Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/24/15

There was not a lot to cheer about in St. Louis’ minors on Tuesday. The Gulf Cardinals got the system’s only win in seven games, aided by Orlando Olivera’s efforts. Peoria was idle for the MWL All-Star Game and the others lost.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 23rd.

Nashville 6 at Memphis 4

Tim Cooney’s own error provided the difference in the Redbirds’ 6-4 loss to Nashville (OAK) in the series’ opener. Second-place Memphis (37-35) sits six games behind Round Rock (TEX) in the American Southern Division.

Cooney’s wild throw on an attempted sac bunt resulted in three unearned tallies that proved decisive. Cooney (L, 6-4) gave up four runs, one earned, on six hits and a walk over six.

Justin Wright retired all four batters faced but Keith Butler was touched for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in just 2/3 of a frame. Tyler Waldron faced the minimum in the ninth.

Right fielder Rafael Ortega swung the hottest Redbirds bat, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Dean Anna singled twice in three at bats with a free pass, touching home twice. Three other Redbirds had one hit apiece but none of them were named Piscotty.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Nashville (31-41), 11:35 am CT, Zach Petrick (4-4, 4.07)

Tulsa 10 at Springfield 2

Springfield began the second half the same way it finished the first half, losing. This time it was 10-2 to Tulsa, which has won the first three of four at Hammons Field.

Andrew Morales at least kept his team in the game, yielding two runs on eight hits in 5 2/3. Kevin Herget (L, 0-1) left Morales’ last two runners on but allowed three of his own to score on four hits and a base-on-balls over 1 1/3.

Kyle Barraclough threw gasoline on the fire, surrendering four tallies on three hits while retiring two batters. Jordan Swagerty also retired two but not before allowing one more to cross the plate on two hits and a walk plus letting Barraclough’s runner score. Kurt Heyer retired both batters faced but permitted one of two his inherited runners to score.

Springfield’s offense consisted of six singles and a double spread among seven players. Charlie Tilson scored once as did Herget, who singled in his only at bat.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (1-0) (LAD), 12:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-2, 2.45)

Palm Beach 0 at Fort Myers 2

Silfredo Garcia received zero support from his offense, resulting in a 2-0 loss. Palm Beach (32-37) will try to prevent a three-game sweep at Fort Myers (MIN) on Wednesday.

Garcia’s first start of his four-game season was a brief one, as the Venezuelan native went two frames with two runs given up. Garcia (L, 0-1) permitted two hits and a walk. Scheduled starter Nick Petree, making his first appearance since being reassigned from Springfield’s disabled list, tossed five strong frames. Petree struck out six and blanked the Miracle on four hits. Josh Lucas fanned two in the eighth, allowing a hit and free pass.

Brett Wiley and Blake Drake each singled and doubled, in four and three at bats, respectively. Three other Beach Birds had one hit apiece, but they could not string them together.

Wednesday’s game: at Fort Myers (37-32), 11:35 am ET, Luke Weaver (1-3, 2.63)

MWL All-Star Game at Peoria - East 5 at West 0

Peoria’s Luis Perdomo received the start for the home West, but took the eventual loss after allowing a first-inning run on a damaging leadoff walk and a hit. His teammate Austin Gomber pitched a quiet second, striking out two and issuing one free pass.

Starting shortstop Oscar Mercado went 0-for-2 with a strikeout but did reach base on a forceout in the second. He swiped second base but was stranded there in one of the West’s few scoring threats of the night.

Robby Rowland secured the final out of the night for the West on a strikeout, but by then, the damage was done. The fifth Chiefs All-Star representative, Daniel Poncedeleon, did not pitch.

More details on this contest can be found in Pablo Iglesias’ game report here.

Wednesday’s game: Off. The second half MWL schedule opens up on Thursday.

Auburn 9 at State College 5

State College (1-4) blew a 4-1 lead through five, falling to Auburn (WSH) 9-5, which evened the series at one game each.

Starter Landon Beck held the Doubledays to an unearned tally on two hits in his five-inning NYPL introduction, striking out four. But Tyler Bray (L, 0-1) was pretty bad, coughing up the lead with four runs allowed on three hits, a walk and a hit batsman while retiring two.

Pedro Echemendia let two of Bray’s three runners score, giving Echemendia his second blown save of the young season. Echemendia tossed 2 1/3 innings, yielding a run on three hits. Jery Then was hammered, surrendering three runs on two hits and three bases-on-balls in just one inning.

The Spikes’ 11 hits generated five tallies, which should have been good enough for a win except for the putrid pitching (except for Beck). Michael Pritchard led the way, going 3-for-5, crossing home twice. Danny Martin and Casey Grayson both singled twice in four at bats, scoring one and knocking in another. While State College had plenty of baserunners, they went 3-for-17 with runners in scoring position, which derailed their chances to keep up.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Auburn (4-1), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (0-1, 3.86)

Johnson City 3 at Kingsport 4 (10)

Johnson City lost its season opener, a 4-3 contest at Kingsport that took 10 innings to decide.

Juan Caballero (L, 0-1) tossed a scoreless ninth but could not duplicate that in the 10th, giving up the winning tally on a double, sac bunt and sac fly. Caballero issued a free pass in his first inning of work.

Starter Brian Dobzanski was solid for the Appy Birds, giving up three runs on six hits over six. Sasha Kuebel fanned three in 2 1/3, yielding a hit and base-on-balls.

The JC-Cards outhit the Mets nine to eight with Edmundo Sosa and Magneuris Sierra collecting two hits apiece in five at bats. Sosa tripled once and Sierra drove in one.

Wednesday’s game: at Kingsport (1-0), 7:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (0-0, ---)

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 3

Orlando Olivera’s third hit of the day drove in the winning tally in the ninth, giving the Gulf Birds (1-1) a 4-3 victory over their Nationals counterpart.

Player of the Day Olivera, making his professional debut as the designated hitter, went 3-for-5 with a double that knocked in Nick Plummer after the latter singled to open the ninth. The RBI was the Gulf Cardinals’ clean-up hitter’s second of the game. Plummer’s hit was his only one in five at bats at the top of the order.

Third baseman Dylan Tice matched Olivera’s three hits but did it in four at bats and touched home once. Luis Bandes and Allen Cordoba each had two of the team’s 14 hits, Bandes going 2-for-5 with a run scored while Cordoba doubled and tripled in four at bats, scoring once.

Estarlin Arias picked up the win in his USA debut, scattering six hits over five innings, yielding a run and fanning four. Arias pitched in relief of rehabbing Dewin Perez, who went the first three, giving up three hits and two walks that resulted in two tallies in his first inning of work. Kevin Alexander, like Perez making a rehab appearance from Peoria’s DL, tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals (1-1), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Rangers1 7

Franyel Casadilla’s start was not impressive as the Dominican Birds (9-12) lost to the DSL Rangers1 7-4. The sixth-place DSL Cardinals already trail the DSL Yankees1 by seven, with the Yanks1 in the midst of a seven-game winning streak.

Casadilla (L, 0-2) surrendered 11 hits in just four innings, resulting in six runs, five earned. Diego Cordero allowed an unearned run on three hits in three. Angel Estevez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Right fielder Brian Sanchez garnered two of his team’s five hits, singling and doubling in four at bats with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1 (16-5), 10:30 am ET, Oneiver Diaz (1-3, 3.86)

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