Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/25/13

Springfield and State College strengthened their playoff bids with Saturday wins.

Results from games played Saturday, August 24.

Iowa 8, Memphis 5

Memphis scored two in the ninth but it wasn't enough. Mike O'Neill did his usual getting on base business by walking three times. Greg Garcia collected three hits and two runs batted in. Ryan Jackson and Travis Tartamella both had two hits and an RBI.

Starter and losing pitcher Nick Greenwood allowed four runs, three earned, in 5 1/3 innings pitched. Deryk Hooker was shelled with four earned runs yielded in just 2/3 of an inning.

Memphis remains two games behind Omaha in the division race.

Sunday's game: at Iowa, 1:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (9-7, 4.10)

Springfield 4 at Tulsa 1

Springfield took a lead in the first with three runs then followed in the seventh with their final run. Jonathan Cornelius pitched terrifically, giving up one earned on three hits in seven innings. He struck out nine. Jose Almarante and Lee Stoppelman combined for two scoreless innings with Stoppelman getting his sixth save.

Offensively, James Ramsey lead the way with three hits and an RBI. Stephen Piscotty had three hits as well with two driven in.

The Cards remain one game behind Arkansas for first place in the North Division second half standings with nine games remaining.

Sunday's game: at Tulsa, 7:05 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-9, 4.40)

Palm Beach 2, Bradenton 1

Palm Beach came back to score two runs in the eighth inning to take the lead and win. In his A-Advanced debut, Charlie Tilson singled twice in four at bats. David Popkins and Jacob Wilson both had RBI doubles.

Sam Gaviglio, in his first game back at Palm Beach after rehabbing in the Gulf Coast League, pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings with one unearned run given up. The sinkerballer walked one and struck out five with 13 groundouts induced. Corey Baker pitched 2 1/3 scoreless in relief while Dean Kiekhefer retired the last three batters in the ninth.

The Cards are three games back with eight to go. Four of those games will be against first-place Charlotte.

Sunday's game: vs. Bradenton, 5:05 ET, Kyle Hald (5-8, 4.73)

Cedar Rapids 1, Peoria 0

For the second consecutive night, Peoria was shut out. As an offense they combined for just four hits in 32 at bats. The base hits were all singles by Breyvic Valera, Trevor Martin, Nick Martini, and Ildemaro Vargas.

In seven solid innings, Kyle Helisek gave up one earned on three hits. He walked two and struck out seven.

With nine games left, the Chiefs are three games behind Clinton in the wild card race.

Sunday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 2:05 pm CT, Cory Jones (7-1, 1.58)

State College 7, Auburn 0

State College won for the ninth consecutive time by plating seven in the eighth inning of a scoreless game. Mason Katz' only hit was a two-run RBI double. Michael Schulze had two hits and an RBI and pinch hitter Ronald Castillo had an RBI single.

Player of the Day Jimmy Reed struck out five and gave up only two hits in six shutout innings. The strong-armed Dominican Victor De Leon blew away three batters with strikeouts in two scoreless frames. Jacob Booden completed a rare feat with four strikeouts in the ninth inning due to a missed catch error at first base.

State College remains in the Pinckney Division lead by two games over Jamestown.

Sunday's game: vs. Auburn, 6:05 pm ET, Kevin Herget (5-0, 2.54)

Burlington 5, Johnson City 4

Both teams struggled on defense with a total of six errors committed.

Dailyn Martinez allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck one in five innings of work. Luis Perdomo allowed an earned run in the sixth inning and took the loss. Nick Lomascolo struck out two in a scoreless frame. Zach Loraine finished with a scoreless inning.

Steve Bean singled twice, doubled, and had an RBI.

With six games remaining, the Cards are three games out of first and 2.5 games back of the second divisional playoff spot.

Sunday's game: at Danville, 4:00 pm ET, TBA

GCL Marlins 3, Cardinals 2

Anthony Ray had two of the Cardinals five hits. Jose Godoy produced both of the Cardinals runs with a two-run RBI single in the third inning.

Ian McKinney surrendered two earned on six hits in four innings. Fidencio Flores pitched three innings and gave up one earned to take the loss.

Sunday's game: The Gulf Coast League is off Sunday.

DSL Cardinals 4 at DSL Nationals 2

The Cardinals finished their season with a win. Jorge Baez broke the 2-2 tie in the top of the ninth with a two-run triple.

Baez' big hit made a winner out of Victor Encarnacion, who threw the final 3 1/3 innings of hitless, scoreless ball. Starter Ramon Santos fanned eight in 5 2/3. One of his two runs allowed was unearned.

Magneuris Sierra had two hits and scored twice. Edmundo Sosa walked and doubled. Bladimil Franco had two singles, a run scored and an RBI.

Sunday's game: None. The 2013 DSL regular season has concluded. The playoffs begin on Monday, but the Cardinals are not participating.

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