Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/10/15

The system won four and lost two on Sunday. Tommy Pham’s big night at the plate assisted Memphis while Springfield, Palm Beach and State College were all victorious as well. Peoria and Johnson City both suffered late-inning defeats.

Results from games played Sunday, August 9th.

Memphis 11 at Nashville 2

Tommy Pham led the Redbirds (61-55) in an 11-2 pounding of Nashville (52-64), although they lost the series two games to three.

Pham, our Player of the Day, was responsible for five of his team’s tallies, going 4-for-5 with a double, run scored and four RBI while batting cleanup. Cody Stanley had three of 14 team hits, including a solo bomb, his sixth of the season.

Dean Anna and Dan Johnson, the one and three batters, posted identical batting lines, singling and doubling in five at bats with a walk, touching home twice and driving in one. Ed Easley took part in three runs, going 1-for-4 with a double, two bases-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI, batting second.

That was more than enough fire power for Nick Greenwood (W, 11-3), who limited the Sounds to two runs on five hits in 5 2/3. Tyler Waldron went 1 1/3, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner. Chris Thomas and Justin Wright both tossed a scoreless frame, Thomas maneuvering around a hit and free pass.

Monday’s game: Off

Springfield 8 vs. Arkansas 7 (10)

Springfield (24-20) rallied twice for a four-game sweep over chief division rival Arkansas (23-21) and taking sole possession of first place in the North Division.

The S-Cards took their first lead right off the bat, with consecutive doubles by Mike O’Neill and Anthony Garcia knocking in Charlie Tilson (error) and O’Neill. The Travelers answered with four off Alex Reyes, who did not finish the second. The righty yielded three hits and two bases-on-balls in 1 2/3. Joey Donofrio recorded the final out, leaving Reyes’ last runner on.

The score remained 4-2 until the home half of the seventh, when Springfield reclaimed the lead, 5-4. Two of the three tallies came via David Washington’s 13th home run of 2015 which plated Bruce Caldwell (double) as well.

After 5 1/3 scoreless innings from the joint efforts of Donofrio, Ryan Sherriff and Silfredo Garcia, that changed when Corey Baker took the mound in the eighth. Baker (BS, 2) allowed a run on a double, two walks and a ground out that knotted the game at five all. The righty remained in the game for 2 1/3 frames until he served up a long ball, giving Arkansas a 7-5 lead in the 10th.

Enter Ronnie Shaban. Shaban (W, 3-2) got two quick outs, setting the table for the S-Cards’ final rally. A throwing error allowing Tilson to reach with one out opened the door but the big blow was Jonathan Rodriguez’ two-run double scoring Tilson and Aledmys Diaz (single). The winning run came home on Washington’s sac fly, bringing in Anthony Garcia (walk).

Monday’s game: Off

Palm Beach 3 vs. Fort Myers 2

Collin Radack singled in returnee Breyvic Valera for the go-ahead run as Palm Beach (29-13) edged Fort Myers, 3-2, in the decisive third game of their series.

The eighth-inning single was Radack’s only hit in three at bats but Valera was quite active, going 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored. The Beach Birds tied the game earlier that frame on a sac fly by Brett Wiley that drove in C.J. McElroy. McElroy singled twice in four at bats, the only other PB-Card with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Nick Petree was impressive through eight, limiting the Miracle (23-21) to two runs, one earned, on four hits and a free pass. Josh Lucas was able to work around a base-on-balls for his sixth save.

Monday’s game: at Charlotte (16-24) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

Fort Wayne 4 at Peoria 2

Two ninth-inning scores saddled Peoria (28-15) with a 4-2 home defeat to Fort Wayne (26-17) in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Nick Lomascolo took his second loss in four decisions after putting the winning run aboard on a free pass. Kyle Grana let that runner score plus one of his own on a sac fly and RBI single. Both tallies were unearned due to defensive miscues by first baseman Alex De Leon and Grana.

Starter Dewin Perez did a stand-up job for the Chiefs, holding the Wizards to three hits and three walks through seven. Both runs charged to the right-hander were unearned because of a fielding error by third baseman Andrew Sohn.

Paul DeJong swung the hottest bat, ending a home run shy of the cycle in four at bats with a run scored and RBI. Three other Peoria players had one hit each.

Monday’s game: Off

State College 4 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

Jorge Rodriguez went six innings and Cole Lankford accounted for three runs as State College (24-24) downed Mahoning Valley 4-1 in the series’ opener.

Rodriguez allowed five hits and a walk, resulting in one run, upping his mark to four wins against two losses. He hit one batter.

Max Almonte allowed four of eight batters faced to reach but escaped unscored upon, thanks in part to Keven Alexander was left two inherited runners on. Alexander gave up back-to-back singles with one out in the ninth but coaxed a 4-6-3 double play for his second save.

Lankford doubled twice in three at bats, batting fifth, and drove in one. Seven other Spikes had one hit apiece, including Jhohan Acevedo. The centerfielder doubled once in three at bats, scoring once with an RBI.

Monday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (22-25), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (2-3, 3.86)

Johnson City 3 at Kingsport 4 (12)

Johnson City (21-22) blew two late leads, including one in extras, falling to Kingsport 4-3 in 12 innings. The JC-Cards have lost four straight, including three to the Mets (23-22).

Anderson Gerdel absorbed his second loss in as many decisions, giving up two runs in 3 1/3. Gerdel entered the ninth trying to limit the damage caused by Chandler Hawkins (BS, 1) after the latter allowed the tying run to score on a walk and double. Gerdel initially got the job done, recording three outs around an intentional free pass.

Gerdel came back out in the 10th trying to protect a 3-2 lead, but surrendered a tally on a single and double, both with two outs. He worked around a rather eventful 11th which featured ejections of Johnson City manager Chris Swauger and shortstop Edmundo Sosa but two more bases-on-balls, one intentional, and two singles finished the game.

Ronnie Williams started and continued to pitch well, giving up an unearned run on four hits and a walk through six. Steven De La Cruz struck out the side in the seventh, giving up one hit. Hawkins tossed a one-two-three eighth before getting into trouble the next inning.

Allen Staton, Hunter Newman and Joey Hawkins each singled twice in four at bats, with Staton touching home once with an RBI. Magneuris Sierra scored both times he reached base, once via a double and the other time on a free pass.

Monday’s games: DH vs. Bristol (20-23). Game one – 6:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays. The Cardinals are 2.5 games behind the Mets in the East Division.

Monday’s games: DH: GCL Cardinals (21-20) vs. GCL Nationals (18-23). Game one - 11:00 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (3-2, 4.33)/TBA

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays. The third-place Cardinals have been eliminated from post-season consideration.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (27-33) at DSL Rangers1 (43-17), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (3-3, 2.61)

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