Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/24/12

The minors went 7-2 on Thursday, the last day in which the minors fielded a full slate of games. Boone Whiting had the most notable performance in the system for Quad Cities as they won. Memphis and Johnson City were the only teams to not be victorious.

Results from games played Thursday, August 23.

Albuquerque 6 at Memphis 3

Reliever Victor Marte coughed up three in the ninth as Memphis fell to visiting Albuquerque 6-3.

Marte entered the ninth with the score knotted at three but was charged with his second loss in as many decisions when he gave up three runs on two singles, a wild pitch and two walks, one intentional, in 2/3 of an inning. Adam Reifer fanned the only batter he faced to limit the damage.

Starter Scott Gorgen yielded the Isotopes' other three tallies although only one was earned. Gorgen went five with two hits, three free passes issued and four strikeouts. John Gaub and Jorge Rondon combined to keep Albuquerque off the board over the next three frames.

Trailing 3-0 after four, the Redbirds brought in single scores in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Pete Kozma worked a lead-off walk in the fifth, swiped his sixth base of 2012 and eventually crossed on a wild pitch. Two throwing errors and a groundout set up the sixth-inning tally by Lou Montanez and Steven Hill's 13th long ball of the season came in the seventh. Montanez had two of Memphis' five hits.

Friday's game: vs. Albuquerque, 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (8-4, 5.11)

Springfield 12 at Northwest Arkansas 8

Springfield scored 10 times in the last four frames to win a wild one at Northwest Arkansas 12-8.

The Naturals knocked around starter Scott McGregor for seven on six hits and three base-on-balls through four frames. It was McGregor's fourth consecutive sub-par outing after having strung together four straight quality starts. Justin Wright yielded a tally in the fifth, the first of his two innings on the bump. Kevin Thomas upped his record to 5-0 with a scoreless seventh and eighth while Michael Blazek tossed the ninth.

The S-Cards brought across two in the first via Oscar Taveras' 22nd smash of 2012 for a 2-0 lead but were held off until the sixth when they began a string of four straight frames of scoring. Taveras added two singles and ended with four RBI. Audry Perez, Adam Melker and Mike O'Neill each drove in two with Perez scoring two to Melker and O'Neill's one. Greg Garcia touched home twice as did Kolten Wong.

Friday's game: at Northwest Arkansas, 7:30 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-5, 3.81)

Palm Beach 9 vs. Charlotte 2

Seth Blair was credited with his first Florida State League victory in Palm Beach's 9-2 pounding of Charlotte at home. The Beach Birds (28-32) swept the three-game series and have won four in a row.

Blair curbed the Stone Crabs on four hits and two free passes over five with the only damage being a two-run first. The former first-round selection had five ground outs, two fly outs and four strikeouts. Blair's stint finished with his squad up 9-2 thanks to a five-run third and a four-run outburst in the fifth.

The PB-Cards capitalized on two errors to score three unearned tallies in the third to go with three singles, two base-on-balls and a sac fly. Geoff Klein's solo shot capped the scoring in the fifth. Cody Stanley singled, doubled, had a sac fly and drove in three. Rainel Rosario had two RBIs on a single and a sac fly. Starlin Rodriguez, Chris Edmondson and Alan Ahmady each touched home two times.

Drew Benes, Iden Nazario and Aidan Lucas joined forces to hold the opposition to two hits over the final four. They did not walk a batter.

Friday's game: at fifth-place Fort Myers (MIN) (27-32), 7:05 pm ET, Kyle Hald (3-3, 3.75)

Quad Cities 2 vs. Kane County 0

Boone Whiting and Dixon Llorens combined for a three-hitter as Quad Cities shut out Kane County 2-0 at home. The River Bandits (29-30) moved into a tie for fifth with the Cougars with the victory and are three games out of the playoff spot that comes with finishing in second place.

Our Player of the Day Whiting earned his first victory of his abbreviated 2012 with an impressive seven innings. The righty yielded a single in the third and fourth but did not issue a base-on-balls while striking out six. Llorens was credited with his first Midwest League save when he struck out five in the eighth and ninth, with a hit and a walk.

David Medina and Anthony Garcia had back-to-back singles to kick off the second with Medina crossing on Casey Rasmus' single with two outs. Garcia scored his run in the fourth when he sent one over the left field wall for his 19th long ball of the season. Stephen Piscotty singled and doubled as the only other River Bandit with more than one hit.

