Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/27/15

There were three more shutouts in St. Louis’ minors on Friday and the good guys came out on top in all three. Nick Greenwood and Dailyn Martinez hurled noteworthy efforts for Memphis and State College while Johnson City’s shutout was more of a team affair. Palm Beach put one in the win column but both the GCL and DSL squads fell. Springfield’s and Peoria’s games were postponed.

Results from games played Friday, June 26th.

Memphis 9 vs. Colorado Springs 0

Nick Greenwood’s impressive start launched Memphis to a 9-0 shutout of Colorado Springs (MIL) in the series’ opener. Second-place Memphis (39-36) kept pace with league leader Round Rock (TEX) with the win, a team they trail by six.

Co-Player of the Day Greenwood (W, 6-2) came within two outs of a complete game, tossing a career-high 8 1/3 frames, allowing six hits and a base-on-balls. He also came through with his bat, singling once in three at bats, touching home once and adding a sac fly. But jamming the sacks full in the ninth led to the lefty’s departure and Marcus Hatley’s entrance. Hatley induced a double-play ball to preserve the shutout.

The Redbirds’ offense backed their starter with a 12-hit attack, as Jacob Wilson and Tommy Pham both blasted two-run shots. Wilson led his team with three hits in four at bats, striking out once. Pham’s bomb was his only hit in four at bats, as the center fielder fanned twice.

The final two Redbirds with multi-hit efforts were Matt Williams and Ty Kelly who both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Kelly with a two-base hit. Stephen Piscotty accounted for two runs, doubling once in four at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Saturday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (29-43), 6:05 pm CT, John Gast (4-4, 4.31)

Springfield at Arkansas - postponed

Game two of four between Springfield and Arkansas (LAA) was rained out. The third-place S-Cards (0-3) will try to break through with their first win of the second half on Saturday, when they play two at the second-place Travelers. Springfield sits 3 ½ behind Tulsa in the standings.

Saturday’s games: at Arkansas (3-0). Game one – 5:00 pm CT, Thomas Lee (5-3, 4.59)/Jimmy Reed (1-1, 2.31)

Palm Beach 3 at Jupiter 1

Trey Nielsen went seven strong innings as Palm Beach (2-0) flew past Jupiter 3-1, for a sweep of their two-game set.

Nielsen (W, 8-4) continued his campaign for a ticket to Springfield, holding the opposition to a run on six hits over seven. The righty struck out three with 10 ground-ball and four fly-ball outs and did not issue a free pass. Silfredo Garcia allowed two hits in the final two frames, fanning two, for his first save as a professional.

The Beach Birds put three on the board in the fifth on five of their 11 hits on the night. Casey Turgeon led off with his second double of 2015, eventually scoring on a single by Brett Wiley. Wiley advanced to third on Luke Voit’s single to left, Voit making it to second on the throw. A groundout by David Washington brought Wiley across before Voit scored when Carson Kelly sent one up the middle. Derek Gibson’s single put runners at first and second but, alas, the scoring was finished.

Gibson’s single was one of his three hits although the left fielder did not figure in the scoring. Turgeon, Voit and Kelly had two hits apiece, in five, four and three at bats, respectively. Kelly worked a free pass and Wiley swiped his third bag of 2015.

Saturday’s game: Palm Beach kicks off a seven-game homestand, beginning with Daytona (0-1) (CIN), 5:35 pm ET, Corey Littrell (1-6, 4.28)

Peoria vs. Kane County - postponed

It rained again in Peoria on Friday, which is nothing new this summer, but this time it washed out the second game of four between Peoria (1-0) and Kane County (ARI). They will try to play two on Saturday.

Saturday’s games: vs. Kane County (0-1). Game one – 5:00 pm CT, Jhonny Polanco (1-0, 2.59)/Matt Pearce (3-7, 3.98)

State College 5 at Mahoning Valley 0

Dailyn Martinez was outstanding through seven as the Spikes downed the Scrappers 5-0, guaranteeing a series’ win with one yet to play. The win moves State College (3-5) into a fourth-place tie with their hosts, five in back of Williamsport (PHI).

Co-Player of the Day Martinez (W, 1-1) blanked the opposition on just two hits and two walks, striking out three with six ground-ball and seven fly-ball outs. Southpaw Jacob Evans, a sixth-round pick in this month’s draft, retired all six faced in his pro debut.

The Spikes utilized seven hits, six walks, a passed ball and a couple of wild pitches to their advantage, putting up a straight number in the fifth and sixth before adding three in the eighth. Only two of the five tallies were earned. First baseman Casey Grayson produced the only multi-hit performance, singling twice in four at bats. Right fielder Thomas Spitz went 1-for-2 with two bases-on-balls, touched home twice and swiped his third bag.

Saturday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (3-5), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (1-0, 1.80)

Johnson City 10 vs. Burlington 0

The Appy Birds (2-2) combined an explosive offense and stingy pitching for a 10-0 whitewash of Burlington (KC) in the first of three. Johnson City is in an early four-way tie for first, a game ahead of the final team in the West Division.

The team’s 12 hits were divided among four players: Magneuris Sierra, Paul DeJong, Chris Chinea and Hunter Newman, who each had three hits including a double. Sierra and DeJong, the three and four hitters, blasted two-run long balls, Sierra scoring twice in five at bats while DeJong crossed home three times in four at bats with a walk. Five-hole batter Chinea scored one and drove in two and Newman knocked in two out of the seven hole.

A quartet of JC-Cards’ pitchers held the Bees to just four hits, beginning with Josh Wirsu (W, 1-0). Wirsu held Burlington to a lone hit through five, striking out three. He was followed to the mound by Ryan Helsley, the Cards’ fifth-round pick in the June 2015 draft. Helsley permitted a hit and walk in his two-inning stint, the first of his pro career.

Air Force graduate Ben Yokley also made his pro debut, allowing two hits and a free pass in 1 2/3. He was aided by Sasha Kuebel, who fanned his only batter, leaving two of Yokley’s runners on to preserve the shutout.

Saturday’s game: vs. Burlington (1-3), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (0-0, ---)

GCL Marlins 8 at GCL Cardinals 2

A six-run fourth was too much for the Gulf Birds to handle, resulting in an 8-2 defeat to the Gulf Fish. The second-place GCL Cardinals (2-3) have lost the first two of three versus the first-place Marlins, a team they trail by 2 ½.

Junior Fernandez took the loss in his USA debut, surrendering seven runs, five earned, on 10 hits and a walk in three plus. Fernandez faced six batters in the fourth but did not retire any of them.

Ismael Brito hurled the next three, giving up an unearned tally on four hits and three walks. Gerwuins Velazco tossed two scoreless frames, yielding a hit while Carlos Torres issued two free passes in the ninth.

The Gulf Cards banged out 10 hits but were a sorry 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Luis Bandes and Allen Staton both went 2-for-4, with Staton garnering one of the team’s three doubles. Bandes stole a base.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Marlins (4-0), 10:00 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (0-1, 34.71)

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Mariners2 7

The Dominican Birds lost their fourth straight, this time to the DSL Mariners2, 7-2. The Cardinals (9-15) are tied for fourth with the Nationals, with both squads already 10 game in back of the Rangers1.

Juan Alvarez (L, 1-2) was touched for four runs on six hits and a free pass in five. Cristhian Lugo yielded three hits and two walks over three, resulting in three tallies. Fabian Blanco went two scoreless, giving up a hit.

Five Gulf Birds players had one hit apiece, all singles. Irving Wilson and Brian Sanchez scored the two runs, which were both unearned.

Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Angels (13-11), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (0-1, 7.71)

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