Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/02/13

The road was not kind to St. Louis' minor league squads on Monday as four of five road games resulted in losses. Although both Memphis and Johnson City went down to defeat, Tyler Lyons and Blake McKnight were superb.

Results from games played Monday, July 1.

Iowa 4 vs. Memphis 2

A four-run eighth doomed the Redbirds to their fourth straight loss in the first game of three at Iowa. Memphis (40-45) is in second place, three in back of the Cubs.

Fernando Salas (L, 1-1) could not recover from a missed catch error by first baseman Brock Peterson that put the lead-off batter on in the eighth. Salas yielded four tallies, one earned, on two hits and a plunked batter in just 2/3 of an inning. Sam Freeman gave up a two-run double that plated the last two runs charged to Salas.

That spoiled an outstanding start by Tyler Lyons who squashed Iowa on two hits and two base-on-balls while fanning nine. The righty induced eight ground outs versus two fly outs and tossed 89 pitches, 3 for strikes.

The Redbirds capitalized on an early lack of control by Cubs' starter Barret Loux to take a 1-0 lead in the first. Loux issued three consecutive free passes to Tommy Pham, Kolten Wong and Ryan Jackson then watched Pham race home on a force out by Peterson. Pham's triple in the seventh knocked in Lyons who reached on a botched bunt that forced Rob Johnson (single) at second. Peterson went 2-for-4 for one-third of his team's hits.

Tuesday's game: at Iowa (43-42), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Wacha (4-1, 2.34)

San Antonio 3 vs. Springfield 1

Lee Stoppelman (L, 0-1) coughed up a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth that sent the S-Cards to their fourth consecutive loss, including a three-game sweep by the Missions. Springfield (5-7) is in last, two behind Arkansas (LAA), Northwest Arkansas (KC) and Tulsa (COL).

Richard Castillo bounced back from a horrific start against Corpus Christi in which he could not finish the third, this time tossing eight frames of three-hit ball while striking out five. The only mark against the 23-year-old was a solo shot that tied the game in the fifth.

The S-Cards managed just two hits, one of which was Xavier Scruggs' 20th long ball of 2013 that led off the second.

Tuesday's game: Off.

Palm Beach at Bradenton - postponed

The Beach Birds' contest at Bradenton was postponed due to rain and has been re-scheduled as part of an August 13th double-header. Palm Beach (7-4) remains in first, a half game up on Charlotte (TB).

Tuesday's game: Off.

Cedar Rapids 6 vs. Peoria 3

Brad Watson gave up the lead in the first as Peoria was swept out of Cedar Rapids in their three-game series. Peoria (4-7) sits in fifth, seven games behind the undefeated Kernels.

The Chiefs pushed across one in the top of the first on Jacob Wilson's 12th home run of the season but Watson (L, 0-2) yielded three in the bottom of the frame and Cedar Rapids was never headed. Watson allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits, including a solo bomb in the fourth.

Mike Aldrete and Thomas Lee each faced the minimum in their inning of work with Aldrete striking out two and Lee one. Sam Tuivailala gave up two in the eighth on two hits and a walk, the only free pass issued by Chiefs hurlers.

Peoria closed the gap to 4-2 when Charlie Tilson began the sixth with his second triple of 2013 and scored on a ground out by C.J. McElroy. McElroy was hitless in four at bats, striking out twice in his return to action after over two months on the disabled list. Nick Martini opened the ninth with a single and eventually touched home on the second of Patrick Wisdom's two singles for the Chiefs' final tally.

Tuesday's game: at Burlington (1-10), 6:30 pm CT, Cory Jones (3-1, 1.16)

State College 7 at Williamsport 5

The Spikes rallied for four runs late as they clipped the Crosscutters on game one of a three-game, away-home-away series. The victory allowed second-place State College (8-6) to keep pace with Jamestown (PIT) whom they trail by a half of a game.

Trailing 5-3 through six, the visitors tallied one in the seventh to close the gap to one, then took the lead with three in the eighth. The Spikes collected 13 hits, led by catcher Luke Voit and shortstop Cesar Valera, with three hits apiece.

Voit was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, a base-on-balls and run scored before being replaced by a pinch runner that subsequently came across in the eighth. Valera doubled twice, walked once, touched home three times and knocked in two. Bruce Caldwell went 2-for-3 with a double, two free passes, a run scored and an RBI and was the only other Spike with more than one hit.

Kevin Herget picked up his second win in as many decisions as the second part of a tandem arrangement with Josh Lucas. Herget went 3 1/3, yielding one run on three hits and a base-on-balls while fanning three. Lucas gave up four, three earned, on six hits and a walk in 3 2/3. He struck out four. Victor De Leon worked around a hit in the eighth while Jeff Rauh fanned two of three faced in the ninth for his first save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Williamsport (7-6), 7:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (2-0, 3.18)

Princeton 2 vs. Johnson City 1

Will Anderson allowed a solo bomb in the eighth that was the difference as the JC-Cards were edged 2-1 at Princeton. Johnson City (7-5) lost its fourth straight and is now tied for second with Greenville (HOU), three games behind Elizabethton (MIN).

Anderson's portion of a tandem start with Blake McKnight began in the seventh with the game knotted at one all. The right-hander tossed a one-two-three seventh but served up the long ball to begin the eighth. Anderson worked around a single and wild pitch to limit the damage.

McKnight retired 14 of the first 15 faced before giving up a run on three hits in the sixth. The Evangel product allowed five hits in all but saw two of those base runners erased when catcher Jonathan Keener nailed two runners attempting to steal second. McKnight did not walk a batter.

The Appy Birds' only run came in the third when second baseman Richy Pedroza worked a one-out free pass and was doubled home by Ronnierd Garcia. Garcia later added a single and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: Off.

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Mets 2

Shortstop Leobaldo Pina and third baseman Rafael Medina accounted for most of their squad's offense in the Gulf Birds' 4-2 victory over the Mets at home. The GCL Cardinals (4-5) are in third, 3 1/3 behind the Nationals.

Pina and Medina each touched home twice with the former driving in one. Pina went 3-for-4 with a triple and Medina singled twice in four at bats. First baseman Jacoby Almaraz doubled once in three at bats with two RBI while second baseman Chris Rivera accounted for the final RBI.

Logan Billbrough made his second rehab appearance, allowing a run on two hits in the first. Fidencio Flores (W, 1-0) struck out five through the next five scoreless innings, yielding three hits and a base-on-balls.

Jonathan Escudero gave up an unearned run on two hits in the seventh with two strikeouts. Kyle Grana and Juan Caballero were untouched in the inning on the bump, with Caballero earning his first save while fanning two.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Mets (1-6), 12:00 pm ET, Dewin Perez (1-0, 0.00)

DSL Orioles2 at Cardinals

The game was postponed.

Tuesday's game: DSL Cardinals (13-11) at Brewers (7-18), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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