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Highlights of Thursday’s games across the St. Louis Cardinals minor league system and a look ahead to Friday’s action.

Peoria won under very rare circumstances on Thursday, logging two of only three victories in nine tries across St. Louis’ minors. The Chiefs claimed both ends of a double-header despite being no hit in Game 2. Player of the Day Charlie Tilson’s excellent effort was not enough to propel Memphis to victory, one of six losses.

Results from games played Thursday, July 14th.

 

Memphis 8 at Albuquerque 12

Memphis’ pitching staff fell prey to the home run, resulting in a 12-8 series’ opening loss to Albuquerque.

Four of the five bombs were served up by Corey Baker (L, 1-1), totaling seven of his nine tallies surrendered in just 3 2/3 innings.  Baker yielded 11 hits and two walks.

John Brebbia and Pedro Echemendia were both scored upon during their 1 2/3 innings on the mound.  Brebbia gave up two runs, one earned, on four hits and Echemendia allowed the final long ball.  Corey Littrell permitted a hit and walk in the eighth, but was the only Redbirds hurler to avoid an ERA hit. 

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Memphis (45-45) matched the Isotopes’ 17 hits but none was a home run.  Player of the Day Charlie Tilson had a big night, going 4-for-6 with a double, run scored and two RBI.  Carson Kelly’s Triple-A debut was a smashing one, as the catcher went 3-for-5 including a double and touching home three times.  Dean Anna singled three times in five at bats, scoring one and knocking in two.

Friday’s game:  at Albuquerque (38-53), 7:05 pm MT, Jerome Williams (4-2, 4.20)

 

Springfield 0 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Daniel Poncedeleon’s seven K’s in five frames was not enough for Springfield to avoid a 3-0 loss at Northwest Arkansas.  The S-Cards have dropped the first two of four versus the Naturals.

Poncedeleon (L, 5-5) was charged with all three runs allowed, giving up five hits and two bases-on-balls in five plus.  Chris Perry fanned four in two innings but allowed Poncedeleon’s last runner to score in the sixth on his only hit permitted.  Rowan Wick faced the minimum in the eighth.

Springfield (8-11) outhit their hosts, seven to six, but could not come through when it counted, going 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Juan Herrera, the ninth batter, singled twice in three at bats and was one for two in stolen base attempts.  He was the only S-Card with more than one hit.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (12-8), 7:05 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (6-6, 3.49)

 

Clearwater 8 at Palm Beach 6 

Palm Beach (7-14) could not overcome a four-run first, falling to Clearwater, 8-6.  The Beach Birds trail in the four-game set, two games to none.

Five of the 12 hits yielded by Ian McKinney (L, 6-6) over six innings came in the first, resulting in four of his seven tallies allowed.  McKinney walked one.  Kyle Grana retired all six batters faced, three via the K, but Blake McKnight was touched for an unearned run in the ninth.

Three PB-Cards each garnered two of the team’s eight hits:  Michael Pritchard, Casey Grayson and Steve Bean.  Pritchard and Grayson both went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored, the former knocking in one and the latter doubling once.  Bean singled twice in three at bats with a walk, scoring once with an RBI.

Friday’s game:  vs. Clearwater (13-8), 6:30 pm ET, Austin Gomber (6-6, 3.16)

 

Peoria 3 vs. Lansing 2 (7) - Game 1

Peoria 1 vs. Lansing 0 (7) - Game 2

Peoria (11-10) claimed both ends of a tight twin bill with Lansing, 3-2 and 1-0, clinching the series with one to play.

Miscues meant the difference between winning and losing in both games as each of the winning runs was unearned.  Starter Sandy Alcantara took a 2-0 lead into the seventh in the opener but could not work around an error. The right-hander gave up two runs, one earned, on one of his two free passes issued plus one of his six hits allowed over 6 2/3.  Steven De La Cruz (W, 4-1) permitted a hit and walk but recorded the final out before the go-ahead run scored.

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The Chiefs walked off with the win after Carlos Torres singled to lead off the home half of the seventh, was sacrificed to second by Craig Aikin and raced home on Magneuris Sierra’s infield single that prompted a throwing error by the Lugnuts’ shortstop. 

Sierra and Torres were joined by Edmundo Sosa and Eliezer Alvarez in the two-hit club, the first three each scoring.  Sosa tripled for the first time this season and Sierra smashed his 15th double.   

