Monday, July 6, 2015

Dominican Summer League Cardinals Notebook 7-6-15



The Dominican Summer League Cardinals extended their winning streak to two games to begin the week then took three of the next five games.  The Redbirds are 14-17 with a .452 PCT and 11 games out of first place in a two-way tie for third in the Boca Chica North Division.  They are 7-9 at home and 7-8 on the road.


Week In Review:

The Cardinals opened up the week completing a two-game series against the Angels, on the road.  Franyel Casadilla rebounded from a bad previous start to throw seven shutout innings and striking out six.  The Redbirds jumped on the scoreboard in the second as Brian Sanchez drove in one run and later scored.  Elehuris Montero plated Edwin Figuera, after a wild pitch, in the sixth.  Figuera and Montero added runs on the ninth to put the Cardinals up 2-0.  An error in the bottom of the ninth allowed the Halos to finally get in a run but still came up short 5-1 and extending the Redbirds winning streak to two games.

The Cardinals hosted the Astros Orange in the first of two games, in the next series.  The Redbirds received another quality start, from this time Oneiver Diaz.  Diaz put up zeroes for the first three innings before the Orange took advantage of a couple errors to plate three runs.  The Cardinals had taken the lead earlier on with grand slam by Starlin Balbuena, in the second.  The Redbirds added another in the fifth and the bullpen coughed up the lead and later the game.  The Astros Orange claimed the contest 7-5 in ten innings.

The Cardinals headed out on the road in the second game of the two-game set with Astros Orange.  The Redbirds were shutdown by the Orange pitching, who tossed seven scoreless frames.  Will Changarotty, making his return to the rotation, tagged with Ronald Medrano for only five hits and three runs over nine innings.  The Cardinals came through in the eighth to plate four runs, Carlos Rodriguez drive in two, as they won 4-3.

The Cardinals broke out the bats in the fourth game of the week, on the road against the Nationals.  The Redbirds scored five runs in the first three frames to take an early 5-1 lead over the Nats.  Juan Alvarez was solid, with five strikeouts and only one run over four innings in the start.  The Nationals hopped one errors by the Cardinals and scored four in the fifth, answering the three in the top half of the innings.  The Redbirds scored another five in the eighth and put the game out of reach as Edwin Figuera, Brian Sanchez, and and Sanel Rosendo helped lead the way with two or more RBIs apiece for the 13-7 victory.

The Cardinals looked to extend their two-game winning streak at home against the Nationals.  Junior Gonzalez kept the Redbirds within striking distance with the Nats, allowing two runs over six innings.  The Nationals attacked the bullpen in the eight and ninth plating five over both frames.  Irving Wilson hit a three-run homer in the eighth, but it wasn't enough as the Nationals pulled out the win 7-4.

The Cardinals ended this period hosting the Rangers One, for the beginning of a two-game set.  Franyel Casadilla came through for the second time this week with a solid start.  Casadilla only allowed five hits and one run over seven innings.  Brian Sanchez hit a solo home run in the fifth and added two more RBIs in the seventh.  Edwin Figuera put the game at a safe distance with two more runs in the eighth and the Cardinals doubled up the Rangers One 6-3.


Who's Hot:

Wadye Ynfante returned to action and extended his on base streak to 17 games and hitting streak to 14.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 9-for-18 (.500) with two doubles, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.  He played one game in left field and three in center (one outfield assist).  The February 10, 2014 free agent signing leads the team in AVG, OBP, and tied in doubles.

Brian Sanchez had his hitting streak ended at 11 games, but re-started an new one to end the week at three.  The 19-year old right-handed hitter went 7-for-19 (.368) with one double, one triple, one home run, six RBIs (four w/two-outs), four runs, six strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played one game in left field and four in right.  The November 11, 2014 free agent signing leads the team in triples, home runs, RBIs, total bases, SLG, and OPS and is tied in doubles.

Edwin Figuera has a ten-game on base streak and five game hit streak to add onto in the next week and had collected one of more RBIs in four of the last five games played.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 6-for-19 (.316) with one double, six RBIs (one w.two-outs), one run, one hit by pitch, one sacrifice, one stolen base, and one strikeout.  He played two games at shortstop, one in left field (one outfield assist), and split one at short and left (assisted in one double play).  The 2015 free agent signing leads the team in stolen bases.

Franyel Casadilla picked up in place of David Oca and Estarlin Arias, who were promoted to the states.  The 18-year old right-hander started on June 29th, going seven innings and allowing three hits, no runs, one walk, and striking out a season-high six (for the second time) for the winning decision.  He then started a second time on July 4th giving up five hits, one earned run (solo home run), and struck two over seven innings for the winning decision (2-2).  The November 5, 2013 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 19-to-8.

Ronald Medrano bounced back after having a couple so-so performances.  The 19-year old right-hander pitched in relief on July 1st allowing three hits, one earned run, two walks, and striking out four over five innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 3-to-5.


Who's Not:

Elehuris Montero ended the week on a three-game hitting streak but also racked up at least two or more strikeouts in five consecutive games.  The 16-year old right-handed hitter went 5-for-22 (.227) with two RBIs, three runs, one walk, one sac fly, and 11 strikeouts.  He played four games at third base (two fielding errors) and one as designated hitter.  September 5, 2014 free agent signing leads the team in runs scored.

Andres Luna currently has a five-game on base streak but didn't make smart choices on the base paths.  The 17-year old right-handed hitter went 3-for-13 (.231) with two runs, one walk, one strikeout, and two caught stealing (one pickoff).  He played three games in center field and had one throwing error and two outfield assists.

Starlin Balbuena exploded in bis first game of the week and ended on a three-game hitless streak.  17-year old right-handed hitter went 1-for-15 (.067) with one home run, four RBIs (grand slam), one run, one stolen base, five strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.  He played four games at shortstop and assisted in one double play, committed two throwing errors and one fielding.

Fabian Blanco converted one of two save opportunities but coughed up two earned runs in both appearances.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched in relief on June 30th allowing two hits, two earned runs, three walks, hit one batter, and struck four out over two innings for the blown save (2).  He made his second outing on July 4th giving up one it, two earned runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck two out over two innings for his first career save (1).  The 2015 free agent signing had a combined ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-2.

Enrique Perez still continues to struggle with his placement and control this season with 20 walks and five hit batters over 15 innings.  The 17-year old left-hander pitched in relief on July 3rd allowing one hit, four earned runs, five walks, and striking out three over one and two-third innings.  He had a ground out-to-fly out ratio of 1-to-1.


Notes:

Carlos Rodriguez has collected 11 multi-hit and five multi-RBI games in last 17 played.

Sanel Rosendo has a five-game on base streak and leads the team in walks.

Dennis Ortega plays only a few times a week, but has an 11-game on base streak that includes a three-game hitting streak.

Dariel Gomez played in only one game on July 4th, Oscar Cotes only one game on July 1st, and Frendy Gavin hasn't pitched since June 27th.

