Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/15/12

The minors lost more than they won once again on Tuesday as the system went 2-4 with three squads off. The DSL club won, Johnson City split two but Memphis, Palm Beach, and the GCL teams all fell. Springfield, Quad Cities and Batavia were off.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 14.

Salt Lake City 5 at Memphis 2

Jaime Garcia fanned eight in what is likely his last rehab start as Memphis absorbed its third straight loss, 5-2 to Salt Lake City at home.

The only mark against Garcia (L, 0-1) was a two-run shot in the fourth that put the Bees up 2-0. The southpaw yielded four hits and three base-on-balls in five innings with five ground outs and one fly out. The Redbirds got one back on consecutive singles by Steven Hill and Lance Zawadzki to begin the sixth followed by Lou Montanez' sac fly that brought in Hill.

Salt Lake City knocked in two more in the seventh against Maikel Cleto in his second inning on the bump. Cleto allowed three pings and two walks in that span. Sam Freeman was scored upon for the first time in his last 10 appearances covering 12 innings when he gave up a tally on a lead-off free pass and two singles in the eighth. Cedric Hunter drew a one-out walk in the ninth, advanced to second on defensive indifference and came across on a single by Eugenio Velez for Memphis' final run. Newest Redbird Brock Peterson went 0-for-4 in his debut.

Wednesday's game: vs. Salt Lake City, 7:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (8-9, 5.22)

Springfield - off

Wednesday's game: First-place Springfield (32-17) vs. second-place (South division) San Antonio (SD) (27-23), 7:08 pm CT, Kevin Siegrist (0-1, 6.75)

St. Lucie 9 vs. Palm Beach 8

Palm Beach's furious ninth-inning rally came to naught when St. Lucie brought in one in the bottom of the frame to walk off with a 9-8 victory over the visiting Beach Birds.

The PB-Cards entered the ninth down 8-2 but knocked in six to tie up the contest. The big blow was a grand slam by Chris Edmondson that took advantage of two hit batsmen and a single which had loaded the bases. Jose Almarante was charged with his first loss when he yielded the winning tally on a lead-off single-sac bunt-single combination in 2/3 of an inning.

Starter Todd McInnis was ineffective in his 2 2/3-innings stint with a particular problem being the long ball. Four of the six tallies he coughed up came on home runs. Danny Miranda (2 1/3) and Travis Miller (one) each allowed a single tally in their outings. The lone bright pitching spot was when Michael Wacha struck out five of the six batters he faced.

The Beach Birds banged out 12 hits with James Ramsey, Cody Stanley, Rainel Rosario and Edmondson each having two. Ramsey and Starlin Rodriguez touched home twice each.

Wednesday's game: at St. Lucie, 6:30 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (8-2, 3.33)

Quad Cities - off

Wednesday's game: Sixth-place Quad Cities (23-27) at eighth-place Cedar Rapids (LAA) (15-35), 6:35 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-2, 5.59)

Batavia - off for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game

The Muckdogs' National League club cruised by their American League counterparts 8-1 at Mahoning Valley on Tuesday.

Second baseman Breyvic Valera and third baseman Patrick Wisdom both started and contributed to the victory. Valera's sac fly in the third drove in teammate Wisdom for his squad's first tally after Wisdom reached with a single. Tyler Melling and Lee Stoppelman each tossed a scoreless frame with Stoppelman fanning two. Catcher Jesus Montero was named but was unable to play due to a season-ending injury.

Wednesday's game: Third-place Batavia (27-26) at sixth-place Williamsport (PHI) (19-34), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Kingsport 4 vs. Johnson City 2 (7) – game one
Johnson City 4 at Kingsport 2 (7) – game two

The Appy Birds split a double-header with Kingsport on Tuesday with each contest featuring identical 4-2 scores.

Johnson City took an early lead in game one when they scored two in the second. Jeremy Schaffer's solo shot began the frame, with Bruce Caldwell singling and eventually being forced across on a base-on-balls issued to C.J. McElroy. Kingsport responded with three in the third then added another in the fifth, all off starter Stalyn Lopez (L, 3-3). Three of the four tallies charged to Lopez were earned and came on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3. Cesar Aquilar yielded two hits over the final 1 2/3.

Our Player of the Day, starter Thomas Lee, came within two outs of a complete game victory in the second contest. Lee (W, 2-4) retired the first 13 Mets he faced before yielding a double then proceeded to retire the next six before tiring in the seventh. Three straight hits brought across two tallies and ended the right-hander's stint. Lee fanned eight in 6 1/3. Ronnie Shaban recorded the final two outs for his 13th save. ,p> The Cardinals knocked in single runs in the second, third, sixth and seventh. Caldwell joined Shaffer with a solo blast while Ronald Castillo touching home twice on a single and a base-on-balls. C.J. McElroy singled twice, drove in one and swiped his 21st base of 2012, which is remarkably seven behind the league leader.

Wednesday's game: at Kingsport, 7:00 pm ET, Juan Bautista (2-3, 5.22)

GCL Astros 9 at GCL Cardinals 3

Starter Kender Villegas could not finish the fifth as the Gulf Birds were bombed by the Astros 9-3 at home.

Villegas (L, 4-3) gave up eight runs on nine hits and two free passes in 4 1/3 although four of the eight tallies were unearned. Fidencio Flores allowed two of the three runners from Villegas to cross before he finished the frame. Juan Caballero struck out four over three but Javier Machuca allowed a run on three pings over two.

Anthony Bryant singled, crossed home once, drove in one and stole his 17th base of the season. Jhohan Acevedo singled twice with a run batted in as did Luis Perez. Brett Wiley and Rafael Medina each scored a run.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 4 vs. DSL Athletics 3

A four-run eighth set up the Dominican Birds for a 4-3 victory over the DSL Athletics at home.

Three singles and the same number of wild pitches combined with two errors to bring across four Cardinals runs. Three of the four tallies were unearned but they all still count towards the final score. Bladimil Franco had two of his team's five pings and crossed home once. Eliezer Alvarez knocked in one and scored once.

Jorge Rodriguez picked up his first win in two decisions by fanning five over 2 2/3. Rodriguez yielded an unearned tally and one hit as well. Starter Juan Perez struck out six over the first four with a run, earned, on four hits and two walks. Luis De La Rosa worked around three base-on-balls over 1 1/3 to keep the Athletics off the board. Ismael Brito issued two free passes to open the ninth, one of which crossed home on a sac bunt and wild pitch, but he was still credited with his 12th save.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Mariners, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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