Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/18/13

The DSL Cardinals claimed the only victory on Monday, behind a strong performance by Jorge L. Rodriguez, David Oca and Frendy Gavin. Memphis, Palm Beach and State College all fell while Springfield saw their slim hopes for a first-half crown dashed due to cancellation.

Results from games played Monday, June 17.

Albuquerque 4 vs. Memphis 3

Carlos Martinez' control issues were key in the Redbirds' 4-3 defeat at Albuquerque. Memphis' (35-37) fifth consecutive loss gave the Isotopes a four-game series sweep.

Two of the four free passes issued by Martinez (L, 1-1) came around to score while one of his two wild pitches contributed to tallies as well. The righty gave up three runs on five hits in 4 2/3 which took him 102 pitches to complete. 58 pitches went for strikes. He struck out four.

Mitchell Boggs yielded a tally on a triple and sac fly in the sixth but did record the final out in the fifth to leave a Martinez runner on second. Michael Blazek fanned five over the seventh and eighth with two hits permitted.

The Redbirds never led, pushing across two in the third and another in the seventh on five total hits and five base-on-balls. Jamie Romak had his team's only multi-hit game, singling and doubled in four at bats while touching home once. Ryan Jackson tripled once in three at bats with a walk, run scored and an RBI. Travis Tartamella went 1-for-3 with a free pass while crossing once.

Tuesday's game: at Round Rock (40-32) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield vs. Tulsa – cancelled

Springfield's double-header with visiting Tulsa was not played due to wet grounds. Neither contest will be made up as Monday was the conclusion of the first half of the season. The S-Cards (33-35) finished in second, a game behind Tulsa (34-34) (COL).

Tuesday's game: vs. Tulsa, 7:09 pm CT, Ryan Sherriff (1-1, 3.27)

Fort Myers 6 vs. Palm Beach 5

The Beach Birds' 3-1 lead through six did not hold up as they were downed by Fort Myers 6-5 in the first of three games at the home of the Miracle.

Palm Beach (28-38) pushed across one in the first plus two in the third to go up 3-1 through six but a four-run seventh proved their undoing. Kurt Heyer shut down Fort Myers through six but with only a first-inning solo shot allowed but departed with one out and the sack jammed in the seventh. Heyer gave up seven hits and a walk that resulted in four tallies while striking out seven.

All three runners crossed under Danny Miranda's watch on a sac fly plus back-to-back doubles that brought in a runner of his own too. Miranda permitted three hits in 1 2/3.

The PB-Cards responded with two in the eighth to tie it up at five all but an unearned tally in the ninth gave Travis Miller his eighth loss in nine decisions. Miller allowed a lead-off single followed immediately by a base-on-balls. An attempted sac bunt triggered a throwing error by third baseman Danny Stienstra which permitted the lead runner to cross and gave Fort Myers the walk-off win.

David Popkins and Juan Castillo each singled three times in four at bats. Popkins added a base-on-balls and run scored. Nick Longmire and Colin Walsh both singled twice in four at bats. Longmire touched home twice while Walsh worked a free pass, knocked in two and crossed once. Ronny Gil went 1-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs.

Tuesday's game: at Fort Myers (44-21) (MIN), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Peoria - off

Peoria is off for the MidWest League All-Star game which will take place this evening, the 18th, at Fifth Third Field in Dayton, Ohio. While six Chiefs were named to the team, only one is currently on Peoria's active roster. Kurt Heyer, Cory Baker and Zach Petrick have all been promoted while Tyrell Jenkins and Jacob Wilson were recently placed on the 7-day Disabled List. Breyvic Valera has been named to the reserves and is available to participate.

Williamsport 4 at State College 2

St. Louis began its new/old affiliation with State College with a 4-2 loss to visiting Williamsport. It was the Spikes' season opener.

The Crosscutters were up 3-0 midway through the fourth with all three tallies, two earned, charged to starter Juan Bautista (L, 0-1). The right-hander, who turned 20 on the 16th, allowed nine hits and a free pass in five innings while striking out four. Bautista induced 10 ground outs.

Jhonny Polanco struck out four over the sixth and seventh with two hits yielded. Willy Paulino gave up a run on a walk and consecutive singles in the eighth, the first of his two frames on the bump.

State College knocked in both of their scored in the fourth. Cesar Valera and Bruce Caldwell opened with back-to-back singles with Valera crossing when David Washington reached on a force attempt throwing error by Williamsport's first baseman. Caldwell advanced on one ground out and touched home on another. Designated hitter Trevor Martin singled twice in four at bats and was the only Spike with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: at Williamsport (1-0) (PHI), 7:05 pm ET, Chris Perry (0-0, ---)

DSL Cardinals 8 at DSL Yankees1 2 (10)

The Dominican Birds capitalized two 10th-inning errors to down the DSL Yankees1 8-2 on the road. The DSL Cardinals (6-6) move into a three-way tie for third, three games behind the DSL Nationals.

Both errors were committed by the Yankees' infield on attempted force outs and led to five of six tallies being unearned. Although the box score was not updated to reflect wins and losses, southpaw Frendy Gavin, our co-Player of the Day, tossed two scoreless frames for his first professional win. The 16-year-old worked around two base-on-balls in the ninth, one intentional. A free pass in the 10th was erased when he was caught stealing by catcher Joshua Lopez.

Jorge Rodriguez and David Oca, our co-Players of the Day, continued their tandem arrangement by each tossing four innings. Rodriguez yielded an unearned run in the fourth to go with a hit, three base-on-balls and four strikeouts. Oca limited the opposition to two hits and two walks while fanning three. The only run charged to him came in the seventh.

Five different Cardinals had a hit while seven players touched home at least once. Left fielder Bladimil Franco doubled and crossed twice. Designated hitter Henry Alvarado singled in two in the 10th.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Nationals (10-4), 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (1-1. 3.60)

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