Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/22/15

On a 4-4 Friday across the system, Carson Kelly’s bat helped first-place Palm Beach win. Other victories were logged by Memphis, Springfield and Johnson City.

Results from games played Friday, August 21st.

Memphis 7 vs. El Paso 0

A trio of Redbirds propelled the team to a 7-0 win over the Chihuahuas, their first victory in three tries. Despite going 2-8 over their last 10 games, second-place Memphis (64-63) remains in the play-off hunt – 4 1/2 back - because Round Rock (TEX), the division leader, has posted the same mark.

Anthony Garcia, Xavier Scruggs and Dean Anna collectively took part in six of seven tallies, each going 2-for-4 with a run scored. Garcia did the most damage, blasting his first Triple-A home run with Dan Johnson and Scruggs aboard. Scruggs doubled once, driving in two. Three other Redbirds had one hit each.

Marco Gonzales struck out five through five, giving up six hits and picking up his first win of the season versus four losses. Tyler Waldron and Mitch Harris sandwiched a scoreless frame around Dean Kiekhefer’s two-inning stint. Kiekhefer allowed the only hit of the three.

Saturday’s game: vs. El Paso (68-58), 6:05 pm CT, Zach Petrick (7-5, 4.26)

Springfield 7 vs. Frisco 3

The S-Cards scored in each of the first four innings on their way to a 7-3 victory over Frisco in the series’ opener. Springfield (27-27) is tied for first with Arkansas (LAA).

Aledmys Diaz spearheaded the offensive effort, going 2-for-3 with a two-run bomb, one of his two runs scored. Diaz added another RBI and walked once.

Charlie Tilson, the only other Cardinal with a multi-hit game, singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls, crossing home once and stealing his 42nd bag. David Washington was among five S-Cards with one hit each, the right fielder smashing a two-run long ball.

Corey Baker (W, 5-5) settled down after yielding three tallies on three first-inning hits, including a two-run home run, giving up just two more hits in the next four frames. Kurt Heyer struck out three in three innings, allowing one hit. Ronnie Shaban permitted a hit in the ninth, fanning two.

Saturday’s game: vs. Frisco (25-28), 6:10 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-2, 4.36)

Palm Beach 3 vs. St. Lucie 2

Carson Kelly’s three-hit night helped the Beach Birds edge the Mets, 3-2, evening the series at one game apiece. Palm Beach (37-17) maintains its four-game advantage over second-place Bradenton (PIT) in the South Division.

Kelly accounted for two scores, going 3-for-4 with a solo bomb and another RBI. Collin Radack singled twice in four at bats, touching home once. Five other PB-Cards had one hit each.

Nick Petree (W, 5-3) was serviceable through five, surrendering two runs on eight hits and a free pass. Trey Nielsen fanned four over the next three, giving up two hits. Josh Lucas put the tying run aboard on a hit but escaped for his eighth save.

Saturday’s game: vs. St. Lucie (27-27), 5:35 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (0-1, 3.12)

Wisconsin 2 at Peoria 1

Dewin Perez pitched a strong effort but received precious little run support, resulting in a 2-1 loss in the first of three versus the Timber Rattlers. Peoria (34-19) remains in second, three in back of Kane County (ARI).

Perez (L, 2-5) scattered six hits and a base-on-balls over seven, giving up two runs, one earned. He struck out nine. Jery Then allowed a hit in his two innings on the mound, fanning two, his second appearance since his promotion from State College.

On the offensive front, Oscar Mercado obtained half of the Chiefs’ hits, going 3-for-4 with a double and scoring the sole tally. Paul DeJong drove him in.

Saturday’s game: vs. Wisconsin (19-33), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Gomber (13-3, 2.93)

State College 1 at Batavia 5

The Spikes’ slim lead through five evaporated in the late innings, leading to a 5-1 loss to Batavia in the series’ opener. State College (31-27) remains in second place, but has dropped to 5 1/2 off the pace set by Williamsport (PHI).

Both of the tallies given up by Dailyn Martinez (L, 3-4) in the sixth were unearned, the result of two Spikes’ miscues. Martinez yielded just three hits and two walks in 5 1/3, striking out eight.

Luke Harrison was charged with his first blown save after he let both inherited runners come home. Harrison pitched 1 2/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned on three hits. Pedro Echemendia surrendered a home run with none on in the eighth.

Jesse Jenner went 3-for-4, the only Spike with more than one of the team’s seven hits. Thomas Spitz singled once in three at bats with a free pass, run scored and two stolen bases. Leobaldo Pina collected the RBI.

Saturday’s game: at Batavia (25-33), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (4-2, 3.18)

Johnson City 5 at Burlington 1

The Appy Birds tallied in four different frames in their 5-1 win over the Royals, evening the series at one game each. Johnson City (25-29) is still in fifth (and last) place but just five behind first-place Kingsport (NYM).

The offense attack was a team-wide affair with eight of nine starters garnering at least one of the 13 hits. Anthony Ray and Hunter Newman both went 3-for-4, with Ray hitting his first long ball of 2015. Luke Doyle singled twice in four at bats, knocking in one. Magneuris Sierra, Ryan McCarvel, Chris Rivera and Eliezer Alvarez all singled and scored once.

Ryan Helsley was the beneficiary although he pitched well enough not to need nearly as much support. Helsley (W, 1-0) struck out five through five, permitting three hits and a walk.

Anderson Gerdel tossed a scoreless sixth, yielding a hit. Steven Farinaro was charged with a run on two hits in the seventh while Harley Holt gave up four hits over the final two frames.

Saturday’s game: at Burlington (24-33), 7:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (3-1, 3.00)

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Marlins 2

The GCL Cardinals (30-23) dropped game two to the Marlins, 2-0, evening the series at one game each and leaving the Gulf Birds only one up on the Marlins.

Derian Gonzalez (L, 3-4) only permitted four hits through six but two of them were in the first. When combined with a throwing error by shortstop Allen Cordoba putting the lead-off batter on, results were two runs across, one earned. Gonzalez struck out six, issuing two free passes and hitting one batter.

Yeison Medina tossed a one-two-three seventh while Ronald Medrano yielded a hit in his inning of work. Each pitcher fanned one.

The Gulf Cards mustered just three singles and three walks against Marlins pitching. Nick Plummer had one of each.

Saturday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (29-24), 10:00 am ET, Sandy Alcantara (3-3, 3.38)

DSL Rangers1 6, DSL Cardinals 3

Coming into Friday on a four-game winning streak, the Cardinals could not hold a 3-0 lead in the fifth on their way to a 6-3 loss to the Rangers1. Cards starter Franyel Casadilla was victimized for two unearned runs in the home fifth and departed following the inning, having allowed five hits and two walks.

The game unraveled with Edwar Ramirez (BS, 4) (L, 4-3) on the mound in the seventh as the Rangers plated four on three hits (two doubles and a triple) and two walks. Estailin Tejada induced a double play to escape the jam, but the damage was done.

Four of the Cards’ six hits went for extra bases, but they had trouble putting them together as the anxious hitters struck out 12 times. Cleanup hitter Sanel Rosendo wore the golden sombrero, going 0-for-4, all strikeouts. Leadoff man Esequeil Delgado singled and doubled with an RBI.

Saturday’s game: vs. Rangers1 (50-21), 10:30 a.m. ET, Oneiver Diaz (2-5, 3.17)

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