Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/18/15

The Cardinals system was 3-4 on Friday with one game suspended. Luke Weaver is the Player of the Day.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Friday is Luke Weaver, who pitched a 7 2/3 scoreless innings gem for Palm Beach in their win over Clearwater.

Results from games played on Friday, July 17.

Memphis 7 at Iowa 9

Memphis scored early in the first inning, but the Cubs pounced on the pitching of Zach Petrick, scoring eight runs in three innings. The Cubs added another run in the fourth against Chris Thomas, but were stopped by the Memphis relief corps of Keith Butler, Heath Wyatt and Justin Wright. Petrick just didn’t have it, giving up eight hits, including two home runs, and was tagged with the loss.

Memphis attempted a comeback in the eighth, scoring four runs, but it wasn’t enough. Jeremy Hazelbaker led the way, blasting a three run home run over the right field wall. Cody Stanley drove in two runs in the first inning on a double to right. Xavier Scruggs was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Dean Anna was 2-for-4 with a triple.

Rafael Ortega had an outfield assist, throwing out Mike Olt at third base.

Saturday’s game: at Iowa, John Gast (5-6, 4.45) 7:08 CDT

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 4

Marco Gonzales started, continuing his rehab assignment. He tossed three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out two. Corey Baker pitched 2 2/3, giving up three runs, two earned. Ryan Sheriff added 1 1/3 scoreless, and Iden Nazario pitched the eighth and ninth, allowing one additional run.

The Cardinals took the lead in the fourth inning, but Baker lost it in the sixth and the offense wasn’t able to regain it. A Patrick Wisdom triple and a Bruce Caldwell RBI single scored the first run in the fourth. The Cardinals were only able to tack on one more run, provided by an RBI single from Michael Ohlman. Wisdom and Ohlman were 2-for-4 with Wisdom scoring both Cardinals runs.

Charlie Tilson stole his 31st base in 42 attempts.

Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Mike Mayers (1-3, 5.97) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 2 at Clearwater 0

The Cardinals were the beneficiary of another great pitching performance, this time by Luke Weaver. Weaver was terrific in 7 2/3 innings, giving up only three hits, striking out eight and walking none. Weaver earned the win, and reliever Silfredo Garcia, who pitched the final 1 1/3 frames, got the save.

The Cardinals offense was a bit scarce, scoring only two runs on seven hits, but it was enough. Luke Voit drove in a run on a first inning single. Brett Wiley was 2-for-3. Danny Diekroeger, Carson Kelly and Michael Massi singled.

Wiley stole his ninth base in 14 attempts. C.J. McElroy was caught stealing for the tenth time in 34 attempts.

Saturday’s game: at Clearwater, TBA 5:30 CDT

Peoria 2, Beloit 10

It was not a good night for the Chiefs’ pitching staff. Starter Dewin Perez began the mess by giving up five runs in 3 1/3 innings of work. Nick Frey then added his four-run contribution in 1 2/3 innings. Anderson Gerdel attempted to stop the bleeding, and partially succeeded, allowing only one additional run in his three innings. Only Dixon Llorens pitched a scoreless inning. Perez took the loss in this laugher.

As for the offense, they contributed two runs on seven hits. Both were driven in by Paul DeJong on a fifth inning double. DeJong was 2-for-4 on the night, as was Harrison Bader.

Bader also stole his sixth base in seven attempts for Peoria.

Saturday’s game: at Burlington, Austin Gomber (8-3, 3.35) 6:30 CDT

State College 3 at West Virginia 7

Starter Dailyn Martinez didn’t deliver. He went four innings and gave up five runs on seven hits, one of which was a two run home run. Martinez struck out four and issued four free passes. Reliever Jery Then stopped the bleeding in his two innings, but Brennan Leitao allowed two more runs, one earned, on four hits. Martinez was tagged with the loss.

The offense scored three runs on six hits. Eliezer Rodriguez had two RBI without benefit of a hit, one on a ground out and the other on a sac fly. R.J. Dennard drove in a run on a second inning single. Catcher Jose Godoy was 2-for-4 with a double.

Michael Pritchard stole his seventh base in as many attempts.

Saturday’s game: vs. Batavia, Juan Perez (2-1, 3.66) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 5, Greeneville 4 (11 innings)

This one was a nail biter, with the lead changing hands twice, and the Cardinals tying it up to eventually send the game to extra innings. The Cardinals won in walk off fashion in the bottom of the 11th.

The Cardinals had 10 hits, with Eliezer Alvarez leading the way with three hits in five at bats, two of them doubles. Malik Collymore hit a solo home run in the fifth. Allen Staton, Riley Drongesen, Ricardo Bautista, and pinch hitter Luke Doyle each drove in a run. Bautista drove in the winning run on a sac fly.

Starter Ramon Santos pitched seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, including a solo home run in the fifth. Chandler Hawkins and Juan Caballero pitched in relief. Caballero earned the win after tossing one-hit ball with six strikeouts over the final 2 2/3 innings.

Saturday’s game: at Bluefield, Juan Bautista (1-0, 1.72) 6:05 CDT

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals (suspended)

This game was suspended due to rain in the top of the fifth with one out and two men on base and the Nationals leading by the score of 8-1. It is scheduled to be completed on Saturday, July 18 prior to the regular game in Jupiter.

Saturday’s games: vs. Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Nationals 3

Offense was plentiful for the Cardinals in this victory over the Nationals. The Cardinals scored nine runs on 13 hits with Andres Luna leading the way. Luna was 4-for-5 with a double, a triple, and two home runs, driving in five runs. Edwin Figuera, Irving Wilson, and Esequeil Delgado each had a RBI. Hector Linares was 3-for-4 with a double.

Starter Oneiver Diaz pitched five innings, giving up three runs on seven hits, while striking out five and walking two. Fabian Blanco and Estarlin Tejada pitched in relief. Blanco was the winning pitcher after tossing three scoreless frames on one hit and two walks.

Saturday’s game: off

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