Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/15/13

Juan Bautista's strong effort helped State College win on Thursday and Rowan Wick continues to swing a torrid bat for Johnson City as both clubs strive for a post-season berth.

Results from games played Wednesday, August 14.

Memphis at Colorado Springs - postponed

Memphis' contest versus Colorado Springs was postponed due to rain. The teams will play two today.

Thursday's games: doubleheader at Colorado Springs. Game one – 4:35 pm CT, Nick Additon (8-6, 4.04)/Scott McGregor (4-8, 5.20)

Frisco 6 vs. Springfield 1

Springfield (27-25) dropped game two at Frisco 6-1 to even the series at one win apiece.

Richard Castillo's record dropped to 7-8, as he permitted four runs on five hits and three free passes in five. Castillo fanned three, threw a wild pitch and hit a batter. Heath Wyatt and Justin Wright both gave up a tally. Wyatt struck out three over two innings but yielded a hit and a base-on-balls. Wright fanned two in the eighth with a triple and hit a batter.

Xavier Scruggs singled and doubled in four at bats for one-third of his team's hits. Cody Stanley reached on a fielding error to open the eighth and came around to score on Luis Mateo's ground out.

Thursday's game: at Frisco (20-32), 7:05 pm CT, Tim Cooney (6-7, 4.05)

Bradenton 3 vs. Palm Beach 1

Palm Beach (27-23) lost for the second time in three tries at Bradenton to slip to 2 ½ games behind division leader St. Lucie.

Kurt Heyer (L, 5-4) kept the Marauders off the board through five but allowed three runs, two earned, over the next 1 2/3 on seven hits, including a solo blast. Heyer struck out four and did not walk a batter. Robert Stock issued one free pass in 1 1/3 with a strikeout to strand one of Heyer's runners.

The Beach Birds did not break through on the scoreboard until the eighth when the frame began with two of the team's five hits on the night. Nick Longmire tripled to right and Danny Stienstra lined a single to left to knock him in. David Popkins doubled in three at bats with a base-on-balls.

Thursday's game: at Bradenton (21-28), 6:30 pm ET, Marco Gonzales (0-0, 2.57)

Peoria 3 at Wisconsin 1 (11)

Bruce Caldwell went yard in the 11th, propelling Peoria (26-25) to a 3-1 victory over host Wisconsin in the series opener.

Charlie Tilson kicked off the 11th with his second single in five at bats but did not remain there long as Caldwell sent one over the centerfield wall for his first long ball of the season. Jeremy Schaffer had given the Chiefs an early lead with his 11th home run of 2013, one of three hits in five at bats for the first baseman. Ildemaro Vargas was the other Peoria player with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4.

Caldwell's bomb made a winner out of Dixon Llorens (W, 3-2) who fanned four of six faced in the 10th and 11th on 23 pitches, 17 for strikes. Chris Perry held the opposition to a solo shot over the initial 6 2/3, giving up eight hits and two walks in all while striking out two. Thomas Lee held down the fort over the next 2 1/3, allowing only one hit with two K's.

Thursday's game: at Wisconsin (22-29), 7:05 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (3-4, 4.21)

State College 2 vs. Mahoning Valley 1

Three ninth-inning singles allowed the Spikes (31-22) to walk off with a 2-1 triumph over the Scrappers in game one of two.

State College pounded out 12 hits but a lack of timely hitting, including hitting into three double plays, limited them to a single score through eight. That all changed in the ninth when NYPL All-Star Steven Ramos began with a single, his third hit in four at bats. Ramos jetted his way to second, his 14th stolen base of 2013, and Cesar Valera's single to left moved the centerfielder to third. Ramos raced home on Brett Wiley's liner to center for Ramos' second score of the night and the walkoff win.

Wiley went 2-for-2, pinch hitting for Ronald Castillo in the seventh before remaining in the game as the designated hitter. Valera added a triple to his single in five at bats while David Washington's only hit in three at bats brought Ramos across in the bottom of the first to knot the game at one all.

Victor De Leon picked up his second win against two losses, tossing two shutout innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Co-Player of the Day Juan Bautista allowed an unearned run in the first and five hits in all through seven. Bautista issued one free pass and fanned four.

Thursday's game: vs. Mahoning Valley (22-30), 7:05 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (0-2, 1.33)

Johnson City 9 vs. Greeneville 4

Johnson City (28-25) put up crooked numbers in the fifth through seven innings to fly over the Astros 9-4 and take the series three-games-to-one.

Rowan Wick, our co-Player of the Day, had a big night at the plate, smashing two long balls that accounted for four of his six RBI. The right fielder, who has posted a line of .400/.486/.933/1.420 over his last 10 games, went 3-for-4. His two-bomb night was the first by a JC-Cardinal since Bruce Caldwell did the same on August 24, 2012 and Wick's six knocked in matched Oscar Taveras who did the same on July 2, 2010. Justin Ringo, the other Appy Bird with more than one hit, singled twice in four at bats while crossing twice.

Will Anderson earned his first professional victory in four decisions, limiting first-place Greeneville to three hits and two bases-on-balls that produced two runs in 5 2/3. Anderson allowed an Astro to go yard to begin the third and the other tally charged to him crossed with Norge Paredes on the mound.

Paredes advanced Anderson's runner from first to third on a failed pickoff attempt then wild pitched him in. The double given up by the righty to the next batter would likely have permitted the runner to cross in any event. Zach Loraine issued two free passes with two strikeouts in 1 1/3, stranding two runners inherited from Paredes. Kyle Grana yielded two tallies on three hits and a wild pitch in the ninth.

Thursday's game: at Elizabethton (27-26) (MIN), 7:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Mets 9 at GCL Cardinals 8

The Gulf Birds' bullpen coughed up seven tallies, four earned, over the last five innings to gift the Mets with a 9-8 victory.

Hector Salazar (BS, 1) (L, 0-5), the third consecutive reliever to allow runners to cross, was stymied by his defense as both runners that crossed were unearned. Salazar yielded one hit, uncorked a wild pitch and hit one batter in 1 1/3. Juan Caballero and Dylan Hawkins combined to give up five runs, four earned, on five hits and a walk in a combined 2 1/3.

Starter Steven Farinaro allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls in four while fanning three. Jonathan Escudero took the other end of the contest, shutting down the Mets on a walk in the ninth.

The Cardinals banged out 12 hits but their defense committed three costly errors. Leobaldo Pina tripled twice in five at bats while touching home once and driving in two. First baseman Jacoby Almarez went 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and two RBI but had a defensive miscue.

Thursday's game: at GCL Mets, 12:00 pm ET, Fidencio Flores (4-1, 4.45)

DSL Rojos 4 at DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds (32-31) were officially eliminated from post-season contention with their 4-2 home loss to the Reds' affiliate on Wednesday.

Southpaw Rigobert Urena (L, 0-2) struck out six in five frames but gave up three runs, two earned, on four hits and a free pass. Esteban Vallejo walked three and allowed a hit that resulted in an unearned tally over four. Each hurler was charged with a wild pitch.

Although shortstop Edmundo Sosa's efforts went for naught, he singled three times in four at bats, batting third. Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra went 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Thursday's game: at DSL Rojos, 10:30 am ET, Julio Mateo (1-2, 3.03)

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