Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/16/14

It was a 2-4 Friday in St. Louis’ minors with only State College and Johnson City notching wins, the latter aided by Blake Drake’s performance. Memphis’ game was cancelled while Palm Beach had their contest postponed.

Results from games played Friday, August 15th.

Memphis at Albuquerque - cancelled

Memphis’ final game at Albuquerque was cancelled due to rain. No further games between the two squads are planned so the contest will not be re-scheduled.

With Nashville’s (MIL) loss, the idle Redbirds (68-58) move into a first-place tie with the Sounds, a team they will not face again this season.

Update: The game did get underway, though action was halted with two outs in the home third with Memphis up, 1-0. Stats do not count, but here is the link to the partial box score.

Carlos Martinez threw 2 1/3 innings with no hits allowed, one walk and three strikeouts. Randal Grichuk walked and scored on Memphis' only hit, an RBI single by Scott Moore.

Saturday’s game: at second-place (Pacific Southern) El Paso (61-66) (SD), John Gast (3-2, 4.85)

Spotlight onTommy Pham. Recently named the PCL Player of the Week for the period August 4-10, the outfielder is compiling an excellent Triple-A campaign of .339/.400/.512/.912 in 283 at bats. By comparison, the oft-injured Pham accumulated just 308 at bats for 2012 and 2013 together plus just 143 in 2011. Pham will likely see the Majors with some organization; I just want it to be St. Louis.

Midland 3 at Springfield 2

Fresh off a series’ win against the South Division co-leader Frisco, the S-Cards (23-30) came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel, falling to Midland (OAK), the South’s co-leader, 3-2. Springfield has climbed into a third-place tie with Tulsa (COL), nine behind Arkansas (LAA).

One of the four hits yielded by Sam Gaviglio (L, 5-12) in five was a two-run home run that proved the difference in the game. Gaviglio issued three free passes and fanned five.

Neither Dixon Llorens nor Chris Thomas allowed a hit in their two innings on the bump. Llorens walked two but erased both runners via a double play and caught stealing. Thomas faced the minimum, striking out four.

The S-Cards pushed across a tally in the first and eighth, the latter on two of the team’s four hits. Charlie Tilson scored both runs, going 1-for-3 with two free passes. Cody Stanley singled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls and sac fly.

Saturday’s game: vs. first-place (South) Midland (31-23), 6:10 pm CT, Mike Mayers (3-5, 2.93)

Spotlight on – Mike Mayers. Mayers will face a true challenge on Saturday, facing an excellent Midland squad for the second straight time. The University of Mississippi product limited the RockHounds to just four hits through seven scoreless frames on August 10th, earning his third win against five losses.

Palm Beach at Fort Myers - postponed

The PB-Cards’ series opener at Fort Myers (MIN) was rained out and has been re-scheduled as part of a Saturday twinbill. Second-place Palm Beach (32-21) are a half game in back of Bradenton (PIT) in the South Division.

Saturday’s game: at third-place Fort Myers (31-23). Game one – 5:05 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (4-1, 3.79)/Silfredo Garcia (6-2, 3.72)

Spotlight on – Silfredo Garcia. After tossing at least six frames in five of his first eight starts, Garcia has done that only twice in his most recent six outings, most recently on August 10th when the Miracle drove him off the mound after 4 2/3. The righty gave up three runs on four hits and a free pass.

Peoria 0 at Cedar Rapids 11

The Chiefs’ performance on Friday can be summed up in one word, U-G-L-Y, resulting in an 11-0 thrashing in the series’ opener. Fourth-place Peoria (27-26) trails Kane County (CHC) by six in the Midwest League’s Western Division.

Blake McKnight, the first of three Chiefs’ hurlers to be scored upon, could not finish the fourth. The right-hander allowed eight runs on 12 hits in 3 1/3 while also hitting one batter. Robert Stock stranded an inherited runner in the fourth but yielded a run on two walks, a hit batsman and sac fly the next frame.

Steve Sabatino gave up two unearned runs on two hits, a fielding error and groundout in the sixth. Infielder Richy Pedroza was the most effective pitcher of the night for Peoria, fanning four of six batters in two one-two-three innings.

Peoria generated just three hits and two walks and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position.

Saturday’s game: at second-place Cedar Rapids (32-21) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (6-8, 4.00)

Spotlight on – Arturo Reyes. Reyes is coming off back-to-back starts versus third-place Wisconsin (MIL). The right-hander gave up just an unearned run through 7 1/3 initially but was pounded for seven earned runs in 2 1/3 the next time out.

State College 8 at Auburn 1

One big inning was all it took as the Spikes flattened the Doubledays 8-1 in the first of three games. State College (36-25) remains atop the Pinckney Division, seven in front of Jamestown (PIT).

Trailing 1-0 after seven despite a two-hitter by the Spikes’ pitchers, the visitors unloaded for eight in the eighth, capped by Chase Raffield’s three-run long ball. That was the left fielder’s only hit in four at bats and came with Brett Wiley (intentional walk) and Brian O’Keefe (single) on.

