Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/30/17

photo: Matt Pearce (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

On a 2-5 Tuesday across the St. Louis Cardinals system, Matt Pearce pitched Memphis to another win. State College took a wild 10-inning contest by a 13-11 score.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 29th.

Memphis 3 vs. Iowa 2

Matt Pearce (Palm Beach Cardinals)

Matt Pearce tossed seven strong frames as the Redbirds edged the Cubs, 3-2. Memphis (88-48) has won the first two of the four-game series.

The third was only inning in which Pearce (W, 4-3) was scored upon, when he yielded three of his nine hits plus a sac fly. The righty issued one free pass and was called for a balk. Arturo Reyes went the final two frames for his first professional save.

Harrison Bader led the Redbirds’ offense, going 3-for-4 out of the two hole. The center fielder was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts.

But all of the run production came as a result of the long ball. Tyler O’Neill launched a two-run rocket with Breyvic Valera (single) to get his team on the board in the first. Gabriel Lino’s first home run as a Redbird broke a two-all tie in the fifth. Lino went 2-for-3, the only other Memphis player to have more than one of the team’s eight hits.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Iowa (65-69), 6:35 pm CT, Dakota Hudson (0-1, 4.36)

Arkansas 5 at Springfield 1

Five runs over the last four innings resulted in the S-Cards’ 5-1 loss to the Travelers in the series opener. Springfield (40-24) drops back into a first-place tie with Tulsa (40-24) with six games remaining in the regular season.

Chris Ellis (L, 5-9) tossed five clean frames but recorded just one out in the sixth, before allowing two runs. Ellis fanned seven with two hits and two walks given up.

Both runners scored with Jacob Evans (BS, 4) on the mound, and Evans allowed an additional tally of his own later that inning. Tyler Bray went the next two frames, permitting a score on three hits and a base-on-balls. Sandy Alcantara, just named to St Louis’ Arizona Fall League roster, was touched for a run on two hits in the ninth.

Springfield mustered just four hits, including two singles in three at-bats by Tommy Edman. The shortstop scored his team’s only run, driven in by Oscar Mercado.

Wednesday’s game: vs. third-place Arkansas (29-35) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Zac Gallen (4-4, 3.72)

Daytona 5 at Palm Beach 2 (10)

Jake Woodford (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds (32-30) rallied in the ninth only to fall to the Tortugas, 5-2, in 10. Each team has won one of the first two games of the series with one to play.

Dailyn Martinez took the loss, his first against three wins, yielding three runs on three hits and a sac fly in his only inning of work. Two of the three tallies were unearned due to a fielding error by catcher Jose Godoy on a bunt.

The game started with Kevin Siegrist on the mound in his third rehab appearance at Palm Beach. The lefty interspersed two swinging K’s around a single and walk before inducing a 6-4 ground out.

Regular starter Jake Woodford took the next six innings, allowing just two unearned tallies in the fifth on a throwing error by third baseman Leobaldo Pina. Woodford struck out seven while permitting just four hits and a base-on-balls. Ian McKinney tossed two scoreless.

Palm Beach generated seven hits with Chris Chinea the only player garnering more than one. Chinea singled and doubled in four at bats with an intentional walk and scored the first run. Andy Young worked a free pass in the ninth, tying the contest up on Vince Jackson’s single.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Daytona (16-47) (CIN), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones 8-5, 3.97)

Peoria – off

With just six games left in the season, the Chiefs’ magic number to capture the Western Division wild-card spot is three.

Wednesday’s game: Peoria (34-30) vs. Quad Cities (41-34) (HOU), 6:30 pm CT, Ian Oxnevad (3-10, 4.10)

State College 13 at West Virginia 11 (10)

Will Latcham (State College Spikes)

The Spikes came out on top of a slugfest, topping the Black Bears, 13-11, in 10. State College (36-31), which has won the first two of three at West Virginia, moves into sole possession of second place with the win, 3 ½ behind Mahoning Valley (CLE).

