Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/15/12

Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez pitched like the top prospects they are on the way to a 6-1 Saturday for the Cardinals minor league system. Tyler Melling, Stalyn Lopez and Shane Robinson were among the other standouts.

Memphis 5 at Round Rock 3

The up and down 2012 of Shelby Miller experienced an up on Saturday night, as the right-hander allowed just one hit and three walks in five scoreless innings while fanning four. The 21-year-old received a no-decision when Nick Greenwood gave up a run in the sixth to tie the score at one.

After Adam Reifer and Sam Freeman tossed scoreless innings, the Redbirds roared back with four in the top of the ninth, giving Freeman the win. Chuckie Fick needed help from Eduardo Sanchez (eighth save) to get through the ninth as Fick was charged with two runs on three hits, including a home run while collecting just one out.

In his return to Memphis, Shane Robinson was perfect out of the number two spot, reaching base all four times up. The outfielder walked, singled twice and tripled, stole a base and drove in one. Adron Chambers plated two and scored once. Cedric Hunter walked, doubled and scored twice.

Sunday's game: at Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (4-8, 3.58)

Springfield 5, Northwest Arkansas 1

The Cardinals took their fifth victory in a row as Carlos Martinez pitched six one-run innings, on just two hits, including a solo home run. The right-hander struck out two and walked three while lowering his ERA to 2.30. Relievers Justin Wright and Jorge Rondon kept the Naturals from additional scoring for the final three innings.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, Chris Swauger gave the Cardinals the lead with a two-run home run to left-center field. Springfield scored three more runs in the sixth. Jamie Romak drove in their third run of the game with a double down the left-field line. Xavier Scruggs then hit a clutch two-run single on a full count and two outs, putting Springfield up 5-1.

Oscar Taveras went 3-for-3 with a walk. He scored two of the five runs and boosted his Texas League leading batting average to .333.

Sunday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (6-1, 1.96)

Palm Beach 9 at Daytona 6

Down 6-2 in the eighth, the visiting Cardinals stormed back with seven runs over the final two innings in the comeback win over the Cubs. It was Palm Beach's third come-from-behind win in three nights.

Geoff Klein and Chris Edmondson each plated two. Tyler Rahmatulla was on base four times with three hits and a walk. He scored once. Ronny Gil added three doubles. James Ramsey, Jeremy Patton and Rainel Rosario each crossed home plate twice. Rosario capped off the scoring with a two-run home run in the ninth to create a bit of breathing room.

Dean Kiekhefer recorded his tenth save of the season, preserving the victory for Zack Russell, who tossed two shutout innings. Starter Anthony Ferrara was taken off the hook after yielding six runs, five earned, on 10 hits in six frames.

Sunday's game: vs. Lakeland, 5:05 pm ET, Scott Schneider (1-0, 3.47)

Great Lakes 9, Quad Cities 3

The River Bandits took a 3-0 first-inning lead, but the Great Lakes Loons answered with nine runs in the first four innings and allowed only four hits without a run in the final eight innings.

Bandits left-hander Dail Villanueva gave up eight earned runs on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts in just 2 1/3 innings – his shortest start of the season. Ricky Martinez finished a season-high 3 1/3 innings with three hits and one run allowed. He walked one and struck out two. Right-hander Ethan Cole allowed a hit in 2 1/3 shutout innings.

Shortstop Matt Williams opened the game with a single to left field and scored when third baseman Stephen Piscotty hit a one-out RBI double – his eighth two-base hit in his first 15 professional games. With two outs, right fielder David Medina doubled to left field to score Piscotty, and second baseman Luis Mateo followed with an RBI single up the middle to score Medina to finish the Bandits' scoring. Casey Rasmus had three hits, including a double in the ninth.

Sunday's game: at Great Lakes (LAD), 2:05 pm ET, Willy Paulino, (2-7, 4.91 ERA)

Batavia 2 at Aberdeen 1

The Muckdogs began their road series in Maryland with a tight win, breaking their two-game losing skid after having won nine straight.

Alex Mejia began the scoring, driving in Matthew Young with a second-inning single. David Washington doubled in the sixth and came in on Jesus Montero's single.

In the bottom of the sixth, the IronBirds plated their only run against starter Tyler Melling, who lowered his ERA to 1.95. Melling allowed six hits against no walks and fanned six in 5 2/3. Yunier Castillo got the Muckdogs out of the inning and he, Lee Stoppelman and Brandon Creath (first save) finished out the game with a total of 3 1/3 scoreless innings of relief.

Mejia had three of the Muckdogs' seven hits, including a double, and added a sacrifice in four plate appearances.

Sunday's game: at Aberdeen (BAL), 5:35 pm ET, Joey Cuda, (2-0, 1.83)

Johnson City 11, Kingsport 3

After falling behind 1-0 in the third, the Cards answered back by scoring all 11 runs over the next four innings. Four Cardinals had two RBI each – Ildemaro Vargas, Ronald Castillo, Bruce Caldwell and Lance Jeffries. Carson Kelly plated three. Jeffries tripled while Caldwell and Kelly homered. Vargas and Dutch Deol scored twice.

Stalyn Lopez took his first Appalachian League win with five innings of one-run ball. The 20-year-old left-hander fanned seven and walked two. Lopez allowed five hits. Four relievers threw an inning each to finish. The final two Mets runs, both unearned, scored in the sixth with Mike Aldrete on the mound.

Sunday's game: vs. Kingsport (NYM), 6:00 pm ET, Cory Jones (0-0, 4.89)

GCL Cardinals 4 at Marlins 2

Hansel De Los Santos picked up his third win of the year after allowing two runs in 5 2/3 innings. The right-hander fanned four, walked two and gave up five hits. Cole Brand and Anderson Gerdel finished with 3 2/3 hitless frames.

Catcher Adam Ehrlich doubled and plated two. Jem Argenal had two hits and a run scored. Jhohan Acevedo had a pair of hits. Rehabbing Cody Stanley doubled as did Kenny Peoples-Walls.

Sunday's game: GCL Cardinals off Sundays

DSL Cardinals – off for All-Star break

Sunday's game: DSL All-Star Game – National League at American League, 10:00 AM ET

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