Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/16/15

The system had a tough Saturday, winning only two of eight. Our Player of the Day is Gulf Coast Cardinals pitcher Derian Gonzalez.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Derian Gonzalez, who pitched a gem, seven scoreless two-hit innings, striking out 10 in the GCL Cardinals win over the Mets.

Results for games played Saturday, August 15.

Memphis 1, Albuquerque 8

In his Memphis debut, Arturo Reyes had a rough night. Reyes pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up six runs on eight hits, striking out three and walking two. Tyler Waldron, Chris Thomas and Justin Wright pitched in relief. Thomas gave up two additional runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work. Thomas and Wright pitched three scoreless innings. Reyes was tagged with the loss.

The Redbirds offense was only able to put one run on the board. In the second inning, Dean Anna had the lone RBI, a single to left to score Travis Tartamella. The offense had 11 hits, but all were singles. Anna was 3-for-5. Alex Mejia was a perfect 3-for-3. Xavier Scruggs was 2-for-5. The offense left 12 runners stranded.

On defense, Greg Garcia committed his 15th error.

Sunday’s game: vs. Albuquerque, Marco Gonzales (0-3, 5.62) 6:05 CDT

Springfield 3 at Frisco 5

Some shaky pitching by Corey Baker and a lack of timely hits by the Cardinals led to a loss to the Frisco Rough Riders. Baker went only 3 1/3 innings, surrendering four runs on four hits while striking out five and walking one. Thomas Lee added 2 2/3 scoreless innings. Joey Donofrio and Ryan Sheriff each tossed one inning, with Donofrio allowing an additional run on a walk. Baker was the losing pitcher.

On offense, Aledmys Diaz was 3-for-3 and Nick Martini was 2-for-4. Michael Ohlman singled in a run in the first inning, and Anthony Garcia doubled in a run in the fifth. Patrick Wisdom had a RBI on a sac fly in the second. The offense had 10 hits, but only scored three runs.

Sunday’s game: at Frisco, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 4.63) 6:05 CDT

Palm Beach 1 at Fort Myers 5

A stagnant Cardinals offense was the key to this loss to Fort Myers on Saturday. The offense only managed one run on two hits, with the sole run scoring on a sac fly by Luke Voit. Mason Katz and Colin Radack had the only two hits, a single for Matz, and triple by Radack.

Starter Nick Petree took the loss. Petree tossed five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, while striking out three and issuing three free passes. Trey Nielsen and Lee Stoppelman pitched in relief. Nielsen allowed three unearned runs, the result of a seventh inning fielding error by second baseman Brett Wiley. Stoppelman pitched a scoreless eighth.

Sunday’s game: vs. Jupiter, TBA 4:05 CDT

Peoria 4 at Bowling Green 5

The Chiefs fell behind early, then tried to rally in the eighth and ninth, but fell short. A solo home run by Harrison Bader provided one of the Chiefs’ runs. Alex De Leon plated two on an eighth-inning double. Kenny Peoples-Walls added a RBI on a ground out in the ninth.

Starter Dewin Perez took the loss, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 innings. New Chief Jery Then pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

On the base paths, Oscar Mercado stole his 45th base in 63 attempts while Bader swiped his 14th bag in 17 attempts.

Sunday’s game: at Bowling Green, Austin Gomber (13-3, 2.93) 2:05 CDT

State College 7, West Virginia 5

The Spikes battled back from a first inning four-run deficit to get within one and then tie the game in the fifth inning. Two additional runs in the eighth brought the victory to the Spikes, their eighth in a row.

The offense scored seven runs on nine hits. A third inning double by Michael Pritchard brought in the first. Jhohan Acevedo plated two, on a hit by pitch and a sac fly. Orlando Olivera and R.J. Dennard each drove in a run with a single. A throwing error and a double play resulted in two additional runs.

Spikes starter Jorge Rodriguez pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up five runs, two earned, on seven hits. Kevin Alexander and Pedro Echemendia pitched 4 1/3 innings in relief, with Echemendia earning the win.

Sunday’s game: vs. West Virginia, Dailyn Martinez (3-3, 3.94) 5:05 CDT

Johnson City 6, Kingsport 7

The Cardinals suffered a hard luck loss, with pitching in the later innings being the key.

Starter Ronnie Williams gave up two runs early, one unearned, then pitched four scoreless innings before giving up a two-run home run in the sixth. Sasha Kuebel finished the sixth, giving up one additional run, making the score 6-5 in favor of the Cards. In the seventh, Jonathan Escudero gave up the winning runs, tagged with the blown save and the loss. Juan Caballero pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Cardinals offense scored six runs on seven hits. Chris Chinea and Hunter Newman each drove in two runs, going 2-for-5 and 2-for-3 respectively. Newman hit a solo home run in the third inning. Edmundo Sosa was 2-for-4 with a solo home run. Luke Doyle plated a run on a sac fly.

Sunday’s game: at Greeneville, Juan Bautista (2-1, 4.28) 5:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Mets 1

The pitching was excellent in this close win over the rival Mets. Starter Derian Gonzalez was brilliant, pitching seven scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and striking out ten hitters. Jordan DeLorenzo blew the save in the eighth, but the offense bailed him out in the bottom of the ninth. Estarlin Arias retired the last batter in the top of the ninth for the win.

Dylan Becker and Bryce Denton each had an RBI, with Denton driving in the winning run in the ninth with his only hit of the night, a single. Becker was 2-for-3. Jonathan Rivera was 2-for-3 and Dylan Tice was 2-for-4.

Sunday’s game: Off.

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Angels 4

The Cardinals had the lead going into the seventh, but shaky pitching afterward resulted in a loss. Starter Franyel Casadilla threw six strong innings, giving up only one run on a solo home run in the fourth inning. Casadilla allowed three hits while striking out eight and walking none. In the seventh, Brian Pirela yielded two runs and took the blown save. Fabian Blanco allowed the final Angels run in the eighth, and was tagged with the loss.

Wadye Ynfante led the offense, going 3-for-5 with a RBI on a ground out. Two additional runs scored on a fielding error and a sac fly by Leandro Cedeno.

Sunday’s game: Off.

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