Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/20/15

Corey Littrell had an impressive outing for Palm Beach, one of five wins for the system on Wednesday. Nick Thompson’s hot bat led Peoria’s offense with State College, the GCL and DSL Cardinals all posting wins. Memphis and Springfield got pounded while Johnson City was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 19th.

El Paso 8 at Memphis 1

Nick Greenwood could not complete the sixth, as Memphis (63-62) fell to El Paso, 8-1, in the series’ opener. It was the Redbirds’ seventh loss in their last eight games.

Greenwood (L, 11-5) was charged with six runs, five earned, on nine hits and a walk in 5 2/3. Chris Thomas let Greenwood’s final two runners score, permitting one of his own on a solo shot, one of four hits given up in 1 1/3.

Dean Kiekhefer gave up a solo bomb in the eighth, the fourth straight inning in which the Chihuahuas scored. Heath Wyatt faced the minimum in the ninth.

Five Redbirds had one hit each, with Dan Johnson scoring the home team’s only run. Cody Stanley drove him in.

Thursday’s game: vs. El Paso (67-57), 7:05 pm CT, Arturo Reyes (0-1, 12.46)

Midland 10 at Springfield 1

The S-Cards (26-26) were stomped by Midland on Wednesday, 10-1, evening the series at one game each and dropping their lead in the North Division to just one game over Arkansas (LAA).

Kyle Hald (L, 3-6) did not retire any of the six batters faced in the third, surrendering six runs on eight hits and two bases-on-balls. Joey Donofrio did not fare much better, allowing three runs on five hits and two free passes in 2 2/3.

Chris Perry yielded a solo long ball, one of two hits and two walks over three. Ronnie Shaban retired all four batters faced.

Springfield managed eight hits but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. Aledmys Diaz singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in the only tally. Batting clean-up, Jonathan Rodriguez went 3-for-4 with a double, but no one around him did squat so his hits went for naught. Mike O’Neill singled once in four at bats and scored.

Thursday’s game: vs. Midland (35-17), 7:10 pm CT, Alex Reyes (1-1, 3.72)

Palm Beach 8 at Jupiter 0

Palm Beach (36-16) shut out Jupiter, 8-0, taking three of four from the Hammerheads (22-32).

Corey Littrell (W, 8-8) kept his opponents off the board on five hits and three walks through seven. Kevin Herget permitted a hit over the final two innings, earning his sixth save.

Luke Voit’s 10th home run of 2015 broke a scoreless game in the sixth. It came with Collin Radack (walk) aboard and was one of two hits in four at bats for the left fielder. Voit worked a free pass and drove in four.

Breyvic Valera acquired three hits in five at bats, almost half of the Beach Birds’ eight hits. The shortstop scored one and knocked in another. Mason Katz went 2-for-5, touching home once with an RBI.

Thursday’s game: vs. St. Lucie (26-26), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 15 vs. Beloit 2

The somewhat offensively challenged Chiefs exploded for 18 hits, crushing the Snappers, 15-2. Peoria (33-18) have taken the first two of the three-game series.

All nine starters touched home, eight of nine garnering at least one hit. Nick Thompson, one of three Chiefs launching long balls, went 4-for-5 with a double and home run, scoring three and driving in one. Brian O’Keefe hit a two-run blast and Harrison Bader added a three-run bomb, one of each player’s two hits.

Andrew Sohn and Alex De Leon posted nearly identical marks, going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and two RBI, Sohn swiping a bag and De Leon doubling once. Jake Gronsky joined Bader by going 2-for-4 and scoring twice. Gronsky doubled once and knocked in two versus Bader’s four RBI.

Matt Pearce (W, 9-10) held the Snappers scoreless over five, yielding three hits and two bases-on-balls. Tyler Bray allowed the only runs, coming on two solo shots that were the only hits given up in two innings. Steve Sabatino and Dixon Llorens each fanned two in their inning of work, Sabatino permitting a hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. Beloit (20-30), 7:00 pm CT, Ian McKinney (1-0, 0.00)

State College 5 vs. Williamsport 0

A trio of Spikes twirled a four-hitter as State College (31-25) blanked Williamsport, 5-0, in the first of two.

Jacob Evans struck out five through five, yielding two hits. Max Almonte and Steven De La Cruz each went two innings, giving up a hit. De La Cruz fanned five.

Eight of nine starters accumulated at least one of the team’s 12 hits. Four Spikes went 2-for-4: Michael Pritchard, Casey Grayson, Orlando Olivera and Ronnierd Garcia. Olivera smacked one of State College’s five doubles and was joined by Pritchard in scoring once. Pritchard stole his 12th and 13th bags of the season.

Thursday’s game: vs. Williamsport (35-22), 7:05 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (4-2, 2.61)

Johnson City - off

The JC-Cards (24-28) are in the midst of a nine-game road trip with three down and six to go.

Thursday’s game: at Burlington (23-32) (KC), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals 11 at GCL Nationals 2

Dylan Becker accounted for six tallies in the GCL Cardinals’ 11-2 pounding of the GCL Nationals, the Cards’ seventh consecutive win. The winning streak includes sweeps of the Mets and Nationals.

Becker led the way with three of the Cards’ 11 hits, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs. The first baseman was one-for-two in stolen base attempts.

Allen Cordoba and Dylan Tice each went 2-for-5, Cordoba blasting a solo shot that got the Gulf Birds (29-22) on the scoreboard in the first. The shortstop worked a base-on-balls and touched home another time. Tice crossed home once with an RBI. The scoring was capped by another solo bomb, this one off Carlos Torres’ bat. The designated hitter went 1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and that RBI.

That was more than enough support for David Oca, who spread six hits and two free passes over seven frames, resulting in two runs. The lefty struck out seven. Gerwuins Velazco and Jordan DeLorenzo each tossed a scoreless inning, allowing one hit.

Thursday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (28-23), 12:00 pm ET, Junior Fernandez (2-2, 4.97)

DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Nationals 4

Aided by three Nationals’ miscues, the DSL Cardinals (32-37) won an 8-4 decision.

Four of the eight runs were unearned, but no style points are awarded in baseball. The Dominican Birds were outhit six to eight but were issued nine free passes.

Starlin Balbuena went 2-for-5, scoring once, the only player with more than one hit. Wadye Infante doubled once in two at bats, walked twice, scored two tallies and stole a base. Sanel Rosario went 1-for-3 with a double and two bases-on-balls, touching home twice.

Juan Alvarez was solid through five, giving up a run on five hits and a walk with five strikeouts. Enrique Perez whiffed five in two frames, giving way to Noel De Jesus who faced the minimum in the eighth. Brian Pirela allowed a hit and plunked a batter, both of whom scored under Estailin Tejada’s watch. Tejada recorded the last two outs but allowed a run on two hits and a free pass.

Thursday’s game: vs. DSL Nationals (30-39), 10:30 am ET, Junior Gonzalez (3-4, 3.88)

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