Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/2/15

Danny Martin’s excellent night stood out in State College’s win on Wednesday, one of three victories in St. Louis’ minors. Peoria and the DSL squad both won but Memphis, Palm Beach, Johnson City and the GCL club did not, the latter despite a multi-bomb performance by Orlando Olivera.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 1st.

Oklahoma City 3 at Memphis 2

Home runs came back to bite the Redbirds in their 3-2 loss to the Dodgers Wednesday night at AutoZone Park. Memphis (41-39) has lost the first two of the four-game set.

All three tallies yielded by Nick Greenwood (L, 6-3) through seven innings were long balls, half of the six hits given up. The lefty did not issue a free pass. Heath Wyatt and Dean Kiekhefer both tossed a scoreless frame, Wyatt allowing a hit.

The Redbirds outhit Oklahoma City eight to six but only one of their hits went over the wall. Tommy Pham’s only hit in four at bats was the fourth bomb of his brief season, coming with none on. Rafael Ortega singled twice in five at bats, the only Redbird with more than one hit. Matt Williams went 1-for-2 with two walks, scoring once on a sac fly by Stephen Piscotty.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (51-27), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (4-5, 4.14)

Springfield – off

Following the three-day All-Star break, Springfield (3-3) opens a six-game home stand versus San Antonio (SD) and Corpus Christi (HOU).

Thursday’s game: vs. San Antonio (2-4), 7:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (3-3, 5.43)

Fort Myers 6 at Palm Beach 2

Trey Nielsen suffered his shortest outing of 2015, resulting in a 3-2 loss to Fort Myers (MIN) in the series’ opener.

Nielsen (L, 8-5) could not finish the four-run third, permitting five tallies in all on eight hits and a walk in 2 2/3. He fanned three. Tyler Melling shut down the Miracle on a hit in 4 1/3 while Lee Stoppelman struck out three over two but was touched for a run on two hits and a free pass.

Blake Drake was about the only weapon in Palm Beach’s (4-3) offensive arsenal, doubling and tripling in three at bats, scoring once. Five other PB-Cards had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (5-2), 6:35 pm ET, Corey Littrell (2-6, 3.90)

Peoria 12 at Clinton 10

A late rally gave the Chiefs (3-4) a 12-10 victory over the LumberKings (SEA) in the series’ decisive third game.

Offense was the order of the day in a contest featuring a combined 30 hits and 22 runs. With the game tied at six all through six, Peoria scored six more times in the final three frames to top Clinton (3-4). Eight of nine Chiefs had at least one of the team’s 17 hits, with four fattening up their averages by accumulating three each: Darren Seferina, Nick Thompson, Steve Bean and Jhohan Acevedo.

Seferina, The Cardinal Nation’s June Player of the Month, finished a home run shy of the cycle in six at bats, touching home once while each of the other three singled three times in five at bats. Thompson and Acevedo both drove in two, scoring one and two times, respectively while Bean crossed home plate three times. Thompson worked a free pass while Acevedo swiped his first bag since joining the Chiefs last week.

It was an ugly night for Peoria pitching, all three hurlers giving up tallies. Jack Flaherty permitted six runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in 5 2/3. Nick Lomascolo recorded three outs, giving up two runs on two hits and two bases-on-balls. Robby Rowland (W, 2-2) went the final 2 1/3, yielding two runs, one earned, on three hits.

Thursday’s game: at Quad Cities (4-3) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-6, 3.74)

State College 5 vs. West Virginia 2

The Spikes (5-7) took their first-ever meeting with West Virginia, 5-2.

Facing the Black Bears (PIT) for the first time since they acquired a spot in the Pinckney Division, at the expense of Jamestown, State College’s 10-hit effort was led by co-Player of the Day Danny Martin’s perfect night at the plate. The shortstop went 3-for-3 with a double and run scored - but he did not drive anyone in since the three batters in front of him went a combined 0-for-11.

Harrison Bader, Casey Grayson and Josh Swirchak, the four through six bats, had two hits each. Bader and Swirchak both singled and doubled in four at bats, the former scoring once and the latter knocking in four. Grayson went 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Ian McKinney earned his first win in three decisions with six strong frames. The 20-year-old scattered six hits and two walks, giving up one run. Tyler Bray hurled the balance of the game, allowing a run on three hits and a free pass for his first save.

Thursday’s game: vs. West Virginia (5-7), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (1-0, 0.90)

Johnson City 5 at Pulaski 9

A seven-run fifth condemned Johnson City (4-5) to a 9-5 defeat to Pulaski (4-5) (NYY) in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Ramon Santos took the loss, surrendering seven runs, six earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls in 4 1/3. Harley Holt was charged with two runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3. Chandler Hawkins worked around two hits in the eighth.

The Appy Birds were up 5-2 before the game exploded, thanks to home runs by Luke Doyle, Paul DeJong and Edmundo Sosa, who comprise the top of the JC-Cards’ batting order. Doyle and DeJong each went 2-for-4 with a double and long ball with two RBI, Doyle scoring twice and DeJong once. Sosa’s solo shot was his only hit in four at bats. Three other Appy Birds had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: at Bristol (3-6) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (1-0, 0.00)

GCL Mets 16 at GCL Cardinals 5

If baseball ever invoked a mercy rule, it would be for games like the Gulf Birds’ 16-5 loss to the GCL Mets. The GCL Cardinals’ (2-7) six-game losing skid includes three-game sweeps by the Nationals and Mets.

Frederis Parra (L, 0-1) took one for the team, serving up an eight-run third plus three more in the Mets’ four-run sixth. The 11 tallies were produced by 16 hits, only one of them a long ball in 5 2/3.

Rowan Wick began his conversion to pitcher by giving up a run on two singles sandwiched around a base-on-balls. All of that happened before Wick recorded the inning’s last out on a called strike out. Ismael Brito hurled the last three innings, issuing three free passes.

The GCL Cards banged out nine hits, three of them by first baseman Orlando Olivera who accounted for four of his team’s five runs. Olivera, our co-Player of the Day, smashed the initial two home runs of his professional career, the first a solo bomb and the second a three-run shot in the ninth with Andrew Brodbeck and Stephen Zavala (both walks) on. Shortstop Allen Cordoba went 2-for-3, the only other Gulf Bird with more than one hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (6-2), 12:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (0-1, 11.57) or Junior Fernandez (0-1, 15.00)

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Astros Orange 3

The Dominican Birds (12-16) rallied past the DSL Astros Orange (6-21) for a 4-3 win on Wednesday.

Trailing 2-0 through seven, the Cardinals took the lead with a four-run eighth. Wadye Infante acquired three of his team’s nine hits, going 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI. He was the only Dominican Card with more than one hit.

Will Changarotty did fine in his first start after nine relief appearances, with the only damage done to him coming on a two-run blast that was one of two hits he gave up through four. Ronald Medrano raised his record to 2-0 by holding the opposition to a run on three hits and two walks in five.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Nationals (11-17), 10:30 am ET, Juan Alvarez (1-2, 2.74)

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