Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/17/15

On a Sunday with three extra innings contests, the Cardinals system went a dreary 1-5. Aledmys Diaz launched a three-run home run for Springfield.

Results from games played Sunday, August 16th.

Albuquerque 6 at Memphis 1

Marco Gonzales did not finish the fifth as Memphis (62-60) lost its second straight at home to Albuquerque, with final two the four-game set to play.

Gonzales (L, 0-4) permitted two runs on nine hits and a base-on-balls in 4 2/3. His departure triggered a string of four relievers, three of whom were scored upon.

Heath Wyatt was touched for two tallies on three hits and two free passes in 1 2/3. He left Gonzales’ last two runners aboard. While Dean Kiekhefer was the only Redbirds reliever to escape unscathed in the scoring column, he let his only inherited runner cross home. Kiekhefer gave up a hit, recording three outs.

Mitch Harris and Sam Tuivailala each went one frame, allowing a run, Harris via a hit and walk and Tuivailala on two hits. The latter threw a wild pitch.

Memphis was limited to just five hits, Greg Garcia garnering two of them. The shortstop, who entered the game in a fifth-inning double switch with Gonzales’ departure, singled twice in two at bats. Starting shortstop Alex Mejia doubled in two at bats, scoring the only Redbirds run.

Monday’s game: vs. Albuquerque (53-69), 7:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (7-5, 4.31)

Springfield 6 at Frisco 7 (10)

Springfield (25-25) twice led with three outs to go and twice the bullpen failed to deliver, resulting in a 7-6 defeat in the decisive third game of the series.

Up 5-2 in regulation, Ronnie Shaban (BS, 4) was left out there long enough to surrender three runs on four hits, while recording just one out. Robby Rowland (L, 0-1) notched two outs in the ninth but could not maintain the 6-5 lead obtained when the S-Cards went back up on a lead-off walk and three wild pitches in the 10th.

Frisco’s lead-off batter reached on catcher’s interference, advanced to second via a ground out and then was wild pitched to third with two outs. An RBI single re-tied the game at six all, leading to Rowland’s exit. Chris Perry served up an RBI double to his first batter, ending the game.

Power was in short supply for the visitors, with a three-run home run by Aledmys Diaz the only one of nine Springfield hits to go for extra bases. Player of the Day Diaz was joined by Charlie Tilson and David Washington with two hits each, the shortstop walking once and touching home twice. Diaz is batting .375 over his last 10 games.

Monday’s game: Off

Jupiter 2 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach (33-16) outhit the Hammerheads 10 to six but the number that counted was the final score, a 2-0 loss in the first of four contests between the two Jupiter-based teams.

Luis Perdomo (L, 0-1) gave up both tallies, one in the second and the other in his seventh and final inning of work. Although both runs were earned, a wild pitch was key, putting the runner in position to take advantage of a subsequent RBI single. Perdomo yielded six hits, including a solo bomb, and a walk in 6 2/3. Kevin Herget retired seven straight.

All 10 of the Beach Birds’ hits were singles: Casey Turgeon, Brett Wiley and C.J. McElroy with two each. Wiley and McElroy each swiped a base.

Monday’s game: vs. Jupiter (22-29), 6:35 pm ET, Luke Weaver (6-5, 1.78)

Peoria 3 at Bowling Green 7

Peoria (31-18) lost the decisive third game of the series at Bowling Green, 7-3.

Nick Frey took the loss, his first versus one win, after giving up three sixth-inning tallies that broke a one-all tie. The runs were produced by three hits and a walk.

It was a bullpen game after announced starter Austin Gomber was scratched. Cody Schumacher pitched the first two, yielding a run on three hits. Nick Lomascolo went 2 2/3, allowing a hit and one hit batsman. Frey recorded the final out in the fifth plus the sixth.

After Harrison Bader’s solo shot made the score 4-2 through seven, Steve Sabatino let the game get out of reach, permitting three runs on six hits in the latter part of his 1 2/3-inning stint. Dixon Llorens retired his only batter faced, leaving two inherited runners on.

Darren Seferina got his team on the board in the first with his fourth home run of 2015. Bader singled to open the ninth, eventually scoring a ground out by Steve Bean. Seferina and Bader both went 2-for-4 while Jake Gronsky singled and doubled in three at bats.

Monday’s game: Off

West Virginia 4 at State College 3 (14)

Twice State College (30-25) scored to extend the game, but they could not push across the difference-maker, dropping a 4-3 decision to West Virginia (27-29) in 14. The Spikes’ eight-game winning streak was ended as the two squads split the brief two-game set.

Trailing 2-0 in the ninth, the Spikes pushed across two to send the game into extras. The Black Bears re-took the lead, 3-2 midway through 13, but State College again answered. A second run off Kender Villegas (L, 1-3) was more than the home team could handle, leading to the loss.

Villegas, the last of four Spikes hurlers, gave up five hits in two innings. Starter Dailyn Martinez had a solid outing, allowing single scores in the third and seventh. Martinez scattered seven hits and three bases-on-balls over 6 2/3.

Tyler Bray shut down the opposition on a hit over 2 1/3, stranding an inherited runner. Luke Harrison gave up three hits in three scoreless, the 11th time in 12 appearances covering 25 2/3 innings that the righty has not been scored upon.

Monday’s game: Off for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game, which will take place on Tuesday, August 18th at Aberdeen, MD.

Johnson City 5 at Greeneville 3 (13)

Johnson City (23-27) managed what neither Springfield nor State College could, win a game in extras, as the JC-Cards took a 5-3 decision in the series opener.

With JC down 3-2 after eight, Ryan McCarvel singled and scored the tying run. It was his second hit in four at bats, after the first baseman earlier doubled. After Frederis Parra worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the frame, his second inning on the mound, Anderson Gerdel took over for the next two frames, yielding three hits.

Steven Farinaro (W, 2-1) received the ball from Gerdel, working a one-two-three 12th and maneuvering around a 13th featuring two baserunners. Luke Doyle’s fielding error allowed the lead-off runner to reach, but he was erased on a 6-4-3 double play. An infield single ensued but that runner was rendered meaningless by a game-ending 4-3 ground out.

Juan Bautista pitched the initial five, permitting three runs, two earned, on four hits and a walk. Harley Holt went two scoreless, allowing a hit.

Johnson City generated 10 hits, including three doubles. In addition to McCarvel’s two hits, Ricardo Bautista and Hunter Newman had two hits apiece. Bautista singled twice in three at bats, driving in two and Newman, who took over for McCarvel at first after the latter was pinch ran for in the ninth, singled and doubled in two at bats, knocking in the game winner in the 13th.

Monday’s game: at Greeneville (26-26), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (1-5, 7.68)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League takes Sundays off.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (26-22) at GCL Nationals (20-28), 12:00 pm ET, Sandy Alcantara (2-3, 3.80)

DSL Cardinals - off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (29-37) vs. DSL Astros Orange (26-40), 10:30 am ET, Oneiver Diaz (2-5, 3.41)

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