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Cardinal system recap: capturing the Cubs

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The system had a good day Sunday, going 7 and 1 with a suspended game. The Cardinals took 3 games from the Cubs system, outscoring them 7 to 2.

St. Louis Cardinals 1, Chicago Cubs 0

Adam Wainwright was the star of the game, limiting the Cubs to 5 hits and 3 walks over 7 innings; while he only struck out 3, he did lower this ERA to 1.92 for the season. It was a nice rebound from his tough outing Tuesday against the Rays. His record has improved to 13-5, which is the most wins in the league.

Kevin Siegrist picked up the hold and Trevor Rosenthal the save. Rosenthal is leading the league with 32 saves this season.

The offense was pretty much Matt Holliday, who took a first inning pitch deep for the only run of the game; it was his 10th homer of the season. He went 2 for 4 for the game. Holliday needs to find his power and raise his average a little bit, but that can be said for many people on the team.

Matt Carpenter went 3 for 4. Kolten Wong, Jhonny Peralta, A.J. Pierzynski, and Oscar Taveras all picked up hits.

The Cards are off tonight.

Memphis Redbirds 4, Iowa Cubs 2 (Game 1, 7 innings)

Memphis struggled to get the offense going, but strong pitching allowed them to get the win.

Marco Gonzales had another strong outing. He only went 5.1 innings, but limited the damage to 2 runs on 4 hits and 3 walks. He recorded 6 strikeouts. The lefty has moved to 2-1 since being sent to Memphis.

Eric Fornataro picked up his 10th save, allowing 1 hit in 1.2 innings.

The team only had 3 hits, one each from Shane Robinson, Scott Moore, and Stephen Piscotty. Piscotty had 2 RBIs, but was caught stealing and picked off first.

Memphis Redbirds 2, Iowa Cubs 0 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The Redbird offensive issues continued into the second game, yet stole another one from the Cubs.

Nick Greenwood started for the Redbirds, going 3 innings. He allowed 3 hits and a walk while striking out 1.

Dean Kiekhefer picked up his second win in Memphis; he pitched 1.2 innings and gave up 3 hits.

Jorge Rondon got his 5th save of the season pitching a perfect 9th.

Luis Mateo had 2 singles. Randal Grichuk, Shane Robinson and Ed Easley all had a hit. Grichuk’s hit was the game winning homer in the first inning.

Memphis is off Monday.

Springfield Cardinals 5, Northwest Arkansas Naturals 4

Kyle Hald started for the team and wasn’t effective. In 4.2 innings, he gave up 9 hits, 2 walks and 4 runs (3 earned). The bright side was the 5 strikeouts.

Lee Stoppelman picked 1.1 shutout innings. The reliever could be getting back on track after a rough first half of the season.

Jeremy Berg picked up his first win in the Cardinal’s organization. He pitched 2 innings allowing 2 hits and 2 strikeouts.

Sam Tuivailala picked up his first save, allowing a hit and walk.

Every Springfield batter got a hit Sunday, totaling 15.

Mike O’Neill and James Ramsey each had 3; 2 of Ramsey’s were doubles. If you add in Charlie Tilson and Rafael Ortega, the Springfield outfielders (including O’Neill as DH) were 8 for 19 and scored 4 of the 5 runs. The Cardinal outfield jam is now blocking the 2 upper levels; O’Neill and Ramsey should both be in Triple A this year, with Tilson moving quickly now that he’s healthy.

Cody Stanley was 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs and a walk. He could take over the backup catching duties when the team is ready to cut ties with Tony Cruz. He’s probably not an option though when Yadier Molina’s contract is up.

The Cardinals will face the Tulsa Drillers; the starter has not been announced.

Palm Beach Cardinals 5, Brevard County Manatees 4 (Game 1, 7 innings)

Nick Petree struggled in his start, only lasting 3.2 innings. He allowed 4 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits and 2 walks.

Iden Nazario, Ronnie Shaban, and Chris Perry pitched the next 3.1 innings without allowing a run. Nazario got the win and Perry picked up the save.

