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Cardinals Farm Report: Recapping the Holiday Weekend

A long weekend in the summertime means more baseball, folks! Game summaries and notes from the Cardinals' farm system over the previous weekend can be found here.

Austin Gomber allowed three runs and whiffed nine in 7.2 innings for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday.
Austin Gomber allowed three runs and whiffed nine in 7.2 innings for the Palm Beach Cardinals on Monday.
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On Friday, the Cardinals placed left-hander Kevin Siegrist on the 15-day disabled list with mononucleosis. To replace him on the active roster, the Cardinals recalled right-hander Sam Tuivailala from the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

Memphis outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday with a back issue. In corresponding moves, Nick Martini was promoted to Memphis, Blake Drake went to Springfield, and Vaughn Bryan joined Palm Beach.

The Memphis Redbirds’ game with the Omaha Storm Chasers on Saturday was postponed due to inclement weather. The teams played a doubleheader on Sunday.

Friday. July 1

Storm Chasers 5, Memphis 4

  • Corey Baker (SP): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Dean Anna (2B): 3-4, HR, 2 R, RBI
  • Jacob Wilson (3B): 2-4, R, 2 RBIs

The Storm Chasers scored three times in the sixth off Corey Baker, who was unable to round out the inning. Jorge Baker greeted Baker with a solo shot, and Travis Snider, as the first batter reliever Dean Kiekhefer faced, smacked a game-tying blast in the sixth. Then, with Corey Littrell on the mound in the ninth, Snider singled to plate the game’s winning run.

Springfield 11, Hooks 1

  • Andrew Morales (SP): 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 1 K
  • Mike Ohlman (1B): 3-4, 2 2Bs, R, 4 RBIs
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (3B): 1-5, HR, R, 4 RBIs

An eleven-run outburst was plenty on Friday for Springfield’s staff that combined to old the Hooks to one run on seven hits. The Cardinals received four-RBI days from Mike Ohlman and Jonathan Rodriguez; three of Ohlman’s RBIs came on a three-run, first-inning double, and Rodriguez came up clutch with a grand slam in the top of the third.

Mets 6, Palm Beach 3

  • Johnny Walter (SP): 6 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 K
  • Steve Bean (C): 2-2. R, RBI, 2 BB

Leaving ten on base and recording a total of five hits often does not end positively, and that reigned true on Friday night for Palm Beach. Cole Lankford plated two runs for the Cardinals by flying and grounding out to the proper areas. Steve Bean drove in the Cardinals’ other run, but that marked the end of the offense for the Cardinals and shaved down their chances of holding off the Mets, who pounded out fifteen hits.

Peoria 5, LumberKings 4

  • Junior Fernandez (SP): 5.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
  • Magneuris Sierra (CF): 1-2, HR, R, 3 RBIs, BB

Backed by a two-run homer from Magneuris Sierra, the Chiefs took Friday’s game, 5-4. Junior Fernandez struck out seven in his start; he and the bullpen whiffed nine and combined to hold the LumberKings to six total hits.

Saturday, July 2

Hooks 6, Springfield 3

  • Luke Weaver (SP): 6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K
  • Nick Martini (RF): 2-4, 2B, RBI

Springfield committed a costly error in Saturday’s contest, leaving starter Luke Weaver the tough-luck loser. Second baseman Juan Herrera made a fielding error in the third inning with one out following a walk, putting two on. A walk following that allowed the runners to move up and a runner to tag and score on a properly hit fly ball, accounting for the Hooks' first of four tallies in the inning.

Palm Beach 4, Mets 2

  • Matt Pearce (SP): 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
  • Thomas Spitz (RF): 1-4, 2B, R, 2 RBIs

A pair of RBIs from Thomas Spitz fueled Palm Beach to a 4-2 win over the Mets on Saturday. Matt Pearce allowed two runs (one earned run) in seven innings of work, walking one and whiffing four.

LumberKings 2, Peoria 0

  • Sandy Alcantara (SP): 6.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 10 K
  • Dylan Becker (2B): 2-3

The LumberKings scored on a sacrifice fly and later on a fielding to score twice and take Saturday’s game, 2-0. LumberKings third baseman Logan Taylor recorded the only extra-base hit for either team.

