Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/14/14

Peoria’s Justin Ringo went deep twice and plated five during a 5–4 Wednesday across the Cardinals system.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 13th.

Memphis 6 at Albuquerque 5

Stephen Piscotty’s RBI single in the ninth enabled Memphis (67-58) to edge Albuquerque 6-5. The Redbirds’ fifth consecutive win includes the first two of four versus the Isotopes.

Piscotty’s third hit of the game in four at bats drove in Jermaine Curtis who singled in a pinch hit appearance earlier in the inning. Piscotty added a walk and run scored to three of 11 team hits. Six Redbirds either scored or drove in a run, including Pete Kozma who went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, one run scored with two RBI. The shortstop was the only other player with more than one hit.

Piscotty’s hit made a winner of Justin Wright (W, 3-0), who tossed two scoreless frames, issuing a free pass and hitting one. Jorge Rondon yielded a lead-off single, stolen base and wild pitch that put the tying run at third with one out but managed to pick up his eighth save.

Wright and Rondon both pitched in relief of Marco Gonzales, who yielded tallies in three of his five innings of work. That included two long balls comprising three of his four runs permitted. Gonzales gave up four hits in all plus two walks and hit a batter.

Appearing in his second game since his promotion from Springfield, Ryan Sherriff (BS, 1) gave up a solo shot, one of three hits he permitted in the sixth.

Thursday’s game: at Albuquerque (56-69) (LAD), 7:35 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (7-1, 3.63)

Spotlight on – Tyler Lyons. Lyons has twirled four straight quality starts, the most recent producing the ‘weakest’ results. On August 9th, the native Texan faced New Orleans (MIA), allowing three runs on nine hits and a base-on-balls.

Springfield 2 vs. Frisco 1 (11)

Curt Smith smacked his ninth home run of 2014, giving Springfield (22-29) a 2-1 walk-off win and evening the series at one game each.

The blast ended a pitching duel that featured a combined 16 runners left on. Breyvic Valera and David Popkins each had two of the team’s seven hits, Popkins adding a walk, stolen base and RBI. Patrick Wisdom walked to open the fifth, eventually coming home on Popkins’ single.

Joe Donofrio retired all nine batters faced, four on strikeouts, evening his record to 3-3. Kurt Heyer went the first five plus, permitting four hits and a free pass while fanning four. Lee Stoppelman faced the minimum in the sixth, stranding one inherited runner, but Sam Tuivailala (BS, 1) yielded a run on two hits and a walk despite striking out six.

Thursday’s game: vs. Frisco (30-22) (TEX), 7:10 pm CT, Kyle Hald (8-4, 4.27)

Spotlight on – Kyle Hald. Hald’s shaky second half of the season continued in his most recent start when he could not finish the fourth against Midland. Hald gave up three runs on six hits and a walk, giving him a 6.80 ERA for the second half, compared to a 2.48 ERA in the first half.

Palm Beach 0 at Charlotte 2

The Beach Birds (31-21) garnered just five hits as they were blanked by the Stone Crabs 2-0, giving each team one of the series’ first two games.

Tyrell Jenkins (L, 5-4) yielded single tallies in the second and third, giving up eight hits and three walks through seven. Logan Billbrough issued a free pass in the eighth.

Left fielder Anthony Garcia singled twice in three at bats while Greg Miclat and Jimmy Bosco doubled.

Thursday’s game: at Charlotte (26-24) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Luke Weaver (0-1, 21.60)

Spotlight on – Luke Weaver. If Weaver sees the third inning on Thursday, it will mark the first time he has done so after two starts as a PB-Card. The righty was touched for five and three runs, respectively, in each of his initial 1 2/3-inning stints since his promotion from the Gulf Coast League.

Peoria 10 at Burlington 7

Fewer hits translated into more runs for the Chiefs (27-24) as they downed Burlington 10-7, clinching the series’ win with one game yet on tap.

Outhit 16 to 11, Peoria used three unearned runs against the Bees’ starter to provide the difference in the game. Vaughn Bryan led the attack, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a walk and two runs scored. Justin Ringo, however, provided the most punch, smacking two bombs in four at bats which made up three of his five RBI.

Carson Kelly was the final Chief with a multi-hit game, singling twice in five at bats and knocking in one. C.J. McElroy went 1-for-2 with two sac bunts, crossing home three times and stealing his 38th bag of the season.

Chase Brookshire (W, 4-6) picked up the win despite allowing five runs on 11 hits and a walk in 5 2/3, including a two-run home run. Steve Sabatino left two of Brookshire’s runners aboard in the sixth but gave up two tallies on four hits in the sixth and recorded three outs in all.

Kevin Herget limited Sabatino’s damage by stranding two of his runners, permitting a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3. Kyle Barraclough tossed a clean ninth for his sixth save.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington (23-28) (LAA), 6:30 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (2-3, 4.15)

Spotlight on – Luis Perdomo. The defense behind Perdomo has not done him any favors in his last three starts as eight of 13 runs yielded in that 16 1/3-inning span have been unearned. Perdomo will be facing Burlington for the first time since consecutive starts on July 5th and 12th, one of which was very good (one run in seven innings), and one was very bad (six runs in five frames).

