Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/28/15

Blake Drake and Robelys Reyes led Palm Beach to the only win in St. Louis’ minors on Thursday. Memphis, Springfield, Peoria, State College and Johnson City all put one in the loss column while the GCL club’s game was cancelled. Peoria did clinch a play-off berth.

Results from games played Thursday, August 27th.

Memphis 9 at Reno 10

Nine runs were not enough as the Redbirds (66-67) were clipped by the Aces, 10-9, in the series opener.

Mitch Harris (L, 0-4) surrendered two runs, one earned, the walk-off run scoring on a passed ball charged to Cody Stanley. The first run charged to the righty was part of a five-run eighth that transformed a 5-4 lead into a 9-5 hole. Harris allowed four hits and an intentional walk with three outs recorded.

Miguel Socolovich (BS, 3) tossed a one-two-three seventh but could not escape the eighth, yielding four runs on two hits and a base-on-balls. Both Socolovich and Harris hit a batter.

Marco Gonzales’ mediocre outing consisted of four runs permitted on eight hits and three free passes through five. Heath Wyatt faced the minimum in the sixth.

Memphis generated 10 hits, with the biggest being Stanley’s two-out, ninth-inning grand slam. It was his only hit in five at bats.

Rafael Ortega singled twice in four at bats with a walk and two runs scored. He was the only other Redbird with more than one hit. Dean Anna composed an unusual line of 1-for-1 with four bases-on-balls, touching home three times.

Friday’s game: at Reno (64-68), 7:05 pm PT, Zach Petrick (7-6, 4.47)

Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 5

An unearned run against the bullpen proved the difference in the S-Cards’ 5-4 loss in game three at Northwest Arkansas. Losers of five straight, Springfield (27-32) will try to salvage the series finale on Friday.

Silfredo Garcia took a tough loss, permitting the final tally on a swinging K, in which the batter reached, followed by a single to right that right fielder David Washington’s fielding error turned into a run-scoring opportunity. Jimmy Reed struck out eight through six but allowed four runs, all in the third, on eight hits and a walk. Robby Rowland faced the minimum in the eighth.

Mike O’Neill singled twice in three at bats with a walk, scored once and drove in one. Four other players had one hit each, including Jonathan Rodriguez who blasted a two-run bomb.

Friday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas (24-34), 7:05 pm CT, Andrew Morales (4-6, 4.84)

Palm Beach 8 at St. Lucie 6

The Beach Birds (40-19) slipped past the Mets, 8-6, in the first of three games. Palm Beach’s magic number is down to five with nine games remaining.

The PB-Cards scored in each of the first three frames, adding single tallies in the eighth and ninth. Blake Drake and Robelys Reyes led the team’s 11-hit attack, each garnering three hits in four at bats. Drake touched home once, knocking in two while Reyes scored twice. Drake went one-for-two in stolen base attempts. Collin Radack singled twice in five at bats, scoring one with an RBI.

Cody Schumacher was credited with the win, his third versus one loss, tossing four frames with three hits allowed. Keith Butler surrendered a solo shot in the seven and Kevin Herget was touched for a run on four hits in 1 2/3. Josh Lucas fanned his only batter, leaving the potential tying and winning runs aboard, for his ninth save.

All four pitched in relief of Nick Petree, who did not retire any of his five batters in the third. Petree gave up four runs on seven hits and a base-on-balls.

Friday’s game: at St. Lucie (30-29), 6:30 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (0-2, 4.50)

Peoria 6 at Quad Cities 8

Three consecutive miscues by Peoria (37-22) to begin the fourth opened the door for an 8-6 loss to Quad Cities. Despite the loss, the Chiefs clinched a postseason berth after Beloit lost to Wisconsin. It is Peoria’s first trip to the postseason in their last six years, though the 2011 Midwest League Cards won the title while located in Quad Cities.

Dewin Perez (L, 2-6) could not overcome the trio of errors, yielding six runs, two earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls in 3 2/3. Steve Sabatino was charged with two runs on four walks through two, both scoring under Sasha Kuebel’s watch. In his MWL debut, Kuebel went the final 2 1/3, permitting two hits that let two of three inherited runners come home.

The Chiefs generated 15 hits but errors by shortstop Oscar Mercado (fielding), Luis catcher Cruz (throwing) and centerfielder Harrison Bader (throwing) negated that effort. Bader’s three-hit performance (in five at bats) produced one run scored while Mercado went 1-for-5 with an RBI.

Four other Chiefs compiled two hits each: Alex De Leon, Darren Seferina, Nick Thompson and Cruz. De Leon went 2-for-4 with a walk, touched home once and knocked in one. Seferina’s two doubles comprised half of the team’s extra-base hits, the second baseman driving in two. Thompson and Cruz joined Seferina with two hits in five at bats, the latter scoring one and knocking in another.

Friday’s game: at Quad Cities (37-22), 7:00 pm CT, Jack Flaherty (8-2, 2.88)

Auburn 3 at State College 1

The Spikes’ bats could not overcome three early tallies, as State College fell 3-1 to Auburn in the series’ opener. Losers of four straight, the Spikes are 1.5 games back in the wild card race.

All three tallies given up by Dailyn Martinez during his seven-inning stint scored in the first two frames. Martinez (L, 3-5) permitted six hits and a base-on-balls, striking out six. Max Almonte and Kender Villegas each tossed a one-two-three inning.

State College (33-31) was held to just one hit, a sixth-inning single by R.J. Dennard that advanced Jose Godoy (walk) to second. Godoy subsequently scored the unearned run on a fielding error.

Friday’s game: vs. Auburn (29-34), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Perez (4-2, 3.10)

Princeton 7 at Johnson City 4

Ronnie Williams’ nightmare five-run first resulted in a 7-4 loss to Princeton in the series’ opener. Johnson City (27-33) is two games away from post-season elimination.

Williams’ outing lasted seven batters and two outs, the righty serving up a grand slam after loading the bases on back-to-back walks and a single to his first three batters. Williams’ night ended after second baseman Eliezer Alvarez’ fielding error allowed another batter to reach, that batter eventually scoring with Jonathan Escudero on the mound.

Escudero permitted a hit and walk in 3 1/3, giving way to Frederis Parra who did the same in two frames. Harley Holt was touched for two runs on four hits in three.

Johnson City outhit the Rays 10 to eight, but were a feeble 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Magneuris Sierra, DeAndre Asbury-Heath and Alvarez each had two hits, the first two in four and Alvarez in three at-bats. Each player scored once, Alvarez tripling once and Sierra swiping a bag.

Friday’s game: vs. Princeton (34-29), 7:00 pm ET, Juan Bautista (2-1, 4.75)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals - cancelled

The GCL Cardinals’ (33-24) game with the GCL Nationals was rained out and will not be rescheduled. With the Marlins’ loss to the Mets on Thursday, the Gulf Birds need just one more win in their final two head-to-head matches against the Fish to clinch their second straight East Division title.

Friday’s game: vs. GCL Marlins (32-26), 10:00 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (3-4, 3.52)

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