Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/12/13

Thursday's Player of the Day: Zach Petrick

Zach Petrick was outstanding for Palm Beach on a 6-3 Thursday across the Cardinals system.

Results from games played Thursday, July 11.

Nashville 7 vs. Memphis 6

Nick Additon (L, 6-5) gave up two in the first plus three in the second to send the Redbirds (45-50) to a 7-6 defeat at Nashville. ,> Additon allowed nine hits in all over 5 1/3 with five strikeouts and no free passes issued. Marc Rzepczynski stranded one of Additon's runners in the fifth, yielding a hit over 1 2/3. Victor Marte permitted two to cross in the eighth on three hits in what turned out to be the difference in the game.

Adron Chambers was a one-man wrecking crew, going 4-for-5 with a double, two-run bomb, three runs scored, two RBI and a stolen base. Tommy Pham was the only other Redbird with more than one hit, singling and doubling in five at bats while knocking in one. Brock Peterson added his 22nd home run of 2013, a solo shot in the fifth. Peterson drew a base-on-balls and touched home twice.

Friday's game: at Nashville (33-62), 7:05 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (4-1, 3.42)

Springfield 4 at Northwest Arkansas 3 (13)

Three free passes in the 13th inning pushed the winning run across as Springfield (9-11) clipped the Naturals 4-3 on the road. The four-game series is tied at one game apiece.

Xavier Scruggs began the frame by working his second base-on-balls of the game. Stephen Piscotty's single advanced him to second and both runners moved up one on Cody Stanley's sac bunt. Luis Mateo was put on intentionally but that move back-fired when Jake Lemmerman was issued a free pass that forced in Scruggs and give the S-Cards' the lead.

Scruggs and Mateo each had two singles with Scruggs crossing twice and Mateo once. Stanley's fourth long ball of the season came with Scruggs aboard in the sixth and put his squad up 3-2. Mateo swiped his sixth base as well.

Heath Wyatt picked up his second win in three decisions, tossing two innings with a hit and walk permitted. Anthony Ferrara, the first of six Springfield hurlers, went the first 1 2/3, striking out two before departing after having thrown 17 pitches. Corey Baker entered the fray, giving up a two-run long ball in the fourth. Baker yielded a hit and walk in 3 1/3 while fanning two.

The 3-2 advantage Baker left his team with did not last long. Kevin worked a scoreless sixth but gave up a tally on two hits, one base-on-balls and a crucial wild pitch that allowed the runner to cross in the seventh. Deryk Hooker struck out three in two innings before Lee Stoppelman shut down the opposition on a hit and a walk in two.

Friday's game: at Northwest Arkansas (11-9), Tim Cooney (4-5, 4.19)

Palm Beach 5 vs. Bradenton 0

Zack Petrick dominated and Palm Beach (13-7) won its fifth straight game, a 5-0 shutout that concluded a three-game sweep of visiting Bradenton.

Petrick (W, 3-0) faced the minimum through seven, erasing three base runners (two walks and a fielding error) on three double plays. The righty yielded a single to lead off the eighth and exited after notching his sixth K of the game. Petrick induced 10 ground outs versus two fly outs.

Robert Stock recorded the final two outs in the eighth before Jordan Swagerty ran into trouble in the ninth. Swagerty interspersed three free passes around a double-play ball that left two on for Ronnie Shaban. Shaban quashed the Marauders' bid to end the shutout by striking out the only batter faced.

The Beach Birds' nine hits included three doubles, a triple and two home runs – a solo shot by Jesus Montero (his first of 2013) plus a three-run bomb by David Popkins. Jonathan Rodriguez joined Montero and Popkins with two hits each. Rodriguez doubled twice in three at bats with a base-on-balls and a run scored. Montero added a double to his home run while Popkins' other hit was his second triple of the season.

Friday's game: vs. Brevard County (11-8) (MIL), 6:35 pm ET, Jay Voss (1-3, 12.23)

Peoria 10 at Lansing 3

Seven runs in the eighth broke open a tight contest as Peoria (10-10) coasted to a 10-3 victory over host Lansing that evened their three-game set at one all.

A day after being shut out on two hits, the Chiefs broke out 13 hits then added six base-on-balls. Charlie Tilson and Breyvic Valera both singled three times in five at bats with Tilson crossing twice and Valera once. Jeremy Schaffer doubled twice in four at bats with a run scored and two RBI. Patrick Wisdom went 2-for-5 with a triple, two driven in and touched home once. Wisdom has a .303/.361/.515/.876 line in 33 at bats in his last 10 games.

Joey Cuda's record went to 5-4 when he held the Lugnuts to two runs on four hits and a free pass over six. Cuda struck out five, served up a solo blast and threw a wild pitch. Sam Tuivailala worked around a hit and base-on-balls in the seventh by fanning two to keep the score at 3-2. Joey Donofrio yielded a tally on three hits with two strikeouts in the eighth while Mike Aldrete struck out the side in the ninth.

Friday's game: at Lansing (4-16), 6:05 pm CT, Chris Perry (Midwest League debut)

Aberdeen 3 vs. State College 1

The Spikes (14-10) dropped their second straight at Aberdeen which guarantees the IronBirds a series win with one game to go.

Andrew Pierce took his first loss in as many decisions, allowing three tallies on six hits, a walk and a hit batsman in 2 2/3. Jacob Booden shut down Aberdeen on two hits and two free passes over 3 1/3 in his second appearance since being promoted from Johnson City and Kyle Webb limited the opposition to one hit in the final two frames.