State College 5 vs. Mahoning Valley 4

The Spikes (34-25) slipped past the Scrappers 5-4 on Thursday, halting a six-game skid and evening the series at one game each.

Dewin Perez permitted three runs on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3, upping his record to 5-1. Nick Lomascolo held the opposition to a hit in two scoreless frames but let one of two inherited runners score. Brandon Lee gave up a run on two hits and a wild pitch, recording two outs. Kyle Grana walked one in the ninth, earning his fifth save.

All five State College scores occurred in four of the first five innings. Alex De Leon and Collin Radack both had three of 11 team hits, De Leon accounting for three of the Spikes’ five tallies. The designated hitter went 3-for-4 with a double and solo shot with three RBI. Jhohan Acevedo singled twice in four at bats while Danny Diekroeger went 1-for-4 with a run scored and sac fly.

Thursday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (25-33) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (0-2, 3.12)

Spotlight on – Austin Gomber. The Cards’ fourth round selection in June will face Mahoning Valley for this first time after seven starts. Gomber’s five-inning outing vs. Lowell (BOS) last time out was his longest of the season, as the righty allowed three runs on six hits and a free pass.

Johnson City 1 at Pulaski 8 (7) – game one
Johnson City 4 at Pulaski 2 (7) – game two

The JC-Cards (27-25) split a pair at Pulaski (SEA), dropping game one, 8-1, but winning game two, 4-2. Two games remain in their four-game set.

Dailyn Martinez was charged with his third loss in seven decisions, allowing seven runs on eight hits and a base-on-balls in four. He plunked one. Kender Villegas permitted an unearned run on two hits and a wild pitch over two.

One of the Appy Birds’ four hits was Casey Grayson’s fourth home run of 2014. Grayson went 1-for-2 with one of his squad’s three walks. Blake Drake also had 1-for-2 night, stealing his seventh bag.

Both offense and pitching improved in the second contest, translating into a winner. Sasha Kuebel yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits through 3 2/3 in his first professional start. Jonathan Escudero (W, 2-1) struck out six over the next 3 1/3.

Johnson City transformed seven hits and five walks into four runs, with the offense going 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Anthony Ray did the most damage, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and three driven in. Newly-arrived catcher Adam Ehrlich (down from State College) singled once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two runs scored.

Thursday’s game: at Pulaski (28-23), 7:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-0, 3.13)

Spotlight on – Landon Beck. Beck has appeared in 10 games for Johnson City, six of them starts. His longest outing was five frames versus Greeneville (HOU) on August 2nd. Last time out, the righty went just three innings but held Burlington scoreless on four hits and two free passes.

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 7

The Gulf Birds’ bats remain cold while the pitching staff was scored upon in five of eight frames as the GCL Cardinals (28-19) were defeated by the GCL Marlins 7-2, giving the latter a four-game sweep.

The offense managed seven hits but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position, resulting in two runs or less for the fourth straight contest. Seven Cardinals had one hit each, the most timely being Eliezer Alvarez’ triple that brought across Joshua Lopez (walk). Alvarez raced home on Magneuris Sierra’s groundout.

Frederis Parra (L, 3-2) was charged with five runs, four earned, on seven hits, a free pass and two plunked batters in four plus. Yeison Medina struck out three in three innings, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk. Dylan Hawkins retired the side in order in the eighth.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Nationals (24-23), 12:00 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (1-1, 4.50)

Spotlight on – Bryan Dobzanski. If he gets the nod on Thursday, it will be Dobzanski’s second start in six appearances. The 18-year-old has pitched in 12 innings since being drafted in the 29th round this June and has a 1.33 WHIP.

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Rockies 3

An unearned late run sent the DSL Cardinals (19-44) to a 3-2 defeat by the DSL Rockies.

Franyel Casadilla (L, 1-3) yielded one hit in his third and last inning of work. An errant throw on the play sent the runner to second, whereupon Casadilla wild pitched him to third. A sac fly brought the run in. Casadilla fanned two, hit one and did not walk a batter.

Angel Estevez, making his first start since July 23rd, permitted four hits and a base-on-balls over four, resulting in two tallies. Andy De La Cruz gave up two hits in the eighth.

Shortstop Allen Cordoba singled twice in four at bats, half of the Dominican Birds’ four hits. All of the visitors’ runs were produced by right fielder Jonathan Rivera’s fifth long ball of 2014 that came with Wadye Infante (fielding error) on.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Rockies (31-32), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (2-2, 2.72)

Spotlight on – Derian Gonzalez. The 19-year-old Venezuelan faced the Rockies on August 9th, holding them to a run on three hits and a free pass through five. Gonzalez has gone six innings just once in 12 games, 10 starts.

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