Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/03/12

Players of the Day: Brock Peterson, Brad Watson

The minors went 4-1 on Sunday as the regular season winds down. Memphis, Springfield, Quad Cities and Batavia all won with the latter's victory crucial to their play-off aspirations. Brock Peterson's and Brad Watson's performances were among the best of the day.

Results from games played Sunday, September 2.

Memphis 10 at Nashville 1

Co-Player of the Day Brock Peterson's two-bomb performance was the game's highlight as Memphis decimated host Nashville 10-1.

Peterson drove in the game's first run on a single in the second but the best was yet to come. The first of the long balls came in the Redbirds' six-run fourth which put Memphis up 7-1. The second was part of three tallies that crossed in the seventh. Both slams brought across Matt Young who had three singles and an RBI. Lou Montanez singled, doubled and scored twice with two RBIs.

Nick Greenwood earned his the win in his second consecutive start by nearly muting the Sounds on three hits and two base-on-balls over five. Nashville's sole tally crossed in the third on two doubles. The southpaw struck out five. John Gaub began the sixth by loading the bases on back-to-back-to-back singles then wiggled out of the jam by retiring the next three batters, two via strikeouts. Jess Todd finished the contest, picking up a three-inning save, his second of 2012.

Monday's game: at Nashville, 12:05 pm CT, John Gast (8-5, 5.36)

Springfield 10 at Arkansas 1

Springfield trounced host Arkansas 10-1 on Sunday for their eighth straight victory over the Travelers.

Chris Swauger and Oscar Taveras led the S-Cards' 15-hit parade with three hits apiece. Both players had two singles and a double. Swauger had an eye-popping six RBIs while Taveras, the designated hitter, scored twice and drove in one. Jamie Romak produced the most on a triple, a two-run blast and a base-on-balls. Romak touched home three times and knocked in three. Kolten Wong also scored three times with two singles. Jermaine Curtis crossed home twice on two singles.

Starter Scott Gorgen (W, 5-7) struck out eight over five in a two-hit, no-walk performance. The only mark against him was a solo shot in the second. Michael Wacha fanned the side in the sixth. Eric Fornataro, Michael Blazek and Keith Butler combined to wrap things up.

Monday's game: at Arkansas, 1:00 pm CT, Boone Whiting (0-0, 3.00)

Jupiter 1 vs. Palm Beach 0

The Beach Birds' season ended with a 1-0 walkoff shutout at the hands of Jupiter. The sole tally came in the bottom of the ninth against Danny Miranda in his only inning of work. Miranda was charged with his first loss in as many decisions when he coughed up two singles and a free pass with one out recorded.

Starter Anthony Ferrara fanned three over the first four innings on just one hit. Jose Almarante retired six of the seven he faced with one hit but Dean Kiekhefer gave up three hits over two frames.

Cody Stanley's two doubles were half of Palm Beach's total hits. James Ramsey walked twice, batting lead-off.

Quad Cities 2 at Beloit 1

Brad Watson, Josh Renfro and Heath Wyatt tossed a combined three-hitter as Quad Cities edged Beloit 2-1 on the road.

Co-Player of the Day Watson (W, 4-4) contained the Snappers to one run on two hits and three base-on-balls over six. That came just 12 days after the right-hander was pounded for six tallies on nine hits and three walks in 5 1/3. Renfro was perfect over 2 1/3 and Wyatt earned his 20th save.

Both of the River Bandits' runs occurred in the fourth. Back-to-back singles by Nick Martini and Colin Walsh put runners on for Anthony Melchionda. Melchionda doubled in Martini and Walsh raced in on a sac fly to center by Juan Castillo. Walsh singled twice with the rest of the squad's six hits spread among six players.

Monday's game: at Beloit, 2:00 pm CT, Dail Villanueva (10-6, 4.32)

Batavia 8 vs. Auburn 7

Batavia's showdown with Auburn was a wild shoot-out involving a combined 23 hits and 15 runs. The Muckdogs prevailed 8-7 at home to tie Auburn. It was their ninth straight win and raises their record to 44-29. The victory moves them into a tie with the Doubledays at the top of the Pinckney Division and ties them with Brooklyn (NYM) for the one wild card slot with three games remaining.

Batavia and Auburn play again Monday then Batavia plays a home-and-away with fourth-place Jamestown (MIA) (32-40) while Auburn travels to last-place Williamsport (PHI) (28-45). Brooklyn (McNamara Division) hosts third-place (Stedler Division) Lowell (BOS) (34-39).

Batavia was up 3-0 entering the fourth but Auburn tied it up against Joey Cuda. Cuda, the first of five Muckdogs pitchers, yielded four hits and three free passes with five strikeouts in four. The home team went right back up with single tallies in the fourth and fifth for a 5-3 lead but the Doubledays struck for three in the seventh off the combined performances of Chris Thomas and Joe Scanio. Thomas fanned five in 2 1/3 but consecutive one-out singles ended his night. Scanio (W, 2-4) allowed both runners to touch home plus one of his own on a wild pitch, double and single before recording the final two outs.

Scanio was the pitcher of record when the Muckdogs went back up 8-6 in the bottom of the frame on a solo shot by Patrick Wisdom and a two-run blast by David Washington that also plated Jacob Wilson. Auburn answered right back with their own run in the top of the eighth off Jose Pasen. Lee Stoppelman worked around a lead-off single in the ninth with a line out and two strikeouts to earn his seventh save.

Wisdom, Wilson and Washington did the most damage for the Muckdogs. Wisdom added a double to his solo slam, crossed home twice with two RBIs. Wilson had a solo blast as well to go with two singles, two runs scored and one driven in. Washington added an RBI single to his two-run bomb. Breyvic Valera singled twice, tripled and brought in one. Steven Ramos crossed home twice, one of them being unearned due to two first-inning errors by the Doubledays.

Monday's game: vs. Auburn, 1:05 pm ET, Ben O'Shea (3-2, 2.91)



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