Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/12/12

Wednesday saw the minors go 3-2 with one game postponed. Batavia, the GCL Cardinals and the DSL Cardinals were all victorious. Palm Beach and Quad Cities fell while Johnson City's contest was postponed. Memphis and Springfield were both off.

Memphis – off for the Triple-A All-Star Game
PCL All-Stars 3 at IL All-Stars 0

11 Pacific Coast League pitchers combined to toss a five-hit shutout at Buffalo as the PCL All-Stars downed the IL All-Stars 3-0.

Memphis pitcher Brandon Dickson was one of the 11 and was the Redbirds' sole representative to the contest. He replaced reliever Barret Browning on the team after the latter was promoted to St. Louis on July 1st. Dickson opened the bottom of the ninth and retired his first batter on a fly out. His night was finished after issuing a free pass to the next batter.

The PCL All-Stars scored twice in the first and added their final tally in the fourth that was all that was needed for the victory. Leftfielder Wil Myers of the Omaha Storm Chasers (KC) was awarded MLB's Star of Stars for the PCL squad. Myers went 2-for-3 performance with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Right-hander Matt Harvey of the Buffalo Bisons (NYM) received that honor for the International League team. Harvey retired six of the seven batters he faced with two strikeouts and a wild pitch. His only hitter to reach base was via a hit-by-pitch.

Thursday's game: at fourth-place Round Rock (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield - off

Thursday's game: vs. fourth-place NW Arkansas (KC), 7:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (7-6, 2.97 ERA)

Daytona 7 vs. Palm Beach 2

Tallies in three straight frames were more than Palm Beach could handle as they fell at Daytona 7-2.

The Cubs knocked in three in the fourth, single scores in the fifth and sixth and two in the eighth. The first four runs were charged to starter Chris Corrigan (L, 2-4) who yielded four hits and two walks while fanning three over five frames. The sixth-inning tally was given up by Brad Watson and came on two hits and a free pass. Two of the three hits and all three walks allowed by Zack Russell came in the eighth with two runners crossing home as a result. Iden Nazario entered a bases-loaded, one-out game and induced a double-play to limit the damage.

Centerfielder James Ramsey scored both of the Beach Birds' tallies. He singled with one out in the fourth and came home on Alan Ahmady's 17th double of 2012 for the Beach Birds' first tally. Ramsey's other hit was a two-out triple in the sixth and Ahmady drove him in again with a single to right. Ramsey and Ahmady accounted for four of the squad's six hits.

Thursday's game: at fifth-place Daytona (CHC), 7:05 pm ET, Kevin Siegrist (3-0, 2.30 ERA)

Lansing 8 vs. Quad Cities 7

A five-run rally fell just short as Quad Cities was edged by Lansing 8-7 on the road.

Starter Sam Gaviglio (L, 5-6) put his team in an early hole when he could not finish the fourth. The right-hander was charged with six runs, earned, on six hits and a whopping six walks in just 3 1/3. Jonathan Cornelius finished the damage when he yielded two in the sixth that turned out to be the difference in the game. Danny Miranda tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth while Ricky Martinez shut out the Lugnuts in the ninth.

The stalwart River Bandits out hit their opponents 14-12 but were done in by the seven free passes issued by their pitching staff while the Lugnuts pitchers did not walk a batter. Quad Cities brought two across in the fourth to draw within two at 4-2 then mounted a furious rally in the eighth. Anthony Garcia's 12th bomb of the season accounted for the fourth-inning tallies while the eighth-inning scores came from six consecutive hits, five singles and a double.

David Medina went 3-for-4 with two RBIs while Stephen Piscotty and Garcia touched home twice. Piscotty drove in one and Garcia three.

Thursday's game: at first-place Lansing (TOR), 6:05 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (5-5, 4.41 ERA)

Batavia 4 at Hudson Valley 2

Batavia's ninth win in a row was a 4-2 affair at Hudson Valley.

