Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/14/13

It was Two-for-Tuesday in the minors as Memphis, Palm Beach and the DSL squad all played a pair. Joey Cuda pitched Palm Beach to its only win and Kyle Grieshaber's bat helped Johnson City to victory. The system went 4-5 with Peoria and State College idle.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 13.

Memphis 8 at Colorado Springs 6 (7) – game one
Colorado Springs 2 vs. Memphis 0 (7) – game two

The Redbirds split a pair at Colorado Springs, taking the opener 8-6 but going down to defeat 2-0 in the finale. Memphis (60-64) remains in second, a game behind Omaha's pace.

In game one, a five-run first by the visitors was capped by Greg Garcia's second home run of 2013, a three-run bomb that plated Brock Peterson (walk) and Jaime Romak (single). The Sky Sox answered with four in the third off Carlos Martinez although only two were earned due to a fielding error by Kolten Wong.

Martinez (W, 5-2) departed after six having yielded five tallies, three earned, on five hits and a base-on-balls. His team was up 7-5 thanks to single scores in the fifth and sixth. Martinez fanned three. Fernando Salas was credited with his 10th save despite giving up a run in his second consecutive appearance.

Chad Huffman, Wong and Garcia each had two hits and touched home once. Wong added a walk, stolen base and RBI while Garcia drove in the aforementioned three runs. Romak and Martinez both scored twice with Martinez' sole hit being his first double.

The second contest spun a different tale, as the Redbirds were held to just four hits and no free passes. Nick Greenwood served up two solo shots among the six hits and a free pass he permitted through five. Victor Marte threw a one-two-three sixth.

Mike O'Neill went 2-for-3 with a double from the lead-off spot. Audry Perez and Chris Swauger both had a hit, batting seventh and eighth, respectively.

Wednesday's game: at Colorado Springs (59-62), 7:35 pm CT, TBA

Springfield 9 at Frisco 7

The S-Cards rallied from a 7-2 hole after two, topping host Frisco 9-7 in the series opener. Springfield (27-24) is tied with Arkansas (LAA) for first, a game up on Tulsa (COL) and two ahead of Northwest Arkansas (KC) in the four-team Texas League North division.

Although Starlin Rodriguez did not join four of his teammates with a multi-hit performance, he accounted for four of Springfield's nine runs. The centerfielder doubled once in three at bats with a sac fly, run scored and three RBI. Cody Stanley was close behind in the production department as his 2-for-4 night resulted in him scoring once with two knocked in.

Stephen Piscotty touched home twice, singling twice in five at bats. Xavier Scruggs and Luis Mateo both went 2-for-4 with a walk and run scored.

It was a short night for Seth Blair as the right-hander served up a four-run first and three more in the second, finishing with seven hits and two base-on-balls given up in three innings. Five of the seven scores were the result three long balls.

Zack Russell, Kevin Thomas and Jose Almarante stymied the RoughRiders over the final six frames. Russell allowed a hit with two strikeouts in three while Kevin Thomas was the pitcher of record when the S-Cards took the lead with two in the eighth. Thomas (W, 6-3) fanned two in two innings with a free pass issued. Almarante tossed a perfect ninth for his third save.

Wednesday's game: at Frisco (19-32), 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-7, 4.14)

Palm Beach 4 at Bradenton 1 (7) – game one
Bradenton 4 vs. Palm Beach 0 (7) – game two

The Beach Birds came out even at the end of their twin-bill at Bradenton, winning game one 4-1 but falling 4-0 in the nightcap. Third-place Palm Beach (27-22) fell to one and a half games behind first-place St. Lucie (NYM), which has won four straight.

Co-Player of the Day Joey Cuda fanned seven Marauders through six, shutting them down on just three hits and two base-on-balls to up his record to 3-0. Ronnie Shaban gave up an unearned run on a two-base fielding error by Jacob Wilson, single and sac fly in the ninth.

Ronny Gil singled twice in three at bats while crossing twice and Alex Mejia went 1-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBIs. Jonathan Rodriguez had another of his squad's four doubles, going 2-for-3 with a free pass.

Tyler Melling (L, 3-4) could not finish the fourth in game two, yielding four runs on five hits and two base-on-balls in 3 2/3. Melling struck out four. Corey Baker held Bradenton to two hits over the final 2 1/3, fanning four and stranding one inherited runner.

Jacob Wilson garnered half of the PB-Cards' four hits in the nightcap, singling twice in three at bats. Nick Longmire added a double in three at bats for the only extra-base hit.

Wednesday's game: at Bradenton (20-28), 6:30 pm ET, Kurt Heyer (5-3, 3.78)

Peoria - off

The third-place Chiefs (25-25) open a three-game series at sixth-place Wisconsin (MIL). Peoria trails first-place Cedar Rapids (MIN) by seven and second-place Quad Cities (HOU) by 5 ½.

