Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/26/12

Only two Cardinals farm teams were in action on Wednesday. Palm Beach combined excellent pitching and hitting for a win while Springfield fell for the fifth straight time.

Memphis - off

Thursday's game: The Redbirds begin an eight-game homestand with the first of four against first-place Omaha (KC), 7:05 pm CT, Nick Additon (0-1, 3.78 ERA)

NW Arkansas 10, Springfield 6

A big inning was once again their undoing as Springfield was downed on the road by NW Arkansas 10-6. It was the S-Cards' fifth consecutive loss as they are now tied with their hosts for the bottom of the North Division with an 8-11 record.

Michael Blazek took a 3-2 lead into the fourth but was unable to maintain it. Five of Blazek's eight total hits allowed came in the fourth, including two doubles and two home runs. That resulted in a seven-run inning and signaled the end of the night for Blazek (L, 0-2). He allowed nine runs in all, earned, with four walks and two strikeouts. Justin Wright gave up a solo shot in the second of his two innings of work while Keith Butler was not scored upon in his two frames.

Springfield plated single runs in the first, sixth, seventh and eighth and they added two in the third. Four of the six runs came via three long balls with left fielder Kyle Conley smashing two. Oscar Taveras hit one out with a runner on, one of his two hits on the evening. Designated hitter Jake Shaffer's three hits drove in two runs as well. Second baseman Jose Garcia scored twice.

Thursday's game: at NW Arkansas (KC), 7:00 pm CT, Tyler Lyons (0-2, 2.92 ERA)

Palm Beach 6 at Fort Myers 2

Palm Beach rode a superb pitching performance and a big inning with the bat to a 6-2 downing of host Fort Myers. The win brings the Cardinals to within a game of Fort Myers in the standings with a 7-12 record.

Seth Maness (W, 3-0) dominated the Miracle with only three singles and no free passes issued. The only tally charged to Maness was unearned. It came in the third when the lead-off hitter reached on a throwing error by Palm Beach shortstop Ronny Gil, his 11th of the season, and advanced to second on that same play. A one-out single plated the runner but Maness came back to snuff out the threat with two of his seven strikeouts on the night. Maness, our Player of the Day, whittled his earned run average down to a league-leading 0.67 in 27 innings. Zack Russell gave up a solo blast in the seventh for the Miracle's only other run. Logan Billbrough struck out two of the three batters he faced in the ninth.

All of Palm Beach's six runs came in the third when the Cardinals received results from seven different players. Mike O'Neill, Starlin Rodriguez and Nick Longmire all doubled and either drove in or scored a run. Michael Swinson and Chris Edmondson both walked and came around to score while Alan Ahmady's single plated a run and Jonathan Rodriguez' single scored two.

Thursday's game: at Fort Myers (MIN), 7:05 pm EST, Richard Castillo (1-2, 1.02 ERA)

Quad Cities - off

Thursday's game: The River Bandits open a six-game homestand with the first of three against West Michigan (DET), 7:00 pm CT, Todd McInnis (1-0, 4.00 ERA)

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