Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/26/13

Seth Blair had the stand-out performance among pitchers on Thursday but Springfield's offense could not support his effort. The system went 3-4 with a postponement.

Results from games played Thursday, July 25.

Memphis 5 vs. Round Rock 0

Tyler Lyons and Michael Blazek combined for a three-hitter as Memphis (51-55) blanked Round Rock 5-0 at home.

Lyons (W, 6-1) yielded two hits and a base-on-balls over seven with four strikeouts, nine ground outs and five fly outs. His free pass was erased via a double-play ball and the southpaw retired the final 10 batters faced. Blazek gave up a hit and two walks in two innings with a strikeout.

Number three batter Chad Huffman went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and one driven in. Kolten Wong singled and doubled in four at bats with a base-on-balls, touched home twice and knocked in one.

After splitting their four-game home series with Round Rock, the Redbirds travel to Dell Diamond for four more versus the Express.

Friday's game: at Round Rock (59-47) (TEX), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (6-6, 4.37)

Northwest Arkansas 6 at Springfield 0

The S-Cards (16-18) were on the wrong end of a three-hitter as they were shut out by visiting Northwest Arkansas 6-0 in the series opener.

Colin Walsh had one of the three hits as well as one of the three free passes issued by the Naturals' pitching staff. Mike O'Neill accounted for the other two walks, although he was hitless in two at bats.

Player of the Day Seth Blair (L, 3-8) pitched well enough for the win, fanning 11 over seven frames while yielding single tallies in the first and second on six hits in all. He walked two. Kevin Thomas and Deryk Hooker each gave up a pair in their inning of work on two hits and a base-on-balls. One of the two runs permitted by Thomas was unearned.

Friday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (20-14), 7:09 pm CT, Zach Petrick (1-0, 3.09)

Daytona 6 at Palm Beach 5

Palm Beach (18-12) led 5-1 through six but the bullpen could not hold it as they were clipped 6-5 by Daytona at home.

In his Palm Beach debut, Joey Cuda held the North Division leaders to a tally on five hits over six. However, Robert Stock and Travis Miller gave up five runs in the seventh and eighth to deny Cuda the win. Stock yielded two hits and two walks that produced three tallies in just 2/3 of an inning. Miller (BS, 1)(L, 3-10) stranded two that frame but was touched up for two on three hits in the eighth. Neither Cuda nor Miller issued a free pass. Ronnie Shaban tossed a scoreless ninth with a hit and walk allowed.

Jonathan Rodriguez led his team's offense, going 3-for-4 with a double and home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Adam Lewis was the only other Beach Bird with more than one hit. Lewis singled and doubled in three at bats while crossing once and driving in another.

Friday's game: vs. Daytona (17-12), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 8 at Cedar Rapids 3

The Chiefs (17-15) plated six runners in the final three frames for a come-from-behind 8-3 win at Cedar Rapids. Peoria goes for a three-game sweep Friday night.

Trailing 3-2 after six, Peoria took the lead on Jacob Wilson's only hit of the day, a three-run bomb in the seventh that plated Gerwuins Velazco (walk) and C.J. McElroy (single).

McElroy's third hit of the game singled home Ildemaro Vargas (walk) and Trevor Martin (single) in the eighth. Wilson reached on a fielding error to begin the ninth and eventually scored on a force out by Valera. Martin joined McElroy with three hits, going 3-for-4 with a double while touching home twice.

Ben O'Shea picked up his first full-season victory in his second start for Peoria. O'Shea yielded one in the third plus two more in the fourth on 10 hits in all while not issuing a free pass in six plus. Joe Scanio struck out four over two frames with a walk and stranded two of O'Shea's runners in the seventh. Dixon Llorens struck out the side in the ninth but gave up a hit and two free passes.

Friday's game: at Cedar Rapids (21-11), 6:35 pm CT, Chris Perry (1-0, 2.25)

Mahoning Valley 3 vs. State College 1

The Spikes (18-18) could not overcome an early 3-0 deficit as they fell 3-1 at Mahoning Valley. The loss completed a three-game sweep by the Scrappers.

Juan Bautista (L, 1-3) permitted three runs, two earned, on six hits and two free passes over five. One of the six hits was a two-run blast in the third that put the home team up 3-0. Mitch Harris yielded a hit and a walk while fanning two in two. Mike Aldrete worked around three hits to keep the opposition off the board in the eighth.

Right fielder Jimmy Bosco had two of his squad's six hits, singling twice in four at bats. David Washington doubled and scored in the seventh and Luis Perez went 1-for-3 with an RBI.

Friday's game: vs. Auburn (12-25), 7:05 pm ET, Kevin Herget (3-0, 4.91)

Greeneville 3 vs. Johnson City 2

An unearned tally in the eighth sent the Appy Birds to their seventh consecutive loss, this time 3-2 at Greeneville.

Nick Lomascolo (L, 1-2) hit a batter to start the eighth, his second inning of work, then advanced the runner to third when his pickoff attempt when awry. A sac fly brought the run across. Lomascolo did not allow a hit and walked one.

Johnson City (14-18) took an early lead with one in the first but the Astros responded with single scores in the first and third off Will Anderson, the latter tally being unearned. Anderson allowed eight hits and did not issue a free pass in six with four strikeouts.

Anderson departed with the score tied at two thanks to a Cardinals run in the top of the sixth. Brett Wiley worked one of his two base-on-balls to start the frame and eventually came around on a force out. Left fielder Kyle Grieshaber singled twice in four at bats for half of his team's hits. Richy Pedroza walked and scored an unearned run in the first.

Friday's game: vs. Elizabethton (17-15), 7:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-1, 3.28)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals - postponed

The Gulf Birds' contest versus the Nationals was postponed due to rain and has been re-scheduled as part of a twin-bill on July 31st.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (12-18), 10:00 am ET, Fidencio Flores (3-1, 3.80)

DSL Cardinals 5 vs. DSL Cubs 2

Shortstop Edmundo Sosa and third baseman Robelys Reyes had two hits each and touched home twice as the Cardinals (25-19) downed the Cubs 5-2 at home.

Sosa was responsible for three tallies, going 2-for-4 with a triple, two runs scored and an RBI. Reyes singled twice in four at bats and crossed home twice. Center fielder Magneuris Sierra went 2-for-4 with a run scored. Right fielder Bladimil Franco was a perfect 3-for-3 with a walk and two driven in.

Reliever Ronald Sanchez picked up his second win in three decisions with a scoreless sixth while issuing two free passes. Starter Julio Mateo allowed a run on two hits and five bases-on-balls, one intentional, over five while fanning seven. Mateo hit one batter and was charged with a wild pitch.

Jose Lara stranded a runner inherited from Sanchez in the seventh and kept the opposition off the board in the eighth but allowed back-to-back singles to start the ninth, getting the hook in favor of Yelson Medina. Medina allowed one of two runners to cross before recording his fourth save.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Tigers (30-14), 10:30 am ET, tandem start – Will Changarotty (3-1, 1.24)/Derian Gonzalez (1-1, 4.44)

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