Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 06/30/14

St. Louis' minors won four and dropped two with three games postponed on Sunday. One of the four victories was by State College behind Will Anderson's record-setting performance.

Results from games played Sunday, June 29th.

Memphis vs Round Rock – doubleheader postponed

Memphis' twin bill versus Round Rock could not be played due to rain. The only remaining series between the two teams occurs August 2nd through 5th at Round Rock.

Monday's game: Memphis (38-43) at Nashville (43-41) (MIL), Boone Whiting (0-5, 4.30)

San Antonio 7 at Springfield 2

Held to one hit through eight, the S-Cards (5-5) were easily handled by the Missions 7-2 in the first of three contests.

Springfield's sole offense consisted of three ninth-inning hits, the key blow being a two-run single by Starlin Rodriguez that brought across Aledmys Diaz (lead-off single) and Patrick Wisdom (double). No Springfield player had more than one hit while Mike O'Neill drew two of his squad's four free passes.

Kurt Heyer (L, 3-5) had his shakiest outing in six weeks, permitting five runs, four earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls over 6 2/3. The righty was touched for two long balls, both by San Antonio's eight hitter, which accounted for three tallies. Heyer fanned seven.

Logan Billbrough yielded two unearned on three hits in 1 1/3, the chief of which was a three-run home run that plated an inherited runner plus two of his own. Ronnie Shaban faced the minimum in the ninth.

Monday's games: vs. San Antonio (6-4) (SD). Game one – 4:30 pm CT, Kyle Hald (6-2, 3.12)/Sam Gaviglio (3-8, 5.27)

Palm Beach 5 at Fort Myers 2

Bruce Caldwell's two-homer game launched the first-place Beach Birds (8-3) over the Miracle (MIN) 5-2, evening the series at one game each.

Caldwell's bombs bookended his team's scoring, his first long ball putting his team up 1-0 in the first and his second, a two-run blast, capping a three-run eighth. Nick Martini also went 2-for-4, driving in one, and Charlie Tilson added his fifth home run of 2014 in the eighth. Caldwell and Martini were the only PB-Cards with more than one hit; five other teammates had one hit each.

Tyrell Jenkins, donning his Dr. Jekyll costume, bounced back from his previous start in which the 21-year-old went only two innings. Jenkins shut out Fort Myers on three hits and four free passes through six, matching both the innings pitched and runs allowed numbers from his first start on June 17th. The righty threw a wild pitch and was called for a balk.

Danny Miranda permitted a run on three hits in the eighth, his second inning of work, while fanning four. Thomas Lee was charged with an unearned tally on a walk, throwing error and single in the ninth.

Monday's game: at second-place Fort Myers (6-3), 7:05 pm ET, Joe Cuda (5-5, 5.56)

Quad Cities 11 at Peoria 3 (7) - game one
Peoria 4 vs Quad Cities 2 (7) - game two

The Chiefs (7-3) split a pair with the River Bandits, dropping the opener 11-3 but taking the nightcap 4-2. Each team has won two of the series' first four games with one remaining.

In the first contest, Luis Perdomo gave up four in the first and it was downhill from there. Making his first start for the Chiefs, the 21-year-old was touched for six runs, five earned, on six hits and four bases-on-balls in 4 2/3. Perdomo fanned six, tossing 90 pitches, 59 for strikes, including a wild pitch.

Robert Stock allowed four runs on seven hits while recording three outs. He plunked one batter, was charged with a wild pitch and let his only inherited runner cross. Brandon Lee yielded a tally on two hits and two wild pitches over 1 1/3.

The River Bandits' hurlers limited Peoria to just five hits, Mason Katz garnering two of them. The second baseman went 2-for-3 with a double and his 13th home run of 2014. Carson Kelly doubled in three at-bats, touching home once and driving in another.

It was a different story in game two, with the Chiefs scoring in three straight frames for a come-from-behind victory. Down 2-0 midway through four, Mason Katz got his team on the board with his league-leading 14th home run, halving the deficit.

Peoria took the lead the next frame, which began with Richy Pedroza doubling to right and eventually tying things up on C.J. McElroy's groundout. Justin Ringo's two-out single drove in Vaughn Bryan (walk), putting his team up 3-2.

The Chiefs provided a bit of a cushion in the sixth when Steve Bean opened with a double to right, crossing on Pedroza's two-out single. Pedroza garnered his squad's only multi-hit performance, going 2-for-3 with a double, run scored and RBI. Six other Chiefs had one hit apiece.

Reliever Jhonny Polanco tossed three frames of one-hit, one-walk ball, fanning three, upping his record to 2-0. Kevin Herget permitted single scores in the second and fourth, his last inning of work. Herget fanned five while yielding five hits, including one home run.

Monday's game: vs. Quad Cities (5-5) (HOU), 7:00 pm CT, Rob Kaminsky (3-1, 1.47)

State College 5 vs. Williamsport 0

Will Anderson set a franchise record for strikeouts in the Spikes' 5-0 shutout of the Crosscutters (PHI).

Anderson, our Player of the Day, fanned 10 in seven frames. The right-hander allowed just three hits. Jacob Booden and Josh Lucas finished the team's second shutout win of the season, each retiring all three batters faced.

The Spikes' 10-hit attack was led by Danny Diekroeger, who went 3-for-4 with a run scored and one driven in. Second baseman Darren Seferina singled and doubled in four at bats, crossing home twice in his pro debut. Rowan Wick went 2-for-3 with a double and walk, knocking in two.

Monday's game: Off.

Johnson City 12 vs Kingsport 6 – completion of June 28th suspended game
Johnson City vs Kingsport – game two – postponed

The Appy Birds (6-3) were only able to get in one of two scheduled on Sunday, completing Saturday's game only to have their regular contest rained out. The latter has been rescheduled as part of a double-header on Monday.

Saturday's contest was suspended due to rain after three with the JC-Cards up 8-1, as they broke open a 2-1 game with six tallies in the home half of the third. Starter Ian McKinney permitted a run on two hits, a walk and one hit batsman through three. The 19-year-old struck out three.

Juan Perez (W, 2-0) took over when play resumed, yielding five runs, three earned, on six hits, including a three-run bomb, and two free passes issued. Kender Villegas struck out two in as many frames, giving up one hit. Ismael Brito pitched a scoreless ninth.

The Appy Birds pounded out 13 hits, paced by shortstop Oscar Mercado, first baseman Casey Grayson and second baseman Chris Rivera, all with three hits. Mercado crossed home twice in six at-bats, driving in three and finishing a home run shy of the cycle. He swiped his fourth and fifth bags of the season as well. Grayson went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk, one run scored and another knocked in while Rivera singled three times in five at bats, touching home once with two RBI.

Monday's games: vs. Kingsport (5-5) (NYM). Game one – 5:00 pm ET, Dailyn Martinez (1-0, 5.40)/Matt Pearce (0-1, 3.00)

GCL Cardinals - off

The Gulf Coast League does not play on Sundays.

Monday's game: GCL Cardinals (6-2) at GCL Marlins (2-6), 12:00 pm ET, Ronnie Williams (0-1, 6.00)

DSL Cardinals - off

Sunday is a regularly scheduled off day in the Dominican Summer League.

Monday's game: DSL Cardinals (10-15) at DSL Giants (16-9), 10:30 am ET, Jesus Narvaez (0-2, 4.80)

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