Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/2/17

(photo: Mick Fennell/Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

On a 3-4 Tuesday for the St. Louis Cardinals system, our Player of the Day, outfielder Mick Fennell, plated four in Peoria’s win.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 1st.

Memphis 5 at Reno 10

Breyvic Valera (USA TODAY Sports Images)

The Redbirds (71-38) were scored upon in four consecutive frames, resulting in a 10-5 loss to the Aces (64-46) (ARI) and a split of the four-game series.

Three of four Memphis pitchers allowed tallies starting with Matt Pearce.  The righty   yielded six runs on eight hits and two walks over four plus, including a two-run home run.

Mike Mayers and Miguel Socolovich continued that trend, permitting two tallies each in two and one inning, respectively.  Arturo Reyes tossed a one-two-three eighth, fanning two.

The visitors jumped out in front first on a three-run bomb by Breyvic Valera, who led the club with three hits in five at bats.  Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom both went 2-for-4, with Mejia working a base-on-balls with a run scored and Wisdom doubling once while knocking in one.  Wisdom swiped his second bag of 2017 but Valera was picked off first.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 5

Springfield (24-15) again came out on the losing end of the showdown between the North Division’s top two clubs, falling to Tulsa 5-4 and into second place, a game behind the Drillers.  The S-Cards have lost the first two of the three games between the two clubs.

The S-Cards led 3-2 through six but were bitten by their defense the next frame.  A fielding error by third baseman Jacob Wilson allowed the first runner to reach but it looked like reliever Jacob Evans (BS, 3) (L, 1-2) would escape after he notched two swinging K’s.  Instead, a double and three-run long ball ensued, followed by another double before he caught his final batter looking.

Ryan Helsley struck out six over the first four in his Double-A debut, scattering five hits and four free passes that somehow generated only one tally.  Tyler Bray was charged with a run on two hits in 1 2/3 before handing the ball off to Evans.  Andrew Morales worked around a hit and walk for a clean eighth.

Springfield managed six hits, including a solo shot by Oscar Mercado.  It was the center fielder’s only hit in four at bats.  Anthony Garcia, Jacob Wilson and Danny Diekroeger all went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Wednesday’s game:  at Tulsa (25-14) (LAD), 7:05 pm CT, Sandy Alcantara (6-5, 4.74)

Palm Beach 7 at Bradenton 4

Leobaldo Pina (Peoria Chiefs)

A six-run sixth lifted the Beach Birds (19-19) over the Marauders, 7-4, giving Palm Beach a three-games-to-one road series victory.

The inning featured doubles by Leobaldo Pina, Shane Billings, Luke Dykstra and Jose Martinez with the first two knocking in two each while Dykstra and Martinez drove in one apiece.  Blake Drake and Chris Chinea each worked a free pass and Thomas Spitz singled.

Pina paced the 10-hit attack with a 3-for-5 effort.  Defensively, the first baseman took part in three double plays.  The only other PB-Card with more than one hit was Billings, who singled and doubled in four at bats, touched home twice and joined Pina with two RBI.

Jake Woodford lasted just 3 2/3 frames, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks.  Ian McKinney was credited with his second win in four decisions despite giving up a run during his 1 1/3-inning stint.

Neither Brady Bowen nor Dailyn Martinez were scored upon during their time on the mound.  Bowen fanned three Marauders (23-15) (PIT) in 2 2/3 while Martinez picked up his third save.

Wednesday’s game:  Off

Peoria 9 vs. Wisconsin 3

Mick Fennell (State College Spikes)

The Chiefs (22-16) rallied for a 9-3 victory over the Timber Rattlers (17-21) (MIL) and a 2-2 series split.

All three scores yielded by Frederis Parra (W, 3-3) occurred in the first four of his six-inning outing.  Parra allowed a first-inning tally plus a two-run bomb in the fourth, permitting eight hits and two walks in all.

