Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/23/15

Third baseman Elehuris Montero’s hot bat was key in the DSL Cardinals’ wild win on Monday. State College put one in the win column but Springfield, Palm Beach and the GCL club did not. Memphis and Peoria were idle.

Results from games played Monday, June 22nd.

Memphis - off

Fresh off a road trip during which they went 3-4, the Redbirds (37-34) open an 11-game home stand versus Nashville (OAK), Colorado Springs (MIL) and Oklahoma City (LAD).

Tuesday’s game: vs. Nashville (30-41), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-3, 2.90)

Tulsa 4 at Springfield 3

Springfield finished the first-half of the 2015 season by dropping a second straight game to Tulsa, 4-3. The loss pinned the S-Cards with a 30-40 mark, last in the North Division, a half-game behind the Drillers (LAD).

Reliever Joey Donofrio was charged with his third loss in five decisions, yielding a run on two hits in the first of his two-inning stint. The righty gave up another hit and issued an intentional free pass the next frame.

Starter Kyle Hald tossed a solid outing for Springfield, permitting three runs on seven hits and two bases-on-balls through six. Chris Thomas worked around two hits in the ninth.

The home team garnered 12 hits, led by Charlie Tilson and Jeremy Hazelbaker with three hits apiece. Tilson went 3-for-5 with a double and run scored while Hazelbaker finished a home run shy of the cycle in four at bats, walked once with a run scored and an RBI.

Patrick Wisdom continued his hot hitting with his fourth straight multi-hit effort. The Texas League Player of the Week singled twice in three at bats, touching home once and driving in one. The final S-Card with more than one hit was Alberto Rosario who singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (0-0), 7:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (3-3, 5.67)

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 10

Tallies in each of the first four innings sent Palm Beach (32-36) to a 10-3 defeat at the hands of Fort Myers in the Florida State League second half opener.

Will Anderson (L, 1-5) did not come out for the second, yielding four runs on five hits. Corey Littrell did not fare much better, permitting six more scores, five earned, on eight hits over 2 2/3. Lee Stoppelman allowed Littrell’s last two runners to cross but none of his own during his 2 1/3-inning effort, giving up three hits and walking two. Tyler Melling kept the Miracle off the board on three hits over the last two frames.

The punchless Palm Beach offense managed just five hits, with FSL All-Star Luke Voit singling and doubling in four at bats, scoring twice.

Tuesday’s game: at Fort Myers (36-32) (MIN), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (2015 FSL debut)

Peoria - off

The Chiefs host the 2015 Midwest League All-Star game at Dozer Park on Tuesday at 7:00 pm CT. The Chiefs have five representatives: pitchers Austin Gomber, Daniel Poncedeleon, Robby Rowland and Luis Perdomo plus shortstop Oscar Mercado. The latter two are starters for the West squad, led by Peoria’s Joe Kruzel.

Tuesday’s game: off

State College 6 vs. Auburn 2

The Spikes finally got on the winning side with a 6-2 triumph over Auburn (WSH) in the first of three.

Starter Juan Perez was solid through five, giving up his only tally in his last inning on the mound. The 19-year-old scattered seven hits and did not issue a free pass.

Jonathan Escudero hurled the next three, permitting a run on four hits and a walk, fanning five. Kender Villegas worked out a bases-loaded jam for a scoreless frame.

State College (1-3) took advantage of Doubledays’ pitchers errant throwing to score two of the six tallies. Catcher Brian O’Keefe’s two-run shot got the scoring started in the second, knocking in Ronnierd Garcia.

Second baseman Danny Martin worked one of the six bases-on-balls issued by the opposition, scoring on a single by Casey Grayson, the latter’s only hit in four at bats. Grayson scored the second tally in the third after Garcia lined a double to center. Garcia went 2-for-2 with a double, two walks, a run scored and one driven in.

The home team’s final run crossed the plate in next frame as Martin tripled home Elier Rodriguez (hit-by-pitch). Martin tripled twice in four at bats, touching home once and driving in two. State College made good with just seven team hits.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Auburn (3-1), 7:05 pm ET, Landon Beck (0-0, ---)

Johnson City

The Appalachian League Cardinals kick off the 2015 season on the road against the Kingsport Mets. The three-game series features the first two games away before the JC-Cards host the finale.

Tuesday’s game: at Kingsport, 7:00 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, ---)

GCL Nationals 14 at GCL Cardinals 1

Sandy Alcantara fizzled in his USA debut as the Gulf Birds were thumped by the Nationals in the Gulf Coast League season opener, 14-1.

Alcantara could not finish the third, surrendering 11 runs, nine earned, on 10 hits and three walks in 2 1/3. The righty actually generated a -4 game score.

Ismael Brito went the next 3 2/3, yielding three hits and a sac fly that scored Alcantara’s final runner. Steven Farinaro tossed a scoreless frame, giving up one hit but Gerwuins Velazco did not do so well in his pitching debut. The converted catcher was charged with three runs on five hits over two.

Unfortunately for Cardinals’ hitters, they were not able to face their own pitchers and were held to just six hits and did not work a single free pass. First baseman Luis Bandes singled and doubled in four at bats, scoring his team’s only tally. Centerfielder Nick Plummer, St. Louis’ top draft pick for 2015, was hitless in three at bats with a strikeout in his pro debut.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals (1-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 17 vs. DSL Nationals 10

The Dominican Birds (9-11) prevailed in a 17-10 slugfest over the DSL Nationals featuring a combined 27 runs, 25 hits and 14 walks.

Player of the Day Elehuris Montero accumulated a quarter of his team’s 16 hits, going 4-for-6 with a double and solo bomb, scored four runs and drove in three. Designated hitter Carlos Rodriguez was right behind him in the hit parade with a 3-for-5 effort featuring a double, base-on-balls, three runs scored and three RBI.

Catcher Irving Wilson and left fielder Brian Sanchez each had two hits and four driven in. Wilson doubled twice in four at bats with a free pass, crossing home twice while Sanchez went 2-for-5 with a double, triple and run scored.

The Dominican Cardinals survived despite the 10 hits allowed and eight free passes issued by their quintet of hurlers. Starter Junior Gonzalez tossed two scoreless frames before a five-run third ended his day. The righty allowed five hits and three bases-on-balls.

Enrique Perez did pretty well, allowing just an unearned tally on two walks in his two-inning effort. Cristhian Lugo (BS,1) (W, 2-1) was touched for four runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks in the sixth. Frendy Gavin (two innings) and Will Changarotty (one inning) kept the Nationals at bay over the last three frames, each giving up a hit and Gavin issuing the team’s final free pass.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Rangers1 (15-5), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-1, 4.20)



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