Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/19/14

Big offensive performances by Ed Easley and Dionenrys Pena led Memphis and the DSL Cardinals to the system’s only wins on Monday. Peoria, Johnson City and the GCL club all went down to defeat with the remaining three teams off.

Results from games played Monday, August 18th.

Memphis 7 at El Paso 4

Ed Easley’s three-hit night led the Redbirds’ to a 7-4 victory over the Chihuahuas (SD). Memphis’ (71-58) ninth straight victory ensured them of their third straight series’ win with one game at El Paso remaining.

Co-Player of the Day Easley accounted for five tallies, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and a two-run home run that was part of his four RBI. The catcher scored twice. Stephen Piscotty, the only other Redbird with more than one of eight team hits, singled twice in four at bats but was nailed trying to steal. Greg Garcia posted an interesting line of 0-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored.

Marco Gonzales scattered eight hits over six, yielding two runs in his last inning of work. The lefty fanned three and did not issue a free pass. Justin Wright was touched for a run on two hits in the seventh, making the score 4-2 Memphis.

Kevin Siegrist’s first outing since his re-assignment from St. Louis was without incident, the lefty walking one and striking out one while recording three outs. Dean Kiekhefer didn’t do as well, giving up a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning. Jorge Rondon notched the game’s final out, stranding Kiekhefer’s last runner and picking up his ninth save.

Tuesday’s game: at El Paso (61-69), 8:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (8-1, 4.18)

Spotlight on – Tyler Lyons. Lyons is looking to rebound from a horrific start against Albuquerque in which he served up seven runs on 13 hits and a walk in six frames. That snapped a string of four consecutive quality starts of a minimum of six innings pitched while yielding a maximum of three runs.

Springfield - off

The last fifteen games of Springfield’s (25-30) regular season begin with four games at second-place Northwest Arkansas (KC), a team the S-Cards trail by a game in the standings.

Tuesday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (26-29), 7:05 pm CT, Kurt Heyer (4-10, 4.50)

Spotlight on – Kurt Heyer. Heyer has not given up more than three runs in his last four starts, the most recent two being back-to-back outings versus Frisco in which he went five innings and gave up one run and no tallies, respectively. The first in this string of four solid outings was the last time the righty faced the Naturals, when Heyer allowed three runs on seven hits and a walk over six.

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (33-23) faces stablemate Jupiter (MIA) six times in the last 14 games with three of those contests are up next. The biggest series of the four remaining comes up right after this set with the Hammerheads when the second-place Cardinals host the first-place Marauders (PIT) for four, a team they trail by two games.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Jupiter (18-36), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Spotlight onThomas Lee. The 24-year-old has spent the entire 2014 season with the Beach Birds, primarily in the bullpen. Overall, he has compiled a 3.23 ERA in 86 1/3 Innings. Lee has allowed 102 hits for a .290 batting average against but counters that by issuing just five free passes, an average of 0.52 walks for every nine innings pitched. That continues a career trend for the California native who has walked just 20 in 189 1/3 innings going back to June 2012.

Beloit 6 at Peoria 4

Peoria (27-29) lost 6-4 to Beloit (OAK) in the series’ opener on Monday, its fifth straight defeat.

Despite striking out 10 over 6 1/3, Alex Reyes’ record fell to 6-7 due to four runs permitted, only two earned, on just three hits and a base-on-balls. One of those three hits was a solo shot.

The two tallies yielded by Steve Sabatino during his 1 1/3 frames on the bump proved to be the Snappers’ margin of victory. Sabatino gave up three hits. Kyle Barraclough walked two in 1 1/3, stranding one inherited runner.

The Chiefs banged out 11 hits but were a dismal 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ninth-place batter Richy Pedroza went 3-for-4 with two doubles but neither scored nor drove in a run. Steve Bean singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one. Six other Chiefs had one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Beloit (19-36), 6:30 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (4-6, 4.14)

Spotlight on – Chase Brookshire. Brookshire’s last start on August 13th was a big ugly, as the righty yielded five runs on 11 hits and a walk in 5 2/3. Despite those numbers, Brookshire picked up his fourth win. Go figure. He most recently faced Beloit on July 30th when he allowed three runs, two earned, on five hits and two base-on-balls.

State College - off

The Spikes (38-25) are idle for the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The Brooklyn Cyclones (NYM) host tonight’s festivities, with the game scheduled to begin at 7:30 pm ET. State College will be represented by second baseman Darren Seferina, shortstop Robelys Reyes, righty starter Will Anderson and righty reliever Kyle Grana.

