Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/28/12

Wednesday was a day for close contests as four of the six games were decided by a single tally. Memphis, Palm Beach, Johnson City and the DSL Cardinals all won. Quad Cities and Batavia fell while the GCL Cardinals' game was again postponed.

Memphis 3, Albuquerque 2

Shelby Miller made his best start of his Triple-A career in Memphis' 3-2 home victory over New Orleans. The Redbirds (29-51) take the opening game of three against the Isotopes and sit 21 games behind Omaha (KC).

Our Player of the Day Miller was superb in holding one of the best offenses in Triple-A to only one hit, a solo shot in the fourth that tied the game. The 21-year-old fanned eight and walked three in five frames. Jess Todd gave up the go-ahead run on his own solo slam in the sixth but picked up his first win when Memphis plated two in the bottom of the seventh. Adam Reifer and Maikel Cleto each retired all three batters faced with Cleto picking up his first save. The Redbirds' pitchers held first-place Albuquerque to just three hits overall.

Solo home runs made up Memphis' scoring. The Redbirds went up 1-0 in the first when Eugenio Velez sent his 10th home run of the season over the centerfield wall. Mark Hamilton led off the seventh with his 10th slam of 2012. That was followed immediately by Zack Cox' fifth bomb. Velez and Hamilton had two hits apiece.

Thursday's game: vs. Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-0, 1.50 ERA)

Springfield - All-Star Break

Thursday's game: Texas League All-Star Game at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT

Palm Beach 3, Clearwater 2

Palm Beach snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-2 win over visiting Clearwater. The Beach Birds (2-5) are in sixth place but only 2 ½ games back of Bradenton (PIT).

Ryan Sherriff remains undefeated as he picked up his fifth win by holding the Threshers to two runs, earned, on six hits over 7 1/3. He struck out two, did not walk a batter and induced 10 ground outs to four fly outs. Dean Kiekhefer earned his seventh save with a perfect ninth.

The Cardinals tallied two in the bottom of the first to turn a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 advantage. Chris Edmondson's bases-loaded ground out scored Mike O'Neill, who had singled. Aother ground out by Nick Longmire plated Ronny Gil who got aboard on a double. Gil walked to open the third and came across on a single by Longmire that put Palm Beach up 3-1. Gil and Longmire each had two of Palm Beach's seven hits.

Thursday's game: at first-place Bradenton (4-2) for the first of three, 6:30 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (0-1, 7.36 ERA)

Wisconsin 6, Quad Cities 5

A six-run second was Quad Cities' undoing as they were edged 6-5 by Wisconsin on the road. The River Bandits (3-3) dropped the series 1-2 and are in a three-way tie for third place in their division, two games behind Burlington (OAK).

Tyrell Jenkins (1-3) displayed some rust in his first start since June 2nd. The right-hander retired the side in order in the first but ran into trouble in the second when he gave up two doubles, a single and a walk before he recorded an out. A wild pitch, pop out and another walk ended his night with two runs already across.

Jonathan Cornelius inherited a bases-loaded two-out situation and allowed all three runners to cross to give Jenkins a final line of five runs, four earned, on three hits and two walks. Cornelius gave up an unearned run of his own that inning as part of his four-inning stint that saw him yield eight hits and a walk with five strike outs.

The River Bandits cut the deficit in half with three in the third on Colin Walsh's three-run shot that plated Matt Williams and Nick Martini. Luis Mateo doubled and scored on Williams' single in the fourth. Anthony Garcia added a home run in the seventh that brought Quad Cities to within a run but they stranded the tying run at second to end the contest.

Thursday's game: Quad Cities starts a six-game home stand with three against fourth-place Cedar Rapids (LAA), 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (3-5, 5.05 ERA)

State College 6 at Batavia 2

Batavia's pitchers gave up 14 hits that resulted in six runs as the Muckdogs lost the rubber match of their three-game home series against State College 6-2. Batavia (4-6) is in third place, three games behind State College (PIT) and Auburn (WSH).

Daniel Bibona absorbed his first loss when he gave up two in the first and another in the third. Bibona allowed five hits and two walks in four innings. Batavia pulled to within a run with single tallies in the fifth and sixth but a three-run eighth at the hands of Kevin Jacob was more than the Muckdogs could handle. Lee Stoppelman shut out the Spikes on three hits in three frames and Cory Baker tossed a scoreless ninth.

Batavia's first run came without a hit when centerfielder Steven Ramos opened with a walk. He stole second and scored when Garrett Wittels reached base on a missed catch error by the Spikes' pitcher. Patrick Wisdom doubled to start the sixth and scored on Ramos' two-out single to right. The Muckdogs managed just five hits and no Batavia batter had more than one.

Thursday's game: vs. fourth-place Jamestown (MIA), 7:05 pm EST, Kyle Barraclough (0-1, 3.00 ERA)

Johnson City 4 at Pulaski 3 (10)

Designated hitter Michael Knox' double in the 10th plated an unearned run as Johnson City pulled out a 4-3 victory over Pulaski on the road. The JC-Cards (5-4) took the series 2-1 and now sit in second place, a game behind Elizabethton (MIN) and Greeneville (HOU).

Left fielder Ronald Castillo reached on a fielding error by Pulaski's third baseman with one out in the 10th and advanced to second on a missed catch error. That set up Knox' game-winning hit and made a winner out of Zach Petrick (1-0). Petrick tossed a scoreless eighth and ninth to set up Ronnie Shaban for his third save. Shaban worked around a two-out single by striking out the side.

Johnson City struck first with a run in the fourth before Pulaski plated three in the fifth off starter Bryan Martinez. Martinez departed with two runs already across, a runner on base, one out recorded and a total of four hits and a walk allowed. The only hit Dyllon Nuemberg allowed in 2 2/3 plated Martinez' runner. Nuemberg went on to shut out the Mariners until Petrick took over in the eighth.

Four straight hits by the Cardinals to open the seventh plated two runs that tied the game. Centerfielder C.J. McElroy and catcher Gerwuins Velazco had two hits apiece and scored once. Shortstop Cesar Valera scored one and drove in another.

Thursday's game: vs. Burlington (KC), 7:00 pm EST, Stalyn Lopez (0-0, 2.25 ERA)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals – postponed due to rain

Thursday's games: vs. GCL Nationals, game one-11:00 am EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-1, 8.31 ERA); game two-upon completion of game one, TBA

DSL Cardinals 7 at DSL Mariners 3

The Dominican Birds tallied runs in five separate frames on their way to a 7-3 victory over the DSL Mariners on the road. The DSL Cardinals (13-8) are in third place, 5 ½ back of the Mariners (19-3).

Jonathan Escudero earned his first win in his first start of 2012 by limiting the Mariners to two runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in five. Both tallies came in the second as a result of a long ball. Frederis Parra gave up a run, earned, on two hits in 2 1/3 before Ismael Brito picked up his fifth save by shutting out the opposition on two walks over the final 1 2/3.

Catcher Luis Cruz led the Cardinals by going 2-for-4 with a run scored and two more driven in to raise his offensive line to .362/.471/.449/.920 in 69 at bats. Lead-off batter Robelys Reyes scored twice while centerfielder Domingo Sanchez and second baseman Jeffry Cerdas each scored once and drove in another.

Thursday's game: at DSL Indians, 10:30 am EST, Hector Salazar (0-0, 2.02 ERA)

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