Casey Turgeon (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

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

St. Louis’ minors won three and lost four on Thursday. Casey Turgeon’s bat led Palm Beach to victory. Peoria and State College relievers shined and Brian Sanchez did it again in the DSL.

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Results from games played Thursday, July 21st.

 

Memphis 2 at El Paso 7

Alex Reyes allowed single tallies in four straight frames, resulting in a 7-2 loss to El Paso (57-41).  Memphis (46-51) dropped the series, three games to one.

All four runs off Reyes (L, 2-2) were earned, coming on six hits and four walks over 5 2/3.  He fanned five. The 21-year-old is winless in his last six starts, with two losses and four no-decisions. Corey Littrell left two inherited runner aboard, yielding two hits in 1 1/3.  Juan Gonzalez was tagged for three runs on five hits with only one out recorded.  Josh Lucas retired both batters faced, leaving two on.

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The offense banged out 12 hits but two players combined for six and six other players had one each.  Number five hitter Dean Anna ended a home run shy of the cycle, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, a triple, one run scored and an RBI.  Matt Williams, the eighth place hitter, was the other Redbird with more than one hit, singling twice in four at bats.

Friday’s game:  vs. Iowa (43-56), 7:05 pm CT, Deck McGuire (6-8, 5.26)

 

Springfield 1 at Northwest Arkansas 8

Springfield (10-17) managed just three hits in their 8-1 downing by Northwest Arkansas in the series’ opener. The S-Cards have dropped 10 of their last 12 contests.

The lone run scored in the second when Jonathan Rodriguez singled with one out and came home on Allen Staton’s double. The team worked only two free passes.

Four of the five tallies charged to J.C. Sulbaran (L, 2-2) through five resulted from two long balls, two of the four hits and four walks yielded.  He struck out seven.

Justin Wright issued a free pass in the sixth before Rowan Wick and Chandler Hawkins combined for a three-run seventh.  Wick allowed two scores on a hit and two walks while retiring one and Hawkins permitted a run on two hits and a free pass over 1 2/3.

Friday’s game:  at Northwest Arkansas (15-12), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

 

Palm Beach 4 at Tampa 2 

Back-to-back doubles by Oscar Mercado and Casey Turgeon lifted Palm Beach (9-19) over Tampa, 4-2, in the first of their four-game set. The Cards broke their three-game losing skid with their second win in the last 11 games.

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The two-base hits came with the score knotted at two all in the ninth.  Mercado’s hit placed two in scoring position for Player of the Day Turgeon, who brought both across for the winning margin and accounted for three of his team’s four scores.  Earlier Turgeon smashed his second bomb of 2016 and tied the game at 1-1 through five.  In just his fourth game off the disabled list after missing almost two months, the second baseman went 4-for-5 with two doubles, a home run, one run scored and three knocked in.

Three other Beach Birds had two hits each: Michael Pritchard, Orlando Olivera and Mercado.  All three touched home once in four at bats with Mercado’s double the only hit to go for extra bases.

Jack Flaherty held the Yankees to a run on five hits and two walks through five before walking the bases full without recording an out in the sixth.  Davis Ward (BS, 1) (W, 2-0) limited the damage, allowing only one of those three runners to score.  That came on an infield single to his first batter faced, one of three hits yielded in three frames. 

Robby Rowland issued two free passes with one strikeout before giving way to Kyle Grana, who retired both batters faced to end the threat.  Grana picked up his third save.

Friday’s game:  at Tampa (13-15), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Evans (3-7, 3.71)

 

Peoria 4 at West Michigan 6

The Chiefs could not crawl out of an early 6-0 hole, falling to the Whitecaps, 6-4.  Peoria (14-13) has lost the first two of four at West Michigan.

All six runs were charged to Juan Perez (L, 3-3), who had a two-run second and did not retire any of the six faced the next inning.  Perez permitted nine hits and a walk in his two-plus.

