Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/30/14

St. Louis’ minors split their eight-game schedule down the middle, with Memphis garnering one of four wins behind Tyler Lyons’ complete game effort. Springfield, Peoria and State College were all victorious but the rest were not.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 29th.

Memphis 4 at Omaha 1

The Redbirds (57-52) pounded out 11 hits on their way to a 4-1 win over the Storm Chasers (KC) in the series’ opener at Omaha. Memphis’ current six-game winning streak has moved them from fourth (last) to second in the American Southern Division, 1 ½ in back of Nashville (MIL).

The key blow in the visitors’ four-run fifth was Pete Kozma’s 17th double of 2014 that drove in Xavier Scruggs and Tommy Pham. It was the shortstop’s only hit in three at bats and one of only two extra-base hits for Memphis.

Scruggs went 3-for-4, just ahead of Ed Easley and Pham who each went 2-for-4, with Easley’s double accounting for the other extra-base hit. Easley worked his team’s only free pass, scoring on Shane Robinson’s RBI single. A single by Scott Moore plated Kozma for the final tally.

That proved more than sufficient offense for Player of the Day Tyler Lyons (W, 5-1), who tossed a complete-game gem. The only run charged to him crossed on a double, single and sac fly in the fifth, two of the four hits the southpaw gave up. Lyons fanned five and did not issue a free pass.

Wednesday’s game: at first-place (American Northern) Omaha (56-53), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (6-4, 4.52)

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 2

Five runs in the last two frames gave the S-Cards a 7-2 triumph over the Drillers (COL) for a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one remaining. Springfield (17-22) has gone 7-3 in its last 10 games, advancing the club into third, four behind Arkansas (LAA) and a game ahead of Tulsa, which has lost four straight.

Rafael Ortega swung his team’s big bat, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk and two runs driven in. His first RBI scored Jonathan Rodriguez (single), breaking a two all tie in the eighth and his seventh double plated Patrick Wisdom (triple), capping Springfield’s four-run ninth.

Wisdom’s only hit in four at bats cleared the bases ahead of Ortega, knocking in Charlie Tilson (single), Breyvic Valera (single) and Rodriguez (walk). Rodriguez singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, touching home twice, the only other S-Card with more than one of the team’s 10 hits.

Sam Tuivailala garnered his first Double-A win in his first decision, having notched the seventh inning’s final two outs. Tuivailala worked around a free pass to his first batter faced that jammed the sacks full by striking out two and stranding two inherited runners.

Those runners belonged to Lee Stoppelma,n who retired only one of three batters, issuing a free pass and plunking one. Stoppelman and Tuivailala pitched in relief of Mike Mayers, who held the opposition to two runs on six hits and three walks through six. Mayers hit one batter. Joe Donofrio struck out four over the final two frames, walking one, for his seventh save.

Wednesday’s game: at fourth-place Tulsa (16-23), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (9-8, 3.95)

Lakeland 7 at Palm Beach 1

Kyle Helisek’s rough outing doomed the Beach Birds to a 7-1 loss to the Flying Tigers (DET), evening their four-game set with two left to play. Palm Beach (25-13) clings to a half-game lead over second-place Fort Myers (MIN) in the Florida State League’s South Division.

Helisek (L, 5-6) yielded 10 hits and three bases-on-balls through 6 1/3, resulting in seven runs, six earned. All eight of the outs recorded by Dixon Llorens were strikeouts, allowing him to strand two of Helisek’s runners. Llorens gave up a hit and walk.

All three of the PB-Cards’ hits came in the third, generating the team’s sole tally and very briefly tying the game at one all. Back-to-back-to-back singles by Mason Katz, Greg Miclat and Dante Rosenberg allowed Katz to cross and Rosenberg to garner the RBI.

Wednesday’s game: vs. sixth-place (North) Lakeland (10-27), 6:35 pm ET, Tyrell Jenkins (4-2, 3.50)

Peoria 6 at Beloit 4 (10)

The Chiefs capitalized on the Snappers’ shaky defense to steal a 6-4 win in 10. Peoria (21-16) is in a three-way tie with Cedar Rapids (MIN) and Quad Cities (HOU) for second, a game behind Kane County (CHC).

Two Beloit miscues, both with two outs, allowed C.J. McElroy to reach, putting him in position to score the tie-breaker on Juan Herrera’s 19th double of the season. Justin Ringo singled home Herrera for the two-run advantage. Both tallies were unearned.

That ended a game that saw the Chiefs bang out 12 hits, led by McElroy’s 3-for-5 effort. McElroy doubled once, crossed home twice with an RBI. Herrera was responsible for four runs, doubling twice in five at bats, touching home once with three driven in. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-5, scoring one while Rowan Wick mustered Peoria’s final multi-hit effort, singling and doubling in four at bats, knocking in one.

