Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/13/15

St. Louis’ minors posted a 5-4 mark on Wednesday, the wins coming mainly from the lower part of the system. Palm Beach, State College, the GCL and DSL teams all put one in the win column while Jack Flaherty pitched a gem in Peoria’s victory. Memphis, Springfield and Johnson City all fell, with the JC-Cards losing a double-header.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 12th.

Memphis 3 at Omaha 4

Mitch Harris (L, 0-2) surrendered a solo bomb in the eighth, sending Memphis (62-56) to a 4-3 defeat at Omaha. The series is even with two games remaining on tap.

Zach Petrick pitched six solid frames, permitting three runs on six hits, including a two-run long ball. Petrick struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Tyler Waldron worked around a hit in the eighth.

All three Redbirds’ scores were produced by two third-inning home runs, Jacob Wilson’s solo shot and a blast by Rafael Ortega that scored Jeremy Hazelbaker (double).

Wilson, the only Redbird with more than one hit, went 2-for-4. Six other teammates had one hit each, Hazelbaker working two of four free passes issued.

Thursday’s game: at Omaha (64-54), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (5-9, 5.05)

Springfield 4 at Midland 5 (14)

Joey Donofrio could not hold a 14th-inning lead in Springfield’s 5-4 loss. The S-Cards (24-22) will try to salvage the third and final game of the series on Thursday.

Donofrio (L, 3-4), the sixth Springfield hurler, tossed a one-two-three 13th but was unable to duplicate that feat the next inning. The righty gave up a double and a walk-off home run, erasing the lead his team handed to him when Anthony Garcia doubled home Bruce Caldwell (single) in the top of the inning.

The visitors broke a scoreless duel with a run in the seventh but Midland answered immediately with three in the bottom of the frame off a combination of starter Kyle Hald, Corey Baker and Ryan Sherriff. Hald had hurled an excellent effort to that point, allowing a run on five hits through 6 1/3.

Corey Baker was out there just long enough to watch his only batter reach on a fielding error by first baseman David Washington. Sherriff (BS, 3) served up a long ball to his first batter, one of two hits and a free pass permitted in 1 2/3.

Kurt Heyer was the pitcher of record when Patrick Wisdom launched his only hit in six at bats over the wall in left center, scoring Nick Martini who led off the ninth with a base-on-balls. That sent the game into extras. Heyer was touched two for hits and a walk over three, giving way to Ronnie Shaban, who retired three straight.

Caldwell and Garcia each had three of 13 team hits, in seven and five at bats, respectively. The final S-Card with a multi-hit game was Aledmys Diaz, who singled twice in six at bats.

Thursday’s game: at Midland (31-15), 7:00 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 4 at Charlotte 3

Walks proved to be the difference in the Beach Birds’ 4-3 win over Charlotte (16-27). Palm Beach (32-13) has won five straight and eight of nine, including a sweep of the Stone Crabs.

Outhit eight to four, the PB-Cards began the sixth by working three consecutive free passes, all of which came around to score. Palm Beach broke the 1-1 tie on a wild pitch that plated Casey Turgeon. Luke Voit acquired his second RBI of the game on a sac fly that brought in Breyvic Valera. Danny Diekroeger singled home Mason Katz.

Voit got his team on the board in the second with his ninth long ball. The first baseman went 2-for-2 with a base-on-balls, run scored and two RBI.

Blake McKnight (W, 2-0) was solid through five, giving up a run on three hits and a free pass. The righty fanned four. Luis Perdomo maneuvered around two hits in the sixth but Charlotte narrowed the margin to one, pushing across single tallies in the seventh and eighth off Lee Stoppelman and Kevin Herget. Keith Butler tossed a one-two-three ninth for his first save at Palm Beach since 2011.

Thursday’s game: at Fort Myers (25-22), 7:05 pm ET, Corey Littrell (6-8, 3.22)

Peoria 7 at Dayton 0

Peoria (30-15) banged out 13 hits and Jack Flaherty spun a beauty as the Chiefs shut out the Dragons, 7-0. The victory guarantees a series’ win with one to play.

The offense was a team affair with eight of nine starters garnering at least one hit and seven of nine touching home. Andrew Sohn topped the offense, going 3-for-5 with a run scored and one knocked in. He also committed his 14th miscue in the field.

Derek Gibson, Nick Thompson and Jake Gronsky had two hits apiece, Gibson and Thompson in five at bats and Gronsky in four. All three scored once while the latter two doubled once and drove in one.

The star on the mound was Player of the Day Flaherty (W, 7-1), who struck out eight over 6 1/3, scattering six hits and three walks. Jhonny Polanco finished the seventh, giving up a hit and stranding an inherited runner. Steve Sabatino and Kyle Grana both faced the minimum in their respective one inning of work.

