Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/28/14

Randal Grichuk helped Memphis to two Sunday wins and a five-game sweep at Iowa as the system went 6-1.

Results from games played Sunday, July 27th.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 2 (7) – game one
Memphis 2 at Iowa 0 (7) – game two

The Redbirds (56-52) took a pair from the Cubs for the second straight day, 4-2 and 2-0, giving them a five-game series sweep and vaulting them into second, 1 ½ behind Nashville (MIL).

Four runs in the first two innings gave the visitors the winning margin in game one, making a winner out of Marco Gonzales. Gonzales yielded a two-run home run in the sixth, one of four hits and three walks permitted in 5 1/3, for his second win versus one loss. The southpaw fanned six with two ground- and five fly-ball outs. Eric Fornataro gave up a hit in 1 2/3, notching his 10th save.

Held to just three hits, Memphis maximized its opportunities. Singles by Shane Robinson and Scott Moore were sandwiched around Randal Grichuk’s plunking, resulting in Moore driving in Robinson to get the Redbirds on the board. Four straight walks in the second brought across Pete Kozma, followed by Stephen Piscotty’s two-run single that plated Robinson and Grichuk.

Our Player of the Day Grichuk kept the pressure up in game two, knocking his 20th long ball of 2014 to give Memphis a 1-0 first-inning lead. Grichuk went 1-for-2 with a walk and was again plunked. Ed Easley singled to open the fourth, eventually scoring an unearned run when Tommy Pham reached on a fielding error. Luis Mateo singled twice in three at bats for two of his team’s five hits.

Five relievers pulled the pitching load, beginning with Nick Greenwood who gave up three hits and a free pass in three. Dean Kiekhefer (W, 3-2) permitted three hits in 1 2/3, two of whom were left on by Angel Castro, who retired all four batters faced. Pedro Feliciano allowed a double to his only batter, leading off the seventh. Jorge Rondon used a 4-6 double play plus a strikeout to end the threat and pick up his fifth save.

Monday’s game: Off. Memphis travels to Omaha (KC) for four before finishing their road trip in Round Rock (TEX).

Springfield 5 at Northwest Arkansas 4

Springfield (15-22) slipped past Northwest Arkansas 5-4 on Sunday, giving them a split of their four-game set.

In a contest featuring 27 combined hits, the game difference was the product of one of four bases-on-balls worked by the S-Cards. Cody Stanley’s lead-off free pass to open the ninth allowed Breyvic Valera to reach on a subsequent force, putting the latter in place to score on Rafael Ortega’s double, his only hit in five at bats. That broke a 4-4 tie.

Mike O’Neill and James Ramsey led Springfield’s 15-hit attack with three hits each. O’Neill singled three times in five at bats, scoring twice, while Ramsey went 3-for-5 with two doubles and touched home once. Stanley and Patrick Wisdom both went 2-for-4 with a base-on-balls, Stanley knocking in two.

Jeremy Berg picked up his second win in as many decisions, tossing a scoreless seventh and eighth, yielding two hits. Sam Tuivailala worked around a hit and walk in the ninth for his first save of the season.

Both pitched in relief of Kyle Hald, who gave up four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two free passes in 4 2/3. Hald struck out five. Lee Stoppelman faced the minimum over the next 1 1/3, stranding two inherited runners.

Monday’s game: at Tulsa (16-21) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 5 at Brevard County 4 (7) – game one
Palm Beach 2 at Brevard County 4 (7) – game two

Palm Beach (24-12) split a pair at Brevard County (MIL), taking the opener 5-4 but dropping the finale 4-2. Each team won two of their four-game bout.

Iden Nazario was credited with his fourth win in as many decisions in game one, working a scoreless frame while giving up a hit and walk. Nick Petree permitted four runs, three earned, on seven hits and two walks in the first 3 2/3.

Ronnie Shaban and Chris Perry followed Nazario, with Shaban allowing two hits and recording three outs. Perry issued a free pass and hit a batter over the final 1 1/3, picking up his third save.

The Beach Birds mustered nine hits, with three players having two hits each: Nick Martini, David Popkins and Anthony Garcia. Martini doubled and blasted his third home run while Popkins and Garcia each went 2-for-3 with a run scored, Popkins doubling once.

The big blow, however, came off Gerwuins Velazco’s bat in the form of a grand slam that put his team up 4-1 in the second. It was Velazco’s only hit in two at bats to go with one walk.

A four-run fifth was too much for the Beach Birds to surmount in game two. Silfredo Garcia and Danny Miranda each yielded two tallies, Garcia putting his on and Miranda letting them cross. Garcia kept the Manatees off the board on four hits and two free passes through the first four before yielding back-to-back singles to open the fifth. He also hit one batter. Miranda (L, 4-2) allowed both to come home plus two of his own on three hits in two.

Both of the visitors’ runs scored in the first on Bruce Caldwell’s ninth long ball, a two-run bomb that plated Martini (single). Caldwell added a double in four at bats, half of his team’s four hits.

Monday’s game: vs. Lakeland (9-26) (DET), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 4 vs Great Lakes 0

Rob Kaminsky led a trio of Chiefs’ hurlers that spun a 4-0 blanking of the Loons (LAD) on Sunday, giving their team a two-games-to-none series’ lead with one to go. It was Peoria’s league-leading 11th shutout of the season.

Kaminsky (W, 5-2) yielded five of the opposition’s six hits, along with two of three free passes, in six innings. He fanned four. Robert Stock gave up a hit and walk over the next two, striking out two. Josh Lucas tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Second baseman Richy Pedroza garnered two of the Chiefs’ seven hits, going 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBI. Cesar Valera doubled once in four at bats, scoring one and driving in another.

Monday’s game: vs. Great Lakes (16-19), 11:00 am CT, Arturo Reyes (6-6, 3.70)

State College 8 at Mahoning Valley 5

Eight runs spread across four consecutive frames led the Spikes to an 8-5 triumph over the Scrappers (CLE) in the first of three.

Down 1-0 through four, the Spikes (30-13) tied it up in the fifth before burying their hosts with two each in the sixth and seventh plus three in the eighth to go up 8-1. The squad’s 13 hits were spread among nine players, headed by Collin Radack’s perfecto at the plate.

Radack went 3-for-3 with a two-run blast in the seventh while Chase Raffield and Darren Seferina had two hits each. Raffield went 2-for-4 with his own two-run home run, his first, while Seferina knocked in two, singling twice in four at bats. Nick Thompson’s only hit in three at bats was the Spikes’ third long ball of the game that came with Alex De Leon (error) on. Thompson worked two free passes, touching home three times.

Daniel Poncedeleon and Brandon Lee (W, 1-0) split the first six innings, Poncedeleon fanning four with three hits given up before Lee yielded a run on two hits. Neither issued a base-on-balls.

Nick Lomascolo permitted a hit plus two walks, resulting in a run in his two innings on the bump. Joe Scanio made the game interesting when he allowed three runs on two hits and a free pass. Poncedelon, Lomascolo and Scanio each hit a batter.

Monday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (18-25), 7:05 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (3-1, 1.75)

Johnson City 6 vs Elizabethton 7 - suspended

Johnson City’s (17-17) contest versus Elizabethton (MIN) was suspended due to rain with one out in the fifth and the Twins having just scored four to go up 7-6. Play will be resumed on August 3rd at Elizabethton.

Monday’s game: vs. Bluefield (17-20) (TOR), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (20-10) vs. GCL Mets (17-15), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (15-33) at DSL Mets1 (25-23), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)



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