Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/11/15

St. Louis’ minors triumphed in a light schedule, winning four of five decisions on Monday. The outstanding performance belonged to the DSL’s Franyel Casadilla who dominated an imposing opponent. Palm Beach and State College also won while the GCL club split two. Johnson City’s twin-bill was rained out and the rest of the teams had the night off.

Results from games played Monday, August 10th.

Memphis - off

The Redbirds (61-55) are currently in the midst of a 14-game road trip with 10 down and four to go.

Tuesday’s game: at Omaha (63-53), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-3, 6.39)

Springfield - off

Fresh off a four-game sweep of Arkansas that vaulted Springfield into first, the Cardinals (24-20) take to the road for six against Midland and Frisco.

Tuesday’s game: at first-place (South) Midland (29-15), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 4.36)

Palm Beach 8 at Charlotte 7 (12)

Strong hitting overcame faulty pitching as Palm Beach (30-13) slipped past Charlotte 8-7 in 12.

All nine starters mustered at least one of 14 team hits, led by Breyvic Valera and Jose Gonzalez. Both players went 3-for-6 with a run scored. Valera doubed once with a walk and three RBI. Collin Radack singled twice in five at bats, walked once, knocked in one and was one of eight Beach Birds to touch home. Luke Voit worked two free passes and drove in two.

Luis Perdomo pitched just one inning in his Palm Beach debut, giving up a run on two hits. Trey Nielsen, the first of five relievers following Perdomo to the mound, went four innings, permitting an unearned run on two hits and two bases-on-balls. He struck out four.

Two was a significant number in Keith Butler’s outing, the righty yielding that many runs and hits in two innings with two strikeouts. Kevin Herget had an off night, surrendering two runs on four hits in the eighth.

All of these tallies allowed the Stone Crabs to chip away at their host’s 7-2 lead midway through seven, shrinking it to a 7-6 advantage after eight. Robby Rowland was unable to close it out, absorbing his first blown save instead when he allowed a run on a hit and two walks, one intentional, while recording just two outs.

Enter Josh Lucas who held down Charlotte on a hit over the final 3 1/3. That performance earned Lucas his fourth win in six decisions.

Tuesday’s game: at Charlotte (16-25), 7:00 pm ET, Luke Weaver (5-5, 1.95)

Peoria - off

After taking Monday off, Peoria (28-15) is heading on the road to Dayton and Bowling Green following a successful 4-2 home stand.

Tuesday’s game: at Dayton (19-24), 7:00 pm ET, Austin Gomber (12-3, 3.03)

State College 5 vs. Mahoning Valley 3

Four in the fourth propelled State College (25-24) to a 5-3 victory over Mahoning Valley, clinching the series’ win with one game yet to play.

While the Spikes generated five hits, that may have been because Scrappers’ hurlers were unable to find the plate – issuing 10 free passes. Half of them occurred in the fourth, leading to the big inning.

Michael Pritchard singled and doubled in three at bats, the latter hit driving in Ronnierd Garcia (RBI single) and Elier Rodriguez (walk). He swiped his 11th bag of the season as well. Rodriguez worked three free passes while Garcia was joined by Jose Godoy, who each scored once and drove in another.

Dailyn Martinez scattered nine hits over six innings, giving up three runs to even his record at 3-3. Tyler Bray and Pedro Echemendia retired the last nine batters in order, the latter earning his seventh save.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (22-26), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (4-2, 2.43)

Johnson City vs. Bristol - postponed

The meeting of Johnson City (21-23) and Bristol angered the rain gods for what seems to be the millionth time this season, postponing the scheduled double-header. That double-header was an attempt to play one of the six games that were rained out in early July. The two squads will try again to play two Tuesday, game one being the regularly scheduled contest and game two completing a suspended game from early July.

Tuesday’s games: vs. Bristol (20-23). Game one – 6:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (1-4, 6.97)/TBA

GCL Nationals 4 at GCL Cardinals 1 (7) – game one

The GCL Cardinals (21-21) split a pair with the GCL Nationals, losing the opener but winning the finale. The two squads meet two more times this series.

Derian Gonzalez (L, 3-3) had some control issues in game one, issuing three free passes and hitting two batters in his 5 1/3-inning outing. When combined with five hits yielded, the righty was charged with three runs.

Brady Bowen’s relief effort was a mixed bag. On the plus side, the 23-year-old escaped a bases-loaded/one-out jam bequeathed to him by Gonzalez in the sixth. On the down side, Bowen allowed a run the next frame on a lead-off double, 4-3 ground out and fielder’s choice.

The Gulf Birds generated six hits, half of them attributed to Allen Cordoba. The shortstop went 3-for-4 and scored his team’s only tally, driven in by Bladimil Franco. Cordoba stole his fifth bag of the season.

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 4 (7) – game two

Down 4-1 with three outs to go, the Gulf Cards used four of their seven overall hits plus a wild pitch and sac fly to score four times and pull out a win.

The big hit belonged to Nick Plummer, whose RBI triple knocked in Dylan Becker and Ryan McCarvel. It was Plummer’s only hit in three at bats, although he worked a base-on-balls and touched home twice.

Becker was the sole Gulf Bird with more than one hit, singling twice in three at bats. McCarvel’s single came in the pinch hit role, taking second baseman Andrew Brodbeck’s slot both offensively and defensively.

Jacob Schlesener, Ronald Medrano and Jordan DeLorenzo comprised the trio sharing the pitching duties. Schlesener shut down the Nationals on two hits through three while Medrano hurled two scoreless before jamming the sacks full with one out. DeLorenzo (BS, 2) (W, 2-0) permitted all three to score plus one of his own before the inning’s end. All five outs recorded by the southpaw were strikeouts, contrasting with the three hits and one run given up.

Tuesday’s game: at GCL Nationals (19-24), 12:00 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (2-3, 3.92)

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Rangers1 0

Player of the Day Franyel Casadilla (W, 4-3) fanned seven in six scoreless frames, allowing just four hits. The right-hander induced six ground- and four fly-ball outs. Enrique Perez issued one free pass, striking out four in his three innings on the bump, earning his first save.

The DSL Cardinals (28-33) banged out 13 hits, with their attack spearheaded by Wadye Infante, who went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored. Seven other starters had at least one hit with three Dominican Cards having two apiece: Sanel Rosendo, Elehuris Montero and Dennis Ortega. Rosendo’s double was one of only two extra-base hits, the right fielder scoring once with an RBI. Ortega added a run as well.

Tuesday’s game: vs. DSL Rangers1 (43-18), 10:30 am ET, Oneiver Diaz (2-4, 3.25)

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