Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/19/12

In a light night for minor league action, both Memphis and Quad Cities won home games Wednesday.

Memphis 7, New Orleans 5

Memphis made the most of an early outburst as they held on to down New Orleans 7-5. The team's record went to 4-10 with the win, six games behind Omaha (KC) and ½ game behind third place Nashville (MIL).

The Redbirds struck with five runs in the first. Center fielder Skip Schumaker led off with the first of his two hits for the evening. He advanced a base on a single by shortstop Ryan Jackson and moved to third on a balk. Second baseman Eugenio Velez' single plus a throwing error on a fielder's choice by left fielder Amaury Cazana plated Jackson for the second run. Two more runs scored on third baseman Zack Cox' first double of the season. The inning's final run was forced on back-to-back walks, the first intentional and the second to pitcher Shelby Miller.

Memphis' big bat, first baseman Matt Adams, got into the action with a one-out double to right. Catcher Bryan Anderson was issued a free pass with two outs and Cazana, our Player of the Day, doubled to left to plate both runners. The Zephyrs scored single runs in the fourth and sixth through ninth innings to eat into the Redbirds' 7-0 lead. But when the dust settled, Memphis had won for the third time in the last four games.

St. Louis' #1 prospect, Shelby Miller, had his best outing so far this year. Miller (W, 1-2) gave up five hits and four walks in five frames while striking out nine. Miller had four ground outs versus two fly outs. The only tally against him came on a long ball that led off the fourth. He also hit a batter. Nick Greenwood allowed two runs on four hits and a walk in two innings. This is only the second time Greenwood has been scored upon in six appearances.

R.J. Swindle began the eighth but managed to retire only one batter while coughing up a solo shot then gave up a one-out single. That hit ended his night but Chuckie Fick erased the runner and finished the ending with a double play ball. Eduardo Sanchez' ninth inning was marred when he hit the batter with two outs. The runner went to second on defensive indifference and scored on a double, the only hit Sanchez allowed. Sanchez picked up his third save of the year.

Thursday's game: vs. New Orleans (game three of four), 11:05 am CT, Nick Additon (0-0, 3.60)

Springfield was off Wednesday

Thursday's game: Starting a four-game home stand spent entirely against division-leading Tulsa (COL), 7:08 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (0-2, 7.27)

Palm Beach was off Wednesday

Thursday's game: at St. Lucie (NYM), 6:30 pm ET, Richard Castillo (1-1, 1.54)

Quad Cities 5, Clinton 4 (10 innings)

In a night that saw two Quad Cities' leads disappear, the River Bandits kept battling to down Clinton 5-4 in 10 innings. Quad Cities (9-4) has their first sweep of the season and extended their division lead to two games over Beloit (MIN).

Hector Hernandez shut down the LumberKings through six on three hits and two walks but could not escape the seventh unscathed. He started the seventh with a 2-0 lead but that was cut in half by a lead-off home run. Hernandez then sandwiched two walks around a sacrifice bunt and his night was done. Ethan Cole followed and did not give up a hit. A run scored, however, on a ground out that advanced the runner to third which was followed by a wild pitch. The game was tied. Cole tossed a scoreless eighth, including two strikeouts.

Heath Wyatt took the mound for the ninth and the inning quickly turned into a mess. A lead-off single was followed by a plunked batter. Both runners advanced on a balk call. Wyatt got the next batter on a ground out which could not more the runners further. An intentional free pass was issued to set up either a force or double play. Wyatt struck out the next batter but just when it looked like he might escape the inning, a fielding error by second baseman Luis Mateo plated two runs. Wyatt ended the inning without further damage but Clinton had a 4-3 lead. Danny Miranda pitched the tenth for his first win of the season.

Quad Cities took their first lead by plating single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Left fielder Anthony Garcia doubled to open the fifth and came around to score on a double play. Third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla sent one over the left field wall for his first bomb of the year in the sixth. The River Bandits re-took the lead in the eighth when designated hitter Colin Walsh was plunked with one out. He advanced a base on a free pass to first baseman David Medina and scored on a two-out single by Anthony Garcia.

Down 4-3 going into the bottom of the ninth Mateo partially atoned for his big error by singling to left to open the frame. He advanced to second on a ground out that notched the inning's second out. Catcher Juan Castillo's first hit of the night was huge as his double plated Mateo to send the game into extras. The game-winning run came across in the 10th without a hit. Rahmatulla walked to start the inning and advanced on a passed ball. Right fielder Roberto Reyes was put aboard intentionally but Clinton's pitcher could not find the strike zone. Back-to-back walks to Mateo and center fielder Nick Martini followed and Rahmatulla walked home from third.

Thursday's game: Quad Cities begins a six-game road trip with three against Dayton (CIN), 7:00 pm ET, Todd McInnis (1-0, 3.75 ERA)

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