Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/10/17

(photo: Brett Seeburger/Johnson City Cardinals)

Results from games played Sunday, July 9th.

Memphis 2 at Nashville 1 (10)

Breyvic Valera (USA TODAY Sports Images)

A 10th-inning home run by Breyvic Valera gave the Redbirds a 2-1 victory over the Sounds in the rubber game of the three-game series.  Memphis leads second-place Nashville (42-48) (OAK) by 14 1/2 in the American Southern Division.

Valera’s long ball was his only hit in four at bats and one of just six for the team.  Rangel Ravelo and Adolis Garcia had two hits apiece, with Ravelo driving in Harrison Bader after the center fielder singled with two gone in the sixth.  Garcia swiped two bags.

A quintet of Redbirds hurlers held Nashville to six hits as well.  Josh Zeid gave up three hits and a walk through five.  Zeid was in line for the win until Trey Nielsen (BS, 1) yielded a tally on two hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth’s home half.

The second Memphis appearance for Zach Duke on his rehab trail consisted of working around a hit for a scoreless seventh.  Miguel Socolovich faced the minimum in the eighth while Josh Lucas (W, 6-0) retired all six batters faced, three on strikeouts.

Monday’s game:  Off for the Pacific Coast League All-Star break

MLB All-Star Futures Game – USA 7, World 6

The only Cardinal in this year’s Futures Game was Jack Flaherty of Memphis. The right-hander pitched the sixth inning with a 7-1 lead. Despite throwing 14 of 17 pitches for strikes, Flaherty gave up two runs on two hits, a leadoff single, followed by a double. The runs came home on a sac fly and a ground out.

Springfield 12 vs. Frisco 8

Kolten Wong (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The S-Cards twice rallied from deficits to fly past the RoughRiders, 12-8. Springfield (10-7), which has clinched the three-game series with one to go, moves into sole possession of second place with the win, a game behind Tulsa (LAD).

With Springfield down 3-0 midway through three, Randy Arozarena’s two-run bomb in the bottom of the frame capped a four-run drive, putting Springfield up 4-3.  But in the sixth, Austin Gomber (W, 4-6) served up his second two-run long ball, which only inspired his squad to score six more times when they came to bat that inning.  That scoring was finished off by Kolten Wong’s three-run blast.  The home team padded their lead with two more scores in the seventh.

Wong, making his third rehab start for Springfield, was one of three S-Cards accumulating three hits, joining Andrew Knizner and John Nogowski.  The second baseman added a double and single to his bomb in five at bats, scored twice and drove in four.  Knizner also went 3-for-5, doubling once and touching home twice while Nogowski went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI out of the eight hole.  Arozarena and Jacob Wilson added two hits apiece.

The home runs permitted by Gomber were two of only five hits the lefty gave up over seven innings.  He issued one free pass and fanned five.

Kevin Siegrist was touched for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh, the second outing since his rehab assignment began.  Andrew Morales allowed a hit and walk in his inning on the bump.

Monday’s game:  vs. Frisco (8-9) (TEX), 6:30 pm CT, Matt Pearce (9-5, 3.03)

Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 4

Two late tallies doomed the third-place Beach Birds to a 4-2 loss at the hands of the Miracle.  Palm Beach (10-7) will try to salvage the finale of the four-game set on Monday.

Half of the home team’s runs were generated by two solo shots by Fort Myers’ number nine batter.  The second blast came off Hector Mendoza (L, 0-1), breaking a 2-2 eighth-inning tie.  A run charged to Ross Vance later that frame sealed the loss.

Junior Fernandez went the initial 4 1/3, yielding a run on a hit and three walks.  That run scored under Brennan Leitao’s watch, after Fernandez was forced to depart with an arm injury.  It was his first outing after coming off the disabled list. Leitao was charged with a run of his own on three hits over 1 1/3.  Estarlin Arias recorded the eighth-inning’s final out.

The visitors were held to just five hits, the big one a two-run home run by Danny Diekroeger that scored Chris Chinea (single).  Any Young was the only PB-Card with a multi-hit effort, singling twice in three at bats with a stolen base.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place Fort Myers (11-4) (MIN), 7:05 pm ET, Ryan Helsley (7-2, 3.01)

Peoria 1 at Cedar Rapids 2

Juan Perez (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs came out on the wrong end of a low-scoring affair, losing to the Kernels, 2-1.  Peoria (10-8), which drops into a tie for second with Cedar Rapids with the loss, will try to salvage the fourth and final game of the series on Monday.

