Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/13/15

Two wins and four losses marked the Cardinals’ system on Sunday. Palm Beach won behind starter Jack Flaherty.

The Cardinal Nation’s Sunday Player of the Day is pitcher Jack Flaherty, who pitched six scoreless innings in the win for Peoria, giving up only four hits while striking out six.

Results from games played Sunday, July 12.

Memphis 12, Nashville 3

Tyler Lyons pitched a good game for Memphis, but he may have been overshadowed by the offense, which was prolific in this final game before the Redbirds take their All Star break.

Lyons pitched seven innings, yielding two runs on five hits, striking out six and walking one. In relief of Lyons was Justin Wright, Keith Butler, and Joey Donofrio, combining for the last two innings of the game. Butler was responsible for one run, while Wright and Donofrio held Nashville scoreless.

Offensively, Jeremy Hazelbaker continued his hot hitting, blasting a three-run home run over the right center field wall. Stephen Piscotty, Greg Garcia, Nick Martini, and Travis Tartamella each drove in two runs apiece. Alex Mejia doubled twice, one of which plated a run. Rafael Ortega, Dean Anna, Piscotty and Mejia each scored twice.

Piscotty, playing first base for the third time, was charged with a catch error on a throw from third baseman Mejia. Anna bobbled a ground ball for an error.

Monday’s game: No scheduled game on Monday.

Springfield 3, at Corpus Christi 6

Starter Andrew Morales had a tough night, pitching six innings, and giving up five runs on ten hits to take the loss. Reliever Iden Nazario went the final two innings, allowing one run on one hit.

David Washington led the Cardinals’ offense with two hits in four at-bats, a double and a solo home run for two RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez drove in a run on a first inning single. The Cardinals were 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and left four runners stranded. The offense was rather lackluster.

On the basepaths, Charlie Tilson stole his 29th base in 40 attempts.

Monday’s game: at Corpus Christi, Arturo Reyes (5-4, 1.90) 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 2, Tampa 3 (10 innings)

Once again, the Palm Beach offense was scarce – just two runs on seven hits. Collin Radack provided two hits in four at-bats, one of which drove in the first Cardinals run. First baseman Luke Voit was 1-for-4 and drove in the other run. Third baseman Michael Massi was 2-for-4. The Cardinals left nine runners on base.

Starter Rob Kaminsky pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits, while striking out four and walking two. Tyler Melling, Lee Stoppelman, and Kevin Herget pitched in relief. Stoppleman gave up the winning run in his 1 1/3 innings of work and was tagged with the loss.

Monday’s game: vs. Tampa, Trey Nielsen (8-5, 2.67) 5:35 CDT

Peoria 3 at Clinton 0

Starter Jack Flaherty pitched six strong innings to get the win in this Sunday afternoon contest in Clinton. Flaherty allowed no runs on four hits, while striking out six and walking two. Dixon Llorens and Kyle Grana pitched in relief, Llorens awarded a hold and Grana getting the save.

Catcher Luis Cruz was 2-for-3, providing the only extra base hit, a double that drove in a run. Jhohan Acevedo also plated a run, going 2-for-4 on the afternoon. Paul DeJong was 2-for-4.

Oscar Mercado stole his 30th base in 43 attempts. Acevedo swiped his second base in as many attempts, and Harrison Bader stole his fourth base in four attempts. Darren Seferina was caught stealing for the 12th time in 32 attempts.

Monday’s game: at Clinton, Matt Pearce (4-9, 3.44) 11:00 a.m. CDT

State College 0, Tri-City 3

Landon Beck started for State College, pitching 6 1/3 innings and taking the loss. Beck surrendered three runs on five hits, struck out four and walked one. Jery Then tossed 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Offense for the Spikes consisted of no runs on five hits, all singles. Thomas Spitz, Michael Pritchard, Jesse Jenner, Casey Grayson, and Leobaldo Pina provided the hits. The Spikes hitters struck out eight times and left six stranded.

Pritchard stole his third base in as many attempts.

Monday’s game: vs. Tri-City, Carson Cross (1-1, 6.75) 11:00 a.m. CDT

Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 2 (10 innings)

After falling behind early, the Cardinals rallied in the last two innings to pull off a win against the Elizabethton Twins on Saturday. Reliever Juan Caballero was the winning pitcher, with Sasha Kuebel getting the save.

Starter Jonathan Escudero got in trouble in the second inning, when he gave up a two-run home run to surrender the lead to the Twins. Escudero pitched only 3 1/3 innings before being relieved by Chandler Hawkins. Hawkins contributed 2 2/3 scoreless innings before Caballero took over in the seventh. The Cardinals offense took the lead in the top of the 10th, and Kuebel handled the bottom half to close out the win.

The Cardinals’ first run in the first inning scored on a fielding error. The tying run in the ninth scored on a missed catch error. Only the winning run in the tenth was driven in, by a Ryan McCarvel single. The Cardinals had ten hits. Edmundo Sosa went 2-for-4, and Hunter Newman had two hits in five at-bats. All ten hits were singles.

Three Cardinals had stolen bases. Sosa stole his fourth base in four attempts. Anthony Ray swiped second twice, his first two stolen bases of the season. Eliezer Alvarez stole his fourth base in as many attempts.

Monday’s game: at Elizabethton, Ryan Helsley (0-1, 1.59) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Birds open the week just one game behind Miami for the division lead.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (9-8) vs. GCL Mets (9-9), 12:00 p.m. ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League Cards start play this week in third place in their six-team division, 10 games behind Rangers1.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (17-20) at Astros Orange (10-27), 10:30 a.m. ET, TBA

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