Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 05/31/12

It was a clean sweep for the minor league Birds on Wednesday as all four teams were victorious. Memphis and Palm Beach won close contests while Springfield won easily and Quad Cities pounded their foe.

Memphis 4, Round Rock 3

Bryan Anderson's pinch hit single plated Pete Kozma in the bottom of the ninth as Memphis walked off with a win over Round Rock. The Redbirds have won the first two of their four-game set with the Express.

Kozma's double with one out in the ninth was his second hit of the game and made a winner out of Fernando Salas. Salas struck out two of the three batters he faced in the top of the frame in picking up his first Triple-A win since 2010. Joe Kelly started and gave up just two runs, one earned in seven innings. One of the five hits he allowed was a one-out triple in the first that scored on a ground out. Kelly walked three and struck out two.

Round Rock held that slim 1-0 lead until the sixth when Memphis tied it up on Jamie Romak's sacrifice fly that brought Lou Montanez across after the latter had walked to open up the inning. Each team notched single tallies in the seventh and eighth which led to Anderson's clutch hit in the ninth. Eugenio Velez' sixth bomb of 2012 was a solo shot in the seventh while Montanez singled and eventually scored in the eighth on a single by Romak.

Maikel Cleto bridged the gap from Kelly to Salas by tossing two frames. He gave up a run, earned, on two hits and did not walk a batter.

Thursday's game: vs. Round Rock, 7:05 pm, Shelby Miller (4-3, 4.38 ERA)

Springfield 10, San Antonio 5

Right fielder Kyle Conley swung the biggest of Springfield's sticks in their convincing win over San Antonio. The S-Cards took the first game of three against the Missions at home.

Conley, our co-Player of the Day, doubled and scored the game's first run in the second on Audry Perez' single. That double was one of three hits in four at bats, including two home runs. His first bomb came in the third with two aboard and upped Springfield's lead to 6-0. He followed that up with a two-run slam in the seventh that made the score 8-4. Oscar Taveras, Jermaine Curtis, Jake Shaffer and Greg Garcia each had two hits and scored with Taveras driving in two. Kolten Wong's only hit was a double as he also plated a run and drew a walk.

Starter Tyler Lyons evened his record to 4-4 by allowing three runs, earned, on seven hits in six innings. All three runs were the result of two homers in the fifth inning. The southpaw struck out seven and did not walk a batter. Deryk Hooker gave up a solo shot in the seventh as part of his 2/3 of an inning on the mound. Eric Fornataro pitched around two hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings while the lead off walk Michael Blazek allowed in the ninth came around to score on a single and sacrifice fly.

Thursday's game: vs. San Antonio, 7:08 pm, Scott Gorgen (2-3, 3.83 ERA)

Palm Beach scored three in the seventh to send first-place St. Lucie to only their 12th loss of 2012. The Beach Birds' record goes to 25-27, 15 games back.

The Palm Beach pitching staff combined to toss a two-hitter, lead by our co-Player of the Day Brad Watson. Watson gave up a solo shot in the second and that was the only hit the right-hander allowed in his regular season debut. Watson, a 37th-round selection in the June 2011 First Year Player Draft, is the latest pitcher that Palm Beach has thrown into their rotation out of Extended Spring Training and he was stellar. He retired 15 of the last 16 batters he faced with only one walk allowed. He struck out four.

Aidan Lucas picked up his first win of the season by holding the Mets to only a walk in two frames while Chase Reid gave up a two-out single in the ninth that was St. Lucie's second hit. Reid collected his third save of 2012.

First baseman Jonathan Rodriguez had the big hit for the Beach Birds when he hit a three-run shot in the seventh. Starlin Rodriguez walked with one out and advanced to third on a single by Chris Edmondson. That brought Rodriguez to the plate and he came through with his second home run of 2012. That accounted for all of Palm Beach's tallies and was one of their six hits.

Thursday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 pm, Anthony Ferrara (2-3, 2.20)

Quad Cities 20, Beloit 3

The River Bandits sent 16 batters to the plate in the first as they flattened first-place Beloit. Quad Cities' record goes to 27-26 with the win, seven games back.

The contest was never in doubt as they plated 12 runs in the home half of the first. The team scored a total of 20 runs on 18 hits and six walks. 17 of the 20 runs were earned. Anthony Garcia had two homers that accounted for three of the six runs he drove in. He scored three times as well. Nick Martini's three-run shot in the seventh was one of his three hits for the game. Martini scored twice. Lead-off hitter Virgil Hill drove in three on a 3-for-5 game in which he scored four times. Tyler Rahmatulla drove in three and came home three times. Shortstop Matt Williams scored twice and drove in two while David Medina and Neal Pritchard each scored twice.

Starter Sam Gaviglio yielded just two runs, one earned, in seven frames as he evened his record to 4-4 on the season. He allowed four hits and two walks while striking out five. Willy Paulino gave up a run on a hit and a walk in the eighth and Heath Wyatt tossed a scoreless ninth.

Thursday's game: vs. Beloit, 7:00 pm, Dail Villanueva (3-2, 4.13 ERA)

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