Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/25/15

Stephen Piscotty and Dan Johnson assisted Memphis to one of the system’s three wins on Wednesday. Johnson City picked up its first victory of the year while the GCL Cardinals clinched their first series’ win of 2015. Springfield, Palm Beach, State College and the DSL Cardinals all went down to defeat and Peoria was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, June 24th.

Memphis 9 vs. Nashville 4

The Redbirds’ 14-hit effort led to a 9-4 comeback win over the Sounds (OAK), evening the series at one game each with one to go.

Co-Players of the Day Stephen Piscotty and Dan Johnson spearheaded the attack with three hits apiece. Piscotty’ solo bomb got Memphis (38-35) on the board in the first, narrowing Nashville’s lead to a single tally. The left fielder added two singles in five at bats with another run scored and two RBI. Johnson went 3-for-4 with a walk, touched home once and drove in two. Ed Easley and Rafael Ortega both went 2-for-4 with one knocked in. Easley scored once and Ortega stole his seventh bag of 2015.

Zach Petrick was not fooling many hitters, as the righty gave up four runs on nine hits and a walk in just 3 2/3. He also did not miss a couple of bodies, plunking two.

Dean Kiekhefer was credited with his second win in three decisions, keeping the opposition off the board on a hit and base-on-balls in two frames. The first of Kiekhefer’s two strikeouts stranded the sacks full of Petrick runners, keeping the Redbirds’ deficit to 4-3 after four.

Heath Wyatt and Sam Tuivailala shared pitching duties the rest of the way, Wyatt limiting the Sounds to a hit over 2 1/3 and Tuivailala working around a hit and free pass in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: vs. Nashville (31-42), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (1-1, 3.00)

Tulsa 6 at Springfield 5

A five-run seventh resulted in both Springfield’s 6-5 loss to Tulsa and a four-game sweep by the Drillers (LAD).

All five tallies were charged to Chris Thomas (BS, 2) (L, 1-3), who coughed them up on four hits and a walk while retiring just two batters. Not one of those hits was a home run, either. Iden Nazario let Thomas’ final runner score, giving up two hits and two walks, one intentional, in 2 1/3.

Starter Arturo Reyes did well while he was on the mound, he just did not stay on it long enough. Reyes gave up an unearned run on four hits in 5 2/3 but it took him 95 pitches to do it, 66 of them strikes. He left with his team up 2-1, but that lasted only long enough for Thomas to take the mound.

Ryan Sherriff fanned his only batter faced, leaving Reyes’ last two on. It was only the second appearance for the left-hander since returning to action after a nearly two-and-a-half month injury lay-off.

Springfield (0-2) had four players generating multi-hit performances: Jeremy Hazelbaker, Jonathan Rodriguez, Bruce Caldwell and Breyvic Valera. Hazelbaker went 3-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored while Rodriguez doubled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and two RBI. Caldwell and Valera each went 2-for-5, the latter with a triple.

Thursday’s game: at Arkansas (1-0) (LAA), 7:10 pm CT, Corey Baker (2-2, 3.12)

Palm Beach 3 at Fort Myers 4 (11)

Chris Perry’s 11th-inning wild pitch proved fatal to Palm Beach’s chances to win as they lost to Fort Myers 4-3. The PB-Cards (32-38) joined Springfield by being swept by their respective opponents.

Perry (L, 1-3) began the 11th by allowing a double, his only hit to go with two walks yielded in 2 1/3. The runner was sacrificed to third from where he could run home when Perry uncorked his game-ending wild pitch.

Luke Weaver went the first 5 2/3, permitting three runs, two earned, on five hits and a free pass. He fanned four. Ronnie Shaban gave up a hit and two walks in 2 2/3.

Jose Gonzalez and Jimmy Bosco each went 2-for-4, Gonzalez adding a walk and run scored. But the most productive was newly-arrived second baseman Michael Massi, who singled once in three at bats, worked two free passes, touched home once and drove in two in his Palm Beach debut. Four other Beach Birds had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: ‘at’ Jupiter (32-35) (MIA), 6:35 pm ET, Alex Reyes (2-5, 2.08)

Peoria - off

Peoria starts the second half of the Midwest League schedule with a four-game set versus Kane County (ARI) at Dozer Park.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kane County (0-0), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (2-1, 1.86)

Auburn 8 at State College 3

State College (1-5) fell to Auburn (WSH) 8-3 on Wednesday, dropping their second straight series.

