Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 07/05/13

Thursday's Player of the Day: Xavier Scruggs

On Independence Day, only State College and Springfield won, the latter on a Xavier Scruggs walk-off home run. David Washington hit a grand slam for the Spikes.

Results from games played Thursday, July 4.

Nashville 7 at Memphis 0

Memphis (41-47) was shut out on three hits, all yielded by former Cardinal Chris Narveson (W, 2-4). Two of the five tallies permitted by Scott McGregor (L, 2-5), four earned, were solo bombs. McGregor allowed seven hits and a walk in four with three strikeouts.

Victor Marte coughed up a two-run blast that was one of three hits given up by the right-hander over two. Sam Freeman fanned four in two innings while yielding three hits. Jorge Rondon issued one free pass in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Nashville (32-56), 7:05 pm CT, Carlos Martinez (2-2, 2.02)

Springfield 2 vs. Corpus Christi 1

The S-Cards plated one each in the eighth and ninth to edge Corpus Christi 2-1 at home. Springfield (7-7) has taken the first two of three against the Hooks.

Two of the home team's four hits were home runs that were the difference-maker. Audry Perez led off the eighth with his sixth long ball while Xavier Scruggs did likewise in the ninth to give his squad the walk-off win. The blast was Scruggs' 21st and ties him with Northwest Arkansas' Matt Fields for the league lead.

Kevin Thomas struck out three over two frames with one hit yielded to pick up his fifth win in eight decisions. Thomas pitched in support of starter Seth Blair who tossed five innings of six-hit, three-walk ball. Blair fanned seven and permitted just one tally. Justin Wright faced the minimum in the sixth and seventh with three strikeouts.

Friday's game: vs. Corpus Christi (5-9), 7:09 pm CT, Anthony Ferrara (5-3, 5.48)

Charlotte 6 at Palm Beach 3

Tyler Melling allowed six runs in 4 2/3, including a four-run fifth, as Charlotte downed the PB-Cards 6-3 at home. Palm Beach (7-6) has dropped the first two against the first-place Stone Crabs.

Melling suffered from control problems, issuing four free passes, one intentional, uncorking a wild pitch and plunking a batter to go with five hits. His final two runners crossed on a single yielded by Danny Miranda, a play that saw Melling's final runner nailed at home for the final out of the frame. The single was the only hit given up by Miranda in 3 1/3. Ronnie Shaban permitted a hit over the final two frames.

Anthony Garcia, Starlin Rodriguez and Alex Mejia each had two of their team's nine hits. All three went 2-for-4 with a double while Garcia touched home once and Mejia knocked in one.

Friday's game: vs, Charlotte (9-5), 6:35 pm ET, Zach Petrick (1-0, 0.45)

Beloit 3 at Peoria 2

Three runs by the Snappers in the fifth were enough to send the Chiefs to their fifth loss in the last six games. Peoria (5-9) dropped the opener of four at home with Beloit 3-2.

Four of the seven hits yielded by Joey Cuda (L, 4-4) through six resulted in all of Beloit's tallies. Cuda issued two base-on-balls and struck out three. Robert Stock walked one with one strikeout in the seventh while Sam Tuivailala fanned four over the final two frames with three hits allowed.

Breyvic Valera was the only Chief with a multi-hit game, going 2-for-4 with a double. Patrick Wisdom's 13th home run of 2013 came with Jordan Walton (single) aboard in the fourth and accounted for all of Peoria's scoring.

Friday's game: vs. Beloit (12-2), 7:00 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (4-3, 3.66)

State College 13 vs. Batavia 2

A grand slam by David Washington helped propel the Spikes to a 13-2 shellacking of the visiting Muckdogs. State College (10-7) took the first of three versus Batavia.

Fifteen Spikes came to the plate in the third and 10 of them crossed home in an inning that saw seven singles, three hit batsman, a base-on-balls, Washington's long ball and a pitching change. Steven Ramos headed up the offensive attack with three hits in four at bats with a double. Ramos, Washington, Cesar Valera and Jimmy Bosco all scored twice. Ramos and Bruce Caldwell had two RBI apiece, behind Washington's four.

Willy Paulino (W, 1-1) tossed 4 1/3 frames of one-hit ball with two base-on-balls and no runs allowed. Andrew Pierce held Batavia scoreless on four hits but departed after 3 2/3 with the sacks jammed for Paulino. Kyle Webb permitted two runs, one earned, on a fielding error, triple and sac fly in the ninth.

Friday's game: vs. Batavia (7-8), 7:05 pm ET, Juan Bautista (0-2, 2.93)

Kingsport 20 at Johnson City 4

17 runs over the final four frames turned a competitive game into a rout at Johnson City as the JC-Cards (7-6) were pasted 20-4.

The Appy Birds trailed 3-1 through five with all three tallies charged to starter Alex Reyes (L, 1-1). Reyes served up a three-run home run in the second of his four innings on the bump, one of five hits and three walks allowed. He fanned seven.

Stalyn Lopez began a parade of five Cardinals hurlers that were ineffective, at best. Lopez (two runs in 1 1/3), Norge Paredes (five in 2/3), Anderson Gerdel (four runs, two earned in one frame), Tyler Mills (four runs in one) and Jonathan Keener (two runs in one) were the sacrificial lambs to the Mets' bats.

Johnson City mustered 10 hits but went 4-for-18 with runners in scoring position. Rowan Wick doubled twice in four at bats while touching home once. Yoenny Gonzalez replaced Luis Perez in left to begin the fifth and went 2-for-3 with two RBI.

Friday's game: vs. Kingsport (4-9), 7:00 pm ET, Luis Perdomo (1-0, 0.00)

GCL Nationals 7 at Cardinals 4

The home Cardinals came back to take a 4-2 lead in the third, but the game got away from them in the final three innings.

Two of the Cardinals top draft picks, Rob Kaminsky and Mike Mayers, each made their career debuts with one inning scoreless stints to start the game. Regular starter Isaac Silva followed and allowed five runs, three earned, in 4 1/3 innings. Silva fanned seven, walked two and allowed six hits. Juan Caballero allowed a two run home run in the ninth to provide the final edge.

Leobaldo Pina came to the plate swinging, with a double, triple, two RBI, run scored but also two strikeouts in four at-bats. The shortstop is hitting .308. New signee Oscar Mercado, DH for the day, also tripled, raising his average to .227. Jake Stone singled and walked twice.

Friday's game: at Marlins, noon ET, TBA

DSL Nationals 4 at Cardinals 1

Just as in the GCL hundreds of miles away, the visiting Nationals defeated the Cardinals by three runs Thursday. The Cards managed just six hits, two each by shortstop Allen Cordoba and DH Dionenrys Pena. Second baseman Ruben Encarnacion doubled for the Cards' only extra-base hit. The club had opportunities, but was just 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position.

Ronald Medrano allowed eight baserunners in four innings (six hits, two walks), but only two crossed home plate. The final two runs were charged to Estaban Vallejo, but both were unearned due to Vallejo's wild pitch and an error by third baseman Joaquin De La Cruz. Frendy Gavin finished with two hitless innings of relief.

Friday's game: at Nationals, 10:30 a.m. ET, TBA



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