Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/09/13

Thursday night featured three low-scoring affairs in which St. Louis' minor league squads came out on top, two of them in extras. The performances of starters Tim Cooney (Springfield), Kurt Heyer (Palm Beach) and Silfredo Garcia (Peoria) all deserve special mention.

Results from games played Thursday, August 8.

Memphis at Reno - suspended

The Redbirds' series opener with the Aces was suspended after Boone Whiting had retired one batter in the bottom of the first. It will be completed as part of a Friday doubleheader.

Friday's games: doubleheader at Reno (46-72). Game one - 6:05 pm CT, Scott McGregor (4-7, 4.04), TBA

Springfield 2 vs. Frisco 1 (13)

Springfield (24-23) came out on top of a marathon 13-inning affair over Frisco to sweep the series and extend their winning streak to five.

Colin Walsh's first hit of the night was a two-out single in the 13th. Walsh was on the move after Roben Gotay lined a single to right and scored when both Frisco's right fielder bobbled the ball and their first baseman threw home wildly.

That ended a game in which the S-Cards capitalized on the four errors committed by the RoughRiders. The home team was kept off the board until the seventh when former Cardinal Kyle McClellan issued a free pass to Ruben Gotay, his first batter. Gotay eventually ended up on third via a wild pitch and fly out to right then raced home when Cody Stanley reached on a fielding error by Frisco's shortstop. Gotay singled three times in five at bats with six other Cardinals each having one hit. Stanley left the game in the ninth due to injury.

Tom Cooney, our co-Player of the Day, struck out 10 Aces over eight, yielding a long ball in the first before scattering four more hits the rest of the way. At one point Cooney retired nine in a row, gave up a double and sent down another seven straight. The southpaw threw a wild pitch, did not issue a base-on-balls and coaxed 12 ground outs to two fly outs.

Lee Stoppelman, Danny Miranda and Jose Almarante each allowed one hit but did not walk a batter. Stoppelman twice fanned the side, Miranda went the next 1 1/3 and Almarante moved his record to 2-1 with two strikeouts in 1 2/3.

Friday's game: vs. Midland (17-30) (OAK), 7:09 pm CT, Zach Petrick (2-1, 4.71)

Palm Beach 1 vs. Jupiter 0

Kurt Heyer, our co-Player of the Day, and Dean Kiekhefer joined forces to shut down Jupiter 1-0 on Thursday, a contest that saw the Hammerheads' manager ejected by the home plate umpire with one out in the top of the first. Palm Beach (26-17) has now run its win streak to eight.

Heyer (W, 5-3) permitted four hits and a walk over seven while fanning six. The University of Arizona product recorded seven ground outs to five fly outs. Kiekhefer allowed two hits with two strikeouts in the final two frames and earned his sixth save.

The PB-Cards' only run crossed in the sixth when Ronny Gil opened with a single, raced to third on David Popkins' single to right and came home on a sac fly to center by Alex Mejia. Gil slashed a two-out triple in the eighth that accounted for half of his team's total hits.

Friday's game: at Jupiter (21-25), 6:35 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 0.00)

Peoria 2 vs. Wisconsin 1 (10)

Charlie Tilson's fifth triple of the season drove in C.J. McElroy (single) in the 10th as Peoria (24-22) walked off with a 2-1 victory over Wisconsin. The Chiefs go for a three-game sweep Friday night.

Although both Tilson and McElroy had two hits apiece, they took a back seat to Breyvic Valera. Valera was a perfect 3-for-3, including a single in the fourth that led to the tying run. His 12th stolen base of 2013 that frame was key as it put him in position to take advantage of an RBI single by Trevor Martin.

Co-Player of the Day Silfredo Garcia was superb in his longest stint of the season, permitting six hits and a base-on-balls over nine and allowing just an unearned run in the fourth. Garcia threw 87 pitches, 70 for strikes with four strikeouts, 15 ground outs and four fly outs. Dixon Llorens (W, 2-2) yielded a single to the first batter faced then fanned the side in the 10th.

Friday's game: vs. Wisconsin (19-27), 6:30 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-4, 3.76)

Staten Island 6 vs. State College 5

Sloppy defense ended State College's win streak at nine as they were clipped 6-5 by Staten Island on the road. The Spikes (29-20) took the series two-games-to-one.

