Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/05/13

Charlie Tilson's hot bat helped Peoria to a win on Sunday, one of five in St. Louis' minors. Memphis was the only club in the loss column while the GCL and DSL Cardinals had the day off.

Results from games played Sunday, August 4.

Las Vegas 4 at Memphis 2

A three-run fourth was enough to snap the Redbirds' three-game winning streak as Las Vegas rolled Memphis 4-2. The series is tied at one game each.

Michael Wacha (L, 5-3) retired nine of the first 10 faced but a solo bomb and single-double-single combination in the fourth left the Redbirds' trailing 3-0. Wacha yielded six hits and a walk in five while fanning six.

Nick Greenwood retired the side in order twice with two strikeouts. Victor Marte faced the minimum in the eighth but two walks (one intentional), a single and plunked batter forced in the visitors' final score.

Kolten Wong and Greg Garcia produced the Redbirds' (56-60) entire offense. Each player singled and doubled once in four at bats with Wong scoring both runs and Garcia driving him in each time.

Monday's game: vs. Las Vegas (61-53), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (6-1, 3.01)

Springfield 8 at Arkansas 4

Springfield (21-23) slogged through a two-hour plus rain delay to halt the Travelers 8-4 and gain a split of their four-game series.

With the game scoreless until the top of the fifth, Starlin Rodriguez kicked off the frame with his sixth long ball of the season, the first of five tallies by the visitors. Arkansas responded with a two-run blast in the bottom of the inning off Jonathan Cornelius just before the game was temporarily halted. Cornelius yielded four hits and three base-on-balls with eight strikeouts in five.

Jose Almarante took the mound when play resumed and shut down his hosts over the next 2 1/3, facing the minimum. Heath Wyatt struggled to find the plate, issuing three free passes before being given the hook without recording an out. Lee Stoppelman permitted just one of those runners to cross plus one of his own on two hits in 1 2/3 for his third save. Stoppelman struck out three.

Stephen Piscotty led the hit parade, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk and three knocked in. Cody Stanley joined Rodriguez with two hits each. Stanley drove in two while Rodriguez added a triple to his home run. Ruben Gotay went 1-for-3 with two bases-on-balls, touched home three times and drove in two.

Monday's game: Off. Springfield hosts Frisco for three games beginning on Tuesday.

Palm Beach 5 at Dunedin 4

The PB-Cards (23-17) won their fifth straight, including the first three of four at Dunedin, with a 5-4 victory over the Blue Jays.

Jesus Montero led off the ninth with his second long ball of 2013 to give his team their third and final lead of the day. Jonathan Rodriguez went 2-for-4 with a double and his 13th home run in the third, touched home twice with an RBI. David Popkins and Danny Stienstra both had two hits in four at bats as well. Popkins walked once and scored a run while Stienstra doubled home Popkins and Alex Mejia in the first.

Kyle Hald struggled in his first start since tossing eight strong frames against Clearwater. Hald yielded two runs in the first plus two more in the fourth on seven hits, two walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches in 4 1/3. It was the first time he did not reach the sixth inning over his last six starts. The Virginia native fanned four.

Robert Stock limited the damage by stranding two runners in scoring position in the fifth then went on to toss a one-two-three sixth. Corey Baker (W, 1-1) gave up two hits and a base-on-balls in two innings and was the pitcher of record when his squad first tied the game in the eighth and went up in the ninth. Ronnie Shaban faced the minimum in the ninth for his 15th save.

Monday's game: at Dunedin (16-25), 6:30 pm ET, Hector Hernandez (3-0, 2.37)

Peoria 3 vs. Burlington 1

Charlie Tilson's perfect day at the plate propelled Peoria (21-21) to a 3-1 win over visiting Burlington. The Chiefs lead the series two games to none with two yet to be played.

Tilson, our Player of the Day, reached base all four times he came to the plate, singling three times with a free pass. The first of Breyvic Valera's two singles brought Tilson home for Peoria's initial tally in the first and Bruce Caldwell doubled him home in the fifth to break a one-all tie. Tilson has a line of .368/.429/.421/.850 in his last 10 games. Gerwuins Velazco singled in Nick Martini (walk) in the sixth for an insurance run.

Joey Donofrio picked up his fifth win in seven decisions with 2 1/3 frames of two-hit ball while fanning three. The only mark against starter Mike Mayers in 4 2/3 was a solo shot in the fourth, one of five hits yielded. In his full-season debut, Mayers struck out three with four ground outs and four fly outs and threw 72 pitches, 48 for strikes. Dixon Llorens tossed two perfect frames with three strikeouts for his eighth save.

Monday's game: vs. Burlington (17-25), 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 2.79)

State College 3 vs. Vermont 1

The Spikes (27-19) are currently too hot to handle as they dumped the Lake Monsters 3-1 to up their winning streak to seven, including a three-game sweep of Vermont.

Second baseman Mason Katz and NYPL all-star centerfielder Steven Ramos each had two of their team's eight hits. Katz doubled twice, touching home once and Ramos went 2-for-4 with a sac bunt. Luke Voit and Carson Kelly both scored once with Voit adding an RBI.

Nick Petree struck out four in the first five, yielding a run on four hits and two bases-on-balls. Jhonny Polanco (W, 2-2) was the pitcher of record when State College broke a tie with one in the bottom of the sixth. Polanco allowed two hits in two innings with one strikeout. Mike Aldrete gave up two hits over the last two frames while fanning two for his first save as a Spike.

Monday's game: Off. State College begins a six-game road trip with three at Staten Island (NYY) beginning Tuesday.

Johnson City 7 vs. Elizabethton 2

A three-run third and fourth sent Johnson City (20-22) to their its straight victory as the Appy Birds flew over the Twins 7-2 at home.

Four Cardinals had two hits apiece with Vaughn Bryan compiling the best results. The centerfielder singled and tripled, touched home twice and knocked in two. Steve Bean singled twice with two runs scored. J.J. Altobelli had two doubles with a run scored and an RBI while Justin Ringo singled two times.

Alex Reyes evened his record at 3-3, scattering five hits and two bases-on-balls over six with one run allowed. Reyes fanned three and threw a wild pitch. Stalyn Lopez permitted a tally on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in 1 2/3. Norge Paredes stranded two of Lopez' runners, issuing just one free pass in 1 1/3 for his first save of 2013.

Monday's game: Off. Johnson City travels to Elizabethton (19-23) where they will play four, starting with a double-header on Tuesday.

GCL Cardinals

The Gulf Coast League is idle on Sundays.

Monday's game: Second-place GCL Cardinals (17-21) vs. first-place GCL Nationals (32-6), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals

The Dominican Summer League does not schedule games on Sundays.

Monday's game: Second-place DSL Cardinals (31-21) vs. third-place DSL Yankees1 (30-22), 10:30 am ET, Frederis Parra (4-1, 2.08)

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