Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/18/13

It was a big 7-1 Wednesday across the Cardinals farm system as Tim Cooney and Rowan Wick stood out.

Results from games played Wednesday, July 17.

Memphis was off

The Triple-A All-Star Game was held in Reno, Nevada Wednesday night. The Redbirds had two representatives, Brock Peterson and Michael Wacha. Peterson started the game at first base. He hit an RBI groundout and singled on a bloop to center. Wacha came in the seventh and retired five batters in order on only 20 pitches.

Thursday's game: Memphis (48-50) vs. Oklahoma City (51-46), 8:05 ET, TBA

Springfield 3, Arkansas 1

Springfield received stellar pitching from Co-Player of the Day Tim Cooney. The 3rd rounder from Wake Forest went seven strong innings, giving up one earned on five hits. Cooney did not walk a batter and struck out six.

Justin Wright faced two batters and retired them both. Sub-mariner Heath Wyatt punched out his one batter. Lee Stoppelman recorded one out and gave up two hits in the ninth before being pulled for Kevin Thomas. Thomas induced a double-play that got Stoppelman off the hook for a potential loss.

Mike O'Neill had one hit, an RBI single. Adam Melker is starting to heat up he went 3-for-3 with two doubles and a single. Jake Lemmerman hit a sac fly and an RBI single that were the difference in the game.

Thursday's game: Springfield goes on the road for a four-game series in Northwest Arkansas. Springfield (47-47) at Northwest Arkansas (38-58), 7:00 CT, Richard Castillo RHP (6-5, 4.37 ERA).

Palm Beach 7 at Lakeland 5

Lakeland put up four runs in the last two innings but Palm Beach held on. David Popkins had a three-bagger for an RBI. Jonathan Rodriguez had two hits and two driven in. Nick Longmire hit two big doubles that gave him three RBI.

In his second start at Palm Beach, Hector Hernandez ate five innings, allowing one run on six hits. He walked three and struck out one. Struggling as he comes back from Tommy John surgery, Jordan Swagerty gave up four earned on three hits and three walks in just one inning. Dean Kiekhefer closed the door with a scoreless ninth.

Thursday's games: Palm Beach (45-48) at Lakeland (41-50), 6:30 ET, TBA

Peoria 2, South Bend 1

This was a grind-it-out win for Peoria against one of the Midwest League's best teams. Jacob Wilson hit a big fly for the 13th time while Ildemaro Vargas contributed two hits and an RBI.

The story of this game was the stellar pitching from Kyle Helisek. He gave Peoria seven solid innings, giving up one earned on five hits. Helisek walked two and fanned six. The back-end of Peoria's bullpen, Thomas Lee and Zack Russell, combined for two scoreless innings and four strikeouts.

Thursday's game: Peoria (51-41) vs. South Bend (59-36), 8:00 ET, Ben O'Shea LHP (MWL debut)

State College 8, Lowell 2

The scoring was a group effort by the State College offense as every starter contributed a hit other than Mason Katz. Jimmy Bosco had a single, double, and two RBI to spark the top of the order. Bruce Caldwell had a four-hit game with one driven in. Ronald Castillo had a single, double, and an RBI. Carson Kelly got into the act as well, with two hits and an RBI.

Former Missouri State ace Nick Petree gave up one earned on five hits. He walked three and struck out five in five innings pitched. Jimmy Reed followed suit with four innings. He allowed one earned on four hits and struck out six.

Thursday's game: State College (15-13) vs. Lowell (16-12), 7:05 ET, Andrew Pierce RHP (0-1, 4.76 ERA)

Johnson City 12 at Pulaski 5

Johnson City exploded for eight runs in the sixth that gave them a huge lead and went on to win after one more run was added in the ninth. Vaughn Bryan had two hits and two RBI. Brett Wiley continues his hot streak as he collected four hits, one for extra bases, and had two RBI. Co-Player of the Day Rowan Wick was a triple short of the cycle. The big catcher had three hits - a single, double, home run - and four RBI. .

In his fourth professional start, Alex Reyes had improved control. In five innings, he gave up two earned on seven hits. Reyes walked only one and struck out eight to earn his second win of the season.

Thursday's game: Johnson City (14-11) at Pulaski (13-11), 7:00 ET, Luis Perdomo RHP (1-2, 3.50 ERA)

GCL Cardinals 6, GCL Mets 5 (12 innings)
GCL Cardinals 4 at GCL Mets 2 (7 innings, 7/10 make up)

In the first game, the GCL Cardinals held on for twelve innings before finally walking-off in the bottom half the 12th on Carlos Torres' sacrifice fly. Jose Godoy's RBI double was his only hit. Rafael Medina went deep for the first time - a two-run shot. Eliezer Alvarez hit a solo home run, his first.

Dewin Perez's control hampered him. In three innings, he gave up two earned on one hit but walked five and struck out four. First rounder Rob Kaminsky struck out two in a scoreless inning. Rehabber Logan Billbrough struck out two in a scoreless inning as well. Ismael Brito gutted out four innings in the extras. H egave up one earned on three hits and struck out seven.

Game two didn't last nearly as long as game one as they played only seven innings. Switch-hitting catcher Elier Rodriguez had an RBI double and walked. Jose Gomez had a sac fly. Carlos Torres hit an RBI single and reached via a base on balls.

Mike Mayers pitched three shutout frames, walking one and striking out two. Steven Farinaro gave up a home run as he also walked a batter and fanned two in 1 2/3 innings. Ian McKinney gave up an unearned run on one hit. He walked two and struck out one.

Thursday's game: GCL Cardinals (12-10) at GCL Mets (5-17), 12:00 ET, TBA

DSL Orioles 8, DSL Cardinals 1

The DSL Cardinals had one of those days offensively in which they couldn't get anything going. As an offense, they went 5-for-32 against the DSL Orioles staff. Edmundo Sosa hit the lone RBI with a double.

Starter and loser Ronald Medrano allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out two in two innings.

Thursday's game: DSL Cardinals (21-17) vs. DSL Yankees1 (21-14, 10:30 ET, TBA

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