Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/09/12

Easter Sunday was a light day in the system as only Memphis and Springfield were in action. Their results differed with Memphis losing on the road and Springfield winning at home.

Oklahoma City 8, Memphis 1

The Redbirds (1-3) lost their third game in a row as they were pounded by the RedHawks (Houston) 8-1.

Right-hander Shelby Miller's Triple-A debut was less than auspicious. Miller, the #1 ranked prospect in St. Louis' system, lasted just three innings and gave up four runs, all earned, on seven hits against four strikeouts. He threw 63 total pitches, 42 for strikes and did not walk a batter.

Barrett Browning (two innings), Adam Reifer (one inning) and Maikel Cleto (one inning) allowed neither a hit nor a walk in their appearances. Eduardo Sanchez continued his rocky 2012 start by allowing four runs, earned, on four hits, two walks and a hit batsman in just two-thirds of an inning. R.J. Swindle inherited a bases-loaded situation but managed to escape by retiring the final batter.

Although Memphis managed 10 hits, their only run came in the fourth when first baseman Matt Adams coaxed a one-out walk, advanced to second and then third on back-to-back singles by left fielder Steven Hill and third baseman Zack Cox and scored on a sacrifice fly out to right by shortstop Pete Kozma that caught Hill off second for the inning's final out.

Monday's game: The Redbirds continue their road trip with a four-game set against the New Orleans Zephyrs (Miami), 7:00 pm CT. Nick Additon (0-0) starts.

Springfield 13, Midland 5

Springfield (2-3) opened a three-game home series against the Midland Rockhounds (Oakland) with a convincing 13-5 victory.

Starter Michael Blazek gave up all five of Midland's runs in his four innings on the mound. He allowed eight hits, three walks and hit a batter while striking out one. Kevin Thomas, Eric Fornataro, Sam Freeman and Keith Butler combined to shut down Midland the rest of the way with Thomas being credited with his first win of the season.

Designated hitter Oscar Taveras, our Player of the Day, led the way for Springfield. The 19-year-old was a triple shy of the cycle with three hits in five at bats, including his first Double-A home run. Taveras drove in three and scored twice. Second baseman Kolten Wong continued his torrid hitting by going 2-for-3 with two walks, three runs scored and two driven in. Third baseman Jose Garcia and right fielder Rainel Rosario each had two hits, drove in a run and scored at least one run.

Springfield News-Leader game write-up

Monday's game: vs. Midland, 7:08 pm CT. Southpaw Tyler Lyons (0-0) makes his Double-A debut against former Cardinals farmhand Gary Daley Jr.

Palm Beach – was off Sunday

Monday's game: Palm Beach (1-2) opens a three-game series at home against Bradenton (Pittsburgh). Anthony Ferrara makes his A-Advanced debut.

Quad Cities – was off Sunday

Monday's game: Quad Cities (1-2) goes on a seven-game road trip starting with three games against Peoria (Baby Bears), Sam Gaviglio makes his full-season debut for the River Bandits.

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