Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/30/12

Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities, Batavia and the DSL Cardinals were all winners on Friday. Palm Beach, Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals all fell.

Memphis 9, Albuquerque 5

Memphis scored in three of the first four innings in a 9-5 home victory over Albuquerque. The Redbirds (30-52) took the series 2-1 with the win and remain 21 games behind Omaha (KC).

Our co-Player of the Day Matt Adams led Memphis with a 4-for-5 performance that included a double and two two-run shots, in the first and sixth, and five runs batted in. He scored three times. Zack Cox had three hits, one a double, and drove in a run. Adron Chambers came across twice out of the lead-off slot.

Brandon Dickson held the Isotopes to two runs that came on single tallies in the second and third. Dickson gave up four hits, including a home run, and a walk in six innings while earning his fourth win of 2012. Brian Broderick allowed two more to cross in the seventh, his only inning, on a hit, two walks and a plunked batter. Jess Todd allowed three hits in the eighth but limited the damage to a solo bomb. Maikel Cleto tossed a perfect ninth.

Saturday's game: Memphis heads to Oklahoma City for four games, 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (4-2, 5.67 ERA)

Springfield 6, Frisco 2

Texas League All-Star Audry Perez hit a grand slam in the second as Springfield downed Frisco 6-2 at home. The Cardinals (5-2) are in first place, a game in front of Arkansas (LAA).

Perez' shot to right came with one out and plated Chris Swauger, Jake Shaffer and Xavier Scruggs after the latter three reached via a force out, single and walk respectively,. The S-Cards' other two runs were driven in by Oscar Taveras in a fifth-inning ground out and a seventh-inning single that brought Greg Garcia across both times. Kolten Wong had Springfield's only multi-hit game with two.

Seth Maness allowed single tallies in the fourth and sixth to notch his fourth win, although only one of the two runs was earned. Maness scattered six hits over six frames and did not walk a batter. He fanned three. Deryk Hooker, Jorge Rondon and Justin Wright each tossed a scoreless frame.

Saturday's game: vs. Frisco, 6:08 pm CT, Scott McGregor (0-0, 13.50 ERA)

Bradenton 7, Palm Beach 5

Palm Beach wiped out a 5-0 deficit but could not get more in their 7-5 loss at Bradenton. The Beach Birds (3-6) sit in sixth place, 2 ½ back of their hosts.

Starter Brad Watson put his team in a hole when he gave up a run in the second and four in the third. The third-inning tallies came on two two-run bombs that were part of the nine hits and two walks he allowed in 4 1/3. Iden Nazario held the Marauders scoreless for 2 2/3 while Palm Beach battled back.

Four straight one-out hits in the fifth got the scoring going for Palm Beach. Singles by Rainel Rosario and Luis De La Cruz put runners aboard for Tyler Rahmatulla whose double brought Rosario across. Starlin Rodriguez' single scored De La Cruz and Rahmatulla was plated on a ground out. The inning's final run was scored by Rodriguez on a double by Jeremy Patton.

Rosario tied the game in the sixth when he drew a two-out walk and came across on a single by De La Cruz. De La Cruz and Rahmatulla each had two hits. Drew Benes was charged with his sixth loss when he gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in the eighth.

Saturday's game: at Bradenton, 6:30 pm EST, Kevin Siegrist (2-1, 2.84 ERA)

Quad Cities 3, Cedar Rapids 2 (5)

A walk and a balk were the difference in Quad Cities' rain-shortened win over Cedar Rapids at home. The River Bandits (5-3) are in a three-way tie with Burlington (OAK) and Kane County (KC) for first place, one game in front of three other squads.

Virgil Hill drew a one-out walk in the fifth and advanced to third on Nick Martini's single. Both runners advanced a base when the Kernels' starter was called for a balk. That gave Quad Cities the lead and finished the game as the heavens opened up at that point.

