Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/10/13

The bats of State College's Mason Katz and Springfield's Stephen Piscotty were key in their respective wins on Friday, a night that saw the system go 4-4.

Results from games played Friday, August 9.

Reno 5 vs. Memphis 2 – game one
Reno 11 vs. Memphis 3 (7) – game two

The Redbirds dropped a pair at Reno on Friday, 5-2 and 11-3. Memphis (57-63) remains in second, three off Omaha's (KC) pace.

The first game completed the contest suspended on Thursday, August 8th after Boone Whiting retired the first batter faced. "Reliever" Scott McGregor (L, 4-8) yielded five runs on seven hits and two walks, one intentional, in 5 2/3. Victor Marte gave up a hit and a base-on-balls over the seventh and eighth. Each pitcher fanned two.

Travis Tartamella had two of his squad's hits, both singles that came in three at bats. Chad Huffman tripled and scored on Justin Christian's ground out in the eighth and Kolten Wong's ninth long ball accounted for Memphis' final tally.

Long man Nick Greenwood (L, 2-5) took the ball in game two and lasted three frames. Greenwood permitted four tallies, two on a two-run bomb in the first, on five hits and a free pass with three strikeouts.

New arrival Kevin Thomas buried his squad in the fourth, coughing up five runs, three earned, on three hits, a walk, wild pitch and hit batsman. Deryk Hooker retired the side in order in the fifth but Eric Fornataro gave up two more on three hits and a base-on-balls in the sixth.

The Redbirds banged out nine hits, starting with Jermaine Curtis and Greg Garcia who had two apiece. Both of Curtis' hits were doubles that came in three at bats. The third baseman added a walk and crossed once. Greg Garcia, who pinch hit for Greenwood in the fourth and remained in the game at short, went 2-for-2 with an RBI. Christian doubled once in four at bats with a run scored and one driven in.

Saturday's game: at Reno (48-72), 9:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (6-2, 3.33)

Springfield 2 vs. Midland 1

The S-Cards walked off with a win for the third time in their last four games, this one 2-1 in the series opener versus the RockHounds. The six-game winning streak moves Springfield (25-23) into a three-way tie for first with Arkansas (LAA) and Tulsa (COL) with Northwest Arkansas (KC) trailing by just two games.

The Cardinals trailed 1-0 going into the bottom of the sixth but Luis Mateo changed that by opening the frame with a single. Mateo swiped his 10th bag of 2013 and raced in on co-Player of the Day Stephen Piscotty's two-out single.

Piscotty's third single of the night, all off southpaws, kicked off the ninth resulting in Adam Melker promptly replacing him on the base paths. Melker moved to second when James Ramsey was plunked and both were sacrificed to third by Starlin Rodriguez. After an intentional free pass to Jake Lemmerman, Casey Rasmus laid down a perfectly placed squeeze bunt along the third base line for a 2-1 walk-off win.

Heath Wyatt picked up his third win in four decisions by retiring one batter in the top of the ninth, thus stranding two runners inherited from Justin Wright. Wright walked his first batter faced, notched two outs then allowed a single that ended his brief stint.

Zach Petrick struck out seven over the first five innings, yielding a run on four hits and three free passes. He threw 99 pitches, 60 for strikes with six ground outs and two fly outs. Zack Russell went the next three, fanning five while scattering two hits and a walk.

Saturday's game: vs. Midland (17-31), 6:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (6-4, 5.51)

Jupiter 3 vs. Palm Beach 2

Ronnie Shaban gave up a run in the ninth that allowed Jupiter to walk off with a 3-2 victory over Palm Beach. The loss ended an eight-game winning spree by Palm Beach (26-18), which remains a half game up on second-place Charlotte (TB).

Shaban (L, 1-5) began his outing well by striking out his first batter faced to quash an eighth-inning threat and get Tyler Melling off the hook. The righty sandwiched two singles around two outs in the ninth for the loss.

Marco Gonzales' second full-season start saw him give up six hits in four innings, resulting in single tallies in the second and third. The lefty struck out four and did not issue a free pass.

Robert Stock walked one in the fifth and Melling twice faced the minimum before running into trouble in the eighth. The Miami product gave up an inning-opening single, sac bunt and intentional free pass before recording his final out and giving way to Shaban.

Both of the Beach Birds' tallies came in the sixth. Jonathan Rodriguez doubled in Jacob Wilson (HBP) for their first score. Rodriguez moved to third on Patrick Wisdom's single and came home on a single by Nick Longmire's two-out single. The team's six hits were spread among six players.

