Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/29/15

St. Louis’ minors won four and lost three on Sunday. Memphis won in extras, Alex Mejia’s offensive effort standing out. Springfield and State College were both victorious while Johnson City split a pair. Palm Beach and Peoria both fell while the GCL and DSL clubs were off.

Results from games played Sunday, June 28th.

Memphis 4 vs. Colorado Springs 3 (11)

Memphis snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, coming from behind for a 4-3 win over Colorado Springs in extras. The Redbirds (40-37) have a two-games-to-one series’ lead with one remaining.

Four consecutive singles pushed across two in the home half of the 11th after the Sky Sox (MIL) had taken the lead off Marcus Hatley in the top of the frame. Hatley (W, 4-2) was the fortunate beneficiary of the offense’s efforts, having given up a run on a lead-off walk, sac bunt, single and sac fly in his second inning of work.

Tim Cooney retired all six batters faced but did not come out for the third, giving way to Justin Wright. Wright blanked the opposition on two hits and a base-on-balls over three. Keith Butler and Sam Tuivailala combined for three frames of scoreless ball with two and one free pass issued, respectively. Mitch Harris suffered his first blown save when he allowed Colorado Springs to tie it up in the ninth. Harris gave up four hits and an intentional walk in 1 2/3.

After four shutout innings, the Redbirds broke on top in the fifth when Alex Mejia blasted his first Memphis home run with Matt Williams (single) aboard. Mejia, our Player of the Day, went 3-for-4 with a walk and scored the winning run after Travis Tartamella’s pinch-hit single brought him across.

Stephen Piscotty was the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singling and doubling in four at bats with a walk. Late-innings substitutes Tommy Pham and Dean Anna both singled in the 11th, the latter knocking in the former to re-tie the game at three all.

Monday’s game: vs. Colorado Springs (30-44), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (4-4, 4.32)

Springfield 6 at Arkansas 4

Long balls provided the difference as Springfield (3-3) flew past Arkansas, 6-4, for a three-games-to-one series’ win.

Michael Ohlman’s solo shot got his team on the board in the first while Charlie Tilson’s third bomb of 2015 broke a two-all tie in the fourth, putting Springfield up 3-2. But the key blow was Breyvic Valera’s first home run that came in the ninth with Bruce Caldwell (single) on, which proved to be the difference in the game.

Ohlman and Jonathan Rodriguez each had two of the team’s nine hits, the former going 2-for-3 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBI. Rodriguez singled and doubled in four at bats, working one free pass.

Reliever Iden Nazario picked up his first Double-A win versus three losses, hurling a scoreless seventh while giving up a hit and striking out two. Chris Thomas matched Nazario’s results in the eighth while Kyle Barraclough got his fifth save despite yielding a run.

Kyle Hald went the initial six, allowing three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls. Two of the three tallies were the result of a home run.

Monday’s game: Off for the Texas League All-Star break, with the game to be held on Tuesday, June 30th at Corpus Christi.

Daytona 2 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (3-1) dropped a 2-0 decision to Daytona (CIN), evening the four-game set at one game each.

Nick Petree took the loss, permitting two runs on five hits and two walks in 5 1/3, both scores occurring in his last inning of work. Petree fanned five. Josh Lucas gave up three hits and a sac fly in 2 2/3, the latter allowing one of two inherited runners to touch home.

Lee Stoppelman recorded two outs but yielded a hit and walk that brought Ronnie Shaban into the game. Shaban retired his only batter faced, leaving both of Stoppelman’s runners aboard.

The Beach Birds’ offense consisted of four hits spread among four players plus six free passes. A double by Jose Gonzalez was the only hit to go for extras.

Monday’s game: vs. Daytona (1-2), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (1-3, 2.73)

Kane County 3 at Peoria 0 (5)

Peoria (1-3) fell 3-0 to Kane County (3-1) in a rain-shortened affair on Sunday. The Chiefs lost three of four to the Cougars (ARI).

All three tallies charged to Daniel Poncedeleon (L, 6-2) over five scored in the fourth. The righty permitted eight hits and a base-on-balls.

