Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/25/15

The Cardinals system was 6-3 on Friday with our Player of the Day Peoria infielder Andrew Sohn.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Friday is Andrew Sohn, who was 2-for-4 with three RBI in Peoria’s win over Kane County.

Results for games played Friday, July 24.

Memphis 5, Iowa 3

Iowa got on the board first, but the Redbirds tied it up. The Cubs took the lead again, but the Redbirds scored three in the sixth inning and held on to win.

Tommy Pham drove in two Redbirds runs and was 2-for-3 on the night. Greg Garcia had an RBI walk, Rafael Ortega drove in a run on a fielder’s choice ground out, and Cody Stanley plated a run on a sac fly. Starting pitcher Tyler Lyons helped his own cause, going 2-for-2 with a double and scoring a run.

Lyons pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on eight hits. Tyler Waldron, Dean Kiekhefer and Marcus Hatley pitched in relief. Waldron was the winning pitcher and Hatley picked up the save.

Saturday’s game: vs. Iowa, Nick Greenwood (8-3, 5.07) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 7

The Cardinals took the lead in the early innings, and held onto it until the top of the ninth. That was when it got ugly. Ten batters and one pitching change later, the Naturals had scored six runs. The Cardinals were unable to rally in the bottom half.

Starter Andrew Morales pitched five scoreless innings, allowing seven hits and striking out two. Corey Baker pitched the next two innings, giving up one run on three hits. Ronnie Shaban tossed a scoreless eighth, but in the ninth, he gave up a solo home run to the leadoff hitter. Two doubles later, Shaban was replaced by Chris Thomas. Things did not get better. Two doubles, a single and a triple later, it ended with the first hitter of the inning striking out. Three runs were charged to Shaban and three were charged to Thomas. Shaban was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals’ offense scored two runs on eight hits. Anthony Garcia was 3-for-4 with one RBI. The other run was driven in by Jonathan Rodriguez on a first inning single. Charlie Tilson was 2-for-5.

Saturday’s game: vs. NW Arkansas, Alex Reyes (0-0, 0.00) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 3, Lakeland 2 Game 1 DH

This game went the regulation nine innings, though as part of a double header it was only scheduled to go seven. That was because the game was tied and it went into “extra” innings, where the Cardinals walked it off in the bottom of the ninth. A Blake Drake triple and a wild pitch scored the winning run for the Cardinals. Danny Diekroeger was 3-for-4 on the night, driving in a run on a first inning single. Carson Kelly was also 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon tossed seven innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits and striking out three. Kevin Herget pitched the final two innings.

On the base paths, C.J. McElroy stole his 26th base in 36 attempts. Diekroeger was caught stealing and picked off for the first time in three attempts.

Palm Beach 2, Lakeland 1 Game 2 DH (seven innings)

In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Cardinals got on the board first, but the Flying Tigers tied it up in the third. The Cardinals took the lead back in the bottom half of the inning and held on.

It was the pitching of starter Luke Weaver that kept the opposition at bay, pitching six strong innings and surrendering only the one run six hits, while striking out eight and walking none. Weaver was the winning pitcher. Josh Lucas pitched the last inning, gave up no hits and no runs and got the save.

The offense wasn’t plentiful. Blake Drake drove in a run on a third inning double. Casey Turgeon had a hit by pitch RBI in the second inning.

Brett Wiley stole his 12th base in 16 attempts. Jose Gonzalez was caught stealing for the third time in as many attempts.

Saturday’s game: vs. Lakeland, TBA 4:35 CDT

Peoria 8, Kane County 5

The Chiefs came out of the gate with a roar, scoring five runs in the first inning. They added two more in the third, but in the middle innings the Chiefs pitching faltered and the Cougars put five runs on the board. The Chiefs held on, tacking on an insurance run in the eighth and coming out victorious.

Starter Austin Gomber began well, pitching four scoreless innings. But in the fifth and sixth innings the Cougars got to him, putting up three runs. In the seventh, Gomber pitched to two batters, giving up a single and a home run, his second one of the night. Gomber was replaced by Jhonny Polanco, who pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings. Kyle Grana finished the game with a scoreless 1 1/3 innings. Despite hit struggles, Gomber still got the win, and Grana the save.

The Chiefs offense was led by Andrew Sohn, who was 2-for-4, driving in three runs. Brian O’Keefe was 2-for-4 with two RBI and scored three runs. Oscar Mercado hit a solo home run in the first inning, and Nick Thompson plated a run on a single in the first.

Saturday’s game: vs. Kane County, Jack Flaherty (3-1, 3.06) 6:30 CDT

State College 2, Hudson Valley 0

The Spikes’ pitching of Juan Perez and Landon Beck kept the Renegades off the board and allowed the Spikes’ two early runs to be enough. Perez pitched five scoreless innings, giving up three hits, striking out seven and walking two. Beck finished the remaining four innings, allowing four hits, striking out six and walking none. Perez was the winning pitcher, Beck earned the save.

The Spikes put up two runs in the first, both on a fielding error. That was all the runs for the Spikes and all they needed. The Spikes had six hits total, no extra base hits among them. Thomas Spitz was 2-for-4 but was caught stealing for the first time in eight attempts.

Saturday’s game: at Hudson Valley, Carson Cross (1-1), 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 4, Princeton 6

The Cardinals had the lead twice but couldn’t hold it. Starter Juan Bautista went five innings, allowing four hits, two of them solo home runs, for two earned runs. Jonathan Escudero pitched one inning in relief and gave up two additional runs to be tagged with the blown save. Sasha Kuebel pitched the remaining two innings, surrendering two more runs and taking the loss.

Eliezer Alvarez was 3-for-4, with two RBI. Magneuris Sierra and Chris Chinea were 2-for-4 with no RBI. Sierra also scored two runs. Malik Collymore was 2-for-3. Allen Staton drove in a run on a ground out and the fourth run scored on a throwing error.

Sierra stole his third base in four attempts.

Saturday’s game: at Princeton, Josh Wirsu (1-3, 4.43) 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Nationals 2 (six innings)

The Cardinals took the early lead and cemented the win in the final innings of this rain-shortened game. David Oca tossed a strong six innings to earn the win. Oca gave up two runs, one earned, striking out six and walking none.

Nick Plummer led the way offensively, going 3-for-3 with an RBI single. Luis Bandes drove in a run and was 2-for-4, as was Bladimil Franco who also plated a run. Joshua Lopez, Bryce Denton and Andrew Brodbeck each had an RBI single. Allen Cordoba was 2-for-3.

Plummer stole his fourth base in seven attempts, and Joshua Lopez swiped his second bag in as many attempts. Franco had an outfield assist, throwing a runner out at home.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Astros-Orange 4 (ten innings)

The Cardinals took the lead first, but the Astros-Orange tied it up. The Cardinals took the lead back but it was tied up again in the eighth. Into extra innings it went, and the Astros took the lead again for the final time.

Starter Oneiver Diaz pitched six strong innings, giving up only one unearned run, allowing six hits and striking out one. Fabian Blanco pitched a scoreless seventh, but in the eighth he pitched to two batters, and left with no outs, one run on the board and a man on. Will Changarotty relieved Blanco, and though a run scored on a sac fly, Changarotty got the three needed outs. Changarotty was tagged with both the tough-luck blown save and loss.

The Cardinals’ three runs scored on a double play and two sac flies. Andres Luna was 2-for-3. The Cardinals had six hits, none for extra bases.

Saturday’s game: at Astros-Orange, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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