Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/26/15

It was an evening of shutouts on Thursday. Unfortunately, St. Louis’ minor league squads came out on the losing end of two of them. Jorge Rodriguez’ outstanding effort was key in State College’s shutout win while Palm Beach and Peoria both won as well. The other five did not.

Results from games played Thursday, June 25th.

Nashville 5 at Memphis 0

Tyler Lyons finished just three frames as the Redbirds (38-36) were silenced by the Sounds 5-0 in the decisive third game of the series.

Lyons (L, 5-3), pitching for Memphis instead of St. Louis due to the latter’s activation of Lance Lynn, gave up single scores in the first and third plus a two-run second on eight hits and a walk. Tyler Waldron struck out three over the next three, yielding an unearned run on a hit and base-on-balls.

Justin Wright, Keith Butler and Mitch Harris each went an inning, Wright working around two hits and a free pass while Butler and Harris both faced the minimum.

Four Redbirds had one hit each, with Stephen Piscotty’s double the only one to go for extra bases.

Friday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (29-42) (MIL), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (5-2, 6.88)

Springfield 0 at Arkansas 6

Springfield (0-3) was blanked by Arkansas (LAA) in the series’ opener.

All six tallies scored in the first, charged to Corey Baker (L, 2-3), who did not come out for the second. The righty surrendered five hits and two walks, the big blow being a grand slam.

A quartet of S-Cards’ relievers took the final eight frames, beginning with Kurt Heyer who struck out five in four, scattering four hits. Jordan Swagerty, Keven Herget and Kyle Barraclough eash tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Swagerty walked one, Herget allowed a hit and Barraclough yielded one of each.

Like Memphis, Springfield managed just four hits that were spread among four players. Patrick Wisdom and Jeremy Hazelbaker doubled.

Friday’s game: at Arkansas (3-0), 7:10 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 2.31)

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 2

Palm Beach opened the second-half of the 2015 season with a 7-2 victory over Jupiter, the first of two versus the Hammerheads (MIA).

Rob Kaminsky (W, 5-4) struck out eight in six strong frames, permitting two runs, one earned, on seven hits and did not issue a free pass. Josh Lucas gave up a hit and walk in two while Lee Stoppelman walked two in the ninth.

The Beach Birds spent a lot of time on the bases between their eight hits and the 11 bases-on-balls issued by Jupiter’s pitchers. Casey Turgeon and Robelys Reyes each singled twice with a walk and run scored in four and three at bats, respectively. Reyes drove in one and was one-for-two in stolen base attempts. They were the only PB-Cards with more than one hit, while Luke Voit’s double in two at bats was the only extra-base hit. Voit worked two free passes, touching home twice.

Friday’s game: at Jupiter (0-1), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (1-3, 2.63)

Peoria 5 vs. Kane County 3

Peoria (1-0) downed Kane County 5-3 in a contest that was both the second-half opener and first of three versus the Cougars (ARI).

Three of the Chiefs’ five runs came off the bat of Nick Thompson as his first-inning bomb plated Danny Diekroeger and Alex De Leon. Diekroeger and De Leon followed Darren Seferina’s lead, reaching on singles, Diekroeger driving in Seferina after the latter swiped the first of his two bags on the night.

The home team managed just two more hits the rest of the game, one of them being another single by Seferina that advanced Jhohan Acevedo (error) from first to third in the second where he capitalized on a wild pitch to score.

Jack Flaherty picked up his third win against one loss, giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman in five. Blake McKnight hurled three shutout frames, plunking one and allowing a hit with two strikeouts. Kyle Grana fanned two in the ninth, yielding a hit for his eighth save.

Friday’s game: vs. Kane County (0-1), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-7, 3.08)

State College 6 at Mahoning Valley 0

Jorge Rodriguez was stellar on Thursday as the Spikes (2-5) blanked the Scrappers 6-0 in the series’ opener.

Player of the Day Rodriguez struck out six through five, permitting just one hit and two bases-on-balls on 69 pitches, 51 strikes. Kender Villegas went three, giving up two hits while Tyler Bray allowed a hit and hit batsman in his inning on the mound.

State College banged out 11 hits to go with seven walks, led by shortstop Leobaldo Pina who went 3-for-5 with a solo shot, one of the two runs he scored. Casey Grayson singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once with an RBI. Thomas Spitz was the final Spike with a multi-hit performance, going 2-for-4 with a walk and one knocked in.

Friday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (3-4) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (0-1, 16.20)

Kingsport 10 at Johnson City 8

Johnson City (1-2) came out on the wrong end of a slugfest, falling 10-8 to Kingsport (NYM) in the rubber game of their three-game set that was also the Cards’ home opener.

The contest featured a combined 22 hits, 11 of them surrendered by Julio Mateo during his five-inning stint. Mateo (L, 0-1) was torched for nine runs, eight earned, including two two-run home runs. The righty walked one, hit another, threw two wild pitches and was called for a balk.

Juan Caballero gave up a solo shot, the only hit allowed in three innings. Newly-returned Jonathan Escudero tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Eight Appy Birds starters garnered at least one of the team’s 10 hits, with Chris Chinea and Hunter Newman having two each in four at bats. Chinea smashed his first professional home run, a two-run bomb, touching home twice, doubling twice with a base-on-balls and run scored. Magneuris Sierra’s only hit in five at bats was a long ball with a runner aboard. Sierra scored two runs on the night.

Friday’s game: vs. Burlington (1-2) (KC), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 3 at GCL Marlins 4

The Gulf Birds’ late rally fell just short as they dropped a 4-3 decision to the Gulf Fish in the first of three.

Steven Farinaro (L, 0-1) could not finish the second because he could not find the plate, yielding three runs that frame on five walks in 1 1/3. Max Foody struck out five in 2 2/3, permitting two hits – one of which scored one of two inherited runners. It was the southpaw’s official return to professional ball, his first game action since 2012. Frederis Parra gave up a solo bomb, his only hit given up in four innings. Parra fanned four.

Down 4-0 after seven, the GCL Cardinals pushed across one in the eighth and two more the next inning, stranding the potential tying run at second. Allen Cordoba and Bladimil Franco each went 3-for-5 with a run scored, Franco doubling once with a stolen base. Designated hitter Stephen Zavala singled twice in four at bats in his pro debut.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (3-0), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Mariners2 8 at DSL Cardinals 4

A four-run eighth snapped a four-all tie, sending the DSL Cardinals (9-14) to an 8-4 defeat at the hands of the DSL Mariners2.

Will Changarotty took the loss, his first in two decisions, permitting three runs, one earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls in 2 1/3. He struck out four.

Estalin Tejada allowed Changarotty’s last two runners to cross home, yielding a hit and an unearned score of his own. (The Dominican Birds committed five miscues, including one each by Changarotty and Tejada.) Ronald Medrano went the first five, giving up four runs, three earned, on six hits and two walks.

Trailing 4-1 through five, the home team knotted it up on Brian Sanchez’ three-run blast the next frame. It was the right fielder’s only hit in four at bats. Designated hitter Carlos Rodriguez garnered three of his team’s seven hits, going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Friday’s game: at DSL Mariners2 (15-7), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (0-1, 7.71)

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