Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/17/17

(photo: Zac Gallen/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Results from games played Sunday, July 16th.

Memphis 2 vs. Round Rock 1

Nick Martini/Springfield Cardinals

Nick Martini’s fifth Memphis home run of 2017 and seventh overall gave the Redbirds a 2-1 walk-off win over the Express (41-53) (TEX).  Memphis (60-33) extends its winning streak to six, including a three-game sweep over visiting Round Rock.

Martini led off the ninth with the blast, capping a late charge by the home team. In a pitching duel, each staff gave up just six hits.  Catcher Alberto Rosario joined Martini with two hits each, Rosario’s second single in three at bats driving in Alex Mejia (single) to knot the game at one all after eight.

Ryan Sherriff tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth win against no losses.  The lefty was the fifth Redbirds’ hurler of the day, beginning with Jack Flaherty.

Flaherty’s stint finished an out shy of five innings, the righty yielding a run on five hits.  The damage to his line would have been worse except for an outfield assist by left fielder Breyvic Valera who nailed a runner at the plate, via a relay to third baseman Patrick Wisdom, after Flaherty permitted a single to left.

Mike Mayers, in his second relief consecutive relief appearance after starting exclusively since 2013, retired all four batters faced and stranded an inherited runner.  Zach Duke tossed a one-two-three seventh before Mark Montgomery struck out the side in his inning of work.

Monday’s game:  at Oklahoma City (49-43) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, TBA


Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 0

Zac Gallen (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Springfield (14-9) used a dominating performance by starter Zac Gallen to blank Northwest Arkansas, 6-0, in the series opener.

Player of the Day Gallen’s return to the Springfield rotation after three Triple-A starts was an impressive one.  The righty, St. Louis’ third round selection in the June 2016 First-Year Player Draft, faced just one over the minimum over seven, a single in the third.  Gallen (W, 2-2) struck out six with five ground- to four fly-ball outs.  Pedro Echemendia permitted two hits over the last two frames.

The S-Cards pushed across the game’s first score in the fifth.  But it was bombs away for the home team the next inning with five tallies generated by three home runs.  Anthony Garcia and Gabriel Lino both launched two-run blasts and Darren Seferina capped the scoring with a solo shot, driving the Naturals’ starter from the game.

Springfield accumulated eight hits, led by three from John Nogowski in four at bats. The first baseman crossed home once.  Seferina added a single to his long ball in three at bats, driving in two.

Monday’s game:  vs. Northwest Arkansas (11-12) (KC), 6:30 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (7-4, 2.77)


Palm Beach 7 at Lakeland 5

Lane Thomas (Lansing Lugnuts)

The Beach Birds (12-11) transformed 13 hits into a 7-5 victory at Lakeland, clinching the three-game series with one yet to play.

Center fielder Lane Thomas, activated off the seven-day DL prior to the game, and right fielder Shane Billings led the way with three hits apiece.  Thomas, acquired from the Toronto organization on July 2, 2017 in return for international cap money, went 3-for-4 with a triple, run scored and RBI on a sac fly at the top of the order.  Billings, the number six batter, singled three times in five at bats, touched home twice and swiped his first base.  The only other PB-Card with more than one hit was Danny Diekroeger, who accounted for three runs, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two knocked in.

Ryan Helsley (W, 8-2) fanned seven over five strong frames against the North Division leaders, with the only mark against him a solo shot that was one of three hits and one base-on-balls allowed.  Brady Bowen was touched for three runs, one earned, on four hits over three.

Estarlin Arias retired two in the ninth but gave way after allowing a run on two hits.  Jacob Evans left Arias’ last runner aboard, earning his third save.

Monday’s game:  at Lakeland (14-9) (DET), 10:30 am ET, TBA


Fort Wayne 5 at Peoria 3

Anthony Shew (State College Spikes)

Peoria (14-9) dropped a 5-3 decision to Fort Wayne, evening the series at one game each with one on tap.

The contest was a see-saw battle with the Chiefs building a slim 2-0 lead through five.  But a three-run bomb the next frame off Anthony Shew flipped the advantage the TinCaps’ way.  That score held until the home half of the eighth when Peoria tied it up but Fort Wayne struck last, scoring two against the combination of Ronnie Williams and Yeison Medina.

