Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/13/17

(photo: Kramer Robertson/Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Results from games played Wednesday, July 12.

Memphis Redbirds off

Triple-A All-Star Game: Pacific Coast League 6, International League 4

Two Redbirds appeared in Wednesday’s Triple-A All-Star Game, won by the PCL All-Stars, 6-4. Catcher Carson Kelly singled in his one at-bat and caught the first three innings. Reliever Ryan Sherriff recorded the first out of the ninth inning on a strikeout.

Thursday’s game: Marco Gonzales (5-3, 2.56) vs. Round Rock Express, 7:05 PM Central time.

Arkansas Travelers 5, Springfield Cardinals 2

The Travelers knocked out Cardinals starter Dakota Hudson with three runs in the fifth inning, as Arkansas went on to win Wednesday evening’s matchup, 5-2.

Hudson lasted through two outs in the fifth inning, by which time the Travelers used three hits, two walks, and a passed ball to manufacture a trio of runs. Hudson took the loss and dropped to 7-4 on the year. The Travelers put up two more in the eighth against reliever Pedro Echemendia, further padding the lead.

It was a quiet night for the Cardinals offensively, with the two runs scoring on a wild pitch and a bases-loaded double play. Right fielder Magneuris Sierra was responsible for two of the team’s six hits; first baseman John Nogowski and shortstop Tommy Edman each scored a run.

Thursday’s game: Sandy Alcantara (3-5, 5.76) at Arkansas Travelers, 7:10 PM Central time.

Palm Beach Cardinals suspended

The Jupiter Hammerheads at Palm Beach Cardinals game on Wednesday in Jupiter, Florida, was suspended with two out in the bottom of the first inning. The Hammerheads had already plated two runs against starter Jake Woodford in their initial at-bats.

This game will resume Thursday, before the regularly scheduled contest, starting at 5:30 PM Central time. Jordan Hicks is likely to make his Palm Beach debut.

Peoria Chiefs 10, Lake County Captains 3

Kramer Robertson (Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs came back with a vengeance, with nine unanswered runs from the sixth inning on to down the Captains on Wednesday, 10-3.

The Captains put up three runs against Ian Oxnevad in the top of the sixth, his final inning of the night. Oxnevad had just one strikeout, but – more importantly – he issued no walks and was able to work around nine Captains hits. From there, Ronnie Williams and Dewin Perez handled the pitching duties, and the Chiefs’ bats went to work.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson had a remarkable evening at the dish, going 4-for-5 with two home runs, three runs batted in, and three runs scored. Designated hitter Ryan McCarvel had a home run of his own, and catcher Brian O’Keefe plated a pair.

Thursday’s game: Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 6.00) vs. Lake County Captains, 8:00 PM Central time.

State College Spikes 10 at Tri-City ValleyCats 4

The Spikes sounded off for three runs in the sixth and five more in the eighth to come back and defeat the ValleyCats, 10-4.

A trio of 2017 Cardinals draftees led the offense.

Zach Kirtley (State College Spikes)

Second baseman and leadoff hitter Zach Kirtley went 2-for-4 with his first professional home run, two runs scored, and two runs batted in. Center fielder Scott Hurst, from the second spot of the batting order, tripled and drove in the first three runs of his career. Right fielder Brandon Benson got in on the fun, too, cranking his second home run to drive in a pair.

The 10 runs were more than enough for State College starter Sam Tewes, who twirled seven innings of two run ball to improve his personal record to 2-2. Relievers Will Latcham and Robbie Gordon each followed with a scoreless frame to seal the victory.

Thursday’s game: Daniel Castano (4-0, 1.24) at Tri-City ValleyCats, 6:00 PM Central time.

Bristol Pirates 5 at Johnson City Cardinals 0

The Cardinals mustered only two base hits in Wednesday’s 5-0 home loss to the Pirates.

First baseman Luis Bandes and catcher Julio Rodriguez both singled, but that was not enough to give starter Edwar Ramirez much of a chance at a win.

Ramirez tossed a quality start – 6 IP, 3 ER, 4 Ks – but with no offensive support, he took the loss. Ramirez is 1-3 in four starts for Johnson City this year.

Thursday’s game: Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 4.40) vs. Bristol Pirates, 6:00 PM Central time.

GCL Cardinals off

The GCL Cardinals were off Wednesday. They will resume play Thursday, with an 11:00 AM Central time contest vs. the GCL Mets.

DSL Cardinals 10 at DSL Yankees 9

The Yankees scored eight unanswered runs over the last three innings, but the Cardinals maintained the last of their cushion to hold off the Yankees, 10-9.

Catcher Joyser Garcia had a productive day in the box, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored, and three runs batted in. Right fielder William Jimenez had a solid day as well, with three hits – including a triple – in five plate appearances, driving in three runs. On the whole, the Cardinals combined to go 7-for-18 with runners in scoring position, scoring 10, but leaving 11 more runners on base.

Starter Wilfredo Pereira pitched 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball, picking up his first win in five decisions this season. The bullpen wasn’t as stellar, however, allowing nine runs while recording the final 11 outs. Leonardo Taveras walked three and allowed five runs in his two-thirds of an inning. Oneiver Diaz came in and cleaned things up for the Cardinals, picking up his second save of the year.

Thursday’s game: TBA at DSL Mets, 9:30 AM Central time.

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