Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/03/12

Springfield, Batavia and the GCL Cardinals were winners on Tuesday but Memphis, Palm Beach, Quad Cities, Johnson City and the DSL Cardinals all went down to defeat.

Oklahoma City 7, Memphis 1

Shelby Miller could not sustain the success of his previous outing as Memphis went down to Oklahoma City 7-1 on the road. The Redbirds have lost two of the first three games of the series and will try to salvage a split Tuesday.

Miller, who limited the opposition to a hit and one run last time out, showed that he still has things to work on. The 21-year-old lasted just four innings, allowing five runs, earned, on four hits and five walks. He had five groundouts and no fly outs. Brian Broderick gave up a run on two hits in the first of his two innings of work. John Gaub retired the side in order in the seventh but Adam Reifer gave up an unearned run in the eighth.

The Redbirds out hit the RedHawks 8-7 but did not have much to show for it. Their sole tally came in the fifth when Pete Kozma opened with a single, advanced to second on Brandon Dickson's pinch hit walk and was plated on a single by Lou Montanez. Montanez' three hits were tops for Memphis and Cedric Hunter had the only other multi-hit game with two.

Tuesday's game: at Oklahoma City, 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-0, 2.70 ERA)

Springfield 7, Midland 5

Xavier Scruggs' three-run slam triggered a five-run sixth that turned a deficit into a 7-5 home win over Midland.

With his team trailing 3-2 entering the bottom of the sixth, Scruggs' 14th bomb of 2012 gave the S-Cards their third lead of the night. Kolten Wong, who was a perfect 3-for-3, doubled home another tally and Oscar Taveras' sac fly plated the inning's final run. Chris Swauger, Greg Garcia, Scruggs and Taveras each had two hits with Garcia scoring twice and Taveras driving in two.

Starter Richard Castillo scattered five hits and two walks over five frames while giving up a single tally. He struck out four. Castillo left the contest up 2-1 but did not earn the victory when Jesse Simpson allowed two runs in the sixth on a hit, a walk and two wild pitches. Simpson picked up his third win as the pitcher of record when Springfield re-took the lead later that inning.

Midland plated single runs in the seventh and eighth off Jorge Rondon to narrow the gap to 7-5 but Michael Blazek and Keith Butler combined to shut out the RockHounds the rest of the way. Butler earned his 16th save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Midland, 7:08 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (1-1, 2.45 ERA)

Jupiter 5, Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach saw a 4-2 ninth-inning lead turn into a 5-4 loss at the hands of facilities mate Jupiter on Monday. The two teams have split the first two games of their series with the rubber game slated for Tuesday.

Dean Kiekhefer was charged with his second loss when he gave up three runs, earned, on four hits in the ninth. Kiekhefer retired two of the six he faced. Scott Schneider limited the Hammerheads to a solo shot in his fourth and final inning that was part of the three hits he allowed in his first start of 2012. Todd McInnis gave up a run on three hits over two frames while Iden Nazario shut out Jupiter on a hit in two innings while fanning three.

Centerfielder James' Ramsey had an impressive professional debut, going 3-for-5 with a double and a run scored batting in the three hole. Luis De La Cruz was the only other Beach Bird with more than one hit. The catcher went 3-for-4 with a run driven in. Palm Beach went 4-for-13 with runners in scoring position.

Tuesday's game: at Jupiter, 6:35 pm EST, Ryan Sherriff (5-0, 2.23 ERA)

Wisconsin 9 at Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities dropped the second game against Wisconsin 9-2 to even the home series at a win apiece.

Although all three of the runs starter Willy Paulino allowed were unearned, Paulino absorbed his sixth loss against two wins as a result. The only hit he yielded in five frames was a three-run home run in the third. The associated runs were unearned due to shortstop Matt Williams' fielding error. Paulino fanned seven, walked three, hit a batter, threw two wild pitches and committed a balk. Jonathan Cornelius' three-inning stint, along with some suspect defense, buried the River Bandits when he gave up six runs, three earned, on eight hits.

