Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/1/15

Arturo Reyes stood out for Springfield who notched one of only three wins in nine decisions on Friday. Peoria and Johnson City were both victorious but the rest of the system all lost.

Results from games played Friday, July 31st.

Oklahoma City 6 at Memphis 1

John Gast gave up runs in four straight frames, leading to a 6-1 Redbirds’ loss to the Dodgers. Second-place Memphis (57-50) took three of four from Oklahoma City and sit three behind Round Rock (TEX) in the American Southern division.

Gast (L, 5-8) tossed a scoreless first before yielding five runs on eight hits and two walks over the next four. Jordan Walden, making his second rehab appearance for Memphis, was touched for an unearned tally after the lead-off batter reached via a strikeout/passed ball combination, stole second and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Walden walked one and fanned two. Tyler Waldron gave up two hits during his two innings on the mound while Dean Kiekhefer tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Xavier Scruggs compiled a third of his team’s hits, doubling twice in three at bats, driving in Dean Anna (single) in the first.

Saturday’s game: at first-place Round Rock (59-46), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-2, 6.42)

Springfield 11 at Northwest Arkansas 1

The less-heralded Reyes shone on Friday in Springfield’s 11-1 thumping of the Naturals (KC). The win, the second straight in the series with two to go, moves the S-Cards (19-16) into a first-place tie with Arkansas (LAA) in the North division.

Player of the Day Arturo Reyes (W, 7-6) hurled eight strong frames, holding the opposition to a run on five hits and three walks. He struck out seven with nine ground- and three fly-ball outs. Kurt Heyer gave up a hit while fanning two in the ninth.

The S-Cards’ offense featured just nine hits but utilized nine free passes to score 11 tallies. Jonathan Rodriguez, Mike Ohlman and Aledmys Diaz each had two hits, Rodriguez in four at bats and the latter two in five. A double by Ohlman was one of only two extra-base hits while Rodriguez and Diaz each touched home twice, driving in two and one, respectively. Ohlman scored one and knocked in two.

Saturday’s game: at fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (12-22), 6:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 3.30)

Palm Beach 0 at Dunedin 7 (7) – game one

Palm Beach (23-11) dropped a pair at Dunedin (TOR), 7-0 and 4-0, the first two games of a four-game set. The Beach Birds’ lead in South division shrank to one as a result.

Luke Weaver took his fifth loss in nine decisions in the opener, surrendering five runs, one earned, on six hits and two Palm Beach errors, including one of his own, through four. Keith Butler tossed a scoreless fifth but Lee Stoppelman had a rough sixth, giving up two tallies on two hits and three base-on-balls.

Palm Beach managed five hits, Brett Wiley garnering two of them by singling and doubling in three at bats.

Palm Beach 0 at Dunedin 4 (7) – game two

It was more of the same in the nightcap. Tyler Melling (L, 1-1) was charged with two runs on four hits, striking out three in three. Silfredo Garcia went two innings, giving up two tallies on three hits and a walk. Robby Rowland faced the minimum in the sixth.

Blake Drake and Carson Kelly each had a hit for Palm Beach. That is all.

Saturday’s game: at fifth-place (North) Dunedin (13-21), Corey Littrell (6-6, 2.91)

Peoria 4 at Beloit 2

Peoria (23-12) opened a three-game series versus the Snappers (OAK) with a 4-2 win, maintaining the four-game gap between the second-place Chiefs and first-place Kane County (ARI).

Jack Flaherty (W, 6-1) was outstanding for Peoria, striking out seven through six, giving up a run on four hits and a base-on-balls. He also hit a batter. Nicholas Frey yielded a run on three hits and a free pass in his inning of work but Dixon Llorens fanned three over two innings for his first save.

The Chiefs’ offense was clicking with eight of nine players garnering at least one of 13 hits. Paul DeJong led, going 3-for-5 with an RBI while batting second. Harrison Bader and Luis Cruz both singled twice in four at bats, Cruz knocking in one and Bader stealing a base. Nick Thompson was the most productive Chief, going 2-for-3 with a triple and solo bomb, scoring twice.

