Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/06/12

The system had strong pitching performances at three of their five clubs in action on Sunday. All three were victorious while the other two were not. Memphis, Springfield and Quad Cities all won but Palm Beach and Batavia lost. Johnson City's game was postponed and both the GCL and DSL squads have Sundays off.

Results from games played Sunday, August 5.

Memphis 9 at Fresno 2

Our co-Player of the Day Shelby Miller built on his solid July 30th performance as Memphis flew past Fresno 9-2 on the road. The contest was the first of four against the Grizzlies.

The only two tallies charged to Miller came on three of the four hits he allowed. The right-hander proceeded to set down 19 of the next 20 he faced with eight strikeouts and no free passes. Miller recorded seven ground outs and three fly outs in earning his seventh win against nine losses. Nick Greenwood and Jorge Rondon each tossed a scoreless frame.

Ryan Jackson's two-run smash in the top of the first jump-started the Redbirds' offense in a game that saw them pound out 17 hits. All four of the squad's fifth-inning runs were via the long ball, starting with Steven Hill's 11th bomb of 2012, a lead-off solo shot. After singles by Mark Hamilton and Eugenio Velez, our other co-Player of the Day Bryan Anderson sent the first of his two home runs for the game over the left field wall. Anderson added a solo blast in the seventh for the last of his five RBIs. All eight starters either scored or drove in a tally.

Monday's game: at Fresno, 9:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (5-9, 3.70)

Springfield 4 vs. Tulsa 1

Seth Maness tossed seven strong frames in Springfield's 4-1 victory over visiting Tulsa. The S-Cards lead the four-game set 2-1.

Maness (W, 9-2) rebounded from back-to-back sub-par outings by handcuffing the Drillers on just four hits over seven. Two of the four pings came in the fourth when he gave up an unearned run on a fielding error by first baseman Xavier Scruggs. The right-hander fanned a season-high nine batters with no base-on-balls. Michael Blazek and Eric Fornataro faced the minimum in the eighth and ninth.

Scruggs' bat gave more than his glove took away as he went 2-for-4 with a solo bomb, two RBIs and two scored. Maness assisted his own cause by singling and scoring the tying run in the fifth on Jermaine Curtis' single. Oscar Taveras went 2-for-4 with a double and crossed home once. Kolten Wong had the night off.

Monday's game: vs. Tulsa, 7:08 pm CT, Scott McGregor (5-1, 4.42)

Bradenton 10 vs. Palm Beach 7

Palm Beach came out on the short end of a battle of the bats as they were clubbed by Bradenton 10-7 at home. The Beach Birds drop the series 1-2.

The Cardinals were undone by their gloves as they committed five errors that produced four unearned tallies. Seth Blair lasted just 1 2/3 in his first Palm Beach start, yielding three runs, two earned, on three hits, four walks and two wild pitches. Anderson Gerdel matched Blair's line except that he neither issued a free pass nor uncorked any wild ones.

Aidan Lucas was charged with his first loss when he gave up four runs, two earned, on four hits and two walks in two. Jose Almarante was the only Cardinal not to be scored upon as he scattered three hits over the final 2 2/3 with no base-on-balls.

Catcher Geoff Klein was a perfect 2-for-2 with two walks, a solo blast and two RBIs. Third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla's first Florida State League bomb opened the third, one of his two hits. First baseman Chris Edmondson singled twice and crossed home once.

Monday's game: off

Quad Cities 6 at Burlington 2

Tyrell Jenkins had his second positive performance in his last five outings as Quad Cities sailed over host Burlington 6-2. The squads have split the first two of four games.

Jenkins was credited with his third win against four losses when he scattered six hits over five. Half of those came in the second and resulted in a single tally. Jenkins fanned two with no free passes issued.

The Bees' other run came in on a walk, single and wild pitch in the first of three frames tossed by Robert Stock. Stock proceeded to retire eight of the next nine batters he faced. Heath Wyatt worked around consecutive one-out singles to keep Burlington off the board in the ninth.

The River Bandits snatched the slim 1-0 lead away from Burlington with two in the fourth. They sandwiched single scores in the fifth and seventh around two in the sixth to expand their advantage. Matt Williams doubled, singled twice, touched home once, drove in one and swiped two bases to up his season total to 19. Anthony Melchionda and Luis Mateo each smacked solo blasts that were one of the two they scored.

Monday's game: at Burlington, 6:30 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (6-7, 4.46)

Vermont 3 vs. Batavia 1 (5)

The Muckdogs fell for the fourth straight time, this one a 3-1 defeat at Vermont in a contest that was called after 4 1/2. They trail 0-3 in their four-game set with the Lake Monsters.

Tim Cooney took his first loss by allowing a three-run home run in the first. Cooney gave up a total of five hits and a walk in four with four strikeouts.

Batavia's tally came in the second. David Washington got aboard on a one-out double to center, his 17th of the year, which ties him for the league lead. Jacob Wilson's two-out double to left brought Washington in.

Monday's game: at Vermont, 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-2, 3.86)

Johnson City at Greeneville - postponed

Johnson City had yet another contest postponed due to rain. They will try to get in a double-header Monday.

Monday's games: at Greeneville. Game one – 6:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (1-0, 2.31); game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

GCL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Max Foody (0-1, 5.68)

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: vs. DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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