Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/04/13

Happy 4th of July to everyone! Tommy Pham, Stephen Piscotty and Carlos Torres were just three of a number of stand-out offensive performers on Wednesday.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 3.

Memphis 6 at Iowa 5

The Redbirds were the last team standing in a see-saw battle that saw them blow a 3-0 lead and battle back from a 5-3 hole. The 6-5 win gave Memphis (41-46) the final game of three at Iowa.

Kolten Wong's only hit in five at bats was a single to open the ninth. Chad Huffman sacrificed Wong to second and Brock Peterson wasted no time in singling him in for the go-ahead run. It was Peterson's third hit to go with another single and a double and his second RBI of the game. Peterson touched home once.

The lead made a winner out of Marc Rzepczynski who faced the minimum in the seventh and eighth with four ground outs and one fly out. Fernando Salas was credited with his first save with a perfect ninth.

Boone Whiting had a shaky start, coughing up four home runs that produced all five tallies charged to him in 4 1/3. Whiting yielded seven hits and a base-on-balls in total while fanning eight. Nick Greenwood issued a free pass in 1 2/3 before handing the ball over to Rzepczynski.

The Redbirds banged out 14 hits with Tommy Pham joining Peterson with three hits each. Pham singled three times in five at bats, scored one, drove in two and stole his first Triple-A base. Adron Chambers was the only other Redbirds with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a walk while crossing once.

Thursday's game: vs. Nashville (31-56) (MIL), 6:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (2-4, 6.03)

Springfield 11 vs. Corpus Christi 3

11 tallies on 14 hits propelled the S-Cards' to an 11-3 drubbing of visiting Corpus Christi in game one of the series. Springfield (6-7) snapped a four-game losing skid.

The thrashing was a total team effort with eight of nine Cardinals having at least one hit and six having a minimum of two. Stephen Piscotty was a triple shy of the cycle, going 3-for-4 with a double and solo shot, touching home once and knocking in two.

One of Luis Mateo's and Audry Perez's two hits was also a long ball. Perez hit a grand slam that was part of both a five-run second and the five RBI collected by the catcher. Mateo was a perfect 2-for-2 with a free pass, three runs scored and one driven in. Jake Lemmerman went 2-for-3 with a base-on-balls while touching home three times. Mike O'Neil knocked in three on a 2-for-5 performance.

Jonathan Cornelius picked up his first Double-A win in three decisions, allowing a run in the first and a two-run bomb in his sixth and final inning of work. Cornelius gave up six hits and two free passes with three strikeouts. Heath Wyatt tossed two scoreless frames while fanning two before Deryk Hooker struck out two of three faced in the ninth.

Thursday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-8), 5:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-6, 5.01)

Charlotte 15 vs. Palm Beach 0

It was a long night for the Beach Birds' pitching staff as they were shelled 15-0 by host Charlotte. Palm Beach (7-5) had won four straight prior to Wednesday.

Ryan Sherriff (L, 1-2) was the first of five Cards hurlers to take it on the chin. The southpaw yielded five tallies on nine hits and a walk in five. Two more Stone Crabs crossed in the sixth against Travis Miller, who gave up three hits and a base-on-balls.

Charlotte poured on eight more tallies in the seventh, attacking Jordan Swagerty, Jay Voss and Aidan Lucas. Swagerty and Voss were charged with four runs apiece on three hits with one and two free passes issued respectively while recording one out. Voss allowed all three inherited runners to cross while the only hit permitted by Lucas in 1 1/3 was a double that plated two of three runners inherited from Voss.

Danny Stienstra's single in the second prevented a no-hitter by the Stone Crabs.

Thursday's game: vs. Charlotte (8-5), 6:05 pm ET, Tyler Melling (2-2, 5.29)

Burlington 2 vs. Peoria 1

Kyle Helisek gave up two in the first, one earned, and that was sufficient for a 2-1 loss to Burlington on the road. Peoria (5-8) split its two-game set with the Bees who won for only the second time in 13 second-half contests.

Helisek (L, 6-3) permitted two doubles in the first but only two more hits in seven frames while fanning six. He did not issue a free pass. Zack Russell struck out two of three faced in the eighth.

Four Chiefs had one hit each with the only run scoring when C.J. McElroy singled home Jordan Walton after the latter reached on a fielding error.

