Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/24/15

It was a 3-3 day in St. Louis’ minors on Sunday. Alex Mejia’s bat helped Memphis to victory, Palm Beach and Peoria winning as well. Springfield, Peoria and Johnson City went down to defeat while the GCL Cardinals were off. The DSL club’s season has ended.

Results from games played Sunday, August 23rd.

Memphis 8 at Tacoma 2

Memphis (65-64) opened an eight-game road trip through the West with an 8-2 victory over Tacoma (SEA).

John Gast tossed seven strong frames, his longest start since June 27th. He surrendered single tallies in the second and fourth, the latter a long ball that cut the Rainiers’ deficit to 4-2. The southpaw struck out six, allowing four hits and two walks and threw 62 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

Relievers Mitch Harris and Sam Tuivailala split the balance of the pitching duties. Harris tossed a one-two-three eighth while Tuivailala issued two free passes in the ninth.

Shortstop Alex Mejia, our Player of the Day, led the Redbirds’ 12-hit attack, going 4-for-5, doubling twice, touching home twice and driving in one. Rafael Ortega was right behind Mejia, with three hits in four at bats, including two doubles, a run scored and two RBI. Ortega worked a free pass and was one-for-two in stolen base attempts. Jacob Wilson, the final Redbird with more than one hit, went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, crossed home twice and drove in three.

Monday’s game: at Tacoma (60-69), 9:05 pm CT, Nick Greenwood (11-5, 5.14)

Frisco 7 at Springfield 4

Springfield (27-29) led 4-1 with three outs to go, but lost to Frisco (27-28) (TEX) 7-4 in the rubber game of the series.

Robby Rowland (BS, 1) (L, 0-2) recorded just one out, serving up five runs on two hits and three walks. Silfredo Garcia permitted a hit and free pass, resulting in an unearned run.

Andrew Morales allowed seven hits through 5 2/3 while holding the RoughRiders to just one run. Joey Donofrio retired three batters, two via strikeout, giving up a hit. Ryan Sherriff retired his only batter faced, joining Donofrio by retiring one inherited runner. Ronnie Shaban faced the minimum in the eighth.

David Washington and Bruce Caldwell both went 2-for-4, Caldwell doubling once with an RBI while Washington scored one. Michael Ohlman singled once in three at bats with a base-on-balls and two runs scored. Charlie Tilson garnered the team’s final hit and stole his 43rd base.

Monday’s game: Off

Palm Beach 5 vs. Bradenton 2

The South Division’s top two squads squared off in the first of three contests. Palm Beach prevailed 5-2, to extend their division lead to four games.

The Beach Birds (38-18) had ace Luke Weaver on the mound and the righty did not disappoint, giving up two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a walk over six. Kevin Herget yielded a hit in the final three frames for his seventh save.

Carson Kelly was a dominant force at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. The only other Palm Beach player with more than one of the team’s nine hits was Blake Drake, who singled twice in four at bats. Robelys Reyes drove in three, doubling once in three at bats.

Monday’s game: vs. Bradenton (34-22) (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, Blake McKnight (3-0, 1.50)

Wisconsin 9 at Peoria 4

The Chiefs (35-20) never led in their 9-5 loss to the Timber Rattlers (20-34) (MIL) in the decisive third game.

Landon Beck took the loss in his full-season debut, allowing four tallies on seven hits and a free pass through three. Steve Sabatino (2 2/3) and Nick Frey (1 1/3) each permitted a run while Tyler Bray was charged with three runs, two earned, on three hits and two walks over two.

Peoria banged out 10 hits, four for extras, leaving seven aboard. Darren Seferina went 3-for-4 with a walk, double, touched home once and knocked in one. Oscar Mercado doubled twice in five at bats, crossing home once with two stolen bases. Nick Thompson singled twice in four at bats, scoring one.

Monday’s game: at Cedar Rapids (30-25) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (8-1, 2.33)

State College 8 at Batavia 2

The Spikes (33-27) tallied in five separate frames, resulting in an 8-2 win at Batavia (25-35) (MIA). The victory gave State College a two-games-to-one series’ win.

There was plenty of offensive opportunities for the visitors, who had a whopping 17 hits. All nine starters accumulated at least one, spearheaded by Casey Grayson who went 3-for-4 with a walk, triple, run scored and RBI.

Six Spikes had two hits apiece: Jhohan Acevedo, Michael Pritchard, Orlando Olivera, Josh Swirchak, Jose Godoy and R.J. Dennard. Pritchard doubled once and Godoy twice in five at bats, the former crossing home twice and the latter driving in two. Swirchak did both, scoring two with two RBI in four at bats, and working one free pass.

Carson Cross (W, 3-2) gave two runs in the third, temporarily knotting the game at two all, but that was it for righty. Cross went six innings, yielding five hits and two walks. Kender Villegas picked up a three-inning save, permitting three hits and a base-on-balls.

Monday’s game: at Williamsport (39-22) (PHI), Josh Wirsu (0-0, ---) (league debut)

Johnson City 4 at Danville 6

Two late tallies saddled Johnson City (26-30) with a 6-4 loss to Danville (ATL) in the series’ opener.

Sasha Kuebel (L, 3-3) surrendered two runs in his second inning of work, allowing five hits over 1 2/3, fanning three. Anderson Gerdel retired his only batter, leaving two aboard.

Starter Juan Bautista lasted just three innings, permitting four runs on seven hits, including a two-run bomb. He plunked one. Jonathan Escudero faced the minimum three times, striking out four.

Number eight batter Ricardo Bautista garnered a third of his team’s hits, going 3-for-4 with an RBI. Allen Staton singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home once. Catcher Chris Rivera accounted for three runs, going 1-for-4 with a double, run scored and two RBI.

Monday’s game: at Danville (28-31), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (1-5, 8.15)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays. With six games to go in the regular season, the Cards play all three of their division rivals twice this week, starting with the Mets.

Monday’s game: GCL Cardinals (30-24) at GCL Mets (26-28), 10:00 am ET, Ian Oxnevad (1-1, 2.05)/Jake Woodford (1-0, 2.39)

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