Cardinals Minors Recap: Chris Carpenter and Oscar Taveras begin rehab assignments

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The Baby Birds went 5-2 on Monday with Palm Beach winning both games of a double-header, Peoria, Johnson City, and the GCL Cards also winning. Springfield and State College were on losing ends while Memphis is on its All-Star Break.

In the upper minors it was the Chris Carpenter show in Springfield. Carpenter, making his first rehab start, lasted 2 2/3 innings but most will consider it a successful debut in 2013. Carpenter was 93-95 with his fastball and his curve had sharp break. He had very clean first and second innings before running into trouble in the third. Carp’s next start will most likely be on Saturday, and it is unknown where. Palm Beach swept Brevard County in a double-header as Kyle Hald and Ryan Sherriff had outstanding starts.

In the lower minors, Corey Jones was excellent again for Peoria and Jordan Walton had his second very solid game earning him player of the game honors for the second straight night. Mason Katz hit his first professional home run and David Washington added his 5th of the year in a losing effort for State College. Blake McKnight was solid for 5 innings in Johnson City’s win. Oscar Taveras returned to game action in a rehab game for the GCL Cards. Taveras batted twice and walked in his first at-bat and doubled in his second.

Here are the results from Monday’s action:

Arkansas – 5

Springfield – 3

Mike O’Neill 1-for-5, R, RBI
James Ramsey 3-for-5, RBI
Ruben Gotay 1-for-5, RBI
Chris Swauger 1-for-5
Cody Stanley 2-for-4
Adam Melker 0-for-2, R
Jake Lemmerman 1-for-3, R

Chris Carpenter (L, 0-1) 2.2 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 5 K
Jose Almarante 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Seth Blair 5 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 5 K

Player of the Game: James Ramsey

Brevard County – 1
Palm Beach – 2                   Game 1

Colin Walsh 2-for-3, R, RBI, SB
David Popkins 1-for-3
Jonathan Rodriguez 0-for-3, RBI
Danny Stienstra 1-for-2
Alex Mejia 1-for-3, R

Kyle Hald 5.2 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K
Dean Kiekhefer (W, 2-1) 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K

Player of the Game: Colin Walsh

Brevard County – 0
Palm Beach – 1

David Popkins 2-for-3, double, R
Jonathan Rodriguez 1-for-3, RBI
Danny Stienstra 2-for-3
Matt Williams 2-for-3

Ryan Sherriff (W, 3-2) 5.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Ronnie Shaban (S, 13) 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Ryan Sherriff

Peoria – 5
Great Lakes – 3

C.J. McElroy 2-for-4, R, RBI
Charlie Tilson 1-for-4, 2 R
Jordan Walton 2-for-4, double, R, 3 RBI
Jeremy Schaffer 1-for-4, RBI, SB
Ildemaro Vargas 1-for-3, R
Gerwuins Velazco 2-for-4, double

Corey Jones (W, 6-1) 7 IP, 6 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K
Joseph Scanio 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Joe Donofrio (S, 3) 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Player of the Game: Jordan Walton

State College – 2
Hudson Valley – 3

Steven Ramos 2-for-5, SB
David Washington 2-for-4, HR(5), RBI, R
Mason Katz 2-for-4, HR(1), R, RBI
Carson Kelly 1-for-5
Matthew Young 1-for-5, double
Dante Rosenberg 1-for-2

Willy Paulino 5 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 4 BB, 6 K
Jacob Booden 2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Jeff Rauh 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Mitch Harris (L, 1-1) 2.1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 2 K

Player of the Game: Mason Katz

Johnson City – 7
Bristol – 3

Lance Jeffries 2-for-5, R, SB
Brett Wiley 2-for-5, double, R, 2 RBI, SB
Kenneth Peoples-Walls 1-for-5, R, SB
Luis Perez 3-for-5, double, R, 2 RBI
Justin Ringo 2-for-4, double, 2 R, RBI
J.J. Altobelli 1-for-3, double, RBI
Brian Vigo 1-for-3, R
Yoenny Gonzalez 1-for-4

Blake McKnight (W, 2-0) 5 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
Brandon Lee 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Fernando Baez 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Zach Loraine 1 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 3 K
Michael Holback 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K

Player of the Game: Luis Perez

GCL Cardinals – 6
GCL Nationals – 3

Jhohan Acevedo 1-for-5, R
Oscar Taveras 1-for-1, double
Jose Godoy 1-for-4
Leobaldo Pina 2-for-4, R, SB
Jake Stone 2-for-4, R
Oscar Mercado 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 SB
Carlos Torres 1-for-3, R, RBI
Eliezer Alvarez 1-for-4, double, R, 2 RBI

Logan Billbrough 1 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 0 K
Eric Fornataro 1 IP, 1 H,0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Juan Perez 3 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Jonathan Escudero (W, 1-0) 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
Kender Villegas 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Kyle Grana (S, 2) 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 3 K

Player of the Game: Eliezer Alvarez


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