Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/16/12

Two was a big number on Sunday. Springfield and Batavia won, Palm Beach and Quad Cities lost. Memphis and Johnson City's games were postponed. The GCL and DSL squads were not in action.

Memphis at Round Rock – postponed due to rain

To be made up as part of a series at Memphis from July 28th through 31st. Exact date and time to be determined.

Monday's game: at Albuquerque, 8:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (4-8, 3.58 ERA)

Springfield 8 vs. Northwest Arkansas 6

Springfield scored in four straight innings to down Northwest Arkansas 8-6 at home. It was the S-Cards' sixth straight victory.

The Cardinals knocked in two each in the third and fourth, three in the fifth and another in the sixth to build an 8-3 lead. Four different players had two hits with Adam Melker's solo shot in the sixth being the team's only home run. Melker also doubled and crossed home twice. Jamie Romak accounted for three of the squad's tallies with two runs scored and an RBI. Xavier Scruggs knocked in two as well.

Seth Maness (W, 7-1) fanned seven in 5 2/3 to go with five hits and a walk. That resulted in three runs, earned. Two of the three runs came on back-to-back solo bombs in the sixth that finished Maness' night. Jesse Simpson finished the sixth but could not retire a batter in the seventh, giving up an unearned run. Eric Fornataro yielded three hits to start the ninth which left a bases-loaded, no-out jam for Keith Butler. Butler gave up a sac fly and a single that brought in two more runs before he induced a double-play for his 17th save.

Monday's game: at second-place Tulsa (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (1-1, 10.64 ERA)

Lakeland 7 at Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach could not recover from a 7-0 hole through five as they fell to Lakeland 7-1 at home. It was the opening game of four against the Tigers.

Starter Scott Schneider and Brad Watson yielded all seven tallies with Schneider coughing up six, four earned, on eight hits and a walk in just four innings. Schneider (L, 1-1) struck out five. Todd McInnis and Aidan Lucas shut out Lakeland in the last three frames.

Geoff Klein's single to right in the seventh brought in Rainel Rosario, who had kicked the inning off with a single up the middle. Rosario advanced to third on a single by Cody Stanley who went 1-for-2 in his return to Florida State League action. That made up half of the team's six hits for the game.

Monday's game: vs. Lakeland (12:05 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (5-0, 3.28 ERA)

Great Lakes 8 vs. Quad Cities 6

Quad Cities scored five in the first but could not hang on, falling to Great Lakes 8-6 on the road. It is the River Bandits' third straight loss.

All five Quad Cities tallies came with two outs, with the big blow coming on Luis Mateo's bases-clearing triple. Four of their five hits came in that opening inning. Mateo and Roberto De La Cruz had two hits apiece with De La Cruz' double being the squad's only other extra-base hit.

Staked to an immediate five-run lead, Willy Paulino could not finish the second. Paulino had difficulty finding the strike zone as he issued four free passes in just 1 2/3 to go with two hits that brought about four runs, earned. Robert Stock absorbed his first loss against five wins when he gave up four runs on two hits and three walks in 3 1/3. Only one of the four tallies was earned due to a fielding error by catcher Juan Castillo that led off the third. Danny Miranda (1 2/3 innings) and Travis Miller (1 1/3) traversed their outings unscathed.

Monday's game: at Great Lakes (LAD), 6:05 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (1-3, 5.60 ERA)

Batavia 13 at Aberdeen 3 (6)

A six-run outburst cemented Batavia's 13-3 road victory over Aberdeen in a contest that was ended with two outs in the sixth due to rain. The Muckdogs lead the series 2-0.

Six of the Muckdogs' 13 hits were doubles. Our Player of the Day Jordan Walton led Batavia with three hits, including a double, in four at bats. The left fielder touched home twice and drove in two. First baseman David Washington scored once and had three RBIs. Steven Ramos, Jesus Montero and Alex Mejia each crossed home twice with Mejia and Breyvic Valera knocking in two apiece.

Corey Baker (W, 2-2) picked up his second win in relief of starter Joey Cuda. Baker worked around a hit and two walks in 1 2/3. All three of the runs charged to Cuda were earned and came on seven hits in four innings. He did not walk a batter.

Monday's game: at Aberdeen, 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (1-0, 2.60 ERA)

Johnson City vs. Kingsport – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as part of a double-header Monday.

Monday's games: vs. Kingsport. Game one – Cory Jones (0-0, 4.09 ERA); game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: at GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Fidencio Flores (2-1, 0.95 ERA)

DSL Cardinals - off for the DSL All-Star Game

The Cardinals had two all-stars, Luis Cruz and Luis Perdomo.

American League 6, National League 3

Monday's game: at DSL Indians, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (0-3, 5.96 ERA)

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