With the opening of the international signing period the St. Louis Cardinals signed Venezuelan RHP Alvaro Seijas ($762,500), Dominican SS Raffy Ozuna ($600,000), Venezuelan RHP Anthony Trompiz ($100,000), Dominican RHP Noel DeJesus ($60,000), and Venezuelan RHP Brian Pirela ($20,000).  Trompiz, DeJesus, and Pirela are all expected to join the Rookie-Level DSL club at some point this season: St. Louis Official Site


Dominican Summer League Stats:

The team is batting .247 (22nd)(268-for-1084) with 58 doubles (4th), 11 triples, 12 home runs (8th), 154 RBIs (6th), 384 total bases (10th), 165 runs, 101 walks (9th worst), 20 stolen bases (2nd worst), 243 strikeouts (10th worst), 12 caught stealing (best), .322 OBP (29th), .354 SLG (15th), and .676 OPS (21st).

The club is 14-17 with a 3.76 ERA (18th), 1.38 WHIP (t-17th), one complete game (t-4th), five holds, and four saves.  They have allowed 263 hits, 157 runs, 116 earned runs, seven home runs, 121 walks, hit 32 batters, and struck out 223 over 277.1 innings.

Wadye Ynfante is tied for tenth in AVG.

Brian Sanchez is fifth in home runs, first in RBIs, sixth in total bases, and seventh in SLG.

Franyel Casadilla is tied for eighth in innings pitched and tied for ninth in hits allowed.

Enrique Perez is third in walks.

Luis Rosales is tied for seventh in holds.


Up Next (2015 Record)(Cardinals Record Vs.):

July 6: @ Rangers (25-6)(3-4)
July 7: Mariners Two (20-11)(1-5)
July 8: @ Mariners Two
July 9: Angels (14-17)(3-3)
July 10: @ Angels
July 11: Astros Orange (8-23)(4-2)
July 12: Off Day


Past Notebooks:

June 8, 2015: Will Changarotty, Ronald Medrano, David Oca, Elehuris Montero, and Wadye Ynfante.
June 15, 2015: Juan Alvarez, Franyel Casadilla, Elehuris Montero, David Oca, and Brian Sanchez.
June 22, 2015: Estarlin Arias, Will Changarotty, Carlos Rodriguez, Brian Sanchez, and Wadye Ynfante.
June 29, 2015: Edwin Figuera, Frendy Gavin, Elehuris Montero, Carlos Rodriguez, and Brian Sanchez.

Juan Marichal Spoke to The Recently Signed Dominican Prospect Leaguers

The Dominican Prospect League chose the presence of one of the greatest players who ever walked Dominicans the baseball diamond to present the most novice vintage signed in the six year history of the entity, forger of a large group of young people hungry inserted in the majors.  (Translated)

Listin Diario

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 7-5-15: Iker Franco Singles & Drives In One Run; Adam Reifer Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save; Luis Garcia Knocks In One Run

Iker Franco (former Springfield-Quintana Roo) entered late in the game at catcher and batted seventh.  1-for-1 with one RBI and one run.

Mexico beat Quintana Roo 8-7

Evan MacLane (former St. Louis-Campeche) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed five hits, three earned runs, and struck five out.  (p-s:87-62)(g/f:7-4)

Aguascalientes beat Campeche 5-4

Juan Pena (former Tennessee-Monclova) started and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed five hits, seven earned runs, one walk, and struck two out for the losing decision (9-5).  (p-s:40-28)(g/f:1-1)

Veracruz beat Monclova 9-1

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Yucatan) started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one RBI, one sac fly, and two strikeouts.
Adam Reifer (former Memphis-Yucatan) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (12).  (p-s:10-9)(g/f:2-0)

Hugo Castellanos (former Memphis-Tijuana) entered in the seventh and pitched to six batters.  He allowed two hits, two earned runs, and two walks for the losing decision (2-4).  (p-s:21-10)(g/f:1-1)

Yucatan beat Tijuana 5-3

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 7-5-15: Albert Pujols Singles & Hits A Solo Home Run; David Freese Singles & Drives In One Run; Shelby Miller Strikes Out Eight Over Six & A Third Scoreless Innings

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) entered late in the game in left field.

Tampa Bay beat New York-A 8-1

Shane Peterson (former Springfield-Milwaukee) started in left field and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and grounded into one double play.

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  One run and one walk.

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 6-1

Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk.  (p-s:5-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Pittsburgh beat Cleveland 5-3

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) entered late in the game in right field and batted fourth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.

Boston beat Houston 5-4

A.J. Pierzynski (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started at catcher and batted fifth.  3-for-4 with one double and threw out one of three base runners.
Shelby Miller (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started and pitched 6.1 innings.  He allowed seven hits, no runs, two walks, and struck eight out.  0-for-2 at the plate.  (p-s:106-69)(g/f:5-0)

Philadelphia beat Atlanta 4-0 in 10 innings

Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in the ninth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits one earned run, and one walk for the losing decision (2-4).  (p-s:5-1)

Kansas City beat Minnesota 3-2

Brett Wallace (former Memphis-San Diego) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Ian Kennedy (former 2003 draft selection-San Diego) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, hit one batter, and struck four out for the losing decision (4-8).  0-for-2 with two strikeouts.  (p-s:107-70)(g/f:5-5)

St. Louis beat San Diego 3-1

Jason Motte (former St. Louis-Chicago-N) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (4).  (p-s:12-7)(g/f:1-1)

Chicago-N beat Miami 2-0

Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Colorado) started at third base and batted eighth.  0-for-4 with one strikeout and grounded into one double play.
John Axford (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and struck one out for the save (14).  (p-s:13-10)(g/f:0-1)

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted seventh.  1-for-4 with one double and three strikeouts.

Colorado beat Arizona 6-4

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started as designated hitter and batted fourth.  2-for-5 with one home run, two RBIs, and one run.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, grounded into one double play, and assisted in one double play.

Anaheim beat Texas 12-6

David Carpenter (former Palm Beach-Washington) entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the hold (6).  (p-s:6-4)

Washington beat San Francisco 3-1

Springfield Beat Corpus Christi 7-5: Patrick Wisdom Singles, Walks, & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Derek Gibson Doubles & Drives In Two Runs; David Washington Doubles, Walks, & Hits A Solo Home Run

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 0-for-3 with one run, two walks, and one outfield assist.
Patrick Wisdom 2-for-4 with one home run, two RBIs, two runs, one walk, and one strikeout.
Bruce Caldwell 1-for-2 with one run, two walks, one stolen base, and assisted in one double play.
Jonathan Rodriguez 1-for-3 with one two-out RBI, one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Derek Gibson 1-for-4 with one double, two two-out RBIs, and one strikeout.
Aledmys Diaz 1-for-4 with one double and assisted in one double play.
David Washington 2-for-3 with one double, one home run, one RBI, two runs, one walk, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Ronnie Shaban entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out for the winning decision (2-1).  (p-s:18-12)(g/f:2-0)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Breyvic Valera 0-for-4 at the plate.
Alberto Rosario 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Kyle Hald started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed seven hits, five earned runs, one home run, one walk, hit one batter, threw two wild pitches, struck seven out, and picked one base runner off.  (p-s:96-64)(g/f:6-3)

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Springfield Official Site Post Game

Former Cardinals Draft Selections Playing In Summer Collegiate Leagues 7-5-15: A.J. Kruzel Doubles; Joe Gillette Walks Twice In Each Of Two Games; Justin Bellinger Walks

Coastal Plain League:

Justin Bellinger (former 2014 draft selection-Duke-Asheboro) started at first base and batted eighth.  0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

Asheboro beat Holly Springs 8-4 (7/4/15)


Northwoods League:

Joe Gillette (former 2014 draft selection-Oregon St-Eau Claire) started in left field and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.

