Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/15/14

St. Louis’ minors went 5-3 on Thursday, led by outstanding efforts by Memphis’ Xavier Scruggs and Springfield’s Kyle Hald.

Results from games played Thursday, August 14th.

Memphis 17 at Albuquerque 7

Memphis’ bats unleashed a 21-hit offensive barrage as the Redbirds (68-58) flew over the Isotopes 17-7. Their sixth consecutive win ensures Memphis of the series’ victory with one game remaining.

Xavier Scruggs, Stephen Piscotty and Pete Kozma all had four hits in six at bats as eight of nine starters garnered at least one hit. Scruggs, our co-Player of the Day, smashed his 17th and 18th home runs of the season to go with a double and single, scored four times with a whopping six RBI. Piscotty and Kozma each doubled once, Piscotty touching home three times and Kozma two with the shortstop driving in four.

Tommy Pham and Scott Moore added three hits each while crossing home twice, the final two Redbirds with multi-hit games. Pham tripled once in six at bats, knocking in two and Moore drove in one.

Tyler Lyons picked up his eighth win in nine decisions despite a truly dreadful outing, even by New Mexico’s standards. The southpaw gave up 13 hits, including a three-run blast, and a walk through six plus, resulting in seven tallies. Lyons struck out five. Zach Petrick’s first professional save was of the three-inning variety. He gave up only one hit during that span and left one of Lyons’ runners on.

Friday’s game: at Albuquerque (56-70) (LAD), 8:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (1-0, 0.00).

Spotlight on – Carlos Martinez. Still just 22, he turns 23 next month. Martinez will be making his third start for the Redbirds on Friday. The right-hander has yielded three hits in each of his outings covering 10 1/3 frames in all, while issuing just one free pass.

Springfield 6 vs. Frisco 2

Kyle Hald’s seven superb frames led Springfield (23-29) to a 6-2 triumph over Frisco (TEX) in the deciding third and final game of the series.

Co-Player of the Day Hald retired nine straight to kick off the game before allowing back-to-back batters to reach on his only base-on-balls issued plus a single. Four batters later, the lefty gave up a double before sending back eight RoughRiders. Hald struck out eight with eight ground- and two fly-ball outs. 63 of his 95 pitches went for strikes.

Mitch Harris gave up a hit while fanning one in the eighth. Jeremy Berg had a subpar outing, permitting two runs on three hits that ended The S-Cards’ shutout bid. It is only the second time Berg has been scored upon in nine appearances for Springfield.

The offense used seven hits and three Frisco bobbles to score six tallies, three earned. Seven players had a hit and eight either scored or drove in a run. Curt Smith and Patrick Wisdom contributed one of each, the latter despite going hitless in four at bats. Alex Mejia went 1-for-3 with a sac fly and two RBI while Travis Tartamella’s solo shot, his first of 2014, was one of two extra-base hits.

Friday’s game: vs. Midland (30-23) (OAK), 7:10 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (5-11, 4.41)

Spotlight on – Sam Gaviglio. Gaviglio no doubt would like his defense to show up against Midland which they did not do in his August 9th against the RockHounds. Three of the four runs permitted by the righty in six were unearned, Springfield making four errors. (In fairness, Gaviglio’s errant pickoff throw was one of them.)

Palm Beach 5 at Charlotte 4

Nick Petree went seven strong frames in Palm Beach’s 5-4 win at Charlotte (TB). The PB-Cards (32-21) took the series, two games to one.

The only run charged to Petree over seven innings was a home run in the sixth, one of six hits given up along with a free pass. Petree struck out four.

Facing the Stone Crabs for the second time in three days, Corey Baker allowed three runs on three hits and a walk while recording two outs. Chris Perry really earned his fifth save, fanning all four batters faced and stranding two inherited runners.

The Charlotte pitching staff’s lack of control was key to the Beach Birds’ win, as four of their five runs scored after reaching base via a free pass. Palm Beach mustered just three singles to go with five walks. Ildemaro Vargas and Luke Voit both singled, scored one and drove in another.

Friday’s game: at Fort Myers (31-23) (MIN), 7:05 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (4-1, 3.79)

Spotlight on – Jimmy Reed. Reed is trying to get back on track after being hammered in the second of two Double-A starts. Fort Myers torched the 23-year-old for six runs in just three innings on August 10th, his first Palm Beach start after his re-assignment from Springfield.

Peoria 2 at Burlington 4

Luis Perdomo gave up four early scores while the Chiefs’ bats generated just four hits, resulting in a 4-2 loss to the Bees. Peoria (27-25) still took the series, two games to one.

Perdomo (L, 2-4) allowed seven hits and a base-on-balls over six, translating to four tallies, three earned. Jhonny Polanco struck out four in the final two frames, yielding a hit and walk.

Vaughn Bryan and Ronald Castillo both doubled once with a run scored, Bryan adding a walk in three at bats.

