Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/30/15

The Cardinals system was 3-4 on Saturday with our Player of the Day Gulf Coast League pitcher Sandy Alcantara.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Sandy Alcantara, who pitched six shutout innings, allowing only four hits and striking out eight in the GCL Cardinals sudden-death victory over the GCL Marlins.

Results for games played Saturday, August 29.

Memphis 2 at Reno 8

The Redbirds fell behind early and quickly due to pitching failure as starter and loser John Gast gave up four runs in three innings, followed by four additional runs against relievers Tyler Waldron and Dean Kiekhefer. Heath Wyatt had the only flawless inning of work in the eighth.

The offense managed to score two runs in the seventh inning via a Jeremy Hazelbaker double, a couple of walks and an Alex Mejia groundout RBI. Hazelbaker was 3-for-4 on the night. Dan Johnson provided the only other hits, two singles.

In his first rehab outing, St. Louis outfielder Jon Jay batted second and went 0-for-3 before leaving in the sixth inning.

The second-place Redbirds are seven games back, with an elimination number of three.

Sunday’s game: at Reno, Nick Greenwood (11-6, 5.69) 3:05 CDT

Springfield 3 at Tulsa 2

A ninth inning rally by Tulsa fell just short, as the Cardinals squeaked out a win against the Drillers. Starter Alex Reyes gave up a first inning run but pitched four shutdown innings after that to earn the win. Relief pitchers were Thomas Lee, Robby Rowland, and Ronnie Shaban, with the latter shutting the door in the ninth for the save.

A sixth inning double from Michael Ohlman provided two runs to secure the win. David Washington had the other RBI on a first inning double. Patrick Wisdom was 3-for-4. Additional extra base hits came from Charlie Tilson, who was 2-for-4 with a triple, and Bruce Caldwell, who doubled twice.

The Cardinals remain four games back of Arkansas with an elimination number of six.

Sunday’s game: at Tulsa, TBA, 7:05 CDT

Palm Beach 2 at St. Lucie 3

The Cardinals fell behind in the third inning but managed to tie it up in the fifth, only to lose in the bottom of the ninth on a walk off single. Starter Luke Weaver surrendered the two early runs on seven hits in six innings of work. Jhonny Polanco was charged with the ninth inning run and the loss. Josh Lucas gave up the walk off RBI single.

The Cardinals’ only offense came in the fifth inning on four consecutive singles from Allen Staton, Robelys Reyes, C.J. McElroy and Casey Turgeon, followed by a sac fly from Luke Voit. Turgeon had the other Palm Beach RBI and was 2-for-3 on the night, as was C.J. McElroy.

The Cardinals are five games up on Bradenton with a magic number of three to clinch the South Division.

Sunday’s game: at Bradenton, TBA 4:00 CDT

Peoria 4 at Quad Cities 2

An early lead provided by the Chiefs offense plus some very good pitching was the key to this win over the River Bandits. A Harrison Bader single, a Brian O’Keefe double and a Steve Bean single in the second inning gave the Chiefs the early lead. A leadoff single in the eighth from Derek Gibson followed by an error, a wild pitch and a sac fly from Paul DeJong added on an insurance run. The final piece was a Bader home run in the ninth to seal the deal.

Starter Austin Gomber earned the win by only allowing one unearned run and striking out eight in six innings of work. Relief pitching was provided by Nick Lomascolo, Nick Frey and Jery Then, with the latter earning the save.

Peoria has already clinched a playoff berth.

Sunday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids, Landon Beck (0-1, 12.00) 5:00 CDT

State College 1, Auburn 3

A 1-1 tie lasted for eight innings in a classic pitching duel before Cardinals pitching blinked in the ninth to give up the winning runs. Starter Josh Wirsu gave up one run in the first inning but then went 5 1/3 more innings without giving up another. Greg Tomchick followed with a scoreless inning only to have Luke Harrison cough up the two winning runs in the ninth for the loss. Steven De La Cruz got the last two outs.

The Spikes’ only run scored in the first inning on a Michael Pritchard triple followed by a Leobaldo Pina groundout. The offense managed seven hits, including two hits each from Pritchard and Casey Grayson. The offense was meager to say the least.

With the loss and West Virginia’s win, the Spikes fall to 1 1/2 games back in the wild card race.

Sunday’s games: at Mahoning Valley, Jacob Evans (3-2, 1.05) 3:05 CDT (Game 1 of a doubleheader)

Game 2 DH at Mahoning Valley (replay of 6/27 rained out game) Carson Cross (3-2, 2.75) following Game 1

Johnson City 7, Princeton 11

The Cardinals rallied late to overcome an early deficit, with the pitching letting them down. Losing pitcher Ramon Santos gave up six runs in five innings, before relievers Steven Farinaro and Juan Caballero yielded five more runs in the last four innings. Cardinals pitching allowed 15 hits, including three long balls, to put the offense in a hole too deep from which to climb.

A three run home run by Chris Chinea capped a 3-for-5 night for the Cardinals catcher. Ryan McCarvel was 2-for-4 and scored three runs. Anthony Ray and Ricardo Bautista each had two hits and Bautista an RBI. The offense scored a total of seven runs on ten hits, a tally that should have earned a win but for the shaky pitching.

Johnson City has already been eliminated from Appalachian League playoff consideration.

Sunday’s game: vs. Pulaski, TBA 5:00 CDT

GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Marlins 0

The GCL Cardinals won when it mattered most, with the East Division title on the line in the final regular season game Saturday morning.

Starter Sandy Alcantara pitched a winner in this shutout against the Marlins. Alcantara tossed six scoreless innings, giving up only four hits while striking out eight. The relief corps of Brady Bowen, Yeisen Medina, and Jordan DeLorenzo pitched the remaining three scoreless innings, with only one additional hit allowed.

Nick Plummer led the offense with three hits in five at-bats. RBI from Dylan Tice, Bladimil Franco, Dylan Becker, and Bryce Denton provided the run scoring. Seven hits, all singles, were all that was needed behind the excellent pitching.

Sunday’s game: Game 1, GCL Playoff semifinals at GCL Red Sox, TBA, 11:00 CDT

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