Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/31/17

(photo: Irving Lopez/Johnson City Cardinals)

Daniel Castano’s dominant mound effort led State College to one of the system’s three wins on Sunday.  Austin Gomber pitched a gem for Springfield while Player of the Day Irving Lopez’ two-bomb night helped Johnson City to victory.

Results from games played Sunday, July 30th.

Memphis 4 at Reno 6

Tyler O’Neill (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds were clipped by the Aces, 6-4, evening the series at one game apiece with two on tap.  Memphis (70-37) remains 19 games ahead of Nashville (OAK) despite the loss with a magic number to clinch of 17.

Dakota Hudson kept his team in the game in his Triple-A debut, tossing seven frames with six hits and three walks permitted.  The 22-year-old was touched for two two-run innings and uncorked two wild pitches, one of which let a runner score.

The seventh finished with the visitors down 4-2, but Tyler O’Neill launched a two-run home run in the top of the eighth to take Hudson off the hook for a loss.  The long ball was the center fielder’s second hit in four at bats to go with a double, two runs scored and three driven in.  Breyvic Valera singled twice in four at bats, crossing home once, as he was the only other Redbird with more than one of the team’s six hits.

But that 4-4 tie lasted only until Ryan Sherriff (L, 5-1) gave up two hits, a base-on-balls, sac fly and wild pitch resulting in two scores in the home eighth.

Monday’s game:  at Reno (63-45) (ARI), 7:05 pm PDT, Jack Flaherty (2-1, 3.09)

Springfield 6 at Northwest Arkansas 3

Austin Gomber (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Austin Gomber tossed seven excellent frames as the S-Cards flew past the Naturals, 6-3.  First-place Springfield (24-13) claimed the series, three games to one, and lead Tulsa (LAD) by one game in the North Division of the Texas League.

Gomber (W, 5-7) allowed just four base runners over the minimum during his seven innings on the mound.  The righty surrendered a solo bomb in the fourth, one of three hits and one free pass yielded.  Gomber fanned five with nine ground- and three fly-ball outs.  He threw 68 of his 92 pitches for strikes.

The eighth was not so kind to Tyler Bray, who gave up two runs on three hits.  Rowan Wick worked around two free passes for his fourth save.

Springfield outhit Northwest Arkansas (14-23), 12 to six, with eight of nine starters garnering at least one hit.  First baseman John Nogowski led the way, going 3-for-5 and touching home once.  Tommy Edman doubled twice in five at bats, scored one and knocked in another.

One of Darren Seferina’s two hits in five at bats was his third home run of 2017, coming with the bases clean.  Oscar Mercado’s only hit in five at bats was a two-run long ball, capping the scoring in the ninth.

Monday’s game:  at second-place Tulsa (23-14) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Zac Gallen (4-2, 2.74)

Palm Beach at Bradenton – postponed

The second of four games between Palm Beach (17-18) and Bradenton was rained out and has been rescheduled as part of a double header on Monday, July 31st.  The fifth-place Beach Birds took the series opener and trail the Marauders by five games.

Monday’s games:  at first-place Bradenton (22-13) (PIT).  Game one – 4:00 pm ET, Mike O’Reilly (1-0, 4.20)/Ramon Santos (1-2, 5.81)

Wisconsin 3 at Peoria 1

Nick Plummer (Paul Ivice/The Cardinal Nation)

The Chiefs were stopped at home by the Timber Rattlers, 3-1, on Sunday, their third consecutive loss and second in a row to fifth-place Wisconsin.  Third-place Peoria (20-16) trails Quad Cities (HOU) by two games in the West Division.

The Chiefs mustered just six hits in all, two by Nick Plummer.  Peoria’s lead-off hitter singled and doubled in four at bats, knocking in one and notched an outfield assist at third.  Dylan Carlson went 1-for-4, scoring the Chiefs’ only run.  Rehabber Stephen Piscotty doubled once in four at bats.

