Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/27/15

The system was 4-1 on Sunday with State College shortstop Leobaldo Pina our Player of the Day.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Sunday is Leobaldo Pina, who was 4-for-5 with three doubles and four RBI in the Spikes’ win over Hudson Valley.

Results for games played Sunday, July 26.

Memphis 2, Iowa 1

The Redbirds pulled this one out at the last minute after going scoreless for eight innings and then putting the winning runs on the board in the ninth.

Starter Thomas Lee gave up one run, a solo home run, in the second inning, but held the Cubs at bay for five more frames. Mitch Harris and Justin Wright finished the game, with Wright getting the win.

The Redbirds offense had three hits in total, all doubles. Greg Garcia doubled in the two runs in the ninth for the walkoff after Dean Anna doubled and Tommy Pham walked. Cody Stanley had Memphis’ other two-base hit.

Monday’s game: vs. Iowa, Marco Gonzales (0-1, 6.35) 7:05 CDT

Springfield 2, NW Arkansas 6

The Naturals took the lead early, and though the Cardinals cut the lead to two runs, it wasn’t enough, as the Naturals added two more insurance runs to seal the win.

Starter Arturo Reyes got in trouble in the second inning, allowing four Naturals runs on six singles. Otherwise Reyes’ stuff was good, as he walked no one and struck out eight. Chris Thomas, Jordan Walden and Chris Perry pitched in relief. Perry was responsible for the two additional runs in the ninth. Reyes took the loss.

Solo home runs off the bats of Patrick Wisdom and Matt Williams were the only runs scored by the Cardinals. David Washington had the team’s other extra base hit, a double. Charlie Tilson was 2-for-5.

Monday’s game: at Tulsa, TBA 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach at Brevard County

This game was suspended at the end of the second inning due to rain. It is scheduled to be completed on Monday, July 27 before the regularly-scheduled game.

Monday’s game: at Brevard County (2), Tyler Melling (1-0, 3.07) 5:35 CDT

Peoria 4, Kane County 0

The pitching pairing of Matt Pearce and Dixon Llorens kept the Cougars off the board. Pearce pitched eight strong scoreless innings, allowing six hits and striking out three. Llorens pitched a hitless ninth. Pearce more than earned the win.

Alex De Leon was the offensive star with a bases clearing double in the fifth. Kenny Peoples-Walls was 2-for-4 and hit a solo home run in the sixth for the other Chiefs’ run. Oscar Mercado was 3-for-4 and Andrew Sohn was 2-for-4.

Mercado stole his 38th base in 52 attempts. Sohn was caught stealing for the third time in 20 attempts.

Monday’s game: Off.

State College 5 at Hudson Valley 3

The Spikes got behind early, but tied it up in the fifth. Two runs in the ninth sealed the win. Starter Ian McKinney got off to a rough start, giving up three runs in the first inning. He settled in and pitched four scoreless innings after that, striking out five and walking none. Jacob Evans was awarded the win and Pedro Echemendia the save.

Leobaldo Pina was a one man wrecking crew on offense. The shortstop was 4-for-5 with three doubles, driving in four of the five Spikes’ runs. Michael Pritchard was 3-for-5 and scored two runs. Cole Lankford and Riley Drongesen were both 2-for-4.

Monday’s game: Off.

Johnson City 9 at Princeton 4

Princeton got on the board first, scoring four runs in the fourth inning. The Cardinals tied the game with a four-run sixth, and then added insurance scores in the eighth and ninth.

Starting pitcher Anderson Gerdel had a rough fourth inning and exited after 3 1/3 innings pitched, giving up four runs on seven hits. Chandler Hawkins earned the win and Sasha Kuebel the save.

The long ball gave the Cardinals what they needed offensively. Allen Staton blasted a three run shot in the eighth, and Magneuris Sierra hit a two run home run in the ninth. Staton was 2-for-3 with four total RBI; Sierra was 2-for-5 with two runs driven in. Chris Chinea and Eliezer Alvarez each plated a run. Edmundo Sosa was 2-for-5. Sosa, Sierra, Chinea and Alvarez each scored two runs.

Monday’s game: at Elizabethton, TBA 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals

The Gulf Coast League takes Sundays off.

Monday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 11:00 CDT

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off.

Monday’s game: at DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 CDT

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