Enjoy some scores and news from your favorite baby birds. May it help to wash out the taste of Sunday's Milwaukee's Best.
Friday: Memphis 7, Nashville 4
Saturday: Memphis 1, Nashville 4
Sunday: Memphis 11, Nashville 2
Lots of offense in Memphis this weekend. Tommy Pham is hitting .365 in AAA after going 4-for-5 on Sunday. Folk hero Jeremy Hazelbaker, also 27 years old this season, is hitting .353 at Memphis. Under the dark magic of the Bass Pro pyramid, he's hit 7 HRs (Pham has 6 in 9 more games). On the year, he's stolen 20 bases with a single CS. This doesn't gel with the rest of his career in the minors, not to mention he's a 27-year-old getting his first taste of AAA, but Mr. Hazelbaker has definitely taken well to his regimen of dark arts. My prediction - operation full heel takes effect in September. Matheny takes a shine to Hazelbaker, and he somehow screws over the Nationals en route to helping the Cardinals win the NLDS. Catcher Cody Stanley had two home runs, and is of interest if only because he is a catcher with at least some offense (hitting above .200!) in our system.
The pitching in Memphis was forgettable and adequate.
Friday: Springfield 2, Arkansas 1
Saturday: Springfield 6, Arkansas 4
Sunday: Springfield 8, Arkansas 7
The good - Springfield swept the series, taking sole possession of 1st place (in the 2nd half, in their 4-team division). This could mean "postseason" Alex Reyes. Aledmys Diaz had a couple doubles. David Washington homered. Jon Rodriguez homered.
The bad - Charlie Tilson was 0-for-the weekend.
The ugly - Alex Reyes has hit some adversity in his first taste of AA. Getting the start Sunday, he got only 5 outs on 48 pitches. 4 runs earned, 2 walks, 3 hits, and only 1 K.
Palm Beach Cardinals
Friday: Palm Beach 5, Fort Myers 15
Saturday: Palm Beach 4, Fort Myers 1
Sunday: Palm Beach 3, Fort Myers 2
To open the weekend, Corey Littrell had his worst game thus far at high A, giving up 7 runs on 11 hits (3 for extras). That pushed his ERA up above 3, but there is still a lot to like. Lee Stoppelman gave up 5 runs in less than an inning, and is having a terrible year in the minors. The bloom is off the rose.
On Saturday, Daniel Poncedeleon pitched six scoreless with 6 K's. Breyvic Valera has been demoted to Palm Beach after having a very-un-Mr.-consistent year so far in Springfield.
For Sunday, Valera got a double and 2 singles. Former Missouri State ace Nick Petree pitched 8 solid innings.
Friday: Peoria 2, Fort Wayne 0
Saturday: Peoria 4, Fort Wayne 6
Sunday: Peoria 2, Fort Wayne 4
TOOTBLAN! On Friday, Peoria managed one more hit (6) than times caught stealing (5), with Paul DeJong and Oscar Mercado with an ignominious two CS's each. Matt Pearce pitched well. 2015 draftees DeJong and Harrison Bader are walking and getting hits at a good clip. There's a lot to like.
On Saturday, DeJong followed up a bad night on the bases with a bad day in the field, with 3 errors at third base (although those were just numbers 6, 7, and 8 on the year). Kenny Peoples-Walls homered in the loss, and Ian McKinney had a good first start in A ball, with 7 innings, 8 K's, and an unearned run. The bullpen let things get ugly.
On Sunday, DeJong took out his frustrations on Fort Wayne pitching, with two doubles and a triple. All 4 Fort Wayne runs were unearned.
State College Spikes
Friday: State College 1, West Virginia 4
Saturday: State College 2, West Virginia 1
Sunday: State College 4, Mahoning Valley 1
This was about as unremarkable an incident of taking two of three as could be. Some doubles. Some decent pitching. Nothing to see here.
Friday: Johnson City 0, Kingsport 4
Saturday: Johnson City 8, Kingsport 9
Sunday: Johnson City 3, Kingsport 4
Edmundo Sosa, Magneuris Sierra, and Eliezer Alvarez (20 year old 2B from the D.R.) continued their solid play. Ronnie Williams had a good start.
Friday: GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Mets 6
Saturday: GCL Cardinals 0, GCL Mets 1
We have a Dominican named Bladimil Franco who is having a good year (albeit too old and with too little power for it to be too exciting). Plummer and Denton are still hitting sub-Mendoza in their first month of pro ball.
Friday: DSL Cardinals 12, DSL Nationals 2
Saturday: DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Nationals 6