Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/21/12

Johnson City took two and Batavia won in extras, but playoff hopefuls Springfield, Quad Cities and GCL Cards lost Monday.

Results from games played Monday, August 20.

Memphis 11 at Iowa 3

Memphis never trailed as they flew past Iowa 11-3 on the road. The Redbirds still trail 2-1 in their series with the Cubs.

Tyler Lyons picked up his third win against eight losses, scattering eight hits and a walk over five. The southpaw fanned seven and yielded a single tally in the first. Eduardo Sanchez struck out two and walked one in the sixth in his return from the disabled list. Adam Reifer also fanned two in the seventh. Jorge Rondon and John Gaub each gave up a run in the eighth and ninth respectively with Rondon striking out two.

Memphis capitalized on 10 hits, a season-high 11 walks and four errors by going 6-for-21 with runners in scoring position. Seven Redbirds either scored or drove in at least two tallies, including Matt Young and Eugenio Velez, who each knocked in two and touched home twice. Bryan Anderson's three singles were tops for his team and produced two RBIs and a run scored. Pete Kozma brought in three while Steven Hill, Adron Chambers and Lou Montanez each crossed home twice.

Tuesday's game: at Iowa, 12:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (9-9, 5.19)

Corpus Christi 2 at Springfield 1 (13)

A long ball in the 13th resulted in a 2-1 loss by Springfield as the Hooks swept the three-game set from the S-Cards.

Justin Wright was charged with his second loss in as many decisions when he served up a solo shot in his second inning on the bump. Starter Kevin Siegrist followed up his five-inning no-hit performance by holding Corpus Christi to a solo shot that was among the four hits over seven. The lefty struck out six and did not issue a free pass. Michael Blazek fanned four over the next three and Keith Butler tossed a scoreless 11th.

The Cardinals outhit the Hooks six-to-five but finished on the wrong side of the scoreboard. Jamie Romak reached when hit by a pitch to lead off the fourth. The right fielder eventually crossed home on Audry Perez' 11th double of 2012 to tie up the contest. Perez added a single to his double as the only Springfield player with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: First-place Springfield (35-20) at fourth-place Northwest Arkansas (KC) (17-38), 7:00 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-3, 3.09)

Palm Beach - off

Tuesday's game: Fifth-place Palm Beach (25-32) vs. sixth-place Charlotte (TB) (23-32), 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (8-3, 3.49)

Beloit 8 at Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities dropped the third of four against visiting Beloit 8-2.

Hector Hernandez allowed three in the second and four in the third, departing after 2 2/3 with seven hits and two free passes. Four of the seven tallies were unearned. Hernandez fanned five. Jonathan Cornelius (3 1/3) and Dixon Llorens (two) kept the opposition off the board with three and five strikeouts respectively. Yunior Castillo yielded a tally on two hits in the ninth.

The River Bandits finally broke through for two runs in the eighth. Colin Walsh and Stephen Piscotty had back-to-back singles which set the table for David Medina. Medina's 28th double of the season knocked in both runners.

Tuesday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Brad Watson (3-2, 4.44)

Batavia 7 at Auburn 4 (10)

A two-run double by Matthew Young and single by Breyvic Valera led to Batavia's 7-4 victory over host Auburn in 10 innings. The second-place Muckdogs salvaged the third of three against the first-place Doubledays and move within four games of a playoff spot.

In the final inning, Young's second double of the night drove in Jonathan Keener (single) and David Popkins (force) as Batavia went up 6-4. Valera's fourth single drove in Young for his second RBI and Young's second run scored. NYPL Player of the Week Jacob Wilson continued his hot streak by singling twice, doubling, knocking in two and touching home once.

Cory Baker went the first five, with a tally on three hits. He did not issue a free pass. Dyllon Nuernberg shut out Auburn in the sixth and seventh but ran into trouble in the eighth when he recorded just one out. Nuernberg was charged with two runs, earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls with both runs crossing with Brandon Creath on the mound. Creath struck out both batters he faced but a wild pitch and a single brought in both inherited runners.

Jose Pasen was charged with his second blown save when he gave up a run on two singles and a plunked batter. Pasen earned his first win with a perfect 10th.

Tuesday's game: vs. fourth-place Mahoning Valley (CLE) (27-32), 7:05 pm ET, Joey Cuda (5-1, 4.43)

Johnson City 3 vs. Bristol 1 – game one
Johnson City 6 at Bristol 3 – game two

The Appy Birds enhanced their playoff hopes by taking a pair from Bristol on Monday, winning game one 3-1 and taking game two 6-3 in a contest that finished a July 13th game that was suspended after 5 ½.

In game one, starter Thomas Lee (W, 3-4) struck out 10 over seven with a single tally on five hits and no walks. Sam Tuivailala and Ronnie Shaban shut out the White Sox over the final two frames, with Shaban notching his 15th save.

The JC-Cards tied the game with a run in the second then went up with two in the third. C.J.McElroy and Gerwuins Velazco singled twice and scored once each with McElroy stealing two bags to up his total to 23 in that category.

Game two completed a contest began at Bristol on July 13th that was suspended midway through the sixth with the score knotted at three. (See July 14th notebook for the write-up to that point.) Joey Donofrio earned his first win by shutting down Bristol on one free pass over three.

Johnson City scored three in the ninth with the tie-breaking run scored by Carson Kelly (walk) on a bases-loaded wild pitch. Jeremy Schaffer's two-out double brought in Velazco (double) and Cesar Valera (hit-by-pitch).

Tuesday's games: vs. Bristol. Game one – 6:00 pm ET, Silfredo Garcia (3-2, 3.5); game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

GCL Astros 4 at GCL Cardinals 3

The Cardinals fell in an early hole and couldn't quite dig out against the visiting Astros on Monday afternoon in Jupiter. Kender Villegas allowed all four runs, three earned, in five innings. Rehabbing Ramon Delgado, Norge Paredes and Anderson Gerdel combined for four scoreless frames.

Shortstop Brett Wiley went 3-for-4, including a solo home run, but his error led to the unearned tally. Jhohan Acevedo tripled, walked and scored. Luis Perez singled, doubled and drove in one.

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

DSL Royals 17 at DSL Cardinals 4

Usually, pitching is the DSL Cardinals' forte, but that wasn't the case on Monday as they were obliterated by the visiting Royals. Five of the six Cards hurlers allowed runs. In all fairness, the defense was also a major culprit, as their six errors led to seven unearned runs.

Starter Dailyn Martinez couldn't get out of the first inning, with the first four runs, three earned, coming on his watch. In garbage time, Alirio Negrette finished with 2 1/3 scoreless, though he threw a wild pitch and hit two batters to end a forgettable day for the DSL Cards.

Continuing his late-season awakening, second baseman Robelys Reyes went 3-for-5, including a double, a run scored and two RBI. The rest of the team had just three singles among them.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Royals, 10:30 am ET, Juan Perez (2-4, 4.70)

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