Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/11/12

Once again the system went 2-2 with Double-A Springfield and Class A Quad Cities winning while Triple-A Memphis and A-Advanced Palm Beach lost on Tuesday.

New Orleans 2, Memphis 0

The Redbirds' woes continue as they lost their fifth straight contest, this time 2-0 at New Orleans.

Memphis (1-5) managed to strand 10 Zephyrs runners and gave up just two runs but it was not enough. Brandon Dickson (L, 1-1) went six innings, giving up both runs, earned, on nine hits and a walk while striking out six. Jess Todd struck out three in his two innings of work while allowing two hits. He did not walk a batter.

First baseman Matt Adams and second baseman Eugenio Velez accounted for two-thirds of the Redbirds' six total hits. Both went 2-for-4 but with no results.

Wednesday's game: at New Orleans, 11:30 am CT, Brian Broderick (0-1, 13.50 ERA).

Springfield 5, Midland 2

A 5-2 win at home over Midland ensured Springfield's first series victory of the season.

Starter Scott Gorgen, our Player of the Day, limited the RockHounds to just a single run, earned, on three hits in six innings. He struck out six and did not walk a batter in what turned out to be a no decision in his second start after he missed the 2011 season. Keith Butler (W, 1-0) was not scored upon in securing the win in relief of Gorgen and Sam Freeman (S, 1) picked up the save.

The Cardinals (3-3) did not score until the seventh inning when Midland's starter left the game and their bullpen entered. Springfield capitalized on the free passes given to shortstop Greg Garcia and Xavier Scruggs. They tied the game on centerfielder Adam Melker's liner to left that scored Garcia. Designated hitter Tommy Pham followed Melker and his first hit of the season, another liner to left, scored Scruggs and Melker. Two more runs came across the plate in the eighth when yet another walk to right fielder Rainel Rosario led off the inning. A bunt single by second/third baseman Jose Garcia put two aboard. Both runners advanced on Greg Garcia's sac bunt and scored on left fielder Jake Shaffer's single. Springfield was held to just four hits as was Midland.

Springfield News-Leader article

Wednesday's game: The Cardinals are off, traveling to Frisco, which initiates a six-game road trip.

Bradenton 6 at Palm Beach 2

Palm Beach (2-3) lost its third game of the season, falling to Bradenton 6-2 at home.

Drew Benes (L, 0-1) gave up three runs, earned, on four hits and no walks in 3 2/3 innings. All of the hits allowed were singles but a hit batsman in the third and passed ball in the fourth assisted in making those singles count. Benes struck out six. Iden Nazario replaced Benes and the only hit he allowed in his 2 1/3 innings of work scored the only runner he inherited. Ricky Martinez yielded three runs, earned, on four hits and two walks in 2 1/3 innings. Two of those runs scored with Aidan Lucas on the mound. Lucas inherited a bases-loaded, one out situation and allowed two of the runs to score on a single and ground out.

Both of Palm Beach's runs were plated in the bottom of the first inning when left fielder Mike O'Neill and centerfielder Michael Swinson led off the game with back-to-back singles. Designated hitter Chris Edmondson's double to center with one out scored both runners. That was the end of the timely hitting for the Cardinals, unfortunately, as they stranded seven.

Wednesday's game: Palm Beach looks to take the series vs. Bradenton, 6:35 pm EST. Seth Maness (0-0, 1.29 ERA) is scheduled to face A.J. Burnett, in a rehab start for Pittsburgh.

Quad Cities 7 at Peoria 1

The River Bandits secured their first series win on Tuesday with a 7-1 victory at Peoria.

The home half of the first began rather scarily as the first batter Kyle Hald faced lined a pitch off the starting pitcher's head. The lefty managed to finish the inning but his night was done after giving up Peoria's sole run, unearned, on just the one hit. Three Quad Cities' pitchers combined to shut out the Chiefs for the balance of the game. Willy Paulino (W, 1-1) replaced Hald and gave up just a hit and a walk in three innings. Lefty Danny Miranda faced the minimum in his three innings with three strikeouts and Heath Wyatt pitched the final two innings with only a hit allowed.

The River Bandits got on the scoreboard with two runs in the second when right fielder Roberto Reyes' liner to left scored first baseman David Medina and second baseman Luis Mateo. Medina was on after a throwing error and Mateo reached on the first of his three hits for the evening. Quad Cities stretched its lead with three more runs in the third inning. A one-out walk by designated hitter Colin Walsh was followed by back-to-back singles by third baseman Garrett Wittels and Medina. Walsh scored on Medina's single and Wittels scored on a double by Mateo. The game was iced with two more runs in the ninth. Mateo had Quad Cities' big bat for the game, going 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs scored and another driven in. No other River Bandits player had more than one hit.

Wednesday's game: Quad Cities goes for the sweep at Peoria, 6:30 pm CT. Dail Villanueva (0-0, 0.00) starts.

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