Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/24/13

Excellent nights at the plate by James Ramsey and Mike O'Neill led Springfield to a victory as the system went 3-3 with one postponed on Tuesday.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 23.

Round Rock 5 at Memphis 2

The Redbirds' offense was held to just three hits in a 5-2 loss to the visiting Express. Memphis (49-55) has lost five of its last six, including the first two of four with Round Rock, and is tied for second with Omaha (KC), a game behind Iowa (CHC).

Both tallies came in the third when Audry Perez reached on a fielding error that allowed Kolten Wong (walk) and Chad Huffman (single) to cross home. That tied the score at two all but the Express went back up with a run in the fifth off Nick Greenwood (L, 2-4). Greenwood yielded three tallies on five hits, including a two-run home run, and two bases-on-balls in 5 2/3. ,p> Sam Freeman stranded a runner of Greenwood's in the sixth before giving up an unearned run on a two-out double plus a fielding error by Kolten Wong in the seventh. The lefty struck out three in 1 1/3 with just that double allowed. Michael Blazek worked around two free passes issued in the eighth but Jorge Rondon permitted another unearned tally in the ninth on two hits and his own throwing error.

Wednesday's game: vs. Round Rock (59-45), 7:05 pm CT, Michael Wacha (4-2, 2.78)

Springfield 13 vs. Tulsa 2

The S-Cards' translated 17 hits into a 13-2 lambasting of the Drillers at home. Springfield (16-16) has won the first two of three versus Tulsa and sits in third, 2 ½ in back of Arkansas (LAA).

Mike O'Neill led the attack, going 4-for-5 with three runs scored and three RBI while James Ramsey and Ruben Gotay had three hits apiece. Ramsey went 3-for-4 with a base-on-balls, two doubles and his 13th long ball of 2013 which kicked off his team's scoring in the first. The center fielder touched home four times with two RBI. Gotay went 3-for-4 as well with a double and a walk plus six driven in. Colin Walsh, the final Cardinal with a multi-hit game, singled twice in four at bats with two runs scored and one knocked in.

Richard Castillo upped his record to 7-6 by limiting the Drillers to single tallies in the fourth and fifth on six hits, including a solo shot, and two free passes over six. Justin Wright allowed two hits in two frames while matching Castillo's two strikeouts and Danny Miranda tossed a scoreless ninth.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tulsa (13-19), 7:09 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (2-4, 6.15)

Tampa 9 at Palm Beach 5

A seven-run seventh doomed the PB-Cards to a 9-5 home loss to Tampa in game three of four with the Yankees, a series in which the Beach Birds trail two-games-to-one. Palm Beach (17-11) is tied with Charlotte (TB) for first, a half of a game up on St. Lucie (NYM).

Kyle Hald was charged with his seventh loss against five wins after he yielded six runs, five earned, in six plus frames. Hald limited the opposition to two runs through six but did not retire any of the four batters faced on the seventh, giving up six runs, five earned, on nine hits, a walk and his own fielding error.

Robert Stock allowed all three inherited runners to cross plus three of his own on two hits and two base-on-balls in just 2/3 of a frame. Logan Billbrough permitted two hits that plated two of three Stock runners before he recorded the final out. Iden Nazario and Dean Kiekhefer each tossed a scoreless frame.

The Beach Birds pushed across two in the third and two more in the fourth, the latter on Nick Longmire's seventh bomb of 2013. Alex Mejia worked a free pass ahead of Longmire in the fourth, going 1-for-3. Matt Williams went 2-for-4 with a double, touched home once and drove in one.

Wednesday's game: vs. Tampa (14-14), 6:35 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (2-0, 2.70)

Peoria - off

Fourth-place Peoria (15-15) begins a three-game series at first-place Cedar Rapids, a team they trail by six games.

Wednesday's game: at Cedar Rapids (21-9) (MIN), 6:35 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 3.03)

State College at Mahoning Valley - postponed

The Spikes' series opener at Mahoning Valley was postponed due to wet grounds. Second-place State College (18-15) will play a pair today.

Wednesday's games: at Mahoning Valley (12-23) (CLE). Game one – 5:05 pm CT, Jimmy Reed (1-1, 1.59), Game two following Game one, Andrew Pierce (0-1, 3.86)

Greenville 5 vs. Johnson City 4

The Appy Birds plated three in the eighth to close the gap to one but that was all as they were edged 5-4 at first-place Greenville for their fifth straight loss. Johnson City (14-16) is in fourth, 6 ½ behind the Astros.

Alex Reyes (L, 2-3) allowed four runs, two earned, on five hits and two walks in just 3 2/3. He fanned three. Anderson Gerdel stranded one of Reyes' runners before giving up a run on three hits and a free pass in 2 1/3. Zach Lorraine walked one over the final two innings.

Left fielder Devante Lacy had two his team's six hits, singling twice in three at bats while crossing once and driving in one. Third baseman J.J. Altobelli tripled once in four at bats, knocking in two while scoring one.

Wednesday's game: at Greenville (21-10), 7:00 pm ET, Nick Perdomo (1-3, 3.54)

GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Mets 3

Three runs in the final two frames gave the Gulf Birds a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the visiting Mets on Tuesday. The second-place Cardinals (15-12) trail the Nationals by seven games.

The Mets' starter held the home team to a tally on seven hits through seven but the Cardinals got to the visitors' bullpen for one in the eighth plus two unearned runs in the ninth that gave them the walk-off. Oscar Mercado and Jake Stone both singled twice in four at bats with Mercado adding a base-on-balls while Stone scored one and drive in another. Jose Godoy's only hit in four at bats singled home Eliezer Alvarez in the ninth for the game-winner.

Dylan Hawkins picked up his first win, allowing a hit and walk in a scoreless ninth. Mike Mayers went the first three, yielding an unearned tally on two hits and a free pass with four strikeouts. Rob Kaminsky fanned four over the next two frames with a hit and two base-on-balls.

Eric Fornataro's second rehab appearance saw him allow two runs, one earned, on two hits and a walk in the sixth. Juan Caballero permitted a hit and a free pass in two innings.

Wednesday's games: vs. GCL Nationals (22-5). Game one – 11:00 am ET, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals 6 at DSL Nationals 2

The Dominican Birds scored five runs in the first four innings to coast to a 6-2 victory over the host Nationals. The DSL Cardinals (24-18) are in second, five in back of the Cubs.

Four Cardinals had two of their team's 12 hits, beginning with second baseman Allen Cordoba, who singled and doubled in four at bats while crossing twice and driving in one. Designated hitter Bladimil Franco went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI while center fielder Magneuris Sierra singled twice in five at bats while one scored and another knocked in. Catcher Dionenrys Pena went 2-for-4 while touching home once.

David Oca's record moved to 2-1 when he held his opponents to a run on just two hits and a walk through five. Jorge Rodriguez tossed the last four innings, yielding a tally on a hit and base-on-balls while fanning six to earn his second save.

Wednesday's game: at DSL Cubs (29-13), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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