Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/6/15

Luke Weaver’s impressive effort paced Palm Beach to one of three system wins on Wednesday. Peoria and the GCL Cardinals both put one in the win column but Springfield and the DSL club both lost while State College suffered a double-header sweep. Memphis’ game was suspended and Johnson City was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 5th.

Memphis at Nashville - suspended

Wednesday’s series opener between Memphis (59-52) and Nashville was suspended after a half of an inning with the score 3-0 in favor of the Redbirds. Singles by Dan Johnson and Jeremy Hazelbaker drove in Rafael Ortega (walk) and Johnson while Cody Stanley’s ground out brought Dean Anna (walk) across.

Nashville’s grounds crew worked on the field before John Gast could take the mound in the bottom of the frame, the heavens opening up on them during that span. The game was suspended, to be resumed at 6:05 pm CT Thursday with the regularly scheduled game to follow.

Thursday’s games: at Nashville (49-62). Game one – 6:05 pm CT. John Gast (5-8, 5.08)/Marco Gonzales (0-2, 6.13)

Tulsa 6 at Springfield 2

Second-place Springfield (20-20) fell to Tulsa, 6-2, in the decisive third game of the series.

Arturo Reyes allowed three runs in the first two of his 6 2/3-inning outing, including a solo bomb that was one of seven hits and three walks yielded. Chris Thomas retired his only batter faced, leaving Reyes’ last runner aboard. Kurt Heyer was touched for three runs on five hits and three free passes, one intentional, over two, as Tulsa opened up its lead.

Bruce Caldwell went 3-for-4 with a solo shot, garnering half of his team’s hits. David Washington doubled twice in three at bats with a sac fly that scored Caldwell a second time.

Thursday’s game: vs. first-place Arkansas (23-17), 7:10 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 3.70)

Palm Beach 2 vs. Charlotte 0

Luke Weaver’s outstanding effort led Palm Beach (26-12) over Charlotte, 2-0, for a two-games-to-none lead in their three-game match-up.

Weaver, our Player of the Day, allowed a single to begin the second then did not allow another baserunner until the sixth when he permitted another single with one out. The right-hander struck out six with eight ground- and four fly-ball outs and evened his record to 5-5.

Silfredo Garcia sustained the positive pitching effort, tossing two one-two-three frames, fanning three. Robby Rowland erased a lead-off single with a 6-4-3 double play, picking up his third save.

The Beach Birds pushed across single scores in the second and fifth, the initial run unearned. Collin Radack worked a free pass to start the second, advancing to third on a failed pick-off attempt and racing home via a wild pitch. Luke Voit kicked off the fifth with his eighth long ball of 2015. Danny Diekroeger singled and doubled in three at bats and C.J. McElroy went 1-for-4.

Thursday’s game: vs. Charlotte (16-20), 6:35 pm ET, Blake McKnight (1-0, 2.77)

Peoria 7 vs. Lake County 1

Austin Gomber tossed 6 2/3 strong innings as Peoria (26-13) downed Lake County, 7-1, clinching the series’ win with one to go.

Gomber (W, 12-3) shut down the Captains on five hits and a base-on-balls, fanning five. Nick Frey permitted a run on two hits in 1 1/3, stranding an inherited runner. Dixon Llorens worked around a hit and walk in the ninth.

The balanced offensive attack featured eight starters with at least one of nine team hits. Left fielder Jake Gronsky went 2-for-3 with a double and solo home run while Harrison Bader’s second bomb came with Oscar Mercado (single) and Paul DeJong (walk) on. That blast put the Chiefs up 3-0 after one. Brian O’Keefe, Nick Thompson and Luis Cruz each singled and scored a run.

Thursday’s game: vs. Lake County (18-20), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (6-1, 2.87)

State College 1 at Batavia 2 (10) – game one

State College (21-23) dropped a pair at Batavia, 2-1 and 3-1. The Spikes lost the series, one game to two.

In the first contest, reliever Max Almonte (L, 0-1) pitched a scoreless ninth but could not duplicate that the next inning, giving up the game winner in the 10th on a lead-off double, sac bunt and sac fly. Starter Dailyn Martinez held Batavia to a run on three hits and a base-on-balls over six. Jery Then permitted a hit and free pass during his two innings of work.

State College’s only run was unearned because Leobaldo Pina should have popped out to the catcher in foul ground. Instead, the catcher dropped the ball and Pina eventually walked and scored on a ground out.

The Spikes had seven hits in total, three by first baseman Casey Grayson, who went 3-for-4 with a double and walk. Catcher Jesse Jenner singled twice in four at bats.

State College 1 at Batavia 3 (7) - game two

Juan Perez (L, 4-2) fanned six in five innings but allowed two runs on six hits, two base-on-balls and a hit batsman. Tyler Bray yielded a run on a hit in the seventh.

Six Spikes had one hit apiece, three of them in the sixth which resulted in their only score. Thomas Spitz opened with a single, moving to second on Michael Pritchard’s single. Orlando Olivera doubled Spitz in.

Thursday’s game: at West Virginia (23-22), 7:05 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-3, 2.72)

Johnson City - off

Johnson City (21-19) finishes an unusual three-game series with Elizabethton that included an off day between games two and three. The Appy Birds have already clinched a series’ win.

Thursday’s game: vs. Elizabethton (19-22), 7:00 pm ET, Josh Wirsu (1-4, 8.13)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 1

The pitching of Sandy Alcantara combined with an 11-hit offense resulted in a 7-1 Gulf Cardinals’ victory over the Gulf Marlins (18-21) and a three-game sweep.

Alcantara finished an out shy of seven frames, holding his opponents to a run on five hits and two free passes. Gerwuins Velazco pitched the rest of the way, keeping the Marlins off the board on three hits and a walk in 2 1/3. Velazco stranded Alcantara’s final two runners.

Rehabbing Mason Katz led the Gulf Birds at the plate, going 3-for-5 with an RBI out of the two hole. Andrew Brodbeck was the most productive Bird, singling and doubling in three at bats, working a base-on-balls, scoring three runs and knocking in one. Dylan Tice, the final Cardinal with a multi-hit performance, went 2-for-5 with one driven in.

Thursday’s game: GCL Cardinals (20-17) at GCL Mets (21-17), 10:00 am ET, Ian Oxnevad (0-1, 1.00)

DSL Astros Orange 5 at DSL Cardinals 1

Oneiver Diaz took his fourth loss in six decisions, yielding three runs, two earned, on nine hits and a base-on-balls in six. Cristhian Lugo was charged with an unearned tally in the seventh. Frendy Gavin pitched the eighth and Luis Rosales allowed a run in the ninth. Lugo, Gavin and Rosales each permitted one hit and none of them were long balls.

The Dominican Birds (24-33) managed just six hits, left fielder Andres Luna singling and doubling in three at bats with a free pass. The DSL Cardinals’ run was unearned, as Sanel Rosario (walk) scored in a passed ball.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Astros Orange (23-34), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (3-2, 2.20)

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