Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/21/12

The system split it down the middle on Wednesday. Memphis, Batavia and the DSL Cardinals all won. Springfield, Palm Beach and Johnson City fell. The GCL Cardinals' game was postponed and Quad Cities is still on its All-Star break.

Memphis 13 at Omaha 9

Memphis pounded out 14 hits on their way to a 13-9 road victory over Omaha. The four-game series stands at a win apiece.

Our Player of the Day Nick Derba accounted for almost half of the Redbirds' runs. Two of his three hits were doubles that plated two runs. Derba scored twice. Jon Jay continued his rehab assignment with a 2-for-4 performance that included a solo shot, a triple, three runs scored and three driven in. He also drew one of the seven free passes issued by the Storm Chasers' pitchers. Mark Hamilton's only hit was a three-run shot that was part of a four-run fifth that turned a 2-1 deficit into a 5-2 lead the team never relinquished.

John Gast was the fortunate beneficiary of Memphis' offensive largesse. Gast notched his fourth Triple-A win with a six-inning performance in which he allowed six runs, earned, on nine hits and a walk. Three home runs accounted for five of the six runs given up. Jess Todd retired all three batters he faced in the seventh and was the only Redbirds' pitcher to not be scored upon. John Gaub coughed up a two-run home run in the eighth and Chuckie Fick allowed a run on two hits and a walk in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-1, 6.43 ERA)

Arkansas 3, Springfield 0

Springfield was held to just three hits in its 3-0 loss to host Arkansas. The S-Cards have lost four in a row, including the first three games of their road trip.

Two of the the team's three hits were by lead-off hitter Kolten Wong with the final hit going to Audry Perez hitting in the six hole. Matt Carpenter's rehab stint continued with an 0-for-4 night. Springfield did not draw a free pass and stranded just three runners.

Carlos Martinez gave up a run in the first and another in the third to take the loss. Two of the five hits he allowed were doubles that led to tallies in his three frames. Martinez did not either walk or fan a batter. Jesse Simpson gave up an unearned run in the fifth on a fielding error by shortstop Greg Garcia. Justin Wright worked around two hits and a walk to keep the Travelers from scoring more over the final two.

Thursday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Kevin Thomas (2-0, 4.37 ERA)

Charlotte 7, Palm Beach 5

The Beach Birds tallied five runs in the final three frames but it was not enough as they fell to Charlotte on the road. Palm Beach drops the series one game to two.

Charlotte scored two runs each in the second, third and fifth to build a 6-0 lead. All were charged to Todd McInnis (0-4) although two of the six tallies were unearned. The right-hander gave up seven hits and five walks in five frames.

Palm Beach plated a run in the seventh and four in the eighth to cut the Stone Crabs' lead to 6-5. Nick Longmire scored twice and drove in another Jeremy Patton came across once and drove in a run. Tyler Rahmatulla and Chris Edmondson each plated while Starlin Rodriguez and Mike O'Neill each had an RBI.

Drew Benes gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth on a fielding error by Rahmatulla. Benes allowed three hits and a walk in three innings.

Thursday's game: Palm Beach starts a seven-game home stand with the first of three versus Jupiter (MIA), 6:35 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (4-0, 2.42 ERA)

Quad Cities - off

Thursday's game: off

Batavia 9, Auburn 3

Batavia earned their first win of 2012 with a 9-3 victory over Auburn at home.

The Muckdogs tallied three in the second and scored at least one run in the fourth through seventh innings, capped by a three-run seventh. First baseman David Washington, designated hitter Jesus Montero and center fielder Matthew Young each scored twice and Washington also drove in two. Catcher Jonathan Keener had three RBI on two hits.

Lee Stoppelman picked up his first professional win by holding the Doubledays to two walks in the sixth and seventh. He pitched in relief of starter Joey Cuda, who shut out Auburn on four hits through four. Kevin Jacob gave up three runs in the fifth on two hits and three walks. Jose Almarante and Yunier Castillo each tossed a scoreless frame.

Thursday's game: at Auburn, 7:05 pm EST, Daniel Bibona (0-0, ---)

Greeneville 9 at Johnson City 4

Johnson City gave up five runs in the eighth to fall to Greeneville 9-4 at home.

The Cardinals led 2-1 through five on the efforts of starter Victor De Leon, who gave up just two hits. He fanned four and walked three. The Astros took the lead in the sixth when they plated two runs on three hits off reliever Steve Sabatino. A throwing error in the bottom of the frame brought across Ildemaro Vargas and Lance Jeffries as Johnson City re-took the lead.

That edge vanished in the seventh when Greeneville tallied an unearned run off Thomas Lee. Lee took the loss when he gave up another three runs in the eighth. He yielded four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk in 1 2/3 innings. Jared Springer allowed one of those runs to cross home before giving up a two-run shot. Zach Petrick tossed a scoreless ninth.

Center fielder C.J. McElroy, left fielder Anthony Bryant and Vargas each had two hits while Jeffries scored twice. Designated Hitter Sam Tuivailala's first home run of 2012 got Johnson City on the board in the third.

Thursday's game: vs. Greeneville, 7:00 pm EST, Bryan Martinez (0-0, ---)

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Nationals – postponed due to rain

Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals, 11:00 am EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-0, ---)

DSL Cardinals 7, DSL Rays 1

A four-run fourth broke a one all tie as the Dominican Birds subsequently cruised to a 7-1 victory over the DSL Rays at home. The Cardinals (9-7) are tied with the DSL Dodgers for second, five games behind the DSL Mariners.

Center fielder Carlos Torres scored twice and drove in a run and first baseman Luis Cruz also scored twice. Catcher Sergio Ripoll had two doubles and drove in two and third baseman Junior Augustin drove in a run and came across once.

Southpaw Alirio Negrette picked up the win by shutting out the Rays on two walks over 2 2/3. The 17-year-old pitched in relief of Hector Salazar, who held the opposition to a run on two hits and a walk in four.

Thursday's game: vs. DSL Astros, 10:30 am EST, Isaac Silva (0-1, 10.80 ERA)

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