Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/14/15

Fun times were had by all in the Cardinals system on Saturday. Three rain delays and three extra-inning games were the highlights of the evening. Rain delays in Springfield (briefly) as well as Memphis and Peoria extended the evening’s festivities, in which Springfield and Peoria went into extra innings. When all the dust settled, only Peoria emerged victorious.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched a six-inning one hitter in Peoria’s winning contest.

Results for games played on June 13th.

Memphis 4, Round Rock 5

Redbirds starter Zack Petrick went five innings, surrendering five runs on eight hits, three strikeouts and no walks.

Round Rock got on the board in the top of the first, scoring on a double to right and a single to center.

Memphis took the lead in the bottom of the third when Dan Johnson walked and Xavier Scruggs hit a home run to left center field.

The Express came roaring back, however, in the top of the fourth. After striking out the first two batters, Petrick allowed a single to left, then an RBI double to left. The next batter singled to center to score a second run. Petrick then surrendered a two-run home run to right center field, to bring the score to 5-2 in favor of Round Rock.

The Redbirds scored a run in the bottom of the seventh when Dan Johnson hit a solo home run to right field. Memphis added another run in the bottom of the ninth when Dean Anna drew a leadoff walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Johnson singled to right to score Anna. The Redbirds were unable to rally further, as Xavier Scruggs struck out and Greg Garcia lined out to end the game.

Sunday’s game: vs. Round Rock, Thomas Lee (Triple-A debut), 6:05 CDT

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 8 (11 innings)

Back to the rotation from the pen, Kurt Heyer started the game for Springfield, but was done after 3 2/3 innings. Heyer surrendered seven runs on eight hits, three of them home runs, one strikeout and a walk.

Heyer’s troubles began in the first inning. The first batter singled to center, followed by a walk one out later. Next was a three-run home run to right field, followed immediately by a solo home run to left center field. Mercifully the next two batters grounded out and popped out to end the inning.

The Cardinals got on the board in the top of the second with a Jonathan Rodriguez walk, a Michael Ohlman single, and a Bruce Caldwell double to score Rodriguez.

In the bottom of the second, Heyer allowed another run on a leadoff double, a sac bunt and a ground out.

The Cardinals responded in the top of the third on a Charlie Tilson walk, stolen base and two throwing errors (by the Tulsa centerfielder and catcher) that allowed Tilson to score.

In the bottom of the third, Tulsa scored a sixth run against Heyer on two singles, followed by a steal of home. In the bottom of the fourth, Heyer gave up his third home run, a solo shot to the leadoff hitter. Heyer retired the next two batters, then gave up a single and hit the next batter with a pitch. At that point Heyer got the hook, and Iden Nazario hit the first batter he faced. With the bases loaded, Nazario managed a strike out to end the inning. The score was 7-2.

The Cardinals battled back with three runs in the top of the fifth. Tilson walked. Mike O’Neill reached on a force attempt, missed catch error by the Tulsa second baseman. Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled to center, scoring Tilson and O’Neill. Rodriguez singled to center, scoring Hazelbaker.

In the top of the seventh, Springfield tied it up. Hazelbaker walked, and Rodriguez hit a two-run shot to left center field.

The game went into extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th, with Ronnie Shaban on the mound for the Cardinals, a single, a wild pitch, an intentional walk, and another single brought the winning run home for Tulsa.

Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, Arturo Reyes (3-2, 2.25), 2:05 CDT

Palm Beach 3 at St. Lucie 7

Will Anderson started for Palm Beach, pitching 5 1/3 innings and yielding three runs on seven hits, five strikeouts and a walk.

Anderson pitched two scoreless innings before surrendering three runs in the bottom of the third. A leadoff walk, followed by a stolen base put the first runner in scoring position. A ground out moved the runner to third and a single brought him home. Two doubles and a single plated two additional runs for St. Lucie.

