Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/31/15

The system posted a sparkling 6-1 mark on Thursday with Memphis, Springfield, State College and both the GCL and DSL clubs all winning. Peoria won aided by Austin Gomber’s mound effort but Johnson City went down to defeat. Palm Beach’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Thursday, July 30th.

Memphis 9 vs. Oklahoma City 0

Scheduled starter John Gast was a late scratch in favor of Nick Greenwood, who tossed seven strong frames as Memphis (57-49) shut out Oklahoma City 9-0. The Redbirds have won the first three of four versus the Dodgers.

Greenwood held the opposition to five hits and a walk, upping his record to 10-3. Justin Wright and Heath Wyatt each tossed a one-two-three inning.

The offense bunched their eight hits and five walks into a four-run first and five-run seventh. Eight Redbirds had one hit each with the top of the order – Rafael Ortega, Dean Anna and Tommy Pham – all scoring twice. The biggest hit, however, came off the bat of Jeremy Hazelbaker – a grand slam in the seventh.

Friday’s game: vs. Oklahoma City (62-42), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 3 (12)

Springfield’s see-saw battle resulted in a 6-3 win over Northwest Arkansas in 12 innings. The game was the first of four versus the Naturals.

Down 2-0 through seven, the visitors tied it up in the eighth via Jonathan Rodriguez’ ninth long ball of 2015, his only hit in six at bats. Springfield (18-16) took its first lead the next inning, 3-2, only to watch Ronnie Shaban suffer his third blown save by giving up a run on a lead-off double and two errors.

The S-Cards went up for good with three in the 12th on a walk, two singles and a fielding error that allowed two runners to score. Joey Donofrio (W, 3-3) fanned three in 2 1/3, giving up two hits and two walks, one intentional. Donofrio required the aid of Chris Perry, who struck out both batters faced for his first Double-A save.

Donofrio and Perry pitched in support of Alex Reyes, who was making his second Double-A start. The right-hander yielded single scores in the first and third, one earned, permitting two hits and two bases-on-balls, striking out eight in 4 1/3. Ryan Sherriff retired five, giving up two hits, while Thomas Lee faced the minimum in the seventh and eighth, fanning four.

Breyvic Valera accumulated three of his team’s 10 hits, going 3-for-6 with a run scored and RBI. Mike O’Neill and Anthony Garcia each went 2-for-5 with a free pass, O’Neill driving in one and Garcia touching home once.

Friday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (12-21), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (6-6, 2.77)

Palm Beach at Dunedin - postponed

The series’ opener between Palm Beach (23-9) and Dunedin was rained out. The two teams will try to play two on Friday, July 31st.

Friday’s games: at Dunedin (11-21). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Luke Weaver (4-4, 2.11/Tyler Melling (1-0, 2.97)

Peoria 5 at Wisconsin 1

Four late tallies provided the cushion in the Chiefs’ 5-1 victory that salvaged the last of three versus the Timber Rattlers.

Player of the Day Austin Gomber (W, 11-3) bounced back from a subpar outing against Kane County, by tossing 7 2/3 impressive frames. The only run charged to the righty was the result of a solo bomb in the eighth, one of three hits yielded. Gomber struck out seven with eight ground- and six fly-ball outs. Jhonny Polanco retired all four batters faced, fanning three, for his first save.

Peoria (22-12) staked Gomber to an early lead on Brian O’Keefe’s RBI single that scored Darren Seferina (fielding error). The team tacked on three more in the seventh before finishing with a ninth-inning run. O’Keefe’s single, his only hit in three at bats, was one of eight hits by the Chiefs. O’Keefe walked twice and scored once.

Seferina, Paul DeJong and Kenny Peoples-Walls had two hits apiece, the first two in five at bats and Peoples-Walls in four. Seferina smashed his eighth triple of the season, stole two bases, scored two runs and knocked in one. DeJong doubled with an RBI and stolen base while Peoples-Walls worked a free pass, crossed home once and drove in one. DeJong and Seferina each committed an error.

Friday’s game: at Beloit (14-18), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (5-1, 3.02)

State College 10 vs. Vermont 1

The top of the Spikes’ order spearheaded their team’s 10-1 thrashing of Vermont. The triumph prevented a three-game sweep by the Lake Monsters.

Thomas Spitz, Jhohan Acevedo and Leobaldo Pina each scored twice, Acevedo and Pina acquiring two hits apiece. Acevedo drove in two, tripling once. Five-hole hitter Casey Grayson went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBI, leading his team’s 13-hit effort.

Pedro Echemendia was credited with his fourth win versus one loss, retiring all six batters faced. Echemendia pitched in relief of Juan Perez, who managed to give up just one run despite four hits and six walks allowed over four. Max Almonte issued a free pass in the seventh, giving way to Jacob Evans, who yielded two hits in two.

Friday’s game: State College (19-19) vs. Lowell (20-19), 7:06 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-3, 2.67)

Johnson City 4 at Elizabethton 13

Josh Wirsu could not finish the fourth as the Appy Cardinals were pounded by the Twins 13-4 in the decisive fifth game of the series.

Wirsu (L, 1-4) was hammered for 10 runs, nine earned, on 13 hits, including a two-run blast, and a free pass in 3 1/3. Ismael Brito quieted Elizabethton’s bats over the next 2 2/3, or maybe the home team was too exhausted to hit. Chandler Hawkins was touched for a three-run bomb, unearned, during his two-inning stint.

Blanked through seven, Johnson City (16-19) mustered 13 hits but only three went for extra bases. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez led the way, singling three times in five at bats with a run scored. Joey Hawkins, Allen Staton and Chris Chinea each had two hits, Stanton and Chinea doubling and scoring once.

Friday’s game: vs. Bluefield (17-20), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Mets 2

Ian Oxnevad absorbed his first professional loss as the Gulf Birds (17-16) dropped a 2-0 decision to the Mets in the series’ opener.

Oxnevad (L, 0-1) surrendered single tallies in the first and third, one earned, giving up four hits and a walk through three. Jake Woodford scattered five hits over five, fanning three and issuing one free pass.

The visitors were held to five hits, no Gulf Cardinal having more than one. No one worked a base-on-balls and the team was charged with three errors.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (19-14), 12:00 pm ET, David Oca (5-0, 1.50)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Rangers1 1

The Dominican Birds (22-30) scored three runs in the first two frames in their 3-1 win over the DSL Rangers1.

Right fielder Sanel Rosendo and first baseman Dariel Gomez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Rosendo doubling twice. Five other DSL Cards had one hit each, including second baseman Luis Flores, whose triple drove in Rosendo and Gomez in the second.

Oneiver Diaz picked up his second win in five decisions, scattering seven hits and a base-on-balls over five, limiting the opposition to a single score. Will Changarotty earned his second save, allowing six hits over the final four innings.

Friday’s game: at DSL Mariners2 (33-19), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (3-1, 2.09)

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