Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 8/28/17

photo: Stefan Trosclair (Allison Rhoades/Peoria Chiefs)

Stefan Trosclair’s extra-inning hit gave Peoria one of only two wins in seven games across the St. Louis Cardinals system on Sunday.  Aledmys Diaz was responsible for all four runs in Memphis’ victory while Brian Pirela was impressive in his Gulf Coast League Cardinals start.

Results from games played Sunday, August 27th.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 3

Aledmys Diaz (USA TODAY Sports Images)

Co-Player of the Day Aledmys Diaz accounted for all four scores as the Redbirds (86-48) edged the Cubs, 4-3, gaining a split of the four-game series.  The contest was the fourth of eight straight between the two clubs.

Diaz came to the plate in the first with the sacks jammed and laced a bases-clearing double to center.  That brought across Alex Mejia (double), Tyler O’Neill (walk) and Rangel Ravelo (walk).  Seven innings later the second baseman worked an eighth-inning walk, then scoring on Gabriel Lino’s double to snap a 3-3 tie.

Memphis claimed eight hits in all, three by Mejia, who went 3-for-5 with the aforementioned double and run scored.  Wilfredo Tovar, the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and was 1-for-4 in stolen base attempts.

All three tallies yielded by John Gant over 6 2/3 crossed home in the third, the result of six of his eight hits allowed and one of his two free passes issued.  Gant fanned eight.

Josh Zeid (W, 9-3) retired his only batter, leaving Gant’s final runner aboard.  Sean Gilmartin recorded four consecutive outs before giving way to Josh Lucas, who recorded his 16th save.

Monday’s game:  vs. Iowa (65-67) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Kevin Herget (4-2, 4.25)

Tulsa 6 at Springfield 5

Randy Arozarena (Brian Walton/The Cardinal Nation)

The S-Cards scored first and last but it was all for naught as they were clipped by the Drillers, 6-5, evening the series at one game each with one to play.  Springfield (39-23) and Tulsa are tied atop the North Division and play each other four more times in the regular season’s last eight games.

Ryan Helsley took his first loss in three Double-A decisions, yielding five runs, four earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3.  Helsley struck out six.

Jacob Evans permitted two hits and a walk in 1 1/3, allowing his only inherited runner to score.  Rowan Wick gave up a tally on a hit, walk and balk over two frames.

Randy Arozarena reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with a double, two bases-on-balls, touched home once and knocked one in.  Both of Magneuris Sierra’s hits went for extra bases, as the center fielder doubled and tripled in four at bats with a run scored.

Adolis Garcia doubled for two RBI.  Oscar Mercado made the most of his pinch-hit appearance, singling in a run and scoring another.

Monday’s game:  vs. Tulsa (38-23) (LAD), 6:30 pm CT, Pedro Echemendia (1-4, 4.72)

St. Lucie 2 at Palm Beach 1

Mike O’Reilly (The Cardinal Nation)

Palm Beach (31-29) came out on the wrong end of a pitching duel, losing 2-1 to St. Lucie (26-37) (NYM) in the rubber game of the series.

Mike O’Reilly took a tough loss, his first against three wins.  The Flagler College product permitted single scores in the second and fourth frames of his seven innings on the mound, one of them a solo shot.  O’Reilly allowed seven hits and two walks in total.  Brady Bowen fanned three over two scoreless.

The Beach Birds’ sole score occurred when Blake Drake launched his seventh home run of 2017, temporarily evening the score at one all.  It was Drake’s only hit in five at bats.  The only PB-Card with a multi-hit effort was Edmundo Sosa, who singled twice in three at bats with a free pass.

Monday’s games:  at Daytona (15-46) (CIN).  Game one – 4:30 pm ET, TBA/TBA

Peoria 7 vs. Kane County 6 (10)

Stefan Trosclair (The Cardinal Nation)

Co-Player of the Day Stefan Trosclair’s bases-loaded RBI single gave the Chiefs a 7-6 walk-off victory over Kane County in 10.  The win gives Peoria (33-30) both a two-games-to-one series lead with one remaining and a one-game advantage over Cedar Rapids (MIN) in the Wild Card standings.

Playing in extra innings required the home team to battle back from a 6-3 deficit at the seventh’s midpoint.  The squad responded with a run in each of the next three frames, setting the stage for Trosclair’s decisive hit.

