Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/15/15

The pitching stars came out on Friday with the one that shown most brightly was Alex Reyes who was stellar in Springfield’s win. Ian McKinney and Jacob Evans had noteworthy efforts in Peoria and State College’s victories. Johnson City and the Gulf Cardinals put one in the win column but Memphis, Palm Beach and the DSL club all went down to defeat.

Results from games played Friday, August 14th.

Memphis 2 at Omaha 4

Memphis (62-58) dropped its third straight, 4-2. The small losing skid encompasses the last three of the four-game series with Omaha (66-54).

Given a tenuous 2-0 lead midway through five, Nick Greenwood (L, 1-4) yielded three in the bottom of the frame. Greenwood allowed six hits in six innings and hit one batter.

Chris Thomas was charged with an unearned run on two hits and a walk, recording two outs. Dean Kiekhefer limited further damage by leaving two of Thomas’ runners on, allowing two hits in 1 1/3.

Greg Garcia led the offensive effort, going 3-for-4 with a double. Unfortunately, the players around him put up goose eggs so Garcia neither scored nor drove anyone in. Dean Anna singled twice in three at bats with a walk and RBI. Dan Johnson got Memphis on the board with a solo shot, his 13th long ball of the season. Jeremy Hazelbaker singled and scored his team’s other run.

Saturday’s game: vs. Albuquerque (51-69), 6:05 pm CT, TBA (likely Arturo Reyes)

Springfield 7 at Frisco 2

Player of the Day Alex Reyes dominated through six as Springfield (25-23) won the series’ opener at Frisco, 7-2.

The only two batters to reach against Reyes (W, 1-1) resulted from a two-out triple in the second and one-out free pass in his last inning of work. The initial baserunner was erased trying to stretch his hit into an inside-the-park home run. Reyes went on to retire the next 10. Speaking of the number 10, that’s how many strikeouts the 20-year-old accumulated.

New arrival Robby Rowland retired six straight, handing the ball off to Ryan Sherriff, who sandwiched two walks around a home run to the first three batters faced. Ronnie Shaban came in for three outs, ending the uprising.

At the plate, the S-Cards exploded for 14 hits, Charlie Tilson and Jonathan Rodriguez each going 4-for-5. Tilson touched home once and Rodriguez twice, the latter knocking in one.

Anthony Garcia singled twice in five at bats, scoring two times while Aledmys Diaz singled and doubled in five at bats with two RBI. Nick Martini’s only hit in three at bats was a three-run bomb, his fourth home run of 2015. Martini swiped his eighth bag.

Saturday’s game: at Frisco (21-26), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 3

Tyler Melling (L, 2-2) yielded an eighth-inning tally, sending Palm Beach (33-14) to a 2-1 defeat and evening the series at one game each.

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon lasted just four frames, surrendering two runs on three hits, four bases-on-balls and two hit batsmen. New Beach Bird Jhonny Polanco subdued Fort Myers on two hits and a walk in three, striking out four.

Breyvic Valera and Danny Diekroeger each had two of six team hits, both in four at bats. Valera acquired one of the Beach Birds’ two doubles but the two bases-on-balls worked by Casey Turgeon did the most damage. Turgeon scored twice, driven in once by Mason Katz.

Saturday’s game: at Fort Myers (26-23), 6:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (4-2, 2.93)

Peoria 4 at Bowling Green 1

In his second Midwest League start, Ian McKinney was impressive over seven, leading Peoria (31-16) to a 4-1 victory over Bowling Green in the first of three games.

McKinney (W, 1-0) permitted just four hits and a walk through seven, fanning four with nine ground- and seven fly-ball outs. The southpaw has not allowed an earned run in 14 innings covering two starts since his promotion from State College.

Nick Lomascolo walked one in a scoreless eighth but State College’s shutout bid ended when Kyle Grana allowed a run on two hits in the ninth.

Peoria mustered nine hits, four Chiefs having two each: Oscar Mercado, Brian O’Keefe, Harrison Bader and Kenny Peoples-Walls. Mercado singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, scored one and knocked in one. The shortstop swiped his 43rd and 44th bases of 2015.

O’Keefe was a perfect 2-for-2 with a walk and a two-out RBI. Bader and Peoples-Walls both went 2-for-4 with a run scored, with Bader doubling once.

