Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/29/13

St. Louis' minors managed just one victory in seven contests on Wednesday as Peoria won in extras. Memphis , Palm Beach and State College failed to capitalize on their competitors' losses while Springfield and Johnson City are on the edge of extinction

Results from games played Wednesday, August 28.

New Orleans 8 vs. Memphis 7 (11)

The Redbirds could not hold two late leads, losing to the Zephyrs 8-7 in 11 on the road. Memphis (66-73) trail in the series two-games-to-one and remain a game behind Omaha with five to go, all on the road.

Down 3-0 after six, the visitors tied in the seventh on a pinch-hit three-run bomb by Chris Swauger and went up 4-3 the next frame. A run off Keith Butler (BS, 3) in the bottom of the eighth sent the game into extras. Butler yielded two hits and a base-on-balls over two.

Memphis pushed across three in the 10th to take a seemingly commanding 7-4 lead but Deryk Hooker (BS,2) gave up four hits and two walks that inning to re-knot the contest at seven all. Kevin Thomas (L, 0-1) served up a solo shot to give New Orleans the walk-off win.

Eric Fornataro went the initial 3 2/3, permitting three runs, one earned, on five hits and five base-on-balls. He fanned three. The last two tallies scored when the first batter Nick Greenwood faced reached on Brock Peterson's fielding error. Greenwood limited the opposition to a hit in 2 1/3. Sam Freeman walked one in the seventh.

Justin Christian and Jaime Romak both went 2-for-5 while touching home once. Peterson added his 25th home run in the 10th, a solo bomb that broke the 4-4 tie. Greg Garcia went 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI before being replaced in a double-switch to begin the eighth.

Thursday's game: at New Orleans (70-69), 7:00 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (5-3, 2.66)

Arkansas 3 vs. Springfield 1

The S-Cards' hopes for post-season action took another big hit on Wednesday as they lost their fourth straight, 3-1 at first-place Arkansas. Springfield (31-34) drops to third, four behind the Travelers and face elimination with one more loss.

Zach Petrick permitted three tallies, two earned, on six hits, including a two-run bomb, and two walks in five for his third loss versus three wins. Petrick struck out five. Danny Miranda gave up a hit in the seventh and Heath Wyatt yielded a hit in 1 2/3. Lee Stoppelman notched the final out.

Springfield's only score was in the third when James Ramsey (hit-by-pitch) walked home on Xavier Scruggs' bases-loaded free pass. Ruben Gotay singled twice in four at bats with four other S-Cards having a hit apiece.

Thursday's game: at Arkansas (35-30), 7:10 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (7-5, 5.67)

Fort Myers 7 vs. Palm Beach 1

Four runs off the Beach Birds' bullpen allowed the Miracle to coast past the visiting PB-Cards 7-1. Second-place Palm Beach (34-29) failed to gain ground on Charlotte (TB) which also lost. The Cards trail by two games with an elimination number of three. They face the Stone Crabs in their final series of the regular season.

Kurt Heyer (L, 6-5) allowed five hits and a base-on-balls over five plus, resulting in three tallies, two earned, with four strikeouts. Heyer departed after yielding a lead-off single in the sixth and that runner came around to score on Iden Nazario's watch.

Nazario and Cory Baker combined to give up four runs in the eighth. Nazario permitted three tallies on four hits in 2 2/3 while Baker served up a two-run long ball that allowed Nazario's final runner to touch home.

Jonathan Rodriguez worked a base-on-balls to open the second, advanced to third on a single by Patrick Wisdom and came home on a double-play ball for Palm Beach's only tally. Wisdom singled twice in four at bats for one-third of his team's hits.

Thursday's game: at first-place Charlotte (35-26), 6:30 pm ET, TBA

Peoria 7 vs. Clinton 6 (12)

Jeremy Schaffer's deflected infield single was enough for C.J. McElroy to cross as the Chiefs walked off with a 7-6 win over visiting Clinton in 12. Peoria (29-36) snapped a six-game skid with the series-opening victory.

