Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/27/15

Harrison Bader’s hot bat boosted Peoria while Allen Staton’s two bombs provided Johnson City’s runs in two of the system’s three wins. The GCL Cardinals scratched out a key victory but Memphis, Springfield and State College lost. Palm Beach was idle.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 26th.

Memphis 7 at Tacoma 13

The Redbirds’ seven-run third went for naught as they dropped a 13-7 decision. Memphis (66-66) and Tacoma (62-70) (SEA) split the four-game set.

Arturo Reyes (L, 0-2) put his club in a 7-0 hole after two, including allowing a grand slam, but the visitors answered with seven of their own. Reyes permitted two more in the fourth, his final inning on the mound, giving up nine hits and four free passes.

Tyler Waldron served up a two-run bomb, half of the four runs he allowed on four hits and a walk over two. Dean Kiekhefer and Mitch Harris proved that you really could pitch at Tacoma without being scored upon, going two and one inning, respectively.

The Redbirds’ offense was greatly aided by three Rainiers’ miscues, resulting in five unearned runs. Five players had one hit each and seven touched home. Jeremy Hazelbaker bashed his ninth long ball with Ed Easley (fielding error) and Aledmys Diaz (walk) on. Easley worked a free pass later that inning, pushing across Xavier Scruggs (single). A subsequent double by the catcher was Memphis’ second and final extra-base hit.

Thursday’s game: at Reno (63-68) (ARI), 7:05 pm PT, Marco Gonzales (1-4, 5.03)

Springfield 3 at Northwest Arkansas 5

Springfield (27-31) dropped its fourth straight game, this one 5-3 to Northwest Arkansas (KC), which leads the series two games to none.

The bullpen provided the losing margin for the second night in a row. This time it was Kurt Heyer (L, 6-1). Heyer maneuvered around a lead-off single in the sixth, preserving a 3-3 tie, but surrendered three more singles and a base-on-balls the next inning, resulting in two tallies.

Corey Baker tossed the initial five frames, yielding three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks. Chris Thomas allowed a hit in the eighth.

Three S-Cards had two hits apiece, all singles: Mike O’Neill, Jonathan Rodriguez and Nick Martini. O’Neill scored once in four at bats, adding a free pass and knocking in one while Martini worked a base-on-balls. Bruce Caldwell’s only hit in five at bats was a two-run bomb that gave his team a 2-1 lead that lasted until the fifth.

Thursday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (23-34), 7:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-3, 4.37)

Palm Beach - off

After going 3-3 at home versus St. Lucie (NYM) and Bradenton (PIT), Palm Beach (39-19) heads out on a six-game road trip against the same two teams. While the PB-Cards face St. Lucie, second-place Bradenton squares off against third-place Fort Myers (MIN). The Beach Birds’ magic number to clinch the second-half South Division title is seven.

Thursday’s game: at fourth-place St. Lucie (30-28), 6:30 pm ET, Nick Petree (5-3, 3.03)

Peoria 7 vs. Cedar Rapids 5

Harrison Bader’s excellent night at the plate was key in Peoria’s 7-5 victory over Cedar Rapids (31-27) (MIN) in the rubber game of the three-game series.

Eight of the nine starters accumulated at least one of the team’s 13 hits but Bader was the star, reaching base every time he came to the plate, going 4-for-4 with two triples, a run scored and three RBI. The only down aspects to his game were the two times the centerfielder was caught trying to steal second.

Darren Seferina and Oscar Mercado had two hits apiece. Seferina singled twice in four at bats with a free pass, scoring once. Mercado singled and doubled in five at bats, touching home twice.

Ian McKinney yielded four runs on seven hits and two bases-on-balls over six, upping his record to 3-0. Tyler Bray matched McKinney’s five K’s but did it in just two innings, giving up a hit and walk. Jery Then picked up his first save despite permitting a run on two hits.

Thursday’s game: second-place Peoria (37-21) at third-place Quad Cities (36-22) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Dewin Perez (2-5, 5.89)

State College 4 at Williamsport 8

The Spikes’ inability to defeat the Crosscutters (42-22) (PHI) continued on Wednesday, resulting in an 8-4 loss and a three-game series sweep.

Jorge Rodriguez absorbed his fourth loss against four wins, surrendering five runs on eight hits and four walks in five. Steven De La Cruz was charged with three tallies on five hits over two while Pedro Echemendia gave up a hit in the ninth.

Cole Lankford was the only Spike with more than one hit, going 3-for-4 and touching home twice. Casey Grayson smashed his first home run, his only hit in four at bats. Three other State College players had one hit each.

Thursday’s game: vs. Auburn (28-34) (WSH), Dailyn Martinez (3-4, 3.45)

Johnson City 4 vs. Elizabethton 2

Allen Staton’s double long ball night gave Johnson City (27-32) a 4-2 victory over Elizabethton (31-29) (MIN). Despite the win, the JC-Cards are three games away from being eliminated from the postseason.

Staton accounted for the entirety of his team’s tallies, launching two two-run shots, with Luke Doyle (walks) and Magneuris Sierra (singles) on. Sierra went 2-for-4, the only other Appy Bird with a multi-hit game. Hunter Newman and DeAndre Asbury-Heath were the final players garnering a hit, both singling once in three at bats.

Chandler Hawkins (W, 4-0) struck out four through three innings of relief, allowing one hit. Ryan Helsley went the first five, yielding two runs on six hits and a base-on-balls. Anderson Gerdel tossed a scoreless ninth for his first save.

Thursday’s game: vs. Princeton (33-29) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (3-1, 3.22)

GCL Cardinals 1 vs. GCL Nationals 0

Bryce Denton scored the game’s sole tally in the seventh inning as the Gulf Birds edged the Nationals, 1-0. The GCL Cardinals (33-24) maintain their one game advantage over the second-place Marlins with three games to go.

Denton reached on a fielder’s choice, ending up at second on a throw home that nailed Carlos Torres (walk) for the inning’s second out. A passed ball allowed the third baseman to advance to third. Catcher Riley Drongesen’s single to right brought Denton across.

Drongesen’s single was one of only four hits for the Gulf Cards. Allen Cordoba singled and doubled in three at bats from the two-hole. Drongesen, the number eight hitter, and ninth-place batter Andrew Brodbeck each went 1-for-3.

A quartet of GCL Cardinals’ hurlers spun a combined four hitter: Junior Fernandez, Brady Bowen, Yeison Medina and Jordan De Lorenzo. For the first time this season, Fernandez was not scored upon, striking out seven through six and holding his opponents to three hits and two base-on-balls. It was an excellent time for such an accomplishment.

Things got a little dicey went Bowen entered, the lefty alternating two outs with a double and hit batsman. Medina (W, 1-0) struck out the next batter swinging, the first of four in a row set down by the righty. DeLorenzo struck out the side in the ninth, one swinging, for his second save.

Thursday’s game: at GCL Nationals (23-34), 10:00 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (3-4, 3.52)

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