Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/10/15

On Thursday in the Cardinals’ system, Memphis lost both games of a doubleheader on the way to a 4-5 day overall.

The Cardinal Nation’s Thursday Player of the Day is Wadye Ynfante of the DSL Cardinals who went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and four RBI.

Results for games played Thursday, July 9.

Memphis 2, Nashville 3 Game 1 DH

After traveling woes kept the Redbirds from making it home in time to play on Wednesday night, the first game of the added doubleheader didn’t go well for Memphis. Jimmy Reed was on the mound for four innings and came out having given up three runs to the Sounds on six hits. Reed took the loss, with Justin Wright and Keith Butler finishing the final three innings of the seven-inning Game One.

Offense for Memphis was scarce. Four hits were the only offensive output, resulting in two runs scored. Ed Easley, playing first base, hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. The remaining three hits were singles off the bats of Greg Garcia, Stephen Piscotty, and Jeremy Hazelbaker. Hazelbaker had the second RBI of the game.

Piscotty was caught stealing for the fifth time this season and committed his fourth fielding error.

Memphis 3, Nashville 7 Game 2 DH

Zack Petrick started for the Redbirds in the second game of the doubleheader. Petrick pitched five innings, only surrendering three hits, but one of the hits was a three run home run in the first inning. The loss didn’t go to Petrick, however, it went to reliever Marcus Hatley, newly returned to Memphis from a short stint with St. Louis. Hatley pitched only 1/3 of an inning and gave up four runs on five hits while recording only one out. Heath Wyatt relieved Hatley and finished the remainder of the seven inning game, allowing no runs.

The Redbirds offense consisted of three runs on nine hits. Center fielder Rafael Ortega went 2-for-4 with a single and a double and Cody Stanley had a 2-for-3 outing with a single and a double. Jeremy Hazelbaker tripled, and Ed Easley (again at first base), Greg Garcia, Nick Martini, and Alex Mejia each had singles. Easley, Martini, and Hazelbaker were responsible for the RBI.

Friday’s game: vs. Nashville, TBA 7:05 CDT

Springfield 6 at San Antonio 3

It took 14 hits to score six runs, but the Cardinals prevailed in their contest in San Antonio. Only four of the 14 were for extra bases - doubles from Patrick Wisdom, Jonathan Rodriguez, David Washington and Breyvic Valera. Rodriguez and Valera both went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Michael Ohlman was 2-for-4 with two RBI and Washington was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Charile Tilson and Bruce Caldwell each singled, and Caldwell drove in one.

Starter Kurt Heyer pitched five innings, giving up only one run on five hits. He was followed by Iden Nazario, who pitched to only two batters, walking one and giving up a double that later turned into an unearned run. With no outs in the sixth, Nazario was replaced by Chris Thomas, who finished the inning. Chris Perry followed for the next two innings, yielding one run on two hits. Kyle Barraclough pitched a scoreless ninth, recording the save, with Perry and Thomas each getting holds. Heyer was the winning pitcher.

Wisdom stole his fourth base of the season, and Washington got an outfield assist. A throwing error by Caldwell led to the unearned run in the sixth inning.

Friday’s game: at San Antonio, Kyle Hald (0-4, 6.40) 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 10 at Bradenton 0

Nick Petree pitched a fine game for Palm Beach in this blowout over the Bradenton Marauders. Petree pitched seven scoreless innings, giving up only four hits, striking out three and walking one. Petree got the win after Lee Stoppelman and Steve Sabatino each pitched one scoreless inning to finish it out.

Offense was plentiful to accompany the stellar pitching. A total of 11 hits resulted in 10 runs scored. Luke Voit hit a three run home run in the first inning to start the rout. Blake Drake went 2-for-5 with a double and a single for three RBI. Collin Radack went 2-for-3 with a double and drove in one, Brett Wiley 3-for-4 with an RBI, and Danny Diekroeger and Carson Kelly each had a hit, a double and a single respectively.

