Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/01/13

On Saturday night, the State College Spikes clinched a playoff spot while the Memphis Redbirds took a step closer to wrap up one of their own. Trevor Martin and Cory Jones led Peoria to a decisive win.

Results from games played Saturday, August 31.

Memphis 7 at Oklahoma City 3

The victory was the Redbirds' third in a row and puts them in sole possession of first place in the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division with two games remaining.

Greg Garcia entered the game hitting .373/.480/.506 and he continued his slugging ways. In the six-run Memphis first, Garcia blasted a two run home run, his third of the season. With his hot bat and steady glove work, he has to have caught the attention of those in charge in St. Louis.

Chad Huffman hit his 13th homer of the season while Jermaine Curtis added two hits.

In a six-inning start, Scott McGregor gave up three runs on seven hits. Deryk Hooker pitched two innings of shutout relief.

Sunday's game: Memphis (69-73) at Oklahoma City (80-62), 6:05 CT, Boone Whiting (5-5, 4.33 ERA)

Springfield 6 vs. Tulsa 7

Xavier Scruggs hit his 27th home run of the season, but it will be his glove that will be remembered Saturday night. After two Drillers reached on back-to-back singles with two outs, Scruggs committed his 14th error of the season to allow a run. Pinch hitter Angelys Nina then singled in the winning run, tagging Dean Kiekhefer with the blown save.

Scruggs finished the night with two hits after singling in the ninth. Stephen Piscotty continues to punish Texas League pitching with two more hits and walk. Cody Stanley had three to raise his average to .249.

Starter Seth Blair allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks in six innings of work.

Sunday's game: Springfield (64-72) vs. Tulsa (66-70), 6:09 CT, Tim Cooney (7-9, 4.00 ERA)

Palm Beach 4 vs. Charlotte 6

The Cardinals bullpen gave up a tally in the eighth and the ninth to allow the Stone Crabs to move above the .500 mark for the season. Reliever Thomas Lee was charged with the loss after being tagged with an unearned run. Kyle Hald was charged with four runs, one earned, in his 5.2 inning start.

Anthony Garcia led the offense with two hits, including his 13th home run of the season. David Popkins had three singles to raise his average to .319.

Sunday's game: Palm Beach (64-70) vs. Charlotte (66-65), 12:05 ET, Joey Cuda (4-0, 1.56 ERA)

Peoria 9 at Kane County 0

The Chiefs pounded out 17 hits against their upstate rivals.

Trevor Martin collected three of those hits which led to five RBI. One of those hits was his second home run of the season. Also, Jordan Walton had a three-hit game and drew a walk. Ildemaro Vargas and Breyvic Valero each had a pair of hits.

Cory Jones spun six shutout innings, allowing only four hits while striking out five Cougar batters. Jones is now 8-2 on the season with a 2.04 ERA. Steve Sabatino picked up the save after throwing three innings of relief.

Sunday's game: Peoria (68-67) at Kane County (53-80), 6:30 CT, Chris Perry (2-3, 3.09 ERA)

State College 7 at Auburn 4

With the victory, the Spikes clinched a New York-Penn League playoff spot.

Selected in the 39th round of the 2013 draft, Kevin Herget ran his record to 7-0 after striking out seven and allowing only two runs in four hits in six innings of work. Mitch Harris recorded his first professional save after a scoreless ninth.

Michael Schulze led the offense with four hits and two RBIs. Leadoff man Steven Ramos had three hits to push his average to .362, tops in the NYPL and stole his 22nd base of the season. With two more hits, Ronald Castillo is now hitting .341.

The Spikes pounded out 16 hits but committed a stat sheet popping four errors and a passed ball.

Sunday's game: State College (46-25) at Auburn (25-46), 2:05 ET, Juan Bautista (1-4, 4.61 ERA)



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