Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/21/15

There were only four games played in the Cardinals’ system on Saturday with Springfield the lone winner. Palm Beach was off due to the Florida State League All-Star Game, and Peoria was rained out. State College lost a heartbreaker against Williamsport, Memphis fell in Oklahoma City, and Springfield beat NW Arkansas. On Saturday morning, the DSL Cards lost to the DSL Nationals.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is Michael Ohlman, who went 2-for-3 with two home runs for Springfield.

Results for games played on Saturday, June 20th.

Memphis 3 at Oklahoma City 8

Starter Nick Greenwood pitched five innings, yielding six runs, four earned, on seven hits, five strikeouts and a walk.

Oklahoma City got on the board first in the bottom of the second. A single, a walk, and double scored the Dodgers’ first two runs.

In the top of the fourth, a Jacob Wilson home run cut the lead to one. The Redbirds tied the game in the next inning when Ty Kelly singled to center, Matt Williams was hit by a pitch, then Kelly and Williams were sacrificed to second and third on a sac bunt by Greenwood. Tommy Pham’s sac fly to right scored Kelly.

Greenwood couldn’t hold the tie, however. Errors from his defense didn’t help. In the bottom of the sixth, the Dodgers put a four-spot on the board. Two singles and a double plus errors by Dan Johnson and Kelly allowed three runs. Greenwood was replaced by Tyler Waldron with no outs. Waldron struck out the next two batters, but then gave up an RBI single for the fourth run of the inning.

Memphis put a third run on the board in the top of the seventh on a Dean Anna double to right, and a Kelly double to left. Oklahoma City scored again in the bottom of the frame when reliever Keith Butler walked two consecutive batters and surrendered a single to left field.

The eighth and final run for the Dodgers came in the bottom of the eighth, on a solo home run against reliever Heath Wyatt.

Sunday’s game: at Oklahoma City, John Gast (3-4, 4.37) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 11, NW Arkansas 8

Corey Baker started for Springfield, but was out after three innings, giving up two runs on six hits, including two home runs, three strikeouts and two walks.

In the bottom of the first, a home run by Michael Ohlman put the first run on the board for the Cardinals. In the top of the second, Baker surrendered consecutive solo home runs to the first two batters in the inning, making the score 2-1.

Springfield tied the game in the bottom of the second. Jeremy Hazelbaker walked, then advanced to second on a throwing error on a pickoff attempt. Hazelbaker was moved to third on a groundout by Bruce Caldwell, and scored on a single by Patrick Wisdom.

The Cardinals added four more runs in the bottom of the third. Nick Martini was hit by a pitch. Ohlman walked, and Anthony Garcia singled to left to load the bases. A Hazelbaker force out at second scored Martini. Caldwell then hit a three-run home run to right center field.

NW Arkansas added two in the top of the fifth with Kevin Herget on the mound. Herget repeated the feat of his predecessor Baker by giving up two consecutive solo home runs.

In the bottom of the fifth, Ohlman hit his second home run of the game. Garcia followed with a walk, Hazelbaker singled to left, Aledmys Diaz doubled to left to score Garcia. Caldwell walked, Breyvic Valera grounded into a force out, Hazelbaker out at home. With Valera on first, Caldwell on second and Diaz on third, Mike O’Neill drew a walk and Diaz scored. Martini followed up with another walk to score Caldwell. Springfield led 10-4.

The Naturals were not done, however. In the top of the sixth, with Herget still on the mound, two successive ground rule doubles, a single, a double, and another single plated four more runs for NW Arkansas. The Cards’ lead was down to 10-8.

In the bottom of the seventh, a double off the bat of Wisdom, and successive singles by Valera and O’Neill, put the 11th and final run on the board for the Cardinals.

Relievers Jordan Swagerty and Iden Nazario kept the Naturals scoreless for the last three innings of the game.

Sunday’s game: vs. Tulsa, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 2.20) 6:10 CDT

FSL South All-Stars 6, FSL North 0

Luke Voit was the South’s designated hitter and went 1-for-4 with an RBI single. The other Palm Beach representative, pitcher Alex Reyes, did not appear in the game, held at Port St. Lucie.

Sunday’s game:The Florida State League is off Sunday, returning to action for the start of the second half of the season on Monday.

Peoria at Kane County

The Chiefs’ Saturday contest at Kane County was rained out. With the game having no impact on the first-half standings, it was canceled and will not be rescheduled. Sunday’s game will continue as planned.

Sunday’s game: at Kane County, Matt Pearce (3-7, 3.98), 1:00 p.m. CT

State College 6 at Williamsport 7

Jorge Rodriguez was on the bump for the Spikes and pitched five innings, giving up one run on four hits, including a home run, three strikeouts and no walks.

State College got on the board first in the top of the third on a solo home run by Ronnierd Garcia. Williamsport tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Rodriquez yielded a solo home run for the only run against him.

The game remained tied until the top of the eighth, when the Spikes added a run. Casey Grayson walked, then a passed ball advanced him to second. Thomas Spitz reached on a fielding error, which scored Grayson.

In the top of the ninth, State College added four runs. Garcia doubled to left. Michael Pritchard drew a walk, then a passed ball moved Pritchard and Garcia to second and third. Danny Martin then walked to load the bases. Leobaldo Pina doubled to left, scoring Garcia and Pritchard. Grayson then doubled to left to plate Martin and Pina.

The Spikes seemingly had the game in hand with a 6-1 lead with three outs remaining. Kender Villegas was on the mound when the Crosscutters came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. Villegas gave up singles to the first, second and fourth hitters. The fifth hitter hit a grand slam to left field. With the score now 6-5 and with one out, Villegas was replaced by Pedro Echemendia. Echemendia walked his first two batters, then retired the next batter for the second out. A single to center by the next batter scored two runs to bring the walk off victory to Williamsport.

Sunday’s game: vs. Williamsport, Dailyn Martinez (0-0, 0.00) 5:05 CDT

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Nationals 5

Starter Juan Alvarez went four innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits, one strikeout and a pair of walks.

The Nationals got in the board in the bottom of the first. Two singles and a wild pitch from Alvarez scored one run. A fielding error by third baseman Hector Linares allowed the next batter to reach, and a throwing error by Starlin Balbuena enabled the second run of the inning for the Nationals to come home.

The Nationals scored again in the bottom of the second. A single, followed by a stolen base put a runner on second. A ground out sent the runner to third, and a passed ball sent the runner safely home.

Reliever Edwar Ramirez replaced Alvarez in the fifth. After retiring the first batter, Ramirez allowed a single and a walk. He struck out the next batter, but then hit the next one with a pitch. With the bases loaded and two outs, a single to center scored another run for the Nationals’ fifth run.

The Cardinals were kept scoreless until the ninth inning. Esqueil Delgado doubled to right field. With Balbuena at the plate, a wild pitch sent Delgado to third, and a passed ball sent him home. Balbuena drew a walk. Dennis Ortega singled to center, then Dylan Melendez singled to right. Oscar Cotes pinch ran for Melendez. With the bases loaded, Brian Sanchez singled to right field, scoring Balbuena. Linares followed with a double to center, scoring Ortega and Cotes. With a runner at third and one out, and the score 5-4, the Cardinals’ rally ended when Sanel Rosendo struck out, and Dariel Gomez grounded out to second.

Sunday’s game:The DSL does not play on Sundays.

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