Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/11/17

(photo: Dakota Hudson/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

The 4-3 Thursday across the St. Louis Cardinals system included extra-inning wins for Memphis and Palm Beach. Player of the Day Dakota Hudson delivered a quality start for the Redbirds.

Results from games played Thursday, August 10th.

Memphis 3 vs. Omaha 2 (13)      

Dakota Hudson

Breyvic Valera’s RBI single in the 13th gave the Redbirds a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Storm Chasers (54-63) (KC).  First-place Memphis (78-40) took four of the five games in the series, reducing their magic number to clinch the American Southern to four.

Valera’s second hit in six at bats followed back-to-back singles by Wilfredo Tovar and Alberto Rosario, and drove in Tovar for the game winner, with former Cardinal Seth Maness taking the loss.  Rosario’s three-hit performance spearheaded the squad’s 11-hit attack with Valera the only other Redbird with more than one hit.  In his 2017 Redbirds debut, Stephen Piscotty opened the second with a home run to left center, knotting the game at one all.  A double by Tyler O’Neill was the only other hit to go for extra bases.

Dakota Hudson permitted a second-inning score plus one more in his seventh and final inning of work.  The right-hander gave up six hits and a walk over 6 2/3, his final run scoring under Arturo Reyes’ watch.  One of the two hits allowed by Reyes (BS, 2) in two frames was an RBI double to his first batter faced.

Ryan Sherriff left Reyes’ other base runner on, recording the ninth’s final out on a swinging K.  Miguel Socolovich held down the fort on three hits over three innings before Josh Zeid (W, 8-2) worked around a one-out single in the 13th.

Friday’s game:  at second-place Nashville (56-21) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jack Flaherty (4-1, 2.83)

Springfield 5 at San Antonio 8

Adolis Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals)

A five-run eighth doomed the S-Cards to an 8-5 defeat at the hands of San Antonio (27-19) (SD).  The loss snapped a six-game winning streak and prevented a three-game sweep of the first-place (South) Missions.  Springfield (30-17) remains atop the North Division, a game in front of Tulsa (LAD).

The slide towards defeat began in the seventh after Andrew Morales (L, 1-1) inherited a two-on-and-two-gone situation from Jacob Evans.  Morales allowed an RBI single before recording the final out, narrowing Springfield’s lead to 4-3.

The visitors answered with a tally of their own in the eighth but the combination of Morales and Landon Beck could not hold the 5-3 advantage.  Morales surrendered three more hits while recording one out, departing with a run across and runners at the corners.  Beck (BS, 1) proceeded with the following sequence:  RBI single-wild pitch-intentional walk and bases-clearing double.

Zac Gallen went the first five, giving up two runs on six hits and two bases-on-balls.  Evans tossed a clean sixth before running into trouble the next inning.

Adolis Garcia answered his re-assignment from Memphis by going 2-for-3 with a walk, solo bomb, two runs scored and three RBI in his return to the Springfield line-up.  Five S-Cards had one hit each.

Friday’s game:  at Corpus Christi (22-24) (HOU), 7:05 pm CT, Ryan Helsley (1-0, 2.53)

Palm Beach 2 at Daytona 1 (10)

The PB-Cards opened their four-game road series at Daytona with a 2-1 victory in 10 innings.  Palm Beach (23-23) remains in fifth, five in back of Fort Myers (MIN).

The winning run scored sans benefit of a hit.  Jose Martinez worked a base-on-balls to begin the 10th, advancing to second via Jose Godoy’s sac bunt.  After an intentional free pass to Casey Grayson, Martinez scored on a wild pitch and throwing error by the Tortugas’ catcher.

The Beach Birds’ other tally, also unearned, occurred in the fourth.  Grayson kicked off the inning with a single, was wild pitched to second and later scored on a throwing error by Daytona’s third baseman.  Grayson’s single was one of only four hits for the visitors.

In a game of ‘go figure,’ Palm Beach’s pitching staff gave up 11 hits in all but held the opposition to just one run.  Mike O’Reilly used six strikeouts to mitigate the eight hits he allowed in 5 2/3.  Dailyn Martinez retired all four batters faced, leaving O’Reilly’s last runner aboard.

The run against Brady Bowen (BS, 1) (W, 1-1) in the first of his two-inning stint sent the game into extras.  Eric Carter used three strikeouts to get out of a bases-loaded with only one gone mess, earning his third save.

