Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/12/15

The Cardinals system won three of eight contests on Saturday, including a 15 inning marathon victory for Peoria.

The Cardinal Nation’s Saturday Player of the Day is pitcher Austin Gomber, who struck out 10 while giving up only one run on three hits in 5 2/3 innings for Peoria.

Results for games played Saturday, July 11.

Memphis 5, Nashville 4

This game featured offense in the first three innings, with Memphis taking the lead twice. After that the game just coasted the rest of the way with neither team making any further headway.

Tyler Waldron was the emergency starter after original starter Nick Greenwood was called up to St. Louis. Waldron had a rocky start, giving up three home runs in less than three innings of work. Next up was Chris Thomas, newly arrived from Springfield, who pitched four innings and earned the win. Thomas was terrific, allowing no runs, no hits, and striking out three. Justin Wright followed with 2/3 of an inning with no hits and no runs. Marcus Hatley added 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and Dean Kiekhefer secured the final out.

Offensively, Dean Anna had the big knock, a solo home run that was the game winning RBI. Anna also drove in a run in the first inning. Greg Garcia, (first baseman) Stephen Piscotty, and Cody Stanley each had an RBI.

Center fielder Rafael Ortega scored two of the five runs. He also had an interesting game on the basepaths, getting caught in a run down, and then evading the tag at first base. He later was picked off first base for real in the sixth inning, for his fifth caught stealing in 15 attempts. Ortega also had an outfield assist, throwing out a runner at third base.

Sunday’s game: vs. Nashville, Tyler Lyons (5-4, 3.10) 1:35 CDT

Springfield 4 at Corpus Christi 6

It was a tough loss for Springfield in the first game of the series in Corpus Christi. The Cardinals had the lead twice but were not able to hold it.

Corey Baker started, going only 3 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on five hits, including a solo home run in the second inning that tied the game. Ronnie Shaban allowed another run in his 1 1/3 innings. After the Cardinals took back the lead in their half of the sixth inning, Ryan Sherriff couldn’t hold it, blowing the save in the bottom of the sixth, and taking the loss. Josh Lucas finished the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Cardinals’ offense scored four runs on eight hits. Aledmys Diaz hit a three run home run in the sixth inning to temporarily take back the lead. Diaz had the only RBI in the game. Charlie Tilson had a 2-for-4 night, and Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-5. The Cardinals left 10 runners stranded.

Wisdom stole his fifth base in seven attempts. Jonathan Rodriguez was caught stealing for the second time in seven attempts.

Sunday’s game: at San Antonio, Andrew Morales (4-4. 4.92) 6:05 CDT

Palm Beach 1, Tampa 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals’ offense was lethargic in this extra inning loss to the Tampa Yankees. Casey Turgeon drove in the only run in the eighth inning, following a Blake Drake single and a Carson Kelly ground out. The Cardinals were only able to muster five hits in total, including a double by Danny Diekroeger, the only extra base hit in the game.

Starting pitcher Luke Weaver did a good job, toughing it out through five innings and giving up only one run. Relievers Blake McKnight and newly promoted Robby Rowland finished the game. Rowland allowed two runs in his two innings of work.

Weaver had a nice pick off of a runner at first base in the first inning. Blake Drake had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

Sunday’s game: vs. Tampa, Rob Kaminsky (6-5, 2.07) 12:05 CDT

Peoria 7 at Clinton 4 (15 innings)

The Chiefs ultimately prevailed in this 15 inning marathon on Saturday night. The Chiefs took a 4-0 lead into the sixth inning, but Clinton fought back and tied it up in the eighth. The Chiefs rallied in the top of the 15th to take the lead back and they held on to it.

Our Player of the Day, starter Austin Gomber, pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up only one run on three hits and striking out ten. Cody Schumacher blew the save in the eighth on a two-run home run. Nick Lomascolo, Kevin Alexander, and catcher Luis Cruz went the rest of the way on the mound, combining for 7 2/3 scoreless innings, with Cruz awarded the win after throwing two perfect frames.

