Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/6/17

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

Results for games played Wednesday, July 5.


Harrison Bader (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Memphis 6 at Round Rock 4

The Redbirds topped the Express despite a late inning surge with the long ball by Round Rock.  The long ball helped Memphis as well.  Harrison Bader hit his 16th home run of the season, a solo shot in the third.  It was the outfielder’s third in four games. Nick Martini launched a two run shot in the sixth.  Rangel Ravelo was 2-for-5 with an RBI.  Adolis Garcia was 2-for-4 and Wilfredo was 3-for-4 with two runs scored.  Alberto Rosario drove in a run on a second inning single.

Marco Gonzales earned his fifth win of the season, pitching six innings and giving up one run on four hits. The left hander struck out six and walked none.  Miguel Socolovich pitched the seventh and surrendered two runs on three hits.  Josh Lucas allowed a run in his 2/3 innings of work.  Ryan Sheriff finished the game with 1 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his fifth save.

Tovar stole his 10th base of the season in 12 attempts.

The Redbirds are 53-32 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South.

Thursday’s game:  at Round Rock, Zac Gallen (1-1, 3.27) 7:05 CT.



Bruce Caldwell (Springfield Cardinals)

Springfield 5, Midland 3

The long ball featured prominently in this game, as well, with the Cardinals coming out on top at home against Midland.  All of Springfield’s runs came via the home run, as did those of the Rockhounds.  For Springfield, they include a two run shot in the fourth by Andrew Knizner, and a three run blast in the fifth from Bruce Caldwell.  The home run was Caldwell’s only hit, while Knizner was 2-for-4.  Tommy Edman went 3-for-4, and in his first rehab game, second baseman Kolten Wong was 2-for-3 with a double.

Starter Matt Pearce pitched 7 1/3 innings, giving up three runs (all on solo homers) on five total hits.  The right handed pitcher struck out seven and issued two free passes and earned his ninth win of the season.  Corey Littrell and Corey Baker combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.  Baker picked up his fifth save.

Randy Arozarena stole his first base since joining Springfield in his second attempt.

The Cardinals are 42-41 overall, and 6-6 in the second half. They are 1.5 games back of first place in the Texas League North.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Midland, Dakota Hudson (7-3, 2.73) 7:10 CT.


Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 2 (14 innings)

It took 14 innings, but the Cardinals pulled off the win against Bradenton on Wednesday night supported by eight innings of scoreless long relief work.  Palm Beach fell behind early in the first inning, but scored a run in the second and another in the sixth to tie the game.  The scoring began with a second inning RBI double by Jeremy Martinez.  In the sixth, Andy Young’s solo home run to tie the tally.  The game ended on a 14th inning walkoff single by Leobaldo Pina.  The offense had a total of 14 hits. Newcomer Lane Thomas was 2-for-7.  Chris Chinea was 2-for-6, as was Pina.  Andy Young was 2-for-4 and Shane Billings was 3-for-5.

Austin Warner (Bellarmine University)

Starter Ryan Helsley pitched six innings, giving up two runs on four hits while fanning seven and walking one.  Brady Bowen followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.  Estarlin Arias pitched 3 1/3 run-free frames, followed by another newcomer, Austin Warner, who tossed three scoreless innings and earned the win in his Beach Birds debut.

Thomas Spitz stole his eighth base of the season in 10 attempts.  Pina was caught stealing for the first time in five attempts.  Thomas was caught stealing in his first attempt for Palm Beach.

Darren Seferina made a throwing error, his seventh of the season.  Chris Chinea had a passed ball.  Blake Drake and Spitz each had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 49-31 overall and 8-4 in the second half and tied for first place in the FSL South.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Bradenton, Jake Woodford (5-4, 3.09) 5:30 CT.



Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

Peoria 1, Beloit 0

The Chiefs squeaked by the Snappers on the strength of a solo home run and pitching gem by starter Mike O’Reilly.  Our Player of the Day pitched seven scoreless innings.  The right hander allowed four hits while striking out nine and walking one to earn his seventh win of the season.  Bryan Dobzanski and Devin Perez each added a scoreless inning of relief.  Perez earned his first save of the season.

The Chiefs’ sole run came home on a solo home run off the bat of Matt Fiedler, the outfielder’s only hit.  The only other extra base hit was double by Danny Hudzina.

