Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/06/12

The minors went 5-3 on Thursday with one postponement. Memphis, Batavia and the DSL Cardinals won while the GCL Birds swept a double-header. Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities fell.

Memphis 6 vs. Nashville 1

John Gast had his best Triple-A start in Memphis' 6-1 downing of Nashville at home. The teams have split the first two of five scheduled contests.

Our co-Player of the Day Gast (W, 6-2) fanned seven over six frames with the only blemish a solo shot in the second. The southpaw gave up four hits and issued one free pass. Nick Greenwood, Jess Todd and Sam Freeman combined to shut out the Sounds over the final three innings.

The Redbirds picked up a run in the first, three in the second and added single tallies in the third and fifth. Zack Cox continued his torrid hitting with a 3-for-4 game with a solo shot and two runs scored. Bryan Anderson had two hits, scored once and drove in two. Adron Chambers went 1-for-3 with two walks, a run driven in and twice crossed home.

Friday's game: vs. Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-3, 7.40 ERA)

Frisco 11 vs. Springfield 7

The S-Cards could not entirely recover from a 6-0 deficit after four as they fell at Frisco 11-7. The contest initiates a six-game road trip with two remaining at Frisco and another three at Midland.

All six runs were charged to starter Scott McGregor (L, 1-1) and came on nine hits and two walks in four innings. Springfield fought back with two in the fifth and three in the sixth with Jorge Rondon shutting out the RoughRiders to close the gap to 6-5 but that is as close as the Cardinals could get.

Deryk Hooker yielded a two-run shot in the seventh and Eric Fornataro did likewise in the eighth that were part of the three tallies he allowed. Springfield brought single tallies across in the eighth and ninth for the final score.

Adam Melker initated the Cardinals' offensive attack with a two-run bomb in the fifth. Jamie Romak added a solo home run in the ninth. Chris Swauger doubled twice and drove in two while Xavier Scruggs and Audry Perez had two hits apiece. Scruggs had an RBI and Perez crossed home once.

Friday's game: at Frisco, 7:00 pm CT, Kevin Siegrist (0-0, ---)

Bradenton 6 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach was shut out on six hits in their 6-0 loss to Bradenton. The Beach Birds have lost the first two of their three-game set at home.

Starter Brad Watson (L, 0-3) struck out six over five innings but allowed three runs, earned, on six hits and a walk. Todd McInnis was charged with another three runs, two earned, on four hits in two frames. Anderson Gerdel silenced the Marauders on a single hit over the final two innings in his class A-Advanced debut.

The Cardinals had only four runners in scoring position and wasted the few opportunities they did have, stranding seven. Luis De La Cruz was the only Beach Bird with a multi-hit game with two.

Friday's game: vs. Bradenton, 6:35 pm ET, Drew Benes (3-6, 4.97 ERA)

Kane County 9 vs. Quad Cities 2

A six-run fifth was the difference as Quad Cities fell to Kane County 9-2 on the road. The series evens to 1-1 as a result with the deciding game coming Friday.

In taking the loss, starter Hector Hernandez (L, 5-5) had his worst outing since June 1st. The lefty yielded single tallies in the second and third, but the River Bandits responded with solo runs in the fourth and fifth to knot the contest at 2-2. Hernandez proceeded to cough up six runs in the bottom of the fifth without retiring a batter. His final line was eight runs, seven earned, on eight hits and four walks in four plus frames.

Ethan Cole stranded Hernandez' final base runner on his way to two innings of shut out ball. Danny Miranda worked around a walk and a hit to toss a scoreless seventh. Heath Wyatt yielded a solo bomb in the eighth for Kane County's final run.

The River Bandits had nine hits but were a dismal 3-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Matt Williams had three hits, including a double and an RBI. Anthony Garcia drove in the team's other tally on one of his two hits. Nick Martini and Roberto Reyes each crossed home.

Friday's game: at Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (3-4, 3.32 ERA)

Batavia 8 vs. Connecticut 2

Batavia scored in each of their first four innings on their way to an 8-2 victory over Connecticut at home. The Muckdogs go for a sweep of their three-game series Friday evening.

