Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/16/13

Cory Jones pitched Peoria to a win on a 6-2 Monday across the Cardinals farm system.

Results from games played Monday, July 15.

Memphis is off

The Triple-A Redbirds are off for the Pacific Coast League All-Star break, resuming regular play on Thursday.

First baseman Brock Peterson participated in the PCL Home Run Derby in Reno, Nev. Monday night. Leading the seven-man competition with nine home runs after the first two rounds, Peterson fell to Reno's Matt Davidson in the finals, 4-1.

Tuesday's game: Off. The Triple-A All-Star Game will be Wednesday night.

Arkansas 5 at Springfield 3

Springfield battled in the end but they came up two runs short of tying it in the ninth. James Ramsey had a solid offensive night that included three hits and one RBI. Mike O'Neill and Ruben Gotay combined RBI singles.

In his first rehab start, Chris Carpenter had mixed results. After two strong innings, he reached his pitch limit after 2 2/3 innings. Carpenter gave up three earned runs on six hits; he walked two and struck out five. Seth Blair piggy-backed for Carpenter, going five innings. Blair gave up two earned runs on five hits, walking one and striking out five.

Tuesday's game: Springfield (45-47) vs. Arkansas (48-45), 7:09 CT, RHP Zach Petrick (Double-A debut)

Palm Beach 2, Brevard County 1 (Game one - seven innings)
Palm Beach 1, Brevard County 0 (7/13 make up game two – seven innings)

In game one, Palm Beach walked-off on Colin Walsh's RBI single. Jonathan Rodriguez' RBI groundout had scored Walsh in the first inning to give Palm Beach the early advantage. Walsh had two singles and a walk to go with his run scored and RBI on the evening.

Kyle Hald gave Palm Beach 5 2/3 innings, allowing just one earned run on eight hits. He did not walk a batter and struck out six. Dean Kiekhefer recorded the last four outs to earn his first victory of the season.

In the first inning of game two, Palm Beach scored the only run they would need to secure a win in seven innings. David Popkins collected two hits, one for a double after which he scored on a Jonathan Rodriguez RBI double.

Ryan Sherriff was solid in 5 2/3 innings for Palm Beach as he gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four. Ronnie Shaban secured the last four outs, with the last two coming via the strikeout, and converting his 13th save.

Tuesday's game: Off

Peoria 5 at Great Lakes 3

Peoria put five runs on the board in the first five innings. That was all the Chiefs would score as they held on by two runs for the victory.

Jordan Walton had another big offensive night for Peoria as he had two key hits - a RBI double and two-run RBI single. C.J. McElroy had two singles, one for an RBI. Jeremy Schaffer contributed an RBI single.

Player of the Day Cory Jones continues to be excellent for Peoria. He gave the Chiefs seven strong innings with two earned runs on six hits. Jones walked one batter and punched out nine.

Tuesday's game: Off

Hudson Valley 3, State College 2 (12 innings)

State College lost another tough one in heartbreaking fashion in the 12th inning. Earlier, David Washington and Mason Katz had two hits which included a solo home run each. That home run for Washington was his fifth while it was Katz' first professional home run.

Willy Paulino gave State College five shutout innings of three-hit ball. He did walk four but he also struck out six. Mitch Harris gave up two hits and one earned run (the walk-off in the 12th) in 2 1/3 innings of work and took the loss.

Tuesday's game: Off

Johnson City 7 at Bristol 3

Johnson City's did their scoring in bunches as they plated all seven of their runs in the first five innings. Brett Wiley remains hot at the plate as he had two hits, one for extra bases, that led to two Johnson City runs. Luis Perez had a three-hit night that included two RBI. Justin Ringo and J.J. Altobelli both had RBI doubles.

Blake McKnight pitched five innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out two while inducing 11 groundouts. Fernando Baez yielded one hit during a scoreless inning. Zach Loraine gave up two hits on one earned run, though he did strike out the side in his inning. Michael Holback allowed two hits but closed the door in the ninth.

Tuesday's game: Off

GCL Cardinals 6 at GCL Nationals 3

The Gulf Coast League Cardinals responded with a five-spot in the seventh to help secure the victory. Jhohan Acevedo smacked an RBI single, his lone hit in five at bats. On day one of his rehab assignment at the GCL, Oscar Taveras had two plate appearances with a walk and double. Oscar Mercado was hitless but walked twice and swiped two bags. The shortstop now has seven stolen bases on the season. Carlos Torres hit an RBI single and came around to score on a Eliezer Alvarez two-run RBI double.

Mainly a reliever in the upper levels, rehabber Logan Billbrough started the game. He pitched a scoreless inning but gave up two hits. Eric Fornataro began his rehab as well. The Memphis reliever gave up a single but struck out a batter and retired the next two with groundouts in a scoreless inning. In his three innings, Juan Perez yielded three earned on five hits. Kyle Grana struck out the side in the ninth to shut the door.

Tuesday's game: GCL Cardinals (10-10) vs. GCL Nationals (16-5), 12:00 ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 2 at DSL Mets1 1

The Dominican Summer League Cards scored two in the first and that was all they would need to go on to win. Joshua Lopez had a double that scored Edmundo Sosa. Henry Alvarado added an RBI on a fielders' choice.

Ramon Santos gave the Cards four innings of work. He allowed four hits and one earned run, walking three and striking out five. Ruben Encarnacion retired the last four batters to secure the win.

Tuesday's game: DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Mets1, 10:30 AM ET, TBA

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