Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/16/12

The minors went 3-5 on Wednesday with Springfield, Quad Cities and Batavia victorious. Memphis, Palm Beach, Johnson City, the GCL and DSL squads went down to defeat.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 15.

Salt Lake City 5 at Memphis 2

Tyler Lyons allowed two base runners through six but could not finish the seventh as Memphis lost to Salt Lake City 5-2 at home. It is the Redbirds' fourth straight defeat.

Lyons (L, 2-8) yielded a single and a walk through six but departed after another single and one-out double put runners on second and third in the seventh. Nick Greenwood threw gas on the proverbial fire by coughing up a single that knocked in both runners, then a two-run slam. The Bees added another tally off Greenwood in the eighth. Jorge Rondon tossed a scoreless ninth.

Memphis did not get on the board until Pete Kozma's two-run long ball in the ninth that knocked in Lou Montanez, who reached via a base-on-balls. It was Kozma's 10th home run of 2012. Kozma and Montanez each had two hits as the only Redbirds with more than one.

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

Springfield 6 vs. San Antonio 1

The S-Cards began their six-game homestand with a 6-1 victory over San Antonio.

Our Player of the Day Kevin Siegrist tossed a no-hitter through five with only two free passes to earn his first Double-A win. The southpaw fanned three with four ground outs and four fly outs. He departed with his squad up 6-0 thanks to single tallies in the second and third that preceded a four-run fourth. Reliever Kevin Thomas yielded a tally in the sixth, the first frame of his 2 2/3-inning stint, and Michael Blazek struck out three in 1 1/3.

The Cardinals' balanced attack was produced by eight players, led by Xavier Scruggs with a single, sac fly and three RBI. Adam Melker added a solo shot in the third while Jamie Romak's two walks produced a run scored and one knocked in. Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras each touched home once.

Thursday's game: vs. San Antonio, 7:08 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-3, 2.82)

St. Lucie 6 vs. Palm Beach 0

The Beach Birds were held to two measly hits in the 6-2 shutout by host St. Lucie on Wednesday.

The Mets knocked in two each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings with the first two frames charged to starter Ryan Sherriff. Sherriff absorbed his third loss in 11 decisions when he gave up two two-run slams that were 2/3 of the hits he gave up, along with two base-on-balls, in four plus frames. He also hit a batter. Drew Benes escaped a first-and-second with none out situation in the fifth but served up a solo shot, single and double in the sixth. Benes struck out five in four frames.

Rainel Rosario's lead-off double in the second and a single by Ronny Gil in the third comprised Palm Beach's hitting output. James Ramsey and Cody Stanley each worked a free pass.

Thursday's game: at St. Lucie, 6:30 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (2-7, 4.06)

Quad Cities 8 at Cedar Rapids 2

Quad Cities built a 7-0 lead through five to coast to an 8-2 victory over Cedar Rapids on the road.

The River Bandits thumped out 14 hits, including long balls by Matt Williams and Luis Mateo plus doubles by Nick Martini (two), Casey Rasmus and Colin Walsh. Fresh off the DL, Walsh added a single to his double, crossed home twice and knocked in one. Both Martini and Rasmus scored once. Anthony Melchionda singled twice with two RBI.

Brad Watson had his best outing since joining Quad Cities in mid-July as he upped his record to 3-2. Watson scattered eight hits over seven with one tally, earned, in the sixth. He fanned four and did not issue a free pass. Ricky Martinez yielded three straight one-out singles that produced one run in the eighth. Kyle Barraclough retired all three batters in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 6:35 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (8-6, 4.49)

Batavia 5 at Williamsport 0

Three Muckdogs pitchers joined forces to strike out 12 in their 5-0 shutout of the Crosscutters 5-0. Batavia climbs to three back of first-place Auburn with the victory.

Joey Cuda was credited with his fifth win in six decisions by fanning seven over five innings, with two hits and a walk. Cory Baker struck out four in two innings with three pings while Dyllon Nuernberg notched his first save by limiting Williamsport to a hit over the last two frames.

Steven Ramos' sac fly in the third brought in David Washington (single) for the first tally. David Popkins began the fifth by reaching on a fielding error, advancing a base on singles Gary Apelian and Ramos then scoring on a ground out by Breyvic Valera. Valera's 13th double of 2012 led off the eighth, resulting in an eventual score on a single by Patrick Wisdom. Danny Stienstra's second single of the game drove in Washington and Ramos in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Williamsport, 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Kingsport 14 vs. Johnson City 4

It was a long night for Appy Birds pitchers as Johnson City was pasted by host Kingsport 14-4.

Juan Bautista did not record an out in the fourth in allowing seven tallies, six earned, on seven pings and three base-on-balls in three plus. Mike Aldrete gave up four runs, earned, on six hits in 1 1/3. Cole Brand was charged with three tallies, earned, on six hits and a walk over 3 2/3 while fanning five.

The JC-Cards translated 10 hits into just four runs by going 1-for-16 with runners in scoring position and stranding nine. Cesar Valera singled, doubled, knocked in one and scored one. Carson Kelly was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit. Kelly singled twice and crossed home once.

Thursday's game: at Kingsport, 7:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (2-2, 3.60)

GCL Nationals 10 at GCL Cardinals 4

Starter Hansel De Los Santos was hit hard and often in the Gulf Birds' 10-4 defeat at the hands of the visiting GCL Nationals.

De Los Santos (L, 4-3) coughed up tallies in four consecutive innings for a line of 10 runs allowed, nine earned, on 11 hits and three walks in 4 1/3. Ramon Ulacio (1 1/3), Anderson Gerdel (two) and Josh Renfro (one) shut out the Nationals the rest of the way on a single hit and no free passes issued.

Kenny Peoples-Walls was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. The shortstop singled twice to raise his average to .432/.475/.622/1.097 in 37 at bats over his last 10 games. Peoples-Walls joined Jem Argenal, Steve Bean and Luis Perez in scoring a run while Perez brought in one.

Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, Johnny Polanco (0-3, 2.42)

DSL Mariners 4 at DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds could not overcome the Mariners starter's complete game performance in a 4-2 home loss.

Hector Salazar (L, 2-4) held the Mariners to four hits over six but was charged with four runs, three earned, with three hit batsmen being a factor. Salazar fanned seven and did not walk a batter. Fernando Baez finished the game with two hits and a base-on-balls.

Both of the Cardinals' runs came in the sixth when Eliezer Alvarez tripled and came home on Leobaldo Pina's single. Pina advanced to third on a subsequent throwing error and scooted home on a sac fly by Luis Cruz.

Thursday's game: at DSL Mariners, 10:30 am ET, TBA

© 2012 The Cardinal Nation, and All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

The Cardinal Nation Top Stories