Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/08/12

Quad Cities and Johnson City were the only victors on Tuesday. Springfield had the night off but the balance of the system all fell.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 7.

Fresno 6 vs. Memphis 4

Memphis lost for the 10th time in their last 12 games, this one 6-4 at Fresno.

Starter John Gast (L, 8-3) coughed up five tallies in the first three frames and six overall, five earned, in 4 1/3. The lefty allowed five hits and five walks with three strikeouts. John Gaub recorded the final two outs in the fifth to strand two runners and joined Jess Todd, Sam Freeman and Adam Reifer in shutting down the Grizzlies the rest of the way.

Six Redbirds each had a hit with Matt Adams' two-run long ball in the eighth being the only extra-base hit. It was Adams' 18th home run of 2012 and his second in his last 10 contests.

Wednesday's game: at Fresno, 9:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (0-0, 1.80)

Springfield - off

Fresh off the brief four-game home stand, first-place Springfield (29-14) begins a six-game road trip with Texas League South rivals San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

Wednesday's game: at second-place San Antonio (SD) (24-20), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (6-4, 3.84)

St. Lucie 9 at Palm Beach 1

The Beach Birds opened a six-game home stand by absorbing a 9-1 pounding at the hands of St. Lucie.

Kyle Hald followed up a sparkling performance on August 1st against Dunedin with a dud against the Mets. Two of the four runs the southpaw gave up were solo long balls that were part of the six hits and five base-on-balls charged to him. Drew Benes (one), Danny Miranda (two) and Dean Kiekhefer (two) each allowed at least one tally on three hits apiece in a minimum of a one-inning stint.

Palm Beach narrowly escaped being no-hit when Starlin Rodriguez doubled to left to kick off the ninth for the squad's only hit. Rodriguez advanced to third on an infield ground out and scored on another ground out.

Wednesday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 pm ET, Todd McInnis (1-6, 4.48)

Quad Cities 6 at Burlington 3

A four-run eighth snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the River Bandits sailed past the Bees 6-4 on the road. Quad Cities (22-22) took the series 3-1.

A bases-loaded single by Nick Martini knocked in Anthony Garcia (double) for the inning's first tally. Our co-Player of the Day Casey Rasmus followed with a single that brought in two more but led to an out at the plate. Rasmus crossed home on a wild pitch for the inning's final run. Rasmus doubled, singled twice and touched home three times. Matt Williams had four singles and an RBI. Jeremy Paton singled twice and doubled.

Hector Hernandez scattered nine hits over 5 1/3, allowing single tallies in the first, third and fifth. Just-activated Ethan Cole notched his third win against one loss by keeping Burlington off the board on one hit in 1 2/3 while stranding a runner. Ricky Martinez tossed the final two scoreless frames for his third save.

Wednesday's game: vs. Beloit (MIN) (22-22), 7:00 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-1, 6.75)

State College 4 at Batavia 2 (10)

Batavia knocked in the tying runs in the sixth only to fall to State College 4-2 in 10.

Joe Scanio (L, 1-3) yielded both of the final tallies in his second inning of work on a single, walk and three wild pitches. Our co-Player of the Day Ben Freeman had his second consecutive strong start, holding the Spikes to two runs, one earned, on six hits, including a solo bomb over seven. The lefty fanned five and walked three. Chris Thomas tossed a scoreless eighth.

Matthew Young worked a lead-off walk in the sixth, advanced on a wild pitch and came in on Gary Apelian's double. Danny Stienstra's two-out single brought in Apelian to knot the contest at two all. The Muckdogs' seven pings were scattered among seven players with Apelian having the only extra-base hit.

Wednesday's game: vs. State College, 7:05 pm ET, Tyler Melling (2-1, 2.27)

Johnson City 4 vs. Elizabethton 2

Johnson City brought across four runs in the first three innings on their way to a 4-2 victory over first-place Elizabethton. It is the Appy Birds' 10th win in the last 12 games, although they have had three postponements and a cancellation during that span.

The JC-Cards scored a run in the first without a hit on two free passes, a passed ball and Jeremy Schaffer's sac fly that knocked in Ildemaro Vargas. Vargas added a two-run smash that also brought in C.J. McElroy after the latter reached via a one-out double. Adam Ehrlich, who has been on a torrid .571/.640/.714/1.354 pace in 21 at bats since his call up, followed with a single and raced home on a double by Schaffer.

Juan Bautista (W, 2-3) shut out the Twins on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts over the first five, only to load the bases in the sixth on a double and two more base-on-balls. He departed with one out and Jacob Booden limited the damage to only one run in. San Tuivailala fanned the side in the eighth but loaded the bases on two walks and a one-out single in the ninth. A sac fly on Ronnie Shaban's watch cut the lead to 4-2 but Shaban struck out the batter looking to record his 11th save.

Wednesday's game: vs. Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (2-1, 4.13)

GCL Nationals 7 at GCL Cardinals 6

The Gulf Birds fought back from a 6-2 deficit to tie but fell short in their 7-6 loss to the GCL Nationals at home.

Josh Renfro took the hard-luck loss when he gave up an unearned tally in the ninth, his second inning on the bump. The sole hit he yielded was a double to open the ninth. That runner eventually touched home on a missed catch error by catcher Rowan Wick, one of six miscues by the Cardinals' fielders. The southpaw fanned three in two frames.

Starter Max Foody coughed up five runs, four earned, in one plus. The lefty's biggest difficulty was finding the strike zone as he issued a whopping six free passes to go with two hits and a plunked batter. His day ended after he walked the first three batters in the second. Burny Mitchem stranded two of the three inherited runners but gave up an unearned tally on two hits in three frames with three strikeouts. Fidencio Flores kept the Nationals off the board for three innings.

Five of the team's six runs came on three long balls: a solo blast by Wick, a three-run bomb by Anthony Bryant and another solo shot by Luis Perez in the seventh that tied the game at six all. Perez also doubled and had a sac fly that drove in Bryant in the first.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Kender Villegas (4-2, 6.45)

DSL Dodgers 5 vs. DSL Cardinals 4

The Dominican Birds lost their third straight, falling 5-4 to the Dodgers at home.

The Cardinals scored three in the first but the Dodgers came back with two in the bottom of the frame and another in the third to knot it up. The Dodgers went up with two in the fifth. All five tallies were charged to starter Juan Perez (L, 2-4) and came on eight hits and two walks in 4 1/3.

One of the two hits given up by Fernando Baez came in the fifth and resulted in one of the two runners he inherited touching home. Baez went on to fan five in 2 2/3. Jose Pena retired all three batters he faced in the eighth.

Lead-off batter Eliezer Alvarez got on board twice by being plunked and made the Dodgers pay by scoring both times. Leobaldo Pina went 1-for-3 with a walk, double, run scored and a RBI. Luis Cruz also touched home once and drove in one.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Rays, 10:30 am ET, Jonathan Escudero (4-1, 3.55)

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