Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 09/15/10

Tacoma defeated Memphis in Game 1 of the Pacific Coast League championship series at AutoZone Park on Tuesday night, breaking the Redbirds' 10-game PCL playoff winning streak.

Game played Tuesday, September 14.

 

Tacoma 5, Memphis 3

 

With the Rainiers playing as the home team in the first two games of the series at Memphis' AutoZone Park, Tacoma grabbed the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth inning. Justin Smoak's RBI-single put the Rainiers on top and Mike Wilson's sacrifice fly extended the lead to two runs.

 

Memphis starter Evan MacLane departed after 4 1/3 innings, charged with all five runs. Three Redbirds relievers allowed just two baserunners and no runs over the final 3 2/3 innings, but the damage was done.

 

Tacoma's bullpen finished off the victory, spinning three scoreless innings and striking out six. Blake Beavan earned the win allowing three runs, two earned, on eight hits across six innings. Dan Cortes worked a perfect ninth to earn the save.

 

Smoak paced the Tacoma offense driving in three runs, including a two-run homer in the second inning. Greg Halman had three hits and Wilson knocked in two runs. Mark Hamilton and Donovan Solano each had two hits to lead Memphis with Solano driving in two runs.

 

Individual highlights:

Chuckie Fick, Matt Scherer, Rich Rundles: 3 2/3 IP, 1 H, 0 R/ER, 1 BB, 5 K

Mark Hamilton: 2-for-4, 2 K

Donovan Solano: 2-for-4, 2 RBI, K

 

Rough outing:

Evan MacLane: 4 1/3 IP, 8 H, 5 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 K, 2 HR, loss

Jim Rapoport: 1-for-5, 2B

Daniel Descalso: 1-for-4, 2 K

Allen Craig: 0-for-3, BB, 2 K

Joe Mather: 0-for-4, 2 K

Amaury Cazana, Ruben Gotay: 1-for-4, 2B, R, K

Tony Cruz: 1-for-4, R, K

 

Box

 

Game 2 at Memphis Wednesday night

Brandon Dickson (11-8, 3.23) vs. Mauricio Robles (3-1, 3.54)

 

 

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