Cedar Rapids had struck first with a run in the third off Hector Hernandez (5-4) but the River Bandits plated two in the fourth to take the lead. Stephen Piscotty's first professional hit was an infield single to short. Piscotty tied the game when Anthony Garcia tripled to center. Garcia came home on Roberto De La Cruz' single up the middle. Hernandez gave up the tying run in the fifth that was unearned due to a throwing error by the third baseman Piscotty. Hernandez gave up twice as many hits (eight) as did his opponent (four), but was credited with the win.

Saturday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids, 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (3-4, 3.47 ERA)

Batavia 8 at Jamestown 1

Batavia tallied runs in the first three frames on their way to an 8-1 road win over Jamestown. The Muckdogs evened their record to 6-6 with the victory and are in fourth place, two games behind Auburn (WSH).

A four-run first was followed by single scores in the second, third, sixth and ninth. Lead-off batter Steven Ramos went 2-for-4 with a walk, a solo shot and three runs scored. Breyvic Valera had four hits and plated once. David Washington and Jesus Montero each drove in two runs and scored once, with Montero's run coming on a solo bomb in the third.

Tandem starters Kyle Helisek and Tim Cooney combined to hold the Jammers to a lone run. Helisek shut out Jamestown on two hits and three walks over 4 2/3 while striking out five. Cooney gave up the only run in the eighth on a double and a sac fly that was one of two hits he allowed in 4 1/3. He fanned four and did not walk a batter in picking up his first win.

Saturday's game: vs. Jamestown, 7:05 pm EST, Ben Freeman (1-0, 2.77 ERA)

Burlington 6 at Johnson City 0

Johnson City's offense misfired all game long as they were shut out 6-0 by Burlington at home. The JC-Cards (5-6) have dropped the first two games of three with the Royals and now sit two games behind Elizabethton (MIN) and Greeneville (HOU).

The Cardinals had seven hits but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ildemaro Vargas had two doubles and Cesar Valera had two hits as well.

Steven Gallardo, Mike Aldrete and Steve Sabatino each gave up two runs. Gallardo (0-1) started, giving up four hits and a walk in two innings. Aldrete allowed his runs in the first of his three frames on three hits and a walk. Sabatino mimicked Aldrete in giving up his runs in the first of his three innings. He yielded three hits and did not walk a batter. Jeff Rauh tossed a perfect ninth.

Saturday's game: vs. Burlington, 6:00 pm EST, Cory Jones (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

GCL Marlins 10 at GCL Cardinals 1

The GCL Cardinals managed just three hits as they were pounded by the GCL Marlins. The Cardinals (6-4) remain in first, just one-half game up on the Marlins.

Ramon Ulacio gave up six runs, earned, on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 for his first loss. Cesar Aguilar held the Marlins scoreless on a hit a two walks over 2 1/3 before Juan Caballero allowed another four runs, two earned, on three hits in 1 1/3. One of those runs was plated by Burny Mitchem who threw three wild pitches and gave up a hit in 1 2/3. Chris Thomas fanned the side in the ninth.

The team's only score came in the sixth when designated hitter David Popkins led off with a triple and scored on a ground out by catcher Jose Gomez.

Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins, 10:00 am EST, Silfredo Garcia (0-0, 3.18)

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Indians 0

Our co-Player of the Day Dailyn Martinez shut out the DSL Indians for seven frames as the Dominican Birds won 1-0. The Cardinals (14-9) are in third place, 5 ½ behind the DSL Mariners.

Martinez gave up just three hits and two walks in earning his first professional win. The biggest threat came in the fifth when a lead-off walk, single and stolen base resulted in runners at second and third with one out. The right-hander fanned the next two batters to end the inning. Ismael Brito retired all six batters he faced, three via a strikeout, in picking up his sixth save.

With each team having just three hits, the game's only tally came in the second when the Cardinals loaded the bases. Carlos Torres singled with one out, Junior Agustin drew a two-out walk and George Araujo was hit by a pitch. Torres came home when the Indians' starter uncorked a wild pitch. Another walk to Domingo Sanchez re-loaded the bases but Jeffry Cerdas struck out to end the threat.

Saturday's game: at DSL Royals, 10:30 am EST, Luis Perdomo (0-0, 0.39 ERA)



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