Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/10/12

It was an excellent night for St. Louis' minors as they went 6-1. Springfield, Quad Cities, Batavia and both the GCL and DSL Cardinals were all victorious. Johnson City's loss was the only blemish. Memphis was off.

Memphis - off for the Triple-A All-Star break

Springfield 13 at Midland 3

The S-Cards scored six in the first in their 13-3 shellacking of Midland on the road. The team goes for the sweep of their three-game set on Tuesday evening.

Springfield added to their lead with three in the fourth and Chris Swauger's grand slam in the seventh to go up 13-0. Swauger went 2-for-4 with a sac fly, two runs scored and six driven in. Jake Shaffer had a two-run slam in the third that was part of his two-hit performance with three runs batted in, one on a sac fly. Jermaine Curtis had three hits, including a double, walked once and crossed home three times. Oscar Taveras touched home twice on two hits and Audry Perez went 2-for-4 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and two driven in.

Seth Maness limited Midland to three hits over five frames in earning his sixth win versus one loss. Maness struck out two and did not walk a batter. Jesse Simpson continued the shutout over the next two innings with four strike outs against two hits and a walk. The RockHounds finally got on the scoreboard in the eighth with three tallies that were charged to Kevin Thomas. They came on four hits. Thomas struck out two and did not issue a free pass. Deryk Hooker worked around consecutive errors by Curtis and Xavier Scruggs to toss a scoreless ninth.

Tuesday's game: at Midland, 6:30 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-1, 10.64 ERA)

Palm Beach 10 vs. Charlotte 9

A battle of the bats broke out during Monday's contest as Palm Beach edged Charlotte 10-9 at home. The victory gives the Cardinals a 2-1 series win.

Already up 1-0, the Beach Birds scored five more in the bottom of the third with the highlight being our co-Player of the Day Alan Ahmady's grand slam. The Stone Crabs scored five in the fourth to close the gap to 6-5. All five Charlotte tallies came against starter Ryan Sherriff, who exited after giving up four earned runs on six hits and three walks in 3 1/3.

The Beach Birds drove in three in the fifth and Charlotte matched that in the seventh on a three-run home run off Todd McInnis (W, 1-5). All three runs were unearned due to a fielding error by Ronny Gil that opened the frame. McInnis fanned six in 3 2/3 with two hits given up. He did not walk a batter.

The Cardinals tallied once in the bottom of the seventh and the visitors came back with a run in the eighth off Aidan Lucas, who walked two in his only inning of work. Dean Kiekhefer pitched around a lead-off single in the ninth to notch his eighth save.

Ahmady went 2-for-4 with a double, a grand slam and three runs scored. Luis De La Cruz also crossed home three times and Rainel Rosario was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and four driven in.

Tuesday's game: off

Quad Cities 10 vs. Clinton 7

The River Bandits fought back from a 5-0 deficit to beat Clinton 10-7 at home. Quad Cities salvaged the final game of three against the LumberKings with the win.

Tyrell Jenkins put the Bandits in an early hole when he allowed five runs in the first. A three-run long ball caused the most damage. Jenkins yielded eight hits and a walk in just 3 2/3 while striking out five. He hit two batters, uncorked two wild pitches and exited the contest down 5-1. Robert Stock held Clinton scoreless on just one walk over the next 2 1/3 while his squad closed the gap with a tally in the fifth and two more in the sixth.

Travis Miller began the seventh with his team down 5-4 and did not help the cause when he allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk. The River Bandits came back to tie the score at seven all with three in the bottom of the seventh and took their first lead of the night with three in the eighth. Heath Wyatt (W, 4-2) held the LumberKings scoreless on one hit over the final two frames.

Quad Cities was out-hit 11 to eight but were assisted by six free passes issued by Clinton's pitchers. All-Star Luis Mateo's return from the disabled list was beneficial. The second baseman accounted for four of the squad's 10 tallies with three batted in and another scored on 2-for-5 hitting, including a triple. Anthony Garcia was also responsible for four runs with two scored and two driven in. Designated hitter Brett Wiley went 3-for-5 with a double, a run batted in and crossed home twice batting lead-off. Roberto De La Cruz drove in two and Roberto Reyes touched home twice.

