Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/08/13

Joey Cuda had the outstanding performance in a night of strong outings by starters and Brett Wiley's bat kept State College's winning streak alive.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 7.

Memphis - Off

Memphis (57-61) kicks off an eight-game excursion through Nevada and Colorado. Carlos Martinez was Thursday night's scheduled starter but his call-up to start for St. Louis has altered those plans. Swingman lefty Nick Greenwood has played this fill-in role before.

Thursday's game: at Reno (46-72) (ARI), 9:05 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 3 vs. Frisco 2

Springfield (23-23) extended its winning streak to four and moved to within two games of a playoff berth by edging Frisco 3-2 in game two of their home series.

The S-Cards' pitching staff combined for a three-hitter with all three yielded by starter Richard Castillo. Castillo went seven innings, permitting solo shots in the first and the sixth while issuing two free passes. He struck out four.

Justin Wright (W, 1-1) was the pitcher of record when the Cardinals scored one in the bottom of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead. Wright tossed a one-two-three eighth but hit the first batter in the ninth in the head with his first pitch, which brought in Jose Almarante. Almarante (S, 1) induced a force at second and pop out to third before Cody Stanley fired to second to nail the runner in his attempted steal to end the game.

Xavier Scruggs and Ruben Gotay each had two of the team's seven hits. Scruggs' 24th long ball of 2013 tied the game at one-all in the fifth and Gotay's 28th double of the season knocked in James Ramsey for the game-winner in the ninth. Ramsey was issued two free passes and touched home twice, the first time on a balk call in the sixth that re-tied the game at 2-2.

Thursday's game: vs. Frisco (18-28), 7:09 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-7, 4.34)

Palm Beach 8 vs. Jupiter 0

A combination of strong pitching and hot hitting led the Beach Birds (25-17) to an 8-0 shellacking of Jupiter at home. It is the seventh straight win for Palm Beach and keeps them on top of the Florida State League South Division by a half game over Charlotte (TB), which also won.

Joey Cuda, our co-Player of the Day, dominated the Hammerheads, allowing a two-out single in the fourth, a double to begin the sixth and single with two out in the seventh, his last inning of work. Cuda (W, 2-0) induced nine ground outs versus five fly outs while fanning three. Iden Nazario struck out two of three faced in the eighth before Logan Billbrough worked around one-out double in the ninth to complete the shutout.

The PB-Cards had 10 hits but two long balls produced five of their eight tallies. Jacob Wilson's only hit in four at bats was a three-run bomb that brought in David Popkins (walk) and Alex Mejia (single) in the fifth. Jonathan Rodriguez added his 15th home run of 2013 in the sixth which also plated Wilson. Rodriguez also singled and drove in three. Mejia led the hit parade with three singles in five at bats and Popkins touched home three times, going 1-for-3 with two bases-on-balls.

Thursday's game: vs. Jupiter (21-24), 6:35 pm ET, Kurt Heyer (4-3, 4.22)

Peoria 3 vs. Wisconsin 1

The Chiefs (23-22) won for the fourth time in five contests, this one 3-1 over Wisconsin in the home series' opener.

Chris Perry scattered seven hits over seven for his second win against one loss. The only damage was a fifth-inning run. Perry struck out four with eight ground outs and five fly outs and threw 82 pitches, 49 for strikes. Joey Donofrio fanned five over the final two frames, yielding just one hit for his fifth save.

Peoria banged out 10 hits, led by newly-promoted Juan Herrera, who went 3-for-3 with a run scored. Charlie Tilson, Breyvic Valera and Jordan Walton all had two hits with Tilson tripling and Walton doubling. Tilson and Walton each had an RBI while Walton and Valera both scored once. In the stolen base department, Herrera swiped his first bag as a Chief and Valera added his ninth and 10th stolen bases.

Thursday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-26), 7:00 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (3-4, 4.76)

State College 6 at Staten Island 5

The Spikes (29-19) guaranteed themselves a series win versus their hosts when they edged the Yankees 6-5 in game two of three. State College's ninth straight win moves them to within a game of Jamestown (PIT) for the division lead.