Willmar beat Eau Claire 4-3 (7/4/15)

Joe Gillette (former 2014 draft selection-Oregon St-Eau Claire) started in left field and batted eighth.  0-for-3 with one walk and two strikeouts.

St. Cloud beat Eau Claire 7-1 (7/5/15)


Prospect League:

A.J. Kruzel (former 2013 draft selection-Henderson St-Quincy) started at second base and batted eighth.  1-for-4 with one double and one run.

Springfield beat Quincy 4-2 (7/5/15)

Jaime Garcia Goes On Disabled List; Jordan Walden To Take Next Step

Oft-injured Cardinals lefthander Jaime Garcia had said Wednesday it was his intention never to have to go on the disabled list again. That goal lasted four days.

Post-Dispatch

Leobaldo Pina Carrying Load For State College At Shortstop; Thomas Spitz Getting Comfortable

A little more than two weeks into the season, Leobaldo Pina is already showing signs of fatigue.

Centre Daily Times

State College Beat Auburn 7-1: Landon Beck Strikes Out Eight & Allows One Run Over Six Innings For The Win; Leobaldo Pina Doubles & Drives In Three Runs; Jesse Jenner Singles Twice & Hits A Two-Run Homer

Individual Highlights:
Michael Pritchard 3-for-4 with two runs, one walk, and one stolen base.
Harrison Bader 2-for-5 with one run and one stolen base.
Casey Grayson 1-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Leobaldo Pina 1-for-4 with one double, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), one sac fly, one strikeout, and assisted in  one double play.
Cole Lankford 2-for-5 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Jesse Jenner 3-for-5 with one double, one home run, two RBIs, and one run.
Craig Aikin 2-for-4 with one walk, one strikeout, and one caught stealing.
Landon Beck started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, one earned run, one walk, hit one batter, and struck eight out for the winning decision (1-1).  (p-s:71-49)(g/f:2-4)
Pedro Echemendia entered in the seven innings.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:13-9)(g/f:0-1)
Jacob Evans entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck two out.  (p-s:37-26)(g/f:2-2)

Rough Outing:
Josh Swirchak 0-for-4 with one walk and assisted in one double play.

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State College Official Site Post Game
Centre Daily Times Post Game

Jhonny Peralta, Matt Holliday Named 2015 All-Star Starters

After combining to make eight previous All-Star appearances as player or manager selectees, outfielder Matt Holliday and shortstop Jhonny Peralta learned on Sunday that they will represent the Cardinals in the July 14 Midsummer Classic as fan-elected starters for the first times in their respective careers.
St. Louis Official Site

For Jhonny Peralta, it was redemption. For Matt Holliday, it was validation.
Post-Dispatch

The Cardinals officially have their first two of what figures to be a healthy amount of All Stars in 2015, as Matt Holliday and Jhonny Peralta were named starters for the National League.
KMOV

Playing in the 12th season of his big-league career, Matt Holliday has already been an All-Star six times. But 2015 marks the first season the fans have chosen the St. Louis Cardinals outfielder to start in the Mid-Summer Classic.
STL Baseball Weekly

For the first time in his career, Jhonny Peralta has been chosen by the fans to be a starter in the Major League All-Star Game.
STL Baseball Weekly

As happy as Matt Holliday was on Sunday to find out he had been voted in as a starter for the National League All-Star team, there were a couple of other people in the Holliday household who were even more excited.
STL Sports Page
STL Sports Page (Audio)

Cardinals Find Unlikely Dynamic Duo In Lance Lynn, Tommy Pham

Lance Lynn came in to Sunday's game with no runs scored on the year, and Tommy Pham entered without a Major League RBI.

St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals' 81-Game Record Best Since 1944

The Cardinals reached the halfway point of their 162-game schedule on Sunday and improved to 53-28 with their 3-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium.

Bernie Bytes

Tommy Pham-Tastic Performance Salvages Weekend For Cardinals

Going into Saturday's game at Busch Stadium, things looked fairly dire for the St. Louis Cardinals. They had lost four straight games, scored just six runs in those games and saw their sizable lead over the Pittsburgh Pirates chopped down to six games.

KSDK

Cardinals Post-Game Audio 7-5-15: MIke Matheny, Lance Lynn, & Tommy Pham

STL Sports Page

Jeff Samardzija Could Be Staying Put...For Now

White Sox starter Jeff Samardzija, who was supposed to be packing his bags for his third trade in 12 months, suddenly may be staying put, well, at least for a few more weeks.

USA Today

Memphis Beat Colorado Springs 7-3: Heath Wyatt Strikes Out Two Over Three Scoreless Innings For The Win; Jeremy Hazelbaker Singles, Walks Twice, & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Matt Williams Knocks In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
Rafael Ortega 2-for-5 with one double, one triple, and one two-out RBI.
Dan Johnson 2-for-5 with one double, one home run, one RBI, one run, and assisted in three double plays.
Stephen Piscotty 2-for-5 with one double, one two-out RBI, and one run.
Greg Garcia 1-for-4 with one triple, one run, one walk, and assisted in two double plays.
Dean Anna 0-for-1 with one run, two walks, one strikeout, one fielding error, and assisted in two double plays.
Jeremy Hazelbaker 2-for-3 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, two walks, and one stolen base.
Matt Williams 0-for-4 with two RBIs and assisted in one double plays.
Alex Mejia 1-for-1 with one walk.
Dean Kiekhefer started and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed three hits, one earned run, and struck one out.  1-for-2 with one run.  (p-s:43-30)(g/f:5-2)
Heath Wyatt entered in the fourth and pitched three innings.  He allowed three hits, no runs, an struck two out for the winning decision (1-0).  0-for-1 with one strikeout.  (p-s:46-34)(g/f:5-1)
Keith Butler entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the save (1).  0-for-1 with one strikeout.  (p-s:29-19)(g/f:3-2)(ir-s:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Justin Wright entered in the seventh and pitched to five batters.  He allowed four hits, two earned runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:19-16)(ir-s:1-0)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Video: Lance Lynn Gets Is Done On The Bump & At The Dish

Lance Lynn breaks down his start against the Padres on the Missouri Lottery Cardinals Live postgame show.