Wednesday's game: at Wisconsin (22-28), 7:05 pm CT, Chris Perry (2-1, 2.64)

State College – New York-Penn League All-Star Game
American League 4, National League 3

While the Spikes were off on Tuesday, four of their five All-Stars took part in the contest that was held at Dodd Stadium in Norwich, CT.

Centerfielder and league batting leader Steven Ramos was a perfect 2-for-2, batting ninth, and joined substitute right fielder and fellow Spike Jimmy Bosco as the only National Leaguers with multi-hit games. Bosco doubled in a seventh-inning pinch hit appearance before taking over in right. He later added a single to go 2-for-2 as well.

David Washington, the NL starter at first, went hitless in three at bats in the clean-up spot. Shortstop Cesar Valera did not reach in his only at bat and his fielding error in the ninth eventually resulted in an unearned tally that provided the difference in the National League's 4-3 defeat.

Outfielder Ronald Castillo had been named as a starter but did not participate. Castillo was just activated from the disabled list on Sunday due to a left shoulder injury.

Second-place State College (30-22) hosts fifth-place Mahoning Valley (CLE) for two before heading to Jamestown (PIT) for a showdown against the first-place Jammers (32-20).

Wednesday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley (22-29), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.86)

Johnson City 10 vs. Greeneville 3

The JC-Cards got back on the winning track with a 10-3 trouncing of the visiting Astros. Third-place Johnson City (27-25) leads the series two-games-to-one but remains 6 ½ behind first-place Greeneville in the standings.

The Appy Birds pushed across tallies in each of the first five innings, pounding out 17 hits that included three home runs. Although neither Ronnierd Garcia nor J.J. Altobelli took part in the long ball parade, each had three hits to lead the squad. Garcia was a home run shy of the cycle with a run scored and an RBI. Altobelli went 3-for-5 while touching home twice.

Steve Bean, Rowan Wick and Kyle Grieshaber all went yard and had two hits apiece. Bean and Wick both had solo shots and crossed twice while Grieshabers' home run in the fifth came with Altobelli aboard. Grieshaber, our co-Player of the Day, added a single, and his fifth stolen base of 2013, scored three runs and knocked in two. Richy Pedroza reached base in all four plate appearances, singling twice with two base-on-balls and three driven in.

Dailyn Martinez was the chief beneficiary of his team's offense onslaught, picking up his third win to even his record at 3-3. Martinez gave up three runs, one earned, on five hits and a walk through five with three strikeouts. Nick Lomascolo kept the opposition off the board on a free pass and one hit batsman over the last four to earn his first save as a professional.

Wednesday's game: vs. Greeneville (33-19), 7:00 pm ET, Will Anderson (0-3, 5.64)

GCL Nationals 2 at GCL Cardinals 1

It was another day and another loss to the Nationals by the Cardinals on Tuesday as they lost to the first-place team for the ninth time in a row, this 2-1 at home. The Gulf Birds (19-27) have already been eliminated from play-off contention.

Kender Villegas took his first loss in two decisions when he allowed the tie-breaker on two hits in the ninth, his only inning of work. Ian McKinney struck out eight through the first five innings, giving up an unearned tally in the first and two hits plus three walks in total.

Jay Voss sent the Nationals down in order in the sixth. Isaac Silva permitted a hit over the next two frames before handing the ball off to Villegas.

The Cardinals, shut out through the first seven, finally tied things up with a tally in the eighth when pinch hitter Luis Cruz went yard. It was Cruz' first home run of the season. Five other Gulf Birds each had one hit.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Mets (14-32), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Pirates2 5 vs. DSL Cardinals 0 (7) – game one
DSL Pirates2 4 vs. DSL Cardinals 3 (8) – game two

The Dominican Birds dropped at pair to host Pirates2, 5-0 and 4-3. The Cardinals (30-32) have won only one of their last 10 contests to drop into fifth place with an elimination number of one.

The first game completed Monday's action in which the second contest was suspended in the bottom of the second with no score, the bases loaded and one out. Alirio Negrette took over for Andy De La Cruz (L, 3-3) when play resumed and allowed two of three inherited runners to cross. Both De La Cruz and Negrette were hindered by four defensive miscues in the inning, including one by the starter, which meant both tallies charged to De La Cruz were unearned.

Negrette permitted three runs of his own, one earned, on two hits and three free passes in 2 2/3. Ronald Sanchez struck out four in 2 1/3.

The Cardinals had more errors (nine) than hits (six). Right fielder Luis Bandes and first baseman Jorge Baez both singled twice in three at bats and neither committed an error.

Down 3-1 in the nightcap, the Cardinals plated two in the seventh to send the game into extras only to watch their hosts walk off win a 4-3 win in eight.

All three runs charged to starter David Oca over sixth were via a long ball in the second. The lefty fanned five with five hits and a free pass. Frendy Gavin (L, 1-1) loaded the bases in the eighth, his second inning of work, on two base-on-balls and a plunked batter. Gavin could only watch when Yeison Medina issued a free pass to the first batter faced to force in the game winner.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Rojos (14-47), 10:30 am ET, TBA

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