The Muckdogs struck first with three in the second. Jesus Montero singled home Matthew Young who had opened the frame with a walk. Steven Ramos' two-out triple into the right field corner brought in Montero. Jordan Walton followed with a single that scored Ramos. David Washington led off the ninth with his second home run of 2012, deep to right, for the team's final run. Walton joined Alex Mejia and Breyvic Valera with two hits apiece.

Both of the Renegades' tallies came on three hits in the fifth and were charged to reliever Cory Baker. Kyle Barraclough fanned six over the initial four frames, shutting out Hudson Valley on two hits. Yunier Castillo evened his record to 1-1 by retiring all six batters he faced. Brandon Creath pitched around a lead-off single in the eighth and departed after issuing a free pass with two out in the ninth. Joe Scanio got a pop out to second to seal the victory and pick up his second save.

Thursday's game: at Hudson Valley, 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-0, 1.50 ERA)

Johnson City at Bristol – postponed due to rain
Re-scheduled as part of a double-header on Thursday, July 12th

Thursday's games: at Bristol. Game one - 6:00 pm ET, Stalyn Lopez (0-0, 6.75 ERA); game two - upon completion of game one, Nick Gillung (0-0, 6.23 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 7 vs. GCL Astros 6

The known and the new were on display in the Gulf Birds' 7-6 home victory over the GCL Astros.

Starter Nick Additon began a rehab assignment in preparation for his return to Memphis by holding the Astros scoreless on three hits over three innings with three strikeouts. Michael Wacha followed and St. Louis' first pick in the recent draft shut out the opposition on two hits in two frames while fanning three in his professional debut. Both pitchers were caught by Cody Stanley who started his rehab assignment from Palm Beach. Stanley was a perfect 2-for-2 with a double and a run scored in two plate appearances.

Wacha departed with his team up 2-0 as a result of single tallies in the fourth and fifth but that lead evaporated in the sixth. Burny Mitchem gave up four runs, three earned, on five hits, including four consecutive singles to start the inning. The Astros expanded their lead to 6-2 with a two-run slam in the seventh off Juan Caballero. Caballero allowed two hits and issued three free passes in two innings of work.

The Cardinals went back to work in the bottom of the seventh and brought two across to cut the lead to 6-4. That is how the score remained until the bottom of the ninth when the Gulf Birds rallied for three to walk off with the win.

Our Player of the Day, first baseman Jacoby Almaraz, led the charge by going 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and another driven in. Outfielder Yoenny Gonzalez also had two hits and touched home once. Reliever Anderson Gerdel (W, 4-1) tossed a scoreless ninth in his return from temporary assignment with the Palm Beach club.

Thursday's game: at second-place GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Ramon Ulacio (0-0, 12.00 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Athletics 4

The Dominican Birds rallied from a 2-0 early deficit to defeat the DSL Athletics 5-4 at home.

Down 2-0 going into the bottom of the third, the Cardinals notched their first run on a double by Domingo Sanchez, single by Robelys Reyes and throwing error that put Leobado Pina on and scored Sanchez. A hit batsman followed by three straight singles to begin the fourth led to two more tallies and put the Cardinals up 3-2. They increased their lead to 5-2 in the seventh when Luis Cruz' triple brought two more in. Eliezer Alvarez was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk and two doubles although he did not figure in the scoring.

Hector Salazar (W, 3-1) limited the Athletics to two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in six innings. He struck out four. It was the right-hander's first appearance and start since June 20th. Ramon Santos tossed a scoreless seventh but a free pass and single to open the eighth ended his day. One of those runners came across on a hit given up by Ismael Brito to cut the Cardinals' lead to 5-3. Brito made things interesting in the ninth when he gave up another tally but the southpaw stranded the tying run at second to record his eighth save.

Thursday's game: vs. first-place DSL Mariners, 10:30 am ET, TBA



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