Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/7/15

St. Louis’ minors won six of the 10 games on tap for Thursday with standout performances by Peoria’s Jack Flaherty and State College’s Orlando Olivera.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 6th.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 8 - game one

Memphis (59-53) suffered a double-header sweep at Nashville, 8-3 and 8-0.

In the opener, Marco Gonzales (L, 0-3) lasted just four innings, permitting four runs on seven hits, including a solo shot, and a walk. Justin Wright was touched for a tally on three hits and a base-on-balls in 1 1/3 while Heath Wyatt yielded three runs, one earned, on a hit and three free passes in 2 2/3. Wyatt left two of Wright’s runners on.

Jeremy Hazelbaker was the only Redbird with a multi-hit performance, singling and doubling in three at bats with a walk and one knocked in. Five other Memphis personnel had one hit each, including Dan Johnson, who went 1-for-5 with a run scored and RBI.

Memphis 0 at Nashville 8 (7) – game two

The visitors had more hits than in game one (eight to seven) but fewer results.

Tommy Pham and Matt Williams had two hits apiece, in four at three at bats, respectively.

In a bullpen game, Tyler Waldron was the first of three relievers to take the mound, surrendering four runs on five hits and three free passes in just 1 2/3. Marcus Hatley went the next 2 1/3, permitting three runs on three hits and a walk. Dean Kiekhefer tossed the final two frames, allowing an unearned tally on four hits.

Friday’s game: at Nashville (51-62), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (6-5, 4.31)

Springfield 10 vs. Arkansas 8

The S-Cards (21-20) came out on top of a slugfest, 10-8, in the first of three games between the North Division’s top two squads.

Springfield led 6-3 after five, but the Travelers’ five-run sixth left the home team trailing 8-6. The S-Cards answered with four in the bottom of the frame for the game’s final score.

Three of the sixth’s four tallies game with one swing of Anthony Garcia’s bat, scoring Charlie Tilson and Alberto Rosario, who both reached on singles. All three players had two hits. Garcia and Tilson both scored two runs, the latter adding his 37th and 38th stolen bases of the season.

Aledmys Diaz smacked his eighth long ball of 2015, scoring Bruce Caldwell (force) in the third. It was his only hit in four at bats.

Jimmy Reed was pretty bad, coughing up six tallies on seven hits and two walks in five plus. Three of the six runs occurred in the sixth, two of them with Ryan Sherriff on the bump.

Sherriff (BS, 2) (W, 1-1) allowed both inherited runners to score plus two of his own, giving up four hits in 1 1/3. Corey Baker retired all five faced, including three via the strikeout. Ronnie Shaban put two on in the ninth but escaped, picking up his fifth save.

Friday’s game: vs. Arkansas (23-18), 7:10 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 4 vs. Charlotte 3

What the bullpen gave away the bats took back in the Beach Birds’ 4-3 win over the Stone Crabs. The victory gave Palm Beach (27-12) a three-game sweep.

Blake McKnight’s solid effort, in which he shut out Charlotte (16-21) on three hits and a free pass, gave his team a 2-0 lead after five, but that evaporated when the bullpen took over in the sixth.

Two former Triple-A relievers, Lee Stoppelman and Keith Butler, combined to yield three runs, flipping the advantage into a deficit. Stoppelman retired just two batters, yielding two runs on two hits and a walk. Butler served up a two-run bomb, scoring Stoppelman’s final runner. He went on to pitch a scoreless seventh. Tyler Melling (W, 1-0) faced the minimum in the eighth as did Josh Lucas who picked up his fifth save.

The PB-Cards’ offense went to work in the later innings, pushing across single tallies in the seventh and eighth after generating a two-run first. Fresh off the disabled list, Mason Katz, the only Cardinals player with a multi-hit game, singled and doubled in three at bats, scoring once. C.J. McElroy, Casey Turgeon and Collin Radack all doubled and touched home once. Radack drove in one as did Luke Voit and Brett Wiley.

Friday’s game: vs. Fort Myers (21-19), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 2 vs. Lake County 1

Peoria (27-13) capitalized on their foes’ inability to find the plate, edging Lake County 2-1 for a three-game sweep.

Four consecutive eighth-inning walks produced the winning margin, with Nick Thompson’s free pass forcing across Andrew Sohn. Those were the first base-on-balls issued by the Captains’ pitching staff.

Harrison Bader collected two of five team hits, singling and doubling in three at bats. The centerfielder drew a free pass and touched home once on a sac fly by Thompson.

Co-Player of the Day Jack Flaherty struck out an eye-popping 12 opponents through six, allowing a run on five hits and two walks. Nick Lomascolo (W, 2-1) fanned two in two, yielding a hit. Kyle Grana faced the minimum for his 17th save.

