Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/20/14

St. Louis’ minors won four and lost three on Tuesday. Springfield, Palm Beach, Johnson City and the DSL Cardinals all notched wins but Memphis, Peoria and the GCL club fell. Peoria lost despite an excellent outing by Chase Brookshire.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 19th.

Memphis 2 at El Paso 6

Tyler Lyons allowed five runs in six innings as the Redbirds were downed at El Paso, 6-2, snapping a nine-game winning streak. Memphis (71-59) slips back into a tie with Nashville (MIL) atop the American Southern.

Lyons (L, 8-2) yielded eight hits, including a solo shot, and two walks, striking out five. Ryan Sherriff’s Triple-A struggles continue as the lefty was scored upon in his third straight outing. This time, it was a run on three hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3. Justin Wright retired both batters faced, leaving two of Sherriff’s runners aboard.

Tommy Pham and Pete Kozma both had two of the team’s eight hits, singling twice in four at bats with Pham adding a free pass, run scored, RBI and stolen base. Ed Easley doubled once in four at bats, touching home once, the squad’s only extra-base hit.

Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place (Pacific Northern) Sacramento (71-58) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (3-2, 4.85)

Spotlight on – John Gast. Gast was given more time since his last start nine days ago. He took his third straight no decision on August 11 against New Orleans, allowing two runs on five hits and two free passes through five. The lefty has yielded less than a hit/inning pitched, 55 in 59 1/3, for a .244 batting average against, but has issued 22 base-on-balls, an average of 3.3/9 IP, for a 1.30 WHIP. Gast will be facing Sacramento for the first time this season.

Springfield 9 at Northwest Arkansas 8

The S-Cards (26-30) scored seven first-inning runs then hung on, slipping past Northwest Arkansas 9-8 in the series’ opener. Springfield’s third consecutive win lifts them into a second-place tie with the Naturals (KC), six games in back of Arkansas (LAA).

Six of the 11 team hits were generated in the first, which was capped by Charlie Tilson’s two-run triple. Tilson went 2-for-4 with a walk, scored once and drove in two. Cody Stanley and Jonathan Rodriguez each singled twice in five at bats and knocked in one, Rodriguez with a run scored as well.

Stakes to a 7-0 advantage, Kurt Heyer was unable to handle such bounty, as the righty permitted seven runs, five earned, on five hits, four of them home run balls. Heyer issued two bases-on-balls and struck out five.

Seth Blair was credited with his fifth win against seven losses despite not producing nearly as well as did Sam Tuivailala in an identical timespan. Both relievers went 1 1/3, Blair allowing a solo bomb, one of the two hits he gave up. Blair and Tuivialala each issued a free pass, the latter fanning one.

Mitch Harris retired the first two in the eighth before a fielding error by Alex Mejia let the potential tying run reach. A single moved the runner to third where he remained when Joe Donofrio notched the first of three strikeouts in a row. Donofrio (S, 11) yielded a two-out double before inducing a harmless flyout to left.

Wednesday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (26-30), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (9-4, 4.02)

Spotlight on – Kyle Hald. In a nice bounce-back outing, Hald got the win on August 14th, shutting down Frisco on two hits and a walk through seven. He last went against the Naturals on July 27th when he got a no decision after allowing four runs on 10 hits and two free passes in 4 2/3.

Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 3

David Washington’s 13th home run of 2014 in the bottom of the eighth gave the Beach Birds a 4-3 victory over the Hammerheads in the first of three. Second-place Palm Beach (34-23) gained a game on Bradenton (PIT) with the win and is now only a game out of first.

Washington added a single to his bomb, going 2-for-4 with two driven in. Designated hitter Aledmys Diaz singled twice in three at bats, touching home once with an RBI. While four other PB-Cards had one hit each, the biggest contribution came from Nick Martini, who went 0-for-2 with two free passes and two runs scored.

Kevin Herget got the win in his Florida State League debut, striking out two in a one-two-three eighth. Tyrell Jenkins went the first seven, giving up six hits and two bases-on-balls, resulting in three tallies. Ronnie Shaban worked around a lead-off double in the ninth for his second save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place (last) Jupiter (18-37) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Nick Petree (6-4, 2.21)

Spotlight on – Nick Petree. Petree spun a beauty in his last start, limiting Charlotte to a run on six hits and a walk through seven frames, picking up the victory. The Missouri native has not faced Jupiter since June 16th when he got a no decision after yielding just two runs on six hits and two base-on-balls in six.

Beloit 3 at Peoria 0

The Chiefs’ bats mustered just three hits, resulting in a 3-0 loss to the Snappers (OAK), their sixth straight defeat including the first two versus Beloit. Fourth-place Peoria (27-30) is three games out of third, the second playoff spot, and has an elimination number of five.

Player of the Day Chase Brookshire (L, 4-7) struck out eight in eight innings, giving up just an earned run, two total, on six hits and a free pass. Brookshire threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Robert Stock yielded a run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning while Tyler Bray retired his only batter faced on one pitch, stranding two inherited runners.

The Chiefs’ main offensive threat was Richy Pedroza, the number nine batter, who singled twice in three at bats.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Beloit (20-26), 6:30 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (2-4, 4.20)

Spotlight on – Luis Perdomo. Perdomo will be making his ninth start for Peoria on Wednesday and has gone at least six frames in five of his eight prior outings. The righty took the loss on August 14th versus Burlington, yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits and a walk through six. Perdomo will be facing Beloit for the first time.

