Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/05/12

On the Fourth, the minors went 6-2 with Springfield, Quad Cities, Batavia, Johnson City, the GCL Cardinals and the DSL Cardinals all winning. Memphis and Palm Beach both fell.

Nashville 6 at Memphis 4

Memphis dropped the opener of a five-game home series with Nashville, 6-4.

Brandon Dickson (L, 4-8) threw 107 pitches, 71 for strikes, over 5 2/3 that resulted in six runs, four earned, on eight hits, including a two-run home run. The right-hander walked one and struck out three. Sam Freeman issued a walk in 1 1/3 while John Gaub and Adam Reifer both threw a scoreless frame.

The only Redbird with more than one hit was Dickson who was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and two runs driven in. First baseman Steven Hill drove in the team's other two tallies. Ryan Jackson, Mark Hamilton, Pete Kozma and Eugenio Velez each crossed home.

Thursday's game: vs. Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (5-2, 5.75 ERA)

Springfield 5 vs. Midland 0

Our Player of the Day Seth Maness held Midland to two hits over seven innings as Springfield won 5-0. The S-Cards took the series 2-1 with the victory.

Maness (W, 5.1) was locked in a scoreless pitcher's duel until Springfield broke through with five runs in the seventh off Midland's starter Gary Daley Jr., a former Cardinal. Maness fanned five, walked one and at one point retired 14 of 16 batters with the only exceptions due to the free pass and a throwing error. Michael Blazek finished the game with two hits allowed over two frames.

The S-Cards kicked off the seventh by loading the bases on a fielding error, hit batsman and single by Chris Swauger. Jake Shaffer's single brought Oscar Taveras across and finished Daley's night. Greg Garcia greeted the next pitcher with a two-run double and Kolten Wong's two-out single drove in Garcia. A single by Jermaine Curtis drove in the team's final tally. Swauger had two of the team's seven hits and was the only Cardinal with a multi-hit game.

Thursday's game: at Frisco, 7:00 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-0, 9.00 ERA)

Bradenton 7 at Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach dropped the first of three games against visiting Bradenton, 7-4.

Chris Corrigan (L, 2-3) went 4 1/3 and was charged with four runs, earned, on seven hits and three walks. He fanned five. Iden Nazario stranded one of Corrigan's runners in the fifth and proceeded to toss 1 2/3 scoreless frames with two free passes issued. Chase Reid allowed three unearned runs in the seventh, the first of his three innings of work.

All of the Beach Birds' runs came with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Geoff Klein doubled to open the frame and scored on Tyler Rahmatulla's two-out single. Ronny Gil's single drove in Rahmatulla while Gil crossed home on a triple by Mike O'Neill. Starlin Rodriguez' single brought in O'Neill. Gil and Rodriguez each had three hits and O'Neill had two.

Thursday's game: vs. Bradenton, 6:35 pm ET, Brad Watson (0-2, 7.32 ERA)

Quad Cities 12 at Kane County 7

Quad Cities produced some fireworks of their own with 17 hits in their 12-7 victory at Kane County. The River Bandits lead the three-game series 1-0.

Stephen Piscotty and David Medina had identical lines of 2-for-5 with a walk, two runs scored and three driven in. Juan Castillo's three hits brought three runs across while Matt Williams, Anthony Garcia and Neal Pritchard each scored twice. Piscotty and Castillo each had two-run slams and Pritchard hit a solo shot.

Sam Gaviglio (W, 5-5) fanned 11 in 5 1/3 while yielding six runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk. Travis Miller worked around two hits and a walk to hold the Cougars scoreless for 1 2/3. Ricky Martinez picked up his second save.

Thursday's game: at Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (5-4, 3.81 ERA)

Batavia 3 vs. Connecticut 2

Batavia scored three runs over the final three frames to edge Connecticut 3-2 at home.

Single tallies in the third and fourth off Muckdogs' starter Kyle Barraclough put Batavia in a 2-0 hole through six. Barraclough gave up four hits, including a solo home run, over six innings while fanning two. He did not walk a batter. Jose Almarante held the Tigers scoreless on a hit and a walk over two frames. Joe Scanio worked around two hits in the ninth to pick up his first professional win.

Down 2-0, Batavia went to work with a run in the seventh. Jacob Wilson reached on a two-out fielding error and came home on Jonathan Keener's double to left. Patrick Wisdom singled to ignite the Muckdogs' rally the ninth, advanced to second on a passed ball and tied the game on a double by Anthony Melchionda. Wilson's single to right brought Melchionda across and gave Batavia the walk-off win. Breyvic Valera and Keener each had two of the team's seven hits.

Thursday's game: vs. Connecticut, 7:05 pm ET, Tim Cooney (1-0, 1.93 ERA)

Johnson City 6 at Greeneville 4 (11)

Johnson City scored two unearned runs in the 11th to down Greeneville 6-4 on the road.

Two errors, two hits and a passed ball resulted in two JC-Cards tallies in the 11th. Three runs in the third had put the Cardinals up 3-0 but the Astros brought two across in both the third and fourth innings to go up 4-3. Johnson City tied the game with a run in the sixth, which is how the game remained until the 11th. Jeremy Schaffer drove in three and scored once while five other Cardinals either scored or drove in a tally.

Zach Petrick (W, 2-0) earned the win by retiring all six batters he faced in the final two frames. The right-hander fanned four. Nick Gillung went 4 1/3 in his first start for Johnson City this season with four runs yielded, three earned, on nine hits two walks. The southpaw struck out four. Thomas Lee and Dixon Llorens combined for seven strikeouts in 4 2/3 as they shut out Greeneville on two hits and a walk over that span.

Thursday's game: at Greeneville, 7:00 pm ET, Cory Jones (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Astros 1 (7)

The Gulf Birds scored six runs on seven hits in the 6-1 victory over the GCL Astros in what was scheduled as the first game of a double-header. Game two was suspended due to lightning and will be completed as part of a double-header on Thursday, July 5th.

Right fielder Amaury Capellan was a perfect 3-for-3 with three runs driven in and a run scored. Catcher Adam Ehrlich went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two driven in. Five other Cardinals either scored a run or drove one in.

Fidencio Flores earned his second win against no losses by shutting out the Astros on four hits over five frames. The 20-year-old fanned four. Josh Renfro gave up an unearned run in the sixth while Chris Thomas tossed a scoreless seventh.

Thursday's games: vs. GCL Astros. Game one completion of 07/04/12 suspended contest-11:00 am ET, TBD; game two-12:00 pm ET, TBD

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Dodgers 2

Three late-inning runs made the difference in the DSL Cardinals' 4-2 victory over host DSL Dodgers. The win snaps a three-game losing streak by the Dominican Birds.

Trailing 2-1 in the seventh, the Cardinals brought two across to take a 3-2 lead. They added an insurance run in the eighth. Robelys Reyes and Alejandro Mejia had three hits apiece with each player driving in a run. Mejia also scored a run. Leobaldo Pina had two hits including a double and scored once.

Jonathan Escudero (W, 2-1) went six innings in his second start of 2012, holding the Dodgers to two runs, earned, on three hits. The right-hander, who celebrates his 19th birthday on July 7th, fanned six and did not walk a batter. Esteban Vallejo shut out the opposition on a hit and a walk in 1 1/3 and Ismael Brito was credited with his seventh save when he worked around two hits over the final 1 2/3.

Thursday's game: at DSL Rays, 10:30 am ET, Isaac Silva (0-0, 5.25 ERA)

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