Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/21/12

Mother Nature played havoc with Friday night's games with only two completions among the four scheduled games. Springfield won, Quad Cities lost while Memphis and Palm Beach did not get their games in due to weather.

Memphis vs. New Orleans – postponed due to rain

It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader on June 15 with first pitch of game 1 slated for 5:00 p.m.

Saturday's game: Memphis goes to Iowa (CHC) for four games, 7:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (1-1, 2.60 ERA)

Springfield 3, Tulsa 1

Springfield downed Tulsa (COL) 3-1 on a chilly Friday evening in the Show Me state. It was the Cardinals' fourth consecutive victory and moved them to just one game behind Tulsa with an 8-6 record.

Michael Blazek kept the Drillers off the board but was not efficient in doing so. The right-hander departed after four innings when he reached his pitch count of 90, per the News-Leader. The 23-year-old gave up two hits and three walks while striking out five. Springfield's bullpen then went to work. Jesse Simpson (W, 1-0) and Keith Butler combined for 3 1/3 shutout innings. Sam Freeman allowed Tulsa's sole run in his only inning and Jorge Rondon (S, 3) retired the game's final two batters.

The Texas League's highest-scoring offense managed three runs in this contest, led by right fielder Oscar Taveras, our Player of the Day. Taveras was responsible for two of the Cardinals' three runs as he singled in a run in the first and hit a solo blast in the third. That was the 19-year-old's third home run of the season and raises his offensive line to .351/.362/.667/1.029 in 57 at bats. Springfield's final run came in the sixth on a lead-off triple by center fielder Adam Melker and sacrifice fly by catcher Audry Perez.

All eyes on Cards' Rosario (4/18/12 article from the News Leader)

Saturday's game: vs. Tulsa (game three of four), 2:08 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-2, 5.68 ERA)

Palm Beach at St. Lucie - suspended

Palm Beach took an early 2-0 lead over St. Lucie through one inning before the game was suspended due to weather. Carlos Martinez tossed a perfect inning with a strike out in his part of the frame.

The suspended game is scheduled to be completed Saturday afternoon before the scheduled contest. Action will resume at 4 p.m. ET and game two will begin approximately 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first. How the Cardinals deploy their pitching is TBA.

Saturday's regularly-scheduled game: at St. Lucie (NYM), 6:30 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (0-0, 3.86 ERA)

Dayton 12, Quad Cities 7

Quad Cities saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 12-7 defeat at the hands of Dayton (CIN). The River Bandits fell to 10-5 overall but remain in first place by a game.

The road contest included an almost two-hour rain delay and a five-run fourth by the Dragons which chased starter Kyle Hald. Hald (L, 0-2) had pitched well in his most recent outing since being beaned on a comebacker on April 10th but that was not the case on Friday. The southpaw was chased after 3 2/3 innings with nine runs across, eight earned, on 10 hits including a three-run home run. He walked two batters. Robert Stock, Willy Paulino and Heath Wyatt combined to pitch the final 4 1/3 frames with Paulino allowing Dayton's final three runs.

The River Bandits battled back from a 10-2 deficit with three runs in the seventh and two more in the eighth but were unable to overcome their foes. Shortstop Matt Williams drove in two runs and joined first baseman David Medina, second baseman Luis Mateo and catcher Jesus Montero with two hits each on the night.

Saturday's game: at Dayton (game three of three), 6:00 pm EST, Sam Gaviglio (1-0, 2.53 ERA)

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