Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/22/12

On Saturday, the Cardinals system went 4-5. Memphis' Ryan Jackson launched a grand slam.

Memphis 6, Oklahoma City 2

Memphis won its third in a row Saturday night. The Redbirds got out on top in the first, taking a 1-0 lead in via an RBI-single by Mark Hamilton, followed by Ryan Jackson's grand slam in the second. Matt Adams plated the final tally in the seventh with a double to right field.

Just off the disabled list, Redbirds starter Nick Additon tossed 3 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing four hits and three walks and striking out five. Reliever Jess Todd picked up his second win, allowing one run on two hits in his 2 1/3 innings. John Gaub and Sam Freeman added scoreless frames, but Adam Reifer allowed the other RedHawks' run in the eighth.

Jackson added a single to his grand slam, while Cedric Hunter scored three times. Pete Kozma singled and tripled in four at-bats.

Sunday's game: vs. Oklahoma City, 6:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (4-8, 3.87 ERA)

Springfield 4, Northwest Arkansas 1

Audry Perez led the offense with three RBI. The catcher hit a two-run home run to center field in the fourth, and added an RBI single in the eighth. Springfield scored their other run in the first inning on an RBI groundout by Oscar Taveras.

Cardinals starter Seth Maness pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run on six hits and of course, no walks, on exactly 100 pitches. The right-hander last lost on June 17 and leads all Springfield starters with a 2.10 ERA and eight wins.

Eric Fornataro pitched a perfect eighth inning, and Jorge Rondon added a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

Sunday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas, 6:08 pm CT, Scott McGregor (2-1, 7.50 ERA)

Brevard County 4, Palm Beach 3

The Cards took a 3-2 lead in the top of the fourth, but the home Manatees recaptured the lead in the fifth and the night's scoring ended there. Starter Scott Schneider allowed all four runs on eight hits and a walk in five innings and took the loss. Iden Nazario and Chase Reid split the final three, yielding just one hit, but the offense could not come back.

Geoff Klein and Rainel Rosario (RBI) each had two hits. Alan Ahmady tripled and drove in one. Centerfielder James Ramsey singled, stole a base, scored and threw out an opposing runner at third to complete a double play.

Sunday's game: at Brevard County, 5:05 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (5-1, 3.51 ERA)

Fort Wayne 8 at Quad Cities 7 (10 innings)

A three-run bottom of the ninth brought the River Bandits into a tie, but they fell to Fort Wayne in 10 innings. Matt Williams had an RBI single, then stole second to set up a last-strike two-run single by Nick Martini to knot the game at seven. In the top of the tenth, Ethan Cole allowed a pair of doubles that plated the winning run.

Quad Cities starter Dail Villanueva lasted just 1 2/3 innings, charged with five runs on four hits, while tying a season-high by walking five. He failed to strike out a batter.

Quad Cities scored four times in the bottom of the sixth to pull within two. Martini singled after a pitch hit Williams. After Anthony Garcia walked, David Medina cleared the bases with an RBI double. The right fielder came around to score on an RBI double by Jeremy Patton.

Medina extended his hitting streak to ten games in the losing effort, going 2-for-5 with a single, double and three RBI. Martini and Patton also added two hits apiece, and combined for three runs batted in.

Quad Cities pitchers issued a season-high 11 free passes. Along with Villanueva's five, Kyle Barraclough walked four in his Midwest League debut. Danny Miranda and Ricky Martinez issued one base-on-balls apiece.

Sunday's game: vs. Fort Wayne (SD), 5:00 pm CT, Willy Paulino (2-7, 5.43 ERA)

Batavia 6, Auburn 4

The Muckdogs went out to an early 3-0 lead before the Doubledays tied the game in the fourth. The home club recaptured the edge in the sixth for good. Eight of the nine starters had at least one hit and six different players scored.

Garrett Wittels, playing left field, singled, tripled, drove in one and scored. Breyvic Valera and Matthew Young singled, doubled and scored with Valera adding an RBI.

Starter Joey Cuda went five innings to take the win. The right-hander allowed three runs on five hits and a walk. Cuda fanned three. Brandon Creath and Yunier Castillo (fourth save) added two frames each with an unearned run scoring against Castillo in the eighth.

Sunday's game: at Auburn, 6:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (1-1, 3.98 ERA)

Elizabethton 10, Johnson City 1 (completion of 7/19 suspended game)

In the completion of Thursday's suspended game, the Cardinals were down 6-1 after four and it went downhill from there. Loser Stalyn Lopez didn't get out of the third, allowing four runs on four hits and four walks. Jacob Booden and Sam Tuivailala didn't fare much better, both giving up a long ball each on the way to being charged with three runs each.

The offense managed just three hits while whiffing 11 times. Michael Knox, batting just .132 fanned three times. The only safety that caused damage was Carson Kelly's RBI double in the third.

Elizabethton 4, Johnson City 2 (7 innings)

In the evening's regularly-scheduled seven-inning game, the Cards briefly held the lead in the fourth but lost a tie when the home Twins scored three in the sixth. Starter Silfredo Garcia allowed just one run through five before running out of gas. The 21-year-old fanned eight, allowed six hits and walked none in 5 1/3 innings. One of the four runs was unearned as the Cards committed three errors.

The Cardinals also had six hits, including two each from Ildemaro Vargas and Jeremy Schaffer. Bruce Caldwell hit a solo home run, the second of his professional career.

Sunday's game: at Princeton, 3:00 pm ET, Cory Jones (0-1, 3.31 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 10, GCL Marlins 1

Rehabbing lefty Brian Fuentes made his second one-inning start in two days. This time, the MLB veteran retired the Marlins in order, with one strikeout.

The Cards plated four in the bottom of the first and everything after that was gravy as they rolled to the 10-1 win. Kenny Peoples-Walls, who came into the game hitting under .190, singled, tripled, scored and drove in four. Amaury Capellan hit a solo home run, singled, walked and scored all three times. Rehabbing Aaron Luna and Rafael Medina each doubled, walked and crossed home plate twice.

Fidencio Flores followed Fuentes and earned the win after five innings of one-hit ball. The 20-year-old right-hander walked two and fanned six, though an unearned run crossed during his stint. Juan Caballero, Norge Paredes and Cole Brand finished up with a hitless inning each.

Sunday's game: GCL Cards are off Sundays.

DSL Dodgers 4, DSL Cardinals 0 (5 innings)

Saturday's game was finished early, with one out in the bottom of the fifth. Cardinals starter Luis Perdomo was charged with all four runs, with three earned. He allowed eight hits and two walks.

The offense had just two hits, both by catcher Jose Godoy. The Cardinals had no walks.

Sunday's game: DSL Cards are off Sundays.

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