Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/29/13

J.J. Altobelli and Leandro Mateo each notched the same career first in Johnson City's win, one of only two wins in St. Louis' minors on Sunday.

Results from games played Sunday, July 28.

Round Rock 4 vs. Memphis 3 (11)

Nick Greenwood could not hold a ninth-inning lead and Victor Marte took the loss in the 11th as the Redbirds (52-57) fell 4-3 on the road.

Greenwood yielded one in the sixth, his first inning of work, and two more in the bottom of the ninth that blew a 3-1 Memphis advantage. The southpaw allowed six hits and two walks, one intentional, over four. Victor Marte (L, 2-3) escaped two singles and an intentional free pass in the 10th but was not so fortunate in the 11th. Marte allowed two more walks, one intentional, plus two singles that resulted in the winning tally for the Express.

That squandered a fine outing by Carlos Martinez in his Triple-A return. Martinez struck out seven through five, allowing three hits and two free passes. The 21-year-old threw 74 pitches, 44 for strikes, and induced five ground outs to two fly outs.

The Redbirds banged out 11 hits with eight of nine starters having at least one. Jermaine Curtis, Greg Garcia and Travis Tartamella each had two hits. Curtis scored one while Garcia doubled once with a walk and a run scored. Chad Huffman's only hit in six at bats was a single in the ninth that brought across Luis Mateo and Garcia. Mateo entered as a pinch runner for Curtis got aboard on his second single of the game.

Monday's game: at Round Rock (61-48), 7:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (4-6, 4.95)

Springfield 6 vs. Northwest Arkansas 5

Two runs in the eighth gave Springfield (18-19) a 6-5 victory over Northwest Arkansas in a see-saw battle that produced three lead changes and a tie.

The Naturals broke out on top early with two in the first off Anthony Ferrara but the S-Cards answered with two of their own in the bottom of the third. Ferrara's night was done when he allowed the opposition to re-take the lead with a tally the very next frame. Ferrara issued a whopping seven free passes to go with one hit in 3 1/3.

Justin Wright permitted Ferrara's final run to cross in the fourth, one of two Ferrara runners Wright inherited. Springfield took its first lead with two runs pushed across that same inning and Wright held it during his two-inning stint in which he fanned five with two hits and a free pass issued.

Heath Wyatt gave Northwest Arkansas their final lead when he served up a solo bomb in the seventh that was one of two tallies charged to him on two hits in 1 1/3. The only hit yielded by Lee Stoppelman (W, 2-1) over 1 1/3 was a double that plated his inherited runner to give the visitors a 5-4 advantage. Springfield, however, had one last charge left in them and pushed across two in the eighth for the final margin. Deryk Hooker worked around two base-on-balls in the ninth for his eighth save.

The S-Cards' offensive attack featured seven players with at least one hit. Adam Melker was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double and a walk, one run scored and an RBI while Jake Lemmerman and Mike O'Neill had two hits apiece. Lemmerman touched home twice and stole his seventh bag of 2013 while the second of Mike O'Neill's two singles plated Lemmerman and Cody Stanley in the eighth to provide the difference. O'Neill worked a base-on-balls and crossed once.

Monday's game: at Tulsa (16-21) (COL), 7:05 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (2-5, 5.85)

Daytona 2 at Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach (18-15) went down to defeat for the sixth time in their last seven games as Daytona managed a four-game sweep.

The Beach Birds had just three hits and their sole tally was unearned. Ronny Gil drew a one-out base-on-balls and came around to score on Starlin Rodriguez' single and a throwing error by the Cubs' left fielder that left Rodriguez on second. Rodriguez was issued a free pass and stole a base.

Ryan Sherriff (L, 3-3) kept Daytona off the board through six but two singles and a sac bunt/throwing error by Danny Stienstra brought two unearned tallies across. Sherriff allowed nine hits and two walks in 6 2/3 with four strikeouts. Iden Nazario left two of Sherriff's runners on in the seventh then tossed two more scoreless innings. Nazario issued two free passes while fanning three.

Monday's game: at Clearwater (16-18) (PHI), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

Kane County 6 at Peoria 3

The Chiefs (18-16) struck first but the Cougars were on top in the end as Kane County evened up the series at one win each.

