Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/01/14

St. Louis’ minors had a very full slate on Thursday with 10 games on tap. The system won six and lost four, the highlight performance coming from the Gulf Birds’ Magneuris Sierra.

Results from games played Thursday, July 31st.

Memphis 6 at Omaha 4

A team-wide effort resulted in Memphis’ 6-4 victory over Omaha (KC) for a two-to-one series’ lead with one remaining.

Seven Redbirds (58-53) mustered at least one of 11 team hits, six hitters either scoring or driving in a run. Audry Perez led the parade, going 3-for-4 with a bomb for one of his two RBI.

Centerfielder Tommy Pham singled twice in four at bats, touching home once. Greg Garcia went 2-for-4, the final player with more than one hit, while Randal Grichuk doubled in four at bats with a walk. Grichuk was the only Redbird besides Perez to both score once and drive in at least one.

Despite leaving with his team up 4-2, John Gast fell an inning shy of qualifying for his fourth win. It took the lefty 83 pitches to navigate four innings, yielding two tallies on four hits, including a solo home run, and two free passes.

Nick Greenwood, the first of four relievers, was credited with his fourth win in seven decisions despite giving up two runs on two hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Jorge Rondon allowed both to cross in his 2/3-of-an-inning stint, permitting a hit and walk.

Dean Kiekhefer hurled a scoreless seventh, giving up a hit. Eric Fornataro did likewise in his two innings on the mound, earning his 11th save and notching four of the team’s seven strikeouts.

Friday’s game: at Omaha (57-54), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (10-5, 3.60)

Arkansas 6 at Springfield 2

Six runs in the last third of the game resulted in a 6-2 loss by Springfield (17-23) in the series’ opener versus Arkansas (LAA).

Jonathan Cornelius held the Travelers scoreless on four hits and two bases-on-balls through six before yielding a lead-off walk followed by a home run that tied the game and finished his outing. Ryan Sherriff retired all four batters faced, fanning two. Seth Blair (L, 4-7) permitted a hit, free pass and plunked batter while retiring one, resulting in a run. Sam Tuivailala stranded both runners inherited in the eighth but gave up three runs on three hits and a free pass in the ninth.

Springfield’s six hits were spread among five players. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-4 with an RBI with Cody Stanley and Jonathan Rodriguez each crossing home once.

Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas (22-18), 7:10 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (3-9, 4.97)

Palm Beach 7 vs. Lakeland 1

Palm Beach (26-14) translated 10 hits into a 7-1 win, taking three of four from Lakeland.

Three PB-Cards accumulated two or more hits, starting with Ildemaro Vargas who singled three times in four at bats, touching home twice. Nick Martini and Bruce Caldwell both went 2-for-3, scoring two. Martini walked once, knocking in one and Caldwell smashed a two-run long ball that got his team on the board in the first plus a later sac fly for three RBI.

Joe Cuda bounced back from consecutive shaky outings, limiting the Flying Tigers to a tally on eight hits and a hit batsman through six. Cuda fanned six. Logan Billbrough gave up a hit and the only free pass issued over two. Chris Perry tossed a clean ninth, remaining unscored upon in eight appearances covering 7 1/3 frames since his promotion to Palm Beach.

Friday’s game: at Dunedin (17-23) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, TBA (watch for announcement today)

Peoria 4 at Beloit 11

Blake McKnight was bombed for seven runs in three frames as the Chiefs (21-18) fell to the Snappers (OAK) 11-4 in the decisive third game of their series.

McKnight tossed a clean first but was touched for seven runs on seven hits, two free passes and a plunked batter through three. Kevin Herget permitted a run on three hits in two before Josh Lucas surrendered three runs, two earned on four hits and a hit batsman in the sixth. Robert Stock gave up a hit over the last two innings, the only Peoria hurler not scored upon.

Justin Ringo and Michael Schulze each had two of seven team hits and touched home once. Ringo singled and doubled in four at bats with his second stolen base while Schulze went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Friday’s game: at Wisconsin (22-17) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (2-1, 4.82)

Aberdeen 3 at State College 2 (7) – game one
State College 8 vs. Aberdeen 2 (7) – game two

The Spikes (32-15) split two with the IronBirds (BAL), falling in the opener 3-2, but winning the second 8-2. One game is left to play in their three-game set.

