Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/04/13

Springfield's Anthony Ferrara was great for seven innings, but Palm Beach's Ryan Sherriff was even better for nine.

Results from games played Saturday, August 3.

Memphis 4, Las Vegas 3

Memphis (56-59) continued its homestand by shading the Mets' Las Vegas affiliate, the 51s, in the series opener.

The visitors knotted the score at three in the eighth inning as starter Scott McGregor walked the leadoff batter, his final batter faced on the night. The right-hander allowed seven hits, walked just one and fanned seven in the no-decision.

Eric Fornataro took a blown save after the tying run came around to score on a single and a ground out. After collecting the final out of the eighth, Sam Freeman vultured a win. Fernando Salas added his sixth save.

The Redbirds took the lead back in the bottom of the eighth. Kolten Wong walked, moved to third on a Jamie Romak single and scored on a Chad Huffman sacrifice fly.

Romak also doubled, joining Travis Tartamella with two hits. In addition to Huffman's game winner, Tartamella, Ryan Jackson and McGregor drove in runs.

Sunday's game: vs. Las Vegas (60-53) (NYM), 6:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (6-1, 3.00)

Springfield 4 at Arkansas 0

Springfield (20-23) picked up its first win in game three of four at first-place Arkansas. It was accomplished in fine fashion as lefty Anthony Ferrara threw a one-hitter with no walks through seven innings.

The lefty posted a season-high nine strikeouts through a season-high seven scoreless innings. Ferrara retired his final 17 batters consecutively. The only Traveler that reached base was via a single with one away in the second.

Kevin Thomas and Lee Stoppelman provided a perfect inning of relief apiece to close out the win.

Stephen Piscotty broke the scoreless tie with a two-out RBI double in the fourth. An RBI fielder's choice by Ruben Gotay and a two-run double by Luis Mateo in the sixth extended the lead.

Sunday's game: at Arkansas (25-17), 6:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (3-5, 5.53)

Palm Beach 7 at Dunedin 0

Palm Beach (22-17) received a tremendous outing from Ryan Sherriff. The 23-year-old lefty carried a no-hitter into the ninth inning as the Cardinals took a 7-0 road win at Dunedin. The Jays' Matt Newman singled to center to open the final frame but was erased in a double play. Sherriff had lost his perfect game when he issued his only walk leading off the fourth, so he faced just one over the minimum, 28 batters.

The Cardinals scored in the third through eighth innings. Jacob Wilson (double, run scored), Jonathan Rodriguez (RBI, stolen base, two runs scored) and Matt Williams (stolen base, solo home run) each had two hits. Centerfielder Ronny Gil doubled, walked, scored and drove in one.

Sunday's game: at Dunedin (16-24), 5:00 pm ET, Kyle Hald (5-7, 4.58)

Peoria 2, Burlington 1

Peoria (20-21) opened its homestand by ending its season-long four-game losing streak in comeback, walkoff fashion. It took two runs in the ninth to get the job done.

Jordan Walton and Patrick Wisdom led off the ninth with base-hits. After a wild pitch and a ground out, Breyvic Valera bounced out to the right side of the infield to score Walton and tie the game. With Wisdom on third and two outs, Vargas hit a slow grounder between third and the mound and dove head-first into first base to beat the throw while Wisdom raced home from third to end the game.

Starter Brad Watson pitched six innings, allowing one run on four hits and three walks while striking out four. Sam Tuivailala tossed two scoreless innings giving up one hit while fanning one. Thomas Lee picked up the win after pitching a perfect top of the ninth while striking out two.

Sunday's game: vs. Burlington (17-23), (LAA), 5:00 pm CT, Mike Mayers (MWL debut)

State College 2, Vermont 1 (10 innings)

The Spikes took their third straight Saturday night walk-off win as Cesar Valera singled in the 10th inning to give the home club a 2-1 win over the Vermont Lake Monsters. State College (26-19) has won eight of its last nine, including six in a row.

In the 10th, Steven Ramos got the rally going with a leadoff double off the bag at third base, and he promptly swiped third. After Jimmy Bosco was intentionally walked, Valera sent the ball to right-center to score Ramos and give the Spikes their second straight walk-off win and fourth this season.

In addition to the walk, Bosco went 4-for-4, including a double. It was his second four-hit game of the season as he provided half of State College's eight hits on the night.

Ramos knocked in the Spikes' first run with a sacrifice fly in the second inning, one batter after Brett Wiley tripled to right field.

Spikes starter Willy Paulino struck out eight batters over a season-long six innings, the most for any State College pitcher in a single outing this season. Paulino yielded the lone Vermont run on three hits, three walks and a hit batsman. Jeff Rauh earned the victory with a perfect tenth inning.

Sunday's game: vs. Vermont (23-24), 6:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (1-1, 0.99)

Johnson City 5 at Kingsport 3

Johnson City (19-22) gave up a 3-1 lead in the eighth, only to score two in the ninth to take the road win. The key hit was Vaughn Bryan's two-run double, scoring Rowan Wick (walk) and Kenny Peoples-Walls (reached on an error).

Wick also had two hits, including a double. Devante Lacy added an RBI double. Justin Ringo helped the cause with a solo home run in the eighth that temporarily gave the Cards the two-run lead.

Starter Blake McKnight threw seven solid innings, allowing just one run on seven hits and one free pass. The right-hander fanned three. Zach Loraine yielded the two tying runs in the eighth, but thanks to Bryan, added a win to his blown save. Fernando Baez picked up his first save with a perfect ninth, including a pair of strikeouts to seal the victory.

Sunday's game: vs. Elizabethton (19-22), 6:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Marlins 4 at GCL Cardinals 2

The Cardinals managed just five hits and despite four errors by the Marlins, put just two runs on the board.

Through seven innings, the Cards were clinging to a 1-0 lead, but Jonathan Escudero was charged with all four runs, earned, in the eighth. It ruined a perfect, yet imperfect start by Juan Perez. The 18-year-old did not allow a hit and fanned four in four innings, yet the righty also walked seven and threw two wild pitches. Still, he still managed to keep the Fish away from home plate.

Shortstop Leobaldo Pina singled and doubled. He and Oscar Mercado scored with Jake Stone collecting the lone RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Sunday's game: The GCL is off Sundays.

DSL Cardinals 1, DSL Braves 0

The DSL Cardinals (31-21) moved to 10 games over .500 as three pitchers held the Braves to five hits, no free passes and no runs. Starter Ramon Santos yielded two hits over five innings with six strikeouts, with Estaban Vallejo adding three frames and Yeison Medina pitched a perfect ninth for his fifth save.

In just his second game as a Cardinal, shortstop Diory Paulino had what became the game-winning sacrifice fly in the fourth. Robelys Reyes had singled, stole second and was wild-pitched to third. Overall, the Cards had just three hits, but one was enough on this day.

Sunday's game: The DSL is off Sundays.

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