Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/10/10

Pete Kozma homered twice as Springfield and Memphis won, Quad Cities lost and Batavia was eliminated in a heart-breaking 1-0 contest on Thursday night.

Games played Thursday, September 9.


Memphis 3, Oklahoma City 2


Game two of the best-of-five PCL American Conference championship went to the same home club that took game one.


With the score tied 2-2 in the sixth inning, the Redbirds claimed their first lead of the night when Ruben Gotay's double to right field scored Joe Mather. The Memphis bullpen shut down the RedHawks over the final three innings to preserve the one-run victory. Rich Rundles, Adam Reifer and Josh Kinney combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief as Kinney notched his second save in as many nights.


P.J. Walters earned the win allowing two runs on seven hits with five walks and seven strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Jim Rapoport and Donovan Solano led Memphis with two hits each.


Individual highlights:

P.J. Walters: 6 2/3 IP, 7 H, 2 R/ER, 5 BB, 7 K, win

Rich Rundles: 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, hold

Adam Reifer: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, hold

Josh Kinney: 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 1 K, save

Ruben Gotay: 1-for-2, 2B, BB, RBI

Donovan Solano: 2-for-3, R

Jim Rapoport: 2-for-4, RBI, SB


Rough outing:

Amaury Cazana: 0-for-4

Daniel Descalso: 0-for-3, K




Game 3 at OKC Friday night:

Lance Lynn (13-10, 4.77) vs. Doug Mathis (5-7, 5.66)



Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 2 (12 innings)


After a one-day delay due to rain, the Cardinals took home field advantage away from the Naturals with a Game 1 win in the best-of-five series. It wasn't easy, as following Pete Kozma's second home run of the game, a two-run blast in the top of the 12th inning, new closer Blake King loaded the bases before escaping unscathed.


Scott Gorgen picked up the win following a scoreless inning of relief.


The Cardinals scored first as Matt Carpenter led off the second with a double and scored on Xavier Scruggs' single and a fielding error. Cards starter Scott McGregor worked two scoreless innings before Eric Hosmer blasted a two-out solo home run to tie the game 1-1. Springfield recaptured the lead in the eighth as Kozma launched a solo home run over the bullpen in left field.


With two on in the home eighth, Texas League Triple-Crown winner Clint Robinson rolled a ball to first base that Scruggs gloved, but his throw to first sailed over McGregor allowing the tying run to score.  Ramon Delgado took over and retired all seven batters he faced. 


Individual highlights:

Scott McGregor: 7 2/3 IP, 9 H, 2 R/1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 HR

Ramon Delgado: 2 1/3 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 0 BB, 2 K

Scott Gorgen: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K, win

Blake King: 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 1 K, save

Pete Kozma: 2-for-6, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 K

Aaron Luna: 2-for-6, 2B, 3 K

Andrew Brown: 1-for-3, 2B, 2 BB, K

Antonio De Jesus: 1-for-3, 3B, 2 BB, R, K, fielding error


Rough outing:

Daryl Jones: 0-for-6, 4 K

Jose Garcia: 0-for-5, K

Nick Derba: 0-for-4, 3 K

Xavier Scruggs: 1-for-5, K, throwing error




Game 2 at NW Arkansas Friday night:

David Kopp (12-4, 3.05) vs. Everett Teaford (14-3, 3.36)



Kane County 5 at Quad Cities 4


In the second inning, the Cougars did all their damage, plating five runs against River Bandits starter Mike Blazek as Kane County evened the best-of-three playoff series at one game apiece.


The Cougars managed all their scoring on extra base hits, a pair of two-run home runs and an RBI double. The River Bandits got a run back in the bottom of the second on an RBI single from Robert Stock. Alan Ahmady doubled home Colin Walsh as part of a two-run sixth which pulled the River Bandits within two.  Frederick Parejo singled in Edgar Lara from second to cut the deficit to just one, but the tying run was left on as Ross Smith fanned to end the game. Lara led the River Bandits offense, going 2-for-3 with a run and an RBI.


Blazek was saddled with the loss after allowing the five runs on eight hits over six innings. He walked only one and scattered seven strikeouts.


Individual highlights:

Justin Smith: 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Aaron Terry: 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 2 K

Luis Mateo: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, CS

Alan Ahmady: 1-for-3, 2B, BB, 2 R, RBI, 2 K, SB

Edgar Lara: 2-for-3, 2B, R, RBI, K

Colin Walsh: 0-for-2, 2 BB, R


Rough outing:

Mike Blazek: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 7 K, 2 HR, loss

Rainel Rosario, Ross Smith: 0-for-4, K

Devin Goodwin: 0-for-4




Game 3 vs. Kane County Friday night:

Daniel Bibona (4-0, 1.91) vs. Chris Mederos (7-5, 3.01)



Tri-City 1 at Batavia 0


In front of just 601 people, the financially-strapped Muckdogs may have played their last-ever game in Batavia on Thursday night. It was a heart-breaking loss that eliminated the home club from the New York-Penn League playoffs, two games to one.


Andrew Moss tossed a complete-game four-hitter but yielded the only run of the game in the fourth inning as the ValleyCats scored on an RBI double. Batavia's offense was held to three singles and a walk.


Individual highlights:

Andrew Moss: 9 IP, 4 H, 1 R/ER, 0 BB, 5 K, loss

Chris Edmondson: 1-for-3, K

Juan Castillo: 1-for-3, pick off at 1B

Victor Sanchez: 1-for-4, GIDP

Jonathan Rodriguez: 0-for-2, BB, K


Rough outing:

Nick Longmire: 0-for-4, 2 K

Joey Bergman: 0-for-3

Geoff Klein, Yunier Castillo: 0-for-3, K

Pat Biserta: 0-for-3, 2 K





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