Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/07/12

The minors went 3-5 on Monday. Quad Cities won, Johnson City swept a pair but Memphis, Springfield, Batavia, the GCL and DSL Cardinals all fell, the first two in extras.

Results from games played Monday, August 6.

Fresno 2 vs. Memphis 1 (10)

The Redbirds tied it with an unearned run in the seventh only to fall 2-1 in 10 innings at Fresno. The squads have split the first two of four.

Starter Brandon Dickson pitched superbly, scattering five hits and two walks over seven. The only mark against him was a solo home run in the fourth. Dickson fanned six and departed with a no-decision thanks, in part, to Steven Hill. A fielding error to lead off the seventh put Hill aboard. He advanced on Cedric Hunter's single and was knocked in on a single by Eugenio Velez.

Hunter and Velez each singled twice and accounted for two-thirds of Memphis' hits. The Redbirds loaded the bases in the top of the 10th with only one out, but could not push another tally across.

Maikel Cleto struck out two of the three he faced in the eighth. Victor Marte (L, 0-1) worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth but coughed up a triple to open the 10th that eventually crossed on a one-out single.

Tuesday's game: at Fresno, 9:05 pm CT, John Gast (8-2, 4.52)

Tulsa 10 at Springfield 6 (10)

Springfield kept Tulsa off the board in eight of ten innings but it was not enough as they were drilled at home 10-6 in 10. The S-Cards and the Drillers each took two wins in the series.

Starter Scott McGregor began the fifth up 2-0 but quickly relinquished the lead by allowing five runs, all earned. They were produced by four of the six pings and one of the four free passes he yielded, including a two-run shot. Chase Reid recorded the final two outs, but not before allowing his only inherited runner to cross on a single and a balk plus one of his own. Justin Wright and Deryk Hooker joined forces to strike out six over the next three frames on just one hit and walk.

Scott Gorgen (L, 4-7) allowed four runs, earned, on five hits and two base-on-balls, all of which came in his second inning of work, the 10th. Kevin Thomas recorded the final out.

Trailing 6-2, Springfield brought three across in the sixth and tied it up on Oscar Taveras' solo blast in the eighth, his 20th of the season. Taveras added a single and double to his bomb with three runs scored and two driven in. Xavier Scruggs was a perfect 4-for-4 with a walk, two doubles, three RBIs and a tally notched. They were the only Cardinals with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: off

Palm Beach - off

Tuesday's game: Second-place Palm Beach (22-23) vs. third-place St. Lucie (NYM) (21-23), 6:35 pm ET, Kyle Hald (2-1, 3.26)

Quad Cities 3 at Burlington 1

Starter Sam Gaviglio fanned eight in six frames as Quad Cities downed host Burlington 3-1. The River Bandits lead the series 2-1.

Our Player of the Day Gaviglio evened his record at seven all by shutting out the Bees on two hits and two walks. He had eight ground outs and one fly out to give him a 2.88 GO/AO ratio for the season. Dixon Llorens struck out three of the six batters he faced while a hit batsman and two-out double resulted in one tally in the ninth charged to Heath Wyatt. Wyatt picked up his 18th save, which is second in the Midwest League.

Doubles were pivotal in all three of the River Bandits' tallies. Juan Castillo doubled and scored on a ground out in the second to get Quad Cities on the scoreboard. Stephen Piscotty doubled in Jordan Walton in the seventh and was knocked in on David Medina's double. Castillo doubled twice with Piscotty adding a single as his second ping. Nick Longmire went 2-for-2 with a walk and was plunked once.

Tuesday's game: at Burlington, 6:30 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-5, 4.12)

Vermont 4 vs. Batavia 3

Batavia's losing streak grew to five as they fell 4-3 at Vermont and were swept in the three-game series.

The Muckdogs led 3-1 through six behind starter Kyle Helisek's three-hit, two-walk performance. The only run he allowed came in the first and was unearned. Brandon Creath (L, 0-2) gave up a tally in the seventh and two more in the eighth on three hits and two free passes in one plus innings. Yunier Castillo allowed both runners to cross in the eighth on a wild pitch that was sandwiched between to sac bunts.

Breyvic Valera doubled, walked once, touched home twice and drove in one. Garrett Wittels doubled and scored a run while Danny Stienstra brought one across.

Tuesday's game: Third-place Batavia (24-23) vs. second-place State College (PIT) (25-23), 7:05 pm ET, Ben Freeman (2-2, 2.57)

Johnson City 8 at Greeneville 2 (7) – game one
Johnson City 5 at Greeneville 1 (7) – game two

The Appy Birds took two from their host Greeneville, claiming the opener 8-2 and grabbing the nightcap 5-1, both in seven. Johnson City moved into a second-place tie with Greeneville with the sweep and took the series 2-1.

In game one, starter Victor De Leon upped his record to 2-0 by holding the Astros to three hits and two base-on-balls for two runs, both earned, in five. He fanned four. Roberto Canache tossed two perfect frames with a strikeout.

The JC-Cards pounded out 13 hits, led by Bruce Caldwell who was perfect in three at bats and a double shy of the cycle. The designated hitter touched home three times and walked once. Cesar Valera singled, doubled, knocked in two, scampered home twice and stole his fifth base of 2012. Ronald Castillo singled twice with two RBIs and a run scored. C.J. McElroy brought in two on a double and a sac fly.

Starter Stalyn Lopez bested his staff-mate De Leon in start length by tossing a complete game four-hitter in game two. Lopez struck out eight and issued two free passes in earning his third win against two losses.

Catcher Gerwuins Velazco singled twice with two RBIs while Ronald Castillo singled, walked and crossed home twice. Dutch Deol singled, doubled and drove in one.

Tuesday's game: vs. first-place Elizabethton (MIN) (29-14), 7:00 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 5.77)

GCL Nationals 5 vs. GCL Cardinals 3

The Gulf Birds never led in the 5-3 defeat to the GCL Nationals on the road.

Luis Perdomo (L, 0-1) took the loss in his GCL debut when he yielded two in the second and two in the fourth, his last inning of work. He allowed six hits and a walk in all. Kurt Heyer struck out two in the fifth, then Juan Caballero kept the opposition off the board in the sixth and seventh. Ramon Ulacio gave up a tally on a hit and a walk in the eighth.

Kenny Peoples-Walls got the Cardinals' scoring started with a two-run slam in the sixth that brought in Rafael Medina he had reached on a free pass. Yoenny Gonzalez drew a base-on-balls in the seventh, advanced on a force out, stole his 13th base of 2012 and raced home on Brett Wiley's sac fly to left. Steve Bean singled twice and drew a base-on-balls.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Max Foody (0-1, 5.68)

DSL Dodgers 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

Single tallies in the eighth and ninth were the difference as the Dominican Birds were downed by the Dodgers 5-3 at home.

Frederis Parra took his second loss when he yielded a tie-breaking run in the eighth, his second inning on the bump. Parra was charged with a single, two walks and a wild pitch. Luis De La Rosa gave up an unearned tally in the ninth without either a hit or a walk. It resulted from three errors, a hit batsman and a wild pitch. Dailyn Martinez went the first six, allowing three runs, two earned, on three hits, including a two-run bomb and three base-on-balls.

Luis Cruz opened the fourth with a single, swiped his fifth base of 2012, advanced to third on Bladimil Franco's single and scooted home on a ground out. Carlos Torres singled in two of his team's three runs in the fifth after Eliezer Alvarez walked and Robelys Reyes singled.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (2-3, 4.30)

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