Fox Sports Midwest

John Lackey Looks To Shut Down Rival Cubs In Series Opener

The injury-battered and offensively-starved Cardinals, still nursing the best record in the Majors, begin an eight-game road trip against division rivals Chicago and Pittsburgh by facing Cubs lefty Jon Lester at Wrigley Field on Monday.

St. Louis Official Site

Video: Tommy Pham Smacks First Big-League Homer

Tommy Pham on the MO Lottery Cardinals Live postgame show.

Fox Sports Midwest

Peoria Beat Quad Cities 7-1: Luis Perdomo Strikes Out Eight Over Eight Scoreless Innings For The Win; Alex DeLeon Walks Twice & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Andrew Sohn & Jhohan Acevedo Each Single & Drive In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
Darren Seferina 1-for-3 with one RBI and one walk.
Andrew Sohn 1-for-4 with two RBIs (one two-outs) and grounded into one double play.
Nick Thompson 2-for-4 with one double and one run.
Alex DeLeon 1-for-2 with one home run, two RBIs, one run, and two walks.
Kenny Peoples-Walls 1-for-3 with one double, three runs, and one walk.
Jhohan Acevedo 1-for-3 with two RBIs, one sac fly, and one strikeout.
Luis Perdomo started and pitched eight innings.  He allowed five hits, no runs, one walk, and struck eight out for the winning decision (4-7).  (p-s:93-68)(g/f:6-7)

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Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game

Bristol @ Johnson City Postponed 7-5-15, Doubleheader Set For 7-6-15

Johnson City Twitter

Rain once again pitched a shutout against the Johnson City Cardinals on Sunday as a torrential downpour hit the area around four o’clock washing away a scheduled doubleheader with the Bristol Pirates.
Johnson City Press

Cardinals Beat Padres 3-1: Lance Lynn Strikes Out Eight, Allows One Run, Singles, Doubles, & Drives In One Run Over Seven Innings For The Win; Tommy Pham Doubles, Homers, & Knocks In Three Runs; Seth Maness Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Hold

Individual Highlights:
Tommy Pham 2-for-4 with one double, one home run, three RBIs, and one run.
Yadier Molina 2-for-3 with one double.
Kolten Wong 0-for-2 with one hit by pitch, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.
Lance Lynn started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed three hits, one unearned run, three walks, committed one pickoff error, and struck eight out for the winning decision (6-4).  2-for-2 with one double and two runs.  (p-s:106-68)(g/f:3-4)
Seth Maness entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (11).  (p-s:14-10)(g/f:1-1)
Kevin Siegrist entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the save (4).  (p-s:14-9)(g/f:1-1)

Rough Outing:
Rest Of The Team

Former Cardinals:
Brett Wallace 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Ian Kennedy started and pitched six innings.  He allowed seven hits, three earned runs, one home run, and struck four out for the losing decision (4-8).  0-for-2 with two strikeouts.  (p-s:107-70)(g/f:5-5)

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
Post-Dispatch Post Game
KMOV Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

WATCH: Kolten Wong Makes Impressive Diving Catch

Against the Padres on Sunday, Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong decided to do his best center fielder imitation on an incovenient pop-up. Please do enjoy ...
CBS Sports

St. Louis second baseman Kolten Wong injected life into Busch Stadium with a run-saving catch in the third inning of Sunday's 3-1 win over the Padres
St. Louis Official Site

State College Starting Lineup 7-5-15

State College Official Twitter

Palm Beach Beat Charlotte 10-0: Luke Weaver Strikes Out Four Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Brett Wiley Double & Knocks In Two Runs; C.J. McElroy Singles, Walks, & Knocks In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
C.J. McElroy 1-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one walk, and one stolen base.
Danny Diekroeger 0-for-5 with one RBI and one run.
Brett Wiley 1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, two runs, one sac fly, and assisted in one double play.
Luke Voit 1-for-5 with one RBI, one strikeout, one fielding error, and assisted in two double plays.
Collin Radack 1-for-1 with one RBI, one run, three walks, and one sac fly.
Blake Drake 0-for-3 with one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, and grounded into one double play.
Jose Gonzalez 1-for-3 with one home run, one RBI, two runs, and one walk.
Luke Weaver started and pitched six innings.  He allowed four hits, no runs, one walk, and struck four out for the winning decision (2-4).  (g/f:5-4)
Lee Stoppelman entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, and one walk.  (g/f:2-1)
Tyler Melling entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs.  (g/f:1-2)

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Pirates Claim Travis Ishikawa Off Waivers From Giants

Tim Dierkes Twitter

Dean Kiekhefer Takes Start For Tyler Lyons With Triple-A Memphis 7-5-15

Rob Rains Twitter

Shane Robinson's Daughter Has Successful Surgery

Twins manager Paul Molitor said outfielder Shane Robinson's daughter, Harper, underwent successful surgery in Boston, but he's still not sure when Robinson will rejoin the team.

Minnesota Official Site

Alex Reyes Dominates At Florida State League

Righthander Alex Reyes’ stay at high Class A Palm Beach likely will be a lot like his fastball—overpowering while in sight and over quickly.

Baseball America

Video: Mike Matheny On Jaime Garcia Heading To DL; Tyler Lyons & Tim Cooney Get Starts In Chicago

Jaime Garcia is back on the DL. Mike Matheny talks about the move.

Fox Sports Midwest

Cardinals Placed Jaime Garcia On The 15-Day Disabled List, Recall Tim Cooney From Single-A Peoria; Tyler Lyons Scheduled To Start In Tuesday's Doubleheader; Marco Gonzales Throws Live Batting Practice; Jordan Walden To Throw Bullpen Sessions In St. Louis

The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia (left groin strain) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4, and that left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney has been recalled from Peoria (A).
St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia has been scratched from his scheduled start on Tuesday and placed on the 15-day disabled list after feeling renewed discomfort around his left groin following a bullpen session on Saturday.
St. Louis Official Site

Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Jaime Garcia will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Cardinal Beat

Jaime Garcia’s quest to never spend any more time on the disabled list ended on Sunday.
KMOX

Left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia (left groin strain) has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 4, and left-handed pitcher Tim Cooney has been recalled from Class A Peoria, the St. Louis Cardinals announced Sunday.
Fox Sports Midwest

Bad news continues to follow Cardinal starter Jaime Garcia as his groin injury has forced the team to place him on the 15-day disabled list Sunday.
KMOV

Just a few days ago, Jaime Garcia commented he hoped to never be on the disabled list again for the rest of his career. Unfortunately for the left-hander, that wish will not come true as the St. Louis Cardinals placed their pitcher on the 15-day DL with a left groin strain.
STL Baseball Weekly

It was only a matter of time.
101 ESPN

Adam Wainwright Had Walking Boot Removed

Jim Hayes Twitter

Video: Jhonny Peralta Discusses Carlos Martinez' Latest Quality Start

Jhonny Peralta discusses Carlos Martinez's latest quality start and his own game-winning sacrifice fly after St. Louis' 2-1 win over San Diego.

