Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/23/15

The system was 3-4 on Wednesday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Wednesday is Jeremy Hazelbaker, who was 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBI for Memphis in its win over New Orleans.

Results for games played Wednesday, July 22.

Memphis 9 at New Orleans 5

This game was tied up twice, but Memphis finally put it away in the eighth, scoring four runs to take the lead and then hold on to it. The offense scored nine runs on 12 hits. Xavier Scruggs, Jeremy Hazelbaker and Dean Anna each had three hit nights, with Hazelbaker and Anna driving in two runs each. Cody Stanley plated a run on a fourth inning double. Jacob Wilson and Tommy Pham each had a ground out RBI.

Starter Zach Petrick pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits. The right-hander struck out two and handed out four free passes. Heath Wyatt, Dean Kiekhefer, Tyler Waldron, and Marcus Hatley pitched in relief. Waldron was tagged with a blown save, though the runs that scored, two unearned, were charged to Kiekhefer. Waldron was given the win as well.

Thursday’s game: at New Orleans, John Gast (5-7, 4.86) 7:00 CDT

Springfield 2 at Arkansas 1

This contest was a pitcher’s duel through the fifth inning. Marco Gonzales, continuing his rehab assignment, pitched three scoreless innings, allowing three hits and striking out four. Corey Baker tossed 2 1/3 scoreless, allowing no hits and striking out one. Baker was the winning pitcher. Kyle Hald, Chris Perry and Ronnie Shaban combined for the remaining four innings with Shaban getting the save.

The Cardinals’ two runs scored via a two-run home run by red-hot Anthony Garcia in the sixth inning. That was the only extra base hit of the night. Michael Ohlman was 2-for-3.

On the base paths, Matt Williams was caught stealing for the first time in two attempts.

Thursday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Mike Mayers (1-4, 6.47) 7:10 CDT

Palm Beach vs. Lakeland

This game was postponed due to rain in the area. The game will be played as part of a doubleheader on Thursday, July 23.

Thursday’s games: vs. Lakeland (DH), Daniel Poncedeleon (3-0, 1.40), Luke Weaver (3-4, 2.17) 4:00 CDT

Peoria 2, Clinton 0

Dewin Perez was the winning pitcher, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings on three hits, four strikeouts and three walks. Nick Lomascolo and Kyle Grana followed in relief, with Lomascolo earning a hold and Grana getting the save.

The offense was small, but it was enough. Harrison Bader and Luis Cruz each drove in a run in the fourth inning, Bader on a single, Cruz on a sac fly. Cruz also had the only extra base hit, a sixth-inning double. Oscar Mercado was 2-for-4.

Mercado stole his 35th base in 49 attempts.

Thursday’s game: vs. Clinton, Jaime Garcia (0-0, 0.00) 7:00 CDT

State College 1 at Aberdeen 2

The Spikes got one run early, but couldn’t add on. It caught up with them when the Iron Birds eventually scored two runs in the seventh to take the lead, and the win. Starter Jorge Rodriguez kept the opposition at bay for five innings, allowing only one hit, striking out three and walking two. Brennan Leitao was able to hold on for one inning, but Jacob Evans could not. Evans gave up the two winning runs in the seventh, to take the blown save and the loss.

The Spikes’ lone run scored in the second inning on a double off the bat of R.J. Dennard. Craig Aikin had a multi-hit night, going 3-for-5, including a double. A Michael Pritchard double was the only other extra base hit.

Aikin was caught stealing for the third time in four attempts.

Thursday’s game: at Aberdeen, Dailyn Martinez (2-2, 4.97) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 0, Danville 2

The Cardinals could get nothing going offensively against the Danville Braves. Five hits was the total of the offense, with Magnueris Sierra having the only multi-hit night. Sierra was 2-for-4, both singles. The only extra base hit was a double by Ryan McCarvel in the seventh inning.

The Cardinals were no better on the base paths, with Edmundo Sosa caught stealing for the first time in five attempts, and also getting picked off first base.

Ryan Helsley started and tossed four scoreless innings. Pitching the next four frames, Anderson Gerdel gave up the two runs in the seventh to take the loss. Sasha Kuebel added a scoreless ninth.

Thursday’s game: vs. Danville, Ramon Santos (0-2, 9.60) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 1, GCL Marlins 9

This game was the reverse of Tuesday’s Game 1, with the Cardinals on the losing end of a 9-1 score. Cardinals’ starter Sandy Alcantara had a rough day on the mound, giving up seven runs, six earned, on 11 hits in six innings of work. Those 11 hits included two long balls. Brady Bowen pitched in relief and allowed two more runs. Alcantara was tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals offense was lackluster. The only run scored on a second-inning ground out by Carlos Talavera after a Bryce Denton walk, and a Dylan Becker ground rule double. Becker was 2-for-3, also hitting a fourth inning single in addition to the ground rule double. The only other extra base hit was a double by Luis Bandes.

The Cardinals committed three defensive miscues, a fielding error by Talavera and Dylan Tice, and a missed catch error by Bryce Denton.

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

DSL Cardinals 6, DSL Angels 7

This game was a close one but the Cardinals just couldn’t eke out a win. The Cardinals offense scored six runs on 13 hits, but is wasn’t quite enough. Dariel Gomez went 3-for-3 and drove in three runs. Starlin Balbuena was 2-for-5 with one RBI on a fifth-inning triple. Irving Wilson tripled in a run in the third, and was 3-for-5 for the game. Wadye Ynfante had 2 hits in 5 at-bats, one a run-scoring single.

Junior Gonzalez started and took the loss. He went three innings, giving up four runs, two earned, on three hits. The relief squad was Luis Rosales, Enrique Perez, Anthony Trompiz, Brian Pirela and Noel De Jesus, the latter three being July 2nd signings. They combined for six innings of relief, with Rosales giving up one unearned run, and Perez two unearned runs.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Angels, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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