Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/5/15

It was a mixed bag in the Cardinals system on Saturday. Memphis defeated Colorado Springs in a blowout, while Springfield, Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals each won their contests. Peoria was defeated by Quad Cities and State College lost to Auburn. The GCL Cardinals game was postponed due to weather, as was the doubleheader scheduled between Johnson City and Bristol.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is Cody Stanley, for his five hit, four RBI night at the plate for Memphis.

Results from games played Saturday, July 4th.

Memphis 15 at Colorado Springs 1

Memphis took offense to new heights on Saturday night, pulverizing Colorado Springs by a score of 15 to 1. The Redbirds bats blasted 22 hits on the night. Catcher Cody Stanley was the leader of the hit brigade, going 5-for-6 with four RBI. Rafael Ortega went 2-for-5, Dean Anna went 3-for-6, Jeremy Hazelbaker 3-for-5, Nick Martini 2-for-5, and Matt Williams 2-for-4. Even starting pitcher Zack Petrick got in on the fun, hitting 2-for-5 with a triple and an RBI. Every position player had at least one hit on the night. Anna tripled, and Ed Easley, Stanley, Martini, and Williams doubled.

Starter Petrick pitched a strong 7 2/3 scoreless innings, giving up six hits, striking out four and walking none. Reliever Joey Donofrio pitched 1 1/3 innings, allowing the only Colorado Springs run in the bottom of the ninth.

Sunday’s game: at Colorado Springs, Tyler Lyons (5-4, 3.10) 2:35 CDT

Springfield 8, San Antonio 3

The Cardinals defeated the San Antonio Missions on Saturday, 7-3 at Hammons Field. The victory essentially was sealed in the first three innings of the game, when the Cardinals put seven runs on the board.

Thomas Lee was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals, and he took the win with a seven-inning performance. Lee gave up three earned runs, two on home runs, but the Cardinals offense carried the day. Relievers Chris Thomas and Kyle Barraclough finished the game with two scoreless innings between them.

Charlie Tilson led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with two RBI. Bruce Caldwell, Mike O’Neill and Patrick Wisdom had two hits each. Caldwell’s two hits were a triple and a home run, while O’Neill contributed two doubles, and Wisdom, one double. Additionally, Michael Ohlman hit a solo home run for his one hit of the night.

Tilson stole his 26th base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the 11th time.

Sunday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi, TBA, 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 2 at Charlotte 1

In his Palm Beach debut, starter Daniel Poncedeleon was the winning pitcher in his six innings of work on Saturday night, allowing no runs on six hits, while striking out two and walking one. Relievers Blake McKnight and Josh Lucas were awarded holds, while Chris Perry earned the save. The only run scored against Palm Beach was allowed by new Beach Bird McKnight in his 1 1/3 innings of relief work.

Offense was provided by another new Cardinal, Danny Diekroeger, 2-for-5 with two RBI, one of which was provided by a first inning triple. Carson Kelly went 2-for-4, as did Casey Turgeon. Blake Drake went 1-for-4 with a double, the only other extra base hit of the night.

C.J. McElroy stole his 22nd base of the season. Catcher Carson Kelly picked a runner off third base.

Sunday’s game: at Charlotte, Luke Weaver (1-4, 2.97), 6:00 CDT

Quad Cities 8 at Peoria 5 (11 innings)

In his first start off the disabled list and Gulf Coast Cardinals rehab, Dewin Perez had a rough night on the mound. Perez pitched only 2 1/3 innings, giving up five runs on six hits and walking five batters. Perez was relieved first by Cody Schumacher, who pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings, Nick Lomascolo, with two scoreless innings, and finally Robby Rowland, who pitched three innings while giving up three runs and taking the loss in the extra innings game.

The game was tied at five apiece after the eighth inning. The offense had 11 hits for five runs scored. Darren Seferina was 3-for-6 with two RBI. Andrew Sohn went 2-for-4 with a double, Kenny Peoples-Walls went 2-for-5, and Nick Thompson had two RBI on a fifth inning double.

Oscar Mercado stole his 28th base of the season.

The game was lost in the top of the 11th when Rowland gave up a three run home run to River Bandits’ outfielder Ramon Laureano.

Sunday’s game: vs. Quad Cities, Luis Perdomo (3-7, 3.12) 2:00 CDT

State College 2 at Auburn 4

Starting pitcher Juan Perez took the loss. Perez pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out three and walking two. Reliever Kender Villegas threw the remaining 2 1/3 innings, surrendering one run on two hits, while striking out three and walking none.

The Spikes offense managed nine hits, but were only able to put two runs on the board. Ten strikeouts of Spikes hitters contributed to the lack of offense. Thomas Spitz went 2-for-5 with one RBI, and Casey Grayson went 2-for-4 with one driven in. Catcher Brian O’Keefe also went 2-for-4, with one hit being the team’s only extra base hit of the night, a double.

Spitz stole his fifth base, and contributed an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: at Auburn, Landon Beck (0-1 0.90) 4:05 CDT

Johnson City vs. Bristol doubleheader

Both contests were postponed due to rain in the area. Game 2 was a makeup of the July 2nd game that had been postponed.

Sunday’s games: Game 1 DH vs. Bristol, Josh Wirsu (1-0, 0.00) 4:00 CDT
Game 2 (postponed game from 7/3) vs. Bristol, Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.00) after Game 1
Replay of postponed July 2 game to be determined. Saturday’s regular game is scheduled to be part of a double-header on Tuesday, July 7.

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Marlins

This game was postponed due to rain in the area.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game.

DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Rangers1 3

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals defeated their Rangers affiliated foe on Saturday morning. The offense scored six runs on 11 hits. Wadye Infante and Brian Sanchez each went 3-for-4, with Sanchez contributing three RBI, one of the runs on a home run. Dennis Ortega went 2-for-4 with an RBI, while Edwin Figuera drove in two runs with an eighth inning single.

Franyel Casadilla was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals. He pitched seven innings, giving up only one run on a solo home run. Casadilla struck out two and walked none. Relief pitcher Fabian Blanco closed out the last two innings to get the save, though he gave up two runs in the effort.

Infante stole his second base of the season, while Figuera stole his eighth and ninth, one a steal of second base and the other a steal of third. Infante also contributed an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game for DSL.

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