Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/22/12

Shelby Miller shined brightly even though Memphis was one of four squads that went down to defeat on Tuesday, three of them by shutout. Play-off contenders Springfield, Batavia and Johnson City were all victorious while Palm Beach's game was postponed and the GCL squad's contest was cancelled.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 21.

Iowa 2 vs. Memphis 0

Shelby Miller fanned 12 in seven frames but the Redbirds' offensive engine was in idle as Memphis was shut out 2-0 at Iowa. The Redbirds lost three out of four to the Cubs.

Our Player of the Day Miller took the hard-luck loss when he yielded a two-run slam in the seventh, his final inning. His record slips to 9-10 as a result. It is his fourth quality start in his last five appearances with the fifth start only a batter shy of qualifying. The 21-year-old gave up five hits with no walks and threw 87 total pitches, 71 for strikes. Miller hit one batter as well. Maikel Cleto got out of an eighth-inning jam created by back-to-back singles that led off the frame with the pitcher's best friend, as Mike Shannon would say.

Memphis' offense never ignited as the squad went 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position. Matt Young's two singles were one-third of the team total. The right fielder swiped a base too.

Wednesday's game: Fourth-place Memphis (48-83) vs. first-place (American Southern Division) Albuquerque (LAD) (75-56), 7:05 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (0-0, 6.30)

Springfield 8 at Northwest Arkansas 4

The S-Cards tallied runs in the first three frames on their way to an 8-4 victory over host Northwest Arkansas. The win snaps a three-game losing skid and extends the Cardinals' (36-20) lead to 6 ½ over Arkansas (LAA).

Xavier Scruggs had a two home run game that book-ended the contest and accounted for five RBI. His first was a three-run long ball that put his squad on the board in the first. He capped Springfield's scoring with a two-run blast in the eighth. Left fielder Mike O'Neill was a perfect 2-for-2 with two base-on-balls, a double, two runs scored and one driven in. They were O'Neill's first Double-A hits. He was also hit by a pitch. Jamie Romak singled, drew two free passes and crossed home twice.

Carlos Martinez evened his record to 3-3 by fanning eight Naturals over six with just a fourth-inning solo shot allowed. That home run was one of three hits yielded by the 20-year-old who walked one. Martinez threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes, with six ground outs and four fly outs.

Deryk Hooker served up a solo blast of his own in the seventh plus two more tallies in the eighth for a total of three runs, earned, on four hits in 1 2/3. Eric Fornataro retired four of the five batters he faced, striking out two.

Wednesday's game: at Northwest Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Seth Maness (10-3, 2.89)

Charlotte at Palm Beach - postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as a double-header today.

Wednesday's games: vs. Charlotte. Game one – 5:05 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (8-3, 3.49); Game two – upon completion of game one, TBA

Beloit 11 vs. Quad Cities 0

The River Bandits were flattened by Beloit 11-0 at home. Quad Cities split the four-game set after taking the first two.

Brad Watson (L, 3-3) gave up two in the first then kept the Snappers off the board until the sixth when he yielded another four tallies. The righty allowed nine hits plus three free passes in 5 1/3. Watson was charged with a run-scoring balk and a wild pitch as well.

One of the runners crossed under Ricky Martinez' watch. Martinez interspersed three singles among five outs before creating a real mess in the eighth. Four consecutive singles to start the frame brought in two more runs and finished Martinez' night. Kyle Barraclough allowed both inherited runners to score then one of his own before the inning was over. Heath Wyatt tossed a one-two-three ninth.

Nick Longmire singled, doubled and had one-third of his team's offensive output. Quad Cities drew one walk.

Wednesday's game: Sixth-place Quad Cities (27-30) vs. fourth-place Kane County (KC) (29-28), 7:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (9-6, 4.35)

Batavia 4 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

The Muckdogs cashed in on a fielding error to down Mahoning Valley 4-1 at home. Batavia (33-28) kept pace with division-leading Auburn (WSH) with the win and remain four back in both the division and wild card races.

All four of Batavia's runs in the second were unearned because of a fielding error by the Scrappers' shortstop that jammed the sacks full with one out. Steven Ramos reached on a two-out fielder's choice that brought across Jacob Wilson for the first tally. Breyvic Valera's 15th double of 2012 cleared the bases, driving in Jonathan Keener (single), Reggie Williams (error) and Ramos. Danny Stienstra was the only Muckdog with more than one hit, a single and a triple.

Joey Cuda tossed a sparkling seven innings with three hits and a base-on-balls. His sole run allowed came on two singles and a walk in the fifth. Cuda had five strikeouts, seven ground outs and five fly outs. Southpaw Lee Stoppelman fanned four over the final two frames for his fifth save, which ties now-promoted Yunior Castillo for the team lead in that category.

Wednesday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (2-2, 3.63)

Johnson City 2 vs. Bristol 0 (7) – game one
Bristol 3 at Johnson City 1 (7) – game two

Johnson City traded wins during a double-header with Bristol on Tuesday, taking the opener 2-0 but dropping the second, 3-1. The Cardinals (34-26) remain in second, seven behind Elizabethton (MIN) but 1 ½ up on Greenville (HOU) for the second play-off slot in their division.

In game one, Silfredo Garcia had his best outing since joining Johnson City on July 11th. He was superb in holding the White Sox to three singles and a double as he earned a complete-game victory to up his record to 4-2. Garcia, who turned 21 last month, struck out seven with 11 ground outs and 2 fly outs. He did not issue a free pass.

The Appy Birds tallied runs in the third and fifth. Jeremy Schaffer tripled to right to knocked in Adam Ehrlich after the catcher reached base via a two-out single. Ehrlich was a perfect 3-for-3, with his fifth-inning single bringing in Ildemaro Vargas who led off with a line-drive single to right.

The JC-Cards managed just three hits in game two, one of which produced the squad's sole tally. Michael Knox opened the second with his seventh double and scored on a ground out, assisted by a throwing error by the White Sox' first baseman. The Cardinals only had three base runners in the loss.

Juan Bautista (L, 2-5) gave up single tallies in the first and third. The 19-year-old yielded five hits and four base-on-balls over six with three strikeouts. Jeff Rauh allowed a run on two hits in the seventh.

Wednesday's game: vs. Bristol, 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals at GCL Astros – cancelled due to rain

The Gulf Birds' magic number to clinch the division title is one.

Wednesday's game: First-place Cardinals (32-23) at fourth-place Nationals (25-30), 12:00 pm ET, Hansel De Los Santos (4-3, 4.57)

DSL Royals 6 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds mustered just five hits in their 6-0 shutout loss to the visiting Royals.

Juan Perez (L, 2-5) kept the opposition off the board until the sixth, his last inning of work. Perez gave up two tallies, one earned, on a total of four hits and two walks. The 17-year-old fanned six with seven ground outs and two fly outs. Luis De La Rosa yielded two tallies each in the seventh and eighth, all earned, on three hits and three free passes in 1 2/3. The eighth-inning runs crossed with Estaban Vallejo on the bump. He gave up three hits in 1 1/3.

Right fielder Bladimil Franco singled twice and he was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Eliezer Alvarez and Leobaldo Pina, the one and two batters, both singled and walked once.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am ET, Hector Salazar (2-4, 3.43)

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