Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/19/12

The system went 2-6 on Wednesday as Johnson City won, Palm Beach split a pair while the rest went down to defeat. Memphis' contest was postponed.

Memphis at Albuquerque – postponed due to rain

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

Thursday's game: at Albuquerque. Game one – 5:35 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (1-4, 4.93 ERA); game two – Nick Greenwood (1-1, 3.99 ERA)

Tulsa 6 vs. Springfield 5

Three home runs doomed Springfield to a 6-5 road loss. The S-Cards (16-8) trail their four-game set with the Drillers 1-2.

Richard Castillo (L, 5-3) yielded single tallies in the first through fifth on 11 hits, including two long balls. He fanned three and did not issue a free pass. Justin Wright and Jorge Rondon each tossed a scoreless frame but a solo slam served up by Michael Blazek in the eighth turned out to be the difference in the game.

Down 5-1, Springfield knocked in two in the sixth on a two-run shot by Adam Melker and one in the seventh to cut Tulsa's lead to 5-4. Oscar Taveras' only hit was a double that brought across Kolten Wong in the ninth to bring the Cardinals within one. Taveras advanced to third on a passed ball but was stranded there. One of Wong's two hits was a double and he scored twice.

Thursday's game: at Tulsa (12-13), Carlos Martinez (2-2, 2.30 ERA)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Lakeland 0 (7)
Lakeland 6 at Palm Beach 3

Palm Beach split a pair with Lakeland at home, winning the opener 1-0 in seven but falling 6-3 in game two. The Beach Birds (13-14) lost the series 1-3 as a result.

In game one, the only hit the Tigers' allowed was a double by Alan Ahmady that drove in Chris Edmondson for the contest's only tally. Edmondson drew a free pass with one out and came around on Ahmady's hit.

Chris Corrigan, Iden Nazario and Dean Kiekhefer combined to shut out Lakeland on four hits. Corrigan fanned five in 4 2/3 with three hits and three walks yielded. Iden Nazario (W, 4-1) retired all four batters he faced, while stranding two of Corrigan's base runners. Kiekhefer worked around a lead-off single to record his 11th save.

In game two, Chase Reid (L, 4-6) coughed up three tallies on three hits and a walk in the ninth that broke a 3-3 tie. Kevin Siegrist started and limited the opposition to one earned run, three in all, on three hits and four walks over 4 2/3. Travis Miller recorded the final out in the fifth to strand two runners. Aidan Lucas struck out five over three frames with just one hit given up.

James Ramsey's first professional long ball was a two-run shot in the first that put Palm Beach up 2-0. Back-to-back doubles by Nick Longmire and Geoff Klein resulted in another tally in the fourth for a 3-1 Palm Beach lead. Lakeland tied it up with two in the fifth which is how the contest remained until the ninth. Longmire had the only multi-hit game for the Beach Birds with two, although lead-off hitter Mike O'Neill got on board in all four plate appearances with three walks and a double. O'Neill scored ahead of Ramsey in the first.

Thursday's game: at Brevard County (MIL) (15-11), 6:35 pm ET, Drew Benes (4-6, 4.81 ERA)

Lake County 7 at Quad Cities 1

Quad Cities was held to just three hits in a 7-1 loss to Lake County. The defeat came in the opener of a six-game homestand by the River Bandits (13-12).

Sam Gaviglio (L, 5-7) could not finish the fifth and was charged with five runs, four earned, that came on eight hits and two walks in 4 2/3. He struck out five. Ricky Martinez and Ethan Cole each gave up single tallies in their two-inning stints.

Quad Cities brought in their only run in the sixth, which came about without a hit. Nick Martini and Stephen Piscotty were both plunked to kick off the inning. Martini advanced to third on a fly out to right and scooted home on a fielding error by the Captains' shortstop that allowed Juan Castillo to reach base.