Thursday’s game: at Dayton (19-26), 7:00 pm ET, Matt Pearce (8-9, 2.78)

State College 7 at Brooklyn 6

The bats took center stage in the Spikes’ series’ opening win at Brooklyn.

State College (27-24) generated 14 hits with three Spikes having three each: Jhohan Acevedo, Casey Grayson and Cole Lankford. Acevedo finished a home run shy of the cycle in five at bats, scoring once. Grayson went 3-for-5 with a double and two runs scored whole Lankford went 3-for-4, came home twice and drove in one.

Ronnierd Garcia, the final player with more than one hit, doubled twice in four at bats, knocking in three. Orlando Olivera added his fourth home run as a Spike.

Landon Beck picked up his second win in five decisions, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks through five. Beck fanned seven.

Luke Harrison pitched two scoreless frames, yielding a hit and walk. The Cyclones got to Kevin Alexander for two runs on a hit and two bases-on-balls in 1 1/3. Both runners scored under Pedro Echemendia’s watch after the righty uncorked a wild pitch that brought both runners in. Echemendia recovered to record the final two outs for his eighth save.

Thursday’s game: at Brooklyn (25-26), 7:00 pm ET, Carson Cross (1-2, 3.29)

Bristol 10 at Johnson City 7 (7) - game one

After two days of rainouts, Johnson City (21-24) finally took the field on Wednesday but may have wished they had not done so, losing a double-header, 10-7 and 9-1.

Three of the four rainouts from Monday and Tuesday will not be made up. So this double-header served as the final regular season meetings between JC and Bristol.

Juan Bautista pitched the first inning in the earlier suspended game from Monday, yielding four runs on five hits. His Wednesday successor, Ramon Santos, absorbed his fifth loss in six decisions. Santos gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits and four bases-on-balls in three.

Jonathan Escudero and Ismael Brito prevented further damage. Escudero allowed a hit and two walks in two, plunking one. Brito permitted a hit in the seventh.

Four Appy Birds had two hits each: Eliezer Alvarez, Chris Rivera, DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Hunter Newman, the latter in three at bats and the others in four. All but Rivera doubled once and Alvarez launched a solo bomb, one of the two runs he scored to go with three RBs. Newman and Asbury-Heath each crossed home once while Rivera and Asbury-Heath knocked in one.

Bristol 9 at Johnson City 1

The JC-Cards were buried in the finale when the Pirates scored eight times in the fifth off Josh Wirsu (L, 1-5) and Sasha Kuebel.

Wirsu held down Bristol through four but retired just one batter the next inning, permitting five runs, four earned, on six hits and four free passes. Kuebel inherited a bases-loaded jam and let all three score plus three of his own, two earned, on three hits while recording just one out.

Harley Holt allowed one of two inherited from Kuebel to come home before he escaped the fifth. Holt was charged with an unearned run in the seventh on one of three defensive miscues by the JC-Cards.

The bats were fairly quiet, managing just six hits. Chris Chinea singled and doubled in three at bats, the only Appy Bird with more than one hit. The team’s sole score happened in the fourth when Alvarez doubled in Magneuris Sierra (single).

Thursday’s game: vs. Kingsport (25-23), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Nationals 2

The potential future of the St. Louis Cardinals was showcased in the Gulf Cardinals’ 4-2 victory, a game that gave the GCL Cardinals (23-22) a series split with the GCL Nationals (20-25).

18-year-old Ian Oxnevad held the opposition to a run in his fifth and final inning of work. The southpaw struck out five with six ground- and two fly-ball outs. Oxnevad gave up four hits, earning his first professional win against one loss.

18-year-old Jake Woodford pitched the final four innings, permitting an unearned run on shortstop Andrew Brodbeck’s fielding error to open the ninth, followed by a wild pitch and two ground outs. Woodford yielded a hit and two free passes, earning his first professional save.

19-year-old Nick Plummer was one of three Gulf Birds to single twice in four at bats. The designated hitter drove in two. 2015 second rounder Bryce Denton was the second player to go 2-for-4, the 18-year-old driving in one. First baseman Dylan Becker was the last of the three Gulf Cards with a multi-hit effort, touching home once.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (25-20), 12:00 pm ET, David Oca (5-1, 2.16)

DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Mariners2 1

The DSL Cardinals (29-34) scored six times in the final four innings, flying past the Mariners2, 6-1.

Third baseman Elehuris Montero had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 with a double and run scored, batting fifth. He also committed the team’s only error. First baseman Leandro Cedeno launched his first two home runs, going 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Catcher Irving Wilson singled and doubled in four at bats while four other Dominican Cards had one of the team’s 13 hits.

Will Changarotty allowed an unearned run in his five-inning stint, giving up five hits. Edwar Ramirez (W, 3-2) permitted a hit and walk in three while Estarlin Tejada issued two free passes in the ninth.

Thursday’s game: at DSL Mariners2 (41-22), 10:30 am ET, Juan Alvarez (4-2, 2.43)

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