Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/31/12

There were several strong pitching performances in St. Louis' minors on Monday. That resulted in the system going 6-2 with Quad Cities and the DSL Cardinals the only squads going down to defeat.

Results from games played Monday, July 30.

Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 4

The Redbirds (43-67) won for only the second time in their last eight decisions with their 5-4 victory over Round Rock at home. They remain in third place, 22 games behind Omaha (KC).

‘Good' Shelby Miller, our co-Player of the Day, picked up his sixth win, holding the Express to a solo shot in the first and a single tally in the fourth of his seven frames of work. The righty fanned eight with six ground outs and five fly outs to go with eight hits but no walks. ‘Bad' Eduardo Sanchez did not retire a batter in the eighth, serving up a two-run slam on two hits and a free pass. Jess Todd and Victor Marte kept Round Rock off the board the rest of the way with the latter earning his first save.

Memphis was out hit 12 to six, but two of them were long balls that produced three tallies. Steven Hill's bomb in the first knocked in Lou Montanez who reached on a free pass. That game the Redbirds a 2-1 lead. Ryan Jackson's ninth home run of 2012 gave the team their second and final lead in the fourth, 3-2. Singles by Eugenio Velez and Shane Robinson put two runners on in the fifth and both crossed when their double-steal provoked an errant play at third.

Tuesday's game: vs. fourth-place (American Southern Division) Round Rock (48-62), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 9 at Northwest Arkansas 5

Springfield's 9-5 victory at Northwest Arkansas gave them a two-two split of their series. The S-Cards (24-12) remain in first, 4 ½ up on Arkansas (LAA) with whom they start a three-game set Tuesday night.

The Cardinals bunched their scoring into two big innings: a four-run second and a five-run ninth that broke a four-all tie. Jermaine Curtis was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Kolten Wong and Travis Tartamella drove in two and touched home twice. Greg Garcia drew three base-on-balls and scampered home twice. Oscar Taveras went 0-for-2 as the designated hitter before being replaced by Jose Garcia in the fifth (link to details).

Jorge Rondon, Springfield's fifth pitcher, collected his first win. Rondon stranded both runners inherited from Keith Butler in the eighth but yielded a tally in the ninth. Butler coughed up three doubles, a single and a walk for three tallies that tied the game. He recorded one out.

Anthony Ferrara started and shut out the Naturals on two hits and two walks in the first 3 1/3. He exited in the fourth with a possible groin injury (link to details). Chase Reid came on to retire the first six batters he faced before a double and a single resulted in one tally. Justin Wright retired the side in the seventh.

Tuesday's game: at second-place Arkansas (20-17), 7:10 pm CT, Seth Maness (8-2, 2.49)

Palm Beach 9 vs. Dunedin 3

Kevin Siegrist had another strong performance as Palm Beach topped Dunedin 9-3 at home. The Beach Birds (20-19) move into a tie with Bradenton (PIT) with the win.

Siegrist upped his record to 6-0 by limiting the Blue Jays to two third-inning tallies on five hits and three walks over six. He struck out two. Michael Wacha made his Florida State League debut by fanning five of the six batters he faced, two looking and three swinging. Cardinals scouting director Dan Kantrovitz tweeted that "Wacha's fastball was sitting 95 mph and touched 96/97 mph." Iden Nazario yielded an unearned run in the ninth.

The Cardinals translated nine hits and five free passes into nine tallies, led by Mike O'Neill and Starlin Rodriguez. O'Neill and Rodriguez each accounted for four of their team's runs with the former going a perfect 2-for-2 with a single, a double, two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Rodriguez knocked in three and came home once with both of his hits being doubles. Ronny Gil doubled twice and touched home three times while Tyler Rahmatulla walked twice and scored both times.

Tuesday's game: vs. sixth-place (North Division) Dunedin (17-21), 6:35 pm ET, Drew Benes (5-7, 498)

Kane County 5 vs. Quad Cities 3

Tyrell Jenkins could not finish the fifth as Quad Cities fell 5-3 at Kane County, The River Bandits (16-20) did not win a game on their six-game road trip and have fallen into a tie for fifth place with Beloit (MIN), five games off Clinton's (SEA) pace.