Saturday’s game: at fifth-place Beloit (14-20), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (7-9, 2.85)

Lowell 9 at State College 3

A six-run eighth sent State College (19-20) to a 9-3 defeat at Lowell (BOS) in the series’ opener. The Spikes remain in third in the Pinckney division, 6 ½ in back of Williamsport (PHI).

The six tallies came off a combination of Jery Then (BS, 1)(L, 0-2) and Kender Villegas. Then allowed the Spinners to tie the game up at three-all in the seventh then gave up three more runs on three hits and a walk in total over 1 1/3.

Then’s last runner scored under Villegas’ watch, the righty permitting six hits in 1 2/3, resulting in three runs of his own. Villegas struck out four and Then three.

State College had more walks (five) than hits (four), Michael Pritchard being the more productive Spike. The left fielder went 1-for-2 with two free passes, crossing twice with a stolen base.

Saturday’s game: vs second-place (Stedler) Lowell (21-19), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (1-1, 2.81)

Johnson City 2 vs Bluefield 1

Johnson City’s 10th hit of the game drove in their second tally, lifting the JC-Cards to a 2-1 win over Bluefield (TOR) in the first of three. Johnson City (17-19) moves into third in the tight West division, 2 ½ behind Greeneville (HOU).

The Appy Birds outhit the Jays 10 to one but stranded nine. Luke Doyle went 2-for-3, doubling home Chris Rivera (walk) in the fifth to knot the game at 1-1. Ryan McCarvel’s second single, in four at bats, scored Eliezer Alvarez (single) in the eighth, for the winning margin. Magneuris Sierra singled twice in four at bats but was nailed trying to stretch a single into a double to begin the eighth.

Meanwhile on the mound, a trio of Cardinals one hit Bluefield. Brennan Leitao went the first four, issuing two free passes and plunking a batter, giving up an unearned run in the third. Anderson Gerdel allowed a hit and base-on-balls in his three-inning effort, matching Leitao’s two strikeouts. Sasha Kuebel issued one free pass over the final two frames, picking up his third win in four decisions.

Saturday’s game: vs fifth-place (East) Bluefield (17-21), 7:00 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (0-0, 0.55)

GCL Mets 5 at GCL Cardinals 2

David Oca (L, 5-1) was charged with his first loss, giving up five runs, three earned, on 10 hits and three walks in 5 2/3. The third-place GCL Cardinals (17-17) have lost the first two of three to the first-place GCL Mets, a team they trail by three.

Gerwuins Velazco retired four batters, giving up a hit. Frederis Parra went two innings, permitting one hit.

The Gulf Birds were held to just three singles. Mason Katz went 1-for-2 with a run scored and Dylan Becker singled once in three at bats, touching home once. Andrew Brodbeck had a sacrifice fly.

Saturday’s game: at GCL Mets (20-14), 10:00 am ET, Junior Fernandez (2-1, 5.87)

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Mariners2 7

Five late runs broke open a close contest, sending the DSL Cardinals (22-31) to a 7-1 loss. The fourth-place Dominican Birds are 16 out of first, a position held by the DSL Rangers1.

Ronald Medrano (L, 3-2) yielded two runs on eight hits through six. Enrique Perez shut out the opposition on a hit in the seventh but it took three Dominican Birds’ hurlers to record the next three outs: Frendy Gavin, Cristhian Lugo and Fabian Blanco. Gavin walked one, hit one and retired one, both runners scoring with Lugo on the mound. Lugo did not retire a batter, giving up a hit and two base-on-balls. Two of three crossed under Blanco’s watch.

Shortstop Edwin Figuera was the only player with more than one hit, going 2-for-2 out of the nine hole. Five other DSL Cardinals had one hit each.

Saturday’s game: vs DSL Mariners2 (34-19), 10:30 am ET, Juan Alvarez (3-2, 2.77)

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