Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/19/15

The Cardinals minor league system won four of eight contests on Saturday. Player of the Day is Cole Lankford of the State College Spikes.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Cole Lankford, who went 3-for-4 including three doubles and five RBI for State College.

Results of games played Saturday, July 18.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 10

Memphis was the victim of a drubbing by the Iowa Cubs on Saturday night. Starter John Gast couldn’t miss bats, surrendering seven runs, six earned, on eight hits. Two hits in the first inning were of the long ball variety. Gast was out after four innings, and reliever Joey Donofrio gave up three more runs in his three innings of work. Marcus Hatley pitched a scoreless eighth.

It was Alex Mejia, double switched in for Ty Kelly in the fifth, who hit the big one, a two run shot in the eighth inning. Dean Anna drove in a run on a fifth inning single, and Nick Martini plated one in the eighth. Greg Garcia and Jeremy Hazelbaker were each 2-for-3 on the night.

Sunday’s game: at Iowa, Tyler Lyons (6-4, 3.05) 1:08 CDT

Springfield 5, NW Arkansas 9

It was the night of long balls at Hammons Field. Seven home runs were hit, four by the Cardinals. Unfortunately the long balls were not enough to bring a victory to the home club.

Three of the four home runs were solo shots off the bats of Charlie Tilson, Matt Williams, and David Washington. Breyvic Valera hit a two-run home run. Tilson was 3-for-5, including a double in addition to the home run. Matt Williams was 2-for-4, as was David Washington.

Coming off the disabled list, Mike Mayers was the starter, but he lasted only 2 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs, four earned on five hits. Three of the five hits were home runs. Mayers took the loss. The relief corps consisted of Kurt Heyer, Ronnie Shaban, Kyle Barraclough, and Josh Lucas. One run each was allowed by Heyer and Barraclough.

Sunday’s game: at Arkansas, TBA 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 7 at Clearwater 2

The Cardinals offense was dominant on Saturday, scoring seven runs on 13 hits. Carson Kelly went 3-for-4, driving in a run on an eighth inning double. Blake Drake was 2-for-5 with one RBI. Luke Voit hit a two run shot in the ninth, and was 2-for-4 on the night. Casey Turgeon plated a run on a fourth inning ground out, and another on an eighth inning sac fly. Michael Massi drove in a run on an eighth inning single.

Corey Littrell started and pitched five innings, giving up two runs, on a second inning home run. Littrell allowed eight hits total and struck out six. Blake McKnight and Kevin Herget pitched in relief, with McKnight getting the win, and Herget the save.

Sunday’s game: vs. Bradenton, TBA 4:05 CDT

Peoria 7 at Burlington 4

Starter Austin Gomber pitched well, tossing seven strong innings, yielding one unearned run on three hits and striking out seven. Kevin Alexander and Kyle Grana pitched in relief, with Alexander giving up three runs and Grana pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings.

The Chiefs offense scored seven runs on nine hits. Jake Gronsky blasted a three run home run in the fourth inning, and Kenny Peoples-Walls hit a solo shot in that same inning. Alex De Leon drove in a run on a ninth inning ground out, and Steven Bean singled a run home in the fifth. Nick Thompson was 2-for-5 with two runs scored.

Jhohan Acevedo was caught stealing for the first time in four attempts.

Sunday’s game: at Burlington, Jack Flaherty (5-1, 2.35) 2:00 CDT

State College 8, Batavia 0

The Spikes won this contest against Batavia quite handily. State College pitching was excellent, with Juan Perez starting and pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out ten. The latter count tied the team record. Jacob Evans pitched two scoreless, hitless innings in relief.

Cole Lankford led the Spikes offense with a five RBI night, going 3-for-4. All three hits were doubles, tying the Spikes team record. Orlando Olivera hit his first home run, a solo shot. Casey Grayson and Jesse Jenner each drove in a run. Leobaldo Pina scored two runs, as did Olivera. The offense had a total of ten hits, six of which went for extra bases.

Sunday’s game: vs. Batavia, Landon Beck (1-2, 2.01) 5:05 CDT

Johnson City 0 at Bluefield 6

The Cardinals offense was no match for Blue Jays pitching on Saturday night. The offense managed only four hits, was 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base. Of the four hits, two were for extra bases, doubles by Magneuris Sierra and Hunter Newman. The offense also struck out 13 times.

Juan Batista was the starter, and the losing pitcher for the Cardinals. He went four innings, giving up three runs on five hits. Steven De La Cruz and Sasha Kuebel pitched in relief and surrendered the remaining three Blue Jays runs, one by De La Cruz and two by Kuebel.

Sunday’s game: at Bluefield, Josh Wirsu (1-2, 1.65) 5:05 CDT

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 14 (completed suspended game)

This game was suspended on Friday due to rain and was completed on Saturday. It was a rout by the Nationals, who were already ahead 8-1 when the game was halted.

Starter Estarlin Arias gave up the first eight runs on Friday, four of which were earned. Paul Salazar, Brady Bowen, and Steven Farinaro pitched in relief. Salazar gave up three runs, Bowen yielded two, and Farinaro allowed one more. Arias took the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored four runs on nine hits. Bladimil Franco drove in two runs and was 3-for-4. Joshua Lopez and Bryce Denton each had an RBI. There was one extra base hit, a double off the bat of Stephen Zavala. The Cardinals were 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position and left eight men on base.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Nationals 3 (seven innings)

The Cardinals fared better in this regularly scheduled game against the Nationals that went seven innings because of the doubleheader. David Oca was the winning pitcher, tossing all seven innings and surrendering three runs, two earned, on six hits. Oca struck out six and gave no free passes. The two earned runs were as a result of a two-run home run in the sixth inning.

The Cardinals’ first two runs both scored on wild pitches. The Nationals took the lead in the top of the sixth inning, but the Cardinals scored four runs in the bottom half of the inning to take it back. Allen Cordoba had a sixth inning double that drove in Nick Plummer from third, who had tripled in the previous at-bat. Luis Bandes doubled to score Cordoba. Bladimil Franco hit another double that moved Bandes to third. A Carlos Torres sac fly scored Bandes and a Bryce Denton sac fly scored Carlos Talavera, who had pinch run for Franco.

Sunday’s game: Off.

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League Cardinals were off on Saturday.

Sunday’s game: DSL All-Star Game.

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