Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/21/14

Springfield notched one of two wins in St. Louis’ minors on Wednesday behind starter Kyle Hald’s noteworthy effort. Palm Beach was also victorious but four other teams were not. The DSL Cardinals’ game was suspended while Johnson City was off.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 20th.

Sacramento 6 at Memphis 3

Starter Zach Petrick did not retire a batter as the Redbirds (71-60) were downed by the River Cats 6-3 in the series opener.

Petrick (L, 6-6) issued three free passes to go with four hits, including a two-run bomb, resulting in five runs. Heath Wyatt ate four innings, striking out three and yielding a tally on two hits and a walk. Wyatt left two inherited runners aboard.

Dean Kiekhefer struck out three in two frames, giving up a hit and hitting a batter. David Aardsma tossed a scoreless inning in his return to Triple-A, the righty using two strikeouts to get around a hit and base-on-balls. Kevin Siegrist and Eric Fornataro both tossed a one-two-three frame.

Shut down through five, Memphis pushed across three in the sixth. Stephen Piscotty’s bases-loaded sac fly brought across Tommy Pham (single). Audry Perez drove in Randal Grichuk (double) and Scott Moore (plunked) on a liner up the middle. Grichuk singled and doubled in four at bats, the only Redbird with more than one hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. Sacramento (74-58) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Boone Whiting (4-6, 3.73)

Spotlight on – Boone Whiting. After being skipped in the rotation and making a relief appearance on August 9, Whiting’s most recent start lasted just four frames on the 16th. The righty limited El Paso to three hits and two bases-on-balls but required 73 pitches to keep the opposition off the board. Whiting hasn’t seen the sixth from the mound since a seven-inning outing on July 19th versus Colorado. He will be going up against the River Cats for the first time this season.

Springfield 2 at Northwest Arkansas 1

Player of the Day Kyle Hald’s strong outing led the S-Cards (27-30) to a 2-1 victory over the Naturals (KC). Springfield has won four straight, including the first two of four at Northwest Arkansas, gaining four games on first-place Arkansas, which is in the midst of a five-game skid. The second-place S-Cards still trail the Travelers by five.

Three of the six hits allowed by Hald (W, 10-4) in 6 1/3 came in the first, producing the Naturals’ only tally. Hald struck out seven with three free passes issued and threw 97 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Sam Tuivailala entered the seventh with runners at first and second and one out. The ensuing double play included a play at the plate and force at second. Tuivailala was given a quick hook when he yielded a single to start the eighth.

Jeremy Berg wild-pitched that runner to second and a fly out to right advanced the potential tying run to third. The righty walked the next batter before another play at home and a swinging K ended the threat.

After the excitement of the seventh and eighth, Joe Donofrio’s ninth inning was fairly calm. A one-out free pass was erased in a 5-4-3 double play, earning him his 12th save.

Springfield tied the game in the fourth, with Rafael Ortega’s single bringing in Jonathan Rodriguez (single). The first of Alex Mejia’s two hits in three at bats was his second home run of 2014, which put his team up 2-1 in the fifth. David Popkins went 2-for-3 with a double, the only other S-Card with more than one of eight team hits. Ortega and catcher Cody Stanley each swiped a bag, their 16th and 12th respectively.

Thursday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (26-31), 7:05 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (5-12, 4.37)

Spotlight on – Sam Gaviglio. The eight-team Texas League regularly features starters facing the same team in consecutive starts, home and road. So it goes for Gaviglio, who tossed five innings against Midland in each of his two most recent starts. The 24-year-old gave up three earned runs in that span, continuing a strong post All-Star performance in which he has held opposing batters to a .244 average with a 1.30 WHIP and 2.62 in 44 2/3 over eight starts.

Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 3

Four runs late allowed the PB-Cards to slip past the Hammerheads 4-3, clinching the Fins vs. Feathers Series. Palm Beach (35-23) leads the three-game series 2-0 with one to go and moves into a first-place tie with Bradenton (PIT) with the win.

Nick Petree generated a strong effort, yielding three runs, two earned, on six hits in 7 1/3. Petree did not walk a batter. Iden Nazario (BS, 1) (W, 5-0) was unable to hold the 3-2 lead, allowing Petree’s runner to score from third on a wild pitch. Nazario plunked one, recording two outs.

Palm Beach returned the favor in the visitor half of the eighth, as back-to-back singles by Aledmys Diaz and Luke Voit put runners at the corners with none out. A wild pitch with pinch-runner Jimmy Bosco at third resulted in the final margin of victory.

Diaz and Voit joined Nick Martini by going 2-for-4, Voit doubling once. Gerwuins Velazco singled once in two at bats with a base-on-balls, knocking in two. Three of the Beach Birds’ four runs were unearned, thanks to a two-out error in the seventh that opened the door for three runs.

Kevin Herget’s second Palm Beach appearance went much like his first, scoreless. Herget faced the minimum, striking out one and picking up his first save as a professional.

Thursday’s game: at Jupiter (18-38) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (6-3, 4.05)

Spotlight on – Silfredo Garcia. Fort Myers hammered Garcia for five runs on five hits and three walks in five innings on August 16th. Garcia last faced Jupiter on July 1st when nine hits and a free pass over six translated to three runs.

Peoria 7 vs. Beloit 4

The Chiefs’ big fourth inning resulted in a 7-4 win over the Snappers (OAK), ending a six-game losing streak and salvaging the final game of three with Beloit.

Peoria (28-30) sent nine batters to the plate in the fourth, with six runs scoring. Luis Perez’ three-run long ball was the key blow, coming with Rowan Wick (single) and Steve Bean (single) on.