Not only did Peoria take the finale, 1-0, but they did it while being no hit by Lansing’s pitching staff.  Aikin’s lead-off walk in the sixth was his second free pass of the game and represented only the third base runner for Peoria. Sierra followed with a sac bunt but reached on a fielding error by the Lugnuts’ reliever.  Leobaldo Pina grounded into a force, moving Aikin to third where he scored on Alvarez’ sac fly to center.  Game, set, match!

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Reliever Gerwuins Velazco tossed two scoreless frames, giving up one hit, for his second win in three decisions.  Tyler Bray struck out two of three in the seventh for his sixth save.  Velazco and Bray pitched in relief of Jake Woodford, who held the opposition scoreless on two hits and a walk over four.

Friday’s game:  vs. Lansing (14-7), 7:00 pm CT, Juan Perez (3-1, 3.57)

 

Mahoning Valley 7 at State College 4

Four runs in the final three innings by State College was too little, too late as they dropped a 7-4 decision to Mahoning Valley in the first of three at home.

By the time the Spikes (18-9) scored their first run in the seventh, the Scrappers had built a 7-0 lead off the combination of starter John Kilichowski (L, 1-1) and reliever Greg Tomchick.  Although Kilichowski allowing two runs, one earned, on four hits and three free passes in five gave the visitors a lead they never relinquished, it was Tomchick who put the game out of reach. 

Tomchick was hammered for five runs on two hits and three walks in 1 2/3.  Each pitcher plunked a batter. Max Almonte permitted just two hits over 2 1/3 but let Tomchick’s last runner score.

State College banged out 10 hits with three players with two each:  Jeremy Martinez, Ricardo Bautista and Elier Rodriguez.  Both of Martinez’ and Bautista’s hits were doubles, Martinez touching home once with an RBI and Bautista adding a walk and two RBI.  Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

Friday’s game:  vs. Mahoning Valley (9-18), 7:05 pm ET, Carson Cross (2-2, 3.82)

 

Johnson City 4 at Burlington 5

Johnson City (12-8) rallied for a seventh-inning tie but could not get over the hump in their 5-4 loss at Burlington.  Each team has won one of the first two games with one to go.

Down 4-1, the Appy Birds pushed across three in the seventh only to watch reliever Julio Mateo (L, 0-2) give up the lead in the home half on a leadoff home run. Noel Gonzalez tossed a scoreless eighth.

Starter Jordan Hicks permitted four runs, three earned, on five hits and two bases-on-balls over six.  He hit one batter.

Johnson City’s six hits were spread evenly among six players.  Shortstop Allen Cordoba singled, worked two free passes and knocked in one.  Joshua Lopez’ third home run of 2016 was a solo shot that got his team on the board in the fifth. 

Friday’s game:  at Burlington (14-7), 7:00 pm ET, Austin Sexton (0-0, 4.05)

 

GCL Cardinals 13 at GCL Marlins 3

The Gulf Birds (9-9) scored 11 times in the middle three frames, coasting to a 13-3 victory over their Jupiter (8-10) counterparts representing Miami.

The Cardinals pounded Marlins’ pitching for 19 hits, 17 singles and two doubles.  Third baseman Stefan Trosclair led the hit parade, going 4-for-6 while scoring three times. 

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Right fielder Carlos Rodriguez, shortstop Delvin Perez and center fielder Carlos Talavera had three hits apiece. All three worked a free pass, and Rodriguez scored four times with an RBI.  Perez doubled once, touched home one time and knocked in two while Talavera drove in three.

Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner began his rehab assignment with two scoreless frames, giving up two hits and fanning three. Jacob Schlesener (W, 1-2) then took his regular turn in the rotation, striking out six through four.  But the lefty battled control issues and issued five free passes to go with a hit, resulting in three runs – two earned.  Will Changarotty, Robert Calvano and Jonathon Mulford each tossed a one-two-three frame.

Friday’s game:  vs. GCL Mets (10-7), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

 

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Brewers 4

The DSL Cardinals (24-10) had the tying run within 90 feet of home with two outs to give but fell short in their 4-3 loss to the DSL Brewers.

Noel De Jesus (L, 3-1) was charged with three runs on 10 hits and a walk over five.  Wilfredo Pereira allowed what proved to be the winning margin on two hits and a base-on-balls in two.  Jesus Garcia gave up a hit in the eighth.

Left fielder Wadye Infante and catcher Carlos Soto both went 2-for-4 with a walk, Soto launching a solo bomb, his first, and scored twice. 

Friday’s game:  vs. DSL Brewers (15-19), 10:30 am ET, Angel Rondon (0-1, 1.74)

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