Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/09/13

Cory Jones once again had the stand-out performance in the minors on Monday as the system won five and lost two. First rounder Marco Gonzales made his professional debut in the Gulf Coast League.

Results from games played Monday, July 8.

Omaha 5 at Memphis 1

Boone Whiting's best outing in almost a month went for naught as the Redbirds fell to the Storm Chasers 5-1 at home. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak by Memphis (44-48).

Whiting gave up a single tally in the second and third, one of them a long ball that was one of six hits permitted through five. He issued three free passes while fanning five. Jorge Rondon and Mitchell Boggs each tossed a scoreless frame but Marc Rzepczynski was touched up for three runs on three hits in the eighth. Victor Marte faced the minimum in the ninth.

Ryan Jackson, Brock Peterson and Jermaine Curtis each had two hits with Curtis scoring his team's only run on an RBI single by Travis Tartamella.

Tuesday's game: vs. Omaha (41-50), 7:02 pm CT, Scott McGregor (2-5, 6.31)

San Antonio 7 at Springfield 4

Two long balls served up by Jonathan Cornelius doomed the S-Cards to a 7-4 defeat by the visiting Missions. Springfield (8-10) dropped the series two games to one.

All six of the tallies charged to Cornelius (L, 1-3) were the result of home runs, including a grand slam in the third. The Cardinals battled back to tie it up in the bottom of the fourth with two bombs of their own by Stephen Piscotty (solo shot) and Jake Lemmerman (three-run dinger). However, Cornelius allowed another two-run home run in the sixth, his final inning of work, hat gave San Antonio a lead they never relinquished. Cornelius gave up nine hits and a free pass while fanning three. He hit one batter.

Justin Wright permitted a solo blast in the seventh, one of two hits yielded in one-third of an inning. Kevin Thomas was perfect over 1 2/3, stranding two of Wright's runners in the process. Lee Stoppelman worked around two hits for a scoreless ninth.

Springfield garnered 10 hits with Cody Stanley and Luis Mateo having two apiece. Both scored ahead of Lemmerman in the fourth.

Tuesday's game: Off. The S-Cards travel to Northwest Arkansas for four starting on Wednesday.

Palm Beach 5 at Jupiter 1

Kyle Hald threw his third straight quality start in the PB-Cards' 5-1 victory over Jupiter. Palm Beach (10-7) won the series two games to one.

Hald (W, 5-6) kept the Hammerheads off the board until a tally in the sixth that came on two of the six hits he permitted in seven. The southpaw walked one with two strikeouts, 10 ground outs and three fly outs. Danny Miranda issued two free passes over two innings and picked up his third save.

Colin Walsh and Matt Williams paced the Beach Birds with three hits each, all singles. Both players touched home once with an RBI. Both of Adam Lewis' hits were doubles that led to him scoring twice in four at bats.

Tuesday's game: vs. Bradenton (6-11) (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 8 vs. Beloit 0

Pitching and hitting meshed beautifully in the Chiefs' 8-0 win over the Snappers at home. Peoria (9-9) has won four in a row to take the series against first-place Beloit, four games to one.

Cory Jones (W, 5-1) yielded more walks (three) than hits (two) over six while striking out five. Those were the only hits allowed by the Chiefs' pitching staff as Sam Tuivailala, Joe Scanio and Zack Russell held Beloit hitless in one inning of work each. Scanio and Russell both issued a free pass. Tuivailala and Russell struck out the side while Scanio recorded two of three outs via the strikeout.

Peoria banged out 14 hits that produced three runs each in the first and seventh plus two in the second. Designated hitter Jordan Walton led the attack, going 3-for-5 with a double, two runs scored and two RBI. C.J. McElroy singled and doubled in five at bats while crossing twice and knocking in one.

Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-3 with a walk, one scored and three driven in. Jacob Wilson doubled once in three at bats with two base-on-balls, touched home twice with an RBI.

Tuesday's game: Off. Peoria heads out on a six-game road trip through Lansing and Great Lakes.

State College 4 vs. Mahoning Valley 3

Ben O'Shea scattered seven hits over seven innings as the Spikes edged the Scrappers 4-3 at home. State College (13-8) lead the series two games to none.

