Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/11/13

Offense was scarce across the system on Saturday, but Memphis' Kolten Wong homered and plated four. Peoria's Mike Mayers threw six scoreless innings.

Results from games played Saturday, August 10.

Memphis 8 at Reno 7

Despite a 7-0 lead after three, Memphis had to hold on for the narrow win. Kolten Wong had two big hits - a three-run homer and a bases-loaded walk. Brock Peterson had three hits and two RBI. Jamie Romak had an RBI single. Jermaine Curtis was on base four times with a single and three walks and scored twice.

Starter Tyler Lyons lasted 6 1/3 innings, giving up four runs (three earned) on eight hits, walking one and striking out five. Keith Butler retired the final batter of the eighth to help escape a Jorge Rondon jam (three runs in 1 1/3). Fernando Salas gave up two hits but buckled down and converted his eighth save of the season.

Sunday's game: Memphis (57-63) at Reno (48-72), 1:05 pm PT, Boone Whiting (4-4, 4.34)

Springfield 4, Midland 2

Springfield received excellent pitching from Anthony Ferrara for the second straight outing. The lefty went 6 1/3 innings, giving up one earned on five hits. Ferrara walked two and struck out four. Jose Almarante did his job, pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief with a strikeout.

Shane Robinson continued his rehab assignment, drawing two walks in three plate appearances then was pinch-hit for by Adam Melker. Stephen Piscotty went yard with a solo shot, his fourth at Springfield. Luis Mateo had an RBI groundout.

In the seventh inning with Ruben Gotay at the plate, Midland hurler Nate Long threw a wild pitch that scored Casey Rasmus and moved Melker over to third. Later in the inning, Xavier Scruggs reached on an error that allowed Melker to come home.

Sunday's game: Springfield (59-58) vs. Midland (50-69), 6:09 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (4-5, 5.37)

St. Lucie 5, Palm Beach 4 (10 innings)

Palm Beach lost in the tenth inning on a walk-off. David Popkins had two doubles and one RBI. Alex Mejia hit an RBI double. Jacob Wilson launched his third home run at Palm Beach, a two-run shot.

Ryan Sherriff gave up four earned on six hits in 4 1/3 innings of work after throwing a one-hitter last time out. Logan Billbrough pitched two scoreless innings. Iden Nazario allowed a baserunner in the tenth that became the game-winner after Ronnie Shaban yielded an RBI single.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach (55-58) at St.Lucie (61-49), 1:00 pm ET, Kyle Hald (5-7, 4.73)

Peoria 4 at Clinton 2

Peoria rallied with three runs in the eighth to win. C.J. McElroy doubled and tripled while Charlie Tilson had two hits and an RBI. Jordan Walton hit an RBI double. Bruce Caldwell and Nick Martini both had RBI singles.

Mike Mayers was stellar in six scoreless innings, giving up four hits, walking one and striking out two. Thomas Lee and Dixon Llorens had clean frames, with the latter getting his 10th save of the season.

Sunday's game: Peoria (63-52) at Clinton (55-62), 2:00 pm CT, Kyle Helisek (7-4, 3.16)

Brooklyn 2, State College 1

After the Spikes were no-hit into the sixth inning, Carson Kelly collected the lone State College RBI, scoring Cesar Valera with the second single of the inning.

Starter Willy Paulino lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed two earned runs on three hits, walked three and struck out five. Previous Sunday starter Nick Petree was called into "piggy-back" duty and gave 4 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball.

Sunday's game: State College (30-21) at Brooklyn (25-26), 5:00 pm ET, Jimmy Reed (2-1, 1.97)/Kevin Herget (5-0, 3.30)

Bluefield at Johnson City - postponed

Saturday's home contest for the Appalachian League Cardinals was postponed due to wet ground conditions at Howard Johnson Field. The two clubs will play a Sunday doubleheader starting at 5 p.m.

Sunday's games: doubleheader: Johnson City (23-24) vs. Bluefield (33-15), 6:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (3-3, 3.08). Second game will follow thirty minutes after this first game goes final, TBA.

GCL Marlins 1, Cardinals 0

The Gulf Cardinals were shut out and almost the victim of a perfect game, held to only one hit and no walks. Chris Rivera had the lone safety, a first-inning single, as the final 25 Cards went down in order.

Starter Dewin Perez was the tough-luck loser, allowing one run (unearned – walk, passed ball, single) on two hits in three innings. Juan Caballero and Hector Salazar threw a combined one-hitter over the final five frames.

Sunday's game: The GCL does not play Sundays.

DSL Cubs 3 at Cardinals 1

Ruben Encarnacion collected two singles and Diory Paulino hit a solo homer for the only Cardinals tally.

Starter and losing pitcher Ramon Santos went six solid innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on three hits.

Sunday's game: The DSL does not play Sundays.

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