Friday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (31-21) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Blake McKnight (5-9, 4.51)

Spotlight on – Blake McKnight. McKnight flips back into a start after consecutive relief appearances of one inning each. The righty last started on August 6th versus Kane County when he took the loss, giving up four runs on six hits and two free passes in five.

State College 8 vs. Mahoning Valley 2

Six tallies in the third launched the Spikes (35-25) to an 8-2 win over the Scrappers (CLE) in the decisive third game of the series.

The first two scoring that inning were the result of Nick Thompson’s fifth home run that came with Danny Diekroeger (single) aboard. Thompson and Diekroeger were two of four Spikes accumulating two hits apiece in four at bats. Brett Wiley did it after pinch hitting for Darren Seferina in the third and taking over at second. Wiley drove in two and Thompson three. Kenny Peoples-Walls singled and doubled, crossing home once.

Austin Gomber went just three scoreless frames, failing to qualify for the win. Gomber issued four free passes to go with three hits permitted. Joe Scanio was credited with his first win in two decisions, yielding a run on three hits in three. Tyler Bray struck out two in two innings, giving up a hit. Jeff Rauh allowed a run on two hits in the ninth, the four straight appearance in which he has been scored upon.

Friday’s game: at Auburn (26-32) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-3, 3.49)

Spotlight on – Daniel Poncedeleon. Poncedeleon took the loss on August 9th, part of Connecticut’s sweep of State College. The 22-year-old gave up three runs on five hits in five and will be facing the Doubledays for the first time.

Johnson City 4 at Pulaski 7

Six runs from the sixth onward resulted in a 7-4 Johnson City loss to Pulaski (SEA). The JC-Cards (27-26) trail in the series 2-1 with one yet to play.

Up 4-1 through five on the fine effort by starter Landon Beck, Kevin Carlow put ‘em on in the sixth and Juan Caballero helped ‘em across. Carlow did not retire any of four faced, yielding two hits and two walks that produced three runs. Caballero (BS,2)(L, 0-2) inherited a sacks jammed/none out mess and let two of three score. The righty yielded two runs, one earned, in the seventh and gave up three hits and a base-on-balls over two.

Jeff Barkley allowed three hits in the eighth, resulting in one run. Beck struck out a career-high eight Mariners, permitting a run on four hits and a free pass.

Three of the Appy Birds’ four runs were produced by Cole Lankford’s bomb that came with Casey Grayson and Jesus Ustariz (both walks) on. Lankford went 3-for-4 with a double and home run, one scored and three RBI. Adam Ehrlich had two more of eight team hits, singling twice in four at bats, touching home once.

Friday’s game: at Pulaski (29-23), 7:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (1-0, .0.57)

Spotlight on - Julio Mateo. The 18-year-old has impressed in three Johnson City starts since his promotion from the GCL Cardinals, yielding just one earned run in 15 1/3. Appalachian League opponents are hitting just .234 against him.

GCL Cardinals 11 at GCL Nationals 0

The Gulf Birds’ offensive explosion combined with a three-hitter by the pitching staff resulted in an 11-0 shellacking of the GCL Nationals.

The visitors scored more on Thursday than they have in their last five games combined. 10 Gulf Cards garnered at least one of 15 team hits, paced by shortstop Edmundo Sosa’s three-hit performance. Sosa singled three times in six at bats, scoring one and knocking in another.

Malik Collymore, DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Michael Pritchard each singled twice, Collymore going 2-for-3 with two bases-on-balls, a run scored and RBI. Asbury-Heath and Pritchard both crossed home once, Asbury-Heath adding an RBI. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez’ only hit in four at bats was his first home run of 2014.

Bryan Dobzanski’s five-inning stint was impressive, the 18-year-old yielding a hit and walk with six ground- and four fly-ball outs. Tyler Dunnington allowed a hit and free pass in two, followed by Kevin Alexander’s one-hit in one frame effort. Jery Then issued a base-on-balls in the ninth, recording the staff’s only strikeout.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (24-24), 12:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (0-1, 4.09)

Spotlight on – Ramon Santos. After three relief appearances, Santos moved into the rotation on July 17th and will be facing the Nationals for the first time as a starter. The righty limited the Mets to a tally on three hits and a free pass through six in his last outing.

DSL Rockies 7 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds (19-45) were blanked 7-0 on two hits at the hands of the DSL Rockies on Thursday.

Sandy Alcantara (L, 1-8) permitted six runs, four earned, on nine hits and three walks in five plus. Estegan Vallejo allowed both inherited runners to score, giving up five hits and a free pass in three, resulting in one run. Kerrion Bennett faced the minimum in the ninth.

The Cardinals only mustered two hits and four base runners, stranding two.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (37-26), 10:30 am ET, Junior Fernandez (0-4, 6.95)

Spotlight on – Junior Fernandez. The 17-year-old performed admirably against a powerful Red Sox squad last time out, permitting two runs, one earned, on six hits through six but received a no decision.

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