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Cardinal system recap: swept by the Rays

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The system went 3-5 last night, with 2 incomplete games in Palm Beach (one suspended and one postponed). Jon Jay strikes out on a walk. Rowan Wick has a strong Lo A debut.

Tampa Bay Rays 3, St. Louis Cardinals 0

The Cardinals wasted a solid outing by Lance Lynn on Wednesday night, as the bats couldn’t get going. Lynn pitched 6.1 innings, allowing 2 runs (1 earned) on 6 hits and 3 walks; he struck out 7. The loss moves Lynn to 11-7.

Sam Freeman allowed the 3rd run late in the game, but it wouldn’t have mattered any way; he gave up 2 hits, a walk, and a strikeout.

The Cardinals only had 5 hits on the night; Matt Carpenter had a double, while Matt Adams, Jhonny Peralta, Oscar Taveras, and Tony Cruz all recorded singles. Kolten Wong and Matt Holliday each had 3 strikeouts; the team struck out 15 times overall.

In the bizarre play of the night, Jon Jay struck out in the 7th inning on a 4-2 count. The 2-2 pitch was called a ball, but the stadium score keeper nor the umpire updated the count. After another ball and a foul, Jay struck out looking. Jay knew the count was off, but the umpire didn’t check nor did manager Mike Matheny. Had Jay been given first base, the tying run would have been at bat and Alex Cobb might have been pulled from the game.

The Rays get the 2 game sweep over the Cardinals, moving St. Louis to 54-47; they are now 2.5 games behind the Brewers and tied with the Pirates.

Omaha Storm Chasers 3, Memphis Redbirds 5

Tyler Lyons started for Memphis, and had a pretty good game other than the 2nd inning; the Storm Chasers scored all 3 runs then. Overall, Lyons went 7 innings, allowing 8 hits and a walk while striking out 5. He moved to 4-1 with the win.

Jorge Rondon picked up a 2 inning save, his 3rd of the season. He struck out 3 without allowing a base runner.

Randal Grichuk was the hitter of the night, going 3 for 4 with a solo homer; it was his 18th long ball of the season.

Xavier Scruggs was the only other batter with more than one hit – a single and a homer, his 11th of the season.

Only Shane Robinson was hitless.

Memphis sits at .500 (51-51) and tied for 3rd place.

Tulsa Drillers 0, Springfield Cardinals 10

Starter Sam Gaviglio had a pretty good night, striking out 9 in 6 innings. He allowed no runs on 2 hits and a walk. The win moved him to 5-10 for the season and the strong start lowered his ERA to 4.53.

The bullpen was just as strong. Sam Tuivailala, Lee Stoppelman, and Chris Thomas all pitched an inning and allowed a hit. Tuivailala and Stoppelman each recorded 2 strikeouts.

Catcher Travis Tartamella was the leading Cardinal hitter; he went 3 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Breyvic Valera and Curt Smith had the only extra base hits of the night; Valera hit his 3rd double while Smith notched his 8th homer. Smith, playing first base, drove in 5 runs, moving his season total to 44.

Charlie Tilson went 1 for 5 for the second night in a row; he also scored a run and 2 RBIs.

Springfield is 47-56 after the win, good for 4th place.

Daytona Cubs 6, Palm Beach Cardinals 2

The Cubs jumped on starter Kyle Helisek for 5 runs in the second and third innings and the Cardinals couldn’t pick up their starter. Helisek only went 4 innings, allowing 3 earned runs on 5 hits and 2 walk; he only struck out 3.

Corey Baker pitched the next 3.2, allowing 3 hits and a walk while striking out 2; he surrendered 1 earned run. Ronnie Shaban pitched the remaining 1.1, only allowing a hit.

The team hit 7 singles; the only extra base hit was a double from shortstop Greg Miclat. Miclat was 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI. David Popkins was the only other run for the team.

First baseman Luke Voit was also 2 for 4.

The Cardinals are now 58-43 and in 2nd place.

Lansing Lugnuts 8, Peoria Chiefs 7, 10 innings

The Chiefs made a late run to tie Lansing, but allowed a run in the top of the 10th to lose the game. Starter Alex Reyes had a good start; in 6 innings, he allowed an earned run on 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 5. Reyes has been working on his control and it appeared to be much better last night.

The bullpen couldn’t help him though. Zach Loraine gave up 3 runs in the 8th to end the 1-1 tie; Loraine pitched 2 innings and gave up 6 hits, including a home run.