Fox Sports Midwest

Peoria Stating Lineup 7-5-15

Peoria Official Twitter

Tommy Pham: Unusual High-Upside 27-Year Old Rookie

St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Tommy Pham is a 27-year old rookie just getting his feet wet in the majors. Normally 27-year-old rookie hitters are marginal prospects: low-upside utility infielders, defense-oriented emergency catchers, slow sluggers with weak gloves, that sort of thing.

Minor League Ball

Palm Beach Starting Lineup 7-5-15

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Video: Welcome To The Bigs, Tommy Pham

Tommy Pham talks after collecting his first big-league hit and scoring both Cardinals runs in St. Louis' 2-1 win over the Padres on Independence Day.

Fox Sports Midwest

Jorge Ona Leaves Cuba

Jorge Ona, one of the most talented young prospects in Cuba, has left the country to pursue a contract with a major league team, Baseball America has learned.

Baseball America

WATCH: Albert Pujols Fouls Ball Off His Own Head

During Saturday night's 13-0 drubbing of the Rangers, Angels slugger Albert Pujols managed to do this to himself ...

CBS Sports

Cardinals Starting Lineup 7-5-15

St. Louis Official Twitter

Xavier Scruggs is back at first base in the Cardinals' lineup for their Sunday afternoon game against the San Diego Padres.
Cardinal Beat

Joel Pineiro Promoted From Double-A New Hampshire To Triple-A Buffalo

Buffalo Official Twitter

Red Sox Move Justin Masterson Into Bullpen Until All-Star Break

Rob Bradford Twitter

Former Cardinals Playing In KBO 7-5-15: Andrew Brown Doubles

Andrew Brown (former St. Louis-SK) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-5 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.

SK beat Lotte 5-1

Kolten Wong Moved To No.6 In Lineup; Mitch Harris Is Back; Randy Choate Likes His Slider; Jaime Garcia Is Ready

After hitting first in his last 36 starts, Kolten Wong was moved to the No. 6 spot on Saturday by manager Mike Matheny.

Post-Dispatch

Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 7-5-15: Hector Luna Walks

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at first base and batted fourth.  0-for-3 with one walk and assisted in one double play.

Yomiuri beat Chunichi 2-0

Cody Stanley Snaps Slump With Five-Hit Night

A brief cameo in the Major Leagues showed Cody Stanley just how close he is to making his dreams a reality. Now he wants to make sure he's completely ready when that call comes again.

MiLB Official Site

John Smoltz, Greg Maddux, & James Andrews Urge Tommy John Education Of Little Leaguers

When John Smoltz is inducted in the baseball Hall of Fame later this month, he will be making a little history.

Nevada Appeal

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 7-4-15: Albert Pujols Doubles, Walks, & Drives In Two Runs; David Peralta Singles, Walks Twice, & Knocks In One Run; A.J. Pierzynski Knocks In One Run

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) started in left field and batted second.  0-for-4 with four strikeouts.

New York-A beat Tampa Bay 3-2

Colby Rasmus (former St. Louis-Houston) started in centerfield and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with three strikeouts.

Boston beat Houston 6-1

Brett Wallace (former Memphis-San Diego) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted ninth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

St. Louis beat San Diego 2-1

Shane Peterson (former Springfield-Milwaukee) entered late in the game in left field and batted fifth.  0-for-2 with one run and one strikeout.
Michael Blazek (former St. Louis-Milwaukee) entered in the sixth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the hold (2).  (p-s:9-6)(g/f:1-1)(ir-s:2-0)

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted seventh.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 7-3

Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in the seventh and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, and one walk for the hold (14).  (p-s:7-3)(g/f:1-0)

Minnesota beat Kansas City 5-3

A.J. Pierzynski (former St. Louis-Atlanta) started at catcher and batted sixth.  0-for-4 with one RBI.
David Aardsma (former Memphis-Atlanta) entered in the seventh and pitched 1.2 innings.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one home run, and struck three out.  (p-s:26-18)(g/f:0-1)

Atlanta beat Philadelphia 9-5

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one double, two RBIs, one run, one walk, and one strikeout.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted sixth.  1-for-3 with three runs, two walks, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.

Sam Freeman (former St. Louis-Texas) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, one walk, and struck two out.  (p-s:30-14)

Anaheim beat Texas 13-0

John Axford (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:4-2)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:1-0)

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted second.  1-for-3 with one two-out RBI, one run, and two walks.

Arizona beat Colorado 7-3

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Memphis Beat Colorado Springs 15-1: Zach Petrick Strikes Out Four, Triples, & Drives In One Run Over Seven & Two-Thirds Scoreless Innings For The Win; Cody Stanley Collects Four Singles, One Double, & Four RBIs; Matt Williams Singles, Doubles, Walks, & Knocks In Three Runs

Individual Highlights:
Rafael Ortega 2-for-5 with three runs, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Dean Anna 3-for-6 with one triple, three runs, one strikeout, and assisted in two double plays.
Dan Johnson 1-for-3 with two RBIs, one run, one sac fly, and assisted in one double play.
Ed Easley 1-for-2 with one double and assisted in one double play.
Cody Stanley 5-for-6 with one double, four RBIs, one run, and one strikeout.
Jeremy Hazelbaker 3-for-5 with one RBI, one run, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Ty Kelly 1-for-6 with two runs, one strikeout, and grounded into one double play.
Nick Martini 2-for-5 with one double, two RBIs (one w/two-outs), two runs, and one strikeout.
Matt Williams 2-for-4 with one double, three RBIs (one w/two-outs), one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and assisted in one double play.
Zach Petrick started and pitched 7.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, no runs, struck four out, and assisted in one double play for the winning decision (5-4).  2-for-5 with one triple, one RBI, one run, and two strikeouts.  (p-s:102-69)(g/f:16-1)

Rough Outing:
Joey Donofrio entered in the eighth and pitched 1.1 innings.  He allowed four hits and one earned run.  (p-s:25-16)(g/f:2-2)

Former Cardinals:
Nick Additon entered in the fifth and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed six hits, two earned runs, one walk, hit one batter, and struck four out.  0-for-1 at the plate.  (p-s:56-36)(g/f:2-2)(ir-s:1-1)

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Memphis Official Site Post Game

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 7-4-15: Alberto Castillo Strikes Out Six Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Iker Franco Singles & Drives In One Run; Adam Reifer Strikes Out One Over One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Save

Alberto Castillo (former MiLB signing-Oaxaca) started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, no runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck six out for the winning decision (1-2).  (p-s:91-63)(g/f:5-6)

Oaxaca beat Monterrey 2-1 in game one of doubleheader

Iker Franco (former Springfield-Quintana Roo) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one RBI, one run, and assisted in one double play.

Mexico beat Quintana Roo 12-7

Ivan Bellazetin (former MiLB tryout-Tabasco) entered late in the game as a pinch runner.

