Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/10/12

It was "Even Steven" in St. Louis' minors on Thursday as the system went 4-4. Springfield, Batavia and the GCL club all won, the DSL squad split their double-header while Palm Beach, Quad Cities and Johnson City all fell. Memphis had the day off.

Results from games played Thursday, August 9.

Memphis - off

Friday's game: vs. fourth-place Tacoma (SEA) (50-69), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (1-7, 4.83)

Springfield 9 at San Antonio 5

The S-Cards overcame Jaime Garcia's uneven rehab start to fly past host San Antonio 9-5. Springfield has taken the first two of three against the Missions.

Half of the six hits allowed by Garcia (W, 1-0) went for extra bases, including a two-run blast in the fourth and two doubles, one a disputed call. The five tallies charged to the lefty were split between two frames with Garcia retiring the side in order the other four innings. Garcia induced five ground outs, three fly outs, struck out five and did not issue a free pass. Kevin Siegrist tossed two scoreless relief frames in his usual starting slot with three strikeouts. Eric Fornataro pitched a one-two-three ninth.

The Cardinals knocked in four in the fifth, transforming a 5-3 deficit into a 7-5 lead. Xavier Scruggs swung the biggest bat, going 2-for-4 with a walk, triple, four RBIs and one scored. Kolten Wong singled twice, knocked in two and touched home once. Jermaine Curtis and Jaime Romak each came home twice while Oscar Taveras and Greg Garcia scored one and brought in another.

Friday's game: at San Antonio, 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-3, 2.92)

St. Lucie 5 at Palm Beach 2

Ryan Sherriff could not finish the fifth as the Cardinals were clipped by the Mets 5-2 at home. The Beach Birds (23-25) dropped the series 1-2.

Sherriff (L, 8-2) retired 9 of the first 11 he faced before running into trouble in the fourth when he coughed up a three-run slam that put St. Lucie up 3-2. He departed with another run across, a runner on second and two out in the fifth. That runner scored with Aidan Lucas on the mound. Sherriff yielded five runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk in 4 2/3. The only hit given up by Lucas in 2 1/3 was the single that drove in Sherriff's final runner. Michael Wacha tossed the final two innings with a single, two ground outs and three strike outs.

Both of Palm Beach's tallies came in the first. Cody Stanley singled in Starlin Rodriguez, who reached on a force play. Rainel Rosario hit a sac fly that brought in James Ramsey, who got aboard on a free pass. Stanley singled twice as the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Friday's game: vs. first-place Bradenton (PIT) (23-23), 6:35 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (2-6, 4.16)

Beloit 8 at Quad Cities 3

Quad Cities was never in the game as they were flattened by visiting Beloit 8-3. The River Bandits have dropped the first two of three with the Snappers.

Dail Villanueva (L, 7-6) retired only two batters in what is surely his shortest start this season. The lefty coughed up four runs, earned, on two hits, four base-on-balls and a balk. Jonathan Cornelius stranded two runners before allowing three unearned tallies on three errors in the fourth that put his team in a 7-0 pit. Dixon Llorens provided a bright spot in a gloomy game when he fanned seven in three frames while keeping Beloit from inflicting further damage. Ehtan Cole gave up a run on two hits and a walk in two.

Stephen Piscotty singled twice and crossed home once while Anthony Melchionda's third long ball of 2012 was a solo shot in the eighth to make the score 7-2. Matt Williams and David Medina each drove in a run. Anthony Garcia scored once with a single and a free pass. Nick Longmire went 2-for-4 with a walk.

Friday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, ---)

Batavia 7 vs. Mahoning Valley 6 (11)

The Muckdogs battled back from an early 6-0 setback to edge the visiting Scrappers 7-6 in 11.

Roberto De La Cruz' first bomb of 2012 came with one out in the 11th and gave Batavia the walk off win. The designated hitter added a sac fly. Breyvic Valera singled twice with two RBIs. Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-4 with two free passes, two doubles and a run scored. Garrett Wittels doubled, touched home twice and knocked in one.