A trio of Chiefs relievers shut down their hosts the rest of the way: Josh Wirsu, Tyler Bray and Steven De La Cruz.  Wirsu struck out three in two innings, allowing a hit while Bray fanned six in three frames, permitting two hits.  De La Cruz faced the minimum in the eighth.

The visitors outhit the home team, 13 to 12, but went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.  Timing is everything.  Magneuris Sierra and Leobaldo Pina each had three hits with a double in five and four at bats, respectively.  Sierra stole his 19th and 20th bases of the season while Pina touched home once and knocked in one.  Eliezer Alvarez singled and doubled in five at bats, scoring once with a stolen base. However, the four and five batters right behind the three table-setters, Brian O’Keefe and Chris Chinea, went a combined 1-for-8.

Friday’s game:  at West Michigan (14-13), 6:00 pm CT, Derian Gonzalez (4-0, 2.77)

 

State College 7 vs. Auburn 4

State College (22-11) rallied for a 7-4 victory over Auburn in the home series opener.

Down 4-1 after five, the Spikes scored in the next three innings, taking the lead in a three-run seventh before adding two insurance runs the next frame.  Elier Rodriguez, Ricardo Bautista and Jeremy Martinez had two hits apiece.  Both of Rodriguez’ hits were doubles, as the designated hitter scored once and drove in two.  Bautista doubled once with two RBI while Martinez touched home once and knocked in one.

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Reliever Jordan DeLorenzo picked up his first win, tossing two scoreless frames.  Spencer Trayner matched DeLorenzo’s two hits in two innings performance for his first professional save.

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DeLorenzo and Trayner pitched in relief of Carson Cross, who had a shaky outing.  Cross yielded four runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks in five plus.  DeLorenzo left Cross’ last two runners aboard in the sixth.

Friday’s game:  vs. Auburn (15-18), 7:05 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (4-0, 5.19)

 

Greeneville 6 at Johnson City 1

Johnson City (15-11) dropped the series’ finale versus Greeneville (15-13), 6-1, but still claimed the home set, two games to one.

While starter Austin Sexton was charged with the loss in his first professional decision by giving up a run on three hits and a walk over three, Julio Mateo’s mound performance really buried the Cards.  Mateo yielded four tallies on five hits and a hit batsman in two innings. 

Anthony Shew was touched for a run on four hits and a base-on-balls over two frames with four strikeouts.  Leland Tilley walked one in the ninth.

Third baseman Bryce Denton accounted for his team’s only score, a solo blast that was his first of two hits in four at bats. The Cards managed just seven hits in total.

Friday’s game:  at Elizabethton (11-16), 7:00 pm ET, Ramon Santos (1-1, 1.17)

 

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Friday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (12-11) at GCL Nationals (15-8), Anthony Ciavarella (2-0, 0.00)

 

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Nationals 3 (10)

DSL All-Star Brian Sanchez singled and scored in the 10th, giving the Dominican Birds (27-13) a 4-3 triumph over the DSL Nationals (17-23).

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The single was Sanchez’ third hit in four at bats to go with a solo shot, his league-leading 12th bomb of 2016.  The right fielder worked one free pass.  First baseman Leandro Cedeno singled twice in four at bats with a walk, the only other player with more than one of the team’s 10 hits.

Reliever Fabian Blanco took both the blown save (his second) and the win (his third against no losses).  He allowed a run on a hit and walk over 2 1/3.

Blanco was the second of four relievers following Noel DeJesus to the mound.  DeJesus tossed a fine effort, holding the opposition scoreless on two hits and two bases-on-balls through six. 

Francis Ventura was charged with two unearned tallies with two outs recorded.  Blanco left Ventura’s two runners aboard in the seventh.  Wilman Madera issued two free passes and retired two. Enmanuel Solano nailed down his first save by retiring his only batter.

Friday’s game:  at DSL Braves (19-21), 10:30 am ET, Angel Rondon (0-2, 2.55)

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