Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/23/13

Carson Kelly and Jhonny Polanco's superb efforts for State College boosted them into the division lead on a Thursday night that saw all of the play-off contenders win. Memphis, Springfield, Palm Beach and Johnson City were also victorious.

Results from games played Thursday, August 22.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 3

The Redbirds (64-69) rallied for two in the ninth to flip the Cubs 4-3 at Iowa. Memphis has won the first two of four and remains two behind first-place Omaha.

Travis Tartamella singled home Greg Garcia (lead-off double) to tie the game up at three all. Justin Christian (walk) raced home on Chad Huffman's pinch-hit sac fly for the game winner. It was the second time Garcia touched home on the night in a performance that saw him bat 2-for-4.

Mike O'Neill and Brock Peterson both had two hits in four at bats. O'Neill added a base-on-balls and scored once while Peterson doubled with an RBI.

Boone Whiting had a solid outing for Memphis, yielding single tallies in the fourth and fifth, one of them via a long ball. Whiting struck out six through the first six innings with six hits and a free pass issued.

Keith Butler (W, 3-2) picked up the win despite giving up the go-ahead run to Iowa in the eighth. Butler permitted four hits and a walk over two with two strikeouts. Fernando Salas tiptoed around a one-out free pass for his 12th save.

Friday's game: at Iowa (59-74), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (5-3, 2.66)

Springfield 3 vs. Northwest Arkansas 2

Zach Petrick fanned six over 6 1/3 as Springfield dropped visiting Northwest Arkansas 3-2. The win moves the S-Cards (30-29) back into a tie with Arkansas atop the North division.

Petrick (W, 3-2) shut down the Naturals on two hits without a walk issued through six before yielding singles to three of his four batters faced in the seventh. Petrick departed having allowed one run across with runners in scoring position for Kevin Thomas.

Thomas permitted one of two inherited runners to score on two hits and a base-on-balls in an inning. Lee Stoppelman retired all five batters faced, stranding two, to earn his fifth save. Stoppelman fanned three.

Springfield was held to just five hits but two of them were home runs. Xavier Scruggs got the scoring started with his 25th of the season, a solo shot in the second. Ruben Gotay added his 15th in the fifth that came with James Ramsey (single) aboard. Scruggs added a single and Ramsey went 1-for-3 while reaching base once via the hit batsman route and swiping his eighth bag. Casey Rasmus went 1-for-2 and stole his seventh bag of 2013.

Friday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (29-30), 7:09 pm CT, Seth Blair (3-9, 5.05)

Palm Beach 6 vs. St. Lucie 3

Two home runs helped propel Palm Beach (30-27) over St. Lucie 6-3 at home and salvaged a split of their four-game set.

Patrick Wisdom and Jonathan Rodriguez each went yard with a runner on. Wisdom's fifth-inning bomb came after Alex Mejia doubled for the 12th time since his promotion from Peoria and Rodriguez brought in Mejia (force) in the seventh.

Wisdom's two-run double got the scoring started in the third, knocking in David Popkins (single) and Mejia (walk). Popkins singled three times in four at bats.

Marco Gonzales fell one out shy of qualifying for his first win as a pro. The first-round pick shut down the Mets on two hits and two base-on-balls over 4 2/3 with three strikeouts.

Robert Stock was credited with his second win in as many decisions despite yielding three tallies on four hits in two. Ronnie Shaban allowed a hit and walk in the final 2 1/3 for his 17th save.

Friday's game: vs. Bradenton (26-28) (PIT), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Burlington 5 at Peoria 3 (13)

Burlington evened up the series at one game apiece with a 5-3 victory over Peoria in 13.

The Chiefs (28-31) battled back from two deficits to send the game into extras but could not break through for the win. Joe Scanio, Peoria's fifth pitcher of the night, was charged with his fourth loss when he gave up two runs, one earned, on two hits and two hit batters in the 13th.

Starter Brad Watson yielded single tallies in the first and second before settling down to hold the Bees scoreless over the next 3 2/3. Watson fanned eight through 5 2/3 with six hits and two free passes.

Peoria pushed across two in the bottom of the second to even the score at two all. Burlington broke it with a run in the seventh off Jay Voss, who gave up two hits and a hit batsman in 1 1/3. The Chiefs responded with a tally in the bottom of the frame to re-knot the contest at 3-3.

Joey Donofrio and Dixon Llorens combined to keep the opposition off the board over the next five frames. Donofrio struck out five in three innings with a hit and walk while Llorens permitted a hit and two bases-on-balls with two strikeouts in two.

