Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/13/12

St. Louis' minors managed just two victories in seven tries on Sunday. Batavia won, Palm Beach split a pair while Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities and Johnson City all went down to defeat. Springfield's loss set three records.

Results from games played Sunday, August 12.

Tacoma 4 at Memphis 2

Brandon Dickson's quality start was not enough as Memphis fell to Tacoma 4-2 at home. The Redbirds lead the series 2-1.

Dickson fanned a season-high 11 over seven but solo shots in the first and third sandwiched around a tally on two hits in the third resulted in his 10th loss. The righty yielded five hits in all but did not issue a free pass.

Memphis responded to the immediate 1-0 deficit with a run of its own in the bottom of the first. Steven Hill's two-out single knocked in Adron Chambers singled to left to start the frame. That was the entirety of the squad's scoring until Pete Kozma led off the ninth with a single up the middle and eventually raced home on new Redbird Lance Zawadzki's double.

Nick Greenwood worked around back-to-back one-out singles in a scoreless eighth but allowed an unearned run in the ninth when a runner reached due to his throwing error and crossed on a triple.

Monday's game: vs. Tacoma, 6:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-1, 5.89)

Corpus Christi 20 vs. Springfield 9

The S-Cards entered the bottom of the sixth up 6-4 but the game got ugly quickly as they were stomped by Corpus Christi 20-9. The Cardinals set three new unenviable franchise records - most runs allowed (20), most runs allowed in an inning (12) and most combined runs in a game (29). Springfield has dropped the first two of three against the leaders of the South Division by a combined score of 29-12.

Starter Scott McGregor recorded the first out in the sixth but departed with two runners on after a double and single. Both runners crossed under Deryk Hooker's watch which gave McGregor a final line of six runs, five earned, on nine hits, including two solo blasts in the first. He did not walk a batter.

Hooker (L, 1-3) was the first of three relievers who were totally ineffective in the sixth. The right-hander yielded three tallies, earned, on a hit, two base-on-balls and two wild pitches and exited without retiring a batter. Justin Wright walked three of the first four he faced to force across both inherited runners. A bases-clearing triple followed by a double brought in four more and led to Chase Reid's entrance after 1/3 of an inning. Reid coughed up three consecutive hits, two doubles and a single. They drove in Wright's last runner plus two of Reid's own before the sixth mercifully ended.

Reid retired the side in order in the seventh but it the Hooks were likely just taking a brief rest because they unloaded on Keith Butler in the eighth. Butler served up a three-run slam plus an additional run on five pings.

Monday's game: at Corpus Christi, 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (6-4, 3.69)

Bradenton 3 at Palm Beach 0 (7) – game one
Palm Beach 3 vs. Bradenton 2 (7) – game two

Palm Beach split a pair with first-place Bradenton, being shut out in the opener 3-0 but edging the Marauders 3-2 in the nightcap. The Cardinals (24-27) dropped the series 1-2.

In game one, starter Seth Blair improved upon his first start on August 5th by increasing the length of his outing, matching his previous hit total and reducing both his walks and runs/earned runs. Blair went four innings with three hits and three free passes that produced two runs, one earned. The righty had seven ground outs, three fly outs and two strike outs.

Blair was charged with his first loss mainly because the offense took a nap. The Beach Birds managed just three hits, all singles. Aidan Lucas fanned four in two innings with three pings and one run/earned run. Dean Kiekhefer tossed a scoreless seventh.

Our co-Player of the Day, game two starter Kyle Hald, continued his Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde routine with Dr. Jekyll showing up. The lefty earned his third win in five decisions by holding Bradenton to two runs, one earned, with eight hits over six. He struck out five and did not issue a free pass. A lead off walk issued in the seventh by Zack Russell was erased when catcher Cody Stanley nailed the runner at second, his second caught stealing of the game, as Russell picked up his third save.

The PB-Cards were outhit eight-to-five but capitalized on a throwing error in the sixth to eventually knock in the winning tally. Stanley was responsible for two of his squad's three runs by singling in James Ramsey in the first after Ramsey worked a lead-off walk then swiped his 10th base. Stanley's sac fly to left in the sixth was deep enough for Starlin Rodriguez to scoot home with the winning run. Rodriguez opened the frame with a single and advanced to third on the aforementioned throwing error. Geoff Klein had his team's only extra-base hit, a double in the second that put him in scoring position for Ronny Gil's single that brought him in.

Monday's game: off

Burlington 4 at Quad Cities 3

The River Bandits could not overcome a four-run first as they were stung by the Bees 4-3 at home. The loss evens the series at a game apiece.

Sam Gaviglio had his first poor outing in his last four starts when he served up two long balls that produced three of the four tallies in the first. Gaviglio (L, 7-8) allowed five of his seven hits and one of his two base-on-balls that frame. He then proceeded to shut out Burlington over the following six innings.

Quad Cities cut the lead to 4-2 with two in the sixth, beginning with a lead-off home run by Nick Longmire. Matt Williams coaxed a walk and came around to touch home on a ground out. Ethan Cole kept the Bees off the board in the eighth and ninth then saw his teammates close to within one in the eighth on consecutive doubles by Longmire and Williams. Colin Walsh returned to full-season action with a pinch hit single to start the ninth but was erased when he was caught stealing.

Monday's game: vs. Burlington, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-5, 4.17)

Batavia 7 vs. Williamsport 2

Our other co-Player of the Day Kyle Helisek performed well under pressure as the Muckdogs bit the Crosscutters 7-2 at home.

Helisek (W, 2-2) retired the side in order twice in six frames but held his opponents to two runs, one earned, on seven hits and a base-on-balls. The southpaw struck out five and picked off a runner. Dyllon Nuernberg and Lee Stoppelman combined to keep Williamsport off the board the balance of the contest.

Batavia banged out 10 hits, led by Danny Stienstra, Patrick Wisdom and David Washington with two apiece. Stienstra singled, doubled and scored twice while Wisdom singled, tripled, knocked in two and crossed home once. Washington's fifth long ball of 2012 was a two-run blast in the eighth that was his second run scored of the game. .

Monday's game: off for the New York-Penn League All-Star break

Pulaski 14 at Johnson City 9

A seven-run eighth broke open a close contest as Pulaski coasted to a 14-9 win over host Johnson City. The Appy Birds took the series, 2-1.

Reliever Joey Donofrio gave up three unearned runs in the seventh that broke a 3-3 tie as he absorbed his second loss in three decisions. Donofrio had kept the Mariners off the board in the fifth and sixth but did not record an out in the seventh while loading the bases on a plunked batter, single and reached on error. Jeff Rauh allowed all three runners to score plus one of his own on a reached on error, sac fly and three straight singles.

The JC-Cards countered with three in the bottom of the frame to cut the lead to 7-6 but the game was blown open in the eighth when Mike Aldrete was charged with seven runs, all earned, on six hits and a free pass. Three of the seven tallies were driven in with Jacob Booden on the bump on a ground out and two-run single. Cole Brand was the only Johnson City pitcher not to give up a hit as he tossed a scoreless ninth.

Johnson City's ten hits contrast to Pulaski's 19. Leandro Mateo and Jeremy Schaffer each had a single and a double while Mateo touched home twice and Schaffer knocked in four. Gerwuins Velazco singled twice with a run scored for the only other Cardinal with more than one hit, although Lance Jeffries did score twice.

Monday's game: off

GCL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: at GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: at DSL Athletics, 10:30 am ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-3, 3.10)

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