Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/28/13

Cesar Valera provided the game-winning hit in State College's walk-off win but Jake Stone's perfect day at the plate was not enough for the GCL Cardinals as they went down to defeat on a 2-5 Saturday across the system.

Results from games played Saturday, July 27.

Round Rock 6 vs. Memphis 5

The Redbirds' bullpen could not hold a late lead, resulting in Round Rock's 6-5 walk off victory over Memphis.

With the Redbirds up 5-3 after seven, Sam Freeman and Michael Blazek combined to hand the lead back plus one. Freeman permitted two runs on three hits in just 2/3 of a frame in the eighth. Blazek stranded one of two inherited runners to keep the game tied that frame but yielded a long ball in the ninth for his first Triple-A loss.

Boone Whiting fanned six over the first five innings, giving up three runs in the fifth, two earned. Whiting allowed six hits in all to go with one free pass issued. Jorge Rondon retired the side in order in the sixth and seventh.

Jaime Romak, Luis Mateo and Chris Swauger had two hits apiece. Romak doubled once while touching home twice. Mateo scored one and drove in another. In his return to the Redbirds, Swauger doubled with two RBI. Travis Tartamella's only hit in fo9ur at bats was his third home run of 2013, a solo bomb in the four-run second.

Sunday's game: at Round Rock, 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (3-2, 1.98)

Northwest Arkansas 8 at Springfield 4

Starter Tim Cooney could not make it out of the fourth as Springfield lost 8-4 to visiting Northwest Arkansas. The S-Cards will try to salvage a split of the series Sunday evening.

Cooney yielded six tallies on eight hits and a free pass in 3 2/3 while fanning five. Two of the runs were via one long-ball in the third. Corey Baker permitted Cooney's final runner to cross in the fourth before giving up two fifth-inning runs of his own on four total hits.

Jose Almarante tossed 3 1/3 scoreless frames on just one hit, stranding an inherited runner as a result. Danny Miranda gave up a hit in his inning of work.

Jake Lemmerman went 2-for-3 with his eighth long ball of the season, a two-run bomb in the sixth that plated Adam Melker (walk). Mike O'Neill singled once in three at bats with two base-on-balls and touched home twice. Both Melker and O'Neill swiped a bag, the fourth of the year for Melker and 17th for O'Neill.

Sunday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas, 6:09 pm CT, TBA

Daytona 6 at Palm Beach 0

What began as a scoreless pitching duel through seven ended in a 6-0 loss to Daytona, due in part to two throwing errors by third baseman Matt Williams. ,p> Ronnie Shaban was charged with his fourth loss in five decisions when he permitted four runs, one earned, in the eighth, his second inning of work. Shaban yielded two hits, two walks (one intentional) and threw a wild pitch in 1 2/3. Dean Kiekhefer stranded one inherited runner in the eighth but gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and a base-on-balls in the ninth.

Starter Travis Miller faced the minimum in his three-inning stint, erasing a walk to start the game via a double play. Tyler Melling worked around four hits and a free pass over the next three innings to keep the Cubs off the board.

Palm Beach matched Daytona's eight hits but went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded 12. Danny Stienstra, the only Beach Bird with more than one hit, went 2-for-2 with a walk.

Sunday's game: vs. Daytona, 5:05 pm ET, Ryan Sherriff (3-2, 3.11)

Peoria 4 vs. Kane County 1

A solo bomb in the first was all Silfredo Garcia permitted in six strong frames as the Chiefs downed the Cougars 4-1 in the series opener at home.

Garcia (W, 3-3) allowed four hits in all plus a free pass while striking out four. He induced 10 ground outs versus one fly out. Sam Tuivailala fanned five over the next two frames, with no hits and one walk given up. Zack Russell yielded a hit in the ninth for his fifth save of 2013.

