Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/17/15

The Cardinals minor league system won five of eight on Thursday with Palm Beach’s Daniel Poncedeleon the Player of the Day.

The Cardinal Nation’s Thursday Player of the Day is pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon (3-0, 1.40), who pitched eight masterful, scoreless innings for Palm Beach in its win at Clearwater.

Results for games played Thursday, July 16.

Memphis 1 at Iowa 4

In a nationally-televised game, Redbirds starter Thomas Lee was hit hard by the Cubs, giving up three doubles and a home run as part of eight hits total. Lee toughed it out for seven innings, however, to only surrender one run, while striking out four. Tyler Waldron came into a tied game in the eighth, and gave up the winning runs, three in all, on three hits.

Memphis scored its lone run in the fifth inning to tie the game at 1-1. Hot hitting Jeremy Hazelbaker smoked a triple into the right field corner, and Dean Anna followed with an RBI single. The Redbirds could manage only six hits against the pitching staff of the Cubs, which included major league starter Tsuyoshi Wada, in Triple-A on a rehab assignment and former MLB closer Rafael Soriano.

Friday’s game: at Iowa, Zach Petrick (5-4, 3.72) 7:08 CDT

Springfield 8, NW Arkansas 1

Offense was plentiful for the Cardinals, as they scored eight runs on 11 hits to win their contest against the NW Arkansas Naturals. The Cardinals benefitted from the long ball, as Patrick Wisdom hit a fourth inning solo home run, and Michael Ohlman blasted a two run shot, also in the fourth inning. Ohlman also doubled, and had a fifth inning RBI single. Jonathan Rodriguez drove in a run and scored two, and Charlie Tilson had an RBI single. Derek Gibson was 2-for-4.

Starter and winning pitcher Kyle Hald tossed eight innings, giving up one run on nine hits. Chris Perry pitched a scoreless ninth, allowing no hits.

Friday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Marco Gonzales (rehab start), 7:10 CDT

Palm Beach 3 at Clearwater 0

Starting pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon pitched an absolute gem on Thursday night in Clearwater. Poncedelon earned the win, pitching eight scoreless innings, yielding six hits and striking out four. Robby Rowland pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth for the save, his first for Palm Beach.

The Cardinals scored three runs on eight hits. Carson Kelly led the way with two runs driven in, one on a solo home run. Danny Diekroeger also had an RBI, a seventh inning single. Collin Radack was 2-for-3.

Michael Massi stole his first base in as many attempts.

Friday’s game: at Clearwater, Luke Weaver (2-4, 2.50) 5:30 CDT

Peoria 3, Beloit 1 (seven innings)

Peoria was the victor in this rain-shortened game on Thursday night. Starter Luis Perdomo pitched seven strong innings, with only the one run allowed to mar the performance. Perdomo allowed seven hits, and struck out eight to get the win.

Oscar Mercado drove in two of the three runs for the Chiefs, on a bases loaded single in the seventh. Jake Gronsky was 2-for-3, with an RBI double in the fifth.

Friday’s game: vs. Beloit, Dewin Perez (1-2, 9.72) 7:00 CDT

State College 3 at West Virginia 1

Spikes starter Jorge Rodriguez got the well-earned win. He pitched six strong, scoreless innings, surrendering only three hits, while striking out three and walking one. Luke Harrison pitched the last three innings in relief, allowing one run on three hits.

Casey Grayson was hitless, but had two RBI, one on a fourth inning sac fly, and the other on a fielder’s choice out in the fifth. The other Spikes run scored on a throwing error in the first inning. Josh Swirchak was 2-for-3 including a triple and Orlando Olivera was 2-for-4 with a double.

Brian O’Keefe was caught stealing for the third time in three attempts.

Friday’s game: at West Virginia, Dailyn Martinez (2-1, 3.80) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 7, Greeneville 4

Four pitchers took the mound for the Cardinals in this Thursday night contest. Julio Mateo started, pitched 2 2/3 innings, giving up three runs, one earned, on three hits. Jonathan Escudero and Harley Holt contributed 2 2/3 innings each, with Escudero getting the win. Sasha Kuebel pitched the ninth and picked up the save.

Edmundo Sosa hit his second home run of the season, a two run shot in the second inning, and scored two runs. Chris Chinea was 3-for-4, with a single, a double and a triple, for two RBI. Eliezer Alvarez was 2-for-4, driving in a run on a first inning single. Alvarez also stole his fifth base in as many attempts.

Friday’s game: vs. Greeneville, Ramon Santos (0-2, 16.88) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 0, GCL Nationals 1

Starter Sandy Alcantara took the hard-luck loss after pitching 5 1/3 innings, giving up one run on five hits, striking out five and walking none. Brady Bowen, Jordan DeLorenzo and Steven Farinaro followed in relief.

There was essentially no offense from the Cardinals. Two hits, both singles, from Dylan Tice and Luis Bandes were the sum total of offense. The Cardinals had six baserunners in all, four on base via the walk. All were left stranded.

Carlos Talavera stole his third base in four attempts.

Friday’s game: at Nationals, TBA 11:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals 2, DSL Rangers1 5

Offense was scarce for the Cardinals of the Dominican Summer League as they fell to the Rangers1 on Thursday morning. The Cardinals scored two runs on only four hits, one of which was a solo home run off the bat of Dylan Melendez. Wadye Ynfante drove in the other on a single in the second inning.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched six scoreless innings, giving up three hits, striking out five and walking one. Luis Rosales, Cristhian Lugo, and Diego Cordero pitched in relief. Rosales yielded four unearned runs in his 2/3 inning of work and was tagged with the loss, as well as a blown save. The fifth run, also unearned, scored in the ninth with Cordero pitching.

The Cardinals committed three errors. Catcher Dennis Ortega was pinned for his fifth, second baseman Luis Flores his fifth, and third baseman Edwin Figuera committed his sixth miscue this season.

Friday’s game: at DSL Rangers1, TBA, 9:30 a.m. CDT

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