Thursday's game: vs. Lake County (14-11), Hector Hernandez (6-5, 4.31 ERA)

Jamestown 2 vs. Batavia 1

Two in the ninth was Batavia's undoing as they were edged by Jamestown 2-1 on the road. It is the third straight loss for the Muckdogs (17-13).

Southpaw Lee Stoppelman (L, 2-1) yielded his first tallies in ten appearances when he was charged with two runs, one earned, that came on a walk, a failed sac bunt and a two-out single. Stoppelman relieved Brandon Creath, who had tossed a scoreless seventh and eighth.

Our Player of the Day is starter Kyle Helisek who no-hit the Jammers through six. Helisek was a perfect 18-for-18 in retired batters although one reached base on an error in the third. That runner was picked off to keep the left-hander perfect. Helisek recorded nine ground outs, three fly outs and two strike outs.

Alex Mejia's one-out shot to left broke a scoreless tie in the eighth. It was the shortstop's first home run of his professional career and was one of five hits for the Muckdogs. Breyvic Valera and Jordan Walton each reached based twice on a hit and a walk.

Thursday's game: at Auburn (WSH) (19-10), 7:05 pm ET, Ben Freeman (1-1, 3.16 ERA)

Johnson City 6 at Elizabethton 4

A three-run third gave Johnson City a lead they never relinquished as they downed host Elizabethton 6-4. The JC-Birds (14-13) and the Twins (19-10) have split the first two of five consecutive games against each other.

Six different Cardinals either scored or drove in a run with center fielder C.J. McElroy, designated hitter Bruce Caldwell and right fielder Lance Jeffries responsible for two each. Lead-off hitter McElroy went 1-for-2 with three walks and two runs scored while Caldwell has two RBI's batting in the five slot. Jeffries drew three free passes and touched home twice from the nine hole.

Nick Gillung (W, 2-0) fanned five in five frames with seven hits and three walks that resulted in two runs, earned. Jeff Rauh allowed a run in the sixth but Dixon Llorens twice struck out the side to hold the Twins scoreless. Ronnie Shaban gave up a solo slam in the ninth but tiptoed around two other hits to pick up his seventh save.

Thursday's game: at Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Stalyn Lopez (1-1, 5.29 ERA)

GCL Nationals 8 at GCL Cardinals 0

The Gulf Birds (18-9) lacked both hits and opportunities in their 8-0 shutout at the hands of the GCL Nationals (11-16).

The Cardinals mustered just five hits and a walk for the game and went 0-for-5 in their limited scoring opportunities. Third baseman Danny Stienstra had two of those hits in his third game while rehabbing from surgery to his right thumb. His double was the team's only extra-base hit.

Johnny Polanco (L, 0-1) exited after retiring just two batters in the first. Polanco yielded three runs, earned, on three hits and two walks. Burny Mitchem held the Nationals scoreless over the next 3 1/3. Javier Machuca gave up four tallies, three earned, on five hits and a walk in three. He struck out four. Anderson Gerdel tossed a scoreless eighth and has not been scored upon in eight appearances this season (one while at Palm Beach and seven with the GCL Birds). Norge Paredes allowed an unearned run in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Royals 4 vs. DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds' two-run ninth was too little, too late as they fell to the DSL Royals 4-2 on the road. It is the Cardinals' (20-18) third defeat in their last four contests.

Eliezer Alvarez's home run to start the ninth ended the Royals' shutout bid. Bladimil Franco drew a one-out walk and eventually came home on consecutive singles by Luis Cruz and Carlos Torres. Cruz' two singles were one-third of the squad's total hit count.

Dewin Perez (L, 1-4) was charged with two runs, earned, that came on two hits and two wild pitches in the third. Perez gave up three hits and a walk over five in his first start since July 10th. Jonathan Escudero was charged with the Royals' final two tallies, one earned, on five hits and a walk in three. Both pitchers struck out four.

Thursday's game: vs. DSL Royals (24-15), 10:30 am ET, Hector Salazar (2-1, 1.86 ERA)

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