Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 6/30/15

Franyel Casadilla’s impressive outing led the DSL Cardinals to one of only two wins on Monday. Memphis came out on top of a pitching duel but the balance of the minors went down to defeat. Springfield was idle.

Results from games played Monday, June 29th.

Memphis 1 vs. Colorado Springs 0

Memphis (41-37) walked off with a 1-0 win over Colorado Springs (30-45), taking the series three games to one.

Tommy Pham got the ninth started with a single, his only hit in four at bats. The centerfielder stole second, advancing to third on a throwing error on the play. Cody Stanley was given an intentional free pass to set up the double play but Pham was nailed at home when Alex Mejia hit into a fielder’s choice to third. Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, triggering another intentional walk to Rafael Ortega. Matt Williams patiently worked the inning’s third base-on-balls, bringing Stanley across.

The Redbirds were held to just four hits, Ortega with singling and doubling in three at bats.

Zach Petrick and Sam Tuivailala combined on a six-hitter, Petrick giving up four hits over eight. He fanned two Sky Sox (MIL). Tuivailala (W, 3-0) worked around two hits in the ninth. Neither pitcher issued a free pass.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (49-27) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (5-3, 3.16)

Springfield - off

Springfield (3-3) is in the midst of the Texas League All-Star break, the game taking place on Tuesday at Corpus Christi (HOU). Eight Cardinals are on the North Division roster – pitchers Kyle Barraclough, Joey Donofrio, Arturo Reyes and Chris Thomas and outfielders Nick Martini, Jeremy Hazelbaker, Charlie Tilson and catcher Michael Ohlman. The latter three are starters.

Tuesday’s game: Texas League All-Star Game, Whataburger Field-Corpus Christi, 7:30 pm CT.

Daytona 3 at Palm Beach 1

Starter Luke Weaver could not finish the seventh, resulting in a 3-1 loss to Daytona (CIN). Palm Beach (3-2) will try to gain a split of the four-game series on Tuesday.

Weaver (L, 1-4) took the mound in the seventh having blanked the opposition on four hits. But the inning and game quickly unraveled after the right-hander issued a lead-off walk followed by a double and three-run bomb. That was the game. Weaver struck out five.

The Beach Birds offense fanned more (12) than they hit (nine), not scoring until the bottom of the ninth. Derek Gibson went 3-for-4, the only PB-Card with more than one hit. The team’s sole score occurred when Jake Gronsky doubled with two outs, coming home on a single by Blake Drake.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Daytona (2-2), 6:35 pm ET, Rob Kaminsky (5-4, 2.34)

Peoria 5 at Clinton 6

Peoria (1-4) could not overcome an early deficit, falling to Clinton 6-5 in the first of three.

Luis Perdomo (L, 3-7) got the hook before the end of the third, surrendering five runs on four hits and two walks in 2 1/3. Anderson Gerdel could not escape the bases-loaded jam he inherited, the righty allowing all three inherited runners to score plus one of his own on two hits and a walk in two. Blake McKnight maneuvered around two hits and two bases-on-balls over the final three.

The Chiefs managed just six hits, with Darren Seferina garnering two of them. The red-hot second baseman doubled and tripled in four at bats with a free pass, two runs scored and two knocked in.

Tuesday’s game: at Clinton (3-2) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Gomber (6-3, 3.58)

State College 1 at Staten Island 5

State College (4-6) dropped a 5-1 decision at Staten Island (NYY), evening the series at one game each.

Landon Beck’s record fell to 0-1 despite him giving up a single tally on three hits and a base-on-balls in four. Luke Harrison tossed two scoreless frames, allowing two hits but Jery Then was touched for a run on a hit and walk in the sixth.

Nick Frey simply did not have it, yielding three runs on five hits in just 2/3 of an inning. Tyler Bray limited the damage, stranding both inherited runners.

The Spikes generated nine hits but were unable to coordinate their attack, going 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Leobaldo Pina and Casey Grayson each singled twice in four at bats, Pina walking once. Craig Aikin went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls, scoring his team’s sole run on an RBI single by Thomas Spitz in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game: at Staten Island (6-5), 7:00 pm ET, Carson Cross (professional debut)

Johnson City 5 at Pulaski 6

Only two outs away from victory, Johnson City (3-4) instead lost 6-5 to Pulaski (NYY) in the series’ opener.

Steven De La Cruz (BS,1) (L, 0-1) entered the ninth with the task of closing out a 5-4 win. After recording the first out, however, everything unraveled for the right-hander. A double, hit batsman and base-on-balls jammed the sacks full before another walk and single ended the affair.

It would have been nice if starter Ronnie Williams would have stayed on the mound just a tad bit longer. The righty pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on eight hits and three free passes. Jonathan Escudero went 2 1/3, striking out four and walking three. Juan Caballero fanned two in a one-two-three eighth.

The Appy Birds’ offensive effort was spearheaded by three players with two hits apiece: Eliezer Alvarez, Paul DeJong and Anthony Ray. A double by Ray was the team’s only extra-base hit, as the right fielder accounted for three runs by touching home twice plus an RBI in four at bats. The right fielder was also credited with an assist in a play at third. Alvarez also went 2-for-4, knocking in one, while Appy League Player of the Week DeJong singled twice in three at bats, worked two bases-on-balls and drove in one.

Tuesday’s game: at Pulaski (3-4), 7:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (0-1, 14.40)

GCL Mets 8 at GCL Cardinals 1

The Gulf Birds were pounded 8-1 by the Gulf Mets in the series’ opener. It was the GCL Cardinals’ (2-5) fourth straight loss.

Rehabbing Peoria starter Dewin Perez took his first loss in as many decisions although he did not pitch that badly, giving up two runs on six hits in four. He did not issue a free pass.

Estarlin Arias really buried his team, surrendering six runs, four earned, on nine hits and a walk over five. Arias threw three wild pitches.

Five Gulf Cards had one hit each, with Luis Bandes scoring his team’s sole tally. A double by centerfielder Carlos Talavera was the only extra-base hit.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (2-4), 12:00 pm ET, tandem (?) – David Oca (1-0, 0.00)/Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 3.60)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Angels 1

Player of the Day Franyel Casadilla tossed seven strong frames as the Dominican Birds (11-15) flew past the Dominican Halos 5-1.

Casadilla (W, 1-2) held the opposition to just three hits and a base-on-balls over seven scoreless, striking out six. The 18-year-old induced 10 ground- to three fly-ball outs.

Edwar Ramirez and Estailin Tejada each tossed an inning, Ramirez facing the minimum and Tejada giving up an unearned run on two walks.

Edwin Figuera, Brian Sanchez and Carlos Rodriguez each had two of the team’s nine hits. Figuera and Sanchez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, Figuera doubling once. Rodriguez singled and doubled in five at bats, crossing home once.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Astros Orange (5-20), 10:30 am ET, Oneiver Diaz (1-3, 4.68)



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