Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/19/13

Springfield, State College and the DSL Cardinals all came out on top on Tuesday with the Spikes winning their first of the season behind Cesar Valera's bat. Palm Beach fell, despite Stephen Piscotty's two-bomb effort while Memphis lost as well. Peoria was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, June 18.

Round Rock 9 vs. Memphis 2

The Redbirds continue to flounder on their current road trip, dropping their sixth straight, 9-2 at Round Rock. Memphis (35-38) has lost five straight on the road and falls into a tie for first with Iowa (CHC).

Michael Wacha was charged with his first loss in five decisions in his Triple-A return. All three tallies yielded by the right-hander occurred in his fifth and final inning of work with two of the three crossing on a home run. Wacha allowed eight hits in all while striking out six with five ground outs and one fly out. He threw 82 pitches, 52 for strikes.

Marc Rzepczynski fanned three over two frames with two hits and a base-on-balls give up. Eric Fornataro was completely ineffective, serving up five runs on three hits and two walks in just 1/3 of an inning. Victor Marte's two hits allowed in 2/3 of a frame resulted in three runners crossing, two of them charged to Fornataro.

Both of the Redbirds' tallies came in the second. Brock Peterson led off with a single and touched home on Greg Garcia's second triple of 2013. Garcia was driven in by Jermaine Curtis' single. Kolten Wong singled twice in four at bats as the only Redbird with more than one hit. Oscar Taveras was hitless in four at bats and has a line of .206/.263/.265/.528 in 34 at bats covering his last 10 games.

Wednesday's game: at Round Rock (41-32), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 3 vs. Tulsa 0

The S-Cards kicked off the second half of their 2013 season by shutting out Tulsa, the firs-half division winners, 3-0 at home.

Richard Castillo (W, 4-3) blanked the opposition on three hits and three free passes issued over 6 2/3 in his return to Double-A. Castillo struck out four, tossed two wild pitches and hit a batter.

Lee Stoppelman recorded the final out in the seventh to strand two inherited runners but exited after walking the lead-off batter in the eighth. Kevin Thomas gave up a Single to the first batter faced but left both runners on when he induced a 6-3 double play followed by a 5-3 ground out. Deryk Hooker was credited with his fourth save by tossing a scoreless ninth.

The big bat of Xavier Scruggs accounted for all three of his squad's runs. Scruggs' 18th bomb of 2013 came with Ruben Gotay (walk) and Chris Swauger (single) aboard. Swauger's two singles in four bats represented a third of Springfield's six total hits.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tulsa (0-1), 7:09 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (0-1, 4.66)

Fort Myers 15 vs. Palm Beach 6

The hit totals were the same for each squad but the results differed greatly as the Beach Birds were blasted by host Fort Myers 15-6. Palm Beach (28-39) dropped its third straight but remain two games ahead of last-place Bradenton (PIT).

Each team produced 14 hits but the PB-Cards went just 2-for-10 with runners in scoring position. Stephen Piscotty, our co-Player of the Day, went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two long balls that translated to two runs scored and four RBIs. Nick Longmire and Juan Castillo had three hits apiece in four at bats. Longmire doubled and touched home once.

All three Palm Beach hurlers yielded tallies, beginning with starter Kyle Hald. Hald allowed nine runs, eight earned, on six hits, including two home runs, and five free passes in four plus.

Travis Miller permitted two of Hald's runners to cross plus four of his own, two earned, on six hits and a base-on-balls in two plus frames. Iden Nazario allowed his one inherited runner to score then two of his own on two hits, one of them a home run, and a walk in two innings.

Wednesday's game: at Fort Myers (45-21), 7:05 pm ET, TBA

Peoria – off for the 2013 Midwest League All-Star game

Breyvic Valera's West squad fell to their East counterparts 6-5 at Dayton. Valera took over in left in the bottom of the sixth and singled and eventually scored in his only at bat.

Peoria resumes play on Thursday, June 20th with a four-game set at Beloit (OAK).

Wednesday's game: Off.

State College 7 at Williamsport 3 (11 innings)

The Spikes' 11th-inning explosion led to their first win of 2013, a 7-3 victory at Williamsport.

Cesar Valera's fourth hit of the game singled in pinch-runner Steven Ramos for the game-winning RBI. Valera, our co-Player of the Day, went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs scored and the aforementioned RBI. David Washington followed with his second double of the contest, knocking in Jimmy Bosco (walk) and Valera. Washington touched home on a single by Ronald Castillo, his only hit of the game.

Center fielder Bosco crossed twice on two singles in five at bats plus a base-on-balls. Catcher Luke Voit went 2-for-5 while driving in one. Carson Kelly doubled once in five at bats with a walk, run scored and an RBI.

Jeff Rauh picked up his first win of 2013 by fanning three over two frames while issuing one free pass. Starter Chris Perry yielded two runs, one earned, on six hits and two base-on-balls in four plus while striking out three.

Brady Adamek stranded two inherited runners on his way to two scoreless frames with a hit and two strikeouts. Victor De Leon fanned four in two innings but one of his two hits given up was a solo shot that tied the game in the eighth.

Wednesday's game: vs. Williamsport (1-1), 7:05 pm ET, Jimmy Reed/Kevin Herget (tandem start - professional debut)

DSL Cardinals 6 vs. DSL Nationals 3

The Dominican Birds handed the first-place Nationals their fifth loss in 15 games, 6-3 at home. The DSL Cardinals (7-6) are in a three-way tie for second, two games back.

Ramon Santos (W, 2-1) gave up three tallies on five hits and three free passes in 5 2/3 while striking out three. 19-year-old Esteban Vallejo tossed the final 3 1/3, stranding two of three inherited runners to limit the damage. The righty yielded a hit and two base-on-balls with two strikeouts.

Left fielder Bladimil Franco continued his offensive onslaught, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and two driven in. The 19-year-old has posted a line of .342/.381/.579/.960 in 38 at bats in his most recent 10 games. Catcher Joshua Lopez doubled once in three at bats while crossing once with two RBIs. Although shortstop Edmundo Sosa was hitless in two at bats, he worked a free pass, stole his third base of the season and scored twice.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Nationals (10-5), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (1-0, 3.00)

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