Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/1/15

Rob Kaminsky led Palm Beach to one of three victories on Tuesday. Peoria won as did Johnson City, the latter aided by Paul DeJong’s efforts. State College fell despite Harrison Bader’s multi-homer night, as did Memphis, the GCL and DSL clubs. Springfield was idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 30th.

Oklahoma City 2 at Memphis 1

Single tallies in the second and third were too much to overcome as the Redbirds were edged by the Dodgers 2-1 in the series’ opener. Memphis (41-38) remains in second, six in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Tyler Lyons took the tough-luck loss, his fourth in nine decisions, surrendering two solo shots that were part of the seven hits he gave up in 6 2/3. The lefty struck out seven and did not issue a free pass. Tyler Waldron worked around three hits for 2 1/3 scoreless, leaving Lyons’ final runner on.

Six Redbirds had one hit each, including Dan Johnson who sent his eighth long ball over the wall to give his team a brief 1-0 lead after one. Tommy Pham and Stephen Piscotty each singled once in three at bats with a walk and strikeout.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (50-27), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (6-2, 5.93)

Springfield – off: Texas League North All-Stars 9 at South 4

The Texas League All-Star game took place at Corpus Christi on Tuesday and it was good news for fans of the Springfield Cardinals as the North Division All-Stars downed their South counterparts 9-4.

All four S-Cards position players on the North were in the starting lineup - CF Charlie Tilson, DH Nick Martini, RF Jeremy Hazelbaker and C Michael Ohlman. Tilson had a strong 3-for-5 showing, including a run scored and three driven in. Martini doubled in three at-bats, walked and scored twice while Hazelbaker went 0-for-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI. All three added a stolen base. Ohlman went 0-for-3 but earlier came in second in the Home Run Derby.

Right-handed pitchers Arturo Reyes (1.0 IP, 1 K), Chris Thomas (1.0 IP, 1 K) and Kyle Barraclough (2/3 IP) each kept the South off the board. Joey Donofrio was also named to the North team but did not pitch.

Wednesday’s game: Off

Palm Beach 5 vs. Daytona 1

A trio of Beach Birds’ hurlers joined forces on a four-hitter, resulting in a 5-1 win over Daytona (2-3) for a split of the four-game set. Palm Beach (4-2) is in a three-way tie for first with Bradenton (PIT) and Fort Myers (MIN).

Tri-Player of the Day Rob Kaminsky (W, 6-4) was outstanding, holding the Tortugas (CIN) to two hits and two walks in seven scoreless. He fanned four with 11 ground- and three fly-ball outs.

Kevin Herget was a tad shaky, giving up a run on two hits and two free passes in 1 2/3. Ronnie Shaban retired his only batter faced, leaving two aboard and earning his second save.

The offense was a team-wide affair with eight PB-Cards having at least one of the team’s nine hits. Robelys Reyes singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once and knocking in one. Blake Drake added his first Florida State League home run, his only hit in three at bats, although he also worked a free pass. Carson Kelly went 1-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (4-2), 6:35 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (8-4, 1.85)

Peoria 7 at Clinton 2

Four late tallies gave the Chiefs an easy 7-2 victory over the LumberKings (SEA), evening the series at one game each. Peoria (2-4) is sitting at the bottom of the Western Division, tied with Beloit (OAK) and Wisconsin (MIL) for sixth, three behind Kane County (ARI).

Up 3-1 through six, the visitors pushed across three the next frame before finishing with one more in the eighth. Danny Diekroeger’s three-hit night led the Chiefs, the third baseman singling three times in four at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI.

Luis Cruz and Oscar Mercado had two hits apiece, Cruz adding a base-on-balls and two RBI in four at bats while Mercado touched home once in five at bats. Alex De Leon accounted for three runs, doubling once in four at bats with a run scored and two driven in. That double was the only extra-base hit among the nine garnered by Peoria.

Austin Gomber scattered eight hits over 6 1/3, resulting in two runs with eight strikeouts. One of the runs scored against reliever Cody Schumacher, who fanned four in 1 2/3 with a hit and walk allowed. Kyle Grana issued two free passes but notched two strikeouts among the three outs he recorded.

Wednesday’s game: at Clinton (3-3), 6:30 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 2.17)

State College 3 at Staten Island 5

Tri-Player of the Day Harrison Bader’s impressive pro debut was not enough, as the Spikes dropped the rubber game of the series at Staten Island, 5-3. State College (4-7) is tied with Mahoning Valley (CLE) for fourth, six in back of Williamsport (PHI), a club that has lost just once in their first 11 games.

Bader, a third-round selection in the recent draft, went yard twice in four at bats and accounted for all three of his team’s scores. His solo shot got the Spikes on the board in the third and his second bomb of the night with Thomas Spitz (single) aboard, brought his team to within one of the Yankees after five.

