Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/14/15

David Oca’s outstanding performance led the Gulf Cardinals to one of only three wins on Thursday. Palm Beach and State College eked out close victories but everyone else lost.

Results from games played Thursday, August 13th.

Memphis 5 at Omaha 6

Four runs in the seventh flipped a 4-2 lead into a loss by Memphis (62-57) in game three of four. After winning the series opener, the Redbirds have dropped the next two.

Miguel Socolovich (BS, 2) (L, 2-2) gave up two runs on a hit and walk in the seventh, permitting two runners inherited from Heath Wyatt to score. Wyatt was unscored upon in the sixth, leaving a runner inherited from John Gast aboard, but gave up consecutive singles to the first two batters the next inning.

Starter Gast made it through five innings before permitting a tally but a single-triple-single combination to start the sixth generated two runs and led to his departure. He allowed six hits in all and issued one free pass.

Tommy Pham, the only Redbird with more than one hit, singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once. His Memphis average is now .348. Jacob Wilson went 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. Five other Memphis players had one hit each.

Friday’s game: at Omaha (65-54), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (11-3, 5.02)

Springfield 0 at Midland 3

Springfield (24-23) was sunk when Midland scored three runs off the bullpen the minute starter Andrew Morales left the game. The sweep by Midland drops the S-Cards back into a first-place tie with Arkansas (LAA).

Morales limited the RockHounds to five hits and two free passes in six but Chris Perry and Silfredo Garcia combined for the losing margin. Perry (L, 1-3) was charged with all three tallies on a hit and four walks, retiring one batter. Garcia inherited a bases-loaded/one-out mess and allowed a sac fly. The righty gave up a hit over the last 1 2/3.

Five S-Cards each had one hit, Bruce Caldwell’s double the only one to go for extra bases.

Friday’s game: at Frisco (21-24), 7:05 pm CT, Alex Reyes (0-1, 5.40)

Palm Beach 1 at Fort Myers 0

Palm Beach (33-13), backed by an outstanding effort by July Florida State League Player of the Month Corey Littrell, edged Fort Myers, 1-0, in the series opener. The Beach Birds are in the midst of a six-game winning streak.

A start after having his hat handed to him by Fort Myers, giving up seven runs in five, Littrell blanked the Miracle on five hits through eight. Josh Lucas faced the minimum in the ninth, earning his seventh save.

The PB-Cards were held to five hits as well but Carson Kelly tripled for the first time this year, easily scoring on Brett Wiley’s double in the second. Wiley added a single in three at bats but was one of three Beach Birds to be nailed trying to steal second.

Friday’s game: at Fort Myers (25-23), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (5-0, 1.17)

Peoria 1 at Dayton 6

Dayton scored six times over their last three frames to upend Peoria 6-1 and prevent a three-game sweep by the Chiefs (30-16).

Matt Pearce (L, 8-10) kept the Dragons off the board through five but gave up two in his sixth and final inning on the bump. Pearce allowed seven hits in all and issued one free pass.

Cody Schumacher did not have a good night, surrendering four runs, three earned, on five hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Dixon Llorens retired both batters faced, leaving two inherited runners on.

Held to five hits in all, Peoria finally ended Dayton’s shutout bid in the ninth. Paul DeJong singled, advanced to third via a walk and wild pitch then scored on a ground out by Derek Gibson.

Friday’s game: at Bowling Green (22-23), 7:05 pm CT, Ian McKinney (0-0, 0.00)

State College 2 at Brooklyn 0

A trio of Spikes’ hurlers made two tallies stand up as State College (28-24) slipped past Brooklyn, 2-0. The victory ensures a series win with one game remaining.

Carson Cross scattered six hits over six, evening his record to two wins against two losses. The sole batter to reach against Max Almonte in the seventh got plunked. Tyler Bray notched a six-out save, his second.

Outfielder Orlando Olivera singled and scored on a triple by Jose Godoy in the second. The triple was the first of the catcher’s two hits, the second a seventh-inning single advancing Ronnierd Garcia (single) to third. Garcia raced home on Jesse Jenner’s sac fly.

Godoy, Thomas Spitz and Craig Aikin each garnered two hits, the first two in four and Aikin in three at bats. Aikin’s double was the only other extra-base hit for the Spikes, who had eight hits in all.

Friday’s game: at Brooklyn (25-27), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Evans (1-1, 1.08)

Kingsport 8 at Johnson City 2

Seven runs against the JC-Cards’ bullpen resulted in an 8-2 defeat in the series opener.

Johnson City (21-26) led 2-1 through seven, but the bullpen could not hold. Steven Farinaro (L, 1-1) was charged with two runs, one earned, on two hits and a wild pitch in two plus. It was the first earned run the 19-year-old has surrendered in nine innings over four appearances since his promotion from the GCL Cardinals.

Juan Caballero allowed Farinaro’s last runner to score plus three of his own in the eighth, giving up two hits, including a two-run long ball, and a walk. Frederis Parra fell prey to one of three miscues by the Spikes, yielding two unearned runs in the ninth.

Edmundo Sosa and Magneuris Sierra both had two of the team’s eight hits, each in four at bats. Sosa cracked his third home run of 2015, a solo bomb, and worked a base-on-balls, touching home twice. Sierra doubled once with a walk but was caught stealing.

Friday’s game: at Kingsport (26-23), 7:00 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (0-0, 2.19)

GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Mets 0

David Oca’s superlative start led the GCL Cardinals (24-22) to a 2-0 victory over GCL Mets in a showdown between the top two squads in the East Division. The Gulf Birds took a 1-0 lead in the series with the win.

Oca was dominant, retiring his first 16 batters before giving up a single with one out in the sixth. The lefty, who turned 20 on July 4th, yielded another single to begin the seventh but erased that batter on a 6-3 double play. The only Met to get into scoring position reached on an eighth-inning free pass, was wild pitched to second then moved to third on a ground out. But Oca fanned the next batter swinging for the final out of the frame and his ninth strikeout.

Jordan DeLorenzo got into trouble almost immediately in the ninth, permitting a hit and base-on-balls while recording one out. Estarlin Arias utilized the pitcher’s best friend, a 5-4-3 double play ball, earning his fourth save.

The home team pushed across single scores in the initial two innings, Dylan Tice singling home Nick Plummer (double) and Carlos Torres scoring on a throwing error after being hit to get on in the second. Torres swiped his third bag. Five Gulf Birds had one hit each and three were issued a free pass.

Friday’s game: at GCL Mets (25-21), 10:00 am ET, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 4.76)

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Mariners2 5

The Dominican Cards’ three-run rally tied the game at four all in the top of the ninth, only to drop a 5-4 decision in the bottom of the frame.

Cristhian Lugo (L, 2-4) tossed a clean eighth but recorded only one out in the final inning, giving up a run on a hit and three walks, two intentional. Juan Alvarez went the first six, yielding four runs on six hits. Luis Rosales gave up three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh but was not scored upon.

Three of the DSL Cardinals’ eight hits occurred in the ninth, the scoring capped by Irving Wilson’s triple that plated Esequeil Delgado and Starlin Balbuena. Balbuena singled twice in four at bats, scoring one and driving in another. He was the only Dominican Bird with more than one hit.

Friday’s game: DSL Angels (21-42) at DSL Cardinals (29-35), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-4, 3.90)

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