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Cardinals Minors Report: Austin Gomber Struggles, Kolten Wong Homers

Cardinals Minors Report for games happening Sunday, July 9, 2017.

Memphis 2, Nashville 1

Josh Zeid: 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K

Josh Lucas (W, 6-0): 2 IP, 3 K

Jose Adolis Garcia: 2-for-3, 2B

Rangel Ravelo: 2-for-4, RBI

Breyvic Valera: 1-for-4, HR

30-year-old Josh Zeid turned in his best performance of the season with five shutout innings to lower his ERA to 5.03. His record is only 5-2, so he’s clearly not as good a pitcher as Adam Wainwright (just kidding – #KillTheWin). At the plate, Adolis Garcia continued his hot hitting .301/.353/.449 with seven home runs across Double-A and Triple-A this season. Breyvic Valera’s home run was his first of the season, but his steady glove makes him a candidate to be called up should the Cardinals need an extra glove on the infield.

Springfield 12, Frisco 8

Austin Gomber: 7 IP, 5 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Kevin Siegrist: 1 IP, 3 H, 2 ER

Kolten Wong: 3-for-5, HR, 2B, 3 RBI

Randy Arozarena: 2-for-5, HR, 2 RBI

Andrew Knizner: 3-for-5, 2 R

Springfield’s starter Austin Gomber pitched better than his line indicated. Of his seven innings, five were scoreless. Unfortunately for him, Frisco got to him for a pair of three-run homers to raise his season ERA to 4.39. It continued a theme of good starts undone late this year for Gomber, who has struggled a little bit after a fantastic 2016 campaign in Peoria.

Kolten Wong showed he’s ready to be activated following this weeks all star break. After rolling a single up the middle in the first, he doubled in the third and homered to right center to cap a 3-for-4 day. Kevin Siegrist struggled in his only inning of work. With Zach Duke set to come off the DL soon and the success of Brett Cecil and Tyler Lyons, Siegrist’s role could be in jeopardy. Randy Arozarena hit his first Double-A home run, a 103 MPH shot with a 24 degree launch angle.

Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 4

Junior Fernandez: 4.1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Hector Mendoza: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 K

Danny Diekroeger: 1-for-4, HR, 2 RBI

Andy Young: 2-for-3, SB

Diekroeger’s homer was the first this year in 61 games between Palm Beach and Springfield. Andy Young’s 2-for-3 raised his July batting average to a.367 and he stole his second base of the year. Prospect Junior Fernadez pitched well enough, going 4 1/3 innings and on just 52 pitches. It appears the Cardinals are being cautious with the young right hander.

Peoria 1, Cedar Rapids 2

Juan Perez: 6 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 4 K

Kramer Robertson: 1-for-4

Danny Hudzina: 1-for-3

Peoria starter Juan Perez pitched well enough to win last night, but the offense failed to record an extra base hit in the loss. 18-year-old Dylan Carlson (I always feel compelled to qualify any statement about him with his age – he’s just that young) went 0-for-3 and has cooled off considerably in July after a strong June. Kramer Robertson has ditched the blonde hair he had at the College World Series. Nick Plummer didn’t get an at-bat, and is hitting just .176 in 148 at-bats for Peoria.

State College 12, Auburn 13

Paul Balestrieri: 2.2 IP, 5 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

Spencer Trayner (L, 2-1): 1.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 K

Scott Hurst: 3-for-6, BB

Ricardo Bautista: 2-for-4, HR, 2B, 2 RBI

When your starter only covers 2 2/3 innings and the game goes twelve innings, getting through the game gets to be pretty tough. It took State College eight pitchers total to finish the game, and they did a pretty good job all things considered. State College only made two errors, but they led to seven unearned runs, which were the difference in the game. Scott Hurst, the first player the Cardinals selected in this year’s draft, raised his average to .286.

Johnson City 2, Elizabethton 1

Brett Seeburger: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 6 K

Jacob Patterson (S, 3): 2 IP, 1 H, 3 K

Wade Ynfante: 1-for-4, RBI

Delvin Perez: 0-for-3

There’s little reason to worry about Delvin Perez at this point, but he’s hitting .222/.375/.289. The .375 on-base percentage is encouraging, as the Cardinals have been incredibly cautious with him. Starter Brett Seeburger sports a 0.73 ERA in 12 1/3 innings so far this season, and Jacob Patterson has contributed eight scoreless frames and three saves for the Cardinals.

GCL Cardinals 3, GCL Nationals 4

Angel Rondon: 4 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 K

Rowan Wick: 1 IP, 1 K

Terry Fuller: 1-for-4, HR, 3 K

Donivan Williams: 2-for-4, 3B

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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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