Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/5/15

The system posted a 6-1 mark on Tuesday – Memphis, Palm Beach, Peoria, Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals all winning. Starlin Balbuena’s offensive exploits led the DL squad to victory but Springfield fell. State College’s game was postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 4th.

Memphis 9 at Round Rock 7

Memphis scored in four consecutive innings, topping Round Rock 9-7 for a split of the four-game series. The second-place Redbirds (59-52) failed to gain ground on the Express, a team they trail by three.

The visitors’ 14 hits were spread among eight starters, with three players having three hits each: Dean Anna, Ed Easley and Nick Martini. Anna doubled twice in five at bats with a walk, run scored and RBI. Easley drove in one in five at bats while Martini went 3-for-4 with a double, touching home once.

Jeremy Hazelbaker’s only hit in four at bats was his seventh Triple-A long ball of the season, a solo shot. The right fielder scored twice, worked a free pass and added a second RBI via a sac fly.

Nick Greenwood had an ugly outing, yielding five runs on nine hits – including three long balls, and a walk in 4 2/3. Miguel Socolovich (W, 2-1) was charged with a run on a triple and sac fly in 1 2/3. Mitch Harris gave up a tally on three hits in 1 1/3 while Sam Tuivailala struck out three and walked one in his 1 1/3-inning outing, picking up his 14th save.

Wednesday’s game: at fourth-place Nashville (49-62), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (5-8, 5.08)

Tulsa 9 at Springfield 4

Alex Reyes did not finish the fourth as Springfield fell to Tulsa, 9-4, evening the series at one game each. The S-Cards (20-19) sit in second, three in back of Arkansas (LAA), which has won four in a row.

Reyes labored through 84 pitches in 3 1/3, 49 of them strikes, giving up two runs on three hits and three free passes. Reyes struck out six.

Corey Baker, Chris Perry and Joey Donofrio pitched the game’s balance. Baker and Perry allowed a run each on two hits in 1 2/3 and two innings, respectively. Donofrio was shelled for five runs on five hits and three walks over two.

Springfield matched the Drillers’ 12 hits but went 3-for-10 with runners in scoring position, stranding nine in all. Anthony Garcia and Jonathan Rodriguez both singled twice with a double in five and four at bats, respectively. Garcia knocked in two and Rodriguez one. Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera each singled twice and scored two runs.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place Tulsa (17-22), 7:10 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (7-6, 2.63)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Charlotte 4 (10)

Blake Drake’s RBI single gave Palm Beach (25-12) a 5-4 walk-off win over fifth-place Charlotte (TB) in the series’ opener. The first-place Beach Birds lead Bradenton (PIT) by two in the South Division.

Drake’s sole hit in five at bats drove in Danny Diekroeger, who reached base to open the 10th when the Stone Crabs’ second baseman made a fielding miscue. Brett Wiley’s sac bunt advanced Diekroeger before Collin Radack singled him to third. Wiley went 1-for 3 with a double, walk, sac bunt and two runs scored. He stole his 15th base of 2015 as well.

But Radack was the hitting star of the day, going a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate, doubling twice and scoring two. Luke Voit singled and tripled in two at bats with an intentional base-on-balls and two sac flies that contributed to Voit’s four RBI. Eight of nine starters garnered at least one of 13 team hits.

Kevin Herget tossed the final two frames for his fourth win against one loss. Herget struck out four, giving up a hit.

Reigning Florida State League Pitcher of the Week Nick Petree started, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks in six. Keith Butler worked around two hits in the seventh, his second appearance since being reassigned from Memphis. Trey Nielsen tossed a one-two-three eighth.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Charlotte (16-19), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (4-5, 2.12)

Peoria 8 vs. Lake County 6

Down 5-0 through three, Peoria rallied for an 8-6 victory over Lake County in the first of three versus the Captains (CLE). The Chiefs (25-13) are tied with Quad Cities (HOU) for second, both squads trailing Kane County (ARI) by four.

The offense was a team-wide affair with eight of nine starters generating at least one hit and five accumulating two. Paul DeJong, Brian O’Keefe, Nick Thompson and Steve Bean all went 2-for-4, O’Keefe’s solo bomb the only extra-base hit among the four. DeJong scored twice as did Oscar Mercado, who singled twice in three at bats with a walk and RBI. Harrison Bader launched his first professional home run, a three-run blast that proceeded O’Keefe’s long ball in the fourth.

