Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/10/13

Scott McGregor was a ground ball machine in Memphis' win on Tuesday while Ronald Castillo had a fine day at the plate for State College.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 9.

Memphis 2 vs. Omaha 1

Memphis (45-48) evened its home series at one game apiece by edging Omaha 2-1.

The only tally given up by Scott McGregor (W, 3-5) in six innings was a home run to begin the second. The right-hander permitted four hits and two walks with three strikeouts, 10 ground outs and two fly outs. Sam Freeman kept the Storm Chasers off the board over the next two frames while fanning two and Fernando Salas earned his second save with a one-two-three ninth.

Travis Tartamella kicked off the third with a single, his sole hit in three at bats, eventually crossing on Brock Peterson's two-out single. The score remained tied at one-all until Jermaine Curtis doubled with two out in the sixth and raced home on Tommy Pham's two-out double. Pham went 2-for-3 for one-third of his team's hits.

Wednesday's game: vs. Omaha (41-51), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Wacha (4-2, 2.71)

Springfield - off

Springfield (8-10) spends the next 12 games battling the two teams ahead of them in the standings. They sandwich eight games at Northwest Arkansas (KC) on each side of a four-game home set against Arkansas (LAA).

Wednesday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (10-8), Seth Blair (3-6, 4.81)

Palm Beach 6 vs. Bradenton 2

David Popkins and Anthony Garcia each had a home run and Ryan Sherriff tossed seven frames as the Palm Beach (11-7) silenced the Marauders 6-2 at home to take game one of their series.

Popkins' two-run bomb and Garcia's solo shot accounted for all of the first-inning tallies that gave the Beach Birds a lead they never gave up. Both players went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Popkins drove in two and Garcia one. Starlin Rodriguez, Nick Longmire and Matt Williams each had two hits with Longmire doubling and touching home once while Rodriguez and Williams brought in one.

Sherriff (W, 2-2) had his best outing in three starts since returning from Springfield in the latter part of June. The southpaw scattered seven hits over seven frames with the only damage being two runs in the third, one earned. He did not issue a free pass and fanned two. Iden Nazario twice retired the side in order while striking out two for his third save.

Wednesday's game: vs. Bradenton (6-12), 6:35 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (FSL debut)

Peoria - off

The Chiefs (9-9) begin a six-game road trip with three at Lansing (TOR), the bottom-feeder of the Eastern Division, before moving on to play Eastern Division leader Great Lakes (LAD).

Wednesday's game: at Lansing (3-15), 6:05 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (6-3, 3.35)

State College 12 vs. Mahoning Valley 5

The Spikes banged out 17 hits, including three long balls, as they pounded the Scrappers 12-5 at home. State College (14-8) swept the three-game set.

David Washington, Ronald Castillo and Jimmy Bosco had three hits apiece with Washington and Castillo each having a solo shot. Castillo added a triple, crossed home twice with three RBI while Washington knocked in two. Bosco scored two with two RBI. Luke Voit's only hit in three at bats was a solo bomb, his first professional home run, to which he added a base-on-balls.

Willy Paulino went the first four, yielding two runs, one earned, on five hits and a free pass. Victor De Leon (W, 1-1) was credited with the win although he gave the visitors a 5-4 lead when he permitted three to cross on two hits and two walks in his only inning on the bump. De Leon benefited when the Spikes plated two in the bottom of the frame to re-take the lead, 6-5.

Jhonny Polanco fanned three in two innings with a hit given up before Jeff Rauh issued two free passes while striking out one in the eighth. Mitch Harris fanned two to work around a hit and walk in the ninth.

Wednesday's game: at Aberdeen (12-10) (BAL), 7:05 pm ET, tandem start - Jimmy Reed (1-0, 0.00)/Nick Petree (0-1, 1.50)

Johnson City 7 at Bluefield 2

Johnson City (11-7) pushed across seven tallies over the final two frames for a three-game sweep of host Bluefield.

Michael Holback picked up his first win as a pro by shutting down the Blue Jays on just one base-on-balls over the final 2 2/3. Holback stranded one runner inherited from Nick Lomascolo in the seventh as well. Lomascolo worked around a single and base-on-balls in the sixth but allowed an unearned tally in the seventh on two singles and an error. He struck out three.

Both pitched in relief of Blake McKnight who had another solid outing. McKnight gave up a run in the fifth, his final inning of work. The tally came on three of the five hits the righty yielded on the night. McKnight fanned two with 11 ground outs and did not issue a free pass.

The JC-Cards got on the board when centerfielder Vaughn Bryan sent one over the left field wall to open the eighth. Bryan went 2-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI. Second baseman Richy Pedroza and designated hitter Kenny Peoples-Walls both went 3-for-4. Pedroza added a base-on-balls and touched home twice while Peoples-Walls scored once. First baseman Justin Ringo singled twice in five at bats with three RBI.

Wednesday's game: vs. Pulaski (19-7) (SEA), 7:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (1-1, 3.65)

GCL Nationals 11 vs. GCL Cardinals 3

Juan Perez and Jonathan Escudero allowed runners to cross in each of the first five innings as the Nationals cruised to an 11-3 home victory over the Cardinals. The GCL Cardinals (7-8) are in third place in the East Division, four and a-half behind the Nationals.

Perez did not record an out in the third, allowing seven runs, six earned, on five six and six base-on-balls in two plus. Escudero permitted two of three of Perez' runners to cross in the third plus four of his own, three earned, on five hits and two walks in three innings.

Logan Billbrough and Jacoby Almaraz proved that you could indeed retire the Nationals batters by combining for three scoreless frames. Billbrough fanned two of three faced in the sixth while Almaraz gave up three hits and a free pass. The latter was making his professional mound debut.

The Gulf Birds pushed across three in the sixth to end the Nationals' shutout bid. Catcher Jose Gomez, second baseman Chris Rivera and right fielder DeAndre Asbury each knocked in one. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina, designated hitter Elier Rodriguez and Rivers all touched home once. Gomez, Pina and left fielder Ricardo Bautista each had two hits with Gomez and Bautista both doubling once.

Wednesday's games: at GCL Mets (3-11). Game one – completion of July 2nd suspended game; Game two – 7:00 pm ET, TBA/Isaac Silva (1-2, 5.40)

DSL Cardinals 7 vs. DSL Pirates2 2

A five run seventh was the difference maker as the DSL Cardinals (17-14) flew past the DSL Pirates2 7-2 at home.

The offense was a team effort with eight of nine Dominican Birds having at least one of their team's nine hits and seven of nine directly responsible for their tallies. Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra went 2-for-3 with a walk, three runs scored and another knocked in. Catcher Joshua Lopez and right fielder Luis Bandes both had two RBI with Bandes touching home once. Sierra stole home for his fourth stolen base of 2013 and Bandes swiped his third bag of the season.

Ramon Santos and Jose Lara both had fine outings in what appears to be a tandem start. Santos gave up a tally on five hits and a walk in five while striking out seven. Lara (W, 1-0) held the Dominican Bucs to a run on three hits and a free pass over four with three strikeouts.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Pirates2 (15-16), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-1, 2.49)

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