Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/16/15

The Cardinals system won four of seven as Jhonny Polanco and Aledmys Diaz were among Wednesday standouts.

The Cardinal Nation’s Wednesday Players of the Day are Jhonny Polanco, who threw one-hit shutout ball for six innings in Peoria’s 1-0 win and Aledmys Diaz, who was 2-for-4 with the go-ahead grand slam home run to cement a come from behind victory for Springfield.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 15.

Memphis off

Memphis was off due to the Triple-A All Star game on Wednesday. Lefty Dean Kiekhefer pitched a 1-2-3 fourth inning with two ground balls and a line out, but the Pacific Coast League lost to the International League by a 4-3 score.

Thursday’s game: at Iowa, TBA 7:08 CDT

Springfield 6, NW Arkansas 3

The going was difficult for the Cardinals’ offense, as they were facing big league pitcher Kris Medlen, rehabbing his way back from his second Tommy John surgery. Medlen allowed only three hits to Cardinals hitters in his seven scoreless innings.

Cardinals starter Jimmy Reed pitched five innings, allowing solo home runs in the third and the sixth innings. Reed was replaced with two men on and no outs in the sixth by Kurt Heyer, who got out of the inning without damage. Josh Lucas, in his Double-A debut, pitched a scoreless seventh. Kyle Barraclough entered in the eighth, and gave up a single to the first batter. A subsequent stolen base, an error and a wild pitch scored a run. Ronnie Shaban pitched a scoreless ninth. Barraclough was awarded the win and Shaban got the save.

Once Medlen was out, the Cardinals put some runs on the board. An RBI double by Patrick Wisdom and an RBI single by Bruce Caldwell plated two. Aledmys Diaz, in a 12-pitch at bat, hit a grand slam to put the Cardinals ahead, a lead which they did not relinquish.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Kyle Hald (1-4, 5.71) 7:10 CDT

Palm Beach 1 at Clearwater 9

It was a bad night on the mound for Cardinals’ starter and losing pitcher Nick Petree. Petree allowed seven runs on ten hits, four of which were solo home runs. Steve Sabatino and Tyler Melling pitched in relief, with Sabatino allowing an additional two runs on three hits.

The Cardinals’ offense managed to score only one run on seven hits. Brett Wiley was 2 for-5. C.J. McElroy and Blake Drake each doubled. No Cardinal hitter had an RBI as the only run scored on a wild pitch. The offense left 11 runners stranded and struck out eight times.

All in all, it was a poor showing by the Cardinals on Wednesday night.

Thursday’s game: at Clearwater, Daniel Poncedeleon (2-0, 2.38) 6:00 CDT

Peoria 1, Beloit 0

The Chiefs only scored one run on Wednesday, but it was all they needed. A magnificent performance by the Chiefs pitching staff was the key to this victory. Starter Jhonny Polanco pitched a six inning one-hitter, with three walks the only blemish on the performance. Polanco struck out eight Snappers hitters and received the well-earned win. Cody Schumacher, Nick Lomascolo, and Kyle Grana combined for three innings of hitless relief. The first two earned holds, and Grana was awarded the save. Nick Thompson had the lone RBI, a second inning double. Jhohan Acevedo went 2-for-3.

On the basepaths, Harrison Bader stole his fifth base with Peoria, but was also caught stealing for the first time in six attempts. Acevedo swiped his third base in as many attempts, and Paul DeJong was picked off first base.

Thursday’s game: vs. Beloit, Luis Perdomo (4-7, 2.79) 7:00 CDT

State College 10 at West Virginia 7

Ian McKinney was the starting and the winning pitcher in this high scoring contest on Wednesday night. McKinney went five innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits, while striking out six and walking two. Jery Then, Tyler Bray and Kender Villegas pitched in relief. Then allowed two runs on two hits, while Bray and Villegas pitched scoreless innings, earning Villegas the save, and Bray and Then awarded holds.

The Spikes scored ten runs on 14 hits. Thomas Spitz drove in three on a fourth-inning triple. Danny Martin tripled in the sixth, plating two. Cole Lankford was 1-for-4 with two RBI. Michael Pritchard, Casey Grayson, and R.J. Dennard each drove in a run. Orlando Olivera was 3-for-4 and scored two runs. Pritchard, Grayson and Dennard also scored twice each.

Thursday’s game: at West Virginia, Jorge Rodriguez (1-2, 3.86) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 0, Greeneville 5

It was a rather punchless night offensively for the Cardinals, as they were held scoreless in their defeat at the hands of the Greeneville Astros. The offense managed five hits, all singles, off the bats of Allen Staton, Edmundo Sosa, Chris Chinea, Eliezer Alvarez and Ricardo Bautista. There were no walks, no stolen bases, just five baserunners, and only one of them made it past first base.

Starter Ronnie Williams was the losing pitcher for the Cardinals. Williams went four innings, giving up four runs, two earned. A two-run home run in the second inning resulted in the two earned runs. Steven De La Cruz, Ryan Helsley, and Ben Yokley pitched in relief, with the latter allowing the fifth and final run to score in the ninth inning.

Alvarez and Sosa each made their third errors of the season in the first inning.

Thursday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Julio Mateo (0-2, 9.00) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 4, GCL Mets 5

It was another close game between the Cardinals and the Mets on Wednesday. Eighth-round draft pick Ian Oxnevad started, and pitched two scoreless, one hit innings. Derian Gonzalez followed with 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. Gonzalez was tagged with the loss. Gerwuins Velasco finished with 2 2/3 innings, allowing one run on two hits.

The Cardinals scored four runs on eight hits, with Bladimil Franco going 2-for-5 with a triple in the sixth inning. Joshua Lopez was 2-for-4, plating Franco from third with a single. Lopez also hit a ground rule double in the fourth. Pinch hitter Luis Bandes crushed a two-run home run in the ninth inning. The Cardinals struck out 12 times and left nine stranded.

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

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Nationals 1

Starter Junior Gonzalez pitched a six inning one-hitter, giving up one unearned run, and striking out four. Enrique Perez and Estarlin Tejada combined to pitch three scoreless innings in relief. Tejada was the winning pitcher.

The Cardinals’ offense took a 1-0 early lead, which they held until the fifth inning, when the Nationals tied the game. The Cardinals scored two runs in the eighth to retake the lead, and held that lead. Wadye Ynfante drove in two of the three runs, one run on a solo home run in the first inning. Brian Sanchez was 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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