Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/11/17

(photo: Mike O’Reilly/Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)


Results from games played Monday, July 10.

Memphis Redbirds off

The Redbirds are off until Thursday, as the Triple-A All-Star Game is this Wednesday. The Redbirds will have two representatives in the contest against the International League: catcher Carson Kelly and pitcher Ryan Sherriff. Luke Weaver was also voted onto the team before his promotion to St. Louis.

Next game: On Thursday, the Redbirds will host the Round Rock Express at 7:05 PM Central time.

Frisco RoughRiders 7 at Springfield Cardinals 4

Gabriel Lino (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The RoughRiders scored four unanswered runs late Monday evening to defeat the Cardinals, 7-4.

Matt Pearce turned in a quality start for Springfield, allowing three runs over six solid frames. Corey Littrell surrendered the go ahead runs in the seventh inning, suffering his third blown save and his second loss.

Frisco tacked on two more tallies in the eighth against Dailyn Martinez, and the Cardinals could not recover.

Springfield’s four runs all came in the fourth inning, ironically – and catcher Gabriel Lino did most of the damage. Lino unloaded on his third long ball of the season, a three-run shot to left field.

Cardinals third baseman Jacob Wilson went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, and second baseman Darren Seferina had a two hits and scored a run.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will continue their schedule on Wednesday, in Little Rock, Arkansas with a date with the Travelers. Springfield has announced RHP Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.63) as its starter for the 7:10 PM Central time game.

Fort Myers Miracle 1, Palm Beach Cardinals 0

Ryan Helsley (Peoria Chiefs)

The Miracle broke the scoreless tie with a run in the bottom of the eighth inning to knock off Palm Beach on Monday, 1-0.

Starter Ryan Helsley took a no-hitter into the seventh and turned in 6 1/3 innings of scoreless ball. Reliever Jacob Evans surrendered the go-ahead run on a triple in the eighth.

In total, Helsley and Evans combined to allow just the one run on two hits, with 11 strikeouts and four walks.

On the offensive side, the Cardinals failed to get much of anything going. With five singles scattered over the nine innings, Palm Beach had just one at-bat with runners in scoring position and ultimately left five runners on base.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday and will pick back up on Wednesday. The Cardinals will play host to the Jupiter Hammerheads at 5:30 PM Central time.

Peoria Chiefs 3 at Cedar Rapids Kernels 0

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

Chiefs starter Mike O’Reilly was absolutely masterful on Monday. The 22-year-old, our Player of the Day, twirled a complete-game shutout to lead Peoria to a 3-0 victory over the Kernels.

O’Reilly was perfect into the seventh until he allowed a lone hit – a leadoff double in that frame. The right-hander whiffed 12 to improve to 8-2 on the season and lower his earned run average to 1.56 in 80 2/3 innings.

O’Reilly was supported by an inside-the-park homer from second baseman Stefan Trosclair in the first inning. Outfielder Mick Fennell drove in a run, before their third run came by way of a passed ball. First baseman Juan Yepez went 2-for-4, and catcher Brian O’Keefe doubled to account for Peoria’s only extra-base hit, outside of Trosclair’s big blast.

Next game: The Chiefs are off Tuesday, with their next contest scheduled for Wednesday. Peoria will host the Lake County Captains at 7:00 PM Central Time. LH Ian Oxnevad (3-8, 4.11) is scheduled to take the ball for manager Chris Swauger.

State College Spikes off

The Spikes were off Monday and will pick back up Tuesday on the road to face the Tri-County ValleyCats. The Spikes will send Anthony Shew (2-1, 2.08) to the hill for the 6:00 PM Central time start.

Elizabethton Twins 13, Johnson City Cardinals 12 (10 innings)

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

In as nearly four-hour-long game that featured 30 hits, 11 different pitchers, 16 walks, and 19 strikeouts, the Twins squeaked by the Cardinals in 10 innings on Monday by a 13-2 final score.

Jacob Schlesener started for Johnson City and allowed five runs over the first two innings – yet he left with a 6-5 lead, as the Cardinals put up four in the first and two more in the second. Six relievers followed, with Jake Walsh (2 2/3 innings) and Thomas St. Clair (1 2/3 innings) turning in the only scoreless outings. Juan Alvarez allowed the walk-off run.

At the plate, it was certainly not a day to forget for the Cardinals. Second baseman Wood Myers went 4-for-6, shortstop Irving Lopez went 3-for-5 with three RBI, and first baseman Luis Bandes led the way with three hits – a single, a double, and a homer – and five runs driven in. Designated hitter Alexis (formerly known as Irving) Wilson had a rough day, as the only starting Cardinal to not record a hit – despite taking six at-bats.

The Cardinals went 6-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 11 runners on base.

Next game: The Cardinals are off Tuesday before hosting the Bristol Pirates at 6:00 PM Central time Wednesday. Edwar Ramirez (1-2, 6.32) will start for Johnson City.

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Marlins 1

Austin Warner (Bellarmine University)

A great day for the Cardinals’ pitching staff backed the team in its 6-1 win over the Marlins in Monday’s matchup.

Starter Austin Warner allowed the lone run in four otherwise solid innings, during which he punched out six and walked no one. Four relievers combined to post zeroes over the final five innings, including Kevin Hamann, who struck out four across the eighth and ninth frames.

Left fielder Michael Brdar notched his first double as a professional and plated two. Shortstop Taylor Bryant drove in a run and scored twice, and second baseman Moises Castillo had a 2-for-4 day with a run scored.

Tuesday’s game: TBA at GCL Astros, 11:00 AM Central time.

DSL Rockies 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

The Rockies hopped out to an early 2-0 lead and extended it to a 5-3 win over the Cardinals on Monday.

Starter Jose Moreno allowed four runs over as many innings, but just two earned, as the Cardinals committed two errors.

In the batter’s box, left fielder Luis Montano cranked the first long ball of his career, a solo blast. Catcher Ivan Herrera and center fielder Carlos Soler were each responsible for driving in a run, yet the three tallies came to no avail.

Tuesday’s game: TBA vs. DSL Yankees, 9:30 AM Eastern time.

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