Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/9/17

(photo: Anthony Garcia/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Results for games played Saturday, July 8.

Memphis 3 at Nashville 2

John Gant (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds were kept off the board until late in the game, but they took the lead with one run in the seventh and two in the ninth for the close victory at Nashville.

Leadoff hitter Breyvic Valera had a 2-for-5 performance which included the ninth inning double that brought home the winning runs.  Nick Martini was also 2-for-5.  Patrick Wisdom was 2-for-4 and plated the first Memphis run on a single to left.

In the field, Carson Kelly made a throwing error, his fourth error of the season.  Adolis Garcia had an outfield assist.

Starter John Gant pitched seven strong innings, giving up two runs on six hits.  The right hander struck out six and walked one.  Ryan Sherriff added a 1-2-3 eighth, and was the winning pitcher.  Mark Montgomery made it interesting in the ninth, loading the bases on two hits and an intentional walk before escaping to pick up his fourth save.

The Redbirds are 55-33 on the season and are in first place in the PCL American South by 13.5 games.

Sunday’s game:  at Nashville, Josh Zeid (5-2, 5.38) 6:35 CT.

Also catch Jack Flaherty in the MLB Futures Game from Miami at 3 p.m. CT on MLB Network.


Springfield 11, Frisco 4

Anthony Garcia (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Cardinals clobbered the Frisco RoughRiders in a Saturday laugher.  The offense featured four home runs that plated six of Springfield’s 11 runs.  Anthony Garcia hit two long balls, a solo shot in the sixth, and a three run blast in the seventh.  Tommy Edman launched a solo home run in the third, and Jacob Wilson added a solo shot in the seventh.  Garcia was 2-for-3 with four RBI, plus round out his game, he also had an outfield assist.  Edman was 2-for-4 with the home run and a double.  Andrew Knizner was also 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Starter Chris Ellis won his first game as a Springfield Cardinal.  The right hander went five innings, giving up one run on four hits while fanning six and walking one.  Ian McKinney provided two innings of relief and surrendered two runs on two hits.  Corey Baker pitched the final three innings, allowing an additional run, but striking out five.  Baker earned his sixth save.

The Cardinals are 44-42 overall, and 9-7 in the second half, to put them a half game back of first place in the Texas League North.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Frisco, Austin Gomber (3-6, 4.08) 6:10 CT.


Palm Beach 2 at Fort Myers 9

Connor Jones (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Cardinals took a 2-0 lead into the seventh inning, but a pitching meltdown in the seventh and eighth led to nine Miracle runs, which put the game out of reach.  Starter Connor Jones was cruising until the seventh, having surrendered only four hits in six innings.  Jones gave up two leadoff singles to begin the seventh, and was replaced by Ramon Santos. That is when the wheels came off the bus.  Santos allowed both of his inherited runners plus one of his own to score, on a balk and a two run single to give Fort Myers the lead.  Santos returned for the eighth and gave up six more runs and deservedly was charged with the blown save and the loss.

The Cardinals offense put up the first run in the third, on a Danny Diekroeger RBI double.  The second run came home in the sixth on a sac fly by Jeremy Martinez.  Diekroeger and Thomas Spitz had two hits in four at-bats.

The Cardinals are 50-33 overall and 10-6 in the second half.  They are 1.5 games back of first in the FSL South.

Sunday’s game:  at Fort Myers, TBA 3:05 CT.


Peoria 5 at Cedar Rapids 6

The resilient Chiefs tied the score twice, only to lose in walk off fashion.  A big inning by Cedar Rapids put Peoria behind early, but they managed to catch up, then fall behind, then tie it up a second time in the ninth.  The home team got the final turn and put a run across to win.

Peoria scored in the first inning on a fielding error.  After the Kernels put up four runs in the second, the Chiefs battled back.  In the fourth, Vince Jackson led off with a solo home run.  Stefan Trosclair singled, and eventually scored on a fielding error to bring Peoria within one.  In the sixth, Jackson led off again, this time with a double, and later scored on a ground out to tie the game.  Cedar Rapids took the lead back the next inning, but in the ninth, Danny Hudzina’s solo home run again tied the score.  Jackson, Trosclair, and J.R. Davis were each 2-for-4.  Kramer Robertson was 2-for-5.