Yunier Castillo picked up his third win against two losses by fanning two of the three he faced in the 11th, his only inning of work. Starter Joey Cuda simply did not have it on Thursday, coughing up six runs, earned, on seven hits in 1 2/3. Cory Baker tossed the next 4 1/3 with four hits and three strikeouts. Kevin Jacob shut out the Scrappers in the seventh, issuing the only free pass allowed by Batavia's staff. Dyllon Nuernberg struck out six in three scoreless frames.

Friday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (1-2, 4.28)

Elizabethton 4 at Johnson City 3

Johnson City' ninth-inning rally fell just short as they lost to Elizabethton 4-3 at home. The JC-Cards dropped the series 1-2.

Trailing 4-1, the Appy Birds brought two across in the ninth to close the gap to one. The biggest blow to their hopes for a victory that frame was Ronald Castillo coming up with the bases loaded with no one out and grounding into a double play. Ricardo Lizcano's ground out stranded the tying run at third.

Bruce Caldwell took part in all three of the Cardinals' tallies by going 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one knocked in. Jeremy Schaffer doubled and scored the team's other run. Ildemaro Vargas stole his eighth bag in 11 attempts this season.

Thomas Lee was charged with his fourth loss when he yielded four runs, three earned, on nine hits in four. Cesar Aguilar (three) and Jeff Rauh (two) combined to keep Elizabethton off the board the rest of the way.

Friday's game: vs. fifth-place (East division) Pulaski (SEA) (18-29), 7:00 pm ET, Nick Gillung (1-3, 3.97)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Astros 1

Hansel De Los Santos tossed a no-hitter through seven as the Gulf Birds soared past the Astros 7-1 on the road.

Our Player of the Day De Los Santos was lifted after seven innings of no-hit ball. The right-hander, who turned 21 on the 7th, fanned six with three walks as he earned his fourth win against two losses. Juan Caballero shut out the opposition in the eighth and Josh Renfro gave up an unearned tally in the ninth on two hits while striking out the side.

The Cardinals busted out with five in the ninth to change a tight 2-0 contest into an easy win. Rafael Medina, Steve Bean and Jhohan Acevedo each had a hand in three tallies. Medina went 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and one knocked in while Bean doubled and came home once with two driven in. Acevedo had three RBIs on two singles and a sac fly. Yoenny Gonzalez went one-for-two in stolen base attempts for his 14th successful steal, which puts him fourth in the league.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Rays 0 (7)
DSL Rays 9 vs. DSL Cardinals 8 (12)

The Dominican Birds split a pair with the Rays on Thursday, taking the opener 4-0 in seven but falling in the finale 9-8 in 12.

In game one, Jonathan Escudero was credited with his fifth win against one loss when he held his opponents to three hits and four base-on-balls over five. The 19-year-old struck out five. Ismael Brito earned his 11th save by shutting out the Rays on a hit and a walk over the final two innings.

Lead-off batter Robelys Reyes singled twice and scored two runs while number three hitter Carlos Torres drove in two on a double and a single. The club's remaining four hits were scattered among four players.

The Gulf Birds blew two leads in game two, including one in the top of the 12th. The Cardinals went up 6-4 after five only to fall behind when the Rays drove in three in the sixth. They tied the game at seven all with a tally in the seventh then went up again with another run in the 12th.

Jose Pena yielded a solo shot with one out in the 12th to blow the save and his replacement, Alirio Negrette, took his second loss when he did not record an out in the bottom of the frame, allowing the winning run on two hits and a base-on-balls.

Starter Hector Salazar yielded four runs, earned, on four pings and three walks in five. Jorge Rodriguez was charged with three tallies, two earned, on a hit and two free passes in 1/3 of an inning with all three runners crossing under Frederis Parra's watch.

The Dominican Birds banged out 14 hits, led by Leobaldo Pina, Carlos Torres and Jose Godoy with had three apiece. Robelys Reyes, Luis Cruz and Torres each scored twice while Torres and Cruz drove in two.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Astros, 10:30 am ET, Isaac Silva (2-1, 2.89)



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