Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/21/12

The system went a sparkling 6-2 on Friday with some solid pitching performances. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach, Quad Cities, the GCL and DSL teams were all successful. Batavia and Johnson City ended up on the wrong side of the ledger.

Memphis 8 vs. Oklahoma City 1

Memphis tallied five in the first in an 8-1 drubbing of visiting Oklahoma City.

Four of the Redbirds' eight hits were long balls that resulted in six runs. Zack Cox and Ryan Jackson had back-to-back slams for three in the first after two tallies were already in. Steven Hill added a solo shot in the third and Mark Hamilton finished Memphis' scoring with a two-run bomb in the seventh.

Our co-Player of the Day Shelby Miller (W, 5-8) put zeroes on the scoreboard for the second straight outing. The 21-year-old limited the first-place RedHawks to four hits over six with three strikeouts, five ground outs and four fly outs. He did not walk a batter. Sam Freeman fanned the side in the seventh while Maikel Cleto allowed only one hit in the eighth. Oklahoma City finally brought a runner across with three hits in the ninth off Chuckie Fick.

Saturday's game: vs. Oklahoma City, 6:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (3-7, 4.88 ERA)

Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 3

Springfield dug themselves out of a 3-0 hole to down Northwest Arkansas 6-3 at home.

Anthony Ferrara's Double-A debut was a bit shaky. The lefty allowed a tally in the second on two hits, a walk and a sac fly and an unearned score in the third on a two-out walk, single and throwing error by third baseman Jermaine Curtis. Ferrara departed after 2 2/3 but did strike out four.

Kevin Thomas (W, 4-0) allowed a lead-off homer in the fourth then settled down to keep the Naturals off the board over the next 4 1/3 with two more hits and no walks. He fanned four. Keith Butler notched his league-leading 20th save despite issuing two walks and a hit in the ninth.

Down 3-0, the S-Cards brought one across in the sixth before a four-run seventh swung the lead to their side. Their final run came in the eighth when a walk to Kolten Wong forced in Greg Garcia. Wong added a sac fly in the sixth for two RBI while Oscar Taveras' double drove in Audry Perez and Adam Melker. Garcia drew three free passes and scored twice. Perez and Curtis has two hits apiece.

Saturday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (7-1, 2.19 ERA)

Palm Beach 5 at Brevard County 2

The Beach Birds led from start to finish in the 5-2 victory over host Brevard County.

Alan Ahmady's two-out single brought Starlin Rodriguez across in the first after the latter doubled with one out. Geoff Klein added a solo shot in the fourth but Palm Beach's big inning was the seventh when three Cardinals scampered home. The Beach Birds loaded the bases on two-out walks to James Ramsey and Ahmady sandwiched around a hit-by-pitch to Chris Edmondson. Cody Stanley had a bases-clearing triple to right for the big blow.

Co-Player of the Day Kyle Hald (W, 1-0) fanned eight in seven frames in his Florida State League debut. The only mark against the southpaw came in the sixth when he gave up a run on two of the four hits he allowed. He did not issue a free pass. Zach Russell tossed the final two frames, yielding an unearned tally in the ninth.

Saturday's game: at Brevard County, 6:35 pm ET, Scott Schneider (1-1, 4.28 ERA)

Quad Cities 5 vs. Lake County 3

Two runs in the fourth broke a three-all tie as Quad Cities defeated Lake County 5-3 at home. The River Bandits (15-12) took the series 2-1 and moved into a three-way tie for first with Burlington (OAK) and Clinton (SEA) with the victory.

Quad Cities' 12-hit attack was led by shortstop Matt Williams, who went 3-for-4 with two runs scored. Second baseman Luis Mateo and third baseman Anthony Melchionda had two hits each while the balance of the team's five hits were scattered among five River Bandits. Catcher Juan Castillo knocked in two runners.

Starter Brad Watson (W, 1-0) made his Midwest League debut a positive one by scattering seven hits and a walk over five. He fanned five while yielding three runs, two earned. Jonathan Cornelius' scoreless 2 2/3 bridged the tap between Watson and closer Heath Wyatt, who recorded the final four outs to earn his 15th save, good for second in the league.

