Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/20/12

Johnson City won its season opener on Tuesday with the GCL and DSL Cardinals both victorious as well. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Batavia all lost close contests.

Omaha 3, Memphis 2

Doubles were Memphis' downfall on Tuesday as they were clipped by Omaha 3-2 on the road.

All three of the runs given up by starter Brandon Dickson (2-7) scored via two-base hits. Two doubles in the fourth plated a run that tied the game at one. Another double in the sixth brought two more across. Those accounted for three of the four hits Dickson allowed, to go with four walks in six innings.

Zack Cox had a hand in both of Memphis' tallies. His fourth home run of the year was a solo shot in the second that put the Redbirds up. The team did not score again until the ninth when consecutive doubles by Eugenio Velez and Cox brought Velez across. Jon Jay began his rehab by leading off and going 1-for-3.

Wednesday's game: at Omaha, 12:05 pm EST, John Gast (3-1, 3.82 ERA)

Arkansas 4, Springfield 3

Springfield led 3-0 through three but could not hold as Arkansas walked off with a 4-3 win.

The S-Cards' lead was built on two doubles, half of their total team hits for the contest. Greg Garcia doubled home two in the second and Oscar Taveras doubled across another in the third. That lead was cut to 3-2 when Richard Castillo gave up two in the fourth on two of the five hits he allowed in the game. Although the tying run was charged to Castillo, it was plated with Jorge Rondon on the mound in the seventh. Castillo did not walk a batter in his 6 1/3 innings.

Eric Fornataro (1-2) entered for the ninth and hit the first batter he faced. That runner came around to score the game-ender on a two-out single.

Wednesday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

Charlotte 8, Palm Beach 6

The fourth inning was pivotal in Palm Beach's 8-6 road loss to Charlotte.

The Beach Birds scored five runs in the top of the fourth, led by a two-run shot by Jonathan Rodriguez. Their 5-0 lead quickly evaporated in the bottom of the frame when Anthony Ferrara faltered. Ferrara (4-5) hit two batters, then gave up four of the seven hits he allowed in all, including a three-run bomb and retired only two batters. The last two of the eight runs he allowed, five earned, came across on Nick Gillung's watch.

Palm Beach scored its final run in the eighth when Starlin Rodriguez tripled and came home on a single by Chris Edmondson. Rodriguez, Tyler Rahmatulla, Jeremy Patton and Mike O'Neill each had two hits with the former three scoring a run while O'Neill drove in two. Patton had an RBI as well.

Wednesday's game: at Charlotte, 6:30 pm EST, Todd McInnis (0-3, 5.33 ERA)

Quad Cities - 2012 Midwest League All-Star Game

Colin Walsh, Luis Mateo and reliever Heath Wyatt were on the wrong end of an 18-2 drubbing by the Eastern squad. Walsh was the starting designated hitter and accounted for half of the Western team's two runs by going 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored. He was replaced by Mateo, who went hitless in two at bats. Wyatt was the last pitcher to appear for the Western squad. He gave up two runs, earned, on four hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Wednesday's game: off

Auburn 8, Batavia 7

Batavia outhit Auburn 15 to nine but could not overcome their own defense as they fell 8-7 at Auburn.

Three Muckdogs errors contributed to four unearned runs that was part of starter Tyler Melling's overall line of seven runs allowed on six hits and a walk in 4 1/3. The big blow was a three-run home run in the first. Cory Baker took the loss when he gave up the tie-breaking run on a sac fly in the seventh, the first of his two innings. Brandon Creath held the Doubledays scoreless on two hits and a walk over 1 2/3.

Catcher Jesus Montero led Batavia's attack with a 4-for-5 night with two solo shots and three runs scored. Garrett Wittels and Breyvic Valera each had three hits, half of which were doubles, and contributed to six runs scored. Designated hitter Jacob Wilson drove in two.

Wednesday's game: vs. Auburn, 7:05 pm EST, Joey Cuda (0-0, ---)

Johnson City 4, Greeneville 2

Johnson City won its season opener by downing Greeneville 4-2 at home.

The contest was scoreless through four but the Cardinals plated single tallies in the next four frames with a balanced attack. Johnson City had six hits with no individual having more than one hit. Four different players came home and three players drove in a run. Designated hitter Michael Knox was the only player to score one and drive in another.

Our Player of the Day, starter Juan Bautista, notched the win by shutting out the Astros on four hits through six. The right-hander, who just turned 19 on June 16th, is making the jump from the Dominican Summer League this season. Dyllon Nuernberg tossed a scoreless seventh but Mike Aldrete gave up two runs in the eighth on two hits and a walk. Ronnie Shaban earned his first save with a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday's game: vs. Greeneville, 7:05 pm EST, Victor De Leon (0-0, ---)

GCL Cardinals 5, GCL Astros 2

The GCL Cardinals plated two in the first and one in the second on their way to a 5-2 victory over the Astros at home.

Designated Hitter Luis Perez scored twice and drove in another on two hits, including a double, and a walk. Third baseman Rafael Medina drove in two by going 2-for-3 with a double and a walk.

Right-hander Kender Villegas started and held the opposition to a single tally, earned, on three hits and a walk through four. He struck out three. Chris Thomas picked up his first win with a perfect sixth in his professional debut. Norge Paredes fanned four in the final two frames to earn his first save.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-0, --)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Rays 0

The Dominican Birds tallied two in the fifth and one in the sixth as they shut out the DSL Rays 3-0 on the road.

Dewin Perez fanned 10 in five frames to earn his first professional win. The 17-year-old southpaw held the opposition to three hits and a walk over that span. The Rays' biggest threat came in the seventh when Fernando Baez loaded the bases on three walks and a single. One of the walks was erased when the runner was caught stealing. Ismael Brito fanned the only batter he faced that inning to end the threat. He picked up his third save by retiring the final six batters he faced.

The Cardinals walked the bases full in the fifth and scored their first run on a force attempt that turned into a fielding error. Shortstop Eliezer Alvarez' single plated the second tally and first baseman Sergio Ripoll's single in the sixth brought the team's final run across. Ripoll also doubled as the only Dominican Bird with more than one hit.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Rays, 10:30 am EST, Hector Salazar (1-1, 1.93 ERA)

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