O’Keefe joined Jhohan Acevedo and Danny Diekroeger with two hits apiece, the first two going 2-for-4 with a run scored. O’Keefe drove in two and Diekroeger one in his 2-for-3 game. Six Spikes starters generated one hit each and State College’s eight tallies were scored by eight players.

The only run charged to Daniel Poncedeleon in six innings came home on a base-on-balls, stolen bag and double in the third. The righty walked two and allowed two hits with three strikeouts. Josh Lucas (W, 1-1) retired all six batters faced, giving way to Jacob Booden, who fanned two of three in the ninth.

Saturday’s game: at fifth-place Auburn (26-33) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (3-2, 2.43)

Spotlight on – Trey Nielsen. Nielsen, whose full name is Trey Storm Nielsen, is slated to make his sixth straight start on Saturday after six relief appearances. The Utah native lasted just three innings at Connecticut on August 10th, yielding five runs on seven hits and a free pass.

Johnson City 9 at Pulaski 8

An unearned ninth-inning score gave the Appy Birds a 9-8 come-from-behind victory over Pulaski for a split of their four-game set. Johnson City (28-26) is in third, three in back of Elizabethton (MIN).

The contest was a seesaw battle, featuring a lead of 5-1 through four and deficit of 8-7 after seven. While eight of nine JC-Cards’ starters mustered at least one of 12 team hits, the outcome hinged upon Blake Drake’s lead-off walk in the ninth followed by a two-base fielding error on the Mariners’ left fielder that allowed Drake to score.

Drake, Anthony Ray, Casey Turgeon and Cole Lankford had two hits apiece, the first three doing it in four at bats. Drake, our Player of the Day, hit a two-run long ball, touched home twice with four RBI and a free pass. Ray scored twice as well, tripling while Turgeon doubled with a run scored and knocked in one on a sacrifice fly. Lankford singled twice in five at bats, touching home once.

Julio Mateo tossed his worst of four Appalachian League starts, giving up six runs on six hits, including a two-run home run, and a walk in five plus. The final two runs charged to him crossed under Isaac Silva’s watch, as the lefty issued three free passes and a wild pitch while recording just one out and allowing an unearned run.

Anderson Gerdel (BS, 3)(W, 4-0) would have escaped an inherited bases-loaded with one out jam except for a passed ball that allowed the first of Silva’s runners to cross. Gerdel was touched for an unearned tally on two hits and two walks (one intentional) over 2 2/3 with three strikeouts. Ismael Brito worked around a hit and two walks, one intentional, for his ninth save.

Saturday’s game: at first-place Elizabethton (31-23), 6:00 pm ET, TBA

Spotlight on – Casey Turgeon. The second baseman’s .316/.430/.446/.876 line in 49 games and 117 at bats places him in the league’s top 10 in batting average. Turgeon’s on-base percentage is second in the league. Turgeon has been slumping of late, however, batting just .216, 8-for-37, in his last 10 games.

GCL Nationals 7 at GCL Cardinals 5 (7)

Ramon Santos’ poor outing led the Gulf Birds (29-20) to a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the GCL Nationals in a game that was completed early because of rain. The GCL Cardinals’ lead in the East Division stands at four over both the Nationals and Mets.

Santos (L, 0-2) could not record an out in the fifth, permitting six runs on five hits and four base-on-balls in four plus. Half of his runs were produced by one long ball.

Kevin Alexander allowed both of Santos’ last two runners to cross, yielding two hits and a run in one inning. David Aardsma’s trek back to Memphis from the disabled list began with a one-two-three sixth in which he struck out two. Steven De La Cruz matched Aardsma’s performance in the seventh.

Magneuris Sierra, Edmundo Sosa and Malik Collymore all had two of the team’s eight hits. Sierra went 2-for-3 with a triple, walk, run scored and RBI. Sosa and Collymore both went 2-for-4 and touched home once, Sosa driving in one.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Nationals (25-24), 10:00 am ET, Dylan Hawkins (2-1, 3.52)

Spotlight on – Dylan Hawkins. Hawkins last faced the Nationals in relief appearances on July 26th and August 5th. The right-hander has moved between the bullpen and rotation since July 31st so if he gets the starting nod on Saturday, it will be his third start in 15 appearances.

DSL Yankees1 3 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds were blanked for the second straight day, this time 3-0 by the DSL Yankees1. With only six games remaining in their season, the only question remaining for the DSL Cardinals (19-46) is whether they can climb out of 10th and last place in the Boca Chica South Division. It is not looking promising at this point.

Junior Fernandez (L, 0-5) permitted five hits and two walk through six, resulting in two runs, one earned. Juan Alvarez yielded a tally on two hits and a plunked batter over three.

The Dominican Cards escaped being no hit thanks to a two-out single by Wadye Infante in the sixth. Carlos Rodriguez worked his squad’s lone walk.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Yankees1 (38-26), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (2-2, 2.72)

Spotlight on – Derian Gonzalez. Gonzalez has been a bright spot for his team, trailing only David Oca in both ERA, 2.72 to 2.14, and innings pitched, 59 vs. 53. Gonzalez picked up a no decision his last time out versus the Red Sox, permitting a run on three hits in five.

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