Saturday’s game: at Bowling Green (23-24), 7:05 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-3, 6.59)

State College 9 at Brooklyn 0

A trio of Spikes pitchers combined for a four hitter as State College (29-24) shut out Brooklyn (25-28) for the second straight game, this time, by 9-0 score. It was their second straight series’ sweep and seventh consecutive win.

Jacob Evans (W, 2-1) allowed two hits and two bases-on-balls over six, fanning five. Evans induced eight ground-ball versus three fly-ball outs, throwing 42 of his 65 pitches for strikes.

Steven De La Cruz celebrated his promotion from Johnson City by striking out four in two innings. The righty worked around two hits and a free pass. Kender Villegas fanned two in the ninth.

Jhohan Acevedo swung a hot bat, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and three driven in. The outfielder added his first stolen base of the season. Thomas Spitz singled twice in four at bats, crossing home twice, the only other Spike with more than one of nine team hits.

Saturday’s game: vs. West Virginia (26-28), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (4-2, 2.49)

Johnson City 8 at Kingsport 4

Edmundo Sosa’s four-hit night led Johnson City (22-26) to an 8-4 win over Kingsport, evening the series at one game each.

Sosa, one of four Appy Birds with a multi-hit performance, went 4-for-5 with his fourth home run of 2015, a two-run shot. Luke Doyle contributed his third long ball of the season, going 3-for-5 with a two-run blast that comprised two of his three RBI.

DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Joey Hawkins had two hits apiece in four at bats, Asbury-Heath doubling and tripling with two runs scored. Hawkins doubled twice, touched home once and drove in three. Eight of nine starters had at least one of the team’s 15 hits.

Chandler Hawkins (W, 3-0) pitched two scoreless innings, fanning three. Ryan Helsley went the initial four, striking out five and allowing a solo home run that was one of three hits and two walks yielded.

Anderson Gerdel was touched for a three-run long ball, one of three hits given up, retiring two. Ismael Brito permitted a hit and free pass in 2 1/3.

Saturday’s game: vs. Kingsport (26-24), 7:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (3-1, 2.70)

GCL Cardinals 9 at GCL Mets 4

Triples by Bryce Denton and Nick Plummer highlighted a five-run fifth that catapulted the GCL Cardinals (25-22) over the GCL Mets, 9-4. The two teams are in a dead heat atop the East Division with 13 games remaining, including three more head-to-head.

The triples were each player’s only hit in five and three at bats, respectively, but accounted for three of the inning’s scores. Plummer went 1-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and an RBI while Denton touched home once and drove in two. Twice Plummer was hit by a pitch.

The Dominican Birds had 10 hits in total, Joshua Lopez and Allen Cordoba both with three. Lopez went 3-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and one knocked in. Cordoba singled three times in six at bats, driving in one.

Ronald Medrano tossed three scoreless frames, giving up one hit and was credited with his first win against one loss. He pitched in relief of Junior Fernandez, who lasted just four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and two free passes. Fernandez struck out seven.

Brady Bowen faced the minimum in the eighth, striking out one. Gerwuins Velazco was touched for a tally on a double and fielding error on the play that advanced the runner to third and wild pitch.

Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Mets (25-22), 10:00 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (3-3, 4.43)

DSL Angels 10 at DSL Cardinals 5 (10)

Noel De Jesus (L, 0-1) surrendered five runs in his third inning on the mound, as the DSL Cardinals (29-36) dropped a 10-5 decision in 10.

De Jesus went 2 2/3, giving up three hits and three free passes, one intentional. Estarlin Tejada permitted a hit, allowing two of three inherited runners to score while recording one out.

Starter Junior Gonzalez hurled five innings, yielding three runs, two earned, on seven hits. Enrique Perez (BS, 1) gave up two tallies on a hit and two bases-on-balls over two.

The Dominican Birds generated nine hits with three players garnering two each: Andres Luna, Sanel Rosendo and Dennis Ortega. Luna singled and doubled in three at bats with a walk, two runs scored and a stolen base. Rosendo doubled twice in five at bats, crossing home once and Ortega went 2-for-4 with a double, walk, run scored and RBI.

Saturday’s game: at DSL Angels (22-43), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (4-3, 2.38)

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