Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/14/12

The system split down the middle on Friday. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Johnson City all won. Quad Cities, Batavia, the GCL and DSL Cardinals went down to defeat. The second game of Johnson City's double-header was suspended.

Memphis 5 at Round Rock 0

Tyler Lyons had his best Triple-A start to date in Memphis 5-0 shutout over host Round Rock. The win ensures at least a split of the Redbirds' four-game set with the Express.

Our co-Player of the Day Lyons (W, 1-4) retired 11 of the first 12 batters he faced while limiting the competition to three hits and two walks over seven. The lefty struck out four. It is the 24-year-old's second straight outing of seven innings with two or fewer runs after a rather rocky Triple-A initiation in his first four starts. John Gaub and Jess Todd combined to hold Round Rock scoreless to finish the contest.

The Redbirds got on the scoreboard with three in the second and one in the third. Zack Cox led off the ninth with his seventh bomb of 2012 for the squad's final tally. Cox doubled earlier in the game and scored twice. Adron Chambers also had two hits and two RBIs. .

Saturday's game: at Round Rock, 6:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (4-8, 6.18 ERA)

Springfield 2 vs. Northwest Arkansas 1 (13)

Three consecutive free passes were key as Springfield walked off with a 2-1 home victory in 13 over Northwest Arkansas. The S-Cards have taken the first two of four against the Naturals.

Xavier Scruggs opened the 13th with a double to right, advancing to third when Audry Perez flew out to right. Greg Garcia and Kolten Wong drew successive intentional free passes to load the bases but Northwest Arkansas' third pitcher of the contest could not find the strike zone again as he walked Jermaine Curtis to force in the game-winning tally.

That run made a winner out of Kevin Thomas (W, 3-0) who retired all three batters he faced in the 13th. Thomas was the fifth Cardinals' pitcher to make an appearance going back to starter Richard Castillo. Our co-Player of the Day Castillo had his longest outing since May 23rd, throwing seven frames of four-hit, two-walk ball with no runs yielded. He fanned seven.

Eric Fornataro continued the shutout through the eighth but Keith Butler gave up a solo shot in the ninth to put the Naturals up 1-0. Springfield answered with their own solo slam by Jamie Romak that sent the game into extras. Deryk Hooker limited his rivals to two hits over the next three innings.

Saturday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (1-2, 2.53 ERA)

Palm Beach 11 at Daytona 8

Palm Beach and Daytona combined for 25 hits and 19 runs with the Cardinals coming out on top of the Cubs 11-8 on the road. The Beach Birds led the series 2-1 with the final contest scheduled for today.

Down 7-0 after five, the Beach Birds fought back with a seven-run outburst in the sixth. They added three in the seventh and another in the ninth. Catcher Luis De La Cruz accounted for five of Palm Beach's tallies, three of which came on a seventh-inning home run. Chris Edmondson, Alan Ahmady, James Ramsey and De La Cruz all crossed home twice and drove in at least one runner. Edmondson had three singles while Ramsey and Tyler Rahmatulla each had a double as one of their two hits.

Starter Drew Benes and reliever Todd McInnis were the culprits in the Cardinals' early deficit. Benes coughed up five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in 3 2/3 innings. McInnis allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a walk in one inning.

Iden Nazario (W, 3-1) worked around three walks that straddled the sixth and seventh to hold Daytona scoreless over 1 2/3. The lefty threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Nazario was aided by Chase Reid, who stranded two of his runners in the seventh. Reid picked up his fifth save even though he gave up a run, earned, on a hit and two walks in 2 2/3. He struck out four.

Saturday's game: at Daytona, 7:05 pm ET, Anthony Ferrara (5-7, 3.38 ERA)

Lansing 4 vs. Quad Cities 0

Quad Cities stranded seven in their 4-0 shutout loss at Lansing. The River Bandits dropped the series 1-2.

Left fielder Anthony Garcia was basically the team's sole offensive force. Garcia was a perfect 4-for-4 with a double. Three other hitters had one hit. Nick Martini drew two free passes.

Kyle Hald (L, 4-5) held the Lugnuts scoreless until the fifth when they broke through for two runs, one of them a solo home run. Hald struck out seven in seven frames with six hits given up. He did not walk a batter. Heath Wyatt was charged with two runs on four hits in just 2/3 of an inning. He left the bases loaded for Danny Miranda who collected a strikeout looking, to minimize the damage.

