Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/4/15

Luke Voit sent Palm Beach home happy on Friday, as the Beach Birds acquired one of only two wins in the system. State College also triumphed but Memphis, Springfield, Peoria, the GCL and DSL clubs did not although Sandy Alcantara was outstanding for the Gulf Cards. Johnson City’s game was postponed again.

Happy 4th, Everyone!! Results from games played Friday, July 3rd.

Oklahoma City 3 at Memphis 2

The Redbirds dropped a 3-2 decision to Oklahoma City (53-27), with Memphis’ four-game losing streak encompassing their series with the Dodgers. Memphis (41-41) remains in second, seven in back of Round Rock (TEX).

Jimmy Reed (L, 0-1), called up from Springfield to take Tim Cooney’s start after the latter pitched for St. Louis on Thursday, could not finish the fifth. The 24-year-old gave up a three-run bomb that frame, one of the seven hits he yielded in 4 1/3.

A quartet of Memphis hurlers shut down the visitors the rest of the way. Tyler Waldron went 1 2/3, maneuvering around two hits and two walks by striking out two while Sam Tuivailala fanned two in 1 1/3, permitting a hit and base-on-balls. Keith Butler struck out both batters faced before handing the ball off to Mitch Harris, who tossed a one-two-three ninth.

The Redbirds matched the Dodgers’ 10 hits, with Rafael Ortega and Matt Williams each garnering two. Ortega singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring once while Williams went 2-for-3 after entering the game in a fifth-inning double switch.

Saturday’s game: at Colorado Springs (32-47) (MIL), 8:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (4-4, 3.94)

San Antonio 4 at Springfield 2

Three miscues in the fifth opened the floodgates, resulting in the S-Cards’ 4-2 loss to the Missions (SD). Springfield (3-5), which is in a three-way tie for second, two games in back of Tulsa (LAD), will try to prevent a sweep on Saturday.

All four tallies allowed by Arturo Reyes were unearned due to errors that permitted three of his first four batters to reach. Reyes (L, 5-3) yielded nine hits and two free passes in six plus, fanning five. Iden Nazario, Ronnie Shaban and Kurt Heyer each tossed a scoreless frame, Nazario walking one but stranding two inherited runners while the latter two faced the minimum.

Charlie Tilson and Bruce Caldwell each had two of the team’s nine hits. Tilson went 2-for-5 with an RBI and his 25th stolen base, and Caldwell singled twice in four at bats, touching home once.

Saturday’s game: vs. San Antonio (4-4), 5:10 pm CT, Thomas Lee (6-3, 4.46)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Fort Myers 3 (10)

Luke Voit’s 10th-inning solo shot clinched both the game and series for the PB-Cards (6-3). The win keeps Palm Beach tied for first with Bradenton (PIT).

Voit, our co-Player of the Day, was a one-man wrecking crew, going 3-for-5 with two doubles and that long ball, scoring once and driving in all four of his team’s scores. New arrival Danny Diekroeger singled twice in four at bats with a walk and run scored, the only other Beach Bird with more than one of the team’s 10 hits.

Kevin Herget picked up his second win in three decisions, hurling two scoreless frames while giving up two hits and a base-on-balls with two strikeouts. Nick Petree went the initial five, permitting three runs on five hits and three walks. Silfredo Garcia took the next three, yielding a hit and free pass.

Saturday’s game: at Charlotte (2-7) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (PB debut)

Peoria 1 at Quad Cities 9

Peoria was pounded by Quad Cities 9-1 on Friday and trail the River Bandits 0-2 in the series with two contests on tap. The Chiefs (3-6) are tied for sixth with Clinton (SEA), five behind Kane County (ARI).

Starter Jhonny Polanco did not finish the third, surrendering four runs on three hits and five walks in 2 2/3. Nick Frey allowed two of three inherited runners to score, giving up two runs of his own on four hits and three free passes in 2 1/3. Anderson Gerdel yielded three tallies on five hits over three.

