Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/14/12

There were only five contests in St. Louis' minors on Monday as the system went 1-4. First-place Springfield won to widen its divisional lead but Memphis, Quad Cities, the GCL and DSL Cardinals all fell, Quad Cities in extras. Palm Beach, Batavia and Johnson City were off.

Results from games played Monday, August 13.

Tacoma 6 at Memphis 4

Memphis lost to visiting Tacoma 6-4 on Monday to split their four-game series.

Reliever John Gaub was charged with his fourth loss in as many decisions when he coughed up a two-run blast in the sixth, his only inning on the bump. Gaub may have experienced a bit of déjà vu when he served up that long ball because Scott Gorgen had done the same thing with the same Rainiers' batter in the second. Just up from Springfield, where he had been relieving, Gorgen lasted only three frames. That triggered a parade of five Redbirds relievers of which Gaub was the third.

Jess Todd yielded a game-tying tally on three hits in the fifth while Adam Reifer and Sam Freeman combined for two innings of scoreless relief. Jorge Rondon allowed a run on two hits and a base-on-balls in the ninth.

Memphis went up 3-2 in the third when Pete Kozma led off with a single, raced home on Lance Zawadzki's triple, followed by Adron Chambers' sac fly that knocked in Zawadzki. Bryan Anderson reached via a two-out single and came home on Steven Hill's 12th double of the season. The team's final score came in the sixth on a ground out that brought across Eugenio Velez after he tripled with one out. Chambers and Pete Kozma each singled twice as the only Redbirds with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: vs. third-place (Pacific Northern division) Salt Lake (LAA) (63-60), 7:05 pm CT, Jaime Garcia

Springfield 5 at Corpus Christi 2

Springfield banged out 14 hits in its 5-2 victory over host Corpus Christi to take the final game of three with the Hooks. The S-Cards dropped the series 1-2 and finished the road trip by going 3-3.

Three of the Cardinals' five tallies came via the long ball. Jamie Romak's solo shot was part of a three-run second that put his squad up 3-0. Four consecutive singles by Greg Garcia, Adam Melker, Travis Tartamella and Richard Castillo followed with the first two crossing home and Melker and Castillo driving in one each.

Castillo (W, 7-4) yielded single runs in the third and fifth, his final inning of work, to bring Corpus Christi within one. Castillo scattered six hits and three free passes over that span with three strikeouts. Deryk Hooker, Michael Blazek and Eric Fornataro held down the fort with a scoreless inning each before Oscar Taveras' two-run slam gave Springfield a bit of breathing room in the ninth. Kolten Wong singled twice and touched home ahead of Taveras. Keith Butler fanned two of three he faced in the ninth for his league-leading 24th save.

Tuesday's game: off

Palm Beach - off

Tuesday's game: Third-place Palm Beach (24-27) at co-first-place St. Lucie (NYM) (25-24), 6:30 pm ET, Todd McInnis (2-6, 4.28)

Burlington 7 at Quad Cities 6 (12)

Quad Cities blew a 6-2 lead through seven to fall to visiting Burlington 7-6 in 12. The sixth-place River Bandits' slim play-off hopes became even slimmer when they failed to gain ground on the second-place Bees by dropping the series 1-2.

Heath Wyatt was charged with his fifth loss against four wins when he gave up a tally in the 12th, his third inning of work and one of his longest outings of 2012. The run came on two of the four pings he allowed.

One of the only negatives in Hector Hernandez' start was its duration. The southpaw fanned nine in five innings with two unearned tallies on three hits and two base-on-balls. Jonathan Cornelius kept Burlington off the board in the sixth and seventh with five strikeouts and two pings. Dixon Llorens allowed the Bees to tie the contest with four in the eighth, three of which came via a long ball.

Quad Cities knocked in two in the third to knot the game at two apiece then went up with four in the seventh. The River Bandits' opportunity for a big third inning was short-circuited when Anthony Melchionda came to bat with the sacks jammed/no one out and ground into a double play that brought Nick Longmire across. David Medina's single plated Colin Walsh. Longmire had reached on an error and Walsh got aboard in a single.

The first tally in the seventh came when Adam Lewis doubled and scampered home on a single by Longmire. An intentional walk to Walsh set the table for Stephen Piscotty, who came through with his third home run of 2012, a three-run blast.

Tuesday's game: off

Batavia – off for the New York-Penn League All-Star break

Tuesday's game: New York-Penn League All-Star Game @ Mahoning Valley, 7:35 pm ET

Johnson City - off

Tuesday's game: at fourth-place Kingsport (NYM) (16-32). Game one – 6:00 pm, ET, TBA; game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

GCL Astros 11 vs. GCL Cardinals 10

The Gulf Birds were plus 10 in the hit column but minus one in the run column as they were clipped by their hosts 11 – 10.

Starter Max Foody put his club in an early hole when he did not retire any of the seven batters he faced in the second. The 19-year-old served up six tallies, earned, on five hits and four base-on-balls. Burny Mitchem tossed the next four frames with three runs yielded, two earned, on five hits. Mitchem struck out four.

The Cardinals scored two tallies in the third on co-Player of the Day Anthony Bryant's two-run bomb, which also brought in Corderious Dodd. They plated two more in the fourth on RBI singles by Bryant and Kenny Peoples-Walls that plated Amaury Capellan and Steve Bean. Two came home in the sixth on RBI singles by Peoples-Walls and Jem Argenal in which Bryant and Peoples-Walls scored, to close the gap to 9-6.

Ramon Ulacio pitched a perfect sixth and seventh with three strikeouts while his teammates took the lead with four in the seventh. Steve Bean's two-run double brought in Rowan Wick and Amaury Capellan which was succeeded by Bryant singling home Bean. Two straight steals by Bryant put him in position to score on another single by Peoples-Walls. Bryant swiped three bags in all to raise his 2012 total to 16.

Norge Paredes absorbed his second loss against one win when he yielded two runs, one earned, on two singles, a sac bunt, his own throwing error and a sac fly in the eighth.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Astros, 12:00 pm ET, Kender Villegas (4-2, 6.18)

DSL Athletics 2 vs. DSL Cardinals 1

The Dominican Birds' slender 1-0 lead evaporated when the Athletics scored two unearned tallies in the eighth to nip the Cardinals 2-1.

Our co-Player of the Day starter Dailyn Martinez took the hard luck loss, his fourth of 2012, when the first two runners in the eighth reached on a fielding error and a fielder's choice that did not create an out. Two wild pitches and a single later, one of three hits allowed by Martinez in seven plus frames, and the Athletics had the lead. The 19-year-old recorded 11 ground outs, one fly out and eight strikeouts with no free passes issued.

The Cardinals' sole run came in the sixth when Leobaldo Pina drew a base-on-balls, advanced to third on a single by Carlos Torres and touched home on a ground out. Pina's two singles were one-third of his squad's total hits.

Tuesday game: vs. DSL Athletics, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (2-4, 4.93)

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