The sole blemish against Evan Kruczynski in 5 1/3 was a two-run long ball, one of seven hits yielded.  Colton Thomson hurled 1 2/3 scoreless innings, his third straight scoreless outing since his promotion from State College, but Bryan Dobzanski was touched for a run on three hits over two.

Monday’s game:  vs. Wisconsin (17-19) (MIL), 12:00 pm CT, Sam Tewes (league debut)

State College 2 vs. Auburn 1

Daniel Castano (State College Spikes)

Daniel Castano was outstanding over 7 2/3 as the Spikes edged the Doubledays, 2-1, in the series’ opener.  State College (21-17) is in fourth place in the tight Pinckney Division, 2 ½ games in back of Mahoning Valley (CLE).

Castano (W, 7-1) retired eight of his first nine before a throwing error, wild pitch and single brought about a play at the plate for the third’s final out.  The southpaw went on to set down 10 of his next 11 before yielding a double, his second and final hit permitted to go with two free passes.  The Florida native departed with two gone in the eighth and a runner on second via a hit batsman and sac bunt.

Reliever Noel Gonzalez did not record an out, issuing two free passes to jam the sacks full for Spencer Traynor.  Traynor (S, 2) put out that fire but gave up a tally on a walk and two singles the next inning.

Monday’s game:  vs. Auburn (15-24) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Johan Oveido (league debut)

Johnson City 9 at Pulaski 3

Irving Lopez (Johnson City Cardinals)

Irving Lopez’ two home run night led the Appy Birds over the Yankees, 9-3, the first of three at Calfee Park.  Third-place Johnson City (19-19) kept pace with division leader Elizabethton (MIN) with the win, a team they trail by five games.

Lopez’ bombs were part of his three-hit performance, with the second baseman accounting for six of his squad’s tallies.  The Player of the Day went 3-for 4 with a walk, two long balls, three runs scored and five driven in.

Catcher Julio Rodriguez’s three hits in five at bats also included a home run, a three-run blast that broke a one all tie in the fifth.

One of the three hits given up by Franyel Casadilla (W, 1-3) over 5 1/3 was a solo shot, putting Pulaski up 1-0 after one.  The righty allowed a walk and three runs in all, two of them scoring on Will Changarotty’s watch.

Changarotty permitted a hit and two walks while recording just one out but Jake Walsh left all three of Changarotty’s runners on.  Walsh fanned three in 2 1/3, yielding a hit.  Jacob Patterson tossed a scoreless ninth.

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 8

Donivan Williams (Prep Baseball Report)

The Gulf Birds scored big early but the GCL Marlins (14-15) scored bigger late, resulting in an 8-7 defeat by the Cardinals (13-16).  The loss broke a third-place tie between the two squads, leaving the Cardinals 6 ½ behind the Nationals.

The visitors capitalized on a lack of control by the Marlins’ starter, who did not record an out, transforming a hit, five walks and an error into six tallies.  But the Fish bullpen held the Cardinals’ offense to just one more tally the rest of the way while their offense laid in wait for the Gulf Birds’ relievers.

The Cardinals accumulated nine hits, all singles, with four players having two hits each:  Jonatan Machado, Dariel Gomez, Donivan Williams and Brian Sanchez.  Williams generated the most results, touching home twice with two RBI while Machado stole two bases.

Starter Noel De Jesus held the opposition to a first-inning run plus a two-run home run in his fifth and final inning of work.  De Jesus allowed seven hits and two walks.

De Jesus exited with a 7-3 lead, which held until the bottom of the seventh.  Wilberto Rivera permitted three scores in his second inning of work before Gabriel Gentner (BS, 2) (L, 2-2) let both inherited runners score plus two of his own before recording an out.

Monday’s game:  at GCL Astros (16-12), 12:00 pm ET, Winston Nicacio (2-1, 3.52)

DSL Cardinals – off

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday’s game: DSL Cardinals (19-28) at DSL Mets1 (32-16), 10:30 am ET, Allinson Benitez (0-1, 6.16) or Jose Moreno (0-3, 3.55)

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