Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/1/15

The system went three up and three down on Monday. Corey Baker was stellar in his complete-game effort for Springfield. Peoria and State College won but Memphis, Palm Beach and Johnson City went down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, August 31st.

New Orleans 5 at Memphis 4

A three-run bomb off Arturo Reyes was the difference in Memphis’ 5-4 loss to New Orleans (MIA) in the home series’ opener.

Reyes (L, 0-3) surrendered five runs on eight hits and two walks through six. Justin Wright, Chris Thomas and Sam Tuivailala each tossed a scoreless frame, Wright and Thomas both giving up a hit.

Memphis (67-70) mustered nine hits, two by rehabbing Jon Jay. The centerfielder singled twice in three at bats, scoring twice before being replaced after six by Rafael Ortega, who walked and scored a run. Jay was one of three Redbirds to steal a base. Jeremy Hazelbaker went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls, touching home once and knocking in one.

Tuesday’s game: vs. New Orleans (56-81), 7:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 5.73)

Springfield 6 at Tulsa 0

Corey Baker spun a three-hit shutout as Springfield (30-33) blanked Tulsa (27-36) (LAD), 6-0, for a three-game sweep. The win brings the S-Cards within two of first-place Arkansas (LAA), whom they host for a four-game set beginning on Tuesday.

Baker was dominant over nine, giving up just three hits and a free pass. At one point, the right-hander retired 17 straight. He threw 68 of his 100 pitches for strikes, inducing 13 ground- to three fly-ball outs while fanning four.

He was supported by his team’s nine-hit attack, led by a trio of S-Cards with two hits each in four at bats: Nick Martini, Jonathan Rodriguez and Michael Ohlman. Martini doubled twice, scored one and drove in another while Rodriguez launched his 12th home run of 2015, a solo bomb that was one of his two runs scored and two RBI. Ohlman scored once with an RBI.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Arkansas (32-31), 6:30 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (2-3, 4.50)

Palm Beach 3 at Bradenton 4

Palm Beach (41-22) dropped its third game in a row, this time 4-3 to Bradenton (PIT). The Beach Birds remain three away from clinching the South Division title for the second-half of the season.

Corey Littrell absorbed his ninth loss versus nine wins, yielding four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two free passes in 6 2/3. Harley Holt stranded Littrell’s last runner, allowing three hits in 1 1/3.

The PB-Cards generated three runs despite being limited to just four hits, thanks to a two-run long ball by Luke Voit in the ninth. Collin Radack (hit by pitch) was aboard when Voit launched his 11th blast. Radack earlier singled a scored his team’s first tally and swiped his eighth bag.

Tuesday’s game: at Bradenton (38-25), 6:30 pm ET, Trey Nielsen (9-6, 2.41)

Peoria 1 vs. Cedar Rapids 0

A quartet of Chiefs’ hurlers made a first-inning run hold up as Peoria (39-24) edged Cedar Rapids (MIN), evening the series at one game apiece.

The four tossed a combined four-hitter, led by Matt Pearce (W, 11-10) who was superb through six. Pearce permitted three hits and hit one batter, striking out four. Steve Sabatino yielded a hit and walk in his inning of work, handing the ball off to Nick Frey. Frey issued a free pass in the eighth but Kyle Grana faced the minimum for his 22nd save.

Darren Seferina reached on a fielding error to open the home half of the first. The second baseman stole his 23rd bag of 2015 then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Oscar Mercado’s first of two singles in four at bats brought Seferina across for the unearned tally. Four other Peoria players had one hit each.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Cedar Rapids (32-31), 7:00 pm CT, Ian McKinney (3-0, 2.03)

State College 3 at Mahoning Valley 0

Free passes were key in the Spikes’ 3-0 shutout of the Scrappers in game three of four. State College (36-33) leads the series, two games to one. The Spikes cannot win the division, but are just a half-game back in the very tight wild card race.

The visitors were outhit six to three, but used two walks plus timely hitting to score three runs. Two of their three hits came in a two-run second when Casey Grayson led off with a walk, moved to third on Orlando Olivera’s single and scored on a 4-3 groundout by Jose Godoy. Cole Lankford lined a single up the middle, bringing in Olivera.

The team’s final tally occurred in the fifth after Ronnierd Garcia worked a free pass, advanced a base each via a wild pitch and ground out then came home on Thomas Spitz’ sac fly.

Jorge Rodriguez (W, 5-4) scattered five hits and two bases-on-balls over 6 2/3, fanning five. Steven De La Cruz struck out four over the final 2 1/3, giving up a hit, for his first save since joining the Spikes from Johnson City.

Tuesday’s game: at Mahoning Valley (30-38) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (3-5, 3.49)

Pulaski 10 at Johnson City 0

Johnson City’s pitchers proved no match for Yankees’ hitters, resulting in a 10-0 shelling. The JC-Cards (27-37) will try to avoid a three-game sweep in their season finale on Tuesday.

Starter Ryan Helsley (L, 1-1) lasted just five outs, surrendering four unearned runs on three hits, three walks as a throwing error by catcher Ryan McCarvel unleashed a four-run second. Ismael Brito’s stint was even shorter than Helsley’s, with the southpaw allowing four earned runs on six hits and a walk in 1 1/3.

Jonathan Escudero and Frederis Parra each gave up a run in 2 2/3 and 2 1/3, respectively. Escudero issued three free passes plus a hit while Parra permitted four hits. Chandler Hawkins struck out the side in the ninth.

The Appy Birds managed six hits, two each by Anthony Ray and Chris Chinea. Chinea’s double was the only one to go for extras. McCarvel, who grounded out in his only at bat, was pinch hit for in the third by Ray, who took over in left. Luke Doyle moved from left to first and Chinea from first to behind the plate.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Pulaski (44-23), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

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