Wiley stole his seventh base of the season, but was also caught stealing for the fifth time. Drake added an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Tampa, TBA, 5:35 CDT

Peoria 0 at Burlington 2

Starting pitcher Jhonny Polanco took the loss despite pitching well enough to win. Polanco pitched 5 1/3 innings, yielding both of the Burlington runs on seven hits. Robby Rowland and Kevin Alexander together pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in relief.

The Chiefs managed just five hits. Darren Seferina and Jhohan Acevedo went 2-for-3 with the other hit a single off the bat of third-round draft pick Harrison Bader. 11 strikeouts by Chiefs hitters didn’t help matters.

Bader also had an outfield assist, and Polanco picked off a runner at second base.

Friday’s game: at Clinton, Dewin Perez (0-2, 12.34) 6.30 CDT

State College 2, Connecticut 7

Starter Jorge Rodriguez took the loss in this weak offensive effort by the Spikes. Rodriguez pitched five innings, giving up two runs on five hits. The two runs came via a two-run home run in the first inning. Rodriguez was followed on the mound by Jery Then, Brennan Leitao, and Kender Villegas. Then was charged with two unearned runs and Leitao with three runs, two earned.

The sum total of the Spikes’ offense was two runs on two hits. The runs scored on an RBI double by Cole Lankford. The other hit was a double by first baseman Casey Grayson. That’s all there was.

Two fielding errors, one by right fielder Thomas Spitz, and the other by left fielder Michael Pritchard, led to three unearned runs. Center fielder Craig Aikin had an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. Connecticut, Dailyn Martinez (2-1, 3.31) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 2, Greeneville 9

Things did not go well for starter Julio Mateo. He surrendered seven runs in his 5 2/3 innings of work, with three oruns coming on a home run by Astros right fielder Hector Roa. A total of ten hits were given up by Mateo. Relievers Sasha Kuebel and Steven De La Cruz finished the final innings, with an additional two runs allowed by Kuebel.

Cardinals’ offense managed two runs on seven hits. An RBI single from Malik Collymore in the fifth inning plated the first Cardinals run. The second run scored on a force out. The only other offense was a double each from Ryan McCarvel and Hunter Newman, and singles from Allen Staton, Magneuris Sierra, Riley Drongesen, and Anthony Ray.

The Cardinals were only 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

Friday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Ramon Santos (0-1, 18.65) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Nationals 5

Derian Gonzalez was the starting pitcher for the Cardinals and was the winning pitcher. Frederis Parra pitched three innings in relief and was responsible for all five runs scored by the Nationals. Gonzalez gave up only four hits in his six scoreless innings, striking out five and walking none.

The Cardinals offense racked up eleven hits, with first baseman Luis Bandes leading the way with three hits and three RBI, followed by left fielder Bladimil Franco with three hits, including two doubles, and one RBI. The three RBI for Bandes came via a home run in the first inning. Also contributing offensively was Jonathan Rivera, 2-for-5 with one RBI, and DH Stephen Zavala, 2-for-3 with a double. Allen Cordoba had an RBI single.

Franco had an outfield assist.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Nationals, TBA, 11:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 8, DSL Angels 5

The Cardinals offense was enough to defeat the Angels on Thursday morning in this Dominican Summer League contest. Eight runs on nine hits, including two home runs, put the Cardinals on top. Wadye Ynfante led the way with four of the eight RBI in this game. Ynfante hit a first inning RBI single, a third inning RBI sac fly, and a two run home run in the seventh. Second baseman Luis Flores went 3-for-4 with two RBI, all three of his hits triples. Also contributing offensively were Brian Sanchez with a solo home run, Sanel Rosendo, with a double and an RBI.

Starter Junior Gonzalez had a tough outing, going 4 1/3 innings, giving up all five Angels runs on 12 hits, striking out three and walking one. Reliever Fabian Blanco earned the win, pitching 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Estarlin Tejada finished the last two innings for the save.

Offense was the savior for the Cardinals, as their pitching gave up 16 hits in all, but six extra base hits by the Cardinals proved to be the key to this win.

Friday’s game: at DSL Angels, TBA, 9:30 a.m. CDT

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