Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/12/12

The minor league teams went 1-2 on Wednesday as Palm Beach won and both Memphis and Quad Cities lost. Springfield had the night off while traveling to Frisco to open a Texas road trip.

New Orleans 2, Memphis 0

Memphis' losing streak climbed to six and their record fell to 1-6 as they were downed by New Orleans 2-0 on the road.

A second inning wild pitch came back to haunt starter Brian Broderick (L, 0-2) as it moved two runners into scoring position. One single later and the score was 2-0 and that was all it took. Broderick gave up six hits and three walks in five innings while striking out two.

Barrett Browning tossed two scoreless frames of relief with a hit, a walk and four strikeouts. Eduardo Sanchez' eighth inning performance was very encouraging as he struck out the side, all swinging, on 13 pitches. Sanchez' previous two outings against Oklahoma City included five walks in 1 2/3 innings and can best be described as lousy.

The Redbirds were shut out for the second consecutive game and have not scored in over 26 innings. They stranded 11 base runners and were 0-for-7 with runners in scoring position on Wednesday. Right fielder Eugenio Velez had two of Memphis' five hits and first baseman Matt Adams' double was the only hit for extra bases.

Thursday's game: at first-place New Orleans (Miami), 7:00 pm CT, Joe Kelly (0-1, 2.25 ERA)

Springfield – was off Wednesday

Thursday's game: at first-place Frisco (Texas), 7:00 pm CT, John Gast (1-0, 1.29 ERA)

Palm Beach 10, Bradenton 4

A big inning against a rehabbing major leaguer was the difference in the game as Palm Beach took the rubber game of the series with Bradenton 10-4. The Cardinals evened their record to 3-3 with the home victory.

Palm Beach broke open a scoreless game with a nine-run second inning. It began with three straight hits: doubles by left fielder Chris Edmondson and third baseman Alan Ahmady sandwiched a single by first baseman Jonathan Rodriguez with Edmondson crossing the plate on Ahmady's hit. Catcher Geoff Klein reached on a strikeout/wild pitch combo by A.J. Burnett that plated Rodriguez. Then a double/single/groundout troika by second baseman Packy Elkins, shortstop Vance Albitz and right fielder Michael Swinson resulted in three more runs.

A hit batsman and a walk ended Burnett's night, but not the scoring against him, as two more runs crossed the plate on a throwing error and Ahmady's second double of the inning. Albitz singled in Klein in the seventh for Palm Beach's final tally. Ahmady swung the team's big bat, going 2-for-5 with two doubles, three runs driven in and a run scored.

Starter and our Player of the Day Seth Maness scattered six hits over seven shutout innings for his first win of the year. He struck out four and did not walk a batter while inducing 11 ground outs against two fly outs. Chris Corrigan followed Maness but left without facing a batter. He was replaced by Zack Russell, who in 2/3 of an inning allowed four runs, earned, on two hits, three walks and a key wild pitch that put a runner aboard who had struck out. Aidan Lucas came in with the bases loaded and forced in a run with a free pass before settling down to retire the final four batters of the game.

Thursday's game: vs. first-place St. Lucie (NYM), 6:35 pm EST, Carlos Martinez (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Peoria 5, Quad Cities 3

Quad Cities failed in its bid for a sweep at Peoria, falling to the Chiefs 5-3.

Southpaw Dail Villanueva's first full-season start after spending 2011 with the GCL Cardinals lasted only 3 1/3 innings. The 22-year-old gave up five runs, four earned, on six hits and three walks. He hit a batter and threw a wild pitch as well. Ethan Cole worked around four hits and a walk in his 3 2/3 innings of work. Logan Billbrough struck out the side, two swinging and one called, in his only frame.

All three of the River Bandits' runs scored in the first inning. Three straight singles by shortstop Matt Williams, centerfielder Nick Martini and right fielder Roberto Reyes loaded the bases at the game's start and David Medina's double to left with one out cleared them. Chiefs' pitching then retired 10 straight River Bandits before third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla walked with two out in the fourth inning. Martini's double to right with two outs in the fifth resulted in Quad Cities' only other base runner for the rest of the game.

Thursday's game: at first-place Cedar Rapids (LAA), 6:35 pm CT, Hector Hernandez (1-0, 0.00 ERA)



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