Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/05/12

The road was a lonely place for St. Louis' minors on Saturday with five of the system's seven losses coming on the road. The Gulf club split a pair while the DSL Cardinals won. Everyone else fell, three of them in extras.

Results from games played Saturday, August 4.

Sacramento 3 vs. Memphis 2 (10)

The Redbirds drove in single tallies in the eighth and ninth to tie, only to be clipped 3-2 in 10 at Sacramento. It is Memphis' (43-72) fifth consecutive loss and drops then into a tie with Iowa (CHC) for the cellar spot of the American Northern division.

Adam Reifer yielded three straight singles to start the 10th to absorb his fourth loss against one win. Earlier, starter Tyler Lyons scattered eight hits and a walk over six with the only mark against him being two tallies in the fifth. The lefty struck out eight. Jess Todd and Sam Freeman combined to keep the RiverCats scoreless over the next three frames.

Jose Garcia walked and came around on Ryan Jackson's single in the eighth to halve the lead. Steven Hill's 10th home run of 2012 tied things up to start the ninth. Cedric Hunter's two doubles were one-third of the team's total hits.

Sunday's game: at third-place (Pacific Southern Division) Fresno (SF) (60-54), 8:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (0-0, 1.80)

Tulsa 7 at Springfield 3 (12)

Jaime Garcia's first rehab start did not translate into a win - through no fault of his own - as Springfield fell to Tulsa 7-3 at home. The S-Cards (28-13) remain firmly in first place, 7 ½ up on Arkansas (LAA).

Garcia retired the first nine he faced before serving up a solo shot to begin the fourth. His night was finished a groundout and a double later. Garcia fanned six with six ground outs and one fly out. He did not issue a free pass.

Kevin Siegrist yielded a tally in the fifth and a solo bomb in the sixth on six hits in just 2 2/3. Scott Gorgen tossed a scoreless eighth while Eric Fornataro twice retired the side in order. Keith Butler (L, 4-1) tossed a one-two-three 11th but served up a grand slam in the 12th to put the game out of reach.

Adam Melker's two-run home run tied the game in the fifth. It was the leftfielder's seventh bomb of the season. He added a single and a walk as well. The Cardinals re-tied it up in the ninth when Oscar Taveras led off with his only hit of the night, a single up the middle. Taveras promptly swiped his seventh base of 2012 and scampered to third on the resulting errant throw. He came in on a wild pitch. Audry Perez singled twice, was hit by a pitch and scored once.

Sunday's game: vs. third-place Tulsa, 6:08 pm CT, Seth Maness (8-2, 3.07)

Bradenton 2 vs. Palm Beach 0

A two-run home run in the first was the Beach Birds' undoing as they fell at Bradenton 2-0. Palm Beach (22-22) sits in a tie for second with Bradenton (PIT), ½ game in back of Jupiter (MIA).

The Cardinals out hit the Mauraders 6-3 but went 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. The home team's pings were disbursed among six different players.

Chris Corrigan (L, 2-6) was the unfortunate recipient of his teammates' offensive futility. The only two hits the right-hander allowed came in the first. Corrigan fanned six in five innings with three walks. Iden Nazario struck out two in the sixth and Michael Wacha tossed the final two frames with three strikeouts and one base-on-balls.

Sunday's game: at Bradenton, 5:00 pm ET, Seth Blair (0-0, 0.00)

Burlington 7 vs. Quad Cities 4

A three-run seventh broke a four-all tie as Quad Cities went on to suffer a 7-4 road defeat at the hands of Burlington. The River Bandits (19-22) have slid to a fifth-place tie with Beloit (MIN), six games down from Clinton (SEA).

Kyle Barraclough (L, 0-2) gave up three tallies, earned, on three hits and two wild pitches in the seventh inning. Starter Willy Paulino could not prevent a four-run third which came on three of the five base-on-balls he issued and his only hit, a double. Paulino was not aided by his defense since two throwing errors by Stephen Piscotty led to three of the four tallies being unearned. Jonathan Cornelius fanned six with only three pings in 4 1/3 scoreless frames.

Half of Quad Cities' runs came on solo long balls by Piscotty and Anthony Garcia. Piscotty added two free passes to his only hit and crossed home twice. Garcia had a sac fly in the first to bring in another. Matt Williams doubled and scored one to go with his 17th steal of 2012.

Sunday's game: at Burlington, 2:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (2-4, 5.81)

Vermont 7 vs. Batavia 3

Starter Ben O'Shea could not complete the fifth in Batavia's 7-3 loss at Vermont. It was the Muckdogs' (24-21) third straight defeat and they are currently in third, four games behind Auburn (WSH).

