Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/08/14

The system went 4-5 on a busy Thursday. Bruce Caldwell led Palm Beach to victory as did Dailyn Martinez for Johnson City. Memphis and Springfield won as well but the rest fell.

Results from games played Thursday, August 7th.

Memphis 4 vs. New Orleans 3

The Redbirds (62-57) overcame an early 2-0 deficit, topping the Zephyrs 4-3 in the first of three games versus New Orleans (MIA).

Those first-inning scores were two of the three runs, two earned, charged to Tim Cooney (W, 11-6) through six. Cooney struck out six, yielding four hits, including a home run with a man aboard. Nick Greenwood, Jorge Rondon and Eric Fornataro each went a hitless frame, Greenwood issuing the staff’s only base-on-balls.

Trailing 2-0, Memphis pushed across three second-inning tallies, adding a final score in the fourth. Tommy Pham went 2-for-3 with a two-run single plus a walk while Pete Kozma singled and doubled in four at bats. Kozma scored twice and knocked in one. Pham is batting .328 on the season while Kozma raised his mark to .228. Three Redbirds had one hit each.

Friday’s game: vs. New Orleans (59-60), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (2-1, 3.74)

Spotlight on – Marco Gonzales. St. Louis’ first pick in the June 2013 First-Year Player Draft is making his fifth start for the Redbirds on Friday after dominating Double-A but struggling in his brief time in St. Louis. Gonzales faced the Zephyrs in his first Triple-A start, lasting just three frames and giving up four runs on seven hits and two bases-on-balls.

Springfield 2 at Frisco 1

A quartet of S-Cards’ pitchers held Double-A’s top offense to a lone run as Springfield (19-27) slipped past Frisco 2-1 in the decisive third game of the series.

Kurt Heyer (W, 4-10) fanned five in five, giving up a run on four hits, two walks and two hit batsmen. Lee Stoppelman permitted a hit in the sixth before handing the ball off to Jeremy Berg, who worked around three hits in 1 2/3. Joe Donofrio retired all four batters faced, leaving one of Berg’s runners on, and earned his eighth save.

Three of the S-Cards’ seven team hits were generated in the fifth, producing both runs. Back-to-back doubles by Breyvic Valera and Cody Stanley brought in the former, Stanley scoring on Jonathan Rodriguez’ single. Valera singled and doubled in five at bats, the only Springfield batter with more than one hit.

Friday’s game: at first-place (South) Midland (28-19)(OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (8-4, 4.15)

Spotlight on – Kyle Hald. Hald was the team ace in the first part of the season, compiling a 3.12 ERA and 1.24 WHIP in 69 1/3 innings but has struggled since the All-Star break. The lefty has put up a 6.00 ERA with a 1.82 WHIP since then. Hald was knocked around for seven runs in five innings his last time out against Arkansas.

Palm Beach 4 vs. Charlotte 1

‘Good’ Tyrell Jenkins showed up on Thursday, resulting in a 4-1 win over Charlotte (TB), snapping the Stone Crabs’ nine-game winning streak and evening the series at one game each.

Plagued by inconsistency this season, Jenkins (W, 5-3) spun a three-hitter through six, allowing a run and free pass while fanning seven. Jenkins threw a wild pitch, hit one batter and was called for a balk.

Logan Billbrough pitched the seventh, giving up a hit and striking out two. Dixon Llorens tossed the eighth and ninth, issuing a free pass and fanning two for his ninth save.

Co-Player of the Day Bruce Caldwell’s perfect night at the plate accounted for two tallies, as he went 3-for-3 with a double, run scored and an RBI. Designated hitter Aledmys Diaz smashed his first A-Advanced home run in his second game with Palm Beach, the bomb coming with Greg Miclat (error) aboard. It was Diaz’ only hit in four at bats.

Luke Voit and Ildemaro Vargas had two hits apiece. Voit doubled and scored once while Vargas singled twice, both in four at bats.

Friday’s game: vs. Charlotte (22-22), 5:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-1, 27.00)

Spotlight on – Luke Weaver. Weaver’s Florida State League debut on August 1st was inauspicious as St. Louis’ first-round selection this June did not finish the second. Dunedin pounded him for five runs on five hits and three walks in 1 2/3.

Peoria 1 at Wisconsin 2 (11) – game one (completion of August 3rd suspended game at Wisconsin)
Wisconsin 6 at Peoria 1 – game two

Peoria (23-23) lost an abbreviated double-header with Wisconsin (MIL), 2-1 in 11 and 6-1 in regulation.

Game one completed the August 3rd contest at Wisconsin that was suspended in the top of the 10th with the score tied at 1-1. Jhonny Polanco (L, 3-1) took the ball on Thursday, yielding two hits and three walks in 1 1/3, giving the Timber Rattlers the walk-off win.

Arturo Reyes started on the 3rd, allowing an unearned run on seven hits in 7 1/3, striking out 10. Kyle Barraclough was perfect in 1 2/3, striking out three and stranding one inherited runner.

The Chiefs’ eight hits were minimized as the team went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving eight on. Justin Ringo and Vaughn Bryan each went 2-for-5, Ringo scoring his team’s only run. Cesar Valera singled twice in four at bats with an RBI.

The offense remained asleep in game two, managing just four hits. Down 6-0 after seven, Bryan doubled with one out, advanced to third on defensive indifference and crossed home on a ground out by C.J. McElroy. McElroy was 0-for-2 with two free passes and swiped his 34th base of 2014.

