Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/06/13

Jeremy Schaffer and Trevor Martin's ‘long' night led Peoria to victory in a light schedule on Monday. The minors went 3-2 with Springfield, State College and Johnson City all off.

Results from games played Monday, August 5.

Las Vegas 5 at Memphis 2

A five-run fourth proved Tyler Lyons' undoing as Memphis (56-61) was shot down by Las Vegas 5-2 at home. The Redbirds trail the series two-games-to-one.

All five tallies off Lyons (L, 6-2) were earned with three via a long ball. The lefty yielded five hits and a walk in five with four strikeouts, six ground outs and four fly outs. Deryk Hooker yielded two hits in two frames while fanning two. Jorge Rondon and Eric Fornataro each tossed a scoreless frame with Rondon giving up one hit and Fornataro issuing two free passes.

The Redbirds accumulated seven hits, all singles, with Justin Christian having the only multi-hit game. Christian went 2-for-3 with a run scored and his 10th steal of 2013. Jermaine Curtis's ground out in the first brought Mike O'Neill (single) across for the game's first run.

Tuesday's game: vs. Las Vegas (62-53), 7:02 pm CT, Nick Additon (7-6, 4.25)

Springfield – off

Springfield (21-23) opens a six-game home stand, beginning with three versus Frisco.

Tuesday's game: vs. Frisco (18-26) (TEX), Seth Blair (3-9, 4.72)

Palm Beach 6 at Dunedin 5

The fourth lead of the night by Palm Beach (24-17) was the final one as they slipped past host Dunedin 6-5. The win, their seventh straight, gave the Beach Birds a four-game sweep of the Blue Jays.

Back-to-back home runs in the ninth by Jacob Wilson and Jonathan Rodriguez turned a one-run deficit into a one-run lead. It was the second hit of the night for Wilson and his first A-Advanced long ball. He also drove in one. Rodriguez' 14th home run of 2013 was hit only hit for the game although he did draw one free pass.

Alex Mejia had his first multi-hit game since July 26th, going 3-for-5 with a double. Matt Williams and Ronny Gil both went 2-for-4. Williams doubled in Danny Stienstra (walk) in the sixth and his solo shot in the second was one of two tallies that frame. Gil doubled home one run and scored another.

Hector Hernandez matched his longest outing for Palm Beach, tossing seven frames with nine hits and a base-on-balls that resulted in single tallies in the fourth, fifth and six. Two of the three runs were earned. Dean Kiekhefer allowed two tallies in the eighth on three hits and a walk, including a two-run bomb. The lefty came back to throw a one-two-three ninth for his third win against two losses.

Tuesday's game: Off.

Peoria 9 vs. Burlington 8

Peoria (22-21) was outhit 19 to nine but still managed to top Burlington 9-8 at home for its third consecutive win, all against the Bees.

Jeremy Schaffer, our co-Player of the Day, slugged two bombs in three at bats, touched home twice with two RBI. Co-Player of the Day Trevor Martin's first full-season home run came with two aboard. Martin went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and five driven in. Patrick Wisdom and Breyvic Valera each went 1-for-3 with a base-on-balls while touching home twice.

Kyle Helisek had a short night, giving up five runs on seven hits and two free passes in 2 2/3 with three strikeouts. Thomas Lee stranded two of Helisek's runners to limit the damage in the second but yielded a run in the third plus two in the fifth. He allowed eight total hits to go with six strikeouts over 2 2/3.

Brady Adamek (W, 1-1) was credited with his first professional win when he shut down the Bees on three hits and a plunked batter in 2 2/3. Adamek fanned three. Dixon Llorens worked around a hit in the ninth by striking out two for his ninth save.

Tuesday's game: vs. Burlington (17-26), 7:00 pm CT, Ben O'Shea (1-1, 5.65)

State College - off

The Spikes (27-19) take their seven-game win streak to the Big Apple where they first play three at Staten Island then Brooklyn.

Tuesday's game: at Staten Island (19-27) (NYY), Jimmy Reed (2-1, 1.61)

Johnson City – off

A day after downing Elizabethton at home, Johnson City (20-22) travels to Joe O'Brien Field to play four more, starting with Tuesday's double-header.

Tuesday's games: doubleheader at Elizabethton (19-23). Game one – 6:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-4, 4.45)/TBA

GCL Nationals 4 at GCL Cardinals 3

A ninth-inning Nationals tally sent the Gulf Birds (17-22) to their seventh consecutive defeat.

Two of the five hits yielded by Dewin Perez (L, 1-2) came in the ninth and produced the difference-making tally. Perez gave up five hits in four frames with five strikeouts. He did not issue a free pass.

Tandem starter Rob Kaminsky allowed six hits through the first four that resulted in three unearned runs in the second. Kaminsky struck out four and was called for a balk. Kyle Barraclough tossed a scoreless fifth with a hit and walk permitted.

The Gulf Coast Cardinals chipped away at the Nationals' lead with one in the third then tied it up on Jake Stone's two-run bomb in the eighth. Stone went 3-for-4 with a triple and home run. Oscar Mercado and Leobaldo Pina had identical lines that included a double in five at bats while scoring once.

Tuesday's game: at GCL Nationals (33-6), 12:00 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 5.40)

DSL Yankees1 5 at DSL Cardinals 3

Jorge Rodriguez permitted two two-run long balls that were enough to send the Dominican Birds (31-22) to a 5-3 defeat by the DSL Yankees1.

Rodriguez (L, 2-3) struck out seven through five, yielding five hits and three free passes. Andy De La Cruz walked two over three while fanning two. Ronald Sanchez gave up a run on two hits in the ninth.

The Cardinals took advantage of the Yankees' miscues to score one in the first. Magneuris Sierra singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. A passed ball moved Sierra to third and he raced home on a wild pitch. Sierra singled again in the ninth and was aboard for Edmundo Sosa's third blast of 2013.

Tuesday's game: at DSL Yankees1 (31-22), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-2, 4.01)

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