Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/30/12

Batavia won big on Sunday with the Appy Birds adding their own victory. They were the only winners as Memphis was swept and Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities all fell.

Results from games played Sunday, July 29.

Round Rock 4 at Memphis 2 (7) – game one
Round Rock 8 at Memphis 5 (7) – game two

Memphis was swept in the twi-night double-header against Round Rock at home: 4-2 and 8-5.

Tyler Lyons took a complete game loss in game one. The southpaw fanned 11 Express but fell prey to both the long ball and bunched hits. Lyons gave up only five hits and two walks, but two of the five were solo shots in the fourth and sixth, then three other hits came in Round Rock's two-run fifth.

Matt Adams' 18th double of 2012 drove in Shane Robinson in the sixth after the latter led off the frame with a ground-rule double to right-center. The Redbirds' other tally came on Pete Kozma's ninth bomb of the season.

It was a bullpen start in game two with Adam Reifer, the Redbirds' second pitcher, serving up the big inning. Reifer (L, 1-3) began the fourth in relief of Nick Greenwood and coughed up five tallies, earned, on a solo shot, double, two singles, three walks and a wild pitch that broke a three-all tie and happened in just 2/3 of a frame. Greenwood had allowed a run in the second and two more in the third on six hits. John Gaub and Sam Freeman held the Express hitless over the last 3 1/3.

Three of Memphis' runs came via the long ball. Lou Montanez' first home run of 2012 was a two-run shot in the third to knot the score at three. Mark Hamilton sent a solo slam over the right field wall in the sixth for the team's final score. A free pass issued to Hamilton to start the second, the first baseman's first stolen base of 2012 plus two ground outs led to the Redbirds' first tally. Montanez singled in Pete Kozma in the fifth after the latter's 15th double of the season.

Monday's game: vs. Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (5-9, 5.65)

Northwest Arkansas 3 vs. Springfield 2

An unearned tally in the sixth left reliever Deryk Hooker (L, 1-2) wearing a 3-2 road loss to Northwest Arkansas.

Starter Carlos Martinez went the first five and yielded two tallies while walking four and striking out five. One of the two hits he gave up was a solo home run. The unearned run in the sixth came on a lead-off single, force out, force attempt throwing error and single. Hooker worked out of a bases-loaded with no outs scrape in the seventh to keep the one-run deficit intact. Eric Fornataro tossed a scoreless eighth.

One of Kolten Wong's two hits was a solo home run that led off the contest and put Springfield up 1-0. The S-Cards squandered a prime chance in the second when they loaded the bases with no one out but could only bring in one on Vance Albitz' 6-4-3 double-play.

Monday's game: at Northwest Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (0-0, 6.75)

Tampa 4 vs. Palm Beach 2

Two runs each in the first and second doomed the Beach Birds to a 4-2 loss at Tampa. Palm Beach (19-19) split its series with each squad winning two.

The damage against starter Chris Corrigan (L, 2-5) could have been much worse. The righty yielded 10 hits in five plus innings with seven coming in the first two frames. Aidan Lucas shut out the Yankees on one hit and a base-on-balls over the last three.

Chris Edmondson led off the second with his sixth slam of 2012. Consecutive one-out doubles by Ronny Gil and Mike O'Neill produced the Cardinals' other tally. Cody Stanley singled twice.

Monday's game: vs. fifth-place (North Division) Dunedin (TOR) (17-20), Kevin Siegrist (5-0, 2.19)

Kane County 5 vs. Quad Cities 1

A timely Cougar triple combined with untimely River Bandits hitting resulted in a 5-1 defeat at Kane County.

Starter Willy Paulino served up a bases-loaded triple in the second that resulted in four tallies due to a throwing error by Matt Williams. Paulino went six with seven hits, five runs, a free pass and three strike outs. Brad Watson made his first relief appearance for Quad Cities in the seventh, working out of a second-and-third with one out jam. Danny Miranda tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Quad Cities had eight hits to Kane County's nine but their hits were scattered among seven players which led to a disjointed 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. David Bergin's sac fly to right in the first knocked in Williams who kicked off the game with a double. Bergin singled twice for the team's only multi-hit performance.

Monday's game: at Kane County, 12:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (2-3, 5.66)

Batavia 10 vs. Staten Island 2

Batavia tallied five runs over the last two innings for a convincing 10-2 win over visiting Staten Island.

Our co-Players of the Day Danny Stienstra and Breyvic Valera were each responsible for four of the team's 10 runs. Stienstra had three RBI's and touched home once on a four-hit night, including his first double of 2012. Valera singled twice, tripled once, scored twice and drove in two Alex Mejia and Patrick Wisdom also crossed home twice.

Starter Tim Cooney earned his second win without a loss by scattering six hits over five. The only mark against him came in the fourth when Staten Island knocked in a run on three singles. Joe Scanio struck out three of the six batters he faced in the sixth and seventh. Lee Stoppelman retired the side in order in the eighth but gave up only his second earned run of the season on three singles in the ninth. He fanned three.

Monday's game: vs. Staten Island, 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-2, 3.24)

Johnson City 6 vs. Kingsport 2

Johnson City opened a six-game home stand with a 6-2 victory over Kingsport.

Stalyn Lopez (W, 2-2) held the Mets to single tallies in the second and fourth. Three of the four free passes issued by Lopez came in the fourth as well as one of his four hits allowed. The lefty struck out five in five innings. Jacob Booden retired all six batters he faced while Mike Aldrete fanned four of the six Mets he went up against.

Center fielder C.J. McElroy and second baseman Leandro Mateo had identical 2-for-4 with two runs scored performances. First baseman Jeremy Schaffer knocked in two on two singles and crossed home once. Third baseman Trevor Martin had two singles, a double and an RBI.

Monday's game: vs. Kingsport, 7:00 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 6.59)

GCL Cardinals - off

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

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: vs. DSL Mariners, 10:30 am ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-3, 2.89)

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