Four of Peoria's 10 hits resulted in three runs in the first. The first of Breyvic Valera's two singles in four at bats brought C.J. McElroy in after the latter kicked off the inning with a double, one of three hits by the centerfielder. Jacob Wilson followed with his 23rd double of the season which drove in Charlie Tilson (single) and Valera. Wilson later added his 24th double while Tilson added a single. McElroy's two-out single in the fourth knocked in Nick Martini who opened with a single.

Sunday's game: vs. Kane County, 6:30 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-3, 3.64)

State College 2 vs. Auburn 1

The Spikes snatched victory from the jaws of defeat on Saturday night, thanks to two runs in the bottom of the ninth that flipped a 1-0 loss into a 2-1 triumph.

Catcher Luke Voit got it started with a one-out single that Auburn's pitcher could not handle. Voit was replaced by pinch runner Michael Schulze who advanced to second when Matthew Young worked a base-on-balls. Steven Ramos' infield single to third loaded the bases and Schulze walked home when Luis Perez was plunked.

Co-Player of the Day Cesar Valera sent the first pitch he saw into right field, scoring Young for the game-winner. It was Valera's fourth single in five at bats and he alone accounted for almost half of his squad's nine hits. No other Spike had more than one hit.

Jacob Booden earned his first professional win in his 27th appearance spanning two seasons. Booden struck out five in the eighth and ninth with just one hit and a base-on-balls allowed. He pitched in relief of Arturo Reyes, who yielded four hits and two walks over the first five frames that resulted in one tally. Jhonny Polanco fanned four in two innings with three hits given up and hit one batter.

Sunday's game: at Batavia (MIA), 5:05 pm ET, Willy Paulino (2-1, 1.78)

Elizabethton 8 at Johnson City 0

Hansel De Los Santos lasted just four innings in the JC-Cards 8-0 shutout loss to Elizabethton at home. Each squad has won one of the first two games in their three-game set.

De Los Santos yielded four runs on eight hits and a base-on-balls as his record dropped to 1-3. Anderson Gerdel, who turned in the best performance of Johnson City's four pitchers, allowed a home run to begin the sixth, one of four hits given up by the righty over three frames. He did not issue a free pass.

Stalyn Lopez worked around a double and wild pitch in the eighth but got the hook after issuing a free pass then a double to start the ninth. Brandon Lee permitted both runners to touch home as well as one of his own on a double and single.

The Appy Birds had eight hits but went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position. J.J. Altobelli went 2-for-4 with a double and Justin Ringo singled twice in four at bats.

Sunday's game: vs. Elizabethton, 6:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (2-0, 1.80)

GCL Marlins 8 vs. GCL Cardinals 4

Jay Voss took the loss in the Gulf Birds' 8-4 defeat by the Marlins.

The left-hander was charged with two unearned tallies in the fourth, his only inning of work, which broke a one-all tie. Those runs were produced by a hit batsman, wild pitch, passed ball, his own fielding error, walk and two-run double. Isaac Silva yielded three hits and a free pass over the first three innings, including a home run to start the second. Silva fanned four.

Ismael Brito served up a solo shot in the fifth, one of two hits he allowed. Chris Corrigan's second rehab appearance was more than a bit shaky. The right-hander was charged with four runs, three earned, on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3. Two of those runs came across with Kender Villegas on the mound. Villegas inherited a bases-loaded with one out and saw the first run score via a passed ball and the second one on a sac fly. Villegas struck out two with one hit given up in 1 1/3. Dylan Hawkins struck out the only batter faced to strand both of Villegas' runners.

Co-player of the Day Jake Stone was perfect at the plate, going 4-for-4 with two doubles, one run scored and an RBI. Rafael Medina, the only other Gulf Bird with a multi-hit performance, singled twice in four at bats while touching home once and driving one in.

Sunday's game: The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

DSL Tigers vs DSL Cardinals

No results have been posted from Saturday's contest, the second part of the regular home-and-away pairings that make up the DSL schedule.

Sunday's game: The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

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