Results from games played Saturday, July 26th.
Memphis 5 at Iowa 4 (Game 1 – seven innings)
The Redbirds’ game one victory was a milestone in that the club moved over .500 for the first time in just over three months – since April 25. At that point, the 53-52 team was 11-10.
The start was rough as Tim Cooney allowed three runs in the bottom of the first on a blast by Cubs’ prospect Javier Baez. The left-hander settled down to remain in the game for 5 2/3 innings, but departed after an RBI single with two down in the sixth.
By then, the offense had pecked away with a total of five runs over the second, third and fourth to capture the lead. Cooney picked up his 10th win of the season on four runs, three earned, on nine hits, two walks and seven strikeouts. Eric Fornataro handled the final 1 1/3 to earn his ninth save.
The Cards brought out the long ball against former major leaguer Dan Straily, with a solo homer by Xavier Scruggs in the second and a two-run shot from Shane Robinson in the third. Scruggs added an RBI double in the fourth. Audry Perez went 2-for-3 and plated the final Memphis run. Cooney helped his own cause with a double and run scored.
Memphis 6 at Iowa 4 (Game 2 – seven innings)
The May 27 make-up game followed the regular-scheduled contest in Des Moines Saturday night. Down 3-1 after one inning, the Redbirds came right back in the second to tie and added another pair in the third to take the lead for good and earn the road sweep.
Catcher Ed Easley had a perfect game with a single, double, walk, two RBI and two runs scored in three plate appearances. His two-run double in the third put Memphis on top. Tommy Pham went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Sloppy Cubs defense helped the Redbirds out, as the other three runs were unearned.
Starter and winning pitcher Boone Whiting was just good enough, despite serving up long balls to Baez and Josh Vitters while yielding four runs in five innings. Whiting allowed six hits, walked three and struck out nine. Pedro Feliciano and Jorge Rondon (fourth save) tossed a scoreless frame each to complete the win.
Sunday’s games: doubleheader at Iowa, 1:05 pm CT, Marco Gonzales (1-1, 5.40)/Nick Greenwood (3-3, 2.55)
Northwest Arkansas 4, Springfield 0
The Cardinals offensive struggles continue as they were shut out at Northwest Arkansas on nine hits, eight of which were singles. Springfield batters took 11 strikeouts and drew no walks.
Kurt Heyer pitched well enough to win, but didn’t, yielding three runs in six innings on seven hits and a walk. He struck out four. Chris Thomas gave up the final Naturals tally during his two-inning stint to close out the defeat.
Mike O’Neill, Jonathan Rodriguez and Patrick Wisdom had two hits each, with Wisdom collecting the only extra-base hit, a double, but the third baseman also grounded into a double play. It was one of those kind of nights for the S-Cards.
Sunday’s game: at Northwest Arkansas, 6:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (8-3, 3.56)
Palm Beach at Brevard County - postponed
The Cardinals at the Manatees was postponed due to rain. The two clubs will try again to get the game in on Sunday afternoon following their regularly-scheduled contest.
Sunday’s games: doubleheader at Brevard County, 4:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (5-3, 1.93)/Silfredo Garcia (6-2, 3.58)
Peoria 5, Great Lakes 4
The Chiefs took a 4-0 first-inning lead and held on for the nail-biting win over the visiting Loons. With two out in the ninth, Zach Loraine walked a pair, the potential tying and lead runs, before Steve Sabatino came in. Sabatino collected out number 27 on a strikeout for his fourth save of the season.
Starter Luis Perdomo went 5 1/3 innings, yielding three runs, two earned on six hits and three walks. Perdomo struck out two and picked up the win, his second in three decisions.
Peoria’s offensive damage began with a leadoff home run by Vaughn Bryan in the first. Later in the inning, Justin Ringo launched a two-run shot of his own. Number two hitter C.J. McElroy was on base three times in four plate appearances with a walk and two singles. He drove in one, stole a base and scored a run. Cesar Valera tripled and came home.
Sunday’s game: vs. Great Lakes, 6:00 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (4-2, 1.64)
Auburn 7 at State College 1
The Spikes ended their homestand on a down note in a game that was close until the eighth. With four runs against reliever Jacob Booden, a 3-1 lead for Auburn turned into a much higher 7-1 hill to climb. Booden’s rough night ended with three straight walks, the last two with the bases loaded.
The loss was pinned on starter Austin Gomber, who allowed two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings. He struck out five.
The State College offense managed just four hits, one of which was Danny Diekroeger’s third home run of the season.
Sunday’s game: at Mahoning Valley, 5:05 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-2, 3.63)
Johnson City 5, Elizabethton 2
The Cards broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the fifth and two more in the sixth to pull back to .500 at 17-17. The Twins were generous guests, committing a total of five errors that opened the door for four unearned Cardinals runs.
The winner was Johnson City starter Dailyn Martinez, who went 7 2/3 dominating innings and is our Player of the Day. The 21-year-old right-hander allowed just seven hits and two walks and fanned eight. Kender Villegas picked up the final four outs for his first save.
Anthony Ray singled and tripled in four at-bats and scored once. Cole Lankford had the only JC RBI despite an 0-for-4 night that included two strikeouts.
Sunday’s game: vs. Elizabethton, 4:00 pm ET, Landon Beck (1-0, 3.48)
GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 1
The first-place Cardinals broke a 1-1 tie with four in the ninth for a road win against the Nationals and improve to an impressive 20-10 record.
Elier Rodriguez and newcomer Jake Gronsky each went 3-for-5 with two RBI. Magneuris Sierra also had three hits in five at-bats to increase his average to .368 and added a stolen base. Leadoff man Edmundo Sosa was on base four times in five plate appearances with two singles and two walks.
First-rounder Luke Weaver started. The former Florida State star continued his domination of the rookie league hitters with two scoreless frames on two hits and no walks. Weaver fanned three and picked off a batter.
The winner was reliever Kevin Alexander, who threw the final two scoreless frames. In between, Nick Frey collected three outs while Dylan Hawkins and Jery Then tossed two innings each. An unearned run scored against Hawkins, who helped his cause with a pair of pickoffs.
Sunday’s game: None. The Gulf Coast League takes Sundays off.
DSL Yankees1 9, DSL Cardinals 2
The Dominican Cardinals’ rough season continued Saturday with a 9-2 drubbing at the hands of the Yankees1 squad. The loss dropped the Cards to 15-33.
In the second inning, the Yanks broke out on top with four runs, the same number of hits the Cards managed the entire game.
The Cards drew no walks and struck out 12 times. Oscar Cotes doubled and scored. Jonathan Rivera tripled and came home with the other Cardinals run.
Derian Gonzalez started and took the loss after yielding four runs in four innings. In just two frames, Estaban Vallejo gave up four more. In between, Juan Alvarez served up a solo home run in his two innings of work.
Sunday’s game: None. The Dominican Summer League takes Sundays off.
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Dailyn Martinez pitched Johnson City to a win and Memphis swept a road twin bill on a 5-4 Saturday across the Cardinals minor league system.
Dailyn Martinez pitched Johnson City to a win and Memphis swept a road twin bill on a 5-4 Saturday