Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/09/12

Like the big squad, some of St. Louis' minor league teams found runs hard to come by on Wednesday. They scored two runs or less in three of the seven contests and prevailed in only one as the system went 3-4 with one postponement.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 8

Fresno 7 vs. Memphis 6 (11)

Memphis fell in extras for the second time in three nights, this time 7-6 in 11 at Fresno. The Redbirds lost the four-game series 1-3.

John Gaub was charged with his second loss when he began his second inning by issuing two free passes. A sac bunt and a sac fly later the winning run crossed. Trevor Rosenthal was hammered in his second Triple-A start, yielding six tallies, earned, on six hits, including a two-run bomb in the third. Rosenthal walked two with five strikeouts in five. Nick Greenwood, Jorge Rondon, Sam Freeman and Maikel Cleto combined to shut out the Grizzlies over the next 4 1/3.

In a 6-0 hole after three, the Redbirds began to dig themselves out with a five-run fourth. The inning was capped by Nick Derba's first long ball of 2012, a three-run blast that also plated Ryan Jackson (walk) and Pete Kozma (single). Matt Adams doubled and scored the squad's first tally on a ground out. Kozma's single drove in Eugenio Velez who got on board with a single. The tying run came when Velez tripled to open the sixth and crossed on Derba's sac fly. Velez was a home run shy of the cycle.

Thursday's game: off

Springfield 2 at San Antonio 1

Newcomer Ray Kruml's pinch hit sac fly brought the winning tally across in the ninth as Springfield edged San Antonio in their road trip opener.

Adam Melker started the ninth by reaching on a fielding error by the Missions' left fielder that allowed him to reach second. Travis Tartamella's sac bunt advanced Melker to third. Kruml pinch hit for reliever Michael Blazek and lifted a fly ball to left to break a one-all tie. Melker also accounted for the Cardinals' first tally when he doubled in Xavier Scruggs in the second after the latter was plunked. Oscar Taveras singled and tripled while Kolten Wong singled twice.

Blazek evened his record to 5-5 by shutting out the opposition on three strikeouts in the seventh and eighth. He was pitching in relief of our Player of the Day Richard Castillo who tossed his second straight quality start. Castillo scattered five hits and a walk over six with the only mark against him being a solo shot in the fourth. Keith Butler worked around two base-on-balls and two wild pitches to pick up his league-leading 23rd save.

Thursday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Jaime Garcia (0-0, 2.08)

Palm Beach 4 vs. St. Lucie 2

The Beach Birds' pitching staff combined for a five-hitter in their 4-2 victory over visiting St. Lucie. The win evened the series at one all.

Todd McInnis earned his second Florida State League win in 10 starts by limiting the Mets to two first-inning tallies that came via a long ball. The right-hander yielded four hits and a free pass over seven while fanning four. Iden Nazario tiptoed around a base-on-balls and a hit to toss a scoreless eighth. Zack Russell sealed the win by striking out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth for his second save.

The PB-Cards were a dismal 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10, but punched across enough runs for the win. Designated hitter Geoff Klein doubled twice, singled and drove in one with the other two RBIs credited to centerfielder James Ramsey, who singled twice and walked once. Right fielder Rainel Rosario crossed home once and had an RBI on a single and a free pass.

Thursday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (8-1, 3.17)

Beloit 4 at Quad Cities 1

Single tallies in four different frames were the River Bandits' downfall as they were bitten by the Snappers 4-1 at home. The loss snaps a three-game winning streak.

Brad Watson absorbed his second loss by giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits and a walk in six. He struck out four. Kyle Barraclough allowed a tally on a hit and two base-on-balls in two frames while fanning four. Heath Wyatt issued two free passes but tossed a scoreless ninth.

Quad Cities was held to six hits with right fielder Nick Martini the only player with more than one. Martini singled, doubled and scored the team's only run on Nick Longmire's sac fly. The River Bandits did not work even one walk.

Thursday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (7-5, 4.04)

Batavia 6 vs. State College 3

Batavia snapped a six-game losing skid with a 6-3 victory over State College at home.

The Muckdogs drove in two in the first, three in the third and one more in the fourth to go up 6-0 through five. The runs were produced by 13 hits, led by Breyvic Valera who went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and a RBI. Steven Ramos, Danny Stienstra and Jonathan Keener had two hits apiece with Ramos scoring twice, Keener driving in two and Stienstra splitting the difference by droving in one and crossing home once. Garrett Wittels went 1-for-3 with a walk, a RBI and touched home once.

Tyler Melling scattered 10 hits over seven plus with the damage being a two-run sixth and another tally in the eighth to pick up his third win. The lefty did not issue a free pass. Lee Stoppelman got out of a runners-at-first-and-second with no outs jam in the eighth on a fly out followed by two strikeouts. Stoppelman fanned the side in order in the ninth to earn his third save.

Thursday's game: Third-place Batavia (25-24) vs. fourth-place Mahoning Valley (23-26), 7:05 pm ET, Joey Cuda (4-1, 3.79)

Elizabethton 5 at Johnson City 2

The Appy Birds never led in their 5-2 defeat to Elizabethton at home. The squads have split the first two of their three-game set. ,p> Silfredo Garcia (L, 2-2) put his team in an early 3-0 hole at the end of one although only one of the three tallies was earned. All three runs came on two long balls. Garcia proceeded to retire 16 of the next 18 batters he faced over six with five strikeouts and no walks. Joey Donofrio fanned four in two frames with two hits before Cole Brand yielded two runs, one earned, on four hits and a walk in the ninth. The JC-Cards committed four errors.

The Cardinals knocked in single tallies in the third and eighth to close the gap to 3-2. Ildemaro Vargas doubled twice, singled and had the team's only RBI. Gerwuins Velazco was the only other player with a multi-hit game. He singled twice and crossed home once.

Thursday's game: vs. Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Thomas Lee (1-3, 4.18)

GCL Astros 6 at GCL Cardinals 5

The Gulf Birds' slump continues at they were edged by the Astros 6-5 at home for the fifth loss in the last six contests.

The game was knotted at three all going into the ninth before Anderson Gerdel had a very atypical performance. Gerdel coughed up three runs, earned, on three hits and a walk to absorb his second loss against four wins. Kender Villegas went the first six, fanning six with seven hits and two base-on-balls that resulted in three tallies, earned. Norge Paredes kept the opposition off the board over the next two innings on a hit and a walk.

The Cardinals rallied for two in the bottom of the ninth to fall just short. Left fielder and lead-off hitter Yoenny Gonzalez had a big day, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and another driven in. Two-hitter Jhohan Acevedo singled twice, touched home once and knocked in one. First baseman Jem Argenal brought in two on a single and a sac fly.

Thursday's game: at GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Hansel De Los Santos

DSL Cardinals at DSL Rays – postponed due to rain

Thursday's game: vs. DSL Rays, 10:30 am ET, Jonathan Escudero (4-1, 3.55)

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