A run on two hits off reliever Brandon Lee in the seventh dropped State College in game one. Lee followed starter Will Anderson to the bump after the latter held Aberdeen to two runs, one earned, on nine hits, a walk and hit batsman through six.

Nick Thompson went 2-for-3 with one driven in while four of his teammates had one hit each.

State College scored in four straight innings in the second contest, mustering 14 hits in all. Centerfielder Jhohan Acevedo was a perfect 3-for-3, crossing home once and driving in one. Thompson continued to hit, going 3-for-4, scoring twice. Jake Stone singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home twice with an RBI. Chase Raffield went 2-for-3 with his first triple, driving in two.

Dewin Perez struck out eight in six, giving up five hits and two free passes that produced both of the opposition’s scores. Tyler Bray fanned two of his three batters.

Friday’s game: vs. Aberdeen (16-30), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.70)

Johnson City 4 at Greeneville 1

Johnson City (19-19) flew over Greeneville 4-1 in the first of three versus the Astros.

Matt Pearce (W, 2-3) permitted five hits in five, resulting in Greeneville’s only tally. Kevin Carlow and Sasha Kuebel both went one inning with two strikeouts and a base-on-balls, Kuebel yielding two hits. Jonathan Escudero retired the side in order twice, earning his first save as a professional.

The Appy Birds’ 10 hits were scattered between seven players; Casey Turgeon, Blake Drake and Cole Lankford garnering two hits apiece. One of Drake’s hits was his third long ball of 2014 while Lankford doubled once with a walk and RBI.

Friday’s game: at Greeneville (21-20), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-1, 4.32)

GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Marlins 1 (7) – game one (completion of July 23rd suspended contest)
GCL Cardinals 7 vs. GCL Marlins 0 (7) – game two

The GCL Cardinals (24-11) took a pair from the Gulf Marlins, 8-1 and 7-0.

The first game completed a July 23rd contest that had been suspended in the top of the fifth with the Gulf Birds having taken a 2-1 lead and Michael Pritchard on second with none out. The visitors tacked on six more runs over the last three innings when play resumed.

Pritchard continues to take advantage of younger pitchers, going 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and one knocked in. Player of the Day Magneuris Sierra joined Elier Rodriguez by compiling two hits each in four at bats, Sierra scoring twice and Rodriguez doubling once while driving in three.

Ramon Santos tossed the first four innings on July 23rd, giving up a run on two hits and two walks. He hit one batter. Bryan Dobzanski finished the game on Thursday, holding his opponents to a hit and two base-on-balls in three, earning his first professional victory.

Game two looked a lot like game one to the hapless Fish as they absorbed a 7-0 thrashing. The Gulf Cards increased their hit total from nine in game one to 10, although their run production dropped by one.

Three was the magic number for Magneuris Sierra, who was a perfect 3-for-3 with a free pass while scoring three times. Malik Collymore and Pritchard garnered two hits apiece in three at bats, Collymore belting his second triple of the day and driving in four. Pritchard doubled, scored and knocked in one.

Dylan Hawkins got his first start after 10 relief appearances, tossing three frames of one-hit, two-walk ball. Jery Then (W, 1-1) was credited with the win, yielding three hits in two. Tyler Dunnington fanned three in the last two innings, giving up one hit and hitting two batters.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (9-26). Game one – 10:00 am ET, Game two – make up of July 21 postponement

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Nationals 7

The DSL Cardinals (15-37) fell to the DSL Nationals 7-3, extending their skid to 12 consecutive losses.

Sandy Alcantara (L, 1-6) put his team at an immediate disadvantage, giving up four runs in the first frame of his five-inning stint. Alcantara allowed five hits and three walks, striking out seven. Juan Alvarez permitted three runs, two earned, on four hits, including a two-run blast, over two. Esteban Vallejo allowed a hit in the eighth.

The Dominican Birds pushed across three ninth-inning runs, preventing the shut out. Right fielder Carlos Rodriguez and shortstop Allen Cordoba had each had two of the team’s seven hits. Rodriguez touched home once and Cordoba singled and doubled in four at bats.

Friday’s game: at DSL Mariners (19-33), 10:30 am ET, Junior Fernandez (0-3, 7.63)



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