Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/24/12

St. Louis' minor league teams went 2-2 on Monday as Memphis and Quad Cities both won. Springfield was shut out and Palm Beach lost late.

Memphis 6 at Iowa 2

Memphis' bats woke up on Monday afternoon as they defeated Iowa 6-2 in a 13-hit attack. It was the Redbirds' second win in the four-game series and their record rises to 6-12 as a result.

Memphis scored early and often with a run in the first, three more in the second and solo tallies in both the fourth and seventh. Shortstop Ryan Jackson, our Player of the Day, led the attack with four hits in five at bats, including a double. The 23-year-old drove in two and scored another. First baseman Chris Swauger, substituting for the injured Matt Adams, scored twice and drove in a run with two hits and a walk. Adron Chambers, Zack Cox and Pete Kozma each crossed the plate with the latter driving in another run. Amaury Cazana plated the game's first run with his only hit.

Joe Kelly (W, 1-1) picked up his first Triple-A victory by scattering seven hits and a walk over six innings. Both runs charged to him came in his final inning of work. Adam Reifer, Chuckie Fick and Jess Todd each tossed a scoreless frame to finish out the win.

Tuesday's game: Memphis goes for the road series win in game four vs. Iowa, 12:05 pm CT, Shelby Miller (1-2, 6.23 ERA)

NW Arkansas 5, Springfield 0

Springfield lost their third consecutive game. They managed just four hits while being shut out by NW Arkansas 5-0. The Cardinals' fell to 8-9 overall as they begin an eight-game road trip.

John Gast (L, 3-1) was the tough-luck loser, allowing two runs, earned, on eight hits and two walks in six innings. Both scores came in the third inning. Gast struck out five and threw 89 pitches, 60 for strikes. He also hit a batter. Southpaw Justin Wright struck out two in a perfect seventh but Keith Butler gave up three runs, earned, on four hits including a solo shot in the eighth.

The Cardinals' offense was almost entirely dormant in being shut out by top prospect Jake Odorizzi of the Naturals and reliever Patrick Keating. The S-Cards had just four hits and two walks for the game. Designated hitter Oscar Taveras and catcher Audry Perez each doubled.

Tuesday's game: at NW Arkansas, 7:00 pm CT, Trevor Rosenthal (1-2, 4.30 ERA)

Charlotte 8 at Palm Beach 6

In a game that saw Palm Beach unable to hold two slight leads then battle back to erase a deficit, the Cardinals eventually fell to the visiting Stone Crabs 8-6. Their record slips to 8-11, last place in the North Division.

It was a night in which each of the three Cardinals hurlers allowed at least two runs and it began with the starter, Drew Benes. The right-hander gave up four runs, earned, on six hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Two of those runs crossed with Dean Kiekhefer on the mound when the pitcher gave up a three-run slam upon entering the game. He was charged with another run that inning as well and went 1 2/3 innings in all. A walk and a bunt came around to score against Chase Reid in the ninth which turned out to be the decisive scores. That was Reid's (L, 1-2) second inning of work.

Charlotte struck first with a run in the top of the second but Palm Beach scored a tally in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up at one all. The Cardinals and Stone Crabs took turns scoring single runs in the bottom of the third and both halves of the fourth for scores of 2-1, 2-2 and 3-2 with both leads being in Palm Beach's favor. Charlotte scored four in the sixth for a 6-3 advantage but Palm Beach plated three in the eighth for the game's third tie. The Stone Crabs' two-run ninth inning gave Charlotte the victory.

Third baseman Packy Elkins and shortstop Ronny Gil each scored on a home run and drove in another. Centerfielder Michael Swinson had his first two hits since being activated off the disabled list on the 21st. Swinson scored a run and drew a walk as well, batting leadoff. Designated hitter Allen Craig had three hits in four at bats with a strikeout in the second game of his rehab assignment.

Tuesday's game: Palm Beach goes for the series' victory vs. Charlotte, 6:35 pm EST, Carlos Martinez (0-1, 2.45 ERA)

Quad Cities 10 at Bowling Green 2

Quad Cities snapped a three-game losing streak on their way to a 10-2 stomping of their hosts, Bowling Green. That raises the River Bandits' record to 11-7, in first place.

Tyrell Jenkins (W, 1-1) notched his first full-season victory by tossing six frames of five-hit ball. The only blemish came on a two-run blast in the second inning. Jenkins struck out two and did not walk a batter. Kevin Jacob pitched a scoreless seventh and eighth while Ethan Cole tossed a perfect ninth. Cole has now allowed just one earned run this season, covering 13 1/3 innings over seven appearances. He has an 11.5:1 GO/AO ratio.

The River Bandits plated single runs in the first and second and scored two runs apiece in the third and fourth. The game was left in no doubt with a four-run sixth. Second baseman Colin Walsh drove in three while third baseman Jeremy Patton and catcher Jesus Montero drove in two. Both Walsh and Montero had solo shots in the fourth inning. Walsh scored three times, Montero and centerfielder Nick Martini scored twice.

Tuesday's game: Quad Cities tries for the rubber game of the series at Bowling Green, 10:35 am CT, Hector Hernandez (1-0, 1.04 ERA)

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