Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 10/20/15

Aledmys Diaz and Patrick Wisdom started in Surprise’s Monday loss at Salt River. The shortstop went 2-for-3.

Results from Arizona Fall League game played Monday, October 19th.

Surprise 1 at Salt River 2

The Saguaros took their second loss of the Arizona Fall League season, a 2-1 decision to the Salt River Rafters (TOR/ARZ/NYM/WSH/COL). The loss flips Surprise (3-2) into second place, a half-game behind Glendale (HOU/LAD/PHI/PIT/CHW).

Mets’ right hander Beck Wheeler picked up his first win, tossing a clean fourth and fifth while allowing a hit and base-on-balls. Dominican righty Carlos Estevez (COL) faced the minimum in the ninth, fanning two, for his second save.

Yankees’ lefty Ian Clarkin received a no decision in his first AFL start, holding the Rafters to a run on four hits and three walks through four. Southpaw Chaz Hebert, another Yankees’ prospect, took the loss after yielding an unearned tally in the fifth. Herbert went two frames in his maiden AFL effort, striking out four while giving up a hit and issuing two free passes. No St. Louis hurlers took the mound.

Cardinals’ prospects Patrick Wisdom and Aledmys Diaz both started, at third and short, respectively. Wisdom, who compiled his first multi-hit effort of the season on Friday, went hitless in four at bats out of the five hole. He led off the second with a fly out to right, followed by a 5-3 groundout to open the fourth. The third baseman was part of a 1-2-3 sixth for Salt River, flying out to center as the second batter. Wisdom’s sharp lineout to center ended the eighth, stranding a runner at first.

Diaz, however, generated his best offensive effort in three starts to date, going 2-for-3 and scoring his team’s sole tally, batting ninth. The shortstop beat out a sharp grounder to short to kick off the third. A double by right fielder Brett Phillips (MIL) – whose middle name is Maverick – advanced Diaz to third after which he came home on a groundout, giving Surprise a very brief 1-0 lead.

Diaz was not as successful the next time up, grounding out, 5-3, to begin the fifth. He singled up the middle with two gone in the seventh but was subsequently forced at second to end the frame. In the field, an errant throw by the 25-year-old allowed a baserunner to reach with two out in the home half of the seventh but Texas southpaw Ryne Slack was able to pitch around the miscue.

Tuesday’s game: vs. Salt River (3-1), Adrian Houser (MIL)(0-0, 0.00)

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