Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/31/14

The Gulf Cardinals garnered the system’s only win on Wednesday, led by the performances of Michael Pritchard and Frederis Parra. The rest all fell, except for Palm Beach and State College whose games were postponed.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 30th.

Memphis 0 at Omaha 5

The Redbirds (57-53) were held to one hit in their 5-0 loss to the Storm Chasers (KC) that snapped a six-game winning streak. Each team has won one with two to play.

Tommy Pham’s second-inning single followed a walk to Xavier Scruggs, constituting Memphis’ sole threat of the night. Ed Easley hit into a double play, beginning a string of 19 consecutive Redbirds retired before Pete Kozma reached on an error with two out in the eighth.

Zach Petrick (L, 6-5) took the loss, yielding four runs, three earned, on nine hits and a base-on-balls in 6 1/3. Heath Wyatt gave up a hit and free pass while notching two outs, allowing two of Petrick’s runs to cross plus one of his own. Angel Castro was touched for a hit in the eighth.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha (57-53), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-2, 5.04)

Springfield at Tulsa - postponed

The third game between the two squads was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of an August 30th twin bill at the Drillers’ park that will close the regular season.

Thursday’s game: Springfield (17-22) vs. Arkansas (21-18) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (9-8, 3.95)

Lakeland 5 at Palm Beach 3

Tyrell Jenkins yielded four runs in five innings as the Beach Birds (25-14) fell to the Flying Tigers 5-3. Palm Beach has won one of the first three versus Lakeland.

Jenkins (L, 4-3) gave up three in the second plus one in the third, three earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls. It was the right-hander’s second loss in a row. Iden Nazario fanned four in two, joining Jenkins by giving up a solo bomb. Ronnie Shaban and Danny Miranda each tossed a scoreless frame, Shaban striking out two and Miranda permitting one hit.

Ildemaro Vargas and Bruce Caldwell, the PB-Cards’ second and third hitters, both went 2-for-4, the only two Beach Birds with more than one of eight team hits. Vargas added a free pass while Caldwell drove in three, two of them scored by lead-off batter Nick Martini.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lakeland (11-27), 6:35 pm ET, Joe Cuda (7-7, 6.20)

Peoria 3 at Beloit 4 (11)

In their second straight extra-inning contest, the Chiefs (21-17) fell to the Snappers 4-3 in 11, evening the series at one game apiece.

Robert Stock’s latest outing was brief and ineffective, his first batter reaching on a free pass, moving to second on a sac bunt and scoring the game-winner on a single by Stock’s third batter faced. Stock absorbed his second loss in as many decisions.

Chase Brookshire was touched for two first-inning runs, one earned, only to watch his teammates pick him up by scoring three runs in the next two frames. Brookshire held that slim 3-2 lead until the sixth when he yielded the tying score. The lefty permitted five hits and two walks through 5 1/3.

Kyle Barraclough minimized the damage by pitching out of a bases-loaded/one-out jam, notching two swinging K’s. Barraclough finished his effective night with six strikeouts in 2 2/3. Jhonny Polanco issued two free passes while recording one out, both of which were left on by Steve Sabatino in the ninth. Sabatino allowed a double and two walks, one intentional, over 1 2/3, giving way to Stock for the 11th.

Peoria matched Beloit’s seven hits but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Vaughn Bryan went 2-for-5 with a run scored. Rowan Wick matched that hit total in four at bats with a free pass, touching home once.

Thursday’s game: at Beloit (12-25) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Blake McKnight (5-7, 3.83)

State College vs. Aberdeen - postponed

The Spikes (31-14) were unable to get in their series’ opener versus the IronBirds (BAL) because of inclement weather. The teams will face off in a Thursday double-header, weather permitting.

Thursday’s games: vs. Aberdeen (15-29). Game one – 6:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (4-1, 2.72)/Dewin Perez (3-1, 3.44)

Bluefield 13 at Johnson City 6

11 late Blue Jay tallies blew open a tight contest, sending the JC-Cards (18-19) to a 13-6 defeat in the decisive third game of the series.

Steven Farinaro taxed the bullpen by not finishing five, yielding two runs on four hits and two walks through 4 1/3. Kender Villegas (L, 1-1) gave up three hits, two of them solo shots in the seventh, his third inning on the mound. Villegas struck out four in 2 2/3.

Although Villegas took the loss, the joint services of Ismael Brito and Jeff Barkley put the game out of reach. Brito allowed five of Bluefield’s six eighth-inning runs, on three hits and two free passes in just one-third of an inning. Barkley permitted all three inherited runners to cross plus four of his own on six hits in 1 1/3. Isaac Silva recorded the final out in the ninth, leaving one of Barkley’s runners aboard.

Johnson City’s 10 hits were squandered by a 2-for-11 performance with runners in scoring position. The two Caseys, Turgeon and Grayson, had two hits apiece as did Jesus Ustariz. Lead-off batter Turgeon, whose .367 batting average is second in the league, singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing once with two RBI. Batting clean-up, Grayson went 2-for-4 with a double and three knocked in. Number seven hitter Ustariz touched home once on a 2-for-5 night.

Thursday’s game: at Greeneville (21-19) (HOU), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 10 vs. GCL Mets 1

Tallies in seven of nine frames by the Gulf Birds (22-11) translated to a 10-1 decimation of the Gulf Mets, giving the Gulf Cardinals the series’ win.

The home team banged out 14 hits, five for extra bases, plus five walks, led by left fielder Michael Pritchard’s three-hit performance. Pritchard, our co-Player of the Day, went 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and two RBI, his third straight multi-hit game.

Five of his teammates garnered two hits each: Edmundo Sosa, Magneuris Sierra, Malik Collymore, Derek Gibson and Julian Barzilli. Sierra smacked his second long ball with Sosa (error) aboard while Collymore added his third triple. Sosa and Barzilli both doubled once. Sosa and Sierra each touched home three times with the latter driving in three. Collymore scored twice while Gibson and Barzilli each knocked in one.

A trio of Gulf Cards pitched well enough to not need this much offensive support, starting with co-Player of the Day Frederis Parra. Parra (W, 3-1) kept the opposition off the board through five on two hits and the staff’s sole free pass issued. Yeison Medina allowed two hits in two before Kevin Alexander yielded three hits and a run in his second inning of work.

Thursday’s games: vs. GCL Marlins (9-24). Game one – 12:00 pm ET, Andrew Morales (0-1, 3.60)/TBA

DSL Nationals 5 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds’ losing skid reached double digits on Wednesday as they were blanked 5-0 by the DSL Nationals. This loss has special significance, however, as it officially eliminated them from post-game contention before August even arrives.

Junior Gonzalez (L, 1-2) gave up nine hits in three, resulting in four runs, three earned. Tandem mate Angel Estevez hurled the next four, allowing two hits and a free pass. He also hit a batter. Kerrion Bennett issued three bases-on-balls over the final two.

The DSL-Cards (15-36) were held to one hit. One lousy hit. (Think Harry Doyle again). The winning pitcher has the rather interesting name of Joan Baez. Wonder if he can sing?

Thursday’s game: at DSL Nationals (28-23), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-5, 2.68)

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