Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/06/14

Michael Pritchard’s bat and David Oca’s arm led their teams to two of five wins in the minors on Tuesday. Memphis and Johnson City won in extras, Peoria split a pair while Pritchards’ GCL club and Oca’s DSL Cardinals both won. Springfield fell with Palm Beach and State College both idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 5th.

Memphis 5 at Round Rock 4 (10)

Greg Garcia’s RBI single in the 10th gave the Redbirds a 5-4 win over the Express for a split of their six-game series. Memphis (61-57) and Round Rock (TEX) are tied for second, a game behind Nashville (MIL).

Garcia’s only hit in four at bats brought across Jermaine Curtis, who drew a one-out walk and moved into scoring position on a passed ball. The run made a winner of Angel Castro (W, 9-6), who kept the Express off the board in the ninth and tenth on a hit and walk.

Three of the visitors’ five tallies were produced by two home runs, a two-run blast by Xavier Scruggs that came with Stephen Piscotty on and Randal Grichuk’s solo shot in the third. Piscotty was the trailer in back-to-back doubles with Scott Moore that resulted in the game’s first score. Moore singled and doubled in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one of the team’s seven hits.

Round Rock matched those long balls, smashing a two-run bomb off starter John Gast and another with none aboard off Dean Kiekhefer that sent the game into extras. All three runs charged to Gast in 5 2/3 scored in the third on four of his six hits permitted. Gast issued two free passes and 62 of his 91 pitches were strikes. Kiekhefer allowed two hits and a base-on-balls over 2 1/3, leaving two of Gast’s runners on.

Wednesday’s game: Off

Springfield 1 at Frisco 9

Seven late RoughRiders runs blew open a tight contest, sending the S-Cards to a 9-1 defeat in the series’ opener. Springfield (17-27) languishes in fourth, nine in back of Arkansas (LAA).

Although Mike Mayers took his fifth loss in seven decisions, Lee Stoppelman and Seth Blair combined to put the game out of reach in the eighth. Stoppelman yielded six runs on four hits, a walk and hit batsman while recording two outs. Seth Blair gave up the inning’s final tally on two hits and let all three inherited runners score.

Mayers went the first 5 1/3, permitting seven hits and three bases-on-balls, resulting in two runs, one earned. He fanned three. Sam Tuivailala limited the damage by stranding all three of Mayers’ runners although he needed a bit of luck to do it. The first of his two hits yielded in 1 2/3 hit a runner for the inning’s final out.

Three of Springfield’s four hits were generated in the second, two of them producing their only run. Breyvic Valera doubled with one out, crossing home on a single by Jonathan Rodriguez.

Wednesday’s game: at co-first-place (South) Frisco (27-18) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (9-8, 3.91)

Palm Beach - off

After having spent considerable time atop the Florida State League South, Palm Beach (27-17) has gone 4-6 in its last 10, slipping to second, a half of a game behind Bradenton (PIT).

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place Charlotte (21-21) (TB), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 4 vs. Kane County 1 – game one (completion of August 4th suspended game)
Kane County 4 at Peoria 1 (7) – game two

Both games of the Chiefs’ double-header with Kane County (CHC) were decided by an identical 4-1 score, each team coming out on top in one. Third-place Peoria (23-20) trails both the Cougars and Cedar Rapids (MIN) by 2 ½.

The first game completed Monday’s contest that 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. Carson Kelly launched his sixth long ball when play resumed, giving his team a lead they never relinquished.

Vaughn Bryan garnered two of five team hits, singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk and touching home twice. Kelly went 1-for-2 with a free pass the two-run bomb.

Kyle Helisek’s return to Peoria ended after one frame because of the suspension, after he gave up a run on two hits and a walk in sloppy conditions. Kevin Herget took the ball on Tuesday, holding the Cougars scoreless on two hits through five, striking out six. Zach Loraine fanned four over the final three, giving up two hits.

