Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/18/12

It was three up and three down in the minors on Tuesday. Memphis, the GCL and DSL teams all won but Springfield, Batavia and Johnson City all fell. Palm Beach's contest was postponed and Quad Cities had the day off.

Memphis 11 at Albuquerque 4

Starter John Gast had his longest Triple-A outing to date in Memphis' convincing 11-4 victory over host Albuquerque.

Gast (W, 8-2) scattered seven hits over seven frames while fanning four. The only mark against him came in the sixth when a lead-off double and single resulted in one tally. Chuckie Fick and Sam Freeman combined to yield a run in the eighth when Fick put ‘em on and Freeman let ‘em cross. Brian Broderick served up a two-run long ball in the ninth. No Redbirds' hurler issued a free pass.

Memphis broke a scoreless tie with four in the fourth, then added tallies in the fifth, sixth, eighth and ninth. Matt Adams continues to pound the ball as one of his two hits was a two-run slam. He knocked in three for the game. Adron Chambers also drove in three, going 2-for-4 with a walk and a double. Pete Kozma and Bryan Anderson each touched home twice with the latter drawing two walks.

Wednesday's game: at Albuquerque, 8:05 pm ET, Tyler Lyons (1-4, 4.93 ERA)

Tulsa 7 vs. Springfield 0

The S-Cards' offensive engine was in idle as they were shutout 7-0 by Tulsa on the road. The loss snaps a seven-game winning streak for the Cardinals.

Scott Gorgen (L, 3-6) was charged with three runs, earned, on six hits and four walks in five plus in his return to Double-A. Gorgen, pitching in the rotation slot vacated by Trevor Rosenthal, held the Drillers to a solo shot through five but could not retire either of the batters he faced in the sixth. Justin Wright allowed both of those runners to score, then added two more tallies of his own on two hits and a walk in that frame. Kevin Thomas finished the game by allowing two runs over the final two innings.

The Cardinals mustered just four hits and were a puny 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position. Jermaine Curtis went 2-for-3 with a walk and represented half of the S-Cards' offense.

Wednesday's game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (5-2, 2.78 ERA)

Lakeland at Palm Beach - postponed due to rain

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

Wednesday's games: vs. Lakeland. Game one – 5:05 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (2-4, 4.07 ERA); game two – upon completion of game one, Kevin Siegrist (4-0, 2.58)

Quad Cities – off

Wednesday's game: vs. Lake County (CLE) (13-11), 7:05 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (5-6, 4.97 ERA)

Jamestown 5 at Batavia 3

A three-run sixth snapped a two-all tie as Batavia skidded to a 5-3 loss to Jamestown at home.

Yunier Castillo (L, 1-2) served up back-to-back bombs that produced three sixth-inning tallies in the first of his two innings of work. Castillo was pitching in relief of starter Tim Cooney who yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in five. Each pitcher fanned three. Lee Stoppelman struck out the side in the eighth. The southpaw has now K'd 18 opponents in 14 innings with only two walks issued. Joe Scanio tossed a scoreless ninth.

The Muckdogs matched the Jammers' eight hits but not their results as they went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-4 with a double, a run scored and another knocked in. David Washington's three hits brought in one runner. Patrick Wisdom and Kolby Byrd each crossed home once.

Wednesday's game: at Jamestown, 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

Elizabethton 7 vs. Johnson City 4

Johnson City began an important stretch in their schedule with a 7-4 loss at first-place Elizabethton.

The JC-Cards play their Twins counterparts five straight times, four on the road and once at home, which gives them the chance to gain ground on the perennial frontrunners. The Cardinals squandered a 3-0 lead when a seven-run outburst in the fourth gave Elizabethton a lead they never relinquished.

Juan Bautista (L, 1-3) coughed up two long balls in the fourth, including a grand slam, that led to his exit after 3 2/3. Thomas Lee (2 1/3) and Mike Aldrete (two) shut down the Twins the rest of the game.

Our co-Player of the Day Jeremy Schaffer led the Cardinals with a perfect 4-for-4 night. The first baseman had two doubles, walked once, scored one and drove in another. C.J. McElroy went 2-for-3 with two walks in the lead-off slot with a run scored and an RBI. Carson Kelly hit his fourth home run of 2012 and knocked in another as well.

Wednesday's game: at Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Nick Gillung (1-0, 3.86 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 5 vs. GCL Astros 3 (8 1/3)

The Gulf Birds came from behind twice to down the Astros 5-3 at home in a contest that was ended after 8 1/3 innings.

Trailing 2-0, the Cardinals tied the game with two in the fifth. A single tally in the seventh put the squad behind 3-2 but a three-run eighth flipped the lead over to the home team. Left fielder Yoenny Gonzalez accounted for three runs with a 2-for-3 performance that saw him drive in two and touch home once. First baseman Jem Argenal and designated hitter Luis Perez both went 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI.

Michael Wacha made his second professional start and gave up his first professional run, a solo shot in the second. It was the only hit given up by the right-hander in two frames. Wacha fanned three and induced three ground outs. Max Foody relieved Wacha and three of the six hits he yielded came in the fourth which produced one run. Foody struck out one with five ground outs in three frames. Neither Wacha nor Foody walked a batter.

The Astros' final tally was charged to Ramon Ulacio and came on three hits in his only inning of work. Juan Caballero (W, 2-0) tossed a perfect eighth and Cole Brand retired the only batter he faced in the ninth to pick up his second save.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Kender Villegas (1-2, 8.31 ERA)

DSL Cardinals 7 vs. DSL Indians 0

The Dominican Birds pasted the Indians 7-0 behind their pitching staff's four-hit performance.

Our co-Player of the Day Juan Perez (W, 1-3) earned his first professional win by fanning seven over six innings with just two hits and two walks given up. The right-hander, who turns 17 on the 22nd, had six ground outs and two fly outs. Alirio Negrette worked around two hits and two free passes over two frames to hold the Indians scoreless. Jose Pena tossed a perfect ninth.

First baseman Luis Cruz' third slam of 2012 was a two-run shot in the fourth that got the Dominican Birds on the scoreboard. Shortstop Eliezer Alvarez was the only other Cardinal with two hits. Alvarez went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Royals, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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