Juan Herrera got the action started when he was hit by a pitch to open the inning. Herrera eventually scored on Wick’s single. On the evening, the shortstop went 2-for-3, including a solo shot that put the Chiefs up 1-0 after one. Six other Chiefs garnered one hit each and six either scored or drove in a run. Or both.

Luis Perdomo picked up his third win in seven decisions despite a sub-par outing in which he allowed four runs on five hits and two free passes in five plus. Perdomo fanned six, hit one batter and threw a wild pitch.

Jhonny Polanco struck out five over three frames but could not keep Perdomo’s last runner from scoring after Polanco inherited a runner on second and none out in the sixth. Kyle Barraclough struck out the side in the ninth, working around a hit and walk for his seventh save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (31-27) (MIL), 6:30 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (6-2, 1.83)

Spotlight on – Rob Kaminsky. Thursday’s game will be the third time in a row that Kaminsky faces the Timber Rattlers, after receiving a win and no decision his last two times. Kaminsky’s combined line in those two starts: 11 2/3 innings, 10 hits, four walks, five runs.

Auburn 5 at State College 4

The Spikes began the last 13 games of their regular season with a 5-4 loss to the Doubledays (WSH).

Three runs off Dewin Perez (L, 5-2) in the first dug State College a hole from which they could not escape. Perez righted his ship and went five innings, giving up five hits and three bases-on-balls that produced those three tallies. Jeff Rauh struck out three in two innings, Nick Lomascolo was charged for two runs, one earned, on a hit and two walks in the eighth. Joe Scanio yielded a hit in the ninth, fanning two.

State College (38-26) outhit Auburn 15 to seven, but stranded 13. Luis Cruz led five Spikes with multi-hit games, going 3-for-5 with a run scored. Collin Radack, Robelys Reyes, Brett Wiley and Kenny Peoples-Walls had two hits apiece, Radack driving in two and Reyes touching home once.

Peoples-Walls went 2-for-2 as the designated hitter after pinch hitting for Darren Seferina in the seventh. Seferina was hitless in two at bats with a walk as the DH.

Thursday’s game: vs. Auburn (27-35), 7:05 pm ET, Austin Gomber (0-2, 2.79)

Spotlight on – Austin Gomber. The fourth-round pick in June 2014 out of Florida Atlantic has tossed 29 innings over eight starts. He faced Mahoning Valley on August 14th, going three scoreless innings, permitting three hits and four free passes.

Johnson City - off

Johnson City (31-28) comes out of their last off day of the regular season with three three-game series on tap, the first two on the road. First up is first-place (East) Danville then on to Kingsport (NYM) with whom the JC-Cards are tied for the West Division’s final playoff slot.

Thursday’s game: at Danville (30-25) (ATL), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

Spotlight onAnderson Gerdel. Signed out of Venezuela in November 2009 when he was 16, Gerdel is finishing up his fifth pro season, third in the United States. Now 21, the righty has been a mainstay in the Johnson City bullpen, holding the opposition to a .228 average and compiling a 1.06 WHIP in 23 2/3 over 16 games. Gerdel has not fared as will in a brief stint for State College, giving up 12 hits and two free passes in nine innings over five appearances.

GCL Mets 4 at GCL Cardinals 0

The sound the Gulf Birds hear right behind them is the charge of the second-place Mets, who have won three straight while the GCL Cardinals (29-23) have lost four in a row. The Gulf Cards’ lead is down to 1 ½ in the East Division with eight games to play.

Both team’s starters pitched the other to a draw, leaving the game in hands of their respective bullpens. The Gulf Birds’ relievers blinked first, with Andrew Reidt (L, 2-1) allowing two runs in his second inning of work. Both runs scored with Tyler Dunnington on the mound, then Dunnington gave two tallies of his own in the ninth. His runs came home under Kevin Alexander’s watch. Reidt gave up a hit and hit batsman in 1 2/3, Dunnington four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning and Alexander a hit while recording two outs.

Starter Frederis Parra did his part, striking out eight through the first six. Parra permitted five hits and a free pass.

The GCL Cardinals were shut out on five hits, with Eliezer Alvarez singling twice in two at bats with a base-on-balls.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (23-30), 10:00 am ET, Bryan Dobzanski (2-1, 3.18)

Spotlight on – Bryan Dobzanski. Dobzanski is likely to make his third consecutive start on Thursday, after his first four appearances were out of the bullpen. In his last start, Dobzanski, who turns 19 on August 31st, held the Nationals to a hit and walk in five shutout innings. This will be Dobzanski’s first start against the Marlins.

DSL Cardinals 0 vs. DSL Nationals 0 - suspended

The Dominican Birds’ game was suspended due to rain with two out in the sixth and a Nationals runner at second. With only three games remaining in the DSL Cardinals’ season, no sign of the game being rescheduled is to be seen.

Franyel Casadilla went the first 4 1/3, allowing three hits with three strikeouts. Tandem mate Angel Estevez took over in the fifth, walking one in 1 1/3 and leaving Casadilla’s last runner on.

Perhaps the suspension was a blessing as the Cardinals offense had not mustered a hit by the time play was stopped.

Thursday’s game: DSL Cardinals (22-46) at DSL Nationals (40-28), 10:30 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-8, 3.73)

Spotlight on – Sandy Alcantara. Alcantara took the loss his last time out, yielding six runs, four earned, on nine hits and two free passes in five innings versus the DSL Rockies. Alcantara, who turns 19 next month, is in his first season of pro ball.

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