Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/4/15

St. Louis’ minors managed a rare sweep on Monday, all six teams putting one in the win column. Memphis, Springfield, State College, Johnson City and both the GCL and DSL clubs were victorious, the JC-Cards behind Allen Staton’s stellar performance. Palm Beach and Peoria were idle.

Results from games played Monday, August 3rd.

Memphis 7 at Round Rock 3

Tyler Lyons went seven strong innings and Rafael Ortega had a three-hit night as Memphis (58-52) downed Round Rock, 7-2. The Redbirds go for a four-game split on Tuesday.

Lyons (W, 8-5) limited the Express to single tallies in the second and fourth, countering nine hits given up by not issuing a free pass. The southpaw fanned eight and 79 of his 101 pitches went for strikes.

Heath Wyatt was touched for a home run in the eighth. Mitch Harris faced the minimum in the ninth, striking out one.

Ortega led his team’s 12-hit attack that featured eight of nine starters with at least one hit. The right fielder singled three times in four at bats with a walk, scoring twice and stealing a base.

Tommy Pham and Nick Martini both went 2-for-4, the former touching home once with two RBI and the latter doubling once with a swiped bag. The Redbirds’ other extra-base hit was Jacob Wilson’s 10th bomb of the season, a three-run shot in the first.

Tuesday’s game: at Round Rock (61-47), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (10-3, 4.90)

Springfield 7 vs. Tulsa 6

Springfield (20-18) rallied for a 7-6 win over Tulsa in the series’ opener.

Down 6-1 through four, thanks to a sub-par outing by Andrew Morales, the home team pushed across three in the fifth and one the next inning. They capped the scoring with a two-run eighth via Aledmys Diaz’ seventh long ball, the S-Cards’ third home run of the game. It was Diaz’ only hit in four at bats.

David Washington garnered the other two bombs, both solo shots, giving him a 2-for-3 night with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Washington swiped his fourth bag. Anthony Garcia singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in three. He was the only other Cardinal with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Morales could not finish the fourth, surrendering six runs on three home runs, half of the hits he gave up over 3 2/3. The righty issued four free passes. Thomas Lee (2 1/3) and Ryan Sherriff (one-third) gave up a hit apiece before turning the ball over to Kurt Heyer.

Heyer retired all five batters faced, stranding Sherriff’s runner, and was rewarded with his fourth win in as many decisions. Ronnie Shaban pulled a Trevor Rosenthal, loading the bases in the ninth on a hit and two bases-on-balls, before picking up his fourth save. The ninth also saw Alberto Rosario, Springfield’s catcher, tossed by the home plate umpire.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Tulsa (16-22), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach - off

Palm Beach (24-12) kicks off a six-game home stand versus division rivals Charlotte (TB) and Fort Myers (MIN).

Tuesday’s game: vs. Charlotte (16-18), 6:35 pm ET, Nick Petree (3-2, 3.05)

Peoria - off

Fresh off a six-game road trip during which they went 3-3, the Chiefs (24-13) come home for six against Eastern Division foes Lake County (CLE) and Fort Wayne (SD).

Tuesday’s game: vs. Lake County (18-18), 7:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-3, 7.42)

State College 9 at Batavia 1

Five runs in the final three innings allowed State College (21-21) to sail past Batavia 9-1 in the first of three games.

Eight of nine Spikes acquired at least one hit, paced by Leobaldo Pina and Josh Swirchak with three hits apiece. Pina doubled once with a two-run home run that was part of his four RBI. Swirchak went 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and two driven in. Orlando Olivera had two hits in five at bats, a double and his second long ball of 2015 that came with none on. Five other Spikes had one hit each.

That was more than sufficient offense for Jorge Rodriguez, who held the opposition to an unearned tally through seven. Rodriguez (W, 3-2) gave up five hits and a walk, striking out six. Jacob Evans yielded two hits in his two-inning effort.

Tuesday’s game: at Batavia (15-26), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (2-3, 4.25)

Johnson City 9 vs. Elizabethton 8

Johnson City (20-19) came out on top of a slugfest featuring a combined 24 hits, edging Elizabethton 9-8 in the series’ opener.

Player of the Day Allen Staton was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate, including a granny in the sixth that put his team up 8-3. The third baseman drove in five in all, scoring twice.

Three other Appy Birds had two hits each: Magneuris Sierra, Chris Rivera and Anthony Ray, who all went 2-for-4. Sierra walked once, touching home twice and Rivera scored one and knocked in another.

Juan Bautista (W, 2-1) tossed six solid frames, giving up three runs, two earned, on six hits and two free passes. Juan Caballero hurled a scoreless seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. Caballero was charged with five runs on four hits and two walks in 1 2/3, two of them via a long ball. Ismael Brito literally did save the game by stranding the tying run at second, earning his first save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Elizabethton (19-21), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (0-4, 8.17)

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 3

Dylan Tice’s second hit of the day was a big one, sending the GCL Cardinals (18-17) to a 4-3 win over the GCL Marlins in series’ opener.

Tice launched his second home run of 2015 with two gone in the ninth, breaking a three-all tie. The designated hitter singled earlier in the game, the only Gulf Bird with more than one of eight team hits.

The scoring started when Mason Katz went yard with Nick Plummer (walk) aboard in the first, continuing his rehab assignment that began on July 31st. The team’s other score occurred the next inning when Joshua Lopez opened with a double, eventually crossing home.

The 3-0 lead was relatively brief because the Gulf Marlins tied it up in the third with three off Junior Fernandez. Fernandez went five innings, yielding five hits and two walks and hitting a batter.

Brady Bowen recorded five outs, giving up two hits and a base-on-balls. Jordan DeLorenzo (W, 1-0) struck out two in 1 1/3, stranding Bowen’s last runner. Estarlin Arias faced the minimum in the ninth, notching his third save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (18-19), 12:00 pm ET, Derian Gonzalez (2-2, 5.22)

DSL Cardinals 8 vs. DSL Angels 4

First baseman Daniel Gomez paced the DSL Cardinals (23-32) as they topped the DSL Angels 8-4.

Gomez accounted for half of his team’s runs, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. Third baseman Hector Linares singled twice in three at bats, scored once, knocked in one and swiped a bag. Starlin Balbuena was the final Dominican Bird with more than one of the team’s 12 hits, going 2-for-5, touching home once.

Junior Gonzalez (W, 2-4) went the first five, yielding a tally on three hits and two bases-on-balls. Enrique Perez fanned four over two, not allowing a hit and walking one but ended up giving up two unearned runs. Edwar Ramirez and Estarlin Tejada each pitched an inning, with Tejada giving up a run on three hits and a free pass.

Tuesday’s game: at DSL Angels (20-35), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (2-3, 2.73)

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