Darren Seferina, Oscar Mercado, Steve Bean, and Jake Gronsky combined to drive in all seven runs for the Chiefs. Seferina, Mercado and Gronsky had two RBI each and Bean had one. Gronsky drove in the winning runs on a triple in the 15th inning. Gronsky also scored twice.

Mercado was caught stealing for the 13th time in 42 attempts.

Sunday’s game: at Clinton, Jack Flaherty (4-1, 2.70) 2:00 CDT

State College 7, Tri-City 8

Juan Perez pitched the first four innings. Only one unearned run was on the board through three, but a three run home run marred his last inning of work. Luke Harrison pitched two scoreless innings, allowing only one hit. At that point the Spikes were ahead 5-4. Tyler Bray gave up the lead in the seventh inning. A two run home run put Tri City ahead, and an additional run came home on a double. The Spikes tied the game in the bottom of the seventh. Reliever Kender Villegas pitched the last two innings, surrendering another run in the eighth to tag him with the loss.

The Spikes offense made a valiant effort, scoring seven runs on 17 hits, but it wasn’t enough. Catcher Jose Godoy was perfect at the plate, 3-for-3 with a double and three RBI. Casey Grayson drove in two runs, while Elier Rodriguez and Craig Aikin each plated a run.

Michael Pritchard and Cole Lankford scored two runs each and Pritchard had an outfield assist.

Sunday’s game: vs. Tri-City, Landon Beck (1-1, 1.13) 5:05 CDT

Johnson City 1 at Elizabethton 5

Starting pitcher Josh Wirsu didn’t pitch badly on Saturday, but he took the loss. Wirsu pitched 5 1/3 innings giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits. Reliever Harley Holt was responsible for the remaining three runs, two of which came on an eighth inning home run.

The Cardinals’ only run scored on a solo home run by Allen Staton in the fourth inning. Magneuris Sierra and Edmundo Sosa each went 3-for-4 but didn’t get help at the right times. None of the eight hits by the Cardinals went for extra bases, other than the Staton home run. The Cardinals left eight runners stranded.

Sierra stole his sixth base of the season in 12 attempts between Peoria and Johnson City. Sosa swiped his third bag in as many attempts.

Sunday’s game: at Elizabethton, Bryan Dobzanski (1-1, 4.20) 5:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 12 at GCL Nationals 8

Mike Mayers, continuing his rehab assignment from Springfield, was the starting pitcher and picked up the win. He pitched a strong five innings, allowing only one run on five hits and striking out six. Steven Farinaro and Estarlin Arias pitched in relief, with Farinaro giving up two runs and Arias five, four of which were unearned.

On offense, Nick Plummer doubled twice in three at-bats, and drove in two runs. Stephen Zavala also doubled, clearing the bases for three runs. Allen Cordoba had two RBI, as did Dylan Becker. Luis Bandes and Carlos Torres singled for one run each. Bryce Denton went 3-for-5 and Bladimil Franco went 2-for-5.

Of the 12 runs scored, Franco, Denton, and Andrew Brodbeck scored three each. Plummer came home twice.

Cordoba stole third base, his third stolen base in four attempts. Bandes stole his second bag in as many tries.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game on Sunday.

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Astros-Orange 3

Two fine starting pitching performances led to no scoring through six innings. That changed in the seventh and eighth.

Starter Oneiver Diaz pitched seven dominant, scoreless innings giving up four hits and striking out six. Diaz didn’t get the win, however. While the Cardinals took the lead first, the Astros-Orange took it back after Diaz was out of the game. Reliever Diego Cordero blew the save in the eighth inning but the Cardinals took the lead back in that same inning. Estarlin Tejada, who relieved Cordero, got the win.

A bases clearing double by Brian Sanchez led the way offensively. Esequiel Delgado “drove in” two runs on two separate groundouts. Sanel Rosendo doubled in a run, and also scored two runs. The Cardinals offense had a total of 10 hits, but only two of them resulted in runs scored. Four runs scored on hits, two runs scored on ground outs, and one scored on a fielding error.

On the basepaths, Dennis Ortega stole second, his first stolen base in two attempts. Edwin Figuera was caught stealing for the fourth time in 13 attempts.

Sunday’s game: No scheduled game on Sunday.

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