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Cardinals Minors Report: Zac Gallen Dominates, Nick Martini Hits Walkoff

Cardinals minors report for games happening Sunday, July 17, 2017

Memphis 2, Round Rock 1

Jack Flaherty: 4.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Zach Duke: 1 IP, 1 K

Nick Martini: 2-for-3, HR, BB

Alberto Rosario: 2-for-3, RBI

Memphis is really, really good this year. They improved their record to 60-33 and have a 16.5 game lead in the Pacific Coast League American Southern division. Nick Martini was the hero this time; he cranked a walk-off homer to right center to win it in the bottom of the ninth. Flaherty only went 4 2/3 innings, but it’s not because of the quality of his outing. The futures game played tricks on his schedule and he’s being built back up to a 100-pitch workload.

Springfield 6, Northwest Arkansas 0

Zac Gallen: 7 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

John Nogowski: 3-for-4

Darren Seferina: 2-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Anthony Garcia: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Gabriel Lino: 1-for-3, HR, 2 RBI

Zac Gallen dominated Wednesday night, and lowered his season ERA (across three levels) to 2.27. he allowed a base hit in the third, then retired the next fourteen hitters he faced. He struck out six, and showed command of a fastball that was 88-92, a curve, and a change up which appeared to be his best off speed pitch. His delivery is a little bit funky, and it reminded me a little bit of Bronson Arroyo. Tommy Edman impressed again at shortstop, but his bat still has some serious development ahead. John Nogowski was signed as a minor league free agent and his hitting .345 in seventeen games.

Palm Beach 7, Lakeland 5

Ryan Helsley: 5 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K

Lane Thomas: 3-for-4, 3B, RBI

Shane Billings: 3-for-5, 2 R

Danny Diekroeger: 2-for-4, 2 RBI

You’ve probably heard this on our website before, but it’s time for Ryan Helsley to be promoted to to Springfield. He’s done everything the organization has asked him to at Palm Beach, and needs a new challenge. His ERA is 2.73 in sixteen starts and he’s averaging almost six innings per start. Lane Thomas was acquired from the Blue Jays on July 2 for international cap space, and is 7-for-25 in his first six games as a member of the Cardinals organization.

Peoria 3, Fort Wayne 5

Anthony Shew: 6.2 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Ronnie Williams: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Kramer Robertson: 2-for-5

Nick Plummer: 2-for-4, 2B

Ryan McCarvel: 1-for-4, 2B

Anthony Shew was having a really good outing until he gave up a three-run bomb to Fernando Tatis Jr. in the seventh to surrender the lead. Ronnie Williams has continued to be disappointing out of the bullpen after a strong showing last year at State College. Nick Plummer recorded a multi-hit game for the second day in a row, but his average is still at .198. He’s got a long way to go before he can reclaim some of that first round swagger.

State College 1, Brooklyn 2

Paul Balestrieri: 6 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Brandon Benson: 1-for-4, 2B

Bryce Denton: 1-for-4

It was a rough day for State College at the plate. Their only extra base hit was Brandon benson’s double, and they only recorded three hits total. Paul Balestrieri is probably pretty smart; the Cardinals drafted him in the 26th round out of Cornell. Last night was his fifth start, and the first to go passed three innings.

Johnson City 3, Kingsport 2

Jacob Schlessener: 5 IP 3 H, 2 BB, 10 K

Irving Lopez: 2-for-4, 2 RBI

Starlin Balbuena: 2-for-4, 2B

Wood Myers: 1-for-4

The Johnson City box scores have gotten a lot less interesting with Delvin Perez‘s demotion to the GCL, but Jacob Schlessener had his best start as a pro. His ten strikeouts were a season high, but he struck out nine on July 3, so it appears the southpaw has some strikeout ability. Wood Myers, who was hitting over .500 for some time, is down to .410 on the year.

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Astros 2

Austin Warner: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 8 K

Delvin Perez: 3-for-4, 3B, 2 R, RBI

Elehuris Montero: 2-for-3, BB

Robbie Coman: 1-for-4, BB, 2B

As disappointing as it was to see Delvin demoted, it sure is nice to see some production, even if it’s in the GCL. In five games for the GCL Cardinals he’s 6-for-20 with three extra base hits. It would be nice to see him rebound and return to Johnson City by the end of the season. He’s only 18, but in his second year in the organization it’s time to see some progress.

Thanks for reading.
Colin Garner


Colin Garner
Colin is a catcher at Drury University who's a big fan of pitch calling, bullpenning, and Game of Thrones. Gets very frustrated with nonsense from people around him while attending games.
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