C.J. McElroy and Breyvic Valera each went 3-for-6 but unfortunately neither was near the other in the batting order. McElroy drove in one from the lead-off slot and number six batter Valera doubled and touched home once. Ildemaro Vargas has two of his team's 14 hits with a base-on-balls, run scored and an RBI.

Friday's game: vs. Burlington (24-35), 6:30 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-1, 2.45)

State College 4 vs. Williamsport 3 (11)

Jimmy Bosco singled home Carson Kelly in the 11th as the Spikes notched their seventh walk-off win of the season, 4-3 over Williamsport. State College (38-23) now sports the best record in the New York-Penn League and gained sole possession of first in the Pinckney Division with a loss by Jamestown (PIT).

Co-Player of the Day Kelly's fourth hit of the game was a one-out single in the 11th. The third baseman advanced on a passed ball then moved to third on a fly out. Bosco's game winner was his second hit in five at bats.

Luke Voit brought across Kelly in State College's two-run sixth which tied the game at 3-3. That frame also featured an ejection of Spikes' manager Oliver Marmol by the home plate umpire. David Washington added his 10th home run of 2013, a solo bomb that temporarily knotted things up at one each in the fourth.

Jhonny Polanco, our co-Player of the Day, tossed three innings of near-perfect relief for his fourth win versus three losses. Polanco fanned three and the only batter to reach was via an error.

Willy Paulino struck out six in 5 2/3, giving up three runs on three hits, including a solo shot, and three free passes. Paulino hit two batters and was charged with a wild pitch. Chase Brookshire gave up a hit and walk in 2 1/3 that allowed one of three inherited runners to cross before handing off to Polanco.

Friday's game: vs. Auburn (22-40) (WSH), 7:05 pm ET, Nick Petree (2-1, 1.05)

Johnson City 7 at Burlington 4

Johnson City (31-28) banged out 14 hits and flew past Burlington 7-4 in the series opener. The win allowed the fourth-place Appy Birds to keep pace with first-place Greeneville and third-place Elizabethton. Three games separate the top four squads.

Six JC-Cards each had two hits with right fielder Rowan Wick maximizing his production. Wick went 2-for-4 with a walk and two-run bomb while crossing twice. Steve Bean, Vaughn Bryan and J.J. Altobelli all singled twice in four at bats. Bean touched home once and knocked in two while Bryan and Altobelli drove in one. Richy Pedroza went 2-for-5 with a run scored.

Blake McKnight picked up his third win in four decisions despite not being sharp for Johnson City. McKnight gave up four runs on eight hits and a base-on-balls in five with eight strikeouts.

Will Anderson, Zach Loraine and Fernando Baez kept the Royals off the board on two hits and a free pass over the final four innings. Baez mixed three strikeouts with a hit and walk in the ninth while Anderson was perfect in the sixth.

Friday's game: vs. Burlington (26-33), 7:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (5-3, 3.35)

GCL Nationals 7 vs. GCL Cardinals 6

The Gulf Birds (22-32) closed the gap with four runs over the final two innings but fell short as they were edged by the Nationals 7-6 on the road.

Rob Kaminsky (L, 0-3) allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits and two walks in four innings. He struck out seven. Juan Caballero fanned four in three frames, yielding a fifth-inning tally on a hit batsman, passed ball and double, the only hit he gave up. Kender Villegas permitted a hit in the eighth.

Anthony Ray had three of his squad's seven hits, knocking in three. Luis Cruz and Oscar Mercado each went yard with no one on. Mercado drew two free passes as did Ricardo Bautista who touched home twice despite going hitless in two at bats.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (23-31), 10:00 am ET, TBA

DSL Yankees1 6 vs. DSL Cardinals 5

The DSL Cardinals (33-36) went down to defeat for the 14th time in their last 15 games, 6-5 to the host DSL Yankees1.

Julio Mateo (L, 1-4) gave up three runs, one earned, on eight hits in 5 2/3 with seven strikeouts and no walks. Jose Lara yielded three tallies, two earned, on three hits and a base-on-balls in 2 1/3 while fanning four.

The Dominican Birds mustered just five hits. Shortstop Allen Cordoba singled twice in four at bats with two runs scored. Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion went 1-for-4 with a double, touched home twice and drove in one.

Friday's game: vs. DSL Nationals (38-29), 10:30 am ET, Derian Gonzalez (1-2, 4.97)

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