State College - off
NY-Penn League All-Star Game: North 1, South 1

First-place State College (38-25) was idle for the 2014 New York-Penn League All-Star Game, held in Brooklyn, NY on Tuesday. The contest finished in a 1-1 tie despite the North outhitting the South nine to three.

Spikes Will Anderson and Kyle Grana did their part in holding down the North squad. Anderson faced the minimum in the second while Grana pitched around a single and walk in the eighth.

Robelys Reyes went in at short in the sixth, subsequently going 0-for-2. Darren Seferina was originally held out of the line-up but came into the game as a pinch runner in the ninth. Seferina promptly stole second, the act creating an errant throw that sent him to third, where he was stranded.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place Auburn (26-35) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Dewin Perez (5-1, 3.52)

Spotlight on – Dewin Perez. Perez earned his fifth win on August 13th versus Mahoning Valley, yielding three runs on eight hits and a free pass over 5 1/3. The right-hander most recently faced Auburn in a July 25th win, tossing seven frames with three runs on six hits and three walks.

Johnson City 12 at Bristol 8

The Appy Birds capitalized on Pirates’ miscues for a 12-8 win that gave each team two of the series’ four games. Johnson City (31-28) moves into a second-place tie with Kingsport (NYM), 1 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Although each team committed four errors, Bristol’s were more costly, leading to nine unearned runs spread over two innings. Oscar Mercado, Blake Drake and Cole Lankford, the JC-Cards’ three, four and five batters, each singled twice with two runs scored. Mercado and Drake did it in six at bats, Mercado knocking in one. Lankford went 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI. Four other players had one hit each.

Dailyn Martinez (W, 5-3) scattered seven hits and two bases-on-balls over six scoreless frames, striking out four and plunking one. The bullpen nearly handed the game back, a trio of relievers yielding eight runs and bringing the tying run to the plate in the bottom of the ninth.

Landon Beck was first up, giving up three runs on three hits and two walks, recording just two outs. Kevin Carlow stranded two of Beck’s three runners but was touched for an unearned tally on a hit in 1 1/3. Ismael Brito was the biggest culprit, allowing four runs, three earned, on five hits and a free pass in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game: Off. Thursday kicks off a six-game road trip through first-place (East) Danville (ATL) and Kingsport.

Spotlight onJonathan Escudero. All of Escudero’s 17 appearances have come out of Johnson City’s bullpen, where the 21-year-old has compiled a noteworthy 2014 season. Escudero is holding the opposition to a .200 batting average, split closely between lefties at .186 in 12 frames and righties at .207 in 21 2/3. The right-hander has struck out 46 in 33 2/3, walking 14 for a nearly 3.4:1 K/BB ratio.

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 3

The GCL Cardinals (29-22) fell to the GCL Mets1, 3-2, on Tuesday, their seventh loss in eight games. Their once-healthy lead atop the East Division has shrunk to 2 ½ over the Mets, a team they play three more times in their final nine games.

Early tallies once again sunk Gulf Birds’ pitching, Ronnie Williams yielding three runs in the first three of his five-inning outing. Williams (L, 0-5) gave up seven hits and hit two batters, fanning four.

Steven De La Cruz gave up two hits and a base-on-balls in two frames. Jery Then worked around two walks for a scoreless eighth.

The offense scored two or fewer runs in five of their seven recent losses, including Tuesday’s. Michael Pritchard garnered three of his team’s seven hits, going 3-for-4 with a walk and run scored, batting third. Clean-up hitter Jake Gronsky singled twice in four at bats as did number nine batter Eliezer Alvarez.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (27-25), 12:00 pm ET, Frederis Parra (3-2, 3.10)

Spotlight on – Frederis Parra. Parra is the team leader in innings pitched at 40 2/3 and his 3.10 ERA places him ninth in the league. Parra is coming off consecutive subpar outings, most recently against the Marlins, when he permitted five runs, four earned, on seven hits and three walks over four. Let’s hope he can duplicate his results the last time he faced the Mets, when the righty shut them down on two hits in five innings on July 30th.

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Mets1 3 (10)

Wadye Infante’s long ball gave the Dominican Birds a 4-3 walk-off win in 10. The DSL Cardinals (22-46) strengthened their grip on ninth-place in the 10-team Boca Chica South Division as they lead the DSJ Rojos (CIN) by two in the battle to stay out of the cellar.

Infante led off the 10th with his second home run of 2014 and second this month, the outfielder going 2-for-5 with the aforementioned blast. Infante just turned 17 on August 15th.

Carlos Rodriguez singled twice in four at bats, driving in one, the only other Dominican Cardinal with more than one of nine team hits. Shortstop Allen Cordoba went 1-for-3 with a run scored and RBI.

David Oca turned in a solid outing in his last start of the season, holding the opposition to two runs on seven hits and two hit batsmen through six. Kerrion Bennett gave up a home run, one of two hits and a free pass allowed in two. Esteban Vallejo (W, 1-2) tossed the final two innings, yielding two hits and a base-on-balls.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (40-28), 10:30 am ET, tandem start – Franyel Casadilla (1-3, 2.52)/Angel Estevez (4-2, 3.03)

Spotlight on – Franyel Casadilla. Casadilla and Estevez have been paired in the rotation in its last two cycles. If that continues on Wednesday, Casadilla will start with Estevez following him to the mound. Casadilla has tossed 35 2/3 frames over 18 appearances, yielding 35 hits and 11 walks for a 1.15 WHIP.

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