Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/7/15

It was six up and three down across the Cardinals system on Monday, a day featuring plenty of offense. Memphis powered to a win, aided by Dan Johnson’s bat while Springfield, Peoria, State College and the GCL Cardinals all came out on top. Johnson City split a pair with both Palm Beach and the DSL team going down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, July 6th.

Memphis 12 at Colorado Springs 4

Runs in five of the first six innings launched the Redbirds over the Sky Sox 12-4. Memphis (44-41) has won the first three of the four-game set.

Five of the 12 tallies were produced by three long balls, two by Dan Johnson and one by Dean Anna. Player of the Day Johnson, one of three Redbirds garnering three hits, added a single in five at bats with a walk, four runs scored and three RBI. Stephen Piscotty, playing left, went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls, two doubles and touched home three times while Cody Stanley went 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and three driven in. Anna, Greg Garcia and Jeremy Hazelbaker each had two of the team’s 18 hits.

That was more than sufficient support for Nick Greenwood (W, 7-3) who scattered nine hits over seven, yielding two runs. Joey Donofrio gave up two unearned runs over the final two frames, permitting just one hit.

Tuesday’s game: at Colorado Springs (32-50) (MIL), 8:05 pm CT, John Gast (4-6, 4.38)

Springfield 5 vs. Corpus Christi 4 (11)

Springfield (6-5) walked off with a 6-5 win over Corpus Christi (HOU) in 11 innings, clinching the three-game set with one to go.

David Washington doubled in Derek Gibson after the latter was plunked then stole second. It was Washington’s only hit in five at bats. Patrick Wisdom led his squad’s 14-hit attack, going 3-for-5, touching home once. Bruce Caldwell and Charlie Tilson each went 2-for-5, Caldwell doubling once while driving in two. Breyvic Valera singled twice in four at bats, the final S-Card with a multi-hit game.

Corey Baker went the initial five, holding the Hooks to a lone score on two hits and a walk. He departed with his team up 3-1, but that advantage vanished after Jordan Swagerty (BS,2) was touched for two runs on two hits, a walk and a hit batsman in just a third of a frame.

Kurt Heyer recorded the last two outs in the sixth, leaving two inherited aboard. After Springfield re-took the lead, 4-3, Iden Nazario gave it right back by allowing a solo shot. It was the only hit he allowed in two frames. Chris Thomas (W, 2-3) struck out four through three, yielding three hits.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-6), 7:10 pm CT, Andrew Morales (3-4, 5.35)

Palm Beach 0 at Charlotte 4

The PB-Cards suffered a 4-0 shutout at the hands of Charlotte (3-9) (TB), preventing a three-game sweep by Palm Beach (8-4).

Rob Kaminsky took the loss, his fifth in 11 decisions, despite giving up just two runs, one earned, on six hits and a free pass over seven. Josh Lucas went the final two, allowing two runs on two hits and a base-on-balls.

The visitors were held to just three hits and a walk.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton (9-3) (PIT), 6:30 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (8-5, 2.35)

Peoria 7 vs. Burlington 2

Peoria (5-7) played some long ball on Monday, resulting in a 7-2 decision over Burlington (LAA) in the series’ opener.

Andrew Sohn, Alex De Leon and Nick Thompson each went yard; the latter two with a runner aboard. In his final game with the club, Sohn spearheaded Peoria’s 13-hit attack, going 3-for-5 with a solo shot, two runs scored and an RBI. De Leon joined Steve Bean and Jhohan Acevedo with two hits apiece, De Leon and Bean in four at bats and Acevedo three. Bean doubled twice and De Leon once, with a double by Darren Seferina accounting for the Chiefs’ final extra-base hit.

Austin Gomber (W, 8-3) allowed two runs on four hits and three walks through 6 1/3. Nick Frey recorded five outs, giving up a hit, while Kevin Alexander tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Burlington (3-8), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 2.86)

State College 9 at Auburn 7

State College (8-9) took the decisive game three at Auburn 9-7 behind a 15-hit explosion.

The Spikes’ balanced attack featured all nine starters accumulating at least one hit and eight of nine scoring. R.J. Dennard, the only player to not score, did his part by knocking in three, going 2-for-4 with a walk and double.