The Cougars' starter issued four free passes plus a sac fly in the second that brought in Jacob Wilson and Nick Martini for a 2-0 advantage. Kane County responded with four in the third off Brad Watson (L, 2-4) who yielded five runs, four earned, on seven hits, two walks, three wild pitches and a plunked batter through five.

Yet another base-on-balls by the opposition's starter initiated the bottom of the third and Charlie Tilson took advantage by stealing his 13th bag. A single by Breyvic Valera moved Tilson to third and Jacob Wilson's single knocked him in. Six Chiefs each had one hit.

Brady Adamek and Joe Scanio each tossed two frames. Adamec allowed a tally on two hits and a walk while Scanio faced the minimum.

Monday's game: vs. Kane County (9-24), 7:00 pm CT, Thomas Lee (3-1, 2.30)

Batavia 10 vs. State College 5

The Spikes led 4-0 after three but two big innings by the Muckdogs sent State College (20-19) to a 10-5 road defeat.

Five Batavia tallies in the fourth gave them their first lead, all five charged to Willy Paulino who yielded six hits and three base-on-balls in 3 2/3. He threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Kyle Webb notched the final out in the frame to strand the bases full of Paulino's runners but ran into trouble in the sixth when he gave up three of the four runs scored by the home team.

Webb (L, 1-2) permitted two hits, plunked a Muckdog and was charged with a wild pitch over 1 2/3. Webb's final runner crossed under Victor De Leon's watch who gave up the last run scored that frame. De Leon had some serious control issues as his free passes issued (four) exceeded his hits allowed (three) and the latter matched the number of wild pitches he threw. De Leon was charged with two runs, one earned, with three strikeouts in 2 2/3.

State College banged out 12 hits, led by David Washington's perfect offensive game. The right fielder went 4-for-4 with a double, base-on-balls, run scored and two RBI. Bruce Caldwell followed close behind, doubling once in three hits while touching home twice and driving one in. Cesar Valera singled and doubled in five at bats while crossing twice.

Monday's game: at Batavia (19-19), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (1-1, 1.13)

Johnson City 3 vs. Elizabethton 1 (12)

Leandro Mateo's first professional home run gave Johnson City (16-19) a 3-1 extra-innings victory over Elizabethton. The JC-Cards took the series two-games-to-one.

Co-Player of the Day Mateo came to the plate with Richy Pedroza (walk) on first and two out and lined one over the wall for the first time in 164 plate appearances. It was the shortstop's second hit in five at bats to go with one base-on-balls.

J.J. Altobelli, our co-Player of the Day, began the fourth with the first long ball of his brief pro career that gave his team a brief 1-0 lead. Altobelli went 3-for-4 with a walk. Vaughn Bryan singled twice in six at bats for the final multi-hit performance by an Appy Bird.

Steve Sabatino (W, 2-2) twice struck out the side - in the 11th and 12th - while issuing one free pass. Sabatino, the fourth Spikes pitcher, pitched in relief of Blake McKnight who gave up a tally on six hits and a free pass in six. McKnight struck out five with six ground outs and six fly outs.

Norge Parades twice retired the side in order while recording four strikeouts. Fernando Baez yielded two hits over two innings while fanning two.

Monday's game: vs. Princeton (7-29) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (2-3, 3.96)

GCL Cardinals - off

Monday's game: vs. GCL Mets (9-23), 12:00 pm ET, Juan Perez (1-3, 7.85) or Mike Mayers (1-0, 1.00)

DSL Cardinals 5 at DSL Tigers 4 - (Saturday's contest. Reported late)

Henry Alvarado singled home Luis Bandes (double) in the top of the ninth as the DSL Cardinals (26-20) edged the Tigers 5-4 on the road on Saturday.

That was the second single in three at bats by the first baseman who also crossed home once. Shortstop Edmundo Sosa matched Alvarado's production, going 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. Right fielder Bladimil Franco tripled once in two at bats with two free passes and a run driven in.

Frederis Parra started for the Dominican Birds and yielded three tallies, two earned, on three hits and four free passes in 3 2/3. Esteban Vallejo allowed one of three inherited runners to score plus one of his own in 3 1/3 with three hits and two walks given up. Ruben Encarnacion (W, 1-0) shut down the Tigers on two hits over the last two frames.

The Dominican Summer League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: at DSL Rojos (11-37), 10:30 am ET, Ramon Santos (2-3, 2.89)

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