Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 08/21/13

Nick Additon's top-notch effort helped keep Memphis' play-off dreams alive on Tuesday while Brett Wiley's bat did likewise for State College. Memphis and State College notched the system's only wins while Springfield, Peoria and the GCL team all fell. Palm Beach, Johnson City and the DSL Cardinals could not get their games in.

Results from games played Tuesday, August 20.

Memphis 4 vs. Omaha 0

Three Redbirds combined for a three-hitter as Memphis (62-69) blanked Omaha 4-0 to take the last two of five games versus the Storm Chasers. It was Memphis' home finale as their last 13 games will all be on the road.

Nick Additon, our co-Player of the Day, tossed one of his best performances of the year, holding the opposition to two hits and two free passes through seven while fanning seven. The lefty threw 95 pitches, 61 for strikes, with six ground outs and five fly outs.

Keith Butler and Sam Freeman handled things the rest of the way. Butler struck out two in the eighth with one hit yielded and Freeman was perfect in the ninth.

Eight of nine starters had at least one of Memphis' nine hits, led by Jamie Romak. Romak went 2-for-4 with his 21st home run of the season, scored twice and had an RBI. Chad Huffman doubled in two at bats with a free pass and two driven in.

Wednesday's game: at Iowa (59-72) (CHC), 6:35 pm CT, Scott McGregor (4-0, 5.27)

Northwest Arkansas 21 at Springfield 6

It was a long night for Springfield's pitching staff as they were stomped for 21 runs by visiting Northwest Arkansas in the series opener.

The S-Cards actually held a 5-3 advantage after five but three big innings by the Naturals flipped that into a runaway. The staff was particularly hurt by four three-run bombs that resulted in 12 of Northwest Arkansas's 21 runs that were served up by four different pitchers.

Richard Castillo took his ninth loss versus seven wins, yielding seven runs, four earned, on four hits and two walks with eight strikeouts in 5 1/3. Heath Wyatt did not record an out, allowing both inherited runners to cross plus two of his own, one earned, on three hits. Both Castillo and Wyatt served up a long ball.

While Danny Miranda permitted one of Wyatt's two runners to score on a missed catch error, he kept the visitors off the board on just one walk with two strikeouts in 1 2/3. Zack Russell and Justin Wright each retired two batters but served up two of the aforementioned long balls for a combined 12 tallies, 11 earned, on seven hits and four free passes. Newly-arrived infielder Matt Williams was called upon to record the final two outs from the mound. He yielded a two-run single that brought in two of three runners inherited from Wright.

Springfield (29-28) banged out 10 hits with Xavier Scruggs going 3-for-4 with two doubles, a run scored and two RBI. Luis Mateo and Stephen Piscotty each touched home twice with the latter driving in two.

Wednesday's game: vs. Northwest Arkansas (28-29), 7:09 pm CT, Tim Cooney (7-7, 3.86)

St. Lucie at Palm Beach - suspended

Palm Beach's contest with St. Lucie was suspended with two out in the bottom of the fifth, a runner having just reached base due to a hit by pitch and the visitors up 4-2. The contest is scheduled to resume today at 5:05 pm ET and will be followed by the regularly scheduled game.

Wednesday's games: vs. St. Lucie. Game one – 5:05 pm ET, TBA/Kurt Heyer (5-4, 3.68)

Cedar Rapids 8 at Peoria 3

Chris Perry gave up eight tallies in two frames as Peoria (27-30) lost to Cedar Rapids 8-3 to cap off a four-game road sweep by the Kernels.

Perry (L, 2-2) yielded five in the third plus three more in the fourth on seven hits and two bases-on-balls in 3 1/3. The final two runners crossed under the watch of Brady Adamek, who gave up a hit and two walks in 2 2/3. Steve Sabatino fanned the side in the seventh while Joe Scanio retired all six batters faced, but the damage was done.

The Chiefs were held to five hits with no player having more than one. Three of the five hits came in the second when Trevor Martin singled home Breyvic Valera (double) and was brought in by Ildemaro Vargas' single. Jordan Walton's single in the sixth knocked in C.J. McElroy (single) for the home team's final score.

Wednesday's game: vs. Burlington (23-34), 6:30 pm CT, Silfredo Garcia (3-4, 4.23)

State College 10 at Williamsport 4

The Spikes (36-23) pounded Williamsport 10-4 on Tuesday, rolling to their fifth straight win to keep pace with Jamestown atop the Pinckney Division.

Juan Bautista lasted just four frames, giving up single tallies in each inning on seven hits and a free pass in all. Andrew Pierce scattered six hits over four to pick up his first professional win (in three decisions). Jeff Rauh allowed a hit in the ninth.

State College pushed across runs in five of the game's last seven innings and pounded out 15 hits, including two doubles and three home runs. Co-Player of the Day Brett Wiley led the attack, going 3-for-4 with a double, walk, three runs scored and one knocked in. Cesar Valera added three hits of his own in five at bats and crossed twice. David Washington and Jimmy Bosco both went yard with a runner aboard while Steven Ramos added a solo shot. Ronald Castillo drove in three on two singles in five at bats.

Wednesday's game: vs. Williamsport (29-30), 7:05 pm ET, Arturo Reyes (0-2, 1.71)

Johnson City vs. Bristol - postponed

Johnson City's final game versus Bristol was not played due to rain. While the contest is officially listed as postponed, the two squads are not scheduled to meet again this season.

Wednesday's game: Off. The JC-Cards open a six-game road trip with three at Burlington, starting on Thursday.

GCL Mets 13 at GCL Cardinals 10 (12 innings)

The Gulf Birds (22-30) rallied from a 10-2 deficit through six only to fall to the GCL Mets 13-10 in 12.

The contest featured plenty of offense with 35 combined hits and three errors by each squad. Oscar Mercado and Ricardo Bautista had three hits apiece with Mercado knocking in three and Bautista doubling once with a base-on-balls, two runs scored and an RBI.

Chris Rivera smashed his fifth long ball of 2013, a two-run blast that was one of his two hits in five at bats. Rivera touched home three times with three RBI and a walk. Elier Rodriguez singled and doubled in four at bats while drawing two free passes and scoring twice.

Five Cardinals hurlers combined to yield 19 hits and six free passes that produced 13 tallies, 11 earned. Starter Steven Farinaro and Fidencio Flores, his replacement, both gave up seven hits during their stints. Farinaro walked two with four runs, including a two-run shot, in three. Flores gave up six runs, four earned, with a base-on-balls in 2 2/3.

Dylan Hawkins and Jonathan Escudero both provided a respite from the Mets' offensive onslaught, tossing 5 1/3 scoreless innings in all with three hits and two base-on-balls. Escudero struck out four over three frames. Hector Salazar (L, 0-6), allowed two hits, a walk and a hit batsman that produced the three winning runs for the Mets in the 12th.

Wednesday's game: vs. GCL Nationals (44-8), 12:00 pm ET, Juan Perez (1-3, 4.75)

DSL Cardinals vs. DSL Orioles2 - postponed

The Dominican Birds' game against the DSL Orioles2 was postponed due to rain. The contest is not likely to be re-scheduled since both squads have been eliminated from play-off contention.

Wednesday's game: vs. DSL Yankees1 (39-26), 10:30 am ET, David Oca (2-3, 3.63)

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