Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/26/12

The minors split down the middle on Wednesday. Springfield, Palm Beach and the GCL Cardinals were all victorious but Memphis, Quad Cities and Batavia were not. The DSL squad split a double-header and Johnson City had the day off.

Nashville 7 vs. Memphis 1

Shelby Miller could not get past the fourth inning as Memphis was pounded at Nashville 7-1. The Redbirds have dropped the first two of four against the Sounds.

Miller (L, 5-9) coughed up two long balls for three of the five runs he allowed in four. The right-hander yielded seven hits and two walks with two strike outs. Nashville knocked in a tally in the fifth off Nick Greenwood and another in the seventh off John Gaub. Sam Freeman was the only Redbirds' pitcher to not be scored upon. He tossed a scoreless eighth.

Bryan Anderson provided Memphis' only tally in the fifth when he hit one over the centerfield wall. It was Anderson's third smash of 2012. Shane Robinson had three of the team's five hits, including a double.

Thursday's game: at Nashville, 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (3-7, 4.66)

Springfield 13 vs. Arkansas 7

Springfield put numbers on the scoreboard in all but two innings in their 13-7 win over Arkansas at home. Their three-game series is split at one all.

Four of the Cardinals' 13 hits were home runs that were responsible for ten tallies. Our co-Player of the Day Oscar Taveras got the bomb-fest going with a three-run shot in the first while our other co-Player of the Day Greg Garcia matched that in the fourth. Jamie Romak and Chris Swauger each had two-run long balls in the fifth and eighth respectively. Taveras, Garcia and Romak each accounted for five runs between scoring and RBIs.

Michael Blazek was credited with his fourth win against five losses when he kept the Travelers off the board in the sixth and seventh. He had three ground outs, a fly out and a strike out with one free pass.

Anthony Ferrara started and shut out Arkansas on three base-on-balls through four before hitting a proverbial wall in the fifth. The southpaw walked the bases full then gave up his only hit of the game, a single to left that brought in Arkansas's first run. He departed without recording an out and all three base runners came across under Deryk Hooker's watch. Hooker yielded three tallies of his own that inning on two hits and two hit batsmen.

Thursday's game: vs. Arkansas, 7:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (8-1, 2.10)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Jupiter 4

A four-run outburst in the fifth was the difference as the Beach Birds rallied to edge Jupiter 5-4 at home. Palm Beach (17-17) moved into second place over Jupiter with the win, two games behind Bradenton (PIT).

Trailing 3-1, the Cardinals kicked off the fifth with back-to-back walks by James Ramsey and Alan Ahmady with one out. Cody Stanley's single to right knocked in Ramsey and chased the Hammerheads' starter from the game. Aaron Luna greeted his replacement with his first slam of 2012 to finish the scoring. Rainel Rosario had three of Palm Beach's nine hits, including a double, but no other Beach Bird had more than one.

Drew Benes (W, 5-7) yielded a tally in the first and two more in the fourth and retired the side in order once in six frames. The righty issued more walks (five) than hits allowed (four). Travis Miller served up a solo shot in the seventh, the first of his two innings of work. Chase Reid retired both batters he faced in the ninth before Dean Kiekhefer recorded the final out for his 13th save.

Thursday's game: at first-place (North Division) Tampa (NYY) (20-13), 7:00 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-0, 1.29)

Clinton 1 vs. Quad Cities 0

The game's only score was an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth as Quad Cities watched Clinton walk off with a 1-0 victory.

Kyle Barraclough (L, 0-1) began his third inning on the mound by watching the lead-off batter reach on a fielding error by first baseman David Bergin. Consecutive sac bunts put the runner at third before the righty issued an intentional walk to set up a force play. That strategy was foiled by a single up the middle that brought in the winning tally.

Barraclough pitched in relief of starter Sam Gaviglio who matched the Lumberkings' starter by holding the opposition to two hits over six frames. He out-pitched his counterpart by fanning five and not walking a batter in his best start since June 28th against Cedar Rapids.

The River Bandits had more walks (five) than hits (three) and went 0-for-4 in limited opportunities. Matt Williams walked twice and Stephen Piscotty went 1-for-1 before being replaced in the bottom of the fifth.

Thursday's game: at Clinton, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-5, 4.08)

Brooklyn 3 at Batavia 2

The Muckdogs lost their third straight as they were edged 3-2 by Brooklyn at home.

All three of the Cyclones' tallies came in the sixth off two slams served up by starter Ben Freeman and flipped a 2-0 lead into a 3-2 deficit. Freeman (L, 2-2) allowed six hits and two base-on-balls in 5 1/3 with four strikeouts. Jose Almarante and Yunier Castillo combined to shut out Brooklyn over the final 3 2/3 but the damage was done.

Batavia out hit their opponents nine-to-eight but were a dismal 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Breyvic Valera went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI while Roberto De La Cruz went 2-for-4 with a double and a tally added. One of Garrett Wittels' two hits was a double.

Thursday's game: vs. Brooklyn, 11:05 am ET, Tyler Melling (2-0, 1.76)

Johnson City - off

Thursday's game: Johnson City (15-17) at second-place (East) Danville (ATL) ( 18-14), 7:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (1-0, 0.83)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Nationals 4

Jhohan Acevedo's third hit of the game provided the winning margin as the GCL Cardinals slipped past the GCL Nationals 5-4 on the road.

Acevedo's s two-out single in the sixth brought in Yoenny Gonzalez who was plunked to reach base. Gonzalez touched home twice and stole his 11th base of 2012 which ties him for fourth in the league. Jem Argenal drove in two.

Kender Villegas (W, 3-2) gave up four runs, earned, which were split evenly between the first and fourth innings. The right-hander went five frames with seven hits and a base-on-balls. Javier Machuca pitched the sixth and seventh on one hit. Juan Caballero retired all three batters he faced in the eighth and Cole Brand worked around back-to-back singles to open the ninth to earn his third save.

Thursday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Fidencio Flores (3-1, 1.88)

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Astros 3 – game one
DSL Astros 6 at DSL Cardinals 5 – game two

Game one was the completion of a June 21st contest that saw two ties and three lead changes.

The Cardinals struck first with a run in the first but the Astros responded with two in the second. The Dominican Birds tied it up with one in the second before the Astros re-took the lead one in the sixth. The Cards re-tied it up in the eighth and walked off with the win with one in the ninth. The Dominican Birds had very balanced scoring with eight different players either touching home or driving in a run.

Jose Lara (W, 2-0) limited the Astros to a single hit over the last three innings to earn the win. Frederis Parra went four with two unearned runs on four hits with four strike outs. Fernando Gonzalez allowed a single tally in the sixth on three hits.

In game two, a run in the ninth off Jorge Rodriguez provided the Astros with the winning margin. Rodriguez (L, 0-1) walked three with one hits in 2 1/3. The right-hander and Ismael Brito pitched in relief of Dewin Perez who gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits and four base-on-balls in five plus.

The Dominican Birds had 13 hits but went 5-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina led the team with three hits in four at bats, two runs scored and two more knocked in.

Thursday's game: at DSL Astros, 10:30 am ET, Hector Salazar (2-1, 1.61)

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