In his second start, Ian McKinney (L, 0-2) could not finish the fifth, surrendering seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits in 4 2/3. One of those hits was a solo bomb. McKinney struck out seven and hit two.

Nick Frey held the Doubledays (5-1) to a single score over the final 4 1/3. Frey gave up two hits and a base-on-balls, fanning five.

The Spikes’ seven hits were scattered among five players, Craig Aikin and Michael Pritchard having two each. In his Spikes debut, Aikin singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home twice while batting ninth. Pritchard went 2-for-4 with an RBI out of the two hole. State College’s defense committed four miscues, leading to two unearned runs.

Thursday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (3-3) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (0-0, 1.80)

Johnson City 10 at Kingsport 5

A big inning catapulted the JC-Cards (1-1) to their first win of the season, 10-5 over Kingsport (NYM), evening the opening series at one game each.

The game entered the visitor’s half of the fifth knotted at two all but 12 batters, two pitchers and eight runs later, that changed to a commanding 10-2 advantage. Five of Johnson City’s 11 hits were generated that frame to go with a hit batter, two walks and a key fielding error that opened the door for three unearned runs.

Four Appy Birds accumulated two hits each: Eliezer Alvarez, Paul DeJong, Magneuris Sierra and Jesus Ustariz. Alvarez and DeJong both singled and doubled in five at bats, Alvarez adding a walk and run scored. DeJong scored twice with an RBI and was hit by a pitch to begin that big fifth.

Sierra accounted for three runs, going 2-for-5 with a run scored and two knocked in while Ustariz singled and doubled in four at bats with a base-on-balls, scored one and drove in two.

The boxscore shows starter Ronnie Williams picking up his first win despite completing just 4 1/3 innings. Williams was touched for four runs on six hits and three walks and hit a batter. Juan Bautista permitted an unearned score on a hit and three free passes in 2 1/3. Steven De La Cruz allowed a hit and walk over the final 2 1/3 for his first save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Kingsport (1-1), 7:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (0-0, ---)

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Nationals 3

The Gulf Birds (2-1) rallied past the GCL Nationals (1-2) for a second straight 4-3 win in the decisive third game of their series.

The rally began when Nick Plummer worked his second free pass of the game to open the eighth. Plummer pressed the issue by stealing his first bag and tied the game up on a single by Allen Cordoba. Cordoba followed Plummer’s lead, stealing a bag and advancing to third on a missed catch error on the Nats’ centerfielder. Orlando Olivera’s single, his only hit in four at bats, brought Cordoba across for the lead and eventual win.

Cordoba went 2-for-4, scoring twice, the only Gulf Card with more than one of the team’s five hits. Plummer touched home twice despite going 0-for-2, thanks to those two walks.

Lefty David Oca earned the win in his US debut, tossing four frames of shutout ball while giving up two hits. Derian Gonzalez hurled the first five, yielding three runs, two earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls.

Thursday’s game: ‘at’ GCL Marlins (2-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Rangers1 13 at DSL Cardinals 7

Nine runs off the DSL Cardinals’ bullpen flipped a lead into a 13-7 loss to the DSL Rangers1.

Reliever Edwar Ramirez took the loss in his first decision, yielding four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks in 2 2/3. All four runs scored in the five-run seventh.

The inning’s finally tally was charged to Fabian Blanco, who gave up four more the next inning on six hits while retiring three. Four of his five runs were earned. Luis Rosales issued two free passes over the final 1 1/3.

Oneiver Diaz started, allowing four runs on five hits and three walks in four innings. He fanned four.

The Dominican Birds (9-13) mustered seven hits with left fielder Edwin Figuera and designated hitter Hector Linares each going 2-for-4 with a double and run scored. Figuera was one-for-two in stolen base attempts, and struck out once.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Mariners2 (14-7), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (1-0, 1.80)

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