Tabasco beat Laguna 4-3

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Yucatan) started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  0-for-3 with one run, two walks, and one strikeout.
Adam Reifer (former Memphis-Yucatan) entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the save (11).  (p-s:9-8)(g/f:2-0)

Yucatan beat Tijuana 6-5

Carlos Martinez Is Influencing Cardinals

His manager had come for the ball 102 pitches and 20 outs into an Independence Day appearance. Within a low-scoring tie game — are there any other kind? — an unfortunate walk of .163-hitting San Diego Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr., meant the end to Carlos Martinez’s ninth consecutive quality start.

Post-Dispatch

Palm Beach Beat Charlotte 2-1: Daniel Poncedeleon Strikes Out Two Over Six Scoreless Innings For The Win; Danny Diekroeger Singles, Triples, & Drives In Two Runs; Chris Perry Strikes Out One Over One Scoreless Inning For The Save

Individual Highlights:
C.J. McElroy 0-for-3 with one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Danny Diekroeger 2-for-5 with one triple, two RBIs, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Luke Voit 0-for-3 with two walks, three strikeouts, one fielding error, and assisted in four double plays.
Blake Drake 1-for-4 with one double.
Carson Kelly 2-for-4 with one run, picked one base runner off, and threw out one of three base runners.
Casey Turgeon 2-for-4 with one strikeout.
Daniel Poncedeleon started and pitched six innings.  He allowed six hits, no runs, one walk, and struck two out for the winning decision (1-0).  (g/f:6-5)
Josh Lucas entered in the eighth and pitched to two batters.  He allowed no hits or runs, one walk, and struck one out for the hold (7).  (ir-s:2-0)
Chris Perry entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, no runs, and struck one out for the save (11).  (g/f:1-0)

Rough Outing:
Brett Wiley 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and assisted in three double plays.
Collin Radack 0-for-4 with one walk, four strikeouts, and one throwing error.

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Quad Cities Beat Peoria 8-5 In 11 Innings: Darren Seferina Collects Three Singles & Two RBIs; Nick Thompson Doubles & Drives In Two Runs; Cody Schumacher Strikes Out Five Over Three & Tho-Thirds Scoreless Innings

Individual Highlights:
Darren Seferina 3-for-6 with two RBIs and one strikeout.
Andrew Sohn 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, one run, one walk, one hit by pitch, and one strikeout.
Nick Thompson 1-for-6 with one double, two RBIs, and two strikeouts.
Steve Bean 1-for-4 with one walk and two strikeouts.
Kenny Peoples-Walls 2-for-5 with one run and one strikeout.
Jhohan Acevedo 0-for-3 with one run, one walk, and one hit by pitch.
Cody Schumacher entered in the third and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and struck five out.  (p-s:48-33)(g/f:1-4)(ir-s:3-1)
Nick Lomascolo entered in the seventh and pitched two innings.  He allowed two hits, no runs, one walk, and picked off one base runner.  (p-s:26-17)(g/f:2-0)

Rough Outing:
Jake Gronsky 0-for-5 with one strikeout.
Dewin Perez started and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed six hits, five earned runs, five walks, and struck one out.  (p-s:71-32)(g/f:4-2)
Robby Rowland entered in the ninth and pitched three innings.  He allowed two hits, three earned runs, one home run, one walk, and struck four out for the losing decision (2-3).  (p-s:46-27)(g/f:1-3)

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Peoria Official Site Post Game
Peoria Journal Star Post Game
Playing In Peoria Post Game

Carlos Martinez Takes Baton In Cardinals' Reliable Rotation

No run support, no problem. That has been the mantra this week for the Cardinals' starting pitchers, who have improved on their already gaudy numbers during a stretch of offensive weakness that continued in a 2-1 win over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Saturday.
St. Louis Official Site

When Carlos Martinez takes the mound for the Cardinals, it’s a lot like trying to harness a mustang, manager Mike Matheny says.
Post-Dispatch

Carlos Martinez ran wild at Busch Saturday afternoon as he threw six-plus innings of one run baseball, unleashing his elite velocity with ease.
KMOV

Auburn Beat State College 4-2: Thomas Spitz & Casey Grayson Each Collect Two Singles & One RBI; Brian O'Keefe Singles & Doubles

Individual Highlights:
Thomas Spitz 2-for-5 with one two-out RBI, one run, one stolen base, one strikeout, and one outfield assist.
Casey Grayson 2-for-4 with one two-out RBI.
Brian O'Keefe 2-for-4 with one double, one run, and allowed one stolen base.

Rough Outing:
Michael Pritchard 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Leobaldo Pina 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
Cole Lankford 0-for-4 with one strikeout.
R.J. Dennard 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.
Juan Perez started and pitched 5.2 innings.  He allowed eight hits, three earned runs, two walks, and struck three out for the losing decision (2-1).  (p-s:89-53)(g/f:6-3)
Kender Villegas entered in the sixth and pitched 2.1 innings.  He allowed two hits, one earned run, and stuck three out.  (p-s:28-21)(g/f:1-0)(ir-s:2-0)

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State College Official Site Post Game
Centre Daily Times Post Game

Memphis @ Colorado Springs Delayed By Rain 7-4-15

Memphis Official Twitter

Springfield Beat San Antonio 8-3: Bruce Caldwell Triples & Hits A Two-Run Homer; Charlie Tilson Collects Three Singles & Two RBIs; Mike Ohlman Hits A Solo Home Run

Individual Highlights:
Charlie Tilson 3-for-4 with two RBIs, one run, one stolen base, and two caught stealing.
Mike O'Neill 2-for-3 with two doubles, one RBI, one run, and two walks.
Anthony Garcia 1-for-3 with one RBI, one run, and one walk.
Derek Gibson one walk at the plate.
Bruce Caldwell 2-for-4 with one triple, one home run, two two-out RBIs, two runs, and assisted in one double play.
Mike Ohlman 1-for-4 with one home run, one two-out RBI, and one run.
Patrick Wisdom 2-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Aledmys Diaz 1-for-4 with one two-out RBI, one run, two strikeouts, and assisted in two double plays.
Thomas Lee started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed six hits, three earned runs, two home runs, one walk, and struck three out for the winning decision (7-3).  0-for-2 with one sacrifice.  (p-s:87-59)(g/f:13-2)
Chris Thomas entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:12-8)(g/f:1-1)
Kyle Barraclough entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:9-6)

Rough Outing:
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-5 with two strikeouts and assisted in two double plays.
David Washington 0-for-1 with one strikeout.

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Springfield Official Site Post Game

Lance Lynn, Cardinals Seek Series Split Before Hitting Road

The Padres will try to put the finishing touches on a successful start to their 10-game road trip, while the Major League-best Cardinals aim to forge a series split when the two teams close out a four-game series at Busch Stadium on Sunday.

St. Louis Official Site

Darren Seferina's .410 Month Was A Privilege; Fernando Baez Recovery From Tommy John Surgery

Darren Seferina had the kind of month in June that seemed almost make-believe.