Steven Ramos had three of his team's seven hits, doubling once in four at bats with an RBI. Matthew Young went 1-for-3 with a run scored.

Friday's game: at Aberdeen (14-10), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (0-2, 3.54)

Pulaski 7 at Johnson City 3 (7) – game one
Pulaski at Johnson City – game two - postponed

Rain continues to impact the JC-Cards' schedule as they were only able to play only one of two Thursday night and that resulted in a 7-3 loss. Johnson City (11-8) will try to get in the last two of their three-game set today.

Alex Reyes went just four innings for the second consecutive game and lost his second straight decision. After issuing just three free passes in his first two starts covering 8 1/3, the right-hander has walked eight in eight plus innings in his most recent two stints, including five on Thursday. Reyes gave up two runs, one earned, on a hit and five walks in four plus with three strikeouts. He walked the first two faced in the fifth and was charged with two wild pitches, a balk and a hit batsman.

Fernando Baez allowed one of those two runners to touch home in the fifth that broke a one-all tie. Two more crossed in the sixth that were charged to Baez, who yielded two hits and three free passes over 1 2/3 while striking out two.

Anderson Gerdel inherited a bases-loaded with two out jam in the sixth and permitted a run-scoring single that also resulted in the inning's final out at home. Gerdel then gave up a double and base-on-balls in the seventh before serving up a long ball while recording two strikeouts. Gerdel's exit came after he allowed a two-out single followed by another free pass. Tyler Mills got a fly out to left for the final out.

The Appy Birds out hit the Mariners 10 to seven but went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position and stranded 10. Vaughn Bryan had a perfect day at the top of the order, going 4-for-4 with two runs scored. One of those runs came across on Kenny Peoples-Walls' second long ball of the season, a two-run blast in the seventh that was one of three this for the shortstop. Brett Wiley singled twice in four at bats with a stolen base.

Friday's games: vs. Pulaski (11-7). Game one – 6:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-1, 3.38)/TBA

GCL Cardinals 7 at GCL Mets 6 – game one
GCL Cardinals 4 vs. GCL Mets 3 – game two

The Cardinals swept a pair versus the Mets, taking game one 7-6 before walking off with a 4-3 victory in the second contest.

Game one was completed a contest begun on July 2nd that was suspended with two out in the sixth and the Gulf Birds having just tied the game up at four apiece. Thanks to that little factoid, Dewin Perez started both contests. On the 2nd Perez lasted just one-third of an inning, giving up four runs on two hits and three walks. Ismael Brito allowed one of two inherited runners to cross in his 2 2/3-inning stint, fanning four with a hit and free pass. Then-rehabber Iden Nazario kept the Mets off the board over the fourth and fifth while Isaac Silva did likewise with a base-on-balls in the sixth.

When play resumed on the 11th Mike Mayers (W, 1-0) was on the mound. Mayers permitted a tally on three hits and two walks in two while Kender Villegas made things interesting when he allowed the Mets to get within one by yielding a run on two hits. Both Mayers and Villegas fanned two, the latter picking up his first save.

Catcher Jose Godoy's three hits paced the Gulf Cardinals who had nine hits in all. Godoy touched home twice with one driven in. Second baseman Eliezer Alvarez singled and doubled in five at bats with two runs scored.

Perez lasted a bit longer in his July 11th start, striking out four in four while allowing an unearned tally in both the second and fourth. He gave up two hits, a base-on-balls, back-to-back passed balls in the second and a fielding error in the fourth. The latter inning saw both managers ejected by the home plate umpire.

The Mets went up on yet another unearned run in the sixth, this one off Hector Salazar, who was working the third of his four-inning stint. Salazar allowed five hits and two free passes, both intentional, with three strikeouts. Juan Caballero evened his record at 1-1 by tossing a scoreless ninth with one hit yielded.

The Gulf Birds (9-8) came to bat in the bottom of the ninth trailing 3-2, but Elier Rodriguez opened with a liner to right. Rodriguez was replaced by pinch-runner Eliezer Alvarez who promptly forced the issue by stealing second and advancing to third on the resulting throwing error by the Mets' catcher. First baseman Jake Stone's second double of the game easily plated Alvarez and pinch hitter Jose Godoy brought Stone in on a line-drive single to right. Rodriguez, Stone and Jhohan Acevedo had two hits apiece with Stone crossing twice and Rodriguez once on his own power and the other run coming via his pinch runner Alvarez.

Friday's game: vs. GCL Marlins (8-9), 12:00 pm ET, TBA

DSL Cardinals 7 vs. DSL Rojos 4

A three-run seventh broke a four-all tie and propelled the DSL Cardinals (18-14) to a 7-4 win over the visiting Rojos (Reds).

David Oca was credited with his first professional win as the second-half of a tandem start with Julio Mateo. Oca struck out six over 3 1/3 with a run allowed on three hits. He did not issue a free pass and stranded one inherited runner. Mateo yielded three runs, two earned, on four hits and three base-on-balls over the first 3 2/3. Jorge Rodriguez earned his first save by fanning four over two innings.

Seven Cardinals had at least one of their squad's eight hits with designated hitter Edmundo Sosa having the only multi-hit game. Sosa singled twice in four at bats while touching home once and driving in two. Right fielder Luis Bandes went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks, two runs scored and an RBI.

Friday's game: at DSL Rojos (10-23), 10:30 am ET, Ronald Medrano (2-1, 2.49)



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