Things swung Kane County’s way in game two, with the visitors pushing across two in the first plus single scores in the fifth and seventh. Both of the first’s scores off Chase Brookshire (L, 3-6) were unearned on Brookshire’s errant throw in an attempted force. Brookshire gave up all four of Kane County’s runs on six hits, including a long ball, in 6 1/3. Robert Stock fanned both batters faced in the seventh.

Peoria was once again held to just four hits, their only run scoring in the first. Bryan led off with a single, advanced on a ground out and raced home on Justin Ringo’s single. The only other excitement for the Chiefs came in the third when manager Joe Kruzel was tossed by the first base umpire.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Kane County (26-18), 7:00 pm CT, Blake McKnight (5-8, 4.37)

State College - off

State College (32-19) maintains a firm grasp on first place with an eight-game lead over Williamsport (PHI) in the Pinckney Division despite going 3-7 over its last 10 games.

Wednesday’s game: at third-place (Stedler) Lowell (23-27) (BOS), 7:05 pm ET, Will Anderson (4-1, 2.56)

Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 2 (10)

Anthony Ray singled and scored in the 10th, giving the JC-Cards a 3-2 win over Elizabethton and a three-game road sweep. The sweep allowed third-place Johnson City (22-22) to gain three games on the first-place Twins, a team they trail by three.

Ray’s single, his second of the night in four at bats, put him in the multi-hit club along with catcher Jose Gomez who went 2-for-3. Ray scored on Blake Drake’s sac fly, giving the centerfielder 18 RBI on the season. Chris Rivera went 1-for-3 with a solo shot and two driven in.

Both of Elizabethton’s runs were unearned, one against starter Steven Farinaro and the other off winner Anderson Gerdel (BS, 2) (W, 2-0). Farinaro gave up five hits and a base-on-balls in five, striking out three while Gerdel yielded two hits in two.

Kevin Carlow bridged the two-inning gap between Farinaro and Gerdel, permitting a hit and free pass while fanning two. Juan Caballero tossed a one-two-three 10th for his fourth save.

Wednesday’s game: Off

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 0

Michael Pritchard’s three-hit day led the Gulf Birds to a 4-0 victory, evening their series versus the Nationals at one game apiece. The GCL Cardinals (25-14) maintain a 3 ½ game lead over the second-place GCL Mets.

Co-Player of the Day Pritchard’s performance headed an 11-hit Cards attack, the first baseman singling three times in four at bats, touching home twice. He was aboard in the ninth when Joshua Lopez smashed a three-run bomb. It was Lopez’ only hit in four at bats and the team’s only extra-base hit. Julian Barzilli, Malik Collymore and DeAndre Asbury-Heath all went 2-for-4, Barzilli scoring once and Collymore stealing his sixth base.

Dylan Hawkins fanned two of three faced in the fifth and was credited with his second win in three decisions. Hawkins pitched in relief of Ronnie Williams, who struck out six through four, giving up a two hits and a walk. Williams hit one batter.

Steven De La Cruz and Yeison Medina each tossed two frames, giving up a hit each. De La Cruz issued a free pass, fanning three while Medina struck out two, earning his third save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (21-19), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 2 vs. DSL Orioles2 1

David Oca fanned 11 in six innings as the Dominican Birds clipped the Orioles2 2-1. The DSL Cardinals (17-39) remain in tenth and last place, 22 ½ behind the DSL Red Sox.

Oca, our co-Player of the Day, hurled his second straight strong effort, giving up an unearned tally on three hits and three free passes. He left with his team trailing 1-0 but slipped what would have been a very tough loss when the offense scored two in the seventh.

The key hit in the seventh was a two-run single by centerfielder Carlos Talavera that drove in Luis Flores (single) and Allen Cordoba (fielding error). Flores and Dennis Ortega each had two of eight team hits, all singles.

Enrique Perez (W, 2-1) worked around three base-on-balls over two to hold the opposition scoreless. Jose Lara made things exciting in the ninth by giving up two hits, but held on for his sixth save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. ninth-place DSL Rojos (18-38), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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