Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/17/12

The Cardinals system went 3-1 on Monday as Memphis, Springfield and Quad Cities all won. Palm Beach was shut out by the opposition.

Memphis 2, Oklahoma City 0

Memphis won their second consecutive game, shutting out Oklahoma City 2-0. The win moves their record to 3-9 and gives them a split of their four-game home series against the RedHawks.

Five Redbirds' pitchers combined to toss the shutout and it began with starter Brian Broderick, our Player of the Day. Broderick's (W, 1-2) magic number was six as he scattered six hits over six innings with six strikeouts. Nick Greenwood and Maikel Cleto followed with identical perfect innings comprised of two strikeouts followed by a fly out. R.J. Swindle retired the only batter he faced to initiate the ninth in a lefty vs. lefty match up. Chuckie Fick (S, 1) retired the final two batters for the save. Impressively, the Memphis staff did not issue a free pass the entire game.

Memphis scored a run in the first when rehabbing St. Louis Cardinal Skip Schumaker hit a one-out single. He advanced to third on a single up the middle by first baseman Matt Adams and came home on back-to-back walks that forced him in. Third baseman Zack Cox' first home run of the year led off the sixth inning and that was all she wrote for the offense. But it was enough. Schumaker went 1-for-4 in his second rehab outing. Adams went 3-for-4 and left fielder Amaury Cazana went 2-for-4 as the only Redbirds' players with multi-hit games.

Tuesday's game: Memphis begins a four-game set vs. first-place (American South) New Orleans (MIA), 7:05 pm CT, Joe Kelly (0-1, 2.45 ERA)

Springfield 5 at Midland 3

Springfield took the second game of their road series against Midland, downing the RockHounds 5-3. The Cardinals raised their record to 5-6, good for a second place standing, three games out, in the Texas League North Division.

Scott Gorgen started, going five innings while allowing two runs, both earned, on four hits, three walks with four strikeouts. He left down 2-0. Eric Fornataro added two frames to his scoreless streak that has now reached eight innings over six appearances. Fornataro (W, 1-0) gave up just one hit, did not walk a batter and had one strikeout. Sam Freeman tossed a scoreless eighth with just a hit given up. Jorge Rondon loaded the bases in the ninth on a hit batsman, single, balk, walk sequence that ended his night without a batter retired. Keith Butler (S, 1) struck out the first two batters he faced before a single plated the runner from third for the game's final tally.

The Cardinals opened the sixth inning down 2-0 but tied it up on left fielder Adam Melker's two-run single that plated centerfielder Oscar Taveras and designated hitter Tommy Pham. That chased Midland's starter from the game. The tie was broken with two more runs in the seventh on a ground out that scored catcher Nick Derba and a two-out triple by Taveras that drove in third baseman Jose Garcia. Springfield's final tally came in the eighth when Derba singled home Pham.

Tuesday's game: at second-place (South) Midland, 6:30 pm CT, John Gast (2-0, 1.29 ERA)

Bradenton 3, Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach lost their fourth straight as they were shut out on the road at Bradenton 3-0. The Cardinals' record fell to 4-7, and with the loss they now have sole possession of fifth place in the South Division.

Drew Benes (L, 0-2) gave up all three of Bradenton's runs in his fifth and final inning of work. That inning saw him give up four of his five hits allowed, including three triples and a single. Benes did not walk a batter and struck out four. Iden Nazario and Ricky Martinez combined to shut down the Marauders the rest of the way.

The Cardinals matched Bradenton's seven-hit performance but not their results. Palm Beach went 1-for-6 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine. Left fielder Mike O'Neill had three of the Cardinals' hits, batting out of the lead off slot. He was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Tuesday's game: at fourth-place (South) Bradenton, 6:30 pm EST, Seth Maness (1-0, 0.64 ERA)

Quad Cities 6, Clinton 3

Monday was a battle between first- and last-place teams with Quad Cities prevailing over their division rival Clinton 6-3. The River Bandits' 7-4 mark puts them in sole possession of the Eastern Division lead.

Quad Cities used a big five-run second to take command of the game. Key hits were first baseman David Medina's second home run of the year that led off the inning and a bases-clearing triple by shortstop Matt Williams that plated three. Centerfielder Nick Martini's sacrifice fly brought Williams home. Martini walked to open the seventh and came around to score on a two-out single by Medina. Williams went 2-for-4 with a double and a triple while Medina went 2-for-3 with a solo shot, a walk and two driven in.

Starter Dail Villanueva picked up his first full-season win to even his record to 1-1. Villanueva allowed three runs, earned on seven hits in six frames. He struck out six. Brandon Creath struck out four against one hit in his 2 1/3 innings. Danny Miranda struck out one of the two batters he retired. Quad Cities matched their Triple-A counterparts by not walking a single LumberKings batter.

Tuesday's game: vs. Clinton, 7:00 pm CT, Tyrell Jenkins (0-1, 6.75 ERA) takes the mound for the first time since opening night, April 5th.

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