Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/25/12

The system went 2-5 with a postponement on Tuesday. Palm Beach and the DSL Cardinals both won while Memphis, Springfield and Batavia lost. The GCL Cardinals were swept and Johnson City's contest was postponed. Quad Cities was off.

Nashville 4 vs. Memphis 1

A tally in the first was all Memphis could muster in their 4-1 defeat at Nashville. The loss snaps a five-game winning streak for the Redbirds (41-62).

Tyler Lyons absorbed his sixth loss against just one win. Lyons yielded game-tying run in the fourth and two more in his sixth and final frame. The lefty fanned six, with five hits and a free pass issued. Jess Todd allowed a tally in his second inning on the mound with three hits in all.

The Redbirds' sole tally occurred when Eugenio Velez doubled with one out and came home on Mark Hamilton's two-out single to right. Hamilton, who is sporting a .433/.571/.700/1.271 line in 30 at bats over his last 10 games, was joined by Lyons (2-for-2, double) as the only Redbirds with more than one hit.

Wednesday's game: at Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (5-8, 5.40)

Arkansas 5 at Springfield 0

Springfield lost the battle of the pitching prospects as the Cardinals were shut out 5-0 by visiting Arkansas.

The contest pitted the S-Cards' Carlos Martinez against the Travelers' Ariel Pena, both considered in the top 10 among their respective organization's prospects. Martinez came up on the short end by giving up single tallies in the first, fifth and sixth. Martinez (L, 2-3) fanned six in six frames with seven hits and a walk. Pena fanned eight in seven frames with only two hits and a free pass.

Brian Fuentes' rehabbing tour moved to Springfield where he retired all three batters he faced in the seventh, two via strike out. Kevin Thomas yielded single tallies in the eighth and ninth on a hit and three walks, although only one was earned.

The Cardinals had just five hits with no player having more than one. Oscar Taveras and Greg Garcia each doubled.

Wednesday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (0-0, 3.38)

Palm Beach 1 at Jupiter 0

Four Beach Birds pitchers combined to three-hit Jupiter in their 1-0 road victory.

Our Player of the Day Kevin Siegrist upped his record to 5-0 by holding the Hammerheads to two hits over 6 1/3 with nine strikeouts. Siegrist did issue four free passes, one of which came with one out in the seventh. Iden Nazario recorded the final two outs that frame to strand Siegrist's runner and went on to pitch a one-two-three eighth. Chase Reid allowed a two-out single in the ninth, which brought in Dean Kiekhefer, who sealed the win for his 12th save.

The game's only run came in the first when James Ramsey led off with a double, advanced to third on a sac bunt and scored on a sac fly to right by Alan Ahmady. Ramsey's one-out single in the sixth was the Cardinals' only other hit. Aaron Luna went 0-for-2 with a walk in his return to Florida State League action.

Wednesday's game: vs. Jupiter, 6:35 pm ET, Drew Benes (4-7, 5.02)

Quad Cities - off

Wednesday's game: Quad Cities (16-14) at first-place Clinton (SEA) (17-13), 7:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (5-7, 5.11)

State College 4 vs. Batavia 3

Batavia's ninth-inning rally fell just short in their 4-3 defeat at State College. The Spikes take over second place from the Muckdogs (19-16) as a result.

The Muckdogs trailed 4-1 entering the ninth but mounted a rally with one-out singles by Breyvic Valera and Patrick Wisdom. They trimmed the lead to one when Jesus Montero's two-out triple scored both runners but Montero was stranded at third to end the game. Batavia's other tally came on a solo shot in the fourth by Valera who had two of the squad's five hits.

Kyle Helisek (L, 1-2) did not come close to repeating his stellar performance on July 18th when he no-hit Jamestown for six innings. The lefty yielded three runs, earned, on five hits and three walks in three frames. Kevin Jacob kept the Spikes off the board on two hits over three innings with three strikeouts. Both of the hits given up by Dyllon Nuernberg came in the seventh and resulted in a run. The right-hander tossed a perfect eighth.

Wednesday's game: vs. second-place (McNamara division) Brooklyn (NYM) (21-15), Ben Freeman (2-1, 2.64)

Johnson City at Princeton – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as part of a double-header at Johnson City on August 17th.

Wednesday's game: off

GCL Astros 3 vs. GCL Cardinals 2 (7) – game one
GCL Astros 5 at GCL Cardinals 0 (7) – game two

The Gulf Birds lost both ends of their double-header: 3-2 in game one and 5-0 in game two, both in seven innings.

Game one was Rehab Redux with the first four innings featuring four pitchers slated for other eventual destinations. Michael Wacha, Boone Whiting and Seth Blair each tossed an inning with Wacha and Blair working around a lead-off double and single respectively to shut out the Astros. Wacha's 2012 innings are being regulated due to concern over his heavy college workload this season while Whiting and Blair each made their 2012 debuts after spending the season-to-date on Palm Beach's disabled list.

Ryan Copeland did not fare as well in his second 2012 outing. In the fourth, the southpaw earned the loss when he served up a lead-off homer followed by three more hits and a wild pitch that resulted in three tallies. Anderson Gerdel scattered three hits over the final two frames with three strikeouts.

Amaury Capellan's solo bomb in the second had given the Cardinals a temporary 1-0 lead. Kenny Peoples-Walls singled and scored in the fifth on Brett Wiley's single. Peoples-Walls singled twice and was the Gulf Birds' only multi-hit player.

In game two, starter Max Foody gave up three in the third and could not finish the fourth. Foody (0-1) yielded five runs, earned, on six hits and a walk in 3 2/3. Foody fanned eight. Johnny Polanco, Josh Renfro and Chris Thomas combined to shut out the opposition the rest of the way.

The Gulf Birds equaled their game one hit total with six but not the run production. Jhohan Acevedo and Brett Wiley each singled twice.

Wednesday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Kender Villegas (2-2, 7.42)

DSL Cardinals 10 vs. DSL Rays 4

After having scored one run over their previous 21 innings, the Dominican Birds broke out in 10-4 romp over the visiting Rays.

The Cardinals exploded for 15 hits just a day after the same squad held them to one. They knocked in two in the third and fourth then added three in the fifth and seventh. Centerfielder Carlos Torres and third baseman Junior Agustin each had three hits and accounted for three tallies. Catcher Luis Cruz and designated hitter Sergio Ripoli added two hits and were responsible for two more runs. First baseman Alejandro Mejia scored twice and knocked in two.

Jonathan Escudero (W, 4-0) picked up the win by shutting out the Rays over four frames with five strike outs. Escudero was pitching in relief of Juan Perez who was apparently stuck on the number four during his start. Perez yielded four runs on four hits and four walks in four innings. He fanned four. Jose Pena tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Astros, 10:30 am ET, Dewin Perez (1-4, 2.25)

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