Kyle Barraclough took the loss, giving up 4 runs (1 earned) in 1.1 innings; the earned run was the winning run in the 10th. He did strike out 2.

Kevin Herget finished out the game, allowing a hit in 2/3 of an inning.

Left fielder Rowan Wick homered in his Lo A debut; the 3 run shot tied the game in the bottom of the ninth. Wick has been scouted by the Red Sox before his promotion; he could be a part of a potential Jake Peavy trade.

Michael Schulze recorded the only other extra base hit, notching a triple. Ronald Castillo was the only player with more than 1 hit, going 2 for 4. Vaughn Bryan drove in 2 runs, going 1 for 4.

Peoria is now 54-46 and in 3rd place.

Mahoning Valley Scrapers 3, State College Spikes 5

The Spikes overcame 3 early runs to beat the Scrappers. Starter Cody Schumacher allowed 3 runs in the second inning, but settled down to get through 6. He allowed 4 hits and no walks against 4 strikeouts; 2 of the 4 hits left the yard.

Anderson Gerdel picked up the relief win in 2 scoreless innings; he allowed 2 hits and 1 strikeout.

Nick Lomascolo notched his first save in a perfect 9th.

First baseman Alex DeLeon and catcher Brian O’Keefe each recorded 2 hits. DeLeon hit his 6th homer to go with a single, while O’Keefe had a single and double.

Darren Seferina was hitless but stole 2 bases.

Kenny People-Walls went 1 for 4 with a double after being demoted to short season ball; he did steal a base and scored a run.

State College is on a 27-12 tear and are in first place with a 7 game league.

Johnson City Cardinals 3, Princeton Rays 7

After giving up an early lead in the bottom of the second, the Cardinals trailed for the remainder of the game.

Juan Perez got the start, going 5 innings and giving up 4 runs (1 earned) on 4 hits and 3 walks. He struck out 5. The loss moves him to 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA.

Isaac Silva came in for the 6th, but didn’t record an out. He allowed a hit and 3 walks, which resulted in 2 runs (only 1 earned).

Jonathan Escudero pitched the final 3 innings, allowing a solo homer and a strikeout.

The offense was limited to singles by Casey Turgeon, Casey Grayson, Cole Lankford, Jesus Ustariz, and Jose Godoy. Grayson, Ustariz, and Godoy all scored while Turgeon, Grayson, and Chris Rivera drove in runs.

Oscar Mercado, the Cardinals second round pick last year, is struggling at .236 right now; on top of that, he was charged with his 16th error. The shortstop was supposed to be a defensive whiz, but he’s apparently got some work to do.

The team moves to 15-16 with the loss; they are in 2nd place.

GCL Cardinals 2, GCL Marlins 1 (Game 1, Suspended – Rain)

GCL Cardinals, GCL Marlins (Game 2, Postponed – Rain)

The GCL Cardinals got their first shot at second overall pick Tyler Kolek of the Marlins, getting a run and 2 hits before he left after getting one out. The rain came in the top of the 5th and the game was suspended; they are scheduled to complete it on 07/31.

Ramon Santos pitched all 4 innings for the Cardinals; he allowed a run on 2 hits, 2 walks and 2 strikeouts.

The offense was limited to the 1 through 3 hitters. Magneuris Sierra was 1 for 3 in the leadoff spot, scoring once. Michael Pritchard was 2 for 3. He had a run and an RBI. Elier Rodirguez was 1 for 2.

Malik Collymore and DeAndre Asbury-Heath both reached base on walks.

No word on the game 2 make-up date.

The Cardinals are still 19-8 and in 1st place.

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Rockies 8, 15 innings

The Dominican team almost went 2 games yesterday, and came up just short. They took a 7-5 lead in the top of the 15th before surrendering 3 runs in the bottom half.

Angel Estevez went 5 innings to start the game, allowing a run on 4 hits and a walk. He struck out 1.

The bullpen gave up 7 runs over the next 9 innings, but only 1 was earned; the fielders had 8 errors on the day. Franyel Casadilla took the loss, allowing an unearned run; he has the bizarre stat line of no hits, no walks, no strikeout and recorded no outs.

The bottom third of the lineup went hitless, but the top 6 had 14 hits; only 1 was for extra bases. The team also had 18 strikeouts.

Leadoff hitter Allen Cordoba went 3 for 7 with an RBI and 3 runs. Jonathan Rivera also went 3 for 7, but only had 1 RBI. Hector Linares, 2 for 6, led the team with 2 RBIs.

The team is 15-30, sitting in 9th place.

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