit in their respective one inning of work. Tuivailala walked one while he and Stoppelman struck out two apiece.

Thursday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (16-17) (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (1-4, 3.41)

Daytona 6 at Palm Beach 2

Five early runs off Kyle Helisek spelled the difference in the Beach Birds’ 6-2 loss to the Cubs. The loss dropped Palm Beach (22-10) out of first and saddled them with the series loss.

Helisek (L, 5-5) lasted just four innings, permitting five runs, three earned, on five hits and two bases-on-balls. Two of the tallies were the result of two solo home runs.

Corey Baker yielded three hits and a walk over 3 2/3, resulting in one run with two strikeouts. Ronnie Shaban gave up one hit in 1 1/3, stranding two of Baker’s runners.

Offensive futility was the order of the day for the PB-Cards as they translated eight hits and five walks into just two runs, going 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. In his first game with the club, shortstop Greg Miclat took part in both scores, going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Luke Voit singled twice in four at bats.

Thursday’s game: at Brevard County (15-13) (MIL), 6:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (4-1, 2.32)

Lansing 8 at Peoria 7 (10)

Peoria (17-14) ended up on the wrong end of a wild affair in the series opener, falling to Lansing (TOR) 8-7 in 10 innings.

The game ended up being about which team’s bullpen could give up more, as 13 of the contest’s 15 tallies were recorded in the last three frames. The most unfortunate reliever ended up being Kyle Barraclough (L, 1-1), although he did not get any help from his defense, yielding four runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Kevin Herget let what proved to be the winning tally come home on a hit while recording two outs.

Alex Reyes gave up a run on three hits and two free passes through six, fanning five. Zach Loraine allowed six hits in two innings of relief, producing three runs.

Down 7-2 with three outs to go, the Chiefs mounted a furious five-run comeback, sending the game into extras. Rowan Wick’s first full-season home run accounted for three of those scores, his only hit in five at bats in his Peoria debut. Ronald Castillo went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, the only Chief with more than one hit. Seven of his teammates had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lansing (15-16), 7:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (3-5, 4.42)

State College 5 vs Mahoning Valley 3

Five runs off the Scrappers’ bullpen gave the Spikes (27-12) a 5-3 win for a split of their short two-game set.

State College immediately pounced on the Mahoning Valley (CLE) relievers, scoring two in the sixth before adding three more in the eighth. The home team featured a balanced offense, with six different Spikes contributing by either touching home and/or driving in a run.

One of Alex De Leon’s two hits in four at bats was his sixth home run that came with none on in the sixth. Brian O’Keefe singled and doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls, run scored and an RBI. Ronnierd Garcia knocked in two, going 1-for-3 with a free pass.

All three runs charged to Cody Schumacher in six were the result of two second-inning long balls. Schumacher gave up four hits and did not issue a free pass in that span.

Anderson Gerdel (W, 2-0) bounced back from a horrific stint versus Tri-City, in which he yielded four runs over two innings, holding the opposition to two hits in two. Nick Lomascolo faced the minimum in the ninth, earning his first save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Auburn (18-20) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (4-1, 2.52)

Johnson City 3 at Princeton 7

The JC-Cards’ defense, or lack thereof, proved costly in their 7-3 loss at Princeton (TB). Johnson City (15-16) has dropped the first two to the Rays with one still on tap.

Four of the seven runs charged to Appy Bird hurlers were unearned, the result of one error plus a passed ball. Juan Perez (L, 3-2) struck out five through four, giving up four runs, one earned, on four hits and three walks.

Isaac Silva did not retire a batter, permitting two runs, one earned, on a hit and three free passes. Jonathan Escudero did a very solid job cleaning up Silva’s mess, freezing two of Silva’s three while giving up a solo shot, the only hit allowed over the final three.

Johnson City capitalized on a defensive miscue by their foes, two of their three runs being unearned. The visitors were limited to five hits but did work four bases-on-balls, with no player having more than one hit. Casey Grayson singled in three at bats with a walk, run scored and one driven in. Jesus Ustariz also touched home once with an RBI.

Thursday’s game: at Princeton (17-15), 11:05 am ET, Steven Farinaro (1-3) 4.91)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Marlins – game one - suspended
GCL Cardinals at GCL Marlins – game two - postponed

It was “Rain, rain, go away” for the third straight day, but this time the Gulf Feathers and Fins were unable to conclude even one of their two scheduled contests before the Florida skies opened up once again.

The first game was suspended in the top of the fifth with the Gulf Birds having taken a 2-1 lead and Michael Pritchard on second with none out. Ramon Santos tossed all four innings, giving up a run on two hits and two walks.

This game is now scheduled to be completed as part of a July 31st doubleheader. The second contest was rescheduled for an August 1st twinbill.

Thursday’s game: GCL Cardinals (19-8) at GCL Nationals (15-14), 12:00 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (4-0, 0.98)

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Rockies 8 (15)

Another day, another loss for the DSL Cardinals (15-30), although this one did take 15 innings before it happened.

The Dominican Birds’ bullpen blew two opportunities for a win, the first when Junior Gonzalez and Jose Lara combined to yield three runs in the eighth, erasing a 5-2 Cards lead. Andy De La Cruz and Franyel Casadilla (BS, 2)(L, 1-2) were the culprits in the 15th, blowing a 7-5 edge. Casadilla, the sixth Cardinals’ hurler of the day, did not record an out.

Starter Angel Estevez was the only Bird pitcher to give a good accounting of himself, tossing five frames with a run given up on four hits and a base-on-balls.

Six DSL Cards split 14 hits, all six garnering multi-hit performances. Allen Cordoba went 3-for-7, touching home three times and driving in one. All-star Jonathan Rivera went 3-for-7 as well, knocking in one.

Luis Flores, Henry Alvarado, Hector Linares and Dionenrys Pena had two hits each, Linares’ double accounting for the squad’s only extra-base hit. Linares drove in two, the other three crossed home once each while Flores had an RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Rockies (24-21), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (2-1, 1.82)

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