Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/28/15

The Cardinals system on Saturday night had two doubleheaders, a rain out and a suspended game. The State College game was postponed, the Johnson City game was suspended, to be completed on Sunday, and both Springfield and Peoria played doubleheaders. Memphis lost rather weakly to Colorado Springs, and Palm Beach put it to Daytona after falling behind by two runs in the first inning.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is Charlie Tilson, who went 6-for-8 with a home run, two doubles and three RBI in the pair of Springfield wins over Arkansas.

Results for games played on Saturday, June 27th.

Memphis 0, Colorado Springs 2

Memphis was not so good on Saturday night. The pitching crew of starting pitcher John Gast and relievers Dean Kiekhefer and Heath Wyatt did fine, but the offense was in a snooze fest.

Gast pitched seven solid innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out seven and walking two. Kiekhefer and Wyatt combined for two scoreless innings. Gast took the loss for his sleeping offense.

Memphis managed all of three hits for the night. A triple by Ty Kelly and singles from Tommy Pham and Dean Anna was all there was at the plate. There were nine strike outs, however, Pham contributing three. Matt Williams walked twice. Lots and lots of zeros in the box score.

Oh yeah, and Rafael Ortega was caught stealing.

Today is another day.

Sunday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs, Tim Cooney (6-4, 2.80) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 8 at Arkansas 3 (Game 1 DH)

Springfield played a road doubleheader on Saturday, consisting of two seven-inning contests. Pitching for the Cardinals in Game 1 was starter Thomas Lee and reliever Joey Donofrio. Both were bitten by the home run bug with Lee allowing a two-run shot for the only runs against him in six innings, and Donofrio gave up a solo blast in the final frame. The home runs were the only runs allowed by the pitching tandem, however, as Lee got the win.

The offense for Springfield consisted of 13 hits. Center fielder Charlie Tilson, who is having a good season, went 3-for-4: a home run, double and single for two RBI and two runs scored. Second baseman Bruce Caldwell also went 3-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, and DH Anthony Garcia went 3-for-4 with an RBI and run scored. Also joining the hit parade were Nick Martini with a single, Patrick Wisdom with a double and a single, and Alberto Rosario with a double. Four of the eight total runs were scored in the seventh and last inning, with the lineup batting around, starting and ending with Rosario.

Tilson also stole his 23rd base of the season.

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 1 (Game 2 DH)

Springfield swept the road doubleheader on Saturday night against Arkansas.

Starter Jimmy Reed was the Game 2 winner, with relievers Ryan Sheriff and Chris Thomas keeping the lid on the victory in the sixth and seventh innings. In his five innings of work, Reed allowed only a solo home run. Reed struck out seven, walked none, and gave up only three hits.

The Springfield offensive juggernaut continued with 10 hits, two each from Charlie Tilson, Anthony Garcia and Patrick Wisdom. One hit each from Jonathan Rodriguez, Nick Martini, Bruce Caldwell, and Breyvic Valera completed the set. Garcia and Wisdom each launched a solo home run, while Tilson and Caldwell each contributed a double.

Arkansas just didn’t know what hit them on Saturday night.

Sunday’s game: at Arkansas, Kyle Hald (0-4, 6.65) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 8, Daytona 3

Despite being down two runs right off the bat, the Cardinals didn’t let it get them down. In the end, the Cardinals left the Daytona Tortugas eating their dust, much like their big league counterparts in St. Louis did to the Cubs to get their 50th win of the season.

The Cardinals pitchers - starter Corey Littrell and relievers Kevin Herget and Tyler Melling - did a great job keeping Daytona from scoring more than one additional run in the game. Two of the three runs allowed were unearned. 11 strikeouts and only one walk completed the pitching coup. Littrell was the winning pitcher, with Herget awarded a hold.

Offensively, Derek Gibson led the way, going 2-for-3 with an RBI. One hit each from the five batters ahead of Gibson in the lineup made for a total of seven hits. They included doubles by Robelys Reyes and David Washington, and a bases-loaded triple from Brett Wiley that scored all three runners. In addition to the triple, Wiley stole his fourth base of the season, and even attempted to steal home, but was thrown out.

Other happenings of note in the game: Robelys Reyes committed a fielding error in the first inning that led to the two unearned runs, and David Washington had an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: vs. Daytona, Nick Petree (0-0, 0.00), 12:00 CDT

Peoria 0, Kane County 2 (Game 1 DH)

In the first game of the doubleheader, starter Matt Pearce pitched four innings and took the hard-luck loss. Pearce struck out six and walked none, giving up just one unearned run. Cody Schumacher and Robby Rowland pitched in relief to complete the seven-inning game, with Schumacher allowing the other score.

