Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 4/22/12

It looked like it was going to be a rough Saturday for the St. Louis Cardinals farmhands before the Redbirds of Memphis pulled off a superb offensive outburst to capture the affiliates' only win in five tries.

Memphis 12 at Iowa 7

Down 5-2 going into the top of the eighth, the Redbirds exploded for nine runs in the inning and held on for a 12-7 victory. Adron Chambers and Eugenio Velez both homered during the outburst that included 12 batters. Velez collected three hits including two doubles to go along with his long ball. Jermaine Curtis went 3-3 after coming off the bench.

Starter Brandon Dickson was roughed up for five runs and lasted only four innings. R.J. Swindle took the victory after spinning two shutout innings of relief.

Sunday's game: at Iowa, Brian Broderick

Tulsa 3 at Springfield 2

Springfield held a 2-0 lead going into the top of the seventh but Tulsa rallied for the win. Xavier Scruggs, our Player of the Day, was the offense for the Cardinals. The first baseman accounted for both runs with two solo shots. Jake Shaffer added two hits as well.

Tyler Lyons struck out six in six shutout innings but did not factor in the decision. Eric Fornataro was charged with the loss after allowing a run in his only inning of work.

Sunday's game: vs. Tulsa, Scott Gorgen

St. Lucie 9, Palm Beach 7 (completion of Friday's suspended game)

The Cardinals rallied in the ninth but fell short to the Mets. Starlin Rodriguez led the offense with three hits, an RBI, and two runs scored. Rodriguez is hitting .313 on the young season. Packy Elkins added three hits as well. Ronny Gil, Chris Edmondson, and Luis De La Cruz all had a pair of hits.

In his first rehab assignment, Allen Craig hit a solo shot and walked in three at bats while serving as the designated hitter.

Carlos Martinez struck out one in his only inning of work, logged before rain suspended the game on Friday night. Ricky Martinez was tagged with the loss after allowing five runs on six hits in only two innings of relief.

St. Lucie 6, Palm Beach 1 (seven inning regularly-scheduled game)

The home Mets scored three runs in both the second and fifth innings en route to a win in the seven-inning regularly-scheduled contest. Starter Chris Corrigan lasted just two innings, contributing to his problems with a wild pitch and a hit batter.

The final three Mets runs were charged to reliever Aidan Lucas, though only one was earned.

In both Mets scoring innings, Ronny Gil committed throwing errors. The shortstop already has a whopping ten errors in 12 games and is batting just .205.

Vance Albitz and Geoff Klein had two hits each in the losing effort. Craig did not play in this game.

Sunday's game: vs. Charlotte, Anthony Ferrara

Dayton 5, Quad Cities 1

Sam Gaviglio was tagged with his first loss of the season. The right-hander was charged with four runs, three earned, on six hits in six innings of work. Former backstop Robert Stock allowed an unearned run in his two innings of relief. Stock did finish with four strikeouts.

David Medina and Adam Lewis checked in with two hits apiece. Medina accounted for the River Bandits' only run with a solo shot in the sixth innings. The blast was his third of the season.

Sunday's game: at Bowling Green, Dail Villanueva



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