Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/21/15

Junior Fernandez’s strong outing led the GCL Cardinals to one of three system wins on Thursday. Peoria and the DSL club both notched victories but the other five minor league teams did not.

Results from games played Thursday, August 20th.

El Paso 7 at Memphis 5

A faltering bullpen led to a 7-5 loss for Memphis. The Redbirds (63-63) have dropped the first two of their four-game home series.

Justin Wright (L, 1-1) got through the sixth unscathed but not the seventh, allowing two tallies on two hits in 1 1/3. Heath Wyatt was shelled for seven hits and a walk in 2 2/3, giving up three runs plus letting Wright’s last runner score.

Arturo Reyes improved upon his Triple-A debut results, permitting two runs on six hits and four base-on-balls, one intentional, through five. The righty struck out five and plunked a batter.

Memphis’ offense generated 12 hits, led by Dean Anna who singled three times in four at bats at the top of the order. Anthony Garcia went 2-for-4 with a double and triple, scoring twice and driving in one. Xavier Scruggs blasted his 13th home run of the season, his only hit in four at bats.

Friday’s game: vs. El Paso (68-57), 7:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (0-4, 5.50)

Midland 7 at Springfield 1

Springfield (26-27) lost for the seventh time in their last nine games, this time 7-1 to Midland (36-17) in the decisive third game of the series.

Alex Reyes took his second loss in three Double-A decisions, yielding three runs, two earned, on four hits and three walks through five. One of the four hits was a solo home run. Reyes fanned nine.

The game remained within the S-Cards’ grasp until Thomas Lee took the mound for his second inning of work. Lee surrendered four seventh-inning tallies, on four hits – including a two-run bomb, and two free passes in 1 2/3. Ryan Sherriff retired four straight while Robby Rowland tossed a one-two-three ninth, striking out two.

Reyes would have had to pitch like Cy Young to have given his team a chance to win since the offense mustered just four hits. Bruce Caldwell had half of them, singling and doubling in four at bats with an RBI and stolen base. Mike O’Neill walked and scored the only run.

Friday’s game: vs. Frisco (25-27), 7:10 pm CT, Corey Baker (4-5, 4.44)

St. Lucie 5 at Palm Beach 2

Palm Beach (36-17) could not recover from an early hole, falling to St. Lucie 5-2 in the series’ opener. Rehabbing Mets major leaguer Steven Matz went the first 2 2/3, allowing one run on four hits.

Jhonny Polanco took the loss in his first Florida State League start, yielding five runs on four hits and four walks in 2 2/3. His final two runs scored with Cody Schumacher on the mound, as Schumacher gave up four hits and a base-on-balls through 3 1/3.

Tyler Melling permitted a hit over two frames while Lee Stoppelman tossed one inning. All but Melling hit one batter.

The Beach Birds had eight hits, three by C.J. McElroy. The centerfielder went 3-for-4 with a double and solo bomb and scored both of his team’s runs. Collin Radack collected the other RBI.

Friday’s game: vs. St Lucie (27-26), 6:35 pm ET, Nick Petree (4-3, 2.98)

Peoria 5 vs. Beloit 3

Paul DeJong and Darren Seferina joined forces to deliver a 5-3 win that swept the Snappers (20-31) out of Dozer Field. Peoria (34-18) has climbed to within three games of division-leading Kane County (ARI).

DeJong and Seferina combined for five of the Chiefs’ seven hits, the former going 3-for-4 with a three-run long ball. Seferina doubled twice in four at bats, scoring two times.

Ian McKinney (W, 2-0) matched a season-high 10 hits permitted but limited the damage to three runs, two earned, over 6 2/3. He fanned five. Nick Frey (1 1/3) and Kyle Grana each gave up a hit, with Grana earning his 19th save with a scoreless ninth.

Friday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (18-33), 7:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-4, 6.56)

Williamsport 9 at State College 4

Jorge Rodriguez’ off night on the mound led to a 9-4 loss by State College (31-26). Each team won one of the series’ two contests.

Rodriguez was touched for five runs on eight hits, including a two-run bomb, and a walk in 5 1/3. Kevin Alexander was charged with a run on two hits and a free pass over 2 2/3 and allowed one of two inherited runners to score. Kender Villegas gave up four hits in the eighth, resulting in three more scores.

Cole Lankford led the Spikes’ seven-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and an RBI.

Friday’s game: at Batavia (23-33), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-3, 3.79)

Johnson City 5 at Burlington 6

A seventh-inning solo shot provided the margin of victory in Johnson City’s 6-5 loss to Burlington, the first of three games.

The only hit Julio Mateo surrendered in his two-inning stint was that home run, saddling him with his third loss in as many decisions. Mateo issued one free pass.

In his fourth start, Brennan Leitao tossed the initial five, permitting five runs, three earned, on seven hits, including a home run with the bases empty. Ramon Santos allowed two hits and a base-on-balls in 2/3 of an inning. Sasha Kuebel retired his only batter faced, stranding the bases loaded.

Eliezer Alvarez had a perfect night at the plate, going 3-for-3 with a double, free pass, one run scored and an RBI. Edmundo Sosa singled and tripled in four at bats, walked and touched home one time each.

Friday’s game: Johnson City (24-29) at Burlington (24-32), 7:00 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (0-0, 2.20)

GCL Cardinals 7 vs. GCL Marlins 1

The showdown between the top two teams in the East Division resulted in a 7-1 series’ opening win by the league leaders. The victory extended the Cards’ winning streak to eight games.

Junior Fernandez (W, 3-2) was impressive through seven, holding his opponents to a run on three hits and a walk. Fernandez, our Player of the Day, fanned six and hit one batter. Brady Bowen and Estarlin Arias posted identical lines of one hit given up and three outs recorded.

Four Gulf Birds (30-22) each had two of the team’s 11 hits: Dylan Tice, Dylan Becker, Bryce Denton and Carlos Torres – the Dylans in three at bats and the latter two in four. Tice blasted his fourth long ball of 2015 with none on, for one of his two RBI. Becker touched home one time and knocked in one. Denton and Torres each scored once, with Torres’ triple one of three extra-base hits.

Friday’s game: at GCL Marlins (28-24), 12:00 pm ET, Derian Gonzalez (3-3, 3.78)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Nationals 1

The DSL Cardinals (33-37) downed the DSL Nationals (30-40), 5-1, for their fourth win in a row.

Junior Gonzalez struck out eight over six, limiting the Nationals to a run on four hits and a base-on-balls. Gonzalez raised his record to 4-4 with the effort. Angel Estevez walked one in the seventh while Fabian Blanco permitted a hit in two innings.

Five Dominican Cards had at least of the team’s six hits, Hector Linares the only one with two. Linares singled twice in four at bats with an RBI and a stolen base. Wadye Infante went 1-for-3 with a free pass, touching home twice.

Friday’s game: at DSL Rangers1 (49-21), 10:30 am ET, Franyel Casadilla (4-3, 2.31)



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