Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/24/11

The Cardinals system went 4-3 on Saturday as Palm Beach's Arquimedes Nieto took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

Results from games played Saturday, July 23.


Oklahoma City 7, Memphis 4


Allen Craig is back!  He doubled and finished 1-for-3 in his first rehab start since his injury.


Shane Robinson led off and went 2-for-5 with a double.


Tyler Greene went 2-for-5 and struck out twice.  He has struggled with major league pitching the past two years, but is showing very good patience with plus power in Memphis this season.


Bryan Anderson hit a two-run homer in the eighth and finished 2-for-3 with a walk.


Brandon Dickson suffered his ninth loss on the season after he gave up four runs in six innings pitched.  He gave up seven hits, walked one, and struck out six.  All but one of his ten outs in the field were groundballs.  He also committed a balk and hit a batter.


Bryan Augenstein gave up three runs over 2/3rds of an inning on three hits and a walk.


Ron Mahay faced two batters and gave up a single.


Springfield 8 at Northwest Arkansas 5


Matt Adams does what he does best and hit a home run.  The two-run shot was his 23rd on the season, and he is now on a two-game homer streak.


Zack Cox went 1-for-3 and walked twice, including one intentional.  He was caught stealing for the first time since joining Springfield.


Jermaine Curtis hit his third triple and finished 2-for-4 with two RBI.


Jim Rapoport led off the game and went 2-for-4 with a walk.


Ryan Jackson hit second in the order and was 2-for-5 with two strikeouts.  It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals give him a serious look at playing time with the big club sometime in the latter half of next season.


Jose Garcia was 3-for-5 on the night and has received little pub, despite posting very respectable numbers.  He is age appropriate for the Texas League and is posting a slash line of .331/.391/.415.  He's stolen 13 bases and has been caught stealing five times.


Scott Schneider continues to struggle for Springfield, as he gave up five runs on six hits and two walks in 5.2 innings pitched.  He has been posting solid groundball numbers, but has been hurt by 11 home runs surrendered.


Palm Beach 3 at Daytona 2


Starlin Rodriguez led off the game and hit a solo home run to put the Cardinals up 2-0 in the eighth.  He was also caught stealing home.


Luis De La Cruz and Niko Vasquez both went 2-for-4.


Kyle Conley had the only other extra-base hit for Palm Beach, which was a solo homer in the second.


Arquimedes Nieto took a no-hitter in the eighth inning before he surrendered a triple to one of the Cubs top prospects, Matt Szczur.  Nieto walked four and ended up giving up two runs, only one of which was earned.


Jordan Swagerty picked up the save by pitching a perfect inning.  He recently received some pub from ESPN's Keith Law who stated that he saw potential in Swagerty as a starter.  The Arizona State alum was moved to the bullpen recently by the Cardinals to limit his innings on the season.


Fort Wayne 8, Quad Cities 7


Oscar Taveras has consistently mashed pitching when healthy and on the field this season evidenced by a batting average that just reached over .400.  Saturday night was no different, as he went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBI.  He also threw out a runner at third base.  Taveras has started to gain a lot of attention nationally and will probably make some Top 100 lists.


Kolten Wong had a single in six at-bats, stole his fourth base, and committed his fourth fielding error.  Despite the stolen base, the only knock you might have on Wong's very successful debut is that he's been erratic on the bases with 5 CS compared to 4 SB.


Michael Swinson started in right field and went 1-for-4 with a walk, RBI, and stole his eighth base of the season.


Jonathan Rodriguez walked twice and went 1-for-2 with a double and was hit by a pitch.


Chris Edmondson hit ninth in the order and was 2-for-5 with a double.  He also struck out twice.


Zack Russell pitched just 4.2 innings and gave up seven runs on seven hits and one walk.  The defense did not help him, as only four runs were earned.  He struck out four and had a GO:FO ratio of 8:2.


Dean Kiekhefer relieved Russell and pitched 2.1 scoreless innings, as he struck out two and gave up three singles.


Batavia 11 at Aberdeen 4


Garrett Wittels led off and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored.  He also made a throwing error.  After signing as a free agent with the Cardinals, Wittels has gone on to post a slash line of .333/.368/.444.  He remains an interesting hitter to watch over the rest of the season.


David Medina had a hat trick in strikeouts but got two singles in his other two at-bats.  He also made a throwing error, which was his eighth on the season.


Virgil Hill flashed some power again with a three-run shot in the first inning.  It was his only hit of the night.


Romulo Ruiz also had a three-run homer as his only hit of the game.


Roberto Reyes hit a solo shot in the fifth.


Joey Bergman hit second and went 3-for-4 with a walk.


Todd McInnis gave up two runs over five innings.  He gave up six hits (two doubles), one walk, and struck out two batters.  Impressively, all 12 of his outs that reached the field were via the groundball.  McInnis has been one of the more impressive pitchers early from the 2011 draft, as he has shown good control (seven walks in 35 innings), plus groundball numbers, although he hasn't struck out a high rate of batters.


Kingsport 3, Johnson City 0


Kolby Byrd was the only Johnson City batter to record more than two hits, as he had two singles in four at-bats.


Anthony Garcia had 25% of the away team's hits as he went 1-for-3.


Gary Apelian went 1-for-4 with a strikeout.


Despite only getting four hits on the night, Johnson City batters only struck out four times over the game.


Matt Williams committed his 10th error in 29 games played.


Josh Lucas walked zero batters over 6.2 innings.  He gave up three runs (two earned), eight hits, and struck out six.


GCL Cardinals 8, GCL Nationals 6


Lance Jeffries was the GCL Cardinals star of the night after he belted a double and home run that led to three runs batted in on the night.  He also collected his fourth error of the year.


Jem Argenal and Michael Knox both went 2-for-4 with a double each.  Knox had the slightly better looking stat line with two RBI, while Argenal missed a catch for an error.


Breyvic Valera led off the game, hit a two-run homer in the second, and finished 2-for-5.


Anthony Bryant had a hat trick in strikeouts.  He also walked and stole his fifth base.


Sam Tuivailala had an interesting night, as he was hit twice by pitches and made a throwing error.


C.J. McElroy pinch-ran for Knox after making his professional debut on Friday and stole his first base of his young professional career.


Victor De Leon gave up three runs on two walks and five hits, including a triple and double.  He struck out three batters over five innings.


DSL Cardinals were off Saturday


Sunday's Probables


Memphis (51-49) at Oklahoma City: 4:05 PM CT – Adam Ottavino

Springfield (11-17) at NW Arkansas: 6:00 PM CT – Mike Blazek

Palm Beach (16-14) at Daytona: 5:35 PM ET – Richard Castillo

Quad Cities (16-12) at Fort Wayne: 3:05 PM ET – Boone Whiting

Batavia (20-16) at Aberdeen: 5:35 PM ET – Hector Hernandez

Johnson City (20-12) vs. Greeneville: 6:00 PM ET – Ryan Sherriff

GCL: Cardinals (17-11) at Mets: 12:00 PM ET

DSL: Cardinals (15-31) are off for All-Star Game – 10:30 AM ET



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