Friday's game: vs. Kane County, 7:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (4-4, 5.18)

Batavia 2 vs. Mahoning Valley 1 (11)

The Muckdogs walked off with a 2-1 extra-inning victory over Mahoning Valley at home on Thursday for a three-game sweep of the Scrappers. Batavia (35-28) kept pace with first-place Auburn (WSH) in their division race with the win and remain just three back.

Garrett Wittels' second single of the night opened the 11th. The shortstop stole just his second bag of 2012, which placed him in scoring position for Patrick Wisdom. Wisdom's RBI single was his first hit in the game although he did also work a base-on-balls. That made a winner out of reliever Brandon Creath, who evened his record to 2-2 by tossing two perfect frames with four strikeouts.

Batavia and Mahoning Valley traded single scores in the fifth with the Scrappers' tally coming off southpaw starter Tyler Melling. Melling scattered six hits and a walk over seven. He was relieved by Joe Scanio, who hit a batter and yielded a single over two innings. The Muckdogs' first tally was an extremely cool inside-the-parker by David Washington on a fly ball to right. Washington doubled as well.

Friday's game: vs. sixth-place (last) Williamsport (PHI) (24-39), 7:05 pm ET, Tim Cooney (2-1, 2.36)

Burlington 6 vs. Johnson City 3

Johnson City began its final brief road series with costly 6-3 loss at Burlington. The loss, combined with Greeneville's win, narrows the JC-Cards' lead for their division's final play-off slot to ½ of a game.

Starter Willy Paulino wears the horns for this loss as he coughed up a grand slam and a solo shot to account for five of the six tallies with which he was charged. Paulino yielded six hits and four base-on-balls in all over six with seven strikeouts. Jacob Booden retired six of the seven he faced with a walk and three strikeouts.

The Appy Birds brought in straight numbers in the fourth, seventh and ninth with Ronald Castillo's two singles and a double leading the way. Castillo and Bruce Caldwell both scored a run and drove in one. Ricardo Lizcano singled, tripled and knocked in one with Jeremy Schaffer singling twice for the squad's other multi-hit performance.

Friday's game: at Burlington, 7:00 pm ET, Victor De Leon (2-0, 2.89)

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Nationals 2 (7) – game one
GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Nationals 0 (7) – game two

The Gulf Birds took two from the Nationals in a double-header, 4-2 and 4-0.

Fidencio Flores and Max Foody each tossed a scoreless frame to begin game one with Foody striking out the side with one free pass issued. Burny Mitchem picked up his third win against no losses by going the next three innings, with two runs, earned, on three hits. Josh Renfro sealed the win by fanning four over two for his second save.

Brett Wiley singled and crossed home twice while Jem Argenal doubled, scored one and knocked in one. The Nationals outhit the Cardinals, six to five.

Three Cardinals tossed a combined three-hitter in game two with each pitcher yielding a hit. Johnny Polanco went the first two with three strikeouts and Javier Machuca upped his record to 3-0 with three innings of one-hit, two-walk ball. Anderson Gerdel tossed the sixth and seventh with two strikeouts. Gerdel has not allowed a run, earned or unearned, in nine of his last 10 appearances, dating back to July 20th.

Catcher Steve Bean was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a run scored and one driven in. Brett Wiley added a double and triple to his game one single and crossed home once. Rafael Medina had a two-run single in the fifth.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Dodgers 1

The Dominican Birds brought in six tallies after the fifth inning as they handled the Dodgers 6-1 on the road. The Cardinals' season ends on a winning note as the final two scheduled contests have already been cancelled due to rain.

19-year-old Jonathan Escudero raised his record to 7-1 by checking the Dodgers on four hits and two walks over seven. The only mark against him came in the second on three consecutive two-out singles. Frederis Parra pitched the last two innings with a hit and two strikeouts.

Escudero exited with his team up 2-1 thanks to three singles and two errors that produced two unearned tallies in the sixth. The Cardinals increased their advantage to 5-1 on Eliezer Alvarez' three-run bomb in the eighth. Jose Godoy's third single of the game brought home Robelys Reyes in the ninth for the game's final run.

Friday's game: None. Season concluded.

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