Saturday's game: at Great Lakes (LAD), 6:05 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (5-4, 3.28 ERA)

Hudson Valley 4 vs. Batavia 0

Batavia matched Quad Cities' result in a 4-0 shutout defeat at Hudson Valley. The Bandits dropped the final two games to lose the series 1-2.

The Muckdogs out hit the Renegades eight to seven but stranded nine and put only five into scoring position. Breyvic Valera and Jonathan Keener each had two singles and Patrick Wisdom went 1-for-3 and drew the team's only walk.

Ben Freeman (L, 1-1) yielded a home run to start the fifth, which broke up his no-hitter and led to his defeat. A one-out walk, one of three issued on the game, ended his night. Jose Almarante gave up two unearned runs in the sixth and Lee Stoppelman allowed another unearned run in the eighth.

Saturday's game: at third-place (McNamara) Aberdeen (BAL), 7:05 pm ET, Tyler Melling (1-0, 2.05 ERA)

Johnson City 2 at Bristol 1 (7) – game one
Johnson City 3 at Bristol 3 (suspended) – game two

Johnson City finally played baseball on Friday after two days of rain-outs. They came away with a 2-1 victory in game one of their double-header at Bristol but saw game two suspended midway through the sixth. The clubs will finish the suspended game on August 20 at Johnson City, with the regular game to follow. The already-needed double-header to make up game two of this series will now be held on August 21.

C.J. McElroy tripled and scored in the sixth to break a one-all tie. Earlier, the speedster doubled in the first and was eventually knocked in on Jeremy Schaffer's sac fly to center. McElroy had two of the squad's five hits and was the only Cardinal with more than one.

Ncik Gillung (W, 1-0) held the White Sox to five hits and two walks in five innings. The only mark against him came in the fourth when he gave up a two-out double followed by a single that scored Bristol's only tally. Jeff Rauh tossed a scoreless sixth and Ronnie Shaban pitched around two hits in the seventh to earn his sixth save.

Two of the three runs starter Zach Petrick yielded in the first inning of game two came via the long ball and all came with no outs. Petrick settled down to retire 12 of the next 13 batters he faced. Thomas Lee retired all three of his batters in the fifth, two via the strikeout.

The JC-Cards rallied for two in the fourth and tied the game in the fifth. Catcher Gerwuins Velazco's single in the fourth drove in two and C.J. McElroy scored the tying run in the fifth on a single by Jeremy Schaffer.

Saturday's game: vs. fifth-place Kingsport (NYM), 6:00 pm ET, Stalyn Lopez (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

GCL Marlins 9 at GCL Cardinals 2

The Gulf Cardinals' inability to record the last out in two innings came back to bite them in their 9-2 downing by the visiting GCL Marlins.

Starter Kender Villegas was charged with three runs in the first and another three in the fourth. All six runs crossed home with two outs in each inning. Villegas (L, 1-2) coughed up six hits and two walks in 3 2/3. Burny Mitchem stranded two runners in the fourth, tossing a scoreless 2 1/3. Javier Machuca allowed two runs, earned, on a walk and hit in the eighth, his second inning of work. Norge Paredes yielded an unearned tally in the ninth on two errors by third baseman Rafael Medina, one fielding and one throwing. All three runs scored with two outs.

Both of the Gulf Birds' tallies came in the third. Medina had two of the team's six hits. Brett Wiley and Kenny Peoples-Walls each doubled with the former knocking in the latter.

Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, Hansel De Los Santos (2-1, 2.75 ERA)

DSL Mariners 4 vs. DSL Cardinals 1

The Dominican Birds stranded eight on base as they fell 4-1 to the DSL Mariners on the road.

Each team had eight hits but the Cardinals translated that into only one tally. That came in the third and halved the Mariners lead to 2-1. The Mariners added a run in the fifth with all three runs charged to starter Luis Perdomo (L, 2-2). Perdomo fanned nine in seven frames, but allowed six hits and a walk too. Jose Pena yielded the opposition's final score in the eighth on two hits and a walk.

Leobaldo Pina scored the Cardinals' only run when he drew a one-out walk, advanced to third on one of Luis Cruz' three singles and scooted home on a wild pitch. Pina joined Cruz as the only Cardinals with more than one hit.

Saturday's game: off

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