Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/01/12

The minors went 4-2 on Tuesday with Springfield, Quad Cities, the GCL and DSL Cardinals all victorious. Memphis and Palm Beach fell. Batavia had the day off while Johnson City had another game postponed.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 31.

Round Rock 10 at Memphis 4

Memphis' pitchers yielded 13 hits and six free passes as they lost soundly 10-4 to Round Rock at home. The Redbirds fell in the series 1-4.

Michael Blazek (L, 0-1) lasted just three frames, with a tally in the first and a three-run bomb in the third. The righty allowed six hits and two walks with one strikeout. Maikel Cleto served up a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. The tallies came on three pings and three base-on-balls. Adam Reifer gave up a solo shot in the seventh, his second inning on the bump. Sam Freeman tossed a scoreless eighth but John Gaub coughed up his own solo home run in the ninth.

Steven Hill had three of the team's 10 hits and Ryan Jackson and Lou Montanez had two apiece. Hill and Jackson doubled once while the latter scored twice. Memphis went 1-for-14 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10.

Wednesday's game: at first-place (Pacific Southern Division) Sacramento (OAK) (66-45), 9:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson, (5-8, 3.63)

Springfield 11 at Arkansas 9 (10)

Springfield tallied twice in the last two frames to upend host Arkansas 11-9.

Trailing 8-7 in the ninth, the S-Cards brought in two to take the lead but Jorge Rondon allowed the Naturals to tie the game on a lead-off double followed by consecutive wild pitches. Rondon was the pitcher of record when Greg Garcia's two-run slam gave the squad their second lead so accordingly picked up his second win. Keith Butler worked around a two-out single for his 22nd save.

Three of the seven runs yielded by starter Seth Maness in five innings came via the long ball. Arkansas had nine hits and a walk against the right-hander. Scott Gorgen went the next 2 2/3 with a tally on a hit and three free passes. He fanned five. Eric Fornataro stranded two of Gorgen's runners in the eighth on a strike out.

The S-Cards banged out 17 hits with Garcia's possibly being the timeliest ones. In addition to his 10th-inning heroics, Garcia's single in the ninth drove in the go-ahead run. Oscar Taveras was back in center with a single, triple, two runs driven in and two scored. Jaime Romak touched home once with two RBIs. Xavier Scruggs singled three times, crossed home twice and knocked in another. Jermaine Curtis went 2-fo4-6 with two runs scored.

Wednesday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Scott McGregor (4-1, 4.55)

Dunedin 7 at Palm Beach 3

Drew Benes put the Beach Birds in a 6-1 hole from which they could not dig themselves out as they fell to Dunedin 7-3 at home. The two squads have split the first two of four.

All six runs charged to Benes (L, 5-8) were earned and came on six hits, including a three-run home run in the first. Benes walked two and struck out three in two. Jose Almarante fanned three and walked one over the next four. Zack Russell tossed the final three frames, with a hit and two base-on-balls that produced a run in the ninth.

Palm Beach matched Dunedin's seven hits but not their results. Starlin Rodriguez and Cody Stanley each had two hits with Stanley knocking in one. Mike O'Neill singled, walked twice and touched home once.

Wednesday's game: vs. Dunedin, 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (1-1, 4.85)

Quad Cities 5 vs. Peoria 1

Sam Gaviglio fanned seven in seven innings as Quad Cities easily handled Peoria 5-1 at home. The win snapped a six-game losing streak by the River Bandits.

Our Player of the Day Gaviglio tossed his second straight quality start and longest outing since June 12th in limiting the Cubs to a single unearned tally in the sixth. The right-hander held the opposition to five hits and a walk with 10 ground outs and three fly outs. Danny Miranda and Heath Wyatt each shut out Peoria for an inning on a walk with two strikeouts.

A three-run eighth provided a comfortable cushion upon which for Quad Cities to rest their win. The tallies came from two singles sandwiched around a double plus two walks, all with two outs. Stephen Piscotty went 3-for-4 with the aforementioned double, knocked one across and scored another. Matt Williams had two singles, a walk and crossed home twice. David Medina doubled, walked and scored each time. Nick Longmire went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in his return to Quad Cities.

Wednesday's game: vs. Peoria, 1:11 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-5, 4.05)

Batavia - off

Wednesday's game: at first-place (Stedler Division) Tri-City (HOU) (30-12), Ben Freeman (2-2, 3.00)

Johnson City vs. Kingsport – postponed due to rain

Wednesday's game: vs. fourth-place (East division) Bluefield (TOR) (17-20), 7:00 pm ET, Thomas Lee (1-2, 3.47)

GCL Cardinals 12 at GCL Nationals 4

The Gulf Birds banged out 12 hits in the 12-4 romp over the GCL Nationals on the road.

Down 2-1 entering the fifth, team team exploded for six tallies then added another five in the sixth. First baseman Jem Argenal knocked in four and crossed home twice on two hits including a two-run long ball. Third baseman Ronnierd Garcia added a solo shot to his double with three RBIs. Designated hitter Rowan Wick and left fielder Anthony Bryant touched home twice while the former drove in one.

Max Foody had his longest stint to date, tossing four frames with five hits that produced single scores in the third and fourth. He hit one batter. Josh Wilson picked up the win in his first outing in over three years. The former second-round pick ('05) showed some rust and possible jitters by immediately giving up a single-double-single sequence for a run but retired the next three batters with another run crossing on a ground out.

Kurt Heyer's professional debut was tamer. This year's sixth-round selection tossed a scoreless sixth with a line out and two strike outs, one called and one swinging. One batter reached on a fielding error by Argenal. Burny Mitchem and Juan Caballero combined to keep the Nationals off the board over the last three innings.

Wednesday's game: at GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 9 at DSL Mariners 1

The Dominican Birds' pitchers combined for a three-hitter as the Cardinals stomped the Mariners 9-1 on the road.

Juan Perez notched his fifth win against two losses by limiting the Mariners to an unearned tally on three hits in five. He struck out eight and issued three free passes. Fernando Baez was superb; retiring all 12 batters he faced, six via a strike out, to earn his first save.

Perez exited down 1-0 but watched his team explode for six in the sixth. Four of the six tallies came off the Mariners' starter who did not record an out that frame. The team's other three runs came in the eighth. Eight Cardinals either scored or drove in a run, led by third baseman Leobaldo Pina who tripled, singled, drove in three and scored one. Eliezer Alvarez and Luis Cruz were responsible for three tallies each. Alvarez touched home twice with an RBI while Cruz reversed those results.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Indians, 10:30 am ET, Dewin Perez (1-4, 2.45)

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