Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/2/15

The system was 2-4 on Saturday. Palm Beach and GCL Cardinals were rained out. Our Player of the Day is Johnson City second baseman Eliezer Alvarez.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Eliezer Alvarez, who was 2-for-4, driving in three runs and scoring four runs in Johnson City’s blowout win over Bluefield.

Results for games played Saturday, Aug 1.

Memphis 4 at Round Rock 5 (11 innings)

The Redbirds fell behind early, but tied the game in the sixth inning. Going into extra innings, the Redbirds lost in the bottom of the 11th on a walk off home run.

Starter Marco Gonzales pitched six innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on five hits. Heath Wyatt, Miguel Socolovich and Sam Tuivailala pitched in relief. Tuivailala surrendered the walk off home run and took the loss.

The Redbirds scored four runs on 12 hits. Tommy Pham was 3-for-5 with a RBI. Rafael Ortega and Ed Easley were 2-for-6, with Ortega plating a run on a sixth-inning double. Travis Tartamella was 2-for-5. Xavier Scruggs had a ground out RBI.

Sunday’s game: at Round Rock, Zach Petrick (6-5, 4.28) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 5 at NW Arkansas 6

Back and forth lead changes had the Cardinals on top by one run in the top half of the ninth inning. Unfortunately, the Naturals added two in the bottom half to win.

Starter Jimmy Reed had a tough time, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work. Corey Baker pitched the next three for no runs on only two hits and left with the Cardinals having tied the game. Chris Perry came in after Springfield went up by one run, and blew the save in the bottom frame of the ninth. Perry was also tagged with the loss.

The Cardinals’ offense scored five runs on 14 hits. Patrick Wisdom had a 2-for-5 night with one RBI. Both of Wisdom’s hits were doubles. Anthony Garcia was also 2-for-5 and plated a run. Michael Ohlman was also 2-for-5. Breyvic Valera doubled in two on his only hit of the night. Aledmys Diaz and Mike O’Neill were both 2-for-4.

Charlie Tilson stole his 36th base, but was also caught stealing for the 14th time in 50 attempts.

Sunday’s game: at NW Arkansas, TBA 6:05 CDT

Palm Beach at Dunedin

Saturdays’ game was postponed due to rain. A makeup contest is scheduled for Sunday, August 2 following the regularly scheduled game.

Sunday’s game: at Dunedin (2), Corey Littrell (6-6, 2.91) 2:00 CDT

Peoria 7 at Beloit 5

This was a hard fought battle for the Chiefs, with the game tied going into the ninth. The Chiefs scored two in the top half and kept the Snappers off the board in the bottom half to win.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched six innings, allowing four runs, three earned, on eight hits. Two long balls accounted for the three earned runs. Nick Lomascolo pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief and was charged with the tying run. Kyle Grana gave up the hit that drove in the tying run, so he was charged with the blown save. Grana was also the winning pitcher.

Darren Seferina and Oscar Mercado drove in five of the Chiefs’ seven runs. Seferina hit a two run home run in the seventh inning and Mercado likewise hit a two run shot in the ninth. Seferina also plated a run on a fifth inning single and scored twice. Paul DeJong was 2-for-4 with a double. Luiz Cruz was hitless but scored two runs.

Sunday’s game: at Beloit, Luis Perdomo (5-8, 3.23) 2:00 CDT

State College 4, Lowell 5

The Spikes scored early, but the Spinners tied it up in the seventh and took the lead in the eighth. The Spikes were unable to add on to their early score to rally to win.

Starter Carson Cross pitched well, going six innings while only allowing one run on four hits while striking out six. Relievers Tyler Bray and Kevin Alexander couldn’t hold on to the lead. Alexander was tagged with the blown save and the loss.

Jhohan Acevedo did most of the damage with the bat for the Spikes. A bases-clearing triple by Acevedo put three runs on the board in the first inning. Acevedo hit another triple in the third, and an RBI single by Cole Lankford plated Acevedo for the fourth run in the third inning. That was all the scoring the Spikes could manage, however.

Sunday’s game: vs. Lowell, Ian McKinney (3-2, 2.43) 5:05 CDT

Johnson City 15, Bluefield 1

This was an old fashioned whomping by the Cardinals of the Bluefield Blue Jays. The Cardinals scored in every inning except the seventh.

The Cardinals scored 15 runs on 15 hits. Eliezer Alvarez drove in three runs and scored four. Alvarez doubled for two runs and plated another on a single. Hunter Newman drove in three on a double, a single, and a sac fly. Allen Staton plated one run each on a double and a single. Luke Doyle doubled in two runs, and Ryan McCarvel had two RBI on a double and a single. Joey Hawkins and Anthony Ray also drove in a run. DeAndre Asbury-Heath was 2-for-4 and scored three runs. Magneuris Sierra also scored three runs.

Starter Ryan Helsley pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed the only Blue Jays run. Jonathan Escudero and Steven Farinaro pitched in relief; Escudero was the winning pitcher, and Farinaro earned the save.

Sunday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, TBA 6:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals at GCL Mets

Saturday’s game was postponed due to rain. With the league off Sundays, no makeup game has been scheduled.

Sunday’s game: Off.

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Mariners2 8

The Cardinals got behind, then tied the game, and then took the lead, only to lose both in the ninth inning. The Cardinals scored seven runs on ten hits, with Dariel Gomez having a 2-for-5 day with two RBI, while Hector Linares was 3-for-4 with one RBI. Starlin Balbuena, Irving Wilson, Sanel Rosendo and Edwin Figuera all drove in runs. Wilson was 2-for-4. Figuera scored two runs.

Starter Juan Alvarez allowed four Mariners runs, though all were unearned, on six hits in five innings. Brian Pirela, Anthony Trompiz, Noel De Jesus and Estarlin Tejada were the relief pitchers. Tejada was tagged with a blown save and the loss.

Sunday’s game: Off

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