Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/11/15

The Cardinals’ minor league clubs were victorious in six of the eight games played on Friday.

The Cardinal Nation’S Friday Player of the Day is Paul DeJong, who went 4-for-5 with a double and triple and one RBI for Peoria.

Results for games played Friday, July 10.

Memphis 9, Nashville 1

Thomas Lee pitched a nice game for Memphis on Friday night, going six innings and yielding only one run on five hits and striking out two. The one run was a solo home run in the first inning. Dean Kiekhefer pitched two scoreless innings in relief, and Joey Donofrio closed it out with a scoreless ninth. Lee was the winning pitcher.

Stephen Piscotty, playing his first game at first base, went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Also going 2-for-4 was Jeremy Hazelbaker, with a double and a solo home run, and Rafael Ortega. Ed Easley was 3-for-5 with an RBI. Cody Stanley had one hit, but he made it count with a three-run home run in the second inning. Stanley also had a sac fly, for a total of 4 RBI on the night.

Saturday’s game: vs. Nashville, Nick Greenwood (7-3, 5.42) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 7 at San Antonio 1

The Cardinals’ offense gave starter Kyle Hald what he needed to support a scoreless seven inning, four hit performance on the mound. Hald struck out four and walked one, then handed over the last two innings to reliever Jordan Swagerty, who allowed a solo home run in the eighth, for San Antonio’s lone run. Swagerty was touched for one other hit in his two innings, while striking out two and walking one. Hald was the winning pitcher.

The offense scored seven runs on 10 hits. Charlie Tilson, Patrick Wisdom, David Washington, and Aledmys Diaz each had two hits on the night. Diaz doubled twice, and Washington doubled and singled. Bruce Caldwell also had a two-base hit, his only hit of the night, and Mike Ohlman hit a solo home run.

Caldwell stole his third base of the season and Hald stole third base in the fourth inning, after reaching second base on a throwing error.

Saturday’s game: at Corpus Christi, TBA 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 5, Tampa 4

Marco Gonzales began the night on the mound for Palm Beach. Gonzales pitched two innings in his first rehab start on his path back from a shoulder injury. He allowed no runs and only one hit while striking out three and walking none. Daniel Poncedeleon relieved Gonzales in the third inning and pitched 5 1/3 innings to get the win. Poncedeleon gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, striking out five and walking two. Silfredo Garcia relieved Poncedeleon and picked up the save.

The Cardinals had seven hits on the way to scoring five runs. Collin Radack and Brett Wiley each went 2-for-3, and Luke Voit was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Carson Kelly had the big knock of the night, a two-run home run in the third inning.

Wiley stole his eighth base of the season and C.J. McElroy had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game: vs. Tampa, Luke Weaver (2-4, 2.58) 4:35 CDT

Peoria 9 at Clinton 4

Cardinals’ fourth-round draft pick Paul DeJong had himself a night at the plate in Clinton, going 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and an RBI. The Chiefs’ offense scored nine runs on 12 hits. Contributing offensively were Oscar Mercado, 2-for-5, Harrison Bader 2-for-5, Alex De Leon 2-for-4 with two RBI, Kenny Peoples-Walls 1-for-3 with a solo home run, and Jhohan Acevedo 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI.

Mercado stole his Cardinals system-leading 29th base of the season, one off the Midwest League lead.

Chiefs starter Dewin Perez earned the win, pitching five innings, surrendering two runs on seven hits, striking out four and walking three. Nick Frey relieved Perez in the sixth and seventh, allowing one run on three hits. Frey was followed by Anderson Gerdel in the eighth, one run on two hits allowed, and Kyle Grana, who pitched a scoreless ninth to seal the win.

Saturday’s game: at Clinton, Austin Gomber (8-3, 3.47) 6:30 CDT

State College 7, Connecticut 5

Starter Dailyn Martinez pitched five innings, giving up three runs on six hits. Martinez did not get the win, however, as reliever Pedro Echemendia came in to the game in the sixth inning, gave up two runs, and blew the save. The Spikes offense bailed him out by scoring three runs in the bottom of the sixth, thus awarding him with the win.

Jacob Evans came in in the eighth inning and got the actual save, pitching two scoreless frames.

The Spikes offense scored seven runs on seven hits, with second baseman Danny Martin leading the way with two hits, including a two-run home run. Thomas Spitz, Craig Aikin, Jesse Jenner and Casey Grayson each had a hit - doubles for Spitz, Jenner and Grayson, and a single for Aikin.

Aikin stole his first professional base in his second attempt.

Saturday’s game: vs. Tri-City, Juan Perez (2-1, 2.87) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 4, Greeneville 10

It was not a good night for the Cardinals’ pitching staff, as 10 runs crossed the plate for the opposition before it was all over. It began with starting pitcher Ramon Santos. Santos pitched 2 2/3 innings while giving up five runs, four earned, on three hits. He was relieved with two outs in the third inning by Juan Batista, who gave up a three-run home run, for a total of seven runs in that frame. Bautista was relieved in the eighth by Ben Yokley, who allowed the remaining three runs in his two innings of work.

The Cardinals offense, such as it was, consisted of four runs on 10 hits. A solo home run by catcher Chris Chinea, who went 2-for-4 on the night, provided one of the runs. Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-4 with an RBI, Magneuris Sierra hit an RBI single, and Allen Staton went 2-for-3.

Defensively, Staton committed two fielding errors, Chinea had a passed ball, and Bautista had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game: at Elizabethton, Josh Wirsu (1-1, 1.64) 5:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 12, GCL Nationals 5

Sandy Alcantara was the winning pitcher for the Cardinals in this morning laugher. He pitched a strong six innings, his only blemish a solo home run in the first inning. Alcantara allowed one run on four hits, striking out four and walking one. Reliever Ismael Brito finished the game, giving up four runs, only one of them earned.

The offense was led by shortstop Allen Cordoba, who went 3-for-5 with a double and an RBI. Luis Bandes was 2-for-4 with a double and a run driven in. First round draft pick Nick Plummer was 1-for-5 with two RBI, his one hit being a triple. Right fielder Carlos Torres was 1-for-4 with a triple and two RBI.

Third baseman Joey Hawkins was caught stealing in his first attempt as a pro.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Angels 8

Starter Franyel Casadilla took the loss after pitching four innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on eight hits. Casadilla struck out two and walked two. Relievers Enrique Perez, Edwar Ramirez, and Christhian Lugo followed Casadilla. Perez yielded two runs on one hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief. Ramirez pitched 1 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on two hits, and Lugo finished with 1/3 of an inning, striking out one and walking two.

Luis Flores, Elehuris Montero, and Carlos Rodriguez each went 2-for-4. Wadye Ynfante, Andres Luna, Brian Sanchez, and Starlin Balbuena each contributed a hit, with doubles for Ynfante and Sanchez.

Luna stole his second base of the season and Ynfante was caught stealing for the fifth time in seven tries. Ynfante also had an outfield assist.

Saturday’s game: vs. Astros-Orange, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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