Trailing 2-1 after five, the visitors took the lead with four in the sixth. Staten Island got one of those back in the eighth against Mike Aldrete but Brett Wiley provided what turned out to be the difference in the game when he launched one over the right field wall in the ninth.

Aldrete made things interesting in the bottom of the frame when he jammed the sacks full via two singles and a walk, then gave way to Jeff Rauh. Rauh barely sustained the lead when he immediately issued consecutive free passes to force across two of Aldrete's runners, giving Aldrete a final line of three runs allowed on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts in 2 1/3. Rauh notched two swinging K's to end the threat and record his fourth save.

Victor De Leon went the first four, permitting two tallies on three hits and a free pass while fanning four. Jhonny Polanco (W, 3-2) shut down the opposition on a hit in two innings of relief with two strikeouts.

Wiley, our co-Player of the Day, swung the Spikes' big bat, going 2-for-3 with two walks, a home run, two runs scored and two driven in. He also swiped his first base with State College. Cesar Valera singled twice in four at bats while touching home once and driving in two. Carson Kelly went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored.

Thursday's game: at Staten Island (19-29), 11:00 am ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.89)

Elizabethton 3 vs. Johnson City 0

The JC-Cards (22-23) were shut down on two hits at Elizabethton on Wednesday with the 3-0 loss ending their winning streak at five. The Appy Birds lead the series two-games-to-one.

Dailyn Martinez took his third loss in five decisions, yielding three tallies in the fifth and gave up seven hits and three bases-on-balls over 5 2/3. Anderson Gerdel, who retired all four batters faced, stranded two of Martinez' runners on in the sixth to limit the damage. Brandon Lee gave up a hit in the eighth.

Johnson City's offense could not muster much of an attack against the Twins' southpaw starter who went the distance. Ronnierd Garcia had both of his squad's hits and no Appy Bird worked a free pass.

Thursday's game: at Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Will Anderson (0-2, 6.39)

GCL Cardinals at GCL Mets – postponed due to rain

The game has been re-scheduled as part of a twin-bill today, Thursday.

Thursday's games: doubleheader vs. GCL Mets (13-27). Game one - 11:00 pm ET, TBA/TBA

DSL Cardinals 10 vs. DSL Blue Jays 9 – game one
DSL Blue Jays 6 at DSL Cardinals 2 (7) – game two

The Dominican Birds (32-24) split a pair with the visiting Blue Jays, taking the opener 10-9, but dropping game two, 6-2. The first game completed a contest suspended midway through the fifth on June 10th.

The Cardinals, who were out-hit 14 to nine in game one, took advantage of four defensive bobbles by the Jays to score five unearned runs, including the tie-breaker in the eighth. Second baseman and lead-off batter Ruben Encarnacion singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls while touching home two times. Shortstop Allen Cordoba scored twice as well, going 1-for-3 with a walk, hitting in the nine hole.

Designated hitter Edmundo Sosa doubled twice in four at bats with a runs scored. Left fielder Luis Bandes drove in three with two RBI coming on his first professional home run.

David Oca and Jorge Rodriguez each tossed three frames on June 10th with Oca being pounded for seven runs, six earned, on nine hits and a free pass with four strikeouts. Rodriguez fanned four as well, yielding a tally on three hits and two bases-on-balls.

Reliever Esteban Vallejo (W, 1-1) took the ball when play resumed on August 7th and gave up an unearned run on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts in two. Yeison Medina fanned the side in the ninth for his second save.

Lefty Rigobert Urena received his first start in seven appearances in game two and was charged with his first loss, allowing four to cross on four hits, four free passes and three wild pitches in three. Alirio Negrette went the last four, yielding two unearned runs on three hits.

Both of the Cardinals' scores came in the seventh. Third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz and first baseman Henry Alvarado each went 2-for-3 with a run scored, one of Alvarado's hits being a double. Centerfielder Ramon Luna singled once in three at bats with two RBI.

Thursday's game: at DSL Blue Jays (31-23), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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