Ronnie Williams tossed two excellent frames, fanning four of his six batters faced.  Max Almonte struck out two in the ninth.

Peoria generated 10 hits with Mick Fennell leading the way. Fennell singled twice in four at bats with four RBI and a stolen base. Juan Yepez went 3-for-5 with a double, scored twice and drove in one.

Wednesday’s game:  at Beloit (22-15) (OAK), 7:00 pm CT, Austin Warner (1-1, 3.38)

Auburn 5 at State College 3

Scott Hurst (State College Spikes)

Single scores in the final two frames left the Spikes on the losing end of a 5-3 decision versus the Doubledays (16-25) (WSH).  The loss prevented a three-game sweep by State College (22-18).

Robbie Gordon (L, 0-5) allowed the tie breaker in the eighth, his second inning of work.  Noel Gonzalez left Gordon’s final runner aboard but gave up an insurance run the next inning.  Both pitchers allowed a hit and Gordon plunked a batter.

Starter Jonathon Mulford yielded three runs on seven hits and four free passes over 5 2/3.  Gordon stranded an inherited runner to limit the damage to Mulford.

The home team’s 11-hit effort featured four players with two hits apiece:  Edwin Figuera, Scott Hurst, Evan Mendoza and Matt Davis.  Figuera, Hurst and Mendoza – the Spikes one through three batters, did all of the damage.  Figuera tripled once, touching home once while Hurst’s two-run bomb accounted for two of his three RBI.

Wednesday’s games:  at West Virginia (24-16) (PIT).  Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Andrew Summerville (1-0) (2.33)/TBA

Johnson City 5 at Pulaski 6

Carlos Talavera (The Cardinal Nation)

Johnson City (19-21) suffered a 6-5 loss at Pulaski (26-12) (NYY) in the decisive third game of the series.

Jacob Patterson began the ninth looking for his eighth save but suffered his first blown save and first loss instead.  Patterson served up a lead-off homer followed by a hit batsman, sac bunt, walk, passed ball and wild pitch that scored the final tally.

Starter Jacob Schlesener did not complete the first, permitting three runs on three hits, two walks, two wild pitches and a balk.  Will Changarotty was touched for an unearned tally during his 2 1/3 innings on the bump.

Paul Salazar and Brett Seeburger calmed things down, tossing two scoreless frames each.  Fabian Blanco kept Pulaski off the board in the eighth.

Center fielder Carlos Talavera and shortstop Imeldo Diaz each went yard for the second time this season.  Talavera’s two-run bomb was one of his three hits in five at bats and one of his two runs scored.  Diaz’ long ball was his only hit in three at bats although he did add a second RBI.  First baseman Luis Bandes singled twice in four at bats with a run scored, the only Appy Bird other than Talavera with more than one of the team’s nine hits.

Wednesday’s game: Off

GCL Cardinals – off

Wednesday’s game:  GCL Cardinals (13-16) vs. GCL Mets, 12:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 2 vs. DSL Mets1 0

A quartet of DSL Cardinals’ hurlers combined on a three hitter, resulting in a 2-0 victory over the DSL Mets1 (32-18).

Starter Enmanuel Solano permitted all three hits, striking out four through five.  Roy Garcia (W, 1-1) struck out three over 1 1/3, issuing one free pass.

But that runner was stranded by Oneiver Diaz, who left two for Dionis Zamora to handle on via a hit batsman and fielding error.  Zamora retired all five faced, three on strikeouts, for his sixth save.

Both runs by the Dominican Birds (21-28) scored in the sixth when Yowelfy Rosario singled to open the inning.  Diomedes Del Rio’s sac bunt attempt generated a throwing error that allowed him to reach.  Two outs later, William Jimenez’ fourth triple of 2017 brought both runners across.

Wednesday’s games:   vs. DSL Phillies Red (23-27).  Game one – 10:30 am ET, Wilfredo Pereira (1-6, 3.57)/Allinson Benitez (0-1, 6.16)

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