Kevin Herget’s 2 1/3 scoreless innings gave him his fifth win versus three losses. Herget faced the minimum, striking out three. Josh Lucas kept the Snappers off the board in the 10th for his second save.

Alex Reyes did not retire either of the two batters faced in the fifth, yielding three runs on six hits, one a solo shot, plus four walks in four plus. Zach Loraine got out of his inherited mess but permitted a solo bomb, his only hit allowed in 2 2/3 to go with four strikeouts.

Wednesday’s game: at eighth-place (last) Beloit (11-25), 7:00 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (3-5, 4.02)

State College 13 at Mahoning Valley 8

The Spikes were the last team standing in Tuesday’s offensive onslaught, outlasting the Scrappers 13-8 for the series’ win. First-place State College (31-14) holds a nine-game advantage over both Batavia (MIA) and Williamsport (PHI).

The bats came to play in a contest featuring a combined 29 hits and 21 runs. State College mustered 17 of those hits, all nine starters acquiring at least one and seven of nine getting at least two hits each. Danny Diekroeger and Robelys Reyes each smacked a long ball, Diekroeger’s three-run blast a part of his four runs scored and three RBI. Reyes was at the head of hit parade, going 3-for-5 with a double, solo shot and walk, touching home twice while knocking in two.

In his State College return, Ian McKinney (W, 1-1) held his opponents to two tallies through six before tiring in the seventh. The lefty yielded six runs on seven hits and two walks in 6 2/3. He hit one batter and was called for a balk.

The final two runs scored under Nick Lomascolo’s watch after the lefty wild pitched one runner across then allowed another to touch home on a single. Lomascolo gave up a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3. Joe Scanio served up a two-run bomb, part of the four hits yielded in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fourth-place (last in the McNamara) Aberdeen (15-29) (BAL), 7:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (4-1, 2.72)

Bluefield 2 at Johnson City 1

An unearned run proved to be the difference in the game as the JC-Cards were edged by the Blue Jays 2-1, giving each squad one win with one to go. Third-place Johnson City (18-18) trails Elizabethton (MIN) by four in the West Division.

Bluefield scored its first run without benefit of either a hit or walk, using a fielding error, balk, ground out and wild pitch to plate a runner. Their second crossed in the fifth on a lead-off walk, sac bunt and single, the only hit given up by Juan Perez (L, 3-3) in six to go with two free passes issued.

Kevin Carlow struck out three in two innings, permitting a hit. Juan Caballero yielded only the third hit allowed by Appy Bird hurlers in the game in his inning of work.

Casey Grayson led his team’s six-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with two doubles. Casey Turgeon singled and doubled in three at bats with a free pass and RBI. Devante Lacy’s only hit in three at bats led off the fifth, allowing him to eventually cross on a Turgeon groundout.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place (last, East) Bluefield (18-21), 7:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-3, 4.58)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 8 (5 ½)

Ronnie Williams took the loss as the Gulf Birds fell to the Mets 8-5 in a contest called due to rain midway through six. The GCL Cardinals (21-11) lead the second-place Nationals by 3 ½.

Williams (L, 0-3) gave up seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and a walk in three. Silas Bohannan permitted four hits in two, resulting in one run.

Michael Pritchard was perfect at the plate in the losing effort, singling three times in three at bats, and touching home once. Jake Gronsky, Malik Collymore and Ricardo Bautista each had two of 12 team hits. Gronsky smashed his first professional home run in his fourth game, joining Collymore and Bautista by going 2-for-3 with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place GCL Mets (18-16), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Mets1 4 at DSL Cardinals 3 (12)

A run off Jose Lara in the 12th sent the last-place Dominican Birds (15-35) to their ninth straight defeat.

Lara (L, 0-3) gave up two hits in his only inning on the mound. He was the fourth pitcher of the day for the DSL Cardinals, following David Oca, Franyel Casadilla and Enrique Perez. Oca permitted two runs, one earned, on five hits in 6 1/3, fanning nine. Casadilla yielded an unearned run on two hits in 2 2/3, stranding two inherited runners while Perez tiptoed around three hits and two free passes for two scoreless frames.

The home team came close to victory despite being outhit 12 to six. Six Gulf Birds notched one hit each, Allen Cordoba touching home twice with his second long ball that came with the bases empty. Jonathan Rivera doubled once in five at bats with two RBI.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (27-23), 10:30 pm ET, tandem start- Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 4.08)/Angel Estevez (3-2, 3.42)



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