Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/23/12

The system went 6-2 on Wednesday with Cody Stanley's bat and Zach Petrick's arm being instrumental in three of them. The Gulf Birds did not play but became the first of St. Louis' minors clubs to earn a division title.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 22.

Memphis 2 vs. Albuquerque 1 (10)

Memphis kicked off their last homestand of the season with a tight 2-1 victory over Albuquerque in 10.

Vance Albitz made his Triple-A debut a memorable one as he scored both of the Redbirds' tallies. His home run led off the fifth and gave his squad a 1-0 lead. The Isotopes answered right back with their own solo shot off reliever Jess Todd in the first of his two innings of work in the sixth. Todd pitched in relief of starter Trevor Rosenthal, who shut out the opposition on two singles and two walks over five. Rosenthal fanned eight.

Eduardo Sanchez, Victor Marte and Nick Greenwood each tossed a scoreless frame. Greenwood evened his record to 2-2 when the third base-on-balls of the 10th forced Albitz across. Adron Chambers' 14th double of 2012 advanced Albitz to third earlier that frame and led to an intentional free pass being issued to Eugenio Velez which set the table for the game-winning walk to Matt Young.

Thursday's game: vs. Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (5-11, 3.55)

Northwest Arkansas 9 vs. Springfield 8

The S-Cards rallied from an 8-1 sixth-inning crater to tie but could not get a lead as they fell 9-8 to host Northwest Arkansas. Their magic number for clinching is seven.

Seth Maness did not finish the seven-run third in digging the crater for his team. Maness coughed up seven hits, including a two-run slam, but characteristically did not walk a batter in 2 2/3. Chase Reid allowed a tally in the fourth that was part of the three hits and one walk he yielded in 3 1/3. Kevin Thomas struck out two of the three he faced in the seventh but Eric Fornataro did not retire a batter in the ninth, coughing up the game-winner on two singles and his own throwing error on a sac bunt.

The Cardinals took an early 1-0 after one but did not score again until bringing four across in the seventh, then knotting things up with three in the eighth. Kolten Wong went 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs while Greg Garcia, Adam Melker, Audry Perez and Mike O'Neill each touched home twice. Garcia and O'Neill both drove in a run and Jermaine Curtis had two RBIs.

Thursday's game: at Northwest Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Scott McGregor (5-2, 6.12)

Palm Beach 7 vs. Charlotte 2 – game one
Palm Beach 4 vs. Charlotte 2 – game two

The Beach Birds (27-32) swept a pair from the Stone Crabs, 7-2 and 4-2, to move into fourth place, five games behind Jupiter (MIA).

In game one, Ryan Sherriff was credited with his ninth victory in 12 decisions by limiting Charlotte to two runs, earned, on five his and a base-on-balls. Both tallies came in his fifth and final inning on the bump. Danny Miranda fanned the side in the sixth while Dean Kiekhefer struck out two of his three batters in the seventh.

Co-Player of the Day Cody Stanley was the game one hitting star, with a double, a three-run bomb, two runs scored and five RBI. Tyler Rahmatulla was issued two free passes and crossed home both times. James Ramsey walked and scored as well.

Game two starter Chris Corrigan (W, 3-8) upped Sherriff's results when he held Charlotte to a single first-inning tally over five, scattering six hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Travis Miller's night ended quickly when he walked the first two he faced in the sixth, one of whom crossed with Jose Almarante on the mound. Zack Russell flirted with disaster by loading the bases on three straight singles before retiring the next three batters on two swinging strikeouts and a ground out to the pitcher. It was Russell's fifth save.

Stanley kept producing in game two with a three-run bomb in the third that broke a one-all tie. The long ball was one of only four hits for Palm Beach against Charlotte's nine. Alan Ahmady doubled, scored once and knocked in one. Ramsey and Chris Edmondson each came home also.

