Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/25/14

Charlie Tilson’s bat led Springfield to one of three victories in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. State College and Johnson City both won but the rest of the system all fell, Peoria despite Chase Brookshire’s effort.

Results from games played Thursday, July 24th.

Omaha 3 at Memphis 2 (10)

A throwing error in the 10th led to a 3-2 Redbirds’ loss and split of their four-game series at the Omaha Storm Chasers (KC).

Eric Fornataro (L, 2-3) began his second inning on the mound by yielding a single, the runner advancing to second on a sac bunt. Pete Kozma, playing third after Scott Moore was ejected in the third, made an errant throw that allowed the next runner to reach and the winning tally to cross.

Zach Petrick made the start, scattering eight hits, including a solo bomb, in five plus while giving up two runs and two bases-on-balls. Heath Wyatt tossed two scoreless frames, escaping a runners at the corners with none out mess in the sixth. Jorge Rondon faced the minimum in the eighth.

It’s a darn shame that Moore got tossed because his first-inning long ball accounted for half of his team’s runs. Ed Easley and Kozma had two hits apiece in four at bats, Kozma driving in Greg Garcia (force) in the second.

Friday’s game: at Iowa (57-48) (CHC), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (2-2, 5.59)

Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Charlie Tilson’s first multi-hit performance as an S-Card helped Springfield (14-20) edge the Naturals (KC) in the first of four.

Co-Player of the Day Tilson was responsible for three of four tallies, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, a run scored and two driven in. The centerfielder was playing in just his third game since his promotion from Palm Beach. The only other S-Card with more than one of nine team hits was Breyvic Valera, who singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one.

Mike Mayers allowed three runs on nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3, picking up his second win against four losses. Ryan Sherriff retired both batters faced, giving way to Jeremy Berg, who struck out three in 1 1/3 while giving up a hit. Justin Wright’s name appears in the box score after Berg but he did not face a batter after apparently suffering an injury during his warmup. Seth Blair issued one free pass in 1 1/3, earning his first save.

Friday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (16-18), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (9-7, 3.92)

Palm Beach 4 at Brevard County 7

Tyrell Jenkins was hammered for 13 hits in five frames as Palm Beach (22-11) fell to Brevard County 7-4 in the series’ opener.

Jenkins (L, 4-2) permitted six tallies spread across three straight innings, with half of the scores the result of two home runs. Logan Billbrough gave up a hit and walk in two before Dixon Llorens allowed a run on two hits and a free pass in the eighth.

The Beach Birds banged out 11 hits but the two players with three hits each had four players between them in the batting order. Designated hitter Mason Katz ended up a home run shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4, touching home once and two RBI. Ildemaro Vargas singled three times in four at bats with a sac fly accounting for his RBI. No other player had more than one hit.

Friday’s game: at Brevard County (16-13), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (6-7, 5.94)

Lansing 3 at Peoria 2

Three ninth-inning runs turned a win into a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Lugnuts (TOR). Peoria (17-14) has lost four in a row, including the first two versus Lansing.

Having notched the eighth’s final two outs, Steve Sabatino (L, 5-2) returned to the mound to start the ninth but ran into trouble when he yielded a run on two hits and a base-on-balls while retiring two batters. Josh Lucas replaced Sabatino but was bitten by shortstop Cesar Valera’s throwing error that allowed both inherited runners to cross.

That spoiled a stellar outing by Chase Brookshire, our co-Player of the Day, who held the opposition scoreless on seven hits through seven. Brookshire did not issue a free pass, fanned four and threw 62 of his 93 pitches for strikes.

Lead-off batter Vaughn Bryan did the most damage for the Chiefs, going 3-for-5 with a double, triple, one run scored and one driven in. C.J. McElroy singled twice in three at bats.

Friday’s game: vs. Lansing (16-16), 7:00 pm CT, Blake McKnight (5-7, 4.15)

State College 5 vs Auburn 3

Four runs in the fifth resulted in the Spikes’ 5-3 victory over the Doubledays in the series’ opener.

All four State College (28-12) scores were unearned because of two fielding errors by Auburn (WSH). The Spikes scored their first run without benefit of a hit, before managing only three hits the entire game. Two of those hits were by Darren Seferina, who singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk and RBI. Chase Raffield touched home twice with both Kenny Peoples-Walls and Brian O’Keefe crossing home once although none of the three got a hit. All three did work one base-on-balls.

Jeff Rauh (W, 4-0) struck out three in three, giving up a run on three hits. Nick Lomascolo and Kyle Grana each tossed a scoreless inning, Grana walking one and picking up his fourth save.

All three pitched in relief of Will Anderson, who gave up five hits and a free pass through four, resulting in two runs. Anderson struck out five.

Friday’s game: vs. Auburn (18-21), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (2-1, 3.32)

Johnson City 5 at Princeton 4

The Appy Birds proved it’s never over until it’s over in the 5-4 win over the Rays that salvaged the final game of three.

Trailing 4-0 and down to their last three outs, Johnson City (16-16) scored five times on four of their six game hits plus both of their walks. Devante Lacey accounted for three tallies, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored and two RBI. Chris Rivera went 2-for-4 with a double as well, scoring once.

Kevin Carlow was the pitcher of record, picking up his second win in five decisions despite yielding an unearned tally on a hit in his only inning on the bump. Carlow struck out three. Ismael Brito tossed a one-two-three ninth, fanning two, for his sixth save.

Steven Farinaro went the initial five, giving up two runs on six hits and two walks, one of the hits a solo bomb. The only run allowed by Juan Caballero in two was also a solo long ball, one of two hits permitted to go with three strikeouts.

Friday’s game: vs. Elizabethton (21-13) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Nationals 4

After three straight days of rain interruptions, the Gulf Birds finally got in a complete nine-inning game on Thursday. Unfortunately, it resulted in a 4-3 loss to the Nationals.

19-year-old Dominican native Jery Then took the loss in his professional debut, giving up two runs on three hits in the sixth, his only inning of work. Then took over for Frederis Parra, who permitted six hits through five, resulting in two runs, one earned. Yeison Medina and Tyler Dunnington each went one inning, yielding one and two hits respectively.

The GCL Cardinals (19-9) mustered just six hits, two of them by designated hitter Derek Gibson. Gibson doubled twice in five at bats, scoring one and driving in another.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (16-14), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Rockies 6 at DSL Cardinals 5

Four runs yielded by the Dominican Birds’ bullpen resulted in a 6-5 loss to the DSL Rockies.

Sandy Alcantara had a fine start, allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits through six. The 19-year-old struck out five and hit one batter. Enrique Perez (L, 1-1) permitted three tallies on a hit, walk and plunked batter in 1 1/3. All three crossed home with Franyel Casadilla (BS, 3) on the mound, putting the visitors up 6-4. Casadilla yielded what proved to be the winning margin on two hits over 1 2/3.

The DSL Cardinals (15-31) garnered nine hits spread over seven players. Right fielder Jonathan Rivera and designated hitter Hector Linares each had two hits in five at bats. Rivera doubled twice with an RBI while Linares scored one run.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (26-20), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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