Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/12/12

In a 5-2 Saturday, the system had some high-scoring games and a wild comeback in Davenport.

Results from games played Saturday, August 11.

Memphis 7, Tacoma 5

Shelby Miller brought the gas as the right-hander fanned 10 in 5 2/3 innings. He gave up a two-run home run plus another tally on seven hits and no walks, and left with a 6-3 lead. Tacoma then got two back against lefty John Gaub in the seventh to pull within one.

Bryan Anderson's solo long ball in the home seventh expanded the Redbirds' lead back to its final margin of two. After just three home runs over his first 82 games, Anderson has doubled his season long ball total in his last five outings.

Maikel Cleto collected the final four outs, including striking out the side in the ninth to end the game. The hard-throwing right-hander picked up his second save, preserving Miller's eighth win against nine losses.

Newly-signed Lance Zawadzki went 3-for-4 and scored. Lou Montanez singled, doubled, plated two and scored a run.

Sunday's game: vs. Tacoma, 6:05 PM CT, Brandon Dickson (5-9, 3.56)

Corpus Christi 9, Springfield 3

The Cards plated a run in the top of the first for their only lead, as the Hooks came right back for one of their own against Seth Maness. The right-hander ended up allowing five runs, four earned, over six innings and took the loss. Iden Nazario's Texas League debut was very rough, as the lefty yielded four more in the seventh and eighth as the Hooks padded their lead.

Springfield drew no walks but outhit their hosts 13-12. Unfortunately, 11 of them were singles and the Cards couldn't put enough baserunners together. Kolten Wong went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. Oscar Taveras and Jamie Romak each had a pair of singles.

Sunday's game: at Corpus Christi (HOU), 6:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (5-1, 5.02)

Bradenton at Palm Beach - rained out

The official announcement says it all.

"The scheduled Florida State League game between the Palm Beach Cardinals and the Bradenton Marauders on Saturday, August 11 at Roger Dean Stadium was postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be re-scheduled Sunday, as part of a doubleheader beginning at 3:05 p.m."

Sunday's games: vs. Bradenton (2), 3:05 pm ET, Seth Blair (0-0, 10.80), TBA

Quad Cities 9, Burlington 8

Quad Cities engaged in a wild one, coming back from a six-run deficit to claim the home win. It began very slowly as the Bandits were no-hit until Casey Rasmus' leadoff home run in the sixth halved the Bees' lead. It was the catcher's second long ball in as many nights and is his season total as well.

The game looked like it got away from the Bandits' pen in the seventh. It began with Ricky Martinez, as all four baserunners that reached against him scored, though only two crossed home before he was pulled. In just his second relief appearance of the season, Dail Villanueva allowed the two inherited runners to score plus another run of his own.

Down 7-1, Quad Cities hung an "8" on the board in the home seventh. David Medina and Jeremy Patton drove in two runs each during the big rally.

The Bees didn't die easily, as they added a run in the eighth to pull back within one. Villanueva was pulled after hitting the opening batter. A pair of walks issued by Kyle Barraclough preceded a sac fly to end the night's scoring. Yet due to the timing of the offensive onslaught, Villanueva was given the win and Barraclough received his first Midwest League save.

Earlier, Quad Cities starter Tyrell Jenkins had his second decent outing in a row after a pair of clunkers. This time out, the righty allowed two runs on six hits and no walks over five innings. Jenkins fanned five on the way to lowering his season ERA to 5.40.

Despite Quad Cities committing four errors, all of Burlington's runs were earned. Jenkins committed two of the miscues on pickoff throws that went awry.

Anthony Garcia was the only Quad Cities batter to have more than one hit, with a pair of singles. He was also the only Bandit to score more than once, also with two, though every batter in the lineup crossed home plate with the exception of Luis Mateo.

Sunday's game: vs. Burlington (OAK), 5:00 pm CT, Sam Gaviglio (7-7, 4.21)

Williamsport 5 at Batavia 4

Starter Tim Cooney had a very solid outing, yielding a single run on six hits and a walk over 5 1/3. The 2012 third-rounder fanned eight, leaving the game with a tie score. Unfortunately, his pen did him in.

The Muckdogs scored three in the bottom of the seventh in an odd manner. The first came home on an RBI single by Breyvic Valera, with the next two crossing the plate on a fielding error and a sacrifice fly double-play as Danny Stienstra was thrown out trying to advance.

The Crosscutters roared back with two against Kurt Heyer in the eighth and two more against Yunier Castillo (blown save, loss) in the ninth to take the lead and the game.

Gary Apelian was on base three times with a walk, single and double. The outfielder drove in one and scored once. Steven Ramos had a pair of singles and scored. Patrick Wisdom drew two walks and had a sac fly.

Sunday's game: vs. Williamsport (PHI), 1:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (1-2, 3.18)

Johnson City 10, Pulaski 2

The Cards carried a 4-0 lead into the eighth, when they added a six-spot to put the game into full control.

Starter Zach Petrick was very strong, going seven scoreless innings. He struck out five, walked two and fanned seven, lowering his ERA to 1.96. Having entered the game with one out in the eighth, Ronnie Shaban logged his 12th save despite having trouble in the ninth with three walks and two runs scored.

Leadoff man C.J. McElroy once again powered the offense with three hits, two RBI, his 20th stolen base and a run scored. Ronald Castillo also had three hits, an RBI, a steal and scored three. Michael Knox knocked a two-run home run, his third of the season. Ildemaro Vargas plated two.

Sunday's game: vs. Pulaski, 6:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (2-0, 2.54)

GCL Cardinals 9, Marlins 2

It was the same two teams as Friday but playing on the other club's field. Same score as Friday, too, but the outcome was reversed, this time in favor of the Cardinals.

The score does not indicate the closeness of the game. The Cards scored single tallies in the first two frames and carried a 3-2 lead into the ninth, when they tacked on six.

Luis Perdomo's second US outing was much better than the first. This time, the right-hander allowed nine baserunners, but only two runs, one earned, in five innings for the win. Fidencio Flores, Anderson Gerdel and Josh Renfro tossed a total of four scoreless on just two hits and no walks from the bullpen.

The Cards ran like crazy, with seven stolen bases – three from Anthony Bryant and two each from Luis Perez and Kenny Peoples-Walls. Bryant and Peoples-Walls were each caught once, too.

In addition to the steals, Bryant, our Player of the Day, was on base five times in six plate appearances with two walks, two singles and a double. He scored twice. Brett Wiley walked, singled, tripled and plated two. Jhohan Acevedo had the same line as Wiley, but drove in three.

Sunday's game: off

DSL Cardinals 11 at DSL Astros 2

Like the GCL game, the two same clubs from Friday switched locations and outcomes Saturday. Also, like the GCL, the DSL Cards turned a close game into a blowout late. In this game, the Cardinals scored eight in the seventh and eighth innings to lock up the win.

Both Astros runs were unearned. One came during starter Ramon Santos' five innings. The winner allowed just three hits, one walk and fanned five. In the process, he lowered his ERA to 1.88. Estaban Vallejo went three and Juan Fresa finished up.

Alejandro Mejia was on base three times, plated two and scored twice. George Araujo tripled, walked twice and drove in a pair. Carlos Torres reached base four times and scored three. Bladimil Franco had three hits, was 1-for-2 in stolen base attempts and crossed home plate twice.

Sunday's game: off

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