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Cardinal system recap: 2 near cycles

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The system kept going as the big league club sat idle last night. They fell to 3-5 yesterday, with a few close games.

Omaha Storm Chasers 3, Memphis Redbirds 2 (10 innings)

The Redbirds jumped to a quick lead, but lost it within 2 innings; both teams were scoreless for 5 innings before Omaha broke through in extra innings.

Zach Petrick made the start and looked OK. In 5 innings, he allowed 2 earned runs on 8 hits and 2 walks while striking out 3. The reigning system Pitcher of the Year is attempting to hold his own at Triple A; he’s sitting with a 4.52 ERA this season It took him 96 pitches to get through 5 innings, but the good news was almost two thirds of them were strikes.

Heath Wyatt pitched 2 scoreless innings, followed by Jorge Rondon with a scoreless frame. Eric Fornataro took the loss, giving up a hit and an unearned run in his second inning of the game.

Memphis batters were limited to 8 hits in the game, with Pete Kozma and Ed Easley leading the way with 2 apiece. Greg Garcia, Stephen Piscotty, Luis Mateo, and Scott Moore recorded the other hits; Moore’s hit was a solo homer. Garcia was the other run, driven in by Easley.

The loss puts Memphis a game under .500 (51-52) and in 4th place.

John Gast will face the Iowa Cubs Friday night.

Springfield Cardinals 4, Northwest Arkansas 3

The Cardinals gave up an early lead, but took the game back in the 6th and didn’t look back.

Mike Mayers got the win, pitching 5.2 innings and allowing 3 earned on 9 hits and a walk; the righty notched 3 strikeouts in improving his record to 2-4.

Ryan Sherriff and Jeremy Berg picked up holds; Sherriff had 1 strikeout and Berg had 3.

Seth Blair got the four out save, his first this season. Blair’s last shot with the system is here as a reliever; if he struggles and can’t break into Triple A by the end of the season, expect the team to cut ties with the pitcher during the off-season.

Charlie Tilson is working hard to remind people that he’s in the outfield mix. In his third Springfield start, he went 3 for 5 with two doubles. He scored once and drove in 2 more. Tilson would be a great fit in center, but probably won’t be able to crack the MLB starting lineup until the beginning of 2016 due to the system’s outfield depth.

Breyvic Valera was the only other hitter with more than 1 hit, recording 2 in 4 at bats. James Ramsey, Mike O’Neill, and Alex Mejia had singles, while Cody Stanley had a double.

Springfield is now 48-56, good for 4th place.

They face the Naturals again tonight, with Jonathan Cornelius getting the start.

Palm Beach Cardinals 4, Brevard County Manatees 7

The Cardinals got into an early hole and couldn’t dig themselves out.

Tyrell Jenkins was very hittable; he gave up 13 hits with only 1 strikeout in 5 innings of work. The good news was no walks. Jenkin was charged with 6 earned runs. The outing moves him to 4-2 with a 3.50 ERA.

Logan Billbrough and Dixon Llorens pitched the remaining 3 innings. Billgrough allowed a hit and walk, but struck out 3. Llorens allowed an earned run on 2 hits and a walk.

The offense was going, but just not enough to help. Mason Katz led the way, a homer short of the cycle; he was 3 for 4 with a run and 2 RBIs.

Ildemaro Vargas also was 3 for 4, knocking in a run. Nick Martini went 1 for 4 with a walk out of the leadoff spot; he also had 2 outfield assist, one getting the out at home and saving a run.

The Cardinals fall to 58-44 and drop to 2nd place.

Joe Cuda will start tonight against the Manatees.

Lansing Lugnuts 3, Peoria Chiefs 2

The Chiefs played a pretty good game, but just came up short against Lansing.

Chase Brookshire had a great start, giving up 7 hits in 7 innings. He allowed no runs or walks while striking out 4.

Steve Sabatino took the loss, giving up 3 runs (1 earned) on 2 hits and a walk. Josh Lucas took a blown save by allowing Sabatino’s runners to score.

Like Katz for Palm Beach, Vaughn Bryan was a homer away from a cycle. He scored a run and drove in a run, but was also caught stealing for the 3rd time this season.

C.J. McElroy was 2 for 3; he stole his 26th base, but was also caught for the 15th time. McElroy is an intriguing prospect for his speed, but he needs to work on his base running.

Rowan Wick, Steve Bean, Cesar Valera, and Michael Schulze all had singles.

Peoria is now 54-47 and tied for 3rd.

The rematch with Lansing will see Blake McKnight get the start tonight.

Auburn Doubledays 3, State College Spikes 5

By some miracle, the Spikes took one from the Doubledays by only getting 3 hits while allowing 8.

Will Anderson started the game, giving up 2 earned runs on 5 hits and a walk in 4 innings. He struck out 5. Jeff Rauh followed the next 3 innings, allowing a run on 3 hits with 3 strikeouts; Rauh received the win.

Nick Lomascolo picked up a hold with a perfect inning. Kyle Grana notched his 4th save, allowing a walk and a strike out.

Darren Seferina was the offense for the Spikes, recording 2 of the team’s 3 hits, including the only extra base hit for the team (a double). He drove in a run.

Robelys Reyes got the other hit and drove in 2 runs.

The team did get 6 walks though.

The team improves to 28-12, maintaining first place.

They will play Auburn with Dewin Perez starting.

Johnson City Cardinals 5, Princeton Rays 4

The Cardinals made a late push in the 9th inning to top the Rays (something the MLB squad couldn’t do).

Steven Farinaro made the start for Johnson City, going 5 innings. He allowed 6 hits and 2 walks to go with 2 earned runs; he struck out 4.

Juan Caballero and Kevin Carlow each let up a run and struck out 3. Carlow picked up the win. Ismael Brito got the save in a perfect 9th.

Devante Lacy and Chris Rivera both went 2 for 4 with a double and run. Jose Gomez and Casey Turgeon had the other 2 hits.

Johnson City moves to 16-16 and tied for second place.

They will face Elizabethton tonight.

CGL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 4

2 early runs proved enough to keep the GCL Cardinals down.

Frederis Parra got the start and pitched pretty well; he allowed 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits. He allowed no walks, but also struck out none.

Jery Then took the loss, giving up 2 runs on 3 hits in an inning. Yeison Medina and Tyler Dunnington pitched the remaining 2 innings; Dunnington recorded the team’s only strikeout.

Derek Gibson let the offense, getting 2 doubles in 5 at bats scoring 1 and driving in 1.

Ricardo Bautista was hitless in 1 at bat, but reached on walks 3 times.

Edmundo Sosa went 1 for 4, driving in a run. He also stole his 5th base.

The team dropped to 19-9 but are still in first place.

They face the Nationals today.

DSL Rockies 6, DSL Cardinals 5

The Cardinals took an early lead, but allowing 4 runs in the 8th ended their chance at a win.

Sandy Alcantara made the start, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 3 hits in 6 innings; he struck out 5.

Enrique Perez took the loss, allowing 3 runs on a hit and a walk; Franyel Casadilla blew the save by letting Perez’s runners’ score. He gave up 1 earned on 2 hits.

The team was limited to 6 hits to 3 players. Jose Rodriguez, Jose Gomez, and Luis Brito all had a single and a double. Gomez had a hand in all 5 runs, scoring twice and droving in 3 more.

The Dominican team dropped to 15-31, remaining in 9th place.

They play the DSL Yankees1.

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