Friday’s game: vs. Fort Wayne (24-16), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (7-9, 2.94)

State College 7 at West Virginia 6 (10)

Thomas Spitz’ RBI double in the 10th proved decisive as State College (22-23) downed West Virginia, 7-6, in the series’ opener.

The Spikes had their hitting shoes on, generating 14 hits and five bases-on-balls. Orlando Olivera, our co-Player of the Day, led the way, going 3-for-4 with a walk, two-run home run and three RBI. Spitz was one of five players with two hits, with the others Michael Pritchard, Jordan Swirchak, Casey Grayson and Cole Lankford. The first three scored once and Grayson twice while Lankford and Grayson also had an RBI.

Landon Beck’s outing finished an out shy of six innings, the righty giving up two runs on nine hits. He struck out eight and did not issue a free pass.

Kender Villegas was charged with two runs in 1 1/3, the result of a hit and walk. Villegas stranded two inherited runners. Kevin Alexander took his second blown save and first win, permitting two tallies on three hits and a base-on-balls over two. Pedro Echemendia maneuvered around a hit and walk in the ninth by striking out two, earning his fifth save.

Friday’s game: at West Virginia (23-23), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (1-1, 2.45)

Elizabethton 4 at Johnson City 2 (12)

The Appy Birds’ two-run seventh sent the game into extras, but they went down to defeat at the hands of the Twins, 4-2, in 12 innings. Johnson City (21-20) won the series, two games to one.

Harley Holt took his second loss in three decisions, serving up a two-run bomb in his second inning of work. Facing Elizabethton for the second straight time, Josh Wirsu pitched his best effort since his first 2015 start. The righty gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in seven, fanning seven. Last time out, the Twins shelled Wirsu for 10 runs, nine earned, in 3 1/3. Jonathan Escudero walked one in his three innings on the mound.

Designated hitter Edmundo Sosa singled and doubled in five at bats, the only Appy Bird with more than one of the team’s seven hits. Magneuris Sierra singled and scored once. Allen Staton also crossed once, doubling once in four at bats with a walk and RBI.

Friday’s game: at Kingsport (20-22), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 3 (9) – game one

The GCL Cardinals (20-18) split a low-scoring twin bill versus the GCL Mets, dropping the first game, 3-2, but taking the second, 2-1. The double-header kicked off a four-game set.

Ronald Medrano (L, 0-1) gave up single tallies in his first and last innings of work on four hits and a walk in four plus. The winning score resulted from a triple and RBI single to open the ninth.

Jake Woodford made his weekly pitching appearance, permitting a tally on three hits and two base-on-balls through four. The 18-year-old struck out five with six ground- and one fly-ball out.

The visitors accumulated seven hits, Nick Plummer and Bladimil Franco having two each in four at bats. Plummer drove in Carlos Torres (double) for his team’s first score. A groundout by Allen Cordoba brought pinch runner Carlos Talavera across, knotting the game at 2-2 after seven.

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Mets 1 (7) - game two

Catcher Ryan McCarvel scored both runs in the nightcap, going 1-for-2 with a hit-by-pitch. Andrew Brodbeck doubled McCarvel home in the third after the latter kicked off the frame with a single. The first of Carlos Talavera’s two singles, in four at bats, drove in McCarvel in the fifth.

Bladimil Franco joined Talavera with two hits apiece, singling and doubling in three at bats. Three other Gulf Birds had one hit each.

Ian Oxnevad blanked the Mets on four hits and two free passes in four. Brady Bowen was credited with his first win despite giving up a run on three hits and a walk in 1 2/3. Jordan DeLorenzo truly earned his first save, tossing 1 1/3 scoreless innings and leaving two of Bowen’s runners aboard.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (22-18), 12:00 pm ET, David Oca (5-1, 2.02)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Astros Orange 2

Four late runs gave the DSL Cardinals (25-33) a 5-2 win over the DSL Astros Orange (23-25).

The Dominican Birds managed just five hits but two of them came in the seventh when they turned a 2-1 deficit into a 3-2 lead. The Dominican Cards padded their lead with two unearned runs in the ninth.

Starlin Balbuena singled and doubled in four at bats but it was singles by Brian Sanchez and Hector Linares that accounted for the go-ahead run when Linares drove in Sanchez. Sanchez was one-for-two in stolen base attempts and was hit by a pitch.

Sanel Rosendo struck a big blow for his squad when he launched his sixth bomb in the ninth, knocking in Oscar Cotes (pinch runner). Rosendo was hit by a pitch and scored a second tally.

Will Changarotty scattered seven hits over five innings, giving up a run. Edwar Ramirez (W, 2-2) permitted an unearned tally on a hit and plunked batter over two. Noel De Jesus and Estailin Tejada each went an inning, De Jesus facing the minimum and Tejada working around two hits for his second save.

Friday’s game: at DSL Nationals (27-31), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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