The only blemish by O'Shea was a three-run bomb in the fourth that temporarily put the visitors up 3-2. The righty issued one free pass and struck out three. Arturo Reyes and Kyle Webb each tossed a scoreless frame while fanning one. In his professional debut, Reyes allowed a hit and walk and Webb worked around two hits in the ninth for his first save.

The Spikes took an early lead with two in the first on a blast by David Washington. That was all they could muster against Mahoning Valley's starter, who went six innings.

State College pounced on the Scrappers' bullpen for two in the seventh on five consecutive singles. Matthew Young got things started and was driven in by Jimmy Bosco's single. Bosco, in turn, scored on a single by Bruce Caldwell. Alex De Leon had three of his squad's 10 hits while Cesar Valera singled and doubled in four at bats and scored ahead of Washington in the first.

Tuesday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley (7-15), 7:05 pm ET, Willy Paulino (1-1, 1.59)

Johnson City 5 at Bluefield 1

Three JC-Cards pitchers combined for a two-hitter in their team's 5-1 victory at Bluefield. The Cardinals have taken the first two of three with the Blue Jays.

Hansel De Los Santos (W, 1-1) yielded both hits and three free passes through six. One of those hits was a double in the fourth that pushed across the Blue Jays' only run. Anderson Gerdel (two innings) and Zach Loraine (one) each faced the minimum with Loraine recording one strikeout.

Johnson City (10-7) plated single tallies in the first and sixth before adding three in the seventh. Kenny Peoples-Walls missed by a triple of hitting for the cycle, going 3-for-5 with a double and home run while knocking in two. Vaughn Bryan and Ronnierd Garcia had two hits apiece with Bryan walking once, scoring twice and driving in a run. Garcia doubled and crossed home once.

Tuesday's game: at Bluefield (10-7), 7:05 pm ET, Blake McKnight (1-0, 0.90)

GCL Cardinals 2 vs. GCL Nationals 1

First-rounder Marco Gonzales made his professional debut in the Gulf Birds' 2-1 victory over the GCL Nationals.

Gonzales retired the first batter faced at the contest's start on a fly ball to right. The southpaw gave up a line-drive single to left and base-on-balls to put two on. The lead runner advanced to third when shortstop Oscar Mercado committed his sixth error of 2013, a fielding error that allowed the batter to reach base. Gonzales induced a ground out to first that brought the unearned run across before finishing his stint with a called strike out.

Right-hander Dylan Hawkins kept the Nationals at bay over the next 2 1/3 on one hit and one free pass issued with four strikeouts. Ismael Brito picked up his first win of the season by tossing 3 2/3 frames of three-hit ball while fanning six. Kyle Grana allowed two hits over the final two frames with one strikeout for his first save as a professional. Neither Brito nor Grana walked a batter.

The Gulf Birds tied the game when left fielder Anthony Ray opened the third with a double, advanced on a ground out and raced home on Mercado's sac fly. Second baseman Malik Collymore began the fifth with his own double, scooted to third on a passed ball and scored the game-winner on a ground out by designated hitter Eliezer Alvarez. Right fielder DeAndre Asbury had two of his squad's eight hits, going 2-for-3 and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit. Mercado's only hit was his third triple of 2013.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Nationals, 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 3 vs. DSL Cubs 1

The Dominican Birds scored three in the eighth, two via the long ball, as they downed the DSL Cubs 3-1 at home.

All of the home team's offensive action came with two outs. Catcher Joshua Lopez doubled, swiped his sixth base of the season and touched home on the resulting errant throw. Right fielder Luis Bandes worked a base-on-balls ahead of left fielder Henry Alvarado's second home run of 2013. Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion singled twice in four at bats and stole his 12th bag.

Andy De La Cruz evened his record to 2-2 with a perfect eighth and ninth that included three strikeouts. De La Cruz pitched in relief of starter Estarlin Arias who permitted five hits and a base-on-balls through five. The only mark against Arias, who fanned five, came in the first. Alirio Negrette bridged the gap between Arias and De La Cruz by facing the minimum in the sixth and seventh.

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Pirates2, 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (2-2, 3.09)

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