Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/25/12

Memphis was the system's sole winner on Tuesday as Springfield, Palm Beach and Quad Cities all lost.

Memphis 4 at Iowa 0

Five Memphis pitchers combined prevented the big hit as the Redbirds shut out the Cubs 4-0. The victory gave Memphis the series win 3-1 and moved their overall record to 7-12.

Shelby Miller (W, 2-2) threw five innings of five-hit ball while striking out six and walking two. He threw 91 pitches, 60 for strikes, and is our Player of the Day. Maikel Cleto, Barret Browning, Chuckie Fick and Nick Greenwood each tossed a scoreless frame with a combined two hits and two walks. Overall, 11 Iowa base runners were stranded and they were held to 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position.

The Redbirds' offense scored two in the fifth and added two more in the ninth for the win. Centerfielder Adron Chambers' soft liner to left plated Eugenio Velez and Chris Swauger after the latter two reached on a lead-off walk and fielding error, respectively. Chambers walked with two out in the ninth and came around to score on a double by shortstop Ryan Jackson. Catcher Bryan Anderson brought Jackson home with his own double. Jackson went 2-for-4 with two doubles as did third baseman Zack Cox.

Wednesday's game: off – On Thursday, Memphis begins as eight-game homestand with four against first-place Omaha (KC)

NW Arkansas 7, Springfield 6 (13)

Springfield was unable to hold leads of 4-0 and 6-2 as they fell on the road to NW Arkansas 7-6 in 13 innings. It is the S-Cards' fourth loss in a row while their record falls to 8-10.

Trevor Rosenthal shut down the Naturals on three hits and a walk for five innings before getting into sixth-inning trouble. The right-hander retired the first batter before issuing a double and a single that plated NW Arkansas' first run. A free pass put runners on first and second but Rosenthal bore down to strike out the next batter on a foul tip. Consecutive errors on catcher Nick Derba (throwing on a pickoff attempt and a passed ball) resulted in another run, this one unearned. Jesse Simpson entered to get the final out of the inning and stranded two runners.

Eric Fornataro's 2/3 inning appearance in the bottom of the seventh was fairly ugly as he allowed the Naturals to score four runs to tie up the game. Three of the runs were earned and all came about due to five hits given up. Kevin Thomas and Jorge Rondon each pitched 2/3 of an inning of scoreless ball while Scott Schneider held the Naturals hitless for 3 1/3 innings. Sam Freeman (L, 0-2) took the loss when he gave up two singles in the 13th that scored the winning run.

Springfield scored three in the first and one in the third to take a 4-0 lead into the sixth. Two runs by NW Arkansas halved that lead but the S-Cards got it back with two in the seventh. The Naturals tied it up with four in the bottom of that frame. Second baseman Kolten Wong had two hits including his second home run of the season. He scored three times, drove in a run and walked once. No other Springfield player either scored more than a run or drove in more than one.

Wednesday's game: at NW Arkansas (game three of four), 11:00 am CT, Michael Blazek (0-1, 8.03 ERA)

Charlotte 6 at Palm Beach 4

Palm Beach entered the top of the ninth leading 4-3 but was unable to hang on, losing to Charlotte 6-4 in regulation. The Cardinals' record goes to 6-12 with the loss and they have a firm hold on last place in their division.

A night after Chase Reid took the loss when he allowed ninth-inning runs, Ricky Martinez did the same on Tuesday. Martinez (L, 0-2) gave up three runs, earned, on a lead-off single, triple, intentional walk, sacrifice fly and single. That wasted a fine start by Carlos Martinez that saw him strike out seven in six innings while giving up just one run, earned, on five hits and two walks. The run came across in the second on a lead-off double and one-out single. Aiden Lucas yielded two runs, earned, on four hits and two walks in his two innings of work.

The Stone Crabs took a 1-0 lead in the second which they held until the Cardinals tied it up in the fifth. Charlotte re-captured the lead with two in the seventh but Palm Beach battled back in the bottom of the inning to take a 4-3 lead with three runs of their own. The offensive damage on both sides came against each team's bullpen as both starters allowed just one run in six innings.

Palm Beach managed just five hits on the game but took advantage of free passes issued as three of the four runs scored came via the walk. Second baseman Packy Elkins twice scored after getting aboard due to a walk. Jonathan Rodriguez, Nick Longmire and Luis De La Cruz each drove in a run. Designated hitter Allen Craig went 0-for-4.

Wednesday's game: Palm Beach begins a six-game road trip, starting with Fort Myers (MIN), 7:05 pm EST, Seth Maness (2-0, 0.90 ERA)

Bowling Green 3, Quad Cities 2

Quad Cities battled back from a 3-0 deficit but fell just short, losing to Bowling Green 3-2. The River Bandits finished the road trip by going 2-4 and losing both series. Overall, Quad Cities remains in first place with a record of 11-8.

Hector Hernandez (L, 1-1) gave up single runs in the first, third and fourth innings but the damage might have been much worse. The southpaw allowed 10 hits and a walk in just five innings. Willy Paulino and Heath Wyatt shut down the Hot Rods over the final three innings on a hit and two walks.

The River Bandits' runs came in the sixth and ninth. Second baseman Luis Mateo's first home run of the year in the sixth cut the lead to 3-1 and Colin Walsh's fifth slam to date brought Quad Cities to within a run in the ninth. A two-out walk to catcher Juan Castillo put the tying run aboard but the threat was quashed when Anthony Garcia struck out to end the game.

Wednesday's game: off - Quad Cities begins a six-game home stand on Thursday with three against West Michigan (DET).

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