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Minors Report: Anthony Garcia Homers Twice, Memphis Rallies in 9th, Kramer Robertson gets First Cardinals Hit

Memphis 3, Nashville 2

Memphis starter John Gant went seven strong innings last night. He gave up two runs, on six hits, and struck out six. Ryan Sherriff and Mark Montgomery each threw a scoreless inning to get the win and save respectively.

The Memphis offense was held scoreless through the first six innings, and only scored once through eight. They were down to their final out in the ninth when Patrick Wisdom singled to start the rally. A Todd Cunningham walk was followed up with a Breyvic Valera double to score two runs. Valera was 2-5 on the night and is now hitting .288 for the season. Nick Martini and Cunningham also recorded two hit nights. Martini’s AAA average sits at a solid .333.

Frisco 4, Springfield 11

Chris Ellis got the start for Springfield and picked up his first AA win of the season. He went five innings, giving up one run on four hits. He also added six strikeouts and issued just one free pass. Ian McKinney struggled in the sixth giving up two earned, but still recorded his second hold. Corey Baker earned his sixth save the hard way. He threw three innings, giving up one run and struck out five. His ERA for the season now sits at 2.48.

The Springfield offense scored in every inning from the third through the seventh, culminating in a four run seventh. Every Springfield starter registered a hit, and they totaled 13 on the night. Anthony Garcia led the way with two home runs and four RBIs from the DH spot. Andrew Knizer, John Nogowski, and Tommy Edman also posted multi hit nights. Edman also launched his first AA home run in the third inning to get Springfield on the board. Rehabbing St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong was 1-4 with a walk, and is now hitting .300 during his rehab stint.

Palm Beach 2, Fort Myers 9

Palm Beach starter Connor Jones posted a quality outing. He went six innings, and allowed two runs on six hits. Unfortunately, Ramon Santos fared much worse in his innings. He suffered his first loss and blown save of the year. Fort Myers tagged him for seven runs, on eight hits including two homers, in just two innings. His ERA with Palm Beach ballooned to 6.75, but had been at a solid 3.21 prior to the rocky outing.

On the offensive side of things, Palm Beach was largely held in check all night. Danny Diekroeger and Thomas Spitz were the only Cardinals to register multiple hits. Andy Young and Jeremy Martinez each accounted for one of the two RBIs on the night. Shane Billings also registered a hit and is now slashing .322/.363/.403 between Peoria and Palm Beach.

Peoria 5, Cedar Rapids 6

2017 ninth round pick Evan Kruczynski endured his second rough outing for Peoria. He lasted just 4.1 innings, while giving up four earned on six hits. His season ERA now sits at 6.00, but he’s only made three starts and thrown 12 innings in total. Dewin Perez was tagged with his third loss of the year. He gave up a game ending double with two outs in the bottom of the ninth.

Kramer Robertson (pictured above), the Cardinals 2017 fourth round pick out of LSU led off and played shortstop. He went 2-4 on the night and recorded his first hit since joining the organization. Former first round picks Nick Plummer (2015) and Dylan Carlson (2016) each went hitless. They saw their averages fall to .176 and .232 respectively. Vince Jackson, Stefan Trosclair, and J.R. Davis all posted two hit nights in addition to Robertson’s.

Auburn 3, State College 2

The rough night continued for the low minors teams as State College also dropped their game. Starter Jonathan Mulford went 4.2 innings, giving up one unearned run. Robbie Gordon suffered his second loss of the year as he allowed two earned runs during his 2.1 innings. Will Latcham followed up with two scoreless innings and allowed just one hit.

Scott Hurst posted the biggest offensive night as he went 3-4 with a double. Edwin Figuera, Bryce Denton, and Caleb Lopes all had two hit nights, but the offense could only muster two runs.

Johnson City 3, Elizabethton 4

Completing a perfect 0-4 night for the low minors, Johnson City also fell to their opponent. Franyel Casadilla gave up three earned runs in four innings. Three of the six hits he gave up left the yard. Through four starts he is 0-2 with a 6.17 ERA. Fabian Blanco suffered a tough luck loss, giving up one unearned run in 1.2 innings.

2016 first round pick Delvin Perez was back in the lineup, but continued to struggled. He went 0-3 and saw his average fall to .150 through 12 games. He is 6-40 on the season with just one extra base-hit and two RBIs. First baseman Luis Bandes posted the only multi hit game of the night for Johnson City. He raised his average to .375, and has eight RBIs in 11 games played.

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