Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/3/15

The system won three and lost four on Thursday. Corey Littrell’s mound efforts led Palm Beach to victory with the other two wins going to the GCL and DSL clubs. Johnson City’s game was postponed and the balance of the teams fell.

Results from games played Thursday, July 2nd.

Oklahoma City 8 at Memphis 4

The Redbirds (41-40) lost to the Dodgers 8-4, Memphis’ sixth straight defeat to Oklahoma City, including the first three of this current four-game set.

John Gast (L, 4-6) was charged with eight runs, five earned, on nine hits and a hit batsman in 6 1/3. Three of the eight hits were home runs, accounting for four tallies.

Justin Wright gave up a hit and walk in 1 2/3, fanning two. Joey Donofrio issued a free pass in his inning of work.

Tommy Pham and Alex Mejia each had two of the team’s seven hits, the latter going 2-for-2 with a double after entering the game in a double switch in the seventh. Pham added his fifth long ball of 2015 with Dan Johnson (walk) aboard, touching home twice and collecting his sixth stolen base.

Friday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (52-27), 6:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed

San Antonio 4 at Springfield 1

The Missions struck early against Andrew Morales, resulting in Springfield’s 4-1 loss in the post-All Star break opener.

Morales (L, 3-4) surrendered all four tallies charged to him, three earned, in the first two of his six-inning stint. He allowed 10 hits, including two solo shots and issued a free pass, fanning four. Corey Baker tossed the seventh and Ryan Sherriff the last two frames, each yielding a hit.

The only run by Springfield (3-4) came when Charlie Tilson doubled and scored on Nick Martini’s single. Three other S-Cards had a hit each.

Friday’s game: vs. San Antonio (3-4) (SD), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-2, 2.19)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Fort Myers 0

Corey Littrell and a duo of Beach Birds relievers made Derek Gibson’s RBI double hold up, as Palm Beach (5-3) slipped past Fort Myers 1-0. Each team has won one of the first two games of the series.

Player of the Day Littrell (W, 3-6) blanked the Miracle (MIN) on four hits through 6 1/3, striking out three and not walking a batter. Josh Lucas faced four batters and notched five outs, erasing Littrell’s final baserunner. Chris Perry tossed a one-two-three ninth for his 10th save.

While each pitching staff held their opponents to just four hits, bases-on-balls proved the difference maker. Collin Radack worked a free pass to open the fourth, one of two by the left fielder, advanced on a groundout by Luke Voit and raced home when Gibson doubled to left. Robelys Reyes singled twice in three at bats out of the nine hole.

Friday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (5-3), 6:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (0-1, 1.74)

Peoria 0 at Quad Cities 2

Different month, same results as Peoria (3-5) lost to Quad Cities 2-0 in the series’ opener.

Matt Pearce (L, 3-9) took the hard-luck loss, giving up just two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3. Pearce struck out four and did not issue a free pass. Kyle Grana retired all four batters faced, stranding an inherited runner.

River Bandits’ pitchers held the Chiefs to just three hits, one of them by Darren Seferina, who also stole his 17th bag of the season.

Friday’s game: at Quad Cities (5-3), 7:00 pm CT, Jhonny Polanco (1-1, 3.28)

West Virginia 7 vs. State College 1

Lack of timely hitting combined with sub-par pitching led to the Spikes’ 7-1 loss to the Black Bears (PIT), evening the series at one game apiece.

State College (5-8) banged out 10 hits, but were a feeble one-for-seven with runners in scoring position, stranding 10 in all. Michael Pritchard did his part, going 4-for-5 with a run scored and stolen base while Josh Swirchak singled twice in four at bats. Harrison Bader was hitless in three at bats, fanning twice.

Starter Jorge Rodriguez (L, 1-1) struggled, permitting five runs on five hits and five walks in 3 2/3. Max Almonte gave up a hit in 1 1/3 before giving way to Brennan Leitao. Leitao was touched for a run on three hits and two bases-on-balls in 1 1/3. Jery Then stranded the bases full of Leitao’s runners, but one of Then’s runners later scored on two hits and a walk in 2 1/3.

Friday’s game: vs. West Virginia (6-7), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-1, 5.23)

Johnson City at Bristol - postponed

Johnson City’s (4-5) series’ opener at Bristol (PIT) was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a July 4th twin-bill.

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

GCL Cardinals 13 vs. GCL Marlins 12 (10)

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals (3-7) halted a six-game losing slide with wild 13-12 ten-inning victory over the GCL Marlins in the first of their three-game series.

The Gulf Birds’ resiliency was tested, the team coming from behind four times before the contest was decided. They flipped a 1-0 deficit into a 3-1 advantage through two, retaking the lead 7-4 after six. But the Gulf Marlins scored seven runs in the last three frames of regulation, placing the Gulf Cards in an 11-9 hole with three outs to go. Two ninth-inning tallies sent the game into extras when the opposition took yet another lead, 11-10. But the Birds’ bats prevailed with two more in the bottom of the frame for the walk-off win.

Nick Plummer generated the first multi-hit effort of his young career, singling and doubling in five at bats with a walk, run scored and an RBI. The centerfielder was one of five GCL Cards with two hits: Allen Cordoba, Orlando Olivera, Allen Staton and Bryce Denton joined him.

Cordoba and Olivera went 2-for-5, the former adding a walk, three runs scored and one driven in. Olivera doubled once with a base-on-balls, touched home twice and knocked in one. Staton doubled and tripled in three at bats, worked three free passes, scored twice with three RBI while Denton went 2-for-4 with a walk, run scored and an RBI.

The offense’s 10th-inning efforts turned Gerwuins Velazco from the losing to winning pitcher, the righty yielding a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the top of the frame. Derian Gonzalez went the initial five, giving up four runs on eight hits, striking out eight.

Junior Fernandez and rehabbing Kevin Alexander each were charged with multiple scores in their two-frame stints. Fernandez allowed three runs on six hits and Alexander (BS, 2) four runs, two earned, on six hits – including a solo shot.

Friday’s game: at GCL Marlins (6-3), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 13 at DSL Nationals 7

A five-run eighth broke open the game, sending the DSL Cardinals (13-16) past the DSL Nationals 13-7.

Hector Linares led the 16-hit attack, going 3-for-4 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI. Five other Dominican Birds had two hits each: Sanel Rosario, Leandro Cedeno, Carlos Rodriguez, Elehuris Montero and Edwin Figuera.

Rosario doubled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and two driven in. Cedeno, Rodriguez and Figuera each went 2-for-5, Cedeno and Rodriguez doubling once with Cedeno touching home twice with an RBI while Rodriguez crossed home three times and walked once. Figuera knocked in three. Montero singled twice in six at bats, scoring once.

Juan Alvarez struck out five through four, giving up a run on three hits and two bases-on-balls. Edwar Ramirez (W, 1-1) was credited with the win despite garnering the poorest results of the three relievers. Ramirez yielded four runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks in the fifth. Luis Rosales allowed a hit and free pass in two, resulting in one score. Estailin Tejada gave up a run on three hits over the final two.

Friday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (11-18), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-1, 6.30)

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