Saturday's game: vs. second-place (Eastern Division) Fort Wayne (SD) (16-11), 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (5-5, 4.04 ERA)

Auburn 4 at Batavia 3

A two-run ninth doomed Batavia to a 4-3 loss to visiting Auburn.

Joe Scanio (L, 1-1) coughed up both earned runs on two hits and a walk in his only inning of work. Tyler Melling started and retired all nine batters he faced, three by strikeout. Dyllon Nuernberg pitched the next three frames, giving up two runs on five hits while not walking a batter. Kevin Jacob tossed two perfect frames while fanning three.

The Muckdogs squandered multiple opportunities, going 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Jacob Wilson had a single and a double and drove in two while Jesus Montero touched home twice. Alex Mejia had two hits also.

Saturday's game: vs. Auburn, 7:05 pm ET, Joey Cuda (2-0, 2.66 ERA)

Elizabethton 8 at Johnson City 6

Johnson City's bullpen could not hold a 5-1 lead as the Cards fell to Elizabethton 8-6 at home.

Starter Zach Petrick held the league's best offense to two hits and two walks over five. His only run allowed was a solo shot in the third. Petrick struck out four. The Twins brought three across on four hits in the sixth against Joey Donofrio to close the gap to 5-4.

After the JC-Cards responded with a tally of their own, Elizabethton tied the game with two in the seventh off Cesar Aguilar, who retired only two batters. Jeff Rauh relieved Aguilar but allowed his runner to touch home before finishing the seventh. Rauh (L, 2-1) was charged with two tallies in just 2/3 of an inning, although both runs came across with Dixon Llorens on the mound.

Lance Jeffries and Carson Kelly each had two of the Cardinals' seven hits. One of Kelly's was a solo smash, his fifth of 2012. Jeremy Schaffer's two-run shot in the fourth accounted for two more tallies. Steve Bean went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and a run scored.

Saturday's games: at Elizabethton. Game one – completion of game suspended on 07/19/12, TBA; game two – 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (1-0, 0.00 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Marlins 2

Friday's game was Rehab Central for the Gulf Birds in the 7-2 victory over the GCL Marlins.

Three rehabbing pitchers tossed a scoreless inning beginning with Brian Fuentes. While not actually rehabbing from an injury, Fuentes is trying to recover his effectiveness in hopes of landing with the big squad shortly. The lefty threw the first inning, yielding one hit whose runner was erased on a double play. Ryan Copeland made his 2012 debut in the second after having Thoracic Outlet Syndrome surgery this spring. The southpaw pitched a one-two-three second with one strikeout.

Regular starter Ramon Ulacio (W, 1-2) took over for the next four frames. The righty yielded single tallies in the fourth and fifth although only one was earned. He fanned three. Roberto Canache made his second rehab appearance in the seventh, limiting the Marlins to a one-out single with a double play following. Anderson Gerdel and Chris Thomas each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Gulf Birds drove in three in the second and added four in the ninth. Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two more knocked in. Center fielder Anthony Bryant singled twice, walked twice, drove in two and came home once. Right fielder Luis Perez went 2-for-4 with a run scored while Brett Wiley's double was the Cardinals' only extra-base hit.

Saturday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, Brian Fuentes (0-0, 0.00)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Dodgers 4

The Dominican Birds scooted home five times in the first two innings, then held on to win 5-4 over the DSL Dodgers at home.

Catcher Luis Cruz singled twice, crossed home once and knocked in two to lead the Cardinals. Robelys Reyes also singled twice and scored once. Five other players either scored or drove in a run.

Frederis Parra (W, 2-1) yielded one run on four hits in 1 2/3 in relief of starter Isaac Silva. Silva fanned six over the first 3 1/3 with three runs allowed, one earned, on two hits and four free passes. All three tallies came in the fourth and Parra stranded two of Silva's runners to limit the damage. Fernando Gonzalez recorded the final out to pick up his first save.

Saturday's game: at DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am ET, Luis Perdomo (2-2, 2.17 ERA)

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