Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/05/14

St. Louis’ minors won three and lost four on Monday with one game suspended. Palm Beach, Johnson City and the DSL squad all notched victories, the latter on Henry Alvarado’s difference-maker. Memphis lost a pair, State College was swept and the GCL Cardinals fell while Peoria’s game was suspended and Springfield was off.

Results from games played Monday, August 4th.

Memphis 4 at Round Rock 5 (8) – game one
Memphis 3 at Round Rock 6 – game two (June 29th suspended game)

The Redbirds (60-57) were clipped twice by the Express on Monday, 5-4 in eight and 6-3, moving Round Rock (TEX) a game ahead of third-place Memphis in the tight American Southern Division. The Express lead the rare six-game set three games to two.

Carlos Martinez was very good on the mound in game one but only went 4 1/3 as he rounds back into starter mode. Martinez threw 58 pitches, 42 for strikes, yielding three hits and a walk while striking out four.

Martinez departed with his team up 4-0 but five unanswered tallies against Memphis’ bullpen changed all that. Jorge Rondon was touched for two on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 2/3, but did strand two inherited runners. Eric Fornataro (BS, 3) gave up two scores on three hits, recording three outs. Pedro Feliciano (L, 1-4) served up the walk-off bomb in the eighth.

All four Redbirds’ runs crossed in the first, the product of back-to-back jacks. Scott Moore’s 14th home run came with Tommy Pham (single) and Stephen Piscotty (single) aboard, followed by Audry Perez’ fourth long ball of 2014. Piscotty, Perez and Kozma each had two of nine team hits.

Round Rock’s offense kept rolling in game two, scoring three each off Nick Greenwood and Zach Petrick. Two of Greenwood’s three tallies were on a two-run bomb, one of four hits yielded over three. Petrick allowed six hits and a walk in three.

The Redbirds outhit the Express 11 to 10, but left nine on. Xavier Scruggs led four Redbirds garnering multi-hit performances, going 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI. Pham went 2-for-3 with a walk, solo shot and two runs scored while Moore singled twice in four at bats and Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-2.

Tuesday’s game: at Round Rock (61-56), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-2, 4.99)

Springfield - off

The S-Cards (17-26) head to Texas for a six-game road trip through Frisco (TEX) and Midland (OAK).

Tuesday’s game: at Frisco (26-18), 7:05 pm CT, Mike Mayers (2-4, 3.52)

Palm Beach 5 at Dunedin 1

Nick Martini’s grand slam gave Palm Beach (27-17) a 5-1 win over Dunedin, salvaging the last of four versus the Blue Jays.

Martini’s only hit in four at bats came with the sacks jammed and one out in the eighth, snapping a 1-1 tie that had stood since the fourth. It was the fourth consecutive hit off Dunedin’s bullpen; Greg Miclat, Mason Katz and Dante Rosenberg all singling ahead of Martini. Seven Beach Birds had one hit each, the team’s other run crossing home when Luke Voit singled and scored on Anthony Garcia’s sac fly in the second.

Corey Baker pitched the opposition to a standstill, permitting a run on four hits through five, fanning five. Thomas Lee tossed two scoreless frames with three hits given up, earning his seventh win against three losses. Dixon Llorens retired six batters, all by strikeout, issuing one free pass.

Tuesday’s game: Off

Peoria 1 vs. Kane County 1 - suspended

The Chiefs’ (22-19) series’ opener versus the Cougars (CHC) was suspended due to rain in the bottom of the first with two out, C.J. McElroy on third and the score tied a 1-1. Play is scheduled to resume in the first of two on Tuesday, the 5th.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Kane County (25-17). Game one - 5:00 pm CT, TBA/Chase Brookshire (3-5, 3.98)

Hudson Valley 3 at State College 2

State College’s faceoff with fellow first-place Hudson Valley proved disappointing, with the Renegades winning 3-2 for a three-game road sweep.

Fill-in starter Jeff Rauh suffered his first loss in five decisions, allowing three runs, two earned on five hits and a base-on-balls in 4 1/3. Kyle Grana fanned six in 3 2/3, giving up three hits and leaving a runner of Rauh’s on. Josh Lucas struck out two of three in the ninth in his first action since being reassigned from Peoria.

Left fielder Chase Raffield accounted for both of the Spikes’ tallies, going 2-for-4 with an RBI double and solo blast. Nick Thompson singled and doubled in four at bats with four other Spikes having one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: Off

Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 2

Johnson City (21-22) won its second straight versus Elizabethton (MIN), 4-2, behind Casey Grayson’s three-run home run.

It was the designated hitter’s only hit in four at bats, coming with Casey Turgeon (single) and Christian Muscarello (walk) aboard. Turgeon singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home twice and was joined in the multi-hit club by Blake Drake and Chris Rivera. Drake went 2-for-4 with one driven in while Rivera singled three times in four at bats.

A quartet of Appy Bird hurlers held down the Twins, starting with Juan Perez (W, 4-3) who struck out four in five shutout frames, permitting two hits and two walks.

Isaac Silva was charged with a run on a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3, the runner crossing under Sasha Kuebel’s watch. Kuebel yielded a run on three hits, allowing one of two inherited runners to score during his 1 2/3-inning stint. Juan Caballero retied all three batters faced in the ninth, leaving one of Kuebel’s runners aboard.

Tuesday’s game: at Elizabethton (26-19), 7:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-3, 4.50)

GCL Nationals 12 at GCL Cardinals 2

It was a rough afternoon for Jack Flaherty and Nick Frey in a 12-2 pounding by the GCL Nationals, the first of three.

Flaherty (L, 1-1) went just 1 2/3 innings, yielding six hits and a plunked batter, resulting in six runs, one earned. Flaherty gave up two in the first and four more in a wild second that saw one batter reach on catcher’s interference, a passed ball and a throwing error by right fielder Derek Gibson. That was the Gulf Cards’ (24-14) second miscue in as many frames, after shortstop Edmundo Sosa threw one away in the first. The team committed four errors in the game.

Jerry Then calmed things down over the next 3 1/3, issuing one free pass while fanning three and stranding Flaherty’s final runner. All five runs charged to Frey in the sixth were earned, coming on three hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Tyler Dunnington permitted a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the final 1 2/3.

The Gulf Birds’ six hits were spread among six players who all went 1-for-3. Julian Barzilli blasted his second long ball of 2014 while Malik Collymore and Elier Rodriguez both doubled, Rodriguez driving in Jake Gronsky (single).

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals (21-18), 12:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (0-3, 7.27)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Orioles2 3 (14)

Henry Alvarado’s two-run double in the 14th proved decisive as the Dominican Birds (16-39) downed the DSL Orioles2 5-3, snapping a really long 13-game losing streak.

Alvarado garners Player of the Day honors despite going 1-for-5 because of his sole hit’s significance. The offense was a team affair, with eight Dominican Cardinals either scoring or knocking in one. Third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz singled twice in six at bats, scoring once, the only Cardinal with more than one of eight hits.

Junior Gonzalez, usually a part of the team’s rotation, tossed two scoreless innings, issued one free pass and picked up his second win in four decisions. Tandem starters Oniever Diaz and Will Changarotty split the first eight frames down the middle, Diaz giving up two runs on six hits and two walks. Changarotty struck out seven, yielding two hits and a walk. Juan Alvarez (BS, 1) fanned six in four but gave up a run on four hits and three bases-on-balls, sending the game into extras.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Orioles2 (23-32), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-3, 2.68)



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