Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/20/12

In 2-2 Thursday in minor league action, Springfield and Quad Cities collected victories. Trevor Rosenthal and Richard Castillo made strong starts.

New Orleans 3 at Memphis 2

New Orleans used the long ball to defeat Memphis 3-2 Thursday afternoon at AutoZone Park. The Redbirds dropped to 4-11 on the season, seven games out of first.

The Zephyrs launched three solo home runs in their victory, all against Redbirds starter Nick Additon. With the visitors up 3-0 in the seventh, Memphis was finally able to score as Mitch Canham came home on Pete Kozma's single. Amaury Cazana then plated Kozma on an RBI-single to left field. The shortstop led the Redbirds going 2-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored.

Additon took the loss, his first on the season, after surrendering the three runs on seven hits over 6 2/3 innings. The lefty walked one and struck out seven. Maikel Cleto, Barret Browning and Adam Reifer combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief to keep the game close.

In what is expected to have been his final rehab outing, St. Louis Cardinal Skip Schumaker batted second and played second base. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout. He finished his Memphis stint 3-for-13 (.231), all singles, with two walks.

Friday's game: vs. New Orleans, 7:05 am CT, Brandon Dickson (1-1, 2.60)

Springfield 6, Tulsa 0

The Cardinals returned home to Hammons Field to open up divisional play against the Tulsa Drillers. With the win, Springfield's winning streak extended to three games. The 7-6 Cardinals also closed Tulsa's division lead to two games.

Player of the Day Trevor Rosenthal took the hill and pitched his best game to date in 2012. The right hander scattered just three hits and struck out six over six shutout innings.

The Cardinals jumped out in front in the home half of the first as Kolten Wong singled, stole second and scored on an RBI double by Xavier Scruggs. Springfield added another run in the second as Greg Garcia and Rosenthal worked walks before Jose Garcia singled to increase the lead to 2-0.

In the fourth, Tommy Pham led off with a single and Greg Garcia followed by hitting his first Double-A home run to right center to put the Redbirds in front 4-0. However, Pham reinjured his shoulder and had to leave the game.

Springfield added its final two runs in the seventh on a Jake Shaffer RBI single and a double play ball that allowed a run to score.

That was more than enough as Eric Fornataro and Justin Wright pitched the final three innings, allowing just two hits, to complete the S-Cards' first shutout of the year.

Friday's game: vs. Tulsa, 7:08 pm CT, Michael Blazek (0-1, 11.88)

St. Lucie 1, Palm Beach 0 (seven innings)

Each team managed just five hits, but the home Mets pushed home a single tally in the fifth to win the game shortened to seven innings by rain. Palm Beach fell to 6-8 on the season, with four of the losses via shutouts.

Richard Castillo was once again the hard-luck loser. He pitched six innings, yielding one unearned run on five hits. In three starts, Castillo has allowed just one earned run, but his record is 1-2.

The winning run reached base on a two-base throwing error by shortstop Ronny Gil. It was Gil's Florida State League-leading eighth miscue of the year. The runner came around to score on a pair of ground outs.

The Cardinals had their final chance to even the tally just before the game was halted after Alan Ahmady led off the top of the seventh with a double. The Cards also had two runners on base in the fifth. Gil was thrown out at the plate back in the first after doubling.

Friday's game: at St. Lucie, 6:30 pm ET, Carlos Martinez (0-1, 2.70)

Quad Cities 5 at Dayton 4 (13 innings)

The River Bandits crafted their second consecutive extra-innings win as they rallied from a 4-0, sixth-inning deficit to defeat the Dayton Dragons 5-4 in 13 innings Thursday night.

With two outs in the top of the 13th inning of a 4-4 tie, first baseman David Medina singled to left field for his third hit in four at-bats. Designated hitter Garrett Wittels hit a short popup between home plate and third base that was misplayed by the pitcher. Dayton's catcher threw the ball past third to the left fielder, who then overthrew home plate as Medina scored what became the winning run.

Ethan Cole secured the save for what is the fifth straight win for the River Bandits (10-4), who maintained their two-game lead.

The Dragons got out on top, scoring three runs in the second against starter Todd McInnis. Dayton added another run in the fifth against McInnis, who completed six innings. The right-hander allowed nine hits and three earned runs, and struck out three batters.

The River Bandits were held hitless the first four innings. Quad Cities scored its first run in the sixth, when catcher Juan Castillo and left fielder Colin Walsh hit back-to-back two-out doubles. In the seventh, River Bandits right fielder Roberto Reyes closed the gap to 4-3 on his first home run of the season.

In the eighth inning, Castillo drew a walk and advanced to second on a groundout by Walsh. First baseman Jeremy Patton then picked up his first RBI of the season with a single to centerfield that tied it at 4-4 and set up the extra-innings excitement. .

Left-hander Danny Miranda (2-0) won for the second straight night after going three innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out four batters.

Friday's game: at Dayton, 7:00 pm ET, Kyle Hald (0-0, 3.00 ERA)

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