Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/02/14

The Gulf Coast Cards were the only non-losing team in the system Friday and they were rained out. Palm Beach’s Nick Martini is on fire at the plate.

Results from games played Friday, August 1.

Memphis 3 at Omaha 4

Memphis (58-54) ended its Omaha visit on a down note, yielding 15 hits and four runs to the Storm Chasers. The clubs split the four-game series.

The Redbirds were up briefly, 2-1, in the second inning, before Omaha scored their final three runs in the third and fourth to take the lead for good. Lefty Tim Cooney battled, but clearly did not have his best stuff, yielding 13 hits and all four runs over 5 2/3 innings.

Heath Wyatt and Pedro Feliciano keep the game close over the final 2 1/3 innings, but the Redbirds offense fell short.

All nine Memphis starters struck out at least once as part of the team total of 15. Tommy Pham and Luis Mateo each went 0-for-4 with three whiffs.

Randal Grichuk went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts but contributed defensively. The outfielder threw out two Omaha runners – one at second base and the other at home.

Audry Perez and Jermaine Curtis had an RBI each, while Scott Moore and Greg Garcia both singled and doubled. Stephen Piscotty tightened the game to one run with a ninth-inning solo homer, but that was it for the night.

Saturday’s game: at Round Rock (58-54), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (2-1, 4.70)

Arkansas 4 at Springfield 1

The visitors from Arkansas took the lead in the first inning on their way to a second straight victory on the Hammons Field turf. The game was anyone’s until the visitors scored single tallies in the eighth and ninth to create the final cushion.

After yielding two early runs, hard-luck loser Kurt Heyer settled down to throw seven innings, allowing just six hits and no walks. Lee Stoppelman’s struggles continued as the lefty could not get out of the eighth after a Patrick Wisdom error and an RBI triple. Jeremy Berg stranded that runner, but served up a solo home run ball in the ninth.

The Springfield offense continues to flail. Despite ample opportunities, they could not get timely hits, stranding 10 runners and going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position.

Wisdom was the best example, reaching base all four times with a walk, single, double and triple, yet was stranded every time. Charlie Tilson and Cody Stanley each had a pair of singles while Jonathan Rodriguez drew three free passes.

Fittingly, the lone Cardinals run came as Breyvic Valera raced home on a fourth-inning passed ball as Rafael Ortega struck out.

Saturday’s game: vs. Arkansas (23-18), 6:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (8-3, 3.75)

Palm Beach 8 at Dunedin 10

The Cards began their road trip on the wrong foot. Down 5-2 in the second inning and 10-4 by the seventh, Palm Beach fought back with four runs in the ninth to at least make the loss a bit more interesting.

Making his full-season debut, first-rounder Luke Weaver fooled no one, yielding five runs on five hits, three walks and a balk in just 1 2/3 innings. Also in his Palm Beach introduction, second-rounder Andrew Morales fared better, giving up just one run in three innings.

All four Palm Beach pitchers were scored upon, with Thomas Lee responsible for one run plus two inherited from Weaver and usually-reliable Dixon Llorens charged with the final three Dunedin scores.

David Popkins epitomized the offense with an all or nothing night - a double, triple, two runs scored, an RBI, but also three strikeouts. Luke Voit and Bruce Caldwell launched solo home runs.

Red-hot Nick Martini singled and walked before blasting a three-run homer in the ninth. Our Player of the Day is 14-for-31 (.452) over his most recent seven games with four home runs and 11 RBI.

Saturday’s game: at Dunedin (18-23) (TOR), 6:30 pm ET, Nick Petree (5-3, 2.22)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 5

Like in the majors, the Brewers beat the Cardinals at the Class-A level Friday night. The home Timber Rattlers plated five in the second inning and from there cruised to a four-run victory over Joe Kruzel’s Chiefs.

Over six innings, starter Luis Perdomo gave up just three hits, but walked five and had to work around two errors, leading to one unearned run. Zach Loraine finished with a pair of scoreless frames.

The Peoria offense struck out 12 times and managed only four hits. Vaughn Bryan scored the lone Chiefs run in the ninth on a Justin Ringo RBI single. Ronald Castillo had the club’s only extra-base hit, a double.

Saturday’s game: at Wisconsin (23-17) (MIL), 6:35 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (5-2, 1.50)

Aberdeen 5 at State College 4 (10 innings)

Continued bullpen struggles cost the Spikes a second-consecutive one-run loss at home to Aberdeen. This time, the tying run scored in the ninth and the losing score came home in the 10th.

With State College up 4-1 in the seventh, relievers Joe Scanio and Jeff Rauh paired up to allow two runs. Kyle Grana was victimized by a Ronnierd Garcia throwing error that led to a tie game in the ninth. In the final frame, Grana walked the leadoff man before yielding an RBI triple, capping his blown save with a loss.

The Spikes had the potential tying run on base in the bottom of the 10th, but pinch-runner Darren Seferina was picked off first base.

Robelys Reyes had a pair of singles, a stolen base and an RBI. Brian O’Keefe singled, doubled and plated one. Jhohan Acevedo drove in two.

No longer with the league’s best record at 32-16, the Spikes entertain the new leader, the Hudson Valley Renegades, starting Saturday night.

Saturday’s game: vs. Hudson Valley (33-15) (TB), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2, 3.10)

Johnson City 1 at Greeneville 4

The score from the prior night was reversed as the home Astros plated four in the second inning and was never seriously threatened.

Starter Dailyn Martinez lasted just three innings, and was charged with all four runs, three earned. Juan Caballero, Anderson Gerdel, Ismael Brito and Isaac Silva combined for five innings of one-hit, scoreless ball, but the offense couldn’t get going.

The 19-20 Cardinals managed just five singles with their only run scored by outfielder Carlos Torres after a throwing error.

Saturday’s game: at Greeneville (22-20), 6:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-0, 3.48)

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Marlins – doubleheader postponed

At 24-11 so far this season, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals’ toughest opponent may be the weather. Friday’s twin-bill, including one previously washed out contest, could not be played due to rain. The Cards and Marlins will try again to get in a pair on Saturday morning.

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

DSL Cardinals 4 at Mariners 6

The Cardinals’ losing streak grew to 12 on Friday. The 15-38 club followed the day’s formula by giving up six first-inning runs, digging too deep of a hole from which to recover.

The Cards’ big July 2nd signing, starter Junior Fernandez, could not get the third out of the first inning. Three of the six runs charged against him were unearned thanks to a pair of errors by shortstop Hector Linares. Fernandez sealed his own fate with a pair of wild pitches and a hit batter to go with three walks and two hits allowed.

Andy De La Cruz, Rigobert Urena and Enrique Perez combined for 7 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on four hits, but the damage was done (sound familiar?).

The Cards hitters struck out 12 times and scattered eight singles. Catcher Dennis Ortega had the only multi-hit day with two singles and three runs batted in.

Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Mariners (20-33), 10:30 am ET

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