Thursday's game: vs. Beloit (11-2) (OAK), 5:30 pm CT, Joey Cuda (4-3, 4.38)

State College 3 at Williamsport 1

Cesar Valera's first long ball of the season gave his squad a lead they never relinquished in the 3-1 road victory. State College (9-7) took two of three versus Williamsport.

The Spikes trailed 1-0 after two but Valera's home run flipped that to a 2-1 advantage. Trevor Martin began the third with a single and was sacrificed to second where he stood when Valera launched one over the left field wall. David Washington's seventh double at short-season Class-A knocked in Mason Katz (single) for State College's final tally.

Tandem starters Nick Petree and Jimmy Reed each tossed four innings. Petree yielded the Crosscutters' only run on a walk and double in the second, one of two hits and two base-on-balls allowed. Reed earned his first professional win by holding the opposition to three hits while striking out five. The lefty retired the last seven batters faced to run his streak of innings without allowing an earned run to nine. Brady Adamek worked around consecutive hits to begin the ninth (single, double) by retiring the next three, two via strikeout, for his second save.

Thursday's game: vs. Batavia (7-7) (MIA), 1:00 pm ET, Andrew Pierce (0-0, 5.40)

Johnson City at Elizabethton - postponed

Johnson City's road game with Elizabethton was postponed due to inclement weather. It has been re-scheduled as part of an August 6th double-header at Elizabethton.

Thursday's game: vs. Kingsport (3-9) (NYM), 3:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-0, 2.16)

GCL Cardinals 18 at GCL Nationals 3

A six-run ninth capped the Gulf Birds' 18-3 stomping of the first-place Nationals. The Cardinals evened their record to 5-5 with the victory.

14 hits, eight walks and three errors by the Nationals' defense led to 18 tallies, 12 earned, by the Cardinals. Oscar Mercado broke out for three hits in four at bats with a base-on-balls, lacking a long ball of completing the cycle. Mercado touched home three times. Both of right fielder Carlos Torres' hits were home runs that produced six RBI. Third baseman Rafael Medina went 2-for-4 with a double, two walks, drove in five and crossed twice.

Juan Perez held his opponents to three runs, two earned, on six hits and two free passes in six to pick up his first win in three decisions. Perez struck out six. Jonathan Escudero fanned the side in the seventh while Kender Villegas and Brandon Lee each tossed a scoreless frame with one strikeout.

Thursday's game: vs. GCL Nationals (8-3), 12:00 pm ET, Isaac Silva (1-1, 4.91)

DSL Cardinals 3 at DSL Brewers 1 (July 2nd)
DSL Brewers 9 at DSL Cardinals 6 (July 3rd)

On Tuesday, Dominican Birds' pitchers held the Brewers to just one ninth-inning run in their 3-1 road victory. Estarlin Arias (W, 1-0) one-hit the opposition through five innings while fanning four. David Oca, Arias' possible tandem mate, gave up four hits over 3 2/3 with one tally yielded and three strikeouts. Jose Lara struck out the only batter faced to strand one of Oca's runners and earn his second save.

The Dominican Cardinals had seven hits with first baseman Sergio Ripoll and third baseman Jorge Baez each having two. Ripoll doubled and touched home once with an RBI. Baez drove in one.

The Cardinals' pitching staff was not nearly as effective on Wednesday when they permitted nine runs on 10 hits and six free passes issued. Three of the tallies were unearned due to five defensive miscues. Tandem starter Jorge Rodriguez took his second loss in as many decisions, allowing three runs, two earned, on five hits in three. Ramon Santos allowed three tallies, one earned, on four hits and two base-on-balls through the first four while fanning four.

Ronald Sanchez was completely ineffective, permitting three runs on two hits and three walks while recording just one out. Rigobert Urena issued one free pass over the final 1 2/3 with a strikeout and one of three inherited runners scoring.

The home team duplicated the Brewers' 10 hits with Sergio Ripoll having three, including a double. Second baseman Yunior Sanchez and shortstop Allen Cordoba had two hits apiece. Sanchez scored one and brought in two while Cordoba doubled with an RBI. Right fielder Luis Bandes and third baseman Jeffry Cerdas each went 1-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.

Thursday's game: DSL Cardinals (14-12) vs. DSL Nationals (14-12), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-0, 2.11)

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