Saturday's game: at third-place St. Lucie (23-19) (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Wisconsin 4 at Peoria 2

The Chiefs failed to complete a three-game sweep of the Timber Rattlers, falling 4-2 on Friday. Peoria (24-23) sits in third, six games behind Cedar Rapids (MIN).

Three of the four tallies charged to Brad Watson (L, 2-5) in six frames came in the first innings, which immediately put his team in a hole. One his nine hits permitted was a two-run blast in the first to go with a base-on-balls and one hit batsman. Watson struck out eight.

Brady Adamek worked around three hits and a walk to hold Wisconsin scoreless over 1 1/3 with a great deal of the credit for that feat going to Sam Tuivailala. Tuivailala retired all five batters faced, two via strikeout, to strand two of Adamek's runners.

The Chiefs managed just three hits in all. Peoria pushed across one in the second, as Breyvic Valera began by working a free pass and scored on Juan Herrera's one-out single. Jeremy Schaffer's 10th bomb of the season accounted for his team's other score in the seventh.

Saturday's game: at fourth-place Clinton (22-25), 6:00 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-0, 1.93)

State College 4 at Brooklyn 1

Two rain delays could not keep the Spikes from their 10th win in the last 11 games, this one a 4-1 triumph over the Cyclones in the series opener. With the win, State College (30-20) moves to within a game of first-place Jamestown (PIT), which has gone 5-5 over its last 10 games.

The first delay of 28 minutes came between the first and second innings after starter Kevin Herget erased an inning-opening single with a double play. The longer 58-minute delay came with one out in the top of the second and chased the Cyclones' starter from the game.

Mitch Harris (W, 3-1) took over for Herget when play resumed, tossing four scoreless frames, his longest outing as a professional. Harris gave up two hits and a free pass with two strikeouts, two ground outs and a fly out.

Jhonny Polanco gave up a run on two hits in two while fanning four. Jacob Booden worked around three hits and a base-on-balls over the final two frames for his second save.

Second baseman Mason Katz, our co-Player of the Day, accounted for three of his team's four runs, going 2-for-3 with a triple and walk, touched home twice and drove in one. DH Brett Wiley singled once in three at bats with a run scored and an RBI. CF Steven Ramos went 2-for-5 with a run knocked in.

Saturday's game: at Brooklyn (24-26), 6:00 pm ET, Willy Paulino (2-1, 2.83)

Johnson City 2 vs. Bluefield 1 (12)

The Appy Birds scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 12th to walk off with a 2-1 victory over the Blue Jays. Although third-place Johnson City (23-24) has gone 6-4 over the last 10 games, they have kept pace with first-place Greeneville (HOU), which they trail by eight.

SS Leandro Mateo reached on a force in the 12th, stole second and advanced to third on a ground out. Mateo scooted home when a pitch got away from Bluefield's catcher, a play that was scored a passed ball. Rowan Wick had homered with one out in the ninth to send the game into extras. It was Wick's second hit of the night and his fifth long ball of 2013.

Norge Parades was credited with his first win in two decisions by keeping the Blue Jays to a hit in the 12th. Starter Blake McKnight turned in another solid performance, permitting four hits in 6 2/3 while not issuing a free pass and fanning seven. The righty did throw a wild pitch and hit a batter.

Zach Loraine struck out four in 2 1/3, leaving a runner of McKnight's on. Fernando Baez fanned three in the next two innings, yielding a hit and walk.

Saturday's game: vs. Bluefield (33-15), 6:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (3-3, 3.08)

GCL Cardinals 9 vs. GCL Marlins 2

The Gulf Cardinals banged out 16 hits as they pounded the Marlins 9-2. Despite the win, the second-place Cardinals (19-24) were eliminated from the play-offs due to the first-place Nationals' stellar 31-6 record.

Eight of nine starters had at least one hit and six had two or more. Centerfielder Carlos Torres went 3-for-5 with a run scored and one driven in. Leobaldo Pina, Luis Cruz, Jose Godoy, Ricardo Bautista and Malik Collymore all had two hits. Pina, Cruz and Godoy each scored twice with Godoy knocking in two, while Pina, Cruz and Collymore each had an RBI.

Four Cardinals hurlers combined to hold the opposition to five hits and two free passes, beginning with Juan Perez. Perez fanned six over the first four innings, giving up one hit. Jay Voss, who was credited with the win, struck out the side in the fifth and permitted one hit as well.

‘Two' was the predominant number for Isaac Silva, who yielded two runs on two hits and two bases-on-balls in three innings. Silva struck out five. Dylan Hawkins gave up a hit in the ninth while notching two K's.

Saturday's game: at GCL Marlins (16-27), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals at DSL Cubs – results not reported

Saturday's game: vs. DSL Cubs, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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