Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/29/15

The system was 4-4 on Tuesday with our Player of the Day Palm Beach pitcher Trey Nielsen.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Tuesday is Trey Nielsen, who pitched seven scoreless innings, allowing only four hits, in Palm Beach’s win over Brevard County.

Results for games played Tuesday, July 28.

Memphis 7, Oklahoma City 6

This game was not as close as it may appear. Though the Redbirds were behind initially, they scored six runs over four innings to take a four-run lead into the ninth inning. The Dodgers added three runs to bring it within one, but the Redbirds held on.

Starter Zach Petrick tossed six innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out six. Marcus Hatley, Dean Kiekhefer and Sam Tuivailala pitched in relief. Kiekhefer allowed the three runs in the ninth, and Tuivailala got the final two outs to seal the win. Petrick was the winning pitcher.

Xavier Scruggs drove in two runs, one on a single and one on a sac fly. Dean Anna and Nick Martini were each 2-for-4 with one RBI. Greg Garcia plated a run on a fifth inning single, and Cody Stanley had a sac fly. Tommy Pham was 2-for-3, as was Ed Easley.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, Tyler Lyons (6-5, 3.33) 11:35 a.m. CDT

Springfield 6 at Tulsa 5

This game was close, with the lead changing several times and the Drillers tying the game up in the seventh. An eighth inning run by the Cardinals ended up being the winning margin.

David Washington hit his tenth home run, a solo shot in the sixth inning. Breyvic Valera was 2-for-3 with an RBI. A Jonathan Rodriguez double drove in a run, as did a Bruce Caldwell single. Anthony Garcia singled in a run in the eighth, and Matt Williams had an RBI ground out.

Starting pitcher Mike Mayers was out after just 2/3 of an inning. He gave up three runs on four hits. Chris Perry relieved Mayers and pitched 2 1/3 innings. Kyle Hald, Corey Baker, and Ronnie Shaban followed. Baker was charged with a blown save but was the winning pitcher. Shaban picked up the save.

Wednesday’s game: at Tulsa, Andrew Morales (4-6, 4.77) 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 3 at Brevard County 1

The starting pitching of Trey Nielsen kept the Manatees off the board for seven innings. Nielsen allowed no runs on only four hits and was the winning pitcher. Lee Stoppleman gave up the only Manatees’ run in 2/3 inning of work. Josh Lucas finished the game and earned the save.

The Cardinals scored three runs on nine hits. Brett Wiley had an RBI single in the fifth on the way to a 3-for-4 night. The other two runs scored on sac flies off the bats of Carson Kelly and Collin Radack. C.J. McElroy was 2-for-5 and Robelys Reyes was 2-for-4.

McElroy stole his 38th base in 48 attempts, and Wiley swiped his 13th bag in 19 attempts.

Wednesday’s game: at Brevard County, Luke Weaver (4-4, 2.11) 5:35 CDT

Peoria 3, Wisconsin 8

The Timber Rattlers had this game well in hand throughout. The Chiefs put three runs on the board in the seventh inning, but the rally fell short.

Starter Luis Perdomo had a rough night on the mound. He pitched 4 1/3 innings and surrendered seven runs, five earned, on seven hits and was the losing pitcher. Nick Lomascolo and Cody Schumacher pitched in relief.

The Chiefs’ three run seventh inning was due to a three run home run by Andrew Sohn. Sohn was 2-for-3 on the night. The only other extra base hit was a Nick Thompson double.

Wednesday’s game: at Wisconsin, Dewin Perez (2-3, 8.17) 7:05 CDT

State College 7, Vermont 9 (10 innings)

Though the Spikes fell behind by six runs in the fifth, they battled back to the tie the game in the ninth. Unfortunately the Lake Monsters added two more runs in the 10th and the Spikes could not come back.

The pitching of starter Jorge Rodriguez and reliever Tyler Bray put the Spikes behind. Rodriguez pitched 4 1/3, giving up four runs on five hits. Bray allowed three more runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Jery Then and Brennan Leitao pitched two and one scoreless innings respectively, but then Kender Villegas gave up the winning runs and was tagged with the loss.

Josh Swirchak went 3-for-5 and drove in two runs. A Thomas Spitz single in the eighth drove in the first run of the Spikes five-run inning. Swirchak’s single and a single from Cole Lankford drove in the next two. A Jose Godoy single and an R.J. Dennard double scored the last two runs. Jhohan Acevedo was 2-for-5 on the night.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Vermont, Dailyn Martinez (2-2, 4.80) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 8 at Elizabethton 4

The lead changed hands several times, but in the sixth, the Cardinals took the lead for the final time and added on to win.

Eliezer Alvarez drove in four runs, one on a groundout, one on a sac fly, and two more on a sixth inning double. Chris Rivera had a two run home run, and Allen Staton hit a solo home shot. Luke Doyle plated a run on an eighth inning double. Edmundo Sosa was 3-for-5, Magneuris Sierra was 2-for-5, and Hunter Newman was 2-for-4.

Ronnie Williams started and pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up two runs, one earned, on four hits, while striking out two and giving four free passes. Steven De La Cruz and Juan Caballero pitched in relief. De La Cruz earned the win and Caballero the save.

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

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Marlins 12

The Cardinals were never really in this game. By the time they managed to put a run on the board they were already behind by 10.

As can be surmised, the Cardinals’ pitching was not good. Derian Gonzalez was the starting and the losing pitcher. He pitched four innings, giving up six runs, four earned, on eight hits while striking out five and walking one. Frederis Parra went 1 2/3 innings and gave up four more runs. Brady Bowen and Gerwuins Velazco pitched the remaining 2 1/3 innings, allowing one run each.

Offense for the Cardinals was a solo home run off the bat of Dylan Tice. Only two other Cardinals hitters got a hit, Bladimil Franco and Andrew Brodbeck, both singles.

Wednesday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins, TBA 11:00 a.m. CDT

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Nationals 7

Though this game was tied at one point, 1-1, the Nationals surged ahead and never looked back. The Cardinals’ pitching of starter Junior Gonzalez and reliever Edwar Ramirez allowed seven runs between them. Gonzalez pitched six innings, giving up three runs, all unearned, on five hits, while Ramirez yielded four runs on four hits in his one inning of work. Fabian Blanco and Brian Pirela pitched scoreless eighth and ninth innings. Gonzalez was the losing pitcher.

Dariel Gomez drove in the Cardinals’ lone run. The Cardinals managed four hits, all singles, while striking out 12 times.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1, TBA 9:30 a.m. CDT

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