Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/08/10

On a 5-3 Saturday, several games went to extra frames while Batavia's Chris Edmondson was a hit machine. For Springfield, Steven Hill homered twice and now has a system-best 21 on the season.

Memphis doubled up by Las Vegas 6-3


The Redbirds scored two in the first and added another in the fourth but could not hold off a late rally by the 51s.  Donovan Solano doubled three times for the visitors. Jim Rapoport reached base three times with two walks and a hit. 


Ryan Kulik was charged with three runs on eight hits in six innings of work but did not factor in the decision.  Reliever Oneli Perez was tagged with the loss after giving up a run while Rich Rundles was charged with allowing a pair of runs to score. 


Springfield outlasted Tulsa 10-6


Steven Hill led the Cardinals attack with three hits including two home runs and six RBIs.  "The King" now has a system best 21 home runs and his 84 RBIs tops the Texas League.  Matt Carpenter reached base four times with three hits and a walk.  The third baseman is now hitting .337/.427/.519.  Aaron Luna added three hits including a solo shot, his 12th.  Leadoff man Tommy Pham doubled twice but also struck out three times. 


Starter David Kopp helped himself with three hits including his first double of the season.  On the mound, he labored through five innings, giving up five runs along the way.  For his effort, he picked up his ninth win of the season.  Four relievers combined for one earned allowed in four innings.  


Palm Beach topped Dunedin 6-5


The Cardinals jumped out early with three RBIs in the top of the first.  Niko Vasquez got things started with a two-out solo home run.  Jermaine Curtis singled and scored on Alex Castellanos' ninth home run of the season.  Palm Beach added a couple more but could not hold off the Blue Jays and outfielder Anthony Gose.  The newly acquired outfielder hit a solo home run in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into extra frames.  In the top of the 11th, Rich Racobaldo homered to left center to put the Cardinals on top and Cory Rauschenberger would close the door to pick up his first save since returning to the organization.


Ryan Jackson and Charles Cutler combined for four hits and a pair of runs scored.  Scott Schneider struck out five and allowed three runs in his 5.2-inning night.  David Carpenter picked up his fifth victory after contributing two innings of relief. 


Quad Cities topped Peoria 9-8


Things were looking up for Quad Cities after plating a run in the top of the first, but the Chiefs responded quickly with three of their own to take control of the game.   The River Bandits added three runs of their own in the third and fourth but Peoria continued to battle before coming up short in a ninth inning rally. 


Joe Kelly lasted only two-thirds of an inning after giving up three runs on a hit, two walks, a hit by pitch, and an error.  Michael Blazek picked up the victory with 4.2 innings of relief.  The right-hander was charged with an unearned run while notching five strikeouts.  Jose Rada earned his first save of the season.


Frederick Parejo had a pair of hits including a two-run home run, his 10th of the season.  Ivan Castro doubled, tripled, and drove in three.  Raniel Rosario and Luis Mateo each contributed two hits also. Matt Adams drove in three and now has 73 RBIs this season, tops in the Midwest League.  


Batavia slayed Vermont 8-1


The Muckdogs put crooked numbers on the board in three innings and rolled to an 8-1 victory over the Lake Monsters.  Starter John Gast allowed a run on three hits in his five-inning night to pick up his second win.  Chris Corrigan worked three scoreless to collect his first save.


At the plate, Chris Edmondson exploded in his fourth game for Batavia.  The 43rd round pick had four hits and drove in three runs.  Joey Bergman collected three and is now hitting .323.  Victor Sanchez and Pat Biserta chipped in a pair of hits each. 


Johnson City topped Bristol 6-4


The baby birds were down by four before putting three on the board in the sixth and another in the seventh to tie the game.  The contest needed extra frames before Oscar Taveras stepped to the plate with two on and two outs.  I guess he was ready for the game to end because the speedy centerfielder tripled to clear the bases on the way to a Cardinals victory.  Taveras and Packy Elkins were the only two JC players with multiple hits. 


Jeff Nadeau allowed three runs on five hits in his four innings of work.  Drew Benes followed with a one run, one inning of relief.  Four more relievers would combine for six shutout innings with Hector Corpas picking up the win.


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DSL Cardinals fell to the DSL Brewers 4-3


Cards' starter Angel Tapia was charged with two runs in his four innings though none of them were earned.  Reliever Edouard Estalis threw more innings than Tapia, 5.2, and took the loss after yielding runs in the ninth and tenth.  Estalis allowed six hits while striking out seven.


Amaury Capellan paced the offense with two hits while leadoff man Robelys Reyes reached base three times with a pair of walks and a hit. 


VSL Cardinals fell to the VSL Mariners 3-2


The Mariners got a pair of singles and a walk that led to the winning run in the bottom of the 11th.  Reliever Jhonatan Escudero was charged with a blown save and the loss.  Starter Ramon Ulacio suffered through some tough luck.  The youngster spun four scoreless innings, allowing only two hits along the way but did not factor in the decision. 


At the plate, Ronnierd Garcia singled three times and drove in a run.  Jhohan Acevedo and Gerwuins Velazco combined for four hits and an RBI. 

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