Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 7/1/12

Saturday was a great night down on the farm with the St. Louis Cardinals affiliates winning five of the seven games played.

Results from games played on Saturday, June 30.

Memphis 20 at Oklahoma City 6
After four innings, the Redbirds were hitless. Unfortunately for Oklahoma City's pitcher Brian Bass, Memphis was allowed to bat in the fifth. The Redbirds exploded for eight runs in the inning, with Ryan Jackson driving in two with a double and Mark Hamilton homering with two runners on.

The Redbirds would go on to score three in the sixth, one in the seventh, two in the eighth, and six in the ninth.

Another interesting tidbit from the fifth was that Matt Adams was pulled from the game. No word on an injury.

Adron Chambers reached base six times with five hits and a walk. The speedy centerfielder scored four runs and drove in a run. After replacing Adams in the fifth, Cedric Hunter collected three hits and drove in three.

Zack Cox probably hates seeing June come to an end. Cox has been red hot and put himself into contention for player of the month accolades. To end the month on a high note, the former Arkansas Razorback went 3-for-6 with two doubles and two RBI. Hamilton finished with three hits, three RBI, and three runs scored.

Starter John Gast had a rough night. In 5.2 innings, he was charged with five runs, three earned, on eight hits and two walks.

Sunday's game: at Oklahoma City, 6:05 PM CT, Tyler Lyons (0-2, 7.47)

Frisco 6 at Springfield 11
Prospects Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras have received a lot of fanfare this season. On Saturday night, they showed why. Out of the leadoff spot, Wong had four hits and a walk along with a stolen base.

Taveras homered for the 16th time this year and collected his 23rd double. The 20-year-old drove in four runs, drew a walk, and scored twice.

The Cardinals finished the night with five home runs as Xavier Scruggs, Chris Swauger, Jamie Romak and Greg Garcia joined Taveras in the long ball outburst. Garcia ended his night with three hits and is quietly hitting .284.

Scott McGregor picked up his first victory of the season after allowing four runs in only five innings of work.

Sunday's game: vs. Frisco, 6:08 PM CT, Trevor Rosenthal (6-6, 2.85)

Palm Beach 6 at Bradenton 2
Kevin Siegrist picked up his third victory after spinning six shutout innings. The southpaw allowed only two hits and racked up five strikeouts.

Starlin Rodriguez had two hits including his third home run. Mike O'Neill singled twice to raise his average to .348. Chris Edmondson and Luis De La Cruz each chipped in two hits as well.

After destroying the Midwest League, Tyler Rahmatulla is hitting only .189 in 37 at bats since being promoted to Palm Beach.

Sunday's game: vs. Jupiter, 5:05 PM ET, Anthony Ferrara (4-6, 3.53)

Cedar Rapids 7 at Quad Cities 8
The hometown fans probably were hitting the gates in the top of the ninth with the River Bandits holding onto a 6-1 lead. But the Kernels had other plans and put six on the board to take a 7-6 lead. Reliever Ethan Cole allowed four runs of his own and an inherited run to score while only getting one out.

The team rallied in the bottom of the ninth to score two runs on Colin Walsh's two-out single and walk off with the win. Walsh ended the game with two hits and three RBI.

Starter Kyle Hald struck out eight while allowing only one run in six innings. Reliever Robert Stock struck out two in his only inning of work.

Matt Williams led the offensive charge with three hits including two doubles out of the leadoff spot. Anthony Garcia had two hits and is beginning to sniff around the .300 mark.

Sunday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 5 PM CT, Dail Villanueva (4-4, 3.76)

Jamestown 6 at Batavia 5
Just like at the Quad Cities, the Muckdogs appeared to have the game on cruise control going into the ninth with a 5-2 lead. But the Jammers rallied with four runs against relievers Dyllon Nuernberg and Yunier Castillo as both were charged with allowing a pair of runs to score.

Anthony Melchionda led the offense with three hits and an RBI. Supplemental first round pick Patrick Wisdom singled twice but struck out in his other three at bats. Matthew Young reached base three times with two hits and a walk. Also, Young drove in two runs.

Sunday's game: at State College, 6:05 PM ET, Tyler Melling (0-0, 4.35)

Burlington 4 at Johnson City 6
It has been a rough early going for Carson Kelly. The third baseman came into Saturday batting a meager .086. By the end of the night, the 17-year-old had turned in his best performance as a pro. In four at bats, Kelly had three hits while driving in a run and scoring a run. His plate heroics pushed his average up nearly 70 points.

Jeremy Shaffer doubled twice and drove in a run. Lance Jeffries, Ronald Castillo, and Dutch Deol each had a pair of hits as well.

Starter Cory Jones was roughed up for four runs and lasted only three innings. Reliever Dixon Llorens picked up the win with two shutout innings. Ronnie Shaban logged his fourth save with a scoreless ninth.

Sunday's game: at Bristol, 7:00 PM ET, Juan Bautista (0-0, 1.35)

GCL Cardinals 2 at GCL Marlins 0
Starter Silfredo Garcia was dominant on the backlots of Roger Dean Stadium. The right-hander allowed only one hit in six shutout innings while striking out 10. Johnny Polanco struck out four in two innings of work to notch his fourth save.

Jem Argenal accounted for the offense with a two-run homer in the sixth, his first of the season.

Sunday's game: GCL Cardinals are off Sundays

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Royals 5
Cardinals pitcher Luis Perdomo made it only 0.2 innings and was chased after being charged with three runs.

Junior Agustin led the offense with two hits and an RBI. Catcher Luis Cruz is now hitting .367.

Sunday's game: DSL Cardinals are off Sundays

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