Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/24/17

(photo: Sandy Alcantara/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

Sandy Alcantara spun seven scoreless innings in Springfield’s road series-clinching win and Jordan Hicks tossed six run-free innings for Palm Beach. Memphis moved to 30 games over .500 on a 6-1 Sunday across the St. Louis Cardinals system.

Results from games played Sunday, July 23rd.

Memphis 7 vs. Las Vegas 5      

Alex Mejia (Springfield Cardinals FANatic Photos)

A four-run first propelled Memphis past Las Vegas, 7-5.  The Redbirds (65-35) have won the first three of the four-game set and 19 of their last 23. The club reached the 30 games over .500 mark for the first time in a dominating season.

The first-inning scoring was comprised of two-run bombs by Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom.  Mejia led the 11-hit effort, going 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBI while Wisdom’s solo long ball was his only hit in four at bats.

Rangel Ravelo made the score 5-1 through three with his fourth home run of 2017.  Aledmys Diaz singled twice in four at bats, the only other Redbird with a multi-hit performance.

Batting fifth, Tyler O’Neill made his Cardinals system debut with a hit and run scored, but the left fielder also fanned twice in four at-bats.

Traded Marco Gonzales’ rotation turn was comprised of three relievers plus an erstwhile starter fresh off the disabled list.  Kevin Herget scattered six hits, one walk and one run over the initial 3 1/3.

Josh Zeid (W, 6-2) surrendered a three-run home run, one of his three hits and two base-on-balls over 2 2/3.  Arturo Reyes allowed a solo shot, his only hit in his two-inning stint.  It was his first appearance since returning from Palm Beach.  Mark Montgomery tossed a one-two-three ninth for his fifth save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Las Vegas (37-64) (NYM), 7:05 pm CT, John Gant (1-5, 3.45)

Springfield 3 at Arkansas 1

Sandy Alcantara (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Springfield (20-10) claimed the Sunday finale over Arkansas, 3-1, for a three-games-to-one series victory.

Player of the Day Sandy Alcantara (W, 6-5) pitched a gem, limiting the Travelers (13-17) to three hits and two walks over seven.  Tyler Bray walked the bases full in the eighth, leaving Rowan Wick in a one-out jam.  Wick left two of three runners aboard, permitting a sac fly and two free passes in 1 2/3.

The S-Cards maximized their offense, transforming six singles and a free pass into three tallies.  Oscar Mercado went 2-for-4 with a run scored.  It was his aggressive base-running going first to third on Darren Seferina’s single up the middle that forced an errant throw, allowing him to put Springfield on the board.  Mercado, Seferina and Tommy Edman each stole a base.

The other key hit was a two-run single by Magneuris Sierra in the eighth, scoring Andrew Knizner (single) and Jacob Wilson (walk).  It was Sierra’s only hit in four at bats.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (17-13) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Chris Ellis (2-4, 4.19)

Charlotte 3 at Palm Beach 0

Jordan Hicks (Peoria Chiefs)

The Beach Birds’ offense was held to just four hits in their 3-0 home loss to Charlotte.  Palm Beach (15-14) has dropped the first two of the three series games.

Andy Young had half of his squad’s offense, singling twice in three at bats.  Singles by Blake Drake and Shane Billings made up the rest.

Defensively, center fielder Drake was credited with an assist at home.  The PB-Cards committed two miscues but neither figured in the scoring.

Jordan Hicks tossed his best effort in his three Palm Beach starts, fanning six over five frames of one-hit ball.  He was charged with an error on a pickoff attempt.

Brennan Leitao (L, 3-2) retired four batters but allowed a solo shot, one of his two hits permitted.  Hector Mendoza stranded Leitao’s last runner but gave up two runs on three hits and two walks in 1 1/3.

Ramon Santos limited Mendoza’s damage by retiring his only batter, leaving two aboard.  Estarlin Arias worked around a hit and free pass for a scoreless ninth.

