Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/8/15

St. Louis’ minors posted a sparkling 6-1 record on Tuesday. Memphis pounded the opposition behind Jeremy Hazelbaker’s hot bat while Springfield, Palm Beach, Peoria and Johnson City all notched victories, the latter taking a twin-bill. The DSL Cardinals fell, the GCL team’s game was rained out and State College was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 7th.

Memphis 13 at Colorado Springs 6

The Redbirds flew past the Sky Sox 13-6 for a four-game sweep at Colorado Springs (32-51) (MIL). While second-place Memphis (45-41) has won four straight, they have gained only a game on Round Rock (TEX), a team they trail by five.

The visitors had their hitting shoes on, five players sharing the team’s 16 hits. Jeremy Hazelbaker, our Player of the Day, went 4-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBI. The right fielder swiped a bag as well.

Four players had three hits apiece: Rafael Ortega, Nick Martini, Greg Garcia and Cody Stanley. Ortega went 3-for-6 with a triple, crossed home once and knocked in two, batting lead-off. Martini went 3-for-5 with a run scored and four RBI while Garcia and Stanley each singled three times in four at bats with a walk, touching home three times. Garcia drove in one.

John Gast (W, 5-6) tossed five frames, yielding five runs, three earned, on eight hits and two bases-on-balls. He committed two errors. Tyler Waldron was charged with a run on three hits in 2 2/3 and Sam Tuivailala allowed two hits in 1 1/3, picking up his 12th save. (He got it because he took the mound in the eighth with the score 9-6.)

Wednesday’s game: vs. fourth-place Nashville (39-47) (OAK), 7:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (0-1, 6.23)

Springfield 1 vs. Corpus Christi 0

A trio of S-Cards’ pitchers made a single tally stand up, resulting in a 1-0 victory and three-game sweep of the Hooks (5-7) (HOU). Springfield (7-5) is second in the second-half North Division standings, a half-game behind Tulsa (LAD).

The game featured a combined 17 hits, but each squad stranded six on the base paths. The run was generated in the third after Charlie Tilson worked a one-out free pass, advanced on a single by Patrick Wisdom and scored on one of Jonathan Rodriguez’ three singles in four at bats. Wisdom added a triple in four at bats but was nailed in the third on an attempted steal of home. Aledmys Diaz, the final S-Card with a multi-hit performance, singled and doubled in three at bats.

Andrew Morales, Ronnie Shaban and Kyle Barraclough shut down the visitors on eight hits. Morales (W, 4-4) scattered seven in 5 2/3 and threw a wild pitch. Shaban retired all seven batters faced, fanning three, before Barraclough picked up his sixth save, tiptoeing around a one-out single.

Wednesday’s game: at fourth-place (East) San Antonio (4-7) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (5-3, 1.97)

Palm Beach 9 at Bradenton 8

Down a five spot with three outs to go, Palm Beach (9-4) rallied for a 9-8 victory over Bradenton in the series’ opener. The win moves the PB-Cards into a three-way tie for first with the Marauders and Fort Myers (MIN).

The six-run frame began with a walk to lead-off hitter C.J. McElroy, who advanced on Danny Diekroeger’s single and came home on a double by Brett Wiley. A free pass issued to Collin Radack jammed the sacks full, ending the night for the Marauders’ hurler. Luke Voit greeted the new reliever with a two-RBI single and scored via Blake Drake’s second Palm Beach home run, a three-run shot that capped the scoring.

The Beach Birds banged out 13 hits, led by Diekroeger who went 3-for-5. McElroy, Voit, Drake and Casey Turgeon each had two hits, Drake’s long ball the only one to go for extra bases. McElroy worked a base-on-balls, scoring twice in four at bats while Voit added a walk, going 2-for-4 with the aforementioned RBIs and run scored. Turgeon singled twice in five at bats, touching home once.

That output made a winner of Tyler Melling, who held the opposition scoreless on a hit with two strikeouts in 1 1/3. Melling’s efforts left the bases loaded with runners belonging to Blake McKnight after the latter surrendered two runs on five hits and two walks in 2 2/3.

Trey Nielsen was shaky for the second consecutive start, allowing six runs, four earned, on six hits and a walk through four. Three of the six tallies were produced by a long ball. Kevin Herget worked around a hit for his third save.

Wednesday’s game: at Bradenton (9-4), 10:30 am ET, Corey Littrell (3-6, 3.53)

Peoria 2 vs. Burlington 1

Jack Flaherty’s mound performance propelled the Chiefs to a 2-1 win over the Bees (LAA) for a 2-0 lead of the four-game series. Peoria (6-7) is tied for fourth with Beloit (OAK), both teams trailing Kane County (ARI) by five.