Elier Rodriguez, Harrison Bader, Craig Aikin, Cole Lankford and Jose Godoy each had two hits. Rodriguez scored twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and RBI while Bader, Lankford and Godoy all singled and doubled with Bader, Lankford and Aiken driving in one.

Greg Tomchick’s first professional start was brief, with the Old Dominion product surrendering six runs on five hits and two walks, including a three-run bomb. Carson Cross (W, 1-1) and Tyler Bray each went three innings, allowing a hit apiece with Bray issuing a free pass and plunking two. Pedro Echemendia yielded an unearned tally on two hits, picking up his second save.

Tuesday’s game: Off

Bristol 2 at Johnson City 0 (7) - game one

Johnson City (5-6) finally took the field on Monday after rain wiped out four days of contests, with the results being a twin-bill split with Bristol (PIT).

The JC-Cards were blanked on four hits in the opener, no player having more than one hit each. Josh Wirsu (L, 1-1) took the loss despite tossing a solid effort. Wirsu gave up two runs on six hits and a base-on-balls over six. Juan Caballero allowed a hit in the seventh.

Johnson City 8 vs. Bristol 2 (7) - game two

The home team’s pitching staff received a lot more support in the nightcap, with the bats exploding for 14 hits.

All nine starters had at least one hit, led by Chris Chinea who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI. Luke Doyle, Eliezer Alvarez and Magneuris Sierra each had two hits, Doyle in three and the latter two in four at bats. Third baseman Doyle went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, touched home three times and drove in one while Alvarez added a double, run scored and stolen base. Paul DeJong and Ryan McCarvel both went 1-for-3 with a two-run blast.

Juan Bautista hurled the first four innings, giving up two runs on four hits and a base-on-balls. Sasha Kuebel retired six straight, three via the K, for his second win in as many decisions. Steven De La Cruz tossed the ninth, allowing a hit and fanning two.

Tuesday’s game: at Bristol (4-7). Bryan Dobzanski (0-1, 6.30)/Julio Mateo (0-1, 7.71)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Mets 1

Three consecutive scoring innings gave the Gulf Birds (4-8) a 7-1 win over the GCL Mets in the first of three.

The visitors pushed across two in the second and four the next frame before capping it off with a fourth-inning tally. Luis Bandes and Bladimil Franco each had three of the team’s 16 hits, both going 3-for-5 with two runs scored, Franco knocking in one.

Five other Gulf Cards had two hits apiece: Allen Cordoba, Allen Staton, Bryce Denton, Joshua Lopez and Andrew Brodbeck. Staton doubled once in four at bats, scoring one while Brodbeck added a triple and RBI in five at bats.

Springfield’s Mike Mayers began his rehab assignment, tossing two frames of shutout ball, permitting a hit. Palm Beach’s Steve Sabatino was next up for his rehab throw, allowing a hit in the third.

Regular starter Estarlin Arias finally took the field in the fourth, striking out five in five innings while allowing a run on four hits and a free pass. Jonathan Escudero faced the minimum in the ninth.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (7-5), 12:00 pm ET, David Oca (1-0, 2.25)

DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Rangers1 11

Nine runs in the last four innings was not enough as the Dominican Birds’ (14-18) rally fell just short, resulting in an 11-10 loss to the DSL Rangers1 (26-6).

Elehuris Montero led the 14-hit effort, going 4-for-5 with a walk, double, scoring once and knocking in one. Wadye Infante was just behind Montero, going 3-for-5 with a base-on-balls, double, two runs scored and an RBI.

Edwin Figuera and Carlos Rodriguez both went 2-for-6, touching home twice. Figuera tripled once with an RBI while Rodriguez smashed a two-run bomb that was two of his three RBI. Esequeil Delgado singled twice in four at bats with a free pass, run scored and two driven in.

Starter Oneiver Diaz only lasted one plus, surrendering three runs on three hits and two walks. A quintet of relievers followed Diaz to the mound, including two recent July 2nd signees – Noel De Jesus and Anthony Trompiz.

Reliever Edwar Ramirez was first up, tossing three innings, allowing a run on four hits. In his pro debut, De Jesus was charged with two runs on four hits in the fifth. All five tallies yielded by Luis Rosales (L, 0-3) over 1 2/3 were unearned, the lefty giving up three hits and three free passes. Cristhian Lugo walked one and struck out one, finishing the seventh before Trompiz debuted with a one-two-three frame.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Mariners2 (21-11), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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