Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/25/13

Right-hander Chris Perry was outstanding in his second start for State College on Monday.

Results from games played Monday, June 24.

Iowa 6 at Memphis 1

A six-run eighth turned a scoreless contest into an easy 6-1 victory by Iowa over Memphis (38-40).

Nick Additon took the tough loss when he issued his only two free passes of the game to begin the eighth. Victor Marte entered and allowed one of those two runners to cross on a single that jammed the sacks full plus a base-on-balls that forced in the go-ahead run. Exit Marte and enter Marc Rzepczynski, who allowed the other runner to come home on a sac fly. Additon gave up just one hit and fanned three in seven plus frames.

Both Marte and Rzepczynski were charged with two tallies before the latter finished off the inning. Rzepczynski yielded three hits and a walk. Fernando Salas allowed a hit in the ninth.

The Redbirds prevented a shutout when Jaime Romak led off the ninth with his 15th long ball of 2013. Jermaine Curtis singled twice in four at bats for two of his team's seven hits. Oscar Taveras did not play.

Tuesday's game: vs. Iowa (39-40), 7:02 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (2-1, 4.46)

Springfield - off

Springfield is off for the 2013 Texas League All-Star Game. A person needs a program to determine which Cardinals are playing. Fortunately, we can help sort it out.

Six Cardinals were initially named to the North Division squad, including two starters. Three were since promoted and replaced by three others. In addition, one of the original six is skipping the game due to injury.

Springfield All-Stars Promoted
Pitcher Kevin Thomas Keith Butler
  Tim Cooney A Deryk Hooker
  Heath Wyatt A  
Position Player Mike O'Neill S (inj) Tommy Pham
  Ruben Gotay S  
  Chris Swauger A  
S = starter    
A = addition    
(inj) = injured    

Tuesday's game: Texas League All-Star Game, South Division at North Division – Arvest Ballpark – home of the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 6 PM CT.

Palm Beach 4 vs. Fort Myers 2

The Beach Birds came back from a 2-0 to defeat the Miracle 4-2 and even their three-game set at one all.

Palm Beach (2-3) halved the deficit in the fifth before taking a narrow 3-2 lead in the seventh. A final tally in the eighth gave the home squad a bit more breathing room. It was a balanced offensive effort by the PB-Cards, with six players either scoring or driving in a run. Despite going 0-for-5, Nick Longmire was one of two Beach Birds to touch home one time and knock in another, joining Casey Rasmus. Rasmus singled twice in three at bats.

Colin Walsh and Starlin Rodriguez each went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI with Walsh working a base-on-balls as well. Matt Williams and Danny Stienstra both singled twice in four at bats and Williams crossed once.

After being pasted by Fort Myers to the tune of eight earned runs in four plus frames on June 18th, Kyle Hald rebounded with one of his better efforts of the season. Hald (W, 3-6) held the Miracle to two runs, both in the third, on just four hits over eight innings. The lefty did not issue a free pass and fanned two with nine ground outs and 10 fly outs. Ronnie Shaban bounced back from a June 21st loss to toss a one-two-three ninth for his 10th save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Fort Myers (3-2), 6:35 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (0-1, 2.70)

Peoria - off

After beginning the second-half of the 2013 season with a four-game road series at Beloit, the Chiefs head home for four against unbeaten Quad Cities. As most probably recall, the River Bandits' affiliation moved from the Cardinals to the Astros during the off-season.

Tuesday's game: vs. Quad Cities (4-0) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Brad Watson (1-0, 2.00)

State College 6 vs. Jamestown 0

The Spikes (5-3) pushed across four in the first to cruise to a 6-0 victory over Jamestown at home. Each squad has taken one of the first two games with the tie-breaker set for Tuesday.

Center fielder Jimmy Bosco went 2-for-4 with his first career home run and touched home twice to pace State College's offense. First baseman David Washington singled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and was the only other Spike with more than one hit. Washington scored one and drove in two more.

Our Player of the Day, starter Chris Perry, earned his first professional win. The right-hander limited the Jammers to two hits over seven while not issuing a free pass and striking out two. Mitch Harris fanned two of three faced in the eighth before Kyle Webb hurled a perfect ninth.

Tuesday's game: vs. Jamestown (5-3), 7:05 pm ET, tandem start – Kevin Herget (1-0, 0.00)/Jimmy Reed (0-0, 0.00) P>

Danville 9 at Johnson City 2

The Appy Birds (4-1) lost for the first time in 2013 when they were drubbed 9-2 by visiting Danville. The series is tied at one game apiece with the third and final game scheduled for Tuesday evening.

Hansel De Los Santos could not make it past the third inning in his Appalachian League debut. De Los Santos (L, 0-1) yielded three in the second plus three more in the third on five hits, a free pass, one wild pitch and two hit batsmen. He struck out two.

Norge Paredes gave up an unearned tally on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in the fourth. Steve Sabatino fanned seven in four frames, allowing a run on two hits and three base-on-balls. Tyler Mills yielded an unearned run on a hit and walk in the ninth.

Despite going hitless in three at bats, center fielder Lance Jeffries scored both of his team's runs - one in the fourth and another in the eighth. Jeffries worked a free pass and stole his second base of the young season. Designated hitter Richy Pedroza singled and doubled in three at bats with two base-on-balls and an RBI, batting lead off.

Tuesday's game: vs. Danville (3-1), 7:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (professional debut)

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Mets 0

The Gulf Coast Cardinals' pitching staff threw their second straight shutout as they coasted to a 6-0 road win over the Gulf Mets.

It has been a series of extremes for the GCL Cardinals (2-1). They were shut out 7-0 in their season opener only to win the next two, 5-0 and 6-0. Kyle Grana picked up the win in his professional debut, fanning three in two frames with one hit given up.

The right-hander pitched in relief of Hector Salazar, who shut down his opponents on a hit and two base-on-balls over the first four. Ismael Brito, Kender Villegas and Javier Machuca each tossed a scoreless frame with Brito working around a hit and walk while both Villegas and Machuca faced the minimum.

The Birds' bats pushed across one in the third before plating five more in the fourth. The visitors capitalized on four wild pitches by Mets' pitchers to make the most of their six hits. Second baseman Chris Rivera singled twice in three at bats with two runs scored and swiped the first bag of his pro career. Designated hitter Ricardo Bautista drove in two while touching home once, going 1-for-4.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Mets (0-3), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Pirates2 9, DSL Cardinals 8 (11 innings)

The Cardinals fought hard, taking the lead in the top of the 11th, but the bullpen blew the save as they absorbed a walkoff loss in the bottom of the frame. It was a continuation of a rough game for the pitching staff, who issued 11 free passes on the day.

The Cards were up 6-2 early, but the Bucs kept pecking away. The home club scored in the eighth to take their first lead of the day, but the Cardinals came back to tie in the ninth and send the game into extra innings.

Bladimil Franco, Sergio Ripoll and Henry Alvarado all homered to lead the offense.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Rojos (6-14) (Reds), 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (2-1, 4.02)

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