Spitz went 2-for-5 batting leadoff directly in front of Bader, the only other State College player with more than one of the team’s eight hits. Spitz joined Leobaldo Pina and two Spikes relievers in committing a total of four miscues.

Carson Cross (L, 0-1) did not retire any of the three he faced in the second, all of whom scored under his successor’s watch. Cross yielded two hits and three walks in his maiden professional outing, striking out two.

Old Dominion product Greg Tomchick followed Cross to the mound, also making his pro debut. Tomchick gave up an unearned tally on two hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 and let all three inherited runners touch home. Kender Villegas left Tomchick’s final runner on but gave up an unearned run on two hits and a free pass in 2 1/3. Villegas fanned four. The only batter to reach against Jacob Evans in his two-inning stint was the one he hit with a pitch.

Wednesday’s game: vs. West Virginia (5-6) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Ian McKinney (0-2, 6.17)

Johnson City 8 at Pulaski 2

The Appy Birds’ balanced attack led to an 8-2 win over Pulaski (NYY). Each team has won one of the first two games of the series. The win keeps Johnson City (4-4) a game off the pace set by West Division tri-leaders Elizabethton (MIN), Greeneville (HOU) and Kingsport (NYM).

Four JC-Cards accumulated two hits each and it will come as no surprise to minor league watchers that two of the four were Paul DeJong and Chris Chinea. DeJong, one of three Players of the Day, got the scoring started in the first with his second home run of the young season that came with shortstop Luke Doyle (walk) on. He added a double in four at bats, and scored twice while adding an eye-popping five RBI. DeJong reached base once via a hit-by-pitch. Chinea singled and doubled in five at bats, driving in one while batting clean-up.

Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez and Ricardo Bautista had two hits as well, giving the Appy Birds’ two through five batters two hits apiece. Alvarez went 2-for-5 with a double, scored one and knocked in another. Bautista singled twice in four at bats with a walk and run scored.

Sasha Kuebel was credited with the win despite giving up two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in 2 1/3. Kuebel pitched in relief of Julio Mateo, who went the first 4 1/3, permitting two hits, three walks and a plunked batter. Ben Yokley issued two free passes in 2 1/3.

Wednesday’s game: at Pulaski (3-5), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (0-0, 45.00)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Mets 7

Rehabbing Peoria reliever Kevin Alexander’s first blown save sent the Gulf Birds to their fifth consecutive loss, this time 7-6 to the Gulf Mets, who have won the first two of the series. The GCL Cardinals (2-6) are in fourth and last place, 4 ½ behind the GCL Marlins.

Alexander (BS, 1) (L, 0-1) did not retire any of his five batters faced, surrendering two runs, one earned, on a hit and three base-on-balls, one intentional. Starter Jake Woodford dealt two scoreless frames in his pro debut, giving up a hit and free pass.

David Oca compiled a four-inning relief effort for the second time in five games, the southpaw giving up two runs on eight hits. Oca left with his team up 4-2 midway through seven but Max Foody (BS, 1) was touched for three runs, two earned, on two hits and a hit batsman in just a third of a frame. Gerwuins Velazco issued one free pass in 1 2/3, stranding one inherited runner.

The GCL Cards generated 14 hits, led by Allen Cordoba and Luis Bandes, who had three hits each in five at bats. Cordoba scored one and drove in one while Bandes launched a solo bomb that was one of his two RBI.

Third baseman Allen Staton also went yard for the first time as a pro, one of his two hits in four at bats. Second baseman Andrew Brodbeck went 2-for-4 as did Orlando Olivera. Brodbeck touched home once. Cordoba, Oca, Staton, Brodbeck and Alexander each committed an error.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (3-4), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Astros Orange 7 at DSL Cardinals 5 (10)

Four runs in the last three innings left the Dominican Birds on the wrong end of a 7-6 decision versus the DSL Astros Orange. The fourth-place DSL Cardinals (11-16) trail the DSL Rangers1 by 11.

Starter Oneiver Diaz took care of his end of things, yielding three unearned runs on five hits and four errors in six. Luis Rosales worked around two bases-on-balls in the seventh but Fabian Blanco (BS, 2) gave up single tallies in the eighth and nine on two hits, three walks and a hit batter in two. Cristhian Lugo (L, 2-2) was charged with two runs on three hits in the 10th.

It is not a good day at the park when your team has almost as many errors (four) as they do hits (five). Second baseman Esequeil Delgado singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one while left fielder Sanel Rosendo went 0-for-2 but walked twice with two runs scored.

Wednesday’s game: at DSL Astros Orange (6-20), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (1-0, 2.25)

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