Cardinals Minor League Notebook: 04/27/12

Thursday saw offensively challenged performances by three of St. Louis' minor league teams as the system went 1-3. Quad Cities was the only winner while Memphis, Springfield and Palm Beach scored a combined five runs in their losses.

Omaha 3, Memphis 2

Memphis came up with a new way to lose on Thursday as they fell to first-place Omaha 3-2. They remain in third place in their division with a 7-13 record.

Eduardo Sanchez (L, 0-2) began the ninth with the game tied at two all but gave up an inside-the-park home run to right field to the first batter, David Lough. It was Lough's second home run of the game, the first being of the more conventional variety. It came in the fourth off starter Nick Additon and was one of the seven hits he allowed. Addition was charged with a second run in the seventh when he walked the lead-off batter and then issued a one-out double that finished his night. The free pass came around to score on a sacrifice fly against Adam Reifer who did not allow a base runner in 1 2/3 innings.

The Redbirds collected 10 hits in the game but had great difficulty in plating the runners. Pete Kozma's sacrifice fly to center in the fifth brought in Eugenio Velez and tied the game temporarily at one all. Velez re-tied the game in the seventh with his second home run of the year. But that was the extent of the scoring.

First base prospect Matt Adams went 0-for-5 in his first game since hyper extending his elbow last week. Rehabbing Cardinal Allen Craig did not take the field but went 2-for-5 with two singles as the designated hitter.

Friday's game: vs. Omaha, 3:05 pm CT, Brandon Dickson (1-1, 3.38 ERA)

NW Arkansas 6, Springfield 3

Ineffective pitching and hitting resulted in Springfield's sixth consecutive loss as they were swept by their hosts NW Arkansas 6-3.

Tyler Lyons simply did not have it on Thursday as he gave up five of the Naturals' six runs on 10 hits and two walks in 5 1/3 innings. Lyons (L, 0-3) struck out two. Jesse Simpson inherited two base runners from Lyons and permitted one to score while giving up a run of his own on three hits in 1 2/3 innings. Kevin Thomas pitched a scoreless eighth.

Trailing 4-0 going into the fifth, the S-Cards halved the lead. Singles by Rainel Rosario and Nick Derba combined with Greg Garcia's walk loaded the bases with no outs for Jose Garcia. He sent a ball far enough to right to sacrifice Rosario home. Derba then scored on a groundout. Springfield's final run came in the eighth when Oscar Taveras hit his fifth long ball of the season. The centerfielder went 2-for-4 on the night and was the only Cardinal with more than one hit.

Friday's game: at first-place Tulsa (COL) for four games, 7:05 pm CT, Scott Gorgen (0-1, 3.79 ERA)

Fort Myers 2, Palm Beach 0

Palm Beach dropped the second of their three-game series with Fort Myers as they were shut out 2-0. The Cardinals' record now stands at 7-13.

Richard Castillo (L, 1-3) saw his teammates repeat a pattern with him on the mound as all three of his losses have come in shutouts by scores of 1-0, 2-0 and 2-0. The only blemish against Castillo came in the second of his eight innings of work. A single, walk, wild pitch, single combination plated the only runs of the game. Overall, the 22-year-old gave up just three hits and two walks with four strikeouts. He had 11 ground outs versus six fly outs.

Palm Beach mustered a three-hit attack on the night, all singles, as the team was unable to string anything together. Mike O'Neill, Michael Swinson and Ronny Gil each had a hit. Swinson, Alan Ahmady and Geoff Klein each drew a walk. Their big scoring threat came in the sixth when two walks sandwiched a hit batsman and loaded the bases with two outs. The Miracle made a pitching change and Packy Elkins struck out to end the inning.

Friday's game: at Fort Myers, 7:05 pm EST, Chris Corrigan (0-1, 6.75 ERA)

Quad Cities 5, West Michigan 1

Quad Cities began a six-game home stand with a 5-1 victory over West Michigan.

Todd McInnis (W, 2-0) had his best outing to date in 2012, shutting out the Whitecaps on two hits and four walks in six innings and is our Player of the Day. An unearned run charged to Brandon Creath in the seventh ended the possibility of a shutout but Creath pitched through the difficulties to limit the damage. Robert Stock and Danny Miranda each tossed a scoreless frame.

The River Bandits got on the scoreboard quickly with three in the first. A Matt Williams' lead-off double, single to left by Nick Martini and walk to Colin Walsh loaded the bases with none out. David Medina ground out to plate the first run but the big blow was a two-out single by Juan Castillo that scored Martini and Walsh.

Quad Cities extended their lead with single runs in the fifth and sixth. Williams singled to open the fifth, advanced a base on each of two outs then scored on a single by David Medina. The final run scored when Anthony Garcia coaxed a one-out walk in the sixth and eventually came home on a sacrifice fly by Luis Mateo. Williams scored twice on a 2-for-4 evening while Medina and Castillo each drove in two. Roberto De La Cruz went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts as the designated hitter in his first game action since April 9th.

Friday's game: vs. West Michigan, 7:00 pm CT, Kyle Hald (0-2, 9.31 ERA)

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