Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/14/12

Three of the four minor league squads followed the big club down the losing trail as only Quad Cities won. Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach were all defeated on Friday.

Oklahoma City 11 at Memphis 3

Memphis' home opener was an on-the-field fizzle as they lost their eighth straight, this time to Oklahoma City 11-3.

The Redbirds' bullpen bore the brunt of this loss, turning a 4-2 deficit at the top of the sixth into an 11-3 shellacking. Shelby Miller's second start of the year was better than his first when he lasted only three innings. Miller (L, 0-2) went five innings this time, giving up six hits and two walks that resulted in four runs, earned, with six strikeouts. Three of the four runs allowed came via the long ball, a solo shot in the fourth and a two-run home run in the fifth. He threw 88 pitches, 55 for strikes and left the game down 4-2.

Enter the bullpen. Adam Reifer followed and the score was 7-2 by the time his only inning of work was finished. Reifer gave up three runs, earned, on five hits while not walking a batter. R.J. Swindle pitched a scoreless seventh but that was a brief respite from the RedHawks' offensive onslaught. Maikel Cleto ended any serious chance of a Memphis miracle victory by giving up a grand slam in the eighth. Nick Greenwood tossed a perfect ninth.

Memphis scored first when centerfielder Adron Chambers was plunked to start off the game. Shortstop Ryan Jackson then came to the plate and sent one over the left field wall. Except for first baseman Matt Adams' follow –up single, the Redbirds managed only one more hit (and that by Jackson) until the eighth inning. Jackson's double scored second baseman Pete Kozma for the team's final tally. Jackson had half of Memphis' six hits.

Memphis Redbirds' record doesn't reflect roster (general article from the Commercial-Appeal)

Saturday's game: vs. Oklahoma City 6:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (0-0, 5.40 ERA)

Frisco 8, Springfield 6

Springfield lost the second game of their six-game road trip, falling to Frisco 8-6.

The RoughRiders maximized their nine hits in scoring eight runs. Four of those hits were given up by Cardinals' starter Trevor Rosenthal (L, 0-2) including a two-run blast in the first inning. Two of the four free passes Rosenthal issued also came around to score. Overall, the right-hander lasted just 4 2/3 innings, giving up six runs, all earned, against four strikeouts. Kevin Thomas was unscored upon in his one and one-third inning stint but Scott Schneider gave up two runs in the seventh on a hit batsman, single and triple. All of the damage came with two outs and ended up being the difference in the game.

The Cardinals scored single runs in the third and fifth innings then added two runs apiece in the seventh and eighth. Centerfielder Oscar Taveras singled home shortstop Greg Garcia in the third. Garcia got aboard in the fifth with the second of his four hits on the night with a double. He came around to score again when third baseman Jose Garcia singled him home. Taveras' triple in the seventh plated Jose Garcia (single) and Kolten Wong (fielder's choice). Catcher Nick Derba scored Springfield's fifth run of the game when he came home on a wild pitch in the eighth inning. The Cardinals' final run came when Jose Garcia singled to right which scored Greg Garcia from third.

Greg Garcia was a perfect 4-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored while hitting out of the nine hole. Jose Garcia went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and one driven in from the lead-off slot. Oscar Taveras went 3-for-5 with three runs driven in but also made a throwing error that set up a score for Frisco.

Saturday's game: at Frisco, 7:00 pm CT, Michael Blazek (0-0, 11.25 ERA)

St. Lucie 2 at Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach stranded eight on their way to being shut out by St. Lucie 2-0 at home.

Carlos Martinez (L, 0-1) took the tough-luck loss in an impressive outing. Martinez struck out eight over six frames with just two hits and three walks. The only mark against him came in the third when he gave up both hits, both doubles, that resulted in one tally. Zack Russell pitched the seventh and gave up the Mets' only other run on a lead-off walk, fielder's choice, hit-by-pitch and double. Russell K'd two. Ricky Martinez and Iden Nazario combined to shut down St. Lucie for the final two innings.

The Cardinals' out hit the Mets 7-4 but the hits were scattered. Third baseman Alan Ahmady went 2-for-4 and represented the only Palm Beach player with more than one hit. Ahmady batted in the six slot. Centerfielder Mike O'Neill went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk hitting lead-off. O'Neill had the only extra base hit for the Cardinals.

Saturday's game: vs. St. Lucie, 6:35 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (0-0, 4.50 ERA)

Quad Cities 6 at Cedar Rapids 5

Quad Cities took a 6-2 lead into the seventh and held on to down Cedar Rapids 6-5 on the road. The victory places the River Bandits in a three-way tie for first with Cedar Rapids (LAA) and Burlington (OAK) with a 5-3 record.

Todd McInnis (W, 0-1) gave up three runs, earned, on seven hits and two walks in seven innings. He struck out five. Robert Stock replaced McInnis and allowed two runs, earned, on three hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. Both runs scored in the ninth when Danny Miranda (S, 1) inherited runners on first and second with one-out and gave up back-to-back singles that scored both of Stock's runners. A wild pitch and intentional free pass loaded the bases for Miranda but a swinging strike out and ground out ended the threat.

The River Bandits alternated plating single runs with a crooked number, with single runs scoring in the third and fifth innings and two runs scoring in the fourth and sixth. Catcher Juan Castillo's solo shot in the third got Quad Cities on the board. A lead-off walk to left fielder Anthony Garcia, one-out double by designated hitter Colin Walsh and a two-out single by third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla resulted in the fourth inning scores. Castillo's second solo home run of the game came in the fifth while first baseman David Medina's two-run blast in the sixth plated Quad Cities' final runs. Castillo, our Player of the Day, went 4-for-4.

Saturday's game: at Cedar Rapids, 5:05 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

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