Luis Perdomo and Robert Stock took the mound for Peoria, Perdomo (L, 2-3) yielding five runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk through five. The righty completed the ignoble trifecta of balk, wild pitch and hit batsman. Stock was a bit better, giving up three hits and two bases-on-balls in four, resulting in one run.

Friday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (27-19), 7:00 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (6-2, 1.75)

Spotlight on – Rob Kaminsky. The 19-year-old has shown well in his first full season of pro ball. Activated in early May from extended spring training, Kaminsky has held opponents to a .186 batting average, split evenly between a .189 average versus lefties (19 2/3 innings) and .185 against righties in 57 2/3. The southpaw has compiled a microscopic 0.92 WHIP. He faced Wisconsin on August 2nd, giving up three runs on five hits and three walks in 5 1/3.

State College 2 at Lowell 3

A run off Joe Scanio in the ninth sent the Spikes to a 3-2 walk-off loss to the Spinners (BOS), evening the series at 1-1 with one remaining.

The run was unearned as the scoring batter reached on second baseman Darren Seferina’s seventh error of the season. That miscue led off the ninth and was followed by a sac bunt and RBI single, saddling Scanio with his first loss in as many decisions.

Dewin Perez went the first 5 2/3, yielding two runs on eight hits and two free passes with five strikeouts. Josh Lucas walked one and fanned three over the next 2 1/3, leaving one of Perez’ runners aboard.

Both State College tallies crossed in the fourth on two of their five team hits plus one of their two bases-on-balls. Brett Wiley’s second double of 2014 drove in Alex De Leon and Nick Thompson, who drew both walks.

Friday’s game: at Lowell (24-28), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.57)

Spotlight on – Austin Gomber. While the southpaw out of Florida Atlantic has a sparkling 2.57 ERA, opponents are hitting .333 against him, 29 hits in 21 innings. When his 11 walks are added in, Gomber has an alarming 1.90 WHIP. Gomber tossed his best outing to date his last time out, holding Aberdeen to a run on six hits and two free passes in 4 1/3. The 20-year-old’s high mark for innings pitched in a game is 4 2/3.

Johnson City 5 vs. Burlington 2

Centerfielder Blake Drake’s productive game gave Johnson City (23-22) a 5-2 victory over Burlington (KC) in the series’ opener.

Drake’s 2-for-4 night included two runs scored and another knocked in, accounting for three of his team’s five tallies. Oscar Mercado singled twice in three at bats, scoring once with an RBI. Five other Appy Birds garnered one hit apiece.

Co-Player of the Day Dailyn Martinez (W, 4-2) was superb, holding the opposition to a run on one hit and two walks in six. The righty struck out six and threw two wild pitches. Kender Villegas allowed three hits over the next two, resulting in one tally. Ismael Brito struck out two of three faced in the ninth, collecting his eighth save.

Friday’s game: vs. Burlington (20-25), 7:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-0, 3.45)

Spotlight on – Landon Beck. Beck’s performance in his two most recent starts generated different results. The right-hander went just three innings against Elizabethton on July 27th, giving up seven hits and three runs. He bounced back against Greenville on August 2nd, holding the Astros scoreless on two hits over five.

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Mets 5

Different day, different foe, different results for the Gulf Birds (26-15), which lost to the GCL Mets 5-3 in the first of three.

A day after the staff no-hit the Nationals, a trio of Cards pitchers gave up eight hits. Bryan Dobzanski (L, 1-1) allowed seven of them in four innings, producing four runs. Dobzanski issued two free passes. Jery Then and Tyler Dunnington each tossed two frames, Then fanning three and Dunnington giving up a run on one hit plus two plunked batters.

Leadoff man and GCL batting leader Magneuris Sierra compiled the squad’s only multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in four at bats while raising his average to .396. Designated hitter David Washington began his official rehab by going 1-for-2 with a double and run scored before being pinch hit for in the sixth. His replacement, Eliezer Alvarez, tripled once in two at bats, knocking in two.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (23-19), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

Spotlight on – Bryan Dobzanski. Thursday’s outing was Dobzanski’s first official start in five appearances to date. Last time out, on July 31st, the 18-year-old took the mound to finish one of the multiple suspended contests versus the Marlins, tossing three scoreless innings with a hit and two bases-on-balls for his first professional win.

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Rojos 7

Well, it’s back into the cellar for the Dominican Birds after being pounded 7-1 by fellow underachiever, the DSL Rojos.

Sandy Alcantara absorbed his seventh loss in eight decisions, giving up a two-run long ball, one of two hits and five walks allowed in 3 2/3. Rigobert Urena permitted three unearned tallies with three outs recorded, yielding three hits and a free pass. Esteban Vallejo was touched for two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in 3 1/3. Vallejo struck out four.

The DSL Cardinals (18-40) ended the Reds’ shutout bid with a tally in the eighth. Shortstop Hector Linares garnered half of his squad’s hits, going 2-for-4 with one driven in. Third baseman Oscar Cotes drew one of seven walks, scoring on Linares’ single.

Friday’s game: at DSL Red Sox (40-17), 10:30 am ET, Junior Fernandez (0-4, 9.00)

Spotlight on – Junior Fernandez. The 17-year-old is in his first professional season, after signing on July 2nd of this year for a reported $400,000 bonus. The righty did not complete one inning his last time out against the DSL Mariners, giving up six runs, three earned, on two hits and three walks in just 2/3 of an inning.

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