Thursday's game was a tandem start by Tim Cooney and Kyle Helisek. Cooney pitched the first three frames with single tallies allowed in the first and third. One of the five hits against him was a first-inning solo shot. The southpaw fanned four and did not walk a batter. Fellow lefty Helisek shut out the Tigers on two hits over the next four innings. Helisek (W, 1-0) struck out three and did not issue a free pass. Dyllon Nuernberg and Brandon Creath each tossed a scoreless frame.

Batavia had a balanced attack, with eight of nine Muckdogs either coming across or driving in a run. Breyvic Valera continues to swing a hot bat with three hits, a run scored and another driven in. Jacob Wilson and Jesus Montero each had two hits with Wilson touching home twice and driving in another while Montero flipped that production with a run scored and two driven in. Patrick Wisdom hit his first professional home run, a two-run slam that was part of a three-run seventh.

Friday's game: vs. Connecticut, 7:05 pm ET, Ben Freeman (1-0, 2.81 ERA)

Johnson City at Greeneville – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as a double-header Friday

Friday's games: at Greeneville. Game one - 6:00 pm ET, Stalyn Lopez (0-1, 12.79 ERA); game two - upon completion of game one, TBA

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Astros 4 – game one
GCL Cardinals 9 vs. GCL Astros 6 – game two

The Gulf Birds swept a pair with the GCL Astros, taking game one 7-4 and winning the nightcap 9-6.

Game one was the completion of a July 4th contest that was suspended due to lightning with no score and two out in the top of the second. Juan Caballero (W, 1-0) shut out the Astros on a hit over two frames while striking out three. Ramon Ulacio started on Thursday and gave up four runs, earned on seven hits and five walks in three innings. Cole Brand earned his first save with a scoreless seventh.

The Gulf Birds benefited from a pitching change to begin the sixth that removed the Astros' starter and helped to flip a 4-1 deficit into a 7-4 lead. The Cardinals batted around with all nine contributing. Jhohan Acevedo went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and another driven in. Luis Perez had the team's other multi-hit game with two, including a double, and a run driven in.

In game two, the Cardinals brought five runs across in the fourth and four in the fifth in a contest that saw three lead changes. The Astros led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth but ended the inning down 5-2. They scored four in the fifth off reliever Javier Machuca (W, 1-0) to go back up 6-5 but the Gulf Birds bounced back with four in the fifth to re-take the lead 9-6. Three of the four runs charged to Machuca were earned and came on four hits. He did not walk a batter in his two-inning stint.

Machuca was pitching in relief of starter Burny Mitchem who yielded two runs, one earned, on seven hits in three frames in his first professional start. Norge Paredes sealed the win with his fourth save by fanning four over the final two innings with only one hit allowed.

Luis Perez is our co-Player of the Day after going 4-for-6 with a double, a home run, three driven in and two runs scored in the double-header. Perez and Ronnierd Garcia each had two of the Cardinals' nine hits in the second game. Both crossed home twice and Perez drove in another two. Jem Argenal scored two runs and Corderious Dodd drove in two runs without a hit.

Friday's game: at GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (1-0, 2.08 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Rays 0

Isaac Silva picked up his first professional win as the DSL Cardinals blanked the DSL Rays 6-0 on the road.

Silva (W, 1-1) fanned six in six frames with four hits and two walks given up. He had one ground out and seven fly outs. Ramon Santos earned his second save by shutting out the Rays on a single hit and two walks over the final three innings. The 17-year-old struck out five.

The Dominican Birds maximized their five hits with two runs in the third, fourth and seventh innings. Robelys Reyes doubled to open the third and came across on a ground out. Three consecutive two-out walks followed by a wild pitch brought another run home. George Araujo drew a walk to begin the fourth and a triple by Eduardo Celestino drove him in. Celestino scored on a ground out. Three straight walks to start the seventh loaded the bases for Jose Godoy who singled home a run. The team's final tally came across on a sacrifice fly by Araujo.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Rays, 10:30 am ET, Dailyn Martinez (0-1, 0.41 ERA)

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