Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/20/15

Bruce Caldwell led Springfield to one of only two wins in six tries in St. Louis’ minors on Friday. The S-Cards swept their double-header but Memphis, Peoria, State College and the DSL squad all lost. Palm Beach is off.

Results from games played Friday, June 19th.

Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 6

Memphis (36-33) could not solve the team with the Pacific Coast League’s best record, falling to Oklahoma City for the second straight game, this time by a 6-3 score. The second-place Redbirds trail Round Rock (TEX) by five in the American Southern.

Thomas Lee (L, 1-1) allowed 10 hits and a walk over five, resulting in four runs. He struck out four and hit one Dodger. Justin Wright plunked one as well in his two-inning stint, giving up a run when he served up an RBI double after said plunking. Mitch Harris was touched for a run on three hits in his return after being reassigned from St. Louis.

The visitors managed nine hits, led by Tommy Pham who went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls, double and RBI. Dan Johnson singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring once while Alberto Rosario went 2-for-4, the final Redbird with a multi-hit performance.

Saturday’s game: at Oklahoma City (45-22), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (5-1, 6.85)

Springfield 10 vs. Northwest Arkansas 9 – game one
Springfield 9 vs. Northwest Arkansas 4 (7) - game two

Springfield (29-38) took a twin-bill from first-place Northwest Arkansas, walking off with a 10-9 victory in the opener before clinching the finale, 9-4. The S-Cards lead the series 2-1 and sit in a tie for third with Tulsa (LAD), 10 behind the Naturals.

It was a wild and wooly affair in game one, a contest featuring four lead changes and two ties before the final result. Springfield mustered 12 of the 25 hits in all, spearheaded by Bruce Caldwell’s perfecto at the plate. Caldwell, our Player of the Day, went 4-for-4 with a solo bomb, touched home twice and drove in four while manning the hot corner. Eight other Springfield players had one hit each, including Jeremy Hazelbaker, who scored three runs, including the game winner on an RBI single by Aledmys Diaz, and swiped his 13th bag of 2015.

Ronnie Shaban fanned four in two scoreless frames, permitting two hits and an intentional free pass, evening his record to one win versus one loss. Kurt Heyer went the first 4 2/3, yielding six runs on eight hits and a walk. Joey Donofrio was touched for a three-run bomb, one of three hits and a base-on-balls allowed in 2 1/3.

The nightcap featured an explosive fourth comprised of three three-run home runs by the home team. Patrick Wisdom, Charlie Tilson and Hazelbaker all went yard with two on, flipping a 4-0 deficit into a commanding lead. Wisdom joined Breyvic Valera by having two of Springfield’s eight hits, the former in four at bats and the latter in two. Hazelbaker went 1-for-2 with two bases-on-balls and scored twice that frame, and seven other S-Cards crossed home once.

Arturo Reyes lasted long enough to qualify for his fifth win in seven decisions despite surrendering two two-run innings on eight hits and a free pass over five. He hit two batters. Chris Thomas gave up a hit and walk in the sixth while Kyle Barraclough issued a free pass in his inning of work.

Saturday’s game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (39-28), 6:10 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-2, 2.89)

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (32-35) is idle for the Florida State League All-Star Game, which takes place on Saturday, June 20th at Port St. Lucie, home of the Mets. Pitcher Alex Reyes and infielder Luke Voit were named to the South squad, as was former Beach Bird (and Player of the Day) Bruce Caldwell.

Saturday’s game: Florida State League All-Star Game, 7:00 pm ET at Tradition Field, Port St. Lucie

Peoria 1 at Kane County 4

Stop the presses, Daniel Poncedeleon actually lost! So did the Chiefs, 4-1 at Kane County (ARI) in the series’ opener.

Poncedeleon, who has dominated A-ball hitters, surrendered four runs, three earned, on nine hits and two free passes in 6 2/3. It was the right-hander’s first loss in seven decisions. Poncedeleon fanned five. Blake McKnight hurled the final 2 2/3, giving up two hits and stranding an inherited runner.

Peoria (33-34) generated just five hits, two of them by right fielder Nick Thompson. Thompson singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one. Former St. Louis minor leaguer Ildemaro Vargas went 3-for-5 with three runs scored for the Cougars.

Saturday’s game: at Kane County (35-32), 6:30 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-7, 3.98)

Williamsport 3 at State College 2

The Spikes dropped their season and home opener, 3-2 to Williamsport (PHI).

Ian McKinney took the loss despite a solid seven-frame effort. The 20-year-old was charged with three runs on eight hits and a walk, fanning two. In relief, Landon Beck retired the side in order as did Pedro Echemendia, a 24-year-old Cuban making his American professional debut.

State College went up with two in the first on a free pass and two singles sandwiched around a sac fly. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina and right fielder Thomas Spitz each went 2-for-4, Pina scoring once. Three other Spikes had one hit apiece, including Casey Grayson who knocked in one.

Saturday’s game: at Williamsport (1-0), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (0-0, ---)

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Astros Orange 3

The Dominican Birds were clipped by the DSL Astros Orange 3-1 on Friday, only the fifth win in 18 games for the Astros Orange. The DSL Cardinals (8-10) are tied for fifth with the DSL Rockies, five behind the DSL Yankees1.

David Oca was touched for two unearned scores in the first of his five-inning outing, saddling him with his first loss in three decisions. The lefty struck out six, giving up three hits and a base-on-balls. Fabian Blanco yielded a solo long ball, the only hit allowed, along with a walk and hit batsman over three.

The visitors banged out nine singles but went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position, stranding seven. Designated hitter Hector Linares and shortstop Starlin Balbuena each had two hits, in four and three at bats, respectively.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Nationals (6-12), 10:30 am ET, tandem – Juan Alvarez (1-0, 1.29)/Junior Gonzalez (0-1, 5.73)

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