Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/16/13

On a 2-7 Thursday across the system, Peoria's Charlie Tilson homered twice but his club lost in 15 innings.

Results from games played Thursday, August 15.

Colorado Springs 7, Memphis 3 - game one (seven innings)
Colorado Springs 7, Memphis 1 - game two (seven innings)

Scoring just four runs in total, Memphis' dropped both ends of the twin bill at Colorado Springs. With the pitching allowing seven runs in each of the seven innings games, the Redbirds concluded their road trip on a down note.

In game one, the Redbirds had a 1-0 lead until the home fourth. Starter Nick Additon did not get out of the fifth, yielding six runs on five hits and four walks in 4 1/3. The run charged to reliever Jorge Rondon was unearned.

10 of the 11 Memphis hits were singles, with Chad Huffman's double the lone exception. Mike O'Neill, Ryan Jackson and Greg Garcia had two hits each. Travis Tartamella plated a pair.

In game two, the reschedule of Wednesday's rainout, Memphis managed just two singles. Huffman had the lone RBI on a ground out.

Starter Scott McGregor took the loss. The righty yielded a pair of home runs and three scores total on three hits and two walks in four frames. Reliever Deryk Hooker struggled, serving up a grand slam in his one inning of work.

Friday's game: vs. Omaha, 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (7-2, 3.39).

Springfield 7 at Frisco 1

Springfield (28-25) took game three at Frisco to win the series two games to one. Taking their third consecutive series, the Cardinals have moved into sole possession of first place in the Texas League North Division second half standings.

Tim Cooney, the current Texas League Pitcher of the Week, continued his resurgence. The left-hander allowed just one run on two hits with one walk and seven strikeouts through seven innings. Kevin Thomas and Lee Stoppelman added a scoreless frame each.

The long ball reigned supreme for the Cards. Centerfielder James Ramsey and second baseman Colin Walsh hit solo shots and catcher Cody Stanley had a three-run blast in the sixth as Springfield pulled away.

Friday's game: at Midland, 7:00 pm CT, Zach Petrick (2-1, 4.15).

Bradenton 5, Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach (27-24) lost for the third time in four tries at Bradenton, blowing a 4-0 lead after three innings.

All the Cardinals runs came via the long ball. Patrick Wisdom launched a three-run home run in the first inning, his first in the FSL. Jonathan Rodriguez added a solo shot in the third.

The only hit yielded by starter Marco Gonzales in five innings was a solo home run. Logan Billbrough was touched for three runs in 1 2/3 innings. Dean Kiekhefer took a blown save and loss. Though the only run charged to Kiekhefer was unearned, he also allowed two runners inherited from Billbrough to cross home plate.

Friday's game: vs. Charlotte, 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Wisconsin 5, Peoria 4 (15 innings)

Peoria (26-26) rallied to tie the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in the top of the eighth inning but the hosts won 5-4 in a 15-inning marathon.

Silfredo Garcia took a no-decision after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings. He struck out four, walked one and left with the game tied. Joey Donofrio threw three shutout innings, allowing one hit and one walk while striking out four. In his Peoria debut, Jay Voss threw two scoreless and hitless innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Loser Joe Scanio allowed one run on three hits over 2 2/3 innings while walking five and striking out three.

Player of the Day Charlie Tilson went 4-for-7 with two home runs and three runs scored. Jeremy Schaffer (triple) and Jordan Walton (double) had two hits, a walk and an RBI each. Juan Herrera drew three free passes.

Friday's game: at Wisconsin, 7:05 pm CT, Brad Watson (2-5, 4.05)

Mahoning Valley 7 at State College 2

The Spikes' (31-23) 10-game home winning streak came to its end Thursday night. State College maintained its half-game lead in the New York-Penn League wild card race and remains just two games out of first place.

Brett Wiley continued his success with a walk and three hits, including a run-scoring triple. Jimmy Bosco added a double for State College, with an error on the play allowing the tying run to score in the sixth. The Spikes stranded 13 baserunners on the evening.

Jhonny Polanco took the loss in relief. He gave up four runs on two hits and a walk over 1 1/3 innings, striking out one. State College starter Arturo Reyes had a quality outing, allowing just two runs on four hits and two walks while striking out five over six innings.

Friday's game: at Jamestown, 7:05 pm ET, Willy Paulino (2-2, 3.05)

Elizabethton 4, Johnson City 0

With Johnson City (28-26) having more errors (three) than hits (two), its shutout loss to Elizabethton in the series opener should not be surprising.

Starter Blake McKnight pitched well, allowing just five baserunners in five innings on four hits and a walk. He was charged with two runs, one earned, and took his first professional loss.

The Cards whiffed 13 times. Shortstop J.J. Altobelli had the only extra base hit, a double.

Friday's game: at Elizabethton, 7:00 pm ET, Michael Holback (2-0, 2.33)

GCL Cardinals 12 at Mets 2

With a seven-run seventh, the Gulf Coast League Cardinals (20-28) pulled away from the home Mets on Thursday afternoon. Cleanup man, catcher Luis Cruz, went 2-for-4 including a solo home run and three scored. Third baseman Rafael Medina crossed home plate four times on two hits. Left fielder Ricardo Bautista had a pair of sacrifice flies.

Starter Juan Perez allowed just one hit and no runs on five strikeouts in four innings. He also issued five free passes and uncorked two wild pitches, however. Fidencio Flores picked up the win on 2 1/3 hitless frames of relief.

Friday's game: at GCL Marlins, 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Rojos 4, DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds (32-32) fell to .500 on the season with a road loss to the Reds. Starter Julio Mateo was the hard-luck loser. The righty yielded just four hits and two walks in six innings, with all three runs charged to him being unearned.

Cardinals hitters whiffed 13 times, led by leadoff man Ruben Encarnacion with four. Three Redbirds had two hits, each with an extra-base knock – Joaquin De La Cruz and Sergio Ripoll (doubles) and Edmundo Sosa (triple). De La Cruz and Luis Bandes had an RBI each.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Yankees 1, 10:30 am ET, TBA

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