Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/03/14

After a 0-7 Friday, Peoria managed the system’s only win on a 1-8 Saturday. Memphis’ Marco Gonzales is the Player of the Day.

Results from games played Saturday, August 2.

Memphis 2 at Round Rock 5

Memphis (58-55) carried a slim 1-0 lead into the seventh, but the pen let the game get away.

Jorge Rondon (loss) and Dean Kiekhefer (blown save) gave up two runs each, wasting a strong start by Player of the Day Marco Gonzales. In his third Triple-A start, the left-hander allowed just one run on seven hits and no walks in 6 1/3 innings. Gonzales fanned seven.

The Redbirds offense was held to five hits and drew no walks. Randal Grichuk plated Tommy Pham with an RBI double. Scott Moore scored the other Memphis run on a wild pitch.

Sunday’s games: Two at Round Rock (59-54), 4:35 pm CT, regular game plus reschedule of June 28 postponement, Tyler Lyons (5-1, 3.99)/TBA

Arkansas 8 at Springfield 5

The first-place visitors from Arkansas took the lead with four runs in the second inning on their way to a third straight victory at Hammons Field.

Starter Kyle Hald had a rough night, charged with seven runs in five innings on 10 hits and two walks.

The Cardinals offense struck out a collective 12 times, three by leadoff man Charlie Tilson, who went 0-for-5. Breyvic Valera was the only Springfield hitter with more than one hit. The second baseman singled, doubled, walked, plated two and scored two runs. Cody Stanley also drove in two.

Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas (24-18), 6:10 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-0, 1.50)

Palm Beach 4 at Dunedin 7

The Cards lost their second straight to the Blue Jays after they coughed up a four-run lead in the seventh when the home club hung a seven-spot on the board.

Relievers Danny Miranda (three runs) and Ronnie Shaban (four runs, three earned) absorbed the damage. The bullpen implosion wasted a great start by Nick Petree, who allowed no runs on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings.

Luke Voit’s three-run home run in the third was Palm Beach’s big blow. It was the only extra-base hit among the Cards’ nine hits. They had ample chances to score, but stranded 10 baserunners.

Sunday’s game: at Dunedin (19-23) (TOR), 5:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (6-2, 3.64)

Peoria 9 at Wisconsin 3

With four runs in the seventh, the Chiefs broke open a tight 5-3 game and rolled on to a road victory at Wisconsin.

Rob Kaminsky picked up the win after allowing all three runs in 5 1/3 innings. The lefty gave up five hits, walked three and fanned six. Jhonny Polanco and Steve Sabatino combined to get the final 11 outs on just one hit.

The Peoria offense pounded out 12 hits with the big blow a three-run shot by Rowan Wick. The third-inning homer gave the Chiefs a lead they never relinquished. With two hits in five at-bats, the struggling Wick raised his Peoria average to .238.

Richy Pedroza walked twice, doubled and plated two. Carson Kelly singled, doubled, walked and scored two runs. At the top of the order, Vaughn Bryan and C. J. McElroy were each on base three times and came home once.

Sunday’s game: at Wisconsin (23-18) (MIL), 1:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (6-7, 3.75)

Hudson Valley 5 at State College 2

The 32-17 Spikes did all of their scoring in the first inning, just two runs, but still managed to remain tied until the eighth inning when the State College bullpen blew its third consecutive game.

Brandon Lee took the loss after yielding three runs on seven hits over the final three frames. Starter Daniel Poncedeleon and middle reliever Jacob Booden allowed one run each over their respective three-inning stints.

In the battle between two division leaders, State College batters managed just five hits - four singles and Jake Stone’s two-run double.

Sunday’s game: vs. Hudson Valley (34-15) (TB), 6:05 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (3-1, 1.52)

Johnson City 1 at Greeneville 2

Other than the seventh inning, the contest was scoreless. Unfortunately for Johnson City (19-21), Greeneville won the inning and game, 2-1. Reliever Kender Villegas walked two and both came home on a single yielded by Anderson Gerdel.

Starter Landon Beck was masterful, holding the home club to two hits and one walk over five innings. He fanned five in the no-decision.

Jose Godoy and Chris Rivera each had two of the Cards’ five hits. Rivera scored the lone Johnson City run on a passed ball as the club went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Sunday’s game: at Elizabethton (25-17), 6:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 0 vs. GCL Marlins 6 - Game 1 (seven innings)
GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 5 - Game 2 (seven innings)

The first-place Cards dropped to 24-13 this season after being swept by the Marlins on Saturday.

Game one was especially painful as three Miami hurlers combined to throw a no-hitter.

Starter Ramon Santos took the loss after allowing four runs in five innings on eight hits and a walk. He struck out six. Silas Bohannan yielded the final two Marlins runs in his two frames of work.

Game two was the second attempt to make up the July 21 postponed contest after Friday’s rainouts.

The Cardinals found a new way to express their futility by committing six errors leading to all five Marlins runs being unearned.

Making his first professional start after nine relief appearances, Drew Reidt could not get out of the second inning, as the first four runs came home. The winning run scored in the seventh against Kevin Alexander. Since his own throwing error opened the door, taking the loss was appropriate.

The Cards scattered eight hits. Catcher Frankie Rodriguez had a perfect day at the plate with a single, double and walk. No one drove him in, however. Jake Gronsky had an RBI triple, a sacrifice fly and scored a run. Since signing last week, the 22-year-old has plated nine in eight games played.

Sunday’s game: The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. Mariners 7

The Cardinals’ painful losing streak extended to 13 games after the visitors broke a 4-4 tie with three runs in the ninth. It was a team loss as the 15-39 club had almost as many errors, four, as hits, five.

Two of those miscues in the final inning led to three unearned runs and helped pin the loss on reliever Jose Lara. Starter Derian Gonzalez was pulled with one out in the fifth. Three of the four runs charged against him were earned.

Right fielder Jonathan Rivera had the Cards’ only extra-base hit, an RBI triple, and scored once.

The Cardinals have fewer wins than 34 of the other 35 teams in the Dominican Summer League and are 24 games out of first place in their division.

Sunday’s game: The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sunday.

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