Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/14/15

The Cardinals system won four of six on Monday, with one postponed. Danny Diekroeger led Palm Beach.

The Cardinal Nation’s Monday Player of the Day is Danny Diekroeger, who was 2-for-4 with a double and a two run home run in Palm Beach’s win over Tampa.

Results from games played Monday, July 13.

Memphis off

Memphis remains off until Thursday for the All Star break. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be held in Omaha on Wednesday night with reliever Dean Kiekhefer representing the Redbirds on the Pacific Coast League team. Tim Cooney and Sam Tuivailala were originally selected, but cannot participate because they were called up to St. Louis in the interim.

Springfield 4, at Corpus Christi 9

The Cardinals were the victims of a series sweep by Corpus Christi on Monday night. This is the second time the Cardinals have been swept by the Hooks.

Arturo Reyes had a bad night on the mound, giving up six runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings of work. Reliever Chris Perry wasn’t much better, allowing an additional two runs in his 1 1/3 innings. Kurt Heyer pitched a scoreless seventh. Kyle Barraclough finished the game, allowing one run via two walks, a stolen base and a wild pitch.

The Cardinals offense could not get much going. One hit was all the offense could muster until the sixth inning, when DH Derek Gibson led off with a single, followed by another single by Charlie Tilson. Patrick Wisdom tripled to score the two runners. David Washington drove in the third run on a sac fly. The Cardinals tried to rally in the ninth, when Aledmys Diaz beat out a ground ball to the third baseman. Then Breyvic Valera tripled down the right field line to score Diaz. The rally ended when Gibson flew out to left.

Tuesday’s game: No scheduled game on Tuesday.

Palm Beach 5, Tampa 2

Marco Gonzales made his second rehab start in Palm Beach on Monday. Gonzalez pitched 2 2/3 innings, surrendering two unearned runs on four hits. The unearned runs scored as a result of a fielding error by shortstop Andrew Sohn. Corey Littrell pitched the remainder of the game and was awarded the win.

Danny Diekroeger led the way offensively, going 2-for 4 with a double and a two-run home run. Diekroeger scored two runs, as did Casey Turgeon. Brett Wiley and Collin Radack each drove in a run.

On the base paths, Radack stole second, was caught stealing second, and was picked off first base. Radack has a total of five stolen base attempts with Palm Beach.

Tuesday’s game: No scheduled game on Tuesday.

Peoria 7 at Clinton 2

The Chiefs offense got it going early, and then finished strong, scoring four runs in the ninth inning to defeat Clinton handily. Paul DeJong was 2-for-5 with a solo home run. Jhohan Acevedo drove in two runs on two hits. Steve Bean was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Luis Cruz and Nick Thompson each plated a run.

There was much activity on the basepaths. Oscar Mercado stole his 31st and 32nd bases in 46 attempts, but he was also picked off first base/caught stealing for the 14th time. Alex De Leon was picked off first base as well for the first time in the season.

On the mound for the Chiefs was Matt Pearce, who pitched seven strong innings, allowing only one unearned run on five hits, while striking out three. Pearce was the winning pitcher. Anderson Gerdel gave up a solo home run in two innings but got the save.

Tuesday’s game: No scheduled game on Tuesday.

State College 7, Tri-City 2

The Cardinals 14th round draft pick, Carson Cross, was the starting pitcher for the Spikes. Cross pitched four innings, giving up one unearned run on three hits, and striking out one. Pedro Echemendia, Brennan Leitao, and Jacob Evans pitched in relief. Echemendia was the winning pitcher.

The Spikes offense scored seven runs on 13 hits. The only extra base hit was a triple from Thomas Spitz that drove in a run. Leobaldo Pina had a good afternoon at the plate with four singles in five at-bats. Pina plated two runs. Michael Pritchard, Brian O’Keefe and Cole Lankford had one RBI each. Lankford was the 2-for-4 on the afternoon.

On the basepaths, Pritchard stole three bases, for a total of six on the season in as many attempts. O’Keefe was caught stealing for the second time in as many attempts.

Tuesday’s game: No scheduled game on Tuesday.

Johnson City at Elizabethton

The Cardinals series-ending game at the Twins was postponed due to rain in the area. The reschedule date was not immediately announced.

Tuesday’s game: No scheduled game on Tuesday.

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 1

Alex Reyes, opening his rehab assignment from Palm Beach, made the start. Reyes was excellent in his three innings of work, with no runs, no hits, no walks, and three strikeouts. Jordan DeLorenzo and David Oca pitched in relief. Oca was the winning pitcher after allowing no runs on three hits in five innings.

Bladimil Franco was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Dylan Becker drove in the other run with a sixth inning double. Joshua Lopez had the only other extra base hit, a double. The Cardinals had a total of eight hits for two runs scored and left eight men on base.

Bryce Denton stole his first base in as many attempts and Carlos Talavera stole his second base in three tries. Nick Plummer was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Mets, TBD 9:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 11 at DSL Astros-Orange 13

It’s not often the case that a team can get 17 hits and score 11 runs and still lose the game, but such was the case for the Cardinals of the Dominican Summer League on Monday. The offense couldn’t overcome the runs given up by the pitching staff.

Starter Will Changarotty lasted until three batters into the third inning and no outs. Changarotty had given up three runs in the first two innings, and left with another run having scored and two men on base. Carlos Luiz relieved and before the inning was over, four more runs had scored. Ronald Medrano, Brian Pirela, Anthony Trompiz, and Fabian Blanco pitched the remaining five innings. Trompiz and Blanco combined to allow the remaining five runs to score in the bottom of the eighth after the Cards had pulled to within one run.

For the Cardinals’ offense, Starling Balbuena had four hits in four at-bats, including a ninth inning triple that scored a run. Andres Luna had three hits, including a double and a triple, and drove in three runs. Dylan Melendez plated two, as did Luis Flores. Wadye Ynfante and Sanel Rosendo each had an RBI with Rosendo’s a solo home run.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBD 9:30 a.m. CDT

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