Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/29/14

The league debuts of Jimmy Reed and Julio Mateo helped Springfield and Johnson City notch two of the system’s four wins on Monday. Nick Martini’s two bombs aided Palm Beach to victory and the GCL Cardinals won as well. Memphis was idle but the other three teams went down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, July 28th.

Memphis - off

After a five-game road sweep of American Northern Division-leading Iowa (CHC) followed by an off-day, the Redbirds (56-52) head to second-place (American Northern) Omaha (KC) for four.

Tuesday’s game: at Omaha (54-57), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (4-1, 4.56)

Springfield 9 at Tulsa 4

Co-Player of the Day Jimmy Reed tossed six strong frames in his Double-A debut as Springfield (16-22) dropped Tulsa 9-4 in the series’ opener.

Called up to take Sam Gaviglio’s rotation slot when Gaviglio was placed on the disabled list, Reed (W, 1-0) limited the Drillers (COL) to three hits and two walks, striking out two. The 23-year-old threw 84 pitches, 49 for strikes, and recorded seven ground- to six fly-ball outs.

Ryan Sherriff allowed a hit in the next two innings. Mitch Harris, however, was not as productive, yielding a three-run bomb that was one of three Tulsa hits in the ninth.

The S-Cards’ 13-hit barrage produced tallies in six of nine innings, with nine Springfield players having at least one hit. Charlie Tilson, one of three smashing a solo bomb, went 2-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and two RBI.

Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera went 2-for-5 as well, Wisdom adding his 12th long ball while Valera tripled, touched home once and drove in one. Jonathan Rodriguez’ ninth blast of 2014 completed the long ball launch. Mike O’Neill, who pinch hit for Reed in the seventh and remained in the game, was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Tuesday’s game: at Tulsa (16-22), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (2-4, 3.60)

Palm Beach 11 vs. Lakeland 0

Nick Martini’s two-home run night powered Palm Beach (25-12) to an 11-0 trouncing of Lakeland (DET) in the first of three.

Co-Player of the Day Martini’s first came with no one on in the fourth, putting the PB-Cards up 5-0 and his fifth of the season was a grand slam that capped a five-run eighth. The centerfielder went 3-for-5, with two runs scored and five RBI, joining David Popkins who also garnered three hits. Popkins doubled in four at bats, crossing home twice.

Luke Voit, Anthony Garcia and Mason Katz each had two hits, with one of Voit’s a two-run long ball. Garcia touched home twice while Katz doubled once in four at bats, scoring one and knocking in two.

Three Beach Birds hurlers combined for the shutout, beginning with Corey Baker who fanned six in five innings and yielded three hits and one walk. Thomas Lee and Logan Billbrough each went two with three hits given up. Lee struck out three and Billbrough four, neither issuing a free pass.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lakeland (9-27), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (5-5, 3.47)

Great Lakes 4 at Peoria 0

Less than 24 hours after the Chiefs blanked the Loons 4-0, Great Lakes turned the tables, downing Peoria by the identical score. The Chiefs (20-16) took the series two games to one.

All three of the tallies were charged to Arturo Reyes (L, 6-7) through six innings crossed home in the second inning on four of the seven hits he yielded. Reyes fanned seven and issued one free pass.

Kyle Barraclough, Jhonny Polanco and Steve Sabatino hurled the game’s balance, Barraclough walking two in his inning of work before three bases-on-balls plus a hit led to a run off Polanco. Sabatino walked two as well, allowing one of two inherited runners to score and notching two outs.

A two-out single by Juan Herrera in the first accounted for Peoria’s only hit. The shortstop went 1-for-3 with one of his team’s five walks in his first action since returning from the disabled list.

Tuesday’s game: at Beloit (11-24) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Alex Reyes (6-6, 4.03)

State College 2 at Mahoning Valley 3

Two eighth-inning runs allowed flipped a 2-1 lead into a 3-2 loss at the hands of the Scrappers (CLE), evening the series at one game each.

Jacob Booden walked both batters faced, compounding that with a passed ball and wild pitch that put runners at the corners and none out for Kyle Grana (BS, 1) (L, 3-1). Grana balked home the tying run, eventually giving up the winning tally on two hits and two bases-on-balls, one intentional, in an inning featuring two outs at home.

Facing Mahoning Valley for the second straight start, Trey Nielsen shut down the opposition on a hit and free pass through four. Jeff Rauh went the next three, giving up a run on two hits and a walk.

The Spikes’ eight hits were spread among eight players. Nick Thompson went 1-for-3 with a free pass, touching home once, while Collin Radack garnered one of his team’s four doubles, scoring one. Luis Cruz doubled as well, driving in one.

Tuesday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (19-25), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (0-1, 3.60)

Johnson City 2 vs. Bluefield 1

A seventh-inning score allowed Johnson City (18-17) to clip Bluefield 2-1 in the first of three.

Though the Cards were held to just four hits, one of three free passes issued by Blue Jays hurlers proved key. Devante Lacy opened the eventful frame with a base-on-balls, was sacrificed to second by Anthony Ray, scooted to third via a wild pitch and raced home on Casey Turgeon’s groundout to first. Batting eighth, Lacy went 1-for-2, while Turgeon’s third home run of 2014 had tied the game up in the fifth.

18-year-old Julio Mateo’s Appalachian League debut was noteworthy, the righty permitting five hits and a free pass through six. Mateo of our co-Player of the Day. The only runner to come home against Mateo was unearned.

Jonathan Escudero (W, 1-1) fanned four over two innings, yielding one hit. Anderson Gerdel tossed a scoreless ninth in his return to the Appy League, earning his fourth save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Bluefield (17-21), 7:00 pm ET, Juan Perez (3-2, 3.76)

GCL Cardinals 5 vs GCL Mets 3

The Gulf Birds (21-10) pounced for a four-run first and never looked back, topping the Mets 5-3 in the first of three.

Malik Collymore, Michael Pritchard and DeAndre Asbury-Heath accumulated two hits apiece with three of their teammates having one hit each. Collymore and Pritchard both went 2-for-3 with a double and base-on-balls, Collymore crossing home once with two RBI and Pritchard scoring twice. Collymore’s base-running was a bit suspect, however, as he was picked off first once and caught attempting to steal second. Asbury-Heath singled twice in four at bats.

Pitching in relief of Jack Flaherty, Drew Reidt tossed three one-two-three frames, picking up his second win in as many decisions. Reidt struck out three. Tyler Dunnington twice retired the side in order, fanning three, for his second save.

Flaherty struck out five in his three-inning stint, limiting the opposition to one hit and a walk. Steven De La Cruz was touched for three runs on four hits in the fourth, his only inning on the bump.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Mets (17-16), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Mets1 7

The DSL Cardinals’ (15-34) current losing skid reached eight as they fell to the DSL Mets1 7-6.

Tandem starter Oniever Diaz took his third loss in four decisions, pitching in the relief role. Diaz permitted a run on five hits through three, following tandem-mate Will Changarotty to the mound. Changarotty yielded five runs on seven hits and two walks through four. Andy De La Cruz gave up what proved to be the winning margin on an unearned run in the eighth.

The Dominican Birds banged out 10 hits, led by left fielder Wadye Ynfante, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Shortstop Allen Cordoba and right fielder Jonathan Rivera had two hits apiece in four at bats with a base-on-balls. Cordoba touched home twice, his double accounting for his team’s only extra-base hit. Rivera scored once.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Mets1 (26-23), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-3, 2.88)

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