Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/19/15

St. Louis’ minors posted a 7-0 record on Tuesday with the standout performances coming from Palm Beach’s Blake McKnight and Peoria’s Nick Thompson. State College was off for the NYPL All-Star Game.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 18th.

Memphis 5 vs. Albuquerque 4

Memphis slipped past Albuquerque, 5-4, snapping a six-game losing streak and salvaging the final of four games versus the Isotopes (54-70) (COL). The second-place Redbirds (63-61) trail Round Rock (TEX) by five.

Memphis accumulated nine hits, two each by Xavier Scruggs, Greg Garcia and Jacob Wilson. Scruggs and Wilson both went 2-for-3, Scruggs adding a walk and two runs scored while Wilson knocked in one. Garcia singled and doubled in four at bats, touching home once with two RBI. His double was the team’s only hit to go for extra bases.

John Gast picked up his sixth win in 15 decisions, scattering nine hits and a walk over five, resulting in three runs. Tyler Waldron yielded a run on a hit and base-on-balls in 1 1/3, the runner scoring under Miguel Socolovich’s watch.

Socolovich recorded the seventh’s final two outs, leaving one of Waldron’s runners on. Sam Tuivailala maneuvered around two hits and two free passes in two frames for his 16th save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. second-place (Pacific Southern) El Paso (66-57) (SD), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (11-4, 4.99)

Springfield 4 vs. Midland 3

Four ninth-inning free passes literally gave the S-Cards a walk-off win over Midland in the series’ opener. Springfield (26-25) remains in first, two in front of Arkansas (LAA), which has lost four straight.

Patrick Wisdom and Nick Martini worked walks to open the frame, advancing a base on a sac bunt by Mike O’Neill. After an intentional base-on-balls to Charlie Tilson loaded the bases, there was nowhere to put Bruce Caldwell. Caldwell was issued a free pass, bringing Wisdom in.

Wisdom singled and doubled in two at bats with the aforementioned walk and run scored, driving in two – one via a sac fly. He swiped a bag as well. David Washington and Michael Ohlman each had two hits in four at bats, Ohlman touching home twice. Four other Springfield players had one hit each.

Kurt Heyer pitched around two hits in the ninth, with the win raising his record to 6-0. Andrew Morales threw a pedestrian first five, giving up three runs on six hits and four walks.

Silfredo Garcia tossed two scoreless frames, issuing a free pass. Ryan Sherriff allowed a hit and two base-on-balls, one intentional, in the eighth.

Wednesday’s game: vs. first-place (South) Midland (34-17) (OAK), 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (3-5, 4.69)

Palm Beach 6 vs. Jupiter 1

The Beach Birds flew past Jupiter, 6-1, taking a two-games-to-one series lead with one on tap. Palm Beach (35-16) remains in first, two ahead of Bradenton (PIT).

The home team banged out 12 hits, five players with two apiece: Mason Katz, Luke Voit, Danny Diekroeger, Carson Kelly and C.J. McElroy. Katz doubled twice in three at bats with a walk and two runs scored. The other four went 2-for-4, Voit tripling once, driving in two and joining Diekroeger in scoring one run. McElroy knocked in one.

But the star of the game was Blake McKnight, who held the Hammerheads to just two hits over seven innings. A run scored against the righty in the seventh but it was unearned because Casey Turgeon’s fielding error allowed the runner to reach. Consecutive singles followed, the latter driving in the tally. The only other batter to reach against McKnight was a hit batsman in the second. Tyler Melling and Josh Lucas each faced the minimum in their single innings of relief.

Wednesday’s game: at fifth-place Jupiter (22-31), 6:35 pm ET, Corey Littrell (7-8, 2.98)

Peoria 6 vs. Beloit 0

Nick Thompson’s perfect night at the plate led the Chiefs to a 6-0 win over the Snappers in the first of three. Second-place Peoria (32-18) kept pace with Kane County (ARI), a team they trail by five.

Thompson went 3-for-3 with a double, capping his performance with an eighth-inning grand slam that broke open a tight game. The right fielder drew one of four free passes issued to Beloit’s staff. Oscar Mercado went 2-for-4, scoring twice, the only other Chief with more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Jack Flaherty pitched another gem, striking out nine in six innings, giving up four hits and plunking one Snapper. Jery Then retired the side in order twice, fanning two. Kyle Grana gave up a hit in the ninth.

