Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/03/14

Cesar Valera's bat and Julio Mateo's arm led Palm Beach and the GCL Cardinals to two of the system's four wins on Wednesday. State College and Peoria were victorious as well but Memphis, Springfield and the DSL club all went down to defeat. Johnson City was off.

Results from games played Tuesday, July 2nd.

Memphis 0 at Nashville 5

The Redbirds (38-46) were limited to just four hits in their 5-0 shutout at the hands of the Sounds, extending Memphis' losing streak to seven. That streak includes the first three of four at Nashville (MIL).

Tyler Lyons (L, 2-1) gave up nine hits and two walks through six, including two solo shots comprising two of his four runs allowed. He fanned four. Both recently down from St. Louis, Jorge Rondon and Eric Fornataro each pitched an inning, Fornataro yielding a tally on three hits.

Kolten Wong continued his rehab, singling once in four at bats and taking part in one double play. Ed Easley walked and doubled in three plate appearances, the team's only extra-base hit.

Thursday's game: at Nashville (46-41), 7:05 pm CT, John Gast (1-2, 10.13)

Springfield 2 at Corpus Christi 3

In a battle between the two last-place clubs, Springfield (5-8) launched its six-game road trip with a 3-2 loss at Corpus Christi.

Mike Mayers permitted all three of the Hooks' runs in the first, on three hits plus a free pass and sac fly. Mayers allowed just two more hits and two walks over the next five, striking out five, absorbing his second loss in three decisions.

Mitch Harris went the seventh and eighth, issuing two free passes, one intentional, with a hit and four strikeouts. He threw one wild pitch.

Five S-Cards had one hit apiece, Curt Smith's sixth home run of 2014 being the only one to go for extra bases. Smith scored both of his team's runs, Jonathan Rodriguez collecting an RBI.

Thursday's game: at Corpus Christi (5-8), 7:10 pm CT, Jonathan Cornelius (7-5, 3.79)

Palm Beach 7 at Jupiter 3

Cesar Valera's perfecto at the plate propelled the PB-Cards (10-4) to a 7-3 victory over the Hammerheads, assuring Palm Beach of a series' win with one to play.

Co-Player of the Day Valera singled four times in four at bats, touching home three times. Charlie Tilson and Bruce Caldwell each garnered two hits, tripling once and driving in three. Three other Beach Birds had one hit apiece, completing the team's 11-hit effort. Dante Rosenberg compiled an interesting line, going 0-for-1 with two runs scored while being hit three times.

Timing was everything for Jimmy Reed (W, 2-0), who allowed 11 hits over 6 2/3 but held Jupiter to three scores. Reed did not walk a batter, plunked one and fanned five. Dixon Llorens struck over three over the final 2 1/3, allowing a hit and two bases-on-balls.

Thursday's game: at Jupiter (2-11) (MIA), 6:05 pm ET, Kyle Helisek (4-3, 3.22)

Peoria 8 at Kane County 5

Peoria (9-4) scored three times in both the first and second, then held on for an 8-5 win over Kane County (CHC), evening the series at one game apiece.

Four Chiefs compiled at least two of the team's nine hits, led by recent arrival Robelys Reyes. Reyes went 3-for-5, crossing home twice with an RBI and his first stolen base, followed by C.J. McElroy, Luis Perez and Richy Pedroza.

All three singled and doubled with McElroy and Pedroza touching home once while McElroy and Perez drove in two. McElroy swiped his 19th and 20th bases of 2014 and Pedroza knocked in one. Rafael Medina scored both times he reached base despite going 0-for-2 with a base-on-balls. He was plunked once.

Alex Reyes (W, 6-5) kept the Cougars off the board through five despite issuing an eye-popping seven walks by striking out 10 and yielding just two hits. Brandon Lee was charged with five runs on six hits and a free pass in just 1 2/3. Steve Sabatino retired seven of eight faced, issuing one free pass, to strand two of Lee's runners and earn his third save.

Thursday's game: at Kane County (9-3), 6:30 pm CT, Chase Brookshire (2-3, 4.92)

State College 9 at Batavia 3

The Spikes (12-7) were never challenged as they downed the Muckdogs 9-3, regaining a first-place tie with Batavia. Each team has won one with one game to go in the series.

Right fielder Rowan Wick continued his assault on Short Season-A pitching, going 2-for-5 with his 11th home run in 62 at bats. The bomb, which broke the franchise's single-season home run record, came with Nick Thompson and Alex De Leon aboard for three of his four RBI.

Thompson and Collin Radack had two hits each, Thompson singling and doubling in three at bats with two bases-on-balls, three runs scored and one driven in. Radack went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI.

Jeff Rauh was credited with his first win, tossing 1 2/3 frames of one-hit, one-walk ball, striking out two. Rauh pitched in relief of Fernando Baez, who yielded two runs, one earned, on two hits and three walks in 4 1/3. One of the two tallies was the result of a solo bomb. Baez fanned five.

Jacob Booden struck out four in two innings, giving up a hit and two walks. Nick Lomascolo was touched for a solo blast in the ninth, one of two hits allowed.

Thursday's game: at Batavia (12-7) (MIA), 7:05 pm ET, Daniel Poncedeleon (1-0, 2.25)

Johnson City - off

First-place Johnson City (8-4) continues a 10-game home stand, facing second-place Princeton (West Division) for three starting Thursday evening.

Thursday's game: vs. Princeton (7-6) (TB), 7:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-1, 1.74)

GCL Cardinals 5 at GCL Marlins 1

Centerfielder Magneuris Sierra added to his outstanding 2014 start as the GCL Cardinals (9-2) flew past the GCL Marlins 5-1.

Sierra went 3-for-5 with two doubles, two runs scored and a stolen base, garnering a third of the Gulf Birds' nine hits. Third baseman Julian Barzilli singled twice in four at bats with a base-on-balls and three knocked in. Left fielder DeAndre Asbury-Heath went 2-for-4 while touching home once.

Julio Mateo, our co-Player of the Day, was outstanding for the Gulf Cardinals, striking out nine through six innings, yielding a solo shot and walk, his only hit given up.

Sasha Kuebel, Kevin Alexander and Yeison Medina each tossed a scoreless frame. Kuebel and Medina both worked around two hits by striking out one while Alexander fanned two with a hit permitted.

Thursday's game: at GCL Nationals (5-4), 12:00 pm ET, Jorge Rodriguez (2-0, 0.00)

DSL Rockies 6 at DSL Cardinals 0

The Dominican Birds (10-18) were shut out for the second time this season, their 11th loss in the last 13 games.

Oniever Diaz (L, 1-2) gave up three runs, one earned, four hits over five. Tandem mate Derian Gonzalez put up identical numbers in a briefer span, allowing three hits, one earned, on four hits over three. Gonzalez struck out three. Jose Lara allowed a hit in the ninth.

Designated hitter Hector Linares was most of his team's offense, singling twice in four at bats. Second baseman Wadye Ynfante went 1-for-3 with a double, the final hit for the home team.

Thursday's game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (16-12), 10:30 am ET, tandem of Will Changarotty (1-1, 6.04)/Jesus Narvaez (0-2, 6.00)

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