Tuesday's game: off

Batavia 10 vs. Lowell 2

Batavia pounded Lowell 10-2 on Monday to sweep the Spinners out of town. It was the Muckdogs' eighth straight victory.

The club had a consistent offensive attack as they crossed home at least one once in the second through seventh frames. David Bergin was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, three doubles, four driven in and touched home twice. Jacob Wilson, Matthew Young and Steven Ramos each scored twice while Patrick Wisdom, Breyvic Valera, Jonathan Keener and Ramos had two hits apiece. Wisdom scored one and drove in another as did Gary Apelian.

Ben O'Shea picked up his first professional win by shutting out Lowell on three hits over six frames. He fanned three and did not walk a batter. The only hit Dyllon Nuernberg gave up was a solo shot in the seventh. Lee Stoppelman retired the side in order in the eighth but the Spinners got a final tally in the ninth off Brandon Creath, who struck out three.

Tuesday's game: off

Elizabethton 12 at Johnson City 0

Starter Bryan Martinez retired just one batter as Johnson City was soundly drubbed 12-0 by Elizabethton at home.

Martinez (L, 1-2) yielded seven runs, six earned, on seven hits and a walk, including a two-run slam. Jacob Booden limited the damage by stranding runners at second and third in the first but gave up two runs of his own, both earned, on five hits and a walk in 2 2/3.

Joey Donofrio tossed a scoreless fourth and fifth before Cesar Aguilar allowed a single tally in the sixth and seventh. Aguilar fanned four with four hits and a walk. Righty Sam Tuivailala made his mound debut in a perfect eighth with two strikeouts. Ronnie Shaban gave up an unearned run in the ninth.

The JC-Cards had six hits but could not string anything together. Ronald Castillo went 2-for-4 batting clean-up. Catcher Gerwuins Velazco also went 2-for-4 hitting in the seven hole. All six of the Cardinals' hits were singles.

Tuesday's game: off

GCL Cardinals 1 at GCL Nationals 0

Four GCL Cardinals pitchers joined forces to shut out the GCL Nationals 1-0 at home. It is the Gulf Birds' 10th consecutive victory.

Hansel De Los Santos (W, 2-1) limited the Nationals to four singles and a walk over five innings while striking out four. The righty threw two wild pitches and hit one batter. Ramon Ulacio held the opposition to one hit in two frames. Josh Renfro retired two batters in the eighth and departed with runners on second and third due to an error, a single and a sac bunt. Chris Thomas walked the first batter he faced, which set up a force play at any base, then escaped the jam by getting a pop out to short. Thomas sealed the win by retiring the side in the ninth to earn his second save.

The game's sole tally (unearned) came in the first and was manufactured without a hit. Centerfielder Anthony Bryant reached on a fielding error by the Nationals' second baseman and promptly stole second for his fourth swipe of 2012. Bryant advanced to third on a groundout and crossed home on a wild pitch. First baseman Jem Argenal singled twice and was the only Cardinal with a multi-hit day.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Fidencio Flores (2-0, 0.69 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Astros 1

A two-run shot in the first gave the Dominican Birds a lead that held up in their 3-1 victory over the DSL Astros on the road.

First baseman Luis Cruz's second bomb of 2012 came with two outs and shortstop Leobaldo Pina aboard. The DSL Astros hit a solo shot in the bottom of the second to cut the Cardinals' lead in half but a tally in the top of the fifth restored the two-run lead. Pina had two of the squad's six hits, including a double.

Our co-Player of the Day Jonathan Escudero was credited with his third win against one loss pitching in relief of starter Juan Perez. Escudero recorded the last out in the fifth with the sacks jammed and retired 13 of the 16 batters he faced, eight via the strikeout. Two of the three batters to reach against the right-hander drew a free pass and the other reached due to a fielding error. Perez yielded three hits and four walks in 4 2/3. He fanned five.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Athletics, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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