Peoria Journal Star

Palm Beach Starting Lineup 7-4-15

Palm Beach Official Twiter

Mike Matheny's Shakeup Pays Off With Tommy Pham At Top

Not keen on a top-to-bottom shakeup of his batting order amid his club's offensive funk, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny started with a tweak. For the first time in Kolten Wong's last 37 starts, the second baseman was pulled from the leadoff spot and slotted into the sixth hole, a place where Matheny hoped Wong could see more run-producing opportunities.

St. Louis Official Site

Manny Ramirez Was Almost A Met 10 Years Ago, But Deal Couldn't Get Done

Manny Ramirez hit two of his 555 career home runs in Flushing. One during his three games at Shea Stadium as a member of the Red Sox and the other at Citi Field while on a three-day visit with the Dodgers.

Newsday

Rays Sign C Gioser Tejada For $250K

DPL Official Twitter

Rays Sign IF Luis Arias For $300K

DPL Official Twitter

Anthony Garcia To Play For Puerto Rico In The 2015 Pan American Games

This team consists of 24 players, including four active players in the minor leagues in the United States. This is the receiver Roberto Peña (Corpus Christi Hooks), infielder Joe Dickie Thon (Dunedin Blue Jays), outfielder Anthony Garcia (Springfield Cardinals) and pitcher Andres Santiago (Tennessee Smokies).  (translated)

Primera Hora

Rockies Activate John Axford From The Family Emergency Medical List

Colorado Official Twitter

Don't Be Surprised To See Aramis Ramirez Traded; Jeff Samardzija Could Be First Starting Pitcher Moved; Ian Kennedy Getting Some Looks By Scouts; Cole Hamels Prefers Red Sox

There’s always so much debate on where he fits on a pitching staff. He’s not a No. 1 and he’s not having the best of seasons, yet he’s one of the more discussed and desirable pitchers on the trade market. Kansas City, Houston, Detroit, and others are in on him. Scouts are constantly at his games so he may be the first starting pitcher moved ahead of the trading deadline.

Boston Globe

Willie McGee With Single-A Peoria To Work On Baserunning

Dave Eminian Twitter

State College Starting Lineup 7-4-15

State College Official Twitter

Peoria Starting Lineup 7-4-15

Peoria Official Twitter

David Washington Promoted From A-Advanced Palm Beach To Double-A Springfield, Blake McKnight Promoted From Single-A Peoria To Palm Beach

Palm Beach Official Twitter

Cardinals Beat Padres 2-1: Carlos Martinez Strikes Out Five & Allows One Run Over Six & Two-Thirds Innings; Matt Carpenter & Jhonny Peralta Each Single & Drive In One Run; Seth Maness Pitches One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Win

Individual Highlights:
Tommy Pham 1-for-4 with one double, two runs, one stolen base, and one strikeout.
Matt Carpenter 1-for-4 with one RBI and one strikeout.
Jhonny Peralta 1-for-3 with one RBI and one sac fly.
Carlos Martinez started and pitched 6.2 innings.  He allowed eight hits, one earned run, one home run, two walks, struck five out, and assisted in one double play.  0-for-2 with one strikeout.  (p-s:102-69)(g/f:9-1)
Randy Choate entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out.  (p-s:5-3)(ir-s:2-0)
Seth Maness entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the winning decision (3-0).  (p-s:6-4)(g/f:2-0)
Trevor Rosenthal entered in the ninth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit and no runs for the save (24).  (p-s:17-12)(g/f:2-1)

Rough Outing:
Jason Heyward 0-for-3 with one walk and one strikeout.
Kolten Wong 0-for-3 with one strikeout and assisted in one double play.
Randal Grichuk 0-for-3 at the plate.
Mark Reynolds 0-for-2 with one intentional walk, one strikeout, and assisted in one double play.

Former Cardinals:
Brett Wallace 0-for-1 at the plate.

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St. Louis Official Site Post Game
Cardinal Beat Post Game
Post-Dispatch Post Game
KMOV Post Game
STL Sports Page Post Game

Luis Perdomo Replaces Injured Alex Reyes On The 2015 Future Games' World Roster

Dave Eminian Twitter

Matt Carpenter Could Use The Rest Of Not Making All-Star Game

Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter started off the 2015 season at such a pace that local and national pundits threw his name into the MVP discussion. But, that was then.

101 ESPN

DSL: Cardinals Beat Rangers One 6-3: Franyel Casadilla Strikes Out Two, Induces Nine Ground Outs, & Allows One Run Over Seven Innings For The Win; Brian Sanchez Collects Two Singles, One Home Run, & Three RBIs; Edwin Figuera Singles & Drives In Two Runs

Individual Highlights:
Edwin Figuera 1-for-5 with two RBIs and two stolen bases.
Wadye Ynfante 3-for-4 with one double, one run, one hit by pitch, one stolen base, and one outfield assist.
Elehuris Montero 1-for-4 with one run, one walk, and two strikeouts.
Brian Sanchez 3-for-4 with one home run, three RBIs (two w/two-outs), and two runs.
Dennis Ortega 2-for-4 with one double, one RBI, and allowed two stolen bases.
Sanel Rosendo 0-for-2 with one run and two walks.
Luis Flores 1-for-4 with one double, one run, and one strikeout.
Franyel Casadilla started and pitched seven innings.  He allowed five hits, one earned run, one home run, and struck two out or the winning decision (2-2).  (g/f:9-5)

Rough Outing:
Carlos Rodriguez 0-for-3 at the plate.
Dariel Gomez 0-for-1 with one strikeout.
Hector Linares 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
Fabian Blanco entered in the eighth and pitched two innings.  He allowed one hit, two earned runs, two walks, hit one batter, and struck two out for the save (1).  (g/f:1-2)

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Cardinals Expect Jaime Garcia To Start Twinbill Vs. Cubs; Matt Holliday Could Return Before All-Star Break; Jordan Walden To Throw Three Bullpen Sessions Next Week

Lefty Jaime Garcia returned to the mound on Saturday to throw his bullpen session, a necessary step before the Cardinals clear him to start in one of Tuesday's doubleheader games.

St. Louis Official Site

Ken Rosenthal: Jeff Samardzija Perfect Fir For Yankees

Ken Rosenthal discusses who the Angels may have their eye on as a new general manager, why Jeff Samardzija may be a good fit for the Yankees and more.

Fox Sports

The 'Fox Sports Midwest Girls' Program Has Been Eliminated

TV can be a tough business.

Cards Diaspora

Jaime Garcia Declines Comment On Bullpen Session, Mike Matheny Says He Remains On Track To Start 7-7-15

Jenifer Langosch Twitter

Cardinals' Slump Inevitable

The Cardinals were trying to shake off a four-game losing streak as they went into their 4th of July matinee against the Padres at Busch Stadium.

