Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/13/14

On a 5-2 Saturday for the St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates, Rafael Medina paced Peoria to a big road win.

Results from games played Saturday, July 12th.

Memphis 5 at New Orleans 2

The Redbirds put two on the board in the first and another in the second and held on for the victory. Starter Zach Petrick is now 5-4 after going five innings and giving up two runs. Eric Fornataro picked up his seventh save with a perfect ninth.

Randall Grichuk struggled with three strikeouts but found a way to hit his 14th home run of the season. Jermaine Curtis and Stephen Piscotty both collected a pair of hits.

Sunday’s Game: Memphis (46-48) at New Orleans (48-43), 6:05 CT, John Gast (2-2, 7.46 ERA)

Springfield 8 vs. Northwest Arkansas 0

The Cardinals scored three in the first and five more in the sixth to cruise to the victory. Leadoff man Rafael Ortega reached base three times and scored twice. Cody Stanley had two hits including a double and a pair of runs driven in. Starlin Rodriguez hit his second home run, a solo shot.

Sam Gaviglio threw six innings to pick up the win and is now 4-9 on the season.

Sunday’s Game: Springfield (42-49) at Arkansas (43-48), 6:10 CT, Mike Mayers (1-2, 3.46 ERA)

Palm Beach 8 at Clearwater 2

Starter Joe Cuda evened his record at 6-6 after giving his team seven strong innings. Cuda gave up only two runs, on a two-run home run by Harold Martinez.

Anthony Garcia provided the big blast for the Cards’ offense, a three-run home run, his eighth of the season. Along with Garcia, Ildemaro Vargas and Luke Voit contributed a pair of hits.

Sunday’s Game: Palm Beach (52-39) at Clearwater (26-64), 1:00 ET, TBA

Peoria 10 at Burlington 6 (six innings)

This game made it only six full innings before rain halted the action.

The two teams started the night with identical 50-40 records, but the Chiefs offense made sure it would gain the game in the standings. Peoria put up three runs in the fifth and sixth and pitched well enough to hold on to the victory.

Hitting in the eighth spot, Player of the Day Rafael Medina had two hits and drove in three. His biggest was a two-run bomb in the fifth. Justin Ringo had two hits including a two-run blast in the third. Leadoff man Vaughn Bryan reached base three times with two hits including a triple and a walk while scoring two runs.

Though he was tagged with six runs in only five innings, Luis Perdomo picked up his first win for the Chiefs.

Sunday’s Game: Peoria (51-40) at Burlington (50-41), 2:00 CT, Rob Kaminsky (4-1, 1.28 ERA)

State College 6 vs. Staten Island 3

The hottest team in the New York-Penn League continues to do damage to its opponents. Rowan Wick keeps raking with a single, double, and an RBI. Out of the leadoff spot, Darren Seferina reached base three times with two singles and a walk. Robelys Reyes added two singles to raise his average to .373.

Will Anderson allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings to pick up his third win. Anderson Gerdel earned the save with a shutout inning of relief.

Sunday’s Game: State College (21-8) vs. Staten Island (15-14), 6:05 ET, Dewin Perez (2-1, 4.37 ERA)

Johnson City 1 at Burlington 3

The Baby Birds were stifled by the Royals’ pitching and managed only two hits, both by Blake Drake. Drake singled, doubled, and scored the team’s lone run.

Matt Pearce was charged with the loss after allowing three runs, two earned, in six innings of work. Landon Beck worked two shutout innings of relief.

Sunday’s Game: Johnson City (11-11) at Burlington (10-13), 6:00 ET, TBA

GCL Cardinals vs. GCL Marlins

Rained out.

Sunday’s Game: No games scheduled.

DSL Cardinals 1 at DSL Orioles2 3

The Cardinals put up one in the top of the first but could score again. The team only managed two hits, the first by leadoff man Luis Flores. The DH led off with a hit, stole second, and scored on a Jonathan Rivera RBI. Carlos Rodriguez contributed the other hit.

Starter Derian Gonzalez allowed a run in five innings but did not factor in the decision. Kerrion Bennett was tagged with the loss.

Sunday’s Game: No game scheduled.

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