Steve Bean accumulated a third of his squad’s total hits, going 3-for-4, crossing once. Shortstop Andrew Sohn singled twice in four at bats, the only other Chief with more than one hit.

Saturday’s game: at Quad Cities (6-3) (HOU), 6:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez

State College 6 vs. West Virginia 1

The Spikes (6-8) claimed the series-clinching third game against the Black Bears (PIT), 6-1, moving them into a three-way tie for second with West Virginia and Auburn (WSH), but seven games behind streaking Williamsport (PHI).

Casey Grayson led his team’s 11-hit effort with a perfect night at the plate. Grayson went 3-for-3 with a double, walk and three driven in. Thomas Spitz and Harrison Bader each singled twice in four at bats, Spitz scoring twice and Bader once.

A trio of Spikes combined on a four-hitter, paced by starter Dailyn Martinez. Martinez (W, 2-0) yielded an unearned run on three hits, four free passes and a hit batsman through six. Luke Harrison pitched the seventh and eighth, giving up a hit and Pedro Echemendia tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Saturday’s game: at Auburn (6-8), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (2-0, 1.80)

Johnson City vs. Bristol - postponed

The game between Johnson City (4-5) and Bristol was postponed due to poor playing conditions on the field due to prior heavy rains. It has been rescheduled as part of a Sunday double-header, leaving four games to be played in the next two days.

Saturday’s games: at Bristol (3-6) (PIT). Game one – 1:00 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (1-0, 0.00)/Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.00)

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 3 (14)

The Gulf Birds broke a scoreless game with two in the top of the 14th, only to suffer a 3-2 walk-off loss. Blech! The GCL Cardinals (3-8) are last in the East Division, 4 ½ behind the Marlins.

The game, featuring 22 combined hits, remained scoreless until the 14th when the Gulf Cards strung together three singles and a base-on-balls, and plated two. But two miscues in the bottom of the frame, one by the pitcher himself, generated three unearned runs.

Carlos Torres (L, 0-1) surrendered three hits and plunked a batter in 1 2/3, committing a throwing error that allowed two runners to score and tying the game at two-all.

Co-Player of the Day Sandy Alcantara’s third start was superb, as the 19-year-old limited the opposition to just three hits through seven. Alcantara fanned five and hit one. Jordan DeLorenzo retired two, allowing a hit and walk before giving way to Max Foody, who stranded both of DeLorenzo’s runners. Foody yielded two hits in 3 1/3, striking out three and hitting a batter. Rowan Wick permitted a hit in the 12th.

Though the Gulf Cards managed 10 hits, only Stephen Zavala had more than one. Zavala singled twice in five at bats. No one had an extra-base hit.

Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (7-3), 10:00 am ET, Estarlin Arias (1-0, 4.50)

DSL Nationals 7 at DSL Cardinals 4

The Dominican Birds fell to the Dominican Nationals 7-4 on Friday, dropping the fourth-place Cardinals (13-17) to 12 games off the mark set by the DSL Rangers1, a club that has won 15 straight.

Starter Junior Gonzalez was charged with his second loss in three decisions, giving up two runs on five hits and two free passes through six. But it was the four tallies surrendered by Enrique Perez in his second inning of work that proved the difference maker. Perez had a hard time finding the plate, issuing five walks plus a hit in 1 2/3. Cristhian Lugo struck out one and gave up a hit, permitting two of three inherited runners to score. Diego Cordero was touched for an unearned tally on a hit in the ninth.

The home team had 10 hits, including two apiece by Carlos Rodriguez and Wadye Infante. Rodriguez singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored while Infante went 2-for-4. Irving Wilson had a productive day at the plate, blasting a three-run bomb in the eighth. The catcher worked a free pass and another run scored.

Saturday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1 (25-5) (Oh goody!), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-2, 4.15)

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