Shew was solid in his first full-season start, fanning seven over 6 2/3 while holding his opponents to six hits and two walks.  Williams, the losing pitcher, allowed two tallies on three hits and two free passes in 1 2/3, both of whom scored under Medina’s watch.

Three Chiefs garnered two hits each:  Nick Plummer, Matt Fiedler and Kramer Robertson.  Fiedler’s RBI single driving in Plummer (double) knotted the game at three all through eight.  Both Fiedler and Plummer went 2-for-4 while Robertson singled twice in five at bats.  Both Fiedler and Robertson were 0-for-1 in stolen base attempts.

Monday’s game:  vs. Fort Wayne (15-8) (SD), 12:00 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-8, 4.14)


State College 1 at Brooklyn 2

Paul Balestrieri (State College Spikes)

The Spikes rallied late only to absorb a 2-1 walk-off loss to Brooklyn (7-19) (NYM), preventing a three-game sweep by State College (15-11).

With the visitors mustering just three hits, their five walks became crucial.  Their only tally occurred in the eighth after Ricardo Bautista and Dennis Ortega worked back-to-back free passes.  That set the stage for Imeldo Diaz’ RBI single. However, two Spikes runners were later cut down at home that inning.

Bautista had a rough day on the base paths, being caught stealing once and picked off first another time.  Defensively, first baseman Yariel Gonzalez was charged with a fielding error.

Paul Balestrieri put together a fine start, scattering six hits and two walks over six with one run allowed.  Will Latcham worked around a hit and base-on-balls for a scoreless seventh.  Robbie Gordon (L, 0-3) tossed a clean eighth but surrendered a single-walk-double combination the next inning that ended it.

Monday’s game:  at Williamsport (14-10) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (2-2, 4.30)


Johnson City 3 at Kingsport 2

Jacob Schlesener (St. Louis Cardinals)

Jacob Schlesener struck out 10 Mets as Johnson City slipped past Kingsport, 3-2, evening the road series at one game each.

Schlesener (W, 1-1) tossed five plus scoreless frames, permitting three hits and two walks.  Evan Guillory took over after Schlesener allowed a single and free pass to his initial two batters in the sixth.  Guillory worked out of that jam, tossing three clean innings before running into trouble in the ninth.  Jacob Patterson inherited a runner at second with a run already across and yielded an unearned tally.

The Appy Birds (10-14) accumulated nine hits, paced by third baseman Starlin Balbuena and second baseman Irving Lopez, who both went 2-for-4.  Balbuena doubled once with a run scored while Lopez drove in two.  Right fielder Carlos Talavera singled once in three at bats with a walk, touching home twice.

Monday’s game:  at Kingsport (9-13), 6:30 pm ET, Edwar Ramirez (1-3, 5.82)


GCL Cardinals 6 vs. GCL Astros 2

Delvin Perez (St. Louis Cardinals)

The GCL Cardinals (10-8) scored early and never looked back, topping the GCL Astros, 6-2.

Shortstop Delvin Perez tripled to lead off the game, scoring on that same play via a throwing error.  Perez compiled his best game since returning from Johnson City on July 11th, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one driven in.  Designated hitter Elehuris Montero singled twice in four at bats, the only other Gulf Bird with more than one of 10 team hits.

Defensively, first baseman Taylor Bryant was charged with his second fielding error but outfielder Brian Sanchez picked up at outfield assist when he nailed a runner at second.

Southpaw Austin Warner struck out eight over five scoreless for his first professional victory.  Jim Voyles went two innings, yielding a run on two hits while Corey Malcom and Gabriel Gentner each pitched a frame. An unearned score occurred while the latter was on the mound.

Monday’s game:  Off


DSL Cardinals – All-Star Game: National League 3, American League 2

The DSL Cardinals (14-21) were idle for the Dominican Summer League All-Star Game, held Sunday.

In the game, played at the Giants complex, the National League defeated the American League, 3-2. Former Cardinals star Vince Coleman threw out the first pitch.

The Cardinals had two representatives, catcher Ivan Herrera and infielder Pablo Gomez, both NL reserves. Herrera went 0-for-1 and Gomez drew a walk and struck out in his two plate appearances.

Monday’s game:  vs. DSL Phillies Red (14-21), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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