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Cardinals Minors Report: Memphis mashes, Hudzina and Denton homer

Cardinals minors report for games happening Monday, July 31, 2017

Memphis 11, Reno 3

Jack Flaherty (W, 3-1): 6.2 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 7 K

Josh Zeid: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Josh Lucas: 1 IP, 3 K

Tyler O’Neill: 3-for-6, HR, 2B, 4 RBI, 2 K

Alex Mejia: 4-for-6, RBI

Alberto Rosario: 2-for-5, 2 RBI

Every Memphis starter recorded at least two hits (including Jack Flaherty) except for Aledmys Diaz who went 1-for-6. Diaz returned after missing five games with a hand injury and is hitting .250/.268/.382, lower across the board than his numbers in 71 major league games. Tyer O’Neill looks like the real deal so far. He’s slugging .694 with ten extra base hits through just 9 games. One cause for concern: he’s only walked once but has struck out ten times. It’s a common issue among Cardinals’ power hitting prospect and whoever can supply power while drawing a fair number of walks will separate themselves.

Springfield 1, Tulsa 12

Zac Gallen: 4 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 1 K

Trey Nielsen: 1 IP, 4 H, 5 ER, 1 BB

Pedro Echemendia: 2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER

Landon Beck: 1 IP, 5 H, 3 ER, 2 K

John Nogowski: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, RBI

Andrew Knizner: 2-for-3, 2B

According to Kyle Reis, Zac Gallen looked “gassed” in his four innings of work. A little fatigue wouldn’t be unusual for a pitcher who has gone from Palm Beach to Springfield, to Memphis, and now back to Springfield. MiLB travel isn’t luxurious, so fatigue is definitely a possibility. Kyle also suggested that Gallen might benefit from a week or two in the bullpen like Ryan Helsley down at Palm Beach. Eliezer Alvarez returned to Springfield and grounded out in a pinch-hitting opportunity. The game got out of hand in the fifth when Trey Nielsen gave up four (you read that correctly) homers.

Palm Beach 1, Bradenton 2 (DH)

Mike O’Reilly: 6 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Estarlin Arias: 2 IP, 2 H

Hector Mendoza (L, 0-4): 1.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Casey Turgeon: 1-for-4, 2B

Andy Young: 1-for-4, 2B, R

Luke Dykstra: 1-for-4, RBI

Palm Beach 3, Bradenton 1 (DH, 7)

Ramon Santos (W, 2-2): 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Eric Carter (S, 1): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Thomas Spitz: 2-for-3, 2B, BB

Andy Young: 2-for-3, RBI, SB

Leobaldo Pina: 1-for-2, HR, 2 R, BB

Jose Martinez: 1-for-3, 2B, RBI

Mike O’Reilly has held his own since being promoted to Palm Beach on July 19. He’s averaged seven innings a start and has a 3.43 ERA. O’Reilly uses an unusual delivery in which he short arms the ball a la Seth Maness, and it makes his changeup much more effective. Andy Young struggled after a June promotion; he hit just .148/.209/.342. He rebounded in July with a solid .298/.340/.415 for Palm Beach.

Peoria 4, Wisconsin 3

Sam Tewes (W, 1-0): 7 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 4 K

Dewin Perez (H, 3): 1 IP, 1 K

Yeison Medina (S, 6): 1 IP, 1 K

Vince Jackson: 1-for-4, HR

Danny Hudzina: 2-for-2, HR, 2 BB

Sam Tewes turned in a quality start in his Peoria debut after going 3-3 with a 3.83 ERA in seven starts for State College. Danny Hudzina had another great game and was Kyle’s weekly award winner last week. Hudzina surged in July behind a .514 SLG and 4 homers.

State College 9, Auburn 2

Johan Oviedo (W, 1-0): 5.2 IP, 7 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 8 K

Levi MaVorhis: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 1 K

Will Latcham (S, 3): 2.1 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 2 K

Edwin Figeura: 3-for-5, 2 RBI

Scott Hurst: 1-for-4, 3B, 2 RBI

Brandon Benson: 2-for-5, 2B

Bryce Denton: 3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Dennis Ortega: 3-for-4

Bryce Denton’s homer was just his second on the season, but he’s shown extra base power over the last few days. He came a homer shy of the cycle on Friday and added the homer on Monday. Oh, and today’s his birthday. Happy birthday Bryce.

Johnson City 0, Pulaski 7

Evan Guillory (L, 1-1): 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 6 K

Jake Dahlberg: 1 iP, 1 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Juan Alvarez: 0.2 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 1 ER

Thomas St. Clair: 1.1 IP, 2 K

Delvin Perez: 2-for-4

Brady Whalen: 2-for-4

Stanley Espinal: 1-for-3, BB

Delvin Perez got two hits, but it was still a bad game. He was picked off after singling in the third. He made three errors as well, two throwing and one fielding. By my count (from the Johnson City gameday), Delvin was 2-for-4 at the plate but 1-for-4 handling ground balls.

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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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