Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 9/6/15

The system was 2-3 on Saturday. Our Player of the Day is Memphis shortstop Aledmys Diaz.

The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Aledmys Diaz, who went 4-for-5 in Memphis’ shutout of Oklahoma City.

Results for games played Saturday, September 5.

Memphis 6 at Oklahoma City 0

The fine pitching of Arturo Reyes kept Oklahoma City off the board while the Redbirds offense scored six runs to put this game in the win column. Reyes pitched six strong scoreless innings, allowing only five hits to earn the win. The only blemish was four walks, but they did no damage. Heath Wyatt and Dean Kiekhefer pitched three scoreless innings in relief.

Aledmys Diaz had a good night for the offense, going 4-for-5 with a double. Dan Johnson was 2-for-5 and drove in two runs. Anthony Garcia went 3-for-4 with two RBI and Jacob Wilson plated a run on a double. Jeremy Hazelbaker had two hits, one a triple.

The Redbirds have already been eliminated from post-season qualification.

Sunday’s game: at Oklahoma City, Marco Gonzales (1-4, 5.20) 2:05 CDT

Springfield 2, Tulsa 5

The Cardinals got on the board first, but the Drillers added runs in four different innings to take the win against some shaky pitching by the Cardinals. Starter Corey Baker took the loss, tossing seven innings and giving up three runs, two earned, on five hits and four free passes. New arrival Cody Schumacher pitched in relief and allowed two more Drillers runs in the eighth on a long ball.

The Cardinals offense plated two runs on just five hits. Bruce Caldwell doubled in a run in the fifth inning, after the first inning run scored on a sac fly by Nick Martini. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2-for-4 but with no RBI.

Martini was caught stealing for the seventh time in 15 attempts.

At 33-35, the Cardinals are tied with Arkansas for first place.

Sunday’s game: v. Tulsa, Jimmy Reed (2-3, 4.57) 6:10 CDT

Palm Beach 0 at Jupiter 2

Little offense generally results in no runs scored, and that was the case for the Cardinals on Saturday. The offense had only five hits and only one extra base hit, a double off the bat of Collin Radack. Robelys Reyes, Luke Voit, Jose Gonzalez and C.J. McElroy each singled. The offense was hampered by ten strikeouts as well.

Losing pitcher Blake McKnight pitched five innings, giving up two runs on six hits. Trey Nielsen and Josh Lucas threw three scoreless innings of relief without run support.

The 43-25 Cardinals have clinched their division for the second half.

Sunday’s game: v. Jupiter, TBA 9:35 a.m. CDT

Peoria 1 at Kane County 2 (10 innings)

Each team scored a run in the first inning, and the game remained tied until the bottom of the tenth, when the Cougars scored the walk off run.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run on five hits while striking out seven. Reliever Nick Frey pitched the remaining 1 2/3 innings and gave up the winning run in the tenth.

The Chiefs’ run was driven in by Harrison Bader on a first inning double. Darren Seferina went 2-for-5. The only other extra base hit was a double by Steve Bean.

Kenny Peoples-Walls had an outfield assist.

Peoria will face Kane County at home on Wednesday night in the first round of the Midwest League playoffs. Game two (and three if necessary) in the best of three will be played at Kane County on Thursday (and Friday) evenings.

Sunday’s game: at Kane County, Ian McKinney (3-0, 2.48) 6:30 CDT

State College 2, Williamsport 1 (10 innings)

The Spikes got behind in the fourth inning, but a run in the sixth tied the game, and a walk off run in the tenth spelled victory for the Spikes.

Ronnierd Garcia provided the walkoff single in the tenth. An R. J. Dennard double in the sixth drove in the Spikes’ first run. Garcia and Dennard had two hits on the night. Leobaldo Pina, Jhohan Acevedo, and Casey Grayson also had two hits each.

Spikes starter Jorge Rodriguez pitched 6 2/3 innings, giving up one run on four hits. David Oca pitched in relief, tossing 3 1/3 scoreless innings to earn the win.

The Spikes remain tied with West Virginia in the New York-Penn League Wild Card race with just two games left in the regular season. State College holds the tiebreaker.

Sunday’s game: v. Williamsport, Dailyn Martinez (4-5, 3.33) 5:05 CDT

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