Thursday's game: vs. Charlotte, 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Quad Cities 6 vs. Kane County 2

Quad Cities took the first of three against Kane County 6-2 at home.

Dail Villanueva allowed single tallies in the first and second, both unearned, on three singles and a double then stifled the Cougars on a double and single over the following five innings to move his record to 10-6. The southpaw struck out five. Ethan Cole and Heath Wyatt combined to keep Kane County off the board over the final two innings with Wyatt striking out two.

Nick Longmire and Anthony Garcia each had a solo slam for the River Bandits. Longmire went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored. Garcia also added a single to his long ball with two RBIs.

Thursday's game: vs. Kane County, 7:00 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, 1.00)

Batavia 3 vs. Mahoning Valley 2

Batavia knocked in two in the ninth for a 3-2 come-from-behind victory over visiting Mahoning Valley. Their victory, combined with first-place Auburn's loss, puts the second-place Muckdogs three back.

Catcher Kolby Byrd opened the ninth with a single and was replaced by pinch runner Matthew Young. Young advanced to second on a ground out and came in on David Washington's two-out single. Washington advanced a base on the accompanying throw and scored the walk-off run on a single to third by Steven Ramos mixed with a throwing error by the Scrappers' third baseman. It was Ramos' third single of the game.

Chris Thomas picked up his second win in as many decisions by tossing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball with five strikeouts. Ben O'Shea allowed just two hits over the first six scoreless frames while fanning six. Mike Aldrete gave up two tallies on three hits and a walk in the seventh.

Thursday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley, 7:05 pm ET, Tyler Melling (3-1, 2.39)

Johnson City 9 vs. Bristol 0

The Appy Birds pounded out 13 hits in their 9-0 whitewashing of Bristol at home. With the top two teams in each division advancing to the play-offs and first-place Elizabethton already clinching a slot, second-place Johnson City (35-26) currently holds the other spot, 1 ½ up on Greeneville (HOU).

11 of the JC-Cards' 13 hits were singles with C.J. McElroy and Carson Kelly each doubling. McElroy had two RBIs and Kelly touched home twice with one driven in. Michael Knox matched Kelly's results with two runs scored and another knocked in. Cesar Valera and Ricardo Lizcano both singled two times with Valera coming in both times and Lizcano scoring one and driving in one.

Co-Player of the Day Zach Petrick and Cesar Aguilar combined for a five-hitter. Petrick's record moved to a perfect 5-0 as he yielded four hits and a walk over the first six. The right-hander fanned nine, which gives him 50 strikeouts in 45 2/3 innings to date. Aguilar earned his first save by striking out six over the last three frames.

Thursday's game: at first-place (East division) Burlington (KC) (38-22), 7:00 pm ET, Willy Paulino (1-0, 3.38)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals – postponed due to rain

Re-scheduled as a home-and-away double-header today, August 23rd.

A loss by the GCL Astros on Wednesday gave the Cardinals the East Division title. They are the first GCL club to clinch. Congrats to the Gulf Birds!!

Thursday's games: against GCL Nationals. Game one (home) – 11:00 am ET, Hansel De Los Santos (4-3, 4.57); Game two (away) – upon completion of game one, TBA

DSL Dodgers 2 at DSL Cardinals 1

The Dominican Dodgers edged the Cardinals 2-1 on Wednesday. Hector Salazar was charged with his fifth loss against two victories although he allowed just two runs, earned, on eight hits and two base-on-balls over six. Salazar struck out six. Fernando Baez kept the Dodgers hitless in the last three innings with five strikeouts and two free passes.

The Dominican Birds translated seven hits into just one run. Robelys Reyes singled twice and was driven in by Luis Cruz. Bladimil Franco's triple was the squad's only extra-base hit. Franco added a single and joined Reyes as the only Cardinals with more than one hit.

Thursday's game: at DSL Dodgers, 10:30 am ET, Jonathan Escudero (6-1, 3.14)

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