Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/26/12

The system went 3-5 on Monday with Springfield, Quad Cities and the DSL Cardinals winning. Memphis, Palm Beach, Batavia, Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals fell.

New Orleans 11, Memphis 3

John Gast could not get out of the fifth as Memphis suffered an 11-3 road loss to New Orleans. They will try to salvage a split of their four-game set today.

Gast (2-4) entered the fifth trailing 4-2 and exited after walking in a runner with only two batters retired. The first batter faced by Gast's replacement, John Gaub, hit a bases-clearing double to give the southpaw a final line of eight runs, earned, on 10 hits and three walks. He fanned two. Adam Reifer put two aboard in the seventh via a hit batsman and a walk then issued his own bases-clearing double. Maikel Cleto gave up the final run in the ninth on a solo shot.

Ryan Jackson, Lou Montanez and Pete Kozma each scored one of Memphis' runs with the latter's being a solo homer in the seventh. Montanez doubled to open the fourth. He advanced on Jackson's single and came home on a throwing error on the same play. Jackson was plated on a ground out by Mark Hamilton.

Tuesday's game: at New Orleans, 11:30 am CT, Tyler Lyons (0-1, 5.68 ERA)

Springfield 5 at Tulsa 1

Carlos Martinez picked up his first Double-A win as Springfield downed Tulsa 5-1. The S-Cards took the road series 3-1 with the victory.

Martinez, our co-Player of the Day, held the Drillers to four hits and a single tally that scored in his fifth and final inning of work. The 20-year-old fanned five and induced seven ground outs to one fly out. Kevin Thomas and Michael Blazek each threw two scoreless frames to seal the win.

The game began with four straight hits by the Cardinals, capped by Jamie Romak's first home run of 2012, a three-run shot that also scored Jermaine Curtis and Chris Swauger. Swauger doubled home Kolten Wong for the game's first run. Springfield added a run in the seventh when a walk to Greg Garcia forced in Curtis, who had been hit by a pitch.

Tuesday's game: off for the All-Star break. Play resumes on Friday, 06/29/12.

Clearwater 7 at Palm Beach 5

Palm Beach out hit Clearwater 13 to eight but it was not enough as they fell 7-5 at home. It was the Beach Birds' fourth consecutive defeat, all at Roger Dean Stadium.

Anthony Ferrara was charged with his sixth loss when he gave up five runs, four earned, on five hits and an eye-popping seven walks in 5 2/3. Iden Nazario relieved Ferrara and allowed one of his two inherited runners to cross home. Nazario yielded two unearned runs of his own on two hits in 1 1/3. Chase Reid shut out the Threshers on a hit and two walks over the final two.

Centerfielder Mike O'Neill exemplified Palm Beach's offensive difficulties. He had four hits in five at bats but that was translated into only one run scored and another driven in. Both of Chris Edmondson's hits were for extra bases - a double and a triple that plated three. He scored once. Rainel Rosario scored a run and drove in one.

Tuesday's game: vs. Clearwater, 6:35 pm EST, Todd McInnis (0-4, 5.63 ERA)

Quad Cities 4 at Wisconsin 1

Quad Cities made five hits count in their 4-1 road victory over Wisconsin. The win moves the River Bandits into a three-way tie for first with Burlington (OAK) and Beloit (MIN).

Three of those hits were a double-single-double sequence by Anthony Garcia, David Medina and Luis Mateo in the fourth that resulted in only one run due to a play at the plate that cut down Garcia. The other significant hit was Matt Williams' home run in the fifth that came with Casey Rasmus and Neal Pritchard aboard after the latter two were issued free passes.

That was more than enough for our co-Player of the Day Dail Villanueva who shut out the Timber Rattlers on just three hits and a walk over seven innings. The lefty fanned six and had six ground outs versus three fly outs. Danny Miranda struck out three in two frames but did give up a run on two hits in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: at Wisconsin, 7:05 pm CT, Willy Paulino (2-4, 5.30 ERA)

State College 7 at Batavia 4

Corey Baker gave up four runs, two earned, in the eighth to break a three-all tie as Batavia went down to defeat 7-4 against State College at home.

Starter Tyler Melling shut out the Spikes in five of the six innings he pitched, the only mark coming in a three-run second. One of the runs was unearned and was part of the eight hits he gave up overall. Melling did not walk a batter. Kevin Jacob and Adam Bileckyj each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Muckdogs tied the game with three in the bottom of the third. Breyvic Valera doubled with one out and scored on Garrett Wittels' single. Wittels' scored on a ground out. David Bergin was plunked to get on board and eventually came across on consecutive wild pitches. Batavia's final run came in the ninth when Jordan Walton had a pinch hit single to right. He advanced to third on the right fielder's fielding error and scored on a wild pitch.

Tuesday's game: vs. State College, 7:05 pm EST, Joey Cuda (0-0, 0.00)

Pulaski 5, Johnson City 0

Johnson City was shut out for the first time this season, a 5-0 defeat at Pulaski.

The Cardinals managed just four hits and went 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Two of the team's hits belonged to first baseman Michael Knox who went 2-for-3 with a double and a walk, hitting in the five slot. Right fielder Lance Jeffries' double accounted for Johnson City's only other extra base hit.

Juan Bautista was charged with his first loss when he gave up single tallies in the third and sixth. The 19-year-old allowed four hits and walked three in six. All three of the runs scored against Jacob Booden in the eighth were unearned due to his own throwing error that put what should have been the second out on base.

Tuesday's game: at Pulaski, 7:00 pm EST, Victor De Leon (0-0. 1.80 ERA)

GCL Astros 7 at GCL Cardinals 4

Starter Kender Villegas gave up six of the Astros' seven runs in just four innings as the GCL Cardinals went down to defeat 7-4 at home. The team (4-3) is now tied with the Astros for second, ½ game behind the GCL Nationals.

Villegas allowed four in the second and two more scores in the fourth on a total of seven hits and a walk. Zack Russell continued his rehab with two perfect frames of two strikeouts, two ground outs and two fly outs. The Astros' final run was charged to Chris Thomas, who gave up three hits and a walk in the ninth.

Catcher Jose Gomez went 2-for-4 with a double and two runs scored to lead the Cardinals. Left fielder David Popkins went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and another driven in. Second baseman Brett Wiley both scored a run and drove in one.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Astros, 12:00 pm EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-1, 8.31 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 12, DSL Athletics 8

The Dominican Birds came out on top of a 12-8 slugfest with the DSL Athletics that saw both teams go a combined 12-for-39 with runners in scoring position. The Cardinals (12-7) are in second place in their eight-team division, 5 ½ back of the DSL Mariners.

Runs were scored by the Cardinals in the first, third and fifth through seventh with the five-run fifth being the biggest. Leobaldo Pina, Alejandro Mejia, Sergio Ripoll and Junior Agustin each had two hits. Pina and Mejia scored twice as did lead-off batter Robelys Reyes and Jose Godoy. Mejia, Ripoll and George Araujo drove in two runs apiece.

Jose Pena picked up his first win in relief of Juan Perez after the latter gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits and four walks in 3 1/3. Pena was charged with a run, earned, on a hit and three walks in 1 2/3. Jose Lara followed and yielded three runs, earned, on three hits and two walks in 1 2/3. No Cardinals pitcher allowed a long ball. Esteban Vallejo retired all seven batters faced to pick up his first save.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Mariners, 10:30 am EST, Dewin Perez (1-1, 0.64 ERA)

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