Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/9/15

St. Louis’ minors produced excellent results on Wednesday, posting a 7-1 mark. Palm Beach led the way, backed by Corey Littrell’s sterling effort with Peoria, State College, Johnson City and the DSL clubs all winning. The Gulf Birds took a pair of games but Springfield fell. Memphis’ game was postponed due to an unusual reason.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 8th.

Memphis vs. Nashville - postponed

Memphis’ game versus Nashville was postponed after the Redbirds were unable to return from Colorado Springs in a timely fashion due to travel constraints. The contest has been re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Thursday, July 9th.

Thursday’s games: vs. Nashville (39-47) (OAK). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (0-1, 6.23)/Zach Petrick (5-4, 3.64)

Springfield 0 at San Antonio 2

Springfield (7-6) dropped the series’ opener at San Antonio, 2-0, snapping a four-game winning streak.

Arturo Reyes was saddled with the tough loss despite giving up just one run on eight hits and a base-on-balls over seven. The righty fanned five with nine ground- and three fly-ball outs. Ryan Sherriff served up a home run in the eighth.

Springfield’s offense was dominated, managing just four hits and leaving three on.

Thursday’s game: at San Antonio (5-7) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Thomas Lee (7-3, 4.41)

Palm Beach 2 at Bradenton 1

Corey Littrell’s dominant performance led Palm Beach (10-4) to a 2-1 win over Bradenton (PIT), guaranteeing a series’ win with one to play.

Player of the Day Littrell struck out seven Marauders through six, yielding just four hits. The southpaw has not given up an earned run in 17 2/3 innings since being moved back into the rotation three starts ago. Littrell tossed 94 pitches, 60 for strikes.

Silfredo Garcia permitted Bradenton’s only score, giving up four hits in two frames. Kevin Herget interspersed three strikeouts with a hit for his fourth save.

Both of the Beach Birds’ runs occurred in the second when Casey Turgeon, Michael Massi and C.J. McElroy managed consecutive singles, McElroy driving in Turgeon. Massi crossed on a groundout by Danny Diekroeger. Collin Radack singled twice in four at bats, the only player with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Thursday’s game: at Bradenton (9-5), 6:30 pm ET, Nick Petree (0-1, 2.93)

Peoria 2 at Burlington 1

Back-to-back home runs by Jake Gronsky and Luis Cruz lifted Peoria past Burlington, 2-1. The Chiefs’ four-game winning streak includes the first three versus the Bees (LAA).

The visitors generated just four hits in all, one by Harrison Bader, who went 1-for-3 with his second stolen base. Darren Seferina doubled once in four at bats.

Matt Pearce was on the mound long enough to qualify for the win, permitting a run on six hits through seven. Pearce (W, 4-9) was the pitcher of record when Gronsky and Cruz connected the next inning. Nock Lomascolo faced the minimum in his inning of work, handing the ball off to Cody Schumacher. Schumacher pitched around a one-out walk in the ninth for his first professional save.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington (4-10), 6:30 pm CT, Jhonny Polanco (1-2, 3.99)

State College 4 vs. Connecticut 0 (6 1/2)

State College (9-9) took advantage of two Tigers’ miscues in their 4-0 win over Connecticut. The game, which included a 30-minute rain delay, was called midway through the seventh due to precipitation.

All three fifth-inning tallies were unearned due to a throwing error that began the frame. The Spikes mustered just three hits and three bases-on-balls. Thomas Spitz’ double drove in one while Spitz scored his team’s final run on Connecticut’s second error of the inning. A sac fly by Michael Pritchard brought in R.J. Dennard (walk).

Jesse Jenner got the scoring started when he walked in the third, advanced to third on Casey Grayson’s single and scored on a wild pitch.

Ian McKinney (W, 2-2) held the Tigers to just three hits and a walk in six, fanning four. Luke Harrison faced the minimum in the seventh, striking out two.

Thursday’s game: vs. Connecticut (9-9), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (1-1, 3.95)

Johnson City 6 vs. Greeneville 4

Ryan McCarvel’s three-run home run provided the difference as Johnson City (8-6) topped Greeneville 6-4 in the first of the three-game series.

