Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/21/15

The system was 5-4 on Monday and Memphis pitcher Nick Greenwood is our Player of the Day.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Monday is Nick Greenwood, who not only pitched seven strong innings, but also drove in two runs in Memphis’ road win.

Results from games played on Monday, July 20.

Memphis 7 at New Orleans 1

In his first outing since returning from St. Louis, Nick Greenwood helped Memphis break its four-game losing streak. The lefty picked up the win with seven strong innings, surrendering one run on four hits, striking out two and walking one. The only blemish was a seventh inning solo home run. Tyler Waldron and Justin Wright each pitched a scoreless, hitless inning.

Greenwood helped himself offensively, driving in two runs on a second inning double. Rafael Ortega plated two as well, on a single in the eighth inning. Jeremy Hazelbaker hit his fifth home run, a solo shot. Dean Anna and Cody Stanley both had an RBI. Alex Mejia was 2-for-5 and Nick Martini was 3-for-3. Mejia, Martini and Hazelbaker each scored twice.

Tuesday’s game: at New Orleans, Thomas Lee (2-1, 2.16) 6:00 CDT

Springfield 8 at Arkansas 2

The Cardinals took the lead early and never relinquished it, putting the finishing touches on the victory with a five run eighth inning. David Washington led that eighth inning surge with a bases clearing triple. Charlie Tilson was 2-for-4, plating two on a second inning double. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled home a run in the fifth. Matt Williams was 3-for-5 with an RBI single in the eighth, and Breyvic Valera had an eighth inning sac fly. Williams scored twice, and a hitless Bruce Caldwell scored two runs by drawing walks, three on the night.

Arturo Reyes pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out five and issuing two free passes. Ronnie Shaban added a scoreless ninth.

Patrick Wisdom stole his sixth base in eight attempts. Charlie Tilson was caught stealing for the 13th time in 44 attempts.

Tuesday’s game: at Arkansas, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 2.43) 7:10 CDT

Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 5

Trey Nielsen couldn’t get it done for Palm Beach on Monday night. Nielsen pitched 5 2/3 innings and took the loss after yielding four runs, three earned, on seven hits, including a solo home run. Nielsen struck out four and walked two. Steve Sabatino and Tyler Melling pitched in relief. Sabatino allowed one run in his one inning of work; Melling tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings.

Danny Diekroeger drove in two runs, one on a third inning single, the other on a fifth inning sac fly. Blake Drake doubled in a run in the second inning. Robelys Reyes was 2-for-3.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Bradenton, Nick Petree (1-2, 3.95) 11:05 a.m. CDT

Peoria 6 at Burlington 3

The Chiefs scored six runs in the first six inning, and though the Bees attempted a comeback, it fell flat. Peoria starter Matt Pearce kept the Bees off the board through the fifth inning, but in the sixth he faltered, giving up two runs, one earned. Pearce came out of the game in the sixth after pitching to two batters and allowing two hits and committing a throwing error.

Jhonny Polanco pitched two innings, giving up one run. Kevin Alexander and Kyle Grana each contributed a scoreless, hitless inning. The lead was never given up, so Pearce received the win and Grana earned the save.

Oscar Mercado was 2-for-6 with 2 RBI. Alex De Leon drove in two runs on a first inning sac fly and a third inning single. Luiz Cruz plated two on a fifth inning double and a sixth inning single. Paul DeJong was 2-for-3 and scored two runs and Nick Thompson was 2-for-4, also scoring twice.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Clinton, Luis Perdomo (5-7, 2.67) 7:00 CDT

State College 6, Batavia 5

This one was a nail biter, with the Spikes getting ahead early, but Batavia trying it up in the ninth inning. Leobaldo Pina hit the walk off single in the bottom of the ninth. Cole Lankford drove in two runs in the eighth and was 2-for-4 on the night. Josh Swirchak was 2-for-4, with his second inning triple plating two, and he also scored two runs. Michael Pritchard was 2-for-3.

Starter Carson Cross pitched four innings, giving up two runs on three hits. Luke Harrison and Pedro Echemendia pitched in relief. Echemendia blew the save in the top of the ninth, but was the winning pitcher when the Spikes offense bailed him out in the bottom half of the inning.

Tuesday’s game: at Aberdeen, Ian McKinney (3-2, 3.45) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 3 at Bluefield 11 - Game 1 DH (seven innings)

It was not a good night for Cardinals pitching as Johnson City dropped two. Starter Josh Wirsu was rocked in the opener, giving up seven runs on nine hits, in four innings of work. Ben Yokley pitched the final three innings, and he was touched for four more runs on seven hits. Wirsu was tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals scored only three runs on 11 hits. Eliezer Alvarez had an RBI double. Deandre Asbury-Heath was 2-for-2, driving in one run. Magneuris Sierra and Chris Chinea were 2-for-4, Ryan McCarvel was 2-for-3. Allen Staton drove in a run on a ground out, but was hitless.

Asbury-Heath stole his fourth base in five attempts. Anthony Ray stole his third base in as many tries.

Johnson City 2 at Bluefield 5 - Game 2 DH (seven innings)

Starter Jonathan Escudero was the losing pitcher in the nightcap after tossing five innings, surrendering five runs, three earned, on seven hits, including a two-run home run. Chandler Hawkins pitched a scoreless sixth inning.

The Cardinals’ offense scored two runs on seven hits. Ricardo Bautista was 2-for-3, driving in a run on a sixth inning single. Malik Collymore plated the other run on a second inning single. There were no extra base hits. The offense was 2-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Danville, Ronnie Williams (1-1, 4.82), 7:00 p.m. EDT

GCL Cardinals 10 at GCL Marlins 6 - Game 1 DH (11 innings)

The Marlins took an early lead, but the Cardinals came back in the middle innings to tie it. The game went into extra innings and the Cardinals ended it with a flourish, scoring four runs in the 11th inning.

A fifth inning three run blast by Luis Bandes got the comeback going. A Bladimil Franco double and two errors tied the game in the sixth. In the 11th inning, Allen Cordoba doubled in the game winning run; a series of walks and wild pitches scored the remaining three runs.

Starter Jake Woodford lasted only two innings, after giving up five runs, four earned, on seven hits. The four earned runs came on a grand slam in the third inning, after Woodford loaded the bases with no outs. Woodford was replaced by Brady Bowen who tossed a scoreless two innings. Ismael Brito, Gerwuins Velasco, and Steven Farinaro pitched the remaining seven innings, with Farinaro getting the win.

GCL Cardinals, GCL Marlins (Game 2 DH)

This game was scheduled as a makeup of the July 4 game that was postponed, but it was postponed again. They will try again as part of a doubleheader on Tuesday, July 21st following the regularly scheduled contest.

Tuesday’s games: vs. GCL Marlins (2), TBA 11:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Mariners2 3 (10 innings)

The Cardinals bats were unable to put runs on the board. The offense managed just four hits, two off the bat of Andres Luna. In the ninth inning, Wadye Ynfante singled. Three walks followed with Sanel Rosendo earning the RBI. A groundout by Dennis Ortega scored the game-tying run to take it into extra innings.

Starter Ronald Medrano pitched five innings, yielding two runs on six hits while striking out three and walking one. Will Changarotty and Estailin Tejada followed in relief, with Changarotty tossing three scoreless innings and Tejada giving up one unearned run in 1 2/3 innings. Tejada was tagged with the loss as the Mariners2 walked it off in the 10th with a run-scoring double.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Mariners2, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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