Co-Player of the Day McElroy singled to begin the 12th for his fourth hit of the night in seven at bats. The centerfielder crossed twice with an RBI, accounting for three of his squad's scores. Nick Martini joined McElroy with four hits, going 4-for-6 with a double, walk, run scored and one driven in as the Chiefs pounded out an eye-popping 23 hits.

All nine starters had a hit with eight of nine having two or more. Ildemaro Vargas and Gerwuins Velazco each went 3-for-6 with Vargas knocking in one. Designated hitter Trevor Martin touched home once and drove in three, singling and doubling once each in six at bats.

Joey Donofrio tossed two scoreless frames, striking out three with two hits given up for his sixth win in eight decisions. Brad Watson yielded all six of the LumberKings' runs on nine hits and two walks through seven while fanning five. Jay Voss kept the opposition off the board on two hits and a free pass over the next three innings.

Thursday's game: vs. Clinton (31-34), 6:30 pm CT, Mike Mayers (0-2, 3.05)

Williamsport 9 at State College 1

A seven-run second buried the Spikes as they were trounced 9-1 by visiting Williamsport in the decisive game three of their series. State College (42-25) leads Jamestown (PIT) by a game, a team they face six times over their last eight games.

It was not a good night at work for Ben O'Shea (L, 3-2) who was hammered for seven runs on two hits, four base-on-balls and a plunked batter in 1 2/3. Willy Paulino allowed all three inherited runners to cross before he recorded the final out in the second, an inning which featured the ejection of Spikes manager Oliver Marmol. Paulino gave up four hits and four free passes that resulted in one run in 6 1/3 frames of relief. Mike Aldrete permitted an unearned run on two hits and a fielding error in the ninth.

The home team out-hit the visitors nine-to-eight but was issued only two free passes and went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position. Carson Kelly doubled and scored the Spikes' only run on a single by Luke Voit in the second. Voit joined three other players with two hits apiece.

Thursday's games: vs. Jamestown (41-26). Game one – Completion of June 25th contest – 6:00 pm ET, TBA/Andrew Pierce (1-2, 2.76)

Burlington 5 at Johnson City 3

Blake McKnight fanned seven over six but the Appy Birds' bullpen could not hold the lead as the JC-Cards were downed by the Royals 5-3 in the series' opener. Johnson City (35-30) is within a game of elimination.

McKnight, our co-Player of the Day, limited Burlington to five hits and a hit batsman that produced a single tally in the sixth. The Evangel product induced seven ground outs and three fly outs.

Norge Paredes maneuvered around a base-on-balls in the seventh but got the hook after yielding a solo shot and free pass without retiring a batter in the eighth. Zach Loraine (BS, 4) (L, 3-1) escaped the eighth, but permitted three runs on four hits and an intentional walk in the ninth.

Vaughn Bryan singled three times in five at bats, crossing twice and swiping his 13th bag of 2013. Bryan scored on Justin Ringo's sac fly in the first and raced home in the third on the second of Ronnierd Garcia's three hits. Garcia went 3-for-4 with a triple and Kenny Peoples-Walls singled twice in four at bats while touching home once.

Thursday's game: vs. Burlington (28-37), 7:00 pm ET, Alex Reyes (6-3, 3.21)

GCL Nationals 4 vs. GCL Cardinals 0

The Gulf Birds (24-35) were held to two hits in their 4-0 shut out at the hands of their hosts.

Dylan Hawkins (L, 3-2) allowed a two-run home run in the first then worked around seven more hits through four. Hawkins struck out five and did not issue a free pass.

Hector Salazar and Kender Villegas each yielded an unearned tally during their stints on the mound. Salazar went three frames, fanning three with two hits and a base-on-balls. Villegas pitched the eighth, giving up two hits.

Anthony Ray singled once in four at bats and swiped his sixth base of the season. Jose Godoy went 1-for-3. Leobaldo Pina and Rafael Medina each drew a base-on-balls.

Thursday's game (season finale): vs. GCL Nationals (49-9), 11:00 pm ET, TBA

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