Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/01/12

Shelby Miller had his seventh consecutive positive start as he system' went 4-1 with a cancellation on Friday. The loss was a significant one, however, as Johnson City's season ended.

Results from games played Friday, August 31.

Memphis 5 at Nashville 1

Shellby Miller's final Triple-A start for 2012 was another strong one as the Redbirds flew past the Sounds 5-1 on the road. The victory, combined with a loss by Iowa, moved Memphis into third place, ½ game up on the Cubs.

Our Player of the Day Miller (W, 11-10) yielded a tally on a single and double in the first then proceeded to shut down Nashville on three more hits over the following five innings. Two of those hits, singles, came at the start of his sixth and last inning. The righty then fanned the side, for three of his nine strikeouts. Miller had three ground outs and three fly outs and threw 84 pitches, 62 for strikes. Adam Reifer, John Gaub and Victor Marte each tossed one of the final three frames.

Memphis trailed 1-0 until the sixth when Brock Peterson's double drove in lead-off batter Adron Chambers and number three-hitter Steven Hill, both of whom got aboard on singles. Chambers singled and scored again in the seventh on a single by Ryan Jackson that also plated Matt Young (single). Chambers' final single came in the ninth when he was driven in a Hill's third single of the game. Jackson had three singles batting in the two hole.

Saturday's game: at Nashville, 6:35 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (5-11, 3.55)

Springfield at Tulsa – cancelled due to rain

With three regular season games remaining, Springfield is preparing to next face Tulsa in a best-of-five first-round play-off series that begins on September 5th at Tulsa.

Saturday's game: at Arkansas, 7:10 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (4-3, 2.94)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Jupiter 3

Starlin Rodriguez singled home Luis De La Cruz in the ninth for a walkoff 4-3 victory over Jupiter at home.

Starter Kyle Hald gave up three in the first, two of them on one long ball, and skirted danger his entire outing by allowing nine hits and a base-on-balls over 4 2/3. Hald exited with the score knotted at three, thanks to a run in the first plus two more in the fourth. Chris Edmondson doubled and crossed home in the first. Alan Ahmady and Cody Stanley reached on consecutive singles to start the fourth and scooted home on a double play and Luis De La Cruz' single

Aidan Lucas went the next 2 1/3 with three hits and two strikeouts. Zack Russell picked up his fourth win in five decisions by holding the Hammerheads to two hits over two while fanning two. De La Cruz opened the ninth with a single up the middle, his fourth single of the game, and advanced to third on a single by Ronny Gil. James Ramsey was intentionally walked to bring Rodriguez to the plate. He came through with his 48th RBI of the season.

Saturday's game: vs. Jupiter, 6:35 pm ET, Todd McInnis (4-6, 4.88)

Quad Cities 8 vs. Kane County 2

The River Bandits won 8-2 over Kane County in their final regular season home game of 2012 for a sweep of their three-game series. Quad Cities moves into a fourth-place tie with the Cougars as a result but remain just one loss or a Burlington win away from elimination.

Quad Cities took an early lead with one in the first but Kane County responded with two in the third off starter Sam Gaviglio that were produced by the only three hits the 22-year-old allowed over seven. Gaviglio struck out eight and issued one free pass in evening his record at 9-9.

The River Bandits tied it up in the bottom of the frame then took the lead for good with two in the sixth. Gary Apelian's grand slam in the eighth capped the team's scoring. Nine River Bandits compiled 10 hits with all nine either scoring or driving one in or both. Jordan Walton singled twice for the only multi-hit performance with Juan Castillo and David Medina crossing home twice. Dixon Llorens struck out four over the eighth and ninth for his second save.

Saturday's game: at Beloit, 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (7-7, 4.43)

Batavia 5 at Williamsport 2

David Washington's three-run bomb gave the Muckdogs a lead they never relinquished as they downed the Crosscutters 5-2 on the road. Batavia's seventh straight victory keeps them one back of Auburn who they host on Sunday and Monday.

Washington's line-drive slam knocked in David Popkins (double) and Jacob Wilson (single) in the third for a 3-0 lead. Williamsport immediately fought back with two off Kyle Helisek who was an out shy of a quality start. Helisek scattered six hits and two walks over 5 2/3 with four strikeouts.

Danny Stienstra doubled in Garret Wittels (walk) in the fifth to increase the lead to 4-2. Patrick Wisdom drew a base-on-balls to begin the eighth and eventually raced home on Wilson's third single of the night. Jose Pasen (two) and Lee Stoppelman (1 1/3) faced the minimum the rest of the way with Stoppelman earning his sixth save.

Saturday's game: at Williamsport, 7:05 pm ET, Corey Baker (3-2, 1.98)

Burlington 3 vs. Johnson City 2

Johnson City outhit Burlington eight to five but could not outscore them as their hopes for an Appalachian League three-peat dissolved in a 3-2 road defeat.

Victor De Leon took the loss, yielding a two-run bomb in the second and a single run in the fifth. De Leon fanned five while not walking a batter. Willy Paulino worked around two free passes in the eighth to keep the Bees off the board.

The Appy Birds could not convert their numerous opportunities as they went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Ildemaro Vargas, Ronald Castillo and Leandro Mateo all singled and doubled for the JC-Cards. Vargas touched home once and Castillo brought in one. Cesar Valera scored the squad's other tally with Carson Kelly having the second RBI.

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