Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/3/15

Repeat Player of the Day Eliezer Alvarez led Johnson City to one of the system’s three Sunday wins. State College notched a win while Palm Beach split a pair. The rest went down to defeat.

Results from games played Sunday, August 2nd.

Memphis 8 at Round Rock 9

Memphis (57-52) was on its way to an 8-4 win until the seventh happened, resulting in a 9-8 loss to Round Rock. The Redbirds trail in the four-game series, two games to none.

Marcus Hatley (L, 4-4) wears the goat horns on this one, coughing up four runs, three earned, on four hits while recording one out. Hatley also allowed his only inherited runner to score, charged to Dean Kiekhefer. Kiekhefer permitted two runs, one earned, on four hits in 2/3 of a frame.

Zach Petrick went the first 5 2/3, giving up three runs on seven hits, including a two-run long ball, and three walks. Petrick struck out eight. Tyler Waldron finished the game, fanning two in 1 1/3.

Dean Anna and Tommy Pham had three hits apiece, pacing Memphis’ 11-hit attack. Anna went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. On the other side of the ledger, his throwing error allowed an unearned run to score. Pham went 3-for-5 with a double and home run with none on, crossing twice with four knocked in. Alex Mejia singled twice in four at bats, touching home two times and stealing two bases.

Monday’s game: at Round Rock (61-46), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (7-5, 3.27)

Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 9

Consecutive four-run innings sent Springfield (19-18) to a 9-4 defeat at the hands of Northwest Arkansas (14-22) for a series’ split.

Up 2-0 after three, Kyle Hald (L, 3-5) yielded four in the fourth plus two more the next inning on seven hits, including a solo bomb, in four plus. Joey Donofrio allowed Hald’s last runner to score plus two of his own on a three-run home run.

Chris Thomas permitted an unearned run on a hit and two free passes in his two-inning stint. Ryan Sherriff faced the minimum in the eighth.

Aledmys Diaz swung the hottest bat for the S-Cards, going 2-for-3 with a double and solo long ball, scoring one and driving in two. Anthony Garcia launched his 10th home run of 2015 to give his team a 1-0 lead after one.

Monday’s game: vs. Tulsa (16-20), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 4 at Dunedin 1 (7) - game one

Palm Beach (24-12) split a twin bill with Dunedin (14-22), taking the matinee, 4-1, but falling in the finale, 2-0. The PB-Cards lost three of the four-game set.

The Beach Birds took the opener behind the arm of Daniel Poncedeleon and the bats of Collin Radack and Luke Voit. Poncedeleon went six strong frames, yielding a solo bomb that was one of just three hits permitted. The righty did not walk a batter. Josh Lucas worked around a hit in the seventh for his fourth save.

Radack and Voit, Palm Beach’s four and five hitters, each garnered two of only six hits for the visitors. Radack was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk, run scored and RBI while Voit blasted his seventh home run of 2015 with Radack aboard in the third. Voit added a single in three at bats and another RBI.

Palm Beach 0 at Dunedin 2 (7) - game two

Offense was singularly lacking in the second game, both teams combining for five hits.

The game turned on consecutive fielding errors by shortstop Robelys Reyes and first baseman Luke Voit that put runners on second and third with none out to start the third. A groundout and sac fly later, Corey Littrell is saddled with the complete-game loss, his seventh versus six wins. Littrell gave up two hits and three base-on-balls through six, fanning four.

C.J. McElroy went 2-for-3 at the top of the order. Voit doubled once in three at bats.

Monday’s game: Off

Peoria 6 at Beloit 8

The Chiefs could not hold a 5-3 advantage midway through five, falling to the Snappers 8-6 in the series’ finale. Peoria (24-13) took two of three from Beloit (15-21).

Luis Perdomo (L, 5-9) gave up seven runs on nine hits, including an eye-popping four long balls that accounted for five tallies. The 22-year-old struck out eight in 5 2/3, issuing two free passes.

Cody Schumacher and Steve Sabatino pitched the game’s balance. Schumacher retired all four batters faced, two via the K while Sabatino surrendered a solo bomb in his inning of work.

Peoria outhit Beloit 12 to 10 but only went yard twice. Alex De Leon smashed a three-run bomb that plated Andrew Sohn and Paul DeJong (both singles), erasing a 3-1 deficit. It was De Leon’s only hit in four at bats. DeJong was one of four Chiefs with two hits, joining Harrison Bader, Kenny Peoples-Walls and Sohn.

Monday’s game: Off

State College 6 vs. Lowell 3

The Spikes pounced on the Spinners’ starter for a four-run first and never looked back, salvaging the third and final game of the series.

State College (20-21) capitalized on six free passes and seven hits to lead 5-0 after two. Lowell (22-20) answered with three in the fourth but the home team added a seventh-inning insurance run for the final score. Michael Pritchard, the only Spike with more than one hit, singled twice in four at bats, touching home two times. Thomas Spitz scored twice despite going hitless in two at bats due to two bases-on-balls. The big blow, however, was a bases-clearing double by Jhohan Acevedo that drove in three.

Ian McKinney (W, 4-2) struck out seven over five, giving up three runs on five hits and three free passes. Luke Harrison and Pedro Echemendia each tossed two frames, the latter tiptoeing around four hits and a walk for his fourth save.

Monday’s game: at Batavia (15-25), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (2-2, 3.18)

Johnson City 4 vs. Bluefield 2

Eliezer Alvarez led Johnson City (19-19) to a 4-2 victory over Bluefield (17-23), sweeping the three-game series.

Alvarez, our Player of the Day, accounted for three of his team’s runs, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored, one knocked in and his ninth stolen base of the season. Edmundo Sosa singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, the only other Appy Bird with more than one of eight team hits.

Ronnie Williams (W, 3-1) held the opposition to an unearned tally over six, giving up three hits and issuing one base-on-balls. He fanned four. Harley Holt was charged with a run on five hits in two while Steven De La Cruz hurled a one-two-three ninth, earning his fifth save.

Monday’s game: vs. Elizabethton (19-20), 7:00 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-1, 3.38)

GCL Cardinals

The Gulf Coast League is idle on Sundays. The Cardinal Nation members should check out our Week 6 GCL Cardinals Notebook, now posted.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (17-17) at GCL Marlins (18-18), 12:00 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (2-1, 5.87)

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sunday.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (22-32) vs. DSL Angels (20-34), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (1-4, 4.57)

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