Arturo Reyes (L, 0-2) was bitten by two consecutive fielding errors by his infielders to begin the sixth, the first of his three-inning stint. Both runners touched home on a sac bunt and two-run single, one of three hits and a walk yielded by the righty. Reyes also hit one batter.

Two of the four runs permitted by starter Juan Bautista over the first five innings also were unearned due to the first of two fielding errors charged to third baseman Carson Kelly. Bautista gave up four hits, including a solo bomb, and two free passes with three strikeouts.

Second baseman Mason Katz went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and one driven in but made two errors, one each throwing and fielding. David Washington's only hit in three at bats was his eighth long ball and came with no one aboard. Washington worked two free passes and touched home one additional time. Steven Ramos singled twice in five at bats while crossing once and knocking in another

Friday's game: at Brooklyn (24-25) (NYM), 7:00 pm ET, Kevin Herget (5-0, 3.41)

Elizabethton 6 vs. Johnson City 3

Johnson City (22-24) fell 6-3 at Elizabethton on Thursday, giving them a split of their four-game series.

Will Anderson (L, 0-3) gave up four tallies in five innings but only one of them was earned due to defensive miscues in the first and fifth. Anderson yielded six hits and issued one free pass.

Stalyn Lopez allowed two runs on a hit and four base-on-balls in the sixth, his only inning on the bump. Nick Lomascolo struck out three in two frames, permitting a hit and three walks.

All three of the Appy Birds' runs came in the eighth once the Twins' starter had finally exited the game. The inning began with back-to-back free passes issued to Richy Pedroza and Yoenny Gonzalez. A double by Vaughn Bryan, his seventh, knocked in Pedroza while Gonzalez came in on Justin Ringo's ground out. Bryan, who had two of his team's six hits, scored on a passed ball.

Friday's game: vs. Bluefield (33-14) (TOR), 7:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (2-0, 1.64)

GCL Mets 2 at GCL Cardinals 0 (7) – game one
GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Mets 3 (7) – game two

It was a down and up day for the GCL Cardinals (18-24) on Thursday. It started on a down note when they were shut out by the Mets 2-0 in the first game of a double-header but ended on an up note as they won game two 5-3 to snap a long losing streak. The Gulf Birds' elimination number is down to one.

Two sixth-inning tallies in the first game sent the Gulf Birds to their ninth consecutive defeat. Kyle Barraclough took his first loss in as many decisions, allowing three hits, a base-on-balls and a wild pitch in 1 2/3 while striking out three.

Steven Farinaro held down the fort through the first four innings, giving up four hits without issuing a free pass. Farinaro plunked one batter and was called for a balk. Kender Villegas retired all four batters faced while fanning two and stranding one of Barraclough's runners.

The Cardinals out hit the Mets eight-to-seven but failed to get timely hits, going 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Left fielder Anthony Ray was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, batting, ninth and shortstop Oscar Mercado singled and doubled in four at bats, leading off.

Third baseman Rafael Medina got the second contest off on a bang. His second home run of 2013 in the first inning gave his team a 2-0 lead. After the Mets tied it up in the bottom of the second, Chris Rivera followed Medina's lead with his own two-run blast in the third that also plated centerfielder Anthony Ray. The Cardinals added an insurance run in the sixth when shortstop Leobaldo Pina singled and eventually came home on a sac fly by left fielder Ricardo Bautista.

Ismael Brito was credited with his third win against no losses pitching in relief of Fidencio Flores. Brito retired the side in order in both the fourth and fifth. Flores allowed two runs on five hits and two free passes in three. Jonathan Escudero struck out two of the three he faced in the sixth while Kyle Grana picked up his fourth save despite permitting a tally on a hit, walk and wild pitch in the seventh.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (16-26), 12:00 pm ET, Isaac Silva (1-4, 5.54)

DSL Blue Jays 5 vs. DSL Cardinals 1 (5)

The DSL Cardinals (32-25) fell to the DSL Blue Jays 5-1 in a contest that was shortened to an out short of five innings due to rain.

Julio Mateo (L, 1-2) went the abbreviated distance of 4 2/3, giving up three in the second and two more, unearned, in the fourth. The 17-year-old allowed seven hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

The Dominican Birds mustered only three hits and their sole tally came in the first when second baseman Ruben Encarnacion tripled to center to start the game. One out later Encarnacion raced home when shortstop Edmundo Sosa reached on a fielder's choice.

Friday's game: at DSL Cubs (38-18), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-2, 2.80)

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