The difference was an unearned tally with Juan Perez (L, 2-2) pitching in the seventh.  The righty had limited his opponents to a solo long ball, one of four hits allowed over six.  But Perez was his own worst enemy the next inning.  He fanned his lead-off batter swinging only to have the runner end up on second because of a wild pitch and his subsequent throwing error.  His day ended after an attempted sac bunt resulted in runners at the corners due to another throwing error by Perez.

Keaton Siomkin limited the damage, yielding a sac fly and single before notching two swinging K’s.  Two of the three outs recorded by Yeison Medina were strikeouts.

The visitors’ only run occurred in the second after Stefan Trosclair and Danny Hudzina singled back-to-back with one gone.  Trosclair scored on a sac fly by Juan Yepez.  Peoria managed just one more hit the rest of the game.

Monday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids (9-8) (MIN), 12:05 pm CT, Mike O’Reilly (7-2, 1.76)

State College 12 at Auburn 13 (12)

Ricardo Bautista (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes mounted a big ninth-inning rally only to fall to Auburn in 12 innings, 13-12, in the decisive third game of the series.  State College (11-9) slides into a two-way tie for second with Williamsport (PHI) with the defeat, two in back of West Virginia (PIT).

The six-run ninth was generated by four of the team’s 14 hits plus three of their 10 free passes.  Five Spikes produced a multi-hit game, paced by center fielder Scott Hurst, who singled three times in six at bats with a run scored.  Zach Kirtley, Joshua Lopez, Ricardo Bautista and Imeldo Diaz each had two hits, with Kirtley doubling twice and Bautista once and adding a two-run home run.

Only four of 13 runs by the sixth-place Doubledays (7-13) (WSH) were earned, thanks to two State College miscues.  Four of the seven runs allowed by starter Paul Balestrieri in just 2 2/3 were unearned, the righty permitting five hits and two bases-on-balls.

Noel Gonzalez was charged with an earned run, the final score in Auburn’s six-run third.  Andrew Summerville struck out six over the next three, temporarily calming Auburn’s offense.

But four more unearned scores were in the offing, one with Colton Thomson (1 plus IP) and three with Leland Tilley (0.2 IP) at the controls.  Steven Farinaro’s pitching provided respite for the next 2 1/3 before he gave way to Spencer Traynor.  Traynor (L, 2-1) tossed a clean 11th but permitted the winning tally the next inning.  Erstwhile starter Levi MaVorhis kept the Spikes within one by stranding two inherited runners, but the offense could not answer in the home 12th.

Monday’s game:  Off

Johnson City 2 at Elizabethton 1

Brett Seeburger (State College Spikes)

The Appy Birds capitalized on Twins’ miscues to edge Elizabethton, 2-1, snapping a six-game losing streak.  Third-place Johnson City (8-10) trails in the series, two games to one, with one on tap.

Each team committed more errors (three apiece) than they scored runs, with all of the game’s tallies unearned.  Two JC-Cards’ flubs put Elizabethton up 1-0 after seven but Johnson City replied with two of their own via a passed ball and two throwing errors by the Twins’ hurler in the eighth.

Reliever Jake Dahlberg (W, 1-0) was assigned the win despite being on the mound when his defense was misfiring in the seventh.  Jacob Patterson struck out three over the next two for his third save.

Dahlberg and Patterson pitched in relief of Brett Seeburger, who fanned six over the first six, blanking his opponents on four hits and one free pass.  That performance in his second professional start earns the southpaw our Player of the Day nod.

Monday’s game:  vs. second-place Elizabethton (12-6), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (0-1, 1.54)

GCL Nationals 4 at GCL Cardinals 3

Donivan Williams (Prep Baseball Report)

Four early scores against starter Angel Rondon resulted in a 4-3 loss by the third-place Gulf Cardinals to the first-place Nationals (8-3).

All four tallies, three earned, scored in the first two of Rondon’s four-inning outing.  The 19-year-old allowed eight hits, absorbing his second loss against no wins.

Memphis reliever Rowan Wick continued his rehab assignment with a one-two-three fifth, his fourth scoreless outing in four appearances.  Enrique Perez and Kodi Whitley’s scoreless frames were sandwiched around Alex Fagalde’s two-inning effort.  Fagalde fanned three.

The home team managed eight hits spread among seven players.  Designated hitter Donivan Williams went 2-for-4 with a triple and run scored but was picked off first once.  Center fielder Terry Fuller got his team on the board with a second-inning solo blast, his only hit in four at bats with three strikeouts.

Monday’s game:  at second-place GCL Marlins (6-5), 12:00 pm ET, Kevin Hamann (0-0, 10.80)

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (12-18) vs. DSL Rockies (15-15), 10:30 am ET, Jose Moreno (0-1, 3.72)

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