Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/04/14

Tyler Lyons’ complete-game gem for Memphis was one of three wins in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday. Memphis took a pair while Johnson City split their twin bill. The rest of the teams all fell except for Peoria whose game was suspended and the GCL and DSL clubs which were off.

Results from games played Sunday, August 3rd.

Memphis 4 at Round Rock 0 (7) – game one
Memphis 7 at Round Rock 6 (7) – game two (makeup of June 28th postponement)

Memphis (60-55) swept a double-header at Round Rock on Sunday, 4-0 and 7-6, taking a one-game lead in their five-game series with two more yet to play on Monday.

Player of the Day Tyler Lyons (W, 6-1) made a two-run first and second stand up, tossing a complete-game shutout. The southpaw fanned six, permitting four hits, for his fourth straight winning decision. Lyons threw 89 pitches, 65 for strikes.

Lead-off batter Tommy Pham got his team on the board immediately by smashing his seventh long ball. Randal Grichuk followed with his 19th double, scoring on a single by Xavier Scruggs. Grichuk doubled again in the second, bringing home Jermaine Curtis (single) after Pete Kozma singled in Audry Perez (single). Pham and Grichuk each had two of nine team hits, the only two Redbirds with more than one.

In the second contest, the Redbirds blew a 4-0 early lead by yielding one in the third plus a four-run fourth off Boone Whiting and Angel Castro. Whiting gave up six hits and three walks in three plus, resulting in three runs, two of which crossed under Castro’s watch. One of the three hits allowed by the latter was a three-run home run to go with a walk and wild pitch. Whiting fanned four over three and Castro one in his inning of work.

After Heath Wyatt tossed a quiet fifth, walking one, the Redbirds took their second lead in a two-run sixth, going up 6-5. That lasted only until the bottom of the frame when the Express (TEX) hit a solo bomb off Eric Fornataro (BS, 2)(W, 3-3) in the first of his two-inning stint. It was Fornataro’s only hit permitted.

Memphis came right back with the winning tally on Scruggs’ lead-off walk followed by three straight one-out singles, the final one by Curtis that drove in Scruggs. Curtis and Grichuk posted identical lines, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, right behind Greg Garcia who went 3-for-4 with a solo shot and three knocked in. Grichuk swiped his seventh bag of 2014.

Monday’s games: two at Round Rock (59-56), 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Nick Greenwood (4-3, 2.70)

Arkansas 5 at Springfield 0

Springfield (17-26) was blanked by Arkansas 5-0, giving the Travelers a four-game sweep at Hammonds Field.

Jimmy Reed followed up an impressive Double-A debut at Tulsa with a five-inning clunker, allowing five runs on seven hits, one of which was a three-run home run. He struck out four. Ryan Sherriff went the next two, giving up two hits before Jeremy Berg and Joe Donofrio split the last two innings, Berg permitting a hit and walk while Donofrio issued a free pass.

Six S-Cards garnered one hit, all singles, while going 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position. Six walks by Arkansas’ pitchers resulted in Springfield leaving 11 on.

Monday’s game: Off.

Palm Beach 4 at Dunedin 5

The Beach Birds (26-17) were edged 5-4 at Dunedin, their fifth loss in their last six games. That streak includes the first three of four at the home of the Blue Jays.

Silfredo Garcia struck out seven through six, giving up two runs on four hits and five bases-on-balls. Logan Billbrough was ineffective, retiring only one of five batters faced and yielding a run on a hit, two walks and plunked batter.

Chris Perry (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) notched two swinging K’s, stranding the bases loaded full of Bilbrough’s runners in the seventh, but he was unable to come through for himself in subsequent frames. Perry was touched for two tallies on four hits and three walks in two, including the walk-off by Dunedin.

Down 2-0 after four, Palm Beach tied with two in the fifth then pushed across two more in the seventh to go up 4-2. One of Jimmy Bosco’s two hits in four at-bats was a two-run smash that plated Greg Miclat (single) in the fifth. Bosco knocked in three while Miclat touched home twice, going 2-for-4 with a double. Luke Voit had the final multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a double with two other PB-Cards having one hit each.

Monday’s game: at Dunedin (20-23), 6:30 pm ET, Corey Baker (5-1, 1.45)

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 1 - suspended

The Chiefs’ contest at Wisconsin (MIL) was suspended due to rain with the score tied at one all through nine. Peoria (22-19) and the Timber Rattlers (23-18) will try to complete it along with the regularly scheduled game on August 7th at Wisconsin.

Note from editor: The club has announced that Alex Reyes will be skipped this time through the rotation. The purpose is for rest and to keep his innings count down, not injury. Expect a roster move with the Chiefs adding their Monday starter.

Monday’s game: vs. Kane County (25-17) (CHC), 7:00 pm CT, TBA

Hudson Valley 2 at State College 0

Defensive miscues proved costly as State College (32-18) dropped a 2-0 decision to Hudson Valley (TB), their third consecutive loss. The Renegades lead the showdown of first-place teams two games to none with one remaining.

Both Trey Nielsen (L, 3-2) and Tyler Bray were touched with an unearned run in the fifth and eighth, respectively, due to a passed ball and throwing error. Nielsen fanned six in 4 1/3, yielding three hits and two walks. Bray permitted three hits and two free passes in 3 1/3, resulting in one of two inherited runners scoring. Nick Lomascolo struck out three in 1 1/3 but allowed Bray’s runner to cross home on one of two hits given up.

The Spikes banged out nine hits but the offense lacked coordination and punch, with all of the hits singles. Darren Seferina, Danny Diekroeger and Luis Cruz all went 2-for-4. Third baseman Diekroeger committed two throwing errors (his 11th and 12th) while catcher Cruz’s passed ball allowed the opposition’s first run to score.

Monday’s game: vs. Hudson Valley (35-15), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (1-1, 6.17)

Johnson City 7 at Elizabethton 9 (7) – game one (completion of July 27th suspended game)
Johnson City 2 at Elizabethton 0 (7) – game two

Johnson City (20-22) split a twin bill at Elizabethton, dropping the opener 9-7 but taking the nightcap 2-0.

The first contest completed the July 27th game that was suspended due to rain with one out in the fifth and the Twins having just scored four to go up 7-6. Details of its August 3rd completion are not available because the box score has not been updated.

Julio Mateo and Ismael Brito combined for a four-hit shutout in game two. Mateo (W, 1-0) held the Twins to three hits and two plunked batters over five with one free pass issued. Brito (S, 7) struck out four over the final two innings.

Held to four hits themselves, the Appy Birds capitalized on a wild pitch and sac fly for their tallies. Catcher Jose Gomez singled to open the third, stole his first base of the season and advanced to third on a fly out to right. That put him in position to race home on an errant pitch. Left fielder Cole Lankford kicked off the fifth with his second triple, immediately scoring on a sac fly by Jesus Ustariz.

Monday’s game: at Elizabethton (26-18), 7:00 pm ET, Matt Pearce (2-3, 3.48)

GCL Cardinals - off

The first-place Cardinals resume play after a day off Sunday. Check out our weekly Gulf Coast League Cardinals Notebook, just posted Monday morning.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (24-13) vs. GCL Nationals (20-18), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals - off

Following a day of rest on Sunday, the Cardinals look to shake their 13-game losing streak in a Monday morning match against the Orioles’ second club.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (15-39) at DSL Orioles2 (23-31), 10:30 am ET, tandem of Oniever Diaz (1-3, 2.76) and Will Changarotty (1-3, 5.87)

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