Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/29/12

Memphis starter Scott Gorgen and Batavia 1B Danny Stienstra had the system's premier performances on a night with numerous candidates. The minors went 6-2 assisted by two double-header sweeps.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 28.

Memphis 5 vs. Omaha 0

Scott Gorgen went seven strong frames as Memphis shut out visiting Omaha 5-0.

Co-Player of the Day Gorgen, who had a no-hitter through five, earned the first Triple-A victory of his career by limiting the Storm Chasers to two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Sam Freeman worked around two hits in the eighth and Barret Browning gave up a hit in the ninth.

The Redbirds' four-run outburst in the second provided Gorgen with a comfortable margin with which to work. Their fifth tally came in the third. Pete Kozma had two singles, a run scored and three RBI. Brock Peterson went 1-for-2 with two base-on-balls and touched home twice. Lance Berkman singled once in four at bats as his rehab continues.

Wednesday's game: vs. Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Tulsa 9 at Springfield 6

The S-Cards squandered a 6-2 early lead as they were dumped 9-6 by Tulsa at home.

Starter Scott McGregor allowed the Drillers to tie with four in the fifth, his final inning on the bump. The six tallies charged to the right-hander came on three two-run long balls. McGregor yielded 11 hits and issued three free passes. Tulsa scored the game-winner against Kevin Thomas (L, 5-1) on two hits and a walk in the sixth. Deryk Hooker retired only two in the seventh as two runners crossed on three hits. Justin Wright went 2 1/3 with a hit and a strikeout.

Neal Pritchard's first home run of 2012 was a three-run shot that capped a five-run third. Adam Melker had kicked-off Springfield's scoring when he led off the second with a double then raced home on a single by Travis Tartamella. Melker's 14th double of 2012 knocked in Oscar Taveras (hit by pitch) and Chris Swauger (single) in the third. Melker and Tartamella (force out) were aboard for Pritchard's long ball. Pritchard added a single to his home run and Mike O'Neill continued to swing a hot bat with three singles.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tulsa, 7:08 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, ---)

Palm Beach 5 at Charlotte 2 (7)
Palm Beach 3 at Charlotte 0 (7)

The PB-Cards took a pair from host Charlotte, 5-2 and 3-0. The sweep moves them into a third-place tie with St. Lucie (NYM), 4 ½ behind Jupiter with five to play. Palm Beach and roommate Jupiter play a four-game set to end the regular season.

In game one, Drew Benes picked up his sixth win against eight losses by tossing 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball in relief of starter Anthony Ferrara. Coming off the disabled list, Ferrara exited after 2 2/3 with two runs across on two hits and four base-on-balls. The tallies came via a two-run bomb. Iden Nazario and Aidan Lucas kept the opposition off the board for the last two frames with Lucas notching his third save by retiring the only batter he faced.

The Beach Birds knocked in single tallies in the first and second, two in the third and one in the fifth. Starlin Rodriguez was a double shy of the cycle and touched home three times. Alan Ahmady drove in two with a single and a double. Chris Edmondson singled twice, scored one and brought across another.

Ryan Sherriff tossed a seven-inning shutout to up his record to 10-3. The lefty gave up just four hits and a walk with nine ground outs, five fly outs and three strikeouts.

The contest remained scoreless until the sixth when Chris Edmondson knocked his ninth home run of the season over the right field wall. James Ramsey and Starlin Rodriguez had back-to-back singles and crossed in front of Edmondson. Edmondson also singled and was the only Beach Bird with more than one hit.

Wednesday's game: at Charlotte, 6:30 pm ET, Chris Corrigan (3-8, 4.50)

Clinton 6 vs. Quad Cities 5 (13)

Clinton manufactured the deciding tally without a hit as Quad Cities was edged 6-5 in 13. The River Bandits (29-35) were swept in the four-game series and are within a game of officially being eliminated.

Robert Stock, Quad Cities' fifth pitcher of the game, began his outing with a free pass then plunked two batters to load the bases. A sac fly to center ended the game.

Three of the five runs charged to starter Dail Villanueva were produced by a fourth-inning long ball that put the LumberKings up 4-1. After Quad Cities bounced back to take a 5-4 lead in the top of the fifth, Villanueva allowed the tying run to score in the bottom of the frame. Villanueva yielded nine hits and four base-on-balls in four-plus innings. Dixon Llorens, Heath Wyatt and Ethan Cole combined to shut down Clinton over the next eight frames.

David Medina doubled and had a three-run bomb for two runs scored and three RBIs. Juan Castillo doubled, singled twice and touched home once. Colin Walsh went 4-for-6 with two doubles.

Wednesday's game: vs. fourth-place Kane County (KC) (32-32), 7:00 pm CT, Johnny Polanco (0-0, ---)

Batavia 6 at Mahoning Valley 2
Batavia 1 at Mahoning Valley 0

Batavia kept their play-off hopes alive by sweeping a double-header at Mahoning Valley, 6-2 and 1-0. The Muckdogs (39-29) are two behind Auburn (WSH) with eight to play. Batavia hosts the Doubledays for two on September 2nd and 3rd.

Game one saw starter Joey Cuda scatter eight hits over five frames with the only damage being a two-run fourth that knotted the contest at two all. Cuda (W, 7-1) fanned five and did not walk a batter. Jose Pasen was perfect in the last two innings.

The Muckdogs displayed a balanced offensive attack with six players supplying the team's seven hits. Five of the six contributed directly to the scoring, led by co-Player of the Day Danny Stienstra. Stienstra went 1-for-3 with a sac fly, one run scored and two RBIs. Reggie Williams' first long ball of 2012 came in the fourth with a runner aboard. The blast sailed well over the Scrappers' bullpen in right field and bounced off the metal roof of the clubhouse. Garrett Wittels singled twice, crossed home once and knocked in one. Breyvic Valera touched home twice.

Game two was a pitching duel in which Batavia was out-hit five-to-four. One of the Muckdogs' hits was Danny Stienstra's third home run of 2012. It came in the sixth and made a winner out of starter Ben O'Shea. O'Shea moved his record to 3-2 by holding the Scrappers to three hits and a walk while fanning five over five. Lee Stoppelman and Brandon Creath each struck out the side with Stoppelman pitching around consecutive one-out singles and Creath earning his fifth save.

Wednesday's game: at Mahoning Valley, 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Johnson City 8 vs. Danville 7

The Appy Birds battled back from two deficits to slip past the Braves 8-7 at home. Johnson City took the series 2-1 against what may be a post-season opponent.

Trailing 5-1 after five, the JC-Cards knocked in four in the sixth on five singles, a base-on-balls and a sac fly. Danville re-took the lead with single runs in the seventh and eighth but Ildemaro Vargas' home run with Cesar Valera and C.J. McElroy aboard to provide the winning margin. Valera singled, doubled and crossed home twice and drove in one. McElroy went 2-for-5 with a run scored and three RBIs.

Cesar Aguilar (W, 2-1), the Cardinals' fifth pitcher of the contest, gave up Danville's eighth-inning tally but kept them off the board in the ninth. Starters Victor De Leon and Willy Paulino each tossed a frame to begin the contest. De Leon gave the Braves their early lead when he gave up two runs, earned, on a hit and two free passes in the first. He struck out two. Paulino issued a second-inning walk.

Cole Brand was the long man, going four innings with three tallies, earned, on five hits and two base-on-balls with four strikeouts. Jacob Booden struck out three in the seventh but gave up three hits and a walk that produced a run.

Wednesday's game: vs. first-place (East division) Burlington (KC) (41-25), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

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