Flaherty (W, 4-1) tossed his typical strong effort, allowing a run on four hits and a walk in 5 1/3. The 19-year-old fanned five but still needs to extend his stay on the mound as he has reached the six-inning mark just once in eight starts.

Anderson Gerdel and Kyle Grana shut down Burlington over the final 3 2/3. Gerdel permitted three hits in 2 1/3 while Grana issued a free pass in 1 1/3. Grana earned his ninth save.

The Chiefs’ balanced offensive effort consisted of eight players with at last one hit. Paul DeJong continued his hot hitting in his full-season debut, singling twice in four at bats. He was the only player with more than one hit.

The home team strung together three hits in the second, producing both runs. Alex De Leon doubled and scored on a single by Steve Bean, those hits sandwiched around Harrison Bader’s single. Bader, who went 1-for-3 in his Midwest League opener, crossed home when Luis Cruz hit into a double play.

Wednesday’s game: at Burlington (4-9), 6:30 pm CT, Matt Pearce (3-9, 3.65)

State College - off

Second-place State College (8-9) hosts Stedler Division rivals Connecticut (DET) and Tri-City (HOU) in their upcoming six-game home stand. The Spikes are five behind Williamsport (PHI) in the Pinckney Division.

Wednesday’s game: vs. second-place Connecticut (9-8), Ian McKinney (1-2, 4.58)

Johnson City 4 at Bristol 1 (7) - game one

Johnson City (7-6) swept Bristol 4-1 and 3-1, lifting them into a two-way tie with Kingsport (NYM) atop the very tight West Division, a half-game ahead of Elizabethton (MIN) and Greenville (HOU). The JC-Cards took the rain-altered four-game set, three games to one.

Malik Collymore’s bat was key in the game one victory, as the left fielder accounted for three of the team’s four scores. Collymore doubled and tripled in three at bats, touching home twice with an RBI and his second stolen base of 2015. Five other Appy Birds had one hit each, including Ryan McCarvel and Allen Staton, who both went 1-for-3 with a double. McCarvel scored once and Staton knocked in one.

Starter Ryan Helsley, the Cards’ fifth round selection in last month’s draft, made his professional debut. The right-hander went 3 2/3, giving up a run in his first inning of work with four hits and two bases-on-balls permitted. Harley Holt finished the game, holding the Pirates to two hits and a walk for his first win as a pro.

Johnson City 3 at Bristol 1 (7) - game two

Chris Rivera, Ricardo Bautista and Luke Doyle provided the firepower in game two. Rivera and Bautista each blasted a solo home run in three at bats while Doyle went 2-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored. Allen Staton, who made his Appalachian League debut in the first game of the twin-bill, was the other Cardinal with a hit, going 2-for-2 with a free pass. Doyle and Staton were shakier in the field, committing two and one miscues, respectively.

Starter Bryan Dobzanski was solid over five, giving up an unearned score on three hits and two walks. The performance was enough for the righty to raise his record to 1-1 as a result. Ben Yokley matched Dobzanski’s four strikeouts but did it in just two innings, giving up a hit, for his first professional save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Greeneville (7-7), 7:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (0-0, 7.00)

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Mets - postponed

Tuesday’s contest between the Gulf Coast League versions of the Cardinals and Mets was rained out. It has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Wednesday, July 8th.

Wednesday’s games: at GCL Mets. Game one – 11:00 am ET, David Oca (1-0, 2.25)/TBA

DSL Mariners2 10 at DSL Cardinals 1

Seven runs over the last two innings broke open a competitive game as the Dominican Birds (14-19) fell to the DSL Mariners2, 10-1. The DSL Cardinals are tied for fourth with the DSL Nationals, 12 in back of juggernaut DSL Rangers1.

Ronald Medrano took his first loss in three decisions, permitting three runs, two earned, on four hits and a free pass in five plus. Will Changarotty, who appears to be moving into a tandem arrangement with Medrano, was touched for four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks over three. 17-year-old Brian Pirela, a July 2nd signing, yielded three tallies on three hits in the ninth.

The Dominican Cards were held to just five hits, no player having more than one. Luis Flores singled and scored the only run on a sac fly by Elehuris Montero, who went 1-for-3.

Wednesday’s game: at DSL Mariners1 (22-11), 10:30 am ET, Juan Alvarez (1-2, 2.67)

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