Friday’s game:  at Daytona (10-37) (CIN), 7:05 pm ET, Sam Tewes (0-1, 2.08)

Burlington 4 at Peoria 1

Bryan Dobzanski (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Chiefs lost to the Bees, 4-1, in the series opener.  Second-place Peoria (26-20) falls to five games behind Quad Cities (HOU), winners of nine straight.

The home team never led, leaving starter Evan Kruczynski with his third loss in five decisions.  Kruczynski struck out five through three but gave up a run on four hits and a base-on-balls.  He also hit a batter.

Bryan Dobzanski tossed three scoreless frames, fanning four but Colton Thomson surrendered two long balls accounting for three scores during his two innings on the mound.  Yeison Medina struck out two in the ninth.

Peoria generated seven hits, as Ryan McCarvel and J.R. Davis accumulated two each.  Both singled and doubled in three at bats, Davis driving in McCarvel for the team’s sole tally.

Friday’s game:  vs. eighth-place Burlington (17-29) (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Frederis Parra (3-3, 2.74)

Hudson Valley 4 at State College 3

Levi MaVorhis (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes tied it late only to drop a 4-3 decision to Hudson Valley (25-25) (TB) in the decisive third game of the series.  Third-place State College (27-23) trails West Virginia (PIT) by three games.

Reliever Jason Zgardowski was saddled with his first loss in as many decisions, charged with an unearned tally.  He gave up one hit.

Johan Oviedo’s 4 2/3-inning start was a mixed bag with only one of his three tallies yielded earned.  But the righty allowed nine hits, walked one and plunked another.  Levi MaVorhis struck out three in 3 1/3, giving up four hits and stranding two inherited runners.  Shortstop Edwin Figuera committed two throwing errors.

State College managed just four hits and two free passes.  Yariel Gonzalez went 2-for-4 with a double and run scored.  Figuera singled once in three at bats, touching home one time.  Joshua Lopez’ only hit in four at bats was a two-run double, giving his team a 2-0 lead after three.

Friday’s game:  vs. first-place (Stedler) Vermont (27-23) (OAK), 7:05 pm ET, Jonathon Mulford (2-4, 5.05)

Johnson City 4 at Bristol 2

Jake Dahlberg (Johnson City Cardinals)

The JC-Cards extended their winning streak to five with a 4-2 victory over the Pirates.  Johnson City (26-22) clinched the three-game series with one game yet to come and is now tied for second with Greeneville (HOU), three games behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Three Appy Birds had two hits apiece:  Irving Lopez, Imeldo Diaz and Wadye Ynfante.  Lopez and Diaz singled and doubled in four and three at bats, respectively with a run scored.  Lopez drove in one and Ynfante swiped his team-leading 11th bag.

The difference in the game turned on three miscues by Bristol, resulting in two unearned tallies, enough cushion for Alvaro Seijas and a trio of JC-Cards’ relievers.  Seijas turned in a rather disappointing four-inning effort, giving up two runs on seven hits and three walks.  It took the right-hander 89 pitches to get through four frames.

Juan Alvarez (W, 2-2) and Jake Dahlberg each went two frames, with Dahlberg fanning four.  Jacob Patterson worked around a one-out single for his eighth save.

Friday’s game:  at fifth-place Bristol (10-38) (PIT), 7:00 pm ET, Jacob Schlesener (1-1, 2.67)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – postponed

A double dip between the third-place Cardinals (18-18) and second-place Astros (20-16) was postponed due to rain.  The contests have been rescheduled as part of twin bills on August 15th and 20th.  The Gulf Cards trail division-leading Nationals by five games.

Friday’s game:  Off

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Nationals 2

Carlos Soler (International Prospect League)

A balanced offensive effort led the sixth-place Dominican Birds past the eighth-place Nationals, 5-2.  However, the Cardinals (24-33) have officially been eliminated from post-season play.

Seven of nine Cards starters garnered at least one of the team’s 12 hits, with six of the seven either scoring or driving in a run.  Center fielder Carlos Soler led the way, going 3-for-5 with a double, run scored and two stolen bases.  Freddy De Jesus, Luis Montero and Erik Pena each had two hits, with De Jesus slamming a home run with Ivan Herrera (walk) aboard.

Diego Cordero was strong through five, holding the Nationals (23-35) to a run on four hits.  The southpaw fanned five and did not issue a free pass.  Wilfredo Pereira yielded an unearned tally through three, giving up two hits.  Jesus Cruz picked up his first save.

Friday’s game: at third-place DSL Rockies (28-28), 10:30 am ET, Hector Soto (3-2, 2.08)

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