Reliever Jhonny Polanco fanned three in 2 2/3, evening his record to 3-3. Polanco allowed a hit and walk, permitting an inherited runner to score. Steve Sabatino retired his only batter faced, stranding Polanco’s final runner.

Both pitched in relief of Dewin Perez, who gave up five in the first and another run in his sixth and final inning of work. Perez permitted 10 hits, including a three-run home run, and issued three free passes. Kyle Grana faced the minimum in the ninth for his 16th save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Lake County (18-19), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Gomber (11-3, 3.21)

State College at Batavia - postponed

Game two of the series between State College (21-21) and Batavia was postponed because the ground was too soggy to play upon. The teams will try to play two on Wednesday.

Wednesday’s games: at Batavia (15-26). Game one – 5:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (2-3, 4.25)/Juan Perez (4-1, 2.27)

Johnson City 5 vs. Elizabethton 2

A four-run fifth snapped a one-all tie, propelling Johnson City past Elizabethton, 5-2, in the second game of the series for their fifth straight win. The victory, combined with a loss by Greeneville, moves the Appy Birds (21-19) into a first-place tie with the Astros.

Chris Chinea’s only hit in four at bats was his fourth bomb of 2015, a three-run shot that scored Anthony Ray (error) and Magneuris Sierra (single), capping the fifth’s scoring. Sierra, who subsequently added another single in three at bats with a walk, joined Eliezer Alvarez and Ricardo Bautista with two hits apiece. Alvarez doubled twice in four at bats, touching home once, while Bautista went 2-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored. Allen Staton’s double accounted for the JC-Cards’ other hit.

Ramon Santos permitted four hits and three bases-on-balls through 5 2/3, resulting in one tally. Chandler Hawkins was touched for a run on two hits and a free pass while recording three outs, two of them strikeouts.

Anderson Gerdel retired all four batters faced, fanning two, before giving way to Sasha Kuebel. Kuebel allowed three hits in 2/3 of a frame, and was rescued by Steven De La Cruz, who struck out his only batter. Hawkins, Gerdel and De La Cruz all stranded two inherited runners.

Wednesday’s game: Off.

GCL Cardinals 7 vs. GCL Marlins 2

A big fourth catapulted the Gulf Birds over the Gulf Fish, 7-2, giving them a two-games-to-none series’ lead with one to play. The Cardinals (19-17) have closed to within a half of a game of the first-place Mets with the win.

Confirming the old adage “Timing is everything”, the home team banged out five of their eight total hits in the fourth, expanding a slim 1-0 lead into a dominant 7-0 advantage. Joshua Lopez doubled in Bladimil Franco and Allen Cordoba, who reached on singles. Jonathan Rivera followed with an RBI single, scoring Dylan Becker (walk). Lopez crossed home via a sac fly from Andrew Brodbeck. The first of Dylan Tice’s two hits doubled home Rivera and Tice finished the scoring when he scored on a throwing error that allowed Luis Bandes to reach.

Derian Gonzalez (W, 3-2) blanked the Marlins on five hits and two bases-on-balls through six. Jacob Schlesener allowed two runs on a hit and two walks in 1 1/3, both tallies unearned due to a throwing error by second baseman Brodbeck. Frederis Parra went 1 2/3, giving up a hit and allowing one of two inherited runners to score.

Wednesday’s game: at GCL Marlins (18-20), 12:00 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (1-3, 4.41)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Angels 4

Starlin Balbuena accounted for four runs as the DSL Cardinals (24-32) downed the DSL Angels, 5-4. Despite the win, the Dominican Birds are two games away from being eliminated from the postseason.

Player of the Day Balbuena did what a lead-off batter is supposed to do, reaching base in all five of his plate appearances. The 17-year-old shortstop went 4-for-4 with three doubles, a free pass, touched home twice and knocked in two. One the deficit side of the ledger, Balbuena was nailed in an attempted steal of third and committed his 18th error.

Wadye Infante, the number two hitter, singled twice in four at bats with a walk and run scored, the only other Dominican Card with more than one of the team’s nine hits. Infante committed his fourth miscue of 2015.

Franyel Casadilla (W, 3-3) pitched six strong innings, allowing a run on five hits and did not issue a free pass. Anthony Trompiz was pretty shaky, giving up three runs on five hits and a base-on-balls over 1 1/3. Fabian Blanco maneuvered around three hits and a walk in 1 2/3 for his second save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. DSL Astros Orange (22-34), 10:30 am ET, Oneiver Diaz (2-3, 3.27)

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