O'Shea coughed up 12 hits resulting in five runs, four earned, in 4 1/3. The damage would have been worse except that he did not walk a batter and induced two double plays. One of the two free passes issued by Dyllon Nuernberg in his two-inning stint forced in the final tally charged to O'Shea. Kevin Jacob yielded two runs on a double, triple and sac fly in 1 2/3.

Catcher Jonathan Keener singled, walked and touched home twice. One of right fielder David Popkins's two hits was a double in the seventh that drove in Keener and center fielder Steven Ramos. Danny Stienstra joined Popkins with a single and a double.

Sunday's game: at Vermont, 6:05 pm ET, Tim Cooney (2-0, 2.37)

Greeneville 3 vs. Johnson City 2 (10)

Cesar Aguilar yielded two costly singles in the 10th as Johnson City was edged by host Greeneville 3-2. The third-place Cardinals (21-19) are 6 ½ behind Elizabethton (MIN).

The winning run came in Aguilar's third inning of work and saddled him with his first loss. Aguilar allowed four hits and a walk in 2 2/3. Zach Petrick tossed the first four with the Astros knocking in two in the fourth on three of the four hits Petrick yielded. Mike Aldrete limited Greeneville to two hits and a walk over the next three with two strikeouts.

The Appy Birds tied the game with two in the ninth when Ildemaro Vargas opened with a single and came home on Adam Ehrlich's first slam of the season. Vargas and Ehrlich each had two of the team's eight hits with no other player accounting for more than one. C.J. McElroy swiped his 18th base in 21 attempts which is one off the league lead.

Sunday's game: at Greeneville, 6:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (1-0, 2.31)

GCL Marlins 5 at GCL Cardinals 3 (7) – game one
GCL Cardinals 8 at GCL Marlins 3 (7) – game two

The Gulf Birds split two with the Marlins on Saturday, dropping the first 5-3 but taking the second 8-3. The Cardinals (28-14) are comfortably in first, 7 ½ ahead of the Astros.

In game one, Hansel De Los Santos (L, 3-2) took a 2-0 lead into the fourth but finished the frame down 3-2. He allowed another tally in his fifth and final inning of work. Three of the four runs came on two long balls and were part of the three hits and two walks he gave up. De Los Santos fanned six. Fidencio Flores struck out three in the sixth but sandwiched those K's around two hits and a run yielded. Javier Machuca tossed a perfect seventh.

Kenny Peoples-Walls' first slam of 2012 came in the second with Rafael Medina aboard, who had reached on a force play. Medina scored the team's final run in the seventh when he reached on a fielding error, advanced on a ground out and crossed on a two-base throwing error by the Marlins' shortstop.

The victory in game two centered on a seven-run explosion in the fifth that flipped a 3-1 deficit into an 8-3 lead. The tallies came on three walks, two singles, a double, a fielding error and a hit batsman. Our co-Player of the Day, second baseman Luis Perez, was responsible for half of his squad's production, going 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Our other co-Player of the Day, designated hitter Jose Gomez, was also responsible for four tallies with a double, walk, three RBIs and a run scored.

Burny Mitchem (W, 1-0) was the pitcher of record during his teammates' outburst. Mitchem gave up a run on two pings in 1 1/3, pitching in relief of starter Johnny Polanco. Polanco yielded two runs, one earned, on three hits and four base-on-balls in 2 2/3 with three strikeouts. Norge Paredes (one) and Josh Renfro (two) combined to keep the Marlins off the board the rest of the way.

Sunday's game: off

DSL Cardinals 3 vs. DSL Royals 0 (6)

Esteban Vallejo and Fernando Baez combined to toss a three-hitter as the Cardinals shut out the Royals 3-0 at home. The Dominican Birds (29-25) are in fourth, 10 ½ behind the Mariners.

Vallejo retired the first eight batters before allowing a single and a wild pitch. He recorded two more outs before another single came about. Vallejo struck out the final two batters, two of his three Ks. Baez (W, 3-1) fanned four in two innings with a single and a free pass.

The Cardinals took the lead with two in the second and added another in the sixth. Luis Cruz and Sergio Ripoli had back-to-back singles to start the second, advanced on Bladimil Franco's sac bunt and scooted home on consecutive wild pitches. George Araujo smashed a two-out double in the sixth and crossed on a fielding error.

Sunday's game: off

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