Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/23/14

In a rough night for most of the Cardinals’ affiliates’ playoff chances, State College clinched its second division title in two years. They are collectively our Players of the Day.

Results from games played Saturday, August 23rd.

Sacramento 6 at Memphis 3

In his first Triple-A start, Jonathan Cornelius pitched well enough to win but his bullpen couldn’t keep it close for the Redbirds offense. Cornelius finished after allowing two runs on five hits in 5 1/3 innings. Three Redbirds relievers combined to give up four runs.

Randal Grichuk hit his 25th home run of the season in the seventh inning. Xavier Scruggs had two hits including his 19th long ball.

Sunday’s game: Memphis (73-61) vs. Sacremento (75-60) 6:05 CT, Marco Gonzales (3-1, 3.86 ERA)

Tulsa 13 at Springfield 3

After a stint at Memphis, Ryan Sherriff did not receive a warm welcome when he returned to the Texas League. Sherriff was tagged for three runs in only three innings of work.

Seth Blair followed and was charged with two runs in two innings. Dixon Llorens was roughed up for five runs in only two-thirds of an inning. Outfielder David Popkins finished on the mound, allowing three runs, including a homer, in an inning.

Out of the leadoff spot, Breyvic Valera had three hits and scored a run. Alex Mejia singled twice.

Sunday’s game: Springfield (63-67) vs. Tulsa (64-65), 5:10 CT, Kurt Heyer (4-10, 4.63)

Bradenton 8 at Palm Beach 5

Starter Corey Littrell is now 0-2 after being charged with eight runs, three earned, in seven innings of work. The southpaw gave up 11 hits but walked none and finished with seven strikeouts. His defense let him down with four errors on the night.

Nick Martini had two hits and scored two runs. Mason Katz homered for the fifth time since joining Palm Beach mid-season.

Sunday’s game: Palm Beach (73-58) vs. Bradenton (72-59), 1:05 ET, Corey Baker (5-2, 2.21 ERA)

Wisconsin 11 at Peoria 7

Wisconsin got four runs in the top of the 11th for the victory. Reliever Robert Stock was charged with all four. Starter Kyle Helisek was tagged for six runs on eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Ronald Castillo had three hits including a double and drove in three runs. Rowan Wick singled, doubled and drove in two.

Sunday’s game: Peoria (67-63) at Clinton (56-73), 2:00 CT, Alex Reyes (6-7, 3.91 ERA)

State College 7 at Jamestown 3

Jake Stone doubled and hit his fifth home run of the season, a three run shot. Stone finished with five RBI. Nick Thompson singled twice and scored three runs.

Will Anderson is now 6-2 after spinning six innings of three run baseball in the division-clinching game.

Sunday’s game: State College (41-26) at Jamestown (30-35), 4:05 ET, Fernando Baez (2-1, 3.68 ERA)

Danville 4, Johnson City 3 (11 innings)

Reliever Juan Caballero was charged with the loss after allowing a run in the bottom of the 11th. Starter Steven Farinaro allowed only one run in five innings while striking out five.

Blake Drake and Anthony Ray both finished the night with a pair of hits. Jesus Ustariz added a solo home run, his third of the season.

Sunday’s game: Johnson City (33-29) at Kingsport (32-30), 6:00 ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 13, GCL Marlins 4

Leadoff man Magneuris Sierra led the charge with four hits and two RBI as the home team hammered out 16 hits. Derek Gibson collected two hits including a home run, his second of the season. Jake Gronsky, Malik Collymore, DeAndre Asbury-Heath, and Eliezer Alvarez all finished with a pair of hits.

Dylan Hawkins threw the first three innings and did not allow a run. Reliever Andrew Reidt picked up the win with two strong innings of relief.

Sunday’s game: The Gulf Coast League takes Sundays off.

DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Mariners - cancelled

The final game of the 2014 regular season was rained out. The Cards finish in ninth place in their 10-team division with a 22-48 record, 28 ½ games out of first place.

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