Tuesday’s game: New York-Penn League All-Star Game, MCU Park – Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 pm ET.

Spotlight on – Robelys Reyes. The Spikes’ shortstop is in his fifth season of pro ball, second in the United States. Although Reyes saw action in nine games for Peoria, the bulk of his 2014 season has been with State College, where he has a line of .286/.327/.384/.712, 58-for-203 in 49 games. The 24-year-old has 13 hits in his last 43 at bats for a .302 average in his most recent 10 games.

Johnson City 3 at Bristol 6

Matt Pearce dug his team an early hole from which they could not escape, as Johnson City (30-28) fell to Bristol 6-3. The Appy Birds trail the Pirates in the series one game to two.

Pearce (L, 2-4) permitted nine hits in five innings, resulting in five runs, four earned. Juan Caballero went the last three, giving up solo bomb that was one of two hits allowed to go with a base-on-balls and wild pitch.

The JC-Cards were held scoreless on one hit through six, finally cracking Bristol’s pitching code in the seventh for four more hits that produced three runs. Cole Lankford doubled and tripled in four at bats, scoring once and driving in two. Anthony Ray tripled once in four at bats, touching home once.

Tuesday’s game: at Bristol (18-39), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (4-3, 5.24)

Spotlight on – Dailyn Martinez. Pulaski roughed up Martinez for seven runs on eight hits and a free pass over four on August 13th. The righty faced Bristol in a no decision on July 20th, yielding three tallies on five hits through six.

GCL Mets 4 at GCL Cardinals 3

The Gulf Birds’ stumble down the stretch continued with a 4-3 loss to the Gulf Mets. The GCL Cardinals (29-21) have lost seven of their last 10.

Rehabbing David Aarsdma took the loss, as the run he allowed on three hits and a walk in the fifth broke a 1-1 tie. Jack Flaherty struck out six through the first four, giving up a tally on five hits and two bases-on-balls, one intentional.

Dylan Hawkins allowed a run in the sixth, the first of his two innings on the bump. Hawkins gave up two hits and a free pass while hitting one. Yeison Medina continued the staff’s string of runs yielded, permitting a tally on three hits over two.

The Gulf Cards took an early lead with a run in the first, then later pushed across single scores in the seventh and eighth to bring the score within one each inning. GCL batting leader Magneuris Sierra singled twice in three at bats with a run scored, the only Gulf Bird with more than one hit. Five other players had one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Mets (26-25), 10:00 am ET, Ronnie Williams (0-4, 5.47)

Spotlight on – Ronnie Williams. Six of Williams’ eight appearances have been starts with the other two coming in the long-relief role. He went five innings in his August 12th start versus the Marlins, his longest stint to date. If Williams starts on Tuesday, he will face the Mets for the first time.

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Mets1 5

The DSL Cardinals (21-46) rallied for four in the ninth to slip past the DSL Mets1 6-5. Their second win in a row moves the Dominican Birds out of the cellar, a game up on the DSL Rojos.

The big blow in the ninth was second baseman Luis Flores’ second long ball of 2014, a three-run shot with Carlos Rodriguez (single) and Dionenrys Pena (single) on. Pena, our co-Player of the Day, was a perfect 4-for-4 as the designated hitter, scoring twice with an RBI.

Left fielder Wadye Infante singled twice and tripled in five at bats, driving in one. Centerfielder Carlos Talavera went 2-for-4, the only other Dominican Bird with more than one of the team’s 13 hits.

Will Changarotty went the first six, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits while striking out seven. It was the 18-year-old’s longest outing of 2014, as Changarotty was without Oneiver Diaz, his tandem mate who left their last start after facing two batters.

Despite his strong start, Changarotty left with his team down 2-1. Andy De La Cruz (W, 2-1) was the pitcher of record when the Cards rallied in the ninth. Cruz allowed three runs on six hits in his two-inning stint. Jose Lara (S, 8) struck out the side in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Mets1 (34-32), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (3-3, 2.13)

Spotlight on – David Oca. The southpaw, who turned 19 in early July, has logged an outstanding 2014 season, his second in pro ball. Oca is holding opponents to a .213 batting average, although the splits are less kind: .324 average against lefties in 9 1/3 innings versus a .190 average against right-handed batters over 49 2/3. His last start against the DSL Mets1, a no decision on July 29th, featured two runs allowed, one earned, on five hits in 6 1/3.

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