The offense was a team-wide affair, all nine starters garnering at least one of 13 hits.  Trosclair was one of four Chiefs had two hits apiece, joining Dennis Ortega, Evan Mendoza and Dylan Carlson.  Trosclair’s 14th bomb put Peoria up 1-0 after one. He went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt and sac fly that was one of his three RBI.

Ortega touched home twice as did Mendoza, who tripled for the first time as a Chief.  Carlson took part in three scores, going 2-for-3 with a sac fly, run scored and two knocked in.

Austin Warner tossed a strong six-frame effort for Peoria, with the only damage back-to-back solo bombs to open the third.  The lefty gave up just five hits and two walks, fanning five.

Warner left in line for his third win with his team up 3-2.  But that all changed with Ronnie Williams (BS, 3), who allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in just 2/3 of an inning.  Yeison Medina blanked the Cougars over 2 1/3, leaving Williams’ final runner aboard.  Austin Sexton (W, 4-2) struck out two in the 10th.

Monday’s game:  vs. Kane County (30-33) (ARI), 12:00 pm CT, Anthony Shew (3-0, 3.20)

Williamsport 3 at State College 2

Jesus Cruz (Sultanes de Monterrey)

Single tallies in the sixth through eighth by the Crosscutters resulted in the Spikes’ 3-2 loss, preventing a three-game series sweep.  Third-place State College (34-31) drops to four off the pace set by Mahoning Valley and a game behind West Virginia.

Jonathon Mulford kept fourth-place Williamsport (30-32) (PHI) off the board over five but yielded two runs over the next 1 1/3 frames.  The last of his five hits permitted was a solo bomb to lead off the seventh.  Mulford struck out seven and issued two free passes.

Alex Fagalde (L, 0-1) was touched for a run on three hits in 1 1/3. Newcomer Jesus Cruz retired all four batters faced, three on strikeouts.

State College maximized their five hits, with three in the two-run fourth.  Scott Hurst opened with a walk, and advanced to third via Bryce Denton’s single, one of Denton’s two singles in four at bats.  A ground-rule double by Yariel Gonzalez scored Hurst while Denton crossed home on a single to right by Joshua Lopez.

Monday’s game:  at second-place West Virginia (35-30) (PIT), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Castano (7-3, 2.45)

Johnson City 3 at Princeton 10

Jacob Schlesener did not finish the first as the JC-Cards were pounded by the Rays, 10-3.  Johnson City (33-30) has lost the first two of their three-game series versus Princeton by a combined score of 22-5, but remain a game up on Greeneville (HOU), which also lost, for the Wild Card slot.

Schlesener (L, 2-3) and reliever Brett Seeburger dug their team a deep hole, putting the Appy Birds down 9-2 after three.  Schlesener recorded just two outs, yielding four runs on four walks and three hits.  Seeburger stranded an inherited runner but allowed five more runs on six hits and two hit batsmen over the next 2 1/3.

Fabian Blanco scattered six hits over the next three, permitting one run.  Jacob Patterson and Jake Walsh each tossed a scoreless frame.

Brady Whalen and Stanley Espinal accumulated two hits each. Whalen singled twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored.  Espinal went 2-for-4 with a double and RBI.

Monday’s game:  at Princeton (27-36) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Evan Guillory (2-1, 2.82)

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Mets 3

Brian Pirela (Dominican Summer League)

Brian Pirela made a first-inning tally hold up during his six-inning stint but the bullpen could not finish the job as the GCL Cardinals (23-25) fell to the GCL Mets, 3-1.  The Gulf Birds have been eliminated from post-season contention.

Pirela held the Mets (18-32) to just five hits and did not issue a free pass.  The 19-year-old struck out four with seven ground- to five fly- ball outs.

Chris Hunt (BS, 1) (L, 2-2) was tagged for two runs on three hits and a base-on-balls in the seventh.  Kodi Whitley allowed three hits in the eighth, resulting in another score.

Brian Sanchez singled in Elehuris Montero for his team’s only score, after Montero reached on a fielder’s choice.  Shortstop Moises Castillo doubled once in four at bats, the only one of the squad’s six hits to go for extra bases.

Monday’s game:  vs. GCL Nationals (31-19), 10:00 am ET, TBA

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