The Chiefs offense was practically nonexistent, with just three hits, two from Darren Seferina. Danny Diekroeger had the other. A tip of the cap to the Cougars pitching staff.

The Chiefs pitchers combined gave up 12 hits, but also struck out 11 and walked no one. It was a good effort, but the offense let them down.

Peoria 3, Kane County 6 (Game 2 DH)

The second game of the doubleheader was not much better for Peoria, though they did manage to score - three runs in all. An RBI double by Oscar Mercado and an RBI single by Kenny Peoples-Walls were responsible for two of the runs; the third run scored on a double play off the bat of Andrew Sohn. The Mercado double was the Chiefs’ only extra base hit of the game. Darren Seferina, Alex De Leon, and Jhohan Acevedo each contributed singles to the losing effort.

Starting pitcher Jhonny Polanco took the loss for the Chiefs, giving up four of the six Cougars runs. Polanco was replaced with one out and two men on in the fifth inning by Dixon Llorens, who pitched to five batters and couldn’t record an out. Nick Lomascolo came in to replace Llorens and retired the last two batters. Lomascolo finished the game without giving up any runs, and allowing only one hit, while striking out four.

On the basepaths, Andrew Sohn stole his 13th base, and Danny Diekroeger was caught stealing. Defensively, there was one fielding error by Peoples-Walls.

Saturday night was not alright for Peoria.

Sunday’s game: vs. Kane County, Daniel Poncedeleon (6-1, 2.26) 5:00 CDT

State College at Mahoning Valley – postponed

Saturday night’s scheduled game between the State College Spikes and Mahoning Valley Scrappers at Eastwood Field was postponed due to the heavy rains that fell in the Niles, Ohio area. The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader consisting of two seven-inning games on August 30, which is the next time the Spikes are scheduled to visit Mahoning Valley.

Sunday’s game: at Staten Island, Juan Perez (1-0, 1.80), 5:00 pm ET

Johnson City vs. Burlington

The Johnson City game vs. Burlington was suspended due to rain in the top of the second inning with the Royals holding a 4-0 lead. The two teams will complete the game on Sunday beginning at 6:00 p.m., then follow with the regularly scheduled game, which will be shortened to seven innings.

Sunday’s games: vs. Burlington, 6:00 pm ET, Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, 4.50)

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 4

Sandy Alcantara started, with Rowan Wick, Max Foody and Kevin Alexander pitching in relief. Wick took the loss in his first official game as a pitcher. A couple of singles, a walk, and a wild pitch resulted in the winning run against Wick. Alcantara pitched for five innings, giving up only one earned run and striking out five, but four walks marred the performance. Foody and Alexander combined for 2 1/3 innings, with one unearned run scoring against Foody and no runs allowed by Alexander.

Orlando Olivera’s double in the sixth inning provided the Cardinals’ two runs for the day. Allen Staton had a 2-for-4 day at the plate. Hits were also provided by Luis Bandes, Jonathan Rivera, Carlos Talavera, and this year’s ninth round draft pick, Andrew Brodbeck. All of the Cardinals hits were singles, other than Olivera’s. Talavera stole a base.

First-round draft pick Nick Plummer had a bad day, striking out three times in four at bats. Strikeouts were prevalent among Cardinals hitters, as there were 11 in total, with Frankie Rodriguez striking out in all four of his at bats.

The Cardinals made three defensive errors, two throwing errors by Staton and Rodriguez, and a fielding error by Brodbeck.

It was not a good outing by the Cardinals, who are 2-4 in the short season so far.

Sunday’s game: No game scheduled on Sunday.

DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Angels 3

Starter Enrique Perez came out after just two innings. He gave up no runs and struck out three, but walked four. No indication as to why he came out. Junior Gonzalez followed, pitching six innings and picking up the win. Gonzalez struck out three, walked two, and allowed three runs, two earned, including a solo home run. Frendy Galvin and Diego Cordero finished the game.

The Cardinals scored eight runs on eight hits, including a double by Brian Sanchez. Carlos Rodriguez went 2-for-5 with two RBI and Andres Luna went 1-for-4 with two driven in. Edwin Figuera, Elehuris Montero, and Starlin Balbuena each plated a run as well. Esequeil Delgado stole a base, as did Figuera.

Five of the Cardinals runs were scored in an eventful eighth inning. Sanchez started out with the double, and the Cardinals batted around, ending the frame with Sanchez striking out.

Catcher Dennis Ortega was busy, catching a runner stealing in the second inning, and picking another off first base in the fifth. Yadier Molina would be proud.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game on Sunday.

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