Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/23/15

The Cardinals system was 4-4 on Saturday. Our Players of the Day are Peoria starting pitcher Austin Gomber and Johnson City third baseman Allen Staton.

The Cardinal Nation’s Players of the Day for Saturday are Austin Gomber, who pitched a six inning, two-hit gem with ten strikeouts against Wisconsin, and Allen Staton, who drove in six with two home runs, one a grand slam, in Johnson City’s win over Burlington.

Results for games played Saturday, August 22.

Memphis 3, El Paso 9

Redbirds starter Zach Petrick dug a hole for his team out of which they could not climb. Losing pitcher Petrick gave up nine runs, six earned, on 13 hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Three came from a sixth-inning home run. Chris Thomas, Justin Wright and Miguel Socolovich all pitched scoreless innings in relief.

The Memphis offense scored three runs on seven hits. All of the runs came in the third inning. A Rafael Ortega triple followed by a Dan Johnson ground out scored the first run. A two-run home run off the bat of Xavier Scruggs finished the scoring. Ortega had the only multi-hit night, going 2-for-4.

Sunday’s game: at Tacoma, John Gast (6-9, 5.00) 7:05 CDT

Springfield 2, Frisco 4

Three RoughRiders runs in the first two innings put the Cardinals behind, and they stayed behind. The Cards scored on a first inning single by Michael Ohlman and a fifth inning double by Charlie Tilson. Mike O’Neill had the only multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.

Starter Jimmy Reed took the loss after pitching six innings and giving up three runs on five hits. All three came via the long ball. Silfredo Garcia allowed the other Frisco run, also on a home run. Ryan Sheriff pitched a scoreless ninth.

Sunday’s game: vs. Frisco, Andrew Morales (4-6, 5.01) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 4, St. Lucie 6

The Cardinals fell behind and stayed behind until the ninth inning, when they mounted a comeback that fell short. The starting pitching of Luis Perdomo was shaky and resulted in five runs in 5 1/3 innings of work and the loss. Keith Butler (2 2/3 scoreless) and Lee Stoppelman (one earned run) pitched in relief.

Palm Beach scored four runs on 11 hits. Luke Voit went 3-for-5 with one RBI, on a ninth inning double. A Breyvic Valera triple and a Mason Katz sac fly drove in the other ninth inning runs. Carson Kelly singled in a run in the fourth inning. C.J. McElroy was 2-for-3 and Collin Radack scored two runs. Radack also stole his sixth base in 10 attempts.

Sunday’s game: vs. Bradenton, Luke Weaver (7-5, 1.67) 4:05 CDT

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 2

Starter Austin Gomber pitched a gem of a game to keep the Timber Rattlers off the board for six innings. Gomber gave up only two hits while striking out ten Wisconsin hitters to earn the win. Nick Lomascolo, Dixon Llorens, and Kyle Grana pitched in relief. Llorens surrendered the two Timber Rattlers runs in the ninth inning. Grana earned the save.

Paul DeJong and Brian O’Keefe were each 2-for-4 and each drove in a run. Harrison Bader and Nick Thompson had other two RBI. The Chiefs had ten hits, all singles. DeJong stole his 11th base in 15 attempts, and Oscar Mercado swiped his 47th bag in 69 tries.

Sunday’s game: vs. Wisconsin, Landon Beck (0-0, 0.00) 5:00 CDT

State College 5 at Batavia 3

The Spikes mounted a comeback win, taking the lead in the ninth inning by scoring three runs. Jose Godoy drove in two on a single. Godoy had replaced Jesse Jenner, who was removed in the eighth for a pinch runner. The other ninth-inning run came on a bases-loaded walk to Orlando Olivera. Two earlier runs scored, in the third and the seventh, on fielding errors. Casey Grayson was 2-for-4 and Michael Massi went 2-for-5.

Spikes starter Juan Perez went four innings and gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits. Max Almonte, Steven De La Cruz, and Pedro Echemendia pitched in relief. De La Cruz took the win and Echemendia the save.

Sunday’s game: at Batavia, Carson Cross (2-2, 2.70) 12:05 CDT

Johnson City 9 at Burlington 3

This game was tied going into the eighth inning, but the Cardinals had a five-run burst and added an additional run in the ninth to put the game away. The nine runs were scored on ten hits. Allen Staton hit a two-run home run and a grand slam. Edmundo Sosa and Magneuris Sierra were also 2-for-4. Chris Chinea had two RBI, one via a single and the other on a sac fly.

Starter Ronnie Williams pitched 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on four hits. Reliever Juan Caballero, who came in for Williams in the sixth, was charged with a blown save. Frederis Parra, who relieved Caballero, was the winning pitcher. Chandler Hawkins and Ismael Brito finished in relief.

Sunday’s game: at Danville, TBA, 3:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Marlins 8

In a battle for first place, the Marlins pulled even as the Cardinals’ pitching gave up too many early runs for the offense to come back from. Starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara pitched five innings, giving up four runs, three earned, on four hits. Brady Bowen, Jordan DeLorenzo, and Gerwuins Velazco pitched in relief. Bowen yielded one additional run, and DeLorenzo allowed three. Alcantara was the losing pitcher.

The Cardinals offense scored two runs on six hits, both runs coming in the sixth inning. That was two innings after Miami MLB rehabber Jarred Cosart left the game (two hits and a walk in four scoreless). First baseman Dylan Becker had the only multi-hit outing, going 2-for-4. Nick Plummer had an RBI triple. Becker stole his third base in three attempts.

Sunday’s game: Off.

DSL Cardinals 3, DSL Rangers1 1

The Cardinals took the lead in the first two innings and held on to it, thanks to some very good pitching. Starter Oneiver Diaz held the Rangers off the board for five innings, until finally surrendering one run in the sixth. Diaz went the full six, giving up six hits and striking out five to earn the win. Enrique Perez and Noel De Jesus pitched in relief, with De Jesus getting the save.

Shortstop Starlin Balbuena was the key to the offense, doubling in the first inning, and scoring the first run on a throwing error, then singling in another run in the second. The third run scored on a ground out from Andres Luna. The offense wasn’t plentiful, three runs on five hits, but it was enough to close the 34-38 season with a win.

Sunday’s game: Season over.

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