McCarvel’s bomb, his only hit in four at bats, capped a five-run fourth that gave the home team a commanding 6-0 lead through five. Edmundo Sosa spearheaded his squad’s 10-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a triple and run scored. Chris Rivera doubled twice in three at bats with a walk, touching home once and knocking in one.

Ronnie Williams picked up his first professional win, striking out seven Astros in 5 2/3 with a run given up on four hits and two bases-on-balls. Chandler Hawkins permitted two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 and let his only inherited runner score which generated the only tally Williams yielded.

Juan Caballero served up two solo shots that were among the five hits and three runs he surrendered over 1 2/3. Steven De La Cruz retired his only batter faced for his third save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Greeneville (7-8), 7:00 pm ET, Julio Mateo (0-1, 7.71)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Mets 5 (7) - game one

The Gulf Cardinals took a pair from the Gulf Mets for a three-game series sweep.

The Gulf Birds staked their Mets counterparts to a 5-0 lead through three then pounced for six late tallies, upending them 6-5.

Those five runs were surrendered by Jake Woodford and Jordan DeLorenzo. Woodford, taking his once-a-week turn in the rotation, gave up three runs, two earned, on three hits and a hit batsman in 1 1/3. DeLorenzo permitted two unearned tallies on a hit and base-on-balls while recording two outs.

David Oca (W, 2-0) blanked the Mets after taking over in the third. The lefty participated in one double play that helped negate the three hits and three free passes allowed in four. Jonathan Escudero tiptoed around two hits for a scoreless seventh, earning his first save in his first appearance for the Gulf Birds.

The visitors bunched together four of the their nine hits in a four-run fourth, grouping three more in the decisive sixth. Eight Gulf Cards had at least one hit and six of them scored, first baseman Luis Bandes doing both. Bandes singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once. Right fielder Jonathan Rivera doubled once in two at bats, scored once and knocked in two.

GCL Cardinals 9 vs. GCL Mets 2 (7) – game two

Bandes continued his hot hitting in the finale, accounting for four runs in the 9-2 victory. The first baseman went 2-for-4, scored three times and drove in one.

He was one of five Gulf Birds with a multi-hit performance, joining Andrew Brodbeck, Allen Cordoba, Bladimil Franco and Carlos Torres. Torres led the way, singling three times in four at bats, crossed once with an RBI. Brodbeck, Cordoba and Franco had two hits apiece, with a triple by Brodbeck the only one of the team’s 14 hits to go for extras. Like Bandes, Franco took part in four tallies, touching home once and knocking in three in four at bats. Cordoba also went 2-for-4, scoring two with an RBI while Brodbeck scored once.

Ian Oxnevad tossed a scoreless frame in his first pro effort, giving up a hit and walk with one strikeout. Junior Fernandez (W, 1-1) handled most of the pitching duties, limiting his opponents to two runs on seven hits and two free passes in five innings with four strikeouts. Gerwuins Velazco gave up a base-on-balls in the seventh.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Nationals (7-8), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (0-1, 11.17)

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Mariners2 0 (8 1/2)

The Dominican Birds (15-19) played a little long ball on Wednesday, resulting in a 7-0 win over the DSL Mariners2 (22-12). The game was called three outs shy of nine full innings due to rain.

18-year-old Carlos Rodriguez went yard twice in four at bats, both solo bombs, his third and fourth home runs of 2015. Wadye Infante, a 17-year-old centerfielder in already in his second year of pro ball, launched his first home run of the season, coming with a runner on that capped a five-run second. Infante went 2-for-5 out of the two hole.

Right fielder Sanel Rosendo and first baseman Dariel Gomez each had two hits. Rosendo went 2-for-3 with a walk and run scored while Gomez singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once with two RBI.

Juan Alvarez upped his record to 2-2, shutting down the Mariners on five hits and a plunked batter over seven. 17-year-old Diego Cordero struck out two in the eighth, allowing a hit. The lefty has yet to give up an earned run in 10 2/3 innings covering nine appearances in 2015 and has only given two runs total in that span.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Angels (15-19), 10:30 am ET, tandem – Enrique Perez (0-0, 3.60)/Junior Gonzalez (1-2, 5.54)

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