Quad Cities had taken an early lead with a tally in the first but were down 8-1 by the time they scored their other run in the bottom of the seventh. Stephen Piscotty doubled with two out in the first and came across on a single by Anthony Garcia. One of Juan Castillo's two hits was a triple to lead off the seventh. Castillo was plated on a groundout and was the only River Bandit with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: vs. Wisconsin, 6:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-3, 5.36 ERA)

Batavia 5 at State College 3

The Muckdogs built a 4-0 lead through four and held on to upend the Spikes 5-3 on the road.

Batavia scored twice in the second then added single tallies in the third, fourth and seventh. Catcher Jesus Montero led the way for the Muckdogs with three hits, including a double, three runs driven in and a run scored. Third baseman Patrick Wisdom had a triple to add to his single and free pass with a run scored and another driven in. Both of first baseman David Washington's hits went for extra bases, a double and a triple, that along with a walk, resulted in two runs scored.

All three runs given up by starter Joey Cuda scored during his fifth and final inning of work. Four of the five hits allowed by Cuda came in that frame along with his only walk and the right-hander departed an out shy of completing the inning. Cuda also plunked a guy in the fifth.

Lee Stoppelman earned his second win by stranding all three of Cuda's base runners and going on to shut out State College on two hits in 2 1/3 total while fanning four. Corey Baker tossed two scoreless innings to pick up his first save.

Tuesday's game: at State College, 7:05 pm EST, Ben O'Shea (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Bristol 4, Johnson City 3

Johnson City and Bristol exchanged single tallies in the final two frames with the result being a 4-3 road loss by the JC-Cards. It is Johnson City's fourth defeat in their last five contests.

Ronnie Shaban entered in the eighth with two aboard, two out and the go-ahead run already across and fanned his batter to minimize the damage. After Johnson City re-tied the game in the top of the ninth, Shaban was charged with his first loss when he gave up a run on two hits in the bottom of the frame.

Starter Victor De Leon tossed his third consecutive excellent outing, holding the White Sox to a singled unearned run on four hits and a walk over 5 2/3. The 20-year-old fanned seven. He gave way with the bases clear and the score knotted at one all. Replacement Jeff Rauh twice handed Bristol the lead with single tallies in the seventh and eighth.

The contest was scoreless until the fifth when Lance Jeffries tripled with two out and came across on a wild pitch. Trailing 2-1 entering the eighth, the Cardinals manufactured a run without either a hit or a walk. C.J. McElroy reached base on a force out, stole second and advanced to third on the resultant throwing error by the White Sox' catcher. McElroy scored on a wild pitch. The JC-Cards' re-tied the score at three all in the ninth when Jeremy Schaffer opened with a double and scored on Bruce Caldwell's two-out double.

Tuesday's game: at Bristol, 7:00 pm EST, Bryan Martinez (0-1, 12.27 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 8, GCL Nationals 4

The GCL Cardinals rallied twice to down the GCL Nationals 8-4 at home.

Trailing 3-1 after one, the Gulf Birds tied the game in the second on our Player of the Day first baseman Jacoby Almaraz' two-run slam to right. The Nationals re-took the lead with a tally in the third off starter Kender Villegas. Villegas gave up seven hits and a walk over five frames while fanning three. Cole Brand kept the game close by striking out the side in the sixth

Almaraz' second bomb of the game was a solo shot that ignited a five-run seventh. Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls' third hit of the contest was a single that plated the go-ahead run. The 19-year-old tripled and scored the team's first run in the first. Rafael Medina followed with a three-run home run in his only plate appearance.

Reliever Anderson Gerdel picked up his third win in his last three appearances by working around a two-out double in the seventh. Southpaw Josh Renfro and right-hander Chris Thomas each fanned two of the three batters they faced to seal the win.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm EST, Hansel De Los Santos (0-0, 5.19 ERA)

DSL Royals 6 at DSL Cardinals 1 (7)

The Dominican Birds never led as they fell to the DSL Royals 6-1 at home.

Starter Juan Perez gave up two in the first and another in the fourth on the way to his third loss. All three runs were earned and came on four hits and three walks over six frames. All three runs yielded by Jose Pena in the seventh were unearned as a result of two errors that inning. Pena gave up a walk and a single in his only inning of work.

Centerfielder Carlos Torres had two of the Cardinals' four hits including a one-out single in the fifth. Torres' sixth steal of 2012 followed and set him up to score on Junior Agustin's double.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am EST, Dewin Perez (1-2, 0.95 ERA)

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