The visitors scored nine times in the first five innings, building a 9-3 advantage through five. But third-place West Virginia answered with back-to-back four-run frames to go up 11-9. The Spikes sent the game into extras with two in the eighth, finishing the Black Bears off in 10.

The contest featured a combined 29 hits and each team committed two miscues. Eight of nine starters acquired at least one of the Spikes’ 17 hits, seven of eight accumulated more than one hit and the sole Spike not to get a hit scored once.

Two of the 17 hits were doubles with the only long ball was a solo shot by Joshua Lopez, his only hit in four at bats. Edwin Figuera and Wood Myers led the attack, both going 3-for-6 with two runs scored, Myers knocking in one. Scott Hurst singled and doubled in four at bats with a walk, crossed home three times and drove in one. Yariel Gonzalez, Zach Kirtley, Ricardo Bautista and J.D. Crowe each had two hits. All but Crowe scored once, while it was Crowe’s two-run single in the 10th that provided the difference in the game. Gonzalez led the team with three RBI.

State College sent five hurlers to the mound, three of whom were scored upon. Starter Paul Balestrieri did not finish the fourth, issuing five free passes and allowing three hits, resulting in three runs over 3 2/3.

Steven Farinaro left three inherited runners aboard before tossing a clean fifth. But Farinaro did not retire any of the five faced the next inning, surrendering four runs, two via a home run that was one of five hits and a walk permitted.

Robbie Gordon (BS, 2) went 1 2/3, giving up four runs, one earned, on two hits and two walks. Gordon left one of Farinaro’s last two runners aboard.

Will Latcham (W, 3-1) finally stopped the bleeding with 2 1/3 scoreless frames and stranded one inherited runner. Jesus Cruz tossed a one-two-three 10th for his first save.

Wednesday’s game: vs. West Virginia (35-32) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (4-0, 1.63)

Bluefield 5 at Johnson City 0

The Appy Birds were stymied on just one hit, losing to the Blue Jays, 5-0, in the series opener. It was the fifth loss in a row for Johnson City (33-32), tied with Greeneville (HOU) for the West Division’s Wild Card slot with two games remaining in the regular season.

Alvaro Seijas (L, 4-3) had a poor showing, giving up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in six. Seijas fanned eight, hit a batter and threw two wild pitches. Jake Dahlberg held the opposition to a hit over the last three innings.

First baseman Julio Rodriguez was the only reason a trio of Bluefield hurlers did not combine on a no hitter. Rodriguez doubled in the seventh inning and drew the only base-on-balls his team recorded.

Wednesday’s game: vs. Bluefield (44-22), 7:00 pm ET, Zach Prendergast (3-0, 2.77)

GCL Cardinals 0 at GCL Marlins 3 (7) – Game 1
GCL Marlins 5 at GCL Cardinals 0 (7) – Game 2

The Gulf Birds did not score in either of their games versus the Gulf Marlins, losing 3-0 and 5-0, extending the GCL Cardinals’ (23-28) losing streak to 10. The offense managed just four hits across the 14 innings.

In the opener, Winston Nicacio (L, 4-3) finished an out shy of five innings, the only mark against him being a solo bomb. The righty permitted five hits but walked four. Patrick Dayton struck out three in 1 1/3 but yielded two runs on a hit and two walks.

Catchers Cameron Knight and Carlos Soto each singled.

The Cardinals managed just two hits in the finale as well. Taylor Bryant and Robbie Coleman singled. The Cards matched their hit production by committing two errors.

Two of the three runs given up by Oneiver Diaz (L, 0-2) in three were produced by a home run. Diaz allowed four hits and did not walk a batter. Chris Hunt was charged with an unearned tally during his three-inning stint before Cory Malcom yielded a run in the seventh.

Wednesday’s games: DH at GCL Astros (25-25). Game one – 10:00 am ET, TBA

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