Gerwuins Velazco temporarily put the Cardinals ahead in the second inning with a grand slam, his only hit of the day. He also walked later in the game.

Nick Martini hit a solo shot in the 5th that was the game winner. He hit his 20th double of the season.

David Popkins and Anthony Garcia both went 2 for 3 with a run scored. One of Popkins’ hits was a double.

Mason Katz and Bruce Caldwell also had hits.

Palm Beach Cardinals 2, Brevard County Manatees 4 (Game 2, 7 innings)

The offense was held in check by the Manatees in Game 2.

Silfredo Garcia had a solid start, giving up 2 earned runs on 6 hits and 2 walks. He only struck out 1.

Danny Miranda took the loss. He gave up another 2 runs on 3 hits over 2 innings.

The 1 through 3 batters got the only 4 hits of the game. Caldwell led the way with a double and homer, driving in 2 runs.

Martini (best name in the system) and Ildemaro Vargas both recorded singeld. Martini scored on the Caldwell homer.

Palm Beach will face Lakeland, but the starters have not been named.

Great Lake Loons 0, Peoria Chiefs 4

The offense knocked in a few early runs, which allowed starter Rob Kaminsky to pitch his game.

Kaminsky picked up his 5th win of the season. In 6 innings, he allowed 5 hits and 2 walks while not allowing a run. He struck out 4. He threw a total of 86 pitches, 56 for strikes.

Robert Stock and Josh Lucas pitched the final 3 innings. Stock went 2, allowing a hit and a walk; he struck out 2. His ERA sits at 6.43 in his 3rd season of pitching in Lo A (he has bounced up and down between here and Hi A over the last 2 seasons). The problem is control; Stock has walked 112 since he’s started pitching and owns a 6.56 walks per 9 innings. At this point, his time in the organization is running out.

Richy Pedroza was the only hitter with more than 1 hit; he went 2 for 3 with a walk. He knocked in 2 runs. The bad side was he was caught stealing once and had an error.

Carson Kelly and Rowan Wick each had a hit. Wick’s hit was a triple; he also was hit by a pitch and scored a run.

The Chiefs are taking on the Loons again, with Arturo Reyes getting the start.

State College Spikes 8, Mahoning Valley Scrappers 5

Starter Daniel Poncedeleon went 3 innings, allowing 3 hits and no runs while striking out 4.

Brandon Lee pitched the next 3 and picked up the win. He allowed 1 run on 2 hits, but struck out 1.

Nick Lomascolo allowed a run, a hit, and 2 walks in his 2 innings of work. He had a strikeout.

Joseph Scanio finished the game allowing 3 earned in his inning. He walked 1 and allowed 2 hits.

The offense was locked in; only catcher Brian O’Keefe went hitless (but he still scored a run).

Collin Radack went 3 for 3 with a homer. He drove in 2 runs.

Nick Thompson and Chase Radfield also hit homers for the Spikes. It was Thompson’s only hit, but he walked twice, scored 2, and drove in 2. Radfield also had a single, a run, and 2 RBIs.

Trey Neilsen will start against the Scrappers Monday.

Elizabethton Twins 7, Johnson City Cardinals 6 (Suspended)

The pitching struggled a little for the Cardinals. Landon Beck got the start and gave up 3 earned on 7 hits in 3 innings; he did strike out 5.

2014 draftee Jordan DeLorenzo got the next 4 outs, but surrendered 4 runs on 6 hits.

Jonathan Escudero was scheduled to pitch next, but the rain stopped the game.

Oscar Mercado was the hitting hero; he hit a single and double in 3 at bats. He scored twice. His average is sitting at .239, which was pretty much as expected. Mercado was drafted last season for his glove, but the team hoped his bat would get better as he matured. He’s still young and has time to develop.

Blake Drake and Casey Grayson both had 2 hits and scored a run each; Drake drove in 1, while Grayson knocked in 2 more.

Chris Rivera was 1 for 1 with a walk and 2 RBIs.

Johnson City will face the Bluefield Blue Jays.

The GCL Cardinals were off Sunday; they will play against the GCL Mets.

The DSL Cardinals were also off; they will face the DSL Mets1.

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