Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/7/17

(photo: Jack Flaherty/Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

Jack Flaherty’s seven-inning scoreless stint led Memphis to one of the system’s three wins on Sunday. Ryan Helsley tossed a strong performance in Springfield’s win and Luis Bandes went yard for the fourth time in four days for Johnson City.

Results from games played Sunday, August 6th.

Memphis 6 at Tacoma 0      

Jack Flaherty (Memphis Redbirds)

Starter Jack Flaherty was outstanding in the Redbirds’ 6-0 blanking of Tacoma (56-58) (SEA).  The victory gave Memphis (74-39) a two-two road series split and lowered their magic number to clinch the American Southern Division to 10.

Player of the Day Flaherty (W, 4-1) faced just three over the minimum during his seven-inning stint, yielding a single each in the fourth and sixth plus and a walk with two gone in the third.  The 21-year-old struck out nine with seven ground- and two fly-ball outs.  Flaherty threw 65 of his 102 pitches for strikes.  Arturo Reyes allowed a hit over the last two innings.

The visitors banged out 10 hits, with eight of nine starters acquiring at least one.  Aledmys Diaz, Harrison Bader and Breyvic Valera each had two hits, the first two in four and Valera in five at bats, respectively.  Diaz and Adolis Garcia both launched solo bombs.

Monday’s game:  vs. Omaha (53-59) (KC), 6:35 pm CT, Luke Weaver (9-1, 1.91)

Springfield 5 vs. Northwest Arkansas 2

Andrew Morales (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards flew past the Naturals, 5-2, completing a four-game sweep of fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (16-28) (KC).  The win combined with a loss by Tulsa (LAD) moves Springfield (28-16) into a tie for first, each team nine games ahead of Arkansas (19-25).

The difference Sunday was in the fourth, when the home team pushed across three tallies.  Randy Arozarena (single), John Nogowski (walk) and Anthony Garcia (walk) jammed the sacs full before Arozarena crossed home plate on a sac fly by Eliezer Alvarez.  Andrew Knizner singled home Nogowski, Knizner taking second on the throw.  Jacob Wilson got the intentional free pass, loading the bases again for Darren Seferina, who drove one deep enough to bring in Garcia via another sac fly.  Knizner went 2-for-4, the only S-Card with more than one of the team’s six hits.

Ryan Helsley (W, 1-0) shut down the opposition through five before surrendering a solo bomb in the sixth and another tally in his seventh and final inning of work. In his second Double-A start, the prospect right-hander struck out eight over 6 2/3, allowing six hits and two seventh-inning free passes.  Andrew Morales did a fine job to secure the seventh’s final out, stranding the bases full. He gave up two hits in 2 1/3.

Monday’s game:  Off

Clearwater 3 at Palm Beach 0

Sam Tewes (Palm Beach Cardinals)

The struggling Beach Birds offense mustered just two hits in their 3-0 home loss to Clearwater (23-20) (PHI).  Fifth-place Palm Beach (20-22) won just one of the four-game set and trail streaking Fort Myers by 6 ½ games.

Sam Tewes took a tough loss in his first Florida State League start, permitting just two runs on seven hits over seven.  Both tallies off the righty were generated by a second-inning home run.  Ross Vance tossed a clean eighth but Hector Mendoza was dinged for a run on two hits in his inning on the bump.

The Casey boys, Grayson and Turgeon, each singled once, with Grayson also working one of the team’s two walks. It was Grayson’s first game back with Palm Beach after completing his Springfield rehab with six games in the Gulf Coast League.

Defensively, right fielder Thomas Spitz was credited with an outfield assist at second and shortstop Jose Martinez committed his third miscue.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place Fort Myers (27-16) (MIN), 6:30 pm ET, Jake Woodford (5-6, 3.53)

Peoria 2 at Clinton 3 (10)

The Chiefs suffered a walk-off 10th-inning loss to the LumberKings, falling 3-2 to even the series at one game apiece with two on tap.  Peoria (24-19) remains in third, four in back of Quad Cities (HOU), winners of six straight.

In the final inning, Colton Thomson (L, 1-1) retired just one batter, yielding the game winner on a triple and fielder’s choice.  Frederis Parra started, allowing two runs, one earned, on eight hits and a free pass through six.  Parra also plunked a batter.

Dewin Perez gave up three walks and a hit in one plus but was not scored upon thanks to Yeison Medina.  Medina left Perez’ last two runners aboard, issuing two free passes in two.

Shortstop Kramer Robertson, the only Chief with a multi-hit effort, doubled twice in four at bats at the top of the order.  He scored on a sac fly by Brian O’Keefe and committed his fourth error.  One of the squad’s four remaining hits belonged to Mick Fennell, who launched his first Chiefs home run.

Monday’s game:   at seventh-place Clinton (18-25) (SEA), 6:30 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-2, 4.70)

State College 3 at Mahoning Valley 6

Noel Gonzalez (Johnson City Cardinals)

The Spikes could not overcome a 5-0 deficit, losing to the first-place Scrappers, 6-3.  Each team has won one of the first two games with one to play.  Only 2 ½ games separates the league leaders from fourth-place State College (25-21) in the ultra-competitive Pinckney division.

Starter Jonathon Mulford (L, 2-4) could not finish the third, giving up a tally in the first plus two more in each of the next two frames.  Mulford permitted seven hits and six walks in 2 2/3.

Noel Gonzalez stabilized the game for the Spikes, stranding three inherited runners and tossing 3 1/3 scoreless.  Jason Zgardowski surrendered a solo bomb during his two-inning stint.

Evan Mendoza and Joshua Lopez both acquired two hits, with Mendoza doubling once in four at bats with his third long ball.  Lopez singled and doubled in three at bats but was also picked off once.

Monday’s game:  vs. first-place Mahoning Valley (27-18) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (2-0, 1.85)

Johnson City 7 vs. Kingsport 2

Luis Bandes (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

A five-run first propelled the Appy Birds to a 7-2 victory over Kingsport in the series opener.  Third-place Johnson City (22-22) climbed to within five games of Elizabethton (MIN) with the win.

The first’s big blow was a three-run blast by designated hitter Luis Bandes, one of his two hits in five at bats. Bandes has four long balls in the last four games. Julio Rodriguez and Walker Robbins each had two hits as well, with Rodriguez doubling twice in four at bats with a walk and two runs scored. Right fielder Carlos Talavera went 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI.  Talavera also notched an outfield assist at home.

Right-hander Zach Prendergast fanned seven over the first four innings, yielding an unearned tally on six hits and two walks.  Jake Dahlberg retired all nine batters faced and was credited with his second win against no losses.

Paul Salazar battled control problems, issuing three free passes in 1 1/3.  One of his final two runners while Thomas St. Clair was pitching. The latter allowed a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

Monday’s game:  vs. fourth-place Kingsport (18-25) (NYM), 7:00 pm ET, Franyel Casadilla (1-3, 7.94)

GCL Cardinals – off

After an off day Sunday, the third-place Cardinals (17-16) ride a four-game winning streak into the home of the Mets.

Monday’s game:  at fifth-place GCL Mets (11-22), 12:00 pm ET, Noel De Jesus (1-0, 3.86)

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (23-31) at DSL Angels (24-27), 10:30 am ET, Jose Moreno (0-3, 3.46)

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