Bernie Bytes

GCL: Marlins @ Cardinals Postponed Due To Rain 7-4-15

MiLB Official Site

Cardinals Starting Lineup 7-4-15

St. Louis Official Twitter

The Cardinals announced they have recalled right-handed reliever Mitch Harris for Saturday's Fourth of July game against the San Diego Padres.
Cardinal Beat

Cardinals Recall Mitch Harris From Triple-A Memphis & Option Greg Garcia

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today's Independence Day game with the San Diego Padres that they have recalled right-handed pitcher and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Mitch Harris from Memphis (AAA) and optioned infielder Greg Garcia to the triple-A club.
St. Louis Official Site

The Cardinals added an extra arm to the bullpen on Saturday, summoning reliever Mitch Harris from Triple-A and clearing a roster spot for him by optioning infielder Greg Garcia to Memphis.
St. Louis Official Site

He’ll be wearing the “birds on the bat” this 4th of July, instead of U.S. Navy colors.
KMOX

The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to today's Independence Day game with the San Diego Padres that they have recalled right-handed pitcher and U.S. Navy Lieutenant Mitch Harris from Memphis and optioned infielder Greg Garcia to the Triple A club.
Fox Sports Midwest

On the 4th of July, Navy Lieutenant Mitch Harris made his way back to Busch Stadium as the Cardinals recalled the reliever to bolster the arms in the bullpen.
KMOV

The St. Louis Cardinals have recalled pitcher Mitch Harris from Memphis and optioned infielder Greg Garcia back to the Redbirds. With the team in the midst of a four game losing streak in which they’ve scored only six combined runs, it may strike some as an interesting decision to carry 13 pitchers instead of an extra bat.
STL Baseball Weekly

Orioles Sign Yasiel Mederos To Minors Deal

Roch Kubatko Twitter

Jonathan Escudero Reassigned From Short-Season Rookie-Level Johnson City To Short-Season Rookie-Level Gulf Coast League

MiLB Official Site

Tim Cooney Reassigned From St. Louis To Single-A Peoria, Cardinals Release Ronald Castillo, Peoria Activates Dewin Perez & Kevin Alexander From The Disabled List

Dave Eminian Twitter

Dave Eminian Twitter

Dave Eminian Twitter

Johnson City & Bristol Doubleheader Postponed For 7-4-15, Doubleheaded Set For 7-7-15

Bristol Official Twitter

Johnson City’s Appalachian League baseball game was washed out by rain for the third consecutive day Saturday.
Johnson City Press

Jacob Wilson Leaves Triple-A Memphis To Join Team USA For 2015 Pan American Games

Stacy Stenhouse Twitter

Why Cardinals Stopped Being A Whitey Herzog Team

Unhappy with management’s indifference to re-signing any of the team’s core free agents and unwilling to ask those players to make the kinds of selfless sacrifices that were essential to the success of his Cardinals clubs, manager Whitey Herzog found himself trapped in the middle of an uncomfortable situation.

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Former Cardinals Playing In NPB 7-4-15: Hector Luna Collects Three Singles & One Walk

Hector Luna (former St. Louis-Chunichi) started at first base and batted fourth.  3-for-5 with one walk, one stolen base, and assisted in four double plays.

Yomiuri and Chunchi tied 3-3 after 12 innings

Former Cardinals Playing In The Mexican League 7-3-15: Iker Franco Doubles Twice & Drives In Two Runs; Luis Garcia Singles

Iker Franco (former Springfield-Quintana Roo) started as designated hitter and batted seventh.  2-for-5 with two doubles, two RBIs, and one run.

Quintana Roo beat Mexico 12-6

Luis Garcia (former New Haven-Yucatan)started as designated hitter and batted sixth.  1-for-4 with one run and two strikeouts.
Adam Reifer (former Memphis-Yucatan) entered in the ninth and pitched to six batters.  He allowed three hits, two earned runs, one walk, and struck one out for the blown save (1) and losing decision (1-2).  (p-s:25-15)

Hugo Castellanos (former Memphis-Tijuana) entered in the seventh and pitched to four batters.  He allowed no hits, two unearned runs, hit one batter, committed one throwing error, and struck one out.  (p-s:9-6)(g/f:2-0)
Dennys Reyes (former St. Louis-Tijuana) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, one home run, and struck two out for the blown save (1).  (p-s:16-9)(g/f:1-0)

Tijuana beat Yucatan 7-6

Former Cardinals Playing In MLB 7-3-15: David Freese Collects Three Singles & One RBI; Blaine Boyer Pitches One Hitless/Scoreless Inning For The Hold; Luke Gregerson Pitched One Hitless/Scoreless Inning

Marc Rzepczynski (former St. Louis-Cleveland) entered in the seventh and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs, and struck one out for the hold (11).  (p-s:3-3)(ir-s:1-0)

Cleveland beat Pittsburgh 5-2

Joey Butler (former St. Louis-Tampa Bay) started in right field and batted second.  0-for-5 with one run, one walk, two strikeouts, and grounded into one double play.

New York-A beat Tampa Bay 7-5 in 12 innings

Pat Neshek (former St. Louis-Houston) entered in the eighth and pitched one inning.  He allowed one hit, one earned run, and one walk for the blown save (1).  (p-s:21-10)(g/f:2-1)
Luke Gregerson (former Springfield-Houston) entered in the tenth and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:16-1)(g/f:0-1)

Justin Masterson (former St. Louis-Boston) started and pitched 3.2 innings.  He allowed eight hits, five earned runs, two walks, and struck two out.  (p-s:73-48)(g/f:5-2)

Houston beat Boston 12-8 in 10 innings

Shane Peterson (former Springfield-Milwaukee) entered late in the game in left field and batted sixth.  0-for-1 at the plate.

Skip Schumaker (former St. Louis-Cincinnati) entered late in the game as a pinch hitter and batted fifth.  1-for-1 at the plate.

Milwaukee beat Cincinnati 12-1

Albert Pujols (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at first base and batted fourth.  1-for-4 with one walk and one strikeout.
David Freese (former St. Louis-Anaheim) started at third base and batted sixth.  3-for-5 with one RBI, one run, and grounded into one double play.
Fernando Salas (former St. Louis-Anaheim) entered in the eighth and pitched to one batter.  He allowed no hits or runs.  (p-s:2-1)(ir-s:1-0)

Anaheim beat Texas 8-2

Blaine Boyer (former St. Louis-Minnesota) entered in then seventh and pitched one inning.  He allowed no hits or runs for the hold (13).  (p-s:7-4)

Kansas City beat Minnesota 3-2 in 10 innings

Daniel Descalso (former St. Louis-Colorado) entered late in the game in right field.

David Peralta (former Johnson City-Arizona) started in left field and batted second.  1-for-5 with one run.

Arizona beat Colorado 4-3 in 10 innings

Cardinals Struggling To Cash In On Chances

Trading two outs for a run is hardly a feat worth celebrating, but if you were looking for offensive highlights from the Cardinals' 2-1 loss to the Padres at Busch Stadium on Friday night, that was the most appealing option.

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