Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/21/13

The system won three and lost four on Thursday. Brett Wiley led Johnson City to a victory in their season opener while State College and the DSL Cardinals triumphed as well. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Peoria all fell.

Results from games played Thursday, June 20.

Round Rock 8 vs. Memphis 7

The Redbirds roared back from a 7-2 hole only to fall prey to a walk-off 8-7 win by Round Rock on the road. Memphis (36-39) has lost two of three to the Express with one game remaining.

All four Redbirds hurlers allowed at least one run, beginning with starter Maikel Cleto who yielded six hits and six walks that resulted in five tallies in 4 2/3. He fanned five and threw one wild pitch. Marc Rzepczynski stranded one of Cleto's runners in the fifth but gave up a run on three hits with a strikeout in the sixth.

Michael Blazek permitted his run in the seventh, the first of his two innings of work. Blazek allowed two hits and two base-on-balls while fanning two. Victor Marte took the loss when he issued a free pass to open the ninth and wild pitched the runner to second. A ground out advanced the runner to third and he came home on a single after an intentional walk.

Trailing 7-2 after seven, Memphis pushed across five in the eighth with the big blow being Chad Huffman's three-run bomb that plated Rob Johnson (single) and Greg Garcia (single). Huffman added two singles and another RBI to his performance. Ryan Jackson joined Huffman with three hits, all singles, in four at bats and touched home once. Johnson and Garcia had two hits apiece and crossed twice. Garcia tripled and knocked in one.

Friday's game: at Round Rock (42-33), 7:05 pm CT, TBA

Arkansas 14 at Springfield 5

It was a long night for Springfield's hurlers as the 20 hits they allowed translated into a 14-8 shellacking by visiting Arkansas. Springfield (2-1) dropped the opener of four with the Travelers.

Jonathan Cornelius saw his record drop to 0-2 when he permitted five tallies, four earned, on seven hits and two base-on-balls plus a balk. He struck out four. Anthony Ferrara gave up three over three on six hits and two free passes. All three runs given up by Ferrara were the result of two long balls, while Cornelius served up one that resulted in two tallies. Jose Almarante was bombed for six runs, four earned, on seven hits and a walk in two frames.

The S-Cards' nine hits were garnered by seven players with Luis Mateo having the only multi-hit performance. Mateo singled three times in four at bats in the nine hole but had nothing substantive to show for it. Ruben Gotay's only hit in three at bats was a solo shot. Gotay drew two free passes and touched home twice.

Friday's game: vs. Arkansas (2-1), 7:09 pm CT, Tim Cooney (3-4, 4.62)

St. Lucie 8 at Palm Beach 6

The Beach Birds' bats overcame an early 5-0 hole to lead 6-5 through six but they could not overcome their own bullpen as they fell to St. Lucie 8-6 at home.

Danny Miranda gave up three runs, two earned, on five hits over three frames for his first loss in three decisions. Miranda struck out two. Tyler Melling yielded four in the first plus one in the second before settling down to shut out the Mets over the next four innings. The lefty allowed seven hits, including a three-run long ball, with two walks and four strikeouts.

Palm Beach (0-1) out hit St. Lucie 14 to 12 but went 5-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. Nick Longmire had a perfect day at the plate, going 4-for-4 but only had one RBI to show for it. Stephen Piscotty was shy a home run of hitting for the cycle with a run scored and three knocked in.

Friday's game: vs. St. Lucie (1-0), 6:35 pm ET, Zach Petrick (0-0, 0.00)

Beloit 5 vs. Peoria 1

The Chiefs kicked off the second half on a down note, falling to host Beloit 5-1.

Peoria was limited to just four hits and did not get on the board until the eighth when Breyvic Valera reached on a throwing error that allowed him to advance to second. After a ground out moved him to third, Valera raced home on a wild pitch.

Cory Jones lost for the first time in three decisions when he served up solo bombs in the third and fifth. Jones issued one free pass to go with six hits in six with three strikeouts. Joe Scanio allowed two hits and a walk in the seventh that produced one run. Sam Tuivailala gave up two runs in the eighth on three bases-on-balls and two hits.

Friday's game: at Beloit (1-0), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (5-2, 3.54)

State College 7 at Auburn 5

The Spikes got out to a 7-1 lead midway through the sixth and held on to down host Auburn 7-5.

Carson Kelly had a good night at the plate, doubling twice in four at bats while crossing both times he reached base. Catcher Alex De Leon was the only other Spike with more than one hit, going 2-for-4 with a double, run scored, two knocked in and a stolen base. Center fielder Jimmy Bosco went 1-for-3 with a double, two base-on-balls, touched home once with an RBI. Five other players either scored or drove in one.

Ben O'Shea his first win of the season, yielding a solo bomb in the third plus two runs in the sixth on seven hits and a walk in 5 1/3. He struck out six. Jhonny Polanco stranded three inherited runners in the sixth before giving up an unearned run in the seventh with four strikeouts and a hit. Brady Adamek was credited with his first save although he did allow a run on a hit and free pass over two frames while striking out two.

Friday's game: State College (3-1) at Auburn (2-2), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (professional debut)

Johnson City 9 at Kingsport 3

The JC-Cards launched their 2013 season with a 9-3 victory at Kingsport.

Anderson Gerdel earned his first win in relief by shutting down the Mets on one hit over 2 2/3. Gerdel entered the third with two runners in scoring position with one out and limited the damage by inducing a run-scoring ground out plus a pop out.

Gerdel pitched in support of 18-year-old Alex Reyes who made his professional debut. Reyes gave up five hits and two free passes in 2 1/3 for single tallies in each of the first three frames. Steve Sabatino and Zach Loraine each tossed two innings with Sabatino giving up two hits while fanning three and Loraine walking two with two strikeouts.

Second baseman Brett Wiley, our Player of the Day, put on a show, going a triple shy of the cycle with three hits in four at bats that included a three-run blast that was part of his four RBIs. Shortstop Kenny Peoples-Walls went 3-for-5 with a double, one run scored and another driven in. Designated hitter Rowan Wick was the only other Cardinal with more than one hit, going 2-for-3 with a double, two base-on-balls while crossing once.

Friday's game: at Kingsport (0-1), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals

Manager Steve Turco's Gulf Coast League Birds open their 2013 season acting as the visitors in a game with their Jupiter, Fla. facility mate, the GCL Marlins. The game will be held on the Miami side of the Roger Dean Stadium complex.

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

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Braves 2

The Dominican Birds (8-7) pushed across four tallies over the final three frames to down the Braves 4-2 on the road.

Southpaw Andy De La Cruz picked up his first professional win in three decisions by limiting his opponents to a hit and two free passes in 2 2/3. The 18-year-old struck out three with three ground outs and stranded two inherited runners.

De La Cruz pitched in relief of Julio Mateo who fanned nine over the initial 5 1/3. The right-hander retired the first 15 faced before yielding thee singles that resulted in two tallies. Mateo induced four ground outs versus three fly outs. Alirio Negrette tossed a perfect ninth with one strikeout for his first professional save.

The Cardinals managed just three hits through the first six innings against the Braves' starter but struck the bullpen for three unearned tallies in the seventh plus another run in the ninth. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa went 3-for-5 with a triple, run scored and a two-out RBI while swiping his four bag of the early season. Three other Cardinals had one hit apiece.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Braves (7-10), 10:30 am ET, tandem start – Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 5.68)/Will Changarotty (1-0, 3.39)

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