Jenkins (L, 2-4) gave up two runs in the second on two one-out doubles and a two-out single then exited with two outs in the fifth, with one run in and a runner on first. The Cougars had three singles, three doubles and a walk against Jenkins with three strikeouts. The fourth tally charged to the right-hander was knocked in with Jonathan Cornelius on the bump. Cornelius allowed an unearned run in the sixth. Ricky Martinez kept Kane County off the board in the seventh and eighth.

All three of the River Bandits' scores came in the third. Casey Rasmus singled twice, walked, stole a base twice and scored. David Medina touched home once and knocked in one.

Tuesday's game: vs. Peoria (CHC), Sam Gaviglio (5-7, 4.79)

Batavia 5 vs. Staten Island 4 (11)

Patrick Wisdom singled and scored in the 11th as Batavia edged Staten Island 5-4 for a sweep of their three-game home series. Batavia (23-18) is in second, two games in back of Auburn (WSH).

Breyvic Valera, Danny Stienstra and Jordan Walton each had two of the Muckdogs' ten hits, with Valera's triple the only one that went for extra bases. Valera scored twice with an RBI. David Washington's solo smash got Batavia on the board in the fourth and made the score 3-1 Staten Island. Jesus Montero had the game-winning RBI in the 11th. As reported here, Alex Mejia exited in the fifth with a possible ankle injury.

Yunier Castillo allowed an unearned tally in the ninth that tied the score but was credited with his second victory by shutting out the Yankees in the 10th and 11th on a total of two hits and a walk. All three tallies charged to starter Kyle Helisek came in his third and last inning of work as the result of a walk, a hit batsman and four of the five hits he yielded. Cory Baker shut out Staten Island on two pings over the next four innings and Kevin Jacob pitched a perfect eighth.

Tuesday's game: off

Johnson City 3 vs. Kingsport 2

The Appy Birds walked off with a 3-2 victory over visiting Kingsport for the sixth consecutive win. Johnson City (20-17) is in third place, 6 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Our co-Player of the Day Trevor Martin's second hit of the game was a four-sacker to start the ninth. The designated hitter doubled in the fifth and raced home on a subsequent fielding error by Kingsport's second baseman. His slam was the only earned run allowed by Mets pitchers. Lance Jeffries also got aboard in the fifth on a base-on-balls and came around to score on the aforementioned error followed by consecutive wild pitches.

Starter Juan Bautista held the Mets to two runs in the second of his seven innings on the mound. Bautista scattered six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Roberto Canache picked up his first win by shutting out Kingsport on a walk over the final two frames.

Tuesday's game: vs. fourth-place Kingsport (12-25), 7:00 pm ET, Thomas Lee (1-2, 3.47)

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Nationals 1

Jamie Garcia started on the comeback trail in the Gulf Birds' 4-1 victory over the visiting Nationals.

Garcia yielded three singles and a double in 2 1/3. The first was a one-out single to left in the first that was erased on a double-play. Consecutive two-out singles followed in the second and the double on a soft fly ball to center finished Garcia's outing. The lefty had four ground outs, no fly outs and one strike out. More details on Garcia's outing here.

Javier Machuca retired all five batters he faced to notch his second win. Boone Whiting showed improved results in his third rehab appearance, working around a lead-off double in the fifth and giving up a tally on a two-out triple and single. Whiting had two fly outs and fanned two. Anderson Gerdel, Cole Brand and Chris Thomas each tossed a scoreless frame with Thomas fanning the side in the ninth.

Yoenny Gonzalez singled to open the bottom half of the first and crossed home on Jem Argenal's two-out double. Gonzalez was aboard again in the third when Anthony Bryant sent one over the left field wall, his second long ball of 2012. Argenal tripled to center with two outs in the sixth and scooted home on a wild pitch for the team's final tally.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Mariners 8 at DSL Cardinals 5 (11)

Ramon Santos and Ismael Brito combined to yield three runs in the top of the 11th as the Dominican Birds fell to the Mariners 8-5 at home. The Cardinals (25-24) are in fifth, 12 games in back of Seattle's offshoot.

Dailyn Martinez departed after six, down 3-1, with five hits and a walk given up. He struck out four. Jorge Rodriguez issued three base-on-balls to go with one hit that produced one tally in 1 1/3. Jose Lara allowed an unearned run in the 10th, his second inning of work.

Centerfielder Carlos Torres knocked in three and scored one on two singles. Robelys Reyes singled twice, touched home once and drove in one. Lead-off hitter Eliezer Alvarez had three singles, a walk and a run scored.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Mariners, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (1-3, 4.96)

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