Starter Evan Kruczynski pitched 4 1/3 innings, giving up four runs on six hits. The left hander struck out five and walked two.  Max Almonte followed with 1 2/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits.  Eric Carter added two scoreless frames.  Dewin Perez pitched the ninth, and gave up the walkoff run on a double, and took the loss.

The Chiefs are 40-46 overall on the season, 10-7 in the second half, to put them 2.5 games back of first place in the Midwest League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Cedar Rapids, Juan Perez (2-1, 2.38) 2:05 CT.


State College 2, Auburn 3

Jonathon Mulford (The Cardinal Nation)

The Spikes were held scoreless for five innings, and despite a late-inning rally, were unable to get past Auburn on Saturday.  One run in the sixth and another in the seventh fell short of what was needed for victory.  Scott Hurst’s double followed by Bryce Denton’s RBI single put the first run on the board.  Edwin Figuera doubled in a run in the seventh.  Hurst was 3-for-4 and Figuera was 2-for-5.  Denton and Caleb Lopes had two hits in four at-bats.

Starter Jonathon Mulford pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up one unearned run on two hits while fanning six and walking two.  Robbie Gordon surrendered two runs on two hits in 2 1/3 innings.  Gordon took the loss.  Will Latcham tossed the final two scoreless frames.

The Spikes are 11-8 on the season, a half game out of first place in the NY-Penn League Pinckney Division.

Sunday’s game:  vs. Auburn, Paul Balestrieri (0-0, 3.18) 5:05 CT.


Johnson City 3 at Elizabethton 4

A late-inning rally by the Cardinals fell short, as they fell to the Twins on Saturday.  The Johnson City offense rallied for three runs in the seventh and the eighth, but it wasn’t enough.  After being held scoreless for six innings, Irving Wilson hit a leadoff home run in the seventh to put the first Johnson City run on the board.  In the seventh, Luis Bandes singled and stole second base.  Carlos Rodriguez followed with a single to bring Bandes home.  Julio Rodriguez then plated Carlos Rodriguez on a single.  Bandes was the only Cardinal with multiple hits, going 2-for-3.

Starter Franyel Casadilla pitched four innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out four and walking none.  Will Changarotty followed with 2 2/3 scoreless innings.  Fabian Blanco pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, surrendering one unearned run and taking the loss.

The Cardinals are 7-10 on the season, five games back of first place in the Appalachian League West.

Sunday’s game:  at Elizabethton, Brett Seeburger (1-0, 1.42) 5:00 CT.


GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Mets 4

The Cardinals offense couldn’t get traction against Mets pitching as they are shut out on Saturday.  Cardinal hitters managed only four hits, all singles, by Taylor Bryant, Carlos Soto, Sanel Rosendo, and Moises Castillo.  The offense struck out 14 times.

Rehabbing Memphis starter Arturo Reyes made the start, pitching one inning only, and yielding a run.  Another rehabbing Memphis pitcher, reliever Rowan Wick, followed with one inning as well.  Wick gave up no hits and struck out two. Regular starter Junior Gonzalez tossed the next 4 2/3 innings, surrendering three runs on six hits.  C.J. Saylor pitched the final 1 1/3 scoreless innings.  Reyes took the loss.

The Cardinals are 5-5 on the season, two games back of first place in the GCL East.

Sunday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals, TBA 9:00 a.m. CT.


DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Rockies 8 (10 innings)

For the second consecutive game, the Cardinals went to 10 innings, but this time, they did not come out on top.  The offense put up two runs in the first inning on Freddy De Jesus’ double that scored two.  Two more runs came home in the fourth on two ground outs plus two throwing errors.  A Pablo Gomez single in the seventh drove in a run, and another throwing error and William Jimenez RBI single plated two more in the ninth.  Gomez was 3-for-4 and Jimenez was 2-for-5.  De Jesus was a perfect 2-for-2, and Francisco Hernandez was 2-for-5.

Starter Allinson Benitez went only 1 1/3 innings, giving up two runs on four hits.  Wilman Madera went the next 3 2/3 innings, surrendering one run on five hits.  Roy Garcia added two innings of relief, allowing two runs on four hits and was charged with a blown save.  Anthony Trompiz relinquished two more runs in his 1 2/3 innings of work, and Jose Geronimo pitched the final 2/3 of inning, giving up one unearned run and getting the loss.

The Cardinals are 12-18 on the season, 12 games back of first place in the DSL South.

Sunday’s game:  Off.

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