Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/20/13

Kevin Herget's strong effort helped State College to one of three wins in St. Louis' minors on Monday. Memphis and the GCL Cardinals triumphed as well while Peoria, Johnson City and the Dominican squad all went down. Springfield and Palm Beach were off.

Results from games played Monday, August 19.

Memphis 7 vs. Omaha 4

The Redbirds (61-69) banged out 13 hits on their way to a 7-4 win over the Storm Chasers to halt a six-game skid. Omaha leads the series three games to one with one yet to play.

Eight of nine Memphis starters had at least one hit with five garnering two. Jamie Romak and Brock Peterson went 2-for-5 with a double and Romak had a team-high four RBI while Peterson touched home once with two RBI.

Jermaine Curtis and Audry Perez went 2-for-4 including a double. Curtis added a base-on-balls plus two runs scored and Perez scored one and drove in another. Justin Christian was the final Redbird with two hits, singling twice in three at bats with a walk and run scored.

Nick Greenwood started for Memphis, yielding a three-run first plus one in the fourth on eight total hits with two free passes in four. The last tally put Omaha on top 4-3. Victor Marte worked around two base-on-balls in the fifth.

Eric Fornataro picked up his first win in four decisions when Memphis broke out with four in the sixth. Fornataro kept his opponents off the board on a hit over the sixth and seventh. Michael Blazek and Fernando Salas each tossed a scoreless frame with Salas earning his 11th save. Former Redbird Maikel Cleto pitched two innings with two hits for the Storm Chasers.

Tuesday's game: vs. Omaha (65-65), 7:02 pm CT, Nick Additon (8-7, 4.33)

Springfield - off

Tuesday's game: Springfield (29-27) vs. Northwest Arkansas (27-29), 7:09 pm CT, Richard Castillo (7-8, 4.28)

Palm Beach - off

Tuesday's game: Palm Beach (28-26) vs. St. Lucie (28-23), 6:35 pm ET, TBA

Cedar Rapids 2 at Peoria 1

Single tallies in the first and second held up for the Kernels as they sent the Chiefs (27-29) to their third straight loss in the series, 2-1.

Ben O'Shea's record dropped to 1-4 despite his best outing since being promoted from State College. O'Shea yielded three hits and three free passes with a wild pitch in six frames, resulting in two runs, one earned. The lefty fanned four.

Jay Voss and Dixon Llorens finished things up for the Chiefs. Voss gave up a hit and two walks over two in his second appearance for Peoria while Llorens issued one free pass in the ninth.

The Chiefs finally ended the Kernels' shutout bid with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Charlie Tilson beat out a bunt back to the pitcher for a lead-off single and raced home on Jordan Walson's 23rd double of 2013. Walton's double triggered a pitching change by Cedar Rapids and that hurler retired three in order to leave Walton at third.

Tuesday's game: vs. Cedar Rapids (38-18), 6:30 pm CT, Chris Perry (2-1, 2.41)

State College 2 vs. Batavia 1 (11)

Ronald Castillo's bases-loaded single in the 11th gave the Spikes (35-23) both a walk-off 2-1 win over the Muckdogs and a two-game sweep of the series.

Three of State College's eight hits came in the 11th along with one of their two bases-on-balls. Cesar Valera got things started with a one-out single, advancing to second on a single by Brett Wiley. A new Batavia pitcher immediately walked David Washington to jam the sacks full and bring Castillo to the plate. Steven Ramos went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and run scored as the only Spike with a multi-hit game.

Player of the Day Kevin Herget was the first of four State College hurlers to take the mound. Herget yielded just an unearned tally in his sixth and final inning of work with four hits in all to go with two free passes issued. Herget struck out five.

Mitch Harris tossed the seventh and eighth, yielding two hits and a walk while fanning two. Jhonny Polanco gave up a single in the ninth and 10th with five out recorded before giving way to Victor De Leon. De Leon (W, 3-2) retired all four batters faced.

Tuesday's game: at Williamsport (29-29), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (1-3, 3.31)

Bristol 5 at Johnson City 4 (12)

The Appy Birds failed to gain ground on the division leaders as they dropped game two of three versus the last-place White Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings. The series is even at one game apiece.

Dailyn Martinez tossed a very strong start, giving up an unearned run on six hits and a free pass through seven. Martinez' slim 2-1 advantage evaporated in the eighth when Zach Loraine served up a solo shot for his third blown save. Fernando Baez struck out three over the next two frames with one base-on-balls permitted.

Nick Lomascolo was ineffective in his 1 1/3-inning stint. Lomascolo yielded a run on a walk and triple in the 11th but temporarily dodged the loss when his teammates pushed across one in the bottom of the frame. The lefty then gave up two more, one earned, on another free pass, hit and fielding error in the 12th for his third loss in four decisions.

The error occurred under the watch of Kyle Grana, who recorded two outs to finish the frame. Johnson City (30-28) pushed across one more in the bottom of the 12th but left the tying and winning runners in scoring position.

Four Appy Birds had two of their team's 12 hits with Richy Pedroza, Kenny Peoples-Walls and J.J. Altobelli all going 2-for-6. Pedroza doubled once with two runs scored but his error in the 12th enabled Bristol's winning tally. Peoples-Walls touched home once and Altobelli knocked in one. Jhohan Acevedo went 2-for-4 with a double, walk and RBI.

Tuesday's game: vs. Bristol (16-40), 7:00 pm ET, Blake McKnight (2-1, 2.37)

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Mets 1

The Gulf Birds (22-29) banged out 14 hits in their 7-1 trouncing of the GCL Mets.

Right fielder Ricardo Bautista led the attack with three singles in four at bats, a run scored and one driven in. Centerfielder Carlos Torres and third baseman Rafael Medina both went 2-for-4 while touching home once. Torres' fourth long ball of the season came with Bautista aboard and accounted for one of only two extra base hits by the Cardinals.

Second baseman Chris Rivera knocked in two on a 2-for-4 performance. Shortstop Leobaldo Pina crossed home twice in his 2-for-5 effort. Jake Stone's only hit in three at bats was a double. The first baseman drew two free passes, scored one with an RBI.

Southpaw Ian McKinney held the opposition to two hits and two walks in five while notching five strikeouts to earn his first win as a professional. Juan Caballero gave up a hit over the next two innings while fanning two. Hector Salazar allowed a run on two hits in the eighth, the first of his two-inning stint.

Tuesday's game: vs. GCL Mets (16-36), 12:00 pm ET, Steven Farinaro (1-2, 3.20)

DSL Orioles2 7 vs. DSL Cardinals 2

The Dominican Birds' downward spiral continues as they dropped their 14th consecutive game, 14-2 to host DSL Orioles2.

Jorge Rodriguez permitted three runs on seven hits and two walks through five with seven strikeouts to drop his record to 2-5. Esteban Vallerjo gave up four runs, three earned, on four hits and a base-on-balls over three.

The DSL Cardinals (32-35) were held scoreless until the top of the ninth when catcher Dionenrys Pena tripled in designated hitter Sergio Ripoli (hit-by-pitch) and third baseman Diory Paulino (double).

Tuesday's game: vs. DSL Orioles2 (31-35), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-3, 3.63)

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