Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/9/15

They system was 4-4 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Palm Beach pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Daniel Poncedeleon, who pitched six scoreless, two hit innings in the Palm Beach win over Fort Myers.

Results for games played Saturday, August 8.

Memphis 1 at Nashville 4

The Redbirds got behind early, and never caught up, scoring only one run in the sixth inning to go down in defeat to the Nashville Sounds. Starter John Gast gave up four runs, three earned, in his first three innings on the mound. Gast pitched six innings and took the loss. Chris Thomas and Mitch Harris pitched in relief.

The Memphis offense scored one run on five hits. Three of the five came off the bat of Xavier Scruggs, who drove in the only Redbirds run. Scruggs also stole his third base in six attempts. Dan Johnson and Tommy Pham singled.

Sunday’s game: at Nashville, Nick Greenwood (10-3, 5.13) 6:35 CDT

Springfield 6, Arkansas 4

At the end of the first inning, the game was tied at three runs apiece. Arkansas took the lead in the third, but the Cardinals came back in the seventh to take the lead and keep it.

Bruce Caldwell launched a three-run home run in the first inning and drove in a run in the seventh on a sac fly, as did Mike O’Neill. Jonathan Rodriguez hit a solo home run in the eighth. David Washington was 2-for-3.

Cardinals starting pitcher Andrew Morales pitched 5 2/3 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. Kurt Heyer and Ronnie Shaban pitched in relief. Heyer was the winning pitcher and Shaban got the save.

Sunday’s game: vs. Arkansas, Alex Reyes (0-1, 3.09) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 4, Fort Meyers 1

The Cardinals took the lead with a four-run fourth inning, and though Fort Meyers was able to tack on one run, the Cardinals had the game in hand. The excellent pitching of starter Daniel Poncedeleon kept the Miracles at bay. Poncedeleon threw six scoreless innings, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking only one. Kevin Herget and Robby Rowland pitched in relief. Poncedeleon picked up the well-earned win and Rowland the save.

A two-run triple by Danny Diekroeger led the way to the four-run inning. A fielding error and an RBI single by Blake Drake plated the other two runs.

Sunday’s game: vs. Fort Meyers, Nick Petree (3-2, 3.23) 12:05 CDT

Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 6

The Chiefs took a lead into the eighth inning, but a comeback by the TinCaps was too much for the Chiefs to overcome.

Starter Ian McKinney pitched very well in his Midwest League debut, going seven innings while giving up only one unearned run and striking out eight batters. Reliever Jhonny Polanco pitched to only four batters in the eighth and did not record an out. Four runs, three earned, were charged to Polanco. Steve Sabatino was tagged with a blown save, while Polanco took the loss. Dixon Llorens pitched 2/3 scoreless innings.

Kenny Peoples-Walls hit a two-run home run in the fourth inning. Peoples-Walls was 2-for-4 on the night. Paul DeJong and Alex De Leon each drove in a run. Andrew Sohn and Harrison Bader were 2-for-4.

Sunday’s game: vs. Fort Wayne, Dewin Perez (2-3, 7.90) 5:00 CDT

State College 2 at West Virginia 1 (ten innings)

The Black Bears got on the board first, but the Spikes tied the game in the fifth. In the top of the tenth inning, the Spikes added another run to take the lead and the game.

Starting pitcher Jacob Evans went four innings, allowing one unearned run on four hits. Luke Harrison, Jery Then and Pedro Echemendia added six scoreless innings of relief. Then was the winning pitcher and Echemendia picked up the save.

The winning run scored on a double by Thomas Spitz. The other run in the fifth came home on a groundout by Champ Rowland. Jhohan Acevedo was 2-for-4.

Sunday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley, Jorge Rodriguez (3-2, 2.63) 5:05 CDT

Johnson City 8 at Kingsport 9

This game was tied twice, but the Mets won the game in walk off fashion in the bottom of the ninth. Starter Ryan Helsley gave up four runs on five hits in his four innings of work. Juan Caballero pitched two scoreless innings in relief, but Frederis Parra and Sasha Kuebel allowed five more runs between them in the remaining 2 2/3 innings. Kuebel was charged with a blown save and took the loss.

The Cardinals offense scored eight runs on ten hits. Eliezer Alvarez hit a two-run home run in the seventh inning. Chris Rivera drove in two runs on a fourth-inning double. Magneuris Sierra was 3-for-5 with one RBI. Edmundo Sosa and Luke Doyle plated a run each on back to back triples. Allen Staton drove in a run in the sixth inning.

Sunday’s game: at Kingsport, Ronnie Williams (3-1, 3.18) 3:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 0, GCL Mets 1

The Cardinals couldn’t get anything going with the bat. Four hits was all the offense managed, all of them singles. The Cardinals were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position and left seven men on base. Nick Plummer, Dylan Tice, Bladimil Franco and Bryce Denton singled.

Junior Fernandez pitched six strong innings, giving up only one run on four hits, while striking out five. Brady Bowens and Gerwuins Velazco combined for three scoreless innings. With no run support from his offense, Fernandez was tagged with the tough-luck loss.

Sunday’s game: Off

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Nationals 6

The Cardinals took a decisive lead early, but the Nationals chipped away, bringing the score to within one run, but the Cardinals held on.

Starter Junior Gonzalez pitched five innings, allowing five unearned runs on four hits, but was still the winning pitcher. Luis Rosales, Fabian Blanco, and Cristhian Lugo pitched in relief, with Lugo getting the save.

Dariel Gomez was 2-for-3 and drove in three runs, two on a first-inning triple and another on a sac fly. Sanel Rosendo plated two runs on a double and also scored two runs. An Irving Wilson double and a Hector Linares single each drove in a run. Wadye Ynfante was 2-for-4.

Sunday’s game: Off.

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