Mick Fennell was caught stealing for the second time in three attempts.

The Chiefs are 39-44 overall on the season, 9-5 in the second half and one game back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Thursday’s game:  vs. Beloit, Ian Oxnevad (2-8, 4.48) 7:00 CT.


State College 3, Williamsport 6

Though the Spikes tied the game twice, the lead finally got away from them, as they fell to Williamsport on Wednesday night.  Spikes’ starting pitcher Anthony Ciavarella pitched three innings and gave up four runs on six hits.  The lefty fanned four and walked three and was the losing pitcher.  Levi MaVorhis followed with four scoreless innings of relief.  Noel Gonzalez tossed the final two innings and surrendered the final two runs on three hits.

Scott Hurst was the only hitter with multiple hits, going 2-for-5.  Evan Mendoza had the only RBI for the Spikes on a first inning double.  The other two Spikes’ runs scored on an error and a passed ball.

In the field, Ciavarella made an error on a pickoff, Caleb Lopes committed a throwing error, and catcher Joshua Lopez had a passed ball. Hurst and Ricardo Bautista each registered an outfield assist.

The Spikes are 9-7 on the season and are one game back of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Thursday’s game:  at Williamsport, Sam Tewes (0-2, 6.89) 6:05 CT.



Wood Myers (Coastal Carolina University)

Johnson City 3 at Greeneville 7

Shaky starting pitching put the Cardinals in a hole they couldn’t climb out of as they are defeated on the road by the Greeneville Astros on Wednesday.  Edwar Ramirez pitched the initial 4 2/3 innings and gave up six runs on five hits, including two long balls.  Ramirez struck out two and walked five.  Jake Dahlberg followed with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Paul Salazar gave up an additional run in his one inning of relief.  Jacob Patterson finished with a scoreless eighth.

The offense scored three runs on 10 hits.  Designated hitter Wood Myers was a perfect 4-for-4.  Irving Lopez was 2-for-4 with three runs scored.  Luis Bandes was 2-for-5 with an RBI.

The Cardinals are 7-7 on the season and 1.5 games back in the Appalachian League West.

Thursday’s game:  at Greeneville, Alvaro Seijas (1-0, 6.48) 6:00 CT.



Leandro Cedeno (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Marlins 3

The Cardinals topped the Marlins on Wednesday for their fourth straight win, with first sacker Leandro Cedeno having a big day with the bat.  Cedeno drove in three of the Cardinals five runs on two doubles and a solo home run.  The 18-year old has four homers and 11 RBI in his first eight GCL contests.

The other two Cardinals runs scored on a fielding error on a Cedeno ball in play.

Kevin Hamann started on the mound for the Cardinals, pitching two innings and giving up one run on three hits.  Gabriel Genther followed with two scoreless frames and was awarded with the win. Memphis rehabber Rowan Wick pitched a scoreless fifth.  Enrique Perez followed with 2 1/3 innings, allowing two runs, one earned.  C.J. Saylor tossed the final 1 2/3 scoreless frames to earn his second save.

Perez and Zach Jackson each had a throwing error, and Jackson also had a passed ball. Dariel Gomez had an outfield assist.

The Cardinals are 4-4 on the season are 1 game back of first place in the GCL East.

Thursday’s game:  vs. GCL Astros, TBA 11:00 CT.


DSL Cardinals 4, DSL Angels 7

The Cardinals made a valiant last inning effort to overcome a seven run deficit, but fell short.  The four run ninth began with a single by Erik Pena.  Two successive wild pitches advanced him to third.   Luis Montana walked and Pedro Gomez singled to plate Pena.  Franklin Soto then hit a three run home run to left.  Pena, Gomez, and Cristhian Longa were each 2-for-4.  Soto was 2-for-5.

Starter Wifredo Pereira suffered his fourth loss of the season.  The right hander pitched five innings, giving up two runs on three hits.  Jose Geronimo started the sixth, surrendering four runs in 2/3 of an inning.  Anthony Trompiz followed with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing one unearned run.  Cristoffer Zapata pitched a scoreless ninth.

Gomez stole his fifth base of the season in five attempts.  Longa and Pena each made a throwing error.  Longa also had a passed ball.

The Cardinals are 10-17 on the season and 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Thursday’s game:  vs. DSL Nationals, TBA 9:30 CT

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