Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/28/14

The 6-2 Wednesday was highlighted by the return of Yadier Molina in a rehab role in Springfield. State College’s Austin Gomber is our Player of the Day.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 27th. Note: Playoff watch sections written by Brian Walton.

Memphis 5 vs. Fresno 4

The Redbirds held off a late charge by the visitors to pick up the victory. Tim Cooney earned a team-record 14th win of the season after pitching six strong innings. The bullpen gave up three runs before Kevin Siegrist came in to stop the bleeding and record the save.

Cooney helped his cause at the plate with two hits, the only Redbird who recorded a multi-hit game.

Thursday’s game: Memphis (76-61) at New Orleans (75-60) 7:00 CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 3.38 ERA)

Playoff watch – While Memphis has won four straight, Nashville has dropped its last three, putting the Redbirds up three games in the standings. All five of Memphis’ remaining games are on the road at New Orleans. Nashville has a slight lead in the tiebreaker, best division record, but that may not be decided until the final game, if needed.

Springfield 4, Arkansas 3

The Cardinals got the win, but with them eliminated from the post-season race, more importantly this game featured the return of Yadier Molina after a seven-week absence. The rehabbing National League all-star had a pair of hits, including a double and worked six innings behind the plate.

Greg Garcia and Patrick Wisdom both finished with three hits with Garcia having two doubles.

Mike Mayers earned the win after allowing a run in six innings of work. Joe Donofrio closed out the Travs for his 14th save.

Thursday’s game: Springfield (64-70) vs. Arkansas (72-63), 7:10 CT, TBA

Palm Beach 2 at Jupiter 4

Nick Petree was knocked around for four runs on 10 hits in 6 1/3 innings of work. Petree is now 6-5 on the season.

Jimmy Bosco singled twice and drove in a run to pace the offense. Luke Voit and David Washington both had singles and a run scored.

Thursday’s game: Palm Beach (75-60) vs. St. Lucie (72-61), 6:35 ET, Silfredo Garcia (7-3, 3.72)

Playoff watch – With four games remaining, all against the Mets, the Cards are tied with Bradenton for the division lead and lone second half divisional playoff berth. The Marauders own the tiebreaker.

Peoria 4 vs. Beloit 2

Rowan Wick started the scoring in the second with a two-run blast that left the stadium. It was Wick’s fifth home run since joining the Chiefs and his 19th this season. He finished the night with three hits and three runs scored. Justin Ringo added a pair of hits. Steve Bean and Carson Kelly added Peoria’s other two hits.

Starter Arturo Reyes allowed one run but lasted only 4 2/3 innings so he was not in line for the victory. Reliever Tyler Bray threw 1 1/3 innings and took the win. Kyle Barraclough picked up his ninth save.

Thursday’s game: Peoria (69-65) vs. Beloit (56-74), 7:00 CT, Kyle Helisek (1-0, 7.13 ERA)

Playoff watch – With five games remaining, three clubs are battling for the one division wild card. The Chiefs are tied with Quad Cities, two games behind Wisconsin.

State College 6 vs. Williamsport 0

Starter Austin Gomber put together his best start as a professional. The southpaw, our Player of the Day, threw seven shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out seven.

Robelys Reyes sparked the offense out of the leadoff spot. Reyes finished with three hits, two runs, and an RBI. Nick Thompson and Jake Stone both had triples while Stone drove in a pair of runs.

Thursday’s game: State College (44-27) vs. Williamsport (32-39), 7:05 ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-3, 2.75 ERA)

Playoff watch – With five games remaining, the Spikes are the only NYPL club to clinch their division. If the season ended today, they would have the home field advantage for the first round, but that lead is just one game.

Johnson City 3 vs. Greeneville 7

The Astros put up two runs each in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to seal the win. Cardinals’ starter Julio Mateo was tagged for those six runs in 4 2/3 innings. Mateo was hurt by some shaky defense and three home run balls.

Chris Rivera doubled twice, scored a run, and drove in a run.

Thursday’s game: Johnson City (35-31) vs. Greeneville (32-32), 7:00 ET, Juan Perez (5-3, 3.04)

Playoff watch – Elizabethton is the only club in the division to clinch a playoff berth. The Cardinals could still win the division title, the wild card or they could stay home. It all depends on the final two games, to be played Thursday and Friday.

If the Cards win both against Greeneville, they are in. They would take the division title only if Elizabethton drops both its final games. If the Cards lose both, they will be out in favor of Greeneville. One win would lock up the wild card.

The post-season will open Sunday, with the second-place team hosting the first in game one of the three-game series.

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 3 - Game 1 (10 innings)

The Cardinals posted two in the top of the tenth to pull out the win. Julian Barzilli scored the winning run on a catcher’s interference call. Eliezer Alvarez had two hits and stole a base out of the leadoff spot. Derek Gibson added two singles.

Reliever Yeison Medina picked up the win after four shutout innings. Nick Frey notched his first save. Starter Bryan Dobzanski allowed three runs, none earned, in his five-inning outing.

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 1 - Game 2 (seven innings, make up of August 16 postponement)

Julian Barzilli hit a solo shot in the second inning to help start the scoring. Malik Collymore and Ricardo Bautista each had a pair of hits with a single and a double.

Silas Bohannan got the win with a pair of shutout relief innings. Jery Then logged his second save with a strikeout in a hitless final inning.

Thursday’s game: GCL Cardinals (36-23) vs. GCL Nationals (25-34), 12:00 ET, TBA

Playoff watch – The seedings for the two one-game semi-finals to be played on Friday are down to the last day. The four playoff teams are set, but their records are so close, the home and away assignments remain unclear with one exception. Yankees1 will host one Friday contest.

The Cardinals are in the driver’s seat for the other home berth. They will host either the Yankees2 or Red Sox on Friday if they win today. They could still secure the home advantage if both they and the Red Sox lose – if the Sox score the same number of runs or less today. It is that close.

The Cardinals will enter the playoffs with considerable momentum, having won their last seven straight.

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