Vincent Jackson (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors went 4-3 on Tuesday with Vincent Jackson’s bat rallying State College to one of those four wins. Springfield, Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals all notched wins but Memphis, Palm Beach and the DSL Cards did not. Peoria was idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 19th.

 

Memphis 2 at El Paso 9     

The Redbirds’ losing skid hit six with a 9-2 loss at El Paso. Memphis (45-50) has lost the first two of the three-game series.

Corey Baker (L, 1-2) yielded eight runs on 12 hits, including two home runs, and a walk over 5 1/3.  Kurt Heyer was charged with a tally on three hits in 1 2/3 and let Baker’s last runner score.  Thomas Lee faced the minimum in the eighth.

Second baseman Dean Anna scored both of his team’s runs, going 1-for-2 with a base-on-balls.  Matt Williams drove in Anna, singling and doubling in four at bats.  He was joined by Charlie Tilson and Efren Navarro in the two-hit club, Tilson going 2-for-3 with two walks and an RBI.  

Wednesday’s game:  at El Paso (56-40), 7:05 pm MT, Jerome Williams (4-3, 5.04)

 

Springfield 9 vs. Arkansas 6

A balanced offensive effort led Springfield (10-15) to a 9-6 win over Arkansas.  The S-Cards trail in the series, three games to one, with one remaining.

Eight of nine starters accumulated at least one of the team’s 12 hits and those same eight either scored or drove in a run.  Luke Voit, Allen Staton, Luis Cruz and Blake Drake had two hits apiece with Voit smashing a three-run bomb, his 14th home run of 2016.  Staton and Bruce Caldwell crossed home twice, the latter doubling once in two at bats with three free passes and one knocked in. 

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That was enough fire power for Daniel Poncedeleon (W, 6-5), who gave up two two-run home runs comprising four of the six runs, five earned, he allowed over seven.  The righty permitted just five hits and two walks.  Ronnie Shaban picked up his seventh save with two scoreless frames.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Arkansas (10-14), 6:30 pm CT, Trey Nielsen (6-6, 3.63)

 

Brevard County 6 at Palm Beach 5   

Three tallies against the bullpen broke a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning, sending Palm Beach (8-18) to a 6-5 defeat at the hands of Brevard County, which leads the series, two games to one, with one remaining.

The three tallies came in the eighth against Michael Heesch (L, 1-2) and Cody Schumacher.  Heesch tossed a clean seventh but allowed a single to the lead-off batter the next inning, bringing Schumacher into the game.  A walk, two singles and throwing error later, three runs had scored, one earned. 

Heesch and Schumacher pitched in relief of Ian McKinney, who held the Manatees to three runs, two earned, on six hits and two bases-on-balls through six.  Kyle Grana faced the minimum in the ninth.

Michael Pritchard led the Beach Birds’ eight-hit effort, going 3-for-4 with a run scored.  Casey Turgeon and Casey Grayson each went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI, the latter touching home twice.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Brevard County (8-17), 6:30 pm ET, Austin Gomber (6-6, 3.05)

 

Peoria - off

Fresh off a brief four-game home stand, Peoria (14-11) heads out on a nine-game road excursion through West Michigan (DET), South Bend (CHC) and Quad Cities (HOU).

Wednesday’s game:  at West Michigan (10-13), 6:00 pm CT, Jake Woodford (4-3, 2.67)

 

State College 4 at Lowell 2

Four runs over the final two innings lifted State College (21-11) past Lowell in the rubber game of the road series, 4-2.

Trailing 1-0 through seven, the visitors plated three the next frame on Player of the Day Vincent Jackson’s first professional long ball, which scored Mick Fennell (double) and Tommy Edman (walk).  The Spikes added an insurance run in the ninth when Ricardo Bautista singled home Elier Rodriguez (double). Jackson and Rodriguez went 2-for-4.

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A trio of State College hurlers limited the Spinners (19-13) to just four hits. Dewin Perez went 5 2/3, giving up a run on three hits but issuing five free passes.  Gerwuins Velazco (W, 1-0) left three inherited runners on, allowing a hit over 2 1/3 before Eric Carter earned his fourth save despite being charged with an unearned tally.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

 

Johnson City 4 vs. Greeneville 3

Allen Cordoba’s RBI single gave Johnson City (14-10) a 4-3 walk-off victory over Greeneville in the series’ opener.  The win snapped a tie for the West Division lead between the two squads.

Cordoba’s second single drove in DeAndre Asbury-Heath, who doubled to open the ninth inning.  Cordoba scored once in five at bats and was one of four Cardinals with a multi-hit performance.

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Left fielder Matt Fiedler led the way, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and two driven in.  Yariel Gonzalez singled and doubled in three at bats with an RBI on a sac fly while Asbury-Heath added a single to his double in four at bats and stole a base.

Estarlin Arias (W, 3-0) picked up the win with a scoreless ninth.  Arias was the third of three relievers tossing a one-two-three frame along with Julio Mateo and Leland Tilley.  Frederis Parra went the first six, yielding three runs, two earned, on nine hits.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. Greeneville (14-12), 7:00 pm ET, Jordan Hicks (2-0, 2.08)

 

GCL Cardinals 3 vs. GCL Marlins 2

Defense, or lack thereof, provided the difference in the Gulf Birds’ 3-2 triumph over the Marlins (9-14).

With the contest knotted at two all over six, the seventh brought two walks sandwiched around a one-out throwing error that jammed the sacks full.  A 4-3 ground out brought across the winning margin.

The GCL Cardinals (11-11) mustered just three hits, including a solo shot by first baseman Stefan Trosclair.  Catcher Dennis Ortega worked a free pass to begin the seventh, scoring on Walker Robbins’ ground out.  Robbins earlier scored his team’s first run and stole a base.

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Making his second rehab start, Memphis starter Jeremy Hefner fanned six over four, with the only two hits solo home runs.  Juan Alvarez, the usual starter, was credited with his first win in three decisions after tossing four scoreless frames of two-hit, three-walk ball.  Jonathon Mulford tossed a one-two-three ninth for his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  at GCL Mets (11-10), 12:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-2, 5.40)

 

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Yankees2 13

The DSL Cardinals (25-12) could not crawl out a huge early hole, falling to the DSL Yankees2 (14-23), 13-4.

The visitors were down 4-0 after one, 10-0 after two and 11-0 before they finally got on the score board with a fourth-inning tally.  Junior Gonzalez (L, 3-2) permitted 10 of the 11 runs on nine hits and a walk over 1 2/3.  Jesus Garcia was charged with another two runs, one earned, on three hits and three bases-on-balls over two.

Wilman Madera retired his only batter faced, leaving two aboard, but Diego Cordero yielded a run on two hits and a free pass in 1 2/3.  Wilfredo Pereira let that run score, giving up a hit over the final 2 1/3.

The Dominican Birds had almost as many walks (four) as hits (five).  First baseman Leandro Cedeno launched his fourth home run of 2016, a solo bomb that was one of his two hits in four at bats.  Designated hitter William Jimenez and centerfielder Diomedes Del Rio each went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals (16-21), 10:30 am ET, Edwar Ramirez (2-1, 6.75) or Johan Oviedo (0-0, 3.00)

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