Sunday, July 3

Game One: Storm Chasers 8, Memphis 3

  • Jerome Williams (SP): 6 IP, 12 H, 8 R, 8 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
  • Randal Grichuk (DH): 1-4, HR, R, RBI
  • Jose Martinez (LF): 2-3, 2B. R

The Storm Chasers erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the third to take the first game of Sunday’s doubleheader. The game featured a combined total of four home runs, including Randal Grichuk’s fifth of the season for Memphis.

Game Two: Memphis 2, Storm Chasers 1

  • Kurt Heyer (SP): 4 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
  • Jose Martinez (1B): 1-3, HR, R, 2 RBIs
  • Jose Martinez’s two-run homer in the top of the second proved to be the game winner for the Redbirds in the second game of Sunday’s double header.

Missions 2, Springfield 1 (F/11)

  • Daniel Poncedeleon (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
  • Anthony Garcia (RF): 1-3, HR, R, RBI

Anthony Garcia’s second homer of the season was the only run that Springfield scored on Sunday, but it would not be enough. Daniel Poncedeleon turned in seven grand innings, and Missions starter Aaron Northcraft did just the same. Springfield reliever Chris Perry walked the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the ninth, setting up the stage for Nelson Ward. Ward lined a single to right field to plate the game’s winning run and end the eleven-inning contest.

Mets 4, Palm Beach 2 (F/10)

  • Ian McKinney (SP): 6.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Thomas Spitz (RF): 2-3, RBI

The Mets scored twice in the top of the tenth inning off reliever Landon Beck to take Sunday’s game. The second run of the inning came on a throwing error by shortstop Andrew Brodbeck, his third of the season.

LumberKings 5, Peoria 2

  • Dailyn Martinez (SP): 0.2 IP, 5 H, 5 H, 5 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
  • Leobaldo Pina (3B): 1-3, HR, R, RBI

The LumberKings chased Dailyn Martinez out of the game in the first inning, when they scored five runs. The runs stood up throughout the ballgame, as the LumberKings won, 5-2. LumberKings starter Nick Neidert spun eight frames, allowing two earned runs and striking out eleven.

Monday, July 4

Memphis 2, Sounds 1 (F/11)

  • Alex Reyes (SP): 6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • Alberto Rosario (C): 2-5, RBI, BB

The Redbirds received 6.2 innings of one-run ball from Alex Reyes, but the team failed to provide him with any run support. Breyvic Valera singled to tie the game at one with two outs in the bottom of the ninth. With the bases full and one down in the eleventh, Alberto Rosario singled to plate game’s winning run, Rosario’s second knock of the game.

Springfield 6, Missions 5

  • Trey Nielsen (SP): 5 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
  • Jonathan Rodriguez (LF): 1-3, 2B, BB, 3 RBIs

A four-run fifth jolted the Cardinals over the Missions on Monday, as Springfield took the contest by a 6-5 score. The fourth inning featured Paul DeJong’s thirteenth homer of the season and a three-RBI double from Jonathan Rodriguez.

Palm Beach 5, Hammerheads 4

  • Austin Gomber (SP): 7.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9 K
  • Thomas Spitz (RF): 2-4, 2B, R, 2 RBIs
  • Oscar Mercado (SS): 3-4, 2 2Bs

A strong outing from Austin Gomber two-RBI days from Thomas Spitz and Andrew Brodbeck propelled Palm Beach to a victory over the Jupiter Hammerheads on Monday. Gomber held the Hammerheads to two runs in just under eight innings and whiffed nine.

Peoria 7, Cougars 6

  • Juan Perez (SP): 4.2 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 4 BB, 2 K
  • Eliezer Alvarez (2B): 2-4, R, RBI, BB

With three hits and two walks in the eighth inning, the Chiefs were able to plate four runs and take Monday’s game, 7-6. Three of the Chiefs’ four runs in the inning came off Mason McCullough. The other tally came off of Drew Muren, who issued the two walks and was charged with the game’s loss.