Wednesday’s game: vs. fifth-place Beloit (20-29) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Matt Pearce (8-10, 2.79)

State College – New York-Penn League All-Star Game – North 4 at South 2

State College’s South team dropped a 4-2 decision to the North at Aberdeen on Tuesday. The five representatives of the Spikes all saw action. Leobaldo Pina, the starting designated hitter, doubled once in four at bats, playing the duration of the game. Michael Pritchard entered the game in the fifth, playing left, and went 1-for-2. Pritchard scored the South’s first tally. Casey Grayson, the starting first baseman, was hitless in three at bats but reached via a base-on-balls in the eighth.

On the mound, Juan Perez pitched the fifth, giving up a run on a hit, walk and hit batsman. Landon Beck followed Perez to the mound, tossing a one-two-three sixth.

Wednesday’s game: Second-place State College (30-25) vs. first-place Williamsport (35-21) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Jacob Evans (2-1, 0.87)

Johnson City 3 at Greeneville 1

Edmundo Sosa’s two-homer night led the Appy Birds over the Astros, 3-1, in the decisive third game of the series. Fourth-place Johnson City (24-28) sits five behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Sosa’s first long ball tied the game at 1-1 in his team’s two-run sixth and his second bomb was launched the next inning. The designated hitter went 2-for-3, walking twice and now has five home runs in his last five games.

DeAndre Asbury-Heath singled twice in three at bats, the only other player with a multi-hit performance. Three other JC-Cards had one hit each, including Magneuris Sierra, who went 1-for-3 with a free pass, run scored and stolen base.

Josh Wirsu fanned six through 6 2/3, permitting a run on four hits and a walk, earning his second win in seven decisions. Jonathan Escudero went the final 2 1/3, picking up his first save.

Wednesday’s game: off

GCL Cardinals 10 vs. GCL Nationals 3

Jake Woodford and Ian Oxnevad both posted professional firsts in the Gulf Birds’ 10-3 victory over the Gulf Nationals, a series they lead two games to one. The win kept the GCL Cardinals (28-22) a game in front of the second-place Marlins, a team they meet five more times in the season’s last 10 games. Both squads are on six-game winning streaks.

Woodford fanned seven in five, holding his opponents scoreless on five hits, earning his first win as a pro. The righty induced five ground- versus two fly-ball outs.

Tandem mate Ian Oxnevad garnered his first professional save but had a bit shakier time of it. The southpaw permitted three runs in the seventh that included three of the four hits and the only walk he gave up in four.

The Gulf Cardinals effectively put the game out of reach with a six-run third, putting an exclamation point on the scoring with four more in the sixth. Nick Plummer launched his first long ball as a pro, a two-run shot in the third. It was the centerfielder’s only hit in five at bats.

The team accumulated 11 hits in all with three GCL Cardinals mustering two hits each: Dylan Tice, Allen Cordoba and Jonathan Rivera. Tice blasted a three-run home run, going 2-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBI. Cordoba and Rivera went 2-for-4 with a run scored and RBI, Cordoba’s RBI via a sac fly and Rivera doubling once. Cordoba swiped his ninth bag of the season.

Wednesday’s game: at GCL Nationals (20-30), 12:00 pm ET, David Oca (6-1, 1.81)

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Astros Orange 3

Back-to-back four-run frames launched the DSL Cardinals (31-37) over the DSL Astros Orange (26-42), 9-3. The Dominican Birds have already been eliminated from play-off contention and are down to the last four games of their season.

As is fairly typical for the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League, four of the eight scores were unearned. Starlin Balbuena garnered almost half of his squad’s nine hits, going 4-for-5 with a double and walk, knocking in one. Esequeil Delgado singled twice in four at bats with a free pass, run scored and two RBI.

Will Changarotty (W, 2-3) gave up five hits in five, resulting in two runs. Luis Rosales was charged with a run on three hits over two. Cristhian Lugo worked around four hits for two scoreless innings.

Wednesday’s game: at DSL Nationals (30-38), 10:30 am ET, Juan Alvarez (4-2, 2.74)



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