Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/30/15

The system was 3-5 on Wednesday with our Player of the Day Palm Beach pitcher Nick Petree.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Wednesday is Nick Petree, who pitched seven scoreless, one-hit innings in Palm Beach’s win over Brevard County.

Results for games played Wednesday July 29.

Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 2

The Redbirds scored three runs in the fifth to take the lead away from the Dodgers and then held on. Starter Tyler Lyons tossed seven innings, allowing two runs on four hits to earn the win. Rehabbing Jordan Walden and Mitch Harris pitched in relief, with Harris earning the save.

On offense, Alex Mejia went 2-for-4 and drove in two of the three Redbirds runs on a home run. Ed Easley plated the third run on a ground out. Tommy Pham was 2-for-4, as was Travis Tartamella.

Greg Garcia stole his 14th base in 17 attempts.

Update: Walden left this game one out earlier than planned for an undisclosed reason. He was originally out with a strained/torn shoulder muscle suffered in early May. A follow on report suggests it was heat-related, rather than an injury.

Thursday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City, John Gast (5-7, 4.86), 7:05 CDT

Springfield 7 at Tulsa 9

The Cardinals took a 7-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. That lead evaporated in the blink of an eye when the pitching combination of starter Andrew Morales and relievers Kurt Heyer and Chris Thomas allowed the Drillers to put nine runs on the board in two innings.

Morales had a shutout for six innings, and then after getting the first out in the seventh, he gave up three doubles, a single, and three runs. Morales came out, Heyer came in. Heyer got the remaining two outs, but a run scored on a ground out. Heyer stayed in for the eighth, secured one out, then gave up two singles and was removed for Thomas. Thomas immediately yielded a two run home run, then a double, and then another home run.

The Cardinals offense couldn’t come back after the lead was squandered. They had scored seven runs on 11 hits up to that point. Bruce Caldwell hit a two run home run, and drove in another run on a fourth inning line out. Mike O’Neill was 2-for-5 with one RBI, and Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-4 with one RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez and Michael Ohlman were also 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: at NW Arkansas, TBA 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 9 at Brevard County 0

The Cardinals pitching staff had this game completely under control. Starter Nick Petree pitched a gem - seven innings, one hit, no runs, five strikeouts, no walks. Tyler Melling added one inning with one hit, no runs, and Kevin Herget pitched one perfect frame.

The offense complimented the pitching, scoring nine runs on 12 hits. Derek Gibson was 3-for-4 with three RBI. C.J. McElroy had two hits in his four at-bats, one a solo home run. McElroy also drove in a run on a sac fly, as did Carson Kelly. Brett Wiley had a two RBI double. Blake Drake was 2-for-3.

Thursday’s game: at Dunedin, Luke Weaver (4-4, 2.11) 5:30 CDT

Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 4

The Chiefs got on the board with two runs in the first inning. The Timber Rattlers tied it up in the second. The Chiefs took the lead back in the fifth, but the Timber Rattlers tied it back in the eighth and won it in the ninth.

Starter Dewin Perez pitched five innings, giving up two runs on four hits, striking out two and walking four. Steve Sabatino and Kyle Grana pitched in relief. Grana was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The first inning offense was a two-run home run by Paul DeJong. Kenny Peoples-Walls hit a solo home run in the fifth, and was 2-for-4 on the night. Harrison Bader and Alex De Leon were also 2-for-4.

Thursday’s game: at Wisconsin, Austin Gomber (10-3, 3.36) 12:05 CDT

State College 0, Vermont 3

The Spikes offense was basically nonexistent in this game. Three hits was all they managed with two from Josh Swirchak. Craig Aikin had the other. Great pitching by the Lake Monsters deserves a tip of the cap.

Spikes’ pitching was not as good. Dailyn Martinez started and pitched six innings, allowing three runs, one earned, on seven hits. Luke Harrison and Kevin Alexander pitched in relief. Martinez was the losing pitcher.

Defensively, the Spikes made two errors, a throwing error by Swirchak, and a fielding miscue by Leobaldo Pina, leading to the two unearned runs.

Thursday’s game: vs. Vermont, Juan Perez (4-1, 2.27) 6:05 CDT

Johnson City 1 at Elizabethton 4

The Twins had this game in hand from the start. The Cardinals finally put a run on the board in the seventh, but it was too little, too late. The one run was a solo home run off the bat of Chris Chinea. Allen Staton was 2-for-4 with a double.

Ramon Santos started for the Cardinals and he took the loss. Santos pitched six innings, giving up two runs on nine hits while striking out four and walking two. Juan Bautista tossed the last two innings, allowing an additional two runs on three hits, striking out five and walking two.

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

GCL Cardinals 7, GCL Marlins 6

This was a back and forth game. The Cardinals finally put it away in the bottom of the ninth, scoring three runs.

For the evening, the offense scored seven runs on ten hits. Luis Bandes drove in two on a fifth inning force out and a ninth inning single. Dylan Tice was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Bladimil Franco was 2-for-5 and drove in a run. Carlos Torres plated a run on a ninth inning bunt single. Pinch hitter Joshua Lopez singled in the winning run.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched five innings, giving up three runs, two earned, on nine hits. Jacob Schlesener, Jordan DeLorenzo, and Estarlin Arias pitched in relief. DeLorenzo was charged with a blown save. Arias was the winning pitcher.

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

DSL Cardinals 0, DSL Rangers1 1

This game was the epitome of a pitcher’ duel. The game was scoreless until the ninth inning, when the Cardinals’ pitching blinked.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched a gem, seven scoreless innings, giving up only two hits and striking out six. Reliever Estarlin Tejada allowed the winning run in the ninth, on a hit by pitch, a sac bunt, and a single.

The Cardinals’ offense managed seven hits. Andres Luna was 2-for-4 and Oscar Cotes was 2-for-3. Three of the seven hits were doubles, one each by Luna and Cotes, and one by Brian Sanchez, his only hit.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Rangers1, TBA 9:30 CDT

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