Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/03/12

The system went 3-5 on Thursday with Springfield, Quad Cities and Johnson City the only victors. Like with the major league club, run production was at a premium for most of the losing squads as four of the five scored three or fewer runs.

Results from games played Thursday, August 2.

Sacramento 4 vs. Memphis 3

A four-run seventh was Memphis' downfall in the 4-3 loss at Sacramento. The Redbirds have lost the first two of four against the RiverCats.

Starter John Gast began the seventh with a 3-0 lead, having shut out the opposition on four hits and two walks. A lead-off single followed by a free pass, however, ended his night. Nick Greenwood (L, 1-2) allowed both runners to cross then added two of his own on two hits and two base-on-balls. Victor Marte tossed a scoreless ninth.

Eugenio Velez drove in two on three singles while Shane Robinson went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored before being pulled from the game late, perhaps to rejoin St. Louis. Pete Kozma and Steven Hill crossed home as well.

Friday's game: at Sacramento, 9:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (1-7, 5.03)

Springfield 5 at Arkansas 0

Richard Castillo went seven strong frames as Springfield cruised to a 5-0 victory over Arkansas on the road. The S-Cards (27-12) swept the three-game set and finished their road trip with a 5-2 record.

Castillo, our Player of the Day, yielded just five hits and two walks to earn his sixth win against four losses. He had 10 ground outs, five fly outs and three strikeouts. Justin Wright held the Travelers to two hits over the final two frames while fanning two.

Springfield knocked in two in the second, one in the third and two more in the fifth. Kolten Wong, Greg Garcia and Travis Tartamella all had three hits. Wong went 3-for-5 with a double and two RBIs. Garcia doubled twice and scored one while two of Tartamella's pings went for a double and he touched home twice.

Friday's game: vs. third-place Tulsa (COL) (17-23), 7:08 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-3, 2.64)

Dunedin 7 at Palm Beach 3

Palm Beach's bullpen could not hold a 3-2 lead after six as the Beach Birds fell to Dunedin 7-3 at home. The Cardinals (21-21) split the four-game set and are in a first-place tie with Bradenton (PIT) (20-20).

Starter Todd McInnis gave up two unearned tallies in his sixth and final inning of work. He fanned six with five hits and a walk. Iden Nazario took the loss when he yielded two runs on three hits in the seventh and Dean Kiekhefer had a rare bad outing as he coughed up three in the eighth, including a two-run shot, in the first of his two innings on the bump.

Starlin Rodriguez had two singles and two RBIs with his 15th stolen base of 2012. Luis De La Cruz was a perfect 2-for-2 with a run scored before being replaced by Geoff Klein. James Ramsey doubled, walked and crossed home once.

Friday's game: at Bradenton, 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (7-1, 2.96)

Quad Cities 6 vs. Peoria 4

Quad Cities built a 6-2 lead through six and held on to down Peoria 6-4 at home. The River Bandits lead the series 2-1.

Brad Watson allowed single tallies in the second and fifth to collect his second win against one loss. Watson fanned five in six frames, with five hits including a solo bomb. He did not walk a batter. Ricky Martinez yielded two runs on a total of four hits in the first of his two innings of work. Heath Wyatt struck out two in the ninth to notch his 17th save.

Luis Mateo accounted for three tallies by scoring one and driving in two on a double. Anthony Garcia's 14th long ball of the season was a two-run smash in the fourth that broke a one-all tie. Jeremy Patton singled twice and touched home once. Lead-off batter Nick Longmire drew two free passes and scored a run.

Friday's game: vs. Peoria, 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (6-5, 4.10)

Tri-City 6 vs. Batavia 2

Starter Tyler Melling could not retire any of the three he faced in the sixth which led to Batavia's 6-2 loss at Tri-City. The teams have split the first two of three.

Melling (L, 2-1) limited the ValleyCats to a solo shot through five but loaded the basses on three singles in the sixth. The southpaw gave up a total of nine hits with four strikeouts and no walks issued. During his only frame, Joe Scanio allowed two hits that knocked in all three of Melling's runners. Tri-City brought two more across on two hits in the seventh that were charged to Chris Thomas. Kevin Jacob retired the side in order in the eighth.

Patrick Wisdom tripled three times and drove in Danny Stienstra once. One of Stienstra's two hits was a double. Gary Apelian had two singles and drove in Matthew Young for the team's other tally.

Friday's game: at Tri-City, 7:00 pm ET, Joey Cuda (4-0, 2.67)

Johnson City 7 vs. Bluefield 5

Silfredo Garcia pitched six strong innings before tiring in the seventh as the Cardinals flew past the Blue Jays 7-5 at home. The victory evens their three-game series at one all.

Garcia (W, 2-1) held Bluefield to a run on three hits and a base-on-balls through six but three singles and a double brought three across in the seventh as the Blue Jays cut the lead to 5-4. Jeff Rauh recorded the final two outs in the seventh to strand a runner but put two on in the eighth, one of which came home with Ronnie Shaban on the mound. Shaban picked up his 10th save by tossing the final 1 2/3 with a hit and two strikeouts.

Ildemaro Vargas went 2-for-3 with a walk, a solo shot and three runs scored. Bruce Caldwell singled, doubled and crossed home twice. Ronald Castillo's only hit knocked in two.

Friday's game: vs. Bluefield, 7:00 pm ET, Zach Petrick (3-0, 2.10)

GCL Astros 10 at GCL Cardinals 4

The Gulf Birds scored four through two but none in the final seven frames in a 10-4 loss to the Astros at home.

Boone Whiting's fourth rehab appearance was also his first start. Whiting struck out six in three innings with the only mark against him being a single tally in the first that came on two of the three hits he allowed. Ramon Ulacio (L, 2-3) went the next 3 1/3 with five of the seven tallies he yielded coming in his first inning of work. Javier Machuca was charged with two runs on three hits and two base-on-balls in 1 2/3. Josh Renfro tossed a perfect ninth.

Brett Wiley was responsible for three of his team's four runs as he drove in two and scored one despite his only hit being a single. Luis Perez had two doubles and an RBI. Kenny Peoples-Walls singled twice to raise his line to .344/.400/.406/.806 in 32 at bats over his last 10 games.

Friday's game: at GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm ET, Johnny Polanco (0-2, 2.00)

DSL Indians 5 at DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds managed just four hits in their 5-2 loss to the Indians at home.

Hector Salazar absorbed his third loss against two wins, giving up three runs on six hits and two walks in five. The 18-year-old struck out five. Alirio Negrette allowed an unearned run in three innings with a hit and a free pass. Jose Pena yielded a tally on two hits in the ninth.

One of Leobaldo Pina's two singles drove in Domingo Sanchez in the third after the latter drew a one-out walk. Eliezer Alvarez doubled with two out in the eighth and scooted home on a wild pitch.

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

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