Oscar Mercado singled and doubled in two at bats with a stolen base while the team’s final hit belonged to Ronald Castillo, who went 1-for-2 with a strikeout.

Monday’s game: at Clinton (2-2) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Luis Perdomo (3-6, 2.55)

State College 4 at Staten Island 3

A four-run fourth was just enough offense for State College (4-5) to slip past Staten Island (NYY) in the series opener.

The Spikes loaded the bases on two free passes sandwiched around a hit batsman. That brought Ronnierd Garcia to the plate and the third baseman came through with a single, plating Thomas Spitz and Leobaldo Pina. Jesse Jenner’s two-out single knocked in Casey Grayson before a free pass issued to R.J. Dennard jammed the sacks full again. The fourth base-on-balls of the frame, this time to Craig Aikin, brought in Garcia.

Garcia compiled half of his team’s hits, going 2-for-4 with the aforementioned run scored and RBI. State College capitalized on the eight free passes issued by Yankees’ hurlers, Pina and Dennard each walking twice.

A quartet of Spikes hurlers combined to allow just four hits, on the plus side, but issued a whopping 10 free passes themselves. Juan Perez (W, 2-0) was the worst base-on-balls culprit, giving up four of them in five innings to go with three hits, resulting in one tally.

Max Almonte was touched for two runs on a hit and two walks in one plus, his pro debut. Brennan Leitao made his first pro appearance as well, issuing three bases-on-balls that forced across both of Almonte’s scores and recording one out. Pedro Echemendia stranded the bases full, striking out three in 2 2/3 with one walk allowed for his first save.

Monday’s game: at Staten Island (5-5), 7:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (0-0, 0.00)

Johnson City 8 vs. Burlington 7 - game one

Johnson City (3-2) split a pair with Burlington (KC), taking the opener 8-7 in come-from-behind fashion but falling in the nightcap 6-1. The loss prevented a four-game series’ sweep by the JC-Cards.

The first contest completed Saturday’s game which was suspended due to rain after the Royals put up a five spot in the top of the second. All five runs came off Ramon Santos on five hits and a walk in one plus.

Juan Bautista took the mound when play resumed on Sunday, tossing five innings, the only hit given up a solo bomb. He did not issue a free pass. Southpaw Chandler Hawkins picked up the win in his initial pro outing, striking out four in two and retiring all six faced. Steven De La Cruz received his second save despite yielding a solo long ball in the ninth.

The Appy Birds pecked away at Burlington’s 5-0 lead with a two-run long ball by Chris Rivera in the second then tied it with three more in the fifth. The visitors reclaimed the lead 6-5 after six but Malik Collymore’s three-run bomb put the home team up for good after eight.

The JC-Cards banged out 12 hits with Collymore going 3-for-4 with a triple and home run, touching home twice with three RBI. Paul DeJong continued to tear up Appalachian League pitchers, going a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk out of the clean-up spot. Rivera and Hunter Newman both went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Rivera driving in two on his first home run.

Burlington 6 at Johnson City 1 (7) - game two

None of the players listed in game one with all of the hits played in game two, which might explain the five hits and one run generated by the JC-Cards in the nightcap.

Shortstop Edmundo Sosa did his part, singling twice in four at bats with a stolen base but did not get much help. Chris Chinea doubled home Ricardo Bautista (walk) in the first, the team’s only tally. Chinea added a base-on-balls, going 1-for-2.

With that meager offense, Bryan Dobzanski needed to pitch better than he did to give his team a chance to win, but he did not. Dobzanski (L, 0-1) yielded five runs, four earned, on nine hits through four, striking out five. Sasha Kuebel allowed a hit in the fifth and Harley Holt was charged with a run on four hits in his two-inning stint.

Monday’s game: at Pulaski (2-4) (NYY), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (2-4) vs. GCL Mets (4-2), 12:00 pm ET, Dewin Perez (0-0, 6.00)

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (10-15) at DSL Angels (13-12), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (0-2, 5.68)

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