Monday’s game:  vs. Charlotte (15-14) (TB), 6:30 pm ET, Connor Jones (6-4, 4.16)

Peoria 10 at Bowling Green 5

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

Peoria (17-13) came out on top of a see-saw battle, stopping the Hot Rods, 10-5, to even the road series at one game apiece with one to play.

The Chiefs jumped out to a 4-0 lead through four, thanks to three home runs, two by Stefan Trosclair and a solo bomb by Danny Hudzina.  Trosclair, Hudzina and Dylan Carlson each had two of Peoria’s 12 hits, with all nine starters garnering at least one.

But Bowling Green tied it up in the fifth, and went up 5-4 after six.  All five scores were against Ian Oxnevad, four on two long balls.  Oxnevad allowed nine hits and two walks through six.

Peoria was not finished at the plate, however, tying the game at five all on an unearned run in the seventh before a five-run explosion put the game out of reach after eight.

Bryan Dobzanski picked up his second win in seven decisions, tossing three frames and allowing two hits with two strikeouts.

Monday’s game:  at Bowling Green (18-12) (TB), 12:05 pm CT, Evan Kruczynski (1-1, 5.48)

State College 5 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

Levi MaVorhis (Johnson City Cardinals)

State College (18-14) downed Mahoning Valley, 5-1, in the home series opener.

The Spikes accumulated 10 hits, paced by Evan Mendoza and Dennis Ortega.  Both Spikes went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Mendoza tripling once while knocking in two while Ortega drove in one.

Paul Balestrieri (W, 1-0) yielded just one unearned run on seven hits and two bases-on-balls over 5 2/3.  The right-hander struck out five.  Levi MaVorhis shut down the Scrappers on a hit over the final 3 1/3, leaving one inherited on, for his first save.

Monday’s game: vs. Mahoning Valley (20-13) (CLE), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (6-0, 2.03)

Johnson City 8 vs. Danville 5

Chase Pinder (Johnson City Cardinals)

Chase Pinder’s three-hit game led Johnson City (14-17) over Danville, 8-5, in the rubber game of the series.

Pinder accounted for four runs, going 3-for-5 with three runs scored and one driven in.  Wadye Ynfante and Jonathan Rivera singled and doubled in three and four at bats, respectively.  Ynfante crossed home twice with a stolen base and Rivera scored once.

Alvaro Seijas (W, 2-1) struck out eight over 6 2/3, giving up four runs on eight hits, including a home run.  Will Changarotty allowed a run on five hits in 1 2/3, stranding two of three inherited runners.  That run crossed with Jacob Patterson on the mound, as Patterson retired both batters faced but let one of Changarotty’s runners score.

Monday’s game:  vs. Burlington (13-17) (KC), 7:00 pm ET, Johan Oviedo (1-1, 5.96)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 3

Delvin Perez (St. Louis Cardinals)

The Gulf Birds (11-8) flew past the GCL Mets (6-13), 5-3, completing a July 18th contest suspended in the first inning due to rain.

Delvin Perez was on first with a walk when play resumed, one of three times the lead-off batter reached base.  Jonatan Machado greeted the new pitcher with a home run, making the score 2-0.  It was the outfielder’s first long ball of his professional career, and only hit in five at bats.

Perez and Elehuris Montero each had two of the team’s nine hits, both singles.  It was Perez’ fourth multi-hit effort in his last five games and eighth time in his last nine games in which the shortstop has had a hit.  Defensively, he committed his second error, one of two miscues by the Birds.  Montero touched home once with a run driven in, one of seven Cardinals with either a run scored or RBI.

Brian Pirela hurled a solid effort, yielding three runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks through six.  One of the three tallies was via a solo home run.  Kodi Whitley struck out three in two one-two-three innings before Jim Voyles faced the minimum in the ninth for his first professional save.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Nationals (14-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League is idle on Sundays.

Monday’s game:  DSL Cardinals (16-25) vs. DSL Nationals (16-26), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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