In the top of the fifth, the Cardinals got on the board, scoring on a single by Carson Kelly, a walk to Casey Turgeon, a passed ball advancing Kelly to third, and a ground out off the bat of Robelys Reyes to plate Kelly.

In the top of the sixth, the Cardinals scored another run on a Brett Wiley single, stolen base, and an RBI single by David Washington.

Reliever Silfredo Garcia replaced Anderson with one out in the sixth. Garcia struck out the next two batters to end the inning. Garcia pitched a scoreless seventh and was replaced in the eighth by Steve Sabatino. Sabatino gave up a single to the leadoff batter, then walked the second. A double to center scored two runs, and a home run to left plated two more.

Palm Beach attempted to rally in the top of the ninth, on a Reyes double to left and a C.J. McElroy RBI single. However, after Juan Herrera reached on a throwing error and Wiley drew a walk, David Washington flied out to left to end the rally and the game.

Sunday’s game: at St. Lucie, TBA (Luke Weaver’s rotation turn), 12:00 CDT

Peoria 7, South Bend 6 (16 innings)

TCN Player of the Day, starter Daniel Poncedeleon, went six innings, giving up one run on one hit, six strikeouts and three walks. In the 16 inning marathon, six relievers followed Poncedeleon, with Kender Villegas posting the win.

The Chiefs get on the board first in the bottom of the first. Leadoff hitter Darren Seferina singled to center. Oscar Mercado singled to center, and Alex De Leon doubled to right to score Seferina and Mercado.

In the top of the third, South Bend made the score 2-1 on a walk and a double to center, the only hit yielded by Poncedeleon.

The Chiefs added another run in the bottom of the fourth. Steve Bean doubled to right, Ronald Castillo was hit by a pitch. Castillo and Bean advanced to second and third on a Blake Drake ground out, and Bean scored on an Andrew Sohn sac fly.

South Bend took the lead in the top of the eighth. With reliever Nick Lomascolo on the mound, a walk, a stolen base and a single scored one run. A home run to left scored two more runs, making the score 4-3 in favor of the Cubs. South Bend added another run in the top of the ninth on a single and a double allowed by reliever Dixon Llorens.

The Chiefs tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Drake singled to center, and advanced to second on a passed ball. Sohn drew a walk, then Vaughn Bryan singled, moving Sohn to second and Drake to third. Mercado singled to left, scoring Sohn and Drake.

The game went into extras, and remained tied until the top of the 13th when reliever Kyle Grana surrendered a single and a double to put the Cubs ahead. The Chiefs did not relent, however. In the bottom of the inning, a Bean double to left, a Castillo walk, and a Sohn single tied the game again.

Two scoreless innings followed, but in the bottom of the 16th, a Seferina double to right and a Bryan single to right gave the Chiefs the extra-innings victory.

Sunday’s game: vs. South Bend, Matt Pearce (3-6, 3.99), 5:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Mariners2 3 (14 innings)

David Oca started for the Cardinals, pitching five scoreless innings on four hits, six strikeouts and two walks. The game went into extras, with six relievers pitching the final 8 1/3 innings. Cristhian Lugo took the loss.

The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh. Fabian Blanco had entered the game in the sixth inning and pitched into the eighth. In the seventh, he allowed a single, a wild pitch, a hit batsman and another single as the first run for the DSL Mariners2 came home.

The Cardinals tied the game in the top of the ninth on successive triples by Elehuris Montero and Carlos Rodriguez.

The Cardinals took the lead in the top of the 14th without a hit. Rodriguez was hit by a pitch. Brian Sanchez walked, then a wild pitch sent Sanchez and Rodriguez to second and third. Sanel Rosendo walked to load the bases. As Daniel Ortega reached on a force attempt, a throwing error scored Rodriguez.

The Mariners2 came back in the bottom of the 14th to win the game in walk off fashion. Reliever Lugo walked the first batter, then following a wild pitch and a sac bunt, Lugo gave up a two-run home run to left field.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game on Sunday.

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